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Julien happy with team’s hard work

Julien happy with team’s hard work

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME

Marchand sparks B's win

Marchand sparks B’s win

On Brad Marchand regaining his rhythm…
Yeah. It was nice to see him score that winner, even after he got the other one taken away, and it was the right call, but it’s got to be frustrating for him, trying to get himself going and losing that goal. But I guess he got rewarded at the end, and gave us a win that I thought we really deserved tonight.

On if the Bruins were rewarded for their effort tonight…
Yeah, and obviously we had to work extra hard to get it, and we missed so many opportunities, and their goaltender made some great saves. Again, we didn’t seem to be getting any breaks at all during the whole game. So I thought it was important for us to stay composed, and focused, and everything else, and control what we could. That’s what we did, and you hope that the guys realize how important that is, and what the end result turns out to be after that.

On Torey Krug’s save late in the third period…
It’s always nice to see somebody come up big and put himself in front of a puck there, and there wasn’t much margin for error tonight, and you see the opportunities that we had that we didn’t score on, and you always fear that one little bad break is going to end up in your net. But Torey made sure that didn’t happen.

On if he’s happy to see the Bruins create chances or frustrated to see the team not capitalize…
Not lack, I think you should rephrase that to lack of scoring. It’s not lack of offense because we’re getting chances. It’s the scoring that’s not happening right now. I think, again, we’ve just got to stick with it. You get some good nights, you know we had four [goals] the other night, we should’ve had probably six tonight, with the quality chances we had, and they missed some as well. They had a lot of power plays and they had some chances off of those, but again, you’ve just got to stick with it, and I’ve said that before. The second half of the year, [it’s] not too often you run away with games and you have high scoring games. Teams play you pretty tight, and they’re usually low-scoring games.

On if he expected to get the power play when Brad Marchand’s goal was called off…
Yes. I was told before that a penalty had been called, so if the goal was taken back, we would start with a power play.

On Brett Connolly getting going despite having trouble scoring…
Yeah, but at the same time, I thought he played well tonight. At one point I thought he was better than March [Brad Marchand] in the first half of the game. He was making more things happen. I think Brad started getting going there in the second half of the game, and started finding his stride I guess. But you know what, the last couple of games I’ve put him there, I think he’s done a decent job, and we focus so much on the scoring, but like you said, that was a great play there. He could’ve stopped that puck and walked it in, but it wouldn’t have the same result. He put it in deep, late in the period, and made sure that if there’s a mistake that’s going to be made, it’s going to be from them, and that’s exactly what happened.

On if it’s difficult to manage delays that happen during coach’s challenges…
It’s a little bit like a timeout, and it’s the same thing for both sides. I mean it is. I know there’s some talk about that, that it’s delaying the game quite a bit, but you know, I think you have to balance the fact that, do we do that and get it right, or do we worry about the flow of the game, and get it wrong? The goal is to get it right, and maybe as we move along here, this is the first year, we may have better cameras, or situated better places that are going to make those decisions made a little quicker. Who knows, but there’s definitely some room to grow there, but at the same time, I support the fact that you want to get it right. Even if our goal was called back, it was the right call.

On keeping the bench settled after a play like Torey Krug’s save…
After he made the save? We weren’t settled, it was uplifting, if anything.

On developing defensemen when they’re scratched for several games at a time…
Well again, sometimes we don’t have a choice. It’s not about, and again, as much as you want to develop them, it’s not just about worrying about a guy hasn’t played in a while. It’s about trying to put the right lineup out there, and sometimes guys are going well, and for certain reasons we don’t have enough righties or lefties, or sometimes as you know, Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] can play the right at certain times. But it’s more about doing the right thing, and they have to learn, too, to be ready. If Johnny Boychuk was able to sit ten straight to start the season with us when he first came [up], and play the way he can, then that’s called mental toughness, and those guys have to be able to do that as well.

On what Brad Marchand started doing in the second half of the game that he wasn’t doing…
Well, I was going to say, more of his game skating, and making the right plays, and he just seemed, you know I use the term out-of-sync. He didn’t seem to be at the right place at the right time, and he was slow getting to places. He just kind of lost his rhythm there, so again, that was a three-game suspension, and probably four games of playing, then tonight on the fifth one, he started, like I said, probably more in the second half than anything else, he started playing the way we’re used to seeing him play.

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