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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Lightning on 10/12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME  QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Monday, October 12, 2015


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3:40 P.M.
On if he is concerned about his future based on the tough start…
Next question.

On Adam McQuaid’s playing well through three games…
Yeah, at the same time we need to be better defensively. We’ve got to keep pucks out of our net a lot better than we have in the first three games. Right now my focus is more on our whole group here, how do we get better more than it is about one game. I’m sure everybody in that dressing room can be a little better.

On if the mistakes the team is making are all different or if there are commonalities…
I think we all looked at the game and we all saw the goals. Some of it, there were bad goals and some of it there’s the odd mistake. We got ourselves in a 3-3 hockey game and they scored their winning goal on something that should’ve been called interference before they scored on that face-off. So it kind of takes the momentum away from us. But it doesn’t matter what the situation is, we’ve got to be better defensively. The amount of goals, from the goaltender on out, defense, the forwards coming back, we’ve just got to be better. It used to be our strength and right now it’s our weakness.

On if it’s a good time to head out on the road with a young team…
It’s never a bad time to head on the road. Head on the road early in the season so we’re looking forward to it.

On if the power play is one area he take some optimism from…
Well, you know, definitely the power play was good tonight. I thought they’d been a tough team to penetrate and I thought our guys did a good job of getting some speed through the neutral zone, putting pucks behind them, getting in on the forecheck. I think our game offensively was good, so there’s a lot of things I can take out of this game but we go back to the same old topic again – can’t allow five, six goals a game and expect to be successful. We’ve got to be a little bit better from the blue line in.

On if Tuukka Rask is frustrated…
It doesn’t matter. I think when you lose you’re frustrated. I think everybody’s frustrated, not just Tuukka [Rask].

On if he’s surprised at the amount of neutral zone turnovers…
Well, again, a lot of that stuff – again, those goals against are definitely our fault. We could handle those situations better. That goal they scored from the slot area, we had the numbers coming back, we didn’t pick up the right guys from the neutral zone. If we’re not gonna get the puck in deep, we might as well eat it. When they come back and they score those goals from – shorthanded goal, we’re making a risky play at the blueline. This is from a guy that’s been really good for us, so this is not necessarily critiquing Pasta [David Pastrnak] because if everyone was playing as hard as he is right now we’d probably have better success. But we have to get better in those areas. It’s one mistake after another. A lot of it is ourselves shooting ourselves in the foot.

On Joe Morrow’s performance so far…
Again, it’s hard for me. I’m gonna look at the game again and see the whole picture there. I don’t always focus on one guy. But nothing sticks out in my mind from him tonight, so as we speak right now he must have been okay.

On if there is too much talk about goaltender interference right now…
Yeah, you know, if we’re gonna do something about it – this has been talked about for a long time, not just from me but from so many coaches and people is that they’re trying to get the embellishment out of the game, but they don’t seem to pay any attention to it when it comes to goaltenders. We’ve seen it many times on replays, watching games on TV, the embellishment gets called against the other guy. Right now they’re getting away with a lot of it. I’m 100 percent behind protecting goaltenders, don’t get me wrong, I want goaltenders to be protected and it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or another goaltender, they should be protected, not just by their team but also by the referees. We’ve got to find a way to define whether they’re really getting taken advantage of or whether there’s some embellishment there.

On what he wants Brett Connolly to bring to his new line…
His game. I think he had some good chances tonight. I’d like for him to produce when he gets those opportunities.

On if there was calm or panic when the game was tied 2-2…
There was nothing. Our guys were still focused. We went down, 3-2, came back tied it, 3-3. If that wasn’t the case I don’t think that would’ve happened. To me, the turning point was that fourth goal. It should’ve ended up being a four-on-four with that interference call and who knows what happens from there. But to me, that was the turning point. They get the lead there late in the second on a non-call and that’s probably what sticks in my mind the most from the rest of the game.

On Zdeno Chara’s game..
I just talked about that. He was good. Sorry, I talked about that earlier. He made the game look simple because he made it look easy for a guy that hadn’t played much this year, maybe a minute and a half in the preseason. He made things look easy because he kept his game simple and he made the right decisions. I was pleasantly surprised at his first game.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the Bruins having some positives today…
Yeah. I thought we played a good game. It wasn’t 6-3 or whatever. I couldn’t make the saves when we needed it, and then let in one bad goal there in the third period to seal the deal. Pretty much, it was my bad, but we’re moving in the right direction.

On if the Bruins’ defensive play has added more pressure on him…
It’s not pressure, you just can’t afford to, or you have to make good saves at the right times. And then you can’t afford mistakes. Today I made maybe two good saves right at the beginning of the third, and that was it for the whole game. I had a chance to make a couple more, I didn’t, and that’s just how it goes. So I just have to get better than that, and we’ll be fine.

On the team being off to their worst start in almost 20 years…
I’m pretty concerned [about] how many goals I’m letting in. That’s my concern, but I thought we played pretty good today, and even glimpses in the first two games, we’ve been playing some good hockey. Just not quite the whole 60 minutes, and then you know when we get scored on, it kind of tends to deflate us a little bit too much. Obviously you don’t want to get a start like this, but I think we’re going to bounce back and be alright. But it just needs a lot of work.

On Cam Neely’s comments that the team would get better as the year went on and if he thought they would start like this…
Obviously not. That’s a pretty accurate statement though. I don’t think we’re going to get any worse. But yeah, we’re working hard to get better and play better as a team, as a unit, and getting some better goaltending. When that happens, everything’s going to be fine. But it requires a lot of work.

On if he’s optimistic that the Bruins can overcome their start…
Absolutely. I think we showed today, we played great at times. Even overall, it wasn’t a bad game. Power play was great, first period was great. As I said, I just need to make more saves and it’ll be fine. I’ll take the blame on this one.

On the team improving from game-to-game and not getting stretched out as much…
Yeah, absolutely. Today, especially in the first period, there was that one breakdown and we get scored on, and that was it. But when your team is kind of balancing and trying to find that balance, then the goalie needs to step up and maybe make that one or two very big saves to give that extra boost. I think we’re at that point now, but definitely we talked about it. We want to be tighter than we were, keep that going and we’ll be fine.

On if there’s anything hampering him right now…
No, not really. I feel pretty good out there, it’s just making those big saves. That’s what I need to do. I haven’t made a lot of them, so that’s what it comes down to. But technically, not a whole lot, just making some more saves.

On wanting to avoid the trap of needing him to play almost every game like last season…
Well you know, I mean, I want to be good. I want to deserve my playing time too. I think that’s my biggest concern now, is to play good hockey and give us a chance to win, and not let games like tonight happen. So that’s where my head’s at.

On having faced better scoring chances than he’s used to…
There comes a time when you have to battle, and kind of get out of your comfort zone, and throw the technique out of the window, and that’s a fine line. I think today I had a chance to maybe battle a little bit more, and challenge those guys a little bit more on a couple occasions. So I mean it’s just, when those breakdowns happen, you can’t rely on your technique. You have to battle and fight for that puck, and that’s what I’m thinking.

On the goal he gave up to Jonathan Drouin to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead…
He dropped his shoulder and I kind of, I was too narrow in my stance, and then I was late. So it’s just one of those, I mean, yeah, you can’t let that in at that point of the game. I made two good saves in the start of the third and felt pretty good, and then something like that happens. So it kind of deflates the whole atmosphere of the team. So that sucked.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COLIN MILLER 
On what his first couple games in the NHL have been like…
It’s been great, you know what I mean. It’s obviously been fun for me personally, but really frustrating you know obviously not getting the wins here down the stretch. It’s been a frustrating three games here. So we have to put it behind us though and move on.

On how he balances the excitement for himself and the outcomes of the last three games…
I don’t know, I mean you quickly forget your personal things when the team’s losing. I mean, like I said, we have to move on. We have to try and take the positives from each game and hope that we can use it in the games coming.

On if it feels like he belongs in the NHL and playing against top NHL players…
Yeah I mean it’s been cool, obviously for every guy early in his career those first couple games are really exciting and they have been for me. It’s been a lot of fun and just kind of look to keep it going.

On if he feels prepared and ready and this is his time to make it in the NHL…
Yeah, definitely. I mean I feel confident out there. I feel like I belong. And I want to stay here obviously [laughs]. I mean everybody wants to stay at the highest level and play at the highest level so that’s something that I’m trying to do.

On how the Calder Cup run last year helped him prepare for this season now…
Well I mean the playoffs obviously and everything are heightened and I mean if you can kind of use some of that experience to bring it over out here then that’s something that I’m trying to do. So any kind of intense game like that you use for the future in games that are intense as well.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN VICTOR HEDMAN
On it being appropriate that Steven Stamkos got his 500th career point on the play he did…
Yeah, he probably had 250 of those. It’s pretty remarkable. He’s 25-years-old and has 500 points in this league already. Like I said to him after the game, he’ll end up with probably 440 or 450 of those. It just impresses you every year, how he finds ways to be effective in those areas where you can score goals. I haven’t seen that in a while, though. That’s typical Stammer right there.

On winning in Boston for the first time in a while…
Yeah, like you said, it’s been a lot of different personnel. Obviously last year we still struggled here so it’s good to get that out of the way. Obviously they were the way better team in the first period. We were lucky to come out of there with 2-2. But in the second and third period I think we turned our luck and we started to play better, got pucks deep, and used our speed to our advantage. I thought we played a good game for 40 minutes, at least, but it’s a new game tomorrow, we’ve got to focus for 60 minutes against Detroit. We know it’s gonna be a quick game there. They started really well. It will be a fun game tomorrow.

On beating Boston twice at home last year helped get the Bruins out of their head…
Yeah, to be honest with you I haven’t thought a whole lot about it. I love playing here, it’s a great atmosphere. They have a great team, it’s always a battle against them. Haven’t really thought about our record here but it’s always fun to win hockey games, especially we started the season real well, 3-0, so we just have to keep rolling. We still have flaws in our game that we need to improve on, so we’ll make sure that we need a full 60 minutes from everyone tomorrow.

On if he saw Brian Boyle out of the corner of his eye on his first goal…
He was yelling at me. I know his accent. I didn’t have a whole lot of room to shoot so he made a great move to get open there and I just tried to find his stick. He had a great shot. That was obviously a big goal for us, got us some momentum. It was big for us, especially at that point where we were pretty pressured by them. It was good, good goal for us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On being 0-3
For a little bit, yeah, it is frustrating. I mean, if you look at the big picture, 16 goals in three games. That’s not how we play, so losing sucks, and, you know, I just… honestly I don’t even know what to say right now.

On whether there is a light at the end of the tunnel or if he worries that this might be what the team is…
No, honestly you believe in the team. In the past we used to be able to win games when we scored two or three goals. But like I said, 16 goals in the last three games. That’s not how we pictured it, so obviously we believe in this group, but as for right now, it sucks losing so we’ve got to do something about that.

On whether it seems like things can solve themselves and whether he feels they need everything to go right in order to win…
I thought we had a really good first period. Solid second. I thought we played a pretty strong 40 minutes. Then, you know, we want to come out hard in the third period. That was our team. We used to be good in third periods, and before you know it they put the fifth goal in the net and it’s 5-3. Two behind, so it’s frustrating, so we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and, you know, kind of think it over. Think of what you can do better for the team.

On it being alarming that things they’ve always been good at not being there…
Yeah, it is, and the most frustrating thing is, like I said, I thought we played a solid 40 minutes, so we have to be able to put 60-minute efforts in, and I don’t think we did that. We had, I think for our team, too many breakdowns. Again, I’m not talking about just D. You know, it’s all five, six guys on the ice. You know, somebody’s going to make mistakes there’s four or five other guys to make up for it, so we didn’t do that. Too many mistakes.

On the power play being an area they can be optimistic…
Yeah, I mean, you like to take some positive things out of this game, but this was the third in a row, so, you know, honestly maybe that’s a good thing that we’re going to go on the road. You know, I really don’t know what to say right now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how frustrating it is to loose the first three games...
Well really frustrating I mean obviously we are not getting good results, we are giving up way too many goals and you know I can’t say enough about that. It’s obviously very frustrating right now.

On if he thinks it might just be too much change on personality...
I don’t think so I mean you know the system has been in place and we’ve tweaked a few things here and there, but mostly guys should know it, and the new guys. We’ve been here together for three and a half weeks now and at some point we have to, you know, it’s mental mistakes, but at this level it’s going to hurt you if it happens. We can’t blame it on that too much. Some of it might be it, but at the same time we are good enough players to read and react on the ice.

On what he has seen to progress since game one...
Well the one thing was our power play was much better, that’s first and foremost, but you know we are getting some good speed and good transition up the ice and we have seen a good fair amount of odd man rushes and stuff like that. But at the same time, we are way too sloppy in our zone. We are giving up way too much time either in our neutral zone or in our own zone for them to capitalize.

On how much of a benefit this upcoming road trip can be for the team...
Yeah that’s definitely going to help us, we have to make sure that we find a way to bond and to come as a team even better. Going on the road is one of those things that it helps us, you know from one year to another, to get to know everyone and kind of worry about yourself and the team, and work one things you can improve, and don’t listen to anything else.

On the defensive breakdowns...
It’s one of those things where we are giving away too much times, we are making some mental mistakes. The breakdowns are obvious on the ice. We do have some good looks and some great chances also offensively, but we have to find a way to get them and to sustain a pressure offensively because it seems like as soon as they turn around it’s an odd man rush for them. We have to find ways to be tighter and have better gaps.

On if the effort and attitude is to his liking, or if it’s just lacking...
Yeah of course the effort it there, I mean but at the same time like I said, mentally right now we have to be better, we have to be sharper and more confident to make plays. Yes, the effort is definitely there and that being said we have to be better.

On if he is stunned but not only the three loses, but the scoring of the games...
Yeah I am really surprised by the way the start of the year, at the same time it’s three games and we have to realize that we got to be a lot better. But there is a lot of games ahead of us and we have to stay string and make sure that we do get better and fix it quickly.

On if he feels any pressure that if they don’t turn it around there could be big changes...
Well we can’t think about that right now honestly it’s about us as a team. Like I said; working hard to find ways to be better and really step on the ice and worry about us. You know, no one feels sorry for us I’m sure through out the league, so it’s up to us to not worry about the outside pressure and what not.

On how he feels about the strengths of the team...
It’s hard to find words right now to say the least. To be honest with you, it’s one of those things where we have to be a lot better. We have to realize that we have to be better mentally and at this point we all know the system and we have to go out there and execute and don't be on our heels too much.

On how he feels on his game personally and if he is pressing enough...
I don’t think I am, I mean the penalties, that first one is one of those things where you have to go to the net. The second one I am taking a trip on that, but at the same time you know it’s hockey and no I don't think I am pressing. I am just going to keep playing my game and pay hard.

On if he feels the pressure to set the example and help the team...
Of course, the leaders have to go out there and be leaders but at the same time, this time right now I think everyone needs to, like a said often, it’s a team and it’s about everyone showing up and play to their very best.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On many things that were the team’s strengths not being there right now…
Yeah, you know, the amount of goals we’re giving up is uncharacteristic of this group. Regardless of how many new faces there is, Boston has always been a good defending team, but right now that doesn’t seem to be the case.

On how much of a concern the 0-3 start is…
I don’t want to say we’re panicking because by no means are we. It’s three games in, but we realize the situation we’re in. You know, we’ve given up 16 goals in the first three games and we’re 0-3. Three home games especially. You know, we need to really concentrate and be professional and realize that, you know, we need to come prepared to play 60 minutes and there’s a system put in place. We need to know the system regardless if you’ve been here as long as Patrice [Bergeron] has or as short as, you know, the new guys. You need to realize that, you know, we have a system here. We showed, in the first period, I thought we showed we knew how to play the system and we were working together and, you know, it was great to see. It’s just we need to find a way to be professional and play 60 minutes of Bruins system hockey, and I think we’ll be alright.

On whether he could pinpoint anything at the end of the first that led to the Lightning coming back…
It’s never one thing. It’s always, you know, it’s a game of mistakes, and both sides make them. It’s how you react after them and I think, you know, we were playing well. They get a goal and then, you know, quick power play goal right after and, you know, it’s a tie game. It’s 0-0 going into the second period and, you know, I thought our power play did phenomenal today. You know, we were, it seems that we were relying on them a little bit too much tonight, and I think we just need to find ways to get things done five-on-five and prevent goals from going in.

On what he is referring to when he talks about being professional…
I think just knowing what your job is. You know, everyone has a job to do and everyone can do their job well or they wouldn’t be here. It’s just if you have any questions about the system, not knowing the system, you know, any gray areas, I think everyone’s here to help and fill that, and I think once those gray areas are gone you’re going to see this team really, you know, thrive and do well because we have a great group in here. You know, I really have a good feeling about the group we have in the room, and there’s just maybe some gray areas that we just need to correct.

On what he’s seen improve the most over this home stand…
Power play was really good tonight. Obviously it was moving the puck around really well, but I thought our o-zone rotation was really good. At points, you know, we hemmed them in and you could see the guys going to their position, skating hard, you know, it was really encouraging to see.

On how reassuring it was to see Zdeno Chara back in the lineup…
Yeah, you know, it’s great to see the big man back and, you know, I haven’t spoken to him. You guys probably have. I hope he felt well and, you know, it’s behind him and he can, you know, continue along the season.

On whether he was stunned by the margin of the losses…
I don’t know. I think it’s upsetting that, you know, I said in the past Boston’s always been known as a good defending team and to give up 16 goals is not the way we play hockey. Regardless of how many new faces we have I think we need to realize that good defense will result in good offense, and, you know, defense isn’t always a glamorous thing, but it wins games.

On whether having Chara back is another way that the message will get enforced…
For sure. Zee’s our leader, you know, on and off the ice. You know, I thought just if you’re a young defenseman just watching him play you can really learn a lot, you know, how great his gap is to how composed he is with the puck. Just little things that he does extremely well. I know if I was a young defenseman I’d be watching him really closely.

On the attitude and effort…
You know, the attitude I think is grit, meaning, you know, we’re not hanging our heads. We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. We know we need to come tomorrow and come ready to work and correct these issues that need to be corrected. The effort, effort can be better. You know, you give up six goals tonight obviously it’s not the effort that you’re looking for regardless of how many power play goals they got, how many, you know, breakdowns. The effort can be much, much better.

On whether there’s a point during the third where they could point to a play from the Lightning that signaled the end of the game…
No. There’s… the end is when the buzzer goes. You play long enough. You play hard. You’ve been in games where you think you have the game in the bag and you end up losing, and I’ve been on the other side where you’ve come back and won games, so there was never really, you know, one play where we’re hanging our heads. I thought, you know, we worked hard and you keep playing right until the end.

On the non-call on Steven Stamkos’ goal and whether they’re at a stage that something like that could break the team…
It better not be. Yeah, that’s a hockey play. Those things happen on both sides. You know, calls are… calls are missed. Calls are called. That better not be, and I don’t think it is, a letdown point. You know, the play continued, and you need to work to keep that goal out of our net.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On playing his part out there…
Myself? I don’t know. … It’s just hard right now to… it’s been, it’s a tough start. It’s not at all the way we wanted to start this home stand. I mean we looked at it as a great opportunity to start the season off on a good note. That’s not the case, and we just… I mean we’ve got to be better. We’ve got to be more consistent. We’ve just… we show flashes of what we’re capable of and we kind of collapse at other times and guys are so capable at this level that, you know, little breakdowns they take advantage of them and teams have been doing that against us.

On having a slow start last season and whether he knows what they’re doing wrong at this point…
Well, I mean we’re shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of times. You know, definitely areas we can clean up, and there’s lots of room for improvement. I mean there’s no doubt about that.

On whether it’s a good time to get on the road and do some regrouping and bonding…
Yeah, hopefully. I mean hopefully this can be a chance to come together here and get on the road and, you know, get some, just some gritty, not pretty necessarily, wins and really come together because we need nothing less than that right now after the start that we’ve had.

On whether he’s surprised by the margin that they’ve lost by…
Yeah. I think that’s… I mean obviously you play the game to win, but you play to play the game right and we’ve been losing by a large margin. I mean we’ve been close at times in games, but we’re… it’s not usual for us to give up, I mean, in three games, like I said, giving up 16 goals against is not acceptable. I mean it’s a lot of goals to give up and usually we’re a lot more stingy than that and we’ve always taken pride in that being a strength of our team and we realize how important it is.

On whether they’re not taking enough pride or if the effort is there and they’re not getting results…
I think, you know, guys have the right attitude. Guys want to win and want to do the right things, but we’re making mistakes and, you know, some people say it’s a game of mistakes, and we’re making more and I was saying that it’s… at this level guys take advantage of opportunities and they don’t need much. You know, small breakdowns here and there and it’s in the back of your net and that’s what’s hurting us right now.

On whether they sense pressure that if they don’t turn it around quickly there could be changes…
I think you always feel that way. I mean, especially with the way we started. It hasn’t been good enough, and I’m sure the team, I mean the team’s always looking at ways to improve themselves and if they see an opportunity to do that they’re going to do that. So we’ve got to do our part, and if you’re not then that’s on you, I guess.

On whether he envisioned himself as a top defenseman in training camp and what his goals for himself were…
Well, I mean, I just wanted to play my game and be solid, and, you know, if I was called on to do that a little bit more, you know, I want to be able to do that and it’s about finding that consistency. And we’ve played against other teams, you know, top lines before, but maybe not as consistently, you know, a nightly basis, so, you know, I wanted to look at that as a good challenge and be better at that, but I mean ultimately I didn’t really pencil myself in anywhere or anything like that. I mean it was about seeing where we all fit in and the right combination for success.

On whether he feels comfortable that he has fit in and whether he has accomplished what he wanted to starting out the season…
I think there’s room for improvement. I think it’s difficult. I mean you try and keep a positive attitude, but it’s difficult right now with the results that we’ve been getting and just focusing on ways that we can be better and get better results.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY
On tonight’s game and on a chance he had during the second period…
…I thought we generated a lot. We had a chance there - I had a chance there - during the second. Yeah…[Who fed that out to you?] Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. It was a good play, he was pressuring the puck and you know I got a lot on it; it just hit him in the shoulder and then off the crossbar. So it’s, you know, we’re getting our chances it’s just a matter…it’s frustrating right now and it just seems like you know we need every chance we get right now and they go back and they put it in our net. So you know there’s, again, you don’t want to keep saying there’s positives, there’s positives but again it’s frustrating right now. But we’re the only ones that are going to dig our way out of this and yeah it’s frustrating now but we have to find way to get one here, that’s what we’re looking to do. We’ll find a way to win one and we’ll go from there.

On if his line placement was the opportunity he’s been looking for…
Yeah, for sure. You know to play with two guys like that, you know, to play a lot and you know I thought we you know played for the most part pretty well and generated some chances and were moving the puck well and yeah it’s just frustrating right now, you know. It’s…you get the chances and they’re not going in for you but again you have to stick with it and eventually it’ll go in.

On what it was like last year to get hurt right away and not getting a chance to play…
It was tough, you know, obviously you come in and you’re so excited for a new start and you break your finger and you know last year is last year. You know obviously this year hasn’t started the way we wanted it to, but again we’re going to dog ourselves out here.

On what Bruins fans can expect from him…
Well I’m going to play hard every night and you know my game is to, you know, chip in offensively and you know, create offense, and you know, it’s one of things where first game, have a good chance and you know second game wasn’t very good and you know tonight I had a bunch of chances again. So you have to…if you know you have a couple of those go in it’s a different story and maybe you know the game changes. I had a couple of looks in the first and the third came to you know change the game and you know the goalie made a save on me today and in the first game so. Yeah, just looking to create offense and play hard and you know play hard for my teammates.

On if he was more creative with his playing when playing with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson…
Yeah, for sure it’s nice obviously. Those are guys that have been in the league a long time and are smart and make good plays and you know it showed tonight. They, you know, made some good plays in front and so it was good to play with those guys. You know you don’t want to see a guy like Marchy [Brad Marchand] go down but it gives and opportunity for myself and you want to do your part to help the team win. And obviously tonight we didn’t do that but you know I thought for the most part we generated some chances and we’ll go from there.

On what it was like to play against his former team…
Yeah it’s good - they’re a good team, you know. Played with them for half the year. We were, you know, we won a lot of games when I was there, you know. It was, you know, they made a very good run and you know they play with pace and they push the pace and they get the puck moving north right away and they’re a quick team. You know it was nice, and I got to match up against, you know, Stammer’s [Steven Stamkos] line and you know I thought for the most part we did a good job on him. He scored a power play goal off a nice shot, which you know not a lot of goalies in the league could save that. It’s a perfect shot and with traffic…but it was good to play with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Loui [Eriksson] and you know play against a top line. I thought we did a pretty good job on them and so you it was good to play against them. And you know you just want to try to do your best.

On if he feels like he’s been snake bitten a little bit because he’s had some good chances…
Yeah I know. Yeah it’s one of those things, you know tonight I had, you know, a really good chance and, you know, I put the puck where I wanted to it just kind of turned around and got square and it went off his shoulder and off the crossbar and it’s one of those things where, you know, once you get one and you start feeling good about yourself usually they go in and you know the first game too I had some good chances and so… you know I could easily have two here it’s just a matter of, you know, gaining that confidence, keep sticking with it and you know keep getting chances and you know try to bear down as much as you can on those chances so it’s always good to get those chances.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON  
On why he thinks why that they haven’t had success in all 60 minutes of play yet…
It’s tough because I think we’ve been having some good starts and today we had a real good start and we got the lead, got the 2-0, and then they came back. All the sudden we start playing on our heels a little bit and they kind of take over the game. But at the same time, I thought we had a good game. Just a couple breakdowns and they scored on their opportunities and it’s too bad. We need to play better than that and start winning.

On the second goal and if he was trying to get out of the way of the shot…
Yeah. I just saw [David] Krejci was winding up for a one timer there and I was just trying to get away from his shot and it hit my hand and the stick there so yeah the power play was good today.

On if their strong power play is the source of optimism right now…
Yeah, no I thought our power play has been really good. Even in other games we’ve been having some good movement. And today we got three goals on the power play and like you said we need to improve on the 5-on-5 game and play better and smarter and not do as many mistakes as we’ve been doing that can cost us the games here.

On playing with Brett Connolly instead of Brad Marchand…
Well I felt good and I think our line had our first shift of the game where we had some momentum there and I thought he did a pretty good job of coming in. And he had some good scoring chances too on the right side there and at the end we didn’t win the game so that’s the tough part.

On how Zdeno Chara’s presence changed the feeling amongst the team…
No, he’s a good leader so for sure it’s good to have him back. He makes our team a stronger team and it’s always nice to have him out there and see him out there and skating well. So it was nice to have him back.

On if he thinks the team will be good this season after a start like this…
Of course it’s not the start we wanted and but at the same time we have a lot of games to play here and we need to work on some things and get better. And I think it will be good to go on the road here and come together as a team and try to win the first game and get going there.

On what he thinks has improved from the first game…
That’s a tough question. But it’s just, I thought we’ve been playing pretty good, but it’s just we’ve been doing some mistakes and had some breakdowns and I think that’s what’s been costing us the games. And of course we need to maybe step up a couple steps and play better too but I thought, like I said, the beginning of the game today I thought we were flying out there. And all the sudden it can turn pretty quick and they came back and they won the game. So at the end we have to look ourselves  in the mirror and get better and try to get the first win here against Colorado [Avalanche].

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what the team needs to do to improve…
Well, I think that we need to get better, no question. I think that overall we have to improve every aspect of our game. 

On the team being on track early in the game…
I think we had a good start of the game. We created really good chances, obviously our power play was really good tonight – today. Yeah, and then at some point of the game we stopped respecting the game plan and we got into trouble and that’s when teams will take advantage, especially when you play good teams like Tampa and so on. You’re gonna be paying a price for that.

On if there was anything he wanted to see from himself physically…
Keep improving.

On how much of a benefit going on the road will be…
I think you’re gonna have probably more time to spend time off the ice together. But I think that business as usual, no matter if it’s home or on the road we’ve got to perform.

On if the tough start is because of the competition the team is facing…
That shouldn’t be an excuse, that shouldn’t be. There are so many teams that are going through changes, made changes, and I don’t think they are 0-3. We can’t be feeling sorry for ourselves, we have to find a way to get better and perform better. That’s not the reason we are playing poorly right now.

On if there was panic when Tampa Bay tied the game 2-2…
No, I didn’t have that sense, no. I thought we were, like I said, we had a lot of jump in the first period, we created a lot of chances. We slipped in the last four or five minutes of that period, they find a way to get a power play, power play goal, and then goal from the slot. But we were coming after the first 20, 2-2, it’s an even game.

On if the team is trying to execute the game plan but is just not able to…
We just got to put together 60 minutes. We always talk about, we always say that we have to respect the game plan for a full 60, you can’t be just playing 20 or whatever. You’ve got to be focused on what’s the right play, the right time, and you have to make the right decision. I feel that we mean well, but we are not always making it easy on ourselves.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD COACH JON COOPER
On what turned the game around…
Vlady [Namestnikov], [Brian] Boyle and [J.T] Brown, they turned it around. You got to give Boston credit, they came at us hard, that was a team that lost a couple home games here – starting off 0-2 – and they came at us hard. They deserved that 2-0 lead, but I thought Vlady’s line gave us a good spark. To get that first one for us, it kind of gave us a little lift on the bench and then the power play came through and it was good to get that aspect going on that side of the special teams. I have to say tip your hat to Vlady’s line, they got us back into it.

On whether the first goal calmed his team down…
You go down 3-0, now it’s trouble. We’re down two, but there was still 50 minutes left in the game. We knew Boston would come out hard, but we knew we had a lot better in us. Once again, just as the Buffalo game we had that slow start, but we got better as it went on.

On Ben Bishop’s save on David Pastrnak to keep the game at 2-0…
I think Bish [Ben Bishop] was probably a little bit frustrated letting in two early, but you need your goalie to give you a chance to win the game and Bish gave us a chance to win the game.
 
On whether it is fitting that Steven Stamkos’ 500th career point came on a one-timer…
To be honest that was a really nice goal. He finished it but we moved the puck quick and Strals [Anton Stralman] put it on a tee for him - just makes everybody’s job easier. When the goalie has to get across like that and there’s bodies, Stammer [Steven Stamkos] shot it where he wasn’t and that’s what he does as good as anybody.

On whether or not he cares about milestones…
I do. Actually it was funny I was at the game the other night and I saw Tomas Plekanec got his 500th career point, so I said to Stammer “Hey, you tied Tomas Plekanec for the all-time scoring list.” [laughs] We had a good little chuckle. I think it is a team game, but it’s good when guys get individual accomplishments and for a 25-year-old kid to have 500 points – that’s a pretty good milestone.

On how his team’s power play has been scoring timely goals…
The goal to draw them at 2-2 was a big lift for us because that wasn’t looking like that was going to happen. You need your power play to score - it’s the ebbs and flows of special teams. We’re all rosy about our power play now and now we got to go back and see what we can do about our penalty kill, but that’s what happens early in the season. I think you see a lot of special teams goals early and then when teams start getting into their systems more the PK’s start getting better.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD BRIAN BOYLE
On if it is special scoring in Boston…
I’ve never scored here before. Played enough times [laughs].

On if he had family in attendance…
Yeah, like 30, they’re waiting for me.

On scoring two goals…
Yeah, we’ve had enough tough games in here. It’s a hard place to play and they compete. It’s great to win here, its tough to win in here - and we won. Especially after our start, we figured it out and hopefully we can understand that we don’t want to put ourselves behind again.

On Stamkos’ 500th career point…
He’s 25. He’s a superstar. He’s an unbelievable teammate, guy and friend. He’s a good guy to be around every single day. We’re happy for him.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD STEVEN STAMKOS
On getting to 500 career points…
It’s special. I mean, talked about it during the intermission that you really never know how much opportunity, or how long you’re going to be around in the league. So to get 500 points, I think I’m very fortunate. You think about all the people who helped you along the way to get to this point, and to do it in a game where it was a big goal at the time, in this building where I’ve had some ups and downs, I guess another positive one in here. So it was nice to have it come in a win.

On not usually knowing when his milestones are approaching but knowing about 500 points…
Yeah I mean, the bigger ones I guess you know. Again, it’s nice to get it out of the way early in the year and move on, but it’s special. Obviously, like I said, you just reminisce about all the players you played with, everyone who’s helped you along the way. It’s pretty cool to get 500 points in this league. Hopefully lots more to come.

On getting his 500th point on a one-timer from the circle…
Yeah, I mean, like I said, it was nice to have it as a meaningful goal in the game to get us up heading into the third, so it was nice. Obviously not a perfect game by us today, but we found a way to win. Obviously a good start to this road trip.

On if he thought about the achievement when the puck went in…
No, to be honest, you know it’s going to come eventually, so when it goes in, you just make sure you grab the puck and move on.

On coming back from a two-goal deficit to win in Boston…
Yeah, it could have easily been a here-we-go-again moment, with the way we’ve struggled in this building. But obviously we’ll adjust some things on the penalty kill. This is a different team. We’ve said that every year. I mean it’s a different team from last year, too. We have that experience now, that calmness, that ability to realize there’s still a lot of hockey left, and we showed that tonight. Again, by no means a great game from our standards, but you take all the wins you can get in this league.

On being part of the puck drop ceremony with Travis Roy…
Yeah that was special, obviously. I knew there was going to be a puck drop, didn’t know exactly what it was for. So to be able to see what he went through and what the Bruins organization has done for him was pretty special. It was something that you love to see, and it was nice to be a part of.

On if something changed for the Lightning after going down 2-0…
No, I mean, we’re going to have to fix the way we start games in general so far this year. It was kind of similar last year too, with the exception of the playoffs [when] we started games a little better. But we’ll have to fix that. Give them some credit, they moved the puck well on the power play. They’ve got some dangerous guys. They executed, so sometimes you have to just stay more disciplined. You have to tip your hat to them. They came out strong. We found a way to battle back, and most importantly, get the win.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 11:50 AM
On if there was measurable progress from the first game to the second…
Yeah. I think there’s a lot we can get better at, and that’s something that, to me, means building on. Our game has to continue to get better. We’ve got a lot of new faces in our lineup, and right now, I think there’s still some areas where we’re trying to figure ourselves out. So we’ve just got to keep working on those kind of things, and make sure we get better here.

On having a sense of urgency without hitting the panic button…
Well that’s exactly it. Like I said, we’ve got a lot of new faces and you have to understand that you’re probably going to run into those challenges. We didn’t just add two or three new guys here, there’s probably about ten players that weren’t here for the full season last year. That’s quite a large number, so you’ve just got to make sure you stay patient, and for us it’s working harder as coaches to try and rectify this as soon as we can, and trying to get the players to understand that as best they can quickly.

On if playing an opponent with few lineup changes from last season intensifies the challenge…
It does, and I mean if we’re going to get better, we might as well face those kind of challenges. It gives us a real good perspective here on how well we’re doing and how we’re improving, and to me there’s no reason in the world, I’m being honest, that if we play hard and we play the way I expect them to play, we have a chance to win this game. So we’re not going in there playing second fiddle. We’re going in there to win a hockey game and this is a great challenge for us.

On Zdeno Chara’s playing status…
Yeah, he’s in tonight.

On if Brad Marchand will travel with the team to Colorado and Arizona…
It’s too early. Like I said, he’s still going through some daily evaluation. I’d be optimistic right now, but then again I could be wrong.

On if he’s had a chance to talk to Brad Marchand…
He’s concussed, you can’t speak to him. He won’t remember. [Laughs] No he’s fine. I just talked to him this morning.

On if Tuukka Rask will be in goal this afternoon…
Yeah.
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