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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Thursday, September 29, 2011


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On the close calls by the refs tonight…
I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s something right now that they’re trying to set a standard – make sure that everyone be aware that we’re not standing for that anymore. It’s some pretty stiff consequences if you get yourself in that situation.

On improvements that can be made…
I think it’s been getting better as the season is coming along. A lot of times we’re kind of mismatched around with our pairings. So you’re out there with different guys a lot. I think obviously there’s room out there for improvement but that’s what the preseason is for. We have another game to make sure we’re ready when the season starts.

On how they were able to keep Ottawa under ten shots in two periods…
I think we did a good job in the offensive zone first off. Guys are doing a good job keeping in possession of the puck. Forwards are back checking and putting a lot of back pressure. For the most part we were doing an alright job of breaking out and that all helps to keep the shots down.

On how the preseason games compare to the regular season…
Well I think as we’re going along the games are feeling more and more like regular season games. They’re intense, guys are getting a lot more sharper. And that’s what preseason is for. We’ve got to make sure – there’s only one more game here and then the regular season starts so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for the 6th.

On how it’s going to feel playing on opening night…
It’s going to be nice. You’re looking forward to it obviously. It’s going to be an exciting night knowing that there’ll be a good atmosphere.  


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On what the team did right and wrong during the game...
We created a lot of chances, a lot of opportunities and I think what we need to find right now, especially in this game we didn't have, was that killer instinct and that finish. We still got a week to prepare, one more preseason game left, a lot's happening here in the next week so we have to do whatever we can to get ourselves ready and you know, it's unfortunate how things resulted here tonight but like I said before we just have to, you know, fine tune some things and when we get chances we have to bury them.

On if there's anything that the team can't handle after what he's gone through...
I mean, you know, we went through a lot last year to do what needed to be done and every year is a new year and comes with its different challenges and different adversity and you know, we're going to have to find a way to recreate that chemistry and that work ethic that we created last year. You know, it's a process, it's not something that just happens overnight or just carries over from last year so it's something that we're going to have to work out to recreate.

On how he feels about his game personally tonight...
Yeah you know it was, last two games I got more shots, I felt like I was around the puck more and getting more scoring opportunities so even in practice I feel like my skating is getting better. That's the one thing that I really want to work on is just get my feet going and I think right now, you know, playing a little too much east-west, side-to-side so I have to simplify it a bit and just take it to the net a little bit more.

On seeing Horton back on the ice and his performance...
Yeah it's good to see. It's good to see him test out, you know, the competitiveness and his, you know, he's having no symptoms from that hit last year and you know, that's the way he plays and you know, that pass, it's the exact same one I got- as in game four against Philly last year so you know, great pass, right on the tape and I had an open net to shoot at because of a nice play by him and  [David] Krejci.


OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH PAUL MACLEAN
On winning despite the game not going the way the Senators planned…
At the end of the day it’s a Picasso, right? Because you win the game. But the first period we didn’t want the puck. We didn’t seem to have much interest in the game. All we did was defend again, and that’s not what we want to be. We want to be a team that comes out with confidence, and handles the puck and wants the puck. Our execution was, again, a little bit slow but those are all things we can work on. And those are things that we will work on. I thought [Craig] Anderson was very solid in the net. A lot of our young players played very well.

On if there was an awe factor early in the game facing the Bruins…
Well I suppose. They’re the Stanley Cup Champions. I’m not sure what it was, I guess we could come up with all kinds of reasons or excuses. It’s the National Hockey League, you have to be ready to play. You should be excited to play the Stanley Cup Champions, and you should want to beat them.

On how the Senators’ young players performed…
I think that Jared Cowen had another good game. I thought [Mika] Zibanejad and Colin Greening were also very good in the game. They really played the whole game, along with [Craig] Anderson, and that’s a good sign for them.

On seeing Craig Anderson in mid-season form…
Well, he gave us an awful lot of confidence, and that’s what we needed. Going into the third period, he did an outstanding job. That and our penalty killers kept us in the game. The five-on-three I thought was big kill for us, we did a good job on that, and didn’t give up too many scoring chances. We didn’t give up any scoring chances, I don’t think. That gave us a boost going into the third.

On David Rundblad’s game-winning goal after a slow start to the game…
Well the first period he was; a lot of guys had tough games. But in the overall game, David [Rundblad] probably had one of his best games. After the second period and into the third, I thought he really started to get comfortable and really make some of the plays with the puck that we expect him to make. And I thought he played very well in the second and third.

On what he liked about Jared Cowen’s game…
He’s just been consistent since day one. He’s just been good. I thought he had a good stick. He was physical, and he was in position all the time. We played him inside all the time. He did a great job killing penalties. All around it was just another consistent NHL game.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On how he felt on the ice…
Not really. I felt alright. Nothing really happened out there. We were in their zone for pretty much the first two periods so nothing really much going on.

On how he feels the team did…
I mean there’s few ups and downs a few inconsistencies here and there but all around not bad.

On how the powerplay felt…
Yeah certainly it’s good to get out there and have some poise and composure on the powerplay.

On how important it is to be one of the last guys in the training camp to break roster…
Well the goal is to make the team so getting here is a big step so it’s very important. So it’s good so far.

On how this game is helping him gain experience…
Yeah I mean every second you get more comfortable with this level. Even playoffs helps a little bit and now going through this camp it definitely helps a lot.

On how he feels he is playing compared to this time a year ago…
I think it’s ahead of where it was but it’s not where it needs to be. It’s getting there.

On whether he saw how Steve Kampfer went down…
I honestly don’t know I just saw him get hit. So I don’t know what happened at all. I couldn’t tell if he caught a rut there if that’s why he did the split or what happened - just looked awkward. I just looked over and saw him dump it and get hit but that’s it.

On what he was thinking seeing Steve Kampfer get off the ice in regard to his roster spot…
Well obviously he’s a friend of mine so I don’t want him to get hurt. And I want to earn this spot. I don’t want it to be an account of someone getting hurt.

On whether he’ll be ready if he get’s his spot on the roster…
I’ll be ready if that time does come so – I mean that’s the way it works but it’s not like I’ll take it anyway I can. But I’ll definitely be ready when it happens.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On the condition of Steven Kampfer …
Yeah, he suffered a knee injury. Left knee. And that’s basically all we have right now for specific details. He’s going to have an MRI tomorrow so we’ll find out a little bit more on his condition.

On if it was the left knee that he hurt last year while playing in the AHL…
No, no it was a different knee.

On if it is difficult to end the battle for a roster spot because of injury…
Yeah, but I don’t know if it settles it. We’ll find out tomorrow how severe it is and is he going to be two months or is he only going to be a few weeks? And if he is then it can still be a battle going on there.

On Nathan Horton’s play tonight and if it means he’s fully healthy…
Oh, yeah. I’ve known that for a while now and you’ve seen it in practice. He’s skating well, he’s shooting well, he’s involved in all areas and, like I said, I really like the way he’s progressed from midseason last year right to the end. He was a real good player, consistent player, something that most people didn’t feel he had in his game and he continues to be that. So I’m really happy with Nathan.

On the play of Matt Bartkowski tonight…
They both, I mean, they’re both pretty good. Actually, you know, I thought Kampfer was having a real good night and skating and moving the puck and Bart [Matt Bartkowski] is still there. There’s some things that I think he has to continue to work on and he’s got good size, he’s a solid skater, but you know, every once in a while he gets caught with maybe not moving the puck quick enough and those are just little things that he has to continue to work on but having said that I like both their games.

On if Tim Thomas will start on opening night next Thursday…
I think we’ll have to wait and see. You know the plan is certainly to play him next game and see where he is and if everything is good we’ll make those decisions in a week from now or a few days before.

On if it is frustrating that Tim Thomas only saw 10 shots tonight when he needs to get more game experience before the season begins…
Yeah, but we can still get him the work in practice so we can make up for it somewhere else down the road. But you know, he needs to get into some games and get into some game situations, which he did tonight.

On Daniel Paille’s play and becoming more involved…
Yeah I think the one thing that Dan [Paille] realizes is that he got off to a slow start last year and it hurt him, so he was determined to come back this year and really have a good start. He’s skating well and he’s competing hard and like you said, he’s trying to make plays, and he’s capable; I think he’s had a break-away almost every game he’s played so far. He’s got that speed that allows you that, so he’s definitely off to a better start and he’s like everybody else. Our message is clear to him that if you want to be here, you make sure you keep your spot. For the guys that have it, you’ve got to keep it; for the guys that want one, they’ve got to go out there and earn it. There’s a competition going on and he wants to make sure he’s in that line-up on opening night.

On evaluating players tonight…
Well, a couple of things are that, every team has its own agenda and ours is to evaluate players right now, so theirs—they certainly cut their bench. They went down to three lines and hardly saw their fourth line guys at all or you just spot them here and there on different lines, but he cut his roster or his lineup down to three lines. I wasn’t about to do that, not when you’re evaluating players. If you’re going to evaluate players you need to play everybody. Evaluating for us was more important than the end result and at the end of the day you still come out of it, even though you lost, it’s not in the standings, but you’re still the better team and tonight we were the better team. Their goaltender played well, made it hard for us to score some goals and we also have to be better in that area, but it’s one of those games that we’re able to see a lot from everybody and we’re able to evaluate properly.

On Adam McQuaid wearing the “A” on his jersey…
Yeah. I mean we’ve gone around the room. A lot of players have had it there in preseason so tonight and looking at the guys that had it and the guys that hadn’t, I thought he was a good candidate for that. I think he’s well respected from his teammates and he’s a guy that competes hard every night and he’s a hard, honest player and I thought he was deserving of wearing it.


OTTAWA SENATORS GOALIE CRAIG ANDERSON
On the amount of action he saw in net tonight…
It keeps you in the game when you get a lot of shots right off the bat. Obviously we traveled and had a tough schedule that way, but we found a way to keep it close right after the first and found our legs in the third.

On if he was satisfied with the way the game went…
Sometimes that’s the way things go. You can dominate for two periods, sometimes three periods and not win. It works both ways. There’s going to be games where we dominate and we don’t win and games where they dominate and we win. So they all even itself out at the end of the year, you just enjoy it while you can.

On if he enjoys playing in games with a lot of pressure and a lot of shots…
I pretty much enjoy it when we come out on the winning side of it. When you’re on the other side of it, it’s not so fun. When they start scoring on their chances, a couple bounces a couple good shots here and there and that game is out of reach for us.

On the team tightening up defensively at the end of the game…
Like I said we got our legs underneath us and we finally settled down. I think we were gripping our sticks a little too much early. I think we were maybe a little in awe of the Bruins, coming into their building since they just won the Cup. They deserve that credit and they deserve that awe from us. So hopefully when we get to the regular season we won’t have that first period stumble.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if the team needs to find a medium between playing hard but not as hard as regular season games...
Well you don't. You have to play them the same way as the regular season games. That's the whole point that you have to get ready. if you want to get ready for a regular season game you have to play these preseason games as hard as a regular season.

On how hard it is to see a teammate get injured, especially in a preseason game...
It is, it is always hard to see one of your guys go down and being hurt. Obviously we don't know how serious it is or not but hopefully he's going to be ok but those things have happened. You know, it's just very unfortunate and hopefully he's going be okay.

On what happened in the third after having controlled the majority of the game...
Yeah, I thought that we had pretty good control, we had for the most part we had control of the game and domination but obviously we still got only one goal and it's that, for the other team it's still kind of a chance or if you want to say that light at the end of the tunnel is always there that even though they are not controlling the game. but they are only behind one goal and then they scored that one goal, very unfortunately for us, the luck was on their side when the bumps or deflections went off of our guy who tried to block the shot in the net.

On what they're working on during preseason...
Yeah, you know I think it's just we all are looking for the timing and the tempo.

On how he feels he and the team has played so far in the preseason...
I think we are where we need to be it's just - we got one more game to go so we just have to get ready for that opening.

On if he likes the way the team is coming together, with the newcomers and everything...
Yeah, everything is going splendid I think and you know, we are obviously making the team smaller and smaller there are probably some tough decisions ahead of us and we'll see how we end up.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the penalty killing…
Yeah when we’re short-handed we want to put as much pressure on the other team as we can a good way to do that is trying to get offensive chances. Obviously you have to be safe. You can’t be making plays around your own blue line and in your own zone. But if you get a chance on a rush we want to do that. And trying to take advantage of our speed.

On whether the feels ready for the season…
Yeah definitely, I think we’re a little sloppy at times but for the most part it’s how it goes. We’re in preseason right now. It’s been a short summer we’re all just trying to get away from hockey a bit. We’re trying to get back into it right now and it’s happened so we’re good right now. We’ve got to be happy with how things are going so far.

On how he feels physically…
I feel good. I feel like I’m back to normal it’s – I’m starting to get my legs back and my hands back and stuff. That’s what training camp’s for – just trying to get back to the groove of things. So far I feel pretty good.

On the team chemistry…
It’s really coming along. We’ve only got a couple games together. We’re starting to find each other out there a little more. Get more comfortable with where each other is. With our speed, we’ll try to use that to our advantage. We just want to keep our feet moving down low. And with how quick the guys are it’s tough to defend. So we’re going to have to draw some penalties.

On the chemistry with his line…
Yeah that’s what we’re trying to do. We have good chemistry at five on five and just trying to transfer it over to the powerplay. We’re still trying to get the chemistry down. But we had a couple of good plays out there. And hopefully we can continue to build on that.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On how he feels with a couple games under his belt now…
Not bad. I feel, I feel pretty good. I daily feel better. And I think I’m on track for where I want to be.

On if he would rather be facing more shots…
It’s good to get experience for both ways, because it’s going to happen at times. I think you could, even when there’s not shots, you still get your practice out of games because you’re still moving and you’re still fighting through traffic to see the, to follow the pass and stuff like that. So when you’re not getting a lot of shots you focus on some of the other stuff. So in a way it can be better because when you’re getting a ton of shots you don’t have time to worry about any technique.

On how he feels physically a week before the opener…
I feel pretty good. Yeah, I mean, I feel pretty good.

On if he thinks there should be more calls like the disallowed goal…
Well they’re, I mean I think they’re calling it right most of the time. That one was like, he didn’t run me over but he came right into the crease without being pushed in and bumped just a little bump to, it’d be different if he had the puck and he came to the net with the puck. That’s different. You’re kind of allowed to get into the goalie like that. So I think it’s probably a case of a ref making a call to teach these young kids a lesson of how you’re supposed to, what the rules are supposed to be. During the season, the regular season, to be honest you might not get that call.

On if he had to work on anything in particular this camp…
No, no not really. It’s just all in general just pulling it all together and getting ready for the season.

On he feels ready for the season after two games…
Yeah, yeah I think with another week of practice I’ll be right where I want to be.


OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSEMAN DAVID RUNDBLAD
On scoring his first goal…
It is always nice to score.  Especially against Boston, the former Stanley Cup winners, it’s a nice feeling.

On finding an answer for the Bruins forecheck…
They are a really good team.  They have some powerful forwards.  They were very physical and were hitting us.  I think we managed to play pretty good.  They had more shots than us but I think we started to play better in the second and third [periods].

On the performance of Craig Anderson…
Oh yeah definitely.  He was really good today.  We have to thank him for this one.

On how he felt tonight…
I felt pretty good.  I feel like I am getting better and better every game I get to play.  Tonight I got to score.  That is a really nice feeling.



PREGAME
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME QUOTES
On if he thinks he knows who will be on his team or still needs more time...
I got a couple of [tough decisions] that we have to make and that's why yesterday I said we'll probably see, you know, again, a lot of players right until the last preseason game and more than likely you'll see our real team in that first regular season game so we're at that stage where we got some last decisions to make that aren't going to be easy.

On if he watched the Red Sox game last night...
Can't say I watched the whole thing but I know about it.

On how he feels about the Red Sox and their situation...
Yeah, I think everybody's going to look for people to comment on what happened but you know, sport is what it is and you know, one day it's great, the next day it's something like that and you know, we can all stand here and speculate and have our reasons and answers but only they know, in the dressing room, the cause of it and you know, I know there's been a lot of injuries and injuries can sometimes break team chemistry and put you off track and there's a lot of reasons why those kind of things happens. But I guess as outsiders the natural thing to do, I guess, is always to attack that team and you know, I think, like I said they're the only ones who know inside the real reason and they may suck it up and you'll never find out but you know it's tough. We've been through it and it's tough to swallow and I'm sure those guys are not certainly happy and proud today but they're going to bounce back. You know, this is a proud organization and I'm confident that they're going to bounce back.

On the possibility that he would start the regular season with a 23 players...
Possibly. You know, I haven't sat down with [B’s GM] Peter [Chiarelli] and really said yay or nay but we did allude to that- that we may have to and I think we'd be probably willing to do that. That would mean three extra players but you know, last year we were a fortune group that we minimized our injuries and we didn't really need 23 but you never know what's going to happen and you know, if guys are worthy of being here then they're going to be here and at the beginning of the year, sometimes you have to move guys in to the line-up or sometimes you don't and you just- you have to adapt to the situation as is. I'm not one to predict too far ahead. I have ideas about it but whether it happens or not is another thing and then I deal with it as they come.

On how he feels about having the luxury of that option...
Well I've always said that all along. The more, the better. The tougher it is on us, the better it is for the organization and for the team. Anything that's tough is usually good at this stage. You know, if you have easy decisions and you've got your 20 guys but the other 21st or 22nd guys are easy cuts, then that doesn't say much about the depth of your hockey club so I'd rather be in that position and know that from whatever, 20th on to 26, 27, there are tough decisions.

On if he values this week as time to fine-tune before the regular season...
I think that there's some purpose to that. First of all you know, yesterday was one of those practices -- we've got -- including yesterday- we had four good practice days where we can work on the things that we want our team to work on and with that smaller group you're able to do that because more than likely whether some of those guys are here or not, there's a good chance they're going to be call-ups so it's a good time- we're down to one group. It's actually very good, we don't mind that at all and so it'll be a useful three more practices coming up and then we'll keep working on those kind of things and probably work towards fine tuning the special teams later on in the upcoming week.

On what he's doing to improve the power play...
Well it's been a little bit of everything. I mean right now, we're running it in preseason and I know it's preseason but we're at close to 30 percent. If we could ever stick to that during the season, we'd be a happy crew but you know again, there was half American [Leaguers], half NHLers at the beginning but still, it's the same thing for us, we had half those teams so I like the way right now our power play is going and we've kind of just simplified it to start with and then right now, the way it's going, we just want to stay on top of it and then by the beginning of next week when we kind of cut down our numbers, we'll really put our groups together and then work on it a little bit more but you know, it's about execution. You know I think guys right now we got into a stage last year I really thought even our best power play guys were really tentative and it's almost like we've got a clean slate right now. Our guys seem a little bit more relaxed and because of that they're making some better plays and you know, it's a combination of everything. We've kind of tweaked some things and tried to simplify it and you know, simplifying areas and clarified in others so there's no, you know, trying to minimize those grey areas where guys can, when they've got the puck they know exactly what they have to do instead of thinking it and by the time you think, everybody's back into their position.

On if he sees someone who has the ability to take over Marc Savard's role in the power play...
I think that half board is a pretty important position and you know, Tyler's [Seguin] a guy that we're looking at right now that can hopefully step in and do that job and you know, even Marc coming in last year -- I don't think Marc was ever 100 percent as far as his game was concerned, not himself, but his game -- it never caught up to that but when Marc was on top of his game a few years back, there's no doubt you wanted him to have the puck and control it so right now we've got some guys that we hope. [Rich] Peverley is a guy that's got good skill, you know, Seguin is another one and you know, Patrice [Bergeron] is a guy that you can use in so many different areas, on the point, half wall or even goal line, he'll take the puck to the net so we really feel that we've got the guys to do it. We just have to put it together and get them to execute with some confidence right off the get go.

On how he feels about the progress of his defense...
That's something that I think is an ongoing process. You know we keep doing it in practice, you keep encouraging them to jump in at the right times and support the attack. I think it's something that in preseason games has been pretty good and I think we're further ahead but I think that's just a combination of us pushing on that from the past years and it's getting better and better and you know, I can only go back to when I first got here and you know, from a non-playoff team, you wanted to make the playoffs and we've grown not only as a team -- we've grown -- our adapt, our skill level, everything has improved so every year you try and get better and I think that hasn't changed and we're adding those elements you know, [Jordan] Caron coming in as a guy that can carry the puck. You've seen [Matt] Bartkowski, [Steve] Kampfer, guys fighting for a spot doing it. [Andrew] Ference is another guy that's comfortable doing it so you know, more and more our guys are getting comfortable at doing that but, it takes time and you know it's a process of what we started in other years- getting better all the time .

On how he decides on playing time for the veterans in the preseason games...
Well, it's basically watching them too, some guys you can tell haven't missed a beat, you see they're- how they're handling the puck, how they're skating and shooting and you know, some guys- they just seem on track and even watching in those preseason games, they really look like they're sharp. Maybe other guys a little bit more of a challenge so you try to give them a little bit more games so you balance that with the fact that you've got some guys fighting for some spots and you know, when they leave here, or whether they stay,  they've got to know that they had an opportunity. Some guys are going to leave, some guys are going to stay so you have to make sure that that opportunity was there and they had as many games as you could give them. So it's balancing that out and everyday here going through that whole process of looking at individuals and seeing who needs to play and maybe who doesn't need to play as much.

On how he feels about Dennis Seidenberg's performance...
I don't think he's been an issue. Dennis is always a guy that keeps himself in really good shape so that wasn't an issue there and you know his game itself has been good. He's moving the puck; he's doing the things that we know he can do so he's one of those guys that I don't think has missed a beat.

On how he feels about the improved structure of the team's performance and of Tuukka Rask's performance...
I think the first couple of preseason games you got a lot of guys that are coming in, even guys that have never played a game in the NHL or guys that are coming from other organizations and we're giving them opportunities but as you're getting closer to your team, you're getting back the guys that have been here before and there's definitely a little bit more structure in the game and that certainly helps. But you know, whether that's been the case or not, I don't think we would even question how Tuukka's played. You might find that it's been easier but, from our eyes we see a goaltender that's really sharp and ready to play this year.
 
On how he feels about the new rules and how NHL VP Brendan Shanahan is enforcing them...
I think everybody's going to have to kind of sit back and see. I think the main thing is, it's like anything else, when you insert new rules and you want to change something, you really have to go, not overboard but, you really have to go to the extremes to really send a message and I think right now he's sending a message and at least he's bringing awareness that they're serious about it now. By doing that I think it's, as a player, you have to be careful of how you're going to be hitting guys -- those head shots and stuff like that -- and eventually you know, you'll get comfortable with it and then I think it'll get better and that's the way to make things happen. If you're going to put in a new rule and not go to the extremes to apply it, then there's always that grey area so right now I'm supporting what he's doing right now and hopefully the players understand that he's not doing that to punish or to make a name for himself, but more about trying to clean up that part of our game that we all feel needs to be cleaned up.

On how he feels about suspending people for foul language...
Well, you know, it depends on the ruling there. There's a rule in place for there's a certain type of language-whether it's to referees and stuff like- that then you certainly can get tossed out of a game. I'm one of those guys that believe that you know you shouldn't be crossing the lines. There's some things that are being said out there that are really crossing the line. Whether that's been like that decades ago, I'm not quite sure. People are going after divorces or calling people certain names that I don't even want to allude to here but there is a fine line I think that has to exist. There's gamesmanship and then there's crossing the line and you know, I think more and more, players today are going further than they used to so hopefully it's -- you'd hoped that it would be policed by themselves, by having a little bit more respect for each other. They are part of a player's association, they should all be part of a group and there should be at least that kind of respect that exists. Some people are better at refraining themselves than others and you always have those other kind of guys whether the league needs to step into it, it's always a hard thing to prove. You know he said, she said and whatever, it's not an easy thing to tackle.

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