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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:20 PM
On any adjustments he made as the game went on…
I don’t think there were any secrets in tonight’s game. Both teams played really tight defense and that’s why there wasn’t that many scoring chances in the game. So there wasn’t — I don’t know about the adjustments. I know that throughout the game, both teams try to make small adjustments but overall, I don’t think there was any surprise out there today.

On the David Krejci line tonight…
Well as I said, it was a tight, checking game, but nonetheless, I think everybody’s got to find a way to create more and that’s going to be the challenge in this series with two teams playing really tight. So it’s about everybody working a little harder and then gaining your space and doing what you have to do here. But it’s, you know, it’s a long series. We predict if you look at tonight, it’s probably a good indication of that.

On whether he was satisfied with the play of defensemen Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros…
I’m not going to start analyzing my team right now. I’m going to talk about the game. As far as analyzing the players, we do that in our dressing room here. So the only thing I would tell you about those guys is that they did a great job for the position they were put in.

On the way he distributed playing time among his D tonight…
Yeah, again, we talk about a tough game — we don’t know if this is going into overtime, we don’t know how long a series it’s going to be, but at the same time, when everybody’s doing a good job, there’s no reason to cut it back, and I thought our D’s did a good job. Again, when you don’t give that many scoring chances, it means they’re doing something pretty good, so there was no need again to over-attack certain players.

On putting together his lineup for tonight’s game…
Well, you know, again, injuries are part of the game. We kind of had to wait the whole day to find out who was in, who was out. We’ve had surprises all week long with the flu bug going around, so it was nice that we were able to get 20 guys in the lineup. But at the same time, like I said, the guys that stepped in certainly did a good job and we just have to adjust. I think there’s certain areas we have to get better at obviously to create more scoring chances. We got to find a way to get to the net. We got to find a way to get some more shots there, and they really play a tight game where they make it hard for you to get there. They got their bodies in the way, so we got to work through those kind of things a little bit here to create a little bit more and probably get some goals.

On any negative feelings that might have amplified throughout the game…
Well first of all, I don’t think there’s a — respect is a word you use because the other team is a good team. They’re in the playoffs. That has absolutely nothing to do with what goes on on the ice. Once the puck is dropped, you play the game and that’s what both teams intended to do tonight. So I don’t think it was animosity or intensity that built up during the game; it was there from the start. In my mind, there was some hits right from the get-go, so I think both teams are prepared to try to win this series here. So there’s no time to be holding hands out there and try to make friends or try to make enemies out there. It’s about going out there and playing for your team.

On whether home ice advantage matters to him…
Well, I think it’s important in a way that if you’re going to have a Game 7, you’d like to have it in your own rink. But at the same time, you’d like to have your fans behind you. I’ll take home-ice advantage all the time. It doesn’t mean you can’t win on the road — that’s the main thing here, which is what we have to do in this series if we plan on winning this. We’ll have to go back into their building and take another game.

On the chances his team gets any healthier by Game 2…
I wish I could tell you. Honestly, it’s — with this thing going around, we don’t know. We really don’t know. We hope to — Matt Bartkowski was here today, so he’s on the mend. To what extent before Sunday, hopefully good enough, but we’ll have to find out as days go on here.

On the Bruins’ play in the neutral zone…
Well, I think both teams can say that there was a dump and chase on both sides there. That’s the way teams play such good defense in the neutral zone, that if you try and create too much, you’re going to end up turning pucks over. So I think both teams respect that — that part of the other team’s element and understand that you can’t force things through the neutral zone.

On whether the Bruins played their game tonight…
Well, I think the one issue for tonight is we didn’t have the puck enough, and when we had it, we got to start putting pucks in the areas where we can get them back, and we got to get pucks in areas where once we get it, we can hang on to it. And tonight, I thought we didn’t play with the puck as much as we normally do but the one thing about our team tonight — I thought we got better and better as the periods went on. So the third period was obviously our best period, but we started playing more of our game in the third period than in the first two. So we got to kind of make those adjustments here and hopefully have three periods more like the third period was and capitalize on the chances that we had.

On his thoughts on the Pavel Datsyuk-Patrice Bergeron matchup…
We both didn’t mind it. Can’t tell you another reason. I’m okay with that matchup and so is [Mike Babcock] so I can’t speak for him. It’s just — this means that you feel good about those two lines and I do about the Bergeron line. They’re very reliable. They have been all year and obviously he feels the same about his.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros’ play tonight…
Well I thought they played well.  They only scored one goal so you know they have to be doing something right. I thought they played well.  They didn’t try to do anything too fancy and kept it simple. They got the results that we needed them to.

On if the team felt in sync tonight…
Seemed pretty good – you know we didn’t really lose that much and we’ve been practicing most of the week with most of the guys so we should be ready and we were.  We just have to take this loss and move on and try to get the next one.

On if this is where never being too high and never being too low come into play…
Yeah I mean you can’t dwell on this loss, because if you do it’s just going to put you at disadvantage and we got to go in and try to get that next one, especially at home because we are going to be going to Detroit and we want to be tied instead of down.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On today’s game…
I thought it was pretty good game with tight checking and not a lot of chances both ways and not a lot of mistakes either. It’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t get one.

On magnifying the mistakes more after today’s game…
Obviously, one mistake can lead to a goal and then that’s the game. Just trying to limit them. I don’t think there were that many out there. Unfortunately, they didn’t make one or we couldn’t get the goal and they scored.

On the penalties in today’s game…
I don’t think we thought about it too much. We are just trying to play and play hard. If they are going to let those go, that’s fine. I didn’t think it was too bad. Obviously, it would have been nice to get more power plays. Can’t really complain about the refs.

On the defensive pairings …
I don’t know, I thought that everyone played well. I think we know we have 10 good “D” that can play. I think we played well so there are no real complaints about the defensemen. We just have to move on.

On scoring chances…
I think we have to find ways to get more scoring chances. We need to try and get more zone time and more and more chances in the slot. We didn’t have too many, I think. Just looking for those.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JUSTIN FLOREK
On his scoring chance...
It’s one of those where you get that in the slot and you want to get it on net. Unfortunately I didn’t get there. I knew I was trying to go high glove but missing that was just unfortunate, especially in a one-nothing game like that.

On creating chances in the third period...
I think just a little bit of chemistry. We got to practice this week together but I think just playing together, getting better every shift, is important for us going forward here.

On seeing a lot of playing time in a playoff game...
It’s a great feeling, just knowing that he [Coach Julien] trusts me and everything and I’ve just got to keep working on both ends of the ice, move forward, and build that trust along the way. So, I’ve just got to keep presenting myself, getting opportunities, and doing my best out there.

On what the team needs to do to turn it around before Sunday’s game...
I think that we played a pretty good defensive game today, we’ve just got to build off that and then do a little more work in the offensive zone, do a little more forecheck. But they’re a veteran group, like you said, and we’ll be right back at it on Sunday.

On playing on the penalty kill...
Yeah, the penalty kill is something I kind of pride myself on. So, it’s really good to be noticed for that and then especially to have them trust me like that in a playoff game. It’s important for me going forward here to keep working on that and build that trust.

On getting more comfortable with the team...
Like I said before, it’s a great group of guys and they’re welcoming from day one coming in here, which is awesome. But building confidence is great, every chance I get here just building confidence throughout those first couple of games of the regular season was important. They were giving me chance on the penalty kill and things like that and that built confidence for me coming here today.

On if the pace of a playoff game was what he expected...
It was. I didn’t know what to expect but everyone [was] kind of giving me tips here and there, so everyone was really helpful. I just went out there and tried to play my game.

On if tonight’s game is a preview of what the series will be like...
Yeah, I didn’t really know what to expect coming into it but it was everything and better. I think it’s going to be a great series here going forward.

On staying up with the team or getting sent to Providence....
Whether I’m here or in Providence I’ve got to be ready to play. That’s the attitude I’m looking at it with. Up here, it’s awesome and I’m just looking forward to getting the opportunity to play every day.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREJ MESZAROS
On when he found out he was in tonight’s lineup...
In the morning, I guess, when I got to the rink. I didn’t really talk to the coaches. I just got here and they said I was in the lineup.

On if he’s comfortable playing on the penalty kill...
Yeah. I want to play every situation if it’s possible. Whatever they tell me to play, I will. Left, right, PK, PP, it doesn’t matter to me.

On if Detroit did anything they weren’t expecting...
No, I mean they hung on to the puck, especially in the second period there. Even though they didn’t have a lot of shots there, they hung on to the puck and we were spending a lot of time in our zone. But, overall it was an even game. I think we had a lot of chances in the third period. It was pretty good for them and they got lucky at some point, but it was solid. It was an even game but it’s a long series. So, we’re going to watch the video, correct some plays tomorrow with the video and watch it and get ready for our next game.

On Milan Lucic getting a scoring chance just before Detroit scored...
Sometimes that’s how it goes – you get a chance and you don’t score and they go right back and they score on us. But, we had our chances we just have to bury it down and shoot the puck and go in front of the goalie. That’s how we’ve got to score goals.

On the team limiting quality chances for Detroit...
I think we were pretty solid, even though sometimes they hold the puck in our zone. But, the quality chances they had were from the outside. So, we kept them outside so that was important. Unfortunately the one shot got in, but like I said before, it was an even game. They had chances, we had chances, but fortunately in the third in the beginning we had a lot of chances there and we should have scored but we didn’t. We’ve just got to make sure our next game we bury our chances and we’re going to be fine.

On the pressure of winning Game 2...
It’s a long series. It’s a seven game series so we’re going to go out there, we’re going to play our game – plus score some goals, obviously. We’re going to be fine.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On the Bruins offensive zone…
I guess so. I thought that from the beginning obviously, we’re very excited. We thought for some reason that the game was way faster than the regular season, obviously it is. We had more time than we thought we had. We figured it out in the third and thought we had some chances. It was a pretty tight game on both sides, not too many scoring chances. They got that one at the end of the game. You know it happens. It is going to be a long series. We have to regroup tomorrow and have a really strong game on Sunday.

On the injuries in the lineup…
I thought those that filled in today for those injured guys played pretty well. Like I said earlier, there wasn’t too many scoring chances on either side. I though that we played well defensively. We have to find some ways to score, and play more with the puck.

On the Bruins’ power play…
I thought there were a couple times, they could have called a couple more especially on myself. It is what it is, it can go either way. We just have to stay positive on the bench and on the ice and focus on the next shift. I think we had only one power play. So it is what it is. It’s the same story as the regular season.

On generating speed through the neutral zone…
It was tight so we have to find a way. I feel like we have to go really deep and we hold onto the puck than we will have some more time on the breakouts but we didn’t do that. We have to come down on the breakouts. Forwards will get it and come up the ice as a line, all three guys with the same speed.  I don’t think we did that. It was pretty tight in the neutral zone. We have to look at the video tomorrow and make some adjustments.

On what to look for in game two…
I think we just have to figure out the offense. They have a good team. They have fast and skilled forwards. I thought we did a pretty good job of playing good defense against those guys but on the other hand, we are a pretty good team as well. We couldn’t put the puck in the net. I didn’t think that we had that many scoring chances today.

On the Bruins’ playoff experience…
It’s just one game. We have to obviously play a lot better. Like I said we have to look at the video tomorrow and make some adjustments. The next game is going to be important. It’s a bit different if you go to Detroit going in 1-1 or 0-2. So, we have to do everything we can and get a win on Sunday.

On not being able to get the puck out of the Bruins’ zone…
We thought that the game was faster than it actually was. We have to play a little bit more with the puck. We just have to hold on to the puck and make some confident plays out there and that’s pretty much it. I don’t think that we had that many offensive chances out there today.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Milan Lucic almost scoring and Pavel Datsyuk counters his chance by scoring…
Well that’s how it goes most of the time.  One team has a chance and doesn’t score and then the other team and just capitalizes on the second chance.  But you know what can you do? You just got to battle back and try to get the next one.

On the equal amount of scoring chances between both teams…
Yeah you know in the second period they had some offensive zone time there, but we made some really good blocks, not just the point shots but actual good chances.

On what was going through his mind when Pavel Datsyuk was coming down the ice…
Well he was by himself there and so I’m just thinking a shot and he drags it across and releases from his legs.  You just try to get the puck in your eyes and I couldn’t.  Usually he tries to make a pass, but I thought he was by himself there.

On the physicality of the game…
Yeah they’re not a team who likes the physicality that much.  They just try to hold onto the puck and get that speed, but it was still a pretty good hockey game.

On what they learned from this game…
Yeah I’m sure we will take a look at some things tomorrow and we will regroup… Jimmy [Howard] made some saves and then we just didn’t bear down, but we need to look at come clips and get the offense going.

On the defensive unit’s strong play tonight…
Yeah there was not a ton of second chances defensively.

On if he thought the game was going to come down to one goal as time passed…
Yeah that’s what it looked like for most part of the game.  There were not a ton of scoring chances and you kind of get that feeling that the one goal is going to be enough and today was them, too bad for us.

On if he was thinking during the game that there were not a lot of scoring chances…
Yeah there wasn’t a ton of scoring chances, but they had some good looks.  They either missed the net or then we blocked the shot.  It wasn’t one of the games where you’re kind of just out there standing and not doing anything.  I still felt like I was in the game, but the puck just didn’t get chances they missed the net.

On what they will do different going into Game 2…
Tough to say now, I don’t know.  We’re going to look at the studio, but we got to score some goals obviously so that’s about it.

On if they are able to match Detroit’s speed…
Yeah we are not a slow team when it comes to that.  We just skate; we also like to play physical.  We dumped the puck in and there was nobody there to get it.  We kind of gave it away, especially in the second so it kind of takes the energy out of you when you just dump and chase.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the Bruins playing well despite the outcome…
Yeah I think it’s two teams that play pretty solid systems and they stick to it. There wasn’t much on both sides of the ice. And that’s it. We’re going to have to expect that for the rest of the series and find ways to create some offense.

On this game reinforcing that this is going to be a long, tight series…
Yeah we were expecting that. We were ready for a tough and long series, and we’re in for that. So we’re fine with it.

On the Bruins being comfortable with these types of close games…
Yeah no, we’re used to playing tight games, and we’ve been there before. So we’ve just got to manage plays and make sure we score when we do have those chances.

On what the Bruins were doing well when they got those chances…
I think we were moving our feet a lot better, and just feeding off and talking, and just taking what was there. You know, putting the puck on net, having some traffic. You know, we’ve got to fight to get to the front, and fight to get to that slot. So it’s about doing that.

On whether Detroit is a tough team to play dump-and-chase against…
Yeah they’re right there, they have a close gap and tight. So it’s about creating some speed and going on the offense that way.

On whether the Bruins got away from their style of play in the second period…
Not necessarily. It was still tight. They had a couple of good shifts, which is going to happen in a game. I thought we did a good job of bouncing back. But like I said, we’ve got to find better ways to create some speed and some offense, and go from there.

On whether having players out of the lineup affected them…
I mean it’s one of those things that you can’t control. We’ve dealt with it before, so it wasn’t something that we put any emphasis on at the beginning of the game. We just have to go with it. And we have enough depth in here, and we believe in everyone that we can all do the job.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COREY POTTER
On how he’s adjusting to the Bruins system…
I think every game I’m getting more comfortable and feeling better out there. So hopefully I get another chance and keep improving.

On joining the Bruins penalty kill…
Yeah it was a blast being out there with Z [Zdeno Chara], and blocking some shots, and just getting my feet moving out there. So it went pretty well.

On the Bruins having a lot of scoring chances prior to Pavel Datsyuk’s goal…
Yeah it was a tight game all three periods, and it was kind of a dagger there for Datsyuk to put that one in in the third period there. But this team is resilient and they’ve been through ups and downs, and we’re going to go to the drawing board tomorrow and come back a better team on Sunday.

On whether he knew ahead of time that he would be playing today…
No I just came to the rink today and found out, and was excited all day. I’ve just been waiting for this opportunity for a long time to get into a playoff game, and I’m thankful it came.

On how he felt out on the ice…
Pretty good. I’m still getting used to the systems, and I’m feeling more comfortable every game watching and playing. So I’ll continue to get better.

On playing on the penalty kill during Zdeno Chara’s penalty in the first period…
Yeah it was fun though. I like those situations and I like to use pressure. I think it makes you more focused. And I think we did a good job killing tonight. They had some chances and we eliminated those pretty good.

On making a save in the third period…
Yeah I mean it was coming right to me so all I had to do was get the foot in the way, and the puck out of harm’s way.

On whether that was the level of competition he expected to see between these two teams…
Yeah. It was a really tight game all three periods. I think both teams were kind of trying to feel it out there. We had a little bit of a let down in the second, and came back strong. It’s unfortunate [Pavel] Datsyuk put the dagger in in the third.

On whether it was tough to come back from five days off and jump into playoff hockey…
Yeah I think so. I think both teams are trying to feel it out, and get their legs going and their hands going. I think we’ll go to the drawing board tomorrow and come back a better team on Sunday.

On whether the Bruins defense was able to slow down some of Detroit’s speedier players…
Yeah I think so. You’re learning throughout the game, you know they have a lot of stretch guys out there. So that’s one of the things we’re going to talk about here coming up. But for the most part we did a good job trying to hold the blue line. And we’ll continue to get better.

On what he’ll take from Game 1 into Game 2 on Sunday…
You know, those are things we’ve got to talk about. I think we had some good chances and they did too. It was a pretty good game, I don’t think we played poorly. So there’s going to be some minor tweaks here and there but nothing major.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the pace of the game...
Well, it was a pretty even game I thought, for the most part. Eventually it came down to whoever was going to score that one goal. You know, it was a lot of battle, the goalies were very good, and there were some chances on both sides. Eventually, it went for them. It’s going to be an even series.

On getting some close scoring chances during the game...
I mean, we had some really good chances. Very close ones. But that’s the way it goes. You’ve just got to keep going and try to score on those.

On Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros’ play tonight...
They did. They stepped up and played a strong game.

On if tonight’s game is an indication of how the series will go...
Like I said, it was a very close game – a very tight checking game. Not much room. It’s just very even. That’s what we kind of expected.

On the importance of winning Game 2...
I mean, it’s the first game. We’ve got a day tomorrow, we’ve got to do our best to regroup and get ready for the next game.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK POSTGAME AT 10:10 PM
On his thoughts on the game…
We won. It was a good road game. It was tightly played. There wasn’t a ton of chances for either team. I thought their power play was good. Howie [Jimmy Howard] made a real big save and then we came down and scored. It was a good start for us on the road.

On the team’s defensive puck movement…
Both teams did that. I didn’t think there was much rolling around by either team in their offensive zones. Both teams were really efficient. There wasn’t a lot of room. Like I said, there wasn’t a lot of chances. There was a lot of blocked shots—not a lot of pucks going in.

On Jimmy Howard’s performance…
Neither team was able to get to him that much, so there was big saves to be made and he made them.

On when he knows Jimmy Howard is dialed in…
I just said that because that’s the right thing to say, right? No, he has to be. That’s the bottom line. That’s what we pay these guys to do. Both guys are supposed to be high-end goaltenders and they got to give their teams a chance, and he’s done it for us in the past in playoff time and we just expect it.

On the composure of players making their playoff debuts tonight…
I thought good. I thought we had a couple tough shifts there down the stretch. Helmer’s [Darren Helm] line got run around a couple times in the D-zone. Other than that, I thought we were pretty composed. We had three turnovers in the third period that I mean, I’m not talking just turnovers that they force, I’m talking for no reason. We’ll get those cleaned up. You can’t turn the puck over and win.

On stealing home ice back from the Bruins…
Obviously, you want to get in and you want to establish yourself in the series, especially when you’re the lower seed. Sometimes when the upper seed gets the upper hand right away, you start questioning whether you’re good enough. And we know we’re good enough—but it’s one thing to know you’re good enough and one thing to show you’re good enough. I think it was important for us to get started in the series so we can continue to get better as a group.

On Pavel Datsyuk…
I’ve had him for a long time and obviously he’s a world-class player and he’s coming back from an injury, which is obvious when you see him out there. But he can still do some very good things and he knows how to play without the puck. He’s playing against a good player. Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] is a heck of player and knows how to play and makes it hard on you. Abby [Justin Abdelkader] did a great job, drove the middle, created space for him. I thought Abby and the Mule [Johan Franzen] were great today and they were heavy and so that helps

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD PAVEL DATSYUK
On Head Coach Mike Babcock saying the team would be a tough out…
We know that Boston, they’re a good team and they’re a tough team we know what we waiting from them and we wanted to play a fast game.

On how important it is to get a game early, particularly on the road against them…
But you know it’s game one or game two, it’s home crowd and I mean just forget about this one and just keep going to the next game and we know they come back more aggressive.

On whether there was much of a difference between these two teams or if it was just one shot…
Yeah you know it’s a tight game here every game be tight and a one or two shot different. You can see it’s not too much and not that many moments today.

On the play of Jimmy Howard and scoring the goal in the third period…
Yeah they were playing well in the third period and then Jimmy just stopped everything to help us and one way to use it, one chance.

On what he did during his goal…
No, I tell it’s me make a nice play and Abby [Justin Abdelkader] do a nice screen and I just shoot behind him.

On his lack of reaction after scoring the goal…
No not really see it’s in or not and I just kind of too late to reaction because everybody was around me.

On how he thought the game went overall…
We play even game and both teams have a few chances and it’s a nice game nice to watch on NBC.

On it being important to get game one on the road…
Yeah it’s important, but you know it’s game one and not over until you not win series. It’s too many games we need to win, to win series.

On whether he felt he got a good piece of the shot that went in…
I don’t care about the shot that goes through every time it’s fine, not a problem.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD TOMAS TATAR
On if he was pleased with the overall play of the team tonight…
I think it was a great game for both sides. Both teams were I feel like a little bit afraid, but that’s the playoff hockey. I guess there won’t be many goals, but we’re really happy we get the game and that’s one win for us.

On the interference penalty he took…
He called it so there’s nothing that I can do, but we have a 2-0 on the penalties so we expect they will call something on us and I was kind of upset it was me, but what can you do.

On the team having to deal with the Bruins power play unit…
Oh yeah absolutely I didn’t feel good about it, and I feel kind of guilty, but thanks to our guys they did a great job on the PK [penalty kill] and they held it for us.

On the kind of message the team was able to send tonight…
Well, I feel like they knew what we will play. They knew we can play really good hockey, that’s what the results during the season we outplayed them 3-1 so they knew it will be a tough series and we really respect that team a lot. So that’s 1-0 we need three more so it’s good we pick up the first one and we just have to play as good as tonight and we’ll get the result.

On playing his first playoff game and what this does for his confidence…
Yeah, like you said the first few minutes were a little struggle. You know I was a kind of careful game I feel like everybody was a little careful even then. It was really structured, not many mistakes everybody just try to put the puck deep and not do any mistakes. It was 0-0 for so long, but we are happy we got the one and we pick the game up. It was great to get the first game behind us and we have to play the same way to get the other three.

On the play of goaltender Jimmy Howard…
He was huge, huge for us. Lots of good saves. Hold us the whole game and I think this series won’t have many goals so we have got to help Howie to hold his net and not to get that many freebies, any rebounds and he’ll be able to hold us for sure.

DETROIT RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS KRONWALL
On the team’s play tonight…
Solid performance all the way through.  We did some good things, Howard came up with some big saves obviously but I thought overall we did a pretty good job.

On how they were able to control the puck and take it away from the Bruins…
The way we can have success is to play with speed and I thought we did that for long stretches in the game tonight.  We took advantage of our speed, got the puck deep, started rolling around and that’s the way we want to play the game.

On if this win boosts the teams confidence a little more…
I don’t know about that.  I think we all have a belief within the group that if we just do what we do and keep playing with the details in our game, we’ll be just fine.

On if there is any thought of overtime in a 0-0 game before Pavel Datsyuk scores…
I don’t think you are thinking one way or the other to be honest with you.  You are just trying to focus on the next shift, I know that might sound boring but I think that’s the way you have to approach it.  Just focus on your next shift, whether it goes to OT or not and just keep sticking to the details and you’ll be just fine.

On limiting the Bruins shots and opportunities…
I thought we did a fairly good job of boxing out and playing quicker on the defensive side of things.  In our zone when we got the puck we were able to get it out fairly quick, we were able to get the pucks deep and go after their defense instead.  I thought overall it was a solid performance.

On his team using their speed against the Bruins…
That’s the way we have to play in order to have success against this team.  We know they are big, strong, heavy team, they are so deep too.  We have to play to our strength and that’s playing with the puck playing with a lot of speed.

On if he got a good look at Pavel Datsyuk’s goal…
Yeah not bad.  The puck was probably four or five feet behind him and he was able to pick it up, do things that no one else can do, we’ve seen it before and he did it again.  Abde [Justin Abdelkader] did a great job pushing their far defenseman down, which created some more room for Pav [Pavel Datsyuk] and when he shot the puck, Rask didn’t see it much.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD DREW MILLER
On how the Red Wings were able to shut out the Bruins…
Yeah, I think we played a solid game from Jimmy [Howard] out to the D to the forwards. That’s what we came here to do; play our game and play with speed. We got one tonight, but we know we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. They’re a good team.

On surviving a scoreless game and getting the game-winner late…
It was a hard-fought game both ways. I thought both goalies made big saves. I would expect the whole series to be close, and real hard-fought games. I think everyone’s out there hitting and playing hard. So that’s what I would expect next game, too.

On not getting frustrated when the Red Wings couldn’t convert on their chances…
I think we played to our game plan tonight. I thought there were stretches there where they had a lot of opportunities as well, so both teams were playing well. We’ve just got to come back with the same game plan next game, play hard and execute in our zone, and that leads to good offense.

On winning Game One on the road…
Yeah, for sure. You feel good for a little bit, then you go back and prepare for Game Two. We know they’re a good team. You don’t win the President’s Trophy for not being a good team. So we’ve got to be prepared. We know they’re going to come out hungry next game, and we’ve got to be playing our best in Game Two.

On if the Red Wings have to play the way they did tonight to win the series…
Yeah, I think we’ve got to play our best. Maybe not tonight, we weren’t our best at all times, but we know we’ve got to go out there and try and be our best. That’s our mindset, and we want to play solid in our zone.

On how Detroit was able to overcome Boston’s physicality…
I think they had their times when they were physical, and we did a good job. I think our D did a good job with their partner work, and giving them some room out there in the zone to not get hit. So that was good for them, and I think we were out of our zone quick, so we were able to play a lot in their zone.

On the Red Wings having as good of a first period as you can have on the road in the playoffs…
Yeah, I thought we played well. I think we have some room for improvement, and also we’re going to see a better, or maybe not better, but same effort from them. They’re a good team, so we’ve got to be prepared.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On his game plan going into tonight…
Just trying to establish myself outside the paint. They are such a good team, they are so deep and they have so many weapons, I just want to give myself the chance to stop as many shots as possible.

On if there was one key save that got his confidence going tonight…
I think a lot of it was getting out and moving the puck for the guys.  You know watching Petr [Mrazek] in St. Louis in the last game of the year, he doesn’t hesitate he just goes out and does it.  You’re never too old to learn something new so thanks Pete.

On if there was a duel going on between him and Tuukka Rask tonight…
I try not to think about that too much but it is a game within the game.  Tuukka [Rask] is a great goalie and we are going to have to keep finding ways to go to the net and get screens in front of his eyes, because if he sees it, he’s going to stop it.

On if he saw the goal by Pavel Datsyuk…
I couldn’t tell from down at the other end.  I just saw the red light go on.

On what the key to the defensive effort was tonight…
I think we did a great job of getting in front of guys in the neutral zone and allowing our defense to get back and get the pucks and break out fast.  I think that led to some great offensive time for us.

On his save on Lucic off of the Iginla shot…
It was a fortunate save, it was pretty lucky.  I forget who it was that lobbed it in but he stuck his stick out and got a lot on it and it just sort of spun my glove and I was just able to get enough on it, I was pretty lucky.

On if he has any sense before the game on how he is going to plan for it…
You never know how it’s going to unfold.  You can definitely have a feeling that you’re going to play well but as soon as you get out there you don’t know what is going to happen.  Crazy things can happen in this game that you just can’t control so you just have to go out there and play the game.

On if the puck starts to look any larger after a couple critical saves…
You just get into a rhythm and it becomes a little bit like practice.

On how much watching Petr Mrazek helped his confidence in playing the puck…
Well you’re never too old to learn.  That is one of Petr’s strengths, he just goes out there and does it so watching him play the puck and move it in practice and during the game on Sunday, I just liked how he doesn’t double think anything, he just goes out there and does it.

On the defense as a whole limiting the time the Bruins had the puck in their zone…
Well we have to, I don’t think we have a choice.  They are so hard on the forecheck and they are big and physical and they can put guys through the boards they are so big, so we don’t really have a choice, we have to get out there and execute fast.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:45 AM
On whether a “David vs. Goliath” phenomenon exists between the No. 1 and No. 8 seeds…
Not with parity. I don’t think that exists anymore. I’ve been mentioning that for the last couple of days, about the percentage of upsets in the first round over the last couple of years. So it just goes to prove to you that anything can happen in the playoffs. We’ve seen it many times before and I don’t expect that to change this year also.

On whether that puts the Bruins on alert…
Well, we never get comfortable. We’ve always talked about that. No matter what we’ve accomplished, we always know that the good things happen from hard work, so the minute we stop working hard and focusing on the areas we need to focus on, things can change. So that’s always been our approach.

On how the Bruins have performed this season with regards to puck management…
Good enough to finish tops in the league there. We talk bout that stuff — there’s some nights that it’s better than others but overall I think we’ve done a pretty good job.

On the health of forwards Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille…
No updates on those guys.

On his opinion of the bracket format in the playoffs…
Well, it’s the format that I think was based on creating more interest in the playoffs, and if you look at — it’s worked so far when you look at some of the matchups that have happened. So we as coaches just go about our business depending on what is decided, and the one advantage I guess that you have is you have an idea of who you would play in the next round, which — I should say, which teams are going at each other, and you’re going to be taking on the winner of that one if you get past your round. So that’s about it. Before, it was sometimes waiting till the last minute to find out if this team won or that team won, it would be a different opponent. So you had the two different opponents that you could play. Now, it’s all based on one series, so you have an idea of which series to watch, if need be.

On his overall impressions of the Red Wings…
They play the same way they’ve played forever. Their personnel has changed. They’ve got some younger bodies — well obviously, some good players [have gotten injured], but let’s not kid ourselves — they’ve replaced them with some pretty good young ones as well. So they’re still the same. They love their puck management, play a good defensive game, they’ve got layers and they certainly have guys that can score some goals for them, and that’s been proven there in the last little while. They’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but it’s given a lot of those young players, I think, [a chance] to develop. I’ve seen a lot of those young players get better as the year has gone on here, so again, it’s going to be a real tough opponent for us.

On any adjustments the Bruins have made for the postseason, given their 1-3 record vs. Detroit in the regular season…
It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t matter what the season record was — playoffs is a whole new ballgame. Same for us — it doesn’t matter that we finished atop the league. That doesn’t matter anymore. All that gave us is home-ice advantage. Now we start from scratch, and same thing is going to apply to this series here. So we haven’t looked at the finishes or — because, you know, we lost a game we felt we could have won. Game 2 here, we totally dominated, but at the end of the night, the score wasn’t what it should have been. So you can spend a lot of time looking at those, or you can focus on what you need to do moving forward and that’s what we’ve chosen to do.

On forward Jordan Caron…
Well, I think if you even look at the last game in Jersey, he had a lot of chances. He hasn’t really been able to produce, but he’s still working on creating chances, which he’s done. At the same time, with his role, because he hasn’t played all the time, he needs to be a reliable player and that’s what he’s trying to do.

On whether Friday was the first time Daniel Paille has skated since last Saturday vs. Buffalo…
Yeah, that — he skated this morning on his own. 
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