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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins vs. Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Sunday, April 17


Travel Day

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if his defensemen are out of their comfort zone with the tempo of Montreal’s forecheck and what they did well in the March 24 win over Montreal that isn’t happening now…
Well I don’t think our D are out of their comfort zone at all. I think it’s more the type of mistakes that we’ve made that have been costly, and that has nothing to do about the comfort zone that they’re out of more than it is about making the right decisions. And I think what did we do well? I think we executed better in that game than we have so far. But at the same time they’ve also elevated their game. When you’re down two to nothing, you take the responsibility that comes with your team, but you don’t ignore that the other team is doing good things. And the amount of shots we’ve had, the amount of time we’ve had in their zone, but the ability to score is something we have to correct. But they are really collapsing, doing a good job of keeping everything they can away from their goaltender. And when they need their goaltender to make the save, he’s there. It’s indicative in the scoring chances, indicative in the shots that we’ve had, but we have to find solutions. Now on the other end of it, we can’t keep pushing ourselves out of the game early like we’ve done so far in both games. When you give up early goals, you see how they play, and it’s always a tough task to get yourselves back in the game. So we got to get better in those areas.

On an update on Zdeno Chara and any potential changes to the lineup…
Well number one, no further update on Zdeno. He’s been in touch with our doctors and our medical staff and he will be traveling with the team. So that’s basically all I’m going to say about that. And I guess I’ll take a page out of Peter Laviolette’s book from last night. We don’t discuss lineups, we don’t discuss our goaltenders and we don’t discuss our injuries. So I like that, and I’ll give him credit for that one.

On how the dynamic changes when you’re in the lead…
I think it’s pretty obvious here that playing with the lead makes a difference, especially in the playoffs playing catch-up hockey. And we talked about that before. They made a living out of that last year in the playoffs, of sitting back absorbing the other team’s attack and collapsing and relying on some good goaltending. And they’ve done that. Whenever they got that early lead, which they’ve done well, then they push teams to try to get out of their comfort zone and start taking chances, so that’s the thing that they’ve done well. Now we got to make sure that we don’t keep giving them those early goals because now you’re playing into their game. We got to make sure we keep that puck out of our net and hopefully we get the first goal. And if we do that then maybe now you force them to get, to play out of their comfort zone and start getting away from their game.

On if this situation shows the character the team has…
It always is. I think when you’re down in the series like that and you got to climb back up, it definitely is a challenge of characters and will, desire, commitment and everything else that goes with it. And we got to role up our sleeves here and go back to work. And we’re going back to work in another rink that hasn’t always been good to us. But we plan on making it a successful one. So that’s the way you approach it and that’s the intentions you have to have.

On who is going on the trip…
Well, our roster. As you’ve seen.

On if going on the road is good for the team…
I don’t know how they’re going to play at home. But I know we have to play better. It’s hard to start talking about their team and how they’re going to play. I know we have to play better and it’s pretty obvious that we’re a better team than we’ve shown and it doesn’t matter how many things look good on paper and everything else it doesn’t matter at this stage of the year. It’s not about the numbers, it’s not about the number of shots, it’s not about the number of faceoffs we’ve won, at the end of the day it’s the outcome of the game that matters. And that’s what we have to focus on, making sure that the outcome is in our favor. 

On if the team is confident…
Absolutely it is and confidence is a big part of it. And we have to have that confidence that we can go out there and play our game and be a better team than we have shown.

On Montreal cashing in on Boston’s mistakes…
No, I think that’s what you have to do. Because I don’t think it’s going to add more pressure. Because the mistakes that we made, at some, are mistakes that we’re not usually making. They are poor mistakes and they are mistakes that can be easily corrected just by being a little sharper in our decision-making and that’s not too much to ask. I think you’re bang on in saying we don’t have to make that many mistakes. The few we are making they seem to be cashing in on. So we have to minimize those mistakes and when those mistakes do happen, you have to work twice as hard to try and redeem yourself so it doesn’t end up in the back of your net.

On why they were a good road team this year…
Well that’s hopefully something that can help us get back in the series and that’s going to be up to us to have that same approach as we’ve had most of the year on the road. We’ve been a good road team, we’ve done the things better, and for some reason on the road you seem to want to keep your game a little simpler than you do at home. And that’s something that’s going to have to happen. Keep it simple, but keep it efficient and maybe if we do that we’ll make less mistakes.

On how Rob Murray did while coaching Providence…
Well I haven’t been there I haven’t seen, I have known Rob [Murray] for a long time because I’ve been a teammate of his as well, as a player and I know he’s very passionate, hardworking guy. And he puts everything into his work and I have always liked his approach to the game and coaching. So to me he’s been very helpful in working with our guys down there and certainly I liked working with him.

On if he or the players need to be responsible for getting back on track…
I think as a coach you can always do something to help your team and you should always be doing something to help your team. And you should never exclude yourself from that. I mentioned the other day, we put a game plan together, but once the puck is dropped the players have to take it over. But at the same time, you’re making some adjustments here as your going along but no, I think there is always something that needs to be done or can be done. And we’re going to keep try to do our job as best we can and get our team back on track. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On if the team had any meetings today…
Yeah I think, it’s just playoffs is a pretty intense time. And I think today is just to clear your mind and start working towards tomorrow today. And just relax, you can’t be too intense or too focused yet. We have to go into tomorrow and be ready.

On his approach to Game 3…
Well we have to win. I think obviously we haven’t had the best start and I think it’s going to be pretty important.

On if they feel like the underdogs…
Yeah, I think we do have that desperation. We’re going to have to go into every minute of the next game having that desperation, playing as hard as we can. Whatever it takes to win and every guy in this locker room is going to be counted on and we’re going to need the best from everybody.

On if he’s been given an update on Zdeno Chara
I haven’t heard anything. To be honest, I didn’t even know yesterday what was going on. Hopefully he’s better, and hopefully he’s ready to play.

On if he has seen Zdeno Chara today…
Nope. He lives in my building and I haven’t even seen him.

On skating with David Krejci and Milan Lucic in the third period last night…
They’re pretty creative players, both of them. I just tried to use my speed and get as many shots as we can. And I think if we keep shooting and going to the net for rebounds, second chances, hopefully some more goals will come in.

On having a one shift at a time mentality…
Yeah, exactly. You can’t be thinking about anything other than the one game and just winning that one game. We have to win the first period. And every guy has to look at the next shift and just get better and better. And if we can do that I think we can give ourselves a chance.

On what he expects the atmosphere to be like in the Bell Centre…
Well obviously it’s going to be pretty intense, pretty hostile. So we have to thrive with that and take it in stride and go in expecting to win.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On if the team is realizing they are in trouble after the first two games…
Yeah, clearly. I mean it was tough the last few games. Obviously they’ve been playing real well defensively and clogging up their defensive zone and the neutral zone. They’re making things really hard for us. And it’s tough when you only score one goal in the first two games especially at home and I think we just have to just bear down and find a way. That’s what it comes down to. But like you said, it’s no secret now like the last two teams last year, that when they were in trouble, we’re in trouble right now and we need to find a way to rally and get our heads around it. And everyone needs to step up and play the way we know we can.

On only focusing on game three…
It all starts with a good start. I mean that’s what our focus is going to be on is getting out there and trying to establish that first goal. And it’s just trying to establish a good first shift and that’s what’s lacked in the first two games, especially last game. You give up a goal in the first forty-three seconds, you’re not giving yourself a good chance to win when you’re doing that. But I think all our focus right now is like I said, we need everyone to step up and rise to the occasion and to have a good start going into game three.

On if they have been their own worst enemy or if the Canadiens have been their worst enemy…
I think a lot of both. You can’t, you got to give them credit, the Canadiens. They have played real well. And for ourselves, just looking over the games it seems like we’re frustrated and the mistakes that we’re making are uncharacteristic mistakes and they’re capitalizing on it. So we need to, I think we just need to calm down and relax and, like I said, just play the way we know we can.

On if they feel like the underdogs now…
Yeah, definitely. I mean especially going into Montreal. We haven’t won there this year. It’s the only building we haven’t won in. We have been a really good road team this year, but we’re definitely like you said the underdogs going into the, for the rest of the series. But we just, we’re not thinking about that at all. We’re just thinking about what we need to do to get ourselves back in the series.

On what the feeling is in the locker room right now…
We’re definitely upset. We’re not happy with the results of the last two games, the first two games. And the main thing is we’re, it’s like, we’re fighting the puck and it’s almost like we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. And I think that’s the most upsetting part. But like I said we need to put that aside and we need to put our rally caps on and figure something out quick because we’re definitely running out of time.

On the approach being that it’s them against the world…
Yeah, it’s, no one is going to do it but us. I mean for myself and the rest of the guys on the team, we’re the ones that need to go our there and do it and rise up to the occasion. And it’s not just one guy. We’re going to have to unite as a team here and do it together.

On the crowd in Montreal being more wild than in the past…
It’s always wild when we play up in Montreal, that’s for sure. Even looking back in 2008 when we played them in the first round, it was pretty wild in there. And two years ago it was wild in there. So we expect it to be really loud. We expect to be heckled or whatnot, but we just got to embrace it and have fun with it.

On if he is concerned about some fans taking the heckling too far…
It might happen but it’s definitely out of our control and we’re just going to control what we can control. We have to be thick-skinned and do whatever we can to kind of just push that to the side.

On the importance of scoring the first goal…
Yeah, well it seems like the first few games there he’s covering up the whole net. We’re not, our shots have been hitting him everywhere. He’s done a great job obviously playing the way that he’s been playing. And he’s been playing big and he’s making it difficult for us to score. But we have to find a way. I mean it doesn’t, obviously the goal that we scored last night was definitely a pretty one, but we got to find ways to score some goals like they did yesterday. They scored two rebound goals and we have to find a way to score some goals like that.


Saturday, April 16
Game 2

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On when the team found out Zdeno Chara wasn’t playing…
Actually like probably when you guys found out.

On how it affected the team emotionally when Zdeno Chara didn’t play…
Well we knew he was a gametime decision…you just got to be ready for everything.

On how Tim Thomas played tonight…
Well he battled well. There’s a couple of those rebounds went right to their guy and he put it in the net. But he stopped that one breakaway and he stopped a lot of shots that kept us in the game.

On if this is more of the way the Bruins are playing than what the Canadiens are doing to them…
Yup.

On if it was disappointing that the team couldn’t step up more with Zdeno Chara out…
Yeah.

On the Canadiens saying that the Bruins did a better job creating traffic and getting better scoring chances…
Yeah we did. Yeah we did a good job getting to the net. There was a couple rebounds there that were just sitting there, and we just got to be at the right place at the right time to get those rebounds and put them in. And we can see the rebounds right there and our guys are there, but we just got to find a way to get those pucks onto our sticks.

On getting around blocked shots…
Just get in the shooting lane and anticipate where the first guy is and the second guy is going to be right to the side of him and just things like that.

On how to regroup…
Just stay positive and I know we can do that.

On if it was deflating when Milan Lucic missed a good scoring chance…
It was a good scoring chance. It’s not really a deflating moment. It would have been better if he had obviously scored, it would have brought us some life. But it was a good shift and he tried to work on that.

On his giveaways in the first period…
Yeah the first one I saw [Brad] Marchand the far side, tried to give it to him and the guy stepped up and anticipated it and got the puck and then the guy took a shot from the side and the rebound went right to [Michael] Cammalleri and went in.

On making alterations on their breakout…
We just got to get back for each other and support each other and move the puck to the open guy, just simple plays.

On being disappointed…
Yeah we’re disappointed but we just got to stay positive and know that we can come back and do this for our whole team, for our city.

On Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray’s impact on his career…
He’s a great coach. He develops guys well and he does a good job trying to push guys to be their best and get them to the next level.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Zdeno Chara’s timeline for recovery and Game 3…
Well hopefully it’s going to be better. He deserves so much credit for what he did tonight, coming to the rink and going out there for a warm-up. He came off the ice and he was sweaty, he was dizzy, and there was no way in the world that we could have used him tonight, we could have played him. Absolutely no way. The doctors told us the same thing. I spoke to him and even attempting to come was courageous on his part, but there was absolutely no way that he could have played tonight. It’s unfortunate, we missed him. Certainly he did the best he could to even try. To be honest with you, it wasn’t even close.

On whether Zdeno Chara will return for Game 3…
We hope. I mean, we got to see what’s going to happen here in the next couple of days. We’re feeling confident that he will be, but, if I’m gauging by today, I can’t make that assessment because we’ll see how these next two days go.

On what the treatment for Zdeno Chara will be for the next couple of days…
I mean, like we just said, he has to get better. Obviously he was dehydrated and was weak and hopefully in these next two days, just with some rest and a lot of fluids and everything else, hopefully he’ll be ready to go.

On if dehydration is the only thing wrong with Zdeno Chara
No. You weren’t here this morning, but obviously that’s one of the situations and we’re not going to comment any further than that. Still, and I know that he’s been beat up on a little bit with some of you media that think you know better than anybody else, but there was no way he could play. So anything else, it’s disappointing to see people making comments. And you’re going to say, “Well, we don’t know the whole thing.” Well, I think if he could have played, he would have played tonight. He tried his best and he couldn’t play. So, disappointing that people would even question this guy for what he is and what he’s done.

On what they draw from their similar playoff experiences in the last couple years and what do they take moving forward…
Well, it’s the best of seven. We’ve lost the first two games. And, let’s be honest here, our team has not played at all close to the way we know we can. You can outshoot them, you can do a lot of things, but the mistakes that we have made in this series so far are very uncharacteristic of our hockey team, and we need to be better than that. If they’re going to score some goals, they need to earn them a lot more than they have. We had to work pretty hard tonight just to get that one goal, and I don’t think they had to work as hard to get theirs, And that’s basically the difference right now in the games, is the execution of one team, compared to the execution of the other one. I’m going to stand here and tell you that our execution isn’t good enough and it needs to be better. That’s what we have to do from here on in.

On Montreal blocking a lot of shots…
Well I think we have, what do you have there, thirty-six shots on net. So we still got thirty-six and they blocked quite a few. And some teams do that. You have to give them credit for blocking shots. We’re certainly attempting them, and you say, well you have to get them through. Well, we got thirty-six of them through. It’s still pretty good when you look at the average of shots per game. But having said that we still have to score same goals and we have to get better. We still need to get better around the net and tonight we scored one goal and it certainly wasn’t enough for our hockey club. And we need to score more goals and maybe that will come when the rest of our game gets better. And that’s, like I said, our execution and our decision-making.

On how Tim Thomas played tonight…
Again, I’ve said that all along in the playoffs we’re going to talk about our team. And we’re certainly not going to talk about individuals in any negative way. If there is something that has to be dealt with, it will be dealt with internally. And I think it’s important for us to do those things in the playoffs. And right now is not a time to jump all over anybody. And Tim [Thomas] has been a great goaltender for us all year and we expect him to continue to be that for us in the playoffs.

On if Tyler Seguin will get any playing time…
We’ll see. We’ll see about that. 

On if he’s disappointed in the team’s composure…
Well it depends on what penalties you’re talking about. I thought there were some real though calls, we’ll leave it at that. And it’s unfortunate and yeah there was that frustrating part on Horts [Nathan Horton] and we always say he needs to play with an edge and we want him to play with an edge, but not to the point where he gets frustrated. This is his first experience in the playoffs, he certainly wants to do well. And maybe he just needs to make sure he keeps his focus in the right place. And after playing a couple of games you hope that he’s going to learn those kinds of things. We need him to be focused and we need him to play with an edge and we need him not to get frustrated. 

On what he tells his team before going to Montreal…
Well I think it’s pretty obvious. We need to get back in the series by winning a hockey game. It’s not a very complicated issue or complicated message. We understand the urgency of it and that’s basically what we have to do here. And the stats are what they are and whether you say six in a row, that’s what they are. But if we plan on getting back in this series we can’t be thinking that way. We need to be thinking about winning the next game and trying to work ourselves back in this series. 


On if the defensive turnovers were a result of Zdeno Chara being out of the line-up…
Well, number one you can’t every say that you didn’t miss [Zdeno Chara]. He’s one of the best defensemen in the league and when you lose a guy like that it leaves you with a big hole. Having said that, I still think our Ds are capable of handling themselves and can definitely be better. And those costly goals are what we’re talking about.  They have to make the other team earn their goals and I don’t think that was the case tonight. We certainly have to get better in regards to that and those kinds of mistakes and are type we can’t keep making. 

On if the defensive mistakes were the result of trying to do too much…
Well I don’t know if it’s about making up for the loss. We need to make some better decisions. We did the same thing in that first game as well. The two goals we gave up were, they are glaring mistakes, to our eyes anyway. And like I said after the first game, they’re uncharacteristic of our hockey club and we’re here talking about the same thing. So yeah we have to correct that and we have to correct it starting next game. Have to make sure those things are eliminated from our game if we want to give ourselves a chance to win this series.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH JACQUES MARTIN
On his team’s ability to block shots…
Well I think it is important to block shots. I think you need it in the playoffs you need that kind of commitment from everybody.

On when he heard Zdneo Chara was not going to be in the line-up…
I found out when I got the line up card. I don’t control who is in the line-up for Boston. That is part of playoff hockey…

On what to look for going forward…
It’s the playoffs. In a series, the longer they go on, the tougher it gets. You have to keep getting better. I mean, Boston is going to come to Montreal and we are going to see a better performance from them. We have to make sure we are prepared to elevate our game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the Bruins potentially coming back in this series…
Yeah, well I mean of course. You just have to earn your wins in the playoffs. It’s the fairest competition there is. The team that plays better and makes the least amount of mistakes deserves the win. So like you said, it’s about focusing on the game at hand. For us, that’s obviously the next one moving forward.

On if it’s fair to say the Canadiens have played better and made fewer mistakes…
Well I think that it hasn’t been horrible hockey on either side. I think that there’s mistakes that we’ve made that have really cost us. We can’t feel bad about not scoring, we’ve directed shots at the net. We know we’re up against a good goalie and we know how hard it is to work for that goal we got tonight. That’s what it’s going to take. They’ve done the better job of capitalizing on the mistakes.

On how not having Zdeno Chara affected the team…
It’s a team over here that’s really deep. We’ve dealt with injuries over and over to big guys, and so while you miss a great player, we have an absolutely, totally capable team of playing our system and our defense is more than just our defensemen. So while you miss him, it definitely isn’t something that we’re going to use as a crutch or an excuse.

On if Zdeno Chara warming up and then not playing affected the team…
No, everyone in this room knows each other well enough that if there’s any chance that you can help the team, you’re going to go. We all know how tough he is, he doesn’t have to prove that to anybody. He makes the right decision for the team, so he knows himself better than anybody else.

On his thoughts on how the Bruins played given that Zdeno Chara didn’t play…
It’s no excuse. It’s a team game for a reason. The reason you have good systems in place is just so that when you do get injuries, it’s not about missing one person. The team game we play over here is all based around systems that’s about everybody doing their little part. When you miss a key piece, it’s not an excuse to not be sharp and I don’t think anybody in this room is going to use it as an excuse.

On if he anticipated his defensive partner to be there when Montreal’s second goal was scored…
Yeah. Off the draw is just a, obviously in a penalty kill situation, you’re trying to change sides. Their guy did a good job obviously of jumping over to that far side post and jumping on the play. It’s a tough one to give up on the penalty kill.

On how deflating Montreal’s third goal was…
Well obviously you don’t want to give up that two-goal lead again, but I don’t think anybody was hanging their heads or giving up or anything like that. It’s just frustrating to make mistakes or turnovers that lead to goals, and I think that we regrouped and came back at it. Nobody was moping around in there. But a two-goal lead is tough against a team that knows how to play with a lead.

On how Montreal plays with a lead…
I think every team that’s in the playoffs is obviously a really good team, and have thrived all season on getting early leads and being good with them. So, whether it’s them getting the first goal, us getting the first goal, no matter who it is, in the playoffs stats don’t lie. Teams that are here deserve to be here and know how to play with leads. So it’s important for everyone to get that first one, and they do a good job of playing that team game, limiting your second chances, and you get your outside shots but you have to work extremely hard to get to the net.

On if the Bruins struggled to start the game without Zdeno Chara in the lineup…
No. Everybody knows that he was a game-time decision and so we all know we’re fully capable of playing out there. We know the systems, we know each other, we’ve all played together at different points of the year. You don’t want to see your captain out, but we’re not going to use that as a crutch.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the game tonight…
I think it’s what we weren’t doing. I think we gave them those three goals. That was pretty much our fault. Our fault on breakdowns and we got to give them credit. We knew we were going to play against a good team. Montreal has always been good.

On how hard it was playing without Zdeno Chara
Yeah I mean he’s our captain but at the same time we all need to step up in here. Yeah it hurts missing Z [Zdeno Chara] but it’s the playoffs and its adversity and it’s the things we have to go through. We aren’t the only team that’s missing some key players and we have to find a way.

On the net front presence…
It was there but it obviously wasn’t good enough. One goal isn’t going to beat Montreal.

On the short power play in the first period…
Obviously when you have a power play you’re trying to find a way to stay 5 on 4. It was a tough break but at the same time we have to stay disciplined.

On the toughest challenge going forward…
It’s about taking it a game at a time. Obviously we are kind of in the same situation that we were before. It’s a long series and we have a great team in here and I think it’s about making sure that we all get up in here and do the job.


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MATHIEU DARCHE
On being the first McGill player to score a playoff goal since 1953…
Nineteen fifty-three, eh? I guess it was long overdue. Hopefully it is not the last one.

On capitalizing with Zdeno Chara not playing tonight…
We talked about it before the game. It doesn’t change our game plan. It doesn’t change how we play. He is a big part of the team, let’s not kid ourselves. We are not going to feel bad for him because they are missing him, but it was about what we do. It wasn’t about what they do. We play the same game plan.

On no one predicting being up by two games going to Montreal…
That is you guys’ prediction. We are a confident. We have to be happy with what we did, but we can’t be satisfied. We are going to go back to Montreal and it is going to get tougher. They are not happy, I mean, I am sure they are not happy and they are going to come out with a vengeance. It is going to be our turn to be home

On Carey Price making a save on a Milan Lucic scoring chance…
I think we have played well, a few break downs again. We have to be better than, but you know what? Your goalie is part of your team and every time we have breakdowns, Carey’s (Price) there to make a difference. We have said it all year, we have said it in the playoffs, we wouldn’t trade for anybody in the league. He is on top of his game. We are playing well around him. He is making it easy for us.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN JAMES WISNIEWSKI
On getting the early lead in two straight games…
Obviously it is a huge calmer when you score the first goal in both games.  Like I said before, Pricey [Carey Price] with his two saves, he had a big one in the first period when we were up 2-0 right in front of the net.  If they tie the game 2-1 they have a lot more momentum going into the second period.

On his reaction when Carey Price made a big save on Milan Lucic
We went crazy on the bench.  You know right away that is a game breaker.  When you have a goalie like Pricey [Carey Price] and we have been leaning on him because they have been outplaying us, he is the guy that has been stealing those games. 

On taking advantage of Zdeno Chara being out of the line up…
Absolutely.  You have a guy that is six foot nine and plays twenty seven minutes a game, he is an absolute monster out there.  What he can do offensively with his shot and defensively with his reach, this was a game we had to try to take advantage of and we came out with a victory. 

On withstanding the Bruins physical play…
It is do or die time now.  It is the playoffs.  We have come out and try to match their physical intensity if not a little bit higher.  We are trying to play between the whistles and go from whistle to whistle and try not to get into stuff after the whistle.

On the Canadiens game plan for the Bruins…
They are a big, strong, fast, and skilled team.  We have to make sure we go back for pucks.  We have to make good passes…boom boom boom out, make sure we get the pucks out and use our speed to get the puck behind their defensemen. 


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the start…
Really tough. We wanted to come out obviously a little different. Avoid a couple early goals like we did. But at the end, we couldn’t overcome them. So we just have to do it different, keep working hard and hopefully get a better ending at the end.

On if they came out tighter in this game than Game 1…
Yeah, maybe. We, all those goals we gave up we could have probably prevented. Again we just have to be smarter with our passes. Just smarter with our dumps, and overall the game has to be a lot more composed.

On if the loss is more about how the Bruins are playing than how the Canadiens are playing…
Yeah definitely. I mean I just said all those three goals we kind of gave them. We made those mistakes for them to get those opportunities and we just have to work on that.

On if it’s just about playing smart or if there is more to it…
Yeah if we don’t do that, then they don’t get those opportunities. I mean we have to, I don’t know. Just, we’re looking forward now. Now it doesn’t really help looking at the game today. We have to look forward and prepare for the next three games.

On playing well on the road…
Yeah it might be good for us to get on the road, and as you said we’ve been good on the road the whole season. And I mean now we have to get going and start winning.

On how it affects him emotionally when Zdeno Chara warmed up but didn’t play…
It should get us even more motivated. I mean to step up and fill a void he’s leaving, I mean he is a great [role-model] type of guy. Like how a captain doesn’t suit up, it’s tough. But that gives a chance for other guys to step up and play bigger roles.

On how Tim Thomas played tonight…
He played well. I mean we just didn’t do a good enough job to help him out more. So I think he played great like he has all season and we just have to be better in front of him.

On his interference penalty in the first period…
Not really. I thought he kind of played the puck so I was allowed to hit him. I mean obviously the refs saw it different. I’m not sure how you guys saw it. But if he didn’t touch it then it was maybe interference but I’m not sure.

On the third goal…
Yeah I mean I was looking up-ice. It seemed like the boards were taken, so I tried to hit Horty [Nathan Horton] going through the middle, but their D stepped in front, put it to the, gave it to the outside guy and he drove the net, or the boards, and shot on net and the guy in the middle put the rebound in.

On Mark Recchi talking about the confidence of the team going to Montreal…
No he’s right. I mean there is a lot of veterans in here and we all know what’s on the line. I mean we all know what happened last year and we’re just going to work hard for the next three games and hopefully get a better outcome.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
On Zdeno Chara not being in the lineup…
Obviously he’s our captain, he’s our leader. But there are no excuses for that. We didn’t play like we can, we weren’t composed tonight and we didn’t play the proper way. You have to give them some credit. Every turnover we made they put it in the net. We have to regroup here and we will. We’re not going to quit as a team here. We believe in each other and I think the coaching staff will make some adjustments. And we have to go on the road and do the same thing they did to us. We’re going to be there and we’re not going to quit and we’re going to be ready to play Monday.

On being a good road team…
Well it definitely helps. I think we’re probably one of the top teams in the league on the road. It might be a good thing for us to get there and really simplify things and get more composed than we are right now. We’ll be fine as long as we regroup here and as long as we embrace it and get ready for a big situation on Monday. The pressure is on us now. I believe in this group of guys and we’re going to have to go show them on Monday.

On if the team was tight to begin the series…
I’m not sure if we were tight. I thought we were a little more tight actually tonight than we were in game one. I think we didn’t execute very well tonight, we didn’t make very good passes. For whatever reason and that’s been a strength of our team. When we did execute and move the puck well we’re a very effective team. But I believe in this team and we’ll be ready on Monday and we’ll regroup. And we’ll go on the road and try and see what we can do and get ourselves back in the series.

On if there are too many passengers on the team…
We’ll see at the end of the series. We have a long ways to go right now. We have to go one the road and we have to find a way. Everybody has to regroup here and get composed and start executing a little better. But at the end of the series we can talk about that, but it’s a long ways to go still. We all believe in each other here and we’ll stick together and we’ll do this the right way. We’ve made it hard on ourselves, but give Montreal some credit, we’ll go in their building and try and do what they did here.

On if there is a lack of composure with the team…
Well you know what, the execution is not there right now. And for whatever reason, whether guys are nervous, I’m not sure. But we’ve got an opportunity, we’ve been a great road team all year, this is an opportunity to do it again. Like I said, it’s a tough road ahead of us. It’s a long way to go for both teams still. We’re going to have to be ready, we’ll regroup tomorrow and we’ll get to Montreal and we’ll see what we can do. Maybe the road will be good for us.


On how much the team missed Zdeno Chara
Well obviously he’s our best defenseman and he’s our leader and he’s a leader in the dressing room and a leader on the ice. But at the same time there is no excuse for it. We’re all pros here and we have great defensemen and we didn’t get the job done tonight. And that’s the bottom line. And I believe we will Monday and we’ll regroup and we’ll get on the road and see what we can do. If you don’t believe in each other we wouldn’t have done what we did all year. We’re going to stick together and we’re going to get ready.

On if he’s surprised Zdeno Chara didn’t play…
He didn’t look very good so sometimes, he’ll get his rest and he’ll be that much better Monday. He plays tonight and who knows what happens if you play in that situation, maybe Monday you’re still not the same. So we’d rather have our guy that is somewhat healthy and I think we’ll get him back Monday and they’ll pump him full of fluids and get rid of the little bug he had and get it out of his system and get him ready for Monday. Obviously that is very important for us.

On Zdeno Chara skating in warm-ups and then not playing…
Not really. I mean no. We’ve dealt with the injuries, that’s part of hockey and every team deals with it. When he came here you thought maybe he had a chance, he just didn’t have the energy. When you’re as sick as he was, it’s really hard to do that. Like I said, we’d rather have him Monday. This might have affected him two days if he plays tonight. And I believe he’ll be much better on Monday and the force he can be out there and that is the important thing right now.

On how Montreal has played…
Yeah, you have to give them credit they’re playing good hockey right now. They’re doing the things possible to win. Every time we turn the puck over through the neutral zone it ends up in our net. We have to be very wary of that and we have to get a little better through that. We‘ve made mistakes that have hurt us. They’ve done a good job but we’re going to have to do the same thing up there.

On how Tim Thomas played…
Same as always. A rebound goal, I think it was a turnover off the faceoff. We won the faceoff and I’m not really sure what happened, I was busting up. And all of a sudden the puck was going the other way. It was a great rebound shot and it went right to the other guys stick. The second goal, he didn’t have an opportunity. And the third one was rebound too. So they were off of turnovers and that’s the stuff we have to regroup and realize that those things can’t happen. And we have to be a lot sharper in that area.

On the progress on the ice from Game 1…
Not a lot to be honest with you tonight. But we’ve got a chance to regroup here and we have to regroup, we don’t have a choice. Our backs are against the wall now. We’re a good road team so hopefully we can go there and play a simple road game and dot he right things. Get this thing going and maybe some of the tension will get released from some off the guys and we’ll go play our game. When we play our game we’re effective, when we play like this it makes Montreal effective. We know we have to be a lot better. Like I said, we’ll stick together, and we will not enjoy tomorrow, but we’ll relax tomorrow and try and get focused and try and grab this thing back on Monday.

On being down by two goals early…
Well I thought we, I thought actually after that we hung in there pretty good. We didn’t lose our composure, but we just didn’t execute like we’re capable of. That’s the biggest thing all night, the execution wasn’t there. And you have to give them some credit. They play a good team structure but at the same time, if we’re executing, we’ve played games against them where we’ve control the game because of our execution and that’s what we have to get back to. It’s not going to be easy a, it’s going to be a lot of hard work Monday. But we’re capable of doing it. We all believe in each other here, and like I said we’ll stick together and relax tomorrow and be ready for Monday.

On what he can tell the team from his playoff experience…
Yeah, there is a lot to say, but that’s going to be between me and my teammates in that. But yeah there is a lot to be said and a lot to be talked about over the next couple of days. We’ll get ready for them and we’ll be ready for Monday. This team doesn’t quit in here. We’ve got a good group of guys in here who are not going to quit and they’re going to be ready to play on Monday. We know that execution has to be a heck of a lot better than where it’s been. And like I said, we’ll get on the road and maybe go and play a good road game and come in and we’ll go there and do what they did to us here and hopefully we can do that.

On if Carey Price has taken his game to another level…
He’s been like that all year though. Both goalies have been like that all year. He’s an outstanding goalie. He’s big and he’s composed and it’s no different than what he was playing like this season.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On what the team has been able to do on the ice…
Well, we are just keeping our game really simple and we are just getting pucks to the net on Timmy (Thomas) and we are getting guys there, and we have been getting the bounces so far this series and we are getting lucky. We are playing really well defensively and we just have to keep doing what we are doing.

On making the save on a Milan Lucic scoring chance…
Obviously, every once in a while you get a breakdown and I just have to try and make myself look as big as possible. My guys have been doing a really good job of getting the loose pucks

On if he saw the bench reaction to the save…
I just tried to get something on it really. I missed my push and I just tried to flail body parts and got a piece of it.

On Michael Cammalleri…
I guess one word to describe it would be commitment. Everybody in our locker room is willing to do whatever it takes to win hockey games. Whether it is our top scorer blocking shots. Cammy taking shots in the laces and everybody is going to do what ever it takes to win hockey games. We got to keep playing that way.

On if he saw the puck better tonight than in game one…
They definitely got a lot of traffic tonight. I thought that was definitely their game plan. But we have the same game plan as to box guys out and really create a battle and make it hard to get to rebounds and even they are going to get to them, they are going to have lumber on them at least. Our guys are doing an excellent job of battling in front.

On Hal Gill…
He is obviously our defensive quarterback, really. He is the guy everybody looks to for advice. He is really smart about the game. He really thinks the game through, and he is obviously one of the leaders in this locker room.

On being up two games in the series going to Montreal…
It is going to be electric for sure. We can’t change anything, even when we are going home, we have to play the exact same way. The style of play that we are playing right now is working for us, we just have to keep pucks in and frustrate them.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if not only he needs to be better but the team needs to be better as well…
Yeah. Straight up down the line, you know?

On if it’s tough to accept being down 2-0 to Montreal…
Well, it’s easy to accept because it is. It is what it is. We’ve got our backs against the wall, and we’ll see how we respond.

On playing without Zdeno Chara
You always miss a guy like Zdeno, but having said that, the plan was to have everyone step up their game, make up for that by committee. It didn’t work out that way.

On if the Bruins were tighter tonight than in Game 1…
I don’t know. I’m not on the bench, I’m in goal. So I don’t really, I don’t know. I didn’t pick up that mood from the locker room, and I’m not on the bench.

On if the Bruins were running around a lot in front of him…
Yeah, I don’t know. I’m just focused on trying to do my job.

On if there is any particular way he can cut down on rebounds…
Well the first one, I kicked out the perfect rebound. The second one, it went off Seidenberg’s shin pad, it was just bad luck. It just changed the angle by about three or four inches and that’s the difference between controlling the rebound easily and having there be a rebound.

On how he can deal with the crowd in Montreal…
Well, there’s a lot of energy. If you can grab that energy and focus it in the right way it can actually help you.

On his save on Thomas Plekanec in the second period…
Well yeah then we scored shortly thereafter, too. And we pressured to score again, I thought we were going to make it 2-2.

On how difficult it is to deal with a small margin of error with the Bruins scoring only one goal in two games…
We need to score more. We know that.

On how he avoids getting discouraged…
You take a step back and start focusing on Monday. You don’t feel sorry for yourself, because no one else is going to feel sorry for you.


On if he saw enough signs tonight that the Bruins can swing the momentum of the series…
I don’t know. I don’t think it through like that. Proof will be in the pudding.

On if he struggled with rebound control tonight…
Well on the first goal, the third goal, I already explained that one.

On if the Bruins showed a lack of composure tonight…
I didn’t notice that. I’m so focused on just trying to do what my job is that I’m not really thinking about that.

On what the Bruins missed by not having Zdeno Chara in the lineup…
Well, 6-foot-9 guy with an 8-foot reach that can skate really well and hits incredibly hard, and on top of that has one of the hardest shots in the league. But we know that. It was our job to step up for him tonight and we didn’t do it.

On the greatest challenge for the Bruins heading into Game 3…
Winning four out of the next five games. It’s pretty simple, that’s the biggest challenge.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MICHAEL CAMMALLERI
On being up two-zero in the series and returning to Montreal…
I guess if you look at it that way (being the talk of the NHL). When you are in the kind of mix and going through these games, you don’t really think of it that way. You are still pretty realistic about the work you have ahead of you.

On capitalizing with Zdeno Chara not playing tonight…
We found out on the board. They came in before (the game), after warm up, I guess, and said he wasn’t going. The talk was kind of us doing a lot of the same, a lot of the same we have been trying to do. We weren’t going to try and change our game much, but definitely try and make it as hard as we can on their defensemen.

On what has been satisfying about winning these two games…
Nothing at all. Nothing. Satisfying is the wrong word. I think happy and pleased to a certain extent, as far as definitely the result and some of the things we’ve been able to do. You go into a lot of these series and games thinking you can win every game, but at the same time there is always that ‘we will see what happens’ for everybody involved, and so some good stuff there, but far from satisfying. It is a long way to go.

On the Canadiens’ bench reaction after Carey Price made a save on Milan Lucic
I was on the ice. So I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I got the rebound off of that. I know what my reaction was, but I am sure our bench was pretty pleased with Carey and probably a little bit of an elated feel after seeing a chance like that. But it is what Carey has been doing.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN SHANE HNIDY
On when he found out he was going to play…
It was kind of last minute. I said earlier today that’s how I prepared. I prepared as I was going and I ended up. And I don’t know, that’s pretty much it.

On how not knowing whether he is going to play affects his game preparation…
Well that’s my job right now. Depth is key in playoffs and you never know when it’s going to happen so you have to be prepared.

On if his fight with James Wisniewski was about coming to Rich Peverley’s defense…
Yeah, I didn’t see it clear. I knew his back was turned. And just trying to, you know we need certain times to get things going and it’s been a while. So just trying to do anything to get a spark.

On his first fight since shoulder surgery…
It’s good. It didn’t tear, so I’m good.

On his shoulder not tearing after the fight being a relief…
Yeah well I’ve been through everything. We know it’s been tested so it’s more about just standing up for the guys being there and doing what you can, whatever it is. Everybody’s got a role.


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD YANNICK WEBER
On playing forward instead of defense…
You never know what happens.  I was ready.  I knew maybe that chance was going to come.  For me it was good to get in there and play a strong game and get an important goal.

On if it is like having a third defenseman on the ice when he is playing…
I try to play defensively.  I am not the guy with all the moves up front.  I try to keep it simple, get it deep, and try to help in our own zone for sure.  But I have my job to do as a forward as well.  It was a better and better…

On his goal…
I just saw that we had a good rush and that Lars [Eller] was shooting the puck.  I used my speed to go after the rebound and it popped in front of me so I just tried to put it in. 

On being up 2-0…
We are happy to finally go home and play in front of our crowd.  It was good for us to get those two wins but it is a long series.  Anything can happen.  For us it was good to get the lead and now we can’t wait to play in front of our friends.

On scoring on rebounds…
He [Tim Thomas] has been the best goalie in the league for the whole year.  With his stats we knew we needed to get some shots.  If you don’t get shots then you won’t score those goals.  For us we wanted to get everything to the front of the net and make him be the best goalie in the league like he was at the end of the season.  It was good to challenge him a little bit and good to get those goals. 

On having two playoff goals against Tim Thomas
It is somewhat strange.  The goals I have scored in this league I have against him, not many but they are against him.  Maybe it’s a good thing because he is a good goalie and it is nice to beat him that is for sure.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING AT 11:00 A.M.
On if he has an update on Zdeno Chara
Well I mean, he got treated for a little bit of dehydration. And that’s basically all there is to that. Until our medical staff tells me he can’t go, he’s in tonight.

On if Zdeno Chara staying in the hospital overnight…
I’m not going to comment anymore on that. That’s all we are going to say about that situation. 

On Chara’s status for tonight…
I said until somebody tells me that he can’t go tonight, he’s playing. So that’s basically all I can tell you. I’m certainly not going to be the guy that’s going to be making the final decision. Our medical people are but they have yet to tell me that he can’t go.

On players getting sick this time of year because they elevate their level of play…
I think at this stage in the season players are definitely going to play through anything. During the regular season, they’ll always take the cautious route. But in the playoffs you do what you have to do. I think if it’s up to him, he will definitely play. The only people that will hold him back are our doctors. That’s the type of player you want on your team, and he’s got that attitude.

On the team’s attitude heading into today…
Well it’s pretty obvious, when you play the first two games at home and you lose the first one, that that second one is an important game for you. And I think our guys understand that. I think our guys understand that we need to be better than we were the other night. We talked a lot about finding ways to score goals, but also as a team we need to be better. And I think our mindset is where it should be right now and we need to take care of tonight’s game.

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