Marchand And Pastrnak Owe A Lot To Claude Julien

Published January 16, 2018 at 10:25 PM

Any time the Montreal Canadiens come to town the emotions run higher than usual, but tomorrow's night game will have even more of an edge to it as Claude Julien will return to the TD Garden for the first time since he was fired by the Bruins last February.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, the Bruins top two scorers, still owe a lot to Julien who was the only NHL coach they played for before he was let go.

"He gave me an opportunity to play, dealt with me more than I think a lot of coaches would have, worked with me tirelessly," Marchand told the Bruins official website about his time with Julien. "Had plenty of conversations about how to act and how to be a good player, a good pro, how to learn the game and become a better player.

"He definitely gave me a huge opportunity and allowed me to grow into a better player."

Just like Marchand, Pastrnak broke into the league with Julien behind the bench.

"He's the one that I was given the opportunity to play in the NHL," said Pastrnak. "We had a bunch of meetings in the time I was hereobviously have a lot of good memories. He spent so much time with this organization and has given a lot."

Julien won 419 games over 10 seasons with the Bruins. He led them to the Stanley Cup in 2011 and a return trip to the Final in 2013. We should expect a nice video tribute for the winningest coach in Bruins history tomorrow night. 
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