Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Claude Julien says team needs focus
By James Murphy ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- The Bruins made it clear Wednesday that they are not out for revenge for Aaron Rome's series-ending hit on Nathan Horton.
And coach Claude Julien said he doesn't expect his team to partake in any of the taunting that occured in Games 2 and 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
"No. 1, he's not forgotten," Julien said of Horton after the morning skate. "On the other hand, I don't think you have to focus on what's happened more than what needs to happen here in this next game. We desperately need a win to get ourselves back in this series. That's where our focus is. It's certainly not going to be about looking for revenge. Justice has been served, so there's no other reason to look for more."
Rome was handed a four-game suspension Tuesday by the league for his blindside hit of Horton in Monday's Game 3.
As for the taunting, Julien had said publicly before Game 3 that he wouldn't tolerate it from his team. When Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi both taunted Maxim Lapierre and Alex Burrows (who bit Patrice Bergeron in Game 1) during the game, Julien let them have it afterward.
Now he is hoping the two teams can just play some hockey.
"Like I said, I said it the other morning, I was one of those guys that voiced my opinion that I wouldn't accept [taunting]," Julien said. "I certainly didn't share that with my team. Consequently, we were responsible for a couple of those. Obviously it was clear after the game what I expected from our guys. I'm certainly not a guy that encourages that kind of stuff.
"NHL vice president Mike Murphy was absolutely right in sending us that message to both teams. We need to sell this game in a proper way. The hockey itself is exciting enough without needing that."
Winger David Krejci is more worried about filling the scoring void left by injured linemate Horton.
"It's not easy to play without one of your best players," Krejci said. "But everybody knows that we have to step up our game and play for him, too. I think last game we did exactly that. We didn't care, we just went out there and played the game and won it for him. Everybody was chipping in and that's what happened and that's what is going to happen tonight."
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com