Bruins drop Islanders in preseason finale, 3-2

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Bruins drop Islanders in preseason finale, 3-2

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BRIDGEPORT, CT. The Bruins closed out their preseason the same way they closed out last year.

The Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 victory at the Webster Bank Arena, home of the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dennis Seidenberg won it with a ripped shot from the high slot area that bounced out of the net just as rapidly as it soared in.

The Islanders jumped out to a two-goal lead on a first-period strike from Isles superstar John Tavares and a second-period score from Marty Reasoner. The Tavares goal arrived on a 5-on-3 advantage for New York after Mark Streit blasted a shot that Tim Thomas originally saved, but a solid rebound bounced right out to Tavares' stick. No. 1 overall picks dont miss those kinds of chances.

The Bruins came back from the deficit, however, and began pouring on the offense once goalie Al Montoya had been lifted in favor of Evgeni Nabokov in the second period.

The comeback started with David Krejci running a 2-on-1 break with Milan Lucic, faking a pass to his big left winger and then firing to Nabokovs open stick side to cut the lead in half. Tyler Seguin followed less than two minutes later with his third goal of the preseason as he crashed the net following some solid Benoit Pouliot work digging a puck out of the corner. That set up Dennis Seidenbergs game-winning goal with a little more than eight minutes to go in the final preseason game of the year.

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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.