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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Devils on 12/20

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Sunday, December 20, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER DON SWEENEY PRESS CONFERENCE AT 8:30 PM
On if David Pastrnak will play for the Czech Republic at World Juniors…
We’ve been in communication with the Czech national team, world junior team, and we have to wait and see where he’s at, as well as where our club is at, health-wise. If we get to the 28th when the roster freeze is up, there’s still a chance for him to go, yes, to answer your question, and there’s also a chance, depending on our health, for him to stay. So again, it’s up in the air. It’s based a little bit [on], he hasn’t played hockey in seven weeks. Last night was his first game back, so certainly it’s about his health first and foremost, but he may be made available at that particular time.

On if there’s a benefit for David Pastrnak to go to World Juniors…
I think you can look at both sides. I mean he just hasn’t played hockey in seven weeks, so it’s about his health first and foremost. He’ll get the benefit of playing a couple games, and then we’ll see from there.

On if he will play with Providence on Tuesday…
Yes.

On when the decision will be made to send him or not…
I mean their tournament starts on the 26th. They’ve indicated to us that if he is made available on the 28th that they would want him.

On if he’ll go if healthy…
Depending on our health. Everything is still up in the air based on the health of our squad here, first and foremost, and his health.

On how many games in the AHL or World Juniors Pastrnak will need before returning…
You know what, it’ll just depend. Again, everybody’s different in terms of when they return to that level. Part of it is about the health of our squad at that particular time as well. So it’s just about him getting back to the level that we know he can get to.

BOSTON BRUINS COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 8:00 P.M
On Jonas Gustavsson’s performance…
Well I think both goaltenders played well to start with. You know you got to give credit to both goaltenders tonight, they made some unbelievable saves to keep this game a low-scoring game, but you know Gus played extremely well, you saw some big saves when we needed him, whether it was in the shootout, whether it was in the overtime when we had that little breakdown. He played well and I keep saying that over and over again, when your other goaltender can give you games like that it just makes your team that much better. Gus is doing a good job for us.

On how difficult it is to stay sharp as a backup goaltender in the NHL…
Well it is hard, there is no doubt about it, but you can tell he is an experienced guy, I just like the way he prepares himself and stays on top of his game. When I say prepare – in practices he’s always doing extra, he’s never afraid to come to the rink even on optionals or stuff like that. He wants to work, he wants to stay sharp, he wants to stay on top of his game and that’s the tough part for a goaltender sometimes. When you don’t play on a consistent basis is trying to keep yourself sharp and trying to keep yourself motivated and I think he’s done a tremendous job of doing that and that’s why he’s being rewarded right now with some excellent games.

On Brett Connelly’s decrease in ice-time…
He just had a tough night – but that’s it. I mean guys – it happens. I just adjusted my bench, didn’t think he was helping that line after the first period.

On whether he credits his team for restoring momentum after New Jersey took it early in the action…
Well, yeah they [New Jersey] had two power plays so in that first period that gave them some momentum. Give credit to our guys, I thought they did a great job of killing the penalties but you know, when you get penalties in the first period it helps a lot. We’re a team that would love to see those kind of opportunities and we probably have to work a little harder to make those thing happen, but anytime you get two power plays in the first period it gives your team momentum and I think that’s what happened with them, it gave them some life and like I said it put us on our heels and they kept that pace of their game for quite awhile.

On whether he can have fun in a chaotic overtime situation like tonight…
I love my job Mike [Loftus] I just love it [laughs]. Every part of it is fun … [pauses] even meeting with you. [Reporter Mike Loftus: Well that’s bad about overtime right? You’d rather get in quicker.] I would’ve like to see us score before we got to the shootout. We had lots of chances and again give [Cory] Schneider a lot of credit. I thought he played well.

On whether he can smell first place now that he’s a point out…
I got a bad nose Matt [Kalman]. I’ve had an operation on that thing and it doesn’t work well for me but I like what I see. We’ll make the most of it, we’ve got an opportunity on Tuesday to finish strong and more than anything else if we look at our game tonight and we look at the areas we could have been better at and focus on that, maybe we have a chance to win ourselves another game before Christmas and who knows?

On what guys he’s proud of for persevering through their early-season struggles…
Well you know to be honest with you Mick [Colageo] I don't think it’s so much about the segments more than you know working with our group and encouraging our group and showing things, we showed videos and video clips – sorry – of the things we’re doing well and what it did for our game and we showed them when we didn’t do those things well what it did to our game as well. I think the guys started understanding that. When you get on a bit of a roll and you see like it doesn’t matter, there is some games where we can win 6-2 in Pittsburgh but we had to win this one in a shootout. It’s about being able to win all kinds of games and not get frustrated and tonight could have been an easy night to get frustrated because after more or less a period and a half they had had the better of us but we stuck with it. I think it is more of the maturity of our group that’s helped us to get to where we are right now with understanding what we are, what kind of team we are and what we need to do to succeed and I think the comprehension of that is getting clearer all the time.

On Landon Ferrraro playing up off the fourth-line tonight…
Tonight you can say that about a lot of guys we moved [Frank] Vatrano up and you know you can move a lot of guys up in different places and that’s what I like about our group right now. We haven't done that in the first half of the year and it kind of gives you an indication of what we can do now and not have to guess if you put a certain guy there is it going to work or not.  He [Ferraro] is a good skater like I said before, he’s a smart player so every once in awhile there are guys that have tough nights and it’s not because they don’t try, it’s just not their nights and you can move guys like him up and help your line out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LANDON FERRARO
On how important goaltending was tonight…
I mean I think that was pretty much the whole game. You know they both were making really big saves and you know Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] did a really good job tonight and kept us in it when we weren’t really playing our best for the first two periods. And then you know, [Cory] Schneider was unbelievable; he made I don’t know how many great saves and kept them in especially in overtime in the four on three and you know just after with Frankie’s [Frank Vatrano] breakaway. And I mean it was…they were both playing their best. It was exciting to watch.

On how much patience the team needed to have to stick to the system and win the game…
A lot you know. The style that they play is, you know, they try and slow it down. Especially you know they played last night and then coming in they were trying to slow it down as much as they could and you know we didn’t come out skating as we would’ve liked so you know we had to be patient and make sure that we weren’t trying to force anything. And I think we did a pretty good job of that. We just couldn’t get the puck to go in the net.

On what they talked about between the second and third period after not getting a shot on goal for almost fourteen minutes in the second…
Getting on the forecheck, that was the main message from the coaching staff was you know just get in. We weren’t getting the pucks and when we did, you know, there wasn’t support coming right behind it. So you know it was a lot of one and done and players kind of stranded without anyone to help out once they got down there. So you know we didn’t have any zonetime and we didn’t have, you know, any chances out of that because we were chasing it back to our own end a lot for you know, especially in that 14 minutes. But you know I think that was what we needed to fix and it took us a bit but you know we figured it out, you know, with seven or eight minutes left in the second.

On how much hungrier they are to keep pushing to the top of the standings…
Yeah I mean you go from, you know, out of a playoff spot to where we are right now and you know it’s exciting- it’s where you want to be. It’s still extremely early in the year, you know, there’s a still a lot of games left and you can’t be satisfied, you know. Teams are just getting better. So we need to make sure that we continue to get better and make sure that, you know, we’re pushing ourselves every day.

On if his mindset changed when he was pulled up to the “Bergeron line” after being on the fourth line…
No I mean for me it’s just about skating. You know I need to provide speed for those two and you know you want the puck in their hands as much as possible obviously. But at the same time, you know getting down on pucks in the offensive zone and making sure that you’re doing your part and making sure that you can contribute. And you know I thought we had some good chances and you know we just couldn’t get it to go in.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON
On coming up with the win after his last few starts...
I mean, you’re always trying to play good no matter what. So that’s how I approach every game no matter what the situation is. You’re trying to help the team win a game – same thing tonight.

On how he stays sharp as a backup goaltender...
You’re trying to take advantage of practices and whenever you get the chance to play you’re trying to do whatever you do in the practice. So, I think the key is just to practice as [if] it’s a game and then you’re going to bring a lot of good things to the game.

On if he fed off of Cory Schneider’s performance and big saves tonight...
Yeah, he came up with a big stop there – especially late in the game – and you know sooner or later they’re going to get a good chance too, so you’ve got to stay in it and try to step up when you’re needed. But yeah, he came up with some big saves there and it was fun to watch.

On the pad save he made in the 2-on-1 overtime play...
I just tried to be pretty aggressive on the shooter there and then I noticed he kind of slowed down a little bit and looked for the other guy so I tried to back in a little bit and then he passed and came across and I got a piece of it.

On the team’s recent overtime wins and maintaining composure in those situations...
I mean, every win is important, so you try to stay with it. You’re not happy just because you got one point; you’re trying to keep the same focus and really trying to get that last point too because in the end of the season all of those points are going to be huge. So, you’re just trying to stay with it and stay sharp and help the team.

On his reaction during the game to Cory Schneider’s quality performance...
Honestly, you’re trying not to think so much about what the other players are doing – goalies or skaters or whatever it is. You’re trying to be in your own little bubble, no matter what the other guys are doing, you’ve got to do what you’re supposed to do. But obviously I saw – like I said, late in the game he came up with some big saves and you know we’re probably not going to score a lot on him, so you’re trying to focus and dig deep and trying to do the best you can to not let them get too many because then it’s going to be tough to come back.

On the last play of the shootout...
I don’t know if it hit the post or the crossbar. I just tried to send a good block there and it was one of those bounces, sometimes it still goes in and sometimes out, but he’s known to have a good shot and this time the luck was on our side.

On if Tuukka Rask’s solid performances motivate him...
Yeah, you do not want be the guy that comes in and everyone’s got to change their game. He’s been playing lights out lately, so I’ve just got to try to take advantage of every chance that I get to play and basically do whatever I can to help the team get the points because, like I said, that’s what it’s all about. No matter who’s in net, who’s playing, who’s in the lineup, we all believe in each other and I’ve just got to do my part when I’m called on and so far, so good.

On if he’s surprised at the team’s place in the standings given the way the team started the season...
Well, I’m not surprised. No, I wouldn’t say that, but obviously we had a rough start there with a few losses but like I said, everyone is just believing in what we’re doing and sticking to the game plan and the system – not doing too much, not doing too little. Everyone is counting on each other and I think that’s the key. When we’re playing the way we’re supposed to play, we have a pretty good chance to come out on top every night. So, I’m not surprised at where we are, but the season is still young and there’s a lot of things that could happen, but so far, so good.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On his shootout goal …
That’s a move I like to use and I’ve tried it a couple times and hit the post once, I think it was last year.  I just came in and saw that he was a little bit on his glove side so I just went with that.

On being able to win different types of games on different nights…Yeah it was slow, I guess you could say.  They, I guess, like to play a bit more of a boring style, it’s effective but it’s definitely I guess challenging to play.  You gotta play mistake free hockey and for the most part I think we did that.  First period I think we only had like six shots or something like that then ten after 35 minutes so we found a way to just get pucks in deep and it worked for us.

On what is different about this team now compared to earlier in the season…
The turnovers I think was a big issue for us at their blue lines, we were turning over pucks and they were coming back at us, I think we’ve cleaned that up a lot. The defensive zone too.  We were letting guys get to the front of the net a bit too much and that’s definitely not good.  I feel like those are two things that we have cleaned up and its helped us.

On how significant it is that they can win different styles of games…Yeah I mean not every game is going to be 6-2 so a game like today, I guess you could say slower moving, and we found a way to win so that’s good.

On if his game deciding shootout goal will stick out in his mind…I think it was 0-4 or something before that and I’ve tried that move a couple times and it didn’t work so I’m just glad that it went in.

On what it says about the coach putting him into the shootout when he is 0-4 in them…
He said to me actually, he said “have confidence when you’re shooting, just like you do in practice” and I went out there and that’s the move that I use and it worked so that’s good.

On if he feels that he is earning the trust to get more responsibility on the ice…
Yeah I mean, probably ten games ago I would say that I didn’t deserve to be out there but I feel like in the last little bit I’ve showed that I have been a little bit more I guess committed to my own end and on the faceoffs and all that other kind of stuff so it definitely helps and it just shows that he trusts me I guess a little bit more so that helps too.

On if he feels like the Bruins are a first place team being 1 point out…If you asked me that question probably a month and a half ago then I would probably say no but the way that we have been playing yes.  I feel like in the last little bit here we have I guess really gelled as a team and we have shown that we can play with all the teams in the league so it’s been good.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On if he was surprised to be chosen for the shootout…
Not so much. We practice it, and I’ve been feeling pretty confident in practice with it, and the guys they’ve been scouting. It’s frustrating that I didn’t score a goal, but it’s less frustrating when the team wins.

On the Bruins winning different types of games…
It’s been huge for us. I think we’re a confident bunch right now. Guys are playing good, our goalies are playing good. Tonight was more of a defensive battle, and you come back from a 6-2 win, and you get in that kind of game, we had to adjust a little bit. We had a good start, the second was pretty slow. They took over a little bit, but we made some adjustments and came back very strong in the third. So I’m happy about the win.

On his hit on Jiri Tlusty…
Well I didn’t see the replay yet. I don’t know how it looks. I really thought I went for, obviously he was not looking, I tried to get him right after he made his play. But I’ll have to see the replay.

On how important the Bruins’ consistent goaltending has been lately…
Oh they’re a huge part of our success, obviously. Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] has been on fire, and then you’ve got Gus [Jonas Gustavsson], that every time he’s got the call, he’s keeping us in games and being stellar out there. So it obviously gives us confidence when they’re playing that way.

On if it’s surprising that they’re only a point behind Montreal after how the season began…
Yeah, we would have not [thought] that after ten games this season, but we’re there now, a couple games in hand, and obviously it’s about getting as [many] wins as we can right now, trying to catch up. We feel comfortable with our position, and obviously we’ll keep on pushing.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI 
On how important goaltending was in this game…
A lot I think, especially in the first two periods it kept us in the game a few times. So we owe him [Jonas Gustavsson] a lot. And then in the shootout he was huge. So a big win.

On how much patience they needed to win…
I mean the first two periods today weren’t pretty but [we] talked about it after the second period, came out hard in the third and got lots of shots on net and then got a big win in a shootout so it was a great third period and overtime so it doesn’t matter how you get it done but you get two points so that’s all that matters tonight.

On if figuring out how to win in overtime is still a work in progress…
I don’t know sometimes I think it’s kind of 50-50. I thought we had a lot of chances in overtime- could have easily won but didn’t. So like I said, we go the two points. It doesn’t matter how- if it’s pretty or not- but two points is really important tonight.

On being a point behind the Montreal Canadiens in the standings and if that’s exciting to see…
Yeah I mean ten games into the season you wouldn’t expect that many games later we would be right back there. So it’s obviously nice but anything can happen. There’s still 50 games left so you have to take it game by game and we’ll see what happens.

On Matt Beleskey and his play along the boards…
He played really well. I thought he was being really hard on the forecheck, hitting guys. All he needs to do is put the puck in the net. But I think it’s just a matter of time.

On why he thinks the team had such a big turnaround…
Well there were a lot of things. But obviously we got a new GM, we got some new faces so kind of getting used to the system, get used to each other. You have to create chemistry off the ice and then kind of click on the ice as well so. It takes some time so. After that like ten games I thought we were rolling pretty good. We were winning games, even if we lost a game it was in overtime or we lost by one goal so that’s how you lose many games- just by one goal or in overtime. So I thought we have something good going but we have to keep it up.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS COACH JOHN HYNES
On the Devils performance tonight…
Well, I think you have to give a lot of credit to our guys. You know, we played a seven and a five in two very competitive games. Uh, they were rested last night, came in here and battled really hard for a point and gave ourselves an opportunity to win. So, a lot of time for our team tonight played the right way, everyone was going and we had to dig in and compete for the point and almost got the win. 

On the goaltending in overtime...
Both goaltenders were fantastic.

On Cory Schneider’s performance throughout…
Cory was great. Cory was excellent for us, you know, when they had pushes he was able to come up with some big saves and I think as the game wore on, you know, we battled really hard. And when we had a couple breakdowns they had a really good push there late in the third; Cory was excellent and obviously you saw what both goaltenders did in overtime.

On the players’ game improving as the game wore on…
Yeah, we felt even in the first period we played pretty well, it was just, we lost a little bit of momentum on the power play in the first but in general we like the way we played. And, I thought as the game went on we played better and better, particularly in the second period.

On Jacob Josefson injury…
Yeah, he was, and I’m not sure what it is but he wasn’t able to finish the game.

On there being no consideration for Jacob Josefson to participate in the shootout…
Yeah, he had been out so far and his equipment was off and stuff like that, so.

On the Devils being tired at the end…
Yeah, that was a tough battle, I think that, you’re looking at very good team there, they’re big, and they play a structured game. I thought we competed real, real hard and, you know, the schedule worked to our disadvantage but I think our character and work ethic and our team rose up to the challenge tonight and found a way to get a point, like we…almost got in the shootout.

On the disappointment of John Moore getting a penalty at the start of overtime…
Well, it’s always tough when you start the overtime four on three. I thought our, you know one of the things coming into a game, they had a number one Power Play in the league right now so one of our objectives was team discipline; I thought our discipline was fantastic, it was a huge reason why we had some success tonight, credit to the players. But, you know, when you have to start four on three that’s never easy but, again, we had great goaltending and the guys that killed it off did a great job.

On Lee Stempniak being a good addition to the team…
Yeah, Lee’s [Stempniak] been a very good addition to the team. He’s been a leader for us on and off the ice and you see what he does on the ice with his point production, so it’s great to have him and he’s having a great year so far.

On a couple of high hits tonight from the Bruins and Kyle Palmieri getting on Landon Ferraro…
Yeah, you know, that was one of the things going in that we were going to have to be a disciplined team. And, I thought guys were really good in that area, you know, Kyle [Palmieri] did the right thing, uh, at the right time, in the right way. But, the other times there was a lot of time we took some hits, or late hits, or high hits, uh, the guys didn’t retaliate and that’s credit to them and our team discipline.

On being bothered by any of the hits or the penalty called on the one by Max Talbot…
Yeah, you know, I’m not so sure the referees saw it just because it was away from the play, but we’ll take another look at it.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS FORWARD TRAVIS ZAJAC
On how good of game it turned out to be...
Yeah it was a great game, both teams I thought the goalies were great and I thought we battled hard. You know we took it to them a lot that game I thought, you know it’s tough not getting that second point but I think we are going to be happy with our effort.

On if he felt that their team was the stronger one during the second half of the game...
Yeah I’d say the second half of that game, I think about how we got our legs in the first there. You know I think from then on we played the way we wanted to. We battled hard and we were pressuring the puck and you know they are a good team, and I think for us to play the way we did I think we got to be happy with that, not with the result but with the way we played.

On what the thought was on their bench for loosing a third in a row...
Well I thought we turned it around, like I said we’ve done it all season. We’ve stayed in games and stuck with it. You know the coaching staff kept our mind set in the area where we need to be and I think we pushed for the rest of the game.

On how he couldn’t get the puck up on the two on one...
Yeah I took my time and I just couldn’t get it up.

On how well the goalies played for their team...
Yeah you know that was a bad call going into overtime so Schneids [Cory Schneider], he made some really big saves and allowed us to get to the shootouts. You know anything can happen when you get to a shootout.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS FORWARD JIRI TLUSTY
On the hit from Max Talbot...
I had, I don’t know, things happening quick and at the time you’re out just playing the puck and I wasn’t really paying attention to anything else. I was just trying to put it somewhere for Trav [Travis Zajac] and next thing I know I was hit and I don’t even know who was that.

On getting rid of the puck before the hit...
Yeah, really lucky I got rid of the puck. I was trying to curl back and kind see where the puck goes and see what Trav [Travis Zajac] was going to do with it and then I got hit. So, I didn’t really see it coming and I don’t know if it was clean or not. I don’t think it was.

On returning to the game after the hit...
No, there are little symptoms, but I’m fine. I was able to stay in the game and that’s important. Hopefully I will react well for tomorrow and I will feel much better tomorrow.

On the intensity of the game...
Yeah, you know what, I think we played a really good game. We didn’t give them much in the second period and then they got frustrated. So, you expect it from a team like that to get a little frustrated and then get a little nasty, like you said. I think that’s what happened.

On the team stepping up after the hit to Stephen Gionta...
Yeah, of course. Palms [Kyle Palmieri] did a really good job. That was, I think was one of – that was not an ugly hit and should have been called and Palms [Kyle Palmieri] did a really good job stepping up for our teammates. It’s always good to see.

On getting one point out of the game...
You know what, Schneids [Cory Schneider] played a really good game again. He kept us in the game late in the game and I think of course we wanted two points and the game could go either way in overtime, but we lost in a shootout and I think we are happy with the one point but obviously we wanted two.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS GOALTENDER CORY SCHNEIDER
On being important to get a point out of it if you couldn’t get two...
Yeah, yeah, I like their effort. I thought we responded with two games in less than twenty-four hours, we talked about other teams coming to play us and how we wanted to take advantage of it, I thought our work ethic was great and maybe ran out of steam a little bit there towards the end but the first two, two and a half periods I thought we were doing a lot of good things and giving them a lot of problems. So, really proud of how my teammates played.

On Cory Schneider’s great saves throughout the game…
 Yeah…I guess it’s what they were bargaining for when they, uh, when we implemented three on three it was back and forth a lot of action and getting fans out of their seats. So, you know fortunately we didn’t loose in OT but unfortunately we loss in the shootout, but it was fun to be a part of it.

On if he felt like his team got better after the first period..
Yeah I mean even the second half of that first, I thought after that goal we responded well and we didn’t give them anything for almost the rest of the period and you know got an early one in the second, and we played real well in the second. You know they had a good push in the end but  that’s hockey and teams are going to push and you are going to have to respond to theirs and they are going to respond to yours. But we stayed with it and that we competed hard. 

On how it felt being back in Massachusetts...
Well it’s fine you know I enjoy playing here, it’s a great building and you know they are a great team to play against and they really keep you on your toes and make you work so it’s fun to have people here who don’t often get down to Jersey and get to see me a lot. You know you got a lot of fans here, even now everyone is really happy and supportive and I think they enjoyed coming out.

On if he thinks it’s the best game he’s played all year..
I don't know, it’s tough to say when you don't win but I think I felt better as the game went on they only had four shots 15 or 25 minutes in the game so they definitely turned it up towards the end there. Again, that’s what I think I expected of myself and to see to give our team a chance to win.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 3:50 PM
On his satisfaction level with the team right now…
Again, I might be a hard guy to satisfy, but am I happy with the way we’re playing? Absolutely. I think it’s nice to our players compete and play the way we have been. It’s been good that way. But being satisfied is a dangerous word in our business, so we don’t use that very often.

On if he was happy to see David Pastrnak get an assist for the Providence Bruins last night…
I didn’t get to see any of it, as you know, I just saw the scoreboard, but sometimes a point doesn’t mean you played well. So, he was also minus-one. I’ll get some info I’m sure later on.

On how significant the points are tonight against New Jersey…
As always. I know we use that term, but it’s always those games that are always big. Points are huge, and again, we always talk about at the end of the year, when you’re looking back and you look at the points that got away from you, they’re easy to find. So you never want to make it an easy thing for anybody, to give points away. And I think for us, it’s so important that we just focus. We’ve got a couple games here before the holidays, and we need to make the most of it.

On if the Bruins have twelve forwards available tonight…
Yeah.

On if Tyler Randell will play…
Yes.

On who will be in goal tonight…
I’d rather not say right now, because there’s still time for them to prepare against a goaltender, but we’ll leave it at that.
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