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Julien: 'We should be fresh and ready to go' for Game 6

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 11, 2011 07:45 PM

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Claude, can you explain why the games have been so different in each place? In Vancouver they've won all three and low-scoring games. The games here have been a little more wide open and you've won them. Is there a reason behind that?

Julien: I don't know. I think as far as I'm concerned we may not have been able to bring the exact same game to Vancouver as we did here. But I don't think we were that far off. Consequently you lose by one goal.

I think in all three of those games, we had an opportunity to win as well.

So, you know, whether they were a little better or whatever people want to say about it, we were in every game in Vancouver and that's important for us right now, to know that if we can play a little better in their building and create that Game 7, we'll be a confident group.
Right now the smaller picture is the most important thing and that's to make sure that we create a Game 7 by playing extremely well here in our own building and to look any further than that would be a big mistake on our part.

Claude, can you talk about the physical game. There was suggestion that the Canucks had a little upper hand on the body contact front. Is that a battlefront you want back?

Julien: Yeah, they did. Let's not hide behind the fact that they outhit us and they seemed hungrier. That's where we should have been able to push back and we didn't do that well enough. We're aware of that and we certainly would like to have another crack at it. We have to show that in our building here next game and hopefully, again, having another crack at going down there and showing that we can push back as well.

With so little to choose between these teams, is there another area you would like to see your team get better at?

Julien: Absolutely, when you don't score I think you need to improve in more than the physical play. That's an area that I don't think we've done a good enough job in Vancouver. Roberto has been good. As we all know, he's an elite goaltender, but I don't think we've made his life as hard in Vancouver as we did here in Boston.

Last two elimination games in this building, Nathan Horton scored the game winner. Obviously an ample opportunity for somebody to be the hero in Game 6. What do you tell the team? What's the approach here?

Julien: Let's put it this way, we didn't say "Hort, you go score the goal," so that's one thing about it (Laughter).

Second, I believe in this group of guys and we've been through a lot. We lost Nathan at the beginning of the third game here and we did extremely well gettin' ourselves back into the series. He's a big part of our hockey club and we miss him. We can't overlook that fact.
But they have injuries as well and we don't look for excuses. We feel right now we have a team that can compete right till the end and the only thing we have left to do is go out there and show it.

Claude, Timmy is a tough, tough guy. Can what Roberto said give him more motivation, make him even more psyched up for this game?

Julien: Let's put it this way, I don't think Timmy is going to make much of that comment. I think you guys are making more out of it than Timmy will. Either way, his stats, you know, are proof itself. He's given up six goals in five games. The guy that made the comment, I'm not quite sure how many he let in. I think you guys have a good idea, so I don't think he's going to lose sleep over that.

Wondering how Nathan Horton is doing. Have you talked to him?

Julien: We just got back. I haven't had a chance to talk to him, but I'm sure in the next day or so, probably tomorrow, we'll be talkin' to him. He didn't make the trip, as you know, and we're giving him his space because he needs it. But certainly he's not forgotten.

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