|Coach Julien said that he hopes his club finds motivation beyond last year's playof loss to Philly. |
Julien was asked if he felt if there was a natural motivation factor for the Black & Gold as they returned to Broad Street (6-2-2 in their last ten contests) to face the club that so famously bounced the Bruins from the playoffs last spring.
"You try and find motivation anywhere you can and hopefully it’s not just that," said Julien, no doubt looking at the B's recent record (4-5-1 in their last ten).
"We need to find motivation elsewhere. And mostly in our game," continued Julien. "You know, our game has slipped a little bit - there’s no doubt about it - and those things happen. Sometimes [by the time] you notice it, more damage has been done than you think and you need to work your way out of it and climb yourself back up to where you were before.
"That also takes time."
There's no time like the present for Julien and the B's. However, don't expect the Bruins head coach to trot out any 'rah rah' speeches pertaining to last year's historic playoff loss -- the Bruins talked about it before the regular season even began.
"[We] wanted to kind of get it out of the way and not keep repeating it throughout the whole year," said Julien. "It’s been said. It’s been done, and what you’ve got to do, as I mentioned in the beginning of the year, you store it in the back of your mind.
"You don’t forget those things, but talking about it everyday doesn’t make it better or help. If anything it will be more of a hindrance than anything else.
"so I think it’s about saying, 'This is what happened. We need to live with it,' and we need to remember that because at some point it will come back and be some sort of either a motivational thing or it will be something that we’ve learned from and we’ll make sure it never happens again," he said.