Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Boston Bruins

Running Quote Sheet vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN

On Tuukka Rask’s injury...
He’s not making the road trip, that much I can tell you. I think [Michael] Hutchinson is going to be coming up for the road trip.

On if Tyler Seguin touched the puck on the non-icing call...
No. On the replay, it looks like [Andrew] McDonald touched it, and that’s what we thought, too. But, again, whether it’s a mistake or not, we make mistakes, they’re entitled to make mistakes, too, if they make a mistake, but that puck still went by two of our guys, and, uh, take the blame. You know, we’ve got to play to the whistle, and you know, maybe it was icing, but, again, we still could have handled it better than we did. As a coach, when you see that, you’re arguing about the icing call, it should have happened, but that’s the normal thing to do, but at the end, you’ve got to look at it and say, yeah, maybe it was icing. It looked like McDonald touched it, but at the same time, that doesn’t excuse us from not playing it through, because there was no whistle blown.

On if he had an update on Daniel Paille’s injury...
No, I still don’t have an update on him, so obviously with Tuukka, it happened earlier, and they told me that, but they’re still looking at Paisey, so I don’t really know more than what I’m telling you right now, which is nothing.

On it being a tough time for Rask to get injured...
What can I say? It is what it is. You’re right. You’re hoping to be able to utilize your two goaltenders in this stretch because the next two weeks, there’s about four games per week, but it’s not, so we’ll have to make do some way.

On if playing the New York Rangers tomorrow will help the team not dwell on today...
You seem to ask that question every time we lose a game. You’ve just got to play games and keep playing them. Today, if you asked me, we were the better team out there. We didn’t get the best results. Again, secondary scoring is not very apparent right now. We’re leaning on a lot of the same guys to score goals. If we can get some secondary scoring, I think it will solve a lot of the issues we have right now in winning hockey games.

On if Andrew Ference is staying at home during the road trip…
Yes, I think so. I think so. Again, there’s certain things, guys, I don’t question. I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think he’s staying behind.

On Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask pushing each other to be better…
Well, that’s been the strength of our goaltending. They’re both good, and they both know it, they want to push each other. I think Tuukka’s a goaltender that wants to become a number-one down the road, and his goal is to try and prove that. So as long as he’s trying to prove that, he’s becoming a good goaltender for us, and we know the other guy [Thomas] has proven himself over the years.

On if Johnny Boychuk had a “positive comeback”…
Yeah, I think it was no issues. I think the most important thing is the fact that it wasn’t a long-term thing. He felt good before the game, he felt good during the game, and you know, as far as I know, there hasn’t any issues at all, so hopefully that’s the way it’s going to continue.

On if he attributes the team’s struggles in recent weeks to a lack of secondary scoring…
Well, I think when you’ve been shut out five times in February and stuff like that, you know, again, you know we have the scoring. Right now it isn’t there. I think part of it is a little bit snake-bitten. You look at the end: Normally a wrap-around like Looch [Milan Lucic]’s is going in, and their goaltender made an unbelievable save. So we’re a little bit snake-bitten -- you saw some posts and stuff like that -- but at the same time, I think you’d like to see a little bit more secondary scoring. But you know, when you’re missing guys like [Rich] Peverley, and you’re missing guys like [Nathan] Horton, those are guys that, every game, have scoring chances, so you just lost two of those, which really takes a lot away from your hockey club. So you need to rely on guys to do a little bit more, and that’s what we’re pushing our team to do here, is to try and spread out that scoring and not have to put the pressure on the same guys night in, night out.

On if the team has been able to stay positive through their rough stretch…
You have to. This time of year is not the time to start hammering down on guys. I think, we say the way it is, there’s times we’re not happy with our game, and we’ll show it, but at the same time, you always have to build on the positive. Tonight, we had scoring chances -- we had more than they did, we out-shot them. I thought we were the better team out there, and the thing that hurt is the end result. I don’t care where they are in the standings; they play well. They’re a good team, a good young team, and today, they skated well. This is, it’s a heavy schedule for us, and we’re going into our fourth game tomorrow against a really good team, and four games in six nights, so we’re going to be challenged again in all areas, and we’ve just got to suck it up and battle through it.

On if he can take something positive out of the first few power plays in this afternoon’s game…
We got a goal out of it, and at the same time, it thought we had some good chances, controlled it, we shot more, and so I would say our power play was definitely better tonight.

On if he changed up the second and third defensive pairings to find the best combinations…
No, not really, it’s just a situation sometimes, coming off the penalty kill or power play, and stuff like that. Again, I mentioned the fact that we’re going to be playing four in six. You know, you try and no over-utilize some of your players and make sure that there’s enough in the tank for tomorrow, so when they come off killing a penalty or a power play, you’ve got to rely on other guys that aren’t in those situations to play together.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMEN DENNIS SEIDENBERG       
On his teammates getting hurt...
I don’t know how many guys went down, I think Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] and Paiesy [Daniel Paille].  I have no idea what they have but no matter what it’s always tough to lose guys that our very important to the line up, especially right now we just have to get put together and win the next time.

On the game tonight…
They played a solid road game.  They kept playing solid defense and getting pucks out of their zone and I think we kept calm, but we just didn’t have enough, I don’t know if I want to say work or enough pressure, in front of their net and dropping in on rebounds in order to score goals.

On Tuukka Rask getting injured…
I don’t think so I think we played I think it was I’m lost right now I think it was in the second period right.  So, our second wasn’t that strong again, but I think we caught ourselves after a little bit and got a few a couple chances here and there but just couldn’t come through.

On not getting two wins in a row…
Yeah for sure that was our goal, to put together two wins in a row, and get on a roll especially going on the road and having two tough road games, but now we have to start from scratch again and hopefully we win tomorrow.

On the New York Rangers game tomorrow…
We have to do the same thing that the Isles did to us tonight.  They played a really solid goal game not giving us, or giving them much, we just have to go out and be in the hunters and be the ones that play a strong, physical game and getting pucks in the end and pucks in the net.

On playing more physical to stop the Islanders…
I haven’t really thought about it that much.  I mean you always want to play physical and that plays a lot of hands, because when you play physical we can turn over pucks in the offensive zone and we weren’t just quiet on our game in the fore check- we were a little late sometimes and that made them come out of their zone easier than usual and they go on a rush with a lot of speed, but we play a physical game there, but not on a consistent basis.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TIM THOMAS       
On coming into the game for Tuukka Rask...
I felt fine. I mean I’ve been in this game long enough to be on my toes and be ready at anytime. So, I felt fine it wasn’t an issue.  It’s just no fun whenever see your partner get hurt and you’re just worried about him and I still don’t know what’s going on with him.

On the game tonight…
Yeah, they were kind of more opportunistic with us, and kind of keeping majority of our scoring chances from the outside and just waiting for their opportunities.

On the New York Islander’s performance tonight…
They had fortunate bounce on a power play that led to a really good back door pass on one play, and then they had a confusion type thing on the third goal there that they took advantage.

On if the non-icing call confused him…
Yeah at first as soon, but as mean as soon their guy picked it up, I don’t know who it was that picked it up, but as soon as their guy picked it up somewhere near their blue line I just forgot about it for the timing being and just went back to the play and worried about whether there was a messed up call there or not later.

On whether or not he screened that play…
No I kind of saw it, it was just a tip, a good tip.  I didn’t really see his stick, because his stick was behind the D and he kind of stuck it out and I don’t know if he actually just got lucky and it hit him, or whether… I don’t know.

On Rask getting injured…
Yeah well I mean as soon as he went down you know as a goalie, I’m at least coming in right away this game, you never know about things sometimes.  Things could look terrible on the ice and they don’t end up taking a lot of time out to recover, or there is a lot of times you don’t even see the injury and then it’s something that ends up being really long term.  So, I don’t now that’s not my area.

On the New York Ranger’s game tomorrow…
I’m going to look at it like any other game and show up and try to do my job.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN

On their mistakes in the game tonight…
Again, I guess it’s consistency. We’ve been talking about it for a while and I don’t remember the time where we have won back to back games, I think it’s been a little while. It’s something that we need to improve in. I don’t know what the reason is but, I guess, I think the second period we came out and I don’t know we looked a little different than we did in the first. And the third period we tried coming back again and I guess it was too late.

On goalie Tuukka Rask’s injury…
Yeah, absolutely. Tuuks [Rask] is one of the hardest working players I think on our team, you know, practices and what not. Even if he’s playing on a game day he’s still taking shootouts after practice and stuff and to see a bad bounce like that and see him go down and have to come out of the game isn’t something any teammate likes to see.

On the non-icing call that led to the go-ahead goal…
I didn’t touch it. Their guy touched it and we didn’t hear the linesman say anything so we all kind of stopped and I guess in the end it’s kind of our fault. You know, usually people always say play right until the whistle is blown and we didn’t do that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC

On the team’s inconsistency…
Yeah, it’s definitely frustrating, especially when you play a game like we did today and we didn’t get the bounces and they did. That’s it.

On if he would comment on the non-icing call at the end of the game…
No.

On playing with Tyler Seguin and David Krejci
It’s obviously good that we’ve been able to step up our game these last two games and for us, we’ve got to keep that good feeling going. So hopefully we can bring the same sort of effort as a line next game.

On what the team needs to do tomorrow to get a win over the New York Rangers…
A full 60 minute effort by all 20 guys. They’re a team that, you know, has been playing well all season and long and has given us some trouble the last two games. So, it’s going to take a group effort in order to beat them and we’re looking forward to the challenge.

On Tuukka Rask’s injury tonight…
It’s obviously not great to see him not be able to get up off after an effort to make a save. He’s been a big part of this team as well throughout the whole season. So it sucks that he had to leave the game and hopefully he’s going to get better soon.

On the 6-on-5 scoring chances at the end of the game…
I said, you know, it seemed like the bounces were definitely on their side today but, you know, for myself it was just a quick reaction opportunity. Kind of spin around, that type of thing, and he had his paddle down and unfortunately I wasn’t able to beat him.

On the team’s injuries lately…
It’s difficult when key guys are out of the lineup, and we’ve had key guys out of the lineup in the past few seasons and it’s given an opportunity for other guys to step up. We’ve, not pointing fingers at anyone, I think it’s a group effort. Everyone has to step up a little bit more and do a little bit more and try to fill that void.

On having two top goalies on the team [Thomas and Rask]…
I think it’s great. Obviously going up against them in practice, I think it’s good for us because it’s difficult to score on both of them. But definitely, it’s good to have that competition between the two of them and they’ve both been playing well.

On the time left before the playoffs…
Well, there’s 19 games left so we’ve got to figure it out sooner than later. I mean, you said it, time definitely is running but in saying that there still is time so it’s up to us to figure it out – and only us—and we definitely know that we have the bodies and guys in here to do it.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On Tuukka Rask getting injured…
It’s unfortunate and hopefully he’s going to be alright. I don’t know what’s going on, but you don’t want to see that. You don’t want to see a teammate going down, but it helps having two big goalies like that.

On the non-icing call being crucial…
Yeah, it was. It turns out to be the game winner. It’s one of those plays that you’d like probably to see again. Obviously I can’t comment on it, because I didn’t see it. I was on the bench so I don’t know exactly what happened, but it’s unfortunate and it hurts. In a game like that, it’s the game winner.

On playing the Rangers tomorrow…
Playing a great team tomorrow, so we’re aware what’s going on, they’re first in the standings. And for us, it’s about going out there and playing our game and making sure it happens. It’s two huge points, and they’re a great team, and we have to match that intensity, that physicality, and play our game.

On the Bruins playing a good game, and then falling off at the end…
It was. I think it was a good game, it’s just, like I said, it was an unfortunate bounce, and we had some chances to be there. In the last minute, there were a couple chances that went through him [Evgeni Nabokov]. He made some great saves also. We’ve got to find a way to get those goals.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK

On if it felt good to get the first hit out of the way…
First couple hits, yeah. It was one of those things where you actually want to get hit just to see how’d you feel and it felt normal.

On the non-icing call that led to go-ahead goal…
Just a hard around so our forwards would get going and beat them to the icing and I think everyone just lifted their sticks and they touched and thought it was icing, and nobody waved anything off. They came down on a 3-on-2, a shot, and a tip.

On if the referees said anything…
No not at all. Usually they would, if we touched it first they’d say no icing, but nobody heard anything.

On how he felt…
I felt pretty good. Just to get back into the groove of things, get out there and do the simple things.

On having four hits in the first period…
Yeah, I wanted to check the old head out and see how it would feel. It was good to just see how you feel right after – they told me if there was any, or if I felt any symptoms at all that, just to get off. If I have to sit another week, it’d be fine because we have enough guys to fill in. but no symptoms at all after warm up so in the first period, same thing no symptoms. Throughout the whole game.

On losing Rask and Paille to injury…
Yeah it’s too bad, but there’s guys here that will be able to step up. We’re more than capable of filling the void – it’s good competition too.

On how he felt…
I felt good, after warm up I saw how I felt and felt great, so I got to play. it was good we got a couple of hits out the way in the first period to see how I felt and it was good.

On why they can’t win two in a row…
We’re trying to – I don’t know it’s difficult. We have a lot of chances, there was a couple of bounces that they got that went straight on their sticks. They whiff on a shot and it goes in, bounces off three guys hits him in the stick and goes in, it was just unfortunate. We didn’t play a bad game. It was a pretty good game except for there was a couple of things in the second period. But throughout the game, it didn’t seem too bad. We did have those chances, even Looch [Lucic] at the end, [Evgeni Nabokov] made an unbelievable stop – I don’t even know what it hit on him, I think it might’ve hit a stick, but just things like that. We’re fine, we’re definitely fine. Once we get those goals, nobody will be saying anything about how you are going to get two wins in a row – it’s [you’re] a contender again and we are. I feel everybody is confident in this room that we can do it again.

On losing Rask…
Yeah especially, Tuukks gets in there and is playing really well, but it’s part of the game. Injuries are going to occur, and lucky for us we have two of the best goalies in the league. Tuukka goes down and you put Timmy in, and Timmy’s obviously more than capable of doing the job.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS HEAD COACH JACK CAPUANO
On the Islanders lack of confidence heading into the game…
I don’t know about not a ton of confidence.  I mean every game we come in, guys want to compete and play hard.  Maybe people, if you look at the standings, might not give us a chance.  But, we laced them up and went out there tonight.  I thought we gave a great effort.  The four lines generated some good things and I thought we were structurally sound defensively.  Naby [Evgeni Nabokov] shut the door on the PK [penalty kill] and at the end of the game with the big save that he made.

On the performance of the Islanders power play today…
Yeah, it was good to have.  We were really struggling the first power play or two that we had.  It was not very good.  We talked a little bit in between periods.  They got theirs and then Mouls [Matt Moulson] got a big goal for us.  Any time that line [Moulson, Nielsen, Tavares] gives us some offense we usually have success and tonight’s no different.  They got the big one on the power play and they got the one at the end, which is nice. 

On what kind of lift the win gives the Islanders…
We won a hockey game.  We’ve got to play New Jersey [Devils] tomorrow at three o’clock.  So we can enjoy this for thirty minutes and get on the plane and get back.  Really have to be focused on a good team that will be waiting for us, rested.  We have to make sure we play smart hockey tomorrow. 

On the non-icing call that lead to the Islanders third goal…
Never saw it.  From the bench it’s on the yellow, there.  I didn’t know one way or the other.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS FORWARD MIKE MOULSON

On what happened on the non-icing call…
I don’t know, to be honest I couldn’t really see what happened. Their linesman looked like he was in a better position, so I picked it up with some speed there in case it was icing, luckily it wasn’t. I came down, Jonny got a good tip on it and that’s the game.

On how they thought they matched up with the Bruins physical play…
Obviously they’re big and skilled, some big D men back there were physical and I thought we did a pretty good job. We both tried to play a physical game, we moved the puck well and supported each other well. We did a good job of getting back on some rushes and were able to get some dirty goals.

On the game tomorrow with New Jersey…
It doesn’t seem like it stops, game after game after game. It’s another battle tomorrow against a team that’s very good, especially because we don’t have too much time to rest. It will be nice to get a good night’s sleep tonight in our own bed. But they are in first place, they’re playing some good hockey and we have to come out with a lot of energy in our home building.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS GOALIE EVGENI NABOKOV
On breaking out of the losing streak…
Yeah, we want to get out of the losing streak as quick as possible and this was a great win for us.

On if the Bruins had any surprises for them…
To be honest, that’s the way we expected them to play. They threw a good game at us, they were around the net a lot, they were working the screens a lot, a lot of shots from up top. I thought they played pretty physical, but we responded well, we stayed with the plan and we won.

On how important this win was…
Well I think it’s pretty obvious right? Any two points for us right now are important and this is no different. The next game is going to be important and then the game after that. We are in a position where every single game is important.

On what the team did well today…
I thought we were battling. They were pretty physical with Lucic over there; he was all over the place. Obviously Thornton being a physical guy all the time and I thought we responded well and handled them well. We scored the timely goals and it was a good win. 

BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING, 11:50 A.M.
On if Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk will be playing this afternoon...
Ference, out. Boychuk, game-time decision.

On if the Bruins realize that the Islanders will be tough to play against...
I don’t think we have the luxury of not doing that. I think right now, we’ve got to get better as a team and be more consistent in our wins. Our guys are aware that they’re a pretty good team, and that they’re young, and when you give them some opportunities to showcase their skill, they do, and if you play them hard, at least discourage them from doing that.

On if the forward lines will be the same as Thursday night...
Well, we’ve got no extras, so that won’t change much. But again, the final roster on D will depend on the warm-up there and how everything comes out. We’ll have seven Ds out there, so that’s why I’m saying that.

On if he’ll change up the combinations of forwards...
No. Not to start.

On how the “merlot line” has responded to receiving more ice time (Paille/Campbell/Thornton)...
They responded well. I think there are games where they’ve been better than others, like any other line we’ve had, but they’ve been pretty good. They can handle those kind of minutes, and they understand their roles, so when they’re asked to step up, they do, and when they don’t get as much ice time -- you know, when we’re a healthy team -- they also understand what they have to do on those specific nights, and they’ve always been a line that gives us energy. For me, every time we need it, you can rely on that line to give it to you. The other part is, after you score a goal and you want a good follow-up shift, a lot of times, you can rely on those guys to give you that as well.

On if he wants to rotate players in to keep them fresh when all the team’s defensemen are healthy…
No, I don’t think it’s necessarily about rotating. It’ll probably be about trying to get the best six Ds out there. Right now, we have some -- like I said, we’ve got some injuries, and we’re fortunate to have gotten that depth that we needed at that position, so it’s paying off for us.


View More