BOSTON (CBS) — Thursday night’s 4-1 victory won’t ever be considered particularly memorable for the Boston Bruins, but it was a rather significant night for head coach Claude Julien.
The B’s bench boss earned his 246th win with the team, moving him past Milt Schmidt to sit at No. 2 on the Bruins’ all-time coaching list. Julien now only trails Art Ross, who won won 361 games as coach of the Bruins.
Despite the major milestone, Julien very quickly downplayed the accomplishment.
“Not a lot, to be honest with you,” Julien said when asked what the milestone meant to him. “I certainly don’t perceive myself to be in the same category as Milt Schmidt. You’ve got to understand, it’s a different era. Ties were ties, and that’s the way it ended. We play 82 games, and I think they played somewhere around the 60 mark, if not less. [It was] a lot different era. It’s a number, it’s a number of wins, but certainly not ready to compare myself to him. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for Milt, and even for Grapes [Don Cherry]. Those guys have done a lot for the game. It’s something that’s nice, to know that you’re with them in regards to the number of wins, but certainly not willing to say I’m in the same category as them yet.”
As for passing Ross one day, Julien laughed at the thought.
“That doesn’t mean anything, because I am so far away from that right now it’s not even something we need to talk about,” Julien said.