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Game over: Guy Boucher has no tricks, only respect for Claude Julien

Posted By DJ Bean On May 28, 2011 @ 2:38 am In General | 1 Comment

Much was made of Lightning coach Guy Boucher‘s mind games, as they seemed, in the Eastern Conference finals. The Tampa coach, who does have a degree in psychology, displayed various tactics to seemingly mess with the Bruins’ heads, from discussing imaginary Tim Thomas [1] quotes to saying before each of the first two games that Patrice Bergeron [2] would play, to overemphasizing Tyler Seguin [3]‘s impact, to cleverly calling out a referee without using his name. During the series, Bruins coach Claude Julien [4] would have subtle and not-so-subtle responses to Boucher’s methods, noting that Boucher was hyping the Bruins more than he was his own team, and after Game 6, Julien said he feared the pre-game referee talk could have influenced the game.

With the series in the books, Boucher had one last press conference, and it turns out that if he used a trick at all, it was a case of killing Julien with kindness. When asked how he felt the Bruins might fare against the Canucks in the Stanley Cup [5] finals, Boucher was sincere with his answer and made a point of it to express his respect for Julien.

“Both teams that make it there, to me, they are on even grounds, but one thing for sure, [the Bruins] are very well coached,” Boucher said. “You know Claude, I coached against him in Juniors, he’€™s always done a very good job. I was always very happy for his success in the past, obviously not tonight, but as he moves on, if there’€™s somebody that is going to beat us, that’€™s one guy I hope gets success.”


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[1] Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm

[2] Patrice Bergeron: http://media.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm

[3] Tyler Seguin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm

[4] Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm

[5] Stanley Cup: http://media.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm

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