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Bruins coach fears run-and-gun games vs. Pens

Jun 1, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

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After avoiding questions about controversial hits, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien gave the talk about all the rough stuff in Game 1 a big whatever, pointing to it merely being playoff hockey.* The pace of the play wasn’t to his liking, though.

While Boston survived runs of end-to-end hockey, Julien indicated that he wants his team to stick with its traditional, tighter defensive style.

“We got caught into a run-and-gun type of game.  I think we all know we’re not a team that does well in those run-and-gun games,” Julien said. ” … Luckily, whatever little mistakes we made, Tukka was up to the task.”

There’s no doubt that the Bruins coach would prefer to take it slow, but Boston has shown an ability to light up the scoreboard on occasion. They scored a respectable 131 goals this season, memorably scored 20 goals in four games against the Philadelphia Flyers in a pretty wide-open 2011 playoff series and possess this postseason’s leading scorer in David Krejci.

Still, Julien would prefer this series to be a grinding, defensive struggle. Looking at the talent at the other end, it’s easy to see why.

* – Go ahead, imagine Julien doing the hand signal. It’s a fun mental image.

  1. itsallniceonice - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Double edged sword. Pens are great on offense and counter attacking but in run and gun they also have no idea where they should be on defense.

  2. arbruins - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    True colors there NBC…the announcers LOVED the guns tonight and it is obvious that the love carries over to this sight as well.

    It was disgusting listening to you guys inflate the Bs tires when they played the leafs and rangers but it has gone off scale high now that the Guins are in the ECF. you guys play up Malkin and Crosby so much that I can’t keep my lunch down. Pathetic, get some real unbiased announcers.

    • tokyobuzzsaw - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      It’s like Jordan and the Bulls all over again, it’s absolutely aweful and putrid.

    • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      they have the trophys and numbers to earn it.

      • stakex - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:46 AM

        Not really. There should be no “earning” bias announcing in a nationally televised broudcast. The crew should be as un-biased as possible… no matter how good/bad either team or their players are.

        Tonight after Boston won the NBC crew sounded like someone died, and just kept talking about why the Pens lost… and very little about why Boston won.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Well for all the swooning the announcers do during games (take a shot every time the Penguins are mentioned in a game that the Penguins aren’t playing in!) Millbury and co. make sure to counteract during intermission breaks. Millbury was letting Bylsma have a piece of his mind after the game tonight!

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      CBC and the crew on HNIC do the same. Why? Is everybody gravitating around the NHL wrong with respect 87 & 71?

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    “Tuuka was up to the task”

    i see what you did there claude

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I enjoy close games but watching the Bruins play is painful…reminds me of the old Devils teams and how boring they were. Teams like Boston and LA are part, of the reason why scoring is low nowadays hence why the NHL wants to bring scoring up. They eliminated the Redline after the 04-05 lockout in effort to increase scoring and make the game more open but teams like Boston still play a traplike type of game. Maybe smaller goalie pads will help.

    As for his comments he knows exactly that they aren’t set up for high scoring duels vs the Pens. Will they keep up tonight’s play vs the Pens? Maybe or Maybe not…just have to see. The series is still far from over.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:15 AM

      Bruins ranked in league scoring the following
      2013 – 13th
      2011/12 – 2nd
      2010/11 – 5th

      Quite trap-like huh?

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      What are you talking about? The Bruins don’t play with the same type of puck possession that Chicago and Pittsburgh do, but they certainly don’t play like a trap team. They get plenty of chances, as do their opponents. And they’re actually averaging the most shots in the playoffs. Even that game last night was great to watch, it was up and down the ice with both teams getting plenty of chances. It’s true that many teams in the league still play that way and it is not fun to watch, but the Bruins are not one of those teams.

  5. bigdaddy44 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    It’s true that if these two games play this run and gun type of game. that the Pens should win 7-8 out of 10 games. The difference is that Tuukka played maybe his best game tonight. Despite what the stats might say, his inconsistent play during the regular season gave rise to a lot of doubters, including me. Thankfully, he is proving that he just could give a performance that could lead the Bruins to a Cup. If he continues to play at level just a notch below Thomas and Quick from the last two years, the Bruins will be tough to beat.

  6. thesportsjudge - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    This columnist is an idiot and biased hack. What team in the league would want to try and outscore the Pens? Ok, I will give you the Flyers. They seem to excel in an 11-10 game with Pittsburgh.

  7. bobhpine - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Bergeron is covered in his own blood

  8. pastabelly - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:19 AM

    How are Bruins setting game back with traps? Do you watch the games, or only when your team plays?

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