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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS
Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 P.M.
On if the end of the game was stunning…
Yeah, and also probably really disappointing that the goal was allowed. There was, no doubt goalie interference there and that’s why they talk about reviewing those kinds of goals and coaches’ challenges, because you can’t allow those kinds of goals. This was a big point we lost tonight on a missed call. Those are the things that are hard to swallow right now.

On what he thought of the team’s overall effort…
I thought we played hard. This is a team that scores a lot, I thought our checking game was good tonight; we checked well as far as not giving them much. And we made it the kind of game that we need to make it from here on in. We can’t keep giving up four or five goals a game. We’ve gotta keep that puck out of our net and if we do that we give ourselves a chance. Tonight, in my mind, it should’ve been a win.

On how he felt David Krejci played…
The guy’s missed the first two months of the season and then five weeks just lately. His pace probably isn’t where it should be but he was a good addition to our hockey club tonight.

On if he saw anything from Zach Trotman that compliments Zdeno Chara’s game…
We’re mixing and matching our D’s right now.

On if he will feel comfortable the rest of the season if the team plays like it did tonight…
Yeah, I think, guys, that’s exactly what we’re gonna need to do from here on in. We’re gonna have to really check well and hope that eventually some breaks start going our way and we win some of those tight hockey games. That’s the kind of game that’s made us successful in the past and we need to buckle down here and not let that game throw us off but hopefully build on it and get ready for New York here on Saturday.

On if the team was aware of Ottawa losing during the game…
No, we’re not worried – we’re not asking anybody else to do our dirty work right now. It’s up to us to play and win our games.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how he felt out there tonight…
I felt okay, pretty good.

On how he felt playing the wing…
I enjoyed it, there’s things I still have to work on as a winger. It’s a little different, but I thought I had a decent game. I know I can do much more, but you know what? That’s why we’re gonna have a good practice tomorrow, we’re gonna work on some things that I thought today that I need to work on. Hopefully be better on Saturday.

On what he needs to work on…
I’m gonna work on some things.

On battling for pucks along the wall being different for him…
Yeah, this is tough. I didn’t have any of those battles. A couple times it happened, but other than that not much. Like I said, some things I have to work on. I’ll stay on the ice a little bit longer after practice and work on some things. Hopefully be better on Saturday.

On if he was stunned by how the game ended….
Yeah, it’s obviously disappointing. But I felt like we played a pretty decent game and 30 seconds left, shot from the point, tip, not much you can do about those. Kind of tough luck on our side, but it is what it is. We’ve got to battle through it. We had a little help from Ottawa today, so we’re tied. But we can only look at their games, we have to make sure we play our game and win as many games as we can.

On having success against New York if they play with the effort they did tonight…
You got to give them credit, they battled to the last second. They’re a pretty good team, they’re one of the best teams in the league. That would be a really big win for us, but at this point we’ve got to take the one point, keep our heads up and get ready for the next one.

On if he felt comfortable out there…
It always happens when I miss a bunch of games, when you come back you’re a little bit more careful. But as the game went a long I felt better and better. Hopefully the next game all I’m gonna think about is the game and not gonna worry too much about other things.

On how he would describe how things have gone for him this season…
Tough. But I’ve gotta stick with it, stay positive, believe in myself, believe in this group that we can do it. That’s all I can control.

On if he ever played wing in Providence or junior…
I don’t remember if I did in junior. But if you remember three or four years ago, I played three or four games on the road as a winger. I kind of enjoyed it, but I have over 500 games in the league and I’ve played only three or four games as a wing. It was something new for me, it’s a long time. But I enjoyed it, it was fun playing with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Marchy [Brad Marchand], they’re really good players. We’ll see what happens next game, if we’ll stick together. I’m gonna try to help them out as much as I can and try to help the team to win some games.

On if he thought about where he would fit back into the lineup while he was out…
Not really. I was just trying to get better. I was working hard every day in the gym, at home. Once the time is right to come back, then it’s up to the coach. I just want to help the team to win. We have only now eight games left. Wherever he puts me then I’ll play. I’m gonna try to do my best and hopefully it will work.

On the reason he played wing a few years ago…
You know what? I’m not sure. I got sick, maybe I missed one or two games. I know Tyler Seguin was still here. I don’t know. I really can’t remember.

On if it was weird playing with Patrice Bergeron having never really done it before…
Yeah, it was, not strange, it was a little different. He’s a good player, any time you get to play with good players you’re really excited to come to the rink and suit up and play. I was excited last couple games and too bad we couldn’t get the job done. But we gotta keep our heads up and get ready for the next game.

On if it is going to take more time to get used to playing with Bergeron…
We played against a really tough line today. They’re a pretty good team and big guys, so I thought we took care of them pretty good. We had some good offensive zone time as well. We know we can still work on some things, we can get better, but it comes with games played. Just work on some things and try to get better every shift.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the mood in the locker room after tonight’s loss…
Obviously disappointed in the result. I thought we played well. I thought we defended well, and our power play did a great job getting two goals. It’s disappointing.

On if he feels that the Bruins were able to apply some of their defensive changes…
Yeah I think so. I thought, like I said, we defended much better. That’s a good team over there, and we came up short, which is tough.

On if he thought there was interference on Anaheim’s tying goal…
To be honest, I didn’t really see what happened at the net. I was trying to go with the point there, so I never saw what happened at the front of the net.

On if the Bruins take comfort in their defensive showing or if they’re done with moral victories…
Yeah, you know, we need results. That’s ultimately, at the end of the day, what we’re playing for. Yeah we defended much better, but we’re still losing a point.

On his mindset going into Saturday’s matchup against the Rangers…
It’s a big game. They’re all big. They’re playing well. We just need to regroup and get ready for them. Have a good practice day tomorrow, and get ready for them on Saturday.

On if he’s confident the way the Bruins played tonight will lead to better results…
Yeah, I think the intensity was there. The work was there. All the good things that you want to see from your team were there. So yeah it’s disappointing, but it’s past that time to dwell on things. It’s, you know, okay, let’s look at the next game.

On how big this game felt with Ottawa losing to the Rangers…
To be honest, they’re all big. We don’t play Ottawa again, so we can’t look at what they’re doing. We’ve got to focus on playing these eight games, because if we don’t come ready to play for our eight games, it doesn’t matter what happens with Ottawa. We’ll be in a tough spot regardless.

On if the team was aware during the game that Ottawa was losing…
Yeah, I think it was up on the clock there.

On if the Bruins think about not getting any puck luck…
At this point of the year, I think you’ve got to earn your bounces, and excuses are out the window. I think you’ve got to earn results, and when you don’t get them, you’ve got to accept them, and move forward, and keep working.

On if the team feels better about how they played tonight as opposed to last weekend…
I thought our defensive part of our game was much better tonight than it was on the weekend. I thought we took their time and space away pretty well, and managed the puck much better. And like I said, they’re a good hockey team over there, and it would have been nice to get a different result.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On how difficult it is to not get two points after playing well…
I thought we were playing well. There were some times where we were held in our end and stuff like that but for the most part it was a good game, except for the bounce at the end that didn’t really go our way. We have to live with that and we have two games coming up on the weekend so we have to make sure we play well in those ones for sure.

On playing with structure and intensity…
Yeah I think they’re one of the top teams in the league right now so we showed that we can go out there and play. Like I said I thought it was a good game for us, just some shots that didn’t really go our way tonight.

On your analysis of the goal…
It was just a pass on the wall and it was a chip to the middle. I didn’t really look when I shot it; I just tried to get the puck on net. It was kind of bouncing on me and it went in so it was good.

On the puck being up on it’s side when you shot it…
I kind of wanted to go to my backhand and pass it. I thought the D-man was going to come over on me and he didn’t. I didn’t really look down at the puck, I just kind of felt it there and wanted to get it on net and it went in.

On having success on the power play tonight…
At the end of the day we didn’t win but it’s always nice to be able to produce on the power play so that’s good to see.

On David Krejci playing on the power play…
Yeah he’s a great passer and stuff like that so just to have him up top and stuff is going to be good.

On how you get passed losing games like this…
Try not to think about it too much. I think if we get down on ourselves and stuff like that its not really going to work for us. For us right now, we just have to play our game and have the right attitude and stuff like that and it should be good.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On killing off the penalty and whether he thought good things would happen after that…
Yeah I mean it was a hard kill and they’re very skilled and we came out of it with a little bit of luck, but we killed it, but I mean sometimes you get momentum off of it. Sometimes you just… I wouldn’t say we lost momentum, but it was just a weird goal at the end.

On the tying goal at the end of regulation…
Yeah he did, right? I mean I think, I don’t know if it was the first guy or second guy went and hit Tuukka, but I guess it’s a good shot from up top getting it through, and maybe… I haven’t seen the goal yet in replay what really happened but I’ll have to look at it again.

On the younger guys being forced to play a more physical game and this seeming to be an important growing game for them with the team playing their physical style of hockey…
Yeah, I mean, it was a good checking game today. We played solid defensively and got pucks to the net offensively with guys in front and our power play was clicking and like you said, I mean it was a good game for all of us. It didn’t matter at the end of the road, but like you said if there’s one positive it’s that we played a solid 60 minutes, but it just wasn’t enough at the end.

On whether they would have won more of their games last month if they had played the way they did tonight…
I would say so. I mean, at the end of the day it’s a loss right? But I think overall it was a pretty good checking game and a solid team effort, but it’s still a loss.

On how they take positives from this game and move on…
It doesn’t matter how. You just have to do it. Right now it’s important that we have to look forward. Every game, I mean like we’ve been talking about for the last month, really counts, and so we can’t really let if affect us moving forward.

On what they were doing to limit Anaheim’s chances…
I think it was just being more aggressive on their entry. Forcing them to dump the pucks. Once that happens it’s tough to get clean looks on the rush or getting shots off the wing, so I think overall we had good back pressure from the forwards that allowed us to step up and make them dump the puck and overall it was pretty good.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On the game being a playoff intensity sort of game…
Yeah it was a battle out there. Some heavy bodies and guys being strong on pucks and obviously low scoring game. Little disappointing because of the ending but it was a hard fought battle.

On taking the positives from the game…
I mean we can still take the positives. Like I said, it was a battle but at the same time it’s tough to lose at that point so it stings that way. We’ve got a lot of games in a short period of time here. We have to keep staying positive and building on the positive things that we’re doing.

On being surprised by Zdeno Chara’s penalty…
You just play and you react and when things happen there’s not much you can do about those situations so you do your best with what you’re given at times. You can’t worry about those things, you can only do and control what you can control.

On thinking you had the game when you killed the penalty…
Well it’s one of those things where anything can happen from shift-to-shift so we were able to get the kill and obviously hoping to be able to go from there. They just came right back so its just one of those things, like I said, they have some dangerous guys that are capable of creating things every shift and that’s what they did.

On being able to build off things tonight…
Yeah it was a heavy, hard-fought game. They’re not easy games and that’s the way it is at the end of the season and playoffs. You have to fight for every inch and that’s the way it is tonight.

On having bad luck…
I wouldn’t say that. They have guys that are capable of creating things and you get a shot with a tip and obviously it’s disappointing being here at this point and having lost that extra point but we all know that you have to play right until the whistle. It’s not a bad luck thing, guys were doing they’re best to kill off the last minute of the game with the lead and they were trying to create that goal and they were able to.

On feeling better about tonight’s game than the road trip…
Again, I think guys were battling hard and it was a heavy game and it had that playoff type feel to it. It’s not easy to win especially towards the end of the season, everyone’s gearing up for the playoffs and going into the playoffs there’s no easy game. Anything can happen, like I’ve been saying, from shift to shift. You have to fight for every inch when you’re out there.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On the loss…
Yeah, it’s tough one, especially when they score that late. We were up 2-1 there, we can win the game, so it’s definitely a tough one. It’s not fun

On if he saw if there was goalie interference on the game-tying goal…
I heard some guys telling me that someone ran over his legs or something. I didn’t see it. It’s just a tough play there and they took advantage of it.

On the team’s compete level…
I thought we played a pretty good game. We were playing a tight-checking game and we didn’t give them that many chances. I thought we had the better quality chances than them. It was just too bad that we lost it tonight like that.

On having David Krejci back…
It’s always a huge help to get him in and see him playing again. He makes things out there look easy sometimes. It was definitely nice to have him back. I thought he played a pretty good game.

On taking positives out of this game…
Yeah, like I said, we played a pretty tight checking game. We didn’t give them that many chances. Everyone was working hard out there. Just a tough one to swallow, lose like we did.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether he thought goaltender interference should have been called…
I asked the ref. He said there’s nothing there, so that’s what we go by. I haven’t seen it yet, but somebody took my legs out. I don’t know who it was, but, you know, everybody can make their own mind.

On how tough it was to play the way they did and then lose those points…
Terrible, terrible feeling obviously, but we played a great game and good kill there in the overtime and then, a loss, tough to swallow.

On whether he starts to feel like luck is just not on their side…
Well, I mean, yeah. A lot of it is, obviously sometimes it’s luck, but when you battle until the end like they did, you know, you might get rewarded and they did. Just one of those things that, you know, no matter how good you feel about your game you still lost and it’s a tough one to swallow, but we’ve got to realize that we played a good game and moving on that’s a positive sign.

ANAHEIM DUCKS HEAD COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 PM
On the team being able to come back...
Well I hope there was many... It again proves that when they put their mind to it, and they’re totally focused for 60 minutes that they can play pretty well.

On if it had been a 2-1 final, would he still say they played better defensively...
Yes, I would have. I mean it’s the first game, and I don’t know how long, that we didn’t give up any goals five-on-five. So that’s a very positive thing and I don't think they had any odd man rushes that I recall right off the back, which is again very positive. Those are the things you have to do and if you want to be successful, you know to play in April, May and June you got to do those things. I thought Freddy [Frederik Anderson] gave us a good game and he was there and you could tell he was on the way he was snapping the puck the way he’s catching it. That’s when you know he’s good.

On how it feels to get into overtime and pull off a win...
Yeah I mean that was really, we still need the points but, I was more happy with the way we played. It was just the way we played, we didn’t give them a lot of chances, we took four penalties, which is too many. But on the five on five we didn’t give them a lot of chances. I don't know how many we ended up with but I mean we had 36 after two periods so. That’s the way we play is on the boards and being physical, and when we are doing that we are an okay team.

On getting the penalty killing straightened out...
Yeah if we can get the special teams to you know, we’re not asking them to be the best in the league, we just want to be up in the average a little bit. If we can get that straightened out and hope this five on five was not an anomaly and more than norm more than anything else then I’ll be happy.

On what he thought on Chris Wagner’s game...
Yeah he finished some checks, he hit hard you know I think the four on five was very effective and I liked what he did.

On who his starting goalie is now...
Oh today it was Freddy [Frederik Anderson].

ANAHEIM DUCKS DEFENSEMAN FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN
On playing the way they wanted to play tonight…
Yeah that was huge. It’s the first time in a while we played a full-60 minutes and it showed what we can do. You know still, we would’ve like to get those two goals back on the PK, but that’s another thing that we have to work on, but that’s for sure that step forward going into Saturday’s game not giving up any five-on-five goals today.

On if it’s a coincidence that two of their leaders scored tonight…
No I mean we all want to be better. Those two are the leaders offensively and their job is to score goals and their team wins and we have to do our job in the backend and Freddy [Frederik Andersen] played a really good game for us in net tonight.

On Andersen’s game tonight…
Yeah, but Freddy I think he battled in front. Whenever it was a screen he was looking left and right to make sure he found those spots and that’s what I think he did the best tonight. Deflections and everything he made those big saves and gave us a chance to win.

ANAHEIM DUCKS FORWARD COREY PERRY
On how meaningful it is to play their style of game again…
Oh it’s huge. Our five-on-five game… I don’t know how many chances off hand, but I don’t think they had a whole lot of chances. Yeah they had some shots, you know you’re going to hit some… but some grade A chances I don’t know how many they had. That’s our style of game – we keep it out of the house and keep it out to the outside you know we’re going to be alright.

On being in perfect position for his goal…
Yeah it was a great play by the guys on the circle you know battling for that puck to move it out and you know it’s my job to get in front of the net so.

On Claude Julien saying it was goaltender interference…
I didn’t see what happened.

On where he got a piece of it to score…
Bottom of my blade, I just hit it out of the air and it bounced over and you know it found a way to go in.

On teaming with Make-a-Wish and Shaelin Earle…
Oh it was tremendous. He’s a great kid and to have him around, the guys are great with him everything went smoothly. I think he had a time of his life, he’s a quiet, but he had a few smiles on his face sometimes.

On being a leader….
It’s our job that’s what we’re here for. We’re leaders and sometimes you got to say stuff and sometimes you got to lead by example. I just try to do my job – go in front of the net, get sticks on pucks, and find a way to go in and get some great play to end it.

ANAHEIM DUCKS FORWARD RYAN GETZLAF 
On how excited they are to come back from their previous games and get a win...
Yeah those were two big things, you know no matter what happened in the game I felt good about the way we played. We played a good hockey team over there and we battled right until the end. Getting the two at the end is just a reward for that. Like I said, either way it’s a process and we just want to keep getting better, and I felt we did that tonight.

On if this win means more to them...
Yeah, I mean anytime you win in this league it’s great, and when you’re playing an important team of guys fighting for their lives, it give you that mentality. Like I said, our message yesterday was that we needed to turn around the way we are playing and play with some more excitement in playoff-style hockey and I thought we did that tonight.

On what he was seeing happening during that play when he scored...
Yeah Cam [Fowler] just made a good play to the neutral zone and I knew I had a little bit of space, and generally there I’m waiting to see what Perrs [Corey Perry] is going to do on the outside, and I didn’t have any options so I shot it.

On how he felt on Corey Perry’s goal...
Yeah it was great I mean our guys battled on that face off to get the puck back, those are big things when you are talking about you know playoff style hockey, sometimes you need that at the end of the game. Those six-on-fives are big plays throughout a series and I thought it was great tonight.

On if he felt they had an advantage scoring so late in the period and moving into overtime...
Yeah I guess, it is what it is. You get up lifted I guess. I think they came out with three forwards to start the game, they needed the two points and we were able to kind of take advantage of that  a little bit and draw a penalty I think, and I didn’t even see the play so I don't know how it happened but I do know that our guys did a great job tonight and I am excited about it. 

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:00 AM
On David Krejci’s status…
Probable. We’ll see tonight after warm-ups. He’ll go out there and hopefully get the right decision on him. 

On Brett Connolly being ahead of schedule…
Hard to tell. It’s hard to tell because of the injury sustained. It depends. Obviously he can skate. It has nothing to do with his skating but whether he can handle and shoot the puck properly. Not just that but take a slash or a hit that’s going to come. It’s a pretty delicate injury so that has to be taken into consideration.

On feeling good about what he can do with the puck at this point…
Well I don’t know if that’s the normal, I guess, it’s a normal thing for a guy to be going through with that kind of surgery. Whether they should normally be able to handle the puck, I don’t know that. I’m not a doctor. It’s nice to see him out there with us. When you look at him skate and you look at an effortless stride, you can see what kind of player he has the potential to be. It’s unfortunate that we haven’t had a chance to see him yet.

On Krejci playing on the wing with Bergeron’s line…
Probably a little less responsibility for now. He’s only played half the season. We shouldn’t expect him to be our savior. Who knows how he’s going to react if he plays tonight or how he’s going to be able to help us out. We don’t know that. When you’ve been out that long, the pace at this time of the year is pretty quick and putting him there probably takes a little pressure off him in terms of having to do all the dirty work down low and everything else. We’ll start him off there and see where it goes, whether its tonight or the next game, that’s our plan right now and that’s why you see him on the wing.

On an update on Dougie Hamilton …
Not at all. Nothing there, Matt.

On thoughts on the final nine game stretch…
I feel like I’ve answered it quite a bit Joe, honestly there’s not much more I can say about it. We know where we are. We just have to go out there and worry about tonight.

On your analysis of the Ducks’ game…
Well I think everybody knows they’re a good team. Offensively they can score goals just around the net. You have to respect the offensive part of their game. It’s important that we try to get out of our end as quick as possible and try and spend as much time in the offensive zone. I know it sounds kind of boring but that’s the key to beating this team. You don’t want to spend too much time in your own end when they have guys that can handle the puck well and they’re dangerous in tight around the net area. You got guys at the blue line that can shoot the puck just as good.
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