MONTREAL — In truth, had his shootout line-up been different in any way, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who coached the Eastern Conference team in tonight’s 2009 NHL All-Star Game at Bell Centre, might not have been allowed to leave the building alive.
Even more than the 21,273 announced in attendance already had the batting order — Tampa Bay superstar and Montreal native Vinny Lecavalier, Canadiens sniper Alexei Kovalev, reigning league MVP Alexander Ovechkin — already written out. Julien had that same order worked out too, but he joked that the result depended on whether he would take the credit.
“We talked before the game and I told (assistant) Guy (Carbonneau), if we win, I put the lines together,” Julien said of his chat with the Montreal head coach. “If we lose, it was your job. And it was the same thing with the shootout. I picked them, and not Guy, but if we would have lost, it would have been Guy’s picks.” (more…)