Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's


Ference out; Rask, Kampfer in for B's

By JoeHaggerty
EDMONTON, AB Andrew Ference will miss Sunday nights game against the Edmonton Oilers with a lower body injury, and 22-year-old defenseman Steve Kampfer will be back in the lineup for Boston.I know hes not playing tonight, and hopefully well have a better assessment of him moving forward, said Julien. I dont know what the plan is right now, but I suspect the plan is that hell stay with us.Claude Julien said there was nothing further on Ferences injury, and that there werent any plans for the blueliner to be sent back to Boston for medical evaluation prior to Tuesday night following the game in Ottawa against the Senators. Ference injured himself in the first period of the win over the Canucks, and never returned to the game following the incident.Kampfer was scratched in each of the last two games for the Bruins after netting just a single point in the previous 10 games, and was displaced in the Bs lineup once Boston traded for puck-moving Tomas Kaberle.We want to see him play well and move the puck well. Hes one of those guys in his first year with some ups and downs and growing pains, said Julien. Weve got seven healthy defensemen, so theres always going to be somebody sitting out. Its not always about what we want to see out of him.Julien also informed that the Bs will start Tuukka Rask in net against the Oilers after the young netminder had put together his first two-game winning streak of the season in victories over the Islanders and Senators last week.
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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.