There are plenty of emotions after a hockey player is victimized on the ice with a dirty hit, and lays most likely concussed on the ice in the aftermath. Brad Marchand was the unwitting recipient of an Anton Volchenkov elbow to the side of the head with five minutes to go in the third period of Wednesday night’s 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.

Gregory Campbell, Jaromir Jagr, Johnny Boychuk and Andrew Ference were all on the ice when Volchenkov leveled Marchand with a head shot that earned him a four game suspension. So the natural reaction is "where was the Big Bad Bruins’ reaction to a New Jersey defenseman taking liberties with one of Boston’s best offensive players?"

Claude Julien didn’t want to single anybody out, but admitted that his team might have reacted differently a couple of years ago while still stinging from the criticism that they never reacted immediately to the Matt Cooke/Marc Savard incident.

“We’ll deal with it internally. I don’t throw my guys under the bus. There was a situation that happened last night… would we [have responded physically] in the past? I think you would’ve seen that. Is there a reason why it didn’t happen? Not really,” said Julien. “You guys can do what you want, but I’m going to let the negativity – for example you guys saying we’re not hitting enough, or we’re not going to bat for each other. My job is to right the ship and make sure that we’re ready for the playoffs. “The battle is with ourselves to be better, and the battle is to battle against [the media] where you guys find those kinds of things. We’re not going to let that creep into our dressing room.”