- Joe McDonald, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and New York Rangers coach John Tortorella were both focused and brief during their respective media sessions Thursday morning as the teams prepare for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series at Madison Square Garden.
When Tortorella entered the press room here, there were two questions asked, and the session lasted exactly 19 seconds. The second of two questions was related to the message he gives his team since it is facing elimination.
“I’ve talked to them. I don’t need to talk about it here,” Tortorella said, and then he exited stage right.
Julien was all business, too. He was asked what his team needs to do in order to close out the series.
“We’re here to win a hockey game tonight,” Julien said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes.”
Julien was asked how the Bruins will respond to New York’s changes.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Julien said.
Boston’s game plan remains the same as it was in the first three games of this series. The Bruins will attempt to wreak havoc in front of Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with traffic, screens and shots from the point. Boston also realizes a strong start is the key.
“As important as it’s been every game,” Julien said. “Whether it’s home or away, you either get the crowd in or you get the crowd out, so that’s not going to change.
“Our lineup will be on the ice in the warm-up tonight, and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Julien said.