Canadiens coach Claude Julien complains about officiating in loss to Bruins

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By WEEI 93.7

Canadiens head coach Claude Julien wanted some outside 'help' in their fourth game in six nights Saturday, a 2-1 loss to the Bruins. 

(And in case you missed Julien's decade-long run in Boston, that's code for penalties and power-play opportunities he feels went unrewarded.)

Usually it's a simple comment and then a non-comment, but Julien did not restrain himself as he often would when asked about those exact things after Saturday's defeat. 

"I think it’s pretty obvious. When your best shooter is on a breakaway and doesn’t get a shot away, I think everybody agrees that it should have been a penalty shot," Julien began. "What’s embarrassing is Nash embellishing it. The stick hits his shoulder, it doesn’t even hit his face and he embellishes and looks at the referee. Those are embarrassing things in the game of hockey.

"We’re a tired team and we have to kill penalties and it eventually caught up to us. That’s disappointing that when we had some of those things happen, or another penalty that’s called five seconds later because we end up on a two-on-one. As I said, we evaluate ourselves and we expect others to evaluate themselves as well."

Julien may have had a point, as Paul Byron did appear to be in the act of shooting when Sean Kuraly slashed him on a breakaway. 

And Rick Nash obviously embellished the high-sticking penalty that put the Bruins on their first of three third-period power-play opportunities.

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But Julien's squad did not exactly make life difficult for the B's on the four power-play opportunities they were granted, however, putting just six shots on Anton Khudobin. The Bruins, meanwhile, peppered Anti Niemi for 21 shots over the course of their six power-play opportunities before they finally struck for a goal on shot No. 21. 

Still, I must admit that it felt natural to hear Julien complaining about dives and non-calls after a Bruins-Canadiens game.

Even if it was at the other end of the TD Garden hallway. 

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