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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS EDMONTON OILERS
Saturday, February 1, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On if he has a certain amount of confidence to play offensively…
I don’t know it’s just a feel thing, honestly I don’t really know how to explain it.  It’s how the game’s going and how you feel at that time.

On whether he is feeling good on the ice…
Yeah, but if it’s not there I won’t take it.  I really don’t know how to describe it.

On what they did differently tonight…
I think we kind of got back to the way we were playing before that last game.  We managed the puck a lot better and broke out pretty well.  I can’t really remember spending much time in our own end.  That led to offense and then we managed to get some goals and win.  As long as we manage the puck well we tend to do pretty well.

On if the defensive unit is coming together well…
Yeah I keep referring to that last stretch, but I think there we really started to gel and started to win battles and break out pucks and play with confidence and we all found a grove. As long as we continue to be consistent like that we should be pretty well off.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On what their mentality was coming into this game…
Right from the start we emphasized being smart and working harder and I thought we did a good job at that I think at limiting them. I thought we played a lot of, I guess, time in their zone so I thought it was a good game for us.

On the unexpectedness of the outcome of a game…
I think the game can change pretty quickly.  I think we were aware of that.  Second period we were pretty sloppy just turned the pucks over at the offensive blueline. Third period we changed that and it was a lot better for us I think.  We just had to remind ourselves again not to play cute and play Bruins style hockey.

On whether he is purposefully looking to contribute offensively…
It’s just luck I think.  I think just trying to have fun and jump in when I can.  Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t.  I think it’s all, like I said, luck.  So you just have to, for me, you’re just trying to limit them defensively and then jump in when I can.  When the opportunity is there I try to take it.

On his thought process behind scoring…
I usually blank out.  I usually look for whose with me, not usually for a shot, but I think I was trying to create a rebound today and it came right back to me so I knew the goalie was out of place and kind of down so I tried to wrap around.

On how much it helps the team to have offensive defensemen…
Yeah I think it puts them on their heels.  I think we got obviously good skating defensemen that are all two ways so it’s pretty tough to defend against them – other teams have to play against that.  I think when we move the puck and when we move our feet I think we’re better as a team and get the puck out of our end a lot better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On how comfortable he is on his line right now…
I am, but also Loui [Eriksson] is back and Kells [Chris Kelly] is back, and that’s two great players for us, and the line is a little bit stronger now too and before we started to score some goals. We played a couple of good games together too, so I think we have built some chemistry together.

On what Chris Kelly brings to their line…
Kells is, he’s a great two-way player and also has good playmaking skills and strong on the puck and win the battles for us, so I think we are a little bit heavier in both ends and maybe that’s why we create more scoring chances.

On what was better or different in terms of the team’s effort in this game…
We played our own game tonight. Last game we didn’t play the way we want. We should play strong and solid defense and go from there, and we didn’t do that last game.

On whether it was frustrating when Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens was making so many saves…
Yeah, he played great for them tonight, but it wasn’t frustrating. We knew we were going to score some goals, so we were happy about the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On how the team played tonight…
Early on, we didn’t give them too much. From the beginning through most of the game we kept it simple with our style and kept going forward instead of trying to make too many plays.

On keeping to the system
Yeah, early on he was definitely making some saves and it could have been definitely frustrating for us. But we stuck with it, also we got a good goal, a good bounce off that power play, and it helped us moving forward.

On if drawing penalties is a confidence booster…
Yeah, most penalties get drawn just by outworking the next guy. For myself, as long as I keep my feet moving, if there’s a little bit of a hook or a hold there’s a slight chance it could be a penalty. So sometimes it’s not going to be called but it got called a few times today.

On the defensive effort not allowing too much…
I thought everyone was pretty satisfied with that first period, giving them only two shots. [Chad] Johnson, give him credit, he wasn’t too busy but he kept himself in it and made sure that when they were coming at us he made the big saves for us. He was definitely solid throughout the whole game.

On if it was weird seeing Andrew Ference on the other side…
I didn’t even get a chance to say hi or anything like that with the game going on. But if I got to talk to him it would have been a bit more different, a bit more awkward. But I’m sure we’ll get to see him right now for a quick two minutes.

On the tribute for Andrew Ference…
I think he did a lot for this team. I’m sure a lot of people in this city enjoyed his style as well. I think to get a treatment like that as well as the past players that came, it shows a lot of respect everyone had for them and deservingly so.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On getting what they wanted out of the game…
Yeah definitely. I think we were really engaged right off the start there, and we had that emotion that we were looking for. We had chances early, just kind of missed the net, and the goalie made some good saves, and we just kind of stuck with it and got a good result in the end, so it was good.

On what it has been like playing as many games as he has been…
It’s been nice. I want to get in as many games as I can. I know my role, and it’s not to be in every night but it’s to be in when sort of called upon, so it’s nice to be able to get in more games and get in there and get more comfortable and just try and help the team win, so it’s nice playing more often.

On what the shutout means to him…
It means a lot. For me, it’s always just about the wins but I think when you can add a shutout there it’s just kind of like a bonus point for myself. To get it at home too, it’ just, it’s nice. It’s always nice to get a shutout.

On stopping the breakaway early in the game and whether that gives him confidence…
Yeah definitely, especially because it’s the first shot too. I think you always want to make the first save of the game and sort of get comfortable, so to be able to make that save and be on a breakaway is sort of just something you can build off of for the rest of the game, but it was sort of a weird period because I only had I think one more shot the whole time, so again it was just nice to make that save early.

On whether that shot being the first shot you want to face in a game…
No, I mean you kind of want to see something far away from the blueline, just a nice easy one. That’s ideal, but it doesn’t always happen. You’ve always kind of got to be ready for anything and he made a good move there and got in kind of alone there and I just tried to stay with him and he tried to go five-hole there.

On whether he sees any differences or similarities in the team’s play when he is playing and when Tuukka Rask is playing…
For me, it’s hard for me to say because it’s so different when I’m watching compared to when I’m in the net. It’s hard to really say. I think every team is different. For me, you can’t compare goalies really in how the team plays in front because every game is so different. Every team is so different you’re playing against, so I think you can’t really compare. It’s just too difficult I think to really compare, but I think hopefully they play the exact same way. I don’t think there should be any change.

On whether he got a sense that he would be playing so many games recently…
I just try and be ready for any situation if it’s playing back-to-back or whatever it is. I look at the calendar a little bit ahead. I try to stay focused on just the present day and sort of tomorrow, so I had no idea that I’d be playing this much, but I think when you look at the Olympic break coming up, you know that Tuukka [Rask] might have a little more time off, especially after break as well just with the whole back to backs coming up in March, so yeah I try not to look too far ahead.

On whether he feels more confident the longer he is out there…
Yeah, definitely. I think you get more comfortable. I think that routine, the flow of the game, it comes a lot easier for you. The focus is always there. That experience you have with playing more and getting just that flow like I always say, and it definitely helps playing closer together and within days of each game that I play.

On whether there is an advantage to the first shot being a breakaway as far as confidence is concerned…
Yeah, I guess. For me, it’s like I just try to focus on the moment. I try and build off of it, but you don’t try and look too much into the first save or letting the first goal in because he could have scored a goal on that one, then if I’m too worried about making that save then you can get down on it too, so I think you just… I don’t know. I really try not to think too much about it. You just try to make the save.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On his kick goal…
Yeah I thought it was when you make a kicking motion, I was just trying to hold my skate there and it just hit. I thought it was a goal but it happens.

On if the language of the rule is tough…
Yeah, if you make a movement to it, that’s the kick motion. I didn’t do that, so I don’t know. It’s a tough call too. It was good that we won though.

On if he felt like he had to play better in the third…
I think we didn’t do the best in the second, I think we were ready to get going in the third and we got a nice goal there by Dougie [Hamilton] and after that the goals kept coming. So I thought it was a good third, we took the lead and we stuck with it.

On if it was important to win this game after Thursday’s loss…
Yeah, sure. We didn’t think we played good that game and we wanted to bounce back good and I thought we did that today. It was a good game, we got the two points and I thought we did some good things out there.

On what he thinks about how the Bruins can bounce back from a loss so quickly…
Yeah, for sure. I’ve been in that situation with Dallas and it’s tough when you start losing a couple in a row. We don’t do that here and that’s why they’ve been so good and why we’re in the top of the standings too, if we lose one we always come back hard and play good the second game after that.

EDMONTON OILERS HEAD COACH DALLAS EAKINS
On the Bruins holding them to such few shots…
Well listen, that’s a team that I think every team in the league aspires to be defensively, they don’t give up much.  We talked about it before the game, that this team is just going to sit there, they are comfortable in a 0-0 or 1-0 game and if you make a mistake they are going to pounce and then they are going to go back and set up their traps again.  So, I was encouraged that we were only a goal out going into the third but discouraged that we weren’t getting many chances.  I think Taylor Hall had maybe half of our chances on net by himself, that line had a few.  Then we were having trouble with the other lines getting any chances at all.  So it’s a credit to Boston how they play, they aren’t the best defensive team in the league for no reason but we’ve got to find a way to get more pucks to the net and more importantly have people that want to go to the net, not being told to go to the net but that want to go there and go to those dirty areas.

On Mark Fraser’s first game back…
Yeah you know Mark hasn’t played in a long time and I thought he was fine back there.  We kind of controlled his minutes but I thought he played physical, he didn’t get himself into any trouble.  So I was happy with his game.  I thought it was a perfect game for him to come in and just kind of get through the minutes after not having played for so long.  I thought he was probably our most physical defenseman tonight.

On the play of Ben Scrivens today…
Yeah he was comfortable in there.  He was squared up, the first three goals were all kind of crazy plays, the one on the power play goes off our stick, the second one is the wrap-around that I think hit him in the foot or the butt end of his stick and then the third one Boston was trying to dump the puck and it hit the linesman and went right into the slot to one of their guys.  Unfortunate that they got the second and third one like that but I thought Ben [Scrivens] was fine, he looks comfortable in there and he’s squared up and under control and that’s what is important to me.


EDMONTON OILERS GOALTENTER BEN SCRIVENS
On the pressure on Edmonton in tonight’s game …
They are a good team. They are the jewel of the east. They are the top dogs out here. We knew it was going to be a tough test for us. I thought at times we played well and we skated with them. But at times just their experience and their comfort level in close games somewhat out match us. We got to take what we can from it. We went into the third period in a one goal game in a tough environment to play in. There are some positives. What can you say; eventually we will have to find a way to battle through them.

On the first goal of the game…
It’s tough. They had an extra guy out there. They have some skilled players, so you are always on your heels on the penalty kill. And then they get the fortunate bounce off of Nuge [Nugent-Hopkins]. As a goalie you are never mad at guys trying to block shots. The amount of shots that they blocked saved a lot of goals for you. You are never mad when one glances off of him. It’s one of those ones…it’s stupid penalty on my part. I’ll take the blame for that first one. Those are the ones that always find the back of the net. We took some, I thought good penalties in the first. Good back-checks, lifted sticks, taking away what seemed to be almost for sure goals. Those are the ones you always find ways to kill off. Stupid ones like mine are the ones that come back to bite you.

On Bruins pressuring the Oilers’ goal …
That’s the way they play. Good teams go to the front of the net. They battle for ice there. That’s how you get those fortunate bounces. That’s their ammo.

On trying to get an advantage against the Bruins…
That’s their experience shinning through and the only way to get comfortable in games like that is to be in them and to be tight in them. If we are down early on and we don’t have a chance from the second period on than you don’t get a lot out of it. But again, I thought that it’s a one goal game going into the third. We wait for one of their mistakes and we capitalize and then all of a sudden it’s a different story. Again, it’s a learning experience. We have a young team. We have to try to find a way to be more comfortable in those tight games, especially in a hostile environment against good teams that are used to it. 

EDMONTON OILERS FORWARD DAVID PERRON
On today’s tough game …
Well, that’s the way they want to play. It almost felt like the second period we were playing right there with them. I think that in my mind that is exactly how they wanted the game to be. They like to get that first goal. They play so smart. They play the game the right way and that is a good example for us moving on. There are certainly a lot of lessons in this game, we can say that before they scored that second or third goal, that we were right there. At the same time I don’t know how close we were.

On Scrivens in tonight’s game…
Awesome, all game actually, just 40 saves again. We need to allow less shots and put more on net. Probably 10 less shots and put those 10 on net instead. And that would be a big difference.

On the Bruins being fired up tonight after the team’s last loss to Montreal…
It doesn’t matter what happened in the other games. Whether they lost seven in a row or they won seven in a row, it’s an NHL game. So you should be fired up no matter what.

On Edmonton getting more shots on goal…
When were we there in their own zone sustaining pressure tonight? There were many times where we were one and done. We were going back to our old habits of trying to get odd man rushes, if we don’t get that than we are not going to score.

EDMONTON OILERS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the tribute video and welcome from the crowd…
It was nicer than the game.  Obviously very well treated by the organization and the city while I was here and while I left and throughout this year too, it’s obviously a tremendous hockey city and the organization has been nothing but great to me so that’s very very special.

On if he had to take a moment to collect himself at the start of the game…
I was pretty nervous before the game, [Bruins Assistant Director of Media Relations Eric] Tosi gave me the heads up that it was coming so I was ready for that.  Obviously a lot of memories and a lot of support, it’s hard not to obviously feel very welcomed and extremely appreciative.

On this game being a difficult one for his first game back after an injury…
Yeah it was tough on a couple levels.  Obviously it’s not fun to be on the receiving end of them playing a pretty solid game.  Obviously we knew that they wanted to jump back after Montreal’s game, they just played solid.  I think we hung in there for a bit, obviously we only had a couple shots, but to have a 1-0 game was half decent but that’s what they are good at, they are good at the tight games, they know how to jump on the mistakes and we gave them enough obviously to do that.  It’s a great team still, obviously they know how to win games and how to play very consistently.  It’s obviously something that we have had a few learning experiences like that this year and good examples of what we are trying to accomplish in the years to come.

On if today was a day that he will look back on down the road…
Without a doubt.  Every time I’m in this city is obviously going to be special, it’s a place that is home to me and my family and we grew up here and it could very well be home again.  It’s a special city and tonight, this whole last couple days was great until it got put away by the game, which wasn’t so fun.  Other than that, nothing but good experience here.

On if he sees the team headed in the right direction now…
There’s strides without a doubt and that’s the thing that is tough about starting fresh every year.  You are playing against good teams that have had the same core guys, a team identity and a foundation that they have built on.  So when you go into training camp, we obviously started with a fresh slate and trying to learn the basics and go through some very basic things.  While other teams already have that foundation and are a few steps ahead of you in development.  Throughout the year we have gotten better but so has everybody else and that’s the tough part about trying to play catch up, when you are rebuilding and starting fresh every year.  Something that is on the radar of all of us is trying to build something more solid this year and being able to take it into next year and into the next training camp so that our starting position as a team and the things we are learning and the things we are practicing are just that much further ahead and we aren’t trying to close such a big gap on getting better throughout the year.  So it’s obviously extremely frustrating giving up games and being where we are at in the standings but from the big picture we have to make sure that we are building something for next year and a foundation that all of the top teams started with and had to build and had to put in a lot of work for.

EDMONTON OILERS DEFENSEMAN MARK FRASER
On Fraser’s first game back …
I felt alright. The first period I had a couple long ones starting off.  It’s been about a month or so since last game, so that definitely took a little bit to get into it. After the first period things settled down and felt much better.

On Fraser getting back to health…
It’s just kind of the legs. You can stay in shape and practice all you want, but there is nothing that is the same as game speed.

On Fraser meeting his new teammates…
Yeah, just this morning. I was able to meet Scrivens [Ben] and we went out to dinner together. At least I knew Benny [Scrivens] from before, which is nice. Every one else was a fresh face today.

On Fraser’s fresh start with Edmonton…
Yeah, that’s exactly what it is. It’s just an opportunity now to play. I had some good success last year in Toronto and unfortunately I had a little setback with an injury. I just wasn’t getting the same kind of chances I suppose I otherwise had before. It’s a new page, this door has been open for me here. It’s a great opportunity for me to contribute to an organization, very similar to where I just came from.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM
On playing Edmonton after Thursday’s loss
Well I mean it doesn’t matter who we will be playing today, I think it’s a matter of playing a lot better than we did last game. It was a disappointing loss and some losses hurt a little bit more than others and when it’s against one of your big rivals it’s certainly not expected. But again, you turn the page, you move on and a good solid outing tonight would do us a lot of good.

On his scout read on Edmonton
It’s always the same I think, you respect the team you play against. I’m going to tell you the same thing everybody tells you, offensively they’re a great hockey team. They are very young but they are getting better with experience and that’s why you're seeing the results they have lately. They’re playing well, they have confidence and to me it’s a good challenge for us today and certainly a challenge that we have to take seriously.

On having consistent lines even through injury…
Yeah, it is and you move guys around every once in a while. We feel, especially this year, that we have enough players that can give us at least three really good scoring lines and it’s just a matter of them producing. Our fourth line has been together for quite a long time but it doesn’t mean they are necessarily playing together on a nightly basis. I think up front we have been pretty fortunate. They guys who have come in, Matt [Fraser], the Spooners [Ryan Spooner] and those guys have done a decent job.

On Chara’s travel plans this week…
He’s to miss the last two games. I haven’t asked him whether he’s following us to St. Louis and leaving from there or whether he’s leaving from here. I suspect he would be leaving from here. But the one thing I know as a coach is we’ll be without him for the last two games.

On Edmonton’s goaltender being hot…
I mean, I was around when tucker made those saves here against Boston many years ago. You get those nights where everything seems to hit you so we have to make sure that we decide to not do that. He deserves a lot of credit, when I say “hits you” I’m not saying he didn’t play well. He played extremely well but any goaltender will tell you when you get a game like that, you have a little bit of luck on your side and you have to make that luck. I thought it was pretty amazing from him to come out with a shutout being tested that much. Again, is he going to be able to do that two games in a row? We’ll find out and I’ll tell you later. From their end they hope it is from our end we hope he’s made enough saves for a while.

On if there is a benefit of Chara getting rest around the Olympic break…
I don’t know, if you're tired you're tired. Can you be more tired just because you’ve played two more games? There’s a line there I think if a player becomes tired, he’s tired, simple as that. In his case, those two games might give him some rest for the Olympics but by the time he comes back from the Olympics I’m sure he’s going to be tired, they’re going to utilize him a lot. So this is where I have to come in and help him out in his recovery and make sure we have a well-rested player by the end of the year and that won’t be easy with 17 games in 31 days in March.


On McQuaid resting with a week before the break…
Well if he’s 100% he’s going to go. We’ve always said that, there’s no use holding a guy back if he’s 100%. But there’s no doubt if he’s not quite there yet, then the next two weeks will be really useful for him. So that’s what we have to decide here but especially with Zdeno [Chara] being gone here the last two games, if he’s 100% you want him in the lineup.

On if Adam McQuaid has made any progress…
He’s working out, he hasn’t skated but he’s working out. He’s been working out now for about four days if I’m correct. I think the last time you asked me he started working out that day just on the bike and he’s just been getting better. But it’s a good question because we have to make a smart decision on his case because we don’t want to lose him again for this amount of time.

On if he does get on the ice in the next couple day, will he play…
I don’t know if he’s going to get on the ice. I haven’t gotten that far with him, or the trainers I should say but he is progressing well. I don’t even want to make a prediction because I really don’t know.

If he would allow Zdeno Chara to go do what he is doing…
Absolutely. I said it when it happened, I supported – Peter [Chiarelli] came up to us and Peter talked to me about it but for what this guy has done for our organization and the honor that it represents to carry the flag for your country, how can you not support that opportunity. So we’re doing a job here, it wouldn’t be different if he was injured, I’d rather send him there knowing that he’s healthy and he’s getting rest versus having a guy injured in your line up not knowing when he’s going to come back. So we’re not under bad circumstances, we’re under good circumstances with him.
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