Friday, May 27, 2011
Julien keeping a positive frame of mind
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien is keeping a positive mindset heading into tonight’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk struggled in Game 6 and was on the ice for all five of the Lightning’s goals, including Tampa’s fifth tally in its 5-4 win at St. Pete Times Forum. To his credit, he was also on the ice for all four of Boston’s goals, too.
When asked Friday morning to discuss Boychuk’s play of late, Julien pointed out that he has confidence in all his players.
“Our team needs to be positive and we believe in everybody in our hockey club,” Julien said.
The follow-up question was in regards to the improved play of defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and this time the coach was quick to answer.
“That’s somebody you can talk about positively, and certainly one of those guys that I think last game played pretty good,” Julien said. “I liked his game. He moved the puck well. He was in there. He created some opportunities for us.
“He made some good decisions in our own end. He did a great job. So I know there's been a tendency to be hard on this guy at times, but I would say three out of the last four games, he's been a real good player for us.”