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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Julien: Series with Leafs will be a grind

By James Murphy

BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien cautioned on Thursday that while he was impressed by his team’s effort in Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a convincing 4-1 win, he and his players are by no means thinking the series is won.

"We played a better game,” Julien acknowledged. “But it’s a seven-game series. It's not a one-game, winner-take-all. I don't think there's any reason to get excited or overconfident. There's no doubt that they'll make some adjustments to their game and we'll have to make some adjustments as well. But it's a seven-game series and we just have to remain grounded as we have in the past and just go out there and play hard like we did last night."

Julien knows the Maple Leafs aren't about to roll over.

“It’s a good team,” Julien said. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the direction the Leafs have gone this year. Sure, [coach] Randy [Carlyle] has done a great job and the players have bought in. It just goes to show when you play as a team what can happen. That’s why I’m standing here and telling you right now that we’re not overconfident. None of that stuff. We know it’s going to be a tough series. We’re going to have to grind it out.”

Based on Julien’s assessment of the third line, it appears things will be status quo up front in Game 2 with Rich Peverley remaining out of the lineup and Kaspars Daugavins staying in with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. With all the lineup changes his team experienced during the regular season, Julien wants to see if this trio can form some more chemistry before tinkering again.

"I thought all our lines were decent in keeping the momentum going," Julien said. "You've got to remember one thing, that line is the only line that hasn't been together. You look at the first two lines and those guys have been together forever, as well as the fourth line. Certainly I'm going to cut them a little bit of slack. [Jagr] missed the last two games (he had the flu) where there was an opportunity to build a little bit of chemistry with the players. The situation made it impossible."

The Bruins are scheduled to get back to work with a practice Friday.