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Claude Julien seems to have an uncanny handle on his team's personnel.
When it comes to line combinations, defensive pairings or choosing which goaltender plays or sits out, Julien seems to have an innate ability to make the right choice with his personnel.
Perhaps the best move he ever made came in the opening round of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bruins met up with the archrival Montreal Canadiens, and while the Bruins had home-ice advantage, the Canadiens won the first two games of the series in Boston.
Prior to the third game, Julien decided to pair Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg and play them together in as many crucial situations as possible.
This strategy seemed risky because the other defensive pairs were apparently weakened, but it turned out be instrumental in turning the series in Boston's favor. The Bruins had their "shutdown pair," and they went on to win the series in seven games.
The Bruins went on from there to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
If Julien had not made the move, the Bruins would likely have dropped the series to the Canadiens, perhaps in four or five games.