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2012-13 Training Camp Quote Sheet

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN - POSTGAME

On if he got what he wanted out of tonight’s scrimmage...

Yeah, we did. We wanted to see where we were, where we stood, where certain players were with their game and everything else and as I said this morning, we were going to be able to elaborate a little bit more after tonight’s game and, you know, the score to me wasn’t important, what was important was seeing things that we were doing well, things that we have to work on or, again, the condition of certain players, so and so forth. It was good, I mean, you look at Horton who hasn’t played in a year, it’s good for him to get a game under his belt before we start Saturday. Those are good things, guys that haven’t played, at least you’re not throwing into your first game and a regular season game. You can take a lot out of this and work with it, certainly there’s some areas tonight that weren’t very good, that we were certainly going to work on. Our puck movement and again, sometimes you try to be too cute and we’ve got to be a little bit more effective than cute. Those are things that we’ve got to get out of our game early. We’re going to be playing a game Saturday that comes at you hard and has a lot of jam and grit and we have to be ready for that.

On if this loss could be a wake up call for the Bruins...

I don’t think anybody thought we were going to breeze through this. I mentioned it this morning to our guys. You have a team that is playing extremely well in Providence right now. They’re young, they’ve got lots of energy. They had a slow start to the season but they’ve really picked up their game, even this weekend with us taking a lot of their good players away, they still won two out of three games, so you know, they’re a good team to start with, they’ve been together since October. We’re a team that’s just come together this week, quickly. To me that kind of leveled the playing field, what I thought was going to happen. You never know, it could have been a blowout, like it was tonight, it could have been either way. But, you know I expected it to be a fairly even game and when I say it was, it was. Obviously, a lot of goals scored that I’m sure we’d like to have back on both sides and we all know that our goaltenders struggled tonight but that doesn’t make them any less good than we think they’re going to be. We’re going to keep working with those guys and as much as we had some rusty guys up front, goaltenders are always the guys you look at because that’s the last wall that you have before it goes into the net. Certainly for me it was good, I saw a lot of good, a lot of things I needed to see and we’ll move forward from that.

On who caught his eye in a positive light...

It goes to show a little bit, Chris Bourque I thought had a pretty good game. Here’s a guy that’s been playing since October in North America. Again, to answer your question, I don’t think our team was over confident, but what I think I might have done was give their team a better pre-game speech than I gave ours. So maybe part of it is my fault, but I wanted to make sure that Providence came out and played hard and played the body and did everything. I was hoping to minimize the crap and we did. It was still a physical game but both sides were throwing hits and I wanted it that way. So, having said that, I go back to what your question was, I thought Bourque played a pretty decent game. we had some guys that played pretty well and Kelly, Peverley, that line gave us some good things. And every line scored but I think it’s pretty obvious that you can see that Marsh still hasn’t found his touch with the puck, he’s got the good shot but there were times where he stick handled himself into the ice. Those are the kinds of things that you expect out of those guys, I thought for Horton, for a guys that hasn’t played in a year, he had good speed. I thought the tempo of our game wasn’t bad, it was more the execution and the decision-making that really hurt us a lot. We weren’t moving the puck as quickly as I’d like to see it. We weren’t moving it as effectively. There’s times that we’re a team that really has to grind teams out to have success and I think we were trying to be even more cute than we were grinding it out to try to win, so those are things that we’ll have to understand going into Saturday’s game.

On how he thought the power play worked...

I think we had three if I’m correct. The first two I thought we got outworked, so we never got a chance to get into our set and the last one, we finally got into our and we were ready to move the puck quickly and we got rewarded with it. So, you know, again, we scored a goal on the power play. The last one was better, first two weren’t very good at all. We didn’t win the battles, they outworked us, they were getting the puck out of the corners, along the boards and I think that’s the biggest thing that I’ve addressed to the guys after the second period, that this is what happened last year and it’s not going to happen this year. If we’re going to be outworked on our power play, we shouldn’t expect any success from it.

On McQuaid’s fight (how he’s feeling)…

Yeah yeah, he’s okay. I think, you know, I he was frustrated. You could see he had a tough night and just frustration built. And it was just a hit at the blue line that he wasn’t happy with and he created a fight. But he’s fine. I mean it’s one of those things that when things don’t go well they really don’t go well. It got from bad to worse.

One McQuaid’s fight (aggressiveness)…

Absolutely. As we all know certain guys find their game quicker than others; we talked about that this week. He’s a guy that’s going to grind his way though because he didn’t play in the playoffs last year and, you know, those kinds of things. He’s got a lot of catching up to do, and what he went through, you know, this past fall is another reason for him to be a little bit behind. But I like the fact that he had the right attitude and the aggressiveness, and he had at least some emotion to do something about it.

On the opportunity for the Providence Bruins…

Well I think if anything, I hope that it really helps them out. Hopefully we did them a favor too. They probably did us a favor by beating us and, you know, giving us that jolt that is going to help us moving forward. But at the same time I hope that we gave them a positive jolt where they can feel good about themselves. We all know that it was probably easier for them to get motivated for this game than it was for our guys. But I like the way they competed, and they did exactly what we expect out of the Bruins team and that’s how hard they worked – the forecheck, the backcheck, the board battles – they did exactly what we want out of our prospects. And, you know, that bodes well for us in the future because when those guys come up eventually that’s exactly what we want them to do. They worked hard tonight and they earned their win.

On whether this game showed him things to remember if he needs to call players up in the future…

Well I think that was my point to them before the game was that this is a great opportunity here for you guys to play against an NHL team, and if you think you deserve a chance at the NHL level you’ve got to show that you can play against NHL players. And, you know, for them it was a great opportunity to leave us with an impression. And I think we’ve seen enough as far as the coaching staff is concerned and upper management always does, but we had a chance here to watch them a lot more than we normally can so we had a pretty good idea of certain players and what they did bring. But again, they proved that at the American League level and now they got a chance to prove it at the NHL level.

On Rask & Khudobin…

Well I think, you know, I’m going to look at the goals again. I think Tuukka [Rask] was maybe a little more active than he normally is when he’s poised. But the winning goal just two guys skated in front of him and it hit the side of the leg, and it was going wide and then trickled in. So there were a lot of things tonight that certainly I don’t think he got the bounces, but there’s certainly a lot of things that he can work with Bob [Essensa] in the next couple of days to kind of tune him up a little bit better. And same thing with Khudobin I thought a lot of pucks went through him tonight. He was there, but they were going through. So those are things that are usually – it’s a lot easier correct than when you’re out of position, and I think both guys were in position but slight corrections will certainly make them better.

On Hamilton…

Dougie, I thought Dougie was okay. He might have looked a little bit nervous. He’s a much better – he’s more poised with the puck than he was tonight. And again, we kind of expected that it’s his first game and guys put a lot of pressure on themselves, and I think the biggest thing for us will be to calm him down. What I saw tonight was not what I saw in practices this week and, you know, it’s not what I’ve seen in his games at the junior level. If anything he really is poised and he sees the passing lanes, and you saw some of that tonight. But there was times when he really fought the puck a little bit and realized that the play probably closes a little bit quicker here than at the level he came from. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON

On taking hits…

I get hit a couple of times, not big or anything. I’m not even worried about it. It hasn’t even crossed my mind, getting hit. If somebody hits me hard, that’s fine to me. 

On overthinking on the ice…

I’m just going with it. I’m not trying to think too much. I just want to have fun. When I’m having fun and smiling and enjoying myself, things happen. It’s usually good for me. 

On the pace of the game…

It was good. I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. It was different than playing in practice or doing a drill. It’s nice to be able to have a game situation before we go into the real game. 

On the uninterrupted stretch at the beginning of the first period…

It was really good. I really enjoyed it. I felt like it’s been a long time. It was a lot of fun to be out there just trying to get better and better and feeling the best you can before Saturday. 

PROVIDENCE BRUINS FORWARD BOBBY ROBINS

On mixing it up tonight…

It’s no secret that I like to keep the game simple. I try to make good plays and agitate when I can, just play hard-nosed hockey. I wasn’t going to change that for today. That was what was expected for today’s game, and I just wanted to do that. Keep it simple, make good plays, and be an aggressive forechecker and all-around player.

On if Zdeno Chara or Shawn Thornton gave him a message after their dust-up…

We were just saying “Hi, how are you?” in front of the net. Everybody’s working hard, and those guys are excited to get their season going. We’ve been playing now for a while, and we’re pretty excited too, just for the hockey world. It’s one of those things where you get riled up in front of the net, just playing hard-nosed hockey.

On trying to make an impression on Boston’s front office and coaching staff…

At the end of the day, this game was for the Boston Bruins to prepare for the weekend. But for guys like me on Providence, it’s like one last little push to make an impression. They’ve been watching us for three months now. Impressions have obviously been made, but I think this was a way to solidify that for all of us. A lot of guys stepped up tonight and did that.

On playing an NHL opponent in an NHL rink…

It was great. It was an honor to play in the Garden. I’ve never been here before, and obviously I know the rich history and tradition in Boston. When I got here, I took some pictures, but around an hour before gametime, I had to refocus and prepare for it like it’s just another hockey game, and be a professional and go in and do my job.

On the difference between an NHL opponent and an AHL opponent…

The NHL is just a very smart hockey game. Any mistakes are exposed, and usually goals result from that. I experienced that today. It can happen so quick in this league, it’s like a game of mistakes, really. Any little lull in play or a turnover results in a solid scoring chance. But other than that, guys pass harder and skate faster. It was definitely an experience. I felt like I could hang out there and do my thing. It was definitely a step up, but it was a great experience.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER ANTON KHUDOBIN

On a lot of goals being scored but not exactly what you wanted, even though he got the win…

I know, I think it is just an exhibition game, you know. I know what I need to work on, and keep moving forward. It’s good to have a win, but just life’s keep going.

On what specifically he needs to work on…

I don’t think I need to work on something. The goalie coach is gonna talk to me probably tomorrow in morning and he will say what I did good and what I did bad.

On noticing a difference between the players playing overseas or the Providence team look more seasoned than the guys that haven’t been able to…

Yeah, exactly, nobody expected to have an easy game, you know for Providence or Boston, some guys didn’t play, but I think that’s no excuse. You just have to go and play as hard as you can. Like I said, it’s an exhibition game, coaches will say something tomorrow what are we going to do better. And keep moving forward.

On being easier to put it behind you because it is an exhibition game…

Well, you know, I just try to get used to practice hockey, the schedule’s going to be tough and if you’re gonna think about your games, the next game’s not going to be good probably so you have to just try to figure out what you did good and what you did bad and move forward.

On feeling ready for the season to start pretty soon…

Yes.


On the reaction of the fans when you guys came onto the ice…

Well, it was great feeling, you know, I’ve never played here before, and I think the first game is going to be more and more people so it is going to be more loud and I think they push us more and more harder.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND 

On how it felt to be back on the ice….

It was exciting. It was a lot of fun to be out there again. The crowd is great. They give a lot of energy out there, and I’m sure it was fun for them. It was definitely exciting for us. 

On the Providence Bruins…

They came out hard. You’ve got to give it to them, they played really well and it’s big for them. They were excited to come out and play. We just seemed like we took it a little light and didn’t battle as hard as we wanted to, but they definitely outworked us. 

On the amount of goals scored being considered sloppy…

It was. We had a lot of turnovers there that normally our team doesn’t do, and I’m sure same on the other side, but like I said we’ve been off for a long time, and we’re trying to get back into it. So we knew we were going to be bit rusty but we still have to work a little hard on some things.

On his goal…

It kind of happened quick. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Seggs [Tyler Seguin] made a nice play on the corner, found their slot and saw the goalie on the other side of the net, so just try to shoot. 

PROVIDENCE BRUINS HEAD COACH BRUCE CASSIDY

On how Providence played tonight…

We played good. We don’t normally score that many goals. We struggle to score usually, so it was good that we found the back of the net. Hopefully that carries over into the weekend for us. I was happy for the guys, they worked hard and they’re feeling good about themselves, so good for them.

On how Providence matched up against Boston…

It’s always hard, we’ve been playing since late September. Guys know they get this one shot to get looked at, so there’s a lot more motivation for us. On the other hand, we’re playing against Stanley Cup champions, but I’m not in their dressing room so I’m not sure what they wanted to get out of it, but I’m sure they’re getting ready for Saturday. That’s their goal. Our guys were trying to show what they could do to Bruins management. So there was a different set of goals.

On if scrimmaging Boston will have a positive effect on Providence…

I think so. I think there were some good learning points today. Young defensemen, when they over-handle the puck, they tend to get in trouble, and they saw it against good players. When they moved it, and moved their feet, I thought, at least in my eyes, we can play against these guys. It’s good that they understand, even though that it’s a small, small sample size, they got a taste of how they can be successful against good players and where they get in trouble against good players. 

On Bobby Robins mixing it up in the scrimmage…

Bobby Robins is a gamer when the puck drops. I’m not really sure what was said, because I’ve coached all three of those guys, [Lane] MacDermid, Bobby [Robins] and Adam McQuaid, and I love them all. Stuff happens, they’re big boys and I’m sure they’re all fine. 

On Jay Pandolfo’s play tonight…

He’s a classy guy. He came in and said some things in the dressing room and on the bench, and there’s a reason why he’s played this long. He was good on the ice, too. I’m not sure what his situation is here, hopefully he’s in the mix. He played in New Jersey’s system for a long time, which is similar to Boston’s, I’d imagine he’d integrate well. On the other hand, there’s some of our younger guys here, and you want them to hopefully start their NHL careers well. Whoever makes it, good for them.

On how Boston’s return will affect the Providence lineup…

Well, last weekend we went through it a little bit. We were missing some of our top-end skill in scoring, and we managed to get through it. You coach to the strength of your group, with an eye on development obviously. That’s what we’re here for. I don’t think a whole lot will change. It’s kind of next-man-up in the American [Hockey] League. People are always coming and going. Your next wave of players have to be ready to step into more prominent roles, and that’s just the way it is for everybody. It’s not unique to Providence. Most of the teams that are successful try to handle it that way.


PROVIDENCE BRUINS FORWARD MAX SAUVE

On scoring two goals plus an assist against an NHL opponent tonight…

Well I fell great out there, we played well tonight and we gave our hundred percent. So it worked. 

On getting the win tonight …

It felt good to win against the Bruins.

On what the Providence Bruins wanted to get out of tonight’s game…

Well to play like a normal game, just a regular season game. And also have fun and play hard. And we did it.

On if he was disappointed he did not get called up for the Bruins Training Camp…

No not at all. I get my impression for that game and we’ll see what happens after. 

On if he thought the Providence B’s had an advantage from playing together since September…

Yeah for sure we had an advantage for that. Some guys didn’t play yet this year and that was their first game so it’s normal.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS BOURQUE 

On the craziness of the game…

Yeah, it’s good to go out there and play with the team. It was a pretty wild game. Seven-five is a lot of goals for the first game. Too bad we came up on the wrong end of it.

On rustiness…

I’m not sure. I think it’s a lot of these guys’ first game. Not a real game, but first kind of scrimmage, first time they get out there and battle. I don’t know if it’s rust, but knocking the kinks out and getting used to playing in a game. 

On his performance…

It felt good to get on the score sheet, but the main thing is winning and getting the—obviously not the two points, it’s an exhibition game—but you always want to win. 

On Providence’s performance…

They’re a really hard working team out there. It seems like when I was down there, every game we’d only score two or three goals. For them to put up seven against the Boston Bruins, you got to tip your cap to them. We’ve been struggling to score goals but it didn’t really look like that tonight for them. 

On distributing an assist on Boston’s power play goal…

It felt great. That’s a play that we want to run out there, a drop-off to [Marchand] and hit [Seidenberg] on the back door. He had an unbelievable shot, I think it went bar down. It’s good to get one on the power play. It’s something they’ve been stressing throughout camp, so it’s nice to get one. 

On the Bruins’ sloppiness…

That comes with the territory where guys haven’t played in—I don’t know how long it’s been. Eight months, that’s a long time without playing a game. That’s to be expected. Guys have to get used to getting back in the flow of the game, but there were some nice plays out there. 

On wearing the Bruins jersey in the Garden…

It was great. I think I’ve said it a thousand times. It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of, putting that Bruins sweater on and skating on Garden ice. It felt great to finally do it. Hopefully I get a chance to do that on Saturday night. 


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON

On what it was like to play his first game with the Bruins…

I think it was a little bit frustrating with our team. I don’t think, obviously we wanted to win, but for me I was having fun. Sometimes you’re kind of just sitting on the bench and you’re realizing what’s going on and all of the fans and stuff, so it’s definitely a really fun experience.

On what he tried to get out of tonight’s game…

Yeah just first game and new surroundings and just trying to get comfortable and then more confident and things like that, and I thought it was good to be able to get out here before the first game and just realize what you need to do and what it’s like, and obviously it’s going to be a lot faster in the regular season but just good to get a little bit of adjustment.

On the communication on the ice between Rask, Seidenberg and himself…

I thought it was good. It’s obviously really, really easy playing with them. You just know where you’re going to be, and they’re always talking and helping you out, and I think it makes it a lot easier, and just, like I said, just getting adjusted to that and getting used to it and getting more confident with it.

On his mindset going into Saturday’s game…

I’m just going day by day, so right now I’m just focused on the practices the rest of the week and start to get ready for the game and just try to get more comfortable and used to the systems and stuff like that.

On what the biggest adjustment is moving from the World Juniors to the start of the NHL season…

I don’t know. I think obviously the guys are, they’re bigger and stronger and faster, but just getting used to different things. I think just different systems with World Juniors and different players and obviously a lot better players so just trying to get used to the NHL game.

On if he has had any problems adjusting to a new team…

I think it’s, I think it’s pretty normal. Obviously, I’m the new guy on the team and this is my first, basically first game with the team and just trying to get more used to it and more comfortable, like I said.

On if he felt more prepared because he has been playing since the lockout…

Yeah, I thought definitely haven’t played the game in a while since the bronze medal, but it was good to get back in the game. I thought I felt pretty good out there and just trying to get used to it, like I said, and more comfortable and confident.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK

On how it felt to be back on the ice….

A little weird. different. It was good to get a 60 minute game under our belts before we start that the real games, but not happy with the result obviously.

On if the game felt sloppy….

Yeah, I think it was sloppy throughout, for all of us. But rather take it now than Saturday, right?

On what he’s looking to improve on…

I don’t know, everything. Just try to keep the focus for 60 minutes. I was slipping there the last period for sure, four or five goals. But for all of us I think it was just a good wake up call for Saturday. And I don’t want to be too down on ourselves, but still got to wake up and raise our battle meter for sure. 

On if he’s feels ready for the season… 

I just...yeah and no. If it started tomorrow, you have to be ready, but I think it’s good to have a couple more practices and a couple more days to rest and you know, get really mentally ready for that Saturday.

On if players are still adjusting from games in Europe… 

Can’t say yes or no. Probably a little bit. Just trying to adjust your angles, I think it takes a couple of games just to feel really comfortable out there. Today I was kind of searching for that a little bit, but good thing we have a couple more days to practice. 

On if he struggled from not playing in a few months…

Probably a little bit. And it was one of those games where you didn’t get that many shots, bounces here and there. I hope I use my lucky bounces for a good part of the season here. Or unlucky bounces I should say. 

On the large crowd….

Yeah, it was good to see that crowd and they cheered us. They cheered for Providence guys too, so it was good to see that. 




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