It was only one loss, but given the head coach’s track record, thoughts of another all-time historic meltdown started to creep into the minds of fans and pundits alike. It is, of course, absurd to think that a team with a 3-0 series lead is doomed after that series lead becomes 3-1, but not all teams have blown 3-0 series leads before.

The Bruins under Claude Julien, however, are one of those teams. Despite some pretty good success in Julien’s time in Boston that included a Stanley Cup just two seasons ago, the memory of that collapse in 2010 is still fairly vivid. Given the fact that the Bruins were pushed to seven games in their first-round series with Toronto after holding a 3-1 series lead, the anxiety is almost understandable.

That’s life as the head coach of the Bruins, and it will likely be that way for as long as Julien is behind the home team’s bench at TD Garden. However, Julien embraces the pressure and welcomes it. Pressure to win, is a good thing, he says, and it speaks to the passion of a rich sports city like Boston.

“When it comes to that stuff, I know what Boston is all about,” Julien candidly said after his club’s Game 5 win over the Rangers. “They like their championship teams. They want to win every year. It’s a very demanding place, but at the same time, it’s a place where you wanna be. I enjoy it here. If it means taking some criticism, there’s no problem there. That comes with the territory.“

Julien’s adversary in the second round, New York coach John Tortorella, is no stranger to taking a beating in the media. In just a couple of days in Boston during the season, Tortorella was exposed to the scrutiny that Julien is constantly under from the fans and the media, and it left the Rangers boss perplexed.