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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Thursday, December 11, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On the team’s start tonight and going down by two goals...
Well, I don’t think it’s the start, honestly. I think it was the execution. I think the effort was there from start to finish, but as you could see in that first period, the execution was poor. We mentioned it in the room – a three on one you don’t get a shot – you almost got an open net there, you tip it over the net. We’ve got to get better in those areas if we want to start winning some hockey games. Because other than that, what can you say about your hockey club – they competed hard all night, they did the things they had to do, had to kill two five-on-three power plays, and you know, they did a good job of that. But at the end of the night they come out empty handed. If we’re going to get some points I think those are two areas that is going to have to improve.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews...
Well, you know, I’ve said it all along – that’s not because of tonight – I looked at the [Keith] Ballard hit, or the hit on Ballard from [Matt] Martin. I’ve been saying that for a long time. We need to start educating our players to protect themselves better. We keep turning our backs; we keep trying to curl away. A player’s job is to finish his check. So a player should know he’s going to be hit and I think it’s not about tonight, it’s about the whole league. I’m one of those guys that have really put a lot of pressure on people that look at those kind of things and say listen, it’s okay to take away those hits from behind when they’re warranted. But what about the other guy – does he not have a responsibility? So, Martin didn’t get a penalty on that and I think Ballard saw him coming and he turned and the consequences aren’t what you want to see from a player being hit like him. Certainly don’t like seeing those kinds of things, but this is where it’s important to take care of ourselves. So, I view that five-on-three we’re going to close a gap quickly and Dennis [Seidenberg] is a strong individual. So, is he supposed to get weak because of that situation? Or he just plays to his strength. Again, I wasn’t happy. I looked at it, and it could be arguable, but from my end of it I think it’s what it is. Our guys need to finish their checks and sure, you’ve got to be careful, but I’m sure he knew that he was coming.

On Zdeno Chara’s play tonight after returning to the lineup...
That’s his first game in two months, so good for him.

On the Bruins’ forecheck in tonight’s game...
I think we just talked about that. I think our forecheck was pretty good. We got on them and we turned pucks over. They’ve got a defense that skates well and they can wheel out of their own if we don’t put the pucks in the right areas. But I thought our forecheck – we turned some pucks over and overall, I mean, at the end of the night let’s look at the scoring chances, let’s look at a lot of things. I’m not disappointed in our team’s performance. If we want to look at the score and criticize our team for it, so be it. I’m going to criticize our team for not finishing and not executing well enough. But the rest, I have no issues.

On Milan Lucic’s effort to set up Torey Krug’s goal...
Awesome effort. Those are the kind of efforts we need to win some hockey games here. So, we need more of that. From everybody.

On Reilly Smith gaining momentum in the last few games...
That’s what we need from – I guess from guys. We need some goals here and when guys like him catch fire you’ve got to ride them. You hope that it kind of gets into other people’s blood, I guess, and they start doing the same thing. You want that fire and you want that confidence, and that’s what we need right now – a little bit more fire in our belly and some confidence. Again, I keep repeating myself with what we need to do to win hockey games.

On Chris Kelly’s play this season and his fight with Andrew Shaw tonight...
Yeah. I think if you look at the replay, the puck’s in the net. He’s already passed the puck; it’s late hit. You know, it would be viewed as a late hit during the play. So whatever happened, Chris [Kelly] went in there, even if it’s Looch [Milan Lucic], he went in there and I just saw [Andrew] Shaw looking at somebody and nodding and then dropping the gloves. So, I guess he was waiting for permission. Looked like it anyways.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On his hit on Jonathan Toews...
Well I pride myself on being a clean player and a hard player to play against, so when I went in on that one on one battle there, I thought I saw his right shoulder and at the last second he might have turned I don’t know.  I didn’t really see the replay or anything and obviously I never want to see a guy go into the boards like that.

On if he agrees with Claude Juliens position on the hit...
I mean everybody is, if you go through the middle, you have to have your head up right?  Again it was just unfortunate how he went into the boards obviously.  Again I try to be clean, I thought I had his right shoulder but it just kind of happened and it just didn’t look that great.  Again I try to play clean and hard and that’s all I can say.

On if there was any intent on his part...
No I would never want to hurt a guy.  That’s the last thing on my mind.  I like playing hard and winning my board battles and that’s about it.

On if the distance between the boards and Toews was safe when he made the hit…
Obviously not.  When he went into the boards it didn’t look good.  I tried to go through the hands and it just kind of happened to be that he spun a little bit.  I don’t know, I would have to look at it again and then maybe I could talk more about it.

On if that is one of those hits that he has been through before...
I mean it definitely always happens, it’s a battle along the boards.  Again he might have turned, he might not have turned, you just try to get to the puck and that’s my thought on the play and that’s it.

On if he has ever had any disciplinary action with the Player Safety Department...
No I have never had a call so knock on wood I guess.

On if he is nervous about getting a call from Player Safety on this hit...
How do you know if it is going to be reviewed?  I don’t know, obviously it didn’t look good but we’ll see what happens.  There’s nothing I can do.

On how important it was to have Zdeno Chara back for the defense...
I mean it’s a good feeling to have your leader in the locker room and on the ice back.  He’s obviously a big part and we are all happy to see him being with us again.  It’s just a good feeling.

On what the biggest presence Zdeno Chara brings…
Just his leadership, I mean just the way he gives himself, the way he leads the team and gets everybody going.

On it being frustrating to not get a full 60 minutes…
Well I think we did actually a pretty close 60-minute game maybe not high enough in certain areas to score goals, but I think overall we played a solid game. The goals we gave up were just self-inflicted and it’s definitely something you can clean up. Overall it was okay, but the last so it kept us right.

On if it’s difficult to put in the effort and not get the winning results…
At the end of the day it’s a loss so it doesn’t matter how you play. I don’t know how many times we use to play bad games and get two points of it.  It’s something that we have to work on and just being more mentally stronger and it’s got to start soon.

On the mixed results in their game against the top teams in the league…
Again, we play a solid game, but there’s little mistakes that we made that cost us. We are there, but we just have to want it more that’s what it comes down to.

On experience benefitting guys that had to play more minutes while Chara was out…
I mean it can only help when you put a young guy in a situation where he hasn’t been. Make him play a lot of minutes there’s no downside to it – he gets more experience, he gets more ice time, more responsibly so it can only help.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On whether it was too difficult to make a comeback tonight…
You know it’s definitely never something you want when you get down by three goals against a team like Chicago. You know obviously it’s tough to get back in any game, but Chicago’s definitely one of the best in the leagues so it’s always the last thing you want when you’re playing a team like that.

On having Zdeno Chara back in the lineup…
Yeah it means a lot. I thought he was great for a guy that missed close to 20 games. He was himself I thought. He looked good and was definitely calming everything down in our zone and made things a lot easier.

On low scoring hockey games…
Yeah I mean that’s the way it’s going to be… as you get down the stretch I guess you need to find ways to get on top of those games and play stingy in your zone and still manage to create some chances and when you do have them find ways to put the puck in the back of the net

On Chris Kelly’s fight…
It shows that he definitely cares.  He didn’t like the way that Looch [Milan Lucic] got hit.  It was a little late and he didn’t like that and he came in and, not just him, a few guys came in pretty quick.  Like I said, when you show that you care like that it definitely sends a message to all the guys.

On their penalty kill…
Yeah I thought we did a good job of staying tight and not doing too much on the 5-on-4, the 5-on-3 was I thought we did the same thing. We’ve talked about the looks that they like and we’ve tried to take that away and not get running around and Tuukka’s [Rask] made some good saves also.

On there not being as many turnovers…
I think there’s not many of them, every time we do we seem to really start scrambling and we got to get away from that.  I mean every time we close quick and early we have support we seem to get out of our zone a lot quicker and that’s what you need so it’s about communicating it a lot better and we definitely can start duplicating jobs and not doing the right thing cause when you do that the other teams make you pay.

On Reilly Smith’s game…
I think he’s skating really well. He’s creating a lot of chances for us, and also for himself by moving his feet and just taking what’s there and right now we’re not forcing plays we’re seeing each other but we got to keep doing that.  He’s doing a great job of that the last two games of the road trip and again tonight so he was really good.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
Well to me – I was killing so I was looking at the puck more so than the hit and I can’t really comment on that right now, but hopefully Jonathan’s doing well.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On returning to the lineup tonight...
It was exciting to be playing a game, that’s for sure. You know, there’s no secret that I felt the absence of missing a good chunk of time. But again, I’m not going to make excuses. Just you have those games that you have to break in and I’m looking forward to the next game to be better.

On if he felt rusty after being out for a while...
You know it’s like I said, it’s something that’s noticeable. You can practice as much as you want to but you will never replace the game situations or the way you’re going to be reading plays and so on. So yeah, I mean early on it was just one of those things that I was trying to really focus to make simple plays. Overall I was just really trying to compete every shift, work hard every shift, and that was my goal.

On the team’s performance and effort tonight...
It was a good effort. Tuukka [Rask] kept us in the whole game. He made really unbelievable saves for us. I thought that for the most part we played a solid game. We could have capitalized on some of the chances and if we would, it might have been a different game. But again, we can’t be sitting here talking about luck or some bounces. We have to earn those goals. You know, I think it’s pretty obvious – if we play on our toes like we did towards the end, we are very hard to play against. Early on I thought we were maybe giving Chicago a little bit too much respect and kind of playing on our heels. But I thought it was a good effort; we’ve just got to continue to play like we did towards the end of the game.

On returning to the power play...
Yeah, I mean I was looking for any kind of situation or ice time. I mean, as the game went on I felt better and better out there and more comfortable. It was just one of those things that, you know, any time I was on the ice I was just looking to kind of find that game that I had before I got hurt. So, I’m sure it’s going to be coming back quickly.

On his scoring chance on the power play...
Yeah, I was – I saw the puck was just stuck right underneath his pad and all we needed was just maybe a strong push and the puck would go in. But I got kind of dragged down and then he kind of squeezed it really well. So, it was a good scoring chance and too bad that we didn’t put that one in.

On if the team needed a stronger effort...
You know, it’s one of those things that – I think that you’ve got to find that balance between playing smart and obviously cover up their options. And maybe we were giving them a little bit more space than we did later in the game. It doesn’t mean we were afraid of them, we were just kind of respecting the game plan, but in a way we have to be also aware that we can’t be always turning the switch every time we are behind a goal or two and then start to play a little bit more desperate. We’ve just got to be playing like that for the whole game.

On if the team needs a physical spark...
It could be a little thing, like I said it maybe could be a check, but I think that we have that – we’ve just got to kind of create that spark, instead of just waiting for it. We’ve just got to kind of create it and that’s it.

On if Torey Krug’s goal and Chris Kelly’s fight provided a spark...
Yeah, and I think also the fans. I think that really kind of woke them up, I should say. It was a goal that gave us a chance to fight for that last minute goal or last two minutes. But again, it’s something that – it’s great that we pushed back and made a game out of being down two goals, but it was again, too late.

On if he feels that his timing is off after missing so many games...
I already answered that; I mean I was excited to be back. It was a while and I think that it was noticeable that I missed a pretty long time. As the game went on I felt better and better. But yeah, it’s something that you can’t just read plays just by practicing. You’ve just got to play the games.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On playing a pretty good game…
Yeah I think so. You know, on most nights when we pay like that we usually come up with the win and its just unfortunate, you look at those goals, they were turnovers that were our fault, being sloppy with the puck. It just seems like every time we make a mistake these days it ends up in the back of the net. The lesson we keep learning is we have to make strong hard plays and you can’t take anything for granted no matter where you are on the ice. But I thought our compete level was there. We came out hard. We had a bunch of chances especially to start the second period there and we had a push there in the third period and almost tied the game. I think we just have to not focus on winning and losing right now. We just have to focus on our game and the areas we have to tough up in order to get wins.

On Chris Kelly standing up for the team after the second goal…
Yeah it’s big. I mean Kells [Chris Kelly] is a guy that—there’s a reason why he’s got an ‘A’ on his jersey. He’s gonna step up for his teammates when the time is right. You’ve seen him do it in the past and you saw it here tonight. He’s the type of guy that you want on your team that you know always has your back. Just evidence that type of team guy that he is and stepping up for himself and his teammates.

On that strong emotional style of play being what the team is trying to achieve consistently…
Exactly, when we care for each other and we play together and for each other, that’s when, like you said, the fans are getting into it. The fans were responding, we’re creating chances, getting goals and playing the right way. I think that’s lacked a little bit in our team this year but when we’re going out there and having each other’s backs and playing for one another, you know, we feel it on the bench and the fans feel it as well. That’s an important area of our game and that’s what’s given us success in the past and helped us be such a good team and we need to continue that heading into the next game. If that care for one another and having each other’s back continues, you’ll see, things will come a lot easier and the wins will start coming.

On the line change getting you motivated…
It just felt like I played with everyone this year so I’m just trying to get my game going no matter who I’m playing with. I was able to create some chemistry there in the third period there with [Chris] Kelly and [Craig] Cunningham. Cunner [Craig Cunningham] he got brought up in the same junior system that I did so he knows how to play the right way. I thought he played a real good game for us. Gave us a bit of a spark and getting in on the fore-check, getting some chances-- we were able to create some chemistry there just by being first on the puck, trying to create turnovers and playing in the o-zone and that’s what we did in the third period. That’s another important aspect of the game that we need to keep up is getting in the o-zone and playing there as long as we can.

On recapturing the emotional edge that has been lacking at times…
Like I said, its just caring for one another and playing for one another. That’s how we can keep that emotional level high on this team, in this dress room and on the ice. Its an important part of our game is playing with that right type of emotion and we need to keep that at a high level going forward.

On you being a catalyst for emotional play…
I mean, been doing my best to get in there. For-checking hard and creating hits and stuff like that its just, like I said, you can’t just rely on one guy. I know it’s an important part of my role and I’ve embraced that role my whole career. I need to do that but it takes everyone in order for it to go up another level.

On Krug’s goal and trying to emulate that kind of play more…
Yeah, you know, when I get going especially in straight lines I tend to create chances for myself and my teammates. Just like you said, I need to do more of that. I was able to do it again and we almost scored the next shift just driving wide and getting the puck to the net. It’s an important part of my game in order to create offense and just gotta find ways to do that more and hopefully the production will start coming at a level that’s expected.

On the difficulty of losing close games when you play well…
It’s difficult. I think the most difficult thing is to stay up and stay positive when you’re having, like you said, those good efforts against really good teams and your not getting anything out of it. It’s not just losing the game, we’re not even getting into overtime and getting at least one point out of it. At times it’s hard to stay up and stay on course but I think the important part is we have to stay on course as far as our competitive level. If we keep playing the right way, eventually the wins will come because when we respect our system and play the right way, its worked for how many years? Its not like it’s stopped working, it’s the commitment from within to play the right way that’s gonna get us wins.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On whether he is relieved with some of the puck luck on his goal…
Yeah, it felt like the puck was around their net pretty much for the whole game, but it was going through people or bouncing over their sticks so it was good to see a couple of them go in the back of the net, but at the end of the day if you’re one short it doesn’t mean anything.

On whether they feel they are almost where they need to be despite the loss…
They’re a good team and I think we played pretty hard. You’ve got to find a way to come out with two points after games like that that are pretty tight the whole way through, and I think we played pretty well. I think we outplayed them for a lot of it, so you know there’s positives you take out of it, but at the end of the day you’ve got to get those two points.

On Chris Kelly being a guy who does not like losing and whether what he did today is indicative of the way he has been this season trying to help the attitude of the team…
Yeah, there’s a lot of young guys on this team, and he’s a character player. He’s a leader on this team, and he’s pretty vocal but he also leads through his actions and he showed that tonight. He doesn’t do it too often but he puts his body on the line every night and that’s something that people notice for sure.

On whether he has been any more vocal this year given that guys have been injured and it’s been a more “turbulent” season…
Yeah, I think he has been more vocal this year. It’s been a little different with so many young guys in the lineup and in the roster on every given night pretty much, so with some of the older guys out some other people step up, but he’s a guy that shows a lot of character and a lot of leadership for this team and it goes to show what he did there today.

On how he feels about his game the past few games…
I think it’s nice to get a little bit of puck luck, but I think over the past probably 10, 12 games I think I’ve maybe upped my energy a little bit. I think being a little bit stronger on the puck. It’s nice playing with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Marchy [Brad Marchand] because they help me out a lot too, but it seems like we’re clicking pretty good right now. If we can help us to get a couple more victories in these next six games before Christmas it’ll be pretty beneficial.

On whether it is frustrating to be getting some good results but the team has been on the back end this past week…
Yeah, it’s really frustrating because that’s why, that’s how we play the game and that’s the main goal. Personal stuff is all just to help the team win, so when you fall like we did tonight it’s a little better for sure.

On this team still being feared throughout the league and whether he feels that at some point you can’t count on the turning point to come and you have to manufacture it yourselves…
Yeah, absolutely. You have to manufacture it yourselves. If you just keep on waiting for miracles to happen they’re not going to happen. It’s hard work and I’m sure we’ll get back at it tomorrow in practice.

On it being tough playing so many tight games and not scoring a lot of goals…
It’s really tough, and maybe my sneak peek last year with the Bruins it was a lot easier for sure. It seemed like we were scoring four or five goals every night, so it’s the other side of the spectrum this year, but you have to find ways to win those games because there’s teams that are winning all around us right now and if we don’t start getting some results we’re going to start falling out of playoff spots.

On Tuukka Rask saying Chicago had some puck luck tonight…
Yeah they definitely [did] on the first couple goals. Bounces are going to happen and you play tight. You regroup from it.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the teams overall game tonight...
We played a pretty good game.  Tough couple bounces there, the first two goals.  We fall behind 2-0 and we battled back and made it a game. When you’re winning games, things go your way and when you’re not really in the groove like we aren’t really, it’s tough to find it.  We are just going to keep battling and good things are going to happen.

On if the effort was there tonight but the execution was not...
Yeah sometimes.  We had some chances that we couldn’t bear down.  We just got to find some ways to score goals.  It wasn’t because of the effort but no excuses, we just need to find ways to bear down.

On if you can take positives out of a game where you get no points...
Well I mean if you look at the effort and you look at the plays we made, for the most part it was our style of hockey.  I thought a lot of times we were the better team out there.  So I guess you can take the positive but from a goalie standpoint, two deflections off of your own sticks and it obviously sucks.  We just have to keep working and find ways to get those bounces our way, not against us.

On if the return of Chara helps the team to get back to their usual form…
Obviously it was a big emotional boost for everybody when Zee [Zdeno Chara] came back.  We fought, we never backed down and Kells [Chris Kelly] showed that we still have that grit in our game and he stepped up and had a nice fight there.  It’s a good sign that we never quit.

On when it is time for the team to capitalize on all their battles and just do it...
Well I think enough has been said and the past couple games we have showed it.  We played good hockey.  You get those goals off the stick and in and the other one the same thing, it’s just bad puck luck for a goalie.  The hard part is that you are down 2-0 and you know that as a team you have to keep your mind fresh and try to forget about that.  It’s not easy but I thought we did a good job with that.  We have been talking enough about battling and doing things and I think we have showed it in the last two games but today we didn’t get the result we wanted.

On if the feistiness and grittiness in their game is what they have been missing...
I think it has been lacking for the most part this season.  The last game in Phoenix, we put emphasis on that, really battling for every puck and really being hard to play against.  We did that and then today we did the same thing and when two teams are doing that, emotions flare and sometimes there are fights.  It’s a good sign that we do that.

On the need to keep working hard...
Yeah for sure.  It all comes from hard work and never quitting and that’s what we have been doing in practices and in the past couple games and as long as we keep doing that I think good things are going to happen for us and we are going to start winning hockey games and everybody can be smiling.

On if the first goal was tipped off a stick...
Yeah both of them hit Griff’s [Seth Griffith] stick.

On where he sees the Bruins compared to some of the top teams in the league...
We have been able to play against the best for sure.  Not necessarily getting all the results we wanted but at the end of the day it’s all about winning and we have to find a way to win these games.

On what it means to him to have Zdeno Chara back on the ice...
It’s good to see.  I think it was a really big emotional boost for us and guys really wanted to work hard and win this game, show him that we are still a good team and make him feel welcomed back.  From a goalie standpoint, I don’t think I felt any different there.  We played a pretty solid defensive game again tonight besides a couple breakdowns but it’s great to see him back.

On the type of leader Chris Kelly has been in the locker room this year...
He’s a veteran guy, he’s been around and he knows the game, he knows what to do, what to say and he’s been a vocal guy but there are a lot of vocal guys here and he’s one of them.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On whether it is particularly disappointing to play so hard and not win…
Yeah I think that’s something that for a while now we’ve been talking about how it’s not our effort, our compete level, just our execution, so I think that was one thing we talked about in between periods and we picked it up a little bit in the third, but we still have to be better to win hockey games.

On how he thinks Zdeno Chara looked…
He looked good. I mean when you saw him in the corner throwing guys around, so anytime you have a guy like that back on your bench and in your locker room I think it’s a big lift for the team.

On Chris Kelly stepping up the way he did and whether that speaks to what he does in the room…
Yeah, it does. You know, he’s a guy in this room that – he takes his job seriously and he shows up to work everyday and he puts the boots on and he does his thing, so to see a guy like that step up when maybe that’s not usually his game that’s an emotional lift for a team, and you saw after that we had our legs moving and a few momentum shifts and I thought it was important for us for sure.

On Kelly being vocal in the room and whether he has taken on a bigger role or made any of the changes easier…
He has, but I think the main thing with him is that he doesn’t try to do too much and he doesn’t try to change anything. He did what he would normally do if Zee [Zdeno Chara] was around or if other guys were still here, so Kells is Kells. He’ll always be that way and I think that’s what makes him a true professional and we’re happy that he was able to be in the locker room this whole year so far.

On the fight of the team in the third and how they want to sustain that effort for the entire game…
Yeah I think we always seem to wait for the third period or when we’re down a couple goals to play desperate, so I think it’s one thing if we can stay on top of it and kind of come out with that jump and that jam and that little edge that we kind of played with in the third period then I think we’ll see ourselves have more leads in hockey games and play a better overall 60 minutes, so like I said we just can’t wait to be desperate in the third period.

On whether he feels that this team is still waiting for that turning point in the season…
I don’t want to use the word waiting just because I know in this room everybody is working for it, so it’s not like we’re just sitting around waiting for something to happen, something to change. Guys are working towards that, and we’re going to continue to work towards that so it’s, hopefully if we keep coming to work every single day focused and doing what the coaches ask of us it’s going to turn around for us.

On what Milan Lucic did on his goal to give him that much space…
He was a man amongst boys on that shift. He skated through their team. He was hard on the puck, made a great pass to me and I had the easy job, so it was an unbelievable shift by him.

On whether they are getting enough of that type of effort…
Well he’s – that shift I don’t think many players can do what he did on that shift, but I think overall from the team we waited until the third period again to do things like that so maybe throughout a game or to start a game we can be better for sure.

On whether they need something like a hit to spark them…
I mean sometimes that’s what it takes. Sometimes throughout a game it can be tough to stay into it because of whistles and timeouts and things like that, but that’s not an excuse, but then you know you have a guy like Kells [Chris Kelly] step up like that. You saw the shifts after that were huge for us, so I think sometimes you do need that for sure.

On whether he got a look on Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
I don’t know. It happened too fast.

On Seidenberg’s strength…
It happens a lot. Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] is a very strong guy so a lot of guys who go in the corner with him are going to end up on the ice because he out-muscled them so I’m not really sure what happened on that hit. I didn’t see it so I can’t comment on it.

On what it was like having Chara back…
It was very important for us I think. Obviously he does what he does on the ice, but in the locker room, on the bench he speaks a lot and he communicates very well, so it was a big emotional lift for our team.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE
On if he has an update on Jonathan Toews’ injury…
Yeah, he seemed alright. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. It looks like he’s going to be alright.

On the nature of the injury…
It’s upper-body, but I think he’s going to be alright.

On if Jonathan Toews lobbied to stay in the game after getting injured…
Well, five-on-three, I wouldn’t want to come off either. I don’t think anybody would want to come off in that situation. So, he takes a faceoff and got thrown out, but certainly he’s a competitive guy. That’s where he’s at.

On what has been constant for Chicago in their eight-game winning streak…
Consistency in our forward lines, and our predictability there. Goaltending has been rock-solid, and our special teams, more so led by our penalty killing. Our defense has been extremely solid with real good gaps, and safety, and we’re playing the right way.

On what he thought of Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
Dangerous, tight area. Strong guy.

On the Blackhawks continuing to play well despite injuries…
Yeah, we had a nice lead there, then all of a sudden they score late in the second, they’ve got life coming in the third, especially when they scored that second one. I thought we played pretty well in the third, didn’t give up a ton, and finding ways to win is part of the process of being a good hockey team. But tonight was probably a good illustration of finding a way to win.

On what the protocol is when a player gets hit like Jonathan Toews did…
I think as a staff, it’s up to everybody in that situation.

On if Scott Darling is turning heads with his goaltending…
He’s been excellent. Tonight he was excellent. We like him, he looks big in the net, finds pucks, takes up a lot of space. So he certainly helps himself. Every time he’s been in the net, from training camp on, he’s been real consistent and real solid. We like having decisions like this.

On if there’s a chance Scott Darling could become the regular backup to Corey Crawford…
We’re not there yet, so we’ll cross that bridge.

On getting a pair of goals from the Blackhawks’ fourth line…
Yeah, they play the right way. That line has a real good checking mentality, and they’re relentless on the puck area. Klas [Dahlbeck] gets his first one, and Benny [Smith] around the net. Some lines you look at, you think it’s a bonus when they score, but theirs it’s about ‘they’re due’, because they always start in their own end and end up in the offensive zone quite a lot on a lot of nights. Tonight they went in early, got a two-nothing lead with that group, certainly should put you in a good spot, and it did.

On if he thinks the league should look at Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
I’ve got to look at it. I really haven’t looked at it yet.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD PATRICK SHARP
On how the Blackhawks are able to overcome key injuries…
It’s a solid team effort from top to bottom. The players you just mentioned are certainly important to the lineup, but having said that, if someone goes down, our organization has great depth, and people can fit in and keep the ‘Hawk train rolling.

On how impressed he’s been with Scott Darling from training camp onwards…
Yeah I thought he came out of nowhere in August, when I was shooting on him at summer ice. I thought he was big, tough to score on. Obviously he had a great training camp, and he’s waited a short period of time to get a chance to play in the NHL, and he’s proven he belongs. So whether it’s Corey [Crawford], Antti [Raanta], Scott [Darling], got a couple other guys in the minors that can play as well, so we are very strong at that position.

On if the game changed after the hit on Jonathan Toews…
Yeah a little bit. I think they weren’t happy with the score and the way they were playing. You know a team like that that’s well-coached and has a lot of pride is going to play their style as the game goes on. It’s tough to lose Jonny [Toews] to a hit like that, [Dennis] Seidenberg has a reputation as a clean hockey player. He’s got a lot of respect in the league, but having said that, we don’t like that hit, maybe need to bear down a little bit more on the five-on-three and make them pay.

On what Jonathan Toews means to the Blackhawks…
Yeah, I mean you guys watch him play on a daily basis, and there’s no question he’s a part of the team. He does everything well out there, even if he’s not scoring goals, he still has an impact on the game. We’re hoping that he’s going to bounce back. He’s tough, he’s been hit like that before, and we certainly want him in the lineup as much as he can be.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN BRENT SEABROOK
On how the Blackhawks have been playing so well lately…
I think it’s been a complete effort by everybody. It starts with our goaltending, I think our goaltending has been really solid, really good, and it goes from the defense right to the forwards. The forwards are doing a good job of helping us break plays up by coming back hard and having good sticks. Anytime that’s happening it’s good for us, and we’re confident right now. I think we’ve had a good stretch here and we have a good feeling in the dressing room. We want to keep that going and keep that good feeling.

On Chicago playing well night after night despite injuries…
I don’t think we can say where it comes from, but I think just feeling good, being a confident group right now. All four lines are rolling pretty good, I think the coaching staff is doing a good job of rolling four lines, and we’re feeling good right now. I guess that’s the bottom line, I think we’re playing with lots of confidence, having fun, and finding ways to win.

On if he saw Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
I haven’t seen it yet, no.

On how things changed for the Blackhawks once he left the game…
I didn’t know he wasn’t coming back until going into the third, but we’ve got a resilient group. We’ve got a lot of guys that are capable, and I think everybody stepped up and had a good third period and filled that void. It’s obviously a huge void, losing a guy like that, his caliber of a player, and that leader, but I think the guys did a good job of stepping up and making plays.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMEN KLAS DAHLBECK
On his teammates helping him out...
Oh everybody is trying to help out, and Rosie [Rozsival] especially because I’ve been playing with him and everybody talks to me and Johnny [Johnny Oduya] and Hjalmarsson [Niklas Hjalmarsson] too so, I just ask questions if there’s anything I’m wondering about.

On getting his goal...
Yeah I just saw Benny [Ben Smith] coming behind the net and looking up so I kind of got down a little bit, and then he made a great pass and I just shot it and I don't know if it went by the Boston guys stick but it went in, so it’s a great feeling.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD BEN SMITH
On getting a goal and an assist in Boston…
Yeah, it was nice having some friends in the crowd and being close to home. Yesterday was a nice day visiting, I went over to BC, met with some people, and I think it was energizing for me. It’s nice to be here, and I’m excited for a big win and to keep this thing rolling.

On if the game changed after the hit on Jonathan Toews…
A little bit. In that third period there, they really came at us strong. They’re a good team, they’re going to make plays, and they really were holding on there for a while at the end. Scott Darling played great, he was a big part of that win.

On Chicago winning this season despite injuries to key players…
It speaks to our depth, I think, and guys stepping up. A lot of guys made big contributions. Marcus Kruger blocked a couple huge shots there at the end. We were battling and finding a way to get the job done. I think that’s kind of what it speaks to, just finding a way to win and hopefully we can keep that going.

On losing Jonathan Toews to injury…
Yeah, we definitely hope that it’s not too serious. He’s our leader, he’s our catalyst, and we rally behind him, so hopefully we get good news on that.

On if he saw Dennis Seidenberg’s hit on Jonathan Toews…
I didn’t see it in real time, I can’t comment too much more on it.

On if he met up with this year’s Boston College hockey team…
Yeah I went over to watch a little bit of practice, say hey to Coach [Jerry] York and the trainers. Everyone’s still the same over there, all the staff, so it was fun getting over there.

On if Jerry York had him talk to the Eagles…
He likes doing that [laughs]. I showed up during practice, so afterwards I just walked around and said hello. He hooked me up with a nice BC hockey t-shirt, which was nice.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:40 AM
On a decision being made on Chara yet…
Not officially, but I’m counting on him.

On the status of Krejci…
[David] Krejci, nobody’s told me anything yet so unless anybody tells me something after this morning’s skate—I’m not going to count on him and if they tell me he’s ready to go then he’ll be in.

On Hamilton’s improvement over the past six weeks…
Like I said, I think there’s some positives and some negatives. Positives means he’s played a lot more and he’s been asked to play a bigger role. Negative is he probably grows a little quicker playing with a guy like Zee [Zdeno Chara] too. That’s a great partner to have and confidence-wise and everything else. A lot to be taken but he’s done the job. He’s had some good games, some average games but I think we can say that about everybody on the team.

On Hamilton taking on that responsibility too early…
I don’t think it’s a bad thing. It’s basically being given a bigger role. Sometimes you’re careful with that because sometimes it’s early in his career and you don’t want to put too much on his shoulders, but at the same time he’s handled it fairly well.

On having bigger concerns than next year’s cap…
Yes I do.

On monitoring the projected cap rise for next year…
I don’t personally, Fluto, because it’s not me that makes those kind of decisions, whether we’re going to go to that cap or whether it’s gonna happen. I’m not the one that has to deal with the guys that have to be resigned. I always said that in the past, my job is to get the most out of the guys I have at my disposal and I continue to think that way. Is it exciting to hear, as a coach, that there’s some extra money out there that we can pay to get players? Yeah. Whether it happens or not, that’s another story.

On having to replace Gagne on the ice…
Just got to replace him with a player. I don’t know what to tell you about that. You have players and you plug in players and, you know, we’ll see where that goes. I don’t really have the answer right now to your question. I guess we’ll find out as we go along. We’ll put players in, hopefully that works and if it doesn’t we’ll look for others. 


On who will sit tonight if Chara plays…
You know, I’m not going to answer that without even knowing if he’s for sure. I’m betting on the fact that he is, but I’ll make that decision when the time comes, Matt.
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