The Montreal Canadiens practiced on their home ice on Sunday afternoon, obviously feeling loose and relaxed after jumping out to a surprising 2-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins.
Head coach Jacques Martin was teasing reporters during his afternoon press conference, and was looking quite relaxed. At this point in time, the same probably can’t be said for Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
After the Canadiens took Game 2 at the TD Garden, Bruins fans wondered where the passion was. And many were blaming Julien.
Boston was without Zdeno Chara on Saturday night. Chara had been hospitalized for dehydration, and attempted the pregame skate, but did not dress for the game. The Bruins have not discussed Chara’s status for Game 3 on Monday night at the Bell Centre.
But for Bruins forward Milan Lucic, it was more about Montreal’s style of play over the first two games that had the Bruins scratching their heads.
“I mean it was tough the last few games,” Lucic told the Associated Press. “Obviously they’ve been playing real well defensively and clogging up their defensive zone and the neutral zone. They’re making things really hard for us.”
Julien knows it will be a tough road for the Bruins from here on out.
“When you’re down in the series like that and you’ve got to climb back up it definitely is a challenge of characters and will, desire, commitment, and everything else that goes with it,” Julien said. “We’ve got to roll up our sleeves here and go back to work. And we’re going back to work in another rink that hasn’t always been good to us. But we plan on making it a successful one.”
For Julien, it just might need to be successful. Otherwise, he’ll be collecting an unemployment check very soon.
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