Claude Julien on Game 2 blowout: ‘The confidence certainly builds quickly’
|06.03.13 at 11:42 pm ET|
It took the Bruins just 28 seconds to show their head coach they were intent on showing him that they heard his message about picking up their play from Game 1.
“Well, that was what we had talked about before the game,” Claude Julien said. “We knew they were going to be a better team, and we had to be better than we were the last game in here. So, we didn’t have a better start anyways. And we got some good bounces go our way and because of that we were able to establish a lead and then we just kind of took it from there. But sometimes those forecheck bounces go your way, and they did tonight.”
And it certainly did early on when Brad Marchand scored on a Sidney Crosby turnover. Marchand scored twice in the first period, with his second goal coming just 25 seconds after Pittsburgh’s only goal and suffocated any Penguins momentum with just over eight seconds left in the opening period.
“Well, you know, the confidence certainly builds pretty quickly,” Julien said. “When you start off with an early lead in the visiting building, you’re certainly happy with that start.”
Jaromir Jagr had been quiet in the series until assisting on Marchand’s second goal. He finished with two assists.
“So I thought our guys did a good job of, again, playing a solid game, solid two’way game, and some great plays,” Julien said. “I mean, Marchand, two goals; Jags, the passes he made and even so that hit in front of our bench, that turned the puck over and allowed Marchand to score a goal. He’s come in to play for us and he’s played well.”
Tuukka Rask was once again sensational in goal, stopping 26 of 27 shots. He has faced 56 shots in this series, allowing just one goal.
“Like I said, he’s been in zone for a while,” Julien said, repeating his sentiments of Saturday night. “He’s obviously confident right now. Puck seems big to him. And you’ve got to ride that goaltender when he’s like that.”
Julien isn’t worried about overconfidence from his team, which will not practice on Tuesday.
“It’s pretty simple; we were in that situation before, and we were able to come back in the series and win it,” Julien said. “So I don’t think’’ we’ve been through enough positive/negatives, not to get ahead of ourselves and we know this is a good team, and I’m not saying we know it. Penguins are a good team, they’re deep, and we’re going to have to continue to play extremely well if we plan on winning the series.”
Here’s the remainder of Julien’s postgame presser from Monday.
Q. I certainly don’t expect you to second’guess the decision of another coach, but were you surprised to see Vokoun check out of the game right there? “You’re right. I’m not second’guessing. It’s a tough enough job that you don’t second’guess. And I’ve got too much respect for Dan to even go there.”
Q. The forecheck, what were you able to do there in the defense zone, causing them trouble in that regard?: That’s our forecheck. Our forecheck has been there all year. And when guys are doing it well, they’re putting pucks in the right areas and we’ve got speed coming through the neutral zone, we were able to establish that. But I think it’s a big part of our game, and it’s gotta be there night in, night out.
Q. Might seem a silly question the position you’re in, but anything you’re concerned about in terms of being up 2’0, going home, seems like a really good situation for you, any danger of being comfortable with it, I guess?: You’re not concerned with being comfortable. If anything building up 2’0 you’ve got to be happy. But the concerns are going to be in our game and after every game, we critique it with the players. And it’s not so much about what we’re doing well, we’ve gotta compete to do that, but there’s areas you want to improve after every game, and we’re a team that’s responded well to that.