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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Thursday, May 5




BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if he ever imagined he would be in the same position as last year…
I don’t think we even considered thinking about those things when you got a whole season ahead of you. But as people would say, it is what it is and you just have to deal with it. No other answers as far as that’s concerned.

On how Steven Kampfer looked practicing and if he is ahead of schedule with recovery…
I think he just, right now he just started skating yesterday for the first time. He felt good enough to skate with us toady. We had no contact in our drills so it was a good skate for him. So we’re moving forward as we’re being told by our medical staff. And he’s looking better everyday so we just have to stay with it. But he’s not ready.

On the feel of things being different from last year…
Well as I said you got to move on in life. And we’ve moved on as far as this is a different group. This is obviously a different feeling. This is a group that feels like it has to continue playing the way it has been. And we’re a determined group right now. We’re certainly not sitting comfortable by any means. We never have whether it was the last round or whatever. So we have the right mindset I think as we speak. And we know the importancy of tomorrow’s game and what it means and we’ll be prepared for that.

On the progress Dennis Seidenberg has made and the value he brings to the team…
I don’t know if you want to say the progress. What he’s given us is what we knew he could do for us. We’d seen him do that for other teams. He’s a player that as I mentioned numerous times has played extremely well in big games. And when he’s at his best and he’s very confident, he’s an elite defenseman. And I think people are starting to recognize that, whether it’s his strength along the boards battling one-on-one, whether it’s his ability to block shots, whether it’s his shot from the point and his ability to move the puck up the ice. And even when he does pinch he keeps the puck on his stick and he makes something with it. So he’s got a lot of upside to his game. And for us we saw that when, our management talked about that when they acquired him. And he’s given us exactly what we expected from him.

On if there was a point where he saw what clicked and decided to finalize the lines…
Well right now that’s what it is. I think there’s a lot of times there’s different teams that will move players around, change their lines as the game goes on whether they’re winning or losing. We’re a team that right now is very comfortable with our lines, and whether we need to move guys around I think has been done before. We do have some options that we think we could certainly use if need be. But right now I don’t see the need for that, and as you mentioned there’s a chemistry that’s evolved with all our lines right now that guys are feeling comfortable with playing with each other.

On how the players who were acquired at the trade deadline were able to fit in with the team…
Well I think what Peter [Chiarelli, Bruins GM] and his group did is that they identified some players that would obviously fit in well with our group by their play and their personalities and a lot of different things. And they probably deserved the credit for that because they did end up getting some players that fit in and gave us what we needed. So that’s what you try and do when you are making those trade deadline deals, is that you are trying to get somebody who is going to fit in as quickly as possible. And right now, you look at the guys that we’ve got, they’ve done a pretty good job. 

On an update on Adam McQuaid
Yeah, he is definitely getting better, okay. And I know we are still saying day to day but there is improvement in him and we are getting very optimistic things are going to happen quicker than later. Right now we are just keeping our fingers crossed. He seems to be doing well and hopefully we will have better news here in the next few days.



On if he thinks Shane Hnidy could handle more minutes should he play again…
Sure he is. I mean this is just a situation, we never got in that position last night, where we had a lot of penalties to kill and certain guys getting over taxed. But he was ready to go and  he still is ready to go. And we definitely have confidence in him, we understand also the fact that he hasn’t played much this year. But right now the guys we had in our lineup were capable of sharing our ice time last night. And having him as a sixth defenseman is certainly something that we are very comfortable with.

On the differences between the first round series and this series…
Well I don’t know. I think we got off to a good start in Philadelphia and our team to me, as I mentioned in the round against Montreal after losing the first two games, our team seems to get better and better as we move forward here. And I like to think we are still heading in the right direction. And if hopefully our team continues to play well, our chances are good. And that’s what we are I guess focusing on. Against Montreal we won four of the last five games. So it’s been a pretty good steady pace for our hockey club. Right now I like where we are and the biggest thing again, will be putting the past aside and thinking about the present, and living in the moment. And that’s where it’s enabled us to stay focused.

On if it’s a matter of time before Milan Lucic scores…
Yeah I think I liked his game yesterday. He was a much better player and skating better, was physical, made some plays. Again. Watching him this morning in practice he is really coming around and sooner or later you are going to see him contribute on the score sheet as far as goals are concerned. But I liked his game yesterday, he was a good player for us.

On if he expects to see Philadelphia’s best game tomorrow…
Yeah, I think that hasn’t changed as far as what we expect of them. We expected to see their best game yesterday. And it didn’t quite happen because we were ready for it. And we have to have that some approach obviously tomorrow. I don’t know about the dominating, on the score sheet it looks that way, it’s been some good games. And whether in game two from the third period on we played some of our worst hockey of the series and allowed them to get some momentum. Other than that I think our team has been pretty consistent and been pretty good. And we made some adjustments yesterday that helped us out and hopefully that continues to show tomorrow.

On is they will go all out tomorrow or conserve knowing there could be more games…
Well I think it’s pretty… obviously you want to win the game tomorrow. So I think we take the same approach we did yesterday. Yesterday was an important game for us. We remember being in a game three situation against Montreal, we know how we felt. We went in to Montreal, they probably felt the same way so at least we were ready for that. And I thought we reacted well. Same thing, it’s game four tomorrow and it’s a big game for us. We have to be ready to react accordingly and you don’t want to change your game. I don’t think whether the killer instinct you’re talking about is going crazy and all out, I don’t think that’s the approach but you certainly have to have that killer instinct of wanting to end it as soon as you can.

On if he is as close to being completely happy with his team as he can…
Well I think your first statement was right, we are never happy. But definitely I thought we played a pretty solid game yesterday. And limited their scoring chances by a lot compared to the game before. Our team, I felt, was in pretty good control for most of the game and that is something that is going to be important for tomorrow’s game as well. Is [that] we’re in control and we play a solid game, that’s what it is going to take. To finish off a team you need your best game of the series and that is what we are going to need tomorrow.

On if Zdeno Chara had a rest day today…
Just a rest day, yes.



Wednesday, May 4
Game 3


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD JEFF CARTER
On if he felt there was enough time to come back in the game after going down two goals…
I would hope so, there is 59 minutes left.  That’s a whole hockey game.  Obviously not the start we wanted.  There was still 59 minutes left.  We get the next goal there and it is a whole new hockey game. 

On what was missing tonight…
I don’t think we were smart with the puck tonight.  We made some bad decisions and turned some pucks over.  I don’t think we got a lot of traffic in front of [Tim] Thomas.  We had forty shots but there weren’t too many quality chances.

On if he was monitoring his minutes…
I didn’t know what was going on.

On people in Philadelphia blaming the goalie situation…
It is a team game.  There are a lot of guys out there on the ice.  Sometimes we have been hanging our goalie out to dry here.  The guys on the ice have to take a lot of the blame.

On how their approach changes next game…
We have been here before.  It is a resilient group of guys in here.  When we are down we usually come out with our best performances.  We are going to need it next game.  It was

On the flat start to tonight’s game…
It was a weird game.  It was a flat game all the way around.  We were sloppy with the puck and didn’t make many plays.  When you do that against a team like this that is so good defensively you don’t really get much.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD MIKE RICHARDS
On if he thought the team had enough time to come back after falling behind 2-0…
Yeah, we had a ton of time. Obviously not the start that we wanted. We have come back from two goals down before. Just didn’t seem like we could find the puck tonight and control it and make plays. Give them credit, they capitalized on a lot of their opportunities.

On the Flyers goaltending getting a lot of the blame…
Yeah, it is (unfair to blame the goaltenders). They are chances. They are prime scoring opportunities right in the slot. They are a team that has a great offensive capabilities and don’t need much room because they have great shooters there and when you are giving them shots from the slot it is obviously tough.

On if they need to play with desperation or playing their game…
Play our game with a sense of desperation. We are going to need that. It is obviously a big game for us. It is a must win. Backs are against the wall, but we have responded very well in situations such as this before, so hopefully Friday night is no different.

On if they were missing the desperation tonight…
I’m not sure. I thought, obviously, not the greatest start and get put behind the eight-ball. It just seemed like we couldn’t get anything going tonight. Yeah, just couldn’t get anything going.

On if they are harder to play against with a lead…
Well they are a hard team to play against at anytime. They play the same system, I think, in any scenario. We have had our opportunities. We have had our chances. It’s not a well thing or anything. It is something I think we have to just find. We have some goal scorers on this team. Great skill, guys that can make plays. Just have to find it and play better defense. That is the bottom line.

On if they draw strength from last years 3-0 deficit comeback…
You can draw strength from what you have gone through as a group. It is not the time to point fingers. It is not the time to get down. It is a time that you have to stick together and come together as a group and hopefully do something special.

On why the Bruins were effective in the faceoff circle…
No, they have a good faceoff team. We just have to do a better job as a group. I think the centermen, to start, then the wingers come into play, and defense, you got to help. The faceoffs are more than just one guy, the centerman it starts with.



BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On coming out hard and keeping the pressure on them…
Yeah, you know we knew they wanted to come out hard and you know we wanted to come out just as hard and getting those two goals early really helped us, they had to take that timeout and it just dictated the whole game.

On how he read the play on Daniel Paille’s goal…
It was like a three on two or three on three and I see him looking all the way over to the far side and because that guy wasn’t high enough to take that shot and I just saw him looking for that pass and I just tried to intercept it and I did.

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

On the team playing a full sixty minutes tonight…
Yeah, we wanted to play a full sixty minutes and you know the start actually helped us tremendously with the two goals right off the bat.  You know, we followed it up with a complete sixty minutes and we’re happy with it and we finally got a power play goal.

On Zdeno Chara tonight …
He played excellent.  He got those two goals and helped the team win the game, obviously he played really well and we need that from everybody, not just him, but everybody to step up and play like that.

On Shane Hnidy …
You know, he was great on the bench, he gave us words of wisdom when we came back.  He always, if we had a tough shift, he always kept us up and it was good to have him there.  When he played, we played smart, he played defensive and he did the job for us.



BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if he ever imagined they would get off to such a good start…
Well you always want to have a good start, especially at home. But yeah, I mean we scored the first two, three shifts of the game. So it’s always huge and I thought that gave us really good momentum for the first twenty at least. So yeah, it was a good start.  

On how it felt to break through scoring wise…
Well we all know that the most important thing right now is wins. And I said it all along, if you can help out offensively that’s a plus. Not for me personally I really try to focus on my defensive game. Play strong throughout the games and I’m not really worried about points. I’m just counting wins and that’s the way we look at it in the room. It’s nice to score, there is no question about that, but I think that we all know it’s all about the wins.

On how happy he is to not have to answer questions about the power play…
Well it doesn’t mean that it’s all over now. We know that we have things to improve on, there are areas we can probably do better at but I thought tonight and even last game before tonight we created some good chances, really good scoring chances. We just needed that bounce. So it’s nice to score.

On looking ahead to Friday’s game…
Well we are glad that we are in the position that we are. But still there is one more win we have to accomplish to move on and that is where our focus is right now. 

On how the team felt before the game…
Well there are some mornings that guys have more jump and they are more chatty. And there are morning that you can see the excitement and focus is there and I think that’s what it was this morning. 

On if it took time to get back to his game after being sick…
It took a couple of games. Obviously it’s not going to happen over night. But gladly, I am feeling back to one hundred percent and I am glad it’s behind me.

On if the team was pressing because they hadn’t scored on the power play…
Well we were maybe at times we were trying to hard. Maybe at times we were looking for something better than we had. Maybe combinations of that. But it’s coming, its just one of those things that we try different things and it wasn’t working. And sometimes it’s simple things that make a big difference. But also you need a little bit of luck too. It’s one of those things where you can create a lot of chances and put a lot of pucks on net but if you don’t have a little bit of luck then the rebound go right where players are, or the pucks don’t get through, then you will not score. So it’s a little bit of that.

On what Patrice Bergeron has meant to the team…
Well he’s obviously a guy who we rely on offensively. And especially as well defensively he’s a guy who is leading by example, working extremely hard every shift, every game. Playing against top lines, you can always rely o him to do the right thing. He’s been so solid for us. Not just in playoffs obviously, but throughout the whole regular season. He’s a great leader too.

On the importance of the fourth line playing well…
It’s very important throughout the playoffs that you use all four lines. And there are guys who you don’t see always on the ice, but you never question their work ethic. They always give you one hundred percent and they are always creating some energy or something happening on the ice. So it’s so important if you’re going deep in the playoffs to use all four lines. And everyone feels comfortable with that. There are times we are going to have to rely on, different people and players. So we are happy where we are right now.

On the focus on controlling the van Riemsdyk line…
I mean they create probably the most chances the last game. Especially van Riemsdyk. He was all over the place, we skated really well. He used his speed and obviously the size extremely well. He had the most shots I think of the players. So yeah, they created some really good scoring chances for them.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On the start of the game…
Yeah it was huge. We couldn’t write it any better. Those two lines did a great job of getting pucks deep and capitalizing when they had their opportunities. It definitely made it a lot easier to play when you got a lead early. So great job by those two lines.

On there being no let up by the Bruins…
No I think for all playoffs we’ve don’t a really good job of putting sixty minutes together. I mean obviously the last game in Philly they kind of had us momentum wise in the third period and it’s tough. But I think the effort has been there the whole time. But you got to give everybody credit for stepping up and playing the full sixty tonight.

On his role in Daniel Paille’s goal…
I’m just driving. I mean I didn’t, I mean you have to have a net drive. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] had the puck. I was kind of open for a two-on-one but they did a great job backchecking. And I guess Piesy [Daniel Paille] did a great job getting up the ice. He’s got pretty good speed and it was a good shot by him. But yeah I’m just trying to get to the net, and hopefully that’ll open up a play for Soupy to shoot or give it to me or do what he did. And it worked out. So it was a great pass by Soupy but even a better shot by Piesy.

On Johnny Boychuk starting off the play that led to Daniel Paille’s goal…
Well I was down there too. He picked it off, and Soup [Gregory Campbell], it was bouncing, and I yelled at Soup to get going to that we had a two-on-one, but like I said they did a good job of taking it.

On the pressure that was supposed to be on the Bruins in this game…
I’ve already given my pressure line for the year.

On playing well regardless of the pressure…
Yeah, the guys did a great job. We prepare, or we try prepare like every game is a new game. It doesn’t matter what the series is at. It’s Game 3 and we prepare as such. And next time we’ll prepare as it’s Game 4. It doesn’t matter what the series is at.

On last year…
I answered that question the first day, and you guys promised me I wouldn’t have to answer it again.

On Nathan Horton’s game tonight…
Awesome. He’s shown that all year. He plays with an edge. He’s a hell of a hockey player. I mean he’s a hell of a hockey player, I know he is, but even more effective when he plays with an edge and he’s had that all playoffs. I think that line has really been going for us. They didn’t get maybe the points they wanted in the first series, but his effort was there every game. He was skating, hitting, playing hard, and I think that was, I mean a lot of guys feed off of him. So it was a great job by him again tonight and it has been all playoffs.

On if this was the best game for his line…
I don’t know, I mean obviously we got on the board, so I guess point wise maybe. Soupy’s had one earlier in the year too. Him and Piesy were out there with Krech [David Krejci]. It’s, I mean we got to play a little bit more in the second and third, and it’s a lot easier to play when you’re rolling. I mean penalties and stuff, sometimes you’re sitting there for ten, fifteen minutes, and it’s our job to stay ready. But I mean it’s a little bit harder to get going when you’ve been sitting there for fifteen minutes. So we had a chance to play a little bit more tonight. It felt like the legs were there a little bit more and we could probably get in the forecheck and do a little bit more.

On almost getting a second goal for his line with his pass from behind the net into the slot…
Yeah, Piesy did a great job on the forecheck; Soupy did a good job getting open. We didn’t convert, but if we keep getting chances, I’ll be happy.

On him out skating Mike Richards on the goal…
I think he was about a zone behind me and caught me actually. [Laughter]

On if there was a sense at any point in the game of needing more…
All game I think we’ve done a pretty good job of trying to stay consistent. You need everyone to chip in this time of year. I’m happy we could. But as far as time in the game, I think the full sixty you need to push. We’ve done a good job of that lately.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD KIMMO TIMONEN
On if he was surprised that the Flyers were sulking after the two quick goals by the Bruins…
Well, I don’t know, but, you know, obviously two quick goals and, you know, a really bad start for us and especially in their home rink. It was the worst start you can imagine and overall it looked like we were skating in the sand today. Everything was really hard and we didn’t really get the forecheck going. We didn’t really get anything going on them. I don’t really know the reason.

On if he felt that the team felt deflated during the game…
Obviously they got the first two shifts and two goals. It’s the worst possible start you can imagine. But still, 59 minutes left, it’s a lot of hockey. But overall I thought, like I said, it looked like we were skating in the sand today. It was heavy. We looked a little tired today somehow. But, you know what, there’s still hope as long as there’s games. We’re going to regroup and we’re going to put everything forward and fight the next game.

On what he thinks of critics blaming the goaltending for their losses…
Well, first and too, I think there were totally mistakes by us. We didn’t cover the man we were supposed to cover and you can’t play goaltender from those mistakes. You know, it was the whole team effort today wasn’t really good at all. We really need to talk about it and make sure we get better.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if it’s nice not to have to answer questions about the under-producing power play anymore…
Yeah, this was definitely an opportunity for us to at least get one and our guys did that. I thought that was important for our team at that time to get that confidence. I thought our power play was actually very good tonight. We hit a post, we had some good scoring chances, and as far as I was concerned, if we work our power play the way we worked it tonight, we’re going to be okay.

On Zdeno Chara’s performance and how that dictates the team’s performance…
Yeah, I think he was good and obviously I keep talking about him and [Dennis] Seidenberg has been certainly one of those guys that you throw into that equation. Those guys have been so strong for us, not only as a pair, but also as individuals. As you saw, Zdeno [Chara]’s shot is one that certainly goaltenders don’t like to see. He’s got that ability and tonight I thought he used it well.

On dominating on the faceoffs and how important that is…
Well, no doubt faceoffs are important and we obviously had the advantage of putting our sticks down last, that’s the home-ice advantage that becomes very important when it comes to that part of the game. Our guys did a great job. You start with the puck, it’s a lot easier than chasing it down. Our guys did a great job of that tonight and I thought it was important, especially against that team. They’ve got some good faceoff plays in the offensive zone and they can become very dangerous. Our centermen did a great job and even the other guys, recovering those loose pucks in the battles.

On the confidence level after tonight’s game, given the results of last year’s Philadelphia series…
Well, that’s because we don’t really think about last year. We think about this year and the one thing that’s important for us is one game at a time and we’ve really focused that way. Tonight’s game is over. If anything, you’ve got to build on that, and you’ve got to know that you’ve got to be as good, if not better. We understood the importance of this game tonight, and we knew how hard they were going to come out if we weren’t ready to face that, cause we were in that position against Montreal and we knew the feeling of being down 2-0 and what that third game meant. I think we were better prepared because of that and obviously that helped us get off to a good start and obviously those early goals certainly gave us a little bit more control as far as our destiny was concerned tonight.

On how important it was to pressure Philadelphia on the forecheck as a team…
Yeah, I think we knew there was still lots of hockey to play left and it was important for us to keep playing our game and not all of a sudden go into a shell or sit back. They’re a team that is very good offensively and if you give them some space or if you sit back, they’re going to make you pay for it. So our guys did a great job of probably being better in the forecheck. You know, our third man high was there, we didn’t give out as many outnumbered situations and our D were very aware of their guy trying to stretch us out.

On if this is one of the most complete games that they have played in a while…
I don’t know if it’s the most “complete,” but it’s really one of those solid games where I thought in all areas, defensively, tonight is one of those nights where I think you look at the number of shots, but scoring chances are definitely down. I think a lot of them came from the third period, they were crashing the net, hoping to get those rebounds. So I liked our defensive game and how well we played, and also the forecheck and the chances that we created. So it’s up there, no doubt. For me, I thought our guys responded well and played a solid game.

On the contributions of the fourth line…
Well obviously they were a good line for us tonight. And no doubt that that goal against kind of stung them a little bit. But we had a chat with them after the second period and they had done everything right, there was one little mistake made on the play. They came out and they still had a couple of good opportunities to score as well. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] had a chance in tight and they did a great job, especially in the offensive zone, they kept the puck in and they made some plays.  Again, this is a line that we counted on all year. It’s also a line that we think is one of the better fourth lines we’ve seen in the league. And when we need them they are there for us. 

On if there was a feeling of any pressure on the team before the game…
No, not really. I’d say this morning we were little bit quieter than we had been in the past in our morning skate. And basically trying to figure out whether it was guys just being really focused or the other part of it, whether we weren’t as sharp as we had been. But I think they answered that question pretty quickly at the start. They came in tonight and I liked our demeanor, when the guys showed up for the game tonight they felt a lot more comfortable. And they proved that they were ready. It was important for us to have a good first period and they went out there and did the job.

On what the first two goals meant in terms of the spirit and focus of the team…
Well I think it was important for us to, first of all, to get that lead, but second of all, whenever a coach calls a time out or pulls a goalie, most of the time you get an instant reaction from that team. So I just told our guys that the next rotation through the four lines that were going to rotate through had to have a great shift, we had to be dominate, we had to out play the other team so that wouldn’t switch over to their side. And that’s basically it, you don’t want to panic, you don’t want to change anything from your game. But you just want to be able to respond to those kind of situations in a way that doesn’t give them an advantage.

On if Philadelphia’s goaltending issues gives the Bruins a psychological edge…
Again, I don’t know. We’ve talked about that before and the one thing is they went through that last series and they came out winners. So I don’t think we are looking at that as an edge for us or whether it’s something that is an issue to them. We are really, and I keep repeating it because that’s what I tell the players, that let’s focus on what we have to do here. Let’s not get caught up in all the stuff outside of our dressing room more than how we have to react and how we have to play. And it’s served us well so far in the playoffs so we don’t’ want to change that.

On what Patrice Bergeron has meant to the team in the playoffs…
I think anybody who has watched him play, whether it’s during the regular season or now during the playoffs, there is a not a night this guy doesn’t show up. He’s so focused, he’s so determined. He’s a great leader. Like I said, first of all, by example on the ice but also in the dressing room. He’s done a great job but his solid play is one that certainly gives not just the coaches but all his teammates a lot of confidence. You have him out on the ice and you know what you are going to get. And there are not to many times you look at him and say he made a mistake that costs us a goal. He’s a pretty determined guy, he’s a guy that can be really hard on himself too if he’s not playing up to his standards and that’s what makes him a great player.



BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if tonight was a complete effort…
Yeah, I think we brought our game to them right from the beginning, and we controlled the game from there.

On how the Bruins are different from last year…
Well first of all, we have about half the guys weren’t here last year. It’s a deeper, we have bigger depth in our lineup, and we felt good in the first round. So hopefully that’s going to help us in the second round, too.

On how the Bruins will approach Thursday and Friday…
It’s, don’t think about it too much. Keep playing the way we are, and like I said before, game by game, and that doesn’t change until it’s actually over.

On why he has been more productive against Philadelphia than Montreal…
Well, they’re playing me hard, that’s for sure. They’re letting me know that it’s going to be a tough one, but the puck’s going in for me. That’s the biggest difference from the series [against Montreal].

On how it feels to play well against Philadelphia after getting injured in the Conference Semifinals last year…
Last year we had a good chance to play in the Conference Final, and we’ll see what, who knows what could happen. So this year we just really want to beat these guys and get to the Conference Final and go from there.

On the Bruins scoring their first power play goal of the playoffs…
I guess so, but I wouldn’t pay too much attention to it. Our five-on-five has been really great so far. So yeah, it’s nice to get one finally, but nothing really changed.

On his goal…
Yeah, it was a good start by our first two lines and I just threw the puck deep and go after it, and Looch [Milan Lucic] made a great backhand pass. And that was kind of lucky for me that it kind of floated in, but I’ll take it. So it was a big one for us to get that in.

On how the Bruins defensemen played tonight…
Yeah, they’re not panicking back there. They’re playing really smart hockey and they’re making the first pass right on the tape.

On the Bruins start tonight compared to their start in Game 2…
Yeah, we were great. It was just one of these days, one day you have a good day like we did today and it could go the other way, you know. I think nothing really special or anything, just got to make sure that next game we’re great again on these draws.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On the difference between this year’s team and last year’s...
We have already been through it.  We have half of our lineup that is different than last year.  I guess that is the main difference.

On getting off to a fast start…
That was about as good a start as you could ask for, especially on home ice.  It doesn’t always work out that way.  Definitely helped.  It certainly helped from my perspective in goal.  That’s for sure.

On the performance of Zdeno Chara
It is great to see him get that offense going.  He has that potential.  He’s got an amazing shot.  Ask the opposing goalies that are facing it.  It is no fun to see that guy winding up on you.  He gets himself in the right spots and getting those goals.  It makes it easier on the whole team.

On trying to get the fourth win in the series…
We learned last year that the fourth win is the hardest.  We are playing one game at a time, one period at a time, and one shift at a time.  We are going to try to play it the same way come Friday. 

On if the Bruins are playing the best hockey of the year…
At times.  Tonight we played a very good game I think.  We got good offense.  Good defense.  We kept their great scoring chances to a minimum that’s for sure, especially compared to last game.  It was a good win.  That is what we are going to be shooting for.  Hopefully we just hit the rest button in our mind and the games before don’t mean anything.  That motto I just said; one game at a time, one period at a time, and one shift at a time.  We approach it like that.

On if the same approach to games they have this year was missing last year…
I don’t know if it was missing last year. I’m not exactly dwelling on it.

On playing one game at a time…
That’s the mentality we are trying for and we have done a good job with.  It is up to us. 

On having a 3-0 series lead against the Flyers again…
Going into the series I was hoping for it.  It is what it is.  It’s a different year.  It’s totally different. 

Regarding an incident with Scott Hartnell in the first period…
He didn’t say anything.  He didn’t actually say hello.  He just poked at the puck. They didn’t hear the whistle.  Most of the guys on my team didn’t hear the whistle.  I did.  The first whistle must have been a short whistle.  I heard it I was just relaxing.  [Scott] Hartnell poked at my glove, I was going to let it go but Zdeno was sticking up for me and I appreciate that. 

On if he is drawing anything from last year’s series…
Not really.  I am focused on this year.  I am focused on what we as a team want to accomplish this year and what I as a player want to try to accomplish this year.  I will leave the comparisons to you guys.

On how he felt when Boucher got pulled…
When Boucher was getting pulled I empathize with him.  I have been pulled before.  It is not a fun situation to be in.  He is out there trying his best to do the best job that he can.  For whatever reason, whether it is luck or it’s just the way the pucks bouncing.  He wasn’t able to, I’m sure he would agree with me, accomplish what he wanted to accomplish.  I empathize with him.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE
On if the Flyers were deflated after the Bruins scored two quick goals in the first period…
Yeah, you know obviously the start was not good for us. Not the way we needed to start and, you know, you give up two goals in the first two minutes of the game and, he’s right, it’s frightening and we tried to regain our composure. I thought we did a little bit in the first period. We got through it, but we couldn’t catch any offense to get back in the game [or] anything to give us some life back. I think at that point, from where we had sunk to, the start was unacceptable. It wasn’t good. You know, the first three minutes, four minutes in a visiting team’s building, they have to be good minutes and they have to be well executed and, you know, they caught a lead early, caught a break, caught a couple goals.

On if he feels that Claude Giroux hitting a post when the Flyers were down 2-0 gave the Bruins even more momentum…
I guess that was my point. I thought that if we could’ve scored or if we could’ve grabbed a power play goal and maybe a goal there, you know something to get it to 2-1 and then move in, go into the period, catch some life off of it, but we couldn’t do that. We started the second period with a fairly decent amount of time on the power play and, again, couldn’t get it back just to gain some momentum from that.

On if what he said during the timeout in the first period…
Well, just, you know Chief was going down one road with the team and just talking to [Philadelphia goaltender Brian Boucher], I don’t believe that… Our team let him down on those two and we needed to be better in front of him and I just need to make sure that he stayed clear and kept his focus. But, again, I think just the start. I wasn’t talking to [Boucher] because I need to talk to [Boucher], I just wanted to make sure his head was on straight and our team needed to play much better in front of him.

On the play of Jeff Carter…
I actually thought Jeff was probably one of our stronger forwards. You know, for not coming back for five games, he had his legs. He’s a big person in there and a big body and he can skate well. As the game wore on, it seemed like we were lacking speed as a group out there, but where it’s more natural for him, it’s easier for him to stand out at that and he had a couple scoring chances.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS DEFENSEMAN SEAN O’DONNELL
On how tough it was to start by giving up two goals…
It’s more difficult than it should have been.  Two goals isn’t the end of the world with fifty-nine minutes left in the game.  You know, if I remember we got off to a pretty quick start in game two and they turned the page quickly and battled back and it seemed to deflate us a little bit and took us a little while to get going.  We just couldn’t seem to get back into in when it did, Thomas made good saves.

On where the team goes from here…
Throw a whole bunch clichés at you and one game at a time, one day at a time, one period at a time.  But that’s really all we can think about.  We can’t think about winning four in row.  We can’t think of any of that stuff, we just have to come and play the way we know we can and keep getting traffic and win a period, and hopefully win a game, and get to game five and that’s all we can do right now.

On the first timeout that was called and if it was about the defensive breakdowns …
One hundred percent.  You know, I don’t think you can let [Zdeno] Chara come right down the slot like that and let him blast it off the cross bar.  Not many goalies ever make that save.  And then the next one was a breakdown where, I don’t know if it was [Nathan] Horton or [David] Krejci or whoever scored, he was about five feet away.  And it’s disappointing, I know we had breakdowns like that coming in there when it was really a must win tonight.  And the first minute to have two breakdowns like that and really kind of throw Boucher under the bus is unfortunate.

On if anything about this Boston Bruins team has surprised him …
Well they’re a, you know I don’t know them that well.  I wasn’t here last year but they are playing well.  Like I said, they don’t create a whole bunch, I don’t think, on their own, they are just a hardworking team but when you make a mistake, when the D [defense] pinches down and you don’t have coverage or there is a bad pinch they are a good counter punch team, they make you pay.  You know we had a couple breakdowns in the first and it was two, nothing.  They didn’t do a whole lot to manufacture those goals, they were just breakdowns and they pounce.

On their goalie situation and how the fans are reacting to it …
Well I think that is unfortunate.  You look at, and I don’t want to get into every single game, but you look at tonight and we were down two, nothing and obviously with the way the playoffs have gone everyone is going to pile on Bouch [Brian Boucher].  But I don’t think that Tim Thomas in the net would have stopped either of those two goals so it’s unfortunate that that’s kind of the way things have been going, that Bouch is going to take a lot of the flack for that but like I said, we weren’t ready to start, we made some defensive breakdowns and two goal lead isn’t that big a deal with fifty-nine minutes left to play and we couldn’t just seem to get back on track for whatever reason and we pressed it a bit and the third one was a three on two.  We’re digging ourselves a hole and unfortunately, because the spotlight is on the goaltending, Bouch has to pay.  But I can’t fault him for any of those two goals, I don’t think anybody can.

On how the team felt about going down two goals early …
Well I think it does get tiring getting down early in games like that but we have no one to blame but ourselves.  We knew they were going to be amped up coming in here, all the talk about last year and this and that and they wanted to take a three nothing lead and we knew the way they were going to come out the first period, we expected that.  And to have the kind of breakdowns like we had in the first minute is, you are not going to win playoff hockey that way and we got what we deserved tonight.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On how big it is when the entire team contributes…
It shows good signs for our whole team. It shows that we are a well balanced team. So it is nice to see everyone contribute on a night like tonight. So I think everyone was happy about the game today.

On if this 3-0 lead feels different than last year’s 3-0 lead…
I think so. I mean it’s different. I think we all feel pretty good about our game right now and confident. So the main thing for us is not to get too high and stay focused. 

On if this team is grittier than it was last year…
Yeah if you look at our additions over the year you can tell there are some experienced players who played in the playoffs. And it’s good to see when we’re out there because we don’t seem to be making too many mistakes and capitalizing on the chances.

On if this team is more balanced than it was last year…
I think so. Obviously we have solid top three lines I think and I don’t think we are too bad either. So it’s definitely good for us.

On how hard it is to stay sharp while playing limited minutes…
Yeah, that’s the whole focus for our line. If we don’t play much, we try to create as much as we can. So it’s nice to see us get rewarded and finish up.

On when the last time he lined up a big hit was…
It’s been a while. So it was nice, I felt that I knew he [Versteeg] was cutting so I was just trying to square off and not to stick a leg out so I was glad to be centered on him.

On what is ahead of the team…
Well it was nice to see us get a goal at the end on the power play. So I think right now we are a confident group, we moved the puck well all night. So I’m sure they are disappointed in their effort tonight. So they are going to be like Game Two and come firing and we should just be ready for that.

On playing a more physical game…
Definitely, you know especially when we were up two nothing right off the bat, we didn’t want to be too high on ourselves and realize that they are going to battle. They called a time out and tried to change the momentum. So the main thing for us was to not change and it’s not going to make as easy as the first minute, so not to get too hard on ourselves if it doesn’t.

On if the little things were important tonight…
Well it goes a long way with everybody. So if a guy is not scoring or putting up points they are contributing huge in different ways. So it’s certainly nice to see from everybody getting a great effort.

On how Zdeno Chara played tonight…
Zee, he’s dominant. You can see it especially today. Obviously with his shot is a cannon, so you don’t want to get hit by that. But it’s nice to see him score two nice goals like that. And I think that’s what he likes. And obviously it’s nice to see no one get hurt from the shot, from our team anyway.

On what results from dominating the faceoffs…
I think confidence plays in a big key for us throughout the whole game. And last game I think we were getting dominated. So it’s nice to see us just work harder on the draws. The centermen have help from the wingers and it seems that we all battled better on the draws to help them out.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how good the win felt…
It was great. It was a tough game. They battled hard all the way through and it’s great to kind of get that win and be up three-nothing right now. It’s huge for us and feeling pretty good.

On the fast start to the game…
Yeah, we knew they were going to come out hard and we did a great job countering that, getting two goals the first two shifts, so that was huge for our team. We were able to kind of hold them off for a while and I think that’s what kind of took the game for us.

On executing the little things as well as the big…
Yeah, there were a lot of great plays. We did all the little things right and we knew that’s what we had to do tonight. We knew they were going to push hard and we wanted to play strong defensively. Seider [Dennis Seidenberg] had a lot of great blocked shots there at the end and we had lots of great hits. Everyone stepped up doing that. And we were playing hard down in their end and that’s what we wanted to do.

On the defensemen’s play…
Yeah, D stepped up tonight and played a great game. And Hnides [Shane Hnidy] did a great job stepping in. That’s what he was brought in to do and he played that to a T, so you got to give him some props there. He played great. But all the D, Zee [Zdeno Chara] with two goals and one in the first shift, it shows how big of a captain he is, how big of a leader, and why he’s a leader and why he’s a captain.

On if there was any talk after the game about last year…
No we, we’re trying to keep that out of our mind. It’s a brand new year. We have a new team here. Half the team is, brought new guys. It’s a new season, so we’re not worried about that at all, we’re writing our own new chapter.

On his physical play tonight…
It was one of those games where I was angry the whole time, and my emotions kind of get the best of me, just trying to run around and kill guys. So just one of those games. It’s not like that every night but tonight was one of those nights.

On what happened in the first shift…
I don’t know what it was. I think it was just one of those plays where it kind of bounced our way. We kind of caught them off guard I guess. Created a couple great plays, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made a great pass over to me, Zee made a great shot there to put it in. It was big for us.


On if they went out on the first faceoff prepared to go out harder than the Flyers…
Yeah, we, being up two-nothing and being down two-nothing, you really got to be focused and ready. They’re in a do or die mode pretty much, and same with us. So we have to know, we had to push back and we had to be ready for the start of the game. We did a great job executing that.

On not letting up their game despite the lead in the series…
Yeah that’s exactly it. When we got up in the series and in the game, we want to make it hard on them. We don’t want to make it easy out there, and we want them to know that it’s going to be tough and they’re going to have to work their butt off and really sacrifice their bodies if they even want to have a chance back in the game or the series. So we really want to push back and we did that to a T.

On if he feels that they broke the Flyers will by the third period…
I think maybe they were just a little worn down. But I think we did the little things right and everyone was coming back hard and we were playing our system very well. And we were chipping when that’s what we needed to do. It was a great job for us. They have so much firepower over there, anything could happen. So at any given night they could get four or five goals in the period, and thank God it wasn’t tonight.

On nobody beating them if they come out with that kind of intensity…
Well I think if we come out with that kind of intensity every night, we’re giving ourselves the best opportunity to win. That’s what we want to do every night, is give yourself the best chance to win, and anything could happen. You could run into a hot goalie, or bounces don’t go your way. But if we come out that hard every night and battle, then it’s definitely going to be tough for other teams.

On winning the little battles…
Face-offs are such a key part of the game. I think they’re underestimated. If you win a majority of your draws and you’re starting with the puck and you’re usually the team on the offense most of the time. So in doing that, you usually save a lot of energy, and it’s a lot tougher to play defense then to play offense. So it speaks volumes about our team and how good our centermen are right now.

On how big Daniel Paille’s goal was…
Yeah that was huge. Going up three-nothing or two-one, it’s a big difference. It’s kind of a backbreaker there for them, and it really swings the momentum. If they would have got the next one and made it two-one, anything could happen, they get a lucky break and it’s two-two and it’s a completely different game. So those guys did a great job stepping up tonight. That was a huge goal for us and they’re playing a big role right now.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS OWNER ED SNIDER
On if the Flyers can come back from an 0-3 deficient if they regain confidence…
It’s a really difficult thing to do and they would be the first team in history to do it two years in a row.

On the Philadelphia goaltender being pulled so many times in the playoffs…
I don’t have an opinion. The coach is making a decision and I think I have no qualms with the decisions that he’s made. He’s doing everything in his power to win.

On if there is enough goaltending within the Flyers organization to win a championship…
You know, the season’s not over and we’ll evaluate everything when the season is over.

On if this is the craziest situation he has ever seen in regards to changing goaltenders…
It’s unusual. That’s all I can say. It’s unusual but I don’t think it’s wrong. I think it’s something that had to be done and I think the coach has done a good job deciding what he’s going to do and when he’s going to do it.

On if it is too much to expect the team to rally from 0-3 deficits in two straight years…
It’s an awful lot to expect and Boston is playing very well and we’re going to have to step up our game in order to compete with them.

On if he is seeing a lack of urgency in the way his team is playing…
No, I don’t think there’s a lack of urgency, I just think that Boston is playing very well and maybe we weren’t quite as prepared as we should have been for what they did at the beginning of the game.

On the Bruins playing a style of hockey similar to the Flyers to start the game…
Well we did the same thing to them in the last game, scored two quick goals. Not that quick, but pretty quick and they came back and scored two in the second period. We’ve had trouble scoring against their goalie, who’s played extremely well. We’ve had a lot of chances and, I don’t know, I think this guy [Tim Thomas] has maybe stopped 80 shots in a row or something like that. I don’t know, but he’s playing extremely well.

On if he thought the team was deflated after going down 2-0 in the start of the game…
I don’t think the team got deflated. I think we out shot them for the rest of the game. We had great opportunities. We played well. I don’t think they were deflated at all. They kept trying and just couldn’t put the puck in the next enough times.

On how closely he will be watching the team to see if there is any fight in them in Game Four…
Well I thought there was a fight tonight. I don’t think they quit. They kept playing. They played hard, but unfortunately we didn’t score enough goals to make a difference. But, I never would think this team doesn’t fight. It fights always. It’s shown that throughout. It came back from a 3-2 deficit going into Buffalo, won two in a row, won that series. Last year we showed fight throughout the playoffs. Very much the same squad so I have a lot of faith in these guys, they’re not going to ever quit.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON AND DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG (AT PODIUM)
On gaining momentum after scoring two quick goals…
[BERGERON] Yeah, obviously we got the momentum right away with those two goals, and I thought it was going, and I thought we stayed with it. We scored two goals, and then we kept putting pressure on, kept going at them, and I thought it was a great effort. I thought also we took it a period at a time, instead of just playing one period and sitting back for the second. I thought we played well sixty minutes, and it showed in the result.

On the physical play in tonight’s game…
[SEIDENBERG] I think our forecheck was really good. Our forwards were really getting on their D. And even when they were coming out of their zone, our guys were stepping up and having good gaps, and just keeping them from coming with speed into the middle. I think we felt good positionally.

On being up three games to none on Philadelphia…
[BERGERON] Yeah, obviously the toughest win to get is the fourth win, so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready on Friday. We’re happy with tonight’s game, but we can’t get too high in the playoffs. We’re going to celebrate tonight, but we’re going to get right back to work tomorrow and make sure we work Friday, because Philly is not going to quit. They’re a great team, and they’re going to be there to bounce back on Friday. So we better make sure we’re ready for that.

On if Patrice Bergeron has felt comfortable or loose during the playoffs thus far…
[BERGERON] Yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I think, obviously my linemates are with me a lot out there. I think we’re creating a lot of things up off of our forecheck, and going into our end and causing some turnovers, and then coming right back on the attack. So I think that’s what’s been giving us the success that we’re having as a line. I think all four lines are playing well right now, we’ve got to keep this going.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALTENDER BRIAN BOUCHER
On how tough it was to start by giving up two goals…
Yeah, it’s not the start that we envisioned and you know you want to get off to a good start and it didn’t happen today.

On how a goalie deals with defensive breakdowns in front of him…
Well, I don’t worry about the defensive breakdowns.  It’s my job to try to stop the puck and after that we settled down a bit.  You know it’s two nothing and it got away from us there late in the second.  It’s definitely disappointing. 

On what Head Coach Peter Laviolette said to him during a timeout…
You know, he just asked me how I was.  I said I was fine.  I mean, you know it wasn’t the start I wanted but I wasn’t rattled or anything like that.  You know he called a timeout and that was it.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BREIFING AT 11:25 AM
On what they need to do to take away Philadelphia’s ability to control the puck, as the Flyers did in the third period of  Game 2…
Well we have to get back to our game, simple as that. I think we got away from it and that’s what allowed them to have a lot more pace than they had in the previous game or the first couple of periods. And tonight the first period is going to be an important one for both teams. I think they are both going to be keen on that first period, and how we come out is going to play a big role in dictating tonight’s game.

On if there is an update on Adam McQuaid and if there will be any other lineup changes…
Same as yesterday, day-to-day, nothing more to report on that situation. I know Shane Hnidy is a guy ready to play and he is certainly a possibility in our line-up.

On Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette’s comments saying the pressure is on Boston…
Not at all, no comments. 

On how he will manage Shane Hnidy’s minutes if he plays tonight…
I think the same question was asked the first game he played in the playoffs and I am going to answer the same thing. He has got experience and we’re going to utilize him where we see fit. Again, you watch a player play, if he’s showing signs of a guy doing a great job then you give him a little bit more ice time. And no matter what it’s one of those situations where our guys are able to handle a lot of minutes. And a lot of teams in the playoffs, even when they do have six Ds, will play with four or five more than six. So I don’t think there is much that is going to change for us tonight in regards to that.

On the issue of giving the fourth line gets ice time if the team advances…
Yeah I think just because they got less ice time doesn’t mean they don’t have any ice time. So when you look at their minutes, maybe some of those guys are around the seven, ten minutes. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] obviously taking face-offs, getting a little bit more ice time. But that’s playoff hockey. And those guys when they’re out there can give us some good shifts. And we’re to win hockey games and sometimes in the playoffs you have a tendency to shorten your bench depending on the score. And we’re still as confident and feel that they’re just as reliable as they were before.

On if the Bruins and Flyers being built similarly lends itself to more scoring chances and offensive play…
Well I think the last game there was certainly a lot of back and forth more than we’ve seen in the past between those two teams. That’s certainly something that was created by I guess both teams creating a lot of offense but at the same time I think defensively I think both teams kind of opened up a little bit and was maybe a little uncharacteristic for us anyway to open up that much. And certainly we’re a team that is a little bit better defensively than we showed the last game.

On what the first line has done differently against the Flyers compared to the Canadiens…
Well the fact that they don’t have necessarily just specific guys just trying to close those guys off. I think they respect the fact that we have three lines that contributed fairly well and they’re a team that seems to have a lot of depth also, three lines. And instead of worrying about one line, they’re willing to go head to head just like we are with our lines.


Tuesday, May 3

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BREIFING AT 12:30 PM
On if Tim Thomas’ performance looked even better when he watched the game tape…
Well I don’t think the sleep changed much, but certainly reviewing the game tape, he was outstanding. He was in control, he just followed the puck so well last night. His confidence was great and the confidence he gave to our hockey club was even more so. In playoff hockey, as you’ve seen in the past, teams that succeed always have a great goaltender. And right now, we’re getting that kind of contribution from Tim [Thomas].

On if Tim Thomas’ play can elevate the level of play of his teammates…
Oh no doubt. I think it was one of those games where I thought in the third period, they really took it to us, and we didn’t seem to have the same kind of jump that we needed. But Timmy [Thomas] allowed us to stay with it and we found a way to win. But there’s no doubt that Tim had a big role to play in that, as far as giving the team the confidence to go out there and win that game. He just kept making those saves, and giving us those opportunities. Eventually, we found a way to score that goal, and as I mentioned, he allowed us to do that because of the way he played last night.

On an update on Adam McQuaid
He suffered a sprained neck. Everything so far has come out negative, so far he’s a day-to-day player right now.

On an update on Steven Kampfer…
He started skating today, just for the first time. He’s still going to be a while.

On being up 2-0 against the Flyers after being down 0-2 to the Canadiens…
I don’t think so much about being up 2-0, again, especially after last night, we know how tough the competition is. We just need to come in here tomorrow and be ready to play as good as we can. There’s obviously some areas of our game that were certainly not up to par yesterday. That was maybe later in the game. And we have to correct those, and we’re going to make those corrections and hopefully those adjustments before tomorrow night. I’m not looking so much at where we are in there series more than what’s at stake in tomorrow night’s game. How well do we have to play, and the rest will take care of itself. If we play well, we’ll be up by another game. I don’t think there’s anyone in that dressing room, including coaching staff and players, that are certainly sitting comfortable. This is going to be a tough task, and they’re a good team, and we’re ready to face that challenge.

On if Shane Hnidy would play if Adam McQuaid could not…
We’ll see. We’ve got some options, and those decisions will be made tomorrow.

On if the Bruins do the same things in overtime as they do in the rest of the game…
Well we are trying to keep things the same. The biggest thing is, in overtime there’s no doubt, you’ve got to tell your players to play to win. Don’t sit back, but the main thing is about trying to make sure you minimize those mistakes that can be costly, because it doesn’t take much. You look at last night, it was a rim from their defenseman to the other one that he wasn’t capable of getting. And we pounced on that puck, and took advantage of it. So, with those kind of little mistakes sometimes, it seemed like it’s not going to turn into much. Whether it’s that, it’s a line change, especially in that first overtime, you’ve got those long changes that you’ve got to be carful with. So it’s about really focusing on making sure we’re sharp when it comes to those things, and play to win.

On if the power play is an area that needs improvement…
Oh yes, and we’ve talked about that quite a bit. I’m getting tired of it, actually. I think yesterday we certainly moved the puck a lot better, we spent more time in our own end, and we had some chances, and we didn’t bury them. To me it was, yesterday, although we didn’t score, I thought our power play was better. And if we can keep getting better hopefully we’ll get the results here soon.
 

On if he saw a change in the way they controlled the game during the second period…
Yeah, I think if anything that’s what we talked about. To me we lost the focus on the things we had to do. And we kind of got caught in the run and gun kind of game. And it certainly has never served us well in the past to play that type of game. Because of that, you saw some great scoring chances and you saw some breakaways. If anything, they had a lot of space in the neutral zone. So those are the kind of adjustments we’re talking about. We have to get a little bit better as far as the sixty-minute focus on the things we have to do well in order to minimize the scoring chances that they seem to have gotten yesterday.

On Philadelphia being a fast team…
I don’t think we really feel that there is a big difference here in speed and stuff. Both teams are big and strong and certainly our team shouldn’t have been any more tired than theirs. In the first two periods we were good. And it looks like you’re tired when you are chasing the puck the whole time. And that’s what we did in the third period. We did a lot of chasing instead of a lot of playing and puck control. So again, in the overtime it was the same thing at the beginning and then we kind of picked it up a little bit. But I think a lot of it was from our play. We are a team that doesn’t do well when we are chasing the puck. 

On how Dennis Seidenberg has played in the postseason…
Well I would say he‘s a horse. He’s strong and you look at the minutes he’s been logging as well. He doesn’t get tired, he can take it. He’s a big strong individual, he competes well. And I think I’ve said that before, when we acquired him the one thing we knew about him was he was really a big game player and he’s proven that and even more so. When you look at he way he’s performed you can see how much we missed him last year in the playoffs and how better we would have been a team with him in it. He’s been good, like I said, he competes well and the bigger the game, the better he gets. And we hope that he keeps playing that way because he’s been, like you said, an unsung hero to many. But certainly hasn’t eluded our view of him.

On if he’s concerned that statistically the penalty kill hasn’t been as good as in the regular season…
Yeah I guess if you erase two of the goals, the five on three, in the Montreal series there have been some goals scored. I don’t think our penalty kill has been that bad, I think we have lost some battles in front of the net. But even yesterday in the last three minutes of the game when Zdeno [Chara] had that penalty I thought we did a pretty good job of shooting pucks down the ice and not giving them any momentum. I think they may have gotten one shot on the power play. Not quite sure, but anyway, it was one of those situations where I thought they came up big when they had to. Obviously we’ve given up some goals and maybe it wouldn’t look as bad if on the other end of it we had some of our own. So certainly I guess it makes it look worse than what it probably is.

On players who have become big game players…
Yeah and those guys are, when you talk about [Nathan] Horton and you talk about [Brad] Marchand they are in their first year in the NHL playoffs. They’ve been pretty important pieces of our puzzle right now. And you look at [Chris] Kelly and [Rich] Peverley, that line has been really good for us. And probably a line that people didn’t expect would do what they have done so far. So there are a lot of guys coming up big for us and we’ve talked about Timmy [Tim Thomas], I don’t think we need to go back to him. But there have been a lot of players. And Marchand is a young player and the way he has contributed, and I know he gets under other teams’ skins, but at the same time, he still continues on the score sheet. And to me that’s been a really, he’s been a really effective player for us.

On how good the Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley-Michael Ryder line has been…
Well it does and even more so, on the road when we don’t always have that last change. Our third line, I’ve been able to play them against top lines of the other team because they have been reliable defensively as well. When you’ve got a Chris Kelly who is such a good two-way player and the other two have played so well, it has really given us some flexibility and comfort. I know that we can play them in different situations. As you mentioned, that first round they really shut down the [David] Krejci line, did a great job of that, and had we not had the contribution of that third line I don’t know if we’d be sitting here today.



May 2- Game 2
BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME
On if he knew David Krejci’s goal was in…
Not right off the bat. All I saw was the referee wave his hand that there was no goal. And it didn’t take us long to figure out that it had been in. So I felt pretty confident and it was nice to see us find a way to win.

On how important David Krejci is…
Well he’s capable of playing the way we’ve seen him on a consistent basis and I think he’s been really, I guess, motivated to play in this series, obviously with what happened to him last year. And he seems like a determined player. He’s playing hard, he’s playing well and obviously we need that kind of contribution from him and his line the way they have been. And it’s nice to see that line be a big part of our success.

On if he has an update on Adam McQuaid and how the defense stepped up when he went down…
First of all, Adam [McQuaid] is coming back home with us. He is on his way back and he has been to the hospital for further evaluation. And I don’t know the whole details of it, which we will probably share with you guys tomorrow if we can. But he’s coming back with us, so that’s a good sign in itself. Our D did a good job of stepping up and I know they really played a lot of their top four Ds, had a lot of ice time. And it looked like both teams had a really short bench tonight and you could tell in overtime the fatigue was setting in on both sides and it was a matter of will and desire. Somebody has to find a way to win and that’s the one thing we did well was we found a way to win. I felt they really came out strong in the second half of the second period and in the third period they really carried the play and the momentum had swung their way. And I thought we had to be better to win and in overtime we picked it up a little bit. And like I said, at the end of the night in the playoffs it’s about winning and finding ways to win and we did that. I’m proud of our guys.

On how Tim Thomas played tonight…
Yeah, if anything, he was by far the star of the game tonight. He made some outstanding saves, especially when they started coming at us. They had some unbelievable scoring chances, he stood stall and he made some great saves. And no doubt. If it’s not for Timmy [Tim Thomas] we might not be standing here tonight with a win. But that’s what goaltenders do for you in the playoffs and that’s what you like to see in order to certainly develop some confidence for your team. We know that the goaltender is there to bail you out and it certainly builds a lot of confidence and Tim [Thomas] has given us that.

On the fourth line playing in overtime…
That’s what we had to do. At one point you could see your bench was running out of gas and you have to go with your fourth line. They have to go out there and do the job and we’ve had confidence in them all year. It’s just a matter of them going out there and the one time I know they were out there against the other team’s top line. And there is no doubt we would have had a better scenario, but that’s where we were at that time of the game. And again, you have to believe in those guys and you have to do the job and they kept them off the scoresheet. It’s things like that that really help your team win and hopefully our bench got their second wind with a couple shift from our fourth line and hopefully that was one of the reasons that we found a way to win.

On the 2-0 series lead…
Well you know what it’s a nice position to be in, especially when you win the first won on the road. There is no doubt it’s prefect scenario for the first two games on the road. But you guys keep bringing this up, we are not thinking about last year. We are thinking about, even half the players weren’t here last year so we can bring up whatever we want. Our goal here is to focus on what is happening this year. What happened last year is last year, so it really hasn’t been on our minds and whether we’ve learned from it, and I know what you mean, whether we’ve learned from that, absolutely we’ve learned from that. We are using those kind of things as a learning tool.

On what they learned from Montreal having a 2-0 series lead last round…
I think you know there is no doubt that they took a two-nothing lead and we never gave up on that. Teams that make it this far are teams that have a lot of character, we know they are not going to give up. We know what has happened with this team. They have a lot of character and they are capable of bouncing back just like they did in the last round. So we’re going to have to be ready for them and we need to understand that tonight’s game wasn’t good enough for our hockey club and we hold ourselves responsible for higher standards and we are going to have to be better.

On how Patrice Bergeron played…
What more can you say about Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. To me, he’s arguably our best forward since the start of the playoffs. He comes to play every night and he plays hard, he plays hard at both ends. He has contributed offensively, but without a doubt he is a most reliable two way player. And he leads by example and you can tell he ‘s a committed player this year and he’s also a good leader in the dressing room and he is leading by example on the ice. What you saw tonight is just indicative of how well he has been playing for us.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On how much of an advantage it is to have Tuukka Rask as a backup option…
Well I think he’s ready to go, there’s no doubt about that. Bob [Essensa] has been around and he has been working with both him and [Anton] Khudobin very hard and keeping them sharp. And we know what he’s capable of doing, so that’s why everybody keeps talking about Tuukka [Rask] as well. We’re a team and he’s part of our hockey team, and maybe mentioning him is letting everyone know he’s not a forgotten man.

On if there are any lineup changes…
Not as we speak.

On the team’s reaction to the news that Osama bin Laden is dead…
Well that is something that went through my mind this morning, no doubt about that. When something major like that happens, I guess all the attention is thrown that way. But our guys this morning seemed fine, in the morning skate. I liked their focus and as you mentioned there are two teams. If one team is going through it, I’m sure the other team is as well. I think our guys are very professional and capable of separating the things that are important when the time comes. And everybody was obviously very interested in hearing what has happened in the last little while with that. But at the same time, I think it’s important for us to be ready for the game and the guys understand that.

On if there was a sense of accomplishment when Philadelphia made a goalie change…
I wouldn’t say so. They did that in the last round and they still managed to win the series so for us it’s, we know that’s something that has happened with this team since the first round. And you saw it happen last year as well and they still made it to the finals. So absolutely not, I don’t think we are hanging our hat on that. We are hanging our hat, I keep saying it, on how we are going to handle our own situation and that’s what is important right now.

May 1- Practice

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On how Milan Lucic played yesterday…
I think it was better. There’s no doubt he was skating better. And although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, you look at what he did and what his line did and they were good for us. So at one point you can’t keep hammering down on a player just because he doesn’t get on the scoresheet. He did some good things. He had some body checks. He skated much better and there was no doubt he was a much better player for us yesterday.

On if today was a maintenance day for Nathan Horton
No, it wasn’t supposed to be a maintenance day.  I don’t know if you guys know but he had his rivets popped just before going out there. So the trainer came to see me and I said we were only going out there for 20 minutes so by the time we got it fixed, he did a little off ice workout. It’s not a big deal, he’ll skate tomorrow morning.

On three lines scoring last night…
Well we always thought before the series started that we have some depth and I thought that our organization did a really good job of getting some before the trade deadline. And acquiring [Tomas] Kaberle and getting [Chris] Kelly and [Rich] Peverley, so those kind of things have really helped us our and given us some depth. And that depth helped us in the last round, when Krejci’s line was checked closely and they weren’t able to capitalize as much as we wanted to, other lines stepped up. So I feel good about our depth and even the [Gregory] Campbell line gives us that energy still and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] had an opportunity to score and he did. So it’s nice to see it coming from all over.

On the traffic in front of Tim Thomas
Yeah I think it’s pretty obvious he got run over a couple times yesterday and they are certainly going harder to the net. Sometimes crashing into our goaltender, which I don’t think we saw much of that from Montreal, from them or from us. We had a lot of net front traffic, but nobody crossing the line there. They are a team that really likes to play around the net area, from behind the net and then they have two guys on each side or somewhere around the net front area. So when they have the puck around the net they don’t really have that third man high that a lot of teams do. They like to crash the net so that’s a little different than what we’ve seen from Montreal for example and other teams.

On how the Flyers approach defending Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton
I don’t know. Like I said yesterday, they have some depth, and the question was asked here just a while ago, they have a good three lines of depth. And it’s more of a series of going head to head. I don’t know if it’s so much shutting down one because if you shut down one with a checking line you will probably end up with the same on the other end. So right now, as we speak, it’s been a head to head kind of series. And depending on hoe the coaches see it as we move forward we will see if it continues that way.

On if he saw improvement on the power play…
No results. That’s one thing, but I thought there were a few things better. And hopefully it continues to get that way. But it’s just, we just need it going and I know right now, when your power play isn’t going your PK has to be really good. And it has been. And it’s unfortunate that goal late in the game, but I thought our penalty kill has done a decent job and has really survived a lack of scoring from our power play. But you hope that it’s going to come, and I have a feeling it will. Hopefully sooner than later.

On the problems maintaining possession in the offensive end on the power play…
No I really think, when you look back at the game, you see where there are some openings, some opportunities. And right now it’s unfortunate that on our power play we are not finding those. We seem to be finding them five on five, but we are not five on five before, so that tells you something. There is a lot of tension there and when there is tension you’re not seeing what’s going on. Seems, exactly, and choices of plays. And five on five we find those, we make the right choices, we find those seems. So there has to be a time when those guys have to relax and understand that they have to find those seams and make the right decision on choices of play. And same thing on five on five. We take a shot and sometimes we recover the puck, and five on four you have to do the same thing even more so.  So those are all things that I think out guys have to understand that if we do those things better we are going to have success.

On how far Tim Thomas has come since the beginning of the Montreal series…
I don’t know if it was nerves because I don’t know what to attribute that to. But none the less, I was saying our team was like that the first couple of games, and it just seemed like a trend throughout the whole game. And we just seemed to relax and are more poised and it’s carried through right now. And I think Tim [Thomas] was in that situation where he just had to take a step back there and make sure to start of the game, he was as comfortable as he can be, and he has been. And you’re right he’s gotten probably better and better here as the playoffs have moved forward. So that’s an encouraging sign for us and hopefully that trend continues.

On the contact Philadelphia has been making with the goaltender…
I mean, it’s a playoff series, and there are a lot of fine lines and there are a lot of things. As a referee, one thing you don’t want to do is overreact, but you still want to make sure that goaltenders are protected. And that goes both ways, I’m not talking about just a one sided thing. And as coaches, as players, you have to understand that this is the playoffs and the intensity is obviously higher than it is in the regular season, there is a lot more at stake. So you can tell them to play, and we have to understand that and we can’t come out whining and crying every time there is a little contact with your goaltender. But if it’s past the rules and they feel they should call it, I think they have to. And I think so far I don’t think I’ve seen much there that has really crossed the line. And you say, well maybe he should have called that one, or maybe he shouldn’t have called the other one, but none the less, I don’t think it has been a big issue. Not for me anyway.

On how valuable of a player Brad Marchand is…
Well that is the way he plays, and that’s the way he has to be to be successful. And Soupy [Gregory Campbell] is the same way. He’s not the biggest guy out there but he’s got one of the biggest hearts and he goes to the front of the net also. And they are not afraid. There are a lot of guys that it’s in their make up. You can see bigger guys that don’t want to go there, it’s not in their make-up. So somehow, it’s about convincing certain guys, but some guys are very good on the perimeter, they find those loose pucks and [Anaheim's Teemu] Selanne is one of those guys that is very good at it. So everybody has a strength in their game and as long as you use to your advantage that’s what is important.

On how he thinks Philadelphia will adjust…
Well if he says they have to better in all areas, they are going to adjust in all areas. I think we except them, we know they are going to come out a lot better. There is no doubt there, there is no secret to that and we just have to be read for it. I think we are anticipating it, we know it’s coming and as a hockey club you have to be ready to face that and we are going to have to be as good as we can be tomorrow and come out there the better team.

On the absence of Marc Savard affecting the Bruins power play…
I think Marc Savard was a real big asset for us in that area. He was a guy that did such a good job on the power play. We definitely miss him there, and that’s not a big secret. The way he just was poised, and would find those areas where to move the puck, and certainly created some awareness for the other team. They knew how dangerous he was, and that’s a part that yeah, we lost that part, when we lost Marc Savard. It’s not a part that’s easily replaceable, and somehow we’ve got to find a way to improve our power play without Marc Savard. It’s been a challenge, but even Marc [Savard] this year was not as good a player as he was before that major injury of his. I still remember the first few years I had him, you know what, you couldn’t ask for a better power play guy. When you lose a guy like that, you’re losing a real good player and a real big piece of your power play.

On if he keeps in touch with Marc Savard
Yes, actually. I’ve been texting back and forth with Marc [Savard], no doubt. There’s always, for me personally, there’s a player and then there’s the individual. I care for him as an individual and really hope that he gets better, for the sake of his personal life. I’ve been texting to see how he’s doing and every once in a while I’ve said ‘I thought you were going to text me to give me some tips on certain parts of our game.’ As soon as I opened that door he took advantage of it. I’ve gotten a few tips from him.

On guys like Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand laying out to block shots…
Yeah they are, and that’s really helped our penalty kill. We talked about that yesterday, I thought our guys did a good job of battling, and whenever they got the puck they did a good job of getting the puck all the way down the ice. Whenever we had control of the puck, guys weren’t panicking, and you saw even our forwards throwing it back to our D in the neutral zone. They did a pretty good job and to add to that, what you just said, whenever they’re caught out of position a little bit and they see the guys winding up, they’re willing to throw their bodies in front of pucks. That’s what playoffs are all about, looking for guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to help you win a hockey game. We’ve got a lot of guys with big hearts on our hockey club, and it’s showing in games.

On the penalty kill playing well while the power play struggles…
Well, if I had that answer, it would’ve been fixed by now, right? It’s one of those things right now, I just explained I don’t really want to go back into it. Somehow we’ve got to see the plays, see the openings. We also have to outwork. Whether it’s five-on-five or five-on-four, you’ve still got to be the hardest working team out there. You’ve got to work the PK and our PK’s doing a great job of really sticking with it against the five guys, and outworking them on a lot of occasions. But our power play’s got to do the same thing, and I think if you do that, you’re going to improve it.


April 30- Game 1 at Philadelphia

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On staying with Philadelphia’s speed…
I don’t think there was ever any doubt before we started this series that we couldn’t skate with them, I don’t think that was an issue. And part of it is when you play with a big, strong physical team that really does a pretty good job once they get in your own end, they do a pretty good job of finding ways to score goals. So we just have to be strong and we have to be smart. Skating and forechecking was part of our game plan and I thought our guys did a good job.

On if the bigger play for David Krejci was the two goals he scored or the one he stopped…
I don’t know which one was bigger. I think the one thing I can tell you is it’s nice to see that line do so well tonight. They obviously had some challenges in the last series. And although two of the overtime goals were scored by that line, but tonight I thought they were a real solid line. They did their job and they did it well and David Krejci was a real good player for us, there is no doubt there. And he’s capable of being that and I think he’s ready to face this challenge.

On how Brad Marchand played tonight…
Well that’s just it. I think Brad [Marchand] has gotten much better. And the standard is there is always room for improvement, but he is so much better at being able to ride that fine line. And he’s one of those guys that can be a pest, but he’s also a very good hockey player and we need him as much on the ice as anything else. But you never want to take away one of the things that he does well and you have to let him do it. And as long as he doesn’t cross the line I have no issues with that.

On how the penalty kill units did tonight…
Well they did a great job tonight. We had a lot of penalties to kill and our guys did a pretty good job. It’s unfortunate that they got that one goal, but overall they did a great job. And like you said, at that time in the game it’s important that you kill those and you don’t want to let them back into it. And had they scored it might have been a different game in the third period. So I liked the job our penalty killers did tonight. Not only did they do a good job in our own end, they seemed to control the puck well when we had it and then whenever we had the opportunity those guys made sure it went all the way down the ice.

On if they talked about scoring as many goals as they could because the Flyers could come back…
Well I don’t know if it was that exact message. I think the message was to stick with it for sixty minutes. We had to come out and play strong. Part of our game plan is always putting pucks at the net and not because of who they are, but any team we play. And the last series it was the same thing. They had a real good goaltender in [Carey] Price and we needed to get some pucks and we needed to get some traffic, and that part of our game plan hasn’t changed. Now whether we had more success against one or another, that doesn’t change anything from our perspective. It’s more about the focus on doing the things that we wanted to do and I thought we accomplished that well tonight. 

On if Tim Thomas was calmer tonight than in the last series…
I don’t know. I thought that at a certain point in the series, maybe at the beginning you could see that Timmy [Tim Thomas] maybe early in the game wasn’t totally comfortable, but as the game would go on he got better and better in the Montreal series. Today, obviously, he was comfortable from the get go. But that’s just Timmy [Tim Thomas] getting better and better as these playoffs move forward here. He’s been a good goaltender for us all year and maybe what you saw early in that first round, was not indicative, like the rest of our team, when we made those uncharacteristic mistakes. I think we’re all in that same group. And we’ve gotten better, we’ve kind of turned the page and we’ve turned the corner on that, and we’re obviously a lot more poised since probably game three or four.

On if David Krejci did anything differently than he did in the Montreal series…
No, I think as I mentioned before the series, Montreal really paid a lot of attention to that line. They really had some hard matchups against that line, and certainly did a great job. Montreal’s a great defensive team. That’s their strength, and they put their best players against that line, and it made it tough on him. But luckily we had some depth and we had some other lines that came up big for us. But this team that we’re playing right now is very similar to ours. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re physical, and I think right now, this is more of a series that’s going head to head.

On if he gets the sense that David Krejci doesn’t get discouraged…
Yeah, I think he’s more of a quiet person. He doesn’t say much. But you know once you’ve had him for a long time, you kind of know his demeanor, you kind of know how he operates, and he’s a very quiet kid. But he’s a very determined individual and there’s times where he puts so much pressure on himself that it doesn’t always help him. But once he finds his stride, he’s a very determined player. So hopefully this game this afternoon has really helped him, and it’s certainly going to hopefully keep him going that way.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s play this afternoon and what he brings to the lineup…
Well he was really again solid for us tonight. I liked his game. He was solid, he was physical, he was strong, and give him credit. He set some of the goals that we scored early in the game. He was pinching, and he did a great job of pinching, carrying the puck behind the net, and made a great play from there on in. But he’s been a pretty good player for us all year, and there’s no doubt we missed him through the playoffs all last year. But he’s showing his worth right now, and we’re happy to have him.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BREIFING AT 1:50
On if the line-up will be the same…
Yes.

On if he likes his goaltenders…
Yeah, they are both pretty good.

On the emphasis on turning the page after the Montreal series…
Well I don’t think we really have to, I think it’s automatic. We turn the page, and obviously a lot of people haven’t, but we have as a team. Right now our focus is on what we need to do this year to win the series. We always talk about not living in the past and whether it’s good or bad, you have to create the present and that’s what we plan on doing.

On how Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara compliment each other…
Well they are both very good and reliable, they are both very big and strong. They can both move the puck and shoot it well they have a lot of qualities that obviously we look to see in a defenseman. And putting them together makes them that much better. They have been a real good pair for us. Especially in that second half of the series, when we ended up putting them together. And we like the way it’s gone.

On the focus on staying disciplined this series…
Yeah, I think you always have to have discipline in the playoff time, because the last thing you need right now is to lose a game because of lack of discipline. You want to stay away from that. Having said that, I think we anticipate a real physical series here because both teams are big and strong and like the physical part of it. So it’s going to be probably the same type of series it was last year, hard fought, physical and have players fighting for every inch of ice they can get. And I doubt that’s going to change.

On if he has the answers for fixing the power play…
No comment. I said I wasn’t answering those questions anymore.


April 29- Practice at TD Garden

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On the difference between Montreal and Philadelphia…
Well as far as comparisons, I think the one thing that I can tell you about our team is that we don’t need to change a lot of things. We obviously have to get better in certain areas, but I don’t think as a whole our team has to change a lot. We still see a lot of things that we can continue to utilize in order to give us success. Obviously they’re a little bit of a bigger team and they do have some skill up front. Montreal had some skill up front. Everybody is questioning their goaltending, but their goaltending has always seemed to do the job. So it’s one of those situations where I think a lot what has to be done here will be about us more than it will be about their hockey club and what we need to change from our point of view.

On what impact Chris Pronger has on the lineup and what challenges he presents…
Well an experienced guy, a guy who has got good size as well and has got a good shot. I know that he hasn’t certainly hadn’t used it much when he’s come back now. Whether he’s a hundred percent, we don’t know, and it really shouldn’t matter to us. But he’s been a big part of their power play and when you get a guy like that back it’s not doubt that it’s a boost for their hockey club and certainly helps. So we just, again, got to continue I guess playing the way we have been against them for most of the year this year. I thought we played them well and we came out with three wins, and I think we had the overtime loss. But we match up well against them and they’re always close in tight games and we got to go in there with some confidence and obviously some determination. Playoffs is a different situation than the regular season, but again as I mentioned it’s just one of those things that we feel that we don’t have to change a ton of things. And if there’s adjustments to make along the way, we just have to be prepared to make them.

On the advantages of having Dennis Seidenberg playing the way he is…
Well Seidenberg and then obviously [Andrew] Ference who is another play who was injured and wasn’t a hundred percent last year for us in that stage. And so those are two experienced guys that you get into your lineup. And that’s certainly going to help. And I know Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] has played there in Philly and always seems to play well against them. And he’s had a pretty good start to the playoffs here, so you hope that that continues. But obviously we’re going in there this time probably with a healthier squad so we hope that that’s going to help our hockey club. But nonetheless I think last year is last year and this year is this year. As you mentioned, a lot of people are going to want to bring up the past and if anything, it’s like Montreal. All the stats are probably against us with the odds and how the Bruins had fared against them in the past and down two-nothing, anything that the odds were against us we overcame. So it’s always a new situation, it’s a new opportunity, and that’s how we’re looking at it. Just a new opportunity for us to get past these guys and hopefully win this series.

On the number of shorthanded goals the Flyers have scored this year…
No, I think you have to look at it. There’s no doubt when they scored the amount of shorthanded goals that they’ve scored, certainly it has been addressed, it will continue to be addressed. They kill a little differently, obviously a little more aggressively and with the intent of hopefully scoring shorthanded goals. So we’re going to have to be aware of that, but again we’re confident that we’re going to get our power play going and we need to find solutions. We need our guys to step it up and we all need to be part of the solution. And that’s what we’re trying to do here right now. I think it’s going to be important for our hockey club here moving forward that that area of our game does get better.

On if typical playoff goals will be more difficult to score against Philadelphia…
Well I don’t know if it’s more difficult against them. I think when you look at all the playoff series and you look at the type of goals that are scored, again, you hear every coach in the playoffs talk about, ‘we need some traffic in front of the net, we need some net drive, we need to create some havoc in front there.’ And that’s not a secret of one team, that’s a solution of every team when it comes to playoffs. And I think we’ve seen a lot of goals, whether it hit bodies, skates, or trickled through the goaltender and I think that doesn’t change. They are certainly going to be trying to do that against us and we are certainly going to be trying to do that against them. And at the end of the day, and you’ve heard me say that before, it’s a matter of will and determination. You have to find a way to get there and you have to find a way to stay there.

On how much of an emphasis there is to throw pucks at the net…
Well I don’t think your approach has change. We talked about that a lot with Montreal as well, that we needed traffic and we needed to throw pucks at the net. And there were rebounds and we cashed in on some of them. I don’t think that changes. Maybe they have a different situation than Montreal going on right now, but like I said earlier, they still won their series and found a way to get through it, and it seems whether they changed goaltenders or not they always seem to find someone who can come in and do the job. But our approach is not going to change as far as throwing pucks at the net. We tried to do that last round and we are going to try and do that a lot more in this round as well.

On how Adam McQuaid has developed…
I think you have to watch the games a little closer, because he has shown those signs before. But no, you’re right. Throughout the season, you’ve seen him get better and better and we encourage our Ds to jump in there when they can. And I talked to our players about playing to win the game and we can’t be on our heels, and that’s kind of what he did. He anticipated something that he thought he could do. At the same time I think our Ds have felt very confident that our forwards are covering them up. That’s kind of what happened on that play. He went in and obviously we had Looch [Milan Lucic] behind and we had Horts [Nathan Horton] behind as well. And that kind of game him that opportunity. It’s nice to see that kind of guy grow and get more confident and get better and that’s what he’s done. And you’re right in saying that because last year he wouldn’t have done that.

On if it’s fair that offensive responsibility falls on David Krejci
No I think this year we’ve got enough depth that I think the responsibility is shared. Last year obviously when he went down, I felt it really created a big hole because Marc Savard hadn’t played in the first round. And Marc Savard was maybe half the player he was before when he came back. So that left us with Bergeron and then as you know we had [Vladimir] Sobotka, we had [Trent] Whitfield, we had [Steve] Begin. So we really felt we got thin there and we didn’t have the type on centermen we needed to win. So that’s where David Krejci’s presence, or lack of presence, really hurt us once he went down. And we lost Sturmy [Marco Sturm] before too. So you lose two guys from your top two lines and our scoring was a little thin last year. So it really affected our team a lot. And David Krejci was having a tremendous playoffs. So I think this year is a different situation, because when you look at Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and you look at Krejci and you look at [Rich] Peverley and even [Chris] Kelly can play there, you still have a good centermen and [Gregory] Campbell as well and let’s not forget [Tyler] Seguin. So there is some depth there and we feel a lot better about that this year. So hopefully we are able to overcome the challenges we had last year.

On David Krejci’s production…
Well we won the last series. That’s one thing. The other thing I’m going to tell you is that I believe in David Krejci. I think David Krejci is going to get better and I think his line’s going to be better in this series. Maybe this series here will be better suited for that line as well.

On if he’s worried about his team’s emotions after playing a seven game series against Montreal…
I guess if you look at Philadelphia, they went through the same thing, seven game series, and they had to come from behind. They did a lot of the same thing, but more so to relate to your question, I really felt our team had some good jump this morning. I think they had some good focus. I’d like to say that we’ve grown through our playoff experiences of the past, and guys know that we have to turn the page quickly. The first, the one year we had ten days off between the first round, when we swept Montreal, and Carolina. It took us a long time to get back in the series and probably ended up hurting us, maybe costing us that part of it. So you hope that your guys have learned through these kind of things, and from what I can see from our hockey club and their attitude and their approach to this morning. I think we’re fine.

On if there is a challenge to only getting a day to prepare…
No I don’t think that’s a bad thing sometimes. I said the fact that we had that ten days between that, it seemed like we kind of pulled ourselves away from that excitement, from that focus, and it took us a while to get it back. We’re still in the groove here and we’re still, our mindset seems to be there. So it’s not a bad thing. I don’t think that I’m going to stand here and say, oh we’re tired because we didn’t get enough time off. They got an extra day and I don’t think it’s going to be an issue for us and our guys seemed to have good jump this morning.

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