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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, November 22, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 PM
On whether they struggled to get traffic in front of the net, especially in the first two periods…
Yeah I think, you know, if there’s something we’re going to critique here it’s probably the fact that we didn’t put enough pucks on net and get some net-front presence. We tried in the third to rectify that and did a little bit better, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the goaltender was standing tall for them. But the rest of our game I thought, you know, we played hard, we competed, we were smart, we didn’t give them much. You know, it’s unfortunate but this is where we realize that right now when you play a team that’s healthy and that’s going extremely well, it almost takes a perfect game.

On how difficult it is to face a top team while missing so many players to injuries…
Well it’s kind of what I said – you know, you almost need a perfect game, and you need a bounce here or there. Their first goal, that puck had eyes and went through a bunch of people and just inside the corner. So we could have used that break. But again, I credit my players for just going out there and competing hard and well and giving ourselves a chance. The one thing, as you know, we’re not scoring goals easily these days, so we’re really got to get our noses dirty in front of the net and throw some pucks in areas where we can jump on those loose pucks. I think we’re trying to pick corners sometimes from some tough angles – top corners – and pucks are going over the net, and we’re probably better off just to throw those right at the goalie’s pads and then battle around there. So you know, those are things we’re going to keep working on. And you know, when you don’t score easily you try to focus on those kinds of things, and we’ll be working on that.

On whether Chris Kelly’s injury happened in last night’s game…
Yeah, but we didn’t know the extent of it until, you know, he was to show up this morning and they had to look at him. Because it was a question mark, and that’s why we called up some players.

On how long Kelly will be out…
I don’t know, I really don’t know. I could say day-to-day, but we don’t know, we don’t know right now. And our medical staff has not given me any indication of how long the injury is going to take. It’s one of those that I think they’ve got to feel as the days go by.

On whether he and his coach staff have had to work hard to keep morale up…
Well, I think it’s important for us as a coaching staff to, you know, really stay positive and upbeat and all that stuff. But having said that, I think our players are doing a really good job of that as well. I don’t see anybody discouraged – I think, you know, obviously disappointed, we haven’t beat this team yet this year and, you know, you wish the circumstances were better. But you know, again, we’re hopefully developing some players who are going to be better down the road because of what we’re going through. And that’s why you’ve got to stay positive, and that’s why you’ve got to stay with the program here. Our guys have got a great attitude – the guys that are playing – and that’s why they deserve a lot of credit.

On whether he’s comfortable with Torey Krug fighting given how recent his injury was…
Again, we’re going to back to [NHL draft prospect Connor] McDavid and all these things every time somebody fights, it’s part of the game, and you know, it happens in the moment, and what can I say? I have to let those guys take care of themselves on the ice, and I’m not going to make them robots and tell them when and when not to go – I’m not a believer in that. But I believe in emotion, I believe in sticking up for yourself.

On this being one of the busiest months of the season, and whether some of the younger players feel they have to get over the learning curve quickly…
Well I think their learning curves have been pretty good. You know, like any young player, they have their ups and down, you know, better games than not. You look at [Matt] Fraser who scores a big goal for us last night to tie the game up, and Griff [Seth Griffith] has got I think five goals right now. And you know, we’ve got some young players that are doing the best they can right now, and we’ve just got to keep working with these guys, and try to get through this plight of injuries.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how challenging it is to keep morale up with all these players getting injured…
It’s tough.  Like you said when guys keep going down with injuries and like I said the other day you hope that once everyone is back we don’t have to go through it again.  Those are one of the things that you have to go through sometimes throughout a season, dealing with injuries to key guys.  This is one of those years where it seems like the injury bug is going through the team and to top players on our team but we still have to find a way to play the way that we can and give it our all.  Today I thought that we played a real hard competitive game.  We could have been hungrier around their net to find loose pucks and create more second chance opportunities.  Just focus on playing a strong team game and know that if you do it will give you success.

On almost having to be perfect to beat good teams right now..
For sure.  It seems that way, especially against Montreal.  You have to be perfect in all areas to beat them.  I mean you look at the two goals they scored, a faceoff loss that goes right to their defenseman and it goes in and the other one is a three-on-two rush for us that turns into a three-on-two rush for them and ends up in the back of our net.  Other than that we played a really strong game.  There is still lots to build off of as far as our team game goes.  We have to look forward to next week.

On if he came out of the incident last night alright and what he thought about it...
Oh yeah, I’m fine.  I didn’t like it.  The good thing is we get to play them two more times.

On if there was hesitancy on his part because it was the end of the game…
Yeah it’s the end of the game.  I let him know that I wasn’t going to fight him so I wasn’t prepared and I let my guard down and that’s what happens sometimes when you let your guard down.  I’ve been in over 100 fights and I never took a shot like that so like I said we get two more opportunities to play the Blue Jackets and I’ll be ready.

On what exactly Dalton Prout said to him after the incident last night...
I don’t remember too much but I mean there are many a times that I could have done the exact same thing and I held off because a guy is refusing to drop his gloves so I find it to be gutless and that’s my thoughts on it.

On Max Pacioretty saying that the Canadiens are playing the Bruins style of hockey...
Tough to say that they play a similar style to us but I mean we just got to find a way to beat them and like I said get hungry in those areas where we can score goals and not be denied.  They are a team that doesn’t give you much and when you get your chances you have to make sure that you make the most of them.  Especially with a great goalie and a team that plays a pretty good defensive game.  For us we just have to find a way to get a few past him.  Like I said moving forward we can’t get discourage, try to keep our spirits high, especially with another top team in the Eastern Conference coming in.

On Claude Julien coaching his 800th game tonight…
Great achievement.  He’s been through a lot in his coaching career.  I’ve had the pleasure of playing for him for the last 7 plus years, eighth year now.  He’s won a world cup in the junior ranks, obviously a Stanley Cup up here, a gold medal with Team Canada as an assistant coach, a really good resume and he’s a lot of fun to play for.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On how he is feeling after being back for a couple games...
During yesterday’s game I started to feel pretty good in the second and third period and I felt good today.

On if he felt like the Bruins had any really good opportunities tonight...
I mean we had some chances, we tried to get in front, I think we didn’t do as good a job getting pucks through from up top.  I think they did a pretty good job of blocking shots and it makes it tough when we don’t get pucks to the net.

On how hard it is to play quality defense when Montreal controls the puck like they did...
I think we did a good job of keeping it to the outside, I don’t think we gave them too many opportunities.  That stint in the second period when they were out there for a couple minutes there, everything was from the outside and we did a pretty good job packing it in but it was unfortunate that we couldn’t get a couple goals.

On if the Bruins got any energy from the fights and pushing and shoving…
Absolutely.  I think those guys did a great job for us.  I think we were playing pretty physical all night and tried to stick to our game and not let outside distractions get in our way.  I think we did okay, we just didn’t get the result.

On if it’s tough to walk the line between being too aggressive and not aggressive enough...
Yeah I mean in the past we have had problems with them, maybe we were a little bit too aggressive and other times we just laid back and tonight I think we were right on the line there.

On what it is about Carey Price that makes it so hard to get it by him...
Well like I said earlier, we didn’t do a good enough job of getting pucks through and I think he saw the puck pretty well tonight.  He’s a good goalie, give him credit.

On Pacioretty and Plekanec saying they beat the Bruins at their own game in their own barn…
I’m not really going to stir up anything like that, they can call it what they want.  It was a good game overall.

On if other teams are starting to take on the Bruins style of play...
We have been successful in the past by the way we play.  I don’t know if other teams are looking at that and trying to duplicate it but we just need to focus on our game.  I think if we just get a couple more opportunities and bury a couple goals it’s a different game.

On all the injuries the team has at this point in the season...
In the past it has been the same way, it’s the next guy up, somebody gets hurt.  The same thing happened to me last year and there are guys coming up this year and filling the roles.  Whether it’s forward, defense, whoever it is has come up and done a good job for us and we just need to keep rolling and try to improve on tonight and move on to the next game.

On if it is hard keeping morale up with so many guys going down…
No I think we kind of rally around the guys that are in the lineup.  Obviously it’s tough to see guys get hurt or anything like that but at the same time you rally around the guys that are here and get ready for the game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On what started your fight…
Just a battle in front, looked at each other and decided to do it. It’s just sticking up for yourself. It is what it is. It happened and move on from that.

On sustaining pressure in the offensive zone being an issue…
Yeah it was and their D do a great job of coming out in front of our forwards and blocking shots. Next time we play them we have to do a better job of getting shots through. I think we had a lot blocked tonight and that’s something we’ll focus on in the future.

On the compete level being there despite injuries and back-to-back games…
Yeah, I definitely thought it was there. I mean, outside of a couple shifts in the second period, I thought our guys did a great job of working hard, getting pucks in deep and using our for check to our advantage. At some point we just gotta get a puck behind [Carey] Price. He played a great game tonight and that’s what it was.

On how hard it is to play perfect with this many injuries…
Yeah its tough, I mean, we have a lot of guys that came up here and it’s a big game against Montréal on a Saturday night. A lot of guys come into this situation—it’s tough, but as a team we play a great system where anybody can step in and we should be able to win a hockey game and have a chance at success and I thought we had a chance tonight. We played a solid game but it just wasn’t there – finishing on chances and taking advantages of opportunities, so that will be something that we keep working on and moving forward we’ll look at it.

On having problems on the power play…
I don’t know. I think maybe we’ve had four in the last two games, or three games. I mean we don’t get many opportunities so it’s tough to get that chemistry and keep that going. Also, we have a lot of different guys plugging into different pieces. Its definitely tough, but our power play has to a better job of getting chances and capitalizing when we can. There’s no excuses, we have to gain momentum when we get there.

On Montreal being a psychological hurdle for the team…
I mean, they’re another team. When we pay them, it’s worth two points just like every other game along the way. But, we have to find a way to get pucks behind [Carey] Price, find a way to get success and win hockey games. That’s what—that’s just the issue right now.

On the issues being internal or something Montreal does…
I think we do it to ourselves. They’re obviously a great hockey club and they play with a lot of speed and a lot of energy so if we just focus on ourselves and play our solid game and take away their chances and their time with the puck we should have a chance of success, but they’re a good hockey team.

On being difficult to keep moral up with new injuries every game…
It is tough because in this locker room we have a lot of great chemistry and guys are close and you don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but as it is these guys come up from Providence and its exciting to watch them play in NHL action because they’re excited about the opportunity. It’s definitely tough when you see regulars go down but guys step in and do a good job.

On that affecting morale…
Yeah, like I said, its tough. You don’t want to see your buddies go through it. You know, guys go down and miss some time. Its almost like “here we go again, another guy goes down” but we cant focus on that because there’s hockey games to be won and we just have to keep moving forward.

On feeling for Coach Julien while he tries to put everything together…
Well he’s doing a good job. I think in our last ten games we’re seven and three or eight and two, I don’t know what it is, but he’s obviously done a great job winning hockey games. With our roster right now it comes down to coaching and getting your guys prepared to play. Obviously through our system there’s a lot of guys ready to play in the NHL, so it comes down to management, coaching, doing a great job and it falls on us to perform.

On Coach Julien’s motivation style being uplifting or leaving that more for the players…
It’s a combination of both. I mean, there’s obviously certain things that need to be talked about when the situation arises and he does that. There’s also times when he knows players in this room are going to step up and talk and those young guys are going to be ready to play, so it’s a combination of both.

On what type of coach Claude Julien is…
I mean, he’s—it’s different for every guy but he seems like a guy that shows confidence in his players and he has their back. There’s been many times where I’ve made mistakes but he always talks to you about it and you move on from it and learn from it. It’s easy to learn from him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On Claude Julien’s comment about needing to play nearly perfect hockey and whether it feels like that…
Yeah, it’s definitely a team that’s got a lot of depth and so are we, but we’re definitely testing that right now. You’re right, I mean definitely a team that we can’t give them anything really because they’re going to take advantage and they did on both plays.

On whether it seems like a role reversal from the past four years with many veterans and being a “well-oiled machine”…
Yeah, I mean well right now it’s definitely some adversity that we’re facing and we need to go through and definitely build some character and it’s one of those things that you have to battle through and find ways and tonight was definitely, we did some good things, but at the end of the day you want the win.

On whether that is challenging because they played well…
Yeah, I mean we do have some new faces. We do have [to] sometimes establish some chemistry quick and find ways to play with one another and play well, and that’s a challenge in itself. But also I think yeah, we need to definitely be at our best every time we step on the ice as a whole and as a five, six man unit with the goalie, and today was the example where we didn’t give them too much, but when we did they took advantage and they’re a good enough team to do that.

On what the Canadiens are doing well that makes it hard for them to get at the net…
They’re a stingy team. They’re a team that plays well in their own zone and they have good depth defensively and when [Carey] Price is going to see the puck he’s going to make the save, so definitely got to do a better job in front of him.

On how much responsibility he takes on the power play when he loses the faceoff and it turns into a goal…
Yeah I mean it’s definitely not something that you want. At the same time, it’s about what we do after and [we’ve] got to block the shot.

On playing back-to-back games and what good they can take away from tonight’s game…
I definitely liked the effort that we showed tonight, and like you said, coming off a back-to-back, traveling, but in this league it’s all about the wins and the two points, and we didn’t get what we came here for, so we’ve got to be I guess better on Monday and find ways. I liked the effort that we’ve showed, but we’ve got to find ways to score goals and to get the result.

On whether he thinks this is the hardest they have played on the second game of a back-to-back…
Yeah. I mean I think so. I thought it was, we were on the puck. We were strong on it, but we need more.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT FRASER
On having good energy tonight despite playing last night…
Yeah, we didn’t skate this morning. We obviously wanted to conserve it a little bit, and I thought for the most part we played a pretty good hockey game. I think we needed get a little more pucks and traffic to the net, and [Carey] Price, he’s obviously a really good goalie, but I thought for the most part the effort level was there.

On how they keep the morale up faced with injuries, having young guys come in and what the dynamic is like…
Yeah, I mean it’s not easy because you want to develop that chemistry with your linemates, but at the end of the day we’re all here for a reason. We’re all here for – the Bruins think that we can bring something to the table, and no matter who pulls that jersey on, on any given night we expect to win and we expect to play hard.

On Claude Julien’s comments that it almost takes a perfect game to win and whether that is the way he sees it…
Yeah, I mean as perfect as you can be. There’s obviously going to be mistakes made in the game, and that’s just the way it goes, but I think for us we knew that we were undermanned a little bit and that just means that we have to keep things that much more simple and be chipping pucks in and chipping pucks out and limiting the mistakes as much, as well as we could.

On whether there is anything they can take from the way the Canadiens play…
Yeah, they’re obviously very good. They’re a good hockey team and they’re ranked so high for a reason.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the toughness of going from game to game with differing lineups…
It is, yeah. You can lose games. Feel somewhat good about yourself and your effort and you can lose games and feel really bitter. And today I’m pretty proud, I’m really proud of our guys. We battled really hard and left everything out there. A tight game like that, we were there but we were not quite creating that many scoring chances and then you just need that one bounce for that puck to go in and we didn’t get it today.

On wanting to beat Montreal as an opponent, and the challenge with the last minute changes…
It’s part of the game, it happens and I thought we played really good even though there were some injuries and last minute changes, the guys coming up did a great job battling out there and we played a good game. So it’s a tough loss but we can live with it if we lose like that, and I’m sure if we keep playing like that we’re going to win more games than lose for sure.

On if the Montreal Canadiens are a team to measure themselves against…
Yeah, they’re probably the first in our division now, so that’s the team to beat and today we were up to the task and challenged them, just got to get the win.

On if it’s frustrating two only allow two goals and lose, especially with the rivalry and record…
Not really, I mean we played hard and it happened to be the Montreal Canadiens today we lost to and I don’t – my game, I try to evaluate my game and the team game too. And today I played a good game, our team played a good game, and we lost. If it’s the Montreal Canadiens, it’s the Montreal Canadiens, I don’t care.

On how invested he is in the uncertainty of who will be in or out from game to game…
We don’t really think about that. We have the guys we have and we play with those guys because we know our system, we know whenever our guys get called up they know what they need to do and it’s as simple as that. I don’t think we can start thinking about when this guy’s coming back, when this guy’s coming back because then we can lose our focus and our focus needs to be playing our hockey and grinding it out.

On how Coach Claude Julien has been the last month and a half…
Good, good. We don’t really talk about that much. I mean obviously everybody knows what’s going on and I said to him we can’t start thinking about when these guys are coming back because then we’re going to lose our focus and I think he’s been really good at just focusing on the game on the ice and working with the guys that we have and making sure that we keep building our team in the right direction and building our game to the right direction.

On if Montreal has become a psychological barrier for the Bruins…
I don’t think so. I think guys are – we recognize when we play good and when we don’t play good, and tonight we played a good game and could have easily got a point or two. But then again, sometimes we just don’t play good at all against them and then it’s kind of psychological. But we just feel like we have to play good against them and eliminate their odd-man rushes and stuff like we did today for the most part and it’s going to be good. So I feel like there’s no worry in the locker room why we couldn’t beat them.

On if he agrees with Max Pacioretty’s comment that The Canadiens are “playing Bruins style hockey”…
Today? Today for the most part yeah, I think so. But in the past we’ve been caught sleeping on the offensive zone and they have guys blowing the zone and getting the odd-man rushes and stuff like that, and today that wasn’t the case. I thought we did a good job keeping their guys ahead of us, and knowing where they are and that helped us.  But you know, when two teams try to play the same type of hockey it becomes a grind and then you need those bounces to even the game out. And today we didn’t get those, but I’m not going to say that’s the reason we can’t beat them, but they’re a good team.

On if he saw the puck on that first goal…
No, no.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On Montreal being a good defensive team…
Yeah they do, I think, especially as a D man. Their D like to block shots, it’s pretty tough to get shots through. Like you said they’re clogging up the middle and it makes it tough especially when they’re playing with a lead. We know from games before that they’re kind of sitting back in the third and couldn’t really break through it. Couldn’t get a balance or a mistake and that’s the way it is.

On continuing to struggle against Montreal recently…
I think it’s obviously frustrating because we don’t like them and we want to beat them. Obviously it sucks losing to them this many times. I think at the same time, were not really thinking about it. I don’t think there’s a mind-block for us, I thinks it’s more just the games don’t go our way. I don’t know.

On trying to think about them as just another team…
Yeah, I think everyone gets up for these games. It’s not that we’re sitting in here saying “oh we’re going to lose again”. I think we think we can win. It’s not anything with that, it’s just, I don’t know, the way we matchup on the ice. It’s just frustrating.

On the loss not coming from a lack of trying…
Yeah it thought it was a good effort. With the amount of call-ups we had and back-to-back and everything. I think the players we’re missing, it could have been really bad for us. I thought, like I said, had a good effort and just couldn’t really get anything going too much. No real breakdowns for them where we could—you could kind of say we should have scored that or anything. Definitely need to keep working on getting chances and scoring goals.

On what stops the team from feeling sorry for yourselves…
I think it’s reality. It’s part of the game. I think it’s an opportunity for everyone as well. Guys get to play more, get to play and just try to make the most of it. I thought that the guys who were up worked hard and did their best and everything and played well. And then the guys that got more ice time did well with it too, just frustrating we couldn’t score.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On how he is feeling after being back for a couple games...
During yesterday’s game I started to feel pretty good in the second and third period and I felt good today.

On if he felt like the Bruins had any really good opportunities tonight...
I mean we had some chances, we tried to get in front, I think we didn’t do as good a job getting pucks through from up top.  I think they did a pretty good job of blocking shots and it makes it tough when we don’t get pucks to the net.

On how hard it is to play quality defense when Montreal controls the puck like they did...
I think we did a good job of keeping it to the outside, I don’t think we gave them too many opportunities.  That stint in the second period when they were out there for a couple minutes there, everything was from the outside and we did a pretty good job packing it in but it was unfortunate that we couldn’t get a couple goals.

On if the Bruins got any energy from the fights and pushing and shoving…
Absolutely.  I think those guys did a great job for us.  I think we were playing pretty physical all night and tried to stick to our game and not let outside distractions get in our way.  I think we did okay, we just didn’t get the result.

On if it’s tough to walk the line between being too aggressive and not aggressive enough...
Yeah I mean in the past we have had problems with them, maybe we were a little bit too aggressive and other times we just laid back and tonight I think we were right on the line there.

On what it is about Carey Price that makes it so hard to get it by him...
Well like I said earlier, we didn’t do a good enough job of getting pucks through and I think he saw the puck pretty well tonight.  He’s a good goalie, give him credit.

On Pacioretty and Plekanec saying they beat the Bruins at their own game in their own barn…
I’m not really going to stir up anything like that, they can call it what they want.  It was a good game overall.

On if other teams are starting to take on the Bruins style of play...
We have been successful in the past by the way we play.  I don’t know if other teams are looking at that and trying to duplicate it but we just need to focus on our game.  I think if we just get a couple more opportunities and bury a couple goals it’s a different game.

On all the injuries the team has at this point in the season...
In the past it has been the same way, it’s the next guy up, somebody gets hurt.  The same thing happened to me last year and there are guys coming up this year and filling the roles.  Whether it’s forward, defense, whoever it is has come up and done a good job for us and we just need to keep rolling and try to improve on tonight and move on to the next game.

On if it is hard keeping morale up with so many guys going down…
No I think we kind of rally around the guys that are in the lineup.  Obviously it’s tough to see guys get hurt or anything like that but at the same time you rally around the guys that are here and get ready for the game.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On what motivates P.K. Subban about playing in Boston…
It was a strong game for P.K. [Subban]. It was a strong game for the team, and we all know that we have to be ready when we play the Bruins. This is a quality hockey team, probably one of the best in the league, and our team and P.K. were ready for that challenge, because if you’re not ready to play against the Bruins, they’re going to make you pay. Our team was ready tonight.

On if tonight’s win was pretty close to a perfect road game…
Yeah, we played a solid defensive game, a good-checking game, and I thought for the most part we managed the puck well. We didn’t want to give them any life with the puck, and we were capable of scoring the second goal by playing the turnover, and we got a really quick counterattack, so it was important for us to know to manage the puck really well against the Bruins tonight.

On dressing seven defensemen and giving them all significant playing time…
Yeah, you know what, we’re in a stretch where we play lots of games. We’ve got like, tonight was seven [games] in twelve [days], tomorrow is eight in thirteen. So we try to use as many players as we can, and I thought [Assistant Coach] Jean-Jacques [Daigneault] did a good job of managing the ice time, because you know we played tonight and we’ve got another game tomorrow. So it’s important that everyone get involved again.

On using P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov playing a lot in the third period…
Yeah, you know, you look at the ice time after the second period and you say, ‘They’ve got some juice.’

On Andrei Markov scoring his 100th career goal and playing as steady as ever…
Well he’s an elite player, that’s the way that we saw him. To be able to score 100 goals for the Montreal Canadiens, this is something that is special for him, and for us too. With Andrei [Markov], you know exactly what kind of game he’s going to play, and every game he’s playing the same way.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN BRYAN ALLEN
On his first experience with the Canadiens/Bruins rivalry...
It was good. They play hard and we expected them to come and not give up. But I think we also... what a goalie Carey [Price] is.

On getting into a spar with Milan Lucic...
I didn’t really think that it was Lucic. I don’t know. It’s not something that goes through your mind in that situation.

On how he got the bruise on his face...
You’d have to ask the guy who gave it to me. It looks like a great tradition and they played a team game, so I’ll take it.

On continuing momentum during back-to-back games...
I thin just momentum. Realize that you are playing back-to-back and it doesn’t have to be pretty. I think you have to limit your turnovers and get pucks deep.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On wins being bigger in Boston…
Yeah, they’re harder. They’re a hard-working team, blue collar. They make you earn it every time you come here, and tonight I thought we played a pretty good road game.

On how it feels to shutout the Bruins in the regular season for the first time in his career…
Good. I thought, like I said, our team played a really good road game. I put a lot of trust in the guys around me to do their job, and it really simplifies mine.

On the Canadiens playing better team defense in the last four or five games…
Yeah, absolutely. Well at least these last two games especially, we’ve played very well defensively. It puts wins on the board for us, so if we keep doing that, we’re going to find success more often than not.

On P.K. Subban having another strong game against the Bruins…
Yeah. He finds a way to play well against this team. He always brings energy, and we need him at his best to be successful, and he’s been doing that.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD TOMAS PLEKANEC
On Andrei Markov scoring his 100th career goal tonight...
That’s great. He’s been around the team for a long time and is a great offensive defenseman. It’s great for him. Great to see the guy get 100.

On if he knows that he is now 26th for goals and points for the club...
I’ve been in Montreal for ten years and those 700 games, so it comes with that. But, I’ve never been a stats guy. So it’s obviously nice but our goal as a team is to try and win the Cup and that’s my goal.

On the Canadiens stringing together five regular season wins at the TD Garden...
Trying to come in – every time we play in Boston it’s a fun game. It’s fun to win those games and it seems like we’re always ready when we come to this building. I don’t think it was our best game tonight but we had Carey [Price] in the net and with him we have a chance to win every night.

On the special teams performance tonight...
It’s key. Special teams are key. We know our power play wasn’t the best one since the beginning of the season, but we take that goal and hopefully we’ll keep improving on those special teams – especially the power play.

On setting up Andrei Markov’s goal...
I don’t know, obviously don’t look at it that way. But I’m happy for him. We are all happy for him and it’s a great accomplishment.

On why Boston has struggled against the Canadiens lately...
I don’t know – like I said we’re trying to come in, we’re always ready to play, trying to execute our game plan. Again, with Carey [Price] in the net we have a chance to win the game every night and against them. So, it seems like it’s been working. Hopefully we can keep it going.

On if the Canadiens model their play after the Bruins style...
Yeah, that’s what we want to do. I mean, we know we have speed. We’re using it – when we make the right decisions with the play, managing pucks well we’re a dangerous team to play. When we’re doing it we’re successful.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN ANDREI MARKOV
On getting his 100th career goal tonight...
Yeah, it’s something special. But more important is the win for us; it’s two points. So, it was a big game for us and we’re happy we have those two points.

On being the fourth defenseman to score 100 goals in the history of the club...
Well, I didn’t know that. So, like I said it’s kind of something special for any player. So, I was waiting for that and I finally I got that. So I’m going to try to move forward.

On if he is now part of the “Big Three” defensemen...
It’s up to you guys. I don’t know.

On if his next target is 200 goals...
The next target is the next game tomorrow. So we’re going to prepare ourselves and hopefully we’re going to play even better than tonight.

On Bryan Allen’s play tonight...
He’s solid. He’s a good hockey player. He’s a big body, so we’re happy we have him in our team right now. He’s playing the penalty kill, so he’s going to help us a lot.

On P.K. Subban appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated...
Oh yeah? I didn’t even see that. He’s everywhere, you know, so I’m not surprised.

On his 100th goal also being the game winner...
I don’t know, actually. I wasn’t thinking about that. Like I said, it’s more important that our team won tonight and that was a huge game for us, and a huge two points.

On if he knew he had 99 goals going into tonight’s game...
Yeah, I knew. Like I said, I was waiting for that so now hopefully I’m going to be more relaxed when I score another goal.

On what the achievement means to him...
Something special, not just for a defenseman, like for any player. So, it’s... I don’t know what to say. I’m just happy to have those and score those 100 goals. Thanks to all my teammates who’ve supported me and helped me for that. Without them, I would never be there.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MAX PACIORETTY
On today’s win…
Every game feels the same right about now. We’re just in a good little roll right now and we’re not worrying about the opponent, we’re just worrying about our own game, and that’s when we have success is when we do that and not get too focused on distractions and things we can’t control like opponents and outside noise, so that’s when we have success when we worry about ourselves.

On P.K. Subban being on the cover of Sports Illustrated…
Oh is he? I didn’t know about that. Someone should get fired at Sports Illustrated for that.

On if it was a typical performance for P.K. Subban…
Yeah, obviously he’s a big part of our team and we need him playing like that to win.

On if he got the puck from Andrei Markov and if he knew that it was his 100th goal…
I didn’t know it, Davie [David Desharnais] told me, so we got the puck for him. Obviously this guy has gone through so much and done so much for this organization, it’s a special feeling. Not everyone knew about it, I didn’t know about it, but once word got around on the bench you’re happy for a guy like that.

On what they do that disrupts the Bruins’ game…
I don’t know, we try to play like them. When they had success and have success, when they were dominating teams, that’s kind of the recipe that everyone tried to model. So I think more teams are trying to play like them and that’s keeping things simple and trying to grind teams down, and when you shut pucks behind D-men make them skate and try to grind them down the chances come as the game goes on, and we are trying to do that with everybody.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On if recent call-ups have to do with injury or illness….
Game-time decisions. That’s why they’re called emergency recalls, so we’ve got to make some decisions here after warm-ups.

On the recent punch on Milan Lucic…
It doesn’t really matter, because you know what, we need to move on here and focus on tonight. My opinion is one of many opinions and everybody is going to have their own, which is what this is all about, I’ve moved on. We need to really focus on tonight.

On if Dougie Hamilton is okay after not playing the last ten minutes of the last game…
Yeah.

On why Dougie Hamilton didn’t play…
Because he didn’t’ play, figure it out. He didn’t play the last ten minutes, he was okay.

On what he would like to see the team team do better on 60 minute basis that’s hasn’t been there…
It would be nice if I had a healthy team and we were all there. That’d be great. But right now we have what we have, and you know what, I credit my players for battling through. And maybe winning what people call ugly games, but when you have what you have and you compete the way we have - yeah, they’re not pretty wins, but they’re character wins. I don’t care about Columbus whether they had a lot of injuries, they were a good team. They work hard, they compete hard, and our team last night was down by two goals and we came back. I’d rather talk about the character and determination of our team than about what we need to do here. Right now our team needs to work hard, compete hard, because we have what we have. We’re thin, and we all know that, but we’re doing okay.

On if there is a mental momentum with character wins…
Well, I mean the last time we played these guys we got spanked, right, so I think it’s certainly something that we have to look at as far as what didn’t we do well and what we need to do better tonight with the players that we have. Winning those games obviously, like I said, is a credit to those players that come out every night and compete hard, and as much as we have the veterans that are here right now that are working hard to compensate for the lack of others our young guys are stepping in and doing the job as well. So like I said, I’ve got a lot of credit to spread around this team even though maybe not everybody thinks that way.

On how tough it is for new players without having had a chance to play with the team much….
I don’t know how to answer that, because you don’t have a choice. You go out there and you play. I guess my job is to try and get them to relax and go out there and play hard, and respect our team game plan and concept. Go out there give it the best you can and as a coach that’s all you can ask for.

On how last night’s win helps the team prepare for tonight’s game…
I mean, it’s a lot easier coming home with a win under your belt, but I think it’s also important to turn a page here and really move on to the next game. As we know every game is a challenge here, so I don’t know how much momentum you carry from that but we’re approaching right now every game as a one game challenge and taking it that way.

On if David Krejci will take the warm-up….
No, no [David] Krejci is not in. neither is [Brad] Marchand.

On if Tuukka Rask will play tonight…
Yes, yes.
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