Claude Julien told the media after Saturday’s game what had prompted the bench minor at 18:09 of the second period. “The referee – I kind of told him that I didn’t agree with his calls,” he said.
Asked if he was simply trying to encourage his team, Julien said, “That’s a secret I can’t reveal right now.”
He wasn’t alone.
The game had been getting away from the Bruins — including their coach — as penalties and frustration mounted. That came to a head in the second period, when the Bruins team took four penalties, three for roughing and the unsportsmanlike bench minor.
Those penalties had resulted in one goal, by Thomas Vanek in the second period, and would result in another in the third period, as the Bruins headed to the penalty box nine times in the game. They knew they would have to settle down.
“I think it was frustration,” Julien said. “You could see that, and that’s what I mean — once we put everything aside and just said, ‘Listen, let’s control what we can control here,’ and when we did that, we kind of took it over.
“And we know it’s not going to get any easier heading to Montreal, so we have to be ready to face adversity at different times because that’s always going to be [there].”
He added, “The way we just battled back through, I felt, a lot of crap that we put up with today, was pretty indicative of what our team’s all about.”
Julien declined to be more specific on what the team had to put up with in its 5-3 victory.
“I think what’s pretty obvious right now is that if we focus on what we need to do and try and not let the distractions of things we can’t control get to us, we’re going to be OK,” Julien said.
It was something the Bruins addressed in the intermission, the need to settle down, to not be goaded into penalties they couldn’t afford.
“We just talked about staying composed,” said Brad Marchand, who called some of the penalties “pretty suspect.” “I think we were getting a little too riled up about the penalties called and how we felt about them.”
Said Dougie Hamilton, “I think it’s just the things where there’s two guys battling and we’re always the ones getting [called], so sometimes that’s a little bit frustrating when you feel like it’s even and we’re always the aggressor, so maybe we have to hold back a little bit and kind of skate away.”
Given the slip
Shawn Thornton was not happy the way P.K. Subban went down on Thornton’s attempted hit on the Montreal defenseman, a play that resulted in Thornton limping off the ice early in the third period. The right wing did return to the game halfway through the period.
“I don’t like people ducking,” Thornton said. “I think Marchy got about five games for it once [on Sami Salo]. I will say, off the draw he apologized afterward, so there’s that. I think it’s a dangerous play, personally. But it’s playoffs, it’s hockey, I’m fine, so we’re OK.”
Thornton’s right knee hit Subban after the defenseman had gone to the ice, and Thornton went into the boards. He got up in significant pain. Asked about the injury, Thornton joked, “It’s a concussion.”
Said Subban, “I don’t know what happened. I just tried to shoot the puck around the zone and I sort of lost my footing there. Obviously you don’t want to see anybody go off hurt, but he came back.”
When Thornton returned, he received an ovation from the crowd.
“Definitely an emotional lift, for sure,” Torey Krug said.
One for all
Krug was penalized twice for what he believes was sticking up for his teammates. One came after Rene Bourque tangled with Kevan Miller, the other after Lars Eller snowed Tuukka Rask. Asked if that was the first time he’d had two roughing penalties in a game, Krug said, “It’s not at all. Are you surprised?” . . . Hamilton said if the Bruins lost Game 2 at home “the series is pretty close to over.” Hamilton wasn’t yet a Bruin in 2011 when they came back from losing two at home to the Canadiens on their way to a series win in seven games . . . Andrej Meszaros replaced Matt Bartkowski in the Bruins’ lineup for Game 2, and Jordan Caron replaced Justin Florek. The other scratches were the injured Chris Kelly, and Corey Potter.Amalie Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.