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Head Coach Claude Julien Postpractice Transcript from 5/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Friday, May 9, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS CONFERENCE
On Torey Krug’s development and his effect on the postseason…
Well, like most of our young players this year, I think he has improved a lot. I can’t say enough about what experience does for you. He was good last year but there were the odd mistakes here and there or under pressure, probably threw pucks away. But a lot more poise this year through the experience that he has had and I think he has been really good in the playoffs. So far he has been steady, pretty reliable and has made some good plays.

On if we will be seeing more of Matt Fraser…
Well that is a heck of a statement there. I think you will see him in the next game for sure, he is in.

On how nice it is to see Matt Fraser’s reaction to his goal…
Well, it is pretty special for him. First playoff game, score a goal like that and a big one to say the least. It’s happened a few times before, not too often but he is a good player. We have always liked his skating abilities, his shooting abilities, his skill level is good. As I mentioned before, he has gotten back there and worked hard and his return, what I was told, is that he has been playing well in the playoffs for Providence and this was an opportunity for him to come in and help us out and that’s what he did.

On Matt Fraser’s improvement…
I mean, this is a guy if you give him the opportunity he can certainly put the puck in the net. He’s gotten stronger and he’s played a bigger game than he had in the past and those are the improvements you look for in young players. The other stuff I talked about earlier he already had. So he just had to improve in certain areas and when those guys do that, they see the results and they see what it can do for them. He has come in here and, for a guy who maybe said he was nervous for the game, he certainly didn’t look like it. He seemed poised out there and I said he made some good strong plays throughout the whole game.

On if he is happy with the way his team is playing now…
Well we’ve been better and I think there is no doubt. I don’t think our team is playing badly at all, I just know that our team is still capable of playing a little bit better than what we have and has shown so far. But that is not even close to say that we are not playing well, we are playing well. We just, I think, there is still some potential in our team to play even better.

On if it is the other team that is limiting the Bruins potential…
No, no. I’m talking about our team that is the only thing I’m talking about, is our team. It is not what the other team is doing, it is what we are capable of doing as individuals and as a group.

On the first line…
I was just talking about the [David] Krejci line. They just have to find their rhythm again. I think right now they’re working hard, it’s just a matter of time here. Certainly we have seen them at their best and a little bit of adversity is what they’re facing now. They’ve been as steady as we could have asked this year so to me, it is just a matter of time and they will find their groove again.

On if there were any other line options he was thinking about…
Well, because they have played together before. When Matt Fraser was up he played with [Carl] Soderberg on that line. So it’s not like it was a new thing for him. There was a little bit of, I shouldn’t say chemistry, but knowledge of playing with those guys. So he knew him fairly well and to me, Carl [Soderberg] and Loui [Eriksson] seem to have real good chemistry and I thought Matt [Fraser] fit in really well. That line, when it does well, it supports each other. Every time it has the puck, there is close support and that really helps. He’s just seemed to fit in well and I just thought that was the right place and the right spot for him.

On Tuukka Rask’s play the importance of having a hot goaltender in the playoffs…
I think Tuukka [Rask] – again I think a lot has been made of Tuukka [Rask] and I’m not on the same page as everyone else. We gave up breakaways in that first game in Montreal, we were really sloppy. Even that first goal, there was a guy on the side of the net all by himself, again not Tuukka’s fault. But we played much better in front of him, I thought he was really good last night. There is no issue with that, I said it yesterday morning, he has no confidence issues. He is hard on himself but he never gets rattled that way. If anything, he shows a lot of resiliency and determination to be better and that is what he did yesterday. Was his game perfect? Well I mean, a shutout says a lot. Some saves he had to work a little harder at than others but he was good and to me that is what he has been to us all year.

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