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Julien remains proud of Bruins despite ‘toughest’ loss

Jun 25, 2013, 12:35 AM EST

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien thinks that his team’s series finish against the Toronto Maple Leafs was crazier than Monday’s Stanley Cup-clinching 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, but tonight was the “toughest” loss he’s experienced.

That doesn’t mean he’s down on his team, however.

” … I’m going to stand here and tell you how proud I am of our team, how those guys battled right until the end,” Julien said. “Without getting into all these injuries today because it’s not the time, we battled through a lot. You know, when you realize that you’re a couple wins away from a Stanley Cup and how those guys push through a lot of things, I have nothing but good things to say about it.”

He lamented a dominant first period that only ended up providing a 1-0 lead, but most of all, Julien said it hurts to fall just short of generating a championship for Boston following recent tragedies.

“You know, at the end of the day, I think that’s what hurts the most is in the back of our minds … we wanted to do it for those kind of reasons, the City of Boston, what Newtown has been through, that kind of stuff,” Julien said. “It hit close to home, and the best way we felt we could try and cheer the area [up] was to win a Stanley Cup.”

“I think that’s what’s hard right now for the players. We had more reasons than just ourselves to win a Cup.”

Maybe the title wasn’t there, but the Bruins put up an effort that a city – and head coach – can be proud of.

  1. nhstateline - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Claude and the coaching staff did an excellent job in the playoffs. The players put what they had to give into it. Most importantly, the Bruins gave this region that had dealt with so much something to be excited about and look forward to on a daily basis. Many people around here needed a boost this spring after what happened in CT and at the Marathon. Thanks to the Bruins players and coaches for providing it.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      Aww, so sweet
      HAWKS WIN!!!!!

      • timmeh022 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        It’s people like you why people hate Blackhawks fans. Show some respect.

        Hell of a Series, thank you to the B’s for one for the books. Sad to see it end in 6, but happy it did as a Hawks fan. Best of luck next year Boston!

  2. sabatimus - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Can’t wait to see what injuries the B’s were playing with.

    • hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      their main injury was a lack of talent

      • rosettast0ned - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        The stupidity of some people knows no bounds. Thank you for reinforcing that belief. If Boston has no talent then explain why the series went to six games, not to mention the amount of overtime play. Krejci led everyone in points with 26, Lucic and Horton both had 19 tying Patrick Kane. I have nothing against the Hawks, just this jerk-off.

    • grudenthediva - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:52 AM

      Their main injury was a displaced Colin Campbell.

  3. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Julien is a stooge and Boston is a bunch of bums!
    Hawks Win!
    Eat it east coast bias!!

    • mb65dod - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Stop trolling and making us Blackhawks fans look bad! Great job Bruins, it was probably the most intense and exciting SCF!

  4. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Lets put up another touching Boston article. Gimme a break!
    HAWKS WIN!
    Eat it east coast bias!!!

  5. hawkscup2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    We ate your soul Boston!!!!
    Eat it east coast bias

  6. jonkchar - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    As a Pens fan I have to say that I feel for their series loss with everything the town has been through. only one team can win each year, and they should be proud that they were in it until nearly July. Good season guys- you gave your city something to be proud of

  7. tripps3 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Hawkscup2013 – dude, chill. Be happy, Hawks won and show a little sportsmanship

    • tomasdoughberle - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      I think the 2013 on his screen name is the year he became a Hawk’s fan.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Thanks, tripps3. Unfortunately, it appears as if ‘little’ is the operative word for hawkscup2013. And, most likely, in more ways than just sportsmanship (if you get my drift ;-).

  8. iwillfindyou - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    I’m a Hawks fan and even I think Hawkscup13 is a douche.

  9. jimmyt - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Boston sports fans are the rudest and the worst so the got what was coming to them.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      A spot in the Stanley Cup finals? I’ll take it every time

  10. spitfisher - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    don’t you love the pink hat hawk fans? very mature.

    good job hawks winning the cup, both teams played their heart and soul to the end, great excitment. it was a great series and great run for boston too.

  11. myspaceyourface - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Boston Bruins pushed the limits in this series. I would say they crossed over the line into the realm of a dirty team. The officials are part to blame because they threw out the rule book from the regular season and allowed the limits to be pushed.

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