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Kesselmania over – we can get on with our lives
Posted By Mike Petraglia On December 11, 2009 @ 1:37 am In General | No Comments
Even Claude Julien  had to take notice of the TV-generated hype over Phil Kessel’s return to Boston twice in the last five days.
Yes, he was a terrifically talented player who could score and strike the fear of hockey gods into the opposition if given space on ice to wheel and deal.
But the Bruins knew full well how to contain No. 81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs .
He had two shots in 16 minutes in Saturday’s 7-2 loss to Boston. On Thursday, just five days later, Kessel’s line wasn’ t much prettier.
He had 22 shifts in over 18 minutes with just two shots, no goals and two face-off wins as the Bruins won again, 5-2. Not exactly what Toronto coach Ron Wilson  had in mind but just what Claude Julien and the Bruins drew up in practice this week when discussing Kessel.
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 Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm
 Toronto Maple Leafs: http://media.weei.com/hockey/toronto-maple-leafs.htm
 Ron Wilson: http://media.weei.com/hockey/ron-wilson.htm
 Bruins coach Claude Julien said he was very proud of the way his team contained the explosive Toronto forward: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/121009_claudejulien_wedidgoodjobagainstkessel.mp3
 Julien said his team wasn’t obsessed with Kessel and did a good job of not being affected by ‘Kesselmania’: http://bigbadblog.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/121009_claudejulien_wehandledkesselmania.mp3
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