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Running Quote Sheet: Bruins vs. Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Chiarelli Press Conference


April 28


BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PRESS BREIFING AT 12:30 PM
Opening statement…
Thanks, Matt. Just with regard to the Andrew Ference incident, there was a hearing this morning at 11 on the phone, and there will be no suspension.

On if he thought Andrew Ference would get suspended…
Well when it first happened I wasn’t. When I took a closer look at it, because I thought it was just incidental contact, when I took a closer look at it I could see where the league’s concerns lie. But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue, and when that happens, the D are supposed to close off the rim around the wall. So he was moving that way, and what Andy [Andrew Ference] said was that he just saw the player off his shoulder as he was moving. He was looking up because he saw the turnover. So his motion, the player’s motion, they ran into each other.

On Andrew Ference’s consistency…
Yeah, he’s been, steady is a perfect word to describe Andy [Andrew Ference]. Whatever it is, his partner, he manages to steady them also. He gives nice, flat passes. He’s poised, and he’s really competitive. He doesn’t put up huge numbers, but I think you look at his plus/minus, and you look at the important minutes that he plays, it’s not only huge minutes but also important minutes. And he’s got experience, so he’s been good throughout the regular season and he’s been really good in the playoffs.

On if Andrew Ference was fined…
No.

On if he relishes the chance to face Philadelphia after what happened last year…
I do, of course. I think the players do. Claude [Julien], I think he mentioned it to them at one point prior to the game, that here’s a chance, one chance to redeem yourselves. There’s an interesting note, I believe in Game 7 of last year, there were nine players in that game that are on our team now, our roster now. So there’s been over half the team that’s turned over. But definitely the core players also lived through that, so you’d have to ask them. It’s been a consistent theme this year. It’s fitting that we’re playing them.

On the style of the Flyers compared to the Canadiens…
Well they’re bigger, first and foremost. I think that’s a huge difference. You saw that Montreal stretched the ice, and they’re always coming at you. These guys don’t stretch the ice as much, but they can go to the weak side a lot in their neutral zone, and they’re coming in rushes, but they don’t stretch it as much. They’re like North-South, they’re like us, to a certain degree. They’ve got skill players, they’ve got some heavy players. Obviously there’s more similarities between us and them than there are between us and Montreal.

On the play of the top line in the first round…
They had their ups and downs. They are a top line, they face the top matchup. I’ve seen their game coming around. I see Krech [David Krejci] make more plays when he’s moving. I see Looch [Milan Lucic] make more plays as he’s trapping better, the forecheck, he made a terrific play on the overtime goal last night. And Nathan [Horton], I think Nathan’s [Horton] had a strong playoff. Obviously he’s got some timely goals. I see him getting a little bit more comfortable shooting the puck. Especially when he scored the one-timer last night. He just released better, and getting more activated with that. It’s obvious we need those guys, and I see their game around, and they have to be good for us.

On if he understands the rule regarding the ‘quiet room’ when a player gets hit in the head…
Yeah I think it was a minute in a half he was out. It’s not mandatory for the time, the doctor makes the assessment. So obviously the doctor made the assessment quickly.

On trading for Chris Kelly and how he played in the first round…
Well he’s an experienced player for one. So experience in the regular season, experience in the playoffs. Just a very smart player, he fills lanes, he doesn’t make sexy plays, he makes good plays, strong plays, he’s got a lot of PJ Axelsson in him. He senses trouble defensively and he knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t panic.  He gets his nose in there, so he gets his nose in all three zones. You saw how he scored. I’ve seen him score nicer goals, but those are the goals we expect from Chris Kelly. He has some speed, he’s a very versatile player that can play center, good in face-offs, good on the penalty kill. He’s a good solid two-way payer. And he’s a good character kid. He’s been around the block a little bit and he knows what to expect and he’ll tell guys how he feels.

On if everyone came out of the first round healthy…
Yes.

On if when he traded for Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley he foresaw them playing together…
Yeah, we saw that, when we acquired those guys we put them in on the third line, that’s how we projected the lineup. I think it’s switched over the course of the end of the regular season it switched a little bit. But we had it flipped around. We had [Rich] Peverley on the wing, [Chris] Kelly in the middle, but we knew both could switch so we had that flexibility.

On how Tim Thomas played in the first round…
He like the rest of the team, was nervous to start. And there was a goalie, you guys obviously remember and women here, Grant Fuhr, who once let in goals like Tim [Thomas] let in, but they ended up winning. I just saw a lot of poise in Tim’s game as the series progressed. He worked hard on his rebounds, he was playing and despite his acrobatics he was playing a quieter game relatively speaking. And he made some huge saves when he had to and he just got better as the series went along. I told him after the game he had a terrific series. I know his stats didn’t mirror his regular season stats. I don’t know if anyone’s playoff stats would ever mirror Tim’s regular season stats. He had a terrific series.

On how hard it will be to take the second round one game at a time…
I wouldn’t think it would be too much harder than this past series. This past series had a terrific amount of hype for a number of reasons. And the common denominator for me in this past series was the players more or less were calm in their own way for all of the series. And you’d see some frenzies here and there but they were able to respond after those frenzies and settle things down. I like the way they handled that frenzy and I anticipate the typical playoff environment for this next series and of course there is some history there from last year. But if it matches last series that frenzy you guys will be busy.

On what he saw on the power play in the first round…
I was waiting for that question. I was thinking about this last night and trust me, this is a topic that we have addressed all year, every day. And I see a group of guys that, beaten down is the wrong word, we’ve been on them so much to succeed and have different looks. And you reach a point where you are diminishing returns as far as trying to make changes so it’s been a frustrating exercise. Last night, the give away that… we tried to change the entry [to] a delayed entry, and it didn’t work. Because we’re having trouble getting set up. So it’s frustrating for me to watch, I know these guys want to succeed at it, I know the coaching staff, that’s been at the top of their list and it’s been at the top of your list too, everyone’s list. And we’re going to figure it out. I know Tomas [Kaberle] has been under some heat too and it’s not his fault. He’s in the mix with everybody and we’re trying to figure it out. Part of it I think is nerves. Part of it is maybe, this is an extension of nerves, they are squeezing their sticks too much. It’s not fluid and these players have, if you go player to player they have some fluidity to their game. As far as making plays. So we have to figure it out and it’s going to be an important component again in this next series.

On missing Marc Savard on the power play…
You know, that’s a huge point. I was just talking about it earlier this morning. I mean he’s got the eyes and the sense. And you’re right. He makes those plays, he’s, and I’m not saying that the guys who filled his spot aren’t worthy of that, but that’s Savvy’s bread and butter. So definitely we miss him.

On the dependability of Patrice Bergeron in the first round…
Yeah, he had a terrific series. I think one game maybe he was, I gave him, I didn’t give him a high mark, I gave him a good mark. But other than that, I thought he still had a good game. Just a strong player, again a two-way player. You can never have enough good two-way players in the playoffs. And I saw some fire in him too, which was nice. He was taking the puck to the net more. He’s a very good player and I thought he should have been in that Selke consideration, but there were three good players in that, those nominees also.

On a negative result of the Boston/Montreal series jeopardizing Claude Julien’s job security, as well as his own…
I don’t feel that. I can’t speak for Claude. I mean I’m certainly supportive of Claude. I think he’s a terrific coach. I read everything and what everyone says, or I try to, just to keep a breast of things. And that’s what I see, so I mean I’m comfortable where I am. We want to win, we went out and got pieces to win, and I will try and do things to continue to win. So whatever, wherever the chips fall, they wall. But it hasn’t really dawned on me. I read it, but you just get used to reading that stuff.

On how much wanting to acquire players who didn’t go through the playoffs with the Bruins last year factored into his roster turnovers…
It wasn’t the sole driving force of the player moves that we did. You look at the season, you look at the playoffs, you look at where you want to be and what you need. But certainly you look at some performances in that series and you place a certain amount of weight on those performances and then you make your decisions. It just so happens that that many, maybe subconsciously maybe it was driving us, but I think there was, as I said there were nine players so it was over half. So part of that is just normal turnover too. So we’ll see how the new thirteen, or new eleven perform in this next series.

On if the poise the Bruins showed against Montreal was the missing piece he has reference before…
That might be it. We stressed it going into this series. You see this quiet confidence and you try and bottle that and have them do it and display it. Maybe that’s it because I felt we showed it this last series. And listen, this was a tightly fought series and it could have gone either way. And I got to give credit to Montreal because they just kept coming. But having said that, we earned three overtime games and we won those three. So those are, that’s like the highest pressure point in playoffs, and we managed to win those three. So and then I saw times when we had some defensive breakdowns, I saw settle it. I saw settle it and not panic. But it’s not that we didn’t panic all, or some of the time, but we just settled the pucks down and we made the right pass where there was a [pass] to a center seam or something. And then we broke out fine. So I just saw that growing a bit as the series went on. And you look to have that, and I hope we continue to have that.


GAME 7
Wednesday, April 27, 2011


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On being close to winning the game…
We had the effort.  We just made too many mistakes at key times.  But you have to give it to them they played hard too.

On if the Bruins deserved the win tonight…
Well we would have liked to have won for sure.  Pricey played great.  It is nice to get the game tied and gain some momentum going into over time.  But we just came up too short.

On the Bruins coming out hard…
They came out pretty hard and made some great plays.  For sure there was a couple breakdowns there but we showed a lot of character coming back and tying the game up twice.

On what he is most proud of this season…
You see the maturity of the team is going in the right direction.  We didn’t get the result we wanted this year.  Some of the guys the way they played made great strides for this organization.  Hopefully we can continue and go off that.

On the mistakes the Canadiens made tonight…
A couple shots from the slot or from the point were the first two goals.  The other one was off the rush it was a bobbling puck.  The first two goals were a little bit of a breakdown.

On if it hurts to lose in the first round…
Any loss hurts.  But especially when you battle that hard and you know you have a team that could have won the series.  That definitely hurts.

On battling hard in the series…
I thought we played hard and we showed a lot.  We had the lead in the series and lost it.  We had a great game six and then again tonight.  We were down two goals, came back and showed character and then again at the end we tied it up.  We never quit and worked hard until the end.  Unfortunately we came up a little short.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
On how it feels to win game seven…
It’s a great feeling.  We stuck together after being down 2-0 in a series and battling back.  You know we took advantage of our home ice.  We worked hard to get back in this position.  I give the guys a lot of credit, we believed in each other, we trusted each other and found a way to win.

On all the games in the series being so close…
Well I mean, we really trusted each other and we had a long year together, getting to the point where we felt comfortable in these situations and we battled hard and you know, it is a great feeling.  We’ve obviously still got a lot of work ahead of us but we are going to enjoy this for tonight and tomorrow and then we will start thinking about Philly on Friday.

On the game winner …
It’s just a great feeling.  You know that’s obviously a big relief and it’s great for Horty [Nathan Horton], he has scored two huge goals for us this series, overtime winners.  You know the guys deserved it.  I think we deserved this series.  I give Montreal a lot of credit, they played hard, they played well, their power play was unbelievable and it kept them in the series.  But five on five I thought we were a really good hockey team and I thought we deserved the series.

On trusting each other  …
Well I think we’ve always believed in each other but this year I think it has been great from the get go, right from the day we went up to Vermont for training camp to Prague, I think we really put our trust in each other and believed in each other and you know we had some great times together and talked about how we are going to approach the season and go through the course of the season and it’s a long process, we knew that.  We get to this point and we are fortunate to win.  Now we have to hopefully take the next step and we got another great rivalry with Philly and it’s going to be another heck of a series and same type of thing as this series.

On Recchi being the oldest player in NHL history to score in a game seven …
Yeah that’s what happens when you are fifty, so.  You are going to get those things.  It’s good, you know I thought it was going to be a big goal, were really came out and had some momentum and we really jumped on them right away.  I give them credit, they battled and their power play got them back in the game and then they scored a shorty [short handed goal].  But we were resilient.  They were resilient.  It was a heck of a series, it was fun to be a part of.  A lot of tradition with these two teams, they are a classy organization.  The Bruins are a classy organization.  It’s just a fun rivalry, we are just glad we ended up on this side of it this time.

On the game being back and forth just like the series …
Yeah, it was.  I mean that’s exactly how it was like.  You know, everything was close.  No one was going to give an inch.  If you did get a couple, the other team was going to come back and we did it to them and they did it to us.  A lot of resilience on both sides.  We are just fortunate to get that last one at the end.  It is a great feeling and we will enjoy it.  But right around the corner, which is a good thing too, we get to play right away here again, we get two days which is nice but one day to just really enjoy this and get focused on Friday again.

On what he expects from the Flyers …
Well, the same type of thing.  We’ll talk about that on Friday, but right now we know it’s another great rivalry with us. You know they have a great hockey team, and it’s going to be another tough battle, I mean every night is going to be the same way as what we just finished playing.  They just had a tough series with Buffalo and it’s going to be the same type of thing, we are going to have to be ready.  But right now I’m going to think about this one and enjoy it and think about Philly on Friday.

On his goal…
Yeah, it was a great pinch by him.  And then I gave it over to him and you know he just came right to me in the slot, I couldn’t believe how wide open I was.  You don’t get too many opportunities like that and you know I was fortunate to beat him and like I said, when you have that much time in the slot, you don’t get it very often, so I took advantage of it.

On how sweet it was to win the series over Montreal …
Well it’s just great, we didn’t want to stop playing.  This is a great rivalry and a lot of tradition between these two organizations and it’s just fun to be part of it and very exciting.  It was a great series for everybody.  I mean there was a lot of great series in the first round and it was no different tonight with our series.  It is fun to be part of this stuff and this is what we play for and you know now we are fortunate to get by them and focus on Philly.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if the team’s past experiences with game sevens helped them get through this one…
Well you hope so but I think to be good sometimes you also have to be lucky. We had some bounces go our way and we found a way to win. There’s no doubt that I think we were able to keep our team a lot more poised tonight, probably a little calmer than we had in the past. Even with those late goals, we still stayed focused and, besides the second period tonight, I thought we kind of let them back in the game by sitting back. I thought our first period was good, I thought in our third we came back out and played well. Again, this overtime was back and forth and we found a way to score, obviously, a huge goal.

On if Milan Lucic is injured or otherwise not completely fine…
I don’t know, it can’t be too bad, he set up the winning goal, so I think he’s okay. But I know what you mean, I think he can probably, you’ve seen him, give more or, not necessarily give more, but produce more, and he knows himself that he’s fighting through it. We turn the page. Hopefully next round he gets better for us and has a better presence.

On why he chose to pair Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid at the end…
No, I think at the end it just happened that way. There wasn’t really a pairing there more than one guy came off and the other guy was still on, but there wasn’t really that much of a pairing. And we had to be careful in that first overtime obviously with that long change, we wanted one defenseman to change at a time. We didn’t want to get caught with a bad change and get them with the stretch pass that they use pretty frequently and do it well.

On Nathan Horton being rewarded in the playoffs so far…
Well, it’s been good obviously. When you score two overtime goals in a series, you understand how big a piece of the puzzle this guy’s been for our hockey club. I thought he had, as we’ve talked about this year, he had a really good start the first month and then he cooled down a little bit. But what I saw from Nathan [Horton] half-point on until the end was that it was a guy who really became a lot more consistent in his game, his preparation was good. Whether he scored or not, he was battling, he played hard. So I think he’s really grown a lot in the second half and right now scoring those two big goals, he’s been saving it for seven years, right? So he had a lot of winning goals in him.

On Chris Kelly and what it was about him that allowed him to raise his game in this series…
We just finished talking about him. When he first came to us, and same with [Rich] Peverley. I mean, those guys are trying to fit in and at one point and looked like, “Are these were the right guys?” But, talking about Chris Kelly, he’s been such a good player. We made the switch with Peverley at center and he was more speed and be a little bit more comfortable, and Kells [Chris Kelly] has played both. He’s adapted so well. Not only has he’s been good production-wise, but he’s such a reliable player. He does all those little things right. Not very often you see him make a mistake that turns into a scoring chance for the other team. He’s become very vocal as well. He felt very comfortable in that dressing room and even on the bench. I hear him talking a lot and he certainly keeps guys in line.

On Nathan Horton becoming more physical and if that has elevated his game…
Yeah, I think that’s part of it, and that’s what I mean, the second half he’s just been you know, a guy coming to play hard every night and when you play hard, you’re more physical. But that’s part of the thing that’s made him a better player.

On the play leading up to the winning goal…
Yeah and if you look back at the other goal we scored in overtime it was a similar play. There was a high cycle and our D going down and we always have a forward backing us up. We know that they collapse quite a bit and whenever we did that we know it created some confusion in their coverage. So it’s something we had talked about before the game, keeping the high man. And a lot of times they even had their D drawing almost up to the blueline and they would leave just one D down low. So we talked about that before the game and our guys executed well in overtime where there was a good switch and created some confusion.

On playing Philadelphia in the next round…
Well I mean it’s what it is and the fact is we got ourselves down two nothing in this series. I think it was important for ourselves to get back into this series. There was a lot at stake in this series as well. We understand the rivalry between Montreal and Boston and it’s been there many times. And we also know the statistics of the winning percentages of both teams when they play each other. It was a big deal for us and we really focused on that and there is no doubt that tonight, we knew winning this game would give us another opportunity to play Philly. If anything I think it’s going to make it interesting. I think a lot of people are going to be watching this to see ho wit develops and we’re excited to have that opportunity.  

On if the adversity they faced in this series makes them a stronger team…
Well it certainly made us a stronger team. We dug a hole but losing the first two at home and Montreal had a really good home record this year. So to go there and win those two games wasn’t an easy task, but we found a way to do it and I think the guys got better and stronger and believed a lot more. And I think we got stronger and closer and more determined when that happened. And it was up to us, we had won three of the last four games and we really felt like tonight was our night and we had to go out there and play like it.

On if he has ever considered separating Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley
Well I think we didn’t separate them but we switched them around. We looked at other combinations, there is no doubt. [Rich] Peverley has got a lot of speed and we could have moved him around. The [David] Krejci line has been a good line for us for most of the line, and so has the [Patrice] Bergeron line. They have given us some stability as proven in this series as well. So you really want to be a little bit patient before you made that move but here is no doubt that it was drawn up and there was a possibility that could have happened. And right now as I sit here I’m glad we stayed patient because it’s really paid off for us.  
 

On how he felt after Nathan Horton scored…
Throughout the game or after the game? [Reporter rephrases question]. Okay. I think it felt pretty good because if you look back, my first year here we took Montreal to seven games and lost that seventh game in Montreal. And we know the last couple of years it’s been Carolina and Philadelphia and to be able to win a seventh game and I guess I saw some of the stats of the Bruins in the seventh game. So again, it was just one of those things where you feel happy. And more so, it happened in our building. Our fans were excited, elated to see that goal go in. and for us I guess as a group it was nice to reward our fans with that because they’ve been punished enough.

On what he told the team during their timeout…
Well you know I just wanted to make sure, because there are a lot of times they have these set plays. And I just wanted to make sure when we won the draw, I told our Ds when they skated our weak side winger had to stay in the slot in case they wont he draw and they tried to pull one of their plays that we know of. So just made sure everything was clear. And it’s not easy when you call a timeout because there is obviously the noise and the intercom and everything else or whatever you want to call it. And I had to make sure everybody understood what had to be done there.

On what he told the team before the game…
I think just before the game I think the one thing I really felt I had to do what give them a message of how we needed to play. And we needed to take the play to them and everything else. But what I felt was important for me was the tone of voice I was going to use. Our guys, like I said, we had some games there where we haven’t had success and somehow you have to make sure your players are calm and confident. So I made sure that my pregame speech was about them feeling calm and confident and determined. And that was kind of what I wanted to do before the game. And between the periods, you know after the second period we just said that we sat back and we needed to be more aggressive again and we had to play to win. So we had to get a little more aggressive on our forecheck and same thing in overtime. I said ‘we’ve been here before guys’ and I mostly talked about our line changes that had to be extremely good because we had that long change from where the bench was and we had to be careful that that wasn’t going to end up costing us. And that was my works to the team and I said you know what I have a feeling it’s in here and you just have to go out and do it.


BOSTON BRUINS PRESIDENT CAM NEELY
On the team’s expectations…
Well there’s, based on how we finished last, this year we had a lot of expectations to do really well, and they had a good regular season. And we knew it was going to be a tough series against Montreal just based on how we played against each other throughout the course of the regular season. And in this sport, there’s always little expectations and there’s always pressures.

On newcomers not having any Game 7/Bruins and Canadiens history to worry about…
Yeah well, maybe, but for us probably a good thing is we’re not playing in The Forum anymore.

On what he thinks of the Nathan Horton/Gregory Campbell trade at this point…
Well I’ve, we had to give up a really good player who played really well for us last year in the playoffs, Wideman and a first round pick. But all year, I’ve liked this trade for us, what Horton brings to the team and also what Campbell has brought to the team. Both these guys are a big part of our club.

On the newly acquired players playing well in the playoffs…
Peter [Chiarelli] knows [Chris] Kelly from the Ottawa days and liked his game and what he though he could bring to the team with his experience when we lost [Marc] Savard as a centerman and knew we couldn’t replace that type of player up front. Kelly has done a great job for us, no question. His game elevated in the playoffs actually.

On a chance at redemption against the Flyers…
Yeah I mean but this probably gives you guys more to write about I’m sure. But as I said earlier, we don’t have the same team as we did last year, and Philly doesn’t have the exact same team either. But that’s certainly going to be mentioned a lot and talked a lot about, but first and foremost we got to concern ourselves about how we play in that first game.

On he puts a lot of stock in the fact that the Bruins have won big games under a lot of pressure…
Well it can only do nothing but help your confidence, for sure. I mean and especially the way we ended up winning this series. It was being down in the first two at home and then going to Montreal, which is a tough place to play, and winning most of the games, and then coming back in Game 4 and this, a couple of overtime games which you know can go either way. So it’s a great confidence booster for the guys.

On if the tradition and rivalry made him nervous to face Montreal…
I’ve never really been, history is great, but some guys hadn’t played Montreal in the playoffs before. So that doesn’t matter to them too much. But the course of the regular season, we had a tough time against them. They got a bunch of skilled players, they work hard, they got a great goaltender. And we knew it was going to be difficult, but to be able to go into Montreal and win those two games after we lost two here was the biggest thing for us to really feed off of.

On if it is satisfying for him to see Nathan Horton score two overtime goals…
It really is. I mean it’s his first playoffs. He’s been in the league a handful of years, and he was excited about getting to Boston, excited about playing in the playoffs. He’s scored a couple big goals for us, as you mentioned. So I think if you look at hockey player’s careers, the first thing you kind of look for is their playoff career more so than their regular season career. And I think guys understand that and they know that. They know what playoff hockey is all about. They get excited about playoff hockey. And Nate is no different. He’s come in here and held his game and scored big goals for us.

On if there was anything he said to Nathan Horton to prepare him for the playoffs…
Well I just, for me it was more about just enjoy what it’s like to play in Boston in a hockey city that has a huge fan base and is passionate about their team and their players. And just kind of feed off of that and enjoy it really. This is a fun game. It is a sport, it’s a game, it’s not fun all the time but for the most part it should be fun.


MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH JACQUES MARTIN
On battling through injuries…
This time I think we battled through.  We are disappointed with the end result but I think you have to give credit to the Bruins.  They are a good hockey club.  We battled hard and yes we did have some injuries. We missed some shoulders but the ones that were dressed gave a good effort.  They showed a lot of determination in a game like tonight.  We went down 2-0 and we came back, battled and tied it. Then we went down 3-2 and came back to tie it again and had some opportunities.

On if he felt his team was back on their heels the first five minutes of the game…
I don’t know if we were back on our heels.  I think a couple plays and the puck would end up in the back of their net.  Those things happen sometimes.  I thought we fought back and had the opportunity to win the game.  Probably in the end when you look at the last two games we didn’t score five on five.  Our special teams were outstanding.  In the end that was the biggest difference in the game.

On if the team needs to address the lack of scoring five on five…
I think I believe we were better this year five on five during the regular season.  In the playoffs I think it was an area where injuries were felt. 

On Montreal’s injuries…
I think some people play injured and other guys were out because they couldn’t perform.  I think at this point it’s not necessarily major injuries.  People like David Desharnais couldn’t perform tonight.  [James] Wisniewski played tonight but didn’t play last night.  He was not 100 percent.  That is playoff hockey.

On evaluating his team…
I don’t think this is the place.  I’m not going to get into the evaluation of personnel.  We just lost in seven games.  I think we will take some time and regroup and as an organization well evaluate our people in due time.

On the maturation of P.K. Subban…
I think P.K. [Subban] made some progress.  But this is not a place for me to start evaluating my personnel.  We just finished the seventh game in a series.  I think that process will be done in due time.  We can talk about the game but not the evaluation of personnel.

On Andrew Ference’s hit on Jeff Halpern…
I didn’t see the replay.  It is one of the incidents that happened during the game.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if it’s nice to be on the winning side of a Game 7…
Yeah. Yeah definitely

On getting a win in Game 7 after the history the Bruins have in Game 7s…
Every game seven is different. Every year the teams are different, there is a bit different make-up. Chris Kelly has probably been in different game sevens with Ottawa. I think his experience showed this series. He was one of our best players. We weren’t thinking about that at all. We were just battling, just truing to win. 

On the up and down nature of the game…
The whole series, right? That was the tightest series I’ve even been a part of. And watching some games on the TV, it has to be one of the tightest series I’ve ever heard of statistically I can think of. It was back and forth. Both teams showed a ton of character and a ton of heart. And it definitely is nice to be the one that came out on top.

On the difference of tonight’s game compared to other Game 7s…
I don’t know, just the bounce in Game 7 went our way. Nathan Horton scored two overtime goals for us. Tonight, I think it must have hit something on the way in, correct? We got that bounce instead of the other teams. I don’t know what else to say. 

On if playing Philadelphia in the next round has crossed his mind…
Well a little bit because we found out the series starts Saturday, but no there hasn’t been a change over at least in my mind yet to preparing for that. I think a night like tonight, I deserve at least until midnight to revel in it.

On if this was more than just a Game 7…
Everyone knows Montreal is our biggest rivalry, game seven overtime. And to be the one who came out on top, the team that came out on top, it’s pretty incredible to be a part of. If I would have said I knew we were going to win I’d be lying. I knew we had the potential to win, but it could have gone either way the way that they just kept battling back. That’s what overtime is all about. I think I have a few more gray hairs in my beard over here.

On what went through his mind when Nathan Horton scored…
First thing I did was look at the refs and make sure there was no video review. That’s actually the first thing that crossed my mind.

On if he feels any relief now that they’ve won a Game 7…
You guys talk about that, we haven’t. We don’t talk about that. I mean seventy five percent of the team wasn’t, well maybe not that much. But a lot of the team wasn’t even around in Carolina, and even from last year there is a big, well I don’t know how big of a turnover there is from last year. Yeah, there is a big turnover because there are guys who were with us but they weren’t even playing.
 

On what he told Carey Price after the game…
Great job, great series, great season. He had a wonderful year, he played a ton of games and it didn’t seem to affect him here in this playoff series. There were lots of opportunities for him to crack and he never cracked.

On how Nathan Horton learned to score a goal in overtime…
I don’t know. NHL 2010 [video game] I think.

On how proud of the team he is…
I’m pretty, I’m impressed by this team. Impressed that all the adversity that we faced, even during the middle of this series, that we were able to stick with it and come out with a huge win for the franchise and a huge win for us as individuals.

On what it means to play Philadelphia next round…
I told you, I have at least until midnight before I have to think about that.

On what he saw on Montreal’s third goal…
Yeah I was just moving and he’s got a hard shot. And in general he likes to let that shot of low blocker and five hole. I’ve seen him beat a lot of people and he’s tried me there. And so I was trying to get over to the far side, to try to cover those two, thus I was already on my way down and I saw Soupy laying down, but it was too late for me to realize he could only go high, I wouldn’t have to go down. And then as it’s going by Soupy the thought is crossing my mind whether it’s going to hit off his butt and then it’s behind me by that time. It was a hard shot. Weber’s was a perfect shot there too in the first goal.

On his first reaction after the game…
The first reaction was there is not going to be a video review is there? It didn’t go off his skate, nobody interfered with the goalie right? And then when I didn’t see any reaction from the refs that’s when I left the crease. It’s overtime in game seven, I was conserving energy in case it got called back.

On how dramatic this series was…
Well I mean, can you think of a more, I’ve never been part of a series that has been that close decided in overtime as many times. And in game seven overtime. It was a very, very back and forth series. Both teams showed a lot o f character and never gave up and that’s what it was so impressive for this team that we were bale to be the ones who came out on top.

On Nathan Horton scoring two overtime game winners this series…
It’s awesome. I said last time, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. But he’s making a name for himself as a big game player and that’s great to see. For a guy who has never had the opportunity to play in the playoffs, he’s making a reputation. We wouldn’t have won this series without him.

On the character of the team winning three games in overtime…
I was almost out of here until you stopped me, you know that don’t you? [Laughter] You’re question was what does it mean? [reporter rephrases the question]. That’s huge, I think it even helped us tonight, to be the ones who came out on top the other two overtimes. We’ve been there and found a way to get it done and I think that was the thought. If I would say that I knew we were going to win, I’d be lying. But everyone in here knew we had the potential.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On his game-winning goal…
Yeah, it was pretty nice. I mean, it felt pretty good. I don’t remember too much. I remember Looch [Milan Lucic] coming up with the puck and I just tried to get open, and I tried putting the puck towards the net. Luckily it got deflected off someone and it went straight in. That’s all I remember. It was pretty special, again, it doesn’t get any better.

On contrasting the joy of scoring the game-winner with the feeling of giving up the game-tying goal at the end of regulation…
When you have the lead it feels good, but when you give it up, it’s tough. Especially in Game 7, late in the third, and we battled. We battled all year, when times have been tough, and we’ve come together and it seems like we get stronger and we just start pressing, and that’s the way it’s been all year.

On if it’s safe to say he’s enjoying the playoffs…
I’m really enjoying it. Every day is exciting. Every day is a new day, but it feels good, definitely, to get used to this, continue winning. That’s what it’s all about.

On if the playoffs are better than he imagined…
I imagined, you know, I haven’t been in the playoffs for a long time. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it, so it’s definitely better than I imagined. It’s fun to be here, and it’s exciting.

On if he envisioned this when he was traded to Boston…
You know, just getting to the playoffs, that’s what I was thinking about. It’s, again, this is like a dream come true and for us to win in Game 7 is pretty special. But we still have a long way to go, a lot of work ahead of us.

On how the jacket feels…
Oh it feels great. First time I’ve got it. It definitely feels good to have the jacket.

On what the morale was like in the locker room heading into the third period…
Like I said, we came together. We’ve had a lot of times like this, through the season, and we’ve learned to work through it. We came together as a team. It feels good to really come back, and work hard, and get something going.

On what it’s like for his teammates to finally win a Game 7…
Well this is huge. And definitely with what happened last year, we can put that in the past now. It’s a new year. We’ve gone through it. Anything can happen in the playoffs. You’re up three-nothing, or down two-nothing, and things can turn. You’ve just got to work through it, and be prepared to always continue to work until you get that fourth win, because like everyone says, it’s the hardest one to get.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the feeling going into overtime…
I think we were remarkably calm I thought. We never really panicked too much going into overtime. We were a confident group and realized that if we did stay out of the penalty box, we’d be okay.

On him clicking with the rest of the team…
Yeah, it’s always nice to contribute offensively. When I came in here, I didn’t have the greatest start to coming here, but I’ve adjusted and feel more comfortable with my linemates and it’s nice to like I said contribute and help the team win.

On now suddenly loving his cage…
Yeah, I don’t know if I love it, but it’s not too bad.

On his goal…
I think Rich [Peverley] kind of had the puck and cut to the middle and I drove the lane and I think he dropped it to [Andrew] Ference and he got a great job getting his shot through and the rebound was just there and I just happened to tap it in.

On the up and down game…
Oh it’s exactly how the series was. Battles every game and up and down, it was a roller coaster but a lot of fun at the same time and I know no better way than to win Game 7 in OT. That summed up this great series.

On if the goals his line scored throughout the series were typical of what his line has to do in the playoffs, always going to the net…
Yeah, I think the pretty goals in the playoffs don’t come off unless you’re Bobby Ryan [Anaheim], but I thought we did a good job of getting to the net and getting traffic. And like you said, scoring kind of those ugly goals.

On if he had doubts about his linemates…
No, no I think we stayed with it. Obviously there’s times that we wanted to contribute more and it wasn’t happening, but I thought we did a good job staying the course and not getting too frustrated. It would have been easy to point the finger at one another but I think finally we’ve come full circle. And like I said it’s nice when both of us can contribute.

On his conflict with Roman Hamrlik at center ice…
Right before my goal? It just happened, I think my stick caught him, it just happened to be going through for the puck. Obviously it’s never someone’s intention to get someone with their stick. And it just happened to pop out to Peverley and it was fortunate. It was just a collision. There’s tons of them in the series.

On his impression of Nathan Horton
It’s a great feeling to see a guy like that contribute with two huge OT goals. He works hard every day. That line has been producing for us since I got here, and for a lot of games they were the only line producing. It was great to see them sum up the series with the game winner.


MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN P.K. SUBBAN
On how it felt battling until the very end…
I don’t know about disappointment.  I mean, I think we had a great year this year.  In terms of the game, you know, we had an opportunity in overtime and things happen, but we can’t be upset with our effort, the effort is there.  We took it to seven games and as a team that has gone through a lot of injuries this season, and ups and downs, I think that a lot of guys gained experience in this year’s playoffs, so there is a lot of things to look forward to and for the years to come.

On the goaltending by Tim Thomas and Carey Price…
Well, like I said we battled pretty all the way until the end.  In overtime we had a couple of opportunities, he [Tim Thomas] made some good saves and Pricey [Carey Price] made some great saves too.  I mean, I don’t think if Carey is playing today, we even make it to overtime.  He made some key saves for us down the stretch like he has all year and I mean he carried us this far, it’s just we wanted to get the win for him today and get over to the second round but it just didn’t happen.

On if he felt they had momentum after his goal tied the game…
Yeah we did, we did have the momentum.  It was pretty clear.  We were chipping pucks in and we were getting opportunities but you know like I said, just opportunities at this point, you hate to look back at the game and talk about certain situations in the game.  Obviously we had opportunities to win it and so did they and in the end they capitalized.  That being said, we’re proud of the effort the guys put forward in this game and like I said we got a lot of guys, this is their first game seven and they gained a lot of experience playing in this game.  So we got a lot of positives things to look forward to.  Obviously we wanted to continue in the playoffs, but it’s not going to happen this year.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD TOMAS PLEKANEC
On how the Canadiens got this far in the playoffs and the character of the team…
Yeah, we showed a lot as a group, as a team and, you know, and it’s pretty similar to last year. Obviously we have a different team, we have different guys but it was the same kind of effort, same kind of determination we had last year. We can be proud of ourselves. We came back, we overcame so many hurdles this year, injuries and even the serious [injuries] and, you know, we all battled hard.

On if he thinks the game represents how the Canadiens played all season…
I don’t know, I mean it’s hard to say. We battled hard, it’s just the one shot, one mistake that happens or maybe it’s not even a plain mistake, it’s just, you know, something that’s going through the play. It’s a big game and, you know, they got lucky on that one shot that got everything done.

On if he is shocked they lost three games in overtime in this series…
Yeah, that’s always the series right there, in overtimes. If you don’t win those, if you don’t get lucky in those, then it’s tough to win the series but, you know, there’s so many things in this series that could’ve turned the series around or it could be the other way and, you know, it’s too late to think about that. I mean, they [won] the Game Seven.


MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MICHAEL CAMMALLERI
On seeing a good game taken away by the Bruins in overtime…
Yeah, yeah, I mean I said it earlier, I guess a lot can be made of that but it’s hard. I struggle with the whole idea of the moral victory. I guess you can look back on it, maybe, eventually, but it’s a tough one to take. I thought this series was one that, at times, we really could have taken and we didn’t. So, not much to say now. The talking takes place out there and they scored one more than we did.

On if it is harder to take because they lost three games in overtime in this series…
I think just the series, I think if you lose a series in five games or four games, you probably can sit down and say we could’ve been a lot better and we probably didn’t deserve it, you know? And I’m not saying you ever lose and deserve it because things happen for a reason, but what makes it tougher is just the way the series went and how competitive it was with the three overtime games and the way it could’ve went. It could’ve went our way, so tough one, for sure.

On the fact that the Canadiens controlled the game for the first couple minutes of overtime…
I liked that. You know, I liked that, you know, you don’t know. We wanted to come out, we talked about it in the room, coming out and coming out firing and I was really impressed with the fact that we were able to come out with that energy level. It’s been a taxing series physically because of, you know, the length of the games and so I was impressed with our overall team energy to come out in their building at the start of overtime and, you know, I could’ve probably ended it there a couple of times and then we don’t.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what this win means for the Bruins…
Yeah it means a lot. We really happy, obviously, with the outcome. Getting that obviously wasn’t; it would have been nice to get it in regulation. We found a way, and now we can just think about the second round.

On if this win means more because of the history or close games in this series…
Yeah, I think it means; well, everything all together. Winning Game 7 against Montreal, I think for our fans, winning at home, it feels good.

On the resilience of the team…
Yeah, I think we showed a lot of character. And like I said, we had to put ourselves in a little bubble, and don’t think about the pressure and what people were saying around us. I think we did a great job with that and like you said, we stayed resilient all game and all series, and found a way.

On if it’s a weight off the team’s shoulders to win a Game 7…
Well, we’re very happy to get that win, but we never doubted ourselves. We always believed.

On if he made contact on his high sticking penalty…
I don’t know, to be honest with you. I didn’t feel anything, but there’s not much I can do. You can’t take that penalty there, so we’re just happy that it went our way.

On Nathan Horton’s second game-winning-goal in his first playoff series…
I guess he was saving them for so long, now he’s getting those game-winners. I’m so happy for him. He deserves it, but at the same time, that’s him. He’s a clutch player, he’s a great player and I’m just happy to have him on our side.

On how Nathan Horton is always happy and excited…
It’s pretty hard to not be happy after a goal like that. But he’s always smiling, always happy to be here, so we’re just happy to have him around.


MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On how it felt battling until the very end…
Yeah we gave her “Snus” right to the end.  You know, we gave our all, we gave it all we got so, you know we can be proud of our effort.  We can be proud of the way we played.  The guys in front of me played excellent tonight.  I thought we deserved better, you know throughout the whole series, we lose three overtime games and you know, we’re just a hair away from winning.  It is just frustrating but at the same time, you know it’s, I guess we can hold our heads high and say we gave it everything we had.

On Nathan Horton’s game winning goal…
Obviously, from what I recall, it was just a pass across and he got a shot and it hit something and bounced in the net and that’s it. 

On if it was the last goal was deflected…
I believe so, yeah.

On the Bruins having the size advantage …
Yeah, well you know we had our guys battling the whole time.  You know we had, a lot of our players had a considerable size disadvantage and they found a way to battle through that and wear them down.  They were tired at the end, you could see it.  But I thought it was just misfortune that we didn’t win that one.

On having injuries throughout the lineup …
Yeah, we battled hard we had guys out of the lineup, we had guys that were banged up playing and we have every reason to hold our heads high.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON PREGAME AVAILABILITY
On the mood in the locker room…
Good. I think we are all aware of what needs to be done here. We are fortunate enough that we have been through it the last few years. Obviously those haven’t worked out the way we wanted them to but I think everybody feels pretty good.

On what Mark Recchi has meant to the team…
First and foremost his leadership qualities. Not just what he says but how he does it by example everyday. The whole time we’ve been here if you watch practice he’s the hardest working guy every single day out there. For somebody at forty-three years old to be doing that it kind of inspires younger guys such as myself to bring that everyday. He’s a wealth of experience. He has a couple rings so I don’t think you can say enough about him as a person or leader as a teammate. He carries himself with a little more professionalism than anyone else. You try to follow that mold. He always seems to have his finger on the pulse of what’s going on. Personally for me he’s a good guy to be able to talk to about things and vent things and see where his opinion is on it.

On Michael Ryder being back to his old self…
I don’t have the reasons with how he feels during the year or playoffs. If you look at his numbers he’s a playoff performer. And he has been the whole time he’s been here. I’m pretty sure he was in Montreal too. So I think he embraces this time of year and steps up and he’s been really good for us.

On drawing on past game seven experiences…
Yeah. The first one I was with was the same situation, first round against Montreal. I think a lot of guys it was their first game seven and it was a very tense atmosphere. It was a good game but I don’t know if it took a little bit out of us so. So I don’t want to say we are relaxed but a little bit more composed going into this one.

On changes made for the preparation of this game…
Honestly I can’t speak for everybody but for me none. We got in early enough last night and I got the same amount of sleep I normally would, drank the same amount of coffee, and warmed up the same way. Back to back games are nothing, we do them all the time as far as I’m concerned. I spent nine years playing three games in two and a half days. That was tough, this is nothing.

On Montreal being banged up…
I think their team has done a really good job with whoever has stepped in, playing an important role and playing a solid game. I don’t think it matters who’s banged up and who isn’t. It’s a game seven but whoever is dressed, and I don’t know who is or who isn’t. I don’t really focus on what they are doing but everyone has done a really good job on their side of stepping in and trying to be being an impact player. I don’t think we are going to be taking advantage of that. We are going to have to try to take advantage of what we need to bring, not what they are doing.

On the possibility of Lucic being out tonight…
I wasn’t too concerned that he was going to be out I didn’t know what was going on but I was pretty sure he was going to be able to play. That’s my personal opinion. He’s our leading goal scorer this year and a physical presence. He’s a big big part of our team so we are definitely a better team with him in the lineup than out of it.

On how the referees may call the game tonight…
I suppose it depends on the referees. I have no idea who we have tonight. I can’t speculate on how they are going to call the game. I’m sure they will call it as they see fit. But worrying about what’s going to be called and what isn’t is a waste of energy so I’ll focus on playing first and foremost.

On his ice time…
I’d have to check but I think over the last four years I’ve always averaged between nine and ten minutes during the season. Maybe those minutes were a little more productive this year so you guys have noticed it. A little bit more. As far as ice time in the playoffs I could care less. It’s not about me. Whatever we need to do to win. I’m all about winning so I could care less about personal stats and personal ice time. If coach feels he needs me out there then great I’ll do what I can to contribute. If not then I’ll cheer on my teammates as loud as possible.


BOSTON DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE PREGAME AVAILABILITY
On if Montreal’s new lines had an effect on the defense last night…
I think it was, all the games have been a pretty steady state. Lines have been juggled a little bit here and there but the general play of each team doesn’t really change that much, even when the lines do get juggled a little bit. I think when we do it we still have a similar style of play and when they do it I think it’s the same thing.  I don’t think it changed that much.

On if this series has felt different than other series between the two teams…
The thing that sticks out this series is how close every game has been. I think some of the Canadiens players touched on it after our overtime game here, of it’s really just been a matter of bounces. And I think that apart from the other years, I think the first time we played them we were a real underdog, it was the first time we made the playoffs in a long time. The second time around we had a killer year and obviously did very well. This year it feels the most even of all of them and I think the games have definitely proven that right. It’s been really tight, very even and good playoff hockey. I mean every team has earned their wins.  

On the confidence in the dressing room heading into tonight’s game…
I think it’s probably even in both rooms. Both of us have proved we can play some really great spurts of hockey against the other side. And we both have confidence in our goaltenders obviously and in our systems as well. I think the lack of offense has kind of shown that. It’s been just a well played series. I don’t think one side or the other has a whole lot more. I think that’s happened and I think you guys probably get a better feel for that talking to the guys. I think guys are confident on our side that we’ll put our best our there and we have a good shot. Hopefully we’ll get the bounces we talked about.

On how Michael Ryder has played…
I’m assuming his old self is a good thing? [Laughter] Well I figured I’d ask. No he has been very good. He’s funny, he always blows me away because you watch him out there and he’s not the fastest skater in the world but somehow he gets around guys and he’s able to hold on to the puck in a dangerous area of the ice a lot and do it often. He really finds his area in the slot there and gets some good shots away. I’m still not really sure how he does it. He has really good puck control despite not moving very fast at times. It baffles a lot of us and we kind of bug him about it but if it works it works. You can’t bug him too much.

On blocking out Boston’s recent history in Game 7s…
I’m not big on the history. I always kind of laugh when they say all-time records or in past years the Bruins have done this or that. It really is in the moment, you play for today and what happened last year or the year before or the last eighty years of these teams playing each other doesn’t have an effect on tonight. What happens out there is determined by the players on these teams. There are lessons that you learn from game sevens and how to approach them and how to prepare yourself but it kind of ends there. The preparation happens during the day up until the puck drops and then you just play hockey. So I don’t put a lot of stock into it other than how it might have prepared guys after last nights loss and throughout the day today.

On what will get the crowd into the game early…
Well they like all of them, goals and hits are nice. Obviously a goal against Price would be nice early on as well. He’s been stellar back there and very hard to get pucks by. So anytime you get something past him it’s a great feeling. It’s something that takes a lot of work. He’s a premiere goalie and I know our fans don’t like seeing a zero up there for too long, so it would be nice to get one early.

On the difference between Game 7s and other games…
It’s funny, I mean everybody approaches it different. The more you go to these, you start to figure out the more you treat it like a normal game, the better you are going to do. I think the first couple times around there is a tendency to get really worked up for it and obviously it’s hard to keep the excitement in check. The atmosphere is going to be great, the stakes are high. But usually when your mind gets running a little too fast or your adrenaline gets going a little too much, it’s usually not a good thing. So I think the players that approach it calmly and go out there and do what they do best without trying to be spectacular, I think that’s the key to success in game 7s. the guys that go out and try to do too much and want it so bad, they end up getting out of their comfort zone, it’s usually not a good thing.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN ENGLISH PRESS BRIEFING AT 4:15
On what message he is sending his team tonight…
Probably the same message everybody would send in a game seven. We got to go out there and play, play our game, and play to win. I think what’s in the past is in the past and you got to play for the present. This is a pretty simple message, but that’s the message that you have to have playing those types of games. You’ve got to put everything behind you and look at what you need to do here to win.

On why the Michael Ryder line has worked so well together in this series…
Well, I would attribute that to chemistry. Those guys kind of got put together at the end of the year. Obviously two of those guys [Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley] are trades late in the season and it took a while for them to get used to each other and now they seem to be very comfortable and that certainly has helped.

On to what extent, for players facing their first game seven tonight, it’s helpful to forget about the past and look forward…
I think it’s one of those things that there’s a lot of guys who have had experience in game sevens and we hopefully, with the experience, you’re able to handle it better and better every time and that’s what we’re counting on.

On if Milan Lucic will play tonight…
Yeah, Looch [Milan Lucic] is in the lineup. No issues.

On if there will be any other lineup changes…
Not as we speak.

On if they will try to bring more physicality and discipline…
Well the one thing for sure is we obviously have to stay disciplined. We lost a game yesterday because of penalties and that’s certainly a big part of our game here to stay disciplined. But that doesn’t mean you can play a physical game. You got to keep it within the rules and certainly our team is capable of doing that. But again, our guys have to come out hard tonight and I feel very confident about our team being ready to play and now it’s just up to us to go out there and show it.

On if this series stands out from others between Boston and Montreal…
Well I think the rivalry between these two organizations that goes way back certainly makes it exciting. And I think so far in this first six games, I don’t think anybody has been disappointed in the type of series it’s been from a fans perspective. It certainly has been an exciting series and hopefully from our fans perspective it will be a good ending to the series.

On if the fact that Michael Ryder, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley played below the AHL level has helped them in the grind of this series…
Yeah I think that when you’ve been through the grind you’re better prepared for these situations and so far as I mentioned earlier, those three guys have not disappointed. They have been a pretty good line for us and individually they have al been really good for us. 

On if he will make any changes to the power play…
Well I’m not really going to comment on our power play right now because what I’m commenting on is something positive and that’s winning this hockey game tonight. And we’re always going to try to make our power play better and as I mentioned the other day, it’s not from lack of trying from our end and right now it’s a matter of finding a way to score goals on the power play.

On if he will give a speech to his team before the game…
I would answer you, you’ll probably find out after the game what I’ve done hopefully. I ‘m not going to stand here and give you my approach to this game before it starts…

On if there are nutritional concerns with the back-to-back games…
I think we’re at a stage here where we’ve got good trainers and good people around, it’s all been taken care of. I’m sure it’s the same from the other side. I don’t think there is much that gets left behind now a days, everybody has a job to do and everybody knows how to do it. And you rely on the people around and our players are pretty well trained athletes as well that know how to hydrate themselves. So certainly we don’t plan on having that as a hopefully an obstacle tonight.

On the mood of the team heading into tonight’s game…
To be honest with you I haven’t seen those guys yet so I can’t answer that. But yesterday after the game they seemed fine and guys seemed ready for game seven.

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