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Post Game: Heard in and about the locker rooms

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Bruins Head Coach, Dave Lewis

On how the team played tonight:
We played basically the same way tonight that we had on the road with success. The puck didn’t go in for us and it went in for them. The game plan was solid. Special teams obviously were the difference. And that’s what a playoff game is like. It’s a fine line between winning and losing. We hit a post, they hit a post. We had a breakaway and missed the net. If we scored, maybe it’s two to nothing and we put a little bit more pressure on them to open up.

On the penalty kills:
I thought we played really well five-on-five. We didn’t give them hardly any shots or any opportunities. In a game like that special teams become so important. As it turned out, their special teams beat ours.

On the intensity of play:
I think it was an intense game in that everybody knew the value of not retaliating, and that was probably the wisest thing to do in that particular moment. If you go back and do something you are in jeopardy of getting another penalty and that’s not what’s important in the scheme of things.

On Atlanta’s recently acquired Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik:
They are two huge additions that are important players in the league. Tkachuk, with his status and his stature, his years and experience. And I’m sure his hunger. On the back end they got a defenseman [Zhitnik] that can move the puck, he plays hard, he’s smart, he can be physical. He’s just a tough player to play against. I think they upgraded.

Goalie, Tim Thomas
On Atlanta’s first goal:
I don’t recall for sure that I even saw the first one. I knew the general area [Mellanby] was shooting, but then it went behind the crowd and I didn’t see it again. Obviously if I had seen it, I wouldn’t have kicked it back with my heel.

On the disappointment of tonight’s loss after the solid road trip:
We wanted to get right back at it on the first game home, and we did a lot of good things. Our play in their zone was excellent, and our play in our zone wasn’t that bad, but Atlanta also did some really good things. They created traffic and sent guys to the net. I can only remember a couple of shots that weren’t through traffic.

Defenseman, Andrew Ference
On tonight’s loss:
You don’t want to dwell on it, but you see it in terms of progress from the game. You carry the lessons from it and look back onto the previous games that we’ve won. We can clog up the neutral zone and frustrate teams, and when we get away from that it’s clear our game doesn’t look very good. Getting away from our details definitely hurts us, but you don’t dwell on losses. You learn from them.

Center, Brad Boyes
On tonight’s loss:
We’re in a dogfight in the conference, and playing a team like Atlanta, we have to take two points for us and try to take two points away from them. To give that team the points, just puts us behind a little bit more.

This would have been a great win to get two points and start another streak at home, but we’re not out of it by any means.

Thrasher’s Head Coach, Bob Hartley
On the impact of Zhitnik and Tkachuk:
It’s the experience. They’ve been around and both have a great hockey sense. That makes it easier to adjust, and I think both guys will make a big impact for us. For Zhitnik it’s his patience and his poise with the puck. For Tkachuk it’s his presence at the net. We added another tank.

It’s the message from our owners and Don [Waddell] that we mean business. It’s time for us to get on a roll and win some hockey games.

On closing out February with a win:
It feels good. Once we got the lead, we closed down the play and skated very well. It was our special teams that got us that game.

We’ve worked hard but in any sport, when you lose your game, you think you’ll never win again. Its tough and we’re in a big battle. We know the commitment we’ve made to the fans and to ourselves, and we want to win.

The Bruins pushed hard, and every point you can scratch and claw in the season are important. It was big for us to get the two points and create a little separation.

On Marian Hossa’s game-winning goal:
I’m not surprised. He is the most complete player in the NHL and tonight he showed it. He was great on the penalties and the power plays and gave us the game winner.
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