Report: Coach Julien inks three-year extension with Bruins

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The Boston Bruins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Claude Julien, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman. The 54-year-old is in his eighth season as the Bruins’ bench boss.

When Julien took over the team, Boston had missed the postseason for two straight campaigns and hadn’t won a playoff series over its last seven seasons. Under his guidance though, Boston has reached the postseason for seven straight years and in 2011, the Bruins won their first championship since the 1970s. They made it to the finals again in 2013, but lost to Chicago.

Not including tonight’s game against Ottawa, Julien has won 435 career regular season games, which is good for 28th place on the all-time head coaching list. Julien also won the Jack Adams Award in 2009.

This season might be one of his most challenging in years though. The Bruins were forced to watch Jarome Iginla walk over the summer due to cap restraints and they traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk for the same reason. They’re also trying to get by right now without Zdeno Chara (knee), Torey Krug (finger), and David Krejci (undisclosed).

Bruins trying to get above .500 tonight without Krejci

The Boston Bruins have a chance to get above .500 for the first time since they won their season opener, but they will have to do so without David Krejci. He was a late scratch for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Krejci didn’t participate in Friday’s practice, but Bruins coach Claude Julien seemed pretty confident he would be available anyways, per CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty.

With Krejci out of the lineup, Chris Kelly is playing alongside Milan Lucic and Seth Griffith.

This is obviously a big blow for the Bruins. Krejci came into this game as their leader with nine points in nine contests. On top of that, Boston is missing key blueliners Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara.

Photo: Dalai Lama sports a Bruins cap

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The Boston Bruins didn’t have a morning skate in preparation for their game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday for one of the best reasons one can conjure: the Dalai Lama was at TD Garden this morning.

One would think that the Bruins are OK with this situation, especially considering the moment when “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet” donned a Bruins hat (via comedian Lenny Clarke):

/Files this under “Things you never expected to see.”

Then again, maybe the Montreal Canadiens actually have the edge in this area (gasps):

Bruins coach praises Sabres, who ‘came to play’

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The Boston Bruins needed a third-period comeback, then overtime, to get by the woeful Sabres last night in Buffalo.

Despite the welcome two points for Boston, it wasn’t the dominant performance many were expecting against arguably the worst team in the NHL.

Overall, though, B’s coach Claude Julien was happy with the result, and to get back to .500 (6-6-0).

“We have to be careful of those games. Buffalo played by far their best game of the year and that’s coming from their organization, their team members and all of that stuff,” said Julien, per CSN New England. “This is the NHL. There are no easy games in the league. I know we want to look at the standings and say ‘Wow, we just barely got past these guys.’ Our skating and forecheck was probably not at the top of what we expect, which means our back pressure suffered.

“Our skating game wasn’t at its best. But we still broke out of our end much better, and we didn’t give them much. In our books they had about four scoring chances at even strength, and we gave them just three shots in the second period. So there were things to build off of. [Buffalo] came to play.”

Missing injured defensemen Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Kevan Miller, the Bruins played last night with one blue-liner, Joe Morrow, who was making his NHL debut, and a couple of others — Zach Trotman and David Warsofsky — who don’t have much more NHL experience than Morrow.

Yet even with all that inexperience on the back end, the B’s still managed to limit Buffalo to just 15 shots, compared to Boston’s 37.

So actually, in terms of the shot disparity, the Bruins did end up dominating. The thing is, much of that disparity was built in the third period, with the Sabres trying to protect a 2-1 lead and the B’s desperate to avoid an embarrassing defeat. Other teams have dominated Buffalo right from the start.

“We’re a .500 team right now, and the guys are still trying to find that confidence level that comes with winning on a regular basis,” said Julien. “So it’s something to build on, and we’ve got a bigger test [Saturday at home to Ottawa].”

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Video: Bruins’ Marchand scores off his glove

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Just when it looked like the Buffalo Sabres might upset the Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand had a Loui Eriksson shot deflect off his glove and past Jhonas Enroth tying the game 2-2.

The play was reviewed and ruled a good goal.

Not a bad night for Marchand, who was reportedly a game-time decision.

With his assist on the goal, Eriksson picked up his 400th career point.