Morning Skate: Lady Gaga getting in B's way

Morning Skate: Lady Gaga getting in B's way

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON If things go awry this week for the Bruins, the only place to slap some blame will be in the direction ofandrogynous Madonna wannabee, Lady Gaga. Not only is she liberally lifting sheet music from Madonnas Express Yourself to create her own new brand of pop music, but she also brought her overwrought theatrics toMontreals Bell Centre on Monday night.On its own that would be no sweat, but its problematic when coupled with the fact it forced Game 6 to Tuesday night at the Bell Centre --and creates a potential back-to-back situation for Game 7 on Wednesday night at TD Garden.It would appear given the schedule of Rush and Lady Gaga concerts at the Habs'barnthat perhaps Montreal Canadiens ownership banked on getting home ice for the first round of the playoffs when booking dates, and hence the scheduling snafu. Either way it doesnt appear Bs fans will be joyfully warblingBad Romance or Alejandro if the Bruins get into a Game 7 situation with tired legs or weary minds."Blame it on Gaga" will become the order of the day but at least theres a Game 6 for the Bs to take care of business and renderthe situation moot. Either way the Bruins appear to be prepared for whatever scenario comes their way.I guess as a team right now, were not thinking about Game 7, said coach Claude Julien. Were thinking about Game 6. That is what is on our mind. That is what should be on our mind.We realize how important it is to come and play probably our best game of the series. Thats basically where our focus is right now. And just to talk about something else right now I dont think is the right approach. Its also a waste of energy and time. We have to focus on the moment. You hear a lot of coaches and you hear a lot of players talking about the moment, and thats what he have to focus on is the moment. The moment is tomorrow, us being ready to play game six.Its certainly not about letting Lady Gaga and her poker face get in the way.On to the links: The Globe and Mail has a rundown on Vancouver native Tom Gagliardi, the prospective new owner of the Dallas Stars. A nice job by CSNNE.com home girl Mary Paoletti on Tim Thomas and the job he did to exorcise some postseason demons in Game 5 for the Bruins. It looks like the Penn State hockey program has found its ace-in-the-hole coach, and its a good hire. Habs and Bruins bloggers are getting together for some wagers on the series for charity, and its something everybody can still get involved in. Adrian Dater was ahead of the curve on starting Cory Schneider over Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver playoff run, and it makes plenty of sense. Hockey News scribe Ken Campbell takes on a few subjects: crazy playoff comebacks and the ageless Teemu Selanne continuing to shine in the playoffs. Unfortunately the Nashville Predators were just a little brighter. Heres the Predlines blog with a History Will Be Made commercial featuring the Nashville Predators. Ill admit it wasnt something I thought Id ever see unless it featured Barry Trotz and his amazing twitching eyebrows. Elliotte Friedman has 30 brilliant thoughts on his CBC blog, and breaks down the Roberto Luongo in the thoughtful manner he does just about everything. SI.coms Stu Hackel says that its about time people starting taking the Nashville Predators and Smashville a little more seriously. Fear the Puck blog has the short history of where the term Black Aces originated. I was in as soon as I read Eddie Shores name.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

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.