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BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Monday, November 25, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:12 P.M.
On getting out to a quick two goal lead…
Well I think we’re happy about that certainly. I think by the end of the first period we also knew that it wasn’t really a 2-0 kind of game and we were fortunate to be up by that many goals. And that’s not to take the credit away from the goal scorers because they were nice goals but I didn’t think we came out to a great start in the first half of the first period and then we kind of picked up our game a little bit in the second half. But overall it was a tough night. It was a grinding night and maybe tonight we weren’t totally on and we had to work hard to make things happen. Some nights are not as easy as others and tonight was one of those where we just had to grind it out because the sharpness just didn’t seem to be there.

On the team’s mindset after giving up a goal with 0.3 seconds left in the game…
We were okay. Like I said, we’ve been through these kind of situations before and I think the experience of that has helped us out. We were calm and we just got ourselves ready for the overtime. And to me, when you get scored like that late, it can be devastating for certain teams, but it just made us probably a little hungrier. We went out there and showed some character and ended it early.

On if this win is encouraging or it says to him that the team has areas to work on…
Well it’s not so much we have to work on some things, I just don’t think we were sharp tonight. They got through the neutral zone very easily tonight where normally we don’t give teams that much space in the neutral zone or that much luxury. We were off a little bit. Again, it’s not to say we were a bad team but we weren’t as sharp as we can be when we’re at the top of our game. And it was just one of those nights where, like I said, when you’re struggling to be on top of your game you have to kind of grind it out and try to stick with it and at the end of the night, I thought our guys – although they’re not happy with their game, and neither are we – we still battled hard enough to win this one.

On playing Kevan Miller in the final minutes…
Well he was solid. I think at that point it was the right defenseman. Johnny Boychuk had gone into the hallway there – he had gotten a puck in the throat – so he was a pretty reliable defenseman for us all night. So he was out there at the end and I thought he was a good player for us tonight. So again, sometimes you talk about experience but you also talk about merit; and he deserved to be there with the circumstances we were under at that time.

On going with three forwards and one defenseman in overtime…
Well we are trying to win games and when we started the game we went with two and two in that first shift and it was mostly about [Sidney] Crosby out there and just making sure that we played a little bit more conservative from the neutral zone and then once we got that face-off in the offensive zone I just decided to go with a full line and a defenseman to get more of an attack and it paid off.

On contributions coming from the new players and if they can’t be considered ‘new’ anymore…
Well it just goes to show that they’re playing with confidence right now; they’re doing the things they have to do. It was nice to see some of those goals. Even Carl [Soderberg], a couple of helpers tonight, great play on that power play goal; great pass to [Loui] Eriksson on that goal as well. [Torey] Krug scores a winner, and it’s great. When you look at our top line of [David] Krejci, it’s still the top producing line since the beginning of the year, but there’s a lot of guys that are chipping in here and there and that third line is one of those lines that really is coming along. It was nice to see [Patrice] Bergeron’s line get some points tonight as well. And we know what the fourth line has done. So that’s kind of what is important during the whole regular season; is that you get contributions from different guys at different times and to see our young guys step up like that is great.

On if the Bruins are jelling into a true ‘team…’
I think it’s a growing thing; absolutely. People realize there wasn’t just one or two changes this year, it was more than there has been in a long time. And I think as far as the guys getting along it’s been great. But chemistry on the ice develops with time and through adversity, through tough times, through good times, and through situations like we just talked about; different guys stepping up and scoring goals. So I think it’s an ongoing thing and when those guys will let that evolve throughout the whole year and you just hope it’s at its best always at the right time of the year. But right now I think we have just as good of a crew as we’ve always had and a lot of credit goes to our leaders that create that atmosphere in our dressing room and to those guys also – when it comes to playing together on the ice – they seem to very respectful and supportive of each other.

On if Torey Krug’s game is tailor-made for four-on-four overtime…
Yeah I mean he gets around, he seems to find those gaps and everything else; those holes, and moves around really well. So there’s no doubt it’s an area for him such as other players in the league; you look at guys like [Kris] Letang and other defensemen like that that love that kind of space because they move around so well. Tonight he was in the right place – Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass there – but he picked that top corner; he knew where he was going with that shot.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On how the play developed…
It starts with the faceoff.  We had good puck pursuit, I don’t remember much of it but Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable play to me on the far side.  Their forwards were cheating a little bit, and I just missed the shot wide on that one and then we recovered the puck and it was just calm composure with the puck, especially up high on the blueline – those are dangerous areas.  Our guys were keeping track of the puck and we had really good plays.

On four-on-four play…
I love it.  A lot more room on the ice to skate and play with the puck, it’s more of a possession game, you’re not just chipping pucks up the wall and if you watch me play you understand I like to play with the puck so it’s a lot more fun for me for sure.

On Coach Claude Julien’s choice to play the three forwards with the one defenseman…
It’s great.  I like it.  You’re in attack mode, you’re trying to win the game, and it shows something to us and the other team that we’re trying to win the game; we’re not just sitting back and content with a shootout.  It definitely can be risky at times, but we have the personnel to be able to do that.

On not being shell-shocked after the Penguins goal at the end of the third period…
That’s tough.  It’s crazy how it happened but there’s no room to sit back and sulk, you’ve got to make sure you get in there and get right back at it otherwise they’re going to take advantage of something, you know, a guy sulking or something.

On if he’s looking to get down into the circle and put a rush on it…
The key is to make sure you hit the net, because if you don’t, it’s ramming out the other way and they’re going to get a break on that.  There were a few times when I missed the net; right before I scored there was a shot that, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable pass to the middle and I got down there and I missed the net and I rode up the boards so, your focus is just getting in on that.

On a recap of the goal…
It was a good start at the faceoff, just good puck pursuit, and making sure we take care of the puck.  We had a lot of good composure with the puck, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made a great play to me originally off the draw, I had a good chance early on, and then we got the puck again up near the blue line and, you know, just great composure.  When you’re at the blue line, it’s a risky area, so you’ve got to make sure you take care of the puck, and we did that, and Marchy [Brad Marchand] made an unbelievable pass through two guys, and one guy was cheating so it was good – good play by them. 

On the Penguins playing hard consistently throughout the game…
They’re a good team.  They’re very deep; it’s a team that, offensively, has the fire power that probably no one else in the league has.  They’re going to keep coming in waves, it’s not just going to be the first line, it’s the second line, the third line, the fourth line.  They’re a good team, so our D did a good job, Tuukka [Rask] made some unbelievable saves and our forwards did a good job battling and shutting them down as well.

On if he feels like his game was a little off for the past six games…
Well yeah, even before that, I was making those plays where they do get by but lately it just seems – you’ve got to make sure you’re harder on the puck, and you’re over the puck, sometimes if you’re leaning back and you’re making soft plays, it’s going to be turnovers.  It’s just important to make sure you bounce back, and it’s how you respond to things.  It’s a game of mistakes, and teams capitalize on mistakes.

On his confidence not being skaken…
Like I said, it’s how you respond to those things that make you the player that you are.  If you do make mistakes you can’t sit there and sulk; you’re going to be left behind and the team is going to be moving forward so you’ve got to do your best to come back, and you’re just trying to help the team win. 

On if he likes the three forwards in overtime…
I like it, it says we’re not sitting back and we’re not content with just going to a shootout, we’re going to try and win the game, and we’re in attack mode so I like it a lot. 

On having more room on the ice during the four-on-four…
It’s fun – it’s a lot more fun to play with the puck, and there’s more room out there, you play with the puck more, and it’s a possession game so you’re not just throwing it off the glass trying to get it out; there’s more room to skate and make plays so it’s a lot more fun.

On recapping the goal again…
It started from the faceoff, just great puck pursuit, and good composure at the blueline in risky areas, and making solid firm passes.  Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great play after Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Loui [Eriksson] also kept the puck alive as well.

On if he anticipated being able to get the shot off the way he did…
Well they had a couple of guys cheating; Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass through two guys, so that eliminated two, and I knew there was only two more left and I’m not even sure where the other one was, but I was able to just keep going and make my way down there.

On if he’s thought about the US Olympic team at all…
I still don’t think about it.  I’m worried about what’s going on here in our locker room and still try to make sure I keep my game at a level where I want it to be.

On if getting the game-winning goal on the night when the Team USA Coach mentions his game changes that at all…
No.  The team won, it’s great.

On what he was thinking before taking the game-winning goal…
I was pretty close and when you’re that close to the net you want to make a goalie make a save with his hands and it’s what I tried to do.  I missed the net a few times throughout the game; I made some shots where I just missed the net so I was focusing on hitting the net first and foremost but then trying to make him make a save with his hands.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if it was nice to get a “pretty” goal…
For sure, I think it was the first breakaway I got this year so it was nice to get that and see that it went in too was nice.

On if he called off Chris Kelly on that pass…
Yeah, both their D stepped up on Kells [Chris Kelly] and I got the puck for a breakaway, it was nice.

On the attitude of the team after Crosby scored…
Of course, it gets a little bit quiet. But I thought we stuck with it and we came out in overtime and we won it so we get the two points. That’s what we were looking for.

On the three forwards in overtime…
Yeah, for sure. He wants us to win the game in overtime and we got a good chance. If we put all the lines out there we can create some chances so we’ve been doing that.

On if he will get on the shootout team after the move on the breakaway…
Yeah, I don’t know. I might but it’s nice to see that we ended it in overtime.

If things are starting to be second nature now with his linemates…
Yeah, it feels good and I think there are still some things we can do a little bit better and find a consistency and play that every game. If we create chances out there we know we’re going to score goals. That has to be our mindset, just go out there and create chances and play the game we should and I think if we do that we will be good.

On what he has seen from the team as far as staying composed…
I think that’s why they’ve been so good the past few years. They know how to win games and when its important time of the game they come out big. I’ve seen that a couple of times this season already and I think that’s why we’re such a good team.

On there not being panic in these situations…
Yeah, no I think everyone stays pretty calm and I think we go out and play the game we should and that’s what we’ve been doing and that’s why we’re winning too.

On the way Carl Soderberg is playing…
Yeah I played with him a long time ago but I felt that when he played in Sweden that’s what he’s been doing. It’s really nice to see that he’s playing with confidence and making good plays out there. He made a great pass today on the power play and even to my goal there. It’s really nice to see that from him and I think he’s getting better and better.

On the goal on the power play is what they are looking for from that line…
I think we always want to create good chances and that one worked against Carolina and today it worked better. So it was a nice pass by Carl [Soderberg] and a nice finish by Smitty [Reilly Smith].  

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the Penguins scoring with 0.3 seconds left in regulation…
Yeah, that’s the closest I’ve ever seen. I think 0.3 seconds. That’s the technology nowadays. You can count seconds and tenths of seconds. But, you know, we found our way after so that’s a good sign.

On if he was aware of Sidney Crosby next to the net before the game-tying goal…
No, I was focused on that battle in front of the net. I think it was [Chris] Kunitz and Zee [Zdeno Chara] or somebody and the puck was kind of bouncing there and I thought he might get a whack at it or get a shot at it. But, he found the backdoor and the guy was there. I mean, it happens in the blink of an eye. Unless you anticipate that play, you’re not going to save it.

On if he realized the Penguins scored before time ran out…
I didn’t know how much time there was left. I was just hoping we’d clear the puck and then take a look at the clock, but then you realize it was zero seconds and you’re like, ‘Really? That just happened?’ But, the game still goes on so we can’t keep thinking about it too much. I’m just happy that we stepped up in overtime and didn’t let that bother us.

On the emotional swing from giving up the game-tying goal to Torey Krug’s game-winner…
Things happen and it doesn’t matter when the goals get scored. Honestly, you’re always kind of mad about that, but we didn’t let that bother us. We went out there in overtime and took the puck to their zone and then scored a goal. I think that’s a great sign for a hockey team that you don’t get down on yourself after a goal like that.

On the Bruins playing three forwards and one defenseman in overtime…
Yeah, but if you’re going to lose a game, you’d rather lose it trying hard than playing safe and going to a shootout. I like the fact that we’re really trying to win these games and going out there with three forwards and stuff like that and creating chances. You might get the odd 2-on-1 and stuff like that, but that’s why I’m there and I want to make that save.

On if he’s surprised more teams don’t play three forwards and one defenseman in OT…
I think our mindset has always been not to sit back and wait for the shootout. No matter if we get two points or not. I don’t think in the past we have been a really good overtime team because we haven’t practiced that enough and guys don’t know what the heck to do out there sometimes in the previous years. But now we’ve practiced that and everybody is on the same page. We cycle the puck and we use the ice and the space that’s out there, and I like that.

On getting momentum from tonight’s win…
Yeah, we’ve found ways to win hockey games. Even Saturday, I thought we played a really good game and then Carolina just found a way to hang on and get that point for them. But then we found a way to win the game and the same thing today. We really didn’t play our best hockey today. The first two periods and even parts of the third, but then when we got scored on in the third I think we woke up and took it to them and got that leading goal and got better. It’s definitely better to win these games in overtime than lose.
On the Bruins finding their identity…
I think we’re taking steps in the right direction and trying to build that consistency that we’re really playing solid, 60-minute games. It’s not easy, but at least our effort has been there in the past few weeks and we’re really moving in the right direction. That’s a good sign. Obviously, you get stretches during the season that you’re not playing at the top of your game, but in the past couple of weeks we have been taking steps in the right direction and finding our identity again.

On feeling confident after surviving Pittsburgh’s early surge in the first period…
I felt okay. I don’t know if it’s good, but for me, it’s better to get action early and get yourself in the game. We’ve had some games that, in the first 15 minutes, you don’t get any shots and then you’re kind of getting out of a rhythm a little bit. I felt good after that. You just try to give your team to get that lead, get that first goal. Today we did that.

On getting production from new additions to the team…
I think they’re finally feeling home here. They’ve really gotten to know their linemates and those lines are really producing for us. That’s the one thing we always talk about, that we want everybody going. We’re capable of having four lines playing good hockey, and the past few weeks, for the most part we’ve been doing that.

On still trying to get all four lines clicking…
Yeah, for sure, even today you saw the first couple of periods. It was kind of something you might expect from a Monday night game. It’s a case of the Mondays, right? You’re not fully awake and you’re just kind of in a blur there. That’s what it felt there in the stands. There were people that were in it in more parts. It reflects on hockey teams, too. We set the bar high for ourselves, obviously, and we know how good we can be. I think we’ve maybe touched that peak at times, but we definitely haven’t been there consistently throughout 60-minute games.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On what it’s like seeing the tying goal…
It’s tough. We didn’t really know if it was going to count or not. We kind of thought on the bench that it might have so, it’s tough but I think we bounced back really good in the first shift. Iggy [Jarome Iginla] had a great chance and I think that kind of just started the momentum back up again.

On what this win means..
It’s good. It was tough how that one made it into overtime. We were hoping to close out earlier but it just shows the resiliancy of this team. I think it’s something that when it happens early in the season a team can build on it and use it as a stepping stone for when we get the tight games later in the season.

On calling for Carl Soderberg or not…
We were working on that play for the last little bit. So I think Carl [Soderberg] saw me the whole time. We knew they were going to be pretty aggressive so as soon as it went down to him he kind of knows that I’m going back door. So he made a great play.

On making that play not too long ago…
Yeah. It’s one of the options on our power play that we look to primary. Try to keep it going, other teams will probably start changing their system a little bit if they see it coming. So far it’s working so, keep on doing it.

On his line…
Yeah we’ve been playing well. We’ve been keeping it pretty simple. We’re pretty good when we can get the puck down low and work good. Carl [Soderberg] and Kells [Chris Kelly] are great players so if you can get the puck to them they’re pretty good at making plays and keeping it away from the other team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On finding his rhythm…
Yeah, I don’t know – we played good in the first period today, our line. But as a team we didn’t play good at all the whole game. So, but we are still having good luck to win, so we’re happy with that.

On his assist to Loui Eriksson on the first goal…
It was for both [Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson] maybe to jump in, two-on-one, but the D was pinching on Kells [Kelly], so Loui got the breakaway instead.

On his assist on the power play goal…
Still, if the D [defense] goes that high on Loui [Eriksson], we create a two-on-one or a three-on-two down low. Today he jumped really hard on me, so Reilly [Smith] got a lot of time.

On if he felt frustration when Sidney Crosby tied the game late in the third period…
Not really. Of course, we felt we had a win. But the game has to go down and we wanted to win, so the second line came out really good there.

On if the team had a consistency issue tonight…
You should ask our coach, I don’t know about that. But, I don’t think we played good. We’ve got to get the puck deep and work from that. We gave them a lot of turnovers so we’re not happy with that. They could score way more goals in the second period but we still had the lead before the third period. We played better in the third, but still a tie after the game and we won.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the speed of the game…
I thought a lot of things were happening slow for us. We were not as quick and sharp as previous games and just like I said, it’s going to happen. You're not going to play great every game all season but we have to make sure that we are more focused and quick and we have to be more attached emotionally and physically in the next couple of games.

On Claude Julien going with three forwards in OT…
We’re playing for a win and it’s his decision and obviously that’s what he goes for. It certainly can work for you and some times probably not, but we’ll see. It’s one of those things that when you have offensive zone face offs, why not? You know, you have to try to make a play and get possession of the puck, which we did. The guys made a great play and scored a goal off that.

On the up and downs of the game…
I’ve been saying that I thought that a lot of things were happening slow for us. I thought that we were not as quick and maybe focused as previous nights but that’s going to happen and we’re not going to be playing great every night. But I thought that once we regrouped, especially after the second we were playing much better and we got the go ahead goal and obviously tried to defend that score but at the end I thought they had numbers. That’s really what it came down to and the puck came at the right time, the right place, the right player and scored the game tying goal.

On if they had time to feel angry after regulation…
No, we were just getting ready for OT. Really, what can you do in that minute or whatever you have? So we just tried to get ready and stay sharp and really focus about what you are going to do on the ice.

On holding off Pittsburgh’s momentum…
Well I think that every time when things are happening for us is when we move the puck and move ourselves and make simple plays. Quick decisions and being sharp and focused is when we are on top of our game.

On to playing the simple game…
Yup absolutely. Like I said, things were not happening for us the way that they usually do. A lot of times it was kind of slow for us tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On Loui Eriksson…
Well I mean, he scored a nice goal tonight so I mean he’s on the number one power play and he’s playing well offensively. When you’re doing that you’re playing well, scoring, having those confidence goals and he did the same thing.

On what it says about the team…
Oh yeah, that’s pretty much like a momentum killer. There’s zero seconds on the clock and they scored. So, we could have been already in here but I guess it gave Torey [Krug] a good chance to score a goal [laughs]. Just setting him up. Iggy [Jarome Iginla] almost scored in the first shift too, he split the D [defense].

On using three forwards and one defenseman in overtime…
So far. So far, so good. Two for two so probably keep it going I’m guessing but hopefully we don’t have to play another overtime.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FOWARD SIDNEY CROSBY
On Pittsburgh’s scoring chances early in the game…
I think to be down 2-0 early on, our start we had, was tough but we stuck with it. I thought right through we stuck with it and generated some good chances. But, yeah, early on we felt like we probably could have had more.

On the deflection off of Chara’s stick…
That wasn’t a great play by me to go after it with my stick. There was nobody in the lane. That’s the last thing that the goalie wants you to do, so shouldn’t have done that.

On what happened on the goal play…
Just hanging around the crease hoping that the puck would end there. It was good that we got it back. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the two points but we battled hard throughout the whole game. 

On getting a point out of tonight’s game…
Yeah, I mean we battled hard, it would have been nice to get two but we did a lot of good things. Like I said, the start was tough. We outplayed them, they got a couple chances and scored. But if we scored at least one there, maybe it’s a different outcome.

On the competitiveness of tonight’s game…
It was a little sloppy actually. I would say that it was tight checking but it didn’t seem like it was crisp. I thought there were a lot of mistakes from both teams. Like I said, I thought our start was a little bit better. I thought we generated some good chances, but didn’t get anything from it there in the first.

On Crosby’s feeling if his goal counted in the third period…
I didn’t know. I mean it was loud and a split second like that, you are not really sure until you kind of get the official sore clock you really don’t know what’s up there. I was hoping there was some time left.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD JAMES NEAL
On keeping the game alive with less than a second to play…
Yeah I mean it’s a good point, but at the same time I think we got to keep getting better here we didn’t have the first we wanted and we managed to stick around and battle there and get a couple goals deep and Sid [Sidney Crosby] buried that one with a second left so that’s a huge going into OT.  We thought we deserved a little better, but we cant keep saying that we got to do it.

On if he feels like he’s starting to come around after missing the first month of the season…
Yeah feeling back to normal.  The biggest thing is getting your timing back and getting your game legs back and I feel like I’m there now.  When you’re shooting the puck and good things are happening you want to keep going in those areas and I’ve been lucky enough to find some good spots and get some great passes from my linemates.

On his teammates’ assists in his two goals tonight…
Yeah Geno [Evgeni Malkin] kept that first one alive and Jussi [Jokinen] made a great pass and he came in on the second one and made another great pass. Like I said, when you feel like you’re in that zone and you’re finding those right areas and shooting the puck at the right time and good things are happening – you want to keep that going.

On if tonight had a playoff feel to it…
Yeah I mean anytime we play each other it’s a tough game. It’s going to be a battle right till the end.  The way the playoffs went last year we have something to prove here and we want to be a better team. We just didn’t have the first we wanted, we got better as the game went on, but I still think we are a way better team than what we’ve been showing.  We got to continue to build here because we have a lot of great players in this room, and we got a chance to do really good things and we just haven’t reached our potential yet.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEAD COACH DAN BYLSMA
On the team fighting back to bring the game to overtime…
Well, I mean I like - getting down two nothing in the first period to this team – and we stayed with it for forty minutes and claw back to even. They get a go-ahead goal there, [Zdeno] Chara scores the goal and we still stay with it. We get a goal there, obviously very late at the crease. I liked the way, against this tough team, we stayed with the game plan and did come out with a tie after regulation.

On having chances early in the game and not capitalizing on them…
Without a question, I think the first ten minutes we did have those opportunities and even the shot total being at ten-to-four. There’s a couple we missed the net on. Chris Kunitz had a chance in the first shift that we weren’t able to get on the net that was a good opportunity. I didn’t like the opportunities we gave them, obviously the four shots, the breakaway. Up to that point they didn’t have a lot or get a lot from us, our first test and chance was the breakaway. So I liked the way we played and came out and we did have opportunities but at the end of the period we give them two goals to get up two-nothing.

On if he has injury updates on Tanner Glass and Beau Bennett…
I didn’t go down to the other end, so I don’t have any right now. If you wait a little bit I might be able to give you an update.

On Brian Gibbons’ play…
His attribute and what he brings is his speed and when he can bring that it’s, he might be the fastest guy on the ice. That’s what he’s got to bring and he has been effective when he has brought it.

On James Neal finding his rhythm…
Just his ability to get the shot off, even there in the second period. I think he had the opportunity coming off the bench from [Sidney] Crosby that he hit the crossbar with. That thing is a dangerous shot anytime he can get it off and he’s finding the areas and the spots to get it off in right now.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:35 A.M.
On if Adam McQuaid is close to returning…
Yeah he’s getting closer. He has been skating and again, I haven’t talked to our trainers yet as far as how he felt this morning but yeah, I think there’s always a possibility; I have to make a decision tonight on if he is playing or not.

On Tuukka Rask’s work load and his take on how he’s handled it…
Well, that he’s capable of handling it. There’s certain games like the New York game where he had a busy night but there’s other games like the game in Carolina I thought, and he said himself, he didn’t feel like he had much to do. So you look at it in a way where, what’s your team doing in front of him, how hard of a night is he getting, and you take it from there. I think if we had some question marks on his endurance, I think those were answered last year and again this year so far.

On Rask playing three of four games last week and if he’ll see similar action this week…
Four of four. We’ll see. Like I said, it’s a matter of – Chad [Johnson]’s played well for us too and we’re going to certainly want to use him at some point as well. So again, I like to see where our team is, where the player is himself – which is Tuukka [Rask] – and decide which games I want to put Chad in and which games I want to put him in. It can depend on a lot of things, it’s just, I am – again you can ask my goaltenders – I have told them in back-to-back games, ‘I’ll let you guys know tonight after the game or early tomorrow morning which one of you guys is playing.’ And that’s how far I stretch that out as far as I’m not a guy that says a week before, ‘This is your game and this is your game,’ et cetera et cetera; it’s always been that way.


On if today was the first time Dennis Seidenberg has been on the ice since his injury…
Yes it was his first time out there today. He skated earlier this morning and then he skated with us and he’d been on for 45 minutes so we just got him off.

On his thoughts about the first game the Bruins played against Pittsburgh…
To be honest with you, all I remember is I didn’t think we were as good as we should have been. And that wasn’t to take away – I’m certainly not going to evaluate Pittsburgh’s game – I looked at our team and after two periods I just felt like there wasn’t enough emotion; there wasn’t enough in our game and for us to be a team that had a chance to win. We got a bit sloppy at times and turned some pucks over which ended up being some winning goals. But I think when we play each other, we’re two of the better teams in the conference and in my mind it should have been played with a lot more intensity than it was.

On if he’s expecting more intensity tonight…
I would hope so; for the sake of everybody. I mean for the hockey fan, when they look at that matchup they want to see a good game that has intensity, and I think that’s what we owe them.

On visiting Stephen Stamkos in the hospital…
Well because I knew him and I had him at the Olympic Camp and I got to know Steve [Stephen Stamkos] the person. And when you look at what he is in the league and what he’s accomplished, to have that happen to him I thought it was just important to go by and see how he was doing. It was as simple as that. Again, it’s a guy – I said that after the game – he’s one of those players that people from all the different cities come up to watch and play and he’s one of the reasons we fill buildings and you hate to see that, from anybody’s point of view; to see a guy like that get injured that way. So I stopped by and he certainly feels like he wants that opportunity to represent his country and he’s going to do everything he can and I just went there and kind of showed my support.

On good players usually getting booed and Stamkos getting respect everywhere he goes…
Well you know what’s kind of unfortunate about that is that the boos and that, a lot of it is based on what happens on the ice. And we know Steve is not a dirty player. But yet, you get Zdeno [Chara] who is a physical player, and yet both of those people are just as equally good people; they’re quality people but the perception of one versus the other is different. So you see the same thing with all those players. People are always going to cheer and respect the players that are not physical; they just go out and score goals and play the game. But if you’re physical at all, and you’re throwing your body around and you’re gritty and everything else, then you’re not going to get that same treatment; that’s my explanation for that. Steve is one of those hard-working guys that works hard and will get in the dirty areas but he’s not known as a dirty player; and he’s not.

On if he senses urgency from all the lines to produce and be effective…
Well I think so. As far as the lines are concerned, I think they all want to have success and when some of those lines aren’t scoring as much as they’d like to, they as well want to be better and they want to find solutions. So for some of it, it’s always the same thing. When you’ve only been together for a few months, you just hope that the chemistry builds and builds as the season goes on and by the time crunch time comes around, they’re really comfortable with each other. But that’s what they have to do, they have to learn to kind of anticipate – and one of those lines which is the [Chris] Kelly line – I don’t think they’re looking so much to make pretty plays, they’re looking more for efficient plays and right now it’s working well for them. And when you’re a line that has a lot of skill, there’s times – and it’s a normal thing for every team – that those guys sometimes look for the prettier plays versus the efficient ones.

On if he notices more teams in the league playing like the Bruins play…
I don’t know, I think when we played St. Louis the other day it was almost like a mirror image of each other. There are some teams that are doing that but there’s still a lot of teams that are playing their own game and we pride ourselves on ours. And I thought when I watched LA [Los Angeles] win the Cup the year after we had won it, I saw a lot of the same traits in that Finals in how they worked and everything else. In my mind I don’t think that means they copied us, that’s just the way they played; and I liked the way they played when I watched them in those Finals. So I don’t know, there’s certain parts of the game that are similar maybe, but there’s also their own identities and whether it’s neutral zone and 1:3:1 versus 1:2:2, that’s still a lot of differences in the games there. But if it is, then it’s flattering but I think as far as coaches are concerned, they all want to have their own stamps on their teams.

On if he takes things learned from Jacques Martin and integrates it into his coaching…
Well I think maybe a lot of it too is I’ve always really respected Jacques Lemaire when I was a coach. And it doesn’t mean I’ve copied everything he’s done, but there’s certain parts of Jacques [Lemaire] that I think were big strengths of his that I try to learn from. And Jacques [Martin] is the same way; he’s been in the league forever and he’s had his strengths as far as, again, the defensive part of the game has always been a strength of Jacques’. But there’s a bunch of us that come from the same area, the Ottawa area where they at one point, I think TSN made it the farm of hockey coaches or something like that. But there’s a support and when you live close to each other and you see each other in the summer time you have good conversations and stuff like that. So there’s no doubt we learn from each other. I still watch video and I see things from certain teams that they do extremely well and I say, ‘Oh, that makes a lot of sense I wouldn’t mind sliding that into our system.’ I don’t  change our system, but I try to slide it in and I’m no different; I’ll steal anything I can.

On if he watched the Patriots game last night and his thoughts…
Yep. It was a good thing they won because I was up late. I didn’t want to be one of those fans who halfway through say, ‘They’re done.’ I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.
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