Bruins roll over top-seeded Penguins, 3-1

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Bruins roll over top-seeded Penguins, 3-1

PITTSBURGH The Bruins just keep on making statements about how good they can be.

The Bs went into a road against the Pittsburgh Penguins looking to measure themselves after taking 13 wins in 14 games, and they tossed down another dominant performance in a 3-1 victory over the Pens at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Bruins still trail the Penguins by a point in the Eastern Conference standings, but it was a large statement to the rest of the conference and league about the true Beast in the East.

The Bruins battled through the first two periods with a game Penguins unit, and the difference again in this game was their depth. Gregory Campbell opened up the scoring in the second period from a nice Daniel Paille feed from behind the net, and Rich Peverley set Benoit Pouliot up for a glove-side one-timer that handed Boston a two-goal lead.

Tyler Seguin added a one-timer on the power play for his team-leading 13th goal of the season in the opening two minutes of the third period to give Boston their necessary insurance tally. It was a team-wide victory, however, as the Bruins killed off a pair of 5-on-3 advantages for the Penguins and Tim Thomas was brilliant while making tough stops within his 26 saves for the evening.

Given good health and a high dose of confidence, there doesnt appear to be many weaknesses in the Bruins game right now. Matt Cooke managed a goal late midway through the third period, but that was it for Pittsburgh.

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.