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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets
Thursday, October 8

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 P.M.
On if he was okay with how the game started…
No, I liked our first period. I thought we played well, I thought we came out and asserted ourselves extremely well. We created some scoring chances. I think it would’ve been nice to come out of there with a better lead than we did after the first with the type of opportunities that we had. It should’ve been a two- or three-goal period. But we misfired or missed those opportunities and allowed them to stay in the game. And then the second period they came out and kind of took over and we started making some defensive mistakes. Whether, I thought, whether it was coverage, layers, or whether their was decisions with the puck or D-zone awareness, we made all of those mistakes tonight which resulted in goals against.

On if the mistakes were part of the work in progress on defense right now…
Well, it’s too easy to point the finger at them. There’s times, like I said, tonight in the second period, we make a line change and the puck’s behind our net at the other end, we leave two D’s alone. I don’t think you can blame, necessarily the D’s there, although you hope you could’ve made a better play than that. But at the same time, we make it 3-2, we turn around and we don’t have layers covering our D who does the right job of battling on the wall and we’re not respecting that part of the game and they come back and they make it 4-2 and take the wind right out of our sails again. So I don’t think it’s necessarily D’s, I know we’re young and we expect to have some challenges there but I think we have to look at our games as a whole tonight and see where those mistakes were made. It was more than just the backend.

On the sequence in the second period when all three forwards were on one side of the ice…
Yeah, three guys on the same side of the ice, and you know again, ahead of the play. Those are three guys that have been here or guys that have been in the league for a while so those are mistakes, like I said, it’s not about youth, it’s not about the young D’s, it’s about our game without the puck. I think we might’ve got a little excited here about our offense and then forgot about the other part of our game.

On if he expects to have to swap defensive pairs early on in the season…
We just do what we have to do there at certain times. That’s probably – we’ve done that in the past before, so it’s nothing new.

On if it’s easy to show the team what went wrong tonight and then move on…
Yeah, I think the examples are pretty clear of where we made those mistakes and where it cost us goals. It was clear right from the get-go there, so it’s gonna be easy to show those kinds of things. But like you said, we’re early in the season, you’ve got to show those kinds of things, we’ve got to work and rectify those things as soon as possible and work on the next game. We can’t keep dragging those things on, not when you have an 82-game schedule, and you keep dragging the negative to the day after and the day after that. So we’re gonna show that once and move on and hopefully get a better outing next game.

On looking at the first period as something to build on…
Yeah, no, we respected both parts of our game, I think, in the first period. We generated a great attack and we were on them. We didn’t give them much in the first. And that’s the way you want to play three periods, but the second period kind of got out of hand. We used those examples just a few minutes ago, those are things that we’re showing us that there was maybe a lack of respect on the other side of the game. That’s where it ended up costing us.

On David Krejci’s performance…
Yeah, Dave was good. David had a good game. We talked about that, we missed him last year, and it’s nice to see him get off to a strong start.

On if it was nice to see that Patrice Bergeron was okay after taking an elbow to the face early on…
Yeah, it’ll be interesting how that is being reviewed, especially to an elite player in the league whose had some issues in the past. I hope they look at it seriously. In my mind, I don’t see why there wouldn’t be further consequences to that.

On if by not respecting layers he was talking about players not backchecking…
Yeah, backchecking or not covering up for a guy that’s pinching or that kind of thing. Those are layers. If a D is gonna pinch the wall, then you’ve got to have a forward that backs him up. We didn’t always have that and we looked more to turn around and hope he was gonna keep it in and then we could stay on the offense. We’ve been good at that in the past, we got away from it tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the team squandering quality chances …
It definitely would have been nice to come out of that period with more than one goal. That definitely wouldn’t have hurt us. Looking back in the second, we had a few breakdowns that they capitalized, which we didn’t. That was the story of the game right there. We definitely lost momentum, yeah, we got to find ways to score when we do have our chances and generate some more momentum with that.

On what lessons the team can learn from the loss…
First and foremost the breakdowns defensively, we need to be a lot better and stingier. That’s kind of something we’ve done in the past by playing well in our zone and creating some chances and making it hard on them. We did that in the first and we saw the results. I guess realizing what we’ve done right and obviously what we did wrong – we got to be a lot better.

On how easily remediable the team’s mistakes are…
They [the mistakes] can be easily avoided. A few breakdowns, bad changes, stuff like that can’t happen, especially when you have the long change and our layers weren’t good enough. There is a lot of things that are our fault.

On Alexander Burmistrov’s hit on him…
It was definitely a hit to the head. Even though he [Burmistrov] apologized after its one of those, I got rid of it, I didn't have the puck at that time and you got to realize where the guy is and his position.

On whether it is difficult to put a loss behind him and to move on to the next game…
You have to. At the same time, too many times we’ve done that last year where we’ve got to take what’s good, but also what’s bad and make sure we fix it, we can’t just sit here and say we generated some good chances, no. We got to find some results and keep harping on that tomorrow and be better on Saturday.

On whether guys were cheating up to get into the offensive zone in the second period…
Yeah, you’ve seen that a few times for sure and we’ve said that a lot – layers is our biggest ally. Second and third goal, that’s exactly what it was.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW
On if there was a primary problem for the defense tonight…
No, definitely not. If you’re able to pin-point it, it would have been solved by the second period. It's the first game of the season, I’m not going to stand here and make excuses, but it’s definitely not how you want your season to start. We had some good points in there, our offense was good, we created a lot of scoring chances. There are some positives, but there are a lot of negatives too. We’ll take a look at that and it’s nice to have a quick turnaround and get this next game in here pretty quick.

On the importance of Zdeno Chara and how much he was missed tonight…
He’s always good to have on the ice to calm everything down and play those big minutes, to log some serious ice-time - he’s a really reliable defenseman. I just think you need to take more ownership on yourself, definitely the backend can play better than that, I know that for a fact.  There’s a lot of skilled defenseman here and they just need to show it. Like I said before, I’m glad there is a quick turnaround and we can change [perception] that really fast.

On his conversation’s with his fellow young defensemen…
All you have to do is do your job, just get out there don’t get scored on and you should be good to go. When you start getting scored on things start to go south pretty fast. We’re just trying to maintain things and get a little better everyday and with that experience will come better play and more comfortable defense pairings and little things like that. The performance tonight was inexcusable, it wasn’t what we wanted, it wasn’t nearly what we expected. Like I said before there is a lot of positives to take from it, if we fix the negatives and work on it, that’s what all the video is for and the coaches are here to help us along. Once we fix that we should be good.

On how important the layers are in supporting the back-end…
Hockey is a team game. It’s a game of mistakes, it’s really competitive out there, the other team is going to capitalize on your mistakes. That layer system is really built in to have everyone cover for you. If you make a mistake the next guy is there to cover for you and so on. When that doesn't happen there is some serious breakdowns and you just got to trust and rely on your teammates. We did that tonight, we just didn’t do it well enough. We’ll try and fix that and stick to the system and play a little better next time.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On if they discussed how the team could get back on track between the second and third…
Yeah we came out and had a good first period and we kind of talked about in the past how we wanted to have a good second period and we didn’t have that tonight.  We came out on the power play and had a good start and that’s something that we need to continue to work on.

On if it was a communication issue…
I’m not really sure.  We are going to have to work on that.  We are going to have to figure out something to get that going.  It’s been a problem in the past and we need to get that going.

On what positives the team can take out of tonight…
We had a lot of scoring chances.  We did a pretty good job in the offensive zone.  Guys came to work tonight, everyone had their legs and we just need to work on our defense in our defensive zone a little bit.  There are some positives to take away but we are definitely disappointed.

On what the difference was between the first period and the rest of the game…
I’m not sure.  We had a really good first, everyone was feeling good about ourselves and then we came out on the power play in the second and we didn’t have the best couple of shifts there and it kind of snowballed from there.  We started to find it again, even as they scored the second and third, we started to feel good, we scored that second one in the third and then it kind of got away from us again.

On how much of the mistakes are just being early season kinks that need to be worked out…
A lot.  There is some stuff, in our defensive zone especially, that we need to work on and that we’ll go over for sure.  There are some mistakes, it’s the first game, you see it on both ends, they made some, we made some but they capitalized on theirs.

On if the team just snowballed the wrong way after the first Winnipeg goal…
I don’t think we got too far away from it.  They got 3-1 and then we came out in the third and scored one right away and guys were feeling good about themselves and then we got a bad couple of bounces that ended up in the back of our net.  I think it’s something that we just need to work on, our defensive coverage and go from there.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT IRWIN
On the Bruins’ play dropping off after a good first period…
Yeah, we came out hard. We pushed the pace, put pucks in behind their D, and that’s what made us successful, created some chances. We talked about pushing back. They were going to come out hard in the second period, and we were back on our heels.

On what kind of lessons he takes from tonight…
For me personally, it’s just, get back, move pucks, and get it up to our forwards, and just stay on your toes, and make the good first pass.

On if the team’s defensive zone struggles are correctable…
Oh yeah. We’ll correct those tomorrow in practice. We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on, and get better every day.

On the disappointment of losing a home opener like that…
Of course, right. In front of your home crowd, you want to perform. Obviously, it’s disappointing.

On if it hurt to not capitalize on more chances in the first period…
Yeah, I mean that’s part of the game. Like I said, we were happy with our first [period]. We were creating those chances. We had multiple chances in the first period. If we get maybe one more or two more of those goals, it’s a different game. So, we’ve just got to bear down in those situations. We were on them in the first period, and when we get those scoring chances, we’ve just got to bear down.

On Andrew Ladd stealing the puck behind the net to set up a goal…
Yeah, basically, I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage. He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. So I take full blame for that one.

On his positioning on Winnipeg’s third goal…
That’s something I’m going to look at with the coaches, and adjust where I need to be.

On being on a long shift leading up to the Jets’ third goal…
Yeah, and that’s when we’ve got to keep it simple. I can’t get stretched out, and when you’re out there for an extended period of time and you’re tired mentally and physically, you’ve just got to keep it tight in and around the dangerous areas.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN
On how it feels to not be able to hang on to how they played in the first period…
Yeah we started off really well, you know. We were all over them; we had a good forecheck going. We were doing well in the neutral zone…forced them to dump pucks…breaking them out quick…getting chances…getting shots through. Then we just kind of started off rough in the second. We didn’t recover from there and you know it’s something we’re going to have to do moving forward to be a good team.

On if the first period was enough of a sign that things will work out this season…
Yeah that’s the positive you take from it and we just need to play a full-sixty like that. But, you know, the results from how we did play in the first period are obviously very encouraging.

On if he feels like Tuukka Rask was left out to dry tonight…
Yeah you know, from the breakdowns that we had, were unfortunately, they were really good chances and they capitalized on theirs, so.

On if the drop off in the second period was from lack of communication or new players getting used to playing together or just bad plays…
I mean I think that’s a big part of it, you know, like I said it’s something that can be fixed so. We’re going to have to address that tomorrow.

On if it’s good that they have a game two nights from now…
Yeah absolutely, you know, I mean nobody wants to leave the rink and feel like this for even a day, you know. I wish we played tomorrow so we could come back out. But you know, be ready to go on Saturday.

On if he thinks that there was too much overexcitement on the team tonight…
Yeah you know I mean the first period we played a two-way game and it lead to chances and you know maybe frustration from, you know, maybe not scoring on our opportunities we had lead to, you know, maybe the need to feel like you had to cheat a little to get another opportunity. That could have been part of it.

On what the toughest part of being a young defenseman is…
You know same challenge as every game I guess, you know. I just have to come out and play my game and be focused every shift and minimize mistakes. 

On the pressure of being a young defenseman and what his mindset is to keep the positive momentum going…
Well I mean you can’t let that pressure effect you, obviously. If anything you need to try and use that towards, you know, energy and being focused. But you can’t let pressure change your game or how you play, you know. You’re here for a reason so you don’t need to go and make some drastic change to your game just because you have pressure on you.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On tonight’s loss…
We didn’t get the two points and that’s all that matters. So we just have to keep our heads, it was first game and we have another two home so we have to pick up our game and pick up two points next game.

On if he’s feeling more comfortable in his second season…
Yeah, it’s better than I was coming here last year, definitely feel better. I just have to keep working hard, same as I did last year and have to have this in my head every day.

On if he knew the whole time on his goal that he was going to shoot the puck…
You know, I was trying to get the puck to the net. I had an opportunity to shoot so I decided to shoot and it got in.

On shooting the puck at the net as opposed to passing it…
I was watching on the – that I was gonna pass. But I try to shoot and it went in. Obviously it doesn’t really matter now when we didn’t get two points.

On his goal making it 3-2 and getting the Bruins back in the game…
Yeah, definitely, that’s what we were focusing for after second period. Get the first goal for 3-2. We got it and all of a sudden we got the bad goal for 4-2. This game we didn’t get two points and that’s all that matters. We just have to throw it behind our heads and keep focusing for another game.

On what he thinks the team can do better against Montreal…
Definitely keep up the process which coaches give us. I don’t think we played a bad game offensively, we had a lot of shots, a lot of opportunities to score. But we make a lot of turnovers and that’s what we have to work on and don’t do it in the next game.

On forwards needing to backcheck more effectively…
Definitely we have to keep up more talking and if all five guys gonna talk then it’s easy to pick up our guy. It was our first game, we gonna get better, I’m pretty sure.

On what he saw on David Krejci’s goal…
Yeah, D put it in behind the net and I got it there – or actually it was forechecking we got the puck back and I just tried to throw it to the net and Krech [David Krejci] made a great play and scored a goal.

On how Krejci looked tonight…
Yeah, you know you can see he’s one of the biggest leaders on this team. He’s a great players and I was happy I can play with him.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if trying to generate offense led to defensive lapses tonight…
Today, obviously we created a lot of chances, but then also gave up some chances and rushes. First game of the year, things might happen, but obviously going forward it cannot become a habit, if we want to win games.

On what he took from tonight’s game…
I thought we looked great in the first period. We created a ton of chances and didn’t give up barely anything. And then as the game went on, we got kind of got a little more sloppy, and kind of gave them some chances, but overall, the offense we created was great. Then when we just try to balance it out a little bit with the defense, I think it’s going to be good.

On if Zdeno Chara’s absence makes him appreciate him more…
I mean I’ve said it before, I saw it last year when he was hurt, and how big of a beast he is out there, and obviously when he’s out we need guys to step up, and that’s about it. But yeah, he’s a great presence when he plays.

On if the Bruins were sloppier than he expected without Zdeno Chara in the lineup…
Well you know what, it’s not just him being out of the lineup. Guys are going to get hurt. We have to have guys step up, and we have to respect our gameplan defensively, offensively, and we’ll be okay. When we don’t, these kind of things happen.

On guys leaving the zone before the Bruins gain possession not being part of the gameplan…
No, definitely not. We want to attack together, and have layers, and today, especially in the second period, we tended to cheat a little bit offensively, and when the gap becomes too big, we make one bad play, very shortly after that it’s going to be a shot on goal against us. So that happened quite often today.

On the team’s layers being broken down…
Yeah, absolutely. As I said, when we start cheating offensively a little bit, then one mistake leads to another very quickly, and we did that today a couple times. It’s a process in the making, and we just have to correct some things out, but it’ll be good.

On if the biggest takeaway from tonight is that there’s plenty of time to fix errors…
Yeah, I mean I think most importantly, we want to take that offense. We created a ton of chances, and had a chance to score way more goals than we did, so I think that’s the most important thing to take from this game.

On if inexperience was a cause of some of the lapses tonight…
Yeah, it’s possible. I can’t really comment on that. Things happen so quickly, and I can’t say who made the mistakes or not, but I’m sure you could see it from up top.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On what happened with “that goal”…
I just kind of had the idea that [David] Pastrnak was going to be on net so I was trying to get there, hoped for a rebound and that’s what happened. I moved back in and it was pretty easy to put it back in the net.

On what happened after the first period…
Well we kind of got away from our defensive game. I thought we did a pretty god job of creating a bunch of scoring chances but on the other hand, totally forgot about our defensive game. So that’s what happened.

On all of the scoring chances he had in the first period…
Yeah, we had enough chances - we had a lot of shots. And we gave them two goals in the second period so, uncharacteristic from our team but it is what it is. We can’t hang our heads…we have a game in two days so just regroup and get back at it.

On if he got a stick on the puck in the third period…
Yeah, just kind of a tough night. I got a stick on it and it just went in. Just tough luck.

On how much he’ll hang on this game and this loss…
I think we did a pretty good job of creating chances but like I said, again, we kind of got away from our defensive game and that’s what happened. We gave them way too many chances and they did a good job of putting them in the net. So I just kind of take the positive out of this game, which was creating a lot of chances. We had over thirty shots so that was a positive thing but we have to work on our defensive game.

WINNIPEG JETS HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On how fortunate they were to be down just one goal after their first period…
Well the 12 shots that they had on their first power play would have only counted for one goal, so it would have been 2-0. We got into a period where they were coming… it was more power play, but they still had some even strength stuff. Our goaltender was the reason why we were in the game after the first period, and then we got off the plane and off the bus and started to skate incrementally, shift by shift, better and we were a pretty darn good team after that. You know, we scored some big, big goals throughout our whole lineup. Everybody got a piece of it, so goaltender was great. Gave everybody a chance to get off the ground here and then we were pretty good after that.

On whether he felt that lift when Mark Scheifele scored…
Yeah because we thought... well we were better in the second through the first six minutes, but not a whole lot to show for it and you can’t, you can’t let it get to two at that point. Probably would based on the way that game was going, so once that happened I thought we just started to skate better. At the end of the day we didn’t skate particularly well in the first period and after that we did and that’s the difference in our team.

On how nice it was to see six guys light the lineup on opening night…
Yeah for them. You know, everybody’s got hopes and dreams when they come into every season they’re going to score 50. So there’s still six guys feeling like they might. You know, the more people that you can have on the board early in the season the better. They all feel a part of it. Very, very happy that both [Adam] Lowry’s line, just in terms of numbers. I think Burmy [Alexander Burmistrov] ended up plus four if that’s right, and [Andrew] Copp’s line gets two goals and really important for those guys to feel like a part because they played well. I mean, we’ve got a chance to score when they’re on the ice.

On how big it was to get those guys in as the game wore on…
Didn’t get them on and then Lowry had to go get fixed up and come back to the bench. He’s fine, but when he went down that’s when all those guys started to play more and into a rhythm and off they went. I would have liked to. Just in the first period I didn’t like the way we were skating so I decided in the last five minutes I’ve got to get the top line guys here. I’ve got to get their legs turning because we just weren’t. I’m thinking that we did… we came out in the second and those guys were skating better. … They were moving better, and then I felt really good. The more time I can get them on the ice at this time of year, the more comfortable I am in the progress they’ll make later in games. It’ll really pay off down the road, so it’s good for them to have some confidence but it’s good for the coaches to feel good putting them on the ice.

On Lowry being okay…
Yeah, he’s good. He came back and finished the game.

On whether he’s aware that this franchise hasn’t won in this building since 2007 when they were based in Atlanta…
That’s a while. I was just going to say the Jets didn’t play more than three years ago, so we’re going back a while. Thankfully we’re not responsible for the earlier ones I guess. I haven’t felt with this team… we’ve had so much changeover in the last two or three years. So many of these guys are new that any of the old kind of buildings we’re not good in or, you know, we were real bad on back to backs early on. We’ve kind of exercised a lot of demons I think just with the changeover of personnel.

On Nicolas Petan getting a goal as well as Blake Wheeler…
Yeah, and he’ll remember that one coast to coast by the time he has his own kids. Liked both of their games. Certainly they had a lot of confidence with the puck. They tried some things. Might have to squeeze some of that out of them, but leave a lot of it. That’s what they do. They make good plays. They’re good with the puck, and we want them to explore that creativity. Got to learn the right time to do it. I was happy with both, all of the young players’ games tonight. Really happy with them.

On whether he looked at the tape of Burmistrov’s hit…
So much of that is Burmistrov’s body movement is as it would be if two guys were coming together. It happens a thousand times a game. Two guys come together. When one of them doesn’t that’s what it looks like. But he wasn’t driving up and through and I’m a big [Patrice] Bergeron fan so I’m hoping everything… I mean he didn’t leave the game which is a real positive, so I’m glad it was nothing serious.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD BLAKE WHEELER
On whether they were just flat in the first or there were nerves…
Well it’s a little bit of both. You know, some nerves. We’ve got some new guys in our lineup. We’re trying to feel it out a little bit and those guys just came out pretty fired up, so you know I think you’ve got to tip your cap to them. They really looked good. They were all over the puck. We had a tough time getting the puck out of the zone and they kind of caught us on our heels a little bit.

On what the feeling is like when Dustin Byfuglien has a turnover and he gets the goal…
It’s huge. It just kind of makes you breathe a little bit and as bad as the game had gone we were tied 1-1, so that’s a big boost of confidence right there. You know, that’s what Buff [Dustin Byfuglien] does. He can kind of flip a game upside down with one play, so that was a big moment to kind of get us some confidence and get some momentum.

On Andrew Copp getting them on the right track…
It’s huge. I think our line, we were a little bit on our heels, kind of watching the game a little bit and then, you know, you get a big turnover. It was a great play, and, you know, you lick your chops when you get opportunities like that.

On whether he knows how long it’s been since this franchise won in this building…
I’ve never won here since I got traded here, so I know it’s been at least five years.

On the franchise not winning in this building since 2007…
Ok, yeah well it’s never easy. This is a tough building to win in. You know, these guys play such a tough game, so we know coming in it was going to be… it was going to be a battle and, you know, we feel fortunate to come out with two points.

On whether it’s still cool to come back to Boston…
Oh yeah. It always is. This is a great hockey town, obviously. The fans, you know, love this team. There’s a real connection with the fans and this team, so anytime you get to play in an Original Six market, the fans that truly care about the team, it makes for a great atmosphere.

On needing more scoring…
It’s huge, you know, because I think we’re kind of feeling out line combinations a little bit. For the most part I think it was kind of new combinations for everyone besides our line, so yeah, you’re going to need sustained scoring from everyone all year. You know, you can’t just rely on one line. We’ve played that game before and it doesn’t get us very far, so that’s what you need to be a good team.

On never winning here as an opponent and whether that bothered him coming back…
It’s tough. You know, I mean yeah. You always want to beat good teams, you know. There’s no question about that, so it’s been five years now so I think that wears off a little bit, but like I said, it’s never an easy challenge coming in here and even having a good game let alone winning so you really try to take advantage of it when you can and I think tonight was a big step for us.

WINNIPEG JETS GOALTENDER ONDREJ PAVELEC
On the way the team played tonight…
That’s never easy playing in Boston, so we had a little bit slower start as you would expect but we did a great job on the penalty kill and we picked it up in the second and I think we deserved to win.

On what the team did differently in the second period that continued into the third…
I think we were putting a lot of pressure on their defensemen and we were skating and playing a little bit better defensively and creating some scoring chances.  When you are putting pressure on their defensemen then they are making mistakes and we scored some nice goals in the second and that helped us go through the game.

On how he thought he played tonight…
We got the win and that’s all that matters at this point in the season.  First game, everybody was so excited and didn’t know what to expect from the first game.  They had the home opener, they come with the speed and I felt really good.  I just tried to stay focused and I know how those games go, the first game of the season you never know.  So I’m really happy that we got the win.

On New Jersey coming out flying in their home opener tomorrow night…
Yeah I think they will.  When we go back to Winnipeg and play our first game I think it is going to be the same story.  The fans are behind you and it’s the first game of the season, everybody is going so fast.  After the first few minutes of the game or the first period it settles down a little bit and then the real hockey is coming.  You know it’s going to be the same thing tomorrow, it’s back to back, back to backs are never easy, we are going to travel today so we’ll see tomorrow.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD ANDREW LADD
On the way the team finished the game tonight…
Yeah I thought our goaltender kept us in the game there in the first period.  They came out with lots of jump and came at us pretty good and we weren’t moving our feet quite as well as we needed to be but we found a way to get going there in the second.  Big goal by Scheifs [Mark Scheifele] to get us going and kind of found a way to ride the momentum and get our game going from there.

On if it was a matter of getting themselves under control after the first period…
It was just about being a little sharper and moving our feet.  You know they are a quick team and like I said we were on our heels in the first so we kind of had to get going and try to play in their end.

On getting six goals from six different guys…
Yeah similar to our last opening night and we lost four straight after that one so [laughs].  We got to keep our heads level here and realize that we got a lot better.  We didn’t play a great game, like I said we got better but there is still a ton of room for improvement and hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.

On if he was aware of how long it had been since the Jets won in the Garden…
Uhhh no.  [2007] Since we won here?  Really?  Hmm nice.

On Nicholas Petan getting a goal in his first game…
Yeah, pretty special moment to score in your first game.  I don’t know if it was the prettiest goal that he ever scored but they all count.  I thought all of our young guys had great games, they did a lot of good things so you know I’m excited to see them improve as we go on here.

On starting the season with four games in six nights on the road…
Yeah I mean it’s not a bad thing.  I think you get away from your own hometown, you get together as a group and it allows you to spend some time together.  You don’t get that opportunity as much in training camp so I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  Once you’re out here, the travel’s not too bad.  So I think you want to take advantage and get off to a good start regardless of where you are at but we’ll see some tough teams here too.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD NICOLAS PETAN
On whether this is how he drew up his first NHL goal…
Not quite, but nonetheless I’ll take it. Just an exciting feeling.

On how it felt to get into the first game…
I felt good. You know, our team didn’t have a great start, but as the game went on we got some momentum and Pav [Ondrej Pavelec] played a strong game, so I think that we pulled off that.

On if he has his first goal puck…
No, I don’t have it yet.

On his first goal happening with his family in the building…
Yeah for sure. I think… I’m sure they’re excited. I’m excited to go and see them so it’s a great time.

On whether the puck hit his shin pad on his goal…
I think it hit the back of my skate. I’m pretty sure. I don’t even know for sure, but I’ll take it.

On how his goal happened…
Yeah, Copper [Andrew Copp] just kind of threw it in there. I just tried to play on my feet and hope it went off my skate and it did.

On whether he had nerves going into the game…
Yeah for sure. I think throughout the day I had a little bit of nerves, but as I came to the rink I calmed down and, you know, we were talking about regular [season] and Copper was talking about just treating it like another game but obviously it wasn’t but, you know, it’s great that we got the win.

On whether there was a moment of the game where it felt normal…
Obviously the goal is a big part. Everybody saying congratulations on the bench I think is something I’ll remember for a long time.
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On how he feels about opening night tonight…
Oh, I think everybody’s excited. You know when you go through training camp and you play those preseason games and then finally at the end of I guess preseason you see you’re still here and you have an opportunity to play for this organization. I think it’s great for the players, it’s great for us and coaches to get the season started, you know. We’ve put in a lot of work and a lot of time and now we want to I guess get the show on the road and tonight’s going to be an exciting night for everybody.

On how it feels to be coaching so many new players…
Well my first year I had over twenty new guys. [Smiles]. I didn’t know anybody, right? So that was probably more than it is this year and I managed to get through it. So you know, I think it’s been a good three-plus weeks where we’ve been able to kind of work individually as a group, as a line, with different players and different personalities. And everything right now, you know, we’re pleased with it - we’re optimistic and we just have to let things work themselves out too. So I don’t have any issues with the number of new players. I just have a, you know, preoccupation with getting the whole group ready to play here tonight.

On if Zdeno Chara’s status for tonight…
He’s out.

On how opening night differs this year emotionally and professionally…
Nothing changes, Kevin. To me I’m excited about tonight. I don’t live in the past and that includes winning a Stanley Cup. That cup we won over four years ago, you know. So right now it’s about trying to duplicate what we’ve done in the past that made everybody happy and you have to go year-by-year. So nothing changes for me. It’s just about going out there. And I have some pride in trying to do a good job and trying to accomplish, you know, what people maybe don’t think we can accomplish. That’s the challenge that we have this year and I’m looking forward to that.

On how he feels about his defense with Zdeno Chara out of tonight’s lineup…
Well we’ve dealt with that before, you know. We dealt with that last year. He was out for a while and you know you have to deal with those situations. And again my preoccupation can’t be about what I’m missing, but what I’ve got and what I’ve got tonight I think is good enough for us to win a hockey game. All we have to do is go out there and show it.

On if there are ever any scenarios where he would play with four forwards because of missing Zdeno Chara from the lineup…
I’m not quite sure.

On if he would ever go with one defenseman and four forwards…
Not necessarily unless you’re really looking for a goal late in the game. I think, you know again, you know you hear coaches say, Fluto, that just because something happens you don’t throw your game plan out the window and I know you’re going to talk about, “Well you need to adjust,” I think that that’s right but over the course of a game sometimes you have to stick with what you have. There’s a lot of teams that have six healthy Ds but only five basically play. So it’s not unusual to have five Ds play a lot of minutes. And I think what you’re talking about is different times of the game that you can make those adjustments if you feel like it.

On if Zdeno Chara’s progress has changed at all…
Yeah, it’s getting better every day, you know, it is. There’s no doubt today he felt better than yesterday so we’re you know, I guess we’re hoping that it’s going to be sooner than later and that could be next game for all we know.

On if he would feel comfortable playing Zdeno Chara limited…
That would depend on the risk that you take, you know. What is that risk? If it’s minimal then maybe you do. If there’s more damage that can be done over that course of playing in the game or two earlier versus being safer down the road why not? You have to be smart about your decision-making. So to me if there’s no risk and he’s got to play hurt or little risk and he’s got to play with a little bit of pain - no problem. If it’s the other way around, there’s a big risk, then why risk it this early in the season?

On a percentage of the fan base that judges the team for how physical the team is…
I just wonder about what we’re going to do as a group in here, you know. There’s no doubt that the Boston fan base wants a type of team. I think we’ve always tried to give them that. But at the end of the day the Boston fan base wants to see us win. And if we win there won’t be any complaints. So we have to think about winning hockey game and think about winning them the right way, whether it be physical or whether it be scoring or whether it be defensive play we have to win hockey games here.

On if he thinks the Winnipeg Jets have changed much since last year…
No. They have the same coach and from what I’ve seen of the preseason games nothing’s really changed. I think they have some young kids but they have some good talent too, you know, those young players coming in. They’re still fast, they’re still a good size team and I think they’re a team that’s going to be extremely respected this year because of the growth that’s come from that group over the last few years.
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