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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On if Tuukka Rask led the defense in tonight’s game...
He did. You know, I think he deserves a lot of credit because he was outstanding for us tonight. But I certainly don’t want to diminish the fact that I thought our guys played well tonight against a team that’s been extremely hot, extremely good as you can see. No matter how well you play defensively they’re still going to get their chances and when they did, Tuukka [Rask] made the big saves. But I liked their effort overall tonight.

On the defensive play despite losing Adam McQuaid in the second period...
Yeah. You’ve got to take time and look at how young we are back there and the way we’re handling ourselves. Credit those guys for doing the job. Again, we may not be where we want to be right now, but those guys are battling, and like I said we’re a young crew right now and the way that they handled themselves against pretty powerful team – they deserve a lot of credit.

On if he knows the seriousness of Adam McQuaid’s injury...
No, because I haven’t even – they just told me he wasn’t returning and I don’t even bother asking at that point. I still have to see what it is, and even if I do go see I don’t think I’ll get the total answer. These guys have to have a look at him first and assess the whole thing.

On if Matt Bartkowski returning to play in the last two games is encouraging...
Well it is, because obviously we need him right now. He sat quite a few games. His play just wasn’t up to par and certainly wasn’t a good asset for us. So, we sat him out but we still worked with him and he kept a good attitude and kept working at things during practice. When he got his chance he looked like a guy that was ready and I thought he was pretty good against Carolina, and no doubt he was even better tonight. So that was a strong performance on his part. So it was encouraging to see Bart [Bartkowski] get back to how we know he can be.

On Matt Fraser’s performance and the disallowed goal...
Yeah, and to me it should have been a goal. In my mind the puck’s in, it hits him, and it goes in before he even touches the goaltender. But those are unfortunately not reviewable, so he gets deprived from a goal. But the other part – he deserves a lot of credit for his, he was on the line that played against their top-scoring line and defensively I thought he was very reliable. He played big, he played strong with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and [Reilly] Smith. I think that line did a great job against the [Vladimir] Tarasenko line.

On why the goal was disallowed...
Goalie interference, I guess. That’s what the call was for – the goaltender didn’t get a chance to stop the puck. I mean this is, you know, I go in my office and I look at two or three times in slow motion and say no, I don’t agree with that. But he’s got to make that call on the ice and then he doesn’t get a chance to review it and it’s not reviewable. It’s tough; it’s tough to take. I think again, we’ve been on the wrong side of two goals, I think in the last two games. We’ve got to suck it up and keep playing here and that’s what we’re trying to do.

On the back pressure in front of Rask tonight...
Well we needed that. Not only because their D supported the attack, but also because of the fact that they’ve got some forwards that can make some pretty good plays there. They like to gain the blue, stop, and they like to hit the late guys as you saw probably a little bit more in the third period. They hit a lot of late guys coming in and what was happening – our forwards were over-backchecking there and at one point you need to release some of those guys to your D’s and look for the second layer to come in. So, we talked about it during the TV timeouts and try to get better at that.

On if the team played with more energy knowing that St. Louis is a tough opponent...
Well I would say so. Because, you know, the other part is – we have to realize that for a long time now, every team was ready to play us. That’s what you have to face. I think right now where we’re at, we look at teams like St. Louis who are 9-1 in their last ten and say listen, this is a good team to measure ourselves up against. So those are easier games to get up for. We’ve been on the other side of that, where we’ve seen every team come hard at us in the past and that’s what we face.

On how to gauge Matt Bartkowski’s confidence...
Well I think just by his play. When his confidence is down you can see him not sure about moving the puck and a little hesitant with going or not going – that’s a confidence thing. The more you go, and that’s what we talked about when we took him out, we said right now he’s his worst enemy. Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back and you work with him and you try and rebuild his confidence and you work so hard at rebuilding it. Eventually, you get your shot and you take advantage of it. That’s what he’s done.

On putting Bartkowski back in the lineup...
The last game? Yeah, I thought it was a good time to put him in, especially after what we had gone through. Let’s get a change in our lineup. Tonight [Kevan] Miller was available, but I didn’t feel that in my mind Bartkowski deserved to sit out, for example. I didn’t think he would be – that’s not the message I want to send as a coach. If you deserve to play, you play. Miller can certainly benefit from more practices.

On David Krejci returning and placing Chris Kelly back with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson...
Well I think so. I think it stabilizes a lot of things. Kells [Chris Kelly] has been really good with that Soderberg line, which was again, very good tonight. Krech [David Krejci], I thought for his first game back and missing quite a few that he handled himself well. Even [Seth] Griffith, this was a man’s game. We’re talking about a young player; again, being put in some positions here that probably a lot of young players don’t get a chance to get into. He handled himself well along the walls and still was pretty intense. So, I liked the play of a lot of our players tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On winning against a quality team…
It’s definitely a big win for us. A big effort for a team that doesn’t give you much, has great skills and I thought we spent a lot of time in our zone but still we were giving them a lot of it on the outside and try to take care of our slot. When in doubt we were getting the puck out and we need a lot more of that.

On Bartkowski’s play tonight…
Yeah it was a great job by him. It thought he was solid from the first shift on and made some great plays, great passes, great breakouts, used his speed a lot, definitely worked to his advantage, made some great plays and had a great pass on the goal. So, I thought he was very solid for us.

On creating panic for the Blues defense and your goal…
Yeah, it’s one those plays where we want to be harder on our forecheck. Matt Fraser was definitely great on using his speed as F-one there on the play and I was trying to follow up to be there and try to have a good read as F two and he caused a turnover and I was lucky enough to get the puck there.

On your eyes lighting up during that opportunity…
Yeah sure, especially when the goalie was caught behind the net. It was definitely one of those that you take for sure.

On Krejci back in the lineup…
Yeah it’s nice to have him back. He’s definitely, like I said before, he’s a big part of our team and our offense. It’s definitely nice to have him. I think for us as a team you always have to play with whoever’s in the lineup. We lost Brad [Marchand] today and we all had to step up and find ways to be good, so it’s the same thing but it was nice, definitely, to have Krech [David Krejci] back.

On Tuukka Rask playing his best game of the season…
He was tremendous tonight. Definitely gave us a chance to win on every play. He was battling, playing the puck, finding it too through traffic. It wasn’t easy saves all the time, but it was definitely some tough ones and he made some huge plays for us.

On Fraser playing on your line…
I think he’s a smart player, he’s in good position all the time, he wants to learn, he’s always asking questions, uses his speed a lot and its not just about his shot, I think, everybody says he has a great shot but it’s the way that he plays and the way that he works. Right now, I thought tonight he had a great effort.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT FRASER
On how it feels to contribute defensively as an offensive player…
Obviously, I like scoring goals.  I like to be an offensive threat.  But you’re not going to be that kind of guy every night.  There’s going to be times when you have to be relied upon to be a defensive, sound player.  I think on this team, that’s more my – it’s not my job, but I have to broaden my game a little bit because every guy in this room is good defensively.  That’s how this franchise has built their system: you got to be good defensively.  You got to make sure you’re good in all three zones. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how he felt overall tonight…
I felt good. [Reporter: No lingering effects?] No I felt good and you know what I don’t want to talk about injury anymore. I don’t like the word. It’s been a long time so I just talk about the positives things and those negative words, I just don’t want to hear about it.

On what it means to get a statement win against a quality team…
Well when you’re going in it there’s a lot of people questioning our hockey team and we wanted to prove people wrong. We are going to show that we can play hockey again against one of the best teams in the league.  We had a good first, and second, and finished strong in the third period so I thought it was a great effort by all four lines and Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] played really well in the net tonight so it was a big win for us.

On whether or not he thought that was Tuukka Rask’s best game of the season so far…
I mean yeah I guess when you shut out a team like that you must feel good. He played really well, I don’t want to say if it was his best game or not we already played 20 games so I don’t remember the other games but he played really well.

On how they can reproduce tonight’s effort going forward…
I just take shift-by-shift, play-by-play. We talked about how we had a really strong first period and we are refocusing in the room and we got ready for the second period we played a really strong one and going into the third when you got a 2-0 lead against a team like that it’s a good feeling and we got the job done tonight.

On if he’s going to be able to play beyond tonight…
Yeah, but I felt pretty good today so. I had a good practice these last few days and felt really good.

On the physical play against St. Louis…
There’s not really any team that you want to take lightly.  You want to play your game you don’t want to get too their level if they are a good or bad team you just want to play the same game you always play and don’t worry about the opponent. So I went out there today and tried to play hard the way I do and I thought I did a good job for the first game back.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On his performances last couple games…
Just playing my game so I’m as confident as I can be. It’s big. We got injuries on the back end. Somebody’s got to step up so I’m just happy I’m playing my game.

On if his confidence is rising from the last couple games…
I’m skating now, playing physical, whatever you want to call it, so yeah.

On Coach Claude Julien’s comment saying he deserved to play tonight...
It’s just good to see your hard work rewarded. That’s all you can ask for. Someone noticed you’re working hard, it’s great.

On the team’s defensive performance…
Yeah, Tuukka [Rask] was huge. When we had a few breakdowns, he was there to cover up for us, but I thought whenever we did have those breakdowns, we didn’t panic like in previous games and make things worse. We kind of just handled it and got the puck out.

On the majority of St. Louis’ chances being one and done chances…
Yeah, well we just really focused on everybody coming back to the house and the middle of the rink and clearing pucks out of there so that’s probably why we only gave them one and done chances mostly. But like I said, we really didn’t really panic very much. Our breakouts were good so that helps a lot too.

On breaking up St. Louis’ chance in the first period without taking a penalty…
Well to start off the play, I wasn’t inside the dots like I should have been, so that’s why they got that chance, but I don’t know, I was just doing everything I could to get back in front of them and try to get the puck.

On whether he thought he could get his game back up to the level that it is now a few weeks ago…
Well, absolutely. It’s been there before and I didn’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.

On his role with the team when other players get hurt…
Yeah, I mean I’m just playing my game now and like I said, when things weren’t going well it just shifts away a little confidence and now I got that back and so now it’s just playing hockey.

On if he wondered if the same scenario would present itself…
No, I didn’t wonder, but it’s just something you have to prepare for and that’s why you work hard in practice, and if you’re not playing, work hard in the weight room.

On if that is easier said than done…
Yeah, absolutely. There are times, well I can’t really say the word I want to say right now. There’s just times where it gets tough, but it’s something you have to battle through.

On if he received support from his teammates…
Yeah, guys say stuff here and there and it’s good to hear. It helps a lot.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On why the team is having difficulty staying healthy…
Your guess is as good as mine.  Last year and this year, it seemed like it’s been hitting us hard.  But, you go through phases where guys get hurt more, and the years before we’ve been lucky.  We’ve gotten lucky.  This is tough, but we’ve got to battle through, and I think we’ll have a healthy comeback soon.  So we’ll just have to roll through and try to play our game.

On playing against a good offensive team with five defensemen…
I think it’s more the whole team.  Tonight we really played a team game.  We played unified.  We still gave up quite a few shots and gave up quite a bit of passing lanes in our zone, but overall, I think, we battled hard to get the pucks out in critical zones and areas and scored some necessary goals.

On the best way to defend against a team with talented forwards…
You do know that they’re real explosive, and they do get chances.  You kind of want to limit them to the outside or to shots where Tuukka can see it.  And again – for the most part we did it.  Sometimes you get lucky too.

On if it was goaltender Tuukka Rask’s best game of the season…
Possibly.  He looked very controlled.  He saw the puck well; he didn’t give up a lot of rebounds.  He looked good and helped us out quite a bit back there.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On this being the defensive style you want to play…
Yeah, whenever we didn’t turn the puck over in the neutral zone we didn’t really give them anything. I think in the third period we kind of got away from our forecheck a little bit and gave them some space there to come up in the rush and stuff and find that late guy, but as far as the net front goes we were really good.

On playing a good 60 minutes despite injuries…
It was, yeah absolutely. We started off really hard. Right off the bat we took the puck in their end and played there. The first period was probably the best one, you know, twenty minutes—you’re always going to get a little ups and downs through the games but for the most part we kept things tight and played a good game.

On mindset playing such a strong offensive team…
I don’t know. It’s the same as every game. I just try to give us a chance to win. As far as the team goes, whenever we play a defense like that and keep them on the outside, for the most part, it makes my job easier and I expect to make those saves. Today that was the case for the most part and helps my job, as I said. It doesn’t matter if you play against the best team in the league or the worst team in the league, if you give them chances in the slot, chances are they’re gonna score, so today we pretty well eliminated that.

On this win creating confidence going forward…
Well, it’s always a good team we beat, but then again we know when we play the Bruins hockey we can beat anybody and we’re a tough team to beat ourselves. It just goes to show again, when we play that style of hockey it works. Hopefully we realize it one of these days and keep it consistent too.

On Matt Bartkowski’s confidence increasing…
Oh yeah he played a great game today. He was in there battling hard and making good plays, strong passes and then those couple of plays—it was kind of a desperate play, he dove and slapped the puck away and that means he’s on his game. The past couple games he’s been great for us.

On this being your best game so far this season…
Yeah, no mistakes today so yeah.

On saving the bad angle shot from Jaden Schwartz…
Yeah it hit the side of the net and my calf. I felt like its going to go in if I don’t spin my legs around and I kind of kicked my left leg back there and I guess it kept it out. Its just one of those days where the puck just doesn’t want to go in. There was one, you know, Dougie [Hamilton] almost scored on his own net, managed to save that. Some other night that’s a goal and I’m not too happy about it.

On the best quality win this year, considering the opponent…
Yeah I think pretty much everybody was going today, you know, full 60. We’re a good team when we have everybody going. As far as the team effort goes, in a 60 minute effort, that was our best game I think.

On facing a lot of shots in third periods recently…
Yeah, third period probably wasn’t our best period today. We started off good but then obviously their D’s are gonna join the rush and they’re gonna have four or five guys jumping. We gave them too much room in the middle of the ice to make those cross-ice passes and they came in and found the late guy too many times. Something we have to fix I think, but two goal games, or two goal leads are the worst ones in hockey and I feel like I have to stand up and today. Myself and the defense did a good job in front of the net.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On feeling good after tonight’s win and scoring a goal…
Yeah I mean it’s always nice to get the first one out of the way when you come back, so it was a big goal for us. I think just obviously the second period we always seem to have trouble but we won it 1-0 so that was good.

On Tuukka Rask’s exceptional game tonight…
Yeah he was great. You could tell early on he had that eye he was always seeing the puck, he made a lot of big saves at critical times too so we’re lucky to have him tonight for sure.

On being able to be a versatile player with injured players…
Yeah I think everybody in the locker room knows that you plug in different pieces in different positions and we can still have success as long as we stick to the system and play a focused game and work hard I think we can always have success.

On his success shooting the puck by the boards…
I don’t know, you know at times you just find yourself in a certain position where you like to shoot and that’s what I do and sometimes you get lucky, and like tonight it goes off their pants and in.  Good things happen when you get the puck to the net.

On the reaction when Adam McQuaid went down…
Yeah well it was just to maintain focus and keep doing what we do. Like I said before, when guys are filling in different positions and different voids and certain guys step up and we had a lot of guys step up tonight for sure.

On Matt Bartkowski bouncing back…
I think he’s bounced back great. We’ve been watching his effort and you always just tell him keep doing what you do best because you know there’s a reason that you’re here and that’s what he does and tonight was a good showing. I think he was skating very well and he moved the puck with confidence and that’s important when a player doesn’t have their confidence all the time.

ST. LOUIS BLUES HEAD COACH KEN HITCHCOCK POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the Bruins winning despite generating just 17 shots…
Well I just think they kept us on the perimeter all night. I know we had a lot of shots on goal, but we weren’t really a threat. We were trying to make the extra play all night, rather than pound it in and look for the grease goal. They allowed us to enter the zone, kept us on the perimeter, and we stayed on the perimeter all night, did the same thing on the power play. I think in style points, it looked probably like we were playing good, but there was no detail in doing the hard things that you have to on the road to score. We just allowed ourselves to stay on the perimeter.

On if his team was surprised by Boston’s effort because of the Bruins’ recent struggles…
No. I think we knew. They got [David] Krejci back, sort of organized their lines. They played the way they do. This is the way they play. They check hard. They play hard. They’re smart. They try to keep you on the outside, you’ve got to fight through your chances, and we didn’t do the things that we were capable of. We didn’t go into those areas, and stay in those areas, like we should.

ST. LOUIS BLUES FORWARD DAVID BACKES
On the toughness of the Bruins tonight...
They have been playing the same way for almost 5 years now, since the year before or two years before they won the cup.  They bring their A game, they play hard, they don’t give you any room and you have to earn every inch of ice out there.  Tonight I think they just managed the puck better and stayed on that game for a full 60 minutes and not that the two goals they scored were beautiful but that’s a result of putting pressure on and making guys make a few errors and capitalizing on it.

On if that first goal on the giveaway kind of took the team out of it...
No I mean mistakes are going to happen.  We all make mistakes, that one happened to end up in the back of our net.  We got to pick a guy up and find a way.  If we score three goals tonight, we’re smiling instead of having all of these down interviews.  We had a few chances, we don’t get a ton of traffic in front of the net and Rask sees a lot of those pucks.  He’s a great goalie and if he’s seeing it, he’s probably going to stop it and he gets a goose egg tonight.

On if the game had a playoff feel to it...
Yeah, they played a tight checking, hard-nosed game and were really good at managing the puck and didn’t turn a lot of pucks over in the neutral zone.  I think we turned more over than we like and they got some guys that can scoot and make plays.  There were a lot of plays across the crease that didn’t connect but they very well could have where they are tapping in a few more.  So we have to be better with the puck, putting it in good spots, fore-check it and get it back and hopefully score a few.

On what happened to his hand…
Just icing the old body.  They ran out of oil in the oil can so we’ll try ice for a little bit. 

On if this game came down to things not bouncing their way...
I don’t think it’s things not bouncing our way.  We make our own luck, we have to put more in to get more out.  We played a tough opponent today that made it hard for all of the ice that was out there.  Maybe that was a little bit of a surprise with how hard they were playing and we are not going to make excuses, we need to bring a little bit more to earn those spaces to get to loose pucks and find a way to whack a few in.  Again 60 minutes is over and we didn’t get the job done so we tip our caps to them and I know we get another chance at them.  We get another chance at another great Eastern Conference team tomorrow, or sorry Thursday or whenever the heck we play next.

On what it is about Tuukka Rask that makes him a tough goalie to solve...
I’m not a goalie expert by any means.  I try to make them terrible whenever I can.  He’s a guy that seems to be poised and he does a great job when he can see the puck, he’s stopping it.  That’s what top notch goalies do in this league and we gave him a chance to see it too much tonight and the result is that he saved each and every one that we threw at him.

ST. LOUIS BLUES DEFENSEMAN KEVIN SHATTENKIRK
On if the Blues got the response they expected in the third period…
Yeah, that’s just how we should’ve played the entire game. I think it wasn’t for lack of energy or anything like that, really didn’t any much of an excuse. They played well. They came out with a good forecheck, and really did a good job of staying on top of us, but we’ve just got to push a little harder. We had a good little span in the second period, where we had some zone time, but we weren’t able to extend it and really get to our game until the third period.

On how the Bruins beat the Blues despite only have 17 shots…
I think in the neutral zone, they did really well, just kind of limiting our transition game. They’re a good team defensively. I think the shots that we were getting tonight were coming from the outside, with little-to-no traffic. They’re a team that’s big and physical, but we’ve got to fight to get there, and the shooters need to make sure that they’re getting some good rebound shots in there as well.

On if winning ten games out of eleven covers up flaws that were exposed tonight…
No, I think it was more of just a little bit of a lapse tonight for us. We just need to get back to how we played on Saturday against Washington, and just play that hungry game again that we’re capable of. I don’t think there’s ‘This has been lurking in our game for too long,’ it’s just a matter of not really getting to our game quick enough. And when you play on the road, it gets exposed a little bit more.

On if tonight felt like a playoff game with neither team wanting to make a mistake…
I think even last year’s games against them felt like that. Those are big games. It’s a team that we know is going to be one of the contenders out of the east. They’ve been so strong in the past few years, so it’s always fun getting this matchup, and you get kind of a marquee game. You get to play in an environment like this, and I think it’s a good test for us to have this road trip right now.

On the slow start to the game for both teams…
I think that’s mostly due to their neutral zone forecheck. They really sit back and wait for you to try to force a pass, and then attack off of that. I think that’s what makes the game a little bit slower. So I think that’s where we have to be able to just kind of turn it right back around on them, like we did in the third period there. We were able to just get pucks, turn it back, get it in their zone, and go to work.

On if it’s still special for him to come back to play at TD Garden…
Yeah, it’s always fun. Different feeling now, with not having as many fans cheering you on as you do in college, but it’s always a fun, fun atmosphere. Especially when you came to games in college and got to watch them a little bit. You feel the energy and the fan support, and it’s good to be on the other side of that, and Boston fans aren’t too kind to visiting teams.

On being from New York and having friends and family at Eastern Conference road games…
The way this new format works out, it’s fun for me, because my family gets to see me play a few more times and not have to travel as far for it. So it’s good to always come back around the area, and an area that you’re familiar with growing up.

On how many friends and family he had at the game tonight…
Probably around ten, I’d say. So I’m off to see them now and say hello.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00AM
On how Brad Marchand is doing…
Not well. He went off the ice so he won’t be going tonight.

On Marchand having a concussion…
No, because he wouldn’t be on the ice if it were a concussion, Matt.

On David Krejci playing tonight…
I don’t know yet. The thing I would tell you is if you see a call up this afternoon, at some point, it means he’s not and if not I guess everything’s ok. I don’t have the answer for you right now.

On the call up being Khokhlachev …
I don’t know. I don’t know, I’m sorry.

On Kevan Miller’s availability…
Kevan’s been cleared to play.

On deciding if Miller will play yet…
No, were going to dress seven D’s here in the warmup and we’ll make that decision after warmup. He’ll [Kevan Miller] be part of seven.
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