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Claude Julien isn’t too happy with Lucic and Horton

Milan Lucic; Nathan Norton; Jonas Gustavsson

Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic, center, celebrates his goal with teammate Nathan Horton as Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson, right, reacts during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


The Bruins are still winning games and looking like a dominating force, but that doesn’t mean everything is all good in Boston.

Bruins coach Claude Julien has loved the play of David Krejci, but he’s not exactly enamored with the play of his linemates Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton.’s Joe Haggerty hears it from Julien about what his two physical scorers aren’t doing to help the Bruins.

“Looch looked like he had heavy legs tonight; [Horton] was the same thing,” said Julien.

Heavy legs is one thing, but Julien saved his harshest criticism for Horton.

“Horton has got to pick up his game. No ifs or buts about it. A guy his size needs to get more physically involved. He needs to compete a lot harder. He’s skating hard – you can see it on the backcheck – but we need more from him.”

Julien says he needs Horton to play better because the Bruins are dealing with injuries with their other forwards. Lighting a fire under both Horton and Lucic has worked in the past. We’ve seen Julien call these two out earlier this season even breaking up their line to motivate them. With how well Boston’s other lines are playing now, that option doesn’t seem likely this time around should things continue.