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BOSTON BRUINS/PHILADELPHIA FLYERS EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS QUOTES

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MAY 14, GAME 7

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD SCOTT HARTNELL
On if there is anything the Flyers can’t do…
I don’t know that’s a good question. We played really well in the second and third period. The first period I think the nerves got to us a little bit. We were kind of standing still. The message before the game was to stay out of the penalty box and we didn’t do that. They got two power play goals there. It gave them a lot of momentum. But JVR [James Van Riemsdyk] with a great goal at the end of the first period to get us back into it. In the second period I think we were a lot more focused we were moving our feet we were getting on the bodies like we were in games 4, 5, and 6 and took over the game.

On if he doubted the team when they were down 3-0…
Well you look up at the scoreboard and there’s 10 minutes gone in the first period and it’s not like its 3-0 with 10 minutes to go in the third period. Obviously there’s more than half the game left and we just wanted to get one before we went in there. Obviously the message was to stay out of the penalty box and they have a great power play and we did just that. We were moving our feet we were hitting and it was just a great feeling with all the adversity we fought through being down 3-0 in the series and 3-0 in the game. To come back and win is absolutely incredible.

On what defines the Flyers as a team…
I think one adjective would be belief. Belief in our system. Belief in the way we play. And belief in ourselves as players. For us to be great as a hockey team together we have to have great individuals. The last four games we played great as a team and guys stood out in different games in different situations. [Simon] Gagne with all his troubles with his feet there he comes back and scores a huge overtime goal in Game 4 and obviously nothing bigger than this goal on the power play with a few minutes left. So if we keep believing in ourselves and keep going with this who knows what could happen.

On if he felt like he was part of history tonight…
Absolutely. To see those commercials on the NHL with ‘What if Ian didn’t sacrifice’ taking a puck to the head to block a shot and what if the Flyers didn’t fly tonight. Or in the last four games for that matter. It’s an unbelievable feeling. The hearts are racing and just the smiles on everyone’s faces. The confidence we have now is huge and look at our opponent coming in, they’re right in the same boat. They knocked off two of the top dogs in the east and seed 7 has home ice advantage which I don’t think has ever happened before, has it? So obviously we’re making history through this whole thing and we have to get through the Montreal Canadiens.

On Daniel Briere’s goal…
In the neutral zone, Marc Savard ending up making a bouncing pass to myself and I saw him [Briere] and Ville Leino coming across the blueline. He had a slot of speed went right around the net and wrapped it around and went top shelf and out of the net pretty quick. So Danny, we call him sneaky. He’s pretty sneaky around the net. He’s got great hands obviously he had a great series and helped us come back from 3-0.

On a defining moment in the series …
Yeah I had a talk with our coach after Game 3. We sat there for the second or third period or something like that. I was upset, a little mad, he was upset with my play and I basically asked him what do I need to do out there because you’re the one I need to make happy. And he basically said to make plays, get on the body, move your feet and all the things that make me an effective hockey player. So I obviously just tried to do what he said and we won four in a row so obviously it helped.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARC SAVARD
On tonight’s loss…
It hurts you know? I feel for Rex. He had a hell of a playoffs for us. It is a tough one to swallow. 

On the too many men on the ice penalty…
I was coming back and I saw no one jumped so I stayed on.  I’m not sure what happened after that I went back on the puck.  I don’t know.

On if Philadelphia’s first goal shook the team’s confidence…
I don’t have answers. We came out four lines pumping. Looch [Milan Lucic] was incredible. We were just working. We had chances all first period.

On if the tying goal deflated the team…
I don’t know it just felt like when we came out in the third we started going pretty good.  Each line was rolling and just that one goal, the last one.

On the first Flyers goal…
Miro [Miroslav Satan] came down the wall. Our system is if there is a near spot you take it. If there is another one up you take his. Miro went to chip it to me and it sprung out into the middle. I don’t know if Stu broke his stick and it just kind of took a funny hop through Tuukka’s [Rask] legs.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS DEFENSEMAN CHRIS PRONGER
On what word best describes the Philadelphia Flyers, maybe defiance…
No, defiance is a lot of different things. Relentless from the standpoint of we are never going to give up. We are never going to count ourselves out or prevent us from our belief of what we can do when we see our lines through and how we can play the game. We’re relentless with the way we play. Being aggressive, always on the forecheck; play physical; get that transition game going. Just being relentless with our work ethic and the way we play…the style we play.

On if he feels accomplished making history tonight…
Well I think the guys are excited we won. I don’t know if anybody in the room feels accomplished yet. Eight more wins to go to get to where we set our sights on. It is a great accomplishment to be a part of history, but as I said, eight wins is where we want to be. I don’t think we are going to be satisfied with where we are at this point.

On what was said during the timeout in the first period…
Settle down and let’s get one before we go in. we have six minutes to get a goal. Let’s get just one goal. We can kind of go in and regroup. We were fortunate enough to get one there. James made a great move there, and somehow found a way to trickle it in. that kind of gave us a little bit of life, and kind of rallied the troops and got our spirits up. [We] came out in the second period a lot better, and playing more of our system, and playing a lot more aggressive. We were able to get some goals because of it.

On Simon Gagne…
He was obviously a key goal scorer for us. He is a guy that is very opportunistic and can put a puck in the net on the power play or on five-on-five. With the kind of finish he has, all he needs is a little opening to get the puck off and get it into the net. There are a lot of guys that have the ability to have the puck find your stick and it’s in the back of the net. Guys like that are very hard to come by.

On James van Riemsdyk…
Well again, we talked about it before, but that’s what is great about the playoffs, is you can stink up the joint, if that’s what you want to call it for the first six, but he played a heck of a game today. He got a big goal for us as I said earlier. He was skating quite well today. Guys can feed off that energy. For a young guy to get out there like that. He is physical or he is getting in on the fore check, or creating turnovers and getting loose pucks, and getting on things. When you hear a guy like that…he has been fairly quiet in this series, to step up and make some plays for us, it was a big boost for us.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALTENDER MICHAEL LEIGHTON
On going down 3 goals…
Well it obviously is not a good situation for us.  We did a great job all series killing penalties all series.  It definitely took some wind out of our sails right from the start.    We kept it going and kept it together.  We did a great job.

On how difficult it is to come back from 3 games to 0…
It was in the back of our mind being down 3-0.  We won the first, won the second, then we started thinking of it more.  We never said in the locker room what our chances were of coming back or how many people have done it.  We never said that but we knew it.  To be down three games to nothing and be down 3-0 in the game, it shows a lot of effort.

On if he felt his team bailed him out in the second period…
I think that they bailed me out the whole game.  Tonight was not a goaltenders game.  We played good offense, they played good offense.  Our defense did a great job too.  In the end Tuukka [Rask] and I both let in a couple goals that we would have liked to have back.  The team definitely played great.  There were not many shots in the second or in the third.  It was a team game.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On their strong start and if the Flyers first goal was a turning point…
No doubt. I think we were extremely pleased with the way we started the game. We started the way we wanted to start it. We had lots of energy, we got a 3-0 lead, and that’s something that we wanted to do tonight—come out that way. Unfortunately, like you said, they scored that goal from a broken stick and through a couple of guys it trickled in. And that gave them some life. That was certainly something that would have been nice to come into the dressing room with a 3-0 lead instead of a 3-1.

On his reaction to the too many men on the ice penalty that caused the game-winning goal…
Well, you know it’s one of those calls I’m not going to criticize the linesman for calling. They’ve been calling them the whole playoffs. Nothing there has changed. We had a player come to the bench and had his stick up like he wanted to change, and he changed his mind and we had the next centerman jumping on. So they made that call. He made kind of loop and came right back to the bench. The puck was in the corner, but they call those. They’re calling them through the whole playoffs, so we’ll leave it at that.

On if can pinpoint what changed for the Bruins in the series…
I’m not going to stand here and find excuses. The bottom line is we had a 3-0 lead in the series, we had a 3-0 lead tonight, and we blew both. So there is no excuses. We have to take the responsibility that goes with it. Everyone.

On if he felt that Tuukka Rask was less poised this game…
It’s hard to stand here when you’ve just lost a series to start pointing fingers at individuals. I’m not going to do that. He’s done a tremendous job to bring us to where we are right now. When we were fighting to make the playoffs, he was there for us. He was huge for us. And he was huge for us in the playoffs as well. So to stand here and say, you know, could he have been better? I think as a team, when you blow a 3-0 lead, we could have all been better. So we’re going to take this loss as a group and not start pointing fingers at individuals.

On if the injuries to Marco Sturm and David Krejci played a role in the outcome…
Again, those are things you guys can figure out. I think you’re all smart enough to follow the game and know some of those things that have happened. There’s no way I’m going to come up here and start finding excuses, because that’s not what it’s all about here. Again, we have to take responsibility. We were still in a good position, 3-0 lead in the series, to get that fourth win. We had four tries at it and we weren’t able to do it. So I’d rather grow from this and take the responsibility as a coach, as players, and as an organization, and move in the right direction with that. Not too often excuses get you to where you want to get. We wanted to get better.

On if he has a sense of when the team “unraveled” in the second and third periods…
I didn’t think we came out hard in the second period very well. They came out strong, and we, again, played on our heels a little bit and it took us a while to get going again. We had a couple of good shifts there late in the second, but I think if we would have had a better second period, it would have been a much different game. I think that’s where things kind of turned around in their favor.

On what he feels should have happened on the too many men penalty…
This is where, again, that’s why, somebody mentioned it today how many too many men on the ice there’s been through the playoffs. Everybody’s intense. And it’s communication. You call the next lineup and they know who has to go. So it’s not like you threw too many men on the ice. But the communication has to be very good nowadays, more so than ever. There’s no margin of error when it comes to too many men. If there’s two guys right by the boards, by your bench, and the puck hits one of them, they’re calling it. So it’s the new rules that have come in. All I’m saying is that one guy has signaled to come off, and as he got by the bench, the other guys jumped and he changed his mind, he decided he was going to stay in there, so again, it’s communication. We keep telling our players, if you’re going to come off, you got to come off, and if you’re going to stay, you got to stay. So again, there was a little bit of hesitation. But this is playoff hockey. It’s intense and guys are cranked up and those things happen, as you’ve seen around the League so far in these playoffs.

On what he said to the team after a game and series like this…
Can’t say much. Nobody feels like listening to a rah-rah speech or how good we’ve been at this time. It takes time for things to kind of calm down a little bit. We’ll regroup at some point. I know this team, two months ago, not too many people believed in it. We turned a corner and unfortunately, we weren’t able to finish what we started. That’s the unfortunate part. We’ve come a long ways from two months ago, and we had the opportunity to move further probably than anybody expected and we weren’t able to finish that. That’s probably the most disappointing thing right now for our hockey club.

On if he considered calling a timeout after the Flyers second goal…
At 3-2, I didn’t think it was necessary at the time, personally. We’d still got the lead and I thought we got better as the period went on. We picked it up slowly. But I didn’t think it was necessary. Again, that second or third goal went off [Matt] Hunwick when he went around the net. Again, it takes a little bit of luck sometimes and that luck you get from working hard. The team that won tonight deserved it. Let’s not forget that. They worked hard, they got themselves back in, and, as people mentioned, they got some healthy bodies back and they became stronger and better as the series went on. They found a way to win.

On what he said to them during the first intermission…
It doesn’t matter what I said. I’m not going to start telling you what I talk about in the dressing room with the players. Sorry, we’ll move on to the next one.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how disappointing this loss is...
It’s really hard to find words for it. We started the game really well. We obviously got the lead and we extend[ed] the lead and then I don’t know what happened in the second. We just stopped playing aggressive and obviously, they called a timeout and made some adjustments and started to be really, really aggressive on us. Somehow the momentum shifted. They tied the game and in the third basically was a really even game and it came down to, again, to specialty teams. They got the power play goal and, again, we were finishing pretty strong, but just came up short again one goal.

On the ‘too many men’ penalty making the loss hurt more...
Yeah, I mean. I don’t know what happened over there, but yeah, those things you try to eliminate, but they do happen. It happened to us and that was the difference, I guess.

On how proud he is of the team...
Well, I thought that we battled throughout the whole season with different things and I really thought that after the Olympic break we battled really hard. We deserved to be in the playoffs and obviously had a really strong finish, and we gave everything we had and I really thought we deserved to be in the finals of the conference, but you know, the team on the other side also deserves a lot of credit. They faced [a] similar thing throughout the whole season and they battled really, really hard to come back from 3- 0 deficit, and they’re in it. They deserve to be there.

On his feeling right now...
Obviously, yeah, besides being, you know, really tired and exhausted, it’s extremely disappointing.

On the score matching the series...
Yeah, pretty much, yeah. We had a 3-0 lead and they came back from it. I mean, that’s how the series was, but it’s hard to put into words really. It’s extremely disappointing and – I don’t think we stopped playing, having the 3-0 lead, it’s just, somehow we didn’t skate as well maybe in the second as we did in the first and, again, they were trying to really - pressuring five guys and doing a really good job, and they scored some goals and earned that game. I mean, it was close in the third. We had some chances and they had some chances and they hit a post, we hit a post, and then eventually they, from the power play, they scored a goal after a break play. It was a little, some kind of a scramble, deflection and boom, it ended up in our net. And I think we all did what we could, you know, tried to tie it and ran out of time and, obviously, came up short.

On the ‘too many men’ penalty deciding the game....
Yeah, I don’t know. It’s just, yeah, I don’t want to see that. It’s one of those things you try to avoid and you don’t like to see it happen, especially in game seven, but it did, and our PK was really solid and strong throughout the whole series and throughout the whole playoffs and it’s just unfortunate that they scored on that one.



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