Julien: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

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Julien: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Claude Julien, like a lot of people around the Bruins, didnt like what he saw in last week's blowout loss to the Sabres.

There were defensive mistakes and discipline lapses, of course. Those things will happen over a long season.

But the coach also felt teeming frustration, and saw players venting against one another. As Julien put it, there was a lot of negativity in the dressing room, the kind that can bog a team down before the players are even aware they're knee-deep in it.

Its about the approach you take to games and situations," Julien said. "Lately things havent been going well, so guys . . . feel the pressure. Pressure weighs you down. Youve heard coaches say that in the past, and pressure can weigh you down in practice, too. After the second period in Buffalo I came in and said to the guys that I could sense the negativity and everything else because things werent going well. We werent helping ourselves.

The Bs did a good job of eliminating the bad feelings. That was evident in their shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, and it's something thats been stressed since the bottom dropped out.

The practices this week were about working hard, staying positive and making things happen, said Julien. Before the Nashville game, thats what we talked about. We needed to bring that work ethic into the game and feel good about it . . . Maybe that helped those guys feel lighter, because they went out there and worked hard.

Apparently a couple of solid, intense hockey practices and a good between-periods chat can, like a Red Bull, give you wings like they did for the Bruins over the last week.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.