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Julien: ‘We’re not there yet’

Bruins coach Claude Julien [1] was cautioning against counting any playoff berths before they’re clinched prior to Saturday afternoon’s matinee with the Carolina Hurricanes [2] at TD Garden. With a win, the Bruins clinch a playoff spot and no worse than a No. 7 seed in the East and avoid the Washington Capitals [3] in the first round.

[Click here [4] to listen to Julien’s pregame comments.]

“We’re not there yet,” Julien said. “This is an opportunity for us to control our own destiny. For me, we need to take care of business today. It’s as simple as that. We need to be ready to go. And hopefully we are.”

Meanwhile, Julien said defenseman Mark Stuart [5] is still more than a few days away from returning to action after surgery to treat a finger infection. Tuukka Rask [6] starts in net for the Bruins. Should the Bruins not clinch today, they finish up the season on Sunday afternoon in Washington against the Capitals.