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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS EDMONTON OILERS
Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On how the team responded in the third period...
Good. I mean, it took another goal to really get us going. But, they really came out skating in that second period. We had a pretty good first. We didn’t give them much. But, the second period they really got their legs going and we seemed to be caught a little flat-footed on a lot of occasions. They were winning those races for those loose pucks. So, [we] obviously spent more time in our end then we had wanted to. But having said that, I thought we managed our D zone time a lot better than we have in the past in the second period, where there’s some long shifts there of turning pucks over. So, going into the third after they scored that goal, it just seemed to get our attention and we got ourselves going again. Those games aren’t always perfect but you like the way your team responds to different situations, and we’re down 2-1, instead of panicking we just picked up our game and put our foot on the gas pedal and found a way to get some goals here.

On putting Chris Kelly back on the third line...
It was going to be that way from the start of the game. I think he does a great job on that line and that line’s been good for us – but at the same time I think Matt Fraser is also a good player on that line and he’s scored some big goals. So it was just a matter of kind of juggling that a little bit and putting – there were times where they’d come up with some of their big lines – and I liked having Kells [Chris Kelly] with [Gregory] Campbell and Piesy [Daniel Paille] there for some good experience on that line. So, it was just about juggling those things and, you guys are probably not used to seeing me do that as much, but it’s something I have to do right now.

On the changes in the power play in the third period...
Not changes – it was more about our approach in that third period after, like I said, they made it 2-1 and we just got better. Our guys were determined to ourselves back in the game and we moved the puck well and a couple of nice plays from some of our key players that allowed us to get those goals. It’s nice to see your power play win your some games when you really need it. We had some tough like, obviously with some whistles tonight and a couple of goals that were disallowed because of that and that’s just the name of the game. Referees lose sight of the puck – they have to blow the whistle. So when you’re going through a little bit of tough luck like that, it’s nice to see that your guys don’t stray away from their game. If anything, I thought picked up our game and got ourselves back into it – obviously tying it up and winning it.

On the power play call directly after Carl Soderberg’s power play goal...
Well, you’re talking about when we scored the first power play goal? Well there was – we were already on the power play but they had a stick between Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] leg is what I thought they called. But, you know, there was a penalty called before we scored so we end up with another power play and we made the best of it.

On if the Bruins have ‘had Edmonton’s number’ over the past few years...
Well I can’t say we had their number tonight, to be honest with you. They gave us a real tough game. I thought if anything, that they’re playing a lot better defensively. They still have their speed, they still have their skill, but they’re becoming a lot tougher to score against. I think some of the reasons that we scored some of our late goals is they started pushing; when we took the lead, they started gambling. So, we obviously got a few more opportunities there. But, we’ve had their number in the past maybe because they’ve been young and rebuilding, but it certainly wasn’t the case tonight.

On the team going 5-1 since losing Zdeno Chara to injury...
Well, I guess that’s what you want from your guys – to respond that way. Our guys have done a good job there of working well together and just knowing that we’ve got to work that much harder. Again, I’m hoping this will pay off here in the long run with getting some good habits going with some of those injuries and hopefully continuing to bring those good habits with us once those guys are back.

On David Krejci returning to the lineup...
Well, I wasn’t impressed with him in the first period. Six penalty minutes isn’t what you want to see out of a guy like him. So, it was just a matter of him just coming in and understanding he’s missed the first three of the season, he missed the last, whatever, couple of games. So, I don’t think he’s in midseason form yet so he’s got to just keep his shifts short, try and bring the pace of his game up to what it is when he’s good and work on that part of it. But it’s his first game back, so I don’t think we were expecting him to carry the team tonight.

On changing up the lines with injuries...
Yeah – I think Kells [Chris Kelly] did job on that line. I know people seem to think that Looch [Milan Lucic] doesn’t produce much without Krech [David Krejci] but I thought that Kells, to me, was doing a good job on that line and keeping that line at least having some opportunities and having some offensive zone time. When you’ve played with Krech for whatever, six or seven years, you’re going to have some chemistry more than you will with Kelly. But I thought Kells did a great job of stepping in there. So, it’s nice to have Krech back – there’s a familiarity there and probably in that last goal, a buddy giving another buddy an opportunity here to get a goal and that’s what they did.

On the team developing good habits and consistent chemistry...
Well, I’m going to be honest with you. I really feel there’s still a lot from our team that can get better. And I mean a lot like – we still have those waves, you talk about the second period and stuff like that. As we get along here, I’d like to see our team become a little bit more consistent. At least tonight what I was looking for in the second period is getting some better line changes, where, we’ve been changing a lot on the backcheck and with those long changes you’re leaving your D’s out to try. Tonight there wasn’t many of those; we made some better changes, either on the dump-ins or in the offensive zone or third man high was changing. So, you’re trying to get some of those good habits back in and I still feel that there’s a lot more untapped potential with our team as a whole. So that’s a work in progress right now.

On proactively looking for good combinations of players to produce offensively...
Yeah, and that’s what we were talking about earlier there. Where Kells [Chris Kelly] was on the fourth for a while, he was back on the third, and then I even put Fras [Matt Fraser] there a couple of times there with [David] Krejci on that right side – a bigger body along the wall there. There were times where Griff [Seth Griffith] really struggled along the wall in our own end. So, I’ve got to be able to juggle a little bit at times for different reasons. So, it’s just, again, probably making my job a little harder but that’s part of accepting what you do.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On it being a night of frustration with all their scoring chances…
Yeah you saw the play, I scored it was kind of bouncing to me so it was nice to get that one and our third was really good. It was a good comeback and a good win.

On it being nice to get such an important goal…
Yeah for sure they did score an early goal there to get the lead and we came back and got that big goal there and we got opportunities on the power play and we took that so it was nice to get the win.

On four straight wins in a row…
It’s definitely nice to get on the winning side and we have to keep doing that. I think we still can be a little bit better in some areas.  We still haven’t played a full 60-minute game yet so we have to be sharper than that and if we do that we can win more games.  So it’s nice with the break here and get some rest too.

On two disallowed games tonight…
It’s never easy but it’s of course those are tough plays even for the ref to make, but like I said we kept with it and we came back and won the game so it was a big win.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
Thoughts on continuing on current stretch of games and how the outlook has changed…
Yeah I think so, I think it’s been a lot of fun. I’m just playing more obviously, and being relied on more. I think it’s a fun challenge, and I’m just having fun with it. I think it’s also been fun that we’re winning and playing better so I’m not as grumpy of a mood in the locker room and we still have to improve just to keep going this month.

Thoughts on how much character and resolve the team has shown over the past six games…
Yeah I think with our team we never quit so there’s not going to be a lot of third periods where we’re getting out played and quitting and I think I agree with what you’re saying there are some sloppy plays and everything but if we can keep winning I think that’s going to help us. We know that when and if we can play better I think it will make it a lot easier. If we’re winning now I think, I guess, it means that we’ll win later when playing better so we just need to keep working on those things.

Thoughts on overall team play still being a work in progress but yet still coming up with wins…
Yeah it definitely doesn’t feel like our best hockey and I think when we’re playing our best it’s pretty easy hockey and we’re grinding them down. All four lines are rolling in their end, and I think lately it’s just been kind of spurts of that. We just gotta keep focusing on, like I said, those little things of defensive parts and then chipping the pucks in, getting the pucks on net, and I think we’ve definitely improved on it so we just need to keep improving.

Thoughts on the power play having an impact late in games like tonight in the third period…
Yeah, I think it’s been refreshing. I think last game, I don’t think we had any. I think power plays when you’re in a rhythm it makes it a lot easier and when you don’t have one for four periods or whatever you kind of lose that rhythm. I think, not really goals off our set up necessarily, I think one off the rush with a great play by Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], and the other one we switched sides. We were all in different spots so maybe we’re going to have to free roll a little bit and get out of our positions, but nice to produce on that and have a power play I guess win the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how he felt overall coming back…
I mean it was a little… the first period was kind of tough to get my legs, my hands, you know my mind back into the game.  A couple of, you know, stupid penalties, but it happens and then after it was better and better so. I’m happy that we won and now we can enjoy the few days and get back at it on Monday.

On if he felt it was important to get back in the lineup quickly…
I mean as a player you don’t want to sit and watch the games, especially if you feel that you’re ready to play that you don’t want to sit out.  So I felt like I was ready to go after morning skate and felt pretty good so I made a decision after warm up. I felt pretty good this morning and in warm ups I was ready to go.

On if he feels like he is passed whatever kept him out of the lineup…
It’s hard you guys don’t know what it is… [Reporter: Want to tell us?] I would love to, but I mean time will tell so.

On why he left the bench in the third period…
I stayed on. [Reporter: You stayed on the bench?] In the third? I did, I did. I passed it to Looch [Milan Lucic] when he scored. [Reporter: I know you came back, but you were gone for a little bit] I mean yeah at the end of the game it was getting a little sore so I was just being smart. The game was 4-2 so I know that we have a lot of guys that can do the job.  So I was just playing smart and tried to keep the shifts short and I’m glad we got it done.

On if his injury gives him concern for the future…
Yeah it’s a concern that’s not the start to the season I would love to have, but it is what it is. This is my first time that I’m actually battling with injuries in my career so I got to get through it. It’s something new for me, but I’ve been working hard and felt pretty good today so I was good enough to play so hopefully I’ll have the next few days good days and feel even better on Monday.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On tonight’s game…
We started playing after we let up that second goal. It was kind of my mistake, maybe a little bit. So, at least the guys like me still, so they started playing and wanted to score a goal.

On the rebound in the missed second goal…
It was a quick play. It bounced off the wall and then I had to rush towards and tried to clear it, I couldn’t. It went to their second guy and I was still backing up and I tried to steer it to the corner. It wasn’t an awful rebound, but still, in a perfect world I would have liked to clear that puck out of the zone, you know. The play would be over. But that happens, mistakes happen, and when I do one it’s going to end up costing us a goal, but good thing we battled back.

On being 5-1 without Zdeno Chara and the things that the team has shown during that stretch…
Yeah, we found ways to win and it hasn’t been pretty always, but we’ve stuck with it. Played a couple of solid sixty minute games. We knew when he went down that we really needed to tighten our defense up and really pay attention to that. I think the past six, seven games, whatever, we’ve really done that and gone the right direction. So we have to keep doing that, and whenever he comes back we can’t change a thing.

On if the team’s outlook brighter having weathered the storm for this stretch of games…
Yeah, but we’re a tight group of guys. Injuries happen and we know that it doesn’t matter who goes down, we still have to play with each other and play for each other. That’s really come to play even more now when you lose a captain. So it’s nothing more than just battling hard and protecting your net and starting from the defense. We really paid attention to that.

On how much success he things the Bruins can have once everything “falls into place” this season…
There’s no limit for that, I don’t think. You’re always balancing on that line and you try to play that perfect game night in night out and obviously it’s not going to happen. But there’s still a lot of work to do but I think we’re going in the right direction and once we get the full team going, everybody back, where we keep taking those steps forward it’s going to pay off in the end and that’s what we were hoping for.

On having played the most games and feeling that the team is “not bad at all”…
No, no. I mean, it wasn’t the easiest start for us. We kind of were a rollercoaster team for a little bit – winning and losing, winning and losing, and battling to get over that .500 mark. But we talked about things and we clipped some things and really paid attention to that defense and it really has paid off.

On how The Oilers haven’t beaten The Bruins in several years…
Yeah, I just saw that. We don’t pay attention to that. eventually they’re going to beat us, so, it’s going to happen one of these days.

On Loui Eriksson being a player that the team is counting on this year…
Yeah, for sure. He’s an offensive player. He’s really good in front of that net and he’s just got that sneaky good shot and goes for the net, so good thing he got rewarded. Their line has been a pretty good line this year, and good thing he got that goal.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On that being a character win…
Yeah definitely wasn’t looking too good for a little bit there. They got us off our game in the second period and we kind of changed the pace in their direction so its good to see us come back, especially since we have a stretch where we’re not playing for four days. So, it’s good to see us come out in the third period and play well.

On the difference in the second half of the third period…
I think we had a little bit more poise with the puck. Waited for plays to open up instead of in the second we were forcing a little too much and kind of playing their game which is more of a run and gun style.

On that being something you talk about on the ice, or just happen…
Well, before that we talked about it in the dressing room. It wasn’t the period we wanted to have in the second and I think we did a good job adjusting in the third and people made adjustments on the ice as well.

On the two goals that were called off…
Yeah we did a good job—those plays the whistle did go both times before, but it was good to see guys going to the net hard and still trying to create some opportunities in the third period. It was good to see a couple guys jump up and make some big plays when we needed it.

On being good to see Eriksson score…
Yeah he’s in the same position I am right now. It was good to see him bury that, I know he had a couple chances earlier, and sometimes its just not going in the back of the net.

On having good scoring chances the whole game…
We did have a lot of opportunities. That’s the one positive you take from it is even when you have games like that where you fall behind, your still getting those opportunities, they’re going to roll over and your gonna start putting some in the back of the net. It was kind of a ticking time bomb and finally it ended up going in late in the third.

On goals creating more confidence…
Floodgates are open and it worked out well that way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On not being the first star of the game with three points…
Oh, I’m not sure if that puck hit me. I didn’t feel it. I think they’ll take another look and we’ll see.

On what changed in the third period when you turned it around…
We got the flow. A lot of the time when we play at home and get one goal we get the whole team going, we got some power plays and we scored. So yeah that’s pretty much it.

On the goal creating momentum…
Yeah that’s probably what we needed. We didn’t play a really good game but as soon as we got that goal we started to get going and I think finished off pretty strong.

On the chemistry between him and Eriksson…
For us, like same for the whole team, we had a tough time with scoring chances today. Same with Florida but we find a way to win one. We’re really happy about that.

On the two no goal calls not deflating you…
Yeah that was tough calls for sure. We should have two goals there but, like I said, we worked hard and sooner or later you know you’re going to get one.

On how you feel you have been playing lately…
I think everyone’s playing pretty good. Its hard when the whole team has been struggling the beginning of the season but now we have started to get some wins and create a little winning streak, that’s always good for confidence and we want to get that going.

On comparisons between this third period and the one against Minnesota…
Yeah, but like I said, that was our strength last season and the seasons before that it was always the Bruins strength to win those games. When we were struggling we didn’t have that confidence to finish off those games and get a win, so hopefully we get more confidence and can win those games in the future.

On the power play unit being more creative…
I’m not really sure. We haven’t, like, even get the setup yet. The whole game we were struggling with the entrance and then we got that goal on the rush and another one so I think that’s what we needed and hopefully the power pay will be better next game.

On Eriksson coming along after frustrating start…
He has been—I don’t know if he has been frustrated. Maybe ask, I didn’t know about that. It’s always tough when you don’t score and you’re a goal scorer but he’s really, he’s a hard worker and he can do a lot of stuff without scoring too so it’s just a matter of time when he starts to score more.

EDMONTON OILERS HEAD COACH DALLAS EAKINS
On if penalties cost Edmonton the game after going up 2-1…
You know what, our [penalty] killers have been excellent. They had done a great job early, killing off two penalties. Then we had a critical mistake off the rush on the third one, and then they scored that third goal. It’s a bad decision, one that cost us, and then it actually led to the next one as well. That’s a hard one to frame. It goes to the mindset that every moment is critical. You’re in control of the game, everything is fine. Even when they scored the second one, I still felt we were in control. But our penalty kill there on the third one, with the big mistake, killed us.

On Nikita Nikitin having a tough night…
Yeah, Niky [Nikitin] had an off night, and he was trying to battle through it, but just couldn’t get it done in the end.

On Keith Aulie’s season debut tonight…
I thought he was solid. I thought he came in and gave us a good game.

EDMONTON OILERS GOALTENDER BEN SCRIVENS
On if the Oilers or Bruins were the ones who changed their play in the third…
Probably a little bit of both. We obviously took a couple penalties that, you can’t give a dangerous team like that power play chances, and they were converted. They’re a good team, obviously. We need to find ways to close games out. We’ve just got to find a way to do it. You can’t step backwards and play cautious and just defend. We’re a much better team when we’re going after the other team.

On if he’s able to get over players taking liberties with him in front of the net…
That’s every team in the league. It’s how you score goals these days. Just go to the net and try to drive it home. I think the refs have been doing a really good job of watching it, so I’ve got no complaints about missed calls or anything. I’ve just got to find a way to fight through it.

On Edmonton outplaying Philadelphia and Boston but losing both games…
Same story, we’ve got to continue on with the positives, and try and correct the negatives. This game’s behind us now, we’ve got another game tomorrow that we’ve got to try to win.

EDMONTON OILERS FORWARD MARK ARCOBELLO
On the third period goal...
I think we got away from getting the puck deep. We knew they were going to push. Like I said we just got away from putting pucks deep and...

On the loss...
You know it’s a tough loss. I know we played two pretty good periods. They were pushing hard, and working hard, and you know it’s a matter of getting it done in the end. We came up short.

On how deflating it was at the end of the game...
Yeah, you know it hurts, but we have to learn from this and rebound quickly, we have a game tomorrow.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:40 AM
On Krejci taking warmups tonight…
We’ll see after he gets off there. If he does there’s a chance he’ll play obviously

On expectations for the team combating Edmonton’s skill and speed…
First of all, I don’t think we sell anybody short ever. I certainly would not think that people think that way. This is a pretty good league. Every night is a challenge for every team. As far as what I expect from our team, probably better puck movement in our end, managing that puck a little better. Last game I thought we struggled with that from the breakouts to even through the neutral zone, so on and so forth. We just had one of those days where we were really fighting that puck more than we should have. You want to get that going and again, we’re a team that when we’re cohesive and we work well together in the for check, having layers, being at the right places, we turn pucks over on the breakouts where we should be, when we get those good first passes those things help us too. It’s just about that. It’s about making good decisions too. There’s times in the game where we get caught on long shifts because we’ve got the long change and we think we still have some gas in our tank and that gas seems to evaporate when it’s time to back check, right? We just have to make sure we make some good decisions here.

On winning the battles higher in the zone…
I think we’re doing a pretty decent job. I think the times we get in trouble is when we get caught low, battling down low. It’s a tough place to have support and be able to get the puck out the way you want to. If you’re going to battle, rather battle high than low.

On responding to the early season struggles…
I think so. You always like to see your team go through adversity, believe it or not, throughout the season because it makes you that much better. We had a bit of a slow start and even with a healthy team we weren’t very good. We started finding our game and then we got some injuries, like a lot of teams do. It’s so important to persevere and battle through those kinds of things. There’s some guys getting some really good opportunities because of those injuries and they get an opportunity to grow even quicker. Let’s take advantage of that and at the end of the night you want to make sure that your team is getting better and when those guys comes back you like to think its more of a bonus and makes your team that much better but we just gotta stay the course right now. Some nights are a little tougher than others still, but like I said last game, we managed to find a way to win and I thought that showed great character on our part.

On referring to forwards being in the wrong place on breakouts…
No, no I don’t think—I’d say Jack, don’t read too much into that. It could be a D coming back and where’s his partner? Is he giving him an out? Are the wingers there quick enough, and so on and so forth. I don’t think we’re all over the place, it’s just about being at the right place and getting good support and coming out a lot cleaner. That’s been a strength of ours in the past so I’m just looking for that to be a little better at times. Two games ago it looked pretty good. Last game was a bit of a struggle.

On trusting the system…
Yeah, I think it’s about making some good decisions, being tuned in but being tuned in for 60 minutes is what coaches are always looking for right? Whether they get it or not is another thing but you always try to push as much as you can to get the guys to stay focused for hopefully the whole game.

On Krug’s injury update…
Yeah he’s doing well. I’ll let you guys watch, he’s on the ice there this morning and he’s doing well. Obviously his finger is much better, so it depends how quickly that comes around. He’s the only one that’s probably going to be able to tell us right now. Medically they’ve given him permission to go out there and skate and hold onto his stick and everything else. I think, from what I’m being told right now, it will be up to him how quickly he gets that feeling that he can hold his stick properly and it’s not going to be an issue.

On knowing about the depth at D for a long time…
Well that’s the second year in a row that we’ve been challenged in that area. We talked about it at the beginning of training camp. We had a bunch of defenseman here that we really felt could play in the league and could be, at least, depth players at worst. That’s what we’ve been challenged with right now. We had those injuries, those guys stepped in and done a pretty good job. I’d say we knew and right now it’s just a matter of them proving us right up to date. I don’t like to get too ahead of myself, they just gotta continue doing it and I think those guys have come in—same thing with last year. We lost [Dennis] Seidenberg and we lost [Adam] McQuaid for the season and some young guys came in, whether it was Torey Krug, Miller came in halfway through and ended up resigning through that course of that half season because he was such a solid player for us and even [Matt] Bartkowski. Those kind of guys really stepped up and did a pretty good job for us last year so it was nice to see that. It gave Dougie Hamilton an opportunity to grow as well with more responsibility. As I said earlier, those tough situations sometimes have helped us grow as a team as well.

On new players coming in and learning new systems…
They’ve been fine because they play pretty well the same way in Providence. I said that many times, that’s what I like about Butch [Bruce Cassidy] in Providence. He really feels the same way, and again I don’t believe in forcing coaches to coach a different way. The coaches seem to believe that the way we play here is the way he likes to play as well. That makes the transition a lot easier. Guys come here and you’re not spending half an hour in the video with them, showing them the difference between what they do over there and what we do over here. So, it’s been an easy transition for those guys and it’s really helped us a lot when we’ve needed those guys to come in and help us right away.

On the Warsofsky and Trotman pairing made because of them playing together in Providence…
Well, yeah that’s the reason. When you’ve got three guys that are up from providence and you have to make a decision, somebody is gonna be paired up if you want to keep a top pair together you have to look at that and I think that’s one of the reasons we know that they’ve played together in Providence. There’s good chemistry there, there’s good knowledge between the two of them and a little bit more comfort than if you put them with somebody else. That’s probably one of the main reasons we put them together, so that could help us a little bit.

On if he’s ever relaxed …
I don’t know if I’m ever relaxed about anything. That’s the kiss of death isn’t it? The minute the coach gets relaxed he’s often looking from the outside. No, it’s just, I think the biggest thing that I said is you need to, no matter how long you’ve been in the league, you need to adapt to the changes that are happening in this league. We’ve been talking about that for almost a week here. The different concept of what teams were with their lines in the past, their checking lines, the fourth line, now a lot of teams are looking for four lines that can produce. You look at the systems and how teams overload now when before it was protecting the middle. There’s a lot of things that happen, even neutral zone. You go from a one-two-two, a lot teams are going two-one-two especially on draws, most teams are. So, you have to adapt and if you’re stuck on your own ways and your old ways you’re gonna get pushed out. I think it’s really keeping an open mind and not being afraid to look around and see what’s working. I don’t pretend to be smarter than anybody else, the thing I think that helps me out is that I’m open to ideas and looking at different things and trying to implement that in your team that you think is going to work for you.
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