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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Saturday, November 9, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:35 P.M.
On the injury to Adam McQuaid…
Same thing guys; it’s hard to give you a real good assessment after a game. He didn’t come back because he couldn’t. We’ll probably, again, give you more tomorrow when it’s a little bit clearer. Injuries sometimes, you have to give it at least a day to calm down and see what the situation is.

On how the defense reacted after losing McQuaid…
We were fine. We were fine, we rotated through and they did a good job. Where we lacked was probably in the second period; got away from our game. But that wasn’t the defensemen it was the whole team.

On the effectiveness of the power play…
Well I felt our special teams were obviously the difference tonight. Penalty kill was extremely good; winning battles and getting pucks down the other end and even when they had the possession in our own end we were always in the shooting lane, didn’t give them much there. Our power play scored two big goals and that was huge as well. So it was one of those nights where you really relied on your special teams a lot and they got you a win.

On the aggressive penalty kill after the late penalty in the third period…
Well it’s one of those things, once you get along the boards there’s a battle going on there. So if you’re in a battle with a guy, you knock him down, then you can certainly get the puck. The one thing you don’t want to do is get yourself out of position and I think our guys were in battle there where they wanted to get the puck and by knocking guys down they were able to do that.

On the areas in which Zdeno Chara affected the game…
In lots of areas. I told him, even last game, I thought he was really good in the penalty kill. We wanted our left D to really stand up in the neutral zone and he did the best job by far and really took away what we call the slash play – where the guy cuts through the middle, gets a pass and carries it with speed – so he was able to slow him down that way last game. So he did a great job of standing him up, he did a great job at getting pucks down the other end and he did that again tonight. He won battles and when he got the puck, the pucks were shot all the way down the other end. So he’s good there. Obviously the power play continues. To me he’s always been good but he continues to be good on the power play in front where he takes a lot of space and he keeps a lot of the other team’s guys busy; allowing our guys to move the puck around. And when he’s around the net he’s getting more and more comfortable at either screening or opening up to get into position to either tip or shoot a puck in. So I thought he was a really good player or us tonight which is one of the players that was probably a game changer.

On how impressed he’s been with Dougie Hamilton…
Pretty good. His first part of the year he was in and out a little bit. But he’s played really solid for us and offensively continues to make good decisions, good plays, and very aggressive. Defensively he’s becoming better and better all the time. So he’s a young player – he’s a 20-year-old – but with experience, he’s starting to flourish and he just has to keep going that way.

On if he considered Jarome Iginla as another game changer…
Yeah he stood tall for our team. A player who’s been around the league for that long a lot of times doesn’t even want to do that stuff or doesn’t feel that it’s his job and he’s going to do whatever it takes to help our team out. So, really impressed with him since he’s been here.

On Patrice Bergeron and his play...
Well it was a better game for him tonight. I felt his line as a whole was coming along but they weren’t producing at the rate that we think they can. I think [Brad] Marchand is playing better now; he’s starting to skate a little bit more so that’s made a difference. Loui [Eriksson]’s coming back and I thought Loui skated better tonight too. So slowly but surely that line is getting better and because of that, I think Patrice [Bergeron] is benefiting from that as well. It’s good to have some good teammates around you. I thought he did a great job at being at the right spot there on that power play goal and again in the right place when the empty net was available to him.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On getting more ice time with a teammate getting injured…
It’s happened, I think, this last week, or when Johnny went down.  Right away you just say, quick shifts, and you’ve got to expect that you’re going to play a lot, so you have to know that you’re going to be right back out there, and I thought we did a pretty good job tonight.

On if playing that extra time is draining…
I like it better, personally.  When you know you’re going to play a lot, you just keep going out there and you don’t really have to sit on the bench too long.  Like I said, I thought everyone stepped up and we played well as a defensive group.

On what improvements he feels he’s made this season…
I think everything, I think very defensively, and around the net and in the corners with stuff, I think I got stronger.  I think just more confidence, more comfortable with the guys, and just having been here for half a season last year.  I think it just makes it easier being comfortable.

On playing with Seidenberg normally versus different people every shift tonight…
I think it’s easy with our team; both those guys are pretty easy guys to play with.  You just have to know who you’re out there with, and like I said, they’re both easy to play with so it makes it easier for me.

On what’s making their penalty kill dominant now…
I don’t think we’re doing much differently, I think just maybe bearing down and getting bounces; I think before maybe we just had some bad bounces and now we’re clearing those pucks or whatever, but we’re definitely focusing on it now after that stretch that we had and doing a good job. 

On if the power play feels different than last year…
Yeah, that’s a big thing with our first unit.  They’re pretty dangerous, I think, so just for us to follow that up.  I think we have two different units with our system, so it maybe throws the other team off a little bit and when we can get momentum from the power play it helps our team.

On what Tuukka Rask’s comment that he doesn’t notice Hamilton out there means…
That he, I guess, has trust in me.  I think, obviously, just with my improvements defensively maybe that’s what he’s saying, but obviously he’s a pretty good goalie, so it makes it easier on us.  I think he kept us in the game at points today too.

On possibly losing Adam McQuaid’s presence for a little while after his injury tonight…
I guess it opens up a PK spot that somebody has to fill and take that responsibility, and ice time too, and we’re going to miss him but I don’t know if he’s back or whatever, I don’t know, but definitely a loss when you lose somebody like that.

On competing for defenseman spots and being the healthy scratch…
It’s tough, but it makes you better.  Obviously it’s maybe a little bit different now with the rotation in the stop but I think you’ve really got to stay on your toes knowing that somebody’s there, itching to play.  I think for all of us it’s just about playing hard so that we can keep our spots in the lineup and that’s all you have to do.

On if tonight’s game is an indicator that the team is heading in the right direction…
For two periods we were good; I thought that second period we didn’t really have that much time out of our zone and then Claude [Julien] called it Jekyll and Hyde, or however you say it.  I think it’s just consistency with trying to play that game that we play in the first and third the whole game, but I think the way we play, it’s tough to do it for sixty minutes and it’s something we have to keep working on.

On if winning the a tie game in the third period is a good sign…
Obviously they’re a pretty good team and we knew it was going to be a good game and a good crowd and everything.  I think it’s kind of different than playing Florida, because I think, definitely, guys get up for that more, and when they’re ahead of us too – it makes you want it more.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On his game tonight…
I think we played another good game today with our line and we created some scoring chances. We scored one goal but probably we could score more.

On his contributions to the power play…
Obviously the first line has scored a lot of goals. The last couple of days we’ve been playing some good power plays, both lines. It was our second goal in the last game so that was pretty good.

On getting to the net more and creating traffic in front…
Yeah, but that’s the way I play. That’s the way I played before I came here too. So, I like that kind of game. You score a lot of goals in front of the net and you score assists too. So it’s a good spot.

On if he feels the team has gained momentum after the last two wins…
I think we did play well today. The first period was awesome and the third was pretty good too. The second wasn’t our best but still a good game overall. So we had a win and that’s really good.

On if he felt Toronto’s intensity in tonight’s game…
Yeah there was. It was an important game for both teams. We want to win the division and it was a hard battle last year as well. So I think they wanted to show us that they’re not happy with that. But we came out good today and they played yesterday too so it was a little bit tiring to feel that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On having a dominant game tonight…
You know what, it felt good. We had some great zone time and were able to, felt like we were starting to read off each other a little more as far as jump to some spots and get some good looks. We’ve had some good chances this year, we’ve had some good shifts. But it does feel like it’s starting to come as far as reading off each other, spreading out, using each other, getting some second, third chances. It felt good. Unfortunately, you’d like – as a tight game you’d like some of them to go in a little bit earlier and stuff. But still at the end of the night it feels good and it’s an important win for us.

On his fight tonight…
Well I figure that it’s still a one-nothing game and they’re probably going to come out and try and do that and try to get some momentum off it a little bit. But at one-nothing it’s different than it being four-nothing or three-nothing. It’s still a lot of game left to play and I just don’t know if it’s the time to back down there. I think you just keep going forward and what happens happens. Too much game left and it being a close game, it’s part of it. It would, at that point, feel – to turn away, then they start feeling like they can push you a little bit more and push you around a bit and start taking advantage of that. So, it kind of just happens.

On if he was hoping to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick tonight…
I’m always hoping to put one in. But yeah I had some great chances, I really had some – I’ve kind of been saying this for a while so, you just keep going and the important thing is also zone time to wear the other team down and trying to help build some momentum for us as a group. Yeah, you want to see them go in but no, I’m not thinking I want to get the Gordie Howe, I’m thinking I’d like to get a good chance, get a good look – I just want to score so help out in that area. So, didn’t need it tonight and it feels good [it] being a big division game and in the standings and now trying to string some wins together.

On how Dougie Hamilton has matured…
Oh man, he’s been great. His composure, with his size and his skating, his passing, his smart plays, his offensive – shooting for sticks, knowing when to rip it. On the power play he’s been great, his composure. Yeah, I didn’t know him as well, I know he was a high pick and everything and I didn’t get to see him a lot, but getting to see him up close – how big and his skating and his offensive instincts are – I don’t think he gets enough credit for that and he’s been a big part of our power play.

On his line’s performance…
Well I think it’s, like I said, I felt coming in you want to be a part of the line and help the line. Krech [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] have been playing together for a while and they’re very successful and you want to come in and help continue that. I think as a line over the year we’ve had some – I think it’s building. We want to wear other teams down but we want to put pressure and offensive pressure on them and put some in. I think we’re getting more looks on a nightly basis and spending more time in their zone than ours and I think we’re starting to read off each other and starting to get some real chemistry. So, it’s been fun. I’ve really enjoyed playing with them and we’re going to keep working at getting better. I think we can still keep – it feels like it’s coming and it’s lots of good things to build on.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the back and forth game…
Yeah I think so. We have to give them credit. They’re a great team. They pushed back in the second—I thought we had a great first period and they pushed back in the second and we had to expect that. I thought we came pretty good in the third and we’ll get that early goal and we’re able to sustain that pressure but yeah I thought it was a great game on both sides.

On the hype that went into this game and not letting that get in his head…
Yeah I think so. We talked about it before the game that we had to be in the present and not think about last year and realize they’re ahead of us in the standings and we have to get up each game. I thought, yes we got away from our game a little bit in the second, but we showed some character to get back into it in the third and we get the result.

On it being tough for the Bruins to get back into the game lately…
Yeah it is. We’re trying to build on the positive right now, especially getting back into playing our game and I think against Florida was a good effort but we could have been better and tonight I thought was even better than the last game and we got another two point night so we’ve got to look forward and keep building.

On Toronto’s playing in back-to-back games…
Yeah I think so. I think they’re—we knew they played last night so I guess we had to take advantage of that and I think we did that but they got back in the second and really pushed back and we had some great chances and Tuukka [Rask] stood tall, but they’re a great team like I said so I thought it was a great effort to get back and get that two points.

On the power play…
Yeah I know it’s good. It’s something that we’ve worked on for a few years now and now it seems to be clicking. Obviously that helps the team a lot. That’s something that we’ve talked a lot about and that we needed to be better at. So far it’s been good. We’ve got to keep building on that and PK is the same thing. We’ve got to keep playing well there and the special teams is always a key to get some points.

On seeing how well Toronto played this season before tonight’s game…
Yeah we look at the video and obviously we realized that they were pretty stingy and playing well on their PK and their power play they obviously have the I guess the fire power upfront and to make the plays and to I guess stretch us. I thought we did a good job of trying not to give too much if we gave some of the shots, I guess some of them were on the outside which we talked about and Tuukka [Rask] made some big saves for us. So, yeah it is something that we’ve talked about before the game.


On Loui Eriksson’s one-on-one battle which led to the empty net goal…
Yeah, I thought it was a great effort. It’s textbook what he is as a player I think is a very smart player also very strong on the puck and quick to dishing out the puck also. So, I knew the puck was coming. It was a great play, great effort and I was just like I said, the right spot, couldn’t really miss that one.

On Loui Eriksson being comfortable with the game…
Yeah I think he’s coming into a new system, new linemates, new city so it’s—I’ve never been through that but I’m sure it’s not easy to do and there’s lots of adjustment. I think he’s still learning through that and he keeps improving so we’ve got to keep talking as a line and try to get better.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how defense played today….
Good, I think they played solid today.  A lot of blocked shots.  The second period caught us off guard again; we didn’t play good as a team but I think it was five D’s [defensemen], they battled hard and did the job.

On two good periods of puck movement…
It was a pretty intense game.  You know, they played yesterday so we kind of took over in that first period, but then the second period things evened out and we didn’t really play that good, and then third period was just good hockey, and we just ended up getting that goal to win the game.

On Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer’s performance tonight…
He was rock solid back there I thought.  Saw the puck pretty good and didn’t give too many rebounds.  Can’t remember the goals, but I don’t think he can blame himself for this loss, I thought he played a solid game.

On having a lot of good goaltending in the division…
Yeah, you said it, I don’t know, I haven’t followed the stats, I’m just trying to keep the puck out of my net and worry about that, but I’m happy for the other guys too if they’re playing good.

On what improvement he’s seen from Dougie Hamilton this season…
He seems to make the right plays a lot out there, and he’s persisting well, he’s playing the body well, and playing smart.  I think the less I see him out there, the better he seems to play; I never really can memorize anything he does out there defensively so I think that’s a good sign that he’s playing rock solid defensive game which in this league, and in our team, is really important. 

On how important it was to be aggressive on the last penalty kill…
It was huge.  It’s always a tough time to get a penalty that late and you know they’re going to try everything in their power to get that goal, and we really chopped down pucks and we got them out when we had to.  The penalty kill has been improving a lot in these past couple games and that’s our bread and butter, we need to be a good team on PK and we’ve done that in the past.

On the Maple Leafs momentum in the second period…
I think we were just, I said – that the second period got us off guard again.  We really left our skates in the locker room it seemed like we didn’t support each other, we didn’t chip the pucks in, chip the pucks out, we didn’t really do anything we were planning to do, and then when that happens the other team gets chances and you don’t seem to find your game and that’s what happened in the second, but good thing we bounced back in the third.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the penalty kill…
Yeah we were really desperate to kill that one. It’s a few minutes left in the game and the possibility of them pulling the goalie, making it six on four but I don’t think they would do that until they get set up—whatever they wanted to set up in the zone in full position of the puck but just because we were aggressive and jumping on those pucks they were not able to get that zone and establish that puck possession. So, it’s something that we talked about and before the kill when they took the timeout that we have to be aggressive we cannot just sit back leisurely. Things don’t go your way if you just wait and give the other team time.

On how the Bruins reacted defensively…
Pretty good. I thought they’d be—for the most part it’d be kept—changes short except the second because a few times we get obviously caught making obviously not strong enough plays or turnovers and we spent a lot of time in the game obviously in our zone and that really messed up the whole rhthym but after that I thought again we kept it pretty short and good rhthym and so, for the most part I thought it was okay.

On how difficult it is to lose a defenseman early in the game..
Well it’s something that is very unfortunate but at the same time you have to pull the load and everybody has to chip in and get a little bit more ice time I guess and do your job.

On Dougie Hamilton getting a lot of ice time tonight..
Well again, with Adam [McQuaid] being down everybody played a little more. He’s such a smooth skater everybody knows that he can skate with the puck he can handle the puck. I think that he’s getting better and he still needs to get better just like everybody else.

On the power play…
I’m just trying to work really hard, get my possessions and really be there for loose pucks and for guys when they need to have the outlet on that goal, really a lot of work has been done by some other guys, especially Jarome [Iginla] he made a really great second effort and I bet again empty net, but it’s something that really comes down to hard working those four guys. It’s as simple as that. You can have obviously a lot of skill but if you don’t work hard you’re not going to be successful in the power play.

On Tuukka Rask saving the team in the second period…
We were definitely not good in the second. That was pretty bad by us. We just didn’t handle pucks well, we didn’t have battles. We were just not the same team as we were first and third. So for whatever reasons we have to correct that.

On Bruins being mentally strong…
Well we were not really focusing on or thinking about what happened last year. It was something that it was behind us and we were really focusing on what’s going on right now in the present and the way we look—if you look at a standing that’s a team that’s ahead of us so we wanted to get closer to them and for sure it’s a combination of physical errors and again, that’s something that we have to work on and keep trying to get better at.

On Toronto’s game…
I think that they play that way with whoever they play. They’re a physical team, they’re a big team. They play that way with every team. So, I don’t think that was something they just brought against us. I think that they play that kind of a style. That’s their strength and system so, we were ready for that.

On trying to recover after the power play…
If we start the power play then obviously I have time to get back out their after the PP is over. It’s different when obviously the other group goes first and we end up going second and then it’s something  that we have to go without maybe that matchup or other guys have to handle it for a shift and then we just go back to the matchups if you want to call it. But everybody’s kind of okay to pick up that work load for when it need be.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE
On if he like the way his team competed tonight…
I think the game was played in a couple parts for us. I didn’t think we had a very good start to the game, they were all over us.  We didn’t do a lot of things, from a physical standpoint we didn’t get involved early.  In the second period we started to get our game going.  Most disappointing part is that our penalty killing has been one of our strongest suits this year and we give up two power play goals that were basically empty net goals for the Boston hockey club. Those are things that are correctible.  The first one we had two guys go to the one guy and left a man uncovered in front of the net, that critical area.  We battled hard but it looked like we ran out of gas in the third period, it just seemed like we didn’t have much going and they got their composure back and they moved the puck around us.

On if the second period was how he wants his team to play…
Well I think every coach would like their team to play that way but I don’t know if you can specifically say that you expect them to do that for 60 minutes.  But that’s more the type of hockey that we are going to ask this hockey club to play, a little bit more of a cycle game, a little bit more of a puck possession game instead of the up and down trading chances, I think that is the most important thing for us to get an understanding of how we have to play to be effective both at home and on the road.

On if it is working out with James Van Riemsdyk in the middle…
I just think it’s really hard to be critical after two games you know.  I think what we have tried to do is we moved [Phil] Kessel around quite a bit tonight and with different lines.  We changed our lines and we mixed [Phil] Kessel with [James] Van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond.  Then we put [Joffrey] Lupul, [Nazem] Kadri and [Nikolai] Kulemin together and that left [David] Clarkson and [Jay] McClement and [Carter] Ashton.  Those are the three lines we changed to in the second period and it seemed to work for a period.  Then we didn’t seem to have much gas as I said going into the third.

On if his team running out of gas had to do with playing back-to-back nights…
Yeah some of it and the emotions of it and we aren’t playing a bad hockey club over there too.  They are a good team and that’s what happens when you compete against good teams night in and night out, that’s the rigors of the National Hockey League and that’s why you put all the work in and the conditioning aspect and the hard practices.  Hopefully we’ll continue to reap the reward.

On if David Clarkson is trying to do too much…
I think at times but I think that’s natural.  We are short some bodies up front and people are trying to step up and make a contribution.  Those are the things that you admire but on the other hand we would like to keep it simple and he’s had his fair share of chances, it would be different if he didn’t have chances but he’s had chances.

On if he liked what he saw in the shot department…
I don’t really make as big a deal out of it as has been made of it.  Obviously we don’t want to give up forty-plus shots a night but I think if we can get more of what you saw of our hockey club in the second period versus the first period, I think we’d be a lot better in the shot differential department.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD JOFFREY LUPUL
On not hanging their heads after the loss…
Yeah, we thought we played pretty well. First period, they came at us pretty hard, but again we’re here to get two points and we didn’t so that’s disappoint, but there are certainly some positives we can take out of it.

On playing at TD Garden…
Yeah, certainly we know how they play and you’re never going to get an easy game especially coming in here so you know what to expect and I thought we elevated our game, especially in the second period really took control of the game for awhile, but unfortunately [Tuukka] Rask was pretty solid in the second and we couldn’t get that second one by him.

On whether that’s more how the way the team has to play going forward…
Again, we got to review the game, I don’t know it’s hard to make comments right when you get off the ice I’m not exactly sure what some of the positives and the negatives were, but obviously it felt pretty good there in the second period taking the game over and we’d like to do that more going forward.

On whether he felt like the Bruins were taking physical liberties against him during the third period…
That’s the way they play. When you come in here you know you’re in for a tough game. It’s frustrating when you don’t get the call. Again you got to sit back and look at the tape again you don’t want to make any comments right after the game, but a couple of hits we weren’t thrilled with on the bench, but that’s life we got to battle and still get that second one.

On how even strength goals have been hard to come by…
Yeah I thought we generated quite a bit of even strength today. Rask was just solid as usual and their D did a good job limiting our second and third shots so that’s the way they play.

On whether there was an extra effort to get more pucks to the net tonight…
Not really. We’re just still trying to on power play, we’re trying to get pucks to the net in traffic and offensively you want to take as many shots as possible, but we’ve shown this year we don’t really not a team that has many guys that just skate down and kind of just waste long shots on net. We like to get the puck in and make some plays, but again we did a good job getting pucks to the net, but we didn’t capitalize on the rebounds. We had some close opportunities, but Rask was up to the challenge.

On if he saw something glove side on his goal…
Yeah I just came down with a lot of speed. I think I had a ton of chances tonight so I just was able to make a good shot there.

On whether he thought it hit off the defensemen’s stick…
I don’t think so. I hope not.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD NAZEM KADRI
On the hit he took during the third period…
Yeah, it’s a little sore. I was able to come back and nothing serious thankfully.

On whether he had any concussion-like concerns…
No, I just came in and ran all the tests and I was fine and ready to go back out there.

On whether he thought it was a dirty hit on the play…
I don’t know, I mean it’s tough for the referee to call, everything’s happening pretty fast. I mean my helmet was almost sideways when I looked up, but that’s for the league to decide and I’m sure they could see it a lot better once it’s slowed down.

On what the team did during the second period that they could replicate for more success…
I think in the second and the majority of the third we were pretty good and we outplayed them. Unfortunately we got a couple of unlucky bounces and one of those pucks go in so a whole different ball game, but we just go to keep our offensive zone pressure and sustain some time down there and wear down the other team’s defensemen.

On the team being concerned about his injury because there are lots of injured center men…
Yeah, definitely. I wanted to get back out there as quick as possible. Obviously there’s a procedure you got to run through and there wasn’t really much of a choice, but I got back out as quick as I could.

On not wanting to leave the bench at the time…
No I didn’t, they pretty much forced me to and I was going to the test I was getting pretty agitated and I just wanted to get back out there so I just got it done as soon as possible and headed back to then bench.

On looking agitated when he got to the bench and if it was because of the hit…
Yeah I think so, I mean my helmet almost got knocked off my head so just a little frustrated and you just try to make a play and obviously it’s tough for the referee and he explained what he saw to me and obviously it’s a lot different once the play is slowed down and you know they got a job to do they’re trying their best.

On what makes Tuukka Rask so hard to stop…
He’s very aggressive goaltender. He likes to come out and play the puck well beyond the blue paint. He made some excellent saves out there that really could’ve been the difference. He’s a good goaltender, he’s proven it and I guess we just got to get more traffic and hopefully get a couple more lucky bounces.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GOALTENDER JAMES REIMER
On tonight’s loss to the Bruins…
I mean at two and two that is obviously a tough scenario and then a second night playing a high-quality team like Boston, and then with some travel and it was unfortunate last night, we didn’t get in until 3 a.m. in the morning. We had a little adversity and in spite of that, I thought we handled ourselves well and we competed. They kind of got two scrambly goals and that was the difference. I thought, especially in the second, in the last half of the second we took it to them. We had some chances and overall it could have been anyone’s game. They honestly just got the bounces.

On the second Bruins goal of the night…
I was looking back near the puck, so when I saw one replay, I thought their guy kind of fell on me first. I was hoping for a goalie interference call. But I am not quit sure honestly what happened.  I will watch the video and see how it goes. But I meant that’s just what happens sometimes.  It’s just a scrambly goal. I don’t know if there is much you can do about it, just those happen sometimes.

On the goalie comparison…
Tuukka [Rask] he’s a real good goaltender. He obviously proved it last year and again so far this year. I think he has played real well. It’s always fun when you go against other good goaltenders, it makes for a good battle. Unfortunately, they got the better of us tonight. I like the way we competed and next game it can be a different story.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN DION PHANEUF
On tonight’s game…
I thought we played a good game. We didn’t start the way that we wanted to. We really came back and pushed in the second. It was a big goal by Lups [Lupul], obviously with their power play scoring early there, it’s a one goal game, and then an empty-netter. We did a lot of good things. Now we go home and rest up for next week.

On playing in TD Garden…
It’s also back-to-back, too. We respect them. We’ve had our share of battles with them, we know what to expect when you come into this building. It’s an energetic building. They are a big team. I thought that was a physical game tonight. There was lots of physicality and that’s what we expected and  that’s what it was from both sides, not just from them. I thought that we played physical and played hard.

On the low scoring game tonight…
Both goaltenders played very well. It was a hard fought game. I am sure that they will say the same thing. It’s a one goal game and then an empty-netter with 20 seconds left. We played well, but we did a lot good things, too. Now we go back and refocus and get ready for another week.

On if he thought any of the hits in the third period crossed the line…
I’m not going to comment on officiating.  I think they have a tough job to do and they do a good job at it. 

On if you can build off of the play of the team in the second period…
Whether you win or lose, you take the good from the wins and you learn from the not so good in the losses.  So obviously we did some good things tonight but we did some things that we would want to get better at.  Next week is a new week but overall we played hard but we just needed a little bit more.

On the penalty kill tonight…
They made a couple good plays, they have had and they still have a good power play and they have had a good power play for quite a few years as they have had a good team for a few years.  Obviously we want to be better in that area and that’s up to the guys on the ice and we have to take responsibility for that and we have to be better at it.

On if the lack of even strength goals is due to some injuries…
Injuries aren’t an excuse, every team goes through injuries and we want to generate as much as we can and obviously we want to generate some more but tonight we played hard but we needed just a little bit more.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:15 A.M.
On if he’s surprised at the strength of the Maple Leafs team after last season…
I don’t know that I would even call that ‘bounce back.’ I think they’re just a good team. They’re a team that’s been getting better every year. I said that before and I’m still saying the same thing. They’re a growing team and growing in the right direction. They’re legit, there’s no doubt about it. Their spot in the standings is, I’m sure, very indicative of their play and their team and everything else. So this is a good hockey club.

On if the next two games are a good test for the Bruins…
I don’t know if it’s, again, I guess I don’t use the same terms you guys do – ‘test.’ To me it’s an opportunity to improve our game. Not a test, but it’s more of a situation where we can find our game and be the team that we want to be, that we know we should be and can be. So that’s more my approach to it.

On the improvements of the special teams…
Well our PK [penalty kill] has been good this year. The only reason we’re down there in our PK is because of that one game against [New] Jersey. Other than that we’d be in the top two or three in the league. So one game really did some damage there; I think we went from second or third down to 24th or fourth to 24th I think in one game. So that’s how bad it was. Other than that it’s been good. Our power play again, always looking to improve, but we’re certainly spending more time in the offensive zone, certainly moving the puck better; more chances this year. Hopefully if the finish can come then we’ve got a decent power play. It hasn’t hurt us like it has in the past and that’s a good sign.

On Chara’s expanding role during the power play…
It unfolds but it’s part of him having more confidence, it’s part of him not being afraid to leave the front of the net. Just, again, the chemistry that’s being built with that group and they’re moving around a little bit more; that comes with time. I think it’s what he can do too. He’s so good at retrieving pucks because of his long stick and even protecting it because of his size and strength and keeping it in the zone. So he’s been, like I said, more than just a net front guy for us on the power play.

On what Reilly Smith brings to the team…
Just look at the stats; I think he’s been a real good player for us. He’s a young player I think that’s probably, not been overlooked, but kind of been in the shadow for a long time and now he’s kind of emerged with us here. He’s played a big role for us that we see on our power play, he’s moved up on the second line for parts of the season. Real smart player; creative, good hockey sense, smart, making good plays. So we’re really happy. We talk about getting Loui Eriksson in that trade but I think he’s another key asset in that trade as well.



On James Reimer…
Yeah he was good. Like I said, we can look at one little part of one game of a series or we can look at the whole picture. And he was good, he was a good goaltender. It’s unfortunate that sometimes you live with those things; we’ve had to live with collapsing against Philadelphia years ago when we had a 3-0 lead. But at the same time it’s important you look at the positives and what it did for our team for example and what it’s going to do for him in the future. I think they’ve got a real good duo there right now as far as goaltending is concerned; they’re able to utilize both of those guys and that’s always key to a team as well.

On what the feeling was playing Philadelphia after their historic collapse…
I don’t remember, it’s been too long. Sorry.

On the young defensemen maturing after their playoff experience…
I think you’re answering your own question there. It’s called experience. And the more you get of it, the better you become. Experience also translates into confidence and, et cetera.  And our young blueliners that you’re talking about are gaining that right now. They’re still making mistakes and we’re still working with them to improve their game but nonetheless they’ve been a real good asset to our team and have brought a bit of a different look and a fresh look to our back end.

On if he’s surprised about Krug carrying over his offense from last year…
Not really, I think it’s kind of the same answer I gave earlier. It’s about confidence; he’s got lots of it right now. He’s got the experience and he seems to have the knack to jump into the wholes at the right time. And that’s not to say that there’s times where he might be a little too aggressive there and we’re trying to make sure he picks the right spots. But it’s about confidence and not just confidence, but also he’s got a pretty accurate shot. When he gets those opportunities, he seems to be able to find those open spots there in the net area to score some of those goals and that’s something that you either have or you don’t have, and he seems pretty good at that.

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