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Claude Julien still sees plenty of room for improvement

01.26.13 at 10:46 am ET
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The Bruins have started out 3-0-1 and have looked impressive in the process.

But for 40 minutes Friday night, Claude Julien watched as his team was sluggish, falling behind 2-1 to the Islanders before recovering to tie the game, 2-2, before the third period.

Zdeno Chara scored on a perfect pass from Milan Lucic with just under 13 minutes left to break the tie and Patrice Bergeron add late insurance in a 4-2 win.

“Obviously happy we haven’t lost in regulation yet. But, I don’t think we’re extremely happy with our game [Friday],” Julien said. “For 40 minutes, I didn’t think we were on top of our game, we didn’t seem to be in sync, we didn’t seem to have the energy that we usually show. So, it was a struggle for us tonight, but the last 20 were a little bit better, we found a way to win. A lot of times, that’s what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to push through those kind of nights and we did. So, you take the two points and you move on.”

Here is the rest of Friday’s press conference with Julien:
On Chris Bourque’s performance:
“Well I thought tonight was probably his best game. I thought he made some good plays, I thought he was skating better. And again, his confidence with our team is coming around and we’re seeing him getting better. And that’s why you have to be patient sometimes, and give those new players an opportunity to fit in and feel their way through. Like I said, we’ve seen him enough to know what he’s capable of doing and our confidence is certainly with him. So I thought he played well tonight – the best game of the season for us so far, so that’s a good sign.”

On whether the third line as a whole isn’t “firing on full capacity”:
“It’s hard to make that assessment because, you know, we’re in the fourth game of the season. And I watch some games on TV, and you know I could be a lot more disappointed in situations I’ve seen from other teams. But we’re hanging in there, and we know it’s just a matter of time for certain guys to turn it around. You know, I think we’ve got enough players here to score some goals that are going to make us a better team along the way – when you look at Tyler [Seguin], who’s got zero goals, we know he’s going to start scoring a lot more, so is Horts [Nathan Horton] and Peverley and those guys, they’ll get it going. Right now, you’ve just got to maybe show a little patience as far as the finishing touch is concerned, but as long as they work hard and are progressing you keep pushing them in the right direction.”

On what he’s liked from the penalty kill:
“Everything. I mean, like I said we took the decision of being a little more aggressive this year with that and we started that a little bit last year. You know, our guys are pretty confident right now and like anything else confidence plays a really big role. Right now we’ve got a group that’s proud to not have given up a goal yet and they’re going to try to make it last as long as the can.”

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