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Julien: Bruins don’t gameplan for ‘Mr. Shaw’

Jun 13, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

The Boston Bruins aren’t going to concern themselves with Andrew Shaw.

That was the story following Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, as B’s head coach Claude Julien said his club isn’t strategizing how to silence Chicago’s gritty forward — even though he was a force.

“I don’t think we do our gameplan around Mr. Shaw,” Julien explained. “Our gameplan is against the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We know he’s an agitator, we know he’s good at embellishing too, at times. We know all that stuff.”

In addition to scoring the game-winning goal in the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Final history, Shaw stuffed the stat sheet.

He finished with a goal, an assist, a plus-2 rating, a team-high nine hits, one takeaway and won his lone faceoff on the evening — all in a career-high 24:03 time on ice.

Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville couldn’t say enough about the performance.

“He’s a competitor,” Quenneville explained. “He does things game in, game out. The bigger the stage, the bigger the challenge, he rises to the occasion.”

Shaw now has nine points in 18 postseason games, and is quickly becoming one of Chicago’s best performers in the clutch.

He’s tied for the team lead in game-winning goals, with two, and played a key role in kickstarting the Blackhawks’ two-goal rally in the third period by setting up Dave Bolland to cut Boston’s lead to one.

The pass to Bolland was a pretty one, but it was Shaw’s grinder tendencies that had his head coach raving.

“[Shaw] knows where the front of net is. Doesn’t have to be pretty,” Quenneville said. “He’s a warrior. He’s one of those guys that you appreciate he’s on your side and he’s relentless.”


  1. r8rbhawk - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Marchand was the better pest tonight but Shaw had the better offensive game, as a Hawks fan, I’ll take that trade every night

    • alwaysgame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      As a Bruins fan, first, great game, well deserved win. Secondly I thought Shaw was the better pest, hitting/agitating Chara whenever he got the chance… Marchy didn’t do much tonight pest wise, clipped Crawford on his way by (dunno if it was intentional or not, but it’s not the first time he’s tripped up a tender) and talked smack once. After that he was just another skater.

    • doubles22 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Agree that an effective pest can be invaluable to a team. Wish Minny would add a guy like that. Clutterbuck and his hits after a guy has moved the puck that have zero benefit to gaining any type of advantage for his team is NOT what I’m talking about.

      “We know he’s good at embellishing too, at times.”

      Anyone in black & gold that uses the e-word regarding any other team should have a muzzle slapped on them for life.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Guys like this are absolutely invaluable to their teams. People love to hate ’em, but they scramble to get them on their teams if there’s ever a chance. The Shaws, Marchands, Burrows’ and such of the League are just too useful all over the ice to not have.

  3. jpat2424 - Jun 13, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    19to77 couldn’t agree more

  4. earpaniac - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    He’s a better Bolland.

  5. alwaysgame7 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    In other news, can NBC’s coverage get any worse?

    We interrupt these commercials to promote our sponsor, and now back to commercials about golf, and other things hockey fans are unlikely to watch.


  6. Florio's Lawyer - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    If anybody knows about embellishment, it’s Julien…

    • myspaceyourface - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      If you like that, you’ll love this.

      • myspaceyourface - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        The most free range, organically grown, disingenuous, ideologically marinated, un-selfawareness I have ever seen in the wild.

        HA HA HA HA

    • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      TOO FUNNY !!

    • slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM


    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Coach Julie-Ann might want to start game planning for “Mr. Shaw”.

      “We know he’s an agitator, we know he’s good at embellishing too, at times. We know all that stuff.”

      Um coach Julie-Ann, try to stay focused on “Mr. Shaw” and leave Marchmallow out of the conversation for now.

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    “…we know he’s good at embellishing too, at times.”

    Is this now every NHL coach’s go-to card after a loss? Man up. Talk about the posistives and negatives of your own team and give the other team credit.

    • gallyhatch - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      It’s gamesmanship, they are lobbying for the next call, or to get the refs to pay a little closer attention.

      In this regard, I find NHL coaches very hypocritcal. Every team has guys who play on the edge, and try to draw penalties, some guys go over the line.

      Julien had a good point, Shaw snapped his head back after Chara cross checked him in the chest, and drew the high sticking call. . . . it worked.

      But I’m also aware that the Bruins are guilty of it at times too, so whatever.

  8. slysipops - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    i realize that julien was ragged about loosing but, he should have stopped his answer to that assinine question after…WE GET READY FOR THE BLACKHAWKS NOT MR SHAW ….. ! commenting about the embelishing and agitating was bush and cheesy at best ! it’s not you have guys that do that CLAUDE ??? guys like SHAW are bigger on a team than some persons realize. the 2010 HAWK cup team had BURRISH and a couple of others……look what happened when when BOWMAN let all those guys slip away and ….we’ll be fine , we kept the core intact……..DID NOT MATTER IN 2011 !

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