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Running Quotes For Bruins vs Maple Leafs 11/21

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM

On if this was one of the more gratifying wins because of how the Leafs played defensively…
Yeah, I think we had to work really hard to get this one. They did a good job around their net. Obviously [James] Reimer was extremely good. I can see why he [Mike Babcock]’s been riding him, really solid in net for them tonight. So was our goaltender. Even if he didn’t face as many shots, I thought Tuukka [Rask] made big saves, a couple of breakaways and a couple of breakdowns in that second period that he came up big. But they do a good job. They collapse a lot, and that’s why I think we had a lot of shots from the blue line tonight. Lots of shots, but for the most part, they were doing a good job by either blocking them, or at least taking away their rebound if there was one, by being down low. So we had to work hard to get those goals tonight, or that goal, and obviously the empty netter, but I thought our team did a good job of staying focused with what we were supposed to do, and not get frustrated.

On if tonight’s win is one the Bruins can build off of…
Well, I mean, you’re always careful about saying build on. I think it is a good win, and I think the last game was a good win too. I think we’re, we keep using the word consistency. I think it’s a real good win. We’ve just got to keep trying to play the same way night after night. If we play that way every night, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win. So it’s about trying to bring that on a consistent basis.

On if he’s seen more commitment out of the team in their last two wins…
Definitely. You’re asking a question, I think you know the answer there too, right? Our guys are a lot more committed. Whether it’s blocking shots, even our penalty kill did a great job again tonight, even though they didn’t have to kill much, but it was a good kill on their part. There’s a lot of commitment, even physical commitment, either taking a check or finishing your check. So there’s a lot more there in skating and getting into those dirty areas a lot more. Again, tonight, I thought it was one of those situations where you’re going to have two teams that are going to really compete hard, and who was going to outcompete who. But we had to make sure it was us, and for the most part, I think we did a decent job of it.

On everyone doing their job defensively tonight…
Yeah. I think that’s been, we almost basically talked about that at one point, that slogan almost, I guess, resonates in our dressing room because a lot of it was about that. If everybody did their job and did it well, then we had a chance. So I’m sure he won’t mind if we borrow his [Bill Belichick] slogan there for a little bit at least.

On Zdeno Chara starting to use his slapshot more in the last week or so…
Obviously we know he likes to shoot, and I think he just came back from an injury there, and I don’t think his timing and stepping into those shots was at its best early on, and I think he’s starting to feel better and better. And the injury that he had, it made it that he wasn’t able to shoot as hard as he is right now. So obviously he’s much better.

On the importance of this group learning how to win low-scoring games…
Yeah it is, and we kind of look at the last two games, we’ve allowed two goals in two games. So, we’re a much better defensive team than the goals against have shown since the beginning of the year, and I think that’s why we’re disappointed, because we know this group can be better defensively. Last game, tonight, much better, so again, when you talk about building on certain things, that’s probably something we can certainly build on, and it’s understanding that if we’re stingy, we’re going to get that much better of a chance to win.

On Matt Beleskey’s impact on the Bruins so far this season…
Yeah, I mean, we talked about that I think this morning, and again, he had another great scoring chance tonight. He’s getting his chances. Right now, I think he’s a little snake-bitten, and pucks aren’t really going in for him, but I like his compete level, I like his effort, his focus and all that stuff, he’s being physical. He’s working really hard, so I think it’s just a matter of time for him.

On the Ryan Spooner – Joonas Kemppainen – Brett Connolly line generating chances…
Yeah, because all three of them played pretty well. Kemper [Joonas Kemppainen]’s been really strong in the middle, and also I find he’s starting to get his confidence offensively, making plays and holding on to the puck a little longer, and all those kind of things. And I think Spoons [Ryan Spooner] has really done a good job on the left wing there, adapting to it and using his speed, and a lot more involved in the last two games, and that’s what we need out of Ryan. And that’s a sign of a young player really who’s getting it. He wants to be better, so kudos to him. And then Conns [Brett Connolly] is the same almost every night. He’s just a hard-working, big, strong winger who can skate and shoot the puck.

On if he’s going to take more of a look at Ryan Spooner on the wing…
Well I think it’s a great option to have. It doesn’t mean he’s not going to play center again, but I like the fact that I can, instead of maybe moving [Joonas] Kemppainen up against certain teams because they’re a heavy game, and we need maybe a little bit more late in the game, then I know I can move him to the wing and he’s still going to be a helpful player, instead of just necessarily leaving him on the bench and waiting for the next power play. So, no doubt, there’s some things you can do with Ryan, and it’s nice to see that he’s embraced that challenge on the wing at times, so we can utilize him. It’s his advantage. He’s not just a centerman, now he’s a centerman and a winger.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On what he thought of the team’s defensive game tonight…
Good. First period was great, I mean, today the chances that we gave up were maybe in the offensive zone or the neutral zone and then they game at us with the rush but I think our defensive game was solid today and we stuck with it. Even though it was a tight game we got rewarded, so it was a great character win.

On what it’s like to be in a goaltender battle against James Reimer…
It wasn’t really a battle, it was just him getting shots and I was just waiting for that one shot to come and you know, try to make the stop and keep us in it, so Reimer played a great game today and lucky for us we got one by him.

On if he feels he’s lifting up the team when he stops a breakaway…
I don’t know, I mean obviously we want to make those saves and kind of, especially when your team has the momentum and then the breakout happens, that’s a timely save and that’s something a goaltender needs to make in order to keep the team in the game. And a lot of cases this year it hasn’t been the breakaways, or 2-on-1s or 3-on-2s, it’s been post and charging that guy or tip ins and stuff like that we get scored on, that’s really deflating for everyone. Today it was good that defensively we stuck with it and kept it tight, the chances they got were clear chances so it’s easier for a goalie to stop them.

On looking for back to back wins in the upcoming game against Toronto…
Well, we talked about it before the game that it’s kind of a mini-series, playoff series. We’re against them, we know they’re right behind us. Today was a big game and on Monday I’m sure they’re going to come even harder at home, it would be great to get another one just to get some lead way but it’s going to be tough.

On wining in low scoring games…
Yeah, I think a lot of cases we’ve talked about it and broke it down, we used to crack but then we use to sew things together and bounce back, and today was a great example that we cracked a couple of times in the second period, they had chances, but we never broke. We stuck with it, and that’s when you get rewarded. A lot of games that we’ve lost that hasn’t been the case, so it’s good to see that we’re actually moving forward and building that.

On the team staying with system throughout the game…
Yeah, that’s all about everybody doing their jobs and believing in the system. Then at least you can say that you played a good game and today if we lose one nothing obviously it’s going to hurt but you knew that you played a great game. And those are the losses that won’t hurt as much as the ones that you kind of blew the game away. So it was a good thing to see that we stuck with it we got rewarded and maybe when we take things from here and learn as a team that we can win even the low scoring games when we stuck with the game plan.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN

A lot of time over there, you know what I mean? [Laughs] He’s got a hard enough shot where he’s going to beat a goalie if he puts it in the right spot. So I wasn’t worried. I kind of had a feeling as soon as I gave it to him he was going to put it in.

On maintaining aggressive posture throughout the game…
Their neutral zone was a little bit more laid back, a little bit more of a trap, so we knew we had to play more of a puck-possession, you know. Try and get speed through the neutral zone, try and get pucks deep to get through that. But yeah that was a big part of the game plan tonight.

On what it was like entering the third period 0-0 and have to grind it out…
You know it’s good. And it’s good for experience too, you know. Being in those 0-0 games, you know, in the third period being able to hang in there, stick to our game plan, be patient and finally get a late goal I think that it’s big for our confidence and know that we can hang on to games like that.

On his assist on Zdeno Chara’s goal…
You know, that was also part of our game plan was that they tend to collapse their forwards- they get pretty low. And we had the puck cycling in the offense zone so our forwards did a good job all night getting pucks low to high. Once that one got up I was even able to step in almost at the top of the circle it felt like and then they kind of left Zee [Zdeno Chara] alone on the offside so I just threw it over there, you know, where there was less traffic and he was able to, you know, put it in.

On Rask’s game…
Yeah he was outstanding, you know, he kept us in the game. He did a nice job tonight. He made the big saves when we needed him too and I thought he was good with playing the puck tonight as well.

On if he was surprised that Zdeno Chara had that much room…
I mean they collapse so much that they kind of -it was almost like deer in the headlights- they all kind of stood there. So when you see that it’s tough to get a puck through even though it seems like you have a lot of time there’s a lot of traffic down there so sometimes, you know, getting it off to the side like that kind of bypasses everything and you get a clear lane.

On how much confidence it gives the team when Tuukka Rask makes a big save at the beginning…
Its huge, you know, it keeps you in the game. It’s a whole other ball game if that goes in, you know. So like I said he made the key saves we needed him too in that one and it was one of the few that he made that was, you know, big.

On if Zdeno Chara is more comfortable opening up on his slap shots now…
Yeah, I mean he’s always had a strong shot, you know. I think even if he goes “half slapper” it’s still about as hard as mine [laughs] so, you know, I don’t think it’s ever an issue.

On how big it was to be part of the game-winning goal at the end…
You know, it’s really exciting obviously. Any time you get to play in a tight game like that, you know, you really get emotionally invested in a game and you never want to lose so, you know. Wanted to win like that and being able to be out there for that last play- it’s a good feeling. Something you carry over to the next game as well.

On what it’s like playing with Zdeno Chara…
It’s awesome, you know. I mean I know I make little gaff here that he’s got my back and, you know, I think I’m able to help him a little bit too. So I’m just trying to learn here now and you know continue to try and be a solid D back there and try and take down those top lines.

On playing with people that are smaller than him…
Actually yeah, I’ve always had a smaller guy. Pretty much my whole time down in Providence [AHL affiliate Providence Bruins] I was playing with David Warsofsky so. And even in college I played with smaller guys so, you know, [laughs] it’s always been the other way around.

On having the potential to be a good pair with Zdeno Chara…
Yeah I hope so. That’s the plan.

On the long period of time he sat out of the lineup…
You know, I mean I’ve never really been through a stretch like that before in my career so I actually talked to a couple people and told them, you know, it is what it is and I have to take it, you know, in stride and look at it as a challenge and, you know, try and prep myself in practice and push other guys but at the same time make sure that my game is squared away and I’m ready to go next time I get a shot. You know, that’s what I tried to do and now it’s taking that approach and bringing it into every practice while I’m still in the lineup to, you know, to stay there.

On if he knew that Johnny Boychuk was scratched from the lineup for a period of time before getting his chance…
I heard a couple people say it but I, you know, didn’t know a whole lot about it no.

On if it helps him bide his time when he hears that…
Yeah, no it’s good to know that, you know, someone else has been through it and has been able to overcome it. But you know like I said it’s another challenge along the road that, you know, when you can overcome it you’re going to be better for it, you know.

On if they told him not to worry when he was sitting out for that period of time…
Well I wouldn’t say they said, “don’t worry about it.” But I mean you know I had a couple tips along the way and, you know, kind of things that I need to work on, you know, to be prepared when I got my chance again so I took that for what it was worth and I didn’t start marking down the games on the wall or keeping track of how long I was out I just kind of took it day by day. And we were winning too, you know, so it’s easier to kind of just keep going to practice with a positive attitude and you know be excited so.

On finding something that works after losing three games…
And you know that happens. And it’s…we play 82 games for a reason and I knew sooner or later you know if my work ethic was there and my attitude was positive then I would get my chance sooner or later.

BOSTON BRUINS RIGHT WINGER BRETT CONNOLLY
On playing with Ryan Spooner and Joonas Kemppainen…
I thought we were good tonight. Thought we were good defensively, we had some good chances. When you’re getting chances it’s good. When you’re not getting chances then you should be worried. Offensively you got to stick with it, it’s a tough league to score. You got to stick with it.

On Tuukka playing well….
Tuukka was our best player tonight. It looks like he has kind of turned a corner here. He was great again tonight. That game is a completely different game if he doesn’t stop that breakaway. Again, he played really well tonight. I thought as a team we played pretty well too, obviously we gave up a little bit, again but you’re going to give up chances in games. I thought we responded well in the third.

On whether the loss to the San Jose Sharks was a wake-up call…
Yeah, I think we’ve had a few wake-up calls this year, we're still trying to find obviously a consistent game and that this is a big step for us, winning two-in-a-row at home. That’s how we’re going to win. Good D and keeping the puck out of our net. We know were going to score it’s just a matter of being good defensively and when we are good defensively, we’re going to get chances and we’re going to score goals. Whether it’s five-on-five or on the power play, it’s one of those things where it’s a matter of time before you do score, you just got to keep the puck out of your net.

On what changed where they can now stay mentally there for a full game…
I think we’re a confident group, there’s no denying that. Guys believe in this group and you know we’ve played some really good hockey and we’ve played some not-so-good hockey. We’re 18 games in, it’s just about finding a consistent effort and the little details in our game. Hopefully, this was a big step for us, winning two-in-a-row at home, gaining that confidence. Obviously in the room knowing we can string together consecutive wins at home and on the road and so – a big win. They’re a team that is behind us and we needed to win tonight.

On what the forwards need to continue to do to help the young defense…
We need to help out a little more and get back, the more breakdowns you just got to be in position to help out the defense as much as you can and limit turnovers and you know that’s the main thing, you can’t be turning pucks over and having teams come back on our d and push the pace on us. You know we’ve been good the last few games, it’s just a matter of sticking with it here.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On how the team managed to stick to their game plan…
Well it was one of those nights where [pauses] we had been talking for awhile now and it is one of those things where not much was said between the second and third, we just went out and played. It was one of those games that we had that feeling and it was nice to be rewarded at the end there and then just a great battle at the end there to keep the lead and win the game.

On the bench’s reaction to Zdeno Chara’s game-winning goal….
That was a big celebration. I think probably the biggest one we had all year. It was a great feeling, I mean it felt like a total team-effort and everybody you know pulled on the rope tonight and that was a big part of it. You know our leader [Chara] stepped up and made a big play and guys were pretty excited.

On whether Toronto’s pack-the-net strategy forced the defensemen to take more shots that normal…
Yeah that’s the way they defend, right? You know their guys they collapse a little bit and maybe when a forward beats a defender then their forwards come down and help and it leaves the points open. It’s about sticking to the game plan, the guys did a great job of not getting away from that and we had looks all night and that was nice. When your offense rolls like that usually you get a few more goals, but it was nice to be rewarded at the end.

On if this was their most gratifying win of the season …
They [Toronto] did a good job. They boxed us out well, when we had pucks at the point. I think we battled well – even on that last goal we had guys in front, we get it out and Zee [Zdeno Chara] gets a good shot. That’s a good testament to our team sticking with it, sticking with our game plan and hopefully we can do the same on Monday.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On the importance of the team playing well for an entire 60 minutes tonight…
It was huge, it was huge. I think we played a very strong game tonight from top to finish. Maybe in the second period we kind of bended a little bit, but we stayed with it. We were smart, resilient, and our leader came up with a big goal.

On what type of tone the team has set for Monday’s game with Toronto…
Tonight doesn’t mean as much if we don’t win Monday. So we’ve got to put it behind us and focus right now, and think about Monday now.

On what the team talked about during intermission…
Just staying with it. You know, I think since the beginning of the year we talked about bending and not breaking, and I think that’s what we did tonight. Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] was just so key for us. He made some huge saves, and the only way we could thank him was by coming back and having a good third period, and get the win for him which we did.



BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY
On whether his role has changed since coming over from Anaheim…
It’s been a little bit of a change, but I think I still try and play the same every game. You know I want to be that power forward, get in there, get in on the forecheck and that’s just what I’m trying to do.

On whether he is used to being a “power forward”…
Yep, that’s what I’ve been trying to do for the most of my career. It’s kind of been the strength of mine to get in on the forecheck, create some space – hopefully I’m doing a good job.

On whether they grinded this one out…
Yeah, I think we’re happy with the number of goals we allowed [laughs] – zero. That’s good, I think we played well, we had good chances in the first, a little lull in the second, but we recovered and stuck with it right to the end and that’s good for our team.

On if this was their most gratifying win of the season …
They [Toronto] did a good job. They boxed us out well, when we had pucks at the point. I think we battled well – even on that last goal we had guys in front, we get it out and Zee [Zdeno Chara] gets a good shot. That’s a good testament to our team sticking with it, sticking with our game plan and hopefully we can do the same on Monday.

On what changed between the second and third period that allowed them to battle back…
I think we just looked at it like this is where we got to bear down, it came down to us wanting it more. At home we wanted to finish positive with this little homestand. It was good to get that third period comeback win.

On how much their confidence has improved in registering consecutive home victories…
It’s great. It’s what we want to do, we want to get on a roll, get above .500, close in on Thanksgiving. We want to get ourselves close or in a playoff spot.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the win feeling pretty good…
Yeah it did. I mean it’s a way to win and wins are always good and it’s a good feeling especially when you win the game the way we did, playing strong for 60 and staying patient and waiting for our chances. You know, Tuukka [Rask] was huge for us, especially in the second period. He made some really big saves. You know, there was not much special teams out there so most of the game was five on five and a lot of battles. Everybody tried to stay patient and disciplined and it was kind of a waiting who’s going to crack first, and, you know, one point decided pretty much the game, so big win for us because everybody played well for 60 and battled hard.

On whether playing a team twice in three days makes the win more important…
I think that’s part of the schedule and I think that we know that both teams are going to be battling again for another win. They play really well. It’s a new structure, new system they’re playing. You know, very disciplined. They battle hard. They skate well. It’s going to be a game for us and I’m sure for them as well.

On whether he can sense a difference in the way they play…
Yeah, I mean you can tell. It’s, you know, well coached. They buy into the system. They work hard, so for sure it’s a little bit different maybe from previous years. I can’t really tell that much more than that, but yeah. You saw, it was a close game for 60.

On whether he was surprised at how much space he had to score his goal…
Yeah, I mean usually you don’t get that much time. It’s usually there’s somebody on you right away, but I don’t know exactly what happened on that play, but I end up being completely alone. I was able to take time and walk down and place the shot.

On taking advantage of the space…
Well, it’s more about having time and when you see a chance to place a shot a lot of times you don’t have that much time. We don’t have two or three seconds to really put everything on it unless it’s obviously a power play or outnumbered situation, but you know, when you do have time obviously you like that.

On taking more shots the last few games and whether he’s more comfortable…
I never, was never shy of taking shots. I like shooting the puck. I like, you know, using my shot. I think it’s something that I work really hard at and when it’s there…

On having two wins in a row at home and what they’ve done as a team to get those…
Just, you know, putting more emphasis on putting wins together, and it’s such an even league and teams are playing so well. It’s early in the season and everybody wants to win and we need to stay focused and it’s pretty much right away when you win a game you’ve got to focus on the next one and playing well on the ice obviously instruction wise and being disciplined and doing all those little things and, you know, little things make a difference in a game. Like you saw tonight, 0-0 game pretty much for the whole 60.

On whether he likes 0-0 games better than high scoring games…
I like not being scored on obviously. You know, it’s fun when you have everybody committed to play defensive game first and then obviously building off that or driving from that defense to the offense, but when you have five guys committed on the ice playing defense it’s… it’s great to see.


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On it being a good road game even though the result wasn’t what he wanted…
Well you know I didn’t like our first period. I didn’t think we were competitive enough in the first period, I thought we were way better in the second period, and I thought they pushed a little bit in the third. You know I hate to see them obviously score with three minutes left or whatever was left, but saying that – that’s what we did last night. So you know obviously you’d like to grab another point here today, or two, but we didn’t do that. You know we’re getting better as a team. We spent too much time, I thought, in the first in our own zone for sure. You know they’re a good hockey club and they came at us good.

On whether the Bruins are a good team to measure themselves against…
Well I think everybody when you’re us is a good team to measure yourself. I don’t think we have any games where you look at the other opponent and say, ‘jeez they’re not a good team.’ To me, you know, we basically evaluate ourselves. But the Bruins are a good team, there’s no question about it. And I thought [Tuukka] Rask played real well tonight. We had some quality chances, and I thought he played well. In the end they were able to get it done.

On whether James Reimer looks quieter in net lately…
Well I just think anybody that’s confident isn’t as twitchy and the puck’s not coming off him so there’s not second chances, you’re just making one or done, and our guys are doing a good job, so we’re keeping them to the outside way more. And he’s played well. I thought [James Reimer] Reims had a real strong night tonight.

On whether he knew much about Reimer before he came to the team…
No. What I would say to you is I didn’t know much about anybody. You watch them on tape, you know who they are, but until you’re actually in the room you have no idea.

On whether Reimer’s personality has been shining through…
You know guys I’ve got nothing to go off because I don’t know him from the past. I just know he’s a good guy and he’s battled hard. He came out of training camp, he had had a good training camp, the other guy got to play all the time, it would have been easy for him to feel bad for himself or be upset, but he just dug in and played harder – well maybe he was upset – and he’s just gotten better and better each night he starts. So good for him. 

On whether Michael Grabner is getting close to where he needs to be…
Well he had lots of chances obviously. You know the bottom line is we have to find ways to score five-on-five goals. The last two games in my opinion, we didn’t generate what we’ve been generating rolling around in the offensive zone. Give the other teams credit as well, but that’s going to be key for us to have success going forward. So we’ve got to find a way to generate more five-on-five.


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN DION PHANEUF
On the Bruins being a good opponent…
Yeah I thought we started – we were a little bit slow to get going, and then second period we find a way to push back. I thought we got our game to the level that we’d like, and then the third is a tight checking man’s game. It’s disappointing because you look at the way we pushed back in the second – it’s a tied game going into the third. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see where we’re at and where they’re at. That was a big two points. So we’ve got to go home, get some rest tomorrow and refocus. We’ve got them again on Monday. But I thought we, for back-to-back games where they didn’t play last night, I thought we showed a lot of character to play at the level that we did. But it’s disappointing letting them win it late.

On how important puck support is in the defensive zone in order to generate some chances…
They came hard early. We expected it, we talked about it, we know when we play the team that plays the night before we want to have a good start against them. We knew they were going to push. I thought they did in the first 10 they really came at us. We were a little bit slow to get going, but we regrouped, we came back, we pushed back, and we had some chances too – I don’t know how many posts we hit, probably two maybe three, we had some chances. Bottom line is we didn’t get two points.

On whether he’s ever seen James Reimer on a run like this before…
I’ve seen him play lots and I’ve seen him play lots of real good hockey. So he looks confident and he looks really good to me. But I’ve seen him play lots of good hockey.

On whether he’s usually checking the standings this early in the year…
I think you always (do). The thing is we started and we dug ourselves a little bit of a hole early, but we weren’t getting results and I think the effort was there. So that was disappointing. But we fought back, we clawed back into a spot where we feel that we’ve got to keep taking steps forward, but we did a lot of good things over the last three weeks. So we’ve got to continue. But it’s disappointing not to come out of here with points, because it’s zero-zero until 3:50 left, so you would like to get a point and push it to extra time.

On whether he had any issue with Brad Marchand’s hit on Leo Komarov…
I didn’t really. I’m not going to say whether I – I didn’t have a great angle at it to be honest with you. So, the refs do a pretty good job, obviously they didn’t see much more than what there was.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GOALTENDER JAMES REIMER
On tonight’s outcome…
Yeah, it’s too bad. I mean, I thought we worked hard. The second game in two nights is always tough, and we battled right down to the wire. So it was too bad we couldn’t squeeze out a point.

On why it’s always a close game against the Bruins…
It’s just a good rivalry. Original six and obviously we’ve had a few battles in the past. So whenever you face off against them it’s a fun game because you know it’s going to be a high intensity one. So those are always the ones you want to be a part of.

On if the team made adjustments after the first period to compete on an even basis in the second…
Yeah, obviously at first it wasn’t our best and we knew it so we kind of chatted in here and made sure that we came out with a little more jump in the second and third. Sometimes that’s the case, I mean, you don’t want to make excuses by any means but the second game in two nights your legs are a little heavy sometimes in the first so it takes a bit to get her going. But you know, I thought we got her going and played well in the last 40 but you know, they were able to get one goal past me.

On what it’s like blocking a slapshot from Zdeno Chara …
You just stand in there and try to read it. Unfortunately tonight I read it wrong, or on that shot I read it wrong. So it’s obviously he’s got a good shot, he’s got a pretty hard shot. But I think it’s one that…other people may think differently, but I think I’m good enough to stop it and so it’s unfortunate that it slipped through.

On if he’s more relaxed leading up to games lately…
Yeah, I think everybody is. I think we’re kind of touching on, again, just that confidence that we have in our group. And when everybody’s pulling their 1/20th then it’s an easy game. I know that my teammates have my back no matter what so I’ll just have to stand in there and do my part and they’ll do their part.  When you go under a game like that you just have a little more confidence.

On if the team welcomes the opportunity to play the Bruins twice in 48 hours…
Yeah, it’s fun. I mean it’s almost like a mini-series or something like that. I think we’ll come out flying at home against these guys. Obviously it’s not fun to lose in the last couple of minutes of the game, so I think we’re going to come out firing on Monday and it should be a good one.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD SHAWN MATTHIAS
On the opportunities that he saw during tonight’s game…
We had our chances. We didn’t start well, but I think we came out hard the second period and strong in the third. It sucks losing and we’ll try to get back into things here. We need all the points we can get and could have been a really good road trip if we got that win.

On if he was trying to mix things up during breakaways…
It’s frustrating. I mean, I just overthought it. The first one got in my head and then tried to change things up. A lot of shots, a lot of chances for some other guys too.  Their goalie played well.

On his success against this team with a hat trick in Vancouver last year…
Yeah I had some lucky ones that night, and tonight I wasn’t so lucky. That’s the way hockey goes sometimes.

On how he would describe The Boston Bruins…
They’re a good team. They’re a tough team. They’re good heavy down low and they’ve got guys that have won Stanley Cups. So they’ve been successful, they know how to win. It’s frustrating giving up the loss late in the game like that. Letting them walk in, because we were coming back. It’s like I said before, we need all the points we can get. We were pushing them, thought we had it for a little while there and it’s frustrating, but the good thing is we get to see them Monday night.

On goaltender James Reimer during this round…
He played well. He’s been competing hard. He’s been quiet through the whole course so I know it’s really bothering him.  He’s just doing his thing and he’s confident right now. He’s a heck of a goalie. I feel confident in front of him. I think we should feel confident as a group, too. We’ve had some success. That one stings, but like I said before we get to see them Monday night at our barn and we’re looking forward to playing against them in our hometown with our home fans.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:40 AM
On the problems that the Toronto Maple Leafs present…
Well I think I guess it’s the same problem that every team has- they come in, they play well, they play hard in our building. But what I’ve found from Toronto’s team is that, you know, over the past few weeks you’ve really seen their structure come together, you know. They’re playing a lot better and they seem to be I guess more in sync and probably a lot more comfortable with what they’re being asked to do. So that’s kind of a natural situation given that they’ve got a new coach that’s trying to put something into place here and they seem to be real confident and obviously hard working so, you know, things are starting to come together for them. So as far as I’m concerned I don’t think there’s any difference between preparing for this game than there was in the last game against Minnesota- we respect them a lot.

On Matt Beleskey and his production and if he’s having some bad luck right now…
Yeah I think, you know, when you look at his game and the chances he has last game he had some real good chances. He came before the crossbar that would’ve tied the game so, you know, I think it’s just a matter of time for him. What we’re looking for from Matty [Matt Beleskey] is to continue to shoot when he has the opportunity to shoot. To me he’s working hard, you know, he’s competing in all areas so, you know, sometimes with those players when they do those kinds of things you just have to be a little bit patient and hope that, you know, he gets a little bit of puck luck there and he starts getting the goals that he deserves.

On coaching with Mike Babcock in the Olympics and what he learned from him…
He was my roommate- he snores at night [smiles]. Okay he’s going to tell you I do so. No, I think Mike [Babcock] is always very well prepared, you know, very intense coach like most of us for that matter. But, you know, we all have roles to play and at the Olympics if you go from being a head coach to an assistant coach you have to change your demeanor too, you know. You have to compliment the head coach. But there’s no doubt when he takes on a task he takes it seriously and he wants to succeed and whatever it takes. So when we were at the Olympics we were a really well prepared team you know. And all of us kind of agreed with the approach obviously and we were all proud coaches, but we were a well prepared team and he made sure of that. You know, on the bench when I say he stays on top of everything. But you know some of the qualities that Mike [Babcock] has is he really uses the people around him well. So you know I had the clear job to do either in the preparation or even on the bench, you know, and etcetera with the rest of the stuff. He’s just a guy that covered all of his angles. So that’s what Mike [Babcock] brings to a team and you know he’s as a competitive as the players are which is what has made him a real good coach.

On if he’s looking forward to working with him again for the World Cup…
Yeah I mean working with him and working for, you know, your country and getting an opportunity to do that. It’s always great because not only do we have that opportunity and that privilege but we also I think evolve as coaches being together and learning a little bit from each other and taking a little bit from each other as well that we think could help our coaching get better. So that’s the thing that I enjoy as far as, you know, between coaches. But also the competition is…you don’t get much better competition than what you see in the Olympics or probably what you’re going to see at the World Cup.

On bringing up Max Talbot and if there’s a comfort in doing so…
Well he’s an experienced guy, you know. And I think that’s the comfort level that you’re talking about, you know. He comes, he competes hard. He understands what we’re trying to do here so it’s not like we’re trying to teach somebody. So that’s I guess the luxury that we have with Max [Talbot] being in Providence. When you bring him up you’re bringing a veteran player that’s played the game. But he’s not nervous about playing in this league and understands- he’s been with us since last year- so he understands exactly what we’re all about here.

On if the hope is that Frank Vatrano just misses tonight…
Yeah Frank [Vatrano] will miss tonight. He’s still day-to-day but will miss tonight. He should be practicing with us tomorrow is what I presume. So that’s how close he’s getting.

On if he has a better sense of how long David Pastrnak will be out for…
Not really because, you know, he’s still on crutches. So he’s so far away I don’t really get into that. When he gets closer probably I’ll put my nose in there, but right now he’s too far away.
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