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Monday, March 4, 2013
Canadiens fire back at Julien's comments

By James Murphy

A day after Bruins coach Claude Julien accused the Canadiens of embellishing to draw penalties, saying the tactic is embarrassing to the game of hockey, the Habs fired back, with Montreal coach Michel Therrien suggesting Julien should just worry about his own team.

“I’ve known Claude for a long time and I’ve been coaching teams against him for a long time too,” Therrien told reporters following the Canadiens' morning skate at Nassau Coliseum. “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.”

The Canadiens scored twice in the third period to beat the Bruins, 4-3, on Sunday night.

Winger Max Pacioretty, who had a goal and an assist in the win, said Julien’s comments are a result of the Habs’ success this season.

“Jealousy,” Pacioretty told reporters. “We’re at the top right now and reading comments like that is awesome. If we’re in last place, they wouldn’t be saying anything about us, but we’re in first place and it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Julien was emotional after Sunday night’s loss, a physical, fight-filled game that saw Bruins players spend a combined 34 minutes in the penalty box.

"Right now they've got over 100 power plays so far, and it's pretty obvious why," Julien said after the game. "We're trying to clean that out of our game, and it's got to be done soon because it's not about tonight, it's about the game, and the embellishment embarrasses our game. We need to be better at that."

The teams meet again March 27 in Boston.