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Stanley Cup coaches try to work some magic

CHICAGO — They keep tinkering, looking for any advantage.

While the players compete on the ice, two former NHL defensemen, the Bruins' Claude Julien and Blackhawks' Joel Quenne­ville, try to become the 14th coach with at least two Stanley Cups.

The quest continues tonight with Game 5 and the series 2-2.

"Neither guy is hoping for chemistry to develop," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday. "They're moving guys around to try to find something."

After losing Game 1 and struggling early in Game 2, Julien put Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Tyler Seguin together on a line. They were responsible for both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory.

"It's about little tweaks here and there," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "The whole coaching staff is good at that."

After being shut out in Game 3, Quenneville reunited stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on a line. Toews scored, and Kane had a goal and an assist during the 6-5 overtime victory.

"He's level-headed," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said; "brings that even-keel attitude to the team."

Both coaches said their playing careers have influenced them.

"As a player, I felt things. As a coach, I kind of remember those things," said Julien who played 14 games over two seasons. "At the same time, when you are the coach, you are the guy that gives the direction. So it's a fine line."

Quenneville had a much longer career, 13 seasons.

"As a player, it's way more fun being a player than a coach," he said. "But at the same time, I've really enjoyed coaching. I've been fortunate to work with some great people, some great organizations. I've learned from some great people along the way."

Vancouver reportedly set to hire Tortorella

John Tortorella is expected to be named Canucks coach, Canada's TSN reported. Tortorella, who led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2004, was fired by the Rangers after being eliminated in the East semifinals. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said only Tortorella was a "very strong" candidate.

More coaching: The Stars hired Lindy Ruff four months after the Sabres fired him. He led Buffalo to the 1999 Cup final, which the Stars won on Brett Hull's series-ending goal on which his skate was in the crease. "I've gotten past that," Ruff said. "I want to coach." … The Rangers hired Alain Vigneault four weeks after the Canucks fired him. In Vancouver, he won two Presidents' Trophies. … Coyotes coach Dave Tippett agreed to an extension. Details were not disclosed.

Stanley Cup final


Game 1: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 3 OT

Game 2: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1 OT

Game 3: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 0

Game 4: Blackhawks 6, Bruins 5 OT

Tonight: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8

Monday: at Boston, 8, Ch. 8

Wednesday: at Chicago, 8, Ch. 8 *

* If necessary

Stanley Cup coaches try to work some magic 06/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:51pm]
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