Penguins' Neal's lips, and knee, bug Bruins coach Julien

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was none too happy about Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal's...

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was none too happy about Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal's explanation for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head. (JARED WICKERHAM/Getty Images/AFP)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

With a full day to digest the ugliness of the previous night, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien arrived at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday ready for a rant.

And while not venturing into the ridiculous and defending Shawn Thornton's senseless attack on Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik, Julien couldn't resist taking shots at the Penguins' view of events.

Specifically, the Bruins coach took issue with the rationalization provided by Pittsburgh's James Neal of his knee to the head of Boston's Brad Marchand.

"The one thing about (Thornton) is that anybody who knows him personally knows he's a pretty honest player and pretty honest person, and if he said he really regretted and felt bad, he really did," Julien said prior to his team's date with the Leafs. "I support his comment because I know he's being truthful to that.

"That's more that we can say about players that pretend it wasn't done on purpose. It's pretty obvious when you look at it that (Thornton) did cross the line, but others did too. But sometimes you have to man up to those things and I think he did."

  • Fast forward to the 0:05 and 2:00 marks to see the knee hit


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