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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Saturday, January 17, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 P.M.
On if the team was too cute offensively early in the game…
No, I thought as the game went on – I didn’t mind the first period. I know they got the power play goal, but then we came in there, had some chances.  I didn’t like our second, obviously our third. It was one of those nights. And you’re right, we didn’t want to put in the dirty work. We were trying to be cute and they do a pretty good job; they have some pretty good D’s and they box out well. Our guys weren’t willing to put in the work to get to the front of the net, so their goaltender so a lot of shots. Even in the battles, they won more battles than we did, so they were a more determined team than we were.

On if Columbus’s aggressive penalty kill stalled the Bruins’ power play…
No, I think it’s more – last game our power play wasn’t good either. Those are your best players and it kind of goes hand in hand with the rest of the game. You’ve got to be willing to outwork the penalty kill if you’re gonna have success on the power play. Just because you’ve got an extra player doesn’t mean it should be easy. They do a good job penalty killing and we did a poor job with our power play; some poor decisions, losing battles when you should have some support. It kind of dictates the way we played tonight as a whole.

On what went into flipping Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell late in the game…
There’s nothing going on. I’m trying to get something going here.

On if he was surprised by the lack of willingness to work…
I am disappointed. I’m gonna be honest here, I’m disappointed. I don’t care, six wins in a row, whatever, we just can’t afford to have those kind of outings. Disappointed that we didn’t come to play harder than we did tonight and we wanted to take the easy way out. When we do that, we’re not successful. We’re a north-south type of team, we backcheck hard, we forecheck hard, and we make things happen by taking pucks to the net. Tonight we weren’t willing to do that. When we got into the battle you could tell they wanted it more than us. We’ve gotta accept the blame and the responsibility. We weren’t good enough tonight and we shouldn’t accept that.

On if coming in on a high with the five-game winning streak led to a let down…
I don’t know, I think it’s – again, maybe it is. I talked about it yesterday, I talked about it today. You try and give them all the warnings possible of not putting your guard down. You know, again, I thought our first was OK, but decision-making, battles, that’s preparation. We weren’t prepared to put in the work, like I said, and we weren’t prepared, probably, to face a team that came at us as hard as they did after playing last night.

On David Pastrnak looking to pass more than shoot tonight…
That line didn’t do much for us tonight, nobody did as a matter of fact. We need David to use his speed on the outside, we need Krech [David Krejci] to make sure to use his speed on the outside and find him. If you’re gonna be cute, like I said, and try and overpass, you’re not gonna get the results. That’s not how we’ve had success in the past. I don’t think that’s how we’re gonna get success in the future.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the lack of finishing in the dirty areas and getting “too cute” lost you the game…
Yeah I think so. We know it’s brought us success in the past. Obviously we didn’t do that tonight. We tried forcing a lot of things instead of just keeping it simple.

On being hard to stay focused on a long win streak at home…
I don’t think so. We’re all professionals. We know what to do. I think we’ll take this as a lesson learned how we need to be prepared for every game because every team, if we’re not ready, they’re gonna make you pay like they did tonight.

On having enough urgency in the third period…
I though we had some decent chances in the third but ultimately you got to play 60 minutes. Ill give them credit, they played right until the end. They found a goal with three minutes left to ultimately win the game and they stuck to their system and their structure better than we did tonight.

On Columbus being lower in the standings and “letting off the gas pedal” because of that…
It seemed to be the case obviously. It’s not the mindset that I thought we had but our actions speak that way. I don’t know why. They’re a good team. They work hard, they compete hard, they got a lot of skilled players on that team that ultimately if you give them some space they’re gonna make you pay. I think ultimately what it came down to is they played harder than us for 60 minutes.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the difference in the game…
They were hard in the battles and they got pucks to the net with guys in front, and we didn’t. We did get pucks in front, but most of them he saw pretty clear and didn’t really have any troubles fighting to see them.

On putting in any major meaning into this game...
I mean that’s what happened, but it shouldn’t happen. We shouldn’t be satisfied with this week we’ve had, the last three games. We are in a position where we have to try to play well every game and night’s like tonight, it just wasn't good enough. We have to put our minds into the game and just play right away.

On it was different playing this team this time around...
Them as a team, it wasn’t really surprising because we know how they play, like you said, and with us losing it the way we did last game, we should have come out a little harder, a little bit more determined and just play our game. We just turned too many pucks over and it just played into their hands. They like to get pucks deep and start working and we didn’t do that.

On if they were too cute offensively…
I mean, when we had the chances, no, but entering the zone I think we were a little too cute, trying to make too many plays instead of just trying to get it deep, what made us successful the last few games. We know what to do but, again, it’s a mindset and if you don't bring it and if you’re not focused, things like that happen.

BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC POSTGAME QUOTES
On what the team needed to do to win the game…
Yeah, we definitely didn’t play tonight like we have in the last bunch of games. It’s unfortunate we got away from the things that were making us successful and they got us on a five-game win streak. It just goes to show you can’t let your guard down or you can’t be sleepy or anything like that heading into the game no matter who you’re playing. You know it’s one of those lessons and hopefully the last time we have to learn it. Again, just got to come ready to work and end these last two games off right before the All Star break.

On if he is surprised on how the game turned out…
Yeah, I think so. You know it just seemed like we weren’t really committed to doing the things that we needed to do, especially in the hard areas, in order to get that win here tonight. It ends up costing us with a loss here.

On the way his line played…
Yeah a lot of passes, a lot of missed passes, maybe trying to do too much and didn’t play that north-south type of game that gave us success when we were put together originally. Again, we have to know, night in night out as a line, that in order to be successful and get results and contribute to the team, there’s a certain way we need to play and that’s a straight ahead game, and using our speed and obviously using our skill. But, you know, when we’re moving straight ahead and using all of those things, that’s when we’re going to have success.

On if the team was too relaxed tonight due to its win streak…
I don’t think so. I guess it just wasn’t there. You know now, especially nowadays with the parity in the league, you can’t take anyone lightly. Like I said, I don’t think we were just committed to do the things that we did in the prior games in order to get the win here tonight. We obviously have to address it and you know, like I said, get right back it Tuesday night.

On how the loss feels after the win streak…
Obviously we wanted to keep things going and keep things feeling good, light, loose, and confident, and keeping the win streak going and unfortunately, it ends here tonight with a poor effort. But these are the things you have to learn throughout a season is how to bounce back and with the effort being what it was tonight, you have to find a way to bounce back and get your game back to what it was before. This streak ended so like I said, those are the things you have to learn and we have to address what happened here tonight, but we also have to turn the page and get things going in the right direction right away.

On if the power play was disappointing tonight…
Yeah, and for the most part of the season our power play has been pretty good. Out of everything that has gone on throughout the year, that’s one of the things that really hasn’t been an issue. After that goal in Philly, we kind of haven’t been as effective as we can be so it’s up to the guys on the power play to get back to outworking the other team’s PK and that’s the way we are going to help the team.

On learning how tough it is to maintain success…
Well, you know, just like past years, every team’s getting up to play against you and you always have to expect the other team’s best night in night out. Unfortunately, on our part, we haven’t brought our best enough this season and I think that’s why we’ve found ourselves in the standings where we are. We also see what we are capable of if we are playing the right way, like we did in that five-game win streak. Like I said, the main focus should be going back to playing that way, the way we did against the Rangers, the Lightning, and the Penguins. We just got to be more consistent in our game and that’ll allow us to be the team we want to be.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On the disappointing loss…
It wasn’t our best game so we’re not happy at all so.

On how frustrating it is to lose to Columbus after their previous loss against them…
Oh for sure it’s frustrating and we wanted another win here tonight.  So we thought we would have it too, but it slipped out of our hands.

On if they are better suited to handle a loss compared to a couple weeks ago…
I don’t know. We never like to lose; it’s always a problem. We want to get back on our game on Tuesday.

On the hit on Matt Calvert in the second period…
Uh, not really, that was first shift in the game? Behind the net or no? [Reporter: No, no it was around… it was like neutral zone, second period] Not really... [Reporter: Interference?] No I don’t know.

On if he thought they played to win tonight…
We didn’t play good at all. It wasn’t a good game and we want to be way better than this.

On if it’s tough to keep focus when they are on winning streak at home…
No it shouldn’t be. It’s always fun to win so we had a good feeling on the team and we wanted to get another one here today.

On if there was anything missing as a team tonight…
I can’t say that, I don’t know.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On not winning the battles or competing hard enough…
Yeah, it was a night and day from the past whatever games we played well. We started a little slow and then we gained our game in the first period. Then the second and third we were just back to the old habits.

On being surprised that you came out slow against this team…
Yeah, yeah exactly. We know exactly what kind of team they are. They still have some injuries there. You know that they’re gonna grind it out and really battle for every puck and we weren’t ready for that. It doesn’t really matter who we play. When we’re not ready to battle for the ice and the pucks it will not work for us. Tough to sit out for a couple days definitely, you know.

On being screened on the winning goal…
No I saw it, it just deflected. It hit my heel and it was going wide and the guy drove the net and in. I saw it.

On being screened on the first goal from Kevan Miller…
Yeah I was probably a little too deep but it was a good shot. He’s a good player… Good shot.

On losing a game two games before the All-Star break not being a huge step back…
Well I think it is. We’ve been talking about it a while like we’re going to take every game like it’s the most important game of the year. I’m going back to our old game and how we want to play this game and now we—when the effort is that it’s a huge step back. It’s a tough one to swallow. But, you know, there’s more hockey left so we just have to try to regain that confidence and that work ethic we had there and try to recapture it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the disappointing loss…
Yeah for sure, that wasn’t the same effort we had previous games.

On what Columbus was doing better…
They out battled us. They won the races for pucks and battles.

On coach saying they played too “cute” tonight…
Yeah that’s probably right.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS HEAD COACH TODD RICHARDS
On Matt Calvert’s play despite not feeling well...
Well, it wasn’t just him feeling sick, either. I thought the hit he took in the second period was a shot right to his head. So he recovered from that, the illness too. But again, he’s skating. Skating, getting up and down the ice, rewarded at the end with two goals. That’s what you want to see from the guys that are working.

On if a win like this one was overdue...
You know, going back to last night, I liked a lot of things we did last night too. We had a stretch of about ten minutes or so in the second period where we got away from our game. [Curtis] McElhinney made some great saves for us tonight, some big saves, some timely saves. Because in the third period you could see they made a push. We weren’t – a couple of pucks were turned over. But he responded; he made some huge saves for us and then we stuck with it, the forecheck, and eventually found a way to get one by him.

On Brandon Dubinsky’s line and Josh Anderson’s contributions...
Well, so far he’s showed us a lot of what he can do. Big, strong, skates, makes plays with the puck, physical force on the forecheck. You know, right before – I think it was their line – right before we scored I think they had it in the zone and grinded it and some good plays down low. I don’t know if some of those same players were still out on the ice or not, but it was a good shift and to me they kind of started that.

On if the team responds particularly well to the Bruins...
I don’t think Boston was the reason why. I think guys are disappointed with the losses that we’ve had, disappointed after last’s night’s game. We played a pretty good game and we still lost, and the guys in there care. They care, they work, you could see it tonight.

On Jeremy Morin’s chemistry with Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno...
Well they were good. They were good throughout the game. We used them; we gave them one power play opportunity. It’s something we just have to explore, moving guys around and giving guys opportunities.

On if every player seemed to be engaged...
It was a whole team effort. It was twenty guys. It started in the first period; I liked the way our first ten, fifteen minutes went. Again, they are a very good hockey team over there and they’ve been going very well. I mean, the last time they lost was when we beat them right after Christmas. So it says a lot right there. It’s not an easy building to play in, based on how they play, and they had their moments. They were pushing, some good saves by Curtis [McElhinney] or a blocked shot or a big defensive play. But they guys stuck with it.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD BRANDON DUBINSKY
On rookie linemate Josh Anderson…
He’s physical. He’s hard on the puck. Right from get-go, he doesn’t test the waters at all. First shift, he goes out there and throws his body around, knocks a guy over on the forecheck, and he definitely fits the M.O. of what our team wants to be.

On if he remembers Josh Anderson from training camp and if he expected him to get called up…
Yeah, I mean definitely. He is one of those guys, again, he stood out by just the way he skated. He’s a big body. He’s hard on the puck and physical. I remember he was one of those guys out there raving about how great of shape he was in. You can just see it, even with his legs at this level, he doesn’t look out of place. He fits in, and he can skate well, and like I said, he plays a north-south game.

On how much the Blue Jackets needed a win tonight…
Yeah, I mean it was huge. We felt like they certainly had their chances and had us in our zone, and they’re a great hockey team. So it was good that we were able to find a way to pull this one out, because I thought we played a pretty good game tonight, a really good sixty minutes. Obviously Mac [Curtis McElhinney] had to make some huge saves, and he did. But like I said, they’re a good team, and especially after the way last night went, we felt like we deserved a better fate. But sometimes when it rains, it pours, so it was nice to get off the ‘shnide’ and hopefully we know what it takes to win going forward.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD RYAN JOHANSEN
On picking up the win after last night’s loss...
It was awesome. Boston is one of those teams that really test your focus throughout the whole game and we didn’t really have any lapses. Obviously they’re a good team, had a few chances tonight, and when they did [Curtis] McElhinney came up huge tonight and made some huge saves for us. That’s why he’s got the crown and belt after the game.

On scoring the power play goal in the first...
Yeah, we made a good play off the draw and had some good possession and movement. I just took it down the half wall and kind of used their guys to screen and picked far side and it happened to go in.

On Matt Calvert’s effort and goal late in the third period...
Yeah, that was huge. Especially back-to-backs, obviously we’re not going to be having our usual energy, traveling and playing here, as well. So, really happy with the guys’ effort tonight and our response. I felt like we played two pretty good games here back-to-back, fell a little short last night, but found a way to get the win tonight.

On setting the tone for their trip with a win...
Yeah, it’s huge. We just want to build off of this. We’re going over there to Minny [Minnesota] and another good team at home that’s been struggling a bit lately, too. So, we’ll try and get two points out there as well.

On a full team effort...
Our team effort was great tonight. I thought yesterday we played a solid game as well and just fell a little bit short. But tonight we had a big play there at the end and played a sixty-minute game. Boston is one of those teams that really tests your game for sixty minutes, and we played a solid game.

On their recent success against Boston and staying engaged in the game...
I thought a bunch of our guys played really physical tonight and we knew coming into this game that they have a bunch of big bodies that are going to hit us as well. I thought [Josh] Anderson was really physical tonight and really laid the body out and our D played solid back there and we kind of matched their physicality. I thought we did a great job in that area.

On Jeremy Morin’s play on his line...
We were just talking, he thought he could have gotten better as well. I feel like that kid has a great hockey sense, sees the game at a very high pace, and he’s got a great vision on the ice. So, I feel like he’s going to keep getting better and better here as his confidence grows.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GOALTENDER CURTIS MCELHINNEY
On the support in front of him tonight…
It was great. There were a couple key blocks in the second period there that really helped out. I thought we just did a great job overall, as a group. It was nice to see, especially with back-to-back games, so, impressive.

On if he took a Zdeno Chara slapshot off of his helmet tonight…
I did, yeah.

On how that felt…
It felt good because it didn’t go in. That’s always a start with his shot. Big guy, big shot.

On if that’s the scariest shot to see…
Yeah, it’s just kind of one of those things where I’m just trying to get my body in front of it. It’s not a reactionary-type save, it’s just hopefully it hits you and goes to the corner, which it did.

On if that shot rattled him at all…
No, not really actually. I don’t want to say it felt good, but it just felt good that it didn’t go in.

On him shaking his head after taking the shot off of his helmet…
Yeah, one of the clips just came off, so I was trying to kind of shake it off there to get the whistle.

On being the winning goalie in a much-needed win for the Blue Jackets…
Yeah it feels good. Obviously, you want to be the catalyst that comes in and responds to a situation, and I felt like I gave the guys an opportunity to win tonight. It was nice to see them get that second one there to put us ahead, and obviously the third gave us the distance.

On facing the most pressure from the Bruins in the third period tonight…
Yeah. Boston’s been playing pretty well. We knew they were going to come out with a push, especially with us with the back-to-back games, and travel and stuff. I thought we held our ground, and we hung on there, and we were able to get a lucky one at the end.

On being the winning goalie in each of Boston’s last two regulation losses…
Well it feels good. I think obviously the last game that we played against them, it was tough after the days off. We scored quite a few goals. This one was a little bit tighter of a game. You know, they played a solid game tonight, but we were able to hang on and come out with a win.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 10:45 AM
On thoughts on the Marchand suspension…
I think the league made its decision and I know they’re certainly trying to cut down on slew-footing so we have to respect it and move on.

On disappointment about the league not reviewing the hit on Carl Soderberg…
I think, you know, I don’t know how much I spend time on that. We’re not here to criticize the league. There’s incidents every game and Carl [Soderberg] was ok. I think that’s the most important thing right now.

On the team being in a better mind frame to absorb a loss…
No doubt, no doubt. We’ve had some players that have stepped up and done a good job so we’re gonna go about our business as usual.

On Paille stepping up and filling in Marchand’s spot…
Yeah that’s a certainly a possibility. I’d like to see that. He’s certainly one of those guys that can skate but you know if that doesn’t work out we’ve got some other guys that can step up as well.

Julien on the media…
You guys are great, thanks. [laughs]
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