Monday, June 24, 2013

In Claude We Trust

Well, nearly all of us.
For some reason, some Boston Bruins fans still don't believe in coach Claude Julien.
There are those who mock his defense first style, say he's under orders from above to play more offense, and derisively call him Clode (which is how his name is pronounced but the spelling is meant to be an insult)

Let me tell you something, Claude Julien is the best coach the Bruins could possibly have.
Tonight Coach Julien's Bruins are trailing the Chicago Black Hawks 3 games to 2 in the Stanley Cup Final best of 7.  With all due respect to the Blackhawks, I wouldn't count the Bruins out as they will prove to be a tough team to eliminate.

Coach Julien has done a remarkable job winning the cup in 2010-2011 and bringing the team to the finals again in 2013.  His team has proven to be resilient and have faced elimination in the first round trailing The Toronto Maple Leafs by 3 goals with 10 minutes left in the third period of Game 7 and won in overtime.

Now, the Blackhawks also trailed The Detroit Red Wings 3 games to 1 and also came back to win, so both teams have faced elimination.

Claude Julien as an AHL player - a few follicles ago
This series is destined to go 7 games because both teams deserve to be there and both teams have proven to be equals. The Bruins may be without all world center Patrice Bergeron, who suffered an injury in Game 5 in Chicago and had to go to the hospital by ambulance. Bergeron was released and flew back to Boston with the team and is listed as day to day.

In hockey parlance, that means he is likely going to play. We have no idea what injury he had or has as hockey coaches will never divulge injuries, especially during the playoffs.

It was termed by Coach Julien as a "body injury" which is even less specific than the usual "upper or lower body" injuries coaches speak of when asked.

I have all the faith in the world that the Bruins will give Chicago everything they've got with or without Bergeron and Coach Julien will have them ready.

If Chicago wins the Cup tonight, it will be because they are the better team.

That, I can guarantee.

Go Bruins!

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