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BOSTON BRUINS VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 P.M.
On the pace of the game and his overall thoughts…
Yeah, I think if you’re talking energy there was lots of it. Even, to a point, I thought in the second period they had a little bit more energy than we did and we had to come out in the third and do a little bit better job being first on the puck. I thought they dominated in that area in the second period. The third was obviously a little bit better for us that way. But this is preseason and it just goes to show you how good of shape these guys are in. They’re doing a great job at keeping themselves well-rested and in good shape. The pace of the game is pretty impressive for this time of year.

On if the defense and goaltending are slightly ahead of the offense at this stage of the season…
I think when you look at some of the saves that were made tonight, [Chris] Kelly had a cross-ice pass there right in front and the goaltender made a big save. Obviously I thought Malcolm [Subban] was really good at times there where he was being flooded with some shots. He made a couple of big saves as well. I think it’s kind of normal that the timing and all that stuff, as far as scoring, may not all be there. But at the same time, when it is there the goaltenders are making some pretty big saves. I think the goaltenders in every game from New Jersey to this game here, on both sides, have been pretty good.

On the Bruins struggling with passing the puck…
Well, that’s what training camp is all about. I talked about that, as far as creating scoring chances, if the passing’s a little bit better you can probably get some more scoring chances. But that’s what camp is for, to find that, I guess, those hands and find the, I guess, the timing of your passes and everything else. It’s just part of those preseason games that we go through for that reason.

On the passing struggles being a result of trying to push the pace rather than worrying about winning…
I think you’ve got to do both. I think we have to be good defensively, giving up one goal in two games is a good sign for us. The pace of the game we want to improve. But as we mentioned all through the summer, we don’t want to lose the part of our game that’s always been a good strength of ours, and that’s being a little stingy and making it hard for teams to score on us. You don’t want to lose that but we want to add the pace of our game and create some more scoring chance. There was a few occasions tonight where you saw our fourth man jumping in and getting a pass in the zone and getting a great opportunity to score. Those are the kinds of things we’re trying to work on and guys are starting to get a bit more comfortable at it.

On if he would have liked to see more of the three-on-three overtime…
Yeah, not really, I was okay with 12 seconds. I said there’s a good chance that those are going to end quickly because it doesn’t take much, one two-on-one, one bad pass behind the guy and he’s skating in the wrong direction, they pick it up and go the other way. It’s not going to take much, one bad line change; I mentioned that the other day. But what I liked was the way they scored that goal, it was great winning the faceoff. I thought it was a little bit of a challenge for us tonight throughout the game. Even though it’s preseason, when you don’t win face-offs you’re chasing the puck more than you’d like, so we’ve got to get a little bit better there. But in that overtime we won the faceoff, we took control of the puck and took just a couple passes, and the puck was in the net. So I was happy with that.

On if there was something wrong with Doug Jarvis…
Yeah, he had personal reasons for being away.

On if he was happy with the offensive zone attack…
Yeah, our forecheck, there’s a lot of times we forechecked well and turned pucks over. You could say the same for them, I thought they forechecked well. So there was a lot of time spent in the zone because pucks were being turned over. I don’t know, again, it might be a little bit rusty with our passing. But at the same time, you’ve got to give credit to both teams, I thought both teams did a good job forechecking and creating those turnovers, as well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On whether the games are tighter than preseason games used to be…
Yeah it does seem that way, doesn’t it? Everyone can defend and everyone’s getting in shooting lanes, and now you know why they’re making three on three, and now the defensive team has to put their stick down first in the faceoff circle, so trying everything to get more goals. And still. Three on three seemed pretty exciting I think. 12 seconds so…

On whether he liked the idea of three on three when it was being kicked around instead of going to so many shootouts…
I’m in favor of less shootouts. No, I personally I was in favor of whatever the fans would prefer. Obviously we’re in the entertainment business to a certain extent and you want to keep your fans happy and I think if three on three is more exciting, which I thought it was pretty exciting tonight, then I’m sure the fans will be happy. And also hockey is such a team sport and, you know, with the shootout it turns into an individual thing to a certain extent, but I like the three on three so far.

On it still being hockey…
Exactly. Exactly. It still took a lot of skill to make four passes and David [Krejci] to throw a nice saucer pass over to Dave [David Pastrnak] and put it in.

On what a healthy David Krejci means to this team as far as generating offense…
Dave is arguably our best offensive player, and yeah, we missed Dave last year. There was no secret about it and it’s great to see him moving around and I talked to him on the bench and he seemed to be feeling good which is nice to see.

On getting back to the team identity…
Yeah, you know, I think you want to have each other’s back and play hard and not reckless but aggressive, and I thought maybe we didn’t do that for the most part tonight, but I think there were signs of guys sticking up for each other and getting in there and battling. It’s not about dropping the gloves and fighting. I think it’s more about winning those one on one battles, being aggressive, getting in on the forecheck. Just, you know, playing an aggressive style, not necessarily a reckless fighting style.

On getting more chances in the third and whether something was said…
I think it was just kind of getting your legs under you, and for a lot of guys in the room it’s the first preseason game, NHL experience game, and for a lot of us, I think everyone, it’s our first game in four, five months. So there is a bit of an adjustment. It doesn’t matter how often you skate in the summer. It’s nothing like being part of the physical contact and playing for something.

On the great scoring opportunity he had…
He made a good save. The first shot I had in the slot I didn’t get it up. I should have gotten it up in the first period and then you know I got it up and he just came across and made a good save. I’ll let him have that one in preseason. Not in the regular season. [Laughing]

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER MALCOLM SUBBAN
On how long it takes for him to usually feel back to normal…
Well you know what, to be honest I was up early skating and stuff too and I felt pretty good the first couple skates, then I just kind of fell off. Just felt like I wasn’t tracking the puck as well as I normally do in camp and stuff. But like I said I felt pretty good this morning in morning skate and felt pretty good today training and stuff in my routine and daily habits and it definitely helped a lot so yeah.

On the good save he had during a penalty kill…
Yeah I mean with the exception of the shot that hit the post I felt like I was seeing the puck pretty well through traffic and I think the biggest thing this game was my rebound control. I felt I had pretty good rebound control. One squirted out in the first, but other than that I was putting them into the mesh or into the corner or smothering them. So not too much going on out in front, which you know helps the D out a lot, helps us get the puck out and just not be trapped in our zone so I felt pretty good with that.

On if it felt good to be playing in front of a crowd…
Yeah, I mean regardless of where you play, you know half the games are at home half are away so you have to try to be as good equally as away as at home, but yeah for sure it definitely helps. You know you ask player if you’re playing home or away especially if you’re in a town like Boston with the crowd we have it’s a great city to play in. So you know you definitely want to play here for sure.

On how he thinks the competition is going for the backup goalie position…
Well I wouldn’t say there’s competition too much. I mean, you know, we’re here to push each other and obviously we’re all here for the same goal but you know you just have got to worry about yourself. I feel like for me personally I’m not too worried about the other guys. I’m just focused on my play, my game, and do what I can control and my opportunity will come so that’s all I can focus on right now.

On what this playing time does for his confidence moving forward in Training Camp…
Oh it’s huge. I think that’s the best I’ve been all camp. So just looking to, you know, push forward on that, you know, and move on especially in exhibition I don’t like to look at the positives too much. I like to look at what I can do to improve my game for when the puck drops and the season starts so that’s what I’m looking at right now. I feel that I could’ve played the puck a lot better to be honest. I felt like I was challenging too early so by the time they were…by the time they started to run the puck I was too far, I couldn’t get to it but yeah definitely improve upon my playing the puck for next game for sure.

On if it’s easier for goalies to settle in in preseason…
I mean yeah everyone’s settling in here in the first couple games. A lot of guys pretty much, with the exception of two guys, it was their first game tonight too so you know when you’re not giving up too much defensively it’s not that bad. It’s a bad thing if you’re giving up a lot of chances but that’s not the case. Especially on the outside, a lot of stuff they’re pushing a lot of guys out of the way so we can get to the puck you know through traffic. so I mean that’s out of our control I just have to worry about stopping the puck.

On if he’s talking to the other goalies about ways to improve…
Yeah obviously you know. Zane [McIntyre] likes talks so it’s good, you know, we like to talk to each other during intermission and during TV timeouts. So yeah just helping each other pushing each other just having him out here helps so.

On if he felt calm when he played tonight…
Yeah like I said this is the best I felt all camp. And you know I felt that at the start maybe just I was a little nervous just a little how I felt during camp, but this morning I felt pretty good in morning skate yeah and it carried over into the game tonight. So yeah I feel like my overall control was pretty good, I was putting pucks in the mesh or in the corners or just smothering them. So yeah I felt pretty confident about my game tonight for sure.

On what he thinks the 3-on-3 situation is going to be like for goaltenders…
Oh it’s going to be insane I mean second half overtime last year we had the three-on-three and most games ended there. I mean my first year I think we had nine, or eight shootouts or something like that…or 16 shootouts or something like that it was like crazy, something crazy. I had eight and I think [Niklas] Svedberg had eight in my first year. And then last year I only had one shootout- I think that was the only one all year. And then all the other games were overtime so. Yeah it’ll be pretty crazy. I think there’s going to be a lot of goals for sure.

On if he approaches this camp thinking about the competition for the backup spot or…
Well yeah, you know, you look around too much you forget that the other guy’s got to do the same job. So I’m just trying to focus on what I can control right now and that’s play my game and obviously yeah it’s a great competition for the guys to push you just know that these guys are competing for the same job. But at the same time, we’re all trying to help each other, you know, with the same thing. So you know just pulling to push each other right now you know. But I’m going to focus on myself right now…controlling what I can control and just waiting for my opportunity.

On if he’s ready for the opportunity if it does come his way…
Yeah, for sure. Obviously you know it’s the mentality you have got to have whether it comes or not. You have got to be ready. So I felt I had that chance last year and wasn’t ready so I’m looking forward to this year and you know make the necessary adjustments and hopefully I can you know make a better opportunity.

On if when he makes a save in a three-on-three he’s creating a scoring chance for his team…
I mean you have to try and kick the rebounds out for sure, get them out there so.

On a team trying to keep the puck away from the goalie…
Yeah, for sure. Obviously, you know the goalie’s another guy out there. I mean when there’s five guys it’s a lot so you know so we’re not as much of a factor, but when it’s three-on-three only three guys you know suddenly the goalie is a huge factor now so especially in your own end.

On what the adjustments he made from last year were…
I think mainly just my depth control. I felt like I was getting way too deep last year in my game, and didn’t give myself the chance to make the save. [In the St. Louis Game?] Yeah, so you know and it wasn’t just that game it was in the AHL, too. You know I felt like the goals that I was scored on I was too deep and losing my depth and I’ve worked on that with Bob [Essensa]. So you know just focus on that right now and that’s my biggest thing that I think I need to work on, just using my speed a bit more.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On witnessing any of other team’s goals in previous games…
Yeah, I actually watched Washington play last night. I saw their two on one that missed the net and the guy that got the goal on the right. All I was focusing on was it hitting the net.

On if thinks overtime will end quickly if he’s on the ice…
Yeah, you know, things don’t go well every time, but the thing is that we have to focus on playing good, three-on-three, holding the puck, and having good chances. Not every game we’re going to score first shift so we still have to work on it. It was second game for us so we still have some things to work on.
 
On anticipating a pass from Krejci at the end of this game…
Yeah, he’s a great passer so I kind of expected him to pass to me. He made me turn for a one-timer and gave me a good sauce [pass] so I had pretty easy work.

On being better equipped now for shootouts since struggling in the previous years…
You know, as I said, not every time it’s going to go our way. We have to focus if the overtime comes, we have to be strong on the puck, play good, have a good shift and see how we will go.

On having Krejci healthy this season being a good reminder how much of a difference he can be to the team...
Yeah, definitely, the first two periods we had some opportunities but we didn’t score. And then it came to a player like Krejci who makes really good passes, and he made a big difference in today’s game.

On how they did on five-on-five tonight…
Like I said, it was the second game so we have a lot of things to improve and work on, but it’s too early to blame the game. We have a couple more games before this season, and that’s the thing we have to get everyday and get better and better so we’re ready for opening night.

On hoping to catch the goalie by surprise on the first goal of the night…
Yeah, I kind of got a good pass from Krejci, and had it a little in front of the goal line so I just tried to hit the net. I didn’t have a lot of shots before so I just tried to get it into the net for a rebound, or whatever, but the puck went in so it was a good goal.

On feeling if the team got better as the game went along…
Yeah, hopefully - like almost the whole team had their first game this season so you could kind of expect it to get better every period. For me, I felt better every period. You know, you didn’t play a game for three months so it’s definitely different. In practice you can scrimmage as much as you want but the game is different, and so it’s a good thing we have some preseason games. And it’s like I said, you have to get better every game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On experiencing the new three-on-three overtime format…
Yeah, if we can limit it to twelve seconds every game, I’ll be happy.

On how curious the players are about how the new format will affect gameplay…
I think more than anything, we’re curious to see the different strategies that take place. You talk about guys who played in the AHL, what they’ve seen over the course of the past year. Whether it’s leaving a guy a little bit higher, almost like cherry-picking a little bit, or playing just three-on-two in-zone and leaving that guy out there, just different strategies. We’ll see how aggressive teams get with it, and I hope that we’re on the winning side of a lot of those.

On the overtime goal being perfectly executed…
Yeah well, anytime you have a disher like Krech [David Krejci] out there, you’re going to have a good opportunity to shoot the puck on a two-on-one, because he’s able to make that saucer pass like no one else in this league. So it’s a good two guys to have out on the ice, and it just fell into place nicely.

On seeing David Krejci start the preseason well after his injuries last season…
Yeah for sure, I think David’s goals for this preseason are to get his legs moving and see how he feels out there. Obviously he’s one of the better playmakers in the league, so his hands will come. And I know that you saw it in the overtime, that’s vintage Krejci right there. So it’s nice to see, and I know the more and more he’s skating, the better he is. He’s a leader of this team, and he’s excited about that.

On if he feels the Bruins got better as the game progressed…
Yeah, early on I thought they brought it to us physically. We came in and talked about that, and we answered the bell well, the young guys going out there and getting in on the forecheck and playing physical. You don’t have to be the toughest guy in the world to do that. So it’s about playing the right way, and I thought we responded well. The last two periods of hockey, or I guess really the last period, we had a couple waves in the second where we weren’t ourselves, but the third period was a lot better and we answered well.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER ZANE MCINTYRE
On playing his first preseason game…
It was good. I mean, it took some time to settle in there a little bit, but it was fun, real fun. Everything I imagined, and then a little something extra on top, because it was pretty noisy in there. The crowd was getting into it, especially when we were pressing in the third there too, that was fun as well.

On being back at TD Garden five months after playing in the Frozen Four with North Dakota…
Yeah, it was kind of crazy. Those are not-so-great memories the last time we were here, but now, next chapter of my life, it’s the next step, and I’m looking forward to it.

On improvements he can make after tonight’s game…
Yeah, just being able to read the play. Obviously it’s a little quicker than what I was used to. It’s just about making that next step, just kind of cleaning things up, cleaning areas of my game up, and just trying to improve every single day. So I think I learned tonight, looking through traffic, looking through screens is a big part as you develop and you get to the next level. So take that with a grain of salt and just keep moving forward.

On if he did anything to calm his nerves tonight…
Yeah, a little bit, just kind of, play my game in a sense. I’ve been doing this for ten, fifteen years now, and just enjoying it too. So I just kind of took it as it came, and didn’t try to make too big of a deal out of it, if that makes sense. Just kind of, hey, going out and playing hockey. Just go out and enjoy it, and obviously it helps when you have a really good group of guys around you, and I think they made it a lot easier than anything I was expecting. So that was a lot of fun, and a big hats-off to all the guys here that played tonight.

On Washington’s goal…
I had a tough time picking it up from the point. There were a lot of moving screens and stuff, I think two, three bodies there. It’s just part of learning, and getting that experience. I think that will actually help out in the long run, just being able to learn from that and kind of moving forward.

On how much the goalies are helping each other in training camp and preseason…
I think we’re all doing it together. We’re all pushing each other in more ways than one. It’s nice just to know that these guys are human beings too. They’re helping each other out, and really having a good time doing it. Competition really brings out the best in everybody I think, and I think everybody’s really shining right now. One goal in the past two games for all four goalies, I think that’s not too bad at all, and it’s been good. It’s been real good.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On what his impressions were of the team tonight…
Well I thought this group was more of a worker group, and I thought we came out really well. It was actually… I thought it was a lot faster game than it was yesterday just because they were emotionally engaged and really I thought the first two periods we played pretty well. Third period I thought we got a little loose. Made some good saves, and both goaltenders played really well. We were much better on the draws. There was a lot of good positives.

On the Bruins having a worker group as well and shutting them down in the second period…
Yeah I would say you’re right there. They didn’t have anything for probably an 18-minute span, and we did a real good job in the second period. Third period we just got a little loose with the puck and they picked off. We were probably trying to stretch the zone too much with some of our passes, and they were able to capitalize on it, and yeah it was a good effort by a lot. A lot of guys stepped up. I thought guys like [Chandler] Stephenson were really good. Obviously I thought Justin Williams playing his first game was, he was really good. Even though he got the two minuses [it was] not really his fault. He was fantastic, I thought, on the ice making things happen. There was a lot of good positives. Our energy guys, guys like [Liam] O’Brien I thought were really good. Zach Sill was really good. I think Michael Latta was good tonight, so there was a lot of good positives. Good competition in that group for jobs. I think there are a lot of guys who realize they’re fighting for the same jobs in some ways, so that’s sort of how we structured it in that group to let them battle head to head.

On what he thought of the two goaltenders…
I thought they were really good. I think the one goal that went on [Philipp] Grubauer sort of rolled up on his… probably would like that one back, but they made a couple of good saves to make up for that one, and Petey [Justin Peters] was really solid. I thought Grubauer probably had some of the, a couple more harder chances than Petey, but Petey was really, really good. There was that one particular save that he made. It was fantastic.

On O’Brien not coming out of nowhere this year and what he is expecting out of him…
Well you know he’s really put the time in, into his game and he’s a good player that has grit. A lot of grit and toughness, and you know he’s a developing player and just I was really happy with him. I was happy with another young guy like [Tyler] Lewington. I mean, he’s a young guy, but in this kind of game he was, he was really, really solid and that’s, that bodes well for us. You know, you talk about another guy like Adam McQuaid who plays for Boston, and Lewington is that type of guy. He’s a big, heavy guy who can take on the best of them. He had a bout with I guess another guy with pretty good size, so I don’t know anything about the other guy but he brings a nastiness to the back end that you always look for.

On Michael Latta going to the locker room in the last five minutes…
Yeah just a strained something in his, somewhere on his body. I’m going to go with that one because I’m not exactly quite sure, but so he went back and we just held him out. We were close to the end so no sense putting him at risk.

On what he thought of the three on three despite the end result…
Well, we’ve lasted, we gave up two goals in about a minute and ten seconds, so you know, I don’t mind that right now for us because you’ve got to think angles and you’ve got to defend, and sometimes patience might be as good as anything. Like you’re going to get little windows just like that goal. We had our forward who came in on their forward and he turned the wrong way. That’s when you, that’s that window where you jump by that guy. If we angle correctly and angle for the inside out on him, that guy doesn’t, he moves the puck and he’s stalling out. So I don’t mind that. We’re collecting data and film and the more that we can get guys to realize that, you know, it’s puck management, it’s situational management. We gave up a goal. We had a great chance, and we missed the net. You know, we missed the net by a big margin. It came back on three on one and ended up in back of their net. … When you don’t have the puck you’ve got to be good defensively. When you have the puck you’ve got to manage it right and look for those windows, and you know, we haven’t learned that yet. We’re thinking, “Oh it’s three on three. Let’s go score.” But you know, the puck, you’re going to let them score if you don’t manage the defensive part of it. And the defensive part of it is just angling and using your skill and making sure that they don’t outnumber you in any situation, which they did on that one.

On how much time they have worked on that…
Well actually we worked on it, tried different things. And a lot of it is on the offensive part of it, and it’s starting to really show. We’re giving up a goal because our minds are always on the offensive part of it and we’ve got to get balance. It’s not that you’re gonna sit back and play defense. It’s about when you have the puck what to do with it, and when you don’t what to do with it or how to defend it, so we haven’t figured that part out yet but we will.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER JUSTIN PETERS
On how it felt in his first game back…
It was a lot of fun.  It was fun to get into a game situation, it’s been awhile so it was a lot of fun to get out there and get the competitive juices flowing.  I felt pretty healthy and that was the most important thing.  It was just fun to get out there.

On if he felt any residual effects from the knee injury …
No.  I felt good, I felt comfortable.  The body felt comfortable so that was a real positive.

On if he got sharper as the game wore on…
Yeah I just try to approach it one shot at a time and the boys came out to play.  We had a power play there early in the second so we got a little momentum there.

On if he feels like he showed something in the backup goalie battle…
I’m just trying to improve, trying to get healthy and trying to improve every day.  I felt comfortable out there tonight and I was glad I felt healthy.

On what he thinks of the new overtime format…
It can turn in a hurry obviously as you can see.  We have to get things straightened out there a little bit obviously.  I think it’s going to be real exciting, hopefully we can come out on the other end of it a lot more though.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER PHILIPP GRUBAUER
On the first goal against him…
I just didn’t seal up the post and it squeaked through between my pad and the pipe.

On what he saw on the overtime goal…
They came down 2 on 1, I don’t know if he made the pass on the ice or not but I got a piece of it coming over.  It sucks.

On his thoughts on the new overtime structure…
I mean I’m used to it, we played enough overtime down in Hershey last year so I don’t mind it.

On what mistakes you need to avoid in overtime…
You have to win the faceoff, you have to win the puck.  You can’t lose the puck and you got to hit the net and every time you miss the net it’s coming around and the guys are coming towards you so you can’t be too aggressive.

On the importance of puck possession in the new overtime format…
As I said, you make one mistake, the guys around the corner or the guy blocks it and off the other way it goes.

On his mindset while he is battling for the backup goalie spot…
Don’t make any mistakes, play as hard as I can and just worry about my game and all the other things maybe fall apart.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN NATE SCHMIDT
On playing alongside Madison Bowey tonight…
It felt good. I thought Madison [Bowey] handled it well, playing in Boston again, first road game for him whether it’s preseason or not.  It was a good atmosphere out there, it seemed like a regular season game.  Both teams were going pretty hard.

On the physical play of the game…
We had guys that were flying around and buzzing and they answered the bell as well.  Both teams had their swings in the game, you could see where the training camp rust was just getting knocked off from both teams a little bit there.  Both teams played hard and played well tonight and that 3-on-3 is a whole new monster this year.

On the play of the team in the second period…
I thought, especially in the second period where we had the longer change and it was a little bit harder on us and they were starting to make a push right at the beginning but I think we pushed back really well and had the opportunities to maybe separate ourselves.  I thought the goaltenders, all four of them, played outstanding all game.  Credit to those two guys, but our guys bailed us out just as much and I thought both Petey [Justin Peters] and Gruby [Philipp Grubauer] had a heck of a game.

On his goal tonight…
Madison [Bowey] makes a great little play off the faceoff and Silzy [Zach Sill] wins that draw and you are just trying to get it through at that point with the time running down on the power play.  Liam O’Brien and Siller [Zach Sill] were both in front of the net, great screen and I think it just slipped under his pad unnoticed.

On his thoughts on the 3 on 3 overtime…
You got to make sure that you stay on your checks and it’s easy for guys to jump around with a head of steam.  Like I said, it’s going to be really interesting if you catch teams off-guard, maybe catch them in a 2-on-1, it’s going to be a lot of back and forth.  You just have to weather the storm and hope the goaltender makes a big save and you can get them going back the other way.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD JUSTIN WILLIAMS
On what it felt like to get back out there in a different sweater…
Sure. I mean these exhibition games, especially the first few, are used for getting acclimated to the pace again and getting rid of some bad habits that we’ve been playing in shinny hockey over the summer, and I said shinny hockey, not the other word.

On what it’s like to try to assimilate to the Barry Trotz system…
I’ve played against Trotz teams for a long time now, so I kind of know what it’s all about. A few tweaks here or there but I consider myself a smart player and I should be able to pick up…

On what it was like playing with Andre Burakovsky…
Yeah, I mean we’re trying to communicate as much as we can out there because that’s how you’ve got to acclimate to someone. That’s how you develop chemistry, by knowing where he is, and we had some plays that we’d like to remember and some plays that we’d like to forget out there, so we’ll keep moving forward.

On the second period and the Bruins only having one shot for an approximately 17-minute span…
Yeah, I mean there was a lot of ebbs and flows I think to the game. They controlled a bit. We controlled a bit. You know, it is what it is. We came up on goals short and obviously we need to play a little bit longer on three on three to get used to what we can do.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN MADISON BOWEY
On the difference between tonight’s game and the minors…
A lot more structured and the pace was a lot better and I think it makes it a lot easier when you are playing with such great guys, so all I have to do is get it up to the forwards hands and let them do their thing.  I know that early felt a lot better, especially than last year’s preseason games, I know I felt a lot more comfortable out there for sure.

On how much having last years’ experience helped him tonight
A lot I think.  I know last year going in I had the jitters and I was a little nervous.  This year I just went out there and did my thing.  I was lucky enough to play with Nate Schmidt who is an excellent defenseman, so he helped me a lot tonight and I thought it went pretty well.

On what he hopes to learn from this game and carry on to the next game…
Limiting the mistakes.  As a defenseman in this league you really got to be sharp in your defensive zone and be sharp making that first pass and I think tonight could have been a little better at times and I think for moving on I know what I have to do to be better and that’s what I am going to work on from here on out.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 12:45 PM
On if he will use David Krejci more on the penalty kill this season because he lost a couple good penalty killers…
Well, we might, you know. It depends on how our whole lineup unfolds at the end. But we know he can kill penalties and we’ve always used him when, you know, it was deemed necessary. Like the past years we’ve had almost three pairs, even an extra guy that was really… that was his strength, so we didn’t always have to use him. At the same time, I always like to come back with David’s [Krejci] line after killing so, you know, that kind of took away his opportunity at times. But one thing I know is he can kill penalties. There’s not an issue there. So whether we use him or not, or maybe we’ll use him a little bit, we’ll see how everything unfolds with our lineup.

On if it’s good that David Krejci wants to play as much as he can…
Yeah, there’s never any issue about guys you know wanting to do things. I think there’s…whatever 18 players that are dressed every night that want to play on a power play so that’s, you know, it’s never an issue. Anything that can get you more ice you’ll want to do. So I have no issues with that, you know. If he can penalty kill, it’s more ice time. He’s a smart player, he can kill because he is that smart; he’s always in a good position. But, you know, at the same time there’s some other guys that have those roles that, you know, are willing to, you know, jump in front of pucks. And we saw that from [Gregory] Campbell and those kind of guys. You need guys that are sacrificing their bodies and you don’t always like those kind of players necessarily doing that. So there’s a fine line there that exists between using them and using other guys instead.

On if there’s a plan to experiment with 3 on 3 tonight…
Yeah, tonight. Whether it’s six nothing it doesn’t matter there’s going to be a 3 on 3 to experiment with tonight. I think it’s great for teams to get a feel of it and everything else so yeah. We got three games, I think the last one in Washington is one of them as well and I don’t know if it’s Detroit or New York, I think New York is the other one.

On if having a goaltender in a 3 on 3 that can handle the puck well is helpful…
Well it does help and that’s some of the things that we talked about to our players about. Make sure if you’re going to make a change that you don’t give it to the goaltender so you can shoot up the ice quickly or you have got to put it in areas…first of all, you like to change when you’ve got control of the puck. So hopefully one guy changes and you don’t give the puck away, that’s the ideal situation. The other situation is if you can’t control it or you can’t go back and regroup while somebody’s changing and you have to dump it in, you have to get rid of it. Just lay it somewhere where the goalie just can’t come out and play it that easily. So you know that’s kind of what we’re looking at- the things that we’re doing. And also, when do you change? It’s always more fun to change after you know you’ve had a chance to score and it’s like oh, they’re going back in our end it’s a long change. So obviously you want to change then, but that’s the wrong time to change. The right time to change is even when you’ve got the puck- even in the offensive zone, if the high man is close to the bench near the end of his shift he’s got to really focus on saying this is the right time to change here, not about getting excited about maybe scoring a goal here…because what if we don’t? Do I have enough to go back and defend? So this is where, you know, guys will be tested, you know. Talk about mental toughness and decision making and all that stuff, I think that’s where the 3 on 3 will get decided- in those kind of situations.

On if he likes the adoption of the 3 on 3…
Yeah I’m okay with that because honestly, I’ve been pretty vocal about it, I hate shootouts you know. I hate an individual deciding a team game. So I like that because I think a lot of it will get resolved in the 3 on 3. On the other hand, I was kind of enjoying that format that we had with the three forwards and the one D. I thought we had decent success with that. We didn’t lose that many games. We won more definitely than we lost. But at the same time, you know, if anything we got ourselves into shootouts. So I thought we had a decent format there. Looking at our, you know, our stats afterwards I think that was, a lot of times last year, that was our best period- the overtime period. So I like that as well. But the 3 on 3 is definitely going to I think resolve what I guess a lot of peoples secretly hope for is less shootouts and hopefully more team decision making on the outcome of games.

On if he’ll still be aggressive during 3-on-3 overtime, like in 4-on-4 OT, using three forwards…
Three forwards, yep. [So you want to continue to be aggressive?] Yeah, I mean, just because I don’t like shootouts, doesn’t mean we’re not going hopefully improve and be better at it, you know, because it’s going to happen, I’m sure, once in a while. But that point becomes pretty huge when you look at the standings at the end of the year. So we’re going to continue to work on that, but for me, when you’re playing in the overtime, you’re going for the win. I mean, you’ve got the point, you want to get that second one, so why sit back? You know, let’s go for it. That’s my approach.

On how it helps in that scenario to have two-way players like David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron…
Well that’s exactly what the concept of it is - is that we have some guys that are reliable on both sides of the puck and they’ll know that if there’s two guys down, they’ll kind of take that third-man high rule. Not to say that they’re getting out of a scoring area, but they’ll make sure that they’re ready to retreat. And like I said, if you put three forwards out there, we have to have those other two ready to back-check, no matter what. As soon as you lose a puck, you’ve got to get on the right side of it and that’s why shifts have to be short. You may only get once chance, two chances and if you don’t score, get off, because you’ve got to get those fresh legs out there. I think it’s important to keep it short and high energy, because it’s just a little mistake. One bad pass that’s behind you, you turn around, they get it, they’re gone, on a breakaway or two-on-one, something of the sort. So it’s not going to take much to decide those outcomes.

On Torey Krug defending smarter in his own zone, especially handling battles with bigger players, and if he encourages him to not get into battles with guys that size…
Yeah. I think I talked about that just the other day. I talked about him not necessarily saying, ‘well, I’m going to win this battle against this 6-foot-6 guy.’ He’s just got to be smart, and all we want for him is to come out with the puck, so even you know, if you’re going to go in the corner and you’re side to side, maybe be smarter, let him go in first, maybe take the puck away just before he goes in and go out the other way and you know, I always use the example of Brian Rafalski, who I coached in New Jersey - he was extremely good at that. He was this little player and you could use him against top lines because he was smart in his D zone that way. He’d come out with the puck and then go up the ice, so he didn’t have to engage in battles and that’s what I told Torey, because Torey’s from that area, I’m sure he’s seen him play. And [I] said that if you can be a little more like Brian Rafalski was, you’re going to see a big difference. I don’t need him - there’s times when he can handle himself, he’s big, he’s strong, that’s not to say he’s weak, but it’s hard to compare him to a 6-foot-6 guy that’s going in the corner and he’s 230 pounds. Be smarter, and come out with the puck - that’s all we care about. And same thing with forwards, when we talk about physicality - just get in there, get your nose dirty and come out with the puck. You know, if you’re not a hitter, you don’t have to run anybody over but if you’re smarter enough to come out with the puck, you’re not going to hear a complaint from me.

On if he tells Torey Krug to just come out with the puck instead of engaging in battles…
Yeah, I think he knows that. You know, he’s been in the League now for a few years, where that part of it doesn’t matter anymore. Maybe at first, when he first came in here, ‘I want to show them that I can handle the physicality and I’m going to try and go head to head’ and that’s normal, I guess, that thought process. But now he’s got some experience, and says ‘I don’t have to prove that I can handle myself that way. All I have to handle is that I’m a good player, I can come out with the puck and I can do the job that I’m good at’ so those kinds of things get pushed aside.

On Alex Khokhlachev and Brandon DeFazio being the two players skating in their second preseason game on Tuesday night…
Just give some good looks. I mean, we looked at some players - probably a lot of it is juggling some players, and as you saw today, Krejci’s going to have kind of his line with Beleskey and Pastrnak and more than likely, Thursday’s game we’ll have Bergy’s line probably with Loui and March, so it’s kind of spreading those things out, so when we looked at the center position, when we looked at left wingers and that, I thought DeFazio had a real good game and he would be the right fit for that line for tonight, so we put him in there with that line.

On the power play this season…
Yes, we’ve had those discussions, and we even had those before camp started. We looked at the names and we kind of put some stuff together, but there’s - believe it or not, we’ve got probably at least 12, maybe 13 players that can play on the power play and two power plays consist of 10, so that means that we’re going to be looking at certain situations and certain players in certain areas, and see how that fairs out in those preseason games, and again, that means that if we have certain guys starting on it, that doesn’t mean that those other guys won’t go in at times, so I think we’re in good shape there. We’ve just got to make sure we have enough penalty killers at the end of this training camp to feel comfortable with that as well. I think on the power play side, we’ve got quite a few bodies. You saw Krech [David Krejci] this morning playing the point, something he’s done before, he’s been good with that, so that’s a possibility as well.

On last year being the first year he didn’t have Geoff Ward on the bench, and what he missed about not having him there, maybe tactically or as a friend…
I think a little bit of both, Fluto, because I’ve known Geoff for so long and we’ve worked together for many years and we just read off each other well. He knew my style and obviously I knew his and tactically, he’s very good. I think in New Jersey, he’ll help them quite a bit with the tactical part of it, because he spends a lot of time and he enjoys that and you know, whether it was a five-on-five, whether it was power play he worked on, stuff like that, so you know, there’s no doubt you miss a guy that you’ve worked with for a long time, but having said that, I think once Joe [Sacco] got comfortable with us, he’s really brought a lot as well. Here’s a former head coach who understands the position I’m in, but also he’s been an assistant coach before, he knows his role and you know, him and Jarvy [Doug Jarvis] were in charge of the power play last year and I thought if you take the stats with the numbers from the League, but then you look at the other stats that they keep, our power play created a lot of scoring chances, our power play was good, we spent a lot of zone time, did a lot of good things and I think at the end of the year, where you looked at the issues there, was the finish. I didn’t think we finished well — weren’t able to finish well on our power play — but it was good, so that’s a credit to Joe who came in and replaced [Geoff Ward] and Doug Jarvis who worked well together.

On how much time during training camp he’s spent working with the 3-on-3…
Well, we’ve tried to do it as much as we can in the scrimmages that you saw, just to give the guys a feel. We have some ideas as far as coaches, what we want to do, and we mentioned that to the players quickly but we’re going to also work on that part of it, and some of it is what I talked about with changes — when do you change? Some of it will have to do with faceoffs, you know, faceoff plays for and how do you set up for faceoffs against. And even 3-on-3, you can be in the offensive zone and you saw it in one of the scrimmages, the centerman is on his forehand, he pushes it through and that guy takes off, your defenseman could be flat-footed if he’s in too tight and there’s a breakaway right off a defensive zone draw. There’s a lot of things - offensive zone draw, there could be a quick play right off the draw as well, so we’ve got all that stuff mapped out and we’re going to work at it probably more when we get a smaller group.
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