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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the play of Jimmy Hayes …
Well you know it’s just nice to see Jimmy [Hayes] produce and get a bit of a break there.  He hasn’t had much luck in the production, I guess area, for awhile so you know he played on a line tonight that I thought played really well together, those three guys, and he was in the right place.  We talked about him scoring some goals with his size and his strength, tight around the net and that’s what he did tonight.  So hopefully he sees that, builds on that and continues to produce for us.

On the team being able to produce even without Krejci in the lineup…
You know it’s a team thing and I think there are a lot of people that are capable of producing for us when we work well together and that’s what you saw tonight.  Our power play again was good, David Krejci not there, that’s a big loss so we have had to move some players around but still the power play does a good job and even that last one was just a makeup group that were trying everything they could to give Jimmy his hat trick there so I liked the way that they were thinking in a 6-3 game and that they are trying to help their teammate out.

On Matt Beleskey finally finding the back of the net…No you know I think what we talked about, he seemed a little bit snake bitten there, he was getting some great chances, great opportunities and some were getting blocked and some were just missing the net not by much.  So it’s nice to see him get those two goals tonight because it’s always about getting confidence and when goals start going in for you and you start feeling that confidence then you hope that you can carry it to those next games and then score at that pace.

On what he thought about all the shenanigans at the end of the game…
Those happen I think throughout the season.  I don’t know what started it, when I say why I mean Chris Neil was chasing [Adam] McQuaid, I have no idea.  Did something happen?  I have no idea but you know then the rest happened so I don’t know.  I really don’t and that’s just things that you want to see your team stick together and make sure you stick up for your teammates and that what we did tonight.  Whether some people think it’s team building, it’s great for your group, to a certain extent it is but you don’t want to see that every game.  It happened tonight and usually those things can happen on those home & away games with the same team.

On what he saw on the play from Brad Marchand in the first period…
Again I coach the game, I come here, I don’t get a chance to review everything so I don’t like to comment on those kind of things that I don’t have a good view on so I would rather refrain from commenting.

On if this was the type of team game he needed to see more of…
Well you know I’m not sure if I’m going to say see more but I like the fact that our group is really coming together and even though we lost the last three games, one of them we had a good lead and the other two we played well enough to win so I think our group overall has played well in the last month and a half maybe two months now and we just got to keep growing and then keep learning from little things.  We blew a lead against Buffalo you know so we had to learn that tonight coming in with a one goal lead in the third that we had to be better.  So I like the way we reacted and to me it showed me that we learned something from that loss.  So I think I’ve got a lot of young guys in our lineup that have to keep growing with experience and when you see things like that as a coach its encouraging.

On if it’s nice getting a win right before the Winter Classic…
Oh there is no doubt it’s always better to win a hockey game, I’m not going to lie about that.  Our guys have played well like I said but haven’t won but the win makes it feel a lot better.  Hopefully we can enjoy a day tomorrow over there with family, relax and then get back to work the following day preparing for that big game.

On what he saw out of Seth Griffith…
Again, there was so much going on there Joe that I’m going to look more at it and then probably give you a better opinion on him.

On getting Krug back as quickly as they did…
Well I mean we know how good he is and what he does for us offensively, breaking out and supporting the attack and you know obviously the power play as well.  So one of the issues this morning to be honest with you, as coaches, we weren’t expecting him to be in the lineup tonight and then we got some news at some point that it was a good possibility.  He skated this morning and felt good so we had to make a decision based on that so I guess it was good news when you lose a guy like Krejci and then at least you get some good news as well and kind of balance it a little bit.

On if it is a relief that he can look ahead to the winter classic without looking past an opponent…
Yeah it is but you know I think we have done a really good job, I don’t know if it is our surroundings, besides the cameras that were in our room and I said this morning we are used to the Behind the B’s being in the room with the cameras, we haven’t talked much about the winter classic, we haven’t dwelled on it, it hasn’t been brought up in conversation so I think that we did a good job of pushing that aside and taking care of the business that was at hand.  Now that it’s over there’s no doubt, going to skate tomorrow, practicing the following day, there is going to be a buildup there and I think there is going to be some excitement as well.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On when he knew that he was going to play …
I mean coming into warmups I just wanted to see how it felt and it felt pretty good so it was a good decision.

On if he was worried that he would be out for more time…A little bit but there wasn’t much that could keep me out of that game, it’s a big one, obviously a lot of friends and family coming in for that game but I think it means a lot to our team and the people in Boston are all going to watching the game and it’s going to be a big event.  So there wasn’t much that could keep me out of the next game and I’m glad that I made the decision to play tonight.
On how important the response from the team was tonight...I mean I thought that we handled our emotions well, not even talking about the end of the game with all the crap that was going on but before that they were coming at us and they brought it to a one goal game a couple times and we responded well emotionally.  We went out and got the next goal and I think that says a lot about our team and how we handled it so it’s another step in the right direction but we are just on to the next one.

On if it’s a little easier to enjoy the upcoming festivities after snapping the losing streak…Yeah I mean if you lose four in a row and you got to go into the next game, especially the stage that we are going to be on, I think it makes it easier but by no means are we sitting back and happy with where we are at, it’s a great opportunity to keep moving on and I know we are all excited for the next one.

On if he thinks more of these divisional games will play out like it did tonight…I think every game in our division is going to be tough, emotionally and physically.  I think guys are ready to do whatever it takes to get into the playoffs because if you get into the playoffs then anything can happen.  So when we play our division opponents, it’s going to be huge for us.  I think obviously the back to back against two teams in a row, there might be something that happened the game before that guys remember so that might have played a hand in it but I think that both teams just really want to win and take that next step.

On how nice it was to see the production from the power play tonight…
It was great, being out there just makes you realize how much Krech [David Krejci] does for us.  We head a couple times where it was tough to get that zone entry and even up top when we were playing with the puck it was tough.  So he does a lot for us and it was nice to obviously see the results and both units did it, it wasn’t just our unit out there.  I think both units were great.

On if David Krejci’s absence allowed them to try anything different…I mean it’s just nice that we have that next man up mentality that we always talk about and at times it’s a cliché but for us it’s about plugging in guys in certain spots and you know obviously we have a lot of guys that we can put in there in Zee [Zdeno Chara] and [Seth Griffith] Griff and they stepped up tonight and it definitely gives you a different outlook when you are in a different position and you get different opportunities for sure.

On having 100 points in the NHL…It’s pretty cool.  I didn’t really think about it too much and I kind of had a heads up coming in the last few games but it’s a surreal feeling for sure.  Just to be at this level is important to me but to contribute and obviously to help the team win games, that’s what is important to me.  So it’s nice but move on to 200.

On if it was tough to not look ahead to the winter classic…Honestly I don’t think this group really did because every game we play it’s a playoff like game.  We have so many valuable points and every win we can leapfrog another team and push another team behind us even further so I think we did a really good job of making sure we weren’t.  It’s definitely tough though.  Everybody has family in for this game tonight because you can go on to the family skate tomorrow and look on to that.  So it’s different.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MAX TALBOT
On his no-look pass to Jimmy Hayes for a goal…
I was kind of waiting, thought about shooting at one point and then he kind of committed. I know Jimmy [Hayes] has a good shot and he certainly put it where it needed to be.

On whether he enjoyed Hayes hat-trick…
Yeah [laughs] I was jacked. I feel bad now because I celebrated too hard at the end, but we called it at the face-off. I was definitely looking for him, so I was glad that he got the hat-trick. You usually don’t celebrate that hard at the end of a game like this but I was feeling emotional [laughs] in that situation.

On the chemistry between him and his linemates…
I mean when a guy on your line scores three goals, I think it was good. Three guys that like to go on the forecheck, we did that tonight and it was nice to get rewarded for it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On Torey Krug’s return to the lineup and contributions to the power play…
Yeah, he’s really important to our team and definitely to our power play. I mean, he’s basically the quarterback out there, he makes the plays happen and helps us on the breakout as well. So, it was great to see him back and he looked pretty good, so you know, it’s always nice to have him with us.

On the team’s ability to step up without David Krejci in the lineup…
I thought it was good. I mean, we scored that first goal, I thought we kind of stopped for a bit and they came back in the game but after that it was a pretty good game and we played the way we want to play. I think every line contributed and that’s what you need if you want to – you can’t replace Krech [David Krejci], I’ve said that before, and you need everyone to step up and every line to do that and I thought that was a great example of how we need to win games.

On the team’s third period play and extending the lead...
Yeah, we talked about having that fourth goal to – it was going to make a big difference, and it did. I mean, when you do have a two or three goal difference, you keep going and you don’t sit back. It’s tough for the other team to try to get back in the game, so I thought we did a good job of keep pushing and keep pressing and keep trying to go on the offense and find ways to keep scoring goals and that’s your best defense sometimes.

On taking quality shots from the inside as compared to the last game versus the Senators…
That’s something that we’ve talked about before the game. He’s a great goaltender but when you have traffic, you’re able to get second and third chances, it’s going to be harder to stop the puck and when you do have some traffic you can’t see it. So, we did a great job of that; we did a great job with shots, but also with finding ways to just get the goals.

On Tuukka Rask’s play recently compared to the start of the season…
Yeah, at the same time I think it’s kind of unfair to – at the beginning of the year, no one was really playing the way we should have played and sometimes it’s easy to kind of blame it on the last layer of defense, right? But at the same time he’s definitely given us the chance to win every night. He’s been great for us.

On breaking the team’s three-game losing streak…
Yeah, it was important for us to step up. We’re missing Krech [David Krejci]; he’s a big part of our team, but that’s when you’ve got to be at your best. Like you said, we were in a little bit of a losing streak where we’ve played some good hockey but we didn’t get the results and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. So, I thought today was a perfect example of how we need to play and how we have to respond.

On the team’s success on the power play in tonight’s game…
For sure. It was important. It’s nice to have four, we’ll definitely take it, but at the same time it’s nice to come in and taking what’s there, not forcing plays. I thought we were doing too much of that lately.

On getting results on the power play even without David Krejci…
Definitely. I think we’ve seen a lot of different looks tonight and everyone kind of did their job and you’re going to need that going forward. So if you want to be successful, it’s about working hard and taking the plays that are there and I really think we did that tonight.

On getting the win tonight before the team heads into the Winter Classic…
For sure. We wanted to kind of take it a game at a time and not think too much about the Classic, even though it’s hard sometimes. You guys kind of remind us almost every day, but now it’s nice to be there and being able to really think about that and focus on it. Tomorrow is going to be a nice day with our families and we just have to enjoy.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY
On the team stepping up without David Krejci…
Yeah I think that’s what we want to do missing Krech. Guys got to step up, I thought Spoons did a great job today. He played solid in our zone and obviously had a few assists on the power play, that’s what we’re going to need every night. We are going to need guys to step up and tonight was a good game by our team.

On whether contributions from the entire team means more with the Winter Classic looming…
The Winter Classic is awesome, it’s going to be a great day, but it's just another day in the season. We need to do this [get contributions from everybody] we need to continue to do this all year. But obviously yeah, we want to be ready to go for that, it’s going to be a lot of fun, now we can just bear down focus on it and get ready to go.

On how much he liked the team’s response in ending the losing streak tonight…
Exactly, this was a must-win game for our team tonight. We’re not going to lose four games in a row, tonight we came out and we played hard and everyone did their job and it paid off.

On if scoring tonight can build momentum to scoring more…
Yeah, hopefully. Obviously you get one – you get two – you get a roll going. I’d like to keep it going.

On how much he fed off the fans appreciating the physical play…
Yeah it was good. We like to do that for our home crowd, hopefully it was a fun game for them to watch and we’re glad to put that show on for them.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JIMMY HAYES
On scoring a hat-trick for his hometown team…
Yeah, you know it’s first time getting a hat-trick in the NHL you know and I haven’t been scoring many goals as of lately, it was nice to get some confidence going.

On whether he grew up dreaming of a day like today…
Yeah, I sure did. Like you said it’s a dream come true – it’s a pretty cool feeling.

On if it is better doing it for his hometown team…
Yeah, it’s always fun to score a hat-trick in any league. To do it in the NHL for your hometown team is great.

On whether his eyes lit-up when he saw the puck in front of the net…
Yeah, that was a nice bounce. You look for those once in awhile and it was nice to see the goalie wasn’t ready for that bounce.

On the second goal…
It was a heck of a pass by [Max] Talbot, a real nice saucer pass around the defenseman and just finished it off in the empty net.

On the third goal…
It was just a rebound out front and I wasn’t sure how much time was left so I just put it on net.

On whether his linemates were trying hard to set him up for the hat-trick…
They sure were. We had a shift before that [where they were trying hard] – that was probably the coolest part of that hat-trick, seeing how excited Talbot was. That was pretty cool to see a teammate that happy for you.

On the last time he had a hat-trick at any level…
It might have been the AHL, a couple years ago – three or four years ago.

On if he has been frustrated by his low-scoring season to this point…
I mean it’s part of the process, you got to find ways to when you’re slumping to score goals. That’s what you like to do. Your coming off a big year from the year before, you just got to find your groove and get back to the game your good at doing – being around the net, going hard to the net and get rewarded.

On if tonight will spur him on to bigger and better things…
[Laughs] You’d hope so. It’s up to me, just got to continue to work hard and continue to find ways to contribute.

On if he needs to step up with David Krejci out…
Yeah, I think everyone is going to have to step up. He’s our leading goal-scorer, he was playing really well, best hockey I’ve seen him play. I mean it’s my first year playing with him - but I’ve been playing against him – he has a ton of poise and confidence, he’s a guy you can’t really replace. You have to have a whole team step up like we did tonight to find a way to win.

On if when he got the fortunate bounce on the first goal he knew it would be his night…
When you get a bounce like that, it gets a nice little smile on your face, you’re feeling good about yourself.

On if tonight reinforces that he needs to go to the net more…
Yeah, you go to the net – that’s what I have been trying to work on the last few weeks is finding ways to get around the net and bang home some pucks. That’s what I have been working on in practice and tonight it paid off.

On if there is a budding rivalry with Ottawa…
Yeah that was a pretty interesting finish but you know both teams playing hard and we’ll play each other again. It’s just teams working hard and you got to find ways to win and we came out on top tonight.

On growing up a Bruins fan and knowing how much these fans appreciate physical play…
I know Boston fans love that and it’s a trademark of our team you know? We’re hard to play against, we play a north-south style of game and make sure it’s difficult for teams to come in here and play against us.

On if he’s extra-excited for the Winter Classic because it’s against Montreal…
Yeah, I mean that’s going to be a ton of fun, just to be able to play outdoors and then to be able to play Montreal it’s going to be a great match for us and both teams are neck-and-neck in the standings so were going to have to find a way and hopefully we can jump them in the standings with a win.

On if the team wants to keep up the emotional play against Montreal…
Yeah I know our team is going to come out and compete hard and play hard every game, like we always do. We’re going to have to find a way to get three points and come together as a team again and continue to be tough to play against.

On if the confidence gained from this win will drown out any Winter Classic distraction…
Yeah that was big win for us. You lose three-in-a-row – you don’t ever want to do that and for a team like us that has been playing well, finding ways to win games and get back on that path and continue to move up the standings and be a presence in the league.

On if he’s played in an outdoor game and if it will be hard to get used to the conditions…
Yeah I played in one in College. I think it will feel like that [normal]. I think our team will be ready to go, it’s part of being a professional, just being ready to play every night.

On playing with Max Talbot…
He’s a guy who works really hard, he gets in the corners, he gets those loose pucks - he makes plays. He’s got some skills that some people might not see, he makes small little plays and works hard around the net, which is where we want the puck to be.

On if he cares about his numbers…
You know it’s always the goal. Twenty goals in the NHL is a tough feat. I had 19 last year, but like you said it’s a new year every year and you got to find your stride. The last couple weeks I wasn’t putting many pucks in the net. Hopefully I can continue this momentum and put some more pucks in the net. It’s not all about numbers I need to contribute and be a presence on the ice and be effective, no matter if I’m scoring. We got guys on this team that are pure goal scorers that’ll do a lot of scoring, but you always want to contribute and be a guy that can chip in. I can do it in this league, I’ve done it before, I want to continue to show the coach and my teammates that I can do it as well.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Tuesday’s win being a full team effort…
Yeah, it was. I think our power play was pretty hot today. We got, how many goals? Four goals? That’s pretty good. But I think overall we played a solid game, and you score seven goals, you expect to spread it around a little bit. But I would say overall, it was a great game.

On how he felt…
I felt pretty good. Tough start — not a whole lot of shots, and then there’s a span that you get five shots in two seconds and you get scored on, so it’s kind of tough to find your rhythm and good feeling out there, but I felt better in the second period when I saw some pucks and made some saves. So I felt better as the game went on.

On the team’s emotional engagement against Ottawa…
It looked like we were. We were thinking out there, we were focused. So that’s a good sign. Obviously, our system kind of demands that, that everybody’s focused and doing their job, but that happened today again, and it’s a good sign moving on.

On the significance of ending a three-game losing streak before the Winter Classic…
I mean, it’s important to end it, period. It doesn’t matter if the next game’s the Winter Classic or whatever. It’s important to end it because we felt like we played good in the previous game we lost and we just couldn’t get the win. But today we did. We scored a lot of goals.

On Jimmy Hayes’ hat trick…
He was looking for that for a while there, in the end there. It was good to see that. He hasn’t had a lot of success scoring goals lately, so good to see him get that bottle open and hopefully keep it going.

On Boston’s penalty kill on Tuesday night…
That was huge. We had a couple big kills there when it was 4-3; that’s the thing. Special teams needs to step up at certain times, especially late in the game, and today, we did. So that’s good.

On facing more pressure from the Senators in the third period…
I thought we played pretty solid. They did get some pressure on, but obviously, lucky goal again, then they get the power play, they get some shots, but I thought we played pretty tight. Didn’t give them a whole lot of room out there in our zone. Obviously, you expect a team to come hard when they’re down by a goal, and they did. We stuck with it and battled through it.

On Jimmy Hayes’ overall success on Tuesday night…
Yeah, for sure, especially at home. Obviously he hasn’t scored a lot lately, so good to see him… Hopefully he gets some confidence and he scores more from this game. But I thought that line, especially in the third period, they created some chances and some offensive zone time. He’s a big body, and he needs to skate hard and go to the net because that’s his game. When he plays on the perimeter, that doesn’t work out for him. Today, that was a good sign — when he just goes inside the crease and gets rewarded.

On whether the days leading up to the Winter Classic will be more fun, given the win…
Well, it probably would have been fun anyways, but yeah. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s going to be more fun or not. Family skate tomorrow… I don’t think anybody would have been bitter with their families.

On whether the fact that some players had family in town because of the Winter Classic impacted the mood of Tuesday’s game…
No, I didn’t. I don’t have any family here, so maybe some guys wanted to show off for their families.

On whether it is a relief to be able look forward to the Winter Classic without the risk of looking past a game…
It’s obviously going to be a fun event, but we haven’t really talked about it that much; we’ve just been living game by game, and whatever happens, happens. A few guys, a few of us, have been through it, so obviously a little bit of a bigger venue, but you know what it’s going to be like, but just a great experience.

On whether the fact that the Winter Classic will be played against the Canadiens adds anything extra…
I’m sure in the papers, obviously, it does, because it’s one of the greatest rivalries in the game, but for us, really, it doesn’t change anything. It’s just a game for us. We try to focus on our system and how we want to play. The atmosphere’s going to be great, and it’s going to be great for the fans, but for us as players, we just have to focus on our jobs; we can’t focus on who we’re playing against. That might throw you off.

On the only reminder of the Winter Classic being EPIX cameras in the dressing room over the last few weeks…
Yeah, we’ve gotten so used to it now. We had a meeting about a week ago about the scheduling and stuff, but that’s about it.

On the emotion at the very end of Tuesday’s game…
It was kind of weird. I don’t know what happened.

On whether it is good to see that type of emotion in a game…
Yeah, well, Boston fans, especially, they live for that. They’re trying to change the game to be a little bit cleaner so you’re not going to see those too often, but it’s a good sign of emotion.

On whether NBC would like to see that kind of emotion during the Winter Classic… 
[Laughs] Probably, yeah. That would be good for the ratings, sure.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if that was the kind of response the Bruins were looking for after their losing streak…
Yeah it was. I thought we played a really good game pretty much all the way through, and we responded well, especially at the end. So, we have to be happy with this win.

On his hit on Mark Borowiecki in the first period…
Um, it was a simple play. I mean, I was trying to get to the puck carrier, and I turned up ice, and he was kind of standing there. I just turned up and tried to go to the puck carrier.

On the league reviewing the hit with the Winter Classic coming up…
I can’t control that.

On if he thinks the hit warrants being looked at by the league…
I can’t control that either.

On if it was a normal, run-of-the-mill hit…
No. I mean, I was trying to turn up ice to pursue the puck carrier. It’s simple. That’s it.

On getting a win in their first game since David Krejci sustained an injury…
Yeah, that’s what we need. We’ve got a lot of really good players in this room, and it was great to see the scoring spread out through the lineup. So, guys did a really good job of stepping up tonight, with missing him.

On what he thought of Seth Griffith’s game tonight…
I thought he played well. I mean, he’s a very skilled player, and he can make plays, especially in the offensive zone, and I thought he fit in well tonight.

On how hard it is to toe the line with his style of play…
You just want to try and play within the rules, and sometimes you step over, and you’re penalized for it. That happened in the third period there tonight, and I sat in the box. Luckily, they didn’t score, but it’s just, you try to play as close as you can, and like I said, sometimes you step over and you need to be reeled back in.

On how much Torey Krug’s presence impacted the power play…
It was huge. I mean he’s such a skilled player, and him and Krech [David Krejci] really control that back end on the PP. So, you saw a couple really good plays on the power play tonight, and that’s why he’s so special to our team. He makes plays like that happen, and obviously produces very well on that power play.

On if it was meaningful for him to wear an ‘A’ on his sweater tonight…
Yeah it is. I mean, it’s an honor to have it there, but I don’t think I really responded very well by taking that bad penalty in the third. So I’ll have to be better next game.

OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH DAVE CAMERON POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On how he feels about the game…
I hate losing, and I lost, so it was bad taste – upset, whatever I hate losing.

On what he saw from his vantage point...
We weren’t good enough.

On not being good enough in every aspect of the game…
It’s never in all aspects. Just when I say not good enough means we didn’t play for 60 minutes because we lost; that’s what it means.

On the Brad Marchand hit…
I was shocked that, uh, surprised that he was around, uh, at the end of the game to spear [Kyle] Turris.

On having the Senators tougher players on the ice in the finals minutes of the game…
No, I’m gonna play the guys – I’m gonna play the guys that normally I play at the end of the game, uh, when score is out of hand… play those guys’ roles get out, play and try to send them a message? Uh, we play again tomorrow. Uh, I got some guys that play some…my high-end guys play high-end minutes. Why would I have them out there when I play tomorrow? So, no, I wasn’t trying to send a message.

On if Brad Marchand should be facing charges…
That’s not, that’s not up to me. Phone the league and ask the league, okay, that’s what they do. I’m not in charge of suspensions. You know, maybe after, uh, I finish this and they hire me; I’m not in charge of suspensions, so, from there.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD MIKA ZIBANEJAD
On not having enough push to win the game...
Yeah, wasn’t our hardest game but somehow we, uh, we, we had a chance to do something about it and we didn’t, unfortunately. Um, and uh, like you said, it’s just one of those days. 

On expecting the game to turn out the way it did in the final minutes…
I don’t know it’s hard to say. It’s, um, I’d like to comment on one thing but I shouldn’t, so I’m, I’m going to leave it unsaid.

On the setting up a good rematch on January 9th 2016…
Uh, that’s another game, we, uh, can’t hang ourselves up too much on what happened in the final match. We gotta play, we gotta play a lot better than we did today, and, um, like I said, we gotta do it tomorrow.

On the special teams making a huge difference tonight…
Yeah, they were able to capitalize on their transition and we weren’t, so that’s something we, we got to address and we got to talk about. And, uh, like I said, we got a new chance tomorrow so, uh, don’t have too much time to feel sorry, or whatever, and we shouldn’t. We, uh, like I said, we have new chance tomorrow to get back and, um, get some, get somewhat revenge from this.

On what made the Bruins power play so efficient…
I don’t know, um, hard to say. They, they, um, they made some good plays; they got a couple bounces and, uh, if you get the couple bounces early and the power play get going. It’s, uh, you play with more confidence, you try to make those plays and, uh, that worked out for them tonight and, uh, that’s all it is.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD KYLE TURRIS
On if this is the way he wanted the game to unfolded tonight...
No. It uh... I mean they are good on their power play, I mean uh, you know, I didn't capitalize on that on a couple real good ones to make it four-four there. Where changing coming into the game. I just got to find a better way to burry those. 

On how this can be a game on inches...
Yeah, a couple of great looks; one on a deflection from Karl [Erik Karlsson], and another one on a one timer from Bobby [Ryan] you know I just... I got to burry those to tie the game up and it changes the last five, ten minutes of the game.

On if he saw anything done on the penalty kill that lead to the power play goals...
Um... I know we are going to be watching tape. It... we are working it down low we just… yeah I mean it just kind of… just a weird knee. 

On how close the game was, especially after their second goal...
Yeah, we kept battling, we kept trying to fight back and we did a good job at it, I mean we... what was it two on... three-on-three? To four-threes somewhere there. We were making pushes to get back into it. We were just... I guess a couple good looks I got to bury.

On what he thought of Brad Marchand’s hit on Mark Borowiecki in the first period...
Yeah, from our perspective it looked like he kind of got submarined. He was kind of like taken out from under him and against uh... [Brad] Marchand who has done it before, and we have come to expect stuff like that.

On why he thinks this game kind of got out of control...
Yeah it’s... I mean we don’t like each other. It’s been a rival for a long time and um... they’re a good team, we are a good team. We’re both... I think we are tied in the standings, so you knew it was going to be a big rivalry game and we just couldn’t pull it out.

On how he would describe on how Brad Marchand played...
You can describe it in a lot of ways that I am not going to share with you.

OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSEMEN ERIK KARLSSON
On if that was what he expected...
Yeah I think you could tell that, you know, they got in a couple of cheap shots early in the game and you know we are not going to do anything stupid about it, and you know it’s a little bit uncalled for. You know on our part, too, to do what we did, you know when we were down, the  two goals, we don’t want to get hat happening to us but at the same time you know it was building up for a long time and you know, I thought that they were getting away with a lot of crap. You know, we decided to take it early and at the end of the game when the game was over you know. It is what it is and, you know unfortunately two teams that are not afraid to throw down and you know it easily happens.

On what his take was on the hit by Brad Marchand on Mark Borowiecki in the first period...
I didn’t really... I saw it and I, I think it’s intentional. You know I didn’t really see exactly what happened. I haven't seen you know any replay or anything but at the same time I think it’s, you know. He does... he knows it’s Boro [Mark Borowiecki] and Boro had a big hit last game and, you know, it is what it is right now and if it’s something worth calling out you know I am sure the league is going to do the right thing.

On what he thought went wrong on the penalty kill with the special team...
I think they did a good job, you know, to get a lot of traffic in front and put the pucks in the right spots and you know, that’s the way it’s going to be sometimes and I think our power play has to be better. I think we generated the scoring chances but once we do, you know we can’t really finish it off and I think, you know when we get to two or three power plays in a row, the first one is usually good and it just gets worse and worse from there and that’s something we are going to have to figure out because you know that could have won us the game today. If uh... we would have been a little bit more on our toes and a little bit more focused out there.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM
On if there’s any chance on Torey Krug playing tonight…
All I’m going to say Steve is obviously we’ve got a lot of different things going on right now roster wise. There’s a lot of different things that can happen so. I can’t answer any of those questions. And I’m not hiding anything, that’s why I’m late here because there’s a lot of things that could happen one way or another. So there will be roster decisions made later today. You guys probably saw [Seth] Griffith, he’s here available to us but we haven’t made a roster decision on him either so. That’s where we’re at right now and that’s all I can tell you guys. 

On what he’s heard or seen from Seth Griffith…
I haven’t seen him play, Amalie. I think again he’s just finding his game. He was out obviously for a while, so he had to go there and find his game and I think he’s been much better as of late. Starting to be the Griff [Seth Griffith] that we know. So you know they brought him here in case we’re in need of him and we’ll see where we go from there.

On what Seth Griffith’s presence presents…
We’ll make roster decisions tonight. Like I don’t want to go into that guys. I can’t tell you more. I could tell you something now and it could be totally opposite tonight. So I’m not going to make you guys look bad; I’m not going to make myself look bad. So just please respect that part of it. It is what it is.

On how difficult it must have been for Seth Griffith to have a serious injury when he was knocking at the door of the NHL…
It’s tough luck, but again you have to control what you can and you do get back, you play hard and try and work your way back into the lineup. There’s no doubt it had to be discouraging for him, you know, when he feels that he’s got an opportunity and now he’s had to take a step back, go back to the minors and get his game going again, you know. So I would say if that was me in his shoes it’s a little bit discouraging but at the same time if he’s not going to the take the other approach of saying, “listen I’ve got to control what I can and I’ve got to get my game back and earn my way back up there,” then that would be a mistake on his part.

On if there’s any clarity on bringing David Pastrnak back from Finland early…
Joe, yeah I think I answered that question about the roster. That’s not my department anyways.

On face-offs…
Well you know when you don’t have…when you lose a guy like [David] Krejci, when you lose a guy like [Chris] Kelly and [Joonas] Kemppainen who’s been really solid on draws you know you got thinner and thinner and you’re probably at your thinnest right now. If you want to look at it that way. I think it’s so important that our group as a whole on the ice just takes charge. So maybe you have to get grittier, maybe you have to tie up, go for loose pucks, whatever the case is depending on the centerman and how he’s been doing on that specific night. So you know you have to adapt and that’s what we’re going to try and do and I guess win face-offs by committing is what I would say.

On the chances they had with Ottawa on Sunday and what he’d like to see more of…
Probably score more, you know. I think at the end of the day I think we did a pretty good job. I think our scoring chances were there. We minimized theirs, you know, but when they have their opportunities they obviously capitalized on two of them. So I think we have to find a way to score some goals. I didn’t mind out effort, I didn’t mind our compete level, I didn’t mind the way that we played and I think if anything we had a chance to win that game with our play so we can bring that again tonight and find some ways to score some goals I think that would be the only adjustment I would talk about.

On Loui Eriksson and how much he can make his linemates better…
Well Loui’s [Eriksson] a smart player, you know. So in this situation he probably has to, you know, he’s got to step up and be a reliable guy. But at the same time I really think it’s always unfair to say, “Well it’s up to this guy, it’s up to this guy…” It’s up to the whole team, you know. If we can’t get everybody to step up then it’s going to be tough, you know. So I think if you’re an athlete and you’re a competitor you want to take this situation and make it a positive one and say, “hey I have an opportunity here to help this team and maybe play a bigger role, maybe contribute in some ways where it wasn’t expected,” and all of the sudden we’re still managing to win some hockey games here so. You know you’d like to think your group and your individuals are thinking that way.

On how this outdoor game will be different…
I don’t know if it’s going to make it that much different because I think every time you play an outdoor game it’s unique and you want to make it the best game possible so. I’ve always told our guys it’s a lot more fun to talk about your outdoor game after you won it than have to talk to everybody for years to come when you’re on the losing end of it. It should be a big game, it should be an important game for us just like it’s going to be for the other team.

On the camera crew following the team for the Winter Classic…
We’ve kind of gotten used to those guys and you know I mean we’ve had a little bit of experience here with Behind the B that’s around us during the season. So you know it’s been an easy adjustment to be honest with you. And they’ve been really cooperative too. They’ve been great to work with, so that’s been good. I would say it’s not really a distraction because to be honest with you I haven’t even felt our team or myself thinking about the outdoor game yet. No doubt after tonight, you know, with three days to go we’re going to start thinking about it. We’re going to be there for Family Skate, we’re going to be there for practice and they day after that we’ll be there for the game. So you kind of get into the mood at that point. Bur right now maybe because we’ve been through it or I’ve been through it at times it’s just another phase that we’ll face in a few days.

On his starting goalie tonight…
Oh my gosh, you’re trying that one on me are you? [Smiles]. Who’s theirs? I would have to say [Craig] Anderson right? Ok thanks, and as soon as you let me know I’ll let you know.

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