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Running Quotes: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs 2/2

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:00 PM
On if the Bruins relaxed after going up 3-1 or if it was a continuation of the first two periods…
I don’t think it was relaxing, I just think, again, we’ve got to clean up that part of our game. Just before they scored the second goal, we make a stretch pass in the middle, and it kind of bounces and stops at the blue line. We’ve got two players that skate by it, don’t even stop to just dump it in … they come back, they get a scoring chance next shift, next line out there. Again, another puck management issue and it ends up in our net. So, we shoot ourselves in the foot, I think, in those situations, we do good things like, you know, we came out and we put some pressure in the first period, even if our power play didn’t score, it creates chances. But right now, I don’t know if it’s a matter of you’re afraid to lose so you’re playing it safe. We go out there in the third, and determined to win. We score two goals, and then we turn around and we get sloppy again. So I don’t know if it’s relaxing, or losing focus, but certainly not good enough right now for our hockey team to think that we can contend if we keep making those kind of mistakes.

On if there was one particular issue that was most troubling in the defensive zone…
Well they scored, three of the goals were tipped in. So that’s, to me, it’s poor coverage. And all three goals were kind of tipped from just probably ten to fifteen feet from our net, so the slot area was not covered very well. We know they like to shoot for those tips, and we didn’t do a good enough job of taking care of that. So they did a good job of tipping those pucks. It’s something they work at, and again, the coverage wasn’t how it should have been.

On the roll Brad Marchand has been on…
Well, I mean, we’re getting production from him, but he’s also one of the guys that’s on the ice sometimes with goals against. So I like his production, I think as a group, including him, we’ve got to get better without the puck. So he’s a guy we can rely on to score some goals. He’s been really effective that way, and it’s a good thing we have him, because he’s one of the consistent ones when it comes to that department.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how confident he felt when they were up 3-1…
I think when we were up 3-1 we were feeling pretty good. We had some momentum and obviously with a two-goal lead in the third at home we should have felt really good so it’s a very disappointing loss.

On scoring six goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs this year…
I don’t think there’s anything in particular it’s just how it goes sometimes.

On David Krejci saying, “good teams don’t do things like that,” referring to giving up a lead in the third period and if they know they won’t go far if they keep it up…
Yeah it’s really clear. You know with the way things are right now in the standings you can’t give up points like that and it’s what it’s going to come down to at the end of the year. You know every point right now is huge. And you know Krech [David Krejci] was right, good teams don’t lose games like that and we’ve done it a few times. So yeah obviously we have some stuff we need to continue to work on and maybe that confidence is a factor but something we definitely have to work on.

On if their goals coming from the same area is frustrating…
Yeah it’s something that they do a lot and they’re very good at so you know we have to do a better job covering up the slot.

On his second goal…
I was just standing there. I don’t know how the puck got over there, I think Pasta [David Pastrnak] might have passed it but…he did? Yeah okay so I was just kid of trying to hang out and let Krech [David Krejci] make a play, either that he was going to give it to him or me. And you know he made a phenomenal pass and I just put it on the net.

On what the message was between the second and third period in the locker room…
Yeah I think we knew we had better but we just wanted to go out and have a strong third. And we started to do that but it fell apart.

On how they lost the lead to low ranked team…
On any given night any team can win and I think that’s pretty clear, that’s why it’s the NHL. And you know we kind of fell apart. And it shouldn’t happen but again it’s something we’re going to have to work on.

On what concerns them the most…
Nothing really concerns us I just think there are areas that we need to improve on but every team has areas where they need to be better at. And so you know we have to be better in our zone a little bit and taking care of pucks. But I don’t think anything concerns us, it’s more just about being better in different areas.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the disappointment of losing the lead in the third period...
Yes, very. I mean, we had a good start to the third, scored two goals and let the lead slip away like you just said. It was just not – we didn’t defend well enough in front of our net. They had, like, three tipped goals and usually we are pretty good at that.

On how much of a role puck management played in tonight’s game...
A lot. We have to be stronger coming out of our zone, making better plays so everything is a little cleaner and if we do that the whole flow of the game changes and we come out cleaner, more speed, and create more.

On if he’s seeing a trend in the team’s play when losing a lead...
I mean, it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get a lead. Sometimes you just have to just have to hang in there and break them down or break until you get a shot at a goal and that’s what we did. It doesn’t matter how you get the lead, the thing is once we have the lead we have to try to keep it somehow and just find a way to be smart on that part.

On what he attributes the loss to when the standings are at stake...
Doing our job, I guess, playing your position. I don’t know, it’s the little things, just paying attention to details all over the ice and sticking to the game plan. That should work if you do it.

On if this game will be one that the team regrets...
Anytime you lead 3-1, you want to be able to keep the lead and end up winning the hockey games and so we definitely – that’s one of those games we let slip out of our hands and everybody is pretty annoyed right now.

On improving the coverage so tips can be avoided...
I didn’t see it close enough. I know they were tipped – they were high tips – and like you said, they were skill tips. But, again, I haven’t seen how it developed or what happened, so I can’t really say much about it.

On if he’s hesitant to go out to the high slot...
You mean to the point or to the high slot? Well, it depends how many guys are low and how many guys are high always. That’s why I can’t really talk too much about it, because I don’t know where everybody was and what happened exactly. So if they’re outnumbered out high then we’ve got to get somebody out, if they’re outnumbered low, we’ve got to get somebody low. So it depends on that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On losing third period leads at home…
Yeah I thought we learned from the beginning of the season and made it a little better. But you know today I thought we came out hard; we came out in the third period especially to win the game. We got two good goals. I feel like after that we stopped playing on our toes and we started playing on our heels. And maybe you can talk about a couple lucky bounces on their side, a couple of tips in the high slot…just you know kind of tough luck. But like I said I guess we stopped playing to win after we scored those two good goals.

On great teams not letting leads slip…
You know good teams they put lots of games together. And it seems we play a few games good, then a few games we let slip away. So obviously we have a long way to be a great team. So we have to learn from those mistakes but this is the time to do it. We don’t want to be playing catch-up hockey in March or April. So any point is crucial and we definitely let this one slip away from us.

On if they played the right way after they went up 3-1…
I already said that we played on our toes when we scored those quick goals. Then for some reason we started playing on our heels. We didn’t make any good passes on the tape; it felt like we were afraid to do something. So you know it shouldn’t happen but it happened but it’s been happening a lot this year so we have to do something about that.

On what happens when they lose a lead at home…
Obviously you want to do well, you know, every time you have a two-goal lead in the third period you don’t want to think about what happened before. And you don’t- it happens so fast on the bench, you know. So like I said I don’t know what it is but we have to correct something.

On if it’s because they have new players or younger players or just a lesser roster than years past…
You know I don’t know but that shouldn’t be an excuse because we played 50 games already and everyone knows the game plan. So I think we are in good shape in this part of the game. We all know what to do. I guess our execution is just not there. You know we used to have a killer instinct when we were up two goals in the third. We would go out there and we were pushing for the next one but you know today was a frustrating game like I said. They got two goals-two tips in the high slot- and there’s nothing you can do about that, you know.

On if it’s frustrating that they should have beat this team…
Yeah this was a big division game. You know we want to be climbing up the standings and pushing teams below us even lower. So we were going the right direction until they scored those two goals in the third period and it was kind of too late. But still, we went into overtime and missed our opportunities so we missed our chance to get two points.

On if he’s afraid it will keep happening more and more…
You know we don’t even really talk about it here. Obviously we know what happened. You know people talk about it but we try to stay focused and rational here and we shouldn’t let distractions like that into our head, you know. But for some reason we’re still playing on our heels and like I was saying earlier, before we had a killer instinct. We were up two goals and you know we were pushing for the next one. But I don’t think we were pushing for the next one tonight.

On if he liked the call in OT…
Obviously I didn’t like the call but the call was made so there’s nothing you can do about it.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how he explains losing at home after having a two-goal lead...
Yeah, it is. I mean, we had great jump in the start of the third there, got the lead, and then I don’t think we let down, but just look at the goals – they’re all very similar, those three goals at least. So maybe that’s something.

On if Toronto picked up the pace and the Bruins didn’t match it...
Probably, yeah. I mean, that’s what I think it is. Really, really tough to say. Honestly, I don’t know.

On how hard it is to feel comfortable in net with all the tips tonight...
Well, I mean, you can be as patient as – you try to be as patient as you can and then at some point you kind of have to react. So, it’s tough. That’s hockey.

On if it was a mental or physical lapse that allowed Toronto to get that many tips in front...
Well, we asked the wingers to get in the lanes quickly and I think that’s probably one of the reasons, and then the guy gets loose in front – there’s many, many mistakes happening – we don’t get the puck out. It’s just a sum of many, many mistakes and then it ends up here in our net. But, too bad it was so drastic today.

On the confusion when tips come from out high...
Yeah, the guy just kind of shoots a floater in there and it’s going pretty high and then all the sudden it changes direction totally. So, I don’t know to assess it. You just to stay as patient as you can as a goalie but at some point you have to react to the shot that’s coming at you.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On how frustrating it was to have the two-goal lead slip away….
Pretty frustrating for sure. We need to find a way to sort that out, that’s not hockey.

On what happened in the third period…
They had a good couple of high tips that we need to sort out in our D-zone. That’s something that we’ve been harping on a lot this year and we need to sharpen that up.

On frustration in not being able to beat a team they should have been able to win against…
That’s extremely frustrating. Every team, like you said, every team’s capable of winning on any night. But I think it’s games that we should win, especially at home, we need to start getting that in order.

On if there are hard and fast rules for defending tips or if a player needs to read each situation…
You’ve got to read it. But it’s your job as a defenseman to scope out and find that guy, and I think we got a little ahead of ourselves a couple of times. Guys leaving the zone or whatever that may be. So we need to make sure we can tighten that up.

On the Maple Leafs’ plays tonight…
Good goals for sure.

On if the Bruins played how they should have after securing the lead…
You know, I don’t think we played that bad in the third. I think we had some chances, I think we were trying to play on our toes and not let the score dictate whatever that may be. Even when we’re three to one we want to keep pushing. I think we had some chances on the power play there. But we need to learn to be able to put teams away.

On having lost two goals leads before this season...
Yeah, I think it’s different things every time. I don’t know if it’s exactly – whatever that may be. But we’re trying to sort that out. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. And that can be frustrating.

On if the “killer instinct” is there for the team….
That’s what we need to work on. That’s what I’m trying to say, like when it’s three to one we need to be able to put a team away, and that’s something we need to figure out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On how frustrating it was to have a two-goal lead slip away in the third period….
Yeah, you know, we got our lead in the third period and then we kind of got the one lucky bounce for them. And it was a goal, again. I don’t think it was a bad game, you know, we just, again, a couple of minutes in the third period that cost us two points.

On if it was frustrating that all three Maple Leafs were goals of similar style…
Yeah, that’s frustrating for sure. You know when you’re about to play and how I say, was lucky tips and bounces. We have to take the positive from the game. We have an important game in Buffalo and now we go from there.

On which positive aspects he takes from today’s game…
I think we played solid hockey for a whole game. How I said – it was a couple of shifts we had bad luck, but that’s part of hockey and we have to focus to get better and move on from this loss.

On if it was a confidence builder to be involved in both Bruins goals during the third period…
Yeah, obviously I think we had a couple of chances, opportunities, so we were starting to go from there. It doesn’t matter who is going to score as long as we take the two points. We didn’t today, it’s kind of bad. But like I said it definitely helped me.


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the response by his team tonight…
Well I think we did lots of good things, I mean obviously we took a penalty early, didn’t like that but that’s the way it goes.  Then I thought we battled and played real well and then suddenly came out and gave up those two goals right back to back on just simple little plays along the wall.  So it was good to see our guys respond.  I thought [Nazem] Kadri’s line was excellent.  We had some guys missing tonight and yet we found a way to get it done so that was good.

On if this is a victory that can maybe be a pivot point for this team…
Yeah I never thought about all those things that you are talking about but we played today and it’s nice to win when you play.

On the importance of the defensemen getting involved in the offense tonight…
Well I thought so, I mean you know P.A [Parenteau] hasn’t had a goal in forever, he wasn’t great tonight but he found a way to score a goal which was positive for us.  I thought [Daniel] Winnik and [Shawn] Matthias had a real strong game for us, those two guys were big guys skating around doing a good job with Kadri’s line which was obviously dominant.  We got some guys on the back end that can skate and can really help from the back end.

On if what Nazem Kadri brings physically is just as important as what he brings offensively…
Well I don’t know about that, I mean he’s a real good player.  He’s good with and without the puck and you know can transport the puck and we trust him so he was playing against a good line tonight and he played well. 

TORONTO DEFENSEMAN ROMAN POLAK
On how vital the team’s defenseman are to the team’s offensive production…
Yeah we were talking about it before [the game] that we all have to score off the rushes. We need to get a little more dirty go to the net area more you know – make it a little more tough for the goalies and that’s what we did you know? I think the forwards did a great job there to be there to screen the goalie.

On his recent hot-streak…
I’m doing nothing, I’m just doing the same thing I did before, it just sometimes is going in, sometimes not. That is the game. Today was just lucky. First shot was blocked there so I just put a second shot and [Daniel] Winnik did a great job to tip it in the net.

On the importance of the penalty kill tonight…
I think it’s always important to have a good PK on the team and I think we did a pretty good job today even staying out of the box because we had a lot of penalties before in the games before the All-Star break, it’s not good to have that many penalties during the game. I think today we were more disciplined and stayed out of the box and when we had to kill we killed it. I think it’s big boost for our hockey team

TORONTO DEFENSEMAN MORGAN RIELLY
On the importance of getting pucks on net…
Yeah, we got some tips I think that’s the only way we got them [goals] tonight. We’ll take them, it’s just a matter of getting pucks on net, making plays and obviously they came up big.

On tip-ins being a skill play not just luck…
Oh yeah, they’re tough, guys work on them every day after practice. You know it’s a skill - it’s not just a fluke. The guys were doing it well tonight obviously and it paid off.

On his biggest takeaway from the game…
This one feels good, there’s no question. I’m not sure whether it’s coming back from two down or it being the first one back from the break but whenever you can beat a team within your division I think it feels good. I think that we have to enjoy this, but we have to get ready to play in a couple days, move on and keep this thing rolling.

On whether a win like this gives the team“a sigh of relief”…
For sure, anytime you win it feels good, we play some music and you feel pretty good about it. We’ve been off for a little while to come back to a win it’s nice.

On whether the team’s defensive structure allows them to stay in games…
Yeah I think so. Obviously we came out for the third and they got two quick ones, that’s not the way you want to start. At that point you got to decide whether you are going to start playing the right way and make a comeback or not, the guys responded played our structure and gave our guys a chance.

On how nice the Nazem Kadri hit on Brad Marchand in the second period was…
I actually didn’t see it, but I’ll take your word for it – it was probably pretty nice.

On Kadri and Leo Komarov’s chemistry…
Yeah they’re good friends off the ice maybe it just carries over on the ice. They’re playing well, they played hard tonight, it all comes from hard work and getting pucks to the net. They were huge for us tonight, giving us a chance to win – credit to them.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD P.A. PARENTEAU
On coming back to win the game like they did…
Yeah it felt pretty good.  We had some chances in the last few games on the power play and we couldn’t find a way to put it in the net.  There was no better moment to score a goal here tonight.

On if the club felt that it had a chance to come back when Nazem Kadri scored early in the period…
Yeah I think so.  I think [Nazem] Kadri’s line gave us a lot of momentum there with that big shift, that big goal and we kept believing and the boys played really well tonight.

On the importance of the defensemen getting involved in the offense tonight…
It’s huge when they can jump on the rush there and we can use them under the pressure.  It makes a big difference on the rush so they did a really good job tonight, especially Roman [Polak], he had a hell of a game.

On what the mood on the bench was like after going down two goals early in the third…
It was tough.  The third one was on my turnover too so I take a lot of blame for that one.  Like I said, [Nazem] Kadri’s line got us going there, they showed a lot of character and they brought us back right in the game and we kept believing.

TORONTO CENTER NAZEM KADRI
On the team’s effort in the latter-half of the third period…
Yeah I feel like we executed well. Obviously the start of that third period wasn’t too ideal, but that was a character-win - being able to come back to fight right through it and obviously that power play goal, it’s a power play that’s been struggling so that’s definitely going to get our confidence up.

On what it means to win in Boston given the team’s failures at the TD Garden…
Absolutely it feels great, that’s the way we wanted to start after the All-Star break and I feel like everyone contributed, guys were moving pretty well tonight and like I said it would’ve been easy for us to collapse and fold after those quick two goals. A lot of people probably thought it was over but we still had belief and we were able to come back.

On the team’s forecheck…
Well certainly their defensemen had great gaps so there wasn’t too much to move through in the neutral zone so we knew we had to get pucks behind them and try to forecheck. No team likes to play in their own end, defensively they did a good job getting pucks to the net and the forwards did a great job getting to the net.

On if he knew whether the offense was going to come …
We knew that, we knew if we stuck with it, it was going to come. I think that was the story in the start of the year and then it started clicking for us and we’re scoring a bunch of goals. It’s just the fashion in which we score. Sometimes you got to get the puck behind get some simple goals in order to create those chances off the rush, then once you score a few goals you start scoring different ways.

On tonight’s effort improving the team’s confidence on the power play…
Absolutely, even if you don’t score on the power play it’s there to create momentum. I feel like we’ve been doing that for the past five or six games, being able to get scoring chances just not being able to get the bounces. Obviously finding the back of the net on the power play was huge for us.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM
On the series with Toronto this year and what has enabled the Bruins to win all three…
I think they’ve been good games because both teams have played well and played tight you know. And both goaltenders have been in all the games so all that in combination made it so that they’ve been close games. I remember the last one here we pushed as hard as we could in the third just to get that one goal late in the period. So we don’t anticipate anything different tonight. I think it’s a team that competes hard and works hard. And you know they make a game out of every one they seem to play…at least against us anyways.

On Jonas Gustavsson taking shots during morning skate…
He’s cleared to practice but not to play.

On what he expects the game to be like tonight because it’s the first one back from the All-Star Break…
Same for both teams so if there’s a little bit of rust in us I would imagine it will show a little bit at the beginning. But I think it’ll be pretty good right from the get go. Guys should be fresh and energized and ready to go so I don’t anticipate anything different except every time we come back off an All-Star Break usually hockey gets pretty interesting during that second half.

On if he looks at the standings a lot and gets bogged down by how close they are…
Not really but you know it’s put a lot more importance into what every game means now. You know you always look at the schedule you look at 82 games and you say, “Well you know so we lose a few here or there.” You can’t look at it that way anymore. You have to win every one of them and you have to go out there with that intention and try and win as many as you can because it won’t take much for one team to slide in and one team to slide out.

On Ryan Spooner playing back at center after putting him on the wing…
I don’t know, guys. Again he did a good job on the wing and he’s a good centerman too. So would it give me some versatility down the road if we think we need to use it? I think we can get a little bit of both. But we talked about that yesterday; it’s been a year where we’ve moved a lot of players around and tried different things.
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