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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:05 PM

On if he is disappointed with the team’s compete level tonight…

Well you know I don’t know if that’s the case. I don’t necessarily agree with all of that. They have been here for three days waiting for us, they are big, they are a pretty heavy team, three lines deep with size and you know we had a good start in the first period, second period was probably the period that hurt us and you know then we’re down 4-1, we came out in the third period and I thought we competed. We started taking the play to them and had some great chances, didn’t score, but you know the ending kind of tarnishes a lot of the stuff, too, makes it even worse. We were in a 4-2 hockey game in the third where I thought we got better, we’re still a young hockey club and there are a lot of guys that realized tonight that when you play against a heavy team, you got to be ready to play. We did in spurts but there were other times that we weren’t there and probably after that third goal, we kind of let our guard down a little bit which hurt us in the second. So again we chock those up to trying to get better as a team and when you’re playing those kind of teams, we have to have good execution, good pace and speed to our game and when we did we were able to certainly take some of the game to them.

On the injury to Jonas Gustavsson…

I have no idea. To be honest with you I have no idea. He was brought to whatever hospital or whatever so I was told. I’m in the middle of a game here so that’s all I was told just like you guys.

On if the team was made immediately aware that he was brought to the hospital…

I don’t know anything about that, sorry. I don’t know anything more than what I just told you. I just finished the game then I came out to see you guys. Well if I wasn’t told then neither were they I don’t think. All I was told was that he wasn’t coming back and that we had to put Tuukka [Rask] in. So there were some issues there but I didn’t get into specifics. 

On if there was a backup goalie in place…

Always is. There always is.

On if he saw any indication that his team was tired…

Well you’ll always look a little bit more tired when a team comes out the way that they did. You know they were in their face and they were crashing the net, a lot of pushing and shoving after the whistle. They came at us hard. So does it look like we’re tired? Maybe at times it did but you know again we have never used that as an excuse before. We’ve handled back to backs before tonight, they just came out hungry and strong and the biggest mistake that we didn’t want to make and maybe some of you guys have made is you look at the standings and that team doesn’t belong there at all. They are a much better team and everybody knows that. Again you look at their lineup and you look at their top three lines and the goaltending has been really good. They have been a stingy team and they haven’t given up much, but they weren’t scoring, and you look at their players and you wonder why they haven’t been scoring and well it looks like they are trying to, starting to find their stride and I project that team to move up.

On who would have stepped in had Tuukka Rask gone down…

Somebody. No idea. They are supposed to have, they always have an extra goaltender so it could have been Bob Essensa or it could have been somebody else in the building.

On what Zdeno Chara is doing differently to generate points…

Nothing. He is just playing well. He’s defending well. He was skating well tonight. You know I thought Zee [Zdeno Chara] did a great job of taking charge of that more or less size situation and you know he stepped up and pushed back. I thought he was on top of his game tonight. I thought he was really good at moving the puck, shooting and defending. He was really good.

On if some momentum was lost in the Torey Krug & Chris Stewart fight in the first period…

No, that had no bearing. You know, Torey dropped the gloves against him, it’s disappointing to see that kind of fight but when your player drops his gloves against you, what is he supposed to do? He defended himself and some people might have done it a little differently but it doesn’t matter. To me, Torey dropped the gloves like he wanted to fight and I don’t think that took any juice out of our team. I think if anything, it kind of gave a little bit more, I guess, animosity to the rest of the game.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TUUKKA RASK

On having to get ready to go quick when Jonas Gustavsson went down…

Yeah well you try to be ready all the time so it wasn’t too difficult. 

On what he does to stay ready …

Nothing, just drink some water and try and stay hydrated and stay focused, that’s about it, just follow the game, that’s really the idea.

On if he knew Gus was going to the hospital …

No I just saw he felt ill or something after the first period and that was it.

On if he knew before the intermission…

No, he didn’t say anything [during the period]. He just went to the trainer's room after the period and that was it – that’s all I know.

On the team’s compete level…

Yeah I mean the start of the second down by a goal, we played pretty good. As soon as they scored that third goal, we kind of let down a little bit and then we just didn’t do a whole lot. Then they scored another one and it was kind of tough to recover from that, but I thought we battled hard at the end of the third period and never gave up until the last minute there, which was disappointing.

On how the All-Star Break can help the team …

I think just reloading, charging the battery. I mean it’s always a tough schedule no matter what. You play a lot of games, a lot of hockey, so it’s good to get a little break for a couple days and kind of try to get your mind off hockey for a few days and get back and get ready to battle again.

On how he’s feeling…

Good, really good. 

On if he’s over his ailment from Saturday night…

Yeah, that was nothing much. I just wasn’t 100 percent.

On if he’s satisfied with where the team is record-wise at the break…

Yeah I mean, I think there is still a lot of room for improvement for us. We’ve played some good hockey, we’ve got some wins, but obviously we’ve kind of still been in a bit of a roller coaster ride at times. I think you want to kind of fix, try and find that consistency, and bring that - your average game shouldn’t be too bad, you’re trying to bring that level up as a whole group so I think that’s something we want to work on and cut some of the mistakes and we’ll be fine. But you know we’re in a good spot, it’s a good division-type conference. Anything can happen. At least it’s good training for playoffs because there is no easy games.

On if he wishes he had a few more warm-up shots…

No, they [Anaheim] actually shot a couple in my glove there right off the bat, so I got a feel for the puck. It probably wouldn’t hurt.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSMEN ZACH TROTMAN…

I think we were kind of up and down tonight until the third period where we really started to play our game, but I think it came down to them really capitalizing on the chances we gave out. You know we had a couple of slip ups and you know if we prevent those then maybe we can get one of our chances sooner and it’s a different game. So I think that’s what it comes down to in the end. 

On if he felt that his goal right off the bat would have meant it was going to be a good night…

Yeah, you know it’s obviously a good way to start the game and you know we just had a little misread on the back end, a little miss communication there and you know unfortunately it ends up in our net, but it was still a 1-1 game at that point, I think we still had time to bounce back. We made our pushes, but like I said, they capitalized on those chances right away.

On how the team seems to struggle during the second period…

Yeah you know it’s easy to get back on your heels, it’s easy to get trapped in your zone for a while. If we aren’t doing the right things to get the puck out at the blue line, and getting it to their blue line, you know that mixed with the penalties, it’s easy to get back on your heels and winded.

On where the team is in the standings…

I mean I think we are happy with being in the top three right now. The fact that we could have been in second maybe after tonight is you know, a little disappointing. I think it’s going to leave the guys itching a little over All-Star Break. You know we are going to come back, and like I said we are in a good spot and we still have some work to do when we come back. 

On the response and overall playing of the defense…

You know I think it’s been up and down, as the team has been up and down kind of. You know I don’t think any team has a perfect D every night, so you know I’ve think we’ve done an okay job but is there room for improvement? Yes.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER

On the challenge of playing a physical team like the Ducks…

Yeah, I mean, they play hard. I thought for the most part though, our game wasn’t that bad. Second period wasn’t the best period for us, but the start of the third I thought we played well, the first period, too, didn’t think it was bad for us. 

On if the Bruins taking a lot of penalties in the last couple games is because of fatigue…

I’m not sure. I mean, a couple of them weren’t the best calls, and even a couple that we got, they were kind of weak. So I think the refs just wanted to call a little bit more tonight. At the end of the day, I think they had four or five power plays and we had four or five, too, so it doesn’t really matter.

On if it’s tough or confusing to switch between playing center and playing the wing…

No, I mean, I just have to go out there and play. At the end of the day, it’s kind of the same thing for me, just use my speed and my skill, and I should be fine with that. I played on the right tonight, the last game I played two shifts at center. So, it was fine with me.

On if his offensive confidence is high enough that it makes that transition easier…

Yeah, I think when I get into trouble, it’s when I stop moving my feet, and I find when I have an attack mentality, that’s usually when I’m at my best. So, it’s what I’ve been trying to do.

On if the All-Star Break is coming at the right time physically…

Yeah, it’s been a grind. I mean, I’m not used to this kind of schedule, you know last year in Prov [Providence], we played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and had the whole entire week off. So it’s a bit of a change for me. It’s going to be nice to get some time off, for sure.

On if he feels like the team is in a good spot heading into the break…

Yeah, I think we’re in third now in the division, which is good. We’ve won five out of our last seven. So I mean, tonight, we would’ve liked to get the win, but it didn’t happen. I didn’t think that we played a bad game, I just think that the full 60 just wasn’t there tonight.

On the biggest thing the Bruins can improve on…

Consistency, I think. We go on, I guess, some stretches where we win five or six in a row, and then we lose three or four in a row, so we definitely need to change that. And our games at home, they haven’t been great. The last little bit they’ve been a little bit better, but as a whole, that definitely needs to improve.

On what the most satisfying part of this season has been…

I think at the beginning of the year, there were a lot of people that probably thought that we wouldn’t be in the playoffs, and we kind of heard that kind of stuff, and that we would be a younger team. But I think we’ve shown that we can play with the top teams, and you know I think that we’ve proved a lot of people wrong, and we just have to keep that up.

On the job Claude Julien has done so far this season…

He’s been great. I mean, yeah, he’s a great coach, and last year, you know, things with me and him weren’t, I guess, the best, but he was hard on me and I think that was the best thing actually. Kind of made me realize that I needed to play better, and the team, when we’re not playing good, he kind of does the same thing there. So if we play well, then he’s happy, but if we’re not, he can be hard on us, which I think is the best thing. Sometimes you don’t really want a coach that points out all the positives when you lose. He needs to, I guess, be a little bit tough on you and I think that definitely helps us out, for sure.

On if it helps to have thicker skin…

Yeah, I mean my last four, actually three, years here, I’ve been up and I’ve been down. So I’ve learned that it’s a business here and you have to play well, and that’s just kind of my focus. I just want to go out there, and I just want to help out, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

On the level of concern when a starting goaltender has to leave the game…

Yeah, I mean I’m not sure what happened there, but at the end of the day, we have a couple goalies, so it worked out.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG 

On his fight with Stewart…

Oh I started it. He didn’t want to fight me. It was a mismatch, but at the end of the day, I don’t know, I didn’t like what happened there and it got a little crazy.

On what they said to one another…

Like I said, he’s a big guy and he’s done his fair share of fighting and he didn’t want to fight a guy like myself, but it happened and he said good job and that was that. 

On if that was the biggest person he has ever fought…

Yes, but not the tallest guy. 

On how he feels after this game…

The third period was good. The first 10 minutes was good as well so that little lull, that middle 30 minutes, you know it wasn’t there. I think they brought it to us physically, they had more motion than us, and they were hitting us and we [weren’t] hitting [them] back. So I thought they came out and they took advantage of their opportunities when they did. The power play has to score a couple goals for ourselves and help our team out. 

On teams ramping it up for the second half of the season, like Anaheim…

Yeah well they’re a very deep team and they play the right way so I think especially as we come down the stretch with the playoff race so tight I think we have to learn to be comfortable to play in those tight games, in those heavy games where you have to … it’s a battle of will. And you have come out with more puck battles and come out on top of those. So as we come down the stretch we have to get used to that. 

On if getting used to it is just a matter of playing more games…

Yeah part of it is experience, and part of it is having the right mindset to go in willing to battle and to show up to do that. So you know it’ll come together and we just have to make sure it doesn’t take too long. We just have to start winning these games and especially on home ice. 

On what he feels the team has done at this point coming into the All-Star Break…

I think we’ve surprised a lot of people, you know, we’re not surprised with where we are. We had a goal to be in the top three before the All-Star Break and we’re sitting right there. So we definitely know we’ve left the points on the table in certain games throughout the season but at the end of the year we don’t want to look back and regret some of these games. So you know we’re going to take it game by game in the second half and see where it goes from there. 

On if he feels progress with their defense…

I think there’s definitely progress. I think a lot of it is just natural maturing, you know with inexperience and trying to figure out pairings and chemistry. Guys definitely stepped up during the first half and helped our game and obviously you saw the way our goalies have been playing as of late and that’s helped us as a group collectively as well. So I think definitely growing and we’re going to continue to grow and take on any challenges in front of us. 

On a teammate being taken to a hospital during the game…

Yeah it’s tough; you never want to hear that and your thoughts are definitely with him and hoping he’s okay and I don’t know anything else. So it’s a tough situation and you never want to hear that. 

On if he has any plans for the All-Star Break…

Getting away from here [laughs]. 

ANAHEIM DUCKS FORWARD COREY PERRY…

On what it means to them to go on the upcoming break on such a high note…

It’s been ... It’s been good, I mean things have turned around, we dug ourselves a hole earlier on in the season and it’s not easy to get out of and we have been pushing for a while. You know, good things are starting to happen now and you just got to continue do that.

On how important it is to maintain their composure when the Bruins scored within the first 40 seconds…

Well it’s happened too many times in the last couple of games, I think it has happened three games in a row, and we found a way to come back, found a way to dig deep and not let it phase us and keep pushing forward. You know, we stuck to our game plan tonight and it really worked out.

On the difference in their game from the start of the season to tonight…

I wish I had an answer for that. I wish we knew what happened at the start of the season. You know we dug ourselves a hole and we have to get out of it and we are starting to play the right way and doing a lot of the good things. I think, we haven’t been scoring a lot of goals, but you know our checking has been there and holding teams to two or less in a lot of games, and that’s been helping us out. 

On how this game felt like the Bruins could have been their rivals, and if it was because of where they both are in the standings…

It could be, I think both teams, they wanted to win and when you have games like that it’s emotional, you know everyone gets involved and you push there from the start.

On how he has eight points in the last eight games…

You know, it’s just being consistent and doing the right thing. You know things are starting to work and I got two great line mates that are rolling right now and we are moving the puck very well. 

ANAHEIM DUCKS HEAD COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU

On finding the balance in their lines…

Well I think the balance is there finally. We’ve found some balance in the lines that we’re using and I think every line scored a goal again tonight, which is, if you’ve got four lines and they can all score, I think good things are going to happen. 

On anything they’re doing differently offensively…

Well we’re not hitting the post, you know, like I mean, if you follow our team, as Eric [Stevens] does, they’d know that we’ve had an average of two posts a game the first 30 games. Now they’re moving two or three inches to the side and they’re going in. I don’t think there’s anything special, we’re still getting 30-plus shots a game. We’re still trying, you know, we’re still preaching going to the net and playing on the inside and, but now that the – confidence is a crazy thing and once you believe you can score, things start to go in. Like, Corey Perry the first 10 games didn’t think anything was going to work, now I think every time he touches the puck he thinks he’s going to score.

On the level of importance for the players to keep their composure after early success in the game…

Yeah, uh, it is important, but that comes from belief that you can come back, you know, you don’t hang your head and shoulders slump or anything like that; you believe, okay there’s a lot of game left, let’s just respond. I mean at the beginning of the year we were 0-0, they scored a goal, there’s no chance we’re going to come back. So, it’s a big difference in the mindset right now.

On why David Perron worked right off the bat…

You know, he’s earned it. He’s – I don’t know what he was like in Pittsburgh, Edmonton, or St. Louis, but I know he’s worked really hard when he’s here. And, when you work really hard, you play that gritty kind of game and you get some success, you feed off the success. You might not have thought it much but that first goal he got against L.A. [Kings], even though it didn’t help us – we didn’t win the game – I think that was a load off his shoulders and he felt things are going to start working for him the way they’ve always worked, as far as production goes, and he’s continued to do it. I mean, I think that he’s found some chemistry with Ryan [Getzlaf] as far as that goes, as well.

On how shocking Shawn Horcoff’s suspension was this morning and how they responded to it as if nothing happened…

I think everybody was shocked by it, but I mean, we still support – he’s our teammate, man. And, we like him, we support him and we look forward to when he comes back. But, we also support what the NHLPA is doing. So, it’s, you know, we want that in our game, so, we want the testing is what I’m talking about. 

On Shea Theodore making it tough for him…

He’s not making it tough on me. He’s making it tough on Bob [Murray] [Laughter]. You know, it’s funny because he had a shaky game in Detroit and he responded really well, and that’s what you hope for. 

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:45 AM

On his initial expectations of Matt Beleskey and what he has done in that time since to fit into the Bruins’ framework…

Well, we liked his grittiness, you know, and he was a 20-plus-goal scorer last year. We didn’t get him here because he was a goal scorer necessarily. We thought he could fit in well with his grittiness. We’ve got some skilled players, but we also need some players that are going to get their noses dirty and be physical, and when he’s at his best, that’s exactly what he is. He’s not afraid to go to the net, he’s not afraid to finish his checks. He’s gritty, he gets his nose dirty, and it’s been a good blend for our hockey club.

On Matt Beleskey being the type where his stats don’t necessarily define what he brings…

No. But I don’t think — 22 goals I think was his best year, you know, so he had an exceptional year last year. He played with [Ryan] Getzlaf and [Corey] Perry for a lot of that, so they do make pretty good plays and certainly helped him a lot. We’ve had him on different lines this year. We’ve got a young team and we’ve got to balance our lines, so obviously if we had a little bit more experience, we might have a little bit more stability for a lot of our players. 

On a few Coach’s Challenges going against him when he thought he had the call…

You know what, I don’t want to be the guy that’s stirring the pot here in this situation. I still go back to the [Patrice] Bergeron goal there against Montreal [Canadiens] — it should have been a good goal and that was a referee’s call, but at the same time, like last night, I still can’t see why that isn’t offside, you know. And I wasn’t happy after the game, because not only that — I lost my timeout and right at the end of the game, there’s another real obvious offside that they had a great scoring chance on. I couldn’t challenge that. So it’s important to get it right. So those are delicate areas, that not me, but the League as a whole, we have to look at and see if we can improve that a little bit. I think it’s a great move on the League’s part to give those challenges, because we’re trying to get the right calls. But right now, in my situation personally, I think there are two of them that even after review, I still disagree. But again, that’s my opinion. Last night I thought the foot was up and it looked like the foot was up. I’m just glad that we were able to score that goal and win that game — certainly takes a lot of frustration away of what it could have been. 

On what it says about the consistency of Brad Marchand that he has put up five 20-goal seasons…

Well, consistency — it always shows what type of player he is. He’s a good player that can score goals. He’s got a great shot. You know, he’s probably one of the players that, down low, has the puck the most in the offensive zone. He gets in there and gets gritty and finds pucks and he’s able to — he’s such a shifty little player, he’s hard to contain. All of those things put together give him great scoring opportunities and his goal last night on the power play, not too many guys can shoot the puck on the reception the way he did on that one. 

On what he would say the identity of the team is heading into the All-Star Break…

We seem to really want an identity for this team, don’t we? [Smiles] We’re a young team that’s just kind of growing. You know, I don’t know that we have this specific identity, but when I say young — we have some veterans, but we’ve got a lot of young guys we’re just trying to blend in here. And I’d say more than an identity, I’d look more for consistency from this team. 

On how satisfied he is with the momentum the team has built heading into the break…

Well, again, five out of six games, you can’t complain, but you know, we’re always looking to be better in certain areas, and last night, we got ourselves in trouble with four penalties in the first 10 minutes of the second period, and those are things that you can’t keep doing. So you’re always looking to improve your team. There’s areas where we’re good one game and the next game, not so good, and that’s what I mean by consistency. We’ve got to learn how to play a certain way and try and be as consistent as possible in those areas. But having said that, with this group that we have and what we’ve had to put together this year, I’m not going to complain about where we are in the standings and how hard we’ve had to work to get there. 

On if he had to choose his top six defensemen right now for the Playoffs, which ones would he choose?

Who knows if I’d stick with the same six, you know? And we’re far away from the playoffs. You’re too far ahead for me. 

On how different that is from years past where he would know his top six defensemen…

Well no matter what, those guys are gaining real good experience, you know. You have Adam McQuaid who is injured right now and those young guys are getting some experience and at the end of the year this will pay off, you know. Versus having a healthy core and a lot of those young Ds watching a good portion of the year - they don’t get better necessarily by sitting that much. So it’s been good in a way that they’re able to play and get some experience so that if we do get into a tough situation we’ve got guys that we can put in at any time and know that they can do certain things that we’re looking for. 

On Colin Miller and Joe Morrow and if they’ve grown this season even though they’ve sat out a lot…

They’ve been around for a long time, you know, they’ve been in the American [Hockey] League. It’s not like it’s their first year pros here; it’s their first year in the NHL but certainly not first year pros. We have to deal with it and then make sure they’re ready. We ask that of our backup goaltenders and so if they can do it I’m sure the other guys can as well. It’s a mindset that’s important: that you work hard in practice and your practices are your games on a lot of occasions. So you try and be as sharp as possible so that when you do get a chance you’re going in there and you’re doing the job that will allow you stay in there a little longer. 

On their road record being better than their home record…

We’ve been better on the road honestly - we’ve played a lot better, been more focused, you know. And at home we’ve had some bloopers that you’d like to forget about and you know we just have to be better at home. So our goal is to do that here for the remainder of the year to bring our home record where it should be, and it should be a lot better than it is right now. 

On if Adam McQuaid is able to do anything yet…

I don’t know. As far as injured players, you know, when they’re not on the ice I don’t deal with them. They just tell me if he’s ready to go back on the ice. So I’ll leave that to them; I don’t know what the situation is with the All-Star Break and all that stuff, so it’s a headache I don’t need. 

On Matt Beleskey playing with Joonas Kemppainen…

Yeah no I mean this is where we need his experience, you know. I mean I know that Kemper [Joonas Kemppainen] is a 27-year-old that’s played pro for a long time and I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t think he had a really good game yesterday. And we need more from him as far as, you know, giving him some experience because I thought Pasta [David Pastrnak] was good yesterday and that should help Matt [Beleskey] with the offensive part of his game. But those two guys, Matt [Beleskey] and then Kemper [Joonas Kemppainen], reliable defensively, with a young player and Matt [Beleskey] has an opportunity to excel offensively with Pasta [David Pastrnak] who, again, skated well and made some plays yesterday. So you know you deal with what you have and you try and make the most of it. We keep trying to get some lines to be good together. And you know we’re hopefully trying to build some consistency at some point, and as you can see we’ve struggled a little bit with that this year, you know, we’re still looking for that. But as I mentioned the other day it would be nice to get more or less some set lines that can build up a little bit more chemistry together. 

On if Zdeno Chara’s role has changed over the years…

Well I don’t know if it’s used differently more than it’s that we have some guys that have come in and been able to do some of the work that he used to do. And you know he used to have a real big workload every night that he played. So we’re trying to spread that workload a little bit. We’ve got some guys right now as you can see on the first power play that have been a good power play for us this year and so we haven’t had to use him. He’s on the second unit that, you know, sometimes will only get 30-40 seconds. But to me he’s still one of the best defenders in the league, you know. You have to work hard to get around a guy that size and that strong with a good reach. He’s still very good that way and when he’s on his game he’s moving the puck extremely well. You saw his pass to [Brad] Marchand yesterday on the power play goal. So he’s very capable on a lot of things but we’ve been fortunate enough to have guys step in and take some of that workload away from him. 

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