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Running Quotes for Bruins vs. Stars on 2/10

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DALLAS STARS
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On what the major issues were on the power play and whether it was carelessness or lack of execution…
I think carelessness is one of them. Lack of… poor work ethic on the power play. When you looked at even the second goal, you know, our coming back and our two guys back there are just flat footed and just kind of lackadaisical and very soft and real disappointing that our power play was like that tonight. We talk about the lack of power plays we get, and tonight we get some and we don’t do anything with it so we only have ourselves to look at and blame ourselves for this, not only the power play but this loss.

On getting a boost in the second period and what went into the decision to change goaltenders…
Well I think first of all that this guy comes back and plays his first game and we didn’t give him much support at all. I felt bad for him. You know, he could have used a lot more support to get his confidence back and I think some of the goals coming in from the side obviously you’d like him to have those, but rebounds and our guys aren’t there to clear the rebounds they score another goal, and it was important for me to give our team some life and make that change, but certainly we didn’t give him a lot of help. At the same time, I don’t think we have enough guys right now playing to their, I guess to their abilities to win hockey games, and that’s been going on now. Like even if we won against the Islanders that’s been going on for at least four games where this month we don’t have enough guys going and we have a lot of guys that are very average for what’s expected of them and I got a good handful of those today.

On whether it was a late decision to pull Niklas Svedberg or a miscommunication…
It was a miscommunication. Certainly that’s the last thing I wanted to do to Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg], and I told Tuukka [Rask] to be ready and be ready after the period, so I thought he was getting ready and then when I came out of the locker room he was still in the hallway so I said you’re going in, so it’s unfortunate. Certainly didn’t want to embarrass Sveddy. He doesn’t deserve it, and, you know, I think as I said earlier it would have been nice to give him a little bit more support in his first game back.

On whether the team played the way he wanted after tying the game…
I thought when we tied it 3-3, the start of our second period, even in our second period, I think we had at least seven good scoring chances. But a lot like last game too, we had some great opportunities right in front of the net and we’re not burying those. Same thing with Montreal, in the first period we could have had the lead one-nothing with Price out of the net and they’ve got guys in the crease and we didn’t bury those, so again it’s a challenge of burying your chances and what it ends up doing is giving them the opportunity to take a lead. And our power play wasn’t good, but at the same time we had lots of opportunities to score goals tonight throughout the whole night. We had lots of shots, lots of loose pucks in front, and because you don’t bury those you end up on the losing side of things, and that’s one of the reasons besides not having enough guys playing at their capabilities.

On why the team hasn’t been playing with the “grit” they have been looking for…
Well, you guys will have a chance to ask those guys when you go in the dressing room, so I can give game plans and I can do a lot of things, but I can’t play for them. It’s got to come from within and you talk about a dressing room and, you know, wanting to do that. We’ve got a tough road trip coming up, and you’ve heard me say that often. I don’t think we can panic, but the one thing we can do is we can wake up and realize what needs to be done here, and it’s going to take some… some good efforts, some grit as you mentioned, win battles with some determination, and, you know, and right now we don’t have a lot of guys doing that.

On how tonight’s game changes his plan for Svedberg and how he gets him into a rhythm after only playing one period…
Well I think we’ll deal with that, Matt [Kalman]. I think hopefully we’ll put him in a position next time with a little bit more support. You know, when we played well we had good layers. We didn’t give up much. Tonight wasn’t… certainly wasn’t the case. We gave up a lot.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On the power play tonight being a letdown…
Yeah—obviously not good when you give up shorthanded goals.  I think we had some chances, but obviously the bounces went the other way, and it wasn’t a help for us.

On the Bruins’ work ethic tonight…
I think everyone was obviously frustrated by everything.  I think it was just some bounces and—like you said—a little bit no effort, and it’s obviously frustrating right now. 

On losing the momentum of a January performance…
When you’re feeling so good, and everything is positive, and it kind of all goes the other way again... a lot of negativity in the room, I guess, this last weekend.  And that’s what happens when you’re losing, and we have to find a way to change that obviously this road trip. 

On if he had good positioning on Jamie Benn’s goal…
No.  That’s a bad gap.  I’ve been trying to work on that, and he beat me.

On the difference between the January hot streak and the current skid…
I don’t know.  If we knew, we’d keep doing it.  I think that’s why it’s frustrating.

On if he were ready to fight Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski to stir up some emotion…
Yeah, a little bit.  I was just trying to stick up for Bergy [Patrice Bergeron].  He hit him pretty hard.  Just some emotion came, and [I] tried to spark the team.

On if the Bruins have emotion but lack execution…
It’s not like we’re going out there and not trying.  We’re obviously trying.  We want to win, and it’s just frustrating when things don’t go your way, and bounces everything like that.  Hopefully we can just put it behind us.

On how deflating giving up shorthanded goals is…
It’s obviously tough.  I think [on the] power play, you want to get momentum from it.  And tough way to start the game, and I guess we got one too, but tough, as their fourth goal.  I didn’t even see it, but it’s obviously tough.  I don’t know if we’ve given up any this year, so two in a game is obviously going to hurt the team. 

On the read of his goal…
Just open.  Obviously when Kruger [Torey Krug] has the puck at the blue line, there’s a play that’s going to happen, and [I] gave him the puck, and I was hoping that he would see me go back door.  Just got to bounce it, I think, obviously, and I was almost surprised I put it in.

On that play demonstrating his good offensive instincts…
It’s a gamble.  It could go the other way, so it worked this time. 

On if he had X-rays on his stitched up cheek…
No.

On the second period…
I don’t remember the second half because I didn’t see it.  When I was out there, we were doing good, and I don’t know what happened the last ten minutes. 

On the aforementioned “negativity” in Bruins room…
It’s frustration, I think, from losing and effort and everything.  So, obviously that’s what happens when you’re losing.  We just kind of have to get back to where we were—winning and feeling good about ourselves.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the power play struggles tonight…
Yeah, it is something we need to get right and we don’t have much time. We need to turn this thing around really quickly. It is unacceptable to be getting scored on twice in one game [shorthanded] obviously in a crucial part of the game. We need to be better.

On explaining how bad habits have crept back into the team…
No, it is something that we have sort it out. We know that we have been better the last little while but again the last two, three games again, we started to have mental breakdowns and started drifting away from the game plan. That is something we can’t go back to again.

On if drifting away from the game plan is a result of effort, lack of focus, or frustration…
I think it is a combination of maybe a number of things like you said. It is hard to really point at one thing. We know that when we play a certain way we are pretty effective and when we are not we start doing something different and that is how we get into trouble. A lot of times we need better effort, we need better urgency, we need better mental focus. It is just a combination of all of those things.

On sensing when the team is drifting away from the game plan…
It’s not just one thing, I just said that, it is a number of things that happen during the game that we have to address and fix.

On being surprised with tonight’s performance after the Montreal loss…
It is disappointing. We know that it was our last game for a while at home and now we have a long road trip and for sure we wanted to finish with a way better effort and result than we did tonight. So for sure that is disappointing.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the team’s momentum shifting in the second period...
Yeah, it was definitely a scattered game. You know, we didn’t get the start that we wanted but then we got ourselves back in the game and still got scored on, on our power play. Obviously it can’t happen, especially when you tie it up.

On the shorthanded goals and scoring in tonight’s game...
Yeah, it really was. You know, it’s – bottom line we’ve got to do our job on the power play. We didn’t and yeah, it was obviously not good enough. They’re good enough to make you pay.

On if tonight’s mistakes are easily fixable...
Yeah, it’s just about doing things right, respecting the system, and don’t exchange like we’ve been doing today against a team like that. Play to our system, to our strength.

On if the team’s play has changed since January...
Yeah, I think we have to definitely go back to just playing our system and playing everyone – we all know what we need to do on the ice and we all know what’s given us success. It’s about layers, it’s about trusting that the other guy is going to do his job, and we’re not doing that.

On if the problems snowballed during tonight’s game...
 I think it’s one of those things that, tonight was one of those games that snowballed a lot during the game. It was scattered, like I said. It’s definitely the opposite of the way we want to play.

On the team’s sense of urgency and getting a good start...
Well, I thought we had some good shifts early on. But obviously their goals kind of put us back on our heels. But yeah, I think offensively we were doing some good things and defensively we weren’t at all, and you can’t do that against a team like that where that’s not our style to play run-and-gun and exchanging chances. That’s what happened.

On if he thinks the team is in trouble...
No, this team’s not in trouble. We’re obviously, just got to go back to what’s given us success in January and that’s it.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On his play in the first period...
I mean, I played like [crap]. So that’s about all I can say.

On if the time in between starts had an impact on his game...
No. I mean, I played four games in Providence so that shouldn’t be an excuse. So, just a bad game.

On if he thought he had the short side sealed off on Jamie Benn’s first goal...
No, obviously not. I dropped down my stick there like he was going to break in, but he put it over my shoulder. So obviously not a very good play by me and a bad goal.

On if there was a miscommunication when he took the ice for the second period...
No, I don’t really have any comments about that. That’s the way it is.

On if he thought he would continue playing in the second period...
Yeah, obviously. I mean, I wouldn’t go in if I didn’t think I was going to keep playing. But that doesn’t really matter right now. What matters is that I played like [crap] and we lost the game. So, I think I should take the blame for this loss and I think I played a poor game. Obviously Tuukka [Rask] has played a lot of games lately so he needed a night off and this was a time when I needed to step up, despite not playing that much up here at least. This was an important game for our team and for me to step up, and I failed. So it’s pretty simple.

On if he had any technical issues...
Yeah, I mean I didn’t cover the short side there on the second goal. I mean, they scored two more goals. I don’t know. The most technical was the second goal, I guess, was the really bad goal.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the shorthanded goals and scoring tonight...
Yeah, we didn’t really do anything on our power play. It looked like a lot of times it just took the momentum out from us. Up and down game; we played, we showed some real good shifts and then just awful shifts and fell short.

On the team’s momentum in the second period...
Well, we did at times but then we get the power play and they score a goal. It totally deflates us. So that’s about it.

On Trevor Daley’s goal...
It hit the stick, so it dropped a little bit. Guy skates full ice, takes a shot, takes the rebound. I’d like to control every puck but that just, that says a lot about the game today.

On if the team’s upcoming road trip will help them gain momentum...
I hope so. I hope we start playing good hockey on the road. Last three, four games have been kind of awful. So, maybe. Hopefully it’s a good thing.

On if he knew he would be replacing Niklas Svedberg...
No, no.

On if the team wasn’t supporting Svedberg in goal...
Yeah, I mean they didn’t have a lot of shots and the shots they had were really good scoring chances. So it’s just one of those tough games when you don’t get that feel for the puck and it seems like every shot is a bad shot and it goes in. It’s just, nothing you can do. So it’s a tough bounce but he’ll battle back.

On if not enough of his teammates are playing to their full capability...
Well, I’m not going to start chirping my teammates. But everybody who watches the games and follow our hockey can make their own assessment.

On why the team keeps getting away from their game...
Yeah, that’s a good question. I thought we were done talking about it a month ago, but I guess not. We just keep going back to the same mistakes we used to do and not keeping our heads in the game. If we don’t fix that now, it’s going to be too late pretty soon. So hopefully we don’t have to talk about it anymore.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On Claude Julien not being happy with the lack of grit…
Well I don’t want to talk about the other games, let’s talk about today. I thought we played ten good minutes then we got away from our game plan. We played really badly, poor decisions. Then again in the second period, really good ten minutes and then went downhill again. For some reason we weren’t able to play a full 60 minutes, that’s why we lost today.

On the issue with the power play…
Just sucks, that’s the only word I got. We’ve been working on it in practices but it’s no good so that’s where we’re at right now.

On being a good thing that the team is going on the road…
100 percent. You notice that the fans booed us, but you know, rightly so. We deserved it. Not that we’re going away that it’s a good thing but sometimes things like this can pull the team together, play more as a team for each other and once we come back here ready to go and make a push before the seasons over.

On playing better now than you were early in the season…
I mean we were—we have to play a full 60 minutes and we have to be sharp in every area of our game and we were not today. If you play better or not—if you play better now or not when we did before it doesn’t really matter we’re still losing games and we’re not playing a full 60 minutes. If you don’t put the full 60-minute effort together then it’s going to be hard to win hockey games in this league.

On which team are you, this one or the one from January…
You know what, it’s a good question but we have to stick together here as a team and find a way to start winning hockey games again.

On getting scoring chances…
Like I said, we had a pretty good start in the second period and we had 17 scoring chances after two periods so that’s pretty high and only three goals. There was more chances we could have put the game away but poor decision making including myself. That’s not the way we should to win hockey games.

On the message getting across in the locker room before getting on the ice…
Yeah, honestly, we talk a lot. We have lots of meetings. Coaches are there doing their job to get us ready but it doesn’t mean that we’re ready to go—that it’s going to come easily. Sometimes I can just talk about myself, first period felt unbelievable and second period I couldn’t handle the puck for any reason. It just, I don’t know, the confidence lull or whatever but that is what it is right now so only out here as a team we’re going to get out of this hole. Like I said we have to stick together and just start playing well.

On Claude Julien saying the power play was sloppy…
100 percent. I mean, it’s not just a goal against us, there’s more things to it. We’re just not playing well on the power play, we have to practice way more. Maybe we have to change something but that’s up to the coaches. We just have to find a way to be better and it has to start in practices.

DALLAS STARS HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:45 PM
On overcoming adversity to win tonight…
Yeah it was a different type of game when it comes to, you know, three shorthanded goals in the game. You know, it looked like Boston was making a push when [Trevor] Daley scored his shorthanded goal. It kind of turned the momentum back in our favor and I thought we played a pretty smart game after that.

On picking up two wins on their three game road trip…
Well that’s real good. I think you’re looking at the schedule and you’re hoping to get four out of six on the road and we got four out of six the hard way, and I just think that, you know, we’ve been playing good hockey. We’ve had some tough, some really tough losses as a team, but I thought, you know, again, our penalty killing tonight was excellent. It was excellent in New York when we needed it to be and that’s a big part of the game right now.

On whether he had any talks with leadership after the Buffalo game…
Yeah, you know what, we’ve had some good meetings. I met with our leadership group for a little bit in New York about, you know, where our game needed to be and how consistent it needed to be and, you know, I think that group has realized that when it comes right down to crunch time they’re going to have to be the guys that win it. Earlier in the year they were a big part of the reason we were losing because of some of our play and now they’ve got a handle on every win we’ve had.

On Jason Demers needed stitches…
Yeah, you know, I don’t know the exact number but he got a lot, yeah.

On sickness within the team and how much they were fighting through…
Well, you know, we have three guys that are fighting through. I mean, I think every team has, you know, one or two and our worst was… obviously was Tyler [Seguin] who he didn’t get a lot of ice in the first but he got plenty of ice after that. I thought he held up pretty good during the game and the other two guys got through fine.

On how he saw the Antoine Roussel hit…
You know, I didn’t… I looked at it real quickly. I didn’t spend much time on it and it’s not an easy one to digest because he gives him a shot in the neck and it’s plain to see it was a reactionary thing, but it’s the type of play that’s hard to defend.

On the empty net goal…
Well we talked about hopefully everything will come around, and that one, it made a full turn and came around for us, so that’s a little bit like you hope that things even out by the end of the year and that’s one where it came back and ended up going in the empty net and, you know, I think we’ve had some tough, tough losses and some situations. That’s one where it gave us a little cushion.

DALLAS STARS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On returning to Boston as a visitor…
Not as weird, I guess, as last year.  [It was] a little different, but [I’m] definitely happy with that win. 

On how he feels after sitting out morning skate with flu-like symptoms…
Not great.  I definitely tried to keep things simple out there and play good defense.  I was happy to walk away with two points; that was a big win for us. 

On his teammates saying he was throwing up during the game…
Yeah.  It was a tough one.  Playing in Boston, I mean, I couldn’t not play.  If we were playing somewhere else, maybe I wouldn’t have gone, but again, I thought it was a pretty solid win for our team. 

On why playing in Boston was different than it was last year…
I don’t know if I can put it on one thing; it was just a different feeling last time than this time.  It’s been more time, I guess, more separation, moving on.  We only play here once a year, so again, happy with those two points and happy to go home. 

On overcoming adversity for this win…
I mean, every team’s got adversity.  No one is making any excuses.  I think last year we actually had a little less points than we do right now, so we’ve been through this before.  We usually make things hard on ourselves and lose to the lesser teams in the league and then end up beating one of the top-end teams.  So, we’ve just got to find balance here.  We’re going to go home now, which is going to be nice, and we’ll start a new homestand. 

On if he was able to explore Boston…
No—snowed in pretty much, and the sickness started coming on yesterday, but everything that I could figure out was closed yesterday, so I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. 

DALLAS STARS FORWARD JAMIE BENN
On the team effort…
Yeah it was just we finally caught a break with 30 seconds to go, but in the end I thought our team did a great job of taking care of our own end in the third period. That’s not an easy team to defend. They’re big, strong and pretty good with the puck down low so I think our group did a great job tonight.

On having “jump” from the get go…
Yeah, I mean our backs are against the wall. Coming down the stretch here we need points bad and we got a big two tonight.

On the team having a number of factors working against them and whether that brings them together…
Yeah, I mean there was a lot of guys that stepped up tonight and, you know, did a great job to fill that role that of losing Rousse [Antoine Roussel] there. You know, like I said it was a good win for our team. We’ll enjoy it for a bit and move on.

On the two shorthanded goals…
That was big. We got put in a tough situation early in the hockey game. We had a lot of tough situations in pretty much the whole game. Five-minute power play, four-minute power play, and we had to kill those things and I thought our goalie stood on his head and our PK’ers did a great job.

On getting multiple shorthanded goals in a game…
It’s just hard work and, you know, determination. I thought Fidds [Vernon Fiddler] had a great shot there and then, you know, [Trevor] Daley just didn’t give up on the play and found way to score that second one there.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:00 AM
On being happy for Tyler Seguin’s success…
I’ve actually moved on from that. I’ve told him that before. Nobodies wishing anybody bad things. He’s a great person and he’s a good hockey player so there’s no issues we’ve just moved on. As long as he doesn’t do well against us I’m ok.

On Niklas Svedberg accomplishing what you wanted in Providence…
I think so. He played four games. That’s what he’s there for. He said he felt better and better every game. Our goal was to give him some games. He hadn’t played much and felt it was unfair to him and to our team to throw him in when he was out so long or hadn’t played much. It was a great opportunity for him to go there and play a lot of games.

On the difficulty for a younger player to go periods of time without playing…
Well its difficult for anybody obviously. An experienced guy will probably deal with it better, but in his case I think it was a win-win situation for everybody, him included. He doesn’t want to get in nets and get embarrassed because he hasn’t played in a while. It was a great opportunity for him to go there and feel good about his game and now he’s ready to go.

On Reilly Smith’s inconsistency being a confidence issue…
Yeah I think we’re seeing things from Reilly [Smith] that kind of gives you the impression that right now he’s not confident or second guessing or he’s just not feeling it. So he’s got to—again we can only do so much. He’s got to find his game.

On you being encouraged but also perplexed about Dan Paille’s scoring chances…
Yeah you probably got it right there. It’s encouraging to see him get those chances. It’s maybe frustrating more for him than it is for us to miss those opportunities because he’s had some really good ones and could have provided us with some important goals.

On your thoughts when Paille falls down on the potential breakaway…
Kind of, I guess it goes with the whole territory that he’s in right now. He’s just not getting any bounces or he’s just not getting those breaks that he’s looking for right now to make something good happen.

On being mysterious because he’s been a consistent veteran…
Yeah I guess every player at some point in their career will have a tough year. We’ve all seen that. Right now for him, he could easily get close to those numbers if he got scoring. You look at the chances he’s getting, starts putting those in, he could climb up pretty quickly. To me he’s got to stick with it. You’ve heard me say that often, when the chances are there it’s a good sign. When they’re not there you got a long way to go. He’s go some opportunities now he’s just got to make sure he works on burying them.

On choosing power play lines based on right or left shots…
I’m just amazed at that question. We didn’t even have a power play last game. It’s a subject of something we never see from our team. Exactly, the only power play we have are the ones we have in practice. So yeah I guess it’s a matter of some nights one guy is going better than the other. It definitely is good that Pasta’s [David Pastrnak] a right hand shot. It helps a little bit on that type of power play but it’s not the end of the world whether we put two lefty’s, [Brad] Marchand, [Milan] Lucic or whether we put Pasta with either one of those guys. I guess it’s flexible, as I said it’s a subject we’re not talking much about in the room right now.

On Patrice Bergeron in the shooter position on the power play…
Well because I think he reads the plays well. Fluto [Shinzawa], as far as when guys are in trouble on the walls he knows where to go to be, what we call that guy in the middle, the bumper. You can bump the puck to him, he bumps it back to the point so that’s the term we’ve given that guy. He does a good job at seeing that when it goes to the point if he’s in trouble they know to look for him or at the same time if they’re going to shoot he can step in and make one of those high tips. He’s also got that good positioning, sometimes he slides into that pocket for a shot from the slot. I think he’s been reading that position really well for the different situations, whether its needing help support, whether its tipping or whether it’s giving the D’s an out when both of them are covered and we’ve got no other options.

On confirming if Svedberg is starting…
With pleasure for you Matt [Kalman] because you smiled today. Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg]. See, politely and smiley. When you do it right I give you the answers.
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