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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 P.M.

On Ryan Spooner’s play on the wing…

It was a new experience for him to play on the right side. Just had to look at our situation and try to put some skill there with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and see how that would work. But at the end of the day he’s still a centerman. And, as you know, so far this year we’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with certain things against certain teams. Certainly looking to hopefully get some stability here down the road, but right now we’re just looking at our options.

On being happy to get two points despite blowing the two-goal lead…

Yeah, I think the two points is really important at this time of the year when you look at the standings. It’s not so much the two goals that we gave up, it’s the way we played again tonight. We need to be better. I thought our intensity was good but not good enough and we need to be better with – when I say intensity, when you’re a little bit more intense so is your execution. And, again, our execution was, you know, average tonight; easy passes that should be tape-to-tape. We’re going through a little bit of that stretch right now where our execution’s not at its best. We need to up both our intensity and that should take care of a little different things in our game that’s not where it should be right now.

On if this win can jumpstart things…

I don’t think we need a jumpstart here, because we lost just one game in our last five I guess. So it’s not a jumpstart, it’s just we need to be better. In my mind, it’s just, ‘Let’s not be satisfied here with what happened tonight.’ Like I said, the two points are huge for us. We’re happy with that, but we’re also realistic in knowing that we’re a team that can play much better.

On how hopeful he is that Brett Connolly can find his game for the sake of the rest of the lineup…

Well, I don’t think – Spoons [Ryan Spooner] is not on the wing because Connolly’s not doing the job. We just put some guys in the lineup. Besides the goal scoring, Connolly hasn’t been that bad. Even Bergy and March [Brad Marchand] appreciate him on that line because he’s big, he’s strong, he can make plays. He’s been a little bit snake-bitten right now as far as goal scoring. But there are guys in and out and we’re trying to find different things, so tonight was his night to sit out. But it doesn’t mean we’re totally unhappy with him. There’s certain things we’d like to see from him, but his game isn’t a game that’s really struggling right now.

On if he saw enough out of Spooner on the wing to want to look at it more…

He’s been there before. He’s played the wing there with Kemper [Joonas Kemppainen], remember in the Island and stuff like that. We tried him on different spots here, this time tonight it was on the right side with Bergy, another time it was on the left with Kemper. He’s very capable of playing the wing as well. It was one of our lineups that we chose for tonight.

On if Jonas Gustavsson’s performance was a comeback after letting up a tough first goal…

Yeah, you know, he got the news at the last minute that he was playing. Tuukka [Rask] was scheduled to play and we made a change there this afternoon for certain reasons that Tuukka wasn’t 100 percent; nothing major, obviously he’s a backup. So he had to go in there, and for a guy who found out just as he got to the rink this afternoon he did well. He was well prepared.

On if getting a goal will get Torey Krug going after he missed the net again…

Well, that’s all he’s got to do is hit the net there, especially on the power play. It’s so important to hit the net. Right now that’s an area that he’s really struggling with. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON…

On thinking he wasn’t paying in tonight’s game…

Yeah, no I found out when I got here that they wanted me to play so I got ready to play. 

On the adjustment to start on such short notice…

Obviously you got to try to be ready no matter what the situation is, you know, anything can happen in a game and so on. So, obviously prepared maybe a little bit different, but in general it’s pretty much the same. So when I got here, like I said, it was just about doing the same routines and all that and play the game. 

On feeling normal during the first period…

Yeah, every game is different, you know you can’t really, I don’t really feel like you can say normal, you know. You got out there and you’re trying to, you know, be ready for the shots that are coming at you. So, you know, I got out there and just played.

On what happened with the first goal…

You know, it’s one of those plays. I tried to maybe change my game a little bit there and play differently than I’ve played in the past. A lot of goalies use that technique now and maybe I’m not one hundred percent with it yet, but it will get better. Obviously, that’s a goal on me but that’s going to happen. You know, mistakes are going to happen in a game. Sometimes you make a mistake and it’s a goal and sometimes you get lucky and there’s not. No matter what, you just got to shake it off and move on. 

On how a new technique comes about…

Yeah, we do everything, you know, there’s no secrets. Every goalie is trying different stuff. You want to improve, you want to try and get better, and the only way to do that is, you know, try different stuff and work on different plays. So, I’m not any different from anyone else I guess. 

On if he uses the same set up in practice…

Yeah, I mean that’s, maybe we’re making a bigger thing out of it, but yeah, I mean, we’re practicing a lot of different situations and how to play the situations. You know, there’s always different ways to stop a puck from different positions and you’re trying to find what’s best for you and the only way to do that is to work on pretty much all of it.

On how he felt he handled the 4-on-3 overtime…

Well, I mean the puck stayed out so that’s what matters. You know obviously it’s different situation, it’s not really the normal PK [penalty kill] because we’ve only got three guys and they’ve got four. But, you know they’re going to try and make plays and pucks bounce a little bit there for us, and we, I managed to get the puck bounced on me a couple times there and obviously the guys did a great job, too, you know. You got to have guys that sacrifice and work hard to be able to kill something like that and we did that, so it was good for us. 

On how much of a battle it was…

Yeah, you know, every game is different I guess. Today I felt like the puck was bouncing a lot. They had some big guys, too, in front of the net that, you know, had to fight my way around to see the puck and so on. But, you know, sometimes it’s not pretty, but we’ll take two points.

On having about seven guys in front of him when the second goal slipped through …

Yeah, I mean it is deflection, too, you know, it’s going to hit me right in my chest if it doesn’t deflect that one, so that’s just how it goes, you know. Sometimes those pucks hit you, sometimes not, you know, but I wouldn’t change the way I played that one. 

On the second goal and seeing the puck coming in…

Yeah, I saw it but I think halfway to me I think it was a deflection there that changed the direction, so you can’t really react from that, you try and present a big block and it just missed me. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER

On if he had practiced the shootout earlier this week…

It’s a move that I’ve used in the past, yeah. I usually like to come wide and shoot to the low side, but he’s quick and he’s smaller so I thought that actually wouldn’t work and then I tried to go glove – he kind of fanned on it a little bit but it still went in. So, it was good.

On playing on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand…

Yeah, it was fun. In the third, I think we were in their end the entire time and I think for me it’s just trying to pick up on where to go and all that kind of stuff. They like to move a lot so I need to get to the front of the net and just kind of pick up on what they’ve been doing.

On if he would be comfortable playing on the wing or if he’d rather get back to center…

I don’t really care. If they want me to play on the wing then I’ll play there. I don’t mind it; I haven’t played there in, I think, twenty games, but it’s something I think will help me if I can play center and on the wing. So, I don’t really care.

On if he has played right wing before…

No, it was my first game.

On if was aware he would be playing on the wing tonight…

I didn’t think I was going to be on the wing, but in practice I was there for the last day but that’s because someone was not there. So, I thought I was just kind of filling in; I thought I would be back in the middle, but again, I’m just glad that we got the win tonight and I don’t really care if I’m on the wing or in the center.

On if he will follow up with the coaches about his comfort level on the wing…

It’s his job, you know, if he wants to keep me on the wing that’s fine with me. If he wants to move me back then it’s his call, too. I don’t really say much; I just kind of do what – I guess I just do what he wants me to and I just go out there and play.

On the first goal in tonight’s game…

I just tried to stay wide. The puck was in the middle, got kicked out to the outside and I was about to shoot but the defenseman turned and I just tried to lay it to the backside and it went in the back of the net – that was good.

On if he enjoyed playing on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand…

Yeah, I mean, a lot of the time I was just trying to get to the slot or to the front of the net. Like I said, for the majority of the season, [I] spent some time in my own end, I guess, but when you play with them you’re in the offensive zone a lot. So, it was definitely fun.

On if he felt he was able to create plays despite being on the wing…

It’s a bit of a change, I mean, I’m used to being in the middle of the ice and when you’re out on, I guess the wing, it’s a change but I think for the most part if I just try to use my speed and my skill I think for the most part I should be fine.

On the importance of getting the win tonight…

Yeah, I mean, I can’t tell you in the last month – maybe four or five times we’ve been up by a goal or two in the third period and we’ve lost, so it’s definitely good to see that we actually won the game and that was good.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND 

On this not being the team’s best game, but being happy with two points…

Yeah, we’re not going to have our best game every night and you have to be able to win games that you don’t play great in. Regardless of if it’s in regulation or an overtime shootout, we needed the points and we have them and now we have to move on. 

On his line’s new dynamic with Ryan Spooner…

I thought it worked well tonight. It thought we had a lot of really good opportunities. Spoons [Ryan Spooner] made a really nice play on the goal. I thought as the game went on we were more comfortable with one another and it’s the first time we’ve played together so we have some work to do but I thought it worked out well.

On playing well with Brett Connolly even though he hasn’t been scoring lately… 

Yeah, Cons [Brett Connolly] is a good player even if he isn’t scoring. My goal the other night against Vancouver, he did a great job in front of the net and if he wasn’t there then that puck wouldn’t have went in. So he brings a lot of other things to the game even if he’s not scoring. 

On what the team wants improve in their upcoming games…

I think we have to win a few more battles. Tonight that’s one area where we didn’t do a great job in, and just clean up our end a little bit. They had a few too many opportunities. We were a little sloppy and lost a few board battles that turned into opportunities. So if we can clean that up it’ll definitely help our game. 

On Jonas Gustavsson’s play in tonight’s game and the shootout….

He did a phenomenal job. He’s a great goalie and he’s shown that throughout the years. So he had another great game tonight and we wouldn’t have won if he wasn’t playing.

On if he feels there was good chemistry playing with Ryan Spooner…

For sure. I thought we clicked right away and he’s a great player. He’s very skilled and we know he can make plays, which he showed. So I thought we did click pretty well right away and he’s a centerman so we just have to…he has to adjust to playing the wing and we have to adjust to that as well. So the more we talk and we play together and practice, we’ll get in sync a little more. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG

On what the team looks to improve in the upcoming games…

We’re going to play these tight games on the stretch, and these points are important. Especially at home, we’ve got to learn to be comfortable playing in these games. Wasn’t pretty tonight, but we came out with the two points and that’s what matters. 

On if he feels intensity has been lacking in last couple of games…

I don’t know. You can read into a lot of things. I think throughout the course of 82 games sometimes it may not be there and that’s not an excuse. It should be there every night because we’re professionals and we expect that out of ourselves, especially in our home building. So yeah, maybe it has been lacking a little bit, but like I said, what’s important is we came out with the win.

On if he feels the monkey comes off his back with a shootout goal…

It’d be nice. Just lucky that Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] bailed me out a lot tonight. It was kind of a shaky game, but it’s nice to see one go in behind their goalie off your own stick and we’ll see where it takes me. 

On Gustavsson’s performance, especially after hearing he’ll be in the game last minute…

Hell of a job by Gus. He won the game for us tonight. He bailed us out numerous times, me specifically many times tonight. So I was lucky that he was back there for us, and he’s always prepared. It’s what makes him a great backup in this league and we’re lucky he’s on our side.

On if he’s happy with his performance tonight…

No. You expect a lot more out of yourself and when you’re trying to take a next step within the team and be a player that your team can count on, it’s not always going to be pretty, but you always expect more out of yourself and that’s what happened tonight. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON

On being happy to get two points but not feeling like it was their best game…

Yeah, I thought, you know, the second part of the game was definitely a lot better, and, you know, it’s not always going to be easy, but we showed some resilience all game. I thought the third period was a lot better, and we found a way to win the game, and right now it’s big points for us.

On what he thought of Jonas Gustavsson’s overtime play…

He was great. He’s made some huge saves, especially on that penalty kill there, and they had some good looks and he came up big for us.

On Ryan Spooner’s play on his line…

Yeah, he looked great. He was moving his feet well. He was creating a lot of, you know, making some great plays with his smarts and his vision and, you know, we were trying to keep playing the way that we usually play, me and Marchy [Brad Marchand], and he was feeling really well from it.

On what he has been seeing from Brett Connolly when he isn’t scoring…

I thought he was, you know, he’s playing well. He’s working hard. He’s making some things happen even though he’s not necessarily getting rewarded with points. He, you know, a lot of the goals lately were from his forecheck and what not, so I think he just has to, you know, keep working hard and keep playing the way he’s been playing, and, you know, one is going to go in and then from there it’s going to be fine.

On how his eye is doing…

Yeah, it’s one of those where I got a little lucky. It was pretty close but yeah it’s fine.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS ASSOCIATE COACH CRAIG HARTSBURG

On there being a lot of positives to take from tonight’s loss…

I think it’s a real good team. Boston’s a real good team. I thought we competed hard and worked hard for sixty minutes, and we had no passengers tonight, and like you said, we got down and that was a huge goal by Prouter [Dalton Prout] to get us back in it, but we battled all night long.

On going five-for-five on the penalty kill…

Yeah, we did a real good job. That’s a top power play in the league, them and Washington are. They’re dangerous, but I thought our guys did a good job with the structure. We blocked shots, and obviously Korpy [Joonas Korpisalo] had a lot to do with the PK as well.

On what didn’t work on the Blue Jackets’ overtime power play…

We had some chances. We had some pucks in front of the net. We just couldn’t get a handle on it at times. But again, I thought our guys did a good job, and then we killed one off in overtime as well. They competed hard all night.

On if he was happy with his players’ decision-making…

Yeah, and I think, again, it’s a learning process for our team, how to manage the puck. The first period I thought we were great. The second period, we got away from it for a bit, but then after that, we were much better again. Against good teams, you’ve got to make the right decisions. It doesn’t take away from your creativity, it’s just the right decision with the puck is what you have to do.

On everyone being involved in one way or another…

Yeah, we got a little bit from everybody. There was a pretty good spirit on the bench. Guys were excited to play, and like you said, there were no passengers.

On the coaching staff being without Head Coach John Tortorella…

Like I said, we’re just trying to hold the fort until he’s back, and do the best we can here, and the players played hard.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD NICK FOLIGNO

On getting one of two points tonight…

Yeah, it’s a silver lining. Obviously you’re happy to come away with a point, especially when it’s a good team, but man I just thought that game was ours for the taking. You know, we have a power play in overtime, and, you know, I said it. All facets of our game, minus our power play, were outstanding tonight, and that’s disappointing because that’s how you win games sometimes. You’ve got to rely on your power play and it’s a privilege to be on it, and we just didn’t get the job done for our team and it’s unfortunate because we had the opportunities.

On keeping a strong defensive game…

Yeah, you know, we could tell. To be honest with you, we kind of gave them those two goals. If you watch the plays it was just turnovers and odd-man rushes, and they’re a team that we talked about before the game that will make you pay when you do that. So we got back to our game and found some big goals. Prouter [Dalton Prout] scores a great goal for us, and then [Kerby] Rychel had a really nice tip and got the guys going and then just we started to kind of take over that game. You can see it, just the way we were playing, and, you know, we were hungrier. We were making really good plays. Had some chances all around their net, and it just came down to special teams. Our PK was outstanding tonight. Just our power play, it’s a big part of it and just didn’t get the job done.

On the dynamic on the bench without John Tortorella…

It was different. I mean, you know, I thought the coaches were great. I mean they were just back there and positive, and, you know, making sure that… obviously it’s out of our norm not having Torts back there but just making sure everyone was focused on what we had to do, and, you know, it’s just unfortunate we didn’t get that win. It would have been nice to get for him and for those coaches back there, you know, bring home, you know, we’ve got a big game on Monday at home, and, you know, we’ve got to find ways to get points here. It was a good one point, but we’re a team looking for two.

On how he felt tonight…

I felt good. You know, I worked into the game as I got going, timing was better, and it was just good to be out there with the guys. I’ve said that all along. That’s where I belong. I’m happy to be there.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS DEFENSEMAN DALTON PROUT

On battling back from a 2-0 deficit…

Yeah, the situation we’re in right now, we’re pulling the positive out of anything we can, and I think battling back is something that we can take out of that game. But I think situational play, as far as how the first few minutes of the second period, just gaining lines and getting pucks deep, especially when there were plays to be made, but just take the easy road out when we’re in that situation, get a change and let the next guys roll out there. 

On what worked for the Blue Jackets defensively tonight…

I think a few things. Good sticks, sacrifice, executing a game plan, that’s something we talked about before the game, and the guys did a great job at it.

On the importance of getting a point on the road…

Any point is huge at this stage, and if we’re going to crawl out of this hole, we’re going to take it and run with it. And we would’ve liked the second one, but we’ll take the positives and the point and move on.

On scoring a goal…

It always feels good. When you’re growing up and score goals as a kid, that’s what everybody wants to do. So there’s a little kid in you that always wants to score, and of course it felt good, and more importantly it got us back in the game there.

On Columbus being good at faceoffs tonight…

Yeah, Dubie [Brandon Dubinsky] did a great job, Wenny [Alexander Wennberg] too, bearing down, and I think that’s something that we’re going to need to focus on, especially with losing Ryan [Johansen] up the middle there. He was really good on draws and we did a great job tonight.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:50 AM

On their recent trouble drawing power plays…

Well we always ask that question, you know? “What more can we do to draw penalties?” And we could start embellishing, you know, that might work right? But it’s not our style and it’s not the right thing to do. So I think you know even last game there wasn’t a power play but there wasn’t a penalty either, you know. We didn’t play well; we didn’t do anything to warrant a power play so you know maybe if we had played a little harder it might have happened, but other than that there’s things. I see things, you know, after the fact that you know could have been a call here or there…just how it is. So like I said, I’m not big on that subject because it’s touchy for everybody but you know let’s go out there and do the best we can and hopefully we get the calls. 

On if he’s worried that their power play is stale…

Well that’s why we keep practicing it, you know, is because we don’t get many in a game and that’s a fact is that you know because we don’t get many in the game we end up doing it more on practice days and we continue to do that.

On the fourth line this season…

It’s gotten better, you know, I think there’s reason to be, you know, happy because of the fact of where we were at the beginning of the year we didn’t seem to have what we wanted and then eventually it started coming around. Like Zac Rinaldo has really figured out how he has to play for us and how we play as a team, and so on and so forth. He’s been better. I think Max [Talbot] in the last month or so has been really good for us where at the beginning of the year he probably didn’t have his legs as much as he’s got them now. And you could say we’ve added [Landon] Ferraro and even Tyler Randell has gone in there and done a decent job, so we’ve got some bodies there that filled in that role pretty good for us. 

On if he was eager to see how the fourth line would work out with new players…

Well you do, I mean you try different things, as you saw earlier this year. But you try and find the right fit for that threesome and you know we’ve kind of gotten to that point now where we’re feeling a lot more comfortable.

On pairing up penalty killers with guys on the same line like Landon Ferraro and Max Talbot…

It makes it easy. It doesn’t that we can’t force that to happen but it’s certainly a good thing when March [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and now [David] Krejci and Loui [Eriksson] are doing it. But we have [Joonas] Kemppainen, you know like I said we have [Landon] Ferraro, [Max] Talbot. So I’ve mixed and matched at times. But you know I think we have a good group of penalty killers that have done a good job since we were off to a bad start. 

On how he instills confidence in his team to better their home record…

Well I don’t know if it’s a lack of confidence more than it’s probably…you know I think when you look at a lot of our games for the most part we’ve had good starts to our games. So I think the biggest issue in our home record has been the inability to sustain that game plan and that start. We seem to drift away at times and kind of stop doing the things that we’re doing well. Or maybe sometimes we get off to a good start and we get success and we get comfortable and you know for some reason that’s happening at home. We just have to make sure that we have a little bit of the same mentality that we’ve had on the road, you know, and that’s been 60 minutes of the same and then really sticking to what we need to do there for that whole period of time. 

On if Matt Beleskey is good to go for tonight…

Don’t know - we’ll see. He’s out there skating this morning. Obviously he was a little under the weather yesterday so we’ll see how he is after the skate and make a decision. 

On the fourth line…

You’re hung up on that fourth line aren’t you? Writing a big article on that thing?

 

On what has changed on the fourth line from last season…

Nothing really, I mean I think you know we had good success with Gregory Campbell and [Daniel] Paille and you know we even had Shawn Thornton - that was a great line and it lasted for years. You know and they’ve gone. Shawn [Thornton] went to Florida [Panthers], Dan [Paille] is not with us and obviously Soupy [Gregory Campbell] is with the team we’re playing tonight so we had to find some other people. And I think it was just about finding those people and whether it’s [Joonas] Kemppainen, whether its Talbot, whether it’s you know right now [Zac] Rinaldo who we went and got in the trade because we thought he would give us energy and he would definitely be a physical aspect. And you know we picked up [Landon] Ferraro because you know we felt that on the right side we probably needed somebody other than Randy [Tyler Randell] who’s been in and out of our lineup and we found it. So I don’t think there’s anything different as far as how they play. I think that you know Dan Paille was a real good skater and you know Soupy [Gregory Campbell] was a real gritty player. But so is Talbot and you know you see those guys dropping in front of pucks. And you know [Landon] Ferraro is the same things. [Landon] Ferraro you can maybe put a little bit like a Dan Paille, good skater but plays the right side. And you know [Zac] Rinaldo that skates well and finishes checks and when the puck is dumped in you know that the Ds are looking over their shoulders when he’s on the ice. So that’s what we got.

On Coach Tortorella’s injury yesterday…

[Knocks on table]. That’s my answer right there. There are always close calls, you know. Was he wearing a helmet yesterday? He wasn’t, eh? Minor hockey coaches will wear helmets and then you know we’re too cool for that. But no - those things happen, you know. When you’re on the ice every day and you know when you’re practicing and those kinds of things happen. And you talk about close calls, I’ve had guys run into me and I’ve had to hang onto the boards or you know guys slipping and coming right at your feet. But I’ve never had, like I said, knock on wood, I’ve never been injured the way Torts [John Tortorella] was yesterday. So hopefully he’s feeling better; you don’t like to see that happen. He’s a tough guy, I’m sure he’ll be able to be back at it before you know it. Those are things that probably happen more than we think but it’s not advertised the way it is at our level. 

On what he’s expecting from Columbus…

Hard gritty team, ok? They really are hard, they’re gritty, they’re aggressive you know in their forecheck and in closing gaps you know, and so that’s what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a team that’s in your face tonight. If they’re on their game, that’s what they’re going to give you. 

On how they avoid playing down to the other team’s level…

Simple. We just have look at our home record - that should tell us that we need to be at our best here. You know and struggles or whatever they want to call it I still see a team that plays hard. You know and they’ve had a lot of things happen to them this year. It’s been a tough year for them but it doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re not as bad as their record and I know that. 

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