Julien: Total team defense, not goalies, is the issue

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Julien: Total team defense, not goalies, is the issue

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked, after Monday's practice, what he thought the Bruins' biggest issue was during their recent skid.

Julien wasted no time saying that his team needs to do a lot better job keeping the puck out of its own net. But he didn't blame that on his goaltending. He blamed it on the defensive-zone play in front of Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask.

"This is a team that, through the course of the year, has been pretty stingy," said Julien. "And lately, we haven't been.

"Our game as a whole, in the defensive zone, we've had a lot of breakdowns, and a lot of bad penalties at bad times, that have resulted in goals as well," added Julien.

"The whole thing needs to be cleaned up, but if we're going to start winning some hockey games, especially this week against pretty good teams, we're going to have to be a lot stingier."

Julien was also asked about the emotions Rask shows on the ice after letting up a goal, and said that sometimes he'd like to see the goalie control himself more.

"I don't support that, and I don't think anybody supports that, including him," said Julien. "Sometimes frustration sets in. You see players when they're breaking their sticks after a goal against, or you see them putting their heads up in the air, after they miss an open net. There's a frustration part, so I'm certainly not going to stand here and start accusing him of that. But yeah, I think it's something that you don't want to see from anybody, because it has a big impact on your team."

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Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.

 

 

What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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