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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, October 10, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the status of Brad Marchand...
Nothing because it happened late in the game, so I haven’t even had an opportunity to talk to anybody about him.

On if the talent gap between the Bruins and Canadiens has grown over recent years...
Well I don’t think you want to compare tonight here with what’s going on. We’re definitely young, we know why, so there’s no doubt that played a part in our game tonight. But again, we’ve got to get better in certain areas, we’ve got to keep working on and those young guys are going to get better if they keep playing and getting some experience. So we’re going through some growing pains and the thing I liked is no matter what we stayed with it, we killed a lot of penalties in the third period, we got another goal to try and get ourselves back into it. I thought the guys kind of at least had the right attitude whether we did it right or wrong hockey wise, we had the right attitude to try and at least keep ourselves in this game.

On challenging the no-goal call in the second period...
Yeah, you know I’m disappointed, but I think what people are going to realize in those kind of things is that on a lot of occasions we’re going to agree to disagree and that was the case tonight. I really felt Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], first of all when you look back at it, both his feet are outside the crease area, he got the inside position and then I felt that he was being pushed into their goaltender and even made that effort to get out. I saw Carey Price sort of back off here looking for the puck with Bergy not even touching him at that point when the puck went in. But that’s why I say we’re going to agree to disagree at times and I don’t know what their reasoning is, they didn’t take the time to explain – I don’t think they need to – but I really thought we had ourselves a goal there.

On if that calls helps set a threshold for future interference calls... 
No, I don’t think so. I think you might get different reactions from different referees and it’s how they look at it and that’s the element of the game here I think it’s a human thing. They kind of look at it and see it a certain way, and that’s why I say you can agree to disagree. I really felt, and I looked at it in between periods, and I said how can that not be a goal when the guy has both feet outside the blue paint and is doing everything he can to stay out of his way and is really trying to fight off the guy trying to push him in. So, I thought that warranted obviously a goal, but for some reason they saw it some other way.

On Colin Miller’s debut tonight...
Colin Miller? I thought he was good tonight. He did a good job for his first game and you can see where he can move the puck well, he’s got a good shot, he’ll get better, he competes hard, so there’s no – in my mind I’m not disappointed in his start.

On if the pushing element in the no-goal call is reviewable...
I’m not quite sure. The play is reviewable and that play was asked whether it was interference or not interference, and I said it he was pushed in and then if he was pushed in and he couldn’t avoid it, then that’s a challenge that you’re entitled to and they didn’t seem to think that was the case.

On if tonight’s no-goal call makes him more hesitant to challenge...
Well, you can’t. I don’t think you can – that’s a thing you’ve got to be careful of – you can’t. We’ve been told, if you’re going to call it you’ve got to understand that it may not always go your way. In our minds, the people that looked at it in the first place, all felt it should have been a goal and I went back to my office in between periods and I felt it should have been a goal. But if you’re afraid to call those then you may miss an opportunity to either get a goal called for you or the other way around, a goal rescinded from what you think was interference. So, you’ve got to be – I mean, part of it is you’ve got to be gutsy, you’ve got to try and be smart and you hope that the guys see it the same way.

On the penalty killing parings in tonight’s game...
No, I think for the most part I was pretty steady with my pairings. [Chris] Kelly and [Loui] Eriksson have been killing together since last year; [Patrice] Bergeron and [Brad] Marchand, but we had [Max] Talbot there and Krech [David Krejci] who can kill as well, and there’s other guys in a pinch that I can use also.

On the penalties in the third period...
Yeah, I didn’t really like Brad’s [Marchand] penalty that put us down five-on-three. I don’t think that was a necessary penalty there, especially when you’re trying to kill it and you’re killing a five-minute penalty and you think you can gain some momentum there. But, you know, again I haven’t had a chance to review all the penalties and I even felt that the first one where they scored on, I don’t even think [Matt] Beleskey made contact with the player’s head yet he got that called. So, again, you move on here. It’s not about – we’ve got to do a lot better than what we’ve done to win hockey games and not worry so much about the penalties and what should have been called or not called. I think we need to be a little bit more disciplined, but at the same time there’s always some calls that are questionable in any game.

On if he almost challenged the second goal on an offside...
Yeah, we looked at it, first of all because I guess it was pretty close and then I was told no, not to challenge it. So, I was obviously buying some time, which I’m entitled to do there a little bit until it was reviewed.

On second-period breakdowns in both games of the regular season...
No, I mean, it’s two second periods in a row. I think it’s more about our game itself, the mistakes that are being made. I know where those mistakes are being made, and I’ve got to try and work with those situations and try to make them better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if you’re pushed into the goalie by the defenseman it should not be a goal…
Well that was my understanding of the rule but, you know, they thought otherwise and we can’t really control that I guess. So it’s one of those plays where it would have been nice to get that but at the same time there’s other areas of our game tonight that we have to get better at.

On what he thought of the actual ruling…
I was surprised that he called… well it happened fast so I guess I understood that maybe he thought I pushed into the goalie but then on the replay I thought it was clear that I was pushed into him and you know my understanding, like I said, was that if I get pushed into the goalie I’m working hard to get out of there it’s fine. But at the same time it’s kind of a grey area where if I do touch the goalie sometimes they can call that so, waive it off I guess, so you have to make a decision and ultimately they, you know, they kept their call on the ice so we have to respect that.

On what he thought of what happened to Brad Marchand…
I honestly didn’t see the play, I was changing on that you know, we’ll see what the word is. I mean you never want to see him hurt or what not so you know hopefully he’ll be all right.

On what he felt were the difference-makers out there tonight…
Again, you know, we’re giving them too much room and you know teams like that are going to make you pay even if it’s not always, you know…any chance they’re going to get they’re going to find a way to create something out of it. So we have to find a way to really bear down in our zone more and, you know, we made a lot of positive today and had a lot of chances. Again, we have to bear down and be better but we have to learn from that. We’ve lost two games before, but obviously we can’t accept it and we have to be better.

On if his goal would have changed the momentum of the game…
Yeah, it is. I thought, you know, it’s two-one if it counts and yeah so it would have been a good momentum, I guess in term for us in our favor but like I said, you know, it didn’t happen so we can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves because no one does so we just have to go back out there and work harder.

On missing an opportunity with that possible goal…
Yeah, that definitely hurt us, you know. That goal gets disallowed and then the next shift you get scored on. It definitely hurts, but again it’s from our doing. So we have to realize that and don’t, you know, put the goal on the refs.

On the penalty killing…
Yeah, you know that was a breakdown, you know. We know what to do on that type of play and after that it just seems like we settled back to doing the right things.

On if there’s any common thread between the last game and this one…
Yeah I mean, you know, the defensive side of it, I think you know maybe forwards are getting out of the zone too quickly. I think sometimes we’re not making the smart play and we definitely gave them too many, you know, grade-A chances. So we have to start from being sharp and better defensively and move onto the offensive side of the game. But we are doing some great things on the rush and creating some play with our speed. So I guess it’s fine line where you want to be better but you try to realize some positive out of it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COLIN MILLER
On almost getting an assist…
Yeah, almost, I guess. That might have been Joe [Morrow].

On if the assist was when the pole was disallowed…
Oh yeah, maybe there. That was a tough call, but I don’t know, we got to take the positives here and move on.
 
On how long it took to get comfortable on the ice to make it just like another hockey game…
Uh, first couple shifts there were a little bit hectic, but I felt like I slowed down after that and kind of got better as the game went on.

On if he intentionally was focused on being quick on the puck tonight…
Yeah, definitely, I mean you try and keep it simple and move it up to the forwards and let them do their thing with it.

On if he thought he saved a goal on the crosscheck...
I don’t know, I think I could have definitely lifted a stick there and not crossed checked him in the back there, but yeah, I was kind of in a little bit of a panic there. I was just trying to do everything I could there to keep it out of the net.

On how much of a step up this game was than the preseason games…
I don’t know, a little bit, but all our preseason’s games were pretty intense. I mean, there in Washington I definitely felt the nerves a little bit there. So, not too much of a change, and I think that it kind of made me a lot more comfortable having played five preseason games.

On how it felt to play the Canadiens in his debut with the Bruins…
Yeah, it was pretty cool, I mean the rivalry here is insane and it’s pretty cool to be a part of it now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY
On his first goal as a Bruin…
That was good fortunate play by our line.  [David] Krejci made a nice pass and I got a lucky bounce off the skate. It’s nice to get that one over with.

On his penalty early in the game…
Yeah I don’t know, he said I thought I hit him in the head. I’m pretty sure I didn’t - but make mistakes too.

On emotions of his first Bruins v. Canadiens game…
It was good. Crowd is into it, everyone’s into it. Obviously we want a different outcome. You know, it’s not how we want to start but I think we did some good things. I just think we just have to, we’ve just got to stay focused for 60 minutes.

On breakdowns occurring in the second period…
I don’t know. I think the second period is notoriously bad for the entire league. I don’t know if it’s the changes or if it seems to be a harder period for a home team but I think we’ve got to clean that up.

On needing to stretch out during the Canadiens second goal…
I can’t really remember it to be honest. I’d have to watch it again. But yeah there are things to work out. We’ve got a young D core, we’ve got a pretty new group but we can’t waste any time. We’ve got to get to it.

On his feelings about the penalties…
Yeah definitely not. I don’t know if they’re good penalties. Good penalties are tough to tell but either way we can’t take that many in a game if we want to win the game. Especially against their power play. It’s a tough bounce but you’ve got to move on.

On chemistry with David Krejci and David Pastrnak…
It feels pretty good. We’re starting to find each other. We’ve got to tighten up defensively. I think the chemistry is pretty good.

On referees calls being inconsistent with what they call for the goaltenders…
I think every referee is different every night. I don’t know. I’m not sure what the ruling is on that one. I would’ve thought that that was a goal. Didn’t seem like he really made too much contact and he was pushed but I don’t know what the actual ruling is so it’s kind of hard for me to say.

On the no-goal that was challenged…
I think he [Patrice Bergeron] did everything to avoid the goalie there and I barely think he really touched him but I guess maybe he was in his space or what they changed the rule to now. I guess I have to update myself on the rules for that one.

On what the refs are saying about it…
The refs are always telling us to stay over the crease and in that instance I thought he did a pretty good job. When the D is pushing you back into the goalie, it’s hard to stay out of there but that’s all part of it. It’s kind of an art form to be able to stand in front of the net and walk that line of getting in there and allowing goals.

On referees calls being inconsistent with interference calls…
Yeah I think that any sport refs are different. An umpire has a different strike zone every time so it’s all part of the game.

On what to fix for Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightening…
Yeah I think we’ve yet to put together a 60 minute performance together. You know, you can’t let up for five or 10 minutes in a game. You know, they get two goals. They get a goal back on you and it’s tough to climb back out of those holes. We’ve just got to focus on playing a full 60 minutes.

On losing to Tampa Bay Lightening to start the season 0-3…
We’ve just got to work on winning the next game. We can’t look ahead and look at your record and be worried about losing. You’ve got to be ready to win. And that’s what’s got to be our mindset going in.

On what is causing their mistakes…
I would have to watch some video and kind of look it over. I think it’s a little hesitation maybe and we’ve just got to play confident. Play their game. We’ve got a lot of skilled guys. Stick to your game. Do what you do and get well and I’m sure we’ll be fine.

On the difference between losing to the Canadiens and losing to the Jets …
I don’t know. It’s hard to say. It’s two losses but that’s how it counts and we’ve just got to correct it. Right the ship here and move on. You know you can’t dwell on it. You’ve got to move on and we play Monday, luckily, and it will be time to turn things around.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On whether the Bruins struggled to play their game tonight…
Yeah I think right from the get-go we were not on our game. The Canadiens came out strong. It’s definitely not the start we wanted, for sure.

On what it is about the Canadiens’ game that gets the Bruins off track…
They played well, they played simple, they put the puck in deep. You know, it was nothing complicated. Put some pucks on net. I think they were first on pucks tonight. So we’re going to have to work on that.

On whether it was tough losing momentum when the Bruins goal was waved off…
Yeah. Obviously that’s frustrating. But I guess it’s part of the game, right? We hit two posts in the first, and that goal that got disallowed. So it’s frustrating, but at the same time, I think as a whole we need to be better.

On whether he clearly saw Zac Rinaldo get slew-footed or whether he just saw his teammate go down and stepped in…
Yeah I just jumped in. I saw it a little bit, and then I saw he went after him, so I just jumped in.

On whether it’s important not to worry too much about a tough start to the season…
Yeah it’s one game at a time. We play in, I don’t know, 36 hours, not even. So we have a chance to bounce back and forget about this game. It’s obviously four points that we would like to have, but we don’t have them right now. We’ve got to work for Tampa right now, think about the next game, and come out stronger.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the penalty kills…
After that first one, yeah we figured it out, especially in the third – you try to come back and get those penalties. It makes you even more tired as a team, you know, but we battled and just couldn’t get enough.

On if the first penalty kill of the night doesn’t happen often…
Well, shouldn’t happen. I mean, a cross pass and another cross pass obviously shouldn’t happen, it happened, and a couple rebounds too. But, we figured it out after that; too bad it happened though. We’re trying to be a tight group there, especially in a penalty kill, and we made a mistake but good thing is we came back and had a strong penalty kill after that.
 
On being afraid of experiencing what he felt last season again, not being able to make any mistakes…
I don’t think about that, I just try to do my job as good as I can and give us a chance to win, that’s it.

On what the issue was during the second period…
Tough to put a finger on what it was, you know, especially right after that game. But, we definitely gave them too much room, they had many odd man rushes that just kept coming and coming in waves and we couldn’t figure it out, and they spent a lot of time in our zone. But, we’ll be smarter tomorrow when we watch the video and see what went wrong.

On if it’s something in particular the Canadiens do that is the reason the Bruins have struggled against them in the past few years...
I don’t think so; I mean we’ve had some scrappy games against them, for sure in the past. But, today especially, I think we just played poorly. For the most part we showed some good hockey, but it wasn’t anything special that they did, I don’t think, that gave us too many troubles we just didn’t play consistent.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the Bruins struggling to control the pace of the game…
Yeah we saw, again, there were times within the game that I thought we played the way we wanted to, but then we resorted right back to our old ways with those self-inflicted wounds, and it’s not Bruins hockey when we’re doing that. So you know we’ve got to figure that out. We’re going to learn from that, especially tonight.

On whether it’s important not to let the losses snowball this early in the season…
Well it’s important because we look at the mistakes that we’re making and they’re all things that we can correct. So if we think that we’re not good enough to win hockey games, then we’re in trouble. But I know this group in here isn’t going to get discouraged, you know that’s the leaders we have in here and the type of players that we have and the type of people that you bring into this locker room. So by no means are we discouraged. We’ve just got to go learn and work through this thing.

On whether they lost some momentum in the third period because of all the penalties…
Yeah it’s tough. You know, if you’re on the penalty kill when you’re trying to score a couple goals, you’re not doing your team any favors. So I thought maybe that one goal that got disallowed and then you go on the penalty kill a few times, you know things just weren’t going in our favor. I thought we responded well from their third goal – we got one before the period ended and we came out with the right mentality, but then we got on the penalty kill and we’re not going to score goals like that.

On what it is about Montreal that makes them so hard for the Bruins to beat…
Well I think we don’t play our hockey when we get to them. I think you can’t hype it up. It’s just another team. It’s worth the same amount of points as every other game that you play. But for whatever reason we’ve got to work through it. They have a good goaltender that we’re not taking his eyes away, he sees a lot of pucks. They get up for the game, so we’ve got to match that and make sure that we’re going our job.

On whether it’s because of something Montreal does well or something it’s self-inflicted by the Bruins…
It’s self –inflicted I think, especially you look at tonight and these are all mistakes that we can easily correct. We go to the drawing board and figure it out. Next time we’ll be ready.

On why they didn’t work these things out during training camp…
Well we had a good training camp I thought, you know in terms of bringing the team together and making sure we’re all on the same page and we have the same mission and goals. So I think that wasn’t it. I think just within a game there are mistakes that are just big time and they’re ending up in the back of our net. So you know I think guys are preparing well, we just have to make sure we limit those huge mistakes that are ending up in the back of our net.

On how much trust and chemistry might contribute to those mistakes…
Well you know, hockey is a game of mistakes. So if guys make a mistake, by no means are we going to turn our backs on him. We all have each other’s backs. So trust is a big part of it, but it is what it is, and we’ve just got to work through those.

On what he thought of Colin Miller’s NHL debut…
I thought he looked pretty good. He seemed confident, he was making those plays, quick passes. And you can tell he’s going to be a good player in this league.

On the penalty kill doing a good job to keep them in the game and whether the familiar pairings help on the special teams…
That wins you hockey games – special teams. You’ve got to make sure you kill those penalties and it definitely held us in the game, for sure. We had a 5-on-3 and a 5 minute penalty kill, so we worked through those and it’s still a two-goal hockey game with some time left on the clock. So it helped us. But I’m sure the guys expect a little bit more and maybe we keep that first one off the board and it’s a different game.

On how the players have been standing up for each other, specifically Maxime Talbot standing up for Zac Ronaldo…
We have a good group in here, it’s just a great group of guys and we have each other’s backs. So if something happens out there, it happens to all of us. So it’s definitely a group that we trust each other and take care of each other. Great job by Maxy [Max Talbot] there.

On what it’s like on the bench after making some mistakes…
It’s tough because we’re trying to work through something right now, especially as a group we’re being tested early and a new group we’re being tested early. So I think on the bench we can always be better and more positive and make sure that we manage the game a little bit better as players. Yeah I mean, there’s always room for improvement, but by no means are we down on ourselves and you know yelling on the bench or anything like that. So I think we can always improve.

On how that differs from years past…
Well it’s different because maybe we’re so used to things going our way, and even if we aren’t playing well, we’re still getting the bounces and things like that. So we’ve just got to make sure we continue to work through it, and different personalities are going to step up on the bench in different times, and we have a lot of new players that are going to have the ability to change the momentum of the game. If we manage that game a little bit better, and when they have a big shift we make sure we return with a big shift. So it’s things like that we’ll continue to work through. We’re going to grow as a group. By no means should anybody be perfect two games into the season.

On how the kinds of goals Montreal scored were somewhat unusual…
Those goals are definitely unusual for this group. For so long defense has been our foundation, and we still look for that to be our foundation. So we’ve got to tighten up for sure, whether it’s turnovers, we’re not looking good on the backcheck making sure we’re looking over our shoulders and finding that extra guy. It’s definitely not like us, but you know, we’re going to work through that. It’s two games into the season, we’re not going to hang our heads, but we’re going to learn from these losses and you know we’re not accepting them by any means. We’ll go to work tomorrow and get ready for Monday.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD LARS ELLER
On chemistry with his linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Alex Semin…
I think we had that early, even in training camp, and today we played a little better than we did in Toronto. I think the whole team took the play up a notch, and we were pretty effective when we had our chances, and we could’ve even had a few more. So it was a good step in the right direction for the whole team I think.

On his line staying together since camp and playing well now…
I was pretty confident that it was going to come at some point. We were scoring a lot before. We might not score every game, but we did a lot of good things today and we got rewarded. That was nice.

On if he sees Alex Galchenyuk as an effective centerman…
Yeah I think he could be. I think he was today. There’s no reason why he couldn’t do that.

On the playmaking by his linemates on both of his goals…
That was obviously very skilled. They hold on to the puck for that second longer, to be able to make the play and draw the guys to them. That’s one of their strongest assets and we saw that today on some of the goals. I mean even the first goal, Chuckie [Alex Galchenyuk], he makes a pass and he drives to the net, and draws some guys on him, and opens up for somebody else. So that’s what we need to keep doing. It doesn’t matter who it is. As long as we work together like that, we’re going to be good.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD TOMAS PLEKANEC
On where his 500th point puck is…
Yeah, I asked Gally [Brendan Gallagher] to bring it to me. But yeah, it’s nice, obviously it’s something I’m proud of, I’m happy about. But I’m not player about the points. It’s not what I play for. But it’s definitely something nice, to accomplish that and especially with one team, Montreal.

On tonight’s game being more emotional than games against the Bruins last year…
Yeah it was a little bit like you said. They put a line out, a couple of guys are running around a little bit, and looking for that kind of game. We tried to stay disciplined as much as possible, and I thought we did a pretty good job for the most part of the game.

On what he plans to do with the puck…
I have no idea, put it somewhere. I guess the guys are putting it in a plaque or something

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On tonight’s win…
I thought we played really well five-on-five. I thought that we pushed the pace, and we were on the puck, and we [made] a lot better decisions with the puck tonight. It was a good win for us.

On the Lars Eller – Alex Galchenyuk – Alex Semin line…
Yeah, they had a really good game. They were the difference tonight, and Lars scored two goals but he got fed really well by Semin and Galchenyuk. So I like the way that line played tonight.

On if he was surprised to see Alex Semin set up Lars Eller’s first goal rather than take the shot…
Well he’s a guy who likes to make plays, you know? That was a really skilled play that he did.

On Tomas Plekanec getting to 500 career points and what he means to the Habs…
He means a lot. He’s been a great warrior for us over the years, and he’s a real pro, and that’s a good accomplishment for a guy to get a goal to get 500 points.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD ALEXANDER SEMIN
Good feeling to get first point in Montreal uniform…
Yeah, very good feeling.

On if this is similar to training camp with his line dominating for much of the game…
I think now it’s a little bit different game. You know, training camp, some guys play and some guys don’t play. Now we’re the team who is playing for the whole season. We try to play for each other, try to score a goal in the game.

On why he plays so well with Lars Eller and Alexander Galchenyuk…
I think nothing, we just go and play.

Keeping it simple?
Yes.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD ALEX GALCHENYUK
On his line’s chemistry…
I think we had a good shift. I think maybe in the beginning of the second or the end of first, we talked on the bench. [Alexander] Semin, Larry [Lars Eller] and I said, “Let’s build up from it and let’s play this way, make it tough for the opposing team to keep up with us,” and we built it off in the beginning by getting two goals which was huge.

On his ability to play well with Alexander Semin…
We definitely have the chemistry. Not just with him, I think with Larry [Lars Eller] too. The three of us play with chemistry out there but we cant just go in games and just rely on that, we’ve got to go… I think the difference for us was today we started competing a little bit more, we were winning those battles down low and we were moving our feet more, and then on top of that we started using our skill, which paid off in a positive way for us.

On if it was a relief to see his line is playing well in the regular season in addition to preseason…
Yeah, for sure. Preseason is always just a warm up for regular season and we felt it out in preseason but this is a different type of games. But at the end of the day we knew, it doesn’t matter preseason or regular season, we knew that we have a lot of skill on our line and just a matter of time when we figure things out and started using it, and today I felt I did pretty well.

On if this one of his best games yet…
I mean we’ve only played two games, but…

On if the feels this is one of his best games including last season….
I don’t sit back and think about that, but obviously it was a pretty good game and as a line I felt we played pretty well, and offensively and defensively which was huge. But it was a real team effort and it was a hard one.

On if his line gained entry of the zone with puck possession because of the team’s confidence or space given by the Boston Bruins…
I don’t know, you know. We have a lot of skilled winners, you know [Alexander] Semin on the right side and Larry [Lars Eller] on the left side. When they have that extra space, extra second, they can make an easy play and we showcased that tonight. We move our feet, create space for each other, and we’re really effective that way.

On Lars Eller’s shots tonight…
I think three of us have a good shot and we can all use it. We all have good shots, we all can move the puck and it’s a matter of time where we find each other. But I think the main thing is not just to rely on that, we’ve got to go there and compete and move our feet, and just battle out, and on top of that use our skill.

On if he feels that Lars Eller is still making adjustments with his new position or if he has adjusted…
I don’t think, well for me, as a linemate I don’t think it was a hard adjustment for him because we all skate around, we all move around and sometimes he carries the zone being in the middle and sometimes I do. So I don’t think there’s a big miscommunication on that, but obviously there’s still maybe adjustments for him to be made for him as a winger and adjustments for me to be made as a center. But we don’t sit back and think about stuff like, “Oh I used to play wing and now I’m center” or “He used to play center and now he’s wing”. We just go out there and try to have fun and try to help the team win.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:05 AM
On if Zdeno Chara is out again today…
Not a hundred percent sure…I’d say doubtful for now. I haven’t talked to anybody since we got off the ice so I’ll leave it at doubtful for now.

On what he said to his team after Thursday’s loss and what he learned from it…
Well nothing has changed from what I told reporters and everybody else after the game. I thought that offensively we created a lot of good chances and you know we were good in that area we just weren’t very good defensively. So awareness of what we need to do without the puck I think we were very sloppy and we have to clean that part of our game up.

On if Colin Miller might be in tonight…
We’ll make decisions after warmup there, Joe.

On what he needs the forwards to improve on…
Well they need to come back and help out and you know not just defensively but also for our transition game. There were parts of that game, not in the first period because it thought we did a great job, but as the game went on we started stretching on again and so obviously that didn’t help our game. We know that when we don’t come back and regroup properly it takes away the momentum of our game there. So it’s not just that part defensively, coming to help, and also offensively as far as our counter game is concerned.

On if there’s anything David Pastrnak needs to do to get in the power plays…
I don’t think, I mean I’m not ready to answer those questions. I just…I’m playing with the guys that I have so I’ll let you guys comment on that. Right now we have guys that…we had two power plays and obviously the first power play was extremely good. We had good chances and good spots and I think David Pastrnak is a young player who like many will only get better. And you know we have got to stop thinking that just because he’s not on power plays we don’t think much of him. So let’s give him a chance to get better. Let’s give us a chance to develop this guy properly and stop worrying about whether he should be on it or not because in my mind he’ll be a good power play guy. He’ll be a good goal scorer. He’ll be a lot of good things as long as we take our time and develop him properly and don’t put anything over his head. And that’s not to say you’re not going to see him on a power play either, we’re just making some decisions right now that are based on what we think is right for him and the hockey club.

On his thoughts on how the National Hockey League reacted to the hit on Patrice Bergeron and the comments that Zac Rinaldo…
Well again, you know, there’s always criticism when something like that happens. I can guarantee you if [Patrice] Bergeron stays down from that hit, there’s a pile on that guy, okay? So our team will stick together. Which they also did when Bergeron got hit. They got in there. But Bergeron was good enough to get there himself and start dealing with it before the referees came in. So that response was good. And then you say, “Okay, he’s fine.” Then the League has to look into it and you’re hoping that the League will make the right decisions, they made a decision- we move on. But if anybody wants to criticize the lack of response it’s a load of crap because our guys did respond.

On if he’s happy to see that Zac Rinaldo is not reacting the way he used to with fighting…
Put it this way, Murph- let’s talk about Montreal tonight not the past and we’ll move on here. Because that’s so far from my thinking right now. I think we have a big and exciting game to play tonight without rehashing things in the past here.
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