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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3:45 PM
On whether this was more like what he’s been looking for out of the team…
It’s better. Obviously a step in the right direction. You know, I thought we were overall better, the second period was better. Certainly not where we want to be yet. But when you’ve gone through what you’ve gone through the last two games, I don’t think you’re just going to turn the page and all of a sudden be what you were. So it’s, you know, we’ve got to build ourselves back up there, and today was a good start.

On how he felt about the physicality of their game tonight…
That was better too. You know it’s about getting involved, you know, and sometimes you’ve got to finish your checks and sometimes you’ve got to get yourself back into play. And you know we were physical, we set the tone early on for our team, and it carried through the whole game. I thought our team played hard tonight, and like I said, we still weren’t the team that we know we can be because of those last two games, as I mentioned earlier. But the guys were focused properly here. To me, I liked the step we took today.

On what he thought of Matt Bartkowski tonight…
I’m going to have to watch the game tape to give you the full assessment, but you know I think he was physical today, he moved the puck, and he did okay. So I’ll look at the tape and make my assessment the best I can.

On how Bartkowski has handled this stretch of not playing…
I don’t know, you’re going to have to ask him. Those are questions I can’t answer for a player. So all I said before was that he had a good attitude, he worked hard and that stuff. So the rest of it how he handled it himself – what I saw is that – how he handled it, probably he could answer it for you.

On the penalty kill on the five-on-three…
That was important, and you know what our penalty kill did a great job on the 5-on-3 and even on the 5-on-4 we had to kill tonight. I thought we did a great job, and again, it’s all the result of what we’ve been talking about there for the last day or so. When you commit yourself and that kind of stuff, you’re jumping on those loose pucks, you’re getting into shooting lanes, you’re doing whatever it takes and you’re making the right decisions.

On whether he thought the penalty leading to the five-on-three was an offsides on Carolina…
I don’t know. You know to be honest with you, I’m not even sure because I didn’t look at that. You know, again, at that point you’re taking care of your team, so I took care of my bench and made sure I had the right people out there. So I haven’t had a chance to look at it, nobody’s told me anything about it – you’re probably the first guy to mention it. So you guys get access to replays I guess up there, so I’m going to have to have a chat with my video guy [Jeremy Rogalski].

On whether he got an explanation on the disallowed goal…
They did. The explanation doesn’t – I’ve seen the replay – the explanation to me, I don’t know, I don’t agree with it. I’ll leave it at that.

On why he juggled the lines in the first period after the five-on-three…
For different reasons. I think first of all, there’s some players I expected more. But at the same time there’s certain players – I’ll use the example of Luc [Milan Lucic] – if we’re going to get him going and we’re killing penalties, we need to sometimes double-shift him, especially when you know he’s having a good game. So I got him going and got him into the game. And because of that there was some line shifts going on. And depending on who they were putting out – If we had to kill penalties, we had some tired guys, and a lot of the tired guys are top players for us. So I had to kind of move guys around.

On why Brad Marchand didn’t finish the game…
Yeah, he’s not injured per say, but he wasn’t 100%, and it was a safe route to take I guess.

On whether there was anything wrong with Daniel Paille in the first period…
No there’s nothing wrong with him.

On what he thought of the new defense pairings tonight…
Well they did well. You know we only gave up one goal tonight and the goaltender played great, and those guys from my point of view anyway seemed to handle it well. [Adam] McQuaid and [Dennis] Seidenberg had the big Eric Staal to deal with, and I thought they did a good job against that line. So the other guys did a good job as well, just moving the puck and getting a little bit of a flow to our game.

On how the team feeds off of Milan Lucic when he’s playing well…
Well it’s pretty obvious right that a guy like that can give us some good energy. He’s skating, he’s hitting, he’s making plays, he’s going in front of the net, he did all the things he had to do tonight. So these are things that I guess as a coach you want to see those things from your players night in and night out. And we hadn’t been getting that. So this is what we’re going to work on here moving forward to get our team to be a little bit more committed on a nightly basis from start to finish. And if we do that I think we can be the team we’re hoping to be.

On whether the toughest challenges with Lucic is figuring out who to match him with now that David Krejci is out of the lineup…
To a certain extent you’re right. When you’ve played with the same centerman for that long you read off him so easily. But also, does that mean you can’t play without a certain guy? You still got to bring your game – your A-game. So that’s how I look at things. When you have a player injured that compliments another player, that player still has to bring what he can – and Looch [Milan Lucic] can skate, he can hit, bang, still make plays. So you know is he going to be a better player with Krech [David Krejci]? Maybe, because of the chemistry, but right now he’s just shown us tonight that whether Krech is there or not, he’s still capable of being a good player for us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the physicality of today’s game…
Well I mean, it’s definitely something that we need from the whole team. It’s not about getting guys through the boards, its more about finishing our checks and separating the body and making sure were standing on the good side of the puck and when we do that we cause some turnovers and we get the puck back. So, it’s important to do that and get engaged.

On today’s win being a step in the right direction…
No, I think it’s a win and it’s definitely a step in the right direction. There’s some things that, you know, we do have to keep working on and managing the pucks especially in our zone and making it a little easier on us. But, that’s being said, I thought we got scored against right away, early on and we stuck with it and scored two big goals in the first to come back on top and get the lead and we kept it so its definitely some positive.

On teams not scoring when you’re on the ice…
That’s what I said, it’s about managing the puck and making smart plays and sometimes we make it hard on ourselves when we’re staying in our zone. It’s definitely a lot easier if we get it out.

On Rask’s saves calming the game down…
Yeah I think from the five on three on I thought our play picked up and we played a lot better. He did make some great saves for us throughout the game and that moment was definitely one of them where he made the few good saves to keep us in the game.

On the second period…
Yeah it was good. Everything was a step in the right direction. The second was one of them as well. It wasn’t perfect but it’s definitely better. It’s definitely something we can build from and keep working on, but that being said we’ve been able to keep the lead and that’s something that you can definitely build from.

On the chemistry with Marchand…
I think it’s about—we’ve been playing together for so long that after a while we know and we read off each other well. On that play I knew he was going to come around the net, so instead of coming in and getting caught too low I tried to stay a little higher and wait for him to get out from behind the net and I was lucky enough to get a great pass from him and had a great screen from Reilly [Smith] as well. He was in front, so it was a great play by all of us.

On Marchand being effective at finding guys in their spots…
I think it’s his vision and his speed also. He’s one of those guys that he’s relentless on the puck, is always on it and always finding ways to get through guys and make moves. He’s very deceptive with that and he’s definitely hard to defend. He uses his vision to deceive guys.

On building from today’s game…
Yeah for sure. I thought today was a good effort by us-- taking what’s there and taking care of our zone. We definitely gotta build from that game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On if he feels they are playing as a unit…
Other than the goal against today, it thought we picked it up for sure. Even the games prior to that, our line, even though we lost, we created a lot of chances and we weren’t on for any of the goals. I find that  bits and pieces, it’s getting better, but I think today not the best start for us. But overall I still felt that we created the chances we needed to, we had a disallowed goal. Even though we got scored against we woke up and continued to played the way we needed to.

On if part of him felt some of the issues were related to not seeing the ice at the end of the first period…
Yeah, for sure. Any time you realize that you’re not playing due to lack of – well, for whatever reason. Whether it’s turning the puck over or effort or mistakes, it’s, you want to go out there and prove that you can battle back and make sure that it doesn’t bother you. Unfortunately I had to wait until the second period, but I felt that I responded when I needed to and played to the speed that I needed to throughout the rest of the game.

On if he feels effort was an issue for his line in today’s game…
No, I don’t’ think there’s an issue with effort with us. On that play in general I just got caught reacting too slow and I did try to dump it in, but too softly. So it ended up costing us there where we ended up in our zone I don’t know for how long, maybe 30 seconds, maybe more. Then it was kind of just scrambling and we didn’t communicate back there and we needed to do a better job, including myself.

On if he’s mad at Gregory Campbell…
No, not at all. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] is a grinder. He works hard in front of the net and even though he might have been in the crease, I’m not sure how much contract there was there, I have no idea. I had my head down the whole time, but the refs called it interference and I can’t do anything about it. Sometimes they’ll let that go and sometimes they don’t, unfortunately I got the short end of that stick.

On if he feels like his line is getting better…
Yeah, for me I’m definitely going to, even though that doesn’t count on the score sheet, that doesn’t bother me. In my mind that puck went past the goalie and I’ll take that positive any day and continue to work through that. Like I said even though it’s not on the score sheet it’s out of my mind now and I’m just glad that I got that opportunity that it crossed the goal line. It’s too bad that it didn’t count, but I’m counting it.

On how Brad Marchand’s 100th career assist and how he makes the team better…
With Brad [Marchand], I think what he brings is obviously his speed, but his offensive ability. I think he comes out there and he carries the puck very well he’s got a low center of gravity and he’s able to stay strong on the puck, so he brings that element a lot and just that assist that he got today is typical of what he’s been doing for us and I think that’s great on him.

On how he felt bouncing back in the second period and beyond….
Yeah, before the game I started talking about being energized and so much more emotion, and I was saying earlier that that play unfortunately was a little too slow to react to get the puck in, but I was itching for my chance to get back out there. Of course I had to wait until the second period and I think that’s where we need to respond the most is when things don’t go right, you’ve got to play a lot better and as soon as that happened I made sure that I didn’t’ let that happen again. And I felt that over the course of the game I was skating, bringing the puck to the net, and creating those chances and even with the limited time that I got back, I felt a lot better as that game got started.

On if he felt more like the identity of the team, playing physical and winning battles…
Yeah, it definitely wasn’t perfect but offensively that’s what we need. We can always score more goals, defensively we’ve still got some work to do but on the other hand we had some other guys play well. That 5-on-3 at the beginning of the game was big, especially down one-nothing and Tuukka [Rask] tonight was solid for us and was able to really help us out.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On him knowing that he would have a bounce back game...
I meant to say we, but maybe I said me.  You always have to feel confident about your game.  You aren’t going to say “I’m going to have a bad game tomorrow.”  I thought that I played a solid 60 minutes today, I saw the puck pretty well and I though we defended pretty good.  Although I don’t think it was the most entertaining game to watch, it was pretty slow at times there but it was a good win.

On if he noticed better play out of his defenseman compared to last game...
We played as a unit a little bit more.  A couple times we got in trouble in our own end and we didn’t get the puck out but for the most part we cleared the puck but that’s when we get into trouble when we make turnovers and stuff.  It’s still a lot to improve but most importantly we got the win and we have to be happy about that.

On what he thought of Bartkowski’s first game back in the lineup...
He played good, he was solid.  One turnover maybe but other than that solid.  When he plays to his strengths he’s good.  He’s good when he gets more comfortable and gets the nerves out of the way.  Today was a good example of that, he played a good game.

On what was different tonight compared to last game and not allowing the score to snowball…
We fought hard, it was a bad mistake on that first goal, a lot of mistakes maybe.  Then you fall behind 5-on-4, 5-on-3 and you win those special teams battles and it kind of gives you the extra boost to move forward.  Then we get the lucky goal and that kind of got us going a little more.  The biggest thing I think was to kill those 5-on-3’s and those power plays.

On if making some big saves on the power play helped him get back into it after giving up one...
Yeah for sure.  It’s a tough situation when we were kind of sleeping in the beginning, gave up the goal then nothing happens and we get a couple penalties.  Those are the times that you need to step up as a goalie.  I made a couple saves but I thought we battled hard as a unit there and killed those penalties and that kind of got the nerves out of the way for our team.

On if he felt a responsibility to help the team snap out of the losing streak...
That’s the reality every game.  I can’t start thinking about it that way because then you might mess with your own head a little bit.  I just try to stay calm, do my job and be that calm influence on the team and help the team that way.  If I start thinking that I have to be something, a lot of times it doesn’t work that way.  It was a good win today.

On if the play of the team today felt more like Bruins hockey...
Even though our offense wasn’t the best today and didn’t create a ton of chances, we still fought hard in the neutral zone and in our own end and didn’t break down too many times.  That’s what we have to keep doing in order to keep getting that success.

On him seeing Kelly and Seidenberg both go down to block a shot on the 5-on-3...
You have to do that, especially on a 5-on-3.  I think that’s when we are really at our best when everybody is fighting when it’s 5-on-3 and a desperate situation like that and it should be like that all the time.  I think a lot of times we take things for granted and don’t block shots and stuff like that and then it ends up costing us.  It was great to see that sacrifice.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On being happy to be back in the lineup…
Yes, very happy.

On being happy with the way you performed
Yeah I think I did alright, for how much time I sat out. I was moving. I didn’t really give them too much, a few chances but other than that it went pretty well.

On the team playing better defensively…
Yeah it was good. I still think it needs to be better. Tuukka [Rask] played a huge role in this game. He made some big saves, as you all saw. But I mean, that’s why they pay him so I guess that’s good. I still think we have some stuff to go through but it’s a step in the right direction.

On the physicality and getting back to that kind of game…
Yeah just regaining our identity. That’s it. Like you said we played physical, we wear teams down. If we get away from that, were not as effective. We just have to stick to what we do best.

On handling the stretch of not playing…
Just worked hard in practice, worked hard on the bike, in the weight room but that’s about it.

On being vocal about trying to get back in the lineup
No, I don’t really approach anyone like that. I’ll just be ready for when that opportunity comes, like today.

On mentally handling being sat out of games…
I was disappointed but we’ve had this discussion before, I wasn’t playing particularly well so that’s what happens.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SETH GRIFFITH
On whether he thinks it was a better effort tonight…
Yeah for sure. I think there’s still a lot of things we need to work on in our zone, not getting hemmed in so long, but we’re obviously happy with coming out with two points.

On how lines being shuffled during the game affects the flow of the game…
I think guys stepped in pretty good. I don’t think anybody really missed a beat out there with that, so like I said I’m happy with everybody who played and hopefully we can carry that into the next game.

On his goal…
You just want to forecheck hard, right, and the puck was hopping all over the place, so it’s just one of those things where you just try and get a stick on it and a couple lucky bounces and it’s a tie game, so it worked out good.

On whether he feels the game changed after that…
Yeah, we obviously didn’t start too great. We’ve got to stop letting other teams get those early leads on us because some games it kills us, and tonight luckily enough just working hard on the forecheck. Anything can happen in those situations and just hit off a couple skates and luckily enough it went in and then right after that Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] scored and we were rolling from there.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On if he feels he brought a more physical game today…
Yeah, I think it’s probably the most important part about going into today’s game was upping our compete level and emotional level and all that and our physical play. So it was a good start getting back on track as far as those things went so we’ve got to keep that on a high level in order for us to keep winning hockey games. Like I said, we’re a team that thrives off playing with high emotions and controlled emotions and we need that night-in, night-out to have success.

On why he thinks everyone follows when he leads the way….
I don’t know, I guess it’s just one of the things of my ways of being a leader, and by establishing that physical presence. It’s important for myself to bring that every night as well. It was better from a personal standpoint as far as that goes and if that’s one of the ways – if those are one of the things that I have to do in order to lead the way I have to keep that up and keep it going.

On how difficult it is to find his balance between too much and not enough…
I mean, you’ve got to find it. I’ve been kind of on that line for my whole career, so I’ve got a pretty good idea of where that line is. You want to – just because they’re working on taking cheap shots out of the game you can still finish good hard, solid checks and that’s still an important part of establishing a fore-check whether it’s our team or anyone’s team. So you’ve just got to kind of get in the right mindset where you’re not crossing the line and doing something stupid where you’re making your team go down a man. So you just want to go out there and play with that emotion and play on the line and hope that everyone follows.

On if he views himself as tone setter for game…
Yeah, definitely. I think that’s probably been one of my biggest assets as far as an individual is setting the tone from a physical standpoint. Guys tend to follow when things like that happen. I think that’s a challenge for myself is doing that night-in, night-out and being hard on myself to bring that element to my game every day, so I’ve done it for my whole career and I’ve got to just keep it up.

On if he feels like identity of team in past from the game tonight…
Yeah, definitely. I think so, I mean you know obviously there’s probably some things we’ve got to clean up as far as X’s and O’s go, but I think the important thing about today’s game was that emotional level and that compete level and it was there for the better parts of the game

On the last few minutes of the game…
Those are – it’s an important time of the game and one of the things that probably goes unnoticed a lot is being able to make a good, hard, strong play as a winger, to get it out of the D-zone [defensive zone] and sometimes create a rush or in that standpoint just getting it out of the zone and making the other team go back and regroup and that’s an important part of being a winger and an important part of what your job is in the D-zone, so I was able to get the puck out a couple of times there. I had to turn back the one time and Dougie [Hamilton] rimmed it all the way out which was a good play and we were able to keep the puck out of our net when it mattered the most.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On today’s win…
… it wasn’t clean, it wasn’t pretty, but I think the most important thing is that we kept them to a goal and we did give up quite a bit of shots, but overall I think we played solid defensively.

On being matched against Eric Staal for most of the game…
Well, it’s a tough challenge. I mean he’s a great player, a great scorer, and he’s got good speed, good reach, and he’s a strong player and it’s fun having that challenge to play against him, and I think we did a decent job.

On how good Tuukka Rask was today…
He was good. I mean it’s always a team effort. We didn’t help him or Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] the last two games, so today we definitely played a little tighter. Still gave up a lot of shots, but Tuukka was great keeping us in the game and just making big saves at the right time.

On what he has seen from Matt Bartkowski recently having not been in the lineup much and working his way back in…
Well, Matt has been working really hard. I’m sure he didn’t like sitting out. Nobody likes sitting out, so the only thing he can do is work hard and stay positive and that’s what he’s been doing and tonight he got his chance and I think [he] played a solid game.

On the pairs changing around these past couple games…
Who knows. Nobody knew. Nobody expected it. It’s something they decide before the game or the day before, but it doesn’t really matter who plays with who. It’s about, like always, us really being mentally ready, being focused for 60 minutes and just communicating. It helps tightening up defensively and just playing better overall.

On how he feels the defense was today…
I think overall it was solid. I mean it wasn’t pretty all the time, but they came out, they came hard on the forecheck and I think overall I think we were in our positions. Again, it wasn’t always pretty, but we had good board battles and support and most of the shots were from the outside, so if you give up shots you want them from the outside.

CAROLINA HURRICANES GOALTENDER CAM WARD
On what has been consistent for his game…
Well I think it’s just the approach of being focused and handling what you can handle and what you can control.  Tonight we were kind of a recipient of an unlucky first goal and it’s too bad because we really came out flying.  We talked about getting off to a good start and I thought we did. We deserved a better fate coming out of that first period and it was unfortunate. It’s tough to walk away with nothing to show.

On what was said after the second period…
Well we just tried to get back to what we did in the first period and that’s throw some pucks at the net.  I think we only had four shots in the second period.  So we had to get back to throwing pucks at the night, because Tuukka Rask is one of the best goaltenders in the league so you got to make it difficult for them.

On the final two minutes of the game…
Well we’re not a team that’s going to give up. I mean we obviously care about winning and we were pushing our way to the end, but we just got to emphasis the fact that we don’t play the full 60 minutes and can’t afford to have lapses in this game.  Despite the lapses in the second period, I thought we probably deserved a better fate.

CAROLINA HURRICANES FORWARD ZACH BOYCHUK
On the coach mixing up the lines today...
Yeah we are just trying to find the right chemistry.  Right now I think the best line is [Riley] Nash, [Nathan] Gerbe and [Elias] Lindholm. I think they decided to split them up a bit in the third and get one of them on each line and see if they could create more chemistry.  We got lots of pucks on net, we hit a couple posts and we just weren’t able to tie the game.

On if today’s game came down to what the Bruins did or what Carolina didn’t do...
I think we dictated the pace of the play right at the beginning and we had an unlucky bounce there but we came out strong just like we wanted to.  We had a little bit of a lull in the second period but that’s the way we have to play.  More times than not you are going to find those rebounds that are bouncing into the slot.  If you keep getting pucks to the net then good things are going to happen.

On the final two minutes of the game...
Yeah it was tough.  I think we were just trying to get the puck in their zone anyway we could and they were finding ways to get it out.  We had a couple chances that went to the net but calling a timeout with one second left, you’re just trying to get to the net as quick as you can.  We weren’t able to find it and that’s definitely a tough loss after a pretty solid effort.

On the team being unable to capitalize on the five-on-three power play...
Well I think it was a big part in the game.  You go up 2-0 if you score on that five-on-three, we had a couple chances, Skinny [Jeff Skinner] just missed one and Faulker [Justin Faulk] as well.  I think it was definitely a big turning point in the game.

On the importance of Cam Ward for the Carolina Hurricanes...
He’s been a rock back there and he’s been our best player almost every game and that’s what we need from him.  We need to start helping him out with some offense and some goals but if he keeps doing that then we have a good chance to win every night.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM
On having a five-game win streak and then losing two games in Canada…
I don’t know how to answer you there because I don’t know what that question means.

On whether he feels losing both games in Canada was revealing of something even in the five games that were won…
Okay, I guess I understand. I guess the sky has fallen for a lot of people, but it hasn’t fallen for us. We’re fine here. You lose a couple of games. If you lose both of them by a goal doesn’t make it any better to me. It’s four points lost in the standings, and we’ve got to get those points back somehow and tonight’s got to be one of those games where you bounce back.

On whether there will be any lineup changes…
After warmup.

On what kind of team Carolina is…
They’ve got good speed. They’ve got good speed. Again, a lot of the things we’re seeing from them is, it’s tough to just come from [Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach] Bill Peters being in Detroit and some of those things that he’s using, and he’s got his own things on there, but there’s certain things that he certainly liked over there that he’s brought over to Carolina, and they’re a four man attack all the time. Very, very active D, and like I said, being a good skating team it’s easy for those guys to get up the ice.

On players saying they need to be more physically engaged and responding better to adversity and whether that is what he wants to hear from them…
That’s what we talked about yesterday, right? So they’re just repeating, so repeating is one thing, but we need to see it and that’s what we’re hoping to see here tonight, a good response from our team.

On whether David Krejci skated today…
He did.

On whether he has surprised that Seth Griffith has been able to “stick” as well as he has and his development over the past few years…
Well, for us he’s been really a blessing because that spot was an open spot right now that he’s filled in a way that he’s been productive. He’s scored some real nice goals, from, you know not just the one we saw the other night, but even driving the net. He shoots the puck well, so I think there was a lot put on his plate that probably wasn’t expected by him, and maybe not totally by us, and he’s responded really well, so we’re happy with him, the way he’s come along and then what he’s done for us.

On whether Kevan Miller is a possibility…
No, we told that yesterday that he had light contact yesterday, so until he gets full contact and all that stuff he’s out.
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