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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Saturday, March 5, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On if he felt like the Bruins played well despite the result…
Yeah, we played hard. I thought we played a solid game. I thought our second period there, we had the opportunity to extend that lead, which we did, obviously an offside goal, but still, on the power play we had some opportunities there as well to extend the lead. So I thought we were doing the right things here. So, throughout the third period, good third period by both teams, and an overtime goal that decides the outcome, but overall, I thought our guys played hard, two elite teams in a row, and we’ve played pretty decently.

On if not scoring on the five-on-three was okay because they hit posts and had chances…
Well exactly. You just answered your own question there. It’s pretty well that we hit a couple of posts, had our chances. We just, it didn’t go in for us.

On if he saw a definitive look on the offside call that overturned Torey Krug’s goal…
You know, you guys keep asking coaches. We’re not all, I guess, a hundred percent on board with some of that stuff, but you’ve got to live with it. You live with it, because we always compare it to other calls that we’ve had, whether it’s with other games and stuff like that. I guess we don’t always see consistency, but who are we.

On playing two solid games against two elite teams that play different styles than each other…
Well I think the guys showed that they can obviously follow a game plan, and you have to have different game plans against different teams because of how they play. But I think our guys showed the other night, tonight again, that we’re capable of playing our game, but also making some small adjustments to some of the things that they do. And Washington’s a team that doesn’t need a lot of chances, they’re just so good at burying them, and they showed that tonight. They had that one chance there in the overtime, and they made the most of it.

On if he has any update on Kevan Miller…
No, no, not at all. It’s, again, I know he was looked at, and he might’ve even been sent to the hospital. So I just finished our game here, and haven’t gone to the back room yet.

On if he thought Alex Ovechkin’s boarding of Kevan Miller was malicious…
I stay away from commenting on that, because we’re gaining nothing from that stuff, and obviously the league is going to review it. I don’t like seeing those hits. If it’s five for boarding, it kind of shows the severity of it, and I’m disappointed that our player wasn’t able to come back, and who knows, if it’s somebody else, is it a game? You guys can answer that question yourselves.

On the Bruins having to replace Kevan Miller’s role if he is out for any amount of time…
I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I’m not sure what’s going to happen here. Again, I said I haven’t seen him. Sometimes they’re sent to the hospital for precaution, sometimes it’s worse. I can’t tell you what the severity is right now, but we’ll see what comes out of it tomorrow, and we’ll move on from there. I mean, we’ve seen [Adam] McQuaid play up there as well at times, and that’s why we’ve got some extra Ds. We’ll have to plug them in if need be, and then move them around.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LEE STEMPNIAK…
On the loss tonight...
We had a lot of chances ourselves. I thought the power play was good; despite not scoring we had quite a few chances. And it’s tough to take a moral victory in a game like this, but I thought we played really well and it would have been nice to get the win.

On if he notices a different intensity here with the Bruins than with the New Jersey Devils…
Sort of right up until I got traded we were fighting for a playoff spot, too. And I’m sure those guys aren’t going to quit, but you know they were all sort of do or die for us in New Jersey. So it’s carried over here. You can see, you know, the standings a lot. You always take a glance at them and see your point total and know it’s tight at the top and you want the home ice.

On playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and the interaction with them…
Yeah it’s been good. I’ve known Patrice for a few years and actually Marchy, too. We all skated a little bit during the lockout. And I saw Bergy a little bit more this summer – worked out together a little bit. I know them away from the rink but not really at the rink. And you know they both work really hard, they both are great players and they both play both ways. So for me it’s been easy to jump in there and you know try and complement those guys and be good on the forecheck and use our speed and turn pucks over, and then let the offensive instincts take over once you have the puck.

On if he’s learned anything new in these last two games about the team…
No not really. I think when you play for the Bruins you sort of see the way they are and the way they approach the game. They’ve been a very successful team for a long time and I think a lot of that stems from the leadership and the style they play and the coaching staff because they’ve been here for a while. So you know nothing has really surprised me yet, but it’s a bit early so we’ll see.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On playing a tight game despite frustrations…
Yeah, we had good chances. I think we had enough chances to win the game. Tough non-goal call on us, but that’s what happens. We just have to use our chances to score goals and it didn’t happen today.

On performing well against both Chicago and Washington this week…
I mean, we know in here that we can play good hockey, it’s just about us putting it on the ice, being consistent, being mentally awake and executing the way we we’re supposed to. For the most part we did that. A little letdown there when I gave a nice little giveaway in the middle of the ice – I thought I saw it but I didn’t and then it was gone. But stuff like that happens; you have to forget about it and keep going.

On the video review play in tonight’s game…
I mean, it’s too bad. It’s tough to see on those little screens – they’re going to have to come up with something else – but at the end of the day they must see something they think is right and that’s what they go with. It’s tough for me to really judge on those decisions because I can’t really see and all I can see is the screen on top, so it’s tough for me to see anything.

On it being difficult to get a clear angle during the reviews…
Well you have to see something in the future, I guess, on the level of the ice where you can actually see the skate coming up – like a camera on the blueline, I don’t know. But it’s tough to see; I didn’t see it and it’s really tough for me to judge because I don’t know.

On getting complete certainty on the call before taking the goal away…
That’s usually how it goes. But again, I don’t know.

On adjusting defensively after losing Kevan Miller in the middle of the game…
I mean, obviously losing a guy is always tough, but we all like playing a lot of minutes and that’s what happens. So, you just have to deal with it and just roll the guys you have and that’s what we did.

On if it was challenging having a relatively new teammate in John-Michael Liles…
No, not really. Like you said, he’s a veteran player. He knows how to act, how to react when he’s on the ice so it’s not a problem. It’s all about communication, playing together and keep moving forward and that’s what we did – that’s what he did as well.

On if he’s changed his style of puck movement this season…
Yeah, I mean, that’s an emphasis on the whole unit and back there, just making plays hopefully. Trying to get tape-to-tape passes and we try hard. Sometimes it works better than others. Today it went on the other guys stick, but again, can’t really get discouraged and just keep going.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if he feels that the other point slipped away…
Yeah I think so. It’s good that that we got four points against pretty good teams but we did let it slip a bit. A couple mistakes cost us a game, and it’s unfortunate.

On the hit on Kevan Miller...
I didn’t see it well enough to be honest, so I can’t really comment on it.

On if it was encouraging to see how they played in these last two games…
Yeah I think we know we’re a good team in here. We’re confident in our group. You know in this league anyone can win on any given night. Every team is so close and every team has good players. It’s just a matter of who’s willing to push a little extra to win the battles and compete a little harder each game and I think we have that kind of character in here.

On having mistakes on offense that could’ve cost them the game…
Yeah their goalie played well tonight. He made a couple big saves at the right times. So we do have to capitalize on the opportunities at those key points, but it’s part of the game.

On having the goal taken away from them…
It’s disappointing, you know, you’re up two-nothing it’s a big difference. You know we get that one taken back and then they score shortly after. So it’s enough to change a game.

On if he thinks they responded well to teams that bring a good pace…
Yeah I thought we have to be happy with how we battled. We got three of four points but you know we still have to continue to work on our game and be better.

On if this feels like a turning point for games at home…
I think that we had a pretty good week at home. It is something that we have to continue to work on, being a little bit better at home. But it is something that we were focusing on and hopefully we can continue to do better here.

On if it boosts his confidence knowing the team can play a different style of hockey against some of the best teams in the league…
Yeah, we don’t really change a whole lot of what we do. It’s more being aware of how they play and their style, but we’re always focused on playing our system and playing our game and pushing that on them. And you know it’s just something that we need to be aware of.

On if this was a case of playing a great game but not getting the outcome they wanted…
I wouldn’t say that we played a great game, you know, we played decent. We do need to be a little bit better, but we had a decent game.

On the hit on Kevan Miller…
I can’t really comment on it; I didn’t see it well enough.

On what he thinks of video review…
I’m not a big fan of it, but just because everyone is complaining about how the scoring is down in the league and they’ve taken away a lot of goals this year. You know they’re also taking a lot away from the referees but if that’s…it’s not my call and my job to really care about that, so whatever happens, happens with that.

On what positives he wants to take from this game going into the back-to-back in Florida…
We got a point. I think right now every point is huge and regardless of how you get it you have to look at points right now. I thought we did a pretty decent job at keeping them off the score sheet for most of the game and we battled hard, we competed and it’s just something that we have to continue to work on.

On taking three out of four points from Chicago and Washington…
Yeah we know that we have a good team in here. We think we’re all confident in our group. And we know that we can compete with any team and you know we just want to play our game and work hard and good things will happen. So we definitely have things we need to continue to work on – every team does – but it is something that we want to continue to do.

On if he’s felt an increase in physical intensity…
Yeah I think we realize that every game right now is very important and we have to be prepared to win and we have to play the kind of hockey that’s going to allow us to win and if that means we’re more emotionally engaged and physically engaged then you know I think it’s going to help us. And I think that’s what guys are focused on doing – really doing a good job at playing their role and doing their job to help us win.

On the first goal and if he saw Patrice Bergeron…
Yeah I saw him going. I took a quick look before I got the puck and saw him make his way over. So just trying to place it for him to put in the net.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On playing a solid game but not getting the result they wanted…
Yeah, we had chances, power plays and a couple of posts there – it was just one of those nights that, yeah, you can’t score the winning goals. But it was a good game, a hard-fought game. One point, we’ll take it, but too bad we didn’t win.

On if he’s encouraged by the team’s performance against Chicago and Washington this week…
Against these guys? I mean, no, not really. We’ve played pretty good against them – lost tight games. Five-on-five it’s been pretty tight. They’ve scored power plays in their previous games and we’ve felt like we can play with these guys but we just haven’t gotten the win. So, maybe we’ll see them in the playoffs. It matters then, right?

On hard-fought performances against some of the league’s best teams…
Yeah, but I’ve felt like our game has tightened up and we’ve played good hockey. Really cutting down those scoring chances against and that’s a great sign. You can’t always score four or five goals and you’ve got to kind of try to find a way to win these tough games, but today we fell short – but great effort.

On tonight’s game winning goal…
I was just kind of chilling, hanging there. The guy, he got the Ladies’ tees – I wasn’t ready for that shot, went through me. Tough goal, but it happens.

On if he misread the game-winning play…
No, he had so much time I thought he was going to maybe look around, go around or something, and I really wasn’t prepared for that shot, I guess. It was kind of a weird, almost a muffin shot, slap shot and it found a hole and went through me. Every time the puck goes kind of through you, it’s a bad goal and that’s what happened. But, you know, it’s hockey.

On Kevan Miller leaving the game…
Yeah, it’s really tough. Hopefully he gets back soon; he’s been playing great. Really solid. He’s always been solid defensively, but lately I think he’s really improved his game with the puck, finding lanes to pass the puck and score some goals. He’s really been on top of his game so it’s a tough loss, but hopefully he gets back soon.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the power play going 0-5…
Disappointing. I said it a couple nights ago, part of the power play is scoring goals and making sure that we complete those chances, and we hit a couple posts tonight. Five-on-three for almost two minutes, it’s really disappointing. I think we score there, it changes the game, so, you know, we take a lot of pride in the power play and could have won us a game tonight but it didn’t.

On whether he was frustrated about his goal being called back…
If it’s offside it’s not a goal, so I mean it’s frustrating. I haven’t scored in a while, but that’s a good test for your character and trying to respond and still having faith. It’s, like I said, right time right place it’ll happen.

On how he thought the team responded to that call…
We did okay. I think this year we’ve done a really good job of responding to calls that haven’t gone our way. Unfortunately, they got the next goal, so it’s not clearly indicative of how we responded, but we did an alright job. I mean, we continued to play, you know, fast, and I thought, you know, we did a good job of clogging up the neutral zone and not giving up too many good chances.

On what things the team has done right that he feels are sustainable from the past two games…
Well, we’re one shot away from beating the top two teams in the NHL, so I mean, you know, for us it’s just realizing when we stick to the system and keep doing those things well we’ll have a chance to win any game, and I thought, you know, we’ve done a good job playing these two teams, and, you know, we’ve just got to move on. We have other big tests coming up and every team brings something different to the table, and we’ll look forward to the next challenge.

On generating a lot of chances despite the score…
Yeah, I mean, for whatever reason we’re not able to put pucks behind Washington goaltenders, so we’ll have to find a way, and you can never be satisfied with just getting plenty of chances. You know, we’re a team this year we’ve shown that we have the ability to score a lot of goals, and, you know, we have been getting chances every single game so never satisfied with that. We’ve got to start, you know, finding a way to put one by them and win these big games.

On how losing Kevan Miller changes the defense…
Kevan’s a warrior for us. He does a lot of different things that, you know, not many players are willing to do, and, you know, blocking shots, taking big hits, you know, making big plays, so I think for us it’s about making sure we can play with a little bit of that grit on the back end and try and do it as a committee and pull up for him. You know, he’s done a lot for this team and hopefully we can win a few games. I don’t know what his situation is, but, you know, hopefully he comes back quick.

On what he thought of the hit…
Didn’t see it. Didn’t see it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On not letting the frustrating moments get to him in tonight’s game…
You can’t. I mean, in a game you have to stick with it no matter what happens and it’s one of those things where it is part of the game right now – you know, the coach’s challenge – and some of the calls you can argue with but at the same time, at the end of the day, they have the last call and they have to make a quick decision. So, you have to keep playing with it and going at it and we had some good looks – five-on-three we’ve got to find a way to bear down and score a goal. That would have been huge for us, obviously.

On the lessons learned from competing against some of the league’s top teams this week…
I thought we competed hard and well. I think we executed the way we wanted to. A few miscues here and there but overall you’ve got to like what we’ve done. But, we talked about improving as a team and that’s what we have to do going forward. The schedule is not getting any easier and we know we have a tough trip coming up.

On the hit on Kevan Miller tonight…
To me, I thought Kevan’s back was turned and the whole way I thought [Alex] Ovechkin was basically seeing the back of Kevan. So, I thought it was a hit from behind, but they took care of it and hopefully he’s doing alright, doing better.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what getting three points out of four against the top two teams in the league does for the team…
I think we’re playing better, but, you know, at the same time there’s always room to improve. Like I’ve been saying this morning and the last few days, you know, it’s not getting any easier and we have some tough games ahead of us, tough schedule, and we’ve just got to continue to play hard with a solid effort for 60 minutes.

On seeing Kevan Miller go down…
Yeah it’s always tough to see one of your teammates and friends going, obviously, down, and hopefully he’s okay.

On what he thought of that hit…
You know, I think that obviously it was from behind. You know, it’s a dangerous, dangerous play. I’m just hoping that Kevan is going to be okay.

On whether there is renewed focus now that the deadline has passed…
I think the focus [has] been the same. You know, like I’ve been saying before, it’s every year, same situation before the deadline. You know, players being traded. That’s just a part of the business. We have to find a way to avoid the distraction, as you want to call it, and focus on hockey and your performances.

On whether it is a good thing to get two “great” opponents one after another…
That’s the schedule. You know, that’s the schedule. That’s the way it works out, and I mean it’s the way it is. You can’t really think that’s better or worse. You’ve just got to prepare yourself for every game.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the impact of the coach’s challenge that overturned Torey Krug’s goal…
Well as soon as they scored the goal, I thought both our video coaches really communicated well to the bench, “I think they’re offside, let’s look at it.” We were in contact with them, they made the call, we made the call and to me it was the turning point of the game. I mean this was four games in five nights for us, it gets to 2-0 I don’t know if we are able to get the two points, so that was to me a huge turning point. I thought our penalty kill was outstanding, your best penalty killer is always your goaltender and [Philipp] Grubauer was fantastic tonight in the win. I just liked our battle. I mean there was a lot of battle on our bench – commitment – you saw our guys stitched up and all those things. So I, you know, got to like that. I think it was a real good hockey game from both sides.

On improved effort since the Toronto game…
Well I’ve seen it the last two nights. I would take how we played the Rangers – I thought we gave them a couple easy goals, our emotional levels, our commitment was really good and our commitment tonight was really good. That’s as I say I take a lot of pride in this group, they got a real good core in there, good leaders and we take pride in playing every game hard.

On being leveled going into the third period of the past four games and winning three of them…
Well I think you just said it. It says a lot about that group, that they’re battling through some adversity. I mean they had adversity of playing four games in five nights, they had adversity of getting early to the hotel and probably asleep after three and they’re not complaining about it. Fighting through five-on-three and penalties like that says a lot about the group and that’s I think they take pride in it. When we have a game like Toronto where there wasn’t much in terms of our effort areas and all that spent emotionally and all that, I think that says a lot about this group. We’re 65 games into it but there’s not too many times I’ve said you know hey we weren’t really good tonight or we weren’t emotionally engaged. I don’t think, have I said it before? I’m going to ask you guys because you guys follow us all the time, I’m not sure we do. That says a lot about the group that they care about the outcome, they care about each other, they care about how we play.

On the fourth line’s impact…
They, I don’t know what they call that line, they come hard. I think they’ve taken on the personalities of say their centerman and it’s a credit to [Jay Beagle] Beags is that sort of missing element. Daniel [Winnik] has fit in and played really well on that line, he’s making plays and doing a really good job on the penalty kill. I really like that line. You can throw them out there against anybody, they’re hard to play against.

On Matt Niskanen’s game-winners…
He’s on the ice all the time, that’s number one. The odds go up when you’re on the ice so much, he’s been so solid all year and I just think he’s one of those guys that flies under the radar, doesn’t want a lot of credit for what he does and he’s one of the most popular guys in our room. He’s been making a big case for himself. He’s one of those underrated top defensemen in the National Hockey League that guys sort of overlook sometimes.

On Nicklas Backstrom’s line getting some points tonight after being on the ice for a few goals lately…
Yeah they sure did. They take a lot of pride. I mean they took a goal for a little bit of a bad change there and they’re going head-to-head against – I’ve had them purposely going head-to-head with the best lines on the other team just to get them really engaged. I haven’t tried to really shy away from matchups, I’ve actually said let’s work on our game. It’s going to be tough in the playoffs, one thing that you do see in the playoffs is you got to fight for space, you got to fight for those inches and I’m trying to train them to do that, continue to do that so that we’re ready for the playoffs.

On his thoughts on the Alexander Ovechkin penalty…
Well I didn’t see it originally because it’s right where you can’t see anything on that side. I saw it up on the screen and then I watched it again. Ovi was keeping the puck in, the player was on his backhand, but he does see numbers. Ovi is a big man, he outweighs him a little bit, he’s just trying to seal him a little, stick on the hips, just hold him down so he can’t go up the wall and it’s just, he’s got him by probably 30-40 pounds and Ovi is a real strong guy. Ovi could do a lot of damage. I’ve seen Ovi lay some big hits on big people. I can tell you that there was no intent. Unfortunately I think [Kevan] Miller got a little bit hurt there and we paid the consequences of a five-minute penalty. It was just a guy doing his job I thought and just try to seal him off and not allow him to slide down the boards.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
On his hit on Kevan Miller…
Oh, it’s just a hockey play. I tried to, kind of like – I don’t try to hit him. I didn’t see a replay but my motion was not like try to head-hunt. I just try to play the puck and he kind of turned and there was a hit. At least I told the referee I didn’t try to go through him or something, just trying to pin him.

On watching the team play 5-on-3 with him in the box…
Yeah it’s hard. Obviously you don’t want to be in this position to take a penalty, but again the referee said I get five minutes because I was heavier than him, so [laughs]… It’s kind of strange but it is what it is.

On if he is worried about supplemental discipline …
No I don’t think it’s kind of suspension or something. I don’t try to hit the head, just try to be in my spot and make a play. He’s turning at the boards.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN MATT NISKANEN
On the team being able to handle playing four games in five nights…
I think so.  We believe that we have enough depth that we can play at a high pace, high compete level for the majority of the game, no matter the schedule I think.  So it was an entertaining hockey game today for sure.  A little bit of everything – physicality, penalty killing, goaltending. It seemed like there was a lot more scoring chances than a 1-1 game or 2-1 game would indicate.  Heck of a hockey game.  Fun to be on top.

On the game winning goal…
I’m not sure how long they were out there but we had possession and I think I just got on the ice and a lot of times that we do 3-on-3 like that, we start interchanging and criss crossing, trying to free up some space and that’s kind of what happened.  Burky [Andre Burakovsky] did a good job getting that interception there, I had just enough room to get a slapper off from up top and I don’t know if it went off their defender’s stick or not but somehow it found its way in.

On the 5-on-3 penalty kill being a turning point in the game tonight…
The penalty kill was really, really good tonight I thought and we go down two men then for almost a full two minutes, I think it was around 1:50, to be honest we didn’t do a whole lot to deter much of the stuff.  I guess most of their shots were from kind of down around the sides of the net, I remember [Torey] Krug walked into one, I think I kind of screwed up on that play, Gruby [Philipp Grubauer] had to save that one, but otherwise they were zipping pucks across the crease, there were little scrums around the net, Gruby [Philipp Grubauer] stood tall.  I think they hit a couple posts and you need to get a little bit lucky in those situations when they have that much time and they are talented, too.  They have one of the better power plays in the league and a heck of a job by Gruby [Philipp Grubauer].

On if the Bruins calling timeout during the 5-on-3 power play helped them out…
Yeah I think it did.  I’m sure they wanted to rest their guys, maybe go over a little adjustment or whatever.  For us, we pretty much know what to do, it’s a matter of just catching your breath because going down on one knee to get in the shot lane or battling in front, stops and starts, it’s pretty taxing so a little breather helped for sure.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN KARL ALZNER
On his goal tonight…
Well I was trying to be aggressive coming down the wall, I saw the puck there, I saw [Zdeno] Chara starting to go down so I was thinking you know maybe try and get in the play and do something and it took all of my power not to try and just shoot it at a bad angle because that’s usually the extent of my offensive play, so I went around the net, kind of had to go for a battle in the corner with one of their D-men and then I don’t know, I just kind of, when you’re in the zone, you kind of just lose track of what is going on sometimes, you just make a feel and when Nick [Nicklas Backstrom] gets the puck it’s just one of those things that you just have to be ready because he can make plays you don’t expect him to make so I just start going towards the net and sure enough it came there.

On the play of Philipp Grubauer on the 5-on-3 …
Well that was phenomenal.  He kept us in the game.  They had a lot of great chances.  A lot of tough kills but I feel like Gruby has been growing his game as the season has gone on.  A little bit of pressure at the beginning of the year with being that number two goalie, making the jump full time and I think every game he has gotten better and better.  You feel a lot of confidence when he goes in the net right now and that’s a really good sign.  He’s eating up pucks, just gobbling them up, so it’s kind of fun to watch him be in there and feel confident and see him after the game feeling happy.

On going into the third period tied…
Well the game tonight was our best all-around game of the last four.  It’s one of those things where it’s a harder game to play when you’re playing with the pace and physical and getting in on the forecheck and backcheck but you tend not to get as tired, you’re into it and you are just kind of feeling the flow and I think that’s how we felt tonight.  We continued to roll and our fourth line, I guess you can call them the fourth line, was absolutely on fire and they were giving us a lot of energy.  We weathered a few storms, but we were just confident that they were going to continue to go and put pucks towards the net and one of them was going to squeak in.

On the team locking down the third period…
We take a while to get going and I don’t know exactly why that is but once we get going, our reads seem to be stronger, our sticks knocking down pucks and making the smart play seems to be better, and so it’s a bummer that it takes a little while to get going sometimes, but once it does that’s what you see and that’s what our third periods have been.  I think we are a team that really buckles down when we know that the pressure is on and that’s the third period for us.

On his defense partner scoring the game winning goal…
He changed his curve.  I don’t know, that might have something to do with it.  He’s putting pucks at the net, I don’t know, I guess he’s feeling pretty good with the puck right now and that’s one of those things that when you feel confident, you just find the spaces, you know kind of where to put the puck towards the net and which ones are going to give you the best chance.  You go through stretches sometimes where everything falls for you and it’s great to see because we haven’t been getting too many pluses on 5-on-5 me and him so it’s nice that he’s still been able to get on the score sheet and put a few in and win games for us.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD JAY BEAGLE
On his line clicking right now…
Well we are definitely starting to read off of each other.  You kind of saw it yesterday, right?  I thought we had a really good game, the chemistry came and we were starting to read off of each other and we tried to continue it on into tonight and just trying to be that line that can chip in offensively but also that momentum shift line where we can kind of go after a team and you know play in their zone.  It’s a fun line to be a part of.  It’s fun to play with them.

On his line getting some good chances …
Yeah we had some really good chances, really good looks.  When you are playing in the offensive zone like that, it feels like most of the night you are going to get those chances and you know, the last two games we have played quite a few minutes where it’s just we are rolling in the zone, we got a good cycle going and we are getting that chance at the net and sometimes you get that cycle going and it’s kind of a momentum shift, but you don’t get anything at the net but we are getting chances at the net.  It’s fun to play.

On the momentum gained from the 5-on-3 penalty kill…
Yeah that was a big kill.  You know Gruby [Philipp Grubauer] stood on his head, the momentum after the kill was okay let’s go after them, play 5-on-5 and you know win this hockey game.  Obviously a big kill like that on 3-on-5 is huge for momentum swing.

On the team playing with more emotion…
Yeah I did.  I mean our start I thought was really good.  I mean we didn’t get the result that we wanted in the first but you know we came out real strong against a great team and we were emotionally invested in the game and played a good 60 minutes and that’s the way we have to play going forward.

On the team playing 4 games in 5 nights and finding a way to win 3 of them…
It’s a special team.  It’s a fun group to be a part of.  We love the challenge, obviously coaches are always getting us prepared for individual teams and we always feel like we are ready any given night to go out there and win the hockey game.  We have a lot of confidence in this group.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER PHILIPP GRUBAUER
On what was going through his head during the five-on-three penalty kill…
I don’t know. It was… all I can say is that it was a great penalty kill. We did a great job, the whole game was great and we did some great stuff in the first period. Going into the second, maybe getting a little bit unlucky with penalties, and we got that kill over and it’s huge. I mean they have a really good power play, I think they scored a lot of goals, and the last couple of games [Brad] Marchand has been hot lately and 31 goals he had, couple on the power play so it was huge for us today to kill everything off. Especially in a tight game like this, you need special teams to be good.

On how most of his saves came from the middle of the second period…
Yeah but the guys kept it to the outside, I don’t think there was too many chances they had in the slot, I mean the goal obviously and then all their members like one or two in the second, and the rest to the outside. It’s been huge help for me and for those guys to keep it to the outside.

On how he feels his game has changed from the beginning of the year…
Yeah as you said, it was quite an adjustment for me. I get to get used to it where I had to get used to it, and it took me a while and obviously it helped a little bit more that I play a little bit more, not like every four weeks – maybe every two weeks, and that also helped me to make the transition to get over it.

On if relief appearances helped his game…
Of course, of course if you get into a period, or it’s a couple minutes it’s a huge help. You adjust to the game a little bit more and then the gap from sitting out is not as huge. It fits maybe every couple of games.

On if he feels like the five-on-three was the best two minutes he’s played this year…
I mean guys kept them to the outside, I mean two posts, we got lucky when they called the offside. We made the coach’s challenge and we got lucky there on the two posts. If it goes in, it’s a different game even if it’s on the coach’s challenge. I think it killed the momentum a bit down on the power play, so yeah it gets me a little bit more into it in the game. The usual, first period for me was a bit tougher, not as many shots and yeah, it was a great job by everybody.

On if coach’s challenge helps him breathe easy during the game…
Yeah, I don’t know, I don’t get too over excited or too emotional. It’s one-one, if they score, if it’s not offside they’re up two-one, so we got to fight and battle back. As I said before, in a tight game I felt like I was really on, and you can’t allow those mistakes and it felt good.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:40 AM
On the line changes this season and his players being able to find chemistry with new linemates…
Well I think it got developed over the course of this year because we made so many changes early on, so they get used to playing with each other and then when you talk about the new guys that have come in, I know in Lee [Stempniak’s] case Brad [Marchand] and Patrice [Bergeron] have been talking to him a lot. And you know he’s already a smart player and figures things out quickly, but same thing with John-Michael [Liles] – I think he’s figured it out quickly. I know that Adam [McQuaid] has played with him quite a bit and has been talking to him a lot so that there’s been a good transition there. But the rest of the team we’ve seen different, as you said, different line combinations and they’ve gotten used to playing each other. And as much as it might have been tough at some point I think it pays off at a certain stage of the season where if you have to make changes they adjust quickly.

On how he would feel about his post-deadline team if they beat Washington tonight...
Well I think before you know it the season will be over. There’s not that many games left so we need to assert ourselves every game. So it’s not so much what it means more than what we need to do here. And you know, we need to, again, bring our A game and understand that we have to play a lot like we did the other night – be strong in all areas in order to beat good teams like Washington. We know they’ve given us their fair share of problems in the past and we have to kind of push that aside and look at tonight and go in there with an optimistic and determined outlook.

On if he agrees with the opinion that right now it’s Washington and then everybody else and there’s an opportunity for another team to become that next team…
Well let me put it this way, every playoffs there have been surprises. So you know I don’t put a ton of stock into who’s in and who’s out. We all know Washington is one of the favorites in our conference and rightfully so. They have a great team – their record shows it. But in this game anything can happen. So we go about our business and go day by day. And to overthink that situation to me is not healthy – just go out there and do your job and you know look forward to what you have to do is probably the best way to look at that situation.

On how he’ll prepare his players for tonight…
Well, Matt we’re not going to do anything different tonight than we did last game and the game before as far as our preparation is concerned. We always, you know, point out the strong assets of the other team and what they do well, but we also show areas where this is what we can do to help ourselves and that’s not going to change. I think the biggest thing is your approach to the game. Are the guys ready to play hard like they did the other night? It’s more about that than anything else. You know when you say this team has given us some issues; well I don’t think we’ve played our best against them either. And this is an opportunity tonight to play better.

On putting Lee with Brad and Patrice and if he knew ahead of time that he was a sound two-way player…
No absolutely. I mean this guy has been in the league forever. I still remember him as if it was yesterday when he was with St. Louis and I liked him as a player there. So I’ve seen him for a quite a few years. I knew exactly what kind of player he was and that kind of stuff. There wasn’t much I didn’t know about Lee. I didn’t know him personally but as far as Lee the hockey player, I had pretty good knowledge on him.

On how optimistic he is about the fourth line…
Well right now I think the two games we’ve seen in action they’ve played well. I think the pace of our fourth line has been really good. You know we put [Brett] Connolly down there who has been on one of our top lines all year and you put a guy like [Landon] Ferraro who’s a good skater … Noel [Acciari] has come in and, to me, is showing no fear or doesn’t seem intimidated by any of this stuff. So it’s made for a pretty decent line. So to me it’s been a positive thing. Now it’s two games, you just want to see it continue. And I think if it continues to play the way it has and then keeps getting better there’s no doubt we’ll have improved.

On Chris Kelly and if he has any idea on when he’ll be back…
Well it’s one of those injuries, Steve, that it’s really hard to determine the exact date. As you know, having been out for four months or something, this is probably his fourth or fifth day of skating, you know. You have to give him a lot of time to get himself back in shape. But also, everybody has to make sure it’s safe to go. You don’t want another situation to happen because we put him out there too early. So there’s going to be a lot of factors that determine whether he can before the regular season or whether he can this year. And some of it will be how he feels and some of it will be how the doctors see his situation and everything else and whether he’s strong enough and all that kind of stuff. So I think there’s too much right now to look at to be able to determine whether he’s two weeks away, three weeks away, four weeks away or even the playoffs or out for the year. So I think it’s still a little early to determine that.

#03/05/16#
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