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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Thursday, January 8, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE PRESS CONFERENCE 9:50 PM
On if he was pleased with the team’s performance...
Yeah, I think we seemed like a real focused and energized team tonight. I think the biggest thing we did was we executed the way we were asked to execute and I thought coming in late last night - the first period it was so important to get our legs under us and put pucks in behind him in and get our feet moving and get a good forecheck. But what impressed me the most tonight was how hard the guys worked to get back and the layers were there, so we didn’t give them much room or too many opportunities. So that was the kind of game we like to see our team play. So, you want to build on that kind of stuff. Again, you never consider yourself out of the woods, but certainly something that’s real positive to build on.

On the team’s five-on-three play and how that helped build momentum...
Well, what impressed me again, a lot about that. Obviously our five-on-three wasn’t great, and you know, there’s times where your team could have just fallen apart or lost its momentum – we came back the next shift and we kept going and we never lost the pace of our game. So, that was important for us. And then again that power play goal at the end of the second, just kind of justified, I guess, the period that we were having. At least coming into the dressing room with the lead, it would have been disappointing had it not been that way. But our guys had a good first and we stayed with our game and got rewarded there at the end of the first.

On Chris Kelly’s play tonight and creating a turnover that led to Carl Soderberg’s goal...
Yeah, I think again our forecheck – we talked about how important our forecheck had to be and that was one of the things that we looked at for our own team before looking at New Jersey. And our forecheck had to be better in order to spend more time and not let teams come out so easily. So he did a great job on that forecheck, forcing the guy to turn the puck over and Carl – who had also a real good game, scored a big goal for us. But Kells [Chris Kelly] is always going to be Kells. He’s not flashy and sometimes underrated by a lot of people, but we know how important he is and some of the things he does. The team needs a little bit of everything, and he’s not in the goal department, but he’s certainly in the other department that gives us a real good identity defensively.

On the Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, and Milan Lucic line...
Well, you know, I think when you look at how they’ve played – and I liked them last night that’s why I went with them again tonight – I’m not going to change anything until I feel the need to change things. But, Danny [Daniel Paille] is skating as good as I’ve seen him skate so far this year. He seemed energized and Looch [Milan Lucic] is finding his game again. So, that line’s been good for us and the other lines too are good. You know, Krech [David Krejci] is playing with different players trying to find him some players that have chemistry with him and Marchy [Brad Marchand] has had some. Again, [David] Pastrnak, his skating tonight put their D’s on their heels. So, you know, again – I thought four lines, six D’s did a great job for us tonight in winning this hockey game.

On Reilly Smith and Carl Soderberg developing chemistry...
Well yeah, I think to a certain extent this was his first time playing five-on-five with those guys in a long time since last year, and there was at least a little bit of knowledge. So, as I said, I was happy with my four lines tonight, so certainly I’m happy with how that line went. Could it be better if they played a little bit more together? I think so. So, it’s just a matter of sticking with what’s working right now and we’ll go from there.

On establishing a good forecheck in tonight’s game...
Well, I think the biggest thing is – it seems like the guys don’t feel the pressure as much as they had. You know, they don’t seem as tight. I could see that not only in the forecheck, but also in the execution. From our D’s and how they used each other and made good first passes and everything else. You go through those situations during the season that’s really hard to explain, and the one thing I know is that confidence in your play is always a big part of it. Sometimes you lose it and it takes you a long time it back, and when you start feeling good about yourself I think your energy, your legs get back as well. So we didn’t play as heavy tonight as we have had in the past, and because of that our forecheck was good, we were finishing our checks as well, and I think that led to turnovers.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On what he liked best about the team’s play from a defensive standpoint…
Well it was a solid group effort and everyone was supporting one another. When there was one guy maybe stepping up or whatever and then another guy was always there to support him and we always felt like we had each other’s backs in that sense. I think we’ve done that at times in other games, but I think tonight was pretty consist with the exception of maybe a little bit of the end of the second period there.  We were more solid for closer to a full game and that goes a long ways.

On the puck support looking cohesive again…
Yeah it’s getting better I think you kind of said that at times we had guys trying to do too much, wanting to do too much instead of just doing their job and then having the next guy do his job and kind of get into that flow. So it’s still a work in progress, but it’s something we want to continue to get better at and hopefully it will come second hand and when it does the game just kind of seems to flow and you worry about those finer details of the game as oppose to worrying about the outcome and usually you get, more times than not, the outcome that you want.

On getting back to not panicking when they get in trouble on a shift…
Yeah well I mean you hope not, but there can be times within games where teams are going to press and I think it’s having that, again it’s just kind of come together as a group all the guys that are out there you know kind of trying to settle things down and sort things out and not panic and know that we can stick within our structure and our system and know that it will just kind of work out from there. When we do that we are able to weather the storm when we have those times teams press on us, but again hopefully it doesn’t happen as much as it has, but when it does we know we are capable of bearing down and making smart decisions and getting pucks out and stuff like that.

On power plays helping them get a better momentum going…
I mean it was a different feeling to have power plays just to begin with. I think we had three in the first period and I don’t think we’ve had more than three in a whole game in a while. So even though we weren’t quite able to capitalize like we probably could have guys were working hard to create those penalties. So yeah I mean it was good to kind of get the puck in the other end to start the game off.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On playing with Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron…
I’m just trying to not take it for granted and capitalize on the chances that I do have. I’m not gonna score every time, but the thing is to stay focused and positive about it. I know that in time, if I get a chance to stay with them for a little bit longer, I’ll try and make the best of it.

On if he was wondering if he’d ever get a chance to move up in the lineup…
When things don’t go well that’s kind of the easy excuse, to look for change. I definitely wanted to work at what we had; as many changes as we had on that line, in time it was coming there. Then all of a sudden, last game I got put up with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Looch [Milan Lucic]. Like I said, it’s been a fortunate time for those two games, I’ve definitely enjoyed it.

On if playing on a new line has accomplished what Coach Claude Julien wanted…
I think it’s a little bit of everything. I know for myself, I’ve said it time and time again, when I’m moving my feet I can be an effective player. If that gets guys moving their feet as well then I’ve done my job there. But there’s a lot more to that and to work ethic and making sure that I compete throughout the whole game.

On if it’s odd playing with Milan Lucic, who usually plays the same position…
Yeah, it’s a little bit different, but I’ve played there before - on the right side. The good thing with Looch and with everyone else that I play with, they recognize if we end up switching, we just talk and realize that I’m on the left side sometimes. In time, when the rotation in the defensive zone has us switch back, then we do. There’s definitely no rush with it.

On it helping with changing on the fly…
Yeah, over there we make sure we better let them know what side we’re coming from and guys listen on the bench.

On how important rolling four lines is for the Bruins…
It’s good to see four lines dependable throughout the whole game. Even though the fourth line with Soup [Gregory Campbell], Cunny [Craig Cunningham], and Jordy [Caron], missed a couple shifts they still had a decent amount. But it’s good to have everyone play together as a unit.

On how nice it is to be back in a playoff spot…
It helps, it definitely gives us a better positive attitude. But we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves because it’s gonna be like this all year. We might move down and we’ve got to make sure that we don’t get frustrated or we might not move as much as we did, we might stay there with the teams above us that keep winning. The main goal is to stay up above the eighth spot and I think everyone believes that we can.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On playing in the World Juniors
Yeah it was nice. Happy to play for my country. I just enjoyed it.

On if you thought you played well at the World Juniors…
Tough start in the beginning but it was starting to get better and better. Then in the tournament I felt pretty good.

On playing with Krejci tonight…
He’s a great player and I could play with him, I just try to do my best. I enjoyed every shift I’ve been with the guy.

On how you evaluate yourself…
I don’t know that word.

On what you want to see from yourself next time…
I just try to play my best for the team. I didn’t focus on anything else and I’m happy we won. That’s all I focused on.

On feeling more comfortable now than earlier…
No, tonight I felt the same as I felt the first game in the NHL. It’s a little tough but I just try to do my best and play for the team.

On playing against Jagr…
It was a good experience seeing those guys from my country to play against. I’m just going to say I enjoyed it and I’m trying to play my best.

On bragging to all your friends at home about playing with Jagr and Krejci…
Yeah, you know, those are the best hockey players, especially from my country so I just enjoyed being on the ice with those guys and that’s it.

On your mom being here for the World Juniors…
Yeah she came after Christmas and yeah she’s here.

On this being the first NHL game your mom has been to…
Yes.

On it being exciting having your mom here watching you tonight…
Yeah, I mean, its after a while—she was following me since I’ve been here—every game now when I moved to the USA it was a little bit tougher so she didn’t see many games. Cool she could see this game and I hope she enjoyed it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On his goal…
I think their forward cheated a little bit on the wall so I could take a step into the slot and fire it.

On one of his linemates...
Oh, he’s really important for our line. He’s skilled and he creates a lot of good forechecks, so I think we play really well together.

On feeling natural playing with Reilly Smith…
Yeah, I think the whole team it’s pretty natural to play with all the guys on the team because we play the same system, all of us, so we just try to fill in some spots. We mixed up the lines lately, a lot, but I think we’ve created some chemistry quite quick.

On if he thought he would probably end up playing with different players at some point this year…
Yeah, for sure. Injuries happen, and even we are struggling, sometimes we mix up the lines. You have to be ready to play with someone else, so we will see what happens next game.

On how much rolling four lines helps the team dictate the pace of the game…
That’s how we want to play and that’s how we usually play when we’re winning. That’s exactly the way we want to play, we want to roll four lines and just keep that pressure going.

On what the team did to limit New Jersey to such few shots…
I think we played a really good offensive game, good forechecks and we hung on to pucks, that was pretty much it.

On if the defense built on itself throughout the game…
Yeah, maybe it did. But I think we played a strong game, we pinched with our D, we supported the D so it could pinch, so we created a lot of zone-time. That’s why they couldn’t get any shots today.

On not having to play overtime for the first time in a while…
Yeah, we have tied a lot of games lately. But I think we have played pretty good lately as well, so we just need to get some wins, too.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On being one of the more complete performances this year…
I think so. I think that we were skating well and we were playing with a lot of urgency and a lot of jump right from the start of the game. I thought we controlled the play and made some solid, strong plays. We got a lead like we wanted and put a lot of shots on the net and created a lot of offensive zone-time for us. Even in the second we were doing well and at the end of the second we kind of felt that they were pushing, They were playing a little more aggressive. Again, we regained that in the third.

On the importance of the power play goal…
We tried some plays early on the first power play, some little plays and then we decided to come with more shots on the net. First chance we had Milan [Lucic] just put a nice wrister in. I was just trying to screen the goalies eyes that way.

On playing a full 60 minutes…
Like I said if you take away those three whatever minutes towards the end of the second, I thought we were playing a strong game. Rest of the game everybody contributed and everybody played strong. We were rolling lines, we were trying to really not lose the momentum of the game, taking some penalties—unnecessary penalties or getting into trouble making turnovers. Like I said, we were rolling them and keeping up the tempo.

On feeling confidence coming into the game…
We made another step forward. We’re not there yet we just got to continue to work really hard and stay on top of our game.

On being motivated by getting into the playoff picture…
It’s nice that you’re winning games now and even we are not over the hump, we know that. We won two games and we have a tough schedule before the All-Star break. We want to continue to play the way we’ve been playing the last two games and finish strong before the break. You can sense that the team is regaining the play and what we’re used to so, like I said, we have to sty on top of that.

On individually hitting a turning point in your game…
You know, again, you can ask whatever about these individuals game, its just a reflection of the team play. If we all play well as a team then everybody is going to look good on the ice. If we are not doing the things that we’re supposed to do, we’re missing players doing their jobs and somebody else tries to fill in, that’s when it breaks down. I think that as of right now we just rather stay with the team play than judging the individual plays.

On the power play doing better…
Yeah, it’s important. Special teams is very important. One thing that we would like to have back is for sure that five on three. We kind of, maybe, forced some plays. We don’t get them too often. Almost none and maybe that’s why we felt we needed to make plays really early. Yeah, we keep working on it and keep improving our special teams and that’s going to be supporting our five on five play.

On being the first five on three of the season…
And probably the last one too. But we’ll see.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On building momentum…
We’re trying to build from the momentum that we created from last night by getting the extra point. I thought right away that we had a strong game; we limited their chances and their shots on net. I thought we had a lot of good looks and good chances, a lot of traffic. Lots of layers on the backcheck, push back and stuff like that, so it was a good effort.

On how much confidence the team had after the win last night…
Yeah, definitely a lot. We didn’t want to be back having a tough game after a good game, after a win. We wanted to start creating a few good games in a row and get on a roll; it started tonight also by having a strong effort. I thought we did that.

On his chemistry with Daniel Paille and Milan Lucic over the last two games…
I think we keep creating chemistry, chances are there; tonight we were matching up against their top line. We had to talk a lot in our zone in order to do the job defensively and then go on the attack. I thought we did a good job of that. Dan was moving his feet and created some chances for us by us hitting him wide, and Looch was using his body, so that made things easy for him.

On if he has seen a more motivated Lucic the last couple of games…
I think when he plays like that he’s definitely created a lot of chances for himself, but also for his teammates. Definitely what we need for him, he’s definitely stepped up his game the last two games, for sure.

On Paille’s game the last couple of games…
Yeah, he’s a great player. He’s one of those guys that wants to keep improving, keep getting better and is always listening on the bench, us communicating and making sure we’re on the same page. I think he’s building on his confidence also, and when he moves his feet he’s so fast that he creates some chances, not only for himself but for us. I think he was great the last two games for us.

On how nice it is to see the team back in a playoff spot…
Yeah, for sure. Like we said before, the first 40 or so games were definitely not the way we wanted to play, we wanted to start new. We can’t have one game that you’re happy with then have a tough one right after, especially on a back-to-back, so we wanted to carry on tonight and I thought we did that. We limited their chances defensively, their shots, and we had a lot of them in the offensive zone for ourselves and created some good things. We’ve got to build from that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On the team’s execution…
Yeah, think there wasn’t many breakdowns, I think—just a couple.  That’s kind of how we have to play against a team like that and bury our opportunities when we have them.

On if partner Zdeno Chara is finding a rhythm…
He looks energized, and obviously for me, it’s fun to play with him.  I think when we’re making good plays, it’s an easy game.  We’re just doing our best.  It makes it easier on me when he’s playing better too.

On consistency throughout the whole game…
Yeah, we had the morning off, and I think maybe that helped us.  Obviously, we were prepared and looked energized.  I think it’s a better feeling in the room now—more positive and everything.  We just have to keep that feeling going. 

On stringing together some victories…
I think it’s a lot more fun coming to the rink—just more smiles on faces and everything.  It’s obviously a better feeling. And I think [there’s] more energy too when you’re winning, so I think that kind of helps.  Like I said, just have to keep trying to do the same things, keep going, and try to get some more wins going. 

On starting fresh during the second half of the season…
I think we kind of talked a little bit as if it’s a new year.  It’s 2015, and we’re off to a - I guess - a pretty good start.  Obviously, we have to be aware of our past and the first half of the season, but at the same time trying to start fresh a little bit and keep the energy going. 

On if Bruins CEO Charlie Jacob’s comments lit a fire under the team…
Not really.  I think everyone is aware of it, but we haven’t really talked about it.  So, if somebody’s heard it, you hear it on your own.  It’s just about us motivating each other and ourselves and guys stepping up.  I think the past two games we’ve been carried by our veterans a little bit, especially last night. That’s what we need, so we just have to keep going. 

On winning a game in regulation…
A shorter game!  I think we’re pretty good in OT and stuff, but haven’t really had the luck lately. But like you said, obviously it’s nice to not have to play that.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On when was the last time he had that few shots on goal…
Yeah it was a light night. Obviously a great job by our team today I think the guys made it a pretty light game for me.

On whether it was hard to stay in the game physically or mentally…
Yeah you got to try to stay focused all the time. Obviously a little bit tougher when you don’t see that many shots, but I felt alright throughout the game and yeah it’s all good.

On keeping New Jersey from scoring tonight…
That’s kind of how it is.  Obviously we got that second goal too, but still a two-nothing lead… you have to get one goal, it’s a tight game and obviously they gained some momentum so just try to stay sharp and not give them anything for free. I think we did a good job with that.

On his view of the game and what he saw with his teammates…
Yeah I think we skated well, just worked hard, got the pucks out, and got shots on net so obviously I think we played a good game.

On the puck not spending a lot of time in his zone…
Yeah we managed to get the pucks out, as I said, pretty quick and that’s always going to be a key in the games.

On how he will prepare for his next start…
I mean nothing different really just try to work on my game all the time in practice, try to be ready when my turn to play a game comes nothing special really.

On not changing his preparation regardless of the outcome of his previous game…
No, no, no exactly I mean I trust my game and it’s just a matter of working on that game all the time.  Obviously you got to stay sharp in practice and work hard in practice, especially when you don’t play as much as maybe I’ve done before.  Obviously Tuukka [Rask] plays more than me now so I get it… try to do a little bit extra in practice, but nothing specific just because of last game it’s just going to be all the time good game or bad game all the time

On if he likes only seeing 14 shots on goal in a game…
I mean, as you said, it’s a little bit tough because sometimes it’s nice to feel a puck a little bit especially early on, but no I’m not going to complain the guys did a great job we got the win so I’m happy.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS PRESIDENT/GENERAL MANAGER LOU LAMORIELLO POSTGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY
On what was missing tonight….
Well, we got outworked for one thing for a period of time there. And we came on a little bit in the end of the second period and pushed in the third period, we just couldn’t get anything done. You have to get shots. We didn’t get shots.

On changing lines to help offense…
Yeah, anytime things are not going or you’re not getting chances, but they did a great job. They took away center ice. We couldn’t create anything going through the middle, and then just when we did dump it, we jus weren’t getting in there on time and on top of them.

On how penalties affected the ability to get in a flow offensively…
Well, I think that sometimes penalties like that when you kill it, you turn it around. But we had to use a lot of key people early in the game, but that didn’t change the game.

On Cory Schneider’s play tonight…
I think 40-plus saves speaks for itself. He’s been playing extremely well and tonight was no different.

On the disappointment of the loss…
Well, we didn’t play well, that’s for sure. But we got to come right back at it tomorrow night. You can’t look at it any other way. We’ve got to watch it, see the things that you feel can be corrected, but you’ve got to come right back out and play.

On if Cory Schneider will play tomorrow night…
We’ll talk about that.

On if he feels this is evidence of things being a work in progress…
Yeah, I think that there were a couple things that we need to adjust quickly. I think that you’ve got to give Boston tremendous credit. We know they come right at you. We’ve got some young defensemen playing back there. Have to go through some things to understand how to play certain situations.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS FORWARD SCOTT GOMEZ
On the Devils being outshot heavily by the Bruins…
They got shots, just throwing it to the end. I mean, a lot of shots to the outside, a lot of shots coming in, and they got it through. We tried to get too cute there in the beginning, and that was the difference. Before you knew it, you said we didn’t sit there and look at the shots, Schneids [Cory Schneider] did an outstanding job. We had our chances to put a goal in or two, and make it interesting, almost to the end. I mean we still had chances, they just didn’t go in.

On his shot that hit the post in the second period…
Yeah, I mean that changes it up. It doesn’t matter. We had a couple chances, looks on the power play. One sneaks by, it’s a different ballgame, it doesn’t matter what the shots are. We’ll go over it, we’ll look at it, but at the same time, that was maybe the difference. We tried to be too cute. Games like this, as you said, you’ve just got to go up north. Keep going up, get it in, shoot. That was the difference. Maybe if you don’t have anything, throw it on net, and I think maybe we were looking for that extra pass, did it a couple times. Schneids [Cory Schnedier], it shouldn’t be surprising, he’s been great all year like that, and that’s what we expect. He’s that good.

On what the difference was between the two wins coming into the game and tonight’s loss…
I think right from the get-go, we tried to get to cute, maybe trying to make that extra pass instead of throwing it on net. That was the difference, in the beginning, then next thing you know it’s killing off penalties, right off the bat. But, you know, hit a post here, couple almost-empty nets, it’s different. It’s a different ballgame. We’re not going to sit there and cry about the shots or anything. That’s one great thing about Schneids [Cory Schneider], he’s so cool back there. He was doing his job, obviously we’ve got to get more pucks to the net. When you’re playing Boston, when you’re playing certain teams, yeah it will work some nights, but when it doesn’t work, that’s when it’s okay to throw it on net. And I’ll be one of the first ones that gets in trouble with that sometimes. Don’t try and make that extra play, just throw it on net, and here we go, keep it in. But the effort was there, and like I said, a bounce here or there, it’s a different ballgame. Deservedly so they won, but there’s always something to learn from it, and we’ll go from there.

On the Devils missing an opportunity to get their third win in a row…
Yeah, I mean, that’s over. Start again, go home. The good thing about a back-to-back is no one’s going to sit here and whine about it. Hey, we’ve got to go out tomorrow and play another outstanding team at home. It’s a big game knowing that we don’t play for a while. You can look at it however you want, but we’ve got to pull our pants up, keep moving forward, and that’s just the way it’s going to be.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS DEFENSEMAN ANDY GREENE
On the Devils being outshot 43-14 by the Bruins tonight…
Obviously, it was very lopsided, and coming off of the last couple games, we were playing well. Obviously they played last night, got in a little bit later, it should have been the other way around. But they took it to us there, we took a few penalties early, probably gave them confidence and got them going, and it’s just tough to recover after that.

On New Jersey having a lot of turnovers tonight…
Yeah, we didn’t control pucks at both blue lines there. Especially against a team like that, they do a very good job in the neutral zone. They’ve been playing that system for a while, they play it well, and when you do that we start creating turnovers. They were creating turnovers with speed and then coming back on the attack there.

On the Devils’ three first period penalties setting them back…
Yeah I think so, I mean a little bit. Obviously at the start there, you know, you think you kill off that five-on-three and then kill off the rest of that penalty, you think it could give us some momentum there. I mean obviously we did a great job there, and we just couldn’t seem to build off it.

On New Jersey not being able to get their third-straight win…
It’s very disappointing. Like I said, we’ve been playing pretty well lately, and with the position we’ve put ourselves in, we have to string more wins together. It just can’t be one or two wins here and there. You know what, we’re going to learn from it right now, and then we have to go right back at it tomorrow night and start over another winning streak.

On the Bruins being a team that the Devils have to catch to make the playoffs…
I mean every night is an opportunity to pick up ground. Obviously we have quite a few teams that have games in hand on us, because we’ve played so many games. We don’t have many opportunities here to waste. We have to make sure we play our game, play it well, play our systems, and start collecting points. Whether it’s regulation or overtime, we’ve just got to figure out a way to get two points.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 P.M.
On Loui Eriksson’s status…
He’s gonna be out tonight, just made that decision. He came in this morning, came in again tonight, certainly not well enough to be able to play.

On if the injury occurred on the slash…
Yeah.

On if Eriksson will be out long term…
Not at the moment, I don’t think so. Again, those things sometimes change day to day if it doesn’t heal right. Right now it just seems to be a short-term injury.

On if changing up lines during games more often lately has been a product of this season…
I think so. We don’t have the stability in our lines that we’ve had in the past, so as a coach you have to adjust, and you’ve got to do the things that you probably don’t normally do when you have those situations of stability in your lines. And that happens. I think there’s a lot of team that do that, I just haven’t been the one to do a ton of it. I still do believe a lot in the chemistry that’s built between players; most of the time, more between two than three. But having said that, I think we’re in a situation where we have the ability to move players around right now and so I’m doing that.

On if he knows who will fill in for Eriksson…
I’m still – to be honest with you – I’m still kind of pondering that right now. Probably the lines you’ll see in warmup are probably close to what it’s going to be. Again, I’ve been changing personnel there along the way, so that could happen as well.

On if David Pastrnak will play tonight…
Yeah.

On if Tuukka Rask will play again tonight…
Don’t know yet. You guys keep prying those visiting guys to ask the question.

On what he wants to see from Pastrnak during this second go-around…
Well, I think that’s the second time I’ve been asked that same specific question about what I want to see from David. I think what we’re trying to see here is where he is in his game. Nothing specific as far as doe he need to do this or do that. You know he’s 18 years old, he’s having a great year in Providence, he had a good World Junior Tournament. Again, we have four games here to access him and then decide. I don’t make those final decisions, but we’re gonna get to see him tonight. He does bring speed, he does bring a lot of things that I know, whether it’s this year or next or whatever, he’ll be an NHLer. We just gotta figure out whether he can play on a nightly basis and whether he’s capable of being ready to play in this league right now. I think that’s the big picture of it all.

On if what would make him feel comfortable about having Pastrnak stay in the NHL…
I think when you look at his size and his weight that’s got to be something you have to look at. It goes a little bit more than that too. But certainly that’s one of the issues you want to see, whether, as skilled as the guy is, if he’s not able to do what he does so well because of that then you have to give him time, too. Like I said, the 18-year-old label is on him right now and his size has not been, I guess, ideal right now. But the other things are, so you kind of weigh that through.

On how he judges a young player like Pastrnak in that nine-game window…
I wouldn’t even use I, I would say how do we judge that. I guess after we see him for those number of games, we’ll have to regroup as an organization and decide what we want to do with him, it’s as simple as that. I don’t think I have the answer, just would like to see the things that he does well up here in those games. He’s an exciting player and he will be, so we’ll have a good look at him here and, again, make those decisions when the time comes.

On if he wants to see improvement on the second night of back-to-backs…
Well, it’s always what we need to see. I think what we need to see is our team play closer to what we’re capable of. I think last night we saw spurts of it. There was times where it was tough, but there was also times when we kind of decide to make the plays and play with a little more confidence; we saw the other side of our hockey club. We’ve just got to keep working on turning that around to a more 60-minute type of game versus half a period here, half a period there. If we can do that, no doubt we’ll be that much better.

On if Daniel Paille could have a bigger role…
I think, again, with Dan, we’ve seen him do that in the past. When he’s playing well, which he did last night, I really liked his game. If he can be consistent like that, absolutely. We’re not holding anybody back here, it’s about getting an opportunity; when a guy gets an opportunity and he deserves another one, he gets one. That’s where I’ll leave that.

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