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BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Monday, February 22, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE - 9:55 PM

On his thoughts on the game…

Well you know if you look at the game I think defensively we failed tonight to do a good job there. When you give up five goals – whether you’re counting the empty-netter – two of them four-on-threes, I thought we weren’t really good in our own end tonight losing some battles and that kind of stuff. Defensively we need to be better and we scored enough to win, but we didn’t do a good job there. I think that was probably the thing that cost us the most tonight because I think deep down the guys are trying. There’s the element of fatigue that sets in. We tried to overcome that and I thought they tried to work hard, but I think mentally some of the decision-making tonight defensively was not good enough. 

On trying to mount a comeback without Brad Marchand…

He’s an important guy to our team so – we managed to score a goal without him, but you know we got other players who have to step up in those situations, DJ [Bean].

On if he was surprised at the misconduct penalty on Marchand…

No comments on that stuff. Doesn’t matter guys, there’s more important things in this game than that call right now.

On if his reasoning for challenging for goalie interference had to do with Dennis Seidenberg’s stick being ripped out of his hands…

No not ripped out, it has to be goalie interference. We had that point it looked like the stick went from their player’s stick into [Jonas] Gustavsson’s mask before they got the extra shot, so it could’ve been viewed as goalie interference and that’s what I asked and they said it can and they looked at it and thought it was through the motion of shooting the puck that that stick went there, so that’s why they allowed the goal.

On why the team plays better on the road than at home…

Well let’s talk about that after the Pittsburgh game. If it’s the same thing I’ll be more than happy to answer that, Matt. I think tonight, there’s circumstances when you come off an 11-day road trip and you get in at four in the morning, there might be some elements there, but obviously you’re talking more about the season. We’re certainly trying to get better there and hopefully by the next game against Pittsburgh we’ll be able to answer that hopefully in a positive way.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON

On the Bruins’ struggles on home ice this season…

I don’t know, but if I had the answer then obviously we would fix that.  If you are talking about tonight, I think we worked hard, we scored four goals, and for myself I have to find a way to make one more save.  I felt like the puck wasn’t really bouncing our way tonight.  I guess it’s about small details, we have it in this group, we show it especially on the road, but obviously we want to figure it out and be a strong home team.

On if he could see the puck at all on the fifth goal when the stick was shot into his face…

I kind of lost it a little bit there.  Like you said, the stick came at me there and I lost it for a split second and then it’s too late.  So, I didn’t really know the rules there, I know you can’t shoot the stick, but they said it wasn’t by purpose.  It’s a decision and they made the decision there and you just got to live with it.

On if this result is frustrating, especially after one of their biggest wins of the season…

Yeah obviously when you have a big win like you said a couple days ago, you want to build off of that and get this ball rolling and get a few in a row, especially here at home, but somehow we lost today and we just got to get back to the basics again I guess and try to win the next game and build off of that. 

On what positives they take from this game going into Wednesday’s game…

I mean it’s tough right away, right after to analyze, but as a team I think we kept playing sixty minutes no matter what happened in the game, if we were down a goal or whatever happened, we kept believing that what we were doing was going to pay off and it almost did in the end there.  I guess that is probably what I’m bringing and hopefully we can figure a few things out and we’ll get the win.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON

On their games at home versus on the road…

Yeah, it’s tough. Definitely we want to win when you come home and play in front of your fans, and we’re not playing like we should. I think we play a much better game style when we’re on the road. We just keep it simple and we’re playing hard and not giving that many chances to the other teams. It was another disappointing game to give up as many goals as we did and losing like we did.

On if he thought they were close to tying when they were down by one goal in the third period…

Yeah, always when it’s only one goal you need to score to tie it up it’s always a close game. But they found a way to score that empty netter and that was the game, it felt like. So it was a tough loss.

On if he felt that they were chasing the opposing team the entire game…

Yeah, definitely. Like I said, it’s not good enough. We need to play much better when we’re coming home and playing in front of our fans. I think no one is happy about how we’re playing right now at home, and that’s something we need to address and get better as we go along here. We know we have another big game coming up on Wednesday so we definitely need to get ready for that one and make our fans proud, to come out and play hard.

On if he’s been working on staying in front of the net to score goals…

Yeah, that’s where I usually score my goals. Today was kind of a lucky bounce. Torey [Krug] was able to hit my knee there and that’s how goals are being scored sometimes, and I’m trying to stay in front of the net as much as I can.

On if it’s easy to get distracted at this time with so much going on outside of the game…

Like I said, I haven’t really focused on everything around – the things that are going around right now with the team and the trade deadline and everything. I’m just trying to focus on my game and try to play good. Yeah, goals have been coming lately here the last games. You just have to keep doing the same thing – all I can do is just try to play my game and help this team as much as I can.

On if it’s challenging to focus never having been in this situation before…

Yeah, a little bit challenging. But like I said, I’m just trying to play my game and not worry that much about what’s going on around on the outside. So all I can do is just play.

On how good of a job he’s done “not worrying”…

Like I said, I’m just trying to play the way I’ve always played and help this team as much as I can, and that’s all I can do right now.

On if he’d like to stay a Bruin….

Yeah, we like it here in Boston – my family and everything. Like I said, we’ll see what happens here in the future and like I said, I like it here.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY

On giving a good effort and working hard…

Yeah, I just think we had some lapses that killed us. We had four goals that were four-on-twos and just kind of some mental errors and they capitalized. 

On having net-front presence tonight…

When you haven’t been scoring for a while it’s good to just get in front of the net and try to get your stick on your ice and that seemed to work tonight.

On if he felt the team was tired tonight…

No, I think we had a pretty decent jump. We fought until the end, we just, like I said, there were a couple things that let us down and they capitalized on it and we couldn’t climb back. 

On having so many more wins on the road than wins at home…

It is hard to understand why it’s happening. I don’t know, I think we’re playing hard in front of the fans here. We’re just … maybe we’re not as focused or something. It’s no excuse; we need to be better at home for our fans. 

On if there’s more confidence on the road…

I don’t know. I don’t feel less confident coming into here, it just seems to be the way things are going. 

On attributing mistakes tonight to mental errors…

Yeah, you don’t want to make any excuses, you know? We had yesterday off, lots of time to rest. So we needed to be ready to play, and I think we came out alright in the first and then in the second we kind of had a little let down. It’s tough to get back from. 

On if they thought they could tie it up at the end…

Yeah, you know I think that might be our first goal this year six-on-five and then they somehow score a backhand from the corner. But that’s the way it goes.

On goals leading to more goals and his current goal scoring abilities…

Yeah I think confidence … Mr. Selanne always said it’s like ketchup, once it starts coming they keep coming. So that’s hopefully something that keeps working for me. 

On how it was playing with a different power play group…

I’m net-front instead of in the middle, so I’m just trying to get a good screen and get to some loose pucks for them. 

On if they have to duplicate their routines on the road at home, like maybe stay in a hotel…

Yeah, I don’t know if you want to stay in any more hotels after an 11-day trip. So I just think we have to bear down; we have to stay there mentally. You know as a professional this should be where you want to play – at home – and I think we just need to get that groove going and start rolling with it. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND

On if he was given an explanation at all…

No. 

On how surprised he was…

Very. 

On what positives the team takes from this game going into Wednesday’s game…

I don’t know. 

On if battling back is a positive to take away from it…

Yeah, but we never should have been in that position so … bad game for us. 

On if being mentally or physically tired explains anything…

I mean, those are excuses but none that I think we’re going to use. We just weren’t prepared to play tonight. 

On if he can pinpoint why their road games are more successful than their home games…

No. If we could then we would fix it. 

On what they do for road games that they don’t duplicate at home…

Yeah, we seem to play our system and really stick to the script on the road. And at home we kind of deviate from that and it ends up costing us. 

On if he’s seen a misconduct given in that situation before...

No. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW 

On defensive breakdowns…

You know, I think we’re just at our best when we’re winning battles and you know, tonight we just lost a couple key ones that they capitalized on and you can’t have that, so whatever’s happening at home that we can’t figure out right now needs to be figured out sooner than later so we can turn this around because there is still a lot of home games left. 

On allowing a few too many odd-man rushes…

Yeah, it’s just we’re trying to play hard and keep it in their end, sometimes you pinch and you’re not supposed to or sometimes the back-check is not there when it needs to be and that just results in odd-man rushes. That’s what happened tonight, so just like I said before, it was mistakes that we made that they capitalized on and it’s just kind of how it goes some nights. 

On what’s working for him with a pair of assists for the second straight game…

Just kind of being straight-forward, shooting the puck a lot more. When you get in the offensive zone kind of bearing down and trying to create opportunities, it’s not only me, it’s definitely the guys around me, Skey [Matt Beleskey] and Jimmy [Hayes] and Spoons [Ryan Spooner] were really good tonight and they got to the front of the net. If they weren’t winning battles on the walls and getting pucks up to the point none of that would happen, so you got to give a lot of credit to the forwards, it’s been a lot of their doing, too.

On Loui Eriksson’s hot streak…

Yeah, he’s always very consistently good and he’s been consistently great now, so that’s a huge plus for our team. We didn’t necessarily get the win tonight, but it’s kind of stepping stones – everybody’s improving a little bit and creating more and more chemistry. Yeah, he’s been a huge, huge part of our team and hopefully he continues that way. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t. It’s good for him.

On if when you score four goals you expect to get the win…

Yeah, absolutely. Our defensive game needs to be better. Just whatever curse we have at home where we can’t seem to find the energy or get the tempo of our game up, it just has to change sooner than later and we don’t have the time to turn it around. It’s pretty unacceptable. 

On if home ice feels like a mental block…

I don’t want to say it does but – we have a lot of mentally strong players here that have been playing for a long time, really mature guys. I don’t think that has any play in it, I don’t think anybody overthinks that “we’re playing at home, we’re going to be at a disadvantage.” I think it’s just we got to focus a little more, bear down a little more because it’s not turning around as fast as we want to, so yeah that’s going to change.

On if fatigue played into this loss…

I don’t think fatigue was a factor today just because of what players have been through. Everybody’s been through it, everybody’s gotten in at four o’clock in the morning. You have to prepare, you have a full day to prepare for the game after that happens. So it’s really no excuse, it’s just something that has to be figured out with our performances at home. If I could put a finger on it, clearly I‘d change it. But, yeah, I don’t have any idea.

On if it’s hard when you’re “chasing it from the start”…

Yeah, it’s always tough when you let one in off the get-go and you’re chasing. Like you said, it’s never fun that way. You always want to play with a lead and be able to have comfortability in your game, so that’s always tough, but at the same time it’s no excuse.

On if he was working to accent offense with his side shifts late in the game…

Yeah, I think it was more or less just kind of a shooting D-pair where Zee’s [Zdeno Chara] going to get the puck, he’s going to pull it and shoot it, and shoot it hard, or he can throw it over to me and I can get that shot through. I enjoy playing the right side, I can create a little more offense you see the ice a little bit better, and that’s what they were trying to do, just kind of spark it and get us going. It worked for a bit, but it still fell short. 

On playing more positions, similar to Dennis Seidenberg …. 

Yeah, definitely. It’s good to build that into your game, too. Be a little more versatile and be able to be used in many different situations and that’s what I hope to become one day, so it’s a stepping stone to the building process.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COACH JOHN TORTORELLA

On if the team understood his expression this morning, “Don’t take time to dust it off, just shoot it.”…

Yeah, especially on our power play. We talked about that, we needed to start winning some special team battles in the games. I thought we did a good job killing penalties tonight, and just kept it simple. And, also five-on-five, I thought we played a really good game, managed the puck, made some good plays, made some good decisions in the neutral zone and I thought everybody contributed. 

On how well the players did on protecting the blue…

Yeah, better. We got to theirs a little bit, and we’re going to protect ours; I really don’t care about penalties there, if we have to take penalties to keep players away from our goalie, take penalties. That’s an important part of what we’re trying to become is handling those areas.

On Matt Calvert’s contribution to tonight’s game…

Yeah, he gets into another fight. I didn’t realize, is he a big fighter? [Laughs]. That’s a couple of them here in the last little while. But, I thought he was strong on the puck, he forechecked well, did some really good things on the wall. That line was good, [Matt] Calvert’s line was good. And that’s what I liked about the game, I thought everybody grinded. We wanted to try to play big tonight and I thought we did. 

On how big the 5-3 goal was in the 3rd period…

Yeah, it’s a big goal. We certainly passed the puck around enough before we put it in the net, didn’t we? I think everybody touched it, but that’s a big goal. Yeah, when they scored the third goal we didn’t panic, you knew they were going to come, you knew there was going to be a push, and then I thought we started forechecking again. For a few minutes we were on our heels, but the thing I liked about it was that we started forechecking and winning some puck battles in their end zone. 

On the ruling in the first period that the goal stands…

Oh, gosh. [Laughs]. You know what, just get rid of the coach’s challenge. Just get rid of it. The whole being of the coach’s challenge is to get it right. If we can’t get it right on that call then get rid of the coach’s challenge, because all I did was waste a timeout. It’s discouraging that … That is a no-brainer call. So, if they vote again for it, no coach’s challenge as far as this organization is concerned.

On if that makes him question using it in the future…

I think we should get rid of it. I think we should just get rid of it. And let the refs make the call, because if we spend two or three minutes and a coach wastes his timeout to try and get the call right, and we still get it wrong, then why have it.

On how he feels they got punished…

I wanted my timeout back, quite honestly. And, listen, I respect the referees, it is a really tough job, but I thought this was for that reason to make their job easier. It gives them a chance to look at it again, get some information from hockey ops, but to get that one wrong it’s just beyond belief to me.

On if he knows what the answer is going to be when the play goes to review…

I don’t know what the hell is going to happen, quite honestly. I don’t, I don’t know, so I was nervous about that. There’s nothing there and I think Claude [Julien] does the right thing to make the call, why not? Because it’s a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s very frustrating that we can’t get it right, and that’s what this is all about. So, get rid of the thing and let’s just get back to where we were before. 

On if it would be better if hockey operations had the final decision instead of the on-ice officials…

I don’t agree with taking the calls away from the refs, but if hockey ops is helping and they see it the way it happened, how can’t you get that call right? So, I totally disagree with taking it away from the refs. It’s their job to handle the situation. But, the way it’s gone in some of the other ones I’ve seen, and I’m not trying to disrespect anybody here, it’s just frustrating for a coach and his team to spend the timeout, to take two or three minutes to look at that, and we still get the call wrong, that’s frustrating.

On the team’s response during the second period…

Played really well. Yeah, we played well. And, like I told them, there’s no sense in complaining about it. I wish I’m not complaining about it here, but I can’t help it, it’s just so frustrating. And I thought we just kept our concentration in play. 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS GOALTENDER JOONAS KORPISALO

On Loui Eriksson’s first goal of the game…

There was no chance that I could have saved the puck because there was really no room for me to save the puck, so I don’t really know what I should have done otherwise.  I tried to save it, but his skate was in front so I don’t know.

On this being a bounce back game for him…

I felt good.  I felt good in that last game, too, but at least no goals from the other end [laughs].  I don’t know, three tips today, I don’t know if the last one hit someone but it was kind of a hard game, I had a lot of shots and they just tried to get pucks to the net and redirect it, but four goals today and we won so probably better, but we got the win today so I’m happy for that.

On his mindset coming in when he knows that a team is struggling at home…

Not really.  I didn’t know they had a losing streak, so we just try to play our own game.  We know what works and play fast hockey and stuff and it has been working lately so why change it. 

On beating the Bruins after the Bruins beat them last week in their building…

Of course, it’s a huge win today and we wanted to win in Boston for sure because we lost in overtime last week, so I think everyone was really hungry before the game to take two points from here.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD MATT CALVERT

On how well his line played…

Yeah I think as a line, we were just a step behind in the last few games, we wanted to create more and obviously Bill [Karlsson] had that big goal and Prouter [Dalton Prout] there with that empty netter. But we just talked about the lecture all night, me, Nick [Foligno] and Bill [Karlsson] and it paid off for us. We were out for two big goals and it was an exciting game.

On how much they wanted this win after losing to them last week…

Yeah, it’s always a big win coming in here. You know they are an established team at home and it’s a big win, especially scoring six in their barn. I thought we came all night and I thought all four lines were going, and I think that’s the most important part for us towards coming in here. You know we got to have secondary scoring, too, and our fourth line almost had two or three goals in the first two shifts there. So it was huge for us tonight, it was a team effort and was great to get the win here.

On how they weren’t holding on to too many pucks and were consistently shooting…

Yeah, it’s something we’ve been preaching for the last few weeks here, you know we never have a lot of shots throughout the season and I think with our little streak we’ve got going here, it’s been successful in our last eight or ten games and we’ve been throwing pucks in the net a lot more. You get a balance that way, and I think we are a strong team below the hash marks and against the opposing team’s end. It was time for us to take some pucks to the net and we went to the net tonight, we went hard and got rewarded. 

On if he was aware of how the Bruins are struggling with their home games…

No, I mean ... yeah, there are so many stats out there you try not to … you know, if a team is struggling you might bring that up, but that’s when you take teams lightly I think. We’ve seen them put up a few wins and played them twice I guess in this last month, so we knew they were going to bring their best effort and we matched and I thought we were better tonight. 

On how much they wanted to get this win after losing to them in a big overtime and shootout… 

Yeah, we had two tight battles with them, obviously we got a point out of it. But we won two, and they’re an Eastern Conference rival, so they are a team that we battle with all year. It was great to get two and especially in their barn. 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD BOONE JENNER…

On how they lost two tough games to the Bruins and wanted to get this win…

Yeah, we thought we played two good games against them, I think we played well in this third game. Last month we played two good games against them and you know didn’t get the results that we wanted so tonight to get that win, it was a big road win for us. 

On how he got his two goals early in the game and if he had enough time to think about getting a third…

Yeah you try not to, and you just want to keep pushing and playing the right way.

On if he saw the results after talking about shooting the puck quicker as a game plan…

Yeah, you know one of the things we’ve been talking about as a play is to throw pucks at the net, get bodies there and secondary chances and score with screens and tips. I thought we threw a lot of good, quality shots on them tonight and banged away.

On what he saw going into the offensive zone…

Yeah, we tried to get it in, you know, get a forecheck going and you know sometimes that bounces off some teams and you can make that play on the blue line, but I thought for the most part our decisions, either if it’s getting it in or make a play entering the zone, I thought we did a good job at that.

On how it seemed like everyone was shooting the puck quicker tonight… 

Yeah, like I said, it was not passing up shots and you know, throwing things at them and I thought, like I said, we did a better job of that tonight. It’s going to be a staple for us going to the blue paint, throwing pucks from everywhere.

On how good it felt getting the power play tonight after they have been struggling with it…

Yeah, a couple power-play goals, that was huge for us. You’ve got to win that special teams battle and I thought, you know, a couple big goals by us with the power play and you know that goes a long way and the momentum of the game and things like that. 

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM

On if Torey Krug is okay…

Yeah, he’s fine. 

On what emphasis was put on the power play before Saturday’s game against Dallas…

Nothing different, Sarah. Pucks went in, I’ve said that before. We had some looks before that but they weren’t going in. So they went in on Saturday. So you know can you say we had some good net-front presence? We did. But we did at times, too, when we weren’t scoring. But probably the main thing is we were able to finish. 

On Brad Marchand on Saturday and if his maturity level has reached a new level…

You think? [Smiles]. I’ll refrain from answering that question. [Laughs]. No, we know what he’s been. He’s been good and so he plays on the edge sometimes, and I didn’t see him do anything wrong on Saturday. What I saw him do was score two goals, which were important ones for us. 

On how important tonight’s game is after Saturday’s win…

Well, I just made a hundred bucks right now because I knew that question was coming. So thanks for … [Can I split it with you?] No, because it was two hundred if it was anybody else. So anyways … it’s the same every time. That’s why I’m going to be asked that question every time you come off a big road trip the first question is, “First game at home is going to be a tough one?” And it’s true, it is. It’s a tough one, especially when you get in at four in the morning on Sunday and even though you want to get some rest it’s a very awkward time to get in and not easy to get your rest. So we need to suck it up tonight and be ready to play.

On if the team needs Brad Marchand to be a goal-scorer or someone who exchanges a lot of words with other players and gets under their skin…

Well, I don’t know which words – which words are you guys talking about? [If he’s talking trash and getting under peoples skin, do you still need that to be part of the team?] As long as he’s not crossing the line. As long as he’s not crossing the line then … players do that all the time. It’s not just March – it’s everyone else. But you know he has a tendency to get under peoples skin sometimes, but as long as he doesn’t cross the line and he’s not doing anything worse than anybody else, I have no issues with that. 

On if it’s important to have players that play with attitude when you have a young team…

I don’t think it has anything to do with young guys, Joe. I think any team that sees a guy playing with some passion and playing on the edge sometimes and then playing hard the way he does every night, any team could use that. That’s why it’s not just young guys but even veterans. Sometimes veterans don’t get motivated that easily either, so he’s a good example that way.

On having Adam McQuaid back and how that’s helped them defensively…

Well I don’t know if [it] sorts things out – we weren’t looking to sort things out before he came back. It’s just a matter of having an experienced guy in the lineup that is very good defensively, you know, who blocks shots, obviously defends his territory and defends his teammates and do whatever it takes. So that’s why he’s an important player to our hockey club, and that’s why we enjoy having him in our lineup. But I wasn’t disappointed for the most part with what the other guys did in his absence, because before he came back we were in a spot more or less than we are at this time today. 

On if there’s any doubt Ryan Spooner will be okay to play tonight…

As far as I know, he seems to be good to go. 

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