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Running Quotes For Bruins Vs. Senators On 4/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, April 9, 2016

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the team’s first period play…
I didn’t really think our first was a good period, either. We had a 1-0 lead and we were fortunate to have that lead. I thought Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] made some big saves for us and certainly held us in there and we were fortunate to come out of there with a 1-0 lead. We tried to address some of the stuff before the second period. I didn’t think we were moving puck up the ice quick enough and we seemed to be hesitant in our decision-making and that’s what ended up costing us there in the second period. Some bad turnovers in our own end and they took advantage of it.

On the reason for Tuukka Rask’s absence…
Just learned that Tuukka was sick just shortly before the game so we had to scramble to get Smitty [Jeremy Smith] in.

On how shocking today’s game was given Thursday’s result…
Well I mean we all have to accept responsibility here. Our goal was certainly to duplicate our effort that we had against Detroit. When you look at what happened this afternoon it’s even more disappointing because we could have controlled our own [fate] again and we weren’t able to do that and at times this year we weren’t able to do that. Some of those big games, it’s about the mistakes we kind of made, puck management at times were an issue for us. Right now all we can do is cross our fingers and almost hope for a miracle, that’s all that’s left for us, so it's totally out of our hands now.

On going into a big game without your star goaltender…
It shouldn’t have been an issue. I think he [Rask] is a great goaltender but our team could have easily played much better and allowed Gus to be the winning goalie today. I think some of the goals that they scored, those tips and a lot of those goals, we didn’t give him much help and if anything he gave us a lot of help there in that first period. Certainly not the reason for that and again, excuses are out the windows. There are none.

On if this year’s roster overachieved…
I’m going to stay away from answering that. I’m going to deal with that kind of stuff with upper management. This is not something I’m going to discuss publicly.

On getting the team’s mindset right if they do make the playoffs…
There’s no doubt if we catch a break here, there’s no doubt we’re going to be excited about getting in the playoffs. Right now we’re extremely down and rightfully so and again we’re hoping for a miracle here that’s going to give you a second opportunity that at times you look at and say did we really earn it? And you wish you could’ve earned it by winning tonight.

On how difficult it is for him to miss the playoffs for the second straight season…
We’re not there yet, so I’m not answering that question.

On why the game turned out this way today…
I think we just talked about that earlier about the mistakes, the turnovers, we didn’t seem to have our – we weren’t moving the puck well. The puck pursuit that we had the other night wasn’t there also. Our A-Game that we needed tonight just wasn’t there. It’s in a lot of areas.

On why the urgency wasn’t there…
It’s not the urgency – I think it was the execution. That was the biggest thing that was missing. Execution can be puck management – the way we gave them goals. Execution can also be where we put pucks, how we forechecked and there was a lot that wasn’t at the level that it needed to be today.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On how the Bruins played poorly with so much on the line…
Good question. It’s just disappointing. Obviously we had the one-goal lead, and then from there, I don’t know if we thought it was going to be an easy night or what. But it’s just sad to see that we played the way that we did, especially with things in our hands, and try and give ourselves a chance to get in the playoffs, and we just didn’t. I don’t know. I don’t know what else to say.

On if the first period wasn’t the effort they wanted despite the lead…
Yeah, we said it in here. We knew we were fortunate to have a one-goal lead. Goose [Jonas Gustavsson] came in and did a heck of a job, and pretty much kept us in there for the first period, and we knew. We talked about it. We said all the right things. We just didn’t come out here and compete the way that we should have. There was no desperation for a team that was in our situation, and yeah, we talked about it. One-goal lead after one, and we knew it wasn’t our best effort, and we needed to change things, and it didn’t end up helping us at all.

On why the desperation wasn’t there…
I can’t explain that. I don’t know. It’s just disappointing. I mean, I don’t know what else to say. At a loss for words, to be honest. I don’t know.

On the possibility of a coaching change…
I’m not talking about – I’ll stop you right there – I’m not talking about that. Sorry, not going to talk about that.

On what the mood was like in the locker room before the third period…
It was, you know, it’s a group in here that’s been a part of comebacks like that before. You want to talk about Toronto and Game 7, they did it with less time than we had, and I thought if we got one goal there, I thought there was a chance maybe we get that jump, and all of a sudden things start turning for us. We had a few chances there at the end of the second. The beginning of the third we had a couple that could have gone in, and then all of a sudden it gives your team confidence. It gives you more energy, and some jump, and we just didn’t get that one that would have helped us.

On if the Bruins can make a splash in the playoffs if they qualify…
Oh yeah, for sure. I mean we have a goaltender in Tuuks [Tuukka Rask], Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Krech [David Krejci] up the middle, and you’ve got Zee [Zdeno Chara] on the back end. We have the group in here that can definitely do some damage. You’ve just got to get in and find yourself a second life. So, fingers crossed right now I guess.

On if finding out that Tuukka Rask was out right before game time had any effect…
I don’t think that played any role, to be honest. We obviously know Goose [Jonas Gustavsson] has won us some games here, stolen us some points. He kept us in the first period, and then it fell on our shoulders to come out and respond in the second, and we came out and just failed in the second period, and then from there, it was too much chasing. So I think Goose did a great job. I don’t think the fact that we found out late that Tuuks isn’t in plays a factor into it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI…
On the game today…
It was a disappointing game. I mean good first period and then, you know, second period was…we didn’t show enough that we wanted it that bad in the second period. And you know coming back here, being down four-one, it wasn’t fun but we still believed. But just like I said, the second period cost us the game today.

On the second period…
Yeah I mean first period was pretty decent, I mean yeah they had lots of shots, but you know any time you have a lead and then you go in the room you have time to regroup and kind of make some adjustments. But you know little details cost us the game, especially in the second period.

On the message they shared after the first period…
Stick with it, kind of pay attention to the little details, kind of tighten it up in the defensive zone and make them [make] mistakes, you know. But you know for some reason we didn’t come out the way we should have in the second period, and that’s why we were down four-one in after the second.

On if he was stunned by how quickly they scored…
I mean yeah. At that time… I mean it’s frustrating. You’re sitting on the bench; you’re trying to find something positive, some energy. But you know what, we took the timeout and I thought the second half of the second period was pretty decent. We could’ve scored at least one goal coming in the room, feeling good about ourselves just two goals down. That's the worst lead in hockey, but we just couldn’t buy that goal, especially late in the second. So just a bad second period and like I said again, it cost us the game.

On if they had their legs today…
I mean… you know what if you look at their goals, I mean high-tip and then all around the slot so we have to you know make sure we keep them on the outside, but you know they scored a goal right around the crease in the second period, but we have to do a better job to box them out and we didn’t do that. Not just the defensemen but also forwards, you know? So, yeah.

On when they found out Tuukka Rask wouldn’t be playing…
Well obviously we showed up here in the morning and kind of had an idea that there was a possibility that Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] wasn’t going to play, but at the same time Goose [Jonas Gustavsson] has been really good for us the whole season. He kept us in the game; he stopped that breakaway in the first period so he gave us a chance to win the game, but we just didn’t help him enough.

On what it says about the team that they lost this must-win game…
Nothing. I don’t know what to say to that.

On what he would say if they decided to fire all of the coaches…
You know what, let’s not skip ahead. I mean Philly still needs two points and they’re starting right now against Pittsburgh. So you know it would be nice to get a break hopefully, you know, if Pittsburgh’s going to win whatever happens, happens so we don't want to skip ahead and make some, you know…yeah.

On how he would sum up the season…
It all matters what’s going to happen with Philly. I mean in the playoffs you never know. We just need a little help and you know once it’s all done, either in the playoffs or not then we can talk about it after that.

On the emotions he feels now…
A little bit of everything. I mean a little bit of everything. It’s obviously frustrating to have a great game like we did against Detroit a couple of days ago. And you know after a decent first period and then coming back flat like that in the second, it’s unacceptable. And you know that cost us the game so you know it’s frustrating. You can be angry, you can be whatever, but it is what it is, so hopefully we’re not dead yet. There’s still another chance so let’s hope that something good is going to happen and in the playoffs you never know.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the disappointment of today’s loss…
Obviously very frustrated and disappointed. We had the opportunity to make the playoffs and you know, we didn’t take advantage of it. So definitely disappointed.

On when he heard that Tuukka Rask would not be playing…
When I came in.

On if playing without Tuukka Rask affected the team’s mentality…
No.

On what adjustments were made after the first period…
Yeah, we knew we didn’t have a good first and we didn’t follow that up at the start of the second, and kind of let it slip away there. We weren’t playing our game, we weren’t putting pucks in deep and pressuring hard enough, and it ended up costing us.

On if he has hope for a playoff spot…
Yeah, obviously we put ourselves in the worst position possible, but hopefully it works out for us.

On if it’s frustrating to rely on others for a playoff spot….
Yeah it is. Like I said before, when we had it in our hands it was in our control. We lost that, so now we’re banking on other teams.

On if it’ll be upsetting if missing the playoffs will cost jobs…
Yeah, it’s disappointing. You never want to see anything happen to the team, but that’s out of our control now.

On if it’s surprising to be in a similar situation to last year…
Yeah, it’s tough. It’s frustrating, but that’s hockey. That’s what happens when you give points away earlier in the year, it ends up coming down to the wire. So we just have to play more desperate next year.

On how it changes the mindset learning that Tuukka Rask will not be playing…
Doesn’t change the mindset.

On if he can put a finger on why the desperation wasn’t there…
Yeah, no it should have been, but I can’t really put a finger on why.

On what not having desperation in this game says about the character of the team…
It’s tough. I mean, again, this is the game of hockey and things like that happen. I’ve said it before, just because you want to win a game 5-0 doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, and sometimes it doesn’t.

On if the team knew early on they were lacking…
We knew we had to be better, there’s no question about that. We gave up too many shots in the first and we weren’t playing the way we can, the way that we did against Detroit. So yeah, we knew that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if the team will be waiting for the results of the Philadelphia games to determine a playoff spot…
I guess, yeah.

On how he felt the team performed in front of Jonas Gustavsson…
Not very good. I don’t think anybody can say they had a good game.

On the way the team responded to the challenge of the playoff race…
That was for sure one of those things that was obviously, you can say, disappointing. Especially after the performance and game we had against Detroit, we needed to respond better and we didn’t have, obviously, the game we needed to have.

On if the performance is a mindset issue…
I wish I had the explanation. It’s just a – I wish I had an explanation.

On if he felt the team was playing well enough at the start of the game when they had a 1-0 lead…
No. No, no. I think that we had a lead but we came out after the first and we knew that we had to be better. Then obviously they scored a quick couple of goals and that’s when it was kind of catching up to us from the previous period, you know, from the first period.

On how he would sum up the season…
I’m not going to be summing up the season now. We just finished game 82.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On how disappointing today’s loss was…
I don’t think there’s any words for it. I think we all know it’s disappointing, and there’s not much to be said right now.

On how shocked he was with the team’s performance today…
It’s unacceptable, the way that we showed up, and you can’t win games if you do that. So we got it coming I guess, by not showing up, and we did score the first goal, and we should’ve kept going at them, and we didn’t. We let them get back in the game.

On when he found out that Tuukka Rask would not play today…
Right before the game. That’s about it. I didn’t know that before.

On if Tuukka Rask’s absence had a mental effect on the team…
No. I mean, I think Goose [Jonas Gustavsson] was great for us all year, and again today. He made some great saves in the first to keep us in the game.

On what he said to the team during their timeout…
I like to keep that inside, I guess, within the guys, and it’s one of those things where you’ve got to try to get the guys going, and that’s about it.

On what he feels like emotionally after today’s loss…
It’s disappointing. I mean, there’s not much I can say here. I think you guys all know the answers, and that’s about it.

On if missing the playoffs causes a coaching change…
Well I mean, it’s not my decision, to be honest with you. I’ve said a million times that Claude [Julien] has been the best coach I’ve had, and it’s definitely not on him. It should be on us as his system is there, the gameplan is there, and it’s about us executing, and we didn’t do that. So it should fall back on the players.

On the frustration with the team’s inconsistency this year…
Yeah, it’s something we’ve talked about, and the bottom line, we just have to play the way we played against Detroit. No more, no less, and that’s all we could really ask for, and this afternoon was too many mental mistakes, and it came down to all of that. Most of the goals were because of the way that we handled the puck.

On still potentially making the playoffs…
Yeah, I mean we obviously need some help right now, and fingers crossed, I guess. But it was in our hands, and we didn’t do it, so hopefully we can get some help from other teams.

On if the Bruins would be able to flip the switch if they made the playoffs…
Yeah, I mean all you need is to get in, right? So after that, anything can happen. So, that’s the way you’ve got to approach it, and hopefully it comes out that way.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON
On when found out he would be starting today’s game…
When I got here, I got to know that he was sick and that it was a big possibility that I started the game. Then – an hour and a half, two hours before the game maybe.

On what it’s like going into that situation as a goaltender…
You – especially for a game like this – you’re pretty much going through the same routines like the day before and all that. You’re trying to eat good and sleep good and prepare for a game, so it was no difference.

On if the team believed they could make a comeback heading into the third period…
Yeah, we talked about that there have been situations before that we’ve been down and we scored a lot of goals. I mean, Chicago, we almost came back and I know in the past a lot of the guys in here came back against Toronto in a big game, too. So, we know we can score goals and we knew we were going to get some chances and we still believed that we could – if we get one, then we get two and then we get the last one, too. So, you know, we kept believing that we had a chance to win the game.

On the emotions the team is going through after the loss…
Obviously we knew it was going to be a tough game. It’s not – okay we’re going to decide to win a game and we win a game. This is an opponent that’s playing loose and playing pretty good, so we knew it was going to be a tough game. Obviously we didn’t get the start we wanted and we dug ourselves a hole and it was tough to come back from.

On what Ottawa did to take control of the game in the second period…
It’s tough right away, right after, to say exactly what happened there. But obviously they got a few goals, they got some deflection goals and rebounds and stuff like that and maybe they were really on their toes and got those breaks and bounces with them as well. We could have scored a few goals like that too in the game; we put a lot of pucks at their net. But obviously me, myself and the team got to find a way to stop the bleeding there and maybe not, like I said, not digging ourselves into a hole like that because it’s tough to come back from.

On his emotions when he found out he would be getting the start…
I found out pretty much almost as soon as I got here. I got the word that he [Tuukka Rask] was sick and there was a big chance that I was playing and a few minutes later they said I was playing. So, it was just about getting ready as another game. I felt pretty good going into the game and yeah, that’s about it.

On if there wasn’t much he could do to stop some of the goals…
I mean, obviously in a game like this you always look back at even goals you don’t really would change that much, you know, how you would play. You’re always thinking – what if I did that or did that – so obviously you’re always looking back at your own performance no matter what and yeah, maybe there was some tough goals, but you’re never happy when the team loses a game like this. Then you want to help the team, maybe let one goal in or have the shutout so we can win the game. So, obviously it’s frustrating – sometimes the case not good enough – you’ve got to beat the other goalie and sometimes you’ve got to stand on your head and make all the saves to help the team as well. So it’s frustrating.

OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH DAVE CAMERON
On feeling the sense of pride and professionalism that he spoke of recently...
Yeah, you come in and you’re up against a hungry team, and I thought we acquitted ourselves well right from the get go.

On if this win is more satisfying against a team that desperately needed points….
No, it wasn’t about Boston today. We knew what was at stake for Boston and we knew if we had any advantage in the game today, all the pressure was on them. No pressure on us other than to go out and be evaluated and play the right way and make sure that we can finish our season, disappointing not being in the playoffs, but finish it as strong as we could.

On if any player stuck out to him more than others in today’s game…
No, I think the key – you hit it right on the head – it was a team effort. Right through, from Phil Varone who played last night in Rochester, came in at four o’clock this morning, played a real good game. It was good top to bottom, Burglar [Andrew Hammond] was real good in net, that was real good to see.

On stopping Patrice Bergeron from scoring a second point in the first period…
Well I expect to see that next week, there, on the TSN there they have that Ram Challenge play of the week, I think he’ll be the guy that’ll be challenging them this week.

On Erik Karlsson…
Well, I think 82 points says it, but at the end of the day both Karl [Erik Karlsson] and I are frustrated that we’re not in the playoffs.

OTTAWA SENATORS GOALTENDER ANDREW HAMMOND
On an impressive win…
Yeah, you don’t want to be in the position that we’re in and have today be the last game of the season, but I think the way that we’ve played at least the last two games here, we showed we had a sense of pride and wanted to finish it the right way, and today we just had a really good effort.

On an all-hands effort, including younger players…
Yeah, I think all of them provided us with energy today. And for them it’s pretty exciting to be able to play in this league and play in a building like this. The atmosphere gets you going, so it wasn’t really too difficult of a game to get up for, but it’s a situation that a day like today leaves you feeling a little bit empty.

On an important save against Patrice Bergeron on the first period…
Yeah, it was just a quick little play. I don’t know exactly what happened behind the net but obviously the puck kind of popped out there. I felt good all night, I know obviously they scored the early one there, but I felt good about my game going into it. Just worry about really making the next save because you knew they’re going to keep the puck coming with their season on the line, and you just keep trying to make that next same.

On how he felt physically in today’s game…
Yeah, I feel fine physically. It was just more or less just an afternoon game, little bit harder to get hydrated so a little bit of cramping, but nothing serious.

OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSEMAN CODY CECI
On if he’s interested in playing for Team Canada should the opportunity arise…
Yeah, definitely. It would be very exciting for me so I’m hoping that everything works out. I think they’ve reached out, but nothing’s 100 percent yet, so I’ve got to wait and see when the team’s announced, but it would definitely be a great opportunity for me.

On if the potential to keep playing is a confidence boost…
Yeah, on a personal level it’s great for me. It’s always tough staying home when teams are battling in the playoffs. So if I got the opportunity to go, I’d be still playing and I’d have something to look forward to and not just be sitting home wishing I was in the playoffs.

On how satisfying this win was against a team desperate for points…
Yeah, we knew they were going to come out hard and they did. So we were ready. It was a big game for us, we had a lot of young guys in the lineup and they played a very strong game for us. So it was nice to get the win, end the season on a pretty good note. It kind of sucks that we’re not in playoffs. I mean, every team wants to be in playoffs obviously, but this is as good as it gets for us right now.

OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSMAN ERIK KARLSSON
On how it is tough to end the season with no playoffs, but nice to end with a win…
Yeah I mean, we treated this game like any other game we wanted to go out for ourselves, and we prepared you know the best way we possibly could and I think we did that for the most part of the game. And then that’s the way we wanted to end it, and it’s nice to get a win.

On if it was nicer to get a win against a team that desperately needed it…
Yeah I mean we didn’t worry about that at all, I think we took care of our problems in here and you know, we focused on what we needed to do to have a successful game. For us, it was a meaningless game and we tried to do everything we could to motivate ourselves to play good for each other, and I think we did that. Obviously we knew it was a big game for them, but that was not something that you know we had in our thoughts going into the game.

On what he sees in the younger players that performed in this last stretch…
You know it’s good, it’s a good experience and a learning curve for them going into next year. You know they are going to have more confidence, hopefully, and they are going to have a little bit of a taste of what it’s like to play in this league. And you know it’s going to give them the slightest… slight advantage over certain other guys. You know, come September next year, you know that’s what they have to take away from that and I think they did a good job in what they could, you know, and what they had.

On having 82 points this season…
Yeah, yeah, obviously you know I’m happy about that, but at the same time, it’s hard to take any satisfaction right now and in any personal achievements with the season that we had. It’s been a very long, frustrating year and we haven’t been able to accomplish you know what we want to accomplish. It’s something that we are going to have to think hard and long about over the summer, and come back next year and you know have to be better – everybody individually and as a team.

On what they were able to do against the Bruins to come out with success…
Well, as I said, we worried about our game and we didn’t focus on, you know, the style of play they have, and we knew that they were going to bring it and were going to be desperate. I think they were and we just took care of our own problems, and we didn’t worry about what they were going to do. We tried to dictate it out there, and maybe that caught them off guard.

OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD ZACH SMITH
On winning this game and his 400th…
Yeah it was... it was a big win. I mean it’s never, never easy to get up to those games, but you know we did a great job tonight. I think we could have very easily packed it in but it showed a lot in our group today the way we played tonight.

On how they managed to appeal to the players’ pride and maintain professionalism… 
Yeah that was pretty much the main talk at the start of the game. You know the older guys are playing for pride, and the younger guys, it’s a great opportunity with a lot of young guys that are trying to make an impact here. I thought they were great tonight. We fed off their energy right from the start.

On how Andrew Hammond made some key saves for them…
Yeah, he was huge and that’s always very discouraging for the other team, especially when they are pressing hard and trying to come back. You know, when goalies are making stops like that, it kind of takes a little wind out of their sails so it was good. And Kars [Erik Karlsson] might have had the best save of the night there, too, and that one was trick went in, but yeah it was great.

On if an empty net feels a little bit bigger to shoot on…
Uh no, it looked very small. Yeah it looked about the size of a golf hole when I was shooting it. But, yeah it was great, Gager [Jean-Gabriel Pageau] had a chance to beat Alfie’s [Daniel Alfredsson] shorthanded record if he shot that in. But you know he chose to pass it so, you know it was a great play by him.

On scoring 25 goals this season…
Yeah, even coming into the night with 23, I wasn’t thinking about getting to that goal, or that marker, but it happens I think. It’s more often to happen if you’re not thinking about it. I try to put it to the back of my mind and I guess it worked anyways.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 11:20 AM
On if the lineup will be the same today…
Yeah, if there’s anything, we’ll make decisions after warm up, as usual.

On how important it is for the team to be in the moment today…
I think that’s the major thing, is being in the moment and taking care of your own business, and making sure that you come out of here with a win under your belt, and give yourself the best chance possible.

On if he’ll need to talk to the team about the importance of today’s game…
Well you hope not, and that’s basically, I think the guys know what they have to do today. There’s no doubt their goal right now, and our goal as a team, is to duplicate the last game that we played in here, and that was a real great effort, and we’re going to need that again today. Just make sure that we come out of here with two points, and you have to have that mentality moving forward, and that’s what we intend to do.

On Brad Marchand being fired up today…
Well you know, Brad has been a good player for us this year. You can look at his stats and say, yeah, it’s easier to say, but at the same time, he’s also been one of those guys that comes to play every night. Now whether he plays his best games every night or not, he’s ready to play. I’ve said that before. He comes prepared. He prepares himself properly. You wanted him to be a leader on this team this year, and he did a pretty good job of that, and he took ownership of that suspension, and said he had let his team down. That’s what you want to see from a player. Hopefully he learned from those things, but at the same time, he’s responded with a real solid year, and he deserves a lot of credit for this season.

On if the experience of ups and downs in previous years will help today…
Well right now I think the best thing you’ve got to hope for is that we do the job tonight, and that we do get a break, so that we’re capable of utilizing this last stretch as a growing moment for our hockey club, getting into the playoffs and doing that, and like I said the other day, that was our first big slump of the season. We picked the wrong time to have that happen, obviously, and now you’re just hoping that you get a chance to redeem yourself, and go out there, and like I said, hope for the best.

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