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Post Game Quotes: Maple Leafs vs. Boston

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
November 15, 2007


Head Coach Claude Julien
On the Bruins’ offense…
I thought (Peter) Schaefer really did well offensively.  He scored some nice goals and went to the net and again that line battled hard against the boards and that created some great scoring chances.  He and Glen Murray, no doubt in my mind, he deserves a goal.  He’s working so hard; he’s doing all the right things; somehow, it just seems to elude him.  Second effort on the one chance in front of the net, so it’s not the lack of trying and it’s not from lack of work, it’s just hopefully getting a break.

On the team answering Toronto’s goals…
Well, it always is a big lift because you know when a team scores a goal, they get pretty pumped and it builds momentum.  But, when your team comes back and puts another one in, it kind of deflates them; it does a lot of damage to the other team.  And, I mean, we’ve been on the other side of that at times and we know how it feels.  So, no doubt bouncing back, and that’s why the coaches keep telling the team that the next shift after goal is so important.  And again, that first shift of the game, Savvy’s (Marc Savard) line, was outstanding.  They had a great chance and then finally scored a quick goal and I think that certainly builds the momentum going our way.

On the nine-game divisional stretch…
I think first of all, never lose sight of the importance of Patrice Bergeron, but at the same time, this is why they call it a team sport.  It’s important that the guys pull together and do a job and do a job well.  And I think this group of guys have a lot of confidence in wanting to do that.  The other part is, you want to see Bergy (Patrice Bergeron) back as soon as possible, but you want him to step in in a good situation.  And we’ve had a lot of guys step up and play some great hockey for us and that’s why we call it a team.  And we talked about team chemistry; we talked about team bonding, guys being close, wanting to work together.  Those are all things we started working on since the beginning of the year whether it’s been the trip to Stowe (Vermont) or the first big road trip. When guys work well and work together, you can accomplish a lot.

On Aaron Ward’s condition…
He skated this morning and obviously he was gone for a day and then came back.  And the choice was made to just keep him out for another game and it was the right choice.  And again, we had some guys step up and do the job anyways. 

Forward Peter Schaefer
On scoring two goals…
I’m not sure how many games it’s been, but it felt like a long time. It’s always good to get two points.  Toronto is a team that is ahead of us.  They are a team we are going to have to battle to get into the playoffs.

On the team scoring five goals…
We have been struggling, not scoring a lot of goals.  Timmy Thomas has played great for us all year.  He played great for us tonight too. It was nice to help him out a little bit.  We just have to keep working hard and get those cheesy goals so to speak.

On offensive production…
We have been struggling, Metro (Glen Metropolit) is working hard, (Brandon) Bochenski is a great shooter. We just have to get comfortable, not turn over the puck.  Keep it simple.  If we play deep in their zone we need to back check.

On scoring two goals…
As it goes on and you’re not scoring, and you know you can help your team, you don’t feel as good as you should.  I’m just going to go out there, try to relax and have fun.  We have to try to get some shots. We aren’t getting enough.  I think if you get more shots it is going to create more chances, which in turn will create more goals.

Goaltender Tim Thomas
On the team’s defensive play…
We still played pretty good D. They got a lot of their opportunities on the power play.  Sometimes with good power plays there is just nothing you can do.  You just have to keep them to the right spots.  The difference is we had a comfortable cushion for most of the third period.  That was the difference. It felt good.  Made me nervous.  I didn’t want to give Toronto a chance to come back.

On giving up goals after being scored on…
That was huge especially since they were both kind of fluke-ish goals.  The second goal was a little bit my mistake.  But when your team comes back and scores 30 seconds later, it allows you to relax and forget about it. 

Forward Brandon Bochenski
On offensive production…
All four lines played pretty well tonight and did their job. It was nice to have those four days off.  We worked on scoring goals and getting us in position to score goals.

On learning teammates…
Each game we are getting better as a line.  Figuring out where everyone is going to be.  It’s only a matter of time you are going to score if you keep throwing the puck at the net. 

On scoring tonight…
We were getting shots.  I’m usually pretty good at handling the puck in traffic and getting the puck through.  Eventually if I get enough of those chances I am going to get the put in the net.

Forward Glen Metropolit
On playing against his hometown team…
It’s always fun playing against your hometown team.  Obviously you have all your friends and family back home watching. First of all it’s a great win by our team and I am just happy to contribute.

On his goal…
My goal was a pure muckers kind of goal.  It was a good change by Savvy (Marc Savard), we had them trapped in their end for a little while.  Savvy came off the ice I was out there fresh.  We kept it down low, drove it to the net and was happy to get a rebound.

On Peter Schaefer’s goal…
It’s nice that he is getting rewarded.  He has been working hard, been on the ice early everyday.  Since that he finally has a couple goals hopefully that will get the monkey off his back.  We were working hard as a line all week, it was nice to go out and have a night.

Toronto Head Coach Paul Maurice
On tonight’s style of play…
Well, we knew it was going to be a real defensive game, and it was, and the team that made the most of the opportunities did.  We had four power plays, and had control, but decided not to get it to the net at certain times.  And when we did, we couldn’t get it by him (Boston goaltender Tim Thomas).  We did a pretty good job with our sticks, but we didn’t move the puck very well at all.  Though I don’t think they played too well, either.  It certainly wasn’t a lopsided game, I mean, after two periods it was the lowest chances we’ve had for both teams all year.  And I think we were prepared for that, but I think we just gave up some goals we just can’t give up and we couldn’t find a way to light the lamp.

On the third period…
I thought that in this game, because this wasn’t a wide open game by any means, that if we could move the puck more effectively and hang on to it we’d be able to do more offensively, except though that we got in around tight and Thomas was there.  But we just beat that puck to death tonight in so many different areas, and I didn’t think they were much better.  Their transition game was as bad as ours.

Toronto Defenseman Tomas Kaberle
On his team’s slow start…
We have to have a lot better starts if we want to win some games, especially on the road.  The first one was awful, and then we came back with one goal, but then we came back and it wasn’t good enough to win this game.

On whether he thinks his team deserved to win…
If you look at the score, it’s another thing.  It doesn’t matter whether you lose by four or by one – you still lose the game and that’s what matters.  We shouldn’t have let them be up at the start and that was the difference in the game.  Like I said, everything starts with the first minute, first shift actually, first second, and we weren’t prepared and that’s why we lost.

Toronto goaltender Andrew Raycroft
On giving up a quick early goal…
It’s obviously not the start we wanted or needed, and it lingered over us most of the game.  Tonight, the puck was bouncing all over and they seemed to get a couple good breaks – I made a mistake on the fourth one – but it all kind of makes the game look a little more out of hand.  But at the same time, we need to start from the middle out and limit those bad bounces and hope they don’t go their way.  If nothing else, you don’t want those starts, but we had 59 minutes to make up for it, and we weren’t able to do that.

On the Bruins’ fourth goal…
There was a guy driving the net, and I was kind of playing in between instead of just taking the shooter and it was a bad mistake, and it’s a goal that shouldn’t go in.  It’s frustrating to have that happen, but you just move on.


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