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Running Quote Sheet vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 3/25

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Monday, March 25, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:25 P.M.
On the energy being there for the first two periods...
Probably not in the first. To me it was a gusty effort, not a pretty effort, but a gutsy one. Until they scored our second goal, we really weren’t that good and I don’t think the will and desire is not there, more than it’s, I think, we’re a little heavy right now in our play. We’ve lost some speed and everything else that comes with it. It’s a gutsy effort, anyways, from our part. After they scored the second goal we got ourselves going. Milan’s [Lucic] line wasn’t a line until the last half of the third period. Milan [Lucic] was very good after the first period, he got his feet going and it made a big difference.

On what he means by saying the team’s play is heavy...
You can tell, nothing is as quick as it has been. We’re trying to figure out whether the fatigue factor has played into that. I think we are tired, so we’re going to have to look into that a little bit more. This is certainly a team that when you see them in the room and you see them out on the ice, it’s not from lack of will, more than they seemed to be a little tired right now. That’s our assessment of our team and that’s how we feel our team is right now: a little bit on the tired side.

On if Daniel Paille was his best player tonight...
He was very good, he was very good. I think he had five shots on net. He didn’t score, but certainly was a good player for us. Absolutely, I didn’t mind his game tonight, he came up big for us. It’s nice to see those kind of players step up and play those kind of games, because we have some players right now that are fighting to find there games.

On getting timely saves from Tuukka Rask tonight...
Yeah, that’s what we need every once in a while. Their goaltender did the same thing at their end.

On the defenseman jumping up into the play tonight...
It was good, we mentioned that on the bench. I thought the D’s [defenseman] did a good job, especially again in the third period, of carrying the puck up forward instead of going back, pinching at the right time, and putting more pressure on them. I thought that was an important part in our turnaround.

On if Milan Lucic is at his most dangerous when he is moving his feet...
Always has been. With Milan, it’s all about his feet. When his feet are moving and when he uses his speed, not just on the goal, but a couple other times there, he really took the puck to the outside and tried to cut back in. Either he’s going to get those chances or create some power plays for us, by getting them to drag him down. But, he’s big, he’s strong, and when he uses his speed he’s certainly that much more of a player.

On whether Brad Marchand is frustrated…
More than Marchy [Marchand]. But you’re right, you know, he’s a guy that has scored quite a bit on the regular basis and he’s not. And we’ve got a lot of other guys, and that’s probably the main issue right now and that’s why they’re tight games. With the players that we have and the players that should be scoring, a lot of them are a little dry right now, and it creates some tight games like you saw tonight.

On restoring the original lines in the third period…
I guess you know, you try and say ‘well there’s a half a period left’ – Looch [Lucic] was skating well so you put him back with his line, and you hope that maybe that little bit of chemistry is going to make a difference, and that’s what you’re trying to do.

On whether Tuukka Rask got back to the “dominant phase” from earlier in the season…
Well I don’t think Tuukka’s [Rask] been bad at all guys. I think you know, I hope people didn’t read into Khudobin playing two games, because I think Khudobin deserved to play two games. He’s played well all season long, he played well in Ottawa, and this was an opportunity to get him two games in a row and that’s all it was. You know, we’ve got a busy week this week and I needed Tuukka [Rask] fresh and that’s all it was. So certainly had nothing to do with that. And Tuukka [Rask] to me has been good and he’s never been bad, he’s been great and he’s been good. But you know, we’ve gotten some pretty good games out of him and I don’t think we can necessarily point the finger at him for losing any games for us this year.

On whether Tuukka Rask seemed to take it that way…
I don’t know, I think it’s one of those things that everybody reads it whichever way they can. And you know that from the goaltender last year.

On whether he could sense the momentum shift when Lucic scored…
Well you know that’s what we’re trying to do, and I wish I had an answer, because you know I don’t. Right now what I see is our team, and that we need to fight through it, and fight through this – I guess this tough stretch. And we did tonight, and at the same time we’re going to try to give our guys some rest here moving forward so that we can get our second wind. You know, not only is it about tonight – we just came off a road trip on Saturday night late, and we practiced yesterday and kept the guys away. But that whole week was a pretty tough week with four games in that stretch and travel in between. So you know it caught up to us and if we can get a little bit of rest here we’ll be better.

On skipping morning skate…
In the future? Absolutely. I mean, there’s different ways of skinning a cat I guess, and some of it would be that way, and some of it would be getting more days off, and getting a good morning skate. I think we have to look at those different options at different times.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On tonight’s win…
Yeah, I think so. I mean, I thought we had a lot of good chances and we just kept battling, kept working through it and finally found the back of the net and came out with a big two points.

On his goal…
Trying to get the puck out of the war zone first. That’s always the most important thing and then try to create some chances offensively. It was a good dump actually by Marchy [Brad Marchand] to send Dougie [Hamilton] that with speed, and I just wanted to get open for him to get me the puck.

On shooting backhanded…
Yeah I went with the backhand on the first one. I mean, that’s all I had, but on this one I could have went with a forehand, but I felt like I had a better angle on my backhand so I just went with it.

On whether he was wondering why there were only four guys in the zone on his goal…
I wasn’t really thinking about it. I just felt like I had a lot of time to make a play, and I just tried to make the most of it.

On whether he knew Brad Marchand was stirring it up during his goal…
No, I didn’t know. Obviously I wasn’t looking there, but I thought he was going in for a change so I knew I was going to be with Dougie probably, but I thought they were also doing something, so I knew it was kind of two on two, so I was trying to I guess stay open and just stay on the far side because I knew that Dougie was going to be coming around the net.

On the line changes…
Sometimes you need a spark like that, and I felt like all of the lines were doing well and playing well and moving our feet and creating some good chances. I thought, obviously talking about my line, I thought Piesy [Daniel Paille] was really creating a lot of chances just by moving his feet, by skating really well and using his speed, and I thought we had some really good looks.

On how important it was to get a win tonight going into Wednesday’s game against Montreal…
It’s huge. We’ve talked about it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to battle through it, and I thought we did that tonight. You don’t want that to happen, but it’s going to happen in the season, and it’s about finding a way to get out of it, and I think we’ve still got to be better, but it’s a step forward.

On what his take was on what was going wrong and what went right tonight…
There’s not one thing. I think it’s a lot of things we weren’t really doing well, and I think we tightened that up overall - neutral zone, forecheck, defensive play, and not giving too much in the slot there, and I thought offensively we were creating a lot and having some good traffics in front.

On what he would credit his success to…
I don’t know, I mean I’m playing with obviously some great linemates and just using their speed as best they can and trying to play my game on both sides of the rink, and then when there’s a chance obviously try to find the back of the net.

On only having six shots on goal in the third period and then taking the win…
Yeah, I thought we had some really good chances, throughout the game, and he’s made some good saves, but also we’ve got to find the loose pucks a little better, but we kept battling and we found a way.

On what he thought of the energy Paille brought to his line…
Yeah, it was great to see. He’s a great player, and he showed that tonight. He used his speed really well and had some really good looks. Again, I thought we had some really good chances and creating a lot of things in the o-zone there, but also off of the forecheck he was really first on the puck, and it created a lot for our line.

On the team’s ability for players to make smooth transitions to different lines…
I think we’ve been together for so long now. Even though we’re not playing necessarily as a line together we know what the tendencies are. We know where a guy’s going to be on the ice, and I think that helps a lot when you have that, I guess that much time to be together and just to get to know the players. Piesy’s [Daniel Paille] got such great speed that I didn’t have to play with him for too long to know that I had to put the puck in an area where he could get those pucks.

On whether they feel a need to pick up their game when Tuukka Rask gets called out for not playing well…
I think it’s about everyone picking it up, and I think that’s not just for Tuukk’s [Tuukka Rask], but for ourselves, for us as a team. We had to be better overall, and we still need to better. I think it was a step forward. We still have some work to do, and that’s the way it goes. You’ve just got to keep fighting through it, but we have a lot of confidence for Tuukk’s and in Tuukks’, and he does the job, so we’ve got to do it in front of him as well.

On what it was like when they went back to their original lines during the game…
Yeah, I mean honestly I felt great also with Piesy [Daniel Paille], so I’m not going to take anything away from him at all, so it was great to play with both Piesy and Marchy [Brad Marchand]. Obviously, we have that chemistry that’s been going for a long time, so it’s not going to take too long for us to, right away as soon as he put us back together we feel at home pretty much, but I thought Piesy had a great game.

On whether they will be getting up for Wednesday’s game against the Canadiens…
Yeah, for sure. Where we are in the standings also. We’re playing a divisional game, but also it’s a huge game, and it’s always a fun game against them, but it’s always a hard game so we need to make sure we’re ready for that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On if it helped the chemistry that the line was set-up with a right-handed centerman…
Well, just naturally when you’re with a right-handed centerman his first look naturally is on his forehand so it’s been like that for the last three, four years here where I’ve played with right-handed centerman so you get used to that. You being their first look and you want to be an option for them. I played with Pevs [Rich Peverley] a lot last year after Nate [Nathan Horton] got hurt and it was good that we were able to get rewarded tonight.

On the effect the line changes had…
Well, it was starting to get really frustrating going as long as I did without a goal.  You try so many different things, you keep pushing and pushing and when things start not working, you start second guessing yourself and I finally created – It was great play by Jordy [Jordan Caron] to beat the pinch there and Pevs [Rich Peverley] gave me the pass and I just wanted to take it to the net and was able to finish it off. My game is pretty simple so it doesn’t really matter who I play with, I’m expected to play a certain way and I play the same way no matter who I play with.

On being reunited in the third period…
It was good, it wasn’t too long that we were apart so obviously we were pressing to tie the game there and it was a good job by Bergeron who got set-up by Dougie [Dougie Hamilton] to get that goal there but I think we’re a big part of this team and we need to definitely step-up our game and there’s 17 games left starting on Wednesday and we want get our game to where it needs to be in order to have success in the playoffs.

On what allowed finish on that goal as opposed to what has been going on lately…
Yeah, it was almost like I wasn’t even thinking it was one of those things that when you’re scoring you’re not even really thinking about it so my only thought to my head was take the puck to the net and I was able to open him up. He played really well, Reimer, the last two games, you’ve got to give him credit, he plays real well post-to-post and that’s why I decided to go in the five-hole there.

On what the frustration when leaving the ice after the power play goal…
Well, two pucks went through my feet and then when the puck came down at me it jumped over my stick so it all goes back to, it was getting really frustrating these last couple games where everything’s almost like, am I an inch ahead or am I an inch behind or a step behind? And that was kind of why I felt like I wasn’t getting any not even shots on goal, shots on net, not even getting any opportunities, so just one of those things where sometimes you just show some emotion and you try to vent it out.

On how frustration mounts in a slump like this…
Well, you try not to be frustrated, you try not to let your frustrations lay on your teammates, you try to remain positive but it was definitely coming to a point where it was hard to and like I said you start second guessing yourself so usually it’s not a pretty one that goes in that gets you out of your slump but I think you look at that goal there, I think a big things was, I was moving my feet on the play and I was able to create a lot of speed and when I move my feet I give myself a lot more opportunities.

On if it is tough hearing the criticism people put out…
You try not to listen to it that’s the main thing and like I said you just want to do whatever you can to get yourself out of it so hopefully, hopefully this is a step in the right direction where I can get my game going.

On if it felt like wheelhouse when the puck was found on the stick…
Yeah, definitely. I knew I had to step on the defenseman there so like I said, my main focus was just beating him and getting the puck to the net and once I saw him going to that far post I knew I had a good chance beating him five-hole.

On if the new contract weighed on him and put more pressure on himself to do better…
Well, you always have expectations on yourself and you want to get better every year as you get older and as you start reaching your prime you want to continue getting better and it’s no secret but it does add a little bit of pressure on you. But you can’t really think about it, if you think about it too much then that’s when things aren’t going right for you. So like I said, you try not to think about it and just go out there and play your game.

On how when the second chance for a goal was indicative of him being focused on the effort and what he was doing out there and not on anything outside the realm of where the mind needs to be…
Yeah, exactly so I was focused too much on scoring instead of like what you were talking about, just getting my feet moving and trying to create speed and then taking the puck to the net so when you start feeling good about yourself and you’re not really thinking too much about scoring it just kind of happens naturally so like I said, you hope that it’s a step in the right direction and you can build off it.

On the emotions of relief when the puck went in…
Definitely relief.  You start thinking positively again and like they say, the monkey is off your back, so yeah it definitely in mind after the goal I had a lot more positive thinking so it was good to get it.

On if catching Montreal is any different going into Wednesday night…
This is the third time in a row that we have played them and all for the third time it’s for first place in the division it just makes for a much better game.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On getting an emotional lift from this win…
Yeah, I think so. Just being able to comeback, and after we lost to them the game before too—definitely a huge two points for us.

On his decision making in the lead up to his assist…
I don’t really remember the start of it, but I joined in and Marchy [Brad Marchand] chipped it in. I don’t know, I guess I just decided to go forecheck and try to get it. I won the battle and saw Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] in the slot, so just tried to get it to him as soon as possible.

On being surprised to see Patrice Bergeron open before his goal…
I don’t know. I think he joked after that it was a muffin, but I was pretty happy. I think that it was a big goal.

On not having the confidence to make that play a month or two ago…
I think it’s just instinct to take that risk, and instead of staying back, trying to play more offensive and join and stuff like that. Usually, you don’t try to go behind their net too much, but I guess it worked out.

On the intensity increasing as the season wears on…
Maybe a little bit. I don’t really remember the games at the start anymore. Everything is blurring together. But, I think a little bit. I think, just with the playoff push everyone is trying to make and teams are starting to learn about other teams. After you play them a few times you know what to expect. I guess that’s just how it goes by the end of the season.

On adapting to the physical play of the NHL…
Yeah, I guess. I got hit in the jaw in the first period and wasn’t too happy about that. I was just looking for any opportunity I could get to be physical. I think it’s something I can definitely add to my game and something I’ve gotten better at over the last couple of years. Just trying to learn when the chances are that I can do that kind of stuff.

On playing an aggressive forecheck before his assist…
I don’t remember really remember the start of it and how Marchy [Brad Marchand] got the puck on the boards, but when he chipped it in I was hoping that he would kind of do a soft chip that I can go get it and maybe go on a rush. But he put it a little farther and I knew I could maybe get there before, maybe have a better chance than their [defense]. I was kind of expecting to get hit, but just tried to keep my feet moving and go around the net and pass it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On being happier with the desperation the team exhibited…
Yeah, I guess every time you have a chance to support and maybe sometimes lead the attack, you have to do that. It’s not always easy on forwards, and that’s when you have to jump up and help them. Tonight was a great example. We were trying to talk as much as we could, especially on the offensive side.

On this win as a big step forward…
I wouldn’t call it any of that. It’s a big win for us. We have an even bigger game coming up on Wednesday. I wouldn’t call it any of that. It was just a big win, and we got to get ready starting tomorrow for Montreal.

On what he’d like to see moving forward…
Consistency. I think at this time of the year that’s what everybody is looking for—consistency and having that right approach going towards the end of the season and the playoffs.

On sensing Milan Lucic’s frustration from the last few games…
I think that once he gets going he gets the pucks in his speed. There’s not very many guys who can probably stop him. That’s nice that he got part of his game going, and he got rewarded for that, scoring a really nice goal. It’s not always as easy to be done and said, and I’m sure he knows that. Once he saw he scored a goal, all of the sudden he was doing it every other shift and it was really working. Sometimes little things like that will spark the whole body and all of the sudden he just gets going, and that’s great.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On when he knew the lines were going back to normal…
I didn’t really notice until probably a couple of shifts in when I jumped in with Pev [Rich Peverley] and Jordy [Jordan Caron] in the beginning. And then the next shift I saw Looch [Milan Lucic] and the [David] Krejci line together. I figured it wasn’t for sure, for sure. I don’t think we need to know [ahead of time]. I think we get comfortable with whoever we play against, and [Claude Julien] knows that we trust him with whatever lines that we have, so it was good.

On feeling good with eight shots through the first two periods…
I felt really good throughout the game here today; created the energy that I wanted to do for the team. I just couldn’t put it in today. That’s going to happen sometimes, but I was definitely happy with our effort today.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On what this win does for the team…
I hope it does good things. It was a big win for us. We really got going there the second half of the second period and then a big win.

On what he saw during his final block during the shootout…
He made the same kind of move in that breakaway, and then Anton [Khudobin] told me that’s the only move he’s got, so I kind of threw my blocker there and then just tried to stay with him and made my block.

On how big of a win this is for the team…
It was big. We were close last time with Toronto. 3-0 was a little too much for us to come back from, but it’s been coming, and I hope it builds our confidence the right way, and this is just a step in the right direction.

On whether he could feel any difference from the guys between Saturday’s game and tonight…
Yeah, well even in the third when I got thrown in there last game we played really good. We got a goal, two goals there. Today we were down 2-0 and then all of a sudden we just started putting pucks in the net.  And then skating and forechecking hard, and then Looch [Milan Lucic] got us a big goal and kind of got us going. So it wasn’t too much different, it was just earlier and it got us going.

On what it’s like to be recognized for big saves at important times…
Well I had a chance to make a big save there in the second, and I kind of did in that breakaway, but then I just figured I’ve got to start battling harder because they didn’t get too many chances, but it seemed like when they got those they were just that one deflection off Andy’s [Andrew Ference] stick there hit me, and then another five-hole deflection during the third. So those are kind of things that can turn a game around, and today I just tried to battle through it and it got us a win so that was good.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE
On the club’s compete level…
Well I thought we competed in the game and I thought we stopped playing in the second period for a little, but it wasn’t as long and as strenuous game as it was the other night for us. Obviously they’re a good team and they’re at home and they were going to come back with a big push back at some point. I just thought that in the third period we got more of what we needed to do. We make a couple of mistakes, the pucks in your net and that’s just really that shootout and the shootout seems to be a really big thorn in our side right now. But we got to be happy in the big picture when you play a team like Boston and you play them back to back and you get three out of four and then you move on because we can’t focus on the negative of losing the point tonight. We don’t want to get too low on the shootouts or we don’t want to get too high when we win them and we just got to get ourselves ready now for Florida.

On what the team can do to address the shootouts….
Well we do work on it and we do provide video on what the opposition likes to do and what their goaltenders are like. Again it’s an individual thing, it’s one on one, there’s player versus another player and those are the things that all you can really do is provide the information that you think is important to the situation and that’s what we try to do. We try to work on it with our own guys and our goaltenders.

On the Tyler Bozak line getting a tough assignment playing against Chara…
You know that [Zdeno} Chara is going to play up against [Tyler] Bozak and [Phil] Kessel. We know that, that’s their mandate, they make no bones about it every time they’re on the ice. They’ll change one D (defensemen) just to make sure he’s out there, but sometimes we got away from it for periods. But that’s part of star players in the league having to play against the best players in the league.

On whether the lack of play from James Van Riemsdyk was played less because of injury or poor play…
Well I think JVR has got some work to do in some areas and ice time is usually a reflection of how a coach feels about an individual and those are the things that happen within the game. He’s been a great player for us, but I think he’s in a little bit of a dry spell for us right now and we need him to get his feet moving and start to create more.

On whether similar decision making went into his decision to not play forward Matt Frattin…
In the situation we were presented going into this building I felt again Frattin hasn’t scored and hasn’t provided much offense and we liked what [Ryan] Hamilton gave us the other night with the addition of [Joffrey] Lupul back in that was decision the coaches made.

On whether Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin were good catalysts for the team tonight…
Again both guys scored and it’s nice to see Kully [Kuleman] - that’s the Kulemin I remember, the guy that’s got the big wrist shot and can skate. He’s a big, strong guy and we know Lupul is a goal scorer and has been able to provide offense for us when he’s been back in there. We just want to get a little bit more evenly spread out offense from our group. It just seems like we get one line scoring one night and then the next night it’s somebody else, but we’d like to get all lines going.

On James Reimer’s performance as a goaltending the past couple of games…
Again NHL quality goaltending, that’s what you need. He gave us a chance, I’m sure he’s frustrated with the shootout as we are at times, but bottom line is we got three out of four and we’re going to move on.

On Jake Gardiner finding his feet out there…
A few times it looked like he was skating and the skates weren’t sharp. Falling down and whatnot, but that again as a young player it’s not easy to come in and step into the pressure that’s involved in these games. These games are played at a very high pace and there’s a big difference between the American Hockey League and the NHL right now.

On Michael Kostka’s return to the lineup…
I thought he did fine, he gave us safe minutes and did his job.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN DION PHANEUF
On getting three out of four points against Boston…
Yeah, we take the point and move forward. We played some really good hockey over the last couple games, and we’ve got to take the positives and move forward.

On Toronto’s play in the defensive zone and on the breakout…
Yeah, I thought we limited their quality chances, but we gave up a few that cost us. We definitely feel good about the way that we’ve played. We’re not happy with not getting two points [tonight], but we’ll take three out of four and move forward, and focus on getting ready for Florida. That’s what you have to do. The bottom line is, you look at the positives, we got three out of four, and you look forward to the next game because it comes tomorrow night, real quick.

On Joffrey Lupul being a catalyst for the Maple Leafs…
Yeah I think Lupes [Joffrey Lupul] is playing really well. He brings a lot to our team. He’s a big, skilled guy that moves real well. He’s a guy who’s always creating chances, cycling, he’s a tough guy to contain for the other guys’ d-men, and I think he’s been a great addition getting back into our lineup. He’s played extremely well for us.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN CODY FRANSON
On Toronto’s compete level, especially along the boards…
Well I mean, we played a hard-fought game, and we made some mistakes that bit us. It’s not all negatives, we did some good things out there, and it’s another shootout loss. You’ve got to control your emotions with those, and make sure you don’t get too low when you lose them, and not too high when you win them.

On Toronto’s power play not finding success tonight…
I fought the puck tonight, a little bit. The one power play there, Kes [Phil Kessel] got through the seam in the middle and I double-clutched and fumbled it. Our unit tonight just wasn’t running on the same ropes, I guess you could say. We made a play in the middle to Bozie [Tyler Bozak], and I read the wrong thing on another one. But the second unit did a good job tonight, and we’ll regroup, watch the film, and get ready for tomorrow.

On putting the two games against Boston behind them and focusing on Florida…
Yeah, I mean they were two hard-fought games. We got three out of the four points. In the short term though, we’ve got to get ready for tomorrow, so put this behind us right away and start focusing on Florida.

MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD NAZEM KADRI 
On if they are getting sick of shootouts…
I mean, I don’t think so.  We are coming out of the wrong end of it, but at the end of the day a point is a point. Like I said before, they add up a lot quicker than no points.

On him not being able to get a shootout goal this season…
Yeah, I mean I think so.  I think I am just saving them all for the game I don’t know exactly what it is.  I feel like every single time I’m going down I have the goaltender to beat it’s just a matter of elevating it a couple more inches or just being a little more patient, but I feel like I’m making the right moves.

On if he felt his line was a consistent threat…
I think so yup. Especially when we are going up against that [Patrice] Bergeron line the whole night.  They’re some pretty good players so you have to make sure you are pretty responsible in the defensive end and especially in the neutral zone, because that’s where they like to generate a lot of chances, come with speed and try to burn you off the rush.  So I felt like we were pretty consistent and I did a pretty good job.

On using his body against Zdeno Chara tonight…
I mean it’s not fun, but you got to do what you got to do.  I don’t think any of our players are going to back down not matter whose out there.  You got to let them know there’s a little fight and a little push back in us.  You know going shoulder to shoulder with him, I think I knocked him down a couple times though even though I probably got the worst end of it, but you got to make them step up because that’s how you are going to generate chances.

On how good Patrice Bergeron is on faceoffs…
Yeah I mean I think he’s running higher than 60% this year and I think that will make probably him the best in the league.  He’s just a smart guy and he’s strong on his stick and even sometimes when you’re looking to just tie up his stick and make it a foot battle it seems like he’s always winning those as well.  So for myself I got to do a couple things differently, but that’s all going to take some time.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 10:45 A.M.
On if there is a message in there being no skate this morning...
There’s no message, got to get a rest somewhere.

On rating whether or not the Bruins were working smart enough or hard enough on the trip...
I don’t think – it’s not about rating. I just think, as I said all along, we’re fighting to find our game right now. It’s through the course of a season, I don’t see us different than any other team in regards to that, that happens at different times. It’s more about getting us to fight through it. Obviously when you don’t win many games on the road trip, you can’t be happy with it. I think there’s times where the effort is there, maybe the mental aspect of your game isn’t there. Some other times, you’re working hard, but it doesn’t mean you’re working smartly. Other games maybe we needed a better effort. So, it was a combination of a lot of things.

On the health of Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid…
Well, McQuaid we said was out four to six weeks, so that remains the same. Boychuk is not going to be in the lineup tonight, either. Still day-to-day.

On if Boychuk has skated at all since Friday...
No, hasn’t skated.

On if he has seen a little bit more from Aaron Johnson during the last couple of games....
I don’t even know that I’ve looked at it that way. He’s come into our lineup, a guy that hasn’t played much; at first, it’s not an easy thing to step into, when you haven’t played much, but he’s been fine. He’s played in this league, he has experience, so to me, he’s been fine. I don’t think he, or even Matt Bartkowski – again, I said we only allowed Toronto 13 shots last game, so I don’t think we’re looking at our deficiency in the back end. I think it’s pretty obvious that we need to score a little bit more right now.

On what is causing Milan Lucic’s troubles offensively...
Oh, I think it’s even more than Milan [Lucic]. Check our stats out and check our players, and a lot of those guys that score goals haven’t scored much lately, and it’s not just Milan [Lucic].

On what kind of a concern it is to have five left shots and one right shot...
Not a concern because both [Andrew] Ference and [Dennis] Seidenberg can play the right side.

On the rise of Nazem Kadri changing the rivalry from a matchup point of view this year...
Not really. When you play teams that have [Sidney] Crosby and [Evgeni] Malkin, other guys like that, I don’t think – we’ve got a team that we feel pretty confident, especially when we’re healthy, as far as being able to have any line play against any line. That’s how we’ve approached it in the past, it’s been more about getting the right D’s out there, versus worrying about the matchups up front.

On if Daniel Paille will change his approach if he plays on a different line...
No, I think if he changes his approach he’s making a mistake. We’ve always asked guys to play the same way. What he does on that line is he forechecks well, he skates well, he scores goals, he’s a straight line kind of players. Defensively he kills penalties and everything else. We don’t expect him to change that because I think that line can use that right now.


On what he was trying to accomplish by switching lines and what the response has been, so far...
You weren’t here yesterday, because the same question was asked and I’m going to answer the same thing. I changed the lines because I can, and because I’m the coach. Simple as that. When you don’t score much, you look for solutions, so that’s what I tried to do.


On what makes Patrice Bergeron so good at face-offs…
He’s just a committed guy. Everybody has a certain strength on face-offs. For some it’s quickness, for some it’s strength, eye-puck coordination. He’s really good. He’s a strong face-off guy, so a lot of times he’ll win by strength determination. He’s got a real good eye when it comes to when to put his stick down and when he knows. He’s an elite face-off guy, and that’s my answer about him. He’ll probably be able to give you more if you ask him.

On all of the team’s centers excelling at face-offs…
That’s what we’ve talked about as a team. You see us practicing face-offs almost every day. We stay on top of that because we feel it’s an important element to our game. You said it before; you’re a lot better controlling the puck than having to chase it. It’s all about making sure that your centerman is good, but also the guys around, if there’s a loose puck to win that lose and start with it.

On getting around Toronto’s shot blocking…
I think it’s about avoiding hitting them, right? There’s commitments. There’s the New York Rangers that do it a lot, and we just got find the shooting lanes.

On playing angry to breakout of a slump…
I think we need to be angry at ourselves, not at the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve said it before; this is a team that’s improved a lot. Randy [Carlyle] has done a great job with them. They’ve added some toughness, they’ve added some size, they’ve got a certain structure that allows them to play well. There’s a lot of good things going on with that team, so we recognize that, but what is disappointing is that right now we’re not playing the type of game we should. Tonight, if we’re mad, we got to be mad at ourselves for not playing our game and going out there being a little bit more hungry. Hopefully, our work ethic and the talent that we feel we have on our team will takeover.

On envisioning the Lucic-Peverley-Caron line playing a straight-line game…
I’m expecting everybody. It’s pretty simple. When you don’t play well, you don’t look at just one guy. You don’t look at one line. You look at the whole team. Right now, it’s not about one individual—it’s about the whole team. We got to be better, and right now there’s a lot of guys—it’s not Lucic, it’s not Krejci, it’s not Bergeron—it’s the whole team that has to be better. We have to play a more direct game as you mentioned, but also we got to find ways to score goals. We had chances last game in the first period. I thought we could’ve been in the lead versus down 1-0, but we didn’t bury our chances. We have to be a little more hungry around the net area, and we got to bear down on our opportunities. When you don’t score goals and you’re struggling to do that, you got to work through it. There’s not a million solutions. There’s only one. You got to stick with it and find a way to get those pucks in.

On dealing with the trade deadline…
I don’t. You said it right, that’s Peter’s [Chiarelli] job. I don’t think anybody in there is worried about that. We’re trying to improve our team and that’s the thing that happens every year. I haven’t heard a peep in that dressing room about guys worried about getting moved. I think if we can make our team better, so be it, and we look forward to that. But right now, what we’ve got is what we’ve got, and we’re still good enough to win hockey games. That’s what we’re focused on.
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