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Julien calls Vigneault's comments 'pretty hypocritical'

TSN.ca Staff

1/9/2012 7:41:36 PM

Bruins head coach Claude Julien called Alain Vigneault's comments 'hypocritical' in the aftermath of Saturday's Stanley Cup Final rematch withe the Vancouver Canucks in Boston.

In that game, a 4-3 Canucks win, defenceman Sami Salo suffered a concussion after he took a low-bridge hit from Brad Marchand, prompting a veiled threat from the Canucks head coach.

"What Marchand did, you could end a player's career doing that. I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All Sami Salo has done is play the game with integrity," Vigneault said. "Marchand - and this is just my feeling - but someday he's going to get it. Someday, someone's going to say 'enough is enough' and they're going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn't care, somebody else will."

Julien responded to Vigneault's comments on Monday, before receiving word that Marchand was handed a five-game suspension for the hit on Salo.

"I think it's pretty hypocritical, everything that's been going on," Julien told reporters. "It's unfortunate, because sometimes you have to look in your own backyard. We all know he's got the same type of players on his team, and they've all done the same thing.

"You just have to look at Burrows putting his blade in Thornton's throat. So hypocritical. It's unfortunate. I guess we're stupid, we're idiots and they're the smartest team in the league. So I guess we have to listen to all the gab they have to say."

Julien added that the team would not be contacting the NHL or sending video for any plays by the Canucks that they felt might be reviewed by the league.

"That's not our style. There's video, there's people watching in Toronto, there's people everywhere. You've got to let those people do their jobs," he said.

"It's like that first call that cost us a goal 5-on-3. They had seven guys on the ice. (Milan) Lucic was on the ice already. There were no issues there in my mind. It was one of those calls that was made. I'm not going to stand here and criticize the referees. In a brawl like that, they're trying to sort things out. I counted seven, we get to see the replays. They didn't. You don't whine about those things you just move on."

Julien also said one of the team's priorities is making sure the players know how to protect themselves, as the team has suffered through devastating injuries, particularly concussions to Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard.

"The one thing we've taken charge of, ourselves, as an organization, is tell our players to protect themselves better. And that doesn't mean necessarily being illegal, but protecting themselves. We don't want any more of these Bergeron injuries, we don't want any more of what happened to Savard, and we want to protect ourselves," he said. "I'd rather see a guy protect himself and take a penalty than not protect himself and lose him for the year. And that's my point, and I'm going to keep making my point, I don't care what anyone else thinks about it. It's what we do , it's what we believe in, and we're going to protect our players, that's what we're trying to do."

Julien also said that the team seems to be the poster child for illegal play in the league, and it's something that his team is used to dealing with.

"We're built to be a physical team, and all we have to do is play within the rules. It's up to everybody to understand: if we cross the line and take bad penalties, then we deserve to be penalized, but if we're playing within the rules, then it's a game of contact. So we're not going to change our style," Julien said. "Maybe we're the focus of the league right now because of the way we play the game. But as long as we're playing within the rules, there shouldn't be any issues.