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Bruins coach Claude Julien keeps even keel
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He said that after the Bruins swept the favored Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference finals.

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His detractors have been silenced.

"I think definitely, Claude takes a lot of heat, too, when things don’t go well, but he handles it on an even keel," left wing Daniel Paille said. "I think it kind of relates the message to us as players and I think that’s why we’ve been able to succeed so far, but we’re not done."

The speedy Paille has reason to admire his coach.

He scored the winning goal in Boston’s 2-1 overtime win in Game 2 in Chicago after Julien put Tyler Seguin, maybe even faster than Paille, on his line after the team’s listless opening period Saturday night. Seguin made a perfect pass from the boards and Paille fired the puck past goalie Corey Crawford.


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Sometimes knocked for playing too defensively and being slow to change, Julien made the right move to generate offense.

"I think he makes great adjustments," Seguin said. "You’ve got to give him credit. He’s a great coach. He’s definitely got a lot of experience at this level and in these situations."

He could have had more.

But with three games left in the 2006-07 regular season and the New Jersey Devils leading the Atlantic Division, Julien was fired by general manager Lou Lamoriello, who took over as interim coach. The Devils lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals

In his last game, Julien beat the Bruins 3-1. It was the Devils’ fourth win in five games, but Lamoriello said he felt they weren’t ready for the playoffs. Julien reacted calmly.

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