Julien: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative


Julien: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative

Claude Julien, like a lot of people around the Bruins, didnt like what he saw in last week's blowout loss to the Sabres.

There were defensive mistakes and discipline lapses, of course. Those things will happen over a long season.

But the coach also felt teeming frustration, and saw players venting against one another. As Julien put it, there was a lot of negativity in the dressing room, the kind that can bog a team down before the players are even aware they're knee-deep in it.

Its about the approach you take to games and situations," Julien said. "Lately things havent been going well, so guys . . . feel the pressure. Pressure weighs you down. Youve heard coaches say that in the past, and pressure can weigh you down in practice, too. After the second period in Buffalo I came in and said to the guys that I could sense the negativity and everything else because things werent going well. We werent helping ourselves.

The Bs did a good job of eliminating the bad feelings. That was evident in their shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, and it's something thats been stressed since the bottom dropped out.

The practices this week were about working hard, staying positive and making things happen, said Julien. Before the Nashville game, thats what we talked about. We needed to bring that work ethic into the game and feel good about it . . . Maybe that helped those guys feel lighter, because they went out there and worked hard.

Apparently a couple of solid, intense hockey practices and a good between-periods chat can, like a Red Bull, give you wings like they did for the Bruins over the last week.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
Rob Whalen RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
Brian Johnson LHP