BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 2-1 lead over the Bs after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.1)David Krejci has a goal and three assists in the two games since Claude Julien called him out a bit and basically said it was about time to get things going. Krejci has done just that, and was the right guy in the right place for a Bs power play goal that they badly needed prior to the end of the first period. Krejci was in the slot area when Milan Lucic battled for a loose puck near the right post, and fed a perfect pass to the Bs center as Jimmy Howard was out of position scraping for the puck.2)Not a lot of skating or effort in that first period by the Bruins particularly the first half of the period when they struggled to get their skating legs underneath them. Not shocking that they were outshot 12-7 in the period.3)Danny Cleary had a couple of shots on net and a goal, and was incredibly active in the first 20 minutes. The Wings managed to survive when he was down and out with injuries, but hes a difference-making in a playoff kind of way when hes healthy.4)Tuukka Rask was S-H-A-K-Y to start things off in the first period. The Todd Bertuzzi goal was a bit of an odd-man rush, but Rask still got a very good look at the shot and should have stopped it from rattling in. He managed to collect himself and avoid Claude Juliens hook, but he needs to tighten things up and not allow any more goals if the Bruins hope to come back. He like the rest of the team looked like he wasnt ready to start tonights game.5)Steve Kampfer had the fewest minutes of ice time (5:07) in the first period among Bs defensemen, and it looks like the Bruins scaled back a bit with their 22-year-old rookie in his first game against the team he rooted for as a kid growing up in Michigan. Might have been a few jitters for this one.

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.