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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins/Canucks

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Monday, June 6


Game 3 Postgame

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD MANNY MALHOTRA
On if they were outworked in the second period…
Yeah they were definitely beating us on the jump a lot of times. We didn’t battle loose pucks and they capitalized on their opportunities. That was the difference.

On the Bruins physicality…
We knew coming in that they wanted to set the tempo in front of their own fans. They did a good job. They were throwing their body around quite a bit, and we did our best to respond.

On the animosity between the teams…
I think that’s just the nature on playoff hockey, that as the series goes on, the rivalry grows and grows and that animosity grows. So it’s the result of being in the finals in playoffs.

On the power play’s performance tonight…
We need our whole team to show up a little bit better. Obviously special teams is a huge part of the postseason and at both ends our PK has to step up a little bit more and [unintelligible].

On their game plan…
We created some opportunities, we just forced a little too much and gave up way too many opportunities. We got away from our regular game plan and it cost us.

On keeping Roberto Luongo’s head up…
I think that’s going to be the mentality going forward to everybody. We’re going to look at some tape, we’re going to forget about this game, and go on to the next one. There’s no hanging our heads or feeling sorry for each other.

On his reaction to the hit on Nathan Horton
I didn’t see the hit. I just saw the replay. It’s one of those scary moments, you never want to see a player in that situation. Our thoughts and our prayers are with him right now and we hope he’s alright.

On if he thought the hit was late after he saw the replay…
I thought it was very clean hit. The timing was maybe a fraction off but all in all you see those hits on a daily basis.

On if he feels there should be a suspension…
I’m not going to comment on my reaction.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN KEVIN BIEKSA
On if he thinks the Bruins were more motivated tonight because of the last two games…
I don’t know how it could. It is the Stanley Cup Final. I don’t see how something like that could get them more motivated. They should be plenty motivated as it is. I don’t think they got any extra boost from that. If anything, it was an advantage for us that they were so worried about it. It just came down to hockey tonight. Them making plays and our special teams not being good enough.

On if a two-one loss is the same as an eight-one loss…
Yeah, you have to. It is two-one for us in the series, and it is not aggregate score. It is not Champions League. It is the Stanley Cup Finals. A loss is a loss. We take this one and throw it out the door and get focused on next game. Next game is huge for us and we take care of that one, we are in a good position.

On if they felt like the team was in a good position after the first period…
Yeah, we had a great first period. In the second [period], a couple bounces went their way. First goal was a tough bounce. Alex’s [Burrows] stick breaks off the face off and a couple other goals that we probably would have like to have back. But we had our chances to. We had forty shots on net. We had plenty of chances to score. Their goalie made saves. Our special team wasn’t good enough.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD JEFF TAMBELLINI
On how they came unraveled…
Yeah, I don’t know. Tim Thomas made some great saves early on. I thought we had some good chances but we kind of fell apart at the seams there. They got one and they just kept building on it and we had a big letdown.

On the ineffectiveness of the Vancouver power play tonight…
Obviously that’s a huge part of our team. All season it’s been a big part of our success and tonight we weren’t clicking at all there so we had to regroup, refocus and we know that it needs to be a lot better in game four.

On if Tim Thomas’ big save on him at the end of the first period was a game changer…
Maybe so, I don’t know. I mean, yeah it was a great save he made. Even on the second one, he got a piece of it, so for us I’m not going to dwell whether that was a game changer or not, we’ve got bigger things to worry about. As I said, we had a bit of a let down, fell apart there, got frustrated so we just need to put it behind us and move on to game four.

On if playing against such an unorthodox goaltender makes it more difficult to score…
Yeah, I mean maybe a little unpredictable but sure. When you’ve got those chances you’ve got to bury them the best you can. He’s going to make some sprawling saves and some big saves, but as players we can’t get frustrated.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On if the hit on Nathan Horton gave the team a spark…
Yeah. I was obviously on the ice with Nathan [Horton] there, and I had looked in his eyes and you could tell he had his bell rung a bit. But he’s a tough guy, he’s a warrior. He’s been one of, if not our best forward throughout the playoffs. It was good to hear in the first intermission that he was doing okay and it definitely was something that he would have wanted us to step up and get that win for him.

On his thoughts about the hit on Nathan Horton
You have to look at it closely. From what I saw, it was a little bit late. That’s all I can really say.

On the Bruins’ physical play tonight…
Yeah, I talked about it yesterday, and I talked about it this morning, that when we play physical and bring that presence, we’re playing our type of game. I also said that I wasn’t surprised that they came out physical and they’re not going to shy away from anything. They aren’t shying away from anything, and you can expect the physicality to keep on being there.

On if the Bruins were inspired by the hit on Nathan Horton
Well like I said, it was a boost to hear that he was doing good, and that he wasn’t in too much injury there. And like I said, we wanted to make sure we could get this win for him.

On if he regrets taunting Alexandre Burrows…
Yeah for sure. It’s something that this team isn’t about and that I’m not about. It’s definitely a classless move. Claude [Julien] talked about it. He definitely gave me some heat after the game about it. You regret doing it but, heat of the moment type of thing, things like that will happen.

On how high the emotions were in this game…
You guys could all see it. It got kind of chippy there at the end, and [Alexandre] Burrows kind of came in there and gave Timmy [Tim Thomas] a slash right on the hand there. So we’ve been team tough all year long. We’re not going to accept that. I think we did a good job of having each other’s backs.

On the game Shawn Thornton had…
Yeah he brought a lot of energy. He was real excited to play when he got the call, and he’s done a lot for this team in the last four years. And he brings a lot of experience, because he’s been there before and he was able to bring that emotional boost.

On how much the Bruins and Canucks dislike each other…
Well I’m sure they don’t like us, and we don’t like them. There’s a lot on the line, and I think that’s what makes this a fun series to be a part of. Going forward as a team, as far as we’re concerned, we’re still down in the series and we need to carry over what we did here today.

On if he’s glad that he got in an altercation with Alexandre Burrows…
Well he knows why. He slashed Timmy [Tim Thomas] right in the hand there, so we don’t accept that as a team.

On if the win tonight is a statement win…
In the end, it’s just a win. We treated this almost like a game seven, to get ourselves back into it, and I think we’ve got to go about it next game. It doesn’t matter that we won eight-one. In the end, you win by seven or you win by one, a win’s a win. You can’t let it get too high, you’ve got get refocused and look forward to the next game.

On the hit on Nathan Horton
Well actually I didn’t see it, because I was the recipient of the pass. From looking at it after, it looked like it was late. I went up to him on the ice and looked at him and he was responsive toward me, that was a good sign.

On if a more physical series favors the Bruins…
I talked about it after game two. This is a team that doesn’t shy away from physicality, and you saw that in the San Jose series. They went after guys like [Joe] Thornton, and [Douglas] Murray, and [Ryane] Clowe, and they weren’t going to accept being pushed around. It’s the same thing here. They’re not going to accept being pushed around, and like I said before, we need to go out there and play physical, and do whatever we can to bring that type of game.

On if Alexandre Burrows declined to fight him…
The refs were in there pretty quick. There was no asking of if he wanted to fight.

On what Claude Julien said to him about his altercation with Alexandre Burrows…
Obviously he talked about it this morning and he doesn’t like that kind of stuff. You agree with it and it’s just something that happens in the heat of the moment. He definitely gave me some heat about it, and I agree with him. It’s not the type of team we are to do things like that. It’s not the type of player I am to do things like that, and stoop to that level. We’re a classy team and we want to remain that way.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On Tim Thomas tonight…
He played unbelievable tonight.  He was really good for us. I mean he’s been playing good for us all year, so it is no surprise.  I’m just happy he had a good night tonight, I’m happy we could get some run support for him

On how it felt to get the power play going tonight…
I thought I was going to get a penalty shot, I was kind of hoping I could use my moves.  You know what, Pies [Daniel Paille] made an unbelievable pass to me, I just tried to get a shot off, it was a penalty.  But the power play, yeah, stepped up and gave us a two-goal lead and I think it was nice to see us capitalize.  I mean any time you can contribute you are happy.  I was happy I could give a little bit tonight.

On what the message is after this game …
Well, we will enjoy it for a bit but we still know that the last game is the hardest one and they got a good team and we just got to make sure to come out and take it one game at a time and focus in on the next game and try to win it.

On his reaction to the hit on Horton  …
Yeah, I said it already, but I think that’s the stuff that were suppose to get out of the game, that we are trying to rid of.  I hope he’s okay, I haven’t heard yet how he is doing, except for what was on the big screen, so.  I’m sure we’ll get some more news as it goes here but I think here as players that, the culture of our game, that’s the stuff we need to get out of the game, the head shots.  It’s in the leagues hands now and I’m sure they’ll take a look it and do the right thing.

On between periods the team saying they would rally for Horton …
He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever played with.  He’s always happy, he’s always in a good mood, he brings a smile to everyone’s face.  He’s so positive.  So to see any teammate go down, you want to band together for him, but especially for a guy like him who has been such a positive influence on this squad all year.

On if he thinks Aaron Rome should be suspended …
That’s not my call.

On what he was thinking when Nathan Horton is being taken off the ice …
Obviously, I wasn’t happy with the hit.  But my next emotion was worry.  I just wanted to know Nathan [Horton] was ok.  It was good to see on the big screen that he was moving and everything was fine.  Like I said, we’ll get more news as we go here on how he is doing.  I hope he’s fine, that’s probably my biggest thing.  I mean you could tell by my facial expression if the camera was on me, I wasn’t happy with it.  But you don’t ever want to see a teammate in that situation.

On the fans tonight …
They are very passionate fans.  They like their physical games.  I mean it was pretty loud out there, I hope that continues on Wednesday.  I love playing here, I have for four years.  The fans have always been great as far as I’m concerned.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD RYAN KESLER
On if a loss is a loss no matter the score…
Yeah, we are still in a good spot here. We are up two-one in the series. We are going to forget about it. It is one game. That is why we play seven. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy and that is a very good hockey team over there. We have done a good job all year of focusing one game at a time. We are going to focus on game one now.

On if everything that has gone on and if tonight added some fuel to the fire…
We made some mistakes. It was really nothing they did. We created our own problems. We are going to come back and respond.

On what impact the [Aaron] Rome hit had on the team…
I don’t think it had any impact. We did a great job of killing that five-minute penalty. And it is too bad we couldn’t respond after that.

On if he saw the hit on Nathan Horton
No I didn’t.

On if the Aaron Rome hit was the last kind of play to be seen on a national scene like the Cup Final…
Obviously, it is a sensitive issue. We all hope he [Nathan Horton] is all right. It is a fast game out there and things happen.

On if he was surprised by the Bruins taunting tonight…
No. We know the type of team they are over there. And we are going to worry about game four.

On if they need to be better on the power play…
Yeah. All aspects of our game. PK, PP and five-on-five. We are going to watch video and regroup. I am very positive we are going to respond.

On Claude’s comments calling the Canucks out for making a mockery of the biting issue, and if the Bruins taunting in turn was making a mockery of it more …
I didn’t see anything, so I can’t comment on that. I didn’t see it so I can’t comment.

On if there was one goal in particular that he thought the Canucks changed how they played after…
No. I battled for most of the first period. We had some grade A chances, if we bury them, it is a different game. It happens. We have to forget about this one and move on. Like I said, we have done a great job all year of worrying about the next game, and forgetting about the games in the past. This on is in the past and I am very confident we are going to respond.

On the mindset after the first period and after they killed off the major penalty…
Obviously, giving up four goals in the period isn’t something we want to do every night. But after the second period we all still believed we were in the game. Games like this happen. We haven’t had too many back-to-back bad games, so you know, we are going to respond here.

On if he his being played more physical than he has been previously in the playoffs…
I don’t think so. I think they are trying to play me hard and it is the Stanley Cup Finals. It is a rough game and it is the game of hockey.

On why he is getting so frustrated…
I’m not getting frustrated. No.

On why he fought…
I thought I needed to stand up for myself, and they are not going to push me around with me coming back physically. I thought at that time it was my time to stand up for myself.

On what they need to do to correct the turnovers…
I thought they turned the puck over a lot. I think we had a couple turnovers or grade A scoring chances, and we didn’t bury it. We had a couple turnovers, but the turnovers we did have they buried it. So, that is the difference in the game.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD ALEXANDRE BURROWS
On what he takes from the game…
Obviously that’s a game we forget. Obviously we are still in good shape up two to one. We are in the same situation as when we played San Jose, so it’s tough to worry about this one and refocus and get ready for the next one.

On the Aaron Rome incident…
I didn’t see the hit to be honest with you. Obviously I would have to look at the replay but I thought we killed the penalty and moved on from there. So I don’t think it has a big impact.

On if the Bruins had more energy going into the game…
I thought we were in good shape going into the second period. We had a tough bounce when Eddie [Alexander Edler] broke his stick there. I thought we had some chances to score some goals. Obviously they had some better looks and we just need to forget about this one and move on.

On members of the Bruins sticking their fingers in his face…
It doesn’t really bother me. Move on and get ready for the next one.

On if he thinks the Bruins were targeting him…
No, not really. I thought they played everybody hard the same way. If they did, maybe I don’t know, I just have to be better and get ready for the next one.

On what the Canucks need to do to get the Bruins back on their heels…
I think we just have to have better puck placement. I think tonight we didn’t make smart decisions through the neutral zone. We just have to be better there and put the pucks where we want to be to be able to forecheck and put some pressure on them. I think that’s the key.

On if the outcome of the game makes it harder on them going forward…
It doesn’t matter, a loss is a loss really. We took it one game at a time all year and we were the number one team for that reason. We got a strong group and a lot of mature people and we are going to forget about this one and move on.

On what he thinks went wrong with special teams…
Well we’ve had good special teams all year and for some reason their goalie made some saves. Obviously we had a lot of penalties too. So we just have to go back on the video tomorrow and make a few adjustments like we’ve been doing all year and get ready for the next one.

On if tomorrow’s skate needs to be high energy or not…
No, we will probably have a good skate tomorrow and get ready like we always do. If we would have won we would have done the same thing. It doesn’t really matter tonight’s result, how we were going to prepare tomorrow. We will prepare the same way and get ready.

On if the Bruins were motivated by what went on in the first two games…
It doesn’t matter. They were down two to nothing so they had to play desperate hockey. I thought we matched that intensity early and for some reason we got away from it a little bit and they were able to score some goals. It doesn’t really matter we just have to get better next game and get ready.

On if he was surprised at the way Milan Lucic came at him…
Not really.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOMAS KABERLE
On tonight’s win and the physical style…
You know, it’s our style. We want to play hard hockey, simple hockey and go to the net. Obviously you don’t want to see hits like that happen on Horts [Nathan Horton]. Hopefully he’ll be okay and we’ve got another game coming up on Wednesday.

On if he thinks that the hit on Nathan Horton woke up the team…
Yeah, you don’t want to see someone going down like this, especially him, he’s been great for us. Hopefully he’ll be back as soon as possible. I think there was a sixty-minute effort today, no matter what. We were down two-nothing, and now it’s two-one and we have to put up the same effort on Wednesday.

On what else needs to be done to get these kinds of hits out of the game…
Obviously that’s a league thing. They have to look at it. I didn’t see it yet on replay and stuff so it’s tough to talk about it. Every single player needs to respect it. Obviously if it’s a late hit, a blindside hit, it has to be discussed by the League and go from there.

On what the difference was offensively tonight…
Some games it doesn’t go in and you still have to keep your focus and just make sure you battle hard and put the puck behind him. Today seems like, you know, we scored a couple goals on PP and the PK was great, and now we’re just building on it for the next few games.

On what they have to do to continue the momentum into Game 4…
Just maintain focus. One game doesn’t mean anything. We know that. Tomorrow’s a new day and now we know that we’re behind just one game, so we just have to make sure that we win Game 4.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the reaction to the hit on Horton…
Well, your immediate reaction is concern for your teammate and obviously every time there’s a hit, no matter what team it’s on, you know, obviously, the teammates are concerned for their buddy, and, you know, not a whole lot more than that, you know, it’s just, just worried about if he’s alright or not and you try to collect yourself. Obviously, it’s a big game, so you have to move on and play the game, but yeah. Immediately just a lot of concern for his well-being.

On what was said during the first intermission…
Ah, the usual, I guess. I mean, it’s a zero-zero hockey game, I think it was, it was a tight first period, you know we obviously didn’t capitalize on our chances that we had, that five minutes, but, you know we didn’t, we didn’t let the frustration that could have taken over, you know, seep into our game, so it was turn the page, get at ‘er, reload and go again. So, no, it was good focus.

On if the hit galvanized the Bruins…
Well, I mean, there’s obviously a lot at stake before anything like that happens. I mean, you know, this is a huge game for us. Obviously they made the most of their home games and we were put into a situation where we have to play our hearts out, you know, no matter what. But like I said, when you, you know, when you see a guy get hit like that, and, you know, I think not capitalize on the power play and make it count on the scoreboard, I think to overcome that frustration was a good sign of our focus tonight.

On if he thinks Rome should be suspended…
Oh, I, that’s, I mean like with everything that happens now, you really have to just leave it in the hands of the league. I mean, it’s not our place to put opinions on it or, or really, you know, comment on it. You have to leave it in their hands.

On what he thought of the hit as a player…
I saw, again I’m not even lying, I literally saw the tail end of the replay so I really can’t comment on it. I’m not, I’m really not sure. It wouldn’t be fair for me to comment on it.

On what it would be like to lose Horton for the rest of the series…
I mean your immediate concern, like I said, is for your teammate. You know, it’s not for yourself about missing a guy, it’s about his health and him being taken care of. I mean it’s first and foremost, I mean, you know, so until we, you know, kind of know the status of that, it really doesn’t, you don’t start thinking about the hockey side until we know he’s alright.

On the changes the Bruins made tonight (ie, Shawn Thornton in the lineup)…
There’s been tests throughout the year and then also in the playoffs for this team to, you know, focus and to show up and, you know, it wasn’t a perfect game and there was still turnovers and still mistakes and bad penalties. You still had some of those things, but I think what you had was that, a little more focus and a little more grit, and, you know, that’s, this team has done that in the past when it’s been tested and I think it did it tonight. It wasn’t pretty, you know, it was Boston hockey, I guess. That’s about it.

On the previous suggestion that Tim Thomas change his style…
Yeah, [laughs], I don’t know who it was.

Good thing that he doesn’t listen to the media, right?…
Well, yeah, he’s, he’s going to beat to his own drum no matter what anybody says. I mean, that definitely, I think brought a smile to a few guys in this, on this locker room, to hear that suggestion.

On the drive behind the Bruins’ hits tonight…
It was, uh.

Tone setting, I guess?…
Well, I mean, there’s, like you said, there is a difference between running all over the place and trying to find hits and there’s a time when, you know, the hit is just part of the play and I think that a lot of the plays just presented themselves tonight where, you know, within, you know, within the context of our system we’re able to make those hits, and make them solid, and, you know, the hits are always a little more solid when the feet are moving, so you know, all those things I think played a factor. But, you know, we definitely didn’t run around looking for them because that’s when our team usually gets burned.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On what the win means to the team…
Obviously it’s very rare to get that many goals, especially on a goalie like [Roberto] Luongo. In the same sense, we worked hard and battled for a lot of them and it was nice to see us contribute as much as we did today.

On if the team was energized when they saw Nathan Horton get hit, but still moving…
Yeah, it was a big hit and for us, it was obviously, we wanted to give ourselves a chance for him to come back if he can and obviously it was a win for him tonight because he’s obviously, he’s doing all right from what I hear, but obviously he’s still hurting pretty bad.

On if he felt the energy on the bench after the hit…
Oh, I think so. I think we just realized we kind of needed to wake up and play that type of game and we did it throughout, so it was nice to see.

On the energy Shawn Thornton brought to the game…
Yeah, you know Shawn [Thornton] definitely brings a lot of energy to this team. Says a lot of words and gets us going, especially when we’re feeling down on ourselves so it was nice to see Thorty [Shawn Thornton] come in there and step in like he always did and I’m sure he’s happy with a game like that.

On the way the physical side of the game increased from the previous two contests…
Yeah, I think once one guys started hitting we fed off of it and continued to do that. So, it was nice to see us finish our checks.

On if playing more physically was a team goal coming into the game…
Oh, definitely. We realize that that’s our game and when we play like that we’re a very solid team, so it was nice to see us come out like that.

On how much appreciation he has for the goal that Brad Marchand scored as a penalty killer…
Oh, I mean he made a great effort to steal the puck from the guy and keep body position and have patience to make a move like that. So, it was definitely a beauty goal by him and the patience to hold it.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the way they came out starting the second period…
Yeah, I think we had a pretty good game here obviously. They came at us pretty hard in the first there. They always seem to have a good start and we were able to get a couple lucky bounces and then the goal in the second, a couple lucky bounces after that and they went in for us.

On them playing for Nathan Horton
Yeah we did for sure. It’s always very tough when a guy goes down obviously. We were very worried about Horty [Nathan Horton] but it just gave us a little extra motivation to win tonight and kind of do it for him, so hopefully he’s going to recover fine.

On if they were looking to send the message back to the Canucks with the finger gestures…
No, not at all. We, our coach wasn’t too happy about that. He’s not going to accept that on our team and that’s stuff we don’t need to be doing.

On if Claude Julien said anything to the team after those incidents took place…
Yeah, no after the game he just said that that’s not acceptable and he doesn’t want to see that anymore.

On how his goal represents the whole night…
Yeah, I think it was a key point in the game. They were on a power play there and if they would have been able to capitalize on that then it would have been a two-one game, a completely different situation so to get that it was a key point in the game but obviously a lot of guys stepped up after that.

On the special teams’ success tonight…
Yeah, we got, the power play did a great job tonight, got a couple goals. And the penalty kill was very good as well, kept them off the board. So we wanted to bear down there and we just got a lot of lucky bounces there and things went our way.

On if he saw the hit on Nathan Horton
I didn’t really see it. I saw the replay and I think it kind of looked like a tough situation and he was a little late. It was just one of those things that we’re trying to get out of the game.

On how much the hit on Nathan Horton impacted them emotionally…
Really big. Horty [Nathan Horton] is such a big part of our team and he’s playing so well right now in the playoffs. It’s always tough when you see a guy go down and we really wanted to make sure we rallied around him and won it for him tonight.

On if they received updates on Nathan Horton’s condition…
No, we haven’t got any updates at all, but I’m looking forward to hearing he’s okay.

On if they talked about Nathan Horton in between periods…
Yeah, well we just wanted to make sure that we didn’t let him down and we came together and won tonight for him.

On his shorthanded goal…
Yeah I just, it was a key point in the game and it put us up three-nothing on their power play and kind of killed a little momentum there from them, so it was nice to get.

On their penalty kill only allowing one goal in three games…
Yeah, they’re very skilled and a lot of dangerous weapons on the power play and really wanted to make sure we bared down and did the little things right on the penalty kill, force them and make sure we took their time and space away. A lot of guys blocked shots at the right time, obviously Timmy’s [Tim Thomas] there to back us up. We got lucky, a lot of good bounces for us, the puck was kind of hopping a little bit. So it’s not going to happen like that every night but it went well for us tonight.

On how important it was to set the physical tone tonight…
Yeah, I think we played a lot more physical tonight. It seemed like the D were stepping up a lot and making a lot of big hits. I think that’s a key thing when you’re playing against guys that are skilled as them. You want to slow them down and that’s the way to do it. So the guys did a good job tonight.

On getting back to what the Bruins do well…
Yeah, for sure. It’s part of our game, we want to play physical and when we do we play a little better so we have to keep playing like that.

On his goal being a career highlight…
Yeah, it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve ever scored and a good time to get it. So I was definitely happy.

On how it feels when the building erupts for him…
Oh it was nice. You know honestly I kind of blacked out and I don’t really remember how noisy it was but I can only imagine.

On playing at home being a lot different after the first two games…
Yeah, for sure. We have an unbelievable crowd and they really rally behind us and give us a lot of momentum and emotion at the right times. And we really used them tonight, they were great for us and it’s nice to be at home.

On if they breathe a little easier now after a win…
Not at all. We won tonight because we were desperate and it was do or die for us. I think we have to keep playing with that emotion. And we got a little lucky tonight and hopefully that luck keeps coming our way.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On tonight’s win…
Well we’re happy to finally get to score some goals. It’s good for our confidence I guess, and just, hopefully we get another one.

On the emotion caused by the hit on Nathan Horton
We obviously all saw what happened on the ice. First intermission, we just told ourselves that we were going to do it for Horty [Nathan Horton] and that just gave us more motivation to do well and play harder.

On what happened between him and Ryan Kesler…
Nothing, it was just a scrum and we just fought, I mean, we tried to fight. It wasn’t really a fight. Nothing really happened, it was just the heat of the moment.

On how he doesn’t fight that often…
Yeah, I don’t like to fight, so it was just kind of, I don’t know, it just happened.

On what he thinks about the hit on Nathan Horton
Well I’m sure they’re going to look at it. It looked like it was a late hit and that’s what they’re trying to get out of the game. So I’m not quite sure, I didn’t really see it close up, so I’m sure they’re going to look at it.

On if there’s a way to carry the momentum tonight into Game 4…
Well, like after every game, we take the positives out of the game, we try to build on that stuff. And we probably have to look at the little things we didn’t do wrong, didn’t do right I mean. So it’s just, like every game, look at video and try to go from there.

On how he says he’s not a fighter, but was punching around the net…
I guess everybody can make their own opinion about that. But nothing happened so I don’t really care.

On if he thinks Boston is back in the series now…
It’s the first step. Next game we start from zero again, so we just have to play the same way and be just as determined as we were today and work as hard.

On Tim Thomas’ performance…
Timmy’s [Tim Thomas] has been great like he has been all series. He’s solid, he bails us out game-in and out, and it’s just really nice to have him in the back there.

On if they would have had the same aggressiveness had the hit on Nathan Horton not happened…
Yeah, I mean, we were determined from the start of the game. We had good forechecks, we had pucks deep and we were just forechecking the way we wanted to.

On what kind of boost they got from having Shawn Thornton back in the lineup…
He played a great game. He brought us a physical presence and his energy and that’s what we wanted out of him.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW ALBERTS
On how hard it was to lose so badly…
Well I thought we had a good first period there after the kill. We fought off that PK and started playing our game and getting pucks deep. Good first period. Second period, they get a lucky one and you get a penalty and they start getting the puck deep and forcing you hard and keeping the puck in your zone for a couple minutes there and we got tired a little bit and when it got to be four-zero, things started to unravel a little bit.

On how motivated he thought the Bruins were after all that has happened this series…
Well you feed off your environment at home. Obviously it’s harder to play on the road and when you’re at home you feed off the fans and they did that and they came out hard tonight. I thought we answered the bell in the first period but in the second things just fell apart a little bit for us.

On his thoughts about the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton
Didn’t see it. Not going to comment.

On having to play with five defensemen…
A lot of minutes out there. A lot of guys using a lot of ice time. Power play, penalty kill. They wore us down tonight and they got a lot of goals on us so we’re going to forget about it and move on.

On if he felt the team let Roberto Luongo down tonight…
I just think, like I said, things fell apart and when we’re not playing our game, you lose men, there’s breakdowns and you leave your goalie out to dry.

On the sight of Nathan Horton laying on the ice…
Yeah, you never want to see it and like I said I’m glad he’s all right and it’s something you never want to see.

On if he felt the hit changed the way the Bruins played…
I’m sure they rallied around it, but it’s wasn’t the end all of the game. Any time a teammate gets hit like that you’re going to rally around it.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN
On the physical play of tonight’s game…
We’re a team that takes a lot of pride in that department so I don’t think there’s going to be a problem. We know we can’t get into that kind of stuff because that’s what they want so we’re going to have to stay away from that.

On if it is easier to get over a blowout loss than a close game…
I think so. It’s not about goal differential in the playoffs and that’s a good thing. When you get outscored like we were tonight, I think that’s a great wake up call for us.

On if the Aaron Rome hit to Nathan Horton changed the game…
No, I don’t know. I thought our first period was actually not bad. We killed that one off and then I thought we took over the game in the first. It’s one of those hits. I think it’s a clean hit that is a little late but that’s the way it goes sometimes and we’re real happy he seems to be ok.

On what they need to change on their power play…
Well we have to take a look at it. There are a few things that I think we can do to make it better. That’s where you have to make them pay. I thought they were the team that took the dumb [penalties] today and we should have made them pay but we weren’t good enough.

On if he felt the Bruins were motivated by the events in the previous games…
No, I don’t think so. Again, I don’t think you need a motivator where we are right now. We’re in the Finals. If they need that then that’s their problem. I’m sure their coach is going to take care of what their guys did tonight and, I mean, he isn’t a guy that is going to let that happen on their team so we’ll see what happens.

On if it makes a difference that they lost 8-1…
I’d rather lose eight-one than like the way they lost their games. This is not about goal differential. We got outplayed and we have to be better, we know that. This can turn in our favor if we treat it the right way and learn something from it.

On if he will just blow off this game because he said Game 2 was the worst game the Canucks had played all season…
No, I don’t want to do that in the playoffs. You have to look at it and learn something from it. Again, I think our first twenty [minutes] wasn’t bad. We took a five minute penalty, killed it off and took over the game then we break our stick and they score right away in the second and that’s when they get their momentum and then they score a few power play goals and two on our power play and that can’t happen.

On what he thought about the Aaron Rome blindside hit to Nathan Horton
Yeah, I mean it’s not fun. I hope he’s ok. It’s never fun to see a guy go down like that. I saw up on the big screen that he seemed to be all right after all. I haven’t seen the replay but what I saw, I thought it was a late hit but I don’t think it was a blindside.

On if he said anything to Rome about the hit…
No, I think we’re all in the same kind of mood. You don’t like to see a guy lay there like that. Even if it’s the finals or whatever it is, you don’t want to see a guy go down like that. But again, I don’t think it was [a bad hit]. Romer [Aaron Rome] is a real honest player. I didn’t think it was a blindside or anything like that. A little late maybe, but that’s it.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On his reaction to the hit on Horton...
Well, obviously that’s something we try to get rid of in the game. And it’s very unfortunate when you see one of your teammates laying on the ice like that so it’s up to the league to look at it and make a decision.

On the team’s reaction to the hit...
Well, you know, it’s, like I said, you never want to see one of your teammates going down like that. So, you know, you’re hoping for a quick recovery and hopefully he’s okay. At the same time, you have to stay focused and play the game.

On if the Bruins rallied as a group after the hit...
Well, it’s, it’s one of those things that, like I said, you have to stay focused, you have to play hard, you can’t just get rattled by that and you have to continue.

On if Boston executed its game plan...
Yeah, yeah. You know, we knew what this game meant, it was a big game and obviously we approached it that way and I thought we were really sharp mentally and physically, and, you know, it was nice to obviously get, get the first one.

On the discipline it took to get the win...
It’s, it’s playoffs, obviously that’s part of it, part of the game and part of playoff hockey. You know, both teams competing, so you’re going to see things like that.

On if the physicality would have escalated if Horton hadn’t been taken out of the game
Yeah. Yeah, I mean, the game plan was, it was set. You know, you had to continue to follow it and, you know, things like that very unfortunately do happen, like I said, and you have to continue. You have to stay focused.

On the team being able to put more pressure on Roberto Luongo in the second period...
I think, I think that’s pretty normal. You have to throw pucks at the net to be creating some kind of offense and traffic and momentum. So I think it’s pretty normal.

On if he was surprised at how things played out tonight...
No, no, that’s,  you know, you never know what you’re going to see or you’re going to get. It’s just, you know, sometimes you’re going to have games like that where you’re going to have only one goal, then it’s going to be wide open. So that’s just something you never know.

On if tonight will have a carryover effect...
Well, I think it’s nice to get a first one. You know, it’s a two-one series, so now we have to get ready for the fourth game. We know they’re gonna be better than they were tonight and we have to be better, so we just have to get, have to get ready for that one.

On how important it is to even the series at two...
Let’s see what the result’s gonna be after game four.

On if the team exhaled after scoring four goals...
I think just a good feeling to score some goals in general. You know, when you score, when you scoring goals, you’re feeling good and, you know, it’s always nice to score goals.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On tonight’s game…
I don’t know, I think we got a couple of lucky breaks early in the second.  And then all of a sudden it was like the wheel fell off a little bit and everything was going their way.  You know, it’s one of those game obviously we are all disappointed with the result, but at the end of the day a loss is a loss.  Whether we lose in overtime or what, eight-one, it’s a loss and we move on and get ready for the next game.

On how difficult it is to get blown out 8 -1…
They are all tough in the playoffs.  It doesn’t matter how you lose, I think they are all tough to take.  But at the end of the day we have to realize we are up two-one and we got a chance to win the next game and go home three-one.  So I mean that’s what we are going to be focusing on in the next twenty-four hours.

On how it is to let it get away that far out of reach in the third period…
I don’t know.  I don’t really know what to say about it, I guess.  You know, I’m just going to talk about myself and try to remain as focused as possible and try to make some saves and keep it somewhat decent.

On how hard it is to bounce back from a loss like this…
I mean I’ve been through it a few times, I think, in my career so, you know, I know what I need to do and I will be ready for game four.

On if he feels the hit on Horton can change the dynamic of the series…
I didn’t see the hit, so I really can’t comment on it.

On if it was important for him to stay in the game at the end…
Well Alain [Vigneault] asked me with eight minutes left and I said I wanted to stay in.  I didn’t really want to leave the crease for no reason.

On if they felt they were playing the game they wanted in the first period…
I mean, obviously we had a big [penalty] kill early in the game with five minutes.  It was zero-zero on the road, it was their first game back, I thought guys were pretty happy with that, but like I said before I think we came out, got a couple lucky breaks off the hop and that was all she wrote.

Game 3 Pregame

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD MANNY MALHOTRA
On if preparing for his second game back is different from his first…
Not really. A lot of the same game preparation that went in Friday, and obviously there was a lot more emotion, a lot more nerves, coming back for the first game. Incredible ovation I got, really good to be a part of it again. But as far as game prep, we’re moving on to the next one. It’s just the next game we’ve got to win.

On not taking their foot off the pedal against Boston…
Again, our mentality since the beginning of the playoffs is, we live and learn from our last game and move on and focus on the next. So, that’s exactly what we’ve done. We looked at a lot of tapes, took the good and the bad from last game, learned from it, and hope to apply it.

On playing with the shield over his face…
Yeah, it’s one of those things you have to get used to. Again, just anytime you’re hit, there’s sweat on it or fogging up. Just another aspect of the game you have to get used to.

On how he felt after his first game back…
Not as sore as I thought I’d be. Obviously just jumping back into a game situation, being hit for real. Those things you tend to wonder how you’ll respond. But I feel really good now, and just as I said, just looking forward to tonight.

On the Canucks rolling four lines…
Well that’s something that we’ve stressed all year long, and a big part of our success this whole season is that our ability to roll four lines, keep guys fresh on the ice, change as quick as possible to keep fresh bodies out there. Over the long haul it tends to help our game.

On his approach to faceoffs…
I don’t want to give you all my secrets. It’s just something I’ve worked on over the years and one of the biggest pieces of advice I’ve learned is that you have to do what makes you comfortable. I found a style that makes me comfortable and it’s been working.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORAWRD HENRIK SEDIN
On how important it is for the team to have a good third period…
No it’s, yeah it’s big. I mean, like I said, it doesn’t really matter if we’re up or down a goal. It seems like the third period is our best anyways. And I don’t know why that is, if we play with the pace that’s tough to, usually we wear teams down and that’s a good sign.

On how the last period is the most important for his team…
Yeah we like to have the first one pretty good too. So it’s not like we’re standing by the first forty minutes so I don’t know why that is.

On what it’s like to play in Boston, where he was drafted years ago…
Yeah it’s special. I don’t remember much from that day. I mean it seems like a big fog that day. It’s, everything went by fast and here we are twelve years later, it’s special.

On if he sees any similarities between the way the Bruins handle his line and the way Nashville played against his line…
Oh I don’t think so. I think our first game against Boston was our best. I think we had a lot of chances but couldn’t score. Our first forty minutes in our second game wasn’t good at all, that was more because of the way we played than what they did. And in the third we took over, and I think it’s been fine.

On if the way Max Lapierre and Alex Burrows are causing a distraction to Boston is good for the Canucks…
I don’t know, if they are it’s good. I’m sure it’s not bothering them that much though. It’s the finals and I think they are going to focus on playing hockey. So I don’t know what’s in their mind.

On mentioning he wasn’t happy with his performance in Game two and what he plans to do to build off of that…
Well we were real happy with our third period. Our first four though we couldn’t get much going. Couldn’t get into the rhythm I think. And we were moving the way we wanted to, we were moving the puck and we were moving our feet. And it’s tough to play against any team if you’re not doing that. But our third period was one of our best throughout the playoffs here.

On this being a must win type of situation for Boston and if it’s key to expect that push of offense at the beginning of the game…
Yeah, like I said, I think we learned a lot from the past and we’re going to treat this like a game seven. And it’s the finals here and if you lose any momentum it’s always tough to get it back so we, we’re going to need to treat it like a game seven.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN SAMI SALO
On Game 3…
Yeah, for sure. I think all playoffs long, it’s always the home team that comes hard right out of the gate. We have to match that, and try to take the game to them.

On why the Vancouver power play has been better at home than at home…
It’s one of those things where sometimes you score, sometimes you don’t. So it doesn’t matter if you’re home or away.

On he expects to see a different Bruins game at home tonight…
Sure, it’s going to be, when they’re playing against, in front of their own fans, for sure they’re going to be desperate coming out hard and we have to try to match that intensity.

On what they have to do to prevent the Bruins from coming back from another deficit…
What we got to focus is on the first shift. We have to come out of the gate strong. They’re going to be coming out hard and we have to make a lot of simple plays and try to stay out of the box.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On what difference it makes to play at home…
Well it’s obviously nice to be in front of your own fans, but I think the stats especially over the last couple of years, games are up for grabs. It doesn’t matter what building they’re in or whatnot. Obviously they did a good job in their two games at home, we got to do the same. You have to prepare for it the exact same way like you would any other game.

On what the team has to do differently…
Score more and allow less. These are close games. There’s not, there’s no critical overhauls needed or big, change your strategies, flip flop them or anything like that. You just got to do what you do well and do what got you here and get that big goal when you need it. That’s been the difference.

On if there is anything different they need to do in the third period…
Well I mean you just got to stick with, stick with your game. Lead or no lead, you just got to obviously try to remain consistent. I don’t know, you can’t complicate it. There’s no secret formula or anything like that. It’s just a matter of shift after shift just being consistent and playing the same way you would no matter what the score is.

On if their defensemen being unusually aggressive…
Well I can’t really read what their minds are thinking. Obviously teams study video and do different things, so I think that’s a question for them better than it is for me. They’re an aggressive team, but we’ve played against pinches and aggressive D before so you adjust and you make the plays and that’s it.

On how much he’s looking forward to the atmosphere tonight…
It’ll be great. It’s been great all along and it’s great to be at home and obviously with fans that have waited a long time for the finals. So it’s going to be fun but I don’t think that there’s too many guys that, it’s kind of in the background. There’s obviously a job to be done. So while you enjoy it, while you see the city pretty excited, it’s kind of background noise to us right now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the Bruins being 3-0 in Game 3s…
I always say that the past is the past and you can look at good things you’ve done in the past and you can look at bad things you’ve done in the past. But each series is a new series and yeah we’ve done well in game threes but this is a new challenge, a new task. And we have to come out and play our best game in order to win tonight. 

On having been down 2-0 before…
Obviously you want to look back at lessons that you’ve learned throughout the seasons, throughout the playoffs and look back on experiences that you’ve had. And I think it’s good that we have experienced this situation before. We’re used to it. It’s nothing new. Obviously it’s not a situation we want to be in, but we are. We know we have to come out and play well. 

On if they have played as physical as they have wanted to against Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin…
Yeah, I don’t, obviously they are good players. They get their heads up, they know where other players are on the ice. So whenever you get the opportunity, just like any other player, you want to finish your check. But you don’t want to take yourself out of the play to do so.  

On what they need to do to play better in the third period…
I think for the most part, I thought we played well at the start of the third period last game and had the momentum and for whatever reason they got that goal there. And for whatever reason momentum is such a big part of the game and their crowd was behind them and I thought after, I was out there the shift after they scored, and I thought we had a great rebound shift and played in their end a little bit and kind of took the play and took the momentum away. There have been parts of the game where we have played well and there have been parts of the game where they have played well and taken it to us. Obviously we want to have a more consistent sixty-minute effort. 

On what they can learn from the Montreal series…
I’ve said, in each series is a new series and a new challenge. Obviously it’s nice that we have been in this situation before. But we need to come out and play well in game three. We can’t rely on, oh well we’ve been here before and we managed to pull it off. This is a new team, like I said, new challenge and we need to come out with our best effort.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On if he feels like he wants to play a little bit more…
Well I think I’m just going to try and take advantage of any opportunity they’re going to give me, whether it’s six minutes tonight or eight of fifteen. I got to take advantage of it. I know I’m young, so I just got to do the best I can.

On how he has handled the first two games against Vancouver…
Well I think the first game obviously we were pretty anxious and excited but there definitely were some nerves there and last game I felt pretty excited, pretty good and we’re right there, kind of just one shot away from winning both those games so hopefully we can change that tonight.

On what he remembers about the draft process last year coming to the finals…
Yeah, I was in Philly obviously. And I mean it’s so much fun, those few months obviously. When you’re doing it, it feels like the longest process of your life, but it’s a lot of fun. So if there’s one message anyone could tell them, I’d probably tell them to have fun.

On if he thinks his line is generating enough chances…
I think we’ve gotten more chances against Tampa than we have so far in this series, but it’s a long series, it’s only two games in, so we want to try to do some stuff tonight.


On if he is still adjusting to his line changing and sometimes being in and sometimes being out…
Well I think there’s always an adjustment that has to be made with that, especially being used to playing a lot more before this year, but I’ve had all year to get used to it, so I think I’m as closed to getting used to it as I think you can be.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On Game 3 tonight…
If we win tonight, it’s a whole different series. We’re right back in it and after that, well right now we’ve just got to take it one game at a time. Can’t look too far ahead and we’ve just got to look at tonight. If we win it’s only two to one now.

On if the team believes in themselves more than they did when they were down 2-0 to Montreal…
No I don’t think so. All year, we always bounce back when we had the opportunity, and against Montreal we showed that. We lost the first game against Tampa also, and we lost the first two here in Vancouver. And even though we’re down two-nothing, we still have confidence in here, and it’s just a matter of us going out tonight and showing them that we’re not giving up. We’re going to come right at them.

On how the Bruins are doing with the travel to and from Vancouver…
I think we’re okay. We didn’t skate yesterday, so we just traveled. We got our rest last night. It’s a little adjustment, but I don’t think it’s going to affect us too much. I think we’re used to it and we did what we needed to be ready.

On traveling frequently while growing up in Newfoundland…
We always had to travel from my hometown when I played. Sometimes we’d have to drive seven or eight hours to play a game. But we’re used to it. Well, I am [laughs]. I think in here we did what we needed to do the night before a game, after Vancouver we got our rest. We tried to get back in the time zone as quick as possible, and I think we’re fine today.

On what the Bruins have drawn from the Montreal series…
We’re not going to quit. We know it’s still early in the series and it’s all on tonight. We’ve got to take it as a do or die situation, and we’ve got to come out hard, and make sure we set the momentum early. We were down two-nothing to Montreal and we were going on the road. So we had a little different advantage this time at home, and I think we’re ready for the task.

On keeping the fans in the game…
I think it’s probably getting off to a good start. I think the fans our behind us, and they want us to do well. So that’s probably why they get like that and they get a little antsy when we don’t play well, but they’re behind us anyway. So it’s all about getting off to a good start and getting them behind us and using them to our advantage.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the team staying in a hotel last night…
Yeah it does. It’s a nice little thing. We play pretty good hockey on the road and I think we’re just trying to duplicate that at home and it’s done pretty good for us so far.

On if they feel more focused as a result of staying at a hotel last night…
Yeah, I think so. It gets us away from any distractions that are going on around us. Obviously a lot of people in town for the finals. And it’s a way to kind of get us away from all that and be together and focus on the game.

On how they can avoid the fans getting on them when things don’t go well on the ice…
I think the biggest thing we can do for that is to make sure we have a good sixty-minute game. And obviously they are just as passionate as we are and if we’re not doing the job they let us know. So they expect a lot out of us and rightfully so. We have a good team and we just have to make sure we deliver. 

On how the team can improve on their puck management…
I think the biggest thing with that is it’s mostly mental. We are making little mental errors and that’s causing our turnovers. So if we just focus a little bit more and make sure we’re always making strong plays then hopefully it will eliminate those turnovers.

On the Bruins being 3-0 in Game 3s this postseason…
Yeah, for sure. Game three is such a big game. Especially today, going up three nothing or being down two-one, it’s such a big difference. So obviously it’s the do or die factor for us tonight and we just have to make sure we’re prepared for it. Maybe the past, we can look at that and build off it. But for the most part we just have to make sure we’re focused.


Sunday, June 5

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if we are done seeing Zdeno Chara in front of the net on the power play…
I’m not too sure. I’m not really on the power play too much so I can’t really tell you.

On how the level of play gets more intense each round…
Yeah absolutely, it’s the highest, about the highest level you can play at. Obviously it’s the finals, everybody is going strong and hard. And everybody wants to win so obviously its one of the fastest pace that you can play at.

On if he is still enjoying the series even though the team is down two games…
Still enjoying it but you know we still have to come play more and work hard and get that win.

On if the team can draw anything from being down two-nothing against Montreal…
Well we’ve done it before so it’s, you know we have to step up and do the same thing we did before. So we’ve been down two before so we know we can do it so that’s the whole goal. You know you obviously want to win the Stanley Cup Final. You know we’re down two, we know that we’ve just got to make sure to bring it tomorrow.

On if Vancouver had a different look with Manny Malhotra…
Well he’s definitely a good faceoff guy. I watched him play, he was really good, really really good on draws. And you know obviously we have to bear down when we’re taking those face-offs against him. But that’s what I’ve seen so far, he didn’t play too much. But when I did see him, he was good in face-offs.

On how the teams are different now than when they faced off in February…
We’re both a little bit different teams than we were in February.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On if there are just a couple of plays where they have had breakdowns…
Yeah, it was a one-goal difference in both games. And that extra little bit to take care of the puck in our own end. I think it’s going to really help us.

On what the team can improve on offensively…
Well I think basically what we just talked about. I think it all starts in the neutral zone and in our end. That’s where we need to be better and get the pucks out and no turnovers. And we still, we talked about it after the game where we still made mistakes and if that gets better I think we’ll get more offense.

On putting the mistakes aside and playing a relaxed game…
Well I think so, I think we have to. It’s not over until it’s over and until one of the teams gets the fourth win. And I think we’re down two games but as long as we start to play the way we can we’ll be fine.

On if with how close the games have been if it’s hard to believe that they are down two games…
Well it has been close, that’s why every little mistake here or there is really going to cost you. The games are so tight, there are not too many opportunities to score. And like I said, everybody is working hard and it’s tough to get chances. But we need to limit our mistakes and hopefully we’ll be a little bit better. 

On if it’s frustrating that one small mistake has cost them the game…
I mean just cancel out those mistakes and I think we’ll be fine. They are a great team and they are really fast, but we need to bring our ‘A’ game, like we said from the start. And honestly we made a few mistakes that really cost us. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how the team has been able to pull together when things haven’t gone well…
Yeah and I think that’s the team chemistry we’ve been able to create all year is we have each other’s backs as players and the coaches have our backs and we have their backs. And I think it goes to show the maturity of our team is, you’ve played one hundred and two games up to this point, we’re not going to give up now. We haven’t given up. If we would have given up we would have gave up against Montreal in the first round so we’re definitely not going to give up now.

On the biggest key to conditioning this late in the season…
You know obviously you don’t need much motivation to get up to play because it’s the Stanley Cup Finals. And I think nutrition and getting your rest when you need it definitely plays a big role in this. I know everyone went to sleep earlier yesterday top make sure we got our rest. And everyone will do whatever they can and get a good meal in them now and get a good rest tonight and obviously a rest yesterday, or tomorrow, for our pregame nap. And I like I said, you don’t need much motivation to get yourself going for the Stanley Cup Finals. 

On getting an emotional lift from the home fans tomorrow night…
Well we need it. We definitely need it. We need to feed off their energy, we need to feed off their emotion and like you said, in both games sevens that we’ve had here we’ve been able to do that so hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.

On if the team has mental lapses at times…
You know, I think every team, there has been times where things haven’t gone their way and it’s just the other team has just pressed and pushed. And it’s not a sense of giving up, it’s just the other team has been able to use their game plan. But I think we’ve also showed that there is a lot of fight in this team, and there is no give up in this team. And I’ve already said it. If we wanted to give up we would have gave up a long time ago against Montreal and not even got ourselves in this position. And it’s the same thing, we haven’t played one hundred and three games to get to this point, to roll over and die. We are still going to fight to the end and we have to figure out a way to get ourselves back in this.  

On if the team is still confident that they can win…
Yeah, for sure. You always have to believe you can win and that’s something we have here is that confidence an you look at it, maybe a break our way or a bounce our way, you look at it and maybe it’s one-one or even two-nothing our way. But whatever happened in the past happened, it’s over. We have to look forward and what we need to do going into next game. 


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if he has to defend a little differently knowing Tim Thomas comes out of his net…
No, we play the same way in front of Timmy [Tim Thomas] at least personally for as long as I’ve been here. And he’s got his own style, and I don’t think anything is wrong with it. It’s been really successful for him. He’s really, as we all know, he’s probably one of the best, if not the best goaltender in the league. So I don’t see why we should change the way we play or the way should he change the way he plays.

On the maturation process for the team, pulling together when they are in tough spots…
Yeah, we did and again we went to Vancouver to try to obviously win games. And we were close, we were right in them. It didn’t happen so now we have another chance and obviously we are at home. So that’s a positive and we have to take that.

On being positive on the plane ride and letting the losses go pretty quickly…
Yeah, like I said it’s, that’s the schedule. You travel between your games and during those flights you try to relax and read, whatever you do. Take a nap, obviously maintain your nutrition program and get ready for tomorrow.

On how, as the captain, he picks the team back up…
Well I mean I think we all have to get ready. We know it’s going to be, we feed off our home crowd and we have to use that and we know it’s going to be very exciting. So I don’t think we need to do any motivational speeches at this point. We know what’s at stake, and it’s the Stanley Cup Finals, and it’s very exciting so…

On if he feels a greater burden as the captain to lead the team in the right direction…
No, I think as every one of us we have to do what we do best, not try to do too much or going out of our ways. I think do what you do, do it right. And we all do our jobs, I’m sure we are going to be fine.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On the challenge of coming back from a 2-0 deficit…
Well it’s not something you’re totally thinking about all the time. But we feel confident, we’ve been down before, so it’s something we’ve done. Going forward here I think we just worry about next game and if we win the next game, we worry about game four after that.

On the importance of his line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder being able to score…
Yeah, if I end up playing with them, hopefully we can make a difference, we have done it with other series. But at the same time, Tyler [Seguin], when he was playing there, he made a difference in the Tampa Bay series. So I’m happy wherever I’m playing and whatever which way it goes I just want to be able to contribute.   

On game coming down to a ‘secondary scorer’…
Yeah, definitely. If we can shut down their top unit there then we are giving ourselves a good chance. 

On what they take from the experience of being down 0-2 in Montreal…
Yeah, you take experience from that situation. You don’t get tense, you don’t get impatient you stay calm. We’ve been down before, we just have to take game three one sift at a time and if we give ourselves, put our best foot forward, then hopefully we can win game three.   



Saturday, June 4
Game 2

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLADUE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS BREIFING
On why Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference started the overtime…
Well because we don’t know who they are going to put on. They have the last change. It’s a normal thing.

On Vancouver being able to take over in the third period…
Well I think it’s not what is alarming right now, it’s what we need to do better. I don’t know if it’s them taking over in the third period. I think our team needs to certainly be better with our puck management, our decision making and we need to play a little bit more like we did in the second period. And we’re capable of doing that. We have to go back home, regroup, and get back to work.

On why Vancouver has been able to take over in the third period…
I don’t know, but I know we have to fix it. It’s as simple as that. In the last two games here we’ve lost by one goal and still I don’t think we’ve played the way we can. We are a better team than we’ve shown and we have to go back home and start showing that and get ourselves back in this series.

On if there is concern in how they have lost the first two games…
Nott really. We have been through a lot this year, resilient. I don’t think that’s what is going to drag us down. We have been able to bounce back before. You know we’ve got the, if you want, we’ve gone through the experience of being down two games to none against Montreal and probably even worse because we lost them at home. So you’re going to say it’s a, probably a better team here. Absolutely, the team that makes it to the finals is a better team but it doesn’t change the fact that we’ve been through it. And we didn’t come here just to roll over.  We’re definitely going to go home and regroup and bounce back.

On Zdeno Chara struggling tonight…
Well I guess all of a sudden you lose a game, and we’re going to start wondering about certain players. I think it’s about our whole team. It’s not about Zdeno [Chara], Zdeno didn’t lose a game for us tonight, our whole team did. We played very well and to what our standards are all about. And I think the decision making the puck management, they keep going back which is what keeps costing us games. I mean when you turn pucks over in the neutral zone, this is a team that thrives on it. And we know that they thrive on it, yet we keep turning backs over in the neutral zone. So we have to be a little better in those areas. And I thought in the second period we started doing that and got ourselves the lead and then they get themselves back in the game with that tying goal and obviously that last goal was a hard one to swallow.

On Zdeno Chara going back to the point on the power play…
Well it’s a lot of different things. I think Zdeno [Chara} has a lot of ice time and when you play a lot, certainly don’t want him in front all the time. It’s a very taxing position to be in and we thought that Looch [Milan Lucic} was bringing a pretty good physical presence tonight and he was capable of doing the job there on him. So as I mentioned today, I said you are going to see him there at times but it doesn’t mean you are going to see him there all the time. And Looch did a great job and got ourselves a goal out of it.

On Alexandre Burrows having two goals after the NHL decided not to suspend him…
Oh that’s, no comment. That’s, that had nothing to do with that. I don’t think, I never thought about that that way. They made a decision, we moved on, so that’s for us, if we start using that as an excuse, we’re a lame team. That’s to me that’s not even a consideration.

On if the neutral zone turnovers is what hurt them…
Well puck management. I though on our breakouts we needed to move the puck a little better. Puck management, D to D passes…or on the tape. And we bobbled a lot of pucks in our own end tonight and that allowed their forecheck to be efficient. And those are the things I keep talking about. So we’re basically burying ourselves because a lot of those things are happening for those two reasons. It’s hurting us right now. Puck management and decision-making.

On how the coaching staff has gotten the team to remain positive…
Well because we’ve seen it happen in front of our own eyes. I mean we were down two nothing and we came back and won the series. So I don’t think there is any reason here to not be positive. You don’t get this far guys, and all of a sudden hang our heads. They had home ice advantage and won their first two home games. We have to go back home and do the same. One game at a time as you hear always. We win that first game, you build some momentum and you get yourselves back in this series. It’s not the end of the world here guys. We lost a game, but we’re a better team than that. And we’re a team that has bounced back all through the season.

On being able to bury emotions after a loss…
Well, because you have to forget what just happened here tonight, as far as the loss is concerned. But you’ve got to learn from what we did wrong and our mistakes, and we’ve got to correct those. And we know that if we correct those things, things are going to be a lot better for us. And as far as I’m concerned, we’re taking responsibilities for this loss. It’s our own fault. We beat ourselves with some bad decision making and poor puck management. So you take responsibility, and you make the corrections that you have to do, and you move on. I think our game this year has been good when we’ve been at our best and executing properly. And we didn’t do that here.

On if Tim Thomas has to start playing closer to the net…
Well I think at the stage we’re at right now, if I asked him to change his style, I’m not sure that’s real good advice.

On the power play getting results, including Mark Recchi…
Well again, I go back to last game here, we had six power plays and I thought we generated some good opportunities. We didn’t score [in Game 1], tonight we get rewarded. So, I guess that makes it successful obviously, when you score. And I thought our guys again tonight did a good job at moving the puck around and getting some opportunities. We had good traffic in front, whether it was Zdeno [Chara], and the other time it was Looch [Milan Lucic], and then Rex [Mark Recchi] timed it really well there for that goal going in and tipping it in. So, we’re battling away in the special team areas, and I don’t think right now it’s been the main concern. The main concern has been what we’ve been talking about since the beginning of this press conference.

On how the final play of the game broke down with no one in front of the net…
Turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Tried to chip it in and they intercepted it. Again, whenever you turn pucks [over] in the neutral zone, they went on the counterattack, and he came across. But when Timmy [Thomas] was down, he had to go all the way around him, and that gave [Alexandre] Burrows that extra leverage that he needed to tuck it into the empty net.

On if someone should have been helping out on that play that led to the game-winning goal…
I think we were going in the other direction. I think it was more about, if we chipped that puck in, we’ve got support. I saw [Brad] Marchand turning over and coming back, but [Brad] Marchand couldn’t do anything, as far as [Alexandre] Burrows was concerned. I think we had some guys coming back to take away some of the options that he had.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BREIFING AT 12:00 PT

On breaking down video in the playoffs compared to the regular season…
Well, it is all the same, and obviously you’re playing the same team over and over again, so if anything, probably the type of video that you’re showing is a little different. During the season, you’re showing the other team’s tendencies, and here you’re making some adjustments as far as how they play. And we don’t see them [Vancouver] much during the season, so this is a final that requires, probably from the coach’s end of it, a little bit more time on the video and dissecting it more than we normally would.

On what the extra days do for a hockey team in between games…
Well I think it obviously gives us more time to prepare, and they’re going to say the same thing from their end of it. I know they’ve got a few guys that are a little banged up and I think at this stage of the playoffs, both teams would welcome that extra day. But at the same time, as I said yesterday, you like to get into your rhythm and after tonight’s game, it’s every second day. So we’re looking forward to it, and maybe that extra rest well certainly bring the intensity and the excitement to the rest of the playoff games. 

On what Dennis Seidenberg brings to the team…
Well I think he’s one of those special players that you rely on heavily. He’s a player that can handle a lot of ice time. His intensity is always there. He’s one of those guys that you can utilize in all situations and a very strong individual. Whoever he plays against, it certainly makes it hard on those players to gain entrance or get to the net. And his competitiveness is extremely good. Very focused individual and very committed as well. For a lot of people, the spotlight’s always been on Zdeno Chara and he’s kind of gone unnoticed at times. But I think lately people are realizing how good he is. 

On if he expects the Bruins and Canucks to be more disciplined in Game 2…
Well I think both teams know each other a little better after Game 1, and obviously the first game there’s a lot of intensity. Emotions are pretty high and the excitement, so sometimes you have a tendency to maybe lose control of your emotions and end up taking penalties, as you saw early in the game. But by the time the third period came around, I thought both teams had settled down a little bit. So I would expect that to be something that we see in this game, but then again, we’ve predicted things and opposites happened. So we’ll have to wait and see, and as far as I’m concerned, I think discipline is a big part of this game right now.

On if Zdeno Chara has enjoyed being in front of the net on the power play…
Well I think he’s expressed to us that he certainly doesn’t mind being there. It’s something that he’s done before and he’s very good at. Obviously I’ve liked the fact that he’s done a good job of standing up front, but also whenever there’s been loose pucks he’s reacted well at getting them. Whether it’s been that faceoff he had to take or even loose pucks on the battle on the draws, he’s in there. Even on the entries, he had the puck a couple of times and made the right play. So I really the way he’s reacted to the situations. I think he’s done a great job. We’re also aware that, in the course of a game, depending on how many power plays there is and stuff like that, you’ve got to be careful that you don’t over-utilize him either. And there might be some guys that have to step in times and do that job, for the sake of giving him a little bit of a breather. So we’re going to manage that certainly as best as we can and hope he continue to do the job that when he’s there.

On the impact Chris Kelly has had during the playoffs…
Well he’s had a really good impact. I think when he first came, people were wondering what he was going to being to our hockey club, and like anybody else, it took him a while to find his place on our team and feel comfortable. And when he did, I think people realized how important this player could be for our hockey club. He’s done a really good job and he’s put up some points on the board. He scored some big goals for us, and he’s been reliable both ends of the ice. So he’s been a great acquisition, I think Peter [Chiarelli] did a great job of bringing him in and as you know, there wasn’t a ton of guys out there, centermen that were available at the trade deadline. So we had to find someone who was going to get us depth in that position, and I think he’s filled that role extremely well.

On Shawn Thornton’s presence in the locker room and if he might try to work Thornton into the lineup in this series…
Well that’s something, absolutely. Every game is about making decisions here, and Shawn [Thornton] for us right now is a guy that has been in the dressing room between the first and second and the second and third. He’s in the warmup, he’s getting dressed with the players, still doing his job, and whenever he hasn’t been playing he’s still been a big asset to our hockey club. He’s in the warmup and we know he’s won a Stanley Cup, and I know that when he did win it, he had to miss some games as well. And we’re in a position now where we have to make decisions based on our needs, and what has to happen, and we had points envisioned that a guy like Tyler [Seguin], the way he played, when Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] came back we had to keep him in the lineup. So as games go on we make decisions, so what I’m saying today might be different tomorrow and so on, so forth.

On Vancouver’s third line…
Well I think the one thing that was tough, to be honest with you, is in the first two periods, there were so many penalties and power plays so on, so forth that I really felt that the flow was disrupted a lot, as far as gaining momentum with your lines and so on, so forth. I really thought it was a challenge, and we talked about it between periods. Guys are getting pushed out of the games because of that, some other guys are getting over-utilized. So I think that’s why both teams would prefer having a little bit more discipline. Although I know Vancouver likes their power play. But I think it’s important for us to be able to be disciplined and not get caught in that kind of a game where it disrupts our flow. So our third line probably didn’t have the impact that their third line had last game, but I think it’s more than just our third line. I think it’s everybody that has to be better and I felt, as I mentioned the other day, five-on-five we need to be better, and we need to make some better decisions, and we’ve talked about that for the last couple of days. So, we’ll hopefully see that tonight.

On if the Bruins need more greasy goals because they’re facing Roberto Luongo…
Well I think that you need to get those greasy goals in any games in the playoffs, whoever you play. I mean we managed to do that against [Dwayne] Roloson, who had a great playoffs until he played against us and we managed to get those greasy goals and we managed to get some traffic in front. I think that goes without saying, but there’s no doubt we didn’t do that well enough last game, and we didn’t get enough pucks to the net with the traffic and those kind of presences. So that has to be a little better as well.

On how he feels knowing the Bruins bounced back after losing Game 1 to Montreal and Tampa Bay…
Well I think that’s why we’re going into this game tonight with positive thoughts, and positive feeling. It’s because this isn’t, I guess unknown territory for us. We’ve been through that, and it doesn’t mean it happens automatically, we know we have to work through it. But having done it certainly gives you the confidence to go out there and play the type of game that you need to play in order to win and we need to do that tonight. We certainly don’t want to go to Boston down two games. This is a game that we feel is an important one for our hockey club, and like I said, two days to talk about it and prepare for it, and now it’s time to show it.

On if Marc Savard is with the team…
No he’s not.

On if Marc Savard is still checking in and offering advice…
He’s certainly watching us play. It was nice to see him in Boston a few weeks ago, and he brought his kids along, and I think it was good for him. It was also good for his teammates to see that he’s slowly getting better. He’s still got a long ways to go, but Marc [Savard] is certainly watching closely and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in Boston. So, maybe I’m putting a little pressure on him to get back there, but he’s in our thoughts. We know that what he’s going through is not an easy thing. We also realize, from our end of it, how good of a player he was when he was at his best and our power play was always very good when he was on it. And when you lose a player like that, you certainly miss him, but we’ve done our best here to fill the gaps and it’s gotten us here, and now it’s up to us to finish the job. 

Friday, June 3
Bruins Practice

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Tyler Seguin’s progression…
Well I think he’s progressed well and as expected all year long. Tyler [Seguin] was in a, maybe a different position than Taylor Hall where he came to a team that  obviously had a lot of veterans and established. So I guess his presence wasn’t maybe as easy as it would have been in other circumstances. But what I liked and admired about Tyler is that he wanted to be part of a winning team. He was certainly willing to pay the price and learn throughout the season. His attitude has been great. He’s definitely bought into what we’re trying to do with him to make him a real great hockey player in the future. And from our end of it there’s no doubt this guy is going to be outstanding. His skill level is so good and right now the experience is what he’s gaining and which will make him a better player. Obviously being eighteen when he first came to us and being nineteen now, when you go from playing junior hockey to straight to the NHL, the one thing that you realize pretty quickly is that guys are pretty strong and sturdy and he had to make that adjustment to that. But he’s been really good. We started the playoffs with a lineup that we thought was the best lineup at the time and when the occasion came for him to step in, he did a really great job. And although he hasn’t put up a ton of points since his first two games, he’s still done a lot of good things. He made a pass to [Chris] Kelly there at the end I think of the first period there that had it connected would have been a real top-end play. I thought he did a great job at back checking and doing his job properly. So he is becoming an all around player and the one thing we’re not going to take away is his opportunity to produce, because that’s his strength. But we certainly would like him to be as complete a player as he can.

On if Tyler Seguin had a “welcome to the NHL” moment…
Are you talking about kind of a hit? Well the only welcome I saw from his was when we were in Prague, he scored that goal on the breakaway and to me that was a good welcome, and it was a highlight goal as well.

On if he needs more from Milan Lucic
Well I think we need more out of everybody. Again we talked about last game and if we plan on winning tomorrow, that’s something we’re going to need more out of everybody. Milan [Lucic] is also capable of that. When he hits his stride and he’s on top of his game, his skating is good, his presence is good, and even his scoring chances are there. So certainly he’s a big part of our hockey club, and you rely on those guys to be as good as they can be.

On if he notices demands or distractions placed on Milan Lucic being in his hometown…
Well I think it’s a give and take. You got to understand that he’s in his hometown, and certainly you want to please those people to a certain extent, but at the same time you don’t want it to be a detriment to his preparation and his rest and everything else. So I mean our guys have a done a pretty good job of balancing that out, that he does a little bit of both, gets the rest that he needs and does as much as he can to please the people from around here.

On how important it is to get shots through and hope for the bounces…
Well it is, and as you know a lot of teams now are fronting pucks. So it’s not as easy as it used to be getting shots through. Guys are doing a great job of getting to the point when the puck’s up there to get in the shooting lane, and when it’s down low the Ds are doing a pretty good job of fronting pucks as well. So that’s easier said than done. We managed thirty-six shots on net, but that’s just a number. The scoring chances are what you have to look at and I think we can be better in regards to that.

On how he feels about the extra day off between games…
Well I think everybody likes to get into the rhythm and obviously every second day is probably the best rhythm going but when you get into those situations and you have a couple of days between games, to me it’s always the same for both teams. So I don’t think there’s a necessary edge unless somebody’s really banged up and needs an extra day. We’re looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully these two days off have made us even hungrier and ready for tomorrow.

On why Tyler Seguin has been held off the score sheet in the last six games…
Well I don’t think there is any specific reason. There are a lot of guys who have gone scoreless in those six games as well. As I mentioned to you earlier, he is 19-years-old, we don’t expect him to carry our team on his back. But I know for a fact that against Tampa, after those first two games, they certainly were respectful of him a lot more than they were in the first two and they realized the damage he could make. Obviously good players have to find ways to fight through that and this is the opportunity Tyler [Seguin] has to gain even more experience in regards to that.

 On having a better start in Game 2…
I don’t think I said we need a better start, because I think our first period was pretty good.  I said they came out at us pretty hard in the first two minutes, which was normal for a home team and wanting to set the pace. But I thought after the first two minutes in the first period, we handled it well. So teams always want to have a good start. If you can get that early goal, certainly helps. And teams that are here right now have been pretty good when they score the first goal. They’ve been a hard team to beat and we are no different than they are and obviously that plays a big role in having good starts.

On how Tuukka Rask has handled moving to the back-up role…
Well I don’t think it’s been an issue, because Tuukka Rask is a team guy. And you hear that a lot, but he is. There hasn’t been a peep from him. He’s smart enough to realize that the guy in net is having an outstanding year, and in my mind probably a Vezina Trophy winner. And so, he’s okay with that. I also know that he would love to play, which is what I want to hear. And I also know that if called upon, he’d be ready. And when you have a goaltender like Tim Thomas and you’ve got Tuukka Rask with him, since the beginning of the year we felt really, really comfortable because we think we got two elite goaltenders in our lineup right now.

On the elements of Brad Marchand’s game that allows him to trust him…
Well I think it’s his competitiveness. He’s come in this year and he’s established himself as a pretty good player and even though he was with us at times last year, didn’t play much, but he certainly didn’t play like a rookie this year. He had that confidence and being with us I think helped in regards to that. But he’s a pretty reliable guy, and he’ll make mistakes like everybody else but overall I think when the game is on the line you are going to see him go through the wall to do whatever needs to be done, and that’s what I like about Brad [Marchand]. And you know, he’s a very modest individual. He comes in everyday and he wants to be a good team player and he’s well respected by his teammates. And that’s something that he deserves a lot of credit for because I know coming out of juniors, he certainly didn’t have that reputation. But I can tell you right now he’s a totally different individual right now and well-respected by his teammates.

On if Brad Marchand needs to be more disciplined in Game 2…
I think we have to be disciplined no matter what and he’s part of that too. Obviously the penalty he took wasn’t a good penalty last game. We know that that‘s happened at times with Brad [Marchand] and the type of game he plays. We certainly want him to improve in that area and minimize those kinds of things. But he understands, he knows once he’s done it and he takes ownership for it. But at the same time I think it’s a normal thing to understand the discipline at this stage. And we keep talking about, even if we didn’t let them score on the power play last game, they still have a potent power play and we have to make sure our penalties are good ones and most of the time when they are good ones you end up killing them.

On the emphasis on neutral zone play in practice…
Yeah that’s one of them and at the same time, I think we’ve reviewed that at different times of the year just to bring the focus back in that area and I thought that was what we did today. I thought it was a good time to review that.


Thursday, June 2
Media Availability

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BREIFING AT 5:30 PM ET
On if he saw the replay of Alexandre Burrow’s biting of Patrice Bergeron
As far as I’m concerned the league has made a decision and we move on. I think what’s more important for us is to prepare for next game, more than put our attention on something that’s already been ruled. So let’s move on here, and we’re not the type of team that whines and cries about things like that. We just move on, and that’s what we’re going to do. 

On the Bruins ability to move on from defeats…
Well that’s because that’s the way we approached it all year. I think throughout the season you get your ups and downs, and when we had our downs, we knew that a lot of people were disappointed and we were criticized. But inside that dressing room, we knew it was a long year, and that we could right the ship, with time, and we did that, we got into the playoffs. So having done that all year, you don’t change your approach, and you lose a game and we know how important that loss becomes. But right now, what’s more important is not yesterday’s loss but how we’re going to react to it on Saturday.

On if he thinks nerves played a role in last night’s game…
Well I would say what nerves there were, there were on both sides. I don’t think there’s a team there that seemed more nervous, but I would say that our team is and will play better, is capable of playing better, and will definitely play better next game. And that’s a thing that we believe in, but we also have to understand that we have to play better if we intend on winning some games here.

On moving Zdeno Chara from the point to the front of the net on the power play, and how much of a learning process that is…
Well there’s not much to not like about Zdeno Chara. Let’s put it this way, when you’ve got him on your team, you appreciate him for everything he does. And obviously on the power play he’s given us a different look, and I thought he did a pretty good job, and as you know, when you get put in that position, there’s always things that you better yourselves at. Obviously he’s moving around pretty good at trying to be a screen in front, and also trying not to get sucked into penalties. And they were pretty hard on him yesterday at times, and he just got back up and did his job. So, I anticipate he’ll only get better at that position as we use him there. 

On if he’s concerned about Johnny Boychuk’s play and decision making…
Let’s put it this way. At this time of the year, I’m not going to come in here and criticize my players. So I’m not going to answer that question as far as we’re going to deal with it internally, and I think what we have to do here is regroup as a team and play better. So right now, I’m not going to stand here and start answering questions of people criticizing individuals. I’m going to stay with the team concept, and we’re going to rectify it, and if you ask him he probably knows that he could’ve played that last goal a lot better, and we all know that. But we need to move on right now.

On Andrew Ference and his value to the team…
He’s been solid for us. He’s been a player that, for the first time in a long time, has been a pretty healthy player for us all year. And we knew how good he was, but throughout the last few years, he’s had to battle some injuries that every time he came back it took him a while to find his game again. When he did, he’d go back down to an injury. But this year, he’s been pretty healthy overall, and he’s certainly showing his value right now. He may be a smaller defenseman in stature, but he certainly plays like a big guy, and very physical, smart, and his battle is second to none for a guy his size.

On Andrew Ference’s personality…
I think his personality’s fine. You get the typical answers from players when you’re asked questions. He’s one of those guys that thinks those things through, maybe a little bit more, and will elaborate a little bit more on his answers, which I think makes you guys pretty happy. So I think he’s been pretty honest, as well, as a player, in answering those kind of questions, and I know he’s been through some tough times where he’s been criticized, and a lot of it was probably not founded. And he stood tall for himself, and I think his players respect him for that.

On Tim Thomas at times playing outside the crease…
Well that’s his style. I mean, if he gets a chance to challenge, he challenges, and the rule is pretty clear. You’re entitled to your ice, and if he steps out, and he’s got that ice, he’s entitled to it. And that’s what he’s done through the whole process. Now we all know that goaltenders are to be protected. If you were going to say that if he’s out of his crease then he’s fair game, well that should be the same thing I guess behind the net. But I think the league has ruled that goaltenders need to be protected, and he’s entitled to his ice, and he’s got it, then afterwards I don’t think people are entitled to run over those guys. And that applies for us as well. If [Roberto] Luongo comes out of his net, he’s got his ice, and it’s his, it belongs to him. So the rule to me is pretty clear. So I don’t see any issues there.

On if the team will look to be more physical in Game 2…
Well I expect our team to play better, so that’s in all areas, whether its physical, whether its what we create on offense and everything else. So I mean, I’m not going to look at one area because I think we can be better in all the areas and that’s what I said when I said earlier that our team is and has to be and we will play better next game.

On whether the team’s shots made it a difficult game for [Roberto] Luongo…
No, I don’t think we made it difficult, as we should have or could have, so it’s something that has to be a little bit better in regards to that. And like I said, you know, there’s a lot of times that we come out of a game where we’ve been out-shot and people are up in arms and yet you look at the scoring chances and we’ve done a pretty good job. Well, I think the same applies for them last night, you know. We might have out-shot them, but they had the better quality scoring chances than we did and that’s reality.

On Alexandre Burrows and Patrice Bergeron and whether he had comparable experiences as a player…
Well those things were obviously a lot different in those days because I think in those days I remember a lot of gouging, a lot of biting, and it was fair game at that time. So obviously the rules have gotten a little tighter and those kind of things right now are deemed, you know, unacceptable. And like I said, I just find that it’s too bad that something like that had to happen in the Stanley Cup Finals, you know. I think there are better ways of resolving issues than getting to that stage but it is what it is and like I said, we’re moving on here.

On how his team performed at even strength in Game 1…
Well yeah, it was pretty simple. I think they beat us at the five-on-five game last night. And I thought our special teams were as good, if not better than theirs to be honest with you. We had more scoring chances on our power play than they did and our penalty kill did a great job against a pretty potent power play so special teams I don’t think was an issue last night but the five-on-five, they were no doubt the better team.

On whether he sees the power play coming along…
Well its amazing how, you know, just because of how it’s been before, its still being kind of questioned today. I think our power play was very good last night in moving the puck and creating some chances and was even better than Vancouver’s, in my mind. We had more scoring chances than Vancouver did on the power play so if we’re going to criticize ours we should criticize theirs at this stage of the playoffs. Right now the way I’ve looked at it is that our power plays on both teams start from scratch in this series and then we’ll gage along how the teams do in the special teams department and right now were dead even. So it hasn’t been an issue. I thought we had some scoring chances, I thought we moved the puck well. I thought Zdeno [Chara] did a great job in front of the net. I thought our penalty kill did a great job against a power play that is supposedly so potent. I thought our penalty kill did a good job.

On outdrawing the Celtics final and the Red Sox changing the time of a game so as not to conflict with Game 2…
Well that’s the respect there is in Boston as far as, you know, the Red Sox are concerned. They’re big fans of our and we’re big fans of theirs. And that’s certainly something that has been going on for a long time now. And, you know, that is what Boston is all about. They’re supportive of all their teams and get that opportunity. And obviously hockey, for the longest of time, was something so big in Boston and it kind of lost its luster, you know, with difficult times. But I think, right now what we’re seeing is its coming back in the right direction and its been a lot of fun being part of it.

Wednesday, June 1
Game 1

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS BRIEFING
On the Patrice Bergeron and Alexandre Burrows incident…
No, I haven’t seen it to be honest with you. I don’t think I’ve had time to look at that stuff right now. I’m going by what Patrice [Bergeron] told me and obviously there was something that happened. And I guess I’ll save my comments for after I see it. And if that’s the case then that’s a classless move and not something players should be doing at this level anyways.

On the game-winning goal…
Well it’s obviously a nice goal by them. I thought for the first two periods we played a pretty even game and obviously in the third we just seemed to lack some energy and lost our legs. And they just seemed to come at us pretty hard so they just took the game over in the third period and obviously found a way to win it with a late goal.

On if he thought the game-winning goal was offside’s….
I haven’t really looked at it. But again, even if it was or wasn’t it wouldn’t change the outcome right now.

On if it feels like it was a game that got away…
Yeah I think, I thought we played a real, good road game to be honest with you. And to be in the situation we’re in after two periods I didn’t mind it. Especially against this hockey club, I thought our PK did a great job against their power play. Timmy [Tim Thomas] made the great saves when he had to and like I said, for two periods I was pretty pleased. But obviously the third period, they were the better team and they ended up scoring that goal. But it got away from us but we still have an opportunity here in the next game to hopefully get that one and kind of get the home ice advantage.

On if this game is indicative of the way the series will go…
Well it’s the way it happened tonight. And I think it’s pretty hard to predict what is going to happen because throughout the playoffs there have been different situations that have happened. And some games you get those kind of scoreless games for most of it and then other games everything seems to go in. So we’ll take it one game at a time.

On the power play and scoring chances…
Well again, I think our power play was better tonight than it had been in a while. We spent a lot of time, had some shots, had some opportunities had some chances. So we didn’t score and obviously when your power play isn’t doing well people are going to criticize because it didn’t score. But I think the same thing happened on the other side. And as long as we are able to stay on even terms with them when it comes to special teams, we’re okay with that.

On the team’s play in the neutral zone…
Well again, it was one of those tight games, they certainly had a tight gap. And what I didn’t maybe like as much from our neutral zone was that we turned too many pucks over just in front of their blue line and didn’t get it deep enough for our liking and that’s something that probably wasn’t at par tonight for our hockey club.

On how the amount of penalties on both sides…
Well I think both teams, since they don’t see each other, were trying to make a statement, I would imagine. And although we talked about discipline, we were obviously going to stand up for each other and this was the type of game that was played. I think, like I said, when two teams don’t know each other that well and they are facing each other and obviously the build up to this final, there are going to be some strong emotions out there and both teams obviously reacted to that.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING AT 12:00 PM
On how he feels that Game 1 is finally here…
Great, I think as we mentioned this is a great place to be right now and we’re excited to play our first game. There’s been a lot of build-up around it, but what matters and what counts is what’s going to happen on the ice tonight.

On if he prepares any differently with a 5:00 p.m. start and how he stays in the same routine…
I don’t think it’s much different than afternoon games we played throughout the season, so it really doesn’t change much for us. It’s basically an eight o’clock game if we’re in our time zone. But we’ve been used to these afternoon games. We’ve played them all year long. So I don’t think it’s going to be an issue at all.

On if he feels that he is going to have to weather a storm with the way Vancouver is going to come out…
Well anybody who’s, or any team who is going to be in the Stanley Cup Finals can certainly take advantage of their home crowd and we’ll be in that position games three and four. But as of right now ,as I mentioned, you got to kind of block those things out as best you can and concentrate on your game. When we go to Montreal, we have a pretty good feeling of what those crowds can be like. So I’m sure Vancouver will be a lot like Montreal has been against us. And we’ve had a lot of practice in that area.

On what he has been saying to the guys over the last day or so…
Well it’s been kind of a build-up. You don’t want to throw too much at them all at once. I think we’ve kind of worked our way through this in our preparation. And that fact of enjoying it goes without saying. It’s something that you want to cherish the rest of your life and you’ve got an opportunity here to chose how you’re going to cherish it, with a Stanley Cup win or being second fiddle. So this is up to us. It’s a clean slate, it’s starting from scratch with both teams and may the best team win. And we certainly want to give ourselves a really good chance at it and we believe in ourselves as a team, we have all year, and that’s why we’re here.

On if he sees them as underdogs and how he goes about that…
Well it really doesn’t matter. I think what people see us as and where we’re put. All I know is that we’re here in the Stanley Cup Finals because we deserve it. We’ve gone through a lot to get to this stage, and because of that we’ve got some, a lot of resiliency in our game and a lot of determination. So it doesn’t matter. At this stage, somebody’s got to be a favorite, somebody’s got to be an underdog. And some people really thrive on being underdogs and some people would prefer to be underdogs. For us it doesn’t really matter. We’re not playing that card right now. We’re just playing the card that we’re here and we’re here to win.

On if Game 7 against the Lightning is the blueprint the team will have to repeat to beat the Canucks…
Well we talked about that after we had won that game. Those are the types of games you have to play in order to win the Stanley Cup. And we’ve obviously proven that we can. Now it’s up to us to go out there and do it on a game-after-game basis. And we understand the challenge, we understand what’s at stake, we understand who we’re playing. Basically our homework is done. Right now it’s up to us to show that we can and we believe we can.

On the importance of the third and fourth lines and the third defensive pairing…
Well I think everybody in the Stanley Cup Finals has a big role to play and if you’re just relying on just a couple of players you’re probably going to end up on the disappointing end of the finals. So for us I know our whole roster has played a huge role at one point or another during the season and throughout the playoffs. And we don’t expect that to change. We feel good about our depth and depth means you have more than two lines. We feel good about our depth on the back end which means again the guys that are in the lineup are guys that we feel good about. So that hasn’t changed and I can say the same thing about our goaltending. Although you’ve only seen the one, the guy that’s waiting behind him has been a great goaltender and will continue to be for many years. So I’m happy where our team is and what it has as far as depth is concerned. And hopefully we’ll be able to utilize that.

On if it’s just a matter of time before the team starts scoring consistently on the power play…
I don’t know, I don’t think it’s a matter of time. I think right now what we have to understand is that we have to do our best in all areas and hopefully our power play is going to produce for us. And if it does we better make sure theirs doesn’t either. So that’s the way it goes and that’s the way it was handled against Tampa and it helped us get here.

On if Henrik and Daniel Sedin differ from any of the other top forwards they have faced…
Listen, they’ve earned respect because the chemistry between the two of them. And they deserve it. But at the same time I don’t think we’re sitting here saying we’re worried about them. There are more than just the twins on that team that can do damage. I think we are looking at their team as a whole. There are obviously key players in every team and I’m sure they are keyed on ours, but for the most part I think we know what we have to do against them and now it’s up to us to go out there and do that job against those guys and try to minimize the damage.

On the keys to tonight’s game…
Well I think number one, we have to come out here and play like we want to win the game and certainly not play on our heels. That first game is always, especially on the road, you kind of get a feel for each other, we are not teams that play each other a lot. But right now we just have to go out there and play our game. It’s not a big secret, it’s not, there won’t be any secret plans being talked about here for sure. But nonetheless I think it’s a matter of going out there, we feel good about out game, we feel that if our game is on top it should give us an opportunity here to win the game.

On Vancouver’s breakouts being an area that will pose a big challenge…
Well we’ve faced those kind of aggressive forechecks all year. It’s just been a little bit ironic there in the last three rounds there that teams that we’ve played against basically play a one-three-one system so sometimes the forecheck wasn’t as aggressive. But through the year we faced that. We’ve been able to answer those kind of forechecks and same is going to apply today.

On what Colin Campbell stepping down means to Gregory Campbell
Well I don’t think Greg [Campbell] has had any issues about it and neither have we. Because it’s publicly known here that his farther had no decision to be made on anything that regarded our team. So it was done fairly and it was someone else dealing with those issues, so it hasn’t been. And even before Greg came to our hockey club, I have always been one of those guys that understood how hard Colin’s [Campbell] job was and even when it didn’t always favor us, I respected the decisions that were made. So nothing has really changes in that regard. He’s one of those guys that’s no different than referees. If he does something good, nobody gives him the pat on the back and the minute there is something people don’t agree on, he’s being criticized. So it takes somebody special to do that job and I’ve said that again, before Greg came to our hockey club. So I am one of those people who respects the jobs that people have in this game and that includes referees and everybody else that often gets criticized. So as far as he’s concerned, I don’t think it’s going to affect Greg’s game much, his father is still with the league and has just basically taken a certain responsibly away from him for now.

On playing Zdeno Chara in front of the net on the power play…
Well, we’re just a few hours away from the game and you’re trying to get me to divulge my game plan here. So I don’t know if I really want to answer that question. But with all due respect I’ll decline on that.

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