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Julien: Krejci looking good for Tuesday

02.08.10 at 6:33 pm ET

Bruins coach Claude Julien addressed various issues after an optional practice in Buffalo Monday afternoon. The first issue was the status of center David Krejci for Tuesday’€™s contest against the Sabres. Krejci left Sunday’€™s 3-0 victory in Montreal in the first period and did not return.

‘€œI think it’€™s looking good,’€ said Julien of Krejci’€™s availability Tuesday.’€It’€™s getting better. We’€™ll see tomorrow when he skates. It’€™s the leg obviously.’€

Julien was then asked about the play of Andrew Ference in his return after a 14-game absence with a groin injury.

‘€œHe handled himself really, really, well,’€ Julien said. ‘€œI felt he really stabilized our [defense] back there. He was an experienced guy coming in, he definitely stabilized and gave our back end some confidence.’€

In addition, Julien was favorably impressed with Blake Wheeler dropping the gloves and tangling with Montreal defenseman Ryan O’€™Byrne.

‘€œHe took on a guy who does it every once in awhile, he didn’€™t hesitate,’€ Julien said. ‘€œThe thing I like about it was that it showed players were willing to get out of their comfort zone and was going to show everybody they were willing to do something like that to turn things around. It was the intention for me that was impressive.’€

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