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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS SAN JOSE SHARKS
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:10 P.M.
On sticking with the game plan after getting down 3-2…
Yeah, it was exactly what we talked about after the second. I really liked our game, even the second period was probably our best second period of the season. We just had that little lapse again that allowed them to score a couple goals. Coming out for the third, I thought we were playing well enough that we could give ourselves a chance if we just stayed with it. And our guys did exactly that. We found a way to get some goals. Same old, same old, getting your nose dirty around the net, jumping on those loose pucks. Made a big difference.

On what he saw from Seth Griffith to keep him on the David Krejci line in the third period…
Because he played well. When he was playing well I thought he made some great plays. Again, this isn’t because he scored, I think he scored because he played well. I just thought he was pretty good. That’s a big team and I thought he handled himself well along the walls and making good plays. The thing is, I thought we had four lines going fairly well. One of them probably had a little tougher night, but certainly wasn’t [Gregory] Campbell’s line, wasn’t [David] Krejci’s line. They were going well, too. I just thought about leaving him there. If those guys are going to get better, sometimes you’ve got to put them in those positions when you feel they’re doing well enough to warrant that.

On if this was as good as he’s seen the Gregory Campbell line this season…
Well they’ve only been together for two games, so it’s a good start for them. I just saw that line play with a lot of structure.

On what it says about the team to kill the Patrice Bergeron penalty in the final minutes…
Yeah, I think it’s pretty huge from our group, especially when one of your best penalty killers is in the box for the last four minutes. I think it was 4:09 left. Our guys did a great job. There was a lot of good stuff from everybody. Piesy [Daniel Paille] blocked some shots, David [Krejci] won some big draws for us, Tuukka [Rask] made some saves, and the D’s [defensemen] did a great job of battling along the walls and not giving them too much room to get set up. So I thought our guys, the last four minutes, did an unbelievable job of battling through. Our special teams tonight, I thought were really good for us tonight. And we needed that against that team.

On if San Jose’s tying goal was due to miscommunication between Dennis Seidenberg and Torey Krug…
Not really. There was more than that, in reviewing it. Certainly those guys kind of lost track of who was where. But we had some guys that were already outside the zone and the puck wasn’t outside the zone. There’s a lot of little things on that goal that I think we can blame, the puck doesn’t get out when it should have gotten out and we had some guys taking off and left our guys all by themselves. So there’s a lot more than that. I think you can probably pinpoint four or five mistakes on that goal.

On if he liked the traffic in front on the power plays…
Yeah, and that’s just it. I think it’s getting traffic, and we weren’t afraid to shoot when it’s time to shoot. At first, the first power play we had they really pressured us a lot early on. I thought we did a great job of moving the puck around so that they would settle their box down. Once they did we started making some good plays and opening up some space for some great shots. I thought Marsh’s [Brad Marchand] goal was indicative of that.

On why Zdeno Chara wasn’t on the ice for the first power play…
He had a long shift. He had a long shift, so those are options that we have. Looch [Milan Lucic] can play in front of the net, so that’s the reason why he wasn’t out there.

On if the team has a foothold now that it’s back at .500…
Well, you’re back to .500 meaning now we’ve got to get going and get on the positive side of the standings here. It’s nice to see. Again, I’d say the last three or four games have been more what our team is all about. It’s a matter of sticking with it and trying to get better in certain areas. This was a tough team we played tonight and we’re going to have another tough game again Thursday against the Islanders.

On everyone being on board with getting in front of the net offensively…
I think they’re seeing the results of the rewards here. We’ve scored a lot of goals lately because of that, whether it’s the D scoring goals in Buffalo from good screens from Reilly Smith and I think it was David [Krejci] the third goal. Again tonight, great net-front presence. Not only that, but those guys are also picking up loose pucks around the net area and are scoring goals or getting great scoring chances. You know, you get excited about the opportunities that you get once you figure it out, and I think right now everybody’s figuring it out that it’s going to be tough to score goals from the perimeter this year in this league and most of the year. If you want to be productive you’re going to have to get your nose dirty.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On getting his first goal of the season…
Yeah it was good to get that first one out of the way, and hopefully they’ll keep going.

On defeating a team like San Jose and what turned the game around after being down 3-2…
I think we just regrouped, and we knew if we came out hard and put the pressure on them we knew we could score more than the one goal in a period and we just wanted to play our system and luckily we were able to pot one early and keep building off of that.

On how crucial it was to come out strong with Patrice Bergeron in the penalty box in the last four minutes…
Yeah, it was good. The PK came out huge in the last four minutes and that’s what we need. Hopefully we can build on that as a group and continue to be better on the PK, but after letting one in early on the PK there, it was nice to shut them down there at the end of the game.

On how impressive it is to see the power play clicking…
Yeah, it’s great. You can win and lose games on special teams, and tonight I think we definitely helped win our game tonight, so we want to continue to build on all those aspects of the game and continually get better.

On how his goal developed…
[Torey] Krug passed to Looch [Milan Lucic] who passed to me and I shot. It went in.

On tonight’s play being what this team’s identity should be…
Yeah, I think we played a pretty good game overall. We didn’t get too fancy. We kept it simple, worked hard all night and grinded teams down and that’s normally we’ve been great on the passes, grinding teams down and coming up big in the third period, and we did that again tonight.

On having a very important part of the season early in the season and having so many games at home…
It always seems like we’re home a lot early in the season, and it’s nice to get the season underway at home, but you pay for it later in the season, so we’ll see that later.

On whether it is easier to play more confidently after getting the first goal…
Yeah it is. The main thing is just you want to continue to get opportunities and build on that, and you never know when you’re going to score, but hopefully they’ll keep coming and it doesn’t take another eight games.

On how nice it was to see Milan Lucic get three assists and see his line get back on track…
Yeah, well they’ve been great the last few games ever since Dave [David Krejci] came back, and Looch is an animal out there. When he wants to play his game no one can stop him, so it’s always fun to see him play like that and hopefully he can continue to play like that.

On why he doesn’t shoot the puck more because he has a good shot…
I mean I shoot when I can. You don’t always want to skate over the blue line and shoot the puck. I mean if there’s nobody in front the goalie’s going to see it. There’s not really a point to shoot. You want to make plays too.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On picking up the win against a talented team...
Definitely. For, like you said, a couple little mistakes that ended up in our net – I think it definitely was the best game that we’ve played so far this season. You saw we were hungry in the O-zone and hungry getting pucks to the net. We made some smart decisions in some important areas and it just seems like things are starting to head in the right direction. You go back to that Detroit game last Wednesday where we really wanted to turn things around and we upped our competitive level, and I think it’s rolling along here and getting three out of the last four games here.

On the team’s performance in the second period...
No, just a couple of mistakes. Just chipping pucks out, being strong on the puck. I thought we did a really good job of being strong on the puck for most of the night. But, you see when you’re not and you make a couple mistakes against a high-end team with some high-end talent – you make a few little mistakes and it ends up in the back of your net. But, all in all it was a real good effort.

On bouncing back after the second...
We just wanted to go out there and apply the pressure and create our own chances and hopefully have a few go in. Great job by Griff [Seth Griffith] jumping on the loose puck there and getting his first NHL goal and then Soupy [Gregory Campbell] coming up with a big goal there on a great forecheck by Piesy [Daniel Paille]. So, you know, guys stepping up and getting big goals at big times. Then [with] four minutes and nine seconds left we have to kill off a four-minute penalty, and you’ve got to give those guys as much credit as anyone for the win tonight. So, all in all it was a great win. Special teams were good, five-on-five we were good, and we’ve just got to build off this.

On if he celebrated as much as Seth Griffith did when he got his first NHL goal...
Yeah, sure did. I remember getting my first goal and how much it meant and how special it was. It was great to see him finally get it.

On if he’s happy for Seth Griffith’s success and getting his first goal...
When you get that first one, the confidence starts coming and you can start feeling a little bit more loose. When you’re in those positions, they seem to go in once you get that first one. So, he’s done a good job so far playing on our line and hopefully he can pop in a few more if he gets a few more chances.

On the success of the power play tonight...
You said it. Last game in Buffalo, I thought the puck movement was good, but no results out of it. But here today, obviously, two power play goals on the first two opportunities. I think it goes down to winning the battles to keep the puck in the O-zone and then guys having the focus of putting the puck on the net. Two great shots, both went in, and it was great to finally get some results on the power play.

On if the team’s intangible qualities are what’s making the difference in the recent wins...
I think so. I think that’s where the focus has shifted and I think that’s why we’re starting to have success and starting to play the way that we are. Like I said, we’ve got to do whatever we can to keep that up and keep giving ourselves success by worrying about the things that matter, like you mentioned – more than the things that are kind of not controlled by the players. Just focus on playing our game the right way and the way that the coaches put the plan together. When we do that we’re a real hard team to beat.

On sticking with the game plan tonight even when they were down...
I think that’s the most important thing, especially when your down, is to stick with the game plan and play desperate to get yourself back in the game. Talking in the second intermission here, going out for the third, we just talked about being positive and sticking to the game plan and giving ourselves opportunities where we can get ourselves back in the game. We did that and were able to come out with a big win.

On if he’s personally turned a corner in his game...
I think so. Feeling a lot better, a lot more confident on the ice. Hope to get a few more shots on net, that’s probably the one area where I need to work at more on my game. Probably being a little bit more selfish and getting those shots on net. So, if I do that, the goals will come. I think as far as moving my feet and getting into those areas and being strong and hard on the puck and all that type of stuff is definitely over the last week, has gotten a lot better.

On the makeup of the power play unit...
I think so. We were moving the puck well, and like I said, it was good to see that shot-first mentality and getting the pucks on the net and getting pucks through where they have a chance to go in or create a rebound. So, it was great that we were able to create some momentum and get some results on the PP. Hopefully that will carry over into the next game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SETH GRIFFITH
On the goal celebration…
It was just my first one so I had to do something a little crazy I guess.

On how it felt…
It was great. I’ve had a couple chances the past few games so it’s great to get the first one out of the way.

On playing a full game on the top line…
Yeah for sure. We’re starting to get a little chemistry going so it’s good to see but it’s not too hard playing with two great players like that.

On having this role after being sent down so early in camp…
I thought if I kept working hard I might get my chance again. I’m happy it was sooner rather than later for sure. The guys in Providence have helped me a lot to develop my game so I could play at this level.

On what you’ve taken out of being sent down and called back up so frequently…
It’s a pretty crazy week for sure but you’ve gotta respect the coaches decision and practice hard every day and then when you get your opportunity then you make the most of it. 

On having any advice from coaches on how to get back here…
You just keep working hard. There’s little things in my game I want continue to improve. Being stronger on the wall and stuff like that, especially being a little bit of a smaller guy. That’s something that I’m definitely going to continue to work on.

On such a meaningful first goal…
Yeah for sure. It was a big goal and like I said I’ve had some chances the past couple games. I hit the post in Montreal so I’m definitely happy to get the first one out of the way.

On the goal taking some pressure off…
Obviously every player when they get their first couple games they want to score right away. Like I said I’m happy it came sooner rather than later.

On the goal seeming to be in slow motion…
Yeah for sure. It was one of those things where I wasn’t expecting it to come out. Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] were doing a good job battling in front, I just tried hanging out high there and fortunately the puck came to me and I don’t know if [Antti] Niemi saw it or not, I’m just happy it went in.

On producing while the team struggles offensively…
Yeah for sure. Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] have a couple points each too. It wasn’t a bad night for anybody. It’s good to see that they’re coming along as well.

On difficulty finding chemistry with Krejci…
Yeah I think he’s a great player but I think I was just a little nervous the first couple games. Maybe that’s why we weren’t getting stuff done but like I said, we definitely had a good night tonight.

On missing chances in Montreal affecting your game now…
Yeah it was one of those things where you just gotta kind of forget about it and move on and keep working hard. I knew I’d get another chance to get a shot off.

On Lucic picking up the puck for you…
Yeah it’s right here. He’s a great guy so it doesn’t surprise me that he’s the one to pick it up. He did all the work in front so maybe I should have picked it up [laughter].

On knowing if you were coming back after getting sent down to Providence…
They let me know that there’s a chance but you don’t want to give them any—you don’t want to have a bad game in Providence and then have an excuse to not get called back up, so I’m happy I’m back here.

On Julien making the change to Gagne in the third period before, thinking it would happen again…
Yeah a little bit. He’s an older guy and he’s definitely responsible in the D zone and that’s something I have to continue to work on is my D zone. You know, it’s coming along and it’s just something I have to continue to work on.

On knowing if you would be on that line all game…
You never know. It wasn’t like that in the past couple games so I’m obviously happy that I got a chance to play in the third. We didn’t give up too many chances in our own end so that’s good to see as well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On tonight’s performance…
…We were playing well. We just had, I think it was 37 seconds of mental lapse, but that’s going to happen in the course of the year. I’d like to say it’s not, but it might happen again. But it’s how you respond after that and it’s that we handled ourselves accordingly.

On whether it is nice to see Gregory Campbell’s line have a good game and get a goal…
For sure. They played well. I thought they played well all year. It was great to see them get rewarded. They were buzzing tonight. They had a few chances. Piesy [Daniel Paille] has put a few off the post, so well deserved to see them get rewarded like that.

On Seth Griffith being rewarded tonight with a goal…
That’s awesome. You get goose bumps. It never gets old seeing someone score their first goal and how excited they are. I think it brings a lot of us back to when we scored our first goal, so well deserved, and it couldn’t come at a better time. It was a big goal.

On special teams being able to draw a lot of confidence from tonight’s performance…
Yeah, I thought our power play was doing a great job getting pucks on net and came out with, like you said, two big goals for us. I thought the penalty killing is getting better. It’s always a work in progress, and I think we can build off that knowing that’s a great power play. I think they’re, I might be wrong, but they’re running 33% on the road or something like that. They’ve got a lot of threats out there, so Tuukka [Rask] made the big saves, and the D boxed out well and let him see most of the stuff so it was a good effort from everyone.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On killing the last penalty to end the game…
You know it’s a tough bounce there when your best penalty killers goes to the box. Not something you look forward to. I thought we did a good job on that PK doing exactly what we wanted to. Everybody is doing their own jobs. I saw the pucks they shot and that’s how you do it.

On getting a win against the San Jose Sharks…
We played a good game. We had a couple days off there. We definitely were fresh and it looked like it. We played a solid game. The second period was a good period for us.  A couple let downs there, and we still bounced back after that. Good character win and I think that’s exactly what the team needed right now.

On Seth Griffith’s first NHL goal...
Well he plays on the first line so it’s about time he scores, right? [laughs] No, he’s had some good looks before and he came up big for us today. He had a nice bounce there and he put it in so good for him.

On building confidence and stringing wins together…
It’s huge. I think we have a style of hockey we want to play. We kind of went up and down the first few games there. We felt like we played a good game in Detroit and a pretty good game in Montreal and we lost that game. And then Buffalo, a good game again and today a solid game. We just try and put up a couple wins and keep the trend going the right way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On defeating San Jose…
…I mean, you’ve got to have everybody going because that’s a deep team, a team that competes in a pretty tough conference, and they’re one of the better teams, so it helps when everybody can chip in.

On Seth Griffith’s goal and performance…
He’s been on the verge. He’s had a few good looks. He’s not afraid to shoot and he has a lot of confidence for a young kid, so we’re all happy to see him score a goal, and not only a goal but an important goal.

On his own goal…
It was just a good forecheck. Good play by Piesy [Daniel Paille].

On having offensive zone shifts against San Jose’s top six forwards and whether that is a sign that things are going well for the team…
For us to be in those situations we’ve got to be a responsible, reliable line, and Claude [Julien] has to trust us to put us in those situations, so with hard work comes trust, and if we’re playing our game and we’re in on the forecheck and creating chances and bringing energy to the lineup then he usually has confidence in us.

On killing off a penalty with Patrice Bergeron in the box and what this says about the penalty kill…
Well, in that situation it’s desperation mode. You’re really doing anything you can. I mean, they snap around pretty well and a great power play. They’re running a 30, 33 percent on the road, so with a couple good saves by Tuukka [Rask], but it’s really just playing within the system that we have, and Bergy kills enough penalties for us so it’s important for us to do that for him.

On whether this was the first time his line has been able to consistently play their game…
It’s my third game, and this is the second time we’ve played together so, it’s coming along pretty well I think for this early in the season.

On whether he feels that he’s at 100%…
I feel good. I mean I’m working hard every day and I had three good months of working out, so a little bit of a setback for me. It’s not going to change a lot.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On picking up a win against a talented team...
That one felt good, for sure. Our building, down going into the third period – we knew we were playing a pretty solid game and a five-minute lapse there and they take over the lead. So, we wanted to keep doing what we were doing and we were about to do that and some of those pucks go in. It’s a nice win, for sure.

On the successful power play tonight...
Absolutely. We talk a lot about – if you can’t score goals you want to at least get some momentum. Tonight, it’s nice to actually see some of those go in. It’s good for our power play, for sure.

On playing in a defensive pair with Dennis Seidenberg...
I thought it was good. I thought we kept things simple. A couple communication issues that we’ve got to sort out, but we’ll get better. The more time you play with a guy, you learn their tendencies and we’ll sort that out.

On the goal at the end of the second period...
We let a guy get behind us, and that’s something that’s not acceptable for anybody to do. So, it’s a tough play. We both got caught puck watching and yeah, I’ll take some blame for that one for sure.

On if he sensed he might need to get comfortable in multiple different defensive pairs...
Yeah, it’s always like that. For whatever reason, unfortunately, we have guys that go down. Don’t know why, but that’s just what happens. It seems like we’re rotating guys in and out. So, I think everybody’s comfortable playing with each other for reasons like this.

On if he and Dennis Seidenberg make a balanced pair...
I think once we get some chemistry going, I think we could be a really solid D pairing. It’s just a matter of getting the experience with him and [getting] the communication down. I like where it could potentially go.

On the team’s power play success...
Well – power play wins games in hockey today. You watch it all across the league; a power play will win a team a hockey game. For us, it definitely helped tonight; we got those two early ones. But I thought we played a solid hockey game and we were happy with our effort and the way we skated. They’re a fast team, so I thought we skated with them and took it to them. So, it was good.

SAN JOSE SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN
On the Bruins’ successful third period compared to the Sharks’ successful second period…
They got the last one; we didn’t.  That was the difference in the game.  I thought it was fairly evenly played.  We’ll probably look at the end of the night at the two power play goals they got and the one that we got—that’s likely the difference.  For comparing it to the last game in New York, it was a much better effort.  I don’t know if that [comparing] is a wise thing to do or not, but we have to take steps forward, so that’s a positive.  We still got to get better.  We’re giving up four goals a night.  We’re not going to win very many games at all doing that.

On the Bruins’ two goals in the third period…
The winner was a D-to-D, and we lost our stick in the corner, which didn’t help us one bit.  The third goal: we knocked it down with a high stick, and everybody kind of lost track of it.  Sometimes that happens, but it was the fourth one that was probably a little more difficult to swallow because we had a chance to come out…or at least defend, if we hadn’t lost our stick.  But, we’ll move on.  We’ve got to get home and get better.

On the Sharks final power play…
I thought we had some opportunities.  We shot the puck; [Tuukka] Rask made a couple good saves.  We got the puck back.  We were moving around, but we didn’t get the goal we wanted.  So, that’s makes a big difference. 

On the road trip overall…
[We were] .500 on the road.  The beginning of the season, with not a lot of practice time, it’s not an easy trip.  We played in some tough buildings… I’m going to sound like we’re satisfied by saying that—we’re not.  We’re disappointed in some of the areas of our game and in times of our game.  But, we have some experience on the road now.  We got some of our younger players into games.  Would we like to come home 3-1-1? Yeah.  We didn’t, and now we got to make some hay at home for a couple games.

On James Sheppard’s season debut…
I thought he was effective with his size, with his strength.  That made a difference in that situation.  You can still see his timing’s off and that his legs needed to improve a little bit.  Not an easy building or team to come in against because they’re so heavy and strong.  It was a good test for him.  I think he’s going to be a heck of a player for us once he really gets himself established.  And the only way he’s going to do that now is if we play him.

On mixing his lines…
We mixed and matched a bit as the night went on.  A couple guys didn’t get a lot of minutes, so we had to find four lines, but overall, I thought Logan [Couture] had his best game of the season.  [He had] eight or ten shots on goal and was dangerous all the time.  The power play moved the puck around but didn’t get what we needed at the end.  Penalty kill—both their goals were off crossbars or posts, so they made some good shots.  There’s still a lot of room for improvement.


SAN JOSE SHARKS FORWARD LOGAN COUTURE
On playing harder in the second period rather than the third…
Yeah I mean that’s the game. You need to get at least a point and we kind of let that one slip away and with this team we can’t be doing that. We need to get a lot better, what we gave up were very preventable, it’s not like they were making great plays we were giving them the chances and we got to be a lot better.

On needing to be better on their scoring chances…
Yeah being smarter, I mean were making plays and just giving up pucks, giving pucks to them and not being good around our own net.  It’s all stuff that we’ve talk about since training camp that we’re not doing well so we got to get a lot better.

On the four-minute power play opportunity…
Yeah I mean we moved it around we just didn’t get many good looks.  When we had a shot the puck bounced on us.  We didn’t get pucks through and I don’t even know if we got a good quality scoring chance.  The power play needed to get us one there and it let the team down.

SAN JOSE SHARKS FORWARD JAMES SHEPPARD
On his first game of the season…
Yeah it was good. I think it got better as the game went on. The first period, period and a half it was really fast, real quick, not a lot of time to think, but as it went on I felt better and I felt my lungs were there and that’s the most important thing.

On if they gave away the win in the third or if Boston took it away…
I think neither. I think it’s two good teams battling. We’ve been on a long road trip so I think that might have something to play with it, but no we worked hard, we battled and sometimes you don’t get the result you are looking for.

On the mix up in lines…
The lines are always kind of scrambled up so we get the chance to play with a lot of different guys, but for the most part we play the same system of guys we need to be on the ball all the time so it’s not too difficult.

On Boston’s play…
They’re just in your face, they’re always going to come, they’re not going to give up, they’re a team that they get scored on and they are going to put the puck down deep and they go to work.  They’re a group of guys that are just going to work, work, work and I think they came out with a win so.

SAN JOSE FORWARD JOE THORNTON
On the game tonight…
Yeah the game just went back and forth, back and forth and you know we thought we had it.  We had a good chance on the four-minute power play in the end we just didn’t bury it, so tough game to lose.

On if they felt Boston was taking the game away in the third period…
No, just a couple bad breaks that’s all it was, but we had a chance to tie it like we just didn’t.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On Lucic’s improvement…
Yeah if you compare him to the start of the season to now he’s much better. I agree.

On how far Lucic is from his game…
I don’t know. I’ll let you guys figure that one out. You’ve seen him for—this is his eighth season here. I think you guys have a pretty good idea how good he can be so I’ll let you guys write what you want on that subject.

On importance of establishing a strong home record…
Well it’s always something that’s important for every team that wants to be successful is to have some home dominance. We know how hard it is to win on the road. It’s important and I think that last game we played here, half a second left really hurt us and put us on the negative side but it’s up to us to redeem ourselves. We’ve got a tough team—tough opponent tonight and a tough opponent on Thursday. Two teams with just one loss each. They’re off to a good starts. We just gotta make sure that we’re ready to face that kind of challenge. Bottom line is we have to keep building on what we’ve started to build on the last three games.

On cutting Lucic slack because the right side is in flux…
It’s up to each individual to play to their level. I’ve always said that. It doesn’t matter who you play with, we rate players on their play—their sole play and it doesn’t matter who you’re with, we still expect certain things. He’s come off an injury, he’s missed a little bit of the conditioning before camp started. He wasn’t able to play for a little while. What I like right now is he’s starting to come around and that’s the most important thing. I’m not going to dwell on the past more than—I like what I see he’s getting better all the time so he’s gotta continue to improve.

On how much you want to see somebody seize the top line role…
Well as much as you guys are used to seeing me with stable lines, I don’t mind moving guys around like that. It’s not about me looking, necessarily, for somebody to seize that spot. I’m going to use it as I feel is needed and [Seth] Griffith right now is a good playmaker, he’s been fairly good for a second year pro and first year in the NHL. We’ve gotta give him a little bit of time and when I need to make the change, Simon Gagne has been a guy who’s been able to move up and there could be others too. I’m ok with the flexibility there of moving guys in and out of that position.

On changing the first line during the game…
Yeah I can’t promise you anything here Joe, but I’ll do what I have to do. That’s all I can tell you right now. Depending on the situation and who’s doing well and who’s not. I just gotta do what I gotta do here and I don’t think I have anything set in stone more than I’m ready to adapt to what happens.

On Kevan Miller’s diagnosis…
Well that’s what you get with injuries. We’ve gone through that last year whether it’s the [Dennis] Seidenbergs or [Adam] McQuaids or [Chris] Kellys you deal with injuries all the time. You always fear the worst and hope for the best. No matter what at the end of the day you live with it. You make the adjustments. Other players have opportunities and it’s up to them to seize those and you move on here. Again, you hear me say that numerous times. You control what you can control and that’s something I can’t.

On Torey Krug playing the right side…
He’s played the right side before as well. It’s just, we’ve put him on the right side and I’m sure as the game goes on you’ll see the two of them on opposite sides and they can both play right and left. That’s the reason he’s there right now. I guess it’s a starting position. You start on the right and where you end up I don’t know. Could end up a shift on the left and his partner on the right.

On Krug trying to prove himself being a top four guy…
Well you guys are really complicated today. He just has to show it I guess. I don’t know if I’m getting into all the explanations into what he has to do. I think he’s a pretty good defenseman. He’s shown some good offense and right now we’ve talked about his defense improving. He’s not a big guy, he’s not going to out-muscle guys he’s gotta outsmart guys. That’s what you want but at the same time when he plays on those kind of pairs it gives him an opportunity to play with top lines too that could use the offense. So there’s a lot of things that go into play and sometimes the other team might have real big heavy guys and we think he’s better off playing on the third pair, so that’s coaching. I say it all the time, that’s just coaching, looking at what you have and who you’re playing against. There’s never a rhyme and a reason for every time you see a change.

On Krug’s role changing…
I think to me, all I’m looking at is his game per-se. I thought last game in Buffalo was the best game I’ve seen him play. He started late and he’s starting to catch up and he’s coming around and that’s what we want to see
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