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May 8 -Claude Julien Press Conference



BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS BRIEFING AT 11:30 AM
On an update on Patrice Bergeron
I was hoping that wasn’t going to come. I think Peter [Chiarelli] gave you guys an update yesterday. I mean you guys know he’s got a mild concussion so I don’t think there’s much of a change here. I don’t know that every day is going to be one of those questions wondering what’s going on with him. I think the best thing is that we hopefully plan on updating you as we see progress here. And I’ve texted with him. Obviously he’s talked to a lot of people. We’re hoping for the best here. Number one for his sake. I have always said that when it comes to concussions, you think about the person first and not the player. And we’ll deal with the situation and make the best of it. But there’s no doubt we’d love to have him back, but not until he’s a hundred percent and ready to go.

On the hit on Patrice Bergeron
I don’t know. It’s borderline. I just wish sometimes that we don’t want to take the physical part of the game out of it. It is part of it. You just wish somehow we could cut down on those concussions. Again, not necessarily for the game of hockey, but more for the individuals. We know how serious those things are and somehow they seem to be creeping up in our game and we’re trying to find ways to minimize those. But was it borderline late? Maybe. But it’s kind of real iffy. I don’t know that it was intended to injure. It was just an unfortunate hit.

On if eliminating those kinds of hits would require a culture change…
Yeah, no. I mean you’re told to finish your checks, but yet there’s times where you say, well, he’s made the pass and let’s turn and get back into the play. And a lot of it is culture. I think it’s something that at some point you hope that everybody’s going to get on the same page, players, coaches and everybody involved in the game of hockey, and say, we got to change the culture here and try and minimize those things. But easier said than done.

On check-finishing becoming more prominent in the playoffs…
Well the intensity creeps up in the playoffs, there’s no doubt about that. It’s a double-edged sword. You say well you want to cut it down, but I think every fan wants to see the intensity and everything creep up in the playoffs. The people are enjoying the games right now because there is some intensity and there’s a lot at stake. So it’s a hard thing to, I guess to control. And there’s an upside to it and there’s obviously a downside to it.

On if he had any concussions during his career…
Wouldn’t know because I don’t think they analyzed them the way they do today. My head seems fine I think. So maybe there might be a couple of question marks there, but maybe. And maybe not, maybe the equipment was different. Maybe we didn’t have, the players are certainly not I guess as good of shape as they are today strength wise and even size wise. Players are much bigger. If you’re six-foot in my day you were in the back row because you were one of the tall ones. Today you’re sitting in the front row because everybody else is taller than you.

On Tampa’s hard-to-play-against nature…
Yeah I think that the one thing they do well is they got a good compete level. They come and they play hard every game and they’ve got their own kind of system that they believe in and has served them well. Be able to talk a lot about the neutral zone and that’s one of their strengths. And not only do they play a certain way, but they alternate. They don’t always, you won’t always see the one-three-one, you might see that one-two-two. They try to keep the team on their heels there a little bit with that. And obviously the offensive zone, a lot of things are, a lot of pucks are going to the net. They always have somebody going there. They’re really a driven team and they’ve made it hard on teams they’ve played against so far in the playoffs and have had success at it. So we’re aware of it. They went and got a veteran goaltender there at some point, and that also strengthened their team. So it’s up to us here to I think really focus on again continuing to play our game but also, we’ve had some success against them in the regular season. I’m not saying that that should give us an advantage, but there’s confidence and we know they’ve made some adjustments, and we’re going to have to make some adjustments as well. But I think compete wise I think both teams are up there.

On Tampa’s successful special teams…
Well it’s going to be up to us to hopefully keep our power play going in the right direction. I think I’ve liked the way our power play has performed the last two games, not just last game because we scored on the five-on-three. But we’ve moved the puck a lot better. We’ve had some better scoring chances, so hopefully that makes us a threat there. And as we mentioned during the last round and the round before, it’s going to be important that our power play gives us some goals at some point here as we move forward if we want to give ourselves a chance. And so far I’ve liked the direction we’ve taken here like I’ve said in the last couple of games.

On if there are similarities between the way Montreal and Tampa play…
Yeah there are similarities, I think as I mentioned earlier, we talked about the neutral zone, they are very good at taking care of the neutral zone, they make it hard to penetrate. They are also a team that throws a lot of pucks towards the net. Montreal did that also, whether it was from behind the net or from the corners or tough angles, they threw it at the net and they always had someone going there. There is a lot of similarities when it comes to that. Defensively, they are a team, like I said, that will collapse, overload an there are similarities. They also have those kill level. So I think there are some of those things that are similarities with Montreal. But they still have their unique style and there coach has certain things that he like to see from his hockey club that differs from the Montreal coaching staff.

On if he has seen changes in Tampa Bay since the last time Boston played them…
Well I think they are a little healthier, that is one thing. They had some injuries during the course of the season, but they are healthier now. And I would probably expect [Simon] Gagne and [Pavel] Kubina, there is a good chance they are going to be back as well. But what has given them some success, especially in the playoffs, has been their third, fourth lines have done a pretty good job for them. Everybody is talking about [Martin] St. Louis, [Vincent] LeCavalier, [Steven] Stamkos, [Randy] Jones, those kind of guys. But the [Sean] Bergenheim’s, and the [Dominic] Moore’s and those kind of guys and [Nate] Thompson, that are all playing pretty hard and I think that has helped them a lot. They are a team, like I said, that competes very hard. And that’s what makes them successful. And to me, they outworked Washington, there was no doubt about that. And they are a committed group, and you can tell just by watching the games.

On if this team is receptive to the messages the coaching staff is trying to send…
I think right now, number one is there are quite a few players who weren’t here last year. We kind of made some changes and tried to make our team better. You hope that through those years and the things that have happened, the guys who are still here, have matured and grown and learned from those situations, and there is no doubt that what has happened to us in those last couple of years, those game sevens in the second round and not being able to get through the third round has certainly made us hungrier, there is no doubt there. And I think all of that is just part of a team growing and getting better and at the same time upper management trying to patch holes or improve the team in certain areas as well. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things but good leadership and you say, guys get into the right frame of mind, and we have had some guys who have not much playoff experience but have done well. When you talk about the [Brad] Marchand’s and the [Nathan] Horton’s, but you also have guys like [Chris] Kelly that has been to the Cup finals with Ottawa, so you have added some guys in there that have been there and know what it takes. So even Shane Hnidy, people talk about Shane, it’s one thing that we really missed about him what he did in the dressing room. He is a pretty determined and pretty important guy when it comes to the dressing room and getting his teammates ready. He is ready to do the job and he makes sure that everyone around him are as well.

On if they feel a sense of accomplishment making it to the third round…
Yeah I mean it doesn’t matter what is out there. A lot of times you get criticized for things that in reality, it doesn’t really make sense. All of a sudden we are all defense yet one year you are second in goals, fourth, fifth this year. It’s like, yeah are we a good defensive team? Absolutely. So what I am trying to say here is you can’t get bogged down by that kind of stuff. You have to come in and do your job and that’s what I do everyday. I don’t get bogged down by that kind of stuff. When you are in this position you realize that everybody is going to have an opinion. You’re in a position where you are set up to be criticized and that is part of the job. You don’t get this job thinking everybody is jumping on board and you will never get people second guessing stuff like that. So it’s not a big deal. For us right now, we are heading into the third round. And from me, at this point, it is unfinished business. We still have lots to do, we still have a great opportunity and we are still going to have some tougher challenges as we move forward here. So that is what I am looking forward to and nothing about are you happy, are you glad? Absolutely, I have turned the page on the last round and I am really focused on this one against Tampa. To me, it’s about finishing the job and hopefully getting the ending we are looking for.

On guys who coached at Hamilton having success…
School on hard knocks. When I was there, I started off there with Edmonton, that’s who it was and then Montreal came in and we shared a team and that’s where it kind of got things going. But no, I mean [Guy] Boucher to me was a real good coach before he went to Hamilton. He’s had a lot of success in junior hockey. And back when I started he was an assistant coach and he has done a real good job of working his way up. He is who he is and in certain areas he is a little different and it works for him and wherever he has been.

On if having extra time before the series starts I helpful…
Yeah I think, again, I talked about it the other day. You have an option, you have more than one option. You can use different players in a different place. And that’s what we are going to looking at. We have time this week to work things out and we’ve got an idea already of what we want to do. But we are kind of going to work through different things this week. And look at it and see how well it fits, but we talked about acquiring players this year to give us some depth in case things like that happened. And this is an opportunity for our depth to come up and replace a guy if he is not there who is extremely valuable for our team. Best faceoff man by far, probably one of the best two-way players in the league. So you don’t replace a guy like that easily but as a group you have to do it. And I go back to four years ago when we lost him for the year, everybody kind of came together and tried to compensate for that and that’s what we are going to have to do again if he is not with us.

On who Zdeno Chara will defend in this series…
He will get lots of ice, we will hopefully cover as much as we can. But having said that, we’ve got a lot of other guys like [Johnny] Boychuk and [Andrew] Ference have been really good as well. And [Adam] McQuaid should be back for the start of the series. Things are looking really good for him. And I think [Tomas] Kaberle has played better here late in this second round. His game has gotten better, I think his puck movement is much better, so again, it’s what I talked about at the end of the first series and then again the second series. I felt our team getting better and better as we moved forward here in the playoffs and that’s what he have to keep doing.

On if there’s something about the way Dwayne Roloson plays that allows him to excel at 41 years old…
I think he’s one of those goaltenders that seemed to get better with age, his experience and everything else. When you look back at his first years in the league and you look at him now, there’s a big difference. He’s earned himself the number one spot, on teams he’s been with, and he wasn’t that when he was younger. I guess just the experience, and whether he went through goaltending coaches and that, whether he’s modified his game a little bit, or done something. The one thing I do know, he’s been a pretty good goaltender in the last three-four years.

On what Eric Brewer has done for Tampa Bay…
Yeah, he’s given them some depth. And Eric Brewer I’ve had the opportunity to be with in junior championships, stuff like that. He’s a pretty big body, his feet are pretty decent for his size and he moves the puck well. There using him a lot. They’re really relying on him, using him on the power play. He likes to shoot the puck a lot, certainly likes to be up the ice and supporting the attack. He’s not a guy that’s going to carry the puck from end to end, but he’s going to be up the ice supporting the attack. He’s a big body, and I know there’s some areas that we feel on every player you can exploit, and he’s got some as well.


May 7 -Peter Chiarelli Press Conference

Opening statement…
Patrice [Bergeron] suffered a mild concussion last evening. He went into the quiet room after being hit, was assessed by our doctors, took the NHL modified SCAT 2 test and he was deemed unable to return. But what I am told is that he is, that the concussion is mild. I have not heard about him today, I think he was still sleeping earlier this morning. So that’s where that stands.

On Patrice Bergeron’s mood…
When I spoke with him after the game, he was a little despondent, but he was quite lucid to me. But he was despondent having suffered another concussion. But it was just okay.

On if Patrice Bergeron stayed overnight in the hospital…
No, no. Yeah.

On the nature of the hit on Patrice Bergeron
I thought, I thought it was a shade late, but it’s in that area where when it’s at full speed, it’s tough to tell. I did have a brief discussion with the league on it. And I’m, it’s, it was a tough one to gauge at that speed and especially at this level of competition. So I will leave it at that.

On if the league will do anything about the hit…
I doubt it.

On if there is a protocol going forward with Patrice Bergeron
You mean with the hit? [Reporter says, no, with Bergeron]. Oh, well there is a normal stuff that you monitor day-to-day, see where the symptoms are. When he is symptom free there are a couple things he has to go through, exertion tests and the SCAT test again.

On if he assumes they will play without Bergeron for the first couple of games…
Yeah, that’s a fair assumption of an assumption. But I guess anything could happen, but that is the assumption I am operating under.

On if the next assumption is that Tyler Seguin will be put into the line-up…
Yes. The next assumption would be [Tyler] Seguin. It’s a discussion that we’ve had with the coaching staff and in our group. And we will have it again over the weekend. It’s, I guess it’s, we feel he deserves a chance and he’s been working actually quite hard in practice. And we will see where he fits in in the line-up, but that’s a pretty safe assumption also.

On who else is in the mix to replace Patrice Bergeron in the lineup…
The group that has been practicing with the main group. Like kind of the black aces plus are [Jamie] Arniel and [Jordan] Caron. So it would be within that mix. But it’s a fairly safe assumption that Tyler [Seguin] would be the guy. And he’s actually really put his nose to the grindstone in practice. And I think watching from above, he sees the intensity and tenacity of the game. Plus he’s going to give us an offensive boost also.

On if he knows what line Tyler Seguin would play on and if he would play center or wing…
Well we’re still talking about where he would fit in the lineup, whether it’s center or wing and what line. So yeah, to answer your question yes.

On what he thought of the wing…
You missed my comments? [Reporter says yes]. Just see [reporter’s] blog. I thought it was a shade late. But when you are at the milieu, at that level of intensity, speed, I can understand maybe the not acting on it. It looked shoulder to chest to head, is what it looked like. Which happens a lot, so.

On if Chris Kelly would move to the second line with Patrice Bergeron out…
Yeah, it might. He’s, [Chris] Kelly is a good two-way player. He makes strong plays and we’ve seen him on that other line. And his style of play is not unlike Bergy’s  [Patrice Bergeron]. So at first glance it looks like it would be a good fit, and watching him last night it looks like it would be a good fit

On if Tyler Seguin has learned from watching the games from the press box…
It could be. He’s, he pays close attention to the game, to the plays within the game as they would impact him if he were playing. So I mean, he’s using it as a good tool, he’s also, as I said earlier. He’s, there is a tendency consciously, or subconsciously, to kind of lay off your work ethic when you know you’re not playing. And I’ve been watching him in practice and his on ice and his off ice has been outstanding, so he has kept sharp. Now, having said all that, it is hard to parachute someone in, especially a young player like that. So we will see how he does. But he certainly deserves a chance.

On players being able to step up when others are not producing…
Well I’ve been happy with it. Obviously it speaks to our depth. But the timing has been good and there have been a few games where we have had all three lines going and if we can do that the rest of the way, I would be ecstatic. We do now have an injury so we will see how that depth gets tested. But whether it’s, you know one night it’s [Chris] Kelly, on night it’s [Nathan] Horton, one night it’s [Michael] Ryder, one night it’s Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], one night it is Marsh [Brad Marchand]. I mean Rex [Mark Recchi] is in there, Looch [Milan Lucic] the other night. I mean it has been spread right through the top three. Even the fourth line has be chipping in, [Daniel] Paille got a real snipe last night.

On the emotional impact of Patrice Bergeron not playing…
Yeah, whenever you take someone like that out of the lineup, out of the room. I don’t think he will be out of the room, but you obviously you are missing a key character component, a key leadership component. But what I have seen from this team toward the end of the regular season, and especially after the first two games against Montreal, is that there has been a real kind of growing, bonding, chemistry, I guess for lack of a better word. And there are guys who have been stepping up. I’ve heard, I won’t mention names, but some of the guys have been stepping up in the room and I think you will fill those voids with those guys.

On if this is the best he had seen Patrice Bergeron play…
Yeah, there as a stretch this year. So if you are talking about this playoffs or this year. This year, parts of this year he has been just as good or better than he has been in the playoffs. But yeah, he’s been, he is making his plays like, with more certainty. He is more confident physically, he is, most nights he has extra jump in his step and when he does that he is attacking with the puck rather than just dishing. Yeah he has been really good.

On what he attributes Patrice Bergeron’s recent play to…
I think it’s probably mostly the first thing you mentioned. But I think the other, getting over the concussion is obviously something to do with it. You still tend to forget he is quite young and you know, you guys, you may see this in the room when you are there or not, but his presence is growing there. So to me that’s maturity and it is showing in his game as well.

On Tampa Bay…
Yeah, I don’t think we have faced [Dwayne] Roloson all year, on the island or in Tampa. I know we haven’t faced him in Tampa. Very, they work really hard and I think whenever you see them speaking about the game they just played or commenting on it, they always speak about, inevitably they speak about the system and the structure. And you watch the play closely and they have, it’s not a funky system, it’s, I think it’s a one-four, they call it a one-three-one or even a four-one. They sit way back and they pounce and it’s hard to get through it. And then everything goes to the net when they have the puck. Everything goes to the net and they overload defensively. So it’s not conventional, but they have guys who are dangerous, they have some size and they have a hot goalie. So, and they’ve got a very good coach. So it’s going to be very, I think it’s going to be both a tactical series and a heavy series.

 On Tampa playing a defensive system even though they have talent up front…
Well it’s, like they play that system in the neutral zone. But when you see them attack, they are ferocious. They, everything is thrown at the net, everything goes to the net there is no, there may be some occasions where there is some peripheral stuff, but it’s always a direct line. So you have a tremendous skill package and speed package up front. And you have a good disciplined system in the back end. So I don’t think you should marry a real defensive team just because they trap like they do. I guess the same could be said about us to a certain degree.

On the team not being satisfied with what they’ve accomplished…
Well, the goal of every team going in is to win the cup, and I know this was a big obstacle. This is, getting past this past round, it brings you really close to your final objective. So, I think the guys recognized by having swept Philly, and it gives you actually a little bit of time to contemplate where you are in the scheme of things, in the playoffs. I think as we were sweeping them and as we were playing well and all, they recognized we’re actually pretty close to this. So part of the growing chemistry that I’m talking about, that’s part of the package.

On the job Claude Julien has done this year in the playoffs…
Well I think you make a good point. And what Claude [Julien] and the rest of us decided going into the playoffs was, we had to have poise, we had to have confidence, and we had to make sure that was stressed at all times. And so that was a theme we were going to go into it with. And I think it shone brightly after those two games against Montreal, the first two games, because we’re in a hole. And I don’t know if you look closely, eventually, whenever I think about lack of poise or panic, I look at our defensive zone, and I see how we breakout, I see how we’re covering. As we progressed in that series we got better and better, we were catching. We were also, teams generally take away the wall on a breakout, and that center pass is a tough pass to make. We were getting better at it, and in this series we were getting better at it. So you work through adversity and I think Claude [Julien] was very good at instilling that. He also made a lot of switches. He made a lot of switches on the lines, using the two centers a lot, and that’s something that’s very important on the faceoffs. You know he made some other changes defensively, we were able to juggle the defensemen when [Adam] McQuaid got injured. So I’ve liked the job that he’s done. I’ve liked the job that he’s done, and the biggest thing, as you mentioned, is his ability to calm the guys down yet maintain their intensity.

On the statuses of Adam McQuaid and Steven Kampfer…
On [Adam] McQuaid, I think he’ll be back for the start of the next series, depending on when that start is. And I think the same would go for [Steven] Kampfer, I think he would be available.

On when the start of the next series will be…
I don’t know. I guess in a perfect storm, it could be Tuesday.

On if he would prefer June 1…
[Laughs] Yeah. I think it’s more likely that it’s going to be Thursday or Saturday.

On if the series cannot start until the Western Conference Final matchup is set…
Yeah.

On if Cam Neely had a different interpretation of the hit on Patrice Bergeron
You’d have to ask him. We were both upset by it at the time. It’s like, we looked at it, the main thing you’re thinking is, is Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] going to be okay, you’re waiting for him to come back out the hallway. We really haven’t discussed it other than what I’ve basically said to you.

On if Cam Neely mentioned Ulf Samuelsson when he saw the hit…
No, no, no.

On what a mild concussion means…
They don’t grade it anymore. Do you want me to equate it to the former grades? Well here’s what I know, here’s what was told to me. That it wasn’t as bad as the second, Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] second.

On if that was the Dennis Seidenberg hit…
Yeah. And from my layman’s observations, he was lucid at the end, I was talking to him. He was disappointed, because he had been through that stuff. Now, you know, take from that what you will. These things, especially when there’s multiple concussions, they may go. He came back very well from the [Dennis] Seidenberg hit. So his ability to recover, right now, it shows us that it’s been good. But who knows.

On if he has heard from Marc Savard about the hit on Patrice Bergeron last night…
I haven’t heard from, you mean between last night and this morning? No, but he’s been texting Matt [Chmura] about what we should do on our power play. And that ends up on my desk, he knows that. But I think he’s coming down for this next round at some point.

On if there is any concern about how the Bruins will play past the second round…
It was asked before, not completely like that, but I think the guys knew that this was an important round to win. And as the round progressed, as we were playing well in each game, as the confidence was growing, I think they now recognize that the ultimate goal is that much closer. So, while it may be natural to have that sense of satisfaction and comfort, and sit back and the rest is gravy. I don’t think that applies with this group. I don’t think it does, based on what I’ve seen over this last series.

On if he had reservations about Brad Marchand heading into the season…
No, no. He works so hard. The stuff that we saw in the American [Hockey] League, is stuff that we saw with Brad [Marchand] at the beginning of this year. And you saw it last night in one instance. So as he progressed in the American [Hockey] League, he got better at it. He got better at it, he would always want to cycle over the top of the circle and try to create a play, and it resulted in giveaways a lot, in the American [Hockey] League. But he got better at it, he got stronger on the puck, he got a little faster, so we’ve seen a progression. Last year he was maybe a quarter-step behind on making those plays, on finishing stuff, and he’s just gotten stronger, he’s gotten a little faster, he’s gotten a little more mature. Listen, if you, he actually told me he was going to score twenty goals this year, at the exit meeting. And I didn’t believe him. I was think more like fifteen, twelve to fifteen. So, he’s a confident kid.

On how much Claude Julien’s ability to keep the team calm will play a role vs. Tampa Bay…
They approach their game in a very complex fashion. They do this one-three-one, but they change it from line to line, from matchup to matchup. So they might do an aggressive neutral zone. So it’s going to be a series of tactics, I think, and ability to respond. It’s just not the pure counter. They have players that can counter off of a one-three-one. But it’s just going to be, it won’t be a chess match, but we tend to have a bit of a trap in our neutral zone, too. So there might be some games that might be a little slow, and then there might be some games that are opened up. It’s his ability to respond, and he’s shown a propensity to do that. And I think that will be an asset to us.

On what Tyler Seguin can learn from Steven Stamkos…
Well he can almost look at this year’s playoffs in a microcosm for [Steven] Stamkos. And if you watch Tampa to start, Stamkos really struggled. He couldn’t hold on to a puck, like he was stripped. And then you just saw him, you saw him get a little bit heavier, a little bit harder on the puck and then it all just, it switched like that for him. So from the perspective of playing in the playoffs he could look at his playoffs, see how Stamkos got a little bit harder. When I say harder I don’t mean to change these guys in the way that they play. But just a little bit stronger on the puck, first in and those types of things in those battles. From the perspective of the whole year and his development in Stamkos’ first year, I’ve used that comparison, they are similar style players.  They both can really rocket the puck, good speed and all that stuff. It’s, it’s about hard work, it’s about hard work, it’s about Stamkos’ offseason, he got a lot stronger, he got heavier, it’s just a progression but you have to keep at it. Nothing too fancy, just like he’s got that ability and talent and he had to keep at it. He has to be getting a little stronger on the puck.


Game 4

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI
On the satisfaction to make it to the Conference Finals…
Well it’s a big relief I think for all of us. We put a lot of work into this year and been through a lot. A lot of guys have been through a lot together the last couple of years, so to finally get over the hump and get to that next level is a great feeling for all us. We’re excited but we know that there is still some work to do. We’ll enjoy the next couple of days and then we’ll get ready for the next series. 

On Milan Lucic’s effort and the support that he received from his teammates…
That’s what good teams do. He’s a good player for us. He’s a big, physical presence. The puck wasn’t going in the net for him. He started to show signs of getting his legs under him again, and when you haven’t scored for a while you tend to get tight. He’s a young kid and hopefully now he’s found a really good time to start getting hot. He’s been a great teammate to everybody else this year. When guys are struggling or their fighting to score goals what good teams do is find ways to help him and take that pressure off of him

On Tim Thomas’s effort and how gratifying it is to see him play well…
Timmy has been remarkable all year. The day we played the exhibition game in Czechoslovakia. I don’t even remember the name. [Reporter responds with the name of the team] From that day on he stood on his head all year. We have a great tandem and they have a great relationship, Tuukka [Rask] and Timmy. You don’t see this very often through the stretch of the whole year, but he really hasn’t had many games where he didn’t play well. It’s been great to see. His focus has been unbelievable.

On his thoughts making it this far in the playoffs after considering retirement after last season…
Like I said I met with Peter [Chiarelli] at the end of the year, and I liked that he had a really good grasp on what he felt we needed to get to that next level, and he went and did it. You have to give him a lot of credit. He stepped up and the organization stepped up for us when we lost Savvy [Marc Savard] and went and got Kabby [Tomas Kaberle] and [Chris] Kelly and made moves to get [Rich] Peverley. They made moves that they believed were going to help us and that’s important for a team to know. We went through a lot together as a team all year and we just kept battling through it. We said it was a process from the day we started training camp to Vermont to Northern Ireland to Prague and back here. We really believe in each other we really trust each other and it shows. It showed big time in the Montreal series. I think we took that next step against Philadelphia.

On how the team has bonded over the year…
Like I said it’s a process that you go through over the course of a year to learn to trust each other. It’s on and off the ice. It’s not just on the ice. You bond off the ice and you create that atmosphere that you’ll go through the wall for your teammates. The guys worked hard at it. We have a great group of guys and it shows. You don’t make it this far if you don’t have a good group of guys who are willing to take the next step. We got Tampa next and it’s going to be a heck of a series. They’re on a high right now. The guys are going to be focused. I’m really proud of how we got focused after we went down 2-0 [in the series against Montreal] and we’ve played our best hockey since then.

On the development of Brad Marchand
He’s full of energy. He’s a very gifted player. He plays on the edge. He gets under people and he works hard and he competes. He’s got a skill level to go with it. His improvement from last year to … even in training camp he didn’t really have a great training camp but he got with Soupy [Gregory Campbell] and Thorny [Shawn Thornton] at the beginning of the year and they just turned into a great line. Marchand seemed to really get some confidence from there and then he just kept evolving as the year went on and more and more confidence. You can just see it out there. He controls the puck. He controls the play. He plays with a lot of energy and you need guys like that.



BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On how he feels after tonight’s win…
Good. I think it’s a nice feeling and when you get past the second round and play the way we played through the series, it’s certainly fun to be in, as far as the situation. I thought our guys played well tonight. They tied the game up and we found a way again in the first period to get some important goals here and finish strong.

On how rewarding it was to see Milan Lucic score two goals, his first of the playoffs…
Well, you asked the question this morning and you got your answer, right? He scored two goals and he turned it around. So it was nice to see. Obviously he had a good time.

On if, going into the third period, he drew upon the fact that they had such strong third-period performances during the season…
Yeah, I think that’s one thing that the guys really have confidence in. They know that in the third period we’ve been a pretty strong team this year. So, going into the third, we’re a confident group and we believe in our ability to win hockey games and certainly that’s played a big role here in the playoffs, knowing that we can do that.

On Patrice Bergeron’s status…
I don’t know. I have no update for you guys right now. Basically, I can’t give you anything more than that.

On if he feels like the power play unit is coming together, given the back-to-back games with a power play goal…
Yeah, I think our power play, well, like I said we scored a couple of goals, has been pretty good overall. I thought in the second period we had one there that we didn’t do a very good job with our entries and consequently we didn’t get much of a power play out of it. But once we got control in the offensive zone, I thought we’d been doing a better job of moving the puck and creating some scoring chances, so hopefully that’s something that keeps getting better, because we all know we’re going to need it.

On the Montreal series and how the team responded to his “calming” influence as a coach…
Well, good. I think it’s important for our group to stay calm. It’s important for our group to stay poised. You’ve got to be careful not to get them up to the point where they go out there and we end up in the penalty box all night. So it’s about focus, it’s about poise, you know, making sure that we focus on our structure and how we play. No matter what the situation is in the game or in the series, I thought it was important for our group not to panic. Probably the biggest challenge was in that Montreal series, when we were down two games to nothing, going into a building that they had a lot of success in throughout their regular season. It wasn’t going to be an easy uphill climb, but we were able to get that first win and we seemed to build some confidence from there. So I thought that our message, or the message that I gave them after Game 2 here, and some of the players spoke from their past experiences, really helped us get through that. Right now I think we’re understanding the fact that if you’re calm, but you’re a focused group, it’s certainly going to help you win some hockey games.

On how well the defense played throughout the Philadelphia series…
Well I think the best example to use is Game 2 in Philadelphia when we didn’t respect that part of our game, you saw how hard they came at us. To be honest with you, we were lucky to come out of Game 2 with a win. They were dominant in the third period and obviously in a good portion of that overtime. All of that was because we weren’t respecting our game without the puck. I thought when we did a good job of it for the rest of the games, it obviously took away some of their strength, which was their offense. It certainly cut down on the scoring chances, but I also thought it gave us some good offense because when we turned the puck over, we were really good with our transition game and our offense stood out. So it’s a combination. They say, “Good defense creates good offense,” and I’m one of those believers.

On how Johnny Boychuk’s shooting from the point has been effective in creating offense…
Well obviously that was a big goal tonight. It certainly lifted the whole bench. Johnny’s got a good shot and we know the success that he’s had in the American League in the past on the power play, but for a good portion of the season here, he didn’t seem to be able to find that range or find those opportunities to use his shots so that kind of took away some of his opportunities on the power play. But we moved Patrice [Bergeron] up front and we certainly were looking for some plays down low and Patrice [Bergeron] is one of those guys that can create those, but at the same time, we wanted to have a good shot from the point, so Johnny [Boychuk] fit that mold pretty good and, you know, he seems to have found, again, the range, and found those openings for him to use his shots in the playoffs more than he had during the regular season.

On how Tim Thomas has played the entire postseason…
Yeah I think from Game Two on, I thought and even Game Three when we started that game in Montreal, a couple of tough goals went in on him. But in that third period when he made those big saves to help us win in Montreal, he has just taken off from there. What I like about Tim [Thomas] right now is he is very confident. He seems very calm as well, not overly busy in his net. But when he is busy it’s because he is making a big save. So I mean he’s given our whole team a lot of confidence. When you know you have that kind of goaltending it just makes your team that much more confident. And then certainly the guys are feeding off that. 

On how Brad Marchand has played in the postseason…
Well he’s had a great year. Obviously as a rookie when you come in and score twenty goals, I think he had twenty-one, is certainly a great start. And for whatever reason he doesn’t seem intimidated by the playoffs, and he’s not nervous about it. And certainly he’s been a good player for us. When a player like him is being targeted by the other team it means he is doing something pretty good. And I think for him right now is just to stay poised and make sure he doesn’t get sucked into those penalties, retaliation or get short-tempered with that kind of stuff. And he’s done a good job. It’s been a challenge for him, but he’s done a great job. And I think throughout the playoffs he has been one of our most consistent players. He kills penalties, once in a while plays a power play, but five-on-five he’s been a real good contributer, especially on that [Patrice] Bergeron line.  

On what was accomplished by making it to the Conference Finals…
Well it’s great. I think the one thing that our team understands here is that where are some great fans here in Boston. And I said in the first round, they have been punished enough. And they have had some tough years. Yet our building is filled right now and the fans are into it. For us, it’s rewarding to be able to give those fans what they have been waiting for for a long time. So you play for a city, you come from all over the place, but you are representing the city of Boston and the one thing you want to do is do them proud. And I think our guys have got that behind their minds here of continuing to do well here and hopefully bring in some pride to this city with this hockey club. We know that baseball, football and obviously basketball has done very well lately. And now it is time for hockey to step up and do the same thing.  

On Chris Kelly being able to slide into Patrice Bergeron’s spot…
Yeah and that’s the thing. We talked about this morning, somebody asked me about different scenarios, and Chris Kelly is a very reliable player, a lot like Bergeron he is. And a great two-way player. He as put up some decent points and he has also been extremely reliable defensively. So it’s an easy fit there and even Soupy [Gregory] Campbell has been a good player for us as well. He competes hard and very reliable. So you are able to move guys around and know they are going to do the job. And we’ve talked about our fourth line being a good line for us. And they have been good enough, to move them up to spots when need be. Dan Paille took a shift there too on one of those lines. And you have to be able to move guys around and they did a great job of stepping in and filling in those voids. 

On how rewarding it is to sweep Philadelphia…
Well it’s something that has been hanging over our heads for over a year. Ever though we tried to turn the page we were reminded everyday in this series. And it’s something that is there and will be there, what happened last year. But to come back and win that series, to me is a pretty convincing team in this series. I thought we played extremely well. It’s nice to be able to bounce back and you need to take time to appreciate what you have done and at the same time you really have to stay focused because the toughest games and still to come. And we have to be prepared that we are a group that believes we can go far in these playoffs here and farther than we have so far. And it’s up to us to keep that focus and keep moving forward.

On making it through Philadelphia’s pressure and  Milan Lucic’s second goal…
Well that’s what it was all about here. We had to weather that storm and it was important to get the puck out of our end. And whenever we had the opportunity to put them in deep, if they were going to attack. When you are desperate and you need to score to stay in the series you know they are going to give it their best shot. So if they were going to do that they had to take off with the puck from their own end. And I thought we did a pretty good job, guys blocking shots and then staying in the battles and then we did a great job until, like you said we got that third goal, which was a big goal and certainly. It relieved a lot of pressure.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On wanting to wrap up the series tonight…
We really didn’t want to go back to Philly.  If they were to steal tonight, we got back to Philly and anything can happen.  It is not a place we want to go.  It was nice in front of our home crowd and they were right with us. 

On having his passed picked off to tie the game…
It was tough, I was very frustrated.  I had to bounce back and not worry about it.  There was another period to play in and we needed to get the lead and get back in and get the win.  If I let that bother me then it could have ruined the whole game for me.  I just wanted to let it go.

On scoring an empty netter…
It didn’t mean a ton but it was nice to put one in there.

On how it felt to score…
It’s always nice to score in front of your home crowd.  It was really nice to get it after a bad turnover by me.  [Rich] Peverley made a great play to get it to me.  If you miss an open net like that you are always pretty frustrated.  It was nice to get it. 

On playing with different lines due to the Bergeron injury…
It felt pretty good.  Guys stepped up and played different roles throughout the night.  Soupy was playing the wing there for a bit.  It was great to see the depth that we have.  Guys step up and prevail. 


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GENERAL MANAGER PAUL HOLMGREN
On thoughts about the Philadelphia Flyers right now…
Well it is a little tough. I thought we ran into a team that was…I thought very unburden from a tremendous seven game series with Montreal. They took it to us right from the start. I didn’t think we were ready to play in the first game, mentally or physically. I thought the game we needed to win was the second game and it was a good game, probably our best game by far. We come up here and the Bruins are a good team right now. They are playing very well.

On the players saying they got out worked…
I don’t know. I think sometimes players just say that. I don’t think it is not like we didn’t work. They were really just a better team and for a better part of the four games and it showed.

On not having Chris Pronger in the lineup for much of the series…
Well injuries happen to teams from time to time. We just start our guys. Our guys as a group, I don’t think, raised their game enough to be able to beat Boston in this series. Would we have liked to have Chris (Pronger)? Yeah, but the other guys, I know four of those guys have a lot of playoff experience and I don’t think as a group they played the way we needed them to play.

On if the defense is the most disappointing considering the effort he put forth to solidify it…
Well, I will sit back and we’ll spend a lot of time over the next little while evaluating…and to our meetings with obviously staff and the coaches and the players and just see what went wrong. My first reaction is that we got beat by a better team in this series. They deserve to be moving on.

On Sergei Bobrovsky…
I don’t think we can fault our goaltending at any point this series. I know it looks bad when you pull a guy all the time, but goaltending, and I have said this before, I believe is a function of your team. Was he great tonight? No, but he is a young kid under intense circumstances. But we didn’t lose the game because of our goalie. We lost the game because their team out played our team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC PART 1
On netting two goals tonight…
Feels good. It’s been kind of frustrating, the last twenty games, not being able to put the puck in the back of the net. But tonight I was able to get open, and when I got those opportunities, both great plays by [Nathan] Horton to set me up, and when I got the opportunities it was nice to step up and score big goals.

On getting the jacket for the second time…
Yeah, feels good. Last time I wore this jacket was a big win for us against the Devils when I got my 30th [goal]. This win, regardless of the two goals, this win is a huge win for our hockey club and our organization. I think it’s been since 1992, since the Bruins have made the third round here. The last three years, we’ve been looking for this eighth win in the playoffs, to get into the third round, and we were happy to get the job done tonight.

On the support of his teammates during his scoring drought…
It’s great. My teammates, especially my linemates with [David] Krejci and [Nathan] Horton, we’ve been able to create so much chemistry here. They always have my back, and even for them, times were tough this year. I had to lift them up, and just tell them to relax, and that was the same sort of thing. They had my back, and they just told me, ‘It’s gonna come. Just keep sticking with it.” And I tried my hardest not to get frustrated. There was a time there when I was really frustrated, but right now, obviously it feels good to step up and help the team win a big game. And moving forward, you want to keep pushing for more.

On the emotions he felt when he scored his first goal…
Yeah, it was great, especially, you know it was our first five-on-four goal of the playoffs here. So it’s nice that the power play was able to score a goal for us there. And right there was a great feeling once I scored that goal, just to get the monkey off the back and get that lead. But for us, I think that’s why we’ve been so good these last nine games after losing the two to Montreal. We always had a good start, and we were able to establish that lead again.

On how it looked like emotion was pouring out of him when he scored…
Yeah, it was obviously exciting. It was the second round of the playoffs with a chance to close them out. Obviously, like I said, it’s a monkey off my back for me. And also, it’s a goal to come one step closer to moving to that next round.

On if he stopped trying too hard and just tried to have fun…
Yeah, I mean, definitely. I don’t know, I’m sure you guys noticed, it almost seemed like it wasn’t fun for me these last couple games. And that’s where it comes to my teammates having my back and telling me to just stick with it. I started having fun again, I just relaxed and got into those areas where I scored a lot of goals this year. It was a lot of fun, it was fun to be a part of this game tonight, and obviously to score those goals at home and win this series at home makes it even better. And I’m sure our fans really appreciate it.

On Philly turning up the pressure in the third period before the Bruins third goal…
We knew they were going to fight for their lives, and they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us there. So they were going to press and press, and we were just talking on the bench saying keep cool, keep making plays, just make good hard smart plays. And we were able to make those plays and get pucks out of our own zone and on my goal there, we were able to cause a turnover there. Johnny [Boychuk] just, I think it was Johnny there, that got it up to Horty [Nathan Horton] and Horty was real patient, he just waited for me to go there. He caught the D men there, deer in the headlights. We were able to, like you said, weather that storm. It feels good because when it comes down to it, we might have to go through the same situation. It was a good learning experience that we were able to handle something like that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC (PART TWO)
On the fans towards the end of the game.
Yeah definitely. You could feel it when Johnny [Boychuk] got that second goal. You could just feel it in the crowd. Even more so when I got my goal to get the two-goal lead. And obviously, as an organization, there hasn’t been much success in the playoffs, getting past the second round. Like I said, I think it’s been since ’92 since they’ve been in the third round, and like I said, it’s a big deal for our organization. And obviously we’re happy with what we’ve done so far, but we want to enjoy what we’ve done, but come tomorrow, we’ve got to get right back to work and focus on the task with a great team in the Lightning, that are playing real well right now.

On moving past what happened last year…
It feels great. It’s nice that we’re not going to have to answer any more of those questions and we can put that behind us. I think we learned a lot from last year, that experience, and I think it made us a more determined hockey club. I think you could see it in us. In that first round, when we got down two-nothing to Montreal, to get ourselves back into it. And also in this, we were feeling good coming into this series. We went right after them, and you look at Game 2, when they came right after us in that third period and Timmy [Thomas] stole the game for us, and we were able to get one there in overtime. After that, I don’t think we looked back, we just went after them. We’ve definitely put everything behind us with what happened last year, so it’s a real good feeling.

On how Claude Julien has guided the team in the playoffs thus far…
It almost seemed like those first two games against Montreal we came out real tense. He just said, just relax. Go out there and play our game. Play with poise and play with confidence. After we were able to take a step back and start playing with confidence, having a positive attitude, which I think has been a big thing for us that Claude [Julien] has been doing well. Keeping that attitude in the dressing room there, that positive attitude. Like I said, we’re a determined hockey club right now, we’re playing real sharp. We want to continue playing the way we are.

On if he was emphasizing doing the little things right during his slump…
Yeah, I think it’s not always about scoring. Especially in the playoffs here, it all comes down to winning and losing, and it’s those little plays, like I said, getting the puck out of the defensive zone, getting a good chip and a good forecheck. For myself, when I wasn’t scoring, other guys stepped up and were able to score. I think we’ve done a good job, different guys stepping up at different times. But for myself, it all starts with making strong plays, especially on our breakout, being a guy on the winger and trying to be a reliable guy. And when I get the puck, just like I said, make a strong play and move forward, and try to chip in any way I can.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On if they got distracted when Patrice Bergeron left the game…
Yeah he’s a big part of our team but I think the guys did a good job of keeping the focus. The guys have stepped up. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] stepped up and did a great job filling in on that line. Piesy [Daniel Paille] had a couple shifts, so I think by committee we did a good job finding a way to win that game.

On if the Flyers crossed the line trying to get under their skin…
I mean they’re doing whatever they can. They’re a desperate team. They’re down three-nothing going into this game, you expect them to play desperate like that. So I don’t know about crossing the line. I’m happy with the win. The rest of the stuff goes out the window now. I could care less.

On how important it was to get this win and not go back to Philly…
We didn’t want to go back obviously. You want to close it up as possible and not give any life to those guys. And I think tonight from the drop of the puck everyone did a good job of focusing on getting this win.

On if Claude Julien used that as motivation…
No it was, last year was last year. We felt this time, preparing each game, I mean I told you guys this every day I think. We prepared each game like it was a new day and a new game and we focused on winning that game in particular and the rest of the stuff didn’t matter.

On how important getting the rest was and not having to go back to Philly…
Oh I thought you meant you were talking about last year. I mean it was mentioned obviously. I mean it’s kind of an obvious point that if we win tonight we’re going to get a little bit more rest than having to go back there. So the motivation, you shouldn’t need that motivation this time of year anyways. Everyone likes rest but I think the big thing was we just wanted to close out the series.

BOSTON BRUINS PRESIDENT CAM NEELY
On the Bruins gaining playoff experience…
I think guys are gaining some experience from some of those series from years past that they carried into this year.  It showed that you go down 2-0 in the first series and come back and win that.  Similar situations this year that we did last year, guys learn from last year.  History is great if you can learn from it.

On what changed in the team after the first two games against Montreal…
I think everybody was settled down.  I think the coaching staff did a good job of settling everybody down.  I know everyone was excited about the playoffs starting; the coaching staff did a really good job at settling everybody down.  I think that when we play the way we are capable of playing we have good results.  I have said that for a long time.  It showed.  It showed that as the Montreal series progressed and then this series.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD CLAUDE GIROUX
On if he felt the Flyers played well enough to win tonight…
No. I mean, we didn’t play our best hockey against Boston, that’s for sure. It’s just disappointing. It’s not where we want to be. I think it’s our fault and I think we have to learn from it. Yeah.

On what stands out to him from this series…
I really think they outworked us and they won more battles. Just their team was better than our team.

On how tired the team was of chasing leads in games and series…
Yeah, I think it’s hard to always come back and we always put ourselves in a bad situation. In the future we’ll have to do a better job of the first few games for sure.

On the play of Sergei Bobrovsky tonight…
I mean he played well, obviously, kept us in the game. He had some great saves. But like I said, it’s a team effort and I don’t think we played the way we should have.

On if he thinks the Flyers peaked too early in the season…
Well you try to get better every game and as the year goes along, you’re working on stuff and you want to get better and I think against Buffalo we did a good job of coming back and winning that series but, like I said, we got to stop putting ourselves in that kind of situation and start winning the first few games.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On his goal…
The puck came back to me and it was kind of rolling and I just tried to put it on net, and it went in. That’s about it.

On his several shots on net that were similar to his goal…
Yeah, you just want to try to get it past that first guy and he saw couple of them and he did a good job. But on that one it was kind of knuckling and it might have moved a little bit on him maybe.

On the defense contributing goals this series…
Just trying to read the play, pinching when we had our third man high, and making sure to keep it deep. And our forwards did a good job backing us up and giving us time to pinch and keep the play alive. And that’s how we join offensively.

On the defense giving up seven goals in four games…
Try to just get in deep and play in their zone and try to eliminate turnovers, and you just keep it in their zone. And it’s an easier game when you’re playing on offense.

On his goal picking the team up…
I didn’t really see him go off but after that it was kind of just, as soon as we scored, everybody, we just started to go again. We needed that.

On ending the series tonight and having a couple of days off…
Oh it’s great. We were up three-nothing and we want to make sure that when we have that chance to close it off, we wanted to close it off and we did. We had everybody going tonight and Timmy [Thomas] played excellent again for us obviously. And we got offense as well.

On the locker room in between the second and third periods…
Just calm more or less. And we were just talking amongst ourselves just to keep doing the same thing and we did and we finally got opportunities. And we buried.

On the Flyers play tonight…
Well they were swinging guys low and coming with speed. As defense we have to gap up and it’s hard when they’re swinging really deep and there’s a stretch guy, and we have to make sure to pay attention to him. We don’t want to give a breakaway. And we just tried to take away their speed and our forwards did a good job doing that.

On how important it was to stay disciplined…
Well we just didn’t want to give them any life by taking penalties. And we wanted to stay out of the box because we know that they have a good power play and we wanted them to take the penalties and let us go on the power plays.

On his goal…
The puck came back to me. It was kind of rolling, and just shot it towards the net and I think it probably dipped a little bit or curved, did something.

On face-off wins in this series playing an important role…
Yeah, our centermen have been doing a good job throughout the whole series and we’re going to need that in the next series as well. Winning face-offs, you start with the puck, which is really important, and you have most of the control of the play.

On if he was frustrated at first when his shots weren’t going through…
Yup.

On how to keep your head up in that situation…
You just do I guess. Just try to keep going.

On if he thinks they wore the Flyers down…
We just tried to get it in deep and work them down low, tire them out, and that’s what we did. We just wanted to get pucks deep. We didn’t want a turnover at the blue lines, the red lines. We wanted to make sure to get it in deep and go after them. And we did.

On how enjoyable that last few games have been…
Well obviously I just want to try to get shots through. And it’s been enjoyable getting out there and playing the power play and trying to get those shots through.

On if it helps him in all situations to get shots off from the point in the power play…
Yeah, those are all their confidence as well, being out there. They wanted me to do the job and it obviously builds confidence in yourself and it helps out.

On how disappointed they were last year and if this takes any of that away…
It was devastating last year, how it ended. I think everybody in the room knew that. And for us to come out and close series off it four was huge.

On how much they thought about last year throughout the series…
We didn’t really think about it too much to be honest with you. We just wanted to learn from it and just put it behind us and to make sure to just take one game at a time and we did that. I didn’t really think about it too much. You know it happened, you learn from it, and it’s in the past.

On if the momentum from this series will transfer to the next one…
Yeah, well it’s zero-zero. They’re a good team and we just want to make sure to keep playing the way we are.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD MIKE RICHARDS
On being swept in the series …
It is disappointing whenever you end the season on a loss.  Not sure where it went wrong.  It’s a slippery slope when you stop playing your brand of hockey.  Give the Bruins a lot of credit they played extremely well.  We just didn’t have an answer for it. 

On if the team was tired from chasing games in the series…
I’m not too sure.  It is disappointing to end on a loss every year.  With high hopes in the team that we had and the confidence that we had in each other, it sucks.  There is no other way to put it.

On what the Bruins did to take away the Flyers offense…
They got good defensives system, great coaches.  They have a system in play that you don’t get too much offensively.  We tried to force some pucks.  A couple games it seemed like we didn’t have some jump and didn’t have our legs.  We played loose defensive hockey when you do that good teams are going to make you pay.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
On why the Bruins dominated the series…
You know what, I think, I don’t know, maybe they were doing a smarter job with the puck and, I don’t know, I didn’t feel like we had as many odd man rushes and chances off the rush through transition, so they did a good job of managing the puck and yeah, I don’t know, they tightened things up, obviously, a little bit too.

On if Chris Pronger would have made a difference in the series if he were healthy…
That’s something, you know, we can only speculate about but, obviously, I mean, his track record speaks for itself so I guess you never really know. I mean, obviously he’s a guy we like to have in the lineup, but at the end of the day we didn’t have him so we have to go with what we got.

On when he felt that the wheels were coming off in the series…
You know what, I think not until maybe the clock ran out because I know the guys on our team were never going to quit. We had a lot of character [and] a lot of confidence in what we do and, I mean, it’s tough. You don’t want your season to end now, you want to be playing until mid-June.

On if it’s unfair to blame the Philadelphia goaltending in the series…
Yeah, that’s unfair. I mean, you won as a team, you lose as a team and that’s the name of the game. I mean, hockey is a game where you need all 20 guys contributing and all 20 guys are to blame when the team doesn’t do well.

On how tired the team was of having to continually chase the lead in both the games during the playoffs and the series as a whole…
Yeah, obviously ideally you don’t want to start from behind but that kind of was our own fault maybe for not coming out ready to play and maybe not playing the game the right way at the start.

On if he is stunned at the end of the season given the promise the Flyers showed all season…
It’s tough. I mean, it’s something that you’re never really prepared for, to stop playing, to be knocked out. You want to be playing to the very end and lift that trophy over your head and to not get there is pretty devastating.

On if the play of Philadelphia goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky…
Yeah, I think he made some good saves. I mean the couple of goals that went in [were] back door, a break away and then I don’t really remember the other one, but I think he played a strong game for us and gave us a chance to win.

On if he thinks the team thought they could come back…
Yeah, we’re just a resilient group and that’s the attitude we always had when we got down, but I think at the end of the day we needed to have better starts and maybe not start off behind the eight ball.




On if the Flyers anticipated the Bruins play given the way the last playoff series between the two teams ended last year…
Yeah, I mean, you can take that for what it’s worth too. I mean, obviously they want to win just as bad as we do, no matter what happened last year. So, obviously they played a good game and played good games and they’re obviously going on, so.

On how he assesses the series from the Bruins perspective and what they were able to accomplish…
Yeah, you know what, in a couple of these games we didn’t really have our best game and that’s obviously tough because, in the playoffs, our margin for error is so small and if you give games away like that you put yourself behind the eight ball and, yeah, they played, obviously, some good hockey. Tim Thomas was great. I mean, their team played pretty well too so you got to give them some credit.

On if the Flyers peaked too early in the season…
I don’t really know if there is a such thing as that. I mean, obviously, you want to play as well as you can no matter what any time of the year. I don’t really know what happened, to be honest with you, this year. I don’t really know.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE
On what stood out to why they lost the series…
Probably defensively, we weren’t able to generate what we had done all year. They did a good job through the neutral zone and a good job in their own end. We couldn’t penetrate. Defensively, I think they (the Bruins) did a pretty good job.

On not having Chris Pronger…
You know we just mentioned that in there (the locker room). You just notice the impact that a guy like [Zdeno] Chara has on the other side, and when you don’t have your big guy in there. He (Chris Pronger) plays the same style and the same way, you certainly miss him. But, I have never been one to really use injuries as an excuse. We had good players in the lineup and opportunities to win some games and we didn’t.

On how Sergei Bobrovsky’s play in net tonight…
I thought he did a good job. He gave us an opportunity to win the game. It was one-one in the third period, and the face off kind of went sideways. We end up coming up with the puck and we…I don’t know if it got deflected or rolled off of a stick, but we were trying to break out and it goes right to their point man. I think it hit a couple of things on the way in and from there they seemed to get a little bit of momentum from that. But I thought he played a solid game. There weren’t a lot of opportunities either way up until that. The chances were pretty low and pretty close.

On if the fatigue factor came into play with the Flyers playing so many games…
It is hard to say. I don’t have a scale to measure that. Certainly last year, the objective was to go as far as you can. I don’t know if there is any way to measure whether it did or didn’t have a difference in how we play.

On if he was happy with the team’s effort…
Well I think if you look at tonight’s game, like I said it is one-one half way through the third (period), and the chances are relatively close. I would have liked to generate more offensively. I think in all the losses, we needed to generate more. We need to spend more time in the offensive zone. Defensively, even tonight, we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone trying to get through their trap and trying to get a sustained forecheck that could generate some offense and we weren’t able to do that. In the losses that seems to be one of the key things it factors in. the other thing for me, looking back on the series, you have an opportunity in Game One. You are in your building and we don’t play the way… Game Two we played hard. We did the things we wanted to do. We lost in overtime. It was a tough bounce and a tough break. But that happens in the playoffs and I really look at game one as an opportunity that was lost for us to get into the series. We never seem to get into it. We didn’t get a win. We didn’t get in the series. In Game one, that was a blown opportunity.



BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC PART 1
On netting two goals tonight…
Feels good. It’s been kind of frustrating, the last twenty games, not being able to put the puck in the back of the net. But tonight I was able to get open, and when I got those opportunities, both great plays by [Nathan] Horton to set me up, and when I got the opportunities it was nice to step up and score big goals.

On getting the jacket for the second time…
Yeah, feels good. Last time I wore this jacket was a big win for us against the Devils when I got my 30th [goal]. This win, regardless of the two goals, this win is a huge win for our hockey club and our organization. I think it’s been since 1992, since the Bruins have made the third round here. The last three years, we’ve been looking for this eighth win in the playoffs, to get into the third round, and we were happy to get the job done tonight.

On the support of his teammates during his scoring drought…
It’s great. My teammates, especially my linemates with [David] Krejci and [Nathan] Horton, we’ve been able to create so much chemistry here. They always have my back, and even for them, times were tough this year. I had to lift them up, and just tell them to relax, and that was the same sort of thing. They had my back, and they just told me, ‘It’s gonna come. Just keep sticking with it.” And I tried my hardest not to get frustrated. There was a time there when I was really frustrated, but right now, obviously it feels good to step up and help the team win a big game. And moving forward, you want to keep pushing for more.

On the emotions he felt when he scored his first goal…
Yeah, it was great, especially, you know it was our first five-on-four goal of the playoffs here. So it’s nice that the power play was able to score a goal for us there. And right there was a great feeling once I scored that goal, just to get the monkey off the back and get that lead. But for us, I think that’s why we’ve been so good these last nine games after losing the two to Montreal. We always had a good start, and we were able to establish that lead again.

On how it looked like emotion was pouring out of him when he scored…
Yeah, it was obviously exciting. It was the second round of the playoffs with a chance to close them out. Obviously, like I said, it’s a monkey off my back for me. And also, it’s a goal to come one step closer to moving to that next round.

On if he stopped trying too hard and just tried to have fun…
Yeah, I mean, definitely. I don’t know, I’m sure you guys noticed, it almost seemed like it wasn’t fun for me these last couple games. And that’s where it comes to my teammates having my back and telling me to just stick with it. I started having fun again, I just relaxed and got into those areas where I scored a lot of goals this year. It was a lot of fun, it was fun to be a part of this game tonight, and obviously to score those goals at home and win this series at home makes it even better. And I’m sure our fans really appreciate it.

On Philly turning up the pressure in the third period before the Bruins third goal…
We knew they were going to fight for their lives, and they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us there. So they were going to press and press, and we were just talking on the bench saying keep cool, keep making plays, just make good hard smart plays. And we were able to make those plays and get pucks out of our own zone and on my goal there, we were able to cause a turnover there. Johnny [Boychuk] just, I think it was Johnny there, that got it up to Horty [Nathan Horton] and Horty was real patient, he just waited for me to go there. He caught the D men there, deer in the headlights. We were able to, like you said, weather that storm. It feels good because when it comes down to it, we might have to go through the same situation. It was a good learning experience that we were able to handle something like that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC (PART TWO)
On the fans towards the end of the game.
Yeah definitely. You could feel it when Johnny [Boychuk] got that second goal. You could just feel it in the crowd. Even more so when I got my goal to get the two-goal lead. And obviously, as an organization, there hasn’t been much success in the playoffs, getting past the second round. Like I said, I think it’s been since ’92 since they’ve been in the third round, and like I said, it’s a big deal for our organization. And obviously we’re happy with what we’ve done so far, but we want to enjoy what we’ve done, but come tomorrow, we’ve got to get right back to work and focus on the task with a great team in the Lightning, that are playing real well right now.

On moving past what happened last year…
It feels great. It’s nice that we’re not going to have to answer any more of those questions and we can put that behind us. I think we learned a lot from last year, that experience, and I think it made us a more determined hockey club. I think you could see it in us. In that first round, when we got down two-nothing to Montreal, to get ourselves back into it. And also in this, we were feeling good coming into this series. We went right after them, and you look at Game 2, when they came right after us in that third period and Timmy [Thomas] stole the game for us, and we were able to get one there in overtime. After that, I don’t think we looked back, we just went after them. We’ve definitely put everything behind us with what happened last year, so it’s a real good feeling.

On how Claude Julien has guided the team in the playoffs thus far…
It almost seemed like those first two games against Montreal we came out real tense. He just said, just relax. Go out there and play our game. Play with poise and play with confidence. After we were able to take a step back and start playing with confidence, having a positive attitude, which I think has been a big thing for us that Claude [Julien] has been doing well. Keeping that attitude in the dressing room there, that positive attitude. Like I said, we’re a determined hockey club right now, we’re playing real sharp. We want to continue playing the way we are.

On if he was emphasizing doing the little things right during his slump…
Yeah, I think it’s not always about scoring. Especially in the playoffs here, it all comes down to winning and losing, and it’s those little plays, like I said, getting the puck out of the defensive zone, getting a good chip and a good forecheck. For myself, when I wasn’t scoring, other guys stepped up and were able to score. I think we’ve done a good job, different guys stepping up at different times. But for myself, it all starts with making strong plays, especially on our breakout, being a guy on the winger and trying to be a reliable guy. And when I get the puck, just like I said, make a strong play and move forward, and try to chip in any way I can.



BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On the talk of last year being put to rest…
I hope so. To be quite honest, as a player you hear all the talk about what happened last year and you have to ignore it to be able to do what we just did, winning this series. But to be honest I’m glad that it’s over, I’m glad that it’s done with. Because the longer that series would have went the more talk about last year. So I’m glad that is put behind us as a team, as an organization and the fans. I am glad the fans can put it behind them too.  And I’ll say it, hopefully exorcised some demons.

On how good it is to see how the team is playing…
We’ve, all year long you are building for these moments. But it’s a long regular season and actually towards the end of the season we weren’t playing exactly our best hockey. And then we started out that first series two-zero, but since that time we have really pulled together as a team and as a group started doing what we needed to do to get success and get the wins.... I was listening to [Tampa Coach Guy Boucher] yesterday and he was talking about his team and he said everybody on his team contributes and that is exactly what is happening with us right now. I thought that applied, when I heard him say it, I thought that applied exactly to us. So I think that’s some of the reason we are having success right now is everybody is contributing. 

On if he is thinking about playing Tampa yet…
We are going to have lots of time. Generally my rule is until midnight, but because it was an eight o-clock game I am going to give it until one before I starting thinking about Tampa. 

On if they ever thought they would sweep…
You can hope and envision, but you have to be prepared for it not to work out that way. Actually, there was no plan like that. I mean the reason that we had success was playing one game at a time. One game at a time, one period at a time, one shift at a time. And that’s how we were breaking it down. And win or lose tonight that’s what the keys would have been. If we had lost tonight we would have been ready for next game. So I think sometimes especially as a player it’s not helpful to look at the big picture. You have a big picture, a big end goal, which can be the Stanley Cup, but you can’t learn an hour in advance how you are going to get there, how you are going to accomplish that. You have to play the games and look at it on the smaller scale of things.

On what he thought when Johnny Boychuk scored…
I was very happy. But at that point, there was still a lot of time in the period and it only made it two to one. And still in those circumstances, I am trying not to let myself get too high because I don’t want to have an exhilaration crash afterwards. I was very happy and especially happy that Johnny Boychuk scored. He has been great for me all year, I love playing with him. And at the time I was just trying to get refocused because I knew there was a lot of hockey left. Now when Looch [Milan Lucic] scored the goal with five minutes left I let myself just a little bit start to, not celebrate, but start to think ‘hey this could be it, we could win this game.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS DEFENSEMAN SEAN O’DONNELL
On why they lost the series…
I’m not going to say the better team won, but the team that was playing better is moving on.  They are hitting on all cylinders right now.  We put a good effort tonight it just seems we weren’t hitting on all cylinders.  It seemed like when we did get a chance it was jumping over a stick, or they were getting a stick in the lane.  Their second goal to go up by one went off a shaft.  I’m not taking anything away they deserved the series but it seemed like we were a little bit off and they were playing real well.

On what triggered the Bruins to take command of the series…
I think the start of game three.  Game Two could have gone either way.  Obviously it would have been nice to come back to Boston at one to one and it wasn’t.  I think if we had gotten off to a better start in Game Three… if we take Game Three we kind of put them on their heels a little bit for Game Four.  We really put ourselves behind the eight ball with the start of the first minute of that game.  The way we played subsequently after that, we were playing from behind.  Other than Game Two we were just a little bit behind most of the time.  It just caught up to us.

On the performance of Sergei Bobrovsky…
I thought [Sergei] Bobrovsky played really well.  He made some big saves tonight on the PK.  We took a lot of penalties early on, maybe four or five in the first two periods.  They were shooting them off the half walls and tips.  He was real big in the net.  He didn’t make the fancy save but I think sometimes with goalies when they don’t make the fancy save is when they are playing well.  A lot of pucks were hitting them and you can’t fault him tonight.

On their inability to come back in the series…
I think we moved on from the Buffalo series.  Series are never easy.  I think with the way we were playing in some of the games; we were shut-out two of those games.  I know the goaltending was a big issue that people are always asking about it.  We put ourselves behind the eight ball.  It seems like this team enjoys getting our backs to the walls and then responding.  I think it took a little more out of us in the first round than it should have.  They way they are playing right now, they are playing real well.  When they do have a breakdown [Tim] Thomas is making the saves.  I think we just put ourselves behind the eight ball a few too many times.

On not having Chris Pronger in the series…
Well it doesn’t really matter how much we missed him.  I’m sure they missed Savard and I’m sure Pittsburgh missed [Sydney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin.  Everyone is dealing with injuries right now.  We showed during the year that we are a good team when Chris wasn’t in the lineup.  Everyone would like to have a healthy team but that wasn’t the case.  We didn’t get it done.

On if the team played with enough desperation…
I thought so.  Like I said we came out the first ten minutes… We got into some penalty problems.  I think it kind put us on our heels a little bit.  We had some turnovers in the first period.  We had 30 or 32 shots.  I thought from there when it was 2-1 we had a lot of good chances to tie it up.  It seemed liked they bent and didn’t break tonight and they are moving on. 


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how much the win means to the team…
Well I think that it’s, in some way it’s obviously a nice goal to reach, but at the same time I think that we are excited but we know that next round is going to be again a tough one. And we know who we are going to face. So we just have to get some rest and prepare for next round. But right now we are going to enjoy today’s victory.

On how this series speaks to the character of the team…
Yeah well I feel like we didn’t have the greatest start of going into the playoffs. But we found a way to battle ourselves out of it. Everybody really stepped it up and started to play playoff hockey and obviously we’re playing extremely hard and for each other. What else can I say? I mean Philadelphia is just a great team. They threw everything at us in different variations and obviously we saw tonight they battled extremely hard for their lives. Then eventually we got that go ahead goal and then another one and then from that point I guess we controlled the game. We’re really focusing on the defensive part of it but we have to give them a lot of credit. We know that we won four straight, but they had a hell of a season. They were basically dominating the whole Eastern Conference for most of the regular season. There was a part towards the end they had a little bit, they slowed down. But I thought that they were probably the best team during the regular season.

On whether what happened last year was brought up a lot…
No, I really thought this year we were just really focusing on playing our game and our style. And nobody was really, to be honest with you nobody we even talking about last year. We were just really trying to stay focused and taking it one game at a time and do our best. Like I said, some games were much closer than the score was showing, but we just find a way to win and grinded it out.

On making it this far for the fans who were waiting for 19 years…
Well I think they deserve it. Obviously it’s a huge motivation for them. It’s a big motivation for us. We know how they can get excited and they were obviously showing it throughout the whole first and second round. And I’m sure it’s going to be even more now. But they deserve it. They’ve been waiting for quite a while and now they just can enjoy a few more games and another round.

On why they were able to be so dominant in this series…
Well we stick with a system and play hard and for each other. And really you have to pay attention to the details and stay focused.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BREIFING AT 5:30 P.M.
On the offense that the defensemen have generated in this series…
Well it’s all part of the process I guess. We’ve talked about our Ds supporting the attack all year long and been doing that for quite a while. And I think our guys have done a good job, simple as that.

On what makes clinching in Game 4 so difficult for teams…
Well because you’re playing a team with some desperation. Nobody wants to go home and when you, there’s desperation in your game it makes it that much tougher for the team you’re closing off. So as I said yesterday, I think it’s going to take probably our best effort of the series for us to win this game tonight.

On how difficult it is to make big game-related decisions…
Well it all depends on the situation. Obviously whether it’s goaltender change, whether it’s pairing and all that stuff, I think it’s all stuff that you kind of prepare ahead of time in your head to know that if certain things don’t work that on a specific night you’ve also got plan B and maybe even plan C. This is how I look at things. We’ve got lines to start off, we’ve got pairs and all that stuff, and if it doesn’t work well we just make changes. But it’s one of the things that you discuss either at times on game days before the game or the day before or whatever. But you’re always prepared for all kinds of scenarios. But as a coach you got to be ready for that.

On how much thought he puts into those decisions…
Well yeah, I think that’s what I’m saying here is it’s something that you have to really feel like you’re confident with making those kind of decisions. And that’s what we do here is, and that’s why it’s always something that you think ahead of time and you visualize certain things and you’re ready for all kinds of scenarios because as the game goes on, things go pretty quickly. And if you’re not prepared, you don’t have much time to make those decisions. So it’s something that I think it’s part of the coach’s job to be prepared to make those decisions. And when you visualize the different scenarios it certainly helps you to make those more comfortably.

On the impact David Krejci has had in this series…
Well it’s been a big impact and last year he did the same thing against this same team. He was a really good player for us. When David Krejci is playing his best hockey, he’s as good as anybody. He’s pretty creative, he’s smart, he anticipates well, and he makes the big plays. And he’s been really good for us in this series, especially. And that’s something that we needed in order for our team to move forward here. As every game and every series gets tougher, you want your guys to get better, and he’s done that.

On if he changes his approach based on who is in goal for Philadelphia…
Well I think every team’s prepared for anything right now. When you play the same team in a series, you pre-scout everybody. They do the same thing to us and vice versa here. So, no, it doesn’t really matter to us who they put in net. I think we’re prepared for whatever scenario is thrown at us. Now it’s just a matter of going out there and doing the job and doing it right.

On if he has an update on Adam McQuaid’s status…
Yeah, he’s getting better and skated this morning, so, again, things are looking positive.

On if Adam McQuaid will play tonight…
No.

On the difference between David Krejci’s performance in the Montreal series compared to in the Philadelphia series and what has made him more productive as of late…
Well I think he’s no different than any other player. Sometimes players find their groove and they find their stride and things start going their way and then all of a sudden, the confidence builds from there on and they keep getting better. As I mentioned numerous times, they were being checked pretty closely by Montreal and that can also be frustrating at times. They did a good job against that line. But he’s overcome that and he’s made some adjustments and he’s certainly playing very well right now. I think, if anything, he’s playing with lots of confidence and knows what he’s capable of doing and that’s a big part of a player getting better.

On if he agrees with Andrew Ference’s comment that the feeling in the locker room is “business-like,” and less emotional than it was in the Montreal series…
Yeah, it has been. It’s been business-like and that’s the way I kind of like it because, again, we’re not too high, we’re not too low. We’re focused and still, this time right now, I feel our team is still in that same mode and we got to stay that way. It serves us the best. What’s in the past is in the past and we think about the present. It’s worked well for us, again. And he’s absolutely right—I like where our team is right now. I mentioned that yesterday and the mood hasn’t seemed to have changed today at all so hopefully it’s a good sign.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s recent contributions and if he has benefited from playing with Zdeno Chara
Well I think you can tell how much we’ve missed this guy, just by the way he’s played for us this year, especially in the playoffs. He’s been a big part of our success and he’s a solid defenseman as I mentioned other times. With that pair playing together, it’s certainly given us a really solid duo and makes it really hard for anybody to play against.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH PETER LAVIOLETTE
On who tonight’s goaltender is and why…
Bob [Sergei Bobrovsky] will start in net for us tonight. Brian had come in and played really well, he came in and pinch hit for Bob early on and played really well for us. But we find ourselves down three here and Bob has come off the bench a couple times and looked good. We are getting him back in there tonight.

On if Chris Pronger will play…
[Pause] Good try. [Pause]  all injury updates come from the general manager, Paul Holmgren. Same for you, that’s the one-thousandth time this year.

On the feeling around the team heading into tonight’s game…
We didn’t try to get to this point just so that we could try to climb out of it again. We certainly wish we were in a different situation, a different scenario, but we are not. Our objective is to win one game. You listen around, everybody has written us off completely already. Our team has won a lot of hockey games I don’t think it’s completely unimaginable for us to beat the Boston Bruins in one game. So that’s our objective, we just keep it simple. We have one game to play, we need to win it and we have a lot of confidence in our group that we can do it.  

BOSTON BRUINS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING AMY LATIMER PRESS BREIFING AT 4:30 PM
On the waiting list for season tickets…
Yes. So we have reached our capacity for season tickets in the loge and balcony, which is twelve thousand seats and we started a wait list just so we can start to take, in order, people who are interested in season tickets. It’s a one hundred dollar deposit per seat. Their benefits throughout the year are that they are going to get additional offers for Bruins tickets, Garden events and they will have a season ticket rep. that will work with them basically on their preference location, price range, all those things.

On the number of people on the waiting list…
One hundred and eleven accounts right now that are on board. And started softly, but now here we are announcing it that will come on.

On if the 111 people have made the $100 deposit…
Yes. It’s one hundred and eleven accounts so seat wise it is probably two hundred and fifty seats.

On what it means to be to this point…
I think it shows the demand for our season tickets. It gives people an opportunity to they are not wondering what is going on in the future, how they get season tickets. We are still going to have available many plans. We will still have group sales available, individual tickets. But people who still want tickets for the whole years, they now have an understanding of where they fall on the pecking order.

On if they remember the days they had trouble selling out…
Yes. But I think our team performance has certainly helped make the fans come back obviously and a little bit more relevant. I think our staff has done a good job trying to accommodate everybody on what they are looking to do and not only the locations, but sort of our fan relations department and all the other things, just make it fun to be a season ticket holder.

On how many other buildings are in this situation…
In this town or in the NHL? [reporter says in the league]. You know what I’m not exactly sure. I don’t know.

On how many other buildings in this town are in this situation…
Well I know the Celtics have had one. Patriots I’m sure still have theirs and the Red Sox, I  am sure they do.

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