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CLAUDE JULIEN POST GAME: FLYERS

CLAUDE JULIEN POST GAME: FLYERS

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On if it was nice to see Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly contribute after being injured last season…
Yeah, it made a big difference as far as having some experienced guys out there. I think there was more than that, but that was a good start for us to see those two guys contribute the way they did.

On what type of example Bobby Robins sets for other players trying to fight for spots on the team…
I don’t know if he sets an example, I think right now he’s looking after himself. He wants to stay here and he’s playing hard. That’s what you saw from him tonight. He’s a great example for guys that have been toying around in the minors for a long time and to know that there’s still some hope at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not over just because you’re 30 years old. He’s done a good job of keeping himself in shape. Tonight he came out there excited to play and the energy that we were looking for he gave us some of it.

On how much he enjoys seeing how happy Robins was to be playing…
It is [nice]. If you were him, wouldn’t you be happy right now? It’s a great feeling. First regular season NHL game, legit NHL game. You participate in it and you do your job and you do it well and come out of there with a win, so it’s a good start for him. As a coach, you love seeing those kinds of success stories happen in front of your eyes.

On what he thought of Dennis Seidenberg in his first game back from injury…
He was good. He’s getting better all the time. I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet. Again, I see a guy improving all the time. He played some heavy minutes, played strong, solid. There’s a lot of things when you’ve missed that much time that’s gonna take a little bit of time. Whether it’s quick puck decisions, moving it under pressure and stuff like that. He’s getting better at that all the time. Certainly not critical of his game because I thought he was good for us tonight.

On how much the defensive pairs are still a work in progress…
Well, it’s not just a work in progress. We’ve got some injuries to some key players. When you’re missing [David] Krejci and then you look at their lineup and their top three lines with the veterans that they have there. Some times after a power play or penalty kill you have to make sure you have the right people out there. I had to juggle lines tonight. People that are used to watching me coach aren’t used to seeing that too much. But I do it when I have to. Tonight I felt I felt I had to put certain players together at certain times during the game.

On the Patrice Bergeron line versus the Claude Giroux line being lopsided in the Bruins’ favor…
I think Bergeron’s line is Bergeron’s line. He’s one of the best centermens in the league. At the same time, he’s got two pretty good wingers alongside with him. They take pride in being a better line than the line that they’re facing up against. It’s just a trait that they have. They worked hard. You have to give them credit, too, for how they checked against that line because it had a lot of potential to be dangerous offensively. But those guys did a pretty good job of taking away those opportunities. Accept for maybe in the second period, we got caught there a few times with some long shifts and some tough changes. Other than that, I thought overall that line, and our team, played a pretty good game.

On Dougie Hamilton having a couple miscues…
We’ve seen Dougie play some solid games. He had a tough night tonight. That’s going to happen to everybody. But it doesn’t change my opinion on the player. I think there was a couple times where he might have forced it and we didn’t have four guys coming back. Normally, Doug will read those plays much better. It’s a tough night and he has a chance to bounce back tomorrow. I have no issues with that. I could see he was having a tough night. But those things are going to happen. It’s not from the lack of trying or wanting to, but those kind of things happen. I think he’s given us too many good games to be critical of him right now.

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