For Boston Coach Claude Julien, the key to beating the Caps in tonight’s Game 7 is being “strong mentally.”
“It’s a matter of not getting sloppy,” Julien said this morning at TD Garden. “You have to make strong plays in Game 7s. Minimize the mistakes.”
“That was actually one of the things we talked about [before game 6]," Julien continued. “Tired people sometimes will make mistakes. You have to be strong mentally. You try to avoid the mistake that will cost you not only the game but the series. We overcame that. A lot of that is the same today.”
Julien’s morning news conference usually lasts about 10 minutes. Today, it went about three. All the questions have been asked. All the answers have been given. All that’s left now is the game itself.
A few other notes from the Bruins' dressing room:
*Before Julien’s news conference began, the coach joked, “Does anyone want to know if Bergeron is playing?
Julien, of course, was referring to center Patrice Bergeron, who has been hampered by an apparent upper-body ailment. Bergeron participated fully in the morning skate.
“I think so,” Julien said, smiling.
*The Bruins’ lineup appears to be similar to the one from Game 6. Defenseman Mike Mottau should be in the lineup for Joe Corvo, but there’s some question as to whether Shawn Thornton or Jordan Caron will be the fourth-line right wing.
*Zdeno Chara was sporting two black eyes in addition to stitches on the bridge of his nose, the result of Alex Ovechkin’s high stick in Game 6. Ovechkin was assessed a double minor for the foul.
“That’s part of it,” Chara said. “It’s going to happen. You can’t control those things. Really, it doesn’t affect me.”