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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:05 P.M.
On if it was tough not to win considering how well the team played in the third period and overtime…
Yeah, it is. You hope that you can get that goal to give you that win, especially in regulation. But at the same time, we also have to look at our start, which wasn’t very good. We dug ourselves a hole here and unfortunately we were able to get ourselves back to being tied after two. But this was an important game, probably would have liked our team to play better throughout the whole 60 minutes.

On if he was surprised by the stretches where the team was slow…
As I said, we didn’t have a good start, so that’s the disappointing start is that we need to play more of a 60-minute type of game.

On if the team getting better was solely from scoring a goal…
Sometimes it is. We started throwing more pucks at the net, we started getting more traffic again, seemed to be some things happening around our net area. That really helped us a lot. Again, I think after a while the players realized that we weren’t doing the things that I think we had done the game before; coming back and going back as a group and making sure we were a little bit aggressive and having some layers, the layers weren’t always there, a little bit more of a commitment throughout the whole team. Once we started trusting each other, I thought the game got better.

On if Brad Marchand drew a penalty that wasn’t called in overtime…
Welcome to, again, the same questions every game. I think it was a trip, I think it was pretty obvious to everybody. Again, it’s getting frustrating to say the least. You see a lot of things out there, or even the hook – I gotta look at it again – on Lucic trying to go to the net there in the second period. We’re not getting the benefit of the doubt, that’s for sure.

On if there are good things to build on after coming back…
I think we showed that we are capable of playing well when we set our minds to it. The second half was more of that. But I keep saying, as a team you’ve got to be able to come and play 60 minutes of hockey, especially in the positions that we’re in right now we need to play 60 minutes. I’m not saying I’m disappointed in the way we came back, because if there’s anything that was positive, it was that. I thought we did a great job of getting back into the game, tying it up, those are great things that we can talk about. We also have to look at the reality, and the thing is we had to come back in a game because we didn’t play a good first half. We have to be ready to play 60 minutes.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the disappointing stretch during the first and second period…
Yeah it was. It wasn’t very fun to play during that time. They took it to us. They were first to pucks and winning battles. They had us hemmed in. We need to be better, better start. If we have a better start then the outcomes probably a little bit different.

On being surprised by that stretch of poor play after Detroit…
We always want to use the previous game to your advantage and your momentum but there’s going to be stretches in any game where things aren’t going right. Its up to the guys to minimize that and slow that down and understand throughout parts of the game there’s some critical times to control the puck and make plays. We had to do a better job of that tonight.

On reading the play on your goal…
Just saw some space, I think. I was coming near the end of my shift and seemed like both teams were changing and just saw open ice. Loui [Eriksson] made a great pass to me and I knew Krech [David Krejci] was going back door so I just tried to throw it to him. I thought for sure it hit him and went in but apparently not.

On Toronto turning pucks over…
Yeah we definitely could have—you know in the third period we had better sticks and a better for check taking away their time and space and I thought as the game went on we got better with that. If we start that way, like I said before, it’s a different outcome of the game. We have to make sure that’s a focus for us moving on.

On Toronto being more aggressive taking away the point tonight…
I don’t know if they’re more aggressive than in the past but they definitely did a good job of it tonight. Also when you take a shot they’re going the other way looking for a turnover and a breakaway, similar to what Montreal does. They did a good job of it tonight, taking away time and space. That’s what we wanted to do. They did it to us the first period for sure.

On what you could have changed in the game…
I think just understanding it’s a critical moment in the game. Take second to make that play. Don’t just freak out and ice the puck or try to make a play that isn’t there because people are starting to go crazy. I think just making sure that we stick to our guns and realize we are good hockey players and we can make a play under pressure. I think if we take that approach when things go a little bit crazy we’ll be better.

BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK POSTGAME QUOTES
On the team’s play in the first half of the game…
Yeah, it was tough. I thought we started pretty good, the first five minutes, but then it kind of took a turn in the wrong direction and we had a tough time recovering. They made it 2-1, 3-1, and we were kind of puck watching waiting for that fourth goal to come and thank goodness it didn’t. Then we get a bounce and a goal and it’s a game again. Good bounce back and good battle but still it wasn’t nearly as good as our game before.

On outplaying the Maple Leafs in the third yet coming away with only one point…
Yeah, well the point is good, but we obviously wanted more. The last half of the game was really good and we got two goals, but not the last nail we wanted to get. They get two shots in the third period and overtime so that’s a positive sign, but you know it’s not enough.

On if he faced a penalty shot from Phil Kessel before...
I don’t know. I can’t remember. Probably some time. Kind of tripped there and textbook poke check there. I tripped. I hit my skate on some kind of hole there, but thank goodness he didn’t score. He had two or three breakaways and if he gets those opportunities, he’s eventually going to score.

On the scrap at the end of the second period…
No, no, no. I felt like I needed to get the crowd going a little bit. That was nothing. It was just a chirp. Every time I chirp, it’s a big deal. It’s just good fun. It’s part of the game. I gave that guy [David Clarkson] a little check in the kneepads and he punched me and I said if he wants to eat my blocker. I try to have fun out there too sometimes. It’s fun to chirp. Definitely can’t go unnoticed with that stuff.

On if the team will become more consistent…
I sure hope so. I don’t know what to say honestly. It’s been like this the whole year you know. We play a good game and talk about keeping it going and playing the same style. At times today, it was like a totally different team out there again managing the puck the way we did and having guys blow the zone and stuff and turning the puck over. Inconsistency within the games is something we just need to get rid of in order to be a successful team. That’s something that starts in practice so we got to work hard everyday in practice and it will come.

On how much time is left to gain the consistency for a successful season…
Well I think the time has passed. Every game is pretty much a must win now because you know, we are playing teams that are a couple points ahead of us. If we keep winning a game, then losing a couple, and then winning one, it’s not going to take us anywhere. We need to get some wins together and get our game in the shape we want it to be. Enough has been said and it’s time to show it. I don’t know what else to really say.

On what he wants to see from his team defensively…
I don’t know. It’s tough to really say. We’re a good team when we have layers and everybody is doing their job and were not duplicating jobs out there then we’re best and taking the hesitation out of our game. I think that’s what is biting us back, the hesitation and duplicating jobs sometimes. Then you have those guys open in front of the net and inside of the net and that’s something. Puck management in our own zone is huge too.

On if 2015 provides a clean slate…
Yeah, I hope so. I hope we wipe this year off now and start fresh. I don’t know. I don’t have any answers on why things keep going back to the way they have been when we play a good game like we played against Detroit. It’s just hard work and being mentally strong. I think that’s what it all comes down to because at the end of the day when you work hard you know you left everything out there. At least you have that when you come back from a game. With fifteen minutes we didn’t work quite as hard as we wanted to leaves question marks. So that’s where the bottom line is, that we have to work hard and mentally focus.

On if he anticipates poor play after a big win…
No, definitely no. I think every game is a new game and we don’t drag games from the past. We start every game from zero and start pushing again. Today we did that too, but then after five minutes, kind of deflated again. We’ve had a tough time recapturing that when we get scored on or something bad happens. It takes ten, fifteen minutes to recapture that and you know, today was that too. It was 2-1, 3-1 and then we are just waiting to get scored on again, and we end up getting the goal that got us going. So I think that’s the mental part of the game.

On if the team can gain the same mindset from the 2013 lockout-shortened season…
Yeah we should. We should have that every game. Obviously, it’s a long season and you’re not going to be at your best every night, but our bread and butter has always been hard work and out battling teams, winning the races and stuff like that. That’s the way it has to be for us in order to get us going because when we try to be fancy it doesn’t work for us. I don’t know how many games we have left, but there no more excuses anymore. We just have to mentally prepare ourselves and go out there and do it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On having a clean slate to start the year…
Yeah I mean just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a new season. I think we all know that it wasn’t our best start and best finish to 2014 but hopefully in the new year we can be better.

On what you need to do to string wins together…
We got to be consistent. Tonight that was a problem. We came out hard and then we, kind of, let off and they took a three to one lead. We had to battle back again, I thought, after we battled back we tied them three to three and had a good game. We can’t give up lapses where we allow a team to get ahead by a couple goals. We have to make sure that we play the system all the way through the game and we don’t have huge ups and downs. If we can do that then hopefully we can string a few wins together.

On outplaying Toronto at the end of the game without any goals…
Yeah it was frustrating. I think we had a few really good opportunities. We were doing a good job of trapping and getting back on the rush. Like I said, we had a few that are probably pretty good looks but those shootout losses are tough.

On dominating in overtime but not getting that penalty call…
We probably thought it should have been a call but it’s late in the game in overtime. They probably didn’t call it because it wasn’t really a scoring opportunity. It might have been different if it was. The game is over so it doesn’t really matter now.

On the shootout and talks to eliminate it…
Yeah that’s the thing, you battle back and if you win its great, if you lose it’s frustrating, but that’s how it is right now and it’s just tough. You have to score those goals.

On the emotion of rallying at the end of the game…
I think it’s—when we play desperate, then were a good hockey team. In the past we’ve been able to play that way for a whole game and right now it just seems like we cant, we have to wait until we get behind by a couple to really get that desperation in our game and everyone to buy into the system. Again, we’re working on taking steps in the right direction. Hopefully we are better in the New Year.

On what to take out of today into Saturday…
I thought the second half of the game we played pretty well. We battled back hard, we showed a lot of character and again we had a really good second half. We have to continue to play that way and were gonna work hard in practice on it and hopefully we can carry that over.

On outshooting Toronto 15 to two in the third period and overtime…
Yeah we do want to—we got to be happy with how we played the second half of the game. You win and lose games in a short span of a game. A couple lapses there and, I mean, they get up by a couple goals and we have to battle back the rest of the game so the key is to not give up those lapses and not get behind by a couple. If we play the way we did the second half then we’re going to be a good team.

On not over thinking plays…
Yeah it does. In this league you got to move your feet, you got to move the puck quick and when you don’t teams collapse on you. We do have to make quick decisions and the way you do that is trusting each other and know where each other is going to be. Just read off each other.

On starting slow because you were too “even keel” after the last win…
Yeah, you know, that’s one thing we have to be able to do. We have to build emotion right away at the start of the game, especially at home. It’s so easy, we have such a good fan base that we should be able to build emotion right away and carry that momentum shift after shift. Tonight we weren’t able to do that and we have to find a way.

On Toronto having trouble holding onto leads…
No, exactly you can’t get behind every game and count that you’re going to come back by a couple goals. That’s not how it works in this league. We got lucky tonight that we did come back. I thought we turned it around and played a pretty decent game. But you saw a couple of our goals are good bounces for us. We have to do much better job at getting the lead and sustaining it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how he felt about the game…
It wasn’t… I’ll start off … It wasn’t a good 2014. I’m happy it’s over. I’m looking forward to 2015, so hopefully we can turn things around. Like I said, not much good things happened in 2014 for myself and for the team and just looking forward to 2015 and turning things around and hopefully it’ll be better than this year.

On what they can do to make it better…
Well you saw. I mean, the last 30 minutes there, once we got it going and once we started playing with an edge and we started playing together, I mean especially we make it 3-3 and I thought in the third period we went out there to play to win and we had definitely more chances and we tried to finish it in overtime as well and it’s just a matter of bearing down. It seems like that’s been the story all season long. You know, especially myself. I had a couple of chances there in the third and that one in overtime. It’s just a matter of bearing down, but as far as our effort goes obviously there was lulls in our game to kind of start, but I thought we came back hard and we played to win and we pushed to win and if we play like we did against Detroit and like we did when we were pushing to win I think things will start, you know, hopefully bounces will start going in for us.

On frustrating calls…
Yeah, it is frustrating but at the end of the day you can only, I mean, I know it’s cliché, but you just want to control what you can control. You just hope that the refs see and have the confidence to make the right calls no matter if it’s for you or against you. You hope that they make the right calls and there’s probably two calls today that we probably should have had and didn’t get but I mean it’s just unfortunate that we have to keep answering these questions.

On how his injury felt…
Good, good. Everything was good. The injury wasn’t a result of the fight. It was just something nagging that comes up in the middle of the season and just day to day type of thing and just smart to sit out a couple days and get the rest and it really helped get me back in the lineup here today and I thought… you know, get myself back in the start there. It wasn’t probably the best start but I was able to create some chances in the third and had that chance in overtime and hopefully with me and Krech [David Krejci] and Griff [Seth Griffith] we were able to kind of get something going so it’s important for us to go about that.

On how vital it is to get a winning streak at this point in the season…
It has to happen. It has to happen if we want to get ourselves back in the picture and it has to happen if we want to be where we want to be at the end of the year, and it’s up to us to make it happen. No one’s going to do it for us. No one feels sorry for us and we shouldn’t be feeling sorry for ourselves, so it’s up to us to bear down and start putting, like you said, a winning streak together and like I said, 2014 is done. Turn that page and start fresh for 2015.

On whether they also need to go into the game combatting the let down that might come…
I laugh because that’s the thing that’s been inconsistent in this team, and I think that’s why we’ve been kind of taking steps back instead of taking that leap forward, and like I said, it’s up to us players in this dressing room to do that. I mean, the coaches can only do so much. The management put a good team together, but it’s up to us. As players we’ve got to take it upon ourselves to go out there and play the system and execute it and start putting those wins together and not having lulls in our game like you were saying, so we’ve got to take responsibility as individuals and teammates and keep ourselves and each other accountable in being better so we don’t have those let downs and you hope that it happens sooner than later.

On Peter Chiarelli’s comment before the season about not being done building the roster and how they fight waiting around for something to happen such as getting “their guy”…
You can’t wait for that. You can’t. I mean, I don’t think guys are. I hope that guys aren’t. I hope that we’re not waiting around for some savior to come in and help this team be the team that it should be because it hasn’t happened in the past. The core group is still here so we still have the ability to be the team that we were in the past, so we can’t wait for whether the GM is going to make a move or not. He’s done a terrific job getting the right guys in this room at the right time, and, you know, I think we just have to, as players, we just have to start trusting and believing in each other and the group that we have that we can get that winning streak together like you were talking about and playing the right way, so like I said, you can’t wait for some savior and some other team to throw you a bone and it’s like, ‘Here, you can have this player.’ We have to take it upon ourselves, you know, me especially with how things have gone for myself this season I just step up my game and produce the way that I can and if I can start getting that going hopefully it’ll help the team go too in the right direction.

On the team being better than its record indicates…
Exactly. I think you said it. There’s not much more that I can say to what you just said. We win because of team, the team game that we play. We don’t win because an individual does it all by himself; we’ve never been built that way. We can’t just rely on Tuukka [Rask] every night to bail us out, we can’t just rely on Zee [Zdeno Chara] to play 30 minutes, and we can’t just rely on one line to score every game. It’s about everyone stepping up and doing their job. If you look around the league and the team’s that are winning and the teams that have won the last four or five Stanley Cups, it’s because everyone’s been able to step up and do their part. It’s something that we need to start doing in a night-in, night-out basis. It was there, you saw from start to finish in that Detroit game. We made it 3-3, we pushed hard to play to win tonight and I think we need to have a good practice on Friday and get things going again in the right direction on Saturday.

On if the general manager in him sees this team differently now because the team is younger than the Stanley Cup years…
Like I said, the core group, most of the core group, the guys that have been there twice, there’s still a lot of guys that are still here. So it’s up to us, the guys that are still around here, to guide those guys and to show them what it takes to get to that level. I mean, we can’t rely on waiting for a guy coming in. We have to – it’s a transition period in the organization, it’s up to us as older guys to help the younger guys and show them the right way in order to play and get us to that level again. You look at those years, Marchy [Brad Marchand] comes in and does what he does as a young guy. I was still only 22 years old when we won. We still had young guys on that team and it’s the older guys that guided us. Now it’s our turn to help these young guys step into those roles.

On being in a Mark Recchi-type role now…
A little bit more. I’m definitely, from what I was four or five years ago, to who I am now, I’ve seen a lot and learned a lot. It’s up to all of us to help the new guys coming in. Like I said, showing them the way and what it takes to get to that elite, elite level. Again, I’m not gonna speculate too much on what the GM has to do. He’s always done a great job of putting the right team on the ice and I have full confidence in what he’s done. Like I said earlier when I started talking, the GM can only do so much, the coaches can only do so much, it’s up to us as the players to start taking responsibility and start steering this in the right direction.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On battling back and then having a long stretch of being on their heels and whether this feels like a step back after the Detroit game…
Yeah, I mean anytime you don’t get the result you do feel like that, and especially if you look back at it we didn’t get the start we wanted and it could have been the game right there if you have a better start. We talk often about that and like you said we got back in the game but it’s hard when you start on your heels.

On whether it was a bitter pill to swallow in the third period when they played good hockey but weren’t rewarded on the scoreboard…
Yeah, I thought we had some good looks, some good chances even in overtime, but even in the third was more the style we want to play and we created a lot of chances by doing that and, yeah, so it definitely was the better end of the game.

On taking positives from this game…
Yeah, for sure. Definitely got to build on that. The Detroit game was definitely a great game. Tonight, you know, we talk a lot about that, but definitely put ourselves in a tough situation and we had to play catch up hockey and it’s always hard to do that but we battled back and the end of the game was a lot better.

On what he sees as the remedy to the team’s consistency issues…
Yeah, I mean it’s… the remedy is just about doing it, you know, executing and doing it for the whole game and it’s, yeah, I think we’re definitely not happy with the fact that we’re not creating or establishing consistency to our game from one game to another or during games.

On the third period effort and how they talk themselves out of not falling into the trap they seem to be getting into…
Yeah I think it’s about really, I think sometimes it’s when we’re thinking too much and we’re not executing. Obviously when you think out there it’s half a second you don’t have, and that’s when the other team takes advantage so I think it’s about doing that.

On whether players thinking too much is the difference between this season and last…
I mean, it’s hard to say if it’s the one thing. There’s lots of things that we can do better obviously and it’s no secret, but it definitely is one of the things that we need to be better at.

On how frustrating it is this time of year going back and forth between winning and losing…
Yeah, it’s definitely frustrating and it’s definitely uncharacteristic of the guys that are here, so we’ve definitely got to find a way to be better and to show up and to build some consistency and go on the road and win some games and we definitely need that right now.

On what David Krejci brings now that he is back in the lineup…
Yeah he’s definitely a player that’s got that impact of scoring big goals for us and making big plays so it’s definitely always great to have him back.

On the positives they take out of tonight going into Saturday…
Well that we came back in the game, that we definitely ended the game the way that we want to play and start the game on Saturday.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE POSTGAME PRESSER
On if tonight’s win had more of what he wants to see as a coach…
Of course. It was one of those games where I felt that our hockey club played more to the lines of what’s going to be required on a consistent basis. I thought that we had a good first period. We were able to effectively recover the puck and move it out of our zone effectively. We didn’t get hemmed in there. I thought that the second period, we started to turn the puck over and we got spread out. We had lots of support in the zones, and our power play scores a big goal for us, then our penalty killing shut them down. So it was one of those types of games where it goes back and forth. You know they’re going to come with a push, the type of hockey club that they have and the personnel they have, you know you’re going to get their best. I think it was probably an entertaining game from the fans’ standpoint when it got to overtime, but it wasn’t that entertaining for coaches.

On if there’s added significance to beating the Bruins given how the Leafs have been playing…
Well we needed it. That’s for sure. The one thing that we’ve tried to preach to our group is that there has to be a stop sign in what was happening. We were playing too loose, and we can’t continue to play no-touch hockey, and that’s what we felt we were playing. We brought that to our players, and showed them some of the things that we felt needed to be corrected. We had to move the puck more effectively up the middle of the ice, because everybody is shutting the walls down, and the forecheck in the NHL is all about putting pressure, and it’s a four-man forecheck, and the only place on the ice that’s open is you’ve got to find the middle when you have an opportunity.

On an injury update on Joffrey Lupul…
[Joffrey] Lupul will return to Toronto for an evaluation for an MRI, on his lower body.

On if tonight was as physical a game as his fourth line has played this year…
Yeah, and again, those guys got more minutes, then when we lost [Joffrey] Lupul, we had to share minutes on the right side with everybody, and then used [David] Booth in penalty killing. I thought Trevor Smith was real good. He was good in the faceoff circle. We started with the puck, and that’s always a bonus when you’re in these situations on the road.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD LEO KOMAROV
On playing his first game in over a month...
Yeah it’s a good win for us and I think we played pretty good.

On being able to influence the game with his style of play...
Yeah I tried to play my style but I don't think I played that good today. You know I only got a couple practices under me, and I need to get into it in a little bit more games.

On chemistry with his linemates...
We played together before I got injured so I think we got a good line, good speed and we just need to keep going.

On when he knew he could come back...
A couple days ago, maybe. It’s been a tough month you know. It wasn’t a bad hit either. I just felt bad for a while, but we’ve got good treatments and good doctors ... It just took too long.

On if he’s ever missed this much time due to injury...
No, but ... it’s over.

On hitting himself against the glass during morning skate today...
Oh you saw that? I just want to wake myself up, you know see if everything was okay.

On playing in Boston for the first time since the 2013 playoffs...
Yeah, feels great. I just thought about it before the game, but I hope we don't forget that game.

On how much different a head injury is...
Not really, the thing is you don't really know, you don't really have time limits. It can be only a couple days or it can be a half year. Thats the thing if you got a shoulder or something they’ll say four to six weeks you’re out, but with the head it’s like, you just have to feel good.

On what helped him score on Tuukka Rask...
It was a lucky goal, you know I just shoot it in the net. He’s a good goalie so, yeah it was my day today.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GOALTENDER JONATHAN BERNIER
On how tonight’s shootout win felt…
Obviously feel good tonight. I was pretty exhausted the last couple days, but I thought as a group we played really well. They had two lucky bounces, but other than that, I thought we controlled most of the game.

On the Bruins being physical with him…
Yeah they did, but we kept our composure. They’re a good team, especially in their building, but we found a way to win tonight.

On doing anything differently coming back from an illness…
I’m trying to drink as much water as possible in between periods, and on the ice as well. But obviously in the third we got stuck in our zone a little bit, I was feeling a little dizzy there.

On his heated exchange with Tuukka Rask at the end of the second period…
If you’re going to hit one of my players, I want to step up for the guys, and I just told him, I guess, not to do it again.

On if he had to make a save on David Krejci’s shootout attempt…
I didn’t, just got a stick, and he missed on it.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN DION PHANEUF
On if tonight’s game was a gut-check for the Maple Leafs…
Yeah, it was, I think, a huge win for our team, not only with the result, but I thought the whole process of how the game went. We played a pretty solid two periods, and they came back after we got up a couple. But we were resilient in the way that we played in the third period. We didn’t give up a whole lot, and the bottom line is we came out of it with two points. So I think we wanted to respond, and we did that tonight.

On how important the shootout win was after blowing a two-goal lead…
It’s not an ideal way to win the game, I’ll tell you that. But the bottom line is, we found a way to win it in a shootout. I thought that Bernie [Jonathan Bernier] stood tall for us throughout the whole night. You look at the goals that they got, I thought it was a good hockey game. Both teams played a pretty structured, pretty hard game, and one goes in off of our chest, and the other one is a goal-mouth scramble that hits a skate. So I thought that we played real structured, and we did a lot of the things that we knew we were capable of doing, and we showed a lot of mental toughness to be able, when we did give up that lead, to hold on and to be able to close it out in the shootout.

On if the Leafs will celebrate New Year’s with champagne on the plane ride…
No champagne tonight I don’t think, are you gonna have some? [Laughs]. We’ll probably have cold beer. I think that that’s what we’ll have.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 5:50PM
On if Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic will play tonight…
Yes.

On if there are any other changes to the lineup…
Not as of yet. I guess if anything, it’ll be done after warmup.

On the chemistry last game between linemates Reilly Smith and David Krejci…
It was good, but it was good for everybody. We talked about that, we’ve got to be careful about the fact that we think all of a sudden there’s great chemistry there. I think there’s great chemistry between him and [Patrice] Bergeron as well, and at the same time I thought everybody played well. So when you play well, you like everything about everything. Again, this is a situation that we continue to work on, and try to find some good balance in our lineup.

On if the Bruins can play their style and sustain success with constant changes to the lineup…
Well we’re expected to play like that every night, no matter who we have in the lineup. We had two key players out of our lineup [against Detroit], it didn’t stop us from playing against a pretty good hockey club that way. We understand too that if we want to climb up in the standings, that’s how we have to play. Again, it’s not that complicated, I think it’s all about your mindset and willing to put on the line every night. I thought we did that last game, so it’s an opportunity tonight to do the same thing.
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