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September 25, 2013

Bruins have familiar look as they eye another Cup

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CLAUDE’S CLUB: Julien has led the Bruins to the playoffs in each of his six seasons, repeatedly quieting talk that his job security is shaky. He is the third longest tenured coach in the NHL. Genial and reluctant to grab the spotlight, he has led Boston’s disciplined style and won 62.7 percent of his regular-season games with Boston.

“He came off of being fired twice and there were a lot of questions about him,” Chiarelli said. “So, obviously, I knew what he was like — receptive to things so he could evolve with the rest of us.”

BACK IN ACTION: Bergeron is one of the best two-way centers in the NHL. Gregory Campbell is a solid checker as the fourth-line center. Now, both are back after being injured in the playoffs. Bergeron played some games against Chicago with torn rib cartilage, a broken rib and a separated shoulder. He also learned after playing Game 6 that he had a collapsed lung. Campbell broke his right leg in Game 3 of Boston’s four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

Z MARKS THE SLOT: As if his slap shot wasn’t enough of a threat, now 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara is planting himself in front of the net on power plays. He did that in Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Washington Capitals in which he also scored on two slap shots.

“He creates some havoc in front of there,” Julien said. “Z’s not just in front to screen, Z’s in there for more than that.”

Chara is adjusting to the tactic, but his long reach and big body provide a big target for deflections and tip-ins.

IGGY AND LOUI: Iginla and Eriksson combined for 26 goals in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, so their offensive abilities should make up for the departures of Horton and Seguin, who totaled 28 goals last season. Iginla has 530 goals in 16 seasons, while Eriksson has 150 in seven. Iginla also had two goals in the first preseason game.

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