Friday, January 14, 2011
Bruins aren't counting out Penguins
By James Murphy
Just a week after one of the toughest losses of the the Boston Bruins' season, the Bruins (24-12-7, 55 points) will welcome in the Pittsburgh Penguins (27-14-4, 58 points) on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matinee at TD Garden, having not lost a game since that heart-breaking a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens last Saturday.
The Bruins three-game win streak started with their dramatic 4-2 comeback win at Pittsburgh on Monday, when they erased a 2-0 deficit with four goals in the last three and a half minutes.
The Penguins were able to rebound from that collapse with a convincing 5-2 win at Montreal on Wednesday, and while they will be missing their captain and star player Sidney Crosby (concussion) for the fifth straight game, Bruins coach Claude Julien knows that he and the Bruins need to expect a Pittsburgh team with revenge on its mind.
“They’re a good hockey club and not by accident," Julien said. "We got a lot of respect for those guys and we know that there’s some character there. A lot of guys on that team have won Stanley Cups, so they know what it takes sometimes to bear down and anything can happen.
"The proof was there in Montreal in that last game [for the Penguins]. There’s no doubt to me they were the better team. So we shouldn’t expect anything different [Saturday], and they’re going to come back. As you know, we’ve beaten them twice in their building, so there’s extra motivation for them to come into our building and want to do the same.”
Julien was then asked if he had watched “24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road To The Winter Classic” -- the recent behind the scenes miniseries that followed the Penguins and Caps throughout the Winter Classic -- and whether coaches could learn anything new on the two teams from it to prepare for games with them.
“I don’t know,” Julien said. “I mean I saw that last one, where they played Washington, and you know, they had all those chats and you know things on the board and so forth. There’s not a big, big difference in the league. Every team has a lot of information about other teams and have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done.
"I kind of smiled a bit when I was listening to the coaches speak because they’re all the same chats and you can relate. You know exactly what’s going on and I don’t think there’s a big secret there. I think that’s why they didn’t mind doing it. I don’t think there’s that many secrets left in this game anymore.”
The secretive and disciplined bench boss was then asked if he’d ever be willing to let cameras follow him around.
“If you guys know me, you probably know the answer,” Julien said with a laugh.