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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Lightning on 1/13

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 PM
On switching up the lines and getting the result he was looking for...
Yeah, I think it’s part of the game. You move parts around and you try and get results there. The guys that scored for us tonight had obviously some pretty good games. So, again it was one of those games where I thought we played well – didn’t have the best start, start was just okay, first period. We needed to be better. I thought we got better there in the second period and thought in the third we came out there with a real purpose and did a great job – until they scored that goal, they got a little bit of life. But we were able to sustain it.

On David Pastrnak’s play...
Well, you know, I think he’s making a case for himself. We see what he can do; I enjoy watching him play. I think he’s made unbelievable strides in a half year of being in Providence and coming up with us a little bit and going back. I think it was good for him to see certain things that he wanted to improve on, and he’s such a smart player, he knows; he figures those things out pretty quickly. I think he’s come back an even better player. His speed, his skill level, was never an issue. But he’s becoming more reliable in other areas as well and he’s not afraid to go in the corners. He doesn’t have to lay hits he just has to be smart enough to come up with the puck and not afraid to go to the front of the net. So, I’ve seen a real big improvement in his game. So, got to give credit to those guys in Providence that have been working with him and give him a lot of credit for adapting so quickly.

On if Pastrnak’s play is energizing the team...
Well, it’s always exciting to have one of those guys on your team that has that unbelievable speed and unbelievable hands. He’s a young player and certainly he can bring a lot to the table. And maybe, who knows, as we move forward we may have nights where we don’t see much of him, he may look tired, we don’t know that. But on a game like tonight that’s pretty exciting to watch a guy like that play, and not only play, but make a difference in our game.

On Pastrnak’s personality and fitting into the team...
Well I don’t think that’s even been an issue. He’s come in here and been himself. He’s a nice person, you know, and it’s easy to respect him, it’s easy to like him. He goes in there; he’s always got a smile on his face. He loves the game. So, it’s pretty obvious and he comes to the rink every day happy to be doing what he’s doing. So I think the guys understand he’s a young player and in the past with Dougie Hamilton and others, we’ve embraced those young guys and kind of taken care of them along the way and showed them the ropes. I think that’s what the guys are doing right now and he’s got some great examples in that dressing room to follow.

On if the team’s personality has started to show over the past few games...
Yeah, I think it’s always been there. I think what’s happened is that, you know, we haven’t seen a lot of life in the first half or just never had the same lineup – it just seemed like it was hard to get things going. When you have a different lineup every night and different players playing in different places – it wasn’t easy. You look back and you see who wasn’t there and the impact those guys have on your hockey club. But, you know, it’s starting to come around and sometimes you need a little bit of time for that. Our players are feeling it right now, and when you feel it you’ve got more energy, when you’re feeling it there’s no doubt you’re a little bit more inclined to step in and do the things that you have to do. This is more, obviously I think, the team we’ve seen for a long time.

On Zdeno Chara’s play lately...
Well not so much after the whistle, but also his game. Like I know the last few games, he’s been unbelievable defensively. All those little things he does like breaks up plays, you know, separates a guy from the puck, makes a simple pass and it’s a breakout pass. All those little things that make it hard for other teams’ top players to get any kind of momentum. He’s done a great job. I don’t think we want to see Zdeno carry the puck from one end to the other; I think what we want to see from Zdeno is number one, great leadership, and the other part of his game is – he’s still to me the best defensive defenseman in the league, where he’s the hardest defenseman to play against. And that’s my view of him. So, you know, no matter what people think or say, I know that there’s a lot of players that don’t want to be on the ice playing against him when he’s on, and that speaks volumes for what he can bring to our hockey club.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the team building confidence in their game…
Yeah, definitely looks like it. We’re moving pucks forward and we’re moving it quick. We have layers and all the things we’ve talked about missing in our game are coming back and it’s been a huge help I think. Defensively too, I think our scoring chances have been cut down drastically. Moving forward, moving ahead that’s a good sign.

On what Pastrnak has added to this team…
He’s a good skater, he’s a skilled player, he’s got a good shot and whenever he gets an opportunity to join the rush and attack he attacks the net and challenges goalies that way. A good example is that goal, the one goal he scored kind of coming off the wing with speed and going around. We don’t necessarily have too many guys like that so it’s a really good sign and he’s been red hot now. Just got to find a way to keep that going for him.

On this game being more emotional than past games this season…
Yeah, I don’t think it was crazy. I’ve seen a lot more obviously but yeah it’s been something maybe missing. Too flat and we all know that when we have that passion, that energy and emotions, you know, in our game we’re a better team. It’s a fine line you don’t want to go overboard and as long as we stand our ground and back our teammates up it’s a place where we benefit.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On what he’s seeing from the team right now in terms of confidence building and having four straight wins…
I mean obviously the confidence is higher than it used to be, higher than it was before when we were losing, but we can’t just sit on those wins. We’ve got to build on it and we’ve got four games left before the all-star break so we’ll try to get as many points as we can and enjoy the break.

On David Pastrnak having another two-goal game and what he is seeing from him in terms of energy…
I thought today was his best game even though he scored two goals in Philly. I didn’t think we played that well, but today I thought we played pretty good as a line and especially his first goal was pretty amazing, and he was also important for our team, so I thought he played well and hopefully we’ll build on that and we’ll be even better next game.

On how he became involved in that confrontation since he is not usually in on fights…
Yeah, I wasn’t going to fight. I was frustrated. I felt like he hit me when I didn’t have the puck in kind of awkward position so I didn’t like that and things escalated pretty quickly and he’s the kind of guy that he drops the gloves right away, so you know just one of those things, and it is what it is.

On what he thought of “that smaller guy” challenging Zdeno Chara twice…
I don’t know. I don’t want to comment on that. Some guys look alike so I don’t know if it was the same guy or not so I don’t even want to comment on that one.

On seeing the team’s old personality coming back and injured players such as Adam McQuaid coming back…
I think so. I mean when one guy’s out it hurts a lot. We’ve still got guys that they can do the job, but Quaider [Adam McQuaid] when he was out, he’s really tough and he drops the gloves. He always has teammates backs. You saw it tonight again, so it’s good to have him back. He’s a really smart player. People don’t really give him much credit with his passing ability but it’s fun to play with him and every time he’s on the ice you kind of feel safe so I’m glad he’s back and he’s helping us win the games.

On how fun it is to play with Pastrnak because of the offense he plays…
It’s obviously fun. I think it was two different games even though he scored two goals in both games, but I felt like in Philly we didn’t really play with the puck too much. Once we got in the offensive zone they took it away from us pretty easily, but today I thought we were pretty strong in all three zones and that’s what we need. And we got Looch [Milan Lucic] back on our line and he’s really big and a smart player so that helped and it gives me and Dave [David Pastrnak] confidence to hold onto the puck knowing that Looch is going to come help you out if there’s a battle with the puck, and he never loses battles, so I thought we played a pretty strong game and hopefully we’ll continue playing the same way.

On how much Pastrnak’s first goal energized the bench and the building…
Every time when somebody comes in… I remember Smitty [Reilly Smith]… and then you see what they can do with the puck. We all know what Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] can do, you know, Marchy [Brad Marchand] or these guys once in a while they’ll surprise you, but we’ve seen all those moves and Dave, you know, he’s new to us and we don’t really know what he’s got in his bag, so his, especially the first goal, was pretty amazing, so we can’t wait [to see] what he’s got to show us next time.

On what David Pastrnak is like from a personality standpoint…
He’s a good guy. He’s only 18, but he’s pretty good. He played in Sweden a couple years so he learned English over there, and he… you know, I remember when I first came I wasn’t able to talk to many guys because I didn’t speak English, but he’s doing pretty good. I’m sure guys like him, and he’s just proving us on the ice every day that he belongs in the league and he proved it again tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what he notices about the team that is working so well right now…
Well, we clear out some of the stuff that - we had some grey areas before and now we’re playing more like we used to and we know and that’s a big difference. We take a lot of pride in our defensive game and we capitalize on chances.

On if David Pastrnak’s goal gave energy to the team…
I think any goal will give you energy. Obviously he’s a skilled player, he had a big night. But I think that any time you go up and you get the lead it gives you the energy.

On if he got a sense the opposing team came in wanting to make a statement physically…
They were battling. They had a good team, they didn’t have a good game yesterday so they were battling really hard and so did we.

On he feels like the team’s attitude is coming back…
I think that it’s always here, we just maybe didn’t use it or for whatever reason it didn’t happen, but like is said two teams were battling for two points.

On if it brings energy to see a young player like David Pastrnak making offensive plays…
Well again, like I said, for us it doesn’t matter who scores the goals. He makes plays, I think the whole line was very good for us. Scored some big goals for us. We need that from everybody, but that line made a difference tonight.

On what was working well in the team’s penalty kill tonight to hold the visiting team scoreless on the power play…
We were just trying to outwork them and anytime that we had a chance to clear the puck out of the zone we did, and a lot of good second efforts.

On if he feels the urgency level is as high as he commented it needed to be a few weeks ago…
It’s certainly improved. It’s much better than it was. We can’t be dissatisfied with winning four games in a row, we’ve just got to obviously enjoy tonight, but tomorrow is a new day and prepare for the next game and the game after and just continue to keep improving. It’s just one of those things that you can’t get complacent just because we’ve won four in a row. We know that we are still kind of on the bottom of the standing and we want to climb it.

On if he is impressed with David Pastrnak being 18 years old and making these plays…
Like I said, he’s a skilled payer. He’s a very offensive skilled player. You put him with the combination of playmaker and physical player for sure he will excel. I think he’s showing that on that line and like I said, he had a big night. But I think we all know that his game has to keep improving and keep getting better.

On if he feel like his game has been better the last few weeks…
Yeah, I do

On if his game is better all around or in certain areas…
All around.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On continuing momentum over the last four games...
Yeah, I think it feels like it’s back to normal now. So, I think we obviously match up well against Tampa Bay, I guess from the past and last year and stuff. But, obviously a big test for us tonight and I thought we responded well. Good energy and some big goals, some nice goals too. I don’t think we gave up too many opportunities and stuff like that, too. So, obviously a pretty good game.

On responding to Tampa Bay’s strong play...
I think, like I said, I think that was probably a complete effort. I think in the past, we all know that we haven’t been playing sixty minutes. I think we probably played a good sixty-minute game today. Just good all around game. So I think we’ve got to be pretty happy about that.

On if David Pastrnak’s first goal gave the team a lift...
Yeah, I think so. I think just, obviously a really nice play by him, using his speed and everything. So, and then I guess the nice pass by Krech [David Krejci] to Looch [Milan Lucic] kind of opens up the game a little bit. Good speed by that line and good plays and nice to score the goals.

On Pastrnak’s play during the last few games...
He’s probably pretty happy with himself right now. I think he, I don’t know what it is, he might have one more game or something and then they have to make a decision. So, it’s a good time to score some goals and play well and everything. I think we’re all pretty happy to have him here.

On if Pastrnak’s play brings back memories of his own first few games...
Yeah, I don’t know if I was that good. But, I think it does bring back a little bit; I was thinking about it a little bit on the bench. I think for him, it’s obviously a pretty enjoyable time right now; I think he’s got his mom here and everything. It’s pretty exciting for him and he’s doing well, so we’re all happy about it.

On if he could feel the energy in the building after the first goal...
Yeah, I think that was obviously huge. Like you said, the crowd was loud and everything. So just get some momentum going from that and I think you could definitely feel the momentum from it.

On Pastrnak maintaining a consistent level of play after the adrenaline wears off...
Yeah, you hit it bang on – that’s probably the hardest thing. I think everyone can play a couple games; I think the hardest part is bringing it consistently when the schedule gets tougher and you start to get a little bit tired. I think, like you said, the adrenaline runs out and that’s when it gets tough. So, I don’t really see that with him right now. Obviously I think he’s doing great and he’s confident, has fun in the room and everything and not really shy. So it’s fun for me to have him here.

On if the team’s personality is coming out with the recent wins...
I think so. I think bringing the effort back, I think it kind of feels normal again. I think we’re definitely having more fun and more positive in the room and everything. So I think it’s definitely helped with our attitude and everything, and I think that’s helped our game. When you’re winning, it’s obviously more fun. So we just have to keep rolling with it. We have our confidence now, and just have to keep playing hard.

On if the team feels more complete, despite the fact that trades may still happen...
If he [David Pastrnak] keeps playing like that, we don’t need to make any trades [laughs]. So yeah, I think with everyone back and everyone playing well now, I think it kind of shows that we have a good team. I think we all believe in each other and everything and want to play for each other and stuff like that. So I think that’s a big thing, and we just have to keep playing hard and try to make them not have to make any trades.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On if he feels he will be “sticking around for a while”…
That’s not my decision. I’m just trying to play my best for the team and that’s all that I’m focusing on.

On if he feels first goal brought energy to the team and the bench…
Yeah, I mean we had a few penalty kills there and we killed it, so it’s got us on the horse and we’re headed under control.

On how he liked skating with Milan Lucic and David Krejci…
They’re great players and I’m just trying to do the best for them and best for the team and just yeah, trying to do my best.

On describing his first goal…
I think Krech [David Krejci] was changing and so I turned into the middle and I got the puck from the end and I did a give and go with Looch [Milan Lucic]. He give it to me good and then I just, I don’t know somehow I get there and then I scored but it was play by Looch.

On his second goal and if it was smooth…
No, we win face off you know and then Torey [Krug] shifted in and it just bounced to me and then I seen it was open so I tried to move it as quickly as I could.

On if having four goals two games is surprising at this age…
Yeah, I skating with Krech [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic], it’s great. As I said I just try to do my best and guys helping me a lot, you know. So that I scoring goals it doesn’t mean anything to the next game, it can score someone else and the important thing is that we won.

On what he learned in Providence…
The defensive zone. It’s definitely trying to … and be heavier on the puck there. And how I said play simple and trying to do the best for the team.

On if he feels like he’s going to the net more now…
Yeah, I’m just trying to get there when it’s the time to get there. So I’m trying to get better with this and be heavy.

On if his mom will stay now that he’s scoring goals while she’s here…
I don’t know, with my mom it’s a day-by-day too.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the pass he received from Carl Soderberg...
Yeah it was a beautiful pass. There wasn’t a whole lot of room there and I wasn’t really sure if I was going to get through, but he made the perfect pass and it resulted in a goal.

On what Carl Soderberg has brought to the table in the last year...
He’s such a great player I mean he is strong on the puck and he really creates a lot anytime he’s on the ice. He’s a threat and you know to have that third line center that is able to play the way he does and put up points and the goals and make the plays he does. It’s great for our team and it has really allowed that line to elevate to the next level, and to see him every night it’s like we have three first lines. So you know it’s great to have him on our team.

On David Pastrnak’s big night and what it does for the team...
It’s huge, I mean he’s come in at two really good games and you know we need that young speed and young legs. It brings a lot of emotion to us and gives us more energy, so when he’s playing the way he did tonight, you now he’s all over the place making plays and seeing a couple beautiful goals. He had a lot of really good other opportunities to get that third one so, if he plays like that every game then he will be a lot of fun to watch.

On the performance at the end of the game...
Yeah you know it’s just a little tough sometime when we’ve played together, our lines have played together, me and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] for five years and Smitty [Reilly Smith] for two, and Looch [Milan Lucic] and [David] Krejci have played together you know even longer than that. Then you see how well Carl [Soderberg], Loui [Eriksson] and Kells [Chris Kelly] play together, sometimes when you split up it’s just tough to get use to different linemates and it takes a little time to adapt but you see that chemistry when we went back. All lines played pretty good and sometimes that’s what you need to spark that again and spark that energy and emotion in a line so when we went back some seem like we all connected well and we played well after that.

On overcoming a deficit twice tonight and what it means to the team...
Yeah we know we have a lot of character on this team and in this room and I think it’s starting to show, we’ve been playing a lot better lately and it seemed like earlier on in the season when we were down by a goal or two we were deflated, and right now it seems like it doesn't matter what the score is or how we are playing, we know that we can come back in a game and you now we bounced back after we were down by a goal and this is what we need on this team especially if we are going to climb back in the standings and continue to push to get higher. We need that, there is a lot of really good games coming up here and we need to be able to push through adversity.

On Cedric Paquette challenging Zdeno Chara twice...
I don’t know what that kid was thinking I mean you know, you don’t mess with Zee [Zdeno Chara]. There are some guys where you can push them and they’ll just kind of let it go but if you’re going to challenge Zee [Zdeno Chara] then you’re going to have to deal with the consequences. You know he took a pretty hard punch there the first time and I don’t know what he was thinking going back. I mean he must of forgot we play them three more times so hopefully he’ll be sent down by then for his sake.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On your thoughts on the game…
Yeah it was up and down. They’re a fast paced team. I honestly think we did a pretty good job slowing them down for the most part. They have a lot of speed, especially through the neutral zone I think. We forced a lot of turnovers especially in that second period.

On the energy picking up after Pastrnak scored…
Yeah that usually happens when you tie the game back up. Your obviously going to give the other guys on your team a little boost of emotion. Especially in a game like that where we were buzzing pretty well and not finding the back of the net and then he has a great goal like that. He’s playing great and that’s definitely not going unnoticed.

On Pastrnak being an impressive 18 year old player…
Yeah, it’s unbelievable. You can’t really expect that out of a young guy but he’s doing a great job stepping in here and making a difference as soon as he steps on the ice and pretty much every shift.

On beating the top team in the division…
Yeah they’re a good squad. They have a lot of young talented forwards. You definitely notice that. They had a couple players out tonight, which definitely hurts them and them playing back-to-back. But I think we did a good job taking advantage of the circumstances.

On being surprised by the lines going back to what they used to be…
Yeah just in game adjustments. Don’t expect something like that but it happens and I think the top line was doing pretty well. I think they just went back to a little bit more structure to close things up.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD COACH JON COOPER
On the Lightning losing despite having a pair of one-goal leads…
They played better than us. That’s it.

On what he didn’t like about the way Tampa Bay played…
Actually I thought for the first half of the game, we played pretty well, to be honest. We didn’t really give them much. We had a two-one lead three-quarters of the way through the second. We’re on a back-to-back. I thought we were playing pretty well, and then we kind of just unraveled a little bit there in the last five minutes of the [second]. They scored two goals off rushes, one’s an own goal. So you go, you’re playing pretty well, and then you get beat one-on-one … coming in with a little bit too much speed, another one’s an own goal, and you’re feeling really good about yourself with five minutes in the second, and all-of-a-sudden you’re down a goal going into the third. We were probably a little tired. We were a tired team in the third. There’s how many times we’ve taken advantage of teams when they come off a back-to-back. They probably took advantage of us. That last five minutes of the second, that hurt us. And then the fourth goal, that goal can’t go in on you.

On if Boston was able to surge because of Lightning breakdowns…
I don’t know, I don’t think we broke down. I mean you saw the last six or seven minutes of the game, we made a push to tie the game, we get one back. I thought we had a little bit of time of possession and created some things, but it’s hard to score in this league. Especially when you give up eleven goals in two games, it’s really, really hard to win, even if you are the highest-scoring team in the league.

On Tampa Bay losing back-to-back games after a solid stretch…
We lost two-in-a-row. It’s happened to us before. Big thing for us is, we can’t make it three-in-a-row. We’ve played a lot of games, actually the only team that has played close to us is Boston. We’ve played a lot of hockey, so we’ve just got to regroup. I don’t know if a team has gone 82-0 in this league, so, don’t think anybody’s going to do that this year. The one thing is, some games you’re going to lose a game or two, you’ve just got to make sure you stop it and put a leak on the hole, and keep moving forward. We did some good things. We just didn’t play well enough. The two teams we played in the last two days played better than we did, and that’s why we lost.

On Steven Stamkos scoring two goals and being hard on himself…
That’s unfortunate because when Stammer [Steven Stamkos] was going a little dry for him, which, he’s in a different category, we were winning some games. And now Stammer’s getting his groove back here, putting pucks in the net, and everybody else has gone dry. So it’s tough. But he found himself in some open spaces, got some good looks, and he’s putting them in the net. We’ve lost a little bit of our secondary scoring, but to be honest, we scored six goals on this trip. We scored three in each game. So, three is kind of a number where you should get points out of the game, and we got zero. The old saying, you can score what you like, but defense is what’s going to win, and to give up eleven is unacceptable. We’ve got to fix it.

On if he likes that Steven Stamkos is hard on himself in a game where he scored twice…
That’s Stammer [Steven Stamkos]. He’s the captain for a reason. He sees the game. He knows what’s going on. That line, they played a pretty strong game, I thought. We just had some breakdowns in some areas, and a little bit of bad puck luck, and we’re not getting any points out of this game. Special teams, our power play could have been much better than it was. We created some on the first one, but it went downhill after that. But as I said, we scored three. You should get points out of the game when you score three.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD STEVEN STAMKOS
On how disappointing it is to lose after leading 1-0 and 2-1…
The way we played, you can’t expect to win games against good teams in this league. Hopefully, we realize this now. You look at the standings, we’ve played the most games in the league, that’s probably why we’re still up there. There’s going to be some teams that are catching us, so hopefully this is kind of a message that we’ve got to be a lot better, especially against teams like this, who you’re going to have to compete with for playoff spots, and if you do get to the playoffs, you’re going to have to beat. So, definitely not a good enough effort by us tonight.

On if Boston turned up their game after Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead…
Well I mean it’s just dumb plays by us. Myself included tonight. I had uncharacteristic turnovers. Just soft, soft plays, letting guys walk right in front of our net, twice, that’s pretty easy on the other team. They’ve got some skill guys that can make some plays, but when you’ve got guys walking around, not even getting a stick or body on them, that’s pretty frustrating.

On if he sensed irony scoring a goal on the spot where he sustained an injury last year…
No. I wasn’t focused on that, really. I’m trying to help my team win. Obviously not good enough tonight.

On how the game devolved towards the end…
Well I mean, we’re battling for points. They’re pretty tough to play in front of the net, a lot of hacking and whacking, guys are going to the net, that’s going to happen. It’s an emotional game. It’s a tight game. So stuff like that is going to happen. It’s hockey.

On trying to recover in the third after the Bruins took the lead late in the second…
I thought we had some chances, but one bad break on the goal. That can’t happen. We had a two-one lead with four or five minutes left in the period, we’ve got to get out of that period with the lead and do our thing in the third, where we’ve been so good playing with the lead. For them to get two goals in the last five [minutes], that’s not acceptable.

On if the Lightning’s back-to-back losses are something to learn from…
Any game, you learn. When you lose, it’s not fun. You’ve got to watch the tape, you’ve got to be better, you’ve got to be accountable, and we have to find a way to do that. Hopefully some home cooking will help us.

On if he feels his scoring touch coming back after netting a pair of goals…
To be honest, I didn’t feel that good tonight. I wasn’t very good. One of those games where you get a couple shots, they go in. Obviously Pally [Ondrej Palat] made a great play on that first one. But I had too many turnovers for me, that’s not the way I want to lead this team, and I have to be better.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD RYAN CALLAHAN
On the game as a whole…
Overall, I thought we played well.  You know, late in the second there with a 2-1 lead, you can’t come out that period down.  So maybe that was a big point of that game, but overall—like you said—I thought we played well, but those two goals in the second so close together like that, especially on the road hurts your momentum. 

On if the Lightning couldn’t match the Bruins’ surge…
They surged.  They grabbed the momentum back pretty quickly after we took the lead there.  You know any time you give up two goals late in the period like that, it’s hard to grab the momentum back.  Then they grab another one quick in the third, so, you know, we let it get away from us late in the second.  But besides that ten minute stretch I guess it would be, I thought we played a pretty good hockey game. 

On defensive lapses lately…
We just got to get back to the structure.  We have lapses, mistakes, you know.  You’re going to have those throughout the season, but you have to realize it as quick as possible and not let it slide on you and not let it snowball.  We had a couple more tonight, and they ended up in the back of our net.  We have to realize quickly what’s going wrong, and we have a couple games to do that. 

On using the Bruins as a measuring stick…
They’re always tough in this building, divisional game.  You know we want to be right up there at the top with everybody else.  It’s a tough place to come in and play; it’s two points, especially after last night’s game, that we needed that we didn’t get.

On Steven Stamkos…
He’s dangerous in the offensive zone anytime he has the puck with that shot, but I think the other side of the puck, he’s been playing really well, and it’s creating more opportunities for him? You can see him skating through the neutral zone, using his speed.  That’s when he’s dangerous: when he’s challenging defensemen and it seems like of late, he’s really doing that. 

On Stamkos’ self-criticism…
That’s why he wears the “C.”  That’s why he’s the leader.  Nobody’s happy after a loss, no matter how you played, personally or as a team.  He expects the best out of us as a group and the best out of himself.  And that’s why he wears the “C.”

On the uncharacteristic turnovers…
It’s not like us.  We haven’t done that, mostly, throughout the year.  Two games where we have some glaring turnovers in the neutral zone, especially against a team tonight that will clog it up, and we know they do.  We know they’re really good.  We want to get pucks behind defensemen.  We have to realize that, but we all know that in here.  And we all know we can correct that and we can play the other way, and we’ve done that for most of the year.  Now it’s just a matter of getting back to that. 

On bouncing back after the Bruins tied it…
It’s hard, especially on the road.  They grab the momentum like that, getting two goals late, grabbing the lead.  But coming in here after the second, we still knew we were one shot away from tying that game up. And then they ended up getting another one pretty early in the third, so that’s a tough one to come back from.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN MATTHEW CARLE
On the game as a whole…
That’s the disappointing part about this game.  We got off to a good start, especially on the road against this team that’s been pretty hot as of late.  So, to not be able to build on those leads and to give those up is a little bit disappointing.

On the change in momentum…
They got some timely goals and poured it on there in the third period.  We got ourselves back in it by getting that late one and just weren’t able to tie it up. 

On if there are any differences between their previous hot streak and current skid…
Obviously last night was very disappointing.  I thought we played more to our structure tonight in the first period and maybe got away from it in the second [period], giving up an odd-man rush for their third goal, I think.  So, it’s just stuff that we’ve got to consistent [with] for 60 minutes and go from there.

On the Lightning’s difficulty winning in Boston…
I don’t know.  It’s my third year here; I don’t think we’ve won here.  So, I don’t know.  The guys had a pretty competitive playoff series here with them a few years ago, so maybe it’s just been a curse ever since then.  I don’t know.

On Steven Stamkos setting an example by being critical of his own play…
I think he’s always, probably, going to be his biggest critic no matter what.  By no means, he should be too hard on himself after a game like tonight.  So, everybody’s got to take a look in the mirror I think, especially after this road trip.  It was a chance for us to…we’ve had some success on an earlier road trip about a week ago.  We wanted to keep that momentum rolling, and here we are again looking at ourselves and questioning how we’re playing on the road. 

On using the Bruins as a measuring stick…
Yeah, these guys have been consistent for numerous years, so it’s like you said before: this is a tough building for us to grab points in.  So, I think we’re all eager.  We haven’t played these guys yet this year, and I think it was probably a game that was circled on the calendar at the beginning of the season, playing these guys.  So, it’s disappointing to not be able to get a win the first time we’re playing them.

On how to get back to normal after an abnormal number of turnovers as a team…
Just keeping it simple.  When we got down there…I don’t know if we were trying to get too cute or make nice plays.  We just need to chip pucks out, put teams in tough areas, and use our speed to our advantage.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:00 AM
On the team playing better due to a rise in confidence…
Well, there’s no doubt you win some games certainly you feel much better about yourselves. So that’s, to me, self-explanatory and our guys are making plays now or feeling a lot more comfortable. You got a Tampa Bay team that likes to play fast, had a tough outing last night no doubt their going to want to bounce back here against us tonight. We know the importance of this game, as well, for both teams. Again, big challenge for us and probably a big challenge for them.

On how you feel about Gregory Campbell’s line since Daniel Paille moved up…
I don’t know. I’ve had different players with him at times. I put [Chris] Kelly down there, had different guys. I though [Jordan] Caron played well when he played on that line. Can’t say it’s been a real stable line all year long. It’s hard to kind of label them right now. I know that Caron played well. We’re giving Craig Cunningham an opportunity here and see where that goes. I think, again, we’re still evaluating that on a game to game basis.

On Simon Gagne and what he has been through professionally and personally…
There’s no doubt there’s a lot of things going through his mind right now. Having been out for a whole year because of injuries and everything else and giving himself a chance to come back, and then coming back. I thought personally he was starting to find his stride there a little bit. You know, right near the end you could see him coming around. Personal issues came into play there and right now I think, to his credit, he certainly doesn’t want to be a liability to us. He really feels that his head is not totally there. I understand where he’s coming from and I feel for him but yet I credit him for making the right decision in his mind. Feeling comfortable with the fact that he’s not ready to be able to give what he thinks he can give at this stage.

On Gagne fitting in with the team off the ice …
Well, I think it’s a mutual thing too. You have to be able fit in. Our guys are willing to accept anybody but you also have to earn their respect, so I think it’s a two way street. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good people come through our dressing room and that’s certainly made it easy.

On evaluating the other players on the Krejci & Chara power play unit…
A lot of evaluation going on here isn’t there? No, I think when I look at my power plays, whoever’s doing better on certain night will get that opportunity. I think that power play is doing a pretty good job. David [Krejci] is moving the puck well, controlling it well and at the same time Zee [Zdeno Chara] always does a good job in front of the net but the other guys too have been pretty good on that power play. You got Torey Krug who’s a pretty good power play guy as well. We feel we’ve got some people on both power plays and you’ve seen Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] group there do well for a long time and then right now I think Krejci’s group is doing well. If we can get both of them being extremely good on the power play it makes our team that much better and we know how important that is.

On it being a competition for power play spots…
Well we’ve tried to have a right hand shot there on that power play and that’s where Griff [Seth Griffith] fit in and that’s where [David] Pastrnak fits in right now. There’s no doubt there’s been changes in Looch [Milan Lucic] and Marsh [Brad Marchand] depending who we feel is going at that point and who’s hot and everything else. We look at those things on a game-to-game basis.

On trusting David Pastrnak on the power play giving him confidence…
Well I think, again, I think first of all he deserves to be there. I think he’s a real smart and skilled player. We talk about what he brings, that’s certainly one of his strengths. I don’t think we’d be wise not to use him there or give him that opportunity. He may go stale at one point where he’s going to be fighting the puck or is going to get pushed off the puck. Wed don’t know that but for now he’s a natural fit, he’s a player that has good vision, he’s a player that skates well and then puts D’s on their heels. He’s got a lot of, I guess, a lot of the things we like out of a player for our power play. And again, we’re not really spoiled with right hand shots so he certainly fits that mold as well.
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