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Bruins’ Julien on pulling Rask: ‘I don’t have to explain everything to you guys’

Jan 30, 2014, 11:17 PM EDT

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On home ice against their fiercest and most historic rival, the Boston Bruins were flat and the Montreal Canadiens played almost a completely perfect road game.

The Canadiens skated to a 4-1 victory, chasing goalie Tuukka Rask from the Boston net in the second period, with Chad Johnson coming into the game as his replacement. Not a great night for either puck stopper. The Canadiens, having recently snapped an ugly four-game losing streak were full value for the win, getting goals from four different players.

The topic of Rask getting pulled apparently caused some tension between the media and Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien following the game.

“Maybe sometimes you pull the goalie for different reasons. I don’t think I have to explain everything to you guys,” said Julien, according to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

The bench boss added: “I’m trying to get out of this so you guys understand we weren’t very good tonight. See you guys next game.”

  1. slaugin - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I think it’s safe to say Tuukka is out of the Vezina running

    • killerpgh - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      I would says that is far a safe bet. He leads the NHL in shutouts. He is 8th with games played. 5th in wins. If you go by goalie who have played at least 25 games so far this year he is 5th in the NHL in GAA and 3rd in save%.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      If your logic is he is out of the running for the Vezina because he had a bad game and got pulled in the second then I assume you think Quick is also out of the running after letting in three goals and getting pulled in the first?

      Rask and the Bruins looked tired and flat. Montreal looked great, fast, hungry and following through on every play. Julien probably pulled Rask to try to spark team and spare Rask the humiliation of what was a completely one-sided game.

      • pfhockey - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Not to mention Bishop having 0% SA and a 30.00 GAA in the sens game. lol

  2. shortsxit34 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Rask hasn’t been amazing the last month and a half or so. He hasn’t been bad, and he’s definitely had a few incredible games. For the most part he’s been stopping the shots he’s supposed to, but he’s not making those saves that will steal them a game.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      What game was he incredible in?

  3. logicalcomment - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    GO HABS GO !

  4. nhstateline - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    The Habs deserve full credit they were excellent. They were just better and faster and hungrier. Pulling Rask was kind of about Rask but more about the Montreal forwards shredding the Bruins defense and getting outstanding looks at the net. I wasn’t surprised Rask got pulled when he did because 1) he could have stopped two of the goals he gave up and most nights does, 2) he’s played more games than he ever has in the NHL and they need to get his minutes down so that he’s rested for the playoffs, and 3) the rest of the Bruins were so flat, it was worth a shot to see if this might motivate them. This was Boston’s third game in four nights, every NHL team has games like this during the year (Montreal had one saturday night) so I don’t think people should overreact to it. I don’t think they should under-react either. Montreal has won most of the games lately because it’s speed is creating matchup problems for the Bruins. That and Montreal played really well. People usually focus on what their team struggled with but in cases like this the other team had a lot to do with causing the struggles.

  5. charastein - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Chara eating humble pie today.

    Habs played with more desire and it showed on the scoreboard.

    Oh the humanity! Slain by Smurfs!

  6. montrealbbr - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Haha the Habs own this team!

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Right. In the last five years the Bruins have knocked them out of the playoffs twice and the Habs didn’t even make it one year. The Habs definitely dominated the game last night but one game in January is a far cry from owning anyone…

      • montrealbbr - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Habs own Rask! Is that more accurate for you?

  7. spitfisher - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    chad Johnson owns the habs….fixed for ya

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