Julien on Marchand hit: 'We all have our opinions'

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Julien on Marchand hit: 'We all have our opinions'

BOSTON -- It was clear. Bruins coach Claude Julien didn't agree with the game misconducts that were handed out to Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden.

But before making those implications, he refused to rip the officials for the calls.

"It doesn't really matter, guys," said Julien after the loss. "You guys know. We can't comment. Our job is to assess our team. Our job is to assess our players. Our job is not to assess or comment on referees. So I'm not stupid enough to stand up here and criticize them.

"What I can tell ya is that they scored four power-play goals, so we gave them an opportunity to score on their bread and butter. Instead of criticizing the referees, I would much prefer criticizing us for the penalties. Whether you're worthy or not, take the responsibility."

The biggest power-play goal that was scored, may have been Vancouver's third of the game, with 12.3 seconds left in the second period.

It came one minute into Marchand's game misconduct for "clipping" on Vancouver's Sami Salo.

Salo came in hard to make a hit along the boards, and Marchand -- who stood still -- saw it coming and quickly ducked. It was a reactionary move that sent Salo up and over Marchand and down to the ice, where he stayed before skating back to the dressing room with an apparent shoulder injury.

After the game, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said that Salo suffered an "upper-body" injury and would be further evaluated on Sunday.

But at the time of the collision, the Bruins lost Marchand for the rest of the game, which also resulted in two Vancouver goals.

The second ended up being the game-winner, and came 1:09 into the third period, as Cody Hodgson ripped a slap shot off the cross-bar and in, as he skated down to the top-right circle.

And while Julien wouldn't rip the officials after the game, he did imply that Marchand's "clip" didn't deserve a game misconduct, which eventually cost the Bruins the game.

"We all have our opinions with what is going on with the game and the hits and everything else," said Julien. "All I'm gonna tell you is that, I have always told my players that they need to protect themselves. The last thing I want my players to do is to get hit and then end up with a concussion, and they have to protect themselves.

"Whether it's the right way or the wrong way, it'll depend on how the league looks at it. But I'd rather have a guy take a two-minute penalty than turn his back to the play, stand up straight, and then get his face knocked into the glass, and be out for the rest of the year with a concussion, or maybe end a career, like Savard.

"In my opinion, if guys start protecting themselves the way Marchand did, maybe guys will stop taking runs at other guys."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”