Coaches on spot for final 3 games of Stanley Cup

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Boston has made it to the playoffs in each of Julien’s six seasons in charge, and two more victories would make it two Stanley Cup titles in three seasons. It also won it all in 2011, coming back to beat Vancouver in seven games after losing the first two of the series.

The same relentless approach that helped the Bruins overcome the Canucks two years ago popped up again when they staged an improbable rally in the third period of a 5-4 victory over Toronto in Game 7 of the first round of this year’s postseason.

It’s no coincidence that the occasionally feisty Julien was behind the bench for each victory.

“I’ve always said I’ve got to be comfortable; in order to be comfortable, I’ve got to be myself,” the 53-year-old Julien said. “As a player, I felt things. As a coach, I kind of remember those things. At the same time, when you are the coach, you are the guy that gives the direction so it’s a fine line.”

Quenneville, who turns 55 in September, coached the Blackhawks to the best record in the NHL in his fifth season in Chicago. Under his leadership, the Blackhawks ended a 49-year drought when they won the Cup in 2010.

Like Julien, Quenneville’s coaching style also is influenced by his playing career.

“As a player, it’s way more fun being a player than a coach,” he said. “But at the same time, really enjoyed coaching in the different places I’ve been as a coach. I just think I’ve been fortunate to work with some great people, some great organizations. I’ve learned from some great people along the way.”

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AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage in Detroit contributed to this story.

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Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap

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