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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:45 PM
On Jarome Iginla recording his 600th NHL assist…
Well I didn’t realize that. I’m not that big on keeping up on these stats, or not very good at it I should say. Good for him. It just kind of exemplifies the type of career that he’s had, and that he’s still having. He’s been a great player in this league for a long time, so you always like to see those kind of goals being accomplished. And in my mind, he’s got lots more left.

On the Bruins forcing the Canucks to shoot from the outside…
I think, overall, you’ve got to give that team credit. They came out to play, like we said they would. They’ve got a lot of injuries and everything else, but they competed like a team, and anytime you compete like that, you’re going to get a tough opponent. We knew that was going to be the case. I just liked the way we handled ourselves. The first period was a little bit of a tough period for us. I thought our puck management, or how we moved the puck around, wasn’t great, a lot of passes into skates. So it wasn’t really sharp, but it got better in the second period and the third period, and that made a big difference. Overall I thought our guys stayed the course, and no matter what, nobody panicked, and we just played a solid game against a pretty solid team tonight.

On if Tuukka Rask making a big save right before Jarome Iginla’s goal was ironic…
Not really, because you see it a lot in this game. You see a save at one end, and it ends up in the net at the other end. It’s something you see quite a bit, not something you like to see, but something that happens a fair amount of times in this league.

On if he thought the Bruins and Canucks showed that they have moved on from 2011…
I think it was still pretty intense, in my mind. You could see by the hits, by the battles and everything else, but it was done in a more tasteful way, I guess. There was nothing that crossed the line, and I think that’s important, but I don’t think there’s any love lost between these two teams still. To me, there’s always respect for a team you played against in the finals, and right now, it’s basically the first time we’ve beaten them since then. It was a victory that we needed.

On the spark the Bruins get when Johnny Boychuk plays like he did tonight…
I think it’s anybody who goes out and throws those kind of hits. You’ve seen it from [Milan] Lucic in the past. You’ve even seen it from [Andrew] Ference in the past. Andrew was good at those kind of things, too, and kind of gave you those sparks. Johnny’s very capable of doing that. Especially in this building here, anytime our team comes up with a big, clean hit, it really gets the crowd into the game, and it really picks up your team. That’s for anybody I think, and that’s the way we play the game. We like to play a heavy game, and to me, Johnny was at his best here tonight.

On the importance of Tuukka Rask’s on a breakaway that had allowed a good chance for the Canucks….
Again, there’s mistakes in games, and that was, especially on the power play, just kind of, to me at that point we got a little bit sloppy on the power play and gave them a breakaway, but Tuukka [Rask] makes a big save, has a big turning point, so we can look at that one. We can also look at the fact that we had another goal tonight [that was] disallowed, and the guys never got down, they just stuck with it and ended up scoring another one after that, so there’s a lot of things that happen in a game that you look back on and say ‘that could have gone one way or another’ and those are two of the incidents tonight that could have given us a different outcome.

On if he expects an extra burden on Johnny Boychuk being a veteran player without Zdeno Chara…
I hope that’s not the case, and I hope that’s not the way he’s looking at it. Because you mentioned a team effort, I think you’re going to need  a lot more than Johnny to be solid next game, and next two games, in order to win. I think it’s going to be important that our whole décor does a good job there. So you can’t put all the burden on one guy’s shoulder. And as much Zee [Zdeno Chara] is a big part of that back end, other guys have done a great job in making our whole décor pretty solid. So I would have to expect the same thing. But we all know that when you lose a guy like Zdeno it’s a big, big piece of your team. And then you move forward with it, and to me it’s an opportunity for us to maybe even more how good we are as a team rather than looking at just individuals.

On playing Chara and Boychuck playing against Kessler and Sedin…
Well, we put our two top D’s against their top players and we always set either [Patrice] Bergeron or [ David] Krejci’s line out there against them and those other guys, as I said earlier, they have to step up. So you’ve got some young guys playing with young guys, whether [Dougie] Hamilton with [Matt] Bartkowski, or we’ve had [Torey] Krug with [Kevan] Miller for the most part, and these guys are doing a great job so as much as we give credit to those two veterans shutting down the top lines, I think those younger guys are doing a great job at dealing with the rest of the stuff.

On being pleased with the physicality of Daniel Paille’s goal…
Well, I mean some nights we get those breaks and some nights we don’t, they end up in the back of your net. But that was, again, a pass by Johnny, and to have his head up there when he got the puck in his stick and Piesy [Daniel Paille] read it right away, came up the bench and when he saw that we had control of it, instead of skating into the play he just stretched himself out and it was a big goal obviously at that time.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On tonight seeming like a pretty regular game…
It was. I mean, I think like I said yesterday both teams were more focused on the two points than anything else and it seemed like that today. And fortunately we were able to capitalize on some chances and get a win here.

On if he likes to beat Vancouver more than other teams…
Well I mean, yeah, especially they beat us the last two times and also they had a pretty easy win against us back in December. So it was nice to get that one against them after losing the last two.

On his reaction to Tuukka Rask’s power play save…
Yeah, it’s one of those things where it’s like ‘oh my God,’ especially the way the power play was going. It’s like, when it’s supposed to be something that gives you an advantage and something like that happens, it was just like, ‘just don’t go in.’ And thankfully Tuukka [Rask] made the save and we were able to go the other way and score it after that. But without Tuukka on that one it could have been one-one in a much different game.

On playing Zdeno Chara…
Two good teams and especially one of the top teams in the league with St. Louis coming up on Thursday, and I think every game we put an emphasis on our team defense and the forwards coming back and helping out. But obviously without our most important player back there it’s going to give us a bit of a challenge, but I think we’re looking forward to the challenge. The young d-men have been able to step up and play well for us this year, and we need to play solid in these next few games. And we have all the faith in them.

On how much the less experienced defensemen have grown in the last month…
Well I think naturally they just grow just by getting some more games and minutes, and getting put in different situations over, like you said, over that last month. So we’ve relied on them a lot the last month, and especially on this last stretch they’ve come up big for us. And you see guys like Dougie [Hamilton] and Bart [Matt Bartkowski] and Millsy [Kevan Miller] playing big minutes and Kruger [Torey Krug] still having the successes he’s had so far this year, so nothing changes with these last few games. We put a lot of emphasis on ending off on the right note before the break, and that’s our focus.

On feeding off of Johnny Boychuk’s physicality…
Definitely. He’s a big strong guy. A little bit of a scare there on that race kind of when the icing was waved off. But he’s a big strong boy and he always comes to play and he knows how to use his body well. So you saw it here today. On the back end he started to take over the game physically and we need that from him heading into the next game. He’s our most veteran defenseman.

On if Zdeno Chara going to the Olympics was a team decision…
Yeah, definitely. I think this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it’s definitely a huge honor as an athlete to be a part of something like this and be the flag bearer for your country. So I’m happy for him, I’m thrilled for him that he gets to do this and have this opportunity, and I know we’ll all be watching to see how he does.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On the defense in the third period…
It wasn’t too bad. I mean there were still a couple chances that they got so far in the third period. It was a good solid effort.

On Boychuck’s pass to Paille…
I was really tired. I am not going to lie, we were out there battling and you know I just looked up and Danny [Paille] was coming off of the bench, and he just had to make the pass. It’s not as easy as it looks especially when you’re at the end of a long, long shift.

On the Bruins preformance tonight…
We came out the first period and I mean we could have played better. They took it to us physically at least and than once we turned it around in the second period was at lot better, a lot smoother.  We just buried our chances when we did get a chance. There was one that was called back that we just went back at it and got that next one.

On the momentum change after Tuukka’s save on the breakaway…
It was a little bit sloppy for them to get the breakaway. Tuukka [Rask] bailed us out there and Zdeno [Chara] made a great pass to Jarome [Iginla] and it was a nice goal.

On Boychuk playing more minutes in Zdeno’s absence…
I think everyone will be.  They are going to expect a lot out of me. As a defense core we have to step up and not try to replace what we he [Chara] brings to the table but just step your game up individually and just try and keep it simple out there.

On Boychuk being a veteran on the ice for the next few games before the Olympics…
I just realized that today. These guys that we have back here, they don’t play like rookies that’s for sure. I am pretty sure that they will do a great job.

On a couple hits on Boychuk tonight…
There were a couple little jabs to your back when you’re going for the puck. It’s wasn’t really an ideal situation for you when you are that far away from the boards. I am sure that the player that did it knows what he did. I mean it is what it is.

On the key moment of the game…
We got that one called back. It could have been a different turning point in the game if we didn’t get that next one. It was a nice goal to get and just luckily we did get it.

On the long pass to Paille for the goal…
It was where you just look up and you’re trying to get it out of your zone. You just look up and see Danny [Paille] coming off the bench and that’s probably the last thing that you are expecting, especially when you are out there for a long time. You know it was just a nice goal.

On Boychuk playing a physical game tonight…
Oh yeah, absolutely. When something like that happens to you, you get a little ticked off and you want to just crush people. I mean it’s not a big secret. You just have to try and do it cleanly.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On improving as the game went on…
Yeah, we knew coming in they would be a hungry, desperate team. They are going through a bit of a rough stretch and they want to bounce back. You know the history between the two teams and not liking each other so there is lots of motivation before the game. So we knew it would be an intense game and it was. Off the start they come out strong but I thought we had – you know, the first period wasn’t great but it was solid and then I thought as the game went on we got better. Also a huge timely save was Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] there on the breakaway. When we were able to score right after that, it goes from one nothing - you know instead of one-one, its, two-nothing- so that was a big timely save. But I thought as the game went on we got better and we were moving the puck and skating. There were some hits on both sides, I thought we had some big hits tonight.

On what 600 assists means to him…
To be honest, I didn’t know that going in. But I’m thankful for that, you don’t really think of those until you get there or whatever. I’m just thankful to keep playing as long as I have and I’m having a great time and it’s awesome to be here with these guys. It was fun to get it on that in a game against Vancouver for a lot of reasons. It was an important win and we also wanted to rebound from earlier in the season against them too.

On how he would describe his game at this point…
I think as a team we’re playing well. We’re playing with the puck a lot more as a group, we’re creating a lot more zone time and scoring chances and guys are feeling good. I mean, we’re making a lot of plays as a group, I got a great pass through some traffic from Zee [Zdeno Chara] there, [David] Krejci, three on two - his patience - over to Looch [Milan Lucic] flying. I think we’re all starting to feel a lot better and I think for a while we’ve been playing better as a team and I think we’re all benefitting from that. It‘s not – I don’t feel ‘oh, now I see us growing’, I think it’s definitely, as a line we’re feeling better but I think also as a team we’re creating a lot more for each other and playing a lot more with the pucks and we’ve been in a pretty solid stretch up until this Olympic break here.

On if two game without Zdeno Chara is just another test for the team…
Oh yeah, it’s definitely a test. He’s the best defenseman going and you play with him – I know playing against him, he’s a force and it’s one of those guys you look at and go ‘you know, it’s going to be a tough night for whoever battles against him’. He’s just on it and so competitive every night. But we’re happy for him, we all wanted him to go and do that, it’s a huge honor for him and we’re happy and we’ll try to hold the fort for the last couple. But you're not replacing him by any means, but we’ll try to find some good motivation as we watch him. He deserves it and we’ll do our best to keep going in the short term while he’s there.

On if Tuukka Rask saving the breakaway was the game changer…
Oh, it was. It was definitely a big momentum shift. Yeah, they [Torey Krug & Milan Lucic] run in to each other, it was just a bobbled puck and all of a sudden – break away. And it’s a shorthanded one, not only that save there but when we were able to come back very shortly after that, that’s definitely – it was a good break for us but also a great save by Tuuks [Tuukka Rask]. He was on tonight and he was very good but that was definitely one of those – you know you look back and that was probably the biggest turning of the game for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On using this game as a confidence builder…
Yeah, every win I think is like that somehow. I think today we played a pretty solid 60-minute game. I didn’t have to make too many saves there. It’s always good when they get a chance and you make a save and then your team scores right after that. That was a good sign.

On Vancouver starting the game with high intensity…
They had some chances, but not overly. It wasn’t like the Montreal game that we were totally standing still, but they still they got some chances.

On stopping Daniel Sedin’s breakaway chance and then watching the Bruins score…
Those are usually the momentum-changers and game-changers. You want to make that save more often than not. Today, it was good that I did and we scored right after. That was really huge.

On seeing the events leading up to Sedin’s breakaway chance…
Yeah, I saw something was going to happen. We were kind of just curling around and being a little sloppy there and then fell apart there with a couple of guys colliding. You can’t be happy with that on a power play. Got to be better than that.

On Raphael Diaz’s shot dipping on him before it went into the net…
Yeah, I saw it going like two different ways. Unless your body is behind it, you’re most likely not going to save it. It just hit the bottom of my glove but not enough.

On not facing a lot of shots when the defense in front of him tightens up…
Yeah, but then again, it always happens that the other team gets a chance or two no matter how good you play. In the first 10 minutes [of the third period] they weren’t seeing that many shots and we totally shut them down. And then a couple little mistakes there and they get a chance, but we shut them down pretty good.

On playing without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg for the first time since Dec. 28…
That was early in the season and I think a lot of guys have grown since then, but still, a lot of young D [defensemen] back there. We just have to be really tight and be strong in front of our net and clear those pucks and we’ll be fine

On the team playing motivated without Chara and Seidenberg on the road in St. Louis…
That’s a good test for us. They’re a great team. We know what the situation is and I think everybody has to step up when you’re missing a guy or two. That’s going to be the case in St. Louis and we’re up for the challenge for sure.

On wanting to send Chara off with a win…
I don’t think we were thinking about that too much, but I guess it’s good to send him off on the right foot with a strong game like that. He feels good about his game and our game, so it’s better off that way.

On feeling the rivalry against Vancouver on the ice…
Yeah, we haven’t beaten them since the Finals a few years ago. They’re a good team. They seem to want to beat us. The past few games—I think the two games we played against them—we were kind of caught off guard a little bit. Today, we wanted to play a solid game and get that win we haven’t gotten yet, and we did.

On the intensity of the rivalry starting to die down…
I think the nonsense is out of it, but they’re a strong team and they’re a big team. It’s always going to be physical games against them. Today was no exception. There’s that little edge definitely when you play teams like that.

On if he’ll be the Number one goaltender for Finland in the Olympics…
I don’t know. We’ll see when we go there. I’m sure we’re going to have a talk with the coach to see what the role is. But I’m okay with it, whatever it is. If I get to play, that’s great. If not, then you just get your rest. We’ll see.

On playing without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg for the next two games…
I can’t see why not, right? Each one of us is playing as a number one in their own team, so I think everybody deserves it. If the coach wants to do that or not, that’s a different story.

On his excitement for the Olympics…
Yeah, it’s going to be different. Definitely an experience. Really don’t know what to expect. It’s a short tournament, but then again, there’s all sorts of stuff going on. Other events, too. It’s kind of different but I’m really excited.

On how he and his teammates plan on getting to Sochi…
I don’t know. There’s a couple of [chartered] planes leaving from New York and one from Atlanta or something like that. I think most of us are going to be flying together, yeah.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On if it’s impressive knowing that the Bruins can focus and not get dragged into the emotion of the game…
Yeah, I mean there’s emotion but we’re just really focused on like that last stretch we had, and just other than the Montreal game, we were just really focusing on our game and trying to get better, and play well going into the breaks and hopefully coming out we’ll pick up where we left off.

On how comfortable he is playing with Johnny Boychuk….
We’ve been playing together I think for quite a while now, so the more we play the more we learn each other’s tendencies and where we’ll be on the ice, it just gets easier and easier.

On the momentum and energy that comes off of big hits….
I think quite a bit. I mean, the place goes nuts. I certainly get excited and I’m sure everybody else does. There’s nothing bad that can come out of it, that’s for sure. And it gets us going.

On the idea of being a “shut down pair” with Johnny Boychuk…
I like the challenge. I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going to happen. So I’m excited about that challenge and I’m looking forward to it, because the way things are looking we’ll be playing against the top line, so I think it will be fun.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the solid effort before heading overseas…
Yeah I thought that was a strong game by everybody. They obviously worked hard and played hard, but we put a lot of emphasis on this game. We want to play strong before the Olympic break and obviously there’s only a few games left. So for sure, every game at this point is so important and especially like I said before the break. So it was a really strong effort for sixty minutes.

On the emotional commitment tonight…
Yeah I mean, like I said before the game, you need to be emotionally involved and you gotta be intense and bring your energy, but at the same time you don’t want to be overdoing it too. So things like that, if they disallow the goal, it will happen, it happened to us a few times in the last few games, so you just got to find a way to score clean goals, I guess if you want to call them clean goals, and just don’t get frustrated if they get waved off.

On conflicting feelings with him leaving the team to carry his country’s flag…
I answered this question before. Obviously I would never have made this decision without talking to the team – management, coaches and obviously players. It would be pretty selfish if I were to make that decision on my own. This is…was made as a group and that was the only way I would accept it. So I really appreciate it again and it means a lot to me. Again thank you to all who made that decision.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS HEAD COACH JOHN TORTORELLA
On whether he felt like the team had more in this game tonight..
Well I think as the past couple of games you can see more structure coming into our game. Defensively I thought we were making more plays instead of slopping the puck around. I thought for the most part were some of the things, with our lineup and where we’re banged up I thought we defended fairly well for most of the game. So I’m not interested in moral victories and all that, we lose another game, but as a coach I have to try to hang my hat on, I see some improvement within our club within our structure of a lot of different areas of our game.

On Goaltender Roberto Luongo saying the loss was 100% his responsibility…
Well to me the game changes, we need another big offensive play. Danny [Daniel Sedin] has a chance to make that. I think we need another save from Loui [Roberto Luongo]. I don’t think one person determines winning or losing a game, but that to me is the game tonight. I think both teams are pretty much even in chances, we don’t get one or two more big offensive plays and we don’t get one of two saves, they do and that’s where were that. So I appreciate Loui saying that, but this is a team thing here that we’re going through and we’ll go through it together.

On Raphael Diaz’s first game in the organization…
Yeah, I liked him. Again, I’ve got to watch the tape to get a true thought on it, but the thing I liked about it he didn’t try to test the waters he tried to make a difference. And I thought the kid [Yann] Sauve, under circumstances that we have here, is trying to make a difference. I thought [Pascal] Pelletier came up here and added some dog on a bone type attitude towards a team that I think we need. He brought some of that so different lineup, a lot of different people we don’t win a game, but I thought we improved in a lot of areas so we’ll try to continue to do that and see if we can change this as far as in the win and loss column.

On chasing as a team in the third period and not being able to push…
I don’t know, and quite honestly that’s what I told the team in between the periods. We talked about a lot of different things, how we had to play, I thought we needed to add structure to our defense. I thought we did a pretty good job of that. I felt our D needs to make more plays, I thought we came out of our end zone a lot cleaner tonight so there’s kind of a checklist going on in between the second and third period and I was happy about some of the things, but the last one that we got to get over and we have not, that includes tonight, is just that next level in the third period. So I can’t check that off, that’s for sure, but the team is aware of it. We continue to try to work at it.

On changing expectations and how he handles the group with injury issues…
Well I think in tonight’s game we needed to try to be a patient hockey club. We get in late, I liken it to St Louis [Blues] early in the year. I thought our neutral zone fore check was more patient. We chase when we could and when we couldn’t we tried to create turnovers. I thought we did a really good job of that, but as far as my push to the players I need to be cognizant of what’s happening. I don’t have a complaint about our team tonight. We don’t win, but I don’t have a complaint because I thought our team gave everything they had. This is a club that is tattered as far as injuries. I’m not using it as an excuse, but I also have to be a realist on how I go about my business with them. Certainly with some of the players, other players that have been here that have more experience they’ll be handled differently because I do think we need more from a number of people in certain areas, but as a group tonight as a team I thought we improved in a lot of areas and I thought we gave some really good efforts. Third period I just think it just looks like we just can’t amp it up for the full sixty and is that because of the lineup or is that because we just don’t know how to do it, we’re still trying to search through that and figure it out.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On Captain Hendrik Sedin saying they put together a good effort, but couldn’t finish…
I think this one’s 100% on me. I wasn’t too good out there tonight. Wasn’t tracking well, my reads were off. I think I made a big mistake last night and we got in late so I didn’t skate this morning and I just didn’t feel like myself out there so disappointing performance for me here. I thought the guys deserved better.

On what happened on the breakaway goal…
He was coming in. I thought he was going to shoot it, then once he brought it to the backhand as soon as I started opening up he slid it five hole so it’s a good play by him, but at the same time I want to make that save.

On being in the midst of a long losing streak and the keys to get out of it…
I think we just got to not worry about it. Just got to go out there and play, play hard and think about the process. Don’t worry about the score right now and what our record is and what our streak is at whatever that is, we just got to worry about our play right now sticking to the process, coming up with big saves when they’re needed and that’s how we’re going to get out of it.

On getting this game out of the way and finally getting a chance to play in Boston…
Yeah I think I wanted the start. I wanted to start last time we were here. Event thought it’s just a regular season game and we’re three years later you know obviously I wanted to come back here and play a game.

On the losing streak and losing another two guys to injury last night…
That’s hockey, man. Every team goes through it. It’s a long season, it’s a tough season, it’s a grind. Teams go through injuries. Good teams find ways to collect points and obviously we’re not doing that, but we just got to worry about playing the game right now and trying to get some points.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD RAPHAEL DIAZ
On being traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Vancouver Cancuks…
Yeah the [Montreal Canadiens] GM [Marc Bergevin] was calling me in the afternoon and told me they were going to move me to Vancouver.  It’s just a part of this big business and it kind of happened there really fast.  I was not playing in Montreal and was really excited to come here and be with the Vancouver Canucks.

On playing with Yannick Weber previously in Montreal…
Yeah he’s a great guy.  I was playing with him in Montreal and knew him before as well.  We were playing together for the Swiss National team.  We are really good friends and yeah of course it’s nice to have a guy like that in your team.

On scoring a goal tonight…
Yeah I think it was a little bit of a lucky shot, but yeah a goal is a goal.  I tried to shoot on the net and sometimes you get some shots like that and they go in.

On how his legs felt after not playing for about two weeks…
Of course in the beginning I needed to find some rhythm, but after a while it felt pretty good and it was my first game, like I said, since around two weeks and yeah I was really excited to play.  It’s fun to play.  Of course the loss is not good, we are not happy with that of course.

On his impression of the mood of the team…
First of all, I think they are really nice guys.  They took me like right away as part of the team.  This is really nice – great team spirit.  Yeah of course if you don’t win a game, you can’t be happy.  We have to fight we have to find the right way to do the winning streak and I think this is important that we find that winning streak and battle hard and make the small things right.  Today as well, we had some good chances we had like really good chances and it could go both ways.

On if a game like this helps his confidence after not playing for a while…
Yeah absolutely, it helps to play and find the good rhythm you know with the game.  Every shift helps you, every game helps you, and yeah I was really happy to play.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN
On the Canucks’ effort compared to their last game….
A lot better. I mean, we played the way we wanted to play. Right now, I mean, we have a team that’s fighting through injuries. We’re losing games 3-1, 2-0, 2-1, and the difference is we’re not scoring. Me and Danny [Daniel Sedin] have got to step up and score goals. That’s number one, that’s the difference right now. It’s going to get us out of this trouble and it’s going to get the team going too. I think a lot of the guys are…if we’re not going, it’s tough for them to make a difference.  We’ve got to be the difference makers and we’re not right now.

On if this was most frustrated the Canucks have been in this locker room in quite some time…
Yes and no. I know we have a team in here that’s shown that we can play against the best. Again, tonight we’re playing a good game against a really good team. Again, if we’re not scoring goals it’s tough to win games, and that’s where we are. So we’ve got to keep our heads up, we’ve got two more games and we’ve got to try to turn this around. I think tonight was a way better effort.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:30 AM
On how he can use and calm the team’s emotions at the same time…
Well I think there are a lot of reasons to be ready for tonight. Last time we were in their building they decisively beat us. Second of all, they’re coming off of a loss last night and I’m sure - they’re a proud team - they are going to come out hard tonight because of the circumstances, not just because of us. So more reasons for us to be ready to play this game.

On if there is more immediacy to win this game before Zdeno Chara leaves for the Olympics…
Not really. I think we have to look at these next three games, we want to win every one of them. So it’s not about the urgency of winning with Zdeno [Chara] in the lineup, more than that there is no doubt that it makes us a better team. But at the same time, we’ve been through these things many times where we’ve still been able to win games without key players and we’re certainly going to try to do that these games following this one tonight.

On the centers being available….
We’re not a team who overloads. Sometimes some teams will overload and explains that, as their wingers will come across because the centerman is down low. But our centermen do a lot of work down there and supports the puck side and we’ve kept that as simple as possible for what we believe in and we have the centermen to be able to do that job. So it’s been good for us.

On if there is a reason Carl Soderberg has been playing more center than Chris Kelly
I mean, Kelly hasn’t played in six week so there’s always a lot more responsibility. We talked about Loui [Eriksson] starting on that line and giving him less responsibility about playing, most of the time, against other team’s top lines. Although they have tried it and with those three guys, I have no issue with that either. But you have to give guys a chance – guys who have been out for a while – to get back and find their game, it’s as simple as that. I think Kells [Chris Kelly] has played both positions and Carl is skating well right now and he’s loving covering as much ice as he can and the other guy is doing a great job at finding his game so it’s worked out that way. 

On if it will be beneficial for Loui Eriksson to play in the Olympics and not lose his rhythm…
I would think so. I guess the higher competition you get, the better it is for you. He’ll have that opportunity so for a guy who has been out for that long it’s not a bad thing.
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