Claude Julien, Boston Bruins Good Enough for Regulation Tie Against Penguins

November 25th, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

Four more minutes, 28 more seconds, and maybe the top talking point after Monday night’s action would have been Claude Julien’s early Jack Adams candidacy.

Instead, a debatable deployment of three forwards and one defenseman in the four-on-four overtime precipitated a rapid sudden-death slip for the Boston Bruins. That put a mild damper on an otherwise irreproachable outing for the home personnel, both on and behind the bench.

Unable to contain a first-shift overtime rush led by celestial Pittsburgh Penguins strikers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Boston settled for one point in a 3-2 decision.

Because of the game’s outcome and the nature of the play that tipped the scale, it may seem like an awkward time to break down the plus points of Julien’s coaching. The fact is, however, that the Bruins cultivated a hard-earned point with noticeable influence from their eighth-year bench boss.

For starters, they were engaging an Eastern Conference division leader for the second time in as many ventures. Coming off an acrid 2-0 loss to Montreal on Saturday, they mustered a hal ...

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