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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Saturday, November 30, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:05 P.M.
On David Krejci’s ability to get space for himself…
It’s a skill. There’s some players that are pretty good at that. I guess the term for that is ‘pretty greasy.’ They can slide out of those tough tight situations pretty good. When he’s at the top of his game he’s certainly good at that.

On if he liked seeing the emotional effort carry over into tonight’s game…
Yeah I think it was nice to see. Again, we talked after the Detroit game about turning this into a positive week anyway. You take a bad loss and you turn it into a positive thing and that positive thing is we won three out of four games this week and that’s good. I like the way we played our last two games and we’ve got a bit of a break here so it’s a good time to have that kind of a performance from your team in the last two days and I like the way we played tonight, again. Maybe the second period wasn’t quite where we want it to be but it was still a good period. The goal I guess was to go out in the third and try and finish it off properly here and I think we accomplished that.

On what they did to limit the Blue Jackets shots and chances…
Well it’s, I guess, the fact that we’re moving the puck up the ice quickly, we’re playing more of a north, south kind of game where we’re putting it in deep and putting it in areas where we’re able to recover it and managing the puck in the offensive zone means you spend more time there. We just try and – we’ve done a pretty good job of minimizing our time in our own end and spending more time obviously in the other end. Our guys were on the puck and that’s part of working together and moving the puck around and managing it.

On if Loui Eriksson’s play in front of the net and if it’s a rare skill in a player of his style…
Yeah and the thing is, we want our whole team to be doing that. We tell guys that if you’re the one that’s around the net and the puck goes somewhere where it’s going to be shot, you have to get in front; and Loui [Eriksson] does a pretty good job of getting there and either tipping or just creating that screen. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]’s shot had eyes obviously and scored a big goal just to get us going on the right track, but you’re right, Loui just opened his legs up and let it go through.

On Chad Johnson gaining confidence…
Yeah and he’s almost playing at least once a week now so it’s more of a regular thing instead of – like I said, if you go way back to training camp – he had the one game and I think a game and a half and that was all he got. And then it was a long time before he played; almost a month because the games were spread out so much. So he’s starting to play more on a regular basis for a backup and seems to be getting in sync more and more comfortable.

On what Milan Lucic brought to the game…
Yeah I thought even yesterday, I told him he was skating extremely well and he was doing the right things. I think the one thing I thought is that he was maybe gripping his stick a little bit tight there in certain areas and just to go out there and play. I say that to a lot of players when I feel that they’re a little tight – ‘Just go out there and play. Relax and play.’ And I think tonight he was determined that he was going to do that and I liked his game. He was shooting pucks and going to the right places. One off the shin pad, the other one made its way into the net. When you don’t shoot them over the net, they’ve got a better chance of scoring right?

On getting six power play opportunities…
Yeah it was a little different from last night right, or yesterday afternoon where we had to kill most of them. So it doesn’t happen to us too often so it was a good night for us that way. Again, we just scored that one power play goal, but I thought we had a lot of chances and for the most part our power play was fairly good.

On players battling in the offensive zone being a valuable trait on the team…
Yeah the battling and I think that’s the thing that’s helped us manage more time in the offensive zone has been the fact that – two things I showed them before the game, from the New York game – we were putting pucks in areas where we were able to get to them first and then we were strong on it, we protected it well. So that allowed us to spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. So that’s kind of what I think you’re asking is that I think we’re battling well and we’re staying on it and we’re not just throwing it away so you’re in and try and get one chance and turn it over and go back the other way. So I think that’s more of our game and lately we’ve been playing closer to what we expect out of our game.

On being able to rely on four lines for production and getting production from the top lines…
Yeah, and that’s what’s going to happen over the course of the season. It’s hard to rely on the same people night in, night out to produce goals; everybody goes dry for a little bit and every line has their ups and downs. But when it’s spread out and you have an opportunity to get other lines to score for you, it makes a big difference. And that’s what makes you a good team is that some teams, when their top lines go dry, that’s it; they struggle to score goals. But to me, we’ve got four lines right now that are capable of producing and that fourth line has scored some big goals for us but to me, that third line production is very close to the same production as the top two. So that gives us a pretty good line.

On if Chad Johnson is providing what’s needed in a backup goalie…
Yeah, I mean when you look at his win/loss record, it’s exactly what you would like to see from your backup goaltender. And like I said earlier, he’s played a little bit more so he’s definitely feeling a little bit more into it and seemed more confident. So he made some good saves, even though he doesn’t get tested much, I think we all know that that’s an even tougher task for a goaltender when you’re sitting there and not getting many shots to stay focused, stay into the game; so he did a good job of that.

On Dennis Seidenberg coming back from injury and playing well…
He was good. I thought he had a bit of a tough start there in the first quarter of the first period with a couple of things that I thought were a little iffy and then he just got stronger as the game went on and I thought he had a real good game from that point on.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On winning the game…
We ended up being 3-1 and that’s what we wanted, that was the goal and I think that’s a pretty good week even though we didn’t get the effort that we wanted in Detroit. So I think we really bounced back in the last two games and it was a perfect way to end the week. Look forward to a little rest here and feel good about ourselves.

On being able to sustain emotion and momentum from yesterday’s game…
Yeah I think we talked about it before the game and I think Columbus is a great team; they play hard and solid and we were expecting that and I think we responded well to that game today. And then we got the lead and any time we do that, we’re in good shape.

On feeding off of Milan Lucic…
Yeah he’s always been a big part of our offense and our team so it’s a big presence out there and when he makes it feel like he did tonight, I think that we all feed off of it.

On the consistent play in the month of November…
Yeah I think so. I think that’s something that, like I said, we’ve talked about after that Detroit game is to really bounce back and have some really solid effort but really focus on our work ethic. Teams are too good to not show up one night, we have to show up every night and I think we’ve done that the last two games. We competed well but we also stuck to the system and we created a lot of chances just by moving our feet.

On his goal…
Yeah exactly. I was just trying to put it on net for Loui [Eriksson] to try to tip it and I’m definitely going to take those goals. Those bounces my way, I’ll take it and I don’t mind.

On Loui Eriksson going to the net and the impact it has…
Yeah it seems like he really likes to go there. I guess he puts himself in front of the goaltender and he’s pretty good at getting those loose pucks also, but also screening the goalie. So we’re getting more used to that I guess, me and Marchy [Brad Marchand], with trying to put the puck there for him to create something and we have to keep that going obviously.

On limiting the offense of Columbus and keeping their shot count low…
Yeah I think that was very solid. That’s what we have to keep doing obviously. We have to make sure that – that’s our system – every time we do play to that system and we take care of it, take care of the puck, it seems like we don’t give up too many shots or if we do it’s going to be from the outside. So we obviously have to keep doing that. I think there’s some instances where we have to I guess get better and a little sharper but obviously I think the last two games have been really good.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On not getting shot on a lot…
Yeah it was an easy game. Not really much to talk about on my end of it. I just think we had a good back check and our D were standing up at the blueline, we just really didn’t let them kind of gain any momentum or gain the zone really. So, they were sort of forced to turn pucks over and I think when we’re playing our best hockey that’s what we do, we force them to make plays at the blueline and today we were there for the whole I think sixty minutes.

On keeping himself mentally involved…
Yeah I think the last couple of games have been like that. I don’t get a lot of action. Last game I played I had some in the third so, yeah it’s tough to not really see any action in my end or any shots so you just try and stay as mentally sharp as possible and just try to stay into it.

On the toughest shots…
Yeah there wasn’t really a whole lot, some scrambles just kind of throwing puck at the net. Guys did a great job just blocking shots and not really letting them generate anything.

On why the puck possession being good…
I don’t know it seemed like we just had confidence. Guys were in their right spots and they need to be so when we were looking to make plays it was just a quick puck move for them. Everybody was just on their game today. I thought we limited their opportunity and we played good defensively and that led to our offense.

On the release…
Not really it’s like I saw the last second there and I just didn’t find it through a couple guys and was surprised by it. It’s dissappointing but it’s just nice to get the two points.

On the defensive comeback after the Detroit game…
Yeah it’s just shows we’ve got a lot of character a lot of leadership and it’s going to happen throughout the year. Games like that every team has that happen to them and I think it’s sort of a wake up call and we regrouped and last couple games have been really good defensively for us. We’ve limited a lot of the opposing teams chances and really the shots in general which means we’re getting a lot of puck and guys are there to make offensive plays because they’re getting the puck.

On facing a team he had a win against earlier this year…
Yeah definitely I think being able to face a team that I know pretty well I think I played them two or three weeks ago so it always helps because you know their power play and their shooters so it definitely helps for sure being able to have faced them before.

On the least amount of shots given up this seaosn happening tonight…
A little bit yeah that was—the first period I hadn’t had many shots and second period I saw not really any a whole lot. The shot count was high but didn’t have really many quality chances so it’s tough to really get into it but I’ve had some practice doing that for the couple of games I’ve had with limited shots so you use that sort of experience that I’ve had to just to try and stay sharp and know what I have to do to be there when they do get a chance.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On if he was bracing himself for a hit from Blue Jackets Nick Foligno…
I mean, he was coming down on me, I’ve got to brace myself a little.  I don’t think it was dirty or anything, but he just didn’t feel like it was right and wanted to fight me.

On if he was surprised that Nick Foligno kept coming…
Yeah, I guess, but, he had penalty– we could have gotten; we were in on a power play so in that case, we were up so it didn’t really makes sense really fight.

On if forwards make pre-emptive strikes on him as a defenseman…
Oh yeah, when a forward is there and he sees you coming, he waits for you and puts his shoulder into you, so it always happens, but I don’t know why he got so mad.  It’s just something that happens in a game and that’s all.

On finding his game after his injury…
I think I didn’t miss a step at all; I felt really comfortable coming back here today.  I felt good with the puck, and I feel good.

On how the team is playing now versus when he left the lineup…
I think we play smarter a little bit; we get into games quicker, we stayed with it for the most part.  Today we kind of let up in the second and started playing sloppy again but for the most part I think we are on board and playing the way we’re supposed to and it definitely helps. 

On the team finding a rhythm defensively with the pairings after his return to the lineup…
Well they won the game without me so it’s tough to say.  We just feel comfortable with whoever we’re on the ice with and, again, it’s the same system, it’s about communicating and being mentally sharp and the rest comes by itself. 

On playing a solid past two games…
Last game was definitely a really strong game, we played a really good north-south game, put the pucks in areas where we could retrieve them with speed, and if we didn’t, we were right on top of them forechecking, so it’s good.  If we play strong and smart hockey it’s tough to play against us.

On maintaining strong game play throughout the game…
It’s always about channeling your emotions the right way; you don’t want to be too hyped up, you don’t want to be too low, it’s always kind of being even keel and knowing what situations you’re in and the time of the game, the score, a lot of stuff comes into play so it’s important that we play with our heads for the most part and then things will come together.


On what they’ve been doing to limit shots and possession…
Every time we limit shots it’s about having good gaps, interrupting their flow, pressuring them early so they can’t really enter your zone with possession, and for the most part we’ve done that the past few games.  It’s all about being more consistent and getting better.

On having found success at home games…
Well it definitely helps having the crowd behind us.  On the other hand, we just have to play simple hockey.  Every time we get in trouble, we start playing sloppy and playing soft, but for the most part we’ve been playing strong, really solid hockey and when we do that it’s tough to try to beat us and that’s what makes us successful.

On if it’s important to create this base for the upcoming road schedule in December…
It’s very important.  Having four days off and playing tonight, we wanted to finish the home stand, if you want to call it, on a good note and I think we’ve done that.  We didn’t really play our best game the second period, but at the end we won and that’s what we want. 

On the five man unit…
Everything.  It’s us playing as a five man unit; it’s kind of back hards, knowing your outlets, knowing your options, and making quick plays, not hanging on too long and moving your feet.  It’s a lot that comes into play and you just have to know what you want to do with the puck before you get it and then just work hard.

On how he’s felt getting back in the lineup…
Really good.  I feel like I haven’t missed anything, I feel comfortable on the ice, and that’s all I can say. 

On if he considers tonight an efficient win…
Yes and no, I mean we did keep them to not a lot of shots but we did let them hang on a little too much, we did have a lot of chances and we just have to start scoring goals.  To finish our games a little earlier – a three nothing lead is never really comforting and then when they score it’s tight.  We just want to make sure we finish them off earlier next time and make it even more comfortable for us. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the team’s style of play tonight…
Putting pucks in front of the net, being physically involved, emotionally attached – when we do those things we are on top of our game. So, yes, I think that it’s, I don’t think it’s ever flashy. That’s not the identity we play, we implement in this team. We just play kind of heavier type of hockey. More, kind of, playoff-suited hockey.

On the loss to Detroit and how the team needs to play moving forward…
We put that one behind us because it happened. We just want to move on from that and really focused on these last two games because before we have a few days off. We want to really focus on how we play and how we are effective when we do things right. When we do them, it’s hard to play against us. We don’t, then it’s kind of up and down and we are not in the game as we should be. So, these last two games were more like us.

On mixing up the defensive pairs…
We’re still using different pairs, I guess. When you look during the game you have specialty teams, you have four-on-four, power play, so you’re going to have different partners and it’s never been an issue on this team. We’re comfortable with each other no matter who it is and what side we play. So, that’s a big advantage. I think that we can just throw, really, any kind of a pairing on the ice and really rely on them to get the job done.

On the team’s net-front presence resulting in goals for the team…
I mean, that’s something that we always have to have, the net-front presence. Somebody who’s always willing to go there and create that traffic and it’s so hard to play against when you have always somebody in there. Usually good things happen and they did tonight.

On guys stepping up to the physicality of the recent games…
You might have different nights, somebody might be more involved, but I think it applies for everybody. We have to be physical as a team and emotionally attached to those games and that’s when we’re playing our best. That’s the identity. We’re always talking about it, when we do play that we we’re obviously very effective and we are hard to play against. When we don’t, it’s kind of, we’re waiting for that spark. So you’re probably going to have more nights when we are involved and everybody’s physical but when we kind of need that wake up call then some guys need to step up.

On if he was hoping Milan Lucic would get a Gordie Howe hat trick tonight…
I thought he did, but I would be happy for him. Anytime guys, does so many things, they deserve to have that.

On he and Lucic alternating net front presence…
No, sometimes it’s just a different rotation that you end up being, from the entries or the dump in’s or whatever. You aren’t switching just because you should always be in the same structure. We just sometimes want to fill those positions instead of being worried about always switching and being in the exact positions.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the Bruins playing the way they want to after their loss in Detroit…
Yeah, I thought both games after Detroit we were skating well as a team. We had a good forecheck going, we were solid defensively, you know, the kind of things we want to do night in and night out. And we had good energy. It does feel good. Now we have a break of four-or-five days, and that’s kind of rare this season.

On avoiding a hangover effect from yesterday’s win…
They played last night, we played yesterday afternoon. It’s one of the things, the Rangers were a good game for us, because you know, afternoon, NBC game, good emotions, and it was a good win. But when we’re coming in today, the two points and the momentum and all that is just as important as the last game. Guys had talked about that, and trying to really make it count going into this five-day break feeling good and positive. It makes it a lot easier when you’re at practice working on things coming off what was a good week for us. What was it, three-in-four we were able to win here.

On if he deflected the puck on Milan Lucic’s second goal…
No, no, no. I didn’t touch it. He was saying, ‘Hey, you know, if you touched it,” but I didn’t touch it. He had a great game. Krech [David Krejci] was flying too. It was a big fight [between Lucic and Dalton Prout], a couple big guys. He [Lucic] was skating well, and Krech, you could see they’re just starting to feel it again.

On being careful not to deflect Milan Lucic’s goal when it was over the crossbar…
I was waiting, and then at the last second you’re trying, you’re swinging, because you’re not sure at first where it’s going, it’s coming down. You’re a little bit hesitant, you’re trying to get it, but then you realize it’s going in, too. At a certain point you’re not sure when it’s coming down, you’re waiting until it comes under the crossbar to take a swing, and then it’s on its way in. But yeah, no I didn’t touch it.

On his power play unit getting a goal…
I think our power play, all year, has been kind of alternating, with a couple units, and each unit’s been able to contribute. We’ve had some good runs. I thought tonight, in the second, we had some good power plays again. We had a chance, unfortunately, being up two, to try and make it three and take a lot of life out of them, but we weren’t able to do that. We had some good chances, some good looks, but still, it was important to get that first goal, and get off with everyone feeling good, and get some momentum off of that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the execution and emotion put into the game tonight…
We talked about carrying it over from yesterday’s emotional game. It was good that it was here tonight so, obviously I think it was a full team effort from the goalie out and we talked about having a good strong game before this little break we have before the big game on Thursday coming up. So, we eneded off on the right note and other than that Detroit game it was a pretty good week.

On his two goals…
Yeah two goals without getting a real direct shot at the net so, just one I think they tipped it and it went off me and in and then the second they tipped it again, it went up and over everyone and into the back of the net so sometimes they go in like that and fortunately I had some puck luck here tonight.

On his first fighting major of the season…
It was just one of those things that happens and it was really the first time I’ve actually been challenged since the [Joel] Rechlicz fight and first willing combatant as well. So, I think before that the game was kind of getting a little chippy and so, I think it kind of calmed it down after that.

On snapping his stick…
Yes it did. Yes. Not intentionally but yes.

On his second goal…
Yeah I thought maybe Iggy [Jarome Iginla] got a piece of it but it went in and like I said I’ll take them

On almost getting a Gordie Howe hat trick…
It would have been nice to have gotten the Gordie [Howe hat trick] especially after Zee [Zdeno Chara] got it yesterday but like I said you’re not going to complain with the goal over an assist. Like I said, it was just one of those nights where kind of both goals were—had the puck luck on my side and ended up being big goals.

On the power play goal…
Yeah for sure. I went all of last season too without a power play goal. It was kind of nice to get one on the power play. The movement was good. It’s been  pretty good all year. I think the power play isn’t the main topic of one of our issues this season which is nice and I think the confidence is there and we have guys making the plays and when we do you see you do get the results so we’ve got to stay sharp on the power play. Obviously we have some practices coming up here and we’ll keep touching up on it and stay sharp on it and you want it to be a weapon for you where it can chip in for a big goal in almost every game.

On the power play chances…
Yes definitely. It’s something that we haven’t really been used to as of late. We had more chances to get power plays but at least we got one and it ends up being the game winner.

On being off to a solid start this season…
Pretty good I think obviously it was a really good start, really good first month. Last week or ten days been fighting the puck a little bit but I was able to kind of shake it off here today so, I think we’ve been pretty good as a line and I think we’re definitely starting to get better and better and maybe as a line our November wasn’t as good as our October but we definitely starting to feel it and looking forward to December.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On the defensive effort in tonight’s game…
I thought we had a lot zone time and offensively we were generating. I guess some of the games in the past we were trying to chip it in but we couldn’t get it for more than five seconds. So just to be able to play in their end was, I guess, helpful and good gaps – just getting the puck out quick.

On finishing their homestand and not playing again for four days…
Yeah, he told us that we had a couple days off here. Kind of just leave it out on the ice today and I thought everyone did well. So, kind of nice to finish off that and get refreshed a little bit here and move on.

On their loss to Detroit and how they’ve recovered…
I think we just weren’t really skating in Detroit and we just started skating again. When we’re skating and chipping pucks and getting on their D I think we’re pretty tough to stop. So I thought in Detroit we didn’t have the puck too long and, obviously a lot different from tonight.

On Milan Lucic’s fight tonight and Zdeno Chara’s fight last night giving the team energy…
Just, I think guys stepping up, shows the intensity of the game [that] the leaders bring. Those are two leaders for us that play physical game and stepped up. I guess it helps us, so the crowd gets going and the team gets going too. So, nice of them to do that.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS HEAD COACH TODD RICHARDS
On whether his team was lacking in energy…
Well we were two steps behind. They were bigger, they were stronger, they were faster. I think every aspect of the game if you look at it they were better than us. We couldn’t get the puck stopped in our own zone, and it was too easy in the offensive zone – the ability to just wash us out of the play and get the puck, and then get it back into our zone.

On spending a lot of time in the penalty box…
Yeah I think – I don’t know if I talked with you guys about it earlier, but I mentioned it to the team before the game that it’s going to be tough if we’re trying to win this game and we’re taking the same amount of penalties that we did last night. And we went out there and did that again tonight.

On whether his two biggest concerns are taking too many penalties and not enough shots…
Coming out of this game, I think there’s a lot to be concerned about. Penalties is one, lack of discipline, those types of things are a concern. We’ll have to address it. You know the other thing you have to keep in mind is, this is 14 games in 26 days. We’ve played a lot of hockey and the travel. You know, there’s no excuses – we’ve got to find a way and we’ve got to be better in a lot of areas. But, in reality when you get tired you start to do some careless, foolish things, and we certainly did those things tonight.

On whether he’s looking forward to the upcoming week with only two games…
The games I’m not as much looking forward to. I’m looking forward to the practices, and being able to hopefully come out of this game and looking at our Edmonton game and working on some things to try to repair it.

On whether he could clearly see what the issue was tonight…
Well there were issues – and again, lot of issues. You mentioned Prouter [Dalton Prout] stepping up in the second period. You know, I think we were working, but not at the battle level that we needed, and getting involved in the game. I think we had that last night in Edmonton. But this team and this building is difficult to play in. You know, you kind of wade your way through it. And Prouter got some emotion on the bench and some emotion in the game, and we got a little bit better, but it wasn’t enough.

On how much it hurt to lose Nick Foligno for that long…
It hurt the team, it hurt the team. It wasn’t a good penalty. Prouter [Dalton Prout] stepped up for the team and I know what he’s trying to do, but it’s one that you’ve just got to be smart about. Because it hurt the team with the penalty, and then 10 minutes in the box.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD RYAN JOHANSEN
On whether he was happy to get another goal, and whether it was spoiled by the loss…
Early in the game I had a turnover and they scored on the power play – I didn’t want to put my team down early like that, and I’ll take full responsibility for that goal. It was nice to get that one back for just that reason. But we weren’t desperate enough from the start tonight. No excuses, they played yesterday as well. I think, including myself, we took a couple bad penalties tonight that cost us and gave them some momentum. And it’s things like that that we can’t be doing against good hockey teams.

On how similarly the Bruins played to Nashville’s defensive style…
I think the shot clock showed that tonight. They don’t give you much room out there, especially in the offensive zone. You’ve got to work for every opportunity you get, and they made us work. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get as many pucks to the net as we’d like, but we’ve got to find ways to do it against those strong defensive teams.

On how frustrating it is to get a win, and lose that momentum with a loss…
It’s very frustrating. It’s like we win and it seems like it’s going to be easier the next game or something. I thought at times today we played really hard and did some good things, but on the road against a team like Boston you’ve got to go for sixty minutes over and over if you’re going to give yourself a chance to win. No real explanation for it. We know we can do it because we do it every other night, we’ve just got to do it consistently.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GOALTENDER CURTIS MCELHINNEY
On the bruins being a tough team to play against…
Yeah they do a good job, there’s always guys that are skating through the crease there, looking to make a little bit of traffic.  They threw the puck to the net and they went in when they had to.  That’s the recipe for success I guess.

On getting the chance to play against a tough team like the Bruins…
I think it was a good challenge, I certainly wanted to go in there and be the spark for the game tonight. Obviously getting down 2-0 in the first is a difficult way to start but we hung in there and were in a position to come back in the third but it’s tough to go down 3-0 there.

On the up and down play of the team…
Yeah, it’s difficult, especially in my position, I’m there watching most nights and I’m talking to Bob [Sergei Bobrovsky] and the results have certainly been a little frustrating.  I think there are nights where we are doing great things, then obviously we just kind of let off the gas the next night and it’s difficult.  We want to get on a roll here and get back to .500, that’s the big goal right now.  I guess we got a big game coming up next. 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD RJ UMBERGER
On the high number of penalties the team got tonight…
I think we had seven last night, very uncharacteristic of our team.  We’ve been a team that for the most part has been pretty disciplined all year. The disappointing part about that is that we actually talked about that before the game, that we can’t have another seven penalty game against a team like that; it’s not acceptable to do that to ourselves.

On the back and forth play of the team…
Something different it seems like every night.  I don’t know what coach’s opinion was or anything but I thought our effort was there tonight, I thought we did some of the things we needed to do.  For one we got to be better in our D zone, we are getting a little loose. And like you said the penalties, we just can’t spend that amount of time short handed and only two power plays on our end.  It’s got to be the other way around.  So we still got some things to work on.  It’s not there yet.

On if the energy was lacking being on the second end of a back to back…
I think we started out okay in the first period and then they kind of took over after they got their first goal, I thought we were on our heals a little bit too much.  We addressed that after the first, we battled and again the penalties, seven or whatever it was, you just can’t do that against a team like that.  They were just peppering us all night with shots from the power play. 

On the lack of shots on goal the team got tonight…
No not enough and not enough quality ones either.  We got to find a way to generate more.  Probably the two things we talked about the most, more shots, get ten a period, and stay disciplined, no penalties, and it didn’t seem like we executed either one.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD MATT CALVERT
On not getting enough shots to the net in tonight’s game…
Yeah, it was a hard fought game out there. I don’t think we got the pucks that we wanted to the net and it’s another tough loss. So we’re going to have to go home, regroup and come out hard on Tuesday.

On the team’s overall effort…
I did think the effort was there off the start, which was a good sign. I thought we worked hard, but it comes down to working a little smarter and trying to get your chances when you get shut down one way. So, we’re going to go back to the drawing board and bounce back next game.

On their upcoming homestand…
We had a busy last seven days; I think we had five games. Definitely no excuses because I thought we had energy tonight and we did work hard, but we’re going to go back to the drawing board and try to work smarter and work in the right areas. So we’re going to use this week to our advantage and go back home and hope to get a win.

On Dalton Prout’s fight giving the team energy…
That was great. When a teammate fights a guy like that, especially, it really energizes the bench. We fed off it a little but for whatever reason we just couldn’t generate the offense we needed tonight.

On the team’s inconsistency…
It’s definitely frustrating. I think some night that we have lost the effort wasn’t there. But I thought tonight we worked hard, we did a lot of good things. But once again, against a good team like this you’ve got to find a way to win. It’s always a tough building to come into but we didn’t find a way tonight and we’re going to keep on searching for it.

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On Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson playing a more consistent game coming back from injuries…
Yeah I think there’s that that probably delayed their adjustments to our team a little bit, but at the same time you’re right, I think they’re becoming big players for us. Consistent. [Loui] Eriksson has been better and more comfortable with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]’s line and definitely Carl [Soderberg] has been a real good asset to that line just bringing some – he’s got some skill but he also plays a heavy game. I think he goes into traffic, he’s a big guy, not afraid to throw his weight around and stuff like that. So he brings a lot of stuff to the table and that’s really solidified our third line.

On if he knew of Eriksson’s tendency for going to the net and battling for pucks…
Yeah I think it’s something that we knew he had and something we didn’t see early on. Again, you come to a new team and you’re thinking probably way too much about all the other things and you get away from the things that you get away from the things that you did well. Once you get comfortable with – again, it’s been a big adjustment for a lot of these guys, but we like to keep our wingers wide. Most teams will overload and stuff like that so it’s a big adjustment when you’ve been doing it for years. And so they had the tendency to think about those kind of things that’s different from our team and it kind of takes away from the strength that they normally do naturally. And once those things become natural for them, then you start seeing them do the things that we talked about with Eriksson; going to the net and being there, being strong around the puck. He’s just playing right now and we encourage our guys to do that, we’ve said that lately; let’s just go out there and play. We know how we have to play, let’s stop thinking and let’s just play.

On if Bergeron’s goal was the kind of break he needs…
That’s something we see a lot when a guy has been snake bitten a little bit and he’s had some chances; every once and a while you have to get one of those good bounces and those kind of goals to get you going again. And again, I was happy for him that it did go in, I thought it was important for him. Because as much as he wants to be a real reliable player, he still wants to produce as well. There’s no doubt that was weighing in on him and to get that goal probably takes a little bit of weight off his shoulders and hopefully gives him a little bit of momentum here in getting his scoring coming back.

On what makes Columbus a tough team to play…
They work hard. Their goaltending has been good for them and there’s a lot of things. Again, I can’t say enough about parity. You look at the standings and you see where teams are but when you see teams on the ice, there isn’t that big of a difference. I don’t think you’ve seen in our league a lot of teams totally toy around with another team – except for our team in Detroit. But other than that, you don’t see that too often. It’s parity. Again, I thought we played them well last game. I thought our finish wasn’t there and because of that they hung around. I think we had enough chances earlier in the game or during the game that if we would have scored on those, it might have been a bit of a different game; it probably wouldn’t have had to go into extra time.

On Jarome Iginla and if he’s trying too hard to score on the corner of the net…
I don’t know about the corner. I think yesterday he had that bullet of a shot there in the slot and if he hits the net, there’s no way the goaltender has a chance on it. Maybe a little too excited; on that one he had lots of time. But again, it’s the same thing as I talked about Bergy. I like his game, he’s working hard, he’s physical, he’s battling, he’s making good plays and the only thing right now is that those pucks aren’t going in as much as he’d like to. We know that Iggy [Jarome Iginla], again I said that before, when Iggy starts scoring goals they come in bunches. So I think it’s just a matter of time, but the main thing is his game is still good and he’s still doing a lot of good things out there.

On the difficulty in matching the effort they had in yesterday’s game…
Well it’s tough for any team to come out night after night and get that same effort; especially, again, this is our third game in four nights. It’s always a challenge for any team that plays heavy, long games in a little bit of time. But it’s an opportunity for us. Like we told the guys, if we can get three wins out of four this week, no matter what happened in Detroit it’s still a good week. So we have to aim for that and try to win this game tonight; simple as that. I think our guys felt good about yesterday. I like the way we played. The emotion, the competitiveness, the 60-minutes for the most part was there I’d say and everything else. I think as a coach you felt good about your team’s game yesterday, players felt good about themselves. It’s about trying to repeat that. Say, ‘Listen, this is what we have to do here to feel good about ourselves. We don’t play until next Friday again so let’s leave it all out on the ice.’

On if it gets harder for Matt Bartkowski to be the healthy scratch after he’s played consistently…
I don’t know about that. It’s tough no matter what. I think what it is right now, it’s been about health and over the course of the season it’s going to happen; we’re going to have some injuries there. So if he catches on and forces somebody else to go out, that’s fine. And right now, to be honest with you, he was the guy of the seven that we felt still needs to work on his game a little bit and he has to continue to work on that.

On how much work he’s dedicating to the Olympics…
Just basically like, last night I spent a lot of time watching games. Certain guys that maybe you thought that are on the bubble and they’re considerations and stuff like that. You watch some of those games so that when the time comes to have a conversation, you can have your share of say or give your opinion or whatever. So that’s what I do in my spare time. But like anything else, you learn to, I guess manage your time in a way where all my focus for today is on our team. That’s when the game is over, and a lot of late games and so on so forth. It’s great when you play afternoon games because you can watch the night games and on your days off – that’s when I do the other kind of stuff. And it doesn’t hurt either for our team because you get to know not just the player but the teams themselves so I’m scouting for two different reasons.

On Milan Lucic as a potential Olympian and if other coaches talk to him about Lucic…
I think when it comes to Milan [Lucic], everybody seems to – Milan is a good skater. Once he gets going in a straight line, he gets there. What Milan does, he can certainly D’s on their heels. He’s got decent stats this year so that’s what he’s got and I think at the end of it, you’re going to look at if he fits into your top 23 or 22, 23 players and go from there. We have to evaluate everybody and see what they bring. At the same time, it’s not always about brining top players; and you’ve heard that before. It’s about bringing the best team you can and it takes a variety of different players. Have to have a good power play, have to have good penalty killers. That’s what you’re looking for; you have to build the best team possible. When it’s all said and done, you know there’s going to be opinions of, ‘Why isn’t he on, why isn’t that on?’ That’s part of the process and you live with it. When you win, it’s not an issue, when you lose you have to face those question marks right?

On the odd line announcements to begin the game yesterday with Reilly Smith starting on first line…
You had to bring that up didn’t you? That was my fault. Instead of circling 12 and 17 on my lineup that follow each other, I accidentally went 17 and 18. So then when they called it up, which was lucky we were paying attention, I said, ‘oops.’ So I had our trainer run and get the sheet but I asked the referee first because he’s got the sheet; and I’m allowed to do that. I had mistakenly done that. We’re not perfect right?

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