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CLAUDE JULIEN PRE GAME: TAMPA BAY

CLAUDE JULIEN PRE GAME: TAMPA BAY

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On the team playing better due to a rise in confidence…
Well, there’s no doubt you win some games certainly you feel much better about yourselves. So that’s, to me, self-explanatory and our guys are making plays now or feeling a lot more comfortable. You got a Tampa Bay team that likes to play fast, had a tough outing last night no doubt their going to want to bounce back here against us tonight. We know the importance of this game, as well, for both teams. Again, big challenge for us and probably a big challenge for them.

On how you feel about Gregory Campbell’s line since Daniel Paille moved up…
I don’t know. I’ve had different players with him at times. I put [Chris] Kelly down there, had different guys. I though [Jordan] Caron played well when he played on that line. Can’t say it’s been a real stable line all year long. It’s hard to kind of label them right now. I know that Caron played well. We’re giving Craig Cunningham an opportunity here and see where that goes. I think, again, we’re still evaluating that on a game to game basis.

On Simon Gagne and what he has been through professionally and personally…
There’s no doubt there’s a lot of things going through his mind right now. Having been out for a whole year because of injuries and everything else and giving himself a chance to come back, and then coming back. I thought personally he was starting to find his stride there a little bit. You know, right near the end you could see him coming around. Personal issues came into play there and right now I think, to his credit, he certainly doesn’t want to be a liability to us. He really feels that his head is not totally there. I understand where he’s coming from and I feel for him but yet I credit him for making the right decision in his mind. Feeling comfortable with the fact that he’s not ready to be able to give what he thinks he can give at this stage.

On Gagne fitting in with the team off the ice …
Well, I think it’s a mutual thing too. You have to be able fit in. Our guys are willing to accept anybody but you also have to earn their respect, so I think it’s a two way street. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good people come through our dressing room and that’s certainly made it easy.

On evaluating the other players on the Krejci & Chara power play unit…
A lot of evaluation going on here isn’t there? No, I think when I look at my power plays, whoever’s doing better on certain night will get that opportunity. I think that power play is doing a pretty good job. David [Krejci] is moving the puck well, controlling it well and at the same time Zee [Zdeno Chara] always does a good job in front of the net but the other guys too have been pretty good on that power play. You got Torey Krug who’s a pretty good power play guy as well. We feel we’ve got some people on both power plays and you’ve seen Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] group there do well for a long time and then right now I think Krejci’s group is doing well. If we can get both of them being extremely good on the power play it makes our team that much better and we know how important that is.

On it being a competition for power play spots…
Well we’ve tried to have a right hand shot there on that power play and that’s where Griff [Seth Griffith] fit in and that’s where [David] Pastrnak fits in right now. There’s no doubt there’s been changes in Looch [Milan Lucic] and Marsh [Brad Marchand] depending who we feel is going at that point and who’s hot and everything else. We look at those things on a game-to-game basis.

On trusting David Pastrnak on the power play giving him confidence…
Well I think, again, I think first of all he deserves to be there. I think he’s a real smart and skilled player. We talk about what he brings, that’s certainly one of his strengths. I don’t think we’d be wise not to use him there or give him that opportunity. He may go stale at one point where he’s going to be fighting the puck or is going to get pushed off the puck. Wed don’t know that but for now he’s a natural fit, he’s a player that has good vision, he’s a player that skates well and then puts D’s on their heels. He’s got a lot of, I guess, a lot of the things we like out of a player for our power play. And again, we’re not really spoiled with right hand shots so he certainly fits that mold as well.

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