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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS CAROLINA HURRICANES
Saturday, March 15, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:30 PM
On Milan Lucic’s comment regarding the team possibly peaking too soon..
Well if he thinks we’re peaking too soon I can show him a lot of areas where we can get better.  That’s not hard for me to find, but no we’re playing well we’re playing hard I think we’re doing a lot of good things here but we just got to stay the course here.  Again, I don’t think we are doing things to peek too early I think we are utlizing our players, our bench as much as we can, giving guys some rest and all that stuff – doing the best we can.

On the team no longer playing from behind…
Well that’s always been important for us to, because to manage the side of the puck when we don’t have it.  The guys right now are commiited fairly well, but again you look at the, as a breakaway again today – that part of it we have to continue to work on. It’s not just about defensemen sometimes we don’t have forwards giving us our layers so there’s an area there that I can show the guys if they think they are peeking too early.

On Matt Lindblad’s game…
I liked his game.  He skates well, quick skater, quick thinker, he made some real good heads up plays.  So, like I said all along, I like his hockey sense.

On Johnny Boychuk re-entering the game after he went down…
Yeah I think the part is that we’re happy he’s not injured.  The way he went into the boards with both feet could have been a lot worse.  So, kind of happy that he was able to come back and that shot on the foot is nothing compared to how hard he went into the boards, but you know what our team has always been made of those kind of players and guys that gut it out and certainly it helps our team get some, I guess, some energy, and some momentum at a certain point of the game where we needed it.

On being assured that Boychuk was okay after going down…
Well we have trainers we pay to take care of that.  They just tell me whether he’s coming back or not.  At one point you see him, and you know the individual, and he came off and we felt that there was a good chance he’d be back and he was and that’s not to say he’s not hurting right now, but he’s a tough individual and we’ll see how he is tomorrow.

On Milan Lucic’s and David Krejci’s consistency this season…
Well, you know, I don’t know if I have the exact answer to that, but I agree with you a lot as far as I told David [Krejci] that the other day I said, “this is as consistent as I’ve seen you since you’ve been here,” and that’s all part of growing as a player, maturity, understanding his role. At the same time he’s wearing a letter this year so he’s got some responsibilites and Looch [Milan Lucic] has come back this year and has played the way he finished last year.  We can’t forget these are still young players.  They are in their twenties and they’re young players so there’s always room for them to grow and I think that’s what we’re all seeing here is growth in some of those players, but at the same time you’re right.  You got a guy Jarome Iginla, for a guy whose been in the league this long has a really done a great job in mainaitnaing his conditioning, comes into practice and games and works hard, competes hard all the time.  So, those young guys don’t have an opporunity to do nothing more than try and follow his lead.


On if Dougie Hamilton’s hit on Jeff Skinner is related to his growth as a player…
I don’t know if it’s his growth, I’m sure he’s done that in the past, you know when guys cut to the middle and they have their heads down some defensemen are really good at reading that and that’s what Dougie is good at he sees that happening and he threw a good hit.

On how Jarome Iginla compares to what he heard…
He’s exactly what he was advertised as, as a good team player, a hard-worker, competitive guy, and again I can see why he had a letter in Calgary because he’s got that leadership quality in him.  As I mentioned before, we have a lot of guys here that could easily wear that letter, but he’s part of our, what we call, our core group.  When there’s some decisions to be made between coaches and players he’s part of that group, it’s been around a long time.  But he’s exactly what was advertisted, there’s been absoltely no surprises with him.

On if he can sense the level of compettion rising in the defensive group…
I think so and that’s basically what you would hope to see as well.  We mentioned it after we made those deals, that there’s some depth, but there’s also some competition now.  There’s nobody pushing from behind, no matter who you are, you have a tendency to get comfortable.  So we try to keep that competitive edge within our hockey team and right now it’s there with our defensemen.

On how big of a focus that physical play has been since the Washington game…
Well it’s been better obviously.  You just have to look at the stats, and you know you’re seeing a lot more of it, but that’s just guys –  I think right now we’re really feeling good about ourselves as a team.  We get excited about coming to the rink, we get excited about playing, we get excited about winning hockey games and those things all go hand in hand.  That, just to me, has been part of the process.  In that Washington game we weren’t skating, we weren’t hiting, so there was a lot more than just the physical aspect of the game that was missing.  We weren’t really involved the way we should’ve been involved in that game.

On whether or not Brad Marchand was in the right drawing the tripping penalty…
I think so, I like that because it was a nice clean hit in the middle of the ice.  He was skating so well, when he drew that tripping penalty and I thought tonight he did skate well and he was dangerous player everytime he was on the ice.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On how he’s feeling…
Ah, I mean a little bit sore, but just glad everything’s okay.

On what he saw when he went into the boards…
Well I was going for the puck, I was looking left and right to see where my guys were and I went to go hit and then all the sudden I’m going into the boards and just went in feet kind of awkwardly I guess.

On whether he was strong to get up from the collision…
It kind of twisted funny and then I’m like well, maybe, I don’t know like I just didn’t know. I just wanted to get up and try to skate off.

On it not taking too long to get back to the bench, then blocking the shot…
I mean like you get back on the ice then the next shift you take a nice shot off your foot it didn’t really feel great.

On the adrenaline that was running through him at that point…
I mean after you get hit with a slap shot it’s more laughter I guess because it’s just you can’t really do anything but laugh because you get it on the same side that it hurts so bad that you just have to laugh at it.

On which one hurt more…
I don’t know, I don’t really know. Probably just everything just hurt more.

On whether it was an edge that caused him to fall…
I don’t really know, I can’t really say that I lost an edge right now because I haven’t really seen it. It was kind of just awkward going in and I’m just glad my leg’s not broken.

On whether he went all the way into the room to get it looked at…
Yeah I just walked off and they asked me if I was okay and I said I think so, but I just want to walk it and see if it’s alright. It’s a little sore.

On whether he did anything postgame…
Well they did x-rays after the game, but I don’t know how they came out.

On whether he likes being looked up to as the tough guy…
I don’t like doing it. Yeah, but it’s not just me, it’s our whole team, it’s our whole persona. You know you want to get back out there and do whatever it takes to win and it’s not just me it’s the whole team.

On whether the team scoring two goals in thirteen seconds helped out…
That kind of helped out. I’m not going to lie, that helped.
On how scary a play that is and not knowing what was really going on…
Yeah, it is pretty scary and you don’t know what’s going on, but you just want to see if you’re alright first when you try to get back up and then it was okay.

On Torey Krug jumping right in to his defense, whether it was a hit or not…
I was surprised, but not really. But he’s a little feisty, feisty, little guy, but you know it’s our team. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT LINDBLAD
On how he felt in his first NHL game…
I felt pretty good. The first shift, I mean, everyone talks about the first shift being the toughest and I thought after that first shift I knew I had my legs and I was moving pretty good out there.

On if he was nervous…
Yeah, definitely nervous to come in. Even just in warm ups, you come out and the crowd is just pumping and it was just a great atmosphere unlike anything else. You have a lot of your friends and family texting you wishing you good luck and you just want to play your best and I’m pretty happy with how I played.

On how much he wants to just look around and enjoy the moment while balancing focusing on the game…
There’s a little bit of both. At the end of the day you're here for a reason and ultimately you have to work as hard as you can and just kind of let things take care of themselves.

On if it’s tough playing while not wanting to screw up his first day…
Yeah it definitely crossed your mind, especially for your first game. But at the same time, there’s great support in the locker room. Guys were saying just to relax and enjoy it and play your game, you’ll be fine. I took their advice and I feel like it all worked out.

On what he took from the atmosphere in the locker room now with an eight game winning streak…
Yeah, you can definitely tell that guys are confident and times are good right now. But with that said, it’s definitely a playoff like atmosphere in there. And guys are, even in skate yesterday, it was optional but guys that were out there were still skating hard. You get that sense in the locker room that they know every game counts and every game means something.

On what it was like to go from Development Camp to a playing in a game this late in the season…
Yeah, I’ve learned a lot ever since development camp. Development camp, for the most part, was a good way to understand the system and what it means to be a Bruin. And throughout Rookie Camp and Training Camp I just kind of carried those skills and assets over. Ultimately, they’re not kidding when they explain to you and teach you the ways of being a Bruin. It’s been a roller coaster ride this last seven or eight months ever since I left school but it’s just been a great time and a great opportunity.

On if this helps having this experience if he is ever needed on an emergency basis…
Yeah, it gives you not only confidence in yourself, but just knowing okay well obviously you're doing something right and management has confidence in you that they could use you whether it’s for rest or to help out in any way possible. I just feel like if I do get that call up whether it’s later in the year or next year or whenever they need me I’ll be ready and I will be just as confident and comfortable.

On his feelings between not making the team over the summer and being called up today…
Well when I found out I was getting sent down in camp it was obviously a disappointing time but at the same time I felt very confident in what I got out of the meeting and very comfortable with what I needed to work on. Now, with seven months later or whatever it has been I feel like the work I put in in providence has really helped out and hopefully it will continue to do so.

On who called and what they said…
Sweens [Don Sweeney] called and he just said I got some good news for you and get ready they’re going to try and get you in here Saturday.

On if he got any family and friends in tonight…
Yeah, it was kind of last minute because I didn’t really know if I was going to be playing or not. I found out late obviously and I just tried to rally as much family as I could. Thankfully I had my immediate family out there, I had my aunt, and one of my brother’s best friends got to come out here too so it was pretty special.

On what he would take out of this game that he wants to improve on…
Yeah, above all, I think I would take away for it is just that I can play in this league. It’s a confidence thing more so, it’s not egotistical. But you feel more comfortable when you have an organization that believes in you, it puts confidence in yourself. And after tonight – or this afternoon-  I feel like I’m ready to play a couple more games in there if need be.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On what he saw on the play where Johnny Boychuk went into the boards…
I don’t know, I felt like he got shoved, pushed into the boards. I haven’t seen the replay, but you’ve just got to react for your teammates. I don’t know. It looked pretty ugly.

On Johnny Boychuk blocking a shot on his next shift after coming back in the game…
I don’t know, did you guys expect anything different? That’s just Johnny. Johnny being Johnny.

On his goal late in the third…
It was an important goal [laughs]. Time was running out, and we got rewarded. Those guys, that fourth line there was playing well all night. It was just good for them to get rewarded. I just put it on net, and it went in.

On if it’s good for his confidence to get a goal…
Yeah exactly. Last minute, heading into next game I’ll play with a little bit more confidence.

On if it was good to get back out on the power play…
Yeah, definitely. More than two this time I think, so it was good to get out there. We didn’t get many great looks, but at the same time, just getting your feet a little bit more wet, and getting into it. Hopefully next game we capitalize on it. Our unit hasn’t scored in a while, and we know that too. We talk about it. We’ve got to have that sense of urgency because it’s going to win you hockey games down the stretch.

On if the Bruins are peaking too early…
I think you just go out on a nightly basis, you’re trying to fine-tune your game. I’m not worried about it because we have leaders in here that will take care of that when the time comes. We’re playing good hockey. We’re still fine-tuning some things. Defensively, we’re playing well right now. Our goalies are unbelievable, as usual. We’re scoring goals, everything’s coming together well, and like Looch [Milan Lucic] said, hopefully it’s not too early.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On their line’s success lately…
Krech [David Krejci] and [Milan] Looch [Lucic] – it’s been fun playing with them all year, and they have a great chemistry with each other and they have been great to join. And Krejci can pass it anywhere, you know he has his sauce, and he can shoot he can score. And Looch competes and works as hard as anybody, and he’s fast. You know we’ve been building chemistry throughout the year, and it’s been fun as a group.

On David Krejci’s pass from his knees to assist Milan Lucic’s goal…
Yeah that’s nice vision to be able to make that second effort. You know, of all the guys, but he’s got a lot of skill and stuff, but he works hard too and he competes hard. You know they are very driven, and they play with the second effort. And to find him backdoor like that was nice, it was a nice way to start the game.

On whether they play was an example of things clicking and bounces going their way…
Definitely sometimes you get good bounces, and that was a good bounce. But at the same time I thought it was a great second effort. And to have an idea that he’s back door, those guys worked together. So it’s fun, but yeah you’ve got to get some breaks, but as a team we’re also working hard and competing and trying to work for those breaks too.

On their line, and the whole team playing well and wearing down their opponents…
Yeah it’s been a lot of – all year, it’s been fun. But especially in the last 20 games or whatever each line is finding ways on different nights to put a lot of pressure on the other team. We have a very balanced attack all the way through – different guys, different lines, our D-men jumping up on the play. We’ve been able to get that zone time and be good offensively, but also still defensively. So things are going well and it’s a fun roll that we’re on as a group. But nobody is complacent. Every day we’re trying to come and stay focused, and the coaching staff and Zee [Zdeno Chara] has got us focused. It’s game time, it’s ready to go. But it’s been a lot of fun too.

On how earlier in the season he wasn’t getting the release on his shots that he wanted, and whether that has improved…
I’ve been working on it, and I’ve gotten some great looks. You know tonight right before  Looch [Milan Lucic] gave me my first goal, I had a great pass from him for a one-timer and I probably tried to shoot it a little too hard and just missed the net. But I’ve been working at it, and just trying to have better chemistry as a group, as a line, and just trying to feed off each other by getting some good looks and good chances. And trying to work hard and stuff. So earlier in the year I was getting some good chances, but I definitely feel fortunate that some of those bounces are starting to go in and as a line we’re able to get a few more; and as a team - it’s really all the lines - and like I say, on different night it’s different lines that are helping spark it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On how he felt…
I felt pretty good with it. It hasn’t been too long since I have been out, so not too much rest out there.  I was just anxious but I was able to settle down after awhile.

On his opinion of Lindblad tonight…
He was solid. I had played with him during the preseason. He is a smart player who made some good decisions. I think that he definitely wanted to try and make a play and I think especially when he was 4-1, so you can see the skill level in him and it was good to see him get his first game today.

On having Lindblad on Paille’s line…
I mean I remember that like it was yesterday for myself. So for him to come up here and play his first game for sure he has a lot of jitters or just nerves. He presented himself well on the bench and on the ice. He did a really good job.

On the seamless play of the fourth line…
For us the key is just to keep forechecking and supporting each other and try not to over step to the ability that we cant’ do, so for us it’s a lot of not thinking out here and just reacting. That’s why we have been very successful as a line.

On playing relentless hockey…
It’s the system that we want to play. If you are noticing it, that’s good news. I am sure for us, we are pretty critical and we want to be more aggressive especially when we do that we have a lot more zone time in the offense.  Having that pressure helps a lot.

On concerns of Boychuk going into the boards…
A little bit. Especially him staying down a little bit. But you know he is a really strong guy. He got up no problem. Obviously he needed a little bit of help. After the numbness probably went away he realized he was all good. I think that everyone was a tad bit worried about him, it was good to see him right away.

On the momentum of scoring two goals pretty quickly after the Boychuk hit into the boards…
I mean with something like that either when someone goes down or makes a big play we definitely want to respond as much as we can. Johnny [Boychuk] was case and point there for us to wake up. Especially them, they were pushing a little late there. It was important for us to respond the right way and we did.

On his return…
Yeah, even when you are out one game you feel a little anxious coming back your first game.  I didn’t feel any different out there other than I wanted to make a couple plays a little too early that ended up turning over.  Other than that I felt pretty confident with the rest of the game and the momentum itself after all.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the play of the line the past few games…
Yeah, I think we’re doing a good job supporting each other and using our strength and our speed. You know when we get fore checking, it tends to turn pucks over and get some zone time where we’re able to create some chances and also it just feels like everything is clicking for our line right now. It’s a good feeling that we have right now, we’ve got to keep pushing and keep wanting more.

On the team delivering a lot of hard hits and if he likes where the team’s physicality is at…
Yeah, definitely. I think it’s been an important part of our game during this eight game win streak is getting that physical play back up and getting in the other team’s face and that’s always been a big part of our team’s success and again we need to keep that up moving forward.

On whether the Olympic break helped keep up the team’s physicality…
Yeah, it could you know having that rest to be able to kind of rejuvenate your body and get reenergized you know allows you to come back and feeling good about yourself where you can get that you said physical part of your game back to where it needs to be and you know like I said I hope we’re not peaking right now, we need to keep wanting more and we’ve done a good job of staying on course and getting focused on the task and hand, and you know the day to recover again tomorrow because we’ve got a strong Minnesota team coming in here on Monday.

On whether he feels the team is playing its best hockey…
You know it seems like we’re playing at our highest level throughout the season so far and it seems to have gotten better since the start of February, you know after the Olympic break and see where we are now and we’ve just got to, like I said, not get too high, not get too low and stay even keeled and just stay focused on what we need to do to keep our game sharp and the coaching staff has done a good job of keeping us energized and giving us our rest when we need it and like I said we’re just having fun looking forward to every game that’s ahead of us.

On the play where David Krejci tripped and the puck came to him…
Ah, it was funny I was talking to him after the play and he said he was going to shoot so it was kind of a lucky play to come back to me, but again you’ve got to be lucky to be good sometimes and that’s what happened there.

On if it was an occasion of all things clicking on that play…
Yeah, that’s how it goes sometimes you know, sometimes you could be working hard and playing well and things don’t really bounce your way, but there’s other times, like you said, where things are clicking and the bounces go your way and opportunities happen like that chance on my first goal, but when you play the right way you tend to create your own luck and like I said what we’ve got to keep doing is playing the right way.



On whether he believes the team’s physicality is the reason for the team’s success during the third period…
Well I think I mean it’s been a big part of our success over the past four or five years is playing physical and bringing that heavy game. You know everyone’s in real good shape here, we try to push that pace and play that heavy game for a full 60 minutes and if it wears the other team down you know then obviously it plays to our advantage, but you know who we’re just focused on playing that high intense, physical, heavy game and hopefully it can accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish.

On the competition for the top spot keeping the team motivated…
Well yeah you want to keep pushing for that top spot and home ice advantage is huge in the playoffs, especially when you get into the later rounds of playoffs you seem need to create that momentum at home and if you look at our record past the second round at home you know it’s pretty good so we’re just trying to win hockey games and finish as high as we can in the standings. That’s the goal from the start of the season and we’re going to continue doing that.

On the play of Johnny Boychuk after leaving the ice after hitting the boards and blocking the shot…
Yeah, he’s a warrior and he’s durable and you know he’s not afraid to get his body in front of pucks and get himself in those dirty areas to take big hits and he gives big hits, and you know like on that play he’ll block big shots to make big plays. You know like I said he’s a durable player for us and you know his play has been huge for us over the last couple of years.

On how much Jarome Iginla’s presence solidify the top line…
Yeah it’s been great having him here. You can see he’s obviously come to his own here and starting to feel good about himself as he has the last I’d say ten, twenty games and you know we all know what he can do from what he’s done in the past and you know he’s definitely a confident guy that’s always pushing for more and you see the little things in him that has made him so successful throughout his career and I think it’s starting to show more and more and the season’s gone on.

On whether he’d like to see Iginla in Boston past this year…
Yeah obviously not my control, but you know he’s been a great fit for us for on the ice, on our line and in the dressing room so you know obviously that would be great.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On getting off to a good start…
Yeah it was a good start for us, you know we wanted to be physical and play the body.  And I think we got off to a good start, and we really carried that through the whole game, and finally got rewarded in the third period. It was a tough game, they battled hard too. Again, we just stuck with it and got good results.

On how it helps him in net when the team plays well…
Yeah it helps. I mean, I think when we get a good start it’s nice to know the guys are sharp and we’re all sort of into the game. And hitting bodies and throwing pucks on net and blocking shots – you know, just doing all the little things. I think for a goalie it’s always nice to see that and comforting knowing the guys are ready to go. We’ve just been playing really well lately, and getting good results, and just want to try to keep this going.

On how nice it is to help contribute to the eight-game winning streak…
Yeah it’s nice, it’s nice to be a part of it and get some wins and contribute, like you said. We’re playing well right now and just want to keep things going. So for myself, it’s just stepping in there, and trying to be solid, and make the saves that I should, and just trying to get the two points.

On Johnny Boychuk’s crash into the boards…
... and I think the guy kind of poked his feet out there, and he went into it really awkward. You don’t want to see a guy like Johnny go down. He’s such a tough player and a big part of our D-core. So it was definitely a scary, scary moment.

On Boychuk’s return and blocking a shot…
I know, typical. That’s how he plays, you know he’s real gritty, and he doesn’t want to leave no matter what it is. You know he’ll come back with injuries or bruises or whatever, and he’s always back out there. It just shows sort of where our team is at right now. I think with the guys they’re really dialed in and they want to be out there.

On whether those plays gave the team a lift…
Yeah I think so. I think you sort of saw it coming throughout the whole game because we had so many good chances there. I think that maybe put us over the hill there with momentum, with him blocking the shots. It gets guys really fired up, and, again, we scored right after that so you could say it contributed.

On whether he was screened on Carolina’s goal…
It was just sort of deflections. It hit about three guys there, and you know it was coming to my left side and then it hit a guy and hit Johnny [Boychuk] and then it hit the ice, and then goes over to me. So it’s kind of hard it seems lately for me and Tuukka [Rask] we keep letting these weird goals in. But it’s about winning right now and I’m happy we got the two points.

On being undefeated at the TD Garden, and what he attributes that to…
Just the team I think. I don’t know. I love playing in front of the fans here, even as an opponent in the past I’ve always loved coming here. It’s just that energy, and the fans. It’s exciting to be able to be a part of it, and be on this side of it, and be part of the Bruins. You know I want to come out and work hard and play well for the fans and for the team. You know it’s gone well so far, so just sort of keep it going I guess.

On Carolina’s scoring chances throughout the game…
I guess, yeah I think they had some – you know, for some reason it seems like they don’t have a lot of chances, but when they do I think there were some decent scoring chances there. Like in the second they had a couple odd-man rushes, and some pucks in the slot. Even in the third they had some passes out into the slot there. You know, even a coupled missed the net or I got a piece of it. So I think we did a good job of limiting the scoring chances. But again, in this league they are going to get scoring chances.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On getting off to a good start…
Yeah it was a good start for us, you know we wanted to be physical and play the body.  And I think we got off to a good start, and we really carried that through the whole game, and finally got rewarded in the third period. It was a tough game, they battled hard too. Again, we just stuck with it and got good results.

On how it helps him in net when the team plays well…
Yeah it helps. I mean, I think when we get a good start it’s nice to know the guys are sharp and we’re all sort of into the game. And hitting bodies and throwing pucks on net and blocking shots – you know, just doing all the little things. I think for a goalie it’s always nice to see that and comforting knowing the guys are ready to go. We’ve just been playing really well lately, and getting good results, and just want to try to keep this going.

On how nice it is to help contribute to the eight-game winning streak…
Yeah it’s nice, it’s nice to be a part of it and get some wins and contribute, like you said. We’re playing well right now and just want to keep things going. So for myself, it’s just stepping in there, and trying to be solid, and make the saves that I should, and just trying to get the two points.

On Johnny Boychuk’s crash into the boards…
... and I think the guy kind of poked his feet out there, and he went into it really awkward. You don’t want to see a guy like Johnny go down. He’s such a tough player and a big part of our D-core. So it was definitely a scary, scary moment.

On Boychuk’s return and blocking a shot…
I know, typical. That’s how he plays, you know he’s real gritty, and he doesn’t want to leave no matter what it is. You know he’ll come back with injuries or bruises or whatever, and he’s always back out there. It just shows sort of where our team is at right now. I think with the guys they’re really dialed in and they want to be out there.

On whether those plays gave the team a lift…
Yeah I think so. I think you sort of saw it coming throughout the whole game because we had so many good chances there. I think that maybe put us over the hill there with momentum, with him blocking the shots. It gets guys really fired up, and, again, we scored right after that so you could say it contributed.

On whether he was screened on Carolina’s goal…
It was just sort of deflections. It hit about three guys there, and you know it was coming to my left side and then it hit a guy and hit Johnny [Boychuk] and then it hit the ice, and then goes over to me. So it’s kind of hard it seems lately for me and Tuukka [Rask] we keep letting these weird goals in. But it’s about winning right now and I’m happy we got the two points.

On being undefeated at the TD Garden, and what he attributes that to…
Just the team I think. I don’t know. I love playing in front of the fans here, even as an opponent in the past I’ve always loved coming here. It’s just that energy, and the fans. It’s exciting to be able to be a part of it, and be on this side of it, and be part of the Bruins. You know I want to come out and work hard and play well for the fans and for the team. You know it’s gone well so far, so just sort of keep it going I guess.

On Carolina’s scoring chances throughout the game…
I guess, yeah I think they had some – you know, for some reason it seems like they don’t have a lot of chances, but when they do I think there were some decent scoring chances there. Like in the second they had a couple odd-man rushes, and some pucks in the slot. Even in the third they had some passes out into the slot there. You know, even a coupled missed the net or I got a piece of it. So I think we did a good job of limiting the scoring chances. But again, in this league they are going to get scoring chances.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On seeing Johnny Boychuk go down…
Yeah, I think it’s a scary play for all defensemen. Luckily, he’s okay, and I guess right away I kind of thought he might’ve broken something, both of his legs were in an awkward position. I’m just glad to see him okay.

On the Bruins scoring soon after Johnny Boychuk re-entered the game…
Yeah he’s obviously pretty tough, and I think everyone knows that. I think everyone maybe rallied from that play. I don’t know.

On the hit he threw on Carolina’s Jeff Skinner…
It’s a hit you have to be careful with. I was kind of looking for him and waiting for him to cut to the middle, and luckily he did. I got good contact, so it was kind of nice to have one of those. Felt good obviously.

On if he can become a more physical player…
Yeah, I don’t know. I’m working on my game, trying to be physical and stuff, but I’m not sure there’s as many big, open-ice hits any more. Those are pretty rare, so it’s more just battling, and things like that.

On the Bruins playing better when they’re more physical…
Yeah, I think we can be pretty intimidating when all four lines are rolling, and forechecking hard, and hitting, it puts the other team on their heels. I guess, like you said, our team’s pretty good at that. We when play hard and hit and move our feet, I think we’re pretty good.

CAROLINA HURRICANES HEAD COACH KIRK MULLER
On Boston setting a physical tone early in the game…
Yeah, you know what, they’re a good hockey team, they’re physical. It was disappointing for us because we’ve been playing pretty good hockey recently. Usually, as the game goes on we get stronger and stronger, but I don’t think we pushed back well enough tonight after they came out hard in the first. They set the tone, and I don’t think we really responded even though the game was a 2-1 game, for the most part.

On if today’s result is disappointing given Carolina’s position in the standings…
It is, because again, nothing against Boston, they’re a good team and all that, but I thought we had some opportunities. We hung around. The game, I thought, was there for us to kind of tie it up and see what happens in overtime, but we needed that extra little push and we didn’t do it.

On the Bruins picking up energy after Johnny Boychuk went into the boards…
Yeah, I mean, Patty [Patrick Dwyer] didn’t really touch him, so it was the right call. I don’t know. You know, it was before that. Our best players tonight did not play the way they’re capable of, some of them. Like I said, it was early in the game, well before that, that we had to push back and we didn’t.

CAROLINA HURRICANES FORWARD NATHAN GERBE
On this being a tough game and where momentum went wrong for the team…
You know I thought we didn’t capitalize on opportunities, and that always hurts us obviously early in the game and then they just kept coming. They did a good job supporting the puck and obviously scoring.

On his goal chance hitting the post and if it was frustrating…
Yeah, yeah you want to score those and you know unfortunately it hit the post so inches away, but now we’re gearing up for the next game.

On whether the Bruins’ physical game dictated the tone of the game…
I don’t think so, I think we’re a fast, gritty team and we still had a lot of chances to score, but we didn’t.

On the Bruins winning their 27th at home and why it’s so difficult to play in the Garden…
They’re a good team, they’ve shown that the last, I don’t know, five, six years. They’re good, they bring the same game every game they play and I think that’s why they’re on top and they’re a very consistent team.

On winning two games at home and what happens after this type of game…
We just gear up for the next game. We know in this league you’ve got to have a short-term memory and you get ready for the next one.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM
On the debut of forward Matt Lindblad…
Well, it’s pretty special. I’m sure he’s dreamed of playing in the NHL, and exhibition games are one thing, and this is the real deal right now. But at the same time, I think he’s earned it. He’s played really well. I liked his training camp, I liked his, again, his hockey knowledge and his hockey IQ. Hockey sense is always an important part of any player at this level, and he has that. He’s a smart individual, so you put that with the good skater that he he is, and it makes for a pretty decent player. So we have high hopes for him and there’s an opportunity for him to show he’s gotten better over the course of the season.

On whether forward Daniel Paille has been cleared to play after sustaining a concussion last week…
Yeah.

On whether Paille will be in the lineup today…
Could be. So that probably – so we’ll have to make some deductions here, right?

On what he’s seen from the Carolina Hurricanes this season…
Well, they play a real aggressive game. They forecheck really hard, their D’s are very active on the forecheck, even through the neutral zone, they like to play it tight. So for us, we’ll have to have our feet moving and we’ll have to get pucks past them and get those pucks in deep and play our game, as you often hear me say. But they’re a team, again, still battling for a playoff spot, and nobody gives up at this time of year, and every point becomes important for those types of teams. So I’ve said that many times – although there seems to be games that should be easier than others, there’s not. Whether it’s a team fighting for a playoff spot or a team that’s definitely out with guys fighting for their jobs, it just makes for some real tough teams throughout the last month of the season. So we’re no different right now. We like where we are in the standings, and to be able to stay there, you got to continue to play well.

On defenseman Andrej Meszaros being out of the lineup today…
Yeah, absolutely, so as I mentioned before, there’s going to be some changes here as we go along, and I think he’s played three straight games and we’ve continued to work with him. So we certainly don’t want to let our other players that have been here be pushed aside because of trades. So it’s just managing that whole back end.

On making sure players stay conditioned when they don’t play every day…
Any time a guy doesn’t play on a regular basis, it’s always a little tougher, but I think for [Andrej Meszaros], it’s just getting used to our base and our game. And everybody here – I’m not going to say does extra, but everybody here, when they don’t play, does things to stay up with the pack. And you got those guys that play every night that their conditioning is up there, but the guys that don’t play the same amount of minutes as our top guys and guys that don’t play do what it takes to stay with that pack that’s up there. So they got to do a little extra, and that goes on throughout the whole year, so it’s not just now or at a different time. It’s throughout the whole year, and that’s how we maintain our conditioning throughout our whole team, is that we have to have everybody in top shape, and it means the bottom guys sometimes have to do a little extra to keep up to the top guys.


On how the play of defenseman Johnny Boychuk has evolved this season…
Yes, I have – I think at one point there, there was games where I just thought he was OK, and he’s been really good lately. And he and Bart [Matt Bartkowski] have turned out to be a pretty decent pair. They’re getting to know each other better all the time, but in Johnny’s case, as I had mentioned to him, it’s him and Zdeno [Chara] that were experienced guys back there, so we needed him to be better than he was. So he’s certainly captured that message and taken it to heart and done exactly what we’ve asked.
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