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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Julien keeping an eye on Sox

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins coach Claude Julien had to work Tuesday night, watching the team’s next opponent, the Colorado Avalanche, play against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After Colorado's 2-1 victory, Julien quickly changed the channel to the ALDS playoff game between the Sox and Rays. Tampa held a 1-0 lead, but the Red Sox quickly scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 3-1 win to advance to the ALCS.

Julien has talked with Red Sox manager John Farrell a few times, and the Bruins coach wished the skipper good luck prior to the series.

“[Farrell’s] done a great job,” Julien said. “He’s changed the whole chemistry of that team. We talk about good chemistry, and you can tell there’s good chemistry right now and I don’t think you saw that same chemistry last year and that’s made a big difference. His players want to play. They want to put themselves out there, and when players want to do that it’s because something has changed in that room that makes them excited to go out there and play hard. John deserves a lot of credit for that.”

* Forward Carl Soderberg has yet to practice with the team since injuring his ankle in the final preseason game against Winnipeg. He’s been skating on his own this week prior to each team practice, but there’s no timetable for his return. When he's deemed healthy, the Bruins can assign him to Providence on a conditioning stint, but Julien doesn’t know if and when that will happen. “We’re not there, yet, to be honest with you,” Julien said.

* Bruins veteran forward David Krejci was thrilled to watch fellow Czech native and 19-year-old San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl score four goals in the team’s 9-2 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Krejci doesn’t know Hertl personally, but the two played against each other in the Czech league during the lockout last year.

“He was a good player. He was only 18, so he was good as an 18-year-old in that league,” Krejci said. “I’ve seen his goals, especially the last one, it was impressive. It made me happy there’s a young Czech guy coming into the NHL and is doing pretty good. It’s good for him. I’m happy for him, but it’s also good for Czech hockey.”

Hertl’s fourth and final goal on Tuesday made the highlight reel. Overall, he has six goals and one assist in three NHL games for the Sharks.