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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins/Canucks

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE


Monday, May 30, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On playing in Vancouver…
Oh yeah definitely. I don’t think it gets any crazier than Montreal, that we had in the first series. So I’m sure everybody knows what to expect and is ready to handle it.

On what goes into shot blocking…
To be honest, you don’t really practice shot blocking, it’s just something that comes naturally I guess. If you want to block shots, you do it. There’s no secret to it. You get in the shooting lane and try to put one of the shin pads in there, or your pants, so it’s no secret. But it’s nothing special. Yeah that’s it.

On his confidence level right now…
I’m feeling good. Like you said, we’ve played good together the whole playoffs, and it’s been fun playing with Zee [Zdeno Chara]. But our job’s not done and we still have the last series ahead of us and I think we’re really eager to come out on top.

On if the teams the Bruins have faced already in the playoffs have prepared them for Daniel and Henrik Sedin…
I think we’re ready. As you said, in the first series it was [Tomas] Plekanec and [Michael] Cammalleri and [Brian] Gionta and those guys. Second it was Philly with one of the highest-scoring offenses during the regular season. And last series, we had [Steven] Stamkos, [Vincent] Lecavalier and [Martin] St. Louis. So I’m sure we’re well prepared for what’s going to come at us.

On if he looks forward to the challenge of playing Henrik and Daniel Sedin…
Yeah I love shutting down those guys. Trying to, at least. There’s nothing better than having a big challenge ahead of you.

On defending against Vancouver’s offense…
Well you want to try to not be over-aggressive, because once you do that, they spin off of you and that’s what they want to try to accomplish, be one guy and then two on the next. They’re really good at finding each other, as Rex [Mark Recchi] said, with the give-and-gos, and the blind pass behind the back. So that’s a real challenge for us, to be aggressive but not being stupid about it. So we have to be smart in our defensive play.

On what he was doing this time last year…
I was working out. I was getting ready for the next season already, and I think now, I had just started. It was probably my second or third week of working out again. So it was full summer mode.

On being forced to sit out last year’s playoffs with an injury…
Very annoying…Just to be able to play a part in these playoffs and being able to be on the ice, it’s just a real treat.

On if he appreciates this year’s playoff run more since he sat out last year…
Yes and no. I mean, last year, like I said, it was tough, and it was definitely gratifying I’m able to play this year, and being able to help.

On if preparing for a team they don’t face a lot is to do a crash course in their tendencies…
Yes and no. I mean we’re going to do some video obviously in the next couple days, and we all know what the Sedins [Daniel and Henrik Sedin] play like and how [Ryan] Kesler plays like. So it’s not much different than we’ve seen the last three series. So, it’s not going to be much different than what we faced before, but we have to be sharp and ready.

On if Vancouver’s speed and pace of play poses challenges for any team…
Yes and no. I mean I’m sure they’re not any faster than the team’s we faced before. It’s just a matter of us to keep going where we ended up, how we ended up playing last game, game seven, and just build on that. I mean, then we’re going to be on the right path.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TIM THOMAS
On his thoughts on the matchup of him and Robetro Luongo, as they are both Vezina Trophy Finalists…
Yeah well I mean, like you said it’s not, it’s Vancouver versus Boston, it’s not you know me versus [Roberto] Luongo. He’s a part of their team and I’m a part of my team and we both have an impact on how the game goes. But you know, I’m playing against you know Vancouver’s forwards and defenseman and he’s playing against Boston’s forwards and defenseman. And so, having said that you know I watched the last game he played there against San Jose and he looked, he looked real good, you know he looked like he was on his game. And you know since having seen that and I know I’m going to have to do a good job to you know, give our team a chance.

On what it means to him to be in the Stanley Cup Final…
Well, it’s great and it’s where you’ve wanted to be. And you, well what I’ve worked for my whole life, you know to get to this point in the Stanley Cup. And so it, you know, it’s a big accomplishment. But you don’t dream of getting to the Stanley Cup Finals, you dream of winning the Stanley Cup. So there’s still more work to be done.

On why he has been so successful against Vancouver in his career…
It really has no relevance. It’s kind of like why did I have pretty good success against Ottawa. You know there’s probably one other team or something that I’ve, well Philadelphia in Philadelphia. You know there’s no rhyme or reason to it, it just happens to be the way it’s worked out. But there is no use dwelling on the success you’ve had before because this, what success you can have moving forward here over the next couple of games is what’s going to be important.

On if it gives him more confidence since he has been successful in the past…
Well, I guess. I just haven’t thought about it that much. It’s just you know, I mean I played against this team this year once, and so the other two times that I’ve played against Vancouver it’s not even worth really comparing because they were a different team and we were a different team. I know the one game that we did win, it wasn’t an easy game, and basically we had a one goal lead for, you know most of the time. I think we ended up, did get a two goal lead near the end. But, so it was a very tight game so you can take a little bit of confidence that you won that one game. But it only goes so far.

On what finer points he is focusing on in this series…
I’m not because if you start focusing on the finer points and by definition you’re thinking too much, you know. So the goal is you know, not to think too much and for the most part you have to think to play but you just want to keep it all focused on hockey, be in the moment. So you wont break it down into the finer individual points.

On how he describes his style…
Nothing, well I’m still holding to the fact that it’s more like a butterfly style than most people give it credit. But you know what look at Luongo’s style it’s not your common orthodox butterfly style either, especially you know, it looks like the ways he’s learned to move when he’s down on his legs is different this year than he been doing in the past.

On if he thinks his style of play keeps the opposition guessing…
No, I mean I’ve heard people say that. I’ve got myself guessing a lot of the time so [laughs].

On how he keeps himself physically fresh after eighteen playoff games…
Well you keep doing the same thing you’ve done all year, but you’ve just got to keep it going. And you know keep, you start training for this moment last summer. And you know, it’s a build up and then during the season you’ve just got to stick with your routine and never let, basically never let yourself fall behind. Because once you fall behind it’s too hard to catch up.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
On the keys to playing the Canucks…
Well we haven’t, obviously we only played them once this year so, we haven’t gone over really a lot of team stuff. But, I mean obviously they’re a President’s Trophy winner, they’re a great hockey team, deep and well coached, and we’ll look at things we have to do. I mean obviously, any key to your team’s success is how you play personally. I think we focus on what we do ourselves. Our coaching staff will give us obviously their tendencies, and their coaching staff will give them our tendencies. It’s who’s going to want it more and who’s going to play to their abilities the best and their game plan the best.

On how much past experience matters…
Well, you know what, it doesn’t. And at this point, it just, it really doesn’t matter. We’ve learned a lot through the course of the season with this group of guys. There’s been some guys that have been through a lot, same as Vancouver, they’ve got some guys that have been through a lot. Some hardships, some good things, and it’s just a matter of going out and playing and enjoying it. I mean, this is fun. It’s exciting times for everybody.

On trying to contain Daniel and Henrik Sedin…
You know what, like I said, we haven’t played against them. Like we played them once this year, and obviously I watch a lot of hockey, I’m a fan too, so obviously they’re very dynamic. They have little plays all over the place. Their whole line, they play very well. Everything’s short and quick, and they’re trying two-on-one all over the place, and they’re very smart, very intelligent hockey players. And they’ve done a heck of a job. They’ve continued to mature as players and see where they are now, MVPs, and how successful they’ve been.

On if how the Bruins played in Game 7 against Tampa Bay is a blueprint for the Finals…
Yeah, that’s the style we play, and that’s the type of game we need to play, and we control our forecheck, control the game with our forecheck and our tempo. Play on the edge, play physical, but at the same time be really good defensively, and through the neutral zone. A lot of that’s created by our good forecheck as well.

On probably not playing a game with no penalties in the Finals…
Well I mean, obviously it was a great, I think it was a great (officiated) game. I mean obviously we know there’s going to be penalties in the playoffs, but they’re going to be warranted, and you’ve just got to, you get a penalty and you kill it off, and get ready. If you get a power play, you’ve got to keep momentum. It’s going to be a great series. Two very similar teams.

On the Bruins’ special teams right now…
Well our penalty kill has been, for the most part, good all year. Our power play has been up and down, and obviously a lot more down lately. But there’s been signs of it coming out, so you know, no better time at the end, in the Stanley Cup Finals, and hopefully we can get it going and do some things and see where it goes.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On making the Stanley Cup Final…
Obviously very happy, very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team so far. And how far we’ve come. We came back and showed some character all playoffs but also all season. Obviously for me being it’s my eighth year in Boston and having a chance to share that with the city is something special for me. 

On the support for the team from the fans…
Yeah, for sure. You can feel, you can sense that the whole city is behind us and they’ve been like that all playoffs. It’s great. Obviously Boston is such a sports town and to bring back, I guess the hockey fans and us into it. Is something that I’m, very proud of. 

On the Vancouver Canucks…
Well they are a great team, they have a lot of depth. They are good on all positions and it’s going to be a tough series and we are aware of that.  Obviously we are going to have to take it a game at a time and we are going to have to concentrate on Wednesday right now.

On if he is excited to go back to Vancouver…
Yea, very excited. Obviously like you said, those memories are still engraved in my heart and I’ll never forget them. Winning the Gold medal in the Olympics on the Canadian soil is something special and having a chance to go back there is going to be fun.

On the feeling in the room…
Yeah, I think the feeling right now, we’re happy but we’re not satisfied with clinching, I guess winning the conference title. I think obviously we have some unfinished business and we want to finish it.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.

On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…
Well I think it’s been good obviously for him, but for our whole team, what we had to go through these playoffs and the so-called ghosts that we had to overcome. And Montreal was one of them, Philly last year. Everybody talked about all the negative things that we went through in that past and we were able to stay focused and overcome that kind of stuff. So it’s helped us grow in regards to being prepared for the finals. That goes for Timmy [Tim Thomas] and that goes for most of the team. Right now we’re just focusing honestly on what’s ahead of us because we’re excited to be there.

On how well Dennis Seidenberg is playing with Zdeno Chara
Well I mean we’ve been talking about them for a while now because they have been that good. And they’ve been a great shutdown pair, they’ve logged a lot of minutes, obviously capable of logging those kind of minutes. They’re both in great shape, they both have a lot of endurance, and obviously have been a key reason why we’ve had success. And I don’t expect that to change, but Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] is one of those guys that just never seems to get tired. We’re the ones having to pull him back because he constantly every day wants to work a little harder and harder. So we’re definitely pleased with those two and they’ve been big players for us in big games. And they stepped up at the right time, so hope that continues.

On how practice is perhaps different than it would be mid-season in terms of conditioning…
Well again I think one of the things was giving our guys some rest and that’s why yesterday not everybody went on the ice. Guys that have played a lot, they could benefit from two days of non-skating. The conditioning doesn’t go bad. Today we came back on the ice and then as a whole team and obviously it was a little warm out there today. So ice was probably not at its best and it was a tough grind to push through this practice today, which I think is not a bad thing because we might as well get used to it. That’s what the buildings are like on game nights. I thought we pushed ourselves through pretty good today and did a little bit of sprints at the end to make sure we raise the volume if you want, and tomorrow hopefully we’ll be really good and flying out there in Vancouver and getting ready for Wednesday.

On why Patrice Bergeron is so valuable…
Well I would tell you right now that if they don’t know much about [Patrice] Bergeron, they like [Ryan] Kesler that much, Bergeron to us is what Kesler is to them. He brings the same elements, he shows up, plays hard every game, he’s a great faceoff guy, power play, penalty kill, does it all for us. As you mentioned, for people that don’t see him that much, they just have to look at the player that they see maybe a little bit more and they’re going to understand what we have here in Bergeron.

On how he sticks to his guns when he is second-guessed…
Yeah I think it’s because they understand what we’re doing. Sometimes you get criticized because people don’t understand what you’re doing. Again you carry a label with you whether it’s deserved or not, it doesn’t really matter. The fact that people think you’re a real defensive coach, I think everybody wants their team to be good defensively. But when every year, this year we’re fifth, two years ago we’re second in goals for, certainly not all about defense. But we’re, I feel we’re a well-balance team. We talk about the right things in that dressing room. The guys are very big believers in what we’re trying to do, and if they weren’t, you would certainly see it in their game. So that’s what is important right now and when the guys in the dressing room believe in what we’re doing and they endorse it, it becomes important. And when they endorse it, you get some of the success we’ve been getting lately and the success we’ve been getting lately is making people happy. So at the end of the day, it’s all about winning, right? And if you’re winning, people are happy. So that’s what we’re trying to do here.

On the impact and wisdom of guys like Mark Recchi and Shawn Thornton who have won the Cup before…
Well I mean those guys are always valuable in the dressing room. They’ve been through it, they’ve seen what’s happened, they can tell player listen if you thought it was, there was a lot of pressure, there’s going to even more in the finals and the intensity just goes up another notch. So they’re just giving guys words of wisdom, and we also have a coach in Doug Jarvis who’s won as a player, who’s won as a coach, he’s also been a valuable influence on a lot of young players who have talked to him about that stuff. So it’s good to have those people around. They become really important elements of your team at this time of year and we’re happy to have them.

On if he has seen the Cup and if he has tried to avoid having his picture taken with it…
I have. I’ve seen it in the Hall of Fame in Toronto. I have stayed away from it. And all I said is the day that I even get a picture or touch it will be the day that I’ve earned it. And that’s been my philosophy throughout my career as a coach.

On what Mark Recchi has meant to the organization and how much it would mean to see him go out on top…
Well it would be nice for a couple of reasons. Obviously his commitment especially to our team since he’s been with us and the will to really go above and beyond his role as a player and really have taken some young players under his wing and has been bringing them home for meals, or whether he’s talked to them about certain situations and certain times of the year. And some young guys go through slumps, and as a coach you can talk to those guys and try and do the best you can, encourage them and help them correct what needs to be corrected. But when you got a guy like Mark Recchi in the dressing room that will go up to this player and put his arm around him and say listen I’ve been through this and so on and so forth, these are the things that are part of the game. And coaches are as good as the people that surround them, and a lot of time you think it’s just about assistant coaches or other people. It’s also about their players, and when their players get it, they can certainly be a big asset to us because we come in the dressing room, we give them the message that we need to give them, but it has to be reinforced by players. And Mark [Recchi] has always been the on who, one of many in that dressing room that’s done that. So he’s been a really valuable asset to our hockey club and he’ got a lot of things to back it up with.

On how much momentum they can take from their win in Vancouver in February…
Well I know we went in there and played a pretty solid game, but also we played a pretty solid game the last game we played here. So we can look at what we’ve done closer to the next game as very similar to what we did when we played Vancouver. And there weren’t many mistakes in that game either and we played our game, played tight checking and forecheck and were a physical team and really battled hard against those guys. And that’s what is going to have to happen, there is a lot of skill, there is a lot of speed. Their backend has a lot of versatility and they love to carry the puck up the ice a lot. So they are a pretty potent team and obviously they thrive on their power play. So we are going to have to be a physical team but we are also going to have to be a very disciplined team.   

On having four players skate on the gold line in practice today…
Well I knew that question was going to come up and I even said it before practice. I said four golds, somebody is going to ask me about it. No, I think the one thing I tried to do was with, I’m going call them merlot because they want to be called merlot. They don’t get the same amount of ice time those others do. And with Thorty [Shawn Thornton] not having played, I think it was important for them to get a regular turn at practice. And those other guys play a lot. Whether it’s Mark [Recchi] who we like to give a rest to at times, or Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] who plays a lot, so kind of rotate through that. So I wouldn’t read more into it than it was. That’s the reason we did that.   

On the people dressed in green who taunt players in the penalty box in Vancouver…
Well I think our guys sent an e-mail asking for the other one that was there to replace them. [Laughter] I think that’s what the guys wanted. So it will be interesting to see, yeah the one not dressed in green, not dressed at all for that matter. But no, I think those are things that, I think it’s great for hockey, personally. As long as they don’t go overboard and they are trying to be funny. As a player, if I was a player and I was in the penalty box and they were there, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It certainly wouldn’t take my focus off the game. And to me, as long as they don’t cross the line, I think it’s great. It’s entertainment and every rink has its identity, and for them right now, they seem to be retaining all the attention. So we’ll see who sits next to the penalty box when we get there.  


BOSTON BRUINS MEDIA AVAILABILITY QUOTES
Sunday, May 29, 2011


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On this being a tough match up for the Bruins…
Well I mean it’s been nice so far and obviously you know, it’s been a lot of fun the way the last few games have ended. But you know it’s a great feeling around the room right now it’s everyone is excited. You know as we should, we’re going to the Stanley Cup Finals. And there’s twenty-eight teams who would love to be in our position and you know we have a chance of a lifetime.

On his reaction to being the first guy in history to score two game-winning goals in the playoffs…
Yeah I mean I really didn’t know that was anything. But I mean it’s definitely special for me to be able to do that and help my team win. And it’s, you know there’s nothing like scoring in overtime or you know a game winner to move on to the next round and you know it’s, like I’ve said all along it’s definitely hard to describe how good of a feeling that feels.

On how his success has validated his career and what it means to him…
It’s meant a lot. I mean it’s been really a lot of fun to play here and being in front of this, these fans, this situation. I mean this is, this is I think when you do think of growing up and being a hockey player this is how you want to think about it. And I mean it doesn’t get any better than this. It’s not only going to the Stanley Cup Finals, but I mean the whole year has been unbelievable. It’s such a change from what I was used to. It’s you know it’s crazy; it’s a hockey market. And you know it’s exciting.

On if it matters that the Bruins are the underdog going into the series…
Well I don’t think it really matters. I mean anything can happen and you know I think in the past teams have done, they’ve been the underdog and they won so it doesn’t, I don’t think it really matters. I don’t think at each, any player on their team or our team really thinks about that. It’s all about winning and you know it’s going to be whoever puts in the best effort.

On what he has done to keep his excitement even keeled…
Yeah I mean the first couple of games I didn’t experience it and I was just told about it. So I mean once I got there I was a little bit nervous and I just tried to do too much. But I think, you know after playing and you know the first round playing game seven you know going through it with my teammates, really understanding how the playoffs work. And I think I’ve, you know I’ve obviously learned to calm down. I mean anyone says it when you’re a veteran in the playoffs, you learn how to deal with situations. And you know it’s so far so good. I mean I’ve had, we’ve had some opportunities that you know have been tough, but we stuck with it and you know in the end that’s all that matters.

On how difficult it has been to put aside what happened on Friday and begin focusing on the Stanley Cup Finals…
Well, it’s you know we, it’s like you know we’re treating this like another round. It’s nice that we’re going to the Stanley Cup Finals but you know our celebrating is all over with; it’s back to work. And you know it’s not going to be easy on us for sure, the best team in the league we’re playing against so.

On what went through his mind after Friday’s game…
Well it just took a while for you know to get a goal on the board, we were at zero- zero for a while and we had lots of chances. But that feeling you know of getting that goal, it’s obviously goals were tough to come by in that game so we were just hoping that we could play strong in the last few minutes. And really keep that lead that we got.

On how it feels to be doing so well in his first time in the playoffs…
Well it does feel good. I mean you want to contribute as much as you can to your team and to help your team win. And do what you can and so far it’s been going good but you know in the end it really does not matter about points people. You know you do want to contribute and you know I think there’s every player on the team, every player is a little piece of the puzzle and I don’t think anything can happen if everyone’s not going.

On the addition of Thomas Kaberle, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to the team before the trade deadline…
Well yeah I mean. These three guys that we got, obviously they are special players. And you know when they came you could just see the difference and see how good they really are. And we’re definitely lucky to have them, and there’s pieces that we needed and you know they have helped us out a lot.

On if he found out anything about himself, or just had the opportunity to show something he already knew about himself in the playoffs…
Well, I mean like I said I haven’t been through it. So, but I always wanted to, I always knew I had more in me and I, you know just always keep with it and stick with it. And you know when you’re involved in such a good situation like I am with the great teammates that we have. It’s, you know it’s exciting to be in this spot with them.

On what the city has been like the past couple of days for him…
You know it really is, it’s everyone watches it seems. You know it’s, Boston is a sports place and they are definitely tuning into games. You can tell because anywhere you go you’re getting, everyone is shaking your hands. And you know hopefully we can win it for ourselves and win it for the fans and the history of the Boston Bruins.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On converting friends in Vancouver to Bruins fans in the last 48 hours…
Yeah, I mean, obviously everyone’s excited back home. They’re excited for us and for myself that we get the chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals here and like I said, it was funny, they told me all my friends went out that Friday night cheering “Let’s Go Bruins” in downtown Vancouver. That was pretty cool to hear from them. Like I said after the game it’s a special feeling to be able to have this opportunity but going into it feels the same as going into any other series, so we’re treating it the same way we’re going about things like we have all season long and we’re looking forward to it.

On personal success in past games in Vancouver…
Yeah for sure, there’s always that adrenaline. Last game and the first time I played in Vancouver against the Canucks you kind of get that nervous little butterfly feeling in your stomach playing there and I’m sure it’s going to start that way too but I just have fun I guess when I’m playing at home. You know it’s always special to be able to play in front of your parents and your family, you know, and I just try to make them proud.

On if he ever imagined being in this position…
Nope. Never imagined but its great. It really is a great feeling to be in this position no matter who were playing against or what team I’m on.

On the team getting the Tampa series behind them…
You know I think we definitely thought about it a little bit yesterday and obviously after the game and we knew how tough of a grind that series was and you know, they played real well and it was a fun, good, hard-fought series, but like every series you forget about it pretty quickly, the last one, and you move on and start thinking about the next one. Like I said everyone here is going about it the same way we have going into every other series and like I said, we’re just excited for it.

On the expectations to win by Canuck fans in Vancouver, if it affects him, being from that area…
No not really. Obviously I know what it’s like there. In Vancouver there’s a buzz in that city like never before. Everyone’s excited and the city is real confident in the team that they have and I think that’s what’s going to make this series an even better series. We feel it around here even in Boston, how the fans are into it and how much the fans have enjoyed our success so far through the playoffs. To be able to go from Vancouver to Boston and have this as the Stanley Cup Final just will make it that much more of a special series and it will create a rivalry between the two teams a lot quicker when the cities are buzzing like that.

On ticket requests…
I just tell everyone, ‘Stubhub.com.’ That’s your best option, don’t come to me.

On the appreciation for the Bruins’ accomplishments in the city of Boston…
You know I definitely got a feeling of it yesterday. Me and Johnny Boychuk, we went for lunch yesterday and everyone was cheering when we left the restaurant so that was cool. From when I first came here, obviously you know the Bruins were kind of in the bottom of the standings and everyone was cheering for the other three teams that were here and they kind of the forgot about the Bruins and it’s been a long time since they’ve been in the position and you know, you can see how special it is to this city that we’ve been able to get here. Walking around yesterday you could see everyone’s Red Sox hat was replaced by a Bruins hat and that was really cool to see and it means a lot, and we want to do whatever we can to do it for our fans because we really feel like they do deserve it.

On his perception of the Sedins and the Canucks…
Oh yeah, for sure, I remember when they were taken second and third overall. They look a lot of heat, I remember, as young guys for being soft and whatever. But I don’t think they’re soft at all. You look at them, I think Daniel Sedin missed a few games last year with a broken foot and other than that they’ve played almost every game.  I’ve watched them grow as superstars in the NHL and it will be cool to play against those two.

On line-mate, Nathan Horton
He’s a lot of fun to play with that’s for sure. He’s definitely stepped up his game and played well for us here in the playoffs. Everyone was asking the question, ‘as a playoff rookie how is he going to respond to the pressures of playing in the playoffs.’ You know, we’re kind of the same, we’re always smiling and having a good time and I think that’s why we’ve had success as a line. All three of us feed off each other and we have a lot of fun when were out there, and it’s been great to see what he’s been able to do ever since he’s come to Boston.
 
On the acquisitions of Kelly, Peverley and Kaberle…
We knew when those trades were made that we had special players. Obviously, [Chris] Kelly has been to this position before with the Ottawa Senators and [Tomas] Kaberle obviously spent a long time in Toronto and was looking for a change and [Rich] Peverley has been a great fit. I think he had 55 points the season before, so for him to come in and do what he’s done it’s been great. All three guys have been a key part of us getting to this point and you know, we can’t stop here.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BREIFING AT 12:30 PM
On the excitement level around the team…
I think they’re obviously handling it very well. We’re obviously excited to be here. This is a position that we’ve wanted to be in since the beginning of the year. Having said that, I think we’re also aware of what has to be done for is to make it even better, and we’re really doing a good job of staying focused, and doing the things that we have to do here to prepare.

On how quickly he moved from celebration to preparation…
The next day, obviously. It was important for us to enjoy the moment. I think that’s, if you’re going to remember those kind of things, you have to enjoy the moment. And for me, it took me a long time to get to sleep that night, certainly for the right reason, not the wrong one. But the next day was back to work thinking about what you had to do here. We had already started doing our preparation for the Vancouver team and today was just one step in that direction.

On Nathan Horton bringing a lot to the Bruins in the playoffs…
Yeah he has, and I think what I’ve noticed from Nathan [Horton] is how he’s grown through the season. And he came to us and really excited to be here in Boston and we saw the effects of that. And then he kind of hit a little bit of a lull in the season, but like from the second half of the season on he just seemed to, not just what he brought to the scoresheet, but his attitude, his approach to games. He was a really consistent player. He’s big, strong, physical, he brought that element as well, and he just seemed to find chemistry there on that line with [David] Krejci and [Milan] Lucic. And that line, when it’s at its best, is a real good line for us. But he’s brought a lot. I think when I say he’s grown as a player, and he’s brought that maturity level that you need in a player in order to be able to rely on him game in, game out. I think that’s where I saw the big difference in Nathan [Horton], in that part of his game. And he was accused I guess, or criticized a lot for that in the past, and he hasn’t disappointed us in regards to being the consistent player.

On the feeling in the city with the B’s in the Cup Final…
Well I think it’s great. I mean, we’re paid to do this job. But we’re also, the thing behind our job is the fact that you’re doing it because you’re representing a city. And we’re representing our fans. That’s what we do, and we understand it’s hard work, and there’s a lot of sacrifices to be made. But at the end of the day, you did it for them. And they’re the ones that are coming in to see us and they’re the ones that are paying to watch us play, and this is the process of it all. And when you can walk out of this building here and see how excited the city was, which was the case the other night, you’re certainly happy. I think that’s where we’re at right now. We’re proud of what we accomplished, but also realize that we haven’t finished the job yet and we still have lot of work ahead of us.

On Tyler Seguin’s maturity and growth and how he played as well as he did in Game 7…
Yeah, I think what we saw from Tyler to me anyway I think he’s grown a lot from the end of the regular season to that first game he played in the playoffs. And whatever the reasons are we tried to handle it the best we could and him being around the team and warm-ups and then when he got his chance I think he took advantage of it. But I see a more confident Tyler in the playoffs. As he also mentioned, he’s going to areas where before he was going there but probably not going in there with lots of confidence. And I think the fact that he’s got that confidence, he’s skating a lot better, he’s confident in making some plays. And for that reason he was kept in the lineup. I mean to certain people you’re to look at his game and say, well he’s got those six points but didn’t produce. But that’s not an issue with us. I think what we look at when we look at Tyler’s, what he brings on a nightly basis shift by shift. And even though he hadn’t scored, he still created some plays, he still created some opportunities. And that’s what you need from him. So he’s been good and we’ve had to take somebody out of the lineup to make room for him that also deserves to be in there. And I think the whole situation hasn’t been easy, but our guys have handled it like real pros and it’s about the team right now. And we’re happy with what he’s brought and how it’s been handled.

On what it means to the players and to him that Jeremy Jacobs talked to the team today…
Well I think it meant a lot. I was happy that he did take the time to speak to our team. We don’t see him much during the regular season. He comes and watches games but he certainly is not one of those owners that will interfere and then come down much. So that’s his personality and it’s his style and we respect that. But when he does come in like he did today and address the team, everybody was happy to hear from him. And he’s a person that obviously speaks his mind as far as he told us that he was very proud of our group. And for a person that we don’t hear much from, I think it was a great message today for our players. And I know that our guys walked out and were really happy to see him and to hear from him.

On if it is helpful that most of the team faced Vancouver in the regular season and on the similarities between Vancouver and other teams the Bruins have faced in the playoffs…
I think there’s some similarities, but again they were the best team in the league as far as accomplishing, winning the President’s Trophy, goals for, against and a lot of areas where they were very good. So they have a lot of depth. They’ve got some good balance on that hockey club. But as far as similarities, I think playing Montreal and even Tampa Bay with they, as far as their counter-attack and their speed and trying to stretch us out, Vancouver will do that. They have some guys that as soon as you turn the puck over they got a quick counter and those guys take off. And there’s some similarities there but we’ll have to make some adjustments in other areas, but it won’t all be new to us. And we’ve seen them enough so far in the playoffs to know that they’re a very committed group and that what we did in Game Seven against Tampa we’re going to have to duplicate in most of those games coming up.

On how impressed he is with the way Patrice Bergeron has raised his compete level in the playoffs…
Well how can you not be? I think like you said he’s a very committed individual when it comes to the game. He’s very disciplined and got a bit of a scare at the end of the Philly series. But he’s felt good, he’s looked good. His first game back, he didn’t look like he missed a day. And he’s been a real reliable player. For me, when we lost him for those first two games, I compared it to Vancouver losing [Ryan] Kesler and what he means to that team. And to me that was a comparable of the impact that he has on our team. And right now we’ve got two of those types of players that play a real good two-way game going to be playing each other. So it’s nice to see that he’s back. It’s been probably, I’m sure that his return in the Tampa series certainly had an impact with the, as far as getting into I should say into Tampa’s heads. They just boosted their team up like [Simon] Gagne did when he came back with Philly last year. He added an element to that team that made it hard for us to be able to counter.

On the importance of keeping the score low against Vancouver…
Well it is to a certain extent. But I mean, we don’t go into a series saying ‘hey guys we just have to sit back here, we have to keep the score down low.’ We go in there bringing the attention to details we still have to score to win hockey game, so you still have to do that job at both ends. I thought we did a great job the last time we were in Vancouver about how we played the game. It was a tight game through it all and finally Looch [Milan Lucic] scored the winner and we got an empty-netter from I think Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] at the time, but it was one of those tight games. And I think we just have to make sure that we don’t give them too much space. When you give the Sedin’s [Henrik and Daniel Sedin] the room that they need, and there are other guys on that team that can certainly score. Their backend, they have some players that can shoot the puck really well, so we have to be willing to get into those shooting lanes as well. So it’s more about attention to detail and if we do that well, you hope that your game offensively will take over and we’re used to playing those types of games and we don’t expect that to change.

On the impact Tomas Kaberle, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly have had on the team…
Well I think they’ve been great assets to our hockey club, they fit into the areas where we needed some help. And whether [Chris] Kelly and [Rich] Peverley, they’ve all, both of those guys have switched from center to wing and vice versa, depending on the situation, depending what we needed out of them. And even saw Peverley slide down to fourth line, but not necessarily seen as a fourth line player. He was utilized on different lines in different situations. So those guys have really filled in a really good role for our hockey club. You saw them on the ice the last two games that we had to protect that lead with [Patrice] Bergeron. And they had some speed, they add some real smarts to the game as far as forechecking and ready to play. And I think to me it’s given me some, I guess some confidence in having certain players out there in certain stages of the game. And those two guys have certainly helped us fill that role. I think in Tomas’[Kaberle] case, I think they’ve been, people have been maybe overcritical of him because the minute he makes a mistake, we have a tendency to jump on him, but I thought he played a real good game last game. We didn’t get the power plays, so maybe his ice time was limited a little bit, but he played well. We seem to go back to that game where two of the goals were blamed on him. Which one of them he was partly responsible, the other one I don’t know how they could ever blame him on. But you know, he’s a player to me that has brought an element that we needed, puck moving, good puck movement from the back end. He’s one of those guys that will find the seams and make a good direct pass to our players. And he’s been good that way and I know he’s been a lot more competitive than maybe people give him credit for. I’ve seen him block shots, I’ve seen him battle hard in the corners. So he’s been a good element, maybe sometimes the expectations are a little too high and we have a tendency to get on a guy like that. But I know from our dressing room and from our players’ perspective and coaches’ perspective, we like him. And the one thing we’ve tried to do is really encourage him and give him our support so criticism from the outside doesn’t become too heavy on his shoulders. 

On at what point in his coaching career he realized the importance of communication…
Well I’d have to say that’s, to me I’ve felt that’s been one of my strengths as a coach growing up in the coaching era. I kind of caught on to that being a player and looking around sometimes and you say ‘you know this guy here doesn’t really know what he has to do because he hasn’t been told, no one has talked to him. They left him on his own’. And I’ve taken the time throughout these playoffs here to go in and talk to the so-called ‘Black Aces.’ I’ve gone in there and ‘how are you guys doing?’ You know, make sure you stay sharp because if something happens you could be called upon anytime.’ It was important for me to also let them know that I want them to be part of our team. And anything that is happening, team meals, celebration after the games, I want them part of it. And I think that’s a really important thing that a coach has to do with his players. And every day you are talking to individuals and you are making sure they understand the situations. But having said that it doesn’t mean that just because you speak to them doesn’t mean it’s going to end up being a great conversation. Because anytime you tell a player he’s not playing, he may understand but it’s certainly not what he wants. And if he’s disappointed and he walks out of your office not happy, it doesn’t mean you failed. You’ve done your job, you’ve been honest. And if a guy walked out of my office, ‘hey don’t worry about it coach, no problem’ and happy then I’d be disappointed. So when something like that happens, somebody has to be disappointed and you’d rather it be the player that really wants to play than the coach seeing a guy content with what he’s being told. 

On if the reason they have been so successful in five on five is because of the game plan…
Well I mean this is what we do as coaches. We watch game tapes and we review games and we see where those kind of edges can be. And how we have to I guess adjust game by game. And the last game, the thing that we talked about five on five was again creating more scoring chances. I guess we were disappointed as a group that game five and six only having created twenty shots. And we’re a team that will shoot at least close to thirty shots a game. So we had to find a way to get more shots on net and part of it was our approach, but also part of it was places where we thought we could get in with more ease than we had. Part of it was keeping that team on their heels. Tampa knew that we rimmed a lot of pucks, and teams that didn’t want to do that in the playoffs and the playoffs before realized that they turned a lot of pucks over. And Tampa was very good at taking advantage of it. So we had to make sure that we didn’t create too many turnovers, but at the same time we felt that we could skate the puck in when they anticipated maybe a rim in. And the winning goal turned out to be just that. We wanted to make sure that we used different typed of entries and some of them were soft chips on the forward’s side because he doesn’t pivot as well as the defenseman would. And we used those kind of entries to kind of keep them on their heels a little bit more in game seven turned out to be a really help because as I mentioned our winning goal was because of that.

On his thoughts on the match up with Alain Vigneault…
Well yeah, I mean hey we’re going to find everything we can as far as how can we build a story. Alain and I are from the Ottawa area, we ended up playing together in the St. Louis organization as a twenty, twenty-one year old. We were actually good friends and hung around a lot and our path went different ways. But we always come back to the city in the summertime and will bump into each other once and a while. But we also text each other during the season and now throughout the playoffs we kind of were cheering for each other because we felt that throughout our career and what we’re going through actually here in Boston and him in Vancouver expectations are high. And to be able to get through all of that and meet in the finals is great. But right now that’s where it ends. We’re both here and right now both have a job to do and I guess the next time we talk will be after it’s all said and done. But he’s a good friend of mine and right now we understand what’s at stake and right now my loyalty is to the Boston Bruins and his loyalty is to the Vancouver Canucks.


BOSTON BRUINS OWNER & GOVERNOR JEREMY M. JACOBS
On his thoughts on his team finally reaching the Stanley Cup Final…
I’ve got the stats down, I know that. You can’t have any more pride than I enjoy this morning. And I feel just very lucky and very fortunate to be where I am. As a fan, as a principal, as a fan, as custodian of a great franchise, this is a wonderful, wonderful experience. I think I’m very lucky to have the leadership both on the ice and in the back of the house so to speak. I can’t speak enough for the total organization and how it’s moved forward. I’m just, I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved. And it’s really, as a fan you look at it and you say look what happened Friday night in this building. And it’s what this city deserves and it’s what this fan base is long overdue. And I just commend the guys on the ice for what they got done.

On what has been the difference with the team that has enabled them to reach the Stanley Cup Final…
I think that Peter [Chiarelli] has put together a dream team, his dream and as he saw it within the parameters that they have to work. I think Cam [Neely] has shown great understanding of the, of hockey. And this is a great city to play hockey in and that probably is coalesced. You’ve got a coach that is a players’ coach whose outstanding leadership, I mean he really represents, you have to admire the way when things don’t go your way he doesn’t say woe is me, which we’ve saw throughout the playoffs with some people. He says we got to get down, we got to work harder. And I think that’s just a wonderful attribute. I think it plays well to the players. They know that they have to work hard to be successful. And look at Friday night, one goal game, could have gone either way. No regrets, but t was a wonderful experience to see that it went the way it should go. The Bruins shouldn’t lose; it’s a great team.

On how important it is from a league sense that a franchise such as the Bruins is in the spotlight…
I want to tell them it’s all-important. The league wants to see the two best teams in the finals. The two that earned their way there whether they’re expansion or whether they’re original. From a media standpoint, clearly the history of a Bruins location, a Boston original six, is very, very important I think. Look at the numbers that VERSUS drew. I think it was during the, I think it was the Tampa game. I think that VERSUS drew a sixteen or something. They led the market in one of the other shows that were usually lead the market, they led the market that night. So I think it’s great that they can demand that kind of presence in the market and a big market like Boston is and a historic market. And I think it bodes well for us. And having two big metro areas in Boston and Vancouver is probably very important to them. But I’m speculating, as an honor of Boston I think that Boston should be here. I think if you ask anybody else they think their team should be there. I always make the observation that at the beginning of the year there is thirty teams and they all want to win the Stanley Cup. To be down to the final two, it’s rarefied air.

On how much this Stanley Cup Final validates what he has been trying to do throughout the entire organization over the last few years…
It validates it. It does validate that we’re filling the holes with the right people and bringing the right organization together. It validates the quality of the management and the leadership. But the leadership, not just at the top but throughout the organization. From the player on the ice, you take Zdeno Chara. His leadership is indispensable. You take a Peter or a Claude [Julien] holding to his discipline and all that he brings to it that a Peter does and then a Cam. I think the organization from the top to bottom has evolved into a singular objective. They coalesced. And I think it’s, I’m very proud of them. I’m very proud of what they’ve accomplished.


On his emotions when they were down 0-2 to Montreal…
I was disappointed we were down two-oh. But I had a lot of confidence in our team but I have to tell you when you’re down two oh you got to be concerned about whether or not you can pull that off. And to go into Montreal and win the next two, well that was very refreshing. And then to wind up in the seventh game overtime, it could have gone either way. It really could have, that’s hockey. I think we learned a lot more about ourselves because we did go on. And I think that was important to see what we’re made of and for the players and everybody to recognize, this team knows how to reach down deep and reach down and get it and garner a win. Going through, getting into the playoffs, I remember we went to Montreal and we lost it in Montreal. Then to come back the following year and beat them the following year and move on to the next level and then lose to Philadelphia. These are life experiences that we’ve taken to heart, we’ve grown with. And this is not an overnight wonder. This is a team that has evolved and built on their experience, both good and bad. And that’s very apparent to me to watch them grow the way they have. I couldn’t be happier than I am right now. And I don’t want to be dismissive of anybody that has contributed here. Because each one of these guys, you look a twenty-eight minutes of Chara and [Dennis] Seidenberg, people like that. This is tough, tough hockey at its very basics. That game, the game on Friday night from a fan standpoint was the penultimate of great hockey games. One nothing, I mean it wasn’t that it was one nothing, it was the way it was played. No penalties, everything going straight forward, everybody thinking about that penalty could cost us this series. So I think it was disciplined hockey at its best. And it was, you had to dig deep. And I thought it was great hockey. This city thought it was great hockey. That’s more important than me, than anything else that validates, that the fans came out the way they did and that they responded the way they did. I couldn’t have been more please with it. I imagine you couldn’t have been more pleased either. I mean each of us must have loved that.

On his emotions during Friday night’s game…
Exhausting. I hadn’t been that tired in a long time. And I haven’t slept for three days afterwards so that doesn’t speak well that the exhaustion helped me. But it was wonderful. It was a wonderful experience, I loved the game, I think everyone else was probably equally tired. But I felt it was so important for us to do our best, to show our best and I think we did. And I keep, no matter how that came out, nobody could feel that they left anything in their bag of energy. I think it was all out there on the ice and that was very apparent to me. And I think we tried our hardest. This was a great team we beat. Make no mistake, there is no looking down at who our opposition was. We were probably pretty equal and it was a great experience. 

On if he spoke to the team today…
Oh I did, yeah I did. You have to, why wouldn’t you? I can, that’s great, they listen to me, which is unusual, most people won’t. No it was a great experience to visit with them and to understand the ambition that I share with them. Our ambition is to go and win the Stanley Cup. And like I say, we were in Prague one hundred games ago, one hundred games these guys have skated. There is a common bond now that exists between everybody. You really built an organization, and I say a hockey organization, a player organization. The athletes are all committed to a central point, and that is a wonderful thing to see and a wonderful place to be. 

On seeing the spoked-B all over Boston…
It’s, it’s very gratifying to see the ‘B’ out there, the spoked-B. Fortunately there is no place I can walk in my house with my kids and not see the spoked-B. If it’s not on their underwear, it’s on their t-shirts or their pajamas or whatever it is. So I see a lot of spoked-Bs. When I, I was saying to, sharing this observation, I have six children. I see my six children in family pictures or at a Bruins game. So it’s a really important, it was one of the few times in my life that I get all six, they’re spread out all over the country, they’re here. And it’s a gratification that I enjoy. So when you look at the spoked-B, in my life it’s hard to get away from. When you see the spoked-B, that speaks to the fan and the fan interest, and that speaks to what Friday night’s game was about. I mean the fan interest, the way they came out, the way they recognized great hockey, that I appreciate more than anything. That were able to give them a show and give them their team, the kind of quality they deserved.

On what Cam Neely has brought to the organization…
You know, it’s so, I think it’s terribly apparent. Cam [Neely] is a great local leader, he gives of himself to charities and to the community. But he comes here because of his, he’s considered to be, and he is a great hockey personality. He brings history, he brings somebody, an icon, he brings somebody that you look at and you say ‘that’s what a Bruin is.’ And he says that in volumes. We can describe it, we can talk about it and I just, I look at a guy like [Milan] Lucic when he was a rookie and he came out and he hit. You knew he was out there, he hit hard, and you said ‘that’s what a Bruin should be like.’ Well Cam is that and then some. Because he represents the history of the sport, the history of the game. We always said when he was on the ice, you knew one thing. It was going to be serious hockey, you knew you stand a good chance of scoring a goal and winning. And he does that at a team level now, he does that at an organizational level. And I think these historic franchises like Boston, appreciate and understand that.  That’s how I visualize it. He brings a lot of wisdom a lot of leadership.

On his vision for the franchise and the league going forward…
I’m extremely proud to own this franchise. And I think I’m, in a sense I’m, I use the word custodian, of a great civic asset here. And I, we’re in good shape, the family is fortunately in a position where we can continue to own this franchise for generations going forward. I think we will continue to be in that position. I think the environment, and the sprit is such that we will see this to continue to be energized forward from within. We have brought great stability to this franchise. This franchise has been here under the Jacobs family for thirty-six years and I would be proud if we could say it could stay there for the nest 36 years. My son Charlie [Jacobs] is here, you all know him, he plays a role with this club. He understands the way you own, or you have this custodianship, you professionally operate it, you don’t make it a play toy of yours. It’s an important asset for you, and I have to tell you that the two guys you just mentioned, Jeff Vinik and Terry Pegula are great owners. We are very very fortunate to have them right now, they treat their franchises professionally and they’ve got the wherewithal to support it. And I’m proud to see them and I’m proud of where we are. And I’m proud of the fact that my family is so dedicated to this. That was the point I was trying to being out really earlier. How this is not a Jerry Jacobs, this is my six children and my eighteen grandchildren and my great grandchild and all the rest, there is just a total family commitment to this board.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2:00 PM
On how happy he is for Zdeno Chara and what his skills throughout the playoffs have been…
I’m very happy for Zdeno [Chara]. Obviously we’ve been together part of both our tenures here. We went to one conference final with Ottawa and lost, I can’t even remember if it was six or seven. That was a bit of painful memory. I think it was game seven. And we just kind of connected briefly after last night’s game and I could see a little bit of a twinkle in his eye. And it was kind of a special moment for me to share that moment with him. He’s, I can’t say enough about him as a player. His defensive impact on the game. I think this series you saw him try and do a little more offensively on his own and at clutch times, so that was for me, the was him stepping up. His leadership abilities have grown exponentially. And it’s a testament to European players that there are two European captains in this final. So I can’t say enough about Zee [Zdeno Chara] and the impact that he has in the locker room and on the ice.

On his reaction to last night’s game and what his reflections have been since the game ended…
Well obviously there was happiness when the time expired, at first when Nathan [Horton] scored that goal and secondly when the time expired. It was a special feeling. You look over and see the ice, see these guys and watch how they celebrate, how they, how emotional they are. And you look to each, you try to see each of them to see how they would react. And it was just, you felt good for them, you really felt good for them. I genuinely felt a very strong and positively for them. You felt happy for them. That’s how I felt. Then immediately after that feeling passed, I realized that we have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. And I’m still feeling that today. That’s a great feeling. You wake up the next morning, and actually I was just talking to the assistant GM over in Vancouver this morning, and they still haven’t quite gotten over that feeling too. So it’s a tremendous feeling and it’s a feeling of anticipation and excitement.

On the Vancouver-Boston match up and what the keys are going to be to the series…
That game was one of the best games I’ve seen, the game that we played against them, one of the best games that we’ve played throughout the year. For them, I think they were in a bit of a funk. I had seen them the game before up there and it’s all-relative. Their funk is a top twenty-five percent team, top quartile team. Obviously they’ve got the Sedins. And they’ve played a lot below the goal line, and I think we match up well in that sense because we’re strong defensively. We’ve got some big bodies on defense. And we cover well below the goal line. Now they’re magical sometimes those guys so they’re always dangerous. Their D is strong, I don’t know who they’re getting back. I know [Christian] Ehrhoff has been hurt. And the last pair was, I think it was [Christopher] Tanev and [Keith] Ballard, their five-six pair. But historically throughout the year, their D has been the strength of their team. From the puck-moving perspective, you’ve got the [Alexander] Edlers, the [Kevin] Bieksas, the [Sami] Salos. They can all move the puck and shoot a puck. And of course Ryan Kesler has had a terrific playoffs. He is a similar player to Patrice [Bergeron]. So there’s a lot of similarities. Obviously you’ve got the goalies. There’s a lot of similarities. I think they’re more of a puck-possession team than us. Obviously their special teams are better. Their power play is better and they throw it around pretty good. But we, I think we match up size-wise, like you saw in the game last night, as the game went on, and I could feel this too, as the game went on, you got the sense that you are going to wear them down and something good was going to happen if you just kept kind of them same process, the same system, the same approach. Pucks deep, get behind the D. And I think the same can apply o these guys. So that’s, without giving away completely our game plan, that’s how I see us matching up.

On if the success of other Boston teams has been at the back of his mind and what his reaction has been to that…
Yeah, it certainly has been, it hasn’t been in the back of my mind, it’s been in the forefront of my mind and the players and the rest of our group. You obviously can’t avoid it. And I’ve become cheerleaders of these other teams, like coming into Boston my favorite teams, the Sox have always been my favorite baseball team. But the other two teams [Celtics and Patriots], they weren’t but now they are. So you follow them, you cheer for them. At the same time, the standard that they’ve set gets higher and higher. So you recognize that your job is harder. So it’s a bit of a catch-twenty two. But certainly to have the championships that this city has, it’s, I think it is a good accomplishment.

On if people have asked him about that in the last few hours…
Not really but I mean it seems to creep in to any interview that I have. I haven’t really had any in the last few hours. But and justifiably so. Like the teams here have been terrific over a good period of time. So it helps the team put things in perspective too. Like Claude [Julien] talking to the group after the game, like enjoy this but we got four more wins we got to get. So enjoy this but then let’s get back to work on Sunday.

On the impact Dennis Seidenberg has had through the playoffs…
Last night I think he had the best game I’ve seen him play. He was a horse last night. And then you couple him with Zee and I mean you’ve got a tremendous shutdown pair. And the fact that he can play, and this is common for European players that they play the offside, to be a shutdown guy, to make the plays on the wall with his backhand in the offensive zone and the defensive zone. That’s a terrific accomplishment. He’s just so strong and he makes the right play. Strong on the puck, I don’t know how often you’ve seen him lose a puck battle this series. I mean obviously we’ve had a couple of funky games. But he actually, he had a couple games like that with Carolina and then last year he kind of fell through the cracks a little bit. But he’s confident now. He’s a strong, strong player. He’s thick and like he can log those minutes, like those twenty-five plus minutes and recover very quickly. So very valuable piece of the puzzle.

On what Tomas Kaberle has brought to the team…
Well what I know he’s added to the team is, and yes he has been under heat, but what he’s added to the team is something that we didn’t have and something that was hard to find. Almost impossible to find at the trade deadline, and that’s the ability to make strong plays with the puck offensively. That’s the ability to skate into a trap like we saw this past series. I mean that play he made to Michael Ryder in our first series [against Montreal], I think it was game three, I mean there are maybe five players in this league who can make that pass. And who knows if we don’t get that play, who knows where we are going to end up in that series. And that’s when we were down two-nothing in the third game. I’ve seen him skate better this series progressively. So he’s, part of it is because this, the acquisition, the acquiring of him, although it was done at the trade deadline, it seems like it was two years in the making and it was well-publicized, rightfully or wrongfully. So he comes to this city, not, baggage isn’t the right word, but with a history already. And a level of expectation that might be way higher than it should be. But what you can take away from his game, and what is significant for our team, is his ability to slow the play down, to see seams, to make passes. And then you’ve seen some shot-blocking too. But the reason we got him was because we needed that ability, it’s been much publicized about how big our power play, and obviously our power play has struggled, but you can’t blame Tomas Kaberle for that. He’s not, and he’s part of the reason, I’m part of the reason, we’re all part of the reason it’s struggled, and it has to get better. What he’s brought is what we needed and it’s helped our team.

On the trades for Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle…
Yeah, that’s great. They’ve all, I talked about Tomas. With Rich Peverley, I mean you saw both Rich [Peverley] and [Chris] Kelly on the ice in the last shift of the game. They are both very reliable players. Peverley can back the D up with his speed and his moves, we needed some of that.  When we lost Marc Savard he was hard to replace, we had to bring in a couple of things to bolster our forward line-up. And with Kelly, it’s strong two-way play, veteran leadership, he’s been far in the playoffs before, strong character. With Peverley it’s the stuff I talked about. We brought them in early enough where they could assimilate and they were both part of that seven game road winning streak. They were both part of the little dip there after that, but you see how they gel now in the room, you see them grow through the playoffs around the team. And the extra time they spent with the team was good. So they’ve helped, they’ve really helped and each in their own way. And all three of them are a little more veteran too, so that helps.

On Claude Julien’s use of personnel throughout the playoffs…
Well as much as you see the changes that he does on the ice, there is stuff that goes on too behind as far as changing the way a player plays on that specific line and that can be subtle. But I know for a fact that can happen and I’ve seen it before my own eyes this past series. As far as making changes on the ice, he’s, we talked about [Rich] Peverley and [Chris] Kelly, how many times did you see those guys get put onto a line when you needed a faceoff? You put a good defensive situation, something that we’ve all seen, but it was a conscious effort on the part of the coaching staff and the management group, was to get [Zdeno] Chara and [Dennis] Seidenberg those heavier minutes, to really put them in to a strong shut down role. Prior to, I think we made the change after game two, if you go back we made that change after game two. And really, they’ve blossomed and allowed the other D to settle more comfortably into their roles. So, that’s from the defensive perspective. From the forward prospective, you’ve seen Rex [Mark Recchi] get spelled a little bit and then he came back really strong, almost scored the go ahead goal, he head a couple of shot sphere and I thought he was skating well. You see Peverley and those guys switch a little bit and you see [Tyler} Seguin get dropped into certain situations. And he’s another one I know has been a hot button topic. I thought he played really well last night. And he had obviously the great game, I can’t remember what game it was. But he had the great game, and then I thought it dipped a little bit, but the last two games I thought his play has come around again. So he’s moved up the line-up. You see Greg Campbell get up the line-up. So I commend Claude [Julien] and his staff for doing that, it’s a double-edged sword when you hear all the water cooler talk about this and that line combination, we should do this and that. Well often times, the momentum, the capital that you’ve accumulated on a certain line, you can throw it all away by making a certain change too. And I understand that you don’t always have to stick with the same lines and you should. But it’s a fine line and I thought Claude did a good job.

On what he was looking for when he was watching the players celebrate last night…
Well I just was happy for them. I just wanted to see how they were real into it and enthusiastic, and like, Tuukka [Rask] was like mugging about ten guys. I mean that was funny to watch. Tim [Thomas] was, you could see him and Zee [Zdeno Chara], and I just was watching each of their own reaction to the situation.

On if there was anything specific he saw, like Tuukka Rask’s reaction…
Well he was, the reason I noticed him was because he was moving around the most and jumping on guys. So that was just kind of funny.

On if there’s any concern about how muted the Bruins’ celebration was…
Having never been part of a conference champion, no I don’t know if it was less or more than it should be. I liked the touch that he had, that Zee [Zdeno Chara] had, bringing the group around the trophy. I haven’t seen that before. You know it was just a good time. It was a good moment, just for the organization, and it was a feel good moment. So I was able to enjoy that for a little bit.

On if he is surprised at Nathan Horton’s performance in his first playoff appearance…
I guess not because his heart was questioned, that he established himself into a big game player. There’s no connection for me in that. It’s the fact that he hasn’t been in the playoffs, and he’s able to be the clutch player that he has been. He’s got a dimensional shot, and he’s on our top line, so he’s in good spots to do that stuff. But he’s in that spot for a reason. So, you talk about me witnessing and watching the players celebrate, it’s been fun to watch Nathan [Horton] really enjoy himself in these playoffs and really get into it. And there’s a couple of games where he was so, he had so much edge and he was so into it, the one game he had the two penalties, and it’s just fun watching how he adjusts. But that line’s a dangerous line. He’s got a great release and a great shot, and he gets in the right spot. And so, he should be one of the guys that contribute at those clutch times.

On if the coaching staff has matured or developed more urgency this year…
I don’t think maturity is the right word. I’ve seen the ability to change and adapt, and I mean, I guess they grow as a staff. They’ve got Doug in there now, Doug Jarvis, so the maturation is in there a little bit. But this playoff has been about poise. This is the message the staff has been delivering about poise, confidence and composure. And they’ve stuck with that, from up above. As far as the game plan itself, for example for this past series, I mean, we had success against their neutral zone system. And I think it’s fitting that they way we scored the goal was to slice through the way we did. Right through that one-three-one, and what I saw the last two games, more so last night, talking about game plans and adapting, is that they changed how they rimmed it. They stopped rimming it. They made a lot of adjustments to address that one-three-one last night. And ultimately it resulted in a goal to win the series.

On if he was at all concerned that Nathan Horton’s water bottle incident would affect him mentally…
You know that’s an unfortunate incident. I didn’t really focus on it and I didn’t talk to Nathan [Horton] about it. He has been fine. So that issue has been resolved. So no, I didn’t like, those are the types of things that when they happen you get the call and then you deal with them. To fret about them before they happen is I think a bit of a waste of energy.

On if he has any thoughts on any challenges the final schedule might present…
Well the two-game break, the two-day break between games one and two, like it’s, we’re here now, we’re at the dance and you figure it out pretty quickly like maybe before we had a big break between series, and you figure out well we’re not going to have so big a break. We’re relatively healthy. To keep the guys sharp between series, I don’t think that’s going to be too hard. We’re going to be back on the ice tomorrow. We’re going to take off on Monday. So the challenge is travel. And we just came off probably the most travel that we’re going to have in the Eastern Conference against Tampa in seven games. We stayed over, we actually; we had the debate about whether we were going to stay over or not having won game six. So we’re already thinking about rest and recovery and all that because the series will be starting earlier. So the, I guess the two-day break between games one and two, why couldn’t it have been between two and three right? And the building schedules and whatnot, so the travel is going to be the biggest thing. But he five o’clock starts, eight o’clock Eastern Time will help us in that regard too.

On if he believes that good defense can shut down a very talented team and that good pitching means good hitting in skating…
Yes I do, absolutely. That’s part of the plan and we’ve kind of worked from that end out. This year we’ve went in to this year trying to score more goals, but it was always maintaining the defensively side of things. You look at, I’ve been watching those basketball games and the teams that are winning are the best defensive teams. Football games is the same thing. And I know sometimes we get knocked for that, but we have one of the best, we have two of the best defensive players in the league, [Zdeno] Chara and [Tim] Thomas, so why not build around it. That was one of the differences between us and Tampa. They had some of the best offensive players in the league, and that’s not knocking our offensive players. They simply, they did. So you have, you try and build a team, but it’s not necessarily, sometimes it’s what you have you build around it. And vice versa.

On his thoughts about Zdeno Chara’s choice to bring the team around the trophy and what that says about the team…
It says a lot about the team. Because I think not having been there, but Zee’s never been there so he goes up there and you always talk about whether you touch the trophy or not, and you’re probably thinking about a bunch of different things like wow we made it and all this stuff. Well you can tell what’s first on his mind, like let’s get the team up there. And you look at the photo afterwards, it’s a pretty cool photo. And as I said before, like Zee is, he’s growing exponentially as a leader and I’m certain that he would say also that his support group is very strong. And it has been getting stronger as a group. So he’s a very effective and very good leader for this team.



Friday, May 27
Game 7


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Nathan Horton delivering two Game 7 game-winning goals this postseason…
Well he certainly has played like a big-game player, obviously. Overtime goals, game-winning goals. I think for a guy who hasn’t played in the playoffs for many years, he’s certainly kept a lot of energy inside of him and a lot of, obviously excitement to go out there and play the way he did. I thought it was fitting, not just for him, but for our team. I think this was probably one of our better games that we’ve played as far as no big mistakes that I saw in the game. I thought it was a well-played game seven. We had energy, we had confidence, and we certainly had some chances earlier on, but their goaltender was extremely good for them and kept them in the game. But, I thought it was a hard-fought series. Tampa Bay certainly deserves a lot of credit. The fact that where they were before this year, for the last few seasons, and to come back this year and play the way they did and push us right to the limit in the third round of the playoffs, I think they deserve a lot of credit. From the ownership down, they’ve obviously done a pretty good job and they certainly gave us all we could take. So I think, even though they lost, I think they need to be congratulated on their season.

On if when he saw Patrice Bergeron get his feet cut out from under him when he took the puck around Steven Stamkos he decided that this would be a 5-on-5 type of game…
I think so. And rightfully so. We didn’t mind that at all. I think it was, what I liked about the refereeing tonight, is that they let the two teams decide the outcome. I think both teams were very disciplined tonight, even though we could question that call, it didn’t really matter at that point. It was about staying focused and doing the right thing here. I thought, for what this game meant, I thought the referees handled themselves extremely well. And I’m not saying that because we won, I’m saying that even as it was 0-0, I liked the way they were handling it.

On how it feels to take this team to the Finals, given its lack of a “superstar” and the criticism he has received as a coach…
Well, to be honest with you, it doesn’t matter. I’ve said that before. It doesn’t matter what’s being said out there. What matters is what you accomplish. What we’ve accomplished tonight is as a team, we played and the way we won this game is what matters to me. Right now, as you can see, I’m just happy to see those guys smiling in the dressing room. What I care about is those guys in the dressing room. I don’t really care as far as whether it’s negative or positive, I do my job. I’ve said all along, when you take this kind of job, everybody knows who you are, they know what you do, and you’re going to face criticism. That’s okay, as long as you’re doing the job and you know that you’re doing the best that you can and that’s what I’m trying to do. Right now we’re four wins away from winning a Stanley Cup. We understand what’s at stake here and we understand who we’re playing—a really good team that dominated the whole league this year. And we’re going to have to play a lot like we did tonight if we want to give ourselves a chance. Right now that’s what matters to me, is to prepare those guys to face that challenge.

On what he said to his team during their timeout that ignited the fire…
Well basically we had an icing and the guys on the ice weren’t necessarily the guys I’d want against the line that they put out there. So we know that they have set faceoff plays and made sure that everybody knew what their role was on that, and that we had to get the puck out and get a good change. We had to stay focused and after that we had to make sure that we scored that goal and not to panic and stay the course. And I thought we did a good job of that tonight. In the last five minutes, like I said, we just kept getting the puck back out and we kept putting it in deep. Our guys were extremely focused and really disciplined tonight. As I said, I couldn’t have asked for a better game from our team in a game seven.

On how important Johnny Boychuk’s play was against Teddy Purcell’s scoring chance…
Well it was a big second effort and that’s what we needed from our guys tonight. He’s a guy that the game before got criticized for being on the ice for all five goals, but he’s certainly one of those guys that comes to play and plays hard every night and, as I mentioned this morning, I wasn’t going to talk anything that was negative about our hockey club or about our players. And in return, you see the kind of game that this guy gave us tonight. He’s very good for us and it’s nice to see those guys redeem ourselves. Our message to him this morning was that he had to park the stuff that happened in the past and he had to think about what he had to do tonight and he did a great job of that.

On the winning goal and how he coaches that or if he saw it develop…
Yeah I think it was one of those things where they call it a one-three-one. I would rather call it the left-wing lock, that’s what Scotty Bowman, he’s the one that started that. But you know, I liked the way our guys made some decisions tonight as far as knowing when to run it in and sometimes even pass if we had guys going with speed. So we used different entries tonight, which was obviously to keep them on their heels and I think that was a great play. We walked the puck in and obviously Dave [Krejci] made a great play hanging on to it and Horts [Nathan Horton] went to the net. When you’ve got a guy like Dave Krejci who’s got the puck, he normally finds those guys and he made a great pass to Horton. We drove the net, we did what we were supposed to do and we were patient with the puck. So it wasn’t always about rimming the puck in and our guys chose a real good time here to make that pass and walk in.

On the team’s persistence and character…
Well, first of all, we knew we had to play a sixty-minute game tonight. There couldn’t be a ten-minute lapse in our game. In game seven, you got to be so focused. Our guys did a great job. I thought after fourty minutes, and the amount of shots we had and some of the scoring chances we had, I know from the bench, one time it hit him in the mask, next time it hit him in the shoulder, and we had to stay with it. I think what Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Looch [Milan Lucic] were talking about, even after two periods, guys didn’t get discouraged and they just had to keep going. When I walked into the room before the third period, I really didn’t have much to say because I could hear what they were talking about and they were bang-on. It was clear, it was direct, it was what you wanted to hear from your players. So I came in and just said a couple of things. I just basically said, ‘We shouldn’t have to change anything, we just have to stick with it and eventually we’ll get rewarded.’ And that’s what happened. But the guys had the right mindset tonight. They stuck with it and we found a way to get that goal.

On Tim Thomas’ performance and how rewarding it is, given his long career…
Well there are two things. I mean, he’s not getting any younger, right? I think everybody knows that, I think he knows that. But one thing I can say is he’s getting better. So sometimes we talk about aging, and basically in his case, he’s getting better. It’s an area where I don’t think Timmy’s [ Tim Thomas] had an opportunity to go to and it means a lot to him and we played extremely well in front of him, but he still had to make some good saves, some important saves, and he made those. Our goal tonight was not to just rely on Timmy [Thomas] to win us a game, we had to do it as a team. I think our guys responded well, Timmy made the saves he had to make and it’s very fitting for him to get a shut-out in a game like that, because he’s been good for us all year and he’s deserving of all the good things that are happening to him.

On the versatility of the defense and their ability to take Tampa Bay out of their speed game and if that was part of the strategy…
No, that was part of the game plan. I think we’ve talked about that most of the series. Whether that happened all the time or not, that’s another issue. But the one thing we wanted to do was really take away their time and space. We always encourage our D’s to close the gap, and if we close the gap, we took away some of their space, and by closing the gap, we’re also in really good position to throw our body around. Our guys battled hard tonight. I thought our forwards did a great job of directing them in the area that we wanted to direct them, and like I said earlier, it was a really good team effort. We’re a team that can play physical and we were tonight, but we were disciplined in our physical play and that was important as well.

On if there’s some personal validation in staying the course through some tough media criticism…
Yeah, I don’t know if you were here earlier, but I answered that question. To me, staying the course is what I’m going to do right until the end. And it doesn’t really matter. I’ve said that before. What matters to me is what’s inside that locker room and I care about those guys, I care about the success, and what’s inside that dressing room is important and I care about our fans. So our fans deserve what’s happening right now and hopefully we can get them better than what we did tonight—and that’s come back with the Cup. I’m repeating myself, but when you’re in this job, you’ve got to be ready to take criticism. As much as I’m getting criticism, I’m also getting a lot of pats on the back from other people, and that’s what’s important.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On playing in the Stanley Cup finals…
It’s a dream come true right now, obviously, to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. We have to enjoy this tonight, look forward to what is ahead of us.

On going home to Vancouver to play in the Cup finals…
I don’t know what it is. I mean, that makes it extra special. I mean, a lot of good things have happened to me in Vancouver. I played for the Vancouver Giants, won a WHL championship in Vancouver. Got drafted in Vancouver. Won a Memorial Cup in Vancouver, and here we go. It is the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. It is a dream come true, definitely. Just to make the Stanley Cup finals is a dream come true, but to be able to play in your home town, it makes it extra special. I am going to do whatever I can to make the most of this opportunity. I know I am going to have to convert a lot of my, well my family is already converted, but a lot of my friends into Bruins fans, so that is going to be a little tough to do.

On Tim Thomas
Yeah, He has been great. Timmy [Thomas] has been really great since the start of the season. His first start in Prague, we got a three-nothing victory and you just saw he wanted to make amends for having a not so great season last year. He is definitely going to win a Vezina his year. He has been our best player from the start of the year. Hats off to Timmy, playing as good as he has. He is just going to have to keep doing what he is doing. We are all happy and excited about what we have done today, but there is still more that needs to be done.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the win tonight…
We had a good start, we had a good middle, we finished strong. We just kind of kept it up. I don’t know, I was impressed. It was a heart-stopper because it was close, but both teams played well. It was a great game seven, and persistence paid off.

On what he saw on Nathan Horton’s goal…
I was waiting for that all series. All series, we talked about that. I talked about that play with Houds, Doug Houda, I think game one. And Johnny [Boychuk] and I, we’ve been in that situation, I don’t know, fifty, sixty times this series, where we bring up the puck into their forecheck that they have. Yeah I mean, game one we drew that play up. I said, boys, look for this play, look for this play, it’s gonna work, it’s gonna work. And finally, you know. We tried it a couple times and tonight was the first time it really just worked perfect, the timing and everything. Krech [David Krejci] came through at a perfect timing. Obviously the finish was sick, but we’ve been waiting for that neutral zone play for seven games.

On if they needed a perfect play to beat Dwayne Roloson…
Yeah I mean, he was great. He was. There was a lot of good chances and even second chances. I mean, he was excellent.

On if he thought Nathan Horton wouldn’t return when he left the bench…
I didn’t even know he went off. [Nathan] Horton? Really? I didn’t even know he went off. Oh really? Shows how much I’m paying attention [laughs]. Obviously we didn’t [laughs].

On the Bruins getting more shots on net tonight and staying disciplined…
We did both. I mean, the refs let us play. There were penalties that could’ve been called on either side. But both teams did have very good discipline and I think played a good hockey game. But there were penalties that could have been called, but I think they let us play. It was even up. I don’t think either team got gipped in that category. We stuck with it. Better than twenty shots that we had in the last couple games, and obviously we needed it. I don’t know what shot ended up going in but it was up there.

On how tight the game was…
It was, I don’t know. I feel bad for the guys that have to watch it. I mean when you’re at least playing, you’re out there and you’re involved, you’re into it. But it was a nail-biter. I’m sure our families are on the heart medication. But it’s the way it should be. I mean I think we finally saw true colors of both teams, and really solid systems. And good skill at times, good system play, and great goaltending. I don’t know if that was really the first game where we both really kind of played the way we wanted to. So luckily it ended up for us.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if the Bruins feel rewarded and accomplished heading into the Finals…
For sure. I mean, like you said, we accomplished those achievements, it’s something special. Something we can look at and realize that we have a lot of character. We stayed resilient all playoffs and we believed in ourselves all along. But at the same time, that being said, there’s one more round to go and the biggest one coming up. So, we’ve got to enjoy this right now but at the same time, we’ve got to go right back at it and go for those four wins, and it’s going to be tough.

On getting early momentum…
Yeah I thought right away you could tell we had all our legs and energy going. Obviously that was the key to make sure we we’re getting the momentum right away and not giving them a chance to do that. So I thought we did it. Even though we didn’t score, I thought we had some great chances in the first, second, all long I thought we had some great chances, and we stayed with it. We didn’t get frustrated because it wasn’t going in, and we found a way.

On if it’s fitting that Tim Thomas got the shutout, given the season he had…
Yeah it is. I mean Timmy [Tim Thomas] has been great for us all along and again, the way he played was great. I thought we did a great job in front of him tonight, to be honest with you. I thought everyone played well. We all chipped in and we all got some great blocked shots. But also, we didn’t give them too much in the slot, which probably made it easier for Tank [Tim Thomas] and he deserves that.

On if he ever doubted that he would return in this series…
I didn’t know. I took it a day at a time but I felt pretty good, so I knew I was probably going to be back, I just didn’t know when.

On what was running through his head when he waived off Zdeno Chara to hold the puck…
I mean, I think it was like ten seconds, so it was just about killing that time and I couldn’t wait to go jump on Timmy [Tim Thomas], and enjoy the moment. But still, we had to play those ten seconds. I tried to tell him he had a little bit of time, not too much, but still a little bit of time. And he made a great D-to-D just to buy, again, some more seconds and that was the game right there.

On what this win means for Claude Julien…
Well, you know we were all behind him. We were all supportive of our coach. He’s there for us and we’re there for him, so we didn’t really, I don’t think he listens to that. No one was listening to that either in the dressing room. We believe in him and he brought us here. It’s the same thing there for the fourth round, the Stanley Cup Finals. I know he’s going to prepare us the right way to be ready.

On having something to prove in every series…
Yeah, I mean, I think so. But at the same time we believed in ourselves and we were confident that we could do it. But yeah, I think you’re right, it was a lot of doubters. Even tonight, looking on the outside, a lot of people were thinking Tampa was going to win. But we believed in ourselves, and it was a tough game, it was a tough series. But no one said it was going to be easy to get to the Finals, and we found a way.

On how satisfying and gratifying the win is…
Yeah, it’s a great feeling. It’s unbelievable. I thought we stayed resilient, we showed some character. Obviously we had to learn from [the last two] years, from what happened. I think we did, and I think it’s about, I’m very proud of all the guys. The way we did it, we believed in ourselves, we stopped worrying about what people were thinking about us. We went out there and we did it, and no one was, I don’t think anyone would say that it’s easy to get to the Finals. So the way that we did it, I think we showed a lot of character.


TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD COACH GUY BOUCHER
On his emotions following this game …
Well, obviously, it’s difficult.  It’s difficult because you know that your players on the ice used every ounce of energy left that they had.  There is a lot of respect.  It comes at the end of this, it’s difficult because you are playing in these playoffs for Wayne Fleming.  And we know he’s going through a heart battle right now, and we knew that every win that we got put a smile on his face and that was really important to us.  And it’s too bad we couldn’t put a smile on his face tonight.  But we certainly recognize everything he’s done for this team and how close we felt as a family.  Obviously he was a big part of it.  So I guess there’s losing, but it was a lot more than that for us.  He had a year that was so full of adversity.  We start the year and you have half the team that is new, entire staff that is new, administration that’s new, GM, president, CEO, owner, so many new people coming together and I just think it’s outstanding that the players and everybody else involved in the organization was able to get this team to be a team real fast.  That’s really difficult you know, with a team that you have the previous year so.  I have a lot of respect for the people that are playing, the people that are around us and working at making this organization what it has become this year.

On the Bruins chances in the next round …
I don’t know.  Both teams that make it there, to me, they are on even grounds.  But one thing for sure, they are very well coached.  You know Claude [Julien], I coached against him in Juniors, he’s always done a very good job.  I was always very happy for his success in the past, obviously not tonight, but as he moves on, if there’s somebody that is going to beat us, that’s one guy I hope gets success.  You look at the team they put on the ice, I mean the depth is just tremendous.  When you look at the players that they put together.  You know the goaltender is up for the Vezina.  He was outstanding again tonight, we just couldn’t put one in.  He was outstanding all year.  They have great defenseman, four-line depth that can come at you non-stop.  You’ve got guys who can put the puck in the net and defend.  I mean obviously they got it all.  They’ve been at this for a few years now, they are coming close and coming close and coming close and I think that’s something that we can take, it’s been a long time, this team hasn’t been as far in the playoffs and we have to learn from this.  We have to be proud of our players, they put everything on the ice but at the same time I think it’s a moment to learn.  What the Bruins did gives you hope for the future, definitely.  They failed three times in a row to make it happen now, and credit to them.  Credit to them.

On how much hope they have for the franchise after this playoff run …
Well I think there is hope for all levels in the organization.  I think that’s what is impressive.  From the inside I see what’s going on.  Starting from Mr. Vinik and Mr. Yzerman, Mr. Leiweke, Julien Brisebois and everybody that it trickles down to.  Their attitude, their work ethic, and everything they put into it, in their experience.  It’s trickled down to the players and the staff and myself and we always want more, it was a motto the whole year long.  The guys were so resilient, if people knew how banged up the guys are right now, it’s incredible.  We’re talking about [Pavel] Kubina and [Sean] Bergenheim not playing.  There are guys playing in there where pieces of their body are just barely hanging on there, so.  From the inside this was the end, there was nothing left.  There was nothing left in the tank.  I think it just shows that everybody wants more, the players and everybody else and that’s the path we are going to take, definitely.

On Dwayne Roloson tonight…
Yeah, no absolutely.  I think Boston was coming, and coming hard and we could feel our energy level going down, even at the end of the first period.  You know, a lot of the guys have been drained from the previous series and Roli [Dwyane Roloson] really stood the fort there, he was outstanding tonight.  It was a competitive game, just one goal takes you to the Stanley Cup Finals so, I don’t think he could have stopped that puck.  I don’t think he could have done better than what he did tonight.  I mean, 41-years-old, you can’t do more than that.  It’s impressive, it’s a mental toughness.  He had a little lull in similar previous games and to come back that strength in the seventh game, it’s just credit to the man.  It’s impressive.  That’s really impressive.

On it feeling like an overtime the entire game…
I think it was overtime the entire game to be honest with you.  That’s how it felt.  I think the other team probably felt like that too.  It was who is going to make that one mistake and it was us.  I just looked at the clip five times now and it’s hard to look at.  It’s one little defensive mistake, and if you don’t make it and they make one, if you capitalize on one of your chances, we’re all happy here.  But in the end they deserve that goal and they made it happen and they are going to the Stanley Cup Finals.

On it feeling similar to Game 7 against Pittsburgh…
We played a very tight game in game seven against Pittsburgh and that’s exactly what it was, but we were the ones who got that one goal.  It was really very, very, very similar game against Pittsburgh.  You know I’d love to say I’ll change the game plan, and we will do other things, but the reality is the players gave everything they got.  Everything they got, until the end.  There was three minutes left, and we made it happen all year long, we came back all year long, we kept coming and kept coming and we really believed we were coming back.  It’s a shock, when you really believe, it’s difficult to accept.

On the power play tonight…
The power play has been a strength of ours definitely.  You know you are hoping you get one, but come the third period I wasn’t hoping for a power play.  Two teams who are very disciplined, I think we respected each other strengths and I think this was the type of game that, 0-0 penalties, You know what, I can’t think of any moment I felt there should have been a power play on either side, that’s credit to both team’s discipline and attention to details.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On Nathan Horton coming back after getting hurt in the first period…
He’s a great guy.  He wants to be here and win really bad.  He just made some adjustments and came back and scored the game-winner.  He’s got some big goals for us.  Game seven against Montreal and the game-winner here.

On the Bruins defensive play…
That was our plan, to play defense.  Claude [Julien] has been here four years and he wants us to play good defensively.  We are the hardest team to play against in the whole NHL.  That’s what he told us today, to play defensively.  And from that, they got some odd man rushes on the other side.  It was the kind of game we want to play and the kind of game we should play.   

On if he called for the puck on his last shift…
I don’t remember.  But we’ve practiced that before.  I was open and had the speed.  Anytime I’m open and have good speed I want that puck.  That’s what happened.

On if he does not veer off to his left, would Nathan Horton have time to go to the front of the net…
I don’t care what wouldn’t happen.  I’m happy we score goals, that’s about it.  I made a play in front of the net and he scored the goal.   


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what it means to be headed to the Stanley Cup finals…
Well it’s obviously very exciting. It’s something that this team, this organization, this city has been waiting for a long time. So obviously very excited. We can enjoy the moment today, but we are going to go obviously back to work tomorrow.

On being fairly dominant tonight, particularly defensively…
Well we knew that we can’t be lazy sitting back, especially against a team like Tampa. They played a hell of a series. They gave us full hands. Those were really some close games and some crazy ones, but that’s just the playoffs. You never know what you’re going to get, and you have to give them a lot of credit. They beat some really good teams first and second round and pushed us to game seven. They just battled and never gave up. They were always going until the end. But tonight I thought that we played a solid sixty-minute game, especially defensively. We tried to be really solid, really strong and coming from that. As you saw it took one play and one goal to win the game seven. And that just gives you the characteristic of this team, that we are able to, capable of playing these close, tight games.

On Nathan Horton’s performance…
Yeah, he’s been obviously great in playoffs. He’s got a few game-winners, but he’s just doing what’s natural for him, using his size and strength and going to the net and creating room for other players. Obviously we are very happy for him. It’s his first playoffs experience and he’s doing extremely well.

On at what point this team really jumped out at him…
Well I thought that we were really close the last two years. Obviously both years was very unfortunate for us. We lost in game sevens. And I just felt right from the beginning of this season, we knew we had some unfinished business like I’ve been saying the whole season, the whole playoffs. We just got the feeling that it was in here. Guys were really hungry throughout the whole playoffs, throughout the whole season. We were just showing it. We want it bad and for every player in this room and every fan outside of this arena, and we are very thankful to the fans and all the people for our support.

On if he has ever been on a team that brought this level on concentration to every single moment in the shift…
It’s pretty special. Once we had that, that’s when you know that everybody’s buying into it. Everybody’s willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes for the win. And tonight was just a great example. It was just so close, and I thought we played really strong right from the get go. I don’t think we gave them too much. They had some chances but it took one play and great execution by Krech [David Krejci] finding Horts [Nathan Horton] in the back door and that just won us the game and obviously the series.

On why he didn’t pick up the trophy…
Something we talked about, I thought it would be great to have all the guys with it. It’s a team thing. It’s something I decided to do and everybody liked it.


TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD TEDDY PURCELL
On tonight being a tight game…
…Just goes to show how close of a league it is. It comes down to the seventh game and one good play by them and it is a one-nothing game. That is definitely a hard one to swallow. It will be a tough summer, but you have to learn from it and you have to give them credit.

On looking back on the season and seeing how far they have come this season…
Yeah, I guess it is (hard to look back on the season). It is always disappointing. I have never experienced something like this before. Even after, the coach talked and said how close of a family we became. At the beginning of the year a lot of people didn’t even have us making the playoffs. A lot of people didn’t believe in a lot of the players in this locker room, so we proved a lot of people wrong. We stuck together right to the end, just couldn’t come up with that one goal.

On Dwayne Roloson’s night…
He was awesome. I just hope he comes back next year. He made some unbelievable saves tonight. Some huge saves, even the one at the end, that two-on-one to keep us in it and to give us a chance. I can’t say enough good things about Roli [Dwayne Roloson].

On what the difference in the game was tonight…
I mean no teams had power plays. It just came down to one break. A play that we missed an assignment on, and that is what it comes down to.

On how he stepped up personally in the playoffs this season…
Yeah, it is the postseason where people want to step up and rise to occasion. It is kind of hard to think about now. It is hard to swallow, but I guess I can build when this one wears off a little bit and take it into next season.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD STEVEN STAMKOS
On both teams playing a “textbook” hockey game…
There wasn’t much out there.  Give full credit to our goalie.  He made unbelievable saves, kept us in the game, and gave us a chance to win.  There wasn’t any room out there.  It’s so tough when you know the guys are battling as hard as they can.  We couldn’t seem to muster that much.  Give the refs credit there were no penalties all game.  They let us play. You like to have it that way.  They capitalized on their chance.

On getting hit in nose with the puck…
I have broken my nose before.  It was just a weird play.  The guy cut in front of me right before and I didn’t see the puck coming.  It just hit me square on.  Nothing was going to keep anyone in this dressing room to stay out of this game, that is for sure. 

On being on the ice for the Bruins’ goal…
It is tough, especially in a one-to-nothing game.  It was a little breakdown in our system.  It is tough.  It is over with now and it was a good effort. 

On how far the team has come over the past few months…
When you take a step back and look at the big picture and see how far we have come it is pretty amazing.  This group of guys is the best group I have ever played with in my career, the coaching staff has done a great job.  It is bitter sweet. We obviously believed that we could win this game and give ourselves a chance for the cup.  You never know when you are going to get this chance.  It is heartbreaking right now.  Like I said to do it with this group of guys was a great run, something we’ll always remember.  But it is also remembering how close we were.

On if they took the same strategy they did against Pittsburgh…
We just didn’t want to give them too much too early.  We knew they were going to come out strong and we wanted to weather the storm.  I thought we could never really get our legs going, that jump.  But Roli [Dwayne Roloson] played outstanding for us.  He played the game that we needed him to play in order for us to win on this particular night.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if it feels great to win…
It does. It feels incredible and I can use all the words everyone uses; incredible, unbelievable. We found a way to do it again. I’m sure everybody else’s blood pressure is up, ours was too but we’ve just got such great character on this team. We got it done.

On the pace of tonight’s game…
Would you consider it a slower paced game? Fast? Okay. To me, it felt a little bit slower than it had been, at least Tampa coming at me. So, I think we had control of the puck so much we pretty much dominated the game. Dwayne Roloson played really well and, you know, that’s pretty much what made it a game.

On what he said to former University of Vermont teammate Martin St. Louis after the game…
You know, I told him he’s a warrior and that I love you, man. But it’s the truth. He gives so much, I mean we wouldn’t have been in game seven if he didn’t give the effort he gave in game six. He’s just an incredible competitor. He puts everything he has into it and that’s why it was so special to be his teammate. You know, I learned a lot from him.

On if this was the perfect game for the Bruins…
Yeah, well, it was close except for we didn’t have exactly the quality chances that we had at other points during this year. I’m not cutting down this game whatsoever, but you asked the question about the “perfect game.” That was as close to a perfect game seven as you’re going to get.

On if it has sunk in that he is going play in the Stanley Cup Finals…
Not completely, no. It has a little bit, yeah, but I got to give myself some time. I can’t speak for everyone else, I wasn’t trying to look too far ahead, I was just trying to look at today and today’s game. That’s why.

On what he said to Nathan Horton before the game…
We had a little talk earlier the other day and I was just saying let’s go. I said something about do it again tonight, I know you’re going to and then I said let’s do it together and sure enough look who came up big. He’s a big money player, there’s no doubt about it. A big time player.

On the guarantee he made to win not being boastful but rather being confident…
Well yeah and the way the question was framed, the way I took it anyway, was something to the effect of how do I see the rest of the series going and the first thing that came to my mind was I see us winning. That’s what I meant by that. Even though we won, I’m not going to step back and say yeah, I guaranteed it.

On the performance of Dwayne Roloson pushing him to be better…
Yeah, a lot of those times when the goalie stands on his head like that, the other team comes down and scores so it’s my job to stay ready so that didn’t happen. But having said that, we did a great job defensively and didn’t give up as good of scoring chances as we did in the games earlier this series.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On being the Game 7 hero yet again…
It’s awesome. What a feeling. It’s nice, there are twenty eight other teams that would like to be in our position. And it’s an unbelievable feeling and we’re going to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s pretty nice.

On his goal…
We just, we had possession of it. I think [Andrew] Ference had it back there and we just tried to come back and get some speed. We know they’re playing the trap a little bit so we just try to get some speed and I think Fer [Andrew Ference] made a nice pass to Krech [David Krejci] and they were flat footed, they couldn’t keep up with him. And I just tried to drive the net and I just went with my stick on the ice. And he’s such a good player and a good passer and such a smart hockey player. He just passed it to me and it just hit my stick and went in.

On getting another game-winner…
Well it does feel good. It definitely feels good to get the game winner but I mean it feels better to know that we’re going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. And it’s all about team here and it’s a pretty amazing feeling. In the end it doesn’t really matter who scores the goals but it does matter if you’re moving on. And we are, so that’s all that matters.

On sticking to the game plan of throwing a lot of pucks at the net…
Yeah, we did. We threw a lot of pucks at him. That’s what we wanted to do, that was our game plan. Stay out of the box, and we did that too. And there wasn’t too many penalties called so I think it was, they had their chances. But again Timmy [Tim Thomas], when they had their chances Timmy was there. And it feels good. We only got one goal and that’s all we needed tonight.

On having a great game at the right time…
Yaeh it was. We didn’t score as many goals as we’d like, but I mean right now it doesn’t matter right? And it feels good. We’re going to enjoy this for a little bit and we still have a big challenge ahead of us.

On if not scoring was getting frustrating…
Well I think a little bit but we had some traffic, it’s just the bounces weren’t going our way. And it’s a battle out there. Both teams are working hard at game seven and you don’t want to make a mistake. So it was nice to finally get one near the end of the third and just to keep battling it out and keep working hard so we don’t get them a goal.

On if the playoffs is everything he imagined…
Everything and more. I mean it’s pretty special. This is a great position to be in for a hockey player and it’s definitely, it keeps getting harder and harder to describe into words but so far it’s been amazing and I’m sure it’s just going to keep getting better.

On going to the Stanley Cup finals…
Well it’s huge. We haven’t done it for a long time as an organization. But this is all that matters. We got a great group of guys and I’ve said it all year but guys do get along and we enjoy each other and we trust each other and that’s a been thing going around the locker room.

On what the atmosphere was like in the Garden…
I mean that’s what we played for all year, to be here in game seven in front of our own fans and it couldn’t be any better. I mean it’s the best building to play in. And they’re pretty special. They’re so loud and it gives us that, that’s our extra man on the ice.

On what went through his mind when the puck went in…
I didn’t have to do much like I said. I mean Krech [David Krejci] gave me an unbelievable pass and I mean I was real excited for sure. It took a long time to get a goal and we wanted to get that first goal. I mean it was zero-zero going through the whole game. But in the end it felt pretty good.

On what it means to him personally to finally be here…
Well personally it feels unbelievable. I guess every series it just keeps getting harder and harder to explain how good that feeling is. I mean we’re going to, like I said, we’re going to enjoy this. It’s been a long ride, but we still got a lot of work to do.

On if all he was thinking was going hard to the net during his goal…
Well I saw him, he had a lot of speed and he’s got the puck. And they were flatfooted like I said so I just tried to, I had some speed too so I just tried to get to the net, give him some space and he gave me a great pass.

On not being here for the Philadelphia series last year and hearing all the talk…
Well there was a big talk about it obviously, especially in the Philadelphia series. But we worked hard all year to get rid of that and it’s a new year. We had a lot of new different guys and a lot of new guys in the room. And we weren’t thinking about it. It was talked a lot about, but in the end it’s all forgotten now. We’re moving to the Stanley Cup Finals.

On if the playoffs has brought out the best in him…
Well we got a great group of guys like I said. I’m excited to be here and it feels good. It keeps getting better. It’s definitely nice to score a game winner and just be a contributive player to our team to help them win. And that feels pretty good.

On scoring multiple game winners…
It’s definitely nice. Anything to help the team win and it was good definitely good to get that goal.

On why he left the bench…
Yeah just a little bump, I mean nothing big. I came back and I felt pretty good. So we got a couple days off here and we’ll get back at it then.

On if he knew he was going to come back as soon as he went off…
Yeah definitely, no doubt about it.

On having a skate issue after he came back…
Yeah I lost an edge there in the corner. Our trainer fixed it pretty quick on the bench, so it was alright.

On having to go through a lot to get his goal…
It’s a long road like I said. A lot of hard work and a lot of days at the rink but it makes it nice when you’re at the rink with a great organization.

On if he has ever played in a penalty-free game before…
No, it was nice. It’s been a long time. We didn’t take any bad penalties and they didn’t take any bad penalties. It was an even game and the refs played it, they called a good game. It was even and we’re going to have to do five-on-five.

On if it was fitting that the Bruins ended in a game that had no special teams…
Well a lot of times our power play is not working so we need to be good on five-on-five. And that’s, obviously if we’re going to have a chance we need to get better on the power play. We have a couple days to practice that but we got to continue to keep working hard and keep pressing five-on-five because that’s where we want to play.

On if was concerned about being suspended after Game 6…
No, no one said anything. So it wasn’t even on my mind. I was just preparing for game seven. This was a big game and all the stuff that happens in the past is forgotten the next day because that’s what you need to do in the playoffs. Win or lose or anything happens, it’s forgotten and you just continue to the next one.

On being the guy everyone is talking about then scoring the game-winner the next day…
I mean I don’t know, right now it feels good. It feels good to be out there and obviously to get the game-winner. I can’t describe it any better, and it feels good.


TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD RYAN MALONE
On the franchise turnaround seen this season…
Obviously, our goal wasn’t to stop here. But if you look back at the beginning of the season with all the new things that came into play, we are proud of where we are today. But it wasn’t the plan. We have to learn from it and get ready (for next season).

On Dwayne Roloson’s play tonight…
He played unbelievable. I don’t know how many times shots got redirected with his head. Those are probably going in under the cross bar. Offensively, myself, all series I wasn’t able to find the back of the net. We need everyone to step up, and you have to work for those goals and pay the price. Unfortunately, couldn’t get him a goal.

On if Dwayne Roloson’s play was inspirational…
Yeah, with out a doubt. Since he came over from the trade, he has been nothing but a calm influence on everybody and a calm confidence about him, and it starts back there and all the way up to everybody. Tonight he gave us a chance. It is our job as forwards to put the puck in the net.

On how tight of a game it was tonight…
Yeah, I mean we crashed the net pretty good there. Obviously, not enough to get the job done tonight. It is a game seven. There were no power plays or anything. I don’t know if that is old school hockey or not, but now you tip your hat to them. They generated quite a few chances and Roli [Dwayne Roloson] kept us in there all game. What else can you ask for from your goaltender. It is disappointing for myself and I am sure the other forwards that we couldn’t get him a couple goals tonight.

On the fast return to the ice for Steven Stamkos after taking a puck off the face…
That is what it is all about. We mentioned it before the game. The team wanted to pay a price. It is stick on puck and you take one in the face and that could be the difference. Stammer [Steven Stamkos] is a warrior. He got his first taste of the playoffs this year, obviously, but for him to come back in and play solid and generate offense of that, it shows the person he is.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On being part of a team that has accomplished this much…
It’s a great feeling, obviously.  I thought that we battled hard and showed the character we have to come out with that win tonight.

On the Bruins having great focus tonight…
It’s kind of fitting, I though that’s the way the game went tonight.  Both teams played extremely well and played their system to a tee.  I’m glad we were able to come out on top.   

On how he would define this Bruins team…
I think just the whole experience.  The whole part of being here and being a part of this team.  Obviously I came in late.  They were a great team when I got here and any way I could help I was willing to do that.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GOALTENDER DWAYNE ROLOSON
On playing in a Game 7…
It’s always fun playing game sevens.  I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled through adversity ever since I have been here.  We battled through a lot of adversity throughout the playoffs.  Guys grew and came together as a team.  We battled in front of the net and that’s a key thing. That’s what makes a great team.  How well guys want to play for one another.  It’s a big game for us tonight.  Guys came out and battled and did a lot of stuff that is not in their repertoire, but guys came out and did it.  Unfortunately we came out with one less goal than what we needed.

On his save on Milan Lucic in the first period…
I just tried to stay with him.  I was able to stay with him, get a piece of it and it went to the corner.

On how he felt tonight…
I felt well.  I felt good the whole series.  It was just one of those (nights).

On what sparked the playoff run…
Like I said, it’s just how well we came together as a team.  We were willing to battle for one another.  Whatever it took to win hockey games.  Every guy was a leader in this locker room, from the youngest guys that haven’t played a lot of games to the guys that are veterans and leaders on this team.  Everybody chipped in and played their part as a leadership role.  It’s hard to explain but teams that I played on that are good, Buffalo, Minnesota, teams that went to the Finals and Semi-finals it is how close your team is.  This team is so close it is unbelievable. 

On Nathan Horton’s goal…
I was just trying to stay with the guy wide.  The puck sort of went under his stick and they get an (wide-open) net goal.

On if he saw Nathan Horton going back door…
I saw him but it was the way the play was.  I was just trying to stay with my guy.

On if not having any penalties called in the game favored the Bruins…
No, not really.  Our special teams is phenomenal and they have been for the whole playoffs.  It was the type of game that we play.  We play a pretty disciplined style and so do they.  And give the refs credit, there wasn’t anything out there to call.  Guys played hard and did everything that they had to do… hits, blocked shots.  Everyone did everything their guys and our guys.  Give the referees credit for not disrupting the flow of the game when there wasn’t anything out there.  That’s why these guys are reffing.  That’s why we have the best reffs in the world.  They always do a great job day in and day out.


On if he felt both teams played the game they wanted to…
It’s playoff hockey.  There is always the one play.  That’s the way it is.  We had some chances and we had some chances.  Unfortunately they were able to capitalize on one and we weren’t able to.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On celebrating tonight’s win…
Well, there’s no need to celebrate, we’ve got a bigger picture that we’re looking at.  We’ve reached the finals.  I mean the ultimate goal is right in front of us.  There’s one team in our way.  So, that’s when the real celebrating happens.

On the play of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
Well, I mean he speaks for himself.  The whole team, I think, in front of him played unbelievable.  I don’t think there’s a guy that was out there that you could say didn’t play well.  Everyone brought it, everyone stepped up and probably made his life a little bit easier. 

On how many miles he paced during tonight’s game…
[Laughs] I didn’t need to work out tonight, that’s for sure.  My heart was about one hundred sixty-five without doing anything.  It was a nerve-wracking game.  It’s tough to watch.  I’d rather play, it’s tough to watch.  A lot tougher to watch, I guess. 

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS
On how they played tonight…
I thought we left it out there, no doubt about that. We knew it was going to be a tight game and obviously it is a one-nothing game. A bounce here and there, and you never know. It wasn’t meant to be, but we can look at ourselves in the mirror and be proud of what we have done this year. We came from one game from being in a Stanley Cup final. There is a lot to build on. I am proud of everybody. Obviously, it is disappointing to be on the losing end, but it has been a great year for the Lightning.

On Dwayne Roloson’s play tonight…
Yeah, I thought he played tremendous. He gave us a chance. We just couldn’t get one. They played a strong defensive game. There wasn’t much out there. You needed a bounce, and we didn’t get it, but we have to give credit where it is due. They played a good game. And we knew it was going to be that one scoring chance here or there, and they got it.

On taking extra time to talk to Tim Thomas during the team’s handshake…
Obviously, we are good friends and we go way back. I was…just wanted to wish him luck and go win a cup, you know? You deserve to (do) it. Everything he has gone through in his career, he has earned everything. I hope that he wins a cup.

On if this was the best game the Bruins had played in the series…
They played solid at both end of the rinks. Rolie [Dwayne Roloson] came up with some big saves to give us a chance, and we just couldn’t get one goal.

On the end of the season…
Obviously, we are all disappointed that we are not moving on, but it has been a great year for the Lightning. Everything that gone (on) through the last two, three years and to turn it around so fast, I am really proud of what we have done this year.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
On today’s game…
I’m proud of the way the guys, I mean we played our best game of the playoffs today. We controlled the game against a tough Tampa team. Give Tampa credit, they have really turned that organization, Stevey Y [Steve Yzerman] has done a heck of a job there. They got some proud players over there and some good friends of mine. It was a heck of a series, but I believe the best team won and we showed it today. It’s exciting and we’re looking forward, we are going to enjoy it tonight and get ready for the Canucks.    

On how this measures up to previous Conference championships he’s won…
This is what I’ve played for and to get this opportunity one more time and probably my last time is pretty special. With this group of guys, right from day one of training camp we put a lot of belief in each other, a lot of trust and a lot of work together. And I’m going to end my career at some point and say this is one of the better groups I’ve ever played with and been proud to play with and no matter the outcome.

On if this is going to be it for him…
Well we’ll see. I mean obviously we’ll see, but I mean I’m getting up there. But it’s been, this is about the Boston Bruins right now and what the guys have done. It’s been a fun year for me to really be, this is what I came back for. I’m proud to say I’ve played with these guys and they have really sucked it up through out the year and stay focused so it’s great.  

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD VINCENT LECAVALIER
On tonight’s game …
It was a well-fought game, for both teams. Roli [Dwayne Roloson] played great for us tonight. Really made some huge saves and really kept us in there. The team that got that first goal, and they scored first so it is disappointing.

On Dwayne Roloson’s play…
He was (pretty good). Since the first day he came onto our team, he has been a great leader. He has been real steady back there for us and gave us that confidence to be able to play, and knowing that he is going to make the big saves. We are obviously proud of each other for what we have done in the playoffs and all season. It is disappointing.

On what it is like to play an up tempo game tonight…
It was a little frustrating at times. I thought there were a few calls that could have been called. But it was an even game. And they played great. Once they went up one-nothing, they really came back with five guys and it was tough to get anything. We got a few shots, but it was tough to get those rebounds. They really came back, tight and as a team. They really fought there, so no regrets. We played really hard as a team.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING AT 5:40 PM
On if he is getting nervous as the game gets closer…
Yeah, you know most guys have done their pregame established by now and pretty high pressure ones. And honestly, I think we’ve got to the point where it’s pretty enjoyable. As much as our families hate them, probably more than us. All of our parents complain about the blood pressure, but for us, I don’t know, we really wanted to wrap it up in game six, but we didn’t and we’ve moved on from that. I don’t know, I saw a lot of smiles on the faces in there and everybody is pretty excited about it.  

On playing a Game 7 against Tampa before with Calgary…
Well it’s quite a different team. That was a long time ago, but obviously that was the biggest game seven as it gets. And obviously a lot different circumstances with Calgary and that year the whole playoffs just seemed a lot different than these playoffs. Just different teams, a different style of hockey. But that one was brutal, that was down there and like I said, a number of years ago with different teammates. It’s nice to get redemption against them.  

On if Tampa is a different team without Sean Bergenheim…
Well he’s a very good player, without a doubt. I think he’s left no doubt about that throughout these playoffs. But I think any team that gets to this point has fairly good depth and also, like they’ve shown fire power that doesn’t just kind of rely on one guy. And I’m sure they’ve moved on and accept that fact that if he’s in he’s a great threat for them, if not they miss him but no big deal. It’s the same way we do would if we missed someone as well. It’s good for us but there are always people ready to jump into those shoes.  

On if the fact that the Lightning were underdogs whereas the Bruins have been building up to this point for a few years translates to the players…
You know what I think in the early rounds there’s something to it for sure. The first, even into the second rounds. But at this point nobody cares if they’re the underdog at the start of the year or whether they’re a favorite. I think, I really think at this point all that’s really thrown out the window. I think everybody’s proven themselves through the first couple of rounds and through this round. There’s no doubts about the quality of players and the quality of team that you have. So I think the underdog and favorite stuff is history. I think that first round if you’re a favorite and expected to go all the way or something like that, there can definitely be some nerves and some added pressure from that. But not at this point.

On if having previous Game 7 experiences makes tonight any easier…
Well it definitely helps just I think calm your nerves and like I touched on earlier it allows you to embrace it and enjoy it. I think that one of the messages that you tell young guys is that your desire to win has to be bigger than your fear of losing. And that’s so true in a Game 7 where your first time around you don’t really know how to control yourself and how to just play the game. I think you build it up in your mind that it’s something different than what you’ve been doing all year and that you have to do something special. And you can get yourself into trouble that way. After you go through a few of them, you realize that it’s another hockey game. Obviously the stakes are high but you enjoy it and you have fun and you allow yourself to just play the game that you know how to do. Just let your mind be kind of free and your body just do what it’s best at. So it definitely helps for sure to have that experience and to have been there.

On what he thinks the buzz is outside right now and what it will be like when they step on the ice…
Well it was a beautiful day. I walked over today and saw everybody with their Bruins stuff on and got about twenty high fives. So people are pumped up. Of course they should be. Everybody has seen so much success in this city with different sports and they want the Bruins to have success as well. And so that falls on our shoulders and we know people are excited. And we have a lot of guys that enjoy that. We get out in the community and have gotten to know a lot of people and we feel that we have really strong support in this city.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BREIFING AT 11:35 AM
On if he has to talk to the team about keeping emotions in check with such high stakes…
I think Game Sevens are Game Sevens, whether it’s the first round or the third round. There’s an opportunity here to move on to the next round. So that to me, is what Game Sevens represent no matter where you are in the playoffs. Our guys just have to enjoy this whole process. As I mentioned yesterday, there’s 27 teams right now that would love to have the opportunity that we have in the playoffs right now. This is one of those days where I think if you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re wasting a pretty precious day. And you take advantage of it today, you get ready, you get excited about it, you come out tonight and you leave it all out there on the ice. Simple as that. Anything less than that is a waste of a day.

On what the Bruins take from Game 6 to work on in Game 7…
Well obviously, you know we, the last ten minutes of the game, we obviously spent a lot of time in our end. And we were a determined group. We’re going to need obviously more of that. And everybody knows we’re a team that can do better than 20 shots per game, and we need to improve in that area as well. And special teams played a big role in last game, and our special teams have to be better. Both. Power play and PK.

On handling the mental aspects of the power play struggles…
Well you can’t let it mentally get to you. You’ve got to have some resilience, you’ve got to have some determination. That’s what we’re pushing our guys to be, and last game, one out of five is twenty percent. And I think twenty percent is usually pretty good, but when the other team is three for four, it certainly overshadows that. The other part is, for example, the first power play we spent almost the whole two minutes in our end. So there’s positives to take from it, except that we didn’t create any shots. So you’ve got to make some adjustments on your power play, but I don’t think it’s one of those situations where you’ve got to panic and you’ve got to stay positive, and you’ve got to find solutions. That’s what we’re doing.

On having Zdeno Chara in front of the net on the power play…
Well it’s only an advantage if we get pucks to the net. I think that’s the bottom line here. If you’re going to put him in front, you might as well get some pucks to the net and find ways to do that. So that’s part of our process here, to move the puck around and create some shots.

On David Krejci shooting the puck more and the impact his shots can have…
Well I think that’s something that we’ve been encouraging him to do all year. David in his mind is a pass first kind of player and he always looks to pass first and foremost. And we’ve encouraged him to shoot more because there’s times when he’s in a real good shooting position. And Marc Savard was the same way. Marc had a real good shot and a lot of times he’d look to pass instead of shooting. But that’s a natural thing that those guys normally do from the Adam Oates back in the day, they’re guys that that’s the strength of their game. So you don’t want them to lose that strength but you also want them to be able to make the difference between am I in a good shooting area or a scoring area here where I should take the shot versus passing.

On if he will be relying more on Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg
Well I guess it makes it easier for the line changes. That’s the one thing it’s able to get your match-up easier than you would on the road. On the road sometimes you got to change on the fly so, and sometimes you’re safer on the road than not. So they have a tendency to sometimes play even more on the road than they do at home because you don’t take any chances. At home obviously with the last change, you see who they put out there and you can determine in your own end whether to put those guys or not.

On Johnny Boychuk’s performance in the last few games…
Well again this is Game 7 and sorry not to answer your question but this is not a day or a time for me to question, and I know why [the question is being asked] my players, and I’m going to [abstain] from doing that today because I think our team needs to be positive and we believe in everybody in our hockey club. So we’re going to stick with that motto for today.

On what Tomas Kaberle did well in Game 6 and how he can bring that into tonight’s game…
Well I that’s somebody you can talk about positively and certainly one of those guys that I think last game played pretty good. I liked his game, he moved the puck well. He was in there, he created some opportunities for us. The only thing you’ve always heard about Tomas [Kaberle] is you’d like to see him shoot the puck more. And there are times on the power play where, if he has that shooting lane, like we said with Zdeno [Chara] in front, you have to shoot. It doesn’t have to be a big shot, it can be a wrist shot, it can be anything. The rest of his game, I thought he moved the puck well, I thought he saw the ice well. I thought he made some good decisions in our own end and he did a great job. So I know that there has been a tendency to be hard on this guy at times, but I would say three out of the last four games he’s been a real good player for us.  

On how much he is looking forward to the atmosphere in the Garden tonight…
Well again, this is the opportunity that we have to play in front of our own fans. And when you have the choice of saying if you’d rather be in Tampa or at home, I think it’s pretty obvious which one we’ll pick. And this is what you fight for all season long, home ice advantage in the playoffs. And this is the opportunity that is given to us. It worked for us in our favor against Montreal and we plan on making it work again in our favor today.   

On if there will be any line-up changes tonight and how hard those decisions are to make…
Well it is, I mean everybody wants to play at this stage of the season. And all I can say is give you the same answer that I gave the other time. We’ll have twenty-three guys out there tonight and you’ll have to wait until game time.  


Thursday, May 26
Availability from Hanscom Airfield

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BRIEFING AT 2 PM
On how the Bruins are feeling heading into tomorrow’s game…
I don’t think we’re deterred. We’ve got a Game 7, it’s at home, and we’re one game away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the opportunity’s in front of us. So, why shouldn’t we be excited? This is what playoffs is all about. I guess if you had told us at the beginning of the year that we had to win one game to go to the Stanley Cup Finals, we would be excited about it, and that’s where we’re at right now.

On Tim Thomas’ ability to bounce back after a loss…
Yeah, I think our whole team’s like that, including Timmy [Thomas]. Timmy has been really good at bouncing back and playing solid for us. Our team has been really resilient that way, and we don’t expect anything different from our guys tomorrow.

On how he keeps the team loose…
Because there’s no reason to be tight. I think right now, you have to look at the opportunity. And if you’re a team that has been resilient, a team that believes in itself, you’ve got to be positive. I think there’s no other way to look at it. You don’t look at failure, you look at success. And right now we’re looking at success.

On if he tells his team that there are no regrets and Game 7 is it…
I think they’ve got a pretty good idea, and we’ve been through this, this year at times, we went through this in the first round against Montreal. And again, I keep mentioning that because they’re one of our biggest rivals, and we’re going into a Game 7 with them at home. We know how, if we had not won, how things would’ve turned out. And we came out and responded well. There’s no reason that tomorrow’s not again the same thing. And our guys are very confident they’re not discouraged, they’re disappointed. But as I said throughout the whole playoffs, the past is the past and you think about what’s ahead. And right now we’ve got a great opportunity to win a hockey game and get ourselves in a Stanley Cup Final.

On how happy he is to be playing at home…
Oh well that’s what you play for all year. You know, those 82 games I talked about yesterday. People say you battle, you battle, it doesn’t really matter where you fit in, as long as you make the playoffs. Well that’s partly true, but at the same time I think what’s more important is that the higher you finish, the advantages you get at the end of the year, and I’d rather play at home right now than to play in Tampa.

On if he is thinking about the power play…
Well it showed some spurts, the one power play we skated in their end the whole two minutes, we have to get our shots through and that’s one thing that has to happen. We’ve had decent puck movement and then it goes stale and our power play takes momentum away. But we scored at the end, we were one for five, and I think what set us back was they scored three out of four opportunities. If we kept them off the score sheet, our power play wouldn’t be criticized right now for being one for five.

On giving up goals early…
Yeah and I mean that was just one of those key faceoffs, and we lost. We had two centermen out there and it was an early goal. And somehow you’d like to prevent that but at the same time, I don’t think our team was rattled. We came back and scored a couple of goals and we out-chanced them in that period by a lot. I don’t think the first period was an issue for us, the early goal didn’t rattle us and we were on page as far as what we needed to do. The second period those power plays really hurt us and that’s where the game kind of turned around a little bit.

On staying consistent on the power play versus trying to make a spark…
Well everybody knows what your power play has to bring, but it’s more than that. Our whole game, like our penalty kill when it’s been good it’s helped, because when their power play is not scoring and ours isn’t, it evens out. So you have to take this as a group and not just point the finger at just one area of your game, I think our penalty kill can redeem themselves because they’ve been great throughout the playoffs and throughout this series. Had a tough night last night, if we can redeem ourselves there and our power play at least get a goal or two on some opportunities, we’ll be fine. You have to let the game dictate itself, but at the same time o what you have to do here to win.

On what he will be thinking about tonight…
Not much, I think you have to enjoy the moment. Again, this is an opportunity that right now twenty-six teams would love to have, even twenty-seven now that there are only here left. How can you not be positive, how can you not be excited about this. The way we approach this game tomorrow is so important and we’re excited about it. And I think that’s what you’ve got to do, pressure is not something you want to live with. Pressure is how you handle it and for me it’s about excitement. It’s about how you are going to go out there tomorrow and show our fans what you are all about and all about this year.

On not being so patient with the lines in Game 7…
Well I think you got to put all, you can’t put all your eggs in the same basket here. You got to be willing to make adjustments as the game goes on which you normally do. And I think last night there was a skate plate that was broken with [Brad] Marchand and we had some penalty kill issues and power plays and guys playing different places, so we kind of had to manage our bench a little bit more at the end of the game, but I liked the way we finished the game too. Our first period was a good period. I think the last ten minutes of the first period was a good sequence for us as well. I thought we spent a lot of time in our own end, and we can build off those things. We’re going to be fine tomorrow.

On needing to get more shots off…
Yeah, that’s an area for sure that we want to improve on. We need more shots. We scored four shots on them, sorry, four goals on them in twenty shots. So if we can up that a little bit and maybe it will certainly give us an opportunity to win the game. But we know we can create a little bit more offensively as far as shots are concerned.

On if the guys were being picky with their shots…
I just think it’s a mindset. You got to be willing to take those pucks to the net, throw more pucks at the net. And if everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s going that way. And we’ve been able to do that before so we’re going to do that again tomorrow.

On if he senses any grievances after complaining about the refereeing in Game 6…
I’ll tell you what, we’ve been on this game too long to worry about what’s going on on the other side. Right now I’m focused on our team, it’s as simple as that.

On why the penalty kill struggled last night…
I think there’s some adjustments, but it was a tough night for them. And again they’ve been so good throughout the playoffs so I’m certainly not standing here criticizing our penalty kill because they’ve won us some games. And they’re going to bounce back tomorrow.

On Tampa’s power play…
I don’t know, I think we have a good idea of what they’re going to do on the power play. Yesterday, the power play is about creating opportunities and a little bit of luck. And there’s a couple of loose pucks that came out right on their stick. And that’s the way it goes, sometimes it ends up on yours and sometimes it ends up on theirs. And we can make some adjustments and we will make adjustments. And the penalty kill last night wasn’t as good as it has been, but it will redeem itself because I know these guys and know this team and they normally do that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if having played a Game 7 this year already benefits the Bruins heading into tomorrow…
Every Game 7 is different. But obviously, it’s the most important game for us.

On if he feels Guy Boucher’s comments influenced the officiating last night…
I don’t know. I don’t know what their coach said or what our coach said. The referees make calls and we can’t do anything about it.

On how much confidence the Bruins gained by beating Montreal in a Game 7…
Well like I said, it’s the most important game. It’s do or die. So, we have to obviously get ready for now and do our best.

On being in front of the net on the power play…
Well obviously I just try to create some more traffic in front and some room for the guys, do whatever I can to help the power play.

On what has said or will say to the team heading into Game 7…
Look, if somebody was going to tell us that we were going to be, before the playoffs or before the season, somebody would tell us we would be one win away from the Finals, for sure we would be all excited. So we have to take it that way. We have to embrace it, be excited, and have fun at the same time.
 
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On if they are starting to get their bearings on Dwayne Roloson…
He’s been playing extremely well for them. We’ve just been stressing traffic in front of them, creating a lot of guys in front of the net. Krech [David Krejci] got a goal there with kind of a scramble to the net there. And just, we have to be relentless with him. He is making the first saves and if he sees the puck he’s going to make the save. So he’s, like any other goaltender, nobody likes traffic, so I think that’s the approach we have to take.

On playing on the wing…
Yeah, I mean [Rich] Peverley, Pevs plays center, Kells [Chris Kelly] plays center, with those guys have had to change, as well as Segs [Tyler Seguin]. Our line is interchangeable right now, whatever fits, whatever combination Claude [Julien] wants to send out there. And it’s a little bit different responsibility but at the same time, it’s a job I’m willing to do. And at this time of year it’s something that we all have to do.

On if the power play will be the key to winning in Game 7…
Yeah it looks like that way. I mean they’ve, well special teams have been a big part of this series as they have been all playoffs. So I think last night our power play gave us certain momentum at certain times, obviously we haven’t’ scored as much as we’ve liked to. But those guys have been working hard creating chances and at the very least, if those guys aren’t scoring they are creating momentum for us on the next shift. So I think we just have to stick with it and they have a really good penalty kill that brings a lot of energy. And our penalty kill, aside from last night, has been pretty good as well. So it may come down to it, hopefully on our end of it we can win that battle.

On if they are optimistic about their chances of winning…
Yeah, as I said a little earlier to somebody else, it’s something that we’ve worked hard for all year to get this home ice advantage so it’s really up to us to feed off the energy from our crowd. We are happy to be home. We’ve been such a good team on the road all year, but I think in the playoffs we’ve shown the ability to win at home. And we’ve been in this situation before in game seven at home and we were able to win that game. So hopefully tomorrow night will be a successful one for us.
 
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the penalty kill’s breakdowns last night…
I think that they were having too many good looks especially at the point there, some good shots. Obviously [Steven] Stamkos is a good shooter, he had two great shots and the first goal they got, was kind of a scramble after that shot, but still they shouldn’t, we can’t allow that but at the same time I think it’s about making sure we battle and making sure we get that puck out.

On how much is just execution at this time in the year…
Yeah, I think all of it is about desperation and making sure you do everything you can to keep the puck out of your net.

On not trying to do too much out there…
Yeah, I think you got to keep everything simple, play our game, play hard, play desperate. And I think making the smart plays is key right now.

On if the pressure of Game 7 is more on them or on both teams right now…
I think it all comes down to one game. I think pressure is on both teams and we shouldn’t allow pressure to get in your head. You got to go out there and play your game.

On how much the Game 7 win against Montreal helped them with confidence…
Yeah, obviously we’ve learned from that game and we know we can do it. And obviously we got to carry that over and go out there and just do the job.

On if this is the biggest game of his career…
It’s a huge game, that’s for sure. I mean obviously we know what’s at stake, and we can’t wait for tomorrow.

On if he is surprised at the attention they are receiving after a loss…
Well we didn’t lose the series, so obviously you know it’s game seven and it’s nice to see that there’s a lot of, the Bruins are being talked about. And it’s good and obviously tomorrow we want to do that job.
 
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On if having already played a Game 7 will help them…
Well it’s obviously something that you can look back at. But obviously they’ve been in a game seven this year as well. New teams, new experiences, new situations, but I think it’s good to experience something like that before.

On if all the media attention surprises him…
To be honest, yeah a little bit. I thought we’d land and there might be a few of you guys here, but not quite like this.

On if he gets a sense of the excitement surrounding the team in Boston…
Yeah, for sure. Obviously Boston is a great sports town and they want us to do well. And we want to do well just as much as they do, so hopefully we can have a great effort tomorrow night.

On if he expects the Garden to be loud tomorrow night…
Well I hope so, I hope it’s really loud and crazy. I hope it’s an exciting game for them, and we come out with a win.

On if tomorrow’s game is the biggest of his career…
The biggest game of my career? Well yeah, obviously it’s a huge game. It’s a must-win, so I think this is a great opportunity for our team and for individuals to go out and perform.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if he feels comfortable playing a seventh game…
Yeah we’ve been here before so it’s nothing new for us. It’s going to be a battle tomorrow but I think we’re ready and I think we can do it.

On what he learned from Game 7 against Montreal…
We know it’s going to be hard, even yesterday, it’s never over until it’s really over. So just go out there tomorrow, don’t…just play the game you know how to play and we’ll be fine.

On how much confidence he gets from knowing they won Game 7 against Montreal…
We got some confidence, we know we’ve been there before, it’s nothing new to us. So hopefully we can use our experience to our advantage tomorrow and win the game.

On how they get the power play going tomorrow…
I think we are kind of struggling a little bit yesterday, but we got one goal on the power play so we want to keep the momentum going and hopefully we can get some PP goals tomorrow.

On how the team stays loose going into Game 7…
It’s not easy, but we woke up today we had a good time on the plane and we are ready to go tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 25
Game 6

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AVAILABILITY
On how special teams went tonight…
Well obviously it was a difference maker. They scored three goals on the power play and it took us a long time to get our first one and that certainly dictated the game. And what was more disappointing is probably the fact that I don't know if I agree with those calls. And hopefully what was said today didn't have any impact on that because if it did I’d be really disappointed. But you look back at those and you get an opportunity to look back at them and really, really tough to swallow. And at the same time you want your team to kill those penalties which we’ve done a pretty good job throughout the series but tonight wasn't the case. And obviously it was the difference in the game.

On David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton having good games…
Yeah they were very good tonight. There was, that line needed to be big for us and they were. And that’s certainly something that you can build on heading home, that if those guys play like that again, you like our chances.

On if he is surprised at Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis stepping up tonight…
Well power plays, that's what they excel in.

On Zdeno Chara’s performance on the power play…
Yeah, he did a great job again tonight and just in that second period he had some power play time and somehow, there was times we should of shot because he was there and we had the shooting lane and we chose to pass. And that certainly took away some momentum from our power play. Sometimes it doesn't have to be a big shot, it’s just a wrist shot that’s got to go through and with him in front of the net you’re giving yourself a chance. And again he did a great job in front and that’s something that we need to hopefully capitalize on with the job he’s doing up there and our guys have to make sure that they shoot the puck a little more. I thought in the second period we stopped shooting the puck and that really hurt us as well.

On how Milan Lucic was first to the puck so much tonight…
He skated tonight, it’s as simple as that. When he skates and comes at you hard, he certainly puts everyone on their heels. And I thought he was skating well tonight and created some space for himself and also created some turnovers for our hockey club. And that was a big difference maker as far as that line was concerned. It made a whole lot of difference.

On going back to Boston for Game 7…
Well that was my comment after the game to our guys. You play eighty-two games and a lot of times people say well what do you play those eighty-two games for, I think that’s one of the key things if you can get home ice advantage this time of year, you need to take advantage of it. And we did against Montreal and now we have to do the same thing against Tampa.

On if the players will have the same attitude they had in Game 7 against Montreal on Friday…
Well we’ve had the experience of it obviously and we need to take that experience and utilize it again. I thought tonight our guys competed fairly well, but again, those penalties ended up costing us. Their power play was successful, same time when we got to within one goal, we got a D that got caught in and you give a two on one right after you get within a goal. Again, it’s a mistake. That becomes costly in the playoffs. So if we can minimize that stuff and come out hard next game and take the lead and hang on to it, no doubt we’re going to be winners. But we’ve done well against Montreal and I think we had a lot of pressure, not just because it was Montreal but because it was the first round and we needed to get through that and we did it. So I think our guys are going to be fine for game seven, I know our guys are going to be ready and positive and our job is to make it happen.

On the officiating during the game…
Well I didn’t say anything special to our players. We went out there and played the game and I thought we were very disciplined tonight. And again, it just seemed it was one of those tough nights when you look back at some of those penalties, whether you’re allowed to agree or disagree and I’m one of those guys tonight that probably disagreed tonight on a lot of them. And when you hear what happened today, it certainly makes things look even worse. So refs have a tough job to do and the one thing you don’t want to do is criticize them. You are allowed to agree or disagree but they have a tough job to do and my job isn’t to criticize them. But it was something that was tough to swallow tonight.

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