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Julien on shaking Hunter’s hand after Game 7: “I plan on being the happy one”

Apr 25, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Say this about Claude Julien — he sounds pretty confident going into Game 7.

On Tuesday, a reporter asked Bruins bench boss for his thoughts on the obligatory post-match handshake and what it’ll be like when he crosses paths with Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter.

Here’s what Julien had to say (courtesy

“I plan on being the happy one tomorrow,” Julien said with the confidence of a coach that’s won three straight Game 7 do-or-die matches and five straight elimination games behind the Boston bench.

But, as Julien often does, he took the time to answer the question with some thought and perspective. There is something to be said for playoff hockey as the only one of the major four sports that lines players up for handshakes at the end of each playoff round.

“It all depends on the series,” Julien said. “There is animosity, but as the same time there comes a time when you have to put those things aside and congratulate the team for their good effort and moving forward. That’s what I’m hoping happens to our team tomorrow.”

Given what transpired last postseason, no surprise Julien feels confident.

The Bruins became the first club in NHL history to win three Game 7s in one playoff year, defeating Montreal in Round 1 (in overtime), Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals (1-0) and Vancouver in the Cup finals (as the away team, becoming just the third team since1967 to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on the road.)

The Caps, meanwhile, have had far less Game 7 success. Washington’s played in four Game 7s since 2008, but won just once.

  1. floggnaw86 - Apr 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Hes to cocky and it’s going to suck for him when the caps win tonite

    • ballistictrajectory - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      way to jinx your team, bro.

      • rg3isvictory - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Jinx? What are you, a lady?

  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Been there done that

  3. 8man - Apr 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    The puck has no memory. What the Bruins have done previously in similar situations is meaningless. It’s simple. They have to play better and stay away from stupid penalties. I won’t be surprised at any outcome.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Spoken by someone who’s never played sports. The big game experience factor is HUGE

      • 8man - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        I haven’t played pro sports either, but all of these have played big games at all levels. Ultimately, talent and grit surpasses minor edges in experience as the game draws on.

  4. pastabelly - Apr 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Home ice matters tonight.

    • bozosforall - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Guess NOT.

  5. renberg19 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Julien doesn’t always win game 7s at home.


    Flyers Fan

  6. lordstanley65 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Dr. Recchi,diving,cheap shots,Colin Campbell conspiracy,blah,blah,blah.

    There. I have just fulfilled my contractual obligation with Habsman to post for him while he’s away at Special Olympics.

  7. nflanalyst - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Milan Lucic is the dirtiest player ive seen this entire season. I love the NHL playoffs but players like this need to suspended no questions asked.

  8. tonyromoisterrible - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Julien is going to leave with a hanky in his hand, crying all the way down the tunnel. Go back to a french speaking country you whiner.

  9. tonyromoisterrible - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Julien will leave the ice tonight with a hanky in hand, crying all the way down the tunnel. Go back to a french speaking country whiner!

  10. arbruins - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Bitter caps fan?

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