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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, October 26, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:05 P.M.
On what happens if the Bruins score one more goal during their offensive rush in the first period…
Even when we had the 3-1 lead in the second there I thought we missed a couple of real good opportunities. But I don’t really think that’s where the game was played. Had a good start compared to the other night; much better in the first. But we kind of faltered after that. I thought the second period we allowed them to get back in the game and they were a better team as well. They won battles and especially in our own end they had us bottled in there and were out-muscling us and coming up with pucks and they got themselves within a goal and that kind of gave them life for the third. But our penalty kill obviously tonight faltered and wasn’t good enough; when you allow four power play goals in a game that’s not a good sign for a win. So that certainly didn’t help. But again, I thought we had too many mediocre players tonight and those things kind of create those situations.

On the slew of penalties at the end that allowed New Jersey to come back…
Yeah, it is a costly penalty. Both pucks over the glass ended up being a goal against and those are tough penalties to take, but rules are rules. At the same time, the high stick, it is a high stick. You have to be in control of your stick, so it was deemed a four minute, which I thought was the right call. So they scored on their opportunities that they had and unfortunately, like I said, our penalty kill wasn’t up to the task tonight.

On if the cause for the collapse was due to letting up or hitting a wall…
To me, tonight we had one line going and we needed more. Like I said too many mediocre guys whether it’s hitting a wall, whatever the case may be it just wasn’t good enough. We had the day off yesterday to give those guys a rest but three games in four nights isn’t always an easy thing to go through and you wish you could have pulled this one through and had a real good week but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We have to regroup, and another back-to-back and another three in four coming up there next week so hopefully we learn from that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what the Devils did to keep the puck in the Bruins’ zone…
Well they were entering pretty simply and putting a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t do probably a good enough job to win the races and battles for pucks.

On where the defensive breakdowns on the penalty kill were…
Obviously we have to look at it but it seems like we didn’t do a good enough job again winning battles. They just made plays – we were maybe not ready for them – it’s tough to really judge right now but of course if they got three power play goals we didn’t do a good enough job on PK.

On if the energy or pace let off after the first period…
I think for sure we had a really good first 20 and then we knew they would put more pressure on us, like they did, and we just didn’t respond well.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On giving up power play goals…
Yeah I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that. They just—they ripped us apart. I don’t know if they were that good or if we were just not on top of our PK. Some weird goals there but no excuses. You’re leading by two at the end of the first, you should definitely have everything under control and then we just let up a little bit and someone lets one goal gain and it’s anybody’s game.

On how the second period went…
Yeah first period we were fine. We were making plays and eveyrthing seems to go in and then they definitely got better in the second and kind of started forechecking better and we couldn’t get the puck out, we couldn’t get to the breakouts and then they found a way to score that goal which gave them life for the third and I definitely—we lost our game after the first.

On letting the second goal in…
Yeah you’re kind of there but then it hits your toe and it’s barely in then what do you do.

On whether he knew the second goal went in or not…
Yeah I saw it was right at the side of the net.

On whether he saw the third goal go in…
I saw it late. I mean he’s got a pretty good shot. They—I think I was kind of leaning, leaned a little too much for the guy in front of me. Tried to stay close and then he just took a step forward and got out of the way and I kind of lost my balance and top shelf. I mean five on three, guy ended up from there, pretty good chance to score.

On whether the Bruins gave up after the first period because it was so easy for them…
Yeah we did. I mean it definitely shouldn’t be that way but it seems to be that way. When we play a good period we can’t follow up with another one. I mean, it’s obvious that the other team is going to push harder, they’re going to get yelled at but that’s no reason you should let up and let them back in the game but I don’t think we played bad after the first but we just couldn’t find our legs like we did in the first.

On the Florida game being up two goals…
Yeah it’s dangerous. When you’re up by a two goal lead it’s the worst one because you kind of feel good about your game but then all of the sudden that one mistake is in your net and then it’s a one goal game and you kind of start squeezing your stick. So, it’s tough but we should know better and we should know how to handle these kind of games. Getting these two power plays at the end is kind of bad luck too but still, no excuses.

On his thoughts on the six  on three…
You’re just trying to see whatever you can and try to be big out there and hope it hits you when you don’t see it. When you know for a fact they’re going to throw everything at the net and they’re going to have guys in the crease and bouncing on those first few pucks, if they don’t score in the first shot it’s a tough situation for everybody I think.

On the win against San Jose being stolen and this game getting robbed by the Devils…
Yeah a little bit. If you look at the chances it’s definitely, Thursday they obviously had more chances than we did but we didn’t play that bad. I mean, scoring at the last second or you could say we stole that game and then today I thought we had everything under control pretty well, even in the third but then, just that tough double miner on Krug’s, puck bouncing off Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and it’s a five on three, six on three, just things that it’s bad luck. Try to deal with it as good you can.

On whether the Devils should have stayed on as long as they did…
Yeah I  mean, that’s amazing. Those two goal leads are toughest ones to protect us and you kind of feel comfortable out there, you can’t get that fourth one and then the other team scores a one goal game so we couldn’t get that fourth one. Maybe it would have been a different game if it did.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if they were doing what they wanted to on the ice or being “too cute…”
No I don’t think we were too cute, we had quality shots, we just didn’t score.  You get three or four scoring chances, and you get the one or two goals, and after the first period we didn’t get one and that was the reason.  We wanted to get a fourth one to be a four-one or four-two hockey game, but it didn’t happen.  We kept them in the game, and just a couple bad penalties at the end; it is what it is.

On Milan Lucic’s goal…
You’ve got to take what they give you, and I saw it with the three on two, we had a good speed, made a good shot.

On what he’s seen out of Milan Lucic as a player…
He’s great.  I’m happy I’m on his line, and hopefully he’s going to be playing the same way the rest of the season. 

On how Jarome Iginla is figured into the line…
He scored a goal last game, and he’s playing with more confidence, he was making some good plays today; he set me up a couple of times, I didn’t bury it, but I like his game right now. 

On what was happening with the penalty kill tonight…
That’s not our team; five-on-three, almost two minutes - it’s tough, especially, they have some good forwards up front and they got a goal. The winning goal was kind of a bad break, a little bounce and there defensemen had an open open net.  It’s just one of those games that it just didn’t go our way.

If the intensity was lessening as the third period went on…
Obviously.  We were playing from behind, and we knew they were going to come out hard.  I think we played our game in the third period, it’s just at the end of the period, like I said, two penalties, you can’t give them five-on-three for almost two minutes in.  It is what it is. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the high stick penalty…
I was just going into battle with the guy and stuck him in the face. Didn’t mean to.

On the Bruins’ penalty kill…
Well they did a good job at the same time. We had to do better and do a better job at clearing pucks out and winning battles and I was out there for two of those goals and we should have done a better job and winning battles and scoring pucks.

On one puck going in early and missing a route…
Yeah I don’t know about that. We had one more obviously in a better position than we were to begin with.

On the second period…
I don’t know why. They came up faster. I don’t know if we were prepared for that or whatever the case may be we didn’t play our style in the second period and they took it to us. Once again, try to do a better job.

On losing to a team that had never won yet…
Absolutely, you can never take anything for granted in this league and we were on the bad side of it this time and in our own building we had the lead in the third period we have got to close out games so we have got to do a better job once again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if it feels like the Bruins stole Thursday’s game and gave this game away…
Obviously we had the lead, and we had momentum, and we let it slip by so we definitely let this one get away from us.

On if the Bruins hit a wall in the second period or eased back having a lead…   
I think they kept pushing on us but I think we were on our heels way too much, and we’ve said it before, in a game, that they’re a solid team that keeps going on you and going on the forecheck, and they did what we were expecting we just didn’t match it.

On if he recalls giving up this many power play goals in a game…
No.  It’s been definitely a while, and definitely something that can’t happen.  We’ve got to do a better job. 

On if it was something the New Jersey Devils were doing or just an off night…
We’ve got to give them credit also; they definitely moved the puck well and made some good plays, but we’ve got to be tighter and be smarter with our push I guess, and be in sync. 

On if they have to be smarter when they’re protecting the one goalie…
Definitely, it’s on all areas, and even when you’re up by your goalie you’ve got to make the strong play and we didn’t do that and obviously we gave them the opportunity to get back in the game…

On having an “oh no”feeling when the puck left his stick…
It’s one of those plays that you want to get it all the way down and I thought I was closer to the wall; it’s one of those plays that I make basically every time, but I went a little too hard on that one, a little too high, and I take full responsibility of that play.

On if the rule is frustrating…
It is part of the game, and I know that, so I’ve got to make that play.  It’s one of those things that you can’t really be mad about the rule when it happens to you, you’ve just got to do your job, and it does happen.  The same thing happens for us, getting the five-on-three, we’re happy, so you’ve got to realize that you’ve got to do your job and that’s it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On struggling in the neutral zone…
I thought we had a really good first period. I thought the second was – we give them some credit—they got better. We weren’t as good in the second period. They hung around. Their power play was good tonight. In the third period we played, I thought, a good third period. That’s how you want to play with a lead. I thought we had some good chances. We had a lot more zone time. We were skating again in the third. Second was their period and they hung around. Unfortunately near the end of the third it was, like I say, we came out and we were a lot better than we were. Unfortunately, we just got into some penalty trouble near the end and they capitalized. It definitely stings when we feel like we could’ve had that game and it got away from us.

On getting too comfortable with a 3-1 lead…
I think we’re confident we have the lead. We think we can hold it. It was just the second period that we weren’t as good. We weren’t skating as well. We weren’t first to the pucks like we were in the first period. You give them credit. They got better. But the third, with the lead by one goal up until the last four minutes, it was the way we want to play that. You look at it, the second period when we actually had some momentum from the first—we didn’t carry it over. Being at home we’d like to put them away but we weren’t able to and they hung around and they got the power plays late and they took advantage of it.

On New Jersey’s power play…
I think it was one of the nights. I think they have a six-on-three, you know, it’s a six-on-three for a minute-and-a-half or two minutes. It’s a good chance. You want to kill it, but they had a good screen and they put a puck right in the top corner. That was a good shot. The next one, he fanned on it and fanned it over right to him, right on his stick. Their power play worked hard and they had a good night, but I think it was more one of those nights. Our PK has been good this year. Tonight, we got beat there, but it was more, I think on the PK, one of those nights where the bounces weren’t as good as we would’ve liked.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS HEAD COACH PETER DEBOER
On being down 3-1 in tonight’s game…
I mean, we were due for some good fortune. We haven’t had a lot of it through the first ten or eleven games. I thought the guys continued to work hard, we dug ourselves a little hole there early and considering the circumstances, it would have been easy to pack it in and we didn’t. We kept chipping away and like I said, we were due for some good luck.

On the key to tonight’s turnaround…
Well obviously the power play - four power play goals tonight. I don’t think we’ve won in this rink in four or five years, so we were going to need something special tonight, whether it was a four-star performance from somebody or our power play to click. We got some of that.

On the risk of pulling goaltender Martin Brodeur to create a 6-on-3…
We talked about it. We didn’t want to do it with two minutes left – we felt that we could generate something 5-on-3 and not give up an empty net goal. But when we got down to a minute, minute and a half, at that point I don’t know what the odds say. We wanted to get a net presence and [Steve] Bernier’s a guy that we needed to get in front of [Tuukka] Rask and he did his job – great shot.

On Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas performance tonight…
They did a good job tonight. They’re young kids – they’re moving the puck well, they’re getting pucks to the net. I mean, [Gelinas] created the [Adam] Henrique power play goal, getting another puck to the net. So, that point play is important for us.

On Damien Brunner getting the puck to Andy Greene in the last minute…
Well, like I said, we’re due for some of that. We haven’t had a lot of it. Great play by [Jaromir] Jagr to get the puck to Brunner originally. I mean, for a guy who’s forty-one years old I thought he was a beast again tonight, I thought he was great. So, it was a good play and we’ll take it.

On how “big” tonight’s win was for the team…
How big? You know how big.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS GOALTENDER MARTIN BRODEUR
On tonight’s win…
This one feels good. We showed a lot of character, again, got snake-bitten in the first with two lucky goals and big breakdown, but we stayed with it. Guys stepped up in the second and we just played the game. We didn’t try to win the game right away, you know, get back in the game. We knew the time was on our side and we just played the game, created some good opportunities, created some power plays for ourselves. Little bit of luck – but hey – right now it hasn’t been something that came around too often so we’ll take it.

On if he remembers ever being pulled to create a six-on-three opportunity…
I don’t remember. Like Greeny [Andy Greene] was like ‘what are you doing here?’ and we just kind of – there was still a minute and ten or whatever when they called me up. But, I think at this point, they have to shoot it all the way in and we’re six guys to their three guys and the odds were on our side. So definitely, I thought, was the move.

On Claude Julien’s style of coaching…
Well he cares about the way his players are prepared. I think through the years it shows, and the way that they perform every night and the way that they have the success in the last few years, the big comeback against Toronto. It just doesn’t happen by mistake, it happens because they’re well coached.

On the hectic nature of the season so far…
It’s one of those seasons that it’s kind of hard to pinpoint what’s going on. It’s kind of moving all over the place a little bit so we’ve just got to try to take it day-by-day. For us, it’s just getting some wins regardless of the type of situation that we’re in with personnel or whatever. It’s something that’s out of our control but when we get on the ice we’ve just got to try to play good and get wins for the team.

On how big of a win this game is…
It’s huge, we talked about it yesterday, when we came in here this could be something big for us as far as our confidence and what we are able to achieve, and not turtling and just going home.  We fought like this against a tough team that records prove that we aren’t good against them.  We don’t play good against them, we don’t play good against Boston, especially in this building. For us to pull out this win, in the situation we are in shows a lot.  We can’t get over on ourselves.  I thought we did a little bit against the Rangers after that win, and I think we have to stay grounded and we still have stuff that we have to be better at.  For me it was kind of a fun one to just sit back and make a couple decent saves in the last two periods and the guys did the rest. It was nice.

On being teammates with Jaromir Jagr…
You know he’s great.  I think Jags [Jaromir Jagr] has been a great addition, even thought it’s not paying off right now because we aren’t doing so well but I think in the long run, having a guy with so much experience and so much talent, so much devotion to the hockey game is amazing.  I think he is going to help so much with the young players around him, and we are happy to have him.

On if the first goal went off of Adam Henrique…
Yeah, I didn’t see it, it went through Greene and I didn’t see it at first.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:40 A.M.
On how he remembers Jaromir Jagr…
Good. I know a lot of people are going to say he didn’t score – and he didn’t. But he certainly added a lot to our team. I thought he played well. I thought if anything he was snake-bitten when it came to goal scoring. He worked hard, he had a great attitude, he made things happen. I still remember in overtime there in Chicago where he just took a shot, hit the crossbar, and it could have been the winning goal. He’s a guy who usually comes up big in big moments and whether he was frustrated or not, he didn’t show it, he just kept working hard. I thought if anything, where he’s been maybe questioned or criticized at times has been his moods; and his mood here was great. And again, he was a good example for young guys – working out, doing extra and trying to stay on the top of his game – obviously at that age, you have to do that to stay at the top of your game. So he led by example in a lot of ways, so good memories and we were happy to have him.

On Brad Marchand playing the right side…
No I’ve always felt comfortable about that; he’s played there before. Even when I look back at the year where we won the Cup, a lot of his goals were scored from the right side as far as shots were concerned. Or things that he did well started from the right side so whether it was going from his forehand and wrapping around and that. You look back at his goals, a lot of that stuff started from that side so there’s no doubt he feels comfortable there and I’ve talked to him about it. So another guy that can play both sides and right now we need him on the right.

On how Loui Eriksson is doing…
Loui’s [Eriksson] doing okay I guess for a guy who suffered a concussion. It’s the same thing – you have a good day, you have less of a good day – and it’s early on but we’re just, like always, you keep your fingers crossed that it’s going to get better sooner than later for his sake.

On what the Bruins missed in Eriksson’s absence…
Well obviously he’s a good playmaker and not only that, he’s smart with the puck. When he has it, he doesn’t just throw it away. And what we missed was probably the chemistry that he started to build with his line-mates, and I thought that line was really good – had a lot of chances in Buffalo. And you could see it coming along so right now it kind of takes a step backwards because of that, but the guys that are there, I think Marchy [Brad Marchand] has been with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] long enough so we’ve got another guy playing with him right now that knows Bergy well.

On if Brad Marchand has been improving in recent games…
Yeah he is. I guess he’s heading upwards and not downwards. I think it’s been better and if he keeps working and playing like that, it’ll only get better and he’ll be on top of his game before you know it.

On what is different about the team this season…
Well it is different, and you’re right, you’ve got your core group that is intact but at the same time, you bring some players in from different teams and you try and play what we call ‘our game’ and some of those guys have to make some adjustments. So when you have one or two it’s fairly easy but when you have four or five it’s a little bit different. Some of those guys have come from other teams, but we’ve also got some players that were in the minors with us that have played basically the same way. So we’ve got not only a couple of veterans from other teams, but we’ve got some youth from our minors that have come up. So there’s been some changes but it’s been good because the young guys that have come up from Providence are guys that move extremely well from the backend. When you look at [Matt] Bartkowski and you look at [Torey] Krug, and we got [Dougie] Hamilton last year, they’re guys that have pretty good mobility. And I know that we were trying to build towards that in the past few years so that’s helped, I think, our backend as far as our transition game. These guys have heard this a million times already but it’s really helped our transition game. I think up front, when you look at the changes – you lose [Nathan] Horton and you put [Jarome] Iginla in – to me, I don’t think that’s been a huge, huge difference because Iggy [Jarome Iginla] is such a good competitor – comes to play every night – and if anything that line’s been very good. Loui Eriksson is a great two-way player that has done a great job and was just starting to find his stride. I think for most people, the big surprise has been Reilly Smith, and he’s come in here and really fit in well. So there’s been some changes, but they were positive changes. I think everybody that’s come in here has had a real good impact.

On the versatility of Jordan Caron…
Yeah Jordan [Caron] can play both sides and Jordan played a lot of his Junior on the right side as well on his off wing, he’s big and strong and can take pucks to the net. But he’s another guy – and I know I didn’t mention him – but he’s certainly another guy in my mind that has come in a better player this year. He’s very determined and every game he’s played, he’s played well. So we’re fortunate that we’ve got some good depth there too.

On Caron playing well after sitting for a couple games…
Yeah to me, I could see the difference between him and the rest of our team when it came to even the energy last game; you could tell he hadn’t played in Buffalo. He was fresh but he came in there and because he was fresh he took advantage of it and really pushed hard and helped our third line be a good line last game. So this is what I like about our players so far this year. The guys that have sat out – not because of poor play but because of the rotation – have come in and have done a really good job in their first game back.

On Brad Marchand playing on the right side and the motives for it…
Yeah I think March can play both sides. And Carl [Söderberg] is more on the left side. Reilly has been good, he can play both sides as well but right now he’s kind of getting used to playing on the left side with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. So I didn’t want to tinker too much with that line – putting Reilly [Smith] on the right and March on the left – and I think it’s worked out well. Carl is more comfortable on the left than he is on the right. But to me, I think Carl is a big body on the third line that can use that size to his advantage and also be a threat to score some goals. He’s got, I think, three points in three games and that’s kind of indicative of what we’re expecting out of Carl and it kind of balances our lines in a way. 

On David Krejci and if his success will be consistent…
Well I think so because I think Dave [David Krejci], in a way as it was given an ‘A’ this year and that shows the confidence that we have with him at being a leader and I think he wants to prove us right that he is ready for that role and he wants to be a leader and a leader has to come in every game and show up and play hard and lead by example and so far he’s done that. He’s been pretty good. And like I said, Looch [Milan Lucic] is off to a good start, and what can we say about Iggy [Jarome Iginla]? Besides that goal he scored last game he’s been really good and really consistent. And I think we all know that probably we didn’t have that consistency on the right side all year last year.

On if he is concerned that Bartkowski hasn’t played in over a week…
I don’t think, like I said guys, I know we’re going to want to talk about guys that aren’t playing but we’ll take care of that – we’ll manage it. And we’re certainly not managing it to make it worse, we’re managing it for the right reasons. And those guys work hard – they do a lot of extra after practice and they stay as sharp as possible and we’re certainly not going to let them rot.
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