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BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On how difficult it is to win in the NHL when your power play and penalty kill are both struggling…
Well I think it’s hard to win in this league when you’ve got to play from behind all the time. I think that’s the biggest thing for me right now. We’re not great at playing catch-up hockey. We’re a team that’s pretty good playing with the lead, and we didn’t do a good enough job of that tonight.

On if the penalty kill needs quick fixes or a lot of work…
I don’t think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. There’s some areas that, again, we get caught running around and we just open up the seams. Even that goal from the backdoor there in the first period, it was identified before the game that they do that. So we need a little bit of sharpness from individuals as well, and get a little more composure on the PK.

On the Bruins starting the game well and where the game went from there…
I thought the first ten minutes we came out pretty hard, and then it just kind of leveled off. We gave them a couple of goals, one you let a guy go to the front of the net for a rebound, the other one you take a penalty because you don’t dump it in when you’re trying to get a line change. Again, those are all things that are self-inflicted, and until we clean up that part of our game, it’s going to be a struggle. We’re going to be playing coming from behind, like we did again tonight.  It was the same thing in California, down three-nothing both games that we lost. It’s hard enough to win in this league, you can’t put yourself in that position.

On if it’s disappointing to lose following a sound win in San Jose…
It is, but you know, we don’t travel a ton either, and you could tell the grogginess in our players when we came back. It was so important for us, I thought, to win this game tonight anyways. It’s just one game [at home] then go back on the road again. But we’ve just got to buckle down here and come back with a successful road trip.

On if he was happy to see Shawn Thornton fight…
I don’t know if I want to answer that.

On if injuries were the reason for shifting guys around on the power play…
We had to replace some guys, and again, on the point we want some guys that can shoot the puck, so we decided to put [Zdeno Chara] there. Looch [Milan Lucic] is a big enough body, he can play the front of the net too. Loui [Eriksson] is a pretty smart player there on the half wall as well. We saw that in the beginning of the year when he was healthy. We thought we’d move guys around, but it had nothing to do with that tonight. It was more like our team as a whole, you could see that we weren’t in sync from breakouts, we rimmed a lot of pucks versus making clean passes. As a whole, we’ve got to clean up our game that way.

On what he’s seen out of Tuukka Rask’s recent performances…
Same thing you’ve seen. I don’t know what else to tell you, I agree with him.

On how a goaltender can overcome fighting the puck…
I don’t know, because that’s why we have a goalie coach.

On if the Bruins’ struggles snowball when they fall behind…
No, I think if anything, there’s a lot of guys that didn’t play well enough tonight. We had a lot of guys that were trying to do a little too much to compensate for that. We’ve just got to clean up our game as a team, and when everybody does their job, we’re a pretty good team. But right now that’s not happening.

On if there are similarities between struggles now and the beginning of the season…
No, again, every year we go through this, guys. Every year, [in the] middle of the season, we seem to go through a struggle, and we work our way out of it. Nothing is different, every team in this league. I mean we’re sitting here, and we’re talking about our team, but there’s not a single team in this league that doesn’t go through this. I’m trying not to be overly critical versus trying to fight our way out of it, and that’s what I’m trying to do here. That’s why I’m kind of avoiding some of these questions here about this and that. It’s not about being negative here, it’s about working our way out of it.

On swapping defensive pairings…
That’s just coaching. I keep telling you guys that, it’s just coaching.

On seeing the team try to come back in the third period…
We tried. It’s not surprising. I mean, this is the kind of team we are. We’re not always good, but I never question the character of this hockey club. That’s never been a question for me, anyways. They’ve always been resilient, and they will continue to be resilient. Like I said, it’s just going through that situation that I think our team has got to pick its game up and be better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On if he was happy with how the team was playing when things were going well…
It’s tough to look at the positive, I know that it is important to look at the positives, but at the end of the day it’s an important game for our team. It’s important for us to respond in a way that we show some urgency and some desperation because every game, every point, matters at this point and time. So there’s really a lot of areas that we should have been better in.

On where he was seeing the break down in the penalty kill…
That’s a part of the game I take a lot of pride in. It’s obviously a big part of my game and it’s just not good enough. It’s not the system, the system that is in place has worked for years and it’s been able to put us at the top of the League. It’s something collectively as a group that we have to look at. Like I said, it’s not the system it’s us as players. The ones that are given that responsibility have to do the job.

On how hard it is to win when both special teams are struggling…
It’s hard. There’s a lot of games that are won with either a power play goal or a penalty kill being solid. Again, it’s an area that the individuals put in the situation have to take pride in. It’s a privilege to be on the power play and the penalty kill. In my case I’m on the penalty kill and we just have to do a better job.

On if he thinks guys are freelancing outside of the system…
I don’t’ know. I think to be a good penalty killing unit it’s a lot of the intangible things, the small things, that add up to being successful. Whether it’s faceoff—again that’s an area that I would like to help out my other two centermen more or the other guys that take the majority of the faceoffs. It’s faceoffs, it’s getting the pucks deep—200 feet—having good sticks. Tuukka’s [Rask] been great for us all year so to leave him out to dry in some situations, that’s an area – personally I’m going to look at what I can do better and work on that.

On if he thinks the struggling penalty kill is an effort thing…
Is the effort there? I don’t know if it’s effort, it might be attention to detail, focus. There’s no question that everybody is committed in this room and cares. We have a great group and successful group but again I think that that success comes from those small details that really make a difference. It’s one step at a time when you’re going through a time like this. I’ve been here for four years now and the penalty kill has always been really solid. It’s just an area that we have to rectify and we’ll do that.

On if the play of the team has been disappointing…
I guess the disappointing part is that consistency is huge now. The elite teams in the league are elite because they’re able to compete at that level night in and night out. Everybody is going through the same trials that we are, it’s a compressed schedule because of the break so you have to deal with things that you might not normally have to deal with in a normal year. So every team is dealing with those and at this point and time points are extremely valuable for most of the teams in the League. So whether you’re playing a team that is looking to the playoffs and are in the hunt or a team that’s top of the standings, the margin of difference between those teams is very small now. Games are tight so it is important to – we’re not going to win every game, we’re not going to get points every game, but again I resort back to the consistency factor where we have to have that compete level high every night to really be successful.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the teams struggle recently…
Yeah well you know our special teams right now for the most part this year have actually been really good and in the last little bit we kind of probably safe to say I mean both have probably slumped a little bit and it’s an important part of the game and we’re working at and we know we need to get back at it.  We had some good roles on both sides of it and unfortunately they both kind of have fallen out of sync a little bit and you know tonight our power play had at time some really good chances and they just didn’t go in and pk is a tough one because you can do a lot of good things and it just will breakdown here or there and all of a sudden it’s a big goal against.  PK here it’s been really good for a long time and we’ll get it back there and we’re working at our power play and we’ve had some great stretches this year too so we believe we can get it back and we know that it’s both sides and their costly and their very important in these tight games.

On if the overall mood of the team is slumping…
I wouldn’t say that I mean we want to win it doesn’t feel good after any loss there’s no question.  Guys are going to stay positive and keep working at it there was some, at times, really good things tonight.  We’re trying to build a streak back, get back on the winning side and start putting two games together, we were trying to do that tonight and it didn’t happen for us and we’ll get back.  Now it will be our next game in Dallas and we’ll try to build from there.  Guys aren’t getting down on ourselves, we know that we need to better – every team that we play it’s a dog fight I mean they start fighting for a playoff position and we’re fighting for the top division.  So every game here on in is going to be important for some reason or another to all of us.

On the slump in their special teams…
Yeah it is, but our PK has been great for us this year and you go through tough stretches.  I think if you look at every team at different times during the year their special teams aren’t always happening and it’s not always on and we’ve had a great PK here for a long time and we’ll get back at it we’re working at it we talk about and we go over things.  Sometimes they just go in somehow you know one breakdown here sometimes you try to hard and on the other side of it our power play has been pretty solid this year and unfortunately at the same we’ve kind of hit a cold streak too there.  Special teams are very important and we know that and we’re working at it and unfortunately tonight on the power play side we had some good looks on some of them, some great looks and same in San Jose and it’s been coming again.  I think on both sides we’ll keep working at it, but we believe we can get it back to where it needs to be.

On whether it’s a big adjustment to not have Zdeno Chara where he usually is in his unit…
Well I think sometimes when you go a bit cold where we’re getting chances and stuff and when guys are out or something you just move around different spots and Zee [Zdeno Chara] can play all different positions so.  You know Looch [Milan Lucic] is a big guy in front too and Zee’s big shot at the point – I thought both power plays tonight had good looks.  It had some great looks, we had a tough power play there too, but the ones before that were very positive and those unfortunately didn’t go in for us on both units but it’s important to get our chances up our habit up and our entries get in and just get those shots and stuff consistently and they’ll go in for us again, but it is tough, it is tough when you’re in a one goal game and you don’t find that important power play goal and it’s the same on the PK.  Everybody out there – you feel it you feel that you want to come through and you know how important those are, especially in the tight games.

On the disappointing result tonight after a strong game Saturday…
Well I mean it sucks right now losing tonight that never feels good after a loss.  At times we did some really good things and unfortunately we had some breakdowns and stuff and we lost a close game.  Guys were trying to build back a winning streak again and we had a good game in San Jose, today wasn’t as good, but we get back at it against Dallas and we try to start it there again.  By no means is anyone feeling sorry for ourselves or don’t believe we can’t do it.  It’s just a tough stretch and sometimes when it’s not going your way you got to stay with it.  Just like on the power play you get chances

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the team’s performance tonight…
There was some spurts where we couldn’t get out of our own end and made it tough on ourselves. I think we did some good things, but these are points we need and there’s no excuse.

On why the penalty kill has struggled recently…
I don’t know. It just seems like we’re making simple mistakes that maybe we don’t make, and they seem to be capitalizing on everything. I think we just got to get back to keeping it a little more simple and making sure everyone does their job. Hopefully, then we can get back on a good roll.

On taking the penalty kill’s past success for granted…
I think it’s always been a huge part of our game. It’s won us a lot of games. Right now, we’re not doing our job and we’re letting our team down by giving up so many goals. I think if we’re going to start winning more games, we got to do our job. It could be a lack of confidence. It just seems like when one goal was in, we kind of let go a bit. We just got to take it kill by kill, and hopefully, like I said, we’ll get back on a roll.

On Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Reilly Smith developing chemistry…
I think we’re starting to click a little more every game. It just seems like it’s almost a little bit of a snowball effect. We just seem to be getting a little bit better every game. Even on the west coast trip we should’ve had a few goals that normally we’d capitalize on. It was nice to get a couple tonight, but we still need to do a little more.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if he thought they were going to tie it at the end…
Yeah, we had a good push, just not enough. We were trailing by two so that’s kind of tough to come back. We got us back in with Thorty [Shawn Thornton], Soupy [Greg Campbell], and Piesy [Dan Paille] with a good shift there, got a goal, we kept pushing but just couldn’t get the equalizer. Tough loss.

On what he sees in the penalty kill that isn’t working…
I don’t know. The first one, I don’t know if it was shot or passed through to [James] van Riemsdyk there and he has the puck and then pass to back door. It’s just most net front stuff I guess. And then the second one they seamed us a couple times there. So we just need to have better sticks and better battles, I think in front of the net.

On if he misjudged the third goal…
No, it looked like he kind of duffed on it a little bit; either way it’s kind of a bad goal. So that’s my bad but again, those three goals, what do you do? You barely break a sweat there and let in four goals and then you’re like there’s nothing really you could have done more.

On if Zdeno Chara was screening him on the fourth goal…
No, it hit his stick. It went high blocker and low glove.

On what he is seeing on the penalty kill…
Yeah, it’s just battles and stuff in front of the net. Getting seamed a little bit and then those in tight plays we weren’t ready for those. Like that first one finds you in the back door. So we just have to battle a little bit better and be better in front of the net and stuff like that.

On the mindset when the penalty kill falters after being so strong for so long…
Well, lately it’s been we let in one, we let in two or three or even four, it kind of snowballs and we have to get rid of that. It’s just one at a time and you’re going to get scored on but it’s just a matter of how you’re going to get scored on and you make mistakes but how do you recover from those mistakes? Lately, one hasn’t been enough, it’s been more than one and we have to fix that.

On if he is personally frustrated…
Yeah, you don’t play bad, you don’t play great and you get these deflections and plays the back door where you have no chance. It’s frustrating but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and same with me. I just have to battle through it and hope for the better. We showed in San Jose when we were stingy defensively it helps everybody out and then today was another example of when we make terrible mistakes it ends up costing us big time. It’s frustrating but like I said we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have to battle through it.

On how difficult it is to win when both special teams are struggling…
It’s almost impossible. No matter how good your five on five, your penalty kill has to be there. It has to give your team a chance and lately it hasn’t been there as good as it’s been before. Then the power play, we’re getting chances but just not bearing down on those. It’s tough but you go through those struggles and it’s a matter of how you recover and come back from that.

On how a goalie “battles through it”…
Well if you start feeling sorry for yourself it’s not going to help, I think that’s the biggest thing. You recognize the goals you’ve let in; some of them are bad goals and then some of them you have no chance. I think lately there’s been a few games where I’ve let in one bad goal. Not necessarily an embarrassing goal but like pucks going through me and stuff. So that’s something I need to fix but then you get those back doors and deflections and there’s nothing you can do about it and you just have to stay with it and be focused on the next game, next puck, and hope for the best.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On which areas the penalty kill is struggling with…
We’re giving up some seam passes and backdoor passes. We just got to be aware of where everybody is on the ice.

On losing after shutting out San Jose on Saturday…
They did a good job when we played San Jose. Then you come back home—and you take pride of being at home—and we allow four goals. It’s usually the opposite, where we’re only allowing one-to-two, and give ourselves a chance to win, but tonight we didn’t do that. That’s the reason why we lost.

On the power play generating scoring chances but not goals…
They’re moving around really good. Have to get a couple more shots through, but the movement is good and burying the chances will be key.

On the difficulty of winning games when special teams units struggle…
It’s pretty hard if your PK is not doing the job and your power play is not scoring. It’s going to be tough unless you don’t get any penalties for or against. We’re a great five-on-five team and we’re good when we have our special teams going.

On what has been different with the penalty kill during its recent slump…
Well, obviously letting in goals. There’s been a couple of times where they have backdoor plays. You just have to look around and pick up those guys and not let them have those passes.

On the team not being as strong around the net as it usually is…
You just got to, like I said, box guys out. And if you can’t box them out, block the shot.

On the disappointment of losing tonight after beating San Jose on Saturday…
We did allow four goals. We’re usually not like that. Allowing zero is pretty darn good against a team like San Jose, but today [Toronto] found the back of the net. It’s uncharacteristic of us. We just got to be better when we play Dallas and Chicago coming up.

On how Toronto gained the edge tonight…
They got some good chances on the power play, and obviously they scored the two. That was pretty key, but we had some chances. We just got to play simple and physical. That’s when we’re at our best.

On feeling like the penalty kill is fighting the puck…
Not necessarily. There are just some games where the PK is not in sync, or they’re giving up some seam passes and they’re burying the chances. Or, sometimes it’s luck. The last little while we’ve been giving up a little bit more goals than usual. You just have to go over video and see what’s going on.

On different players trying to communicate on the penalty kill…
You got to talk no matter what. Even if you’re on a five-on-five or a power play or a penalty kill. You just got to talk. It makes it a lot easier. We’ve all played together for quite some time, so it’s not really different. You just got to talk and do your best.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what would have been the difference maker to them winning…
Well obviously bearing down, having some more traffic, and finding those loose pucks.  I thought we had too many first chances and then they were retrieving the puck on the second rebound or the second chance and obviously he’s [Jonathan Bernier] a good goalie and he’s going to make those stops on the first ones so we got to do a better job at getting the rebounds.

On not being able to follow through on their power play opportunities…
Yeah we had a lot of good looks we obviously got to do a better job and bear down that’s the bottom line.  On the power play they did that and we didn’t do it so the games right there.

On their struggle with the penalty kill…
Yeah too many breakdowns, but also I think we are forcing plays that we shouldn’t and sometimes we’re not in sync we’re not forcing where all guys go as a whole and together and obviously when there’s only one guy going that opens up too many lanes and they’re going to eat you alive if you do that then if you don’t if you aren’t on the same page.

On the importance of improving their special teams…
Yeah I mean it’s something we’ve talked about and we took a lot in pride in adjusting and trying to be better and I think we’ve done that for most of the year and we got to get back at doing that obviously.  It’s a difference tonight and it’s something we got to realize and we got to be better.

On needing to be stronger around the net…
Yeah I think also, tonight anyways, there’s not enough traffic too many shots that he saw that could have created some more chances by us being there, but we weren’t really around it and once we were – yeah we got to bear down and be stronger on that rebound.

On the disappointing result tonight after a strong game Saturday…
Yeah it was a great effort and we talked about bringing that tonight and I thought we’ve done that right away with our start, but like I said too many breakdowns and teams in this league are too good to do that they are going to take the chances we give them and it’s not characteristic of our team to have given too many chances like that.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE
On his teams effort the past few games…
Well they are better efforts that’s for sure and we’ve raised our compete level.  We’re are going to have to continue to do that to get points and that’s the most frustrating part for our hockey club has been that we haven’t been able to achieve that with any consistency and here we are at 45 or 48 games, they are flying by and that’s frustrating for the coaching staff for sure.

On if winning this game means more than any other…
Hopefully it bleeds some of the demons out of us, we can come in and have success in any building, specifically to be a good team, to be a playoff team, to be a team that’s going to challenge, you have to win on the road, you have to be able to win.

On if his team seemed more engaged tonight with the different line combinations…
Well we just felt that they didn’t have a choice.  If [Tyler] Bozak was going to play with [Joffrey] Lupul and [James] Van Riemsdyk, then they were going to have to choose if they wanted [Zdeno] Chara on the ice or did they want someone else.  So if they want to play [Zdeno] Chara against Phil [Kessel], then we’ll put him with [Nazem] Kadri and we’ll have another formidable offensive line that we think can provide offense.  Again it’s all about the players going out and getting the job done themselves.  It’s not so much the coaching staff, it’s more about what they do and when they do it and how often and how consistent they are with it.

On what the last minute of the game was like from the bench…
A little hairy because they got caught out and they were tired and then they pulled the goalie.  In the end they blocked some shots and made some key plays.  I think [Tyler] Bozak made the big key play in front of the net.  They had a wide-open back door and I think he came back and made that play.  [Tim] Gleason blocked two big shots, and I thought [James] Van Riemsdyk had opportunities to score in the empty net if he took one more step, I don’t think he realized that he was away from their player, I don’t know who it was if it was Miller or Boychuk, somebody dove at him, if he had taken one more step he was home free.

On the playoff feel of the game tonight…
Yeah well the games are intense and obviously points are at a premium and we are a desperate hockey club, and they had come off a West Coast trip where they had won 1-0 in San Jose where they played a real big game there.  Obviously the way the race is and how tight it is, points are at a premium and people are going to be expected to give you a 110% plus.

On if James Van Riemsdyk was injured on the big hit from Boychuk…
No, he was fine.  The only reason he came off the ice was because he lost his glove, that was the only thing.

On what made him move Jake Gardiner onto the first power play unit…
Actually it was Dave Farrish that did that.  Franz [Cody Franson] said he didn’t feel good and he was struggling so we said we were going to move Jake to that position and tonight the power play delivered big time.

On how badly his team is fighting the flu…
Lots.  There are lots of people that are down.  Colton Orr came to the rink and we sent him back with sweats and chills and vomiting.  [David] Clarkson had that last night.  We’ve had up to eight players go through that in the last three days so hopefully it doesn’t get the coaching staff or the media [laughs].  You can take that for whatever it’s worth [laughs].

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD DAVID CLARKSON
On tonight’s win…
We had a lot of guys banged up around here or sick lately. That was a huge win for us. It was something that we needed. Bernie [Jonathan Bernier] played great. We will take those two points.

On playing in tonight’s game under the weather…
It’s been a struggle this year. Games like this are playoff games and that’s when I love to play the most, when it’s that style of hockey and that style of game. The biggest thing is the win and tonight we found a way to win. At times it was a little scrambley but we found a way to do it, and Bernie [Jonathan Bernier] played great for us.

On playoff feeling of tonight’s game …
Yeah, it felt like a playoff game. I think finishing your checks and the type of game it was, definitely had that feeling. And it rolls over from when you play a team in the playoffs and things are a physical presence, it rolls over for sure. We knew tonight we had to come out and play hard. That’s one of the better teams in the league. We knew we had to be ready and I think it was a big one for us.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD TYLER BOZAK
On the playoff-like atmosphere of tonight’s game…
Yeah, whenever you come to Boston you know it’s going to be tough and you know there’s going to be times in the game where they’re going to be all over you and there’s nothing you can really do about it. You’ve just got to stay composed and block some shots and need the goalie to make some saves and Berny [Jonathan Bernier] did a great job for us tonight to keep us in it and we were able to get some fortunate bounces and put the puck in the net.

On the excitement of the last few minutes of the game…
That was tough. I think we got caught out there for a little too long but Gleas [Tim Gleason] made a couple huge blocks, Berny [Bernier] made some saves. It’s always tough when they have that big guy right in front of the net there. You can’t really move him and he covers the goalie’s eyes, so you’ve got to block shots and hope they miss some too.

On if they felt they needed the win after losing in the playoffs last year…
I think it was a game we needed, for sure. Got to try and get on a little winning streak – things haven’t been going too well. So definitely to get a win on the road in this long stretch of games we have right now is huge.

On the team battling the flu…
It’s tough; I mean the guys have battled hard. I think Morgan [Rielly] gave the whole team the disease so he’s been getting a lot of grief from some of the guys. But, I mean the guys have battled, everyone came together and I think we’ve played a lot better the last few games.

On his own personal success the past few games…
I don’t know, I think obviously getting some good bounces. I’ve just found myself going to the right areas at the right time and pucks have been squirting out and I’ve been able to get some sticks on them. Also, the guys I’ve been playing with have been making great plays to me and I’ve been creating space for myself so I think that’s been helping a lot too.

On what was said by the coach in the locker room before the game…
He doesn’t really have to talk about last year anymore; I think we’re kind of over that by now. We’ve played them a couple times this year already and if anything I think last year helped us gain some confidence against them. We were able to take them to seven games and they were a great team, so it was nice to get in here and get a win.

On if he felt any déjà vu when the game got down to the wire in the third period…
Not for me, personally. I was confident that we were going to be able to get the job done. Obviously it wasn’t as pretty as it could have been but the most important thing is that we did get it done.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GOALTENDER JONATHAN BERNIER
On the sense of urgency at the end of the game…
Obviously, we lost our first two against them this season so they have a good team. We battled really hard tonight and we really wanted that win. It felt pretty good, even when the crowd was going, I thought we kind of stayed composed and we took care of the middle and they just got a few shots from the outside at the end.

On the feeling of being in goal in the last few minutes of a close game…
It’s fun. It’s why we play hockey – that little pressure, that extra pressure. I thought we reacted in a good way.

On Toronto’s play inside their own zone…
I thought we were pretty quick on the swarm, which sometimes we have that delay. That’s when seams open in the slot and I thought we did a good job tonight.

On the playoff-like atmosphere of the game…
Definitely. I thought the atmosphere was awesome and I think both teams were playing hard. Lots of hits in that game and I think when we get skating and we hit a lot we get a lot of energy from our bench and we play very well.

On what the group will take away from this win…
Maturity. I think it’s not easy to come in this building especially [with] what they went through last year, losing Game seven, it shows a lot of character for that team to come here and win it.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN TIM GLEASON
On if he could score any goals…
No.  I’m not going to give you goals but I can block a shot or two to help the team out [laughs].

On what a win like this can do for a group…
It’s huge.  That’s a dominant team, they are a first place team, great team from top to bottom so we came into the building and had a pretty solid game and it’s all about the two points at the end of the night.  We got it so now we are moving on and we have to worry about tomorrow.

On the compete level continuing to show up for this team…
Well you have to come in tomorrow, focused and knowing that Buffalo is a desperate team and so are we.  So it will be a fun game to play and at the end of the day it’s about the two points and rolling what we have going right now. Like you said, it’s compete level, playing our game, playing solid in our zone.  Obviously Bernie [Jonathan Bernier] is playing great hockey so we got to help him out and keep competing.

On the game having a playoff feel to it…
It was right to the very end.  You couldn’t even hear anything out there except for the crowd so that’s what it’s all about, that’s why we play hockey.  I’m sure it was even louder for you guys listening so that’s why we play, it’s exciting, right to the end and like you said it was definitely a playoff mentality the last 10 minutes.

On if he watched game 7 of the Bruins-Toronto series last year…
No, I don’t watch much hockey.  If I’m out, I’m not interested [laughs].

On the teams fighting mentality at the end…
I think it was desperation like you said.  We don’t get those two points we fall behind even more.  So it was a big game, a big two points and like you said, it’s a desperation thing right to the very end.  Guys gave it all they had, especially the last five to ten minutes and we came out with the two points.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN JAKE GARDINER
On the playoff feel of tonight’s game…
Yeah it almost felt like it was the playoffs again and this time we came out on top. It’s just too bad it wasn’t last year that it happened.

On coming out with the win…
Yeah, I think we did a little bit better job if we are comparing it. I know Glease [Tim Gleason] was warrior out there, Lups [Joffrey Lupul], guys stepped up. Bernier is always good and he was solid again. We just managed to get it done.

On what the Maples Leafs will take away from this game moving forward…
I mean sometimes we let leads slip away and it was close there like you said. Just the fact that we know that we can protect leads, even if they are coming at us with all of their guns. We showed some good things late in the third.

On the last two minutes of the game…
Just to try and stay relaxed. I think that people tend to get nervous in that situation and that’s the biggest thing. Just play the game and stay confident. Do the same things we have been doing all game.

On the power play goal…
Yeah it wasn’t the hardest shot, I don’t think. I just got in the net and whizzed it right by him, so it was a great play by both Phaneuf and Phil [Kessel].

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:30 AM
On an update about Dougie Hamilton…
Dougie [Hamilton] was diagnosed with a mild concussion so he’ll be out for a little but. I don’t anticipate it being too, too long.

On the other missing guys from pregame skate…
Just maintenance. They’ll be here tonight.

On what he expects tonight…
Probably a lot of the same I think. We’ve talked about upping our game as well. We had a tough start there on that California trip and we kind of found our game there in the last one. So you can't just rely on one game and think that it is going to continue, we have to do the same thing. Both teams are built with some physical players and a lot of it from the back end from both sides. But it is a physical game every time we play each other but they end up being good games.

On if Dougie Hamilton not playing the end of the San Jose game was because of something that happened in that game…
No, I wouldn’t – that has nothing to do with it.

On what makes the team efficient when guys who are relied upon offensively hit a lull…
Well I don’t think there’s a – we don’t really look at one or two players. I think we score by committee and you just have to look at our scoring; it’s pretty leveled out. I don’t think we’re a team that has one guy that we have to rely on heavily to score. Again, we do it by committee and that’s what’s served us well in the past. So I don’t know that [David] Krejci – he’s below a point a game so that’s not bad. [Patrice] Bergeron is the type of player that plays such a good two way game I think his goal production has been pretty decent so far. So we just have to rely on everybody to do their share and we’re going to be okay.

On if he feels more comfortable with Kevan Miller in crunch time decisions…
We try and utilize our D’s to their strengths throughout the game and he was having a pretty good game; he was solid. They’re a big team, San Jose, and they played a physical game and I thought – he’s a big strong player, he’s able to handle that and I thought he was having a good game at that point. So I think the ice time, basically goes to the people that deserve it and we thought he was a pretty solid that night.

On if consistency on Saturday was something that wasn’t there the previous games in California…
Well, a little different when we fell behind three nothing in both of those games. In both, those games were very different to me. We had a good start where we should maybe have been up by a couple of goals in Anaheim and that wasn’t the case. In LA, it took us half a game to get going so to me they were all very different games. But by the time we got to San Jose, we made the commitment to really tighten up our game and I guess that’s what desperation does. You lose two games in a row and you're a team who doesn’t like losing a couple games like that in a row the way we lost them. Our guys responded well and we talked about, let’s just bring our game tonight and do what we normally do in those good situations. Basically, that’s what happened. Our goaltending was great, our defensive game was great and we scored a timely goal in the third period.

On how impressive Carl Soderberg has been while playing with different players…
Well, I don’t know if I agree with that. [Carl] Soderberg has played mostly on the left wing on that line. He has had [Ryan] Spooner for quite a while but he’s stayed in his spot. We’re talking about [Jordan] Caron going from a fourth line to a third line, from left to right, all over the place. So I don’t know if I would compare both those guys but at the same time Carl is a really good asset to us because in a pinch we could put him at center. But for him to be good for us it was important to leave him where he is right now, on the left side of that line and he’s done a pretty good job. He’s been, obviously, more dominant that others but I have liked his game so far.

On thoughts about Shawn Thornton’s game Saturday…
I think he did a good job. I don’t think the speed of the game was an issue for him. Again, I thought he handled himself well for having missed 15 games.

On how much Loui Eriksson’s two way game made an impact…
Well, he’s known for that. He is a lot like [Patrice] Bergeron; very smart, good hockey instincts, he as good for us on the penalty kill and also reliable late in the game and a guy that can play a power play as well. He is a very versatile and his presence is an asset. But again, like I said, he is not our savior. The team has to be good in order for us to win but he is certainly a good addition like Thorny [Shawn Thornton] was and the other guys that keep coming back.
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