Julien talks about the past and present

BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate this morning in preparation for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at TD Garden. Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Bruins coach Claude Julien talked about the importance of defenseman Dennis Wideman and his improved play during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Wideman, who struggled mightily during the regular season, has 10 points (1 goal and 9 assists) in 10 playoff games, including a plus-4 rating.

Julien also talked about a former Bruins blueliner: The organization will unveil a statue of Bobby Orr this afternoon outside of the Garden.