BruinsRangers: 5 from the Third

BruinsRangers: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Rangers by a 1-0 score at TD Garden after 60 minutes of sleepy Saturday hockey.1)Tough afternoon for David Krejci, who was coughing up a lot of pucks trying to make plays and couldnt get in good synch with his wingers. 2)Also a frustrating afternoon for Milan Lucic, who couldnt get position in front of the net near Henrik Lundqvist and also took a pair of slashing penalties after getting drilled by Dan Girardi into the boards in the second period.3)Rich Peverley had the best chance of the day when he snapped off a top shelf wrister from the left faceoff circle, but Henrik Lundqvist was able to make a snappy glove save on the bid.4)Dennis Seidenberg finished with a minus-1, but he had another good game leading the Bruins with four shots on net and providing a couple of solid hits on Rangers players. He looks like hes playing some of his best hockey at the very end of the season.5)Four kills for the Boston PK unit, which says that the Bruins werent moving their feet enough through the game but also says that the killers are on the right track after really keeping them away from the net.

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.