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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS VS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:30 P.M.
On if it was nice to see Adam McQuaid and Chris Kelly contribute after being injured last season…
Yeah, it made a big difference as far as having some experienced guys out there. I think there was more than that, but that was a good start for us to see those two guys contribute the way they did.

On what type of example Bobby Robins sets for other players trying to fight for spots on the team…
I don’t know if he sets an example, I think right now he’s looking after himself. He wants to stay here and he’s playing hard. That’s what you saw from him tonight. He’s a great example for guys that have been toying around in the minors for a long time and to know that there’s still some hope at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not over just because you’re 30 years old. He’s done a good job of keeping himself in shape. Tonight he came out there excited to play and the energy that we were looking for he gave us some of it.

On how much he enjoys seeing how happy Robins was to be playing…
It is [nice]. If you were him, wouldn’t you be happy right now? It’s a great feeling. First regular season NHL game, legit NHL game. You participate in it and you do your job and you do it well and come out of there with a win, so it’s a good start for him. As a coach, you love seeing those kinds of success stories happen in front of your eyes.

On what he thought of Dennis Seidenberg in his first game back from injury…
He was good. He’s getting better all the time. I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet. Again, I see a guy improving all the time. He played some heavy minutes, played strong, solid. There’s a lot of things when you’ve missed that much time that’s gonna take a little bit of time. Whether it’s quick puck decisions, moving it under pressure and stuff like that. He’s getting better at that all the time. Certainly not critical of his game because I thought he was good for us tonight.

On how much the defensive pairs are still a work in progress…
Well, it’s not just a work in progress. We’ve got some injuries to some key players. When you’re missing [David] Krejci and then you look at their lineup and their top three lines with the veterans that they have there. Some times after a power play or penalty kill you have to make sure you have the right people out there. I had to juggle lines tonight. People that are used to watching me coach aren’t used to seeing that too much. But I do it when I have to. Tonight I felt I felt I had to put certain players together at certain times during the game.

On the Patrice Bergeron line versus the Claude Giroux line being lopsided in the Bruins’ favor…
I think Bergeron’s line is Bergeron’s line. He’s one of the best centermens in the league. At the same time, he’s got two pretty good wingers alongside with him. They take pride in being a better line than the line that they’re facing up against. It’s just a trait that they have. They worked hard. You have to give them credit, too, for how they checked against that line because it had a lot of potential to be dangerous offensively. But those guys did a pretty good job of taking away those opportunities. Accept for maybe in the second period, we got caught there a few times with some long shifts and some tough changes. Other than that, I thought overall that line, and our team, played a pretty good game.

On Dougie Hamilton having a couple miscues…
We’ve seen Dougie play some solid games. He had a tough night tonight. That’s going to happen to everybody. But it doesn’t change my opinion on the player. I think there was a couple times where he might have forced it and we didn’t have four guys coming back. Normally, Doug will read those plays much better. It’s a tough night and he has a chance to bounce back tomorrow. I have no issues with that. I could see he was having a tough night. But those things are going to happen. It’s not from the lack of trying or wanting to, but those kind of things happen. I think he’s given us too many good games to be critical of him right now.

On if he wants Hamilton playing that aggressively when the other team has the puck…
It depends. It depends. I don’t think tonight, in certain situations, he didn’t have the support. That’s what I think [the reporter] is talking about. There’s times where you saw other D’s be aggressive but they did it when they had support and it was the right thing to do.

On what he saw on the winning goal and if it was good that it was a dirty goal…
It is. I’m going to be honest with you. Coming off the bench at the end of the game [assistant coach] Doug Houda said to me, ‘What happened on that goal?’ And I thought he was talking about the goal against and I said, ‘Well, a bit of a bad bounce there off a player and in our net.’ He said, ‘No, their winning goal.’ I said, ‘To be honest with you, I didn’t get a clear, clear view.’ I don’t know if I was talking to someone and I looked up and then I saw the loose puck inside the net and the goal scored. I agree with you, as far as was it the gritty goal you’re looking for? Absolutely. There was a lot going on around the crease area at the time and the puck got through. I’m going to have to look at it and maybe explain it a little better.

On having penalty killers in the box when killing a penalty…
Yeah, you know, you’re right. We had some penalty killers in the box and with [Gregory] Campbell not there and David Krejci, who can kill. I thought a guy like [Craig] Cunningham did a great job tonight. Him and Dan Paille. But Cunny, for a young player coming in did a great job. And then we had to kind of double shift certain guys. We killed with four, but kept them short for the most part. And we were able to get away with it. But, no doubt, I thought a guy like Cunningham really saved us from more damage by being so good on the penalty kill. Our other guys, who are experienced guys out there, Kelly and Paille, Marchand, Bergergon, those kind of guys, [Loui] Eriksson. Like you said, some of those guys were in the penalty box during those penalties and he came up and did a great job on faceoffs, and also guys blocking shots and doing a great job of clearing the puck.

On if he saw the chemistry carry over on the Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson line…
Yeah, I thought they were good tonight. I thought they had a lot of chances and they moved the puck around. You could see they had played together before. Again, it was important for me to have two lines that were familiar with each other tonight in the situation that we’re in. I thought Looch [Milan Lucic] did a great job playing with two young players, [Ryan] Spooner and then [Matt] Fraser. He worked hard and was very reliable and took it upon himself to really help those young guys along.

On how tough it will be to break up Eriksson and Soderberg…
I’m not there yet, so I don’t have to answer that, right? I got a chance to think about it. I don’t have an answer for you.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On if there is always chemistry power play with him and Carl Soderberg…
I don’t know how he sees it, so I’m just happy that he does. Cause I don’t really see too many lanes but for some reason he always gets the puck through, so I’m pretty fortunate about that.

On if he was surprised that no one was near him right before his goal…
A little bit, but I guess it’s the start of the season so everyone’s still feeling it out and not in midseason form, so try to get as many and just try to work that play as much as you can as long as it’s there.

On how he felt during the game given that he hadn’t played much in the pre-season..
I felt pretty good actually. I’ll see tomorrow, playing back to back will be a little different, but tonight I felt like I had a pretty good jump.

On his progression from day 1 of camp to now…
I think it’s been a steady progression. I tried to come in in pretty good shape so, try not to let it be too big of a jump. So far it’s on the upside.

On what was working best in tonight’s game to outplay the Flyers…
Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. Bergy was doing a good job.  He was winning tons of face-offs which was giving us the puck pretty much every time we got out there, so he did a good job, and Marchy [Brad Marchand] was just kind of just being March. Winning every puck in the corners and making good plays, so those guys did a good job.

On Carl Soderberg’s performance and nice passes…
Yeah, he’s good at that. He’s really strong on the puck and somehow he sees plays that no one else sees, so if he can keep on doing that I think it’ll be really beneficial for our team.

On the energy of the fourth line…
Yeah, they did a great job. Bobby [Robins] was hitting everything that moved and gave us some energy with that fight. Cunny [Craig Cunningham] was all over the place. Cunny was winning tons of battles. So little stuff like that goes a long way for sure.

Walking us through his goal…
I’ve been kind of doing it for a little bit now, so I’ve been kind of seeing a couple of trends. Carl’s good at making those passes and going through. I don’t know how he sees it but they do a good job winning the puck in the far corner and seems like whenever they got a time with a puck on their stick they were able to make good plays so I’m just trying to be the beneficiary of that.

On missing training camp and if his performance is where he wants it to be…
It’s getting better every day. You’re obviously not going to be in mid-season form game one, but it’s been a steady progression and I think it’s going pretty well so far.

On if an early goal takes a lot of pressure off of him…
Yeah, definitely. It worked out well and I’m definitely not upset about it. But it’s only one, so hopefully we can keep going.

On the excitement of getting a win in game one…
Oh it’s huge. Especially playing back-to-back and going to Detroit, playing there tomorrow. That’s going to be a tough game so it’s good to have one under our belt.

On looking forward to jumping right into back-to-back games.
It’s not even that. Seven games in the next eleven days. Points are huge right now and to get off to a hot start will be good for our team.

On how good he feels for Chris Kelly to get the game winning point…
I feel great. He’s usually a little grumpy in the dressing room so that will put a smile on him for a few days for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On if he found playing the entire power play taxing…
Yes, it is, but I enjoy it. I enjoy playing on the power play. So it was nice to be able to do that.

On playing with a new group…
Yeah, it’s different I think on the other side and just have to get used to it. I haven’t practiced there, so just to get used to it and know where guys are and everything. It’s a little bit different than the other side.

On if he knew of special teams before today…
Yeah, we did a little bit I guess yesterday and obviously with Krech [David Krejci] out there’s an open spot. It would have been nice if we had more power plays and to keep working on it, but obviously good to get a goal, a nice goal. So I thought we moved the puck well on my unit and hopefully we can have a good year on it.

On if he felt people played together without Johnny Boychuk…
Yeah, I thought we were good. I thought I was bad but everyone else played well and battled, and I mean didn’t really think about him not being here so that’s a good thing.

On some of the moments he wish he had back…
There’s a lot of them. I think just a lot of brain farts and I’ll just have to be better tomorrow.

On the moments like “the pinch in particular that led to a long extended to start the second period”…
Yeah there were a few of them, like I said. So obviously just like I said brain farts and not thinking too well, and just have to be better.

On if he thinks he was trying to be too aggressive…
I don’t know, I think…I don’t know what was up, so like I said just good that we have a game tomorrow and move on and I’m going to focus for that.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
On the fourth line drawing a penalty and playing hard...
For sure. Anytime you play in the offensive zone as a fourth line, you know, give those guys [on the bench] a rest and give them a little bit of a lift. If you can draw a penalty and get your skill guys on the power play, then you’ve done a good job.

On playing at crucial times in the game as a fourth line...
I think we’re still proving ourselves every day. He [Claude Julien] gave us a pretty good opportunity tonight as a fourth line and we were excited about it. I thought for the most part we took pretty good advantage of it.

On if he expected Bobby Robins to get in a fight with Zac Rinaldo...
I don’t know, I think so. Bobby [Robins] is a guy where, if he gets a chance to line a guy up that plays like that, he’s going to do it. Obviously, he got a little lift from the crowd and a good scrap after.

On the penalty kill in tonight’s game...
Like I said, I thought I got a pretty good opportunity tonight and just tried to take advantage of it. [I’ve] done a lot of video with the coaches and tried to work on those little parts of my game. Killing with Piesy [Paille] is easy. He’s a great killer and he’s usually in the right spot. I just kind of let him go and read off of him and he helps you out all over the ice.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the first game of the regular season...
Yeah, it looked like guys were really excited to start the game and we had a good first period and didn’t let down too much. But overall, it was a little sloppy from both sides at times, but overall I think a pretty good hockey game.

On Chris Kelly’s winning goal...
It was really good for him to get that goal. Obviously tough season last year, but he’s a guy that you miss him when he’s gone and then when he comes back he’s the same old Kellz [Kelly]. He does these things, not trying too much and it’s a good thing that he got rewarded too.

On if he expected the puck to bounce considering the warm weather outside...
Yeah, I mean the ice looked really good for how the weather was outside and how hot it was inside. But you know, when you get late in the periods it’s going to get chippy. For the most part, I thought we controlled the puck pretty good, too.

On how the defensive unit played...
I thought overall we played a really solid defensive game. Maybe a couple bad reads there and they got odd-man rushes, but I thought overall it was a great effort from everybody.

On if mistakes are more prevalent early on in the season...
For sure. I mean, nobody’s at midseason form early in the season and you’re not going to make those reads you’re going to make in midseason and late season. There’s going to be some communication errors there, but that’s why I’m there – to try to stop those mistakes.

On if he was nervous about having new faces in the lineup...
No, not really. There are some new guys but I thought they fit right in. We had a lot of speed going. We’ve got Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and those guys skating and Bobby [Robins] hitting and stuff like that. It looked like guys were buzzing and I didn’t notice any difference. If anything, it was better.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On finding chemistry with linemates Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser…
I think it got better as the game went on. Obviously we didn’t play much together in the preseason or anything, but the good thing was we didn’t get scored on, which is one of our jobs. I think we have a lot to build on heading into tomorrow night’s game. We’ve just got to try to get in sync a little bit more, and hopefully it’ll happen sooner or later.

On if timing was an issue with his linemates…
Yeah, definitely. That’s why we want to get into sync, and timing’s a huge part of that, and hopefully we can find that right away tomorrow night.

On if he could feel the effects of not having played all summer…
Yeah at the start, definitely. It’s the situation that I have to deal with, but I’ve got to find a way to get myself ready to play every game and bring what I can bring.

On having to develop a better sense of where his linemates are on the ice…
We’ve just got to be comfortable with one another, know where the other guy is, and those are things that just take a little bit of time. The good thing is we get right back at it tomorrow, and we’ve got a little bit more of a feel of what each guy can do, what each guy can bring. I think Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and Fraz [Matt Fraser] played as linemates in Providence, so I’ve just got to do my best to fit in with them. Tough test tomorrow with Detroit, never an easy place to play, and never an easy team for us to play against.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On getting the game winning goal…
It was obviously right place right time. I thought we played well; we had some pretty good chances. He’s a big goalie and I think it’s important to get some traffic in front of him and it paid off.

On getting a win on season opener…
Yeah it’s the way we want to start I think. Wins in October are just as good as wins in April. I thought we played well, everyone.

On scoring a goal in the first game taking pressure off…
I just wanted to go out there and feel good and enjoy it. Last year was taken away from me and made me realize how much I missed the game and want to be out there playing. I just tried to enjoy the whole night and tried to play my game. For sure there’s no better feeling.

On being a sloppy game…
It had moments. I don’t want to use excuses but the ice was wasn’t at its best. It was warm today and I don’t know if you could see it but there were some shiny patches even in the third period. You know, it was bouncing but it was bouncing for both sides. I think we handled it well. We didn’t lose focus or get frustrated. Sometimes the plays or the passes weren’t there.

On how the mixed up lines played…
Extremely well. I think someone said before the game, everyone’s here for a reason and everyone has a job to do. I think everyone came out here and performed and did what they do best. I think it was great to see Bobby Robins play his first NHL game and have an impact. Cunny [Craig Cunningham] played extremely well. It was important taking faceoffs, killing penalties. I think a lot of times they didn’t let those guys enter. Those are just two of many that played well.

On the quick turnaround game in Detroit…
Yeah its-- personally I like it. It’s better than jamming 16 or 17 games in March. Gotta get out and get your legs under you and play back to back.

On playing the penalty kill…
I think we tried to take their time and space away. They got a lot of skill guys. They have a really good power play. If you give those skill guys like [Claude] Giroux or [Jakub] Voracek straight time they’re gonna make the right play.

On playing the penalty kill when Bergeron is in the box…
You guys gasp like we did? It’s always difficult Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] our best penalty killer besides Tuukka [Rask]. I thought we did a good job stepping up and killing it off. He kills so many for all of us it was the least we could do.

On playing on a line with Loui Eriksson…
Yeah I think we haven’t really played together throughout training camp. Obviously we played together last year when the three of us weren’t injured, but I thought as the game went on we got clicking better and better.

On chemistry with that line…
I think we try to read off one another and support each other in all three zones which is key. The days of a guy trying to beat two guys and then you just try to get open are no longer there, we want to defend so well. I think it’s important to support one another and have communication.

On wanting to stay together with that line…
I don’t really like playing with Carl [Soderberg] and Loui [Eriksson] so I think Bergeron needs a winger up there [laughter]. No, yeah obviously I like playing with the Swedes even though half the time I never understand them on the bench.

On being a long off season and feeling anxious…
Yeah I had a different feel even yesterday in practice that preseason was over and the regular season was ready to start. I felt good this morning. I’m just excited like it’s my first year again. Home openers are always enjoyable but this one was—I couldn’t really sleep this afternoon, I was excited.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BOBBY ROBINS
On playing in his first regular season NHL game...
It was awesome. Just after nine years to have that happen was a dream come true and to play here at the Garden after playing four years at UMass Lowell and always watching the Bruins for the past bunch of years. It was a very special feeling; I’ll never forget it.

On fighting in his first NHL game...
I was wondering when that would happen. I figured if I played hard enough, fights usually happen. So I was wondering if it would happen the first game. Luckily, it turned out to be a good one.

On if he was looking to fight Zac Rinaldo before Brayden Schenn intervened...
I just saw a good opportunity to get a good run at [Zac] Rinaldo there and he’s known to be a pretty big hitter and took a few runs at our guys, so I was hoping to get a good bump on him and one of his teammates came in and stuck up for him.

On if he talked to Brayden Schenn in the penalty box...
Yeah, he was asking if it was my first NHL game. So, I said yeah. He just said good fight, the normal stuff guys say after a fight.

On if tonight’s game lived up to his expectations.
It was great. I definitely want to keep going. I don’t want to just play one game – I want to keep stringing together games and stringing together good games and make that a season, make that two seasons, and make that a career and keep going. So, I’ve definitely got the itch now – I want to stay in this league.

On if getting a win helped in his first game...
Yeah, that helped. All the boys were fired up and to get that first win in front of the home crowd was pretty special.

On if he will take time to reflect on his first game and fight later...
Definitely. I don’t get much time to reflect when we’re hoping on a plane to Detroit now, but I’m sure I’ll have some moments to really reflect on the big picture of things. But, I’m just trying not to get too carried away and I’m not focusing on that big picture, I’m more focusing on just showing up every day and playing good hockey and really controlling what I can control. I feel if I do that I don’t get too overwhelmed and can just focus on playing hockey.

On playing with Craig Cunningham and Daniel Paille...
They’re both great players. I love playing with those guys and I’ve played with Cunny [Cunningham] before down in Providence so we have some good chemistry. When we were rolling, especially that last shift there when we drew a penalty, I think we’re a really effective line. If we can get in on that forecheck every shift we’re going to be a dangerous fourth line.

On if his family was in attendance for his first game...
I had my wife and my baby in the stands watching me. I’m proud that my little girl, eleven months, I’m proud that she got to see my first game...Her name is Libby.

On getting an ovation from the crowd after his fight...
It was great. I know the brand of hockey these Boston fans like and I just hope to be able to provide that and to get that kind of reception was a great feeling. Hopefully more where that came from.

On if he was overwhelmed by the experience....
I really, like I said, I really made myself not – you can start looking at the crowd and everything looks so big, but I’ve played in exhibition games before where maybe in the past you get overwhelmed. But I knew I just had to kind of keep it at ice level and keep it mentally sound and just focus on the task at hand. I think maybe afterwards when I watch some video and stuff I’ll realize the magnitude of the whole thing.


PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALIE STEVE MASON POSTGAME QUOTES
On the Bruins last goal….
The broken stick fluttered the puck and threw my timing off. What threw me off the most we had two guys skate in front just as the puck was getting to me. I lost sight of it, it hit off my blocker and landed right into the crease and they put it home.

On his play in the first two periods…
They were attacking hard. The first periods they came out extremely quick. I think they were the better team and they got what they deserved. They were creating chances off the rush and that is what we try to preach in practice too. Utilize the rush, make good shots off the goaltenders pad if you can, and create second chances. They had some good opportunities and were the better team tonight. That’s why they won.

On losing the game in the last two minutes…
When you’re two minutes away from getting one point, you can’t lose hockey games within the last five minutes of the game I think. You really have to shut things down. They got a flukey play there. The guy breaks his stick and the puck changes all of its momentum. That gives guys opportunity to get in front and create a screen. They worked for their opportunities and were able to capitalize on them more than we did.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH CRAIG BERUBE POSTGAME QUOTES
On the team’s performance on the power play…
Well the power play in the preseason wasn’t our real power play. You can’t go by that. We had tough nights on our power play last year. We had a tough night tonight. I don’t base the whole game on the power play. We just have to be better.

On the team’s slow start…
I think we were just on our heels. Once I talked to them about skating and moving the feet a little bit more, good things happen. You have to skate. I thought at times in the first period we looked stagnant with the puck in transition. When our D had it and we weren’t getting in position quick enough, we didn’t move the puck quick enough, and there wasn’t good skating.

On giving the game away at the end…
I don’t know if we gave it away. We had a power play late in the third period and we had just killed off a penalty too. We had momentum and then a fluky play and they scored on it. You just have to find the way to win.

On Rinaldo’s penalty taking away momentum…
No we killed the penalty off. That gives us momentum. They got a goal late. You have to really tighten it down and win those games. We could have gone into overtime and got a point.

On first Rinaldo penalty that led to a Bruins goal…
Whatever happens, he can’t retaliate. End of story.

On whether slow start was due to first game jitters…
It could be. The Bruins are a very good checking team in the neutral zone, but like I said, we didn’t really skate and move the puck like we can through the neutral zone. It might have been jitters. I don’t know. When guys don’t skate it is a sign of nervousness.

On returning to Philadelphia tomorrow for another game…
I think it is great that we are going home. Right back at it. Obviously the guys are upset about the game today, losing the game. I think it is great to get right back at it, especially against a division team.


On Michael Del Zotto’s play….
I thought he was good with the puck. I thought he checked well and hard. He skated and competed hard and I thought he moved the puck well.

On one part of the game he would like to clean up…
We didn’t shoot the puck enough again. I know Braden Schenn made a nice cross ice pass to Jake Vorachek and he tried to one touch pass to Giroux. We just have to put the puck on net. It creates momentum and chaos against the other team. We just have to shoot more pucks.

On whether he walks away looking at the point the team missed or that the Flyers played a tough team in a tough building when they didn’t play their best…
A little of both. We blew a chance, tied the game up, had some momentum and we let it slip away. We can play the game better.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD CLAUDE GIROUX POSTGAME QUOTES

On getting no points in a road game…
Yeah, the good part of it is that we played a good game in the third and unfortunately there was a little loss in our play. We kind of slowly found out our game and played a good game, but the fluky goal at the end there.

On first game jitters…
First two periods we were tight. We weren’t making plays that we know we can make. It’s like we are trying to make plays too quick, but it’s the first game and it is frustrating we didn’t get a point. The good thing about it is that we play tomorrow.

On fighting hard to tie and then lose…
They’re a good team, a really good team at home. We knew that coming in. I think we did a good job tying the game and I don’t know what to say. It is over with and we have New Jersey tomorrow so let’s drink some Gatorade and get ready.

On poor power play performance…
We didn’t execute, like I said. The first two periods, we were scared making plays. I don’t know about the other guy, but I would get the puck and I couldn’t get the confidence to make the play. We need to relax and play the game. Obviously we will look at some video.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On status of David Krejci…
His status obviously would put him on the injured reserve. That means he can’t play until after Saturday’s game. That’s his situation. He’s doing much better today. Let’s just hope that things continue to improve and he’s back in our lineup after Saturday. It all depends how he does from here on in.

On Craig Cunningham’s position being related to Krejci’s injury…
He had a good camp but I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot of things related to—not just [David] Krejci but [Greg] Campbell is hurt. We’ve got some injuries here so he’s a guy that had a good camp, can play center, is good on face-offs. He’s worked hard in the minors. He’s earned the respect of his teammates. At the same time, well respected just because of how he conducts himself and when he shows up on the ice how hard he works.

On Spooner having experience in a top six role…
Yeah I think, again as we said the other day, he’s a real good player. There’s areas in his game that he wants to continue to work on and were gonna keep helping him along the way here. He’s definitely got some experience too. He was with us for twenty some games last year. He’s a player we can rely on and his speed is a hard thing to find in this league so when you have it you try to maximize it. Like we said we’ll see how he handles it and go from there. But certainly a big asset, to your questions, to be able to have a guy like that can certainly play with some skill players and give us that sort of dynamic.

On preseason criticisms of Spooner paying off now that he’s made the team…
Well this is not negative, but he hasn’t made the team. He’s here and he has to hang onto his spot and we’re giving him that opportunity. We’ve said that before, anybody that feels comfortable here certainly doesn’t have the right approach to our team, it’s about earning it. The thing I liked about what he did was that he had an average camp, he was sent down, he came back and he showed us that he wanted a second chance and proved that he deserved a second chance so he’s got it now.

On the Johnny Boychuk deal opening up a spot…
You talking about your son? [laughter]

On finding a permanent replacement or rotating D into Boychuk’s role…
I think, in response to your question; I think we’ve got seven defensemen that are regulars in the NHL. So a top four role, I think there’s a lot of guys that can play in those roles. Torey Krug is a good defenseman, so is Adam McQuaid when he’s healthy. [Kevan] Miller showed us how good he can be. [Matt] Bartkowski played in the top four. You’re going to say maybe—you’re gonna argue with us that maybe that’s not the guy you win a Stanley Cup with. Guys, they’ve got the experience, they can and right now we feel comfortable with the seven guys we have. Now, is it a hole to fill or does it just mean that we went from eight capable NHL defensemen to seven? That’s how I have to look at it. 

On how then power play with adapt to players out of the lineup…
Well we always have guys. Guys get injured during the season and we plug in guys here and there. We’re gonna do that again tonight. I’m not gonna stand here and start giving you all my things but we do. We’ve addressed that because David’s an important part of that power play on the right side. There’s also guys that can play more than a minute on the power play. There’s a lot of guys that play almost two minutes. We’ve got enough guys there that can stretch their shifts out on the power play if need be and well see how that goes tonight.
On replacing centers on the power play and penalty kill…
Not really. You still got some guys that can kill penalties at center. [Patrice] Bergeron’s one of them, obviously [Chris] Kelly’s another one. We’ve had Spooner kill penalties, we’ve have Cunningham kill penalties. We’ve got a lot of guys that can handle that, that aren’t bad on face-offs either. We have wingers that aren’t bad on face-offs either if worst comes to worst. But it’s up to me to work that out and there’s a lot of times you see were short of center men I’ll put a pair of guys that aren’t center men but they’re gonna change on the fly and as soon as there’s a whistle I’ll put a center men out.

On Bobby Robins making the team…
I think he’s really grateful for the opportunity that he’s been given but I think that he needs to understand too is that he’s earned it. We don’t give anything around here, people earn it. He should be proud to have earned his spot, number one on this team so far and it’s up to him to go out there and play the way he did in training camp. As I said he’s a guy that skates well enough to for check well, finish his checks, give our team energy. We know his toughness, his willingness and his hands aren’t that bad either. There’s a lot of guys in this league that can fight but when it comes to playing the game they’re not as skilled as he is. Were in a good spot right now with Bobby.

On relation to Bobby Robins…
Not really because at 33, I was done [laughter]. Yeah when you look at his spreadsheet of his career he’s been a lot of places and for him to land an NHL job at his age is pretty remarkable. It’s a feel good story for everybody, for you guys, for us as coaches and even his teammates are behind him one hundred percent.

On the flyers not having a heavyweight anymore…
They’re still a big team. They still have some toughness. It doesn’t mean about dropping gloves all the time but they’re a big team and they’re gonna continue to play the same way. I’ve watched some of their preseason games and they’re a good team. Gotta give them credit on how they bounced back last year from a tough start so there’s character there as well.

On changing of the hash marks influencing jousting and fighting during the game…
No I don’t think it’s—first of all I think it will help the jousting. That’s one of the things we notice the most but at the same time if you watch it and when you win a faceoff your player has it in the offensive zone your player has a lot more time to maybe skate in front of that player and let your D get an offensive opportunity there and I think the league is trying to create that as well. On the downside defensive team wins the draw it’s a little harder for the forwards to get to him. They tried it in the preseason and liked it enough to keep it in. I experience it in the Olympics and I thought it was a good thing as well. There’s pros and cons in everything you do and they chose to go with that. I see no issues personally with it. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t think the jousting was slowing down the faceoff more than it was center men going in, or wingers going in getting thrown out for center men and that’s been resolved as well.

On the dry scrape…
I don’t think it had great reviews overall but they chose to try it this year and we’ll see how it goes. Maybe it improves as it goes on here. Maybe the dry scrape is quicker. Right now I think in preseason because it was new to everybody it seemed like it took a long time, it seemed like we were getting pushed out of the game and starting all over again. Those are comments I’ve heard from a lot of people and players and maybe even referees and that kind of stuff. At the same time, what it does for the good of the game is that in order to switch ends and not give one team an advantage over the other, where there’s more snow on one side than the other, puts us on a level playing field again. In order to do that, they have to have the dry scrape and you saw it in one of our preseason game where a bad change resulted in us losing in that five minute overtime. I guess it gives teams a chance to resolve games before we get into the shootout. As much as we’ve all heard it, as much as it’s exciting to watch shootouts, a lot of hockey purist people think it’s not always the best way to resolve games. We’re working with it. I appreciate the fact that there’s an effort being made in regards to that.

On Zdeno Chara’s role changing…
No, not really. He’s still the best shut down defenseman in the league in my mind and this is only my mind but I think if you do a survey of players, if there’s one guy they hate playing against its him. I don’t think his role needs to diminish, I think whether were talking minutes, whether were talking this and that, I’m not even going there because we talked about that yesterday but there’s a lot of young guys that are coming into their own and maybe they will be able to get a bigger role. His role won’t diminish. He will still be playing against top lines and playing important minutes for us to be able to succeed.

On core team approach changing in terms of coaching…
Well I’m not quite sure whether I understand your question but our core group is still our core group and as far as I’m concerned I coach the same way all the time. No doubt there’s some young players that maybe are going to have to learn along the way—and how do they get experience if they don’t play? You try to balance things out where you put those players in positions where they can succeed and not necessarily positions where they’re gonna hurt the hockey club. I’m talking about maybe young guys late in the game don’t play as much but they’ll play enough during the game that eventually they will be able to step into those roles and that’s going to be up to them to show me that they can be put in those roles. That’s basically how I coach things and guys earn their ice time and that goes for young players as well. There’s always—there was a time when it took forever to get to the NHL because young players always had to spend time in the minors. That part of the game is now gone and there’s a lot of young players that come in that have to learn on the fly and were no different when it comes to having those players in our lineup.
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