Boston Bruins: Head Coach Claude Julien Uses His Timeouts Wisely

November 11th, 2011 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Fittingly enough, when Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien summoned his players to the bench for his lone timeout with 8:11 left in Thursday night’s second period, the TD Garden loudspeakers churned out Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It.”

Given the full scope of the circumstances, it was a move that Bruins fans should have liked. It looked like a good idea at the time and it proved a shrewd choice in the end as Boston morphed what was then a 4-2 advantage into a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

After spilling an initial 2-0 lead within the first period, the Bruins had replenished that two-goal difference on strikes by Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. But barely three minutes after Seguin struck, a hooking penalty to Shawn Thornton constituted Boston’s first shorthanded scenario and let Edmonton threaten to rally again.

As it happened, the Bruins got through that predicament unscathed, but there was not a single stoppage for the entirety of Thornton’s two-minute sentence. After that sentence was up, the second penalty-killing unit of Gregory Campbell, David Krejci, Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg stayed on ...

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