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Chiarelli Quotes on 5/7

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PLAYOFFS QUOTES

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 2:00 PM ET IN BROSSARD
On if Dennis Seidenberg could possibly be available in this series…
I’m not going to comment on that. I haven’t last series or this series, so I don’t know what status report you are referring to. But he is skating, as you can see and stuff, so that’s all I can say.

On if a big comeback really has an impact…
I think it’s just more momentum. In my experience here with Boston over the years, it’s about change in momentum. And there’s a bunch of little things that happen to change the momentum on and off the ice. So it’s been well documented that we haven’t had success this year against the Canadiens, nor did we have success against Detroit. You go in thinking, ‘Well, that’s not an opponent I’d like to face.’ Some opponents you want to face and some you don’t. But for me, it’s momentum and swings in momentum.

On why the Canadiens have given the Bruins so much trouble this year…
I don’t know, I don’t know. I mean, the storyline is that they’re smaller and faster and we‘re bigger and slower, so I don’t particularly agree with that. I don’t know. The Wings gave us trouble – they’re a puck possession team and we couldn’t establish a forecheck - we did in the playoffs. The Canadiens are – I think Berg [Marc Bergevin, Canadiens GM] has done a good job there. They’ve muscled up some of the guys on the lower lines so they’re not as fast as they used to be. So, they play a – there is a heavier component to their game.

On if he is surprised the Canadiens have been able to block so many shots as they have…
No, I’ve seen them play quite a bit this year and they’ve got guys that want to block shots and they find the lanes to get into.

On how they can get shots from the point going forward…
Well you’ve got to find lanes, you have to work to find lanes. Our last game was a game, for me, a game of frustration, and that’s credit to the Habs, I thought they did a good job in the neutral zone, they played well. And for us, it’s about moving our feet and just working a little harder in all areas.

On if off-ice distractions or chatter about the series during the playoffs has been a distraction…
You know, there’s always distractions and the further rounds you get into it, there’s more, there’s more reporters, there’s more media, there’s more social media, so it’s just about keeping an even keel and you know, there’s some great storylines. I’m reading all these things going on and it’s interesting to read. It’s - the players are professionals. They’ve got to work through it. They’ve got to play their game, maintain their style, maintain their composure and that’s how you succeed.

On comparing his team’s game in this series, to when they’re at the top of their game…
I think we just have to maintain more focus on the details. I was asked about finding lanes. To me, that’s a detail. You’ve got to be able to see the lane and to move to where the lane is. You know, sustaining forecheck. For us, it’s really meat and potatoes for us, it’s sustaining our forecheck, wearing teams down and when we’re on top of our game, that’s what we do.

On if the attention to detail is the difference…
Well it’s, again, our last game for me was a game of frustration - and you can truly dissect and you get into all the details, and you can say well this detail or that detail… It’s a game of inches. You can dissect the other team’s game and you can say the same thing - and the other day, they scored more goals than we did, so we lost. It’s a game of inches…We have to be better at it. We’re good at that. I think when we’re a good team, we break out well, I think our neutral zone is good, I think our forecheck is good. It wasn’t as good as it should be, but that happens, so it’s a long series and we’ll see where it goes.

On Tuukka Rask admitting he should have banged his stick on the ice as the power play was coming to an end, and where he sees his game…
Well you know, he’s one of the top two or three goalies in the world, and he knows where his game is, and I’m not going to comment on his game. I think he’s even one of the top two goalies in the world, so I would expect him to play well, and he’s one of the many that have to play better.

On his confidence level in the second pair, left D, Matt Bartkowski…
You know what, I’m not going to comment on that. That’s a lineup decision. These guys have been good for us. Bart [Matt Bartkowski] has been good for us all year. He had to come in when [Dennis] Seidenberg got hurt and he had to find his game he and he had to fit in, and he’s done that. He got sick and he got out of sync a little bit. Mez [Andrej Meszaros], we acquired Mez in a trade. You know, I didn’t mind his game last night, I know - I think everyone can make a mistake here or there. He made a good play on the goal. So my confidence level, it’s really irrelevant.

On if there’s a risk to playing catch-up hockey since the start of the series…
Yeah, you don’t want to play  - it’s hard to play catch-up hockey like that. We’re a good team with the lead, but we’ve done pretty well this year, outside of the playoffs… It’s taxing. You end up chasing a lot, and when you chase, it gets a little frustrating.

On if this is the best he’s seen Patrice Bergeron…
To me, it’s the best I’ve ever seen him play, and in the Olympics, he was terrific. And from that point, he’s been amping up his play. He’s such an honest player and you talk about attention to detail — he’s all about attention to detail… I think he can get better.

On whether Patrice Bergeron could be a 40-goal scorer…
I think he’s 35-ish.
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