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Julien: Kaberle not only Bruin struggling

Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:40 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 1:00 pm
BOSTON --- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien had a message for reporters who continue to question the prowess of one Tomas Kaberle.

He’s not the only one screwing up, so lay off the defenseman.

“I don’t know why we decide that we should be taking him out of the lineup when there’s other players too that have struggled,” Julien told reporters before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden on Monday. “We haven’t talked about that. And that’s because we have patience and we believe in those guys.”

Kaberle lost the puck behind the net moments before Tampa Bay’s Sean Bergenheim tied it midway through the second period of Game 4. Julien said that had as much to do as other players not supporting Kaberle on the play.

“So, according to our system, he’s not the only one to blame,” Julien said. “The last winning goal, he blocks a shot, makes a great play, and he’s trying to get off the ice, and we turn the puck over. So do we keep blaming Kaberle?”

Probably for plays like the eventual winner in Game 1. Kaberle, with no Lightning play bearing down, fumbled the ball to the side of Bruins’ net, where Lightning forward Teddy Purcell tapped it in.

“I think people are a little hard on this guy and I’m one of those guys that’s going to support him,” Julien continued. “I’m one of those guys that’s going to keep him in the lineup in case you want to know. And he’s going to be a good part of our hockey team.”

The Bruins gave up plenty to get Kaberle, who spend his first 12 seasons in Toronto . Boston dealt prospect forward Joe Colborne and the Bruins' first-round pick at next month’s draft. The Leafs will also receive a second-round pick at next year’s draft if the Bruins make the finals.

Kaberle has no goas and six assists in the playoffs, three assists coming in this series. He’s a mainstay on the power play that has scored twice in 15 chances entering Game 5. He’s also even on the plus-minus.

Julien wouldn’t confirm any lineup changes, but he did say 23 skaters --- presumably including defenseman Steven Kampfer, who is back from a knee injury --- would take part in the warm-up and the lineup would be cemented immediately afterward. 

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:22 pm

Julien: Kaberle not only Bruin struggling

  Kaberle is also afraid to take a shot.   He doesn't even look at the net when he has the puck.   On the power it is easier to defend when you no one man won't be shooting,  basically makes it a 4 on 4

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:23 pm

Julien: Kaberle not only Bruin struggling

Its funny how claude julien said that Tyler Seguin wasnt on the playoff roster because he was still learning but i real reason was that it seemed that during the reg. Season he seemed to shy away from hits and sometimes was a liability defensely, I watched every bruins game all season and that statement was true alot of the time. But Seguin is an 18-year old rookie and he will be better, Tomas Kaberle seems scared to take a hit anytime the puck is near him and seems lost most of the time he has the puck but he has been playing for 12 seasons " WHAT IS HIS EXCUSE"???? This guy was a disaster ever since we traded for him, On the Power Play teams dont have to worry about him taking a shot so they back up and wait for the pass. Even when he has a clear alley to take a shot he still tries to pass it. Other bruins have made mistakes this series but not even close to as many as Kaberle has made, Julien is trying to be faitfull and stick up for his players like every coach does but this problem isnt going away and good coaches know when to make changes. Claude you really need some balls, if he blows this series its on julien. Cutting his minutes just aint doing it because now you have 5 other guys who has to play more minutes. I still believe the bruins are a better team if they just play there game but they cant do that if people have to protect kaberle the whole game.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 1:56 pm

Julien: Kaberle not only Bruin struggling

Kaberle is soft, whether it's checking, or being stripped of the puck. He doesn't have the intensity needed for playoff hockey (see: Ryan Kessler). If the Bruins lose Game 5, I don't see him being in the lineup for Game 6.

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