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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Flyers on 4/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Saturday, April 5, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY
On the importance of finishing this game strong…
Yeah, I just thought our team got better as the game went on and obviously in the third period, we kind of took it over. I thought until the third period, they either had the momentum or it was pretty even, and we gave them some power plays and those — especially the first one of the game, that gave them the momentum that they needed. So took us a while to recuperate or recover from that anyways. So after that we just — second half of the first, I thought we started finding our legs and getting a little bit better and we did a good job in the second. But we gave them some goals. There’s some areas there I thought we should have been better at, and the third was a pretty good one.

On the fact that the team is now a plus-50 in the third period…
Yeah, it is — you know, it shows you the team is well-conditioned. It shows our team is capable of keeping their focus and their determination for 60 minutes, and that’s been a good sign and it’s been one of the reasons we’ve had a pretty decent amount of success.

On whether the team was focused on stopping a two-game skid tonight…
No, as you know, whether we talk about streaks or we talk about anything, we don’t really waste a lot of time worrying about that stuff. Our focus was on making sure that we were sharp and that we played hard tonight and played well because of the fact that — I felt our team looked tired in Toronto and so they had the day off yesterday and there was no morning skate. So they had 15 minutes of warmup to get themselves going and that could have been the reason why we had a slow start. But all of the, I guess, the information that we gave them was regarding today and nothing about the past.

On Loui Eriksson…
Well, because he’s a smart player — I think we’ve been saying that since the beginning of the year. He’s a smart hockey player that you’re starting to see, I guess, the — how important that part of his game is to our team because he’s been injured twice at the beginning of the year with those concussions, and we haven’t seen Loui at his best until after the Olympics, where he’s gotten much better and has recovered and now you’re seeing the real Loui that everybody’s been talking about. And he’s such a smart player — he adapts to any line he’s with, and he’s been a great asset to that third line with Carl Soderberg and [Chris] Kelly. He was a great asset tonight with [David] Krejci’s line. I thought he did a great job also on Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron’s] line the other night in Toronto. That line kind of got itself going with him… It means a lot as far as what he’s capable of bringing to our team.

On whether Loui Eriksson is getting more comfortable… 
Well, he’s past the injuries also. Really feeling comfortable with playing in our system and the way we think and the way we play the game. I think all of that stuff just keeps getting better and better for him. So he’s one of those guys that’s very consistent in his play. So now that he’s better, I think you’re seeing a consistent player night in, night out.

On Reilly Smith…
Yeah, it is important, and I thought that Reilly was even better again tonight. I see his game picking up again to where it used to be and tonight, I thought he had good jump and he’s a smart player. He makes plays, he’s pretty nifty with the puck as well, and he’s a good heads-up type of player. He sees the ice very well and he’s starting to show that he’s willing to go to those dirty areas as well. He’s not a big player but he’s trying to play big and go into the areas we’re asking him to go into.

On the absences of Jarome Iginla and Kevan Miller today…
Minor — very minor, and I would assess that more as maintenance more than anything else. And you guys know that as you know, he missed a game in Detroit, he came back and right now, it’s still not 100 percent. So we’re going to take our time here with him. So same thing with Kevan.

On the importance of becoming familiar with the Flyers…
Well, it’s important because in a way, they’ve been playing much better than they were at the beginning of the year. Second part is, I think there’s always a slight possibility they could be our matchup in the first round right now. So there’s a lot of reasons, and there are a lot of reasons they came in here and played the way they did tonight — because they know the same thing we do.

On his team’s consistency…
It’s been good. I think — have you not checked our record lately? [Laughter] At this point in the year, we’re pretty good. I think I’ve seen a little bit of our sense of urgency just dip a little bit in the last little while, but not to the point of being worried. I think it’s just a natural thing right now, and as I’ve mentioned often, our team is an experienced team and the guys know that when the time comes, they will be ready. And to me, they’re still ready right now and playing pretty good hockey against some teams that, as you know, are still desperate right now. I think Philadelphia knows where they want to finish and where they want to be, and tonight was a big game for them. And for us to come out there with that kind of a win — it shows the, I guess, the type of game that we’re playing right now.

On David Krejci…
He’s been good for me all year. He had jump. I gave him the day off yesterday and he probably took good care of himself and felt good. Some days, you know, there’s some games guys really feel good. They go out there and they feel like they’re light on their skates and everything else, and the other guy beside him might feel like he’s got heavy legs. And when David feels good about himself and he’s got his legs going, he becomes that much of a better player. We know he’s skilled, we know he’s got great vision, he can make unbelievable plays, but when his feet are moving — and I’ve said that many times in the past years — he’s that much better. Tonight was one of those nights where I think he felt it.

On what he expects from Krejci heading into the playoffs…
Well again, you know, making that jump, to me, I’m telling you that he’s been consistent as much as I’ve seen him be consistent. In all the years I’ve had him here, this is probably the best he’s played from Game 1 to the game tonight — Game 77 or whatever. … So he’s been real consistent this year, more than ever. So is he ready? We know he’s always been good in the playoffs and the way he’s played this year, I have no reason to doubt that he will be ready.

On what has most impressed him about this season…
It’s been a lot of things. I think our power play has improved. We know that — I think our depth has been there, you know, from the first line to the fourth line, and our fourth line tonight was as good as all the other lines and they had great chances. So I think there’s a lot of things that have been good. We talk about — you just have to look at our record. Again, we’re at 113 right now — that tells you that overall you’ve been a pretty good team. I don’t think we’ve struggled in a bunch of areas. We’ve had struggles at times, but I don’t think there’s an area I really would consider a strong weakness on our team.

On the old time hockey jacket Johnny Bucyk handed down to the players, who will use it to represent the player of the game…
Well, exactly — there’s a lot of respect for those guys, the past of this franchise and the people that have been here. And it’s Johnny Bucyk’s jacket — he gave it to [Milan Lucic] because he doesn’t fit it in anymore. [Laughter] So otherwise, he probably would have had to buy it, right? So he’s been real good to us, and we felt that this was a great opportunity for him to continue to be a part of our group, which he is, and donate something that I think the players are finding really important right now. And again, it’s an homage to those guys that have been here and done so well, and I think our players, as I said, have a lot of respect for those guys and they want to continue the tradition. So they’re going to wear that jacket probably.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if chances are good if they carry play in postseason…
We’re trying to do everything we can to feel good about our team, about our game before the playoffs come. So I felt like it was the right step today, and we have five games left, so we have to take game by game and just get ourselves ready.

On a difference in his play during the playoffs…
Just the focus and really getting ready for the game and you have to study the other team. You’ve got to make sure you know exactly what to do once you’re on the ice. So the preparation and obviously you’ve got to raise the bar a little bit higher than in the regular season. So I’m just trying to do my best.

On if he distracted the goalie today…
I was just doing my job. The middle guy has to drive the net, so I tried to do that, and that’s all I did.

On Loui Eriksson…
I thought we had a good game. We played two games ago in Detroit, and we had some scoring chances. And today same thing, but the puck was going in the net for us, so that was different.  So it was good to play with him. He replaced Iggy [Jarome Iginla] pretty well, so it was good to see him play well today.

On Loui Eriksson becoming more comfortable as season has gone on…
You’ve got to ask him, but he had a tough start with concussions and stuff like that, so I feel like he’s been playing pretty good hockey lately. We feed off each other pretty well. We kind of clicked and the puck was going in the net for us.

On the momentum change in the third period…
I thought we were moving our feet in the second and third period. Like I said already, we had the middle drive and, you know, we took the most of our chances.

On scoring so many goals this season…
I’ve tried to play the same game from the first minute to the end. It’s really hard to stop our team when we’re playing pretty good hockey. So I feel especially in the second and third we kept putting the puck deep and we had a good forecheck.

On the team’s consistency…
I don’t know. I’m taking it game by game, and after each game I’m trying to regroup and focus for the next one.

On what this means for him…
It’s good for myself, it’s good for the team. So hopefully the whole team’s going to feel pretty good before the first game and we can make a run again

On if he gets more excited for the playoffs…
Obviously you get more excited. There’s only 16 teams left and after the first round only eight, so really exciting. We’ll see what happens, but we have a good team, we believe in our system. What happens, happens. But we’re  excited and we’re obviously looking forward to it.

On if they needed a win tonight..
Yeah, if you look at the standings it looks like we’re pretty safe in the first spot. But that’s not our focus right now, we want to think about our game. And we lost the last couple games. So it was good to get a win, and hopefully we can finish off strong.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On clinching the Conference
Well, something, I guess, we wanted to do but it wasn’t really our main goal, everyone knows what our main goal is. But it’s good to finish off first and we still have a few games left and try to finish strong and then really feel good about going in to the playoffs.

On how confident the team is that they can beat anybody no matter the opponent…
Really confident. We’ve felt that way for a long time, if we play our style of hockey we’re going to have a chance of beating anybody. But I think especially this year, our clubs just some really good hockey and we’ve been playing really well so our team feels really confident about the playoffs.

On Milan Lucic having one of the most consistent years he had…
Well, I think he’s still an underrated player. When he’s on top of his game, he works both ways and he makes great little plays that a regular viewer might not notice out there. But it’s been great to see their whole line having a good season and having that chemistry so that should help us going in to the postseason.

On if he can talk to the coaching staff about when he needs rest or is it the same as usual…
No, it’s same old. I think we’re trying to manage everybody’s rest and I’m not going to go out there and talk to anybody. I feel good now and I’m sure I will have my chances to rest at some point.

On if he is okay when Claude Julien says he’s going to give him time off…
Yeah, I’m sure. I don’t feel too tired but sometimes you don’t even have to feel it, you just need the rest. But if I rest, I rest, if I don’t, I don’t. I think I’m good either way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On receiving NESN’s seventh player award…
It’s a good experience; you know some of the names that have won that award it says a lot just to be a part of that group. I think I’ve worked pretty hard this year and it’s nice to see it pay off a little bit.

On having a little more jump in his game today, and whether that had anything to do with winning the award…
I don’t think getting the award helped me too much, I think it was just nice having the day off yesterday. After back-to-back games on the road and then to come back it was nice to get that day off. I think that helped me have a little more energy.

On his plans for the new vehicle…
I don’t think I get it. I think it goes to the fan, or whoever they picked there. I don’t really know, but apparently I don’t get it. I’m a little bummed about that, it would have been nice, but whatever happens happens.

On how he hasn’t scored as much lately, but the other parts of his game he thinks he’s been doing well…
There’s a lot of things. I try to turn pucks over, you know set other players up. If it’s not going in for me then it’s not going in. Just got to keep on shooting pucks and hopefully sooner or later one will go in.

On how months ago he was just hoping to make the team, and now he has been given this award. Whether he has exceeded his own expectations…
A little bit. You know, you set different goals for yourself, and as you hit one you move on to the next one. Months ago sitting here in training camp just trying to make the team, that was my first goal. There’s been a few that I’ve achieved this year and there’s still a lot more that I’m striving for.

On whether he had any idea he was receiving the award prior to the ceremony…
I found out when I got to the rink this morning, but that was about it. [There were]A lot of guys congratulating me, and it’s a good feeling. I like having support from my teammates and management down.

On how the award is voted on by fans, and the support he’s gotten from the fan base…
Yeah it’s remarkable. It’s something you wouldn’t expect joining a team. The fans have been great here. It’s a treat everyday being able to come to the rink and play in front of fans that are really knowledgeable and who understand the game. You know they’re always there to support you. So it’s been great all year, and I don’t think anything will change going into the playoffs.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREJ MESZAROS
On if he’s found closure after playing several games against his former team…
Not really, but it feels really good to beat your old team where you played, and it’s awesome, it’s a great feeling. Even though they played hard, and I think they played a good game, but in the third period we took over and we scored more goals and we won the game.

On his game meshing with the Bruins’ style…
Yeah, I think it’s all done. It’s just a matter of execution now and playing hard, and I know what to do out there and like I said I just have to execute it and play hard and play good.

On defensemen rushing the net…
Yeah, you have to be smart about it. Torey [Krug] is offensive-minded and I can do the same thing, but we were pairing together today, we just have to make sure one of us is always back. And Torey made a great play jumping up in the play on that fourth goal and we scored. So that’s being smart, and obviously first thing to defend your own zone, and if you have a chance to jump in, go ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On his active game today…
I was feeling good out there. We were making some good plays and we got some really good chances. It was nice to get some goals too and get the win, for sure.

On if playing on the second line adds any motivation…
No not – I just want to go out there and play the best I can. I think we were playing pretty good, our line with Kells [Chris Kelly] and [Carl] Soderberg before and I’m in someplace new right now. But yeah, I’ve been able to play with some different types of players. It’s pretty easy to play with [David] Krejci and [Milan] Lucic, they are two great players to play with and they are making some great plays out there and tonight we had a good game.

On how important it is to have chemistry with everybody…
It’s definitely a nice feeling. Like I said, they are such smart players to play with, they do a lot of good things out there. I’m just trying to help them out and today I thought we played really well.

On how confident he is in his own play…
Yeah, for sure. I thought the Olympics helped me a lot too, I got some games there and I’m just trying to build off of that. I’m just trying to get better every game and it’s definitely nice to play on this team, it’s a really good team to play for, and I’m really excited to get going here with the playoffs and everything.

On if it takes a few games to get adjusted to new linemates…
Yeah, it’s pretty – like I said, it’s so easy, they are such smart players to play with. The way they play, it’s pretty simple, you go out there and try to help them out. It was a good game.

On if the team felt extra urgency after two straight losses…
Yeah, we talked about that before the game. We were not satisfied with losing two straight games. I thought at the beginning of the game we were kind of slow but I thought we took over the game and it was a big win for us to get back on a winning streak here.

On what it means to win the Conference and getting home ice in the playoffs…
It’s definitely nice. It’s always nice to play in front of your fans, there’s always an extra player out there when you have those with you. It’s always helpful to have that.

On if there is any frustration with not having too many goals recently…
Yeah, I thought we had some good opportunities to score some goals today and they’re just not going in right now. I need to be a little bit more focused maybe to get a better shot and score those goals. But I don’t think you need to think about it too much, when you probably get one it will probably be easier to score goals again.

On playing on three lines in a few games and them all working well…
Yeah, definitely. All those players are really good right now and I’m just trying to go in there and help them out. I’m just trying to do my best when I get the chance. I thought we have been creating chances every night so it’s been good.

On if there is much difference between how the lines play…
No, not really. Everyone has the same system. If you play the same way, get the puck deep, or if you have a good fore check we usually get chances from that and I think all lines can do that. So I think everyone knows the system really well.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On clinching home ice…
Well we just talked about playing good hockey, and moving forward just taking it one game at a time and focusing on what we can do to play our game. With the win today we clinched, and it’s good for our team we’re excited about having home ice now.

On the physical play today, and whether they were expecting it…
Yeah we expected that. They’re fighting for the highest seed that they can get. And obviously knowing that there’s a possibility that we could play them in the playoffs they’re going to come out flying. And we expected that. They have a hard working group in there, they’re quite physical, and we knew it coming in.

On connecting with Loui Eriksson on Milan Lucic’s goal, and how Loui Eriksson played without Jarome Iginla today…
I thought his composure was unbelievable. He’s really patient with the puck. And playing with guys like Luc [Milan Lucic] and Krejc [David Krejci] they’re going to open up lanes for you, and I think Loui [Eriksson] took advantage of that.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD CLAUDE GIROUX
On being outplayed in the third period…
Well I don’t think we got outplayed, I think maybe today we didn’t stick to the game plan and we were impatient with our game and we need to trust the way we play and our system.  When we do that we are going to start winning games.

On if the impatience comes from struggling to score and lack of confidence…
Yeah maybe.  I think we try to do different stuff when it’s not going in but Tuukka Rask had a lot of good saves to keep them from trailing.  I really believe we did a lot of good things out there.  First and second period it was a tight game, playing the Bruins here in their building, it’s a tough game.  First and second period we played good, we played good enough to win and in the third period we kind of got away from our game.

On if the morale of the team is still where it should be…
We need to just be patient with our game.  Like I said we kind of tried different stuff, we tried different plays that maybe it’s not there and that’s when we get in trouble.  When we stick to the game plan, we’re a pretty dangerous team.

On if the Flyers have had enough puck possession the last few games…
I think first and second period, like I said we played good defensively, we checked them, we had the puck, had good breakouts and we kind of got away from it a little bit.  Obviously it’s hard to say right now but we are going to look at some tapes and see what we did wrong.

On if tomorrow’s game is a must-win game…
Every game is a must-win; there are a lot of teams behind us trying to make the playoffs.  We have played good enough to be in the position we are right now and we can’t forget that.  We have to remember that we are a good team and we are in this position because we did a lot of good things this year.

On if the team wanted it to come down to this last week in terms of the playoffs…
We’ve still got five games to go.  I think our game is there we just need to be patient with it. When I say patient I mean on how we have to play and not try to change anything.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the response to Philadelphia engaging them quickly…
Yeah definitely. We knew from how last game went and especially how it finished in that third period in Philadelphia that they were going to come out that way and try to be physical and try to make a statement off the bat. But that’s our kind of game as well, so we never shy away from these types of games, so it was good to have a response after how hard they came out.

On winning the conference and clinching home ice…
Yeah it’s good to have, it’s a good accomplishment for the season for sure. It’s what you play for throughout the whole season and it’s great that we were able to win that and clinch that here tonight.

On their large third period goal differential this year…
I don’t know. It just, we have a good killer instinct in this dressing room to go and play our best when it matters the most. I think we gained a lot of experience throughout the years to go out there and leave it all out there, especially in the third period. So it’s good to have guys stepping up when it matters the most in the third period, and we had that here today as well.

On their sense of urgency after losing two straight…
Yeah for sure. We talked about it. It’s great that we had that winning streak but in the short term we did lose two in a row and we wanted to turn things around and get back in the win column as soon as possible. We expected the game to be the way that it was before puck drop and we expected them to come out hard because they’re right there with Columbus as well, so they’re playing desperate right now and they’re going to be playing that way for the rest, for the last couple of games that they have. We expected everything we brought, so it was good that we responded. For us it’s easy just to kind of lean back and not be focused and take these games for granted because of where we are in the standings, but these are the games we want to be in so we stay sharp heading into the playoffs.

On Zac Rinaldo’s hit early in the game…
I wasn’t feeling very good before the game, but definitely when you get hit like that right off the bat it does wake you up and get you engaged right off the start, so yes it definitely did wake me up.

On Loui Eriksson playing on his right wing…
Yeah, yeah for sure. I think his game’s grown just before the Olympic break and the way he played in the Olympics, and coming back he’s been playing really, really well for us and he’s being the player that I guess everyone expected him to be. He’s a very smart hockey player. He’s in the right position a lot of the times. He’s got a good stick. And that’s what makes him an easy player to play with. So two of the last three games where we were able to play with him, we were able to generate a lot of offensive chances and today were able to get rewarded for those. And big game by him as well with four assists, so it’s good to see him get rewarded and playing to the best of his abilities.

On Zac Rinaldo not dropping his gloves…
Personally I don’t know why he wouldn’t. I probably would get an instigator in that as well, sit out for fifteen more minutes. But he didn’t want to, so that’s basically it. He’s usually more than willing so I found it kind of odd that he didn’t fight right there at that time.

On the fourth goal…
I just didn’t really think, I just wanted to get it on net. I know I didn’t have a lot of time there and I think it went off [Ray] Emery’s glove and in. So just wanted to put it on net as quick as possible, and it worked out.

On if he saw David Krejci there on the fourth goal…
I knew he was driving the net, but like I said I know I didn’t have a lot of time with the d-men being right there, so I just shot it as quick as I could.

On the new game jacket he was wearing…
Yes, this is the new game jacket. I think this is from Johnny Bucyk, so this is the new look from here on in after a win, and hopefully we can pass it along for a long time.

On who got the jacket from Johnny Bucyk…
You’re going to have to ask Zee [Zdeno Chara]. I’m sure, I think he got it. So being the captain, he stepped up and carried the tradition of a game jacket.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On Reilly Smith’s contribution to the top line…
He’s established himself on that line with Patrice [Bergeron] and Brad [Marchand], and they click really well together. They play high-speed hockey. They play really well together. But as far as Reilly himself, it’s pretty amazing how he comes in on a new team and takes that role.

On how Andrej Meszaros has assimilated to the team…
Well I think that as far as making that transition, he’s trying his best to find the ways of our system and the way we play. He’s working hard, and we all try to help him out as much as we can.

On how important it is to clinch home ice heading into the playoffs…
Well I think it’s nice to have that home ice advantage, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most important. I think we just, like I’ve been saying, we’re trying to focus on our game and how we play – making sure that we do all the things that we’re supposed to before we start the playoffs. That means every little detail has to be touched up on. And making sure that there are no questions asked when the time comes.

On Reilly Smith stepping up early in the season when Loui Eriksson was out with a concussion…
Yeah you know, this is probably the best example of taking advantage of the opportunity. You know, being at the right place at the right time. He absolutely made the best of it. So a lot of credit to him. He really took that opportunity and made the best of it. Really, that’s as simple as I can describe it. I mean if you have that opening and then there’s a chance for you to grab it – he did, and from that point he is playing better and better. It’s pretty impressive.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS HEAD COACH CRAIG BERUBE
On today’s loss…
Well, I think that the third period wasn’t very detrimental. We didn’t come out there and initiate anything in the third.

On the focus of the team in the third period…
No, I don’t think so. I thought the same thing last game. We got to come out and initiate third period with the game on the line, a tied game here. I thought that we competed hard up to then and were in good shape. We have to go out and initiate the third period. We can’t sit back and can’t let teams match you and I thought that’s what we did.

On the team’s tiredness in the third period…
We can’t use that as an excuse. I don’t even want to hear that.

On the uncontested traffic in front of the Flyer’s net…
Like I said, I thought we were on our heels. We didn’t get off walls quick enough and protect our net. Let people get to the net on us. We made it too easy for them.

On the team’s confidence…
I am not sure. I think that we are confident team still. I don’t think that we are playing the way that we can. I think that we can play a lot better. We are a good third period team. We have been all year. Right now the last two games we haven’t been. For me it’s just certain periods and areas that we have to clean up and we have to play 60 minutes of hockey.

On the team’s success with puck possession…
It is for a while and then it goes away. Third period we didn’t have the puck and third period in Columbus we didn’t have the puck.

On the possibility of facing Boston in the first round of the playoffs…
I am not worried about that. I am worried about playing tomorrow. Any opponent you face in the playoffs is going to be tough.

PHILADELPHIA FORWARD SCOTT HARTNELL   
On what the Flyers have been doing differently the last few days…
I don’t think we’ve been as sharp. Those games a few weeks ago seemed like every shift we were on, and the last couple it seems like we haven’t paid the price, or haven’t played within the system. You know, it’s back in our end, we’ve got a penalty…they get great chances and the momentum shifts.  You can really tell we were going four lines all together in the system, and the last couple games have been not that way.

On the team confidence level…
Our line has to be playing the best every night. Not that we’re feeling pressure, but we’ve got to make things happen. We’ve been getting some opportunities and what not, but they’ve got to go in the back of the net, plain and simple. That goes for every other line…we’ve got to play the right way, you’ve got to play defense, you’ve got to block shots, to take the hit on the wall to get it out, every little thing counts, and we’re just not doing it consistently right now.

On if they’ve had enough puck possession this week…
I think we’ve got a lot of guys with a lot of skills that can hold onto it and make plays and you know, it just seems that maybe coming down the last few games we’re not in and the guys might be a little tight, but when you play tight you play losing hockey right from the get go, and we’ve got to make sure we’re dialed in, focused, ready to pay the price and ready to play the system the right way.

On the third period…
They won a lot of draws and they got shots off those draws and rebounds. You cant…they’ve got some of the best center men in the league and you’ve got to be able to tie things up. And if you lose a draw clean, you’ve got to get out and get in the lanes to deter those shots. So we’ve just got to play the price a bit more.

PHILADELPHIA FORWARD JAY ROSEHILL
On frustration after having an even battle during the first two periods…
Yeah, big time. I mean these points are huge for us. And we got to even the score with a period left, and we should be the team that wants it more. It was a pretty big let down. We had a lot of odd man rushes and didn’t follow our game plan, so a big let down.

On what happened in the third period…
Odd man rushes. We tried to do too much, and I don’t know if we’re trying to do it on our own or just get too far away from the system. Obviously we’re not doing what we’ve been doing that’s been successful. It was just wave after wave, odd man rush the other way. So obviously we’ve got to watch the video and get back to what’s been getting us some wins.

On his goal…
Yeah, you know, I’m just trying to do what I can out there. Playing with some guys that can get me the puck sometimes. And luckily I did there, and just happened to get one, but this team’s been playing a lot of good hockey since the Olympic break. I haven’t been a part of a lot of it, so it’s my job to stay ready and luckily I got in there today and was able to help out a little bit. But we weren’t able to get the win, so disappointing as a whole.

On the team’s confidence level after being down four games...
I don’t think it’s real down. Obviously, four games, but it doesn’t feel like that to us. We’ve played some good games and had a few shootout overtime losses and things like that, so I think we’ve got to have a good stretch the last few games here. I don’t think our confidence is down, but we’ve definitely got to work on some things and quit doing what we did out there in the third period.

On not wanting it to come down to the last weeks for a playoff spot…
Yeah, for sure. We had a good stretch there. I think stating with that Pittsburgh home that got us a lot of points and got us in the mix. Obviously you don’t want it to come down to the last few games, but it’s like that for a lot of teams and only a handful of them get to walk through the last five games, so I think it’s a little better if we can bring our game together, and go in hopefully into the playoffs on a high note.

On if it’s fair to say that the Flyers do not want to face the Bruins in playoffs..
It’s hard to say. New York is a tough team too, and we’ve had battles with both teams. Obviously they’re the first seed, so we’ll see how it shakes out but obviously we’ve got to better than we did tonight to do well in the playoffs. 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS FORWARD WAYNE SIMMONDS
On the Flyers’ performance in the third period today…
It’s two games in a row. The last two games we played a great 40 minutes. We played hard, been in the game the whole way and then…I said it last game for some reason and no one…we just don’t keep pushing. Which is like you said is odd because third period has been our period. We are a good third period team.

On the focus of the team in the third period…
Not at all. Whatever it is we are going to have to figure it out quick because we have five games left and playoffs. Everything comes down to the last minutes. Every game is going to be tight. Third period is going to be crucial.

On tight situations in the third period…
I don’t know. I thought that we were a little bit too aggressive today. We lost our F3 and you know to be successful you can’t lose your F3 or else teams are going to send four guys on the rush even if you do catch up you know it’s going to be a 4-on-3 opportunity with a guy chasing and that F3 is going to have his back to the play and he is not going to know what is going on. That hurts big time.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALTENDER RAY EMERY
On Johnny Boychuck’s goal right off the face-off…
Yeah you know it kind of came through some bodies, as a goalie it’s your job to battle through those screens and stuff.  I want to be able to battle through that.

On the traffic in front of him all game…
They are a good team, they buzz around the net.  They got big bodies so when they establish position it’s tough to get them out of there.  I thought for the most part we went toe to toe with them, had good periods.  It’s deflating to have that goal go in with six minutes left or whatever it was.  It kind of got away from us.

On the Bruins 21 shots in the third period…
Yeah you know we wanted to come out and take it to them.  I thought we had some chances but it’s a good team.  If they have a good period, sometimes it’s tough to get one against them.

On there being too much uncontested traffic in the slot today…
I don’t know.  If we get a couple at the other end it doesn’t matter even if we go into the third with the lead.  Like I said it’s a good team and they play that way purposely.

On finding the right mix to win games after having a rough start to the season…
It’s important because we need some points to get into the playoffs.  On top of that it would be a bonus if we could sneak ahead of New York and get some home ice too.  The playoffs come fast and if you’re not playing well, normally you see yourselves out pretty quick, so we definitely want to be sharp going in.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 11:50 AM
On forward Gregory Campbell being nominated for the Masterton Trophy…
I think it’s fitting. There’s no doubt in my mind there. The fact that what happened to him last year, it was a real serious break, and again, wasn’t able to do much in the summertime for the most part because he had to let it heal and let the bone get stronger. And the way he’s come back and he’s fought through it, we know he didn’t have the best start to the season for that reason and just as of late, you can see a lot more of Gregory Campbell than we’ve seen before. His skating has picked up to where it used to be. Nothing from his game changed except that his skating, he had to work on to get it back to the level he’s had it at for all these years.

On his defensive rotation heading into the playoffs…
These questions continue every day and I’ve answered it in a way that — no, and no because it doesn’t have to be a set six. It could be, and it could also be a rotation as long as everybody’s good enough to be in that rotation. And so no, and I don’t see any rush for that decision to be made yet.

On whether some defensemen will be better suited to come in and out of a rotation in the playoffs…
Again, it doesn’t matter. I don’t know how to answer your question because I really haven’t put a lot of thought into, would it matter? Would it not? I think those are all things that — I think you guys are real early on all these questions and I’m not there yet. Doesn’t mean I don’t think about it, just means I’m not there yet to give an answer or have an answer.

On giving players rest heading into the final week of the season…
Well yeah, I’ve talked about resting players on the road and I’ll be honest with you, there’s not too many guys that want a rest. They all want to play, and at the same time, you also understand the fact that it’s probably good for some of those guys to rest, but it’s something that we have to start thinking about.

On whether any players will stay home from the upcoming road trip…
No, they’ll all go on the road trips. I think it’s important they all be around the team. It’s mostly about playing or not playing — getting the rest. You know, you miss a game on that road trip, that means from now until the following Thursday, and you got a lot of days off in between.

On making changes recently to his lines…
Well yeah, there’s nothing wrong with eyeing those scenarios. I think it’s important — I said at one point I would do it, and I have, and I’ve seen what can be done with that. And the playoffs can be a long, hazardous road, and there’s injuries and guys banged up, so you have to be able to move guys around. But I don’t think whether they play a game or two — you get an idea, but it doesn’t mean that if you’re in that situation, then all of a sudden there’s chemistry and you just got to go with it. And guys adjust along the way. That’s part of the game.

On whether forward Carl Soderberg will be playing vs. Philadelphia…
Yeah.

On whether defenseman Adam McQuaid is getting close to skating again…
Yeah.

On whether McQuaid has been on the ice yet…
No.

On his team’s performance against Toronto on Thursday…
Yeah, because it goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t take much. It’s a very fragile game as well. You can have a lot of opportunities, [but] if you hit a hot goaltender, it can be a tough night for you and sometimes you don’t get the bounces. Couple of those Toronto goals earlier off people, so now you got to claw back, and the thing is, we did claw back into the game, and one bad call ends up losing the game. So it’s one of those things where you can’t take anything for granted and you got to stay on your toes.

On whether he’s scoreboard watching…
I’m not. I can’t say I’m really scoreboard watching. I am watching games and trying to see how certain teams are playing and that kind of stuff, but no, I’m not — we’re not in the position that we have to, I don’t think. And we talked about St. Louis, and again, I’m not going to jeopardize the health or rest of our team for that. The priority Number one is us, and then the priority number two is being able to do that as well.

On the key to getting a win over Philadelphia today…
I think they’re a team that’s playing well. Our — I guess our approach to today is probably getting better with our breakouts. I think the last few games we’ve done a lot of rimming along the boards and even our neutral zone transition hasn’t been clean, so we got to just maybe clean that part of our game up. And there’s only been a couple games where I felt that, especially in Toronto, I didn’t think we did well, but you have to remember it’s not always about the guys not being able to do it. There’s a fatigue factor that comes into play with every team, and when teams and players get tired, you get those kinds of things. So it’s about working through those situations and it’s — and that’s why we keep giving days off. Our team, like probably not that many in the league right now, has been on the road a lot in the month of March, more than any other. So you’re talking about games, you’re talking about travel and everything else, so we just got to make sure we manage it the best we can and when it comes to the mental part of the game, it’s got to overcome the physical fatigue.
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