In terms of personality among NHL head coaches, Bruins Claude Julien skates a reserved line. After last nights 4-3 regulation loss to touted rivals the Montreal Canadiens, Julien was a bit more fired up than usual during his post game press conference. All teams find themselves on the receiving end of a bad call, sadly it’s part of the game; some teams tend to ‘embellish’ more than others. When Boston and Montreal hit the ice, it always seems as though Boston gets the short end of the stick.
While Twitter was a flurry claiming Julien had a “meltdown” and his remarks were unwarranted, others were quick to side with his post game comments. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, we’ll let you decide. Full video can be seen via the official Boston Bruins site.
Julien was clearly and understandably frustrated by the lack of a penalty from a blatant cross check to forward Tyler Seguin late in the second period.
“Oh, it looks like nobody saw it,” exclaimed Julien.
Captain Zdeno Chara quickly came to the defense of his teammate and received a fighting major for his actions. The Bruins certainly suffered during the third period as a result and perhaps had the call been made the game could have had a different result.
The remark that had most people either strongly agreeing or disagreeing with the Bruins’ coach;
“It’s frustrating because, you know, tonight as everybody saw there was a lot of embellishment. And this is embarrassing for our game – the embellishing – and right now they’ve got over 100 power plays so far and it’s pretty obvious why,” said Julien. “And we’re trying to clean that out of our game, and it’s got to be done soon because it’s not about tonight it’s about the game, and the embellishment embarrasses our game. And we need to be better at that.”
In games past, Montreal has been quick to play the ‘embellishment’ game when it comes to facing the Bruins. Some players more so than others have a certain notoriety for drawing penalties from non-existent situations.
“It’s pretty obvious, you know, when PK [Subban] gets hit and he throws himself into the glass and holds his head,” said Julien. “You know what if we start calling those penalties for embellishment maybe teams will stop doing it. But until we take charge of that it’s going to be an issue.”
While the comments were strong in nature, it certainly wasn’t a “meltdown” of any sorts. It was a coach defending his team, voicing his frustrations and calling the shots the way he saw them. Roles reversed, the Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien may have had similar if not the same sentiments. Fans will need to wait until March 27th to see what kind of game unfolds for this rivalry match up.