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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
Monday, January 20, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 6:00 PM
On beating a physical team on the backend of a back-to-back…
I’ve got to be honest here. I was pretty impressed with our team and the way we’ve handled these last three games, actually. Thought we had a good start in Dallas with that win, and then yesterday was one of those great games you as a fan like to see. Wish we could’ve had that extra point, but to come out here today and play an afternoon game against a team that’s a real good team—one of the elite teams in the league—obviously waiting for us here. I thought we did a good job of coming out. In the first period we had a good start, and I thought that was important for our team to come out there and let them know we’re ready to play.

On his comfort playing Kevan Miller…
I think I said before the game, we got four guys on the backend that are in their first year. He’s pretty big, he’s pretty physical, he’s having a good game. Nothing changes as far as that’s concerned. Guys that are playing well should be out there and they’re normally out there. He was really solid for us tonight. Big body, threw some heavy checks, and was a big factor in our win today because again, we’re a little young back there.

On Brad Marchand playing a more controlled game…
You’ll always hear the same answer from coaches—that’s what confidence does to you. He’s been playing well. He’s feeling good about his game. When you feel good about yourself you have more energy, right? That’s whether it’s in normal life or as an athlete. I think right now he’s feeling good about his game and comes and plays with a lot of energy. He’s got great speed now, where I thought before he was playing at a slower pace. The confidence that his game is showing just by that shorthanded goal he scored—patience with the puck, no panic, and again, control of his emotions. He’s not letting anything throw him off his game right now.

On the penalty kill’s scoring touch…
You always like to have that. There was times when we were struggling, that it was costing us. Leaving the zone early or stressing out and opening up seams, but when you’re making those decisions at the right time, you become a threat. He’s one of those guys with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], that they become a threat. I think Krech [David Krejci] is one of those guys that has the ability to do that as well. It’s always good to have those kind of players killing penalties because it keeps the power play on their heels, too. They need to respect the offensive part of our penalty kill. It’s scored some big goals for us so far this year.

On Chad Johnson getting two starts in three games…
I think it’s just what we had talked about. We talked about, as the season went on, we’d probably have to look into it a little closer. I thought yesterday was a real big game where both goaltenders had to work really hard to keep their teams in the game. I thought it was important for us—for the reasons I said earlier about LA being here and so on and so forth—to have a fresh goaltender in there. I think the way he played in Dallas, there’s no doubt we had the confidence to put him back in there because he had played so well. And, again, wanting a fresh goaltender. That was the main reason behind it.

On the team hitting its stride just before the Olympic break…
I think at this point rest is always welcome. We’ve played some, to me, probably some playoff hockey-type in the last two games. These last two days have been what you see in the playoffs—the intensity of it and everything else. It’s a welcome rest, I think. To me, it’s a mindset. When we get back to work on Saturday, we just got to be ready to compete again and be ready to play and I think we’ll be fine.

On David Krejci stressing the Bruins play a team-game…
Yeah, he’s just kind of echoing what we’ve been talking about. We really feel that we just got to go out there and play our game. We need to be the confident team that knows when it plays its game it’s a good team and can be one of the better teams in the league. We’ve got to stop worrying about what the other teams are going to do to us more than what are we going to do in that game. We gauge ourselves on that. Today, let’s not look at the fact that we played yesterday and they didn’t, let’s just go out there and play our game and play with the energy that we need. I thought today, the important part was to make good decisions so that we didn’t waste energy where we didn’t need to. I thought in the second period there, the only place I thought we had a tough time was faceoffs. We lost a lot of faceoffs in that second period, and because of that, we were caught chasing more than we were playing with the puck. We had to rectify that in the third and I thought we did a better job.

On how he feels the Bruins matchup with the California teams…
I think we’re 1-1 against Anaheim, we’re 1-1 against LA, and we’re 2-0 against San Jose. So, I don’t think there’s any reason to feel that we can’t compete with those guys. I think it’s a matter of time there for us to get our game back. When we were in Anaheim and LA we fell behind 3-0, but we climbed ourselves back into it. I think our team can certainly compete and know that there’s going to be heavy games against all those teams because that’s the way everybody seems to play. Obviously, Chicago has a more up-tempo offensive type of game where they’ll take it to you with the pace. I think we’ve shown last year and even in this last game that we’re capable of keeping up with that pace as well.

On Zach Trotman’s performance…
Again, you’ve got to give that guy credit. He gets called up at the last minute and he comes in and has to play. No morning skate again for him. Just thrown to the wolves. He’s handled himself well. I think he’s a smart player. He’ll make some good passes and again, this is a heavy game. To me, he handled himself well.

On Zdeno Chara stepping up with so many defensemen injured…
It goes back to what I said earlier. When you got four guys that are young players, you got to rely a lot on your veterans to be at their best and Zdeno was. We can talk about his defensive game and all that stuff, but we don’t score that second goal if he doesn’t do that great job in the front of the net of screening their goaltender when [Torey] Krug shoots that puck. A lot of his elements, he had a couple of real good scoring chances too in the second period on the side of the net. He was good and played good defensive hockey and also gave us some good offense.

On wanting to keep Chara in front of the net on the power play…
That’s where he’s at his best right now. With [Zach] Trotman here, whose got a great shot and then seems to find those seams, we thought it was an opportunity to put him back there. It was Trots [Zach Trotman] on the point. That was the plan for tonight.

On Adam McQuaid’s status…
Yeah, I talked about the leg injury and the doctors have assessed him as day-to-day. That’s good news.

On his goals before the Olympic break…
I think what we had talked about before the Dallas game is that we had 10 games left and we needed to finish on a strong note here for all the right reasons. We want to stay where we are right now. We want to feel good about ourselves leading into that break. I think it’s always better when you can take a break feeling good about yourself versus the other way around. Those were the goals. So far in these first three games we’ve done a good job, but there’s seven more to go here and that’s the goal. We haven’t set points or anything like that more than about our team game. I always tell the guys, if we worry about our team game and how well we play, the wins normally follow.

On young players trusting the system…
Not just the system, but also, the good part about being at home is you get an opportunity to see who you’re up against. It’s about making those changes. Sometimes you’ve got a tired guy, and although he shouldn’t be out there, somebody has got to fill his spot. It’s a combination of a lot of things.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On if he was prepared for today after seeing LA recently…
A little bit, it was a little different of a game, but I thought we battled really hard.  It was a tight game through the whole 60 minutes and came down right to the end there so those are fun games because they have that real intense feel to them it was just good to get the two points.

On if his previous win in Dallas helped prepare him for today…
Yeah it was good I think this was a little different game, it just had a different feel to it, but I felt pretty good in there and the guys battled really hard and it was a real tight game and we killed some penalties, and scored some timely goals and it was just a good game.

On the four young defenseman in tonight’s lineup…
Yeah it was awesome.  I think you bring some players in and there’s an opportunity for them to step up and they did a good job tonight and I think in that situation I think the team really sticks together and we battled through.  Maybe a little bit of adversity with losing some guys and it was just nice to get everybody in there and get the two points.

On how he feels about the outcome…
Yeah it was awesome.  It was nice, it was a full 60 minute effort and we scored two timely goals and it was nice to get into the 2-0 lead early especially with a team like this with LA they have a lot of offensive players that put the puck into the net.  So I think to get out to a 2-0 lead is always nice too and then Marchy [Brad Marchand] was just firing away and scored another good goal.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On how the defense played…
I think pretty well. We play a heavier game and  LA does and San Jose did and Chicago and Dallas. They play heavier games and they play fast games. A lot of them play similar to us, just good defensive hockey and don’t give you a lot. So like you saw in Chicago, it was a pretty straight forward game. Same with San Jose and then again tonight. There’s not a lot out there and you have to take advantage of your opportunities when you have them.

On being more comfortable in front of Chad Johnson…
Yeah, I can’t remember him having any bit of struggle in any games he’s played. He’s just been solid and it make it a lot easier for us knowing that we have two goalies you don’t really have to worry about it.

On how the team recovered after a rocky second period…
They started forechecking a little harder I guess and I think it kind of caught us off guard a little bit because the first period I thought we played pretty well and for the most part were in their zone. We just weathered the storm a little bit and then toward the end we turned it on and it was our game again.

On if he’s seen the confidence of Kevan Miller grown…
Yeah, certainly. I’ve played with Kev [Kevan Miller] for three years now, we been D partners. He just plays his game. It’s a pretty simple game, its and effective game, he’s a strong kid and I’m sure he’s a bear to play against for the other forwards.

On if he thinks Kevan Miller complements his game well…
Yeah I think we complement each other pretty well. I skate a little more, I guess, I get up in the play a little more and he’ll always stay back but sometimes he gets up in the play and he’ll add offense too and at that point I’ll stay back so I think it’s a good compliment.

On if he hasn’t been overthinking the past few games…
Yeah, I think in the last seven games I’ve really starting to play my game. Like you said, once I start thinking, my feet stop moving and all hell breaks loose. So I’m better whenever I just take the first option.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On his steady performance recently…
Yeah I think I knew during that stretch that eventually it was going to come around.  I mean bounces had to start going our way and I mean it’s nice that pucks are going in. I’m playing with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Smitty [Reilly Smith], two phenomenal playmakers, and they’re making it easier for me out there.

On always seeming to creating chances when he gets the puck…
Yeah I think when bounces are going your way you get more confidence and that’s all that it is.  Early on I didn’t really feel confident in anything that I was doing, and right now it seems to be there so hopefully it will continue.

On drawing forward King’s defenseman to give him a shorthanded goal…
Yeah I mean obviously I didn’t plan that very thing I was just trying to take it to the net and luckily it went in.

On working with Patrice Bergeron on the penalty kill…
Yeah no we have been playing together for a while now and I think we know where each others going to be and it’s a lot easier to make plays when you know where your guys going to be.  Right now we are feeling pretty good and have built a lot of chemistry with Smitty too so hopefully we can continue.

On his shorthanded goal…
Yeah well I mean I don’t think I would have got it through if he didn’t drop his stick so kind of a catch 20/20 there, it got through and then his stick got in the way again, but it was nice to get it back and put it back in.

On the recent progression in their past games…
Yeah we’re very happy.  I mean two very good teams and back-to-back situation with travel. This game was definitely a tough one to be ready for, but we got to be happy, we played a great game yesterday, played a great game in Dallas, and again tonight so hopefully we continue to play the same way.

On the intensity of today’s game…
Yeah I mean two teams like ours – we both battle hard and a lot of big guys so there definitely interesting to watch and guys are running around a bit so fun games to be part of.

On the play with defenseman Jake Muzzin…
Yeah I mean he’s trying to stop me from getting a breakaway there and you know I understand the situation.  Obviously you don’t like it, but just thankfully I’m not hurt.

On what’s working for him with six goals in four games…
It just seems that everything I was trying early on is working. Early on it seemed like I couldn’t do anything right.  You kind of get down on yourself and it just gets worse from there, but Bergy and Smitty are making great plays and I’m on the receiving end of a lot of those.

On what’s it like to have everything going right…
Yeah it’s nice, but you know it’s going to end at some point.  You are just trying to stay even keel, you don’t want to get too high ever and you don’t want to get too low.  So the main thing right now is to try and continue to work hard and hopefully it will stay the same way.

On if his first goal is an example of where his confidence level is at…
Yeah for sure, but at the same time early on I try to beat guys like that all the time and it just didn’t work and it was one of those times where it did and went my way, but those don’t happen often so definitely nice when they do.

On leading the league with four shorthanded goals…
Oh yeah no I would say it’s nice, but I didn’t really even know that. Obviously Bergy gives me a lot of really good opportunities and Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Johnny [Boychuk], normally my linemates back there so they give me a lot of good chances so I got to give them the credit.

On if he can give some credit to luck…
I do, I get real lucky.

On whether he would prefer the time off or to keep going…
Definitely the time off, other than the Olympic break we have a pretty hectic schedule so time off is always nice.  It gives us a little time to relax and regroup and be home for a little bit so definitely nice.

On whether or not this momentum is going to continue…
Yeah I think so we just need to be focused and in the zone right now.  We just seemed to continue to build on the game from Dallas and we have been working really well since then.  We got to continue this; we want to be one of top teams and to do that we need to continue playing the same way we are.

On the younger players stepping up…
Yeah definitely, they’re stepping up huge for us right now it’s not easy when guys go down.  Trots [Zach Trotman] did a great job coming in tonight and played a really good game and all the guys – Millsy [Kevan Miller], and Bart [Matt Bartkowski] and [Torey] Krug there all playing well and stepping up and that’s what we are going to need going down the stretch.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if it seemed like they were tired before Brad Marchand’s goal…
It was a little bit of a slow start but I think that goal gave us the energy that we needed and the momentum obviously. It was a short handed goal and every time you’re able to do that it does give you a little bit of a jump and you're right back in it.

On how Brad Marchand has become so hot…
Well definitely confidence helps a lot. I think that’s got something to do with it but I think that he is really moving his feet and he’s using his speed to his advantage and he’s creating a lot of plays just by his hockey instincts. He’s taking what’s in front of him, he’s not forcing plays and he’s got it on a string right now. He’s making some unbelievable moves and it makes us better players on the ice right now and as a line.

On if he is worried about bombings at the Olympics…
It’s something obviously – we know that the security is going to be there and hopefully they’re going to take care of that. It’s something that we’ve heard over the past few weeks and months but to be honest I haven’t thought about the Olympics yet, I’m still here but I’m not necessarily concerned about it. I’m confident that the security is going to handle it.

On if he is concerned about his safety…
No, no not from what I’ve heard.

On being able to get 3 out of 4 points against tough teams in the past 24 hours…
Yeah, I think we’ve talked about the consistency, that we had to establish that in the past few games and I think we’ve done that since Dallas. I thought last night we couldn’t get the extra point but still we played a solid game against a team that has a lot of speed and we matched it. Tonight was, I guess, a pretty gritty game and a hard fought game and I thought we handled it pretty well as well. So we have to keep building on that and keep moving forward.

On having physical success against the Kings…
Yeah, I think they are a team that plays heavy and don’t give you too much as well. They’re hard on the forecheck, they cause a lot of havoc and turnovers, I thought we handled it pretty well. Our D is also – the young guys, you have to give them some props. They handled themselves like veterans out there and it’s not always easy and they make it easy for us. We were trying to communicate but I thought it was a solid team effort.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On if he has more confidence now that he is being relied on more for more important roles…
Yeah, when guys get out of the line up like Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] and [Dougie] Hamilton more responsibility falls on the guys in the line-up and it is obviously a confidence booster.

On the Bruins ability to handle he diversity of opponents…
Well before the game we do some scouting depending on the team. LA is a little bit different than Chicago so we just had to switch it around a little bit and be ready tonight.

On if he was excited to play against the Kings because he grew up in LA…
I think you just kind of take every game the way it goes. I don’t know any guys over there, it’s just another game for me to be ready to go when the puck drops.

On what his success says about California hockey…
I think it’s a big state with a lot of players so they’re starting to do some developing there and some good coaches and stuff so it’s good for the sport and good for the state I guess.

On the physicality of the game…
Yeah, that’s more of my type of game to be honest. I like both but I kind of thrive off that a little bit.

On if the Kings were his team growing up…
No, I was a Sharks fan to be honest with you.

On if there was any extra thrill for him today…
No, there was no extra thrill.

On how impressive the teams effort has been against top teams…
It’s good. Claude [Julien] kind of talked about having pride in our game and to get some consistency and I think we’ve done that the past three games here and we’re just trying to build on that.

On being young and getting quality minutes with the trade deadline approaching…
I’m just trying to take it one day at a time here. I don’t know about the trade deadline -- when it is, whatever it is so I’m just trying to take it one day at a time, one game at a time and just trying to be ready to play.

On what being able to have different pairings at different times says about the team…
Yeah we were all over the place tonight with different guys here and there. Houds [Doug Houda] kind of just does it how he feels and it worked out. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that lately – trying to pair right and left so it’s been a little hectic but I think it’s going well.

On how much focus he has to have when the D pairs keep changing…
Well we have a system in place and hopefully you go out there with a guy and focus on that system so that guy will be there whether he’s -- on my left side is [Zdeno] Chara or [Matt Bartkowski] Bart or [Torey] Krug—the guy will always be in the same spot so it’s not too bad.

LOS ANGELES KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER
On the play of the special teams…
Our power play scored a goal to make it a good game in the third.

On power play also scoring big goals and in key situations…
Yeah, I mean that’s what we’ve got to do so I’ve said that one hundred times, but your power play has got to score big goals.

On what happened on the game winning goal for Boston…
Our defensemen had a tough night.

On it being surprising to see goaltender Jonathan Quick have a two goal deficit in the first…
It’s going to happen, the other team’s got to score two goals.

On goaltender Quick missing a lot of time and if he’s playing 100% healthy…
He wouldn’t be playing if he wasn’t.

On whether he was aware of what happened to Drew Doughty before the game…
Yeah, it’s a cut on his toe.

On Willie Mitchell scoring a goal and almost a second one…
He’d been sharp or he would’ve had a second one. Our defense was not very good tonight. Had trouble handling the puck all night.

LOS ANGELES KINGS GOALIE JONATHAN QUICK
On being 100 percent after missing time with an injury…
Yep, two weeks ago when I told them I was ready to play I was 100 percent. I wouldn’t tell them I wasn’t ready to play unless I was 100 percent. It was a month ago, so I have been back about a month now. It’s in the past, we have a game tomorrow that we have to get ready for. That’s all the focus is really on.

On getting ready for the Olympics in two weeks…
What I said earlier…so you get picked for a team that you are going to play for in two weeks but you are on a team right now… you play with them today and play with them tomorrow. That’s where the focus is.

LOS ANGELES KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY
On scoring big goals and if that’s a step in the right direction on this road trip…
Yeah that’s important for sure. Our power play has struggled for awhile and to finally get a couple it feels good, but we’ve got to work on all other areas of the game though. The only time we’re scoring now is on our power plays now so we need to start getting more five-on-five goals, we need to shut down teams on our penalty kill and if we had done that tonight we would’ve won the game.

On having the assist and if he saw the Bruins goal on the following shift from the bench…
No I actually didn’t see what happened, it happened right after so I was still talking and stuff on the bench, but we can’t let teams do that. We have the momentum at that point and there’s no way we should even let them get a scoring chance right after that so it’s a big reason why we lost obviously and it’s something that we’ve got to clean up.

LOS ANGELES KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR
On Quick’s performance tonight…
Yeah it wasn’t his fault. I mean we gave up a shorthanded goal and gave up a power play goal. I don’t think there was any connection to Quick back there.

On the similarity between the both teams that played tonight…
Yeah you can tell. I mean I think we are 1-2 in the league with goals against, I think.  I mean we gave up 20 shots and they gave up about 20 [shots]. I guess it’s a 3-2 league. We were on the other side of it.

On what happened during the shorthanded goal by the Bruins…
Well, Drew [Doughty] lost his stick to begin with and then he was able to get the puck back. He went around me and I thought he was going to shoot it, so I went knee down and tried to block it. It went around me and it was a nice move that shouldn’t have happened.

On what the Kings are looking for going into tomorrow’s game against Columbus…
It’s one of those things that doesn’t really matter what they are going to bring. What matters is what we are going to bring. We are going to have to be sharp for sure. They have a good team and they have lots of skill. They obviously have a good goalie. We are going to have to be sharp and on our game.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 1:50 P.M.
On if Zach Trotman is in for Adam McQuaid…
Yeah he is. He was called up late last night after we found out that Adam [McQuaid] wouldn’t be able to go today.

On if there is any more information on how Adam McQuaid is doing…
No, he is being evaluated right now by our medical staff or doctors. I think right now it’s a leg injury. Right now first look at it we hope it’s not too bad. We’ll find out later as they look at him.

On what he saw from Zach Trotman on his first call up…
Well you just have to rethink the situation he was in; that long drive he had and just made it halfway through warm up to go out there and play the way he played. I thought he handled himself really well. We’ve been picking away at D’s right now and we’re short on the right side so, after seeing him play in Ottawa, he was a logical choice.

On if he is seeing the mistakes of the young D reduced…
I think so. I think it’s a matter of time now with these guys continuing to do better. I thought Bart [Matt Bartkowski] played a pretty solid game in Chicago, personally and he was much better. Torey [Krug] has had a great start to the season, he’s struggled through some expected ups and downs but overall I think our guys have handled themselves well. It’s been unfortunate for our case, the injuries always seem to come from the same area. It’s not like you’re missing a winger and then one centerman and one D. Our D’s have been struck with a lot of the injuries this year. For example tonight we have four guys who have probably under a year of experience out of the six. So it’s an opportunity, as I always say, for them to show that they can handle themselves and at the same time we’re looking forward to seeing them handle some maybe bigger situations and you live with that and you move forward and understand that this is part of the game.

On if he thinks Dougie Hamilton will be able to practice sometime this week…
I think so. He’s been skating with us being gone here. I suspect – I haven’t been told yet that he’s totally in with us but that could come any time.

On an update about Chris Kelly…
Kells [Chris Kelly] is skating. Same thing, I don’t know how close he is to skating with us. Like I said, we played last night, or yesterday afternoon, got in today. I haven’t really sat down with our doctors or anybody about that. I’m more focused on this afternoon here.

On if Adam McQuaid’s injury is the same as his previous injury…
I don’t know. Again, I don’t know that it is related but it is what it is and I just want to wait and see what is going to come out of it once he sees our doctors or the experts.

On how Tuukka Rask has responded to back to back games…
I don’t know, you guys watch those kinds of things a lot closer than I do but we’ve been okay in those back to back games in the second night. So it’s just one of those situations where everybody goes through it and you go about your business. You certainly don’t want to use that as an excuse.

On if Tuukka is starting today…
Do I ever tell you?

On if Matt Bartkowski is being better because he is simplifying…
Could be. I think he is skating a lot better as far as carrying the puck but it’s like anything else; you have ups and downs. You’ve got players who are probably not at their best right now but it’s just a matter of him being better than he has been. He’s had more ice time and probably more time to get some experience and he’s making the most of it.

On if he has any concerns about the Olympic security threats…
Well, I don’t think you can stand here and say there’s not concerns at all. You don’t like seeing what’s going on but there’s no doubt that what’s happened lately is certainly – they’re trying to obviously shake us and probably in a lot of cases they are succeeding. But that is the thing that we have to do, we have to try and fight through that. At the same time, you have to hope that the people in charge are doing the best they can. There’s never any guarantees in this life and you’d like to make it as safe as possible and that’s basically all I can say because my job is to go there and help coach a team and hope that the people in charge of that are going to do the best job they can and make it a successful Olympics.

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