Julien: B's have too high a 'comfort level'

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Julien: B's have too high a 'comfort level'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON It wasnt the punitive bag skate that some assumed it might be, but the Bruins ran through a comprehensive Sunday morning practice focused on getting traffic to the front of the net and getting shots through from their defensemen.Every player was accounted for on the ice, and coach Claude Julien intimated that the hands-off approach to his hockey team has come to an end.A few weeks ago, on the heels of a winning streak, the Bruins might have earned the Sunday off. But Julien says his team needs to break bad habits after losing six of its last seven games.When you us playing the way we are, I dont think were mentally ready to play, said Julien. We have to understand there is a lot of work to do. There is too much of a comfort level right now. We have to understand that if we assume everything is going to be okay then were going to be disappointed in the end.Pretty sure everybody knows what Julien is referencing when he talks about the end.The latest indignity was a one-sided 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs that featured little fighting spirit when it mattered, and both Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask melting down on the Air Canada Centre ice.Several Bruins confirmed that Rask did indeed go berserk and yelled at Dennis Seidenberg after he surrendered Torontos fifth goal in the second period, but apologized shortly afterward to completely defuse a touchy situation.

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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.