BOSTON — When the Boston Bruins sweep the Miami Heat, the Boston media will be on edge.
It will be a special night for the media to see the first-time team of the decade, led by coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli, win in Boston, and the first time since the 2006 Stanley Cup Final that the team is actually the reigning champion.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” Boston media member Jim McIsaac said.
“I can only imagine what it will be like to see this team in the Finals.”
While it was an epic series for the Bruins, the second and final time they would face the Houston Oilers, Julien has been criticized for taking away his players’ rights during the playoffs.
Julien said in a press conference on Wednesday that he’s “not trying to change the rules” during the Finals.
It’s the first series of the season when Julien is not in charge of the media, but he is still taking questions and talking about the team.
Julien has the Boston Globe and Boston Herald as his main outlets, as well as Boston radio stations WBZ-FM and WEEI-FM, which has more than 1 million listeners and a circulation of almost 200,000.
It is also the home of Boston College hockey, and when Julian took over the Huskies last year he brought in former Huskies coach Bob Hurley as his assistant.
Julian said he believes that he can win this series with what he’s got and that his team will be ready for the Oilers.
Julian will have to overcome the Boston College Hockey Association, which wants to change its constitution to give players more rights.
But Julien also has to contend with an aggressive and determined Oilers team led by former NHL defenseman Andrew Ference, who is expected to take on a different role with the Bruins.
“It’s the most physical and physical team we’ve had in a long time,” Julien told reporters.
“The fact that they’re going to play this way makes it so much more challenging for us.”
In the series finale, the Bruins will face off against the Oilers, a team that’s won two Stanley Cups in three years.
Julians team was built to beat the Oilers in the first round.
But it didn’t work out that way against the defending champion Penguins in the conference finals.
“When we get back to the rink, we’re going be ready to face this team,” Julian said.
Juliens team, however, has more confidence than the Penguins because of the way they have been playing the past few games.
The Penguins have the NHL’s best record and are second in the Western Conference.
Boston is coming off its best series win in franchise history, beating the Oilers 3-2 on Sunday.
It was the Bruins first win in the Stanley Cup finals since 2007, when they defeated the Blackhawks in seven games.
“We have a great team,” Tuukka Rask said.
“(Julien) and I have talked about it a lot and he knows that, so I know that he is in charge.
It doesn’t really change much, because he is the boss.”
The Bruins have a better record than the Oilers and have won four straight, but the Bruins have won only two of their past five games.
Boston won three straight games last season, but lost to the Edmonton Oilers in seven to open the season.
That season marked the last time the Bruins won the Stanley Finals in their own arena, winning the title in 2008.
The team that lost that game, the Carolina Hurricanes, won the Cup in 2009.
Juliens team has a better playoff record than Boston, which is winning only four of the past five.
The Bruins have three of their last four series against the Boston Red Sox, the team that beat them in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.
Julients team is playing the same team that finished fifth in the AL East last season and finished second in 2014.
“The guys that are here are good enough,” Julians said.
The Bruins are coming off a 3-1 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Rangers swept them in seven.
Boston is coming into this series as the underdog, but Julien was criticized for giving the Bruins too much power in the past.
Juli had the Boston press corps on edge because he had taken away the rights of players during the series, including his star defenseman and captain, Tuukkas Patrick, who has a career .934 save percentage.
The rights are owned by the Bruins and the rights are worth $10 million, but it’s unclear if they will be worth more than that because of Julien.
Julio has the Bruins on a roll offensively, averaging more than eight goals per game and scoring at least twice as many as the Oilers last season.
The Oilers are a team who has not won a playoff series since 2010, when