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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS EDMONTON OILERS
Monday, December 14 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:55 PM
On whether there was a need to simplify the game going into the third period…
I don’t know Mick, did you watch the second period? … Ok, I thought the second period was pretty good, so we spent a little time in our own end, gave them three shots, so I think we were doing fine. The bottom line is, you know, we fell into a two-nothing hole early on. They got a couple of good breaks there, and we had to fight our way back. They had a good goaltender. I thought we played well enough to win the game, and, you know, unfortunately some of those nights don’t always go your way, so we come out with one when we should have come out with two.

On putting Landon Ferraro on Patrice Bergeron’s line and whether that was a hard call to make…
Yeah, but, you know, it just gave that line a little bit of speed there in the forecheck. I thought he was having a decent game so I just went with a hunch and put him out there.

On starting off with Ferraro, Ryan Spooner and Torey Krug in overtime…
Well our top players had just played the last three minutes, so I was hoping to at least get a shift out of those guys and come back with our players, but we didn’t handle that very well.

On what the level of frustration was when they were pushing the entire game…
There was no frustration at all tonight. I think it was disappointing that we fell behind two-nothing early when the first 10 minutes I think it was seven to one shots on net, so I think we were the dominant team and I think the biggest thing was that, you know, they got a couple of good breaks and took advantage of those and we had to fight back but their goaltender stood tall and we just kept going after them and found a way to get ourselves back into the game and get ourselves at least a point, but there was no frustration throughout the whole game. Just determination.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LANDON FERRARO
On his game tonight…
Just trying to keep it simple, trying to keep the puck moving forward. When you get moved to a line like that it’s getting them the puck as much as you can. You get Marchy [Brad Marchand] in a spot like that you’re going to give him the puck and let him shoot it. So I mean, you’re just trying to play your game. Not trying to change anything. I’m not going to find some more skill out of nowhere and be making plays like they do, but just trying to be a workhorse on the line and get moving for them.

On if he’s surprised with how comfortable he’s been here so quickly…
I mean it’s just, when I got here it’s just decided I’ve got to play. I was so nervous at the beginning of the year in Detroit. I was in and out of the lineup, and one little mistake you didn’t know if you were going to be back in or play the rest of the game. So when you come here you’ve just got to give yourself a chance and just play.

On if he was surprised to be in the first shift of overtime…
Yeah, there were some other guys that I thought were going to be going ahead, but I was excited and it’s something that’s really disappointing. I kind of mess up on my coverage and he comes right down the middle and I miss my block and it goes in, so it’s a little disappointing.

On if players are still getting used to spacing in three-on-three overtime…
No, it shouldn’t be. I make a mistake there and miss it, but even since I’ve been here there have been ten games or something like that, we’ve played like five overtimes. We have enough practice, we’ve all played enough hockey to know where you’re supposed to be and you’re supposed to stay on your guy. Just a little mental lapse and it cost us the game.

On if he feels good about chances of scoring when giving the puck to Brad Marchand….
For sure. You want him to have the puck. He’s been hot, especially as of late, and he’s proven that he can score in this league so you definitely want him taking that shot.

On if it was fun to work with two high quality players…
For sure. Any opportunity that you have to have more ice time and to play with guys like that, it’s good. It means you’re doing something right and you’ve just got to make sure you keep doing what’s gotten you there.

On where tonight’s game falls…
Yeah, it’s important that we got a point out of it, but I think that we played great hockey for 50 minutes. It’s just the last ten of the first period that we kind of got back on our heels, and they scored two on us. If you take that away I think we had a really good game, but that’s been the problem that we’ve had - lapses at different points of the games and it costs us. It makes sure that instead of getting two points we’re trying to battle for one right away.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On Head Coach Claude Julien thinking they played well enough to win but did not and if it’s that simple…
That simple.

On the effort he saw from his team tonight with the 49 shots on goal…
Yeah, we tried to put obviously a lot of shots on net and tried to create some rebound opportunities and obviously, you know, you put a lot of pressure on teams when you put a lot of pucks on the net. But you know, again, it’s a nice number I guess if you want to say that. But wish we would have maybe more goals from that area.

On if he liked how the team handled the Leon Draisaitl line…
Yeah I mean they didn’t get much minutes. Obviously they play with a lot of confidence right now. They’re probably one of the hottest lines in the league. They seem to be playing well together. But again, I think it’s more about the team than just one line. But yeah I mean kind of for sure I thought we had a good effort just didn’t get the results.

On if it’s frustrating that they were able to take that strength from them and from their other lines and still lost…
Yeah they did a good job making quick changes. You know that way they would break the matchups a little bit more. So sometimes you had to, you know, make adjustments.

On if he thinks it’s a positive that they were able to surge from behind…
Yeah that’s part of obviously growing as a team. Obviously being more mature and handling these situations. I think it’s one of those things we got better, we just have to continue to keep getting better and focus for the next game. And it’s as simple as that.

On playing with Adam McQuaid and Colin Miller and what he adjusts to play with Adam McQuaid…
That’s the way it is right now. I guess we play everybody with everybody- we’re switching pairs, we’re switching players, different situations, different times of the game. That’s the way it is; that’s the way it’s been going I guess. So yeah we have to be able to play with anybody in any kind of matchup or situation.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the bruins getting to .500 at home …
You know you want to be a good team at home, you have to be able to be a dominating presence and we haven’t been that so far this year.  It would have been nice to get back there tonight but at least we got a point and we’ll work on it next game.

On his game tying goal…Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] did a really good job actually starting the whole thing.  They were close to having a 2-on-1 and he did a really good job getting the puck up to Lance [Landon Ferraro], he made a nice pass back to me, I just tried to get it on net and luckily it went in.
On Torey Krug driving the net on his goal…He allowed us to get a lot of space and room and he’s obviously a very fast player and he did a really good job of going to the net and for him to realize that was his turn to drive and open up that space was a big play by him.

On if he thought the team would win after swinging the momentum with his goal…Yeah I mean you get the confidence and hopefully get the win but unfortunately it didn’t play in our favor tonight and we just have to regroup and get ready for the next game.

On playing a good game but still losing…We have won games this year that we definitely didn’t deserve to win and this was one of those ones that we probably should have won.  I think after the first period we controlled that game and if you look at all the stats I think it shows that.  It’s unfortunate like I said, their goalie made a lot of big saves and we didn’t do a great job of getting in front but we still probably should have won.

On what made Cam Talbot so difficult to play against tonight…
I said earlier we didn’t do a really good job of getting in front of him.  There were a lot of pucks in front of the net, rebounds and such and we just weren’t there battling in front to pick those up.  We have to do a much better job of that next game.

On having a bunch of open looks in the offensive zone…Yeah I did have a few and probably could have had a couple more.  One bounce that Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] gave me on a 2 on 1 but I think I was kind of shooting high glove a lot of the times and missing the net on a couple but luckily that one kind of found its way in.  If you get enough shots, one is going to find the net.

On how the team kept the sense of frustration from creeping into the game…I think that we are starting to learn how to play in games like this and realize that we can come back from a couple goal deficit and we just seem to have a bit of a calming presence on the bench and in the room and guys are stepping up at the right time and speaking and saying what needs to be said in calming guys down.  So I think especially with how we have started to play, we knew that if we continued to get pucks in deep and work them low, we were going to get some goals and luckily we did.

On if the team comes away with a feeling of a missed two points…I think there is a little bit of both.  I think we definitely gave up a point here that we really would have liked to have but at the same time we have to be happy that we came back from two goals again.  We shouldn’t have been in that position so definitely still a little work to do.

On how satisfied he is with his season…Yeah it’s good but it’s more important how the team does and if we aren’t winning then it doesn’t matter.  So I just want to make sure that we continue to win.

On the play of Landon Ferraro on his line…
He has been playing really well and I think he has some good offensive talent and he works extremely hard and he’s really good at getting in on the forecheck and turning pucks over and he can make plays.  You saw that he made a really nice pass there and he scored a couple nice goals.  He’s a really good player.

On if he thought the team played well in the first after giving up a couple goals…I thought we had a pretty good first ten minutes but then they got that first goal and we kind of sat back a little bit and they were able to get another one.  That’s one thing that has happened to us a few times this year, they get a goal and we kind of sit back so we have to make sure that when a team scores we continue to go at them.  I thought we had a really good start, shots were 7-1 at one point, probably could have had a couple goals so we just have to keep building on that.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON
On the effort of the team playing in front of him …
I thought we played well.  Obviously we had a lot of chances, a lot of time in their end and their goalie played really well, we probably could have scored a few more goals, a few more bounces but you have to give credit to their goalie.  We played a really solid game.

On how frustrating it is to lose that game in overtime with all those shots on goal…Yeah I mean it’s frustrating.  It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of shots or not, you always want to win the game.  Like I said I thought we played really well tonight and we could have easily won the game. 

On what he thinks Cam Talbot did to play such a solid game…Well I don’t know.  That’s really not my focus during the game what he is doing but I don’t know.  I don’t know if we screened him enough or not but you know he made his saves. Sometimes a goalie gets hot and he got hot tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how frustrating tonight’s loss was for the team…
Yeah, it was really frustrating. I thought we had some really good looks in our zone, a lot of zonetime, a lot of shots. We’ve got to do a better job getting the rebounds, it’s cliché, obviously, and having some better screens because I thought we saw most of the shots but at the same time we had 50 shots so it’s unfortunate. I thought a few bounces here or there that we should have gotten, but at the same time it’s a tough loss.

On expecting a better outcome after scoring chances on Leon Draisaitl’s line…
Yeah, it’s a good line. They have a lot of speed and they really rely on their transition off of the turnovers and stuff like that. We try to do a good job of that. Keeping the puck in our zone and working over there at the same time. I thought that every line had some looks and good chances. For eight, nine minutes there we kind of stopped playing a bit and they got those two goals. It’s unfortunate because at the end of the day we had a lot of chances to close the game.

On a difference in his line with Landon Ferraro….
Yeah, I thought he was moving his feet well. Made a great pass to Brad [Marchand] and I thought it was just a great few shifts that we had with him. Just tried to go out there on the forecheck and work hard and get the puck back, and he did a good job of that.

On reaching .500 at home…
Yeah. It’s something we’ve talked a lot about, improving our home record, and tonight was a great opportunity for us to do that and we didn’t come out with the win. So we definitely have to be better.

On what has impressed him about Landon Ferraro in the last few weeks…
I thought he was - since the first day he was playing well, he uses his speed well. I think he’s keeping it simple, going hard in the forecheck. A lot of the goals that he created for his line mates or even for himself was about skating and causing some turnovers, so I thought again tonight was another example of that.

On what he considers positive from this game...
I think the way we battled until the end. Every line was really contributing and having a lot of zonetime and a lot of chances, and that’s definitely something that we can build on.

On if the team’s lack of frustration in tonight’s game shows maturity…
Definitely. I think that’s definitely an improvement. After those two quick goals, earlier in the year I think we would have probably caved in and we definitely stayed with it. It was a bad eight, nine minutes for us at first but we stayed calm, we stayed with it, and we got back in the second and third and played a really good game.

On if he thought Marchand’s goal turned momentum into their favor…
Well I thought we had the momentum. Especially getting into overtime or even before that, I thought we could have an extra one. And yeah, I didn’t think the game was over, definitely not. But I thought we had the momentum, especially with the chances we had all game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY
On the Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot…
Yeah we obviously threw a lot of pucks at him and I think we could have maybe gone to net a little more but he played well. And like I said before, as soon as you go to over time you never know. So just an unfortunate bounce.

On if he thinks the team stuck to their game the entire 60 minutes…
I think we got away from it for a bit. They scored two quick goals and I think from then on we played really well. Obviously against a hot goalie who made some big saves and that comes down to over time.

On how tough of an emotional loss this game was…
I think you just have to take the positives. You look at how we can play through I think 50 shots, 49 shots on net, you’re usually going to win the game. So I think you take that positive and move on.

On if he sees the irony in the goal he scored…
I don’t think I’ve got one off my own stick this year. So still waiting for that. Yeah, you know, it’s been a lot of bounces, but just keep throwing it out there.

On Head Coach Claude Julien saying that the Bruins were dominant for most of the game…
Yeah I think the second period we were all over them. Third period they had a couple spots that they had some good chances but I think we, you know, after they scored the two goals we kind of turned it around and played our game.

On if this is something to build off of because they didn’t get discouraged when they were down two goals…
I think that’s all you can do. You have to take the positive out of that one, you went to overtime you got one point. Once it’s three-on-three its one little thing and the game’s over. So I think overall we played a pretty solid game. Obviously you don’t want to spot a team two-nothing lead, make it hard on yourself but I think we played fairly well overall.

On the goals against being “flukey”...
Yeah the one off the back wall and yeah…it’s kind of one of those nights.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On being able to play a good game and lose…
For sure. I think we kind of didn’t play so good in the second half of the first. We talked about it in between the first and the second. The second period was one of our best of the year I think. You know, same pressure like as good as we could. [Cam] Talbot did a good job, so it’s disappointing, but I like the way we battled back to get at least that big point and give us a chance to get two.

On getting a point in every game for the last 11 or 12…
Yeah, I think we’re having good momentum right now. Guys are feeling pretty confident and the goalies are playing solid. I think as a team we’re playing some good hockey. We’re getting points. We’re, you know, slowly moving up the standings and, you know, that’s our goal for sure.

On playing uphill and having mistakes in the first…
Yeah that’s tough, but at the same time I like the way we battled. We stayed with it, so you’ve got to take the positives out of a game like that. I think, you know, it’s a game where, you know, you look back at it like we should have got two, but Talbot played good and we can take some positives out of this game for sure.



EDMONTON OILERS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:55 PM
On tonight’s game…
No. We’re a smart group of players. We know that we stole one here tonight. Our goaltender played a tremendous game for us and you know when we’re a little short staffed we need that from him. I think we can be better in a lot of areas. That was a taste for our group that haven’t played in the playoffs in a long time. For me that was like a playoff game. They checked every inch of ice, they didn’t let you breathe and a lot of times as a staff and fans and everybody else is on our backend, I think tonight a lot of this had to do with our forwards. We did a poor job from the tops of the circles out through the neutral zones. We turned a lot of pucks over and they countered against us. But we got a win. We’re not naive enough to think that we are the better team tonight. We’ll put it in the bank and we’ll get out of here as quick as we can. Try to be better tomorrow.

On taking the challenge instead of a timeout…
Well we were prepared to take the challenge. What ends up happening is the challenge takes a lot longer than the timeout and instead of getting 30 seconds, you get two, two and a half minutes to calm down a little bit and reload. From the angles we have, it was close. It was hard to tell if his foot is off the ice or not but it was worth taking at that point.

On the difference between the first and second period…
Well they turned it up. They smelled blood. They went after us. I made the comment earlier that I think our forwards didn’t help our backend a whole lot by transporting or relaying the puck through that last bit of D zone and into the neutral zone. We turned it over multiple times. Prime example was on their second goal. So they came after us. They were hungry. First period we didn’t start well. We were one for eight in the face-offs and then we actually evened out the score there so we had the puck a little bit. We were able to play in their end. But for the rest of the night it was us defending most of it.

On Jordan Eberle’s goal not counting…
The back referee that blew the whistle said he lost sight of it.

On how Nikita Nikitin’s played tonight…
I thought Niki was fine. Let’s face it that’s not an easy game to play and if you are Bobby Orr that’s a tough one to play in. They spent a lot of time in our zone but I thought he was fine. He moved pucks. He was positionally aware. I thought he was fine.

On how Jordan Eberle’s played tonight…
He was. He slithered through a lot. Even the patience on the forecheck, when [Zdeno] Chara pulled out, that took some patience. You know our skill guys got us a couple goals on very few chances tonight. I think that was also a good thing.

On the Oilers current win streak…
Wins are important. You know we talked a while ago that when we played well, the term moral victory came up. A lot of the media mentioned it. Now when we are maybe not the better team and we’re winning, it evens out over the long run. I’m still about how we play and perform and get things done. I’m also really happy for our group that we were able to continue the streak but coming in it didn’t feel like a real good win in my opinion. For us, anyhow, knowing we’ve got a lot of work to do.

On the top line guys having an off night…
Well they got checked. They played playoff hockey. Game 31 for us, they played playoff hockey. If you have experienced playoffs deep as Boston has and some other teams, that happens 28 times in two and a half months. Were every face off is a battle. Every inch of ice is competed for. Every check is heavy and hard. There isn’t any free play. It’s not about always about free entries, having two on ones, and making pretty plays. Sometimes the game gets really ugly and you have to be productive in those moments as well.

EDMONTON OILERS FORWARD RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
On continuing their winning streak...
…last game wasn’t great, but we still were good offensively. I mean we let in five goals and we weren’t great defensively, but we still found a way to do it that way. Tonight, honestly other than the first period it wasn’t our best game.  I mean Cam [Talbot] definitely helped us win and we got a huge performance from him, and we know these guys put a lot on that, they put a lot of pressure goalies and he was definitely solid tonight.

On how someone new from the team is coming out with a good performance through this winning streak...
Yeah I think we have a pretty deep team right now so I mean it is great to see. It doesn’t just have to be one line, even two lines, it can come from different guys through fourth lines even defensemen. Obviously there are some great performances there from our goaltenders, and we do have the team that guys can step up on any given night and we need that kind for the last half of the year, that’s what we need.

On how fast they were to score the overtime goal...
Yeah I mean, like I said, Cam [Talbot] held us in it and made some great saves the second out of third, we got that one late. But, we still did a pretty good job of sticking with it. I mean we got into overtime and I know that we have had some success with three one three so we wanted to go out there and win.

On how quickly he reacted when Chara fell, and he had the puck...
Yeah I was kind of all alone and the guys did a pretty good job recovering to the front of the net, but I got the second opportunity there, and those kind of plays you got to take advantage of. Obviously he is a pretty smart payer so he saw me right away.

On their improvement in overtime plays...
We are starting to get some more confidence I think and personally, you get kind of nervous out there sometimes and you don't play with too much confidence. But tonight I thought we did a good job and we were just going out there, going out playing and moving the puck around.  A lot of movement was key for us so, it was definitely good to get that second goal.

On holding the puck and not moving it around...
Yeah obviously the more you can hold on to it, the better. I mean you don't just want to give it up for no reason, you don't want to dump it in too much and take low percentage shots or anything like that. It’s something that we talked about, and the coaches talked to us about.

EDMONTON OILERS DEFENSEMAN ANDREJ SEKERA
On Cam Talbot’s performance in net…
Outstanding. He was very strong for us in the net. He made some huge saves for us and that’s the reason why we have two points for this game.

On whether it’s tiring to have the puck in the Bruins end for the entire overtime…
It’s always… I don’t know, for some reason when you are in the offensive zone and you have the puck you never get tired. You will get tired when you lose the puck and have to go back and back check and then spend a couple seconds in your zone defending, so no. Especially three on three it’s fun, especially when you have the puck. It’s not that much fun when you don’t have the puck.

EDMONTON OILERS FORWARD JORDAN EBERLE
On the Cam Talbot’s performance...
He made a ton of saves tonight and obviously we weren’t our best. You know it wasn’t our best game, we had some trouble on the walls and keep getting pucks out but at the end of the day Cam [Talbot] was there to keep us in the game and once we got to the three on three we made it happen.

On if their goalie was giving them confidence after his first two saves...
Yeah I mean the game could have been switched around right there, and it could have been up two. Cam was the star tonight, he battled and you know gave us the chance to win and ultimately got the work done. Anything could have happened.

On how it feels to get a six game winning streak...
Yeah I mean we are playing and getting some confidence, I think the biggest thing is that there have been a couple nights that haven't been out best. I mean Dallas and tonight, but our goalie is our answer so you know that is just what good teams need and we need those guys. With that being said, we need a quick turn around here tomorrow against a really good hockey team in their own rink. We got to find a way to play better and help our boys out.

On how it seemed like they settled in after his first goal...
Yeah I thought that the second half of the first, we played really well. I thought we battled our way back and the shots were probably even. The second period was you know one of our worse, they really out chanced us and out played us. You know it just.. Cam was the star tonight and he kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win and ultimately we found a way to do it in overtime.

On the goal that the Bruins took away from them...
You know from where the ref was I’m sure he couldn’t see the play. From where I was I had the puck on my stick the whole time right? So, yeah you know that was frustrating and something you wish you can challenge but you can’t really… you're helpless. You can’t do anything, it’s the call. Obviously I wish it would be changed but, you know the more you get angry, the worse you pay so it is what it is.

On how they were able to keep possession in overtime...
Yeah, well I mean the big thing on three on three is puck possession right? So we wanted to face off and you know we kept it around and just waited for the opportunity and you know [Andrej] Sekera made a great play and followed up his shot.

On if both sides were starting to get tired...
Yeah I mean it’s possession right. So you don’t want to, even if we wanted to make a change you maybe got to skate out with the puck and have two guys off right? It’s just how it works. It is what it is, it’s three on three you got to turn around and play.

On how short the overtime was...
I mean I think it really complements skill and it’s nice to hold onto the puck and gives you confidence. It’s fun and I enjoy it, and I’m sure the fans like it.

EDMONTON OILERS GOALTENDER CAM TALBOT
On his performance today…
Yeah I think that might have been my best game all year. We got off pretty hard in the first there and they started off pretty strong like we expected them to and we came down and scored a couple goals and from there they kind of just didn’t lay-up. They are not the kind of team that will just sit back and let you take it to them. So I think once we got a couple goals we did a better job of keeping our foot on the gas. Giving them credit. They’re a very resilient team. They pushed hard the whole game.

On Bruins taking shots 40 seconds into the game…
Yeah we expected that from them. We obviously got the best of them in our building and they’re a tougher team to play in their building. So we knew they were going to come out hard. We were able to weather the storm early and I guess they were able to get a couple quick goals. I guess we sat back and let them dictate the play and they’re too good of a team to allow that.

On if this was the toughest game of his career based on saves …
Then I guess so. It seemed pretty busy for most of the night. I mean the first period not too bad. It started off pretty quick and then it kind of slowed down and we turned the page on them. Throughout the second and third it seemed like we were penned in our end a little bit. We did a good job of picking up sticks whenever I left rebounds and at least not giving them the direct rebound. They had to kind of go around it. Everyone had a chance to get set again. We did a good job of protecting around the net tonight and letting me see the puck.

On the Brad Marchand goal…
When he dragged it, I lost sight of it for just a second. I saw him come over just I don’t know who the D-man was but that was a heck of a shot. At least when I watched the replay. Still it’s a two on one game that I would like to have back but I mean we got the two points.

On how the first goal was scored…
Yeah he was driving down wide and he got below the goal so I went to turn and try to beat him back to the other post and as I turned I think he went off the post, off the back of my leg, off my other leg and it was kind of a pinball. I just I gave him just a little too much room. He went off the net and I thought he was going to wrap it but he ended up banking it off of me.

On if he is happy with his game…
Yeah you take out that first one and I’m pretty happy with that game. Left a few extra rebounds out there that I would have liked to have back tonight but like I said the guys had a good job in front of me tying up sticks and not allowing the immediate second chance there. I felt really confident tonight. I made a lot of big stops and I thought I stayed a lot more patient and square tonight.

On how they came together as a team…
I mean I did a lot in New York. You just have to get back to that mindset but Andrej [Sekera] went on a heck of a run there and when there’s a hot guy you have to keep going to him. I mean I understand that. It’s a team sport. If some guys win, you just got to keep rolling with them and I understand that. At the same time it’s hard to sit back and want to be in there. But when I get my chance I want to make the most of it and I think I did that tonight.

On if an aggressive attack plan helps him get in the groove…
Yeah a little bit. When you are only facing 19-20 shots you can’t really get in the grove there but like I said when you get there early and you make a few saves early, you kind of settle down. It gives you something to build off of the rest of the game. You know when there is pressure, especially in the second period, I felt confident I was going to make those saves after making some big ones early. It’s kind of a snowball effect for goalies. It could go the other way but tonight it snowballed in my favor.

On overtime success this season…
I mean it’s exciting. Fans seem to like it. It’s giving the league what they wanted. More games that are being decided in three on three than shootouts so I mean it’s an exciting game. Like I said, we’ve been pretty fortunate on three on three that we’ve got a quick team, a skilled team so I think it favors us a little bit. But yeah I mean I’m just happy to come out here and get the two points tonight.

On if three on three overtime is easier…
I mean if it’s man on man than zone yes. If we take a shot and one of our guys’ falls, and it’s a three on one back, it’s not goalie friendly either. It just depends on the situation so like I said more games are being decided in the overtime and it means more goals are being scored. Goalies aren’t as happy when that happens so it kind of goes both ways. It’s exciting nonetheless.

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On David Pastrnak and if he knows what his timeline is or if he’ll do a conditioning stint in Providence…
No timeline yet on him. Whatever we do with him will be up to upper management.

On Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid playing together…
We have what we have, we move players around the way we think is needed at this point and I thought they did a decent job of defending against the other team’s top line the other night. Whether it stays like that again, you know nothing changes here, nothing is set in stone. We just move guys around until as long as it works and if it does then we keep them together if it doesn’t we move them around. Nothing more than that when it comes to that pair - just two big guys that defend extremely well.

On Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid being on the team for so long but not playing together…
Because of circumstances. We had Dougie Hamilton who could certainly play against top lines when we had him here. He held himself well. So we thought those two were a better pair. Johnny Boychuk was here at one point. So a lot of reasons for that. So right now we have them together for the first time this year so like I said, things change on a daily basis around here.

On how long it takes him to make his mind up about pairings and lines during a game…
Depends on the, again, depends on how the lines going, depends on the individual and you know I’ve done that a lot more this year than in the past. I think that’s a well-known thing right now. And you know as a coach you do what you have to do to win hockey games. And you try and get the most out your players and you want some accountability if guys aren’t going then they’re either moved to another line or they’re healthy scratches and we just keep everybody on their toes that way.

On Peter Chiarelli and his relationship with him…
Well I thought I talked about that in Edmonton, you know I mean I’m repeating myself again. We had a good relationship. So it was…we had success together here. So there’s…you can’t say anything bad about Peter [Chiarelli] because he’s had success. He turned this franchise into a franchise that did a lot. And in this sport things happen and you move on, whether it’s a GM [General Manager] whether it’s coaches, we’ve all been through it. But you know, I think you’re starting to see with Edmonton, the team itself, is in the direction it’s going, I think it’s a matter of time he figures things out pretty quickly.

On if he thought that he would be leaving in the off-season because Peter Chiarelli left…
No. I signed a contract here because I liked it here in Boston. And like I said, that’s just part of the game. Those things happen. And then you move and work for other people. I’ve worked for other people before Peter. So not an issue there. It was…I didn’t know if I was going to be here either. Yeah. I just really, I brushed all that stuff off. It really wasn’t for me, I was patient enough to wait and give them a chance to make their decision. So that’s old news for me.

On if the game on Saturday is more of how he wants the team to play compared to when they played in Edmonton…
More of our game. It’s, you know, I thought we got caught into the…exchanging chances, going back and forth, you know, we’re a territorial team. So this is the type of game we need to play.

On if he’s seen Tuukka Rask developing as a leader over the years…
Oh I think he is; I think he’s always been a leader in his own way. You know a goaltender has to focus a lot on himself for games and when you go out there and you play the way he’s played over the years, to me that’s a leader. You know he doe speak up in the dressing room, I know that for a fact. But I don’t know if he’s grown into more of a leader. I mean guys get more comfortable over the years, but to me he’s always been a leader in that room.

On what his opinion of the Edmonton Oilers was the last time they played them…
Well I think it’s a team that seems to have a good structure. I mean the coaching staff is good there. The players there are good, you know. It’s just about putting things together and I’m sure there’s going to be some tweaks here and there, but you know we’re not going into this game tonight feeling over-confident. I mean they’re just coming off five straight wins- thanks to us I guess to get them going, right? [Smiles]. So we started them on that five-game winning streak. We’re hoping to end it.

On how he feels going into tonight…
Well it’s just I think our guys are realizing more and more game per game, game after game, we just have to bring what’s made us successful. And you know let’s not look too far ahead, let’s not look behind. There’s some games that were extremely poor, we pushed that aside and focused on the next one and had a better game. So again, there’s no secret- most teams will do the same thing as what I’m telling you. We just have to make sure that we’re focused on a game-to-game basis. Simple as that.

On Patrice Bergeron and if he’s seen him working on his offense more…
No, nothing’s changed for Patrice [Bergeron]. Just, you know, some years it goes in more than others. But he did have 30 goals, was it last year or the year before? So I don’t think his game has changed as far as being more offensive-minded than he was before.
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