Julien says Bergeron blow on Bruins’ Krejci was a clean hit

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TAMPA — After the Bruins downed Tampa Bay, 2-0, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final last night, center David Krejci said he didn’t have a problem with the Marc-Andre Bergeron hit that leveled him late in the first period and cost him a couple shifts.

Today Bruins head coach Claude Julien reiterated those sentiments.

“I guess if you have time to look at the replay and you can look at in slow motion and you can do all that stuff, you’re going to say ‘well it was a good hit.’ That’s happened to us before from our end of it, you get called for penalties,” said the head coach after his team held an optional skate at the St. Pete Times Forum, the site of tomorrow’s Game 4 with the Bruins ahead two games to one.

“The one thing that we always said was the league is very sensitive head issues. Sometimes they’re making the call. Maybe it wasn’t the right call.

“But at the same time, they could’ve had a second penalty on that same play where the goaltender touched the puck outside the [trapezoid]. The referee was there and I think he didn’t call it because he’s probably trying to make up for it. So this is about being smart about those kinds of things and there were no issues from my end. It kind of made up for it. I think it all evened out in the end.”

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