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Bruins coach: ‘There’s no doubt we’re going to get better’

Feb 12, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

Claude Julien AP

The Boston Bruins are off to their best 10-game start ever, but head coach Claude Julien told that he expects to see even better work ahead.

“If anything, I think we’ve been consistent,” Julien said. “There’s no doubt that we’re going to get better. I think there are still some guys that aren’t at the peak of their game yet. That’s pretty indicative of how hard we’re working to score goals.”

The Bruins lead the Northeast Division with an 8-1-1 record for 17 points despite playing the fewest amount of games in the East. Still, Julien is right about the goals coming with difficulty; they’re currently ranked 28th in the league with a paltry 10.3 percent success rate on the power play.

The Bruins won their 2011 Stanley Cup with a PP than often sputtered, too, but Julien hopes to see that the man advantage and other scoring areas improve.

“We’re a better scoring team than what we’ve shown thus far. I think we’ve shown that we’re capable of creating the chances, but right now the finish isn’t there,” said Julien. “There’s certainly room for improvement. But I like where we are at this stage of the season and how we’ve handled those types of games. But there’s a lot more in our hockey club than we’ve shown so far.”

They’ll face a tough task in scoring against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Tuesday. You can watch the game on NBC Sports Network starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

  1. valoisvipers - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I recall the Bruins last season went on quite a winning streak and were putting up huge scores. The offense will come and when it does watch out, they are and will be even scarier to play against.A very well balanced team playing the coach’s system.

    • nunan - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      They score a lot of goals, typically. They were in the top 5 last year. Instead of winning games 4-1 or 5-2, they are winning 3-1 and 2-1. So, everything is there except the offensive pop.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Bruins getting better is a scary thought…Lundqvist seems to have their number tonight though –

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Nevermind I may have spoke too soon…

  3. callmehelder - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    When he makes Khoudobin the #1 guy in goal.

  4. callmehelder - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Julien should be fired just because of the state of that powerplay!

    • scalfor3 - Feb 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Felger? Is that you?

      • 4helderor4worst - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        HAHA He calls it like it is ,you gotta love the guy for that.

  5. gallyhatch - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    They came back from 3-0 to lose in a SO with Lundgquist standing on his head . . . . .all while playing their worst game of the season. . . . If the Bruins the other teams in the East should be nervous.

    (with lots of cap space, who knows what they could try to make happen before the deadline)

    • gallyhatch - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      “if the Bruins get better, the other teams in the East should be nervous”.

  6. 8man - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Solid management. Good mix of young and veteran players. They’ll be in the mix.

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