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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS
Saturday, December 12, 2015
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 3:45 PM
On today’s win being a solid, efficient victory…
Yeah, it was pretty solid overall. I mean, I know the third period may not have been as good as the first two, but when a team is down two goals, they’re going to push hard. I thought we did a good job of keeping them on the outside, even if they had a little bit more offensive zone time than we would have liked, but our guys handled it well.

On Ryan Spooner’s goals being a result of going to the right areas of the ice…
That line was good tonight. I think you’ve got two young players, in [Ryan] Spooner and [Frank] Vatrano, and then [Jimmy] Hayes, who’s pretty strong along the walls and had a better game tonight. I think it was good, but Spoons [Ryan Spooner] I thought was involved in all the areas tonight, five-on-five, in the in corners, and then battled with the Ds to help out. I thought he had a pretty solid game. So both his goals are things that we’ve talked about for him, going to the net on that first one to tip it in, and being a bit more of a shooter sometimes on the half wall to keep the penalty kill guessing, instead of being predictable, and then he was rewarded for both of those. So, he had a good game for us.

On if playing with different linemates has affected Ryan Spooner’s five-on-five production…
No, I don’t think so, to be honest with you. I mean he’s had some good players, even [Brett] Connolly was on that line, [Jimmy] Hayes was on that line for a while, and [Matt] Beleskey I think played with him at one point. So he’s had good players, I think it’s always been about when Ryan [Spooner] is on his game, he’s skating and he gets involved, he can be a guy on that line that really drives that line, more or less. He can be the leader on that line, because he’s got all kinds of skill and qualities in his game. When you see him play like you did tonight, that’s the impact that he can have.

On Matt Beleskey and Brett Connolly not scoring but still creating chances…
I think you saw [Matt] Beleskey tonight, he had a lot of chances, and he was shooting the puck, and right now they’re not going in for him. And [Brett] Connolly, that line tonight, the [Patrice] Bergeron line, spent a lot of time controlling the puck in the offensive zone, and Brett’s certainly one of those guys that was part of that group. So even if you’re not scoring, as long as the line is scoring and they’re putting in their efforts, and they’re working to it, I have no issues.

On how Tuukka Rask has played over the last couple weeks…
Yeah, I mean Tuukka [Rask] has been like I think we’re used to seeing him. He’s been solid, and no doubt he’d love to have that goal back. To me, he played well enough to deserve a shutout this afternoon. But he’s been solid. He’s been good. I mean he had a rough start to this season, but he’s regained his game, and feeling confident, and certainly given us a chance to win every time he’s in net.


On if it’s encouraging to see a strong effort in a potential letdown game after a big win…
Well I think, to be honest with you, I think you guys made it a bigger deal of that Montreal win than we did. We won that game, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. It was more about, we didn’t feel we were as good as we could have been for two periods, and we were happy that we found a way to win in the third. So you don’t come in here all of a sudden satisfied. I don’t think we were satisfied with the effort, so there was no reason today to be overconfident or riding that win. To us, it was just another win.

On what pleased him about the Bruins’ defense during the first two periods today…
Again, I thought they did a good job throughout the whole night. I mean, we’re still working on having some good execution there on breakouts, and our guys are still working at that, getting better. I thought they defended well. I think they kept guys to the outside, as I mentioned earlier. They didn’t get a ton of chances from the inside. Even our forwards collapsed so well this afternoon that nobody was getting a second or third chance at shooting the puck at Tuukka [Rask]. So I think our group as a whole five-man unit were really good in that area that we call the house.

On Adam McQuaid playing with Zdeno Chara and having to cover Jaromir Jagr…
Yeah, he did a good job. Mac [Adam McQuaid] likes those challenges, and obviously I think Jags [Jaromir Jagr] would prefer going to that side than the other. So we needed somebody there that was going to be playing well, and I think Adam McQuaid has been extremely good defensively for us for quite a while now, so we thought he was a good matchup for Jags and that line.

On if he got a look at Shawn Thornton’s hit on Jimmy Hayes…
I haven’t really had a real good look at it, so I’ll refrain from commenting. That’s something I just saw quickly.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On closing out the game…
When you have teams below you, especially when you have games in the end, you try to push them down even more. I thought we played a great game today, deserved the win definitely.

On what he thinks he’s been doing well to play better lately, if anything…
Playing better. Seeing the puck better. Feeling better probably. I don’t know. I guess that’s it. We’re playing better too, so that helps a lot, obviously. Look at these last two games, we gave up a good amount of shots, but if you look at really, really good scoring chances, we haven’t given up a ton. So that helps.

On how they limited Florida’s scoring chances in the first two periods and how the defense has been stepping up…
It’s great. You know, you always want to play that way. When it clicks and everybody is pulling their load – that’s what it looks like. In the first two periods they had nothing and we were rolling layers after layers. So that’s great to see. Obviously you expect that them pushing in the third, they did, and we turned some pucks over, but it was still a pretty good game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JIMMY HAYES
On the hit from Shawn Thornton in the first period...
He was just playing hard and I got a pass and I just got overextended and a little low. I’m good buddies with Thorts [Shawn Thornton] – he wouldn’t be headhunting – it’s just a hockey play, happens quick.

On if he went to the quiet room after the play...
It’s just league protocol. So, it happened but it was just him playing hard and I don’t think it was anything intentional.

On if it’s tough to produce when frequently switching lines...
I think you’ve just got to play the same way and find some consistency in your game. That’s what Spoons [Ryan Spooner] is learning as a young guy, and myself, being consistent and playing the same way no matter who you’re playing with. He’s a playmaker and he’s pretty good at it, so he had a nice night tonight and he’s going to continue doing that the rest of the year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID 
On shutting down better players…
Yeah, well Zee’s [Zdeno Chara] had a lot of experience and you know, try and get in that groove of playing with one another and picking up on some tendencies and stuff. But you know, Zee [Zdeno Chara] talks a lot and makes things a lot easier and again like I said he’s had a lot of experience playing against top players in the league so, try and learn from a guy like that.

On what Jaromir Jagr was so animated about at the end of the first period…
Yeah he was just kind of, he was actually kind of carrying on about cross check and just kind of went back and forth a little bit. But I don’t know, he seemed to be chuckling the whole time so I think he was kind of joking around.

On if he watched video of Jaromir Jagr beforehand because he knew he’d be playing him…
I mean we got to see a little bit firsthand when he was here in practice and I mean you’re obviously well aware of what he’s capable of doing. You have to be really aware of that and really focused when you’re out there against a guy like that. Because you know he’s capable of making a play at any time that and change the outcome or momentum of a game. So like I said it’s a huge challenge playing against a guy like that but you know you take it as a challenge and try and enjoy it.

On the consistency this effort showed…
Yeah well I mean obviously the outcome of the Montreal game you’re happy with but we were outplayed for a good part of that game so. But like I said, people always worry about that emotional let down after a big game like that. But I think we moved on from that and I think that’s what you need to do, you need to take each game as it comes and refocus for the new opponent.

On changing from keeping the Panthers on the outside to giving them a lot of space…
In what areas- in our defensive zone or? [Yes]. Well, yeah I mean it’s turnovers and, you know, a lot of movement, you know. They had a lot of movement in the zone and they’re looking to make plays and, you know, it comes down to communicating with one another and finding those guys and kind of not running around so when you’re starting to run around and things calm down at times you know you get two guys, one guy trying to cover for another guy and another guy tries to cover for that and they just kind of compound so you just kind of have to worry about your job and sort things out.

On the stretch of home games in the next month…
It’s obviously important - it’s a lot of games. Other games going into the New Year and I mean there’s different ways of looking at I mean our home record is not very good and at the same time we’re trying to keep pushing forward and you know trying to catch teams ahead of us and trying to keep teams below us below us and so it’s going to be important. I think we want to try and make this- I hate to be repetitive and talk is cheap - but we want to make this a tough building to come into to play in and so. It’s be nice to kind of to kind of get on a roll and feel good about our home game and hopefully that’ll translate into good results and then that’ll translate in the standings so it all kind of goes hand in hand.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON 
On keeping the momentum…
That’s what we talked before the game about, you know kind of keeping the momentum and building from the game in Montreal and from a big win and carry that today- I thought we did that in front of our fans, you know. The first two periods were really exactly the way we want to play. The third was a little bit more back and forth; they had a few more chances, but still we didn’t give them too much.

On how important Tuukka Rask has been…
He’s been huge. I mean I’ve always said he’s a huge part of our team - he always, you know, every time he’s on his game he gives us a chance to win, you know, and making the big saves. And tonight was again another big performance by him and we feed off of him.

On how important it is when the third line plays well…
Yeah it’s something that, you know, as a team is really important to have. I think, you know, we’ve always relied on all of our lines to produce and to be good and that’s what makes it challenging for other teams to, you know, to compete against us is that, you know, if every line is going, every line is contributing it’s tough to match up with that. So you know, we need more of that.

On playing with Ryan Spooner on the power play and 5-on-5…
Yeah I think when he’s, you know, playing the way he’s been playing today, you know, moving his feet and being really hard on the puck and taking care of it and making some great plays. I thought, you know, he’s definitely a big addition to our lineup. He’s a guy that keeps learning and a young guy and you know, I can’t say enough about the way he sees the ice. So you know, he’s definitely a threat to when he’s on his game and on the ice and making plays like that.

On if there’s a desire to separate from teams like Florida in the standings…
Yeah you know we talked about it before the game that we had some games at hand with the other teams and they’re only a point behind. So you know, we had to, you know, get ourselves I guess some more breathing room and find ways to, you know, push teams back and, you know, it’s really important if you want to move forward and keep climbing.

On Mike Sullivan being hired as the Head Coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins…
I mean, you know, what I can remember is he’s the one who gave me my chance my first year. He’s someone that was, you know, so fair with everyone. It didn’t matter who you were; it was about, you know, earning your ice time and making guys accountable by the way that you were showing up to the rink every day. And you know I learned a lot from him and I can’t say enough about him. So I’m really happy for him.

On if he’s happy to see him get another shot…
Of course, yeah, you know, it’s one of those things where sometimes it takes a while but it’s well deserved for him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On whether he felt good about the physicality and defensive side of his game tonight…
Yeah I feel like when I do those kinds of things, it gets me a little bit more involved in the game, and I kind of felt that. I was just trying to get to the front of the net, and it worked out.

On whether it takes some time to learn the defensive aspects of being a center…
Yeah I mean, when I was like 16, you know I was kind of playing and guys aren’t ask skilled so you don’t really have to do all the same stuff that you do here. So it’s definitely been a change for me, and it’s been a learning process. I’ve had I guess a lot of mistakes in my own end, but I guess that’s how I learn from it. So I feel like I’m getting better down there. I have to keep I guess working on it, and the faceoffs too. You know the beginning of the year I was probably like 30%, but in the last 10 games I’ve been up around 45 or 50. So I guess I’m feeling better about all the kind of stuff.

On crashing the net and battling in front…
Yeah I mean, again it’s one of those things – it’s not something that I’ve done a lot, but it’s something that I definitely need to do a lot more of. And it I guess paid off tonight. I have to try to get there I guess a lot more.

On seeing more success on the 5-on-5…
Yeah I think I went like 13 games without a goal in 5-on-5 or something like that, which definitely is not good. I’m not really sure what’s considered to be good, but I definitely know that wasn’t I guess good enough. So I definitely need to score a lot more and shoot the puck more I guess when I play 5-on-5.

On whether he feels like the line is developing some chemistry…
Yeah it takes some time too you know. I find when you play with the same guys it usually takes eight to 10 games most of the time, sometimes it doesn’t click. But I feel like for the most part we’ve got some size and some skill. I think if we just get to the front of the net, we should be good.

On adjusting to playing with different players from last season to this year…
Yeah it’s definitely a change. You get used to playing with the same guys. Even last year there were some games when we got penned in our own end a lot, but I feel like as a line we were always, most of the games, I guess creating chances. There’s been some games this year where we haven’t really created enough. That’s something that we need to work on, and I feel like it’s getting a lot better. But it definitely helps to stay with the same guys – you get used to what they do, and where they like to go, and all that kind of stuff.

On adjusting to playing without Milan Lucic and whether he feels like he needs to be the driving force behind the line now…
Yeah last year we were against some third and fourth lines, and [Milan Lucic] Looch was used to playing against you know I guess the first and second line, so he was great to play with, he was great in front of the net, so it definitely helped having him out there with us. But you know this year it’s definitely something that I need to take I guess upon myself to be I guess more of a leader on that line, and skate, and use my speed, and just help out.

On whether he feels like his game has become more well-rounded on both sides of the ice lately…
Yeah I find when I get in the corners, I try to hit a little bit more and I’m a little bit more strong on pucks. It definitely helps, I guess, me out a lot more. It’s something that I need to work on is something that they’ve been I guess harping all over me about. So I’ve been trying to improve that part of my game, and you can definitely tell.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On not giving Florida too many chances in the first two periods and the defensive game…
I think we played a solid defensive game as a five-man unit giving Tuukka [Rask] I guess room in front of the net to make some saves and trying to clean up the rebounds so overall it was a good effort.

On how big it was to hold a team off that was close in the standings…
Very big. Like you said, they’re very close behind us I think in points, so for us to play and win this game was pretty big. I mean pushing them back down and us moving up closer to the top it’s important. We just have to keep going and keep working on our consistency.

On how nice it is to have a goaltender who always gives the team a chance to win…
It’s huge. I mean it doesn’t matter who’s in net, either Tuukka or Gus [Jonas Gustavsson]. They give a certain calmness in the back there and it just gives all of us more confidence, I guess, to make plays and stay calm, and it’s what Tuukka and Gus give us back there.

On whether there’s anything he has noticed in Tuukka’s game that has made him play better the past few weeks…
No. He approaches the games the same way. He’s as poised as always. Sometimes pucks go in and they’re not supposed to and it happens to everybody. We make mistakes on the ice in front of him and almost all the time he gets it out, so we can’t ask for more.

On the team’s 60-minute effort…
It was definitely close to a 60-minute effort, yeah, and that’s what we always ask of ourselves, to play consistent for 60 minutes and, like you said, there’s a few minutes here and there where we kind of fall off and didn’t get the pucks deep and that’s when you see what happens when they come at us with speed and good chances, but for the most part we did do a good job of getting pucks deep.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD ZAC RINALDO
On his line’s effectiveness in today’s game and playing a physical game...
Yeah, I think we’ve been effective the last couple games. We’re finding our groove, especially in practice too when we’re working as a line together and we bring it to the game. I think we do a really good job, especially on the forecheck. Our game plan was to establish a really good, fast, physical forecheck and I think that’s what we brought to the table tonight.

On the key to his line finding their groove...
I think it starts in practice. We really focus in and dial in to what we need to focus on in practice. I think we get the job done in practice; we bring it to the game. I think everyone is really committed, especially before the game. That focus level before the game is really dialed in.

On the team having a consistent game coming off of an emotional win over Montreal...
That’s what good teams do. We’re consistent; we have to stay consistent. That’s what’s going to make us better moving forward – stay consistent, improve on the little details that we need to work on in practice and I think it starts in practice.

On the importance of getting a win over a team that is just behind them in the standings...
Huge. We want to start breaking away from those teams that are lagging behind us and we want to show everyone that we’re the team that can stay consistent and break away from those teams behind us.

On Tuukka Rask’s play in the last few games...
It’s a confidence builder for everyone through the D corps to the forwards – we have a good goalie standing on his head every game and every night. That gives us confidence to do what we need to do.

On if he was surprised by Shawn Thornton’s reaction after his hit on Connor Brickley...
No, he’s – Thorts [Shawn Thornton] is a tough guy and I’m not surprised. I mean I would probably do the same thing if I was in his situation, down – it was 2-nothing at the time – and they needed something so he stepped up to the plate and I would do the same thing.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH GERARD GALLANT POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 3:55 PM
On the lack of scoring chances in this game…
Yeah, no I agree Randy [Moller]. It was a pretty flat game, it was a defensive-minded game and there wasn’t a whole lot of scoring chances.  Fortunately for them they [the Bruins] got that first goal and it held up for quite awhile and we just didn’t generate enough tonight.

On the impact of Derek MacKenzie leaving the game with an injury…
Yeah, definitely, Derek is a big loss. He’s an energy guy, he’s worked hard and he’s played very well lately especially lately the last few games. It was big loss. We had to adjust a little bit, but that’s part of the game.

On double-shifting Alexander Barkov and losing MacKenzie’s presence on the power play…
Yeah like you said, you had to double-shift some guys, like I said I don't think we generated enough tonight. Boston played a strong defensive game and we just didn’t get inside enough to win.

On whether the Bruins strong backchecking by their forwards was the primary reason for the loss…
I don’t know what it was. They didn’t have many scoring chances either so it was one of those games that wasn’t pretty. I’m sure they’re happy with it, getting the two points.

On how frustrating the loss is after playing so well in their previous game against Washington…
Yeah it’s different. Like I said, every game is different in this league. Another low-scoring game today and like I said Washington had a lot of jump a lot of room on the ice, tonight there was no room on the ice for either team.

On how well the Bruins clogged up the center of the ice…
Yeah, definitely. We created a lot of their scoring chances by turning pucks over and we didn’t do that the last two or three games and that makes a big part of our game. When we keep pucks going north-south we’re a good team and tonight I thought we turned too many over.

On if the team needs to do better to establish their forecheck…
Yeah definitely that’s a big part of it, you know [Zdeno] Chara was a big part of their team tonight. He’s a big guy and he’s tough to get to the net with – that’s how they play.

On Reilly Smith giving the team a chance to steal points…
Yeah, definitely. We played a pretty good third period overall and we got it back to 2-1 and gets some home. Unfortunately for us they knock a puck down when we’re pulling our goalie and that makes you look bad, but that’s just part of the game.

On whether he saw extra motivation from former Bruins making their return to Boston…
Oh I don’t think so. I’m sure Reilly [Smith] was excited, his first time back, you know? Thorty [Shawn Thornton] is an old pro and he’s done this last year so – he always likes to come back to Boston and play hard.

On if he has an update on MacKenzie…
I haven’t heard a word. Last they told me they said he wouldn’t come back for the rest of the game.

FLORIDA PANTHERS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On the power play goal…
Well I thought we were actually playing that one really well, taking away their good options and they had just been zipping around in half of the zone, so guys were getting a little fatigued, myself included, and right before he shot it one of their guys crossed in front of me and I wasn’t able to fight the screen quick enough, so once I picked up the puck I was looking down and it found a way in there, so yeah. It’s a tough one because the boys were doing a good job on the kill there and I want to be able to compensate.

On injuries testing the depth of the team…
Yeah that’s part of the NHL. I think every team goes through it, so it’s just you’ve got to have a next man up mentality. We did that when Bjugy [Nick Bjugstad] went down, so now it’s we’ve got to do the same. We’ve got a lot of depth down the middle so that’s a good thing.

On a divisional loss and what that means for standings…
Yeah, I mean I don’t think it’s too important to look at the standings right now. We just want to pick up points. Obviously it’s a divisional game and they’re important, but we can’t start looking at the standings right now. We’ve just got to focus on our game and getting some wins, picking up some points and once we get closer to the end of the season then we can focus on that stuff, but, you know, right now we should just be worried about playing our game and getting some wins.

FLORIDA PANTHERS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On how tough it was to find scoring chances tonight…
Yeah, there wasn’t much out there. I felt like we didn't play our game right from the get-go. I felt like they controlled the pace and we let them off the hook

On the team not creating power play chances …
You know it’s a two-way street they didn’t have many either. It’s just one game and that’s fine as long as it goes both ways. They capitalized on theirs and we didn’t on ours and I think that was another key to the game.

On losing Derek MacKenzie…
It’s tough, especially when you’re juggling lines at the end of the game but you got to find ways to win. Injuries happen for every team in this league so you just got to battle together and kind of go through those elements

On why the Panthers struggle at TD Garden…
They have a good fan base but I think they came into this game with a good game plan and I felt like they executed tonight. There’s not much I can say about past things, I just don't think we played a good game tonight.

On getting his team back into the game but the team coming up short…
Yeah we didn’t find balance at the end of the game. That’s pretty much all it came down to.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 11:50 AM
On how important it is to start the team’s three-game homestand off well…
I think number one, we have to be better at home record-wise. So I think it’s an opportunity to do that. We’ve got games in hand. It’s important to take advantage of those. So there’s a lot of reasons to be prepared and optimistic about this little home stretch.

On the Bruins finishing strong after poor starts, as opposed to fast starts and poor finishes…
I mean, it’s a growing thing throughout the whole year. I think we dissect the game so much around here, that if you look around the league, a lot of teams are going through the same things. So at the end of the day, you try and improve your team, and you take the wins for what they are, wins, and you just keep working on your team to make it better. So perfection, as I mentioned yesterday, doesn’t necessarily exist, but you work towards it.

On if the trainers have said anything about David Pastrnak yet…
He’s skating, and that’s about it. Nothing from my end.

On if there’s any update on Joonas Kemppainen…
Just what you’ve been told.

On lineup changes from last game…
[There’s] always that change that can happen there. I always wait for warmups. So, put guys out there, and then we make final decisions afterword.
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