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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS BUFFALO SABRES

Saturday, February 6, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:55 P.M.

On what he thought of the team’s overall effort and execution tonight…

It was good. When I say, the first period I really liked the way we moved the puck. The second period probably not quite as good because we weren’t getting pucks in deep and when we did we had some chances in that second period. But you know, second period wasn’t as good, but the third period it’s a 1-1 hockey game and as I said before I don’t think if they’re not the team we’ve been playing here the last two games deserves a lot more credit for how they’re playing because they’re a hard team to play against. It was a good pace to the game, as I mentioned earlier. Even the referees were mentioning how quick of a pace of a game that was, back and forth. And I thought we battled hard, both teams did. And at the end it took an overtime win to decide the outcome. So, like the way our guys are competing right now and just by working the way we have and committing a little bit more we’re only going to get better.

On the confidence Brad Marchand has had since he’s come back from his suspension…

It took him a few games when he came back – I said that before, his first two or three games he definitely was a bit out of sync. But since then, definitely he’s been a great player for us and he was coming up big in those situations. He’s thriving on it right now. When you have a player like that on your team it’s comforting, I guess, for everybody to know that he’ll come up big in those big situations. He’s riding a hot streak right now so you’ve got to ride it as long as you can and we can certainly use that. 

On if he thought Marchand had this type of play in him…

Yeah, and you know, you probably saw a couple times too, there’s that overconfidence too sometimes. He stickhandles for a little too long and a little too much and he ends up losing it. But you can certainly overlook those kinds of things once in a while when you see the way he’s playing and the things he’s creating. So you’ve got to – at some point you’ve got to let him play his game and he’ll figure it out pretty quickly when he has to move that puck and when he can hold on to it. Right now you’ve got to let him play because he’s extremely confident and playing well for us.

On if it was good to see Loui Eriksson get the first goal in front of the net…

Yeah, I mean everybody goes through that. It was nice to see him score that goal, great play by all three guys, from David [Krejci] to David [Pastrnak] to Loui there. I thought it was a good play, good patience on all three of those guys.

On leaving David Pastrnak out for shifts late in the game…

There’s nights where he’s really good and I thought tonight was a game where he was really good and I felt very confident in putting him late in a game. It’s part of the development of a young guy. When he’s capable you let him do it and when he’s not having maybe the best night in that area you think of the team first and you work that way. It’s worked well for [Ryan] Spooner and we’re hoping it’s going to work well for Pastrnak.

On how he liked Joe Morrow tonight…

Good tonight. I think with Morrow, every time he’s come in our lineup he’s played really well. So for me it was almost like I felt very confident that he was going to play well because he’s always done that. Now it’s to build some consistency. If he gives us those kinds of games every night it’s pretty hard to keep him out.

On what he thought of Tuukka Rask tonight…

Rask was good. He made some good saves tonight. He had to make some tough saves as well, they had some traffic in front, and even with tips and stuff like that, he made himself big tonight. I thought he played really, really well.

On if the team is embracing winning ugly…

No, no, I’m not saying it’s prettier than anything. But when you look at the chances we had maybe it shouldn’t have been 1-1 after three. I thought we had some great chances to score some goals, and whether it was a big save or maybe a missed opportunity on our part of it, we can improve in that area. I don’t think we need to be negative here all the time on the hockey club. We come back from a two-goal deficit in Buffalo, we don’t get that many accolades. But when we blow a two-goal lead we hear about it. I’m managing my team the way I need to manage it and that’s making sure that what we’re doing well is positive and we build on that and what we need to fix. We definitely approach that in our room between games.

On playing tight third periods lately…

Yeah, there’s been no panic. When you don’t blow those kinds of leads you can’t complain about your team. And when you don’t blow them, but you also had some opportunities, that’s because we’re doing something right. Maybe if we score on two of those really top-notch opportunities we’re sitting here and we didn’t even go into overtime, we got a 3-1 win, everybody’s happy, nobody’s talking about that. So you’ve got to live in the moment. Some nights are going to be tougher than others and you’ve got to grind it out. I said that before, points are at a premium right now, so we take the points whichever way they come.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND

On if he was surprised at the penalty shot call…

Not really, no. I mean, he didn’t have a stick and I think he grabbed me there, so I think by the new rules it warrants a penalty shot and it was nice that they gave it to us.

On what the new rule is that applies to the situation…

No, I just think that if you have a clear breakaway and he takes a penalty on you it’s a penalty shot from what I believe – well, a few years ago.

On getting the win even though it wasn’t a pretty one…

Yeah, we love those beauty contests. So, this is one that I think we have to be happy with. We didn’t play our best game and it was back and forth, but ultimately we got the two points and right now every point is huge and hopefully we continue this momentum forward and continue to play well.

On if he’s finding out what his ceiling is right now…

I think – I kind of talked to a guy this summer and he said something that stuck with me – that the ceiling is what you make it. If you believe that you can hit a certain point then that’s what you’re going to hit. If you believe there’s no ceiling then you can only improve. So that’s what I’ve been trying to go by this year and hopefully it will continue.

On that advice being from a Macklemore song…

We’re boys, exactly. I’ve got him on speed dial.

On if he thought that Robin Lehner might have been distracted mentally after the penalty call…

To be honest, I was tired so I was just trying to catch my breath going in there and his mindset was the last thing that was on my mind. So, I was trying to read what he was doing and luckily it went it.

On if he went into the penalty shot with more confidence due to his recent scoring streak…

Yeah, it definitely does. When you’re feeling good and you’re confident you seem to bear down a little bit more in situations like that, you know. But I mean, I missed a penalty shot, a very similar play – or a shootout goal last game. So it was nice this one went in.

On playing in so many close one-goal games…

I think if anything it helps us. The one-goal games are more of a playoff style and playoff feel, so if we can learn how to win games like that now, it’s only going to help us going down the road and that’s the kind of hockey we want to play. We want to be in those 2-1 games, 3-2 games, not the blowout games. That’s not our style and we take pride in low-scoring games.

On if that mentality helps the team succeed on home ice…

It does. It does for sure and I think it’s something we’ve been working towards all year is playing more like that, and if we have a mindset that those are the kinds of games we’re going to play in and we need to win, then it is going to benefit us at home and on the road. So, hopefully it’ll help improve our home record, though, for sure.

On if the way he’s playing right now is contagious for the rest of the locker room…

I think the way that we’re all kind of playing right now is contagious. When there’s a good feeling about our team and our game and guys are excited and playing well, then everyone kind of feeds off of that. We’ve talked about that at different times and it feels really good when we have good positivity in the room and we’re helping each other out. So, we definitely need more of that.

On his confidence level with the puck on his stick…

I feel pretty good. I feel like I’m trying things that I probably shouldn’t at times and they work out and that’s sometimes how it goes when things are kind of going your way – whether or not it feels like you can’t do anything right. Again, I’ve said this before, it’s about staying even-keeled and trying to prepare the same way every night and knowing that if you play the right way and the right game then it’s going to benefit you more than not.

On the importance of making a relatively simple move in the penalty shot…

It is. Especially in overtime, the ice isn’t great and that’s really all I have in my repertoire anyways, is simple plays. So it was nice that it worked.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON 

On if that was the easiest goal he’s ever scored…

Yeah that was one of them I think. It was a great pass by [David] Pastrnak there and yeah it was nice to … It’s been a while since I’ve scored so it’s nice. 

On if not scoring for a while has been weighing on him…

I mean I think the chances have been there, it’s just that it hasn’t been going in. That was just a great play there and it was kind of easy to put that one in. 

On if it builds confidence to have back-to-back efforts…

Yeah, I think the two games we’ve played here have been really good games. They’ve been playing really well, too. But we’ve been finding ways to get points so it’s definitely nice to get another win and get the two points again. 

On David Pastrnak…

He’s definitely a great player when he uses his speed and he can make really good plays out there. So it’s nice to see him back and he made some great plays today on the ice and it’s really good to see that.

On bringing elements they use for road games to their home building…

I think so. I thought it was kind of a similar game as we had against them in Buffalo. So it was a really good battle out there and like I said, both teams played well. And having Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] in our net, too – he made some great saves for us tonight again and it was nice to get the win. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOE MORROW

On if it took a little bit to get back into the rhythm…

Yeah, I mean you can practice as much as you want, but nothing is like a game-type scenario, so that is where the experience comes in, you can try and stay focused and keep things simple and you won’t struggle.  You just try and give a lot of effort which makes up for some of the skill you may be lacking, I’m not used to the pace of the game so that’s all I tried to do.

On his first games back being his best games…

Yeah, that’s the tough part, trying to keep consistent and playing well through the next however many games I get to play in a row, but that’s kind of entirely up to me, no one else can do that for me and I got to figure that out sooner rather than later to be able to be a sustainable partner on the back end here and I just kind of got to stay focused and not lose that edge you get and not forget what it feels like to be up in the stands and watch your team play so that’s really all I got. 

On what the game was like tonight…

It was fast paced. They are a hard team to play against, they are all over the place, they play a good system and they are pretty gritty, too, they will take it right to you.  I feel that we did really well, stuck with it and you know the other usual cliché kind of things, we got the job done and got the two points and that’s all that matters. 

On the call on Seidenberg not being a penalty shot but the call on Ristolainen being a penalty shot…

I’m one of the players and I don’t understand what dictates a penalty shot away from a penalty, but I’m glad we got what we got there and I’m glad it was Marchy [Brad Marchand] that got the opportunity and I’m glad that they didn’t get a penalty shot on that one, but I wish I could tell you what dictates a penalty shot and what doesn’t.

On the feeling on the bench when [Brad] Marchand took his penalty shot…

It’s so exciting, you can hear the crowd cheering beforehand and it’s so loud in the building.  I don’t know, if it was me I would have lost the puck a bunch of times, I wouldn’t have even got a shot off.  It’s so exciting seeing that from the bench and you know even after he scores and the building erupts, it’s a pretty unique feeling, you can’t match that anywhere else.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

On his penalty not being a penalty shot…

I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t and they did a great job killing it off, so that’s all that matters.

On how hard it is to know what you can and can’t do in a breakaway situation…

Well, I know what I can do. It’s just a matter of if I’m in the right position to be able to do what I want to do which is trying to get the puck, and I didn’t. It happened and, again, we killed it off.

On if the number of close games lately are a good education for this team…

I think so, yeah. Today we had a great first period and started to get a little sloppy in the second, not getting pucks deep, playing into their hands, and picked it up in the third again. We just weren’t able to convert any of our chances; I think we had quite a bit of chances. At the end, we won a tight game again and that’s what matters. I think it will make us better.

On if the key to the referees not calling the penalty shot was that he got back even with the puck carrier…

I was kind of pretty close to – I was pretty even I want to say. I just couldn’t get my arm around his foot that he stuck out. I mean, that was his call and I liked it obviously, and we went from there.

On what he noticed from Joe Morrow tonight…

He played a very solid game. Skated really well, moving the puck up, got shots through, and closed quick in our zone. That’s all you can ask from a D that hasn’t played in a while. He did a great job.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRETT CONNOLLY

On this being a good grind-it-out win for the team…

Yeah, we know that the second half of the year is going to be close games and teams are starting to tighten up defensively and we are doing the same.  So, we’ve got to learn how to win those tight games if we are going to want to do anything in the playoffs this year, get into the playoffs for the most part.  I thought that for the most part we played well tonight and our compete level was very good the last two games after an obviously shaky start against Toronto after the All-Star break and I thought everybody competed really hard and had the right mindset to kind of do anything it took to get that win.  Obviously Marchy [Brad Marchand] makes a good play at the end, he’s been doing that for us for the last nine games in a row now he’s scored, so big player makes a big play at the end of the game and that’s why he’s our leader.

On if he was pretty certain that Marchand was going to score based on his play lately…

Yeah, for sure.  You know when you’re confident, you’re scoring like that, he’s a gamer, he’s proven to be a gamer for a large part of his career.  The crowd rallied behind him pretty well and it was nice to see him get that one, obviously a huge two points, everybody seems to be winning right now and it’s a matter of keep climbing, keep pushing teams that are below you and it’s going to be a dogfight right to the end. 

On his chance in the second period tonight…

It’s one of those things that happens quick and you know if I could go back I would obviously try to get it up a little bit more and I kind of just put it into him but you know it happens fast. I had a few tips on net, so I was happy with the last few games that I played, it’s coming, I’ve had a lot of chances in the last few games and it’s a matter of bearing down and you know scoring on those chances.  So if I can keep doing that I’ll be fine. 

On getting a win at home…

Yeah, for sure.  Our home record hasn’t been as good as we want it to be and you know we knew they were going to come and it’s a big game for them.  Obviously we went into their building and stole one, they were up by a couple goals and they were going to come, they played well, they got some good players over there that can make plays and [Jack] Eichel hits a crossbar.  The game could have gone either way but we stuck with it and we were fortunate to get the win and it’s a big win at this time of year so it was good to see the guys respond.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK 

On winning games even though they might not be very pretty…

Yeah I mean wins matter right? Hopefully we can put a couple together here at home and get on a roll because the confidence is definitely not sky-high. You can tell just by the looks of the third period…but great win.

On how confident he was that Brad Marchand was going to put the puck in the net…

I don’t know, I mean I was just kind of hoping that he would end it. He made a nice move I mean he told me that he fake poke-checked him and then he had to kind of change his movement a little I guess. So it was nice, with nice patience and he got it up high, so it was good. I mean you always, when you get that chance, you always hope as a goalie that we would score and end it. 

On how important it’s been that Brad Marchand has been performing as of late…

It’s good to see that guys get on a roll like that. You know the puck seems to find him and you know he’s had some not-so-great chances where he’s been able to score, you know, on bad angles and stuff. And it’s really good to see he’s able to find the back of the net because, you know, we haven’t scored a ton lately. But you know I think these are the games that we kind of want to play and we should be used to playing, winning 2-1 and 3-2, and then you know hopefully keep trending this way. 

On if he thinks the rest of the games will be high-stress, one-goal games…

Yeah, you know we talked about that. I mean we really, after that Toronto game, we really wanted to tighten up defensively, you know, and eliminate the mistakes and scoring chances. These last two games we’ve done that for the most part and been able to get the wins. But hopefully our confidence keeps building and we’re going to be able to make more plays from our end and in the offensive zone. 

On if he was surprised they called that a penalty shot…

I thought it was a penalty. But I mean I guess if it’s a clear breakaway then it’s a penalty shot, right? So I guess that’s what the call was, but I’m not sure. 

On the third period of games lately…

Well we haven’t broken down so that’s been good, we’ve been kind of tight. But then again I think we could’ve made more plays breaking out and in the offensive zone. But you know when you’re kind of in the situation that they’re must-wins, then you tend to squeeze your stick a little bit. And I think that’s been the case in the past two games, but hopefully this builds our confidence and we’re going to bounce back. 

On the coverage in the defensive zone…

Yeah, as long as we keep things tight there and guys are not wide open all the time that’s fine. You know they’re going to get shots, but what kind of shots they are is a different question. And I think we have eliminated their second opportunities especially. 

On overtime not being their friend this year…

It hasn’t? What’s the record? [It was 1-5 I think.] 1-5 – really? Yeah well that’s good [laughs]. Yeah well I mean we practice it sometimes, but I don’t know it’s just so much trading chances and you know sometimes you get a chance and you bury it and sometimes if you don’t it comes right back and you score. So I think that’s been the case but good thing that we got the win. And you know these are important points. When you’re going to be looking at the standings at the end of the year you have to be able to get these points and good thing that we did today. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID PASTRNAK

On getting overtime minutes…

Yeah definitely it was nice to feel the trust and I enjoyed it. I did my best. I always said I felt good pretty much the whole game and I think the other team played a really good game.

On David Krejci’s slap-pass to Loui Eriksson and if he uses the slap-pass…

I don’t know, it doesn’t really matter, you know? I’d seen him back-door right away and Loui did a great job on the forecheck and then it was kind of hockey-sense from all of us.

On if he is more confident in his forechecking ability…

Yeah definitely you know we’re talking about having two is important. Loui did a good job as the first guy on forecheck, but just tried to jump on him you know. He made a bad pass, which Krejci picked it up and Loui got the reward for good forecheck. 

On if the team has turned the corner in terms of finding ways to win…

Definitely, I think we did a pretty good job on all 60 minutes. We had a couple of tough issues in the second period, but big key for us was Tuukks [Tuukka Rask]. He was amazing all game and big fan of him.

On how much it motivates him when Rask plays that well…

Yeah definitely, especially in the second period, he made a lot of big saves for us you know and kept us alive and won the hockey game. That picked us up and happy win for him.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG

On the ‘grind out’ style win of this game… 

Right now, in this half of the year, it’s about results and we got one today. Obviously it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t perfect, but we brought a little bit of that road mentality to our own building tonight and it worked out for us.

On what the road mentality approach is…

To be honest, it’s probably you’re not worried about putting on a show. In other team’s buildings it doesn’t matter how you get it done, whether it’s ugly, you’re just working hard and being physical and sometimes at home you try to put on a show for your fans, your family and everyone that’s in the stands and that kind of is what goes into it.

On if the team improved their focus in tonight’s game…

Yeah, you see a group that’s really treating every game like it’s a big game because all the points are important and you see the teams that are winning games and everybody’s moving up and you don’t want to have to play catch-up here in the near future. So, that’s what we’re seeing right now.

On how much confidence he had that Brad Marchand would bury the penalty shot…

He could have done whatever – go down and slide on his stomach – it’s going to go in. So, when you’re hot you’re hot, and I’m glad he’s on our side right now.

On the importance of having a player like Marchand on an offensive hot streak…

Well, that’s what good teams have. They have their big players playing good hockey at the right times and Marchy [Marchand] is stepping up for us. He’s bringing that consistency every night and his linemates are obviously who they are as well and they’re helping him. It just bleeds down through the lineup and makes everybody better.

On if he’s seen progress on the powerplay…

We haven’t scored, but we get those chances and maybe earlier in the season those chances are just going in and maybe it’s the law of averages coming back. But we know eventually it’s got to start going in for us in order to win hockey games and we take a lot of pride in that, so – we don’t score, we’re not very happy.

BUFFALO SABRES HEAD COACH DAN BYLSMA

On the play where Brad Marchand was awarded a penalty shot…

We’re talking about a sequence of events of Jamie McGinn having, it’s not even a similar play, it’s a guy leaving his feet, taking him down on a breakaway. I think there’s some interference on Zach Bogosian that allows Torey Krug to have a breakaway, and there’s no separation on the last play. Rasmus [Ristolainen] is right there with him, and the judgment of the referee awards a penalty shot, and I’m not sure I see it the same way. 

On it seeming like Brad Marchand knocked Rasmus Ristolainen’s stick out of his hands…

He did. He did. I mean that’s, you know, he brings his stick up and knocks Rasmus [Ristolainen]’s stick out. Again, they’re right there shoulder to shoulder as he goes to the net.

On wanting consistency from the officials after Jamie McGinn was not given a penalty shot…

You would think that you would, I mean, the one on [Jamie] McGinn, there’s separation from McGinn and [Dennis] Seidenberg, and he goes down, he clearly dives and goes down to break up the play, which he wasn’t able to do, took the feet out. So yeah, you like consistency. That wasn’t a penalty shot, then not sure the other one was, either.

On how bad he feels for Robin Lehner being put in a tough spot…

Yeah, without a question. I mean it’s a tough spot for our team to be in. It’s one we battled for, we battled hard for, and I thought it was a hard-fought game, and I said there was some give and take by the referee. This one feels like he takes it away from you and awards them a penalty shot in overtime.

On how the Sabres played tonight…

Well I thought there was a stretch in the first period where I thought they took the play to us, early on in the first ten minutes of the game or so, and I thought we hung in there, and I thought we battled back. I thought we battled back in the second, and like I said, it was a pretty hard-fought, even game going both ways, and you know I liked the way our team battled, but you’re coming up short at the end, and we can’t afford to do that.

On how impressive Sam Reinhart’s two-way game has been…

I think he’s coming back from being out with the injury, and stepping back in there I think it took him a game or two to get his feet underneath him, but right now, he’s playing, you have to help me out, I think it’s 13 or 14 goals for Sam [Reinhart]. He’s putting together a nice season.

BUFFALO SABRES GOALIE ROBIN LEHNER

On his thoughts on the game ending with a penalty shot…

You know, it’s disappointing. I don’t know what to say. Honestly I’m not even disappointed that we lost, I’m disappointed [pauses]. If I say something now I’m going to get in [trouble] you know? That’s what is disappointing, you know? We have [Jamie] McGinn going down, he’s three yards ahead of what [Brad] Marchand was and he was clipped. He didn’t get anything. Marchand, he does what he does, you know? It wasn’t even a penalty. He [referee] calls a penalty after a game like that, it’s just – honestly, I’m an honest guy and I thought that was – I mean like both of those refs are good refs, don’t get me wrong, but that was, oh my God, I don’t know what to say man. That’s just embarrassing. I hope he’s embarrassed. I am embarrassed – it shouldn’t end like that. Disappointing thing is that I might get fined or whatever, but it’s just embarrassing.

On how tough it is to focus on the penalty shot after that call is made …

It’s a challenge you know. I didn’t care about that. It was a hell of a game. It was supposed to go to a shootout. It was going to go to a real shootout, you know? It’s just inconsistent, you know? In a game like that, you don’t call it, and that’s what he did with a few minutes left. And when McGinn was going down he didn’t call it. He didn’t call it and that was a penalty shot, and that’s 100 percent a penalty shot. He [Dennis Seidenberg] was farther behind and he tripped him and Marchand was barely ahead of him [Rasmus Ristolainen] and just lays down and it’s a penalty shot. It’s embarrassing.

On his battle with Tuukka Rask…

Yeah I know I felt good. It was one of the really fun games to play, you know? It’s a battle between two good teams. We showed we can be up there and compete against a real good team like Boston. They played good, we played good and to end it like this – again, it’s just embarrassing. 

BUFFALO SABRES DEFENSEMAN RASMUS RISTOLAINEN

On his thoughts on the play that was called a penalty shot…

Bad play by me, they got a penalty shot and scored a goal.

On if Brad Marchand knocked the stick out of his hand…

Yeah, I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about that – I should never make that bad play before.

On what he thought when he heard the whistle…

I didn’t think anything, I was just thinking that was a bad play there – never should happen.

On if he thought Jamie McGinn should have had a penalty shot…

Yeah, but it’s just talking. I don’t like to do that afterwards.

On what he did wrong on the play that led to Brad Marchand’s penalty shot…

Bad pass. He got the pass and went for a breakaway.

On how important it is not to make poor decisions with the puck in overtime…

Yeah, you got to be careful with the puck and that’s what happened today. I wasn’t careful and they scored the goal.

On how well played this game was between both teams…

Yeah, but it wasn’t enough. We didn’t get two points and that’s why we were here.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD SAM REINHART

On tonight’s loss being a tough one to take…

Yeah, it’s a little bit frustrating. Coming up that short in both contests was a little bit disappointing. It was quick turnaround against these guys again, and I mean, it’s not an easy team to play against once, let alone two times, and we were right there until the end, and unfortunately, we weren’t able to find a way to win.

On Robin Lehner and Tuukka Rask both playing well tonight…

Yeah, I mean, Lenny [Robin Lehner] kept us in both games, or Johnny [Chad Johnson] the other game, but Lenny tonight for sure kept us in this one, made some big saves at key times, especially when it was 1-0 for them.

On using the net as a screen on the goal he scored…

Yeah, Riles [Ryan O’Reilly] made a nice play to Ginner [Jamie McGinn], kind of creating space for himself, and with those two being so smart, I just try to put myself in the right spots, and the puck found me there on the side of the net.

On how much his two-way game has developed this season…

I mean everything starts with good defensive plays. So, I mean, it creates so much room for everyone on the ice, and I mean in a tight game like that, it’s pretty easy to convince yourself to kind of get back there.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:50 AM

On if assigning Joonas Kemppainen to Providence was so that he could get more playing time…

Yes. You don’t need waivers for Joonas [Kemppainen] so it was an opportunity for him to go there and play a few games. 

On if there were anything else he’d like to see from Joonas Kemppainen…

No I think he just needs to get some confidence there offensively because his numbers have been good in the past, so just give him a chance to go out there and play and maybe help himself out that way and get some confidence. Other than that, we’ve appreciated his consistency on faceoffs and his defensive play.  And his penalty killing has been extremely good so, you know, for him to just give us a little bit of offense there, maybe we send him there since he’s not playing and he’ll gain a little bit of confidence there. 

On why he hasn’t produced offensively…

I don’t know, otherwise I would have fixed it by now. But you know a lot of it is just that there is a different culture and probably a different way of playing when they come in from Europe for the first time. Especially you know, he’s not a 20-year-old who can learn quickly here or hasn’t gotten into some habits. He’s an older player that’s been playing the same way at the pro level for a long time so, you know, all of the sudden he comes here in the smaller rinks and everything else. And I guess the thought process of how you create some offense might be a little bit different, too. You know so he just has to adapt here and gain some confidence. And I think most of all it’s confidence, to be able to go out there and create those plays. 

On if he’s okay with the amount of chances they’re getting on the power play now…

I said it the other day, I think even last game we had 17 shot opportunities and I think seven on the net. And well we had two or three power plays or whatever, four? Yeah, there was a four-on-four. But nonetheless throughout the course of the season, you know, with scoring and everything else teams get a little cold and then they get hot. In our case, I like that our power play is still spending most of the time in the offensive zone. We’re still controlling the play and we are getting some shots. We’re not getting the finish we had before, so hopefully that creeps back into our power play and then things will be back together. I’d be really worried if our power play couldn’t even get in or got in and the puck would be iced four, five, six times a power play then you would say, you know, we’re not sustaining any type of pressure or any time in the zone. So that’s not the case; we just have to tweak a few things here or there and maybe find ways to finish, where we were a little bit better in the past. 

On Jonas Gustavsson and if he’s caught up…

Yeah I think it happened the last game before the All-Star Break. So he’s had no more time off than the guys that had the All-Star Break, so there’s no difference there at all and he’s been practicing with us. Maybe the first day or two he went out on his own but since then he’s been working out with us, so that’s not an issue there either. He’s good to go whenever I need him; otherwise we wouldn’t have him as a backup. 

On if Jonas Gustavsson being out changed any plans at all…

It hasn’t changed any plans at all, no. 

On who is starting the game tonight…

I’m just going to ignore that, Matt [Kalman]. 

#02/06/16#

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