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BOSTON BRUINS MEDIA AVAILAVIBILITY QUOTES

Friday, May 17, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 12:30 P.M.
On if he is worried about the sustainability of Zdeno Chara after playing so many minutes last night...
Well, he’s done it twice in a row now, when you look back at Game 7 and last night. We’re including overtime in that session, as well. He’s in great shape, he’s got a couple of days here to recover, so I don’t see that being an issue. To be honest with you, right now we don’t have a choice. You deal with it the best way you can.

On the play of Torey Krug last night and what gives him the confidence to put him on the ice...
His demeanor, we’ve seen him in Providence. What we’ve seen from him the few games he’s played with us. He doesn’t seem to be intimidated by anything, or any circumstances. He’s come into our lineup last night and I thought he played just like I’ve seen him play all the time. I didn’t see a guy that was nervous at all. If anything, I saw a guy that was extremely confident at making the executions that he needed to make. Not only, his goal but the plays he made coming out of his own end, even at the start, that power play. We’re making a line change and he’s taking his time coming up the middle, buying some time for guys to get on and get to their position. He’s a pretty smart player and a pretty confident player.

On if there is any level of enjoyment for him when he sees a young player come up big...
Absolutely. Any time you get a situation like that, you get those young guys. We know those young guys, with [Dougie] Hamilton and [Matt] Bartkowski playing the way they did last night; for a coach, you couldn’t ask for a better situation. A lot of credit goes to the coaching staff down there [in Providence] that’s done a great job at preparing those guys.

On why the team has started to hit its stride...
I don’t know. We seem to want a reason for anything, I don’t know. I think it’s just that we’re in the second round, I thought we found a way to win that Game 7 and we were a little bit more excited in the second round. We know we have to be better. All the same reasons as any other team, I don’t know if it’s anything particular with our team, more than it’s just needing to be better here in the second round if we expect to move forward.

On if there is something he does differently to get the team prepared for overtime...
No, I’m not going to stand here and say I’ve got miracle words because I don’t. I tell them the same thing that probably every coach tells them to do, ‘Every shot is important, don’t pass up on them, and play to win. You’ve got to go out there and you can’t have that fear.’ We’ve been through a lot and we’ve been through great wins, as you saw the other night, we’ve also been through some tough losses in Game 7s. Do we have experience in Game 7s? Yeah, we do. But I think the guys have learned how to play those.

On if Dougie Hamilton still looks like a rookie to him and how he has seen Hamilton handle a very busy and trying season...
It’s been more busy, than trying because being a scratch every once and a while shouldn’t be trying for him; he knew that coming in that that would happen. He was more than open to those kinds of suggestions, knowing that it was going to make him a better player down the road. If anything, it’s been a busy season for him; if anything he’s played extremely well for us this year. We’ve got to remember that he’s 19 years old. What he’s done for us this year is brought a good sized defenseman to our team that moves the puck extremely well and sees the ice well. He’s made some unbelievable plays on some goals; we saw that early when he came in and we seemed in awe of that. Playoffs is another step and he’s taken that step extremely well, to me. Last night, again, making good decisions, he played with Zee [Zdeno Chara] sometimes against their top line. To be able to be put out there against the other team’s top line shows that we do have confidence in him.

On if he has been involved with teams that have struggled in overtime and if it is just the luck of the draw...
I don’t know if it’s just the luck of the draw. You play to win, and I think that’s what we’ve done. Yeah, we’ve been in Game Seven losses, just like last year against Washington, we’ve done it against Carolina here at home. We’ve had our fair share of Game Seven losses, as well. I don’t think I have an explanation, more than you need a little bit of luck, absolutely, but you also need the right attitude. I think we’ve just gone out there with no fear, and we’re willing to live with the consequences. If we got out there to win, we’ll live with the consequences; if we’re playing on our heals, then you have a lot of regrets at the end of the night.

On if he anticipates any or the injured defensemen in Game 2 on Sunday...
A little early to say. Again, it is two days, and two days in the playoffs makes a big difference as far as getting guys back. There’s a possibility, that much I can say. Whether they will or not is too early to say right now.

On if the young defensemen are able to give the team a different dimension...
Yeah, I thought last night, our transition game, I think they took the ice well, both [Torey] Krug and [Matt] Bartkowski, who we’ve seen a lot. Dougie’s [Hamilton] following in the footsteps, as well. But there’s no doubt our transition game, last night, was good. Whether it was because of them or whether it was because of our game, but they did exactly what they had to do. That’s why I commend them for doing such a great job. They didn’t sit on their heels, they didn’t just freeze and try and move the puck standing still, they carried it when they had the ice. There’s no doubt that gave us a real good transition game, last night. Whether some of those guys come back or not, we’ve got to keep doing the same thing.

On how his appreciation of Patrice Bergeron has grown...
Well, it’s always grown for him. I don’t how much more it can grow because he’s done everything that he’s been asked to do. Again, a big play last night on that goal and scoring those two big goals in Game 7. You get the same thing out of him night after night. What I mean by the same thing is, you’ll never, ever question his effort, and never question his commitment. Whether he has a good game, a great game, or an average game, you’re always going to be able to rely on him. He’s pretty demanding, but also pretty smart at being able to play within his demands; reliable faceoffs, reliable penalty kill, he’s a power play guy. You utilize him in all situations. There’s a lot of guys, David Krejci’s had a great playoffs so far, points wise. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] had a bit of a slower start in that area, but at the same time, he certainly wasn’t a negative player for us, he just wanted getting the production we were hoping that he’d get for us. But great player and the kind of guy that if we could get 20 of those, we’d be in pretty good shape, wouldn’t we?

On whether line matching is as important in this series as it was in the series against Toronto…
I don’t know if we put this whole line matchup. As you saw, I think when you’re looking at teams now I think the most important of the two is having the right D’s out there, and both teams are doing that. Both teams did that. Also in Toronto, you saw [Dion] Phaneuf, [Carl] Gunnarsson go as much as they could against the [David] Krejci line, and last night they had their two top D’s against what they thought was their top line and made sure they had those right guys out there, but as much as you want certain lines against certain lines up front, I don’t think it’s the end of the world, not for me anyways. My fourth line can play against a first line at times during the game and I have no issues with that because that’s how much I trust them.

On whether he picks up on any differences in how the team plays with Tuukka Rask playing in goal versus Tim Thomas…
No, not at all. If anything, we haven’t changed a thing, and our system that we play is built on obviously good defense and our goaltenders, whoever has been in there, seem to appreciate how we defend, but we certainly didn’t change anything because Tuukka [Rask] became our number one goalie versus Tim [Thomas]. Nothing there has changed, so everything has remained status quo.

On the team’s power play…
With our power play it’s like any team in the league. You’ve got some better stretches than others and last night we got the one goal that got us back in the game but the overtime like we did everything but score on that power play. We were on top of the puck and everything else and that’s why. You can’t be disappointed in your power play when they do those kind of things, but it certainly gave us some momentum and the biggest thing that had to happen after that power play was to carry that momentum instead of being frustrated because we didn’t score. That’s what our guys did. It’s more about the approach after the power play that was important than anything else.

On whether he would put Torey Krug on the power play if he hadn’t seen such confidence in him…
Well, he’s been a power play guy for them, and as you know we’re getting thin here and we have to play with those situations and that’s one of the reasons that we did call him up was that we knew he could help us on the power play as well, besides his five on five play. He battled hard on the walls and he may not be tall, but he’s pretty stocky, pretty strong and he’s really improved in his defensive play, battles along the walls, which is something that we’ve asked him to do, but the rest of his game has always been there, the ability to carry the puck, the ability to make plays, the ability to jump in there when he feels the time is right, and he’s pretty smart at sliding into those holes and also getting back into position.

On whether he agrees with Ray Bourque’s statement that Tyler Seguin’s physical play has improved…
I think just before they scored that goal at the end of the second period you see Tyler going hard to the net on that shot. When you look at the winning goal that Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] scored, he was the one that did all of the dirty work in front of the net, so I don’t think right now it’s a matter of him not playing hard. It’s more of a matter that I think people expect and we expect that he should be a little bit more productive, be able to make a few more plays and be a bit more of a threat than right now like some other players that you’re hearing from other teams having a hard time finding that. If he finds his game we know how much of a threat he can be and we’ve got to keep working with him and that’s what we’re trying to do here.

On how important it is for the team to make adjustments from series to series…
You have to make adjustments, not just series to series, but also game to game. There’s certain things, even though I thought we played a pretty solid game, I know they’re going to make some adjustments and they’re going to bring something else to make it a little harder on us and we have to be ready for that, so it’s about the anticipation of some changes and being ready for that but also parts of our game that we think has got to be better moving forward here if we want to continue to win.

On the team’s penalty kill…
I don’t know. I think our penalty kill all year has been about putting pressure, and when the opportunity to put pressure up the ice is there, we want the guys to do that but also we really want to be the better team here in the battles when the pucks are dumped in and there’s battles along the walls. We need to win those, and I thought our guys did a great job of that last night, and yeah probably more than usual we had some good pressure up the ice and we turned some pucks over and had some chances to go on the rush as well, but our penalty kill was good all year, at the beginning of these playoffs maybe so-so. I thought we could be better, so it was nice to see them perform the way they did.
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