Claude Julien  doesn’t believe Thursday morning’s heartbreaking end to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup  finals will have a lingering effect on his team. Julien pointed to the 2011 Cup finals when the Bruins lost the first two games in Vancouver before coming back to win the Cup.
Julien was asked if the veteran make-up of his roster will help in preventing hangover from the 4-3 loss to Chicago in triple overtime.
“Not really,” Julien said. “Last time we won the Cup, we lost the first two games to Vancouver. It never stopped us from coming back. This
“When you look at the game, it could have gone either way. I thought we had some real great looks in overtime. With a little bit of luck, we could have ended it before they did. But that’s the name of the game. They got a good break on their tying goal going off one of our skates. That’s the way the game goes. Some nights you get the break going your way, some nights you don’t. As far as I’m concerned, two good teams tonight that played extremely hard. Unfortunately there’s a loser and a winner.
“It’s never easy to lose a game when you’re in the third overtime period. I liked our first period. Second period was OK until those three penalties. Kind of gave them momentum and took it away from us. But, you know, I thought that in overtime we got better. We got a little stronger. We had some great looks, some great opportunities, we just didn’t bury them. Eventually somebody is going to score a goal as fatigue sets in. [I’m] not disappointed in our effort. There’s certain things you’re going to want to fix for next game. But as far as the game is concerned, it was a hard-fought game.”
Julien also had a good-natured jab at Andrew Shaw, who scored off a double deflection for the game-winner. Julien was asked how Shaw fits in on a Chicago team full of stars.
“Where does he fit in?” Julien asked the reporter. “I don’t think we do our game-planning around Mr. Shaw. Our game plan is against the Chicago Blackhawks . We know he’s an agitator. We know he’s good at embellishing, too, at times. We know all that stuff. We’ve done our research.”
Here’s the rest of Julien’s postgame press conference from Game 1.
Q. Do you say anything to Kaspars Daugavins after [his missed chance in the third overtime]?
Julien: No, I haven’t talked to the players at all.
Q. With a guy like David Krejci , what has it been like to have him throughout these playoffs?
Julien: Good, because he’s been really good for us. On a hot streak. Seems to make things happen every game. [He’s] been one of our best players so far in the playoffs. He’s excelled since the postseason and continues to do that.