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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, November 14 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 9:45 PM
On being pleased with tonight’s result…
Yeah, much better. Our compete level was good tonight, our effort, and like I said, every team in this league is good, so you can’t expect your team to dominate for sixty minutes. But I think overall we played well, and we got the lead, and when it was time to defend, we defended well. There’s no doubt those power plays in the third period gave them some life, and some momentum, so I think our guys did a good job of reacting to that.

On what he’s seen from the penalty kill lately…
Our penalty kill has been better. Even tonight, kind of a tough goal there, a couple of bounces and it goes right on their stick, but our penalty kill’s been better. Our five-on-four, in the last three games I’d say, has been pretty good, and even though we allowed a goal tonight and it looks bad on our penalty kill, overall I think our guys have been much better in its attention to details. But then again, tonight, a few times we’re not getting the puck out when we should, so we’ve got to keep working on it.

On what he liked about the Bruins’ first period…
Well we talked about it. I came in here, I thought we had a good first period. Sometimes, it’s one of those games where you know you’re going to have to grind it out. We had talked about their forecheck, and how they send two players on each D, and their third guy takes your centerman away, and their Ds are pinching the walls on both sides, so they’re basically man-on-man on the forecheck. So there weren’t going to be that many clean breakouts tonight, and we acknowledged that before the game even started, but what we had to be was really strong on the walls. To get the puck out we had to bypass the Ds. When I say bypass, bypass his partner and create that battle high, and have your centerman come underneath as support. I thought our board work was really good in that first. I thought our neutral zone was really good in that first. Didn’t give them too much speed through the neutral zone, and I think that part was good, and when we did get in their own end, forecheck was good, created some scoring chances. So we just had to stick to it, and some nights, it doesn’t get accomplished at first, but if you continue to grind the same way through the other periods, eventually you get rewarded, and that’s what happened tonight.

On Tuukka Rask starting to put together good performances…
Well, Tuukka was really good tonight. He was really good, I thought, on the island [Brooklyn]. He’s had some good games. I think right now we keep looking back at some average games, but he’ll find his game. To me, I’m going to be backing him and supporting him all year long, because I know what kind of goaltender he is. When things go bad, that’s when you support your goaltender. That’s when you show trust in him, and we’ve shown trust in him because we know he’s going to help us win games like he did tonight.

On Torey Krug getting his first goal of the season…
Well if he would’ve missed that one, he would’ve been in trouble, right? So March [Brad Marchand] did all the work on that one, but Torey did a great job of following up. Give him credit, he followed up on the play and scored. But he’s been good. He’s had his fair share of tough games like everybody else, so I don’t think he’s exempt from anything here, from our record and what we say about our team, where we feel if we had more consistency, we might have a better record. We’ve just got to keep working on it, and individuals have to keep working on their game. Tonight I thought he played really well.

On how he felt the team played after going up 3-0…
We were good. I mean, that’s what I mentioned, you know the other team is going to come out in the third and throw everything at you, and I think we defended well. Sometimes you take some of those penalties where it puts you on your heels, and then it’s called momentum of game. They just scored a big goal, they’ve got some momentum. I’m not saying they’ve got you on your heels, but you’ve lost that momentum, and now you’re trying to gain it back, and you’re working hard to gain it back, and then there’s another penalty that takes place late in the period. So now, again, you’re stuck defending. But what I liked about our team is that we defended well. Guys were blocking shots. Guys were jumping on loose pucks, were getting pucks out. They had a six-on-four for a while, I thought we did a good job of killing that.

On David Krejci’s goal and him getting back on the scoresheet…
I don’t think there’s that many games where I would say David Krejci hasn’t been good. So he’s been one of our great stories this year, coming back from that injury last year, and the way he played tonight is the way he’s capable of playing all the time. He skates, he’s pretty nifty and skilled, and I thought that was a great move, and it’s tough for goalies to stop those shots.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On the breakouts being the key to the three goals scored today…
Yeah but I think it started with our defensive game, we took care of our own end and slowed them down in the neutral zone.  That was our game plan, we did that and we stayed patient and it paid off in the second period.

On what made the biggest difference tonight in playing a full 60 minutes…
Obviously we talked about it a lot and so many times we had a two-goal lead and we kind of blew it.  We talked about it a lot and it was a solid effort, full 60 minutes by everyone.  You have to build on it and it’s a good feeling when you win a game like that.

On his goal, if he knew where he was going to shoot or if it just happened…
A little bit of both honestly.  When you go one-on-one you try to make something happen.  Skill players, they like to do something so I tried some move, it worked and I was happy that it went in the net.

On how he felt the team was doing after Detroit got their power play goal…
I think we stayed with it even though they scored a power play goal.  We still had a two-goal lead with 10 minutes left so we didn't sit back, maybe it looked like it a couple times but it’s never perfect, mistakes are going to be made but for the most part we stuck with the game

On containing the elite players on Detroit tonight…
Yeah they do a really good job on the breakouts for sure.  They have good forwards and especially good puck moving defenseman.  Like I said, we did a really good job of slowing them down in the neutral zone, staying patient, stay with that and in the second period we got a couple breaks and got a couple goals out of it.

On if that is going to be the new philosophy for the team…
When you have a bad game and you are winning by two goals and you lose the game then it’s about how you respond the next game and I thought we did a pretty good job.  Good teams learn from their mistakes so I hope that we learn as a group and we can move forward and build on this win and have a good game on Tuesday.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On if he’s applied anything he saw from watching games the first few weeks of the season and if he’s given advice to the team based off what he saw…
Not really. You do watch the games but it’s more like tactical stuff and the coaches they take care of that stuff. If there’s a need to say something in the locker room somebody or sometimes you say something. But for the most part it’s all about focusing on my game and just playing strong defensive hockey.

On that he looked for comfortable coming back from this injury than he did last year and why he thinks that is…
I had some chance to watch some hockey games. I don’t know if that’s a reason or…I have no idea what it is. It’s…hockey is all about being mentally sharp I guess and I don’t know. I just…maybe, like I said, maybe watching games every couple of days watching the team and the routes and positioning maybe it helped.

On if he feels closer to 100 percent now…
No, it’s not…I mean it’s getting better but definitely not 100 percent. But that’s why you have to be smart out there, play solid hockey and know what you can do and what you can’t.

On not shying away from anything in the game…
No, no definitely not. The battles...there’s no problem at all. I felt great and you can’t shy away. If you do shy away you get hurt. So my back feels great and there’s nothing to worry about that with.

On if it was good to get a big hit out of the way in the game versus Colorado two nights ago…
Yeah I mean, you always want to start a game with a hit or a take-ahead, get a goo shot or something like that to get you in the game quicker. And it definitely helped.

On moving defense pairs around and how it’s going for him…
We’re pretty much used to switching around pairings up. And I don’t think it’s been any different in the past. I mean for me right now it’s about the first game about managing minutes and protecting me a little bit here and there, but for the most part it’s been the usual stuff.

On Torey Krug’s play…
I mean he’s played great. He played solid hockey. He plays very good offensively. He knows how to put himself in a good position to, you know, win battles and defend. So he’s definitely like you said, carried more responsibility and he’s done a great job.

On how his mental health is after being able to finally play and if he’s having fun…
Yeah definitely a lot of fun. I said it many times that watching is no fun. It’s really frustrating and gets me actually in a bad mood. But being able to play again I feel great. And I’m excited to play and it’s a lot of fun.

On wh
at the thoughts on the bench were when they were up two-nothing…
Well after we scored the second goal it was about doing the same thing we told ourselves, ‘lets keep it going, keep it up, don’t fall back into the same mistake last game’, and I think we’ve done it. Third period we kind of sat back a little bit too much but overall I think it was a strong game.

On if he had it in his mind to come out strong in this game…
You get excited to play physical hockey and I didn’t really have it in my mind that I was going to hit a lot or be overly physical. That’s just my game and I have to stick to it and go with it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On his overall thoughts on the game…
The first forty minutes were great, I think we knew they were going to come out in the third period and push. At times we had a couple big shifts where we cleared the puck, made some good plays to kind of  take their push back a little bit. Then they kept coming. It’s a good start for sure, 1-1 on this homestand, we just got to look for the next one [win].

On scoring his first goal of the season…
It’s a good feeling. I wasn’t really too worried about it, especially with a few more minutes being played. My number one job is always defense and that’s been good so far. I can always improve, but it’s nice to get the first one.

On his team scoring some 5-on-5 goals…
It's big, especially because we can’t rely on the power play every single night. I know our power play unit puts a lot of emphasis on having good power plays, if were not going to score then gain some momentum. Some nights it’s not going to be there, so to rely on 5-on-5 scoring is definitely going to be important for us down the stretch. For us it’s nice to see a couple go in.

On whether his approach has changed due to being asked to play more minutes…
Not really. Obviously I have to know who I’m playing against and who is on the ice for the other team and also for our team. With that being said, you go out there and play hockey that is more suitable to my type of game. Playing against top-two line guys, they think the same way that I think. How hockey should be played – it’s more fun to play that.

On the feeling of getting the “little things” done tonight…
It gives us a brief sigh of relief, by no means are we out of the woods. We got to come back and make sure were ready for the next game. It’s definitely a great start, we’ll keep working on it.

On the team’s improved penalty kill …
It’s been a lot better. I think guys haven’t been thinking that much - playing more - jumping on loose pucks and even though we got scored on tonight – it was kind of a lucky bounce – they were obviously able to put one in net and they aren’t thinking as much.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On whether the team pushed back when the other team scores…
Yeah, I mean at the start we maybe we did, we kind of played on our heels a little bit there and they got that goal. I wouldn’t say we had it under control the whole time, but we kept it pretty tight in front of our net and battled through it. They got two or three third period penalties, maybe have to clean that up a little, but good battle.

On whether he’s starting to find his game…
I’ve felt good. Sometimes you have tough times and sometimes you have good nights – more good than bad.

On his team’s strong effort in front of the net tonight…
That’s one of the biggest things - you have to be in tight. They are going to get shots, but then again just stay tight – compact with the guys - have good sticks, block a couple shots and it makes a huge difference and today especially in the second period we did, and in the third a couple times.

On whether the results are starting to mirror the way he is feeling about his game…
Yeah but you know what there are nights where I have to make big saves and play really good. I think a lot of times we go hand-in-hand with the guys. I look good when the team looks good and vice versa. Today is a great example, first two periods we take their speed away in the neutral zone, keep them to the outside and block shots, they had 13 shots through two periods. It’s just a great group effort, it helps me a lot when that happens. Obviously some nights are tougher than the others. We just have to understand when that happens we stick together and we really keep the game simple and then were going to get even more results. I think that’s where it’s at.

On whether an effort like tonight helps the team’s confidence…
Yeah for sure. I mean for a few minutes in the third period it looked like we were kind of hesitating and on our heels a little bit. Then again they got that goal and a little bit of momentum after that, but we stuck with it and battled through it so that’s a good sign obviously, we want to get the wins, but you also want to feel good about the wins. I think today we did a pretty good job.

On the team’s improved penalty kill …
We’re blocking shots, we’re in place, disrupting the passes, keeping things simple, not running around. I think that’s been the biggest thing.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how he felt the team did after Detroit scored in the third period…
I thought it was good.  I thought we stayed composed.  We knew that they were going to give us a push in the third being up by three goals and we got scored on, on the PK but at the same time I thought we stayed with it and we managed to create some good opportunities after that and our transition game was good and our neutral zone as well.  So I thought we managed it well and we found a way to win.

On the improvement of the Bruins PK…
First of all we are a lot tighter in our box and we are not forcing things.  I think we are in sync and when we are aggressive, we are talking about that, we have to be, I guess aggressively smart, we have to go and if one guy goes we all need to know that we also have to take the other options away.  So I thought that was better tonight and it showed.

On this win being a confidence booster for the team…
Yeah definitely.  We were far from being happy with how things were going at home.  We got to make it hard for other teams to come in and play us and tonight I thought was a step in the right direction for that matter and I thought we played a strong, solid game and the way we are supposed to play and it showed in the result.

On how you take this effort and roll it into the next few home games…
Yeah I think it’s about realizing and learn from the past mistakes.  I think we have had a good effort and then the next game wasn't so good so hopefully we can learn from that and I think those are things we have talked about, we have to sustain that moving forward and I think it’s about realizing that it’s a game about details and tonight we were doing that.

On the solidarity of the team with Dennis Seidenberg back…
He definitely brings that solidarity back there.  With the experience that he has, I think he calms everything down or everyone down back there and he’s been great.

On if he has felt the confidence of the team building with a win like this…You know I thought every line was contributing and playing well and when you have that it gives you confidence that no matter what is coming in front of you, you can overpass it.    

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if doing the little things in the game tonight made the difference…
For sure one of the things.  anytime you have a game like we saw tonight, everybody played hard and paid attention to details like we talked about in the morning and before the game and it makes a difference in the game and that’s what it takes.  There are so little differences between teams these days that those little things make a difference at the end.  We knew they would push really hard in the third being behind three goals and I thought we handled it well for the most part.  Those penalties that needed to be killed in the end, we killed them.  Unfortunately they got a bounce on that goal but I thought that we skated well, we battled hard, we were physical, we blocked a lot of shots, Tuukka [Rask] made some big saves when we need them and we scored on the good rushes, I think overall it was a great team win.

On what has contributed to the improvement of the penalty kill in the last few games…
The willingness to block shots, being more aggressive but not running around out of position, jumping on loose pucks, face-offs.  Stuff like that.

On scoring three goals in five-on-five action tonight…We were always a team that took a lot of pride in our 5-on-5 game and we wanted to improve that plus-minus in our 5-on-5 game.  Sometimes you can’t always rely on your power play, you got to go out there and get it done.  So that was nice to get those goals.

On getting a good effort from the team and a good result…Usually that’s what happens.  You have a good effort, you have all the guys playing really hard and that usually results in a good game and probably if you had a good game then you have a good chance to win that game.  

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZACH TROTMAN
On his team’s final penalty kill…
It's huge, killing them off with only a few minutes left gives your team a lot of momentum going into that last minute there when you know there going to be making a push here –pulling their goalie. You know guys did a really good job, a couple big blocks. We got the clears we needed, we got the saves we needed from Tuukks and I think once you get that its pretty demoralizing for the other team when there’s only a minute left after that.

On his thoughts when he had the puck behind his own net and how it led to David Krejci’s goal…
Somewhere to go with it, you don’t want to make a panic play there and throw it up the middle or push it up the wall. They have five guys on pretty much one side of the ice there so the first thing I thought to do was try to get my feet moving, I took it behind the net – I think their forward kind of peeled out a bit so I was able to hit Loui [Eriksson] there and Loui hit Krech [David Krejci] and it worked out really well.

On whether the team’s confidence is high when they go up 2-0…
Today was good. Our guys were focused, you know there’s a little bit of edge in the room, I felt everyone wanted to prove to ourselves and to everyone else that we can shut a game down. We got that third goal, they made their push and we gave up one, but we did a good job limiting their shots, trying to make smart plays - keep the puck out of our own end. The attitude was it’s time to clamp down on this - it’s time to right the ship.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JIMMY HAYES
On getting a win and a consistent effort on home ice tonight…
Yeah, it’s what we preached all day today and we got to make sure that we are doing and to have an effort like that from start to finish was real key for our team tonight.

On the north to south play of the team tonight…
Yeah we were effective.  We got pucks in and we got in on their defense, causing them to turn over some pucks.  We played well in our own end and got pucks out at our blue line and we were playing safe tonight, just playing it smart and keeping it simple.

On how important it is to see some results in 5-on-5 play…
Yeah I mean that’s big.  Especially for our team and our power play has been getting us goals every night and to score some goals 5-on-5 is really key for us to get the confidence and prove to each other that we can do that as well.

On if his family is going to be happy with this one…
They sure will so that will be nice to get that one.  We have to continue to develop our home record here because this is a tough building to play in.  

On if it is difficult to talk to people around Boston about games after a loss…
Yeah it comes with the territory I guess.  You would rather go home and see your parents with a win, so now we will start establishing our home record.

On containing the Red Wings tonight…
Yeah you know they are a high end team and they have some high end players on that team so you just have to continue to lock then down and give them limited space when they have the puck and make them dump it in, not give them a lot of space and make them make plays.     


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On what he thinks about the defensive effort tonight…
It’s better for sure, not our best still I think. You know they had a pretty big push in the third and I think our biggest thing was you know last game we needed learn to kind of roll with the adversity and kind of respond. I think we did a better job of that tonight.

On what was said in the locker room in the first intermission and going into the second period…
That it was going to be a tight game, you know. That we need to make sure we’re doing everything right and make sure that we weren’t going to be the first team to crack. We wanted to make sure we were doing the right things. 

On if it’s nice to get the overall effort and the result from a game…
Yeah absolutely it’s huge, you know. We have three more games at home before we go on the road I think it’s important that we build off this for sure and roll into the next game.

On their forwards being experienced and skilled but the Bruins defense was able to slow them down…
Yeah I mean they’ve been in the league a long time, you know those guys. And they know how to shake a defender here or there and they did…they’ve been doing it for a long time so I think we handled it pretty well tonight. And especially in the neutral zone too- I think they get a lot of speed through there so I think we did better tonight.

On if the Bruins are getting better at being a “bend but don’t break team”…
That’s the plan, you know. That’s the plan. We want to be bend don’t break. And we don’t want to crack; we want to make sure that, you know, when they have a good shift we want to push back. That’s our biggest thing.

On being able to weather the pushback from Detroit in this game and if it was satisfying to do so…
Definitely satisfying for sure. You know maybe not…still a work in progress. Maybe not our best in the third, you know, they had a lot of chances and we did a pretty good job of shutting them down and Tuukka [Rask] held strong and he looked great out there again tonight. And so it was a huge win for us.

On how they carry this momentum forward…
Look at some video, look at some stuff we did right, you know, some things we did wrong. And you know make sure that we do more of things that we did right than we did wrong.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH JEFF BLASHILL
On the lack of scoring…
You know, it’s frustrating that way. I thought in a lot of the previous games we’ve done a lot of the things right that would allow you to score and if you kept doing it you’re gonna score. I really believe that. You know, John Keating asked me about last game. I thought we did tons of really good stuff last game. We just didn’t score, and tonight we didn’t do enough good things. Ultimately, the one thing that we have to do is we have to hit the net in order to create second opportunities. Most goalies in the National Hockey League aren’t giving up one on the first one so you’ve got to be able to get to those seconds but you can’t do that if you don’t hit the net. I don’t think we passed up tons of shots. I think we’ve got to be more shot ready especially from our defenseman. We’ve got to be ready to shoot the puck, but we also have to do a way better job at hitting the net.

On having to get to the net…
Well, I can talk more about that if we hit the net. To be honest with you, you know, like I thought we had better net presence. You go back a few games we didn’t have good enough net presence. Like against Dallas we didn’t get to the inside, and we’ve talked lots about getting to the inside so yes I’d say that’s part of it but if you don’t hit the net you can’t get seconds anyways and we’re just missing the net on too many opportunities.

On whether he can look back on the first games of the season and see things they did do right…
See, I wouldn’t… I’d say tonight’s a different story than the four games previous to that. We’re not necessarily scoring but I’m telling you the chances that we’ve gotten in those games, the number of shot opportunities, the number of shots we’ve gotten, that process was right. We took a left hand turn here tonight and the process wasn’t good enough, but I don’t want to group this game with the previous five. I think we did a lot more things well in the previous four or five than we did against Toronto the first night, than we did against Carolina for sure in game two. So I think there’s lots of things that are there. We took a left turn and weren’t good enough tonight.

On whether he’s running out of line combinations and starting Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg separately and bringing them together…
We had together just for little short stints and especially in opportunities where Pav… Pavel’s been in lots of faceoffs in the o-zone so we were trying to get him out there to win the faceoff and see if we could get much out of that which we didn’t, but, you know, we’ll reevaluate it again and just see. We’re just going to try to... you’ve got to get to… I don’t like juggling them too much where you don’t have any rhythm at all. I mean you don’t create any chemistry, but we also have to keep finding different ways to score, so we’ll keep reevaluating.

On having a lot of passing along the perimeter and not getting pucks on the net…
In the first part of it… you know, we felt we had just scored a power play goal. We didn’t seem to be able to generate much action around the net on that power play for sure, and so the one thing I think we want to do a real good job of is have pucks at the net and people at the net. I think this group has done that in the past but we weren’t good enough on that power play.

On whether he gets the sense some guys are squeezing their sticks…
Well I’m sure… no I don’t think it’s too early. I think that’s just the nature of athletes is there’s a lot of guys that haven’t produced a whole bunch and so I think you have a tendency to squeeze the stick, but I don’t think so. I mean I don’t really accept that as an excuse at all. We’ve got to find a way and we’ve got too many good players not to score, so we’ve got to, you know, some of it’s just digging deeper inside yourself and finding a way to make sure we get it done.

On whether it was good to see Justin Abdelkader getting it done…
Yeah I think Abby’s play has been better here lately, and, you know, I talked about he’s got to make sure he’s a worker. If he’s a worker then he’s got a great skill set in terms of a worker, big body, can score. But if he’s not working then we can’t, you know, try to just skill our way around the ice sheet there, so it was good for him. Confidence is a huge thing. When you’re not scoring you don’t have confidence. When you start scoring you gain confidence.

On the fourth line giving you a lift when you’re not scoring and the fourth line being a struggle…
Well I thought tonight they had really good moments and were really good to be honest with you. I thought that was one line that generated some zone time. I thought [Riley] Sheahan was really good, so on that line I thought he did a really good job. They are lots of times, you know, obviously, have a tough task with… having to try to match up against other team’s better lines. We didn’t get to match as much tonight as we wanted to, but that’s part of the tough task that they have, but I thought they took a step in the right direction that line in particular. I thought large parts of the game that was our best line.

On Dylan Larkin’s game…
Well he’s an elite talent who’s got a real motor to be great. He’s got great inner drive. I think he needs to continue to make sure that he grows in his game. I didn’t think his game tonight was good enough. Part of being a great player at this level is stopping on pucks, stopping defensively. Doing those things. He just needs to make sure, and we’ve talked lots about this, that he continues to grow in his game. Part of our job is to make sure our players are better at the end of the year than they were at the beginning. He’s no different.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER PETR MRAZEK
On weathering the storm…
You have try to be focused and play hard and go hard for every shot, but we had some bad bounces in the second period. The first goal I think I lost in the air and a couple of goals they scored we just couldn’t get back.

On whether that one goal eats at him…
Yeah I lost it in the air and then, you know, someone just put it in the net. That shouldn’t go in and the game would be different.

On whether he got a sense that his team was more on their heels than their toes early in the game…
It’s hard when you play last night and they try to push hard on you, but, you know, we tried good in [the] third period, had some chances, some good looks. We have to do that in the next game in Ottawa.

On this being an important stretch for the team…
We just have to find a way. We know how to play 60 minutes, how to play the third period we played today and play just three periods in Ottawa.

On how tough it is for him with the offense struggling…
Just try at each game and play hard and try to win the game for our team, and, you know, sometimes the puck goes in, sometimes it doesn’t. So we have to just work hard and I hope it’s coming in Ottawa.

DETROIT RED WINGS RILEY SHEAHAN
On Detroit trying to find consistency…
I mean it’s still early, so, we have a lot of time. We’ve got a good team and we’re confident with what is in the locker room. So, not right yet it’s not frustrating, and obviously we need to be better and need to play together as a team, but it’s still early and there’s a lot of time to be successful.

On why it takes until late in the game for Detroit’s emotion to come out…
It’s hard to pinpoint it. I think from the get go we’ve got to get the puck in deep rather than try to make cute plays with the neutral zone, just get the puck in deep, cycle around, throw some pucks at the net and make plays form there. I think it’s just one thing to start the game on time and kind of build momentum and play with consistency.
 
On if playing more on the inside will help Detroit’s game…
Yeah, for sure, you’ve got to be willing to get crosschecked and battle in front of the net, so we’ve got to do that.

On the drought that Detroit seems to be in…
It’s hard to say, it’s hard to really put a finger on the scoring aspect of it; I think maybe shooting more and driving the net a little harder, and skating a little better in the o-zone. We just got to get back to the basics, get some pucks in the net and get enough front presence. 

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD HENRIK ZETTERBERG
On how tough it can be to match a team’s desperation…
Well you’ve just got to match it with the same desperation. … I think tonight it was tough from the beginning but I think we found a way to kind of stay in the game for the first. They got the goals, we didn’t, and we’ve just got to somehow create a little bit more chances five on five.

On how frustrating it can be to stay with a team with that kind of grit…
Well you’ve just got to bear down even more, get on the other side, get more pucks at [the] net. Do all the little things right, and I think we did that in the third and we created some more chances.

On what the secret is to finding ways to create offense…
We’ve just got get more on the inside. Play with a little more grit. Got to bear down in practice. Got to bear down in games when we get our chances and we’re creating chances but we’re not finding the back of the net.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD JUSTIN ABDELKADER  
On needing to get more on the inside during the 3rd period…
Yeah, I think we did some good things there, we just – once we got that second and third goal it just kind of put us back on our heels again and we just got to stick with it here. Just get to the front of the net; it’s never easy, especially with a team like Boston that really likes boxing out. But, I thought our D [defensive line] did a better job of getting pucks through, we just got to get sticks on them or get tips, and hopefully hit the net. You know, just keep going at it here. We had a good stretch of games now we’ve let off a bit, so, you know it’s a big game Monday to salvage some of the road trip.

On how the last two games have been a good example of how difficult comeback hockey can be…
Yeah… I’ve always said it, and we always believe, you know, when you put yourself down a couple goals against good teams, you know, most nights you’re not going to come back on them. Like you said, struggling a bit to score goals. I thought we had chances, some posts, some crossbars, and they’ll eventually start going in. But in the meantime, we can’t give up great chances, or two-on-ones, or breakaways, stuff like that.

On not showing heart or emotion until the third period…
Yeah, you know they’re a good team over there, obviously never easy playing on back-to-back nights. I thought we got our legs kind of as we – second half of the first period and got going a little more, but we still got to get more pucks to the net. Their D [defensive line] did a good job and their forwards did a good job of blocking shots. We had some zonetime, but we got to play a patient game because when we’re not scoring goals we got to keep them out of our net.

On how his teammates are feeling not being able to score many goals…
I mean, yeah, maybe you could say that. It’s never fun when you’re struggling to score goals, you just got to find ways to keep getting pucks on net and get second and third chances. We’re getting opportunities, I think we just got to work on practice, you know, every shot you’ve got to think like you’re going to hit the back of the net. Just keep going at it here, and like I said, defensively tighten things up and get back on track.

On Brad Marchand not getting a penalty near the third goal…
Yeah, you can’t make comments on the refs call, it’s what they see, you know, it is what it is. It’s unfortunate, but with the two-on-one like that it’s tough. It seems like we fight really hard to get any odd man rushes, three-on-twos, two-on-ones. You know, teams play pretty tight and I think we’ve got to do the same as much as we can.

On if second chances are what is really missing…
Well, I think those battles in front of the net are important battles, in front of both nets. Whether it’s getting boxed out and you’ve got to try to get in front of the goalie, or get a stick on a puck, getting those second and third chances; it’s not just those but it’s trying to get in front of the goalie, screen the goalie because they’re not just going to let you go to the front of the net, any team isn’t, they’re going to be boxing you out. It’s those one-on-one battles and you’ve got to dig down and win them.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:55 AM
On if he has to take extra steps to mentally prepare the team…
Well I mean you have to address it. I think that’s the number one criteria right now of our issue but…I can’t be in each and every players head. It’s up to them to take the responsibility to focus for longer than what we have been focused in some of these games. So it’s about, you know, being prepared to put in 60 minutes of hockey. And when you dissect it, you know, you’re talking about 24 minutes to even 10 minutes of hockey, so that’s not that hard to do. I think that’s what we have to realize here, that there’s a certain way that we play and when we play that way we’re successful when we don’t we’re not. So they just have to, I guess, embrace the idea of that and do it properly for the amount of time that they play and if we do that we’re going to improve as a team.

On why the penalty kill has improved …
Well there’s attention to detail, I think. You know there’s a committed group and well for a long time I think we were a little bit on our heels, which right now instead of being on our heels we’re a little bit more committed to doing it right and determined to do it right. So you know these last two games hopefully we’ve gained the confidence and the understanding of what it’s going to take to be a lot better. And you know I’ve liked our penalty kill and even the last game in the four power plays we gave them no scoring chances. So that’s what you want to see.

On how he feels about Zac Rinaldo playing in the penalty kill…
Well yeah I think he’s got good speed, so he’s a player that can certainly put some pressure up-ice when we send the puck down there and he certainly has the ability to come back to position after he does that, you know. In the zone he’s been pretty good. As you know we’re working with him too and trying to make him even better but he has all the tools I think and all the potential to be a good penalty killer. So we’re really having a real strong look at him right now.

On if Colin Miller is available tonight…
No, we’re going to keep him out tonight.

On why the team has been able to be successful against the Detroit Red Wings…
Well we’ve played well against them. I think there’s a big amount of respect that goes toward that team because of their skating ability, because of their skill ability with the puck, you know there’s a lot of experience there, they’ve always been a good team and they continue to be a good team. I think there’s been a real great amount of respect so that we’ve prepared ourselves in regard to that. And we know we have to have our A game. You know we’ve been able to have, more or less, our A games against them, you know, or beat them. And that’s been probably the biggest key to trying to beat the [Detroit] Red Wings.

On playing another team that is playing a back-to-back game…
Well to me those back-to-backs to me mean absolutely nothing right now. I mean we’ve played back-to-back and you know we’ve handled those back-to-backs well. We’ve won both I think, our second game in two nights and won three of the four. So guys are in good shape now, they’re not skating this morning they’re at the hotel or whatever getting some rest and preparing for tonight so there’s no issues there. So there’s no reason there for us to even think that, you know, we’re going to take advantage of that because I think it’s more about how are we going to play our game and wear them out as the game goes on but I don’t think it will have anything to do with the fact that they played last night.

On if Colin Miller is considering an injured player now…
No I think it’s more being cautious…he is injured but being cautious. I think in certain situations he could have played.

On if it’s an upper or lower body injury…
Everything [laughs]. Lower.
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