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from Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston,
Julien has accrued lifelong hockey friends in his travels. The owners of the French team that he played with for just one season are now annual guests in Boston. When the team is on the road, it's not uncommon for Julien to dine with teammates from his junior hockey days.
Even the two men who fired him, Bob Gainey (in Montreal) and Lou Lamoriello, value his loyalty.
"I called him and told him how happy I was when he won [the Cup]," Lamoriello said. "He's such a quality individual, he deserves success. You root for him.
"I consider Claude a friend."
The pressure is squarely on Julien again this season to produce a winner. He recognizes it and has even learned to embrace it.
"He views disappointments as an opportunity to make the core of your team stronger," Ward said. "Claude believes adversity is a good teacher."
The winning has defined him, but the disappointments have shaped him. Claude Julien, the roofer's son, is still up to his elbows in hockey, and that's all he's ever wanted.
Claude Julien got his quotes mixed up:
"Well, I don't think you can stand here and say there's not concerns at all [about Sochi security. You don't like seeing what's going on but there's no doubt that what's happened lately is certainly -- they're trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do: We have to try and fight through that.
"At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There's never any guarantees in this life and you'd like to make it as safe as possible. That's basically all I can say, because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics."
-Claude Julien, head coach of the Boston Bruins and assistant coach for Team Canada. More from Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston plus a video report regarding security at Sochi from ESPN.
The Florida Panthers are in Boston tonight, Tim Thomas will not play and is not talking.
The Habs give their take on Claude Julien’s comments and look towards their match-up with the Islanders.
Claude Julien may have had a few choice words for the Habs after Sunday night’s game in Boston, but as far as the Canadiens are concerned, that just means they’re doing their job. When asked about some of Julien’s less-than-flattering comments on Monday afternoon, the Habs’ head coach couldn’t help but grin.
“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too. To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game. Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own,” offered Michel Therrien following the Canadiens morning skate at Nassau Coliseum, before further expanding on the subject.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“The frustrating thing is that we get 17 minutes into the penalty box when we should have been on the power play. It’s as simple as that,” said Julien. “It’s frustrating because tonight – as everybody saw – there’s a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game: the embellishing. Right now they’ve got over 100 power plays [this season] and it’s pretty obvious why.
Watch parts of Julien's post-game presser below (auto play)
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, July 23, that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Chiarelli and Julien will speak to media about the extension on Tuesday, July 24.
Julien, named the 28th head coach in Bruins history on June 21, 2007, led Boston to the club’s first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years in 2011, following a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7. In five seasons behind the B’s bench, Julien has led the club to an overall record of 228-132-50 (.617 win percentage). His 410 Bruins games coached rank third all-time in club history and he is fourth all-time in Boston wins, trailing only Art Ross (361), Milt Schmidt (245) and Don Cherry (231). During his tenure, Julien’s squads have never missed the postseason, registering a career playoff record of 36-27 (.571 win percentage) to rank first all-time among B’s bench bosses in post-season victories.
In January, Julien was named head coach for Zdeno Chara’s team at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, making his second appearance, having served as head coach at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
Claude Julien is not happy with the home loss to Montreal. He basically calls out the majority of the team for the loss.
From Matt Kalman at NHL.com:
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left the scrimmage portion of his practice session early Monday during training camp at TD Garden after taking a shot off the inside of his left leg.
“Right now it’s a contusion and we’ll evaluate as we go along here,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “This is training camp and if he needs an extra day here, we’ll give him an extra day. If not, then he’ll be back on the ice tomorrow.”
Plus more on training camp in Boston today at the Boston Globe.
On being excited for Game 7 despite being focused…
There is no doubt that everybody is excited about this opportunity. But like you said you got to stay the course. I think it’s served us well. Our group right now seems calm and focused and ready to do the job. Our team if it gets stressed out has never performed well so I don’t expect us or I don’t want us to go out there stressed out. I expect our team to go out there excited and determined to do the job. So far I haven’t seen anything different than that.
On what the most important thing is for the team to focus on tonight…
Lots of energy, energy so that we can focus on putting pucks in deep and forechecking and the physicality of our game, the fact that we need to get to the front of the net like we’ve done every time that we’ve had success. If we can do that again, offensively our game is going to be a lot better. I don’t have much complaints about our defensive game here in Vancouver but certainly our offensive game has got to be better today.
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Sorry we doubted you. Sorry about the criticism and the sarcasm and occasional wisecracks.
It wasn’t nice when Shawn Thornton went on the radio and the jock-talk guys asked him, “Do you think your coach looks more like Charlie Brown or Elmer Fudd?’’
Too easy to poke fun, right? So what if you look a little like Hank Hill’s friend, Bill Dauterive. Or Mr. Potato Head. We’ve come to love the way you punch the second “t’’ when you say, “tonigh . . . ttttt.’’
I was guilty of calling you “Grady Julien.’’ It has a nice ring to it, and after what happened in the playoffs last year, and the year before, it seemed to be a pretty good fit.
When you were hired we all just thought maybe you were Peter Chiarelli’s cousin. Like the general manager, you were a little dull and conservative. You never said anything flamboyant or controversial. You were always a stay-the-course, even-keel guy. The most outrageous thing we ever saw from you was that nifty, Bogart-like lid you wore during the Winter Classic. By Claude Julien standards, that was practically a lampshade on your head.
Q. Claude, just wondering, you guys were so terrific in those two games at home, the challenge is to try to bring that ‘home game’ onto the road here in Vancouver?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I don’t think it’s necessarily bringing a home game, it’s just bringing our game. As I mentioned here, I don’t think we played extremely well in those first two games. We were okay. That wasn’t good enough against a team like Vancouver. They’re a great hockey club.
We need to play with a lot of emotion, intensity and play on our toes. That’s something that we have to certainly bring here tomorrow.
Q. Claude, when you win as emphatically as you did the last two games at home, do you need to say anything to your guys at this stage about not assuming anything?
COACH JULIEN: No, not really. But I think we’ve learnt throughout the course of the season that we don’t take anything for granted. So I think our team has responded well in regards to that. I’ve always been one of those coaches that feels this is a very humbling game. If you’re not careful and you think the other way, it can certainly be brought back down to earth pretty quickly.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has a bit of a Midas touch right now.
If what he touches doesn’t turn to gold, then it’s certainly win. And lopsided wins at that.
With his team trailing 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals heading into Game 3, Julien inserted tough guy Shawn Thornton and benched rookie Tyler Seguin. The Bruins went on to throttle the Vancouver Canucks 8-1. Then, without top-six forward Nathan Horton, who is out for the rest of the playoffs with a concussion from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome’s hit, Julien moved Rich Peverley into Horton’s spot for Game 4.
All Peverley did was score the first and fourth goals in a 4-0 victory Wednesday night that evened this Stanley Cup finals series at two games apiece. But “even” is hardly something you would call this series after the Bruins ran roughshod over the NHL’s best regular-season team the past two games.
Part 1, part 2, 3 and 4 are below…
Q. Four-game suspension for Aaron Rome. Your thoughts on that and does it lead you to think that the NHL is taking a more serious tact to disciplining head shots?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I don’t think I’ve ever changed my approach on that. I said all along, whether it was the first incident in this series, I like to leave things up to the NHL to rule on those things and you move on.
I don’t want that job, to be honest with you. It’s a tough job. I’m one of those guys or one of those coaches that respects whatever they do. For people that thought I was disappointed with the Burrows thing, I wasn’t. I moved on.
In regards to this one here, they made a decision. I think it’s important for our whole league to protect our players from those kind of hits. Again, I support them. Whether you agree or not, you support them. I support them with the Burrows decision and I’m supporting them with this one, as well.
Q&A with Coach Claude Julien. Video (and transcript below):
Q. It seemed after the first period Horton takes the big hit, five-minute advantage, you don’t score. Did you say anything between periods to totally take control of this game?
COACH JULIEN: Nothing out of the ordinary. I think, you know, you always make mention about the guy that’s gone to the hospital. That I’m sure being there, he’d like to see this team win this hockey game. It’s always something to motivate yourself with.
“We won by a big score tonight, but it’s only a win and we’re still down 2-1, and that’s the way I approach it.
“What’s encouraging is that we had our issues scoring on Luongo, and tonight managed to find a way to score a lot of goals on him so it’s certainly good confidence-wise.”
-Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien post-game tonight. More on the game from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail.
from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,
During a scrum in the third period of Game 2, the Canucks’ Maxim Lapierre was taunting Bergeron by sticking his finger in his face.
Julien was asked Monday morning about Lapierre’s gesture toward Bergeron.
“I can’t really talk about their team,” Julien said.
Then he did.
“I don’t handle those players. I don’t deal with those players on a one-on-one basis. It’s not up to me to comment on it and if that’s acceptable for them, so be it,” he said. “Certainly wouldn’t be acceptable on our end of it. There’s not much I can say about that.
“The NHL ruled on something and (the Canucks) decided to make a mockery of it. It’s totally up to them. If that’s their way of handling things, so be it. We can’t waste our time on that sort of stuff. We have to focus on what we have to do. Last time I looked, we’re down two games to none, and all our energy has to go towards that.”
NOTE: Milan Lucic, Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron videos added down below.
Transcripts and video from the Bruins. First, Tim Thomas on video:
Next, coach Claude Julien, transcription:
Q. Why was it Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference to start in overtime?
COACH JULIEN: Because we don’t know who they’re going to put on. They got the last change. It’s a pretty normal thing.
Q. It’s two games in a row now where they were able to exert their will, take over in the third period. How alarming is that for you right now?
Today’s Q&A with the Boston Bruins, beginning with coach Claude Julien.
Updated 5:08pm ET: Tyler Seguin, Tomas Kaberle, Nathan Horton and Michael Ryder added below.
(Vancouver Canucks already posted here.)
Q. Claude, can you talk about just how much video you’ve done since Game 1 and fit it into where does that stands versus what you do during the regular season? Is it all the same?
COACH JULIEN: Well, you know, it is all the same. Obviously you’re playing the same team over and over again. If anything, probably the type of video that you’re showing is a little different. During the season, you’re showing the other team’s tendencies. Here you’re making some adjustments as far as how they play.
Obviously, we don’t see them much during the season. So this is a final that requires, probably from the coaches’ end of it, a little bit more time on the video, dissecting it more than we normally would.
Video from today’s Q&A’s with the media.
A ton of quotes from the Boston Bruins today, including Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:
On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.
On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…
Q. Just comment on Nathan Horton delivering two Game 7 game-winning goals for you.
COACH JULIEN: Well, he certainly has played like a big-game player obviously. Overtime goals and winning goals. And I think for a guy who hasn’t played in the Playoffs for many years, he certainly has kept a lot of energy inside of him and a lot of obviously excitement to go out there and play the way he did.
And we thought it was fitting, not just for him, but for our team. I think this was probably one of our better games that we’ve played as far as there’s no big mistakes that I saw in the game. I thought it was a well-played Game 7.
We had energy. We had confidence. And certainly had some chances earlier on. But their goaltender was extremely good for them and kept them in the game.
But I thought it was a hard-fought series. Tampa Bay certainly deserves a lot of credit. The fact that where they were before this year for the last few seasons and to come back this year and play the way they did, and then push us straight to the limit in the third round of the Playoffs, I think they deserve a lot of credit.
From the ownership down, they’ve obviously done a pretty good job. And they certainly gave us all we could take. So I think even though they lost, I think they need to be congratulated on their season.
COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
Q. You’ve been in Game 7s before but not at this stage with these kind of stakes. Do you have to do anything to talk to your guys about emotions and keeping everything in check and under control?
COACH JULIEN: I think Game 7 is Game 7 whether it’s first or third round. There’s an opportunity here to move on to the next round. That to me is what Game 7 represents, no matter where you are in the Playoffs.
Our guys just have to enjoy this whole process here. As I mentioned yesterday, there’s 27 teams right now that would love to have the opportunity that we have in the Playoffs right now. This is one of those days where I think if you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re wasting a pretty precious day. And you take advantage of it today, you get ready, you get excited about it. You come out tonight and you leave it all out on the ice. Simple as that. Anything less than that, it’s a waste of a day.
Q. The penalty kill was a huge impact on the game today. But especially those two early in the second period. How much momentum does that build for you to kill those two right away and maybe get your legs going a little bit in that stage of the game?
COACH JULIEN: I think they kind of actually did the same thing in our favor that it did in their favor last game.
You know, we had those two early power plays in the second period, and we didn’t do much. They built momentum off of that. And I know that when Horts came out of that second one there, he scored a big goal for us and got us back in the game.
So it did build some momentum. I think our penalty kill did a great job tonight for us, and you know, right now before the series started, the special teams were the big concern. And right now I think in both areas we’re pretty even.
Q. Claude, is there one thing in your mind that stands out the most that went wrong? Was it just a total combination of a lot of things?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I would call it probably more we just lost our focus here. Played really well in the first period not because of what the score was, but we did the right things. And we took that lead.
The message was pretty clear. We had to continue playing the same way. But somehow we started getting stretched out again. They started getting speed. They started getting momentum.
And after they scored a few goals, we almost looked like we were paralyzed out there. Just weren’t reacting, weren’t moving, and just snowballed from there.
From Douglas Flynn at NESN:
By now, no one needs reminding that the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in Game 7 at the Garden en route to their ignominious end. The only thing more shocking than that defeat may have been the fact that the team didn’t make wholesale changes in its wake.
While there have been plenty of personnel tweaks in the 11 months since, the team’s leadership remains intact. And with the Bruins set to open their next playoff series Thursday against Montreal, Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli stated he never even considered making coach Claude Julien the scapegoat for that collapse.
“I didn’t consider making a coaching change,” Chiarelli said in a conference call on Monday afternoon. “I felt that there were a lot of variables that were mitigating, so I didn’t even consider making a coaching change.”
A year later, the Bruins are back in the postseason and in a much better position than the start of last year’s playoffs.
read on for more from Chiarelli and Julien
A lot of times it’s viewed as the big, bad Bruins. We’re the bigger, more physical team, so we’re certainly going to take the brunt of the criticism.
“But it takes two to tango. This rivalry has gotten, probably not necessarily in a good way, a little bit bitter, which is probably not the type of rivalry you’re looking for.”
-Claude Julien, coach of the Boston Bruins on the Montreal/Boston rivalry. More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.
“The one thing is that, for me, we’re up 2-0 in this series. We won two big home games. We’ve got to stay focused here and stay focused on our game and not be distracted by what’s being said. o me, it’s pretty obvious. The guy (Carcillo) yesterday, when you watch replays, everybody’s seen how he embellishes. So it’s hard to believe a guy when you see stuff that he does. We really don’t pay attention to that. We’re focused on staying the course here and doing our job and that’s the main thing.”
-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien. More on the Bruins from Matt Kalman of the The Bruins Blog.
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien meets the media after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 tonight.
“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team. If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”
-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Claude Julien is apparently tired of seeing his critical words about members of the Bruins get, in his words, “twisted” by the media, so he told reporters Tuesday he will no longer talk about individual players.
It could be for the time being, or it could be for the rest of the season.
Without referencing specifics, the Bruins coach said his words have been “twisted” and that he’s been criticized by media members for “throwing players under the bus” when he talks critically of them.
from the Boston Bruins,
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.
via John Beattie of NESN,
General manager Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins are hosting a news conference Friday morning at 10 a.m. regarding head coach Claude Julien.
While no announcement has been made, many believe that the news conference is to report the extension of the head coach, who is entering the final year of his three-year contract.
The Bruins will have had nine days off since dispatching Montreal in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final last week. With questions about rust being asked, the Bruins can look to Vancouver’s Game 1 last night as a working blueprint. The Canucks, who also swept their first-round opponent (St. Louis), scored three straight goals against Chicago and held on for the win.
“Everybody’s wondering whether we’re going to be rested or rusty,” head coach Claude Julien said.
“I think Vancouver is a great example to take. They came out and played well in the first period. I’m expecting our players to feel the same way - that we can come out and play the way we know we can. Put all the excuses aside.”
continued with more on both Boston and Carolina
via Bruins Blog,
“Even though it was a 1-0 game, in my mind, it wasn’t really a 1-0 game,” Julien said. “Carolina was by far the better team tonight. Sometimes you have to get embarrassed to react. Tonight is hopefully one of those nights we got embarrassed enough to react.”
Julien sent a message today, a 30 minute bag skate. Not a puck to be seen on the ice.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
But the X factor here, frankly, is that the Bruins are winning, and they are doing so with a very slim margin. For the most part, that margin is: 1. goaltending and 2. Claude Julien’s coaching.
For the few goals the team scored in the first quarter (51 in 20 games), it didn’t have much business owning an 11-7-2 record. Even average netminding by Thomas would have had the Bruins in a struggle to be 9-9-2 (right where they were through 20 games last season). Less-than-average netminding by Thomas, and they’re somewhere around 6-12-2, keeping company with the Capitals at the bottom of the barrel.
more Bruins and NHL talk…
From Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
It happens all the time. New coach, new attitude, new results.
It happened in New York when the Islanders hired Ted Nolan. The tide turned across town when the Rangers brought Tom Renney on board. Columbus is buzzing with Ken Hitchcock teaching the Jackets how to play, just like the culture shifted when the Carolina Hurricanes hooked up with Peter Laviolette.
The Boston Bruins are hoping that first-year bench boss Claude Julien brings a similar reversal of fortune. The first order of business, right at the top of Julien’s “to do” list, is always to change the culture.
“I don’t know if there’s a challenge, but the one thing you do want to do is establish an identity for this hockey club and we certainly want to have a better year this year,” Julien told NHL.com.
from the Boston Bruins,
As the practice session progressed, an animated Bruins head coach buzzed about the ice, before finally getting over-frustrated.
He skated to the slot in front of the crease, and pointed to the space directly in front of that net. Then, after giving some instructions, Coach Julien loudly told his team, “You don’t want to go there because you are afraid.”...
He yelled, “Go to the net like you WANT to score goals.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Bruins coach Claude Julien, originally from outside of Ottawa, grew up speaking both French and English. But he considers his first language to be French, which he utilizes when having one-on-one conversations with the French-first players on his roster, including Patrice Bergeron, Manny Fernandez, and newcomer Pascal Pelletier.
“I see it as a respect thing,” explained Julien. “It’s their first language, and so I speak French. If they were Russian, and I spoke Russian, I’d speak to them in Russian.”
more on the B’s…