Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLAKE PLACID, New York Mike Cammalleri didnt want to speak too much about potential pressure heaped on the Habs if they couldnt take care of business at home against a desperate Bruins team.It was probably a wise choice.He didnt have his words used against him later in the series, and that turned out be both smart and pretty fortuitous at the same time. The Canadiens couldnt step on Bostons throat up 2-0 with a game in Montreal, and now the Bruins have new postseasonlife with momentum on their side.The Bruins were poopoo-ing the notion of momentum and pressure getting sent in the opposite direction after winning their first game of the series and instead wanted to simply get out and play Game Four after a couple of days resting and rechargingat Lake Placid's Olympic Center.We didnt play that much better last night. The start was better, but there were still turnovers that they didnt capitalize on this time around, said Andrew Ference. I think you could make the momentum argument either way. Theyre up, you know, so the pressure is always on both teams.Its on everybody to win, and thats always the way it is. The Lake Placid retreat also gives youngsters like Brad Marchand a chance to catch their breath after the first three games of the playoffs, and begin processing everything theyve experienced on and off the ice. Marchand said he was somethinglike a Super Ball bouncing off the dressing room walls between periods in Game Three while waiting to get out on the frozen sheet.Marchand was that geeked in the super-charged Bell Centre environment, and it showed on the ice.Theyre pretty crazy and right down the buzzer, said Marchand. The emotion involved is amazing. I think there was one point I couldnt even hear the coaches on the bench behind me because the crowd was so loud. You get such an adrenaline rush from the crowds in Montreal and Boston that you cant even settle down and relax. I went in the dressing room after one of the periods and I was just shaking because I could hear the fans going crazy. I just couldnt wait to get back out there. Its special.On to the links:A good piece by Bruce Arthur of the National Post about the boring, successful style employed by Jacques Martin and the Canadiens.Lou Lamoriello talks about the Zach Parise contract progress, and the desire to get something done before the New Jersey forward can start fielding offers from other teams.The big guys on San Jose are struggling right now in the postseason, and that should be a shock to absolutely nobody.The Days of YOrr boys break down the NHLs supplementary discipline decisions on a case-by-case basis.NBC, Comcast and Versus soon to be renamed announce a new 10-year deal with the NHL that is great news for the league, for the network and for, well, me.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski puts together a Jack Edwards Greatest Hits compilation from last nights Game 3 at the Bell Centre. Jack was in rare form with the action at a fever pitch, and his yelling Get up! at Roman Hamrlik becomes an instant classic.XM Home Ice sits down with Calder Trophy candidate and Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner, and doesnt call him the Justin Beiber of hockey even once. Good for them.Because Im in Lake Placid, it was pretty necessary to link to this video even though everybody and their mother has seen the five-year-old do the Herb Brooks speech before.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sarah Baicker says that the Philadelphia defense is thriving and survivingwithout Chris Pronger, and is some kind of defensemen depth that the Flyers enjoy.

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.