Julien: Belichick 'reached out' by attending game

Julien: Belichick 'reached out' by attending game
May 24, 2011, 10:49 pm
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It was only a five-second clip, but Versus televised him cracking peanut shells and chatting with longtime girlfriend Linda Holliday midway through the second period Monday night.

Yes, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was in the stands for the Bruins' 3-1 Game 5 win over the Lightning.

Did he give the team a pregame pep talk? Did he discuss the finer points of playoff motivation with Claude Julien? Did he uncover Tampa's Stanley Cup parade route?

No, no and no.

Belichick's show -- not tell -- of support is how the Bruins coach wants it.

"I think what he's done is reached out to us by doing what he's done," said Julien. "I think coaches understand and I would be the same way -- I would never dare call him or any of those guys when they're in the playoffs."

"It's about showing support. You don't necessarily need to talk unless somebody really needs to talk to you," said Julien. "I think if I reached out to him myself he'd be more than happy to talk to me."

Julien has done the same when the shoe is on his foot.

"I'd certainly be there to show my support, which I did with the Patriots when it was time and I've done it for the Red Sox," said Julien, also mentioning his support of the Celtics. "I'm a big fan of those Boston teams."

Of the Boston coaching community, he and Belichick are the two coaches who have not won a championship since Julien was appointed Bruins coach in 2007. He's five wins from beating Belichick to the punch.