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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES
BOSTON BRUINS VS PHOENIX COYOTES
Thursday, March 13, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:45 PM
On the team playing the way they want to play in the postseason…
I see commitment from everybody. It’s pretty obvious when you play the number of games that you’ve played, and you look at the way you’ve played, there’s a pretty good commitment right now from our guys. Even tonight, you could see that maybe we were getting tired there at the end in the third, but I think they had about ten minutes of power plays, and a pretty good power play at that. So we had to use a lot of those same players over and over again, and that’s not usually a good sign, but Tuukka [Rask] was really good for us obviously tonight. Our penalty killing was good, and we found a way to win. Certainly a good effort on a back-to-back night again, and everybody knows we came off of a pretty important game, in our minds, yesterday, about going out there and playing your game, and making everybody understand that it’s not so much the matchup [with Montreal] than it’s been our make-up. All that put together, I’m pretty pleased with our effort, and it’s not so much the streak. It’s the consistency, and the consistency leads into that streak that you’re seeing.

On starting Tuukka Rask in goal for the second straight night…
I don’t think we should overanalyze Tuukka and Tuukka’s fatigue. Chad [Johnson] has played well for us, he’s going to play, and they’re going to share the net. But for me, it was a decision that I made. I felt Tuukka wasn’t overly tired, he felt great, so he can rest tomorrow because we don’t play.

On Torey Krug being the odd man out on defense tonight…
There’s nothing for me to say here, except that it’s not because of this, it’s not because of that. We’ve got eight Ds and we’re moving guys around, and like I said, Torey I’ve seen all year and he’s been good for us. There’s areas he’s got to work on like every other player, but there’s other guys that need to have a look at different places. So that decision was made for those kind of reasons, nothing major.

On Andrej Meszaros playing on the left side…
Again, it’s almost like you guys want me to analyze every little move. I’ll watch the game again, because I’m more preoccupied with line changes and the game itself than players. Maybe after I watch it I might be able to help you out there.

On getting his 300th win as the Bruins’ Head Coach…
I think Jamie [Erdahl of NESN] mentioned it to me there in that interview after the game. I had no knowledge, and my guys know that it doesn’t matter to me. I’ve said that before. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. It’s great. I’m happy it’s happened here, I’m happy to have that. But at the same time for me, I’d like to look forward to hopefully a lot more than just that. I’m proud to have accomplished this in Boston. I think it’s great, I’ve really enjoyed myself here, and I’m looking for, I would say, another 300.

On what has made the Bruins successful in the second game of back-to-backs…
For us, it’s no excuses. We don’t use that excuse of back-to-back or travel. As long as we don’t get in situations where I’ve got to use a short bench the night before, or that it’s been a real tough trip where there’s been plane issues or whatever the case may be. But you know, there’s been no excuse about that. We’ve utilized our whole bench, guys aren’t tired. We’ve traveled well. We didn’t skate this morning, that’s just one of the examples. I think we just set ourselves up to give ourselves a chance, and by doing that we’ve put all of the excuses aside.

On how important it was to jump out to an early lead…
We had talked about that. They’re a good team. To see their team be in the ninth spot right now just goes to show you how strong some of those teams are in the other conference, and they’re all in a tight race. We knew it was going to be a good game, a good challenge, and we knew they were going to come out strong and fast because we played last night. So it was important for us to get off to a quick start. It was who was going to get that first goal, and I know that had they scored first, we might have had a different game. So it was important for us to get that first goal, which we got fairly early, and that second one, which kind of gave us a little breathing room.

On the Bruins stabilizing their penalty kill…
It’s just some small adjustments. When I came back from Sochi, we sat down again, went through our whole team. Our coach did a great job of going through our whole system while I was away, to just kind of do a refresher kind of practice about all the situations. Then when I came back, we talked about our power play and penalty kill and that. I had just felt that we had just a couple of small adjustments, which we all agreed on. Again, I think your goaltender is your best penalty killer, but I think overall our guys did a great job of really making it hard for them to come into our end easily, which they’ve done a pretty good job of in the past.

On it feeling really odd with only five shots on net for either side during the second period…
Yeah, you look at that and you’re sure it’s not too, too exciting for the crowd, but at the same time you got to win the hockey game and you know the fans at the end of the night leave here pretty happy when you win so I mean that’s the main thing.

On Dougie Hamilton coming in as a top pick and not getting upset with the fluctuations within the lineup…
I think that’s because he trusts us. We’ve told him as a coaching staff the whole time he’s a good player and he’s going to be an even better player as we move on here. What we’ve asked him is to be patient with us because he came in here as a nineteen-year-old. A 19-year-old that’s on a team that’s rebuilding is going to play a ton, a 19-year-old that’s on an established team doesn’t get the same luxury, but he gets the luxury of developing in a winning environment and finding out quickly what it takes to win so he’s in a good situation, I think he trusts us, I think we know what we’ve got, he knows that we know that as well and it’s just a matter of being patient and he comes in tonight, plays a good game, like he moved that puck well and he was assertive and all the little things that you talk about, you can see that effort in him and that’s what it and it’s trust, it’s respect and that has to happen both ways here.

On whether he thought that after seven years that it would work out so well for so long here…
Well, you know I’m going to be honest with you and you know my first comment when I came here and I remember it vividly because that was what I thought was I said I am here to win this team a Stanley Cup. Now I’m saying I’m here to help this team win this team more than one Stanley Cup, but you know I just felt that where they were and what they had there’s a lot of room to grow and that’s kind of what I like to do as a coach. I like developing, I like growing a team and I thought it was a great fit for me with that situation and also with Peter, having known Peter for a long time and vice versa. There’s was that trust, that instant trust there between the two of us. Am I surprised? Not really you know. Am I happy? I’m really happy that we’ve got some consistency here in this organization, I think it’s really important for this city, it’s important for our fans that you’ve got a real competitive team and we’ve built a reputation now that we belong with the elite teams and then now our challenge is that we have to stay with the elite teams and that takes hard work so no room for us, and that’s not just coaching, management, that’s also our players and we’ve got to stay on our toes all the time.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On how he felt…
Good I think, just good to be back in the lineup. I thought we played good so obviously pretty happy.

On the penalty kill, especially against a team with a good man-advantage unit…
Yeah, there was a lot of them too. The guys were really working hard and blocking shots and stuff. And we knew that they’re I guess a good power play and really skilled and stuff. So I think we did a really good job and like I said blocked shots and obviously Tuukka {Rask] was really good too.

On if he could sense guys getting tired towards the end…
No. Maybe, I don’t know. It’s obviously tough I think with the travel and everything and kind of sitting around all day and stuff like that. But like I said I thought we played well and didn’t really I guess give up too much.

On how his two games watching upstairs gave him perspective…
I think it’s obviously a different game from up there and it’s a lot easier and everything is slower and stuff like that so you can see things, but I think just trying to add different things to my game. The coaches talked to me and told me certain things to add and I think there’s been things all year that I’ve been working on and trying to improve. And I think I just have to keep adding more and keep getting ready so I can play in the playoffs.

On coaches rotating pairings in preparation for playoffs…
It’s a different situation I think and maybe similar to last year when I guess in the last couple weeks. I guess we know we have eight D now and I think it’s I guess competition so, just trying to play your best when you’re in the lineup, but it’s out of your control so you can’t really think about it. Just do your best and work hard in practice.

On how much better prepared he is compared to last year getting ready for playoffs…
I think I’m more used to it now and obviously it’s not fun not playing but I think I got to learn a lot last year through that whole playoff run and know more what to expect and what’s expected of me. So just trying to I guess get my game to a trustworthy playoff game in this last month or so, and hopefully I can do that and earn a spot.

On being a healthy scratch so the coach can assess other defensive pairings…
Yeah I don’t know. You don’t really know what’s going on, so I think the biggest thing is just to stay confident in yourself and I thought I was playing pretty good after Olympic break and before, and maybe just that one little Tampa Bay game. And I think just to stay confident in myself and just try to keep playing my game and add things that they want and other than that you can’t really think about too much.

On what he wants to see more of in his game…
I think just adding different things, I don’t want to say too much, but I think there’s always things that you can add and they’re teaching me a lot and they’ve taught me a lot all year. I think I’ve improved a lot compared to last year, and just keep improving I think. I’m still young, and have a lot of stuff to learn, and I have to remember that I’m still young and stuff like that. Just to keep adding things and I think it’s just the last stretch and getting ready for playoff hockey so trying to play that way.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if they were getting tired at the end of the game…
Yeah pretty much the whole third period. It’s just a battle. It felt like an overtime game for us there. Good thing we survived.

On if he was feeling tired after back-to-back games…
Well I mean not the freshest, but I’ve been more tired.

On if he was surprised that they got the back-to-back wins…
No, never. Always expect to play, right?

On his save against Antoine Vermette towards the end of the game…
The glove side, that one? When I dove? Yeah, I’m not sure if I got a piece of it. It kind of felt like my glove hit something but then Carl [Soderberg], well he was the one who passed it back, he got the rebound there. So I’m not sure if I saved it, but whoever saved it did a great job.

On if a turnover led to that save…
I don’t know what happened before, but I cut the pass from behind the net and then it went to our forward’s stick and he just passed it back door right to their guy. So it’s those if you call them mental errors that are part of the game, where you’re tired and not really fresh there. So those things happen, but good thing we survived.

On if he caught some rest in the second period…
Yeah, yeah I think both goalies did. I think the shots were three-two or something. It felt like they had some action outright, with the power plays and everything, but we blocked a lot of shots today throughout the game and then especially in that second period. It’s a funny thing that even though you don’t have any shots you feel tired because you’re kind of following the play and moving a lot. So, no I didn’t catch any rest.

On how he would describe the way the team has played…
Well, you know we are just playing Bruins hockey I think day in and day out and not trying too much. Obviously we, the schedule is tough and we try to keep things simple and just put pucks in deep and try to grind it out and get some traffic in front of the net and it’s been working well. Eliminating those turnovers, it’s been a huge part of our success.

On having the top spot in the conference means much to him at this point…
Yeah, you always want to win right. We’ve seen that that doesn’t probably play that big of a role in the playoffs, but you still accomplish the home ice throughout the playoffs if you have it. But you know we’re happy to be at the top obviously, yeah.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREJ MESZAROS
On winning seven games in a row and building consistency since the Olympic break…
Yeah, it’s big. You always, it’s not always going to be pretty but when you play your system and work hard, the results are going to come. And seven in a row, it’s nice but we know we have a tough schedule coming up and we need to get focused and hopefully win the next one.

On his first game playing defense with someone other than Zdeno Chara…
I feel good, it’s just different and I played on left side, last time I played on the right side. So coaches are trying something different, and I felt comfortable. I felt good, and obviously a big two points.

On if he has a preference which side he plays…
No, not to me, doesn’t matter to me where I play. I like both sides, I’m used to both sides. So wherever they’re going to put me, I’m going to play.

On the benefit of healthy competition for top defensive spots…
It’s great. You know, you have to be on top of the game every night and you have to play your best, but I think it’s good. You never know what’s going to happen down the stretch and so far it’s been great, but we’ll see what happens.

On how he feels he’s been playing since coming to Boston…
I feel good the last few games, obviously, the system is new for me so I’m still learning, still watching video, talking to the coaches. You know, they’re trying to correct me if I do something wrong, so it’s great. But there’s not much of a practice time, so the learning process - I have to be quick. Hopefully game-by-game it’s going to get better and better

On if there is a large difference in the system here…
Yeah, it’s a little bit different than in Philly. I’m not saying it’s tougher, but definitely different. But that’s obviously you can learn that as we go.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how they feel after getting two back-to-back wins..
Yeah you know I mean it wasn’t obviously easy with all the traveling we had, but they played really well and it was a pretty even game for the most part..  We were able to score early and keep that lead and they made it really interesting when they scored that goal they made it a one goal game.

On how important Tuukka Rask has been the past two games…
He’s making big saves for us, for sure, he’s a difference maker.

On  the low number of shots on goal during the second period by both teams…
Yeah that’s obviously very rare and very, very few on both ends, probably a lot of people playing in the neutral zone, and probably along the boards.  At the same time you have to stay with your game plan and stay patient – you can’t just get caught up in the numbers.  Obviously it’s a, I don’t know, at that point a two goal game so any goal can make a big difference.

On Claude Julien’s 300th win tonight…
Yeah I think it’s probably a nice milestone, so congrats to him.

On the type of hockey game Boston is playing right now…
We are finding a way to win games.  I don’t think we are playing the best hockey yet.  We can always improve.  For sure there are areas that we need to improve, but we are just finding a way to win hockey games right now so that’s a big difference.  I mean when you look at it, every game we have somebody who is playing really huge for us.  For sure Tuukka is making big saves, but we have every game some line or  somebody really stepping up and making big plays.

On whether or not they are playing their best hockey during this winning streak…
It’s, like I said, we are finding a way to win hockey games, but I think there is always room to improve.  For sure, we can’t get  complacent or satisified when we look at the record or few games.  I think that it’s nice to win games, but at the same time we have to keep ourselves honest and accountable for the need for things to be improved upon or touch up on things that need to be corrected.  It’s a fine line – you want to keep that momentum and confidence, but everybody has to be honest.  Like I said, when there’s mistakes, obviously they will happen, but we just try to make everything possible that when we go into the playoffs that our game is where it should be.

On if the coaches are looking at different pairings within the defensive group…
Perhaps that could be the case.  I think it brings a lot of good competition on the backend.  It’s something that neccesarily doesn’t mean that the guy who’s sitting out is playing poorly.  Maybe, like we said, the coaching is looking for different pairings and different types of situations that we could use later on that’s just the way it is.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On if the team was starting to feel the grind of the back to back at the end of the game…
They were skating pretty well tonight and I thought we – you know they play a good fast game and I thought we played a good game too. But yeah, as it went on, when you're up a little bit there, you're trying to stay aggressive and stay after them. But they had a big push there at the end and Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] was great but we found a way to stay and we did get an important win. But yeah, those – and then we got ourselves in some PK trouble and they gained some momentum and they were pushing pretty hard.

On how important it was to get the win after coming off the game from Montreal…
Yeah, it was. To be honest, not a lot of guys even brought up last night after. We just –today, looked forward. But I guess looking back yeah, big emotional, a rival game when it goes well you don’t have a letdown. But it was business tonight and trying to keep the good feeling going and keep the good habits. It was important we had a good first period and we played a good game, played a solid game. They are a very desperate hockey club, you know, when you're going to come off the start and be skating and be physical and I thought we were able to match that. Not just match it, but I thought earlier we were able to take that physical play.

On the lack of shots in the second period…
Yeah, I think there were like 3-2 so there wasn’t much happening in that period but we won the 3-2. But yeah, not a lot happening in the second period but at the same time sometimes the games are played all different ways. Fortunately we were good defensively but yeah we didn’t create enough in that period. But at the same time we had those PKs, I think we killed five tonight, our PK was very good.

On how the team is handling have a winning streak now and before the Olympic break…
Honestly, I think we’ve been pretty focused. We’ve been trying to keep pushing ourselves to just be better and to keep working on things that we’re trying to improve and it’s been fun winning. Guys here – it’s a hungry team, a very competitive team and we want to keep winning and keep getting better. We’ve been able to get ourselves into a battle at the top of the conference but even that, guys don’t talk about that on a day to day basis. It’s just – especially with our schedule now – it’s just play and focus and try to get that win and then you enjoy the one day off or whatever you get and then it’s right back at it. So guys have been on and taking a lot of pride in trying to be good night in and night out.

On if the team has been more at ease since the trade deadline…
Yeah, I don’t know that we were too on edge. Compared to some teams we were probably a lot calmer but I think everyone around the league, every team around the league, has a little bit uncertainty when it comes to the deadline. But I think here was, from teams that I’ve been on, one of the more calmer. But like I say, it’s every team and when that deadline passes, on that day, you don’t really know what is going to happen for sure with that uncertainty. But I thought it wasn’t too big of an issue but it’s nice that it is passed and we know that the focus is trying to have a good finish here into playoffs.

On if he feels like the team is playing their best hockey…
Yeah, I think we’re playing well. I think there have been different types of games, I think a big part is you know, we’ve had great goaltending all year and we’ve had that in this. But also it’s been fun that it’s been all different lines all different nights of the winning streak and really all season have been carrying the play on different night. On some nights we have everybody going and we have an exploding night but it’s been fun. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] has been flying and Carl’s [Soderberg] line with Kells [Chris Kelly] and Loui [Eriksson] are going, Soup [Gregory Campbell] for a few games he was – you know, in New York, you just name it. And it’s been fun, it’s a big part of being a team but it is fun to be on a team when everybody has their runs and their moments. You know, it’s fun to cheer and it’s just everyone shares it.

On if the team is being more consistent during this win steak…
I think we’ve - since before the Olympic break and then into now, I don’t know how many games that is, if that’s 15 games or so – I think we’ve pretty solid. But at the same time, I mean you guys are being nice but we don’t want to keep patting ourselves, we just keep moving forward. Our goal is to keep getting better and not big picture or anything like that; it’s just taking pride and trying to win every night out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how the team is playing…
Yeah, we’re playing really well right now. I think everyone seems to be buying into the system, playing the role, and not trying to do too much. And when you have four lines going, and all 16 and both goalies, it’s great. And we show them that we’ve got a really good team here, and that’s what we need going into the stretch.

On what a top spot in the conference would mean for the team…
Yeah, it’d be big. Obviously you want to finish as high as you can, always advantage in playoffs is huge, but it’s more about the process and how you get there. I think if we just worry about playing our game every single night, then things will work themselves out.

On playing two games in a row versus a team who had last night off…
Yeah, it’s tough playing two and two but I think at this point we’re all in really good shape, and we’re used to these back to backs. Played a lot of them this year. We seem to be doing pretty well with them. So we needed to out beat their effort and hopefully we can continue to play similarly in back to backs.

On Tuukka Rask’s third period saves…
That’s what he makes eight million dollars for, to make those big saves. So he’s been great and we need him to continue being like that.

On hitting the same goal post twice in the game…
Yeah, sometimes those go in, sometimes they don’t. A couple of inches to the right and I would have had two, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

PHOENIX COYOTES FORWARD SHANE DOAN
On whether it was hard to decipher which team was coming off the back to back and which team was waiting in the first period…
Oh yeah, they came out and we were a little too, too cautious in the first and obviously they got two big goals on a couple of nice plays and we got to be better than that, but that’s probably what cost us.

On what the Bruins did on the penalty kill to shut down the team’s power play...
Well initially we kept rimming it to the same side and obviously that wasn’t working. In the third period we played a bit better than that and handled it a little bit better than that.

On the team having great chances…
Yeah we had probably four really good chances that legitimately could’ve went in right before they scored their second there we thought it went in and Rask made a great save. You know that goes in it’s a different game.

On his take on the road trip getting four points…
Yeah you’ve put yourself where you are having to get more than that. Got to get the next game and that’s all we’re worried about now, nothing you can do about that. The road trip’s over. It wasn’t a total disaster, it wasn’t a huge success. We’ve just got to find ways to win at home.

On trying to get a third win in a row and why it’s so hard to get over the hump…
I don’t know, I’ll take two and two and lose one little thing it’ll almost put us in, it’ll be close, but we’ve got to get that third one and get on a roll and try to establish something, but I haven’t been good enough, I haven’t been good enough in the third game and we got to find ways to get better.

PHOENIX COYOTES HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT
On a tentative first period being hard to overcome…
Not enough push, you know. Not enough push. We turned over some pucks and for a team that played last night, we wanted to come out and push a little bit. We didn’t have enough push. Made a couple mistakes that cost us in the first period, and then third period I thought we pushed a little harder but couldn’t find the one we needed to even it up.

On the power play…
No, we just didn’t execute very well and our power play got outworked, it’s as simple as that. Third period, the last one in the third we actually started executing a little bit and moving, we had some chances. But if you’re not willing to work and outwork penalty killers and use the advantage you have, you’re not successful very often.

On an average road trip…
Average. For where we are right now, yeah. Obviously we need more points than we got, and 500 is not what we’re looking for. That being said, we’ve got to go home and regroup. One stop at home and playing then we’re on the road again. So like I say, we’ve got to go home, get some rest tomorrow, and get ready for Saturday night.

On struggling on the road…
We’ve got to keep pounding away. There’s lots of positives in that game. The disappointing thing tonight is I didn’t think we pushed hard enough early. Boston’s a good team, but they played last night, got home last night, we should have hard a harder push. For whatever reason we didn’t do it, and it ended up costing us.

On the math regarding playoffs…
No, that’s everybody knows the math. It’s about how hard you play and finding ways to win that matters right now, and that’s all we can concentrate on.

PHOENIX COYOTES FORWARD LAURI KORPIKOSKI
On the first period…
We weren’t skating in the first. They came at us and got the goal, they got going. We didn’t create much in the first. We got a chance with a power play many times but we got out smarted with that PP [power play] so that was kind of the story of the game.

On Bruin’s aggressiveness tonight on the penalty kill…
They were aggressive and smart, and made some smart good plays there. We just couldn’t find anything, that’s probably why we lost today. We had many opportunities to go on the PP [power play], but just didn’t create anything.

On the Coyotes being 500 on the road…
Obviously, 500 like you said, it’s not good enough the way it ended here. We have to regroup tomorrow and another game coming up pretty soon.

On the Coyotes trying to win more than two games in a row…
It would have been huge, beating a good team like Boston. We had the chance but we just didn’t play well enough. If we would have played the way we know we can play, we would have had a good chance to win that game.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 PM
On the importance of the team’s effort with Montreal as season winds down..
Well, I think a lot of people have put a lot of weight into that Montreal game. I know we hadn’t won in a while, but for me it was more about we need to just play our game and when you do that – we did for the most part yesterday – it doesn’t matter who we play. So it wasn’t Montreal versus Boston, that was, I guess, alarming for us it was that we hadn’t played well against that team. So we just had to go out there and play our game and that’s what we did.

On who will be in the goal tonight…
I don’t usually talk about that until warm-up, right?

On any other players that he can comment on tonight…
Those things I don’t – I’ll tell you [Dougie] Hamilton is. They must pay you a lot of money to ask those questions, eh?

On how the team feels with back-to-back schedules…
Well, again. “Do you guys seem tired?” That’s exactly – they’ve been given practices off, they’ve been given days off. Especially early on, their ice time’s been cut down. So if you look at the forwards last night, I don’t think anybody went over 17 minutes to my knowledge. And we’ve been using four lines because four lines have been playing well, and there’s things here this month, days off we had one Monday, and we’ll have some coming up here again. And we didn’t skate this morning. So you know, all those things put together have given guys opportunity to get some rest here. And I haven’t heard anybody coming to my office complaining that he’s tired and they know they can. I mean, I’ve always told them “If you guys feel that the schedules a bit heavy right now and you need some extra rest, I need to know,” and that’s the relationship that we built with our core group. So right now, everything seems to be – we seem to be happy with it. But at the same time guys, sometimes too much time off they don’t like it either. So trying to balance things out.

On what he expects to see out of Dougie Hamilton tonight…
Nothing more than what I’ve seen. We keep saying that he’s been good and defensively he’s working to get better, and he’s doing that. So, again, there’s going to be guys in going to be guys out, and unfortunately it won’t always be because of  poor showing. There’s a competition there, I think they all know that. They’ve got to make my decision hard. So at the same time we’re tying to find out too what some of those new guys can do for us, and some of these guys that have been with us all year we have a pretty good read on. So I need to be comfortable, you know, by the time we get to playoffs we were able to make the right decisions on who to play and who not to play. So there’s going to be a lot of movement there and you’ll see guys in and out, but again, not always because of play, but more about a little bit of everything.

On his opinion of Andrej Meszaros during his brief time here…
I don’t really have a real specific opinion of him yet because I haven’t seen him enough. I need to see him a little bit more and at the same time, we’ve said that with other players. You’ve got to give them a chance to get used to playing with the new players, the new system, new team, everything else. So we try not to base an opinion on the individual too early.

On the luxury of working selecting defensemen during this time…
I think now the most important thing, like I said earlier, is to know what you’ve got by the time you get to the playoffs, and more than anything else that we can talk about. So to me, I’ve got to be comfortable, and I want to say I, with the other coaches and management say “listen,  this is what we’ve got, this is what we’re feeling comfortable going forward with to start the playoffs, and we all know there’s injuries but - so you’ve got to know that you’ve got depth, and we’ve got to find out how good our depth is and how good our top six are going to be, because those are things that we get to do here. And that to me is more important than trying to finish first, because if you just focus on playing your game, finishing where you’re going to finish is going to take care of itself. So to be really pushing on that and not doing the rest of your work, to me, is not filling all the gaps that you need to fill before playoffs.

On confidence in Jordan Caron’s game last night and if he’s come over a learning curve…
Well, I mean he’s been doing that for a few years for us and even to the point where he’s sent down because he’s had to set out for too long. And we’ve been able to do that in the past, and this year requires obviously waivers so it’s been a little tougher, where he’s gotten mentally tougher over those other years where he’s been able to work hard, keep a good attitude, and whenever he’s been asked to come in I’ve had no complaints. You see a guy with a great work ethic and he knows how to play our game. He fills those gaps very well.

On Carl Soderberg’s improvement lately…
Well, I don’t know if it’s lately or if he’s just getting into the rhythm of things, and just again, his line is one of the reasons that he’s been doing really good is because I think Kells [Chris Kelly] has come in and done a good job on that left wing, but Loui [Eriksson] as we all saw, or we all see, is just playing much better hockey since that injury. So that in itself makes for a better line, and like I said the other day, I think in Carl’s situation he loves to skate, so by putting him in center he’s been able to cover of a lot of ice and that seems to suit him better.

On Carl Soderberg in the end zone…
I mean, it’s just again there, he’s got that luxury of having Kells [Chris Kelly] with him too. And whoever’s first in the zone is playing down low, so he’s played the wing, he knows how to play the wing. But at the same time even for face-offs and that kind of stuff the two of them kind fo share those responsibilities. So it’s a lot of pressure off his shoulders to be the only guy going down there do all that work, and he’s got an experienced guy with him. So he’s been good, but having that other guy with him really helped also.

On Daniel Paille..
Skated again this morning and I think so far we’re looking at where we’d schedule probably on the weekend. We hope it should be clear, but we shouldn’t have to go back on my word because of concussions, but so far he’s had no setbacks.
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