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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Thursday, March 24, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On what he thought of the pregame ceremonies…
Obviously, I think, very appreciative, I think of the Bruins organization to do that for me, and you know, again, was humbled by everything that happened around me, including the fans – appreciated their support. Unfortunately, it’s hard to talk about right now after losing an important game like this.

On how he took it when the officials said there was a lack of conclusive evidence when it seemed to be the opposite…
You’re… I think you need to call the league because I can’t explain it either. I’m as baffled as you are right now, and I looked at it many times here before coming out here. It looks like it’s in. It looks very conclusive. That’s two in two games now.

On whether it’s tough to brush that off and get right back into it…
Well, no. I think we tried to stay into it, you know, and then we take a too many men penalty and they score on that power play. Like, we were determined to try and come back and tie it up again and… but there’s no doubt, you know, when you’ve got an opportunity here to get some life, some momentum, and you look at it and what you’re getting is feedback from you’re people it’s a goal and you’re just waiting for them to call it, and then they call it no goal. So it’s… it’s baffling, like I said, to say the least, and if they have a better system than we do and can see something different, we certainly don’t.

On whether he sees it as a decision that could have serious implications for the team…
Well you hope not. You know, you’re sitting there and you can’t help but, you know, ask that question, but you hope not. These are situations where, you know, last night could have been an important game – sorry, an important goal for us. Tonight, obviously, a very important goal, and, you know, it’s unfortunate. We think we’ve got great technology. We’ve got everything going, but people just think we were getting it right. I don’t necessarily agree with that because we’re obviously still not getting it right. I’ve got another coach that texted me, and there was, “WTF. How can that not be a goal?” That’s coming from somebody who’s neutral.

On the point when he begins to worry about the postseason and getting a playoff spot…
You worry about the next game. That’s what you do, DJ [Bean]. Right now we’re not worrying about anything else. Panicking will certainly not help the situation, and again, we’re still in that playoff position. I keep saying we’re in control of our own destiny, so, you know, if you panic you’re not going to gain what you want to gain, and if you stay, you know, in the moment and try and fix things and try and get better then you’ve got a chance.

On whether he saw anything tonight that leads him to think the offense will begin to score more…
Well, you know, unfortunately in this game there’s, you know, there’s times where you go through a season where things just seem to be a little harder. We’re definitely not scoring at the pace that we are and certainly not a good time for that to happen. At the same time, we’re certainly not getting any breaks that are going to help us either. It just seems that that’s what happens when times are tough. Everything around you seems to go against you, so it’s a matter of staying strong. It’s a matter of staying positive. It’s a matter of being determined to make your own breaks here and turn this around. So, you know, this is not time to hang our heads. It’s the time to show, I guess, the character of our team as individuals and as a group.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON…
On if it was conclusive to him that he had scored a goal…
Yeah I mean you know it happened fast so I wasn’t 100 percent sure that the puck passed the line, but I mean I think we all saw the replay. But at the same time they have rules were there and I guess they went by it.

On the referees not thinking it was 100 percent conclusive…
I don’t know exactly. We’re going to have to talk to Toronto there and ask them that. But I’m not sure. I guess that’s what it is.

On if it was a tough thing to brush off at that point in the game…
I mean it would’ve been a huge goal, you know? I mean there’s no question about it. I mean it was a tough penalty after and you know that definitely hurt us a lot, that third goal.

On how they responded in the last few minutes…
I mean bottom line you have to find a way to score a goal and we didn’t do that. I mean you can talk about that goal that they took away as much as you want, but at the same time it’s the rules and you have to find it within yourself to battle back and to get that goal.

On if it’s troubling that the offense and the power play have been struggling lately…
Yeah I mean we’re aware of it and it’s definitely got to change quickly. We need some results and offensively we have to be better. And so that means the power play as well.

On getting flustered and panicking this time of year when they lose…
Yeah you have to be a professional and realize that you have to be at your best. And right now all we can really control is how we play and we’re not playing well so we need to be better.

On how he reacted to the call…
Well I was, you know, I think we all saw that replay I guess. And I was shocked, I guess, yeah. To me it looked like it was in. I don’t exactly what the rule is and what they were not sure about. Bottom line they made a call and we had to respond and we didn’t.

On last night and tonight’s calls against them and if they feel a dark cloud over them…
Well we can’t really think about that at this point in the year. I think, you know, no one’s trying to come after us so we shouldn’t think that way. It’s about us being a better hockey team than what we’ve been lately.

On if it was nice to see the tribute to Claude Julien before the game…
Yeah I mean it’s well deserved and it would’ve been nice to get a win for him. You know it’s…like I said before he’s a great coach for me, the best coach I’ve had and made me the player I am today. So I’m grateful for everything he’s done and it was well deserved.

On if there’s a way to find out why that call was made…
I don’t know. I’m not going to make that call. I don’t know if there’s anyone from our organization that’s going to do that, but bottom line we have to move on.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On whether he thought that should have been a goal…
Yeah I think it looked pretty clear that the puck was over the line. I don’t know why it wasn’t. From the angle we saw there on the Jumbotron it looked pretty clear. So it’s very frustrating. It would have been a 2-2 game, and we would have had the momentum, and then they scored shortly after that. So it ended up ultimately costing us the game.

On whether that was tough to bounce back from, given how important of a goal that would have been…
Yeah you know it changes everything. Mentally you can lose your focus and you’re frustrated that on such a blatant call you have it against you. So it is frustrating.

On what he thought of the pregame ceremony for Claude Julien…
Yeah it was great. You know he deserves it. It’s a great honor and we’re all very happy for him. So it was great to see that he was awarded like that and had that ceremony for him.

On whether it’s difficult to see the offense and power play that have been working so well start to falter lately…
Yeah it’s tough. I mean ultimately we have to score goals and you know our power play has got to come up for us – come up big for us. And same five-on-five, we have to be able to score goals and create more opportunities. So we’ve got to figure that out.

On how they battle through when things seem to be going against them…
Yeah it’s a little adversity, but we have to show some character and we can’t let that get to us. We have to keep going forward. You can’t hold onto any games right now, you have to look forward to the next one. With only seven left, every point matters. So we have to really prepare for the next one.

On whether he’s shocked they went from being in first place a couple weeks ago to being where they are now battling for playoffs…
Yeah you know that’s hockey though. It’s not a situation you want to be in, but like I said seven games left we have to control our own destiny and play the right way down the stretch.

On whether he felt like this was a 60-minute effort or whether there were some lapses…
Yeah there were definitely a few lapses there in the second. You know we gave them a few too many opportunities, gave them the lead when we had it. And you know we didn’t have the best second period, and we lost because of that.

On whether he feels like the no-goal call could have changed the course of the season…
No I wouldn’t say the season, but definitely the game. It definitely changed the game around a lot, so it’s frustrating.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI…
On if the goal being called back was disappointing…
Yeah, too bad the game would’ve been different. It would’ve been 2-2 in the third period, you know. But it is what it is. We lost another game. We have to realize we have seven games left. And we’re still not in the playoffs for sure, so we have to start winning some games and make sure we get in there.

On if he felt it was desperate hockey tonight…
I mean we have to give our best every night. I thought it was a really good first period. We didn’t get the puck in the net, but still it was really good. The second, we talked about it that they were going to come out a little better and we knew that. But for some reason they took their play to us and they got more shots than us on net. So that’s what happened. And the third period, like you were saying earlier, it could’ve been 2-2 but it wasn’t and yeah we’re talking about another loss here tonight.

On what he takes from this game into Toronto this weekend…
You know I wouldn’t take anything from this game. Just going to start fresh. Just forget what happened before and just worry, I mean focus on the next seven games game by game. Like I said we’re not even in the playoffs yet, so just take it game by game and whatever happened in the past happened but we have to look forward here.

On being able to manage the losses and look forward…
Well it’s kind of frustrating. You know we played, especially on the road the first game in San Jose and the game in L.A. we played really good hockey games. And then we come back here and for some reason we don’t think that we have to play our best against the Rangers and against Florida today. So we paid the price and hopefully we can learn from that, but we don’t have much time left. So we have to kind of come back tomorrow with a different attitude and start working towards wins.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how he’s feeling…
Awesome … Good enough.

On the Bruins playing a good first period but losing the lead, and how that must be frustrating…
Well it’s been like that a lot of times, so it’s frustrating but we’re running out of time to fix it.

On how they fix it with so few games left…
Just play like we played in the first period. You can’t go playing great team offense, team defense, forechecking – from that to just giving up the whole ice to make plays, and then having second opportunities, and yeah it’s just... You can’t expect to win when you play like that. And you know it’s commitment. You commit to a game plan and you do certain things, it gives you success. And then if you don’t, you can’t expect to win.

On whether he’s shocked to see them go from being in first place with a string of wins a couple weeks ago to where they are now…
Yeah it’s shocking that we haven’t been able to win any games or get any points, but I mean we’ve played some good hockey there at times. I mean yeah, the wins are tough to come by these days, because you know everybody is tightening up and you know goals are going to be tough to score. So we have to really tighten up, and play team defense, and work together to try to win the tight games. But it’s shocking.

On his health tonight…
Good enough.

Much better than last night?
No.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On attempting to maintain composure after the video review…
Yeah I mean it kind of sucks, but at the same time it’s a call that they made and at the end of the day we’re not going to really I guess be able to change it. It’s in the game, you can either get down on it or you can go out there and try to score again and unfortunately we didn’t do that. It’s a bad bounce, but it’s behind us now.

On not capitalizing in the first despite out-shooting Florida…
Yeah our power play there I thought we should have had at least one of them there. We couldn’t score it seemed. I guess it seems to be kind of a problem in the last five games. We haven’t been able to score a lot so chances are there, they’re just not going in the back of the net. It’s a bad time of year for that to happen so again we’re trying to stay as positive as we can here and just try and move forward with it.

On the shuffled-up lines tonight…
Yeah again, like I just said we haven’t scored a lot, so I think he [Claude Julien] thought if we could kind of change it up a bit it might spark something, and I think in the first period we had some looks and then in the second period we kind of let off a little bit there and then in the third, kind of a weird period, but you know I didn’t think we played bad, we just couldn’t score.

On their response after the no-goal…
It wasn’t bad. I think a minute later we got the penalty there and I think some of the guys would say that they weren’t really sure if that was the right call or not – but again that’s a call that they made. I think they scored on that one so it's in the past now, just trying to move forward with it.

On Frank Vatrano’s role in his goal…
I was just trying to stand in front of the net, I thought he was going to shoot it. He didn’t, he made a smart play and I just tried to come on the outside of him and he dropped it and I think him and another guy that was supposed to be out on me, they kind of ran into each other and then I tried to shoot the puck and it went in.

On the atmosphere of the bench after the review…
If you look at the standings there, even when we were in first we were only up by a point, the other teams had a game or two in hand. Things can change here and again I think three games was the most that we’ve lost in a row and I think we’re at five now. Again I don’t think that we’re playing bad, we just haven’t been able to score. If you look at the power play tonight we had tons of chances that it could’ve went in, I guess you could say the goal there in the third period that looked like it went it but again it’s in the past. It’s not like we’re being held between 15 and 25 shots, we’re up at like 35 to 40. Unfortunately we just can't score right now. We need to address that, maybe get in front of the net a little bit more – that might help.

On if it’s frustrating to see the team’s power play struggle…
Yeah, it’s a long season, there’s some ups and some downs. There’s going to be some games where the puck just doesn’t go in for you. Unfortunately here it’s the last 10 games of the season, bad timing I guess. We’re trying to stay positive with it, seven games left here so I think if we keep getting 30 to 40 shots a game we’re going to start getting some wins.

On if a weight is lifted off his back getting a 5-on-5 goal…
Yeah I mean they were on me about that, I think I went nine or 10 without a point there, five-on-five something that has been a little bit inconsistent for me the whole year, but I think at the end of the day if I just go out there and I attack with my speed and stuff like that, which I wasn’t doing four or five games there in a row, it’s a mental thing. I thought tonight it was a little bit better but there is still a lot of things that I need to work on.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG…
On what he thought of the pregame ceremony for Claude Julien…
It was great. Very deserving. He’s been great for a long time and many more to come hopefully.

On the frustrations…
That shouldn’t really matter. I think we should stick to the game plan. We started out really well in the first, lost track in the second, turning pucks over and playing into their hands and we just never really found any sustained pressure in their zone. So that’s what happened.

On where the focus is now…
We’ll just forget about this as quickly as possible and look forward. We have another game on Saturday and that’s got to be our main focus and we have to do everything we can to win this game to stay in the race.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH GERARD GALLANT
On how after a tough start, it seemed like his team was dominant in the second period…
Yeah, definitely. The first period, I thought that Boston came out at us pretty hard and we had to kill a couple penalties, and we did a good job with the PK. Obviously Lu [Roberto Luongo] was a key player for us in the first half, he made some huge stops for us. After that, I thought we took over the game and I thought Boston was… you know they got tired, they played a game last night, they had a long road trip out West, so it’s always tough when you come back from that road trip and then you know you got to play back-to-back games, so I think we took advantage of that in the second half of the game.

On how Vincent Trocheck’s line dominated and scored three goals tonight…
Yeah, they played real well, that’s a really good line for us and they... you know as you said they contributed three of the goals for us tonight so they played real good and real hard for us, and that’s been a good line for us all year.

On how Steven Kampfer stuck out tonight as a player...
Yeah, he played awesome. That was one of his best games that he played with us and I thought he stepped up tonight and had a great game.

On how he also made big save in the first period [Kampfer]…
Is that right? No I didn’t see that play, that’s good. Well it’s part of playing defense.

On what he thought of the “inconclusive goal”…
Yeah I mean, when you looked up at the screen, it looked like it was in. But everybody said, you know when we looked at the video, you know you couldn’t tell and I… Like I said it’s a tough call and Toronto makes those calls all the time. They’re obviously pretty sure it wasn’t in, so…

On how long it took for them to make a decision and if he felt skeptical…
You know what? To be honest with you, when I seen it first happen, I thought it was a goal. Just because of the way it happened so quick, and Lu’s [Roberto Luongo] pad was coming across and I thought it was a goal, but when I see it on the replay in the radio room, then I said no, I don’t think it’s a goal.

On how it was a nice way to answer it by scoring another goal…
Yeah, yeah, no for sure, I mean like I said, we get that power play and we scored at the end of that power play so it was a big goal getting that third goal. Like I said, I thought Boston played a hard game, but I thought they got tired in the second of the half game for sure.

On how his fourth line has good plays after their 3-1 lead…
Yeah it was real good shifts. They kept the puck, they had them in their zones, they were finishing checks. When a team is tired, you want to keep them in their own zone and make sure you’re finishing checks and bumping them. I thought we had a real good second half of a hockey game.

On if he is pumped after this win...
Yeah it’s good, you know we are going to enjoy this tonight and get ready to play, practice again tomorrow. But it’s going to be a huge game in Tampa Saturday night so that will be fun.

On how they are getting closer to the playoffs…
Yeah, no like you said, tonight was a huge win coming in here and I don’t think we’ve won in here too often, so it was a big win for our hockey team. Again, it can give us two big points and get us closer to our goal.

On what Reilly Smith has brought to the team this year…
He’s been giving us consistent performances every night. I mean he kills penalties, he plays on our power plays, he is a really important guy so he plays in that line with [Vincent] Trocheck and [Jussi] Jokinen, and they’ve been a great line for us all year.

On how Reilly Smith is in the locker room…
I don’t know, I don’t go in there that often to be honest with you, but he’s a good team guy and the guys like him. But like “locker room guy,” I couldn’t tell you.


FLORIDA PANTHERS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On getting the win against a team that’s been tough to beat in the past…
Yeah, for sure it was a big win. Especially for the standings; things are tightening up, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we wanted to play a good road game and grind one out and I thought we did that tonight.

On maintaining control in the second half of the game…
I think so. I mean, after they scored their first goal we kind of got it going a bit there. We were able to tie it up and then we got a big shorthanded goal there too to take the lead. Most important I thought we played a great third period. We didn’t sit back; we kept pushing; we scored another goal. We didn’t try to just defend the lead, you know, we kept playing our game and that’s why we won.

On getting a win in this building…
Yeah, obviously, I mean it’s been a while but like I said yesterday it’s a hockey rink like every other one and you go out and play the game the same way. So, personally I don’t try to make a big deal out of it, but obviously it’s nice to get a win here – especially not knowing who we’re going to face in the first round.

On the long review on the play in the third period…
I don’t know – at first when it happened I didn’t think it was in and then obviously I saw the Jumbotron a couple times, so I wasn’t quite sure exactly what had happened there but either way, it was nice to get a break going your way there.

On if the goal and no-goal calls tend to even out…
Those things even out over the course of a season. So, it was a big break for us there – especially I think it was 2-1 when that happened – would have tied the game and we were able to get one shortly after.

On making a big save on Jimmy Hayes in the second…
Yeah, obviously because it was Jimmy I think we were just playing around a little bit there. I don’t think he was too excited about it, though.

On looking ahead to the game against Tampa Bay…
Yeah, of course. It’s another big game for our club. They all seem huge right now down this stretch, especially on this road trip, so we’re going to enjoy this one tonight. We’re going to refocus tomorrow and get ready for Saturday.

On the two Florida teams possibly being tied for first place…
I mean, it’s nice to have that rivalry – that both teams are competitive right now and jockeying for positions. So, like I said, we’re going to enjoy tonight. Tomorrow we’ll refocus and get ready.

On Vincent Trocheck’s play and line…
They’re playing really well. I think they’re creating a lot of chances but also they’re not giving up any chances, which is important. I think they carry the play but they’re responsible in all three zones. As a goalie, you can appreciate lines like that.

FLORIDA PANTHERS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On maintaining control after the first period…
They score the first goal and it seems like a trend in this league – teams fall behind pretty fast when that happens. It was nice to see us bounce back and be able to get two points tonight and be able to keep our foot on the pedal.

On the special teams play tonight…
Yeah, their power play is – they were working the puck around pretty good tonight. I think a lot of big blocks and Lu [Roberto Luongo] made a lot of big saves but it was definitely a big factor tonight and it was nice that we had the upper hand.

On getting a win in this building…
Right – this time of year those points are huge, especially when you’re playing teams that are all around you. So it’s nice to get that win and push them back a little bit.

On the possibility of meeting the Bruins in the playoffs…
Yeah, absolutely, so it was definitely a big thing we focused on tonight – if we do end up playing them some time in the playoffs, that we put in a good effort tonight and show them who we are.

On taking control of the game after scoring a goal and a shorthanded goal…
It seemed like momentum really kicked in for us. It wasn’t the best first period – their power play kind of hemmed us in a lot – but we weathered the storm and it was good to see a lot of people step up tonight.

On his line’s play in tonight’s game…
Yeah, it’s good so hopefully we can keep this pace up for the next couple.

On the chemistry developing between his linemates…
I think we’re finding each other pretty well. I think we’re getting a lot of opportunities and putting pucks on the net and it’s just creating a lot of havoc for the other teams.

On how it felt to score back in Boston…
It was nice. It’s always nice to score against your former team and it’s bigger to get the win against them. So, just happy I could contribute and it’s a big two points for our team.

On if he has a chip on his shoulder when he comes back here…
I think any player who gets traded, you get a little bit of extra jump in your step when you play your former team.

FLORIDA PANTHERS DEFENSEMAN STEVEN KAMPFER…
On if he saw the banner with his name on it…
This morning, this morning... Yeah it was fun to get back out there playing and you know, first time I guess, playing against the old team so it was definitely fun, memorable. You know, more importantly we got the two points.

On if it felt good to push them down…
Yeah I think that, you know it was huge for us to you know climb further in the standings here, to make sure that we, you know, we’re trending in the right direction going forward. So I think that’s a more important thing at this time of the year.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 5:50 PM
On if the team’s struggles in home games are behind them…
I think there is no issue with the confidence here. I think there’s got to be just a determination of wanting to play a little bit better and maybe not digging ourselves a hole, like we have in the last few games there where we’ve allowed teams to get a one or two-goal lead and we’re having to fight from behind, and at this stage of the year it’s pretty tough to do. We’ve got to try and at least try and create a lead or at least not dig ourselves a hole.

On if there is an update with Tuukka Rask’s status…
Not really because I haven’t really talked to him, but we’ll see here. There is going to be a decision made, and unfortunately sometimes you’ve got to make those last-minute decisions.

On where Frank Vatrano will play tonight…
I’m moving guys around. You’ll get to see in warm up.

On how well the team has played to their identity despite the results…
Yeah probably, but at the same time as I mentioned before the important thing is to get points at this time of year, and we’re trying to accomplish that, but I didn’t think we were terrible in California. But again we need it to be better to win and that wasn’t the case yesterday. We dug ourselves a hole obviously, we had a lot of shots – probably more chances than they did – but they converted on their power play and set us back and it was tough to get back into it. Again it’s about kind of putting that in the rear-view mirror and getting back to good habits that we’ve had. And we’ve had some good starts for the most part this year and they've been able to create leads more than not.

On tonight’s pregame ceremony…
Right now that’s not on my mind. Right now it’s more about the game and probably I’ll be more than happy to talk about that afterwards.

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