“Guess you take the compliments when they come your way, right?”
The speed, said Julien, has improved among individuals, as well as in the overall transition game.
“I think if you look at a guy like [Milan] Lucic last year, and look at him this year, he is skating so much better,’’ Julien said. “So, those are the kind of guys that make it happen. You know [Rich] Peverley’s got great speed and you can add Chris Bourque to that group. He is a good little skater and he is coming into his own. And the fourth line, we have a guy like [Daniel] Paille who skates the way he does. Then [Tyler] Seguin, Bergy, Marchand, I think they are all pretty good skaters. We like to think we are a pretty quick team, but we also have had to work at that.’’
Julien, along with a number of his players, including Bourque, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Adam McQuaid, Paille, and Peverley, will visit the families affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy on Monday in Newtown, Conn. In addition, the team will honor Sandy Hook vice principal Natalie Green Hammond at the game against the Montreal Canadiens March 3 at TD Garden. Green Hammond, a lifelong Bruins fan, will drop the ceremonial first puck.