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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Saturday, January 16, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:10 PM
On Brad Marchand regaining his rhythm…
Yeah. It was nice to see him score that winner, even after he got the other one taken away, and it was the right call, but it’s got to be frustrating for him, trying to get himself going and losing that goal. But I guess he got rewarded at the end, and gave us a win that I thought we really deserved tonight.

On if the Bruins were rewarded for their effort tonight…
Yeah, and obviously we had to work extra hard to get it, and we missed so many opportunities, and their goaltender made some great saves. Again, we didn’t seem to be getting any breaks at all during the whole game. So I thought it was important for us to stay composed, and focused, and everything else, and control what we could. That’s what we did, and you hope that the guys realize how important that is, and what the end result turns out to be after that.

On Torey Krug’s save late in the third period…
It’s always nice to see somebody come up big and put himself in front of a puck there, and there wasn’t much margin for error tonight, and you see the opportunities that we had that we didn’t score on, and you always fear that one little bad break is going to end up in your net. But Torey made sure that didn’t happen.

On if he’s happy to see the Bruins create chances or frustrated to see the team not capitalize…
Not lack, I think you should rephrase that to lack of scoring. It’s not lack of offense because we’re getting chances. It’s the scoring that’s not happening right now. I think, again, we’ve just got to stick with it. You get some good nights, you know we had four [goals] the other night, we should’ve had probably six tonight, with the quality chances we had, and they missed some as well. They had a lot of power plays and they had some chances off of those, but again, you’ve just got to stick with it, and I’ve said that before. The second half of the year, [it’s] not too often you run away with games and you have high scoring games. Teams play you pretty tight, and they’re usually low-scoring games.

On if he expected to get the power play when Brad Marchand’s goal was called off…
Yes. I was told before that a penalty had been called, so if the goal was taken back, we would start with a power play.

On Brett Connolly getting going despite having trouble scoring…
Yeah, but at the same time, I thought he played well tonight. At one point I thought he was better than March [Brad Marchand] in the first half of the game. He was making more things happen. I think Brad started getting going there in the second half of the game, and started finding his stride I guess. But you know what, the last couple of games I’ve put him there, I think he’s done a decent job, and we focus so much on the scoring, but like you said, that was a great play there. He could’ve stopped that puck and walked it in, but it wouldn’t have the same result. He put it in deep, late in the period, and made sure that if there’s a mistake that’s going to be made, it’s going to be from them, and that’s exactly what happened.

On if it’s difficult to manage delays that happen during coach’s challenges…
It’s a little bit like a timeout, and it’s the same thing for both sides. I mean it is. I know there’s some talk about that, that it’s delaying the game quite a bit, but you know, I think you have to balance the fact that, do we do that and get it right, or do we worry about the flow of the game, and get it wrong? The goal is to get it right, and maybe as we move along here, this is the first year, we may have better cameras, or situated better places that are going to make those decisions made a little quicker. Who knows, but there’s definitely some room to grow there, but at the same time, I support the fact that you want to get it right. Even if our goal was called back, it was the right call.

On keeping the bench settled after a play like Torey Krug’s save…
After he made the save? We weren’t settled, it was uplifting, if anything.

On developing defensemen when they’re scratched for several games at a time…
Well again, sometimes we don’t have a choice. It’s not about, and again, as much as you want to develop them, it’s not just about worrying about a guy hasn’t played in a while. It’s about trying to put the right lineup out there, and sometimes guys are going well, and for certain reasons we don’t have enough righties or lefties, or sometimes as you know, Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] can play the right at certain times. But it’s more about doing the right thing, and they have to learn, too, to be ready. If Johnny Boychuk was able to sit ten straight to start the season with us when he first came [up], and play the way he can, then that’s called mental toughness, and those guys have to be able to do that as well.

On what Brad Marchand started doing in the second half of the game that he wasn’t doing…
Well, I was going to say, more of his game skating, and making the right plays, and he just seemed, you know I use the term out-of-sync. He didn’t seem to be at the right place at the right time, and he was slow getting to places. He just kind of lost his rhythm there, so again, that was a three-game suspension, and probably four games of playing, then tonight on the fifth one, he started, like I said, probably more in the second half than anything else, he started playing the way we’re used to seeing him play.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY
On if Rask or Krug had the better save tonight…
Oh...yeah no, both pretty good but Kruger [Torey Krug] laying down the line- that’s a big play in a close hockey game and the points that we needed. It’s good to see guys laying down the line and playing for each other and he’s a guy who’s committed to winning and it was a good play on his part.

On why he thinks he hasn’t had luck with scoring goals…
Well it’s obviously been a little frustrating. It was nice to obviously get that one in the last game and just didn’t really care how it went in just get something in the net. And I thought obviously tonight you’re a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more confident and just making plays. And I thought that our line was very good again tonight and you know it’s a matter of saving it. Usually when you get that monkey off your back usually you’re start scoring a little bit more and that’s what I was hoping would happen but you know you have to stick with it. Keep getting chances every night, another chance and you have to stick with it, keep shooting and hopefully they’ll go in.

On third periods…
Yeah for sure. You know we were scoring so many goals for an extended period of time and you know we knew it wasn’t going to keep going they way it was going obviously you know really high paces and we kind of hit a little bit of a lull in the last couple week. But you know the last couple games we’re getting obviously chances from a lot of different guys and a lot of different guys are stepping up. So you know it will come you just have to stick with it. I think you know goal scoring can get really streaky and you know when you get confident and everybody is confident then that’s when you see a lot of guys scoring goals. We just have to stick with it.

On if it’s hard to stay positive…
Yeah no for sure. You obviously you know get frustrated sometimes but you can’t let that get to you. It’s easier said than done. But you know you have to stick with it, keep shooting, get to the net.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how it felt to score in the third period…
It felt pretty good- I’m not going to lie. It’s been a little while and it was frustrating to have that one called back, especially when we thought we were going to have the lead with ten minutes left. I thought we played really well after that and it was great that we were able to get the win.

On what it was like to have a goal-scoring drought…
I’ve been though it before, but it’s tough. It feels like bounces and shots that were going in before seem to get blocked or go a little wide. So I’ve said before it’s a game of inches, and you know it’s a matter of an inch or two between a goal or a save. So the main thing is you have to stick with it and eventually you know it’s going to come and it was nice that it came tonight.

On Head Coach Claude Julien saying he was out of sync since coming back from suspension and if he felt that way…
Yeah I did. Any time you have almost two weeks off you definitely get out of sync and I was in a groove there for a bit and when you get out you lose a little bit of your legs and that confidence and it felt a lot better last night and then even more tonight. So hopefully I can continue.

On how tough it was to sit and watch through the challenge and how long it took…
Yeah it’s very frustrating, you know, when things aren’t going right and you have to sit out and especially when the team loses a couple games it makes it a lot harder. But we’re back and we won a couple in a row and hopefully we keep that going.

On sitting through the coach’s challenge tonight during the game…
Oh sorry, yeah. It was tough you know. Well I felt like I had the monkey off my back there and then to have it kind of taken away, which we thought it was a little close and they could have let it go either way. But it was good to get that one at the end.

On how important it was to beat a team in the third period…
Yeah it’s tough when teams score on you late in the game like that and you know it’s nice to be able to win games in regulation and not let teams climb up below you. So I think we have to be happy with that and happy with knowing that we played a full 60 minutes, we played great all the way through and it showed there at the end.

On Torey Krug making the save that he did…
It was huge I mean that saved the game. You know we probably wouldn’t have scored there if he didn’t make that save you know so you have to give him a lot of credit. You know he sacrificed his body and you know he’s the one who put his face in front of the puck and made a big save and ultimately we won because of that.

On if he saw the goalie out of the net or was just trying to get it on net quickly…
Yeah when the forward and the goalie, I think it was the forward that passed it, was pretty much side-by-side so I just wanted to get it off quick and luckily it found the net.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On Tuukka Rask saying he owes him a juice for his save…
I would have a juice with Tuukka. No it was… he’s bailed me out plenty of times over my career so right place right time. Nothing more than that.

On how he made the decision to do what he did….
I actually thought it was a good decision for Tuukks to come out of the net and I just knew that if the puck were to be turned over someone would have to be in front there and did my best Goalie Bob impression taking the angle away and went down. No matter what happened I was going to take that puck somehow, so lucky enough that it hit me and stayed out.

On being the emergency goalie…
No that’s not me. [Laughing]

On where the puck hit him…
Somewhere right here, I don’t know. Glove side.

On whether he saw it bounce out…
I controlled my rebound, no?

On whether he played goalie at all growing up…
My brother was the street hockey goalie, so I never had to get in net by any means. I was never the goalie type.

On how important it was to get a result late in the third and get their confidence back…
Well, emotionally it had a different feeling on the bench tonight, and I thought we were engaged the whole game and playing well, and, to be honest, it was one of those games that was similar to those games in the past where you felt that it was coming. It was just a matter of time and we were really good in the first minute of periods and the last of the third period. Obviously that helped us win the game tonight, so, you know, it was a good job by the team to stay in it and to battle through.

On seeing Brad Marchand get past the streak he’s been on…
I didn’t know he was on a streak or anything. He’s a really important player for us, and you expect your best players to step up in the right moments and he did that for us today.

On showing their resiliency when the goal got called back…
Yeah, to be honest, I don’t think guys were really down about that. It was more, “Alright, let’s go get one now,” and the next shift up mentality and I think that’s important for a hockey team to have. I mean you can’t really control things that happen throughout the course of the game. You’ve got to move onto the next shift.

On whether he tried to anticipate where the shot would be…
I was just trying to take up as much as possible in the net which for me is tougher to do than other guys.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On being happy for Brad Marchand…
Yeah, I mean especially after that one got taken away from him. You know, it showed some character. [He] just stayed with it and not getting frustrated and getting that huge goal that we needed.

On it seeming imminent that he would score…
Yeah. Yeah, no you’re right. I think… and he’s had some great looks the last few games I thought, especially last game and tonight again he had a few good chances so I knew it was right there for him and it was great to finally get that goal.

On getting the confidence back to make a play like that at the end of the third period…
Yeah, no definitely. I think… I think that’s what we kind of lacked the last few games that we lost. I think because we got back on our heels and we didn’t make plays and we got scared of making mistakes, and when you do that, I mean, you’re thinking actually. You’re not trusting your instincts, so I think we got back to kind of being on our toes for the whole game it showed. I mean, it was a tough game. You know, a tough game to win, but still we found a way.

On Brett Connolly’s play and getting a turnover that led to Marchand’s goal…
Yeah, no he’s played great. I thought even last game, you know, he was skating, moving his feet and creating a lot of plays and openings for us with his forecheck, and he’s made some great passes also on our transitions so on that play it was him, but I thought not only that but for the most part of the game he was really good.

On the delays from the coach’s challenges and how he thought that went tonight…
Yeah, I mean it’s definitely long. At the same time, you want to make the right call, so they kind of have to, and they’re looking at an iPad, so they kind of have to I guess look at a few angles and it’s great when it goes your way and it’s not so much when they take it back, but I mean they’re trying to make the right call and I guess you have to respect that.

On whether that made the bench even hungrier to score again…
Yeah I mean it’s one of those where you’re kind of like we’ll deflate at first and then you have to, for sure, you have to go back at it and we had a power play. We wanted to bear down and we didn’t, but we had a few looks, but yeah of course you want to kind of go back at it and get that goal because we thought that was really close.

On how much of a boost scoring early in both the first and second gave the team…
Yeah, definitely gives you some energy, you know, as a line. As a team I think when you score early, you know, and get the lead it gives you the momentum that you want.

On Torey Krug’s play in net…
Yeah, it was great. Kind of reminded me of Michael Ryder in the playoffs a bit. I thought his butterfly was a little better, but no it was a great save obviously and if you look at that it’s a big, big save for us to score that extra goal.

On why he thinks they haven’t been getting many penalties in their favor…
No, you know, I think we definitely have to be a little bit more disciplined, you know, on our part. A little bit lacking there. At the same time, I guess we have to fight a little bit more I guess when we’re getting held and stuff like that. I don’t know, I mean it’s one of those when you do have one penalty you have to bear down and do the job because you’re probably not going to get too many.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the team’s resiliency tonight, especially after having Brad Marchand’s (first) goal called back…
Well we definitely needed that today. We battled through some penalties and that disallowed goal there in the third. But that’s how it goes sometimes you know, you have to stick with it, because I thought we were the better team today you know scoring chances and shots-wise, and we were moving the puck well in the offensive zone creating chances and finally we got rewarded. And it feels good to win that.

On Torey Krug stepping up and saving that shot…
Well it’s about time, you know (laughs). No it was – I was too late going out there I guess and you know I still had a play to make, but I just didn’t. Luckily he saved it, because that would have been very, very disappointing if that went in. I’m going to buy him, uh, juice.

On whether he expected it to be close in the third period again tonight…
You know, you just try to stick with it. It’s not the first time we’ve created a lot of chances and just couldn’t capitalize on that. But I think you know when you look at the game we played in Buffalo and how we stuck with it even in the third period and just played on our toes, we really wanted to do that today, and it’s been paying off for us. So that’s good. Yeah great, great effort in the third.

On how it feels to have the team get the game winner that late in the third period, and how it’s happened to the Bruins in the past…
Yeah you know we’ve been on both sides of that. So it’s good that it happens to us too. So, great.

On whether he thinks the team had good composure tonight given some frustrating moments with some possibly missed calls…
Yeah well you know what – it’s not easy. But we know that it doesn’t help if we start yelling at the referees about the calls them make or don’t make, because that’s just going to take your focus out of the game. And today we just focused on our game plan and our game and trying to execute as well as we could, and we did. So that was a great mental effort too.

On whether it’s hard to stay focused during the coach’s challenge delays…
Yeah well you just kind of try not to let your thoughts run around. Obviously it took like five minutes, but not too big of a deal. You just try to stay focused and wait for the decision.

On the performance of the penalty kill…
 Well yesterday and today we were kind of you know in trouble there, giving some chances. But we didn’t get scored on, which is great. So yeah I mean we knew that we had to get better on that penalty kill, because early in the season it wasn’t our strength. But now we’ve kind of gotten back to our roots and killing some penalties.

Go Pats.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the first minute and the last minute basically deciding the game…
Well the first two goals were the first shift of both periods and then obviously we didn’t execute there at the end.  I thought we battled hard and gave ourselves a chance, I thought the goaltender was real good, I thought we had it on a string a few times on the power play and hit the post and had great chances and didn’t score on it.  Krug makes a good save on Parenteau [Pierre Parenteau] at the end there.  Bottom line though is that you are leaving disappointed and we are a team that needs to win to feel good and you know we didn’t get it done.

On the power play struggling over the last 10 or so games… Well I didn’t think it struggled tonight.  I don’t think they would think it struggled tonight either, I thought we had it going pretty good.  The last couple we didn’t have as good but I really thought we had her moving big time but you got to score.  It’s great to move it around and get quality chances but you got to find a way to fire the odd one in the net.
 On what it is about playing Boston in the Garden that makes it difficult… Well I don’t know if there is anything, I don’t see it that way at all.  We have played Boston three times this year, I thought the first game that we played them they took it to us, I think things have been more even since, they had better chances than we did tonight but we were still right there in the game and you know I thought we played really well, well I know that we played really well in our building and they beat us in a shootout I think if I’m not mistaken but you know we had tons of chances that night.  The bottom line is like anybody else that we got to find a way to win more games.

On the play of Shawn Matthias… We just hope that he keeps progressing with his confidence, he’s a big guy, he can skate and protect the puck and obviously the more he has it the better off we are at.  I think that playing with [Tyler] Bozak and [Pierre] Parenteau he is getting the puck more and feeling better about himself.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD LEO KOMAROV
On how important it is for the team to stay confident…
We are in a tough period, I think a couple games we lost and I think we played pretty good today but we just need to work harder and keep doing the things we did before.

On the team needing to focus on the details…
We need to do the small things better and just take another step and start playing better.
 
On how important it was for him to get a goal tonight…
Yeah I haven’t score for a while so obviously it’s a big thing but we lost the game so it doesn’t feel good.

On how important it is for the team to play with a lead… It’s important but it’s still 60 minutes, you need to play the whole game and today we played 59 minutes pretty good but tomorrow it’s going to be a new day and we just need to work harder.

On Bergeron and Marchand raising their level of play against the Maple Leafs… Skillful players, really good hockey players and they played good today.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GOALTENDER JONATHAN BERNIER
On how frustrating of a game it was…
Yeah definitely, you know it’s twice now this year where we are losing big points at the end of the third so, you know we got to make sure we clean that up.

On what happened with the last goal and if he was looking for someone along the boards…
I made the pass to my d-men there and he probably...
I don’t know I had my back turned because I passed it to him so I couldn’t tell what happened. Then as soon as I turned around the show was already coming at me.

On if he ever gets agitated with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand…
Well definitely they... They played a good game. Yeah they good chemistry out there you can tell and they’re a hard working team.

On how the pressure from the Bruins almost made it feel like a playoff game…
Yeah they, you know they are a cycle team and they just pound pucks from the blueline, trying to get those rebound tips and yeah, they are a good team.

On what his key is to a good rebound goal…
I felt pretty good. You know, the first one Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made a nice move and I was in the corner but other than that I felt like I was pretty good.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD SHAWN MATTHIAS
On how the team played tonight…
Yeah we played hard.  It was an exciting game, it felt like a playoff game almost.  Back and forth, lots of chances, both teams working hard, it’s just unfortunate that it ends that way in the last minute you get scored on like that, we were close to getting at least a point.  It’s tough but back to the drawing board, have a day off tomorrow and like I said before just keep on trying to get better.

On his goal… It was a great pass by Bozie [Tyler Bozak].  He found me, it was a nice saucer pass, on his backhand too so he made a great play and a quick release and I got it by him.
 On if he is feeling more and more comfortable on his line… I mean I said it before I’m confident in my game right now, I feel good, they are good players, they make plays.  Yeah there’s confidence there.  I feel relaxed playing with them, I’m enjoying it but we got to start winning, we got to help the team.  You know it’s tough losing a game in the last minute like that.  I mean we got to get better and we need every single guy going.

On the confidence of the team as a whole... We started that California road trip off against Anaheim on the right foot and like I said we have been playing good hockey it’s just a mind lapse here and there.  Like I said last night with the penalty kill it got us in trouble and now tonight losing in the last minute.  There are things we need to clean up, there are things we are going to clean up and try and get better.  I mean nobody likes losing, there is nobody in there right now that is satisfied, we are all trying to get better.  We owe it to our fans, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to each other, we are playing hard for each other and we got to start putting some wins together.  Four in a row now, we don’t want to be that type of team, we want to keep getting better, we can’t dip, we have to keep going up.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 P.M.
On the players describing this as a “must win” game…
I’d like to call every game a must-win game, that’s the way it should be. So you know winning the game last night was a good win for us and something to build on. Hopefully we can continue with that kind of an effort and that kind of I guess game, because I thought we were played really smart hockey. And we’re going to need to do the same thing against this Leaf team who skates well, forechecks hard and competes really well.

On the need to not let up in the second and third periods…
Well that’s what we talked about. We’ve got to build on that, and at the same time, it’s about managing the puck. I think what the difference in that game yesterday compared to the other two where we had a lead going into the third was our puck management. We didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot. We didn’t make the mistakes that were going to allow them to get the lead. On the other hand, we did the right thing to create ourselves the lead and continue to build on it.

On Toronto being on a bit of a skid…
Well I can’t say we’re on a roll here, we just won one, so we were on a skid as well. So there’s no reason for any team in this league that we should look at and think it’s going to be an easy game. There are no such things. So consistency is a big part of this league now as far as winning hockey games night in and night out. It’s about being able to bring it every night. So that’s what we’ve got to do here, simple as that.

On David Krejci’s condition…
Skated today. So he’s coming along. That’s a good sign. That’s basically where he’s at, and we’ll see again – he’s now gone from week-to-week to probably more day-to-day. I wouldn’t say tomorrow, but getting closer.

On several strong teams going through scoreless periods this season, and whether that’s a sign of defensive coaching development throughout the league and whether it makes it feel like the playoffs throughout the season…
I’d say Mick [Colageo] probably the biggest thing that I’ve seen you know from my experience is that more in the second half (of the season) like teams just seem to get it as far as their systems and the understanding of how they need to play – everything tightens up. As you can see, the standings are really tight. So I think you know the beginning of the year, there’s not as much emphasis on the standings, it’s more let’s go out there, let’s win hockey games. But now, I think everybody realizes now that every goal against is a crucial goal and every goal that you score is an important one. You know so I think there’s more emphasis, but also teams just seem to play a little tighter because they’ve been together now for 40-some games.

On Brad Marchand being goal-less for the last 10/11 games, but also penalty-less for the last four, and whether we’re seeing a new Marchand…
No I don’t think you’re seeing a different [Brad] Marchand, I just think you know that three-game suspension slowed him down, no doubt. He’s come back and hasn’t been the same, so you know he’s got to find his rhythm again. Once he finds it, and hopefully it starts tonight, he’ll be fine.

On whether David Pastrnak is available…
No he’s not.
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