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A disappointed Claude Julien meets with the media

A disappointed Claude Julien meets with the media

COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
Claude Detroit Game 1On what changed after the first six minutes…
Well, it’s the same old I guess. We’re off to good starts again and then you get a 2-0 lead and instead of continuing to play your game, you started seeing some long passes that ended up in icings, you saw some turnovers at the blueline. We’re being a little stubborn right now with respecting our game plan for the whole game. When you find it again, I thought in the third period it was more of one team a little bit more determined than the other. We didn’t win enough battles, we didn’t win enough races. This is our building, this is a game we have to win in our own building and we let it get away.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s play…
He did well for a guy that hadn’t play at all this year.

On if it’s disappointing that the team didn’t show enough urgency on home ice…
That’s what we’re talking about right now, absolutely.

On Frank Vatrano’s play…
He had a couple of chances, but I think as a team all of us could’ve been a little better. He’s young player that comes in and every game he plays he has opportunities. He’s, to me, he seems to be a gifted goal scorer, or at least a guy that every game creates something that gives you an opportunity to score.

On Gabriel Landeskog’s hit on Brad Marchand…
We’ll let the league take care of that, obviously. But, you know, I think we can use a lot of examples that have happened that are very similar.

On what options he has left to shake things up…
Well, I think as a group we have to figure it out. You’re so proud of your team one night because they come in and they play hard and you win hockey games and tell yourself this is the identity of our team, this is how we’ve got to play. And then the next night it’s not there. Not every night’s gonna be perfect, you know. Some nights you’ve got to grind it out a little bit more and this is what we should have done tonight when we didn’t seem to be in synch. The first maybe 6-10 minutes we seemed to be, I guess, handling the momentum of the game in our favor. But then once it got the other way, instead of just kind of grinding it out, some nights you have to do that. And give them credit, they stood in that neutral zone there with a 1-3-1 and weren’t giving us much room and it was up to us to get through that and put it in and win those races. But like I said, in the third period that didn’t happen and that’s where we should’ve been a little better.

On Colorado’s first goal seeming like an easy goal…
There as mistakes made on that play, no doubt, lost coverage, bad line change, whatever. There’s lots of things that created that goal.

On where he would like to see the team improve on the breakout and getting to the rush…
Well, I think it’s the puck movement from our back end. Where is the improvement, it’s there sometimes, it is there. Tonight it wasn’t, so we’ve got to be a little bit better with that and it goes back to what I said, consistency in our game. You see it one night, you don’t the next.

On if it will take time to form the ability to push in the third period…
That’s what we’re trying to accomplish. I think that’s a work in progress right now, is you’re trying to get – I use the word consistency – game after game. You’ve seen it in games this year, where we push and we push the pace forward and then we have success. But there’s some games it’s just not there and that’s where, again, taking time. I think we have to be careful that we don’t take too long because it could be too late, so we have to figure it out sooner than later and that’s what we’re trying to do here with our hockey club and talking about those kinds of things. We can’t keep going in that direction where you’re good one game, you’re bad the next, you’re good the one afterwards and it’s kind of up and down. We’ve got to try and get some strings of good games going and build some sort of identity that you’re capable of holding onto game after game – at least try anyways.

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