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Coach Julien hoping Bruins learned from ‘bad’ first period

Jun 17, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks have both proven that they can bounce back from an early deficit. That doesn’t mean a strong start isn’t important and Bruins coach Claude Julien certainly doesn’t want to see another first period like the one he saw during the Bruins eventual 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.

Chicago outshot Boston 19-4 through 20 minutes and the Bruins’ might have been effectively out of the game at that point if not for goaltender Tuukka Rask.

“I felt we had a really slow start,” Julien said during Sunday’s press conference. “I felt our team was ready to play, knowing our players. I was really surprised to see how much we played on our heels.

“You know, you have to give the other team credit. They came out hard. They deserved that credit. We didn’t respond well.”

Julien suggested he might bring his players in earlier today to prevent a similar start, but he also feels that Saturday’s early performance was uniquely bad by Boston’s standards. With that in mind, he doesn’t expect history to repeat itself tonight.

“You learn from past mistakes,” Julien said. “That’s a mistake I think our team hopefully has learnt. We’re going to go back and play the same way.”

Of course, Boston still won that game and put themselves in a great position in the process. Game 3 will start at 8:00 p.m. ET.


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  1. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    I hope Chicago learned from a terrible 2nd and 3rd.

  2. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Julie-Ann should just hope his team can keep up with the Hawks tonight. Rask is giving his mediocre team a fighting chance.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Habsman isn’t early to be awake for you? It must be killing you to see the Bruins in the final for two out of the last three years. Will you come down for the parade in Boston next week, it can’t be too far from your little hobbit hole.

      The Bruins have not played well yet at all, I think the home ice crowd will have them fired up and we could see a couple early goals for the Bruins.

      • hockey412 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Oh you’re the guy that thinks there’s only one person in the world that hates Boston, huh…I’d refer you back to the John Stewart/youtube clip, my friend. There are many, many people that hate the Bruins’ hypocrisy and goonery.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Based on the grammar of your opening sentence, it seems it’s a little too early for you to be awake and posting your jibberish. It actually doesn’t kill me at all. I have many friends who are Bruins fans and I’m actually happy for them, that their beloved Bruins are relevant and in the conversation again after 40 years of nothing; even I felt bad for them.

        You won’t have to worry about any parade, but go ahead for a Duck boat ride, you’re a quack and will fit right in.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Understandable why you feel that way with Boston three wins away from hosting its 8th championship parade since 2002. City of Champions. Your jealousy is cute.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Habsman every knows you don’t have any friends. If you didn’t, alert: they don’t like you.

        Our mediocre team has once again over achieved and is on the verge of another championship. How are the Habs doing right now? At least you have the best “shut down defenseman” in the game. Ha!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Every what? You seem to be struggling with the keyboard this morning.

        You are correct about our shut down defenseman. Bruins could use a shut down defenseman right about now, but enough about that, I notice you’re still talking about the most successful team in NHL history a few weeks after they were eliminated. Now that’s something that never happened with the Bruins during that 40 year run of futility.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        Wait, is this actually habsman?


    • timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • pedroskybb - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      You don’t watch hockey much, do you?… New to the sport?

  3. pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    The Bruins were emotionally not in the game during the first period. It may have been a hangover from that triple overtime loss, and you just have to credit the Blackhawks too. They came out flying and fed off of their home crowd. It’s doubtbul the Bruins will get outplayed at home tonight in the first period like they did on Saturday, but the Penguins outplayed the B’s in Game three in the second and third periods.

  4. coolhandtuukk - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Blackhawks fans seemingly only remember or want to talk about the first period of game 2

    • hockey412 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      And Bruins’ fans are A-holes.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Stop whining Yuri.

  5. coolhandtuukk - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    They don’t seem to realize that if it weren’t for an own goal by Ference to tie g1, then a lucky double deflection in OT g1 the Bruins would be up 2-0 going back to Boston and nobody in their right mind would be giving Chicago a chance. Rask is playing out of his mind yes, but other than 1 period the Bruins have dominated this series up and down the ice.

    • timmeh022 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Better to be lucky than good sometimes, bud. Those lucky bounces are the ones that win games. Toews puck crept across the line in the first, if that counted (which as a Hawks fan I agree with the no goal) Chicago is up 2-0 going into Boston. It can be viewed both ways. When you need goals, you throw it on net, they find there way in regardless and count all the same. The deflection off of Ference sucks for you, but if that was Boychuk taking that shot deflecting off of Oduya’s skate and in you wouldn’t be saying a single thing right now about it.

      Hawks snuck out game 1 in a game Boston should’ve probably won.
      Boston snuck it out in game 2 behind great play in net from Rask and dominating play in the latter 40 of play.

      Congrats to Boston on a hard fought win in game 2, and It’ll be a good rest of the series.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      And if not for a quick whistle, it’d be a 2-1 regulation win for Chicago. Puck luck happens. Move along.

      • adambballn - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Or…”Intent to blow the whistle” it wasn’t even blown until after the puck was in. This rule needs to be looked at, either you blew the whistle or you didn’t. The NHL shouldn’t have to review “intent” either it’s blown or it’s not blown, play doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM


      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Luck on both sides and questionable calls will happen to both teams. Elite teams don’t dwell on it, hack teams complain about it two weeks after they have been eliminated.

  6. nunan - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Always skeptical when teams come out dominant like the Hawks did because that’s always tough to maintain. I want Bs to come out playing hard but I want it to be steady and consistent..even if the Hawks went up 3-0 in the first, it is only the first period and I would have still felt like the game was winnable for the Bs with two periods left. Would rather they build that lead throughout the game…not go up by three in the first and then try and hold on. Especially when these games are going into OT, steady effort is better than going all out in the first period and then trying to survive in a tight game.

  7. nunan - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Also…last game may have been the most physical I’ve seen Lucic play..and that is saying a lot considering how he has performed this post season. Hitting EVERYTHING and causing so many turnovers in the Chicago zone.

    • pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      It was Lucic and also Boychuck who were the big hitters for the Bruins. You have to wonder if it took its toll on Chicago or if they ran out of gas, or if it was a combination of both. Should be a good one tonight.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I found myself following Lucic more than the puck when he was on the ice just to see if there was a big hit.

    • hockey412 - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Did he hit anyone legally, or in the back like usual? I didn’t see the game.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        If you didn’t watch the 2nd game of the SCF you prob aren’t a hockey fan and you definitely shouldn’t be weighing in on an article talking about the last game. My guess is you were watching the Heat lose and still bitter over that….

      • hockey412 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        So no one that didn’t get to watch game 2 is a hockey fan?

      • gallyhatch - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        hey 412, Matt Cooke’s season is over, how could he hit anyone in the back on Saturday?

      • nunan - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        Nope…just overpowering as usual. You clearly haven’t seen any games..

      • hockey412 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Overpowering to the goalie, or did he hit other skaters too?

  8. drewsylvania - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Mobile app doesn’t let you nest comments, so…

    If you’re scoring at home (I am):

    1) greenmtnboy is 12.
    2) Bruins haven’t dominated, except for Rask and the OT’s.
    3) Checking from behind is not illegal.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Ummmm, Bruins haven’t dominated anything, much less Rask vs Crawford and certainly not any OT’s in this post season. And, for the record, checking from behind is not only illegal (Rule 43.1), it is dangerous.

      I know things move fast in hockey, but if you’re going to post to a forum, at least attempt to know what you’re talking about. Try to keep up little tyke. Now run along and tell your mommy you’re ready for your sippy cup.

  9. hammerhead5573 - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    As a Hawk fan i can honestly say i am concerned and i have not said that all the way through the playoffs. The Hawks completely outplayed the bruins for about 30 min and only had 1 goal to show for it. Then they showed the players on the bench and they were wiped out. Boston got their goal and it all Boston from that point on. These 2 teams are incredible and it is obvious why they are in the finals but if the Hawks cant hang for 3 periods they might be in trouble. And by the way the dumb Bolig experiment should be over. He has brought nothing to the table, which is the same as Stahlberg brought but at least stahlberg has some offensive skills.

  10. drewsylvania - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Green Fly or whatever your name is: Read the rest of Rule 43 and tell me what it says.

    And no one’s ever called me “little”, so I’m highly amused.

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