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Game 1: Running Quotes from Bruins vs Rangers on 5/16

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. NEW YORK RANGERS
Thursday, May 16, 2013
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 11:40 P.M.
On the play of the young defensemen...
I thought they played really well. They deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled themselves, all three of them. It was Torey’s [Krug] first game, obviously. Not only did he score a big goal, but he just moved that puck so well. A lot of times, he played against their third line which is a pretty heavy line. I thought he handled them extremely well. Bart [Matt Bartkowski] continues to get better and better. He certainly takes the ice that’s given to him, he moves the puck up quickly. Those kinds of things have been really good. We’ve seen Dougie [Hamilton] with us all year. I thought they did a great job, but also our veterans that were back there with them. We saw Johnny Boychuk, the beating he took tonight and the amount of time that Zee [Zdeno Chara] played. I thought we had a real good effort, obviously from those young guys, but our D corps was good tonight. I thought our whole team was, for that matter.

On if the momentum of the Game 7 victory carried over...
Well, we talked about that, the one thing I thought our players did well, and I mentioned that this morning, I really thought the guys turned the page on that historical moment, if you want to call it that. But at the same time, they wanted to take what was necessary to start the series, and that was momentum, the good feeling that we have from that game. I thought right from the get-go our guys played well. I didn’t like the way we gave them both goals. But the rest of the game, to me, was extremely good.

On how much of a game-changer was the Torey Krug goal...
It was huge, there’s no doubt. Like I said, for his first goal he couldn’t have asked for better timing. Again, it just shows how good a player he is. Those young guys back there don’t lack confidence. That’s been really important for us. Like I said, Torey’s [Krug] come in to his first game, and although he played a couple games with us last year and was a call up this year, he certainly did a great job of coming into this situation and just going out there and playing the way he normally does. We asked him to do that and that’s exactly what he did.

On Brad Marchand’s day, from leaving pre-game skate early to scoring the winning goal...
Like I said this morning, there was nothing there; it was very minor. It might have looked major to you guys, but it was very minor and that’s why I said, ‘He’s going to be fine tonight.’ I think that’s what he needed to do, get off the ice early so he could score that winning goal. Whatever works is good for us. I thought Brad, personally, I thought that was one of his better games so far in the playoffs. He skated well, made some great plays, he took pucks to the net and that’s the Brad Marchand that we know. It was nice to see him really bring his A-game to the table tonight.

On Brad Marchand’s line having more jump tonight…
Well I thought, like I said, Brad was the reason it seemed to have more jump. I thought that was one of his better games. But those three together have been actually pretty good. We put them together; we weren’t quite sure how it would turn out, but the first game, which was Game Seven, as the game went on, they got a little bit better, but I thought tonight, again, they took another step in the right direction. They did a great job of cycling the puck down low in the offensive zone, and hanging on to it. That was a good line for us, and we’re going to need that because we don’t want to just rely on the [David] Krejci line to produce, but we want a little bit more out of our other lines.

On if he was concerned after the Rangers scored two quick goals…
It was disappointing to say the least. We gave them that goal with just little over a second left. Right off the draw, when we lost it, we didn’t’ react well. I dealt with that in the room. The biggest thing was we couldn’t dwell on that goal. We had to go out there and take the play back to them as we had before that goal, but then we gave them that goal right off the first shift. Again, we’ve been through that. We went through it with Toronto. Guys didn’t hang their heads; they just said lets go get the next one. Timing is everything. I thought for Torey [Krug] to score that big goal for us—great timing. We just seemed to take the momentum from that point on. And then in overtime, I thought the guys did a great job. We had a lot of chances, and at one point, I think we must have hit four, maybe five posts. So you start questioning yourselves: Is it meant to be tonight? Because we had a lot of chances, a lot of close calls, but it’s nice to see us continue to grind it out and find a way to win this.

On why his team could keep momentum in overtime after the power play despite how good Henrik Lundqvist was…
I really thought our power play did a good job. We had some good chances; he made some really good saves. If anything, the power play doesn’t always score, but as long as it gives you some momentum, I don’t think it was a discouraging thing, it was just about continuing, and our guys after the power play said, ‘let’s keep taking it to these guys.’ We spent the whole two minutes in their end, and had some great chances, but [Henrik] Lundqvist made some big saves at the right time. Again, they made some good shot blocks, as they normally do killing penalties, but I thought our guys just continued to move the puck around, and we had some great chances. I didn’t think it was a negative thing; if anything, it was just about, ‘let’s stay with it here, and find a way to get that goal.’

On Zdeno Chara’s game…
We seem to talk about this guy almost every time because of what he is. Tonight was one of those things where the little details make a big difference in the game. That poke check that he made at the right time, and then giving us a chance to come back and score was huge. Zdeno [Chara] does those things over and over, and that’s why I said to people that even though he hasn’t been nominated for a Norris, he’s been our Norris Trophy winner every year by the way he’s played, and the amount of time he’s played, and the players he’s played against. He continues to do that, and we appreciate that kind of play from him a lot. This is the kind of thing that you get from Zdeno [Chara], and tonight wasn’t any different.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the momentum carried throughout the overtime…
Yeah, I thought that the power play we had created some chances and actually some pretty good scoring chances, they also did a really good job blocking some shots, made some saves and so we didn’t obviously score, but did have some momentum.

On the play of Krug and Bartkowski and the young guys…
Yeah, anytime you have young players put in a role like this, it’s not easy, but they handle it pretty good. They tried to play a simple game and it’s working and I’m sure it’s going to be more challenging, but we just got to help them out as much as we can.

On how you help the young guys out in a situation like coming into the playoffs…
Well, you try to obviously try to talk to them on the ice as much as you can. [The] Coaches [are] doing their part so, and also you’ve got to let them play, the way they naturally like to play. So, that’s the biggest thing, but like I said it’s something that’s never easy for any player to come in and all of a sudden be put in a spot like this and you got to make sure that as a unit of five we all play a certain way to make it easier on certain situations.

On the amount of minutes he played tonight inspiring the young kids…
I’m just trying to help the team as much as I can and whatever coach feel comfortable putting out there, I’m fine with that.

On how he sees the series developing…
I’m only going to be talking how I see it, but it was a hard fought game. They have a good team, they don’t give you much and we saw that tonight, just one goal decided the whole game.

On what it is about overtime that makes the offense kick it up…
Like I said, we got power play to give us some momentum, we created some chances and that basically carried on for the rest of the overtime, but also they got some chances too. So, just happened that we got an odd number situation and we scored.

On if he talked to Krug about not being bashful and if that was running through Krug’s head when he took that shot…
I wasn’t talking to him about not shooting. Any shot is a good shot and he took it and scored and I was happy for him. First time in a playoff game, first goal so, but there’s no bad shot, especially in games like this.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On winning back-to-back overtime games…
I thought we played really good. We got that power play, created a lot of chances, really didn’t give them a break there. We almost kept the puck for two minutes, got some chances. Good thing we got the win.

On if it gets frustrating in overtime when one team is controlling the puck but not scoring…
Yeah, well, you know it’s coming. You know it’s coming at some point for sure. You just try to make that save to keep the game going, and they had like four shots, maybe. Not the easiest shots, but we had ten, and a couple posts too. I feel like in the overtime, we deserved to win.

On how the team played tonight…
We played great I thought, one of the better games in the playoffs. Really tight defense, created some offense, had some traffic tips, everything we want to do. Just got to keep going.

On Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug…
They were some of the better Ds today. They can skate really fast and move the puck good. They were solid in our own end to, so it’s good to see that they have that confidence to play the way they play in the NHL playoffs.

On the intensity of the last two games…
Yeah, crazy games. That’s playoff hockey, you know? They’re tight games, and sometimes you need overtimes. You never know, with these overtimes, what’s going to happen. It’s been pretty interesting to watch on TV and in the stands.

On if these games are interesting to play in…
Oh yeah, for sure.

On if he thought the Bruins weren’t getting bounces…
Not really. Those posts, he’s playing his angles right I guess. As a goalie I think of it that way. But you stay with it, it’s coming, it’s coming, keep shooting, and getting traffic and tips, it’s going to happen. Today, after those posts, the guys deserved it.

On if facing Henrik Lundqvist fires him up…
I don’t care who’s on the other end, it’s just team against team. I just try to save every puck and keep the game tight.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what it means momentum wise to pick up the first game at home…
Well I mean it’s like we’ve always said in the playoffs, it’s only one game. You got to only worry about that one only so now it’s about game two and it’s obviously bottom line it’s about winning games right so we’re happy with it, but we can’t be satisfied with it we know it’s going to be a tough Game 2.

On his line putting pressure on Hendrik Lundqvist…
He’s a great goalie we all know that so he’s going to make the stops if he sees it so we try to have some traffic there in front and try to get some rebounds, but we can still to do a better job at that. We still hit a couple of posts there that there were some good shots so we had some good looks, but we had to keep that going.

On whether he’s getting used to these overtime thrillers…
Yeah I guess so, it’s a good thing knowing we’ve been in them in the first round. We know what to expect. We’ve just got to stay poised and have confidence to make plays and I think it was the case tonight.

On whether they were surprised that the Rangers didn’t black as many shots as they usually do…
Yeah, I think we’re expecting that from them so we’re trying to find ways to get around their shot block and they’re doing a good job of that usually. So we’re expecting it so now we’re trying to bounce on their rebounds if they do block the first one and I thought we did a good job finding the pucks tonight and I think that was the result that we were able to get the puck through.

On whether he was happy for Brad Marchand to get the shot through…
Yeah it was great. On that play you know if you look at it it’s a great play by Zee [Zdeno Chara], also just to get that little detail that goes a long way. It was pretty much a four-on-two on that play and that poke check there just set us free pretty much. We had some good speed because we were back checking. So we just kept that speed going and I told Marchy [Brad Marchand] when we were pretty close to each other when we brought the puck on the wall I told him just to go back door and so I took the puck and he knew he had to beat his guy and did a great job so it was great to see him getting that goal because I thought he had some really good looks tonight.

On how he feels about going up 1-0 in the series…
Yeah it’s bottom line every game you want to win them that’s the most important thing right now so we’re obviously happy with the first game, but we got to be ready for game two now.

On where he sees adjustments being made between games one and two…
Well I mean there’s always some little things. I mean obviously right now we’re going to have to look at it straight after the game we’re going to have to talk with the coaches, but I thought we did some good things and some things that we need to adjust in the neutral zone and stuff like that so we’ll see the coaches I guess in the next few days.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the game-winning goal from his point of view…
I think it might’ve been Z [Zdeno Chara] who had a nice poke check on the three-on-two there. And then Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] did a really good job. I was able to get a little bit of space, he made a great pass, and I just put it in the open net.

On how the win felt…
It felt great. We had a really good game tonight, and to be able to finish it off with a win is very big. We’re happy that we’re able to capitalize in these overtime games. They’re very tough games to be in, but we’re happy with the win tonight.

On cleaning the slate from the last series and winning Game 1…
Yeah, it’s a whole new series and we’re happy to play the Rangers. They’re a very good team and a very good battle. It’s nice to finally get one there and get the monkey off the back, and hopefully they keep coming.

On worrying that the Rangers would score in overtime after missing so many chances…
Yeah, that’s usually how it goes in the playoffs. One team does very well in overtime and then the other team gets a lucky one. We hit so many posts and had so many very good opportunities. They were bound to get one. But, again, we’re very happy to get the win tonight.

On the play of Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski…
They did incredible tonight. Obviously, we’re really depending on those guys to step up and play big minutes, and they all did a great job tonight. We’re very happy with them.

On generating energy from the power play…
That’s what you need your power play to do. Obviously, we didn’t have the best power play all year, but we’re starting to come around. If we’re not scoring, then we’re getting some opportunities. You want to get some momentum off of those. In overtime especially, we had some really good opportunities but we didn’t finish. We just seemed to feed off of that and played very well after that.

On giving up a goal at the end of the second period…
It was tough to give that first one up with a second left. Even that one quickly in the third period, but we were happy with how we bounced back. We knew that we had to stick with it, especially with everything we went through last series. We knew it wasn’t over until the last buzzer rang. We did a great job of getting that back on the power play and carried it on from there.

On leaving morning skate because he wanted to save his energy for the goal…
Yeah, exactly, I didn’t want to waste my energy there this morning. I felt I had some good jump tonight.

On if he was worried he might miss tonight’s game…
No, no, I wasn’t worried at all. I’m serious, I wanted to get off the ice. Claude [Julien] knows I hate morning skates. He used to yell at me when we won the [Stanley] Cup there because I wouldn’t even take a stride. I just wanted to get off early.

On how he got leverage on the defenseman before his goal…
I just tried to get my legs in front of his. There was one point I actually tried to connect blades with him to knock him down, but it didn’t work. Then I was able to get a step on him and Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] waited it out and made a great play.

On how he feels about his game…
I felt good tonight. I felt pretty good last game, too. Obviously, the Toronto series wasn’t my best series, but I felt good tonight and just want to keep building on it.

On scoring an overtime goal…
It’s kind of a blur. From the second it goes in to see everybody jump on the ice and surround you, it’s a bit of a blur. Obviously, a huge adrenaline rush and very excited.

On if there was a lot of chirping between the teams tonight…
Not a lot. The refs are pretty on top of it, so they’re not letting a lot go. But obviously there’s a little bit here and there.

On if there was more chirping in the Toronto series…
Again, a little bit, but they were pretty tight on that, too. When guys were getting close they were threatening with 10-minute misconducts, and you definitely don’t want to be sitting in the box for 10 minutes.

On if that slowed him down…
A little bit, but I’m playing some minutes out there, so getting a little bit tired. Don’t need to be chirping. 

On if that slowed him down…
I think with how we play, we’re not overly physical teams. We’re just strong on the puck, we work hard, have good forechecks, and both play a similar style. It’s just a tough kind of game to play against. Like you said, there’s not a whole lot of huge body checks or anything like that. But guys battle hard, they compete hard. If you’re going to score goals, you got to work hard.

On receiving a text from Mark Recchi…
He just texted me and told me to play my game and not to worry about anything else. The goals and stuff will come. It’s nice to hear from him. He’s obviously a guy that I went through a lot when I played with him, and it was good to hear from him again.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On Torey Krug…
The goal was a bonus, but I think he’s an offensive defenseman that has some skills. So, you kind of expect it out of him.

On if he thought Krug would handle the spotlight and the pressure well…
Yeah, he’s pretty calm and collected. Humble guy too so, that helps a lot and I don’t know. The D [defense] all talk here, a lot on the ice. So, that helps a lot too for young guys.

On Krug being confident after playing the way he did…
Yeah, he’s really mature for his age. He could easily be like 27 for all we know, but he’s just a good solid defenseman.

On if this is as confident as he has felt playing up here…
Yeah, absolutely the more minutes I play, the more shifts I get, the more confidence and just play on instinct.

On the whole being up here in the playoffs thing worn off because of all the responsibility…
Yeah, the first game it was a little bit of nerves, but that last game it did give me a lot of responsibility and carried into today, that’s completely gone.

On what Claude Julien has done to allow him and Torey Krug to step in so seamlessly…
Well, it’s very similar to Providence and it’s a lot of emphasis on defense. So, being able to step in you know your job, you know your role and everybody else on the ice does as well. You don’t really get out of the system very much, and if we do that’s where we have breakdowns, but everybody tends to stay in the system and it makes it easy.

On what it takes the first game and the first couple of shifts in the playoffs…
Mainly, I think it was just the second game. Just being able to play that much. I got settled and started playing my game and just took it from there.

On if he talked to Torey Krug about playing his first playoff game…
Yeah, just a little bit. Whatever he asked me. I didn’t want give too much or make him nervous, but he’s played NHL games he knows how to play and he performed really well tonight.

On if there is a sense of what next with being a defenseman after seeing Johnny Boychuk go down twice…
Yeah, well a little bit. Yeah, I saw him go down. He got hit and I was like here we go again, but he’s a pretty tough guy, so he got up and got back in it. Yeah, there was a second there, but we would have handled it just like we handled it the other night.

On if he is at the point where he knows he might be in there for anything…
Yeah, absolutely and we prepare for that before the game. The day before the game. We know how to play in every situation so, we’re ready for it if it happens.

On what happened with the hit on Nash…
Yeah, well I tried to wrap it and my stick broke so I just tried to kind of get back to the middle and he cut in, just hit him.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On Dougie Hamilton…
…I think there was 22 seconds left in overtime on the power play and it wasn’t much time but they still threw us out there so… you can see the way that the ice opens up for [Dougie Hamilton] when he gets the puck, and I was lucky enough to get onto that.

On whether Dougie Hamilton hesitated before giving him the puck…
I don’t know if he hesitated. I think that was his game plan the whole time, kind of bring the guy out to him and then he froze him and then he slid it over to me so it was an unbelievable play by him.

On the team feeling comfortable with a young defenseman and whether he sensed that…
Right when I first got here I got that feeling. I’m very comfortable with the group of guys in here. I’m comfortable in a sense that they were giving me the puck all night and they weren’t nervous in that regard, so it was very exciting to get out there.

On facing the Rangers’ shot blocking ability…
Yeah, it’s crazy. That’s what they’re known for. We’ve played Connecticut, their farm team, numerous times this year. It’s the same thing down there, so I knew what to expect from them, and you see a guy like [Ryan] Callahan out there throwing around his body to block shots and it’s pretty cool, but it’s one of those things that you have to continue to work on and try to get pucks through the net.

On whether there was a difference between his shifts and whether he feels he settled down…
I don’t think so. I would say that about my game against Montreal earlier in the season. This game, not so much. I think there’s too much riding on the line to be messing around.

On whether he thinks he surprised the Rangers with his speed…
I’m not sure. That’s kind of my game, especially against aggressive teams. If they want to overcommit I like to jump in behind them and try to drain the rush, so I’m not sure if that surprised them. I guess we can ask them that.

On walking the blueline…
Yeah I mean everyday in practice down in Providence we’ll work on that for, I’d say, at least 15 minutes a day. It comes in handy. You see Bart [Matt Bartkowski] do it a lot. It really freezes the guys, especially a shot-blocking team like this.

On his goal…
I just remember moving the puck to Marchy [Brad Marchand], and he was getting in the zone with speed on the power play, and he curled up and gave it to Dougie [Hamilton] and Dougie made a great play by drawing the guy out to him and then he slid it over to me. I had a lot of time to take a shot.

On whether he got to keep the game puck…
I’m sure it’s floating around here somewhere.



On how fun tonight’s game was…
It was amazing. I’ve said before that my main goal is to come in here and try to help the team win, and I was fortunate enough to do that.

On whether he was thinking to shoot the puck right away because he had a lot of time…
Yeah, absolutely. I think the key to every power play is to get pucks to the net, and that’s one of the strengths of my game, so I was just working as hard as I can to open up that shot lane and it really wasn’t that hard to. I had a lot of time and space, and Dougie [Hamilton] made a great play.

On Bartkowski’s comment that he is wise beyond his years and whether he had nerves coming in…
Honestly, there wasn’t too much nerves. These guys in here are an unbelievable group of guys, the confidence that the coaching staff showed in me and the other guys showed it. I felt very comfortable out there.

On killing the penalty with Zdeno Chara in the box…
It was great. I don’t penalty kill too much. Obviously, my size plays a role in that, but I was just doing my job, not trying to do too much. I think that’s the key when you penalty kill. Once you overcommit you’re going to capitalize on your mistakes.

On sending Brian Boyle into the net…
I was just playing hard and they want to come to our net and most of the time they’re going to end up down there so that was just what I was trying to do and I caught him off balance. He’s a big guy.

On whether they exchanged words after that…
No I think he was just worried my skate was going to catch him in the face because I was standing over him.

On Tuukka Rask’s communication with him on the ice…
It’s funny you ask that. I was just sitting over there right after the game and I was thinking to myself how easy it is to play when your goalie is talking to you like that. Every time I got the puck he’s yelling something over my shoulder and I knew where to go with it.

NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH JOHN TORTORELLA
On the effect the Bruins’ power play had in overtime…
In the overtime? We never regrouped.

On why it was so difficult to regroup…
Yeah, it was a surge. We couldn’t stop it.

On having a goaltender that is very critical of himself, and what he says to him…
What are you asking me? Your questions are way too complicated.

On Henrik Lundqvist making fifteen saves in overtime and still being hard on himself…
Is that right? He’s a competitor.

On whether he was happy with the overall effort of the team…
Yeah, we were okay. We’re going to need to be better. If we’re going to win our next game here we need to be better.

On whether he was happy with the Ranger’s ability to control the Bruins’ offensive chances…
I thought it was pretty even going into the overtime. But we got spanked in the overtime.

NEW YORK RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST
On Brad Marchand’s goal in overtime…
I don’t know. There was a two-on-one I guess, and I thought I made a bad decision. I mean it’s a tough play, but I could play it better. That was a tough overtime for us. We didn’t really get going, and they came out with a lot of energy and created a lot of chances. I thought we played a pretty good game. We did, but special teams were the difference, the one at one-nothing and then, I mean that’s going to be the case these playoffs. I talked about it in the first round and we’ve got to get it done. We didn’t.

On what he would have done differently on the overtime goal…
I’ve got to see the guy in the middle. I was too focused on the puck. I kind of knew he [Brad Marchand] was coming in the middle, but I just was too locked in on the puck, and that’s why I made a stretch move instead of coming with my pads together. It’s a technical thing and it happened fast. Sooner or later when you face a lot of chances like that, you’re going to make a mistake. It’s not a mistake I’m going to sleep less over. I thought we played a solid game, but we just came up short here, in overtime again.

On if overtime losses can have a cumulative effect…
I’ve got to be really careful to ask myself the right question there, because have I played bad in overtime? No. Can I score? No. Is it frustrating? Yes. My record is terrible in overtime, but I’ve just got to stick with it, play my game, and hopefully it’ll turn around.

On if Boston’s six-shot power play in overtime was draining…
It was a tough overtime period for us. They came hard, and I thought their power play really gave them energy every time they got on the ice. They really built from every power play, it felt like.


NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD RYAN CALLAHAN
On whether the kill had something to do with the momentum of overtime…
Yeah, it has a factor in it. They had a couple of good chances on their power play and I think gained some momentum off of it. For whatever reason it was hard for us to establish a forecheck in overtime and when you’re not doing that they’re going to have more chances, more opportunities and I think that was the case.

On whether losing a game in overtime makes the loss tougher…
No, it doesn’t I mean a loss, is a loss at this point. Obviously, we felt like we were right there. Obviously I had a chance to win the game with one shot, but at the same time we’ve dealt with this before. It happened to us twice in the Washington series, we’ve got two days to regroup and we go right back at it.

On what the team feels they could do better after regrouping…
Like I said previously I think our forecheck has to be better. Keep pucks away from [Tuukka] Rask, he seems to be handling the puck well and breaking up our fore check so harder on their D [defense] and I think if we do that we’ll create more chances for ourselves.

On whether the team’s third period goal should have lead to more of a momentum shift…
Yeah, I don’t think our third period was bad by any means. I thought it was a bit of a back and forth third period. Obviously, they did get the equalizer to tie it up, but at the same time I thought we had a good third.

On how the Bruins were able to sustain their pressure in overtime…
I think they gained a lot of momentum off of their power play. They had a couple of good opportunities and in overtime I don’t feel we established the fore check too well. It seemed like we were dumping it in and they’re right out of the zone coming back at us and it’s tough on our D [defense], it’s tough on everybody when you don’t have the puck their end.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD MATS ZUCCARELLO
On Boston outplaying New York…
I don’t know they just came out good I guess and that’s what happened.  I think our offense had some chances.

On if Brad Marchand’s speed played a factor in catching him at the end…
I don’t know. I don’t remember.

On whether he felt he had Brad Marchand covered…
No I felt like it was a little bit in front of me there. It’s disappointing.

On what New York needs to work on…
I don’t think we played up to our standards so I think that’s what to start with, but in the overtime of course we want to win.  We don’t go out there not trying to score goals. Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] did a good job and we created some chances – they scored we didn’t.

NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN ANTON STRALMAN
On the game tonight…
We are coming off a Game 7 win and like you said, I thought our first period was a little sluggish in both ends. Not a lot to cheer about. I think the game picked up as it went on. It was a tight game. In overtime we seemed to get no pressure on them and our fore-check wasn’t working at all. We got to learn from this and look at the tape and all that and see what changes we might have to make.

On the Bruins thriving off the power play in overtime…
They had some chances to end the game early. That power play was obviously a momentum swing for them obviously, and they fed off that and we kind of backed off a little bit and tried to defend our end instead of putting pressure on and trying to win it.

NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN DAN GIRARDI
On what impact the long penalty kill in OT had…
We had to battle for the kill, we were in our end for a long time but guys did whatever they could to get in front of shots and get pucks out. If anything I think it should have gotten us going because we were out there for a while and got the job done. Unfortunately, we couldn’t generate too much in overtime.

On what positives come out of the loss…
I don’t know. I definitely thought our game was pretty good. They are a very opportunistic team. We don’t get pucks deep or turn pucks over, they make you pay. We just got to do a good job of cleaning that up for the next game and it could have been anyone’s game. We got a goal early in the second to get us a lead, but other than that I thought it was pretty good.

On their own power play attempts tonight…
Its kind of, I don’t want to say frustrating but it needs to be better. We need to get good chances and create momentum. We got to get a goal on the power play, it’s a difference maker and we don’t get one and we lose the game. We definitely have to figure out something with that.

On if losing another overtime makes it harder to overcome…
I don’t think so. We have a couple days here to kind of chew on it and digest it and see what we did wrong. We got some time to rest and get back at it in the afternoon.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 11:40 A.M.
On if there is any update on Brad Marchand...
No. He’ll be fine. He’ll be there tonight.

On if there are any updates on Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden, or Andrew Ference...
They weren’t on the ice this morning. Doesn’t look good.

On his relationship with John Tortorella and what he respects about him as a coach...
I know John [Tortorella] and I respect John for who he is and what he is. Right now, we’re competitors and just like him, I have no intentions of chatting with him until this series is over. Simple as that. I certainly respect him for what he’s done and who he is. He has his own personality and I’m one of those people that respect people for who they are. I’ve had some good chats with John in the past.

On how easy it is for players to forget about struggles from an earlier series and start new...
It depends who you are. For some reason, this last series seems to have been looked upon as negative for some people. For us, it was a great character win, we’re looking forward to moving ahead and we’re not looking at it the way a lot of people are looking at it. It’s not a chance to redeem yourself because we’re in the second round, we don’t have to redeem ourselves for anything. What we have to do here is look forward to this series and do whatever we can to move ahead. The character win that this team showed in Game Seven should be looked upon as a positive. That’s the way I look at it.

On how having the same system in Providence helps when young players come up to Boston...
It helps everybody because [Providence Head Coach] Bruce Cassidy and his coaching staff seem to see the game the same way we do. There’s a good connection there in the way we coach our teams, very much the same approach. I know I’ve talked to Bruce; the things we do, he does as well. So it’s an easy transition for the players. That’s important because coaches have their own styles and the one thing you don’t want to do is make them change where they’re comfortable to force them to do something. Sometimes that’s happens in the minors. A coach coaches a certain way, in the NHL they coach a different way. There’s transition there and you have to adapt, but we’re fortunate that both Bruce and I seem to have the same approach and same philosophies, so it makes the transitions of our players a lot easier.

On the advantages of having the same system in place in Providence…
It helps everybody because [Providence Head Coach] Bruce Cassidy and his coaching staff seems to see the game the same way that we do. There’s a good connection there in the way we coach our teams—very much the same approach. I know in talking to Bruce, the things we do he does as well, so it’s an easy transition for the players. That’s important because coaches have their own styles, and the one thing you don’t want to do is make them change where they’re comfortable to force them to do something. Sometimes that happens in the minors, a coach coaches a certain way and in the NHL they coach a different way. There’s a transition there and you have to adapt, but we’re fortunate that both Bruce [Cassidy] and I seem to have the same approach and the same philosophies. It makes the transition for players a lot easier.

On seeing similarities between the Bruins and Rangers…
I think it’s about not getting or feeling out period and just going out there and playing your game. I know we’re both gritty teams. We’ll go and grind it out. We don’t have all these so-called superstar players that can dictate the game one way or another. It’s about what we do as a group, and the same thing goes for them, I’m sure. It just makes for a good battle. The team that wins this series is the team that’s going to want to battle it out more than the other, be grittier, and get their noses dirtier than the other team. That’s what I anticipate, anyways.

On facing a team that blocks so many shots…
Got to find ways to get pucks to the net. Just got to keep your head up when you’re shooting. They’re going to block shots no matter what. We just got to do the best we can do get them on net. When they don’t, well, they can block them and what can I do? As a team, you’re going to get some shots blocked because they like doing it. We’re just going to do our best to get them through and make sure they get to the net, and hopefully get some net-front traffic. That’s going to make things a little tougher for their goaltender, that’s not a secret.

On what happened to Brad Marchand at morning skate…
Brad [Marchand] is going to be okay. You’ll see him on the ice tonight.

On if he has any advice for asking questions that John Tortorella might answer…
Well, he wanted to come in here before me, so I don’t know what to tell you. I’m sure he’s excited about answering your questions. He always is. Good lucks, guys.
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