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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Julien not planning another field trip

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has no plans this postseason to place his players in semi-seclusion.

As the Bruins prepare to face the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Julien was asked whether he was planning another team outing, similar to what the Bruins did last season when they faced the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.

After the Bruins hosted Games 1 and 2 in Boston last April, the next two games were played at Bell Centre in Montreal. Because of scheduling issues, there were two days off in between Games 3 and 4, so Julien decided it would be best to get his players out of Montreal and set up camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., for a couple of days.

The visit to the Adirondack Mountains proved crucial for a few reasons: It allowed the Bruins, who were trailing 2-1 in the series, to focus on the task at hand. It also served as a team-bonding trip and helped the Bruins win that series, and ultimately the Stanley Cup with wins over the Flyers, Lightning and Canucks.

This postseason’s road schedule in the first round is similar. After Games 1 and 2 in Boston on Thursday and Saturday, Games 3 and 4 will be Monday and Thursday at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Julien has no plans to ask President Obama for the keys to Camp David.

“When it came to that with the rivalry of Montreal and Boston, it was best for us in those two days to find the place that we can have our guys relax,” Julien said after Tuesday’s practice. “Montreal is such a big hockey city that’s basically the main sport they live and die with, so for us it was important [to practice elsewhere].

“That was a great occasion because Lake Placid was close enough for us to get there so you don’t always have to, in my mind, you don’t always have to repeat the same things. I’m not a believer of let’s do the same thing as last year because this year's a different year.

"I’ve said that before, it’s a different team, it’s not the same players. We’ve got some of the same players, but it’s not the same players. I don’t think duplicating what happened last year is going to make us a better team or give us a better chance at winning. We've just got to live in the moment here and then recreate it in our own way.”