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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:35 P.M.
On Seth Griffith’s goal changing the momentum of the game…
Yeah, I think that that whole effort, from the time he blocked it, to picking up some speed and really battling hard between the two D’s, and then staying on it. That last effort there, of using his stick between his legs there to bank that puck in, it was a great effort. I think it really motivated the whole bench. It was a nice effort from his part.

On Griffith’s effort so far this season…
It’s been good. That’s why he’s still here and that’s why he’s still on that line, because he’s been good. We understand that there’s some areas that he’s trying to work on to get better at, but he’s been good. There’s been no denying that. I’ve never felt a real need to take him out of the lineup or even put him on another line because he’s done well with that line with Looch [Milan Lucic], and when Krech's [David Krejci] been there, or even with [Chris] Kelly.

On what he thought of Reilly Smith’s game tonight…
Yeah, I think his game was good. Our guys, overall, I think had a great game. I think we played a smart game tonight. Even though the third period we didn’t generate much offense and they got 15 shots, I don’t think there was a ton of great scoring chances against us. We could have handled it better, but I don’t think it was a real bad period overall. I think our game was a smart game, we did the things we had to do against a heavy team. So our guys responded well.

On if he sees the Patrice Bergeron line progressing even further…
I think you watched the game just like I did. I think you’re seeing a lot of good chemistry coming back that you saw last year, they’re finding each other, they seem to be more in synch, not getting caught in some deep areas, three guys. They’re reading off each other well. Even that goal right at the end of the second period was a big goal for us. We go into the dressing room up two instead of one. Great play by [Patrice] Bergeron to find [Reilly] Smith on that.

On if he feels that the team can still be better…
We’re going to expect more out of our team the whole year. We never get satisfied. I’m happy with the game, and I use that term all the time, but I’m not satisfied. I think there’s still areas we continue to work. You’ve got to keep working on that throughout the whole year. But I think we’re heading in the right direction, I guess is what I would tell you at this point.

On how Torey Krug looked in his first game back from injury…
Good, for a guy in his first game back. He’s been out for a while, and I think he had one or maybe two practices with us and that’s it. But he came in and did his job. Obviously he’s not at 100 percent with his situation, but he seems to be handling the puck well. Again, maybe he didn’t get that many shots on net tonight, but still I thought he was a good player.

On when Seth Griffith first landed on his radar…
Well, I think last year I watched some of their [Providence Bruins] playoff games. Personally, I got to see him. I could see he had really good hockey sense and was in the right places and was shooting the puck well, had a knack for goal scoring. So he caught my eye there and then we asked questions of the people who had him all year, and your general managers and everyone else who’s seen him. They had nothing but good things to say about him. I think he made a huge leap last year from the beginning of the year until the end of the year. The beginning they had him probably on the fourth line, not playing that much, and by the end of the year he was a key player for them.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On Seth Griffith’s goal tonight...
I thought, obviously, it’s one of those great goals where he blocks a shot and goes down and wins a battle. Like I said before, you didn’t realize how nice it was until you saw it on the replay. So, yeah, it was a great goal by him. Obviously it’s nice to be the game-winner, too.

On if the goal sets a good example for the younger players...
Obviously, it’s never fun blocking shots – to get in the shooting lane and then get your feet moving and create that battle and sticking with it. I think the whole play was just things you want to build off.

On the importance of the blocked shot in the goal sequence...
To be honest, I think I’m more defensive minded – I think the blocked shot is the best part of that. That’s the one that took the most thought, I think. The other part I think was just maybe a reaction. There, he got in the lane on purpose. It wasn’t a play. So to me there was some intent and some thought put behind that, you know, getting in that shot lane. To kill that play and then to get his feet moving quickly and obviously score that nice goal.

On Seth Griffith’s overall play...
I think he skates extremely well. I think he’s still learning the game and every game you see him get better and better. I think that’s what you want to see out of young players – keep moving forward and keep gaining steps and realizing what it takes to play game in and game out. He’s looking more and more comfortable out there.

On if he’s going to expect more highlight reel goals from Griffith...
I know you guys are.

On the importance of Griffith’s goal...
I think so. I think it kind of changed the tide of that second period. I thought we played well at the start and then in the second they kind of took it to us a little bit and we got hemmed in our zone a few times. Then he goes and scores a nice goal and kind of gets momentum back on our side and then Reilly [Smith] is able to score another one. Eventually, that’s the game. We’re up by two in the third and it’s a nice cushion to have.

On the team’s mindset as of late...
I think the difference between the first five games and the last five is – yeah we’re going to get hemmed in our end; there’s going to be times where they outplay us. That’s hockey. That’s the way the game goes sometimes. But I think we’re handling ourselves a little better. We’re a little more composed; we’re focusing on protecting the D zone much better. If there is a mistake, we’re trying to make it only one, not a combination of mistakes that eventually ends up in the back of our net. It’s never going to be a perfect game – I wish it was – but I think we’re doing a much better job of handling ourselves in those tough situations.

On Patrice Bergeron’s line producing lately...
Yeah, they’re a great line. They play against all the other team’s top lines, and not only do they make it difficult for those top players on other teams, but they contribute as well. That’s huge. I think when you’ve got your top line being the best line and the other lines contributing, it makes things a lot easier on everyone.

BOSTON BRUINS FOWARD REILLY SMITH
On the changing of momentum after Griffith’s goal ...
It was big because we were definitely under pressure for maybe four or five minutes in a row and Griff kind of changed that whole thing at the end of the period, which was nice because we weren't playing great hockey right there, and you know it kind of changed the momentum at least and gave us a little step ahead, going into the third period.

On what Griffith’s goal looked like from the bench...
It was a pretty great goal that Griff [Seth Griffith] scored and we were hemmed in our own zone there for a little bit there so sometimes it happens like that where the other team going into an offensive strike and maybe they give up little bit on the defensive end, so. But he did a great job and it was a single man effort for sure.

On what he’s seen from Griffith lately...
You know he’s done it since he was, first shift, the first game he was here. It seems like, no matter what he has good nose to the net and he's doing a good job finding it, especially in key moments of the games and he was definitely a difference maker tonight. 

On begin strong on finishing a game...
I think its finishing, yeah. Because there’s been some games where we have given up too many shots and too many offensive opportunities and Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] has done a great job, same with Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg], but I think we are just doing a better job finishing the puck, and we are getting chances and it seems like we are doing a better job putting it in the back of the net than we did, you know, starting in the year.

On calling for the puck when heading towards the goal...
You know when Patrice [Bergeron] gets the puck, I just let him do his thing. You know sometimes you can call someone for the puck and you can kind of put someone out of their groove a little bit, because you know it’s not their first play, but Bergy has eyes in the back of his head so you know I just trust him that he will make the right play all the time.

On...
Yeah I didn’t really think I embellished that too much, but I think maybe they thought it was Marchy [Brad Marchand] but who knows. But you know plays like that will happen and you got to just forget about it because it’s too early in the game to you know, kind of hold it over your head.

On thinking he didn’t embellish or embellishing too much...
I don’t think I embellished at all. You know I was trying to stay up, but I thought we would have gotten a good rush if I would have stayed up. I know Cammalleri mentioned in the penalty box that he was surprised that I went in there with him, but you know I guess things like that happen and you know the league is changing a little bit, so I think that’s a, you know they are trying to get rid of it, so. Maybe I saw something different than I felt.

On the chemistry in the last few games...
Yea I felt like the last few games we have done a good job, you know moving the puck and seeing each other, a little more points to the puck I think we’ve, you know, this home stand, I think every game we are getting a little bit better with each other and making better plays, so I hope it continues.

On the last two goals...
I honestly think it was the goal that Griff [Seth Griffith] scored, we were kind of hemmed in, in our own zone for a little bit there, and he makes a single man effort and does a great job burying it. So, you know that one play can change momentum pretty good and I think it did.

On winning five straight games...
I think we’ve done a good job coming together, and battling, you know with each other as a team. You, you miss key guys that you can’t replace but you know everyone has come together and we’ve done a good job filling that void.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On seeing the skill and hard work that went into Griffith’s goal…
Yeah it is. I think it starts from the blocked shot. It’s so detailed that you don’t always see or talk about—you’re definitely going to talk about that play made at the end to score but that blocked shot was the start of the all of it. We were stuck in our zone for quite a while on that shift and that, I guess, that sequence and he went out and it wasn’t a clear breakaway either. He was actually behind both D’s and he found a way to battle through and to get it in so it was a great play by him.

On Griffith’s goal energizing the team…
Yeah, for sure. We needed that, I thought, in that moment and it was a great play by him and a great effort and it doesn’t go unnoticed and, like I said, it’s not just the goal but it’s really the details.

On that being a lesson to not give up on the play…
Yeah I think that’s something really important in hockey and I think not giving up on any play, actually, and always trying to battle to get the puck. That is a perfect example.

On the strong home stand continuing on the road trip…
It definitely is something, you know, that we can build from and gives us the confidence that if we’re playing our game and go back to playing our system we’re tough to beat. We’re going out there and playing two great teams and it’s not going to be easy but we have to build from what we’ve done so far.

On the team being in a good place now…
Yeah I think so, I think we’re—and even during games it’s not always going to be perfect but I think we’re staying with it and we find ways to get back in games and how to get the lead and what-not. So, I think it’s great to see and we need more of that.

On what you have been doing as a team to improve lately…
I don’t know, the pucks going in. I mean it’s plain and simple I think. When you do that, you gets some confidence and you get on a roll and I think for us it’s about not just offensively but it’s really about, you know, in our zone, taking care of the puck and go in the offense-- creating some offense out of it. I think we gotta keep doing that if we want to be successful and we all know that. Me, Brad [Marchand] and Reilly [Smith], we have been doing that last year as well. We gotta keep doing the same thing.

On your goal coming from a strong for check…
Yeah it was a great for check by, I think, Smitty [Reilly Smith] was the first guy on there. That was me trying to read that for check and try to be aggressive enough too. I was lucky enough to get that puck and try to go quick in five-hole.

On that line being a challenge …
Yeah, they’re a good line. I mean, any time you’re playing big lines it’s always a big challenge and they were playing well. We know Jag’s [Jaromir Jagr] is always making great plays and a smart player so, you know, we always be—it’s not just about him, its about his line mates are on the ice because he’s going to find them.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On his first game back since returning from injury...
I felt good. Obviously, first game back to get a win is definitely huge for your confidence and everything. I thought it was a good game, overall, to get your feet wet and get back into live action with your teammates.

On how his finger felt throughout the game...
Yeah, I didn’t notice it. It’s always a good thing when you’re not thinking about it. That was kind of what I was trying to do before to make sure I was comfortable with it and not thinking about my hand. It was good; I felt good out there.

On when he knew he was going to play tonight...
After pregame skate I felt pretty good; I felt confident and then, you know, take warm ups. I felt good so that was that.

On taking his first shot since being out...
I don’t know if I took a heavy shot out there. But yeah, it feels good. Just going back for breakouts and not worrying about getting slashed or falling into the boards or something like that. Like I said, that was the main thing I was fighting – just getting comfortable out there.

On what he needs to do to feel comfortable taking shots...
Well I think the last thing is just making sure I’m not thinking about it. There were times in practice where I’m, like, protecting myself and making sure it doesn’t get hit or something like that. You get into live game action and you can’t really think about that because otherwise the puck’s going to end up in your net. But yeah, I mean, shooting – I definitely had some challenges with shooting at first and the vibrations of the stick. But everything’s good now.

On tonight’s game...
It was good. I thought we stuck to our guns. At times they were coming at us hard; they had a lot of good pressure. But we stuck to it, chipping pucks out and getting pucks in deep and doing what we do best. So I thought overall it was a solid effort.

On watching the team’s defense while he was out...
It’s tough because when you watch the games up top it looks so easy. It really is kind of ridiculous when you watch it from up there [the press box]. But I think that definitely helps you realize if you just make the easy plays you’re going to have success. So, definitely simplify your game after watching a few from up there.

On playing with Zach Trotman...
We actually never played together in Providence, surprisingly, but he’s a pretty easy guy to play with. We move the puck well. It’s all about communication when you’re playing with new players.


On how his finger felt during the game...
It felt good. Overall it was just getting comfortable out there and making sure you’re not thinking about it. I thought it felt good.

On how his finger affected his shooting in tonight’s game...
I had one in the first period I’d like to have back; it was kind of a muffin. As the game moved I was able to not think about it and that was important.

On if his finger will continue to improve...
Yeah, it’s definitely going to improve. My mobility with it and everything – I wasn’t able to bend it too much the first few days and as time went on it’s getting better. So, it’s going to keep getting better and that’s the important thing.

On if Seth Griffith has ever made a between-the-legs move on him during practice...
I wouldn’t let him do that to me [laughs].

On building momentum by scoring two goals late in the period...
Yeah, that’s important I think. Any time a goal is scored, whether it’s the first minute of a period or the last minute, I think it can kill a team or it can bring a team up. For us it definitely helped raise our game, for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On Seth Griffith’s goal…
To score a highlight goal like that originates with just a simple, honest, hardworking play. When you sacrifice yourself and do the right thing, it pays off. In this case, it paid off right away for him. It’s a big block. We spent some time in our own zone and for him to go down there and have the poise to get in the lane there. I’m sure he didn’t envision what was to follow to happen, but he was rewarded.

On how fast a player locates a puck after a block…
It depends. It depends how you block it, where it comes off. Sometimes you’re out of sorts, sometimes you get help from your teammates on where it is. Sometimes if you’re on your feet you know right away where it is. In this case, he went down on one knee. Sometimes it’s just luck to where the puck bounces in the right place. Sometimes it goes to the side. In this case, it was not only the fact that he blocked the shot, but he regained his footing and got back up and won the race.

On how a goal like Griffith’s pumps up the bench...
That time of game, we were in our zone for a little bit. When a young guy like that to do what he did, not only to score the goal, but even blocking the shots energizes us. Anytime somebody sacrifices their body, it always kind of ripples through the team and creates some energy.

On how fast they looked at the replay afterwards…
I look at all the replays. In this case, it was a pretty goal, so I wanted to see it right away.

On what he said to Griffith after the goal…
I mean I think everybody said great block first. To finish it off like that, great job kid.

On the teams perfect home stand…
It’s easy to critique when you’re winning like this. Different parts of the game, we were hemmed in there for a bit. Third period wasn’t the best, but were finding ways to win. For the most part, we are playing within the system that’s in place. We’re getting points. It’s one thing to win games barely getting through the game, but we’re doing a lot of good things I think. I think Claude [Julien] is reiterating the same thing. They come in every game with a game plan against each team. Tonight for instance, it’s a heavy team. He wanted us to play heavy and hard and we came out like that and established that in the first period. Not every game is a complete sixty-minute effort, and that’s certainly our goal, but I think we were good enough tonight to win for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Seth Griffith’s goal from a goalie’s perspective…
You just try to take the net away and hope it hits you because you can’t really react to it, especially if it’s that close. Sometimes it squeezes through like that and it sucks.

On Seth Griffith’s goal…
He’s really good with that. Just making people think that he’s quit on the play and then he finds himself open and taps that in. That’s great quality in a forward and it’s really doing good things.

On if he saw on Seth Griffith’s goal...
No, I was thinking about just getting a faceoff or a forecheck going, but I kind of wasn’t paying attention that much. It was a goal so it was a positive surprise I guess.

On the team’s defensive improvement…
Really good. We’re eliminating chances we want to eliminate. Making those little plays around the net and taking their sticks away and stuff. It’s been paying off lately. I feel like we’re really taking steps in the right direction.

On what Morrow brings to the team’s defense…
I think he’s been playing really good and improving every game. Past couple games, I’ve really liked the way he’s played defense and carried the puck up the ice. Right here in the third period he made a great play. There was a guy in the back door, wide open and he just took the puck and skated off. Things like that, that people may not see, I see and I try to give credit for that.

On noticing when New Jersey Devils’ forward Jaromir Jagr has the puck…
The thing with him is that he has such a long stick, and he tries to keep it in front. Square to the puck, not to the body. That goal he scored, I saw him there, and Dougie [Hamilton] was standing in front of me, and all of a sudden he took that step to the right, and I wasn’t square and he scored. You really got to pay attention to guys like him.

On Seth Griffith’s goal from a goalie’s perspective…
I think it was probably three guys rushing at you. One skating backward, two skating forward, you just try to keep yourself square and hope the puck hits you because you can’t really react to it. The puck’s bouncing and his butt is turned against you and whacks at it. You hope for the best really.

If Seth Griffith’s goal is frustrating for goalie’s to let in…
I think as goalies, if we let those pucks go through, it’s kind of a bad goal. Then again, you can’t get a read on it, you just try and stay square. Sometimes they go through, sometimes they don’t.

On if he wants to play both upcoming back to backs…
I haven’t talked to coach or anything. I’ll play if he wants me to play, it’s not a problem to me. I have to improve my record against Montreal at some time.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SETH GRIFFITH
On what part of that goal were you most happy with…
I think just my strength on the puck. It wasn’t going my way, a little bit, in the first so I was happy to just stay strong on the puck and lucky enough the bounce went my way.

On being one of the best goals you ever scored…
Yeah, maybe. I guess just work in all three zones. I was obviously happy with the blocked shot. It just goes to show, you do stuff like that and it pays off.

On realizing how much ice was in front of you after the blocked shot…
Yeah, I knew I had a chance there. The D were kind of spread out there a little bit so I knew I had a little bit of a chance to get a break. Lucky enough it just stayed in my feet and I got to whack at in.

On the puck bouncing around…
Yeah I think I had one hand on it. I tried to just chip it in and ended up going off the left D’s skate, going off his chest and went in between my feet so it was all over the place.

On being excited after the goal…
Yeah, obviously I’m happy but I realize there’s still a lot of work to be done. I’m just trying to come to the rink and get better every day.

On just trying to get something on net with that shot…
I think with a play like that, that’s all you can do. I knew Looch [Milan Lucic] was on my right going hard to the net so I knew if I got it on net something good might happen.

On being surprised controlling the puck through two defenders…
Yeah my strength against bigger guys, obviously if I want to play at this level, that’s something I had to work on in the summer. So, I focused on it a lot in the summer and it paid off, obviously, on that play.

On feeling strong on that play…
Yeah, I think you realize your strength in plays like that, situations like that. After that I felt more confident down low in the third period so it helped that way as well.

On the play being a psychological boost for the team…
Yeah, we picked up our game after that but it just goes to show how good we can play and we shouldn’t wait for stuff like that to happen to get going.

On anybody saying anything to you afterward…
Yeah, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was one of the first to congratulate me. It’s always pretty cool when a guy like that says something to you like that. He’s a great guy.

On what Bergeron said…
He just said that was a sick play. He’s one of the guys that talks to me all the time and he’s making me more confident in the room.

On looking forward to seeing that during video review tomorrow…
Yeah, maybe I’ll replay it once or twice, we’ll see though.

On watching the highlights all night…
No, I’m not one of those guys.

On what the prettiest goal you’ve ever seen is…
You know, you watch Sidney Crosby’s highlights. You know, [Alex] Ovechkin back in his rookie year when he scored that one. Even Marchy [Brad Marchand] the other night in overtime. Goals like that are always fun to watch.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS HEAD COACH PETER DEBOER
On tonight’s game and the first period….
Yeah, I mean we have to show some better composure there. We can’t let one mistake or goal snowball that quickly on us. That’s been something that’s crept into our game lately.

On the team’s lack of confidence…
I don’t know about that. This is a tough building to come into. I didn’t like – I thought we were a little tentative early in the game. I thought as the game went on we kind of got a little more comfortable. But we gave up too much early. We shot ourselves in the foot in the first period.

On this thoughts about Cory Schneider’s goaltending tonight…
I thought it was average.

On if Cory Schneider is mentally fatigued…
I don’t know. I’ll have to talk to him and see what he says. You guys keep asking me about fatigue, we’ve only played fourteen games and there’s been plenty of days between games. I can’t imagine it’s fatigue.

On if Cory Schneider is as confident as the coach has seen him play…
No, I think he would be the first guy to say he can give us more than he can, but he’s not the only guy there that can give us more too.

On if he’s made a decision on a goaltender for tomorrow…
No.

On Jaromir Jagr and his line…
You know, I thought Jags comes and he always works. He always tries. I thought that line got some things going. I thought [Mike] Cammalleri made a difference tonight, for being out you can see. He might have been our best forward, and for a guy who hasn’t played in six or seven games that’s quite a testament. So it’s nice to have him back.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS GOALTENDER CORY SCHNEIDER
On if the late period goals changed the dynamic of the game…
Absolutely.  Yeah, for sure.  We had the momentum.  We had them pinned in there the second half of the second period, tied the game up.  I think we were feeling pretty good.  If we get that 2-2 going into the third…all of a sudden it’s 4-2.  It’s not really fair of me to do to my teammates. 

On Seth Griffith’s goal…
I was trying to keep my feet in case the puck popped out or the trailer guy picked it up.  Whoever the D-man was had his stick tied up pretty good.  I didn’t really see it coming, what he did with his stick.  But even worst-case, I just go down and steal the ice anyway, in case that happens and be precautious.  I was a hair late getting down, and that’s all it takes right now. 

On how he feels mentally…
It’s a tough stretch here.  Sometimes it feels worse than it is, so you just have to stay positive.  I’m not going to hang my head.  I’m not going to feel bad for myself.  It’s just – I’ve gone through stretches like this before, so sometimes it’s about putting the work in, just putting your head down.  Every chance you get to practice, you got to put the work in.  I know that I can be…this isn’t the goalie that I am and, I think, that my teammates know I am.  So I can absolutely be better.  It’s time to stop talking and just go do it.

On if he’s starting tomorrow…
I don’t know yet.

On staying even-keeled in a rut…
It is a little different playing all the time, every night.  You got to bring your A-game and be sharp.  There are nights where you sometimes don’t feel great going into the game, and you just have to find a way to battle through.  It’s tough because I felt good.  I started the games out pretty well, and, even periods I’ve started out well, made some good saves.  As the game goes on or late in the periods, it gets away from me a little bit, so clearly that’s an area I need to focus on and just be better at mentally.

On if he could benefit from watching a game…
I want to play.  I want to play every chance I can get.  But, Keith [Kinkaid] deserves to get a shot here at some point. He’s played well in Albany [with the Albany Devils, New Jersey’s AHL affiliate] and is working hard here.  Again, we have a busy schedule coming up, so I’m sure I’ll get that chance.  Who knows?  Maybe you’re right: sitting and watching a game will help slow things down.  Again, it’s right there.   It’s a half second; it’s a beat.  It’s pucks going through you a bit…stuff that I know I can fix.  So, I’m keeping optimistic about this.

On the rapid succession of goals…
As a veteran group, I think we need to be better in those situations.  There’s times where situationally, you have to be aware.  Just like when we score a goal, you need to have a good shift right after.  Or if we give up a goal, we need to have a good shift after, need a big save.  It’s everybody, it’s me included, so I think as a group, we need a timely save or a big shift after goals to help stop the bleeding, but mostly I put that on myself.  

NEW JERSEY DEVILS FORWARD JAROMIR JAGR
On some of the chances his team had to tie up the game…
We had some chances. Especially me, I had some chances. He’s [Tuukka Rask] a good goalie, and they’re very good defensively. Even when we have the chances we don’t have much time to do anything with them, just to put on the net. And he saved all of them.

On the difference having Mike Cammalleri back made for his line…
Well especially in third and second period, we start – you know, had some chances, cycled it back. You know, short plays, give-and-go. And always somebody got open, so it was good to see and hopefully it can continue like that, and win some hockey games.

On if he feels Cory Schneider is struggling…
I don’t really, it’s hard say I didn’t pay attention to the goals. I know it’s, of course, right now we would probably need him to save all of the goals to get some wins because we got a tough time to score, you know, it’s on everybody. We just make bad plays in our zone and they’re very good with the sticks, especially the [Patrice] Bergeron line. They look they always have the sticks in the lane and you always hitting them, but it’s not an accident they’re pretty good with the sticks, so they know how to play. That’s why he’s the best defensive player in the league. And it cost us, especially against our line it cost us twice. It was a big bad turnover. But it look like you got the positive and all of a sudden put the stick there. He’s pretty good there.

On giving up two quick goals in second period and if the team is mentally fragile…
No, no. It was just, the third one it was a highlight goal, but it was kind of lucky too when you look at it. We could have it easily blocked the shot and all of a sudden not have breakaway, but hit them three times and to score between the legs, so it’s not going to happen again to him. And the fourth one we just make mistake. And I was talking about it. They’re very good with the sticks. We have to be very careful, especially in the defensive zone.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS FORWARD MIKE CAMMALLERI
On how he felt physically…
I felt ok.  My conditioning definitely isn’t where I would like it to be, but it was, physically and mentally it just feels good to be playing again.  A lot of fun to be doing that. 

On providing the team with a spark and some points…
I feel like sometimes watching a game can give you a little bit of perspective.  I thought watching particularly Travis [Zajac] and Jags [Jaromir Jagr] that might have helped a bit for me, understanding where I could try and be effective playing with them and provide some of that with them.  Tonight we were able to do that: keep the puck in their end and make things a little more difficult on the other team.  That’s a positive that we were able to do, and maybe that’s one thing that sitting out can do.  You can learn some things from watching. 

On if that was the best chemistry his line has had…
Maybe.  I’d have to watch it again, but it felt like we – Not in our own end, for sure.  We could’ve been a lot better in our own end, but offensively [we were] in there.  I felt that when we had it, it felt good.  Our compete felt good.  Travis [Zajac] won tons of battles, and I thought Jags [Jaromir Jagr] kind of did his thing.  We were able to help him do that. 

On if the Devils gave the game away…
I think we kind of feel that way.  I think we felt like there were two points out there.  I don’t want to say what plays in particular gave the game away.  I feel like it’s fair to say that we feel like there were points for us to win tonight, but we didn’t. 

On late period goals changing momentum…
I guess, it’s the momentum thing.  You’re right.  Going into the period you want to be able to shut teams down, just like at the end of the game, be able to build that momentum through the intermission, and come out with that type of play.  So, it’s a time and score thing, you’ve learned since you were 10-years-old.  Those are crucial times. 

On if the Bruins ever change their style of play…
I don’t think so.  I think you know what to expect from them, and I think they know what to expect from one another, and that’s probably what makes them very effective.  The answer is no.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT  10:45AM
On Torey Krug’s status…
We’ll see how everything goes here today. He’ll be a game-time decision.

On if David Krejci will be in the lineup…
He’s out for tonight.

On Eriksson missing pregame skate…
Yeah, Loui’s [Eriksson] fine. It’s optional skate today, Matt.

On changing of the guard on the Campbell’s line…
Yeah exactly, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we get out of it because it’s had different looks at different times here. It’s all part of having to deal with all these injuries and guys moving around. It hasn’t been a bad line when it’s been together and it’s had some consecutive games. I think they’re slowly building more and more chemistry; obviously I’m talking with Gagne on the wing with those two other guys [Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille]. But, it’s an experienced line which I like in a way when you’ve done your power plays and other teams are coming out with their top lines, it’s some experience you can put out there and give you a good shift against their top lines.

On Gagne playing depending on who’s in the lineup…
There’s a lot I can do with Gagne. We talked about that earlier on and as he gets better and finds his game more and more he’ll probably have opportunities to move up too.

On Gagne’s absence in games affecting his play…
I don’t think it’s going to hurt him because, again, we’re talking about a guy who hadn’t played in a year and maybe that rest would have done him some good. That was one of the reasons we chose him as a guy to sit out last game just to let him catch his second wind here and get him going again.

On Gagne getting back to his old game…
That’s hard to pinpoint, like is he at 50, 60, 70 [percent]. You know, I would say I like his skating. His skating has really picked up a lot and right now I think it’s more of his hands and his playmaking ability that we know he has, he knows, we know it’s coming along but it’s not quite there yet and the only way he’ll get those is with playing time.

On Campbell’s game being caught up after missing training camp…
I don’t know why it wouldn’t be. I mean he’s the Gregory [Campbell] that we know.

On New Jersey’s game…
Well, they’re pretty big and strong and they play that way. You know, they really overload in all areas, whether it’s from D zone to the offensive zone. They cycle well. They’re a big strong team. They’re always hard on the puck and they’re always strong on the puck and that hasn’t changed over the years so were in for a battle tonight, that much I can tell you.

On Jagr playing forever…
Yeah he’s the energizer bunny isn’t he? He just changes his batteries every year and he’s good for another year. Same old, same old. Still as strong and protects that puck so well and you look at him and he still has the ability to make those nice plays.

On Miller’s update…
No update on his timeline but he’s skating with us because he can, but he’s not involved in any physical contact yet.

On Chara getting back on the ice…
I don’t know guys. Again, I don’t want to comment on guys who aren’t on the ice. Obviously he hasn’t skated yet so until they tell me he’s almost ready to skate I can’t give you much.

On the defensemen’s play and what you ask of them…
Well, you know, I don’t think you have to do that personally. I think they just have to play their game and, to be honest with you; we’ve handled all our D’s that are playing right now the same way. We haven’t asked our veterans to do more and we haven’t asked our young defensemen to do more or do less, we just encourage them to play their game. When we have meetings, sometimes, about the defensemen, it’s everybody involved and everybody’s having those same responsibilities as the other, whether it’s about moving the puck and how well we want it to move. It’s not about the veterans doing it more or better, it’s about everybody doing it well. So we’ve really taken that group as one and dealt with it that way and it think it’s great for everybody. You’re not asking the veterans to carry the load even though they know that they’re relied on a little bit more, but were also not treating the young players as if they’re not good enough to be here. They should be good enough to do the same thing as the veterans. So I think treating them equally is probably the best approach we can take with them

On Hamilton’s play over the last six game stretch…
Well, he’s been good but I think some of you guys get excited about the points. He gets three points last game and he’s unbelievable, yet he’ll be the first one to tell you that he didn’t think he played that well and we know he could have been better. In the span of a couple of minutes you get three points and all of a sudden you’re viewed as an unbelievable defenseman but he knows he can be better. Not to say he’s been bad, we like him and he’s been good but not all of his games have been great and I think he understands his role as anybody else that he has to work continue to work and improve his game.
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