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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 P.M.
On if the Bruins played a good game…
Yeah, I think so. Again, you gotta score two goals every night to get one, it’s tough to win hockey games. We got some tough calls against us and our guys played hard right ‘til the end. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that second point that I thought we deserved.

On if one of the disallowed goals was tougher to take than the other…
I don’t know. On that first goal, the closest referee calls it a goal. And then it’s no goal because the three furthest ones think it’s a high stick, so I guess that’s what’s frustrating in my mind. I don’t know what the league looked at. When I looked at the replay myself it looked more inconclusive. Now, they may contradict me and say they had a better angle from where they were, but that’s how it looked to me. I think that’s a little frustrating, especially the number of goals that we’ve had turned back on us this year. With what we’re going through, we’re working hard to score goals and yet you get those taken away. We had a couple of tough calls on us tonight too. It gets frustrating with the guys working so hard, feeling like you play well enough to win and you come out of here losing in overtime when you thought you scored enough goals to win.

On allowing the first goal…
Well, you know what? I don’t think it’s done on purpose, obviously. I think considering where we’re at and what we have, the challenges that we have, that’s not my priority; although I’d like to see us score first. I think my priority is to see us compete every game and give ourselves a chance to win and I think that’s what we did tonight. We even had that lead, even though we didn’t score the first goal. But at the end they managed to get the overtime one.

On if he entered the game thinking he might move David Pastrnak through different lines…
Well, we had to look at him, right? Plus, I thought he had good legs and so I put him on a couple lines here. And obviously you can see he’s a pretty dynamic player. He had that one shift with Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line; March [Brad Marchand] and him had a real good shift there in the o-zone. I liked his game. I know he probably didn’t get a tone of ice time, but when he was out there I liked what he did.

On what the Milan Lucic line was able to do on his goal…
It was just drive the net. I think we did a better job tonight than ever at driving the net. We’ve been struggling a little bit with that. When you look at Lucic’s first goal, not only did they drive the net, but they stopped in front, so he got a loose puck there and empty net. The other one, again, drove the net. Again, whatever angle they look at, it looked like it went off chest. I don’t know if they felt it went off [Carl] Soderberg’s glove. I tried to look at it in slow motion. I’m gonna leave that one to somebody else to explain. But again, to me it could’ve gone either way.

On if Lucic can find a home with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson…
Well, sure. Krech [David Krejci] isn’t here, so certainly you look to get some production, some good games out of Looch. I think that line’s been able to get that out of him from playing with those two. So, absolutely. But when Krejci comes back and [Chris] Kelly comes back, Kelly’s been good with that line too. So we’re gonna need more than just a couple of high-end productive lines here. So there’s probably a good chance, I’m gonna tell you right now, you’ll probably see him back with Krech.

On why he shortened the bench…
Yeah, because, again – guess that’s coaching. That’s me coaching the way I felt I had to coach tonight.

On if something changed from the last game regarding Alexander Khokhlachev’s ice time…
It’s coaching.

On what the reason was for Seth Griffith going down to Providence…
You might want to deal with upper management on that one. I coach, I don’t make the decisions. So probably, they would be better fit to answer that than I would.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW
On putting up a good game against a quality team…
Yeah it’s pretty disheartening, especially for me, it’s an old team I used to play on. I definitely wanted to get two points, not just one, but standings wise one’s better than nothing, we’ll take it. I thought we played a pretty good game too so hopefully we can build on that.

On his first NHL goal tonight…
At first I thought [Gregory] Campbell touched it, but yeah I guess it didn’t. It was a good feeling, good thing to get that out of the way. First point too so hopefully I can kind of do something offensively out there for once and contribute that way too.

On if that was the celebration he planned for his first goal…
I mean I’m not really a celebratory kind of guy, but no I don’t know I never really practiced anything, but we’ll see maybe I’ll do something for the second one.

On if he feels like he’s solidifying a spot on the roster long-term…
I wish I could think about that right now. If I had one wish it would definitely be that, to play here full time, but I just kind of go day-by-day, you know wake up in the morning. Hopefully I still got a stall at the rink and that’s basically all I’m doing for now.  I don’t know, I don’t really look into the future, but that’s definitely a wish I would have.

On if he looks at the point being guy that’s know for his offensive work…
You know if I was struggling defensively up here I would definitely be looking at points, for sure, saying you got to contribute somehow, but I feel that my defensive been pretty good and just breaking the puck out and little things like that I feel like I’ve done that pretty well so I think ill just stick to that for now. The points will come eventually, you get your power plays, you get your opportunities and work your way to the spot, but for now I think ill just keep it simple.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how he felt…
Felt good, felt a little rusty. My plays with the puck weren’t great, but I felt better toward the end of the game.

On if he is 100 percent…
I’m feeling close. I felt a lot better than I did earlier, so it’s great to get back and be part of the team again.

On how hard it is to not start pressing with all of the injuries…
Yeah, you don’t want to do that because when you start putting more pressure on yourself, you end up forcing plays and making the wrong decisions. You have to keep it simple and play within the system. If we do that we’re going to get opportunities.

On if this was one of the games where you play a good game but lose…
Yeah, I thought we had a pretty good game overall. That’s how it goes sometimes. Sometimes you have bad games and you win and have good games and lose. We did get one point. We want to continue to build.

On how much of an emphasis was placed on crashing the net…
Yeah, it’s big. I don’t think we’re getting enough bodies to the net. That’s where a lot of goals in this league are scored. When you’re having a tough time scoring goals, you’ve got to get back to playing dirty and get some ugly ones. That’s all we can really do. Loui [Eriksson] and Looch [Milan Lucic] had a couple nice plays there. Carl [Soderberg] had one called back and same with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. Right ideas, but hopefully they’ll start counting.

On how frustrating it is to have calls go against them…
Yeah, that’s how it goes sometimes. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they go against you. It means that we’re doing the right things. Guys are going to the net hard and that’s what we want to keep doing. Eventually, those goals are gonna come.

On what he thought of David Pastrnak…
Yeah, he’s a good player. He’s very skilled and he didn’t play a ton but when he was out there he was making things happen. You can see the talent that he has and the speed, so he did good.

On his line being the only one that has stayed in tact for most of the year and the leadership they can provide…
I think we know. We don’t need to talk about it. We know the situation that we’re in, and it’s not just our line. All the vets have to step up and we’re missing a lot of key guys right now, a lot of key leaders and everyone has to step up and even the young guys who are coming in. They’ve got to come in and play like they’ve been here. We need that right now, and I think right now they’re doing a good job.

On whether he feels they have to be grittier as far as scoring goals because they have been hard to come by…
When they are hard to come by we do have to get gritty. We have to get back to the basics, just getting to the net and getting bodies there and making sure we always have guys driving and we’re getting some ugly ones like we did tonight.

On whether not playing again until Friday will help the team health wise…
Yeah it’ll definitely be good to have a few more days to continue to get better, especially with some guys down it’ll be good to give guys an opportunity to build some chemistry with each other and work together in practice. That’s what we need right now, and hopefully that will carry over on Friday.

On whether the disallowed goals give them motivation or dishearten the team because it seems to motivate them…
I think we just know that we’re doing the right things and you want to build off it. Maybe it didn’t count but you’re doing good things out there and the crowd can still give us some emotion so you want to try and carry that and use it to your advantage.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether it felt like a game with good effort and battles…
Yeah it was a hard fought. I think they crashed the net for the full 60 minutes and they were battling and then after the first we started doing that. We got a couple of goals there and it was a hard fought game, especially in front of the net. We just fell short in the overtime, but pretty good hockey game.

On whether he was screened on the second goal…
Yeah Millsy [Kevan Miller] was trying to block it. I was kind of like tippy-toeing there trying to see over him and then I couldn’t go down fast enough. I’m guessing he didn’t have too much net there, but if my blocker was an inch lower I probably would have stopped it. Just one of those things that I tried to see the puck and that’s all I can do.

On the overtime goal with Sidney Crosby coming down one wing and Evgeni Malkin coming down the other and whether that was tough for him to “pick and choose”…
Well I’m focused on the puck and I’m not giving him too much net to shoot at and there’s a net drive guy and I’ve got to be ready for that pass and that’s the worst case scenario for me because I’m so far out of my net to go across. I got across, but I felt it hit my stick but I guess not enough.

On whether that was a tough save for him to try to make…
Yeah, especially with the bad ice. It’s not sliding at all and you try to throw everything at the puck you can, and sometimes it hits you, sometimes it doesn’t. In a perfect world you would just push over there and cover the whole net, but it’s not always that easy.

On whether Patric Hornqvist has improved the Penguins roster being a consistent, “in your face” player…
Yeah, he’s that type of a player. He crashes the net. You know, I think their whole team did today. I think that’s maybe a little different from the past with them, and we knew that was going to happen. They had a lot of opportunities because of that. I think Hornqvist is one of those guys who really brings that.

On whether he was happy to see the effort there tonight in terms of crowding Pittsburgh’s goalie…
Yeah, it’s tough to score, you know teams play tight defense and then that’s how you score goals. You crash the net. We had two disallowed goals again. I’m not going to say they shouldn’t have been, but after the first I think we really started doing that and it paid off, just not enough.

On whether anything can be made of not being able to get the early lead…
I don’t know, I thought we started good. It was just a weird play again, like I saved it and everybody thought it went to the right side of me, including me, and it just hit somebody’s skate and it bounced right in front of the net. It’s just a broken play, but I think we started off good and if we keep doing that we’re going to get the lead and play with the lead, so nothing to worry about there.

On whether tempers were flaring with Carl Soderberg during morning skate…
No, no. He just pushed me into the net, and I let him know it’s my territory and he just pushed me back and it’s nothing serious. [Laughing] I saw he [Joe Haggerty] tweeted out, so the Finnish newspapers caught up on that and I’m sure I’ll be getting a couple phone calls so thanks Joe.

On whether this was a game where you can play very well and not win because of the way professional hockey is…
Yeah it is. It reminded me a little of playoff hockey there at times because it was hard fought and found the creases, and it’s a bounce here, it’s a mistake here and there that ends up deciding the game and we fell short today, so it’s disappointing but at least we got the point. I guess we’ve got to take the positive out of it.

On having a tough stretch of games lately and how he thinks they have fared…
Pretty good. I think we still had a winning record if I’m correct. Played a good game against St. Louis and battled back in Columbus and then fell short against Montreal. We played a decent game, and today played a pretty good game against a good team, so you’ve got to be fairly happy with that. We know that we have a lot of work to do, and the effort is there. It’s really good to see that we’re not giving up on anything even though we have some injuries. Guys are showing up and battling hard.

On the three-day break coming up…
It’s huge for us now to practice hard and get our rest and then last home game on Friday before we head out west, and we always know that those trips out west are not easy and somehow we have to figure out how we’re going to come from that road trip with a winning record and put full focus on that.

On whether he feels that he personally has had a good stretch the past couple of weeks…
Yeah, yeah I’m feeling pretty good. I mean, I obviously would like to win every game and stuff, but I think I’ve felt pretty comfortable, and we’ve tightened up that defense which makes my job easier too, so overall I think really good.

On what he looks for to know that he is “on”…
Try not to let any pucks go through me and be big in there and then feel confident and comfortable.

On how the team played overall…
Played pretty good. Hard fought game. We battled and killed a couple penalties, especially that one in the end. It was a good kill and thought we maybe deserved a bit more there but hard fought game from our part too and pretty happy with that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On thoughts on how frustrating it is when goals are being disallowed…
Well it’s been quite a few goals lately that have been disallowed, but you can’t let that affect your game. You have to keep going and there is nothing we can do we just have to score more goals than the other team and go from there.

On the ruling of Carl Soderberg’s disallowed goal…
I’m not sure if they disallowed the little bump that Looch [Milan Lucic] had with Fleury [Marc-Andre Fleruy] if he even had one. I don’t even know if they explained it, I couldn’t hear it on the speaker so I don’t know.

On a good net drive as discussed previously coming into this game…
I think it was a little better; we had more pressure on the net, we had more guys going to the net for rebounds. It was better but we did score a couple good goals, a couple deflections with guys in front. Even the other one, Looch’s goal [Milan Lucic] it was a great play. We did do a better job; again we can score more than two goals and hopefully start on Friday.

On David Pastrnak’s NHL debut tonight…
Good. He’s really skilled and explosive. I don’t know how much he played, it’s tough for me, I didn’t really focus on other guys too much. It’s nice to have a guy step in and play like that and I think he did well.

On overall frustrations of the team, how they have played effort-wise coming into this game…
I think that you can be satisfied with the effort, but at the end of the day it’s two losses and we want to win hockey games. You have to take the positives out of the last two games, which weren’t bad but it wasn’t enough.

On how Tuukka Rask’s level of play during this stretch of games…
I don’t think he’s [Tuukka Rask] dropped in his level. I think he’s been always a cornerstone on our team keeping us in hockey games. Like I said tonight he was very solid again in controlling pucks and did a great job.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK
On how you think your first game went…
I mean, I think we played hard. We battled hard and tried to go to the net but it wasn’t enough. Yeah, I tried to my best for the team and enjoy the time and enjoy the game.

On being nervous about this game…
I mean, a little bit for sure, but I said I just tried to play for the team and tried to do my best for the win and play my game.

On being a challenge to play with many different linemates in one night…
Yeah, I said like, it doesn’t matter here, you know, everybody are good players. I just try to do my best.

On playing more time than you thought you would…
Yeah, I mean, I am happy, I’ve been happy for every minute, every second I’m on the ice and I try to do my best.

On feeling good in the third period playing with Bergeron…
Yeah I just, I don’t know, it’s hard to talk about it right now after the game. I just try to do my best.

On how well you thought you played in particular…
It was alright, it was first game so I’m a little bit nervous but I’ll try to enjoy them and have the best time.

On playing in North America and the differences in the game…
Yeah, for sure it’s different. It’s faster because it’s more ice. I think I like this kind of game. I’m getting used to it and I got use for it and I like this.

On being hungry for more after playing at this level…
Yeah, no it’s my dream. My dream, which came true and I just have to keep working hard and I want more games like this.

On your first shift…
Yeah, I know I mean like, it was my first game so I didn’t put anything big—try to leave there my best.

On playing against Crosby and Malkin…
Yeah, I mean, it was I don’t know I can’t describe it. Just try to play my game and enjoy the time on the ice.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On Carl Soderberg’s no goal call…
I thought it was a good goal. I mean none of us made contact with the goalie. None of us – there was no batting motion with the hands, but it’s one of those things you can’t control. We all thought it was a good goal and looking at it now it probably could’ve been the difference in the game.  Again, referees have to go by their best judgments and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the call there.

On playing with Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg…
Yeah I think, all in all, we played a pretty good game. We didn’t spend too much time in our own zone and we were able to create a bunch of scoring chances. I think what got a better is we were attacking with a lot more speed off the rush and we were strong on the pucks and driving to the front of the net and trying to create chances that way. For myself just on that goal, just driving the net, stopping in front, and a great play by Carl and Loui to get me the puck there for that first goal.

On the importance of producing as a top six guy…
It’s really important.  I think our compete level in the last couple games has been there and it’s where we want it to be. We just got to be more hungry and committed in the o-zone and try to score goals.  For myself, obviously, the production isn’t there where you’d like it to be, but if you keep working at it and keep doing things like we did tonight, going to the net, stopping in front, trying to find loose pucks. You know a lot of the goals are scored right in front of the net so for myself, just try to gain some confidence from scoring a goal here tonight.  We can’t let an overtime loss bring us down we got to keep our compete level up and keep on pushing.

On Soderberg being a good linemate based on similar styles of play…
Yeah and he does a really good job of using his big body to protect the puck. You’ve seen the player that he’s grown into, as far as confidence in all areas of the ice and especially producing offensively he’s become a dangerous threat as far as that goes. You saw tonight when we’re working off each other we can be an effective line so we got to take these next three days of practice and keep building that chemistry.

On pressure Soderberg and Eriksson to produce…
Well I think there’s pressure on all of us, especially when things aren’t going in you start to feel I guess that pressure a little bit, but I mean I think the main thing is you try not to think about it too much and focus on the little things and what you need to do to start producing. Like driving the net and stopping in front and that’s what got me my goal and we had us some other pretty good chances despite driving the net and going hard to the net. So, like I said if you focus on just doing the little things right that will turn into production.

On it being a weight off his line by producing tonight…
Yeah for sure and like I said, it sucks that we lost but from a personal standpoint we want to try and build off the type of game that you had to carry on to the next couple games.

On if he feels extra pressure…
I think we got to do a little bit of a better job in getting that first goal. You look at records around the league when teams score the first goal there is a pretty good percentage that they end up winning the game. We’ve done a good job at battling back, but still it’s a lot easier to play with the lead and move forward and I think we got to put a little emphasis on that going into Friday.

On if he was surprised by the play leading to his goal…
I saw that he saw me and I knew he’s capable of making the play. It was just a great play by Loui [Eriksson], heads up play to see me there all by myself in front of the net and for myself you saw it was a little bit of delayed I just wanted to make sure I put that one in the back of the net.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On Lucic joining you and Soderberg’s line…
No, I think we’re playing good. We’re creating chances out there and it’s a big man skating well. It’s almost tough to play against and it’s definitely nice to be playing with him and nice to see him score a goal today.

On if you were looking for Lucic the whole time on his goal…
I was looking for a shot first but then I saw he was coming with me. It was nice to see him in front there and a nice goal.

On focusing on driving to the net more after last game…
Yeah, we definitely need to score a little bit more goals. If we start driving to the net a little bit more we’re going to get more chances. Both our goals tonight were just going hard to the net and even the goal that they disallowed there was a good play too. I think it was better in that way today.

On goals creating momentum…
Yeah that always happens. If you score one then all the guys get really pumped after that. It was nice to get the second one right away after that. You get momentum when you score goals. It was a nice second period and we created some chances there, but at the end we lost the game so it was kind of tough.

On getting at least one point tonight and moving on from tough losses…
I thought we played a good game against Montreal too and we didn’t score any goals that game. Today we played pretty decent too. We gave them a challenge and yeah it was definitely nice to get one point but it would be much better to get the two points.

On Pastrnak’s play…
He did some good things out there. You definitely can see he had a lot of speed and skill out there. It was definitely nice for him to get this first game. I’m just happy for him and hopefully you can get some more games and build off.

On thinking if the team played a good game…
Yeah, I thought we can maybe do some things a little better but at the same time I thought we gave them a good challenge. We had the lead and everything so it’s definitely not fun to lose but I thought we played pretty good.

On being hard to get into rhythm when the lineup changes so often…
Yeah it’s tough sometimes. It think every team goes through those kind of things through a season and right now we’re really getting a lot of injuries. Hopefully we have a couple days here; hopefully we can get some guys back.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On playing well with Milan Lucic…
Yeah, we had goal today, created a lot of chances, we had that no goal. I think had a pretty strong game together. We’ll see what happens next game.

On whether the goals will come if he drives the net like he did tonight..
Yeah, that’s where you’re going to score. All the goals this season, me, Loui [Eriksson], and I think even Looch [Milan Lucic] is just around the net. That’s where you’re gonna score.

On if he feels he has to take a leap with all of the team’s injuries…
I think all of us have to. All of us have to bring our best game. That’s how we’re gonna succeed. It’s not just one type of player, it’s the whole team.

On what he was trying to do on the disallowed goal…
For sure I tried to drive the net. I see the puck is there so I went to skate the puck in, but it hit my chest. They told us that the rule is if you lean forward and try to score with your chest, it’s no goal.

On if he feels some chemistry developing with Milan Lucic…
For sure. He’s a great player. He creates a lot of room for us to play our game. He scored too.

On if both he and Lucic being big players and getting in the goalie’s head…
That’s how we want to play, throw pucks to the net and drive to the net. That’s how we score.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEAD COACH MIKE JOHNSTON
On how their first line played...
Four-on-four? Well we tried it a couple games ago and I really liked them together, I was hesitant earlier in the year I wanted to get a little bit of balance but I thought, geez they had some great chemistry when they are out there with four-on-four, and they're dangerous on the rushes you saw. It was a great play from Sid [Sidney Crosby] to Geno [Evgeni Malkin] and really what made the play, was I thought Letango [Kris Letang] under the net, he went right through the middle of the ice and created some little bit of hesitation by there defense so, hey it’s nice to have that option on the bench for sure.

On certain players stepping up for the team...
Oh, I think everybody felt the same after the games against the Islanders that we can play better and certainly they led the charge tonight, you talk about Sid [Sidney Crosby] and Geno [Evgeni Malkin] and Kris [Kris Letang] and and you know those are the guys that have to step up, but I thought Koony [Chris Kunitz] had a good game with Geno [Evgeni Malkin] as well so you look for your leaders to, you know, when you don't feel like you're playing you're best they have to rise up and they did tonight.

On the challenges with having to shorten the bench...
Yeah Beau [Beau Bennett] got injured in the second period and we just didn't feel that in the third that it was worth pushing him, so we are reevaluating it tonight and just to see. They felt that he could go back and he tried it, but I just didn't think it was sharp so sometime when that happens with these, you know, not fully ready to play, its better to put somebody else in. I thought, you know I compliment Mags [Jason Megna] tonight for, we talked about adding him to the roster and coming up; a young guy, he’s played well in [Scranton] Wilkes [Barre] but I thought he had a really good game tonight. You could see his speed is dangerous out there.

On Marc-Andre Fleury’s 300th win...
Yeah it was great for him and what an accomplishment for a guy, the third youngest to get the 300 and turn it in overtime and have to play against the Bruins in here, it’s an exciting night for him.

On getting in on the shaving cream that was throw at Fleury by his teammates...
No I missed that, no I missed it.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEFENSEMAN KRIS LETANG
On Fleury’s 300th win...
I think it was a great team win and we are all ready happy for a guy like this on our team and a leader on the team, the guy has been working hard and we are just really happy to see him get the 300.

On the power plays...
Yeah I mean I think we had a lot of good things, Sid [Sidney Crosby] had hit the cross bar at the end, on that last power play. So we moved the puck well and we got a big goal, a tying goal and you know we did a lot of good things.

On stepping up in big games...
I think it was a team win, I think everybody chipped in in their own way and Sid [Sidney Crosby] and Geno [Evgeni Malkin] obviously tipped in with the offensive stuff, but overall I think it was a great team win. Fleury [Marc-Andre Fleury] was outstanding and I think the D-core did a really good job, too.

On the last goal in the game...
Yeah I was trying to buy time for Sid [Sidney Crosby] to make an extra play, I was not trying to get the puck there I was trying to rush the push defense so that Geno [Evgeni Malkin] had a chance to shoot the puck.

On getting a win after their series with the Islanders...
I mean it’s big, we wanted to bounce back after disappointment after two losses against Long Island and I think we did, we did well we played as a team and I think that’s the way we have to play all the time.

On the company Fleury is in...
Yeah I mean it’s crazy but he totally earned it and played, he works really hard I mean, whatever he accomplished today it’s all the hard work that he put in and obviously there was a lot of critics against him and it’s something that he put aside and he was focusing on getting better and it brought him to this point and we are really happy for him.

On how well the Bruins played without Zdeno Chara and David Krejci...
Yeah I mean they played really well, they are a tough team to play against they are really good defensively, they have a great goaltender, obviously. They have a good system, they have a good team game and you just have to make sure you don't go off your game plan.

PITTSBURGH PENGUIN GOALTENDER MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
On if what he was covered with was shaving cream…
Oh, it is.  Yeah.

On which on his teammates hit him with the shaving cream…
I don’t know, but when I find out, though, there’s going to be some payback. 

On where he was when he was pied...
It was on the bench.  That’s why I never saw it coming. 

On how difficult it was to get his 300th NHL win…
There was a few hot times in the game, I can say.  But, it was ok though.  I think the team played well.  We didn’t give them too much. 

On being the third youngest goaltender to reach 300 wins…
It’s tough to realize, maybe, but it’s something I’m happy and proud.  I’ve been fortunate to play with good teams too.

On the company he’s in with this milestone [Terry Sawchuck, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy]…
That’s pretty cool.  I think I was maybe at an advantage because of the shoot-outs… So there were no ties, right?  So that helped me out a lot.  I’m still happy that it happened.

On turning things around after the two losses to the Islanders…
They’re a good team — a solid  team.  It’s always a nice place to win, here in Boston.  Those two losses were tough to take, but I think everybody stepped it up tonight, and we got a big two points.

On stopping Brad Marchand’s shot point-blank in the third period…
It was a little crazy.  I think he came in tight and tried to go through his legs, I think, in front, and I think I just barely touched it enough for it to go beside the net.  Other than that, I think our team played very solid and didn’t give them too much.

PITTSBURGH PENGUIN FORWARD EVGENI MALKIN
On the game as a whole…
Everyone played great tonight.  You know, Flower [Marc-Andre Fleury], congrats on 300 [Fleury’s 300th NHL win]. Unbelievable game.  Boston played really good.

On Fleury’s 300th NHL win…
It’s not [the] last one, you know?  Of course we’re happy; he’s a good guy. He was laughing the whole time [when his teammates pied him].  I’m glad.  He’s playing unbelievable right now.  Lots of emotion, smiling, it’s good. 

On the changes in his line tonight...
We lost the two games.  You know the Islanders… of course we need change because we did not play good.   I know how Kuni’s [Chris Kunitz] good.  We’ve played [together] before…change lines you know.  We played better tonight. 

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00AM
On if Pastrnak will play tonight…
Matt, all I can tell you right now is we got some game-time decisions like usual. With everything that’s going on it’s hard for me to confirm certain players right now.

On Kelly being a game time decision…
No, he wasn’t on this morning. He’s not on tonight.

On more information about Kelly’s status…
Not really, because they can’t—I haven’t been able to get it from my trainers either. I don’t think there’s a specific timetable. It’s not three to four weeks, four to six weeks, that much I can tell you. That’s why we can only say day-to-day, I guess, at this point.

On Zdeno Chara skating this morning …
Yeah it’s a start, yeah it’s a start. Again he’s certainly not close to being mine yet. It’s his first time in a long time. It’s always encouraging to see your player back on his skates, that’s for sure.

On Marchand being part of the game-time decision…
Yeah, exactly.

On there being other decisions that we don’t know about…
Yeah, you know, there’s some questions mark areas still.

On last time you had to step in and break up a tussle between teammates…
It wasn’t even a tussle. It was a—and they’ve already kissed and made up so it’s not an issue.

On what you have heard about Pastrnak in Providence…
Well, that he’s improved a lot. Understanding the game, the North American game. The way we plays here, whether it’s here or Providence, as you know we’re pretty well similar. We know he’s a dynamic player, but it’s like a lot of players will tell you—well here’s an example, I was listening to Martin St. Louis yesterday talk and how he said he was utilized a lot in defensive situations early in his career and until somebody gave him that opportunity to become an offensive guy, like he had been his whole career, he felt like he was a more complete player. I think, right now, that’s what David is trying to learn in Providence. We know how dynamically he makes things happen. He’s a skill player, can score goals but we don’t expect perfection but you have to be at least a little bit reliable defensively. That’s what he’s working on over there and he’s gotten better, so that’s where we’re at with him and I guess, like you guys, I’m going to find out a little bit more about him if he plays tonight.

On differences in Pittsburgh’s game…
Oh yeah, your checking to see if I’ve done my homework aren’t you? Yeah they have. They obviously, I used to see them tip a lot of pucks from the blue line with the middle drive trying to get on the for-check. They’re coming in a little deeper, going up as a group, the neutral zone for-check is a little bit different, they overload in the D zone. So, you know, Mike’s [Johnston] a good coach. I’ve known Mike a long time, so he’s brought a different structure to that team, not to say the other one wasn’t good because they’ve always had good results for the whole season but he brought a different concept to that team and they seem to be embracing it right now.

On if you said it will be a long time until Chara is “mine”…
I did say that, yeah.

On if Krejci is “yours”…
[Laughter] Mike, some days he’s mine and some days he’s not mine at all, as you know. No it’s a good question, they can laugh at you, I know where you’re coming from. Yeah, it’s some days he’s mine, some days he’s not. Right now what I’ll tell you is we’ve taken a step back again. Like I said, it’s something that I can’t even go into. It’s been way more complicated, again as you know, these are not machines, these guys, and there’s certain things you try and fix and then you find out there’s a little bit more and nobody knows and nobody should know until you go from one stage to the next. The one thing I can tell you is that when he played he was one hundred percent, but we took him out because after that he wasn’t one hundred percent anymore. That’s where it’s tough. You say he’s one hundred percent, should you hold him back? I don’t believe in holding anybody back because if he’s ok the next day then we wasted a game with him, so we’re working on that. The only thing I would tell you is that everything I’m being told, it’s not something we’re going to have to manage all year and I know that’s a big issue in wondering what’s going on but it’s something that’s going to be fixed is what I’m being told. So don’t shoot the messenger.

On the coaching staff having to hold Krejci back if he’s one hundred percent…
No, that’s what I mean. Why should I tell him if he’s one hundred percent? You can’t tell him that. Hindsight is twenty-twenty right? Like after, “oh they should have held him back”. Well what if he would have been ok? Would you have said that to us, that we should have held him back? It’s like that [Connor] McDavid thing, right? Should he have fought, should he not have fought? If he doesn’t break his hand he’s a hero and a gutsy player, breaks his hand and—so that’s what you guys are good at the twenty, twenty right?

On thoughts on Joe Morrow…
Yeah, you know, he’s a Pittsburgh pick and I’ve liked him. I watched him last year in providence when got a chance to see him. I’ve told these guys here, our beat reporters, that I like his attitude. He’s so, when I say laid back not laid back in the way where—but nothing bothers him. He plays and he plays hard. If he makes a mistake it’s not the end of the world. He’s not going to carry that mistake with him the whole game and that’s a pretty good quality for a player. He does play hard, and yeah there’s some games where he’s had some, not tough nights, but not so good nights but he’s always been a pretty reliable guy so far. Moves the puck well and I think he sees the ice well. He’s got a good shot. We’ve had him on the power play at times. Even in Providence watching him he’s got a pretty good shot that goes through. I think he’s one of those guys that, former first rounder that needed just a little bit of time to work his trade in the minors and he’s coming along well. We appreciate what he’s brought to us so far.
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