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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Panthers on 3/31

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On the bruins showing their killer instinct in the third period...
Yeah.  I think the reason that we had that situation because of our second period, we really got away from our game.  Forwards and defense were really far apart and weren’t moving the puck as well as we did in the first.  We kind of regrouped there after the second and decided that we were going to come back and break out of our own end with a five man unit, that way we could have support on the attack and probably move the puck a lot better than we did in the second period.  So it was nice to see the guys react, down 2-1 and find a way to win.  So to me it showed a lot of character on our part.

On the play of Lucic and him leading the line with Pastrnak and Spooner...
Oh he is and especially at the end there, at one point I told him that he had to move his feet a little bit more.  I didn’t think he was skating as well as we have seen him skate in the first part of the game and once he got his feet going, the whole line just kind of changed and that’s the kind of difference he can make.  He scores that big goal, he’s got a heavy shot and I know it was on the ice but it’s quick and probably surprised [Roberto] Luongo on that with the heaviness of that low shot but he is capable of scoring goals like that when he moves his feet and to me I continue to say that he has done a great job with those two young guys.  That line has probably been our most productive line in the month of March and a young line that has a guy that feels like he wants to lead them and he has done a good job of that.  He has kept saying over the years that he wants to be a part of that leadership group and he’s just showing it right now that he’s very capable of doing it.

On the goal by Pastrnak and the chemistry amongst that line...
Yeah exactly.  You want guys going to the net.  We keep talking about that, you want them to stop in front and we want to throw pucks at the net when we can and both those things happened.  So those are great clips to reinforce the things that we are looking for and that big goal obviously gave us some life and certainly got the fans back into the game.  When we get our fans as loud as they were after that goal, it certainly is easy to keep that momentum going from our end.

On what he thought of the effort by Adam McQuaid late in the game…
Adam doesn’t always get enough credit for his defensive play and his physical play and he’s not always on the stat sheet but he’s a real good defender, a real good shot blocker and he’s really good there around the net area and that’s why he was on the ice there at the end.

On if he has to be vigilant with the Spooner line and who he plays them against…
Yeah, you know I have.  Tonight I would probably tell you that the only line I wanted to keep them away from was [Jaromir] Jagr’s line with [Jonathan] Huberdeau and [Aleksander] Barkov.  That’s the only thing, and again it’s not because you don’t trust them, it’s just the lack of experience.  Then the rest, they played against their second, they played against their third line and that didn’t matter to me because I felt in my mind that they could hold their own.  They’re getting better all the time too, let’s not kid ourselves.  From the first time that they were together, which was always a real tough matchup for me to make sure it was really the right situation.  Now I’m a little bit more flexible because they are getting better and they are getting more experience and you can utilize them that way.  Obviously when you have the last change at home it makes it even easier.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s game becoming more and more physical...
Well, I think we spoke about that earlier this year that when you miss as much time as he has and we’ve seen other players on our team that have missed more than half a season in the past and it takes a while there to find your game, so I would say it’s a combination of him finding his game.  I would say also, when you look at the situation we are in right now, everybody has had to elevate their game and he’s a big, strong individual that is capable of bringing some physical presence back there.  Z [Zdeno Chara] is doing it, [Adam] McQuaid is doing it, so that’s really helped us as far as teams not being as comfortable as they have been for a part of the season this year in our own end.

On if there is enough time left in the season for the Spooner line to not be a concern for him...
Well I think when I say a concern, I think it’s only natural, I think any coach would do the same thing and that’s to keep that line away from the top line or sometimes teams have two really heavy top lines so that’s all you have to be careful of.  Like I said tonight, there was only one line out of four, the others didn’t matter to me so it’s not as big of an issue as we are talking about right now, I’m explaining more about my dealing with it and to me they are getting better and better all the time.  I don’t think I am going to stand here and say listen, by the end of the year they will be playing against the other team’s top line.  I don’t think that’s realistic in that situation.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the mood after the second period…
Well kind of frustrating. Again, just wondering what’s going on there. There’s no emotion and we needed to find it. We did and a 40-minute game today got us the win, but obviously there’s wins that feel great and there’s wins you take and you feel good. I don’t think this is a great win for us but we’ll take it for sure.

On playing against a team that was playing for their playoff lives…
Yeah, first period was good. They never really got anything great going there but we were just so flat that it was kind of one of those games where something bad is about to happen and it did and thank goodness it didn’t end up costing us. We showed in the third period, when we play like that it looks good and it’s going to benefit us. So just have to figure out and keep that going for 60 minutes.

On the second goal being a change-up on you…
No it just wasn’t ready enough for that shot. He was so far out that I was looking for options there, I wasn’t ready for it. When I’m not ready for it—you know it just caught me off guard.

On this win in terms of the standings and playoff run…
We try not to look at the standings too much because we have a job to do here and we still have five games left and they’re important games. We’re trying to focus on our game and once the season is over we’ll look at the standings and see where we stand.

On realizing the importance of this game…
Yeah, obviously. I saw Ottawa was losing there one to nothing, so big win for us and trying to gain some ground on teams and today we did on Florida and hopefully on Ottawa too.

On cutting down the scoring chances…
It’s been great for the past four or five games or so. Just, obviously you’re going to give up shots but what kind of shots you give up is the question. Cut down those quality chances and second chances. That’s what’s been helping us get the goal chances down. Honestly it’s a team sport and we’ve come to realize that we have to play as a five or six men out there in order to be successful.

On the talk during second intermission that shifted the momentum…
Nothing too crazy. We just realized that it’s not working and get those emotions going. It was just about the emotions and trying to find that edge because when we play with that edge that’s what keeps us going the right way.

On the defensemen being tougher in front of the net…
That is the edge that we have to play with. It’s always been there for us and it’s always been good for us because when we do that it kind of puts the other team on their heels and when you’re battling in front of that net, that’s probably the biggest or the most important part in the defensive zone and those guys have done a great job of keeping the forwards away from there and taking their sticks and time away.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if he feels that the team has the push it needs right now to get into the playoffs...
Still we need to play a full 60 [minute] game.  I think we are a little bit sloppy sometimes, even the games where we have been winning lately, we have been kind of sloppy in some areas.  Especially in the second period, we have not been the greatest team.  Even today, we saw a tendency to make weak plays and they got the lead by us playing that poorly in the second again.

On what it says about the team that they are able to win games like tonight...
It’s definitely just win tonight again and like you said if we can play that full 60 minutes we can even be better as a team and winning more games. We’ll take the win today and it’s two big points for us.

On if it feels nice to get to 20 goals again...
Yeah it’s been awhile since I’ve been up there so for sure it was nice, especially to score a goal and win the game for sure.  That was big.

On the play of his line tonight…
Yeah we made some good plays.  I think Smitty [Reilly Smith] had some good chances and Carl [Soderberg] had a couple good chances too so we have to keep working at it and hopefully we can get some more goals in the next few games.

On if he was waiting to see what Roberto Luongo would do on his goal…
Yeah it was kind of bouncing a little bit before I got it and I was able to get it and I could see that he was kind of reaching for it, I went around him and just before I put it in he kind of leaned forward and It was nice to see it go in.

On the team getting points in the last four games and only allowing six goals...
No that’s something that we have been talking about.  We need to play a better, a tighter game and not let in too many goals.  I think in the last four games we have been playing a lot better defensively and I think that’s why we have been winking games too because we haven’t let in that many goals.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On the early part of his goal…
Yeah, I got it. I kind of had no speed, had no play, and I see Looch [Milan Lucic] pick up speed in the neutral zone so I tried to flip it over the D their zone and it just carried well and then just he dropped it to Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and he shoot to the net and went right in.

On whether he thinks they would feel capable of that kind of a play a month ago when they first began playing together…
I think it just comes with… the play comes in the game when… like I said I had no speed. It was five minutes to go so, you know, so I just kind of flipped it over right to Looch.

On playing with Lucic on David Krejci’s line and how he sees Lucic on this line with himself and Spooner…
Yeah, you know, he’s great. He’s really fast and a strong forward and I’m really happy I can play with a guy like Looch.

On whether he is any different now versus then…
No, you know, he’s still working the same hard… He’s the same player. He’s working hard for us and doing a really, really great job.

On how he sees Lucic’s role as a leader and a guy he can talk to…
Yeah for sure. He’s been in the league for a while and, how I said, I’m really happy I can play with a guy like Looch and he’s trying to help me and I try to pick up as much experience as I can from him, you know, and I really appreciate he’s been helping me like that.

On anything Lucic has said that has stuck with him…
Just between me and him.

On whether he went to the net figuring that those guys would be there…
Yeah, I seen Looch had a little speed, you know, and at first I thought he was going to bring it around the net or whatever and I just drive through the net and somehow it went in.

On whether he knew Lucic would win the race when he chipped the puck up before that goal…
Yeah for sure. I seen him on the side picking up some speed. You know, he’s really fast so my job was just put it behind the D and he skated it well.

On what he has brought to the team this year…
Yeah, a lot of new stuff and a lot of experience, you know. It’s NHL. It’s a little different world, and I’m enjoying here every day and it’s my dream to be a part of the NHL and, how I said, just really happy I can be here.

On what it means to him that he made that much of an impact being the youngest player in the NHL, especially to the fans…
Yeah, you know, I was talking earlier in the day today. When the draft came, you know, in the summer I went 25 to become a Bruin, so that means 24 teams passed on me you know, and I think that’s something that pushed me pretty much to work hard. Once I will get to the NHL just show the other teams they did wrong and I’m happy the Bruins trusted in myself and I’m trying to give it to them back.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On the mood in the locker room during the second intermission...
We weren’t too pleased with how we played in the second period, I don’t think. I think even before, just inconsistent play – we wanted to have a consistent game tonight and that wasn’t the case. But we found a way to win, so I mean, there’s the positive there, but certainly not a consistent enough effort for the importance of the game.

On the team’s third period play this year...
Maybe a bit, I don’t know. Definitely the second period we were off and we just weren’t doing things properly and we were cutting corners and we can’t do that against a team like Florida. We came out with a better effort in the third period, so there’s the positive there, but you don’t want to be putting yourself in those situations.

On his move in the crease to keep the puck out of the net...
Right at the end? Yeah I never – I mean I had my hands on my stick, but it’s a tight area in there and you want to make sure you’re not pushing the puck to one of their guys and at the same time trying to keep it out of the net. So, there’s a little bit of luck involved when you’re that tight and the puck’s in around the crease like that. But I’m happy that it stayed out.

On the team’s “killer instinct” coming out in the third period...
Yeah, I think, like I said we came out better in the third period. But it would have been nice to have had that enthusiasm and that level of play for the whole game and it did lack a little bit at times. But, I mean again, we finished pretty strong so that’s positive.

On recovering from the team’s lapses of enthusiasm during certain periods...
That’s a good question, I mean I think just being focused and getting the consistency of playing a full sixty-minute game. You know, it’s not easy to do. You have to really focus, mentally you have to be there and you have to be there the whole time and it doesn’t take much to have a little lapse here and there and it can be costly. So, we know this time of year what’s at stake for us moving forward. I think just focusing on being consistent for the whole game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the team’s mindset going into the third period...
Yeah, we wanted to get back to playing desperate and hungry hockey. In the second period, our emotion level dropped and it just seems like we went back to the old habits in the second and it cost two goals. Then we got back on it in the third period and, you know, it gives us a big win. So, at this point in the season you want to try to put together a full sixty-minute effort, but at the end of the day it’s nice that we were able to step up in the third and get a huge win and, you know, keep taking care of business.

On the team’s “killer instinct” coming alive...
Yeah, it was good to see. Especially, like you said, a team playing for their lives. They put so much emphasis on this game and probably being the biggest game of their season, and we had to view it the same way. Obviously being down 2-1 going into the third, we had to have the same desperation and that mentality as they did – playing for your lives type of mentality – and you saw on the opening shift in the third period, we went right into the offensive zone and created a chance. So, we’re going to need more of that with five games left here, especially four of them on the road. So, we’re going to have to play good hard, smart hockey and keep finding a way to get wins.

On the chemistry with his linemates...
Everything seems to be clicking right now. We’re supporting each other well, we’re coming up the ice together well, we’re finding each other, and we’re also getting some puck luck as well. I think that’s also a big part of it, but you know, when you’re working the right way and putting the work in, you tend to get luck on your side. We’ve just got to keep it going and try not to get things too high and try to stay even keeled and keep contributing to this team’s success.

On playing the role of the veteran on his line...
Yeah, I’ve never really been in this position where you’re the oldest guy and, you know, a lot more games than both of them put together. Just trying to enjoy it and trying to have fun with it – you see they’re having a lot of fun, just trying to have that, I guess, youthful fun like I had when I was there age. It’s become contagious between the three of us. You just want to – as an athlete and as a competitor – you just want to be able to contribute in any way that you can, and it’s nice to get some results.

On if he’s had a mental switch in the last week...
Well I think not only for myself, I think for the whole team. Obviously these are desperate times and we obviously didn’t want to end up in a position at the end of the season where we were second-guessing ourselves and had regrets. We just started playing with that desperation and going out there and leaving it out on the ice and playing with that no regrets type of mentality. It’s clicked for myself and it’s clicked for the whole team. Like I said, it’s just good that we’re getting wins here and we’ve got to continue working at it to get more wins.

On his game winning goal...
First off, I just was checking to see to make sure Spoons [Ryan Spooner] was onside, and then kind of one-on-four situation and I just tried to get a pass to two D men on net and like I said, got a little bit of luck there and was able to find a hole in the five-hole there. Just one of those things where you’re kind of swarmed and you’re just getting the puck on net, and thankfully it went in for myself and ends up being a big goal for a big win.

On getting the win in regulation to deprive Florida of any points...
Yeah, that makes it even bigger, especially with a team trying to catch up to you. You talk about those four point games where you’re able to get two points but also not let them get anything. So, I think it makes it that much bigger of a win to be able to come out and win that one in regulation.

On David Pastrnak’s contributions...
Well, I think that’s what’s gotten him to this point in his life as such a young man, is that he has a lot of self-confidence and he’s been able to mature as a young kid. It’s not easy to do, especially in the best league in the world, and him coming in here and just bringing that youthful energy and having a lot of fun living the dream of playing in the NHL. I think it’s something as an older guy, it’s great to see and it’s something that you can feed off of. So, it’s nice to see what he’s been able to bring as a player and as a person to this team and it’s great to see him having a lot of fun doing it.

On earning Claude Julien’s trust as a line...
Well obviously it goes back to the D zone, and I think it’s just when teams have whole possession in our zone, we can’t get caught running around. We’ve just got to win those battles and make a good strong play and get going in transition and that’s the most important thing when you’re in the D zone and kind of stuck in the D zone, is cutting them off and then making a good play to where you can get moving the other way. It seems like we’re not there yet; we’re getting hemmed in a little longer than we would like, but it’s something that we’re going to have to get better at if we want to contribute to this team moving forward with five games left and into the playoffs because you don’t want to restrict Claude [Julien] from putting you out there just because of that. So, I think we’ve been working on that and it’s gone better at times, but we want that to be more consistent.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how this third period fit among third periods they have had to play this year…
Well, we bounced back. You know, we didn’t play the way we wanted to play in the second and we knew we needed to bounce back. We needed to be much better than we were, and we were. We found a way to be more effective, and we were more to ourselves and we found a way to win with two big goals.

On tonight’s physical play…
Well, I mean it’s that time of the year that you really have to step up in every aspect of your game, and there was a lot of physicality out there. There was a lot of battles, and you know, that’s the way that we need to play to win those battles and races for pucks and those are very important especially in our zone, and it’s that time of the year that everything counts.

On the pace of play being reminiscent of a playoff game…
Yeah two teams, again, two teams really close to each other in the standings. Two teams fighting for their lives and for every point. They play hard. They have a good team, and it was a fight until the end.

On giving up six goals in the last four games and whether there is an emphasis to shave that down…
Absolutely. We need to. I mean it’s the time of the year it’s the type of games that we need to play. We need to really focus on playing really tight defensively, not allow teams to obviously score but not give them too many chances. Really play tight defensively. Not just defensemen but all five guys on the ice, and when they do get shots or chances, Tuukka [Rask] will handle them.

On David Pastrnak winning the 7th Player Award and contributing every game and what that says about how he has adjusted to the NHL…
Well, I mean he’s still going to be adjusting. It’s a process. It takes time, but he’s young. He will learn that. You can’t throw too much on him right away, first year, and obviously first few games, but for whatever he’s been in here he found a way to show his skills, to show that he’s got a lot of potential to be a great player in this league and I think there’s no doubt that he’s got a bright future if he continues to learn and continues to get better.

On Milan Lucic stepping into more of a leadership role and what qualities he, as captain, sees in him…
Well, I mean it’s pretty obvious with Milan. He’s such a powerful guy and such a big force out there that he creates a lot of room for [Ryan] Spooner and Pastrnak. You know, when David Krejci went down he really needed to step up to hold that line. They used to be together, but that’s when he really stepped up. When David Krejci went down I mean he was playing with two young guys, but he’s showing the leadership and he’s stepped up his productive side of the game too and he’s a good player.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On getting the puck on net for that second goal…
Yeah I just tried to get the puck on net there and I’m not sure how, I think it might have went off of [David] Pastrnak or off the goal. I’m not sure how it went in but it went in, which is good.

On the rhythm of your line…
I just kind of went in on the back side of him. I thought he was going to shoot it but he made a great play there. I was just trying to get the puck on net and it worked out.

On how Milan Lucic being a leader on your line…
He’s been great. I mean, we’ve had some games where we haven’t really played to the best that we can and he always just says to us that we have to keep at it and stuff like that. So it’s been great to have him for sure.

On Lucic making you a better player, but struggled at times himself this year…
Yeah, I think he kind of brings—like he gets to the net and all that kind of stuff, which is great. I have some speed and all that kind of stuff so I think, I guess we complement each other well. I just try to get the puck to the net for him.

On generating good chemistry with your line…
Yeah I just kind of looked at it and I saw that Pasta’s [David Pastrnak] going to the net and I kind of saw their D-man didn’t come over on me so I just tried to go in behind him and it was a great pass and it went in.

On your line knowing where to find each other now…
Yeah it takes some time. We’ve had some instincts where I haven’t been where I should be and all of that kind of stuff. I guess the more that we play as a line and stuff like that the more we learn where we are and stuff. Its good right now.

On the goal against in the second period deflating you…
The second for us wasn’t really a good one. We couldn’t get out of our own end. Just seemed kind of messed up there for a bit. But we just came in here and said this is a huge game for us and we just went out there and just tried to play and it worked out for us.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH GERARD GALLANT POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On the third period…
They took it to us pretty good there, especially the first 10 or 12 minutes.  You know, unfortunately, they got that second goal; [it] was a lucky goal from the side.  They went to the net hard, and it went over Louie’s [Roberto Luongo’s] shoulder.  So, unfortunate, but hey, we played a good game.  [We] came in here and it’s a real good team.  The game was up for grabs for two teams, and unfortunately for us, they got the late goal. 

On seeming to have the Bruins on the ropes after the second period…
Like I said, we got that 2-1 lead after two [periods], and you come out in the third and it looked like we sat back a little bit.  That’s not what we want to do.  We want be more aggressive and want to play more zone time, but hey, they’re a good team. They work hard and they’re in their building and they really come hard in the third period.
 
On what he says to the team about the playoff situation…
We don’t talk about it.  My plan doesn’t change.  We’re playing hard, it’s a 2-2 hockey game; and let’s go fight.  Keep playing.  We’re not going to play stupid and try to score a goal and win the hockey game, we’re going to play a good solid game like we’ve played for 60 minutes.  If things happen, we’re not going to gamble.  I mean, it’s not time to gamble.  We’ve still got mathematically a chance.  It’s not like we’re going to pull the goalie and it’s a 2-2 game.  We’re going to play the game and work hard, and see what happens. Unfortunately for us, they got that third goal.

On what he plans to tell the team now going forward …
Take one at a time again. I mean, obviously, it’s gonna probably take five wins.  Can we do it?  I mean, we just played five great games in a row.  We played five outstanding games; I think we finished 2-2-1.  All five games we could’ve won.  We’re there, and we’re going to work hard and battle hard and see what happens. 

On how disappointing the two recent regulation loses have been…
It could’ve been wins.  I mean, obviously.  The one in Tampa, the first one on the trip, and again tonight. But What can you say?  We played well; we played hard.  And we’re playing against good teams.  That’s the way it is.

On the team’s mood after the loss…
They’re disappointed because, like I said, for most part of the game we played pretty well. To lose those two points tonight is tough, and hey, we’ll get up tomorrow, day after tomorrow, and we’ll get ready for the game on Tuesday. They’ll be ready to go again.

On Jaromir Jagr’s injured hand affecting his play…
I thought our team played all right.  Like I said, we didn’t get the scoring chances we created in the other games, but that’s got a lot to do with Boston playing a real solid defensive game too.  I thought he played fine; the line was fine.  They just didn’t get as many chances as they usually get. 

On Florida having the most games decided by one-goal in the NHL…
I think it’s 48 one-goal games.  We’ve played really well. Our team’s growing, and we’re getting better. Like you said, a swing here or there, and we could be a lot better, and a swing here or there, and we could be a lot worse.  I like what we’re bringing. Every night we’re coming to play and we have a chance to win, and that’s what it’s all about for us.

On that affecting his nerves…
Oh, we get used to that after a while.  It’s disappointing tonight because we lost that one, but hey, we’re playing hard. 

On this season being one of the best road records in franchise history…
We’re getting a lot better.  Like I said, our team’s come a long way, and we’re real happy with it.  Our young guys are getting some great experience.  I mean it’s a little disappointing tonight, but again, we’re not out of it yet, so we’re going to keep working and battling hard. Until somebody says, “you can’t make the playoffs,” then we’re still there. 

On if he would be happy if he knew earlier that at the end of the year his team would be on the cusp of the playoffs…
Yeah, for sure, for sure.  I mean, when we talked about our team, that’s probably where we figured we were gonna be: battling for that seventh, eighth spot.  And that’s where we are.  The thing is we’ve got five games left, and we’re still in the hunt, so that’s a good thing.

FLORIDA PANTHERS FORWARD BRANDON PIRRI
On if he liked his team’s chances going into the third period based on how Luongo had played leading up to the start of it…
Yeah absolutely. He kept us in the game, we played well until the third, we sat back a little bit that was our ‘achilles heel’ tonight. It’s unfortunate but we have five games left and we are going to make the most of them.

On how the mindset is heading home, knowing his team only has five regular season games left…
Our locker room is not one that is going to feel sorry for ourselves. We’re going to play these five games out, if we play hard then we might get some luck.

On how his team on this recent road trip has played better in the second period more so than the first and third periods…
Yeah it’s unfortunate. We seem to get some leads and then we sit back and let them take it to us. It is not how we want to play, but learn from it, go back home and finish these last five games strong.

On if Boston’s “experience” factored into this game at all…
We gave them everything that they got. Experience is, it is what it is. We gotta make our own and we have a lot of guys that have done it before in here. I don’t think that was the issue, I think that we took some shifts off in the third and it came back to bite us.

FLORIDA PANTHERS DEFENSEMAN WILLIE MITCHELL
On how it’s tough to leave that game with no points…
Yeah, we needed a win.  That was it. 

On entering the third with a lead and losing…
Well, we battled hard, played hard.  When you trail teams and… I said it earlier, when you trail teams, the margin of error, it’s so thin.  Stuff can happen, bad bounces, bad breaks.  That kinda means you leave it up to luck a little bit.  Like I said, part of the growth of our hockey club is to – certain games you should win, and you don’t win, you put yourself in a situation later on in the year where you play a good hockey game and you lose, so, that’s it. 

On trailing in games…
We didn’t have a good start to this season, I think anyone will tell you.  We play hard in every game.  Like I said, we didn’t get the result tonight. 

On the attitude going into the rest of the season…
On to the next one, you know.  Next one’s a big one.  We’ll be playing our asses off, doing everything we can to put points on the board.  That’s all we can control, so on to the next one.  [We’ll] play our asses off and see what happens from there. 

On bouncing back…
It’s tough to talk about bouncing back or anything like that.  We just need wins right now. 

FLORIDA PANTHERS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO
On how he feels after this disappointing loss…
I disappointed myself. I feel like I let my teammates down tonight. I made a couple big saves in the start of the third, but no excuses for those last two goals there.

On how he kept his team in the game tonight with some big saves…
That’s my job, to make saves. When I don’t make them I feel responsible, those are goals that shouldn’t go in.

On how his team should approach these last five regular season games…
Take it one game at a time. The odds are against us but we’re going to re-group and keep fighting.

On if there still is hope for his team to qualify for the playoffs…
Obviously tonight was a tough one, right now we just gotta get on the plane, go home, and come back ready for next game.

On what happened during the sequence that led to Ryan Spooner’s second period goal…
I’m not sure what happened, I got sprayed so I lost it for a second there with the snow. I tried to cover the short side, like I said it was tough for me to see it because of the snow but at the same time from that angle it shouldn’t go in. Gotta do a better job of making a better play on it, or attacking it more but it can’t go in from there.

On what happened during the sequence that led to Milan Lucic’s third period goal…
Well everyone kind of converged on him as he released it. I didn’t see it off his stick it was a quick shot five-hole over my stick. It was a quick release but again one that I would like to have for sure.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:00 AM
On any update on Dougie Hamilton’s status…
No, still obviously not out there. There’s nothing more to report.

On when Brett Connolly will be able to do more…
Getting closer. Obviously you see him there in practice. It’s a matter now of getting the ‘ok’ from the doctors, as I mentioned last week, and him feeling good enough and comfortable enough. I think it’s a combination of those two making those decisions. That’s where we’re at now still.

On what kind of role Connolly could have and if he will go right into the lineup when ready…
No, I think when the time comes, we’ll definitely put him in. He’s a good player. In my mind there’s no doubt we missed him through this stretch. When the time comes I’ll make that decision but certainly not open to talking about it right now.

On your analysis of the Florida Panthers…
Well just, you know, lately I think they’ve been a good team that’s progressed all year. They’ve gotten better and that’s a good sign for them with young players coming around, they’ve added some players, veteran players, that have helped solidify that group. I think the coaching, the staff has done a real good job with that group. They believe in themselves, but then again when you draft early and you draft well, eventually your team comes around and I think it’s certainly starting to come around. They’ve done a good job with putting the players that they’ve drafted in those right places and those players are obviously becoming pretty elite players. I compare them a lot to the Islanders right now. The Islanders did a great job of that too. With patience and time you get better. This is where parity comes in. In my mind, when you win a lot you have a hard time keeping your players and when you don’t win much and you draft well you build your team up and eventually the two end up meeting in the middle and it makes for a pretty interesting league.

On what you need to see before moving David Krejci back to center…
Not a ton. I think right now it’s more about these small decisions that have to be made here along the way. Lines that have been together, centermen that—there’s no doubt David [Krejci] is probably a little more comfortable at center but also he’s just started. He’s played a few games, I don’t know that he would be that much more efficient at center right now either. It’s easy to say ‘well he doesn’t look comfortable there’, I don’t know if he’d look comfortable at center right now either having to do all that work. We’re being patient with that and we’ll make a decision along the way. [Brett] Connolly’s going to come back. He’s a right-winger, so we’ve got some tough decisions to make and when the time comes we’ll make those.

On your analysis of the Marchand, Bergeron, Krejci line so far…
Well they’ve been fine. The fact that maybe they haven’t scored, maybe people expected them to start scoring a lot of goals because Dave [Krejci] was back. But, you know, Dave has missed half a season and I can’t keep saying enough about that. He’s still making those nice little plays, his hands are still good, but I think the pace of the game is what a player really has to work hard to catch up with at this time of the year and when you’ve been out for half the season, don’t expect a guy to come back and all of a sudden have the pace of the game. We know how David plays. He does like to slow down the pace, so it’s a bit of a challenge for him to get up to par right now with the rest of the group but I like what he’s doing. He’s been reliable, he’s making good plays, he’s coming around. We’ll take that line the way it is for now.

On seeing any tape of Austin Czarnik…
No.

On making proactive coaching decisions or staying with something that works for longer…
You’ll always try to make your team better no matter what. Those kind of decisions, guys like I said, I think about all those things. That’s part of a coach’s job, but certainly not a part of a coach’s job to come I here and explain everything he’s thinking or wants to do. All I can tell you is that there’ll be some tough decisions that will be made with a lot of players because of where they belong and where they should play. When that time comes, we’ll make those tough decisions.

On what you do to prevent the team from relaxing after a few good games…
Well I don’t think you should be breathing easy and I don’t think anybody in there has been breathing easy. I think it’s just one of those things where we know where we’re at, we know what we have to do here we just have to stay with the task at hand here and keep focusing on what we need to do. Dave [Krejci] said it, we’re not denying that either, it’s almost like a game seven tonight. A lot of stuff can happen one or another here depending on the outcome.
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