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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW YORK RANGERS
Saturday, March 28, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3:50 P.M.
On an update on goaltender Tuukka Rask…
He’s fine. It looks like it might have been a case of dehydration, so he’s scheduled to travel with us, he’s scheduled to be with us and he should be fine for tomorrow.

On if he knew Tuukka Rask might have had an issue when he first started the second period…
Yeah, we just found out at the beginning of the second. He went in there and when he came off that’s why I went to him said, “Are you still having those symptoms?” He said “Yeah” so I said “Well, let’s get you out of here and put Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] in,” who did a good job by the way.

On Niklas Svedberg’s performance and his progression despite it being late in the season…
Well, as far as I’m concerned it’s never too late. When you’ve got a goaltender who can come in there and do a job like he did today, and the last time was the same thing. That’s what you need right now and we can use all the help we can get, and he was a great help for our team today to step in there cold in the second period and make some of those saves he did in the second early on to keep us in there.

On if there is a chance of Tuukka Rask playing in tomorrow’s game…
Yeah, if we’re bringing him that’s because he’s fine.

On various breaks throughout the game, including the first goal…
No, I don’t call that a break. It’s a legit goal, so it’s one of those things where as long as you don’t have that kicking motion it’s a good goal. So I think that goal was huge for us, and it opened up scoring early. But a break is when you get a goal that maybe you didn’t deserve and shouldn’t have been allowed, that’s what I call a break.

On the importance of offense giving breathing room and energy that’s been hard to come by…
Well it has been. We talked about it yesterday and we talked about it again before the game today that we need to get a better nose for the net, and I use that in the ways of we need better net-front presence, we need to stay there, we need to find those loose pucks, we need to drive to that area to score goals, especially five-on-five. It was a lot better today and allowed us to score some early goals here and even Looch’s [Milan Lucic] second goal, you’ve got a middle drive there that opens a lane for him and those are the things that you need, that going to the net makes it hard on the opposing teams and we need a little bit more of that, and if we can continue to do that we’ll score some goals.

On Reilly Smith’s improvement and confidence…
Yeah, I think he’s played better in the last couple of games. And again, Carl Soderberg has been a lot better. As I mentioned earlier, it’s never too late for guys to step up. It’s nice to see some of those guys come up big for us.

On how the team responds when Milan Lucic is playing his style of game…
Again, I really don’t think it’s all about Looch [Milan Lucic]. I think he helps, but I think right now you needed guys like we just talked about, those last two guys [Reilly Smith & Carl Soderberg], everybody needs to respond at this point and I think that everybody can bring something to the table. I thought Looch was one of those guys that had a good game, but we can’t just look at Looch and say, “You’ve got to get us going,” because I think that’s the wrong approach. I think we can each have our own things that we can do to help our hockey club and that’s how we have to approach the situation here.

On what the team did to limit the New York Rangers from having the chance to rush…
Well there was a couple of things. As you saw early, we really wanted to get a good forecheck going and really force their D’s [defensemen] to make maybe bad plays or turn pucks over. We had to put pucks in the right area. I thought we had the good legs for that and the good mindset today to do those kind of things and I thought our back pressure, our layers were really good as well. Our third man was in a good position but our guys really worked hard both ways, in the forecheck and also on the back-check and to me that was a big key to taking away a lot of their offense.

On how reassuring it is to have had physicality and be hard to play against the last few games…
Well, again it’s going to be important from here on in. We talked about, when we start talking about how these last nine games will tell a tale and now we’re down to these last seven. If we continue to do those kinds of things we’re giving ourselves a chance.

On if the team’s defensive zone is improving versus just having a good game…
I think if anything. There was times when we were in our own end for a little longer than we’d like to, but what I liked about our game is that even though they spent a lot of time in there we were keeping them on the outside. And that’s been a trait of ours, a trait of ours that’s been good in the past and they can spend a lot of time out there but if we can keep them on the outside we’re not giving them great chances then we can live with that at times.

On how reassuring it was to see Goalie Bob [Bob Essensa] on the bench ready to go….
[Laughs] What a joke. He didn’t even have the equipment here. He was just trying to look good.

On if Adam McQuaid is okay…
I think he took a bit of a butt end there in the face, so I haven’t checked him out but again those are things that if need be the league will look into it.

On Patrice Bergeron on the face-off….
That’s been huge. He’s been huge for us for years now in regards to that and again, tonight when you saw us lose some draws clean in our end they had some good opportunities, in the first period I thought some of our guys did a great job of blocking those shots. He gives us an opportunity to start with the puck in our own end and that’s always huge. He continues to play a big role in that department.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the uncertainty of the first goal…
Well it happened so fast, and I know I tried to stop the puck with my foot and didn’t try to kick it. Thankfully the call went our way and right now we’ll take anything we get. Obviously the play had to get reviewed in Toronto and when they overturn a call like that, you know they are making a good call. So it’s just one of those plays that happened so quick and I didn’t know if it was a goal or not, but thankfully it went in.

On the game going smoothly even after the break at the beginning…
Yeah, it seemed like everything kept rolling after we got that break on the first goal, and you know, it was good to see us step up and play the way that we can play. And right now it’s just continuing to recapture what we what we had here tonight. So seven games left, and it’s important for us to take it one game at a time and bring this type of emotion to every game from start to finish. Obviously it helps to get up to a three-to-nothing lead in the first period, and so every start from here on in is going to be important.
 
On his perspective of when Tuukka went out and Svedberg went in…
Yeah, obviously didn’t know what happened, or still really don’t know what happened. And when Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] went in, what we talked about on the bench was continuing to play the same way, being stingy in the defensive zone and playing that checking game, and good thing we were able to continue to keep doing that. Um, so he came in and made some good saves for us, and as a goalie I’m sure it’s tough to come in when you’re caught off guard like that, so he did a good job for us tonight.

On staying focused on the mission regardless of how it’s going…
Yeah, we talked about that. I think that was one of the things that we wanted to improve, if we were gonna get ourselves in the position that we wanted to be in, um, was taking that frustration out on the game and kinda just staying the course for sixty minutes and playing the right way. You know, eventually things were going to start going your way so, um, we want to do everything we can to continue eliminating all the frustration out of our game and moving forward. We can get frustrated, we’ve got to stay the course no matter what the score is or anything like that. Whether we’re up or down, we’ve got to play the same way all the time, so that’s gonna be one of the important things we’re gonna need to carry over into tomorrow’s game.

On moving things faster offensively with the first touch passes and quick shots
Yeah, I think so, I think just making those quick confident plays and coming up the ice together, you know, that’s how you’re able to make those plays. So a great play on his part to find me there on the second goal, and I think our D [Defense] did a good job for most of the night, you know, making good break out passes and first passes, that we were able to get on the attack quickly. So again, we need to continue doing that and hopefully it will continue giving us success.

On the importance of playing with the surliness this team has when at its best…
Yeah, it’s real important. I think our biggest asset has always been when we have all twenty guys going. You know, every line coming at you, wave after wave, that’s always been our biggest asset to give us success. You saw that here today so, you know, we’ve never won by depending on one guy, or two guys, or even ten guys. You know, we depend on everyone here to be pulling in the same direction at the same time, and again, that’s what we’re gonna need if we want to have - if we want to get the right result moving forward.

On what has brought out the surliness in the team recently…
Well, I think, mostly it’s just the desperation of the situation, you know, it’s the situation that we put ourselves in and we realized that’s one of the things that needed to get better if we wanted to turn things around. So we need to continue being desperate and like I said, it’s going to take everyone.

On how much they have benefitted from him, Spooner and Pastrnak meshing so well…
Oh, it’s been good, just going out there and playing, and having fun. Enjoying the game has giving all three of us success so we’re trying to just do what we can to contribute night in and night out, and today was another day that our line was able to contribute.

On what he thought about seeing Bob on the bench as backup goalie…
[Laughter] I didn’t notice him until we went out there at the end of the game. But he’s quite the character, a great goalie coach and a great guy, so it was great to see him out there in the team huddle after a big win.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN
On the difference between being on the third pairing and the top pairing with Zdeno Chara…
I don’t know, maybe a little bit more minutes. I don’t know, today was a lot different because they were flying the zone quite a bit so have to be careful jumping into the play and really watch my gap and make sure no one was behind me. We had to keep everything in front of us today, obviously it’s just bigger, more skilled guys.

On playing his game since he’s been up…
Yeah, just keep it simple, strong, play hard.

On if he knew before the game that he would play with Chara…
No, not really. I started with Bart [Matt Bartkowski] in warmups, so I didn’t really know if I expected that. Just whatever happens, happens.

On if it changes on the fly when he plays with Chara…
Yeah, in between shifts, ‘Zee, you and Trots are going.’

On if there are adjustments when he has to switch partners…
No, not really. It’s the same guy, just different partner.

On if there has been a different feeling around the team this time around…
Well today definitely was huge. The guys were upbeat, everybody was into the game, committed, blocking shots, strong on the puck. We were playing  really good team game. When I’ve been up here and we’ve done that, it’s been night and day on the success. Hopefully we can keep that going.

On what it was like on the bench when Tuukka Rask left the game…
I don’t think anybody - like nobody really knew what happened. But at that point you had a three-goal lead and were playing well so it’s trying to east Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] into the game. We were talking getting pucks deep and then just continue to play our game, keep shots from the outside, box guys out in front, be hard around the net and Sveddy will take care of the rest.

On the Rangers surge dissipating when Svedberg came into the game…
Yeah, they’re a good team, they have a hundred points or something for a reason. They’re good. No matter what the score is they’re going to push eventually. We did a good job handling that  and weathering that storm and getting back to our game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On noticing David Krejci getting his skating up to speed on Thursday…
Yeah sure. I think we played really strong game for that night. Unfortunately we lost that game but it should be our game and we played a strong game that night and another one tonight. We want to continue that way for sure.

On feeling better about Niklas Svedberg in net, and the team not playing as well when he plays…
I don’t think we play better with him than with Tuuks [Tuukka Rask]. Tuukka is the best goalie in the league, so—

On clarifying that he meant playing worse with Svedberg in net than Rask…
No, not that I know. I think we play the same kind of game. We don’t like-- whomever plays we want to help, help the goalie. Today we boxed out pretty well.

On getting the scoring going tonight…
Yeah I think it will help like Looch [Milan Lucic] scored today and me and Reilly [Smith]. I think that’s good for the team spreading out the scoring a little bit.

BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On what it’s like to enter the game so suddenly…
You have to get ready right away and it all happens pretty quick. It’s all about trying to stay calm and focus on your game and get into the game as fast as possible. The guys helped me out a lot in the beginning, gave me some time to work myself into the game, and I thought after that we played a solid game throughout and a I felt good too so good win for us.

On what the win meant against a tough opponent…
I mean you try not to think about that, just play your game, but with all the games left now, it means a lot. I’m happy we got the win today.

On if he knew it was possible he would go in after the first period...
No.

On if there is anything he does to prepare for the possibility of coming off the bench…
Yeah as I said, for me, you’re always going to get a bit of a heartbeat jumping in like that from sitting on the bench, but you gotta try to stay calm and stay within yourself and focus on your game. That is all I can do and play like it like any game. Don’t think too much about it.

On if he’s feeling better about his season now than earlier…
No, not really. I think I’ve felt pretty good throughout the year. I mean there’s always a bad game, that’s the way it is, but I think I felt pretty good pretty much all season. Obviously it feels good right now but I gotta keep on playing.

On if he wants shots right away when coming into the game like that…
No, I mean you want to feel the puck a little bit, but even if you don’t get a shot, if you play the puck, that’s also stuff that get’s you into the game. There wasn’t too much early on, but I think we played really well. I mean you want to see some shots, but at the same time you can’t complain when we have a good defense.

On the team’s confidence after the win…
It’s good for our confidence to beat a team like this and we gotta bring that to the next game.

On if he would be ready to play tomorrow without a full workload today…
Yeah, I mean of course. Even if I did, I’d be ready.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On being successful the rest of the way if the team plays like it did today…
For sure. I mean the feeling we had after the game, sticking together and playing solid for the whole game definitely gives us a chance to be successful toward the end. So hopefully we remember that and play like this every game.

On how they were able to limit the Rangers off the rush…
We always talk about keeping a close gap on fast guys and keeping them in front of you. We did that today, they weren’t able to cheat or leave the zone early and get a breakaway. I think overall we played a tight game as a unit of five and kept them in front of us.

On managing the puck well…
That too. Once we got into the offensive zone we were good hanging onto the puck, just being strong on it and then on the goals we had a good forecheck going and kept them from coming at us with speed.

On having a big lead allowing some defensemen to play less minutes…
Definitely helps, especially for Houds [Coach Doug Houda] or coach, it’s easier to match guys on the back and the front. When you have a lead like this it’s a little bit easier for them to even it out a little bit and play more manageable minutes. It was good.

On what happened on his penalty…
At first I thought I got pulled down and then I was kind of a little bit annoyed and we went at each other. It was a good battle, that was it.

On the emotions of the team after the first goal was reviewed…
I mean our goal was to come out fast, put a lot of pressure on them. That was a lucky bounce, Looch [Milan Lucic] tried to stop the puck with his skate and it ended up in the net. It was definitely a positive for us and we held onto it and kept going.

On if the goal let the team loosen up…
I think we were pretty good today emotional-wise. We weren’t gripping our sticks too tight, we were just focused on playing hard, skating or moving our legs well. It was good.

On how they were able to limit the Rangers from getting rolling…
Fast teams like this we always talk about getting pucks deep and make them come all the way and watch them leave the zone early. If the other team has fast guys like that you want to stay in front of them and know where they are and close up the middle, keep them to the outside. That’s what we did today.

On playing the last two games without Dougie Hamilton…
I mean it’s always a team game, even if a real good player goes out. If you stick together, if you communicate, it makes things a lot easier and that’s what we’ve been doing.

On what he expects out of the team tomorrow…
Well for us it’s important to stick with it, stay even-keeled, don’t get too high or too low, just be focusing on tomorrow, playing a good 60-minute game again. They’re a dangerous team and we have to be awake and focused and go from there.

On what gives him confidence that the team can start stringing good efforts together…
We always talk about doing it, it’s just a matter of us actually going on the ice and performing at a consistent level. And that’s what’s been missing the whole year, it’s been a lot of up and downs. Tomorrow you want to stop going the other way and keep going forward.

On if he feels individually he is playing at playoff form…
I mean the whole team is kind of in that mindset right now. We have to win hockey games, we’re in that position where we have to play solid hockey, try to avoid being scored on a lot. We try everything to try to win hockey games, so I guess you could say so, yeah.

On the team playing with a lot of commitment right now…
For sure. Like you said, everybody was onboard today, playing physical and moving their legs, blocking shots; you saw today we didn’t let them in front of our net too many times, let the goalies see the pucks coming from the blue line. So overall it was very solid defensively and offensively we scored enough goals.

On where the effort over the last two games came from…
Everyone knows where we’re at. We’ve known it for a long time now, but it seems like the last couple of games we really put our minds into it and stuck with it. We’ve shown it here and there over the course of the season, playing solid hockey. But I think the last couple games have been pretty good for 60 minutes.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the second goal and when you decided to join the rush…
What was the second goal? Oh yeah, it was just instinctive play I guess. I knew we were going to be able to break it out of the zone. Anytime you can beat their for-checkers back up the ice it creates an odd man rush for the team. That’s all I was trying to do. Looch [Milan Lucic] was able to capitalize on it. Glad Spoons [Ryan Spooner] was able to see me.

On limiting the Rangers speed…
I thought we played with the puck. We did a good job of holding onto it. Could have been better at times for sure, but they weren’t able to get their speed going because we held onto the puck in the offensive zone and even in the neutral zone we were able to turn those pucks over and get them going back the other way fast and that helps.

On Niklas Svedberg doing a good job tonight…
Yeah Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] made a couple key saves for us that kept the momentum in our favor I think. If they score a goal there right when we switch goalies it’s a different type of game I think. We were lucky to have him tonight. It speaks to the way the team plays. It doesn’t matter what guys are playing and if we play the same way, we’re going to get results.

On the first goal being a good break and building off of that
Yeah it definitely was. Sitting on the bench thinking it’s time we get one to go the other way and I think that was a momentum boost for our team. Mentally I think that’s a good thing to get go your way. You get that one to go in and we just start rolling from there so it was good.

On the team playing cohesively…
Yeah I think if we play the right way, that’s what you see. Our system is a positive thing for this team and when we’re playing the right way, there are layers and guys are where they’re supposed to be and everybody knows where everyone is. So we’re forced to play good hockey right now so it’s nice to get a result for sure. We got to bottle this up and use it tomorrow.

On you being involved offensively more tonight…
Against certain teams I think the opportunities are there more. This time it was just a matter of capitalizing on it. Sometimes those things don’t get noticed when the puck’s not going to the back of the net. It’s nice this time that it ended up a positive way for our team. Like you said, certain matchups the opportunities are there more. They’re a fast team, they like to move in transition and when you match it the other way it creates opportunities to jump in the rush.

On playing better because of desperation…
Yeah and that’s what we talked about. I think when we looked at it there was nine games left and there was a segment of games that we had to step up and it was necessary and the things that we looked for was the commitment and that desperation and it’s not just 15, 16, 17 guys its all 23 and that’s important for our team. We’ve had that the past two games but we have to make sure it doesn’t stop. So like I said before, we’ve got to bottle it up and move forward.

On what the identity of the team has been so far this season…
That’s a good question. I think we want to be a team that—a checking team that can score goals. You see glimpses of it here and there. In the last two games were indicative of that and that’s where we want to be. Throughout the 75 games so far it was hit or miss but it doesn’t matter now we cant look at the past and moving forward we got to continue to be that team because if we are then we can win hockey games and get on a little roll.

On this being the start of a good stretch going forward and throughout the playoffs…
Well I think it’s a combination of a few things. Sometimes there’s natural ups and downs of a season. Things aren’t always going to go your way and for whatever reason it seems like more times than not it didn’t go our way but that’s for someone who’s making excuses. This group in here isn’t going to sit around and sulk about what’s happened so far over 75 games. We’re going to go out here and finish the right way. I think we have seven or eight games left. We’re going to do it the right way. It’s just about making sure we take care of our game moving forward.

On knowing if Tuukka Rask was not 100% going into the game…
I have no idea. But I think what was important for our team is that we continue to play the same way that we did. You don’t know that’s going to happen throughout the course of a game; guys go down with injuries and I didn’t even know what the case was with him and it just shows that if we play the right way then our team has a chance at winning games. Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] was huge for us today. I think he was a big part of that win.

On being good to see Bob Essesna on the bench…
It always is. You always know goalie Bob [Boston Bruins Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa] has your back so it was nice for him to put the pads on.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the team’s physical play…
I thought we were playing with a lot of physicality, a lot of emotions, obviously we didn’t get into taking unnecessary penalties or penalties at the wrong time of the game. We were able to control our emotions and play with a lot of physical part of our game.

On Niklas Svedberg coming in during the middle of the game…
It’s never easy to come into the game like that, especially kind of unplanned. But he was ready, he was ready to play and step up. That’s what he did, he made some big saves. Obviously a great win for him.

On what the common thread was that brought success over the last two games…
I think that everybody’s really committed right now. Everybody’s playing on the edge, everybody’s playing with a lot of energy. That’s what we have to do. It’s pretty simple, when we have everyone going then you can feel it, you can sense that everybody’s jumping and playing on our toes, everybody’s doing their job.

On winning 50-50 battles…
That’s a big part of it, battles, races for loose pucks. Those are always those ones that decide the outcome of the game most of the times. Right now we know that’s a part of the game that we need to continue to do that good job pretty much until the end.

BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how the second game back felt…
Alright. Yeah we were creating some chances, maybe a little more than the game before. Unfortunately, we couldn’t bury those as a line, but we got four goals. I thought we played a pretty strong 60-minute game as a team and that’s how we have to play from now on until the end.

On if he felt more comfortable at right wing…
Yeah, I mean there were times where I had to ask a couple guys when out of place or what should I do, but yeah, it felt pretty good.

On how he felt physically...
No no no, the first game was hard mentally. Today, I was a little more free to play, but it’s gonna take time. I felt better and hopefully I will feel better every game and I will continue to feel good enough to help the team to win.

On how much scoring early helps…
I mean I think it was 3-0 right after the first period so it always helps and you play with a little bit more confidence and the other team is maybe trying to do a bit too much. You can play on some breaks and then we got a fourth goal. Yeah, I thought it was a pretty good effort, from when the puck dropped until the end.

NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 3:45 PM
On if it’s tough to get his team motivated against teams who are fighting for their playoff lives…
Well, it shouldn’t be. We’re trying to play the right way, obviously. Tonight, Boston came out real hard and real strong, executing real well. Our execution was off. They certainly capitalized on it early on, and that was the difference.

On how Henrik Lundqvist played in his return from injury…
We didn’t give him a lot of help early on, but I thought he had a real good second period. Didn’t have a lot of work in the third. But it was the first game in a long time, and he did the best he could.

On if he plans to start Cam Talbot in tomorrow’s game versus the Capitals…
Yes.

On how he views the Rangers’ lapses in puck management this afternoon…
You can’t shy away from giving credit to the other team. They came at us strong, forced us into a few mistakes that led to grade A opportunities. But we knew they were going to come out, so our execution needed to be better. It wasn’t good enough early on, got a little better in the midpoint of the game, but down by three, it’s hard to come back.

On his opinion of the goal that went off Milan Lucic’s skate…
That was Toronto. You’d have to call them and ask them.

On if the Bruins are a tough matchup for New York…
I mean they’re a good team. There are no bad teams, in my opinion, in this league. Against any team, you’ve got to execute, and you’ve got to play well. We weren’t enough tonight.

On giving Jesper Fast some extra shifts today…
Yeah, I mean, I thought he worked hard. I was just trying to spread out the ice time, we’re playing again tomorrow.

NEW YORK RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST
On how he would assess his play today…
Tough start. Obviously not the start I was looking for, or the team, this game. The first period was just tough, timing-wise, and I felt better as the game went on. Pretty challenging game, I think, for two periods, then we played really well in the third. It was a good test for me obviously, but if you take away that first period, I felt pretty solid.

On the goal that went off of Milan Lucic’s skate…
I was 100 percent sure it was not a goal, so I kind of stayed confident and calm. But when they called it a goal, obviously it kind of set the tone for the first period. It was really tough. I’m not sure what the right call was, but in my head, when I saw it happen, I was pretty convinced it was not going to be a goal. So, obviously not the start I was looking for, and it was a battle from the get-go. It was fun to be out there, but I clearly wanted a different result. And when you come back like this, you’re looking for a good start and to build on this game, and like I said, in the second half of the game, I felt more in control. Kind of what I expected, but it was just the way the game was played, the first half was a lot tougher than the second half.

On what he takes away from his performance today…
Well you learn a lot from each game, especially like this, when you come back and analyze it today, and see what I did well and what I need to improve on. But having two team practices in eight weeks, obviously it was a little challenging the first period, but again, I got more and more comfortable, and that’s something I feel confident about that next game is going to feel even better.

On if Milan Lucic’s second goal was one he would save if his timing was back to normal…
Yeah, I think a couple of the goals, you just make a different move or a different decision when you play, when you’re in the zone and you feel comfortable. Now you’re kind of analyzing your game a little too much during the game, instead of just playing. Again, when you get over the hump there in the second half of the game, in the second period, I felt a lot better. So it’s coming. I’m going to do whatever I can here to get where I need to be as fast as I can.

On how many games he thinks it will take for him to get back to normal…
I hope next game is going to feel even better, and after that, I’ll try to build something confidence-wise, but also the way I feel out there. I don’t know. I’ll just take it day by day here and work on my game.

On what feels uncomfortable when coming back from a long injury absence…
Well it’s just decision making. It’s all about how I move and read the situations, and the first half of the game felt really fast, so I tried to be in the right place and make the right decision, but a couple times I did not. But it felt good to be back out there and kind of start working on my game. I’ve been skating for six weeks or something, two team skates, so this is definitely going to help me.

On if he got a piece of Loui Eriksson’s shot right before Rick Nash’s goal at the other end…
I don’t know if it touched my pad or not, it was just, I don’t know, I have to look at it. But again, first half was kind of challenging, but it was a good test for me to kind of see where my game is right now, and try to build every day, every game, and try to push it in the right direction.

NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMAN RYAN MCDONAGH
On if he felt like they were coming back a little after their first goal...
We finally started to play the way we needed to and at least give ourselves a chance. We started moving our feet, taking hits, giving hits but you got to play a complete game against these teams down the stretch. It wasn’t nearly the way we needed to start.

On how the Bruins started off fast...
Yeah they always have a good start when they are at home. We talked about trying to you know, play it simple and keep the puck going north south. They definitely jumped on us, caused us to turn pucks over. Like I said, you cant expect to have a good start especially the way Hank is [Henrik Lundqvist] coming back, trying to get him to get a custom to it. You cat expect were ten or twelve great opportunities in the first twenty minutes. We needed a good spot, especially on the road. 

NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSEMEN MARC STAAL
On how he felt about the game...
We just didn’t have a response to it, we played a step behind. We weren’t making plays we weren't playing together and doing the things we normally do to other teams...

On if he was surprised that the first goal counted...
Yeah I thought, I mean I saw his Looch’s [Milan Lucic] foot come back and then forward right where the puck is. I’ve seen a lot of calls like that. Honestly, to go reverse it, it’s a tough way to start the game I thought it should have been no goal. That’s one mans opinion.

On if there is a level of disappointed from him when it comes to the return of their goalie...
Yeah we wanted to be better, to keep shots in the outside, all of those things that we are normally very consistent at. Like I said, we knew they would come out hard, we played like we were surprised. It’s unfortunate way to play in front of Hank [Henrik Lundqvist], it’s his first time out, but we’ll be better and we’ll get him. We’ll play some better games for him and get him more comfortable and get us rolling again.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD RICK NASH
On having clinched a playoff spot and playing teams trying to get into the playoffs…
That was one of our keys in that we didn’t want to be that team that clinches a playoff spot and just kind of sits back. We want to keep playing the style we’ve been playing in for the last while.

On if the second half of the game was how they wanted to play in front of Henrik Lundqvist…
For sure, that second half was a lot better. We’ve got to know when our top guy comes back after two months, we’ve got to help him out and play our style, which is a simple style, and not having as many turnovers as we did right at the blue line.

On scoring his 40th goal of the season…
I care about the wins. That’s it.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 A.M.
On the key to solving Henrik Lundqvist…
Not to make it easy. I think that’s pretty obvious you gotta not give him an easy game. I think that’s going to be an important part of our game here. We gotta get some good net-front presence, some tough shots on him and try and score some goals five-on-five, something that we haven’t done very well lately.

On if he would like to see more desperation from his team today…
You always want to see desperation out of your team. Sometimes playing smart versus reckless to try and show desperation is something you gotta, I guess, balance. We need to make sure we play a smart game against this team that makes team pay for recklessness.

On how much more important the little things are against a team like the Rangers…
Well, they certainly are a team that’s really good on the rush. When the puck gets turned over they move it quickly, they’ve got some speed obviously on the front end of their lineup there and they’ve got some pretty good D’s that like to support the attack. They can make you pay, like I said, for sloppiness and not having numbers or not putting pucks in the right areas.

On if Dougie Hamilton has been re-evaluated…
I’m sure he has been, there’s been nothing coming my way, meaning he’s not ready to come back yet.

On how David Krejci has to use his skill set to excel at the wing…
I think he’s got two good wingers with him. I just think he needs to play his game. I think with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] there that can certainly adapt as well. There’s interchange, we call it interchange where guys swing from wing to center to the middle and vice versa. It’s an easy transition I think for him. The only thing that really helps him out a lot early in him coming back is that he doesn’t have to be all over the place in the d-zone, working down low. Bergy excels at that so he’s able to stay up a little bit higher, do a little bit less work. Hopefully we’ll bring him in that way. We’ll see where we go with that situation. It’s a starting point for him. If it needs to change we’ll change it. If it’s going well, then no need to change that situation.

On if the design is to eventually get Krejci back to center…
There’s no design right now. There is no design; with eight games left you do what you have to do. We’ll see where we go from there, things happen that you don’t expect and you adjust like we’ve done all year.

On Brian Ferlin’s contributions while he was with the team…
He played well, I thought, when he first came here, he was skating well. He made some good plays, he was strong along the wall. I think there’s a good future for him in this league, no doubt. And hopefully it’s with our team. I think at one point there’s a young player like that that hasn’t played in a while, it’s probably better for him to go down and play. And if we need him at least we’ve got him going full tilt again, instead of a guy that’s been sitting around as long as he has. You’re able to make those decisions with a player that’s starting in this league and you’re able to move him up and down. It’s a great opportunity for him to go down there and play, and it’s a good situation for us to have him back not being stale.
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