Julien defends decision to keep Seguin off PP

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Julien defends decision to keep Seguin off PP

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin got his shot on Saturday night. He finished hisfirst career Stanley Cup playoff game with a goal and an assist in nearly 10minutes of ice time.

The big question, a day after the Bruins Game 1 loss tothe Tampa Bay Lightning, was whether or not Seguins time on the power playwould increase from the zero seconds he saw on the man advantage inthat Game 1.

Looking at the numbers, it looks like the Bruinscould use his offensive skills on a dismal power-play unit that went 0-for-4 inSaturday nights loss, and is now 2-for-41 in the playoffs.

Coach Claude Julien gave a simple no comment whenasked about Seguin and the power play after Saturdays loss.

The first question in Sundays press conference at the TDGarden was quite similar, and this time Julien defended his teams power playwithout Seguin. He said it improved throughout the game, and that it wasnt alack of production on the man advantage that hurt them in Game 1.

Its a situation where youve got to understand, this is a19-year-old that hasnt played in 11 games, said Julien, defending hisdecision not to use Seguin on the power play. He comes back in, and you wantto give him some small chunks to bite on, and certainly work his way up.

I think the other part is that our power play is nowstarting to pick it up. I thought, at first on Saturday night, our power play was not areally good one. The second one got a little better, and then we got some shotsgo through on the other one. Had it not improved, theres nodoubt, we would have thrown him in there.

But our power plays been good the last couple of games,added Julien. And just because you struggle in the first couple of ones, youexploit it again, and then try something new. Had it not gone well, we wouldhave. And Seguin would have certainly been considered.

Seguin said hell be readyif he gets the call.

Obviously I appreciate the fans support, but really, Imnot thinking about all that right now, said Seguin on Sunday. Im just tryingto stay focused on whenever the opportunities arise, and when they do, I justwant to be there to make the most of it.

My main focus right now is just staying ready, and if theopportunity arises, just like my chance to play last night, then I want to takeadvantage of it. Thats what I tried to do last night. I just want to staysharp and prepared, in case the call comes again.

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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.