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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3:55 PM
On the performance of the first line in tonight’s game...
They did. I think - overall I think our team played better. I think it’s a bitter pill to swallow right now because you lose a game in that fashion. But had it been the other way, had we won the 2-1 game, I think everybody would have been fairly pleased with the effort. I think it was a better effort. I think there was better concentration. I think at the end of the day, some of those crucial mistakes came back to bite us. That’s the story of this afternoon’s game and it’s unfortunate. Like I said, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. But I saw some improvement in our team overall and I saw some positive things happen. Now we’ve just got to turn these things into wins.

On if he’s concerned about the team’s lack of finish...
Well, there’s no doubt we need better finish. But we just played a team on the other side that’s got a ton of it and they’ve scored two goals in three games. So, it’s not necessarily unique, but at the same time I think it’s early in the season and we’ve got to find, I guess, our game. Right now I think a lot of guys are forcing things right now and that could be because of the situation that we’re in. So we’ve got to stop forcing things and make them happen. I thought we had better net front presence this afternoon. I thought our guys did a better job of that. But the finish, whether it’s around the net or on our opportunities – it has to get better.

On the team’s defensive play...
Well again, I don’t think we’ve given a ton of scoring chances. So, it’s not as bad as maybe it looks. I think it just that the mistakes we’re making right now – a lot of them end up in the back of our net. So it’s not the amount, it’s the types of mistakes that we’re making that’s got to be better. Like on that last goal, you know, there’s no time left, you can’t lose track of somebody behind you. And we did. So it’s our net.

On the psychological effect of the recent losses...
Well at the end of the day those are things that make your team a stronger team and a better team down the road. When you have adversity, a lot of teams will tell you at the end of the year, that it probably made them a better hockey club. So it can only do that for us if we start learning from it and we turn it around and we get ourselves going in the right direction. So I don’t think those kinds of things hurt you. If anything it’ll help you in the long run. But, the bottom line is we’ve got to turn it around as soon as possible.

On the balanced performance of all four lines...
It was better. It was better. David [Krejci] coming back in our lineup, you saw Looch [Milan Lucic] being a better player tonight as well and I thought [Seth] Griffith handled himself well. So, we had better balance. Even on our fourth line, even that goal against, it certainly wasn’t the forwards fault on that one but they did a decent job. So we had better balance.

On Niklas Svedberg’s performance in goal...
Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] played well. You’re going to say – well the first goal trickled under his arm – well it did. But he made some pretty big saves after that to keep us in the game. So, I think he gave us exactly what we need from a backup goaltender. He gave us a chance to win.

On Kevan Millar not appearing in tonight’s lineup...
Coach’s decision.

On the adjustments in the lineup over the last few games...
Well the adjustments are made – they’re made because we had injuries, we had players in different places. But, I think if you look at our lines tonight they’re pretty well what they’ve been for a long time. We’ve got [Seth] Griffith on the right because [Jarome] Iginla’s not here – he’s on the other side. So, [Ryan] Spooner was in at center, [Gregory] Campbell’s not here. I think the rest is pretty well what it usually is.

On David Krejci’s play...
He was good for his first game in. You could see him forcing things at times, but he got better as the game went on and it was good to have him back in our lineup.

On if Seth Griffith’s play improved as the game went on...
We’ll see if he can build on that stuff, but I thought he got better and he skated well. He made some plays. So, to me, I thought our lineup was an upgrade tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On the difficult loss at the end…
Yeah that’s never fun to do that, that way, but I felt we were getting a little bit better it feels like, but, like you said, it’s never easy to lose that way.

On if he felt there was better balance in lines contributing…
Yeah especially in the third we were creating chances and getting some quality, good chances.  It’s still early in the season, but it’s definitely tough to lose like we did today.

On the net front presence in the final seconds…
No, that’s how you score goals. If you stay there in front of the net you always get chances and that’s how they scored the last goal and yeah it was a tough one.

On where they need to improve offensively…
Just working hard like we’re doing and just play together a little bit more and just create those good chances and hopefully we can get some ugly goals here and get it going on every line. We just have to keep working hard.

On Carl Soderberg’s work on their power play goal…
Yeah, no like I said, that’s how you score goals right now in this league. He did a good job there he got the shot on him, but he was able to stay with it and pass it and give me the puck. He did a great job.

On the positives that his line can takeaway from this game…
Yeah I think we are playing pretty good together our line and just working hard at it. Having a good forecheck and creating them to turn the puck over and that’s how we been getting chances the last couple games.

On having Chris Kelly back…
He’s been good. He always gives his best every game. He’s such a good leader to play with so it’s definitely nice to be playing with him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how the team as a whole played throughout the game…
I thought we had a lot of really good pressure on them, and a few really good opportunities but tough break at the end, and a disappointing finish but I thought we had a pretty decent game overall.

On the bunched positioning of forwards on ice during game winning goal…
Yeah I think when a situation like that happens kind of a panic sets in, and it was really scrambley and I don’t really know how it got down out of the air, but it got loose in front and you know again it’s unfortunate.

On better balance between the lines and their general improvements…
Yeah I think every line had a pretty decent game, we all had some zone time and a few opportunities and it’s something we gotta build on obviously were not where we want to be right now but were gonna continue to build, and I think that today was a step in the right direction.

On feeling any pressure to perform from being on a line that has carried over from last season into this season…
Yeah definitely, there’s a lot of pressure right now, there’s still a few question marks I think and a lot of uncertainty with what’s gonna to happen. But a few new faces so you want to try and step up and I think right now collectively we all have to come together and be a little better.

On being better as a team by scoring more than one goal per game…
Yeah that’s -- you know you said it we gotta capitalize on our opportunities. Just seems like right now were a step behind or passes just aren’t clicking right now and if we want to compete and be a good team in this league we have to find a way to keep up the play, and make plays and score goals, and right now one goal a game is definitely not going to cut it.

On how the team should feel moving forward to the next game…
You want to stay positive. I thought again that we played a decent game and there’s’ a lot of good things we can take out of it but, again, at the end of the day we need the points, we need the wins and so we do have to take the good things away from the game. We battled hard, we competed, and had a pretty decent game overall and hopefully we can continue to build off of those things.

On what is missing from the team right now as a whole…
Yeah, I just think that we just seem to not be connecting and think that we gotta bear down a little more and be confident in our abilities and it just seems that right now we’re forcing plays a little too much, and maybe we have to get back to keeping it simple.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On tonight’s last second loss…
It’s tough but nothing you can do about it. We thought last minute it was going to overtime but you gotta play until the last second and they scored a goal. It is what it is. Although, I thought we played a pretty good game. It was tight, there wasn’t much room out there but at the end they came up with the win. It’s frustrating but we gotta take the positive things out of tonight’s game and move on and try to build on that in Detroit and we gotta get a win.

On coming back from injury…
I felt pretty good. Honestly there were some shifts where I stayed on the ice a little too long and it was hard to catch a breath after that. Overall I feel pretty good.

On playing with Seth Griffith and how the line performed…
Couple great scoring chances, I had one, Looch [Milan Lucic] had one and then at the end Zee [Zdeno Chara] had one when he was out there with our line. If only one goes in the net then it’s a different game, but it didn’t so we gotta stick with it and try to create scoring chances next game. In this league when you get a scoring chance you have to make sure your gonna bury it and we didn’t do it today and it cost us the game.

On playing on the penalty kill…
When I first played in the NHL I liked to play PK [penalty kill] and PP [power play] so I liked it and the last couple years I didn’t play the PK much but I was happy that the coach gave me the opportunity to play PK and I thought I did alright. I’m happy to play penalty kill so I’m more than happy to be playing these next games.

On catching up with the team physically
I mean, I had a long summer and I was out only five or six days without ice but I was working hard in the gym and the bike and stuff like that so I’m in good shape. I felt pretty good. Couple of long shifts but that’s how it is every game. You gotta make sure it doesn’t happen, but other than that I feel pretty good.

On being in game shape or not…
I mean I haven’t played many games in the last four or five months but we had some good shifts. We had a couple really good chances. Like I said, one chance we put in the net it’s a different game.  It didn’t, so it is what it is. We’ll try to play better next game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SETH GRIFFITH
On a tough way to loss for his first NHL game…
Yeah you know, like you said, it’s tough, but I’m glad the first one’s under my belt and just move forward from here.

On his impressions of the game, speed and size of the players…
Yeah it was good. It’s a little different from the preseason, it’s a little faster, guys are a little stronger so it’s something I got to adjust to and I think I got better as the game went on.

On whether or not any family members were here…
Yeah my parents are here.

On where he felt his game improved as time went on…
I think I just got better along the boards as the game went on, stronger on the puck. It’s a lot different from the AHL so it’s just something I got to adjust to and I think, like I said, it got better as the game went on.

On not being intimated by the bigger guys…
Yeah, no you can’t be. I think if you’re intimated you’re not going to play as you can be.  There’s big guys all around the league so being a smaller guy you can’t be intimated at all.

On how he played with his linemates…
It was good. I think our best two chances came in the third period.  It was good I think I just got to be a little stronger on the puck, like I said, there’s a lot bigger guys out there, but that’s something I’m going to adjust to and hopefully be better for next game.

On those adjustments not being something you can prepare for but rather get a feel for…
Yeah for sure. It’s just little positioning, stuff you got to adjust to. It’s something that hopefully I can adjust to quickly.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On how it felt to be back playing with Dennis Seidenberg…
It felt alright, just minor adjustments need to be made and that’s about it.

On how long it takes to click with a new guy…
I don’t know it’s pretty easy playing with Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] so I mean it just kind of depends on the guy. All the defensemen we have here are easy to play with especially being here so long you know their tendencies, so it’s a little easier.

On if this loss is easier to take given the circumstances…
Not especially, you know we’re coming off two in a row we really wanted – we really wanted to get back on track on this game. I thought we did it at some points in the game. There’s a lot we can build on there, which is good.

On what he is focusing on in the scramble during the last seconds…
Yeah I mean I just didn’t see the guy behind me so I got too high and they got a shot through and what happens, happens.  I mean you see what happens, I should’ve been lower there you saw it.

On if this loss is harder to take given the circumstances…
Yeah, I mean it’s going to sting a lot more especially within the last seconds of the game.  I think more importantly there were a lot of things we did well during that game and I thought maybe we could be rewarded maybe a little bit more, but like I said there’s a lot to build on there which is a key thing in what we need to focus on right now.

On Niklas Svedberg’s play today…
I thought he played great. He made a couple big saves, he was talking to the defensemen back there so I thought he stepped in and did a good job.

On if going on the road will help the team…
Yeah it can help, just spending time with the guys, stuff like that if that’s what you mean.  Just more importantly, it’s whatever we do well we need to focus on that and build on it and what we do poorly correct it and go from there.

On Seidenberg saying that defensively they are gripping the sticks too much…
Yeah I kind of agree with him there. We’re known to be a pretty steady handed defensive team so when we are losing games like this, one goal games where we normally win, maybe we do tighten up a little bit and kind of, I don’t know. It’s not working smarter, whatever you may call it, it’s just something you got to play through and once you get through it’s fine.

On it being hard to win in this league by only scoring one goal…
Yeah it is hard to win, and like I said I think we could’ve been more rewarded there.  I thought we had a few chances and there was a nice two-on-one and goalie makes a huge save.  It’s not like we didn’t do anything right or offensively or anything, but if we keep plugging it’s going to come.

On if there was a better balance between the lines in getting chances…
Yeah I mean I thought every line had at least a couple good shifts where they had a lot of good chances. If we keep contributing like that, every lines going and then one line breaks through tonight or something like that I mean it’s not far off.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On losing with so little time left…
Yeah it sucks. Of course. It was a tight game. Both teams played a tight game. Both teams wanted the win badly so it’s a tough way to lose it.

On trying to track the puck through the havoc on the last play…
Yeah there was some traffic there and cant really remember exactly what happened. I gotta see it again. It was a scrambley goal for sure. Tough loss.

On the teams effort…
Yeah I think we worked really hard today. Really tried to get a win here today at home. The effort was there but unfortunately lost the game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the last goal…
Everybody has their task and their position and be with their guy. It was just a scrambley play and blown coverage and they scored.

On first four games…
A lot of the times we shot ourselves in the foot by making bad decisions. Were just not playing the way we usually do but today I think we had a good game. A few hiccups here and there but overall everybody worked hard and we played a decent game.

On Bartkowski as a D partner…
I think that was alright. It was a decent game. We could have played better yes but overall I think we played a strong game.

On the experience of the team…
I think it’s a matter of confidence right now it’s just us believing in ourselves that we can win hockey games. Right now were gripping our sticks a little tight. It’s not the way we want to start but I think we played a good game today, we have to take that positive out of it and build on that.

On getting the confidence back after loss…
Keep working hard, playing smart hockey, trying to do your job properly and don’t cheat and go from there. Take small steps and keep building on that.

On Svedberg’s play today…
He played good. He kept us in the game, made good saves we just didn’t help him out at the end.

COLORADO AVALANCHE HEAD COACH PATRICK ROY
On the big win for them in today’s game…
Yes it was a big win for us.  Like we said after the game against Minnesota at home, if we play the same way, we knew that we would win a game sooner or later and this afternoon I thought we had a good jump and we played a hard game.  It was a hard fought game, I mean both teams I thought played really well, both teams wanted to win badly.

On the play of goaltender Reto Berra today...
He had a great training camp and he just continued to play well.  It was nice to see him make some good saves for us in the first period.  I think they had five or six good scoring chances in the first and he made those saves which gave us time to take the lead and it was nice for us to play with the lead.  They came back on that power play but I thought our guys were focused, I thought our guys were skating well and competing well, it was a real nice win for us.

On the no goal call in the third period...
I’m not going to make any comment on it.  I guess the NHL makes those decisions and they have people in Toronto to do that.  It is what it is.

On how big the goal from Danny Briere was not only for himself but the team …
I mean you look at that shift and how hard they worked down low, it was fantastic.  Danny [Briere] and Nate [Mackinnon] and Alex [Tanguay], I mean they kept that puck in and you never know what can happen. Less that 10-15 seconds left when they start buzzing in their end and 0.5 seconds is sometimes all you need.

On if that is the latest a goal has been scored that he can remember in his career…
A lot of strange things have happened in hockey but I mean 0.5, not much room for it.

On what happened to defenseman Ryan Wilson…
He got a puck in the face and I think he had a concussion. He’s probably not going to play tomorrow.

COLORADO AVALANCHE FORWARD DANIEL BRIERE
On his game winning goal…
Hopefully there are many more to come but it’s certainly a good feeling to find a loose puck like that late in the game and get a big win especially after the start that we had.  It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster to start the season but we are hoping this game will get us on our way.

On if he knew how much time he had left...
I had no clue.  I saw the referees, nobody knew what was going on and that’s when I had that sinking feeling that it might not be good but it’s a big relief just to get a win under our belt.  The pressure builds obviously when you don’t win and you don’t score goals, so to get a big victory here in Boston, never an easy building to play in either.

On how good it felt to score after having one called back just prior to his goal...
It seems when you’re in a little bit of a funk and you have a hard time scoring goals, those things happen to you.  You have to work twice as hard to get out of that rut.  We saw game number two at home and I thought we played much better, we didn’t get the results that we wanted and finally it paid off today, it’s a good feeling.

On the big difference he notices in the lineup from game 1 to game 3 of their season…
Work ethic.  From everybody, not just two or three guys, just from all around.  Everybody has been playing much better.  It was a wakeup call for us the first game of the season.  The good thing is the way we responded.  Even in game two we didn’t get the results that we wanted, that we were hoping for but the work ethic was back and when you play that way it’s just a matter of time before you get rewarded and we did today.

COLORADO AVALANCHE DEFENSEMAN ERIK JOHNSON
On the team being jinxed in terms of their goal scoring...
I don’t know so much about jinxed maybe just unlucky.  Sometimes that’s the way she goes, you’re going to get those against you and for you during the year.  It’s just how you respond after that.  We chose to go out and keep playing hard, grind them down and it came down to the very last shot.

On the flow of the game today...
Yeah we wanted to shoot the puck.  I think the first couple of games we were trying to be a little bit too fancy, maybe looking for that perfect play and that’s usually not the case.  I think maybe 70% of the goals are going to come from rebounds or tips or anything like that.  It’s not always pretty and we just had to get that gritty mentality.  It sounds easy and simple but it’s just a matter of putting your mind to it and doing it the right way.  We know that we have a ton of high skilled forwards in here that can make unbelievable plays any given night but sometimes it just takes the little greasy ones that help you get wins.

On the Avalanche having the Bruins number in the Garden...
Is it three years in a row that we’ve had a Columbus Day afternoon game?  I don’t what it is, we always have low scoring, one-goal games and they are a tremendous team, tough to play against and they make sure you’re at your best.

COLORADO AVALANCHE FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On if Colorado’s 0-2 start was frustrating…
I mean it’s always frustrating when you get shut out any time, and then two games in a row, for sure. We had a real tough first game, it was a game where 90 percent of us were just, we were bad. Then the next game we played a lot better, but we were still starting to press a little bit, so it was nice to get one going tonight. I thought we played a good road game. The Bruins are a very good team, and I thought we played solid. They’re going to get chances, but we were able to create some of our own.

On his impressions on the Bruins so far this season…
Oh I think it’s early. I think everything is so magnified at the beginning of the season. I do follow, looking at the scores at night. I’ve got a lot of friends over on the other side, so I follow how they’re doing and stuff, and they’re close games. To get Krech [David Krejci] back will be a big boost. He’s a big part of the offense, big part of the team over there. And they’ve had some guys out, so I don’t doubt that they’ll be just fine and hard to play against as ever.

On how it felt to return to Boston…
It was definitely a little bit different. I had one of the best [years] of my career, one of the most exciting years last year, one of favorite years, the whole experience coming to this. I made some good friends that are on their side playing with the team, and we had a very good team. So it was a little different, for sure. It hasn’t been too long, it feels almost like you’ve just been gone for a long vacation, but it’s part of the game. Coming from the other side, once the game starts, it’s business. We were looking for our first win, and we knew they were trying to get things going for themselves. But it’s a bit different on the ice. You wouldn’t want to play all the time against that team, but it’s a great place and it’s fun to come back.

On how he looks back at leaving the Bruins in free agency…
Well I understand it. I was hoping at the time, before free agency opened, that it could work out, but you know there are cap issues. With my family, we wanted to be able to make sure, I’m going to play more than one year, and I didn’t want to just play one year then next year [the Bruins] have even less [cap] room. With all the good, young guys they have coming up, they’ve got to keep room for them and keep signing them. It’s a good problem to have, though, if you’re the Bruins. But I understood why and figured if I was going to move my family, it would be the time now, before they keep getting more entrenched in school and liking it even more, and then trying to move the following year. I’ve got a great opportunity in Colorado. I’m excited to be here, and it’s a good, young, fun team. But like I said, before that with the Bruins, it was one of the best experiences of my career. I understand why, and like I said, their young guys played, [Torey] Krug, Dougie Hamilton, [Reilly] Smith, they played great. You’ve got to have room for them, Looch, the list goes on. So I understand.

On if he was adverse to playing on a bonus-laden deal again this season…
It wasn’t just the bonuses and the one-year thing, it was that it just tightens up. The cap ended up going down even more. It didn’t go up as much as they would have expected. Then the following year, the bigger risk that’s more than the financial, for myself, is having to move our kids in school after they’ve been here for two years and love it. They liked it after one. But I figure if we’re going to move, we want to move one more time for them. So that was more the risk than it was on the financial side.

On if he felt the crowd welcomed him today…
It was good. I didn’t get booed every time I touched the puck, so I appreciated that. There were some fans that were good. Over the course of a year you get to see some very familiar faces around the building, in warmup routines and stuff. It was good to see, I saw some of the familiar ones there. I enjoyed that. I’ll remember these days, guys don’t go through it very much when you go back to your old team. But I’m sure I’m going to remember this a little bit different playing against guys on the other side. But it was a fun game, and it obviously ended well for us.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 11:50 AM
On whether David Krejci has been cleared to play…
Yes.

On the possibility of infusing more speed into the fourth line to complement Daniel Paille…
It’s just a different line. I think it’s moving guys around here. So it’s not what we look for; we’re looking to win a hockey game, and not so much — with each player here, they know what they have to do. So I’m expecting more of the individual player himself doing what he has to do, and if that’s the case, then the lines should fall into place.

On the different linemates Daniel Paille has played with…
Dan [Paille] has to worry about his game. I’m telling you the same thing: I don’t care who players play with. They need to show me what they can do, and it’s when you start wondering whether you’re having success versus who you play with — I don’t think you’re focusing on the right thing, and it’s our job to put the right players together. But we can only do that if players are bringing their best, and then you’re able to manage it that way. I don’t think Dan has to worry about who he’s going to play with more than how he’s going to play.

On the expectation that both teams will come out hungry today, given their starts to the season…
Yeah, they [Colorado] haven’t scored a goal yet and we know they can be an explosive team. They’ve got the talent to score goals. On our end, I don’t think we’ve been real happy with our first two games, so there should be some desperation there and it should make for an exciting game. If they play with the same desperation that I hope our team’s going to play with, it’s going to be an exciting one.

On whether Jordan Caron will play on Monday…
Possibly, yes.

On Jarome Iginla’s influence on this team last season…
Well, he’s a veteran player that came in and gave us, I guess, the type of line we were looking for at that point. Scored 30 goals for us. We needed to fill that gap when we lost [Nathan] Horton, and I thought he did a good job of that. He’s a quiet leader, goes out and leads by example, a great individual. I think he was well-liked by his teammates and the coaching staff. We all enjoyed having him around and it’s unfortunate — again, those are the situations that you’ve seen us go through with the salary cap, and we just couldn’t afford to keep him. It wasn’t from him not wanting to come back or us not wanting him back; it was a matter of a business situation that both sides had to look at.

On whether Jarome Iginla’s presence helped David Krejci and Milan Lucic achieve more consistency…
Well, I don’t know if I can answer that because we haven’t seen Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] together, and whether they have that consistency or not. So if they still have it this year, is it because of him, or is it because they just are consistent? So maybe I’ll answer that halfway through the year. You can ask me that question again.

On whether this might be a good time to use Niklas Svedberg…
I guess we’d see what the situation is. Right now we’ve given the guys Friday off, so everybody had a day off here. Yesterday was an easy practice so it’s my job to manage that. But nice try.
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