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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, November 1, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 PM
On whether he wants to discuss his “personal good news”…
I have no comments on that, absolutely not. Let’s talk about the team.

On his thoughts on the team’s effort…
Good. I thought the effort was really good tonight. Our young players I thought did a great job breaking out of our own end with a lot of young D [defensemen], I thought they handled themselves well under pressure. Same thing up front, you know I mean Matt Fraser comes in at the last second and scores two goals for us and plays a solid game. Seth Griffith – same thing. I thought he played well tonight, you know made some good plays and good heads-up plays and was good along the walls. So our veteran players came to play tonight, they played solid, and those young guys just jumped on their backs and followed suit. So I liked our team effort tonight for sure.

On Matt Fraser getting the opportunity to show off his shot…
We all knew that. I don’t think he surprised anybody with that shot, because we’ve seen it before. You know he had such a great training camp, but as we all know he struggled out of the gate and we made some adjustments to our lineup. But he certainly didn’t miss his opportunity tonight.

On Fraser saying he’s willing to play anywhere in the lineup, and whether coach sees him playing on the left side…
He was on the right tonight… Sorry, he was on the left. He plays both you guys. [To reporter: I can’t play with you guys once in a while, eh? I had you.] You know Loui [Eriksson] is always the right winger on that line. But he does play both, he shoots – his first goal was from the right, his second goal was from the left – he just has a good shot. And I know he’s had some great opportunities from the right side, but he’s been extremely versatile at both. So we have an opportunity here to have a winger who can play both sides – just like Loui as a matter of fact. But there are some guys that are very good at that and he’s one of them. He shoots just as well from the right as he does from the left.

On what he sees improving in Brad Marchand’s game…
A guy struggles you know sometimes to get himself going, and as much as he thinks he’s skating the way he can – I thought he skated better the beginning of this year than he did in the last year, so it was a step in the right direction. I think we’re just able to see a little bit more from Brad [Marchand], and it’s coming. Last game was a good indication of that. He was again a little bit better tonight. But I still think that Brad [Marchand] can be even better than that.

On Patrice Bergeron setting up some of the goals tonight…
Yeah it’s just a matter of time with him. I don’t think we have to worry about Patrice [Bergeron], he’s such a reliable player. You know we make a big story about him being -1 because we’re so used to seeing him lead the league in plus/minus on a lot of occasions. So you know his whole line hasn’t been up to par. As you can see, once they get going things start turning around for them.

On Tuukka Rask settling in after maybe a slow start…
I don’t think he had a slow start. He made some saves, and he’d probably like to have that first goal back, but –Are you talking about tonight or the season? … He made some good saves throughout the last game we played here that we lost. So his game is coming around and he’s getting better all the time as well. So, again, those are guys you know you’re going to be able to count on. Sometimes it’s a matter of time, and as a coach the sooner the better.

On David Krejci coming out for warmups but not playing…
Yeah that’s why he was out for warmups – I thought he was going to play. But he came in and we decided as a group that he wasn’t well enough to go.

On whether he has any idea what the injury is…
I have an idea, but I can’t share it with you. Unfortunately.

On whether it’s related to the previous injury…
What was the original one?
Reporter: “You wouldn’t tell us.”
Julien: Then why would I tell you now?

On how he would describe his time coaching the Bruins and everything he’s accomplished…
What does that have to do with anything? It’s been a lot of fun guys.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On how he felt about the game and the team’s effort…
Yeah, I thought we were pretty good, so some good goals I thought we scored, and nice for Fras [Matt Fraser] to get a goal and then Marchy [Brad Marchand] to keep going. I thought we played pretty good. I thought we limited them to a few chances, so we’ve got to be happy about it.

On being above .500 and whether there is relief in that…
Yeah, we don’t really try to think about it too much. You’re just trying to win every game and just focus on that, but we were definitely aware that we were sitting there and kind of one under, sitting there and we needed to get one to get over it, and it’s nice to have that now, and hopefully we can keep rolling.

On what he sees from David Warsofsky and Joe Morrow…
Yeah, they’ve been really good. I think it just shows how deep our organization is, and you could see that in the preseason and training camp and everything, and they can all play, so it shows I guess, like I said, how deep we are as an organization and they’ve played really well, so it’s nice to have that.

On what he thinks Matt Fraser can contribute to the team…
I thought he was really effective, so he was moving his feet and hitting guys and then obviously when he can get a chance it’s a pretty good chance that it’s going in, so really good shot, so I guess we saw that on both his goals and really good release and he was effective, like I said.

On what it means to him that Claude Julien signed a three-year extension…
Oh, that’s good. I didn’t know that, so hopefully we can keep going for him and keep winning, and it’s been fun to be able to learn from him so far in my career so it’ll be fun to continue that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On whether his goal could have been more perfect given the setup…
I don’t think so, no. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] has always been great on his draws. He won that one perfectly, and I just tried to get it on net and luckily it went in.

On whether he feels he is finding his groove…
A little bit. I mean, I think those are just a couple breaks that have gone my way. Still I don’t think I played a great game tonight, but something to build off of and it is finally nice to get on the board, though.

On whether he feels he is playing with more of an edge or playing “meaner”…
Yeah, definitely. I think that that gets you more into the game and there seemed [to be] a lot of guys to play that way tonight, so it’s tough trying to play within the rules there, but it definitely felt a little more involved and engaged and a little grittier.

On what he saw from Matt Fraser tonight and throughout the season so far…
He had a great game tonight. Obviously a couple really big goals at really good times, but even all over the ice he played his position very well. He was back checking hard. He was on the puck. He was dogging it, and even at the end he had a really big block the last 15 seconds, so that would have been nice to see him get that third one there, but he had a great game.

On how he would describe Fraser’s progress this season…
I’ve always thought he’s been a great player, and he’s really waiting for that opportunity to get in, and he took advantage of it tonight. He’s got an unbelievable shot, and if he gets in the position to score he doesn’t miss that many times, so hopefully he continues to play like that.

On being over .500 for the first time and whether that is a relief…
Yeah, definitely. I think it allowed us to build a little confidence. We got a win a couple games in a row, and this is a good team we played tonight. I thought we really battled, especially after they got that late goal in the first. It could have killed our momentum, but we came out strong in the second and it is definitely very nice to be over 500 and especially with a few more games at home here hopefully we can build on that.

On the energy in the second period…
We came in, we wanted to regroup, and make sure that that late goal didn’t kill us. Wanted to bounce back and I think we did that very well. A couple of really big goals there from Carl’s [Carl Soderberg’s] line, and then Fras [Matt Fraser] and we just kind of continued to build on that.

On what it’s been like playing for Claude Julien…
It’s been great. He’s a great coach, obviously his record shows, but he really makes it easy out there. He’s always working with guys and trying to improve a player’s game and I get along with him really well, and we have a good working and personal relationship so it’s been great.

On having difficult conversations with Claude and how that has developed…
Yeah, well that’s the business side of things and the professional aspect. We both have a job to do and we’ve had to have numerous talks over the years about different things, and it’s always strictly professional in that sense, and if there’s something I need to improve upon he’ll let me know, and he’s not scared to pull me aside at any point and talk to me about my game and different things, so that’s great. As soon as the meeting’s over we let it go and we can joke around, so it’s really good.

On Claude signing a contract extension…
Oh, I didn’t see that. I was on the ice. [Laughing] Yeah it’s great news. He’s been here for a while now and he’s a proven winner, and especially with this team. He knows the guys here so well and we know him and it’s great if he did sign an extension then we’re all very happy for him.
   
BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Claude Julien…
Its been great, we obviously in the past have had success we really didn't take too long to get his system going and starting to play his system and it paid off in the years and if that’s case- if he’s here a year longer it’s good for the Bruins.

On the relationship and communication...
It’s good I mean we are all professionals and when it’s time to work we work and you know sometimes you know the truth hurts. But when it’s time to lay back a little bit we’re just individuals we joke around and talk about stuff but you know it’s a really, really professional relationship with him and everybody.

On having an entertaining game…
Yeah it was- yeah I mean I thought we played a pretty good game too- despite the four-on-one in the second which don't happen too often but it was a pretty entertaining game. Sometimes we feel like when we play our style hockey it can be boring, to watch and to play, but you know it’s good to hear from the outside it’s entertaining.

On passing…
Well that’s absolutely, that hasn't been our strength in the past games – it’s kind of been up and down so when we talked about it – especially from the D and myself — we talked about it you know we need crisp passes and tape to tape passes because that helps us to break out and gives us the edge so today was a good example of that.

On the five-shot first period...
Yea I mean it’s not easier. I mean all the shots they got were pretty much scoring chances, too in the first and you know- tough break on that goal there but we didn’t let that deflate us and we battled back and played a pretty solid second and third.

On the young guys being able to handle the defense...
Well I think the whole team has been good, not just the young guys. But I mean when you come up and its tough, and you kind of feel like you need to do more in order to showcase yourself but then I think the guys realize they just need to play their game and be solid in front of our own net and making passes from our end and that really, I think the key is to making it simple.

On passing 500 in the opening night…
It has been, in the past, you know we had a couple chances - we can do it. We played some inconsistent games you know we had a chance to climb up the 500 but hopefully this train keeps going the right way you know we’re up one game over 500 we just got to keep going. It’s definitely not satisfying yet, we’re not where we want to be, but today was a step on the right direction.

On winning five out of seven...
We won five out of seven? Oh yeah? It doesn't feel like it. It feels like we have been losing and winning, but you know it’s better, its good, the right way.

On the team playing better defensively...
Yea for sure, a lot of the goals when I play games a lot of the goals I've been letting up, or we've been letting up when I play, have been right in front of the net and it’s frustrating for everybody because you know at this level you really have too play tight defense around your net because most of the goals are scored from there. So we've talked about it and we really straightened it out in the past two games. I don't mind giving up the odd two on one, and three on two because that’s what we practice for and we should be taken care of those. We really tighten up that in front of the net and it helps us.

On the Dalai Lama being at the Garden...
He was, yes I heard he was wearing a Bruins hat. I don't think we had any feelings about that at all. We were just minding our own business. We heard he was here but, you know he was supporting the Bruins so you know that’s a really positive thing but hopefully he brought some good energy for the building because we have struggled at home lately.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DAVID WARSOFSKY
On getting off to a slow start in Providence...
I mean it was hard. I tried to stay positive. I wasn’t playing my best and I can’t put a finger on why it wasn’t happening for me; I think sometimes you just go through games where the puck’s just not going your way and that was happening for me. So, try to stay positive and take positives out of each game. I knew my opportunity would come at some point and I knew it would be important of it.

On if it energizes him to get called up...
It does, I think. If you ask any guy down in Providence – you want to get that call and it’s an exciting moment when you get that call. So, you’ve got to work hard every night down there and show the staff down there – and the staff from up here is down there a lot also – so show them that you can play at this level when they need someone.

On the transition after getting called up...
Yeah, I thought I’ve been playing pretty well. A couple of hiccups here and there, but I think that’s going to happen in every game. I thought I’ve been playing well and moving the puck. I’m obviously up here to help on the breakouts and get the puck out of our zone. So I think we’ve been doing a good job of that.

On if he feels competition between himself, Joe Morrow, and Zach Trotman...
I think – I mean I don’t know if I’d call it competitive – just everyone wants to play their best every night. I don’t think – we’re obviously all good friends, but we all want to stick here and our goal is to play in the NHL. So, I think we’re all playing for ourselves and also helping the team win and that looks good for everyone.

On playing in this rink...
Yeah, definitely. I’ve had a handful of games but I feel like I haven’t played many at home. So it’s always nice to play at home in front of the home crowd and family and friends.

On playing at the Garden when he was with Boston University...
Yeah, playing at BU obviously you play here in the Beanpot and the Hockey East finals and things like that. But to put on the Bruins sweater and wear it here on their home ice, it’s definitely something different.

On experiencing the NHL with Morrow and Trotman...
I think we’re all just taking advantage of it. We’re all around the same age and it’s all of our first handful of games so we’re all kind of in the same boat. We’re having fun with it and trying to play our games every night like we do in Providence and translate that up here. I think so far everyone’s done a good job.

On feeling like the coaching staff has confidence in him...
It definitely feels good. Whenever you get called up and you get the ice time that I’m getting, it’s obviously a good feeling. They trust me to put me out there in situations and it’s a good feeling for me.

On if he was logging a similar amount of time in Providence...
I think so. I usually play between 20 and 25 down there, so it all depends on the night. I think everyone in this locker room is conditioned to play that many minutes and I think everyone can handle it. So, it’s a good feeling to get that time on the ice.

On Matt Fraser’s performance tonight...
I mean, I think everyone knows Fraz [Fraser] has an unbelievable shot; I think that’s what he’s known for. He scored 30-plus goals in the AHL and it’s obviously translating up here. So, when he’s moving his feet and getting his shot off, he’s a really effective player.

On what fans will notice about Fraser by the end of the season...
I think the biggest thing is just he’s a hard worker. He’s put in a really tough position where he doesn’t know if he’s going to be in the lineup day in and day out. But he keeps himself well conditioned and in practice he’s doing the little things to get himself that opportunity. Obviously tonight he took advantage of it.

On his play tonight...
I think, well if I go dash four I don’t know if I’m going to be playing 20 minutes here. So, I think just the identity of this team is take care of defense first and that’s obviously going to create offense. So, I’m focused on getting the puck out of my end and hopefully good things happen in the offensive zone.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT FRASER
On not being told about playing until after warm-ups…
Honestly it was kind of nice. I don’t want to do it every game but you just kind of forget about all the details and you just go out there and play. Like I said, you try to prepare the same way as if you’re playing every night but when it comes down to it, mentally, its almost easier when they tell you just after warm-ups that you’re going.

On skating with Eriksson and Soderberg…
Yeah, they’re both great players. You play with anybody on this team and they’re great players. They made it pretty easy on me.

On having so many days off…
You show up to the rink every day no matter if it’s a practice or game—you prepare yourself to play and you prepare yourself to work hard. There’s a lot of long days at the rink—maybe it’s not as easy but when it comes down to it this is what my job is. Whether I’m playing or not I gotta do my part. You gotta prepare yourself.

On the net looking big during those chances…
I don’t know if the net looked that big or if my eyes just looked that big. You get those opportunities and myself, I pride myself on making sure that those get to the back of the net. I was glad that both pucks, obviously, went in.

On being hard on yourself and gaining confidence from this game…
Yeah absolutely, just to get that confidence back and kind of get the ball rolling again. Like you said, I’m very critical of myself. I don’t need people to tell me how I’m playing because I know when I can be better. When things are going well, it obviously does a lot for my confidence—and not just scoring the two goals but I feel like I had a good game all around and I feel like that’s more important than the two goals.

On similarities to last year when Fraser came in and scored…
Yeah definitely makes things exciting for sure. Again like I said, every day when I come to the rink I prepare to play and be the best player on the ice. I’ve had to do that my whole career and its gotten me to this point so far but still a lot of work left to do.

On putting yourself in a position to succeed…
Yeah, I mean, I think the biggest thing is your just to get more minutes and you stay in the flow of the game rather than you’re here and there and you get moved around. It’s fortunate that it worked out that way, but at the same time it still just makes me more hungry to be better and be more of an impact player.

On controlling the mental aspect of changing roles…
Yeah, just working on it in practice. I like to come out early and make sure that everything is tweaked just how I like it. I like shooting pucks and after practice you’re working on the walls and everything like that. Conditioning-wise you’re ok because you can work on that and that’s something again that I pride myself on and make sure that if you do get the call then you’re ready to go. You’re just working on timing and just the little things, that’s really what you have to worry about.

On those chances being the ones you dream of…
Yeah, I had one earlier too in the start of the game and I didn’t make the shot I wanted to. You chalk it up to nerves or whatever it is but when you get those chances, a guy like myself, I pride myself on those find the back of the net, and it did.

On range of emotions of being in versus out…
Yeah, it’s challenging but at the same time when they told me I was going it wasn’t much opportunity for me to be nervous and overthink too much. I think when you’re put in that situation you can’t overthink too much. I was obviously happy with the way that the game went today but the bigger picture is we’re above five hundred now and we can build off of this and move forward.

On seizing the game in the second period after losing momentum late in the first…
Yeah historically, with the way this year’s gone, that’s kind of how it’s been. They get one goal and all of a sudden we seem to get deflated, but we talked about it in the room that we’re not going to let that deflate us. I think we came out and we had a real strong push in the middle half and found some goals. Now we just have to find some consistency in our game.

On scoring two goals when all the guys in the Seguin trade were on the ice…
Yeah, I guess so. Maybe there’s a method to the madness. I don’t know what to say to that. You just go out there and shut your brain off and try to play and worry about the other stuff later.

On making strides in camp and having to overcome a lot for this chance…
Just to be in the lineup is huge for my confidence but the one thing I’ve drawn on for myself, like I was never a drafted player. I had to climb walls to get where I am. It’s not easy being a traded guy and kind of being a guy that flies under the radar in the trade. For myself, the end goal has never changed for me. It’s not to just be here but to be an impact player. Any time you’re sitting out and watching and wondering what’s going on its definitely challenging. At the end of the day I’ve gone through this in my career. That’s happened to me before but you find a way to get past it.

On the Bruins believing in improving their players…
There’s a little bit of communication but at the end of the day this is a business. It’s based on wins and when the team’s winning and they feel like they’ve got the best lineup on the ice there’s not a lot of interaction. You know, you don’t expect that as a player, you just kind of go about your business and that’s one thing that I’ve really had to learn to be ok with is that there’s not a lot of talk with the players about this and this. The assistant coaches are good, they’ve talked to me but you just draw on it and you draw on past experiences and when you get a chance like this you’re ready to go.

On two goals being enough to stay in the lineup…
Hopefully. If you want to talk to Claude [laughter]. At the end of the day the biggest thing is we got the two points and I thought we played a pretty good 60 minutes and it puts us in a spot where we can start building on this and get something going here.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the difference for the team defensively...
I think us being a little bit more poised with the puck. Making it easier for the forwards to break the puck out with speed and attacking with speed. That was, like you said, the last couple games, better. Hopefully it keeps going that way.

On if the linesman apologized to him...
Yeah, he said he didn’t know where to go. I would have kept the puck in, obviously. But he didn’t know where to go and he kind of messed me up and it ended up in a bad break. Stuff like that happens and thank God we didn’t let it affect our game and we kept going.

On capitalizing on his scoring chances and getting a goal tonight...
Yeah. Like you said, I did have quite a few shots lately. But for it to finally go in, it feels good. Hopefully that’s not the last one.

On stringing together a few wins and finding rhythm...
Hopefully it helps a lot. I mean, it remains to be seen. But we’ve tried for a while now to get over .500 and today finally put 60 minutes together and kept pushing and that’s why we won at the end.

On the younger defensemen stepping up...
I think they’ve been very poised with the puck, skating the puck very well, and just playing consistent hockey. It’s nice to see that, again – we always talk about depth and hopefully we can build on that and put some consistency together.

On the team finding poise...
It’s always a mindset. I mean, everybody can make good passes and skate, but it’s about actually doing it and staying calm and cool and collected when you get the puck. You make sure you know your options before you get it and then make a strong play. Like I said it’s about being mentally ready and knowing where to go before you get it, and that’s what’s been happening in the last couple of games.

On if the team was desperate to find that poise...
We always want to do it, but it’s about – I don’t know. That’s a tough question. If it was that easy we would have changed it a while ago, right? But, it’s about being mentally sharp and just supporting each other, communicating, all that stuff kinds of leads at the end to better play.

On the team’s resiliency in the second period...
For sure. I mean, in the past – a few games ago we totally caved in after a goal like that. But I think today we kept going, we didn’t let it affect us and we kept skating hard and forechecking hard and scoring the necessary goals.

On Dougie Hamilton’s progression as a player...
Yeah. He’s been playing big minutes, playing strong minutes and very consistent minutes. That’s all you can ask from him and it’s a ways to go for both of us, but so far it’s been good.

On Claude Julien potentially signing a three-year extension...
He’s proven in the past that he knows how to coach; he knows how to teach a young team to play a system. Great if that happens – hopefully it happens ... I really enjoy playing for him and I think all the guys in here do. It would be great if that happens.

OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH PAUL MACLEAN
On if the Senators had too many self-inflicted wounds tonight…
I think a lot of them were inflicted by the opposition. I thought that their competition level continued to rise throughout the game, and ours wavered. It was off and on, and I think that ends up being a huge difference in the game. Yeah, we turned over some pucks and whatnot, but I thought their competition level was higher than ours and much more consistent.

On allowing two goals in a span of 1:28 in the second period…
That’s the second period. It’s a tough change. It’s a tough part of the game. In this league we can’t pass it through good players. No matter what, they’re going to make you pay for that, and we tried to pass it through good players, and they made us pay. Turn over the puck and they’ll make you pay. So that’s what happens in this league if you’re trying to force things and try to make something happen. Against this team? That’s not going to work. They don’t make anything happen, except they wait for you to try to make something happen, and then that usually happens with them.

On if he’s stressing patience after tonight’s loss…
Well that’s what we’re trying to do, and we speak about it lots. We’ve got to keep doing it, but this is a team we’ve taken lots of lessons from in the past, and took another one tonight. But know your competition level, just to stick to doing what you do when you’re in a tough spot, it can end up working out for you.

On Erik Karlsson being a minus-four tonight…
Well it’s a long season, and he’s not going to be great every night, as much as we like him to be. But at the same time, I don’t think he was out there by himself, either. So I mean, he had opportunities with the puck that ended up in the net a couple times. But he’s going to also have opportunities with the puck where he’s going to make things right for us. But tonight we’re not very pleased obviously with the outcome of it, and we’ve just got to come back again and be ready to start playing again Monday.

On Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad both scoring goals in consecutive games…
Well that’s great to see. They worked hard, they were very consistent, and it’s good to see them get rewarded even though it’s in a [loss]. It’s still good for them to build some momentum and that’s good for us.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD MIKA ZIBANEJAD
On the loss…
No, unfortunately not. I don’t know I feel like we just don’t play. I think we stand still a lot of times and maybe looking for a pass that maybe is shot over, driving with the puck can make it easier and coming with speed. I don’t know, we have a lot to learn from this loss and we’ll just look back at this and learn, like I said, and move on.

On the lesson of patience to be learned…
Yeah I think we might not be satisfied with a 50/50 shift sometimes.  We want to make it happen every shift and if you look at the good teams they don’t work like that. They’re going to get their chances if their patient and stick to their system and what they’re doing and unfortunately we didn’t do that today.

On if two goals in two games can snowball for him…
I hope so. I mean obviously it’s nice to get another one I was hoping for it to be a bigger goal than it was, but it’s obviously nice for your offense to get going.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD CHRIS NEIL
On the loss…
Yeah we had some opportunities, but we made too many mistakes. They’re a great team, they’re a team that a lot of teams strive to play like and be like. I think they got a veteran group over there that they just do it right shift, after shift, after shift and it pays off for them.  So I think we’ll go over the game tapes and we’ll revisit it. I think they’ll be clips of the show from things that they did that hopefully we can bring into our game and help us win some hockey games.

On if these are games that can be overcome and forgotten…
Oh you have to, you got to be put them behind you.  You got 82 of them to play in a year so you know obviously it’s disappointing losing.  It’s one of those things that tough bounces you know faceoff play draw gets lost clean and ends up in the back of our net.  Just little plays like that, that we’re better than that and we demand better… just tough plays. I think we got to put it behind us and get ready for Tuesday night’s game.

On the importance of a strong home-stand coming up…
Yeah we do have an important home-stand, because after that we’re on the road again and then I think we’re home for one and then gone for five again.  So it’s definitely important to get wins at home and establish a good home winning record.

On only having five shots on goal the first period…
… Obviously it’s tough to score goals when you’re not shooting the puck and getting traffic and shots there. Five shots isn’t good enough. Obviously we were happy with it coming out of the first period with a 1-1 tie and obviously, like you said, it’s tough to score when you only have five shots so it’s something that we’ve been really stressing to put more pucks to net and we just haven’t been able to find a way to get them.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD MARK STONE
On the loss…
There were stretches of the game where I thought we played well, but at the same we didn’t establish much of a forecheck all night.  We were getting out of their zone quite easily so for that it was leading to a lot of scoring chances against.

On making a lot of mistakes tonight…
Yeah I mean we just weren’t structurally sound tonight.  We were just a little bit off in certain areas that led to them getting chances and with a team like that they are going to score.

On execution going the wrong way tonight…
Yeah I mean it’s tough to explain. I mean you can’t be perfect every night, but you can always work hard. I feel like we weren’t getting much established off the rush when we were getting it in there and they were, like I said, getting it out pretty easily.

On his goal…
Yeah I got a little lucky, ref kind of bumped in.  I was able to just kind of chip it through and I was looking to make the pass and I kind of ran out of options and I got a little lucky and just tried slamming it in.

On if two goals in two games can snowball for him…
I hope so. I feel good, skating well. Just would like my execution to be a little bit better, but I feel like I’m getting chances, I feel like I’m moving my feet.  For my linemates, we’ve been able to generate some offense and for us it’s just a matter of staying consistent and making sure we’re taking care of our end first.

OTTAWA SENATORS GOALTENDER ROBIN LEHNER
On tonight’s loss from his point of view…
I think we gave it to them, to be quite honest with you. I don’t think we had that jump, enough poise, that we should have. Passes weren’t very good. We knew the gameplan coming in was to keep it simple and work hard, because this is a team that’s very patient, and they’re happy with zero-zero, and they wait for you to open up. That’s exactly what we did. You don’t want to give these guys three-on-twos and two-on-ones and stuff like that. I just didn’t think we stuck to the gameplan … I didn’t think we had much left coming out in the third anyways, but we’ve got to assess ourselves, all of us, and go back at it, but not over-analyze, like last year. It’s over tomorrow, and back at it.

On the Senators’ execution not being there…
No, it wasn’t. I think everyone in the room is accountable today. I don’t know what it was. We don’t think anyone can come out of the room today saying they had a good game.

On Ottawa’s team defense not being there tonight…
As I said, they [Boston] didn’t push a lot. They’re a smart team. The [chances] that they had were quite open. I think just execution, same as last year, we can put it on the defensemen or the offense, or we can put it on me, it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. But I don’t think the forwards were close enough to the D, and I don’t think the D executed, and I don’t think I was there as the last defense either. I think all game, we didn’t work as a team. We’ve got to hold ourselves accountable, and just play better.

On the Sens’ upcoming homestand…
Yeah, that’s what I mean. We’ve just got to suck this in, and let this go. All in all we played pretty decent hockey in the beginning of the season, and either we want to go on a downward spiral and be negative and yell at each other, or just let this go and go back and practice on Monday, and just try and get it done back home.

On if it’s easier to overcome losses when you beat yourself…
Yeah, we’re still a very young team. We have a good core of veterans here, but I just think that you take the bad stuff with you today, sleep on it, and tomorrow just get back at it again. It’s pretty simple, but negativity can stab you in the back, so try to throw that out the window.

OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSEMAN ERIK KARLSSON
On tonight not going the way he or his teammates wanted…
Yeah, tough one. I think we started well, and we could’ve took the lead, and instead we kind of let it slip through our hands there. That’s the way it is sometimes, but Boston is a good team, and they made us look bad today, and we couldn’t really find a way through. And Tuukka [Rask] played great for them as well, and didn’t really give us an opportunity to score goals. So, just one of those games where you have to move forward.

On being a minus-four tonight…
I think I might’ve been dash-four a couple times in my career, and it turned out pretty well, so I’m not too concerned about it. Obviously it’s not fun, and it’s a terrible stat, and something you have to figure out. But as I said, it is what it is and obviously right now I can’t do anything about it. So play another game on Tuesday, and you can’t let it get to you either.

On if he sometimes tries to do too much and hurts the team…
No, you know it’s a couple of reads here and there. Make good reads and get bad results, and as I said I feel good, and felt really good today. Obviously I didn’t have the results that I wanted, and I don’t think I deserved either, but that’s the way it is sometimes. It’s a fast game, and hopefully next game will be the other way around. Maybe I’ll feel terrible and everything will go my way.
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On difference of playing a defenseman like Karlsson…
Well you certainly have to bring some attention to this guy. He’s obviously a really good defenseman, has a great shot, he’s up the ice quite a bit, can make good plays, can support the attack well but at the same time I think nobody’s perfect. There’s areas that I think we can exploit if we want to, so were gonna try and be vigilant about his assets. Also, maybe take of advantage of the things that we think we can take advantage of with him.

On defensive losses and trying to keep veterans out of the box…
It kind of does in a way. You don’t want the players not to play their game. If they gotta face somebody and it’s the right time then you live with it. I think at the same time you have to be careful. You just don’t go out there and do something just for the sake of doing it and you realize that we are a little less experienced than we were a couple of weeks ago on the back end, so you have to be aware of that as well.

On lineup changes…
We’ll see after warmup. We’ll make some decisions then Matt

On Krejci being good to go…
Yeah. He was good yesterday too. I think I told you that, right?

On Ottawa and the challenge they represent…
They’re doing well. I think they’re a good skating team. They have a four man attack a lot of times. The D’s are very active on that team. They seem to be moving the puck really well through the neutral zone, you know, just watching them play. They’ve had a good start to the season so they’re playing with some good confidence and tonight’s game is obviously as important to them as it is to us. A divisional game. Although they’ve got some games on hand, we’re tied with them. It’s important for us to come out there and be a good team tonight.
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