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I've held my tongue on the issue of Claude Julien’s future. When pressed, I've semi-defended Claude with the argument that he's won a Cup, been to a second Finals, and -- since Peter Chiarelli maxed out the Bruins cap with handouts to players like Milan Lucic and Chris Kelley -- been hamstrung with his roster.

But.

Sometimes things just don’t look, feel or smell right. After last night, Claude Julien as Bruin coach is all of the above.

Claude Julien is a Stanley Cup-winning coach and, overall, he's done a damn good job for the Bruins.

But.

Stanely Cup-winning coaches get fired. Last night was the tie that broke this coach’s back. He was second-guessed for leaving his top scorer, Brad Marchand, on the bench during the shootout. When questioned about, he replied: “Hindsight.” They he explained they had a plan ,and goalie tendencies enter into the thought process.

Fine. Besides, benching Marchand is not why Claude must lose his job.

Losing two points to the non-playoff Carolina Hurricanes is. Presiding over two straight late-season collapses is. Missing the playoffs for two years in a row -- which is a distinct possibility after Tuesday night -- is.

Claude Julien should never hang his head or pay for his own beer in Boston, ever. But it's time for him to leave.