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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW YORK RANGERS

Friday, November 27, 2015


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 4:00 

On whether he would describe today’s win as a character win…

Absolutely. I think we knew it was going to be a tough game. I thought we came to play tonight – this afternoon – I guess there was you know, back and forth where momentum switched around you know but we just stuck with it. Of course when you go down 3-2, the way we battled back to win it certainly makes it a character in


On how much the goalie interference call on Brad Marchand spurred on the team…

Well, spur or I think the word I would use is – like we didn't get all rattled and thrown off our game, we just stuck with it you know? It was frustrating when you see them score on that [power play] but at the same time you know it was up to us to keep our heads there and I was upset when it first happened, you know? I think this was the second time, in preseason [Henrik] Lundqvist did the same thing. I know he does some acting on the side but I don’t think it needs to be on the ice. Referees are there to protect goaltenders and they should. Goaltenders shouldn’t take advantage of referees and you know, you may think it's a good play for his team to get a power play, but we’re all trying to get that out of our game. If my guys do that I’m going to address it. I’m not hypocritical about that. We’re trying to improve the game here. Anyways enough of that said, more than anything else I think is the way we bounced back, whether it’s karma or whether its character whatever it is, I liked our effort tonight.


On whether both guys should have got two minutes…

I didn't look at it on my computer, I just looked at it real quick there in the middle of the game. It didn’t look like he [Marchand] touched him or if he just barely touched him you could see he [Lundqvist] threw himself after. He didn’t even push him off balance, but then again I’m going to have to look at it. I don't want to comment too much on it. From what I saw it certainly looked like embellishment. 


On whether the team rebounding from a poor second period is a sign of progress…

Sure it’s a small sign of progress, but what happening in the second period is that for some reason were not getting pucks in deep and when you don’t get pucks in deep, you can’t make a good change and there were times where one line was facing almost two of their lines and you know you end of getting tired and that’s when you end up getting in trouble. Were going to have to work on making sure we get pucks in deep. We seem to do it fairly well in the first and third which is the easiest of the changes and when it’s a tough change we have a tough time making those plays. That’s probably something that’s going to help us a lot in the second period.


On Frank Vatrano stepping up playing on the Bergeron line…

I think he was good tonight. You know what I like about Frank is he is pretty reliable and I know he’s playing on his off-wing, but you know you just have to look at two of his three goals they’ve come from that side of the ice – he’s shot the puck well. At the same time, he’s been there before, it’s not like it’s the first time ever and at the same time he skates well. So you know I think it just gives that line some good speed and I know sometimes it’s a lot to put on a young player but he’s not playing like a young player in my mind. Show a little but of trust in him and he rewards you with a pretty decent game.


On the team’s improved penalty kill over the last few games…

Penalty has been good, you know Joe [Haggerty]. We’ve taken stats over the last seven, maybe eight games and we've been so much better from - you wish you could start from scratch you know? Where we are in the league looks bad, but the way are power play has been killing right now we’d be in the top six. That’s how we’re looking at it, that’s how we got to keep the guys thinking positive and that’s what we’ve done.


On whether he thought the penalty kill would take a step back when Kevan Miller got hurt …

Well you know [Dennis Seidenberg] Seids is in there, Z [Zdeno Chara] is in there. Those two guys on the left side have been good. Trots [Zach Trotman] has been pretty good on the right and [Adam] McQuaid. I thought we had enough bodies for the penalty kill to do their job and they’ve proven us right so far.


On whether Ryan Spooner’s game is improving…

Well you know we put him at center, we put him on the wing and you know the thing I like about him? Where ever we put him, he’s taken that in a real good way where he wants to help the team out. I think he’s played some really good games on the wing and there are still times where we feel we’re going to be putting him at center, versatility right now for him and consistency – not so much on the power play, his five-on-five game. There’s games right now where he plays – I’ve said he’s a lot more engaged than others. When he is, we’re not asking him to be a [Matt] Beleskey or those kind of players, we’re just asking him to be more engaged and when he is he plays well for us and when he’s not he’s not as efficient. To me he’s one of those players you keep working with because there is so much potential there you want to reach the top of it.


On adjustments made to set up the Spooner power play goal…

Yeah, I think we started using a play a little bit to back them off. Ryan did a great job there when the shot came from the other side to get in there. There’s times where he’s stayed a little wider on the half-wall and when those rebounds come out he’s not there for them. Tonight he went in there and got engaged in that area where the stuck came on his stick and he was able to give us that big goal.


On whether the move to put Jimmy Hayes on the fourth line is to get him some favorable matchups…

It’s a little bit of everything. I think it’s me again just moving players around where I think it’s going to help. To me that line was really good. I thought between Hayser and even Landon Ferraro, hadn’t played center probably in a couple years.  I recall one time in their own end in the second period where he was a little hesitant but the rest of the game I thought that line really forechecked and did well and had some good scoring chances and Hayser was really engaged as well. To me sometimes having four lines that you can roll through, which we did a little bit more tonight since the beginning of the year is a big step for us because we are looking to kind of manage some of our top players ice-time a little bit better.


On how this team differs from previous teams…

Oh there’s nine years of that so [laughs]. I don’t think I’m ready to go through all of them. This is a hard-working team, I think the attitude of this group is they want to do well. Whether they do that every night, I think their intentions are good and when they go out there and compete like they did tonight it’s a lot of fun to coach these guys because there is a mixture of veterans, there is a mixture of leadership and also a mixture of new faces and young players as well. There’s a lot that has changed in our group and just to see it grow is what’s fun for a coach as long as you’re heading in the right direction.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JIMMY HAYES 

On if he has a headcount on how many of his family and friends came to see the Hayes brothers play today…

Probably well over 40 or 50 people, so. [Your dad took care of the tickets?] Yeah, he got the suite going. So it was an easy way to get it. Probably sits 20 but there’s probably 40 in there so. 


On if the interest was divided between him and his brother…

No, I know they had a lot of sweatshirts and t-shirts made that were split down the middle. So I think they had both collars on today.


On if he got stuck with the tab for the suite…

I didn’t. I dodged that one. 


On the upcoming road trip that the team has…

Yeah, you know it’s going to be…it’s going to be, you know, a weeklong road trip. It’s a good spot for us to be in. Put ourselves in a great position and come back have six on the road trip and then you go from there. But I mean, you know, going out West it’s…those teams play hard and it’s going to be tough competition for us but the team’s making the right strides in the right direction and I think we’re up for it. 


On what he’s liked about the recent stretch of wins…

We’re finding ways to win, you know. There’s been times when our game hasn’t been there but we still get the end result, maybe get it in overtime or get it in a shootout. But tonight we may have put together a full-60 minutes and you could just see it on the bench and the guys how focused they were and how committed they were, making sure that we were going to get the two points today.


On how it’s been a few games since he got his last point…

Yeah, you know you have to continue to find ways to try and contribute and you know you have to find ways to get around that net and be successful there. But you know, it was a great play by Conns [Brett Connolly] - I just happened to be in on it- but it was a great shot and found a way to get it in the back of the net. 


On playing with new linemates…

Yeah I mean, you know, lines change all the time so it was just…it is what it is and you just have to continue to be your best and continue to play hard. 


On playing on the fourth line and if he sees that as getting demoted…

Yeah you just show up to the rink and you know you have to give the same effort no matter where you’re playing, you know, it’s just…it is what it is and you have to continue to play hard.

 

On if you have to be more opportunistic if you play fewer shifts and less time…

Yeah I mean, you know, you’re not going to play as many minutes but you know you have to play hard and play the same way no matter what. 


On if the Hayes family bet on who would win the game today…

No, we didn’t. We should maybe. I might have won some money there. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD FRANK VATRANO

On playing with new linemates in today’s game...

It was good. I think we played a strong game. We were good in all three zones and we created a lot of opportunities in our O-zone and I think we were good on the defensive side of the puck. So I think for the first time playing together I think we played really well. They make the game a lot easier on me, so it’s fun to play with [them].


On playing against New York’s top line...

I was kind of used to that. When I was playing with Loui [Eriksson] and Krech [David Krejci] we were paired up either against that top line or the second line so it was something that I was used to and I was ready for the challenge. You’ve got to be on alert when those guys are on the ice; they all have tremendous talent, so just keep your head on a swivel and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time, and I think our line did a good job at that tonight.


On having an NHL-caliber shot and skills...

Yeah, playing in this league you have to do a lot more than just shoot the puck hard. So for me it’s just being reliable in my D-zone and being good in my neutral zone and getting pucks to teammates too. Not just using my shot but if the play is there I’ve got to make it. So that’s something that I keep harping on I keep on trying to improve everyday.


On what he’s learned from playing with the team’s top two-way players...

You can learn a lot. Not just even by playing with them but just by watching them everyday in practice and even when they’re out there for shifts, you know, watching what they do when you have the puck in a certain situation. So I think even though I’m not playing with certain guys, you learn every time you watch someone out on the ice.


On how nice the win felt after the interference penalty and going down by a goal in the third...

We didn’t get down on ourselves. We knew it was kind of an iffy call but we stayed with the course and we kept battling back and we got two big goals there at the end. So that was great to see our team bounce back like that.


On playing off-wing and switching lines over the past few games...

I played off-wing a lot in juniors and in college, so it’s something I’m really familiar with. You know, it’s a little bit different than playing your left side. Sometimes – even tonight – I kind of caught myself going to the left side of the ice. But once I got used to a couple shifts on right wing I felt more and more comfortable. So, I think it’s something that suits me a little bit better too – also using my shot coming off the wing I can kind of walk off the half wall to pull up and make a play on my forehand. So in that case I like right wing a lot.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY

On getting to the paint to create havoc…

Yeah, he’s a great goalie and if you’re not in front of him he’s probably making that save. I was trying to get in front all night and luckily at that point in the game I was able to get there and set up a screen.


On what’s different now than earlier in the season that the team was not rattle by goalie interference penalty…

I think we’ve been coming on, especially in thirds. We’re getting a little more composed, having some confidence in the third period. We kind of knew that with that call we might get another one if we played hard. Our power play came up big again for us.


On what he saw on his hit on Derek Stepan…

I just think he didn’t think I was gonna hit him.  He kind of didn’t brace himself. I didn’t take any extra strides or anything like that. Maybe, maybe, a little bit late. But he saw me coming, I came from the front. So it’s unfortunate that – I think I just saw he’s injured, so hopefully he’s all right. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI

On today’s win building character…

Yeah some things, there’s going to be questionable calls but what I like about our team, we didn’t stop playing. We kept pushing, and got a power play goal right away, and we can maybe talk a lot about the game-winner. But like I said, we never let up. It was a big win.


On if the Bruins can build off of today’s win…

We’ve won five in a row, and especially the one in Detroit, and in Toronto, maybe we didn’t deserve to win, but we got the two points. We’re finding ways to win hockey games now. So, today was a little bit better, but there’s still some areas we’ve got to improve. But like I said, it was a good win. We were down a couple times, and we never quit, so it was a big win for our team.


On if beating the Rangers makes the Bruins feel like they can beat any team in the NHL…

Oh yeah, we can. We have a good team. Sometimes we have a tough night, but we really believe in each other in here, and it’s starting to show. Even some games maybe we don’t deserve to win, but we’re finding ways to win the game. Five in a row, that’s a good roll.


On his game-winning goal…

I think it was just a good shift. We were in their zone for about forty-five seconds, and we had a couple looks. Millsy [Colin Miller] hit the post. It was a good rotation with Torey [Krug], and guys did a good job in front of the net. My shot just hit the guy’s stick and went in.


On how the Bruins reacted when the Rangers went ahead 3-2…

Early on in the season, it wasn’t a good feeling, but we feel like our PK has been much improved the last few games. So like I was saying earlier, we never let up. We didn’t quit. We kept pushing. We got a power play goal, and now the game-winner after that. We still believed on the bench after they scored the third goal, and that was the result.


On the importance of staying patient against Henrik Lundqvist…

Well you’ve got to put lots of shots on net, and in the first period we had lots of shots, so we got a lead. You say he’s a very good goalie, but he’s still a human. We also have a very good goalie on our team, Tuukks [Tuukka Rask], and Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] as well, so in practices, we face one of the best goalies in the world every day. So once a guy like that comes in the building, we know it’s going to be tough, but we also know we can score.


On still having confidence on the power play after a couple of games without a PPG…

Our second unit’s been actually playing really well as well. They got a big goal for us today, and then our unit got a goal at the end. Sometimes, maybe you get too comfortable, so you’ve got to get back to things that have been working, and I think we did that, especially on the last goal. It was just an easy pass, tape-to-tape, take a shot, go to the net. Spoons [Ryan Spooner] wasn’t stuck on the wall and went to the net, got a big rebound there, and it went in. So, just kind of kept it simple, and hopefully we can get on a roll again.


On how important it was to get the tying goal…

You’re always going to have some tough shifts, maybe some bad goals but it’s always about how you respond. And you know our second power play unit did a really good job, they got a second goal so. Like I said, you know, it’s all about how you respond in the next shift, in the next period. 


On the power play and other teams taking away what they’re good at…

Yeah, we’re going to have to adjust and change some things. We still have so many good players on the power play that we can, you know, we can try different things as well. So we’re going to have to work on it in practice and bring something new.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND 

On having a really “gutsy” win today…

Yeah, we showed a lot of character tonight. I think we have to be really happy about it. How we finished the game, it shows that we’re learning and we’re coming together as a team. These are games you have to know how to win and it’s great that we have different guys stepping up every night. 


On how big of a factor it was that he got the “short end of the stick” on the exchange with Henrik Lundqvist…

Yeah, that was very frustrating. I mean a penalty like that or a call like that, and they score on it, you know it was tough- especially if we would have ended up losing like that so. But the guys did a great job sticking with it and the power play did a great job there and getting that one back. And so it was good that we won we can move on. 


On if too much time passed between the contact with Henrik Lundqvist and his reaction…

I mean he must have gotten hit with a cement block the way he went down - I didn’t know I was that strong. But you know it’s tough when it seems like they don’t call goalies on that one, maybe they should. There’s a lot of that around the league and…but again the last one might have been a little soft too. So it was good that they made up for that. 


On if he thinks it was because of him that they were…

Probably but I don’t know, you know. I’m not the refs so. But luckily we got it though.


On struggling against elite teams especially to get the result they want in the end and how important the result tonight is for this team…

Yeah I don’t even think it’s just about the fact that we won. I think we played a pretty good game overall. We bounced back throughout different points throughout the game. When they went up two one and, you know, we bounced back from that got a power play goal and responded well. And I thought we played a pretty good third and again in the first as well. So I thought we…we’re learning to play more of a complete game and that’s what you want to show that you’re doing is continuing to be better each day. 


On Frank Vatrano skating on his line and skate towards the net and look for loose pucks off rebounds among other things…

Well yeah that’s what I do every game so… It is fun doing that so I like that, yeah. No Frankie [Frank Vatrano] he’s a great player. I mean he’s…he plays the way that me and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] play. He’s all over the puck, he’s fast, he’s quick to react and getting support I see he turns pucks over and that’s what we need from him. And obviously like you said he’s got a phenomenal shot so I think as we play together a little more we’re going to get more comfortable and I think we’re going to be a good line. I thought we played pretty well today. 


On the penalty kill and it helping them to win games…

We were losing games because of the penalty kill and now we have a lot more confidence; I think we’re more in sync out there. We have a better understanding of what we’re all doing and we’re not overly concerned about what the other team’s doing but more how we’re going to kill it. So I think we’ve really improved in that area and it’s helping us win games. 


On when the Rangers scored on their penalty and how they regrouped as a team…

I think a lot of guys said some stuff on the bench but I think we all knew that it was a bit of a cheap goal and we wanted to respond from it- we didn’t want to let that ruin our game. So the guys did a really good job of going out there and following it up. 


On why they think they had to battle back twice to tie it up…

Well the first one I thought we kind of let up in the second period, we didn’t have a great second. But we did respond well to tie it up there. And then in the third I thought we were playing pretty well- just a tough call there and lucky bounce so. But again we did a really good job at battling back all game. 


On what a win like this does for the Bruins…

It definitely gives us more confidence. We’re starting to be able to learn how to win different games different styles. And you know last game we were able to battle through where, you know, we really didn’t deserve to win in Detroit. Tonight I thought we had a pretty good game overall and you know we were battling back after a tough call there so I think we’re really kind of coming into our own here. We’re learning how to win and that’s what you have to be able to do: you have to be able to win those tough games, especially against teams like this. So it feels good. 


On how much fun today’s game was…

It was a lot of fun. There are a lot of emotions in games like that and the crowd was great, they were into it. And those are the kind of games you want to be a part of. I think we all enjoy- well obviously all love this game- but those are the games that you want to be out there for so it was a great game.  


On how it feels to string together a season-high five wins in a row…

It is, yeah. I think we’re starting to show a lot more confidence right now and we’re starting to play the way that we knew we could. And even, like I said before, when we don’t deserve to win games we’re finding ways to win which is what you have to do. You’re not going to be perfect every night but you still have to be able to win games and give yourselves the opportunity to win. So I it’s good to see and hopefully we keep it going.  


On coach calling Henrik Lundqvist an “actor”…

Yeah it was you know? It was tough to watch him go down like that. You see the replay and it’s pretty blatant how quick he went down. I was looking for the sniper upstairs but it was good that we still got the win. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY

On his goal…

Just got to try and shoot the puck when you can. I had it in my mind that I was gonna shoot that one. It was good to see that one go in. It was obviously a big goal. Big win for our group here tonight. Obviously going down a goal in the third, it was tough, but we stuck with it and we had a couple guys make the right plays at the right time. It was a good game.


On the second power play unit picking up the first unit…

Yeah, for sure. We haven’t had a ton of time in the last little bit, but we got a good minute there to see what we could do and we were fortunate to put one in.


On not getting too high despite five-game winning streak…

I thought we were better tonight. Obviously they’ve got a good team there, they’re pretty deep throughout their lineup. Obviously on the road trip we weren’t very good, everybody saw that. But yeah we’ve found ways to win. I think that we can build on this win; that’s a good team we just beat. Obviously going out West now, we’ve got a big road trip. We’ve been good on the road. Obviously we’ve played a lot of hockey in the last little bit here. It will be good to obviously get a day to rest tomorrow and get back at it. We’re excited, obviously we like playing on the road this year. We’re excited to go back out West.


On how much special teams played a factor today…

Our PK’s been, the last eight games it’s been good. Special teams is gonna win you games, it’s gonna lose you games sometimes. Tonight it won us a game. We’ve been better on the PK, guys have been taking more pride in playing a little harder and getting pucks out and blocking shots. They were good again tonight.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK

On if this game was a ‘character win’...

Yeah, we’ve had a couple of those this week actually. I thought it was a great hockey game. Both teams played well, defended well, and good thing we won. I think the ending was pretty thrilling for the fans, and for us.


On the interference call in the third period and going down by a goal...

Well I was just thinking, as much as – you know, we won the game, but I thought the game got the ending it deserved because it was great hockey and kind of a tough call and if the game would have ended like that it would have really been a tough one to swallow. But those things happen and the good thing is that we never got frustrated, we just kept pushing, pushing and we wanted to get that goal to tie it and then after that we were all over them. So it was a really good thing to see, that we didn’t let anything bother us. 


On why the team wasn’t getting frustrated after the power play goal late in the game...

Well, you know, you learn from your previous games when you have gotten frustrated and it’s mental toughness. You have to stay in the moment and then just believe in your system and believe in what you do and that’s the only way to get through it and today we did. Sometimes you don’t but today we did and the past couple of games this week we have, so that’s a great sign to build on.


On the interference call from his perspective as a goaltender...

Well, I don’t know. It’s a tough call but those things happen and they happen in such an instant that it’s a tough call for a ref to make. But good thing we didn’t lose the game.


On the team’s penalty kill as of late...

We’re doing a better job interfering their entries to our zone and then when they get shots they get such shots that I usually see them and then if there’s a rebound, guys do a great job of buying time or clearing that rebound. So, I mean, today we did a heck of a job too, not even letting them get set up until the third period there. But it’s been great.


On if he incorporates any elements of Henrik Lundqvist’s game into his own...

I don’t know. Tough question to ask – probably not a whole lot. Just try to watch video of yourself and see where you made mistakes and whatnot. So I think a lot of times you are the best teacher for yourself.


On the shot that hit his mask...

No, my buckle opened up. So, it’s so loose that after that it kind of falls in my face and I cant’ see so I was trying to get the ref’s attention but obviously he can’t call that unless the helmet gets off my head, until we get the puck, and that’s what happened. But never fun to get hit in the head though, I’ll tell you that.


On if that’s two games in a row that he’s taken a puck to the helmet...

Yeah, Toronto I did.


On if the ref can’t blow the whistle when his helmet comes loose...

Not unless my helmet pops off. 


On if he would shake his helmet off to get the whistle...

Well, I mean it’s a tough play. Like if you do and then they get a shot off and it hits you in the head then you’re not laughing anymore. There was one, actually, this year where it happened – somebody’s stick got caught in my helmet and it took a second for the ref to notice that.


On if he’s allowed to ask for a stoppage of play...

I’m trying to just get his attention. I know he’s not going to blow the whistle until my helmet gets off. So, I mean, not unless you really can’t see anything I don’t think you want to get that stoppage there because it’s one of those gray areas, I guess.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA

On if the team is trending upwards in a sustainable way...

It can be. We have to continuously try to get better. Like you said, it wasn’t perfect. I don’t think you’re going to have that many perfect games in this league. The teams are too good, especially the team we played today. They play with a lot of speed, high pace, and I thought we handled it well for the most part. For sure they were pushing hard, again in the second we got caught again with too many men. We’ve got to improve our changes and our focus when we do those changes but I really liked the way we respond again, being behind a goal, our power play again came up big – actually both our power plays scored big goals – and towards the end we were able to close them in the zone and create, obviously, a lot of pressure and a lot of shots and we score a game-winning goal that way. So, yeah, something that we should enjoy for now but we have definitely a tough challenge ahead of us going west and we’ve got to be better.


On the team’s response to interference penalty in the third period...

We had to kill that one and we did. PK was big at that point and then we got the power play chance, so we did capitalize on that. So, kind of big momentum swing you could say.


On the resiliency of the team to come back and win the game...

Well, we’re finding a way to win games. Obviously the word giving up is non-existent in this locker room. We know that any time are in a game we have a chance to come back or win the game; we just keep pushing forward and we have to overcome some challenges that we are having. Either it’s playing, obviously, good teams and you’re not always going to feel great every night but you’ve just got to dig deep and play hard and leave it out there and good things will happen.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER

On how his goal unfolded…

Just tried to get the puck to the top, went D-to-D, shot on net. And then it was Loui [Eriksson] in front who made a nice play through his legs, just came out, tried to get to the net and I think it may have gone off the goalie’s glove or a shin pad or something like that. I was just trying to get to the net and it worked out.


On how big his eyes were when the puck trickled out…

Yeah, it was good. I think in the first and the second power play there was a couple chances in front that kind of went to the opposite side. We’ve been talking about that, about me getting to the net, I guess a little bit more.  I tried it and it paid off. 


On producing on the power play…

Yeah, like I said before, a lot of times the teams have been trying to take away the top. Tonight not so much but they were definitely playing tight on us and we tried to get some of the pucks on net and it worked out for sure.


On what it was like on the bench after Brad Marchand’s penalty…

It wasn’t bad. We could have easily been down on ourselves but we bounced back and it was definitely good to see. We’ve had some games where the calls have not gone our way and we didn’t come back like I guess we should have. But in this game I thought that we did well with that.


On how he would characterize the team’s latest stretch…

I think the last two games that we played hasn’t been our best, but we found a way to win again tonight. I thought that we played well. Actually the first period was probably our best period in terms of zone-time and all that, and the third period too. The second period was kind of so-so. It was definitely good to see that we had a more consistent game. And we need to do that more in the games coming up.


On not taking anything personally when lines get changed…

Yeah, I think for the most part if you go into a game and we’re getting out played or your line’s not necessarily doing well he’s gonna mix some things up. We have a lot of guys here that are skilled so I don’t think it really matters where we play. Most of the time we play with our four lines. I thought that we did that well today. You can be on the first line, you can be on the fourth line, it doesn’t matter where you play. You’ve just got to be positive with it and go out there and play your game.


On still being hungry despite winning five straight games…

Yeah, I think at the beginning of the year we won four games in a row and then we ended up losing four in a row. For us as a group now I think we just need to talk about maintaining how we’re playing right now. I feel that this game that we just played was probably our best in the last five. So we just need to be positive with it and just go with it like that.


On needing a win against an elite team like the Rangers…

Yeah, I think they’re in first place or something like that, so it was definitely a huge win for us. To score the two goals in the last five minutes of the game was great to see. I think as a team we just need to talk about sustaining how we played tonight and not being complacent with the game we had tonight. We’re going on the road here so it’s gonna be three tough games. 


On adjusting to being closer to the net on the power play…

Yeah, we’ve talked about that how I have to get down there and it popped out to me, so it was good.


On if there was anything said on the bench after the Brad Marchand penalty…

Not much, no. I think guys knew that we just had to go out there and just playing how we were. It wasn’t a great call, it was a bad bounce, but I think that we took it well.


On if his game outside of the power play is coming along…

Yeah, I think I can improve for sure. Just trying to get some more shots on net is one thing that I need to do. I’ve been on the wing then back at center and all that kind of stuff, which is fine, I don’t mind that all. But I think as a whole five-on-five I definitely need to be more consistent. I’ve had some games where I’ve been good and I’ve had some games where I haven’t been good. I think for me now it’s about finding more consistency in my game and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.


On if he has to improve his compete level…

Yeah, I find when I get into the battles more, compete more, I’m just more into the game. It definitely helps me out for sure. It’s kind of when I go into the game and if my legs aren’t there I just don’t really feel into it. That’s when I kind of get into trouble. So I think for me it’s more of a mental thing. I just need to go into the game and work hard. If I do that then things will be good.


NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT

On the hit on Derek Stepan…

In our opinion, it was a late hit. More than a second, and he was a couple of feet away from the boards. So we’ll have to wait and see. I remember Aaron Rome in this building, 0.6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final, so [it will] be interesting to see. Step [Derek Stepan] broke some ribs, so he’ll be out indefinitely.


On if Dylan McIlrath did the right thing despite getting an instigator penalty…

I mean he was right there, and he probably saw was a late hit, stepped in, and protected a teammate that was probably in a vulnerable position.


On the Rangers playing better today than in Wednesday’s loss to Montreal…

I thought for the most part we played real strong. At 3-2, we’ve got control of this game, and then there was that penalty called. I’m not going to comment on the penalty. There’s a lot of stuff going on on the ice, but obviously when they tied it up, the momentum shifted their way, and they were able to score the winning goal.


On why he didn’t challenge the Bruins’ first goal…

[Video Coach] Jerry [Dineen] and the guys upstairs were saying that Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] was a little bit outside the blue, and his stick was outside the blue, so when [Brad] Marchand went through and touched his stick, it was because he was outside the blue. And I asked both referees at the beginning of the period, if they had seen the play. They said yes, and they both told me, at that time, they wouldn’t have overruled. But who knows.


On what he thought of Brad Marchand’s collision with Henrik Lundqvist…

Well the referees called it. They’re supposed to protect the goaltenders. I don’t know if that’s why we got a penalty after that, but who knows.


On if he knows how he’ll replace Derek Stepan while he’s injured…

We’re going to talk about that on the way home here. We’ve got another game tomorrow, so we’ll focus on that and go from there.


NEW YORK RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST

On this game being more frustrating than the Montreal game…

Absolutely.  I thought in the Montreal game they played better, this game their power play played a huge part in this game, the way they played they created chances on their power play, they gained momentum.  I don’t know where they found that last penalty, I’m not going to blame the loss on that but I did not see what they saw, that’s for sure.  At the same time, they took advantage of it and for some reason in the last few games we have been losing our structure a little bit under pressure, especially in the last five minutes and it’s something that has been our strength I think so we just need to get back to that.


On if he was interfered with on the Bruins first goal…Yeah, well he brings my stick with him so it’s kind of hard to stop it when your stick is on the side.  At the same time, it’s a quick play so I don’t know if they can call it or not, it’s just a tough situation when he brings it with him like that..On the goalie interference by Brad Marchand…Well there is no question that, that is a penalty.  Obviously he is a player that plays around the net like that, he’s physical but that’s a situation where you are very vulnerable as a goalie, when you have your neck out like that, it’s a blind hit, that’s what it is a blindside hit but you know it happens, I’m not going to overreact, they got the penalty and I’m fine with that.


On forgetting the last two games going into tomorrow…

There were definitely a lot of good things here today that we need to bring with us for tomorrow.  I think just when they turn it up at times, we just need to maintain our structure a little bit and not run around too much and open up, that’s when you get exposed a little bit.  So take care of the house and make sure we have the structure we need to defend.


On if he saw the puck on the fourth goal…

No.


On if the officiating changed this game…

Well obviously that last penalty changed the whole game.  We had it under control and again I don’t know where he saw that or where it was, maybe it was a penalty I don’t know, I didn’t see it but it’s over and they stepped up big time on their power play and carried that momentum for the next couple of minutes after that and we had a really tough time getting the puck out so we lost it.


NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN DAN GIRARDI

On the game today…

I think we can take a lot of good things out of that game today.  Although we lost the last two in a row here, we got to stop the bleeding right now.  We can take all the good things into a good divisional game tomorrow.


On the hit on Derek Stepan… To be quite honest, I still haven’t seen the replay of it.  I was in the midst of being hit and have no answer for you.  It’s just tough to lose Steps [Derek Stepan] like that and obviously Mac [Dylan McIlrath], that’s part of his game.  If a guy is going to make a hit like that, he is going to hold them accountable.  He did a great job there sticking up for his teammate  It’s just a tough play there to lose a top center-man.  On losing two games in a row in the third period and what has to change going into tomorrow… We did a pretty good job throughout the whole game of trying to give them as little as we can.  We had some good offensive zone time in the second especially and we were able to keep some pucks in on the pinch and we have a lead in the third, it’s very unlike us to give that up but that last five minutes there we should have closed it out but nothing that we can do about it right now.  Tough bounce on that last one but I feel like those were going our way at the start of the year now it’s starting to go the other way.  We have to get it going back in our direction.


On the plan going into today’s game…

Nothing it was just to chip and let the wingers get on to it and we had a lot of good support coming across and making their defenseman turn.  What we have been good at the last three or four years is doing that and then playing our system well.  That’s tough to see when we play one of the better games we have in the last couple weeks, we don’t get the result but you know just a couple little pucks squirting out to them and we just can’t get there in time.  You know Eats [Emerson Etem] is trying to do the right thing and go out there and block a shot, it hits his stick and you know Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] can’t see it, they had some good traffic and that’s the ballgame right there.


On the play of the Bruins today…

They have been playing this way for a long time now under their coach and they are very disciplined and structured in the neutral zone especially.  If you don’t make some clean passes they are going to turn it over and use their transition game in their favor and they are playing well, they have a lot of speed and they forecheck hard and they like to put that third guy high in that little slot area there and they find him there and always seem to have some good opportunities from there.  We talked about that going into the game but they still found a way to find those soft spots and get some good opportunities from there.


On the Bruins play today compared to years past…

That’s a Boston Bruins game tonight.  Just you know, finishing checks on the forecheck, like I said, very good in their structure in the defensive zone and the neutral zone and we had to make some good plays to get through them at some points but they had a few opportunities, very opportunistic and they made us pay.


NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD CHRIS KREIDER

On why the Rangers lost today…

I don’t know. We’ll have to go back and we’ll have to look at it. Pretty sporadic game, a lot going on. So, obviously, it probably had to do with special teams. They’ve got a pretty good power play. I don’t know if they were good calls or bad calls or not, it happened kind of behind the play. So we’ll see.


On not being able to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss to Montreal…

They [the Bruins] come hard. They did some things pretty well. I think we were able to correct some things we talked about from the Montreal game, but obviously there’s a lot to work on still.


On the Bruins not having the talent the Rangers have but still finding success…

I wouldn’t say that. They’ve got a pretty good pedigree. Pretty good group, obviously a group that’s won and is used to winning. They play a good structure… When they’re a heavy team, they’re hard to play against. When they move their feet and they close out, there’s not a lot of time, not a lot of space. 


On not having a lot of space in front of the net, even on the power play…

I felt like I had a lot of time in front of [Tuukka] Rask. No one really wrestles any more on the power play, because they want four guys extending out to the flankers so they don’t get clean looks. He [Tuukka Rask] made some good saves obviously when we were on the power play. Like I said, it came down, we were able to capitalize on the power play, but they were able to capitalize on a couple.


On the Rangers losing two in a row for just the second time this year…

After those two losses, I’m pretty sure we rattled off ten [wins] in a row, I don’t know.


On New York being capable of moving past their back-to-back losses…

Yeah, it’s not even much over twenty games in, a quarter of the season. A lot to learn from, a lot to work on.


NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD DERICK BRASSARD

On losing Derek Stepan to injury…

We lost a really good player and a key player for us, and hopefully he’s going to be back soon.


On what went wrong late in the third…

I’ll let AV [Head Coach Alain Vigneault] answer those questions, I don’t want to say anything bad.


On the Rangers losing their second game in a row…

Yeah, I thought we played one of our strongest games in a while. We were on the same page, we competed hard, special teams were good. The last three minutes there just killed us.


NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN RYAN MCDONAGH

On losing the game late in the third period like that …

Those ones sting a lot.  A real hard fought game, we give up the first goal then find a way to come tie it into the third period and get a lead there.  It’s under five minutes and they always seem to get something late against us, right now we haven’t been able to finish very well in this barn and it’s something that we need to continue to look at and get better.


On tomorrow’s game being more critical after losing the last two… Yeah we have to find a way to get back on the winning side now.  Fortunately we have a quick turnaround, another opportunity.  I thought we did some pretty good things on the forecheck, created a lot of turnovers, it’s a good sign there and we need to continue to work hard in the defensive end.  On the Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan… I mean, Steps [Derek Stepan] is a crucial part of our team, everyone knows that.  It’s a hockey hit, Steps [Derek Stepan] is one of the smartest players I have ever seen, usually he knows he’s getting hit so something must not have been right about it.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 A.M.

On how much he can count on the young defensemen against the best teams in the league…

You have to count on them. I think it’s a matter of bouncing back. Again, we’re talking about young guys. I think there was more than the young guys in those last couple of games. As a team I thought we could have played better. When you’re looking at this afternoon, I think it’s about our skating game, finding that again and once we get that skating game on track I think our whole outlook changes a lot. We’ve got to focus on that. Even though we’re looking at young D’s our young players they still allowed us to win that last game, when you look at [Frank] Vatrano and Colin Miller. So I think right now it’s nice to see those guys stepping up at times. And there are growing pains along the way, but those growing pains, for me, are as much as a team as they are on those young players.


On what he sees when he watches film on the Rangers…

I haven’t looked at film in years. Video on the computer. A little correction there, Joe. They’re a deep team, they’re well-balanced. Look at their goaltending, not just the number one, but look at the number two, what he’s done for them as well. Their back end is arguably one of the most balanced in the league. Up front, same thing. You got [Jarrett] Stoll and [Dominic] Moore on your fourth line, guys with a ton of experience. It goes to show you how deep they are as a team. Again, we’ve always played the Rangers fairly well in the past. I would anticipate that we would do the same thing here again today. We know it’s gonna be a tough game, but at the same time we’re on a good winning roll right now and it’s up to us to keep it going.


On how much of a confidence booster it would be to beat the Rangers…

I don’t even – I haven’t looked at it as a confidence boost. I think it’s an opportunity for us, again, to go out there and show you can play against some of those elite teams. They are definitely an elite team in this league, no doubt probably one of the teams that’s favored to go all the way. At the same time, to me it doesn’t intimidate me because I know our team when it skates hard, when it plays hard, it’s very capable of doing that. Whether we’ve been able to do it against some of those other good teams so far or not doesn’t matter right now. What matters is what’s gonna happen this afternoon.


On if he thinks about changing lines after winning because the team didn’t play well…

There’s all kinds of tricky ways to figure out whether I’m changing my lineup or not and that was a good one. That was a good one. I’ve been around the block a few times. There’s different reasons to change your lineup. More than likely, I can give you this one; it won’t be the same lineup because the goaltender’s going to be a different one tonight.


On what he’s seen out of Jimmy Hayes over the last couple of weeks…

Up and down. Like every player. It’s just one of those things where he’s had some good stretches and had some other stretchers where they weren’t as good. It’s just a matter of, again, we talk about consistency. You try your best to get some consistency in your team and you try your best as an individual to be consistent as a player as much as you can. That’s where every once in a while we get that out of certain players that you don’t get good stretches and then they lose that. Right now we’re talking about Brad Marchand and how good he’s been. He’s been really good but he didn’t have that stretch at the beginning. It depends what time of the year you’re asking me those questions and who’s hot and who’s not as hot. Right now I think Jimmy’s trying to maybe find his groove a little bit.


On Brad Marchand being engaged even when he’s not scoring, while others are not…

I think we’re going back to what we talked about here, about growing pains and consistency. Those are the two things we’ve talked about this year. Those are kind of the elements that have hurt us at times, our consistency. Not just team-wise but also individual-wise. I think when I say, you know, I get excited about potential. And the potential is one thing, to be able to get to that potential is another. So that’s what we keep working on, trying to get some players to grow in their roles and grow in their – I guess take pride in what they can bring to your team on a daily basis. As much as we all like our players to be like a Patrice Bergeron, those guys around the league are hard to find. You work with what you have and you try to improve as far as those areas are concerned. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD FRANK VATRANO

On playing with new linemates in today’s game...

It was good. I think we played a strong game. We were good in all three zones and we created a lot of opportunities in our O-zone and I think we were good on the defensive side of the puck. So I think for the first time playing together I think we played really well. They make the game a lot easier on me, so it’s fun to play with [them].


On playing against New York’s top line...

I was kind of used to that. When I was playing with Loui [Eriksson] and Krech [David Krejci] we were paired up either against that top line or the second line so it was something that I was used to and I was ready for the challenge. You’ve got to be on alert when those guys are on the ice; they all have tremendous talent, so just keep your head on a swivel and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time, and I think our line did a good job at that tonight.


On having an NHL-caliber shot and skills...

Yeah, playing in this league you have to do a lot more than just shoot the puck hard. So for me it’s just being reliable in my D-zone and being good in my neutral zone and getting pucks to teammates too. Not just using my shot but if the play is there I’ve got to make it. So that’s something that I keep harping on I keep on trying to improve everyday.


On what he’s learned from playing with the team’s top two-way players...

You can learn a lot. Not just even by playing with them but just by watching them everyday in practice and even when they’re out there for shifts, you know, watching what they do when you have the puck in a certain situation. So I think even though I’m not playing with certain guys, you learn every time you watch someone out on the ice.


On how nice the win felt after the interference penalty and going down by a goal in the third...

We didn’t get down on ourselves. We knew it was kind of an iffy call but we stayed with the course and we kept battling back and we got two big goals there at the end. So that was great to see our team bounce back like that.


On playing off-wing and switching lines over the past few games...

I played off-wing a lot in juniors and in college, so it’s something I’m really familiar with. You know, it’s a little bit different than playing your left side. Sometimes – even tonight – I kind of caught myself going to the left side of the ice. But once I got used to a couple shifts on right wing I felt more and more comfortable. So, I think it’s something that suits me a little bit better too – also using my shot coming off the wing I can kind of walk off the half wall to pull up and make a play on my forehand. So in that case I like right wing a lot.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY

On getting to the paint to create havoc…

Yeah, he’s a great goalie and if you’re not in front of him he’s probably making that save. I was trying to get in front all night and luckily at that point in the game I was able to get there and set up a screen.


On what’s different now than earlier in the season that the team was not rattle by goalie interference penalty…

I think we’ve been coming on, especially in thirds. We’re getting a little more composed, having some confidence in the third period. We kind of knew that with that call we might get another one if we played hard. Our power play came up big again for us.


On what he saw on his hit on Derek Stepan…

I just think he didn’t think I was gonna hit him.  He kind of didn’t brace himself. I didn’t take any extra strides or anything like that. Maybe, maybe, a little bit late. But he saw me coming, I came from the front. So it’s unfortunate that – I think I just saw he’s injured, so hopefully he’s all right. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND 

On having a really “gutsy” win today…

Yeah, we showed a lot of character tonight. I think we have to be really happy about it. How we finished the game, it shows that we’re learning and we’re coming together as a team. These are games you have to know how to win and it’s great that we have different guys stepping up every night. 


On how big of a factor it was that he got the “short end of the stick” on the exchange with Henrik Lundqvist…

Yeah, that was very frustrating. I mean a penalty like that or a call like that, and they score on it, you know it was tough- especially if we would have ended up losing like that so. But the guys did a great job sticking with it and the power play did a great job there and getting that one back. And so it was good that we won we can move on. 


On if too much time passed between the contact with Henrik Lundqvist and his reaction…

I mean he must have gotten hit with a cement block the way he went down - I didn’t know I was that strong. But you know it’s tough when it seems like they don’t call goalies on that one, maybe they should. There’s a lot of that around the league and…but again the last one might have been a little soft too. So it was good that they made up for that. 


On if he thinks it was because of him that they were…

Probably but I don’t know, you know. I’m not the refs so. But luckily we got it though.


On struggling against elite teams especially to get the result they want in the end and how important the result tonight is for this team…

Yeah I don’t even think it’s just about the fact that we won. I think we played a pretty good game overall. We bounced back throughout different points throughout the game. When they went up two one and, you know, we bounced back from that got a power play goal and responded well. And I thought we played a pretty good third and again in the first as well. So I thought we…we’re learning to play more of a complete game and that’s what you want to show that you’re doing is continuing to be better each day. 


On Frank Vatrano skating on his line and skate towards the net and look for loose pucks off rebounds among other things…

Well yeah that’s what I do every game so… It is fun doing that so I like that, yeah. No Frankie [Frank Vatrano] he’s a great player. I mean he’s…he plays the way that me and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] play. He’s all over the puck, he’s fast, he’s quick to react and getting support I see he turns pucks over and that’s what we need from him. And obviously like you said he’s got a phenomenal shot so I think as we play together a little more we’re going to get more comfortable and I think we’re going to be a good line. I thought we played pretty well today. 


On the penalty kill and it helping them to win games…

We were losing games because of the penalty kill and now we have a lot more confidence; I think we’re more in sync out there. We have a better understanding of what we’re all doing and we’re not overly concerned about what the other team’s doing but more how we’re going to kill it. So I think we’ve really improved in that area and it’s helping us win games. 


On when the Rangers scored on their penalty and how they regrouped as a team…

I think a lot of guys said some stuff on the bench but I think we all knew that it was a bit of a cheap goal and we wanted to respond from it- we didn’t want to let that ruin our game. So the guys did a really good job of going out there and following it up. 


On why they think they had to battle back twice to tie it up…

Well the first one I thought we kind of let up in the second period, we didn’t have a great second. But we did respond well to tie it up there. And then in the third I thought we were playing pretty well- just a tough call there and lucky bounce so. But again we did a really good job at battling back all game. 


On what a win like this does for the Bruins…

It definitely gives us more confidence. We’re starting to be able to learn how to win different games different styles. And you know last game we were able to battle through where, you know, we really didn’t deserve to win in Detroit. Tonight I thought we had a pretty good game overall and you know we were battling back after a tough call there so I think we’re really kind of coming into our own here. We’re learning how to win and that’s what you have to be able to do: you have to be able to win those tough games, especially against teams like this. So it feels good. 


On how much fun today’s game was…

It was a lot of fun. There are a lot of emotions in games like that and the crowd was great, they were into it. And those are the kind of games you want to be a part of. I think we all enjoy- well obviously all love this game- but those are the games that you want to be out there for so it was a great game.  


On how it feels to string together a season-high five wins in a row…

It is, yeah. I think we’re starting to show a lot more confidence right now and we’re starting to play the way that we knew we could. And even, like I said before, when we don’t deserve to win games we’re finding ways to win which is what you have to do. You’re not going to be perfect every night but you still have to be able to win games and give yourselves the opportunity to win. So I it’s good to see and hopefully we keep it going.  


On coach calling Henrik Lundqvist an “actor”…

Yeah it was you know? It was tough to watch him go down like that. You see the replay and it’s pretty blatant how quick he went down. I was looking for the sniper upstairs but it was good that we still got the win. 


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY

On his goal…

Just got to try and shoot the puck when you can. I had it in my mind that I was gonna shoot that one. It was good to see that one go in. It was obviously a big goal. Big win for our group here tonight. Obviously going down a goal in the third, it was tough, but we stuck with it and we had a couple guys make the right plays at the right time. It was a good game.


On the second power play unit picking up the first unit…

Yeah, for sure. We haven’t had a ton of time in the last little bit, but we got a good minute there to see what we could do and we were fortunate to put one in.


On not getting too high despite five-game winning streak…

I thought we were better tonight. Obviously they’ve got a good team there, they’re pretty deep throughout their lineup. Obviously on the road trip we weren’t very good, everybody saw that. But yeah we’ve found ways to win. I think that we can build on this win; that’s a good team we just beat. Obviously going out West now, we’ve got a big road trip. We’ve been good on the road. Obviously we’ve played a lot of hockey in the last little bit here. It will be good to obviously get a day to rest tomorrow and get back at it. We’re excited, obviously we like playing on the road this year. We’re excited to go back out West.


On how much special teams played a factor today…

Our PK’s been, the last eight games it’s been good. Special teams is gonna win you games, it’s gonna lose you games sometimes. Tonight it won us a game. We’ve been better on the PK, guys have been taking more pride in playing a little harder and getting pucks out and blocking shots. They were good again tonight.


BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK

On if this game was a ‘character win’...

Yeah, we’ve had a couple of those this week actually. I thought it was a great hockey game. Both teams played well, defended well, and good thing we won. I think the ending was pretty thrilling for the fans, and for us.


On the interference call in the third period and going down by a goal...

Well I was just thinking, as much as – you know, we won the game, but I thought the game got the ending it deserved because it was great hockey and kind of a tough call and if the game would have ended like that it would have really been a tough one to swallow. But those things happen and the good thing is that we never got frustrated, we just kept pushing, pushing and we wanted to get that goal to tie it and then after that we were all over them. So it was a really good thing to see, that we didn’t let anything bother us. 


On why the team wasn’t getting frustrated after the power play goal late in the game...

Well, you know, you learn from your previous games when you have gotten frustrated and it’s mental toughness. You have to stay in the moment and then just believe in your system and believe in what you do and that’s the only way to get through it and today we did. Sometimes you don’t but today we did and the past couple of games this week we have, so that’s a great sign to build on.


On the interference call from his perspective as a goaltender...

Well, I don’t know. It’s a tough call but those things happen and they happen in such an instant that it’s a tough call for a ref to make. But good thing we didn’t lose the game.


On the team’s penalty kill as of late...

We’re doing a better job interfering their entries to our zone and then when they get shots they get such shots that I usually see them and then if there’s a rebound, guys do a great job of buying time or clearing that rebound. So, I mean, today we did a heck of a job too, not even letting them get set up until the third period there. But it’s been great.


On if he incorporates any elements of Henrik Lundqvist’s game into his own...

I don’t know. Tough question to ask – probably not a whole lot. Just try to watch video of yourself and see where you made mistakes and whatnot. So I think a lot of times you are the best teacher for yourself.


On the shot that hit his mask...

No, my buckle opened up. So, it’s so loose that after that it kind of falls in my face and I cant’ see so I was trying to get the ref’s attention but obviously he can’t call that unless the helmet gets off my head, until we get the puck, and that’s what happened. But never fun to get hit in the head though, I’ll tell you that.


On if that’s two games in a row that he’s taken a puck to the helmet...

Yeah, Toronto I did.


On if the ref can’t blow the whistle when his helmet comes loose...

Not unless my helmet pops off. 


On if he would shake his helmet off to get the whistle...

Well, I mean it’s a tough play. Like if you do and then they get a shot off and it hits you in the head then you’re not laughing anymore. There was one, actually, this year where it happened – somebody’s stick got caught in my helmet and it took a second for the ref to notice that.


On if he’s allowed to ask for a stoppage of play...

I’m trying to just get his attention. I know he’s not going to blow the whistle until my helmet gets off. So, I mean, not unless you really can’t see anything I don’t think you want to get that stoppage there because it’s one of those gray areas, I guess.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA

On if the team is trending upwards in a sustainable way...

It can be. We have to continuously try to get better. Like you said, it wasn’t perfect. I don’t think you’re going to have that many perfect games in this league. The teams are too good, especially the team we played today. They play with a lot of speed, high pace, and I thought we handled it well for the most part. For sure they were pushing hard, again in the second we got caught again with too many men. We’ve got to improve our changes and our focus when we do those changes but I really liked the way we respond again, being behind a goal, our power play again came up big – actually both our power plays scored big goals – and towards the end we were able to close them in the zone and create, obviously, a lot of pressure and a lot of shots and we score a game-winning goal that way. So, yeah, something that we should enjoy for now but we have definitely a tough challenge ahead of us going west and we’ve got to be better.


On the team’s response to interference penalty in the third period...

We had to kill that one and we did. PK was big at that point and then we got the power play chance, so we did capitalize on that. So, kind of big momentum swing you could say.


On the resiliency of the team to come back and win the game...

Well, we’re finding a way to win games. Obviously the word giving up is non-existent in this locker room. We know that any time are in a game we have a chance to come back or win the game; we just keep pushing forward and we have to overcome some challenges that we are having. Either it’s playing, obviously, good teams and you’re not always going to feel great every night but you’ve just got to dig deep and play hard and leave it out there and good things will happen.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER

On how his goal unfolded…

Just tried to get the puck to the top, went D-to-D, shot on net. And then it was Loui [Eriksson] in front who made a nice play through his legs, just came out, tried to get to the net and I think it may have gone off the goalie’s glove or a shin pad or something like that. I was just trying to get to the net and it worked out.


On how big his eyes were when the puck trickled out…

Yeah, it was good. I think in the first and the second power play there was a couple chances in front that kind of went to the opposite side. We’ve been talking about that, about me getting to the net, I guess a little bit more.  I tried it and it paid off. 


On producing on the power play…

Yeah, like I said before, a lot of times the teams have been trying to take away the top. Tonight not so much but they were definitely playing tight on us and we tried to get some of the pucks on net and it worked out for sure.


On what it was like on the bench after Brad Marchand’s penalty…

It wasn’t bad. We could have easily been down on ourselves but we bounced back and it was definitely good to see. We’ve had some games where the calls have not gone our way and we didn’t come back like I guess we should have. But in this game I thought that we did well with that.


On how he would characterize the team’s latest stretch…

I think the last two games that we played hasn’t been our best, but we found a way to win again tonight. I thought that we played well. Actually the first period was probably our best period in terms of zone-time and all that, and the third period too. The second period was kind of so-so. It was definitely good to see that we had a more consistent game. And we need to do that more in the games coming up.


On not taking anything personally when lines get changed…

Yeah, I think for the most part if you go into a game and we’re getting out played or your line’s not necessarily doing well he’s gonna mix some things up. We have a lot of guys here that are skilled so I don’t think it really matters where we play. Most of the time we play with our four lines. I thought that we did that well today. You can be on the first line, you can be on the fourth line, it doesn’t matter where you play. You’ve just got to be positive with it and go out there and play your game.


On still being hungry despite winning five straight games…

Yeah, I think at the beginning of the year we won four games in a row and then we ended up losing four in a row. For us as a group now I think we just need to talk about maintaining how we’re playing right now. I feel that this game that we just played was probably our best in the last five. So we just need to be positive with it and just go with it like that.


On needing a win against an elite team like the Rangers…

Yeah, I think they’re in first place or something like that, so it was definitely a huge win for us. To score the two goals in the last five minutes of the game was great to see. I think as a team we just need to talk about sustaining how we played tonight and not being complacent with the game we had tonight. We’re going on the road here so it’s gonna be three tough games. 


On adjusting to being closer to the net on the power play…

Yeah, we’ve talked about that how I have to get down there and it popped out to me, so it was good.


On if there was anything said on the bench after the Brad Marchand penalty…

Not much, no. I think guys knew that we just had to go out there and just playing how we were. It wasn’t a great call, it was a bad bounce, but I think that we took it well.


On if his game outside of the power play is coming along…

Yeah, I think I can improve for sure. Just trying to get some more shots on net is one thing that I need to do. I’ve been on the wing then back at center and all that kind of stuff, which is fine, I don’t mind that all. But I think as a whole five-on-five I definitely need to be more consistent. I’ve had some games where I’ve been good and I’ve had some games where I haven’t been good. I think for me now it’s about finding more consistency in my game and that’s what I’m trying to do right now.


On if he has to improve his compete level…

Yeah, I find when I get into the battles more, compete more, I’m just more into the game. It definitely helps me out for sure. It’s kind of when I go into the game and if my legs aren’t there I just don’t really feel into it. That’s when I kind of get into trouble. So I think for me it’s more of a mental thing. I just need to go into the game and work hard. If I do that then things will be good.


NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT

On the hit on Derek Stepan…

In our opinion, it was a late hit. More than a second, and he was a couple of feet away from the boards. So we’ll have to wait and see. I remember Aaron Rome in this building, 0.6 seconds late, getting suspended four games in the Stanley Cup Final, so [it will] be interesting to see. Step [Derek Stepan] broke some ribs, so he’ll be out indefinitely.


On if Dylan McIlrath did the right thing despite getting an instigator penalty…

I mean he was right there, and he probably saw was a late hit, stepped in, and protected a teammate that was probably in a vulnerable position.


On the Rangers playing better today than in Wednesday’s loss to Montreal…

I thought for the most part we played real strong. At 3-2, we’ve got control of this game, and then there was that penalty called. I’m not going to comment on the penalty. There’s a lot of stuff going on on the ice, but obviously when they tied it up, the momentum shifted their way, and they were able to score the winning goal.


On why he didn’t challenge the Bruins’ first goal…

[Video Coach] Jerry [Dineen] and the guys upstairs were saying that Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] was a little bit outside the blue, and his stick was outside the blue, so when [Brad] Marchand went through and touched his stick, it was because he was outside the blue. And I asked both referees at the beginning of the period, if they had seen the play. They said yes, and they both told me, at that time, they wouldn’t have overruled. But who knows.


On what he thought of Brad Marchand’s collision with Henrik Lundqvist…

Well the referees called it. They’re supposed to protect the goaltenders. I don’t know if that’s why we got a penalty after that, but who knows.


On if he knows how he’ll replace Derek Stepan while he’s injured…

We’re going to talk about that on the way home here. We’ve got another game tomorrow, so we’ll focus on that and go from there.


NEW YORK RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST

On this game being more frustrating than the Montreal game…

Absolutely.  I thought in the Montreal game they played better, this game their power play played a huge part in this game, the way they played they created chances on their power play, they gained momentum.  I don’t know where they found that last penalty, I’m not going to blame the loss on that but I did not see what they saw, that’s for sure.  At the same time, they took advantage of it and for some reason in the last few games we have been losing our structure a little bit under pressure, especially in the last five minutes and it’s something that has been our strength I think so we just need to get back to that.


On if he was interfered with on the Bruins first goal…Yeah, well he brings my stick with him so it’s kind of hard to stop it when your stick is on the side.  At the same time, it’s a quick play so I don’t know if they can call it or not, it’s just a tough situation when he brings it with him like that..On the goalie interference by Brad Marchand…Well there is no question that, that is a penalty.  Obviously he is a player that plays around the net like that, he’s physical but that’s a situation where you are very vulnerable as a goalie, when you have your neck out like that, it’s a blind hit, that’s what it is a blindside hit but you know it happens, I’m not going to overreact, they got the penalty and I’m fine with that.


On forgetting the last two games going into tomorrow…

There were definitely a lot of good things here today that we need to bring with us for tomorrow.  I think just when they turn it up at times, we just need to maintain our structure a little bit and not run around too much and open up, that’s when you get exposed a little bit.  So take care of the house and make sure we have the structure we need to defend.


On if he saw the puck on the fourth goal…

No.


On if the officiating changed this game…

Well obviously that last penalty changed the whole game.  We had it under control and again I don’t know where he saw that or where it was, maybe it was a penalty I don’t know, I didn’t see it but it’s over and they stepped up big time on their power play and carried that momentum for the next couple of minutes after that and we had a really tough time getting the puck out so we lost it.


NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN DAN GIRARDI

On the game today…

I think we can take a lot of good things out of that game today.  Although we lost the last two in a row here, we got to stop the bleeding right now.  We can take all the good things into a good divisional game tomorrow.


On the hit on Derek Stepan… To be quite honest, I still haven’t seen the replay of it.  I was in the midst of being hit and have no answer for you.  It’s just tough to lose Steps [Derek Stepan] like that and obviously Mac [Dylan McIlrath], that’s part of his game.  If a guy is going to make a hit like that, he is going to hold them accountable.  He did a great job there sticking up for his teammate  It’s just a tough play there to lose a top center-man.  On losing two games in a row in the third period and what has to change going into tomorrow… We did a pretty good job throughout the whole game of trying to give them as little as we can.  We had some good offensive zone time in the second especially and we were able to keep some pucks in on the pinch and we have a lead in the third, it’s very unlike us to give that up but that last five minutes there we should have closed it out but nothing that we can do about it right now.  Tough bounce on that last one but I feel like those were going our way at the start of the year now it’s starting to go the other way.  We have to get it going back in our direction.


On the plan going into today’s game…

Nothing it was just to chip and let the wingers get on to it and we had a lot of good support coming across and making their defenseman turn.  What we have been good at the last three or four years is doing that and then playing our system well.  That’s tough to see when we play one of the better games we have in the last couple weeks, we don’t get the result but you know just a couple little pucks squirting out to them and we just can’t get there in time.  You know Eats [Emerson Etem] is trying to do the right thing and go out there and block a shot, it hits his stick and you know Hank [Henrik Lundqvist] can’t see it, they had some good traffic and that’s the ballgame right there.


On the play of the Bruins today…

They have been playing this way for a long time now under their coach and they are very disciplined and structured in the neutral zone especially.  If you don’t make some clean passes they are going to turn it over and use their transition game in their favor and they are playing well, they have a lot of speed and they forecheck hard and they like to put that third guy high in that little slot area there and they find him there and always seem to have some good opportunities from there.  We talked about that going into the game but they still found a way to find those soft spots and get some good opportunities from there.


On the Bruins play today compared to years past…

That’s a Boston Bruins game tonight.  Just you know, finishing checks on the forecheck, like I said, very good in their structure in the defensive zone and the neutral zone and we had to make some good plays to get through them at some points but they had a few opportunities, very opportunistic and they made us pay.


NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD CHRIS KREIDER

On why the Rangers lost today…

I don’t know. We’ll have to go back and we’ll have to look at it. Pretty sporadic game, a lot going on. So, obviously, it probably had to do with special teams. They’ve got a pretty good power play. I don’t know if they were good calls or bad calls or not, it happened kind of behind the play. So we’ll see.


On not being able to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss to Montreal…

They [the Bruins] come hard. They did some things pretty well. I think we were able to correct some things we talked about from the Montreal game, but obviously there’s a lot to work on still.


On the Bruins not having the talent the Rangers have but still finding success…

I wouldn’t say that. They’ve got a pretty good pedigree. Pretty good group, obviously a group that’s won and is used to winning. They play a good structure… When they’re a heavy team, they’re hard to play against. When they move their feet and they close out, there’s not a lot of time, not a lot of space. 


On not having a lot of space in front of the net, even on the power play…

I felt like I had a lot of time in front of [Tuukka] Rask. No one really wrestles any more on the power play, because they want four guys extending out to the flankers so they don’t get clean looks. He [Tuukka Rask] made some good saves obviously when we were on the power play. Like I said, it came down, we were able to capitalize on the power play, but they were able to capitalize on a couple.


On the Rangers losing two in a row for just the second time this year…

After those two losses, I’m pretty sure we rattled off ten [wins] in a row, I don’t know.


On New York being capable of moving past their back-to-back losses…

Yeah, it’s not even much over twenty games in, a quarter of the season. A lot to learn from, a lot to work on.


NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD DERICK BRASSARD

On losing Derek Stepan to injury…

We lost a really good player and a key player for us, and hopefully he’s going to be back soon.


On what went wrong late in the third…

I’ll let AV [Head Coach Alain Vigneault] answer those questions, I don’t want to say anything bad.


On the Rangers losing their second game in a row…

Yeah, I thought we played one of our strongest games in a while. We were on the same page, we competed hard, special teams were good. The last three minutes there just killed us.


NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN RYAN MCDONAGH

On losing the game late in the third period like that …

Those ones sting a lot.  A real hard fought game, we give up the first goal then find a way to come tie it into the third period and get a lead there.  It’s under five minutes and they always seem to get something late against us, right now we haven’t been able to finish very well in this barn and it’s something that we need to continue to look at and get better.


On tomorrow’s game being more critical after losing the last two… Yeah we have to find a way to get back on the winning side now.  Fortunately we have a quick turnaround, another opportunity.  I thought we did some pretty good things on the forecheck, created a lot of turnovers, it’s a good sign there and we need to continue to work hard in the defensive end.  On the Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan… I mean, Steps [Derek Stepan] is a crucial part of our team, everyone knows that.  It’s a hockey hit, Steps [Derek Stepan] is one of the smartest players I have ever seen, usually he knows he’s getting hit so something must not have been right about it.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 A.M.

On how much he can count on the young defensemen against the best teams in the league…

You have to count on them. I think it’s a matter of bouncing back. Again, we’re talking about young guys. I think there was more than the young guys in those last couple of games. As a team I thought we could have played better. When you’re looking at this afternoon, I think it’s about our skating game, finding that again and once we get that skating game on track I think our whole outlook changes a lot. We’ve got to focus on that. Even though we’re looking at young D’s our young players they still allowed us to win that last game, when you look at [Frank] Vatrano and Colin Miller. So I think right now it’s nice to see those guys stepping up at times. And there are growing pains along the way, but those growing pains, for me, are as much as a team as they are on those young players.


On what he sees when he watches film on the Rangers…

I haven’t looked at film in years. Video on the computer. A little correction there, Joe. They’re a deep team, they’re well-balanced. Look at their goaltending, not just the number one, but look at the number two, what he’s done for them as well. Their back end is arguably one of the most balanced in the league. Up front, same thing. You got [Jarrett] Stoll and [Dominic] Moore on your fourth line, guys with a ton of experience. It goes to show you how deep they are as a team. Again, we’ve always played the Rangers fairly well in the past. I would anticipate that we would do the same thing here again today. We know it’s gonna be a tough game, but at the same time we’re on a good winning roll right now and it’s up to us to keep it going.


On how much of a confidence booster it would be to beat the Rangers…

I don’t even – I haven’t looked at it as a confidence boost. I think it’s an opportunity for us, again, to go out there and show you can play against some of those elite teams. They are definitely an elite team in this league, no doubt probably one of the teams that’s favored to go all the way. At the same time, to me it doesn’t intimidate me because I know our team when it skates hard, when it plays hard, it’s very capable of doing that. Whether we’ve been able to do it against some of those other good teams so far or not doesn’t matter right now. What matters is what’s gonna happen this afternoon.


On if he thinks about changing lines after winning because the team didn’t play well…

There’s all kinds of tricky ways to figure out whether I’m changing my lineup or not and that was a good one. That was a good one. I’ve been around the block a few times. There’s different reasons to change your lineup. More than likely, I can give you this one; it won’t be the same lineup because the goaltender’s going to be a different one tonight.


On what he’s seen out of Jimmy Hayes over the last couple of weeks…

Up and down. Like every player. It’s just one of those things where he’s had some good stretches and had some other stretchers where they weren’t as good. It’s just a matter of, again, we talk about consistency. You try your best to get some consistency in your team and you try your best as an individual to be consistent as a player as much as you can. That’s where every once in a while we get that out of certain players that you don’t get good stretches and then they lose that. Right now we’re talking about Brad Marchand and how good he’s been. He’s been really good but he didn’t have that stretch at the beginning. It depends what time of the year you’re asking me those questions and who’s hot and who’s not as hot. Right now I think Jimmy’s trying to maybe find his groove a little bit.


On Brad Marchand being engaged even when he’s not scoring, while others are not…

I think we’re going back to what we talked about here, about growing pains and consistency. Those are the two things we’ve talked about this year. Those are kind of the elements that have hurt us at times, our consistency. Not just team-wise but also individual-wise. I think when I say, you know, I get excited about potential. And the potential is one thing, to be able to get to that potential is another. So that’s what we keep working on, trying to get some players to grow in their roles and grow in their – I guess take pride in what they can bring to your team on a daily basis. As much as we all like our players to be like a Patrice Bergeron, those guys around the league are hard to find. You work with what you have and you try to improve as far as those areas are concerned. 


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