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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS BUFFALO SABRES
Sunday, December 21, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:50 P.M.
On if he’s happy with the result of troubled by some other things that he saw…
I think it was a gut check. I credit the guys for battling; that was a tough goal to swallow there at the beginning of the third, trickles in. We just kept plugging away and took a long time to get the goal but we did and you win in overtime. Wins are tough to come by these days, so when you get them, you take them and you try to build on the positives. Like I said, when you’re not scoring, you dissect the game to every little mistake that’s made. Every time your team goes flat for a few minutes, that kind of stuff, you look at all that stuff, that includes us as coaches. Just trying to be careful here and look at the big picture here and I thought our guys, overall, played hard. Again, we know it’s Buffalo and they had a lot of guys out of their lineup, but give them credit, they played well tonight.

On the Matt Bartkowski hit on Brian Gionta…
Well, you know what? I can’t even figure out why goals don’t count, so I’m certainly not going to comment on that. I have no idea.

On being bothered by the no-goal call…
Well, first of all, he doesn’t hit him, he barely touches his glove. It’s kind of a flash screen is what we call it and he’s in position. I guess it’s another non-goal that I’m sure we’ll hear should’ve been a good goal later on. But it’s what we keep going through.

On Dougie Hamilton being aggressive no matter how the team is playing…
Yeah, but I think sometimes he’s over-aggressive and there’s times where it ends up costing him. Tonight he was aggressive at the right time and he played a real solid game tonight. There’s times where he’s aggressive and the decisions aren’t the right one, so it’s learning as you go along here for a young player. He’s 21 years old, I think we’re getting a lot out of a 21-year-old defenseman right now. Even if he has bad games, he’s been pretty good overall.

On two goals against being the result of not getting the puck deep…
Both goals in the second period were results of that and that’s what we talked about for the period. I said both goals we gave them we didn’t get the puck deep behind their D, plus not getting it deep and then we make a bad change on one of them. Certainly those are things that ended up costing goals and little details, again, we dissect those kind of things really closely lately because we’re not scoring enough.

On moving Loui Eriksson around…
Well, we needed some scoring I guess. I felt like I should put him back where he was really comfortable. It’s hard because David [Krejci] is just starting again and he’s starting to find his stride. I’m gonna tell you, Loui was a real good player tonight. That’s all I’m gonna say. Wherever he was, he was good. So it’s something we’re trying, we’re trying to find, you know, some solutions to our lines and, as I mentioned this morning, you put him there the other lines, it was OK, worked hard, but didn’t have the same chemistry. That’s what I’ve got to do as a coach, I’ve got to be able to move them around when I have to.

On if Eriksson has been a more confident or different player over the last few games…
He’s played well. He’s played well, he’s one of the guys that’s really played well for us.

On if the team is in good shape when it gains entry into the offensive zone…
Well, we did at times tonight. We managed the puck a lot better. Lately, I haven’t been happy with that because it’s almost been a one-and-done. You know, you go in, you take a shot and then pucks out and you’re back in your own end. Tonight, obviously, we spent more time in the offensive zone. I think what’s going on here, to answer your question, is that, again, I don’t think our confidence level is where it is. So those small plays in tight are not quite all there. We had great chances from the slot, tonight our third man high was in good position and we had some shots. But those little play right now is just to get in synch and get some confidence and make those things count. We’re trying them and it just seems right now we’re forcing them because we’re not in synch. To me, the guy that’s going to receive the puck has got to be able to jump in the hole at the right time when the guy sees him so he’s not being checked. We’re there sometimes too early, the guy’s already checked us. So all that is being a little bit more in sync with each other.

On pulling Tuukka Rask a little earlier than in the past…
Well, we had the puck. Sometimes I won’t and sometimes I will; probably the biggest thing with that is once you feel you’ve really got control in the offensive end and you think you can hold it there then you make that pull. There’s times when you dump it in and you don’t know if we’re gonna get it, if they’re gonna chip it back out, so you hold him back. That’s the reason you’re seeing a little bit of a difference there. If we’re down by two goals I’m gonna pull him even earlier.

On Zdeno Chara being the extra attacker…
Yeah, and he was the other night, too. He got caught on a long shift, he was tired, came to the bench he was exhausted. So we ended up throwing Soupy [Gregory Campbell]; Soupy’s probably the best tipper of our whole team there for the front of the net, so we put him at the beginning and then when he came off Zee [Zdeno Chara] went back on for the last 40-some seconds. But Z’s our net-front guy. Unfortunately, we got caught there with him on the ice late in that period where he hadn’t recovered enough to go as a forward.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the Bruins seeming to make all their games difficult on themselves...
That’s the way it is.  Right now every game we are playing is a tight game, pretty much one goal games which you can look at it, those are tough games but at the same time those are the really good games because you are getting really tested.  This time of the year every goal counts, every play counts and that’s when you are getting really tested mentally and you have to handle it and it’s one way to kind of take a positive from it.  Especially when you know that down the road you are going to be facing similar kinds of games, so at least you are going to be prepared.

On the Bruins not having a solid stretch of games so far this season...
Well you are saying it like it’s already after the season.  We are 40 something games in so as of right now we are playing those really tight games and we are looking for easy games, but that’s not the case.  We are playing every game like we want to win and obviously it’s not going to happen every game but as for tonight I thought it was really solid effort and we came back again from being down and we found a way to win.  So that’s a positive and that’s something that you have to be willing to handle.

On what he is trying to do when he goes on as the extra attacker in that situation...
Support and win the battle for pucks.  Create as much traffic in front as possible and be ready for the rebounds and be ready for retrieving the pucks.  When you have an extra attacker you have to be able to be almost everywhere for the puck and that’s what I’m trying to do, just be there for the pucks.

On how significant he thinks the comeback can be for this team…
Like I said it’s something that it’s nice to score with the extra attacker and earn the point and at that point you have to be looking at the extra point as a bonus and you have to play that way in overtime and we did.  We had 3 forwards and 1 defenseman, pretty much throughout the whole overtime.  It’s nice that you are able to come back and win but also like you said you don’t see that many goals scored with the extra attacker and when you do it’s very positive, it’s an energy builder and you feed off of that going into the overtime.

On if he feels like this is a step ahead from where they have been...
I just feel that it’s nice to win a game but there is always room to improve.  We can be happy with the two points but again back to work tomorrow and ready for another game before Christmas.

On if he hopes that the team can carry the momentum into practice and the next game...
It’s something that you have to put it behind and focus on the task ahead of you.  I don’t think we are in the position that we can be comfortable, we just got to keep pushing forward and keep working hard.

On if he is happy with the way that guys are responding and dealing with this season...
I think a little bit of both, we handle games the way that you need to handle them but it’s a work in progress and there is always room to improve.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On whether it was nice to see some finish and offensive plays at opportune times…
Yeah, I think it was kind of frustrating most of the game when I personally thought we were outplaying them pretty bad and just couldn’t really score. It kind of felt like one of those games where we were leading the whole way and it was kind of getting a little bit scary when we’re in a losing position and just, like you said, two late goals and luckily we got the win.

On his third period goal…
I think we had some good zone time before that and good pass by Smitty [Reilly Smith] up to Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and then I had the wide open side so good pass to Bergy over to me and I don’t know if the goalie was cheating. I don’t think it was a very good shot, but just nice to see it go in.

On both goals coming from almost the same position and whether he feels he has a better awareness of where he wants to be offensively…
I don’t know. I think I’ve always had that awareness. I think it’s just about making good shots and I think the first goal I’m kind of in that position for that reason and I’ve been trying to get Carl [Soderberg] to make that pass for a while now and it finally worked, so yeah, I don’t know.

On whether he feels this is something to build off of…
Yeah, like I said, I think it was getting a little scary when we’re in a losing position and it feels good now obviously, so I thought we played pretty good. I think we have to be happy with our effort and even putting pucks on the net and getting opportunities. I think we had a fair amount. I think they clogged the net a lot and blocked a lot of shots and stuff, but I thought we had a lot of opportunities and good puck movement and everything.

On whether there was any desperation at the point when it was getting scary and what that feeling was like with two minutes left…
Yeah, for most of the third I think it was the same desperation and just trying to score a goal I think. Like I said, I thought we could have had a lot more, so I was just trying to score a goal and then finally getting some bounces, and like I said, I think it felt like we were winning most of the game and it was just one of those games and then getting the bounces makes it right I guess.

On whether his confidence in his shot is rising…
I don’t know. I think it’s just trying to get in the positions and shooting a lot. I think I had a lot of shots today and a lot blocked and if you’re shooting a lot you’re going to score, so I think I was pretty happy with that first shot. I think I didn’t expect it kind of after it came off my stick pretty good, but just, I don’t know, like you said, having the confidence, but I think I’ve always had that ability and I’m just trying to get opportunities.

On whether he wants to score more and shoot the puck more when he sees the team struggling…
Yeah I think so. I think it’s part of us contributing from the back end. I think it’s important for us I think with I guess our struggles and with us trying to get in the play and getting shots through and stuff I think it’s important for our team, so we have to keep trying to do it. I think we have to keep trying to get in the play and keep trying to produce and help the forwards produce so I think that’s only going to help our team.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how he felt about this game heading into overtime after Buffalo had gotten all the bounces…
Yeah, surprisingly, seems like that’s the case every game. You know, I thought we deserved to win, we played pretty good overall. The second period we turned some pucks over and they made us pay there once. But we managed the puck pretty well today, spent a lot of time in the offensive zone and then the in the end we got rewarded, so that’s good to see.

On if the wrap-around goal was him not sealing off the post…
No, I sealed it. I sealed the post too well I think. I got caught spreading my legs out and making sure he doesn’t cut to the other side, like that’s how we usually play, our D should take the short side. I wasn’t ready for that wide angle wrap-around. It’s a tough bounce, but maybe it’s something in a perfect world I should have, but I’m not gonna stand here and start blaming myself for it.

On if he was surprised that a player could get multiple hacks at the puck…
No, he only got one.

On if it was the first goal…
Yeah, it hit my heel and went in.

On how important it was to get two points tonight…
Really important. It’s been close a few times, we’ve battled from behind and not getting rewarded. Tonight we got that prize there and sealed it in the overtime. So it’s really good to see that the work pays off and now we just have to make sure we keep doing things the right way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On playing with Eriksson…
We’ve tried it before but not too much. Today we started as a line together but it didn’t play a whole game. But, most important thing is we got the two points. Let’s move onto the next one.

On what needs to happen to give your line stability…
Honestly I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that you got to come to the rink every day and work hard and those things you can control. Just wake up, stay positive and basically you never know who you’re going to play with. It is what it is, so yeah.

On how often you talk with Coach about what you would like to see…
I mean, I would like to leave this between us when we talk, sorry.

On why this is a “gut-check” type of win…
I mean, we were down two to one going into the third period—at the beginning of the third period—or it was three to two, I’m not sure exactly. Yeah we needed this win. If it was in overtime or regulation, it doesn’t really matter at this point. We need the two points and we got one more game before Christmas break so hopefully we can get another two points and have a nice holiday and regroup and get back to work.

On how desperate you were being down with two minutes left…
I thought we made pretty good push in the whole third period but we couldn’t get a goal until the last minute and a half. It was nice to see the goal. It went in, but overall I thought we played a pretty good third. Tied the game, went into overtime and I’m happy we get the two points.

On the team struggling to finish chances…
Yeah, there’s always—no one’s perfect. Some players are built differently. But we know what we have in this dressing room. One game it clicks, the other it doesn’t. We were able to find a way to win the game and that’s the most important thing tonight.

On how you feel about your game after three games back…
I feel better every game. In the third period I tried to be the difference maker and tried to do a little skating. I felt alright, you know, one more game before break and then we get a couple days off.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On Loui Eriksson’s overtime goal…
Yeah I saw him come off the bench there. You always, before you get the puck, you always want to take a quick look and see what’s around you and I think it was just a great pass by Zee [Zdeno Chara] so I could make that one touch pass and Loui once again in overtime gets the winner and we had to fight all the way to the end to get that win.

On Claude Julien trying Loui Eriksson with his line tonight and what it will take to get some stability with himself and David Krejci…
I think we just have to bear down and execute when we’re making plays. I think today out of all the games since Krech [David Krejci] has been back for the most part we’ve played in the o-zone. It’s just about creating those opportunities in the o-zone. We’re creating scoring chances and scoring chances off the rush and things that we’ve been really good at in the past and obviously with Krech this is only his 13th game of the season. It’s going to take some time but I think for the most part we did a much better job playing with the puck in the o-zone other than a couple turnovers that end up costing us, but we want to feel good from getting a win from today, and like I said, getting more o-zone time. It’s just a matter of creating more and bearing down when we get opportunities.

On whether he would advise Claude Julien to keep Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly together…
I think so. [Laughing] When you look at it right now I mean there’s no reason to take them apart. They’ve been our best line, especially the last three games. They got a goal in Minnesota. They played a pretty good game in Winnipeg and obviously another good game here today, so it’s good that at least one line is clicking and it’s up to the rest of us to find our game and that’s the importancy of being a good team is having every line going that you can go after teams in waves and line after line. It’s up to the rest of us to step up our game and play like the Soderberg line has been playing.

On whether he feels they are turning a corner or still struggling…
A little bit of both. I think it’s starting to turn around a little bit. The last four games have been one goal games and when you’re in one goal games it’s because you’re doing things right, but on the other hand we’re still fighting it a little bit. I think tonight getting a lift from that goal to tie the game and obviously the OT goal there’s a lot to build off heading into Tuesday night. Obviously a team that we played less than a week ago, so you can say whatever you want, Western Conference, Eastern Conference, but there should be no surprises in what they’re going to bring. They’ve been one of the top teams in the league and it’s up to us to try to build some momentum after what we did grinding it out here tonight.

On how big that swing is…
It’s a huge swing. You look at your division and what’s happened the last two days in the scores and in the standings and it’s huge if you don’t get the two points and how much further you fall back behind, but getting the two points gets you right back into it. And like I said, we should be feeling good and having to grind one out to get those two points because night in, night out it’s the NHL. Getting two points doesn’t come easy and it was evident here tonight, so we’ve got to find a way to roll with it and get some momentum and not take anymore steps backwards because we’ve done that too many times this season and we need to start pushing and moving forwards.

On having a lead and whether they had to remember how to manage that…
I think one of the things that we’ve talked about that’s kind of creeped into our team a little bit is when we get scored on we get really down and in the past that’s one of the things that never really bothered us. No matter what the score was we always played the same way and we’ve got to recapture that, that we have to play a certain way for 60 minutes in order to win the hockey game whether you’re up in the game or you give up a goal because realistically you’re not going to get a shutout every night so you’ve got to know how to react the right way when you get scored on, and when they scored that first one here tonight it was kind of like we were deflated and we didn’t react to it the right way, so like I said, we have to do a better job whether it’s scoring a goal or getting a goal scored on we have to do a better job of playing the same way at all times and we’ve got to recapture that.

On whether the deflation is a result of the way the season has gone as a whole…
Yeah, it’s been a lot of ups and downs and for as long as I’ve been here we’re not used to going through three months of this, and like I said, we don’t want to take anymore steps back. We need to start… we got the win here tonight and now the focus should be on building off that and that’s the most important thing that we should take out of this win and we should have a real good practice tomorrow and focus on Tuesday.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On the game winning goal…
I just came in there, [Craig] Cunningham changed and I thought I heard they were changing too and Zee [Zdeno Chara] just put it up to Looch [Milan Lucic] at the blueline there and he made a great pass. It was nice to get that chance and definitely score that one too.

On your overtime success…
I don’t know. It’s always fun to score those important goals. I don’t know why it’s been that way but hopefully it continues like that. 

On how you feel about your play in the last few games…
I’m feeling good. Starting to score goals now again. I’m finding those pucks. The last couple games we’ve been creating a lot of chances too. When me, Kells [Chris Kelly] and Carl [Soderberg] play together we always seem to get some chances. I thought we had some chances with Looch [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] today too when I played with them. Yeah, but that first shift with Kells and Carl we score so it was good in that way.

On what needs to happen to give Krejci and Lucic stability on that line…
They are good players. They know that. They’re gonna find it, they just need to keep going and they will find it. I don’t know who’s going to play on that line but they’ve been playing together for a couple years and they know how to play with each other. Hopefully someone can come in there and help them out. I think our team can be better in that way.

On being disappointed taken off the Krejci line…
Not really. I just want to focus on the next shift. Playing with Kells [Chris Kelly] and Carl [Soderberg], they’ve been playing good together. Our first shift we scored a goal right away. It was nice to get that right away there.

On Lucic assisting your overtime goal…
Yeah he made a great pass there. The D kind of pinched there and he saw me and he put it on the right perfect spot there. It was a great play by him.

On the move you made to beat the Enroth in overtime…
I had a guy on me right away so I know I have to shoot it right away. I found a hole between his legs there so it was nice it went in.

On the goaltender interference call…
Yeah I thought it was a goal. I don’t know, from looking at it again it seems like it I touched him a little bit before the shot came but other than that he was in the position and everything. It was good that we scored right away after that.

On being instructed beforehand that the officials will be making that call strictly…
No it’s always a tough call for a ref to see those kind of plays but I thought that one was a kind of a bad play. I don’t know if he saw it the wrong way or what happened but it was nice to score right away after that though.

On building momentum after this game…
Yeah, it’s definitely something we need to be better at even to get—today we made some mistakes and that ended up in our net. We need to come out and play a full 60 game. We haven’t been doing that the past many games so if we start doing that we’re going to win more games.

On playing with Krejci and Lucic…
Yeah we had a couple shifts in the first and the second. I thought we had some good chances but yeah not good enough. We have to maybe find those loose pucks and try to score goals.

On if you guys were asking for the line change…
No he probably came up with that himself. He probably knows we’ve been playing pretty good together too with that line. We know how to play with each other so it was kind of easy for me to go in with that line again.

On Bartkowski’s hit…
I haven’t seen the review on it so I can’t really tell you. It seems like the pass was coming to him when he got it. I don’t know if he touched it when he got the hit so I haven’t seen. I have to watch it again.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On not having a guy in the lineup that can do great individual things...
Well I think it is in the lineup but we just haven’t shown it yet.  For whatever reason we just kind of handcuff ourselves a little bit, that certainly comes with having confidence and it just hasn’t been there in the past few games, weeks, months.  Hopefully that’s a breakthrough and we get something started here.

On how he is feeling...
I’ve been feeling better for six or seven games, since San Jose.  I’ve been feeling great.  I mean there’s [bad] bounces and there is just tough luck.  When something doesn’t work, one little mistake just snowballs and ends up in your net.  Yeah I can play better, the whole team can play better but everybody wants to play better, it’s just a matter of us going out there and doing it and putting your mind into it and just wanting it.  That’s all.

On the frustration of the season so far...
Yeah it is frustrating but at the end of the day it’s about what we do.  It’s about doing the same things, the right things every time, consistently and that’s just not what we have been doing in the past few games but again hopefully tonight was a step in the right direction and hopefully we run with it.

On how big it was to bounce right back after going down 2-1…
Every time you get scored on you want to respond strong and to get that goal back right away is always big.  Kells [Chris Kelly] had a great net front presence with Zee [Zdeno Chara] getting off a nice shot so it’s very big.

On how he thinks the team played overall...
I mean I think overall we put a lot of pressure on their net it was just those little things that cost us tonight again, odd man rushes, bounces.  But at the end of the day you work for your luck and tonight, after coming back from behind, that’s a step in the right direction and we go from there.  Overall I think it was a step in the right direction and hopefully we get better from it.

BUFFALO SABRES HEAD COACH TED NOLAN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On the effort from his team…
Yeah, I mean going down to three lines early and losing a couple more guys, just the way that the game ended you’re disappointed, but the effort you’re right. We couldn’t have asked for more. They gave us everything they had and we have a [Tim] Schaller going head-to-head against a [Patrice] Bergeron all night and it’s kind of a – He’s only played three games in the NHL. So I thought that all things being equal we did a great job.

On the team getting stronger in the second period…
Yeah, we got stronger and you look at our defense. We have two young kids and all of a sudden we call up Mark Pysyk, another young kid, and I thought they really held their own. We got stronger going down to the three lines, one extra guy. So you couldn’t not be happy with the effort, the only thing is you’re disappointed with the outcome.

On St. Louis…
Yeah, it’s one of those things. If you want to build a team that cares for one another, and these guys certainly care for one another. They’re playing together, and so far so good as far as the way the team is responding as of late, and they’re playing – like I said you’re just disappointed with the outcome, but the way the team’s coming you’re quite happy.

On his view of the hit…
The head hits are dangerous hits, so we’ll let the league look at that and make the correct call.

On how Brian Gionta is doing…
Still a little shaken up. We don’t know if he’s going to be in tomorrow or not, so we’ll cross our fingers, hoping he’s good.

On how Marcus Foligno got hurt in the fight…
It looks like he going to be out for a while too.

Shoulder?
No, something else, but I mean we’ll lose him for a while.

Upper body?
Upper body for sure.

On his spill before the fight…
Yes, there was a spill right before that, and like I said, just one of those freak accidents that happen when you fight, and you’re throwing punches at helmets and what have you, so your hands are out there, so we’re going to lose him for a while.

On needing to call players up…
Yeah, we’ve got a couple of guys that maybe, Patrick Coletta? Could be back. Matt Moulson could be back. So we’ll sleep on it tonight, we’ll talk to Tim [Murray] later tonight, first thing in the morning we’ll see about getting someone else.

On if Joel Armia would be a candidate…
I’m quite sure would. He’s playing really well down there. Coming back from the that injury he had we kind of thought we’d be unfair for three and three for him, now it’s not three and three.

On if the team will practice tomorrow..
That’s what we talked about before the game. We talked about a quarantine day tomorrow. Let these guys separate from each other. The flu bug is running rapid amongst the team and even some of the guys who played tonight didn’t play with the [Michal] Neuvirth was going to play, he didn’t have the energy to play. So it’s just one of those things that is going through us right now.

On if Michal Neuvirth was sick as well…
Yes. He was out and had no strength, so a few other guys feeling the same way.

On Jhonas Enroth’s great saves…
Yeah, all of a sudden you get a call at five o’clock, “you’re going”. He didn’t have enough time to really… goalies need a lot of time to prepare, and going into those situations Third goal I wish he had that one, but overall you can’t be disappointed in his goaltending.

On Tim Schaller’s first NHL goal…
Well, you know, you let [Johan] Larsson get it last night and Schaller get it tonight. He had to go against [Patrice] Bergeron that’s quite a tall order, especially when we only had three lines going, we couldn’t really do too much. Facing who he faced I thought he did a good job for us.

On Johan Larsson’s confidence…
He’s a feisty forward that has to play that way, and the puck seems to be following him a bit, so good for him.

BUFFALO SABRES DEFENSEMAN ANDREJ MESZAROS…
On the team battling tonight…
Yeah, we did. We were so close. Just the team played hard the whole 60-plus minutes. Unfortunately we didn’t get the two points. We got one, but we all know we had the effort and everything and we could two points.

On how his first goal with this team felt…
Yeah, it’s always nice to score a goal, especially against your old team. But to me it doesn’t matter who scores a goal, it’s all about the team and two points. If I would have scored tonight and we got the two points I would have been happy, but it is what it is. Personally I’m happy that I got the first one out of the way and too bad about the two points.

On driving the back of the net…
Yeah, the coaches want from us to go in and rush more often. That’s what I did, Stewie [Chris Stewart] made a great play and it was tap in, so it was not the easiest goal that I’ve scored, but I count it. Like I said it feels good but it doesn’t feel good that we don’t have the two points.

On how he got behind Zdeno Chara…
It was a change and it was a loose puck, so I pushed into the wing and I drove the net hard and hard that’s what we practice all the time. One guy is driving the net, and like I said, it was a great play by Stewie [Chris Stewart] and he made it happen and I just got it to happen.

On the effort considering the missing players…
I mean we battled hard. I knew we were short and we stuck together, we kept battling, unfortunately it wasn’t enough. They scored with a minute and a half left in the empty net, but it hurts. We could have two points but we have one and hopefully next game we’re not going to have that many injuries and we can play a whole lineup and can play even better.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD TIM SCHALLER
On his goal tonight...
Well something I strive to do every shift is get the pucks to the net [Nicolas] Deslauriers made a nice play around the net there and you know I got the puck to the crease and under his feet and it slid in.

On how it was even more special to score in this building…
No, I didn’t even know how to celebrate. I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug so I guess that’s all I needed

On if his mom and dad were here tonight...
Yup, that was them.  Yeah I’m excited to get the puck to them that will be good for them.

On it being a good effort tonight even though they were shorthanded…
It was yeah we had a couple guys go down early, which is always tough, especially against a team that works hard like the Bruins here.  We worked extra hard here and I wish we could’ve gotten the two points, but one point will do for now.

On going down to three lines...
It was tough.  Ice wasn’t too good out there, pucks weren’t bouncing anyone’s way really, but we just stuck to our game plan, got pucks deep and were hard on the forecheck and a lot of good things can happen.

On Buffalo’s strong second period...
Yeah you’re exactly right we had the puck more, we were quicker coming out of our end, which is always nice you know better defense creates better offense. We had a lot of time in their end, which was good, and I wish we could’ve gotten a couple more goals there, but one point we’ll take it.

On how many times he has played in this building...
Twice and lost both times.

On who was here supporting him tonight…
Mom, dad, brother… I’m not even an hour away from home so I probably have 20-30 people in the stands tonight.

On where his hometown is…
Merrimack, New Hampshire.

On if he was a Bruins fan growing up…
Yup, grew up coming to this building as a kid so this was pretty special.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00AM
On how the Sabres have been able to turn their play around this season…
I don’t know. I know they haven’t won in the last two games so is it really a turnaround? I don’t know. I can’t tell you because I haven’t paid that much attention to them, so can’t answer that.

On your feeling about the road trip…
I don’t think it’s changed, I think I was really disappointed that we had an opportunity to come back with five out of six points and we didn’t. 

On thoughts about moving Eriksson to the Krejci line…
Guys I’ll make those decisions—I’m not certainly, you know—don’t think I want to explain everything but there is. I talk about that so there is. As I told you the other day that’s the only line that’s scoring for us right now, so if you move them do you make two wrongs out of one good? That’s what happens.

On trying to find internal candidates for the Krejci line instead of traded players…
Well I’ve tried. I think we’ve tried in different stages, but Krech [David Krejci] has only been with us for a few games.

On Krejci playing with Griffith…
Yeah because Krech’s [David Krejci] hardly ever played. And, as I mentioned, when we don’t win we get second-guessed. We understand that, but right now [Carl] Soderberg’s line is the only line that’s really scoring for us. So, you guys really want me to break it up so we get no more scoring? Or do you pick your poison? And as much as we like to do that and we try at different times, which I did last game, the few times I put him out there it’s hard to really see when its only in spurts. At the same time I’m trying to win a hockey game here so it’s the bottom line.

On Morrow moving down to Providence get some game-time action…
I guess so. Right now they felt we needed to send some guys down and we’ve been young on our back end. Certain guys have to clear waivers and others don’t. You deal with those kind of things but that’s management moves as well. They want him to play that’s something that’s best suited for him.

On Morrow being NHL ready…
He’s played well. He’s played well, but you know, his play dropped a little bit at the end and it showed. So, not a big deal a lot of players have bad games so it’s not about picking on him. But, again, going back to the minors gives him an opportunity to play here and find his game again. I think I’ve seen enough from him where I would have no issues calling him back up.

On what you like about this group of seven defensemen…
Who said I liked them? 


On what you don’t like about the group of defensemen…
Who said I didn’t like them?

On having seven D and picking six of them…
We have seven D’s every year, so what’s the problem? I don’t get your question is what I mean.

On choosing Bartkowski over Trotman and assessing the group…
Let’s put it this way. My job is to make decisions. I don’t have to explain everything to you. Your job is you can second guess. That’s your priority. That’s the way it is in this game. For me to come in here and explain every little move I make, I don’t think that’s necessary. Let me put it this way, it’s called coaching.

On second-guessing his decisions…
I’m not saying your second-guessing, I’m saying your job, you have an opportunity to second-guess if you don’t like it. All I’m saying it’s a coaching decision. It’s simple as that.

On what you like about this group…
What group, the group of six or seven?

On the group of seven…
They all bring something to the table. Zee [Zdeno Chara], as you know, is our best defenseman. [Dennis] Seidenberg is big and strong. We know [Dougie] Hamilton is the future of our team. Do you want me to keep going with everybody? Because, at the end [Kevan] Miller is big and tough and he defends well. What about [Torey] Krug? I think we know what Krug brings. [Matt] Bartkowski is probably the best of all of those defenseman at skating a puck out of our own end. [Zach] Trotman’s been good for us. That’s why I’ve got to make a decision of six out of seven. That’s my answer, I guess, to your question if that’s what you’re asking.

On the right and left sides impacting the decision of who plays together on defense…
Well I think we know that two guys can sometimes play the right and that’s [Dennis] Seidenberg and [Torey] Krug. We also know that comfortably those guys are probably more comfortable on the left. We only got three righty’s right now and we’ve got four lefty’s so in order to put certain guys in, sometimes somebody’s got to go to the other side. We’ve seen Seidenberg do well in the past with Zee [Zdeno Chara] playing on his off side, so we put him there. Guys I wish I had more comfortable decisions to make but sometimes I don’t. I don’t always have the luxury. Again, I have to pick my poison sometimes.

On Bartkowski and Seidenberg struggling together…
I think when we look at Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] he’s come off a major injury. I don’t think anybody here thinks Seids is playing at his full potential right now. So, no matter where he’s been, he’s had his share of struggles. I don’t think it has anything to do with right or left. You can look at Seids but whoever has played, they’ve had their fair share of struggles. He has to find his game and once he finds his game he’ll be a lot better. When you look at the game and you see what’s going on and you look at it again, sometimes you realize your pointing the finger at the wrong person. We have to look at it objectively, that’s our job. And that job is not for me to come out and publicly throw my players under the bus, but I see certain things. That’s what I’m trying to tell you guys. I’m not here to explain my every move but we see certain things that we have to make decisions on. Again I’m not one of those guys that’s going to start carving my players. If I have something to say to them it will be behind closed doors.

On the frustration of some lines getting scoring chances but not finishing…
Again, you know, do you guys watch the games? So I’m going to say that [Patrice] Bergeron’s line last game did not have a good game. They didn’t have many scoring chances. They weren’t that good. They were good the game before. There’s some games they play well and they score some games. That’s the problem with our team is inconsistency in our game, so if you guys watch the game you’ll see those kinds of things. Certain lines, even though you say well Bergeron, [Reilly] Smith and [Brad] Marchand are great players but it doesn’t mean their line is really firing on all cylinders every game. Once we get all our lines being more consistent in that area, we won’t be just saying the goal scoring is coming from the Soderberg line. We need a little bit more and at the same time Krech [David Krejci] has just gotten back. We hope that sooner than later that we’re going to get a little more depth in our scoring.

On seeing some encouraging things from Krug recently…
Yeah he’s played well. Yeah absolutely. He had his little share of struggle there probably about two weeks ago. He’s coming off that injury and you could see he wasn’t quite comfortable but he’s been really good for us lately.

On the Bergeron being good but not the past few games…
I didn’t say the last few games. I said one game they’re good, the next they’re not as good. Does that mean you break them up because they’re not good one game and the next game they’re good. Again, who you put where and it’s easy to see. we’ve seen [Milan] Lucic play well with Krejci. Lucic struggles a little bit more with others. So when I say second-guessing, you guys can wrack your brains all you want. That’s what I do from midnight to six in the morning. I wrack my brain trying to figure out what I got to do the next.

On being limited with what your able to do…
Yeah a little bit. Yeah I think so because when you’ve only got the one line scoring, it’s hard to break them up but you see the potential of some guys on that line that could maybe help another line and if it doesn’t you lost whatever you had.
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