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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the message he gave to his players following Game 7…
Well you know, we had a great season and we did a lot of good things, and when you look at the whole picture, it’s a lot brighter than the ending. At the same time I think the one thing that really hurt us probably moving forward is we had a lot of first-year players in our lineup and you could see tonight that there was a lot of nervousness. And yet at the same time, this time of year you got to play your best hockey of the year. And I don’t think we got to that point. I don’t think we played badly but we certainly weren’t playing as well as we could to be a team that would move ahead. So no doubt it’s a disappointing night for us, but at the same time I think our young guys this year did a great job of stepping in for some serious injuries to certain of our players and had a real good season. So maybe it came back to haunt us a little bit, but certainly not disappointed with our team.

On whether he was surprised by the Bruins’ lack of energy at the start of the game…
Well, I think it goes back to what I just said here. We weren’t moving the puck well from the back end, and besides Zdeno [Chara] and Johnny Boychuk, they’re all first-year players — full time, first-year players. And again, you could see that the puck wasn’t moving smoothly from our end as far as breakouts were concerned and it wasn’t quite there and we kept turning pucks over so it’s hard to get momentum that way. They did get the early goal again like they did in Game 6, and certainly those things really hurt us again. Young player missing his assignment as far as awareness, and they get that early goal in the first couple minutes of the period. So those are things we have to face and look at and say, you know what? That’s of our own doing and we have to live with that.

On whether Montreal deserved its success…
You always got to give credit to the team that moves ahead, and I’ll tell you one thing: Their goaltender Carey Price was outstanding. He gave them a chance to win every night. There were some nights we thought we could have come out with a win, but the way he played — he allowed that team to win every night, and certainly when you play the way he did, it gave his team a lot of confidence. So that was, to me, one of the keys to their success, was how strong Carey Price played for them.

On coaching forward Jarome Iginla…
He had a good year. Thirty goals — again, those 30-goal scorers are hard to find. Certainly scored some goals for us in playoffs as well, gave us some life there in the second period. So he’s an unbelievable player, but also an unbelievable person. He’s great, he fit in beautifully in our room with our players and certainly he was a real important — I thought part of the success that we had after losing Nathan Horton at the last minute … To get him, to be able to get him as the guy to come in and replace him — we got lucky.

On forward David Krejci…
Again, we didn’t win and we’re not moving ahead because we didn’t play as well as we can. So I don’t think David Krejci is the only guy there. I think as a team we didn’t seem to find our rhythm that we had for most of the year and so I don’t think I’m going to turn to David Krejci and point the finger at him because there’s more than just one player. I think we have to take the blame here as a team and that’s what I intend to do.

On whether he felt the young defensemen “turned the corner” in the first round of the playoffs…
I mean, they got experience throughout the whole year but we didn’t play a Game 7 in Detroit. We played five games. So this was their first Game 7 experience, and you know, say what you want — it’s a lot different than a Game 5 or 6 and all of a sudden there’s more — if you don’t play well, there’s a lot of pressure and you just got to hope that your young players will learn from that and go from there. But those guys came in this year — when you lose [Dennis] Seidenberg, you lose one of your top two D’s and they come in and [Matt] Bartkowski, [Dougie] Hamilton I thought was becoming a really good player for us. Bartkowski, [Torey] Krug, those guys — [Kevan] Miller coming in in the middle of the season, never played an NHL game before. Give those guys credit — they did a great job of allowing us to have a good year. So there’s no doubt that there was maybe a lot on their plate in these last few games and maybe could tell a lack of experience and the nervousness. But it’s not just those guys. We had seven first-year players — some a little older than others — but seven first-year players in our lineup. And I’m not using that as an excuse, I’m just saying that to me that stood out tonight as far as guys maybe not being at the top of their game.

On whether defenseman Dennis Seidenberg might have returned in the next round if the Bruins had won…
There was a possibility, yeah. He’d been skating for almost a month and he started taking a little bit of contact, and I think that would have been a discussion that we would have had heading into the next round.

On the disappointment of not moving on…
You have to look at it in all those ways. It’s disappointing. I can’t stand here and say it’s not disappointing. In my mind, we were going to move forward. We were going to win this game, and that’s what I prepared myself for. So you’re disappointed when that doesn’t happen. At the same time you got to look at the opportunity that our young guys got, and got the opportunity to grow, which — some young players, it takes years for them and their team to get an opportunity to get into the playoffs and get to at least the second round. So there’s some positives in there, but certainly some disappointments as well.

On the officiating in Game 7…
That doesn’t matter right now. It’s over. You just move on.

On the perceived lack of respect by the Bruins in this series…
You talk about disrespect, and I don’t think we disrespected them. There’s a rivalry here and what I said in French was we don’t like each other because it’s a rivalry. And at the same time, the pounding of the chest — the people who have been here, have seen us do that all year, because it’s related to Boston Strong. Our guys take some pride in what’s happened in Boston Strong, and unfortunately, everything we did seemed to be seen as disrespect in Montreal. And we heard a lot of that whining in terms of the series, but it had nothing to do with disrespect, and whether it’s flexing a muscle — that’s gamesmanship. It’s like that in every round. So it’s too bad that it gets blown out of proportion, but you know what? They won the series, fair and square. They were the better team tonight, and you have to respect that. So it’s up to us to move on, and them to keep moving toward their goal. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the emotions in the locker room…
Oh it’s hard, it’s hard, there’s no question. You get to Game 7 and you think you can find a way. It’s a great group of guys here, it’s a great team. And you know, we didn’t get it done. Montreal played well, they played hard. It was a tough, close series. But we didn’t get it done. It sucks right now. This is as good a team as I’ve ever played on. And guys worked hard and work hard and compete hard. And you get to Game 7 there and you know that somebody’s season it ending, and it sucks that it’s ours.

On how stunning it is for the season to end so suddenly…
I don’t think stunning is the right word. I think that everybody knows, I’ve been in the league a long time and guys here have been a long time. You’ve got to have things. You can be a very, very good team, which we are. But you also have to – there’s lots that goes into it and you’re playing other good teams that want it badly too. It’s tight, it’s tight. So we didn’t take anything for granted, and you know before you suit up for a Game 7 that it’s going to be somebody, but when you’re playing it you always believe it’s going to be them. So it’s tough to take, it’s hard. You know the year has been a lot of fun, it’s been great here being with these guys, and like I say it’s as good a chance as I’ve had with a group. And it’s very hard to take today.

On the Bruins being out of sync in the first period…
Let me just try to think back – they got an early one. It’s part of – you know we talk about it, you get to the Game 7s especially and the start is important, and they got an early goal, which gave them a lot of momentum. I thought we fought back, and into the third period you know I thought – we had a power play goal at the end of the second – I thought we were going pretty good the first half of the second and then it got away from us a little bit, then we got it going into the third period we had chances, we had chances at a one-goal game. I think I had chances, I think I hit the outside of the post or the post. We had great looks as lines, you know a lot of pressure. And we couldn’t get that tying goal. We couldn’t get it.

On David Krejci putting a lot of responsibility on his shoulders…
Oh no, we’re a team and he’s a big part of this team, and he’s been great for us all year. He’s been great for years here. You know he’s a great Center, we had great chances in this series. It didn’t go in for us as a line as much as we’d like… [chatter]. But the first couple games here at home we had as many chances as we ever did in a game. So tonight we had great looks, great chances, and you know you tip your hat [Carey] Price played well. And then what happens at the end of a series is always magnified. It’s a short-term game. You want to be playing your best at this time of the year, and unfortunately you know as a line we weren’t probably as – you know, there was more that we could have been better, but it wasn’t for lack of guys wanting it or desire. But we definitely can feel getting those close one-goal games, and there was lots of them this series. And we feel a lot of responsibility there, for sure.

On how he would describe playing with the Bruins this season…
Oh it’s been amazing, it’s been an amazing run. It’s a wonderful group of guys, and it’s the best – you know, we won the President’s Trophy and it was the best regular season I’ve been a part of. And just with coming together – you know the group was already tight, but bringing us new guys in like myself, Loui Eriskson, Smitty [Reilly Smith], a lot of guys that they made feel part of it. And it was a great regular season. Playoffs – we win this game, it’s one game, things have got to go your way. We look at it, we know we can be better in certain areas. But you’ve got to give them credit too. They played very hard and played well. But it’s hard, it’s hard. We know we were a very, very good team and had a great shot.

On Montreal saying they felt like the Bruins disrespected them…
I don’t think so. They talk a lot. But we’re just trying to play our end of the ice. We had a little ruckus after one game, and that’s playoff hockey. I mean hockey has been like that for a long time. And I thought it was actually extremely tame as far as the ugliness or whatever. So they can say whatever they want. I give them credit, they played a good series. But I really don’t know, I don’t think that’s the case. I think we played Game 7. You know, they had some – we would have liked things to go different. But it didn’t.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether he sensed that was the kind of first period they were going to have…
Not really. I mean, didn’t really get anything going as far as forechecking and pressure, and from the beginning, and you know they get that early goal again, it’s just a defensive mistake by us and then you know we battled back but not enough.

On how he feels the defense played…
Well, yeah I mean you always try to get better as the series went on. I don’t think this was the case for us. As far as defensively goes, I think the last two games we made some uncharacteristic mistakes, and that ended up costing us the series. It’s not that it’s anybody’s fault but, you know, it’s just we couldn’t take the next step as a team and, you know, raise our game.

On whether he felt the momentum had shifted after the power play goal and whether it would stay that way…
Yeah, I thought we pushed back hard and got that 2-1 goal, but then again we get a penalty late in the second and that kind of takes the wind out of us, but we battled back again and had the momentum pretty much the whole third and then another penalty ends up costing us there.

On whether there is a sense of shock at the season ending the way it has…
It’s always like that, but you know it’s game 7. It’s do or die, so I don’t know, anything can happen, but it’s really shocking obviously. Not the result we wanted.

On whether it is disappointing for the season to end this early considering the regular season they had…
Yeah, especially when you think you have a great team, and we did have a great team. But it goes to prove again that winning the regular season doesn’t mean anything, and you know, played a pretty decent first series, and then this series, as I said, you know we kind of didn’t take that next step and improve our game and that’s it. That’s just the reality and we have to live with it.

On whether he has ever seen his team make so many mistakes in the defensive end…
Yeah, we did that at times in the regular season, but when it’s playoffs it’s going to cost you games or a series, and now it did, so you know we can’t cry about it but that’s reality and we have to move on.

On the officiating of the game…
I’m not going to harp on the refs. It’s tough for them too. They make the calls they see, they think [are] right. We live with that. People can say whatever, they were good calls or bad calls, but it happens.


On whether he had a chance to control the puck on the first goal…
It was more my backhand side and it was rolling a bit so I played it safe, and I saw our guys coming back. It was basically a two on two, so it should be safe. I don’t want to take a chance and make the mistake myself, so I talked to Millsy [Kevan Miller] about it. He said that play’s fine, and we just ended up making a couple of mistakes there and forget the guys and bang, bang.

On whether it is possible to sum up his disappointment…
Well it’s frustrating, but at the end of the day I don’t think we deserved to win today. We made defensive mistakes and it cost us the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On whether this was one of the most frustrating series of his career…
Not just the series, but all the playoffs. You know the guys did a pretty good job the first round and we got past it. And in the second round I felt like I could have put the puck in a couple times, especially Game 1. You know if I would get at least one goal then we wouldn’t go into Game 7. So obviously it’s disappointing.

On whether it’s hard to set those frustrations aside game to game…
Not necessarily. I mean after each game you try to regroup and focus on the next one. That’s how the play works, you’ve got to stay in the moment and don’t look too much ahead or in the past. So I think we did an okay job to regroup and get ready for the next one. But like I said, as a top centerman if you don’t put a puck in the net then you didn’t help the team win the game.

On whether he’s putting the loss on himself…
I mean it is what it is. People can talk about it, guys can talk about whatever they want. But like I said, as a top centerman if you don’t put the puck in the net in two rounds you don’t give the chance to the team to win the game or the series. I felt like I could have put the puck in the net a couple times, but I didn’t so I didn’t do my job in the playoffs.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On what happened in the first period…
I can’t really tell you.  I’m just trying to take it all in… that it’s the end of the season.

On if there was a feeling of frustration throughout the series…
Well we knew that we had the guys in here to win everything.  You know, they played good.  Their goalie played well, everybody played well, but at the end of the day we have to dig deep and try to find a win.

On whether Boston was half a step behind Montreal in the series…
I don’t necessarily think that.  We had many chances to score and to get pucks in the net.  We had to just bear down.  They played extremely well as well.

On the talent of Boston…
Oh it’s tough to swallow.  We have such a good team; to even think that our season is over right now is… just trying to process it because we have such a good team it shouldn’t be.

On whether there was a level of frustration with the calls being made in a Game 7…
You might not normally see it, but we did.  You just have to try and kill them off.

On being called for an interference penalty…
Well I don’t necessarily agree with it, but he did call it.  I know they got a puck off… they just threw it at the net and off the skate and in.

On being such a good third period team and what was missing tonight…
We did have some pushes there.  We had some good chances.

On Montreal using Boston as tactics and motivation…
We just wanted to worry about ourselves and just play our game.  We have to do the simple things and we started to creep away from it, but they played well and we have to give them credit.

On if some of the extracurricular things with Montreal affected their game…
Well I mean I don’t think it did, but you might of seen something different.  We just have to take it and skate away.

On the amount of mistakes made by Boston in this series…
There were more turnovers.  They did a good job of defending us.  We did turn the puck over and they capitalized on their chances.


On how to put their effort into words…
Just disappointing, we have such a good group of guys, a good team for us to be going home now is a tough pill to swallow, because we have a great team in here.

On whether Montreal not being intimated by Boston affected Montreal’s comfort level tonight…
They played well; you have to give them credit.  They played well and they capitalized on their chances and now they’re moving on.  It could’ve been a different story if we beared down and put them in the net, but they did a good job.  They’re team played well and we have to learn from it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On tonight’s loss...
It’s unfortunate, the way it has to end. I mean, we got ourselves up 3-2 in the series and were unable to get the job done - especially with the group that we had here and the season we were able to put together. It’s going to be tough to swallow this one and deal with it for the rest of the summer.

On the key to Montreal’s win...
I mean, I think we just didn’t play our game when we needed to in these last two. They were able to execute on the chances that they were able to create and we weren’t.

On Dale Weise’s postgame comments...
It’s said on the ice so it’ll stay on the ice, so if he wants to be a baby about it, that’s – he can make it public.

On if there was any disrespect between the two teams...
Disrespect? I don’t know what they’re talking about, disrespect. Having a goal celebration – what kind of disrespect is that? I mean, I’m not going to say anything. I’ve got nothing to say about that.

On the high expectations of the team in the playoffs...
It sucks. That’s it. It sucks. There were high expectations, we wanted to get back there, and we felt like we had a good enough team to win and we didn’t.

On his emotions after the loss...
It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else to say. We lost. We let our fans down. We had a great opportunity with a team like this, and like I said it’s a tough one to swallow.

On the team’s effort level at the start of the game...
That’s why we lost. That’s why we lost – I can’t elaborate more on it – that’s why we lost.

On if he was frustrated with the penalties being called in tonight’s game...
Definitely. But, can’t change it now.

On if Montreal got under the Bruins’ skin and if it affected their play...
No.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how he would explain what happened…
You can’t really, there’s no words to explain it. I mean obviously, got to give them credit, but we didn’t execute and we didn’t score the goals that we needed to get the momentum or whatever.

On how badly the Canadiens’ early goal hurt the Bruins momentum…
Yeah I mean that first goal definitely sucked the energy out of us and it was hard to get it back. We had some shifts that we did, but again, all in all when we had some good chances they scored that second goal again. And bottom line we’ve got to execute and score. I mean, like I just said, we’ve got to definitely give them some credit where they deserve it, but we’ve got to be better.

On whether it was hard to not get frustrated with the types of penalty calls being made…
Yeah I mean you can’t worry about that, especially at that time, you’ve got to do the job. It’s not about putting blame on anyone but us. They have a job to do – the refs – and we have a job to do.

On the Bruins being a third period team this season, and what was missing to find that third period push tonight…
That one goal, that one shot that could give us the life that we needed.

On how he would characterize the Bruins overall effort tonight…
On and off I guess. I guess that’s the way to put it.

On whether he is disappointed with the effort…
Yeah. I mean, overall, yeah.

On whether he can wrap his head around the season coming to such a sudden end…
No, no. You can’t. It’s been five minutes since the game was over. You can’t, and it’s going to take a while to sink in. But it’s too easy to say after the game.

On whether he and Loui Erikkson gambled with the puck on the Canadiens’ second goal…
I thought we had it. I didn’t gamble on that play. It was just I really thought we had it.

On whether he was surprised by how out of sync the Bruins were in the first period, and whether it was due to nerves…
Yeah I mean, I don’t know if it was nerves I think we’ve been there before, but yeah definitely not the start that we needed. And that goal definitely took that energy out of us.

On whether the Bruins believed they could come back up until the last horn…
Yeah, you have to. I’ve said that before – you can’t rely on comebacks to win games every time and that’s it. That’s an example right there that it’s not going to happen every time. You do believe, you do have the confidence that it might happen, but you can’t rely on it.


On the Bruins’ defensive play this series…
Defensive play, I mean, we had some breakdowns for sure, and they capitalized on most of them.

On how shocking it is for the season to come to an end…
Yeah I mean definitely. You win the Presidents’ Trophy and you do have some high expectations for yourself. And that’s how it’s been here for a while now. And definitely far from being where we would have liked to go, and definitely not happy with the result.

On whether having to chase the Canadiens’ this series wore them down mentally and physically…
I don’t know. I don’t think – we definitely didn’t play our best. It’s the team that plays the best at this time that goes forward, and it wasn’t us. You know we definitely could have been – should have been – a lot better.

On how much of a factor scoring the first goal was in this series…
Yeah I mean you know, we’ve done that too many times in this series, and again tonight definitely not the start that you want. It definitely took the energy out of us, and you know every time you’re chasing and you’re trying to play catch-up hockey it’s not going to happen every time.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how much the start affects the rest of the game...
It’s always tough when you don’t start with the lead and the few games they got a lucky one earlier, a goal early, and were able to maintain the lead. Like I said, it’s tough playing from behind and trying to play catch up hockey. They played well.

On the season ending despite having high expectations for the team this year...
It’s really tough. I think we expected to go all the way this year. It’s very tough; it’s very disappointing. It’s hard to really put into words. It’s – we expected a lot more.

On if this was the most frustrating game he’s played in all year...
No.

On the penalties called against him tonight...
I didn’t know they were calling a penalty on either one, but that’s how it goes. Once they make a call they can’t take it back so you’ve just got to let it go.

On his expectations for this year’s team...
Yeah, we definitely had a really good team and a really good opportunity. I think any time you finish first in the league you expect to go far, but we had a lot of depth this year and a lot of really good players and guys were playing right, playing consistent. It had everything to be a good team but we just weren’t able to capitalize on it.

On when tonight’s game got away from them...
It’s tough. I think we played really well all game, after the first ten minutes. But, Carey [Price] played really well; he made a lot of really big saves at the right time and we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. It’s tough to say when it really got away from us. I mean, it’s always tough when they get that third goal there, but it was a hard fought battle.

On the emotions of the team...
It’s tough. A lot of mixed emotions. I think it’s very disappointing to lose any round, but in a situation like this when you have such a good team, we finished first in the league, and a lot of high expectations on our team and amongst the guys. You’re never satisfied in playoffs unless you win and you go all the way and only one team can do that. It’s tough every year, especially when you finish first in the league – a lot of teams come at you hard and it’s tough to play in that situation. But, we didn’t play our best hockey at the right time and that’s what you need to do in playoffs. You need to play your best hockey of the season in playoff time and we didn’t do that.

On if he feels more frustrated or disappointed...
A bit of both. Definitely disappointed – I think we expected a lot more and frustrated because of the outcome. It’ s going to take a while to sink in with how good of an opportunity we had this year but you can’t win every year.

On his individual play this playoff season...
It’s very tough. I think the opportunities were there. Every game I had opportunities, but sometimes they go in sometimes they didn’t. Maybe it was a lack of focus or I didn’t bear down enough, but I didn’t come up big when the team needed me and [it’s] very frustrating.

On top players not producing enough in the playoffs...
I think so. Speaking for myself, I didn’t play the way I know I can and didn’t capitalize. Even tonight early on I had a chance there to tie it up 1-1 and it would have been a completely different game. So, in playoffs though, you need everyone to win and it’s tough.


On why he might not have been as focused as he needed to be...
Sometimes you just get comfortable or complacent and you think when you’re in a situation where you have an open net or what not –you expect it to go in. You can get, you can take a little off – expecting that to happen and you don’t bear down. I think sometimes maybe focusing too much on other stuff and being chippy and not just playing the game. It just didn’t come together.

On the position the team could have been in if they made it past this round...
I think if we would have gotten through Montreal here it would have been a very good position. I mean, Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] coming back and we’re feeling good, big Game Seven win – but we didn’t. They played great and they battled hard, so it doesn’t matter.

On the team playing out of sync at the start of the first period, despite having experience in Game Sevens...
We’ve got a lot of experience, but we’ve also got a lot of young guys. It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s always a little nerve wracking stepping into a Game Seven and with the amount of pressure we had on our team, it can just give you a little bit of jitters. But I think we calmed down, played well, after that. We just couldn’t bear [down].

On the penalty called against him in the second period...
Yeah, it was. I had no idea they were even calling that. Definitely frustrating. Even the first one, getting cross-checked in the head and taking out Carey [Price]. It’s tough, but you’ve got to play through it and the guys did a great job of killing it off. We got back to work.

On the rivalry between the two teams...
It’s tough, you always try to use it to your advantage in any situation. If they say it did than maybe it did for them. But regardless, it was a hard fought series and [in] playoffs there’s going to be that rivalry and that’s what makes it so fun.

On getting called for penalties...
It’s frustrating. But I dug that hole for myself and I’ve got to live with it. It is frustrating at times, but I cant’ really do anything about it. If they’re going to call it against me then they’re going to call it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what happened in this series…
I don’t think that we can say that we were probably playing our best hockey in this series. [I] know that the effort and the willingness wasn’t there, but we were just for whatever reason not playing probably our best hockey like we were in the season or even against Detroit.

On whether he agrees with the fact that Montreal was able to get the puck in front of the net more consistently throughout the series…
It was times where we were doing a really good job in that, but they were just I think more consistent with that than we were.

On what happened in the first period…
I think that, I don’t know if we were nervous or – for sure that wasn’t the start that we were kind of trying to have. For sure it was, we were not moving the puck well. We were kind of hesitant and as the game went on we were getting better and better and then eventually we were on top of them, but kind of we needed that one more goal to tie the game, and you saw what happened.

On whether it was hard to chase the puck…
Yeah, it was hard. It’s one of those things that any goal can make a difference in a game and it doesn’t matter if you score it early or late, and for them that first goal I think gave them a lot of energy, a lot of jump, and we were kind of trying and chasing and working really, really hard, but we just needed that one goal to get us going again, you know, to tie that game…

On how disappointing it is…
Well, yeah I mean I would lie to you if I say it’s not disappointing, especially after the season we had. We, for sure our goals, which, were much higher than obviously finishing in the second round, so of course it is disappointing.

On why he couldn’t get his shot off today…
Yeah, I mean, I don’t know if my game is based on [the] number of shots. For sure I probably could have done a better job, but I don’t think I’m a guy that’s going to put up a lot of shots in the net. I mean, when you’re not on the point on the power play you’re kind of in front, you know, but again, it’s just one of those things that depends on the game, how it goes, the situations you’re playing in, but I don’t think my game is based on, judged on [the] number of shots.

On what they couldn’t find in the third period…
Maybe a little bit of, a bounce here or there or luck. I mean we had some really good chances. When there is a game, one goal game, 2-1, you’re really looking for just to get that goal and tie the game, and we couldn’t get it done.

On whether there was frustration with the calls being made…
No, it wasn’t frustration. It was just different. We were seeing calls that we didn’t have the whole series kind of, but we’re not going to for sure make excuses or blame the referees. It was just kind of a little bit different.

On what happened on the Briere goal…
Yeah, I was trying to prevent that crossing pass which he was trying to do, and it hit my skate and just bounced right to [the] perfect spot where I don’t know if that was under the glove, over the glove or just right beside Tuukka [Rask]. It was just a very unfortunate bounce.

On how he characterizes the effort tonight, as Patrice Bergeron said it was disappointing…
Early on for sure. That’s not the start that we were looking for, and I don’t know if we were just nervous or, I don’t know. Everything seemed right before the game. Everything seemed like we were ready, and I don’t know if that one goal that we feel behind kind of put us in such a bad spot mentally or, I don’t know what happened, but kind of seemed that set us back a little bit, and then for the second and third we were better, but for sure the first 20 was not what we were looking for.

On what happened on the holding penalty with Pacioretty…
Oh, we got tied up. I think our legs got totally wrapped around each other, and then we were trying to get up and then he was trying to push off me. I was trying to push off. You know, just kind of a scramble.

On how long this will take to sink in…
Yeah, it’s going to be a while. You know, especially when you know that you have a team that was so good and consistent throughout the whole season, and you have a good enough team to win more than one series. It just for sure it’s something that you’re going to be thinking about. I’ll be thinking about it for sure quite a bit.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On what’s on his mind after eliminating the Bruins…
This is a great accomplishment from that group, and we just beat the best team in the league. We were down two-to-three [games], and we showed a lot of character, a lot of passion. And to be able to win the series here in Boston, it’s a tough place for teams to come and play here. I’m really proud about the performance of our players.

On Carey Price addressing the team during the second intermission…
I don’t know. I was not there.

On the character of Carey Price…
For me, it showed a lot of leadership. Carey Price is a leader for us. He’s calm. He competes. He wants to play those games; he won the gold medal, those are demanding games, and again tonight, he was outstanding. He’s a true leader for us.

On Carey Price backstopping the Canadiens to the Conference Finals for the first time…
You know what, he’s a young goalie. He matured. He became a leader for us, and obviously he’s an important player for our hockey club. For us as a group, this is only the next step. That’s the way we see things, we’ve got another challenge coming up. We played really well. I thought we deserved to win that series, but that’s another step.

On the Canadiens earning respect from Boston and the rest of the NHL…
You know what, to be able to do that accomplishment, to beat the Boston Bruins in Game Seven in their building, I believe those guys have earned some respect. The respect, you’ve got to earn it, and I thought tonight, those guys earned it.

On how the Bruins’ antics/disrespect turning into motivation…
You know what, I’m not going to talk about the other team. I never talk about the other team. One thing I could tell, we were a group that was really, really motivated to win this series.

On if Montreal’s depth was ultimately the difference in this series…
Well, you need depth to be able to get success. Since we started the playoffs, we’ve used our depth, and again tonight. Danny Briere’s line really set the tone, to get that goal, I felt our team was well-prepared and excited about playing that game, and playing with confidence because of the way we played Game Six at home. But Danny Briere’s line, with [Brandon] Prust and [Dale] Weise, they picked up the first goal and it was certainly a boost of motivation and confidence. Then Danny [Briere] scored the third goal. It was a big goal for us. Danny was really productive tonight. Really productive.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD MAX PACIORETTY
On his first Game 7 experience…
That was a lot of fun.  No it was tough to watch sometimes from the bench when they had us hemmed in a couple times.  At the end of the day we know we have Carey [Price] back there, we know everyone is going to do whatever it takes to win and that’s what happened.

On the goal he scored in his first Game 7…
Just like everything else you need a bounce.  Gelly’s [Brendan Gallagher] a little pit bull in there, he forced a turnover.  As soon as I see Davey [David Desharnais] with it, we know what we’re doing, we’re on the same page and I’m faking like I’m going to the net, and then I’m stopping and the defenseman backs up a bit and he gives me a wide open net.  It’s one of those things that line mates are doing work for me and I’m fortunate to put it in the back of the net.

On what the team learned from this series…
I learned that we are a pretty good team and when we worry about ourselves and our game and when we are skating hard and we play between the whistles, we are a very frustrating team to play against and that showed.

On what he can say about some of the battles out on the ice…
It’s playoffs and that’s heart right there. [Brendan] Gallagher is the definition of a heart and soul player and a lot of guys had battles out there, you mentioned his size and he doesn’t back down from anyone.  Sometimes if we’re not going as good as we should be and you see him competing like that it helps the team a bit.

On getting hemmed in their own end at times and what resulted in the win…
Everyone sticking together.  It’s easy to get down on each other when things aren’t going your way in the game.  At the end of the day it’s their home building, they had a great crowd and their backs are against the way, they are in desperation mode and they definitely got the better of us towards the end of the game.  That goal by Danny is huge and obviously that was the deal breaker but I think you can point the finger to everyone being positive on the bench, the coaches included and making sure that we had confidence and I think that allowed that to happen.

On bouncing back after a Game 5 loss…
Yeah I was cleared to play the next day after we lost.  Obviously talking to the guys and being part of the group, you definitely want a different outcome.  We battle with those guys a lot and for whatever reason we frustrate them.  It’s a good feeling knowing that we are able to come out with a win but against a team that good it’s an even better feeling.

On how important that first goal was on the road to take the air out of the building…
It’s huge.  You know you look at our building when we scored the first goal last game and the fans just took over the game.  If we allowed them to score the first goal it would have been the same thing for them.  I know a couple guys that played with Danny [Briere] before he got here and they told me about him in the summer and this is exactly how they explained him.  He’s a monster in the playoffs, he’s clutch and that’s what he was tonight.

On their matchup with the Rangers…
I don’t know.  I think we’re 1-1 against them this year so obviously they have a really hot goaltender right now.  It seems like they play a lot like us, it’s a fast game, and they have everyone on board right now so it’s going to be a fun series.

On if he is happy with the way he bounced back in Game’s 6 & 7…
Of course I am.  This is a team game and I’m not going out there and playing the same way I do in the regular season.  We have a one goal lead, I’m not taking any chances, I’m making sure I’m coming back.  This is a team sport and the reason we have success is because we have four lines rolling right now and everybody is pitching in.  The fourth line, you put numbers on them, and they scored two goals tonight and that makes us dangerous.  We have four lines that can roll and you know I don’t always have to be the offensive guy, I think I can play both ends of the puck and help the team.

On the play of Carey Price…
You know Carey, between the second and third, I took a penalty, we gave up a goal, I was expecting to come in and see him a little down on himself and that wasn’t the case at all.  He was more confident than I have ever seen him before.  He spoke up and said something like “Only live in the moment, don’t worry about the past”.  I don’t know if that’s the difference in his game this year from every other year but I’m speechless at how he is playing.  Not a speech, he just mentioned that and as a goalie that’s where all of our confidence comes from.  He shows up to work every day and in this playoffs he’s been great and it’s not just him stopping the puck, it’s him being a leader and doing things that it takes to be good.

On what it took to counteract all of the Bruins experience…
Worry about our own game.  We always talk with the media about how good they are, how physical they are and they’re a great team but we’re a great team too and when we worry about our game and we play between the whistles, we are such a frustrating group to play against because we are fast and we get under peoples skin.  We are making the decisions, we know when to make plays, we know when to get pucks deep and it’s tiring on their defenseman because we are skating them for seven games and we were able to do that this series

On if the Bruins gave them a pretty good push in the 2nd & 3rd period…
Oh yeah they were all over us.  They had us hemmed in a couple times and that’s the way it goes.  Their backs were against the wall, they had the momentum from the crowd as well and you have to give them credit they battled till the end but we did too.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On the Canadiens’ level of satisfaction…
We feel really good. We felt coming in to this series that we had a good chance to beat these guys, and I thought we showed a lot of character pulling it out.

On still believing despite being down 3-2 in the series…
We had an off game in Game Five, but for the most part, we felt that we outplayed them for a good part of the series. It was a great win tonight.

On if winning tonight meant more after losing Game Seven in Boston in 2011…
It feels good. Anytime you advance on it feels good, but it’s a nice demon to get past.

On what it says about the Canadiens to win Games Six and Seven…
It’s what we’ve had all year. We’ve shown that character all year, bouncing back and sticking with things. It’s a solid group in here, and Carey [Price] gives us a chance to win every night, and we believe in ourselves.

On the Habs maturing from their first-round defeat to Ottawa last year…
You learn something all the time, and the more experience you get, the more you learn. It has to play a little bit into it, but it’s a different team. Our health right now is a big plus for us. We’re able to be a deep team, roll lines and keep guys fresh. We’ve got four lines and three sets of D that are playing great, and it’s led by Carey [Price].

On Montreal’s commitment to defense…
Yeah, it’s what we’ve always been about. You’ve got the guys back there that really pay a price, and it shows. When we get big wins like this and you’re blocking shots, paying the price, and sacrificing, it’s what you need to do to win.

On the mood in the Canadiens’ locker room…
It was what you would expect. You advance on, and you’re looking forward to your next opponent. We’re pretty excited about our chances, and we’re pretty excited about our group. It’s a great night, we’ll reset, and wait for word to come when we play.

On if there’s extra satisfaction in beating the Bruins…
It’s a big rival, and it was a big series. Anytime that you can come in and knock off the number one team in the league, you know you’re doing something right. You know your group is on the right track. I thought we had a great series battling hard against a great team, and we came out on top.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN ANDREI MARKOV
On if he has the feeling that anything’s possible for the team…
You know like we just finished the game, we need to rest a little bit and be ready for the next series. You know do our best you know like you said, play like a team you know, everybody together and do our job.

On the play of goaltender Carey Price…
He unbelievable, you know, like he made key saves for us. I don’t know, there’s not much to explain, he’s the best you know.

On the turning point of this series…
It’s tough to say, you know like probably maybe the third goal, but that was a tough game from the start to finish.

On what made the difference for the team against Montreal…
Like I said before we tried to stay positive, we tried to stay like a team you know like we play like a team and that’s more important for us. Right now we have to rest and move forward and be ready for the next series.

On if the Bruins gave Montreal a good scare during the second and third periods…
Why we have to scare? We need a scare?

On if the Bruins gave Montreal a tough series….
Of course, yeah they have a good team and it’s always fun and it’s always not easy to play against them, but like I said right now we’ll move forward so that’s it.

On the performance of Carey Price during the last couple of games….
Not just the last two games you know like the whole season long he’s unbelievable and he gave us the chance every game you know to win the game and especially tonight he was unbelievable.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD DANIEL BRIERE
On the third goal going into the net…
I was trying to split the defensemen. I knew they had a forward playing defense. It was a great play by Brendan [Gallagher] and then I was in a tight area. I was just trying somehow to just put it on net. Put it around net. Someone was coming late or something, kind of a lucky bounce and a lucky break. At this point it doesn’t matter how they go in.

On beating the Bruins tonight…
It’s a pretty wild feeling. As you can tell in my voice, there is not much left right now. It’s a pretty good feeling from all of the goals celebration, all three of them. You know, definitely something part of my career that I will remember for a long time. Hopefully this ride is far from over. Having the chance for us all to play the Bruins and to beat them in seven games is something very special.
 
On Montreal’s play during the playoffs …
We play hard for each other. In the first round, not a lot of people gave us a chance. Not even half way split in Tampa Bay’s favor from what we read. This one, I don’t know too many people that called this one. Playing with that edge works for us. We also used some of their antics to motivate us. It’s a great feeling. I don’t know what else to say.

On the motivation of the team…
We all saw the muscle flexing, the helmet tossing and the water bottle spray— those are all things we tried to use to our advantage.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD DALE WEISE
On how it feels to beat the Bruins in a 7 Game series…
Pretty good, pretty good.  Obviously beating those guys, it just feels so much sweeter.

On when they had a belief that they could beat the Bruins…
From the beginning of the series. We were very comfortable playing that team. I think everybody else doubted us, I heard someone on the TSN panel actually say that they were the perfect hockey club so I don’t know what that says about us now. I guess we’ll have to wait for the TSN panel.

On if they played with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder…
Yeah I think as the series went on our motivation grew. They just disrespected us in every single way and I don’t think they had any respect for us as a team.  We’ll leave it at that.  The better team won.

On him getting the first goal of the game…
Yeah we wanted to go out and get that first goal for sure. We’re not big on the stats and stuff like that but the first goal has been huge in this series. Just coming out and trying to get momentum, heck of a play by Prusty [Brandon Prust] there, he takes on three guys and gets it to Danny [Briere], and Danny [Briere] was incredible tonight.

On what he can say about some of the battlers on his team…
You know what I think our team solved a lot of the critics that say we are too small and the big bad Bruins manhandled us. You look at some of our small guys, look at Gally [Brendan Gallagher] and Gio [Brian Gionta], Weaves on the back end, that guys a human wall.  We just have so many little guys that just compete and their tenacious on the puck and I can’t say enough good things about them.

On how long it took him to hate Boston…
Well I hated Boston before I got here. Obviously on Vancouver we didn’t like each other and it just grew as the series went on.  They just have some guys that do some disrespectful things, even in the handshake they had a couple guys, or sorry just one, that couldn’t put it behind them and be a good winner. Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys

On what happened in the handshake line…
Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys.  You look at a guy like Shawn Thornton who has been around the league and he plays hard and he plays that role and he had good things to say to everybody.  He won with class and Milan Lucic just couldn’t do that.  Well I won’t get into what he said, it’s just poor, it’s a poor way to lose.

On what pissed the Canadiens off this series…
A little bit of everything, a lot of disrespect in the series and we used that as motivation for our team.  We got a lot of small guys that like to battle and we got a lot of critics against us and we just believe in this locker room, our coaching staff, our management, all the players believe in each other.

On the Canadiens showing right from the start that they weren’t afraid of the Bruins…
I think we talked about Game 5 obviously we didn’t think we played well and Game 6 & 7 we wanted to initiate and I thought we did that.

On if he feels that they didn’t get enough respect during the regular season as a team…
I don’t know, I don’t know.  I think it takes a hard playoff series to really gain respect from players and a team and if we don’t garner their respect now, I don’t think we ever will.

On if he feels that there is something special about this team…
I said when I got here that I just think this is a special team.  I was on Vancouver the year after they went to the cup final and we won the Presidents’ trophy, there is just something about this team that is special.  We’re real resilient when our backs are against the wall and we need a big performance we know our big players show up and we got so much depth.  I really like our team.

On what went through his mind when the team was trailing 3-2 in the series…
We knew we were going home and obviously we are so comfortable playing at home and our crowd is everything to our team and we just feed off that.  They were in full force in Game 6 and we played a good game, and we did the same thing tonight.

On his goal and how he set himself up for the pass…
Yeah I originally thought that the puck was going to rim around to my side so I was kind of sitting on the wall and then their third man kind of peeled off me, I don’t know who it was, and I snuck behind their defense.  Prusty [Brandon Prust] makes a heck of a play, he out battled three guys, he threw it to Danny [Briere] and Danny [Briere] found me.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN P.K. SUBBAN
On good does this series win feel after 2011…
Oh, it feels good. I mean anytime you’re moving onto the conference finals it’s a good feeling, but more importantly with the rivalry and against this team. Listen, it comes down respect. I think we’ve done a lot of great things in this league since I’ve been here. Our team’s done a lot, but we failed to get the respect that I think we deserve and I think we earned that. I think more importantly, especially for the guys that have been here for that run in 2010 I think was and you know who were there when we lost game seven. We’re just sick and tired of it. Sick and tired of you know people disrespecting us and not giving us the credit we deserve. We’re a good group of guys in here, we’re character group and I think we earned a lot of respect today.

On how important the first goal was in setting the tone quickly…
It’s always important. I think that that line has done a great job. Dale’s [Weise] obviously had a great playoffs and he finished that off, but whether we scored first or not obviously it’s a big goal and it helped our team, but whether we scored or not we wanted to execute the game plan for a full 60 minutes and I felt we did that.

On saying that he wanted to take this all away from the Bruins after game six, and if that was a deliberate message for the team…
Listen, everything that comes out of my mouth I try to think in the best interests of my team. It’s just another opportunity for maybe people to talk about me a little bit more, maybe focus on me while my teammates do the job and get it done. You know I said after the game I don’t expect to come in and be the guy to score the game winning goal every time or to score in overtime or to be the guy to put our team over the top, I just want to be a part of it and you know for me I just wanted to see my teammates win. I wanted to see them compete and I’m just happy that we got the win today, but you know saying that obviously I knew that was going to draw some attention for sure.

On whether he thought about “poking the bear” when playing against the Bruins…
Listen, I got nothing but respect for that team. There’s a reason why they won the Stanley Cup a couple of years ago. There’s a reason why they finished with the most points in the league or they won the Presidents’ Trophy this year. There’s a reason why they’re in this position, you know, they’re a good hockey team and they have a lot of experience on that team and a lot of great players. But you do whatever it takes to win and I think that you know even though we won this series I thought we did it with class and with respect. You know they’re a classy organization, but they gave us a lot of reasons sometimes to compete a little bit harder and to make sure we were winning battles. You know as a player I know that I’m a guy who feeds off of that. I know we have a bunch of guys who feed off of that as well and when you mix that with the loss we had last time in game seven it’s a pretty lethal weapon to have when you’re playing coming into this building and like I said there’s nothing better than shutting up everybody here.

On what was said in the handshake line…
Listen, it’s just trying to congratulate everybody on a series. Listen, it’s an emotional series you know and it’s very emotional, guys want to win, it’s competitive, but at the end of the day you just want to be on the winning side of things and you know whatever is said is said, but I’m just happy we’re moving on, it doesn’t matter now.

On how he felt after the final whistle was blown…
It’s a good feeling. You know it’s a good feeling to go to the conference finals and when you think about it you have an opportunity to get one step closer to the Stanley Cup. You know that’s our goal and listen we deserve it. We deserve it. We worked hard, like, you know, nothing has come easy for us all year. We’ve worked hard for everything that we’ve gotten and you know for a team like I said that just as a player being a part of this team, hearing some of the things that some people have said and the way people have disrespected us both on and off the ice I’m just happy for our group. I think we earned a lot of respect today.

On the ways he’s been disrespected…
I’m not going to go into details about it. I think generally I think we’re a team that earned respect today around the league you know as a team that is a competitive team and can compete for the Stanley Cup. I think that you know that’s our goal, that’s what we want, but I think it’s about time that people give us the recognition that we deserve.

On what part of the team’s game deserves more respect and what was the difference on the ice…
No, I just think our ability as a team to win. I think that you know before the series everybody was looking at them as a team that has all the experience and has two big lines and you know guys who have won Norris trophies and Selke nominees who are great players you know, but we have some good players on our team as well. You know guys who are great hockey players that are driven and are ready to compete at this level and at the highest stage and maybe we had to do something like this to earn that respect, but I think it’s just been a long time coming for our team and maybe a coming out party for our team.

On the job Head Coach Michel Therrien has done,,,
You know listen as a group you know I think that as a group we’ve done a great job. As an organization focusing on what we can control and I think the most important thing is that we’ve had each other’s back along the way both players and coaches and it starts from up top. It starts from up top. It starts with the ownership and the presidents and the GM and all the way down to the trainers. You know we’re all working together, we’re all working towards the same goal. Listen, this is a total group effort. Not just the players on the ice, from coaches to management, to beat a team like this in this environment to come in here in game seven and do what we did today it’s a total group effort. It’s not just one player, it’s everybody.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On the Canadiens’ play tonight…
I thought that our team game was awesome tonight. I can’t say enough about the guys who played tonight. They never backed down at any point in the series. They did absolutely everything it took to win. I thought that the guys deserve that. There is no question that the Bruins team was confident and a capable team of going all the way. You got to give them the upmost credit. I have a lot of respect for that team. It was a battle the whole way, anything can happen in one game.

On the pep talk in the locker room after the second period…
It’s all too rare. It’s a philosophy I think that we have lived by all season long. You know, short term memories and living in the moment. That’s what it’s all about. Like I said last game, this is the type of situation you want to be in as a hockey player. This is what makes it so much fun.
 
On what has worked for the team on getting to the playoffs …
Undoubtedly because the guys are locked in. Everybody is doing what it takes to win hockey games. Whether it’s a guy that is not playing, he is still working hard. Right to our starting lineup. Everybody is doing what it takes to win hockey games.

On Price being 5-0 in elimination games…
It undoubtedly has to do a lot with the teams that have been playing in front of me. These guys have played very hard. They have sacrificed their life and limbs just about to block shots and taking hits to make plays. Winning is hard. It’s the hardest thing to do. It comes at price and these guys are paying it.

On Montreal’s thoughts about trialing 3-2 in the series…
It’s not over. We all had the mindset. We all believed that we had an opportunity. As soon as you let doubt come in your mind, is when it starts to go downhill. I think that everybody believed right down to the last minute.

On Game 6 being the turning point of this series…
I thought that we played our best game in Game 6. These guys, they brought a lot of energy. I think in Game 6, we realized how good our hockey team is. We just tried to win every period as it came. We found a way.

On Price’s feelings going into round three of the playoffs…
I am ecstatic. I don’t show it a whole lot but at the same time you have to realize that it’s not over. We are only half way there.


On Price’s feelings about playing the New York Rangers…
It’s a good hockey team. Every team in the playoffs at this point is a good hockey team. I think that confidence goes a long way. Definitely, you have to have the right attitude.

On mentally being in a good zone tonight…
These guys let me see the puck. I thought that we did an excellent job of boxing guys out, and we got to a lot of loose pucks in front of the net. When we are doing that, it makes my job really easy.

On what made the difference in the series…
We were just tenacious the whole series. We didn’t give up at any point. Those guys, they laid it out on the line and got rewarded for it.

On if Montreal knew they could compete against the Bruins…
We thought that we could compete with them right from Game 1. The old saying is “once you get to the dance, anything can happen.” That’s the truth. Like I said, we are going to enjoy this one tonight and get refocused. You can’t get too high and you can’t get too low.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD DALE WEISE
On how it feels to beat the Bruins in a 7 Game series…
Pretty good, pretty good.  Obviously beating those guys, it just feels so much sweeter.

On when they had a belief that they could beat the Bruins…
From the beginning of the series.  We were very comfortable playing that team.  I think everybody else doubted us, I heard someone on the TSN panel actually say that they were the perfect hockey club so I don’t know what that says about us now.  I guess we’ll have to wait for the TSN panel.

On if they played with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder…
Yeah I think as the series went on our motivation grew.  They just disrespected us in every single way and I don’t think they had any respect for us as a team.  We’ll leave it at that.  The better team won.

On him getting the first goal of the game…
Yeah we wanted to go out and get that first goal for sure.  We’re not big on the stats and stuff like that but the first goal has been huge in this series.  Just coming out and trying to get momentum, heck of a play by Prusty [Brandon Prust] there, he takes on three guys and gets it to Danny [Briere], and Danny [Briere] was incredible tonight.

On what he can say about some of the battlers on his team…
You know what I think our team solved a lot of the critics that say we are too small and the big bad Bruins manhandled us.  You look at some of our small guys, look at Gally [Brendan Gallagher] and Gio [Brian Gionta], Weaves on the back end, that guys a human wall.  We just have so many little guys that just compete and their tenacious on the puck and I can’t say enough good things about them.

On how long it took him to hate Boston…
Well I hated Boston before I got here.  Obviously on Vancouver we didn’t like each other and it just grew as the series went on.  They just have some guys that do some disrespectful things, even in the handshake they had a couple guys, or sorry just one, that couldn’t put it behind them and be a good winner.  Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys

On what happened in the handshake line…
Milan Lucic had a few things to say to a couple guys.  You look at a guy like Shawn Thornton who has been around the league and he plays hard and he plays that role and he had good things to say to everybody.  He won with class and Milan Lucic just couldn’t do that.  Well I won’t get into what he said, it’s just poor, it’s a poor way to lose.

On what pissed the Canadiens off this series…
A little bit of everything, a lot of disrespect in the series and we used that as motivation for our team.  We got a lot of small guys that like to battle and we got a lot of critics against us and we just believe in this locker room, our coaching staff, our management, all the players believe in each other.

On the Canadiens showing right from the start that they weren’t afraid of the Bruins…
I think we talked about Game 5 obviously we didn’t think we played well and Game 6&7 we wanted to initiate and I thought we did that.

On if he feels that they didn’t get enough respect during the regular season as a team…
I don’t know, I don’t know.  I think it takes a hard playoff series to really gain respect from players and a team and if we don’t garner their respect now, I don’t think we ever will.

On if he feels that there is something special about this team…
I said when I got here that I just think this is a special team.  I was on Vancouver the year after they went to the cup final and we won the President’s trophy, there is just something about this team that is special.  We’re real resilient when our backs are against the wall and we need a big performance we know our big players show up and we got so much depth.  I really like our team.

On what went through his mind when the team was trailing 3-2 in the series…
We knew we were going home and obviously we are so comfortable playing at home and our crowd is everything to our team and we just feed off that.  They were in full force in Game 6 and we played a good game, and we did the same thing tonight.

On his goal and how he set himself up for the pass…
Yeah I originally thought that the puck was going to rim around to my side so I was kind of sitting on the wall and then their third man kind of peeled off me, I don’t know who it was, and I snuck behind their defense.  Prusty [Brandon Prust] makes a heck of a play, he out battled three guys, he threw it to Danny [Briere] and Danny [Briere] found me.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On what the team has to do tonight to have success…
I think it’s pretty simple, we have to go out there and play our best game and play our game. Not just our best game, but the way we play. If you followed our team all you, you’ll know what that is. It’s what I told the players so I am not saying anything different here today.

On if he has seen the team’s best hockey at any point this series…
I mean, we have played well. We always look for – to play better, that is a normal thing. All I said earlier is that it’s obvious. All coaches are going to say that, we need to play our best game tonight and if you do you have a chance to move on. Unfortunately there are not a ton of clichés or secrets here in the seventh game. It is about going out there and playing the best game you can.

On what are the differences between what makes or breaks a game 7…
Well, it’s like anything else. When you win the Stanley Cup, you have played some of your best hockey, but you have also had the breaks. I’ll be the first one to tell you, if we don’t have a little bit of luck when we want it, then we don’t win the Cup. So it all comes with the package here. So we have to play our best, we have to get some breaks and a little bit of luck. If you get all of those things, your chances are good but most importantly is control what you can control. I think our effort and our game tonight is something that is in our own hands and then you just have to hope that the other things follow.

On how he thinks Matt Fraser will be able to handle this situation…
I mean, there’s players on all teams that can be facing that, I’m sure they’ll have a few as well. If they put in [Nathan] Beaulieu, it will be his first time too. So that is just the way it goes and you have to handle it the best way you can.

On if a Game 7 feels any different than other games…
Well I think it’s do or die right? I think everybody knows that. To me it’s exciting, I was ready to play last night and I was excited watching the other games on TV. I wish it was an afternoon game versus a night game. The excitement of wanting to play those – you know, it depends on how you approach it. I’m excited about it and I don’t know having been through a lot of Game 7s is a compliment. We have been through a lot of them so we’ll take it. Hopefully we can take advantage of them.

On what about the team gives him so much confidence to say “I expect to win”…
Well I don’t think you would expect me to say the other thing would you? I expect us to win, simple as that. Our team has been resilient at rebounds with losses, it’s done that all year. So it’s about having confidence in your group and that I have lots of.

On if there is a chance Dennis Seidenberg plays tonight…
I don’t think so. I’d be very surprised.
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