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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:35 P.M.
On if there are any cuts to announce...
No, nothing tonight. We just met as a group there and discussed all the players as we often do evaluating. As we get closer, obviously those meetings get a little bit more sophisticated than the first ones.

On if he’s taken the temperature of the defensemen after trade rumors…
I mean when that time comes, we’ll have to deal with it. But right now, I have all those guys at my disposal and I have to think as a coach who’s got those guys with him. But nothing’s been done that says you may not have this guy or that guy yet. I’m playing with the guys that I have right now. I’m using them as if I’m going to have them.

On if the plan is to keep all of the players on the roster through the back-to-back…
That’s going to be upper management’s decision on what to do here. Tomorrow’s a day off so we’re certainly going to reconvene tomorrow with the coaching staff, with management and we’re going to continue talking about our plans going ahead here.

On how much Bobby Robins has improved…
I see a better player. I think he’s certainly making a case for himself. When you see what he brings and how hard he works and the energy that he gives our team, and everything else that we know about him, I’m certainly not ready to write him off yet.

On if Robins brings something unique to the roster…
I think dropping the gloves is something he does, that he’s known for. I think the fact that he defends his teammates all the time and that he’s a good team player, then you add his work ethic and his commitment to playing hard every shift he’s out there, those are certainly things that gives him an opportunity to be looked at closely and gonna make our decisions tough. I think we have to be honest here, there’s some spots open. Some guys are taking advantage of it and really making a case for themselves and some others haven’t. It’s one of those kind of things, at the end of the day you’ve got to sit down and decide who you want to keep based on merit.

On how up in the air the fourth line spots are…
Those are spots that are open we’ve talked about. Those are some of them that are open. You hope Gregory [Campbell] will be back soon. We don’t know when. We hope to see him on the ice sooner than later. He’s improving well, also. Again, we’re going to have to make some decisions here with the season basically a week away. We’re going to have some decisions to make on who’s going to start here. And depending on the health of our team maybe some will start and won’t be here all year. Those are things you have to do when you’re put in that situation.

On if David Pastrnak has practiced enough over the last couple of days to play this weekend…
I think that’s what we talked about earlier. Our goal is to hopefully get him in the game. Today he practiced well. I think he had more contact today. Certainly looking good. Again, until the trainers tell us, ‘Listen, he’s ready for games,’ we’re not going to play him. He’s a young player that you’re certainly not going to take a risk with. But we would like for our sake, and his sake, I think he would like to at least get a game in and see how he fits in.

On if he would consider keeping Pastrnak further into the season…
It’s not my call. Unfortunately, you’re asking the wrong person. It’s not my call when it comes to that.

On if he would like to work Brad Marchand into the power play…
He’s been in it. That’s certainly a possibility. Like I said the other day, he’s a better player here already than he was all last year.

On if the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Loui Eriksson could work…
I don’t think that line as a whole had a good game, either of them. When I say great game, they were just OK. I don’t think they were a dominant line tonight. Probably hard to assess as far as will that line work or not. Definitely we need to see them play a little bit better. Hopefully as camp progresses, that’s going to happen.

On if Marchand has shown signs of being more consistent…
I think just the conditioning, how he trained this summer to come to camp and be a better player is definitely one of them. Again, not to confuse the fact that he wasn’t in great shape last year, he was. I don’t think he trained properly for hockey. His cardio wasn’t the greatest. The whole year he just struggled with it. This year he seems a lot better, he seems to have more endurance out there. His shifts are much better because of it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On chemistry with Krejci…
Hopefully we can get something together quickly. It’s kind of a tough game too with penalties especially in the second there it was tough to get a good feeling out of it. Definitely we need some more games here maybe and get the connection going. Just work hard. We have a little bit of time to improve and get better and definitely we can work on some more stuff the next game. 

On chemistry taking a while to form…
Sometimes it takes a little bit longer than you wish. Hopefully we can figure something out here and find out the chemistry and just making good plays out there. So we should just keep on working.

On playing more in the tough areas of the ice…
Yeah sure. I’m just going to try to do everything I can and just work hard. They have been playing together for a while so they know each other really well. You just go out there and try to work as hard as you can and try to help them. I guess it was a tough game today with all the penalties but we still have some time here to get something going on.

On seeing improvement on that line so far…
Sometimes we can do some better things.

On maybe improvement in the third period tonight…
Yeah we got some good chances. That’s something we can maybe build on and that’s good that we have these games here before the season starts to try to figure out where everyone is on the ice and find out the chemistry.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BOBBY ROBINS
On if he was trying to play exactly the way he has in Providence…
Yeah, that’s pretty much it. It’s no secret, the game I play. It’s a hard-nosed game. I’m being physical, getting in on the forecheck, just trying to open up space for my linemates and teammates. And I’ve been doing that down in Providence. That’s the way the organization likes me playing, and nothing was going to change when I came up here.

On trying to keep his game simple…
Yeah I’m trying to, we always say keep it simple, get the pucks out, get the pucks in, and get the pucks to the net. And good things seem to happen when you’re doing that and you’re playing physical. That’s how our line was buzzing today. Unfortunately didn’t get the win, but took some positives from it, kept it simple and had some chances.

On if he gets an extra boost from playing in an NHL rink…
Oh of course. It was great to play. This was really my first game in the Garden, aside from that scrimmage that we had a couple years ago. So it’s great to be out there and see the fans. The adrenaline was going, and I wanted to get the place rocking and get some hits in.

On if he enjoyed the crowd’s reactions to his physical play…
Yeah, the fans in Boston always seem to take to a hard-nosed player, and they like that style of play. I knew I had to just do what I do, and hopefully they like what they see.

On wanting to play his game but not leave the team in shorthanded situations…
Tough spot, it’s frustrating when a guy embellishes like that. But at the same time, I‘ve got to know who I’m lined up against, and certain guys have a tendency to do that. That’s not part of my game, but that’s a tactic that some people use. That’s an area I’ve got to improve on, I definitely don’t want to let the team down and get shorthanded late in the third period. So that’s a learning note for me, lesson learned, and I don’t respect that kind of play, but what can you say? He got his team on the power play.

On if he followed Shawn Thornton and his role for the Bruins…
Yeah, of course. He’s one of the best at that role, the power forward, fighter. I got to watch him for many years and talk to him, and pick his brain. So he’s been a good mentor to me, and I’ve learned a lot of lessons. It’s a work in progress, so I’m just trying to get better every single day, and learn lessons every day and get better.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On his goal…
It’s always nice to score, especially when you do it as little as I do.  It was good, a good feeling.  I just wish we could’ve got a win—that’s the ultimate goal. 

On depth chart based on preseason games…
It’s just as uncertain [as the regular season].  Who really knows?  But that’s something that we can only control with our play, so I don’t really intend to worry about it.

On being a top four defenseman late last year to the competition of this…
It’s not that odd, I guess.  We just kind of roll it in preseason, so that’s what you kind of expect. 

On using preseason as a time to measure his own progress individually…
I think everyone assesses their own [play].  I certainly do, especially in preseason because you want to get back to mid-season form, I guess you could call it, or as close as you can to start the season.  But they’re exhibition games, so there’s stuff that… you know, it’s better that we do it poorly here in a game that doesn’t matter, so we can learn how to correct it.

On if he’s anxious to see how the roster shakes out in the coming week…
No, I don’t know.  I don’t know if anxious is the word, just worrying about playing and controlling my game. 

On his play thus far…
I don’t know.  I always think you can play better, but I don’t know…


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how you feel at this point in training camp…
I think we’re all getting better and better as the day goes on and that’s what you want coming back in here. You’re always a little bit rusty, I don’t think it really matters who you are. I think we’re doing a good job. We’re getting better every day. I thought we played a pretty decent game tonight. A couple lapses but for the most part we played pretty well.

On chemistry with Bergeron’s…
I think, like I said, we’re trying to get better every day. We try to work on it. The more we get back and the more we play together the more in sync we feel and I think that’s the same with everybody. Hopefully we can continue to build that and use that momentum to carry into the regular season.

On eagerness to get on the power play this year…
Yeah I’m excited to be out there and be part of it. It’s a big opportunity and you want to be in those situations and try and help the team. For the most part I’m feeling pretty comfortable out there and just trying to make plays. The biggest thing is I can’t really worry about the outcome and what their plans are. Just have to control what I can and that’s my play on the ice.

On playing on the power play improving his number of goals this year…
For sure. If you’re on the power play you’re going to get points but it’s not about that. It’s about the team winning and if our power play is successful with me off it then that’s great. If it’s successful with me on it, that’s great too. It’s whatever helps the team win.

On how players take the preseason game as opposed to the regular season…
I think it’s the overall game and you really gotta break it down to each and every shift and play. You want to use these as tools to get ready for the regular season and try and prepare yourself. That’s what I always do. For instance that turnover on the last goal, If you do that during the regular season you’d be pretty upset. I mean you’re trying to get the kinks out right now and that’s what preseason is for. I think that’s what we’re trying to do, get the kinks out and get our hands and legs back under us. Try and build our system and hopefully we can perfect that for the season.

On young guys making an impression…
Yeah you definitely noticed it. Bobby [Robins] for instance played great tonight. Every time he was on the ice you saw him make a big hit. He’s buzzing, he’s battling and that’s his game and it shows and same with all the other guys. I though [Simon] Gagne had a good game tonight too. I enjoyed playing with him. For everyone who’s trying to earn a spot, they’re all playing very well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On if he feels close to being ready for the regular season…
Yeah, I’m feeling ready for the season and I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited.

On how he likes skating with Chris Kelly and Matt Fraser…
I like to skate with them for sure. I like to skate with anyone, so it doesn’t really matter. But those guys are really strong players, and I don’t know what the coaches think, but we’ll see.

On working through mistakes in the preseason…
I think preseason is about finding your game. I don’t know if this is the time to [make] mistakes. There’s never a good time to [make] mistakes, but it takes some time when you get on the ice and you play with a lot of different guys. Maybe the preseason is for that reason.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT FRASER
On playing a heavier game…
I think you want to, this late in the camp, you’ve got to bring all your cards to the table and I think playing with a guy like Carl [Soderberg], he’s a heavy guy in the forecheck and he’s a heavy guy on the puck, and you want to either get open for him or be a heavy guy with him and create some offense and create some space and get him the puck and vice versa.

On being a well rounded player…
Absolutely. I think that’s something that I’ve really tried to bring to the table is I don’t want to be a one dimensional player. I don’t want to be a guy that that’s all he’s known for. I mean you look at Krech [David Krejci], you look at Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. They can all score goals with the best of them, but they’re also the best guys in the defensive zone, and you’ve got to bring something else to the table where it makes the management say well we want this guy on this team and we need that on this team and this is a player that brings that element.

On assessing his game personally versus the entire team…
Yeah, I mean there’s probably not anybody out there that’s going to think more about how I played than myself, and that’s just I’m very critical of myself because I expect a lot of myself. Preseason is a good time to show what you’ve got and to show what you’re bringing, but it’s also a time to get comfortable in the sense where you make your mistakes now. You get those out of the way so when you’re kind of shooting real bullets in the season you’re ready to go and you’re ready. You know where your lanes are. You know where everything is, so it’s kind of been a bit of a process for sure, but I think overall we’ve taken steps in the right direction to prepare ourselves.


NEW YORK ISLANDERS HEAD COACH JACK CAPUANO
On Cory Conacher using his speed…
That’s why the training camp is so important. The coaching staff, and even as players, you can’t get caught up after one game or two games. You’ve got to go through, it’s a process, and it’s been a rigorous training camp and guys are battling and to me it was a really good game for Cory tonight, and hopefully he can build off that with the two following games we’ve got left.

On whether he sees a little more from some of his top end guys such as John Tavares and Kyle Okposo…
I thought they got it going there tonight a little bit and it’s good. These are two guys that didn’t play a lot the second half of last year, and it’s going to take them a little bit of time and once, the ice tilted and it just felt like we had to change the lines there a little bit and we did and we got the momentum back, and after that we might put the lines back together so we can continue to evaluate. But yeah, I thought those two played much better.

On the team’s play in their own end…
I thought we had some breakdowns. There’s no question. We got caught jumping the pass a few times. They’re a big team. They’re big and strong down low so they’re going to get some extended zone time, but I just thought we were on the wrong side of the puck too much, and we were out of position a little bit and I thought late in the game too when we lost Casey [Cizikas] it was more evident too because we had certain guys playing in the middle that we’re not used to playing and they probably had three or four chances in that period of time.

On Cizikas’ injury…
Just his back tightened up. That’s the only word I got, so hopefully with the day off tomorrow he can regroup and he’ll be ready to go.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS FORWARD CAL CLUTTERBUCK
On the execution of the power play and penalty kill…
I think the penalty kill was a big area for us.  We’ve been just tweaking a couple things and been scored on a couple times in previous games.  I think we’re starting to get a little bit more familiar with it, and we did a pretty good job tonight.  Power play…shot pucks and got rewarded, so two positives steps in the right direction for the special teams. 

On improving as the regular season approaches…
Yeah, it was a big win.  I don’t think it was our best.  We played a lot better in the second half of the game, but I think the first half of the game…I think we can thank our goalie for keeping us in that one.  We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes, can’t come out there and start that way and expect to win every game. 

NEW YORK ISLANDERS FORWARD CORY CONACHER
On whether feels this is the first game he has had a chance to show what he can do…
Yeah, you know, Johnny [John Tavares] and Kyle [Okposo] and even [Cal] Clutterbuck in the third there, those are guys that are easy to play with and you get a little more comfortable and you try not to force things as much when you’re playing with high end guys. I think I’ve just got to realize that I can always do that no matter who I’m playing with and that’ll come with time and I’m just going to try and keep working hard. I know this is a very competitive camp and competitive team and a lot of guys are fighting for the same spots, so it’s going to be important for me just to obviously enjoy the win tonight but then tomorrow be ready to go for Thursday and Friday.

On whether he feels that the pressure is building as there is still a fight for spots…
Yeah I think so. Yeah, for sure obviously there are so many guys fighting for the same spot. It’s not like there’s one guy playing a lot better than everyone else. All the guys fighting for that spot are playing well and they’re playing hard and they’re trying to do what they can to impress the coaches and the management. Like I said, I’ve just got to focus on myself and just work hard everyday and come ready to go at the rink. Got the day off tomorrow so Thursday, whether I’m with Kyle still or with a different lineup you can’t let anything get to your head and you’ve just got to focus on doing the simple things and playing hard.

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