Sunday, May 26, 2013
Torts gives props to Julien
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the six seasons coach Claude Julien has been behind the bench, including a championship in 2011.
Still, it seems like every season he gets criticized and his job is on the line if the Bruins don't win. With Saturday's 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bruins advanced to the conference finals for the second time in three seasons. After the victory, New York coach John Tortorella praised his counterpart's success.
"I think Boston has a really good chance [to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins]," Tortorella said. "I think Claude and that staff has done a heck of a job with their club. I can't believe some of the people, how they second-guess him, just being in the city for a few days, and the type of job he's done here. That's a good team. They're very well-coached, and they're seasoned. They've been through it before, and I give them a lot of credit, as far as what they've done with their club. They're a good hockey team."
Julien was asked about the perennial criticism after Saturday's win.
"I think when it comes to that stuff, I know what Boston is all about," he said. "They like their championship teams, they want to win every year; it's a very demanding place. But at the same time, it's a place where you want to be. I enjoy it here. If it means taking some criticism, there's no problem there, because that comes with the territory. As a coach, you do what you have to do and you take the criticism that comes with it. The one thing you don't do is dwell on that stuff because you try and avoid it. I know it's out there, but the biggest thing I do is I kind of stay away from all that stuff and really focus on my job. But I know for a fact that when you win around here you can't ask for a better place. I'd rather be in a city that's demanding and loves their team and their sports, than being somewhere where nobody cares. I'm willing to live with that."