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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Sabres on 3/17

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS BUFFALO SABRES
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On if his frustration with a lot of shots and zonetime but no win…
Yeah, I think those are the parts that always worry you. As the game goes on, you’ve got full control, you’ve got a one-nothing lead and you just can’t seem to get that second goal. Those are the dangerous situations to be in when a team hangs around that long and eventually they’re going to get a break somewhere and they did. They finally tied the game up, and as much as we tried we just couldn’t muster up a second goal. That’s our own fault. We had chances, we had shots and if we’re not going to find ways to bury goals then you’ve got to look at yourselves in those kinds of situations.

On if there was enough traffic in front tonight…
Yeah, there was. Sometimes maybe too much.

On the next upcoming game...
Well, we know what’s at stake. So it’s up to us to bounce back here and that win next game’s going to be as important as it’s ever been so far this year. And we know that, so we’ve got to pick up our socks here and not feel sorry for ourselves because we feel we got short changed here tonight and understand what’s at stake.

One if Tuukka Rask’s absence was only for tonight’s game…
I’m not going to comment on that. I don’t know.

On if he was happy with the team’s effort but just disappointed with finish…
I think so. I think that when you look at what we didn’t do was we didn’t finish well. So we had lots of chances. I think when you look at the zonetime, you look at the shots on net, there’s a lot there. I think we could make better choices on where to put pucks. So many times it was right in his glove, an easy save where sometimes you could have shot for a rebound. Got guys going to the net, and even around the net area. If we’re not going to be a little bit more hungry and heavy around that net area, then you know you’re not going to get those loose pucks.

On Niklas Svedberg’s play tonight….
Yeah, he got tested times where he made some big saves in overtime and again the pad save there late in the third. So he made the big saves where he had to. I think it was up to us to do the rest in front of him and we didn’t.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On finishing on goals being the problem tonight…
For sure. One goal game for a long time then they obviously tied the game. We were not able to score another goal or score a couple more goals.

On outshooting Buffalo but not much to show for it…
Yeah we could have been better for sure. We could have moved the puck quicker, more crisp. That would probably speed up the pace of the game. Yeah that’s one area that we could have been better.

On going into this road trip…
Yeah we know what we’re facing in Ottawa and Florida and Tampa. Every game is going to be a fight. Like I said, we’ve been saying that for the last few weeks. We know where we’re at. All these teams are fighting for the same spot as we are so we know it’s going to be crucial for us to get points and get wins.

On Claude Julien saying he needs more from everybody…
Yeah it think at this time of the year everybody has to raise his game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On what they can take away from this game...
Try to look at the opportunities we had and see where we can bear down on certain opportunities and there were times where we had good puck possession but we weren’t really necessarily creating things.  The same side of that, I mean we did have some opportunities and again just if we could try and build on those and capitalize on them.

On time sort of running out on the season...
Well I mean there is a sense of urgency, obviously with the situation that we are in but at the same time we got to keep pushing and again trying to create those chances and when we get them, trying to bury them.

On if the sense of urgency was high enough tonight...
I don’t know.  I mean we knew how important the game was and again we had our chances.  We need to make sure that we are taking advantage of them.  We were having good puck possession  and at times we weren’t taking the opportunities to make plays when we had them.  They kind of hung around there and got back in the game and that’s to our own doing.  We have so many games in such a short period of time right now that we have to try and focus on the positive things and obviously correct in certain areas but there were some chances that were there and we just got to make sure that we are bearing down on them.

On if he is stunned by the result based on how much the Bruins dominated…
Not stunned no.  We have seen some of their scorers lately against other top teams in the league and they have been tight games and they have played us tight this year.  Again when you have the O-zone time like we did, you obviously want to try to come out with a little more of an advantage than we had just getting that one goal.  I mean again, their goalie played well, you can’t take that away from him.  I don’t know.  Searching for goals right now.

On how they balance their emotions from game to game...
I think it’s a fine balance there that this group is pretty good at finding.  Even when we had a string of winning games we kept everything the right mindset and we didn’t look past each game, we continued to look to improve in areas.  We move on from game to game and get ready for the next opponent and obviously the next game is going to be a big one for us and we are going to have to be prepared playing against a team that is right there with us and that is playing extremely good hockey right now.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On the frustration behind not being able to finish the job…
Yeah, I mean it’s frustrating, you know, I thought we had more chances today, but that’s life. We had a chance to win in overtime and the shootout, but unfortunately we didn’t and we got one point. But we should have had two, I think.

On the goal that hit a few players on the way into the net…
Yeah, it hit my skate there.
 
On when he found out he was starting today’s game…
In the weekend.

On if anything happened to him during the one play where he got hit in the chest and was slow to get up…
No, no, it was fine. It just went through two bodies there and I just kinda reacted there pretty late. Nothing.

On going long stretches without seeing shots…
Yeah, I thought that especially first period and parts of the second, we – most of the game I thought they had some good chances, especially in the third period they played pretty well, and overtime was pretty forth and back. Obviously we had more but, you know, first half they didn’t have much, they had some chances…

On if he thought their first attempt hit the post…
Yeah, I thought so at first, but you know obviously it was in so it was counted for, but I thought it kinda looked like it. I mean they’ve got cameras for that so it was obviously in. But, yeah, I got a bite on the first one and then he kinda beat me, and I got there with my pad, but he got it over, just under the bar.

On it being a generally team wide disappointing game…
Yeah. I mean they got two points and we got one, so that’s the way it is.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On his many chances tonight but still unable to score a goal...
I don’t know, it’s going to happen sometime.  We created a lot of chances on our line today and had a pretty strong game so we should have had more than one.

On if the result of the game was because the Bruins let Buffalo hang around...
I guess.  I think we played two good periods but we got to bury some of those chances.  So we wanted to have more than one after two periods for sure.

On if his holding penalty along the boards was out of frustration...
I don’t know if it was even a penalty.  I think it was a battle against the boards and we both held each other so no.

On what the team needs to do to get out of this funk…
We have to play a strong game all over the ice and shoot the puck, that’s how we score and try to get some rebounds too like Loui did on the first goal.  We needed more of those.

On the team having a lot of shots against Washington and tonight but being unable to score...
It’s just a matter of time before we start to score again.

On if he is concerned at all that the Bruins are running out of time...
Maybe but like I prefer the way we are playing and creating a lot of chances than not having chances.  It’s always a good thing to have a long offensive slump sometimes and a lot of shots and then we are going to score.

On if he has ever gone two months without scoring a goal before...
Yeah for sure.  I’m not a sniper, I can score the puck but I’m not a sniper, I’m more of a playmaker.  Of course I want to score, especially to get myself going a couple goals before playoffs, get a little confidence for that but the most important thing is that we win some hockey games this week so that we have some room from the other teams.

On how he stays so positive in a slump like this...
Because I’m playing a pretty strong game right now.  I think I hang on to the puck and I’m going to the net.  As long as I play good, I feel good about myself.  When you are starting to not play a strong game, that wouldn’t be good but as long as I play good it’s ok.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On being a frustrating result against that team…
Yeah, I mean, it is no matter what I think. Right now it’s about results and it’s definitely a big point that we’ve let slip by.

On realizing later in the game that the game might be trouble…
Yeah we’ve told ourselves that we needed to find a way to get that second goal or even the third one. We needed to, kind of, find a way to give ourselves a cushion and we didn’t do that and it’s pretty easy when you don’t have that killer instinct for other teams to get back. It’s just one shot away and that’s what they did. We definitely had most of the play but that being said it’s about results.

On killer instinct meaning another goal or an element of play missing…
No, I meant the second goal.

On the players being pissed off…
Yeah obviously it’s a disappointing result for sure. Right now we’re about getting results and getting the two points. You know what’s going on in the standings. It’s a game tonight that we knew we needed to get and we didn’t so it is frustrating.

On working hard to get a lead in the standings and now giving it up…
We can’t see it like that. Right now it’s about realizing—it definitely makes that next game even bigger and going up to Ottawa and doing the job. We’ve found a way to get back and pushing ourselves and giving ourselves a chance every night to give ourselves a cushion in the standings and it’s about keep doing the same thing and finding a way to get back on track and what we we’re doing right in that stretch.

On Buffalo’s goaltender…
Well I think we have to make it harder on him. We were doing a good job of pucks on net but that’s still not good enough. Any goalie in this league, if they see it most likely they’re going to stop it so he’s no different. It’s about making it hard on them and we didn’t do that.

On if passes weren’t going through…
Yeah I think we got to shoot a little bit more on plays like that. Especially if they seem to lose their coverage a few times so if we were taking it to the net a little more we definitely would have had some more results.

On getting results with games like these…
Yeah it’s about everyone right now. Each and every game it’s about keep pushing and finding the lane. Like I just said it’s about the results at this point in the year. It is disappointing to get out of these game with only one out of two against, no disrespect but it’s a game that we have to win.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On what he saw on his goal…
We just won the draw and Quaider [Adam McQuaid] was trying to put it on net and it hit the board. Good bounce for me and the goalie came out there a little bit and there was an open net for me so it was kind of easy to put it in.

On the team finishing chances…
Yeah, for sure. I thought we had a lot of chances today to score more goals and win the game. But, yeah, we need to find ways to score those goals too. We create a lot of chances, but when we get that chance we have to really focus to put it in too. That cost us the game. I thought we were the much better team today and we just need to get better on that. We know we have a tough road trip coming up here.

On if the dropped point could come back to haunt the team...
Every point is important right now, and of course, it’s a tough one to lose, especially when Ottawa won today and the teams behind us are chasing us. Every point is huge and that’s a tough one to lose.

On the lack of goal scoring in recent games…
Like I said, we need to find ways to score those goals and we’re maybe too slow to put it in and giving too much time for the goalie to come back and make the save. I thought we did a pretty good job to get shots on net today. We just need to find more ways to score more goals.

On how to make the team’s shots count…
Just maybe get more traffic in front and be hungrier in front of their net. A lot of rebounds coming out today, but we didn’t find any ways to score more goals.

On if the team is hungry enough…
I think everyone is hungry. Everyone knows what is at stake here and how important the points are. I don’t know what we’re doing wrong. We’re getting chances. We just need to find ways to score those goals.

On Carl Soderberg’s play…
Yeah, I thought he had a good game. Maybe it would have been nice for him to score a goal and get on the board again. He’s working really hard right now to find his game. I thought it was a good step forward for him. We get a lot of chances. We just need to be a little hungrier to score those goals when we get the chances.

On Carl Soderberg’s mentality the last two months…
It’s never easy when you have all the expectations on you that you have to produce and get points and score goals, so it’s never easy to go into a slump like that. I don’t think he needs to think too much. He just needs to go out and play his game and I think he will start scoring again.

BUFFALO SABRES HEAD COACH TED NOLAN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On winning the game in a shootout…
Yeah, I was just pretty happy with our work and the way we played probably the last four or five games.  They’ve been really working hard, and to see them get rewarded with a win after a shootout is certainly…you’re happy for that bunch.

On the Bruins dominating the game…
We were talking about it in between periods.  It was almost like the “Thrilla in Manila;” we just rope-a-doped them.  I think they got tired going in our offensive zone for the whole period, but they almost seemed like they were in there for 19 minutes, and [Anders] Lindback played great.  I thought we were in pretty good position defensively for a vast majority of the game.  We have to be, and to luck it out at the end was good for this group.

On if he’s seen an under-the-radar goalie getting as hot as Anders Lindback is…
No, maybe [Andrew] Hammond in Ottawa.  He’s doing a similar thing.  But I’d have to go back to [Goaltending Coach Arturs] Irbe again.  I mean, he’s the one who saw something with this kid, worked with him, worked with him.  We were thinking about going with [Matt] Hackett tonight, and he said, “Let’s put him [Lindback] back in.  So, he has a real good feel for goaltenders.  He did a great job.   

On it being Lindback’s first win…
Yeah, especially after a shootout win.  He had a couple cracks at it, at least that one last game.  To get a win for him…there was a big smile on his face after that game. 

On Lindback being a popular teammate in the Sabres’ room…
This group, they work extremely hard in practice, and Lindback’s not your typical goaltender who takes a few shots and gets off.  He wants a lot of shots, and he stays in for some breakaway shots and what have you.  So, players love that, and when they love that, they usually play hard for you. 

On if he knew right away Tyler Ennis’ shot went in…
The way it sounded, I thought it went it, and I was hoping it went in.  That was a heck of a move. 

On how his team, especially Philip Varone and Johan Larsson, held their own against an attacking Bruins team…
They did.  The one thing that we try to emphasize, especially with guys who are getting this great opportunity is don’t let it slip away.  I mean, it’s good to play a good period, but it’s NHL-style, you’ve got to play three.  It’s NHL-style to not just play one game, you’ve got to play two good games and so forth.  It’s consistent games, so that’s what we talked about. 

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On the win…
Yeah, well, we’ve been a lot of one-goal games this year—thirty plus one-goal games.  We haven’t come out on top all that often; it’s nice to get one there.  Obviously,[Anders] Lindback great for us.  It’s nice to get him a win. 

On the evolution of his career…
It’s weird how things play out that way for sure.  I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to have played a lot of great places, and it’s nice to come back here and be close to home. 

On how he feels physically…
I’m 36.  I feel great.  I still feel like I’ve got a lot left in me.  I think that’s the biggest thing for trying to continue to play—still love the game, still feel great.  Body’s still holding up, so I feel good about it.

BUFFALO SABRES DEFENSEMEN RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
On how much he has been working on getting his shot though on the power play…
Yeah I worked on it a lot. It’s a tough league, there are some great guys playing on the penalty kill trying to block it so I just tried to find a way to move the puck quick and try to get a quick shot to the net.

On how his team stayed in this game tonight…
Yeah we battled, [Anders] Lindback huge game again that was one of the biggest reasons why the game was so tight, and then we had a big third.

On what the team told one another in the locker room following the second period of play…
We just said be patient and keep working hard. Do the simple things. That’s it.

On why he thinks Anders Lindback has played so well during his time in Buffalo…
I think that we are playing pretty decent overall. He has been working hard with our group everyday and hard work pays off.

On what he thinks about his game while playing with Mike Weber…
I like it a lot. He was my first D-pair when I came over here. We bonded really well, he talks a lot, he’s physical, and he is a big guy for us.

On what he thoughts are about going against other team’s best players every night…
I like it. I hope that I can keep doing that playing big minutes. I really enjoy it and want to continue to be the difference maker

BUFFALO SABRES GOALTENDER ANDERS LINDBACK
On how he feels about his win tonight when they have been elusive to him in recent games…
It feels good obviously. I think we as a team deserve it. We have been working so hard and where we are it’s a tough situation to be in for everyone that is here. I got to say that I have been impressed with everybody to just keep battling and keep buying in on a day like this, so it feels good.

On if he was surprised that he got the nod given this was the second game of their back-to-back…
I don’t know if I was surprised, but I was happy with it. I wanted to play. This was what I have been waiting for, getting a chance to play games so I was just happy with that.

On if he feels that he is playing the best hockey he has through his career so far…
Yeah. Obviously now that you’re able to play games, all season I’ve been feeling good I just haven’t got it done. I don’t know, sometimes it’s the small things. You need that first save or whatever it is, and it puts you in a good spot. Right now yeah I’m feeling good.

On what he saw on the Loui Eriksson goal scored against him…
Yeah I misread the bounce there and I lost track of the puck so I was trying to get back on my feet to relocate it and it came back so you know that’s one thing, they score early and we keep battling to come back in the third period and score a goal.

On if his mindset was that his team was going to win this game heading into the shootout…
Yeah I kind of told myself I am not losing three shootouts in a row here. It felt good, it’s tough but [Tyler] Ennis made a nice move and it’s always nice when you have a goal up there. This time we were able to pull it out.

On how tired he felt amongst the media post-game in the locker room…
A little bit. Not too bad. I’m glad there isn’t a game until Thursday or Friday or whatever it is but I feel good.

How significant was it to play back-to-back nights against upper level teams…
It’s where I have been aiming to be. You have to be able to give your team a chance to win every night to be a starting goalie in this league and it’s not an easy thing. It has been what I have been working towards trying to get there. It’s only a couple games here and we still want to keep winning and keep doing the right things. I do think that we are going to keep working hard here.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD TYLER ENNIS
On if he thought that his shootout goal went it…
Yeah. The last few I haven’t been raising it when I had a chance to raise it, so I made sure I went top shelf with that one and I’m glad that it went in.

On if he felt it was…
They were outplaying us pretty bad. I think that Lindy [Anders Lindback] really stepped up and kept us in it. Our power play is going which is good, got us back in the game, and we won in the shootout. Big way to battle back for sure.

On how the power play got them back in the game even though they weren’t playing very well before the goal…
Yeah our power play is finally clicking. We switched it up a little bit, changed up the units, and it’s working so it’s a big win.

On how big it was to get a win for Lindback based on how he has been playing as of late…
Yeah he’s been playing awesome, he’s been keeping us in games we should have gotten a couple more wins for him but maybe we can build on this one and get some more.

On if there was any doubt in his mind that his shootout goal went in or not…
No. It sounded soft. There was no possible way that it could not have gone in if it sounded that soft so I was happy.

On what the referees told him following his shootout goal…
I couldn’t really hear, I just saw him wave it off and I was pleading my case that it was in, then saw him point that it was indeed a goal so that was a good feeling.

On how he thinks that his line played against the line they were matched up against with for most of the game…
Yeah. That’s a really good line. Bergeron is one of the best defensive forwards in the game so we really could generate that much. I had a couple of turnovers early and you gotta learn from those mistakes especially against Boston, especially against that line, you gotta be patient. We then settled down and later got the win.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:30 AM
On how close David Krejci is to returning…
All I can say is probably closer. He was able to skate with us today because of line rushes and all that stuff. He’s progressing well. I don’t know exactly how close he is. Is he a possibility for the weekend? I think the earliest would probably be the weekend. The earliest, and maybe even more.

On Krejci getting games before the end of the regular season…
He will. We still got quite a stretch here before you can think about the playoffs or get to the playoffs so he’ll get some games in.

On Krejci being cleared for contact or gameplay by the weekend…
Could be both. Like depending on how he progresses it could be both. It could be for contact or it could be as close as maybe for games. Maybe he’ll just start contact then. It depends how he comes out of these next few days here.

On today being Brett Connolly’s first day skating…
Second day. Yesterday he skated just skates on for 20 minutes. Nothing, no sticks no drills just went out there and skated.

On if he’s thought about where he’ll play Krejci when he returns to the lineup …
Yeah.

On if you would like to share it with us…
Not much because there’s really nothing to share. I’ve thought about it I haven’t made up my mind where and stuff like that. Instead of starting to speculate stuff like that, I could tell something today and may change my mind tomorrow. I’ve thought about it and it’s not easy. Guys that are in the lineup are playing well. You have to make a good decision there. It’s not a decision that I think I’m ready to make today, but certainly thinking about it like you said.

On who you prefer to play the young guys against having an influence on where you place Krejci…
I think that’s just a small part of the equation. I think there’s more to it than that to be honest with you. It’s more than that, I’ll put it that way. Right now they’ve handled themselves well whoever I’ve put them on so far and I’ve been able to manage that fairly well I think by looking at their production, they haven’t been on a line that’s been scored on a lot. I think that might be a little bit part of the equation but certainly not the biggest part.

On if you believe Krejci when he says he is open to anything when he returns…
Yeah. I already talked to him.

On seeing signs from Reilly Smith that he will start producing more offensively…
He’s shooting more. He’s had some couple of good shots there and this morning again I saw him shooting some pucks. He’s got a good shot, he’s just got to probably use it a little bit more and I think a lot of times he’s trying to feed his line mates where the choice would probably be shoot first. A little bit of a shoot first mentality is going to help him out a little bit and certainly give him some confidence. If you got confidence the rest of your game kind of follows up, you got more energy, you got the confidence to make more plays and so on so forth. I think right now he’s just not able to convert a lot of his chances so right now he feels like he’s not bringing a lot.

On Smith feeling pressure from his contract to perform…
Well the only reason we’re talking about that now is because we haven’t seen him—if he was playing well you wouldn’t even ask that question. I don’t think it is. Certainly not because what you’re talking about was happening before he signed so I don’t know if I would connect those two together.

On using Torey Krug on the power play over Smith…
Just because there’s times where he’s still fresh. He’s a good power play guy. He specializes in that and he’s a defenseman so there’s times where we want to use Torey [Krug] a little bit more on the power play when we can because he doesn’t really kill penalties so it’s an opportunity to give more ice-time to a guy that can help produce.

On Tuukka Rask being more vocal on the ice affecting game-play…
I don’t think it has. It just makes it easier. On the breakouts if you have a goaltender talking to you telling you you’ve got time or man on or reverse it or whatever. And vice versa, goaltender stops the puck behind the net it could be our d’s being more vocal. Tuukka [Rask] is just kind of taken charge when he’s out there on the ice. He’s a pretty intense individual. We’ve seen that even at the end of games and he’s intense, he’s focused, he’s a real competitive athlete and that’s the part that’s made him good and that’s the part we like about him. Being vocal is just part of his DNA I guess.

On Rask kicking it up a notch from past seasons vocally…
No I only made that comment because I heard him from the mic’s that they have around the net. We don’t normally hear him but I made than comment to him once. That was a month ago.

On David Pastrnak’s season so far…
Yeah he has. He’s done ok and the last game when you play heavy teams it’s a challenge for him, but he’s still an 18 year old that to me is getting better all the time. We talked about being patient with him and he’s produced for the most part so there may be some game just like any other player on the team, that has an average game. So that’s his biggest challenge right now. A challenge that there’s not much he can do about except with time he’s going to get more experience, he’s going to get stronger, he’s going to get more confident. The only way he’ll get better with that is by giving him that opportunity to play in those situations.

On potentially overlooking Buffalo tonight…
Well anybody who watched the game last night should know better. That’s my take on it. The Rangers beat them two to nothing with an empty net goal. They’re very competitive. When you go out there and just go out there and play and compete hard and obviously no pressure you become a pretty good team and that’s what they are right now. The last two times we beat them it took overtime so we’re certainly not in a position to come out and take them lightly.

On the job Ted Nolan has done coaching Buffalo this season…
he’s a coach trying to keep a team together with all the changes that’s been happening. His team continues to be competitive. His team is still at the bottom. It’s tough for a coach. It really is tough for a coach. In his position he wants his team to succeed and play well. I’m not sure overall that’s not what they want when they’re looking for the first overall pick so it’s not an easy position to be in.

On Loui Eriksson struggling to score…
I don’t think you have to worry about Loui [Eriksson] when it comes to confidence and stuff like that. With Loui he’s a pretty calm individual. Year after year he’s proven himself. I know he’s had a tough start with us last year with all those injuries but he’s been consistent and, like I said, the thing that doesn’t help him right now is people are trying to make comparisons with another player and that has nothing to do with his game. We like what he brings to us. We needed that kind of a player. He plays power play, he kills penalty’s, he basically lead us in ice-time I think because he’s versatile and reliable.
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