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February 4
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BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On if the Bruins played better today than they did on Thursday night against Carolina…
Yeah, I think we’re headed in the right direction.

On if he’s glad the Bruins play tomorrow because the team is headed in the right direction…
It doesn’t really matter I guess. Everything’s what you make of it, whether we play in two days, three days, or tomorrow. We’ll see. It’s up to us to go out there tomorrow and do the work that it’s going to take to continue to move forward in the right direction. That’s what we want to do.

On if he was trying to contain and cover the puck on Matt Cooke’s goal…
No. It was a backhand, kind of spin-o-rama kind of thing, and I was trying to kick the puck to the corner. Which I did actually, just right to one of their players who pushed it back out in front again.

On if he has any explanation for why the Bruins aren’t scoring…
No, I mean, you’ve got to give credit to the last two goalies we’ve played. They played really good games I think, and the last two teams we’ve played have played a pretty solid 60 minutes of defense. I think some of it is what the other team has done, and I can’t see anything in particular.

On if his mindset changes when he isn’t getting the goal support that he did earlier in the year…
No, I don’t think so. I mean, three games ago, we scored four goals against Ottawa to get the win. No, I don’t think it’s a mindset. It just happens to be the way a couple of games played out in a row.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GOALTENDER MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
On how difficult the game was...
Well, they are one of the best teams in the league so they are always a good challenge for a team. They played solid and they kept coming until the end.

On how his team played in front of him...
They did a good job, I thought. The D’s were blocking shots and taking rebounds away so, you know, that is always a big help for me. Everyone helped out in their defensive zone and got two big goals for us.

On what has kept the team playing so well despite all the injuries...
I think we’ve got a good system. We’ve got a deep team. Even the guys that were called up from the American (Hockey) League did a great job for us. Altogether we just have to find ways to get points and get wins.

On why he thinks he has had such great success playing at the TD Garden...
I don’t know. I like it; it’s fun to play here. It was really loud, they have a good team, you know, so the pace is fast and the game is always intense. I don’t know I just like it here.

On whether the save he made on Seguin with only a few minutes remaining was the biggest of the game…
It was big because it was late in the game and they had the momentum and they kept coming at us.

On whether he thought the Penguins had played a pretty good road game…
Yeah. It seemed like the first was a little slow for both sides. In the second I thought the tempo went up and a lot of guys played the way we know we should.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON        
On the team’s play tonight...
I thought it was definitely the right direction, where we’ve been I think the effort was definitely there. Maybe with a couple of bounces that game goes either way, I guess that was pretty much the gist of it right there.  I think everyone for the most part showed up to play tonight.  I think we battled, I think we definitely were back to our game plan fairly consistently.

On the team’s structure looking good tonight…
Yeah, I thought so too.  I thought for most of the game we were playing our solid game.  It could of went either way so we’ll keep working if we keep giving efforts like that.  Keep playing to our structure, then things will turn around for us, but it definitely was a step in the right direction today.

On whether or not it’s good to have back-to-back games…
I don’t know.  I don’t really, you know me, I don’t really think about that stuff too much. The schedule is the schedule, we play with what were given so whether we had a day off or we play right back at it shouldn’t make a difference either way.  I’m not a big believer in that stuff.

On the top teams bringing out the best in the Bruins’ play…
I mean I guess this year yeah, it seems to be that way.  Seems that we’ve stepped up our game in big games.  I think obviously they are a good team over there.  I think there goalie played really well tonight too, I got to give him credit.  I think ours did too, but I think there were a couple chances that some might have been goals.  Tomorrow’s another one for us but we got to come to play and hopefully get two points and get back on the winning track.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEAD COACH DAN BYLSMA
On holding off the Bruins in the third period…
I thought it was a tight game all the way through.  A lot of the first period they [Bruins] probably got to their game a little bit more than we did.  Fortunately we got a power play goal at the end.  We had to kill off four minutes in the second period.  In the third period I thought our team was able to play real well without the puck.  Still able to keep them away from our zone enough to get in the offensive zone to keep pressure on their team.  They got a goal there to get to it one.  Every player had to go out there and play good defense.  Play good team defense.  We got a lot of big efforts and a huge win for us.

On the importance of killing the four minute penalty…
You look back on it and it's tough to say at the time.  Still a real tight game, obviously.  They score on that or they get one in the first two minutes, it could possibly be a big turning point for them.  To be able to kill that and keep it one to nothing was real big for our team.  I think we played better after that point.

On the play of Penguins forward Matt Cook over the course of the season…
I think for the first twenty five games, thirty games there was definitely a feeling out process.  Almost staying away from certain areas of the ice.  I think the last ten to fifteen games he has started to understand how to play all the way and still be physical and still be well within a different mindset than maybe he was before.  I think he’s been real effective physically for us, kind of like Matt Cooke can be.  And he’s still well within a new mind frame.  

On the play of Penguins forward Joe Vitale…
He’s a grit guy, tenacious guy.  Has a lot of speed and when he’s playing that way he’s effective physically.  He’s a good defensive player for us.  Battle level wise, tonight in face offs he was good for us and used in that situation.  On the penalty kill, I think he won five in a row on the left dot, on his strong side which is really big.  He adds a little bit of speed and grit to our lineup.  And a workman role.

On the play of Penguins goaltender Marc Andre-Fleury…
Marc was exceptional tonight.  There were a couple real big saves, but he was at his best with traffic and his rebound control minimized any kind of action at the net Boston had with their PP [Power Play].  They get one because he can’t see it and doesn’t know where it is.  Pretty much everything he was able to see he was in control of and minimized second opportunities they could have had.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On the team being better tonight…
Um, it’s still a work in progress but it’s definitely an improvement from last game. Our effort was there, we’re just still half a second slow on certain steps. But you know, we didn’t give them too many chances defensively but it didn’t seem like we had too many either. We had a lot of shots from our defenseman so it was that type of game today. The last two games, we’ve had almost 80 shots and only one goal showing for it. It’s frustrating right now, but thankfully we got a game tomorrow to focus on.

On Pittsburgh keeping them to the outside…
Well we were, they kept a solid perimeter and for us it was more being outside. Every time our D had a shot, we tried getting someone in front of the net there, especially late in the third we did a good job getting to the net but you know, [Marc-Andre] Fleury made some good saves. It was tough, he made a good save on Marshy [Marchand] and Segs [Seguin] and those could’ve been two key plays.

On if he felt okay after his hit from Brooks Orpik…
I think so, I was going as fast as I could, wasn’t even trying to hit him and same with him, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t trying to hit me. We just collided, and he ended up getting the best of me. I’m sure it looked pretty bad, but I feel great.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE CORVO
On the play Bergeron made to get him the puck on his goal…
Yeah it was nice. I was just kind of waiting for it and he found a little lane underneath the players stick. It’s what the skilled players do, they find ways to get you the puck and that’s what he did.

On if Fleury was screened on the shot…
Yeah, Marchand did a great job of standing in front of him until the last minute until it kind of got to the net. It was the right height to where the goalie was kind of staying low and trying to see it and it just went in.

On what happened between him and Ference…
I just collided with Fer [Andrew Ference] and got stunned a little bit. When collisions like that happen, we’re both going fast in opposite directions, we don’t mean to hit each other and I just got stunned a little bit.

On if he feels the Bruins are taking steps in the right direction…
Yeah today was a much better game. Probably the best game we have played in a while. I thought we did the right things, the things that we talked about doing before the game instead of just abandoning the game plan and not doing things correctly. It was definitely a step in the right direction. The guys hate to lose, but then again we feel good about the effort that we put out there, thank goodness we have a game tomorrow and get right back at it.

On what else needs to be corrected…
Maybe just bearing down a little bit more on our opportunities. It’s tough when you lose a game 2-1, you don’t statistically lose too many games if you’re just giving up 2 goals. So maybe just bear down a little bit more on our chances, I thought we created a lot because we kept getting behind the defenseman and working on them. That’s something we hadn’t done the past couple games, we were turning it over a lot.

On the defense being very active in today’s game…
I think that’s a big part of our game. I think maybe tonight it was a little bit too big. I think our forwards definitely have to look us off occasionally; we don’t need the puck that often. It’s just something that our offense works off of, are shots from the point.

On his chance early on the pass from Seguin…
It was a tough cross body one time redirection, just a tough play for me to make. It was a great pass but it’s a lot easier if the pass is coming from low to high.

On if his goal is a confidence boost…
Yeah, I’m taking it that way. Anything positive I’m going to take and run with it and try to carry it into the next game and make me feel good out there and play well. I will definitely try to carry that on.

On if he has felt better in recent games…
Yeah. Here and there. I just don’t feel like I get involved enough offensively, which is something I kind of critique myself on in games, how offensively involved I get. So when that’s not really working for me I tend to try and do more than I should. My game plan going into tonight was to kind of relax and stay at the point and try and stay open that way and give myself some room to stay open and get some shots on net.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD JOE VITALE
On throwing the first punch against a physical team…
Yeah, I think they are one of the toughest teams in the league, a lot of hard working guys. So, come out there and make that first punch. I thought that the [Brooks] Orpik hit in that second period really got us going.

On the Penguins playing a good road game…
I think we would have liked to come out maybe a little harder and stronger. But the second and third period I think we had some highs, sticking together, playing as a team and I think that’s pretty good.

On coming out hard in the third period…
Obviously they are going to push at some point. Our persistence kind of slowed them down a little bit in the first and second but we came out with our hands full there, a good talented group over there. So, as a team we did well executing there as well, down that one goal, but we stuck together and that was good.

On special differently against the defending champs…
No, our mindset really isn’t like that coming in. We just know it’s a good team.

On the Beanpot prediction…
I like NU and Harvard in the finals. I don’t know why. I watched the Harvard game on TV last night, and I liked their game, and obviously I have to go with the Huskies.

On having Sidney Crosby traveling with the team…
He is our leader and when you have your leader with you even if he is not in the line-up, just his presence alone kind of picks guys up. He’s a good guy to have around the room.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On the team giving a better effort tonight but not getting the results…
No definitely not. We did play better than we have been in the last couple of games, but the thing is the result wasn’t where we wanted it. You know, we had our opportunities but we need to score.

On Pittsburgh keeping the Bruins to the outside…
They were doing a good job boxing out and when the goalie can see it coming from the blue line from far away, even though, even if it’s a hard shot, he’s going to stop it more times than not. On our lone goal, Marshy [Marchand], I think it was Marshy in front of the net, did a good job screening [Marc-Andre Fleury] and that’s how we scored the goal. Joe [Corvo] got the shot on net and Marshy did a good job screening.

On Fleury’s play…
Well, both goalies played well again. But [Fleury] made some really nice saves, he’s one of the top goalies. Again, every goalie we face is a top goalie if you’re playing at this level, but he played extremely well and when you see the pucks, he’s going to stop most of them.

On Tim Thomas
He played also really well. It’s unfortunate, especially on that second one. Just, you know, unfortunate I guess. But, we stall and we keep a team to score under two goals – we have a good chance of winning the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN POSTGAME QUOTES
On the team’s recent play heading into a road trip…
Yeah, I don’t know. Obviously I think we’ve been getting a lot of chances. You know, tonight we had so many chances, I don’t know if we’re running into hot goaltenders or we’re just not getting enough people in front of the net. But, we’ve got to figure out a way to score some more goals.

On his scoring chances tonight…
Yeah, personally I thought I had a few chances and I think as a line we had definitely a couple chances there. A couple of semi partial breakaways, you know, in tight. And we’re just not finishing right now. So, hopefully we can pop a couple there in Washington tomorrow and get these goals in bunches going.

On the locker room being closed longer than usual...
I didn’t notice.

On the team’s play despite the loss…
No, I thought we played better tonight than we did in our previous game. Especially in the first period, that was tough to swallow, them getting a goal there late in the first period. I thought we played very well, very solid hockey, and we still couldn’t find a way to win tonight. But hopefully on the road, we can, you know, fix that.

On the Penguins’ play tonight…
Yeah, they did. They played definitely a great game and you’ve got to respect that. It was, you know, two good teams going at it, and we couldn’t come away with the win, that’s the bottom line, and we’ve got to find some offense somehow.

On getting hit…
No, I’ll be okay. Teeth are a little sore.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On the team improving and if he feels confident it will follow tomorrow…
Well I think so. I think the fact that we were better tonight than we were the other night is an improvement. I thought we played a lot harder than we had, and it’s like anything else – when you’re struggling you don’t just come out the next night and everything is fixed. Same thing when you’re winning, but yet your play is starting to slip, you’re still winning hockey games before it catches up. So the same thing is going to happen in reverse. We’re going to play some decent games and at the end of the night you look at what’s happened, we’re still on the losing end of it, but you got to start building on the positive and tonight I thought our effort was better, our focus was better and there was a couple of areas we have to continue to improve on. But if our guys go back out there tomorrow night and give that same effort, we’re going to turn this around.

On being eager to get back it and play tomorrow…
Yeah that’s what I said. I said that already right after the game that it was good that we’re going back to play tomorrow. I think number one, this loss stings. It’s – you know we played a lot harder yet we came up short and now we have a chance to go into Washington and want to redeem ourselves and win a hockey game. The last time we were in there we didn’t play very well either. So I’m happy that we’re playing tomorrow, I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can continue to get better as a team, and then get better results.

On mixing up the lines in the third…
Well it’s a little bit of everything. We still need more out of certain guys and that same time there were a few guys banged up and guys gone off for a while, so kind of mixed them up. But I wanted to find some sort of a little spark when we were down 2-0. Our guys, at one point, you could sense it on the bench that the second goal really hurt us a lot. And I wanted to get the team to get another spark and start focusing on battling back. We got that goal, it seemed to give us some life again.

On the defense getting a lot of shots…
Yeah, that’s the one thing. I think some of our lines – Krejci’s line didn’t have a shot on net after two periods. Those three guys, and then there were our other lines. Bergeron’s line only had four shots. Those other two lines just had one. But we had about 14 shots coming from the point which, two things: We need to generate it, we needed to generate it more from our forwards offensively, but at the same time, we were getting our shots through from our back end. Fourteen shots in two periods is a good job from our D’s to get those shots through. Again we have to do a better job in front of the net. If we’re getting shots through, where were the screens, the rebounds and that kind of stuff. We had to do a better job there as well. Those are two areas, I think when you look at tonight, offensively, we’ll have to work on that part of our game. Defensively, we’re a lot better, our backcheck, our D zone posture – a lot of things were very good tonight. Like I said we have to build on the positive and continue to improve on the areas we thought we could have had more of tonight.

On Corvo having a good night…
Well you know with Joe, it is all about confidence. With Joe, sometimes he makes a mistake and carries that on for too long. He’s got to let go of those things and build on what he does well. He had some great opportunities tonight, the goal against he’s standing in front of the net and you hope that he had better battle on that. But, you know, he’s no different than everybody else that’s going through this. We have to improve ourselves as individuals if we want to be a better hockey club.

On Tim Thomas’s play…
I mean, I’m not going to start dissecting every player one by one, that’s not what we do here. But as a team, I think we were much better tonight.

On everyone being okay after the game…
Yeah, exactly. I think Seidenberg, I don’t know I was told he got close to probably 20 stitches from that cut he got when he got hit near the penalty box. You saw Marchand banged up a little bit – a lot of those things we’ll see tomorrow. Those are injuries that came back and finished the game, and you got to check them out again the next day.

On if Peverley was injured…
Nope.

On if everyone is going to Washington…
Yep.

BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING AT 11:50 A.M.
On his reaction to Jordan Caron being called up...
Just got called up and he’s not playing today obviously, but we don’t have any extra forwards. He’s been playing well in Providence from what I hear.  Peter [Chiarelli] saw him play even last night and really liked his game so that’s exactly why we send him down so he can get some playing time.

On Nathan Horton’s status…
So far so good.

On whether or not he is on the bike today…
I’m not going to get into details of a concussion.  There’s things that have to go through so as long as it goes go good they keep moving forward, but at the same time I think we all know if it doesn’t they take a step back.  So this is something I don’t think I want to comment on everyday, yay, nay, and this is going well, it’s not going well. Right now it’s positive and we’ll leave it at that

On whether or not Caron will get ice time…
Absolutely, I don’t think we’d call him might just to have him as necessarily a spare.  There might be times we need him and if he’s playing well from what I hear he is we might get an opportunity to see him again.

On the team’s attitude today…
I think we’re a team who understands what we have to do here.  We got to play better, but we got to compete harder we got to focus on our jobs and stuff like that when things go well we got guys trying to do more than they should.  We all heard this story before and it kind of snowballs instead of making it better, it makes it worse.  I think we just need to take a step back and focus on our job as individuals and doing it right and putting the right effort in and if we do that I think a lot of things will fall into place.

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