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The Bruins are tough to beat because of their ‘layers,’ says Julien

Jun 4, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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Boston coach Claude Julien wasn’t about to share his entire game plan with reporters today, but he did say something that’s become frustratingly apparent to the Pittsburgh Penguins after two games of the Eastern Conference finals.

“I think it’s pretty obvious that we have layers,” said Julien. “Our guys are committed to come back and just making sure that there’s layer after layer that make it hard for them to get to our net.”

The Bruins, with their layers, have surrendered just one Pittsburgh goal so far. And combined with clutch goaltending from Tuukka Rask — another layer in itself — Boston has a commanding 2-0 series lead, with Games 3 and 4 on home ice.

“Our team’s playing probably its best hockey this year right now, but so is Tuukka,” said Julien. “I think he’s been unbelievable so far in this series. He’s been good throughout the whole playoffs, but he seems to have brought his game up a notch here as well.”

The Bruins — who boast one of the NHL’s top defensive forwards in Patrice Bergeron and one of the best shutdown defensemen in Zdeno Chara — have shut down potent offenses in the past.

In the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, they limited the Vancouver Canucks to just eight goals in seven games. Now they’re thwarting a Pittsburgh side that came into the conference finals averaging over four goals per game in the playoffs.

On the flip side, the Canucks once led the 2011 finals by the same score the Bruins now lead the Penguins, a fact that Julien acknowledged today.

“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves here,” he said. “We need to understand that these next games are crucial for us, just as much as it is for them.”

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  1. jacketsfan7 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    He’s right on that one

  2. therealdeal18 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Julien would know about layers, what with his multiple chins and beer belly how couldn’t he?

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      and the upcoming layering of his name on the Cup in what will be two of the three recent winners. I’ll drink to that.

      • therealdeal18 - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        And pens fans are overconfident?

      • mjdkid100 - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Right…because if the Pens won Game 1 & 2 in the same fashion, we wouldn’t hear from them at all.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      That’s the best you could come up with? What are you, twelve?

  3. bleedrangerblue - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Neutral Zone Trap

    • supercoop8 - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Apparently its more effective then a five man cluster in front of your goalie getting shinned by pucks.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Funny comment coming from a Rangers fan…..

    • 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Are you bleeding Ranger blue, or weeping it?

  4. 19to77 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Breaking news: Vezina-calibre goaltending, a Norris-winning defenseman and the reigning Selke winner make a pretty good foundation for a hockey team.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Sounds like layers to me. The beauty is working that under the cap.

  5. kovodisc - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    They are playing, by far, their best hockey of the year.

    They looked like a bad hockey team for the last 2 months of the season. Bad penalties, blown leads, extremely poor defense, and lazy skating. I will be the first to admit that I didn’t expect much from this team at all, and predicted another one-and done (not that I wanted that – realist/hockey fan first, homer second ;))

    It’s great to see these guys playing their hearts out and staying committed to the teams defensive approach. This team is showing some serious grit right now and it’s awesome to see! Lets just hope they can keep it rollin…

  6. helladonks - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I instantly thought of the line “Ogres, have, LAYERS, Donkey!” From Shrek

    • Brian Burke - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Ogres are like onions.

  7. pastabelly - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Layers didn’t work out so great against Toronto. The team is playing better now and is more focused.

    • bman7206 - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      How’s Toronto doing?

    • homelanddefense - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      because Toronto was using their speed to expose the Bruins. Pitts, for some reason, has come out determined to “out tough” them. That almost never works against Boston.

  8. buffalomafia - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Don’t choke & be physical with Cynthia Crosby!

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