Going through Bruins withdrawals

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Going through Bruins withdrawals

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Its been six days since the Bruins last played.

Six days since the Bs swept the Flyers and handed The Filth commemorative golf clubs to enjoy the summer with.

Six days of sitting. waiting and waiting

and more waiting while the Vancouver Canucks toyed with the Nashville Sexual Predators and the San Jose Sharks do their best to (once again) choke in the playoffs.

And by the time the Bruins finally face off with the Tampa Bay Lightning itll be a whole eight days.

EIGHT DAYS! Thats more than a week.

Needless to say, were going through some serious withdrawals at the moment.

So whats a fan to do? How can we faithful Bruins fans pass the time until Saturday night?

First, we tried watching the Red Sox.

And it took them only five hours for them to do it. What a slow and agonizing death.

OK. Well how about the Celtics. Rumor has it they were supposed to kick some serious ass this year.

Oooook. Better luck next year, boys. Theres gotta be some good Patriots news, right? Offseason camp should be starting soon.

Crap.

And its not just Bruins fans. Dont you wonder how the dynamic duo that is the Great American Hockey Show is spending their down time?

See! Even the GAHS is going a little bit crazy in this Bruins lull. Mike Giardi is trying to cheat on his mancrush, Brian Gionta.

And you dont even want to know how the Wicked Good Sports crew is spending our free time.

Oh man.

Please tell us its Saturday.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.