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For Bruins coach Claude Julien, the championship secret is simplicity and selflessness

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Before and since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup to end a four-decade drought in 2011, coach Claude Julien’s defense-first system was criticized by talk-radio hosts and cyber-cynics. But as Boston prepares to take on Chicago Wednesday in the Cup Final, Julien’s uncomplicated approach, which stresses hard work and accountability, is the same as it was when he arrived in Boston in 2007 and turned around a club that had missed the playoffs four times in seven years.

The essence of Julien’s coaching style is what he has called “clarity of expectation” — with everyone’s role made clear.

“It’s just about doing your job on a daily basis and it’s a pretty simple concept,” he said. “And that’s the way we’ve approached it every year and all the time.”

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