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Julien: 'No. 1 priority is to win the game'

by James Murphy
BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't buying into the idea the Bruins need retribution against the Penguins' Matt Cooke for his blindside hit on Marc Savard on March 7 more than the team needs a victory Thursday night.

"The same people that want revenge are the same people that would probably be upset if we don't make the playoffs also," Julien said. "There are ways of dealing with these kinds of things.

"The No. 1 priority is to win the game. Let's let the game be played. We can stand here all day and speculate. A lot of times half those things don't happen. We just better sit back and watch. Whatever happens, happens."

For the Bruins, Blake Wheeler, Dennis Wideman, and Johnny Boychuk were all home sick with flu Thursday morning and are game-time decisions. There could very well be some call-ups from the AHL's Providence Bruins.

Defenseman Andrew Ference said he is a game-time decision and may have to play as a result of flu bug going through the room.

For the Penguins, Evgeni Malkin said he will miss his second-straight game and forward Eric Godard is game-time decision.

It be Tuukka Rask vs. Marc-Andre Fleury in goal.
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