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BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Wednesday, December 13, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3:45 PM
On how he would describe the game…
Average.

On the game being frustrating because they had the lead and seemed to have the game in control…
Well, you know again there’s a lot of things. We’re obviously struggling to score goals and we continue to see that from our hockey club, but there’s a lot of other things in our game that could be better and I didn’t think we moved the puck well from our back end and when you don’t do that it certainly takes away a good part of your offense and you know, at the same time, there’s a lot of situations where we’re forcing things instead of making the right play so that again is probably guys trying so hard to try and turn this thing around, but overall we just need to be better and I don’t think this is good enough for our hockey club and we can definitely be better.

On whether he looks at it as a case of having so many different lineups or that different lineups could perform better…
Well there’s always that challenge, but again, we’re not looking for excuses here. We’re looking for solutions, so you know I’m not going to sit on that reasoning and I’m just going to keep looking at our team in a way that it’s objective and there’s enough people in there that we feel can bring us to victories here.

On whether not having Zdeno Chara in overtime was a case of him being “rusty”…
I think it’s – we’re not blaming him. We’re just, this is a guy he hasn’t played in a couple of months and tonight he was fighting the puck a little bit, and we’re here to win hockey games and we’ve got to do the right thing sometimes even if we’re talking about a player that normally would be a big participant in those situations.

On saying things could be better being a matter of execution instead of effort…
Yeah, I think we’re forcing plays and our execution and, you know, those kind of things, so we just need to be a little bit better in those kind of areas to win hockey games. Even at the end there we got another three on one in overtime, and we fanned on a shot, you know and normally with confidence that’s in the net, so those kind of things are what’s frustrating everybody right now.

On having inexperienced guys in the lineup all season long and whether that is catching up to them…
Well, again I’m not here to use excuses so I’m not going to answer that question. I’m going to talk about our team in general. We can look at all the excuses we want but we haven’t been that type of a team and I don’t want it to be that type of a team, so instead of feeling sorry for ourselves let’s get mad and let’s do something about it.

On what he thought of Craig Cunningham…
Very good. Played well.

On what he liked about Cunningham’s play…
Everything. Skated well, you know, he competes hard. All things that we know about him.

On whether he liked how that line looked…
Yeah, worked hard, makes things happen and you know, again, it’s not who they are. It’s what they do, and they just… we talked about Cunny [Craig Cunningham] and Kells [Chris Kelly] and they just compete hard and there’s some emotion in their game when they’re on as a line and that’s what you need.

On whether Milan Lucic was bringing the emotion on that line…
The whole line was. The whole line was, Dan.

On Loui Eriksson having two goals in the last three games…
Oh we’re looking for scoring, so happy about that.

On Patrice Bergeron taking a slash and coming back for overtime…
I have no idea. All I know is he came back, so I haven’t... I come here right after we’re done so haven’t really had a chance to find out more.

On not controlling which players are called up and whether it was painful to not be able to give Cunningham more of a look earlier…
Well no because at times, Matt [Kalman], and depending on what we needed and what line we needed it on and different things like, you know, he’s played well. We’ve seen him play well, but there’s other guys I think that have come up here and played well too, and we talked about [David] Pastrnak earlier first few games. He was good, so I give credit to the people that are making the call ups, like they’ll ask me what do I need. Do I need a centerman, a right wing or what is it, but I’ve got to trust that they’re the ones that have seen that team the most and they call up, and I think the thing that these guys do well too, they call up guys on merit, not on where they were drafted or what their name is. They call it on merit, so there’s a lot of guys down there working hard because they know that if they play well enough they’re going to get an opportunity.

On going through an extended period of not scoring many goals and whether he feels the pieces are in place to generate more goals…
Well Joe [Haggerty], I think I just said earlier, as a team right now it’s what we have and you work hard and you try new things, make things work out. There’s still injuries, as you know. There’s an injury to a key player that would make a big difference in our lineup as far as depth and who they play with and we talk about Looch [Milan Lucic] and we know, we’ve seen them in practice this week together how those two really read off each other. There’s a lot of things that can help us down the road, but that’s for the future and hopefully the near future and we get a guy like him back and we’ll go about it that way, but right now I’m working with what we have and those guys that are here deserve to be here right now.

On David Krejci’s status…
I’m not going to comment on Krech [David Krejci], sorry.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
On your first goal being overshadowed by the loss…
Yeah obviously it’s always nice to get your first one. The first goal you always remember but in the end it didn’t really matter tonight. At this point in the season wherever we are right now it’s about wins and losses.

On if you think you played good enough to stay in Boston…
I don’t think that’s a question for me. I’m just trying to play hard and contribute. Bring some energy and do the best I can.

On what you thought about more the goal or hitting the post…
I don’t know. Probably more about the goal because that one actually went in.

On playing with Lucic and Kelly tonight…
Obviously for me it’s a privilege to play with two established guys like that. I got a great opportunity. Not every day you play with those kind of players. Those guys are established guys. They bring it every night and I just try to hop on board with those guys.

On the goal description…
Yeah Zee made a good play kind of chipping it out of the zone and I think the D men got a little flat footed and just took off and buried my head and tried to get it on the night and luckily it went in.

On not capitalizing on chances…
Yeah I think so. Any time — each game you get a little bit more comfortable and you keep working hard but you work a little smarter and sometimes get a couple bounces.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if today’s game was a frustrating one...
Yeah. Well, a shootout loss, it’s tough. We had our chance to score some goals, we did, and tough ending.

On the team’s offensive production...
Yeah, it’s tough. But, we did a pretty decent job today defensively, I thought. You know, there were a couple breakdowns. It’s just – when you’re not scoring you think at least you put emphasis on that team defense and really make sure those breakdowns don’t happen. But that just, you know, it’s kind of like burning the candle from both ends right now and that’s never a good sign. But, not a very, very good game today, overall. I mean, it was an okay game. But, you know, whatever.

On if the team will get emotional enough to change their play...
Well we should have been there, you know, a few weeks ago. But it keeps going up and down. I don’t know. It’s just not our – it’s just not the hockey we’re used to seeing night in and night out. That’s all I can say.

On the team’s current position in the standings...
Yeah, yeah. We recognized it before the game too, and we were just kind of caught sleeping there. So, I don’t know. We’ve got to do something, you know. Wake up.

On the team’s play despite injuries and lineup changes...
No, we’ve shown that we’re capable of playing good hockey with the guys we’ve got. It’s just mental I think. Everybody’s in good shape, but like you go out there and you don’t execute and you don’t make things that the coaches are asking you to do. That’s just biting us in the bottom right now.

On the team realizing they are slipping in the standings...
No, I don’t think we’re feeling sorry for ourselves. But we’ve talked about waking up and putting in the effort and doing all the right things. We’re showing we can do it and then sometimes we just sleep and don’t do them. The wake up call should have been a few weeks ago. We’ve been talking about it enough and it’s not going to get any better if we keep talking about it. We’ve just got to bury our heads down and work hard and good things are going to happen. But it’s really frustrating when you look at these mistakes and stuff we’re doing out there night in and night out. It’s just not the Bruins hockey.

On Mika Zibanejad’s goal...
Yeah, well it that was a good fake. I mean, I didn’t go down. I just like dig my toes into the ice and I was stuck there for a half a second and it was too late. That would have been a great spot to make an old-school skate save, but I just missed it by a half a second. It was a good move though. In a perfect world I would have just hung in there and slid over and make a save, but it doesn’t always go that way.

On his save against Colin Greening today...
In the second period? Yeah, that was one of the best saves today, I think. Just seeing a guy tee’d up, you know, I’ve got to respect him and then he makes a pass there and in a perfect world we should have a guy there taking his stick but we didn’t and he got a shot. Luckily I made a save.

On what he was thinking when he faced Bobby Ryan in the shootout...
I was thinking in minors he used to go five-hole on me. No, made me look pretty bad out there. I was just trying to stay patient but not enough.

On if he was thinking about his history with Bobby Ryan in the shootout...
Yeah, kind of. I don’t know, it’s a tough matchup. You try to stay patient but if you’re too patient then he snipes five-hole and you’re just caught standing there – looks bad. But, again he made a good move. I don’t know.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On struggling to score goals…
Yeah, I think that’s been our biggest challenge this year is getting the puck to go in the net. That comes down to it’s all about bearing down and making the most of your opportunities and we just haven’t done that this year. Including myself, I’m really good at finishing opportunities and so is this team. We’ve been in the top five in goals for almost every year since Claude’s [Julien] been here. When we don’t bear down and make the most of our chances you’re gonna have tough nights and not get wins. Yeah we get the lead, it’s great, but instead of extending the lead like we should and having that killer instinct we let the team get back into it with the next goal. Those are the things that we have to get better at. It just hasn’t been there this year. It’s just something moving forward we have to get much better at because we can’t wait too much longer to turn this thing around, we have to do it now. Like I said, we can’t wait much longer. We have five games before Christmas break. We should be hungry on wanting to get as many points as we can get.

On the playing with Cunningham and Kelly…
Yeah, for sure I thought we had a good third period together versus Chicago and at times we had some good shifts here today. We just have to do our best to play in the o-zone and create energy and also create scoring chances and get production for the team. Kells [Chris Kelly] has shown since he’s been here, he’s a really good two way player but he’s also shown that he can finish when he gets opportunities so I think we have to keep working off each other and trying to get more offense. I think everyone needs to step up at this point.

On the team being good with its current roster or needing to make a move…
As a player that’s out of my control. I’m completely confident with the team and the players that we have here. We’ve shown it at times that we can be a top team if were willing to play the right way, but for whatever reason the consistency in our game hasn’t been there this year and we have to find that more than anything. Whether they bring someone in or not, it’s not going to change the fact that we need to create more consistency in our game and we have enough guys in here that have been there before. After last game—the system works it’s just up to us players to play it the right way.

On Florida knocking the Bruins out of playoff position…
Yeah definitely, that’s what I said. We can’t wait much longer—we can’t wait any longer to turn this thing around. We have to figure it out next game because teams are catching up to us and last night we slide out of a playoff spot. Yeah we were able to get back in there with one point but, you know, a lot can happen tonight. No one is going to do it for us. We can’t bank on other teams to lose and other teams to do us favors, we have to start bringing it on the ice and start getting wins.

On what bothered you about the hit preceding the fight…
I didn’t like it, obviously. I didn’t see a replay on it. My helmet popped off for a reason so I thought it was pretty high. Yeah, I mean, there’s not much more I can say.

On who the stick in the fight belonged to…
I think it was mine.

On the lack of power play opportunities this season…
Yeah, I mean, you try not to make the referees a factor in the game. We don’t talk in this dress room what the referees are going to be like heading into games. We just focus on what we need to do in order to win a game. You expect him to see what’s out there and make the right calls, for and against. You expect him to make the right calls. More times than not, for whatever reason, the other team is always getting more power plays than us in a game. I don’t even know if we’ve even had a five on three this year. I’m not gonna sit here and complain about the referees because I don’t think that’s the issue right now. I think we just gotta play better in order to get wins.

On Cunningham scoring his first NHL goal…
Yeah it’s great to see him play the way he has the last two games. He’s playing hard and when you play hard you get rewarded and he got rewarded here today with his first NHL goal. If you go around the room everyone remembers their first goal. It’s definitely a big moment for him in his hockey career.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On Coach Claude Julien saying it’s time for the team to get made and move up the standings…
He’s right.

On what the team needs to do to get going in the right direction…
Just like coach said, we’ve got realize where we are and look at the standings. Right now, it’s not what you say it’s what you do.

On how difficult it is to win games when the offense isn’t generating a lot of goals…
That’s when the defense has to be better. The first guy, I’m looking at myself. I’ve got to be better and I have to work to be at the top of my game. When you’re not scoring, that means defensively you just have to be better to defend games like this.

On where he feels he needs to improve…
Everywhere, every part of my game. There’s no excuses. Like I said after my first game, I missed whatever time, but I have to work very hard to get where I want to be and I will get there.

On how difficult it is to get back into it after missing six weeks…
But that’s what it is. I can be here and talking about how difficult it is, but that’s the way it is. My job is to get to that performance where I need to be as soon as I can, as quick as I can. It’s coming, but again, it wasn’t because of lack of effort or hard work, just I need to read the plays quicker and make quicker decisions.

On if he thought Brad Marchand was going to make a play to him on Ottawa’s first goal…
Yeah, I thought that that’s what was coming, but that situation – I didn’t see it – but yeah that’s kind of, I was expecting that. Again, it’s something that I have to look at.

On if getting back up to speed has been one of the greatest challenges of his career…
No, I mean you – I’ve been in similar situations like that before. No, it’s just something that you have to get back as soon as you can.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On what’s keeping this team from building momentum…
I think we just have a lapse in judgement, plays, whatever it is. You know we get going for a little bit in the first and start playing well and then in the second we let our guard down, and we’ve got to be better.

On Loui Eriksson’s goal…
Carl [Soderberg] came behind the net, [Daniel] Paille was coming down the point and I was open. He gave it to me and then Loui went to the net. It was just a good play by those guys, good read off that.

On Eriksson having two goals in the last few games…
He’s doing well. It’s like we have individuals doing well. We need the team doing well. That’s a big thing. Everybody’s got to be clicking so it’s not happening right now.

On jumping into plays more and whether he is feeling better these days…
It’s something we’ve talked about. We want to get our D active as well as finding a way to create offense and whether it’s that or getting pucks to the net or just all around. We just need to create more offense, so it’s something that we need to work on.

On the lack of offense…
Yeah, I mean it’s not really just lack of offense. You could see it tonight. We gave up way too many chances and we’ve got to be better in front of Tuukka [Rask]. I mean he kept us in it the whole game basically and we just have to be better.

On Rask saying it’s time for the team to wake up…
Same message over and over. We’ve heard it. It’s like Coach just has to give us the plan and we’re just not executing it. Guys can look at themselves, including myself, and as a team we need to look at each other and just kind of hold ourselves accountable.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if the team feels encouraged despite the loss…
I don’t think we had the best game today, so obviously there are some things we need to improve and play better at and do a much better job in all areas of the ice. Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] played a hell of a game for us today and made some really good saves. At least we get one [point], but it’s not enough.

On if he feels the game was just average…
Yeah, I think we can do a much better job, like I said, in different areas of the ice. We were too loose sometimes, we gave up too many good chances. Tuukks was standing on his feet sometimes. There are some things we need to get better at.

On if it’s more about execution than effort…
Yeah, I think a mix of both maybe. The execution is not there and we’re doing some bad plays out there and that turns out to scoring chances for them. That’s something we have to be better at.

On if the team has to make more simple plays on odd-man breaks…
Yeah, definitely. That’s twice now in two games. We have to at least get a shot on net on those. Yeah, like I said, be a little bit sharper and try to score when you get those chances.

On if guys are trying to hard to make a perfect play…
I don’t know. We had a good practice yesterday and we practiced on all of those kinds of things. We had some good shots, created rebounds and stuff like that. At the same time, we need to create a little bit more chances and bear down when we get those.

On if he is doing anything different the last three games, in which he has scored two goals…
I don’t think I do anything different. Yeah, it’s definitely nice to score goals and be back at that. Like I said, Millsy, [Kevin] Miller, made a great pass before the goal. I like those passes right there.

On if he feels he needs to be shooting more…
Yeah, I think for me personally I can put some more shots on net. When I get those chances to put it on net I have to take those. I think that goes as a whole team, everyone. The more shots we get on net, the more things can happen. If we do that, we can get some more goals.

On if it’s demoralizing to get leads and not hold on…
Yeah, it’s important right now to get back on a winning streak. We’re not satisfied with just one point today. Tuukks made some really good saves for us to keep us in the game. We need two points and a better effort from everyone.

On if he puts any pressure on himself to score more…
I don’t know, I’m not trying to think too much about it. Of course I scored a lot of goals in Dallas when I played there, it was kind of a different system to play there. But hopefully I can keep it going, it was nice to get one tonight and hopefully I can build on that.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD BOBBY RYAN
On if he was trying to do something different between his shootout goal and breakaway in overtime…
Not really, I tried to separate the two. The one in overtime, he made an incredible save. I think I did everything right. I tried to just get him to the post and raise the puck. He’s an elite goaltender in this league, he’s going to make those saves. In overtime, when I watched him the first time, he was trying to force guys to the blocker. He gave me a lot of net on that side and I thought he might go that way and I faked and got lucky. He bit and you know we’re tied one-one I guess.

On the goaltending performances…
They were both good. Robin gave us a chance to win. I know he was down on himself coming in the first after the one he let in. Those things are going to happen, but we honestly know that he’s going to go back out there in the second, regroup, and stand on his head and he did. He made a lot of good saves. They had a lot of stuff out of transition that I think we would like to cut down a little bit on, but outside of that, elite teams are going to find ways to create. We got to live with that, but we have to cut down on second and third opportunities.

On what he liked most on his team’s performance…
There was no quit for once. When you’re in a situation like we are and trying to get back into the winning column and things like that, there’s a tendency to be really hesitant, I guess. When things don’t go your way, you kinda sit back because nobody wants to make that mistake and we didn’t do that tonight. We realized that if we pushed the pace, continue to do what they do, which is play a two-under-foot game and push the puck up the wall, we were going to exchange chances and we did right until the end, right? Take the shootout for the win.

On managing momentum swings…
I thought so. I thought there were a couple shifts in the second where guys got lost in some coverage on the goal, but those are things you can clean up. Those are things you can identify as a team, and I’m sure we will tomorrow through video. I thought we did a good job of weathering the storm when we were struggling a little bit, just continuing to get back into the spots, give them the outside, and breakout through the middle of the ice.

On the Head Coach Dave Cameron’s first win…
It was special. Obviously we got the puck for him and whatnot. It’ll be forgotten tomorrow and we’ll come back and get to work. I’m sure it’s a relief since we haven’t won in, I don’t know how long. Since I’ve been here, I don’t know if we’ve won down here and it’s good to come into a tough building against a tough team and get it.

On how big the win feels…
It does, yeah, I mean right now, they all do. We’re struggling to put them together and that’s going to be the key step forward for us is if we can do it two nights in a row and go into three and go from there. We got two other good teams, Buffalo is playing well at home and New Jersey is always good at home. If we can come in tomorrow and put in a good day of work we should be alright.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD DAVID LEGWAND
On following through for the win…
Obviously, we play our game.  We can’t change our game, change the way you play just for one period.  Obviously, chances are going to come in the third period.  We thought we played good in the first and second, and we came through in the third.  

On why their game was good…
Simple.  There weren’t too many turnovers.  Playing simple and keeping the odd-man rushes down—to a minimum, and we did a good job with that.

On the forecheck…
I think we’re reading their D [defense] a little better.  I think they like to go D-to-D, and then back to D.  So I think we were reading that a little better, and we picked off some passes that held them in their end a little longer than they wanted to be.

On a full-60 minute effort…
Obviously, you want to stick to it for a full-60 and do that night in and night out.  You give yourself a chance to win night in and night out.

On scoring streaks and droughts…
You just keep an even keel.  I think it’s a long season and things are going to go your way sometimes and not go your way.  Obviously, there’s peaks and valleys to every season.  You just got to stay at that even keel.

On winning for the new coach Dave Cameron…
It’s huge. Obviously, Davey’s done a good job.  I mean you never want to see anyone fired, and we respect Paul [MacLean], and those types of things.  But Davey’s done a good job.  He’s come in here, and we wanted to win for him to get that monkey off his back, and this is a good place to do it. 

OTTAWA SENATORS GOALTENDER ROBIN LEHNER
On the tight goaltending battle…
No, every time we come in here, we have to keep it tight because if we don’t, it will get out of your hands and it’s going to get embarrassing. You can’t take a period off against this team and I think we did a good job doing that.

On what he liked most from the game…
I think we took our chances at the right time. I don’t think we forced plays especially in the third. It’s what we’ve been doing, turnovers at the wrong time of the game. Yeah, I think we just battled hard for the whole 65 minutes and I think that’s what we have to do as a hockey club going forward.

On not liking the first goal he let in…
Obviously not. Going into the game, I’ve been away for a few games. The game got a little fast, but I feel like period for period, it slowed down for me a little bit. I was out playing with the puck a little bit and things were not happening for me, but it got better.

On if he had to change his mindset after the first goal…
No, not really. I’ve let in bad goals before, but I mean I’ve let in a lot more bad goals. You just got to try and restart and focus on the next puck.

On winning against a tough team…
Yeah, we’re playing a lot of tough teams, but you’re not going nowhere in this league if you cant beat them and we got to keep building on this. We got to keep playing better defensively and watch out for those blue lines.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD MIKA ZIBANEJAD POSTGAME QUOTES
On how good the win feels for the team…
Great feeling, especially bouncing back from the last games lost and a comeback win, so it was nice.

On what he saw in his team…
I think we worked hard. Obviously, we made mistakes, but we worked hard to get it back. Mistakes are going to happen, but like I said, we worked really hard to make up for those mistakes. 

On the goaltending battle…
Of course. We have two great goaltenders, who give us a chance to win. Obviously, they have a pretty good goalie too, but it was nice to get out of this with a win.

On his shootout goal…
I just thought I’d get it off quick and high on his glove side and it trickled in so it was nice.

On his breakaway goal…
I think with a breakaway like I said a couple days ago is instinct and confidence also. I don’t think I’m going to do that if I don’t have the confidence. But when the confidence comes, it’s easier to play on instinct and just play. I guess that’s the sign of that goal.

On where they are in the standings…
Yeah, I mean we know we’re close and every game is a key game for us. When that’s the case, it’s really important to take it one game at a time and really work at it and get the most out of it.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM
On if there is any updated information on David Krejci’s status…
No, not at all. He’s skating, he’s not playing tonight, or this afternoon I should say. But that’s all I have for you.

On if there are any changes on the back end…
No.

On if it’s a struggle trying to figure out which defensemen to play, with eight on the roster…
Well, I think right now the guys that we have in our lineup are the guys that are fitting in. I think, obviously, Trots [Zach Trotman] has a bit of an edge because he’s a right-handed defenseman. It makes it a lot easier. Again, those are decisions that you make and I don’t mind making those, to be honest with you. It’s nice to have some options, versus none. We know that’s kind of what we’re going through right now in the front end.

On what he expects from the Ottawa Senators after their coaching change…
I don’t know if I expect a big difference right now. I just saw their game against LA and they’ve always competed hard. I’ve never seen an issue there, so I don’t know if he’s had time to change things that he’s wanted to change. I have no idea. To be honest with you, right now where we’re at my focus is really on how we need to play or the adjustments we need to make, versus what the other teams are going to do.

On if there is urgency with Florida overtaking the Bruins for the final playoff spot…
Well, we knew they’ve been there all along pushing. Eventually, when you don’t win enough games, they eventually catch up or they surpass you. We have to handle this situation and the situation is this game today. We can’t control everything, as far as how high we want to go right now. We’ve just got to take it one game at a time, the old cliche. If our focus isn’t about today, then chances are we’re not going to win. We need to win this game and our focus needs to be on how well we play.

On how important getting points is, with so many regulation losses…
Yup, exactly. I think you’ve seen a lot lately, a lot of three-point games. Somewhere along the way, you’d like to be a part of those three-point games, versus coming out empty-handed. Last game was a good example, those games in LA and Anaheim are good examples, that we could – when I say easily – there was a great opportunity to at least pull a point out of those. We didn’t, so no doubt we’ve got to find ways, like I said, to win or at least grab some points here along the way.
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