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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins vs. Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Game 6


April 26

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN ENGLISH PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING
On trying to take Tim Thomas off the ice at the end…
I was trying to take him out and they got the puck and I sent him back in. Once we got control there we pulled him out.

On Milan Lucic’s hit on Jaroslav Spacek…
Well I’m not going to comment on it and simply not for not getting any information, but I haven’t had any chance to really look at it closely. And you see quick replays here and there but it’s something that I need to see here before I’m able to comment on that.

On the power play…
Well let’s put it this way. Our power play is struggling. I think we’ve talked about that every day so far. They scored two goals five-on-three. Five-on-four they weren’t a threat and neither were we. Five-on-five I thought we were obviously a team that held most of the control if the game and that’s what we have to do. We have to stay disciplined, stay away from the penalty box like we talked about at the beginning of the series. But I would have liked to have a five-on-three, maybe our power play would have scored as well. But it wasn’t the case and again, it’s one of those games where we tried, we worked hard, we had our chances and we weren’t able to bury them. But certainly not down or disappointed in our game except for the fact those five-on-threes ended up costing us the game.

On the defense playing well offensively…
It is and you have to remember we’re trailing two to one and we have to get that next goal, and you push hard and there are some gambles to be taken sometimes. But I thought our forwards did a real good job of covering up, and we didn’t really give any out numbered situations. I thought we handled that really well tonight and our Ds without a doubt, [Dennis] Seidenberg scored four-on-four actually, but on our four-on-four we activate everybody. You have to get some offense going from our Ds being activated on those situations. So it’s a big goal and again, we had a great chance there at the end with [David] Krejci alone with [Carey] Price and it was one of those nights where the breaks went their way. Maybe the breaks went our way last game, but tonight they went their way. And that’s the way it’s gone so now we’re down to Game 7.

On if the games have come down to team’s getting breaks…
It’s been a pretty good series. I think anybody who has watched it has seen a pretty good series. But again, it’s going to be up to us tomorrow to come out with a real good effort and stay away from the trouble we go into tonight and then stay confident.

On if they are at risk of losing Milan Lucic for Game 7…
I have no idea. Like I said, I haven’t had a chance to look at it. I don’t even know how they are seeing it. Again, I think the five-minute was because he was cut, not because of the hit necessarily, but because of the cut. So the hit caused a cut, and that’s the way it is. But again, I can’t comment on much of that stuff because I’ve only seen it quickly. The last thing you want to do is make a bad comment on something that you haven’t had the chance to look at closely.

On the game misconduct on Milan Lucic
A five minute is an automatic game misconduct in that case. That’s what I was told. He had to give him a five and a game because the guy was cut. Well as they say, don’t shoot the messenger.

On how the team worked their way back into the game…
We were able, the five on three obviously was tough, but five on four we have enough games that you have at least six and seven or eight if you want to throw in [David] Krejci and [Mark] Recchi at times. And we handled it well, and as you saw I thought we still had lots of energy there in the third and we had our chances, and I thought we carried the play. And they played their typical game and just kept getting the pucks out and made us retrieve them and get back at them. Again, it’s one of those games where you have to turn the page and you have to understand that tomorrow is another day and we have to come out there tomorrow ready to win that hockey game.

On Daniel Paille skating in Milan Lucic’s place…
Well Dan has been in that situation before. Last year as you recall in the playoffs he was up there with Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line and he brings speed to the game and forecheck and he can make things happen. And we felt comfortable with putting him up there. Obviously again, tonight I thought the [Rich] Peverley, [Chris] Kelly line, [Michael] Ryder, they did what they had to do and Bergeron’s line had some chances too. You don’t necessarily want to break those lines up and especially when you feel that a guy like Paille can give you that speed on that line which is not a bad thing.

On Montreal’s desperation…
Well I don’t know if it was desperation. You just got here, I’m going to repeat myself. But two goals five-on-three that’s all that there was from their side, but from our end five-on-five we did a great job tonight. Even killing four-on-five we did a great job and those five-on-three power play goals were the difference in the game tonight.

On if the players have a hard time figuring out the line between what constitutes a suspension…
I don’t know. I don’t think too many people are going to agree with me. But I trust the league and the people doing the job to make the right decisions. And that’s the way I’ve always been and I’m not going to stand here but I don’t want to complain about refereeing. They have a tough job and that’s always been the case. And people making those decisions have a tough job and the least I can do as a coach is support them, that’s what I do.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CALUDE JULIEN FRENCH POSTGAME PRESS BRIEFING
On whether it was frustrating for the Bruins to play against the Canadiens as they pressed with their 2-1 lead late into the game…
It was not frustrating, because we did succeed in spending most of the [third] period in their zone and we had our chances. This might have been frustrating to other teams in the past, but we know what to expect. We adjusted and we spent a lot of time in their territory. We put the puck in their zone and we came out quickly. We had our chances to score in the third, but we couldn’t put it in. We are not disappointed and we aren’t hanging our heads low. We are encouraged for tomorrow night’s game.

On whether he’d prefer playing the next game in 48 hours, rather than 24…
Whether the game is tomorrow or two days after, it makes no difference to us or even to them. It’s going to be a good game, as were the first six games of this series.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN FRENCH PREGAME PRESS BREIFING
On Milan Lucic, and how he was able to find his game on Saturday…
I think Milan played a better game [on Saturday]. It’s encouraging. His line did a little bit better and they still have much potential to improve. A guy like Lucic is a big element for us on the ice, and he must continue to find ways to impose himself.

On why this series has fewer penalties than when the teams met in the regular season…
We’re smart enough to realize that if we spend all our time in the penalty box, it won’t be of any use to us, especially with the quality of Montreal’s power play. It’s important for us to remain disciplined. We’ve understood the message.

On whether he is reassured by his team’s quality of play and his goalie’s performance, and if that helps to set aside any nervousness for tonight’s game…
Our team is playing better now than it did at the start of this series. Our goalie was very good in the last game. He said the best was yet to come, and not only did he say it, but he backed it up. That’s one element. Our team is playing rather well, but we also know that we can play a lot better.

On whether anxiety is a factor tonight, and, if so, how does he plan to deal with it…
Our approach to tonight’s game isn’t any different from the way both teams have approached the games so far. If we lose tonight, it’s not over for us. On the other hand, we are coming to the end of this series. We want to end it as much as they want to survive. The attitude of both teams is the same.

On the fourth game being the toughest to win in a series…
I think we know it without having to mention it a thousand times. We saw it last year and we saw it in the other series, as well – the fourth one is the hardest one to win. We are keeping our focus on tonight’s game, we know what it means, and it’s as simple as that. We don’t want to complicate our lives. We want to win tonight. It’s what both teams want.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN ENGLISH PREGAME PRESS BREIFING
On Milan Lucic’s progression throughout this series…
Well obviously it was a lot better last game and the encouraging part is I still l think that line has even more to give, and that is encouraging. I thought they played a decent game last game and they were much better than they had been early in the series. And Milan [Lucic] as much as [Nathan] Horton who scores the OT winner and [David] Krejci are very good players for us. And I thought Milan himself was a player who took a little bit more space on the ice than he had in the first part of the series, and he was able to get some utility shots and I think his confidence right now is much better than it was two games ago. So hopefully he is progressing.

On the challenges of leading a series 3-2…
Well if it’s a challenge for us, it must be a pretty big challenge for them. I mean this is playoff hockey. Right now it’s about winning the last game. And as I said in French, it’s as simple as that. There is a different approach to this game from either team. They need to win to survive and we need tow in to end it. So I think the approach is the same.

On if there is a killer instinct in this team that wasn’t in last year’s team…
Well I don’t think I’m going to get into that because I’ll tell you what, there are a lot of reasons that happened last year and I’m not going to stand here and explain. I think enough has been said about that, I think right now, it’s about what we have this year. And like most teams will say, turn the page and think about the present, not the past and that’s what we’re going right now. We’re thinking about the moment and not what was and what wasn’t and so on and so forth. We’re trying to stay away from that.

On how the team has been able to isolate each game and not look at the big picture…
That’s what we’ve done. They’ve done a good job because that’s what we’ve done. We haven’t gotten too high, haven’t gotten too low. We came here down two nothing and just took it one game at a time and the old cliché comes out for I don’t know how many times now, but it is what it is. Right? Cliché number two. And we just go about out business and it’s worked well for us

On how the team has been able to reduce mistakes…
Well I didn’t think we were very poised in the first couple of games I think those kind of mistakes were, as I mentioned at that time, were uncharacteristic of our hockey club. And we had to be a little bit more poised and relaxed. And maybe we were a little too tense and we seemed to have found a better balance as far as being relaxed but not soft and being poised and not sloppy. And all those little things that obviously make difference in the game and our guys have been pretty good. And as you watch this series, it’s been a really exciting series because there have been some good scoring changes from both teams and some great goaltending. And that’s what playoff hockey is all about. At the end of the day you want to come out on top and that’s what we are going to try to do.

On if David Desharnais caught them off guard…
 I don’t know if he caught us off guard. I think he’s had a good series and he’s played well for them. And when you talk about them and around the league, Martin St. Louis is such a good player and he’s got good speed and good talent, I think [David] Desharnais, he definitely doesn’t have the pedigree and doesn’t have the experience, but he certainly has the making of a guy like that and he’s come in here and done a good job for them.


April 25 -Practice

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN ENGLISH PRESS BREIFING AT 12:15
On Zdeno Chara’s nomination for the Norris Trophy…
Well I think obviously he’s a well-deserving player. There are a lot of reasons, I think everyone who knows him here knows he plays lots of minutes, he also always plays against other team’s top lines. He’s utilized as a shutdown D against the top players on other teams. The stats at the end of the year, I think he’s a plus-thirty something, plus-thirty-three, and I think that speaks for itself. And double digits in goals, and certainly offensively he’s contributed well. So if you’re talking about Norris and talking about a defenseman that bring a lot, he’s certainly one of them. And I don’t think there are many players in this league who will raise their hand and say they really enjoy playing against him.

On there not being any controversial hits in this series…
Well I think both teams realize that discipline is a big factor in this series. And when you look at last game, I think again, both teams had thirty-plus hits. And it’s not like it’s not a hitting series, but it’s not a dirty one. And I think there is a lot of hate probably between the two teams but there is also a lot of respect. And we know that we respect their offense and their power play and we certainly don’t want to give them that advantage. And I think that they respect that if they get into a physical situation with us, they are probably not going to win that one.

On if Brad Marchand developed faster than other rookies…
Well I think his make up really helps and what I mean about his make up is a kid with a lot of confidence. And I talked about that in a joking way, just a while ago, about him telling us last year he was going to score twenty. Well that is a guy who believes in himself and has a lot of confidence. And he’s gone into the playoffs and somehow hasn’t taken the approach, I’m a rookie, I lack experience in here, I’m just going to go out there and play my game and proving to people that I can play at this level no matter what the circumstances are.

On the importance of taking care of business in Game 6…
Yeah I guess as a team right now, we’re not thinking about game seven, we’re thinking about game six. And that is what is on our mind, that is what should be on our mind. And we realize how important it is to come play probably our best game of the series. And that’s basically where our focus is right now. And just to talk about something else right now I don’t think is the right approach, it’s also a waste of energy and time. We have to focus on the moment. And you hear a lot of coaches and you hear a lot of players talking about the moment, and that’s what he have to focus on is the moment, and the moment is tomorrow, us being ready to play game six.

On matching Montreal’s desperation tomorrow night…
Well I think that’s been something we’ve had to really adjust to in this series, is making sure we don’t give them an early lead. But when they are in that situation I think they are playing out of desperation, they are playing for their lives, you have to play that game with determination and that’s the difference. For us it’s about determination, for them it’s about desperation and you have to hope that the determination is better than their desperation. It’s as simple as that.

On why Michael Ryder’s game has improved in the playoffs…
Well these are questions somehow that end up coming my way. And those are actually questions that he should be answering. I think that’s the one thing, is that a player is obviously responsible for how well he plays and how much he shows up. And I guess as a coach, your responsibility is to try and get him going, and I can tell you that we’ve tried that and tried to make sure he’s ready to go. And I think he’s responded well in the playoffs right now. And we seem to be asking the question, why and how come, and right now my only answer to you is I’m glad he’s playing well right now. It’s as simple as that. We got him going right now and I don’t think it’s time to keep banging on him about what he hasn’t done in the past, more than keep doing what you’re doing right now. That’s the important thing and it goes back to what we talked about. It’s about living in the moment.

On how much games three and four helped them get ready for tomorrow night…
Well we know what the crowd is like, we know how good they are at home, we know how they come out with a lot of jump, and we understand that whole situation. And I think we’ve done a pretty good job of handling it like you said in game three and four and it’s going to be even more important again to understand that and be ready for it. And as I mentioned earlier, it goes back again to what I said, our determination has got to be there because they’re going to come out with some desperation. They’re going to come out hard and we have to be ready for that and we got to be ready to push back.

On if he has sympathy for the Vancouver Canucks…
Boy, that’s a real tough question, sympathy. I think I understand what they’re going through. And we lived through it. You watch those games and you see how another team can grab momentum pretty quick and confidence and belief. And it’s there again this year and there’s an opportunity again to create what happened last year to our team for another team. And whether that’s a trend that’s going that way now, I don’t know. But it certainly shows that there’s parody in this league and nothing is over until it’s over.

On Zdeno Chara sinking down lower on the power play…
Well the one thing I could tell you about the power play right now is it’s really, really about our guys are so tense right now. And understand, they know just as much as you guys know and we know as coaches that our power play has not been up to par this year. And we certainly, I think the longer it goes, the tougher it gets. And somehow, and I’ve said it before, we’ve got to overcome that. We’ve got to somehow do the simple things, have the confidence to do it, and when you see your best players having trouble executing, it’s pretty clear what’s going on. And our job right now has really been to try and get them to relax and play with confidence and understanding that, you got to play with confidence but you also have to outwork the PK. And somehow we got to create that situation. And we are desperately working on that and trying to rectify it because we know it’s a major issue that we have to overcome.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFESEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On being named a finalist for the Norris Trophy…
It’s obviously a big honor and I’m very humbled and very thankful. It’s, especially after you consider how many guys had such a great season, a breakout season, I’m just very thankful that people who did vote recognized the definition of the Norris Trophy award. And obviously a big thank you goes to all the people who helped me to get there, especially my teammates, all the organization, and obviously my family and fans.

On how much he appreciates being recognized for his defensive skill and facing other teams’ top lines…
You know what, that’s something I take a lot of pride in. I’m very competitive when it comes to defending the top lines and playing top lines. I know that it’s not an easy job, but I get up to it every night. You can’t think that it’s just you. Obviously you have five guys on the ice and the whole 25 on the team helping you. To really answer it, yeah, it’s a big motivation for me every night to face such skill and great players.

On if the Bruins have to be as desperate as the Canadiens will be tomorrow night…
Yeah, of course. It’s just that we’ll realize the importance of that game. We have to bring the same mental approach.

On wanting to finish the series in six games rather than play a Game 7…
Well we have that in our hands. For your goal, you know that every game is so important.

On the heart and character the Bruins have shown the last three games…
We didn’t just show it the last three games, we’ve been showing that throughout the whole season. We just know we fell behind the first two games and we didn’t play our best. We knew that we had to be better. We’re just playing with a lot more desperation.

On if anything changed in the past three games compared to the first two…
You have to change a few things, but most of all you have to stay focused and work extremely hard.

On how much it helps to be paired with Dennis Seidenberg
We all know that Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] is such a steady defenseman, so strong. He can move the puck, he can skate, he logs a lot of minutes, he plays in all situations. To be paired up with him just gives me more confidence and obviously, hopefully that’s the same for him. I’ve been saying that as long as I’ve been here. It doesn’t matter who I play with, or whoever played with whoever. We just like to play with each other. Throughout the game, we use different pairings in different situations. That’s a big thing with this team, that we’re just so used to playing with one another.

On Tim Thomas getting nominated for the Vezina Trophy…
To have a few people getting nominated, it’s a nice achievement, and I’m sure we are all very humbled and proud of that.

On the Bruins being able to win tomorrow night despite being unable to close out last season against Philadelphia…
Every year, every playoffs, is different. Even you see some similarities, teams coming back from being down three-zero, coming back to even the series. But every year is different, and we all know the importance of tomorrow’s game. For sure, it’s a huge game and we have to bring our best.

On how he defines being a good defenseman…
To me, the first priority is hard work. I always like to work extremely hard on and off the ice. I’m very competitive, I’m very motivated to play against top lines and the best players every night. I take a lot of pride in that, and I just want to help the team as much as I can to win. That was always my first thing. I always want to put the team in front of egos or individual goals. To me, that’s the most important thing, and everything else will fall into place. I know I’m not the extremely skilled defenseman who’s going to put probably 70 points on the board every year. But I know that if I play my game, I give my team a good chance to win hockey games. That’s all I can do.


April 24 Off Day


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On how quickly he turns the page on yesterday’s game…
I think we just have to turn the page here and understand there is another full game to be played. When you win three in a row you should feel confident. But again, there is a lot of work to be done. We know this next game is going to be the toughest one. You have a team playing for their lives and they are plying in their home building. So it represents a pretty big challenge for us so we are going to have to be at our best.

On the approach the Canadiens took in the first two and a half periods of the game…
Well I think we’ve learned from those first two games. And obviously I feel our team has gotten better over the course of the series. Exactly for that reason, we are not turning the pucks over as often and we are making stronger plays. Some thing in overtime, I thought we were pretty poised in overtime. There were some chances both sides, but that’s the game of hockey, you have to understand that. But I don’t think there was really any sloppy play. So I think it’s important for our team to continue to do that. They have a style of play that they use, they believe in and it did take them to three rounds last year so that’s what they believe. I think for us it’s a matter of playing our game and understanding what we have to do. And if they play a certain way we have to find a way to get through them. And the one thing that really hurt us in those first two games was giving up those early goals because they really thrive on that. They like to score early and then play their system and make it hard for other teams to score.

On if he could tell early on Tim Thomas had his best stuff…
Yeah I think even in the morning, he just looked very calm, very poised. And an element of probably confidence in his demeanor and maybe not just confidence, but determination. And as soon as the game started you could tell that he wasn’t overly busy and he seemed pretty confident. And he made the big saves when he had to and if anything I thought he got better as they game went on.

On if his top line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton has started to play their best…
Yeah, I think it’s coming along. They had some chances yesterday and I think that whole line just seemed to be, I guess a little less stressed. And probably generated a lot more. But at one point, I’m sure it adds on. When you’re expected to score and you’re not scoring, and I think they felt a little bit of pressure. I know I had a short conversation with Milan [Lucic] yesterday morning. And it was time to start with a clean slate and put the past away and he needed to be able to feel a little bit more comfortable. But the line was better for us, but at the same time, I think in order to win some games in the playoffs you need some guys to be able to contribute. And we’ve had that in the last three games and it’s really helped our hockey club. And it has taken some pressure off some other guys too.



On the play Milan Lucic made on Nathan Horton’s overtime goal…
Yeah because there are times in the series I think we’ve seen him just throw the puck away and not really make a solid play. And there was times when there was nobody around and our team should be strong on the puck. That’s why we’ve got good size and strength and we need to be a little stronger on that puck. And that’s what we showed on that winning goal, he held on to it and was patient and he made a great play. Obviously I thought Andrew [Ference] made a great play throwing it at the net and we had that net front presence again. The puck came loose and we were ready to bounce on it.

On the play of Dennis Seidenberg this series…
Well I think we put him there for that reason. We think he’s a real good defenseman and with Zee [Zdeno Chara] that’s a really great pair. We’re very comfortable with the other pairs as well. I think Ference has had a pretty good playoffs so far. But putting him with Zdeno [Chara], I think his play certainly; dictated that. Bu t I think his reputation, but I’ve known from him even before he came to our team, we that he always seemed to play well in big games. And the bigger the game, the bigger he plays. So we’re really counting on that from him and he’s certainly shown that.

On what goes through his mind behind the bench in overtime…
Well I’ve had a lot of those same comments come my way. To be honest with you it’s a lot tougher to watch from a fan’s perspective than it is for a coach. As a coach you still feel you have control over the bench, control of your team, you’re just like the players. And I was fine, I think the biggest thing you want to do in those situations is keep your team focused, keep them as calm as you can and try to make the right decisions. And again, I guess that element of control really helps you get away from that tension. To me, I know that people that have no control that are sitting there at the edge of there seat, it’s a lot more stressful. And I’m glad I’m a coach, believe it or not, in those situations than a fan.

On the relationship he has with Michael Ryder that brings the best out in him…
Well obviously I don’t all the time. And I wish I could. But Michael [Ryder] is one of those guys that when he’s on his game, as you can see, he’s a very good player. And yesterday he showed another side of him. Obviously in Montreal he scored two big goals. But yesterday the save, one of the backchecks he made he just buried his head and I think he’s really feeling good about his game right now. And he’s certainly been a pretty good player for us in the last few games. And he’s just one of those guys who, believe it or not, can be a difference maker. I’ve seen it in the past and I know that. And he was brought in here to be an addition to our hockey club that we felt could be there and he had that first year where he scored the types of goals we thought he would or the amount he would. He’s had challenges in the last couple of year. But again, this is a situation where you remember players for how they finish, not how they start. Mike is having a pretty good playoffs so far and hopefully he continues to do that.

On why he stuck with his original lineup…
Well that’s he bottom line. At the end of the say you have to believe in the line-up that you have. And if you feel it’s the best line-up there is no need for a change, then here is no need for a chance. I think what we had discussed, and again this is a process of not just one guy but a whole organization, you’ve got general manager, you’ve got coaches. We talk and you have discussions and you share thoughts and at the end of the day you make a decision, and yes the final decision probably ends up on my shoulders. And we really felt our hockey club as a whole could play better. We didn’t think it was necessarily about the line-up change more than our whole team being a little better. And I guess it proved to be right because we have been a lot better.

On at what point he tries to tweak his power play to get it going…
Well we did we changed the personnel a little bit. We put [Patrice] Bergeron with [David] Krejci and Looch [Milan Lucic] and tried to overload one of our power plays and keep it out there a little longer. And again, it’s been an ongoing battle all year. I’m not going to stand here and lie and pretend it’s not an issue. It is an issue and I think the players know it’s an issue. And at one point it becomes probably a situation where it becomes either a lack of confidence or there is probably a lot of stress when they go out on the power play. And they know what it represents and where the challenges have been. And somehow we have to find a way to overcome that, and you hope it’s going to happen soon. But that’s been an ongoing challenge from our team all year and it’s something that we have to continue to try to resolve.

On how he team has been able to stay disciplined…
Well I think it was important for us to stay disciplined. Obviously they have thrived a lot on their power play and they have done a good job of it all year. And we know they would like to have more and it was up to us to not play into their strength. If we keep taking penalties we are certainly going to play into their strength. So discipline was certainly something to do, we had to balance that out with the physical play and also a good forecheck. If we had a good forecheck and use our size and strength to come up with the puck it would certainly benefit us. And I don’t think there is going to be much intimidation in the playoffs. It’s more about taking advantage of what you have. We feel we are a bigger, stronger team overall and we have to use that to our advantage. They are using their speed to their advantage, they would like to use their power play, but that is something we can control by being disciplined.

On if he has an update on Steven Kampfer…
No, he’s not back to skating. And I think he’s still getting treatments and we hope he’s going to be back skating within a week to ten days.



April 23, 2011
Game 5


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On how important it was for the Bruins to maintain composure in overtime…
Well yeah, you have to. You can’t get rattled by those little mistakes, the turnovers that happen. You have to look forward and try to forget the play that happened right before as quick as possible and just keep going with what you’re doing, and try not to make any mistakes.

On the save that Tim Thomas made on Montreal’s two-on-one in the second overtime…
If he doesn’t make that save, we wouldn’t be here right now. So he definitely kept us in and he played great.

On the defensive play by the Bruins tonight, including the save Michael Ryder made…
Yeah, he played solid all game I think. He backchecked a couple times on slapshots on the wing. He skated really well today, and like you said, that stop on the line was a great street hockey move, a goalie. But he was really good.

On going through the ups and downs of two overtimes…
Well you try to go forward with the puck, try to avoid soft plays, and just kind of try to get the pucks behind their D. And make them move their feet so they keep getting tired. That’s our thought process throughout the whole overtime, and for the most part, we did that.

On when he felt like both goalies were ‘in the zone’ tonight…
Throughout the whole game. Both goalies made crazy saves. Both teams had good looks to score, and both goalies just stood on their head, and made great saves. So they both played well.

On if Tim Thomas’ big saves give the team momentum…
It’s huge. I mean we just know he saved us the game, and you know you have to get going to turn the momentum around again. It’s great to have Tim [Thomas] in back.

On if the Bruins felt they had to win the game for Tim Thomas given the saves he made tonight…
It makes it even sweeter. You work even harder just to give him that present.

On his increased time and role playing alongside Zdeno Chara
I think [my time] was kind of the same, maybe a couple minutes here and there more. For the most part, it’s been the same kind of responsibility I think. Playing with Zee [Zdeno Chara] is always great. I love playing with him.



BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On what he saw on the play that ended the game…
You know what, I was on the other side so Johnny [Boychuk] and I switched back on sides and Looch [Milan Lucic] had really good patience and just kind of attracted a lot of attention so it just kind of opened up a lane for me to put about a twenty kilometer per hour shot on net and, you know, those are the kinds of goals being scored, right? In overtime [the goals] aren’t pretty, banging away for the rebounds, so, it worked out. It’s good.

On Nathan Horton scoring such a big goal during his first playoff series…
It’s awesome. I mean it’s a great feeling to see one go in, but to put it in and, I mean, that’s the first time he’s probably ever felt a goal like that. It’s great. It’s what it’s all about.

On if he saw that Horton had gained position to score when he shot the puck at the net…
No, you see somebody kind of at the net, but my only job is to kind of just get it there and the rest is up to him. It was good.

On if the team had trouble battling fatigue…
Everybody is different. Some guys were huffing and puffing pretty good. I’ve been in a couple long ones and sometimes you feel great. I felt awesome tonight, and then sometimes you just struggle hard. It’s just weird. Every game you feel a little bit different, so I’m sure if you asked everybody, some guys probably could’ve played another five and some guys were probably really glad it was over. So it’s just random.

On how it feels having Tim Thomas play the way he did behind the Boston defense…
Run of the mill, I guess? [laughs] I mean, what do you say? We still get excited by some of the saves, but he does them every game. It’s great. It’s very reassuring to know that he’s back there to really bail you out of some good plays.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER…
On if he has played goalie before in the past…
Ball hockey, not ice hockey. Well, when I was a kid I did but my dad made me stop and said I had to play out.

On how he ended up in that position…
I don’t know. It was something like a two on one, three on one, and our D went over and they just made a pass in front and I knew Timmy was out of position and I tried blocking any way I can, and ended up getting the glove on it.

On giving Tim Thomas the Bruins track jacket…
I don’t know, he made that huge save in OT there. And he’s made the big saves when he needs to and he came up huge for us there and then we scored a couple shifts right after that.

On if he feels in a groove…
Yeah, I feel good out there. Confidence is back up and I think playing with Pevs [Rich Peverley] and Kels [Chris Kelly], we have chemistry together now. We’re getting more used to each other. This is definitely the time of year where you want to play well and try to do anything you can to make your team win.

On Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton getting their first goals of the playoffs (Horton has 2 goals this playoffs fyi)…
Yeah, it’s huge. They had great years and they were a big part of our success this year. And for them to score gave them the confidence. And they’re going to be a big part of our team in the playoffs here. And I think for Horty to get that one in overtime, he was pretty excited. Hopefully he’s got a few more of those in him.

On if it’s going to be hard to win in Montreal…
Well it’s going to be tough in Montreal, that’s for sure. We played those two games up there and I think we played well to get those wins. It’s always tough to win in that building. I played in Montreal and I know what it’s like. And for another team to come in win three games is going to be tough, but we just have to make sure we do the same things we did there and that we did tonight and not change anything and have to do what we did like when we were down two nothing and make sure we come out hard and set the tone early.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if when he coaches he ever thinks about how great it would be to win it instead of how depressing it would be to lose…
No doubt. I think you sit there and you know what the difference in feeling is. I just felt good about tonight, just like we did the other night, and I felt confident, you know, and you try and spread that out through the dressing room. Our guys went out there and I thought they played a really great game. To be honest with you, I think both teams really played well tonight. You’re sitting there, honestly, watching a 1-1 hockey game and after the first overtime, starting the second one and you say, “It’s going to be a tough loss for whatever team loses, because both teams played well.” Goaltenders made some tough saves at both ends, it was an exciting hockey game. Unfortunately there’s a winner, there’s a loser, and you always hope to come out on the positive side as we did tonight

On Tim Thomas’ performance and specifically the save on Brian Gionta…
Well, I just thought Timmy [Thomas] was really, really good for us tonight. Obviously I think that save was an outstanding one, but [Michael] Ryder’s save comes in as the second best save of the game probably and even between [Patrice] Bergeron and Zdeno [Chara]. You know, sometimes things go your way and tonight we had some good bounces, and I’m sure to a certain extent they had some good ones as well. But we had some guys really doing what they had to do to prevent goals and we had guys sliding to block shots, but going back to what you asked about Timmy, this was without a doubt his best game of the series. He said he would be, the best was yet to come and her backed it up.

On everyone getting involved in the defense…
Well, you know, I think when you’re in the playoffs you always have to have a sense of desperation and you’ve got to be willing to sacrifice yourself in order to give your team the best chance possible to win. Our guys right now are not afraid to block shots and do what it takes. Like I said, I think we had everybody buying in tonight and it was a hard-fought game. Was there some mistakes made? Absolutely. It is a game of mistakes. You try and minimize them. I liked our composure in the overtime, we’re making some strong plays. We didn’t really panic. At the end of the night, you come out with a big win.

On what he told his team in-between the first and second overtimes…
Well I basically went in there and made it really short. And I said ‘there is not much to say here, I am giving you the same message I gave you before the first overtime. It’s about making strong plays, it’s about playing to win and finding a way. And we just talked about a couple things, the first overtime obviously, tougher line changes. But the second one we just said you have to hang on to the puck, just don’t throw it blindly, hang on to it. I know that they had gone down to five Ds there for a while and some of their forwards had a lot of minutes and it was up to us to try and stay fresh and keep our shift short and make strong plays.

On the play of the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton line…
Well they were better and that was a good sign. Again, scoring that OT goal will hopefully give that line a real good boost. And we all know how when you start thinking positively things start to be a lot easier. And I think they were carrying come weight from not producing and being one of the lines wanting to produce. But tonight, that goal even for Nathan Horton in his first playoffs ever, to score that goal and now he knows what if feels like and he was a pretty happy man in the dressing room.

On Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand scoring their first playoff experience…
Well both of them are experiencing their first year in the playoffs. So they may be a little more inexperienced than some others. And when you get those guys in a big game like tonight producing, it’s certainly encouraging for your hockey club. 

On Michael Ryder’s save in the first period…
Well you say you don’t practice it much, but according to him he did because he played goal for his ball hockey club. So he said that was a natural instinct of his. To be serious about this, this is something that just shows some desperation. He knew where he was, he knew what he had to do and he just desperately made the move. And kudos to him for doing that and certainly not something you practice but desperation makes you do a lot of things.

On how tough it will be to get the fourth win…
I think we’ve experienced that last year, right? We don’t want to bring that up, but unfortunately it is what it is. That last win is a tough one, we recognize that. We need to go to Montreal with the intentions of winning that game and playing to win that game. We need to understand it’s probably going to be the toughest game of the series. When teams are playing for their lives they come out with their best effort.  And we have to be ready for that.

On how long it took for Brad Marchand and Nathan Horton to be accustomed to playoff hockey…
No, I think as far as [Nathan] Horton is cornered, I don’t think it was him personally as much as his line just wasn’t going as well. I thought [Brad] Marchand played decently the first two games here. I thought he had a tough Game 3 and he bounced back in Game 4. I think it’s just a matter of those guys coming out and just knowing that they have to play and knowing that they have to play. And don’t let the pressure get to you. That’s what I keep telling the guys. It’s important to be able to handle those things and I think the guys are doing a good job of it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On being happy for Horton scoring the game winning goal…
Yeah I was really happy.  It was a great play.  We stayed with it all game.  It was a tough battle out there, great game and it was a great play by them there at the end.

On Horton’s lack of playoff experience…
It was a huge goal for him.  I wasn’t worried about the fact he hasn’t played in the playoffs because he is a guy that competes all the time. That is one reason why he wanted to come to Boston was to be on an Original Six playoff team.  I’m sure he is pretty happy.  That has got to be his biggest goal but I think he has been great for us.

On his reaction to Horton’s goal…
I was just trying to catch my breath on the bench.  It was just a great play by [Milan] Lucic on the blue line.  Andy [Andrew Ference] made a smart play and a smart shot.  We had two guys there in front.  We had [David] Krejci and Horts [Nathan Horton].  Horts was in a perfect spot.

On if he felt he should have had a penalty shot…
Well…. I’m not going to… I was all alone.  I was on a break away.

On what it took to get through two overtimes…
It took a lot.  We stayed with it.  We kept competing.  We tried to tell ourselves we weren’t tired and I guess that we were the most fit team of the two because at that point it is just mental.  It’s not your body it is your head.  You have to stay with it.  I thought we did a great job of that. 

On his blocked shot in the first overtime…
Yeah it was kind of a broken play.  I knew it was going to go back in front.  It just went through my skates and I just desperately tried to block it and I think it hit me and hit Zee [Zdeno Chara] also.  I’m not sure, yeah so I blocked it and it would have went through.  It was a great desperate play.

On blocking shots…
That is what we need.  We need those blocks and those plays.  It is the playoffs and you have to find a way to do whatever to keep them out of your net and to score some goals as well.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On Tim Thomas’ save on Brian Gionta on a two-on-one chance…
Save of the game. Simple as that. It is two-on-one and I think he made a hell of a save.

On if it was the save of the series…
We’ll see, but for sure that was the difference tonight.

On his potential save of the game…
Yeah, I got kind of lucky. I was basically standing in the crease, and it just hit the back of my leg. We made some big blocks and Timmy (Thomas) made some big saves. Then we got that bounce and put it in.

On if Tim Thomas will buy him and Michael Ryder dinner for their saves tonight…
I think we are all going towards the same goal, but I think we do what we can to win the games.

On Milan Lucic getting better as the game went on…
Yeah, I mean, it is one way to put it, but also they play him really tight and hard, and they are doing a good job. He is, obviously, trying to find a way to get it going. But on the winning-goal I thought he had a really good shot to make sure that the whole play happened.

On if it is the best defensive game as a team…
Well we always try to play tight defensively. That is the key in these playoffs. We have to play really tight. We have to sacrifice. You have to make some big blocks. Goalie has to make big saves, and then you have to score some goals. That is basically it.

On what can be said during a second overtime with fatigue setting in…
You know what? It wasn’t that bad. We were all doing fine, we were just…I think we were just more excited than kind of fatigued or kind of overly tired. Looking forward to going out there again and do our job and we’ll be... Well you know how important this game was. So it is nice to get it.

On the team playing well compared to earlier in the series…
Basically, it is a big chess match. I mean, both teams are just waiting for some chances and opportunities. They are just waiting. You don’t want to do something different or too much. You just have to wait for your breaks.

On if it is the longest game he has played in…
No, I think in Ottawa we went to three overtimes. Then we scored? Or we got scored on. I am not sure. But I think three overtimes. I feel good and that is basically what we train for. It is not just that, but the emotions and the excitement of winning the game is so overwhelming, that you have to forget about the fatigue any kind of tiredness there. It is amazing how you realize that when you do score, how much more energy you have than you think.


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD TOMAS PLEKANEC   
On how hard it is to lose this game…
It’s hard but you know we’ve got another game to play and we’ve got to get ready for it and keep our heads up. Obviously, it’s not great to lose, but that’s what happens in hockey and in the playoffs so we’ve got to be ready.

On the scoring chances they had in overtime…
I mean had some chances in both overtimes and they had some chances too. We had some open nets and, you know, myself in the first period, that’s got to end up in the net. We can’t be going into overtime too and I mean, you know they had some chances too, obviously, but that stuff happens and it’s a playoff and if you don’t score then it’s going hurt you in the other way.

On the play when Michael Ryder saved his shot…
At first I didn’t see [the puck] through [Boston goaltender Tim] Thomas and then [Montreal forward Michael Cammalleri] made a great play around him and then it ended up on my tape and I just tired to get it away, just shot it quick and I fanned on it a little bit and it wasn’t a hard shot, a really hard shot, so I mean, there’s no excuse for it, it’s got to end up in the net for sure.

On the fact that the Canadiens could not get any lucky bounces tonight…
Yeah, they had their chances too; we’ve got to be honest with ourselves. They had some chances. [Montreal goaltender] Carey [Price] was there for us and he kept us in the game and the same with their goalie and their defense. They jumped in the crease for those saves and you’ve got to bury those. The chances we had, they have to end up in the end and it’s going to hurt you.

On if the play at the Montreal blueline prior to the game winning goal opened up the defense for the Bruins to score their goal…
Yeah, they made a great play. I think it was a criss-cross of their defense or something and then they just put it in the net and, you know, put in the rebound. That’s what happened, it’s playoff hockey, those kinds of goals are scored in the playoffs I guess.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the feeling in the locker room after the win…
Yeah it’s definitely a great feeling. It was a great game. They came out hard and battled hard all the way to the end and it was definitely the toughest game of the series so far and I think moving forward it’s only going to get tougher. We learned about last year, you can’t take any lead for granted and we’re just excited that we were able to pull through and get that win today. And we want to enjoy it tonight.

On if fatigue was a factor going into the second overtime…
No, it’s funny. You only seem to find your second wind in the playoffs. And it’s, being tired I guess is just a mental thing. So you train yourself all season to get, when you’re in a situation like this to work through it. And the thought wasn’t about how tired you were, the thought was about what you’re going to do on your next shift, or what you were going to do when you got out there. Our focus and energy was positive in the room tonight and it was good that we came out on top.

On Tim Thomas’s performance tonight…
I mean he doesn’t make that save in overtime there on [Brian] Gionta, we don’t get a chance to win. So obviously a lot of credit goes to Timmy for the game that he played and that’s why he is who he is. He’s a great goaltender, he gives us a chance to win, and we have a lot of confidence in him.

On if facing pressure situations in past playoffs helps with a situation like today…
Yeah for sure. Like you said, we’ve been through a lot the last few years and this was something different. Obviously this year going down the first two games at home and having to go to a building where we haven’t won all year and try to even up the series. But I think our focus so far is after those first two games wasn’t on the big picture like it was on the first two games. After we were down, the focus was just on, okay, forget about what’s going to happen. Let’s just worry about what we need to do next and what we’re going to do that next shift and that’s what is getting us in a bit of a groove here.

On if it’s satisfying for his line to get the goal…
Well I mean we were chipping away all game long it seemed like. And I don’t know what it is, these last fifteen game I just, for myself, whenever I get a scoring chance it seems like it’s not going in. But we tonight for sure definitely we didn’t get frustrated and it was almost like when we had the opportunity in overtime we wanted to do whatever we could to step up and contribute to this team. And it’s obviously great that we were able to create that goal. And you definitely don’t want to be satisfied. You want to keep pushing for more and contributing.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On his save against Brian Gionta in overtime…
Well when it started I actually came out and was playing it as if [Travis] Moen would have a breakaway, because that’s what it looked like, a break, right off the start. And then I realized my D was going to get back and make it a two-on–one, and I was out pretty far so I had to make sure I started to get my backward momentum going so I could play both the shot and the pass. And I was just barely had enough speed to be able to make that push over on the pass. And I was just fortunate enough to get a leg out and cover that part of the net.

On tonight’s game being a goaltenders duel…
Yeah, that was. Carey [Price] played a very good game, he made some really good saves. My job, like I’ve said it before, I’m not really playing against Carey so to speak, but tonight I was in a way. Just because whenever he made saves, I had to make sure I made the saves because it was such a tight game.

On if Nathan Horton’s goal tonight was the biggest of his career…
Yeah. That was a huge goal for Horty [Nathan Horton]. And it’s well deserved, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy and that was huge for the team and huge for him.

On this being a “next goal wins” game…
Well it was the second in a row right? But the first one was over fairly quick. I guess I originally thought that might be the way it worked out tonight, but the way we went out and started getting chances right way at the beginning of overtime. But then Carey [Price] made some big saves and it turned back into a normal game, with chances going both ways. And then it was a matter of not giving up and just staying with it and waiting for our opportunities and hopefully one of the opportunities goes in. and that’s what happened.

On if the save on Gionta was the biggest of his career…
No, I mean I don’t have a list like that. I do have a couple that stick out from the past and stuff and I’m sure I haven’t had much time to think about it. The game just got over. Yeah, probably because it ended up being such an important save. And I’ll have to watch it to get a better picture of exactly what happened because it was the second overtime and thing happen fast and I was just playing goalie.

On the importance of staying hydrated…
Yeah, and trying to get the electrolytes in to. To be quite honest, my legs started to, not completely cramp, but just started a little bit in the first overtime. So I realized that okay, in between intermissions, in between the first and second one, no coffee this time. You know, and then I drank the water with the electrolytes in it.


On Michael Ryder’s save in the first period…
That was awesome. And I was actually turned around, I got to watch it pretty good. That was a huge save and in this type of game that’s a game-breaker.

On if a game like tonight is fun for him…
In a way, like when you’re competing it is. The further it goes on, you just want to win so bad that, it was fun, but I wouldn’t have minded if we won in regulation or the first overtime, let’s put it that way.

On if the game was nerve-wracking…
Well not as much tonight, maybe because it was the second one in a row so you get used to it. But it’s still, it’s overtime. Everything is one the line. And it’s hockey and sometimes you are going to get scored on when there is nothing you can do. And I was just trying to do as much as I could to make that not happen.

On what his coffee regimen is…
Well just a little bit. like I’ve always drank coffee, it’s just an old custom.

On if he drinks coffee in-between every period…
No, between the first and second overtime I skipped it today. Just because it was going so long I felt like I needed other fluids.

On how many years of his life this game took off…
It might have added a year back actually, because winning two in a row gives you that extra little bump. In the second overtime before we scored, I was probably minus four, but then when we scored it was plus three so now I’m just minus one overall.

On if he feels like he stole the game…
No. Because it was a team effort, [Michael] Ryder made a save with an open net and Zdeno [Chara] made a save with an open net. It’s everybody together. If a bounce went the other way, we’d be saying Carey [Price] stole the game right now, but that’s not necessarily completely the case. I just try to do my part.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the two overtime periods…
They’re very nerve-racking and it was getting pretty tough there in the second one. We were getting very tired. Guys were starting to cramp up. But I’m pretty tired right now but it was a pretty special feeling being out there, very intense.

On just digging deep through overtime…
Yeah, we wanted to play simple and keep battling. We knew it was only a matter of time between whether one of the teams were going to score here. We wanted to make sure it was us and we just wanted to make sure we did the little things right and take advantage of their mistakes.

On if this was a situation where everyone chipped in…
Yeah it was. It was getting pretty tough there and everyone just played their part, they didn’t try and do too much. Guys were doing the little things right and that’s all we need in a game like this.

On if he thought his goal would stand with the way the game was going…
I was hoping, but you never know. We didn’t really want to go into overtime. Those are always tough games. But we know it’s tough to keep them off the board. They’re a great team, very skilled and it was great that Timmy [Thomas] was able to keep them to one goal.

On his first playoff goal…
Yeah it was very exciting. It was nice to get the monkey off the back. It took a little while but it was nice just to kind of, again I was just pretty excited about it.

On his goal…
I just saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] driving through a slot and it popped out and passed to him. I think someone broke his stick, slashed it. And the puck hit a foot and came over to me and I just put it in the open net.

On Max Pacioretty’s tweet during the game…
Yeah, I walked in between one of the periods and saw it on TV. But stuff happens.

On if Max Pacioretty’s tweet made his goal any sweeter…
Yeah, I didn’t know it. I scored quickly after but it’s always nice to just kind of rub it in a little.

On if he is going to get on Twitter and respond…
No, Twitter is not for me. I’ll try and stay away from that stuff, get me in trouble.

On his important goal in an important game…
Yeah, it was nice to get the first one. Thank God guys stepped up lately and they didn’t need me to score. So it was nice to kind of get one and chip in a little there. It was even bigger for Horty [Nathan Horton] and his first one there in OT.

On people predicting he would have the winning goal…
It would have been nice, but as long as it’s someone on our team I’m happy.

On if he had his feisty game going…
Yeah, well I was trying to stay away from it a bit there at first, but [Tomas] Plekanec kind of got in my face there and I wasn’t too happy about it. I tried to throw a punch, but I don’t think I got him.

On getting a home win in the series…
Really good. Those right now with how it’s going, it’s always been the road team that’s won. And it’s pretty nice to kind of break that trend. So it’s always disappointing for fans and for us when we lose two games at home, and we wanted to redeem ourselves and we did that tonight.

On going back to Montreal and continue what they’ve been doing…
Yeah, we’re pretty excited about this one here right now. But we know it’s going to be really tough going into the building, and it’s always very hard to play there, especially do or die in the last game. The last game is always the toughest one to get. And we saw it last year with Philly. So we just have to make sure that we’re ready. They’re going to come out really hard and we have to match that. We didn’t do that last time we were in Montreal, and they dominated us first period. So we just have to make sure we have a good start.

On if they ever discussed that this series might come down to whichever team can win a home game…
No, we never really looked that far ahead. We just try and take it one game at a time, but it kind of looks like it was getting that way. Playing at home is always a big advantage in playoffs. You got your crowd and last change. So you want to use that to your advantage but sometimes it doesn’t work out for the best.

On the vibe in the locker room during overtime intermissions…
We were pretty confident. We were playing a pretty good game. We weren’t making too many mistakes. But guys were getting pretty tired. It’s always tough playing four and five periods, and the ice time is getting up there. But it was nice to come through.

On what it says for two NHL playoff ‘rookies’ to get two goals…
Yeah, it’s always nice to get that. I know Horty’s a little frustrated. He’s getting so many opportunities and it wasn’t going in, and same for me. So it was nice to kind of chip in. The team hasn’t needed us the last few games, but it was nice to kind of help out and chip in there for a couple goals. But hopefully now a few more will go in.

On the goaltending…
It’s unbelievable. [Carey] Price, he made some unbelievable saves out there, and Timmy same thing. He’s one of the best goalies in the league and you saw with that last save there in OT. I don’t think we’d even be here if it wasn’t for him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On his game-winning goal…
It was an exciting game for both teams, but in the end it felt good to get that. We knew it was going to be a greasy goal, and it sure was. It was a rebound, but they all count. It was a big goal for us.

On if he thought Montreal would pick up the pace in the second overtime…
You know, they’ve been battling hard against us all season, all playoffs. They’re a fast-skating team. They have little forwards that skate real fast, you’ve got to work real hard to contain them. Really press back, on the backcheck, and play smart. You saw in the first couple games we turned the puck over and it was in the back of our net. That’s something we wanted to limit, and I think at times we still do it, but all in all we were playing the way we want to play. Everyone’s coming to play and it feels good to play as a team.

On if the save Tim Thomas made on a Montreal two-on-one just before his goal gave the team energy…
Definitely. It’s a long game obviously, when you’re going into double overtime. That was huge for us. That was a big lift. He’s been doing that all year, and what a special goaltender he is. That definitely gave us a big lift and gave us a little bit more momentum to carry on after that.

On the Bruins’ mood in between the overtime periods…
We were excited. We were excited to go out there and start over. We knew we were playing well and we just had to keep playing. You know guys are going to be tired, but that’s playoff hockey. It’s exciting for us to come out there and get that win. That was a big win for us, and the last [goal] is the hardest one to get. But we’re not done yet.

On how the Bruins played defensively…
Yeah, everyone’s committed to play defense. That’s how you win games in the playoffs. Michael Ryder back there, he’s a forward and he’s back there in the crease, stopping pucks. That’s what it takes to win, and that’s what we’ve got to do if we want to keep on winning.

On if fatigue changed the way the Bruins were playing…
Well, we know that they’re tired too, so we were just pushing through it. You put that in the back of your mind when you’re playing in double overtime. It doesn’t matter. You put it in the back of your mind. You really focus on what you have to do to get the job done. That’s basically it. You work hard and you go try to play the same style, and don’t turn the puck over. That’s a huge part of our game, when we don’t turn it over getting it deep, things happen, and you just have to seize the last goal. That’s what happened.

On if he and his linemates were getting concerned about not scoring as much as they would like to…
Well, obviously we do want to score. We’ve had opportunities to score, we’ve been playing well, but it hasn’t been going in. But it’s a team game and like you said, in the playoffs, it doesn’t matter who scores, it matters who wins. In the end that’s all that matters.

On his impressions of playoff hockey…
It’s awesome. It’s a great experience and you don’t know until you’re truly there, until you feel it, how exciting it is to be a hockey player. It’s pretty special. It’s a lot more fun when you’re winning, obviously, and you’re feeling good. But we need to keep this going and keep having fun out there. I’m excited to play. I’m excited, and our team is too.

On if time stands still when you have the puck on your stick in front of an empty net in a double overtime game…
I saw the rebound, we had control of the puck, and I saw the rebound come out. It was. It was like it’s in slow motion. It was just sitting there. I’ll tell you, it felt good to put that in the net. Obviously winning the game, it was a pretty special moment.


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MICHAEL CAMMALLERI
On both sides getting big saves on scoring chances and coming out on the losing end…
It is what it is. One went in for them tonight, and they got the win tonight.

On his scoring chance that Zdeno Chara stopped with his leg…
Yeah, just hit his knee. [Patrice] Bergeron was…I saw Bergeron in front of me, and I thought if I beat him I could find the empty net, but it hit [Zdeno] Chara.

On the juggling of the lines throughout the night…
It was a tight game both ways. There were some chances. Both goalies stood in there tall and you know, we all saw it. It was a game that was… I mean imagine from watching it, it was pretty even balanced both ways, and they bury one and we don’t.

On if the game felt intense to him…
Felt pretty intense, yeah. There was a lot of intensity out there. It felt at any point that the next goal wins, kind of thing. Anybody who has played that game as a kid growing up, it is always when the intensity picks up.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On tonight’s game…
Both teams were battling tonight and it was tough to get chances.  When we did the goalies played extremely well. 

On making constant adjustments through the game…
That is what the playoffs are all about.  When it is a 0-0 tie you are trying to spark something and get something going.  It was a nice play on the tying goal by Helpy [Jeff Halpern].  We made a push for sure.

On the goaltending duel tonight…
Both of them are great goalies.  We knew that going into the series.  Unfortunately tonight we came up on the short end. 

On what they have to do to take the series to seven games…
It is what we have to do.  Right now it stings for sure.  We have two days to get over it and get ready for game six.

On the team’s effort tonight…
I thought we had a pretty good effort.  Both teams were going after each other and there really wasn’t much going on for the better part of that game.  Both teams were pretty tight defensively and didn’t give up much.

On Thomas making a 2-1 save in double overtime…
It was a 2 on 1.  My thought was just trying to get it on the net and get it over him.  He is a pretty good goalie and he moves well side to side and he just read it.

On the Bruins ability to come back and take the lead in the series…
They are a good team.  With the exception of tonight, games 3 and 4 it was our mistakes that led to their wins.  Tonight it was a back and forth battle.

On the Montreal fans being upset with the loss…
I have said it before, no one feels it more than the guys in this room.  We want to win and we have the confidence that we are a better team.  We have two more games to do that. 


MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH JACQUES MARTIN (ENGLISH)   
On if good goaltending was the difference in the game tonight…
Yeah, it was. You know, both goalies made some great saves. I think, you know, it was a great hockey game, you know, tremendous competition and, you know, our goalie made some big saves as well. It was an exciting game and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of it.

On what he takes away from a game like this…
Well I think, you know, we’ll regroup and we’ll analyze the game. Playing at home Tuesday in front of our fans, hopefully, you know, that will make a difference.

On the quality of the scoring chances the Canadiens had in the two overtime periods…
Well I think when you get into overtime, you know, people get tired so there’s more breakdowns and, you know, consequently sometimes you’re going to get some good scoring opportunities from it.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On what he is feeling right now…
Tired. It was a hard fought game.

On luck not being on their side tonight…
Yeah, we didn’t… I thought we did everything we needed to do. We deserve to win that one, but it is what it is. We can’t change it now (the outcome). Whatever.

On if he felt like it was a pitcher’s duel between goaltenders tonight…
It is our team versus their team, not me versus Timmy (Thomas).

On playing down a forward at times and five defenseman…
Everybody was tired out their. Everybody was working their balls off. Every single person in our locker room worked their sack off tonight and that is all you can ask for.

On what he saw on the game-winning goal…
I just saw a shot. It hit my pad and scrambled and they buried it.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN HAL GILL
On tonight’s game…
That is just good hockey.  Both teams are playing hard and unfortunately we didn’t get the win but that isn’t the end of it.

On Nathan Horton’s game winning goal…
I didn’t see the replay.  It looked like a playoff overtime goal.  Go to the net, somehow it pops out and it goes in.

On the goaltending matchup tonight…
That was pretty impressive.  Both of them played lights out.  That’s good playoff hockey.  It is fun to be a part of those games.  Unfortunately it didn’t go our way.

On playing with five defensemen tonight…
It’s tough missing a guy, especially Wis [James Wisniewski] but we found a way to hold it down for him to get some time to get back.

On Jeff Halpern’s goal…
It was a great shift.  That was just grinding it down and digging in the corner.  We found a way to get it to the net and he made a nice move, a little delay to find some time and find the corner.

On finding a way to win Game 6…
That is what it is.  We can’t sit there and feel sorry for ourselves.  We played a hard game and it didn’t work our way.  We have to come back and get a win the next one.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MATHIEU DARCHE
On the outcome
…It sucks let’s face it. We had great chances…you know that is the way it is and we have to move on.

On tougher knowing that the Canadiens had so many scoring chances…
Yes and no. You can say it is too bad because we played well and we didn’t win. But then again, we know we had all those chances. Law of average at one point will go in. And Timmy Thomas made some great saves. Carey (Price) made some great saves. It was the lower scoring game of the series, but it is probably the game with the most chances, both sides. We have to build on the positive. Every game in the playoffs is a learning experience and we have to think about game six.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN ENGLISH PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING AT 11:30 AM
On if he’s happy with the matchups they’ve had on the ice…
I don’t think it’s really been a big issue as far as we’re concerned. I think both teams are, seem to be pretty happy with the matchups so far, and there’s some that you try and avoid a little bit. But other than that, it hasn’t been an issue.

On Tim Thomas being a Vezina Trophy finalist…
Well I answered that yesterday a few times, and I’m going to tell you the same thing. I’m very happy for him. He’s very deserving of it, and I hope he wins. And he’s got my vote.

On the power play units…
Well obviously we have to score on our power play at some point, and we realize that. And again last game we had one power play. It’s pretty hard to get your power play going when you’ve only got the one, but hopefully that is going to improve and hopefully that is going to give us some results. And we know that as you move on in the series, those things become pretty important. And we’re a team that understands that, and we hopefully will get those results.

On what he has liked from the defensive pair of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg
Well I think you make adjustments throughout the series and you see certain things. We decided to put those two guys together and as far as their play is concerned it’s been pretty good. They’ve been pretty steady and they’ve been two of our steadiest Ds all year. Having them together makes them a force and they are certainly capable of handling a lot of ice time as well. So we feel comfortable with that and we also felt very comfortable with the other pairs we put together because basically all three pairs have changed.

On if he is comfortable with what they accomplished in Montreal…
I don’t know if it’s comfortable, I think it’s more of a situation where we have got ourselves back into a series. Getting comfortable can be a dangerous word to use, especially in the playoffs. We are more confident, obviously after winning the last two games you have built some confidence and you hope that you can carry that confidence into the game tonight. And the momentum that we’ve had going our way and we also understand that in order to do that you are going to have to play a very solid game. Because they are coming into this building having won two games and I’m sure they are feeling pretty confident about heir success that they have had there.

On why the road team has won every game this series…
I don’t think so. Again, those are all questions I keep answering. But I don’t know, as you see around the league, it seems to be a bit of a trend. Obviously the visiting team seems to have more success than the home. And I think it’s just a matter of us, and I’ve told our team, let’s not worry so much about where we are but what we have to do as a team. And I think that’s something that we are going to be focusing on.

On if he likes his defensive pair of Adam McQuaid and Andrew Ference
Yeah, [Adam] McQuaid and also [Johnny] Boychuk has played with [Andrew] Ference. We have kind of been alternating those two and they have done a pretty good job. And I think Andrew [Ference] has been a really good player for us so far in the playoffs. He’s had a healthy year and he’s been a pretty reliable player. Competes hard, I think his experience is certainly something we certainly appreciate back there. And again, his competitiveness is always pretty good. So whoever he’s played with he has seemed to settle those guys down, whether it’s a young McQuaid this year or even Johnny Boychuk who is in his second full year.

April 22, 2001 (No practice)

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BRIEFING
On calling the timeout and telling his players to stay with the game plan…
Yeah, I think it’s, when we called the timeout that’s basically all I had to say was relax guys and stay with the game plan. There’s still almost half a game to be played and we just got to believe in what we are all about and go out there and do our job. And that’s all I had to say. And part of it was to slow down obviously the momentum and get our guys refocused.

On what the win does for the team’s confidence and carrying the win over to home ice, when home ice has not been an advantage…
Well we realize that. I think it certainly was a big win for us to get us back in the series. When you dig yourself a hole like we did at the beginning of the series, we knew it was going to be a big challenge in Montreal where they’ve had a pretty good home record this year. So to come out of there with two wins was important for us. As I said we realize we’re still in a pretty tough series here and at one point you hope that your team wins at home and hopefully that happens tomorrow.

On Montreal’s defense…
Well I guess throughout the series, you watch games and you make adjustments and you find ways to create some scoring chances. And that’s I guess the beauty of playoff hockey is that you’re playing the same team night in night out. And you try and dissect the game in order for it to work in your favor and you find ways to make things happen. And we certainly had our struggles here at scoring goals at home, and eventually we made some adjustments and they started paying off. And I’m certainly not going to stand in here and tell you exactly what we did.

On why his new defensive pairs are more effective than they were before…
Well again as part of what I just told Mick, you make adjustments as you go along. You look at the way the game is going and you look at what’s happening out there. And then sometimes it means changing pairs, and we just felt that going in that direction was probably going to help us out. And I think Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] have done a really good job together. They’re a solid pair, and the other guys obviously it was a wholesale change because every pair was changed, so it’s not just two pairs but all three. And the adjustments worked so far. I think guys have adjusted well, and we’re pretty happy with it right now.

On the comfort level he has with sending Patrice Bergeron out with his line…
Yeah I think the one thing I can tell you right now is Patrice [Bergeron] has been so good for us in these playoffs and we know what he brings to the team during the season. But he’s, and I’m not going to say elevated his play, because that’s like saying guys don’t go out and play well during the season, but he’s just been a consistent and good player for us. And when it comes to playoffs he’s one of those guys you can rely one, depend on, and again arguably our best forward in this series so far. But his line last night was very very good, I thought that was probably Rex’s [Mark Recchi] best game of the series also. And Marsh [Brad Marchand] looked a little frustrated there in Game Three and he really settled down and gave us a solid game as well. I think all three of those things feel into place and I think all those three things feel into place and you had yourself a really good ice. And we know that the Peverley line was really good for us also yesterday.

On being able to work through mistakes…
I guess when you say push through, you mean not let it drag you down. I thin it’s important that you stay focused, and in the playoffs that’s what it’s all about teams making mistakes and other teams capitalizing on it. But the important thing is to stay focused and stay positive. I talked about that earlier. That’s what our team did yesterday after they took the three-one lead, there was no bitching, no complaining, no whining, it’s all about focus and saying yeah we can do it, we still have lots of time. And when you’re capable or doing that you give yourself a chance. And our guys were pretty resilient yesterday and found a way to get an early goal after that timeout which got us back into the game. And we worked ourselves back into it.

On his mindset when leaving Boston after Game 2 knowing the team has a good record in comebacks…
Yeah, I think again, it’s one of those situations where your really have to not panic, you have to stay the course. And we just needed to go out there with a commitment to win that first game our guys did that, they were ready to play. We had a really good start, got an early lead and I think that really helped us. And obviously we went to [Lake] Placid and came back and we also knew what was at stake there. It’s either two-two or three-one and again, just the fact that the understanding of it is there, that two-two or three to one, but at the same time it’s about not panicking. You know what’s at stake but you have to stay focused. And your guys worked well, worked hard. And I think both goaltenders, although there were a lot of goals scored, I thought both goaltenders made some outstanding saves during the game at certain points. So there is some decent goaltending going on, and you’re going to say well there are some other types of goals going in and that seems to be part of this series right now. But at the end of the day, you say well they made some key saves at the right time and our goaltender has done that for us.

On Tim Thomas being nominated for the Vezina Trophy and Andrew Ference being fined…
Well, number one, I think it’s pretty obvious to me and Tim [Thomas] is very deserving of that nomination, and obviously I am a big fan of what he has done this year. And if you ask me he certainly deserves it and I’m sure that would get some arguments from other places. But I’m certainly going to support Tim for the season he’s had. Especially what he went through last year and to bounce back this year and have that kind of season, he is certainly very deserving. So I wish him all the luck and hope that he wins what he deserves. With Andrew [Ference] I think he’s been pretty open at what he thinks of the situation and his comments were pretty clear. And I’m going to support my player. That’s my job is to support and believe your player and that’s what I am going to do. I think he is a big boy, he is capable of handling himself and he’s giving money to charity.

On the Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Michael Ryder line…
Yeah, I mean if they are going to be good, last night was really a good time to do that. But near the end of the year I think you saw Tyler Seguin on that line for a good portion of it. So it’s not like they had a ton of time to be a line together but without a doubt Michael [Ryder], and not just because he scored goals, but you could see the way he was competing, that he was a good player. And [Rich] Peverley I thought was skating so well. And as far as [Chris] Kelly is concerned, if I had known that I would have put a mask on him a lot sooner. If he was going to perform like that, but no the way he bounced back after missing a couple of days and going through what he went through with that injury, I liked the way he responded. So that line was really good for us and right now we have two good lines going and we hope that that other line starts producing because that will make us that much better.

On nether team having won a home game thus far…
Well I think the one thing I said yesterday after the game, we’re talking about Montreal and how hard they are to beat when they get the lead and so on and so forth, and I said that statistics don’t really matter to me in the playoffs and that’s done in the regular season and I have to stick by what I said yesterday, and to me, I’m not worried about a team not winning at home and I think what I’m more concerned about is making sure our team is ready to play tomorrow and hopefully build on that great win yesterday. And we just have to keep getting better and not worry about where we’re playing but how we’re playing.

On how happy he is for Michael Ryder…
Well number one, I don’t listen and I don’t hear [what is said on talk radio]. So it’s not an easy thing to comment on things that I guess are being said. But we have to do what we have to do as a team here. And we believe in the roster that we have right now and you have to go with what you believe in and you live with the consequences, as a player and as a coach you are always going to be facing criticism. And that’s part of the business, if you let the criticism get to you then you are not doing your job. I just went out there and continued to do what I believed in and I guess Michael did the same things  and he responded with two big goals. 


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On his reaction to being a Vezina Trophy finalist…
Very happy to hear that, obviously. After last year, wasn’t quite sure if I’d ever hear that again. And so obviously very happy.

On how happy he is about the win last night…
Really happy. I mean we needed the win. That puts us on even footing in this series. And I’d lost a couple in overtime in the playoffs. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever, no I did win one, I think Savvy [Marc Savard] won one. But winning in the playoffs in overtime, there’s no greater feeling really.

On if the time in Lake Placid was beneficial…
Yeah, I think it helped to get out of Montreal and just relax and kind of get out of the media maelstrom.

On if the Vezina could be a distraction…
Only if you make it. It’s that, it’s weird timing that we happen to be in the middle of a very tough first round series. So it’s really to be honest with you, it’s an honor. And I could talk about it right now but my focus will immediately go back to the playoff series. I won’t be thinking about the Vezina later today.

On his thought on why the home team hasn’t won a game in the series…
Well because the away team scored more goals than the home team in all of those games. [Laughter] I don’t put too much thought into that. Sometimes in the playoffs the more road type of game ends up getting you the victory at the end, and so possibly that’s what’s happened. Each team has played their road games when they’re on the road. But there might be something to learn from that, that if you can play a road type game at home, maybe that’s how you get the victories at home.

On how you play a road-type game at home…
Play the type of game that you need to play to win. Sometimes you got to be safe, sometimes you take the chances. There is a tendency when you’re at home to try to put on a show for the home crowd, and sometimes that works against you over the course of a full sixty minute game.

On the chanting of his name in Montreal…
After all these years, I just vaguely hear it. The first year there, the first year that we played them in the playoffs, it took some getting used to because it is so loud and that is a very loud building. But now it’s just merely background noise.

On hearing his teammates on the ice but not the chanting…
Yeah, but sometimes you can’t hear your teammates on the ice very much in that atmosphere either. It all just blends into white noise, like the noisemakers.

On if too many people are calling this series a duel between himself and Carey Price…
I didn’t know they were. That’s how much I’ve been reading the press and staying away from it and stuff like that. So I mean it’s team versus team, it’s not goalie versus goalie. Now goalies are big parts of each team, and depending on the night, one goalie might be able to make the difference. But over the course of the whole season, it’s team versus team.

On the emotions he went through in overtime, and him saying that the overtime took away two years of his life…
[Laughter] Just the overtime, I’d watched the overtimes the night before, and even as just a fellow hockey player but also a hockey fan, you’re nerves get up in overtime. I mean it’s overtime, next goal wins. And so playing in it is the same way. And as far as when we got down three to one, I was just, every time they scored I was just determined never to let it happen again. But they were, it’s hockey, and scoring does happen. But that was the mindset that I was taking.

On if he has enjoyed this season more than last…
Yeah, I definitely have more appreciation just for the fact that I have the opportunity to play. Some, well I waited a long time in my career just for the opportunity to play in any NHL games. I wanted to have the opportunity and wanted to be able to show what I could do. And so after last year, I think it’s made every game a little bit sweeter this year.

On if he still feels that his teammates can give him a little bit more…
Yeah, I think if we all got rolling at the same exact time, we could be very dangerous team, and that hasn’t necessarily happened. We’ve been able to get it done, and been able to have a very effective season so far and been able to battle back into this series. Different people have stepped up at different time, which is a very good thing. But if you could get all twenty guys going at the same time, I think that’s what we need to try to do going forward.

On if he has thought about how big of a win last night was, differentiating a 3-1 series from a 2-2 series…
Between last night and this morning, I haven’t had too much time to think to be honest with you with the travel and sleeping. But that was probably a must-win game last night. I mean to be honest you get down three to one in the series, it’s going to be a very difficult task. So I mean there was a couple times during that game when we got down by, well when we got down three to one, even when we got down four to three, you don’t know if you’re going to be able to pull it out. But people stepped up and they got the job done. And we had that opportunity in overtime and obviously that’s another opportunity you didn’t want to lose. And we were able to take advantage of the opportunity. All credit to the guys on the team, they showed a lot of character.

On how relevant his stats are in the playoffs…
In a way, I think playoffs, well you try your best not to focus on them during the regular season, but then in playoffs you really don’t have to focus on them because it’s all about whether you win or lose. You win a five to four game. it doesn’t matter your goals against or save percentage. That’s not it. At the end of the day it’s about the victories on the board.

On his numbers in past playoffs being impressive…
Yeah, but Montreal is playing good, [Laughter], getting a lot of good chances. They do a lot of good things. So we just have to, I just have to stay with it and keep as many of them out as I can and the team’s got to stay with it and make sure at the end of each game, that our number is bigger than theirs.

On if he got a sense of all the other names on the Vezina Trophy last time he won it…
Yeah, I was pretty amazed actually. When you see the trophy, actually the only time you get to see it, is there. Well they had it here once here at the arena, but no you didn’t get to take it home at all afterwards. You take your pictures with it and everything that evening and stuff. So you don’t get that much of a chance to study the names, but you look on there and Jacques Plante, well Marty Brodeur even though he’s still playing. Huge names on there, and actually when I saw all the names it kicked in a little bit more how much of an honor it was to win it that year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On getting fined for his gesture during Thursday’s game…
I talked to Mike Murphy of the NHL this morning and explained the same thing that I told you guys last night. He said the same thing that it looks awful obviously. And with this series, the whole year, how it is between the Habs and the Bruins, the fine was acceptable.

On what happened…
No same thing, I was pumping my fist. I’m not giving anyone the bird or anything like that. Like I told them, it was an unintentional bird. I obviously apologize for it, it wasn’t meant to insult anybody, especially a whole row of cameras in the Bell Centre and the fans sitting there. That’s definitely not the intention.

On if he’s happy there was no suspension…
Well of course. Definitely, like I just finished saying, it was definitely unintentional. It’s not something where I was trying to inflame anybody or do anything rude. So of course I’m happy that there is no suspension.

On what he thought of last night’s game…
Yeah. Well that’s definitely more fun to think about. Every game of this series has been good and tight and I think well played on both sides. It’s been close. It’s what it’s supposed to be.

On if he thinks the team moved the puck better defensively last night…
Yeah, if you tuned in from the second period on. I think the first period was definitely not one of our better ones. I think they definitely won a lot of the races and beat us in some battles. But from that point on, we responded well to a very mediocre first period.

On Tim Thomas being named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy…
He put on a show. He has all year and like I said, that first period I think would be a lot different story if not for his consistent play. Everybody in this room knows we owe him a lot. And I told the guys when we were talking about that jacket we hand out to the MVP every game, he would hog it the whole time if we didn’t try to pass it around the room. He has been such a key to our success.

On being able to win in Montreal but not at home…
It’s such a hard thing to explain. I don’t put a lot of stock into home ice advantage. Just because I think guys are very professional with way we travel in the league. We stay in good hotels and eat well. Every game is up for grabs. Those statistics probably prove me wrong, there probably is a home ice advantage. But we don’t feel like we’re behind the eight ball when we are on the road or anything like that. It’s just another hockey game. So there is no easy explanation. I’m not sure what it is.

On wanting to win at home…
Yeah. Definitely, it’s a must. And you want to do it in front of your fans. It’s not fun for them to lose up there and it’s not fun for us to send home disappointed fans down here. So it’s an important thing and you work hard through the season to get home ice advantage for a reason. Even if I don’t believe in it, it’s an important thing.

On the guys offering to take up a collection for his fine…
They gave me a hard time because, like they probably gave you guys pretty honest reactions. That’s not really up my alley of chirping on the ice or stuff like that. I don’t’ think I’m going to take up a collection though.

On the team taking up the collection for him…
Oh yeah? I don’t think so. I’d be happy just to leave it in the past and pay it and move on.

On having Zdeno Chara back in the lineup being key for the team…
Yeah, I mean there has been, it’s funny because we have all played with each other. And at different times in the season we’ve had more success with different partners. There has been times when me and Adam [McQuaid] have done really well together, Zee [Zdeno Chara] and Kamps [Steven Kampfer], Zee and Johnny [Boychuk], so there have been different times when they clicked with each other. And it’s not, I think it’s a great thing because we can all play with each other and do well and the coaches have the ability to move us around. But it’s funny, I haven’t really had that I don’t think, in another season, where we’ve had multiple partners play with each other and do a solid job. Like actually play pretty well together.

On if the pairs are set up related to the opponent…
Honestly, I don’t put a whole lot of thought into it. There are games where they just tell us who we are playing with right before the game. And we just kind of go out there and play. It’s a quick maybe one or two minute conversation with whoever you are paired up with, about what to concentrate on for that game. But I don’t want to make us think, come off like we are thinking too hard about it. We really just kind of go out and play and adjust to each other, but we’re not  really looking to deep into why things are the way they are.


GAME 4
Thursday, April 21, 2011

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME ENGLISH PRESS BREIFING
On what was said during the timeout…
Yeah, I think they scored two quick goals, and obviously in this building they had momentum and I just wanted to slow things down to start with. And at the same time I just told our team to relax and there was still half a game left to play. And we had to stick to our game plan, and we just seemed, as the game went on, we got better and better and found a way to get back into it and found a way to win it at the end.

On how happy he is for Michael Ryder…
Well I think what he did for us tonight is what we wanted him to do and what we expect him to do at times for us. He’s a guy who has a great shot and needs to use it. But tonight he also competed really hard and was in the right areas and obviously gave us that big win. But you need your players to step up at this time of year and every night a lot of times there is a different guy stepping up and tonight it was Michael [Ryder]. Hopefully that is good for his confidence, especially having been a healthy scratch near the end of the year, and hopefully he can build on that and get some confidence and keep being the player he was tonight.

On the team overcoming adversity tonight…
Yeah, at the end of the night you kind of look at it and after you get the win you say, it was probably nice to see us go through this. And you hope your team grows from it and learns from it. Obviously this is certainly good for the confidence but at the same time you have to realize that right now it’s a two-two series. So we’re back to scratch and we’ve evened things out and now it becomes the best out of three.

On Montreal playing a defensive game after the took the lead…
Well they played well. They did a really good job of that in Boston and I guess as you move on in the playoffs, you try to find ways to get through it and find ways to score some goals. And that’s what we did tonight. By the end of this series there won’t be many secrets on either side so you just have to keep trying to plug away here and find solutions, and that’s what we’ve tried to do.

On Andrew Ference’s goal celebration…
Yeah somebody just asked me that in French and I didn’t see it so I can’t comment. I heard about it, but I didn’t see it at all and I haven’t even had a chance to talk to Andrew [Ference]. So if you ask me, I’m surprised because that’s not Andrew at all. And I’m shocked and I don’t know again, whether it happened or what. But I’d be very surprised, that’s not his style at all.

On Patrice Bergeron and Dennis Seidenberg being in the box for two key penalty kills tonight…
Well they were big and they were probably big because two of those guys are probably important penalty killers for us. And they weren’t there to help us out, but again we did a great job and with a little over two minutes left in the third and they got a power play, it was important for us to stand tall, not to panic and have everybody come up big. And I know they had some chances, but we also did a pretty good job at times of blocking shots and showing some desperation there killing that penalty. So I think those guys deserve a lot of credit for doing that.

On if he was tempted to make any line-up changes when they were down 2-0 in the series…
I don’t think there obviously there wasn’t any intentions, because we didn’t make any. And I don’t think Michael Ryder has been a bad player for us in the playoffs. I know he scored tonight and he is there, but I don’t think he was certainly the guy that you wanted to point the finger at. And we just needed to be better as a team, tat’s what we believed in and that’s why we stuck with the same line-up.

On where the team’s confidence was heading into the second period…
Well I think the one thing we didn’t do, we didn’t get rattled tonight. And even if they have the lead, and they’re known to that once they have the lead after the first period or they start with the lead, the stats are really good for them. We just throw stats out the window in the playoffs. It’s a brand new season and you don’t focus on stats, you focus on your game and we just had to get  a little it better, we had to compete a little bit harder because I think that’s what it was. In the first period, they competed a little harder than we did. And we made it clear to our team that we had to compete better than we did in the first. And our guys picked it up and got better as the game went on.

On why home ice hasn’t been an advantage…
Well I think we need to build on our game and not worry about where the game is being played. I think we have to look at how we’ve been playing and how we’ve played here and how we got ourselves back in the game, the good things we’ve done and just take it home. It’s as simple as that. At one point you hope the home team is going to win a game and hopefully that is us on the next one.

On Chris Kelly playing tonight…
Well obviously you guys all know he went back to Boston yesterday, and we had to make sure that everything was good, that there was no risk. And obviously he hit that post pretty hard, but our doctors said there was none and obviously he has to wear that face shield but he came in, had a short morning skate. And I thought besides that first shift that that line had, they were really good the rest of the night and he was one of those guys. And Michael [Ryder] scored two goals but [Chris] Kelly scores one and gets an assist on another one. That whole line was really good for us tonight and you need those kinds of things in the playoffs. You need guys to step up and that line did for us.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN FRENCH POSTGAME PRESS BRIEFING
On the time-out that he called, and what he told his players at that point…
I just told them to relax. It was important to do that. The Canadiens had grabbed the momentum. I wanted to slow the game down a bit, tell my players to relax and keep the focus on our game plan. We still had more than half a game to play and we still had lots of time in the game.

On mistakes made in the game and what it was that turned things around for the Bruins…
I think that both teams can talk about errors. When you see nine goals scored tonight, there were mistakes [made] at some point. We never gave up. We worked hard and got back in the game. As the game wore on, we got more confident and we controlled the game more.

On Andrew Ference giving the finger to the fans…
I didn’t see it. I can’t comment because I didn’t see it. I was told about it on my way here, but I didn’t see it. I can’t answer you.

On Chris Kelly’s tying goal and assist on the overtime goal, despite being banged up…
He showed a lot of character. We knew when we acquired Chris from Ottawa that he was this type of player. He is a reliable player. To come back like he did tonight, and he didn’t have a chance to train the past two days, and to play a solid game… As the game went on, he and his line were playing better and better.

On whether he has ever come back three times in a game against the Canadiens…
It might have happened. I’m not much of a statistics guy, so I can’t answer you.

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