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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Senators on 1/3

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, January 3, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME
On whether it was too difficult to make a comeback tonight…
I thought overall our effort tonight was good.  It was good enough that we could’ve won a game. We’re not winning those and it’s frustrating for everybody including you guys so I know we can nitpick and every little detail of our game, but you know we’ve played the last two games well enough to win.  They’re not perfect, but there good enough to win and I think that’s where I’m going to be careful with how I talk about this thing with you guys and with the team, because you know we’re working hard we still have some areas we got to get better at we still forced some plays that ends up giving us some issues, but you know overall I thought the effort was good. Was our net front presence perfect tonight? No, I think that’s what we kind of are looking for in order to turn the corner.  We need a little bit more of everything, but overall, like I said, we killed two 5-on-3’s, we scored on the power play, we had some chances, but at the end of the night though it’s just not enough and you know you take a 2-1 lead and they scored a goal that’s going 2 feet wide so… you know how much do we want to jump on our players? I think we got to focus on tomorrow and then take our loss here and move forward and go win ourselves a game tomorrow.

On how Patrice Bergeron could possibly getting Milan Lucic to produce…
Were you watching the game? [Reporter: Yes] Yeah, I think there’s more than Looch [Milan Lucic], but uh Looch and I thought [Brad] Marchand wasn’t playing well either so kind of switched them around to see if they could get a little bit more going in that third period. [Reporter: Do you think that went well?] It doesn’t matter. Next.

On if they played well with the lead in the third period…
Yeah, I think we scored a 2-1 goal and they had the 5-on-3 I don’t think there was any issues.  They scored a good goal and a lucky bounce and that’s all it was.  There was no issue with that.  Guys, you know again, when you’re not winning everybody’s looking for the perfect game and every little thing is being criticized here and I’m looking at our team’s effort overall and our team’s effort overall in the last two games should’ve been good enough to win a hockey game.  We didn’t do it so we got to find a way to win.

On the improvement in their special teams…
Well I think so I think it’s pretty obvious, right? When your power play’s scoring, the number of power plays we get and at the same time we’ve got some big kills where this night could’ve been a lot worse if our penalty killers hadn’t done the job they did.

On Adam McQuaid today…
Good start – I thought he moved the puck well.  For a guy who didn’t play in a long time, I thought he was pretty poised with the puck and played a pretty solid game.

On if he is in a phase where he is waiting for certain players to get hot…
Well you know if you get hot and certain guys get hot, you get more than two goals tonight there’s no doubt you always wish you could have that throughout the whole season, but like right now the effort is there.  You’re going to say well maybe it’s not perfect every team has the same issues except when you win a game you pack your bags, and you leave you’re happy.  When you don’t then, you know, you kind of critique every little area of your game. So right now, as I mentioned for a third time, the effort of the team is there overall throughout our whole game good enough to win hockey games, little things right now are what we need to do a little bit better in order to turn those overtime losses into victories.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the play of Adam McQuaid in his first game back...
He played a great game today.  He was rock solid back there, made good plays, it looked like he didn’t miss a beat.  We played a pretty good defensive game today and yeah, not enough.

On the first goal of the game where he got beat short side...
That’s my bad.  The guy was wide open on the back door and I was cheating.  Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] was kind of blocking that pass there and I was anticipating that pass and I left the short side open.  It was a good shot but when you cheat, you get caught and that’s what it looks like.  Not an awful goal but I would like to have that.

On the second goal of the game that went off an Ottawa players skate...
Not the first time that we’ve seen that this year.  Honestly it’s so frustrating.  We played a solid defensive game, we killed two big 5-on-3’s there and we battled really hard and you’re kind of feeling that it’s starting to turn the corner and maybe the bounces are starting to go our way and then, I’m not going to say what happens but you know.  Five feet wide of the net and hits his skates and cross body.  I hope it turns around at some point, it’s getting really frustrating for me.

On being on the wrong side of a lot of one goal games this year…
It’s a challenge but that’s how it is a lot of times.  It’s a mental challenge and you have to battle through things.  Especially this year it seems like it’s the biggest mountain to climb we have ever had and we are a team that isn’t going to quit on the fight.  We are just going to battle and hope that things turn around for us.

On if these losses are coming down to bad bounces for the Bruins...
It’s not just the bad bounces but from a goaltending standpoint it’s frustrating because it’s a one goal game and we are playing a good game and killing those penalties and then that [crap] happens.  It’s not just the bad bounces but it would be nice to get those our way.  There are no excuses, a loss is a loss, we get the point.  I don’t think we got as many scoring chances today as we would like to but still when the defensive game is there and games are tight like that, it’s a good sign.

On Kyle Turris being wide open on the first goal of the game...
It’s always a mistake, leads to another mistake and I’m there to back everything up.  When I make a mistake, a bad read, it ends up costing us.  It’s one of those goals that it’s not completely my fault but if I stay focused on the puck and not cheat I’m going to save that.  So on that note it’s my mistake but obviously one mistake leads to another and especially this time, the way things are going for us, it’s tough to get wins and little things matter.  Little things become huge in a game like this and that’s what happened.

On how he felt and this being one of his better games of the season...
It was pretty solid.  I made a couple timely saves there, on the 5 on 3, at the end of the third, I made one big save.  Then [crap] just keeps pouring.

On the special teams starting to come in fits and starts...
They are starting to.  We are heading in the right direction but as I said little things matter right now because wins are tough to come by.  Tight games and we make one mistake, somewhere on the ice and that ends up being a huge mistake and costing us a goal.  It’s just about that and we are not going to get discouraged, we are going to fight, we are going to work through it and it’s going to get better.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On coach talking about the effort being there, and whether that means someone just has to start getting hot or what…
Well yeah I mean I think we all need to produce, and the effort is there every night, but right now we need results. So every night we need everybody to step it up and play their best.

On how since he’s been with the Bruins they haven’t been a losing team, and how different it is for him…
Yeah it’s definitely a different situation – a new one for myself and I’m sure a lot of guys on this team. But you know it just shows that we need to show our character and step up and find a way out of this. You know it’s not acceptable being where we are, and we know that. So it’s on us to be better.

On whether they are getting angry…
Yeah I mean we’ve been frustrated for a while, but you know I think we’re trying and we need to be better for sure, but it’s definitely frustrating yeah.

On how they lost some character players before the season and whether that leadership is being picked up in the locker room…
Yeah well I mean when you lose guys like that it’s definitely tough, and it’s tough to replace them. It’s tough for young guys to come in and try to replace older veterans – it just doesn’t happen like that. So the big thing is we need new guys stepping up, and I mean guys are trying and guys are trying to take on that role, but you know it’s not the same without those guys in the room. But again, we’ve got to find a way. This is what we have and we’ve got to do everything we can with this team.

On whether he expects there to be more changes to the lines…
Potentially. But that’s not really on us to look at. It’s up to the coach, so we’ll see.

On whether he expected that line combination to be revisited after getting some decent results earlier…
Not really, I mean our line has been together for so long and same with Luc [Milan Lucic] and Krech [David Krejci] that I don’t think we thought about that. But again, that’s not something we really think about a lot, it’s out of our control. And if the coach switches things around, that’s how it is.

On how Claude Julien said he switched him and Milan Lucic because neither of them were getting the job done, and how that happens with your top two left wingers in a game that’s so crucial…
I don’t know, you know just every game is different every night is different, and you just try to find a way to battle through it and be the best you can.

BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On if someone has to get hot to get the lucky goal…
Yeah, I mean it worked out for them. They got a lucky one there to tie the game late. A slapper from the point off a leg and in. Sometimes you’re going to be on the winning side of that for sure, but unfortunately it was the other way around tonight.

On taking advantage of earlier opportunities…
Well, yeah, that’s why when we miss those opportunities, guys are hard on themselves. They’re hard to come by, especially for our team these days. You don’t get many opportunities and when you get them, you want to take advantage of them. That’s why all these guys in here are hard on themselves and they know it. That’s why guys get upset when we lose because we know we could’ve won the game.

On managing their frustration when bounces don’t go the team’s way...
It is because we bring that effort I would say to most games. It is well known that our team works hard, competes hard so when you don’t get those bounces you think we sometimes deserved, it is very easy to get frustrated and to get down on yourself. You just got to remind yourself that there’s always another game to be played and we got to bring everything to get those two points tomorrow.

On killing the five-on-threes…
Yeah, exactly. The guys did a great job killing those penalties, and both five on threes, guys were huge. Tuukka [Rask] was our best penalty killer and that’s what you need. It’s just upsetting because you get out of those situations and they score a crazy goal. That’s what can bring a team down when you have momentum and we just have to make sure we bounce back from those.

On what the problem was after the five-on-threes…
I don’t know what it is. Maybe you think you’re out of the water and you think you did your job, and then there’s a quick let down. You just got to keep reminding yourself there’s always another job to be done and no matter what the score is, the time of the game, or what just happened, whether you just had a big play or not, there’s always a job to be done and we got to keep reminding ourselves that.

On whether he thinks bounces will eventually fall in the team’s favor…
Yeah, for sure. You think you work hard the whole game and we have 2-1 lead late in our building, you think you’re going to come out on top, and then crazy bounces end up in the back of your net. I mentioned it earlier, we got to realize there’s a job to be done tomorrow and we got to keep working hard. We’ll get those bounces one day.

On the frustration after outplaying the Ottawa Senators…
Yeah because we’re a team right now that’s on the outside looking in. So we can talk about the effort and look at what guys were doing all game, and we can’t be satisfied with that. We’re upset we don’t get the results because that’s what we demand on ourselves and out of this team, and the guys in this locker room. Like I said, we’re moving on and looking forward to tomorrow.

On McQuaid’s impact in his return…
Yeah, he looked really good. He looked good. His patience for a guy that just came back was awesome. He made a few plays where guys were coming at him and they circled away at the last second and he held on to the puck. He was great.

On Adam McQuaid’s impact on the team…
Yeah, he’s a guy that shows up to work every single day, whether it’s practice or a game, whether he’s playing 23 minutes or 17 minutes, he’s a guy that’s working and you know what you’re going to get out of him. So I think he definitely got overlooked when you look at the group of guys that we’re out and his name wasn’t mentioned because he’s a really big part of this team and we’re happy to have him back.

On the impact of having a healthy defensive core…
It definitely is the first step. We got to keep reminding ourselves that anybody can play on any given night. Obviously we have seven D that can play in this league. It’s healthy competition, but it’s something as a group, we’re all happy that everybody is healthy and now we can move forward.

On completing what the team talked about before the game…
For the most part. I mean, I think, definitely what we were talked about, keeping the game simple. I think there were a couple turnovers there probably we can throw that away and make sure that we’re taking care of the puck, but if you look at the sixty-minute plus effort, we did things that we talked about. But as I mentioned, we’re a team that needs results and we can’t just be satisfied by playing pretty good hockey. We have to make sure we’re working to win games.

On the difference in his play the past couple of weeks…
I think just confidence and to be honest, having Krejci back is a big help for myself, but also for the team. He just slows the game down, he makes the easy plays, and he can make the hard plays too when they’re there, so it’s a combination of those things.

On if he can pinpoint the problem the team has winning games…
You know if we could put our finger on it, it probably wouldn’t happen to us throughout the season, but it’s one of those games where the puck ends up in the back of your net in crucial moments and we just have to be better. Like I said, we’re looking for results, we’re always trying to get better, but we’re not just happy with how we played, we’re looking to win games now.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On how he felt in his first game back...
Overall pretty good.  There were definitely some highs and lows with the game but I guess it’s always good to be back and be a part of things.  Whether you are winning or losing you want to be a part of it.  Obviously you want to be a part of winning and trying to be part of the solution.  Right now it’s just tough with some of the outcomes we have been getting but I’m happy to be back and hopefully we can turn things around here and start winning some hockey games.

On not being hesitant to get right back in there and rough it up...
No, my hope is to reiterate that when I get back I try not to play any different and there is a certain way that I have to play if I’m going to be successful and try and bring something to this team that helps win hockey games.  You’re right I didn’t feel hesitant in any of those periods.

On being sick of doing these first game in a long time interviews…
Yeah, that’s part of it though.

On him having any concerns with his stamina or his timing coming back…
I wasn’t overly concerned with the skating part of it.  That’s one positive that you have with an injury like this is that I have been skating now for  4-1/2 to 5 weeks so I didn’t really lose that part of it too much.  There is the side of it that being in the right position and reading plays and you can go out there and skate as much as you want but it’s not the same as playing in a game.  I have felt a little bit better, especially even in the last practice with some of the timing and stuff like that.  So that was probably the biggest thing when you are coming back from a bit of stretch where you are not playing that timing aspect of it but you just try to get involved and make your reads the best you can and obviously I think it’s important to try and keep it simple as much as you can as well.

On if these losses are coming down to bad bounces for the Bruins...
I think obviously we got the one point which is better than not getting any but at this stage we need two points in games and we need to consistently be getting two points to give ourselves a chance to move up.  Getting one point here and there, winning and losing back and forth, you don’t move up by doing that, other teams are doing the same thing.  You need to start winning consistently.  Again I think there were some positives from our game but again there are areas that we need to clean up.  Just making simple plays and trying not to turn over pucks as much in the neutral, really in all 3 zones we made some unnecessary turnovers which normally we are not a team that’s know to do so.  Again there were some positives as well.  I guess when you have quick turn around like this, the positive is that you have a chance to move on quick and you have to do that and you have to get ready for Carolina tomorrow.  This will sting for a little bit here but again it’s a quick turnaround so we have a chance to rebound tomorrow and we’ll have to do that.

On how odd it feels to be in this position for this team at this point...
It’s a situation that we don’t want to be in and we hoped that we wouldn’t be in but we are at where we are at and it almost makes every game a must win game because you see when the season winds down, how close the standings are and how much every point counts.  Especially when we are playing teams that are in our division and in our conference, especially in our division that are tight with us.  We need to be taking points.  We need to keep pushing and we’ve got work to do and we’ve got areas to improve on and we need to do that.  We need to start winning games and getting points.  I don’t know, it’s not a position that we want to be in but we are and we need to find a way to work ourselves out of it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On how much little mistakes are on your minds with these one goal games…
Yeah, I mean, I think that’s pretty much our team is one-goal games, for the most part, especially this year where there hasn’t been too many games where we’ve been up or down. More than one but it’s definitely something you don’t want to cost your team when there’s a goal against you but you have to continue to fight through and play the game. Realize that you can make other parts of the game to help the team. If you get scored against, whether it’s not scoring but if it’s just turning some chances-- we’re there we’re just not going in.

On when that determination turns to discouragement…
It’s easy to get discouraged. The key is to turn it around as soon as possible. It’s been a battle, definitely, for the amount of games we’ve played so far. But, you can’t pout on ourselves and realize that everyone including us needs to be better. Games like today where we’re fighting for a playoff spot especially to a team like Ottawa. We just can’t have that happen. Points are crucial and there’s half a season left so it’s going to come quick.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On whether it came as a surprise when coach switched up the wingers…
No I mean it’s not a surprise, I mean it’s one of those things – you’re trying to get something going, some offense, the extra goal, and we did – I mean Marchy [Brad Marchand] scored that big goal. And you know we’ve got to find a way to create some more and sustain that, and also doing our job when you do have the lead.

On keeping the lines like that, and whether that gives him and Reilly Smith a chance to get Milan Lucic going, because he’s been struggling a bit…
I mean I think Looch [Milan Lucic] creates so much space for his linemates, so he’s definitely a big presence out there. So yeah I think it’s one of those things – you try to generate and create some chemistry, and definitely finding a way to get some offense. Bottom line. It’s what we need.

On Claude Julien saying the effort has been there in the past few games, and whether he sees it that way…
Yeah the effort is there. You know we did a lot of good things, but that being said I mean it’s one of those things where we’re at the point in the season where we need the result and the extra gear or the extra urgency to get the extra point. I mean tonight is again another big point that you let slip by. I mean you’re right, we’re definitely not playing some better hockey, but with that being said we’ve got to bear down and find ways to – you know especially when you have a lead like that, you’ve got to keep it.

On whether it’s fair to say they’re having a hard time closing games…
Yeah I mean when you – we talk a lot about getting the extra goal to give yourself the cushion. And right now every little mishap or broken play or whatever that ends up in the back of our net, or you know it really hurts us and it really shows. So it’s about finding a way really – yes bear down defensively when we do have the lead, but offensively finding a way to give ourselves a breather.

On whether they feel like playing the game they way they have the past few games will bring success, or whether they feel like they need to do something differently…
I think the last thing you want to do is press and start thinking too much. Yeah, I think we are playing better hockey and more consistent hockey, but like I said before, it’s about finding a way to keep the lead or to get the extra point, and that’s really the bottom line right now.

On whether he expects there to be more changes to the lines…
Yeah I mean it’s one of those things that you know it is part of the game, and I’ve said a lot of times before it doesn’t matter who I’m playing with it’s about doing the job on the ice and finding a way to get a spark. And I’m sure that’s what Claude [Julien] was trying to do – we got that second goal with Marchy [Brad Marchand], and that’s it. That’s about firing away.

On whether they are mad enough, and that they seem satisfied with the one point…
Yeah I mean it’s definitely not happy, definitely not satisfied, I think that’s the last thing that we are right now. And we’ve said it a lot before that right now we’re at a point where every point matters, and we’re definitely not happy and not satisfied with having one point, especially losing to Ottawa that’s in our division. So no it’s definitely not what’s going on.

On how before the game the coach and the players said the team needed to get off to a better start, and whether he thinks they did that…
I mean I didn’t think we were in trouble at all. I don’t think – you know we were playing some good teams. And we talk about that before, I think it’s just one of those things that you know. I thought we were in the game, we were battling, we were having some chances, and it’s about finding a way to bear down.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how frustrating it is to lose on a bad bounce…
I mean I thought we played a pretty tight game. We didn’t get much but we didn’t give them much. It was well played. I think defensive style of hockey on both sides. Then we get a lead in the third period and it looks like everything is going right and then one bad bounce it’s back of the net and two, two hockey game. In overtime or shootouts you never know what can happen. Games like this we shouldn’t let them go to overtime.

On how you guys refrain from getting discouraged…
Well we came into these three games, it started Detroit—three divisional games, it started off pretty well. Even though we lost against Toronto we still had three out of four points, which is still pretty good. Today we had a chance to have five out of six and we only got four so it’s disappointing. We obviously need those points but we got Carolina tomorrow so we’ll try to turn the page, correct some mistakes and we have to get two points tomorrow.

On getting Milan Lucic going…
I thought he had a really strong game against Toronto. On the first goal on the power play he chipped the puck in and won a battle on the for check and he brought it back to us and we made a couple little plays out on the power play and shot so it was all him. He was into it so it’s good to see him play with an edge just like he did the last couple games. Obviously the games are never perfect but for most part I thought he played pretty well. We just got to keep building on the positive just like the rest of us and try to be better next game.

On Coach switching Lucic and Marchand at the beginning of the third period…
I think you have to go back to the Detroit game when Looch [Milan Lucic] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] were out. You could see that out of guys to play with—different guys on the lines, I played with [Brad] Marchand in Detroit so it was nothing new to me. He kind of fit in and scored a big goal. Sometimes you have to make a change and it looked like it worked today but at the end of the day, bad bounce and we got only one point tonight—this afternoon, sorry.

On the problem with getting net front presence today…
I think two things: one they did a good job boxing out but the other one was I don’t think we were hungry enough to get there. If you’re going to battle a little bit harder maybe that’s going to be more power plays. There’s going to be some teams that are going to have big heavy defensemen but we have to find a way to get in front of the net.

On power plays being more important now that there are more chances…
Yeah the way we play the special teams are really important. I thought the PK did a very good job today. Two five on threes and we got one goal out of three power plays. A couple of good looks. I thought the special team was decent so we have to build on that and hopefully we all play a good game tomorrow, good special teams again and get the two points.

On killing penalties and then giving up goals right afterward…
Yeah, you know, you kill a big one and then you come back and a bad bounce. So you got to make sure those bad bounces don’t happen. You got to make sure the puck is 100 feet away from our net and that didn’t happen. Have to make sure that we realize the importance of the situation on the ice and that was that we just killed a five on three and the momentum should be on our side. We didn’t take advantage of that.

On being better at putting games away…
We should. No reason for any excuses. You get the lead two to one at home, division game, just keep the puck away from our net and we didn’t do that. Could be questionable calls or not, it doesn’t matter the ref still calls it. Still, we stuck with it and killed a big one but bad bounce and nothing you can do about it.

OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH DAVE CAMERON POSTGAME
On whether there is something about the air in Boston that brings out the best of Dave Cameron and the Ottawa Senators…
I’m not sure it was the best, but we played… certainly played well enough to win. Some real good things happened today against a real good club, and anytime you win in Boston, win a game, it’s huge.

On what he liked the most about this game from his team…
The fact that we came from behind. There was some ebbs and flows. I thought it was a pretty even game, a lot of 50-50 stuff. When you play a good team like Boston they want to have you back on your heels at different times and I thought we responded well.

On “pulling his hair” about the power play and tweaking some things yesterday…
Never pull your hair out after a win.

On whether it will be easy to carry momentum into tomorrow’s game and whether it will be less fatiguing after a victory like this…
Well it’s going to be fatiguing because it’s a back-to-back game against a real good club, but it’s easier to regroup and readjust and battle fatigue when you win for sure.

On whether he will give the power play the message to shoot the puck…
Yes, they’re overthinking it, and that’s what happens. Any part of your game when you get into a bit of a funk you start overthinking it and start getting outside of all the stuff you talk about like shooting the puck and movement and getting guys on their goalie and stuff like that and you just tighten up, and it becomes a catch 22 now. You’re going to continue that way until you get a goal or two, and so yes we have to get back to the basics and find a way to score a goal and then take that big deep breath.

On how much it would help to win some faceoffs on the power play when the other team is clearing the zone and winning the draw…
I think you just answered that question. Yeah, huge, huge, I mean because you’re chasing, and that’s something we addressed coming into it. They weren’t very good here last time whether it was power play or five-on-five, the penalty kill, whatever. They dominated us in the faceoffs, and again that’s another part of our game we just have to continue to work at and figure out, find a way to get better at.

On whether he liked the way his team defended when they did lose so many faceoffs in their own end…
Yeah, I think if you look at the positive side… if you could take away, if you look at the total number of shots and you take away the shots that you give up directly because you lost faceoffs and the same thing with your chances. If you did that, and let’s just say you’re 50/50 there because you’re not going to win every faceoff, but if you’re 50/50 then you cut down the number of shots and the chances it’ll give you a better chance for sure.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD BOBBY RYAN
On picking up a much needed point in overtime…
Yeah it was, and to do it in this building and that kind of effort does a lot for morale I think, but there’s a lot of parts of our game that need to be better. I thought we got outplayed for periods of that game where we let them have too much time and space in the zone and they were able to create and the second goal that they scored is an example of that, but outside of that you never want to critique a win. You just want to focus on what you can do to get better and there will be a lot of focus on the power play tomorrow.

On Coach Dave Cameron preaching the simple things and that being how they scored the equalizer…
Yeah, that was just a case when I knew when Karl [Erik Karlsson] picked it up he was outside the shooting area that he likes and Tuukka [Rask] is not going to let one in from there when he’s skating backwards so I just tried to beat my guy, I don’t know who it was, to the net and hope that something kind of came off of him and Karl did one better and put it in my feet. I’m not going to give him full credit, but it was in my feet and I just luckily enough looked down and it was there and was able to find a way to get it in.

On not having much time to work on the power play before tomorrow’s game…
No there will be a lot of video I’m sure and we’ll identify things, but when you can’t work on them it’s tough, but at the same time there’s a little comfort in it when you’re going home to settle it down right, but it’s horrendous that we’re not putting pucks to areas to be successful and we’re not generating second, third opportunities and that’s where your power play is going to win you games deep in the season when you’re able to keep pucks in and get back to the net.

On whether they will be hoping for an opportunity and having good momentum swings but not capitalizing against Buffalo…
Yeah, and that’s the other thing, and I thought in this game it did a lot to swing momentum in the other direction and that’s ultimately what you can’t allow. If you’re not going to score, at least have a couple shots at the net, create and hold the puck in their zone and make them stagnant. Right now we’re stagnant and we’re giving them opportunities more so than us and it’s unacceptable so all 10 of us, 11, whoever’s slotting into those areas have to demand a little more of each other.

On having a few conversations with Tuukka Rask and whether he was reminding him of his shootout goal…
I was reminding him of the shootout goal, but I actually gave him credit for the save he made last overtime because I thought I did everything right on that partial breakaway, and he said, ‘You did.’ He said, ‘I made an all world save.’ I laughed at him and said we were one-to-one and there will be a rubber match tonight and if we had gone into a shootout it would have meant more, but I’ll take them anyway they’re going right now. That’s for sure.

On liking Saturday afternoon games in Boston…
Yeah I do. I don’t know what, I like playing here. You draw some energy from the crowd and with it being a one o’clock game the crowd’s into it right away and it’s just a fun atmosphere to play in and I like the one o’clock games. Sometimes you go through the highs and lows of a game day, right? Ups and downs of waiting and all that. To just get to the rink and get ready to play I think is beneficial but I know a lot of guys feel opposite so it’s all a matter of what works for you.

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On what he saw from his end during the game…
I saw a lot of good things. I think we gave ourselves another opportunity to win the game. We worried about the process, got down a goal there in the third and didn’t change we kept getting pucks to the net and got a fortunate bounce. It’s one of those things where they got a bounce on their second goal and we got a bounce ours so well take it.

On the degree of difficulty this game was for him…
Every game is tough. There’s different hurdles to get over every game whether it’s several minutes without a shot or several PPs [power plays] to deal with and lots of shots where you get a little bit tired. Tonight was a little bit of a mix there were some stretches where they didn’t have a whole lot and then there were stretches where they put four, five, six pucks to the net and you’d be scrambling a little bit. Overall it’s just a matter of staying in the game and making sure you’re ready for when those scrambles happen.

On how there seemed to be less scoring chances for the opposition during those types of scrambles…
That shows that we’re a little tougher in front of our net. Our defense and low centermen or low forward, whoever is down there, is doing a good job in front of the net and making it hard for the other team to get there. If you get a crosscheck or a stick across the foot, or a guy in your face it’s a lot tougher to go in front of the net and you’re less likely to do it when things start to hurt.

On how important winning this game is considering their game tomorrow…
It’s good for momentum. I think it’s important for us to have some success after last little bit of focusing on the process. The process has been there, we haven’t gotten the result every single night that we wanted but tonight was a different story. We played the right way, we did things that we needed to do, the block shots that probably go unnoticed, Condra [Erik Condra] there and a couple big ones late in the game. It’s stuff like that that you don’t notice, but I notice, and that’s the difference in the game.

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On whether Adam McQuaid will be in tonight…
Well he’s going to do the warm-up, and then after the warm-up I guess we’ll see how he feels and whether we’re comfortable with putting him in. But he’s been cleared, so I guess the decision is up to us coaches and then himself, making sure that he’s ready to play.

On what he wants to see from the team right off the bat…
Well I guess it’s, you know, bring our best from start to finish. We’re at that stage where we need to bring our best. And you know, you see it in games for the most part like last game against Toronto – there were spurts where we let them take the game to us, but for the most part I think we still – I guess on most nights you should be able to win those kinds of games. So it’s about trying to push our guys to play their best and manage the game the right way. You know, you score a goal at the beginning of the second and get yourself back in the game, let’s make sure we don’t give them a goal back less than a minute later and give them the momentum back. So little things like that I think can certainly help our game. But you know, it’s about being at our best from start to finish. Getting better starts maybe, getting that first goal and then playing with the lead.

On how the other team is going to push back, and how you prevent it from snowballing…
Well that’s just what we’re talking about – it’s about managing it, you know, and recognizing what we’re doing or what we’re not doing in order to do that. Sometimes all it takes is a shift or even a goal for that matter, as you saw – once we got that goal even if it was late in the second we just took the game over from there and then carried over into the third period. So it’s a game of momentum, and you know the quicker you can grab that momentum back the better it is. And there’s times we’re I guess not the team with the momentum, but for too long of a period, you know, sometimes it’s half a period before it switches around.

On how much more he’ll lean on Tuukka Rask given the fact that they need these points and that they have some back-to-back games coming up…
I don’t know about that, we’ll see. The other guy hasn’t been a bad goaltender, and Tuukka [Rask] you know you just have to look at his stats – it’s not like he’s stood on his head either. So you know I have to make smart decisions as far as who do you play and how fresh you want to keep them, and those are decisions that I continue to make on a daily and weekly basis.

On whether he plans to do anything different with the forwards tonight…
Pretty well the same group. I mean, Jordan [Caron] will be out there, but I guess right now our goal is probably to go with the same forwards.
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