Bruins coach looks back at loss to Blackhawks in Final
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien took time Saturday to look back at the Stanley Cup Final, which his team lost in six games to the Blackhawks.
"It's nice to be back, although when you don't win it's a bittersweet situation," Julien said. "But, if anything, when you take time to look back there was some really good hockey played, great games, overtime in a lot of them and everything else.
"I thought it was a well-played Final and, hopefully for the betterment of the game, hopefully it was appreciated."
Julien said the Bruins have a lot of respect for the Hawks.
"I think it was a hard but well-played Final and, if anything, there was a lot of respect that was gained between the two teams," Julien said. "That's the way I felt anyways and from what I heard or read, it seemed like the same the other way.
"As I said, I think it's one of those Finals where both teams respected each other right to the end, and it was decided on the game of hockey, nothing else.
"There's no doubt it hurts, but you've got to get over it. I think that's what you've got to do. You've got to get over it in order to focus on hopefully getting another opportunity to get there. If all you rely on is the hurt in the past, you can't move forward here.
"So we've got to turn the page and remember what we are and what we have to do to get back there."
Julien vs. Q:
Matching wits with Hawks coach Joel Quenneville is fun for Claude Julien.
"Joel's a great coach," Julien said. "He's been a great coach for a long, long time. What he's accomplished here isn't a fluke.
"I talked about that just before last game. I talked about Team Canada and the coaches, the four of us just being together talking hockey. We can learn so much from each other, and Joel is definitely one of those guys that belongs in that group.
"What he's done and how he coaches, I'll tell you what, it was tough the further the series went, it got tougher for me as a coach to try and adjust and get the edge.
"At the end of it, they won the matchup and a lot of credit goes to him. His players play great, but it takes a great leader to make that happen."
Bryan Bickell is one of the many Hawks who marvel at what Marian Hossa does at both ends of the ice.
"It's unbelievable," Bickell said. "He doesn't act like he's 35. He's almost like a 25-year-old the way he moves around the ice, his burst of speed and his agility on the ice.
"I know he's up there on the team in take-aways. He's a solid back checker, he strips guys with a never-give-up kind of attitude. I think that's why he's Marian Hossa."
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