Coach Claude Julien knew the question was coming, so he couldn’t help but laugh. But deep down, he knew it was legitimate.
Last year his Bruins were in the exact same position as they are today against Detroit. After an emotional overtime road victory, they were up 3-1 with a chance to close out Toronto Maple Leafs at home in Game 5. They of course could not close the deal at home, lost in Toronto in Game 6 and needed one of the great miracle comebacks of all-time in Game 7 to finally advance to the second round.
Nobody with the B’s, least of all Julien, wants to have a repeat of that, no matter how glorious the ending was.
“We can learn a lot from last year,” said Julien. “Obviously, you can look at it whichever way you want. It doesn’t mean just because it’s happened before it has to be the same thing. There are different situations all the time. Right now, we have yet to lose respect for that team we are playing against. They have added some good players to their lineup last g...