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Claude Julien Earns 500th Coaching Win

(Photograph by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The Boston Bruins defeated the Minnesota Wild today via a 4-2 final, and the win was special for two reasons. On the smaller scale, it propelled the B’s to second place in the Atlantic Division. They now trail the Florida Panthers by four points and have gone 6-3-1 across their last 10.

More noteworthy was the fact that Boston head coach Claude Julien earned his 500th win in the NHL.

He’s just the 23rd bench boss in the league’s history to accumulate that many wins, and the victory against Minnesota moved him into a tie with Toe Blake for 22nd on the all-time wins list.

As the official Twitter account of the Bruins noted, Julien says that he wasn’t aware that he was approaching the milestone.

He went on to say talk about when the time would be right to reflect on accomplishments like this one.

Julien is the longest tenured coach in the NHL at the moment and has been behind the Bruins’ bench since the 2007-08 season. Overall he has coached 675 games with the organization and has guided them to two Stanley Cup Final appearances in that time The 55-year-old also won a gold medal as an assistant coach for Team Canada in 2014.

What are your thoughts on this milestone, Bruins fans? Julien is about as close to an institution as there is as far as NHL coaches go, and this is a big milestone for him. Sound off in the comments down below and let us know what your favorite Julien moment is. We’d love to hear from you.

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