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Christopher L. Gasper

Credit Claude Julien’s defense for Bruins’ success

There have been times during his tenure in Boston when the best defense played by the Bruins has come from coach Claude Julien. Even after winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, Julien has been habitually compelled to defend his tendencies, strategies, and hockey philosophy from the dais.

Julien’s oft-criticized defensive dogma is the reason the Bruins are on the verge of dispatching Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and a passel of high-scoring Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins have a 3-0 series lead after their epic 2-1 double-overtime win in Game 3 and can send Pittsburgh packing Friday night at TD Garden.

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