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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Monday, December 29, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 PM
On whether this game was a matter of a raised compete level like he wanted to see…
Yeah, I think it was pretty obvious tonight that there was a bigger determination and commitment to working hard from start to finish for that matter, so this is one of hopefully many, and we need to understand that this is how we have to play and be successful.

On how much of tonight’s effort he thinks was a bit of embarrassment from Saturday night…
It didn’t, Walshy [Kevin Walsh], because there’s been more embarrassments throughout the year than just that game. I think it was more about we need to make a decision here how we want to play this year and whether we want to make the playoffs, and if we do we have to be a better team and tonight was just they responded and that’s what I wanted to see from our team, so it’s the kind of game that we need from here on in, night in, night out.

On whether he feels like any one player or one line set the tone off the bat…
I thought everybody. It’s hard to not single out everybody because they all played a pretty nice role and although the [Craig] Cunningham line didn’t get a ton of ice time they did a great job when they were out there and we needed them to go out there and give us some of those kind of shifts to give those other guys a rest, but overall I thought our game was good as a whole and to me that’s how we have to win right now. You need everybody showing up and this league is too good to win with half a team, Matt [Kalman], so it’s important we have everybody on board.

On the response after Detroit tied the game 1-1 and how happy that made him…
Well, I think again, we were playing well so they got… I don’t think it was a real nice goal, and so basically our guys stayed focused. We went and got those goals back. That’s kind of what you want to see from your team. You want to see a response and I think we responded well, so that’s one of the things that I enjoyed anyways as a coach and seeing that resiliency and the fact that we went right back after them.

On whether Gregory Campbell’s goal was another example of the kinds of things he wants to see with battles around the net and determination…
Well, that’s one of the parts I think that you want to see, and again, I can’t say enough about those other parts of the game that we were better at, but that’s certainly a way of scoring goals and I think Carl [Soderberg] on that play lost his helmet but stayed in the battle, so that’s our game. That’s the Bruins game and I think that’s what we want to see from our team and I think our fans want to see that kind of hockey as well.

On how important it was to get so many shots from the point…
Well, we used them because they were open, and again, that’s… to me it’s all about focus, so if they’re going to be open all night then keep feeding them all night because it creates some great scoring chances and some goals with rebounds so it’s a matter of sticking with what’s working and not getting tired of it and trying to force plays after a while because you get tired of doing it. We did it as long as they were open and we used them and the D’s did a great job of getting shots on net and shooting to score.

On responding tonight despite key players out of the lineup…
Well, you know Mike [Loftus], I’m going to answer the same way I answered earlier. I think, you know, all that stuff can come into play, but I think the guys just kind of responded to, listen, this is where we are here. This is what we have to do as a team no matter what the situation is. I mean, we’ve had Zee [Zdeno Chara] and then Krech [David Krejci] out at the same time. Now it’s Looch [Milan Lucic] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], and I don’t think it was because of that specifically. I think it was the whole mentality of, ‘Listen, we need to play better.’ We know we can and I took some of that responsibility as a coach. I’ve got to get these guys to perform better and they responded, so I think that the credit goes to them. You know, you get to a certain stage in the season where you’ve got to understand where you’re at and what you need to do here to be better, and we did that tonight. Now the next challenge is next game. We need to see whether that challenge or whether that type of game follows in the next one because it’s a big week for us.

On whether he would say that Jordan Caron with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell did what he wanted them to do…
Absolutely. You know what, sometimes those guys, especially Jordan, I mean he’s been playing well in Providence. He’s come in here with lots of confidence. With his experience I thought it was best for him that he can play the right side as well to play with that line and play against their top three lines, and like I said, Griff [Seth Griffith] with Cunny [Craig Cunningham] and [Matt] Lindblad, they did a great job against the other team’s fourth line and even when they got caught on icings and they put their big line out they battled to win the draws or get possession of puck. They got it in deep and made some good line changes, so they did… those little things go a long ways in a game.

On moving the Soderberg line up and how they responded to that, possibly putting more pressure on themselves…
Well I think they’ve responded all year. You just have to look at their stats. The line has been scoring for us, and for the most part without Krech there they were always our second line, so just lately they’ve kind of slid down so I don’t see that they had to rise up to the challenge tonight. They’ve done it all year.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On feeling like you brought your game from Providence tonight…
Yeah it’s a bit different, obviously, it’s a different league and different role. Yeah I think I was skating pretty good and getting on the forecheck. Me and Piesy [Dan Paille] and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] talked before the game to don’t think, just skate and creating our chances  with our feet moving and I think that’s what we did.

On being a part of the best effort of the season…
Yeah it was good. I think everyone stepped up and you could tell right off the bat. From the start everyone was skating and getting pucks deep and really working hard around the net. We got some big goals down there and just got to playing like this and I think if we keep playing this way—were a good team and we know we’re a good team so we just have to bring it every night.

On having 19 shots in the first period create momentum for the rest of the game…
Yeah for sure, I think everyone really stepped up. Everyone brought their A-game and right from the start it was a good start and we just carried it in the third.

On feeling confident…
Yeah I think so. I felt pretty good out there and trying not to worry too much about everything up the ice anymore and getting older and feeling more confidence about myself. Yeah I just went out there and played and felt pretty good, I’ll keep it going like this.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SETH GRIFFITH
On coming back after a loss…
Yeah it’s definitely a little nerve wracking, obviously these being two huge, crucial games, but you just try and handle it the best you can and I think our line did a good job of that. We kept it simple and we didn’t give them a whole lot.

On bringing a strong game with guys up from Providence…
Yeah I think we just have to play that much better when guys get called up. I think all four lines were doing that tonight. We didn’t give them a whole lot. They had a little bit of momentum there in the second when they got that power play goal but I think we handled it well and we responded in the third.

On breaking your scoring drought…
Yeah for sure, I don’t think I’ve went that long without scoring a goal or anything like that so it was definitely a little bit of a—I can breathe a little easier and I think it just is going to help my confidence hopefully.

On enjoying the challenge playing with younger guys…
Yeah it’s definitely a good challenge and I think all three of us have played together last year in Providence so we have a little chemistry there and we showed glimpses of that tonight. If we stay together hopefully we continue that.

On playing with Lindblad and Cunningham for a long time in Providence…
No it was just a couple times. I actually played with [Matt] Lindblad a lot last year, so it’s nice. He’s a hard working guy so is Cunner [Craig Cunningham]. They’re good guys to play with.

On there being no speeches and individually finding motivation…
Yeah I think we’ve known we’re better for a long time and it’s just a matter of when we were going to show we were better. Detroit, obviously is a good test for us. I’m glad we came up with the win, but we’ve got to look forward now and Toronto’s going to be a bigger game now. It will definitely be a character win if we come out on top.

On having 19 shots in the first period create momentum for the rest of the game…
Yeah, we wanted to do that right off the bat. They’re a hardworking, good skating team so I think if we can hem them in their own zone for a couple minutes at a time it wears them down and that’s what we did and it ended up getting us some goals as well.

On getting back to Bruins style of battling hard on the boards…
If you’ve been watching our practices we’ve been battling hard down low for the past couple of weeks and everybody has been giving it their all in practice. It was just a matter of time before they translate into the game and tonight we showed that. We can’t just do it one game. We’ve had games where we’ve played like that, we got to carry it over to go on a bit of a streak here hopefully.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On whether he looks at a stretch like this as an opportunity because there are missing players…
Yeah, of course we’re missing some good players right now and at the same time I thought we played really well. All the young guys stepped up and played well and even the guys who have been playing many games in the league stepped up, so it was a big game for us.

On what he does to get some chemistry going with new linemates…
Just hard work and I think everyone is digging in today and doing all the little things and we’re just staying compact as a team and I think that’s why we got the win.

On how refreshing it was to have the first period they had and being in control of the game…
Yeah, definitely nice to come out like that and I thought every line was going and we were creating shots and getting chances so definitely something we can build on and keep going and doing that.

On whether there is a sense of hope after a game like that…
Yeah. If everyone puts everything they have and work like we did today we’re going to win some more games and that’s what we need to do every time we come and play.

On whether he got pretty fired up on Gregory Campbell’s game with everyone fighting for it…
Yeah, for sure. That’s a huge goal and had a lot of bodies in front of the net and we were lucky to find the puck there and it was a great goal by Campbell.

On whether it was an attention getter for everyone seeing Matt Fraser get waived and claimed by Edmonton and made them realize that the way things were going was not acceptable…
Yeah, maybe a little bit like that. Of course we’re going to miss him. He’s a great guy to have on the team and we just wish him good luck there, but yeah I think it’s a little heads up for everyone and everyone has to come in and do their part when they get here to the rink.

On whether he wonders why they can’t play like they did tonight more often despite not having Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron…
Yeah, I wish you can do something and just everyone come out and play like we did today, but it’s just a mindset. You have to come in and if we do the same things we did today and working hard for each other and making plays and just being good with the puck and winning all the battles you’re definitely going to have a chance to get the two points and I thought we played a good game tonight.

On changes throughout the lineup and whether he gets a sense that when they’re without top players other guys simplify their game…
Yeah, for sure, and I think that’s what we did. We didn’t turn the puck over that much today, and we just kept it simple and put it down in there and we were shooting pucks to the net and just hungry everywhere on the ice, so it definitely was a nice way to play and then to win.

On whether he agrees with Zdeno Chara’s comment that this is the way they need to play the rest of the season…
Yeah, for sure. If we’re coming out competing like we did and working hard for each other we’re definitely going to win more games so we just need to come in and do that every night.

On what he thinks brought that out in the team…
We were definitely not satisfied with the game against Columbus, so I think everyone was ready to go and it’s a big game playing against Detroit and they’re a good team so it was really happy to see what everyone was doing out there and it was a nice win. Hopefully we can build on this and be even hungrier against Toronto next game.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On tonight’ s game…
… Great 60-minute game. Everybody worked their butts off and we battled for every puck and got rewarded. Great goals were scored too, so great effort.

On how it happens that they can play the way they did Saturday and have substantially better effort tonight…
Yeah, we recognized after that game on Saturday that the way we were playing for the most part this season is not going to be good enough to make the playoffs, and it’s time to change that and today we showed again when we play the way we’re supposed to play how good we can be and it’s just this is it now. That’s got to be our hockey.

On Detroit only having six shots on goal in the third period…
Well they had more than that but they didn’t count them all. I’d say nine – but we played solid defense and we took their time and space away. A couple looks from the point, but then after that it was all from the outside, diagonals, and, you know, it’s always easier for me to save those, so overall throughout the game they were really driving the net.

On whether he could tell from the get-go that the tempo was there for the whole 60 minutes in all three zones…
Yeah, well the way it looked in the first we were all over them, and you know, they got some shots too and even a goal but we never went down. We just kept battling and after a period like that you just hope that the focus stays and the effort stays, and today it did. Despite that second period when they had the power plays and the momentum building we really pushed hard and took the game to them.

On the team’s effort…
Well, I think our record shows that it hasn’t been consistent, and then, you know, for the most part it’s been about the effort we put in, and it is hard work because at the end of the day when you work hard no matter who you play against and what kind of team you have you’re going to give yourself a chance to win hockey games, and today we showed that missing Looch [Milan Lucic] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and having a young line playing for us there and call ups and just working real hard paid off, so [we] hope the consistency comes.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how much of the message tonight was paying the price by going to the net to make things happen…
Yeah, a lot of it was just the fundamentals of the game. I think making sure we got pucks in deep, everyone was coming back hard, and we were trying to get to the net as much as we could. You saw it pay off. There was a lot of traffic in there, we easily could’ve had a few more goals. It was a much better effort from our team.

On how important it is to not be satisfied with tonight’s win and to consistently put the same effort moving forward with their schedule…
The big thing was is that that effort was there. We always knew we had a good team in in here. It showed tonight. We still have it, we just can’t get confortable, we can’t allow ourselves to think that we’re out of this rut that we’ve been in. It’s going to take an effort every night, like tonight, if were going to give ourselves an opportunity to get back in the playoff race. I think we got a great leadership group in here, great bunch of guys. We know that we need that effort and were going to continue to work on it in practice every day and hopefully we can continue to carry that into games.

On the sense of urgency coming into this game referencing where they are at this point in the season or was it teammates motivating themselves to do more…
It was a bit of everything. The urgency is definitely there. We know we all haven’t been our best and we know we can all be better. I think when you do look in the mirror and realize that you have a lot more to give and you see the video and realize that the effort really isn’t there and you can push a little bit harder, it makes a big difference. Like I said before, that effort showed tonight.

On if this game was a silver lining of finding out what the team is made of when having key members of the team out of the lineup…
Yeah, we showed a lot of character tonight. Having two of our top players out of the lineup, it would’ve been easy to throw in the towel especially against a team like Detroit, who’s a really good team. Like I said we showed a lot of character going on tonight and leaving our best effort out there, and it payed off. If we have that same of effort with those two guys in the lineup then we are going to be a really good team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On that consistency is what it will take to win the rest of the year…
Yeah for sure. I thought we played a pretty good 60 minutes, but we’ve done this before in the season and we followed up with a bad game so we have to realize that and regroup tomorrow and have a good practice and make sure we are ready for tomorrow.

On turning around that fast from a bad game…
We have no other choice. We’re outside of the playoffs looking in. This is the only way. After a loss, correct some mistakes and just play the way we did today. That’s our only option at this moment and we have to put some wins together right now.

On generating offense without Bergeron and Lucic…
We just shoot everything on the net. We tried to crash the net. That’s what happened on the first goal. Marchy [Brad Marchand] had a good screen. I thought we had more than 15 shots after the first period. We talk about it, just put the puck on net, create some traffic and don’t pass on any shooting opportunities. We did a pretty good job at it.

On playing with Reilly Smith and Brad Marchand…
It was good. Obviously, we scored a couple goals, a couple big goals this game and we played against one of the best two-way player in the game. I thought we played pretty well and a big two points.

On not playing like tonight more often…
That’s a good question, but obviously we are trying. We kind of talked about a bunch of things yesterday and it seems like it worked today but like I said before, we did it before and followed up with a bad game. We don’t need to have talks like we did before this game and just go out there and realize what you’re playing for and we got to get back in the hunt. It was a good game today but we have to follow up with another one.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On what he said to the guys in the locker room to get things turned around tonight...
I thought that everyone did a great job being ready right from the drop of the puck.  I thought we played well throughout the 60 minutes.  They got some momentum from the two power plays that they had in the second but I thought it was a good 60 minute effort.

On what made it possible for the team to flip the switch tonight but not other nights...
I don’t know, that’s a great question.  I thought we were focused for the entire game where as there has been games where that focus seems to have slipped or is not where it needs to be.  I think everyone was focused on going over the boards and doing their job for the 40 or 50 seconds you’re on the ice and coming off and it was wave after wave.  I thought that every line contributed and played really well.

On how encouraging it is to play so well without Lucic and Bergeron...
Obviously those two guys are huge for us.  It showed that guys stepped up and were able to fill the big shoes those two guys.  They play lots of minutes and they play critical minutes for us too.

On if there was talk amongst the players after last games performance…
Sometimes there are speeches and players meetings and coaches meetings but for the most part that wasn’t the case.  It was us realizing that we need to be better.  We are a good hockey team when everyone plays well and plays the system and is focused and when it’s not there we are an average hockey team.  I think we need to have that effort that we had tonight consistently.  There was no “rah-rah” speech, no Rudy Ruettiger speech where you stand on the stool and give a “rah-rah”.

On this team being another Jekyll and Hyde team like years past...
That Jekyll and Hyde team, I think we played extremely well for so many games and then there would be a couple bad games where I don’t think our consistency hasn’t been nearly what it was the Jekyll and Hyde year.  I thought we were a better team that year than we have proven so far.  That’s not to say that we are not a great hockey team but the standings don’t show that.  If we play the way we played tonight consistently, then we give ourselves a very good chance of moving up in the standings and that’s our goal right now.  We are in this situation that we are because of us and the only way to get out of it is us.  So we have to play more hockey games like we played tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMEN ZDENO CHARA
On how the team showed a good work ethic, and great determination tonight…
Yeah, that was a great example of how we have to play, pretty much for the rest of the season it’s pretty simple. We had the right attitude and right approach right from the first drop of the puck. Even they put some pressure on us, especially in the second [period] when they got some power plays going, but I thought we handled it well. Our young guys really stepped up, our veteran guys were obviously leading the way but I think it’s a great example of how we need to be. Everybody worked really hard, everybody was doing what they were supposed to do and we got good results.

On the sense of urgency coming into this game referencing where they are at this point in the season or was it teammates motivating themselves to do more…
I think it’s a little bit of both. I think that we are in a situation that obviously we are not throwing in the towel, there is still half of the season ahead of us but at the same time it’s not something that we want to leave to do until the last month of the season. We’re approaching it that way right now and pretty much like I said it’s going to have to be until the end of the season.

On Claude Julien’s comments about team staying calm when Detroit tied the game 1-1…
I mean it’s going to happen you are going to get scored on. It’s more about how you’re going to respond. It’s a hockey game the goals are going to be scored for and goals are going to be scored against. The important thing is to stick with the game plan, not to panic, and not to get distracted. Believe in what the game plan is and believe in each other.

On whether the team did a better job of sticking to the game plan tonight…
We did. We have to continue to keep getting better and better. It’s something that next game is going to be a big test for us. We’ve been in a situation like this situation before that we won games but we need to follow up with the same kind of intensity, effort, and attitude.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On playing three straight games of catch-up hockey…
Well we outshot [Buffalo] 15-6 in the first, so I don’t think they’re the same thing at all. But tonight and Ottawa, to me, were the same. They won all the battles, all the races. They competed way harder than us. This road trip, if you look since Christmas, Howie [Jimmy Howard] kept us in the game and gave us a chance in Ottawa, and Howie kept us in the game when we were down one goal going into the third tonight. But I thought as a group, as a coaching staff you pride yourself on preparation and having your team ready, no good. Leadership group, no good. Individually, no good. Not good enough. No way. It’s real simple for me, either you’re going to work in the games or you’re going to work in practice. But we’re going to work. That is unacceptable.

On if tonight’s loss is a good learning experience…
Well I think, again, if you’re humbled and embarrassed about the way you played, you should do something about it, and I can tell you I am. That’s ridiculous.

On the Red Wings not being surprised at how the Bruins came out tonight…
Oh no. We covered this. Believe me. They knew they were going to have to talk about it. We knew everything about what was going to happen. We knew how hard they were going to box out net-front, we knew we were going to have to compete. We just didn’t do it.

On if he was disappointed there wasn’t more of a response down one at the start of the third…
Well actually I thought we started good in the third, and then when they scored the goal, we didn’t have anything after that, when they made it four. But I thought we started good, we took the penalty, we had done some good things there. Really the last half of the second and the start of the third, we’re our best. But that first goal, you can’t play catch-up hockey. It’s ridiculous. We’re grown men, we come to the rink, we should know how to prepare. We’ve got to be better. Not good enough.

On allowing over 40 shots on goal…
Well what I would say is, the way we play, it’s real simple. With our structure the way it is, if we don’t have puck pressure, they’re going to end up doing that to you, because of the way we play. But we normally don’t give up any shots, that’s because of the way we play. So if we’re not going to work hard, we’ve got to change the way we play. But I think what we’ll do is we’ll choose to work hard. Have a good day.

DETROIT RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS KRONWALL
On how it seemed that everything went wrong on the opening shift...
Yeah, we didn’t play well enough obviously, you know we kept loosing the battles, the fifty-fifty ones. If you keep doing that you’re not going to touch the puck, and once we did have the puck we didn't execute. So it was a lot of chasing tonight.

On playing from behind the score...
Absolutely we can’t be, you know lets not kid ourselves, we have not been paying well. We’ve got to get back to being more hungry and basically just win more battles. I think a lot of it comes down to that. Win more battles and execute in our zone and just play a bit more simple game.

On how the Bruins were a hungry team just coming off their loss...
Oh we knew they were going to come, I think it was kind of the same thing last time we played them at home, they had got beaten pretty good the game before. But you know, any way you slice it the team that works the hardest and wins the battles are going to come out on top. Tonight we didn't win enough battles.

On whether or not Jimmy Howard played well enough...
Well you know we kind of, you know he can’t be standing on his head every night. I thought he couldn't do much more than he did, you know he kept us in he game long enough. There’s only so much he can do. I thought that Howie [Jimmy Howard] was outstanding again tonight, you know the rest of us have got to be a lot better than that.

On maybe the lack of luck in some cases during the first period...
Some cases, but I think overall you deserve puck luck, and you know like I said, we didn't win enough battles, didn’t execute well enough tonight.

On feeling like they got back into the game after the first period...
Yeah I thought the last ten of the second period we started getting going, we threw some more pucks in the net and it felt like, we were back in the game. Obviously the big goal there on the power play when Tats [Tomas Tatar] put it in, and from there on out. Obviously we let one in on the PK, but overall we have to be better than that.

On giving up 45 shots...
Well I think giving up that many shots, a lot of it comes down to not winning enough battles in our own zone. When we don't win the battles and they get the puck and throw it back in our net, it’s here we go again so. I think a lot of it comes back to that and we have to be, just be a lot better and win way more battles than that.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD HENRIK ZETTERBERG
On if tonight was a lesson about starting slow…
Yeah. I think that we’ve been doing this a few games this year, but we find a way to turn it around and win. But we didn’t do that tonight. So we need to learn from this, got to be better from the start.

On if they wasted a strong effort from Jimmy Howard…
Yeah I don’t know if it was wasted. He was great in net. I think he kept us in it. I know when we scored our second there, it was a three-two game, it could’ve gone either way. But I think they were better from the start, and I think that was the decider today.

On the Red Wings giving up over 40 shots to the Bruins…
I think they threw in a lot of pucks from the beginning. I think that was their game-plan today. I don’t think there were a lot of open chances. They threw in a lot of pucks and created chances off that, and I think we tried to do that too, but we’ve got to have the puck. We didn’t win a lot of faceoffs in the first period, and it’s tough to start without the puck.

On Detroit not having enough puck luck tonight…
Well it all evens out over the course of a year. I think, as I said, we worked ourselves into the game, gave a good effort in the end, but it wasn’t enough tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00AM
On the status of Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron for tonight…
Yeah, they’re not in.

On the challenges of losing Lucic and Bergeron…
We’ve had challenges all year, Joe, so it’s just another one.

On if Lucic and Bergeron are day-to-day…
Yes they are.

On Lucic’s injury being related to the fight…
Day-to-day.

On one specific area that needs to be improved…
Yeah, commitment. That’s the area, I think, commitment. You know obviously there’s a couple things. We need to be a little bit harder and more committed. Do the things that we have to do to win hockey games. It’s not so much one area where we’re weak, Matt, it’s just our game as a whole needs a little bit more—we need to be hungrier and a little bit harder.

On re-establishing a rivalry with Detroit due the NHL realignment…
I think we always have good games against each other and they’re not dirty games. They’re hard games. Again, they’re for the most part close games. There’s no doubt that there’s a mutual respect that exists between both teams and I feel there’s a rivalry, maybe not our top rivalry, but there’s a rivalry there for sure.

On David Krejci and Reilly Smith playing together…
Neither will I so we will see tonight. I don’t have that answer, to be honest with you. Those are all things we’ll all discover together.
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