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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. ARIZONA COYOTES
Tuesday, October 27

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 9:45 PM
On tonight’s effort that led to the team’s first shutout of the season…
It was something [a shutout] that we’ve been hopefully trying to attain at some point. To get better all around and our game had some dips in it tonight and the times that we did, either we ended up going back with the puck instead of moving forward or we didn’t get the puck quite in deep and that gave them some life, but you know those were dips in our play and we readjusted and we got back to doing the right things and eventually you get rewarded for those things. I think Arizona - I was really impressed with how well they came out those first two periods, you know this was their fifth game in eight nights and they really played well and it was important for us not to break, panic, and try to do something that’s not part of our game plan. We stuck with it and eventually we wore them down and we scored on our opportunities. I like the way we finished strong in the third period, you could see they [Arizona] were running out of gas, but our guys kept pushing the pace and that was important too.

On David Krejci’s hot start…
He’s off to a good start. It’s all about confidence in this league and he’s gotten off to a good start. He’s feeling good about his game. He’s very healthy as you can see. That makes a big difference. It’s nice to have him back.

On Matt Beleskey being a little more involved tonight than thus far this season…
Yeah, again, there isn’t much I can say as far as I can elaborate all you want but at the end of the day, it’s like he’s more involved, he’s feeling more comfortable. I think our whole game is about that. Why are we better defensively? All the new faces that were maybe hesitating at first are now feeling more comfortable and more confident with what they need to do and when you take hesitation out of your game everybody on the ice benefits from it. I think guys are a little more assertive in all areas, whether it’s defensively or offensively and guys are starting to feel more comfortable. The key right now is to build on these kind of wins and to build on these kind of games where you’re doing a lot of good things and continue to try and improve as a hockey club.

On Kevan Miller’s injury…
We took him out more as precaution because of the score. Same thing with [Joonas] Kemppainen, left the bench for a while came back and [David] Pastrnak got hit with a shot. At that stage, we didn’t want to risk anything more that we needed to so we sent those guys to the room.

On whether the team’s morale was low due to the team’s home record…
I don’t think so. I think the fact that we were playing better in the last four games, we had the one overtime loss, I think the guys felt if they kept playing the way they could it was just a matter of time. I don’t think it weighed, I think it’s more of a pride thing and our home building has to be something that doesn’t bode well for team’s coming in here. Right now we’ve made too many teams feel comfortable. That’s what we’re trying to change now.

On Brett Connelly’s assertiveness during the game and guys stepping up…
Everybody has.  He’s been scoring some goals and he’s been a good fit so far on that line [with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand]. His skill level is starting to show right now. He’s got a good shot – we’ve said that all along - big body, good skater. It’s nice to see him pick up his pace there.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if he feels comfortable with linemates David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson…
You know, it’s not really about who I’ve got on my line. I’m just trying to do my best, and make sure my right side and left side are trying to do the same thing. So the puck’s been going in the net for us, which is a good thing, but we’ve got to build on the last few games and be good or even better next game.

On if he’s ever had a start like he has had this season…
You know what, I don’t really care. I mean, it’s always nice when the puck goes in the net and when you see those points, but it’s a pretty good feeling that we’ve won four out of the last [five] games. So, it’s a good feeling in the room, we’ve just got to keep it rolling.

On if he feels this was the Bruins’ best game so far this season…
Yeah, the first three games on the road were pretty good as well, but anytime you don’t let them score one goal, it’s always a good feeling. I’m sure it was big for Tuukks [Tuukka Rask]. He came up with some big saves, so I’m really happy for him. It was a good sixty minutes by everyone, and that’s how we have to play every single game.

On what the team did well tonight to limit Arizona’s chances…
I think we started really well, just put the puck deep, and we really went hard on the forecheck. We got away from that in the first period at the end, but in the second and third, I thought we were managing the puck really well, putting the puck deep. We just worked really hard today.

On matching his goal output from last season after just eight games this season…
Last season was last season. That’s last season, no reason to look back. It’s a new season. I feel good. The team has been playing good lately. So, everything’s going our way, but we can’t sit on that. We have to build on it and work hard in practices, and be better next game.

On seeing his name at the top of the NHL scoring leaderboard…
Yeah like I said before, it’s not really my goal, but obviously I’ll take it. It’s nice to be up there, who knows for how long, but it is what it is. It’s going to be fun to come to the rink tomorrow because we won tonight. So like I said, it’s fun when you win, it’s kind of not fun when you lose. But when you win it’s good, so we have to build on that and make sure that we keep this atmosphere for as long as we can.

On if it was important to get a home win or if it doesn’t matter where the wins come…
Kind of both. Obviously you like to get the first one at home. We were close the last couple times, but a win is a win. But it was a big one to get the first one finally, with the way we played today, got the fans on our side. We felt like we kind of owed them a little bit, the first three or four games we lost, so we felt like we owed them to win. It was big for the standings, and for our fans as well.

On having a game where everything went right for the Bruins…
I mean everything goes right, but only because we were doing the right things.

On the Bruins pushing forward instead of protecting their lead…
Well like you said, we lost a couple times, and it’s about how you learn from the mistakes. I felt like we learned from the mistakes, what we did in the past, even though maybe it was their fifth game in eight nights and last game on the road. It doesn’t matter. We just play our game and I’m happy we learned from our mistakes. So hopefully we’ll take that to the next games, and from now on we’ll know how to close the games.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On tonight’s win…
Yeah it was a good one for us, and Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] was seeing the puck really well tonight so I think defensively, we talked, we continued to talk, about being stingy and you know continuing that and we have been relatively stingy for the last four games. So I think it’s, you know, it’s beneficial for our team and a big confidence builder.

On the high-scoring in their games…
Yeah, well I think this summer we got a little too carried away with guys talking about how, you know, exciting it’s going to be to play more offense and playing with the puck more. And, you know, we kind of let our foundation get away from us. So I think you get back to your ways and I think personally for me, the better I’m playing defensively the more chances I get offensively. So I think, you know, that works well for our team too.

On if he has considered this the most complete effort of the season for the team…
I would, yeah. I mean, you know, guys are playing well. And I thought in the first period they played the way that we wanted to by chipping pucks in deep and they had way more forechecks than we did. So I think the second and third period we kind of, you know, changed things and we started forechecking more. And the more you can get their D to turn back and go break a puck out it helps your team. So I think, you know, they played a lot of games recently and we tried to use that to our advantage.

On if the road trip helped them get back on their feet and back to the basics…
I think, you know, starting at home with the new faces we had and everything, I’m not making excuses but it’s almost like we were trying to put on a show and trying to impress people and say this is what we have. And then we went on the road and we dumbed the game down- simplified ourselves and just played really basic hockey and it turned out to be a lot more fun for us. So if we just capture this feeling, bottle it up and make sure we carry it from one game to the next it’ll be good for our team.

On if he thinks the team’s confidence is growing and the team is where they wanted it to be…
Yeah I mean you’re always trying to take steps in the right direction. By no means- I don’t even know how many home games we played, eight games or so- it’s the first eight games of the season. So we’re always trying to take steps in the right direction and this is another big step for us I think confidence wise. Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] was great and he’s going to use that and our team defense was really stellar too. So if we just continue to, you know, use our defensive foundation to create offensive opportunities for us we’ll be a good team.

On how nice it was to see offensive contributions come from all over the team tonight…
Yeah, it’s great. The best teams are teams that all four lines score goals. And I don’t know what the numbers break down to tonight but it seems like a lot of guys were on the score sheet and I think it bodes well for your team when up and down the lineup you’re all playing the opposition and everybody’s contributing.

On how much confidence he has from seeing Krejci playing well…
Give him the puck and good things are going to happen. And he’s a guy that always wants the puck and that’s what confident players do and that’s what the best players in the NHL do. They want to play with the puck and, you know, they’re not nervous to make plays or you know, they don’t get worried about messing up and I think he’s just really confident player for us right now and I’m excited that I get to be paired up with him on the power play.

On if he feels more in sync with the new players now…
Yeah, definitely. I mean it’s always going to take a while when new players come into new systems and for the players that have been here we’ve, you know, we’ve tweaked a couple things. So there’s always going to be these grey areas with a lot of questions and sometimes preseason doesn’t answer all of those things and eight games in I mean by no means are we going to be perfect. And we’re continuing to learn and I think as long as we’re making plays it bodes well for the team.

On if he feels like this is a hot team…
Yeah, I mean I think we’re just confident…growing more confident. And we’re not satisfied with where we’re at and we’re still trying to learn and work out the kinks that we have in our game because we still do have, you know, a lot of those. There’s a bunch of breakdowns through the goalies that have been key for us and I just think we’re a confident team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JIMMY HAYES    
On what this win does to the team’s confidence…
It’s a big game for us, especially getting that first win at home and establishing the way we want to play; a full sixty minutes and continue to get pucks on net and a great game on Tuukka [Rask] as well.

On he and Brett Connolly scoring goals and if the “new guys” are more comfortable now on the team…
We’re just both going at it hard right now, just trying to capitalize on the opportunities. You know, he had a really nice shot and goal tonight but he’s had a lot of nice shots and had his chances and just capitalized on it tonight.

On what it meant to get their first win at TD Garden…
It’s a big thing, you know, you want to get that first win and you know it’s a city that expects wins so you have to continue to be there every night and you have to compete and you have to continue to make this place a tough place to play.

On how it was to hear the crowd roar compared to the Bronx cheers they had been hearing before…
Yeah, you know, that’s what you get, you know. You have a passionate fan base here and a great fan group so you just have to continue to get wins here.

On if he had doubts when the team went 0-3 to start the season…
No, we just continue to put complete games together and when we’re playing complete games together, again, it’s the results that we want.

On how everyone felt after the win…
Yeah the team has got some confidence, you know. We’re playing a much more simple game - north, south, stingy type game - and that’s what we’re going to beat teams with.

On if it was a bigger deal to score six goals or get the shutout…
I mean our offense has been there but I think that’s a big deal for us to not give up any. I think that’s been a focus, you know, scoring a ton of goals and keeping that puck out of our net to be successful.

On if it’s a signature move for him to score at the “doorstep” of the goal…
Yeah, it’s been…that’s where I’ve been getting a lot of my chances around that net and I just have to continue to be around that area and stay on those rebounds.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how the play was in front of him…
I thought we played a pretty tight game. Defensively one of the better ones, overall 60 minutes. Not too many openings. We blocked a lot of shots. I saw the puck well. Good game.

On what his confidence is like after getting a shutout…
You know, I don’t think it changes. I felt good today so I just try to keep that going. You know, obviously a shutout makes you look even better, but I felt good. I think the team felt good. The team looked good so that’s a good building block for us and we’re trying to keep doing this.

On whether he felt the team needed a result like this…
Yeah, I mean just keeping the goals against down obviously that’s always the goal, but today we managed to do that and I was telling guys before the game, you know, try to keep it three or under today so we did that. Very happy with that.

On whether he would consider this one of their better efforts of the season…
It was, yeah. I just said we looked really tight defensively and overall we had good layers. You know, second period a few times we gave them some room in the neutral zone there, but other than that I thought it was a great, tight effort.

On whether he liked the third period…
Yeah, you know we didn’t give them much and then they got that power play and we made a good job killing it. Moving on after that, you know, we got a goal and then, you know, 4-0 is kind of a comfortable lead, but we still managed the puck pretty well after that too. We never let down so that’s a good sign.

On their shot from the circle being their only real chance…
That was it, yeah. That was their only real chance. You know, they had one other but they missed the net. We kept it tight and that’s a good sign. You know, even though the game is 4-0, 5-0 you still have to play within your system. I think we did that today, so that’s really nice.

On whether he is getting the feeling that the team is starting to get their confidence…
Yeah, absolutely. I mean watching that Islanders game after the first period, you know, we really got it together and we looked tight out there and the same thing today, so it’s really good. You know, everybody feels confident and I think we’re playing that team defense. Guys are working back hard and then, you know, D’s are blocking shots and taking those passes away so that’s a good sign.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW
On the reward of scoring a goal coming back after being sick…
Yeah, it definitely felt good, especially to get that first one out of the way. Points are hard to come by, and I mean, if you get six or seven, I don’t even know how many goals we got in that game, it was a blast watching. But everybody contributed, and yeah, it definitely brings you up to pace real quick if you can do that after being sick and not being able to play.

On the importance of getting a shutout tonight…
Yeah, I think it’s great when you can talk about doing something and work on it in practice, and come out into a game and translate that, that efficiently. So I mean, it’s great for the goaltender right down to the defense corps, the forwards that helped out. It’s a good feeling to see a zero on the other side for the whole team, and hopefully we can grow on that and keep that pretty consistent.

On if he was supposed to jump up on the play when he scored his goal…
Yeah, I mean we’re supposed to join the rush every chance we can get if it’s smart and if it’s the right choice. So you move the puck and if you can beat the guy up ice that was supposed to be covering you, you do that. And yeah, I was definitely fortunate to get it back. That guy kind of jumped off the bench and hit it away from him, but yeah, sometimes you get the bounces and it goes your way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On whether he feels the team’s confidence is getting where it needs to be…
Yeah, I think so. I think the first few games we were trying to figure out what our team was going to be and what we were going to be like, and I think now we kind of are starting to figure out our identity and the things that we need to work on to be a better team, and we’re trying to improve everyday and the last four games, five games have been really good. We’ve got to be happy with how we’ve been playing and just want to keep it going now.

On having a strong third period to get the shutout for Tuukka Rask…
Yeah for sure. He’s been, you know, a huge part of this team for a long time and, you know, this is a big game for him. He stepped up at the right times and made a few big saves and that’s what we need out of him, so it’s great that he got that shutout.

On whether it is a sigh of relief to have a game like this…
Yeah it was good to have a game like this at home where we haven’t had a win yet, so it was good to kind of get that out of the way and play a really good game like we did tonight. I think we’ve got to continue to build at home. You want to be a really good home team, and now if we can keep winning on the road the way we are and improvement at home we can be a good team.

On Brett Connolly and what he brings to their line…
He’s really fast. I mean he’s a really good player. He’s got all the assets to be a really, really good player in this league. You know, the good thing about him he’s really quick to get into positions that have a scoring opportunity and when he’s there he doesn’t miss very often, so I think he’s fit in really well and we’re improving everyday. We’re trying to build the chemistry and I think it’s been good.

On how much confidence he gets offensively watching David Krejci play the way he did tonight…
Yeah, he’s been unbelievable and he is… he plays like that every year. Sometimes it goes in, sometimes it doesn’t, but he’s such a dominant player in this league. He’s able to slow the game down the way very few guys can do in this league and when he’s on you’ve got to watch him every shift. He’s very dangerous and he can create something beautiful out of nothing so it’s fun to watch him play.

On getting comfortable with everything…
Yeah I think it’s one of those things where when you have a bunch of new guys on the team everyone has to try to figure out where they belong and where they fit in. I think right now everyone is starting to kind of figure that out. You know, when we all can worry about playing our roles and when we know exactly where we fit in it makes it a lot easier to focus on that, and I think guys are comfortable now and we’re all, you know, we’re building really good chemistry in here and it’s showing on the ice.

On whether the road trips are giving them a chance to take a breather…
Yeah definitely. The first one where we went away for a few days we had a few days off to hang out and get to know each other and it definitely helped I think.

On whether it’s realistic to think there will be fewer line changes coming up…
Yeah that’s not us. We don’t even worry about that. It’s the coaches and if they change it that’s good. If not it’s fine.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY
On playing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand…
When I’m with those guys, I’m just trying to be hard on the forecheck and get open. Obviously Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass on my goal. Those are two guys that are very consistent they work hard every shift and you got to match that every shift. They’re two guys that have been in the league a long time and won. Two guys I obviously look up to and I want to give them my best game every time I’m on the ice. It’s helped me for sure playing with those guys.

On whether tonight’s game was satisfying…
Yeah, I think so. I think we had moments where we were a little sloppy, but at the end of the day we pushed the pace on them and you can’t complain about a 6-0 win. We’re going to take positives and there are a few little details we can clean up. Other than that pretty solid game, we caught a team that was coming off a lot of games in little nights. I thought we took it to them for the most part.

On getting closer to putting together a full 60-minute effort…
Yeah, it was closer for sure. Obviously when you win 6-0, it’s hard to do much wrong. I thought we played pretty much a full 60.

On the team’s struggles…
Yeah, it’s been a struggle at home, there’s no denying it - we’ve struggled. We've been so good on the road. We almost found our way against Philly but they found a way to come back and won. We’re going to take this as a stepping-stone and hopefully get on a roll here at home.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On his chemistry with his linemates…
[David] Krejci is on fire right now, he’s finding ways to score goals and he’s playing great right now. You just have to keep doing the right things and hopefully we can continue to play well.

On whether this was the team’s best effort of the season…
Yeah, for sure. It was nice to finally get a home win and get that out of the way. I thought we played good, that’s why we won 6-0 and I think Tuukks  [Tuukka Rask] looked really good on the backend there. He made some great saves for us too and it’s nice to see him get that game. We know he’s a great goalie. It’s good to see that.

On what his line did well to create scoring opportunities…
I think we were pretty compact and if we play that way we’ll be set. Play good as a group and when they turn the puck over we can go against them. I thought some of the goals were just smart plays, getting the puck deep and try to get the shot on net and try to score a goal. I thought we did a good job scoring goals today

On how fun it is to play with a red-hot David Krejci…
You just have to roll with it. It’s obviously a nice feeling for him to be on a roll, he’s been playing great in every game he’s been playing so far. He definitely deserves it - he’s playing real well.

On whether Krejci’s first goal was a set play …
Just how it went. I just jumped on the ice and saw [Torey Krug] Kruger who was flying the puck up there. I was able to chip it out of the zone and then I saw he had a 2-on-1 there. He [Krejci] made a great shot there and scored.

On what the first home win means…
It’s definitely a nice feeling for the team, to get that out of the way. Now we can just keep going, we have a road trip coming up here and if we do good there were going to get back here and try to win more games in our building.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how big of a relief it is to see a strong defensive effort…
Yeah, we were trying to really focus on being tight defensively. I still think we can do a better job in some areas, but, you know, as you see Millsy [Kevan Miller] is a big part of our game and the team and being down five we had to really be smart about managing our ice time and making good changes.

On how strange this start to the season has been…
Well we didn’t start well obviously the first few games, but I think since, you know, game three, four, I thought we were much better.

On what has changed over the last few games…
I think that our thinking is obviously defense first. We take a lot of pride in our battles and being smart with the puck and playing simple and playing our strength, and it’s been working for us. Obviously our goals for are up from previous years. You know, we’re still working on our goals against improvements. We’re getting obviously better goaltending lately and yeah it’s a reflection of being much better than we started.

ARIZONA COYOTES HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On how this one got so far away after having a decent first period...
We gave up on two odd-man rushes and they capitalized on both of them and that’s when you get chased in a game in our situation tonight it was tough, and we didn’t generate a whole lot.

On how they talked about coming back at the start of the second...
You can’t hang around it, this will be a big lesson for our group here, you know we are going to be in this situation again, it’s to easy to say that we had nothing left and it was the end of the road trip for us, that’s not good enough. We want to be better than that, and to coming into a game like this you got to play a certain way to not give the game away, and we made far too many mistakes tonight.

On how the team was not at full strength tonight...
That just means that you should play even smarter. Play smarter, not give out odd-man rushes all over the place.

On Connor Murphy’s injury...
It was an issue from last night where he was a little sore this morning so we decided to go with a healthy body.

On how he felt on the trip as a whole and getting five out of ten points...
Well I think we took some steps forward as an organization, or as a team. You know the first ten games of this trip is a big part of it. We had a real tough schedule to start the season with some back-to-backs in ten games… this is our third back-to-back in ten games. There’s a lot of things that I think are, you know we’ve done well as a team, but tonight is a good shot out of humble pie on how much more there is to do. You know we got some, we’ve had a good start by the kids, you know some different areas that have been pretty good but there is lots of areas to clean up. So we’ll go home and get a little rest and we got one game in I think it’s seven days or something.  So we will get some rest where hopefully we can get on another role.

On if there is a concern on Mike Smith and the run he is on...
No, we left him out to dry tonight, that wasn’t Mike [Smith] tonight.

On what he can say on the development of Tobias Rieder...
He’s an excellent player, he’s a very good NHL player. He plays offensively and defensively very well, and you know as a player in today’s NHL it’s so fast and you have to be smart and skilled and he fits right into that, so he’s a very good payer for us.

On what his thinking was on playing Mike Smith back-to-back...
Mike wanted to play.

On if it is as simple as that...
Yeah it is. On a game like this where you know, he can be a difference.

On how his center ice was changed quickly...
Well it’s changed a little bit and that’s just through injuries, you know Martie [Jordan Martinook] had a great start to the year, we certainly missed him. [Antoine] Vermette has struggled here a little bit, hopefully we can get him back healthy and get him up and going, we need him to be better for us. You know [Brad] Richardson has had a very good trip, you know he’s been best during games, and Gordo [Boyd Gordon] does his job down there. We knew we needed depth out there and Chip [Kyle Chipchura] was going to fill in, Chip gave us some really good games also. We are, you know, tonight we had a hard time generating anything and a center position can help you with that, but you know it is what it is. We got to go back, get healthy and get some rest and get back to work.

On if Antoine Vermette’s struggles is related to this injury...
Lately they have been, yeah lately. Hopefully we can get him healed up and get up and going.

ARIZONA COYOTES DEFENSEMAN ZBYNEK MICHALEK
On how he felt about tonight’s game…
Just, obviously, like you said it’s not ideal to come play on back-to-back games like that but that’s not really an excuse. We could have played better than that. Just the execution wasn’t there for whatever reason. I don’t know if you’re tired or maybe it was a long trip for us but we had a chance to make it a great trip but just the effort and execution wasn’t there tonight.

On the road trip series overall…
Average I guess. You got .500 on a trip. It felt like we let a couple points slip away but we’ll take it and go home and hopefully we can get some good games and we have something to build on. Hopefully we can bring it home and play well. You know, coming up, we have only one game in eight, nine days so we get some rest, we get some practice time and you know, hopefully win Friday.

On what he’s learned about the team so far this season…
It’s obviously a fast team. We know that we when we play well and own our game we can play against any team but you know it was a lesson playing against good teams like tonight. Maybe back-to-back. Guys that were tired and not feeling that well. With a young team like we have it’s a good experience. Hopefully we can learn from that for in the future. We know that going into the season we are going to have tough times because of our inexperience but hopefully we can learn from that and build on it. You know we’re a .500 team right now and I think there are still things that we can improve on and some things we can build on too. I think it’s so far we can be pretty satisfied about it. Like I said, we can get better.

On not having Centers Martin Hanzal and Antoine Vermette in the game…
When you take two of our top centermen out, it’s hard to replace. Especially a guy like Marty [Martin Hanzal]. You know, a huge presence. He’s playing so well at the start of the season. You know that hurts our team. You just don’t replace guys like that and hopefully they get healthy and fill up the schedule. We need them back.

ARIZONA COYOTES FORWARD BRAD RICHARDSON
On playing without Hanzal...
Yeah I mean I don’t know I thought we played good without him obviously, but there are big parts of our team, and I think we are all kind of.. a little bit tired tonight and I think we felt it. It’s no excuse, we still got to win on these head injuries. But hopefully they will be back soon.

On what his takeaways are from his team...
I think we’ve played fairly well, you know I think there is lots of room for improvement though. I think tonight kind of showed us that maybe we still have a lot of work to do. I think you know it’s been a fairly good start.

On the strength of the teams depth at center...
Well I mean, I think we are all a bunch of guys that have played a lot of games so, I think that helps, it’s a tough position to play when you’re playing, you know the whole 200 feet of the ice. It’s definitely the position it takes time to get use to, but you know the guys who filled in I thought played well but it’s definitely nice to have all the guys we want in there.

On if he is getting comfortable on his transition...
Yeah I am starting to, but I still want to play better and I think it’s coming and I am definitely starting to feel more comfortable.

On if he felt like it was a good road trip for him...
I felt like I definitely had a little bit more jump and I was skating better, so I just hope that that continues.

On if he considered getting five out of ten points a success on this long road trip...
It’s average. You know I mean I think if we won tonight it’s a good road trip, but it puts a little bit of a damper... you know I thought we played some good games in Toronto, but this one kind of stings a bit, but it’s an average trip.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:10 AM
On if Matt Beleskey is all set…
Yes.

On if the team is aware that it’s not a sustainable practice to score so many and allow so many goals in games…
Yeah, we know that. There’s no doubt. We’re definitely trying to cut our goals against down, you know, and I thought we did a good job last game just allowing two goals until that last minute goal that gave them that third one in, the [New York] Islanders. But we still want to work on minimizing the goals against.

On if they will still have a productive offense if they stop allowing so many goals…
Yeah, you know, again I don’t think, you know, even when we’ve given up a certain amount of goals there’s nights where we’ve only given up twelve scoring chances. So it’s, you know, maybe it’s the type of chances we’re giving up and maybe the type of goals that are going in.

On what he thought of Matt Beleskey’s play earlier in the season…
Amalie, I think he’s just another guy that’s come in just like [Joonas] Kemppainen, you know. You’ve got to give guys a chance to fit in and, you know, in my mind he’s going to be fine. I think, you know, where he’s missed the last few games, so basically he’s only played what? I think seven games? Or six games? So you know we have to give him a chance. So it’s not what I see or don’t see I think it’s just a matter of him fitting in. We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s a very intense player that is gritty and will go to the net and all that stuff so I think good things are going to come out of him.

On what he thinks of the combination of David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Loui Eriksson after putting Loui Eriksson on the left wing of that line…
Well, you know, Loui [Eriksson] is a guy whose fit in anywhere you’ve put him -whether it’s been on the right or the left. And that’s where, you know again, that guy deserves credit for being that type of a player. And you know, we know early on he didn’t get the credit he probably deserved and I think slowly but surely everyone started to appreciate him a little bit more.

On how he thinks the dynamic between Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner might work…
Well, again it’s almost the same answer that I gave you guys yesterday. What you see now may not be what you see at the end of the night. I need to coach and, you know, in order to coach you need to make the right moves at the right time. So you know for me it’s a start and we’ll see how that goes. If it doesn’t go I have to make some adjustments here and that could be happening all year around. I mean I know people are used to seeing me with, you know, certain lines and sticking with them but that…I think that stage of, I guess, that consistency is gone, you know, right now. It’s not there yet or it’s gone or so, like any coach you adapt to what you have and that’s what I’m doing right now.

On what he saw from the Arizona Coyotes in the last game they played against them, specifically what he liked and what he felt the challenges were…
Well I think you said it, they’re pretty…well they’re a young team but they’re a skilled team, you know. And some of their young players right now are really at the forefront of their team but then they still have the good leadership from the older guys, you know. [Shane] Doan is still doing a great job leading. But you know those young guys and even [Oliver] Ekman-Larsson, you know, who is not that old, still a young defenseman in my mind. You know, they have a lot of skill there that is…can be dangerous because when you’re a young team you just go out there and you play hard and the proof is just in some of those games that they’ve won, you know against Toronto [Maple Leafs] last night, against Ottawa [Senators], their winning road games, they’ve got a decent record, obviously. So I thought we played a real solid game against them the last time in there and we need to do that again tonight because if we don’t, you know, we’re going to get the same results as the last two teams they played.

On if it’s an accomplishment for a young team like the Arizona Coyotes to win games on the road…
It is I mean it has to be. And you know, you don’t know how long it’s going to last, if it’s going to last all year, whether it’s going to catch up. Right now they’ve got some good, to me, they’ve got some good young players that, you know, like the [New York] Islanders are going to get better every year. And the [New York] Islanders have had to work their way through, and today they’re a team that everybody respects a lot because those young guys now are more experienced and they’ve grown through those pains of becoming better. And I think the [Arizona] Coyotes are in that same boat right now; they’ve got a lot of young guys that down the road are going to be guys that you’re going to be keeping a close eye on.
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