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Running quotes for Game 5 of Bruins vs. Canadiens on 5/10

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, May 10, 2014
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On whether his team has established the way it wants to play against the Canadiens…
I don’t think you can look at tonight and say all of a sudden we found our game. I think we were better tonight, but there’s another game to win and I’m being honest here — we know it’s not going to be easy.

On Boston’s power play goals tonight…
I think our power play was due. After the first period, our power play was just average so we had a little chat and talked about bringing the intensity up there on our power play and winning more battles and making stronger plays. And it gave us obviously those two goals, which were huge for us, but as always and as a normal situation will tell you, you always like to play for the lead, and it was nice for us to have it and be able to hang onto it.

On what his team has done differently on defense for the last two games…
I don’t think — again, defensively, five-on-five we’ve been good. There hasn’t been an issue where we’re giving them goals, and again, tonight, they got two more power play goals. But I think five-on-five, our team’s done a good job.

On the chemistry of the third line with the addition of Matt Fraser…
Like I said before, he’s played with that line so he knows those guys a little bit. But even that last goal, that’s a great play by Matt Fraser. He hangs onto the puck and looks around and has nobody, so he throws it at the net and it was a great rebound there for Loui [Eriksson]. So again, he’s played really well for us. He’s been a strong player and a trustworthy player as well.

On the team’s defense in the last two games…
Again, I think we gave up a lot of those breakaways, and a lot of it was the D’s not being aware of the guys low in the zone. But our guys are better now. Obviously we’ve made that adjustment and it really helps Tuukka [Rask]. It’s important for us to be strong in front of him, and when we aren’t and need the big save, he’s there to give it to us.

On the overall play of the third line…
It’s happened to us in the past — any time we’ve had more than just two lines that can be a scoring threat, it’s really helped, and we know that Soupy’s [Gregory Campbell’s] line still gives us some great scoring chances. They put a lot of pressure and throw a lot of pucks at the net. They do their job extremely well that way, but Carl Soderberg’s line has arguably been our best line so far in this series. They make things happen, so got to give them a lot of credit. It certainly takes a lot of pressure off the other lines.

On whether he feels like his team has rediscovered its identity…
I think everybody who knows and who has followed our team noticed that. I think it was more — we seemed more in control, we seemed to be putting pucks in the right areas, we seemed to be in sync, and I thought we were focused for the whole 60 minutes. It was a great effort on our part, and as I said earlier, there’s a lot tougher times coming and we’ve got to be ready for the next one.

On allegations that P.K. Subban got squirted with water from the Boston bench…
No, I didn’t see that. Again, I’ve heard the same thing about that. I don’t — I certainly don’t support those kind of things, but I didn’t see it so I can’t comment more than that.

On Patrice Bergeron’s line matching up against Max Pacioretty’s line…
Well, [Patrice] Bergeron and his line has been one of the best lines for us this year at playing against other teams’ top lines and doing as great a job as they have been. And I know that I’m not really having a real hard match — there’s times they’re against them, it can be Plekanec — but again, it’s the trust in our lines that everybody can do the job. But Bergeron and his line have been extremely good at that all year long.

On Carl Soderberg’s development…
Well, we knew he was a great player. I think he led the scoring in the league in Sweden there before he came to us, so we knew he had that skill. He just came to us and I think for him last year, when he came to us maybe a little late, he didn’t get much of a chance to play yet and feel his way through. But couple of things you noticed is that he needed to be in better shape, which he did this year — got himself in great shape — and the experience he got throughout the year. Eventually he just kind of found his game, and he’s fitting in extremely well. He’s a big, strong centerman and seems to make great play sand seems to be all over the puck all the time.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the Bruins scoring early and having success on the power play…
… This time in the series our PP [power play] was able to get going and get us some big goals. But yeah, it’s always easier, you know, when you’re play with the lead, for sure, but it’s always a tough thing to do to get that lead. So it was good to see us have that jump and get it here tonight.

On exchanging words with P.K. Subban…
Well it’s just the battle, right? There’s always going to be battles throughout the game, and just the back-and-forth battle there for the puck. That’s all, I’m not making too much about it.

On the Bruins getting the lead early…
Well you know, we talked about how important it was to come out and play to win here tonight. We know how hard it is to play in the Bell Centre and get a win out of the Bell Centre. You know going there down 3-2 is something that’s really tough to get out of. And I think going into Monday night’s game we have to have the same focus like we did here today. We expect nothing less but their best and they’re fighting for their lives, and we’ve got to bring that same sort of mentality.

On how important it was for the Bruins to play physical tonight…
Yeah you know playing physical – it’s the playoffs, right? As it goes on and the series goes on you want to get better, you want to keep being physical and hopefully try to wear guys down. And that’s one of the things that’s huge in a playoff series. And I think we need to remain physical. You know you see them too – they’re not shying away from the physicality. They’re trying to play as physical as we are. So it’s been a fun battle so far in a physicality standpoint, and we need to keep that part of our game up.

On whether the Bruins played with a little more effort and intensity tonight…
Yeah, like I talked about, we knew how important this game was and to get this win. Like I said, going down 3-2 going into the Bell Centre is a real hard thing to come out of. So we talked about having the mindset of going out there and leaving it all out there, and you know playing to win. And we were able to get a good start, and get that first goal, and like I said we were finally able to get our power play going. Like you see, Carey Price if he sees it he’s going to stop it. We haven’t made it with too many direct shots, so it was good that guys were able to get tips in front and stuff like that. So we’re going to need guys going to the net continuously, and hopefully we can keep getting results.

On whether he was relieved when Jarome Iginla score and that their line played better tonight…
Yeah for sure. And you know you look at the first two games and the chances we had and if a couple of those chances go in we’re not talking about us struggling in this series. But you know it was good see one of us – Jarome – getting that third goal there, which ends up being a big goal in the game. The series is far from done right now so we need to regroup and try to bring our best game as a line into Game 6.

On how it feels to have the lead heading back to Montreal…
I mean, we can enjoy this win tonight, but you know once we wake up tomorrow morning we’ve got to turn the page and focus on what we need to do to win that game. It’s just like losing, you know, you want to park it as quick as you can and your focus on that next game. And you always know that the fourth win in a series is the toughest one to get. You know we were in this position three years ago up 3-2 going into Montreal, and you know we didn’t have our best game and dropped that one. So like I said, we know how tough it’s going to be going into the Bell Center with the crowd and with them coming out with their best effort. We’ve just got go there and like I said, have the right mindset in playing our game and trying to execute our game plan.

On how important it was to get those back-to-back power play goals…
Yeah they were huge, especially because we had some opportunities on the power play in the first period and we weren’t really able to get anything out of it. You know our power play has kind of not been working for us in the first four games there and in the first period. So you know to get rewarded with some power play goals right at the start of the second and extend that lead was huge for us. And we never looked back from that.

On whether he made any adjustments that allowed him to break into the offensive zone more…
Just trying to move your feet and be aggressive. And just playing to our strengths, and like I said, moving our feet is a big part of our game, especially on the forecheck. And I think that’s why we were able to get in on the forecheck and turn some pucks over here tonight.

On whether that was something they were focused on coming into this game…
Yeah for sure, you know I felt, especially in Game 3 and Game 4, felt a little sluggish, and not really getting to the puck – chasing the puck more than getting on the puck. So you know getting all that other stuff out of your mind and just focusing on moving your feet and moving your legs, and like I said, getting in on the forecheck hard.

On the Bruins taking away the Canadiens’ scoring chances…
Well yeah I mean, we’ve talked about playing tighter in the defensive zone. And you’ve got to give Tuukka [Rask] a lot of credit for stepping up his game in the last two and playing the way he has, especially in Game 4 without him we don’t win that game. And for us we try not to get frustrated at all in the offensive part of things, and kind of keep working and keep creating those scoring chances. And today luckily they were able to go in, and if we want to keep having success we have to keep trying to outwork the opposition in the O-zone [offensive zone] and keep creating those scoring chances. And when we get them we’ve got to bury them, especially with Price playing so well.

On the message he was trying to send when he was “flexing” on the bench…
I mean, I think it’s self-explanatory. So just one of those battles within the game. And just having some fun within the game. You know, as serious as this game can be sometimes it has to be fun as well. You know he [P.K. Subban] likes to have fun too. So I mean you turn the page and focus on the next game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On what made the difference on the power play tonight…
I thought in the first period, even though we didn’t score, Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] unit went out there and I thought they had some good chances, Carl [Soderberg] moved it comfortably, and Dougie Hamilton there up top.  We didn’t score there but I thought we were just more confident tonight.  It was a big boost when we got that, it’s been a little bit, we all know that, the guys that are on it, we want to come through on the power play and it’s been a little bit.  It was nice; it was a great goal that Smitty [Reilly Smith] scored.  It wasn’t just the goal but it was again how they moved it around and were able to create and then be able to score at the end of the nice plays, that’s a big boost for a power play. At the start of a period was nice and then to be able to get another power play and follow that up, it felt good all the way around.

On how important it was to get the win tonight and keep the momentum heading to Game 6…
Game 4 was a big game, obviously tight, but to be able to get that OT win as a team and try to come home and build on that and use the crowd early.  The crowd was great, the atmosphere, and just try to use that energy early and I thought we did that in the first, and the hits.  I thought for the second too we were able to get that forecheck and that consistent zone time and some big hits and the crowd was right in it.  We needed to use that and we did but we gotta keep going now.

On the vision Torey Krug has to find him on that power play goal…
Yeah it was a great pass.  I was just trying to sneak back and just hope that he would see me and I wasn’t sure but he did and he threw it right on my tape.  It’s a tough play, it was P.K. [Subban], the guy he beat.  He’s [Torey Krug] a special player and he’s a very creative guy.  We’ve been fortunate all year to have the young guys on our PP units, Dougie Hamilton, Krugs [Torey Krug], Smitty [Reilly Smith], it’s pretty impressive composure they have because there was some good pressure there but it felt good, great pass and I was just trying to get it off quick and fortunately it went five hole.

On the team having a killer instinct all year and how important it is to carry it into Game 6…
We definitely do, that’s a goal.  We expect that we are going to have to play our best game yet.  But we also feel like we want to keep building off what we are doing.  Today feels good but that’s a part of the playoffs, it’s literally as soon as we leave the rink it’s done and it’s about preparing for that next game and trying to go in there and we know that they are going to try to use their crowd and we are most likely going to need our best game of the series.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On the rivalry with the Canadiens and P.K. Subban...
It’s a great rivalry. I don’t think they’re trying to stir the pot too much, and neither are we. He’s done a pretty good job so far. Like I said before, we’ve got to look out for him when he’s on the ice.

On going up by three in the second period...
It’s definitely different. We’ve been used to being so it being so tight. Especially for us, we haven’t been up like that. So – but I think that’s more of our type of game. When we get ahead we can really impose our will on them.

On if gaining an early lead boosts the team’s confidence...
Yeah, absolutely. I think we did a pretty good job to come out and start – we had a pretty good start and we were able to get a couple goals there and kind of play our game, chip pucks deep, and impose our will on them.

On Game Six...
It’s going to be awesome. This is the biggest game – the hardest one to win. So, we need to be ready to play.

On if Montreal plays a different style of game when they’re trailing...
I mean, you have to. We play a different game when we’re down and they play a different game when they’re down. They’re trying to score goals and maybe take some chances here and there. I think that’s just how it plays out.

On getting back to playing a simpler style of hockey...
I think as the series goes on you try to tweak one thing here or one thing there. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of tightening up the neutral zone and it makes it easier on us D and getting back on pucks when they’re not coming full speed at us.

On playing with the lead...
I think it’s more of our brand of hockey. Rather than – we’ve been chasing the whole series; we get down one here, down two there. It changes our game a lot. So, I think you saw more of what our game is today.

On riding the momentum of the win to Game Six...
It’s going to come quick. We just need to be ready to play. It’s probably the hardest one to win, so we’re excited about it though.

On how the team builds off of their momentum from tonight...
 I think we’ll be happy with this one until about midnight, then kind of turn the page tomorrow, look at some stuff, and kind of carry that momentum into Game Six.

On not over-analyzing the upcoming game...
No, no. We’re not going to over analyze too much at this point. We know what they’re doing, they know what we’re doing. We just need to bring our game again.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On having fresh ice for a power play…
It helps a lot. The puck was bouncing a ton tonight. So when we had it late in the periods it was tough because it was bouncing and you couldn’t make too many flat passes. And I think they were struggling the same thing, so it was good getting one at the start of the period with some fresh ice and I think we capitalized pretty good, having two back to back.

On if the team was concerned that they did so well in the power play during the first round and less so in this round…
Not really, we got a little bit away from the things that brought success early in the year. I mean, in the first series it seemed like everything was going in, so we maybe took it for granted maybe a little bit, but it was good to get back to it tonight. I think we stuck to it, we tried to slow things down, get our pace back. And their penalty kill was outworking us for the first period, so it was good to get back and take control.

On having quick back-to-back goals…
It was great, you know we haven’t taken too many leads this series, so it was good to have that three-nothing lead, have that cushion underneath us, because that comfort level definitely hasn’t been there this series.

On if it felt strange having the lead early…
It’s good. Hopefully we use that momentum and we build on it, because it’s a lot nicer having that couple goal lead instead of always trailing and trying to battle back.

On how it will be important having a 3-2 lead going into game six….
It will be important. It was a tough building to play in, it’s going to be tough to steal those two points, but we’re going there to get them and we don’t want to come back here, not to play another game. Hopefully get some rest.

On if it is physically less taxing to play with lead…
Might be a little bit mentally, a little bit less taxing. It’s tough, you put a lot of pressure on yourself to try to get those goals back, and if they’re not going in it’s pretty tough mentally. Physically it doesn’t change too much because you’re battling to get the puck out just as hard as you’re trying to get the puck in.

On if he feels the power play is struggling less because of the options to use players in different ways as compared to other years…
I think it does a little bit. And I think our two units, they’re so different. So it’s tougher [for] teams to be able to key in on certain plays and certain players because the looks are so different it’s tough for them to adjust.

On how important it is that his line had possession in much of this series…
It’s good because, you know, if you have the puck they’re not going to have it and they’re not going to be able to create too many offensive opportunities. I think we’ve done a pretty good job keeping the puck down low and limiting their offense.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On how good it felt to get the first goal and to play with the lead…
We are pretty good team to play with a lead and they are two. So I think in four of five games, the first goal scorers have won the game. It’s always important, especially in the second and third.

On what he can take away from the guys who went through the playoffs in 2011…
There are a lot of experienced guys on this team and I followed this team last season and we had a good run that year too. We know how to play playoff hockey but Montreal is pretty good too. So it’s going to be tough, the last two games.

On his lines match up and being productive…
Yeah, I play with whoever Coach [Julien] wants to play with me. But right now since Fras [Matt Fraser] came in and he scored the game winner last game and it seems like he is fitting in pretty well with our line. Loui [Eriksson] and I, I think we have played good the whole playoffs but we haven’t scored so it is a good both of us scored today.

On if it took some time to get accustomed to his line mates…
Yeah, it always takes – with [Chris] Kelly we had before, it took like 10 games, 15 games to get the chemistry together but then it was all set. Loui [Eriksson] and I had that chemistry for a long time and now we have changed the third guy in our line and, I don’t know. It seems like Fras [Matt Fraser] is a pretty good option there.

On how he thinks Matt Fraser is fitting in with the chemistry him and Loui Eriksson already have…
Like I said, he’s a goal scorer for sure. We didn’t score last game, he came in and scored for us. He got us going too and today it was me and Loui’s [Eriksson] turn.

On if he is playing his best hockey right now and if he is peaking right now…
I don’t believe in peaks. I think hard work every game, that creates peaks. I don’t know, I’ve been pretty good right now but I think I can play on this level the whole time.

On how it feels to wear the player of the game jacket…
It means a lot to me.  It means that you, obviously, helped the team win and this jacket, it means a lot to the team. It’s always – that’s what we are, we are a really deep team and we have a lot of guys who are able to be game – important players in a game and can help the team win. Hopefully I can give this jacket away next game.

On what he pictured his time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs would be like…
I didn’t really think about it. When I came here, I wanted to first get a spot on this team and you don’t want to think too much. You just want to work as hard as you can and help the team.

On if the team has figured out how to manage Montreal and play a full 60 minutes…
I think so. I think this game and the game in Montreal were our best games. But I don’t know if we know how to manage them yet. They area a really good team and it is going to be really tough for us to win the next one.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MATT FRASER
On having a solid team effort from start to finish…
Yeah, I think everyone played well. Everyone going in knew that we needed to up our game a little bit and I think we came out with a great effort.

On seeing his line producing…
You just kind of roll with it and it’s amazing what a little confidence can do with a line, and they’re fun guys to play with. They work well with the puck, and I just try and kind of read off them and find the open areas.

On what it is about his line that clicks so well…
I don’t know. I mean, yeah I think we’re three hard working guys and not only us, but this whole team. This is a hard working team, and I think you’ve got to pride yourself on your work ethic, especially in the playoffs because, it’s cliché, but it’s a game of inches. They still count. It doesn’t matter if they’re going off your butt or your knee, or, you know, it’s a nice goal, so we’ll take them.

On “clicking” so quickly with his linemates…
I’m not sure. Everyone in this dressing room is so talented. It’s hard not to click. Everyone is so good. Everyone, that’s obviously why they’re in the NHL. As a guy being inserted in a line you just want to make that transition easy for them and find the open areas.

On whether he wanted to take a shot on Loui Eriksson’s goal…
Yeah, I think you just want to get it in and you want to get it deep. The biggest thing crossing my mind was just don’t turn the puck over and have them with an odd man rush. Loui made a great play going to the net, and he had great patience there, and I wanted us just getting the puck on net, just always getting deep.

On feeling comfortable playing with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson…
Yeah, I think as a line you can always be better and always want to be better. Anytime you get satisfied is when you get stale I think, and it’s again, like it’s fun playing with those guys. They work well with each other, and I’m doing my best to try and complement them.

On how he thinks his line got on the right page right away…
You know what, they’ve both helped me out a lot. They’ve both talked to me, and that’s such a big difference from, something I’ve noticed from the American League to the NHL is everyone’s talking to you. Everyone’s letting you know how much time you have, and that makes such a world of a difference to, you get that split second to make the right play rather than kind of shoveling it up the boards.

On whether he has tried to convince his teammates to eat some frozen yogurt…
No, I haven’t tried to convince any of that yet [laughing]. I didn’t even do it last game, so I mean it’s kind of, I don’t know, I guess you just, you try and stay away from the superstitions, but I guess it’s kind of turned into a little bit of a running joke now, but maybe, maybe next time.

On how different this game was because of the lead early in the second period…
Yeah, well obviously you want to be up, but it allows us to push even harder and not be sitting back on our toes and I think in the first couple games you kind of get behind the eight ball and all of a sudden you’re watching the clock and after the second period we wanted to, we had the lead but we wanted to continue pushing forward and not sit back and protect it. Anytime I think you have that mentality it’s, you still want to score goals.

On what went right for the team on the first goal…
I think this is just a hard working play. Like Carl [Soderberg] made a great play, like a strong play off the draw, and the puck popped there and it was pretty easy for me to get it back to the defensemen, and actually Chris Kelly this morning told us to bring it out the weak side, and so he came up to me after the game and was laughing and told me, “You should be the coach now.” But no, I mean, Loui made a great play to Carl and Carl made a great shot, and again, those guys work so well with each other. You just, you feed off them and just try and stay out of the way.

On what is going so well for Carl Soderberg…
I think just confidence. I think confidence goes so far in this league and you know, when you’re playing with confidence you’re making the right plays. You’re making the strong plays, and even I think the puck follows you a little bit more, but with that, like hard work. These guys, everyone in this room, works hard and everyone in this room brings their hard hat every day.

On creating plays and his line’s overall success…
Again, it just boils down to confidence, and you get one and the wheels start turning and then the next line goes out and they’re hard working, so it’s, that’s why there’s four lines. Everyone kind of works off each other and everyone, you use your linemates to kind of create what you can.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On winning Game 4 in Montreal…
It was 0-0 for the whole game. I mean nobody made too many mistakes and it was a lucky bounce and we had to play that way, because we didn’t want to come back obviously 3-1 to Boston instead now we are going to Montreal 3-2.

On how they feel their chances are of winning the series being up 3-2…
They’re better chances, but you can’t count them out.  We’ve been in situations before and we might of taken a team lightly, but you can never take this team lightly because they are a great team and you have to respect them.

On how the importance of limiting chances for Montreal was reflected in tonight’s game…
I mean we just played the way we should be playing.  Before we were trying to do things that were uncharacteristic and we knew that.  We have to play our game in order for us to succeed or have a chance to win.

On how confident they are in this team and Tuukka Rask…
Well I mean he’s up for the Vezina Trophy so I mean you have to have confidence in your goalie if he’s up for that award.  There are lots of good goaltenders in this league, we’re facing one and we just have to keep going.

On the simplicity of their game…
Well I mean that’s our game.  Yeah I mean once we start trying to do things that we’re not used to doing it usually turns out bad.  We know that and whenever we did today or any game it turns out bad and if we minimize those we have a better chance of winning.

On Milan Lucic’s work on the forecheck and its impact defensively…
Well it’s just not him it has to be everybody for us to succeed.  You know it really gives us a chance if he goes hard.  They usually don’t have a chance because he’s a big body to get by.  He turns pucks over for us and has a better chance at scoring.

On the necessity of Lucic’s forechecking for that line’s success…
He has to and he knows that.  He showed it all year and when we’re successful I think everybody’s going, not just that line, it’s everybody that has to be going.

On how important it is to win in Montreal Monday…
I mean it’s basically a must win game.  I mean you can’t sugarcoat it – it’s going to be a tough game.  We have to battle hard and they’re a great team.  We have to be prepared for everything.  They’re going to be putting everything on the line and we shouldn’t be expecting anything less because they are a good team and we better be prepared.

On if the confidence from Game 4 carried over tonight…
No – well I mean we played well, but you just have to take it one game at a time, because it’s a new day and anything can happen at any given moment and you have to take momentum and try to get it right off the bat.  We have to keep going like that – you can’t give them a chance to get into it and build momentum for them.  They’re a good team and if you give them a chance they are going to burn you.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the Bruins scoring two power play goals…
Yeah, we were able capitalize on our power play opportunities. You know it’s nice to see that we were creating some quality chances and were able to capitalize on that. It’s always big to have strong specialty teams.

On whether he thought this was a better 60-minute effort…
I think so. I think it was close to that. Even when we have to keep working on other things that we need to be better at.

On whether the Canadiens play differently when the Bruins have the lead…
I don’t know. I just try to focus on how we play.

On whether the Bruins had more space once they took the lead…
I’m not sure. I just noticed that we were moving our feet better, and moving the puck as well. So those two usually when we do well we do good things.

On whether the Bruins made an effort to be more physical tonight…
I think that every game is physical, it’s just a matter of maybe the last few games there were not as many penalties called. Tonight we saw in the first [period] there were a lot of special teams involved, but then after the first the game kind of settled down.

On whether it’s less mentally taxing to play with a lead versus chasing it…
It’s always better to play with a lead than kind of chasing the goals. It’s always easier that way.

On whether it physically feels different to play with a lead versus chasing it…
I think that after every game you feel pretty like you left it out there. I think everybody works really hard in the playoffs, I think everybody is leaving everything out on the ice. I think that what really matters are the wins and losses.

On what the Bruins did differently to get off to a good start…
We were just more focused on that. Trying to really focus on our 60-game effort. But obviously you can’t play 60 minutes in the first 20 so our focus was on playing a really strong first 20 minutes.

On the Bruins having faith that their power play would pay off…
We certainly tried to work really hard at it. You know create something. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to score on every power play opportunity. But you want to make sure that you create some kind of momentum or create some good chances. I think maybe the difference was we were able to score on those.

On the message in the locker room heading into the third period…
I’m not telling you what was the message.

On how it looked like the Bruins played with more composure in both zones tonight, and whether it felt that way on the ice…
Well I think that you want to have composure and control the puck and the plays that you make on the ice. You don’t want to be just throwing pucks away or making some risky plays or blind passes. You want to keep making strong plays. And that way you know it’s always better for this team to play under that kind of a structure than the other way.

On the whether the Bruins are focusing more on being a defensive team that can score…
Well I can only speak for our team, and it’s always been the case that we want to play strong defensively. And from that you can always create some chances and play offensively.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On the power play opportunities made a difference in tonight’s game...
Yeah, for sure. I thought we had good timing there with it. We got a break there and coming out with fresh ice – we made some great plays there. So, it was definitely nice to get that going.

On how Matt Fraser has fit into his line...
We’re playing really good. We’re playing smart and simple and making good plays and we’re getting some really good chances out there. So, it definitely feels good. We have to keep doing that.

On if the team was due for a big win...
I thought in the game the other night we played really well, too. It was nice that we kept going in this game and I thought we played a really good game. So, it was definitely nice.

On what it’s like to play with a lead rather than chase from behind...
It’s definitely easier. It’s always nice to get that first one and I thought we did a pretty good job. It’s definitely nice to get those two power play goals there, too, and get the lead within 3 to nothing. So, it was a good game.

On needing only one more win to secure the series...
It’s definitely – I thought we’ve been battling really good here and we were down 2-1 and now we’re up 3-2. So, it’s definitely a much better feeling. But still, we know it’s going to be a tough game, the next game here. So we have to be ready and focus for that.

On his assist on Carl Soderberg’s goal...
I thought he came in [and] was in a good spot there and I was just trying to throw it in there for him and he made a good shot and it was nice to see that go in. He needed that one. He got some good chances before.

On how his line is playing...
It’s definitely a nice feeling. I thought we, like I said, we played good the other day too and we just kept going there. So, it’s definitely a nice feeling to have that.

On the first goal of the game...
We won the faceoff pretty good there, and I saw he put it behind the net and I got it pretty good there. We got some room to make a play so it was nice to see that Carl [Soderberg] get that one and he scored on one.

On getting more time in the offensive zone...
Well, if we play a smart way and have that cycle going we can get some room. I thought we did that as a line and even other lines did that today. So, it’s definitely something that we need to do.

On his individual play...
I feel good. It’s really fun to play these games – it’s what you’ve been waiting for. So, it’s definitely nice to be here and playing on this team and we have a really good team here, so it’s nice.

On Carl Soderberg’s play...
Yeah, he is. He’s a big body out there – skating real well and making some plays out there. So, [he’s] definitely a really good guy to have on the team. He can make big moments [and] plays out there. He played a great game today.

On how Soderberg compares to other centers he’s played with...
He’s smart. He ‘s playing with confidence and he likes to go to the net a lot and put the puck there. You just need to read it well and I think we’re doing it right now.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On today’s game …
Did everything we wanted to. Good start. Kept pushing, kept pushing, got the power play goal. Never looked back, so it was a great effort from everybody.

On his teammates sticking up for him…
Yeah, I think every hockey team expects that. We’re a tight group and we stick [up] for each other. If something happens, we do it. But nothing serious.
 
On Montreal having few scoring chances…
Yeah, I think we’ve been really solid defensively throughout the series. They’ve had some chances, but nothing too crazy and I think the consistency for us has got to be there every game.

More on Montreal having few chances to score…
When you get burned a couple of times you, obviously you have to learn from your mistakes and I think we did. Today they were down by a couple of goals and obviously they tried to stretch that guy out there again and we were awake and alert, and that’s good to see.

On going from chasing this series to being in the lead…
Yeah, we’re a pretty good team when we have the lead. If it’s a three goal lead or two goal lead we try to play the same way, and I I think today was a pretty good example of that. We never sat back we just kept going and playing our system. It gives you that little bit of breathing room when you have a lead, for sure.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On if the Canadiens lost their focus in the middle of tonight’s game…
Well they [Boston] capitalized on their power play, and then you give them momentum.

On if Montreal was frustrated tonight…
Frustration or not, we’ve got to make sure we play with some more composure.

On if the Canadiens let the Bruins get under their skin too much…
I don’t think so.

On P.K. Subban saying he was sprayed by water from the Bruins’ bench…
Yeah, we saw that. I don’t want to comment on that.

On rating the performance of his team tonight…
I thought we were intense when we started the game, but their power play gave them a lot of momentum and confidence. That’s the way I see it.

On when he told Brandon Prust that he was playing and Danny Briere that he was sitting…
I told him [Prust] last night. I had a conversation with Danny this morning.

On Montreal’s power play and if something needs to change…
We scored two power play goals today. We have to be better five-on-five.

On if he might split up Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais…
No.

MONTREAL CANADIENS DEFENSEMAN P.K. SUBBAN
On today’s game…
You have to give them credit. They came out ready to play, they executed. Most importantly they capitalized on their scoring chances. We had a couple power plays earlier in the game and we have to bury those, so it doesn’t matter who it is or who is shooting we have to find a way to get the puck in the net. I strongly believe that if were able to have gotten a goal on one of those first power plays it could have been the difference in the game.

On what happened between Subban, Lucic and Thornton…
Oh nothing. [Milan] Lucic is a great player. He is big, we were at that point where we were down 3-0, just trying to find everything that I can to try – maybe go into him and taking a penalty or something. He’s a pretty smart player. He has been around awhile so he really didn’t fall into that, just trying to battle him. With Thorty [Shawn Thornton], I don’t know if it was him, but someone had squirted water twice at the end of the game in my visor and I couldn’t even see for a minute and a half. I was pretty upset about that, but that is part of the game.

On the water squirt incident in the third period…
I don’t know if it is part of the game. I am sure if that was me that did it, it would be a different story. It would probably be on the news for the next three days. I don’t expect that to be a story but listen, whatever it takes to win.

On continued questions about the water squirting incident…
I got hit in the visor twice with water. I don’t know who it was. I mean listen, I don’t need you guys to make it a big deal out of it. It is one of those irritating things when you down 4-2. Listen, they beat us. That’s not the reason why we lost. It’s just one of those things that frustrates you even more towards the end of the game. I don’t want to take away anything from their team. They played well today, they executed. We have to be better. Now it’s do or die for us going back home. We have played well in our barn all year and in this playoffs so we have to execute.

On Montreal’s chances of winning the series after today’s game…
What do I think about our chances? I always feel strongly about our chances.

On the water incident coming from the bench…
You know what, maybe it didn’t. Maybe it was [NBC’s] Pierre [McGuire]. Maybe it was someone else in between the benches. I don’t know who it was. Listen, it’s not going to be bulletin board material in our room.  You guys can talk about it.

On Subban putting the water incident behind him …
Exactly, I don’t know if it was him or who it was. It probably doesn’t even need to be a topic of conversation. We are facing elimination here. We are not going to focus on that moving forward.


On the Bruin’s power play…
I thought that they kept it simple. They moved the puck around. They had pucks on net. They created opportunities. I thought that we created opportunities, too.  We just didn’t finish. You have to finish when you get the chances, especially against a team like this and we didn’t.

On facing the Marchand, Bergeron and Smith line…
It’s just like anyone else, time and space, just take it away.

On the offense five-on-five play tonight…
Like I said, it’s playoff hockey. You have to win your one-on-one battles and you have to get to the net. They are a though team. There’s a reason why they have been the best team pretty much all year. I am pretty sure they won the President’s Trophy this year. They know how to play five-on-five. I think that we just have to make it tougher on them. Maybe getting them to the net, making it tough on their forwards and the D’s on. Not letting them cycle on us, simple things like execution.

On the team’s character going into Game 6…
We got it in here. We have enough here. We just have to bring it facing elimination. I still think that we are in a good spot. We are going back home. That’s the barn, it’s going to be loud.  It’s going to be full of energy. We are going to be ready to play, that’s for sure. This one stings a little bit. We had an opportunity to take a strangle-hold on the series and we didn’t. We have to give them credit. At the same token, my experiences in the playoffs when we have had success facing elimination…it’s fun hockey and you know we are going to bring our ‘A’ game next game, that’s for sure.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On if the Canadiens were just not themselves tonight…
Yeah for sure.  We couldn’t really establish much right from the get go, we were chasing the puck, we didn’t transition very well.  They brought the play to us for most of the game.

On if he has any explanation as to where it went wrong…
No we’ll go back and see what we can change and make an adjustment but by no means is this series over.

On if the team just wasn’t assertive enough tonight…
Well we just couldn’t establish it.  It was one of those games where we were just on the wrong side of the puck all night.  We weren’t moving the puck quick enough against their speed.

On what the biggest thing is that the team needs to do to regroup for Game 6…
Nothing.  We’ll look at the tape and see what adjustments can be made but we feel like we have a good chance when we are playing our game against this team.  We’ll get back home and play pretty desperate.

On putting this game behind them…
You have to put it behind you like any other game in the playoffs.  You have to have a short memory and make sure that you can turn it around.  Use tomorrow as a learning day and then be excited come Monday.

On if the team had a slow start to the game …
It was just the way the game was going.  We weren’t able to establish much.  Our transition game wasn’t there; we weren’t moving it out quick enough. When we are doing that it allows them to set up in their trap and they took advantage of us tonight.

On there being more power play opportunities tonight compared to the last two games…
Yeah that’s part of the playoffs, you have to win that battle and unfortunately tonight we didn’t do it.  They scored two power play goals on us early in the second and we have to do a better job of locking it down.

On if there are any positives heading into Game 6…
We got to put that one behind us; it wasn’t our best game of the series.  For the most part we have been able to carry the play and we have felt confident against this team all series.  So Monday will be a nice time, we’ll regroup tomorrow and we’ll be ready come Monday.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER CAREY PRICE
On if he thinks the Canadiens can bounce back from tonight’s loss…
Yeah absolutely. I thought at times tonight, we played very well. They capitalized on a couple opportunities right at the start of the second period, and that was a tough hole to dig out of. We’re going to stay positive. The series is not over yet. We’re going home, and we’re going to bring our absolute best.

On what’s important for the Habs to do between now and Game Six…
It’s going to be desperation mode. I think we’ve got enough guys in here that realize the type of situation we’re in, and I think we’re really excited to get another opportunity to get a win.

On if he was surprised that there wasn’t a bigger push back from Montreal earlier in the game…
Well they’re a tight defensive team. We didn’t quite generate as much as we wanted to, I don’t think, and like I said, towards the end of the game, we made a late push. We just came up a little bit short.

On if the Canadiens weren’t as assertive as they would like to be…
We’re definitely going to have to get more traffic in front of Tuukka [Rask]. We’re going to have to get to the net. Those are two things that we’re going to have to do this next game in order to penetrate that defense. Like I said, they’re a tight defensive group, and we’re going to have to find a way to crack it.

On if Carl Söderberg’s goal hit him on the way in…
Yeah, yeah it did. It hit the top of my pad.

On looking ahead to Game Six…
Our backs are against the wall, and I think a lot of guys are excited at the opportunity to get home and even the series.

On how facing elimination impacts Montreal’s game…
Well, you back any animal into a corner, it’s going to be desperate. I think we’re going to be a desperate hockey club coming into next game, and I think we’re excited for the challenge.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On if the Game 4 checking style of play was an intention or if that is how it evolved…
It’s how it evolved. I think both teams know the importance of being good defensively. We have good goaltending on both ends so the defensive part may have taken over last game. But at the same time, there has been some scoring chances but both goaltenders have come up big so far.

On the job the coaching staff in Providence does giving players confidence…
Well I think they’ve done a great job in Providence, the coaching staff there. The one thing that has been impressive is that the guys who have come up have just fit in seamlessly in to our team. I think the good part about that is that both Butch [Bruce Cassidy] and his coaching staff and our coaching staff here seem to be agreeing on the way that we need to play so there is a lot of similarities. They’re not forced to play the same way but they believe in the same kind of things we do so it makes it a lot easier for players to come up and just think about playing the game versus trying to do something different than what they have been doing the whole time. So I give a lot of credit to those guys, they’ve done a wonderful job with the young players and a lot of times those things go unnoticed but certainly not here. They deserve a lot of credit for the success that we’ve had in sending players to fill in those holes.

On if there not being many penalties assists the team because of their physical style of play…
I don’t know, I mean, this series here might be a little different. We haven’t scored on a power play yet, we hit a cross bar last game, we hit a post at some point, you have to look at all those different things. But we haven’t scored, their power play has been good, so maybe people seem to think the advantage is to them if there are more special team things. But overall, our special teams were fairly good this year. It just happens to be, as I mentioned, in the playoffs it’s so important to be disciplined and both teams are trying to be disciplined. You can say what you want, I have no complaints about the refereeing. In this series, I think they’ve done a wonderful job of letting both teams play. So at the end of the night, for the most part, the better team has won.

On what he is doing right in terms of Max Pacioretty not scoring…
I don’t know. I can’t – again, that is their issue as far as I’m concerned. Our game plan is not about individuals, it’s about our team and how we need to play so I can’t answer that question for you.

On if putting Dan Paille back with the fourth line organizes the team better…
Well, just those three together, they’ve been together forever so there is obviously chemistry there. There’s better knowledge of each other so that’s certainly a plus. That’s just, I guess, a natural thing as far as that line is concerned. There’s no doubt when Dan [Paille] is on that line they are a better line.

On what goes in to the decision to play Matt Bartkowski or Andrej Meszaros…
Not much I can say here. It’s just coaching decisions, you’ve heard me say that before. There’s not always a rhyme or reason.

On if there is something good about the same guy being in there for several games in a row…
So far, it hasn’t made a difference. You want your players to be ready to play any time they are called upon. That’s what playoff hockey is all about.

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