Julien: B's need to 'keep up' with Sox

Julien: B's need to 'keep up' with Sox
October 23, 2013, 12:00 am
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WILMINGTON, Mass. – Claude Julien is a big fan of the Boston sports scene. The Bruins coach was a fan of the Red Sox and Patriots long before landing the coaching gig in Boston with the Bruins, and he was there in person at Fenway Park when David Ortiz launched the late-inning grand slam that helped tame the Detroit Tigers.

Julien said he would have been back at Fenway for ALCS Game 7 on Sunday night if it had been necessary, and there’s little doubt he’ll try to take in a World Series game if his schedule permits him to do so.

Still, as much as Julien is a rooting fan of the other Boston sports teams, the Bruins coach is also a competitor. He wants his Bruins team to keep the winning vibe going as the Red sox prepare for a World Series against the Cardinals, and wouldn’t mind building on their current two-game winning streak.

“You want to keep up with those guys,” admitted Julien. “I know that they’re at a different stage of the season than we are, but if they’re going to be winning and bringing some excitement to the city then we’d like to as well.

“Certainly you don’t want to be forgotten. It’s important to be winning. The city is riled up about everything right now, and we need to keep it that way.”

The longtime Bruins coach is also keenly aware that his hockey team is the last one to bring a championship title to the city, and isn’t about to hide any pride associated with that fact.

“I’m OK with that,” he said. “If [the Red Sox win] then we need to work on being the last one to win again. There’s always motivation somewhere.”

As if the Bruins didn’t need any more motivation after coming just two wins shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup again last spring, they might have a little more if the Sox can recreate their 2004 Series victory over the Cards.