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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS CAROLINA HURRICANES
Thursday, March 10, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On his assessment of the Bruins’ performance tonight…
It wasn’t great, but I really think our guys really struggled tonight with their skating game, and sometimes those are the effects of coming off a back to back, and you don’t have the legs that you’d want, and we needed maybe to be a little bit smarter because of that. When you don’t have your legs going, you’ve got to at least make some smart decisions there, and it probably wasn’t as sharp as we could have been.

On if the Bruins reaching first place in the division can be impactful at this point of the year…
Well, I don’t think we’re going to make that big of a deal in being first place. It’s nice to be there. I think right now, we’re really looking at our game and we’re in that dressing room right now, we’re not happy. We lost a game tonight, and even if it means that point got us in first, we’re certainly not satisfied with that. I think we could have been better tonight. Like I said, sometimes you play a lot of games, and unfortunately not every night you feel like you’re at your best. But I think the guys are disappointed because we could have been better with minimizing mistakes, and making better decisions out there. So, having said that, it’s nice to be in first. We haven’t been in first all year. We also realize that there’s teams behind us that have games in hand, but we’ll take it, and we should be a little bit proud, I guess, of the fact that we’ve come a long ways to get there. So there’s nothing to be ashamed about being where we are right now.

On how important David Pastrnak’s third period goal was…
Well whoever would have made that play, it would’ve been a big play at that point, just to get a point out of it. So, nice to see him score that goal, he picked a corner there with the goaltender [Cam Ward] maybe cheating for the pass.

On if Carolina’s early lead made it difficult for the Bruins to get their skating game going…
No, we just, again, it’s not what they did to us. It’s what we didn’t do ourselves, and we could have skated better. If we skate better, it doesn’t matter how much they check, if we decide to skate at the pace of our game, the way we, you saw the last game and some of those games lately, we’re a different team. So, let’s chalk it up as a tough loss, but a good point, and let’s move on here and prepare for Saturday. So, if I was a betting man, I think our team’s going to be much better on Saturday.

On the confusion that led to Carolina’s overtime goal…
Well, yeah, that’s a play, we talked about it before overtime, too. We said, ‘Be careful, when they give it back to the goaltender, they’re making a change, it’s a set play,’ and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] wanted to come and change, but they used that stretch pass, their other two guys are up, so probably not a good change at that point, and you don’t blame a guy that’s done so much for you. So it was just one of those unfortunate plays there, and we got caught on it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On taking first place but the team not seeming very happy about it…
No I mean, it’s one of those games that you know they got the better of us most of the night, and you know we had some more shots than they did, but it wasn’t quality shots. And we didn’t get the result, so obviously we’re not as happy as we’d like to be.

On whether the back-to-back schedule is getting to their legs….
Yeah you know tonight was one of those nights that we didn’t have our legs, but at the same time you have to have your head I guess and be focused. And when you know that your legs are not your best, you have to try to be a little smarter with the puck and take care of it a little bit more.

On what happened in overtime…
I mean it was a bad – tough read on my part. I guess one minute we had the puck, and their guy went for a change, I tried to go at the same time as him, to hurry and got caught in between.

On Claude Julien saying they had talked about that play and whether it was just a “brain cramp”…
No I mean it wasn’t the goalie that went off the ice, it was a D-man. So it went to the D-man and as soon as they moved the puck to someone else in their zone, I thought I had time to get off. So…

On the use of strategy in the last six games…
You have to come up with some set up plays I guess and that was a good play by them and a mistake by me.

On Tuukka Rask being tired of overtime…
Yeah well it’s part of the game I guess and you’ve got to make the best of it.

On why they have gone to overtime the last four games…
I don’t know. I mean we have to find a way to take care of business I guess. Especially in regulation. When that happens sometimes in the third I guess you uh, no one wants to make the mistakes on both sides and there’s not as much space on both sides I guess and teams that go to overtime get the extra point.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK…
On if he was thinking of taking a shot the whole way on his goal…
Well you know we had that two on one with Loui [Eriksson] and first time I missed the puck coming up so went a little bit to the corner and then they had a pretty good out for the pass. So I tried to shoot and it went in.

On being in sole possession of first place and getting a point tonight…
Yeah definitely one point, you know, every point is very important for us and as is for everybody. You know everybody is pushing for playoffs and every game is going to be really tight. And for us it’s just about keep focusing on the details, you know, and finish strong here.

On how far the team has come since the start of the season…
Definitely. We’re trying to get better every game as a team, you know. And focusing how I said about small details and those things are going to be the biggest part of our push at the end of the season, you know?

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the difference of intensity between tonight’s game and the last game…
I thought our start was sluggish. Not much emotion to begin the game and they were able to capitalize early and get out to a lead and claw back and then get out to another lead so emotionally we have to have a better start tonight and have our skating legs early. No excuse. I mean we had an off day yesterday so you have to come out here and make sure we’re ready to go.

On how overtime is like Russian Roulette…
Yeah I mean they made a play to win the game. We’ve got be better. We can’t let it get that far but we were playing catch up for most of the game and, you know, four games in a row playing overtime is going to start to wear on you after a while and we’ve got to make sure we’re doing a better job of not letting it get there.

On why they have gone to overtime the last four games…
Goals are hard to come by right now and I think defensively every team pulls it together in the later half of the season so I think, you know, it’s just tough sometimes. Especially teams are trying to get points. So maybe at the end of the games teams they’re a little bit tighter and try to push it to overtime and unfortunately that’s not the right mentality to win hockey games. We’ve just got to make sure capitalize when we get those moments in overtime.

On if it’s bittersweet to lose but advance to first place in the division…
Yeah it’s not what we want. We’re trying to take steps forward as a group and mature together and I think we had a chance to take another step forward tonight and unfortunately we didn’t. You know bright side of things you get a point and you move up but we’ve got to continue this thing. Make sure we’re not just in our comfort zone. Make sure we take advantage of these opportunities.

On why they didn’t play smart tonight…
Well that’s part of it. If mentally you’re sharp, physically things follow. It starts with being focused before the game and you know it’ll bleed through your lineup. Unfortunately we didn’t have that tonight and it’s just not acceptable. We didn’t have our legs. Everything didn’t come together for us.

On the strength of the upcoming schedule…
Yeah we just played four pretty damn good teams and we were able to come away with most of those points so we’ve got to make sure we stick to it. Each night we’re trying to get better. We’re trying to take another step forward and we’re still growing. A couple big tests coming up so we’ve just got to make sure we’re ready for the next one and then you can look forward to that trip after this. We have a chance to get ourselves at home another win and we’ll take care of business.

On if first place has an impact at this point in the season…
We haven’t been there all year so I think to have a quick taste of it or not, to be there right now it’s a testimony to our group growing and sticking with it. We’ve got to make sure we’re still moving forward. For a while throughout the season, it was two steps forward, one step back. Right not we’re trying to make sure we can grow up and go on from that. That was a test tonight and we weren’t able to pass it but the good thing about it is we have another game on Saturday.

On if the last two games affected tonight’s game…
Yeah that’s part of it. Emotionally you have to make sure there is no let down. Unfortunately we didn’t start the game with it and if you wait too long you’re going to fall behind like we did and I think you play in these big games. Last year was proof of that. You play in these emotional games every single night and it just wears on you and wears on you. We’ll take the experience we had last year from these games and hopefully grow up from it and learn from it and make sure we’re ready to go for Saturday.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On whether losing tonight was a matter of not having their legs under them…
Yeah sometimes you, obviously you don’t have the legs every single night, but we have to find it. If you don’t have legs, you’ve got to use your brain and play smart, anticipate some battles, and place the puck in the right spot. It was a tough game, you know they’re a pretty good team, especially with the puck. So it was tough, but we got ourselves back in the game in the third, we just couldn’t get a third goal.

On whether taking first place gives them a boost in confidence and energy…
Yeah I guess maybe tomorrow. But you know, as for right now, it kind of stings to be on the losing side. I will say after the tough start we had this year, to find ourselves – what is it 70 games in or something? – to find ourselves in first place that’s pretty impressive. But like I said, we’ll be able to appreciate that more tomorrow.

On whether he’s happy with where the offense is since they haven’t been scoring as many goals in games lately…
I mean you’re not going to be putting in five goals every night. I think we have a pretty confident group that we can score goals. But you know our last few games, last couple games especially, we got only three. So that happens you know, but we still got three points out of those four. So you know we’ll take it. We don’t have to win hockey games 5-4, if you win 1-0 or 2-1 then we’re happy with that.

On how they’ve been winning against the tougher teams and losing against some non-playoff teams lately…
Yeah we have to realize in here that we have to be pushing those teams behind us, because those guys they are only one point away from the playoffs and there are still lots of games left. We talked about earlier today – just look at Ottawa last year. So obviously we don’t want that to happen again, so we have to be playing every single game you know our best hockey no matter who we play against. But for some reason tonight we didn’t do that, and that’s why we only got one point.

On David Pastrnak’s goal…
Yeah he’s got good speed you know he always makes things happen, and he’s got a good shot as well. [He] kind of looked Loui [Eriksson] off and put it upstairs. So he can definitely put the puck in the net. So just give it to him at full speed and he makes things happen.

On whether the team is being battle-tested by these overtime games…
I mean you don’t want to be going into overtime every single game, but at the same time it’s kind of good preparation for how the playoff hockey is going to be. It’s going to be tight every single game. So we have to learn how to win those tight games. We’ve been pretty good the last couple games, except tonight. It was a tough one, but you know we have to regroup and come back in a couple days.

On whether the schedule is starting to wear on them and fatigue is starting to set in…
Yeah for some reason always in March it seems like we play every-other day. But you know we’re all professionals, we should know how to use our off days, how to prepare ourselves for the games, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Like I said, we’re professionals and we only play about 20 minutes a night, so that’s not too much to ask.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK…
On what caused the loss…
We didn’t play at our best definitely. But you know the thing with this league now is there are no easy games. Every team is skilled and speedy and you know you really have to be on top of your game to be able to win the games. And you know you can tell we were a little tight out there today. We didn’t have our skating legs and made some plays that were a little uncharacteristic for us maybe and it resulted as a point.

On the Bruins moving into first place in the division but not being happy about it…
Oh did we? Tampa didn’t play tonight? Yeah well you know we don’t want to get caught at standing at the standings because that won’t do any good for us. We just have to focus on our game and improve, like we have all season. We just try to plug away and you know get our game to a level where we think it needs to be in order to make the playoffs and move on in the playoffs. So you know we’ll take it.

On if the schedule has been bearing down on the team lately…
It has been busy but it is like that for everybody. I don’t think…we felt good. Obviously we had a tough trip there, two overtime games and coming home and you know it was very hot out there today. I mean I felt cramping up and very sluggish. But yeah it’s the same for everybody and we just have to manage our rest and make sure that we’re sharp when it’s game time because it’s not going to get any easier.

On going to another overtime…
Well you know I mean I’ve had it with these three-on-three overtimes. It’s just scoring chance after scoring chance, but you just try to win the games right? I mean I was hoping that they would score a quick goal like last game but it didn’t happen.

On how he saw the winning goal develop…
Well it was kind of a breakaway shot. And I saw it on the replay because I felt somebody took my leg out and Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] stick hit my skate and then their guy came late and hit my skate again and took me out. So I couldn’t recover.

On the breakdowns in the three-on-three…
Yeah usually it’s just wide-open shots, breakaways or two-on-ones. And there are no wide angle shots or point shots it’s just scoring chances.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHN-MICHAEL LILES
On the Hurricanes…
We knew that they’re kind of on the outside looking in right now, and they’re battling pretty hard, and we knew they were going to come out that way, and they’re a tough team to play against.

On the Bruins lacking the intensity they showed at Florida and Tampa Bay…
Yeah, I mean, I don’t know. Early on, I thought that we had been on our heels, but at the same time, they played well, they executed pretty well, and we just seemed like passes were just not quite as crisp as they needed to be early on. I thought as the game went on, we got better, especially in the third, but at the same time, we would have liked to have come out of there with two points.

On moving from a team outside of a playoff spot to one now in first place…
Yeah, I mean, like I said, we would have liked to have had the two points. It’s still a business, and you don’t play for them anymore. So it’s not easy losing a game, but that’s the way it goes. We’ll regroup, and hopefully be ready for Saturday.

CAROLINA HURRICANES HEAD COACH BILL PETERS
On what went right with them during the play in overtime where they passed it back to their goalie…
Well our goalies, both of our goalies, handle the puck well. I thought our overtime was really good, prior to the goal we had Jordan [Staal] in, you know, under pressure, but he was in behind guys and attacking the net, and a real good decision for Noah Hanifin to bring it out and give it to Wardo [Cam Ward] and we believe you’ve got to hang onto the puck in overtime and once you bring it up, you typically don’t get it back and you’ve got to defend, defend, defend and we don’t want to do that. We want to be an attacking team and a puck possession team, and that’s part of it.

On if it was play they had worked on before…
Day one in camp, you know it was great coming into the season. We talked about it and we said hey, when you’re under seize, instead of making a high risk player taking a lollipop risk from the blue line, which is maybe a good play five on five, and not three on three, let’s take it back to the goaltender, support him, and if we need to get a change, get a change and get fresh bodies out. Periods have long change right? So it’s harder for the defensive team to change, and we were able to get Skinny [Jeff Skinner] in all alone and good job by Phil [Di Giuseppe] staying with it.

On what is says about Noah Hanifin’s processing power to read situations…
Oh he’s elite. I mean this kid is a lot of fun, a lot of fun to coach, a lot of fun to see him develop and continue on. I thought he had a real good night here and he’s got a real huge upside. His upside is… We’ll see, when it’s all said and done. But I’ll tell you what, he’s a good player right now and nineteen years old.

On how the Bruins were outshooting them in the first two periods…
Well there was a stretch here where weren’t heavy enough on the four check, or strong enough in the zone or on the puck. Once we got a little more committed by a group of twelve forwards, then the tide turned a little bit, especially in the third period. I thought the [Ryan] Murphey, [Riley] Nash, [Chris] Terry line had a real good shift to get us going, and that was the difference in the game. We were a little too easy to break out against early and then once we got a little more committed and physical, we were better.

On how it keeps them going and looking for the possible chance of moving ahead…
Oh it’s possible for sure it is.

On how even likely after a game like this…
Oh we are just going to try to keep cumulating points. That’s seven out of eight since the trade deadline and we believe we have a chance, and we do so we are just going to keep playing and see at the end of the game 82,  we will see where we’re at.

CAROLINA HURRICANES DEFENSMEN NOAH HANIFIN
On how it felt playing at the Garden, in front of everyone…
Yeah, it was a really cool experience, you know it was my first game here in the NHL and just to be able to get out there and get a win in front of all my family and friends, it was definitely a really cool experience.

On what he saw on the overtime goal…
Yeah I probably kind of run out of room up there in the offensive zone, so I tried to you know bring it out, and regroup with Cam [Ward] and try to get a change, and you know I got the puck back and I saw Jeff [Skinner] kind of going for a breakaway there and tried to zip it up to him and, you know Phil [Di Giuseppe] crashed the net up there and got a good rebound.

On how he thinks it might have thrown the Bruins off by bringing it back to his zone…
Yeah I mean sometimes in a three on three, it’s really tiring and you know, if  you head for the zone for a little bit it, the second it gets out you’re trying for a change and I kind of knew that. I brought it back with Cam [Ward] and I was hoping that they would change, and that they were, and that opened up Jeff there.

On what they discussed as a team on how to break through with what they’ve seen the Bruins do in the past…
I mean they are really a hard working team and a big, physical team. You know for us, we just wanted to keep the puck moving north and wear them out in their zone. I think as the game progressed, we started to do that more and more.

On how they strategized their overtime play…
Yeah it’s definitely different, I love it, it’s a lot of fun but... You know I think sometimes when guys are circling in and offensive zone, you can kind of run around because it’s a man on man situation so… Usually you can use the whole ice, you can obviously create more room for yourself and I think that’s what happened there.

On how many people he had here to watch him...
Over fifty, a lot of people.

CAROLINA HURRICANES FORWARD PHILLIP DI GIUSEPPE

On his perspective of his game winning goal in overtime...
I saw Skinnie [Jeff Skinner] going down on a little break away there and just in case he missed I was going to clean up the garbage. So, I got lucky, it came right to me and I took a whack at it.

On the emotion he was feeling after his game winning goal...
Yeah, obviously playing here was my first time, and you know, it was a hell of an environment, so I was pretty pumped up.

On how big this win was for the team...
Huge. You know, we’ve been in every game just working hard. Today we came out flat but Wardo [Cam Ward] kept us in it and our game got better as the game went on.

On how impactful Cam Ward has been as of late...
Yeah, he’s stepped up huge. Um, you know, him and Jordo [Michal Jordan] have been key leaders and they’ve accepted that role and are rolling with it.

On the team’s key to success as of late...
Uh, just keep working hard. You know, last two games we haven’t come out that strong, so that will be the key factor for us.

On how Noah Hanifin’s decision to leave the zone and go on the regroup helped them reset and go for the goal...
To the goalie? Um, we practiced that a couple times, just – it slows it down and I think it confused him a little bit, so, um, worked out there. And, you know, probably see that more often going forward.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:10 AM
On Kevan Miller’s status…
He’s not going to play tonight. He’s obviously doing well. So we’re going to hold him off tonight and we’ll continue to go day-to-day here.

On if there’s a chance he plays Saturday…
Oh, sure absolutely. Chance, right? I didn’t say he’s in – chance.

On his perception on Carolina and the matchup tonight…
Well every time we play them they play a real hard game. They skate well, they’re on you, they’re very aggressive, you know. We never have an easy game against them. And it doesn’t matter who’s in our lineup and who’s not. They play the same way. So we’re always expecting a real tough challenge and that’s not going to change. And I’m not just standing here saying that, that really is the feeling that we have in our room.

On the flexibility of John-Michael Liles and Dennis Seidenberg when Kevan Miller is out…
Yeah, you know it was obviously the case here last game, but both those guys can play their off sides and we’ve seen it with Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] and you know John-Michael [Liles] has been in the same situation before – he’s played both sides – so that’s been helpful, no doubt. And I thought they did a great job last game of handling that and you know giving us that stability here of being able to have certain players in the lineup and playing with different partners.

On if he’s surprised that John-Michael Liles is getting a hearing for his hit in the last game…
Doesn’t matter. I think, surprise or not, it’s what the League does and you see those things happen. You just wait and see and I’m hoping to be honest with you that he’s in our lineup tonight. You know it really is my opinion that it wasn’t a suspendable play, but I’m not the one making those decisions.

On how valuable John-Michael Liles has been since joining the team…
[He’s] been good because he’s an experienced guy, he’s got great mobility, he’s also got the experience that we need back there. We talked about the fact that he played both sides and he’s gone in there and been on the second power play as well. So you know I like the fact that he’s come in and he’s blended in and fit in really well with our hockey club. Joe [Haggerty], when you tweet that, don’t forget to put the other part, right? The decision? Don’t just throw me under the bus.

On choosing to play Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow…
Yeah, I don’t think I need to get into that. You know with all due respect we make decisions based on what we think we need to do there, so this is something that we do as a coaching staff and we look at, and we go from there. So obviously those decisions are made and whether, you know, everybody agrees with them or not, that’s not my issue. My issue is to try and make the right decision.

On if there was relief with Kevan Miller’s injury not being long-term…
Well we didn’t know when it happened and he left the game and he ended up going to the hospital. You don’t know what’s going to come out of it, so we were glad to hear that his recovery is a little bit quicker than what you anticipate at first, I guess.

On if being higher in the standings changes their perspective on playing a team like Carolina…
I don’t want it to change to be honest with you because that would mean that certain games and certain situations are more important than others. And you’re trying to … when we talk about consistency in our game you want to get consistency in your thought process as well. For me, as I mentioned the other day, it’s really about how well you play. And I said it’s not necessarily about going in there telling guys, “We have to win this game.” You know we have to play well in order to win that game. So I wouldn’t really put an emphasis on our play versus the outcome and usually when you do that you let the outcome take care of itself. So that’s where I am. I’m not going to go in there and tell these guys it’s a bigger game than the next one. They all know where we are in the standings. It’s going to be more about can we go out there and respect this team to the point where we’re going to play the same way we did in our last game.

On shot suppression and how to limit shots against…
Well you know, Matt [Kalman], people are making a big deal about shots and I can tell you in Florida it was an issue because they had a lot of scoring chances. And the last game with all the shots they had they had 11 scoring chances. So if teams want to shoot from all over the place, from the outside and everything else and let our goalies stay in the game and warm, that’s fine with me. I base more on the scoring chances versus the number of shots because, like I said, some teams shoot it right at the goalie from outside the blueline. That’s a shot on net. So it depends where they come from. So I would tell you that it was an issue after the Florida game because they had a lot of scoring chances, but definitely not against Tampa. So we’d like to bring our shot count down but we can’t control that if teams are going to shoot from everywhere.
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