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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Thursday, March 12, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On his thoughts on shootouts after this game...
Yeah. I’m not hypocritical; I’m not going to pretend I like it. I like the win, but I gave my opinion before.

On if he enjoyed the 3-on-3 play during the shootout...
Well, it’s a preview, right – of what they’re going to be talking about. So, not doubt there’s a lot more room for the skilled players and we had some great opportunities on it.

On Steven Stamkos receiving a misconduct and not returning for the shootout...
Well, you know, you never want to see a guy like that get that opportunity. It’s the rule; I think it’s the right call. So, those are things that are clear to everybody.

On the team showing what they are capable of with this win...
Yeah, I thought – you know, we played really well in that first period and we did exactly what we had talked about doing, and in the second period there for some reason we started going back with the puck, our D’s were, our forwards were stretching out. So instead of being a five-man unit, we were spread in two parts there, and that really hurt us a lot in the second period. But we were able to regain our game in the third period and made it an exciting third, and then the rest obviously you know what happened afterwards. But, it was one of those game where you have to play against teams that have had a lot of success, have a lot of confidence in themselves, and tonight we came out there and showed that we had a lot of confidence in our group and played like it.

On Tuukka Rask’s play improving...
Well I think Tuukka [Rask] is one of many. There’s no doubt the goaltender gets a lot of praise when things are going well, and he gets a lot of heat when things aren’t. He’s been good in my book for a long time, and I know he’s been – he looks even better when you’re coming up with some big wins like that. But, we’ve had a lot of players that have stepped up and been better. I said since the trade deadline, I think a lot of guys have really felt like there’s a sigh of relief there and it’s time to play hockey.

On his choice and order of shooters in the shootout tonight...
Well, you know, tonight was mostly, again, looking at what their goaltender was all about – his strengths and his weaknesses – and our guys knew about that. You look at some of the players and I think Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] right now is pretty confident with his scoring ability, so we had him lead the way. Dave [David Pastrnak] is a dangerous guy and has had success against this goaltender so far this year. So, he missed – he was another good candidate, and then Marshy [Brad Marchand], another guy who’s a great shooter and has that quick release. So tonight it happened to work out.

On playing the Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak-Milan Lucic line in the final minute of regulation...
Well, again, because – against that line. If that was a different line, I may not have put them out there, but it was [Valtterri] Filppula’s line and I thought they played well against that line and they had some opportunities to score, and I said we’re playing here to win. So, it was important for me to put them out there and show that confidence in that group.

On “tightening up” the team for the next stretch of games against difficult teams...
Well that’s what we talked about doing, and I said we kind of got loose there in the second. We were spread out and we weren’t tight, and we were in the first period and we came up as a five-man unit. We came back as a five-man unit and the same thing in the third for the most part. So, there’s no doubt when you play Pittsburgh and Washington, those are important aspects, just like they were tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On the cause of some of his “issues” tonight…
No, just one of those days, one of those games. Just when things aren’t happening how you want them to happen and I’m just happy we got two points.

On his thoughts on the three on three play…
It was exciting. I think obviously a little tough when it goes to four on three for them, but there’s a lot of ice out there and I think we had some pretty skilled players on the ice obviously, so we had some nice plays and some good saves.

On what he’ll take from this game going into the next…
I think we have to be better obviously. I think Tuukk’s [Tuukka Rask] just great again and hopefully just bring some energy into Pittsburgh and keep rolling.

On Claude Julien’s comment that an uptick in play is because of certainty with the passed trade deadline…
Yeah, maybe. I think everyone knows this is the team we have and I guess you don’t have to worry about all the trades and stuff and I think we’re obviously a pretty tight team and everyone’s being accountable for each other and to themselves and I think we just have to keep going and hopefully we keep winning and keep having fun.

On the second period…
We couldn’t really get the puck out and when we did it was coming right back in pretty much. So obviously not a very good period and it was I guess good to come away from it without getting scored on.

On if he would have changed anything in the last 25 minutes…
No, not really. I think it was more just about focusing on getting back to our game and kind of having that separation with the forwards and the D [defense] and I think that was an issue in the second period and make sure that we were coming up as five for the third again and I think we did better at that.

On if there’s a need to focus on cleaning up some plays moving forward…
Obviously, yeah, I think Tuukka’s [Rask] has been huge for us in those situations. He’s made some big saves and it’s been the trend for us now and I give a lot of credit to him. So I think for us it’s just about continuing to try hard and try to have that 60-minute effort that we didn’t have earlier in the season and just more consistency now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On his thoughts from tonight’s game…
I think back to the Ottawa game we didn’t play our best hockey they took it to us at certain points, but we still found a way to get the two points there.  You know tonight I thought our first period was extremely good. I think we are moving the puck, we are getting it on forecheck and then you know we kind played a little bit it in their hands in the second, turning pucks over.  They’re a great transition team and they got a lot of offensive skill and you know obviously Tuukka [Rask] came up huge for us in the shots in 21-4 I don’t know or something it was very lopsided… 16-4. I think you got to learn from that and I thought we responded well in the third, managing the puck better, we weren’t turning it over like we were in the second. I think it was a huge kill in overtime to get the extra point where it was big for us.

On being able to bouncing back from a bad period compared to the beginning of the year…
I think at the start of the year we were making mistakes, but it ended up in the back of our net and the layers weren’t there.  It’s a game of mistakes I don’t think anyone plays a perfect 60 minutes and satisfied with the entire game.  There are still areas that every team wants to get better. I think that the layers are there when you make those mistakes but that they’re not so costly and so glaring.

On the little things that went into the first goal tonight…
Yeah it’s those little things that I’m glad you noticed. Not everyone notices, you notice if the guy’s scoring the goal, but a lot goes into that goal being scored where Brad [Marchand] takes it in the zone and manages the puck well, holds on to it and passes it to Dennis [Seidenberg] and you got a good third man with Patrice [Bergeron] and he has a good shot, but you know Riley’s [Smith] in front of the net – goalie’s are so good that you’re not going to beat a goalie with them seeing the puck from the blue line.  So it’s a lot of little things that goes into a big goal for us.

On if he liked the 3-on-3 overtime tonight…
We won so yeah I guess.

On everyone stepping up their game recently…
Yeah it’s been a full team effort on any given night someone’s coming up big for us and playing well and contributing.  Everyone’s pulling their weight and you know we try to have 20 leaders out there and I think we’re doing that right now.  Everyone’s not wanting to be that weak link and every line is playing well and doing what they need to do.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On playing with a visor...
I actually tried one in the summer, just because I feel like that’s probably where the NHL is going. But, I didn’t ... I took it off. It’s probably a smart idea to wear one; it would have prevented it.

On if he will continue to play with a visor...
I think so. I think I’m going to consider it more seriously. I mean, it’s – when you get things around the eyes it’s super dangerous. So, yeah, I mean. It felt alright out there today, so I’ll probably keep it on for a bit.

On getting hit into the boards...
Yeah, I thought that was kind of a hit from behind, kind of got my wind knocked out of me more so than just getting hit.

On the team improving in the third period...
You know, we held our composure against a skilled team that can score, obviously. So I think we weathered the storm pretty well. I mean, in a perfect world, we probably would have liked to have a little bit more time in the offensive zone. But we’re finding ways to win, and I think that you’ve just got to ride the wave and we’re showing character, so I think that’s a positive sign.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On winning in the shootout tonight…
Yeah it’s very nice to finally get a win in the shootout. We felt different, we probably had confidence and guys were calm and prepared going into their shots so it was good.

On coming back after losing momentum in the second period…
Yeah it was. They really put it on in the second period but it seemed like we regrouped and had a better third. It was unfortunate that they got that second goal but we’re very happy with the win and we showed a lot of character bouncing back and that’s a really good team over there so we would be really happy with this win.

On playing in the three on three hockey…
Yeah it was—I was a little nervous out there actually. There was so much room you almost don’t know what to do with it. It was fun for sure and I think maybe we’ll see that next year or whatnot. It was a good experience.

On being in favor of that over the shootout…
I’d rather do the three on three than have a shootout. I don’t know if its in place of that or not but I think it would allow for more goals and more opportunities.

On knowing your shootout move beforehand…
I knew the whole time I was going to shoot just last game with the amount of pucks were bouncing I figured just keep it simple and try to get a quick shot off and luckily it went in.

On the difference in the dry scrape…
Yeah well we don’t really get a scrape, guys come out with the shovels but its different than the zamboni coming out. But yeah pucks definitely hop a lot more and it’s tougher to deke for sure.

On what you’ve seen the last few games…
Yeah we know it’s a huge month for us. We got a lot of big games, teams that were battling for the last couple playoff spots so it just shows the character in this room and how good of a team we can be when we really bare down and focus and really work on playing our game. Every night we’re giving ourselves an opportunity to win whether we capitalize on our opportunity or not it comes down to guys making plays and right now we’re getting a few bounces so the goal tonight is a good bounce. Guys are making plays at the right time.

On the importance of the urgency in the first shift of the third period…
Every single night any team can win and you go down the last few place teams in the league have beat the top teams in the league so on any given night its all about who comes to play and which team is more prepared. If you take a team like that lightly it can bite you.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the Bruins getting a shootout win…
Yeah, we did a good job shooting into the net. You’re going to give yourself a better chance to score when you hit the net.

On the three-on-three in overtime…
Well I saw they put a couple d-men out there, and we had good speed and skill out there. We wanted to win. I think we got the better chances, if anybody did.

On the NHL potentially adding three-on-three to overtime…
Well my opinion doesn’t matter, but I heard they were talking about it, trying it in the minors. So maybe it happens in the future.

On his assessment of the Bruins’ effort tonight…
It was good. I mean, we shot ourselves in the foot there in the second, just doing bad mistakes and turnovers. But we came out flying in the third, got the goal, and then they tied it, but we never went down, and we kept pushing and pushing, and got the win finally. So it was a good effort today. We feel good about this win.

On Patrice Bergeron’s early goal taking some pressure off him…
It’s obviously great, but it also puts a lot of pressure because you’re going to have to save them to give them a chance to win the game. So it really doesn’t change anything, but it’s good to get that support though.

On what he thought of the three-on-three in overtime…
I thought we did a good job. I said they put a couple d-men out there, and we had skating legs and skilled guys. So we had a couple chances and couldn’t score. I mean, I’m sure it’s going to happen in the future. Thought it was going to be a three-on-two power play too. [Laughs]

On the Bruins playing well against one of the best teams in the conference…
Yeah, definitely equal. I mean, both teams had their moments. The first period was ours, definitely. Then the second period, they were the better team, but mostly probably because we kind of gave it to them, giving chances and turnovers. And then the third period was kind of even, both teams had their moments. So, we know that we can play against everybody in this league, and we’ve shown that in the past. Maybe we just haven’t gotten the wins necessarily, but we’ve played some good hockey games against some good teams. Today was a good example of that.

On Steven Stamkos getting a misconduct and not being able to go in the shootout…
Well I don’t know his stats in the shootout. He’s more of a shooter, he’s not really a deker. But you know, I’d rather see him in the locker room than the shootout. Yeah, I’ll take it.

On how he would evaluate the Bruins right now…
We’re definitely going in the right direction. It’s been going like that, I don’t know, three weeks maybe, playing good hockey, and obviously you can’t play great all the time. But when we have bad periods and stuff like that, we seem to bounce back and find our game during the intermissions. So it’s been good. We’ve been getting wins and points, so we’re headed in the right direction, but still, we can’t afford to take any games off.

On if showing emotion during warmup fired up the team…
Probably not. Just trying to get myself going.

On if was able to get himself going…
Well when you look at the result, yeah.

On what he thinks of shootouts…
Never been a fan of them, and never will be. That’s about it.

On the end of the game being fun…
Yeah, that’s when both teams kind of had chances, and they took it to us there for a bit, and we battled back. It was a back-and-forth game. The kind of game you expect when you play a team like Tampa.

On the overtime and shootout being entertaining tonight…
Yeah it was.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On winning in the shootout tonight…
Yeah sure, that’s definitely something that we have to be better at and tonight was definitely a big point for us to get in that shootout.

On how well Rask has been playing lately…
Yeah he’s been huge. He gives us a chance to—he gave us a chance to get that extra point for sure. Especially in overtime, down a man he made some huge saves there to keep us in it. He’s been great since that stretch he’s definitely stepped up to the plate and he keeps getting better and he’s definitely a big part of our team.

On liking to see three on three overtimes in the future…
Yeah I thought there was lots of room and if we would have kept, we went back to the four on three, but if we would have stayed like that something can happen because there’s so much room and there’s lots of skills on the ice. Yeah I’d be for it.

On playing poorly at certain parts of the game…
Yeah I think we went back to playing on our heals. They’re a good team and they’re going to make you pay if you do that. Giving them way too much space but we weren’t taking care of the puck and they were sitting right on us and our forwards were too far ahead of our D’s and couldn’t make that easy pass and we were back in our zone. I thought we regrouped in the third and I thought our third and overtime was good.

On Stamkos not being eligible for the shootout…
Yeah definitely something that we’ll take. He’s definitely a threat every time he’s on the ice and obviously in the shootout as well. He’s one of the best in the game so we’ll take it.

On knowing the goalies tendencies before going into the shootout…
Yeah I mean, its something that we talk about before going into it. I thought on that one he was deep so I didn’t want to—and we know about the ice also, its kind of chippy at the end of overtime like that so I wanted to kind of fake the far side shot and go back short side and it worked.

On what you’ve seen from the team recently and how to play going forward…
We keep pushing. I see a lot of character and a lot of guys wanting to do the little things and little details in order to win. Everyone chips in doing what they have to and what they need to for us to be successful so we need more of that.

On the importance of the urgency in the first shift of the third period…
Yeah it was really important. We talked about it after the second period. It was still tied and I liked our chances if we were going back to playing the way we did in the first and I think we did that.

On the importance of getting the first goal in the shootout…
Yeah it was important. I think we have to be better at it and keep improving. Those points are important at this time of the year. Definitely a big extra point tonight for us to keep moving forward.

On having so much success against Tampa Bay…
Yeah I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. Moving forward we know that it’s all teams that we might face in the playoffs whether its Tampa, Montréal or whoever it is. We need to make sure we play well against all of them and matchup well, but I cant really pinpoint one thing. We definitely have to find a way to play well against all of these top teams.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On his thoughts from tonight’s game…
I think were playing a really strong game right now so we want to keep it going.

More on the game tonight…
I think we played a good game, like right now we’re not scoring that much, I’m not scoring, but I think we have a strong game and we’re playing against their top line a lot so I think we’re doing pretty well.

On Loui Eriksson stepping up his game…
Yeah he stepped up his game he’s scored a couple lately.

On how he deals with a stretch of not scoring…
At first you care about it, but after a while you just try to focus on playing a strong game for your team and focusing and that’s what I’m doing I think. I played a pretty good game today and it’s going to come at some point so would be nice to have it today, but maybe in Pittsburgh.

On his multiple scoring chances tonight…
Yeah I know it’s going to come, but I have to show up every night and be there and then it’s going to come faster.

On whether or not they talk about individual struggles with linemates…
It’s hard, it’s always hard when you’re not scoring a while and you lose your confidence a bit. You have to stay with it and play a hard game all over the ice and it’s going to come.

On if there is a change in the room due to their point streak…
It feels like that. I think a lot of important games too, like last game we won with Philly too so now it’s another one on Sunday so I think this team is on the right track.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING COACH JON COOPER POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On today’s game and if the outcome is worth negotiating…
Went on the road and got three out of four. I’ll probably feel a lot better about it tomorrow than I do right now, but I thought we could have come out of here with two. We had our opportunity in overtime and didn’t take advantage of it. Then we couldn’t score in the shootout, and they did.

On how he feels after playing a “dominant second period without getting the reward”…
What do you mean don’t come out with the reward, that we didn’t get the lead? Well I’ll give credit to the goalie [Tuukka Rask]. He’s pretty good and he did what he had to do, he kept them in it. I give our guys credit, after we - I thought it was pretty even in the third for a while, they took the lead and I thought that was a sign of maturity for our team because maybe in the past that would have been lights out for us but instead we turned the tables, got the tie-er and had chances to get the winner. We just couldn’t do it.

On players stepping in when they needed to…
Guys played well. I can’t sit here and say I’m going to stamp the first period, we started pretty slow. But probably from the 10-minute mark on in the game, I thought we held our own, if not maybe had the slight edge. But it comes down to who scores the most goals. It doesn’t come down to who gets the most chances. They got the most goals and that was it.

On if playing well with some missing players alleviates concern that this would affect the team…
Well, I don’t know. We’ve played with injuries before. We’ve played the whole season pretty much without [Braydon] Coburn, so our D [defense] didn’t change too much. Would we have like to have him in there? No doubt. But I thought we stood up well, and for Vlad [Vladislav Namestnikov] to come in, and Ang [Mike Angelidis] chipped in well, they were a couple of angry birds down there knocking guys around. So I thought everybody elevated their game. We keep playing like we have the last couple of games here we’ll be all right.

On if David Pastrnak’s goal was legitimate…
I don’t know, I’m going to have to go read the rule. I guess it comes down to interpretation. What somebody considers a kick and what they don’t. This goes back, we just had one of those against Dallas. To me, I don’t know it looks like a kick, [David] Pastrnak’s looked like a kick, but is he also trying to stop? I suppose he is. So the deflected pucks, they count. So now you’re on the fine line, is that a deflected puck or did he actually turn his heel and direct that in the net? So I don’t know, the refs [referees], everybody, they were pretty adamant right out the gate. There was no wavering, that was  a good goal. So it’s a good goal.

On if his goal falls under the new, looser interpretations of what designates a kick…
Well I’m sure last year that’s not a goal. But they’ve loosened the rule a little bit and I guess that falls inside the noose.

On if everyone is healthy after today’s game…
I think so. I don’t know, I’m pretty sure we are though.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV
On the outcome of tonights game...
I think so, you know as Stammers [Steven Stamkos] said whenever you’re on the road and play Montreal and Boston, three out of four points is pretty good.

On what he thinks of the tying goal...
Someone just took a shot, and it deflected off somewhere and you know it just popped out to me and you know I just locked in.

On if it just skated on to the stick...
No I think it just landed on the stick.

On how this is an opportunity for him to play with the second line...
Yeah for sure, I’m just going to try to make the most out of it and you know bring to a game my speed and try to help my team as much as possible.

On if there is team encouragement with all of these injuries recently... 
Yeah you know there is a lot of great guys who step in and I thought we played a full game. I think it was good.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GOALTENDER BEN BISHOP
On today’s game…
Yeah, I thought it was kind of a tale of two games. First period they took it to us, next period we took it to them. Third period it was a little less of everything, and then it goes into overtime and a shootout and it’s anybody’s game.

On if the Boston Bruins have improved since the last time he’s played them…
I barely remember the last time I played them, it was a while ago. They’re a good team over there, a lot of experience they know what to do at this time of the year. But yeah, they’re a good team.

On a wild overtime with two men in penalty and a player ejected..
Yeah, it’s an interesting overtime. I’ve never seen that before. I don’t think that’s ever going to happen again.

On Patrice Bergeron’s goal…
Yeah, he just took a shot and it dipped on me.

On if overall it seemed like the Lightning had better chances throughout the game…
You know, it went back and forth. I thought they carried the play in the first, we did in the second, and then the third was kind of neither team. So both teams had their chances, and when it goes into a shootout it’s anybody’s game.

On if this fits into the category of a well played game that they just didn’t win…
Yeah, I thought we played a decent game. It wasn’t definitely our best, but we played a good enough game to win and it just didn’t go our way.

On his team’s play tonight…
I thought we played a good game. Good enough to win, and when it goes into a shootout it’s anybody’s game and they won the shootout tonight.

On if his team had a gutsy effort…
Yeah, I thought we played a good game. We came in, we wanted to play well. We were off to kind of a slow start in the first but the second and third period we played really well and we had a chance in overtime with the power play and we just didn’t get it tonight.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD STEVEN STAMKOS
On how badly they wanted to win a game here...
Yeah I thought we played a, with an exception of the first ten minutes of the game, I thought we played another solid road game. We gave ourselves a chance to win a game. Tough. Again this is kind of like the Nashville game where you know you want to get those two points, we’re not satisfied with the one but when you go on the road, Montreal, Boston, and you get three out of four points at this time of the year, definitely we’ll take that.

On if he was disappointed on not coming through on the power play...
Yeah I mean, it’s been a little frustrating. I don’t know how many sticks I’ve broken in that situation this year. Then I’m obviously a little frustrated that it broke in that situation and to see it go over the glass I knew right away that that’s a ten. It’s kind of just a little frustrating, we had an opportunity there and a couple good looks, Kuch [Nikita Kucherov] had a great look and [Tuukka] Rask made a big save so obviously we would have liked to score one but, you know obviously tough one to swallow. We’ll take the point.

On how frustrating it is to be dominant during the second period and come away with a loss...
Well I think we kind of went through that in the Montreal game so we’ve done a good job as a group not to get frustrated. I think we have tried to rally a lot off of playing well and playing solid in periods where you do dominate. I think, you know helping the four shots there, we had some good looks. Their goalie, kind of the same thing in Montreal, made some really big saves, and our goalie made some big saves and kept both teams in the game so I thought it was a pretty, pretty fast pace entertaining game. I think that’s what you are going to get at this time of the year when you have two solid teams.

On how this game can be a confidence builder...
Yeah I mean we competed hard, we knew the situation coming in that we were missing three important pieces to our team. But you cant dwell on that fact I mean, Ang [Mike Andelidis] comes in and plays solid, Vladi [Vladislav Namestnikov] had a big goal for us so the guys stepped up when they needed to, and you know that game could have went either way.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 10:45 AM
On the importance of getting the players more rest…
It is important. I think for some reason we always seem to have a real heavy schedule in March every year. It’s the same thing and now we’re going through that stretch of I think 11 [games] in 18 days so you know you got to make some decisions here and hope that you’re doing the right thing in order to get these guys the best rest possible.

On gaining ground on the first wildcard spot…
Well I think you need to push no matter what. Sometimes you just do what you got to do and if it works out it works out. Right now it’s mostly about worrying about the game that you have to play and more importantly to me is pushing away from the people that are chasing you and if that means you catch up to somebody that’s great as well. Most important thing of it all is being in the playoffs and that’s what you got to look at.

On the Bruins matching up against speedy teams…
I think it’s just us. I think we’re maybe a little underrated when it comes to people thinking we can’t skate and I think that’s a wrong assessment and we’ve proven it whether it’s been Chicago or those kind of teams. We can skate and the biggest thing when we struggle against quick teams is because our transition game is poor and we’re just not skating to the areas that we should be skating at. It’s more of our game taking a step back vs us not being able to handle it. I think we’re very capable and the guys now like [Ryan] Spooner and [David] Pastrnak, there’s a lot of guys, [Dan] Paille, those guys can all skate. We’re not looking at it the same way maybe a lot of people are.

On the thoughts on the shootout and the AHL version of overtime…
I haven’t but I don’t think I need to. Personally I’m more of a team-oriented coach I guess, which I always believe that this is a team sport and should be decided by a team. I never, never have been and I’m just being honest about it. I know it’s a great show and I know that we’re here for our fans. If the fans like it that much and they keep it in then I have no issues, I’ll move along with it. But if you ask me my personal opinion, I’d like to see it decided in a way that its more than just one player against a goaltender. Whether its four-on-four or three-on-three it’s still a group. I think that’s the way games should be decided. I’m still one of those people that still believes that if you can’t decide it with four-on-four or three-on-three then a tie should still be good. For some reason we’ve decided that there needs to be a winner every game. Sometimes a lot of people can go home really happy having seen a game that was well played, that was tight at the end of it, was exciting to watch vs people going home feeling like they didn’t do a great job because they lost in the shootout. It really tarnishes the outcome of the whole game. That’s my personal opinion on it.

On the penalty kill giving up goals but also scoring shorthanded goals…
You always try to get better at it. That’s a normal assessment of ourselves with our penalty kill. I look at, I forget which goal it was, just a bad bounce off the skate right to their player I think it was the last game here and that’s the only goal I think Detroit scored, so it wasn’t because our penalty killing wasn’t good. But at the same time we always try to make it better. We’re scoring shorthanded goals against Ottawa. I thought we did a great job of making their entry hard and the few scoring chances that they had were basically our own fault. One of them was instead of putting it down the ice because we had some chances early on we decide we’re going to score some goals. You got to pick your spot when it comes to that. The main goal with penalty killing is to kill a penalty. The goals should happen by doing the work properly. When you look at Brad Marchand, we did all the right things Brad just won the footrace. That’s how you want to create chances, not by cheating.


On looking at special teams on a situational basis instead of percentage…
Yeah absolutely. There’s times you might give that first goal, first power play chance they score early in the game. But then you’re taking penalties late in the game, you’re up by a goal and then basically penalty kill comes up large for you. You got to look at it that way as well and we do. I think there’s different ways of looking at it but overall when you look at your team compared to the rest of the league, you’re always trying to get better. You want to be on of the best in those areas and I think that’s what you thrive on.

On the assessment of Ryan Spooner since his latest recall…
Been good. I think he’s brought that element of speed that we always saw in Ryan [Spooner]. His playmaking ability seems to be even better. He seems to be gaining confidence all the time but I think the biggest thing with Ryan is his play at this level, he seems to have a lot more confidence where he was hesitant at times in certain areas. He’s getting his nose dirty, he’s not afraid to go into the corners to get in on the battle for pucks where at times he was a little hesitant to go in there, not because he was scared but sometimes about making a mistake and wanting to be in the right place. I think he’s just feeling better about his game right now and he’s gaining confidence and that’s what you expect from Ryan. We don’t expect him to be a [Milan] Lucic type player. We expect him to be a player that he’s been drafted as and that’s speed and skill.

On the decision to make when David Krejci comes back…\
Like I said before, I’ll be more than happy to make that decision when the time comes.

On putting Lucic, Spooner and Pastrnak on a line together…
Well I think it’s, to me, it was a matter of making sure I put them against proper lines. As you’ve seen, I kind of tried to do my best to keep them away from top lines. I don’t think they have enough experience right now to do that but they certainly have enough skill to play against other lines and they’ve been producing so I’ve been able to keep them together for this long. There may come a time where I don’t have a choice and I have to break them up but so far its worked out well.

On Krejci returning on the earlier or later side of four to six weeks…
Not really. He’s still, this is I think his third days skating. So he’s still skating on his own. I haven’t been told that he’s ready to join the team yet but I really don’t know whether he’s on the close side or not. I think the injury that he has is a hard one to tell because he’s not going to come back at 80 percent at this stage of the year. You want him to be as close to 100 percent as possible with that type of injury I think it’s important that that happens.

On Carl Soderberg’s game recently…
I think you just said it. His line is still producing. Loui’s [Eriksson] been scoring some goals for that line and at the end of the day you’d like to see him maybe be better and I think right now he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself to produce because he can and we know he can as well. Again pardon my talk, yesterday was like you got to just play the game here and make sure you play it right. You’re line is still producing so it’s not like you guys are dry and you’re not bringing much. Eventually by just playing our game you hope that his production will come too. We’ve seen other players go through those slumps but where Carl [Soderberg] is one of those players that takes a lot of pride in bringing something useful to his team and he’s not really, I guess, disappointed for himself more than he’s disappointed for what he lacks in bringing to the team. He’s a team player and he wants to help out. That’s the part that I really like about Carl.

On being stoic and if he gets down on himself like other players…
No, I don’t think he gets down. I think he thinks a lot but he doesn’t get down. You can see his effort, he’s working hard, doesn’t mean he always works properly. Sometimes he’s probably trying too hard in different areas. But I think he does a lot of thinking.
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