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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, February 8, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 6:10 PM
On his satisfaction with the team’s effort today…
I was pretty impressed with our whole approach to this game where there could have been a lot of distractions and everything else. Our guys just played so well today. Puck was moving well, good decisions all around. It was a real solid game for us and a great way to finish.

On Daniel Paille not returning for the third period…
More cautious thing. We just took him out. Our trainers thought it was best for him to not come out in the third, but he’ll be fine when we get back from what I hear.

On when Daniel Paille was injured…
I don’t know. I didn’t even know. They [medical staff] just came up and told me they were looking at him, and then they came back and said we’re going to keep him off for the third.

On the team answering when Ottawa cut the lead to 3-1…
I thought that was a big goal. You know, 3-1 gave them some life and then that next goal—the one that Iggy [Jarome Iginla] scored there from a great pass from Krech [David Krejci]—to me was probably a real important goal in that game because either you were going to come out in the third and really push hard. I think we kind of discouraged them a little bit with that goal.

On finishing off strongly before the Olympic break…
We finished 8-1-2, right? I like the way we handled that. Those two losses were either in overtime or a shootout I think it was, but St. Louis could’ve easily turned into a win. It’s not like the games we lost we weren’t very good. Throughout that stretch I thought the consistency we were looking for was there, and more.

On whether he was impressed or expected the team to play so well during this stretch…
A little bit of both. You expect that with the kind of team and the kind of players you have, you kind of expect it. But you’re also impressed by the way they’ve been able to, throughout this whole segment, not to sway away from it or derive from it. Everything that could’ve happened didn’t. No matter what—Zdeno [Chara] left our game didn’t change. If anything, we played even better because we knew that we lost a big piece of our team back there. The guys on the backend played so well and responded extremely well under the circumstances. I can say I was impressed as well.

On Patrice Bergeron’s two-way game limiting his offensive production…
To me, it seems it’s picked up in probably the last 10 games. I’ve seen his game offensively progress. A lot of it has to do with him, but also his linemates have gotten better along that way. To me, he’s always been that guy that’s that perfect fit. He’s as reliable defensively as he is offensively. He’s going to give you a fair amount of production and a fair amount of points, yet he’s going to give you that same kind of, I guess, comfort feeling in your end of the ice as well. Those guys are hard to find and when you have them, like I said, you try to hold onto them.


On his message to his players entering the break…
I think it’s a well-deserved break for everybody, especially after this last stretch of games we’ve played and how well we’ve played. I know that the game of hockey will benefit from it a lot upon everybody’s return. Every team, you’re going to see what two weeks can do to an athlete who’s been going hard for these last few months with the compressed schedule. Even though there’s some people going to the Olympics, it’ll make for some pretty interesting hockey from here on in. I think the whole game of hockey and the NHL will benefit from this whole bit of a break here. Our guys can certainly go in and get that rest. They’ve earned it in my mind, and I know the group we have here, they’ll be ready to come back and get back to action here. I’m sure they’re going to be in great shape when it’s time to start again.

On the team’s confidence playing through compressed schedules…
It just seems that here, no matter whether it’s a compressed schedule or not, the Boston Bruins schedule in March has always been a heavy one. There always seems to be it varies almost between 15 and 17 games in 30, 31 days. We’ve always been finishing the season that way, so I guess there’s some confidence there. As far as I’m concerned, from my players and also the fact that a lot of those guys have been around. I know them pretty well.

On feeling good about where the team is in the standings entering the break…
Yeah, we are. There’s only one team in our conference that’s ahead of us and there’s still lots of hockey to be played. Again, for me, during the regular season I always look more for consistency versus whether a team gets really, really hot and when the playoffs start they’ve dropped a little bit. I just want consistency and as I said, my goal is always to have the team playing its best at the right time of the year.

On the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla line’s production…
I guess you could say that about a lot of the other lines, too, right? They’ve just been good. Dave [Krejci], to me, one of the big things I see in David Krejci this year is we know how good he is and he’s always shown that. But what he’s shown this year is a consistency from the start of the year until now. You haven’t seen that wave that you’ve seen in his game in the past where he’s been really good. Sometimes you wouldn’t see much or you wouldn’t get much production out of him for a while and then he’d start again. This year he’s been really consistent and he’s got two players on each side of him. Looch [Milan Lucic] has been as good from the start of the year until now. He’s been skating so well and then Iggy [Jarome Iginla] is a proven player. He’s come in there and adapted well, so that line has been really good. But we know what Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line has been able to do for us. And what’s been impressive is the way [Carl] Soderberg and [Chris] Kelly and [Loui] Eriksson have been. You look at some of the goals they scored tonight and the chances that they had, they’re right now as good as the other two. It’s nice to have the luxury of having those three lines being a threat every time they’re out there on the ice.

On Loui Eriksson battling through a tough season…
Absolutely. I watched him tonight closely, and I thought tonight his skating has been better than it has ever been. When you keep playing, it’s going to get better. You got to feel for the guy. He’s had two concussions. The second one not even a penalty on it. Got the stick to the mouth the other night. Not a penalty on that either. And then he got clipped in the face today. Never anything called on him and yet he still has a smile on his face. He keeps plugging away and I liked his game. I liked the way he’s skating. He seems to be getting better all the time. No doubt this Olympic competition will do him some good. When he gets back I expect him to continue to be even better than what he’s been.

On his comfort with the roster if Peter Chiarelli doesn’t make any moves…
I always have been [comfortable]. Every year I’ve told Peter [Chiarelli], whatever I end up with I’m going to go with. That, to me, has always been the job of the coach. My job as a coach is whatever they give me I got to get the most out of those guys and that’s my job. You’re never going to hear me complain to the GM that we’re missing this, we’re missing that, we’re not good enough. They’re a pretty smart group up there. They can see if we’re missing something. They’ve always done their best to bring us the players that we needed. The proof is there. In the last three years we’ve been able to go far. If nothing gets done, when you look at the team that played tonight without some key components as well, I think I’m pretty comfortable.

On Kevan Miller’s development…
I think his fight tonight no doubt impressed a lot of people. When you look at his game and the way he was tonight—physical, gets the puck, makes the right plays. He’s just gaining more and more confidence all the time. He’s been a real nice find because he was a free agent. Again, you got to give credit to the people that work in this organization to find those kinds of players and bring them to us because right now he’s a real valuable piece of our defensive core.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On ending on a good note heading into the break…
Yeah I thought we had a pretty strong game. We got a few goals and then we played with the lead basically the whole game. So that always helps. And then we showed killer instinct and we put a few more goals in the net. So we controlled the whole game.

On hoping to establish himself as a successful part of an Olympic team…
It’s going to be fun. I’m just going to do my best and we’ll see what happens.

On what it means to him to have this opportunity…
It’s always an honor when you get asked to play for your home country, especially at the Olympics. It’s a pretty cool feeling. So like I said, I’m going to go out there and try to do my best and we’ll se what happens.

On how he feels about his game right now…
I like my game. I hope I’m going to fit well with my linemates and get good chemistry right off the bat. And keep building on the season with Boston.

On whether he knows who his linemates will be…
I don’t know. We’ll see.

On whether having been to the Olympics before will be an advantage…
Yeah you know, I’m a little familiar with what’s going to happen in the village and how everything works. But once you get in the games I don’t think there’s any advantage. You’re just trying your best, and you’re not thinking more than everybody else.

On playing against his teammates…
It’s tough. It’s definitely a little weird. But like I said once you’re on the ice you play for one team and Loui [Eriksson] is going to be playing for the other team. So that’s just the way it is.

On whether he talked his mother out of going to Sochi…
Yeah, she’s coming. You can’t talk her out of that.

On where he sees the team heading into the break…
I feel like the last 10 or so games we’ve played really well. So we don’t want to look to ahead we don’t want to look to the playoffs, we want to come back after the break and start where we left off. That’s been very important.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On his fight today…
It was more of just the situation in the game, I didn’t really need to prove anything, the opportunity arises and it’s part of my game.

On the Bruins being locked in today…
The puck was kind of following us around, it was one of those nights where everything was clicking and everybody showed up to play, so it was just a big game today.

On the fact that Adam McQuaid will likely be back after the break and what that means for him…
Like I said from day one, I’m kind of taking it one day at a time and not really focusing on the future.  I’m trying to play every game, be consistent and let the cards fall as they may.

On if he feels that the team has a good idea of what he is capable of…
I’ve said it before that I think they have a pretty good idea of what I bring to the table.  This is my third year in the system now, I think they know my game and I have kind of tried to find my game a little bit in the last 20 games or so. It’s still a work in progress, I’m still trying to be better everyday at different stuff so I’m excited about it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On when his confidence kicked in for him…
Maybe, I don’t know, I’ve just been confident. And when Kells [Chris Kelly] came back from his injury our line seemed to be a little bit stronger. Then I got the opportunity to play center too and obviously that’s the spot I’ve been playing the last couple years and I feel a little bit better there but I can play wing as well.

On if his confidence is a little better at center…
Yeah, I keep my speed a little bit better in the attack. But it’s no big deal, I can play wing as well.

On if he feels bad that he has to take a little break now…
No, that doesn’t matter. We take our rest then we get back at the end of the month and keep playing well.

On if he was impressed with the focus of the team today…
Yeah, I’m impressed today. But the last couple of weeks we have been playing great the whole time and we haven’t stopped playing like some of the other teams might be thinking about the break. But we have been playing maybe our best hockey of the year the last couple of weeks. So I am impressed with the team.

On if he is looking forward to the break…
No, I feel good. I’ve been playing a lot of hockey. I’ve been playing for ten years and we play a lot of games in Sweden too so it’s not big difference.

On not usually getting a break…
No, this is the first time having a couple of weeks off in February. That is a little bit weird.

On if he will watch the Olympics…
Yeah I am going to watch it, for sure, especially the playoffs. Maybe the first round isn’t that, I don’t know – I think the best teams will make the playoffs, then it’s fun to watch.

On if it is difficult watching because he could have been on Team Sweden given different circumstances…
No, like two years ago I wasn’t even close to getting on the Olympic team but then I’ve played great hockey now in two seasons so I’m close. But I’ll take my break and cheer for the team.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On ending on a good note heading into the break…
Yeah it is. I mean it’s something we talked about before the game that we wanted to end this on a good note and feeling good about ourselves heading into the break, and I think we’ve done that.

On whether scoring two goals and generating other chances gives him confidence heading over to the Olympics…
Yeah I mean it does give you some confidence when the puck is rolling for you and you have some puck luck, and it’s always good. I thought everyone was playing well tonight, and our transition was great and that’s why we had so many odd man rushes.

On having success without Zdeno Chara…
Yeah it is something that we also mentioned before the St. Louis [Blues] game – that we had two games without our leader and we all had to step up and do the job. I think we’ve all done that and that speaks a lot about our team and the way that we handle adversity.

On what he likes the most about the how the team has been playing lately…
I just think the way that we stick to the game plan and to the system. I think we got back to doing that in the last 10 or 11 games before the break. That’s how we get our success when we play to the system, we do the little things right and we take what’s in front of us. Also I think that helps us a lot. I think everyone is chipping in right now and buying in, and that makes a difference.

On whether it’s a bad time for them to have a break considering they have been playing well lately…
I mean you can never control the schedule, right? So there’s never a good way to approach these things. You’ve got to go about your business and whatever you can’t control you’ve got to put it to the side and do your job. And that’s the approach we need to have. The guys that have to break to rest and make sure they’re ready when we get back. And the guys that are going to Sochi to keep, obviously, playing well and things will take care of themselves.

On whether they Olympic Games have the same intensity as playoffs…
Oh for sure. That’s something I’ve noticed in Vancouver. Right from the first game was playoff intensity and the speed picked up another level from these games here right now. So it is different, and for what’s at stake it’s obvious it’s going to be tough games to win.

On whether he’s excited…
Yeah I’m looking forward to it. I’m really excited. And now I can think about it a lot more, that’s what’s ahead of me. And I’m looking forward.

On whether he and his teammates have been trash-talking…
No we haven’t talked about it much to be honest with you. We haven’t chirped about it at all. I think we were so focused about doing the job here and worrying about that, that we didn’t get a chance to go after each other.

On having a long flight over there to trash-talk…
Yeah that’s true. We’ll see what happens then. But we get along well so I don’t see that happening.

On whether he knows who his linemates will be…
No I don’t know. Like I said, I still haven’t heard anything. I’m sure I’ll know more as soon as I land to Sochi.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On if he ended up losing teeth last game…
One was tucked in, I got them fixed yesterday. I was there for a couple hours yesterday, it was a long day but they did a good job so everything is fine.

On what he thinks it is going to be like to play in the Olympics…
It will definitely to be fun. I am excited to go there and try to win it, it is a lot of good teams that go there and try to win it. Of course it will be nice to get there and see all the guys on the team too.

On the performance today…
Yeah, everyone played a really good game. We controlled the game the whole time I thought, it was definitely nice to end it like this. Everyone is feeling good about themselves going in to the break. It’s was nice.

On it being odd playing against his teammates in the Olympics…
Yeah, it’s a little bit weird. I think we’re starting out against Czech so we’re playing against Krech [David Krejci] right away so that will be fun to try and win against them. That would be a nice start for us.

On if he views after the Olympics as a fresh start…
Yeah, I think so. I’ve been through a lot the last couple months here so I am looking forward to going to the Olympics and then come back here and start playing well and be healthy.

On if he considered wearing a cage or mask today…
No, not really. I didn’t think I would get anything under today but I did get a little bump today. I’m fine and I didn’t need to put a cage on.

On all the Olympians playing well tonight…
Yeah it’s going to be really fun to go there and try to win. I think everyone who has gone already is saying the same, that they are playing for a good team over there. So of course everyone has a good chance to win.

On if this is the first time he has had dental work because of injury…
I think, yeah with the teeth, yeah. I had a mouth guard on so it was lucky I had that on or else I probably wouldn’t have any upper front teeth.

On if that kind of injury being scary…
Yeah that is scary. You don’t know - when you get the stick up there you don’t know what happened. I was lucky it wasn’t too bad.

On what he can bring back from international competition…
It’s a lot of good experience. Especially in the quarterfinals and semifinals, those games are really important. Those are tough games to play and you can take that experience with you if you make it that far.

On if he likes Sweden’s chances…
Yeah, I think we have a good chance. We are a really good team, lots of good players. But it is going to be tough but I think we have a really good chance.

On if he could use Carl Soderberg on the Swedish team…
Yeah, he’s playing really well right now too. He would be a good guy to have on the team.

On if the Olympic break is coming at a bad time…
I think everyone knows that the Olympics were coming up here and we had a really good stretch.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On if he knew the team was going to be that focused…
Yeah, I think we wanted to finish on a good note and think everyone knew that we wanted to finish on a good note. The guys from the start of the game right to the finish were dialed in so it was good to see.

On if this makes his vacation time better…
It makes it a lot better, yeah. It makes two weeks of enjoying the sun a lot better. I think everybody wants to finish one a good note so it was nice to get the win.

On the team playing well after the break…
I don’t know, I think we have a lot of veteran guys here in the locker room and I think we just come back and continue to keep doing what we’ve been doing the last couple weeks, or the whole season. It is going to be – we have a lot of games there in March. So I think we just come back ready and focused. You kind of take the break for what it is and then come back dialed in.

On if a game like today means more to him…
I think all the games are important to me. This is the last game I’ve had so it’s the most important and the next one I have is going to be the most important. I think every game that I play, I think everybody plays, is the most important for them and that’s how I try to treat every game.

On how you stay in shape on vacation…
Lots of sun, lots of heat, you know sweat it out. No, I don’t know. It’s just you try and watch what you eat, watch what you drink and just try and hit the bike if you can if you have the energy to I guess or have a bike wherever you're at. Just look after yourself. I think you take the week but you have to be careful too. If you eat too much chocolate or too many chips it can catch up to you.

On if he is going to watch the Olympics…
Yeah I am. If they show it - I’m sure they’ll show it down there wherever I’m at. But I’ll keep track of all the guys and Tuukka [Rask] to see how they’re doing and stuff too.

On if he wants Canada to win…
You want them to do well and you want Canada to win but it’s sort of out of my control. So you want guys to do well and you want Canada to do well too.

OTTAWA SENATORS COACH PAUL MACLEAN POSTGAME
On “a whole lot of horrible leading to the end result today”…
Well, obviously. Things didn’t go any way at all the way that we expected that they would go. The other team obviously showed that they were better prepared and better structured, which they are. They’re one of the best teams in the east and we’ve often said that we respect the way they play, and they certainly – we probably owe them a couple of bucks for the clinic they put on today.

On making mistakes in their own zone and the Bruins having a way with the front of the net…
Over the whole course of the game they were way better than we were. And one thing leads to another and it just compounds and it compounds and it just keeps, so yeah, we repeated ourselves over and over again and at the end of the day there didn’t seem to be any way for us to stand the tide, they just kept coming and coming, and that’s a credit to them. They’re at a place that we are working to get to. We have a long way to go to get there.

On if he considers this game an ugly blip on radar compared to how the team’s been playing…
Coming into the game, we played you know, our record in the past has obviously been that we’ve played better. Today we were terrible from the start to the finish and we didn’t put up much of a fight in the game at all. We can say that, I would say that they were better prepared to play the game than we were, and that’s the result of the game.

On if it’s a conciliation being on the edge of playoffs…
Well after we get through October and November, since December I think we’ve been a very consistent team and we’ve been working to get better and better, and when we come back from the break, no matter what, we’re still in the hunt. I still believe that after 82 games we’re going to like where we are. So we just have to get some rest like everybody else, but when we come back we have to have a better commitment to how our team has to play, and in what we need to do.  Or a better commitment to do things right on a nightly basis, and be ready to play every night. No matter what time the game is, we need to be ready to play. Whether it’s two, four, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, we just need to ready to play. When it’s our turn to play, we have to be ready to play.

On how Ottawa’s record with afternoon games could cost them a playoff spot…
Yes. And what is it? Why is it? We’ve tried a lot of different things. We tried something different today, that didn’t work. We tried something last time. But flat out I think the bottom line is we’ve just have got to be ready to play whenever they tell us. Stop saying it’s an afternoon game, stop saying it’s five o’clock or whatever. Hey, we’re scheduled to play, let’s play.

On if this break is coming at a good time…
No. I’d like to keep playing. But the NHL goes to the Olympic games. And having played in the Olympic games, I think it’s a wonderful opportunity that we have two players that get to do it and the players get to go and do it. So I think it’s a great thing. Whether it disrupts our schedule, I’m not sure I’m a big fan of that, but it is what it is, and I’m going to look forward to the break just like everyone else. And look forward, more importantly, I’m going to look forward to coming back and getting back to work and getting at it.

On Jared Cowen as the clubhouse leader…
He had lots of help. Let’s face it. We can say whoever, everybody on the team was no good. So we can’t really say that one guy’s worse than another, he just happened to be on the ice. Maybe it’s a bad change, a bad line change. You can keep track of them, I haven’t even kept track of them.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD JASON SPEZZA
On it not being the kind of game he envisioned…
Yeah it’s obviously an embarrassing game and not the way we wanted to go into the break. Hopefully we can draw from the next time we play these guys.

On the character comebacks the team has stage, and this game leaving a lot to be desired…
Yeah we really were on a very good stretch of hockey here that we’ve played, we’ve played really consistent. It’s a big letdown to have a game like this after going so well and competing so hard for so many games to have a game like this to end it leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

On whether the guys were not prepared to play a game like this…
No I don’t think it was that. I think they get some goals and they got rolling and they start making plays they normally wouldn’t make and it’s a downhill slide when you get down a few goals and the other team starts getting confidence so I don’t think it was lack of preparation.

On their poor play in afternoon games and how it could end up costing the team a playoff spot…
No doubt, yeah, it could. We’ve been terrible in afternoon games. We tried something new again today, we got together as a group this morning and that didn’t work so we won’t be doing that again. We just keep searching and try to figure out why we’re so bad at these games. It’s probably more of a mental block more than anything at this point, but it’s no excuse for how today’s game went.

On what the team did this morning…
We did a little warm up.

On if there’s any explanation for the team’s play in afternoon games…
Yeah it’s probably between the ears a little bit. We’ve had years where we’ve been good in afternoon games and this year we’re probably overthinking it a little too much now and we need to get a win in the afternoon to get rid of that stigma and give us a bit of confidence.

On not having a good effort against a team like Boston and how they could stick it to them quickly…
Well they’re an elite team, there’s a reason why they’re as good of a team as they are and then once the game gets out of hand there now they’re making behind the back passes and seaming everything. The offense you have when you’re up by five is a little different then when it’s a one-goal game so we did it to ourselves and they made us pay.

OTTAWA SEATORS DEFENSEMAN MARC METHOT
On not having the type of game that he anticipated or wanted going into the break…
No, obviously not. There’s not a whole lot to be said now. I think we’ve got a little time off now to kind of put this game behind us and come back with a much better commitment on the ice.

On if this was as much Boston being dominant as Ottawa “not being good”…
No, this was us just shooting ourselves in the foot right from the start. We were very kind of lazy and passive in our own end, and it caused a lot of breakdowns, it gave them opportunities and they’re that kind of team that plays pretty structured.

On this game compared to others…
This isn’t significant. This by no means defines us as a team, this game, like I said, we’ve been playing very well. As of late, today wasn’t exactly our greatest performance on the ice, but we’re going to put it behind us.

On if players were thinking beyond this game…
Possibly. I mean, I can’t get in everyone’s mind on this team. The best you can do for these afternoon games is just prepare yourselves physically, and hopefully through warm-ups on the ice and stuff like that you can wrap your mind around the game, and we just seemed to have a hard time with them

On if he could explain why the team played this way, especially in their own zone…
I don’t know. I wish I hand an answer for you. I felt like coming into the game we were all preparing ourselves the way we should. If I had an answer for you, I’d be a coach on this team. I don’t know, that’s going to be their job.

Being passive in engaging and getting embarrassed…
I agree, yeah it was embarrassing. But what do you want me to tell you, the games over now. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of video to look at when we get back, and it won’t be pretty. It’s going to give them a lot of time to prepare for that video session also.

OTTAWA SENATORS GOALTENDER CRAIG ANDERSON
On the team’s poor play…
We didn’t bring our best tonight, I think that kind of showed on the scoreboard.  The good news is that it’s just one game, it’s a blip on the radar, and I think over the course of our last 20 or so games we have been really good so it’s a step in the right direction.  This is one of those nights where we just have to let it go, forget about it and move forward.

On if this game is described as just a blip on the radar given the team’s recent success…
Absolutely.  I think we have made a lot of good strides.  We have that no quit mentality and it’s shown over the last month or so.  We have put ourselves in a pretty good situation to be in the hunt and to be in the battle for a playoff spot here at the break and that was our goal.  Tonight obviously not the game we wanted but at the same time, put it behind us and move forward.

On being frustrated that his team left him out there like a sitting duck all day…
It’s one of those things where you care and you want to win and you want to give your team a chance to win.  Some nights goals happen, every night there are goals that happen, it’s just that if you can limit the amount of easy goals that you give up, make teams work for it instead of just giving them freebies.  That’s the kind of frustration that sets in, you want to be able to make them earn it, make the guy pay the price for scoring not just letting him have it.

On if it’s disconcerting that he saw some of the same breakdowns that happened early in the season…
Breakdowns happen every night, I think that they get magnified when the red light goes on.  The goaltending position is a fortunate one where you can cover up a lot of mistakes and kind of sweep a lot of things under the rug and some nights you just don’t get lucky or you just don’t make that big save and the light goes on and everything kind of gets magnified and that was kind of the way the night went.  We have made mistakes in other games and teams missed the net or somebody made a big play and that just kind of didn’t happen tonight.  They capitalized and they exposed us.

On if he had the option of coming out after the second period…
No.

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 2:45 P.M.
On what he thinks about his team from the first half of the season…
I think our team has been, as always, our structure has been good. I think we have improved our ability to score. We still struggle at times to finish but that’s something that we have been focusing on. I think our depth has been outstanding through the forwards that we brought up and now you see the D in there. Generally I think the four lines have been performing – you can never have four lines at once performing at the top of their level but I have been happy with their level of performance. We have thirty something games left - actually what do we have - 26 games left. So there’s not many games left so you just want to think about continuing good habits, continuing structure. I’ve been recorded as saying I’m looking for some depth and I am looking for some depth defensively, not so much offensively, but defensively. Having said that, I think our groups been pretty good depth wise. There is not much of a market right now but I like the personality of our team so if we don’t end up doing anything, then we don’t end up doing anything and I’m okay. But I’d like to add some depth at some point defensively.

On if he has been busy this week with the trade deadline and roster freeze…
There wasn’t really much going on, that stuff is all perception.

On if this team has been more consistent than past teams…
I don’t think you're ever going to get a complete consistent performance every night. Last year there was a little more variance, maybe a little more up and down last year. I attribute that to a lack of practice, a compressed schedule; we have a compressed schedule again. We’re continuing to mature as a team and I think having those three D get some good quality time in last year in the playoffs has helped their maturity. But I anticipate mistakes with those guys because they are young and it is a hard position to learn. But I think to your question, we’re continuing to mature. Even our veteran players are still young. You talk about the [David] Krejcis and [Milan] Lucics and [Johnny] Boychuks, those guys are still young. So I think you're right, we are more consistent. It would be nice to be even more consistent but I like the way that we are going.

On evaluating the young D during the St. Louis game…
Claude and I talked before that game – they’re a heavy team – about getting the puck out quickly. So those are the [David] Warsofskys and more [Torey] Krugs and more Barts [Matt Bartkowski] and more [Dougie] Hamiltons, those are the types of D that can do that. You know, at the end of the day, it would be nice to have that component all the time in the back end because it helps us with our speed and we’re not the speediest team. You give up some in defending, so we didn’t have Zee [Zdeno Chara], we didn’t have [Adam] McQuaid, we didn’t have Seids [Denis Seidenberg], those are three really good defenders. Our challenge is to find the right balance. But that was a good game, they are a heavy team. I think we’ve outplayed them both times we’ve played them but we haven’t won. But I’ve been happy with the way we played them both times so it’s a good measuring stick game. So it’s nice to say we have a measuring stick game instead of us being the measuring stick all the time.

On if going without some core defenders helps him figure out what kind of depth that he wants…
There’s really not that many players available so beggars can’t be choosers really at this point. With each passing game, I see our D maturing, I see them making less mistakes, I mean, it makes it a little easier on me. But I always feel that we need eight good NHL defenders going in to the playoffs. While I’m certainly not going to replace [Dennis] Seidenberg, he’s too good and those players aren’t available, you’d like to think that there is a player with a little bit of Seid’s [Dennis Seidenberg] defending that we could find and help us. But this year’s been a story about our depth and I’ve been happy with it.

On if he is looking at a top four guy to come in here…
I don’t know. Bart’s been in that top four and he’s been playing well. It’s a bit of supply and demand so I don’t really – the names that I am thinking about and talking about, maybe two or three of them can play in the top four and the rest of them would maybe shuttle in and out and play down a little bit. 

On if he would be comfortable with Matt Bartkowski in the top four in the playoffs…
Yeah, I would be. He’s learning, he’s learning better how to defend, he’s getting a little more minutes. He’s still making mistakes but the rest of them are too. I’ve been looking closely at his defending, he certainly can wheel the puck out well and turn the net well but he’s maturing as a defender. That’s what we’re looking for, better defenders.

On how important it is to manage Tuukka Rask with a compressed schedule…
It’s been important all year to manage Tuukka [Rask] and Chad’s [Johnson] helped us with that with the way he has been playing. It will continue to be important and he may carry the mail over there for Finland so it might be even more important. But he’s played a lot of games before in his past. Obviously he’s not a thick or heavy guy, a little more durability comes from that, but he knows how to play all those games and he know when you play 55-6- games that you're not going to be great all the time. I think you can see that in his demeanor after he finishes storming off the ice. So that will continue to be a challenge for us but I think we’re doing okay with it.

On if he feels the team can “hang” with some of the better teams…
Yeah, they call us a heavy team and we are a heavy team. I think we’re over .500 against the Pacific Coast teams so I like us against them, we played well against St. Louis. We’re playing the right way now, our power play has been better. Our PK [penalty kill] has dropped a bit but we had a blip earlier on that probably put us down there. We’ve got that component now on the power play that can move the puck so maybe we’re more well-rounded and a little more mature but that doesn’t guarantee anything. But that’s what I see.

On contributing Milan Lucic and David Krejci’s consistency to Jarome Iginla…
I think he’s helped. I know Looch [Milan Lucic] looks up to Iggy [Jarome Iginla] quite a bit. Again, those two - I was saying earlier about younger veterans – those guys are maturing too. Looch probably was really disappointed he didn’t make the Olympic team but he’s built on that.  Although he hasn’t scored a lot, I thought his play has, since that point, I thought his play has been getting better. And Krech [David Krejci] with the A I think he has shown maturity too. But Iggy’s helped. Any time you get a Hall of Famer there that plays the way Iggy plays every night, those guys look up to it.

On how satisfying it is knowing the deals he made in the summer have paid off…
It’s good, I mean that’s what is expected of me. Certainly I’ll hear it from you guys if they don’t. You, know Iggy – high character. So you know you're going to get a good effort. What were my other deals? Loui [Eriksson], yeah Loui is still a work in progress but I’ve seen parts of his game that I’m going to expect at some point that I have seen before. He’s got to work his way through it but he is a very good two way player and I’m happy with him. Reilly [Smith], of course has been good. So yeah it’s good. That’s what I’m expected to do and it helps bringing these players into a successful team and structure. It’s easier to do that provided they buy in and these guys have bought in.

On if he is looking at bringing in veteran leaders…
Usually when I’m trying to add something on a temporary basis, on a rental basis, I’d like that player to have some experience. So that usually translates into being a veteran. Playoff experience would be good too so that’s something I look for, I don’t know if I’m going to get it if we add somebody but that’s what I look for, I think it’s important. I t’s not so much for leadership; I feel our group has strong leadership. It’s more for having been in the battles and having that composure because that is what you need to win, is composure and compete by the composure also.

On if he is confident that Adam McQuaid is going to be ready to go…
Yeah I feel he will be back at the start, or if not, close to the start of the resumption after the break. I feel confident, he’s been out a while but from what I’m told he’s quite close.

On if it is tough to see the market changing between now and the trade deadline…
No, I think it’s going to be a tough market. It is going to be tough to get players. It is even more close this year and the lowering of the cap has done that. The lowering of the cap also – so it’s close, way more teams are at the cap so they’re not willing to give up roster players. I’m in that position. I don’t want to give up any roster players so I don’t see it changing. Therefore, what is going to be the result is high, high prices.

On if he would target a guy to play in Dennis Seidenberg’s position…
I want a little more defending and if a guy can play both sides that would be great. What I said before is we’re not going to replace Seids [Dennis Seidenberg], I want the ability to defend, I want a little bit of heaviness.

On if he is looking at acquiring a backup goalie…
No, he’s [Chad Johnson] – at this time I am comfortable with him going forward and then passed that time. It is a valid question, I talk about depth at D, depth at forwards - I am satisfied with or depth at goalie.

On if he foresees any scenario where he can quire a player with term after this year…
No, no, I can, I can. I can see it. It would be – again, my objective is to not take anyone off my roster. I would probably have to do that based on who we have to sign and where we are at the cap. But I’m not ruling it out.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 1:50 P.M.
On what he told the players about heading into the Olympic break…
I haven’t told them anything, honestly. I’m going to wait and talk to them after the game. That’s what I do, I don’t like to get ahead of myself and I don’t like them to get ahead of themselves. We have a game to play here and we’ll deal with that afterwards.

On whether Loui Eriksson is fine to play today…
Yeah he’s here, he’s ready to go.

On Eriksson’s condition…
I don’t know. I haven’t even had a chance to talk to my trainers. I’ve been busy this morning with different things. So I made it here on time.

On whether Eriksson will wear any facial protection…
I don’t know. I really don’t guys. I’m not hiding anything. I haven’t even looked at it. It doesn’t really matter, he’ll play.

On whether he watched Zdeno Chara in the Olympic opening ceremonies…
Yeah. I watched it last night with my wife. I liked it. I thought, again, everywhere lately that you go to the Olympics they do a great job with the openings. So I enjoyed it.

On whether watching the opening ceremonies got him more revved up to go to the Olympics…
Yeah I think, but like I said yesterday, you start to feel it because you’re starting to pack stuff and get things ready to go. So that kind of gets you thinking about it a little bit. And I kind of kept that to the last minute for that reason. But before last night it already started creeping in and I guess last night just brings it up another notch.

On the players who will be heading to the Olympics staying focused before the break…
I haven’t told the guys not to talk about that [the Olympics] at all. That’s just the way they are and that’s just the way they feel, and that’s the kind of thing that I like about our team that we’re able to put those things aside until it’s time to do that. So sure after the game you can ask them all those questions and they’ll answer. But they haven’t been told anything. It’s just probably a reflection of being around the same coaches for years, and they know that’s how we operate here. We’ve just got to think about the moment and not necessarily the future. So we take this game pretty seriously here. We want to make sure we finish on a good note. And we like the way we’ve played lately so we don’t want to let that slip away with one game left.

On whether he will focus 100% on team Canada or if he has to keep an eye on the team in Boston while he’s away…
No I think when I’m there – I mean there’s obviously a week and a half where the guys are going to be away so there’s not much here to worry about. But everything has already been taken care of – as far as when they come back and the practices, and if I’m not back everything is under control. I said that yesterday, we’ve got a great group of coaches and some of them have been head coaches before so they’ll handle everything well. And like I said we’ve been preparing for this for a while so there shouldn’t be any issues.

On whether he’s wanted to talk to Patrice Bergeron about team Canada…
Again I’m going to be honest, I haven’t said a word to him about team Canada or any roles. And right now it’s not my job. There’s a head coach in charge and when we get together if there are some role descriptions to talk about and if that’s to be shared then that will be fine. But you can ask him I haven’t talked to him about anything about the team. For all the same reasons I said earlier.

On Ottawa playing with some desperation for the two points…
Yeah they do. And they’ve been playing better lately. And we’ve had some tough games against them this year. They’ve been a hard team to beat. They won the two games in Ottawa – one where we had a 2-0 lead. So we know it’s going to be a tough one, but the way we’ve been playing we’re a confident team. We’ve just got to go out and play our game. We feel if we can do that our chances are good.

On how the team played without Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg…
I said that before, I thought our blueline was fine on Thursday. You know the thing I’m hoping is that we get the same kind of results today with those guys coming out and playing as well as they did. You’ve got to give credit to the whole team because everybody did a great job – the forwards were back helping out and being good outlets, and Ds were moving the puck well. So we didn’t spend much time in our own end against a team that usually bogs you up pretty good. So the goal today is to accomplish the same thing.

On whether Chad Johnson will start today…
Tuukka [Rask] wants to play. So I’ve got a tough decision to make

On whether he’s going to grant Tuukka Rask that start…
Well he’s been good to us so I’ll have to think about it. Whoever comes out first is the guy who won the argument.

On saying he should change it up sometime and send the starting goalie out last…
Then I would be screwing them up too, not just you guys.
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