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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS CALGARY FLAMES
Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00PM
On his assessment of the Bruins’ readiness after four days off…
It was ready to play, played hard, played well. But again, the challenge of our lack of finish is probably the biggest concern right now. So I think we had the better of the game tonight, five-on-five. There’s no doubt we played a lot more in their end then they did in ours.

On if Boston’s seven penalties were an issue breaking up the flow of the game…
Yeah, you know I thought we had a great start there in the first period, and two or three penalties right there at the end of the first kind of took it away from us there, and they managed to tie the game. But again, in the third period, we got a power play, and then we get that whatever, interference call I guess is what they deemed it. So that was a power play that was nullified, and then another one later on. So, again, staying out of the box is an important part of the game for us, especially when you struggle to score goals, and our penalty kill right now has been giving up too many goals. We’ve got to get ourselves right in that department.

On if the Bruins could have put the game away earlier…
Well we should have, I guess. If we finish around the net, it’s over. I think we had some good chances in the second period, so right now that’s our biggest challenge, is the finish around the net area.

On if it’s time to put up or shut up for the team…
I think it’s always been that way. I don’t think anything’s changed. We’re in a battle here to make the playoffs. It’s as simple as that, and we’ve got to make it happen. No matter what the challenges are, we’ve got to make it happen.

On if Boston’s lack of finish is about luck…
It’s a little bit of maybe confidence, and you squeeze your stick you’re trying so hard. There’s a lot of guys, use Carl Soderberg as an example. He’s really struggled the last little while scoring goals, and guys are putting pressure on themselves. There’s games where you like your team’s game, but your finish is what ends up killing you at the end.

On what it is about shootouts that the Bruins struggle with…
They suck. They suck. Yeah, that’s my version of shootouts.

On if he’s referring to shootouts or the Bruins’ performance in them…
Yeah, shootouts.

On Boston using good offensive players whose shootout attempts blew up…
Well the first two, you look at them, and same spot. The puck jumped up in the air on [Ryan] Spooner and Torey [Krug]. It’s like, there’s bad ice right there. So what can you do in those situations. But again, that’s not the reason we lost tonight. I think we’ve definitely been challenged in that area. We’ve been challenged all year with shootouts.

On Max Talbot’s Bruins debut…
Good first game. He worked hard and competed hard. I thought he had a good first game.

On Max Talbot’s boarding penalty…
Hey, I’m still looking for that interference call there on our power play.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On how the first game felt…
Feels good. Personally it’s—you know you feel that we’re a dangerous team. I think five-on-five we had the best of them out there but Calgary is a good team. First period legs were a little heavy, excitement out there but generally I felt good.

On the penalties being frustrating…
Yeah, I don’t think it’s the recipe to win some games. We were in the box and when you’re in the box your offensive guys are sitting on the bench. A little un-disciplined but you got to learn from that.

On your penalty a case of being too excited in your first game…
Maybe a little bit. I went in the corner, I think and I know he saw me before I went to hit him but glad he’s not hurt. These plays sometimes are dangerous but maybe a little too excited like you said.

On what you take out of tonight to go into the weekend…
We got to keep on working and we know the situation we’re in. We know the importance of these two games so it’s both grinding and keep working to get the two points.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if it’s frustrating to not bury all of his chances tonight…
Yeah I thought I had some really good opportunities to score a goal and the puck kept kind of bouncing a couple of those and that extra second they came back and made a save so.  Yeah it’s too bad it would be nice to get the two points tonight.

On if he felt he could have had a hat trick tonight…
I felt I had the chances to score a hat trick for sure, but I have to be a little bit more, I don’t know when I get the chance I have to bury those and be a little bit more patient maybe and score those goals and today I had a lot of chances to get some goals.

On the amount of chances the entire team had tonight…
Yeah for sure I felt we had some good chances on the power play and all over.  When we played final five I thought they were the better team. We just need to find ways to score those goals they’re so important right now.

On the team’s inability to win in a shootout…
We’re struggling a little bit on that this year and I don’t know why. It was kind of bouncing today when we got the chances so. I thought Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] made a good job for us we just need to start scoring more goals when we get those opportunities.

On if the players are over thinking too much in the shootout…
Maybe because of the record we’ve been having I don’t know if we are a little bit stiff when we get down there instead of being loose and taking advantage when you have that chance in a shootout like that.

On his chance on net in the third period…
Yeah it was just I didn’t know it was going to come through there. I think it went behind through his legs to the d men and it was coming real hard so it bounced a little bit on me and I thought I had some time to score that goal but he came back and I didn’t have much to shoot on there.

On if he was able to do anything on the initial play of his chance…
No I tried to keep it down if I could get it on my forehand I could just get it in, but it was bouncing and rolling and I had to turn around and then he was there so he made that save.

On playing with Chris Kelly…
I thought we played good. I thought the first period we had some chances too with Piesy [Daniel Paille].  It’s always a comfortable feeling to play with Kells [Chris Kelly] we’ve been doing that a lot of games this year and he always seems to bring good things there for us and I thought we made good plays and we had some good chances.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On the lack of finish from the team…
I mean I don’t know if it’s a lack of finish I think it’s… I thought their goalie made some good save, really good saves.  I guess you could call it a lack of finish, but at the same time he’s making good plays too.  It’s not like… we’re obviously trying to bear down and bury those so.  A good goalie again and I thought we out played them so that’s the biggest difference maker.

On the final stretch of the regular season…
I think we’re doing a lot of good things right. I think it’s a more complete effort throughout the game and I think that’s the thing we were probably struggling with the most.  I think it was our 60-minute effort and I think we’re doing that.  It’s just about scoring goals and again, like I said, I thought we outplayed them today so unfortunate result.

On how he sees the defensive end working…
Yeah I thought we had good breakouts today and didn’t have to play in our end too much. I think the zonetime battle I thought we outplayed them with that too. I don’t think I remember giving them too much, like I said good breakouts and good neutral zones, good chips and everything. I thought we played well.

On if he feels like they need to get on a good winning stretch like January again…
Yeah I think so. I guess there’s a couple teams chasing us, not just one.  We’re aware of that I think obviously. I think we have to start executing and winning games.  If we’re playing like this, I think it’s the first round of the playoffs we’re going to be playing the top team we have to be playing better hockey in order to beat that team so just have to keep improving and keep trying to score goals and hopefully get some bounces.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On how hard the team worked tonight…
Yeah I don’t know. We had too many penalties. We were good on five-on-five but they were very good on their power play tonight.

On burning energy trying to get back into games…
You burn a lot of energy when you tie the game up and I think we had enough scoring chances to win this game too. We have to step back and …

On Florida playing better and how much you watch the scoreboard for that…
Not at all. It’s way to early for that. We have to play our own game. We have 19 games left now so if we just do our own work we have this playoff spot so we cant focus on what the other team is doing.

On your thoughts on Talbot…
Oh yeah he was great for us. He worked hard and had a scoring chance late there too. Unlucky that he couldn’t score that.

On starting to feel the weight of trying to score a goal…
Yeah, I think maybe we need those bounces. We had enough scoring chances, like you said, today. When we play that game we have a lot of scoring chances after that to win the game so hopefully we can play with a lead next game.

On having chances with Kelly and Paille and feeling that eventually something will go in…
Yeah we have to believe in our own game. If we just keep working I’m pretty sure we’re going to score a lot as a team and win some hockey games.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On how concerning the Bruins’ lack of finish is…
We got three goals today, and in the past, that’s been enough. But for whatever reason, that’s not enough right now. I think we’ve had some pretty good chances, I think we just need to stick with it. We’ve got proven scorers in this room. We’ve just got to keep working through that.

On if the saving grace is that the team is finally getting chances…
Yeah, I think the concerning thing would be if we weren’t getting any chances. Then what do you do? I think they’re playing well that team, Calgary. They get two power play goals that I’m sure, being a PK guy, we’d like to have back. But I thought the offensive chances for us were there.

On if Boston took too many penalties tonight…
I don’t think so. I think both teams got a little bit in penalty trouble. I think it was the third period, it seemed back and forth, but penalties are penalties. They’re part of hockey just like anything else, and you just play through them.

On Head Coach Claude Julien saying that shootouts suck…
[Laughs] I wonder why he says that. Yeah, I’m not a fan of the shootout, but it’s part of the game. So it is what it is.

On the Bruins spending a lot of time in Calgary’s zone…
Yeah I thought we played well five-on-five, especially in the first, I thought we didn’t give up a whole lot. I think we took a couple [penalties] late in the first period, they kind of got a little momentum from that. And then at the start of the third period, there seemed to be quite a lot of calls there. It’s tough for everyone to stay in the game, because you’ve got to have power play guys and PK guys, so it killed a little bit of the flow. But I thought five-on-five, we played well. We didn’t give them much, and we had some pretty good chances.

On the team feeling like they had to get the two points tonight…
Exactly. One point’s great, but we need two. That’s the reality. Teams that are a little bit behind us are finding ways to get two points, and we need to do the same in order to help ourselves.

On Loui Eriksson getting multiple chances in front of the net tonight, including a goal…
Yeah, that one I think late in the third, I was right there. I think Carl [Soderberg] was trying to shoot it on net, and it just happened to come right to Loui [Eriksson]. That was a hard pass, and Loui’s got one of the best sticks. I don’t know if many guys would have been able to react, to even get that. So good for him for being able to get his stick on it, and give himself an opportunity, and give the goalie credit. That was a desperation save that he made.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On Calgary coming back and being in the game until the end…
We definitely created enough chances to give ourselves the win. I mean we had two three-on-ones in the third period and we didn’t even end up with a shot on net. It seems like that’s been our biggest challenge this season is having that killer instinct and finishing off plays. It cost us again tonight when we had opportunities to—when we had the lead to extend the lead and when we made it three, three we had chances to win the game and we don’t bear down and gave them a chance to win it in the shootout. It’s no secret, we have to do a better job of winning games in the shootout. Tuukka [Rask] has been really good in the shootout giving us a chance to win but at the end of the day it’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t even get there with the opportunities we’re creating. We have to do a better job of barring down. We’re doing a good job of competing and creating those opportunities. That part of the game can’t stop but on the other end we have to, everyone forward and D-men, everyone who’s getting an opportunity we have to find ways to have confidence in those scoring areas and finish off the play.

On working harder killing off all of those penalties…
Yeah, for sure. I mean, you see five-on-five, we scored three five-on-five goals and they end up scoring two on the power play. A couple soft calls but some calls we deserved. It’s just the part of the game where we need to be better at it. We knew going into the game that they were the least penalized team in the league so we had to stay disciplined and unfortunately we gave them a lot of power play time and they were able to capitalize twice on that.

On reaching the point where the wins have to come now with the playoffs on the line…
Yeah definitely. 19 games left, especially with this stretch. Today was the start of 11 games in 18 days and we know this is our season. If we want to be in the playoffs this is the most important time of the year for us to get our game going and get points and not give points away, kind of like we did tonight. I’m more than confident with the group that we have its just a matter of, like I said, being confident in those areas where we’re creating scoring chances and burying them.

On how would you feel about the team if the playoffs started now heading into a seven game series…
Obviously we’d start on the road if we started right now and your focus would be just to get one out of the first two on the road and hopefully that can create some momentum. I mean, in a playoff series in the season sometimes it just takes one little moment and everything turns around. It’s up to us as players to create that moment so that things will turn around and head into the right direction. I think our compete level and our game as a whole has been heading in the right direction in the last five games but its just a matter of having that confidence and if we find that confidence it can definitely give us a lot of success in the playoffs if it started right now.

On losing seven shootout games in a row
Yeah, I don’t know like I said its just having the confidence of scoring especially in the shootout there. Like you said, there’s no shootout in the playoffs and we’ve been a pretty good overtime team this year but we can’t bank on that right now. We still have a ways to go until the playoffs start and we got to make sure we earn our spot. Earn our playoff spot.

On what aspects of your game can you bank on…
Like I said, I think our compete-level is good and I think we’re doing a good job creating opportunities in the o-zone. I think we’re doing a better job of finding our identity again and being that checking team that can score. Right now you see those games where we’re holding teams to two goals and under, which we’ve done a pretty good job of after that St. Louis game. We’ve been having success. We have to stay on top of our defensive game and our checking game and like I said just have confidence in the O-zone when you have opportunities to finish the play and score.

On losing Craig Cunningham
Yeah, you know I’ve known him for eight years now. I’ve got to see him grow as a player and a person. Obviously he was a real good player down in Providence and he helped us out this season and kind of trying to establish himself as an every day NHL’er. I’m happy to see him up here finally playing in the NHL and I think going to Arizona is a great opportunity to establish himself. I wish him all the best and I know I’ll see him in the summer.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On tonight’s effort...
The effort was there. I don’t know, at times decision making was off. We could have gotten a few more pucks deep. I don’t know. It wasn’t – there wasn’t as much flow, I think, as we would have hoped.

On the team building momentum in the third period after Calgary’s goal...
Yeah, I mean we had some momentum. Like you said they got that goal and then I thought we titled the ice back quite a bit. Over time it was pretty even, maybe a little bit in their favor, but other than that – it wasn’t like either team really dominated.

On if there was an issue with the ice during regulation play...
I don’t know. I mean, it’s not something you’d really notice. You know, unless the puck jumps there every time. So I mean, there had to be some bad ice there or something. If the puck jumps twice like that, I mean, those guys don’t really bobble the puck that often. So, I guess it was just bad ice.

On if the time in between games contributed to the lack of flow...
No, not really. Like I said, we kind of just, we made some turnovers in the neutral zone or the D didn’t make good passes and it kind of just tilted the ice in their favor sometimes and then we’d get the momentum back. So it was just kind of one of those weird games I guess.

On the team’s lack of finish...
You mean goal scoring wise? I don’t know. I mean, I’m not really a goal scorer so I don’t know if I could speak towards that. But, we scored three goals and Coach even said a stat before the game – we gave up less than two the last however many games it was that we’ve been playing well. So, three should be enough to win for us, and we’ve just got to do a better job defensively.

On the penalty called against him in the first period...
Yeah, I mean I just kind of – I was tying him up on the shot and then the puck bounced out to the left of where I was. So I just kind of, I had to can opener him so he didn’t get it and shoot it.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the game being decided by a shootout...
Well, it’s always tough to take, and you go back – I don’t know how many years – look at my comments about them. They suck, because it’s such an emotional difference between winning and losing in a shootout, and this season we haven’t been really good at them. So it sucks even more. But I heard they’re getting rid of them soon, so let’s get that three-on-three going. That would be better.

On being aggressive in the shootout...
No, I like to mix in a poke check, especially if they’re coming from that side. Try to see if the guy is looking at the puck and kind of surprise him, and I got him. I’ve done that many times this year actually.

On the shots in the later round of the shootouts...
Yeah, I think they saved their best for the last, I guess. The last two, you know, really good moves. Good moves.

On the team taking multiple penalties tonight...
Yeah, there was too many of them, obviously. Some of them good, some of them bad. But still, we have to step up as penalty killers and get those kills. Today we really didn’t.

On the team’s upcoming schedule and the importance of the games in deciding playoff standing...
It really is, and we talked about it. It’s going to be a tough one, but we have to get points and get ourselves going and really try to separate ourselves from the bottom pack and gain some ground there. So, we got a point today and played a pretty decent game. So, moving on for Saturday, just got to keep going and tighten up the penalty kill and defense a little bit and get the win.

On if the Philadelphia Flyers being right behind them in the standings affects Saturday’s game...
Yeah, I guess on some level it does. But, you know, we always have tight matches against them. They’re a good team and we’ve had some success against them lately but we’re definitely not going to take that for granted. They’re always tight matchups and especially late in the season when both teams are fighting for a playoff spot – it’s going to be an interesting game.

On the goal off of the rebound...
Obviously, not right there. I was standing in the corner and then it hit my pad and bounced there. I don’t know where that guys came from; I didn’t see him originally there. He got it off his stick quick; I couldn’t get across. Not an awful rebound, but you know, obviously in a perfect world it’s in the corner or you close it. But, you know, tough to be perfect all the time with rebounds.

On the upcoming stretch and the team coming together...
Well, we realize that we have to separate ourselves from the bottom teams and try to gain some ground. We have 11 games in, whatever, 18, 17 days coming up here and we realize that that’s very important. So, today’s effort was really good I think and we battled hard, got three goals, and most nights that’s enough to win the game. Not today. But, it’ll be a really important stretch for us, but I think guys are really up for the task.

CALGARY FLAMES HEAD COACH BOB HARTLEY
On the idea to bring in David Schlemko…
Well, the scouting report was that David was very good in junior, and I had this in the back of my head, and then when the bench was starting to get a little thinner, I went to Schlemko and I said, “Are you good at this?” He said, well, he said, “I’m one-for-one,” so one-for-one is a pretty good average, so I said let’s go, and Kris Russell turned around and he said, “He’s real good.” So like he was, he answered my question very calmly and I said, “Let’s go,” and what a move. I think he’s going to get a stamp.

On his thoughts on the team’s determination…
Well, like unbelievable, like you know, battles, like the Bruins deserve lots of credit too. I think that the fans saw quite a game. Up and down that third period, like, was like a ping-pong game. It was back and forth. The teams were going for it. We understand the importance of the two points and it was two teams that were very desperate.

On having Drew Shore on the power play and Deryk Engelland in overtime and what that does for the team having any guy go at any time…
Well, with our situation right now, like David Jones left the game early, like we know about Gio [Mark Giordano] when, you know like I always tell the boys that you can’t win with the players that are not in the lineup, so you’re on the bench. They’re pros. They want responsibility so you put them out there and they find a way to get it done for us.

On Karri Ramo’s save on Loui Eriksson…
You know, like Ramo again. Like looking at the way that he’s playing he’s giving us a chance. Like early in the game they came out, they were better than us and he had a few big saves on the pass across there. That was one zip at that point, would have made it two zip. It wouldn’t have been the same game, so Karri is very focused and, you know, like I said before he’s our best player right now.

On whether he will go back-to-back with Karri Ramo tomorrow in Detroit…
We’ll see.

On whether he impressed with the adjustment Johnny Gaudreau has had to make to play the regular season…
Yeah, very much. Like, you know, at his size to play in this league, and let’s remember that, you know, like he’s past the 35, 40 games that a college team plays in a year. He passed this a long time ago, so this young man has played lots of hockey this year at a very small size, but he’s a competitor. He battles hard, and he wants to learn, and he’s doing great with us.

CALGARY FLAMES FORWARD JOHNNY GAUDREAU
On scoring a goal in front of his old Boston College teammates...
It was a great effort by the whole team.  I’ve been looking forward to this game, my whole team, my old coach is here and I got to score a goal in front of them and we got the win which was the most important.  It was an exciting day.

On the play of Karri Ramo…
Yeah he’s been standing on his head for us the last three or four games here.  A few of these games we would have never won if we didn’t have him back there standing on his head.  So you know he’s done an excellent job so far and hopefully he keeps it going.
   
On what it’s like scoring in front of his old coach and his old teammates...
It was exciting.  I was really excited for this game and I know I hadn’t scored in a while and I was just pretty happy and brought a lot of emotions out after I scored that goal.

On the goal by David Schlemko in the shootout…
Yeah, I mean he’s a defenseman so I thought he was going to come down and just shoot and next thing you know he’s turning backwards, one hand on his stick, empty net and I was just like that’s a nice goal.  It was a great great goal.

On if it feels any different coming up big on Garden ice in the pros versus college…
I mean it’s exciting to score a goal when you’re playing in the NHL.  Every time you score a goal it’s exciting.  I had a blast when I scored goals in college too.  Whether you are 8, 25 or 30, when you score a goal it’s just as exciting.

On the adjustments he has had to make since making it to the pros…
Yeah the one thing was the defenseman coming down the wall, being a smaller guy I have to make sure I protect the puck there and get the puck out.  I’m watching out for that bigger guy, that bigger defenseman.

On getting adjusted to the rigors of the NHL, the schedule etc…
Yeah it’s definitely been a huge adjustment for me so far.  You know as each game goes on I feel a little bit more comfortable, feel a little bit more confident and it’s a lot different than college and all that.  So I’m just trying to learn and just go with the process.

On what it felt like walking back into the Garden this morning…
It was exciting, it brought back a lot of memories.  I got to win a few Beanpots and Hockey East here with a lot of my good buddies so it brought back a lot of good memories.

On if he has kept up with his old team and how they are doing…
Yeah.  I talk to them all the time and I know they are doing well and they have the Hockey East tournament coming up right now so I wished them all the best and I was excited to see them.

CALGARY FLAMES DEFENSEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
On the move that David Schlemko made in the shootout...
I did.  I’ve seen it in junior a lot.  He was one of the main guys to shoot on our team in junior, so he’s pretty creative and it worked a lot in juniors.

On who told coach that David Schlemko should go in the shootout…
Well they were asking how he was and I said he was good.  I don’t know if they took that into consideration.  He’s a skilled player and it was a huge move and a big win.
   
On if he had seen that specific move from David Schlemko before...
Yeah we’ve seen that.  He has a few variations of it actually so it was pretty nifty, he had a lot of the boys surprised on the bench but it was a great move and I don’t think a goalie is expecting that kind of move at that time and it worked and it was great.

On if he was expecting David Schlemko to make that specific move off the bench…
I don’t know, he’s such a skilled player and whenever he comes down he has different moves.  I know he’s capable of it and obviously he showed it tonight.

On the play of Karri Ramo in net…
I mean he’s been awesome the last few games and tonight it was the same kind of story.  We needed him to make some big stops and he made them.  Especially early there they had the point blank to go up 2 and he makes a big save, gives us momentum and he’s been incredible.  I thought we did a little bit better job of helping him out tonight.  We didn’t give up too many second and third chances as we had in previous games but at the same time knowing that we need him to make that big stop, he’s there.

On the save that Karri Ramo made on Loui Eriksson with 2 minutes left…
Yeah another huge one right?  He competes and he battles and I think that’s what you need in a goaltender, a guy that never quits on plays and that shows it.

On him being credited with 15 blocked shots tonight…
You don’t really think about it, you just go out and play and try to get in front of as many as you can.  Sometimes they just seem to hit you, but I think as a team we did a pretty good job of getting in the lanes and taking away their second and third opportunities.

On if he has any extra bruises or if they are just permanent at this point…
Yeah they are permanent I think.  My legs are numb by this point in the season.

CALGARY FLAMES DEFENSEMAN DAVID SCHLEMKO
On what happened when he was told he was going into the shootout…
Well he just asked me, “Are you good at these things?” I just told him I was one-for-one and [Kris] Russell said, “He was good in juniors,” so yeah, just went out there and tried my move and it worked.

On whether he had that specific move in mind all the way down the ice…
Yeah. Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. Maybe it was a little risky if we had to score to tie it, but I thought I might as well go for it.

On whether he could have scripted a better ending to his first game as a Calgary Flame…
No. No it’s pretty special. Great to get that extra point, too. It’s going to be huge for us.

On whether he was nervous when he went out there…
I was pretty nervous. I hadn’t been on the ice for a while, so just hoping the hands worked.

On what the details were of his other shootout goal…
It was in, I think it was in Chicago a couple years ago right near the end of the year, so it was a big one too.

On whether he used the same move in that shootout goal…
No, different move.

On whether that move was the “Forsberg”…
I don’t know, just something you screw around with in practice and it worked tonight.

On when the last time was that he was able to practice that move…
You know, when you do shootouts in practice you try different things. You know, some work some don’t.

On whether that was a nice way to introduce himself to his new teammates…
Yeah, absolutely. You know, it feels good to come in and be able to contribute right away.

On this being an important game to be able to bond with the guys…
Yeah. Yeah it was great. A shootout’s always exciting, a little nerve-racking, but glad we came out on top.

On his first time playing in front of Karri Ramo…
He was unbelievable. Made some huge saves where it looked like there was going to be just an empty net tap in. [He] manages to scramble around and find a way to make the save.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 10:45 AM
On Greg Campbell playing tonight…
No. I said no yesterday and same today.

On the reaction to the news of Brett Connolly being out six weeks…
Yeah it just seemed that we just, every day this year, we seem to have a new challenge or news like that coming out. We just, again you got to go through that but you have to feel for the player who was really looking forward to coming to us and playing for us. I liked what I saw in practice. Good size, good skater, can shoot the puck well. There’s no doubt in my mind that he would have helped our hockey club so we’re just going to have to wait a little longer here.

On how Connolly’s absence affects the bottom six…
Well I don’t know that he’s necessarily bottom six. Like I said, I don’t think much changes from what we’ve been through all year. We’ve had to adjust with injuries so that’s just another injured player and we’re going to keep trying to adjust and win some hockey games.

On how you like Chris Kelly playing on the fourth line…
I mean, that line had some good energy. [Greg] Campbell’s going to come back, we got [Max] Talbot and stuff like that. We’ll see how things go. I know that Kells [Chris Kelly] has been a pretty good player too on the [Carl] Soderberg line and we know that line hasn’t produced a ton lately and they haven’t been maybe as dominant as we’ve seen them so we need to move some guys around. We can always do that as well so we’ll make it work.

On the Bruins effort and Calgary being good in the third period…
Yeah, they compete hard. They have a lot of confidence in their game. Because they play that type of game they have a tendency to wear teams down at times and they’ve been able to make some pretty impressive comebacks. Again it goes back to what I’ve said for the last few weeks, it’s not who we play but how we play and we have to understand that every game has a big meaning from here on end.

On the challenges when Connolly returns around playoff time…
Well I would tell you at this time, ill cross that bridge when we get to it. It’s way too early for me to start speculating on what’s going to happen, where we’re going to put him. A lot of things can happen between now and then. We’ll make it work. I think we know enough about him that he’s a pretty good player so at that point having been out six weeks it’s hard to see a guy play his best hockey. So there’s going to be some challenges but like I said we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

On Connolly still being able to skate during his recovery…
Guys this just happened yesterday. I’m sure eventually he will, probably not for the first little while because he’s having surgery and I guess they don’t want him sweating and that kind of stuff for infection. So I don’t know. At some point I’m sure he’ll be allowed to. For the six weeks he won’t be just sitting back and not doing much. We’ll hopefully get him prepared for that time.

On what you are allowed to do to get Connolly up to speed on the system…
He can watch games. Meaning he’ll see a lot and I mean that. he can watch games he’ll see a lot from how we play and what’s expected more than just saying when he was in Tampa—we’re going to play these guys four times, they don’t pay as much attention but he’ll catch on to different things. I don’t think it’s going to be a big issue of him fitting in and knowing how we play more than him getting his game going when the time comes and feel like he’s got confidence in his skating, his hands, making plays and shooting pucks so I think that will be the biggest thing.

On Max Talbot starting on the wing…
Possibility, Matt. He can play both and depending on what ends up happening tonight whether Kells [Chris Kelly] goes at center or the wing or vice versa or I move guys, I can always move Piesy [Dan Paille] down again and Kells up. So there’s a lot of different things I can do, Matt. But he can play both and I like the fact on a lot of occasions, especially in our own end that you have two guys that can take draws on the same line.
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