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BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

On the team sticking with it despite being down...
Well, yeah, that’s maybe a good way of putting it. I was really disappointed in our start. Everything we talked about this morning didn’t happen in that first period. So it was disappointing to see. We got a little bit better in the second period, and in the third we found a way to get ourselves back in the game. But you’ve got to also give credit to Winnipeg; I think they’re playing really good hockey. They’ve got some good speed, obviously, up front and on their forecheck they didn’t give us much time. It wasn’t easy getting out of our own end. But also defensively, I think they’ve done a really good job of tightening up. I talked about that, whatever, this afternoon – about how their game has really improved in that area and it shows. I mean, their goaltender – Hutch [Michael Hutchinson] was good tonight, kept them in the game for as long as he could. But, you’re right, we found a way to win and that shows some character – that we were able to withstand a four minute penalty there late in the game and win in overtime.

On the ‘grind out’ type of win...
Well, at the same time, I don’t think we expect to go out there and dominate a game from start to finish with our lineup right now. It is what it is and we understand that we have to grind it out. What we have to understand is that if we’re going to grind it out, we have to be ready from the get go. Because it’s tough enough as it is – you know, you play with fire when you have a team the way we have right now with a lot of guys filling in for other guys – and think that we can just play a period and win a hockey game here. So, that’s where the issue is. We need to be better and understand that we have to play closer to a sixty-minute game than we did tonight.

On David Pastrnak’s play...
I liked him. He’s got speed, he’s got energy, he makes plays. I mean he was throwing pucks at the net – we talk about throwing pucks at the net. [He] had some good chances, but also he made some plays. Defensively, I haven’t seen him be a real huge liability. So, he’s done a good job of improving himself. The coaches have done a great job in Providence of helping him grow in that area, and that’s why I’m able to use him from start to finish. So, I like the dynamic of his game and he’s an exciting player to watch.

On Tuukka Rask’s play lately...
Well, Tuukka was really good tonight. Obviously, with the amount of shots they got and the traffic that they had in front of him and having to make those saves. Even the [Dustin] Byfuglien shot, I think it was Byfuglien or might have been somebody else, from the point again – and he got the glove on it. He was screened and he found that puck where in the first period it got through. So, he’s been good. But you know what, you need that goaltender to be that good when you’re in the situation that you’re in. And he’s expected to be that good, and he’s responding well.

On Milan Lucic developing chemistry with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson...
It’s been good because it gives us another option when we need it and when we’re going to need it down the road. So, it’s nice to know that if at some point I want to move certain guys around, that he could be a good fit on that line. So, certainly it’s been, again a good fit for him. A big centerman who skates and has good chemistry with his right winger, and him to just drive to the net. He keeps scoring goals driving the net, so I hope he continues to do that. Because it’s been important goals for us these last couple of games.

On if he feels better equipped with Chris Kelly back and David Pastrnak playing well...
Well I guess you feel as good as you can, right? Tonight I can’t say I feel great because I don’t think we played that well. There’s a lot of guys that can be a lot better than they were tonight. If that was the case, if everybody had played as well as I feel we could have played, then I’d probably feel a lot more comfortable. But hopefully that will change next game and we’ll get exactly what I’m talking about here.

On if he knows who will be traveling on the upcoming road trip...
Not really. Again, we’re talking about bringing maybe an extra player or two, obviously because we’re going to California. That decision hasn’t been made. We wanted to wait for tonight’s game to be done, because who knows what was going to happen. So, we talked about it and we were going to reconvene here and make some decisions. So you could see those decisions made by tomorrow.

On what needs to happen on the road trip to generate offense...
Yeah, and you know, again it’s a lot of different things. I think the net front – and I don’t think that – a lot of our players right now that score goals, I don’t think they’re at the top of their game. And they’re fighting it a little bit, and we just have to look at who has scored lately and who hasn’t. We need a little bit more production from certain guys that should be giving it to us when we’re a little bit challenged. But I think that’s one of the things. You know, you’re forcing plays, you’re getting frustrated, and you know, instead of doing the right thing you’re trying to do a little bit more and it ends up taking away scoring chances. So, I think we need to – we’ve been working on it, you’ve seen us – we’re really trying to get our offense going here. Again tonight, as much as we’ve worked on it the last couple of days, maybe because we weren’t skating as well as I though we were – we weren’t going up the ice with speed and we weren’t coming back to generate that speed that we needed.

On if Zdeno Chara will make the road trip...
No, Zee [Zdeno Chara] is not going to make the trip. He’s going to stay here, skate, and continue to, I guess, work on his rehab.

On what he remembers about Michael Hutchinson from his time with the Bruins...
Well, I didn’t see him as much. Obviously, he was in Providence. But I liked Hutch [Michael Hutchinson]. I think he was a great; first of all he’s a super nice person. I think anybody who’s come into contact with him will tell you that. When you’ve got a good person like that and you see them fit in somewhere – because there obviously wasn’t a fit here, I guess at the time. And when you see him fit in somewhere and have success you’re happy for him. I’m happy for Hutch, because we’ve had him here for quite a few years. I like the fact that he’s doing well in Winnipeg and tonight I thought he played a real good game. That glove of his was hard to beat. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On this not being the prettiest win, but a win nonetheless…
Yeah there’s definitely a lot of stuff we have to take from that game, mostly negative. So I’m sure it will probably be a pretty tough day at practice tomorrow. We’ve got to get back to some of the more positive points of our game. You know, I think the first half of the game we were a little too stretched apart, making it too hard to make passes up the ice.

On whether he felt the game opened up once they tied it up…
Well, that’s kind of expected. If another team’s up by a goal on the road, they’re going to try to tighten things up and not take as many risks. So I guess that’s to be expected I think in pretty much every matchup where that’s the score of the game.

On the penalty kill in the third period..
It’s huge. You know, our penalty kill is getting better and it’s definitely the main focus of the team right now. But you know, you take positives out of that, it was a tough situation with a four-minute penalty and four minutes left. I think we did a good job killing it off.

On David Pastrnak’s play and looking like he belonged out there…
Yeah, and he does. He’s a really skilled player. I was talking to some of my friends who are playing in the American league, and they say he puts on a show every night there. So it’s to be expected that when he comes up here he’ll do good things. He showed it tonight for sure.

On needing to generate offense on the road, and what is lacking right now…
I don’t think we’re creating enough opportunities for ourselves. You know, we’re a little bit disjointed on rushes. So you’ve got to build from that. I think we’re just making it too easy on defense.

On a relying on Tuukka Rask in a goal-for-goal shot-for-shot game like this…
Yeah Tuukka’s [Rask] one of the best goalies, if not the best goalie, in the league, so sometimes we rely on him too much, but he does a good job handling the pressure that’s put on him.

On how challenging the road trip is going to be…
It’ll be tough, you know, they’re really good teams. I think last year we went 1-2 on our California trip. So they’re tough games, but we need victories right now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On how he felt about his play tonight...
You know, pretty good. We won in overtime, so I’m really happy and it was my first NHL win. And yeah, I enjoyed it.

On if he knew he led the team in shots tonight...
I don’t know what that means ... Oh okay. I mean I’m just keeping it simple, you know. I try to – everybody just said to each other that we’re going to go to the net, so I just tried to shoot.

On skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand...
It’s perfect. They are great hockey players, so I enjoyed it. But it was just two games, you know, so yeah it was good. I enjoyed it and I tried to do my best.

On if he felt comfortable out on the ice...
I felt better than the first game.

On if he’ll continue to feel more comfortable as the season goes on...
Yeah, I think it’s going to – it can get better every game, you know. Every game I think I will feel better and better.

On his defensive play...
 I don’t know – I try to do my best.

On if he’s noticed a difference in his defensive play...
Yeah, I try to improve myself defensively, like everybody else. So I just try to play my game and do [my] best for the team.

On if he felt like he was close to scoring tonight...
Yeah, but it doesn’t matter. We scored two and we won so that’s enough. That’s the most important thing.
 
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On why he and Milan Lucic seem to be playing well together…
Oh well, we’re just good players and usually it works out well when we’re driving the net, so it was a good goal today.

On their goal in the third period…
We worked on that this week – going D-to-D and up, and that’s what we did. And Luc [Milan Lucic] skated to the middle, and left the puck for me, and I drove the net. So that’s how we scored.

On whether he heard Dougie Hamilton calling for the puck or whether he was just looking for him…
I was waiting for him too, I knew he was coming. So Lou [Loui Eriksson] and Luc [Milan Lucic] drove the net really good so that created that.

On whether he sees signs that the offense is improving ahead of the road trip…
We can score more for sure, but as long as we don’t give up too much we don’t have to score as much either. So I think the offense is coming from good defense, and that’s what we want to keep doing.

On how it feels to get the win ahead of the road trip…
It feels good for sure. We lost those two games to Montreal and Pittsburg, so we needed this win and now we’re feeling a little better to get on the road.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether tonight’s game was another example of finding different ways to win a hockey game…
Yeah, it was. It wasn’t our best period in the first there, survived that only down by one goal, then catching up in the second a little bit and then third was, the start was good. We got it tied and then I think after that we still made some mistakes we had to clear, but good way to find a win.

On whether he saw Dustin Byfuglien’s shot in the first period…
The goal? No, I saw it. It hit Bart’s [Matt Bartkowski’s] knee pad, changed direction, so it’s just one of those.

On killing the four minute penalty…
Yeah, I mean you’re just in survival mode there. You try to secure that point, and we did a pretty good job for the most part, but we still had a lot of chances to get the puck out and we couldn’t.  So that’s something we have to fix, but, you know, it’s overtime. It’s four on four, and I like that both teams tried to win the game by doing offense and not sitting back and we found a way today.

On whether he was impressed by how Michael Hutchinson played…
Yeah, you know, for five periods, you know including last year, I don’t think we scored a goal on him, but finally got a couple and that was enough.

On whether he feeds off of it when both he and the other goaltender are playing well…
Yeah, well you know it’s one of those games. It’s a one goal game and every save matters at that point. We’re down by one so my main focus is just hoping that we’re going to get that goal, and if we don’t I’m just going to try to shut the door and keep it tight. I’m not matching the other goalie. I’m just trying to make a save and keep it tight and a lot of times it is the other goalie makes a save and you know you have to make one because the opportunities are going to come, and he played a great game.

On being happy for Hutchinson to have found a place in Winnipeg…
Yeah, you know he’s a good goalie. I really didn’t see a lot of him when he was in our organization, but guys are saying he’s a pretty good goalie and then he finally found a place and he’s been taking advantage of that, so I’m happy for him…

On whether he takes more pride in a performance like tonight when the “guys who are out are out”…
No, I just… the first period wasn’t our best and then I had to make some saves there and keep it tight. I don’t know. I just try to keep it tight every game and give us a chance to win. If it’s taken pride yeah, you’d say that, but it’s my job to give us a chance to win and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

On whether he is going to have to keep it tight with the way the offense is going…
Sometimes I feel like if I let in a couple of goals in the beginning it kind of wakes us up and we start scoring goals, you know, but if it’s a tight game like today we just… we kind of hang on and we go find that extra gear. So it’s a funny thing how it works sometimes, but yeah, you know, the way we’ve been, or the offense has been going lately. I know it’s going to be tight games and I have to be solid.

On whether that was his game plan to let in a couple early and let the team respond…
Well I mean, that’s how it seems to be. Not the optimal game plan I don’t think.

On what he thinks of David Pastrnak…
He’s a really skilled player. He makes plays around the net… I find myself a few times in the game being like wow, you know, how did he see that? And you know, he’s a really skilled player.

On whether Pastrnak’s energy and excitement can feed on the team…
Yeah, I think it should. He’s a good example of a guy who’s just happy to be around and work hard every day and then stuff like that. So I think for us veterans we kinda sometimes take things for granted and we’re not having fun or working hard. We’re just showing up sometimes, and that’s something we have to feed off of him.

On having a tough road trip coming up and what they have to do to improve even more…
Well it’s never easy to go that way. I think we have to play solid defense and tried to find ways to win and keep things tight. And you’ll get those greasy goals and greasy wins because going into California is never easy.

On how getting the wins they want can boost the team…
It’s going to be huge. I think it’s a great point in our season to learn and grow as a team and come up with a winning record from that road trip. So all our focus has to be on that starting tomorrow.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On getting two points before this upcoming road trip...
Yeah I think we talked a lot about it and, for a while there it was pretty frustrating. And coaches definitely weren't too happy with us and we really didn't show up. I think we really wanted a good start and didn't have it and squeaked the two points like we have in the past. I don't know how we do it but two points is two points I guess.

On being eager to get the puck in the net...
Yeah there was a play before that where I probably could of got the puck, too, and I didn't call for it, and I made sure to call for it on that one. I knew my man was changing and Carl [Carl Söderberg] made a great pass and I think just a hard knuckle puck. So obviously it felt pretty good. And I think I don't know if I ever scored an overtime goal before so, a pretty, pretty good feeling and a pretty good feeling to get the win after the start that we had.

On the mentality of the penalty kill at the end of the regulation...
Yeah it’s, I don't know if there’s a certain thing. It’s just, we knew we needed to kill it off and just did our best and listen to what Houds [Doug Houda] has to say. And just some big plays and big saves and that’s what we needed.

On Tuukka’s effort...
Yeah he was awesome, I think a lot of plays were, they were throwing pucks from everywhere and scrambles and things like that, and a few break aways as well. So without him it’s a different game and that’s what we need and want from him every game.

On going stick side after watching too many glove saves...
No I, that’s usually high glove for me so, no I thought he was really good tonight. And just a knuckle puck with probably a screen, I don’t know.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On why he and Milan Lucic seem to be playing well together…
Oh well, we’re just good players and usually it works out well when we’re driving the net, so it was a good goal today.

On their goal in the third period…
We worked on that this week – going D-to-D and up, and that’s what we did. And Luc [Milan Lucic] skated to the middle, and left the puck for me, and I drove the net. So that’s how we scored.

On whether he heard Dougie Hamilton calling for the puck or whether he was just looking for him…
I was waiting for him too, I knew he was coming. So Lou [Loui Eriksson] and Luc [Milan Lucic] drove the net really good so that created that.

On whether he sees signs that the offense is improving ahead of the road trip…
We can score more for sure, but as long as we don’t give up too much we don’t have to score as much either. So I think the offense is coming from good defense, and that’s what we want to keep doing.

On how it feels to get the win ahead of the road trip…
It feels good for sure. We lost those two games to Montreal and Pittsburg, so we needed this win and now we’re feeling a little better to get on the road.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether tonight’s game was another example of finding different ways to win a hockey game…
Yeah, it was. It wasn’t our best period in the first there, survived that only down by one goal, then catching up in the second a little bit and then third was, the start was good. We got it tied and then I think after that we still made some mistakes we had to clear, but good way to find a win.

On whether he saw Dustin Byfuglien’s shot in the first period…
The goal? No, I saw it. It hit Bart’s [Matt Bartkowski’s] knee pad, changed direction, so it’s just one of those.

On killing the four minute penalty…
Yeah, I mean you’re just in survival mode there. You try to secure that point, and we did a pretty good job for the most part, but we still had a lot of chances to get the puck out and we couldn’t.  So that’s something we have to fix, but, you know, it’s overtime. It’s four on four, and I like that both teams tried to win the game by doing offense and not sitting back and we found a way today.

On whether he was impressed by how Michael Hutchinson played…
Yeah, you know, for five periods, you know including last year, I don’t think we scored a goal on him, but finally got a couple and that was enough.

On whether he feeds off of it when both he and the other goaltender are playing well…
Yeah, well you know it’s one of those games. It’s a one goal game and every save matters at that point. We’re down by one so my main focus is just hoping that we’re going to get that goal, and if we don’t I’m just going to try to shut the door and keep it tight. I’m not matching the other goalie. I’m just trying to make a save and keep it tight and a lot of times it is the other goalie makes a save and you know you have to make one because the opportunities are going to come, and he played a great game.

On being happy for Hutchinson to have found a place in Winnipeg…
Yeah, you know he’s a good goalie. I really didn’t see a lot of him when he was in our organization, but guys are saying he’s a pretty good goalie and then he finally found a place and he’s been taking advantage of that, so I’m happy for him…

On whether he takes more pride in a performance like tonight when the “guys who are out are out”…
No, I just… the first period wasn’t our best and then I had to make some saves there and keep it tight. I don’t know. I just try to keep it tight every game and give us a chance to win. If it’s taken pride yeah, you’d say that, but it’s my job to give us a chance to win and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

On whether he is going to have to keep it tight with the way the offense is going…
Sometimes I feel like if I let in a couple of goals in the beginning it kind of wakes us up and we start scoring goals, you know, but if it’s a tight game like today we just… we kind of hang on and we go find that extra gear. So it’s a funny thing how it works sometimes, but yeah, you know, the way we’ve been, or the offense has been going lately. I know it’s going to be tight games and I have to be solid.

On whether that was his game plan to let in a couple early and let the team respond…
Well I mean, that’s how it seems to be. Not the optimal game plan I don’t think.

On what he thinks of David Pastrnak…
He’s a really skilled player. He makes plays around the net… I find myself a few times in the game being like wow, you know, how did he see that? And you know, he’s a really skilled player.

On whether Pastrnak’s energy and excitement can feed on the team…
Yeah, I think it should. He’s a good example of a guy who’s just happy to be around and work hard every day and then stuff like that. So I think for us veterans we kinda sometimes take things for granted and we’re not having fun or working hard. We’re just showing up sometimes, and that’s something we have to feed off of him.

On having a tough road trip coming up and what they have to do to improve even more…
Well it’s never easy to go that way. I think we have to play solid defense and tried to find ways to win and keep things tight. And you’ll get those greasy goals and greasy wins because going into California is never easy.

On how getting the wins they want can boost the team…
It’s going to be huge. I think it’s a great point in our season to learn and grow as a team and come up with a winning record from that road trip. So all our focus has to be on that starting tomorrow.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
On how he saw tonight’s game…
I thought we played alright. We’ve played better. We let it get away from us.

On if he sees tonight as a point lost…
They’re a good team. That’s something that, we just have to stay focused for sixty [minutes] and just play our game.

On the Jets getting five points on their three-game road trip…
Yeah. We can’t be happy. We didn’t get all of our points. Simple as that.

On how Michael Hutchinson played in net…
It doesn’t really matter who we have back there. We’re a team in here, and we stick together. If it’s Hutch [Michael Hutchinson] or Pavs [Ondrej Pavelec], we believe in our goalies. He did a great job tonight. Both of them have been doing it all year for us. We’re a team and we’ve got to stick together.

On if it was tough to see Bryan Little go down with an injury…
Yeah, I mean, anybody you lose, Bryan [Little] is one of our key guys. Hopefully he’s going to be okay.

On if Jets generated enough chances against Tuukka Rask tonight…
No, I thought we got some pucks to him, and traffic, and it wasn’t enough.

On what he saw on his goal…
Bodies in front of the net.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD BLAKE WHEELER
On the game tonight…
It’s a pretty typical game for us.  All of them are coming right down to the wire and I think we liked where we were after two periods, the goal early in the third is too bad.  I think if we can get out of the first five or ten minutes of the third period, get them pressing a little bit then I think we like where we are at.  All in all I thought it was a good effort by our group.  Four games in six nights, we’ve been on the road a lot, I thought we battled hard.

On how much losing Bryan Little hurt the teams’ chances in the third…
He’s one of our top guys and anytime you lose one of your top guys it’s tough, especially a center man.  Especially a guy that does so much like Litts [Bryan Little] does.  So that definitely hurt us but we had some guys fill in that are more than capable and I think we had some good looks to make it 2-1, it just wasn’t meant to be.

On the chances that they had in overtime...
Yeah there were some decent looks.  The four on three to start, you would like to pop one in there.  I thought that was a good time to put them away, we have to work at that a little bit, we’ve had a few of those this year.  They got one more chance than we did and it went in.

On getting five out of six points on the road trip…
I think it was a really strong trip, especially after two losses at home.  It was what we were looking for.  Like I said, we were one chance away from having all six of them.  This is a damn tough building to win in so you don’t really have moral victories but at the same time, after it’s all said and done, we battled really hard. 

On Hutchinson matching the play of Tuukka Rask tonight...
Hutchy [Michael Hutchinson] is awesome man, I really like Hutchy [Michael Hutchinson] a lot.  He just battles so hard in there you know what I mean.  When he gets beat, they have to make a hell of a play to beat him.  So that’s what you love about a goalie like Hutchy [Michael Hutchinson], he’s battling as hard as we are for all 60 minutes and he gave us everything he had tonight.  It would have been really nice to get him a win in this building but he’ll have more opportunities for sure.

On having four days off before the next game...
Oh thank god.  It’s been a ragged month, we have really played hard, its been a tough schedule, a lot of road games.  We have been scratching and clawing all month.  There hasn’t been a day where we have been able to catch our breath really.  Even our off days, more often than not they come and go real quick.  We are either getting home at 3AM or there is something going on so it comes at a great time for us, especially after this trip, we can reflect and be happy with where we are at now and get rested up for a big month of December for us.

WINNIPEG JETS HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE
On getting a point tonight…
Well it was a tough one for us. I mean, players spent what they had. There was nothing left on the bench. You want to run your top end about seventeen or eighteen minutes on a night like tonight, and a lot of those guys have 23 minutes on them, and they gave everything they had.

On if he has an injury update on Bryan Little…
No. You saw the shot, so we’ll see how he progresses. Fortunately we’ve got a break in our schedule now, and hopefully he’ll be fine.

On how Michael Hutchinson played tonight…
He was spectacular. To be honest with you, that’s pretty much the only game we’ve seen from him, going back to last year. He looks the same every night. If there’s a lot of traffic, he fights through it, controlled his rebounds, likes to play the puck. He’s just outstanding. We needed that tonight. We had four [games] in six [days] with a well-rested hockey club, your goaltender has to be good, and both goaltenders I thought were real good. Mike [Hutchinson] was spectacular.

On if the Jets were able to generate enough chances against Tuukka Rask…
At times, right? We had some good ones. Tonight wasn’t about how much you generate. In a lot of ways, these games are survival. Four [games] in six [days] is tough, coming off the schedule that we’ve had. About ten of our fifteen [November games] on the road, we’ve been out east three times, and it hasn’t been easy for them. When we lost Bryan [Little] there at the start of the third, it was a perfect storm, and they kept fighting and competing. I’ve got nothing negative to say about the road trip, or the month for that matter. We’ve been a good hockey team.

On getting five points on the team’s three-game road trip…
Yeah, it was a good road trip. I think we’re 8-4-3 in the month of November with ten [games] on the road, so we’ve played some real good, solid, hard hockey, and we’ve spent all of the energy that we had this month, and we need this rest. We need this time off to get everybody healed back up for another push.

On the Jets sticking to their structure against a team like Boston…
It’s tough for me to analyze this game and say ‘this is where we’re at’, because there weren’t a lot of clean plays. We had some chances; they probably, at the end, had better chances. We were good early in the game, but came off it. Sometimes it’s about the other team, too. They got a little quicker, and we didn’t have an answer at times. But we still found a way to get in alone, and get the two-on-one, and both goalies were just so good, it was probably fair based on the goaltending that that game went to overtime. And I’m proud of the way our team played.

On what impressed him most about the Jets in November…
You know what, they never went out on a night where I was concerned, the set-up said to me that this could be a real problem night. That’s either on back-to-back, New York and Chicago, when you shouldn’t have anything in the tank, but really our first game home after long trips, because we played back-to-back and then came home and played the next night on the road. So our first game home against Nashville we found a way to win. You know our first game back home there, and Detroit, New Jersey, found a way to win, and then Detroit and St. Louis were tough opponents at the end of that schedule. So, the way they never came off their game, when fatigue or those trap games that we always talk about, going into Buffalo, mind you they beat Montreal tonight so that’s four of their last five, so maybe we were a little better than we gave ourselves credit for.

On if Mathieu Perreault is okay after seeming to be hobbling…
Yeah he’s fine. Well I think he’s fine, I didn’t get anything on him. Everybody’s hobbling now, there’s nobody that’s carrying an ice bag to the bus tonight.

WINNIPEG JETS GOALTENDER MICHAEL HUTCHINSON
On if he takes solace in getting one point tonight...
I think any time you can get points, obviously it’s frustrating right now losing that game but it’s one of those things when you look down the road later on in the season that might be a big point for us to pick up.  I think we played well, we battled well tonight, to get one point is a little bit frustrating , you always want two but at the same time it’s better than getting none.

On the overtime goal by Dougie Hamilton...
Their guy just hit their trailer coming in and they had traffic to the net and I was trying to find it and the guy made a good shot, it just missed my shoulder and went in.  So credit to him for making a good shot but it’s one of those things where we were getting chances in overtime too and their goalie made some big saves and it’s one of those ones where obviously you would like to come up with that save for your team. But he made a good shot so there isn’t much you can do.

On if his team played well enough to win tonight...
Yeah we had chances all game long.  They had a couple pushes here and there and they had some chances too but I thought it was a good hockey game, both teams had chances and Tuukka [Rask] is a good goalie. He is going to make you work for every goal you get.  Fortunately we got one on him tonight but it just wasn’t enough.

On how it was coming back to Boston and playing against his old team…
It was fun. It’s always nice playing when you know some of the guys on the other team.  It just makes you focus that much harder and try that much more to win the game. 

On if there was any chatter between him and some of the Bruins...
Not too much, I’m pretty quiet during games so I don’t really talk to them.  Most of the guys I know are defenseman so they have to stay up at the blue line and stay away from me.

On what it was like being at the opposite end of Tuukka Rask from whom he learned a lot from...
It was awesome.  He’s a goalie that ever since I was drafted I looked up to.  So to be able to play against him is a real good experience and it really forced me to focus in and push myself because like I said he doesn’t make too many mistakes and we got one on him. And it really made me bear down and know that it might be the only one we get tonight.

On getting five out of six points on this road trip...
It was a really good road trip.  Like I said, your goals is always perfection but you know that’s not always the case.  I think we did really well to come in on the road and get five out of six points and those are going to be big points for us later on down the road.

On having four days off before their next game...
It will be nice to get everyone rested.  When you play so much, you get little bumps and bruises and little minor things so it will be nice to get a couple days off to kind of rest and regroup and get back to our systems.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Chris Kelly’s status for tonight…
[He] should be in our lineup tonight, so unless something happens in warm up he should be in.

On whether Tuukka Rask will be in net tonight…
We’ll see.

On Chris Kelly’s  ethic which drives the forecheck and whether he needs to see more of that from the other forwards to get the group game they want…
I mean everybody has their own style I think, Mick, in a way, but I think as a team you have a certain identity that you want and I think everybody is capable of finishing their checks when they’re fore checking other players and when it’s deemed necessary and some guys will hit harder than others, but at the end of the day you want some grittiness out of your team and if you’re going to go in the corner and it’s not about throwing a check it’s about getting gritty and coming out with pucks. You’ve heard me say that a bunch of times, but Chris is one of those gritty players that comes to play hard every night, and I don’t know again whether we need to see this and that. I think our team is… right now can be a little bit better. But I don’t think it’s in a critical way as far as second guessing their efforts and everything with what we’ve been through. I think it’s just a matter of fine-tuning our game and once we do those kind of things, a little bit more commitment. You know, we talked about driving the net. We talked about, you know, making sure we’re a little better in our own end protecting what we call ‘the house,’ and those kind of things. This is where we’ve got to get better, and other than that I think the commitment of our team has been pretty good.

On what differences he sees in Winnipeg from last year to this year…
Well, you know, they’ve got good speed. I really think they’re pretty strong in the back end. I like their D corps, you know, a mixture of everything. They’ve got some good speed and good size up front. Again, when you watch them play, they put teams on their heels if you give them space, and they can certainly do that with their skating. So I think Paul [Maurice] has been in the league for a long time. He usually looks at the strengths of his teams and works with that. The other part is I think they’ve done a much better job, I think, defensively. They’re a little more stingier than they have been and they do a good job of coming back to their positions and making it hard for teams to have quality chances.
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