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DENVER — In the middle of an answer to a question on Thursday about the Avalanche, Bruins coach Claude Julien brought up a telling point. “Right now, what you’re seeing in teams is a lot of fatigue setting in, both physically and mentally,” he said, “and we’re fortunate to have some experience in that area where we’re able to maybe minimize that a little bit, and that’s where experience really becomes valuable at this time of year.”
The Avalanche, who host the Bruins Friday night, have many young players, led by a rookie coach in Patrick Roy. They have lost three of their last four games but remain in excellent playoff position in the Western Conference with 94 points, third in the Central Division.