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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On the Bruins being unable to score on their scoring opportunities…
I think that the only thing we talk about here is pretty simple.  It’s not the offense; it’s the lack of finish.  I think when you come back from a long road trip like we did, we all know that that first game becomes a challenge, and I thought our guys handled it well.  I thought we came out there, skated, worked hard, you know, dominated the game.  [We] had lots of shots and scoring chances, but the inability to finish is the only reason that we’re sitting here tonight with a loss.

On if he got a reason why the officials decided not to call a penalty when Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton appeared to cover the puck with his hand in the crease…
I did.  Some things remain between referees and coaches out of respect, so I’d prefer not to say.  But it had a good reason, let me put it that way. 

On if the chance totals were lopsided…
Yeah, but I haven’t got the totals,  I know that after two periods, and then you look at the third period again,  I saw the chances we had—pretty lopsided.  You know the ratio of goals scored versus scoring chances obviously tonight is going to be the frustrating part.  At the end of the day, you have to live with this loss, but you know, [we’ve] got to continue to play hard and hope that we find ways to score goals like we did in Chicago. 

On the mood of the team…
Well, there’s no doubt that we’ll sit and probably…it won’t sit too well with us.  But before next game, we’ll be fine. 

On Daniel Paille scoring after having difficulty capitalizing…
That’s what you hope for, you know, and he had another good chance there later on.  We need him to step up, you know, with the injuries.  So maybe sitting out a couple games and being able to watch from up top just kind of gave him a different perspective, and he seemed to be a better player tonight. 

On the power play…
I like that we controlled the play and we had chances; didn’t like that we didn’t finish.  Same thing I said, but overall, we did a good job, I thought, of managing the puck and spending most of the power play in their zone.  We had lots of chances, so again, you know, there’s only one issue, and we keep going back to it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On getting a goal despite the loss...
Yeah, you know we started off pretty good there. We were able to capitalize on the first shift, but unfortunately we couldn’t get any more after that as a team. We had chances to take a couple goal lead there, but we just didn’t execute for most of the game and overall it was a good effort, but obviously not enough when we don’t even get a point out of it.

On the third-period scramble in front of the net...
It was very vague; I mean I think he said that the helmet came off before he put his hand on the puck. The goalie’s helmet, yeah. I believe that’s what he said. So, my focus was on the puck so I have no idea when the helmet came off. But, I think at that point there’s no sense of arguing. We had two or three opportunities right before that happened and we could have finished it. You know, the opportunity ended up bouncing off of them and they didn’t even know where it was, but unfortunately we just didn’t finish that there.

On if this is the most difficult stretch he’s seen during his time with the Bruins...
It’s definitely been the most, I guess, up and down season as a group. But, even the St. Louis game when I was watching, I didn’t see anybody kind of get distraught or depressed or anything like that, and same with today. I thought everyone seemed a bit calm, but at the same time willing to put the effort in. It’s definitely a tough stretch when we’re starting to play well and get that loss, but hopefully this can be a turn around for the rest of the season.

On if he felt rejuvenated in tonight’s game...
Yeah, sometimes when you’re in the stretch that I was in it’s good to take a step back before you take two steps forward. I think I was just in a bad place for a long time, couldn’t figure out how to get out of it, and after watching the last couple of games just tried to calm down a little bit and at the same time get some anger in there for when I get back in there. You know, I thought talking with Claude [Julien], he’s been really clear with me what he wants or what he needs from me. So there’s no miscommunication there, I just needed to play like a better effort. That was my goal and I think I did a good job refocusing for today, but it’s only one game.

On his line getting quality chances...
Yeah, Carl [Soderberg] and Loui [Eriksson], they’re definitely offensively skilled and I’m definitely – for not practicing too often with them, I definitely enjoyed the opportunity. Like you said we had a lot of scoring chances, and hopefully if I get the opportunity to play next game, we have those opportunities again. Hopefully we can capitalize more on them.

On his thought process when things weren’t going right with his game...
I think it’s just, you know when things don’t go right, like I’ve said it before – it’s easy to get negative and take a lot in and put a lot of pressure on yourself. Maybe in the end, I needed that time to reflect on what I needed to accomplish in the group and I felt that it helped me with the way that Claude [Julien] approached me when he wasn’t playing me. I think for me it just kind of cleared my mind a little bit to what I need to do for this team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On if it was frustrating that the Bruins had trouble scoring on their scoring opportunities…
Yeah, for sure.  For our whole team it was, we had a nice game tonight. 

On if the team’s sense of urgency is where it needs to be…
Yeah, I think so.  Lately, somewhere between Edmonton and Calgary, I think we picked up our game, but maybe it takes a while for us to get the results with us. 

On if his own performance is lacking something…
Yeah, for sure.  For me and the whole team, February has been tough, but like I said, I think we picked up our game, even me and our whole team a couple of games ago.  And I think the results will come with us, so we have two more games in February, and we want to end this well. 

On learning things from the previous road trip…
That’s what we hope for and that’s what we fight for everyday.  I think we created enough chances to win this hockey game tonight.  Hopefully, we get the bounces with us next game. 

On playing with Daniel Paille…
He skated well tonight and was strong on the puck.  So he played a great game with us. 

On the numerous chances the Bruins had…
Oh yeah.  We had, I think, the whole team had a lot of chances, especially in the second period, so maybe we should have the lead, but that’s hockey.

On Daniel Paille’s shot that Canucks defenseman Ryan Stanton appeared to cover with his glove…
I don’t if it hit me or the D [defenseman], I’m not quite sure, to be honest, and then after that maybe the D [defenseman]…he put his glove on the puck.  Maybe it should be…I don’t know it’s a penalty or whatever it is, but yeah, that’s one of all chances we had. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if the lack of finishing tonight was frustrating…
Yeah, it was. I thought we gave ourselves good looks, good chances, and good shots. We were doing a good job but pucks didn’t settle, but still, we’ve got to find a way to get a loose puck, or just a rebound, and find a way to score some more goals.

On Eddie Lack being in position and playing square…
He was square. He had a good night. I think we can be better with making it a little harder for him to see the puck. I thought we had some good chances, good shots, but not enough traffic.

On the Bruins not burying rebounds…
Yeah, they were there. Their D’s were doing a good job of, like I said, kind of just playing the body, and not really letting the puck get to the goalie. So it was hard to get in there. We’ve got to still find a way to find it.

On the power play having good puck movement but not converting…
Yeah, I thought we were moving the puck pretty well. I thought we had some really good looks actually. We were taking what was there, but bottom line, we’ve got to score.

On having to find a way to win without David Krejci…
Yeah, well I think it’s the case with or without him, and it’s about really getting some points and getting some wins. At the end of the day, that’s what matters most.

On if there are more positives than negatives to take from tonight’s game…
There’s definitely some good to take out of it, but right now we can’t get satisfied with just being good enough, we’ve got to definitely find a way to come out on top.

On if the Bruins sense of urgency is where it needs to be…
I think it’s been better the last few games, but in a game like this, we’ve got to find a way to find the desperation to get the extra goal. We’ve got to just find a way, that’s basically the bottom line.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the mindset after getting so many chances but still losing…
As always you just try to take the positives out of it, I guess, and learn form the bad stuff but I don’t think there was too much bad stuff today. We played one of the better defensive games this year, I thought, as far as their quality chances go. We just couldn’t bounce on those loose pucks, there was a lot of loose pucks around the net today and we were always second one in, couldn’t capitalize. It was a tough one.

On taking the positives out of important games like this…
You never can accept losing, but we feel like our game is going in the right direction the past few games here and today was no exception to that. We just fell short. I guess we used all the goals last game. Get one of those six goal games and you think that things are going to turn around and you know its going to come but, you know, its not that easy.

On coming out into the game and scoring quickly…
Yeah we looked good. We controlled the puck, controlled everything and they get one rush and it’s off the stick and in. That kind of puts us on the back of our heels a little bit but we just pushed and never got rewarded.

On seeing the second goal all the way…
No, too late. Yeah I saw, I think, our guy was going to go block it and I was trying to look around him and two guys skated, flash screened me there and picked it up late.

On Daniel Paille saying this is the most difficult time he’s gone through…
Yeah I think it’s a pretty fair assessment. Just how up and down things have been going and we never seem to catch too many breaks and once we kind of feel on track things have fallen apart, so its been really tough. We’re still in a playoff spot, that’s a positive thing. We have to make sure we keep playing hard and good things can happen.

On players scoring creating momentum for other players to score…
Yeah, I mean, when everything falls apart the only thing you have is hard work and that’s what we’re trying to talk about and do. Didn’t pay off today but you just have to hope it will pay off the next game or game after that.

On finally getting power play chances but not being able to score…
Yeah I thought we made some good plays, you probably missed it but there was a lot of loose pucks around the net and we just couldn’t pounce on those. A lot of times that’s how you score in the scrums, you know that first goal you just have to have the nose for those and today we just didn’t.

On the deadline Monday…
What deadline?

On the trade deadline, what you think Peter Chiarelli should try…
I’m not going to say anything, throw myself under the bus. We don’t really talk about that stuff. It’s out of our hands and we know we have well capable management that will do whatever they feel like they need to make - we just keep playing, plugging again and we’ll see what happens.

On how you feel physically after playing another game…
I feel great. You know, its tough but no complaints. Honestly I don’t feel that bad. Obviously, you play whatever games in a row you’re going to feel fatigued but as I’ve said earlier, the more you play and you battle that mental fatigues you, kind of, try to put all your energy on the right things and you don’t over think the play and the game. So, it’s been working well and we’ll see.

On you being able to miss practice when needed …
I think we’re at the stage where once the season winds down and you go in the payoffs you try to manage your practice time and your rest. If I feel so bad that I don’t feel like I should go out there, I’m going to tell coach but that point hasn’t come yet. Once we get to the whole season and stuff I’m sure everybody’s going to get their time off.

On how much weight you lose during the season…
I bounce around within three pounds I think. Not too bad. No matter what I do I stay the same.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On being frustrated having chances and not capitalizing…
I wouldn’t call it a frustrated night. I would call it a night that we didn’t take full advantage of some chances we had and maybe some loose pucks around the net that we had. We created good pressure, good energy out there. Again, just some of those loose pucks and bounces that were really close in the crease we didn’t quite play until the whistle.

On hoping to get some luck sometime…
Its part of the game but we can’t rely on luck. We have to rely on our abilities to play, play strong and then usually a lucky bounce will happen. We can’t be just hoping, wishing for lucky bounces. We have to play strong like we have the last few games, eventually it will start going in but I thought for the most part tonight we had some good looks, good chances, the power play created good momentum. A lot of chances on that and just, again, we needed that goal that they got and put them ahead.

On the effort still being there but not the scoring…
It could be better, we all could be better. Like I said, when there are loose pucks we have to play until the whistle, we have to be more hungry and everybody, not just up front. All five guys on the ice have to be more desperate.

On being frustrating not capitalizing on the power play…
I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating, again. We moved the puck well, we had some great looks, we are able to stay in the zone now, and we are moving into openings and shooting pucks. I think we are doing all those right things; just maybe last thing is scoring a goal.

On getting the sense of urgency back…
Play until the whistle. I think a number of times tonight we saw that sometimes those sparks were not covered, they were still loose and we kind of think they are covered. A lot of times extra effort will make a difference in a game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On if the Bruins built off of Sunday’s win at all tonight…
We did some. I mean, we weren’t quite as sharp as we were Sunday. We did have a lot of shots and a lot of rebounds right around the net, but we weren’t there quite enough. They got a lucky bounce on the first one off my stick, and the other one was off of a screen. We played okay, but it wasn’t enough, and again there were loose pucks we just couldn’t get at.

On if it was frustrating to get loose pucks in front of the net but not capitalize…
It’s very frustrating. I mean, you have to work for your luck, right? So I guess the coaches are going to look at the tape and see what we could’ve done better, if we could’ve done something better. I’m sure we could. But at the end of the day, we just have to work for our chances and get to those loose pucks, and if not, then that’s what happens.

On if the Bruins were moving the puck well on the power play…
I mean those guys, they moved it really well. They had good looks. They were moving it well up top. They were using the bumper really well, ‘bumper’ meaning Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], so I think they did a great job releasing the pressure when they had it, and then getting pucks to the net with guys there. But it just wouldn’t go in.

On if it’s too late in the season for moral victories…
Yes, but in the situation that were in, I think we’ve got to take every positive. I mean, we’re still not out of it. We’ve only lost a few games out of the last ten [in regulation], so we’ve got to take the positives when we can, and even if it’s not a win. I mean, you’ve got to build off of something, and stay positive, and keep building.

NHL COMMISIONER GARY BETTMAN MEDIA AVAILABILITY DURING THE SECOND INTERMISSION OF THE BRUINS/CANUCKS GAME AT TD GARDEN
On today’s media availability...
I don’t have any announcements to make.

On the Las Vegas ticket drive...
Just watching, no particular thoughts. When they conclude the drive and they report the results, we’ll take a look at what it all means – if anything.

On the NHL’s Olympic future...
Nothing. We haven’t had any discussions about that ... Yeah, it’s – as I’ve repeatedly said – at some point we’ll sit down with the Players Association because it’s a joint decision, and focus on what we think makes sense going forward. I think since Sochi our attention has really been focused on the World Cup.

On his reason for visiting Boston...
I try, as you know, I try to get everywhere at least once. I was in Vancouver three or four weeks ago I think, catch a game, gives me an opportunity to touch and feel the game everywhere. You all know, game presentation, crowd, buildings are all different. So I haven’t been to a game in Boston this year. It fit into my schedule, and that’s why I’m here.

On the new embellishment and diving enforcement has gone this year...
Well I won’t comment on the particulars – if a letter notice is issued, you’ll be the judge. I think it’s good. We’re trying to effectuate a change in behavior by highlight the players who are repeatedly embellishing. I think long term this is going to get us to a better place, a place that we want to be on that particular subject. So I didn’t expect it to work overnight, but I think the body of work and the process that we’re using will ultimately get us to a better place.

On the public disclosure of players who receive diving and embellishing fines...
We think that’s an important element of what we’re doing. While the fine ultimately is important, I think public notoriety is perhaps even more important.

On ticket prices increasing and the secondary market of ticket sales...
Well in the first instance, pricing is really team specific and market-sensitive – the teams are best able to judge that. But if you’re seeing a lot of tickets turning over at a higher price in the secondary market, I think that’s a pretty good indication that tickets are being underpriced in the first instance. And so, if there’s a vibrant secondary market that’s charging more, then the best indication – particularly since we play at a 96 percent capacity as a league, is that those tickets that are being resold at a higher price had been underpriced initially.

On the NHL’s percentage numbers in ticket sales...
Well, it’s not about who’s taking the money. It’s a question of the marketplace, ultimately, that determines the price of tickets and if the marketplace is telling you the tickets are worth more, that’s a pretty good indication.

On if he has an estimate on next year’s salary cap...
You know, the estimate so we can run through this, the estimate I gave the board in December – assuming the five percent inflator in the collective bargaining agreement and that was when the Canadian dollar was 88 cents – was 73 million. If the Canadian dollar is at 80 cents for the rest of the season, I think it’s somewhere in the high 71’s, maybe 72. I think the fluctuation we’re talking about, based on a lower Canadian dollar than 88 cents, is about a million dollars, give or take 100,000 or two off of the original 73 estimate. And on a cap that’s over 70 million dollars, I don’t view that as overly dramatic. I think if you did the calculation, if – so nobody gets this wrong, I’m not projecting it, I’m just going to give you the math – if the Canadian dollar dropped to 75 cents, which it’s not, I think the cap would still be 71 and a half. So, my only point in doing that reference – I’m not prognosticating the cap or the Canadian dollar – I’m simply making a point that the way the math works. I know there’s been some suggestion that the cap’s going to fall of a cliff; it’s not, with the Canadian dollar even where it is now.

On if he’s seen fan interest in the salary cap...
We hear from the fans on a regular basis and we hear on lots and lots of issues. We’re not getting a lot of feedback on that. It’s not something that seems to be driving fan interest as much as perhaps the interest of the people in this room and your colleagues.

On transparency of salary cap information...
GM’s have access to information – the tools that we have for internal business use are different but everything we do internally for business purposes doesn’t necessarily need to be made public and be the object of discussion.

On the season’s scheduling and structure...
All the feedback that we get on that, both from fans and clubs, and as well from players is this has worked well because we sought to accomplish a number of objectives, all of which were fan friendly. One we wanted every team in every building at least once during the season, we wanted to accentuate geographic rivalries, and as important when teams were on the road, we wanted more sensible times for broadcast back to the home market. So moving Detroit and Columbus to the east, moving Minnesota, Colorado, and Dallas further east than where they were and putting them in natural time zones made a lot of sense. I know there’s the 14-16 imbalance between conferences, but that’s just the function of the geography where we are and we’ve been able to schedule around that. So the answer to your question, albeit to this point long winded, was that we like the way it’s working out and it seems that everybody who is focused on this game agrees.

On Jeremy Jacob’s involvement and the future with Charlie Jacobs…
I think what Jerry Jacobs did was a look toward the future. He’s owned this team since the mid-seventies. I think he was in his mid-thirties when he bought it and he has a large family, a number of members of which are involved in the businesses, whether it’s Delaware North Sports Services or the club. And I think in terms of the long term future of this club in the hands of the Jacobs family and the long-term stability of the club, I think this was on a day-to-day basis a transitional move. Jerry has been a terrific owner, he’s chairman of the board of governors, he’s still extraordinarily active, as active as he’s ever been at the league level. I think Boston, the Bruins, and the League are fortunate to have him. He’s a terrific owner.

On how to educate players in order to limit socially unacceptable comments made by players like Morgan Rielly and Tyler Seguin….
We do a variety of things. Whether or not it’s media training and the rookie orientation program, whether or not it’s memos we send out on a regular basis, whether or not it’s things the clubs do individually. But we have a population of roughly 700 players and people occasionally say things that they regret. And people who sometimes are in their late teens and early twenties are more susceptible to that than others. But by and large I am overwhelmingly proud of the way that our players conduct themselves. We live in an imperfect world but everybody’s being held more and more accountable for the things they do and say courtesy of these devices and social media. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing at all, except you’re going to get some occasional imperfections and when they cross the line we deal with them.

On Cam Neely’s comment alluding to trying to get around cap with David Krejci on long term injury…
I don’t know the specifics, but not only do we not encourage getting around the cap, we strictly enforce the cap. The rules are important because if nothing else they’re competitive, add everybody needs to be playing under the same set of rules. And we believe if you look back over the last decade, the competitive balance we have achieved with this system has been nothing short of phenomenal. That’s why you see races to the playoffs where every game matters. When you get to the playoffs anything can happen and that’s something that we think has been important to the growth and health of our game.

On concern that this is no salary cap once playoffs start…
But rosters are locked in by then, so…people are always going to look for edges, so we try to minimize those edges in the context of the competitiveness that it is. Listen, teams want to win. That’s why you’re in the game, you want to win. So that’s why we’re very focused on the enforcement of our rules whether or not our playing rules or roster creation rules.

On if there is a loophole that the league needs to address with salary caps…
No, the fact of the matter is we think the system works. And if somebody finds a loophole hopefully it’s plugged if there is one, or hopefully a loophole that they think they found turns out not to be one because we have a better answer.  But listen, this system’s been in effect for ten years. There haven’t been two many loopholes. It’s been tested, road tested by a lot of people and a lot of transactions.

On The Winter Classic…
The Bruins will be the first team, I’m going to state some of the obvious, the first team to host The Winter Classic twice. We’ve had teams in multiple outdoor games but the Bruins will be the first team to host The Winter Classic twice. So far I think 19 teams have participated, I think we’ve had 16 games. The reaction has been nothing short of phenomenal. You can debate the national ratings, which no matter how they move up or down have been strong, but the fact of the matter is you go to one of these games in person, you see what it does to a fan base to a market, it’s incredible. Washington, DC, on New Years Day was nothing short of phenomenal. I think there were 20,000 people at the fan fest at nine o’clock in the morning on New Years Day. That’s a night people are out late the night before. The reaction was great. San Jose was wonderful, the stadium, Levi’s Stadium, couldn’t have been a better host. I give enormous credit to my event staff in the way and if you notice this they dress every stadium up differently and specifically for a particular market. It was a great event, sitting around in 55 degree weather without a jacket on, watching a hockey game under the stars was great.  Next year as you know we’re going to do three. One here, one in Minnesota, and one in Denver. And we’re looking forward to them, and frankly our clubs keep telling us they can’t get enough. The teams who haven’t participated, I think when we get through next season 21 of the 30 clubs will have participated. I know a lot of people are looking forward to playing at Gillette. Fenway was great, Gillette is going to be great. Having the Bruins and the Canadiens – I think they’ve played each other more than they’ve played any other team. It’s a great rivalry, and if it’s about 28 degrees and snowing it will set a picture perfect night.

On any interest in going to Europe again…
No, the World Cup for us was the foundation of re-launching international efforts. We had to take care of some North American business over the past few years. Now that there’s a strong leadership at the union we have a good partner to work with during International Competitions because we do that together with the players during…and during the period of instability with the Player’s Association it was tough to get things done but I think now that we’ve been able to focus on a World Cup I’m optimistic that you’ll see us doing more and more things internationally.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS HEAD COACH WILLIE DESJARDINS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On goaltender performance..
It was real good. I always thought Eddie [Lack] was good. He was so good the other night against the Islanders, he was unbelievable there and he just followed up again tonight. He made some real big saves for us. It’s good to see, you like to see a guy getting hot.

On how good the team was defensively…
Our guys battled hard. We are short guys and some of the D that are in are playing so hard. I thought Alex [Biega] had a really good game tonight, I thought he battled hard. It’s tough to handle [Milan] Lucic down low and those guys battled him hard.

On Ryan Stanton…
I thought he played great. The one thing about Ryan is he’ll give you everything he’s got, every game. Maybe there’s some times that you’d like to see something a little different, but then he’ll come down – like [John] Tavares came down on him he blocked that shot right at the start of the game against the Islanders and he gives you that all the time. He’ll find a way to block the shot or he’ll do whatever he can to get it out of the zone.

On Zack Kassian…
Yeah, he’s played well. I think that goals are hard to come by. And they’re big, and he scored some big goals for us here lately, and it was huge. That one was huge I mixed some guys in late but Zack’s been good for us, and we’ve got to keep him playing that way.

On if it is the best energy he’s seen on the road from Jannik Hansen in some time…
Yeah, I thought [Ronalds] Kenins was great too. That line played so hard, they gave us a good shift. Late in the second we weren’t playing great but we had about four minutes there to start of with that line. They had two good shifts, so he’s been real good. And he’s been really engaged.

On if Ronalds Kenins has made a significant difference on his line…
I think he has. When you look at that line, once that line went together I think that’s when our team started to play a little better. And he played hard tonight, but it takes all three guys. You can’t do it with two, and both [Bo] Horvat, [Jannik] Hansen, and [Ronalds] Kenins all played real well.

On if he is concerned with the amount of contact Eddie Lack is getting in goal….
They go to the net hard. And all teams do, so that’s part of it. But Eddie’s just excited, he wants to play and that’s the way he is. He’ll take it, for sure.

On if he’s happy he doesn’t have to see Patrice Bergeron in the faceoff circle for a while…
Oh God, he was unbelievable. That was tough every time we started we didn’t have the puck, and it was a battle.

On if he feels he missed out on a penalty shot tonight…
It looked close when I looked at it. I didn’t see where it went in the end, but – first one wasn’t, he hit it with his glove and it hit the post. I didn’t see it after that. You know, maybe they even out in the end

On what would make Zack Kassian a more effective player…
I think habits are big. It always comes down to your habits and what you do every shift. He has such a good upside but every once in a while he gets away from his game. But he’s been on his game lately, and that’s what we want to see.

On finding power forwards…
They’re hard to find. He’s got real good skill. He’s got such good skill. Playing with the [Sedin] twins, he’s fit in. We were a little bit tired when [Alexandre] Burrows went down and he came in and stepped into that game, gave us some energy. He’s been good.

On if he stands by his earlier plan to shave some of the Sedins’ ice…
I don’t know, I think they’re getting played off because of how hard they work off the ice. I don’t necessarily think it’s the minutes time doing it, I think it’s that they take care of themselves and they work all the time to make sure that they’re able to play so I think that’s where all their energy is coming from.

On not wanting to put Eddie Lack in a position where he would need to play so much…
He’s been good at different points of the year. It’s not that we didn’t think that, he’s shown that a couple times he showed it late last year, but it’s one game and it’s what you have to keep doing. I know that Eddie wants to play, so it’s a good sign.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD ZACK KASSIAN
On what he saw from the play of his team and goaltender tonight…
We had some shifts today where they had me going high and work strong on the puck but I think for the most part we played well defensively, we got some big saves from Eddie [Eddie Lack] when we needed it, and we capitalized on our chances.

On what he saw from his scoring chance…
Yeah, it was a little bit of a weird bounce but just tried to get it on net and it went in.

On where his confidence level is right now playing the best hockey of his career…
There are bounces going in, I don’t think that it’s the best of my career. I think on the stat sheet I’m scoring goals so may seem like it but there are still definitely things I can improve on but it’s definitely nice to get rewarded with some goals.

On how during the recent road trip the team has had to play catch up hockey and what does that say for the overall psyche of the club with their recent winning results…
Yeah its huge, we have a lot of key guys out and I think that just shows how deep our team is and how well we play for each other and we want to win in here for each other so everyone stepped in and done a good job so far.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:15 AM
Claude Julien on the media…
Good morning. I’m just wondering if I missed you guys or not [laughter].

On Gregory Campbell’s status…
Gregory has an upper body injury that will keep him out for at least a week and he’ll be reevaluated after the week. So don’t ask me for a week [laughter].

On the challenge of contending for a playoff spot without David Krejci…
Well when I say nothing changes, we got to get through with what we’ve got. I think we managed it ok when he was out. We were still in a playoff spot then. Right now I know there’s a lot more at stake and it’s tight but if I gauge myself on the last game where a guy like [Ryan] Spooner came in, did a good job, you got to hope he continues to do that because I think he’s capable of it. He’s been up quite a few times and I think every time he comes up he feels a little bit more confident. We need him to be a good centerman for us. We need everybody else, obviously, to be good. [Brian] Ferlin’s come in, Jordan Caron’s come in and they’ve given some of our bottom line some life and it’s been a good refreshing change there with some hungry guys. We got to remain the same as we were and again I repeat myself, even in that St. Louis game five-one score was real disappointing but I think the energy, how hard we played carried into Chicago. You hope that your team is trending in the right direction here to counter those kind of situations which is the injuries to [David] Krejci and others.

On what Milan Lucic needs to do with David Krejci out…
Well, a lot of what I think I saw last game. He played heavy, he had four hits, he was really involved, he was skating, he scored because he went the net. Great play by [David] Pastrnak to give him the puck in the slot but he stayed on it. I think it’s important for Looch [Milan Lucic] to kind of take control of that line for now, which has those two young players on it and just be a good leader. Lead the way because the other two guys have speed, they have skill, they can certainly be good players for us, we just need Looch to be the senior player on that line and lead with his experience.

On why Lucic hasn’t been able to excel other times Krejci has been out…
You guys have to ask those players those questions. I can’t answer those. My job is to try to get those guys going. I can tell you what he needs to do; why hasn’t he done it? He’s the one that can answer that. As I mentioned, when Looch [Milan Lucic] decides he wants to play he skates well, he goes to dirty areas, he goes to the net, he wants the puck and he will go to the net to get the puck. Those are things, you know, when he’s hungry and he’s focused like that he’s a real good player.

On relying on line matching tonight with a depleted Vancouver lineup…
Well, I was wondering if you were going to ask me if I felt sorry for them [laughter]. I mean at this time of year there’s a lot of teams that are depleted and we’re all battling for a spot in the payoffs. I’ll see about the line matches, sometimes it’s pretty simple, you get the ones you want and you don’t have to fight too hard for them but sometimes when you want the ones that you do really want then it’s a different story. I don’t know what his intentions are, but we’ll figure it out as the game goes on.

On the challenges of coaching a team that has played so much playoff hockey over the years…
Well I think a lot of people are looking at it that way and saying we’ve played a lot of hockey and we have, playoffs and all that stuff and the amount of games that you play. At the same time you want to think that our guys in there are hungry enough, experienced enough, they believe in each other enough that there’s a sense of urgency that they want to be there. Not only do they want to be there but I think they want to finish strong. I think it’s important that we have a strong finish. We may be challenged with, like I said, some injuries. [Kevan] Miller out for the year, [David] Krejci out for a while and right now with [Gregory] Campbell as well, but we still have to go out there and play with some urgency. Again, the proof was last game. We can do it and that’s important that we continue to think that way and go out with the same kind of intentions that we had in that last game especially.

On last game in Vancouver being a motivation factor for the team…
You like to be able to bounce back with a better game. Disappointing. It was definitely our start, Phil. Behind two-nothing and the rest of that period, as you heard me say, in the first period I thought after those two goals we got much better. Tough second, again, and then a little bit of an inconsistent game for us. So do we need to be better? Do we want to use that as a motivation? If it will help our team, why not?

On the trade deadline being a distraction…
Well, no I think we’ve heard since the beginning of the year that there’s going to be some moves so I don’t think it’s going to be any different except players know there’s a timeline now for the end of it. I see our group right now as excited to play and going out there and doing well, it’s important for everybody to do that for the sake of, if you’re going to be here at the trade deadline you want to make sure you’re going well. If not then you’ve given everything you have and there’s no regrets. It’s part of being a professional here. Every coach, every player will say that. Trades are part of this game and you have to accept it.

On you wanting a trade for some more players…
I’m going to say the same thing I say every year because I like to think I’m consistent. You give me what you got and I will try and make the most out of it and get the most out of those players. That’s what I try to do every day even if it doesn’t happen, I got to try to work with players to get the most out of them. That’s where I take my pride from coaching, not so much about what I have and what I don’t have. I got to try to get the most out of this team. The situation that we’re in right now, if I can get a lot out of these guys and get ourselves on the right track, I’m going to keep my mouth shut and work hard right till the end.

On Ryan Spooner trying to translate his game to the NHL…
I think he just has to grow to having more confidence at this level, which I think I saw against Chicago. When I say I think, I think I saw and I’m hoping I’m going to see it again because he skated well, there didn’t seem to be any fear. I talk about fear is that, he’s been here and we know he hasn’t scored a goal because he hasn’t really taken pucks to the net and he needed to get more confidence in doing that with his speed and when he shoots pucks we’d like to see him shooting in areas where they’re deemed scoring chances. Not from far out and I think with confidence and coming back he feels like he’s a lot more confident in those areas and to me, I saw that in the last game. A guy who I didn’t see shy away from anything and if he does that then we know he’s got the rest of the skills to go with it.

On getting past the occasional defensive mistake if Spooner can contribute offensively…
Again, you guys are nitpicking at every little thing here. There’s a lot of players making defensive mistakes so I think we don’t have to look at him, we got to look at ourselves as a whole. When you say defensive mistakes, if he makes one and we have our system in place and guys are respecting it then we should have some layers to help counter that, so that’s what we’re banking on.


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