As the Bruins continue to be hot right out of the gate in the 2013 season (5-0-1), it has helped Claude Julien pad his resume as he passed Don Cherry for third on the Bruins’ all-time wins list with Monday’s 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes for his 232nd career win with the Bruins.
It was evident that Julien was not concerned over his personal accomplishment.
“Obviously it is always nice to hear those things, but as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t put too much emphasis on that stuff,” Julien said. “It’s probably something you can look at after you’ve retired, look at those numbers.”
Julien cracked a joke about Cherry being less boring than himself during his years with the Bruins behind the bench.
“One thing I know is I’ll never be as flamboyant as him, he’s got me beat big time on that,” Julien said. “I might have more wins, but he deserves the credit in that area. I’m extremely boring compared to him.”
Since being with the Bruins in the 2007-2008 season, Julien has racked up 41, 53, 39, 46 and 49 wins respectively while leading the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in the 2010-2011 season. He has averaged about 46 wins per season in a tough market.
Julien also chimed in on the start to the season and was spoken like a true coach worrying about that one point that they did not get vs. the Rangers (11 out of possible 12).
“Well, maybe that extra point,” Julien said. “It is always nice to be greedy when you talk about stuff like that, but no our guys have been really good and we’ve found ways to win. To me, we’ve played some pretty good hockey so far early in this regular season and the games that weren’t quite as good as we should have been, we found a way to win. To be a good team, you’ve got to be able to do that, not every night is going to be a great night, but at the end of the day, it’s how hard you willing to work to get that win and our guys have been good at answering the call.”
Julien trails Milt Schmidt by only 12 wins now after notching another victory versus the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at TD Garden and with the way the Bruins are playing to start the year, this could be taking care of by early March.