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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Sunday, April 20, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On his team’s overall improvements from Game 1…
I think so. I think last game, we mentioned that they were winning more races, their battles, their will to get to the puck first and hang on to it was better than ours in Game 1. But tonight, it was a little bit more — I think we were a little bit better in all areas, from our breakouts with their pressure to the neutral zone, where we were able to get through that with a little bit more speed today than we did the last game, and able to get our forecheck going like we talked about doing after Game 1. So we were able to put pucks in areas where we were able to get on them quick or get to the pucks first.

On forward Justin Florek and his goal…
Yeah, I think it was great for him. It was also great for the team, I think, to give us that early lead and really get that confidence going, that energy that we were looking for. That was a big goal for us, so it was great to see him stay on it and react well and quick enough so that it ended up being a good goal for us.

On his team’s depth on the penalty kill…
Well, our guys just did a great job. I think they have good positions. We worked hard to get our penalty kill back to the level that we needed for the playoffs by really looking at their power play closely and seeing the tendencies. But David Krejci hasn’t killed much this year. He’s killed in the past and he’s been a good penalty killer. We’re, I guess, blessed with a lot of them this year where we’re able to save David for the line following a penalty kill. But we need him now. He stepped up. [Justin] Florek’s another guy that’s killed penalties in Providence and is pretty good at it as well. So guys have done a good job. Our regular guys continue to do a good job on it, but then new guys have come in and really stepped up and replaced those missing guys in a good way.

On the team’s improved forecheck in Game 2…
We didn’t talk about specifically where we were supposed to do that. We just said we needed to be on the puck a little bit more and we had to go in there with more determination because like I said last game, we didn’t come up with the puck as much and we’re a team that doesn’t mind the physical game. And it only works when you’re able to get there. Last game, we weren’t. Today, we were. We were able to use the physical aspect of our game a little bit more and because of that, we were able to get to pucks and turn pucks over a little bit more as well. That’s the important part of our game. We know that. So again, they work hard at making our route to pucks a little bit longer but we skated well enough today to get around those and get to the pucks.

On getting one power play goal from each unit…
Well, I think our power play has been good — as you know, a lot better this year. And the big thing was, can they continue to produce for us in the playoffs? And that’s an important part of the game, and I know we won in the past without having a power play — LA did the same thing. Penalty kill to me is extremely important. Our penalty kill right now is doing a pretty good job, but when you have both units being able to do the job right, it helps a lot, and obviously it was a big difference in tonight’s game, the penalty kill being so good and getting those power play goals.



On forward Loui Eriksson…
We’ve been talking about Loui for the last month and a half here as if he’s a surprise. But Loui [Eriksson] has just been god for us ever since, like I said, he got over those injuries. He’s a player that everybody from our organization saw him as being. He’s great up front, he’s a smart player, he manages the puck well, he doesn’t make many mistakes, and he’s a guy that’s always been good in front of the net as well. I know we’ve got him on the half wall because we’ve got a different type of power play, but the five-on-three, he’s the designated guy to be in front of the net because he’s good at it. So that’s an area he excels in and did a great job. And I think Reilly [Smith] did just as good of a job, being able to pounce on that loose puck, where last game, we weren’t able to get to those.

On the David Krejci line…
Well, I think they had the sense that they had to get going and they needed to produce and be a positive influence in this game. So they went right back at it and they scored a big goal for us. They’ve been a good line for us all year, and the biggest challenge for those guys is they’re going to be checked on a little bit tighter in the playoffs and they’ve got to battle through those situations and continue to be a real productive line for us. And I thought tonight was better. Obviously the first game, they had a tough game, but I thought they bounced back well in this afternoon’s game.

On the penalty kill…
I’m not quite sure I understand your question very well but as far as our PK, it’s great. But at the same time, we’ve got to be careful. We got to still stay out of the box because at one point, you over utilize certain players and when it gets to be a long series, you need those guys to be as fresh as possible. So we’ve got to find a way next game to stay out of the box a little bit more but the physicality’s got to be there. But it’s got to be there within the rules, and as a penalty killing unit, we do a good job but once we turn that puck over, we either ice it or there’s been times where we’ve been able to create a little bit of offense with it as well. And we’ve scored some shorthanded goals this year, but the number one priority is to get that puck out of our end and down the other end.

On defenseman Zdeno Chara…
It all depends on games here, and I think knowing the situation we’re in, we don’t start a game saying we’re going to give him 30 minutes tonight, we’re going to give him 22 the next night. It depends on how the game goes. We killed a lot of penalties today, and he’s a big part of our penalty kill — six, I think we had at least six penalties here tonight, so that’s 12 minutes of penalties, and I think a lot of that time in that area, plus having to play against [Pavel] Datsyuk, who gets 20-plus minutes a game, so that’s a heavy load for him. But it’s a load right now that he can handle because we’ve been managing his ice for the most part this year to make sure he’s fresh for the playoffs.

On the contrast between Game 1 and Game 2 of this series…
I think it’s important for us to really grasp what we did tonight and really bottle that up and know that’s what it’s going to take to beat this team. They’re labeled an 8 seed, but let’s not kid ourselves — if they’re a healthy team this year, they’re not an 8 seed, and right now, they have maybe just a couple of players that — [Henrik] Zetterberg and [Jonathan] Ericsson on that back end that they’d love to have in their lineup. And other than that, they’ve really all their guys, guys have come back and they’re a lot healthier than they’ve been all year. But they’re a good hockey team, so going back to that, it’s going to be important for us to have that kind of intensity and that kind of determination to beat this team because it’s not an 8th-seeded team, and it’s a really good hockey club, and they’re well coached, and they play well, and they’re quick, and they’re certainly capable of doing damage if you’re not ready.


On Matt Bartkowski, Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly…
No updates on Kelly, Paille. All our guys are going to travel with us — that’s one thing I can tell you. As far as [Matt] Bartkowski, he’d only practiced yesterday quickly here and probably not 100 percent, trying to recover from that flu, that virus that he had. And he missed at least six days, non-skating, so we didn’t think it was the wise choice, putting him in, just watching practice yesterday. So [Kevan] Miller was in a different situation. He came back, practiced, missed again, practiced, and he seemed a little bit better, so that was a medical kind of decision on seeing who could handle this pace tonight, and he was strong enough to do that. So as far as next game, I don’t know. I keep telling you guys, when we’re talking about a virus, it’s hard to stand here and say, this guy will be in, this guy won’t be in, and that really becomes a day to day situation.

On getting to the net better…
It’s just a little bit more determination, I would say, from our group because that was the game plan we had from day 1, and I don’t think there’s a team in the playoffs right now that doesn’t tell the players to go to the net. That’s just — every team needs that. To score goals, the goaltenders are too good — if you don’t have that net-front presence, you’re not going to score that many goals. So some games, you find ways to get there a little better than others, and the first game, I think our guys found out how hard it was because they do a great job boxing out and they had a lot more determination tonight to get to those areas. And as I said, I think we had a little bit more of a jump in our game today than we did in that first game that allowed us to make it hard on them to box us out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On whether that was the physical-style game they were hoping to play…
Yeah I think we played more of our game, and kind of took the hesitation out of our game I think that was there in that first game. So I know we talked about how important this game was ever since the loss, and it was good to have a response here to get the series back to 1-1.

On their line matching up against Darren Helm…
I mean you know, there’s all sort of different matchups throughout a series. But I think at the end, you’ve got to focus on your game and what you need to be successful. They get a goal by driving the net, and just getting the puck off a rebound off Tuukk [Tuukka Rask] off their guy and in. The good thing is, we were able to respond before the period was done. Especially when it felt like we were penalty-killing all period. It was a great play by Kruger [Torey Krug] to me to show some patience, and another great pass by Iggy [Jarome Iginla] to me, and I had a lot of net to shoot at and thankfully it went in this time and didn’t take a hard left out. So it was a good effort by all.

On whether his line sensed that they needed to get something going…
Yeah definitely. You know we felt like we didn’t leave enough out there in the first game, and sometimes in a series it takes a little bit to get things going. As this has gone on I think it got a little bit better today, but I think moving forward we still have to get better to get to the top of our game.

On the sense of urgency today…
It was much better, it was where we needed it to be to get a win. And if we want to have some success moving forward that urgency has to remain high.

On how much momentum they gained from Justin Florek’s goal…
Yeah I think getting that first one was huge, especially after not being able to get one past them last game. Sometimes all it takes is a lucky bounce like that to kind of turn the tide and get some confidence and momentum in the goal-scoring department. So great job by him pouncing on the puck to get that first goal.

On how crucial special teams have been…
Yeah it was big, it was big there when we had a bunch of power play opportunities in the first period to get that goal to make it 2-0. Like I said, in the second period it felt like we were killing most of the time. The PK [penalty kill] stepped up and was able to shut them down. And obviously getting that second PP [power play] goal at the start of the third period was huge to get the three-goal lead. It’s been strength for us throughout the season, and we’ve just got to keep making plays and take our chances when we have them on the PP [power play]. Like you saw there, it’s not always going to be pretty, it’s going to be those goals where you have to chip away and get those second or third shots. And you saw the two goals that were scored there on the PP [power play] they were right in the crease.

On how he went into the boards before his goal, and whether he was contemplating getting off the ice…
It was 50/50 there a little bit. I cut my foot up pretty good there with my own skate blade. But luckily didn’t get off, and like I said Krugger [Torey Krug] made a great play to me, and Iggy [Jarome Iginla] made a great fake-shot pass to find me driving the net there. So good thing I stayed on the ice there, and it ended up being a big goal to regain that two-goal lead.

On what it means to have Kevan Miller back to help out as a physical presence…
Yeah he stepped up for us huge this year with the absence of some key D-men that we lost throughout the year. And to see him step up like he did here tonight, and how he’s been playing throughout the year, has been great to see. He’s a physical guy, he’s a real competitor, and you saw that here tonight, like you said, especially in the first five minutes.

On whether it was nice to see more calls being made…
Yeah you know especially looking at all the other games it seems like there’s at least 10 power plays combined in all the other games, and last game there was only three and there could have been a few more. So again, it was good for us to be able to create those power plays and then make the most of them when we got on them.

On how badly he cut his foot…
A couple stitches, but a long way from the heart, right?

On when he got the stitches…
Between periods. A little tape and aspirin to it to keep it warm.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JUSTIN FLOREK
On his goal…
Yeah, it was a good present there. It was good to get the team going, I think that was the biggest thing, get some momentum in the building. So that was a big start for us.

On if he felt that goal gave the Bruins the jump they needed in the game…
Yeah, it was back and forth a couple of penalties to start the game there, trying to get the flow back into the game so it was good to get that goal and get everyone going.

On if he feels the Bruins were able to play their game from the start…
Yeah, I think we did. I think we came out with the kind of attitude we wanted to play with, and I think it carried throughout the whole game.

On always being ready…
Yeah, I mean that’s part of the game, you’ve got to always be ready. So you’re sitting on the bench you’ve just got to keep your legs loose and everything, and when you get the chance you’ve just got to be ready, so that was a big part of it.

On if he could believe what he had in front of him…
No I couldn’t, but it was nice so I don’t regret it at all. It was awesome.

On if he was expecting Howard to play the puck…
Yeah, I thought he kind of was and I just tried to read him. So it was a lucky bounce, I think it hit the defenseman and right to my stick, so just the right spot at the right time I guess.

On how it felt to score the first goal for the Bruins in this series…
It felt great, you know, just great to get the fans into it and get everyone going, especially the team. So I think it was a good start for us, and hopefully, you know carry that out through the rest of the series.

On how much confidence this goal gave him…
Yeah, it’s great to get confidence and everything, and to get that goal was pretty cool. But it was just great to get the team going, you know, to put up a couple of goals like that is a good win for our team.

On his involvement in penalty kills…
Yeah, I kill a lot in Providence and it’s a bit part of my game I think, and something I contribute to the team. So it’s great to be able to come up here and do that and be confident with it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On going into Detroit with a win…
When you play one game, I don’t think it speaks much about the series. We have to go in there and make sure we continue to do those things well. I don’t think we can say we are comfortable. I think we understand on what it takes to beat these guys and I think if we play like that we will have success this series.

On the Bruins’ power play…
Yeah, it’s nice that finally the hard work pays off. You see the damage that our power play can do. We had more than one opportunity, so it’s fun for the guys that are out there during the power play to get those chances.

On the biggest difference between game one and game two…
The controlled emotion, I think. It was really important for us to come out and get the crowd engaged. When you see guys like Miller’s first couple shifts, he’s out there blowing guys up and Krejci is playing the body, that’s when he is at his best in the playoffs. Our whole team – it spreads through our team like fire and it’s important.

On keeping the momentum in Detroit…
It is something we are going to keep focusing on. It’s one of the keys to our game. If we were playing any other team we would try and do the same thing, when we are engaged emotionally and are controlled, and playing physical, that’s when we are at our best.

On the relationship with Luke Glendening…
There is nothing there really, no past there. It’s just fun when you are in the corner battling and grew up playing against the guy. It’s good let him know you’re there.

On the scoring goal by Lucic…
That was big time right there. It’s a crucial moment in the game. You get the puck into those guys hands and you’re going to make things happen sooner or later. They are going to break down those defensive walls so what a great play by Iggy [Iginla] to get it over to Looch [Lucic]. That was very important for the game.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On winning Game 2…
It’s good to see that we’re pushing hard and we got rewarded pretty early, too. Especially at home, I think it’s important to get that physical start and get the early goal.

On getting an emotional lift from an early goal after losing Game 1…
Not really. I’m just trying to keep my emotions in check and stay calm out there no matter what the score is, but it’s good to see guys get rewarded. I don’t think we got as good of a start in Game 1 as we did today. We crashed the net a lot in the first period today and it definitely paid off. It’s great to see it. It boosts our guys’ confidence. But from a goalie’s standpoint, I think I’m just trying to stay even keel and take care of my job.

On Zdeno Chara’s net-front presence on the power play…
I do it in practice sometimes. Obviously, it’s not a game situation, but he’s a pretty good screener. He’s become a lot better at it. He’s got such a long and strong stick that he can bounce on those loose pucks like he did on that goal. It’s definitely a challenge. I’m just happy for him that he’s getting rewarded for the work he’s put in.

On holding Detroit to one goal through two games…
Game 1, I think both teams played pretty solid defense. Today again, we crashed the net a lot and got rewarded. I think from our standpoint, defensively we played a really solid first two periods—killed a lot of penalties. And then once we got that 4-1 lead, we kind of let up a little bit and gave them that speed and some chances. For the most part, I think our defense has been tremendous throughout these two games.

On the altercation between Zdeno Chara and Brendan Smith…
Emotions run high during the playoffs and games. Stuff happens. I didn’t see any of that. I don’t even know if they’re talking. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that just happens.

On why the team’s penalty kill has been so successful…
I don’t know. Everything, I guess. They haven’t scored yet, I don’t think. We have good sticks, we’re taking care of the middle and trying not to give them those seam passes, and then if they get shots we’re trying to bounce on the loose pucks and win puck battles. I think everything has been pretty strong—the forecheck and stuff like that. We take a lot of pride in our penalty kill and so far it’s been working. It’s a huge thing throughout the season and especially in the playoffs, you need to have good special teams in order to move forward.

On seeing pucks better tonight than he did in Game 1…
I think it was pretty similar. I mean, there was a couple of shots I had to fight through traffic that happened to hit my body. Maybe it just looks like that because I saved them today. I think it’s been the same the past couple of days. I usually see the puck pretty well. No difference between Game 1 and Game 2.

On the Bruins' physicality translating to the penalty kill…
We try to win the battles, obviously. We have big bodies and we try to have good sticks and win the battles. It helps my job, obviously, and then guys block shots, they’re physical in front of the net. If I don’t have to save the puck it makes my job a lot easier, right? A lot of credit to the guys.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the Bruins’ penalty kill…
I thought our PK too in the second, we kind of got ourselves into a little bit of PK trouble, our PK was very strong and gave us a chance to come out of that period with a two-goal lead, have to carry some momentum over for the third, which we were strong in.

On more about the team’s penalty kill…
The guys were playing hard, and I mean there’s a lot of blocked shots going on. This time of year, our PK definitely puts it on the line, and they’re hard to get it through. They read it well, you know, Zee [Zdeno Chara] and the D [defense] back there are reading it, but we’ve been going over a lot of things and we’ve got a lot of respect for their power play over there. They’re creative guys, and fortunately tonight we don’t want to give ourselves that much, you know, give them that many opportunities. So we know it’s playing with fire a little bit, but tonight they were very strong and were a big part of that game.

On having Kevan Miller back in the lineup…
Yeah, Millsy [Kevan Miller] right from the start I thought he helped set the tone with a couple of big hits, and I think they were within the first five minutes. I mean, he looks like he’s about to get hit and he still hits the other way, so he reverses and he brings a lot of energy, but he still moves the puck well and he’s a tough guy to beat but he’s just – he’s a very strong competitor and it was great to have him back on the lineup and set that tone early.

On if they reached their goal to have players in front of net…
Yeah, I thought we got – it was definitely a goal to get in front of, be just outside that paint. And be battling for rebounds more and I thought the first PP [power play] goal we got was a great example that shot there. We had guys up front but Loui [Eriksson] battled away and we were able to squeak it through his legs. And then Reilly [Smith] there was right in front there to put that in, so that was a big boost for us, just to – that’s one of things we want to do is be around that net, and second and third chances and just battle away there. So that was nice to get that early.

On how big of a boost the first goal was in playing offensively throughout the game…
We got – you know, not getting any in our first game, it was a tight checking game both ways and we had some adjustments to make, but we have confidence that we play a certain way and we knew we had to play the puck a little bit more. We wanted to adjust a few things and wanted to still be physical, those things lead to chances. So guys weren’t doubting and stuff but it’s always nice to get that first one and be able to roll from there, so definitely special teams were a big part of the game tonight and that PP goal was big and then that PK came up huge for us. 

On his line…
You want to be…it’s not really an each line thing or whatever, but it definitely feels good if you can get things going in the right direction as a line and feel like you’re contributing. But also we’re trying to be physical and each line is trying to be physical and other things, but it definitely felt good to see Looch [Milan Lucic] put that one in at the end of the second, that was a big goal for us.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On how much emphasis there was on breakouts coming into today…
I thought they were pretty good, just trying to hit the open guy.  Talking out there makes a big difference too.  When you hear a guy calling for the puck, you give it to him, he’s usually open, makes it a lot different for our breakouts.

On if there was more room to operate in the neutral zone today…
We were doing the simple things, we weren’t trying to complicate the game.  There were a lot of good dumps out there too and we battled hard for the puck, well harder than we did in the first game.  So I think that was just the key.

On if that hit on him from Franzen at the end of the period was unnecessary…
Well I mean there’s only like two seconds left.  I don’t think I was going to turn, I don’t think anybody in the whole building thought I was going to turn but that’s behind us.  We have to go into Detroit and try to get this next win.

On the Bruins getting back to their style of hockey…
When we play that style of hockey, everybody is going and everybody feeds off of each other.  It gives us a little bit more room out there too, to try to make plays.  They scored that one goal, it was just a lucky bounce off the hand and into the net but Tuukka played well.  Just being physical, I think if we continue to do that, it will help us out even though they are a very fast team. 

On if it was a good sign to see a lot of the interference and holding penalties called today…
Well it should be called.  If it’s on us or it’s on them, if it’s a penalty it should be called.  In the playoffs you can kind of get away with a little bit but some of them are obvious.  They did a good job today on both teams, and that’s that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On the Detroit line their line was matched up against…
Yeah it’s a tough test. Their line we’re up against most of the game, they’re extremely skilled. So we tried to take the puck out of their hands and make it difficult on them. I think we did a pretty good job tonight. We’ve just got to keep that mindset and try not to give them any time to breathe next game.

On whether Loui Eriksson gets the credit he deserves for the plays he sets up in front of the net…
Loui [Eriksson] is unbelievable, and I don’t think he probably gets the credit he deserves here. You know he’s an unbelievable player, and just because he’s been out of the lineup due to injuries this year I think he kind of gets looked over. But he’s an ultra-talented guy, and you know as soon as he gets the puck he’s doing something special with it.

On his brother, Brendan Smith, going after Zdeno Chara…
He wouldn’t be the first guy I’d choose in the NHL to go against. He should probably think twice next time.

On whether he was worried about his brother’s safety…
No, not too much. That’s the least of my worries right now.

On whether he could see the look on Chara’s face…
Yeah, and I don’t think Chara is too worried. It’s a moot point in the entire series and the whole outcome of the game.

On whether it was easier to penetrate the neutral zone and establish some offense tonight…
I think we did a much better job slowing them down, and I think it created more space for us and a little more speed. So that was one of our game plan factors, and I think we did a good job tonight being able to turn that pace.

On getting an early lead…
It’s huge, especially in playoff games. First goal usually dictates the game and usually ends up winning. So it was good to get those first two early, and I think it just gave us a little more energy and added a little extra intensity to the game.

On taking advantage of the power play opportunities…
Yeah we don’t get too many power plays, so it was good to be able to get them and be able to capitalize early. Even when Detroit gets down they don’t really change their structure. So the biggest thing for us is not to change our game. If we’re up a couple goals you know don’t sit back, keep on pushing the pace.


On what the message was and what changed coming into the game tonight…
Getting pucks to the net was obviously a big factor, especially last game not scoring a goal. So I think power plays definitely helped us in the start and changed the tide. You know we’re not getting too many pucks to the net at the start, and then you get the 5 on 3 and you’re able to fire as many as you want. So that does definitely change the pace of the game and we benefited off of it.

On whether he was even more excited to score because he’s been struggling to get a goal recently…
I don’t think it’s that, I think it’s just exciting to score your first playoff goal and just be able to help your team get a 2-0 lead in the game I think that’s the biggest factor. You automatically get a bit of a buzz and get a little energy boost off that.

On whether the way he jumped on the puck in the crease was symbolic of how the whole team approached the game, in terms of crashing the net hard…
Yeah when you get shut out the game before, it’s obviously going to be one of the biggest things you’re focusing on is getting to the crease and making it difficult on them. So it paid off for us and it paid off early, and I think that changed the outcome of the game

On whether getting an early lead forced the Red Wings to play the Bruins style of hockey…
A little bit. You know I think we’re probably one of the best teams in the league at playing that heavy style. So we got them off their game a little bit, and I think they got us off our game in Game 1. So it was good to see a little change of pace, and I think it benefited us in the long run.

On holding Pavel Datsyuk to only one shot…
It’s tough, you know he’s a really talented player and he’s known as the magic man for a reason. So when he gets the puck – he still made a lot of good passes and a lot of good plays, and we still have to focus on limiting.

On whether his line felt like they had to make up for the Red Wings goal last game…
A little bit. I don’t think – you know, the personal stuff is the least of your worries. It’s just trying to help the team. So I think whenever you can get a goal and change the tide of the game it’s huge.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On playing on the Bruins terms this game rather than the Red Wings…
We knew that first game we didn’t play our best. We wanted to make sure that we were better today, and I think we were. So we’ve just go to, again, continue to do the things that we do well and keep improving and adjusting.

On a big difference in the power play this game…
Yeah, I thought that for sure we capitalized on our opportuntiies, and it makes a big difference in the game when you score on your power plays and you’re able to kill the pentalities.

On his interaction with Brandon Smith and what was going through Chara’s mind as he was laughing…
Nothing really, it’s just, that’s playoff hockey.

On how much of a help it was to have Kevan Miller back in today’s game…
Yeah, I mean it’s nice to have him back. It probably wasn’t fun for him the last few days, but I thought he handled it really well and he played a strong game.

On playing more minutes this and gearing up for that change…
You know what, I always say whatever coaching style [Claude Julien] decides to play me, use me, I’m fine with that. It’s all about wins and team games. So, I’m ready whenever they ask me to and that’s the bottom line.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On tonight’s game…
We knew we could have been better than we were last game. We talked about it. I think that guys did a good job of bringing that energy today.

On physicality of the game…
It should be there anyways. The fact that it was lacking in the first game, maybe we didn’t have our legs underneath us after a week of skating, I am not sure, or a week off in between games. This time of year should always have that physical presence going.

On keeping the physicality throughout the game…
There wasn’t much talk about it, standard lock room talk before the game, nothing mind blowing I think. We were just aware that we were going to be successful for tonight’s game and e have to get back to the way we are capable of playing.

On getting to the net…
I feel like we talk about the same stuff all the time. You want to get to the net every game. They have a pretty good “D” core back there, too. They are not just going to let you get to the net either. It’s about battling and finding space and trying to get there. Sometimes you can and sometimes they do a good job boxing out, too. I know we talk about on our end. Our D, we want to box guys out on their team. They try and do a good job getting to the net, too. It’s the same old, same old. We felt pretty good today. I thought that the guys were skating. I thought that in the first and third we were playing our type of hockey.  

On the momentum of the first goal scored tonight…
Things were going well before that. Obviously the fortunate bounce, [Justin] Florek did a good job putting it in the back of the net. I think, we kind of see the reaction on the bench I am sure the guys were very happy especially for him. I mean it’s his second game and gets rewarded with a goal. He has been working hard for us the whole time he has been up here, so happy to see that.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On why the Red Wings power play was ineffective…
Well I thought we were ineffective, period, to tell you the truth. I didn’t think we were very good. I thought they were better. I thought we were better than them Game One. I thought they were way better than us in Game Two. They were engaged. They won the battles. They were quick, we were slow. We didn’t execute, and then on the power play, I thought their penalty kill forecheck was good. Well, on special teams, they won the faceoffs, so they cleared it down. Their penalty kill forecheck was good, our power play breakout failed to execute, so we got no zone time. It was like an exercise in skating up and down the rink. We weren’t very good on special teams, anyway you look at it. They won the special teams battles. As poor as we were, I thought in the second period, we got the game to right where we wanted it. It’s two-one, gonna be going into the third. It’s a simple two-on-two cross play, and we don’t execute, now we’re down three-one and the game’s over. We weren’t very good here tonight. Give them credit, they were better and we didn’t respond. We didn’t play faster.

On Boston’s first goal setting the tone…
I don’t know about that. I thought we had the game perfect. Nothing was going on. I don’t even know if they had any shots at that point. Then we took three penalties in the first ten minutes, and the next thing you know, they get another one. I thought that gave them energy and momentum, and I thought they were better than we were.

On post-whistle scrums and altercations…
I just think you’ve got to decide what you want to do. Do you want to play like them or play like us?

On if the Bruins dictated the style of today’s game…
Well I thought we played slow, so that’s what it was like. I just looked at the sheet here, we had one, two, three, four roughing calls. We haven’t had four roughing calls this year. So you’ve got to do what you do, not what they do.

On if Detroit lost because they didn’t play well…
Let’s not take anything away from [the Bruins]. They did a good job. I thought we did a good job in Game One. I didn’t think we did a good job in Game Two. So the lesson is, when you win Game One, you’ve got to get ready for Game Two. I mean it’s a practice day, but you’ve got to get mentally engaged and ready to play. And we weren’t ready to play tonight – I shouldn’t say that. We started fine, but we didn’t do what we needed to do.

On what the Red Wings need to change about their five-on-five game…
I don’t know, I thought in Game One, five-on-five we did a lot of good things, and I thought we had lots of good looks. Played tonight and didn’t. As poor as we were, it didn’t go in, but I’m not worried about that.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD DANIEL ALFREDSSON
On the power play attempts by Detroit today…
We didn’t set up in their end.  Our breakouts, I think they read them too easily and they did a good job in the neutral zone.  Seems like we got hesitant and we weren’t as assertive as we normally are and I think that’s been one of our strong suits is setting up in the other teams end.  We are going to have to do a much better job of that because that’s probably the difference today, the special teams.

On the play of the offense in the last two games…
Today’s game I think our power play could have gotten us going.  Last game we were in it all the way.  I don’t think we had to press as we did today to get back into the game and I think we can be a little bit quicker through the neutral zone.  If we do that we’ll get into their end a little bit better.  Today I think we made it too easy for them at times.

On if the Bruins enticed them into playing their game…
A little bit.  There were a few scrums but I think overall we handled it pretty good.  I don’t think that’s really an issue in this series.  Obviously they get off to the start they want, get two quick goals there and they have always been one of the best teams of defending a lead and I thought we did a good job in the second of battling back.  That third one for them hurt us a bit.

On how he assesses the series up to this point…
1-1.  I thought we played real solid in Game 1 and I thought we had spurts today where it was okay but we can do better.  So we are going to bring that back to Detroit.

On if getting the power play going is the most important thing right now…
I think five-on-five we can be quicker and move the puck quicker and not be too predictable.  Coming back home and using the crowd with their energy and getting back to the way we play a little bit more.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD RILEY SHEAHAN
On Boston’s first goal…
Yeah, it was just a little bit of a miscommunication, I think, with the line change. We just got an unfortunate bounce and it ended up in the back of our net. So it was tough, but we’ve just got to regroup and get back at it tomorrow.

On Detroit not being able to sustain momentum…
It’s all about momentum in the playoffs. They played a great game and they were physical. I mean, there isn’t anything we can do now, so we’ve just got to take it back to Detroit, regroup, and go from there.

On the Bruins playing with more physicality…
Yeah, obviously they’ve got some heavy checkers, but we can’t let it get to us. We’ve just got to keep going and keep our feet moving, and use what we can do to our advantage.

On the Red Wings not carrying momentum after scoring to cut the deficit to 2-1…
We had a little bit of time in their end, and we showed glimpses throughout the game. Unfortunately we couldn’t put it all together, and we’re just going to work on that.

DETROIT RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS KRONWALL
On how different the Bruins were in game one…
Well of course we knew they were going to come out harder and play even better than they did in game one. I don’t think it was a surprise to anybody, but you know they executed their game plan better than we did.

On whether the Bruins were able to get them to play their game…
Ah, you know what like I said they executed their game plan a lot better than us. We didn’t skate as well as we did in game one, we got to get back to that and again the specialty teams made a difference tonight.

On not being able to get entries tonight and how much of it was them and how much of it was the Bruins…
I think it’s a combination. They’re doing a good job on the PK no doubt, their forecheck. At the same time we’re not doing a really good job, we’re not organized enough and executing on our break-ins.

On whether he thinks this series will be about which teams establish their game for the course of the game…
Yeah, I think so. Tonight, again they played their game better than we played our game and specialty teams that’s what made a difference. So they’re a really, really good team there’s no doubt about that.

On whether he’s pleased on the results here in Boston…
Well I think you always want to win every game, there’s no doubt about that, but you know at the same time we got one here and now we’re heading back to Detroit. Looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd.

On what he’s learned about this series after the past two games…
I think it’s going to be a long one, it’s going to be a heavy series. So we’re just going to try to stay patient and get back to the way we play.

On the way the team played tonight and whether they were self-inflicted…
Yeah, I think so definitely. We didn’t execute very well in our own zone and we spent too much time in our own zone. You know last game we were able to come out a lot quicker than we did tonight. Specialty teams like I had mentioned before was also a factor. We got to flush this one out and get back to playing again in Detroit.

On whether the Bruins were doing anything different to knock the team off its rhythm…
I think they were even more aggressive than they were in game one. At the same time we weren’t as efficient as we were in game one.

On whether a goal, even as fluky as the first one was, puts makes the team play on its heels…
No I don’t think so. I don’t that had anything to do with it, but you know stuff like that on the odd occasion that happens. Just got to shake it off and keep playing.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On what happened on the first goal…
I was talking with Jim [Bedard] and he said it flipped up a little bit and just sort of sailed.  You know it’s hockey, it’s a bad break and just unfortunate for us.  It happened, I don’t think it had anything to do with the outcome of anything.  You know it happened and it got them rolling a little bit in the first period.

On the difference between today’s game compared to Friday’s…
I think we got to stay out of the BS out there and just play whistle to whistle, and not worry about getting into the scrums or anything like that and proving your manhood out there.  Just skate, play our hockey, don’t get into their motive and get into their scrap playing real physical.  Just get back to playing our game.  We knew this was going to be a long series and they played a real solid game today.

On Detroit losing their momentum after the Lucic goal late in the second period…
Yeah it was a good play by Iginla.  Notoriously he’s a good shooter and he made a nice pass over to Lucic.  Tonight I just didn’t get enough of it.  I got a lot of it but tonight I didn’t get enough of it and it went in.

On what it means to go back to Detroit with the series tied 1-1…
It means a lot.  Now it’s going back into our barn and I’m looking forward to getting back and playing in front of our fans.  It’s a great place to play and I think we are all looking forward to getting back to Detroit.

On how they make sure that tonight’s performance doesn’t carry over to Detroit…
It’s over and done with.  You learn very quickly to just let things go, so just move on to Game 3.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 1:50 PM
On whether he expects a stronger forecheck from the Bruins in Game 2…
Well, a lot of this game tonight revolves around us getting more chances than we did last game, so forecheck is certainly one of those situations. We’ll have to work a little harder and try and get through that wall they build and then skate around those guys a little better than we did last game.

On whether defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller will play…
Bartkowski’s out, and then we’ll have the other 7 D’s out for warmup, and we’ll make a decision after the warmup.
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