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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DALLAS STARS
Tuesday, November 3 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 P.M.
On how difficult a loss Chris Kelly will be…
Well, you hope we can somehow compensate for his loss, but I think people are going to realize how important he is to our hockey club, not just on the ice but also in the dressing room and around the team. He’s a guy that is extremely respected by his teammates and on the ice he’s given us everything we’ve asked for. He’s been moved around in all different positions, never says a word, but just thrives on the opportunity to play in those spots that we’ve put him. He was a very versatile player that we really counted on. No doubt he’ll be missed.

On if other veteran players providing energy and grit will make up for the loss of Kelly…
Well that’s what we’re going to need, obviously. We’re gonna need guys to step up and really do that even more than before and compensate for his loss. Again, he’s an important part of it. But not just about stepping up and setting the tone but also how much we’ve relied on him, penalty killing, he’s blocked so many shots, he’s extremely good. As you saw again tonight, our penalty kill struggled, so we need to find some solutions here. He’s one of those guy that were offering us some hope in those solutions, so no doubt we’ll miss him there and we’ll definitely miss his leadership.

On how much the penalty kill was a problem tonight…
There was more than that tonight. There was a lot of problems tonight. First period I didn’t mind and second period and third period, I don’t know where our team went. We just kind of lost our focus and we weren’t the same team again. Instead of trying to dig it in I think the way they were playing us our guys were getting more and more frustrated and the more we got frustrated the more we got away from our game. It’s a lesson learned for our guys and with a tough road trip coming up we just made it even harder.

On what he thought of Alex Khokhlachev’s game…
Again, I’m gonna kind of refrain a little bit from commenting because obviously there was a lot going on, I didn’t think our team played well. It’s not fair for me right now to assess him. After I watch the video I might be able to assess him a little bit better, but I didn’t see anything that stuck out in my mind that was negative. I know he’s a hard worker, I know he competed hard, especially in that first period when we were going well he looked like he was generating some stuff there on the forecheck. After that a lot of stuff, I guess, I was dealing with versus just watching one player.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On how it effected the locker room when they found out about Chris Kelly’s injury…
You know, that’s really tough. He’s such a big part of our team. He’s a huge leader in the room and on the ice, and he’s been playing really well this year. You know, it’s very tough any time you see a friend and a teammate go out with an injury like that. It’s really tough to swallow. It’s a big void to fill.

On how well Tyler Seguin played tonight…
Yeah, you know, he’s a really good player- especially when you give him time and space. And we gave him a little too much room there on the PP [power play] and he was able to capitalize.

On the Dallas Stars scoring four straight goals and how that’s unusual for the team…
Yeah, it is. You know it’s disappointing. We didn’t play the way we have in the last number of games and it showed that, you know, we can’t get comfortable. We have to play the system every night. And when get away from it then we’re going to lose a game and, you know, it’s exactly why we lost tonight.

On if he was surprised about the interference call on him…
Yeah, I thought the puck was right there and you know I mean it was pretty much at the tip of his stick. So I was a little surprised and you know it ended up being a costly penalty.

On if he can explain their poor penalty killing…
You know what? I don’t know. We work on it a lot and we do a lot of video and stuff. We just seem to…we don’t seem to be cutting those lanes the way that we used to and we haven’t had as good of sticks and I think we really have to focus on getting the puck down on the opportunity. We haven’t necessarily done that and we’ve been playing against some pretty good power plays and you know it’s enough to win or lose games when PK [penalty kill] doesn’t step up so we have to do a much better job.

On how much harder the PK will be without Chris Kelly…
Yeah it’s tough. And I think that’s an area where he’s really going to be missed. He’s such a good penalty killer and he’s got one of the best sticks in the league and you know when you lose a guy like that on the PK it’s tough to fill that void and you know it just puts more pressure on the rest of us so it’ll be tough losing him there.

On their away game record being stronger than their home game record…
I don’t know if I can put a finger on it but we don’t seem to be playing the same kind of hockey as we do on the road. We tend to get away from keeping it simple and getting pucks in deep and playing low. We seem to want to be a little fancy and we turn w a lot of pucks over in the neutral zone and at the blue lines. And you know, like I said before we’re not a good enough team to do that. We have to keep it simple and play the system. So I mean we have to get back to that at home too.

On Chris Kelly, a leader of the team, being gone…
Yeah it is on the older guys to step up and lead the way. And you know when younger guys see us making mistakes then it’s tough for us to get mad at them for making the same ones. So we do have to lead the way by example and losing Kells [Chris Kelly] is again is very tough, him being out that long. He’s such a good guy, pulling guys aside. And he always plays the right way; he always makes the right play. Him not going to be there in the room and talk to us about certain things and stepping up where we need it, where after the second period tonight he would have been the guy to say something. So it’s times like that where we’re going to miss him.

On what makes him stand out as a leader…
Yeah, he’s just one of those guys that when he’s in the room he always knows when it’s time to say something. He always says the right thing and guys respect him. I think that’s such a big thing with leadership, you have to respect your leaders and he really is. He steps up for guys at the right time, and he’s always putting his body on the line, blocking shots. And you know he’s willing to do anything, get into battles, and fight a guy that takes a run at your teammate. So it’s things like that that guys respect and when you see him do all the right things and always say things at the right time, you know, you follow that and you respect guys like that.

On if it affected the team’s play knowing Chris Kelly was seriously injured…
Yea, maybe I mean it always gets you down when you lose a guy like that, especially when you know it’s a very serious injury. But you know we’re professional athletes here and we have to be able to put that aside and you know continue to play the game.

On the upcoming road trip…
Yeah it’s tough, I mean we obviously didn’t play the way we wanted to going into the road trip. But with the teams that we do have coming up we have to make sure we buckle down and get back to playing the way we did the last road games. So I’m sure we’re going to be looking at video tomorrow and get back to practicing the right way tomorrow and hopefully we get our minds right for the game on Thursday.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD ALEX KHOKHLACHEV
On tonight’s game and being inserted into the lineup
It felt good, you know. Tough loss for us but you know, you can’t really talk about losing the game. I felt pretty good today.

On how he felt on the ice…
I feel good. You know, I think we have a lot of chances, my line. I thought we played pretty good, just can’t finish it. I think we played pretty good. How I said, you can’t really talk about when you lose the game so just kind of that.

On what changed between the first and second period…
Just they got some power play time and they score so it’s a game-changer. I don’t know. I think they just got lucky on some bounces went there way and they scored. I thought we outplayed them. Just they just got more luck and they scored more goals.

On the difference between the AHL and the NHL…
I mean I try not to think about that. For sure the game is a little bit faster and better players. You know best league in the world here so for sure the game is a little bit faster and the players are better so it’s harder.

On what he means by better players in the NHL…
Just overall there. Everybody really good players. Each guy and every team. There are good players. So they are playing in that league. For sure there’s got some difference AHL.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the loss of Chris Kelly…
Yeah, it’s obviously very unfortunate. We will miss him, that’s for sure. He’s such a valuable player and such a great guy to have in the locker room. Obviously he’s a leader and one of those guys that you can always rely on, so, yeah, tough one. These things don’t happen very often, obviously, in hockey and when they do it’s – you saw he was in huge pain and it’s tough to see your friend and your teammate who you play on the ice, yeah, tough.

On how to explain the terrible penalty kill right now…
Yeah, these things are tough to explain right after the game. Obviously we need to look at things and make sure we correct things we didn’t do right, that we did wrong, and we have to put it behind us and get ready for the next one. And, it’s tough to really find specific things but, as you know, it’s one of those things that you always have to be in the right position, sticks in the right spot, you know, it’s just one of those things. But, for sure we’ve got to correct it.
 
On if there was any hesitation that the last power play goal by Seguin was offside…
Um, yeah, I mean it was one of those where everyone was calling for it and, you know, we were kind of like – still following the puck but it was a little bit of – too many calls were happening and, obviously, puck ended up being out of the net. But, I don’t think we stopped playing we just were watching, and I think the referee was watching too, like what’s going to happen?

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On where the team lost momentum after the first period…
Felt like we got shots, we maybe need some more traffic in front to make it a little bit harder for Kari [Lehtonen] in the net. I think we had chances, we just, like I said, just more traffic and we can maybe get some more goals in the first. Then they battled back and we kind of started making mistakes and gave them too much time, that’s when they scored goals.

On the penalty kill being a work in progress…
Yeah, it’s not good enough. We need to be stronger on the PK. We were giving up too many goals on that, so that’s definitely something we need to improve and get better at.

On if he thought the last Tyler Seguin goal was off-sides…
Yeah, that was kind of my fault. From my view it looked like it was off-sides so I kind of laid off and all of a sudden I saw the pass go through me and it was in the net. Yeah, it was kind of my fault there.

On how losing Chris Kelly changed things…
It’s always tough to see a teammate go down. We didn’t know what really happened, but I think everyone knows what happened now. It’s always tough to see that happen and we just wish him the best now to recover really good here. It’s definitely not – we know how tough Kells is too and you saw him in pain, so it was definitely something bad going on there, so it’s tough.

On if it’s special to score against your old team…
I don’t know. I think the special thing is to win the game against it. So it doesn’t really matter how many goals you score, but I’d rather have the win than scoring the goals.

On how the game slipped away…
Our PK wasn’t good enough. We let them in a couple goals there, on some goals we didn’t play hard on the end of our sticks and they got the goals. It’s something we need to get better at and hopefully we’ll start at it again here on the road coming up.

On if the struggles at home are getting frustrating…
Yeah, we definitely don’t want to lose in your building. We got one against Arizona last game before this. It’s never fun to lose in, like I said, your building. That’s something we need to get better at and start maybe playing as we do on the road, that’s where we’ve been winning and playing good. Hopefully we can take something from how we play on the road and bring it back in our building.

On if the shooting lanes were being clogged…
I thought our movement in the offensive zone was good. We just maybe try to get more pucks through and maybe get some more traffic. In the first period we had some shots go through but we just didn’t have any traffic and didn’t make it hard on Kari in net. That’s something we need to get better.

On the impact losing Chris Kelly will have…
It’s tough. He’s a really good guy to have around in the locker room and on the ice, for sure. It’s definitely tough to see that happen in front of your bench like that. You definitely know he was in pain because he’s a tough guy and I don’t think saw he was in pain, so hopefully he can have a really good recovery here and get back at it.

On how much tougher the road trip will be after losing at home…
Yeah, it’s definitely going to be a tough road trip coming up for us. Would be nice to get the win here and keep building on the confidence we have. But, yeah, we took a step back, now we just have to keep going forward and get better as a team. We’ve been good on the team so far this season, so hopefully we can bring it on the road again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGEREON
On how he would describe the penalty kill…
Well I mean it’s pretty obvious. It’s way too porous and too many holes. We know as a team that likes to go through seams and make those one times plays, you know, obviously it’s going to be really hard for Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] to stop those kind of shots. We definitely got to be a lot better.

On losing center Chris Kelly to injury…
It’s huge, a veteran that is really important for us on and off the ice. He brings so much to the team, especially as a leader. As soon as I saw him go down it didn’t look good and kind of felt like it was going to be a pretty bad injury and unfortunately that’s exactly what it is and I’m definitely thinking of him right now. Hopefully the pain is not too bad.

On defenseman Colin Miller’s first goal…
It’s definitely a great play and a great shot. There’s many more for him to come. I think he’s getting better each and every game and those shots, when they go through, their tough to stop.

On stepping up after losing Chris Kelly…
He’s one of those guys that brings a lot of stability on any line that’s he on with his smarts and the way that he handles himself and that he shows up every night and every game. I’ve said that many times when we lose a key player like that. It’s about everyone filling the hole I guess and stepping up and it’s no different this time and were certainly going to miss him. Right now we’re thinking of him and his family.

On explaining the Bruins’ home & away record…
Yeah, we definitely have to find a way to turn this around. It’s not even close to being good enough at home. You know, we’re a team that used to be really hard to beat [at home], I guess, here and we have to get back to that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COLIN MILLER
On how it felt to score his first NHL goal…
Yeah it was pretty good for me, obviously. Nice to get that out of the way so now I don’t have to worry about it anymore

On what it was like to get such a great response from his teammates when he scored…
Yeah I think they were just happy. I don’t know, I was happy too so I just kind of blacked out a bit there, jumped on them and that’s all I really remember so yeah.

On that he almost did a “Yogi Berra type move” after scoring…
Yeah something like that I don’t know. It was quick- just kind of in the moment so yeah, that’s over with.

On how he saw the goal develop…
Nothing just, you know, tried to get a shot off the draw there. We had kind of a set play trying to go and one-time it so that’s what we went with and it ended up working.

On Chris Kelly’s injury…
I mean it’s tough, obviously, to keep playing after something like that happens. I mean you could tell he was pretty hurt when it happened - you could hear him screaming a bit. So you never want to see that obviously. It’s tough to watch. So I mean he’s a veteran player for us. He’s a big time player for us so we’re going to have to all step up to kind of fill that void.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the loss of Chris Kelly…
Yeah, it’s obviously very unfortunate. We will miss him, that’s for sure. He’s such a valuable player and such a great guy to have in the locker room. Obviously he’s a leader and one of those guys that you can always rely on, so, yeah, tough one. These things don’t happen very often, obviously, in hockey and when they do it’s – you saw he was in huge pain and it’s tough to see your friend and your teammate who you play on the ice, yeah, tough.

On how to explain the terrible penalty kill right now…
Yeah, these things are tough to explain right after the game. Obviously we need to look at things and make sure we correct things we didn’t do right, that we did wrong, and we have to put it behind us and get ready for the next one. And, it’s tough to really find specific things but, as you know, it’s one of those things that you always have to be in the right position, sticks in the right spot, you know, it’s just one of those things. But, for sure we’ve got to correct it.
 
On if there was any hesitation that the last power play goal by Seguin was offside…
Um, yeah, I mean it was one of those where everyone was calling for it and, you know, we were kind of like – still following the puck but it was a little bit of – too many calls were happening and, obviously, puck ended up being out of the net. But, I don’t think we stopped playing we just were watching, and I think the referee was watching too, like what’s going to happen?

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how big of a loss Chris Kelly is…
Very disappointing, I mean, he’s a great player for that third-fourth line… ya know, I mean, tough to see him go like that, for many months. I hope he recovers, but tough loss.

On getting frustrated by the Stars as a team…
Oh, I don’t know, probably we got a little frustrated but I think the truth is that I have to make more saves. It’s a different game; it’s that simple. I couldn’t have seen the puck at all today and can really make one big save, so that’s a tough hill to climb after that, and that’s just how it went today.
 
On which goal troubled him more than the other…
No, I don’t think there was one awful goal, but, I mean, stop them all, right? But, just wasn’t seeing the puck today; some shots through traffic and some side plays that I just couldn’t get to.

DALLAS STARS HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF
On the team turning around quickly from last night’s loss to Toronto...
You know, that’s a real tough turnaround when you – I would imagine most players didn’t get to sleep until between 3 and 3:30. We probably have to weather a little bit of a storm, but I left them at the hotel as long as I possibly could. I thought we hunkered down and stayed inside until we got our legs going and we did a pretty good job of competing on the inside. We faced a little bit of adversity during the game but fought our way through it.

On Tyler Seguin having a big game tonight...
It’s just big for our special teams; I don’t care where the game is at. We said if we’re going to win a game like this, we’re probably going have to win the special teams battle. I didn’t like what we did in the first penalty killing goal but I thought after that our penalty killing was solid and Tyler was dead on with where he was shooting the puck tonight.

On developing the left-side shot on the power play...
It’s really important. I think sometimes we get caught three high and we don’t have anybody in that area. I thought tonight we found ways to get the seams open and hit that shot.

On Kari Lehtonen’s play tonight...
I thought Lehts [Kari Lehtonen] made a huge save at the start of the second period, and he hasn’t played for a while and I thought he got through the first couple of goals and he really played well for us. He was solid on some screen shots, he fought the seam and I thought he did a great job for us.

On Devin Shore playing in his first NHL game tonight...
I thought he handled it well. For a first game, you never know what to expect but I know how excited he was and I thought that line was doing a real good job for us. For me, you don’t know what to expect, but I don’t think the nerves caught up to him at all.

On the group of young forwards on the team and how they’re adjusting to the NHL...
Yeah, they sure have. I think everybody wants to think that Val [Valeri Nichushkin] is a lot older than he is, but he fits right in with that group. I thought they looked really good playing together tonight.

On Tyler Seguin and the team bouncing back after last night’s loss...
I think to a man that – we talked about it at noon today – we didn’t like what we did in Toronto. Some of that is just stuff that stays in the room and you’ve got to battle through it. I thought he was part of that. He wasn’t the only guy and I thought a lot of the guys that had maybe a tough night, didn’t generate the opportunities we needed, were a big part of winning tonight and that’s the answer you want.

DALLAS STARS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On getting extra satisfaction from scoring a hat trick against Boston…
Yeah, I mean, it feels good. It feels good to win in here, it’s a tough building to win [in]. It always feels good to score, and obviously I’m very happy with how we responded after playing a bad game in Toronto last night.

On what the Stars changed from their performance last night against the Maple Leafs…
I think there was a lot more desperation, a lot more puck battles that we won that last night we just weren’t doing a good job on. So again, we’re going to move on. We still have a couple more games on this road trip, but we’re happy with those two points.

On if his hat trick meant more because it happened at TD Garden…
I mean it’s kind of like playing in Toronto, when you’re going home there it’s special, and I think when you play your old team, it’s special as well. You have still current friends on the other team, so there’s a fine line between them being your friend and them being the enemy for the night. But again, you’re happy with those two points tonight.

On if any of the Bruins said anything to him tonight…
Yeah, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] a little bit, asking if I was going to go up to Zee [Zdeno Chara] on that one play, but obviously not. And I heard Marchy [Brad Marchand] mumbling something after I hit him. So I’ll have to ask him what he said later on.

On if it was tough to see former teammate Chris Kelly sustain an injury tonight…
Yeah, I mean, even especially early on in the game, right in front of us. Still not really sure what happened. I mean, I know Kells [Chris Kelly] well, so does [Jason] Spezza, and we were right beside each other. He was in a lot of pain, and he’s a pretty tough guy, so that was terrible to see.

On being booed tonight…
You don’t know how they’re going to be. I find sometimes when you’re getting booed it makes you play better. I mean I get booed in Winnipeg, where I have no idea why, but it gives you a little more jump in your step. But again, we’ve got to put this behind us. Great win for us, and we’re ready to move on.

On if trips to Boston bring up old memories…
Oh yeah. I mean even driving in on the bus, looking at certain things, and walking around Boston Common today in the park. A lot of stuff reminds you of flashbacks, memories and everything. I had a great time here.

On if he’s ever gone to the wrong box...
I don’t even think I have a penalty this year. So not yet.

On if anyone said anything to him on Boston Common today…
Yeah. It’s funny, I’ve been here a few times since I got traded away, but it’s like I still play here. Especially on the streets, people are just friendly and I think the great thing about this city is, no one’s really talking bad, especially when I’m walking around. It’s always ‘Thank you for that Stanley Cup,’ and that makes this city really special.

On if he still keeps tabs on Boston sports teams…
The Patriots of course. Not so much the Sox, but I can’t say I’m still a Patriots fan, but I definitely keep up.

On if he put pressure on himself to perform tonight…
I think I put pressure on myself, especially based on how last night’s game went. I think I got called out a little by Lindy [Ruff] as well to pick it up. And this year, it felt a little different. It felt like it’s been a long enough time that, I don’t know, it’s still special playing here but it hasn’t felt like it has before, and maybe that’s just time going by and maturing or whatever you want to call it. But again, tonight felt good.

On how he’s changed since he was in Boston…
Look at my beard. [Laughs] I think it’s just about becoming a pro even more. I’ve been asked to mature on the ice and mature as a leader. It’s a young team in here, and right when I stepped in I had the opportunity to be a leader and first line center, and I’ve tried to grasp that and run with it since day one.

On if he learned leadership lessons from Patrice Bergeron…
Yeah absolutely. Even at Marchy’s [Brad Marchand] wedding this summer, I talked to him a lot. He was actually asking a lot about faceoffs, and I like picking his brain about it because he’s one of the best in the league. Those guys are going to be my friends for lifetime. There’s still a group text message that happened a couple days ago from that year we won the Stanley Cup. I don’t know if it’s been talked about before, but all those guys, Rex [Mark Recchi], Rydes [Michael Ryder], everyone’s in it. So it’s cool to always have them.

On if he ever thinks he could have played his whole career here…
Not anymore. Not to be in a rude way, but it’s just in the past now. I’ve moved on and I’m loving living in Dallas, and I’m loving being a Dallas Star.

DALLAS STARS FORWARD DEVIN SHORE
On playing in his first NHL game…
It felt amazing. It was awesome that we could get the win, and being out there the whole night, just the whole day leading up to it, warm-up, skate around by myself, looking up at the crowd and stuff. It was a really special moment and something nobody can ever take away from me. I had a blast out there, and it was even better that we won.

On when he found out he was getting called up…
I think it was the evening after they played San Jose, because when they were heading on the road trip they just said, it was Scott White, the Texas Stars General Manager, he said ‘Hey listen, we’re going on a road trip and we only have twelve healthy forwards, so you’re coming along with us.’ It was a whirlwind, and I wasn’t expecting the call, so it was a really amazing feeling. I hopped right on a flight and got to Dallas, and flew to Toronto with the guys, and now we’re rolling. So it’s a really great feeling.

On when he found out he would be playing tonight…
Today at team meal.

On what that was like…
I felt the smile come across my face. It was something that I was trying to fight, but even if I was, I couldn’t. It was a pretty amazing feeling. I don’t know how I fell asleep for pregame nap. I was so excited, but I just wanted to make sure to enjoy it, because you only get one first game. It was awesome that it was in the Garden, such a kind of storied building in the NHL, so it was a really cool feeling.

On how long it took for tonight to be just another hockey game…
Maybe the first shift. Actually our first shift was kind of weird, it wasn’t long, just because of a couple faceoffs and stuff. So once you get out there, maybe your first touch of the puck and your first strong play or whatever, then it’s the same game you’ve been playing your entire life. But the nerves were there for sure. But it was an amazing feeling.

On making his debut in Boston after playing college hockey at Maine…
Yeah, it definitely meant a lot. It’s been an amazing road trip so far. Last night we were in Toronto, which is a half hour from my house, and then tonight, to be able to play in the Garden. I mean for three years at Maine, the dream was to make it to the Garden for the Hockey East Championship, and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. So, for just a year later, to be able to get to the Garden and say I did play in the Garden, unfortunately it wasn’t at Maine and here, but I’ll take this one. It was awesome, and it was a great building, great atmosphere.

DALLAS STARS FORWARD JAMIE BENN
On responding as a team after last night’s loss to Toronto...
Yeah, that was the message coming in to this game and we didn’t have the best effort there in Toronto and I thought we responded well as a team – even though they probably doubled us in shots – I thought we played a much better game on the defensive side.

On Tyler Seguin’s success on the power play...
I mean teams are focusing in on him now and it’s just opening up plays for other players to be open, but it was definitely nice to see him explode tonight, especially in this barn.

On the importance of Tyler Seguin having a big game on a personal level...
I’m probably just as happy as he is. I just leaned over to him after the game and told him, ‘I’m sure that probably felt good.’ But the bigger thing is that we got two points in a tough building, we responded well as a team, and now we can move on.

On how Tyler Seguin has matured on and off the ice...
You know, he’s probably a couple of years old, still shoots the same, but he’s being a great centerman for this team. He’s the number one center. We put a lot of pressure on him to be the best and I’m sure he puts a lot of pressure on himself. We need to lean on him; we need to have him play a responsible game at both ends of the rink and he’s definitely doing that.

On if Tyler Seguin seems more relaxed when playing in Boston...
It looked like that tonight.

On he and Tyler Seguin both ranking high in league scoring...
We know where we stand but I like our 10-3 record a lot better. It’s a pretty good from our team. Even the games that we’ve lost, we’ve had a chance to win them or just made some mental mistakes that definitely could have not happened. But I like where we’re sitting right now.

On if he and Tyler Seguin would have a friendly competition for the lead...
That’s between me and him.

On the team bouncing back from losses this season...
Not only losses, but back-to-back games. I know a couple of years ago we couldn’t even come close to winning a back-to-back and that’s just the maturity of this team. We’re responding well now, and you definitely saw that tonight.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM
On if there’s an update on David Pastrnak…
We’re just giving David [Pastrnak] a little bit more time there to…he’s still feeling that shot he got in the foot so we’re giving him a little bit more time to heal here. He’s not feeling 100% comfortable so we’ve called up Koko [Alexander Khokholachev] to replace him.

On what he expects to see from Alexander Khokholachev…
Well I think a lot of what he’s done in Providence…I think he’s a good playmaker, he’s a smart, heady player and you know, he’s leading the league right now in American League so certainly deserves an opportunity to come up here and help us out. And he has been playing the wing for the most part in Providence this year so he’ll get a chance to do that with us as well.

On how important it was for Alexander Khokholachev to show that he can play both wing and center…
Well I think that’s why, I think he’s a smart player and knows that he looks at our team up the middle and he wants to play here and he wants to, you know, play in the NHL so, you know, he was willingly asked if he could play the wing so we know if he does that he’s a versatile player, can still play center. And so the more you can get out of those guys the better it is and I think he’s caught onto that as well.

On what he’s expecting from the Dallas Stars tonight after they lost last night 4-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs…
Well any good team that comes off a loss, you know, will always look to bounce back. So even if they are playing I think their third in four nights I expect them to be no different than Arizona [Coyotes] was when they came here. They came out hard and they came out skating. And we did the same thing in Tampa Bay. I mean we played back-to-back and we got better as the game went on. So I think there’s caution there for us to not to go in there thinking that they are going to be tired but more of what they are as a team. And they’re a great team: they’ve got good speed, they’ve got good skill up front, high skill up front, they score a lot of goals, and their D’s are going to be up on the attack all night long. So, you know again, this is where we have to play a smart game. We can’t allow them to have outnumbered situations. Yet, I think if we do a good job defensively there’s a good chance we’re going to get our chances offensively by breaking those down. But you know, we have to play them hard. The more room you give this team the more speed they gain and the more they get dangerous.

On their penalty killing…
Yeah I think, you know, if you look at our PK lately, our PK has been pretty good. The goal that was scored last game was a bad line change, okay? The rest of the PKs were good. Same thing in the game before, you know. We’ve done a good job. We got scored on I think it was a five-on-three in Florida, you know. But we’ve done a pretty good job. Every once and while, you know, we have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot when making one bad mistake ends up in the back of the net. But I think overall, our penalty kill has gotten better. So we just have to try and get ourselves on a bit of a roll here - get a streak going of, you know, 15-plus straight kills and get ourselves back in the position there in the League where we’re respectable.

On if he talked to David Krejci when he decided to bring up Alexander Khokholachev from Providence to play on his line…
No, players play. We coach.

On if he gets the sense that David Krejci is comfortable with Alexander Khokholachev…
We look at all that stuff. And at the same time, what you saw again this morning doesn’t mean it’s going to end that way tonight. Hopefully it does. That means, if it does, that everything’s going well. If not, then I’ll adjust to that. But those are things that you just do between the coaching staff and upper management who’ve seen those players play. I can’t stand here and say I’ve seen Koko [Alexander Khokholachev] play and all the other players - you’ve got to rely on the people that have seen them and they recommended that he come up.

On what has changed with Brett Connolly since he was the healthy scratch…
Well you know he’s just working harder…competing harder. You know, just before that healthy scratch pucks were coming around the walls he was slow getting there, he was nonchalant. He’s just really picked up his game and you know, as I said all along, this guy has a lot of talent. And you know in all areas, from skating to shooting to size. So it was just a matter of, you know, getting the right mindset. And we had a good chat, as you do as coaches and players, and he’s responded extremely well. So you know now he’s a guy that is deserving of being in the lineup every night.

On if David Pastrnak has had any further evaluation since he was injured…
No, it’s just right now. We’re just giving him a few more days of rest.
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