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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Canadiens (Game 2) on 5/3

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, May 3, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the resiliency of his team…
I think especially the way it happened — we had that tough second period and at the start of the third, they got that other power play goal, but the way we just battled back through, I felt, a lot of crap that we put up with today, was pretty indicative of what our team’s all about. It just shows that if you focus on the things you need to focus on, there’s a pretty good team that can accomplish a lot.

On whether he wanted to elaborate on the “crap”…
No, I think everybody who watched the game knows what was going on there. So it was a tough game.

On whether Shawn Thornton’s tangle with P.K. Subban encouraged the rally…
No, I don’t think that really has anything to do with it. I think the biggest thing was that we just came out — even after they scored that third goal, we were a group that was determined to win the hockey game and we started doing the things that we were supposed to do. We got pucks in deep, we got our feet moving and we had some offensive zone-time, and pucks started finding their way to the net. But I think that was the most important thing of that whole third period.

On P.K. Subban’s hit on Shawn Thornton…
Yeah, again, we’re not supposed to comment, get into details about that stuff, so I’ll leave it as is.

On the feeling on the bench when the team was down two goals…
What you feel on the bench is these guys have been through a lot, and even after they scored and made it 3-1, all I could hear guys saying was, ‘Hey, there’s lot of hockey left, let’s get that next goal here, let’s get going,’ and it was all about encouraging each other to be better. And that’s what happened, and as a coach, I’ve been around these guys for a long time, and you just let them be and let them get themselves going. And you just do your job as a coach — change the lines, try to put the right people out there, and the rest, they took care of.

On which aspects of their game got away from the Bruins in the second period…
I think it was frustration. You could see, and that’s what I mean — once we put everything aside and just said, listen, let’s control what we can control here, and when we did that, we kind of took it over. And we know that it’s not going to get any easier heading to Montreal, so we have to be ready to face adversity at different times because that’s always going to be.

On his bench minor…
The referee — I kind of told him that I didn’t agree with his calls.

On having a veteran team that can rally itself…
You don’t want to show panic, either, and you know, timeouts — I think differently about those than maybe a lot of other coaches, and unless it’s real necessary in the middle of a game to calm things down, our group — again, I give credit to our players. We’re an experienced group of players, we’re capable of regrouping ourselves after a goal, and all that stuff — I don’t need to settle them down. You try to keep your timeouts for the right time of the game, and that’s what I try and do. But you can only do that when you’ve got a good group of guys who are capable of bouncing back and don’t need the coach to regroup them there in the middle of a period.

On whether his bench minor was an attempt to fire up his team…
That’s a secret I can’t reveal right now.

On whether he felt his team “stole” Game 2… 
Well, it depends on how you want to say “steal one.” If we stole this one, they stole the first one, so it doesn’t really matter how you want to look at those things. At the end of the day, it’s who wins, and they won the first, we won the second. And right now, I think what’s pretty obvious right now is that if we focus on what we need to do and try and not let the distractions of things we can’t control get to us, we’re going to be okay.

On the point at which he realized his team could rally itself…
I don’t know exactly. I can’t give you a date. I can just tell you its grown over the years, and again, you just have to look at our roster and see how many guys have been here this amount of years, and those leader kind of players. And you guys know by talking to a lot of these guys, the maturity of these players. So I think it’s about a coach feeling comfortable in saying, listen, these guys, they get it, and if I have to talk, it can be between periods, too. I don’t need, like I said, I don’t always need a timeout in the middle of a period to get my point across.

On Torey Krug staying on the ice for the winning goal…
I don’t know. I didn’t ask him, and I think it was the right move, right? He made a heck of a pass to Smitty [Reilly Smith] there, but sometimes, a player, they maybe feel a little tired but they see there’s an outnumbered situation and an opportunity here to jump in, and I think that’s where Torey is good at seeing those kind of things. So he sees an opportunity to go and get an outnumbered situation, and so he takes that opportunity to make it happen. That’s just hockey instinct, in my mind.

On his trust in Reilly Smith…
I think it’s been through the course of the year — this guy here has been, like I said before, he plays like a veteran. And he’s very calm in those kind of situations. You don’t see him make too many big mistakes because he’s a smart hockey player, and some guys have it. It’s a knack he’s had from the start, and with his experience playing with guys like [Patrice] Bergeron and [Brad] Marchand, he’s just gotten better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On getting a win after coming back...
It’s a big win, there’s no question. We did a lot of good things again; we fought through a lot of stuff tonight. Some things didn’t go our way and it feels good that guys stayed with it, stayed positive. We were able to get a late comeback and that’s big, something to build on. Game Two is more important than Game One, after the first one. So, it feels good. Guys played hard and found a way. But now - that’s just one.

On showing emotion during the game...
It’s just playoffs. It’s just playoffs and battling and competing. Emotions, I think, should be part of it. It should be tough hockey, it should be competitive, and that’s what it is. It’s fun – you just try to find that good balance and that’s pretty much it.

On exchanging words with Brendan Gallagher during the game...
Well at the time I didn’t mean – we didn’t like exactly the way things were going or we don’t always agree with everything that goes on in a game. That was one of those moments and I was just part of it. No, I have nothing to share, what our individual conversation was.

On the team turning it around in the third period...
Well, their power play, they’ve been getting some good bounces, they’ve been moving it well and they’ve been getting some good tips in front. They’ve been going top corner on those tips and sometimes that happens. They made some good plays; they’re feeling it on their power play. Our PK had some time to kill, so I thought at the end of the second, when our emotions were high they gained some momentum. I thought we had a real timely kill there to let us regroup and get the energy going for the third. Even though they scored that one in the third, I thought there was still at the end of the second, being able to come in and regroup and only have one at that point to reset and stuff. So, their power play has been good. That’s been a big part of the games. But I thought after, without that stretch there in the second when we got ourselves into penalty trouble, I thought we played – we hit some posts again, we played a good game. I mean, we did a lot of good things and fortunately we were able to find a way and get rewarded there late in the third.

On Carey Price’s play...
Yeah, he’s pretty – there’s no question, he’s pretty great. The first two periods we had great chances, like I said, we hit some posts, he made some great saves. He was on top of it. But we stayed with it, we wanted to find a way and we were due for some to go. You get enough scoring chances and get enough to the net, we believe they’re going to go in and fortunately they did. So, guys stayed with a real positive, work mentality because it was a tough game. It was a tough game – it’s playoffs, it’s supposed to be tough – but it was. It was, but it’s a wild finish and those feel pretty good when they go your way.

On the penalties in the second period...
We’re not – I don’t know that I agree, or were not always going to agree with the stuff and the calls. It’s part of it. I’m sure they don’t either on their side. Maybe we took a couple that were probably not as disciplined as we have been – but I think for the most part we’ve been pretty disciplined. I think it’s been pretty even on the battles both ways, but there were a couple that we’d probably like back that we let get away, but that’s part of it. We’ve got to find that good balance and I think for the most part we have – where we’re going to play hard, we’re going to compete. Today I thought, in the second maybe we got a little bit too charged up, or whatever, but we found a way to focus that there in the third and use some of that energy, use the energy in the building and stay as positive as we could and it felt pretty good to have it go the way it did.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On his goal and the third period comeback…
Yeah, I think [I] just tried to join the rush, good pass by Marchy [Brad Marchand], and I knew there was guys in front of me and just tried to get a good shot off, and didn’t really see where it went, but kind of hit my spot and it was I guess nice to get stuff rolling.

On whether the team feels comfortable on the ice no matter the situation having gone through third period comebacks in the past…
Yeah, I think we, we’re really confident when it starts going, and it would be nice if we played 60 minutes and not just third periods like we have been, but I think it’s been fun the last two games with I guess those comebacks, but we’ve obviously got to get better and keep improving.

On what he felt when he scored and getting a change in momentum…
Yeah, I think that’s it, I think, I guess a little bit of a relief to get one by [Carey] Price, and I think when that happens we get some more energy, the crowd’s I guess in it more, and we start I guess coming at them. And I don’t know if they’re panicking or we just turn it up, but it’s fun when we get in that position.

On Brad Marchand’s “pull up move”…
Yeah, we want him to. I think, I definitely know that it’s a tough pass for him on his backhand, and obviously he made a nice play, but I think it’s just a good play by him and nice to get going.

On the Bruins losing the first two home games to Montreal three years ago and coming back to win the series…
I had no idea that happened, so just game-by-game and then focus on going there and then playing hard now.

On what Montreal was doing to make breakouts so difficult for them…
I think we were getting it out. I think we just didn’t chip it in. I think there was a lot of turnovers at their blue line and things like that and we couldn’t really get our zone time on them, and that’s kind of one of the things we’ve talked about in the Detroit series as well where we’re trying to make plays and they keep putting it back on us and then we can’t change and things like that so we just have to get back to chipping it in and forechecking them and making them make mistakes.

On whether talk after the whistle got them going or got them in trouble…
Probably in trouble in the first place I think because we’re the ones getting all the penalties, but I think it’s kind of frustrating a little bit, but the same way you’re into the game and it’s just your emotions, so we just have to be careful of getting the penalties.


On what it’s like when the goals keep coming…
You just kind of roll with it I think. I don’t know it’s obviously a really good feeling and a better feeling when you win, so just a lot of fun to be part of.

On whether he could feel the difference after his goal that it was the momentum changer…
Yeah definitely, I think everyone kind of turned it up. Maybe they started panicking a little bit. I’m not really sure what happened, but just kind of get the momentum, get the crowd going a little bit, and just kind of go with it. I don’t know if, there’s no real secret to it, I don’t know. Again, I don’t know if they kind of panicked, but nice that we could complete it.

On Montreal scoring during his penalty and managing to get a goal back after…
Yeah I think I wasn’t happy, and they obviously scored on my penalty, and you’re down two goals now so I think it was kind of for me I thought that was going to change the game and kind of disappointed obviously, but nice to score and then kind of complete the comeback, so complete, I guess, change of emotions and momentum.

On how frustrating it was up to that point…
Not really frustrating. I don’t think it’s too frustrating of a game. I think we just, we can’t really score, and kind of in the box a little bit, but I don’t think we can really be frustrated by it. I think we’re out playing them and out chancing them and things like that, so it’s kind of just about getting our chances and scoring them and staying I guess composed and not over frustrated.

On how important it is to get the first goal…
Yeah, just try to take his confidence away, I think. Like I said, I don’t really know what happened, if they start panicking, maybe he holds his stick a little bit tighter, and I’m not really sure, but obviously when you kind of can put them in that position with the crowd and everything it’s fun for us and definitely tough for them.

On whether there was more of a “let them play” attitude in the third period…
I don’t know. I didn’t really notice that, but I don’t really want to talk about the refs too much obviously, but I didn’t notice.

On what it’s like to up the score to 4-3 in a quick timespan…
I think for us I think we’re confidence now that we can do it, and I think when we get that first goal I think everyone knows that it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen again, and I think just with I guess all the experience from Game 7 and the Leafs last year, it’s kind of that feeling and everyone kind of turns it up and it puts them on their heels so it’s a lot of fun.

On how important it is to leave Boston 1-1 in the series…
Yeah really important. I think if we lose that game I think the series is pretty close to over, I think, going to their rink, so just really nice to be able to be tied now, and we’re going to have a challenge in their rink.



On Torey Krug’s play…
Yeah, it’s a really good play. I think I knew it was coming too. He didn’t change and he wanted to stay out so I knew he was going to do something, and I told Mez [Andrej Meszaros] on the bench give it to Torey, so it’s obviously a really good play and a good finish by Smitty [Reilly Smith] and just pretty happy after that.

On that line getting going…
Yeah I guess it’s just the bounces I guess. They’ve been playing great, so just to get some bounces and some confidence and you’re able to play a lot better, so like I said just to be able to put them on their heels and then keep pressuring them I think it was a lot of fun.

On this team’s knack for third period comebacks…
Yeah, I don’t know, I can’t really describe it. I think maybe we’re kind of holding back a little bit and then we start playing a little harder when we have to kind of, but we obviously don’t really like it. I think we’d rather be playing with the lead going into the third, but obviously a lot of character to be able to do that.

On whether he knew on his goal that there was no way Price could see what was going on…
I don’t know. I tried to put it high, far side from me, and I didn’t even see it go in. I just didn’t hear anything and then wasn’t even sure what it hit or where it went, so just obviously really nice to kind of get that and get the momentum going.

On whether there is a call that stands out that was upsetting…
I don’t know. I think it’s just the things where there’s two guys battling and we’re always the ones getting picks so sometimes that’s a little bit frustrating when you feel like it’s even and we’re always the aggressor, so maybe we have to hold back a bit and kind of skate away.

On why the two goal leads have been so hard to hold…
I don’t know. I think that lead is one of the toughest leads in hockey. I think everyone’s said that, and once you get the momentum I think it’s tough to stop it and maybe you’re on your heels and panicking a little bit in their position so I don’t know.

On whether there was a feeling that they had to win and what they did in the third to get that win…
Yeah, I think obviously we had to. I think this series is pretty much over if we lose that. Obviously with their rink and the challenge we’re going to have going there, so I think, I don’t know what we changed in the third. I don’t know if it was us or them or both and kind of it goes by pretty fast when you’re rolling with it and stuff so just happy.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On telling the bench to score one goal every five minutes in the third period…
I’m not psychic. It’s a pretty standard statement depending on the time and the score. I think I said two goals, but we’re a resilient crew here. We have been all year, so I knew the character would be there—I was just hoping the pucks would go in.

On his collision with the boards…
Went to go finish my check, he [P.K. Subban] ducked, kind of hit awkwardly, and a little pain. Had to get it checked before I came back out.

On what he injured…
It’s a concussion [laughs].

On if players generally know whether or not they’ll return once they leave the ice…
Not until it is looked at.

On P.K. Subban ducking as he approached…
I don’t like people ducking. I think Marchy [Brad Marchand] got about five games for it once. I will say, off the draw he apologized afterwards, so there’s that. I think it’s a dangerous play, personally. But it’s playoffs, it’s hockey, I’m fine, so we’re okay.

On what went through his mind as he hit the boards…
It didn’t feel good, obviously. Like I said, it was more once it settled down, more being cautious than anything. Don’t read too much into it. That should be the story—not my full body injury.

On young players becoming more vocal…
We’ve had some guys that have been here for a long time that you probably think of as young guys that probably aren’t anymore that are very vocal. We have guys that have come in and fit seamlessly that are vocal. I think the experience of going through this a lot in the last few years definitely helps. I think everyone chimes in here and there.

On Subban’s duck firing the team up entering the third period…
No, I don’t think so. I think we just came in and kind of regrouped between periods there. Went back out with the mindset that we’ll do everything we can to not be denied. I think that was more of it than anything.

On the team ‘being slow out of the box’ in the third period…
We were in the box. Tough to be in control when you’re in there all night.

On keeping emotions in check versus Montreal…
It’s playoffs. There’s emotions every series. Being physical is completely different than the other stuff—the extracurricular. I don’t know. I don’t find it hard at all to finish checks and not get involved.

On the rivalry escalating as the series progresses…
It’s a good rivalry. I enjoy it. Drink it in, as they say.

On why the team stays so calm and collected trailing late…
We have a group that has been here for a long time, seen a lot of hockey on both sides. I think the experience helps. I think there’s not a ton of panic when we’re in these situations. We’ve been fortunate enough to pull some comebacks off. You don’t want to play with that all the time, but I’m very proud of the way the guys stuck with it tonight.

On giving the team a lift when he returned to the bench in the third period…
I don’t know if anyone noticed. They kind of just slid down the bench. Nobody even talked to me.

On what he said as he went down the tunnel in the second period…
If you didn’t get it on mic, I ain’t telling you now.

On the importance of not taking penalties going back to Montreal…
We’ve talked about it the whole time. We’ve got to be disciplined. For whatever reason in that building, it always seems to be a couple of things. We know we can’t win games if we’re killing penalties all night. I think that’s just common sense.

On the rivalry making the series more intense…
I don’t know. Listen, the emotions are high. Some things get called, some things don’t. You just kind of go with the flow. I just know we have to do a better job of not being so shorthanded because they’re capitalizing on their power play.

On not getting emotional when calls go against them…
We should have it in here. We’ve been through a lot. That time of year, it’s not about showing who’s the bigger man or who’s tougher, it’s about wins and losses. You ride that line, you play on the edge, but you try not to cross it.

On if anybody is surprised by how well Carey Price is playing…
No. He’s an unbelievable goalie. I don’t think that surprises anyone. I think we’re all aware of how talented he is. He’s been playing well. We’re going to have to figure out ways to get pucks by him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On whether he thinks P.K. Subban was preoccupied battling him in front of the net, and that helped the Bruins get scoring opportunities…
Yeah I think a big part of our game is having guys battling in front. Definitely, we battled hard there. I didn’t really see the play but, it was definitely nice to get that goal.

On what was said in the locker room between the second and third periods…
Yeah definitely, I think we just talked about staying composed, I think we were getting a little too riled up about the penalties called and how we felt about them. But you know, we just wanted to regroup, and stay a little more disciplined, and just focus on playing our game.

On whether the Bruins history of come-from-behind wins in the playoffs gives them confidence in those situations…
Yeah not only last year, but last game we were down by a couple goals and we came back. We just knew that we had to focus on the first one and anything could happen after that. And especially with the crowd on our side, they really got into it after that first one. It just seemed like we got that life, and we knew we were going to come back and win the game.

On what he was trying to do when Mike Weaver scored in the second period…
I mean I saw the D [defensemen] were back a bit, and I thought it I could get by Gallagher then me and Iggy [Jarome Iginla] would have a two-on-two. But it was the end of my shift, and I definitely should have just dumped it in.

On whether he just forgets it and moves on…
Yeah I mean you can’t dwell on it. Things happen in a game, and you make mistakes, and you’ve just got to get over it. It’s definitely frustrating for them to capitalize on that, but you know we ended up winning the game so that’s all that matters.

On the Bruins scoring in 5-on-5 opportunities and the Canadiens getting their goals on the power play…
Well yeah know that, but I think we’ve had some – you can say what you want, but I think there’s been some tough calls out there. And we obviously want to play 5-on-5 that’s where we play best, and obviously they’ve got a great power play. You know, we can’t let that frustrate us, and we’ve just got to make sure that when we’re on the penalty kill we do our best to kill them off.

On how frustrating it is that Carey Price is playing so well, and the second opportunities have been hard to come by…
I think the rebounds were around there, but we just weren’t playing very good hockey. I mean we weren’t playing our game at all and we weren’t getting any kind of sustained pressure. But I think once we turned it around and played our game in the third we had a lot of really good opportunities, and we got four goals in the third so we can’t be too disappointed.

On the feeling on the bench that they’re never out of a game, since they’ve battled back so often...
I think you know you really just want to focus on one goal at a time and that first one is so big. I mean especially with a two-goal deficit – they always say it’s the worst one in hockey, and you get that first one you get the momentum, especially at home with the crowd getting on our side. It just seems like we know when we get one we’re going to get a couple. And that’s how we felt tonight, that’s how we felt last game, and luckily it worked out. But we definitely want to keep playing with fire.

On heading to Montreal with the series tied at 1-1 versus being down 0-2…
[It’s] very big, considering the circumstances. But you know, we definitely wanted to go there 2-0, it’s a tough place to play and they’re a really good team. So we’ve got to be happy that we were able to get this game.

On whether they feel like they need to be down a couple goals to come back and win…
Yeah I don’t know. We don’t want to do that too often. But I think that it pushes us to play at our best. But even last game before we were down by a couple goals we were playing really good hockey we just couldn’t score.

On whether he saw Dougie Hamilton coming on his goal…
No I was trying to pass to Z [Zdeno Chara], it just went to Dougie [Hamilton].

On whether he thought he had to battle hard not to lose his composure in the second period…
Yeah a little bit, I mean a lot of things were being called that I think were pretty suspect, and you know it’s frustrating. It was tough but we were able to calm down after the second period, and I thought we had a much better third.

On what you call on to battle back…
Well you’re more looking to at that first goal. I think if you can really focus on getting that first one then you know you’re going to have the momentum, guys are going to be fired up. And a lot of times when you’re down by a couple goals and you get one with 10 minutes, then with the momentum shift teams don’t end up getting that second goal. We knew that and we just wanted to keep pushing forward.

On his view of the Shawn Thornton play with P.K. Subban…
I mean it happened quick I didn’t seen the replay. It looked like Thorty [Shawn Thornton] went to hit him and I don’t know if he kind of ducked and turned a bit or what happened. So I’m not really sure.

On Shawn Thornton returning to the bench, and saying “one every five minutes”…
Yeah exactly. You know it was great to see him come back. He’s been a very good player for our team, he brings a lot of emotion and gets us going on the bench. So it was great.

On his pull up move and why it works so well…
The main thing is you’ve just got to drive wide with speed, and if you do that then you’re either going to get around their D [defensemen] or he’s going to cut you off. And once he cuts you off and you turn up you’re going to have room. And you know our D [defensemen] are really good at following up the play. Dougie [Hamilton] has been playing great lately, so it was good to see him score.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the team’s third period comebacks...
Well obviously we’ve got to find a way to not get into that position, if we can. But, I think we’re a resilient group and we’ve been there before and we have the confidence that we can actually come back in games. Tonight was a perfect example of that. That being said, they outplayed us for more than half the game, so we’ve got to be better.

On if Shawn Thornton returning to the game helped the team’s morale...
Yeah, it was. I mean, it’s unfortunate – I didn’t see the play – but obviously he’s definitely a warrior, [it’s] not necessarily surprising coming from him. But that being said, he always wants to be out there with us and battling and fighting. It definitely sends the right message to all the guys.

On his goal in the third period...
No, I was trying to just find the net. Sometimes, you never know, I can’t say that I meant to do it but I got lucky and I’ll take the bounce.

On the difference entering the third period...
For sure, we all – it wasn’t close to being good enough, especially at this time of year. We needed to respond and I thought all the guys did that in that third period. But like I’ve said, we’ve got to start earlier. We’ve got to have a sixty-minute effort; we haven’t done that so far.

On what was said in the locker room before the third period...
No, I think everyone – the leaders are in here and we’re saying some stuff, obviously. I think it was pretty obvious from everyone that we needed to all step up. It was about everyone, not just one guy. It was about – sometimes it’s not about words, it’s more about actions, right? So it was about really making sure we were all doing it for the guy next to you and stepping up.

On Brad Marchand’s assist...
Well he’s really shifty and he’s got that speed that they think he’s going to try to beat him wide and then he’s got that move that he does so often, but it’s so effective. It was, again, a great play by him.

On if the game was frustrating at times...
Yeah, it’s tough sometimes to stay with it when it’s not necessarily going your way. But that being said, you have to. You have to find a way, you have to keep fighting, you have to keep pushing and that’s something we definitely said after the second and we had to be definitely better. I thought we all stepped up and we found a way. With that being said, we need to be a lot better in for sixty minutes.

On what the win says about the team...
We’ve been there before. I think we’ve got the resilience in here and I think we’re a confident group being down by a few goals. We definitely don’t want to be in that situation, but when we are we know we can come back in games. When you have that confidence [more] often than not you’re making the right decisions out there.

On the importance of getting lucky bounces...
They’re huge. Obviously that goal is definitely a lucky bounce. You need them once in a while and I thought we didn’t get them in the first two [periods] and I finally got them there. We’ve got to show a little bit more intensity around the net and really bear down on our chances.

On Reilly Smith’s play in the regular season compared to the playoffs...
He’s got the right mentality. He wants to get better; he wants to be a difference out there. I think even in that stretch he was still making the right plays and playing well. I love playing with him; he’s always in the right spot making great plays. Right now, he’s played some great hockey. He’s really fighting, battling, making some right plays, going to the front of the net, making some great back checks, and that’s what you need.

On Marchand’s turnover that resulted in a goal...
I think he knows that – especially since it was a long shift. We just need to be smart in a situation like that and put it deep. He’s been around here long enough to know that it goes deep, but he’s got that character, he came back in the third and made a difference.

On playing their game in the third period...
Yeah, I think we have to do that. We have to not worry about anything else but us and really find a way and play our game, play to our system. Every time we do that I think we have some great chances and when we’re really moving our feet, I thought that was the biggest different. We were first on pucks, moving our feet, and that’s how we created the chances.

On the team’s sluggish start...
It’s tough to say. That being said, we’ve got to be a lot better even before that, I thought. We’ve got to play for sixty minutes and I know it’s cliché but that’s the bottom line. We can’t expect to do that every game.

On if the Montreal players interfere with the Bruins’ style of play...
It’s not that they really get to us. We just weren’t playing our game, we weren’t playing our style, we were letting them dictate the play. When you do that you’re on your heels and you don’t make the right plays and you’re not playing smart. As soon as we turned that around we saw the difference.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On coming back in the third period, and using that momentum…
It feels great. We take a lot of pride in it. You know you saw it last year in Game 7 against Toronto. And you know I wasn’t a part of it, and being a part of it this time it’s a lot of fun. It’s a big point in the series of us, and we want to make sure we go back to their building with a tied series. And it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to it. We take a lot of pride in it

On how they find composure to get past the penalties and the score to come back…
I think it’s the mental side of the game that makes things very important. For us to regroup like we did and to make sure we were able to tune things out and focus on ourselves – it speaks a lot about the locker room. And you know it was a fun last 10 minutes of the third period, and we’ve got to take that momentum into the next game. And you know hopefully we’ll manage things from there.

On whether it’s that much more sweet to win after dealing with those frustrations…
Yeah it feels good. I mean we take a lot of pride in that. I think if you speak to anyone in this locker room right now they’ll say the same thing. We’re very excited with how things played out. But you know, we’ve got to move on from that pretty soon and we’ll manage things to come. There’s going to be things that go wrong in the next game. We understand that, and we’re playing in a hostile environment. So we’re just going to have to manage that. And we’re looking forward to the challenge.

On whether that’s the first time he’s gotten two roughing penalties in one game…
No, it’s not at all. Are you surprised? [Can we expect more of that in Montreal?] I’ll do whatever it takes.

On the mood on the bench when they went down two goals…
It’s just such a great group of guys. I mean, there was no heads down on the bench. And I think I looked over and Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and he told the guys ‘There’s 10 minutes left, let’s get one in each five,’ and things happened a little bit quicker than that. We’re happy with how things turned out, but it just speaks a lot about the veterans on the bench and in this room. There isn’t a situation that we haven’t faced before. You know to be successful tonight was nice, and we’ll use that to our advantage hopefully next game.

On Shawn Thornton coming back, and whether that was a lift…
Yeah it is, you never want to see your teammate down. He was laying down there, and obviously he was in a lot of pain. He went down the tunnel, and comes back – it was definitely an emotional lift, for sure. You know, we’re a very close-knit group of guys, so to see a guy come back like that you’re happy that he’s okay. So it was a nice lift.

On how hard it is to balance playing their physical style of play and avoid the penalties…
Well I think it’s just a little game within the series. It’s a big part of it – you know, it’s not necessarily the X’s and O’s, but it’s the emotional side of things. And we’ve got to understand that it’s another opponent we have to go through to get to our eventual goal, and we can’t treat them any differently. We’re realizing that. But at the same time, we play with an edge and that’s what makes our team successful. So we’ve got to find that balance for sure.

On whether there are any concerns about losing this momentum with an extra day off…
No concern. It’s important to get those days in playoff hockey. There’s a lot going on in the room, and you want to make sure you get a little bit of time away. You’re watching a lot of hockey too. Everyone in here is a fan of hockey. So it’s not like you’re getting away completely. It’s fun to watch, it’s fun to be a part of. And we appreciate the situation we’re in. We’re going to come out flying. And the group is very excited about it.

On his first memory of the team’s mental strength…
I don’t know. I mean, there’s so many times in the third period – the goal differential speaks for itself the way we play in the third period, the that the way the team responds in those situations. I can’t remember one instance, but there’s so many third period comebacks that have been impressive, and we like to be proud about that. It’s an important part of the game. And hopefully we don’t have to do it again.

On whether the comeback in Game 1 seemed easier than the comeback tonight…
Yeah it was harder. Game 1 you think finally something is going to crack, and we’re going to get that goal and all of a sudden the floodgates are going to open. Tonight those chances were harder to come by. They did a good job of taking away our grade-A chances, and position in front of their net. You’ve just got to make sure you stay focused. It’s tough because for a second you wonder how many more chances you can get, because they’re playing great. You know you get one and you get another and guys are just buzzing out there.

On Dougie [Hamilton] saying part of the problem was not getting the puck deep enough…
That’s a good point. I mean, our team plays best when we’re on the forecheck and we let our big guys do the work. And there were times in the second period I remember specifically we weren’t even chipping pucks in deep we were trying to make plays at the blueline. And they were rolling one, two, three lines when we had the same guys out on the ice. So it’s a very important part of the game, especially for us.

On why he stayed on the ice for Smith’s goal…
Good question. I don’t know I like to play in that zone, it’s just one of those feelings, and you know you stay out there. I think I was just up on the rush and then you move the puck, and you don’t want to leave when there’s an opportunity. If something didn’t open up I was going to the bench and Dougie [Hamilton] would have hopped on and he was going to score.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the Bruins having a knack for third period comebacks…
It shows our character. I think we make it unnecessarily hard for ourselves sometimes, but it’s a great, gutsy win today. Really proud of the guys.

On feeling better about today’s performance than he did after Game 1…
Yeah, obviously. It’s good to win, and no mistakes from my part. You got to be happy about that. But I think most of all I think I’m happy how we responded as a team in the third period.

On Dougie Hamilton’s goal giving the team momentum…
Yeah, absolutely. At the start of the third, we got that penalty there and we were just kind of waiting for something to happen and then we get scored on. We realized we have to do something about it. Dougie made a nice, nice play there to score that goal and get us going, and then we never looked back after that.

On how the team is able to come back so many times…
We’ve done it before. We know we were capable of doing that. And then we never quit. We keep plugging away, keep playing our style, and sometimes it pays off, and sometimes it doesn’t. The biggest thing is that we know we can do it and we never stop.

On what it does to a goaltender when you’re playing well and then give up a goal…
Sometimes it goes like that, you know? He’s [Thomas Vanek] a great player in front of the net. He got the first goal he scored like that, so you got to give him credit. It’s tough. You just got to try to stay on top of your game and then focus on that next one and still keep your team in it.

On Carey Price giving up three goals in the third period…
We’re all in a desperation mode there. That one goal, I think Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] scored off the half-wall off their D’s [defenseman’s] skate and in. Just keep shooting and hoping it goes in. Couple of goals, we made some nice plays, nice screens. Nothing you can do about those as a goalie.

On going back to Montreal tied 1-1 instead of down 0-2…
It’s huge. Montreal is never easy city or building to play in. They’re all 50-50, than down by two. We try to capture that third period how we responded and move it to Montreal.

On P.K. Subban setting up Tomas Vanek for a power play goal in the third period…
We lost a stick there, that last goal. Then it’s four-on-three. We had the puck at least once. We couldn’t clear it, so it’s kind of a scramble. They’ll make those plays. When he sees those holes, he makes them. Definitely have to clean up that area.

On expecting the penalty kill to succeed considering it thrived all season…
We take huge pride on that throughout the years, but sometimes the other team’s power play just breaks you down and finds those holes. It’s a tactical battle, too, sometimes. We just have to better. I think our power play has bailed our PK out sometimes, so it kind of makes it even.

On feeling better after today’s game than he did after Game 1…
Happier, yeah. To win is always better, right? No mistakes today from my part. A couple of deflections and scrambles—nothing you can do about that. I’m just happy we bounced back after being down 3-1.

On carrying momentum from today into Game 3…
There’s two days between the games, so I don’t think it’ll matter that much. Their building is tough for opposite team to play in. We just have to look at the things we did right in the third and try to do the same things, and that’ll make it easier for us.

On why it’s difficult to play in Montreal…
Their crowd is as loud as our crowd was in the third period, throughout the game. Sometimes, you let nerves get the best of you and you make mistakes and take penalties, and then they capitalize on those. It’s a great building to play in, but you can make it tough on yourself sometimes.

On not feeling surprised that the team was able to comeback…
Not really. A 3-1 lead is not that bad. A 4-1 is obviously a little bit different. We never quit and we didn’t play bad, not necessarily played a great 60 minutes but we never quit on that, so that’s not too surprising to see the comeback.

On trying to stay out of the penalty box…
Yeah, for sure. If we stay out of the box it obviously makes it easier. Five-on-five for the most part has been really good for us. Created a lot of scoring chances again today and finally got rewarded.

On how he feels about his performance…
It was good. Pretty standard. No mistakes, which is always better. A couple of power play goals, deflections. Nothing you really can do. Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. When it’s 3-1, you try to keep your team in it and give them a chance.

On how difficult it’ll be to win this series…
The further you go in the playoffs, the harder it gets, right? We’ve seen these last couple of games that it can go either way. Mistakes are going to play a huge part in the last games we just have to clear that area and get better on PK and power play, and keep the five-on-five solid.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On if he figured out what he had to do better since the end of the season…
No not really. I think it’s, sometimes the puck is going in the net and sometimes it’s not. I just tried to stick with what got me success this year. The puck won’t go in the net all the time but you stick to what got you success and what you do well then sooner or later you are going to get back to your game and the positives are going to start showing.

On if they realized they were in a deep whole and if the comeback was a realization of that…
I think in the first and the end of the second period, I think emotions got the best of us. We were spending too much time in the penalty box and we didn’t come out of the period with a lot of positives after that happened. The third period, we tried to focus and regroup after that second intermission. We tried to come out with a different outlook. We finished strong in third periods the entire year and it seems like when it comes down to it, we start getting bounces in the third period when we weren’t in the previous two. So, it ended working out great but it is tough when you are relying on the third period to come back from games for sure.

On scoring the game winner and getting the jacket…
Absolutely, I don’t really expect it from how the game started. It’s tough when we’re taking a lot of penalties and there is not a lot of flow in the game. It seems like when it got down to it, five one five, I think we played well and we definitely dominated the third period. You know, get a couple bounces and I guess you’re wearing this jacket.

On the different outlook of the series being 1-1 versus 2-0…
It’s a total different outlook. That happened with Tampa Bay and they weren’t able to get their feet back under them. So I think it was a huge win last night. The Bell Centre is definitely a hard arena to play in and it will be hard to pick up two wins but our biggest focus is to try and stick to the same game we have played in the third periods the last two games. If we do that, we’ll be fine no matter who we’re playing.

On his reaction and what was going through his mind after he scores…
There was a huge momentum swing in that third period as soon as we got that first goal and it kind of just built up until that moment. So there was a lot of emotions and a lot of passion going in to that. I was obviously just really happy that it went in to the back of the net because, especially in this series, [Carey] Price has stood on his head a couple times where we thought we had for sure goals and we he has made big saves.

On if he found it easy to concentrate when he wasn’t scoring…
Yeah, I think there is a lot more to my game than just scoring goals. I have learned a lot with playing with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. This year especially, him being such a tremendous two way forward, you pick up little things. Probably, coming in here a lot of people thought that was the only part of my game and I think playing with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and March [Brad Marchand], you know, a lot of leadership and the character has helped my defensive game tremendously this year.

On if it was more difficult to build this comeback than other ones…
Definitely I think Game 1, we took over in the second period and probably had the same mindset tonight and then penalty trouble kind of seized that momentum away from us. We had to start fresh in the third period and get back to five on five play, we got our emotions back in check and I think we just built shift by shift. I think we kept it pretty simple and try to screen Carey Price a little bit and I think that is just the difference in the game in the third period.

On not needed the big speech to get riled up…
I think it comes – you know, there is some much leadership in the room, I think that is pretty well documented. But you see big time players like Patrice [Bergeron] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] and they go out there and they lead by example. Not only by their words, they also show it by their play. I know it from myself being a young guy, you see that and you built off of it and it give you energy, it gives you momentum and it rolls over from line to line, from shift to shift. You know, it is a tremendous honor to play with guys like that because you learn so much.

On what he has seen from Brad Marchand that makes him so good at finding the “trailer” player…
He’s a pretty crafty player, he can beat you on the rush by going to the net or he can stop up. So I’ve seen him do it numerous times this year and he always seems to make the right play if it’s going to the net hard and taking on the defensemen or pulling up and finding one of our defensemen. It’s a tough play for other teams to solve because they are focusing so much on his speed and trying to collapse in front, he is able to find that seam and it is definitely a game changer that one play.  

On if Shawn Thornton coming back brought the team momentum…
It means a lot. He is a vocal guy, he is always talking in the dressing room and on the ice. He is great at bringing players up and it was tough seeing him get injured. Especially trying to make a play and trying to give some energy to the team. You felt a little bit of shifted energy and to see him come back and still battling hard – it shows his leadership, it shows his passion for the game, it shows dedication to this team.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what sparked their comeback and how good it felt…
Well, for sure we were not in a good place the beginning of the third, being down two goals, but at that point we really pushed back hard and we were really aggressive. We had to be, and we were able to score some goals off the chances that we created.

On whether he is concerned about being in a position to need a comeback to win two games in a row…
Well you always have to. It’s a playoff [game] and, you know, sometimes you’re not always going to be in your perfect spot or comfortable position. It’s a battle, and those games are very close, so you’re not always going to be finding yourself in a position or the scoreboard isn’t always going to be in your favor, so you’ve just got to find a way to get through it, and we did.

On the difference between this game’s third period and last game’s third period…
Well, you said it. I mean we were down two goals, so we couldn’t really wait and play on the defensive side. We just had to push for it, and we were more aggressive and we were playing with a lot more puck possession, and again, the chances we got we capitalized on.

On whether it is a matter of getting the first goal and building on it…
Once we made it a one-goal game again we just carried that momentum and we were able to tie the game fairly quickly after that, so might as well keep going once we had that. We were rolling and we were on the run, the push, so we just kept it going.

On what the attitude change was going into the third period…
I don’t know how to answer that. I mean, it’s just, we made some adjustments and we went into the third with those adjustments.

On the performance of the special teams and what struggles are presented from Montreal that they did not face from Detroit…
Well again, it’s something that we have to be better at, better at being in lanes, better at, I think overall everything needs to be better, and we have two days and we need to make sure that we will make those adjustments.

On Dougie Hamilton’s performance…
Yeah, I mean he was, again he was jumping up in the play. He was rewarded by scoring that big goal, so yeah, strong.

On the resiliency of his team…
We’ve been a pretty strong third period team in our regular season, and like I said, when you’re down two goals you really don’t have anywhere else to go. Just, you’ve got to push for it, and that’s what we did, and we were able to come back.

On the lift the team got when Shawn Thornton returned to the ice…
Yeah, I saw that he left the bench, but I knew he would be okay. He’s a tough guy. He battled through stuff like this, so it was nice to see him back.

On whether having successful comebacks in the past creates confidence that the team can do it again…
Well we know we are capable of doing that, but I don’t think that we want to be in that position every time we go into the third.

On being a plus-5 in today’s game…
Well I just want to play a strong game, and I’m just happy that we won. That’s all that matters right now, wins and losses, not personal statistics, so I’m glad that we were able to come back and win, and that’s about it.

On what he expects from Montreal going forward…
We’ll see about that.

MONTREAL CANDADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN POSTGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY
On today’s loss…
We have to look at the big picture. I thought we played really well for 50 minutes even in the third period. The first 10 minutes we were almost perfect. There was a bad coverage for the second goal and you need breaks to win hockey games, and this is what they got from [Patrice] Bergeron’s goal. You look at the replay and it’s a bad bounce in front of the net. We got some breaks last game and they got the breaks tonight. There is no way to panic and we are going home. We know that it’s going to be a long series, we are ready for that. It would have been nice honestly. It would have been nice to be in the position to pick up two games here. It would have been a great accomplishment. We have to look at the big picture, winning the first game here. We are going home and we know that if we play our game we will get chances.

On the team making improvements from Game 1…
Well, the power play was effective again tonight. This is a great thing for us. We did make some adjustments that I liked. The one thing we have got to make sure when the pressure is on, we still have to be aggressive and this is what our mindset was when we started the third period. We didn’t get enough chances before they scored their goal. I thought we were playing well. This is the first time we were losing the lead when we were up in the third period, usually we are pretty good at it. We just have to refocus and make sure that we are solid now.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN P.K. SUBBAN
On losing the two goal lead in the third period…
We had a two goal lead.  We have to manage the puck better and do smarter things out there, making sure we are being smart with the puck and putting ourselves in a good position.  Nine minutes left to go in the game, we have to shut it down.  Good teams know how to shut things down when the have the lead.  We are a good team, we have done it before but at the same token we came here wanting to get one win, obviously we would have liked to have two but we got one.  We have home ice advantage, we’re going back to Montreal and we’ll be ready to play.

On if the Canadiens were too passive in the third period…
Listen, we are going to look at the tape and review it, we have two days to go over everything.  We aren’t in panic mode by any means.  They are a good team, I’ve said it before, they are a resilient team.  I’ve seen them do that a couple times since I’ve been in the league and they got a lot of good players over there.  We got to prepare, refocus and focus for a full 60.  We are playing good hockey, we just have to focus for a full 60 and get back to it.

On the play of Thomas Vanek…
Listen, he played a great game but playoffs are not about individual players whether it’s him or other guys on the team.  He played well for us, he scored two big goals and that’s what we expect out of him.  By all means we need all guys going.  Not every night it can be the same guys, different nights it has to be different guys stepping up.  He stepped up big, got two big power play goals for us but it doesn’t mean anything when we blow a two goal lead so we have to play better for a full 60.

On the attempted hit by Thornton when he got injured…
I don’t know what happened.  I just tried to shoot the puck around the zone and I sort of lost my footing there.  Obviously you don’t want to see anybody go off hurt but he came back, I don’t know if he stayed in the game, happy to see that.

On the racist tweets after Thursday’s game…
You know what, this is the first time and probably the last time I’ll comment on it.  First things first, the Boston Bruins are an original six franchise, they have been around for a very long time, they are respected.  It’s completely unfair for anybody to point the finger at the organization or the fan base.  They have passionate fans here, great fan base and since I’ve been in the league it’s been awesome. I’ve come to Boston many times, my family has come here, and it’s been great.  What people may say on Twitter or social media is not a reflection by any means of the league or the Boston Bruins.  So whoever that is, they’ll get dealt with, but it’s completely separate from this league or the Boston Bruins organization.  I know some of those players personally on that team, like I said, the fan base has been awesome, they are a great bunch of fans.  It’s unfortunate when things take away from the great hockey that was played two days ago.  It was a fantastic game, great for the league, great for hockey and that’s what we are going to talk about.  So I’m happy now that we can just move on.  You know what the funny thing is, is that we get stronger as a league, you see how people come together and it’s great.  And it’s not just about me, the NHL has tons of players from different backgrounds, from different places around the world and that’s what makes this league so special and that’s what makes sports so special, it brings everybody together.  Another great hockey game today, I’m sure everybody enjoyed it and I look forward to the rest of the series and everybody else should too.

On if it felt like everything was back to normal when the fans gave him his first very loud boo…
To be honest with you, I don’t hear much when I’m out there other than my teammates, that’s all I hear.

On if there is any problem with his wrist after the collision with Marchand…
I’m fine.  I played the rest of the game so I’m good to go.  To be honest with you, I don’t know.  I think my glove is fine; I used the same gloves so I don’t think it cut my glove.

On if the Canadiens took their foot off the gas in the third period…
No they are a good team.  They are a good team, they executed, we just have to respond better.  I thought that we put ourselves in a position where we thought we could take the win but it’s very tough to go into a building, an opponent’s building and steal two games in the playoffs.  It’s not an easy thing to do and unless you play a full 60, you’re not going to be able to do it.  We didn’t play a full 60 today.  Are there a lot of positives that we can take? Yeah.  I thought we played better than the last game but we played 50 minutes, we didn’t play 60.  So that’s the difference.  They are a good team, they won a cup before, they know what it takes to win and I’m not surprised at the way they played and the way they put the last 10 minutes together, they are a good team.  So we got to prepare and now we know what they are capable of doing, we got to prepare and get better.

On if the Canadiens were shocked when the Bruins took the lead…
I don’t think so, it’s the playoffs.  Anything can happen in the playoffs.

On how much wind came out of the sails when Dougie Hamilton scored…
There’s no wind out of our sails, we just have to respond better.  We’ve been in that situation before, whether it’s in the NHL or in hockey, its happened, its happened to everybody, it’s just how you respond.  I though we stayed positive but things just didn’t go our way.  We got to stick to the plan and stay focused.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD THOMAS VANEK 
On what happened during the third period…
It’s a good team, we know that. They don’t quit and they showed that and battled back. For the most part we played a good, disciplined game. We had a two-goal lead, Doug [Dougie Hamilton] gets the goal and like I said it’s a good team they just keep rolling their lines and they found a way.

On not giving much during the first half of the period and what changed…
Right yeah, it’s a game of confidence and I think they got a good goal to [Dougie] Hamilton there and the team got some confidence and they just kept on going.

On doing a lot in the first two periods that wasn’t done during game one when they won and how it happened…
I think that, you know, again game one we didn’t deserve, there’s no pride we deserve. But you’ve got to play the full 60 minutes. They never quit, even when it was 3-1 they kept coming and coming. Got to go closer and you know what happens after that.

On playing well during power plays, but needing to improve in five-on-five situations…
Yeah, again I thought we for the most part were good. I mean obviously we got a game out of here, which is the good, which is the positive. I’m sure we’ll go through this one and be ready for the next one.

On what the difference was for him tonight…
I don’t know. That’s like I said I think it’s a game of confidence and just a couple of good shots by [P.K.] Subban and I got stick on them.

On if there were any signs of relief when he saw the puck go in…
It feels good to contribute obviously, I though especially at that time of the game with the penalties they were taking. I thought it was good to get the lead and then obviously after we made it 3-1 I thought we played well after that. Like I said before that one goal kind of changed the momentum.

On whether the result was caused by a breakdown on their part or the tenacity of the Bruins…
I don’t know. Again, I think it’s both. I think over time there’s a goal there is usually a breakdown somewhere, but again it’s a good team. They know how to win and they didn’t quit, they just kept believing in themselves and kept going. I guess we’ll put this one behind us and get ready for the next one.

On the play of goaltender Carey Price…
He’s one of the best. I mean we sure we’d win again tonight. Us and he are believing in him. So that’s about it.

On having a great day despite the result…
Again I thought it was a good shots by Subby [P.K. Subban] and I just got a couple of good sticks it. Again we got the lead when we want it and we just gave it away.
On going back to Montreal with the series tied…
Well, it’s not where we want it. I mean we got away with one in game one, but then you might as well play better and take game two, which we tried and I think for 50 minutes we were successful, but then we lost it.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On the Bruins’ third-period surge…
Well they poured it on at the end of the game. They got pretty lucky I thought. They were playing desperate at the end of the game, and they found a way to put it in the net. We’ve just got to regroup, realize the situation were in, we’re in a good spot, and move forward.

On if the third period of today’s game does anything to his confidence…
No, not at all. It’s time to regroup. Like I said, winners regroup and realize the situation they’re in. I thought we did an excellent job so far. We came and did what we wanted to do, split these two games. Now we’re going to move forward and take it to them on home ice.

On Boston crashing the net a lot in the third…
Yeah, that’s playoff hockey. That’s what it’s all about. Right now, they’re throwing pucks at the net, and they’re finding a way through. So, we’re going to have to do the same on their end.

On if Montreal had their best period of the series in the third before the Bruins came back…
Like I said, I thought we’ve played well so far. You’ve got to give that team a lot of credit. They didn’t quit, and in that third period they found a way to come back.

On if the Canadiens expected a long series…
Yeah absolutely. We weren’t expecting to come in here and sweep two games. So I think keeping in mind what we came here to do, and like I said, it’s all about moving forward at this point.

On Montreal needing to be as resilient as they were in the regular season…
Yeah absolutely, that’s what we have to do. You have to be mentally strong and move forward. That’s what winning teams do, and you’ve got to have a winning attitude. You can’t hit panic right now.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On how the game got away from Montreal…
It’s just a couple breakdowns. On their second goal there, it’s just over-backcheck, they find the late guy. The other one’s just a scramble where their D are moving down low, and found a guy cross-seam, he got his stick on it. Unfortunate bounces but we’ve got to continue to play.

On the Bruins erasing two-goal third period deficits in Games 1 and 2…
We’ve got to find ways, when we have the lead, to finish it off. Come playoff time, that’s a huge key to wins. We’ve got to continue to play and find ways to play sixty minutes.

On what positives the Canadiens take from the first two games…
It’s an even series still. That’s what you can take from it. But we’ll reset, find our way, find our game back at home.

On Carey Price’s play in net…
The saves he makes, the way he keeps us in a game, that’s why we had a two-goal lead. He made some big saves and we capitalized on the power play. Without Carey, that’s not a close game.

On what the Bruins do so well in third periods…
I’m not sure. We’ve got to find a way to solve it. Two games in a row, we’ve let it get away from us. We’ve got to be better at locking it down.

On if the Bruins’ third-period surge snowballed quickly…
Yeah, I mean we have a two-goal lead, they score one, they get energized, and then they find another one with about four or five minutes left to tie it. They continued to hold the momentum.

On if winning Game 1 is still a positive after what happened today…
For sure. I didn’t think we played our best game, so with that said, the series is tied up. We get to bring it back home and hopefully play better hockey.

On if the Boston’s comeback was a result of their push or Montreal mistakes…
We sat back a bit. We let them bring it to us, and you’ve got to counter their push. You know they’re going to be going hard, their backs are against the wall there. Down 3-1, they had nothing to lose, so we’ve got to find ways to manage the puck a little better.

On if the Habs are in shock or trying to forget what happened and move forward…
You need to forget it. It’s the playoffs, and this series is still tied 1-1, and we’re going back home. We’ve got to find some positives, and the good thing is, we haven’t played great hockey through two games, and we’re still tied.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:20 AM
On the mood of his team heading into Game 2…
It’s fine. Our guys, like you said, have been through that many times. I think the focus is on today and certainly don’t feel ashamed of our last game, so there’s nothing to be upset about more than we just got to, like I said, capitalize on those chances that we get.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE COMMISIONER GARY BETTMAN PRESS CONFERENCE AT 12:00 PM ET
On a new arena breaking ground in Las Vegas…
I think it’s very nice for the people of Las Vegas and people who go there to visit that there will be an arena. Beyond that, we haven’t made any plans. We, as I’ve repeatedly said, have received expressions of interest from people who might want to own a franchise in Las Vegas, as we have from a number of other cities. But, we’re not involved in any expansion process.

On if the NHL has concerns about gambling if they expand to Las Vegas…
If we decide at some point to engage in a formal expansion process, that’s an issue that we’ll have to focus on. I don’t know that there’s any league that’s formally accepted or rejected Las Vegas. Nobody has had the opportunity or the need to focus on it in the particularity that you’ve asked the question. Obviously, if it’s something that we decide to consider in the future, that will be a factor that we’ll have to look at.

On if the Canadian dollar slipping recently affects salary cap projections for next year…
Actually, I’ve been getting this question a lot over the last couple of weeks, and I’ll give you the same answer I’ve been giving. Our system corrects for fluctuations in the Canadian dollar, because all of our computations are done in U.S. dollars. So if the Canadian comes down, as it has a little bit, then HRR, Hockey-Related Revenue, will be down, and the cap will be down. I’m not talking sizeable amounts of money, maybe a million or two.

On where the league projects the salary cap next season…
Well we’ve said, and these are rough, rough projections because we don’t have enough data yet, the guesstimate was around $71 million. With the Canadian dollar down, maybe it could be 69 or 70, in that range. But those are just rough estimates, nothing more than that at this point.

On the inappropriate tweets regarding P.K. Subban…
I fully endorse and support the comment that Cam Neely and the Bruins issued. We are about diversity and inclusiveness. We condemn bias and hatred. It has no place in our game and it’s not acceptable.

On the new playoff format…
I think it’s been spectacular. It emphasizes rivalries. We don’t have a team in the second round that has to travel 400 miles, which is nice in terms of the wear and tear of our athletes. But remember, the playoff format was part of a broader realignment. We moved teams easterly, whether it was Dallas from the Pacific, or Minnesota from the Northwest, or Columbus and Detroit East, or Colorado to the Central. That was part of it, and another central ingredient of it was to make sure every team played in every building at least once in the course of a season. When you put the whole package together, I think it’s been an extraordinarily successful season, and the playoffs are off to a great start. We’ve had, I think, 16 overtime games. I think we’ve had 17 games where a lead of two goals or more has been eradicated. That’s what it’s all about, it takes place on the ice, and we’re very pleased with what we’ve seen so far.

On if Bill Daly’s input on Player Safety is the same under Stephane Quintal as it was under Brendan Shanahan…
Yes. It’s really more to make sure that Stephane is comfortable with the process. Before, when Brendan was running the Department of Player Safety, Brendan was responsible for the process. He would solicit opinions from the members of his department, including Stephane, in terms of their view. But having to actually do an investigation, put the materials together, conduct a hearing, those are things [Stephane Quintal] wasn’t responsible for, so Bill was there to make sure that Stephane was comfortable touching all the bases procedurally. In the final analysis, all of the decisions that Stephane has been responsible for are actually the decisions that Stephane has made.

On if Stephane Quintal has the final word on Player Safety decisions…
He has the last word.

On if the league has considered expanding to Seattle...
Well, there’s good major junior tradition there, there’s a lot of interest. There’s potential of a good west coast rivalry with Vancouver. But the threshold issue, before we can really seriously consider Seattle, would be whether or not there’s a building coming out of the ground. Key Arena is inadequate, and Chris Hanson, who’s the one controls the rights to build a building, is focused on an NBA team. So, until the building issue is one that we can understand better and be told that there’s a realistic possibility of the building coming out of the ground anytime soon, that’s not something that we can seriously consider.

On his thoughts and plans for future Winter Classic and Stadium Series games...
There hasn’t been too much talk about too much. In fact, our teams and our fans are telling us they can’t get enough of them. We play to something like 350,000 people; in the six games all the stadiums were full. It’s been great. If you’re a team that’s participated in one or hosted one, you’re also telling me that you don’t want to wait ten or fifteen years to get another. So, when you look at the games and how well they were received and attended, and the attention and the popularity, I don’t think we’ve done too many. I don’t think we’ll do six. Last year was a little unique with the Olympics and going out to the Olympics, coming back from the Olympics, and the fact that we had to deal with the three teams in the New York, New Jersey area, so we were six games in five venues. We won’t do that many. Beyond that, I’m not prepared to make any announcements yet – other than, as everybody knows, the Winter Classic next January first will be in Washington. We haven’t decided on a venue, we haven’t announced an opponent; we haven’t announced future Winter Classics, or what the future Stadium Series games will be. There will be some, but we’re just going to have to keep speculating at least for the time being.

On if penalties that cause series injuries such as kneeing and boarding are increasing...
I don’t think your premise is accurate. We keep statistics on everything. We have a Department of Player Safety that’s monitoring every game. And the fact is, injuries are not increasing and certain injuries are actually declining.

On if statistics regarding injury-causing penalties are available...
I don’t know what is it exactly in that regard [that] we make public, statistically. We talk about trends, but I’m not sure that we publish our injury data on a regular basis.

On his thoughts regarding how the NBA Commissioner handled the recent situation with the Los Angeles Clippers...
I don’t know more about it that you do. I watched it from afar. But, comments like those that were made are obviously inappropriate and unacceptable. Based on all of the information available to him, Commissioner Silver obviously did what he believed was appropriate and right.

On the league’s protocol regarding concussions...
Well, we don’t believe that our team doctors have an agenda other than the safety and well being of the players. The fact of the matter is, the protocol begins where there’s a head incident and it looks like the variables and factors are there that would necessitate the player going to the quiet room and getting baseline testing to see it. I’m not a doctor and you’re not a doctor, but the fact of the matter is – we don’t want our players who have concussions playing until they’re cleared to come back and our clubs and our physicians and our trainers are all committed to that. So, we don’t know the specifics, whether or not an injury is declared as upper body or not has nothing to do with the fact that if it’s a concussion, it’s a concussion and it’ll be treated as such, in accordance with the physicians and our protocol [that] says it’s appropriate.

On his thoughts regarding David Backes’ [St. Louis Blues] concussion...
Well when any player, as I said, has a head incident and the attendant characteristics that would cause you to believe maybe he was concussed, then he’s supposed to leave the game and be evaluated. So, it’s supposed to be done. Our clubs have been instructed that we expect them to adhere to that – no matter how competitive the games are – that they will, in fact if we think there’s a violation in protocol, being consequences in terms of penalties. We will look at things - if we don’t think that the concussion protocol is being adequately complied with, we’ll consider things including have independent spotters that we appoint. So, the answer is – we continue in this ever evolving area to look at the things that make sense and will continue to keep the games as safe as possible and to treat the players appropriately under the circumstances.

On if the NHL will integrate independent spotters to determine whether or not players return to games, as the NFL has done...
The answer to that is, as I said before, we know and the clubs know that the concussion protocol needs to be adhered to. If we have reason to believe that it’s not being adhered to and other sanctions aren’t appropriate, then we’ll do what’s necessary to have the enforcement of the protocol. I don’t know if we’re at that point yet, but it’s something that we’ll evaluate in the off-season.

On if the league is more likely to expand to Seattle, rather than Quebec City...
We’re not considering expansion right now. We have not engaged in [an] expansion process. You asked me the question about Las Vegas, and my answer, even though they are building a building, is no different than Quebec City. If we reach a point in time where we decide we want to go through a formal expansion process – then we’ll evaluate all potential applicants and opportunities. I answer the questions that I’m asked. I get asked about Seattle far more, other than days like today, than I get asked about Quebec City. But, we’re not ready to expand. I get asked the question, actually a lot more, in the following way – if you have sixteen teams in the East and only fourteen teams in the West, what are you going to do to fill sixteen and sixteen? Which, by definition, creates a problem, at least in the question for Quebec City. And I say, and I’ll say it again, we don’t expand just for purposes of symmetry. Anybody else? Enjoy the series. It’s off to a heck of a start.
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