VANCOUVER - Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien stayed classy to the very end.
After hearing that some of his players, like winger Brad Marchand, say they had come to hate the Vancouver Canucks over the course of the Stanley Cup final, Julien took the high road.
ďIf (the Canucks) are honest, they are going to tell you the same thing. When youíre fighting for a Stanley Cup if you like each other, itís not a good sign. Hating is one word, but never forget the word respect. Thatís the one thing you have to do. I respect that team immensely because they dominated the whole league this year. I know theyíre banged up. You make your breaks. As far as Iím concerned it was our time and we took advantage of it.Ē
The Bruins won three Game 7s on their way to their first Stanley Cup since 1972, coming up big for Julien. Rumours swirled that he could be fired if the Bruins didn't get out of the first round. They beat the Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 7 to open the post-season.
ďWhat I admire the most is our guys really stayed the course in what we were trying to do. It didnít really matter to me what was being said on the outside. If the guys in the dressing donít believe in what youíre doing, now youíve got an issue. From the outside itís not an issue at all. Itís part of coaching.Ē