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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS HILADELPHIA FLYERS
Wednesday, October 21 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:45 PM
On the Bruins making mental mistakes again…
Well, I think a lot of it is that we played a light game tonight. A lot lighter than them, and they certainly were better in the battles than we were, and they were certainly better at getting back to a scoring position than we were preventing them from getting there. We had too many guys with light sticks, too many guys playing a light game, and that’s not the way we’re going to have some success. So it’s unacceptable, and what’s happened tonight, I think we probably deserved. They were the hungrier team, and we didn’t respond well. Too many light guys.

On if the team can afford to let David Pastrnak and other young players make mistakes…
No, but obviously, you lose [Zac] Rinaldo, so you saw [Tyler] Randell go there a few times, saw [Jimmy] Hayes, and at the same time it’s about respecting the game, more than just scoring goals, and there’s a learning curve there. There’s also a respect factor there that, you’ve got to understand that there’s more to the game than just trying to be flashy. He had a tough night. You’re going to see him get some better nights down the road, but he’s certainly not a single guy to point out. We were bad as a team, and a lot of guys would just go into battle and take a swing at the puck and curl the other way, and again, that’s not the way we play and it’s not the way we’re going to accept players to play on our team.

On Zac Rinaldo’s hit and ejection…
He was given a five and I respect the referee’s decision.

On if Tuukka Rask needs to play differently with all the personnel changes on defense…
I just think Tuukka has to stop the puck. There’s nothing that’s different, and there may be mistakes, but that’s why you have a goaltender, to stop those. And I don’t think he’s making excuses either, he’s pretty good about owning up to his play. But we need to be better as a group, from the goaltender on out, and our D’s didn’t close quick. They had a lot of time to make plays, and we were soft in battles, and they were hungrier than we were, and that’s the reality of the situation here. That’s why we didn’t win tonight.

On if there were similarities to other losses where the Bruins had held a lead…
No, I thought the last couple of games I saw some optimistic things happening, and we needed to bring that tonight. But right from the get-go, I didn’t find that our feet were moving as well as we had the last couple of games. Yesterday, we had a great practice. Guys had some good jump, and today for some reason, we didn’t seem to be skating the way we can, and we certainly didn’t battle the way we can. So hopefully lesson learned for our hockey club.

On line changes being an area where the team made mental mistakes…
That’s why I said we need to respect the game better.

On Ryan Spooner taking the penalty in overtime because he stopped moving his feet…
He’s one of those guys that has the ability to win us a hockey game, but he also has to get better in those areas, and again, moving your feet and being in the right position. But again guys, we’re pointing at a really little mistake here. I’ll look at it more as a team. We could’ve been better as a team, and that’s why we didn’t win tonight.

On if he felt the Bruins played a light game in the first two periods…
Yeah definitely. I thought we could’ve been a little bit better in the battles, and we told the guys, in the third period they came out, even last night, they came out real strong against Dallas, and they were gritty. We told our guys you’ve got to be gritty as well, and match that if not be better than them, but again, we gave them too much time. They had some great shots, and we allowed them to walk in too easily.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD ZAC RINALDO
On if he felt his hit on Sean Couturier was a charge…
I don’t know, I saw the puck coming around the boards and I thought he still had full control of the puck, and I just tried to deliver a body check. That was about it.

On if he feels it was the right call…
I’ve got no comment about the call or anything like that. I guess I just tried to deliver a clean body check and that’s what I thought I did.

On if he felt it was a clean body check…
That’s what I was trying to do, yeah. Deliver a clean through the - just go through the body. It’s a part of the game, so that’s what I tried to do.

On if he feels he got him more in the chest and front rather than the head…
I guess I don’t want to touch base on too much in too much detail and stuff like that. I just tried to deliver a clean body check and I did my best to do that.

On if he’s surprised he got tossed from the game for that…
Yes and no. Different refs [referees] have different opinions on things, maybe. It’s unfortunate that he’s hurt. That’s the last thing that I want to do is to hurt someone, and during the game that’s not my first priority at all. Especially someone that I know personally. So that was the last thing on my mind was to hurt him.

On if it’s disappointing that he was out of the game early….
Yeah that’s the last thing that I wanted to do. It sucks. I had my emotions going. I felt good, my legs were going. We had some really good time in zone, too, and I was creating plays and creating energy. It does suck, definitely.

On if he’s concerned about supplemental discipline given his history…
Oh yeah, for sure I am. You were about to say my history and stuff like that. But like I said, I thought I did the best I can to stay within the rules and deliver a clean body check.

On the message from the NHL….
We just went over different scenarios. Different hits that were clean, different hits that were on the edge, and different hits that were obviously not legal.

On if that message was helpful…
Yeah, definitely.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY
On Patrice Bergeron playing after the birth of his son…
For sure. He didn’t look like he hadn’t slept last night. So, you know, he’s a gamer and we’re all very happy for him obviously it’s his first child and it was nice to see him come to the rink today and want to play, he had a good game, and he didn’t look like a guy who was up all night at the hospital for sure.

On his goal...
Yeah it was nice to get that one. Again, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made a good shot on net and it’s one of those things, sometimes you get rewarded if you’re in the right spot and that’s what happened and it was nice to see that one go in.

On how much of a relief it was to finally get his first goal as a Bruin…
Yeah, for sure. Got a lot of chances in the firs four games and you know, it’s a matter of sticking with it now and kind of riding the wave a little bit. I think that one maybe made up for the chances I wasn’t able to finish earlier, but it was very nice to see that one go in.

On where he saw it fall apart for the team in the game... 
You know, we just sat back in the third. I think we didn’t really push the pace as much as we would have liked. So it was us sitting back.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK  
On if he was just a little too loose again tonight…
Yeah, probably. Two goals late in the third…they came at us pretty hard there right off the bat. And then got two goals that we never should have given them so very disappointed.
What needs to happen so they have 60 minute of effort and not just the 40 they had today…
Yeah well, I mean you just have to learn how to play with a lead. You have a two-goal lead and you try to eliminate all the mistakes out there and you can’t make those. And I think when we make those they seem to end up costing us every time. So just have to try to eliminate that.

On if those mistakes are easily correctable or if that’s the reality of having a lot of young players on the team…
I don’t know I think... well mistakes are going to happen. But I think we just have to pay attention in the crucial times of the game. When, you know, in the third period ten minutes left, you know, try to make the strong plays and not make those mistakes. And I think after that they’re very preventable.

On if he’s struggled…
Yeah, you know I’ve let in some bad goals. Today maybe I should have one, but you know overall I felt pretty good and a lot of times…I always look at the goals, if I could have done something differently and you know maybe five percent, 90 percent of the time I maybe wouldn’t have. So I wouldn’t call it a struggle. But then again you let in five, four goals every game…can’t be pretty happy about that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how the game got away from the Bruins…
Yeah. I think that we lost some battles but they obviously came out hard to start. [Jakub] Voracek came really hard, with all five guys playing really aggressive and they were on top of us. In certain situations we could have protected the puck better. Probably would’ve been in a better place but you know, that’s basically how they got into more pucks in better areas.

On the Flyers having chances to score all game…
Yeah, like I said, they were quicker on pucks. Quicker on [Jakub] Voracek. We could’ve moved the puck better and faster.

On if this game were similar to the first three games this season…
You’re asking me something I didn’t play so how can it remind me?

On the team’s tendency to score a goal and then give up a goal…
We obviously have to play with more composure. Either we score a goal or we get scored on. You can obviously just have some mental breaks like that.

On if today’s breakdowns were correctable…
I think those are obviously things that are easy to be corrected. Just got to work harder and take more pride in winning the battles.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if he got only an hour of sleep last night with the birth of his son...
Yeah, it was a pretty eventful night. But well worth it.

On what it was like to become a father…
I mean it’s definitely … there’s no word that can really describe that. It’s an amazing feeling and it’s still kind of surreal. I’m trying to soak everything in and spend some time with my son. So it’s been a great day I guess and I had to get focused for tonight.

On if it was a challenge to focus tonight…
A little bit. It was more the trying to find a way to get myself ready even though I only had an hour of sleep. I was trying to just think about hockey, and that’s the only way you can really go about it and try to be professional. But it’s definitely special tonight to score that goal, and keeping the puck, it’s something very tough to describe, but we’re a happy family right now.

On if he will give the puck to his son…
Yeah, I will.

On tonight’s game in general and the team struggling defensively…
Yeah, I mean when you score four goals you should have more than enough to win a game, and too many slow reactions defensively and lack of communication and poor decisions. It ends up hurting us big time.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH DAVE HAKSTOL
On if losing two players made tonight’s win a ‘character win’...
Probably more so than that – just the way the second period went, not a lot of things went right. We didn’t have a very good period so the guys went in the room, they regrouped, and they came out with a real good mentality. I think that’s most important.

On Zac Rinaldo leaving the game and if that changed the team’s focus...
I’m not even going to comment on that, honestly. Not going to comment on that hit at all. There’s no place for it. So, that’s all I have to say. No place for it.

On if he was upset with the team’s performance in the five-minute power play...
A lot of times – I guess in my experience, most times the five-minute power play goes one way or the other. Either the penalty kill gets off to a good start and builds momentum or the opposite. Obviously we were hoping to go out and set momentum for our team and have a good power play, but that didn’t happen. The opposite did.

On the team not getting wrapped up in emotion after the first period...
Absolutely. It’s a tough thing to do when it’s very much a tight group in terms of being a team game and a team atmosphere, so that’s hard to do. We obviously didn’t get our focus quite where we needed it to be because we didn’t get off to a good start, but we survived the period and most importantly we were able to regain it after the second.

On if he could feel a spark in energy after Steve Mason’s big save on David Pastrnak...
Yeah, I felt like we had energy right away in the third period. I thought our focus – our intentions were good right away and when Mase [Steve Mason] made that save it jacked it up a couple of notches.

On if he’s seen hesitancy from the team based on past performance in past overtimes and close games...
No, I haven’t. I haven’t seen any hesitancy. Guys have stuck together and to come back in a situation like we had tonight, that wasn’t an easy task and the guys stuck with it, we got a great save and the rest of the guys took advantage of the energy that provided.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD CLAUDE GIROUX
On if Steve Mason’s save ignited the team…
Yeah, his second effort save and we kind of had a little breather after that and said maybe that’s the turning point and I think the whole period after that the whole team starting playing with second effort and that’s the kind of team that we want to be.  We want to work hard and the first two periods it just wasn’t the case.

On what it says about the team having to overcome adversity to win the game…Yeah a lot of things happened during the game.  I think when you miss players and they leave, I think the lines get a little mixed up and that obviously that starts with the all coaches and all the players and that we are aware on the bench and theres not one time that guys were confused about who is having who and everybody was pretty dialed in tonight.

On what the teams reaction was to Zac Rinaldo’s hit…You know I didn't see the replay.  I was on the ice, I’m not going to comment on it.  I just hope that Couts [Sean Couturier] is ok.On if the team was upset with the Rinaldo hit and the goalie interference…We didn’t even know about that one until the period ended.  Like I said, guys go down during the game, I think it’s important that we stick together and find a way to get the win.  Like last game, we were down two goals and we almost did it against Dallas but tonight we were able to get that extra goal.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALTENDER STEVE MASON
On if tonight was a ‘character win’ for the team...
Yeah, I think so. It’s never easy going into an opposition building in the third period being down, you know, that’s the way we want to play – how we played in the third period. I think the guys showed a lot of character there, for sure.

If the save on David Pastrnak was a momentum builder...
It was a big moment, but at the same time those are things that I expect [from] myself – I think what the team expects from their goaltenders. Turns out that, in tonight’s game, it kind of kick started things and that’s a good thing.

On if he can feel the boost in energy after making a big save...
Yeah, you know, it sometimes doesn’t always shake out that way but you hope that it can provide some momentum. We can’t go out there and provide a big hit or fight or score goals, so goaltenders making timely saves are kind of their way of chipping in and fortunately tonight it went our way.

On if he was surprised to enter tonight’s game...
It kind of caught me off guard there but you’ve got to prepare for anything. I was on the ice this morning getting ready just as I normally would and unfortunately for Michal [Neuvirth] it ended that way but as a goaltender you kind of have to prepare as if you’re starting every game even if you’re not.

On Zac Rinaldo’s hit...
It’s tough seeing Couts [Sean Couturier] go down like that. I don’t want to comment on the hit. We didn’t like it obviously and we’ll leave it at that. We didn’t like the hit at all.

On if Rinaldo’s hit and penalty motivated the team at all...
Absolutely. We had the five-minute power play – we couldn’t do anything with it – but that was the talk in the intermission, let’s put this in our favor here and it was nice to be able to come out on top. It’s not fun seeing a teammate treated like that on the ice.

On if Rinaldo leaving the game changed the focus of the team...
It’s probably better he was gone. I think if he was out there for the rest of the game it would have changed the focus a little bit. But at the end of the day you can’t have stuff like that.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD WAYNE SIMMONDS
On if Steve Mason’s save is what turned the team around…
You know what I think he made that one save there where they kind of reviewed it and he saved our bacon.  I think that was the turning point there in the third period.  After that we were going full speed ahead.  I think we knew, we kind of said something to each other on the bench that we couldn’t let that game go to waste.

On what the teams reaction was to the Zac Rinaldo hit…It was kind of just calm down, take a deep breath.  We expected some aggression out of him but things happen.  It’s a hockey game obviously but I don’t think Couts [Sean Couturier] was looking, I don’t even think Couts [Sean Couturier] had the puck.  It was an unfortunate incident.

On the team not registering a shot on the 5 minute power play…
That was a horrible power play.  I think that’s the worst power play that we have had in the last 4-1/2 years that I have been here.  It’s unacceptable but I think we showed great character battling back from that and we went down two goals and we didn't let it phase us.  We came out in the third, we came out hard and we just wanted to direct everything to the net and we did and we got a couple goals.

On if things may have been different had Rinaldo stayed in the game…
You never know what is going to happen.  I think it was better for us, the fact that he did get kicked out of the game because we were able to kind of focus after the five-minute power play.  We kind of got out of sorts there but I think we recovered well obviously.  We got to be a lot better on our power play.  In previous games we were moving the puck around well.  I think tonight besides that last four-on-three, I don’t think we were that good on the power play.

On there being talk between the second and third period to go out and win the game “the right way”…
We just wanted to stick to hockey. We didn’t want to go out there and try and get a bunch of fights in and like you said, Mase hit it dead on the head, we wanted to play the right way and continue to play proper hockey.

On why the power play didn’t work…
I think we were a little bit disjointed. We weren't running the proper outs and I think it was everybody, it wasn’t one person. I didn’t think any one of us were in the proper spots going in the zone or once the puck got rimmed or they put pressure on us.  So we are going to have to do better.

On if it felt any different beating the Bruins, a team they have had a losing streak against…Coming into this building is always a tough atmosphere to play in.  I thought we played a good first period, the second period was I think horrible and then we came back out in the third and we did the job.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY   
On how this game got away from them…
I think we mismanaged the puck, especially in the third and if a team has capable scorers like they do it didn’t take much, you know, a couple turnovers and missed plays and they tie it up pretty quickly.

On the mistakes with line changes and if that was a mental error…
I think, you know, I think it’s a combination of things. Not managing the puck and you know putting the other guys in a tough spot changing and you know maybe not changing at the right time…just little things. It’s you know it’s a combination of a lot of little things that lead to a goal and that was, you know, the case especially in that you know I think their fourth goal, [Wayne] Simmonds goal there.

On playing in front of his home crowd…
You know it’s difficult I think. You know the effort is there, it’s been there for you know all four games it’s just you know the focus needs to be sharper throughout the course of 60 minutes. You know there’s times in all four games where we’ve played extremely well, done a lot of good things, but just to maintain that focus and that composure for 60 minutes seems to be, you know, an issue right now.

On what they need to do to get it together at home and maintain it…
You know for whatever reason we played you know two good games, solid 60 minute games, and right now that seems to be the issue at home and obviously tomorrow that’s something that we have to work on and get back going. You know, we’ll have success at home. I’m confident in this team and confident in our fans and we’ll make this a difficult place to play.

On if he’s seen a different Tuukka Rask or if the team is making his job harder…
Yeah, like Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] has been great for us, you know. I think it’s mismanaging the puck and you know putting our whole team in tough spots. It’s an easy game when guys are communicating, guys are making easy plays and you know everyone’s where they’re supposed to be. You know, it’s a game of mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen it’s just how you react after that and, you know, you can’t, you know, have mistake after mistake and ultimately that’ll end up costing you a goal.

On when he was a young player and if he remembers trying to win the game too much on one play in home games…
Yeah, I can’t speak for everyone but you know I think when I was younger and now I think it’s exciting to play at home. You want to play well at home; you want to, you know, please your fans. And you know like I said the effort is there; we’re doing a lot of good things it’s just you know maybe over handling the puck at certain times and not handling it the way we should maybe like we did on the road.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:10 AM
On why Matt Beleskey and Patrice Bergeron were not at Morning Skate…
Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was out this morning for personal reasons and [Matt] Beleskey has an upper-body injury and will not play tonight.

On if he expects Patrice Bergeron back tonight…
Personal reasons…I think it’ll be decided today during the day.

On if Dennis Seidenberg skated for the first time today or on Monday…
You know what I think he did Monday, started skating on his own there Monday and he obviously skated this morning. So he’s back on the ice but still not close to returning obviously.

After the winning road trip and not having a home win yet, how important is it to win tonight…
Well it is and I think even more important is to be able to bring that game that we had on the road to our home building. I think that’s the biggest thing, you know. I liked our work ethic on that road trip, you know. Both ends of the ice…I think our back checking was as good as our fore checking and our offense you know was just as good as our defense on the road trip so it’s important that, you know, there’s still room for obviously improvement and I think we all know that. But I like the direction and the step forward that we took on the road trip. So to me it’s important to follow that with a good home outing tonight.

On when Matt Beleskey sustained the injury and what his prognosis is…
His prognosis as far as…we don’t know. As far the timeline of how long he’ll be out. It didn’t happen during practice it happened between practice and this morning. So I’m not really sure - I was just told it’s an upper-body injury. I know what it is obviously but that he wouldn’t be in our game here tonight.

On what he thinks of fired coaches requiring draft pick compensation in the NHL for their new teams…
I mean the league is going to look into that, you know. But as a coach, you know, I would find it a shame that I wouldn’t be able to get a job somewhere because the compensation was too high. Yet, they thought enough of me that they would be willing to hire me but they wouldn’t be willing to for a second or third round pick, you know. So I don’t know that the compensation…to me once you’re fired, you’re fired, okay? I’m not saying that if it’s a different situation that you’re not fired and you step down you say, “I don’t want to be here anymore,” whatever, “well we still own your rights until the end of the contract,” I agree with that. Because you know, they still wanted you, you’re the one that wanted to step down. But once you’re fired I think you should be, you know, you shouldn’t be held back from working anywhere because of compensation. So that’s, you know, whether it’s called a selfish thing on our part I think the thing that we want to do, we want to get back and work again. And at the same time I think it’s a benefit to the team that fired you because they don’t have to keep paying for doing nothing. So this is something that I think the League is going to look into and we’ll see what happens there but I know you’re talking about Torts [John Tortorella] going to Columbus, and so on so forth. You know, he’s got what? Two more years? Three more years after this year? They can save a lot of money just by letting him go work somewhere else instead of holding him back. That’s my opinion.

On if coaches, as a group, have brought that to the League’s attention…
Well we’ve talked about it but at the same time, DJ, I think it’s important also to understand that there’s teams that develop coaches. Why don’t we use the example of Detroit [Red Wings]? You know, how many coaches have they lost? Todd McLellan being an assistant coach and giving him the opportunity to be a head coach. Well he had an opportunity to grow in the organization so, you know, all of a sudden they say we should get some sort of compensation. So he wasn’t fired, he was promoted. So I understand the logistics of where that argument comes from. So I’m not naïve when it comes to that. So having said that, I think there’s two sides of it but I think as coaches I think our biggest thing was being fired, okay not promoted, but being fired we should be able to get another job without being held back without compensation.

On if he hopes that that’s changed this year…
Yeah, you know I’m going to be honest with you, that’s the least of my worries right now. My worry is about my team and, you know, hoping that we can get our team going in the right direction. It’s about hockey right now. Those are minor details to me and even though [laughs], you know, my name comes up a lot I’m still not worried about that. I’m worried about doing the job with my team.

On how he thinks the Philadelphia Flyers look on film…
There’s some parts of their game that are different but there’s some parts that are still the same, you know. They really… they excel in the offensive zone from, you know, plays from behind the net to, you know, creating things. But you know, their neutral zone seems a little bit different and their neutral zone fore check. So we’ve seen those things, nothing out of the ordinary, but a new coach and a couple of things that are different.

On if he’s seen a problem with the Bruins penalty kill so far…
Well there’s always room for improvement, there’s no doubt about it, you know. I look at some of the goals, whether it’s Zee [Zdeno Chara] poking the puck in one of them and you know. So there’s some of those situations that have happened but nonetheless we have to be better than we are. And you know we just have to be better in certain areas and whether it’s clearing the pucks, you know, from our end, I thought we struggled on face-offs. We go into face-offs yet we wouldn’t get the puck out. That has to get better. So there’s some areas where we can definitely improve on.

On if he’s talked to Zac Rinaldo about how to act when he plays his former team tonight…
Well I haven’t had a talk with him yet today. I think Zac’s been good about, you know, fine tuning his game a little bit. You know, our message was clear, it’s been well documented too, you know, I think this guy’s got some skill. He’s got some talent: he skates well, he fore-checks well. You see him in practice- he can make great plays, got a good shot. But sometimes the other part of his game would take over so all we’ve asked him to do is balance that out, okay? We don’t want him lose that edge that he has because it’s not a bad edge to have. He really can give your team a spark, he can give you some energy. In preseason he kind of turned the game around for us where we were able to come back and win because he got the other bench all riled up and that kind of stuff. So as long as he doesn’t cross the line for me, I’m good with that. I want him to be physical; I want him to agitate whenever he can, within the rules of course, but at the same time I want to see him play hockey. I don’t want to have a guy that just is one-dimensional and he has a skill level to be more than one-dimensional. So that’s kind of what we’re doing here with Zac [Rinaldo].

On what he thinks of John Tortorella being back in the NHL…
I’ve never had an issue with Torts [John Tortorella], okay? Anybody who knows Torts [John Tortorella] away from the game, he’s a great guy, you know. I know he’s also a good coach. And there’s been times where he’s struggled with, you know, certain situations, you know. Haven’t we all, you know? So I think he deserves that chance, you know. And he’s going to get an opportunity having said that, I feel bad for Todd [Richards], you know. He’s a good coach he really is a good coach and he had that team going in the right direction last year and for whatever reason, something happened at the beginning of the year, and you know more than likely that team will find his path again and Torts will get the credit for it. So I think with time Todd [Richards] probably would’ve been able to do the same thing but that’s, I’ll say it again, that’s the nature of our business sometimes.
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