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BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ST LOUIS BLUES
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:40 P.M.
On if he learned anything good or bad from this game…
Well, I mean, measuring stick – we were playing a pretty good team and we could see how we fared against some of those teams. I thought for two periods we were fine. At the end of the night, I think the biggest thing was that we didn’t, I didn’t think we worked hard enough to get on the inside, they did a good job of keeping us on the outside. There was a lot of times we were shooting and we had no net-front presence, they were boxing us out and we weren’t working hard enough to get on the inside. Same thing on some of those rushes, tried to get cute versus just getting pucks at the net, not forcing plays and being a little bit hungrier, like I said, with that middle drive. Those are - after two periods, I think it’s a pretty even game, it’s a chess match. They got a break there with their most dangerous guy on a breakaway, [Vladimir] Tarasenko, opened up the scoring and that was probably the thing that stung the most.

On what happened on that goal…
I’ll have to look at it closer. Obviously we probably need better attention on that, whether there was a mix up there on our D’s or didn’t see him taking off.

On St. Louis having an advantage in the officiating standards and if there has been a game like that this year…
Not really. To me, I’m not gonna go there. I’m just gonna say that, no doubt, Miller had a high stick and it should’ve been a power play for us there. But nonetheless, I think more than anything else is was a good game, a chess match, it ended up that way. They had one power play, they didn’t score on it. It would’ve been nice to have one, but hey, that’s the name of the game. It’s gotta be on us. Again, I’m looking more at our team not doing a good enough job to get their noses dirty in those areas that we needed to.

On how much he likes where the team is heading into the Christmas break…
Well, I think that’s one of the messages I gave the team, is that it’s not a fun loss, it stings. We knew what the opportunity was, but at the same time let’s not forget what’s happened here in the last month and a half or so. We’ve played some pretty decent hockey, so sometimes a loss like that just brings you back to reality and say, ‘Listen, we don’t get to where we are by accident, we gotta make sure that we play well and we do the things that we need to do to win.’ And we didn’t do that tonight, so maybe a little bit of a wakeup call to the guys, to say, ‘Listen, if we’re not gonna get our noses dirty we’re not gonna win games.’ But at the same time, I like the direction our team has taken in the last month and a half and we should take advantage of that and take those three days and get some rest and hopefully come back and be as hungry as we have been in the last while.

On if there were more nerves tonight playing St. Louis…
No, I don’t think so. Let’s not forget, these guys blew a 3-0 lead last night. I know how our team would have been tonight if we’d done that. So give them credit, they came out and they played a real solid, great road game. They found a way to win, so just because you lose it doesn’t always mean you played bad. I think they just played a solid game; couple areas that we could have been better. We didn’t play a bad game either.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COLIN MILLER
On if it was bad luck on Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal…
Yeah, well I don’t know, I was just trying to get it deep and then it kind of went through a couple guys there and bounced out. Yeah, it was just, I don’t know, he came up the middle there and he had a lot of speed, and he just kind of slid it through there.

On what the Bruins can take away from their season so far…
I think we can be excited about it, but I think we’ve got to kind of forget about it quickly, because I think it was a good first half, and especially coming into the break here, I thought we had obviously a really solid stretch there. But I don’t know, like I said, just kind of forget about it and move on, but take the positive things and move forward.

On if the Blues are a similar team to the Bruins.
Yeah, they’re a strong, physical team. I think that’s obviously kind of the Bruins’ identity as well, but we don’t see them very often. It was definitely kind of nice to see a team like that, that’s very solid and very sound defensively. They don’t give you much. I think it was like that all game, and obviously the two goals towards the end.

On the Bruins being happy sitting one point out of first place at Christmas…
Yeah definitely. I think a lot of the guys we’re just kind of looking forward to finishing this off strong, but it was frustrating to lose. But I think we’ll take the positives and move forward from the first half.

On tonight being similar to a playoff game…
I think it definitely had that atmosphere. It was a close-checking, zero-zero game the whole game. You’ve got to bear down. You can’t take a shift off, because I mean the little bounces are going to be key, and like it was. [There] was one power play the whole game, for them. So yeah, it was a good game.

On if it was shocking how structured the game was from the start…
No, I don’t think so. I mean like you said before that, they’re a similar team to us, so it’s very obvious that we kind of knew what was going to happen, and what they were going to bring.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On tonight’s loss…
I think it was a good game. It was more like a playoff game tonight. They’re a really good team. We did have a few good opportunities early on, and even later in the game, but their goalie made some big saves, and they were able to capitalize on the breakdowns we had tonight, and that’s how it goes.

On if the Bruins took their foot off the pedal in the third…
Just a couple breakdowns. I didn’t think we had a bad period other than a couple breakdowns on those goals. We had a couple chances that, like I said, we didn’t capitalize on, and that’s just how hockey is sometimes.

On how the Bruins match up against the Blues…
I think we’re right there. They’re obviously a really good team, and they have a lot of depth, and I thought we had a really good game tonight. So it was something we can build on, but to this point, we’ve done really well, and we have to be happy with where we’re at, but we just want to continue to get better.

On how badly the Bruins wanted to overtake Montreal for first place tonight…
Yeah, it would have been really nice to go into the break here with that spot, but it didn’t happen, and we still have some games in hand, so hopefully we can continue to play well after Christmas and get those points.

On if the Blues are the most physical team the Bruins have faced this year…
In different areas of the game. I thought different lines are, and they battle really hard though. They battle hard down low in the offensive zone, and they’re pretty strong in the D-zone too. But yeah, they’re up there.

On Boston not getting to the inside enough on scoring chances…
Yeah we did. We had some chances, but like you said, we didn’t do a good job of getting to the inside and picking up some of the rebounds that were lying around. So against teams like this that play pretty tight defensively, you have to find a way to get in there, and battle a little bit harder.

On not getting down because of how much the Bruins have accomplished lately…
Yeah sure, I mean we knew we weren’t going to go the rest of the year undefeated, without a loss. This is a really good team over there. So, it’s tough to lose one, but we have a lot to be happy about, and I think we’ve got to feel pretty good about our game right now, and go on this break knowing that, and get rejuvenated.

On Jake Allen’s save on his rebound chance…
Yeah he did, he made a good save. I mean, that’s a tough play on your backhand to get a shot off there. If it was on my forehand, I might have had a lot better opportunity, but he got over quick and I kind of shot at him.

On the Bruins being happy just one point out of first place at Christmas…
Yeah definitely, especially with a few games in hand. So we have to be happy with where we’re at, but it’s a really tight race right now, and we can’t be satisfied. We still have to continue to be better, and improve on our game every day.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On this game being an excellent matchup…
Yeah it was. Yeah, like third period both teams had a lot a lot of shots, some chances, good pace game. Felt like a playoff game out there. Good game.

On Vladimir Tarasenko being the last guy you want to see on a breakaway in the third period…
Yeah, yeah he is, but I mean I’m going to say he missed that shot but ask him again, but he went whatever, seven hole, you call that. Goal scorers don’t shoot there like that. Puck was rolling on him and I think it was going low blocker. I might have saved [it], but, you know, I mean, you don’t want to give him a breakaway.

On his assessment of the team at the break…
We’ve gotten better. We’ve gotten better, I mean, played some good hockey. Had a good stretch there. Got a lot of points, so yeah, we’re trending in the right direction and still a long ways to go but I think we’re going in the right direction.

On a loss like this rekindling their hunger…
It should, yeah. I mean we knew they’re a good team. They’re a big team, experienced team, and what’s frustrating is that we gave them two breakaways in the third period. I guess we should be pretty experienced too for that not to happen but, you know, I mean it’s one of those losses that you still feel like you played a decent game but you never can’t be satisfied with a loss but I thought we played a pretty decent game. Couldn’t get too many scoring chances but not a bad game.

On people talking about the Bruins trying to find their identity and whether this is proof that they can be an elite team…
Yeah, I think so. I mean, we’ve always felt that way, but obviously we haven’t really shown that on a regular basis throughout the year, but yeah, I mean we played good defensively. A couple breakdowns but I think what we were lacking is getting inside of them and getting those scoring chances in front of the net and we only had a couple, but I mean, their goalie played great, but it’s, they kept us on the outside for most of it.

On St. Louis not getting a ton of scoring chances either…
Yeah, it was pretty even probably, yeah.

On what the three day break does for the team…
It’s just unwind, relax and spend time with the family and get back at it in a few days.

On whether it seems like a different team now…
Yeah, I think so. I think we’re trying, we’re trying and our defensive game has gotten better. We’re not standing still anymore, so it’s not that we’ve done a whole lot different. We’ve just started executing the game plan and actually, you know, trying, trying out there. Trying harder out there.

On the game plan previously being very much about long passes and forgetting about defense…
Yeah, I mean I don’t think that’s ever been our game plan. We just seem to do that sometimes. It’s, you know, we’re working on it and that’s what we wanted to get a way from.

On how much this break can help at this time of year…
I think it’s, you know, it’s a hectic season so it’s good to get a break every now and then and I mean I don’t feel too tired but I mean it’s good to get three days off just to unwind and relax, but, you know, you can’t lose your focus because the games are going to start back up right after Christmas so.

On having to play almost every game last year and whether it is better this season…
I think it is. Well I mean I think it is but then also it’s how your team plays. If every game is a tight game like today and you have to play every night it wears on you, you know, obviously, and I think this year we’ve had the luxury of scoring a lot of goals too which takes pressure off us. You know, offense is looking way sharper than last year… so, you know, it makes a difference, yeah.

On how Jonas Gustavsson is playing…
Good. Really good. I think he’s… no complaints. I think he’s been great.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On if he thinks they’re a team that can win most nights…
Against a lot of teams maybe, but the difference in this league is a couple mistakes and that’s what we had tonight. I mean two mistakes ended up in the back of our net and they have a good team over there. It was a very good test for us and we know that after this game there’s always some things we can clean up. So it’s a good measurement stick and now we know that we have to improve and we’ll keep moving on.

On what the team learns from this game…
I thought they did a good job of, you know, keeping us to the outside. It was a bigger team for sure and I thought if anything it proved that we could get a little bit dirtier in those areas and try to get on the inside of them and you know create things. I feel like, you know, we played strong and we moved the puck well but it was almost like we were waiting for something to happen instead of, you know, forcing something to happen. We can always be better.

On if it would have helped to have power plays in their game tonight…
Yeah it’s starting to get annoying a little bit, but there’s nothing that we can do too much about that. I mean just keep working hard and work even harder. You have to force the other team to take penalties and obviously we’re not doing a great job of that. And maybe if we do get dirtier in those areas we force teams to react and you know draw penalties. And if we’re not then you know maybe we’re scoring goals. So obviously it shows that we can always work a little bit harder.

On if there’s anything they could’ve done to get closer to the net tonight…
Yeah for sure I mean they have some big bodies back there but I thought you know those battles are just determination and, you know, a battle of will so. We have to be better for sure. I mean like I said it was a great test for us but it just shows that you can never be satisfied and those mistakes in this league will cost you, especially against good teams. So you know we’ll be better. I’m looking forward to playing this team again for sure.

On what lessons they should take from what they’ve done so far this season…
There are a lot of things. I mean you know the first half of the season, you know, at times it felt like it was flying by and at times it felt like it was taking forever. I mean it’s a rollercoaster for sure. And I mean in this league you have to make sure that you’re staying level headed. And at times it’s not going to be pretty and we’re not going to be playing well. We have to make sure you know we respond to that. And at times we’re going to be playing great and we have to make sure we’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves. So it’s all about maintaining the correct emotions throughout the season and it’s a good lesson to learn the first half.

On if this loss helps the team not get too far ahead of themselves…
Yeah well we were finding ways to win hockey games that you know maybe we didn’t deserve and you know we put in a good effort tonight and it wasn’t perfect. And obviously you know we got shut out and they capitalized on a couple of chances. So you know it was definitely a good test for us and it shows that we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves and we have a lot of things we can continue to work on and just keep getting better. You know this group will stay hungry for sure.

On if they take pride in the discipline they had tonight…
Yeah I mean we know they have some offensive talent ad some powerful tools up there that can make things happen. So you know they discipline we had, not only was it taking penalties but the style of game we played I thought was pretty good. We took care of the puck pretty well and we can always improve. So it was a good game it wasn’t great and we’ll move on.

On if they go into the break feeling good about what they’ve done the last six weeks as a team…
Yeah I mean our group isn’t content at all and we’re going to stay hungry and I think that’s a good thing about this team is that we’re always looking to improve and get better each day. And you look at the first half and a lot of people doubted us and we’re just keeping things inside this locker room and we’re going to continue to move forward and work hard and you know just take the next opponent and just move on from there. That’s kind of the way that we’re looking at things.

On if any other opponent has been as physical as this team was away from the puck as St. Louis…
Yeah they’re a very physical team. I think you know I mentioned it before the game - they’re similar to Washington [Capitals]. They’re a big team and physical and you know it’s good playoff hockey. It’s a good test for us, especially this early in the season, and you know we just have to take the lessons learned and move on.

On if the thinks the Central Division is the toughest division in the league…
Yeah I mean, every team in this league can beat another team but I think that division has its work cut out for themselves. It seems like this year maybe one of those teams is going to have some bad luck and miss out on the playoffs but probably should not. So it’s definitely a deep division and you have to be ready to play those guys and you know as far as I’m concerned it’s a good matchup every time you play those guys. It’s a good test and playoff hockey type.

On the blocked shot being part of his game this year…
It’s always been something I’ve taken a lot of pride in to be honest. Maybe the first couple years I didn’t have as many chances to block shots and whether that’s because I’m playing a little bit more on the penalty kill or playing against top lines I have the opportunity to, you know, block more shots and it’s an art for sure. And a lot of them not necessarily taken off the body but just deflecting a shot into the stands- it’s definitely something to take a lot of pride in- improving defensively…it’s always been something that I’ve been trying to do.

On playing with Kevan Miller for the past four or five games…
Yeah I mean he’s a very good player I mean I know where each other is going to be chemistry wise. And when we’re moving the puck north and south it gives me the ability to move up and join the rush. And obviously, you know, he’s always there to bail me out if I do make a mistake.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what he takes away from this type of game...
I think those types of games it's... You've got to fight for every inch and, you know, they're a great team. They're a team that's had success over the past few years and you can tell that they play a solid system and a good defensive game and, you know, we definitely have to fight more to get to the front of the net and get the rebounds and loose pucks and stuff like that.

On the teams being similar...
Yeah I mean it's true. I mean we were looking at the video before the game and they were doing a lot of the things that we want to do and they do it well. They don't give you too much and they make you work for, like I said, for every inch on the ice and battle and same thing offensively, you know. They work hard to create turnovers and stuff like that so it's been, you know, a tough game but, you know, we definitely have to learn from that.

On scoring six goals against Pittsburgh the past two games and what's been the biggest difference...
The last two games? Like I just said, I think it's around the net and they're a team that boxes us out well. They play man-on-man and it's tough to get to the front, you know, when there are loose pucks there. We have to fight better and to shoot more on net.

On the loss not taking away from what they have accomplished recently...
No I think, you know, we've taken a lot of strides forward and we definitely have to build on that and realize what we've done and... but at the same time I think we can’t be satisfied and we have to, you know, it’s games like tonight that we have to keep getting better and finding ways to win those type of games because that’s the type of hockey you play in the playoffs.

On whether it gets the hunger going again…
Yeah, I think it’s not a bad thing. You know, we definitely needed to be a lot better around the net tonight and we didn’t do that and we have to work to get in front and get the loose pucks, so, you know, it’s one of those things where you have to learn from and go on break and try to I guess recharge and be ready for the second half I guess.

On whether there was anything different in the third that they did or didn’t do…
Well, I mean it was two bad plays. You know, it was two breakaways. I mean obviously you can’t do that especially in the third against a team like that. I mean it’s breakdowns. Other than that I thought it was an even game even though we didn’t get many chances and we have to, like I said, find ways to be better around the net. I didn’t feel like we were getting too many chances so… but those two breakaways can’t happen.

On whether he got a feeling that there was some anxiety from the team at the start…
I don’t know. I didn’t feel that way. I don’t think so. I mean I think we were ready to try to finish on a good note and we did have a few good looks that, you’re right, we could have, you know, beared down a little better and that would have given us momentum obviously, but yeah I mean other than that I liked the way that I sensed the room before the game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On if this loss was sobering at all…
I think we played well; for the most part we just didn’t get into scoring areas. They kept us to the outside and then used those two breakdowns at the end to score those two goals. It was a real measuring stick and we have some work to do but overall I think we can take positives out of it and go from there.

On what he thinks of the team at this point in the season…
Tough start, then we started playing more consistent hockey and put some wins together and put ourselves in a good position. And yeah now have a little break and we go from there.

On what the message heading into this break is…
I guess the message is don’t dwell on this loss too long. Take these three days off and come back hungry. And keep building on what we’ve built these last couple months and just keep being hungry and playing consistent hockey.

On what St. Louis did to keep them out in front of their net…
I feel like they just boxed us out. We did get quite a few shots on net but overall we didn’t get to those loose pucks. And they just did a good job keeping us to the outside, whether it was pinning us against the wall once the puck went up to the blueline preventing us to get there, or just being in position to prevent us from getting to the rebounds.

On if this team was the best they faced in terms of preventing them from getting the puck…
Definitely. They definitely were the best-structured team I think. They just…they’ve been playing like this for the past few years and they’re always tough to play against. They’re in the right spot, they have a quick transition - they just you know use their opportunities to score goals.

ST. LOUIS BLUES HEAD COACH KEN HITCHCOCK POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On yesterday’s second period and today’s game…
The second period yesterday was disappointing. We got turned loose on it, and responding the way we did today was – it was a well-played game by both teams. Both teams really played with a sense of urgency defensively, so if you were going to score it was going to have to be a mistake or it was going to have to be one of those fluky goals and you know, the wrong guy for Boston got the breakaway and made the difference.

On if he feels the team played “all-in” tonight …
Yeah, that’s what it is. We’re going to have to play this way – quite frankly, this is the way we have to play every night. We can’t be, we’re not a team that can afford to be 85%. Some teams can get away with that. We’re 100% in to play the right way, and that’s a small margin. Especially with the teams that are coming up post-Christmas. We’re going to have to be 100% all the way in. And 100% means for 60-minutes. Not 45, not 50. That’s what was impressive today, and disappointing yesterday. The best we’ve played on the road was the first period yesterday, and probably the worst we’ve played was the second period. And then to come back with a game like today just shows the character that we’ve got on the team when we dig in.

On Robby Fabbri….
He’s become a real pro. He’s a dangerous offensive player. He’s a really dangerous offensive player. He doesn’t need a lot of chances. There aren’t many players in the league now that can score from distance. He’s got six, seven goals now and he’s got four from distance so he can really shoot the puck.

On the way the first goal transpired…
They guy that’s gone unnoticed here is probably the guy that’s playing the best hockey for us is [Magnus] Paajarvi. Never mind the best I’ve seen him play, he looks like a heck of a player in the National Hockey League right now. The way he’s playing, he looks like a heck of a player in the National Hockey League. If this is the tempo and the pace and the game that he’s going to bring forward he’s going to be a valuable player for us this year.

On if this was a great game to right the ship before the holidays…
Well, right the ship because we played 60-minutes. I think we knew we had it in us, we just had to draw it out, and this was a perfect time to bring it out.

On the upcoming break…
When you win you feel like you want to play the next day, but it’ll do everybody good. We’ll certainly get our attention in the game on the 26th. That will be a heck of a game, too.

On what Robert Bortuzzo brought to the lineup tonight....
A lot of energy, and a lot of good play. So I think we’ve got to rethink that one a little bit down the road here.

On why the team will have to rethink Robert Bortuzzo…
We’ve just got to rethink it, so I’ll just leave it at that.

On an update on Carl Gunnarsson…
He should be okay with three days to go here, he should be fine.

ST. LOUIS BLUES FORWARD ROBBY FABBRI
On Vladimir Tarasenko’s performance in such a tight game…
Yeah, we’ve seen that almost every game this year, and we need guys like that. It comes from everyone.

On if he’s especially looking forward to the break never having gone through this grind before…
Yeah, I guess these couple days will be nice. Get a little bit of rest, come back nice and rested and play the way we left off tonight.

On if he doesn’t to take a break with the way he’s been playing lately…
Yeah, I guess you could say that. But I think it’ll be good for everyone.

On where the St. Louis Blues are at as a team…
I think we’re in a pretty good spot. There’s obviously areas we need to improve on and things we can do a little bit better, but we’re winning games right now and if we just pick up those little things we’ve got to work on then we’ll be even better.

On if he’s looking forward to big games coming out of the break…
Yeah, those are huge standing games. To come right back after the break and play two tough games to get everyone back into it will be good.

On what makes the Central Division so tough…
Just every game you play, you know you’re coming out with a hard fought battle. And you know they’re all sort of playing the brand of hockey.

On a similar style of hockey between the Blues and the Bruins…
Yeah, they’re big. They’re strong. They check. They transition quick. They’re on the forecheck quick,. And that’s are all things that we do as well. It was a good game, it was a good test for us.

On the difference between the second and third period…
Just keep going, keep doing what we’re doing. A lot of positives came out of those first two periods and we knew eventually it was going to come and we just needed to stick to our game.

ST. LOUIS BLUES S FORWARD RYAN REAVES
On the Bruins…
They are a really good team, you know I think we pushed a little bit better than our last game so, we came back and knowing that they were going to come out hot but we just got to bring this game on up

On if this feels relaxing going on their break with a win...
Yeah, you know especially after yesterday’s loss I think you definitely don’t want to be going into the Holidays thinking about that. The way we kind of gave up a big lead, and it’s two points that we really wanted so I think coming back here on the back-to-back playing that well really… continued a good mindset coming in to Christmas and coming out of it.

ST. LOUIS BLUES GOALTENDER JAKE ALLEN
On the difference between last night and tonight’s games…
Yeah, I think last night if you looked around the locker room it was an unacceptable loss. Up three-nothing and give the team a chance to win. But we had the chance today to right this ship before Christmas, before a couple of days off. That was one of the best road games of the year.

On if he was seeing the puck well tonight…
You know, I felt pretty good last night even though we lost. Just trying to carry that momentum that I had last night into tonight and give the boys a chance. It’s always tough playing them back to back, but we grinded and we knew we had a couple of days off to get the bodies back in shape and the guys did a great job.

On the game being a “nail biter” for two periods…
Yeah. It’s a good road game, you know, two teams with similar styles, a lot of skill. It was a fun hockey game. Our goal is always to be tied or better. For two periods in a row we did that, then great goals by a couple of guys.

On if he felt the team was “all in” tonight…
Yeah, I think last night we were all in for about 18 minutes and left the foot off the gas, but tonight it was  a full 60. Got the job done. Goals came in the clutch, and now it’s time to get away from hockey for a few days and then we’ve got another tough back to back to start the break.

On if he’s looking forward to the break…
Yeah, I think we all need it. Whenever you can get a couple of days off, just to get away from the rink for a couple of days and let the body heal. And then we don’t start off with an easy schedule. I think we play four games in six days, so right back at it.

On the importance of his next home game…
All divisional game, so even more important.

On if he was surprised to be playing again tonight..
No, I knew I was going to play both games. So I was trying to prepare myself, ready to go again tonight, and found a way to win.

On the way Vladimir Tarasenko played tonight…
I don’t know if he had many chances in this game outside of that, but all he needs is once chance. And that’s the difference between him and a lot of other guys: you only need one chance compared to four or five. When you see him on that breakaway you know there’s a good chance it’s going to go in.

On what makes the central division such a tough division…
I think it’s such a deep division from every team. Every team’s got four lines that can play, every team’s got good goaltending and solid D [defense]. There’s no easy night, and a lot of big bodies. I think it’s a wear and tear division. You get tired throughout the year, just crashing and banging but every single game’s a grind and I think if you look at the standings it’s the tightest division in hockey for the last couple of years and it probably will be for the next few.

On how satisfying it is to beat a good team who did not play back-to-back games…
Yeah, it is a little bit just that much more sweeter to take that victory even though we were on tired legs and had a tough, unacceptable loss last night. To be able to come on the break and fly home in a positive way, and enter playing Dallas on a good note is huge for us.

ST. LOUIS BLUES DEFENSEMEN ROBERT BORTUZZO
On how it felt being able to get called up and play for Carl Gunnarsson...
Yeah, it’s nice to get a little day before preparation because there’s parts of preparation that go into that, but I guess that we are all going to be ready to get called upon and be confident in our ability to contribute. It’s a big win for our hockey team tonight, Jake [Allen] was solid, as usual, and the boys really grind it out tonight.

On how it looked like he fit in and didn’t really miss a beat...
Yeah you know our back-end does a great job of communicating with each other, making it easier on you when you're sitting out so and coming back in. Anything we can do after practice, staying sharp is going to be huge because you know sometimes it’s easy to fall into a lull if you're out. You know we have a great group of guys here who were excited to have me in and I definitely appreciate, that goes a long way and I felt like we left it out there and it was definitely a fun hockey game going into Christmas.

On if he felt like he need to bring some physicality tonight playing the Bruins...
Yeah this is definitely a tough building to play in and it’s a very good hockey team over there, and I know that’s part of my game is playing physical and playing hard and being tough to take space away, so I didn’t want to do too much, sometimes that can happen when you're coming in and out so I kind of wanted to just play out game, move pucks up to our high end forwards and get up out of our zone quick.

On how he felt on his game with all the hits he had...
Yeah maybe that's part of it... is getting into it. Getting engaged physically, sometimes that’s part of it and that’s something we want to chip in, some of that physicality making guys have them pop their head up and think twice about taking pucks down the wall in front of out net. So yeah it was definitely a nice win tonight.

On if he feels like his team is in a good spot going into break...
Yeah I think this is definitely a big hockey game for us. Moving forward, this is obviously, I mean I wasn’t a part of it but you know you definitely feel it when you're sitting out it was a tough loss last night, but you know definitely going into break, beating a good hockey team in a tough part is definitely big for us and I thought we were solid all night and pretty thorough to be honest.

ST. LOUIS BLUES S FORWARD VLADIMIR TARASENKO
On David Backes’ play towards their goal...
Yeah it was a really good play by David [Backes] first, very good puck movement and you know I think we really had good control in this game because Boston is probably one of the hardest teams in this league and I think we deserve this win. Like I said before, give our fans a little bit of good mood and go home and celebrate christmas.

On if he felt like his team was tired after last nights game...
Tired. Tired. This is probably one of the hardest buildings in the league so.. it was pretty hard.

On how it felt to be able to shut out the Bruins...
Yeah, you know all the away games are really hard but, again I think we deserve this win and we had one of the best games in this season today.

On how he felt on Jake Allen’s game...
Our goalie is awesome so we need to, I don’t know, say a huge thanks for Jake [Allen] and for also to for keeping us in the game tonight. This means a lot to us.

On how he played today...
Not really good today, of course I am a little bit tired, but I’ll have to work on. Again we win today and I don’t want to think about hockey for the next few days.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:45 AM
On if he senses the team is up to the challenge tonight…
Well I’m hoping that we’re up to the challenge. I think that it’s exciting that, you know, we’re on a roll right now and that we have an opportunity to keep it going. And hopefully finish on a positive note here before that short Christmas break. So hopefully we’re up to the task here and just continue to find ways to win.

On what he’s been most pleased with over this recent stretch of success…
Just the way we’ve competed and our resiliency and not getting frustrated, you know, when trying aren’t going our way. Just sticking with it so, you know, we’ve been able to come back in certain games; we’ve been able to weather storms in other areas. And you know I think our group, the maturity level of our group, has gotten better. And when I say maturity- in dealing with game situations.

On if he thinks Matt Beleskey is what he thought he’d be overall…
Yeah I think, you know, he’s…the only I would say to you is that I think he looks like he’s snake bitten right now because his chances are there. But he’s…I like his grittiness, I like how hard he works and everything else. But I think right now if his production was a little bit better than what it should be with the opportunity that he’s had we’d be extremely pleased with Matty [Matt Beleskey]. So you know sometimes you have to…I said that before, I like guys who just compete hard, work hard because eventually I feel that they’ll get rewarded with what they deserve. And so I’m just sticking with him here hoping that happens to him sooner rather than later.

On if he still impacts the game even if he isn’t putting up points…
Well you just have to look at the first goal last game, you know. He’s the one that separates- on the forecheck- separates the puck from the defenseman. He’s forechecking when finishing his hit and David [Krejci] gets the puck, gives it Loui [Eriksson] and he scores. So David’s [Krejci] got the assist, Loui’s [Eriksson] got a goal and Matt’s [Beleskey] got nothing on the stats sheet but he’s the one that made that whole play happen. So that’s how I look at it.

On his lineup options with Max Talbot out…
Just our player Zac Rinaldo is going to come off IR so that’s my option.

On what he thought of Max Talbot’s suspension…
I’m going to refrain from commenting on that because you know it’s frustrating sometimes to see a player play so well and a situation like that happening and having to miss two games.

On the way Zac Rinaldo has played…
Well I think you know to me Zac [Rinaldo] probably had a bit of a slow start here trying to fit in. But I think lately he’s been a lot better. Because he’s been better the line’s been better, you know. And he’s forechecking, he’s making things happen there. And again, he’s a guy that stats-wise probably has a little bit more talent than the stats indicate. And I think for him it’s always been a matter of confidence and being able to bring some of those practice things we see into a game situation.
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