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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins/Canucks

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Postgame



BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On seeing Nathan Horton tonight…
It was exciting to see him come here and show support. You know he’s a loving guy, he’s a caring guy for everyone on this team. He’s always in a good mood and to see him come out here and you know the joy on his face to get a win like that, to see a win like that. But for him I’m sure he’s excited.

On having Marc Savard here tonight as well…
Yeah definitely wasn’t expecting it but it was nice to see him.

On what he liked best about what his team did tonight…
Well we didn’t change much from our last game. We continued the pressure and focused on you know getting the pucks in deep and win battles. So it was nice to see us play consistent throughout the whole game.

On how he feels about heading into Vancouver for a best of three situation…
Obviously in order to, you know, jump ahead we’ve got to win in Vancouver. They’re a tough team to beat, we saw that in the last two games and they’re going to be, definitely trying to prove a point, especially in their home building so they’re going to be tough to beat.

On how the Bruins are going to keep the momentum after winning these two games…
Just not to get ahead of ourselves you know and realize that we have two more wins to go and they are not going to be easy. Guaranteed they are not going to give up, and try not make any mistakes.

On how the Bruins are faster in the past couple of games and if this is due to gaining speed through the neutral zone…
Well I think we’re just, I think we’ve got some speed on our team. And it’s nice to see that guys have gotten the jitters out and starting to use their legs. And you know it’s obviously paid off these last two games. But the main goal for us is to play just as strong in Vancouver.

On if the team is being particularly hard on Ryan Kesler now that he has returned and is a key to the Canucks success…
Well I mean he might be hurting but I think adrenaline will take over for him. And you know he’s obviously been one to respond in these past two games. Not just him but their whole team. So it’s definitely something we have to focus on, not just [Ryan] Kesler but try to maintain a physical presence on everybody.

On how Rich Peverley was able to jump into the first line tonight and be successful…
I mean, I think that’s obviously the reason we got Rich [Peverley]. He has that skill mentality where he can score big goals for us. But at the same time he was playing a good role on the third line for a good part. So we do have that talent and it’s nice to see it pay off.

On how the three players the Bruins received just before the trade deadline seem to fit in seamlessly wherever Claude Julien needs them…
Well it looks like you don’t get a guy like Kells [Chris Kelly] and Pev [Rich Peverley] it seems like they fit into our system very well and I would say that type of style, and I think they like the way they play like that.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On if it is a coincidence the Bruins have outscored the Canucks 12-1 since the injury to Horton…
I think starting off we played well then obviously losing Horty [Nathan Horton] was a big loss for us.  Guys have to step it up and that’s what we have been doing.  We got back to playing our game and the way that we are really good when we play physical and are tough on the forecheck.  That is when we have success.  We were down two-nothing and we knew we had to win these games at home and we did that.

On players ability to step up when one teammate is injured…
That is it. It shows the character of this team and the depth that we have.  When guys go down other guys step up and do a good job.  That is what you need and that is what it is going to take to win. 

On playing a physical game…
They try to play physical too.  They have guys over there that hit hard and we just want to respond and try to outmatch them in that part of the game.  I think that is what we did in those two games.  We know they are not going to give up they are going to come out harder when we get in Vancouver on Friday.  We have to be ready for that and bring the same intensity that we had here, maybe even more.

On seeing Nathan Horton present “The Jacket Award”…
It was huge.  We didn’t expect to see him.  We didn’t expect to see him and it is good to see that he is doing better.  He is a big part of this team.  We are going to miss him but like I said, when guys go down other guys step it up.  It is good to see Horty [Nathan Horton] around and that he is up and moving and doing well.

On his goal…
I think Segs [Tyler Seguin] just had it wide there and I was just on the other side of the ice and he just happened to see me.  He threw it across and I didn’t have much speed because the puck was just rolling.  I knew I just wanted to get a shot on net.  I think it hit the defenseman’s stick and dipped on [Roberto] Luongo but I’ll take that.

On if he was trying to use Sami Salo as a screen on his goal…
A little bit.  I knew he was going to come at me a little bit.  I just wanted to pull it in and get a shot on net.  I think it hit his stick and it managed to go in. 

On his ability to back-check on the power play in the first period…
I saw a turnover and there was a loose puck and I knew he had a great opportunity.  I just tried to do what I could to get back and lift his stick.


On seeing Roberto Luongo get pulled from the game…
It happened in a couple series against us that he’s pulled the goalie and they got the momentum back and we didn’t want to let that happen.  He is a great goaltender and he’s definitely going to bounce back.  We just have to do the same thing next game that we did tonight.  It doesn’t matter who is in the net we can’t change the way we play. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On who is going to replace Nathan Horton
You can’t replace a guy like that. He’s been one of our best players all playoffs and the whole team stepped up tonight.

On if Nathan Horton gave him the 80’s style Bruins starter jacket…
He did, yeah. He came in the room and everyone’s pretty emotional to just be able to see him. No one has seen him since everything happened so he wanted to give it out tonight.

On the feeling inside the locker room when Nathan Horton came in…
He was really excited to be in here I think just to see the guys, and no, no one was expecting to see him tonight. I think everyone was super excited, he’s an integral part of this team and you know obviously one of the best players the whole playoffs. So you know everyone was really excited to see him.

On how it felt to contribute to another win…
Yeah you know whenever you can contribute offensively you want to be able to help out. I thought the whole team did a good job of bringing a lot of energy tonight.

On what he liked best about the win…
I thought everyone was skating and when we’re skating we are usually pretty good on the forecheck and getting in on them. I thought we did a good job in that way.

On how he feels about heading back to Vancouver tied at 2-2…
Well, obviously we are going into their building and it’s a tough place to play. They are one of the best teams in the league for a reason so we got to go in there and try to steal one.

On the reaction in the locker room when Nathan Horton walked in…
Yeah, we didn’t know he was coming in, he was behind the curtain over there and everyone saw him and were really excited and started yelling and clapping for him. He said that he was really happy with the guys and really proud of how everyone played. Nobody has seen him since everything happened. So to be able to see him and look at him and have a smile on his face and know he’s healthy is important to us.

On channeling their emotions for Game 4…
Well there’s going to be a lot of emotion, it’s the Stanley Cup Final. I think for the last three games here there is going to be a lot of emotion. You have to keep your emotions in check and stay channeled.

On the first goal of the game…
It was a nice play by [David] Krejci and I tried to gain a lot of speed and I just tried to get a five-hole snuck through.

On being inspired by the Aaron Rome hit on Nathan Horton
Well he’s an important part of our team. You know a very emotional player. When you see a guy go down and get hurt, you want to be concerned about his safety and his health and everybody really wants to pull for him.

On where he was placed in the lineup for tonight’s game…
Well I think that there were a few guys that were jumping in on that line. I just got an opportunity and [David] Krejci made a good play on the first one and [Milan] Lucic made a good play on the second one.

On if the Bruins can carry the momentum into Vancouver…
Well you’d like to think so. They have obviously played pretty well at home and won their first two games at home and if we want to win this thing we are going to have to win one of the next two in their building.

On if there is any explanation for out-scoring Vancouver 8-0 in the second periods in the series…
No I don’t think so. There’s no explanation, we just try to keep playing every game and play a full sixty minutes and if we are going to do that we are going to give ourselves a good chance.

On what has changed in the series…
I wouldn’t say anything has changed pretty much. I think we are getting bounces right now and they are still a great team and they are still getting a lot of chances. Timmy [Tim Thomas] has played very well and we got to go in and play with a lot of energy going into their building.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the Bruins performance tonight…
Yeah, I think, you know, we had a pretty good game again tonight. Obviously it could have went either way there. Timmy [Tim Thomas] made a lot of big saves. They really took it to us there at one point, so you know, we’re obviously real happy about the win.

On what aspect of his game he takes the most pride in…
I’m just trying to play my game and whatever happens happens.

On if his offensive play and aggressive nature is a good combination…
Yeah, I think that, you know, as a guy, whatever aspect of the game you want to play and, obviously, it’s helped my game to try and be a bit of a rat out there, you know, obviously it’s tough riding that line between a penalty that I shouldn’t have taken and that was obviously right. You want to stay in the lines and try to play that way.

On the leadership in the Bruins’ locker room
Yeah, we have a lot of guys that are stepping up big right now. And you know, we just wanted to chip away and try to get back into the series, obviously, you know, Vancouver is an unbelievable team and they’re very tough to play against, so, we wanted to do our best to get back in the series and we’re fighting for something we’ve wanted our whole lives. And fortunately we were able to kind of get back here, but, you know, we’re just trying to keep up with them. They’re playing unreal.

On Boston forward Nathan Horton’s return to the locker room…
Yeah, it was nice to see Horty [Nathan Horton], for sure.

On if Nathan Horton said anything to him tonight…
I didn’t see him much, just, you know, he’s okay and you know, happy to be back with the guys.

On the sequence of his goal tonight…
I think, I just swung in there and then I think [Keith] Ballard tripped up and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] did a great job getting there and forcing the turnover and forked it to the front and I just put it in the open net.

On the physical aspect of the Bruins’ game tonight and if that was important in establishing a tempo…
Yeah, we, anytime you get a hit early in the game, it kind of gets you into the game, gets you more involved and that’s what we were trying to do. Everyone get a little bump early in the game and gets involved.

On if he relishes his role as a self-described “rat”…
Obviously it’s a tough role to play, it’s tough to walk that line, you know, I get pulled back a lot, but it’s how I have to play to be effective.

On why the Bruins have been so successful in the second periods of this series…
No, I think, you know, we just try and be focused every time we come in the dressing room and it seems like Vancouver usually dominates the first and we just usually try and counter in the second. You need to be focused every period.

On being two games away from the Cup as a rookie and how he ensures that he isn’t looking too far ahead…
Yeah, it’s pretty tough. You just don’t want to think about it at all, that’s when the nerves start to creep in and you know, two games is a very long way away, especially when we’re playing a team like Vancouver. So, you just want to take it one day at a time, one game at a time and hope for the best.

On how the Bruins have been slowing Vancouver’s speed and if Boston’s aggressive forecheck has played a role…
Yeah, you know, they have intense speed over there and they’re very, very tough to play against. But, you know, we have a lot of speed over here and we’re just trying to use it to our advantage. Sometimes a lot of it has to do with bounces and you know, just trying to keep it simple.

On the sequence in his altercation with Canucks players at the end of the third…
Yeah, I, you know, I tried to jump over [Christian] Ehrhoff there and clipped him with my arm and [Daniel] Sedin tried to take a ride on me and that would have been a cheap hit, I already had a penalty against me and so I just ducked on him and saw [Keith] Ballard coming.

On his thoughts on Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas “standing up for himself”?
Yeah, I just saw the replay but obviously he, Timmy [Tim Thomas] doesn’t like taking any kind of, you know, cheap shots or hits or anything like that. He’ll give it right back, especially when, you know, there’s only a minute and a half in the game and we’re up by four goals and he likes to give it back. So it’s nice to see by Timmy, he’s a tough guy for the team and we don’t want to see guys taking shots at him.

On if the physical play takes a toll…
Yeah, it takes a toll on both teams. It just seems like both teams are playing very physical right now, a lot of guys are getting bumps and bruises and worn down and you know, we just want to continue pushing forward and you know, be willing to use our bodies. Hopefully it’ll wear their guys down a little more than us but we’ll see.

On the way the Bruins are scoring goals
Yeah, I think so, we’re, we just seem to be getting a lot of lucky bounces right now, that [Rich] Peverley goal tonight, most of the time those don’t go in, and a couple goals in that first game, those were lucky goals. So we’re just trying to play hard and hope for the best.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN KEITH BALLARD
On tonight’s game …
It was a tough game.  We didn’t play well as a team and I don’t think I played very well individually.

On if he could be more specific on things he wishes they did better as a team…
A lot of it.

On if it’s a matter of confidence…
No, No.  I felt great, I felt great skating after.  I felt like I’m in good shape.  I feel good in practice.  It’s just, I don’t know whatever it was.

On his own play tonight…
No, I think at that point I just need to be a little more simple, especially early in the game.  I know that, and I can’t have plays like that.

On how tough it is to deal with the Bruins for check …
I think we made it difficult.  You know, we had too much separation between us and our forwards and we weren’t making very many good passes.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how they were able to neutralize Vancouver’s offense…
We just came up there. We played on our toes and on our heels and we battled through. We talked about going out there and try to get the first goal and that’s what happened. We kept pushing forward and we got rewarded.

On what has changed through the series that has helped Boston neutralize Vancouver’s speed…
You know, we just play, like I said. We don’t worry about anything else, we just play like we can and we want to. The home-ice advantage helps a lot. We won two, and they won two too, so hopefully we can break the ice and steal one in their building.

On what the message was coming back home after losing the first two games in the series, and having a lot of people write them off…
We try to stay away from stuff like that. We knew we deserved to be here. So people can talk however they want—we don’t care. We forget about win or lose the next day and try to get our next one.

On what it was like to see Nathan Horton come back and present the jacket to Rich Peverley
Obviously it’s good to see him. It’s good to see him smile. He’s a great guy and friend, so it was good. I can’t describe it. Like I said, he’s a great guy and good friend so it’s really, really, really good to see him. I was so glad he came.

On Rich Peverley’s performance on the first line tonight…
I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him, but you know, when he had the chance he did very good. So hopefully we can keep it going.

On Rich Peverley’s ability to explode and make plays…
He’s got great speed too. He played his game today fast, he didn’t try to do extra or put any pressure on his shoulders. He just went there to play the game and me and [Milan] Lucic tried to help him out. So good for him, and like I said, hopefully we can keep it going.

On what has been the key to the flexibility and resiliency of the line-up…
I don’t know, I guess just go out there and play our game. To do things like that, you have to just go out there and play the game and don’t worry about it.

On tying up the series…
Like I said, both teams won two at home Hopefully we can break the ice in their arena and come back for game six with a chance to win the Cup

On if there was anything he said to his new linemate Rich Peverley before the game…
You know what? Yeah, we talked about playing together, but we didn’t really get to talk too much. I didn’t want to put anything on him. He’s a good player and if you put too much stuff on him then it’s tough to play and you don’t know what to do, so we try to stay away from it and clear our heads. We have a good way to go and we did a good job tonight.

On if he said anything to Rich Peverley to reassure him that he was going to be fine on the first line…
No, not really. Obviously we talked on the bench during the game and we’ve got some chemistry. There was a couple of times when he had something he wanted me to do or I want him to do, so we talk about stuff like that, but other than that, I think we can be happy with the game today.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On if the Bruins perfectly executed their game plan tonight…
I thought we played our game plan pretty great tonight, and it was great last game as well. The hardest thing is probably bouncing back the next game with the exact same thing.

On neutralizing the Canucks’ speed…
We’ve had to adjust over the last couple games, we’ve definitely been working on our gaps, and that seems to be paying off.

On what impact physical play makes at this stage…
I think especially going this long in the playoffs, the physical past of the game is definitely going to start impacting more and more and you’re going to get worn down. But it’s on both sides, so there’s no excuses.

On how, despite the lineup changes, he was on a familiar line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder…
I was happy to be playing tonight with them some. It’s a tough situation losing one of your best players and you get a tap on the shoulder. But I was prepared and ready. Anywhere I was playing I wanted to take advantage of it.

On outscoring Vancouver 12-1 since Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton
I think when you see a guy like Horts [Nathan Horton] going down, one of our top scorers, a great leader and a great guy in the dressing room, it sparks everyone. It motivates everyone, and it’s just another reason why we want to go all the way and win it. It’s just, win it for Horts [Nathan Horton].

On how he said that no one person could replace Nathan Horton
Pevs [Rich Peverley] had a great game tonight. I still stand by the fact that no one can replace a guy like Nathan Horton. I think if everyone around stands up, it’s definitely going to help out the situation.

On how the Bruins can carry momentum into Vancouver…
I think just what you said. We just need to be consistent. You saw a game like last game, many people were kind of saying, what if we just left all our goals in that one game. But we came out tonight, we stayed consistent, and we want to keep it going for the next couple games.

On if the Bruins take comfort in the fact that they came close to winning both games in Vancouver…
We knew that those two games we were one shot away, it could’ve gone either way. But Vancouver’s a great team, give them credit, they won those games, and we took advantage of our home ice and we’ll try to do something on the road as well.

On hearing the crowd chant Nathan Horton’s name…
It was special. I was on the bench and you heat it, it kind of gives you goose bumps a little bit. It’s just nice knowing that the fans felt the same way we do. We have him in the back of our mind at all times.

On if he wanted to prove anything after being scratched in Game 3…
I just wanted to seize the opportunity. I wanted to show that I can face adversity and try to overcome it. I thought I was more involved tonight than I had been the first two Vancouver games.

On what he saw on the play where he got an assist…
I was just in our own zone and … the D pinched down and I saw Ryds [Michael Ryder] was flying far side. I just tried to lead him and it went in. He has a shot that is going to beat the goalie most of the time, and it worked out.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On tonight’s game …
Yeah, it was a tough one.  I mean we’re obviously looking, if you look at the goals it went off something and in.  Right now we are obviously not getting the breaks, it’s just a matter of staying focused.  Obviously, we got home ice advantage for a reason so we got to regroup here, make sure come game five at home that we come out and play the type of game we want to be playing

On the Michael Ryder goal…
Sami [Salo] tried to block it and you know it was going high glove and it dropped about three feet, so I don’t know what else I could say about that.  You know, I mean I was out, I was challenging, I was ready and it just dropped.  Obviously, it’s probably going to be viewed as a bad goal and I don’t know what else to do on that play.

On if he would compare this to the Chicago situation where he bounced back…
Yeah, of course.  Right now we are two out of three with home ice advantage.  So obviously we would have liked to win one game here but we worked hard all year to get home ice advantage so this is where it’s going to serve its purpose.  We want to make sure we get playing the way we did in the first two home series and establish a good tempo and take it to them.

On if talked to Alain Vigneault about if he’s starting Game 5…
Bud, game just finished.

On the start of the game …
I think, we haven’t had bad starts.  Both games they got a couple lucky breaks off the hop and it seems like we can recover.  That was pretty much the story in both games.

On if he thinks they haven’t earned those lucky breaks in Boston …
I mean, I would say they were probably the hungrier team the last two games.  Like you just said, usually in this game you make your own breaks.  Obviously, we haven’t had many the last two games.  I’m sure after the first two games they were complaining they didn’t get any breaks, so it’s playoff hockey, things are going to happen.  I think the main thing is that it’s the way you respond.  Obviously right now we are in a situation, we’re tied at two and heading home so it’s not time for us to put our head down, it’s time for us to make sure that we get doing the things they we’ve been doing that makes us successful.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On how important it is to make plays and not just rely on Tim Thomas
Well you don’t want to always rely on Timmy [Tim Thomas]. You always, you try to get him as, the least amount of shots possible but sometimes you just have to give him the shots from the outside and try to get the rebounds. And for the most part, we did a good job today and we just have to keep doing the same kind of job in Vancouver.

On if they can play any better than they have the last two games…
Definitely. I mean there’s always the turnover here or there or a breakdown in the defensive zone. I mean there’s always improvements. But we can go better for sure, like it’s not only in special teams but also in five-on-five play. We keep striving for perfection.

On how they have been able to shut down Vancouver’s power play…
Same thing as the rest of the game, I mean keep pushing them, once the puck bobbles just pressure them, take time and space away. Our mindset doesn’t change when we get on the PK. It’s about taking time and space away and making it tough on them.

On if Nathan Horton paid a visit to them before the game…
No, actually not, I didn’t see him before the game. I saw him just after the game. He came in and said ‘hi’ and it was nice to see him.

On if that was the first time he has seen Nathan Horton since the hit…
Yes, the first time, yeah.

On what he saw between Tim Thomas and Alex Burrows…
Well we were on the PK and he tried to take his vision away and I guess for, he came too close for Timmy’s [Tim Thomas] feeling or judgment so he kind of whacked him in the back of the calves and [Alex] Burrows turned around and went after him. And that’s all I saw.

On if it bothers Tim Thomas that the Canucks try to get in his head…
No not at all. I think he enjoys it. He loves to battle and loves a confrontation and loves the physical players as you saw the last couple games. So I don’t think it bothers him for the most part I guess.

On if he is surprised that the Canucks try to get in Tim Thomas’s head since it doesn’t bother him…
I mean you always want to try to rattle a goalie. It’s, if a goalie feels comfortable, he makes every save. So I mean it’s the same that we have. I’m sure it’s not any different from with their team, but again Timmy [Tim Thomas] loves that.


On if he feels they have rattled Roberto Luongo these last few games…
I don’t know. I mean our job is to get pucks and bodies in front of him. Whether we rattled him or not I mean it doesn’t really matter as long as the pucks go in I guess.

On what presents the biggest challenge on the road in Vancouver…
Staying with it. I mean we had a few periods here and there that we played good hockey but then we always kind of fell back to those, to the little breakdowns in the neutral zone and also in our defensive zone. So we just have to stay with it and play a real strong team game.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER CORY SCHNEIDER
On what it was like playing in the third period…
You know, I was just ready and just wanted to help the team and not make it any worse. I made some saves early, which helps a lot, but I didn’t feel too nervous or pressure or anything. Just like I said, I wanted to get some momentum back on our side. 

On if he is expecting to start next game…
I’m ready for anything but I’m not expecting one way or another. I’m sure AV [Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault] will let us know. As far as I’m concerned, three lucky goals off our sticks, off our bodies and I’m not sure what Lou [Roberto Luongo] could have done differently on most of them so I don’t really see him at fault and that he deserves to play next game.

On what he thought about the game from watching on the bench…
I thought we controlled the first period. I thought we played well and, again, we out shot them for the second time in a row in their building and we weren’t far off. They’re getting rewarded for throwing pucks at the net and we’re not. I mean, their pucks are finding a way in off sticks and off bodies and we’re dumping lots of pucks in the net and they’re laying in the crease or kicking out in the slot and we just can’t seem to get one in. So, sometimes it happens and you’ve got to overcome that and work even harder.

On if having played in the Chicago series helps him moving forward…
Absolutely, of course we’re not happy with the outcome but, again, I thought for the most part we out-shot them and out-chanced them tonight and just couldn’t get a few bounces and couldn’t get one on the power play or anything like that. So we’re going to keep our heads up even though the score was twelve-one this week, I don’t think it was even close to that in terms of how we played so we’ll just be ready to go at home.

On when he knew he was going into the game…
After the goal, AV [Alain Vigneault] just kind of pointed at him and like I said, I just wanted to make the most of it and not get the team further in a hole and you never know what’s going to happen so I just tried to make a few saves.

On how he felt in the net…
I felt fine. I felt good. I was seeing things and you’re alert all game so it’s not like you’re half asleep on the bench and you just have to expect anything so I was ready to go.

On his mindset heading into Game 5…
I didn’t think we played all that badly. I don’t think they did a whole lot better than we did. Just opportunistic and some fortunate bounces and one way or another that’s a completely different game. I thought we played a pretty good road game tonight, we just didn’t get rewarded.

On if he allowed himself to realize he was playing in a Stanley Cup Final game in his hometown of Boston…
Maybe after it’ll sink it, but at that point it was just a game that I was trying to hold down the fort in and give the guys some momentum. So maybe after the fact it will feel like that but at the time it was another hockey game that you have to do your best in.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSMEAN KEVIN BIEKSA
On if there is more frustration after this game than Game 3…
When you don’t score a goal, yeah it is a bit frustrating, but at the same time we are getting chances and they are making good saves. You have to stay with it. You have to keep doing the same things and you have to keep putting pucks on net and it will come around.

On if it is too easy to say they need to just shoot more rather than stopping and thinking…
Well they are in shooting lanes. They are doing a good job of blocking shots. Let’s give them credit first. But maybe yeah, we don’t have that first shot mentality, and we should. And there is times when we are putting pucks on net and we are making it easy for him. We are putting it right into his glove or allowing him to kick it into the corners. We definitely have to make his life a little bit harder.

On the transition game not looking efficient with new pairing on the backend…
I don’t know. I’ll have to watch some film, but right now it seems like our gaps are a little bit loose and that is one of the reason we are unable to turn those pucks over. It basically comes down to working as a five-man unit and we are not doing that right now. We are not doing that in their end, our end, and definitely in the neutral zone. We have to get back to doing that.

On going back to Vancouver for Game 5…
Well it is a tie series again. We won two at home and they won two at home. We go back on our ice where we have played really well this playoff. We start fresh, best two out of three. A great opportunity for us. Put these two games behind us and get ready for the next one.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS MANNY MALHOTRA
On his thoughts about what happened tonight …
We obviously didn’t get the job done, it’s not the result we were looking for.  Again they were able to get out to a quick start and they just built off the momentum of the crowd.

On regaining the momentum back…
Again, nothing changes from our mentality.  The games ended, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow and we’re focused on the next one and that’s been our game plan since day one.  Nothing is going to change.  Again, our focus is going to be one game going back to Vancouver, playing on front of our fans.  It’s going to be a fun one.

On the Bruins feeding off the energy of the crowd…
They did a good job.  They fed of the energy of the crowd.  They won a lot of the loose race pucks, their D [defense] was a lot more active tonight and kept a lot of pucks in for them.

On if they ever thought they were going to sweep…
By no means did we ever think sweep.  This is playoff hockey; it is going to be tight.  You know, as we said before we did the job at our home ice, they’ve done the job on their home ice.  Our focus is now shifting back to Vancouver.

On if he feels they have an identity at home…
Our game plan doesn’t change at home or on the road.  We try to execute in the same manner at all times.  But what it comes down to is intensity and execution and we didn’t have it tonight.  Again, I’m sure we are going to feed off the energy of the crowd in Vancouver, but as far as our game plan or our motivation, it doesn’t change.

On if he feels they have an identity at home…
Well, we’re not searching.  We realize it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk.  They play really well at home, they fed off the energy of their crowd and they were able to accomplish what they set out for, so nothing changes for us, we are going to go back to Vancouver with our focus on keeping home ice.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN
On not being able to stop the Bruins power play…
…that’s our job. We have to keep playing like we did. I don’t think we gave up a whole lot of chances five-on-five. They scored on the couple that they had and we have to work better in front of [Tim] Thomas. 

On the struggles of the Canucks’ power play…
Yeah, we got to be a lot better for sure. That’s helped us throughout the season and throughout the playoffs but now it’s hurting us more. We lost momentum and they gain momentum on their PK, so that has to be better.

On if it is time for the Canucks to respond to the Bruins physically…
Yeah, I think we’re doing a good job physically. I don’t know if you mean [Alexandre Burrows] and them, but I mean, [Tim] Thomas slashed him in the back of his legs and sometimes those are tough to take but you have to move on. I think we did a lot better job tonight.

On if the Bruins’ aggression towards the Canucks’ top forwards is frustrating…
We have to solve [Tim] Thomas, that’s our main thing. I mean our power play has to get going and we have to do a better job of scoring when we get the chances, that’s the main thing. We’re a very physical team and I don’t think they’re hurting us physically or anything. It’s a battle out there. I thought we had enough chances to get a few but we have to move on. We need to go back home and recharge and get better.

On how he solves Tim Thomas
I don’t know, do you have an answer for me? We have to keep doing the things we are. He’s playing well right now like [Roberto Luongo] is when he’s hot. When top goalies like him are getting hot, it’s tough to score goals. We need to get a greasy one. We had a lot of chances tonight. If we get a bounce to the right side of the net, we’re going to get the empty-netter. They seem to be getting the bounces tonight and we have to work through this.

On if he can draw on what happened in the Chicago series when they lost two big games…
Yeah, for sure. We still have home ice advantage. We know we have to play better, number one, and we’re going back home in front of our fans and we’re going to do a better job. That’s our only focus. We can’t look back now. It’s best of three now, we’ve got two games at home and we’re focusing on the next one.

On how the Bruins are shutting down the Canucks’ offense…
I think [Tim] Thomas has been great. That’s the only thing. We got enough chances. Sometimes in series you get those bounces you need but Thomas has been unbelievable. We need to find a way to solve him, that’s the only thing.

On if Roberto Luongo can recover from being pulled…
Of course he can. He can. I mean, he’s been so good for us. Him, like anyone else, [Tim] Thomas has been struggling throughout the playoffs too, but if you’re a top goalie like they are, they’re going to bounce back. We have a lot of trust in Lou [Roberto Luongo] and he showed up for us every game. He’s going to show up next game as well.

On the Canucks’ failure in the transition game…
Yeah, they put the pucks where they want to put them. A lot of times we turn the puck over or pucks are bouncing on us and they’re coming hard at us so we have to do a better job through the neutral zone and put the pucks where we want to have it and right now we’re turning a lot of pucks over at their blueline and they’re coming at us. Hard.


VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD MAXIM LAPIERRE
On what’s gone wrong for the Canucks in the last two games…
You know what, both teams played really well at home and we’ve got to look at it that way. I mean, it’s two-two now in the Stanley Cup Final, we’re going back in Vancouver where we did really good things in that series, the focus is going to be on game five at home right now.

On the Canucks’ frustration at being unable to solve Boston goaltender Tim Thomas
You know, he did a good job again tonight but the series is long. I mean, it’s two-two now, we cannot forget what we did now, we have to find a way to win a game.

On how the Canucks improved against Chicago…
We said before the start of the playoffs this year, whether you win eight-nothing or you lose eight-nothing, you can not get too excited, or too low. And this team has done a really good job of doing that. So right now the focus is on the next game in Vancouver, we know we did a good job there in the first two games and it’s going to be the same way.

On the mistakes the Canucks have made that can be corrected…
Of course there’s always a way to improve. I mean, well, you’ve got to give credit to Boston, they played well, but we’re going to be ready for a better game on Friday.

On his response to the criticism about Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo…
I mean, everybody’s going to do a better job, Lou’s [Roberto Luongo] there for us all series, he’s doing a good job, I mean, a huge job for us. But right now, we cannot look at those two games, we’ve got to find some positives. Those first two games we played in Vancouver were really good for us and we’re going to do the same thing Friday.

On if the chippy play at the end of the game will carry over…
I think right now the focus is just to try to win a game. We care what happened about the end of the game right now, we’re just thinking about the next game right now.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the defensive effort tonight…
Yeah, I thought that as a whole team, we played really tight defensively and we made some strong plays. And that’s what you need obviously to have everybody contributing.

On how much better all phases of the game were tonight…
Yeah, we obviously tried to play our game and like I said make some strong plays and winning the races and battles. And we did a pretty [good] job.

On the motivation going into tonight…
Like I said before, it’s Stanley Cup Finals and everybody’s really motivated, everybody’s excited, and it’s that time of the year that you shouldn’t need much to get motivated for. I mean it’s right in front of us.

On how big it was to continue to have the physical presence tonight…
Yeah it’s part of the game especially in the playoffs, play physical and there’s a lot of battles, so you got to make sure that you do whatever you can to win more than lose some so.

On if the Canucks became reluctant to come to the goal because of the physicality…
I don’t know. It’s just, I don’t know what, I can’t speak for them. We tried to focus on our game.

On how much of tonight was playing for Nathan Horton
Well obviously if you lose a guy, you want to play not just for him but for everybody else. But we know he would love to play and it’s just very unfortunate that we lost a player. And so we all are one big family. We play for each other so.

On if they talked about Nathan Horton before the game…
There are a lot of things said before the game and it’s one of those things that you don’t need to talk about.

On outscoring them 12-1 since the hit on Nathan Horton
You know it’s nice to score goals. It’s so important to be able to produce and win games by scoring goals. But it’s also one of those things that you score twelve goals but still it’s a two-two series so.

On how much of these wins is a result of the hit on Nathan Horton
Well I said it before that we are one big family, we play for each other, so obviously we are playing for him and for other things too but he is such a, he is so a likeable guy and one of the favorite guys on this team. You lose a guy like that so you want to play for him as well.


On the difference between the first two games and last two games…
I don’t know. We just, the first two games were obviously close. They came on top of them. And these two home games obviously we play strong and made some strong plays and be able to score some goals.

On Tim Thomas’s performance tonight…
Again he was very strong for us. He made some big saves. He’s just, he’s competing out there.

On the emotion Tim Thomas showed on the slashing penalty against Alex Burrows…
It shows he’s very competitive and things like that, it’s going to happen and it’s just part of the hockey.

On turning the series around in the last two games…
We just really focus on our game and play our style and work extremely hard.

On how effective they have been keeping the Canucks to the outside…
Well we tried to play really well defensively, really tight and support each other.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On if tonight’s game was more physical than Game 3 right from the start…
I don’t know about more physical, it’s playoffs, it’s the finals. We are going to want to be physical every night. I think tonight we did a good job of being able to get in on the forecheck. If we are not playing physical then we are not playing the right way. It’s not our main focus, but it’s one area of our focus I guess. 

On how much they were playing for Nathan Horton tonight…
I’ve said it for the last few days, he’s an unbelievable teammate, he’s so positive, he’s in such a good mood all the time. He makes everyone around him feel better about themselves. Anything we can do for him obviously we are going to try to go.  

On if it’s a coincidence that they have outscored Vancouver 12-1 since the hit on Nathan Horton
Probably. I mean a win is a win, a loss is a loss. I don’t put too much thought into how many goals are scored over the course of a couple of days. It’s just a win. Now we have to focus because that’s not an easy barn to win in. We’ve said it in every game that you guys have been here. Afterwards we will think about this one for a couple of hours, get some sleep and focus on the next one after that.

On if there is any way to explain the Bruins dominance in the second period…
I don’t know about dominance. I think both teams played pretty hard. We had a couple pucks go in, but I wouldn’t say it was lopsided. I think they are a really good team and they played pretty hard too. 

On Brad Marchand taking on three Canucks players late in the game…
Marshy [Brad Marchand] plays hard every single night, he has all year. He was on my line the first twenty or so games and he was a treat to play with. He plays with a bit of an edge and I mean it’s good to see that when he felt that he had to back it up he wasn’t afraid to get his gloves off. Obviously it wasn’t much of a tilt, but he was standing there willing to see what was going to happen. But I like his character and I’m glad that he is on our team. 

On incident involving Alexandre Burrows and Tim Thomas
It’s playoff hockey stuff like that is going to happen every now and again. I’m sure the fans got a kick out of it or they seemed to. 

On Nathan Horton coming in to present the jacket after the game…
It was awesome…he’s such a good team guy. He does everything for us and he has all year, everybody on this team loves him. He makes everyone around him feel better about themselves. I mean I can’t, I don’t think I’ve ever met a more positive guy in the room. So for him to come in, the guys were pretty excited. I didn’t even know he was here until he walked out to give the jacket. That was a pretty nice surprise.

On what he liked best about tonight’s victory…
I mean I think the way we played, we came from the drop of the puck and we didn’t let up for most of the night. I mean they played hard too, we had some pucks go in and Timmy [Tim Thomas] stood on his head. It’s going to be a great series, we tied it up and now we are going to have to work on the next one.

On what he is thinking heading to Vancouver for Game 5…
It’s a tough, tough building to win in. obviously I just got to watch the firs two there. It’s a great atmosphere, they seem to strive on their home fans so we are going to have to be even better in game five if we’re going to be successful.

On what the fourth line has been able to accomplish in the playoffs…
Well I mean, I’ve played with Soupy [Gregory Campbell] for I’d say one hundred and whatever games, ninety-five percent of them, so we’re pretty familiar with each other. So Paisey [Daniel Paille] after Marshy [Brad Marchand] got his promotion because we made him look so good, Paisey came in so we’ve played together fifty or sixty games. We are able to read off each other, it’s fairly straight line, simple hockey. We try to get pucks deep, try not to turn pucks over, make too many mistakes. I think honestly we’ve been doing it for most of the year, it’s nice to be able to contribute a little bit this time of year obviously.      


Pregame 

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD MANNY MALHOTRA
On if a chippy game is Boston’s advantage…
We have the ability to play that game too. More of our focus is going to be on playing fast, playing with the puck. But if it tends to get chippy, we have the ability to play that game too.

On if perhaps a chippy game is to Vancouver’s advantage…
We have the ability to play all different types of games, playing a speed game, playing a rough, grind-it-out game. We’ve shown that all season.

On how the Canucks played five-on-five in Game 3…
Our five-on-five play was pretty good. Especially in the first period, I felt we took the game to them pretty good. Killing off that five minute penalty was huge for us. But our five-on-five play has been good, but again it needs improvement.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD DANIEL SEDIN
On if the power play struggles are something that gets under his skin, or if he doesn’t worry about it…
No, we don’t have to talk about the power play. It’s been working all year, so, we bounced back in the regular season, and in the playoffs too. We’ve always been able to bounce back. We need to be better, we know that.

On how the Canucks played five-on-five in Game 3 …
I think five-on-five the game was actually pretty tight. Like I said, they scored a few on the power play, and they scored on our power play too, which is unacceptable.

On the team’s confidence in Roberto Luongo’s ability to bounce back…
Yeah. He’s just mentally strong. I mean, that’s from the outside, we don’t really worry about those things. He’s been there for us the whole year, he’s been there in the past, and he’s going to bounce back like every one of us.

On if an 8-1 loss is easier to get over than a last-minute loss…
I don’t know. I mean, a loss is a loss but I think as a team we’re pretty good at analyzing. It shouldn’t have been an 8-1 loss, that’s for sure. Like I said, five-on-five I thought we played pretty good. If special teams is better, it’s going to be a tight game.

On how tough it is to play against Zdeno Chara
We know he’s tough to play against. I think the first two games we played pretty good, as a line, against him. Last game we weren’t good enough, so we need to be better tonight.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS DEFENSEMAN ALEXANDER EDLER
On if the Canucks were getting hit more when they were making plays on the forecheck…
I mean I think it’s been pretty hard in the zone this series. They’re a physical team, they’re coming hard that way, so I think, something it’s going to be this whole series.

On if the Canucks are going to continue to try to get bodies in front of Tim Thomas
I mean he’s a good goalie and we know we have to get a lot of traffic, a lot of shots on him, and be there for rebounds, to be able to score.

On if it’s tough to game plan against Tim Thomas
Yeah, I mean it’s, he’s making some different saves and some unbelievable saves. But it’s a matter of just keep shooting, having a little bit better traffic and be there for the rebounds.

On Tim Thomas being able to check players but the Canucks cannot check him…
That’s up to the ref, to make calls if things like that happen. But I don’t know. That’s nothing we can worry about.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On how the ice surface was with the high temperatures during Game 3…
It was okay. Obviously, the puck is bouncing, but I think the puck is bouncing in any rink around this time. It’s, you have to be sharp and you have to be crisp on your passes.

On if he felt upbeat during morning skate…
Yeah, you have to come in with the right mentality, being positive. There is a lot at stake tonight and we don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves. But we are looking at it as a must-win still. 

On how important it is to get rid of the goings on after the whistle…
Yeah, you know I think that the stuff between the whistle is still going to happen. The guys are emotional and if they start cracking down on it, I think guys might start backing off a little bit, but it’s part of the game and hopefully going into tonight, there isn’t too many emotions or things get out of hand.

On if it’s important that they still stay physical…
Absolutely, they’ve been very physical, we’ve been physical and you can still play between the whistles.

On if the penalty kill being so good allows them to be more physical…
Well you don’t want to be too physical on your penalty kill, but you want to continue to be physical five-on five. Our PK, they are the best power play in the league right now, regular season and playoffs so you don’t want to take too many penalties. 

On if they have changed anything on the PK going up against Vancouver’s power play…
Well you make adjustments for whoever you play, but they are so dominant whoever they played against. You don’t want to take too many penalties, you have to be ready and you have to be sharp. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On when he found out he would be practicing with the team…
I got the call yesterday afternoon. Don Sweeney texted me and told me I was going to practice with the team today and we’ll see from there. I think we’ll see what’s going to happen tonight. Right now I’m just the extra guy, and you never know what can happen. So [as] the extra player, I just need to be ready.

On not having played in two months and potentially playing in the Stanley Cup Final…
I think it’s going to be different. I’ve never played a game after that long of a rest. If I had to play, I think there’s going to be so much excitement that I think I’ll be ready.

On if workouts with the Black Aces are harder than normal practices…
Yeah I think so. It’s a bit different. We’re just five guys out there and it’s hard to keep the pace very high for an hour, you’re only five guys. I think Butch [Providence Assistant Coach Bruce Cassidy] did a good job of keeping us ready and if I have to play, I’ll be ready.

On if he has been in the locker room between pregame warmups and games…
No not yet. It’s just, we had always, me and the other guys had to work out before the game. So I didn’t have a chance to see the guys before the game. But I think … Tyler [Seguin] did such a good job when he stepped in, and he was ready to play. I think I just need to be ready like he was.

On if he is excited just to go out for warmups…
Yeah. It’s the Stanley Cup Final, so just to be around the team and playing practice with them and stuff, if I get the call I’ve got to be ready. It should be fun.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if people can expect them to come out the same way they did in Game 3…
We’re going to try, but those games are very rare. But we have to put the same effort forward and just hope for a good result.

On if they have anything special planned for Nathan Horton prior to the game…
No, we, obviously we’re very worried about him and he’s a big part of our team but we have to make sure we’re focused for the game. He’s obviously going to be in our minds and our hearts, but we just have to make sure that we’re focused.

On if he feels that whoever wins this game could win the Stanley Cup…
No, I don’t think so. It’s just another game. There’s still a lot of time left. One game isn’t going to win the series, but it’s obviously a big game for both teams.

On how long it took him to realize that he beat Hart, Selke and Vezina trophy candidates on his shorthanded goal…
I don’t think I ever realized that, but I didn’t realize who was on the ice. I was just happy it went in.

On what people are saying to him about his shorthanded goal…
They’re very, obviously everyone’s very excited about it. They’re just, everyone thought it was pretty lucky, basically it [was]. Everyone back home was just telling me how excited they were. So it was nice to hear.

On the key to his many shorthanded goals…
I just think a lot of it’s luck, a lot of lucky bounces. You get opportunities if the pucks hops over sticks and you get breakaways and stuff like that. If you saw a lot of the goals I scored shorthanded, they’re very fluky, pucks popping up behind the net in open cages, so a lot of it’s just lucky bounces.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On the adjustments he has had to make being in and out of the line-up…
I mean yeah, I think you kind of can figure it out and know what you are doing wrong and what you are doing right and what you need to stay consistent at. Obviously they tell me when I’m not playing and when I’m in and I know what I need to do.  

On if he has gotten any confirmation that he is playing tonight…
No confirmation.

On if he had a secret meeting with the coaches…
No secret meeting, I’m just preparing like I am going to be in the line-up and that is what everybody is going to do.   

On not putting too much pressure on someone to try and replace Nathan Horton
Obviously you can’t replace a guy like Horts [Nathan Horton]. Everyone just has to step up, just like when Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was out, all the guys had to step up even more. And that’s just what everyone is going to ask out of each other for tonight’s game.  

On if he has been in touch with Nathan Horton
I think a couple guys have sent his come texts. I sent him a text, I don’t expect anything back. Obviously he’s going through a lot right now. But we all just wanted to make sure he knows that we have his back and we are all supporting him.  

On if he was understanding about not playing in Game 3…
I think you almost have to be understanding. I mean I wasn’t happy with how I played last game in Vancouver. I didn’t think I played my best and I can’t say I saw it coming, I can’t say I was shocked. It was what is was and I gave Thorty [Shawn Thornton] a pat  on the back and said go get them, that’s all I could do.

On what he did well when he was in the line-up against Tampa Bay…
I just tried to get in the way just like I am going to try to tonight. Obviously I got some good bounces in those games and it worked on the score sheet. Tonight I want to do the same and have a great defensive zone game as well.      

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On the adjustments the team will have to make without Nathan Horton in the line-up…
It’s not easy to play without one of your best players. But everybody knows that we have to step up our game and play for him, too. I think last game we did exactly that. We didn’t care, we just went out there and played the game and won it for him. Everybody was chipping in and that’s what happened and that’s what is going to happen tonight. 

On what he can do to help his new winger…
Obviously I am going to have a new linemate, but that isn’t going to change my game. And I am going to talk to him before the game and tell him what we should do out there and stuff. But other than that our game isn’t going to change. 

On the challenge for him and Milan Lucic to play without Nathan Horton
I don’t think there is any challenge. Obviously we want to do well, we want to help the team to win. And the guy who is going to be on our line, he will want to do the same thing.  

On what his new winger will have to do to adjust to playing on his line…
There is no one like Horty [Nathan Horton], just Looch [Milan Lucic]. But Horty is out so there is going to be someone else. It’s going to be a different guy, a different type of player. So you have to recognize it and help each other after. And hopefully we can put the puck in the net. 

On playing with Michael Ryder…
Like I said, you guys don’t know who I am going to play with. I know that but I am not going to say that. [Reporter rephrases the question]. Yeah, I played with him a few years back. We have good chemistry we had a really good year. I played with him last game for a few shifts. We’ve been playing together for some time and we know each other pretty well. So if I play with him then we know what to expect of each other. 

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