WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Even though Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien is totally focused on his team’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Washington Capitals, he’s also been paying close attention to the other series around the league.
The series between Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins has been the talk of the hockey world. After the Bruins’ morning skate on Monday at Verizon Center, Julien was asked if he watched the Flyers game on Sunday.
“Absolutely,” he said. “This is the time of year you watch everything you can, even if it means you stay up late, too” Julien said. “It’s interesting. You don’t just watch it for reasons of homework, you’re also a fan of this game and it’s a great time of year to be watching hockey. Obviously there’s a lot of intensity in some of those series. A lot of them are about rivalries and it kind of gets amped up to a point where it’s borderline.”
Julien also made it a point to give props to the referees.
“This is where you’ve got to give a lot of credit to the referees because they’re earning their money right now,” Julien said. “It’s tough when there are scrums like there have been in some of those games, to come out there and try to identify who’s shorthand and who’s not and who’s the culprit. It’s not easy. I honestly tip my hat to those guys because when you’re watching from a spectator’s point of view, you see how tough it is they’ve done a great job so far.
“I know our series hasn’t been as physical and it may or may not, but we’re aware that discipline is a big thing in our series and both team have understood that.”