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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Saturday, October 11, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On the Capitals scoring two power plays goals and the Bruins outshooting them, but the players saying there was a lack of a competitive response…
I think we can be, definitely, we can be better - there’s no if’s about that. I think we weren’t completing our plays, and we didn’t seem to be in sync. But at the same time, I thought we came out well. I thought we had a good first period, and we had a power play that had its chances, but we didn’t score. Then they came back and scored a couple goals, and it’s tough in this league to come from behind against a team that was playing well tonight and their goaltender was even better. So we couldn’t get that goal that was going to give us I guess the life that we needed, and he [Braden Holtby] stood tall and they just found ways to get a few more.

On Bobby Robins wanting to play hard, competitive hockey but getting into penalty trouble, and whether he will address that…
Well those are things that I think a coach will deal with internally. I don’t think it needs to be dealt with out here. But we don’t want any bad penalties, and he’s not the only culprit. You know, we took some bad penalties tonight, and against a team like that you can’t.

On whether the recent lineup changes contributed to the team not being in “sync”…
Well I don’t know, I mean we’ve got a lot of new faces in the lineup. But again, it’s not about excuses here, it’s about – right now I think we’re not off to a great start, like even our veteran players aren’t playing well together. So it’s not about just the new faces. We’ve just got to be better in all areas. Tonight you know we talked about points being open a lot – we didn’t use them as much. You know we talked about getting better net-front presence – that wasn’t good enough. You know so we’ve got to be better in a lot of areas, and we’ve got to have a little bit more confidence. Our puck movement right now is very average at best. We know we’re capable of moving the puck a lot better than we did tonight.

On going down two goals and the players saying the push back wasn’t good enough…
Well again, that’s the way they feel, and that’s the way they should feel. We have to be better. So I guess the push back means we have to be better, and that tonight is not the type of game that we’re used to playing.

On whether Alex Ovechkin’s goals were the result of him playing well and finding space or because of break-downs on the Bruins part…
Both.

On whether he feels like he needs to make some changes to the lineup…
Well you certainly have to reevaluate. There’s no doubt there. And you know guys are given chances, and so on and so forth. So you know when you play two games like that you have to reevaluate, and that’s what we’re going to do.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On how concerning it is to lose tonight after losing to Detroit two nights ago…
I don’t think it was the bounce-back game we were looking for. It’s tough to put into words. I think we were outworked, outbattled, and obviously outplayed over the course of 120 minutes, not just 60. I think the only positive I can think of is, it’s game three. Other than that, it’s two poor, poor efforts.

On the Bruins being out-battled over the last two games…
I think that has nothing to do with skill. If you’re out-skilled in a game, maybe you just tip your hat to the other team. When it comes to the battling and working hard, it’s just a mindset. I think our minds need to get right in order to do that.

On how the team can get their mindset in the right place…
I think you come to practice tomorrow, and you better come to work hard. I don’t want to dwell on it, but I think you want to learn from it, and realize that that kind of play can’t continue. And if it does, we’re not going to be successful. We need to come tomorrow and be ready to work.

On if the Bruins needing to get their mindset right is a factor of having young guys on the team…
It’s a team-wide thing, it’s not just a few guys. You guys can see it just as much as we can. Like I said, it’s not a passing thing or a positioning thing, it’s a working thing. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing with. You could play with two total strangers, and all you have to do is go out and work hard.

On if tonight’s loss was too similar to the one in Detroit…
Two hockey teams outplayed us in 120 minutes of hockey. I don’t know what else to say. It’s not Bruins hockey. It’s not the way we want to play hockey. Expectations are way higher than that for this group. It’s upsetting.

On needing everyone to pull their weight to be able to roll four lines…
Yeah, we’re the definition of a hockey team. Everyone contributes. Everyone works hard. Everyone works together. There’s no one person bigger than the team, and that’s why we’ve had success in the past. Line after line, wave after wave, everyone goes out and plays the same way. Some guys have more talent than others and are able to capitalize on certain opportunities, but for the most part, everyone works hard and everyone plays the same way. And that’s just not the case right now.

On if the body language of some players is concerning…
You always want to carry yourself accordingly. Yeah, everyone knows you’re upset. You don’t need to hang your head. Hold your head up high. Tomorrow is another day. Like I said, you can’t dwell on the past, but you need to learn from it, and come ready to work tomorrow.

On if he can explain why the Bruins haven’t played their style of hockey over the past two games…
I wish I knew. I wish there was a quick fix or a one-word answer that could straighten it. I think it’s just each guy, looking in the mirror and realizing that they can play better and do more.

On if the team has discussed their level of play not being acceptable…
I’m not going to get into what’s said in the locker room. Not much needs to be said, everyone knows how we’re playing. It’s not a big mystery that tonight wasn’t a good game. Not much was being said.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On defensive breakdowns and what he saw…
Yeah, a couple. The PK wasn’t at its best today, get a couple good looks there and then, first try to block, hit his stick and then it goes in, last one deflects off a stick, so a couple of tough bounces too, but we didn’t play at our best today at all.

On if there was fatigue…
I don’t think so, there shouldn’t. Everybody’s professional and used to this kind of stuff, so we’re not going to make any excuses.

On whether the numerous lineup changes have affected the start…
I don’t know. It’s tough to answer. I just try to do my job and not worry about the other guys, but obviously guys are used to playing with certain guys, and then you mix things up and it’s going to be different, but that’s one thing everybody has to adapt to and be ready for too, so that’s not an excuse either.

On Zdeno Chara describing tonight as embarrassing…
Yeah, it’s pretty close to it at least. You get booed in your own building it’s never good, but then again from a goalie standpoint they got a couple lucky bounces there. I don’t know if they changed that last one where the guy deflected it. You know you look at those kind of goals and there’s nothing really you can do about them. Take it away, it’s a two-goal game, but when you look at the overall effort can’t be satisfied when you don’t score a goal and you’re just kind of circling around and passing the puck around.

On how important this next week and a half is…
It is. We knew it was going to be a tough start with a lot of games, and we only have a few homes game in the first seven games, and we have to take advantage of those. Today wasn’t the case and we have to bounce back on Monday and get this train on track because the games just keep coming, so you can’t start going the wrong direction. You’ve got to straighten out right away.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On whether he has any explanation why there was a call on that hit…
No, I don’t know. It is what it is right now, so I think regardless of the hit or not, I think the main thing is, is that we lost the way that we lost, and it’s unfortunate. It seems like when we get down a goal or two goals we get deflated, and that’s not the team that we are. We’re always a team that has a lot of fight and fights its way back in the situations, no matter what they are, so we’ve got to figure it out here and hopefully after two games like that we can take this as a wake up call and move forward.

On whether it is concerning that guys are hanging their heads and there is bad body language out there given that that has not been an issue with this team…
Yeah, that’s never been an issue, and one thing we’ve always prided ourselves on is we’ve never felt sorry for ourselves, and with the body language and that type of stuff it seems like we were feeling a little sorry for ourselves because things weren’t going the right way, but when things have gotten tough for us in the past we seem to have kept our chins up and worked through it, and that’s I think we’ve got to remind ourselves of that. We’ve got to keep our chins up and fight through it because nobody is going to do it for us. We have to do it ourselves and starting with myself I have to be better and take charge in doing what I do best, and try to lead that way.

On whether he stopped himself from fighting because he was mindful of the big picture…
Well I mean you don’t want to do anything stupid, right? Especially, you don’t want to make a fine for your coach or anything like that with doing something stupid in the last, whatever it was, five minutes of the game, but I mean, I didn’t like or appreciate, I mean I don’t have to appreciate anything, but I didn’t like the hit so I chose to retaliate in as calm of a way as I possibly could.

On guys not being used to so many changes in lines and how that may be contributing to the start they’ve had…
I mean you can try to make that as an excuse, but at the end of the day, like I said this morning, we’re all in the NHL for a reason. We’re all really good hockey players. No matter who you’re playing with you have to find a way to make it work, and it’s up to every individual to bring their best game, and you hope that it flows and gels and I think if everyone is on the same page as far as the system goes everything falls into place, and we’re not there right now and hopefully with the practice tomorrow we can rectify a bunch of things.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the team struggling… 
We can’t be really saying the offense is struggling. We all are struggling. It’s just one of those things that we knew we didn’t have our, I’m not going to say best game against Detroit and we didn’t even follow up being better for tonight’s game. We just got embarrassed and I think we all have to really look at what we can start doing better and really take pride in that because a game like tonight is not acceptable. For sure it’s something that we have to correct really fast because you can be saying whatever you want its early in the season but these games are as important as a game in the mid season or end of the season so everybody has to be a lot better.

On loss attributed to execution or emotion and preparation…
A mix of both I think. Mentally we have to be stronger. We can’t be hanging our head when we are down or getting scored on we just gotta fight through it. At the same time, physically our body language everything has to be better. We have to put this one behind. Not saying we totally forget about this one, we gotta correct those mistakes we are making and start doing things right.

On too many new faces on the team…
That’s not it. I don’t think that’s the reason why we are playing the way we are. I think that we are familiar with each other, most of us. You can’t really be saying that we have a few guys—new guys and that’s the reason, absolutely not. I think that the changes are—adding some players shouldn’t make play the way we were tonight so that’s not it.

On seeing bad body language as a leader…
Well like I said, the attitude has to change first thing. You can’t be showing that kind of signs this early in the season when you have the whole season ahead of you. We can’t really be also blaming that on the schedule or, like you said, new players. It’s something that we have to face—face the music and really answer. We’ve done it before we just have to go back to square one tomorrow and start from simplifying and playing our game. It has to start somewhere.

On the penalty kill tonight…
We were not good enough. We know the plays they like and again we were slow responding to those plays. We were not on top of our game as far as penalty killing and that’s what happens when you’re facing such a good power play as they have. Again, we have to be better.

On that message being relayed to everybody when you sense it…
There’s been a few things said but right now it’s about the action, not just about the talk. We all know that the most important thing is to do it on the ice instead of just saying things in the room. We all have to realize that its what we do and not exactly how we are always—I don’t know what you want to say but yeah everything’s been said.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what he saw from the team…
Yeah, we definitely didn’t execute. We did get some good shots, but still not enough traffic and second chances, and we made it way too easy for, I mean he [Braden Holtby] made some good stops, but we made it way too easy for them, and we’ve got to be a lot better.

On the Capitals’ power play…
Yeah, we talked about it before the game. We knew they have a good power play. [Alexander] Ovechkin is a guy that wants the puck, and we should have been aware of that, and it was the same thing, we didn’t execute the game plan that was asked, and you can’t win when you do that.

On the message to the group moving forward…
We’ve got to be a lot better, show a lot more urgency, and execute points when plays are there. The easy passes, the easy plays, got to be on the tape, and it’s got to go from there. There’s no, I guess the bottom line is we’ve got to be a lot better.

On how not having consistent lines has affected the start of the season…
Well we shouldn’t let that affect us. I think we’re a team that showed it in the past that we can play. Whoever is in the lineup, we’ve got to do the job, and Claude [Julien] has done a good job of that with us, and it’s definitely not an excuse, and we’ve definitely got to be a lot better.

On this team being good at moving on after losses and how concerning this loss is coming on the heels of the loss to Detroit…
Well we’ve got to realize that it’s not just about, maybe in the past we were good at that and we’ve got to show it on the ice and we didn’t do that. We can’t just rely on that and think that things are going to come easy. If we don’t show up we’re not going to get the results.

On tonight’s game being uncharacteristic because Washington got some easy goals…
Yeah, some breakdowns on the PK, on five-on-five, and they have the skill up front to make you pay, so it is uncharacteristic of our team, and we’ve got to do a lot better job.

On whether there is something Ovechkin does that makes him harder to track…
He’s definitely, he’s got that quick shot, that quick release that is hard to defend, but at the same time we’ve got to execute the game plan like I said, and on that particular play we didn’t do that.

On how important it is to get David Krejci back…
Yeah, I mean he’s definitely a big part of our team and we’ll see what happens. Definitely a great player. That being said, it shouldn’t matter who’s in the lineup, and we’ve got to do the job with who’s in it.

On playing in front of the home crowd and performing better…
No, I think it’s in front of our fans we’ve got to be a lot better. We didn’t execute. We didn’t make any plays that, all the easy plays, the easy passes weren’t on the tape, and we’ve got to be a lot better if we want results in this league.

On Ovechkin making the transition to be more defensive minded…
He’s definitely a good player. He’s got good speed. They’re a good line, and we’ve got to make sure we’re aware when he’s on the ice because he’s got that speed to hurt you.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BOBBY ROBINS
On the kneeing call that went against him in the first period…
I’m going to have to look at it. I went to finish throwing my check, and I think he went to jump out of the way. I didn’t get a chance to see the replay.

On having his two fights so far come on plays where he took an extra penalty…
I mean that’s definitely not what I’m looking for, you know? The refs call it pretty tight in this league, and that’s something that I’m going to have to evolve my game, learn from, and grow on. That’s something I’m working on.

On how quickly he needs to adjust his game…
Right away. Like I said, I didn’t get a chance to see the hit, but it’s unfortunate that it put the team down. It’s not my intention. My intention is to get the team up and get the team going, so it’s back to the drawing board, looking at game film, learning, and moving forward.

On the difference between playing his role in the NHL as opposed to the AHL…
I mean, this league is bigger, stronger, faster, and it’s a quick league. Mistakes are magnified. When you’re playing at the NHL level, you have to be really good every night. You have to be consistent, and that’s something I’m working on. I’m trying to take pride in being consistently good out there.

On how his line with Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham has performed so far…
I think we’ve had some flashes. It seemed like in the second and third period, we got going there and got moving around, getting some pucks to the net, and we started to get some momentum. It’s just got to be consistently trying to do that, right from the start and doing that right through three periods.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ
On a today’s game…
I thought the special teams were really key for us tonight with, obviously, two power play goals and we had some big kills, really the start of the first two periods, or the second and third I should day. Really big kills for us so you’ve got some commitment there. A guy like Brooks [Laich] went down there and we hung on, and I thought we sort of clogged up a little bit when we had to around our net. Our defense did a pretty good job. I didn’t totally like the way we played, I thought we played better at home the other night and didn’t get the win, but as I always say there’s a little bit of the hockey gods sometimes you get a couple bounces and you execute on your special teams. Braden [Holtby] was really good for us. So there’s a lot of positives. We’ll take the two points and it probably evens out.

On face-offs throughout the game taking the team out of their rhythm…
Absolutely. Our guys like Joel Ward, a couple of big face-offs, Brooks [Laich] as well. So it’s a tough building to come in and we knew they’d be wrapped up a little bit and they threw a lot of pucks toward our net and we knew that, but I thought we did a pretty good job of corralling things and blocking things through the middle of the ice.

On how it feels to get the first win of the season…
It was big. I was telling the guys, I said, “Finally, I didn’t want to go 0 and 82, that would be sort of embarrassing.” So, as a coach, I always say you go into every season and you don’t really relax until you get the first win. So we got one, and I’m sure we’ll get another one along the way here.

On if the defense has become what he wants it to…
Well, we just need balance. We’ve got some people who can score and if we can be really good in our own end and be really good through the neutral zone and detailed, and be hard to play against then I think our depth and our personnel will shine and we won’t have those peaks and valleys that probably we’ve been known for. So it’s a good start. It’s the start of a foundation, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.

On if this is the kind of game he likes to see Alex Ovechkin play…
Yeah. He’s playing good offensively as you saw tonight, he’s shooting pucks, he’s scoring goals, but I’m really happy with him. The other part of his game is really good. He’s committed on the walls, he’s committed defensively, he’s just skating. He’s actually really fun to watch now again which is exciting for me but it’s really got to be exciting for him because he’s one of the best players on the planet.

On if Alex Ovechkin’s two goals is an example of things that can’t be taught..
Yeah, absolutely. He shoots it as hard as anybody and as I say his strike zone’s pretty big, you just put it in the area and he’ll get it on the ice and has the release. And Backy [Nicklas Backstrom] a real unselfish player. Nick Backstrom tried to get him the third one when we probably could have done it himself, so that’s really good for team morale.

On clearing pucks…
Yeah, they really crashed them out. That’s the Bruins game. They’re meat and potatoes. They hit hard to the net, they cause a lot of havoc, and I thought we did a pretty good job of corralling some of those loose pucks. And we didn’t I think Braden [Holtby] was able to see it and cover a lot net. I think he was seeing the puck pretty good today.

On what he thought of Mike Green’s debut…
Really good, I was really happy with Mike. Not only was he contributing offensively but he was really making good plays, good decisions. Defensively he was really strong, so for a debut I didn’t know how he would be just coming off a little bit of an injury so he was real strong, so I’m glad he got through that and I think he’s looking forward to a good season now.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD ANDRE BURAKOVSKY
On tonight’s game and if they were able to take advantage of Bruins’ penalties…
Yeah, I think for sure. I think we played better last game than we did today. I think our key today was that we actually took care of our chances. When we got a chance, we scored. Obviously [Braden] Holtby was amazing, amazing back there. But Boston came out really hard and I think that our D and our penalty kill was playing really, really well today.

On the power play goal with the second unit…
It was a great play. Me and Kuz [Evgeny Kuznetsov] had a couple of good passes down low and then Kuzy has a really good pass back to [Mike] Green and then we scored. It was a really important goal for us to go three nothing. That goal was huge. It’s good for the second unit to score some goals too and show the guys that we are prepared to play puck as well.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER BRADEN HOLTBY
On his play during the first period…
They were moving the puck around a bit in the first, finding some cross-seams and stuff that made it a bit more challenging, but I think we made a huge adjustment.  It was good from there on.  After that, it was more just Boston Bruins hockey: the screens in front, traffic in front.  That’s how they got most of their opportunities.  But we did a great job in shot lanes and boxing out, so that I did have a lane.  Ultimately, that’s what wins you games against the Bruins. 

On having the first Capitals shutout at TD Garden in 14 years…
I had no idea about that actually. Yeah, Boston is a hard team to – a hard building to come into, especially these last few years, they’re a great team.  I think we were very prepared for the game, very excited for the challenge, and handled ourselves very well.

On getting Barry Trotz’s first win as head coach…
That’s huge.  I mean, all the excitement around this group, coming into the year, to get that first one out of the way, now we can just focus on consistent play and pushing forward and getting points in any aspect that we can.  It’s great to get the first one out of the way. 

On getting pucks out of the defensive zone…
That starts with body position in the front.  If they go right, they go to places where they’re in between the puck and the player, so our defense did a great job with that tonight, and our forwards did well enough that they can handle a few of those.  It’s a huge thing that we’ve been working on, and it paid off.

On executing the power plays…
That’s exactly it.  We capitalized on the shots, that we got today, especially in the first period, and that’s what gave us a head start, set up the next two periods for us, and I thought we executed well after that. 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
On the execution of the power play…
I think we made good decisions on the power play.  Both teams played well.  We watched [video] and realized what we had to do, and it’s working.  When we play simple, play how we can, it’s working.

On his second goal of the night…
Good job by [Karl Alzner] getting in on the forecheck and obviously Nicky [Niklas Bäckström] gave me a great pass.  I didn’t see the puck go in, so I see the light. It was a huge goal, and all the team effort was unbelievable. 

On shutting on the Boston Bruins…
I think we play to win games. We should own both, especially on this side [with] close plays.  We make mistakes, but that’s why we have a good goaltender to save the game, and he was good tonight, and we get two points. 

On getting a big with with a new coach…
It’s…big points.  We played two games, we get three points, and we played the way he [Barry Trotz] wants us to play.  Of course, we still learning.  Of course, the guys put a little pressure on themselves, but we play how he wants us to play, especially in the neutral zone.  It’s a big win for him, for the coaching staff, and for us as well.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On status of David Krejci…
Day to day buddy. Can’t tell you more than that. Just skated for the first time today with the team so we’ll see how that goes.

On Milan Lucic’s play last couple games…
Well you can hold yourself accountable but we want to see better  play. That’s what’s going to make a player accountable not just saying it but going out there and showing that he wants to be better.

On Brad Marchand’s embellishment…
Just because they call it doesn’t mean it’s a fine for me and him and all that stuff. The league reviews every one of them and if they don’t think it is, it’s taken out. It’s not even—he’s not even getting a call or whatever. I didn’t think it was embellishment no doubt about that. Maybe the goaltending on [Dan] Paille might have been embellishment but certainly not, in my mind, certainly not [Brad] Marchand’s. Marchand tried to get by him and that’s why he fell.

On referees treating Marchand differently…
Well no doubt. That’s up to him to clean up but it’s a situation he created. I think he’s done a good job this year of staying focused and just playing his game. Whether he gets in the other teams kitchen or not, that’s part of his game. But I think it’s just about making sure you don’t lose the respect of the referees by chirping or continuing to do things after the whistle when they tell him to stop and I think that’s where he lost those guys a little bit. You can always redeem yourself, or you like to think that players can and he’s really trying hard to do that. Again whether it was a reputation call or whether they really thought it was embellishment, I know it wasn’t and I think he knows he didn’t try to embellish. That’s the most important thing.

On Marchand getting a warning. …
Not to my knowledge and I would have known if he would have.

On coaches stressing not to embellish due to fines…
No I don’t think so. I’m certainly not going to be worried about me in those situations. I’m just worried about how we play as a team. I don’t encourage embellishment, I don’t want to see it but it doesn’t mean it won’t happen every once in a while on our team like anybody else. I just don’t like it. Our players clear on that. We’re not clean. We don’t make those kind of mistakes—or sorry we do make those kind of mistakes every once in a while. When it becomes an issue it gets addressed. The league is doing a great job of trying to take that out of the game and I think it’s a real important thing for our game to take out of. It really tarnishes what this game is all about. 

On Lucic’s play being a mental block…
There’s always that fear, Amalie, when you come back from an injury you’re always a little over protective of it until maybe something happens where you would have expected your injury to reoccur  and it doesn’t and you realize I guess it’s ok.  It’s normal to be a little tentative. In his case it’s fully healed. Hopefully he can get over that if that’s what he thinks is holding him back a little bit. He’s a big part of our hockey club and he can bring a lot to our hockey team. We need to see him at his best as soon as we can. So hopefully his words are sincere and he comes and shows it. That’s all we want to see.

On preparing for games in rapid succession …
It’s what you saw the other day. We didn’t skate in the morning hoping it would help us in that game. By the looks of it, it didn’t. But we have to do those kinds of things when you get in at two in the morning. Just because it’s the beginning of the year doesn’t mean you have to skate them. They had a day off yesterday. We have three in four and four in six [games] so it’s important for them to have days off. The biggest thing right now is they have to focus on when they come to the rink for a game, they’re ready to play. We’ll do our best to give them the rest that they need and they gotta do their best to get their rest and nutrition that they need in order to stay as healthy and energetic as they can.

On Simon Gagne’s improvement…
We don’t have a choice but to see that in practice. We can see he’s getting more and more comfortable. This morning I saw him make a couple of little plays in tight. His hands are going to come back. Only time will tell with him. Again its more than just us looking at him, there’s a lot more involved in that process. We’ll see how it all turns out.

On pulling goaltenders early…
I think in that case, Matt, for me we hadn’t done much the whole game. If we were gonna get a chance to tie that game up, it was like, let’s go six on four here to see if we can get something going and we did. We had a couple chances so it was more about that. Otherwise maybe I would have gone half the power play with five on four and then the second half if nothing could have happened—but we didn’t have much going. I needed to create some sort of life and it’s unfortunate that we got called for a penalty on the goaltender. But we were pressing and we gave our self a chance there.

On the trend of pulling the goalie early continuing …
Maybe but it may be something too that you have to look at how your team handles it. Last year we did ok with the six on five and even in the last minute plus, but there’s times where you can feel more confident with your guys. If they’re fresh they can jump on those loose pucks quicker. If your team is a little bit tired and you do that six on five a little early, basically they’re gonna get the puck and put it in the empty net because your guys aren’t going to be on top of it quick enough. I have to gauge my bench, I have to gauge the guys I’m putting out there whether they’re really fresh and are capable of handling it.

On Washington’s new coach and new systems…
Well you know what Joe, I gotta be honest here and I’m gonna answer this. With the way we played last game, I’ll answer questions about my team because that’s where my whole focus was. Pre-scout is done and we played them in preseason so we have a pretty good idea of what they can bring but right now if I don’t look at my own club I don’t think I’m doing the right thing.

On McQuaid coming back strong from injury…
Both he and Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] are getting better all the time. When I look at Dennis, the first few games he played it was rough. And now he’s coming along he’s starting to be a little bit more intense and assertive in areas where he’s a little hesitant. So it’s nice to see him. And Adam [McQuaid] has come in with the attitude  “I want to be here. I’m going to show them I want to be here”. If he continues to be able to play that way he’s going to be a real good defenseman for us this year that we obviously need.

On Campbell’s timeframe…
He just started skating so I guess it depends. I haven’t been told when. He hasn’t been cleared for contact. I think a guy that’s been out for that long who’s just started to skate-- I don’t think we have a timetable for him right now.
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