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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MINNESOTA WILD
Thursday, November 19 2015

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 9:45 PM
On tonight’s win being the turnaround he hoped for after Tuesday’s loss…
Yeah, it was better tonight. I think all the things we talked about were better. We know we can score goals. I think it’s about keeping them out of our own net, and our penalty kill was good tonight, and our defensive play was good as well. We did a good job of collapsing and taking away some of those opportunities, and our Ds did a great job of blocking shots when they had to.

On going on the penalty kill less than a minute into the game…
Well I think it was pretty obvious that our PK was ready in that first instance, because I don’t think they spent that much time in our own end, and we were getting pucks out, and they seemed to be in sync. And we’ve been working a lot with those guys, trying to make things easier I guess, more simple, less thinking and more reacting, and they seemed to be in sync tonight. As I’ve mentioned, I think our forwards had some good switches there in the zone, and our Ds did a great job of stepping up and blocking some shots as well, and our goalie made the saves when he had to. So it takes all three to be successful, and all three were tonight.

On the Bruins playing tougher, particularly Matt Beleskey…
Well we had to be better than last game, so obviously they were determined to be better, and like I said, our effort has been poor in those kind of games, and our guys just showed determination, and hopefully some pride in there as well. It’s saying, ‘This isn’t acceptable, and we need to be better.’ So let’s give them credit tonight for showing that.

On Loui Eriksson having played well this season and getting a hat trick tonight…
Loui’s been good since the beginning of the year, as [have] a lot of guys, and I think we’ve got a lot of guys that are playing good hockey. Our record maybe doesn’t show it as much, but they’ve been playing well. Loui’s one of those guys, and as much as he scored three goals and we can all look at that, it was a great accomplishment, he also was good in the other areas, the penalty kill, and our D-zone. He was one of those guys that had his stick in the right places, taking away some of their slot opportunities that they excel in, and he was really on top of his game. So, not only does he deserve to be the best player tonight because of those three goals, but because of the rest of the game as well.

On Loui Eriksson playing his best hockey since being traded to Boston…
He’s not the same player as Tyler [Seguin] is, and the comparisons are not right. We shouldn’t be comparing those two players. They’re two different players. But what he does bring to our team, I think people are starting to realize that he may not score 40, 50 goals, but he did score three tonight, and he is a great player in all situations. When a coach has players that he trusts, that he can put on at the end of the game, he’s always one of those guys that’s on the list. So that says a lot about his game. His first season was a rough one with the concussions, but since then I think he’s just gotten better and [he’s] getting more comfortable with our team and our surroundings.

On if he was always planning to give Jonas Gustavsson a game on this homestand…
Yeah. You know, my approach hasn’t changed from last year, to the year before, to this year, in [that] I don’t plan too far ahead. I look at certain things, but if everything went well, we had planned on using him tonight. So he kind of had a bit of a feeling. We kind of gave him a heads up to be prepared. We didn’t say he was in, but to be prepared, we were looking at the possibility, and he’s been good for us this year. And in Tuukka [Rask]’s defense, I really didn’t think he was responsible for last game, the goals that they scored. So Tuukka’s playing better. Jonas has given us some great games, as you saw tonight again, and hopefully we can ride those two goaltenders for the whole season, and have them as fresh as possible, and as healthful as possible.

On an update on Frank Vatrano…
I’m going to tell you the old same line, upper body. It happens. I don’t check how severe this and that, and I guess the organization has taken the initiative of releasing more. So you’re not going to get much out of me unfortunately.

On if there’s something from tonight that can help the Bruins find consistency…
I think it’s just attention to detail. I think our guys were focused, and you know if we take pride in our game, and tonight I didn’t make our pregame that complicated. Like I said, we’re scoring goals, so I don’t have to go and tell guys, ‘Oh, you’ve got to do this and that offensively.’ I just told our guys, ‘We’ve got to keep the puck out of our net tonight, and if we do, we’ve got a chance to win, and these are the things that they do well offensively. If we can minimize the damage there, if we can defend well, we should be in good shape.’ So they went out there and executed. So I hope I can get the same result next game, with the focus and the attention to detail. If we do that, we’re that much better.

On if the power play has become a weapon for the Bruins this season…
Well it’s an important weapon. I know we were one-for-four, and the last minute or so I wasn’t worried about scoring more than you want to [not] get scored on. So you didn’t have your top power play out there, and most of those guys had been killing penalties. But we were one-for-four tonight, scored a big goal that we needed, so it continues to be a weapon. And you’ve got to ride it as long as you can, and you hope to continue to go in that same direction.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if he’s happy for Loui Eriksson…
Yeah no, definitely. He’s playing some great hockey for us and you know tonight is another one of those games where he was doing the little details right and he got rewarded with three big goals. But he’s been playing well all year and he’s definitely a big part of our offense.

On what was different about tonight that made them have the pushback when they needed it…
Yeah I thought we stayed positive and we stayed with it. I mean we were playing a strong game and we were on our toes and, you know, even defending well when we had to and not giving too many chances in the slot area so I thought it was a good effort from everyone and we definitely need to build from that and you know, we’ve said that before. It’s about making sure we keep…we’re able to build from one game to another now.

On the grit tonight in their game…
Well I think it’s nice to… and you need that. You need guys stand up for one another. It’s not just about fighting it’s about kind of being there and being accountable for your teammates so it thought it was a good response by everyone.

On how big a deal it was to get through the penalties…
Yeah it was important. I thought we…obviously when you have that first one you want to do the right thing and be composed and have the confidence to make the plays I think. We have the personnel to do that and it’s about just believing in that. And obviously when you do have that first kill and after that you feel good about it.

On if there’s a belief that if they execute they can beat anybody…
Yeah that’s what we’ve been talking a lot in this room, you know- it’s about showing up every night and you know all the teams are great teams and it’s always going to be tough battles. So we need to be ready to compete and be ready to battle and you know build on some consistency to our game, you know, throughout a 60 minute effort but also from one game to another.

On if he likes what he sees from Joonas Kemppainen…
Yeah, he’s a very smart player. I think, you know, he’s always at the right place I guess. His positioning is really good on the ice. He’s a very, you know, he sees the ice well. He’s reads the plays well. So his defensive game is really, really good and I think he’s, you know, he’s one of those players who’s got some great skills also.  You don’t see it that much right now but I think he’s going to kind of come into his own I guess and keep getting better and improving. He’s a very good player.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN COLIN MILLER
On where the read would have been…
Well, thank you, but I think yeah once you kind of beat that first guy get to the red line and just get it deep…I think I was trying to do too much there and that usually gets me into trouble. So if I just keep it a little simpler then that would have been the play there.

On stepping up and playing an ambitious game and not holding back…
Yeah I mean obviously you can do it when you have guys coming back and stuff like that. But no, yeah you have to be very cautious about when you do it because, like you said, it’s such a fast league and you can get burned pretty quickly so you have to be careful. But yeah, just trying to play my game and not stray too much from away it with being in this system here definitely.

On keeping his game simple…
No well I mean I think just being in control and keeping it simple those are two things that are huge kind of for my game. And yeah, just definitely fitting in with the system here. I mean like I said before it’s just trying to make plays that you can, but fit in with the system of the team of course as well.

On his transitions…
Yeah it’s okay, I mean I think both of those plays came off of kind of the defense making a great play. So I mean I think that’s something that this team’s always kind of had as a base here is good offense comes from good defense. So if that’s working then that’s obviously what we want to do and that’s always what we want to do so, that’s just what I try to do and I got lucky a couple times.

On if he steps up because he sees support coming…
Well that weak side D, if you’re on an on-man rush, you always kind of try to stay loose. You don’t want to get tied up with that guy running the net so yeah I mean that’s what I was trying to do I mean kind of get the lowest percentage shot away that you can and if you can get your stick in there then that’s great. So that’s what I tried to do and then I was happy obviously the guys did a great job once they got the puck up ice.

On if it’s fun to see the red light go off after a good play…
Yeah it’s a good feeling obviously and a good feeling for this team so that was a big goal and we’ll move on.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT BELESKEY
On tonight’s win…
Yeah, I think we played a good game. Played 60 minutes. In the third we didn’t sit back, we kind of went at them and I think we finished pretty strong and that’s the way we wanted to do it tonight.

On if he was trying to bring a little bit of energy and emotion early…
Yeah, like I said, we all want to be better than last game and bring that compete up in front of the home fans. We’ve got to get some wins here. If I could help by doing that, that’s what I was trying to do.

On how much the team’s play without the puck helped tonight…
Yeah, I think we did the little things right. Through the neutral zone we were pretty tight, our back-pressure was good. That’s what you got to do to win in this league. Hopefully we can remember that.

On why the aggression came out tonight…
I don’t know. That’s a tough question. I think, like I said, I think we really wanted that win. We were really determined to get the two points tonight and everyone was laying it on the line for that.

On if anything precipitated the fight…
Just what you saw. Spur of the moment type thing.

On if there was anything to the slash on Jason Zucker at the end of the game…
I didn’t think it was that bad. I did slash him, but it wasn’t – I didn’t try to break his leg. I don’t think it did either. Hopefully he’s all right.

On pushing back after Minnesota scored…
Yeah, like I said, last game in the third period we came on strong, we had some good push and played with confidence. I think today that’s what we were trying to do. You can’t take a backwards step if they get a goal. We came up and instead of letting them tie it up 3-3, we made it 4-2 tonight and went from there.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On his best season as a Bruin and if anything is different from prior years…
I don’t know. The first year I got that concussion so that was not the best timing there on that first year. And last year I felt more comfortable. I felt really good last year, so I was just trying to build on it and try to get better this summer and keep it going here through this season, so it’s been working pretty good.

On if it feels good to come through offensively in a game that the team really needed to win…
Yeah, for sure. Definitely need to start winning at home and I thought we had a pretty good game tonight. We had a lot of shots and we created a lot of chances, so it’s definitely nice to get the win and of course to get a hat trick, it’s a long time ago. So it’s nice.

On how his line was able to build chemistry as the game went on…
It’s been working well. I know we had some different players step up when Frankie [Frank Vatrano] got hurt, so put on some different left-wingers there. So it’s been working good, I think we’re finding each other more and more now, Krech [David Krejci] and me, and today he made some good passes and we were able to score some goals. It was definitely nice.

On what switch was flipped from Tuesday night to tonight’s game that created a new outcome…
I think we had a much better team game. We were playing a little bit smarter and harder, we managed the puck a little bit more, and I think we had a pretty good game so hopefully we can keep building on the good things we’re doing and get it for the next game and then get ready for that.

On if he gets tired of the comparison between him and Tyler Seguin and if it’s a fair comparison…
Yeah, there’s been a lot of talk about that through the years and it’s nothing I try to think about. Of course he’s a great player, he’s playing real well. We’re a little different as players and I’m just trying to focus on my game here and try to get better and try to help my team as much as I can.

On if his confidence offensively is at a high level..
I’m feeling good and I feel like something always happens when I’m standing in front. And that’s how I’ve been scoring the goals that I’ve scored this year. I have to keep doing that and keep battling in front and try to get those goals in front.

On what the hat trick means to him…
It’s definitely nice to get that. Like I said, it’s been a while since I had one so it was definitely nice to get the hat trick and, of course, to win the game. That’s the most important thing so it was definitely nice.

On the importance of hard work in defensive zone…
Yeah, for sure. That’s such an important part of the game to play good in the defensive zone and just try to keep them on the outside instead of letting them go in and get those high quality score chances, so it’s definitely something that we need to be better at and I thought today we did good about that this game.

On if it’s “all attitude” when it comes to a strong defensive zone…
No, sometimes they make good plays and you just need to find that more consistent play like we’ve been doing, like we did today. Just try to play hard and smart in our defensive zone and keep them on the outside, like I said and get those good chances.

On if he got his stick on the second goal…
Yeah, I got my foot on it and then in the end I was able to poke it in.

On if he told the referees that his stick was on the goal…
Yeah, the ref came up to me and said that he saw it, he just needed to review it just in case.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON
On the team’s defensive effort tonight…
Yeah, it was a great game from the start. I don’t think we had any bad periods, actually we played pretty solid the whole game.

On the penalty kill being improved tonight…
Yeah, we blocked some shots and we made it tough for them to make some plays and they had rebounds, did it all. Yeah, worked pretty good today.

On if meant anything to him to play his first home game with the Bruins…
I mean, it’s always a little special when you play your first game. But actually when you’re in there, out there playing, you’re so focused about what you’re doing and you’re not really thinking about it. It’s more before the game, but when you’re out there you just play.

On how he’s been feeling so far this season…
It’s still early, but so far so good, I guess. I’m just happy when we can get the wins and that’s all that matters. I’m happy we got the win today.

On what he was thinking during a tough save at the end of the second period…
I guess that’s kind of a reaction save, you know, because they’re shooting kind of like on the side of me. You’re trying to – first of all, you’re trying to see the puck because we have a D there too. But then in the end, you’re just acting, you’re not really thinking so much. Of all the years of shots and all that you’re used to acting out there, reacting to what’s happening and you’re trying not to overthink it. You’re just trying to play. That was the situation when you’re trying to maybe save the puck instead of just making yourself big because it was too far out, I guess.

On the save being a moment when the team needed him to step up…
Yeah, I mean, no matter how good we play there’s always gonna be times when me or Tuukka [Rask], whoever’s in net, needs to make that save. Some games we need to make more saves than others. There’s always those times when we need to step up too and that’s part of our job.

On playing following a loss…
As a group we always want to bounce back, doesn’t really matter who’s in the lineup. We’re all a team together. And we’re all – when we lose a game or two, obviously we want to come back and have a strong game. That goes for everyone, me included. So obviously we know the importance of bouncing back right away.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if he feels this was a good response as compared to last game…
Yeah, I thought that for most of the game we were doing what we were supposed to do. Obviously it’s never going to be a perfect game, but I thought we battled hard. We were hard to play against. This is a good team we played tonight. They are used to play close games, they’re very disciplined. They play really tight defensively. Smart system and it wasn’t an easy game, but I thought we handled it well and I think that we’re all thinking about the next game. That’s going to be a big challenge again for us, are we going to be able to respond after good games like we had before. So right now my mind is already past tonight, I’m already thinking about the next game.

On the difference with the team’s penalty kill in this game…
Willing to block shots, being tight defensively in our zone with good sticks and not giving them the seams. And Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] made some good saves. That’s what the PK’s [penalty kill] all about, trying to kill the penalties instead of maybe trying to score on them.

On Loui Eriksson’s season…
Yeah, I think he’s having a good year. He’s healthy. A player like that that’s been around the league for a number of years. He’s obviously a smart player, he’s got a really good stick, and we all know he’s not the fastest guy but he’s most of the time in good spots for these opportunities and it’s nice to see that someone’s getting rewarded for that.

On Jonas Gustavsson’s ability to step in with a big performance when needed…
Yeah, it’s very important. You can’t be riding one goalie or relying on one goalie. We did that last year, and it’s hard as it is in this league to be playing that many games. You need to obviously have contributions from your other goalies. I don’t want to say he’s number two but he’s helping us a lot and that’s what we need, and that’s what Tuukka [Tuukka Rask] needs. He needs obviously a bit of rest at times to be playing at the top of his game. And that’s what he needs right now, I think Tuukka is playing on top of his game and Gus is obviously making the best out of his chances.

On the importance of breaking the pattern of winning one game then losing one game…
Yeah, again we are at square one. We know that we’ve been in these kinds of situations a number of times. I know it’s close to game 20 but we’ve got to figure out - we can’t be obviously playing good games like we did tonight and then going backwards again. So yeah, I think that we all are already thinking about next game, how we’re going to be playing, what we need to do.

MINNESOTA WILD HEAD COACH MIKE YEO
On if the team has fallen into a pattern over in the last few games...
Chasing. Chasing, that’s for sure. Makes it tough. Makes it tough because you obviously – you squeeze the stick a little bit more, you force things a little bit more, you use certain guys a little bit more. So we’ve got to find a way to rectify this. It’s one thing if it’s one game but it’s continuous; it’s game after game. It becomes a problem.

On the team’s play in the offensive zone and causing odd-man rushes...
Yeah, for sure. Whether that’s a symptom of – again, we’re using those guys an awful lot right now and we’ll have to take a look at that. Certainly if we could not be chasing by two goals or not be chasing by a goal for most of the game, we saw that earlier in the year the difference of our road play when we were chasing night after night and the difference later in the year when we were able to score the first goal. Again, that’s not an excuse. Typically we’re a team that continues to battle and I thought that we battled but we just make it hard on ourselves when it’s night after night like this and it’s been going a long time. Again, we’ve got to find a way to rectify it. We’ve got to be a little bit tighter. If we don’t score first then make sure that they don’t score first and I think that’s one thing that we’re not doing very well. Come out with the right intentions, but again, if we don’t score in the first period, if they don’t score in the first period, that’s okay. There’s still a lot of hockey game to be won and lots of opportunity for us to get that. But we’ve got to cut down what we’re giving up because we’re not going to score as many goals right now – not with the guys that we have out of the lineup – and so if we think that we can give up four goals a night and win, we’re not.

On the team’s injuries and illness...
You know what, it’s tough but there’s no excuse. There’s no excuse. We’ve still got players that are capable and I give a lot of our guys credit tonight. I mean, we did battle. We don’t always make it easy on ourselves but we had a lot of guys that were sick playing in the game and you know, I give us credit for the work but we’re not in the business of looking for consolation points here. We’ve got to find a way to win hockey games and so we’ve got to get ready for the next game now.

On the status of Jason Zucker...
Yeah, so he took a slash at the end of the game there – I don’t know if you guys saw that or not – but I don’t know. I don’t have an update for you, but obviously hopeful that it’s nothing serious.

On what’s going on behind-the-scenes with the team’s illnesses...
Well, just been doing whatever you’ve got to do. There’s always a point in the season it seems like – like I said it’s, you lose a couple guys and you start to use guys a little bit more, you get a little bit more run down and certainly you’re a little more susceptible to this. Especially when you’re on the road; you’re with each other all the time on the bus and in the dressing room. So it is what it is. Again, we’re not going to sit around and make excuses. We’ve got to win hockey games.

On if he’s ever seen a team this sick year after year...
Not this time of year, no. No, that’s for sure. It seems like we’re playing teams that are healthy and so hopefully we’re getting it all out of the way now.

MINNESOTA WILD FORWARD MIKKO KOIVU
On playing from behind and chasing a lead...
Yeah, it is what it is. It’s 4-2 and you lose the game. We’re not playing sixty minutes and that’s the results.

On how hard it is to go down by a goal early in the first period...
I don’t think you obviously want to be behind. Like I said, it is what it is. It’s everything. There’s a reason for that and we better figure that out.

On how much the injuries and illness are affecting the team...
Doesn’t matter. Every team goes through injuries. It’s every year the same thing if there’s injuries – we talk about that and every year it’s the same answer. I think every team probably goes through injuries. I don’t think there’s one team that is going to stay healthy and there’s flus or whatever. It’s part of the game. Again, we better deal with that as well.

MINNESOTA WILD FORWARD JASON POMINVILLE
On how he felt the game went...
I mean I think our game overall, lately has been frustrating, obviously individually as well. I mean just kind of the way things have been going. I thought I had a good back check on one of the goals, I had my guy and it hits my skate ends up going in and they get a goal off of it. It was unfortunate bounce but we got to find a way to individually and as a team to regroup. We are going home and we got to be better, starts have to be better, special teams have to be better and just over all really.

On how important it is in the start...
I mean we got to figure out that part for sure, it’s tough to win in this league when you get behind the eight ball. Like you said, we have quite a bit lately and we are always chasing the game, opening the game up and they made some plays off of us. You know obviously they have some talent but it’s on us to be better.

On how he didn’t get a penalty for his hit to the face...
Yeah I know it’s frustrating but it’s a follow through and it’s the rules, I mean what can you do?

On how he feels his team is performing with all the injuries and illnesses...
Well you never want to loose guys and you never want guys to be sick. But it hits one guy, then it hits a couple more, but we are not going to make any excuses for that. It falls on the guys who are here to pick it up and find a way to be better. We are going to have to dig deep and regroup, and be better at home for sure but even though there are key guys out we are not going to take that as an excuse.

On his personal mentality on the game...
Yeah it’s been extremely frustrating, frustrating to even talk about it but I’m just trying to not let my frustration get to my teammates. I need to be a good teammate and keep working hard and hopefully get a balance here and there but I mean, I think the frustrating part is pass and looks and pass and opportunities, and they haven't gone in. It’s just the way it goes sometimes when things aren’t going well and you can get the easy ones and right now we are no coming and I got to find a way to get back.

MINNESOTA WILD GOALIE DEVAN DUBNYK
On how he felt the game went...
I think we got away from it at the start a little bit again, you know it’s a team that obviously makes your pay for it so you kind of keep showing flashes of what we want to do and I thought in the third period, especially towards the end. You know, we showed what we are capable of doing, but you know a couple bounces here and there and sometimes you get away with those games.

On how tough the road trip will be after loosing their lead...
Yeah well we don’t think about that stuff like that. You know we cant approach things like that, especially with this group. You know we got a big game against Nashville on Saturday and we’ll prepare for that the same way we would if we were 4-0 on the road trip, and that’s an important game we need to win.

On what it feels like playing behind a blue line that is sort of taped together...
Yeah that’s the way the season goes I think. You can go to every team, there is always injuries and you know I thought Olly [Gustav Olofsson] played real well tonight he had some real good scoring chances. Any time we have guys coming in, a new lineup, sometimes it takes a little bit until you get a feel and get some chemistry with some partners. You know I certainly don’t think that’s something that every team in the league doesn’t go through. We’re fine, we got the guys who can do it.

MINNESOTA WILD DEFENSEMAN GUSTAV OLOFSSON
On when he found out that he would be playing tonight...
It was actually yesterday. I was taking a nap and I kind of got a wake up call – I didn’t even have my ringer on, so I kind of know now to put it on when I’m sleeping. But just found out when I was sleeping and then try to prepare from there.

On if he slept through the call...
I did yeah...I called back and set my alarm ten minutes after. But it wasn’t that big of a deal.

On how exciting it was to get the call up...
It felt like a normal game until – I don’t know, maybe when I get back to the hotel it will kind of sink in but it all happened so quickly and it was just prepare and feel as good as you can and then try to help the team win.

On if he knew he would be playing when he arrived...
No. I had no idea really. So, just try to prepare mentally and get my body ready.

On when he found out he would actually be playing...
After warmups. It was really close to the game so kind of got the nerves going then, but a few shifts in it felt good.

On if finding out so close to game time limits the anticipation he felt...
I don’t know. I don’t know what you’d prefer, but I don’t mind that. You prepare either way and you’re going to be ready to go.

On if he was surprised by anything in his first NHL game...
No, I’ve kind of gotten into the program. It’s very similar to the style we play down in Iowa and it was easy. All the guys were supportive and such an easy thing to come in and play when the D corps is tight and you just try to do your job and play simple. So it felt good to jump in with this group of guys.

On if his first NHL game hasn’t sunk in yet...
It’s surreal. When I get back tonight or something I’m sure I’ll make sure to close my eyes and think about it.

On if he had any family at the game tonight...
No, no I didn’t. That’s the whole thing, I didn’t know if I was playing or not. We’ll work on game two and hopefully get them out there for that one.

HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:00 AM
On what the keys to playing a full 60-minute game are…
Well again I think a lot of it is…this stuff is due to the mistakes that we’re making, you know. I don’t think the guys have shown a real poor effort, we’ve been inconsistent with our game, you know, and sometimes when you don’t play well it doesn’t look like you’re, you know, working hard. I think it’s just we need to work better, we need to make smarter decisions. And when you give up five goals a game at home it’s certainly due to a lot of times you look at the mistakes that were made and that’s what you have to assess too. So I think we have to really get better with our game without the puck, which used to be our strength, you know. And there’s no doubt about that, but right now we’re giving up way too many goals. And as a group I think from, you know, a goaltender perspective to defensive and the responsibilities to our Ds and our forwards, I mean you know, the kind of mistakes that are being done are the ones that are costing us right now so. I think 60 minutes of better focus, you know, I say that often…this is the NHL and there’s parity in the NHL so I don’t think there’s any reason why we think we should walk all over certain teams. It’s always going to be a decent game. Whoever’s the better team as far as executing properly and you talk about puck management, we talk about mistakes. And, you know, when you say effort- sometimes an effort is like you have to back check a little harder to get there. And but certainly I don’t think our team has been lackadaisical it’s been more about, you know, the defensive miscues that have really cost us. We’re scoring at a good pace we’re just not defending really well right now.

On if he’ll miss Kevan Miller on the PK [penalty kill] and how he plans to make up for that loss…
You know I guess, Matt. Injuries are part of this game. So we move on with the people that we have and go with that. So I still feel we’ve got enough depth there to fill that roster and still be a team without saying like, you know, “he’s the reason why we’re not winning right now.” I think it’s a lot more than that. So unfortunately those are part of the things that we face as players and as teams and, you know, we’ll wait and see when he’s available again.

On who will be filling his spot tonight…
Yeah, yeah I mean Colin Miller is the other right defenseman right now. And you know, he’s certainly back from his injury and deserving to be back in the lineup.

On if he saw gains in Colin Miller’s performance before he was injured…
Absolutely, I mean this young player has been improving all the time, you know guys. His sitting out’s not due to, you know, not being happy winning a game against Detroit [Red Wings] 3-1 and your Ds are solid, you know should you punish somebody? It’s just the rotation of Ds right now and he’s very, like I said, he’s very deserving to be in there. So he’s going to come in there and I think the way he’s improved…he moves the puck and you know he’s a guy that’s to me willing to get into the dirty areas of the ice with no hesitation. So he’s certainly improving as a young player.

On if he thinks that Goalies are ahead of players in their skills and development…
Yeah I don’t know how to answer that question whether I understand it clearly, you know. But to me if it means them being harder to score on versus the skaters being able to score on them I think, you know, we’re - is that basically what you’re - Yeah ‘cause I still think, you know Fluto we’re still scoring at a decent pace I think in the NHL. And I think again, my take on it is that we keep going back to I guess the eighties where, you know, for a period of time there were like 6-5 games, 7-6, you know 5-4, it seemed like it was the norm back then and then when it started dropping we kind of criticized the game. Well I think back then I don’t think any coach was happy with the win but not necessarily with the amount of goals scored against them. Probably that’s where coaching back in those days started, you know, working on maybe a little bit more defense and the goals went down. But I still think, you know, I keep going back to the same thing; I elaborated on that last week. I still think there’s great excitement in our game as far as skating back and forth, you know, scoring chances are there. It’s not like, you know, you’re watching the game…I haven’t seen too many games where I say, “Wow! Nothing happened in that game; there weren’t any scoring chances there.” so I think that’s the main thing right now in our game. Goaltenders have improved, you know, getting bigger…Gump Worsely to six foot seven goaltenders we have in this league right now are a lot different. So the nets haven’t changed and people are talking about nets. I think the shots are better than they were back then, there’s no doubt about that- harder, better. So every part of the game has improved so far. So going back to your initial question I just think that…I don’t think the skaters are necessarily behind, I think there’s guys that have great shots and anybody that can score 50 goals a year in this league is a pretty good goal scorer. And that’s been the norm over past years. There hasn’t been too many years except again, those years in the eighties where guys were scoring 70.

On if the advances in technology has helped with teaching goaltending and defense…
Well it’s easier to use nowadays, for sure jack. Because you know when you were dealing with VHS you had to rewind and fast forward and when you brought a player in and you wanted to bring another one in had to fast forward to another number. It wasn’t as encouraging as it is to do now today. You just push one button you’ve got that player, push another button you’ve got the other player. So there’s no doubt that the game has evolved and it’s a lot easier to watch those clips and correct those kinds of situations. I mean I think the world is evolving and so is the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:25 AM
On his mindset immediately following the injury…
Obviously when it originally happened, it was pretty difficult to take in. With anything, as time has gone past, you just kind of move forward and focus on getting better.

On what it felt like physically and mentally immediately following the injury…
It was pretty sore — I wasn’t quite sure what had happened. I knew when I was lying on the ice that my leg was kind of numb and I couldn’t feel it, and I had something in my head that I thought had happened, and it didn’t happen that way. I think when I went down, the play continued a little bit and I could hear the reaction of Dallas’ bench kind of calling for the refs to stop the play, so I can’t feel my leg and they’re kind of in a little bit of a panic mode on their bench so for a moment there, it was pretty scary not knowing what my leg was looking like, but after the training staff and the doctors came out, I was able to regroup and Zee was able to help me off the ice so it was good. I was able to get off without a stretcher.

On his immediate speculation regarding the nature of the injury…
I originally thought I got slashed but there was no slash on the play and the pain that I felt was actually the femur breaking so I haven’t seen the play. Maybe eventually I’ll take a look. But it was just one of those freak accidents that never happens, and just happened.

On whether he thought he had a bone break immediately following the injury…
To be honest, not really. I think when you kind of look at the video, you automatically think ACL, MCL would be the first thing to kind of go the way I went under and the leg went under myself. But that stayed intact, quad muscle stayed intact… I think the only other thing to kind of give was the femur bone.

On whether there was any underlying cause that precipitated the injury…
I don’t think so. I think I was feeling good for those three seconds before. [Laughs] Just one of those freak things.

On his future in the NHL…
Obviously everything runs through your mind when you get hurt, regardless of what stage in your career or how old you are. I’ve just tried to handle it the way I’ve approached other injuries: I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of me, which I don’t mind, and we’ll see what happens. I can’t predict the future; all I can do is worry about rehabbing and getting my leg to where it needs to be, and feeling good. I’m extremely confident that I’ll get there.

On whether he has communicated with anyone who has suffered a similar injury, such as Bob Beers…
I ran into Beersy [former NHLer Bob Beers] in the elevator but we didn’t get enough time to chat. I actually, my trainer back home is good friends with Kurtis Foster, who back in ’08 broke his. They face timed, and I got some good feedback from Kurtis just on what happened to him, and how he handled it, and how he’s feeling today.

On whether he has considered retirement…
That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I think age is, in my opinion, just a mindset. I felt great coming into camp this year. Great thing about hockey, as someone said: You always feel like you’re 24, even if you’re 19 or you’re 34. I want to continue to play. I love the game, I love being around the guys, the guys have been great, and when you get an injury like this, you realize what a strong community the hockey world is. Lots of people reached out to me and a lot of well wishes, so it was great to see.

On whether he might be able to make a comeback this season…
You always have to have a goal, and that’s one of the goals I have: You’ve just got to keep coming in every day and working hard, and hopefully, the team plays well, we make the playoffs, and we go on a long playoff run, and you guys see me back out there.

On his current involvement with the team…
For sure, I want to be part of it. I don’t want to be in the way, and I don’t want to be a nuisance, by any means, but I definitely want to be around the guys and help the guys. Whatever aspect that is — sitting around and just chatting with guys and having fun in the mornings, or watching the games and just giving a little bit of feedback — I think everyone knows in that locker room that I’m here to help in any capacity.

On how it felt to hear the staff’s and team’s thoughts on his impact following the injury…
Yeah, it’s always nice to hear your teammates speak highly of you, and I think we have a really special group in that locker room, and it was great to get back and see all the guys.

On his rehabilitation…
Every day is better and better. I was seeing the surgeon on Tuesday, I got my staples out and I got to see the X-ray, so he was extremely happy and everything went extremely well with the surgery. It’s just about getting that range of motion. I think everyone was expecting me to be  in a big cast and not being able to move, but times have changed. They want you up and about, and moving around, and try to get that range of motion back and hoping to be back on the bike next week and moving forward.
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