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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Saturday, March 1, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:00 PM


On the team’s defensive miscues against the Capitals…
I don’t know if “troubling” is the word. It’s something that you can correct but obviously that’s what’s happening right now. I think we’re getting caught cheating on the offensive side too much, and it’s ending up in the back of our net, so probably need to fix that if we expect to win because at this rate here, we’re giving up too many goals.

On whether it would be better to have a practice day instead of a game coming up on Sunday…
No, I think we’re OK. We — I think we’ve played together and played the way we should for long enough that basically you probably need to see it more than you need to practice it. So you know, tomorrow’s going to be a good day for us to look at those things and get ready for tomorrow night. But it’s probably not a bad thing that we have back-to-back games — you know, can put this one aside quickly and then work on the next one.

On Washington’s power play…
Well you know, again, those are mistakes — you know, we talked about it, and I thought our guys got caught running around and that opened up the seams that we didn’t want to open up. So you know, those are our own mistakes. At the same time, I didn’t think we were disciplined enough tonight to play against a team that has that kind of a power play. We took way too many penalties, and that didn’t help either.

On the team’s play in the first period over the last two games…
We’ve given up the first goal in both the games here, in Buffalo and then again tonight, and you know, those are things that you don’t want to do. Playing catch-up hockey is not a good way to play.

On the Bruins’ fourth line’s performance against Washington…
Yeah, they were good tonight. I thought they played their better game tonight. They seemed to be more in sync and play with lots of energy. They were a good line for us tonight, and you know, I think our young guys on the back end did their work, and you know, so I’m certainly not going to stand here and blame our youth. I think it’s more our team overall — the five guys on the ice, and making sure that we have some layers. You know, we’ve talked about that for a long time. If there’s a small mistake, there’s layers, but there haven’t been too many layers as of late.

On the team’s missed 5-on-3 opportunity…
I don’t know if — it didn’t help us, I don’t know if it hurt us because I don’t think we lost momentum, but certainly wasn’t a power play that brought much. I don’t know if it’s from not having any and then all of a sudden — I think it’s the first time we’ve had a two-minute 5-on-3 power play this year so might have been a shock to the system, but certainly wasn’t a good one. And we had some blocked shots, puck wasn’t moving quickly and you know, we gave them time to set up again. But I don’t think it deflated us, but at the same time, I think it would’ve done us a lot of good to get that first goal.

On the team’s attitude after the game…
Well I mean, I know this team well enough — you know, they’re not gonna hang their hats and say well, it’s because of this, it’s because of that. We’ve always taken responsibility for, you know, our actions, and that’s not going to change. I think they all know in there that we have to work and compete a little harder. I think the emotion of our game has to be a little better. You know, I’m not sure after the first period — you know, I look at our stat sheet — we’ve got five hits. That’s not good enough for us. And you know, I think a lot of that is putting more emotion into your game, and we need to pick it up and get better starts. That way, we won’t be battling from behind.

On whether the team’s penalties on Saturday stemmed from an attempt to insert more emotion into the game…
No, they were, you know, stick penalties — you know, those kind of things. Like I think Carl [Soderberg] was — I forget what it was. A bit of a high stick there. But no, I don’t think — that’s not the kind of emotion we want anyways. We want a lot of jump and you know, finish your checks, separate the guy from the puck — you know, those kind of emotions. They’re good, clean hits. But again, no excuse for our discipline tonight.

On the team’s play in the second period…
Well you know, we scored that goal, it gave us some life. And for the most part, if you look back at the game, we had the puck a lot. We won  60 percent of our draws, so we had the puck a lot. That wasn’t an issue. I think the issue was with the breakdowns defensively. We outshoot the team, you have the puck more than they did, but at the end of the day, you made more mistakes and gave them more chances and they capitalized on them. I thought we had some good chances tonight, too, that we didn’t even hit the net. A lot of pucks over the net and those kind of things end up being pretty important missed opportunities at the end of the night. 

On missed opportunities against the Capitals…
Yeah, we weren’t getting the second pucks. We were getting the original shot, but we weren’t there for the second pucks, and those are things offensively, I think, that we gotta get better at, as I mentioned. I think the fact that we’ve given up eight goals, or more — nine if you count the overtime goal, there — in two games, that’s not the way our team plays.

On whether the upcoming trade deadline played a part in the team’s performance over the last two games…
Absolutely none. None whatsoever.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On their thoughts after today’s game…
I think at this point in time the areas that I guess we haven’t been as good and need to be addressed because that’s how we want to be as a team. We want to be held accountable to the areas that we didn’t do as well tonight as I think we would like to.  I think there were some positives in the game, but I mean it’s another loss.  We really don’t like to lose two games in a row.  At this point in time you’re going to get best from every team.  That team is fighting for a playoff spot.  It’s just some details in the game that as a team we make a point to focus on; it’s to do the little things correct at all times, because those are the things that matter going down the stretch so I think that’s where we want to put our focus on right now.

On whether it’s harder or easier with back-to-back games coming up…
I think that in a game like that where you know we could’ve won that game I think it’s good to kind of turn the page right away and get back at it tomorrow.  Like I said, there’s some things that we need to do better.  Some things we addressed before the game and it didn’t really take into account during the game.  So I think from our standpoint and now it’s good that we’re playing tomorrow night.

On his thoughts about the goal being revised and credited to Shawn Thornton…
I don’t really want to comment on that.  The game’s what matters.

On if it’s difficult to bring a certain level of intensity to the game that they know are capable of…
Well it’s the level that we expect of ourselves, the standard that’s expected of us.  So, it’s not really hard that’s what’s expected when we play on this team, to compete like that every night. Before the break we were playing some pretty good hockey, and so now it’s just up to us to find our game again.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On Washington’s final goal…
We were close, it was 3-2 going into the third period, and you give up a breakaway and it sucks, but we have to look past it, and look at tomorrow, and regroup and be prepared for tomorrow.

On the Bruins defensive performance as a whole…
It was alright. Still a little bit loose, but I mean you can always be better, especially when you lose. We gave up four goals tonight, so it’s uncharacteristic of us. We’ve just got to look at what’s going on and try to correct it.

On whether ‘Olympic rust’ is still a part of it…
It’s just a couple – decision-making could be better, I guess you could say that.

On whether they feel any pressure with the trade deadline approaching…
Well especially with Wednesday coming up everybody has their own opinion, but before the break you probably weren’t thinking about anything like that. But considering everybody’s talking about – well, you guys are all talking about it, we’re not. You guys are talking about the trade deadline coming up, but we’re not necessarily thinking about it because you can’t.

On whether the game feels a little fast…
No it’s the same speed, hasn’t changed.

On decision-making…
Well you’ve just got to be better defensively.

On how solid the defense had been leading up to the break…
Well we want to be better, and we know we can be better and have to be.

On decision-making, particularly the play where Washington stole his pass for a breakaway…
You have to have one guy stay back and the other guy try to get the puck. Just in case. And that’s what happened.

On the trade deadline approaching…
We’re not feeling any pressure for the deadline. We’ve all been through this situation our whole careers and our whole lives – even from juniors.

On some of the younger players experiencing it for the first time…
Yeah but they’ve been going through it before too, I mean before they got here. I mean I got traded here, right? So I mean we’ve all been through it so you can’t really look at it that way.

On whether they are facing desperate teams this time of year…
Everybody is desperate, especially with a month and a half left. I mean, you’re almost playing every game or every day. So with that many games in such little time you have to be at your best.

On knowing they have a busy schedule ahead…
You’ve just got to be prepared and be focused. Take care of yourself, stay hydrated. Probably just stay focused is a key.

On areas where the defense could improve…
Maybe always trying to have a third guy high. So if you go down and you have a guy backing you up. Or just trying to make the simple plays. You know, things that we were doing before that break that I’m sure we’re going to be doing coming up pretty quick here.

On knowing they have snapped out of slumps before…
We shouldn’t rely on that though. I don’t think we should rely on us snapping into it. We have to work as a team, and try to be prepared for playoffs and try to bring the momentum into playoffs. There are a lot of teams vying for spots and you want to have home ice advantage going into the playoffs. And you want to use that momentum starting mid-April.

On whether he wonders why the Bruins are always topping the standings, and the Capitals are always further down, but the Bruins have a tough time against them.
Not really. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you.

On what has been lacking since the break…
A little bit of rustiness but I think everybody’s on the same page. There’s a lot of things that have been happening. But you’ve just got to play for each other and back each other up.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how he felt his first game back…
I felt pretty good, I felt pretty good. A little rested. Afternoon games are always different, your preparations a little bit different but I felt good.

On if he is over his jet lag…
Yeah, yeah, you know I slept that whole flight back so I got in to a rhythm pretty quickly. Obviously you wake up early but I’ve been feeling good.

On if it felt like it’s been a long time between games…
No, no. probably a week, pretty close. Six days.

On the challenge of Alexander Ovechkin…
Well, I mean, if he gets those one timers with a half empty net, you're pretty much going to score. You have to recognize that he’s out there and I don’t think we did a very good job today with that. He had that shot in the first period before he scored and then he gets that goal and the next one I was almost positive he was going short sided but he kind of knuckled and he stalled and it went in. But if you keep giving him those one timers he’s going to find the back of the net.

On if he is the most dangerous guy in the league when it comes to one timers…
Yeah, he’s got to be up there. He’s so good at finding that dead area that nobody else really goes to, to shoot and then he just kind of bombs it. So, he’s probably the most dangerous.

On Ovechkin’s teammates looking to set him up…
Yeah, yeah.

On the defensive effort…
It’s got to be better, it’s going to get better every day. It doesn’t matter if we keep talking about it, today was pretty crappy again, just mental mistakes. You talk about certain things in their power play, you just give them those opportunities and breakaways and stuff like that, it’s just not our style. So we just have to be better.

On if the defensive breakdowns are recent…
I don’t know, we kind of go up and down with that I guess. The guys haven’t played in a couple of weeks, I guess it shows. But still, there’s no excuses, we have to be better focused and sharper out there.

On if anything in particular on Washington’s power play was giving them trouble…
No, there shouldn’t be, there shouldn’t be. They’re trying to find Ovechkin for most times and they did. They got that guy in the center of our guys, kind of there and they’re either going to hit him then Ovechkin and they hit both of those guys so I think we have to really get better at that. We talked about those things during the game and we didn’t really execute.

On this group of guys doing better than what they showed tonight…
Yeah, we know how good we can be and this definitely is not that. It doesn’t matter if we get players or don’t get players, we still play a certain system and this – you saw today the mental errors cost us again. That’s all, we just have to be better mentally.

On having a lot of great chances offensively…
I don’t think so, I mean, there were little glimpses of how good we can be when we created those chances, we got goals, net drives and people driving the center lane there. But then for the most part I think there was no traffic and we were just playing perimeter.

On all Bruins shots being from the outside…
Yeah, it’s the best feeling in the world when they just shoot wristers from the outside.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On today’s game…
For sure wasn’t our best game.  We could’ve probably done a number of things differently and better.  We have to learn from games like this, especially against an opponent like this.

On how the team wanted to start after coming back from break…
Well we lost two games since we came back so for sure that’s not good enough.  We have to be better like I said.

On if there was anything specific that gave them trouble on Washington’s power play…
I think that it was more us not doing what we said we were going to do.  So, again that’s going to have to be addressed and for sure those kinds of mistakes we have to eliminate and be more focused and be sharper.

On whether it’s difficult to bring the intensity to their game in these situations…
No, we should know that these last 20 plus games, I don’t know, are going to be very intense.  Every opponent is going to play their best so we should definitely be up for these games and be better.

On how important it is that all four lines are contributing…
Well that’s what we need, contribution from every line. You can’t be relying on one line or two lines every time the same guys you’ve just got to be able to get production from other guys.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON

On whether the fact that the Bruins are in a more comfortable spot for playoffs than the Capitals played into today’s game...

I don’t know. We try and focus on what’s going on in here and not what’s going on over there, and this should have been another case of that, but I mean we weren’t good enough off the start. That ended up hurting us.

On his line bringing energy…

We had talked before the game. We weren’t happy with where we were last game. I think that we looked at some video. We chatted about what we could do to make ourselves a little bit more effective. We tried to work on those tonight, and for most of our shifts I thought we did a pretty good job. The goal was a little lucky, but those guys were driving the net hard. I’m not sure who touched it, but so take that out of it and just talk about our shifts I think we did a better job of reading off of each other and supporting each other.

On whether it is okay to expect there to be a bit of rust defensively after the Olympic break…

I guess you could look at it either way. I don’t like excuses so we’ve got to be better defensively. I think that yeah maybe there was a little bit of rust, but we don’t really have time for that. Everyone is in the same boat, that’s the thing. Everyone had the same break. Everyone had guys go to Sochi. Everybody had guys go on vacation, so we’ve got to look inside here and we’ve got to do better.

On what the key is to getting a good start…

We talked about it. We weren’t good enough off the hop so we’ll think about this one today and then focus on the Rangers tomorrow.

On the first period…

I don’t think that was a good first period for anybody. That was to be expected. Tonight though, coming home, we had a couple days in between games. I really expected us to have a better start in the first.


WASHINGTON CAPITALS HEAD COACH ADAM OATES
On managing to prevent the full comeback…
It was kind of a weird game, a lot of penalties, which I think is still indicative of coming back from break, but we had the lead, they fought back, which you would expect. We expect a push in their barn and you know Fehrzie’s (Eric Fehr) goal obviously it took the wind out of their sails a little bit. It was a question of not too much time left, but we did a good job after that holding it.

On how important the five-on-three kill was…
Oh, it was huge. It was huge. Two minutes from a faceoff. They didn’t get that many looks during it, which was great.

On that first period having the puck primarily in their own end, but to get through that and Alexander Ovechkin’s goal is it a good feeling getting that…
Yeah, it is and it goes to show how important special teams is and everything’s important. We get a power play goal and we kill a full five-on-three so it makes you feel good about ourselves and we come off in the second with a power play goal and you know we got a lot of great chances, Wardo’s [Joel Ward] goal was fantastic. You know there’s still things that obviously you’ve got to work on and obviously that’s a really, really good hockey team over there you respect so much and we did a good job of it.

On now winning four straight for the first time since November and how important it is to sustain that…
You know Vogs just like always you want wins, you want to play right, you want to do good things because you want to build it’s always a building block every night. You want to win every night you can, you got to be mature about it and realize you’re not going to. 4-0 is good, we need them, but it doesn’t last too long, we got to play tomorrow at 12.

On Alexander Ovechkin hitting milestones this year, scoring his 800th career point, and whether it’s important to have him rolling..
That’s not a milestone. You know what for him he’s a focal point of our league, he’s the face of the franchise, it’s important he does well for all of us, but in saying that he knows that he’s still one of twenty that lines up and plays every night so he’s got to do his job. We obviously cater to him and favor to him a little bit, but he’s also got to contribute.

On missing secondary scoring in January and in the last ten games that changing…
 Yeah, and five-on-five I think we’ve done a better job on that, Vogs. Huge goal by Fehrzie. I think all in all it’s been a lot better.

On Joel Ward’s goal…
Yeah, yeah of course I’m sorry. Off the faceoff, you don’t see that too often right where the puck just bounced for him and he got it and they couldn’t quite hook him and he made a great play on the goalie.

On why the goalie plays better in March…
I don’t have really have answer. I mean obviously focus seems like the correct one You wish you put yourself in a better position so you didn’t have to grind so hard down the stretch, but you know all we try to work on everyday is playing good tonight, keep improving we play good tonight.

On whether he sees Braden Holtby’s confidence improving…
Yeah he’s played well, had a couple of shutouts. The five-on-three kill really helped him. He’s playing solid and giving us a good feeling. 

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD JOEL WARD
On having four wins in a row and if the team finally feels like they can put together a string of wins…
I think so. You know we always felt good as a group. We just had some lapses during games. Going back to last year we had a run of, I don’t know what it was, fifteen something like we put together a bunch of games and we just feel confident in ourselves and we just missed a little bit of that swagger a little bit at times this year and I think we’re slowly getting that back. I think guys are realizing what’s at stake a little bit more and just playing a little bit more desperate at times and it seemed to show.

On how much of a relief it was for Alexander Ovechkin to get the first and second power play goals to take the pressure off…
I would say the five-on-three to me was huge. They got a full two minute five on three power play and that was a huge kill by our guys. Obviously Ovi [Alexander Ovechkin] buried a couple, which was huge obviously against a penalty kill like that it’s always good, it’s always good for the confidence to get on the board like that, but I thought the five-on-three penalty kill was huge.

On his goal…
Yeah I was just off the faceoff, I just chipped to their D [Defense], I just tried to get in the lane of making them force a play. They tried to go D to D, it went off their stick, I intercepted it I just kind of went in I had a little bit of a break and I knew the goalie was kind of I think anticipating I was going to shoot just the angle that he was on and I just happened to pull it to my backhand and just kind of slide it home.

On what it is that makes the Capitals “wake up” during March…
I don’t have the answer either, it’s not the way that we try to script it. We just try to find ways to win. I think even though I don’t know, we let go a lot of games in the first little bit. We’ve had a lot of leads to be honest, we’ve had leads and we just can’t seem to hold onto them and fight back and push so I think now I think we’re just confident in ourselves as a group and just knowing that rather we give one up or we’re up we still feel good about ourselves and we’re all just staying with the program. and I think once we do that it’s just staying with the program, believing in ourselves we have a better chance at winning games.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER BRADEN HOLTBY

On beating a good team like the Bruins…
We obviously knew what they were capable of, they are a very strong team.  Throughout the year actually we have played a lot better against good teams so that’s a good sign, and tonight we did too.

On the team winning four in a row…
Yeah I think there’s a confidence.  The break was much needed for our group.  It had been a bit of a struggle to start the year and I think everybody really needed that break and came back really refreshed and playing well.

On beating a struggling Bruins team in their own building…
I don’t really look at how the other team is doing lately.  I know what the Bruins are capable of on any given night, they are one of the best teams in the league.  I think it’s a credit to us that we brought our game up to play against them in a time when we need wins.  So it was a good time.

On killing off a 5 on 3 penalty…
It was a great kill, it wasn’t a fluke.  We made a lot of huge plays.  I didn’t know it was a 5 on 3 until I looked up at the face-off, I just assumed it was a 5 on 4.  The guys did a great job, I think the Bruins only got one or two shots through and that’s a huge credit to our penalty kill.

On if the team was worried when the Bruins cut the lead to one goal…
I think it was a bit worrisome how we played after we were up 3-0.  Especially in the second period, we really let off the gas and you can’t do that against a team like that.  Those are the lessons you learn but I thought throughout the game we did a good job of getting back at it after we lagged a bit in the second and in the third we did a fairly good job.

On matching their longest winning streak of the season…
We went into the break how we wanted to, that was a big thing for us and we came back really refreshed.  It’s good but again those are just numbers and they are in the past and the biggest thing is tomorrow’s game.

On what happened to his mask in the third period…
I got high ‘stuck’, thought it was them, I don’t know if it was them or not.  It blew the straps off and when my helmet went over my eyes I thought it was about time to take it off.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
On recording his 800th career point…
To be honest with you, Sergey [Kocharov] just told me. It’s nice. It’s a big number. Just have to keep going.

On scoring the first goal of the game after spending much of the first period in their own end…
I think every time when you get the first goal you feel much better. They’re a team that’s not going to give up. It doesn’t matter what happens. Of course, we scored the first one, second one, and a big goal by [Eric] Fehr. This was a game. We just played a solid third period. Tried not to make mistakes in the neutral zone. It was a big key for us.

On the team’s confidence level after the Olympic break…
I think we’re just playing more solid right now. We know we don’t have time to make mistakes. Every point right now is a big point for us. It’s a big two points and a big road trip.

On how the team is finding ways to win…
Just be responsible. You plan out there. You know exactly what you have to do. It’s all about us. Right now, we’re responding well. Tomorrow is going to be a big game for us. Again, every point right now is important for us. Young guys stepping up, guys from Hershey play well. It’s nice to see how when the team plays that kind of game.

On the team’s defensive effort…
Of course everybody knows our power in the offensive zone. In the defensive zone we have to play better. Holts [Braden Holtby] played today well. The 5-on-3 PK [penalty kill] guys did a great job. Gave us a chance to have it tied at 0-0 after the first power play.

On what it would mean to pass Peter Bondra as the Capitals all-time leading scorer…
It’s history. You always want to be in history. You always want to be on top of everybody. I try to do my best, but without my linemates and my teammates I didn’t get those kinds of points.

On this being the best season of his career…
Hard to say. I feel good about myself. I have a good feeling about my shot. Every time I have an opportunity to shoot the puck, I’m going to shoot. When you feel hot you have to stay hot.

On holding onto a lead today after blowing one on Thursday against Florida…
That’s what I mean when you have to be responsible. We get the lead 3-0. We knew they aren’t going to give up. We knew the ref was going to make one call for them and they use it. Second period was kind of—the last 10 minutes they did a good push, but [Joel] Ward’s goal was huge and we keep the lead and [Eric] Fehr gets another one.

On winning four consecutive games…
We want to be in the playoffs. We want to fight until the end. Again, how I said two minutes ago, if we’re not going to get the points we’re not going to be there.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN KARL ALZNER
On the penalty killing effort tonight…
We had some good bounces, Holts [Braden Holtby] made some saves and great sticks, and I thought our sticks were really excellent tonight.  If you have a good stick on a 5 on 3 that usually helps you pretty good.  That’s good for us to give the penalty kill a little confidence.

On what the mentality of the team was when the Bruins cut the lead to one…
They got a little bit of momentum and the crowd got them into it, their fourth line got them into it and then we got to see a little bit of Boston and the way they have played all season long and it’s a tough team to defend against. So we were happy but we knew we had more and we knew we took the foot off the gas a little bit coming into the intermission.  It was a good reset for us and we came out good again in the third.

On how important it is to keep the winning streak going…
It’s incredibly important.  If we don’t we are going to be in trouble and we know that.  We have talked about it and we want to win every game up until the California trip and that’s the goal so we are going to do our best and starting so far so good.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 PM

On the performance of the first line versus Buffalo on Wednesday…

It was a team wide thing, and I know they were minus-three and that’s not something we’re used to seeing them being, but they have to take some responsibility. On that last goal — I should say the tying goal — I think they could’ve been a little bit better in our own end, but it wasn’t all them, and we take responsibility more as a team in regards to that loss.

On the way the Bruins are perceived by the rest of the league…

Well, I don’t think it really matters to us. We should be ready to play hard every night, and that’s, you know, I keep saying that. We — if we’ve built that kind of a reputation for our team that teams get up for and we’re respected, then so be it. It should be taken in a positive manner versus a negative one. That’s what probably keeps us consistent, for the most part, and good. And I think we have to be ready for that. We’re playing a team today that we haven’t seen all year yet, and we know they’re — they can be pretty explosive if we don’t respect their offense.

On whether it’s strange to be facing Washington for the first time so late in the season…

I don’t know if it feels strange. Weird, maybe, that the schedule was made that way, but you know, I think we know them pretty well. They haven’t made a ton of changes over the last year, so their team has got the same coach, pretty well the same players, and so we can certainly rely on that part of it. And as you know, we pre-scout these teams all the time, so I don’t think there’s anything that we’re still in the dark with as far as they’re concerned. And again, the focus belongs to us, here, trying to be a little better than we were last game.

On moving defenseman Zdeno Chara to the front of the net on the power play this season…

I don’t know, it’s a move that I think we’ve wanted to do a long time ago, but we didn’t have the elements back there to make it. I think, you know, when you see how good he is at standing in front and then recovering pucks and, you know, big body like that, we’ve seen it at different times — that Toronto game, again, that Game 7, you know, when he did a great job there. Our 6-on-5 during the year, we put him there, so it’s just been, I guess, a — an advantage for us now to have the right people back there that can play there and allow him to be there. But, I mean, you hope that there’s more than just that move that you’ve done right since you’ve been here. [Laughter]

On the fact that using Chara as a net-front presence on the power play comes at the expense of having him at the point…

Well, you know, we can say that, but I don’t think it really matters — when you look at our power play this year, it’s much better than when we had the hardest shooter at the point. So I think that’s more important than anything else. You know, you got to have time to get that shot off, and a lot of times when they sat on him, he wasn’t able to. So I think the situation that we’re in right now is better than the other one that had him at the point.

#03/01/14#

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