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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
Saturday, January 31, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On it being a solid 60-minute effort…
Yeah it was. I think it was for both teams. You know, when it takes an empty-net goal to seal the deal, and when you’ve got a tied game with about seven minutes left, it gives you a pretty good indication of what it was all about. Two big strong teams – I think we battled for every inch of the ice we had to get tonight, and we had to earn it. You know, it was nice to see our team compete for that whole 60 minutes and stay on top of their game. So these are the kind of games I think everybody gets up for, including coaches. Those are fun games to coach, they’re fun games to play in, and I’m sure the fans enjoyed watching it as well.

On how their physical play has helped them find success lately…
Well I mean it’s part of the game, and I think we’re a team that kind of prides ourselves in saying we’re a hard team to play against, we’re gritty, we get our noses dirty. To say it is one thing but you’ve got to go out there and show it. And I think we’ve got guys involved right now and we’ve just got to keep them involved and keep going in that direction, because it’s a lot of fun to come out every night with at least some points.

On Carl Soderberg’s line scoring and what he thought of David Pastrnak tonight…
Yeah I mean you know he stayed out there right until the end because he deserved to be out there until the end. As I said before, there are times when I’ve got to cut down my bench, and you know with lack of experience, and you know we lost Loui [Eriksson] there in the last little bit of the game, and there wasn’t much to cut down on – And I thought in our own end, I thought Dave [Pastrnak] did a great job of getting pucks out and making plays. So the offensive part of his game is there for me. Where we’re hoping he gets better and more experienced is on the defensive end, and tonight he showed exactly that he’s very capable of handling it. So that’s why a player continues to play when a coach feels confident and can rely on him.

On how Loui Eriksson is doing…
I don’t know, it just happened at the end and I just came out here. I think from watching the replays that people are saying it seemed like he got an elbow or a stick in the back of the neck, and I know he had a stiff neck coming off. So I don’t know how he’s doing yet.

On how prior to Brad Marchand’s first goal he went down and was complaining, and whether Claude thought that should have been a penalty…
I didn’t see it, you know I didn’t see the replay. I think he caught the bottom of his leg, and I think it was more of a collision. So I’m not sure that it was. You know I might look at it and tell you differently, but on the spot right there I didn’t think it was a penalty. You know but a player that gets clipped from behind will always react that way, but the people that see it might see it differently. So in my regards it wasn’t – from my view I should say.

On how much Tuukka Rask’s performance factors into the team’s recent success…
Oh no doubt, no doubt. I mean he’s been great. We’ve talked about it for a long time and you know this last month he’s been on fire. I said that this morning – you know, you ride a goaltender that’s hot as much as you can without you know doing some damage. But again, he made some huge saves at some opportune times. But so did the other guy at the other end. So you know it was a good goaltender duel tonight and a good battle overall from two teams.

On the Bruins responding so quickly to the Kings’ goal, and whether the players aren’t getting as discouraged or down as much as they earlier in the season…
Yeah absolutely. I think when you’re not winning and you see those kinds of goals go in, it is discouraging and you can feel it. But when they scored that goal and I looked up at the clock and there were seven minutes left, all I could hear from the guys was ‘let’s go get it back, let’s not waste any time here,’ and there was some determination. And you know, it paid off.

On being in a situation where he wants David Patrnak to get better but he has to give him the chance to do so, and what improvements he is seeing…
Exactly. I think it’s exactly what I’m trying to do with him. And tonight what I saw from him was that he wasn’t a liability. You know it’s when you’re stuck in your own end, and he’s not getting pucks out, or he’s getting out muscled and stuff like that, and there’s some panic in the game then you say okay well maybe I’ve got to cut my bench down. But tonight I thought he was solid along the walls and not only that but he was patient – even instead of just chipping it out he made some plays. So when you see a player do that – and that’s something that at the beginning of the year was a real issue for him when he went to Providence. So I give him so much credit for improving so quickly in that area. And again, you see him every night there’s always a little bit of a highlight here or there – he dodges a big hit in front of their bench and creates a nice play – and that’s what you want him to do, and that’s what I keep telling him – go out there and play your game, have some fun, and the little things that you need to work on we’ll work on with you. But I don’t want him overthinking.

On whether it ever amazes him that Brad Marchand battles against such big opponents and comes up with goals like he did tonight…
Yeah but you know to me he’s always had that ability. I think I go back to his first year – that’s the thing that impressed us the most about him. How he was tenacious and didn’t give up and stuff like that. Tonight was a real good game, one of his better games. And he seemed real focused. You know he was so focused that he thought that first goal at the end of the first was a good goal. He didn’t know that the clock was done. I think he scored two seconds later but in his mind it was a good goal [laughs]. So to me that’s a guy that’s really focused and is in the zone. So he deserves a lot of credit tonight for his game. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether he feels they did their job today as their warm-up hats said…
Yeah, well it has nothing to do with the Pats. We just want to show our support. All the best for them tomorrow.

On tonight’s game being a heavyweight battle…
It was, yeah. It was kind of like a playoff type of game out there. You know, not a lot of room and both teams battling hard and goals were tough to come by. Tight game all the way until the end so very entertaining.

On LA crashing the net a lot…
Yeah, I mean they’re a team who like that. They have big bodies obviously and they like to do that, but then I felt like when they were scoring they kind of did it more, and even in the second period they had that one somebody ran into me hard there, so it’s one of those things when you’re not scoring you have to do. Try to do everything you can to get that goal and it’s part of the game.

On whether he got a look at the goal…
Yeah, well it hit Dougie’s stick, so it was kind of like one of those… you know, he’s not going to score from there most likely, but one out of, I don’t know, 50, one out of 100 that thing goes in. The other times it goes post and out or over the net, so tough bounce there but good thing we battled back again.

On getting hit in the face with a stick…
Yeah, I was just worried about that rebound there. Trying to hold onto that and then all of a sudden I felt a hard hit on my head. I don’t know who it was.

On whether he is alright…
Yeah, I was seeing stars there for a second, but you know I’m tough.

On battling back after the goal being another example of battling adversity and having a healthy roster…
Yeah, you know, it’s been happening a few games now where we get scored on in a tight game and we just don’t change a thing. We keep going, and today was a great example. Early in the year we get scored on and then it took us five, 10 minutes to get back in the game and now it’s different so that’s good, like old times.

On whether LA crossed the line at times and whether they wish they had a guy like Shawn Thornton around…
No, not… you know what, I don’t think it was ugly today. Again, you know, we don’t really play them that much that I could say anything about that, but they’re built in a way that they grind and they play a hard, heavy game, so it’s a fine line and you know, we know… we’ve been that team, so… and I know there’s been plenty of times that people have said that we cross the line too, so we’re not going to criticize them.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On this the kind of game you planned on…
Yeah typical LA-Boston game I think. They play the game the right way, they play hard, they’re very structured, they don’t give you much. They work from the goalie out and always happy to see us come out with the win.

On being confident that the puck went in…
I fooled you then because I was not. I didn’t even know it went in to be honest that’s why I was trying to get the rebound after. I think Torey [Krug] knew right away. I actually heard a linesman say to the ref ‘I think that went in’ so the replay works in your favor sometimes.

On both teams playing with a heavy style of play…
Yeah I thought the game we played in LA was similar and they were able to get the edge on us there and tonight the same type of game grinding it out. Not too many outnumbered rushes, not too many free flowing chances it was just two big teams working hard.

On the differences playing with Pastrnak as opposed to Eriksson…
I think Dave [Pastrnak] he’s got tremendous speed, quick hands, great offensive abilities. I think he’s learning every game and I think he’s getting better at the little things every game. It’s tough you’re trying to compare a veteran guy like Loui [Eriksson] that to me does everything extremely well to Dave [Pastrnak] who’s played in—just starting his career. It’s going to be a bright one. He has signs of flashes offensively but I think the way he’s playing in three zones is really impressive. 

On the importance of going on a consistent winning streak…
I think we still need to—there’s areas in our game that we need to build on. If you look at the teams in front of us, they keep winning so we have no choice but to continue to play well and try to get points to try to catch them or at least keep up with them. Every point is big for us. I know its end of January, it’s not really been like that in the past when you’re looking at the standings where every point is huge but we kind of put ourselves in that’s situation early on in the season. It’s good to see us battling to get points.

On the play where Pastrnak broke the puck out from behind the net…
For sure, I think I remember the play your talking about. He was first guy back and we were talking and I said ‘you’re the low guy’ and he went in and took the puck away from the guy, skated up the ice and made a good play and out we came. Like I said, those are things that are gonna make him a better all-around hockey player. I think the offensive part of the game, not too many guys can teach him that. He has it, the D-zone the neutral zone, a lot of the little things that we can maybe help him.

On Rask’s play lately…
Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] is the reason we’re coming out with two points tonight I think. He made some huge saves for us especially early on he came across and keeps the game zero, zero and give us an opportunity to get our legs under us. He’s been there for us all month, really been there all month but Tuukka’s been there since I’ve gotten here. Whenever he’s played he’s given us an opportunity to win.

On it being a physical game but not a lot of penalties…
I think both teams, I give credit to both teams. We play hard, we play physical, but I don’t think we play dirty. Yeah, some nights depending on the ref they might call it a little tighter. Tonight they kind of let us play which was nice. Two big strong teams battling tit-for-tat kind of thing. Let us decide it on our own. I thought the officials did a great job calling the game. I think the penalties that they called were penalties and for the most part they let us play.

On playing different styles of teams on a nightly basis…
I think we’re getting back to our identity of being a big, strong, north, south hockey team. Grinding teams down and playing every period the same. I think our consistency has been a lot better than it was at the start of the year.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On having to fight for everything the team was getting today…
Yeah, for sure. They came to play and it was great to see us step up to the challenge of the game that they brought. So it was definitely one of those games that you want to be a part of. Intensity was high, you can feel the emotion in the crowd and it was great that we were able to step up our game and get this one here tonight.

On if he likes the way the Bruins responded after the Kings scored a goal…
Yeah, definitely. And not just tonight, even last game. We were up two-nothing and the Islanders tied it up and were able to get a huge goal at the end of the second. Obviously tonight we didn’t let that goal deflate us like it has been earlier in the season. So the right kind of response, the response that we wanted. Great play by Carl [Soderberg] to keep the puck and get it on net and obviously one of those tip goals. [Jonathan] Quick is one of the best goalies in the league and it’s hard to beat him with those direct shots, but it was definitely one of those games where when you play the way you do and you get rewarded it’s a good feeling.

On his feelings toward this month and the team turning things around…
We knew how important this month was to get ourselves back into the picture and we did just that. Winning eight out of twelve games and getting much needed points and moving up the standings. So it’s a great January and we’re happy the way that we played, and the mindset has to be that we need to carry this on to February. Obviously we got a big road trip coming up in February and it doesn’t get any easier from here on in. We’ve got to bring our best night-in, night-out and play our best when it matters the most.

On how much Tuukka Rask was a factor in the team’s January success…
He definitely was our best player in January and last game and here tonight he definitely stepped his game up to the level that he’s capable of playing at. So he’s a huge part of our team, probably the most important part of our team. With his ability and his competitiveness and we’re grateful to have a guy like that between the pipes. I thought we did a better job today of limiting some scoring chances and giving him a little bit of an easier night than the Islander game, but you’ve got to give him all the credit in the world with how he’s been able to play this January, and he’s starting to get into the groove that we need him to be in.

On his breakdown for tomorrow’s Super Bowl…
I hope that it’s going to be a good game. Obviously the two top teams of each conference going at it in the Super Bowl. The “Legion of Boom” there is going strong the last five, six games of the season right into the playoffs. So I think that’s going to be a challenge for the Patriots but as far as the Patriots go, they’re looking real healthy right now and that’s a big asset for them. Obviously being a Patriots fan I think they’re going to pull it out and bring a fourth Super Bowl here to New England.

On his final score guess for Super Bowl…
I said 28-21 the other day so I’ve got to stick with that. I’m leaning more towards a like 27-24, 24-21 type of game.

On his guess for MVP of the Super Bowl…
I’ve gotta go with Gronk [Rob Gronkowski]. There you go.

On the Bruins for this stretch…
I think that what’s given us success in this month is that we’re focusing on our game more than the other team’s game. Obviously we’re preparing for them and going about our pregame breakdown of the other team and what we need to focus on, what they do well. But all in all I think the focus is on what we need to do in our game and our system in order to get success. Like you said, you play two teams that are completely different styles but you stick to your game plan and you play your game plan the way it should be played, it’ll give you success. So we just need to remember that moving forward and hopefully it’ll give us some more success.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if he just wasn’t going to come off the ice until he scored his first goal…
[Laughs] No, I kind of saw the battle there, and I was covering up Zee [Zdeno Chara], so I couldn’t really leave.  It ended up working out. 

On really earning the goal…
Yeah, definitely.  Any time you’re in a battle, and it ends up in a goal, you always feel good about yourself and about your teammates.  You know you did your job, so it was nice that we all put in the work, and it ended up in a goal. 

On his empty-netter…
Well, yeah, I didn’t mean to shoot it that far at first.  I just wanted to chip it and kind of go after it.  I saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] going, and I was kind of hoping he was going to poke it in before [Jeff] Carter got it.  Nice to see it go in.

On Tuukka Rask’s play affecting the Bruins hot streak…
He’s definitely playing great, and we need that from him if we’re going to win and we’re going to come back and make a climb.  We’re going to need him to be big every night, and he has been so far.  So, we owe him a lot of credit, and hopefully he continues to play the same way.

On having to battle with a talented Kings team…
Yeah, we did.  They don’t give up a whole lot, and everything we got we had to earn.  They played a very hard game.  You can see why they won [the Stanley Cup] a couple times the last few years—definitely a really good game for us. 

On getting spun around and not getting a penalty call against the Kings…
I was surprised that there wasn’t a call, but they were letting a lot go tonight.  In those games, that’s fine.  Luckily, they didn’t call it because we ended up scoring. 

On if his reputation/style factored into the non-call…
I’m not sure.  I asked one ref, and he said he didn’t really see what happened.  You know they don’t just make calls without seeing things, so that’s how it goes.  Things happen quick, and they’re not perfect.  They don’t see everything; they’re just like us.  We just got to keep playing.

On getting back into the race this past month…
Yeah, we knew we weren’t playing up to par.  It seemed liked once we got our team back and guys got a few weeks to get back to themselves, we’ve been playing great.  We knew that would happen.  It’s just tough when guys…We’re such a good team, and guys are missing links, it’s tough.  So, we’re definitely happy with the push we’ve put on.  But we’re not where we want to be, and we’ve got to play better.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if this win was satisfying against a difficult team...
Yeah, I mean we knew that would be a tough game. They played really hard all over the ice. I thought it was a really tight game, a lot of battles. I think the fans really enjoyed it too. It started really physical, you know, it was just really two hard-working teams battling for the win.

On if tonight’s game felt like a playoff-caliber game...
It did. It was really tight; there was not much room to do a lot. It was really tight checking game and really those goals were not highlight reel goals. It was kind of like a playoff-feel goals.

On Tuukka Rask’s contributions to the team’s success...
Well I think that he has been really strong for us. He’s obviously a good goalie and when he gets into his own zone and playing with confidence, he’s obviously on top of the league.

LOS ANGELES KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER
On the team executing the game plan as the coaches drew it up...
I thought we played really well.  We didn’t get many opportunities, either team, against each other.  We probably had some real high what we call ‘Grade A’ chances and you gotta bury one of them and we weren’t able to.

On the intensity and physicality of the game…
It was an X’s and O’s game, both teams play so much alike and if you look at the goal we scored, they’d like it back and the two goals they scored, ones a screen that [Gregory] Campbell gets ahead of Brayden [McNabb] out of the corner and him and Brayden are both screening [Jonathan] Quick so he doesn’t see it.  The second one, I think was a tip goal.  It’s a disappointing game, the outcome is disappointing.

On the two teams being similar...
We are similar teams so you are going to get similar games.  Not many penalties and just an honest game.

LOS ANGELES KINGS FORWARD JORDAN NOLAN
On the team putting in a good effort but coming up short again...
Yeah those are the games we enjoy to play and that’s our style definitely but we said that a lot lately, that we’ve played well, but it wasn’t good enough.

On if they are getting tired of playing well but coming up short in the win column...
Definitely.  We thought we played well again and we didn’t bury our chances and somehow we have to come over that.

On if it is tough to play against the Bruins because both teams play the same style...
No, I thought it was a good hockey game.  They play the same style that we do and they are exciting games to watch for the fans and we like being a part of those.  Tonight they got the better of us.

On his goal tonight…
Yeah, I was just trying to get it on the net and hope for a good bounce, whether it’s a good rebound or whatever and I was fortunate enough for it to go in.

On if the team has a strategy going forward...
We have a plan right now for the rest of the season and our goal is to meet those expectations and hopefully by the end of the season we accomplish what we needed to.

On the Kings slowing the Bruins down in the neutral zone as the game went on...
Yeah they came up pretty hard and they were throwing us around a little bit and guys needed to step up and play the physical style.  So I thought we accomplished that and slowed them down a bit like you said and we drew up a new plan and it seemed to work a little bit.

LOS ANGELES KINGS GOALTENDER JOHNATHAN QUICK
On if he was screened for the Bruins’ first goal…
Doesn’t matter.  It didn’t hit me; it went in the net. 

On the Bruins’ second goal…
I didn’t stop it. 

On the Kings’ solid effort…
Zero points, so you know…

On the Kings’ road record and place in the standings…
One win tonight wouldn’t have changed a whole lot as far as that road record goes.  So, it’s just trying to get two points every time you go out. 

On the Kings scoring opportunities…
We had good chances all game long. 

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:00 AM
On Jordan Caron being a scratch…
We’re going to make some decisions tonight, but no he hasn’t been confirmed yet.

On Kevan Miller’s progress as a player…
Well I think he’s been a real, I guess, a good surprise as far as how quickly he came around and how good he’s been for us. He brings an element that our team really likes a lot and that’s defensively reliable. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough and yet he still has good composure with the puck. When I saw him in the minors in his first year I guess personally I didn’t think he was going to become this good this quickly. I saw, again, the big strong guy but will have to do some work with the puck as far as management and passing and everything else. Again, he’s a player that’s not going to be flashy but as coaches say he’s very effective and that’s what Millsy [Kevan Miller] is.

On what you want to see from the team tonight…
Well, the one thing we can’t afford to do obviously is not get comfortable and the reason I’m saying that is certainly not because of the cliché but more about I still see a lot of areas where we have to continue to improve to become a better team. Just because you’re winning doesn’t mean you’re at your best. We’ve been playing much better but yet there’s still a lot—we watch videos after games and show things to players and there’s always the areas there that I think we can improve on. That allows us not to get comfortable and when you play teams like L.A. tonight, I don’t care where they are in the standings, they’re still Stanley Cup Champions. They still have a lot of the same team, it’s just a matter of time for them to turn that around as well. We expect a big heavy game tonight as we always do against them. Not dirty, but heavy. It’s going to be a battle of will and strength and determination. To me this is a good test for us because this is the kind of team we like playing. This is the kind of team we feel we are as well. So, it will be a good measuring stick for both teams I guess at the end.

On what has changed since the west coast trip earlier in the season…
Well I think a lot of things. When we were out there I don’t think we had [David] Krejci or [Zdeno] Chara. Two pretty major contributors to our hockey club, but yet having said that and I look back at the game that we played in L.A. I thought it was a real good game, it really was. What’s changed, I think, is the outcome at the end as we’re a little bit more depth and stuff like that and players are in the right places. We seem to be on the good side of the equation if I can put it that way. But yet, I felt we played well in Anaheim, really played well in L.A. as well and then we tripped in San Jose. To me it was a real good game in L.A. so I don’t think I’m going to say a big difference besides the personnel, we’re a little deeper right now.

On Tuukka Rask playing better this month because of the added depth…
It has to a certain extent. I think we all know Tuukka’s [Rask] played really well too. His game has been elevated. The rest of the team’s game has been elevated and maybe because of players coming in and as I mentioned they’re slotted in the right places or better places for them. Those things go hand in hand. I don’t think that in this game of numerous players that only one guy all of a sudden turns a whole thing around, it’s a combination of a lot of things.

On what is different about Tuukka Rask when his game fluctuates…
I mean that’s where the goalie coach comes in right? Sometimes it’s technique and sometimes its confidence. There’s times where I know as a fact he’s been a little bit more aggressive and times where his confidence or he’s not playing as well he’ll play a little bit deeper, safer. Those guys are not different than the guys up front. Why are guys scoring and not scoring? A lot of it has to do with the confidence at that point and you make adjustments and all of sudden you realize what’s been working for you and you build off of that. I think Tuukka [Rask] was in that same boat. Maybe Tuukka also-- it’s hard to have the same confidence now with what he had in front of him compared to what he’s got now. Not to say he didn’t have anything good but he’s got something a lot  better in front of him now with the guys back.

On Tuukka Rask’s increased workload…
You know I look around the league and I look at other goaltenders and they’ve had the same workloads, a lot of them. At the same time I think, except for a couple of stretches where we’ve had some tight games, he’s had some breaks and we had six days off. He’s played a game, had another day in between, he plays tonight and we got another three days before the next game. It’s not like he being overworked with back-to-backs or five in eight where he’s played all five games. When that comes we’ll manage that but right now I think he’s doing fine. From my end I keep checking with him, asking how he’s feeling, making sure if he’s tired then I got to make a decision there. When a goaltender is hot you have a tendency to want to ride him.

On reaching out to Bill Belichick…
We’ve reached out lots since playoffs. I think I’m his best friend right now, if you want to believe that. No, but we’ve been texting back and forth. I’ve been looking forward to the game tomorrow. Whether people like him or not, I’m a big fan of his. I like his approach, I like the way he coaches, how he prepares his teams and stuff like that. What he is publicly and what he is personally is a little bit different, so I enjoy exchanging with him.

On Tuukka Rask becoming more of a workhorse as opposed to playing two goalies more evenly…
Yeah I still want to go with two. I forget how many games last year Chad [Johnson] played for us, but for me it’s not so much the amount of games more than the in between the games. I think that’s where it’s important that your goaltender get some rest. What we’ve even—already and this hasn’t even been utilized or needed to be utilized, but we’ve got a goaltender on standby that if we want to give Tuukka [Rask] the day off and the rest of the team practices we could bring him in. We’ve planned all that stuff. We’ve got to do what’s right for our team but we also got to do what’s right for Tuukka. He wants to play but at the same time if he’s tired he’ll be honest about it. If he’s tired we also notice just by his play and his demeanor. We manage that stuff, but a goaltender too, with time and years becomes more durable in my mind. He experiences, he probably doesn’t stress as much as he did early on and mentally he’s not as tired and everything else. I think that’s what happens with goaltenders and that’s why you give goaltenders a little bit more time in the minors to mature.

On if Tuukka Rask’s body frame can be durable…
I don’t think so—I don’t think he’s got as big an issue at pulling a muscle as maybe others. Wirey as he is right? He’s very flexible and he takes good care of himself. He stretches a lot, so he’s been good that way. Again, maybe early on I would have said we have to be careful, don’t over use him, fatigue and this and that. But, right now he just seems durable and there’s a lot of goaltenders, you know you look at [Ryan] Miller’s not a big guy either. He’s durable and there’s a lot of guys that doesn’t really matter whether you’re big or small, durability is in your system and right now he’s shown that he is.
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