Victorious Bruins benefit from Julien doing things ‘My Way’

For Claude Julien patience has paid off. He lives to see another day. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that had the Bruins failed to advance beyond the first round, Julien would’ve been forced to take his patient philosophy to another venue.

Instead, Julien gets another shot to coach against Philadelphia in a second-round series and Kelly, Horton, Ryder, Peverley and Thomas might as well make up the Bruins’ Mt. Rushmore of clutch play right now.

Anything can happen over the next several weeks. The Bruins might be out of the playoffs before Cinco de Mayo. Julien still might find a pink slip on his office chair. But none of that matters now.

The Bruins are in the second round and Julien has had the last laugh. Like his players, Julien’s scheduled for day off Thursday before getting back to work Friday.

While he’s hanging with his wife and daughter, and maybe doing a little housework, Julien can belt out a tune Frank Sinatra style.

“I planned each charted course. Each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this. I did it my way.”

The Chairman of the Board would be proud.

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