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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:40 P.M.
On if there is any update on Zdeno Chara…
No. No report yet. I haven’t even checked in on the situation. First of all, we won’t know anything until he sees the proper people in the medical staff. Nothing right now.

On if he can give any more specifics on the injury…
Not really.

On if the compete level was missing in the first two periods…
Yeah, it took us two periods to start playing and then the third period was the period we all liked. It’s unfortunate that it took us that long. You can’t win hockey games just by playing a period in this league. Tonight we tried, guys were really good at coming out in the third and really pushing hard, but unfortunately ran out of time.

On if defensive breakdowns were a problem tonight…
Breakdowns usually end up in goals against, so no doubt there was some tonight.

On if the team was deflated by Chara’s injury…
No, no. We weren’t playing that well before he got hurt anyways.

On how unusual it is for the team to lose track of players in front of the net…
Well, it’s something we look at. I’ll deal with that internally. It’s obviously an issue.

On if tonight was a step backwards…
That’s what happens throughout a whole year. You get ups and downs and tonight for two periods we were on the downside, we weren’t playing very well. Again, you saw our real team that we like to see in the third period.

On if the struggles of the Patrice Bergeron line have trickled throughout the lineup…
Well, if we’re just talking about one guy, Patrice, with all the hockey he’s given us, his line right now, I think there’s a guy, Smitty [Reilly Smith], that still is behind. He missed the start of camp and he’s still trying to find his stride. I thought Brad [Marchand] played much better last game, so things are coming around with him, personally. You need three guys for a line to work well.

On playing without Chara being an uphill battle…
When you lose your captain and one of your better defensemen, there’s no doubt it’s going to have an effect on your team. Again, we showed in the third that we’re able to handle it, so that’s my perspective on it. You’re gonna lose guys during the season, those things happen. How you react to it and how you respond is what’s important.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the team getting off to a late start...
Yeah, especially, you look at our second period against San Jose and how good it was. We talk about continuing that and building off of that as far as second periods go, and then we play the way that we do in that second period. Ultimately, you look at it now, it loses us the game. So, we played real well in the third period trying to battle back and creating some zone time and chances to try and get ourselves back in the game. We ran out of time, and like you said, we waited too long to bring our compete level up.

On losing Zdeno Chara so early in the game...
I think that could have been it. Obviously, you see your captain go down, and one of your best players and probably your most important player go down. It’s definitely not a great sight to see. So, but then again, you need to do whatever you can to overcome that and fill in. I know he’s a tough guy to replace – he’s irreplaceable – but as a unit, everyone can do a little extra to fill in for what he does. Maybe it was wearing on us a little bit mentally in the second period there. But you saw in the third, when we decide to play, we can still play.

On his hit to Johnny Boychuk...
I thought he was stepping up a bit, so I just braced myself and yeah – I kind of steamrolled him a bit. But he’s – two physical guys, it’s expected to happen. We talk about friendships and stuff like that, all that type of stuff is, there’s a lot of time when the game’s not played. So, you want to play with an edge and play your game no matter who you’re playing with. So, that’s the mindset you’ve got to have.

On making mistakes in front of the net...
Yeah, we worked so hard to get ourselves back to .500 and then a couple of miscues and like you said, just bad coverage in the D zone where we’re giving up really great chances to the other team. It’s the NHL – they’re going to score when they get chances like that and you give up opportunities in the D zone like that. So, we did such a great job of cleaning that part of our game up. So, it’s unfortunate that it went away from us here tonight. But, that’s something that we can adjust tomorrow and get back to being good at in Toronto

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On it being a tough game tonight…
Yeah, tough one for us. I think we battled hard in the third to get back. Unfortunately we didn’t. The second period was tough out there.

On there being a lot action in front of him tonight…
Yeah, you try to stay focused, there were some rebounds here and there, but I think overall it was alright. Unfortunately they got three goals and the win, so disappointed right now.

On the team playing better in the third…
Yeah, obviously we were down two goals so we  had to push the pace and try to get back in the game. I think we worked really hard in the third to get back. We got one, but we needed to get another one.

On how difficult it was to lose Zdeno Chara…
He’s a great defenseman, a great player for us. We had to keep on playing and do the job, the guys that were left in the game. I just tried to stay focused on the game, but obviously we want him with us.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On losing Zdeno Chara in tonight’s game...
It’s always tough when a guy like that goes down. But, we have to embrace the opportunity and play better and make up for that, if possible.

On if Chara were to be out for an extended period of time...
I don’t even want to think that far, because like you said, we don’t know what it is. Hopefully it’s not too long. But again, he’s the heart and soul of this team. Whatever it is, hopefully he’s back soon.

On the void Chara leaves when he’s not playing...
It’s big. He’s obviously not just big in stature, but he’s a leader out there. He takes up a lot of room, he’s dominant in the defensive zone and he’s the biggest part of this team. Again, we have to embrace this opportunity. Whatever happens, happens. We just have to play better as a whole.

On how Chara makes his job on the ice easier...
Again, he’s dominant for us. We just – we’re lucky to have him. Whenever he’s out on the ice he shuts down the best lines and that’s all I can say.

On what he knows about Chara’s injury...
I have no idea. I just, suddenly I came off the ice and he wasn’t there anymore. That’s all I know. I haven’t even seen him during the game; I haven’t talked to him. So, who knows. I don’t know – hopefully it’s not too bad, again.

On if Dougie Hamilton could potentially anchor a defensive pair...
We’ll see. He definitely has the skill and the gift to skate well and to be dominant out there. So I don’t see a reason why he shouldn’t.

On the team’s string of defensive injuries...
It’s never easy when you lose big parts of your D’s – even as a tem – it doesn’t matter if it’s a forward or a D. In situations like this we’ve got to keep it simple, help each other even more and just be more on our game. Tonight that wasn’t the case. We just sleepwalked through the second period. We didn’t want the puck, and that’s why at the end we lost the game.

On the team’s defensive coverage...
It’s a mindset, I think. It’s ‘protect the house’, we say. Close the slot first and go from there. And we haven’t been doing this consistently in the last few games and that’s what happens. You get scored on in that area.

On losing control of the puck...
Well usually that happens when you get caught outside in your zone – you kind of get tired and turn brain dead, it seems. But, in that case, you’ve just got to tell yourself to stay calm and make strong plays and get out of your zone and go from there. Fight to live another day, right? But, right now we’re not doing that and that’s why we get scored on in those situations.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On being too little too late…
I think so. We didn’t play 60 minutes. Maybe 20 minutes but that’s not good enough to win hockey games so that’s the results we’re gonna get.

On tonight being a setback from the progress the team was making…
I don’t think we should be frustrated—disappointed maybe. We did it to ourselves tonight. They were moving their feet. They were ready to play from the start of the game. They scored two early goals to start the period. So it’s too little too late.

On losing Chara…
He’s an irreplaceable player so obviously him not being out there, everyone notices, us and them.

On losing Chara emotionally affecting the second period…
I don’t think so, I just don’t think we were—like I said, they were ready right from the opening faceoff and we weren’t.

On playing against Boychuk and Johnson…
I don’t know that’s a difficult question. You just play. You see a different color jersey shoot the puck, you try to score against Chad [Johnson] and you hit Johnny [Boychuk] just like every other player. It’s our job to be professionals and go out there and play hard. There’s time for friends after.

On losing Chara different than past injuries the team has dealt with…
Like I said he’s an irreplaceable player. He plays every situation for us and he’s our leader. We’re gonna need to fill that void collectively as a group not just one guy is going to be able to do that.

On the third period being the effort the team needs going forward…
Yeah I though we played desperate but they were up three to one. They may have set back a little bit and we pushed the pace. Yeah, the third period was better but like I said, 20 minutes isn’t good enough to win hockey games.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On if he felt he had to do more tonight with Zdeno Chara out…
I think it’s the same thing we talked about when Millsy [Kevan Miller] was out. Obviously it’s our best defensemen and the leader of our team, so we have to step up even more. I thought we did okay, I didn’t think our second period was good at all, third period we stepped it up, we just couldn’t score. Like I said, I guess we’ve had a lot of experience in the past with losing defensemen early in the game and we all knew we had to play a lot, we were gonna play a lot, just keep your legs going.

On if there has been a stretch since he’s been here when defensive zone problems have been more of an issue…
No, I think this is probably the worst. It’s frustrating and there’s no lack of trying, I think everyone’s trying. Everyone’s frustrated that the goals are going in. We all don’t want them to go in, so it’s not like we’re cheating and it’s not like we’re not trying to play good defense. I think we’re trying and there’s breakdowns and stuff. It’s frustrating that it’s happening.

On if there’s a mental hurdle to overcome with so many breakdowns…
Not really, I don’t think so. I think you’re just playing. I guess on the goal scored on me it’s off my foot and basically going in. If it goes the other way, nobody’s talking about it. Just certain plays where we’re losing guys or maybe I could have taken my guy instead of trying to get the puck, certain things like that. We’re practicing a lot and we did a lot of three-on-three and three-on-two around our net. Just have to execute better in the games.

On what the team misses the most when Chara is out…
I think there’s a lot of things. I think he calms the game down for us and plays a lot, obviously the leadership and everything like that. It’s a big part of our team. I thought we did OK without him, I think everyone kind of stepped up and started skating in the second period. Maybe we didn’t do that great, but we’re aware that he’s hurt and we’re gonna have to step up.

On what he misses about his leadership…
I think it was clear in the second period everyone was not playing our game. It’s him just – well I guess there’s a lot of guys on our team that are doing it, but for the younger guys they’re leading by example and talking as well and making sure we’re cool and everything. We might have gotten away from it a little bit.

On if he feels more responsibility late in the game without Chara…
Yeah, I think everyone was a lot better in the third obviously. I don’t know why we can’t play that way the whole game, I don’t know if they kind of went into a shell or whatever, but we started skating and chipping the pucks and working them. I think everyone was moving the puck well, so it’s nice to see that, but obviously we need a 60-minute effort.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On the last 20 minutes of play…
That last 20 was some of the best hockey we played, but a couple breakdowns in the second period and we can’t come back from it. If we could have even half that effort that we had in the third period for most of the game I think we’d be all right.

On having enough emotion in the first part…
Yeah I think so. I just think, I don’t know if it was emotionally or what it was we just weren’t all there. It was just kind of discombobulated mainly in the second period.

On frustration of making so many mistakes…
Yeah, I mean, its just you dig a hole and you try to get out of it. I guess in the second we were trying a bit too hard and it just made things worse where as in the third we were more composed and working smart not just working hard. Its kind of two sides of the coin, we’re working hard we’re just not in the right spot.

On the Okposo goal and being too locked in on Tavares…
I don’t know, he came off my side and went around the net to the other side. He just got lost behind us. Nothing much. That’s about it. You gotta pick him up.

On difficulty losing Chara early in the game…
Its difficult but we work hard to prepare for situations like that and are able to pick up the slack.

On Chara fighting through injuries most of the time…
Yeah you think it’s serious. I don’t know what it is yet but he obviously didn’t come back so its gotta be something that’s bad enough—if its bad enough for him I’ll bet its bad enough for anyone, like you said.

On Chara’s injury being deflating for the team…
Personally I think it’s—not really. You can’t really think about it like that you just gotta focus on what you have to do and add to the responsibility you have picking up the slack.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On losing Zdeno Chara early on in the game...
I mean it’s definitely hard to see anyone go down, I guess, and when it’s your captain it’s definitely hard to take. That being said, we’ve dealt through adversity in the past and it shouldn’t be an excuse. But he’s definitely a big part of our team and our defense. We definitely weren’t sharp in the first forty minutes.

On the team’s strong third period play...
I mean we definitely started the game way too late there. It can’t happen. The last twenty is the way we want to play and we definitely dictated that period. We missed some opportunities to get back in the game to tie it up, but still, if you don’t play for forty it’s hard to win a game only with twenty minutes.

On the team’s defensive play...
It’s about communicating. We should all know our job on the ice. It can’t happen. It’s not just one guy; it’s about everyone talking and sorting it out. Going back to the slot if we do find ourselves in trouble, to get the puck out.

On losing control of the puck...
We’re taking the extra second that we don’t have to get the puck out – and it doesn’t get out. Once we do that, we’re on our heels and we’re not making plays and it ends up in the back of our net most often than not. So, when we’re playing good hockey is when we’re crisp, sharp, and making the simple plays.

On his play personally and being on the ice for a few goals...
It’s definitely something I take a lot of pride in and something that can’t happen. I’m here to, on both sides of the ice, I’m there to help the team and you can’t be on the ice for that many goals.

On if he feels like he’s not himself...
No. I feel like – it’s one of those things that the bounces are just not going your way. Like we just talked about, the puck has got to get out, and we’ve got to figure it out from there. That’s it. Tonight, we had our chances to put the puck in the back of the net, and we’ve got to do the job as well.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS HEAD COACH JACK CAPUANO
On their second period of play…
It was really good tonight. I thought that the first two periods were really good. We had the surge, we had the momentum, we were doing a lot of good things. We knew they were going to make a push, and they made a real good push. They’ve got a big team and they handled us down low but our goalie came up big for us when he had to.

On if he was expecting the team to get winded after losing Josh Bailey so early in the game…
Yeah, I think so. You know, you try to ride your horses there too for a little bit, you try to change the lines, and you know fatigue’s going to set in a little bit. But again, we did the right things. They were down to five D [defenseman] with [Zdeno] Chara out there too. And on the third period obviously they pushed the pace there.  They protected the red line, they got some pucks in. But on the part of our guys it was a good effort. We defended pretty hard at the end. We tried to keep them to the outside. They hit a couple of posts. And Chad [Johnson] made some big saves, like I said, when he had to.

On Chad Johnson’s save against Reilly Smith early on in the game…
He’s in the game, there’s no question. I thought that was a big save for us. I thought their guy made a couple of outstanding saves in the first forty minutes. And I thought that our guy did the same there when he had to. So I thought both goaltenders were real good. I’m real pleased with the way Chad played and like you said, that save really got the bench. Cause it could have been a different game there, obviously.

On if he was satisfied with the performance…
I’m satisfied with the effort, I’m satisfied for sure. We come in here and play against Stanley Cup Champions. And you know, we lose a guy right off the bat, a guy that’s been playing real well for us, Josh Bailey in a top six role, and our guys battled and played hard. That’s all that you can ask for, so a little different mentality from last year that’s for sure.

On Anders Lee’s performance tonight…
I thought he did some good things. There are some things in the D [defensive] zone that we’re going to have to work with him on, he had a few scoring chances out there. But I thought late in the game – the only reason why we got ourselves in trouble is defense and forwards, we made some soft plays. We had the puck on our stick and we didn’t make hard enough plays and they stripped us on a few when they got the position back.

On Josh Bailey in the first period…
Just bad luck. Again, every time we’ve seen him take a step with our D [defense], you know we make the trade we’ve got two D [defenseman] in here with [Nick] Leddy and [Johnny] Boychuk and then we lose a couple. The same [Mikhail] Grabovski’s getting health and all of a sudden we lose Bailey now. And he’ll get re-evaluated tomorrow but he could be out for a little while.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if he enjoyed his return to Boston…
It was an interesting night. You’re playing against that team, and you grew up with them, playing, for the last six years, you see them and you’re the opposition now. Looch [Milan Lucic] steamrolled me, so I’ll get a nice chuckle out of that when I see him. They’re a good team. We came in here, we were determined, and we held them off in the last five minutes. They had some good chances, but the other ex-Bruin [Chad Johnson] made some great saves for us, and kept us in the game when we needed it.

On seeing Zdeno Chara leave the game due to injury.
I mean they lose Zee [Zdeno Chara], that’s huge, for us, because he’s such a good player. I just hope he’s okay because he’s their leader, their top defenseman. His presence on the ice is felt. When they didn’t have him, we just kept putting pucks in and tried to grind them down.

On imagining the Bruins without Zdeno Chara…
I mean it’d be tough, eventually it’s going to have to be, in I don’t know, ten years from now. The way he plays, he’s going to be around for a long time. I just hope he’s okay, and I wish him the best.

On how long it took him to get used to the fact that he was facing the Bruins…
Until Looch [Milan Lucic] hit me. That’s when I realized I was playing against them. It was a good hit by him, I was just trying to hold him up, but with his strength and speed, he just steamrolled me.

On if tonight’s game was emotional for him…
It was a tough game, just seeing across the ice, you’re playing against your friends. But when you’re on the ice, it’s obviously business. I’m just happy we got the two points, and I look forward to the next game.

On the video tribute as well as the fans’ reaction to his return…
It’s just classy. The fans, I heard them the whole time, except for when I got my stick whacked by Kells [Chris Kelly] and they almost scored, they were chanting my name.

On if he’s glad that tonight’s game is over…
Yeah. Most definitely.

On what the most difficult part of today was for him…
Maybe in the anthem, just feeling the atmosphere and being back on the ice. I tried not to look anywhere but just concentrate, and be prepared for the game. That was the most difficult part, but after the first couple shifts, then it’s time to get going.

On if he finds it ironic that Zdeno Chara sustained an injury on the night he came back, when a lot of fans wish that he was still a Bruin…
Obviously, but that’s not the case. You can’t be worrying about that. I just hope that it’s not serious with him, because he is a great player and a great leader, and you don’t want to see anything bad happen to him. Even if I wasn’t his friend, I’d still wish that he didn’t get hurt.

On the significance of this win to the Islanders…
Well I mean that’s such a good team to play against, for us to come in here and for us to come in here and win, it shows what kind of team we have. We just have to keep doing that, keep doing the simple things, and look forward to the next game.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS FORWARD CAL CUTTERBUCK
On how important it was to get back to winning, especially with a tough opponent…
It’s just one of those things that we had a discussion about. We don’t want to lose two in a row, and we ended up losing two in a row. It was important for us to get back on the right track and dig in here, come out with a good effort. We were happy here with fifty plus minutes of the game, and on Tuesday we ended up getting the short end of the stick on that one. But we’ve got to keep working. It’s a long season. Sometimes you win some that you shouldn’t, and you lose some that you shouldn’t, so those things balance themselves out.

On what they had to do to make sure that Boston didn’t tie the game after their second goal..
Well, I think obviously you’ve got to keep it out of your net, but it’s one of those things where you just try to focus on making sure you’re in the right spots, making sure you keep your head on a swivel The biggest thing is when you get the opportunity to make a play you’ve got to slow your mind down, slow your thought process down to the point where you can have the clear focus to make the play and relieve some pressure.

On Chad Johnson’s game…
We could probably give him the first star on that one. He was huge for us in the third period. Made a couple of huge stops and threw out the first two. It’s a pretty good return to the city for him.

On both new team members having played in Boston…
Yeah, I think both those guys were excited to come back. Obviously they loved their time here and you can kind of feel the love for Johnny Boychuk out there tonight. He was good and Johnny obviously stole the show, so happy for both of those guys and happy we got the two points.

On his first goal of the year…
Yeah, the first one’s always the toughest. I think it’s nice to get that one out of the way relatively early. I think the longer it goes the longer you start thinking about it. So, just trying to play my game, been playing well the last couple of games and trying to get my pucks in the net.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On if there is a sense of relief after pulling out the win...
Yeah definitely.  Everybody around the league knows that they are a good third period team.  So for us, being able to be up 3-1, it’s always a relief and gives us some comfort but again I don’t think we really played how we wanted to in the third, they really took it to us.

On how he felt in his first game back...
I felt good.  I was excited.  I think it was the most nervous I’ve been since I think my first NHL game.  Just knowing the amount of pressure because you know everybody on that team.  It’s like playing your family in some sense or your brothers.  I definitely had some nerves to start but I just tried to use as much as possible and compete and I’m just happy we got back on track here with some wins.

On how the look of the Bruins changes with Zdeno Chara in their lineup...
Yeah I mean he’s their best defenseman out there obviously and he logs a lot of minutes.  So when they lose a guy like that, other guys need to step up.  That team is so deep, I think if they lose one guy, you’d like to say even if it’s Zee [Zdeno Chara], they can sort of rebound and guys can step in there for them.  It’s a big loss for them and I don’t know what happened or anything like that but we just tried to play our game as much as we could.

On how special it was for him to come in here and get a win from the Bruins...
It was definitely special.  Johnny [Boychuck] has obviously been here more than I have, I was just here the one year but I still built some good relationships with the team and the organization and some of the fans so it’s special for me to be able to come back and play in front of the crowd and in the rink and it’s fun to be able to do that.  I know Johnny enjoyed it too.

On if all the attention Johnny Boychuck got helped take some of the pressure off of him...
Yeah I mean I don’t think either way there was going to be too much.  Even if he wasn’t here, I don’t think there would have been a whole lot.  Johnny [Boychuck] obviously he has won a Stanley Cup with the team and he had a really really major role for them over however many years he was here.  So I don’t think it would have been as big a deal, I can admit that.

On him having to be more athletic than usual in the third period…
I try not to have to be, that’s sort of maybe where my game is.  I don’t want to have to be that athletic but when the team came that hard at us, sometimes there are times when you kind of have to be in that situation.  I don’t like to be and I think that’s sort of my ability, not having to make those really outrageous, athletic moves but it was just a good win.  I’m happy to be able to say that we got the two points.

On if the mentality was just to survive the final 5 minutes of the game...
You don’t want to be in that situation where we are just hanging on and we are just surviving but that’s definitely what happened.  When we look back at the game we are going to try to play things differently.  You don’t want to be on your heels like we were for as long as we were.  I think that’s one of the things we need to look back on but it’s nice to be able to hang on and get the two points.

On if this game was significant to him to be able to come back to this building...
For myself I was only here a year but still, the organization, the fans, the players, the trainers, you know everybody was just awesome and friendly so I felt like I fit in pretty well there and met some good people.  So for me it was just exciting to be able to get back and see some of those players and the people around the rink.  Like I said it was probably the most nervous I’ve been since my first game in the NHL.  Just knowing the amount of people that I’m going to be playing against that I know, it’s like family.  So it was just exciting and I’m glad that it’s sort of over with, the stress is over with.

On if he knew that when the Bruins scored the second goal, the hard part would begin...
I knew that they were going to press regardless and when they got that one goal I knew that they were going to be coming hard.  I’ve been on the other side you know and I know what that team can do so for me it was just being in good position, and trying to compete on rebounds. Like all their goals they kind of just were throwing pucks on net and getting some good deflections and some rebounds that were there.  It’s just good to get the two points.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:15 AM
On the biggest improvement of the team…
Couple things here, compete level, our speed especially through the neutral zone. I think we’re playing at a higher pace. When I say compete, also the battle along the walls has been better. Those are the things that really stick out to me is compete, the pace of our game and how hard we’re battling along the walls lately.

On David Krejci and Gregory Campbell’s return…
It just gives us more stability in our lineup. Before that we had a lot of different parts in different places and it wasn’t quite meshing yet because it hadn’t been together. You get some familiarity there when you get those guys back in the lineup.

On defensive tweaks being a seamless transition…
Yeah I have because the issues have not resulted from the area that we kind of tweaked more than—we talked about being a little tighter in the neutral zone, so it’s not just the D’s it’s the forwards and D’s being a little tighter and that’s been good. At times you’ve seen the breakdowns have come from our D zone coverage which we haven’t changed and sometimes ill-advised pinches from the D when we don’t have support and our third man isn’t there. That’s just a couple of areas where I think has been the area that had been, I guess, of concern at times.

On Svedberg winning the backup goalie position…
Yeah and when you look at last year he had a pretty good camp and Johnson kind of won that battle and proved us right. At the end I think [Chad] Johnson was a real good goaltender for us, but he’s one of those goaltenders that shows up in the games, plays fairly well, has always played well for us when we relied on him. Different goalies, or different types of goalies, you get goaltenders that we’ve had in the past have battled like heck in practices and other goaltenders that just want to feel the puck but when its game time is when it’s important. As long as they stop the puck and play well during games, their habits or how they handle themselves in practice is up to them as long as the job gets done.

On what to focus on with Islanders matchup…
Our game. That’s what it’s been for a long time here. When we focus on our game it’s been really good for us. Having said that, probably what you’re wanting to know is what the Islanders are going to bring to us. They’ve got good skill, they’ve got good speed and we respect that. Their young players are really coming around and becoming pretty good players in this league that are well respected. We’re not necessarily talking about [John] Tavares because he’s been a pretty good player in this league for quite a while now but the youngest players they’ve been grooming for a long time have really been coming along. That team has earned a lot of respect around the league for its speed and its skill level. We’re one of those teams that have noticed it or hasn’t gone unnoticed with us anyways.

On Johnny Boychuk…
Yeah I think I can answer you that question because I’ve been answering that question here for the local guys for two weeks now so I’ll make an exception for you. You guys want to hear the same thing all over again? So, there’s no doubt we miss him because of what he was in the room, on the ice and everything that he brought. But at the same time, we’re comfortable with the group we have now on the fence. Those are things that we have to face sometimes as a team that’s up at the cap. You have to make those hard decisions, so there’s no doubt that the first game back for him is going to be special and first game for us seeing him on the other side is certainly going to be different. But at the end of the day we have a job to do and hopefully he’s thinking the same way from his end of it.

On emotional connections between the tragedies in Boston and Ottawa…
Well that is home so it did hit home. Ottawa is home for me so I spent a good portion of the afternoon looking up at the CNN station and trying to find out as much as I could. It’s unfortunate. It just goes to show that these tragedies don’t just happen in the U.S. of A but also in other countries and there’s other countries in Europe that have been faced with that. It’s unfortunate but this is the life that we’re facing right now and these are the things that we should all be aware that is out there and we have to be vigilant and we have to be on our toes and pay attention to what’s around us.

On the sport rallying around Ottawa …
I would imagine it will. Every city rallies around its own city and I’ve talked to a few people including my family that’s still back. My parents and brothers and sisters it’s affected them even if they weren’t around that area it affected them. It affects the whole city like the bombing affected us here. They’ll have to get used to it in a way where that’s reality, unfortunately, and it’s happening. Again, Ottawa is a pretty—or Canada is a pretty laid back country that tries to continue to be laid back. But it’s also a country that supported the U.S. in some of its decision and more than likely those are the consequences that it faces because of that.
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