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What makes Bruins coach Julien tick?

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  • Bruins coach Claude Julien encourages center Tyler Seguin during the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Hawks on Wednesday in Boston.

      Bruins coach Claude Julien encourages center Tyler Seguin during the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Hawks on Wednesday in Boston.
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Lucic, Bergeron, Chara, Rask ... by now even the most casual Blackhawks fans are quite familiar with most of the big-name, big-game players on the Boston Bruins.

But what about the steady hand that has guided this team to within 2 victories of the Bruins' second Stanley Cup in three seasons?

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What about coach Claude Julien?

At this time of year -- make that any time of year -- most coaches are reluctant to talk about themselves, much preferring to talk about their players and their team instead.

On the eve of Game 5, however, the Bruins coach talked a bit about what makes him tick and how the landscape of the NHL has changed.

Here's some of what Julien had to say:

Personal approach towards coaching:

"I think a lot of that is being yourself. There's no doubt you have coaches that you've looked up to and everything else, but to say you want to mold yourself in regards to what they are I think is getting away from your personality.

"I've always said I've got to be comfortable; in order to be comfortable I've got to be myself. As a player I felt things. As a coach I kind of remember those things."

The fine line:

"You are the coach. You are the guy that gives the directions. So it's a fine line between respect and authority.

"I think you've got to respect your players because you want them to play for you. But at the same time you're the authority figure that makes the decisions, whether good decisions, tough decisions -- whatever they may be."

Honesty with players:

"Yeah, I believe in that. In my era, you had one coach, and he didn't have to say much. But you didn't take that personally, you just went out and played. If your sweater was hanging before the game or when you got to the rink, it meant you played; if it wasn't, you didn't.

"He didn't have to have a conversation with you in the office and tell you why you weren't or were or anything else, and you just accepted it that way."

A new era:

"It's changed. Nowadays players want to know 'what can I do to get back in the lineup?' and you evolve with time.

"Anybody who doesn't want to evolve with this game is not going to last."

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