Hey Julien: Embellish THIS!
The Boston Bruins have revised the KISS Principle.
Claude Julien crying "embellishment" is an old whine that is NOT improving with age. Last time he and the Bruins tried it, the Boston organization embarrassed itself in the aftermath of the Chara-Pacioretty incident.
The ex-Habs' coach accuses the Canadiens in general and PK Subban in particular of "embellishment", but thankfully the Bruins are out to stamp out the practise "for the good of the game" of course.
Funny how Julien didn't want to go all "Oprah" after the infamous stanchion incident, but now he seems obsessive-compulsive on the Habs' alleged misdeeds after a 4-3 Canadiens comeback win.
"Right now they've got over 100 powerplays so far and it's pretty obvious why."
"This is embarrassing for our game...embellishing...we're trying to clean that out of our game...until we take charge of that it's going to be an issue."
Julien has some of his facts right. The Habs have drawn 100 Powerplay Opportunities so far this season, and there are only 4 other teams with 90+).
The Canadiens do score highly on the Moffat Penalty IQ Test: +14 in PP Opps/PK Situations.
Truth is the Habs are driving to the net and you could quarrel as other teams have about the resulting goalie interference, but referees have been attuned to that.
I suspect Julien is more concerned that Brendan Gallagher is a fitting nemesis for Marchand.
The Bruins? Dumb and Dumber.
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Boston has had only 61 opps with a man advantage, 18 fewer than they've had to kill off. That's a -18 on IQ chart. Only Dallas (-20) and Colorado (-24) exhibit more doltish behaviour.
I have a soft spot for Claude Julien. The first time I worked directly on one of CJAD 800's game broadcasts, a road game in Buffalo, Coach Julien had been recently installed behind the Canadiens' bench. He exhibited an obvious pugnacious spirit but had a warm side as well.
A mutual acquaintance drove Julien and I back to the team hotel after the morning skate. Coach was cramped in the messy beater (it's a sportswriter thing) and was asked about whether the Canadiens have given him an upgrade on his personal wheels.
"Yeah, but I could have asked for a firetruck," he deadpanned. Afterall, you only win the job or lose the job when there are hockey fires raging.
Julien won our loyalties all the more when he was axed by the Canadiens and Devils unceremoniously. It was said his job security was hanging before the Bruins won a Cup under his direction. He will of course be fired again...that is a coaching inevitability.
But Claude Julien embarrasses the game when he so shamefacedly proclaims Bruins innocence on the ice of a great rivalry where so much blood has been spilled.
And if you need a second opinion on embellishment Coach Julien, I suggest you call your old friend "Dr. Recchi."
Maybe he can cure the whistle-blowing lung capacity of officials with the same expertise by which he read Pacioretty's neck x-rays and concussion symptoms.
Maybe he should just be helping the Bruins cram for their next on-ice NHL IQ test.