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Running Quotes for Game 5 of Bruins vs. Red Wings on 4/26

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, April 26, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the play of special teams…
Obviously the power play has helped us a lot through this series and it certainly makes it a lot easier. We’ve won before without having a successful power play, but when you’ve got that arsenal, it certainly makes it a lot easier. Our penalty kill’s been great since the beginning of the playoffs and we need to continue to be a strong in both those areas, and we were.

On his game plan to take away Detroit’s speed…
Our team is a pretty good skating team. I know we’ve said that all along, and for us, it was about not being intimidated by what was said or their so-called speed. We knew we could sake with them but the biggest thing was we had to close on those guys quickly, and in all areas. So when we got pucks in deep first game — we were doing a lot of rims and they were coming out too easily, so we got to chipping, soft chips, and laying in corners there where were able to get there quickly. And because of that, we were able to create some turnovers, but we also had our third man high on a lot of occasions because of their stretch pass. And once they got that stretch pass, the stretch pass itself wasn’t an issue. It was always about the second wave coming, so by having another D and another forward high, we kind of took away that speed that they wanted through the neutral zone. So those kind of things worked well for us, and for most of the time. I thought defensively, we just played our game defensively. Our guys were committed to getting in the shooting lanes. We did a great job clearing pucks in front of our net, but at the same time, our goaltender was great from start to finish.

On having to kill seven penalties…
Yeah, you certainly don’t like to see that. First of all, like I said, it wears out the same guys. Those are things that we try to stay away from in the playoffs — penalties — and I thought it was one of those games tonight where it was a lot of penalties called. Obviously, seven and six —13 calls tonight, so it was very uncharacteristic, if you compare it to the other games.

On his respect for Detroit…
Well, you do because No. 1, I thought we played really well in this series, and we had to play really well to beat this team, so our team — I don’t think we had a real soft game. That first game was kind of back and forth and could have gone either way, but no matter what, the score was — in all the games, we really had to earn our wins and we felt that way. Probably the toughest was the one we had to come back from in that second game in Detroit, or Game 4 for that matter. But they’re a good team. With [Henrik] Zetterberg back, and [Pavel] Datsyuk, and they had Alfredsson, so they started getting some bodies back — guys that had chemistry together. And you saw it on their power play, how dangerous they became with those guys back in their lineup. So I think it was important for us to end this and not prolong it. But not only do they have some good veterans player on their team, but they also have some good young players who no doubt grew, just like our young players have in the past through playoff experience like that. It’s something you can’t buy, so there’s a lot of teams right now that would love to give their young players that opportunity, and Detroit had that, and I’m sure they’re going to be a better group and better players on the road because they had that opportunity to play. We play a heavy game, so probably good on their end there to see how playoffs are played. So there’s no doubt there’s a lot of positives that Detroit can take out of this series.

On the performance of Milan Lucic in Games 4 and 5…
Well, I think just what you said — he just started playing. Sometimes you’re worried about making mistakes. You’re trying to do the right things in overtime, and when you overthink, you’re hesitating. You’re a little slow reacting. So I’ve said that often, between periods or even behind the bench, let’s just play. We all know how to play. We all know what our system is all about. So sometimes you just got to go out there and just skate and make things happen, and it helps. Certainly in Milan [Lucic]’s case, when he’s not overthinking, his skating really picks up.

On avoiding going to Game 6…
I think the thing is — and that’s your job. You guys have to create stories, and I think a lot of it was to recreate last year’s meltdown, whatever you want to call it, from a 3-1 lead against Toronto. But as I said before, the game — we don’t live in the past. We don’t live in the future. We live in the present. And we had a 3-0 lead and we blew it against Philadelphia. So last time we had a 3-0 lead, that has to be brought up, and that’s fine. That’s what you guys are paid to do. From our end, we don’t look at it the same way. We just go at it one year at a time, one year at a time, one series at a time. None of that stuff crept into our heads today. We just knew that if anything, you learn from those experiences and you don’t want it to be repeated. So you just go out there and just play. But same with the streak we had this year — everybody talked about it. We never talked about it in the room. So we never talked about the last year’s series against Toronto. All we were focused on was doing the job today and preventing us from taking another trip to Detroit.

On the importance of building a 3-1 lead after Detroit tied the game…
It was getting tight. A lot of penalties, and again, when you’re killing a lot of penalties, you’re losing some momentum, and they picked up a lot of momentum there at a certain stage of the game. And when you score those kind of goals — obviously Zdeno [Chara]’s kind of gave us the life back, or the momentum back, that we needed because they had just gotten it from us. By that time in the game, you could see that they had a sense of believing, so we had to right away get that next goal and get ourselves back on top of that game. And then Looch [Milan Lucic] has done a great job. He’s scored some goals, and where it’s impressive is that most guys would skate by the net. He stops, and if there’s a puck there, he’s on top of it. So he’s scored a lot of goals by getting a good net drive and stopping in front and making sure he pounds those in. But those are big goals. So we got a two-goal lead, they score one, there’s no panic. So I thought our guys handled it well.

On how emotional the next series against the Canadiens is going to be…
Well, I don’t mean to crush your question but we’re so far away from thinking about that right now. We will enjoy the win today, the series win. We’ll kind of regroup and maybe next time I talk to you I’ll be able to answer that question.

On what the younger guys can take out of being in the room with guys who have competed for the Cup…
I think, when you look at Loui [Eriksson] you think, what are we getting from Loui, and we’re getting a lot. If you look at tonight’s game, he was a really good player for us and I think Loui just wants to be part of it. He’s a smart player, he has a great stick and that is one of the things I thought our guys did great in this series, we had good sticks, we turned pucks over and Loui is one of the best at that. I don’t know that Loui has to learn a lot form guys who have won, he just wants to be a part of it. He will fit in no problem, he just has to compete and play the way he has.

On the play making of the team…
Well, the first game is always about two teams feeling themselves out. Then the thing that happens after the first game is you go right back to the video and both teams look at each other’s team and they try and dissect and say, okay this is what we can do here to create more offense. And that is what we did, every game we just kind of watched our game over again. And the next day with the players we kind of minimized some clips here and just kind of give them an idea of what was available and all we had to be watchful for and that kind of stuff. So those are adjustments you make along the way but we had a lot of chances but we also had a lot of missed opportunities. You saw that again today, we talked about Marchy [Brad Marchand] in Detroit but we had some really good opportunities too that we could have capitalized on. So this is an area that you can grow in as well.

On influential was the start to the game…
The way – this was just something that we had talked about. We had to – and that’s why you see a guy like – Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line starting most of the game. They just – they always get off to decent starts and it starts with Bergy winning face-offs. That line just seems ready to go all the time and that sets the stage and it is important for – we had talked about every line to go out there and the first couple of shifts, having some really good shifts so that we can set the tone for the game. Again, the biggest thing or our team was the pace of our game throughout the whole series. Today had to be the same, we had to have a good pace to our game and that way, you could see the skating was the big difference from one team to the other. It was the pace of the game that as important and we were able to sustain a good pace.

On if he went in to this series with a concern about the team…
Not really, I think, the only thing was the fact that before the series started we had the flu bug going around and we were missing seven guys one day. You kind of looking at the days go by and you're wondering how much time you will have to prepare your team for this series. But I don’t think I was worried about what we had personnel wise, I was worried about what we had health wise. 

On Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug jumping up to make plays but not getting caught up ice…
Well that’s what they learn throughout the season. There are times when they did get caught and I get a lot of clips of that if you want. But that’s how they learn, you have to teach along the way. Because they were allowed to do that, sometimes you learn from your mistakes and get better. So every day these guys spend time looking at their shifts and we spend time teaching them the right time to go and not to stay in there too long and when to come back out. So they’re young players who are getting better all the time, they have learned. So that is to their credit.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On bring in the playoffs for the first time…
Yeah, it was definitely a nice feeling to score a goal and get the win for sure. I thought they did a good job, they are a tough team to play against but we managed it good and got the four wins. Now we’re going to play against Montreal and it is going to be good.

On what it feels like to get that win over some teammates from Team Sweden…
For sure, it was a good feeling. I know them a lot, I played with them, they are great players but our team was better this series and I thought we did a good job playing against them. It was definitely nice after this game to say hello.

On what he can get from being in the locker room with guys who have competed from the Cup…
It’s definitely – we have a lot of experience on this team so it’s a little bit easier for the guys who haven’t been in that situation a lot. So they definitely help you and you can see how professional they are all the time and we have great leaders on this team so they do a good job there.

On why the Bruins were so effective at taking away Detroit’s speed…
Yeah, I thought we managed it pretty good. We were pretty good skating team as well and if we played really good and tight on them and not give them too much space out there we should have a good chance. I thought we did that and we got the puck down deep and we got the chances. So I thought we did a good job there.

On the jacket he is wearing…
Yeah, they’re giving it out after every game so I got it from [Jarome] Iginla today so it was a pretty cool feeling to get it from him. So I’m just happy with the win.

On the amount of guys who were able to step up…
For sure, that’s why it has been so great the whole year. The whole team has been unbelievable and it’s pretty good to see that. Justin coming up and hasn’t played that many games and he’s been doing a good job there with me and Carl [Soderberg] and even some other guys too. So it’s nice to see that and I think everyone is comfortable.

On his thoughts about his first Bruins-Canadiens series…
It will definitely be fun. It is going to be tough, they are a good team and they won all their four games there. So I just hope to get some rest here and try to after we can start focusing on that but it is definitely going to be a tough challenge.

On if his “hate level” is where it needs to be…
I don’t know about that. But it’s all about winning so it’s going to be fun.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what the team talked about heading into Game 5…
I think they’re definitely a team that has great speed but also great offensive skills. They play deep, so I thought it was really to stay focused, we played our game and not getting caught playing the run ’n’ gun type of game that I think they like to play.

On the importance of getting an early lead in today’s game…
I think it was really important to start right away and be really strong and playing our game and getting the fans into and getting the momentum right away. I thought we’ve done a good job of that. But also on the power play, bearing down and scoring that big goal I thought gave us the energy that we needed.

On closing the series at home in Game 5…
Yeah, it’s huge. They’re a team that’s got lots of character so we knew that we had to really step on them today and really have a huge effort. That was a talk about making sure that we were not going back over there and putting everything on the line this afternoon.

On facing the Montreal Canadiens in the next round…
Again, it’s always great to play these guys. Detroit was definitely a great challenge. Same thing with Montreal, I think. They’re a great team. They’re a team that definitely is playing some great hockey right now. They played well against Tampa. It’s going to be a good challenge again for us. And like you said, there’s lots of history behind both teams so it’s going to be fun to be part of it.

On familiarity with Montreal…
It’s definitely a team that we’ve seen a lot in the last few years. We know what they got, they know what we got, so it’s always a huge battle against them. We’re expecting a tough and long series and we definitely got to approach it the same way we did against Detroit, which is one game at a time. Right now, we got to get a little bit of rest and make sure we look at some videos and the coaches are going to do a good job to make sure we’re ready for them.

On Zdeno Chara’s goal at the end of the second period…
It was a big goal, especially late in that second period. They got some life late in that second and I thought scoring that big goal there was definitely a big momentum booster and that’s what we needed. It was late in the period, like I said, but also a quick play and a great shot by him. He’s definitely a huge leader and he stepped up and scored a big goal for us.

On Dougie Hamilton’s confidence growing…
He’s done a great job. He’s playing some great hockey right now. He’s such a terrific talent and his hockey IQ is so high. It’s hard to believe he’s only 20. Sometimes we tend to forget about that, but I guess it’s a compliment because he plays way beyond his years and he’s huge for us right now.

On having two puck moving defensemen in Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug…
Yeah, that’s something that I think Peter [Chiarelli] was trying to get and he definitely did that with some great young talent. It’s great to have them on our team.

On the power play at nearly .500 for the series…
It was definitely a great, I guess, effort from the 10 guys that are out there. It’s about bearing down and when we have a chance and I think we talked about that before the series. Definitely have to keep doing that. It’d be nice to keep that .500 power play percentage but we’re realistic and we’re going to make sure we keep doing the right things on both special teams. I think the penalty kill has to keep being huge for us.

On getting stuck on the ice for an entire penalty kill…
After that I just tried taking the shooting lane, the passing lane. Try not to spend too much energy, especially when you’re caught for so long, but we communicated well and we found a way.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On clinching the series on home ice…
It felt good. It was a tough game, we got off to a good start, but both sides were probably pretty excited and got some penalty trouble on both sides. You know, you try to take advantage of that, but then they’re coming back on the PP [power play] for them too. So I thought our PK [penalty kill] had some timely ones, but it was right down to the last minute. It was a tough series, and guys were just focused today on just trying to get it done today, and not worrying about tomorrow or whatever. And it feels good.

On how the team stays focused when there are so many penalties…
It’s part of it. You know, game to game things can be different, different flow. And you know both sides got into penalty trouble, so that feels better when it’s both sides. But at the same time, when you know when you get yours and it may be coming back as a tighter called game – so you have to be prepared so when you do get calls against you not to get too flustered. But I thought our guys did a great job of it, I thought our PK [penalty kill] did a very good job because they got a PP [power play] goal or whatever, but they have some very dangerous guys who have a great chemistry. I thought all series our PK was very good for us, and I thought our power play goal – Zee’s [Zdeno Chara] one-timer at the end of the second period – was a huge, huge goal momentum shift to be able to get that. So it was kind of a back-and-forth up-and-down game, but we found a way to win it.

On whether playing games with a lot of penalties will help prepare them to face Montreal…
Yeah I think those games, being able to play all different ways and see some different ones and find a way to win a close, late one. You know we’ve had some close ones, but this was a little more – maybe it was called tighter, and both sides, like I said, got in trouble. And you’re trying to stay focused. And I thought this series on the bench there’s some great leadership, guys that have been through it before, different guys at different times calming things down and even going on the ice and calming it down. Not only that but on the bench, because I get excited, it’s playoffs they’re big moments. So you know we all do, and it’s good at different times to have different guys pull it back a bit.

On whether it’s fair to say this was closer than a five-game series…
Oh yeah, absolutely. They’re a good team over there. And they pushed, you know I said every game. I thought Game 2 we had a really strong game that was important for us to get back on the winning side and build some momentum again and build on it. But after that every game was very close. Game 4 overtime, those can go either way. Momentum shifts makes it tougher. And today’s a one-goal game. We have a lot of respect for them, and they played hard. Goaltending was great on both sides. And it feels good to be able to move on.


On whether this Bruins team is the best team he’s every played on, and what makes it so special…
It’s great. I mean I definitely feel fortunate to be here and I’m having a lot of fun. It’s a great group of guys, and what makes them so special I think is – I don’t think there’s any one thing. I think it’s a group that you know we’re a very close group, and guys have been through it before, but a very hungry very competitive group. I think you know starting with Zee [Zdeno Chara], Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], Tuukks [Tuukka Rask], Soup [Gregory Campbell] – you name it, there’s a whole group of guys – Thorty [Shawn Thornton] – it just goes on and on – that love to compete and battle – Looch [Milan Lucic] – literately you could just keep naming guys. You know one guy goes out and leads the way, and the next guy keeps going and going. And you know we take a lot of pride in trying to work and compete and just battle. So it’s definitely one of the best teams that I’ve been on, but it’s one round and we’re not going to get carried away or anything. And we know Montreal is next. But it feels good today, and we’ll take a break and look forward to getting back at it.

On his impressions of how the younger players have stepped up so far…
I think the composure, I think all season our young guys, especially our D-men [defensemen] have been thrust into playing against other teams’ top lines, QB [quarter back] on the power play, Smitty [Reilly Smith] on the power play playing the back end, Dougie [Hamilton] stepping up, they’re very confident, [Torey] Krug what a series he’s had. I think it started all season – it built all season – just getting to play and be in those situations, Bart [Matt Bartkowski], and their confidence has just grown and they don’t look flustered, they just work hard and compete. It’s fun to have them back there and it’s been impressive having them back there as such a young group, under pressure like this. This is another learning experience being through another round, and hopefully they just keep getting better.

On whether he’s anxious to experience his first Montreal playoff rivalry…
Honestly, it’s more, the focus was on today. Guys weren’t thinking about playing Montreal. We know they’re through and that’s who we would be playing advancing. But no guys were just focused on today and trying to end it today. There’s really no discussions about Montreal. So the next couple days we’ll be thinking about it, and we’ll get back at it, and work and those matchups will start. But today was just about the Red Wings and trying to advance.

On how Milan Lucic can leave an imprint on a game, and how he played today…
Yeah no, he definitely makes his mark. I thought from about halfway through last game – he’s been strong all series, there’s no question about it here – but he turned it up and I thought he started taking over about halfway through last game. He was starting to control the play, the puck was always with him, he’s taking two guys out in the corner. And he carried that over today too. He’s a very big guy and he’s strong and we all know that, but he has great hands and has good vision and he’s a quick player too. So he’s a lot to contain and you could just see him starting to – like I said, he was strong – but he turned it up. It was fun to watch and play alongside of him, and the last couple games he took it to a new level.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On Eriksson’s goal…
I don’t know, I was kind of looking around maybe for a shot but I wasn’t really there. I saw Carl [Soderberg] out of the back of my eye and didn’t really know he was covered. I guess it was just a lucky bounce and then a good finish by Loui [Eriksson].

On carrying the puck through the neutral zone…
I think that their PK kind of changed every game and I don’t know if I was expecting to skate it again but Smith and Loui [Eriksson] both told me to skate with it and they were just going to back up. That’s what I had in mind and just had to make another play to get through. Like I said, I guess it was just a good bounce and then a good finish.

On the Bruins scoring the first goal in today’s game…
That’s what we wanted. I think to definitely get that goal and kind of deflate them a little bit. We were able to do that.

On Hamilton being a major contributor in this series …
I don’t think that I am playing much differently. I guess just a couple bounces offensively and than for me just focusing on being physical and good defensively. I am just going to have to keep stepping up as the playoffs go on.

On Hamilton’s improved performance this season…
I think just being more comfortable. I think this whole year I have gotten better, last summer as well. So I think a better player and just more comfortable. I don’t really know otherwise. Just having fun right now and trying to do my best.

On the game slowing down for Hamilton…
I think it’s the same kind of thing in junior or your first year where things are moving fast and by my third or fourth year I was slowing down. Hopefully, I can get to that point again in the NHL but I can definitely see the game a lot easier now compared to last year. Things happen a lot slower.

On the veterans helping the younger players on the team during the playoffs…
I think it’s just that they lead by example. There are a lot of guys you can watch in this dressing room. I think we have all done that all year. Obviously, just watching Zee [Chara] and Johnny [Boychuk] and those guys on defense and some of the forwards as well. Everyone prepares so hard for these games and are focused. We are kind of able to watch that and learn from it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how important it was for the Bruins to finish the series today…
Well it was real important, obviously game fives are always huge and we wanted to come out and establish a lead and start playing our game. And we were able to get that first goal that was big for us. And obviously you lose this game and the other team is able to create some momentum heading back to their own building and we didn’t want that to happen. We stepped up and made the most of our opportunity in game four and we said the same thing here today. It was an opportunity for us to look forward to and finish off the series. It’s a great feeling that we were able to do that.

On the difference in the series…
Well I think we were able to fight through and start playing our game and dictating the pace. A lot of people were talking about what kind of pace this series was going to be, and I think the most important thing was that we were able to dictate that. So it was great having all different kinds of guys stepping up at different times in this series, a lot of guys getting their first playoff goal, which is big. And we get to enjoy this for the next few days, but we know it only gets tougher as we move on.

On facing Montreal…
Yeah, definitely. Fourth time now since 2008 that we faced them here in the playoffs, first time that it isn’t a first-round match-up, so another Original Six battle that we get to be a part of and a lot of hatred between the teams, the fans, the cities when it comes to this kind of rivalry, so we expect them to bring their best. We saw what they were able to do in the first series, and like I said we got to be prepared to come out and elevate our game as the playoffs move on.

On if he thought the special teams would have the impact they did…
Honestly, no, but getting the power play goals that we were able to in this series, if you look at them they were all huge, huge goals and our power play has been good for us all year, I think it finished in third to the overall standings throughout the season, so it’s nice that it’s a weapon instead of something that’s kind of taking momentum away from us. But also you got to give credit to our penalty killers, especially here today. We had a lot of time on the PK as well today and throughout the series, and the special teams ended up being a lot bigger than most people would have thought.

On his chance shortly before Torey Krug intercepted the pass…
Well yeah, just because you miss a chance, you don’t want to let it frustrate you. So you got to have the mindset to keep pushing, and we were able to do that and Kruger [Torey Krug] made a great play and I was able to get a big goal there that ended up being the game winner.



On what changed for his line…
I think we just started playing with more confidence. I think we started, instead of chasing the puck we started playing with the puck and that started playing to our advantage as a line. So it was nice to be able to contribute with some big goals in the last two games. And like I said as the playoffs move on you want to get better as a player and as a team and as a line. And moving onto the next round we’re going to have to get better and better.

On Zdeno Chara’s goal at the end of the second period…
It was huge. You look at it, fourteen seconds left and a four-on-three there, and you knew that if you can go into the second intermission there getting back up a goal it would definitely give you that momentum back and kind of that positive mindset back and that one goal lead heading into the third period, which everyone, I think it lifted everyone on our team. So huge goal by the powerplay unit that was out there, finding that puck and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] making that great play to Zee [Zdeno Chara], and Zee obviously using his lethal shot and getting it in the back of the net.

On what clicked for him…
I mean I think I just started, just worked on, just blocked everything out and just started moving my feet more. And I think that’s what created the chances for me and opportunities was just getting my feet moving and getting myself in better areas and better situations and kind of taking the hesitation out. So once you stop over thinking things I think the confidence starts to kick in and the instincts start to kick in so I think that’s what happened.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On facing the Montreal Canadiens in the next round...
It’s a good rivalry. I mean, we’ve played them a lot in my seven years here, so my initial feeling is embrace it. It’s good – both cities really get into it, both teams get into it, so I’m going to enjoy it.

On playing the Candiens in the regular season...
It’s a whole new season though. I think we talked about it before this series, too, same thing. We’re built a little bit differently obviously. I’m sure that will be talked about a lot, but we think we’re a good team, we think they’re a really good team, so it should be a good matchup.

On the make up of the Montreal team...
They’ve got some tough guys over there. I’m not sure, I haven’t been watching their games, so I don’t know who’s in and out of the lineup. But I know they do have some gritty guys over there.

On if Detroit plays a similar style to Montreal...
I don’t know. It’s two different series, to be completely honest. Maybe people talk about the speed and the skill; there might be a similarity there, but I still think they’re two different series.

On starting the game with a strong first period...
I mean, we do have a lot of experience in here. I think that we’ve been through enough to know that you can’t let up at any point in the game, or any point in the series. So, I think we kind of just talked about it and tried to make the most of it when we were out there.

On if he’s thinking about the long rest that the team will have before Round Two...
I’m thinking about what I’m going to do for dinner tonight, and then I’ll think about brunch tomorrow because we have the day off, and then worry about next week when we get there.

On if he prefers having a long rest or starting another series quickly...
I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. Both teams are doing the same thing, right? So it really doesn’t matter to me either way. What’s dealt to you, you just deal with it.

On guys stepping up and scoring...
Everyone was going. I think they’re [Detroit] a team that rolls four, I think that gave us the opportunity to probably do the same and I think a lot of guys chipped in and helped out. That was one of the keys to us having success in this series from the back end up.

On missing Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly for the series but still having depth...
I think Jordy [Jordan Caron] and Flo [Justin Florek] stepped in and did a great job. Flo’s first year, obviously, and first few games – think he played really well this series. And Jordy being in and out of the lineup all year, he did a great job of keeping himself in game-ready shape and he was buzzing out there as we’ve been saying all week – buzzing.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On Krug’s confidence in today’s game…
When you play with great players that like to step up in big situations, it’s easy to play with confidence. It was a lot of fun and a great series. It was fast-paced. I enjoy that type of hockey.

On the Lucic goal …
 I was holding onto the puck, waiting for something to open up. For some reason their defenseman or I don’t even know who it was just left Looch [Lucic] in front by himself and it was an easy play.

On Krug’s pass that led to a goal…
Just being in the right spot, I think. For a second there I thought that I was caught. They were trying to stretch us out. There was a guy flying behind me, so I just got lucky enough that I was in the right spot and I was able to pick the pass off.

On Krug’s improvements on his performance this season…
Personally, if you look at times that I have jumped up in the play from the beginning of the season until now, I think that the coaches will be a lot happier with my decisions. My teammates too as well, it’s a whole team effort when you are making decisions to jump up into the play it’s because you have confidence in your guys to support you and back you up. When our forwards are playing good team defense you can make those decisions.

On Chara’s goal…
That was huge. Zee [Chara], a big time player. A big moment in the game, a momentum shift. He thought he was going through the net for a second but those are important times in the game, the last minute of the period you get the momentum. You come out early in the third and get another one. You have to give them credit; they didn’t quit. They had a couple chances to tie the game. We are happy we got those goals obviously.

On the special teams and penalty kill opportunities…
The penalty kill is huge for us. Anytime you have a goalie like Tuukka in there, your penalty kill is going to be very strong. Those guys did a great job and then your power play it’s going to have to win you hockey games at some point down the road. This series it was huge for us. It’s very important that when we got those chances we came out flying and were able to capitalize.

On Krug’s performance this year in the playoffs compared to last year’s playoffs…
A lot more confident.  I feel more comfortable.  It’s playoff hockey, everything happens so fast right now I am kind of just taking it all in again. It’s great experience.

On Krug’s game being quicker this year…
Yeah, it’s definitely a lot better. There is no hesitation, not that there was that much last year but this year you are more comfortable, you have more chemistry with guys. You understand when they are going to be backing you up, so that plays a big part of it.

On the Dougie Hamilton play in today’s game…
That was awesome. He was flying with speed. He had done that a couple of times in this series when he has come in and his goal…I think it was last game, I don’t remember. His goal was a very similar play. This time he shoot and passed.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On moving forward in the Stanley Cup Playoffs…
We’ll take a breather here for a couple days and then we’ll see when it starts, but we’ll enjoy this win today and then we’ll move on.

On their start today being one of their best ones…
Yeah we really wanted to focus on that, getting the lead and then getting a good start, so we’re really happy with that, but we’re still looking for that kind of 60 minutes and maybe it’s coming.

On getting the power play back up to consistency…
Yeah I don’t know in the past what has changed for us but this year I think we’re moving the puck well and we’re making the plays when they’re there, and we’re not overdoing anything, but it’s huge. When your penalty kill is doing the job you need the power play guys to step up and win your games and that’s huge in playoffs.

On seeing the confidence growing in Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug and the chances they’re willing to take…
Yeah, I mean Torey made a great play on that Looch [Milan Lucic] goal there. It was kind of caught in deep but then he recovered and wrecked that pass and cut it, so it’s good to see that. They seem to find that fine line when to do that, when not, and it makes a difference.

On the timing of Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic’s goals…
Yeah the second one was huge. They tied the game up and then we were kind of down but then get the momentum right back and 3 seconds left in the period, so it was huge and then we got that insurance from Looch, so great effort.

On whether, as a goaltender, he feels that the Montreal Canadiens are just another opponent…
No, I think people tend to make it a huge deal outside our locker room, but we’ve learned over the years that the more focus resting on our own doing and keep the focus on us, we get the better results, so for me and for everybody else I think it’s just another series we want to win and [we’re] looking forward to it. They have a great team, so it’s going to be tough, but we’ll see.

On his thoughts on his own play today…
Pretty good. Only two goals. [They] didn’t really have a chance.

On what stands out in playing Montreal during the regular season…
They have speed, talent offensively. I don’t know. I think those are the biggest things.

On whether the familiarity between the teams works both ways…
I guess so, yeah. They changed the schedule so we don’t face them six times a year now, but still we’re pretty familiar from playing them. I guess when they changed these playoffs I guess they want the rivalries to be in the second round…



On the effort in front of him…
Yeah we played good. We played great in the first period. They had a couple scoring chances, but that was it. Then the second period penalties both ways, kind of phantom calls there and that kind of breaks the rhythm for everybody and then they kind of took the momentum and in the third. It’s a 3-1 game for us so obviously they’re going to throw everything they’ve got at us and then they get the 3-2 goal but then we push back.

On how big Chara’s goal was…
Oh it was huge. Every time you can score [with] a couple seconds left in a period it gives you momentum and a boost for your confidence so I think it really helped us going in the third period.

On what kind of series he is expecting against Montreal…
Yeah, they’re a quick team. They’re a talented team, so I’m sure it’ll be entertaining for the fans.

On what the final two minutes of a game like this is like for him…
It’s not fun, but you just hope that your guys get the empty netter, you know, because a lot of times the other team gets shots from the point. They come through and you never see them and then it’s a scramble in front of the net. Anything can happen, so it’s really not fun and you just hope that your team will get that goal.

On what the defensive effort looked like this series from his point of view…
It was great. It was great throughout the series. I don’t think we had too many breakdowns. We gave them a few chances but really, really good effort from everybody, but it’s only one series. We’ve got to keep that kind of effort going.

On Kevan Miller’s poise during his first Stanley Cup playoffs…
He doesn’t change his style of play whatever the situation. He’s tough, hits hard, blocks shots, makes that first pass, so you need that especially in the playoffs, and it was a great first series for him.

On whether he is able to feed off the crowd at all…
No I don’t hear that. It’s the middle of the game so I don’t hear that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the overall series with Detroit...
Well that series was much tougher than maybe the results showed. Detroit is a really good team with a great system, great players. We were just able to play our game and stay on top of it. It wasn’t a one-sided series; it was much closer, like I said than 4-1 showed. I think that we handled it well, we came into this series ready and we got the job done.

On showing emotion after scoring his second-period goal...
Well we had only a few seconds left and [it was] kind of a 50-50 puck down low. We won the battle for the puck and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] just showed how quickly he can see the opening and made a really great pass to me. I mean - I was emotional. It was a big game and a big goal. So, I’m not afraid to show it.

On the team’s defensive play...
We were pretty solid, but like I’ve always been saying, there is always room to improve and always room to be better and we’ve got to get better for the next round. I think that we handled a lot of situations really well, but we never gave them games that they really outscored us wildly – we kept them pretty much to one or two goals a game. I think that’s the way you want to play in the playoffs, but we can’t be just looking at the numbers. We’ve got to keep trying to get better and better.

On his slapshot to score the goal...
I don’t know – really, I’m not really looking at it as a slapshot, I’m looking at it as a goal that put us ahead. It was at the end of the second so it gave us, obviously, a jump. It really doesn’t matter at the end of the day if it was a bomb or kind of bouncing puck that goes in. They all count and that’s what matters.

On facing the Montreal Canadiens in the next round...
Again, I’m going to answer it like I did last time, we just finished the first round. For sure it’s going to be a tough series; those games are always tough. So, we’ve just got to get ready for that.

On the team’s power-play production in the postseason...
Well I think that we worked really hard this season to have a better power play and we’ve got to continue to do that. Like everything else, you can’t be just relying on power plays. I think that the penalty kill is doing a good job for us as well. We’ve got to continue to do our job five-on-five, all the zones; pretty much we can’t just be looking at ‘okay we’re going to wait for a power play to count on’ – even if it’s better, which is nice. We scored some goals this series being on power plays but we can’t be just relying on that.

On Torey Krug’s defensive performance...
I mean, he came in last year during the playoffs so it’s been for him, a full kind of calendar year with us. So, he’s making really big strides and he’s feeling more and more comfortable and confident. So is Dougie [Hamilton] and obviously Millsy [Kevan Miller] and Barts [Matt Bartkowski]. So, they do their job and work hard.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On his assessment of the series…
Well I thought our penalty kill let us down. It was so good all year and then for whatever reason, we got ourself rattled. We gave up two goals today. And I’m not trying to take anything away from Boston, but ones off the rush there were outside the dots and even the second one on the four on three they go underneath us. So those are two things you can’t do. I thought our penalty kill let us down and then the other thing is for me was we did some things uncharacteristic. I mean, we took three, if I’m not mistaken, too many men on the ice penalties, so are we round? Are we nervous as kids? We didn’t play- i don’t think we played up to our level. I’m not trying to take anything away from Boston, real good team. Real heavy team. Real organized, all those things. But you want to be the best you can be and I didn’t think we were. But it was a real good experience for our kids. We had lots of kids in this series that were important parts of the team that got us in the playoffs, and they found out how hard it is.

On the difference between red wings and Boston as series unfolded...
Well I think both. But I mean, [Patrice] Bergeron and [David] Krejci are real good players in their prime. [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg are both hurt. So that advantaged them right off the get go. More experience, they count on guys that are older players that have been around for sure. We’re counting on kids. You know, straight forward we’re counting on our young guys and I thought that showed. I thought [Dadniel] Alfredsson made a real difference today when he came in, just because he was poised with the puck. I thought Zetterberg when he came back, we didn’t have the power play early in the series. When Zetterberg came back, even though he couldn’t really, he was laboring out there, let’s be honest with you. I thought he gave us a power play. So, but what are going to do about that. Nothing you can sometimes, sometimes that’s the way it goes. So it’s important for our guys, and especially anybody older, we’ve got to have a big summer. We’ve got to get healthy, and we’ve got to get in shape,  because when you’ve been off long periods of time, it doesn’t matter what you do, your fitness that you build in the off-season you can’t get it back. So it’s big summers ever for guys like Darren Helm, [Johan] Franzen, anybody who’s been off for long periods of time, Datsyuk  and Zetterberg, whether  Pavel has surgery or not, so we can get back to full health. Zetterberg can get us back,  so those are keys for us for sure.

On Pavel Datsyuk’s offensive play…
Well, I mean he tried to do it for us. You know, Pav missed a lot of hockey this year. When you’re playing against real good players, Bergeron and Krejci, you need to - and I don’t talk about the wingers, but they’re good players too -  you need to be at the top of your game. And you know, as good as Pavel was in this series, this isn’t, Pavel’s a whole another level from that. Ideally after a good summer and the surgery we’ll get him back, and get him back the way he’s capable of playing.

On his hopes for Daniel Alfredsson next season, and why the kids were not able to be more successful…
Well, I just think kids in general aren’t very successful at playoff time unless they’re one of three on a line, or they’re the sixth D-men, but when you’re counting on them I think it’s hard for them. And when you can surround them with a bunch of veterans that look after them it’s a totally different thing. When you’re counting on them, they get here and they find out there’s no space. They wonder what’s going on and instead of just fighting through it they start thinking too much and now they’re slow and now they’re  not doing what they normally do. And I thought that was for sure with our guys. As far as Alfredsson goes, obviously that’s a discussion for a later time, but health is a big part of any veteran player and can they be healthy enough to play and help your team. And there’s no question about ability, it’s about health.

On being bumped twice in last three years during the first round, and what the team needs to do to win the Cup…
I don’t…well, we’re not there. This team that we played today like we used to be in ’08, ’09, and ’07. They’re a legit contender with a good depth and good experience. I don’t think .. I think the last two years we battled to get into playoffs. To me, that’s the measure of where we are. We’re a team that used to battle to win the Cup, we’re battling to get in the playoffs. But what we have done, if you look at our lineup, it’s a ton of kids. So our veteran guys that are back for sure will be Pavs [Pavel Datsyuk] , Z [Henrik Zetterberg], [Niklas] Kronwall, and Franzy [Johan Frenzen]. They’re all on the contrary, everyone else is kids. So that’s kind of where we are, we’d like not to shut her down for ten years and miss the playoffs for ten years and get a whole bunch of first to fifth overall picks and do it that way, we’d like to do it on the fly. That’s what we’re trying to do.

On if he feels the team ever played up to level he wanted, and on if they were a tough out?
No, we weren’t a tough out at all. We were good in game one, and I thought we were good for a period and a half in game four. You know, I actually thought we were pretty good in here in game two in the second period we got the game back to two to one, we made a mistake. But to find out how good they are you’ve got to push them. You‘ve got to push them and push them. So you go back and forth in winning games and you get to round six or seven, we never did that. So you never know how good the other team is until you really push them.

On if he would count Johan Franzen as a veteran…
I think anybody who’s been out…you work very hard over that. But anybody who’s been out a long time with a concussion or any kind of injury where you relay injuries. If you’ve got a hand injury, you can come back and jump right in and not as big of a deal, but if you have the other injuries like Zetterberg’s had, or even Datsyuk’s had and you can’t train your legs, or a concussion where you can’t train, I think that takes you a long time to come back from those injuries because your fitness. You’d have to ask them, I don’t know if they agree with that, but I just know even a guy like Darren Helm, he’s missed so much hockey he needs a big summer to get him back to game bearing health. He’s not going to get into that kind of shape until he gets a summer to do it.


On if Johan Franzen can still be an impact player…
Well, he has to be. The bottom line is he has to be.

On his assessment of Detroit’s defensemen in this series…
We’ve got to get better on the back. What’s missing is [Jonathan] Ericsson’s missing. You could say Boston didn’t have [Dennis] Seidenberg, and they didn’t have [Adam] McQuaid, but they’re deeper than we are on the back. We missed Ericsson big time. He’s an important guy for us. I thought the growth of [Danny] DeKeyser has been exceptional. Smitty [Brendan Smith] played really well for us in the playoffs. And the kid you saw today [Xavier Ouellet], to me, he played well. I liked him today. So we have [Alexey] Marchenko, [Ryan] Sproul, and this kid, and a guy named [Mattias] Backman. We have four guys knocking on the door to be ready. Now, you can’t put all four in your lineup, but we have to improve our back end for sure.

On Jimmy Howard not playing Games Four and Five…
Howie [Jimmy Howard] was sick. Howie got sick, I asked Jimmy B [goaltending coach Jim Bedard] yesterday if Howie was going today, he said he was too sick. So [Jonas] Gustavsson got to go. I thought Gustavsson gave us an opportunity. You can’t argue with the goaltending we got in Games Four and Five.

On what the Bruins do that makes it hard to push back against them…
I think it’s just overall depth. They’ve got good players. Some teams have got a real good team and their goalie gets you started, gets the opposition started. This kid doesn’t get you started. Not only does he stop the puck, he plays the puck good, so it’s harder to get in on their D. Their back end is left- and right-hand shots. When you set up a team, if you can have left- and right-hand shots, it makes it way easier to move the puck through the neutral zone. They’re at the right time. I assume people are going to start getting paid around here too, and then that gets in the way. Now the cap has gone up enough in the NHL that it helps you keep your players. A few years ago, you couldn’t keep them, they just left. But obviously Pete [Chiarelli] and Claude [Julien] have done a real good job here, and they look like they’re a real solid team. You want to keep it as long as you can.

On how close the Red Wings are to being a Stanley Cup contender…
We’ve got to improve our team. Part of that’s going to be from just the growth of individual players, and obviously health. If we get [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg healthy, that makes a huge difference. So health is a big part for them, and Darren Helm for that matter, then the growth of our team. Our back end has got to be way better, and we’ve got to be able to score better up front. That means the kids that scored during the regular season gotta find a way to be able to do it in the playoffs. But it doesn’t happen your first time. For Pavel, it didn’t happen a second time. You get some bitter disappointments. It’s a disappointing day, any way you look at it. You think you’re going to be good in the playoffs. You played hard, you battled hard, you fought your way in to it. You’ve been organized, detail-oriented. But at playoff time, Game One we were, and then stretches of the other games, but I thought, you know, I talked about our penalty kill, our neutral zone forecheck. Little things good veteran teams don’t deviate [from], they just keep doing it right for sixty, if it takes eighty, they do it for eighty. I thought we did it at times, but we weren’t consistent enough.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD HENRIK ZETTERBERG
On his sense of disappointment after the loss…
It’s no fun.  You want to go deeper in the playoffs. Obviously right now it’s really tough.  Obviously we have to do something different to go deeper.  Probably going to have to sit down and see what we have done right and what we have done wrong and change the bad things for next year.

On the fact that the team didn’t play their best hockey…
Yeah obviously we played a really good team but if we would have played our best we would have really had a chance.  The first game we played really well and won that game and the second and third game they really outplayed us.  The fourth one went to overtime and today I think we gave it a shot again but for a few years now we don’t really have it all. 

On if he is encouraged for next year based on the play of the young guys…
We’ll see next year.  If we stand like this again next year that, it is tough to think about the future right after you’re done playing this year.  We have to regroup and see what we can do better.  Obviously we have good young guys in our system that really showed that they can play but we have seen that before too.  We know that our farm system is good, we know that they are doing a good job with them and that when a guy comes up they are ready to play and that’s nothing new.  So like I said it’s tough to think about the future right now and tough to realize that the season is over.

On what the difference was between Detroit and Boston in this series…
I think experience and patience.  They really stick to their structure, they have been doing that for 2-3 years now and they know it works.  We haven’t really gone through that with this group.  We get away from playing playoff hockey and we play against a team like Boston and they take advantage of that.  I think if we look at them, they roll 4 lines, they do the same things, they get the puck out, they get the puck in.  When the other team gives them an opportunity they take advantage.  It is impressive, they are a good team but they know how to win, they have been there.  I think we have to realize how to play in the postseason and if we do that and we really believe in what we do, we would have gone longer.

On the impact that Daniel Alfredsson had on the series…
Yeah, Danny [Alfredsson] is a great player.  It’s nice to have him back here.  Hopefully it’s not his last game in a Red Wing jersey.

On how far away he thinks the team is from being a contender each year…
Well that’s the thing.  We keep the streak going with the playoff appearances but it’s getting tired to not going deeper.  We probably would have changed that streak and instead gone longer one of those years.  That’s the thing you want to go deep in the postseason and to get kicked out early, it’s not a fun feeling and its been a little bit too many times lately.

On the impact that special teams had in the series…
It’s playoff hockey.  It’s tight 5-on-5 and special teams are real important.  We knew that going in and it’s not really a surprise.

On the difficulty of penetrating the Bruins defense…
Obviously, as I said they play a good structure, they play good defense and they stick to what they believe.  They do it for 60 minutes and once you give them a chance, most of the time they take advantage of it and that’s what they are really good at.  They beat us this series and they did it because they stuck to what they believe and they played well.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD DANIEL ALFREDSSON
On if this season was frustrating for him…
No. I think you always hope everything goes smoothly, but that’s not the way life is. We made the best of everything we had I thought. I think we, and I think the organization has gained incredibly throughout this year, with all the young guys coming up and gaining valuable experience, and doing a hell of a job. I see a lot of positives.

On what Detroit’s younger players learned during the series…
It’s just about getting in to the playoffs. Once you get there, it’s another notch. I think we all talk about it, and become a little bit tighter. The referees let go a little bit more, it’s a little bit tough to create offense, and we certainly found that out.

On what the Red Wings were lacking on special teams…
Their power play seemed to move the puck around with great confidence. They did a great job finding openings. They changed it up well. Once we changed, they changed again. I thought our power play obviously came on in the last few games here and helped us out a little bit, but that’s always a big battle. Especially when goals are hard to come by five-on-five.

On if this Red Wings team lacked grit…
I don’t think so. I think if we lacked anything, it was our speed. We didn’t use that as much as we would have liked. We kind of got stuck and didn’t move the puck as well out of our own zone, and I think that was a big factor. They controlled the neutral zone more than we did, and played better there.

On what he plans to do next season…
You take some time off here and just decompose everything, take everything in. There’s been a lot of new impressions obviously for me and my family, but overall we’ve had a fun, challenging year. We’ve all learned a lot, so I’ll take some time and settle down, and start the process from there.

On what he enjoyed about this season…
Just that we seemed to be able to respond to everybody doubting us, and [saying] “they’re down, they’re not going to make it,” and we seemed to find a way to get back in the race again, then hold back a little bit, but get back again. But just the way we battled throughout the year was fun. The young guys, helping them out, they’re bringing along the older guys with their enthusiasm and energy. It was fantastic.

On if he could see himself coming back to play for Detroit next season…
I think at the moment, if I come back, that’s the likely scenario.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD JOHAN FRANZEN
On the play of the Bruins this series…
They play the way we want to play and I think maybe they did a hell of a job. I think that they did a hell of a job. Like I think they maybe had a little bit more patience than us. That match was good, but their special teams definitely outplayed us this series, both power play and penalty kill, but all the credit to them. They’ve been successful for many years here in the playoffs and they’re a tough, tough, tough team to get into the net against, especially with the lead. So you know give them all the credit and we battled hard, but we couldn’t seem to get the puck in the net.

On his personal struggle to score against the Bruins…
You know, not many chances. There’s not much given, you know. There’s a few pucks here and there you try to battle the net and in the crease and stuff like that, but it’s you know they just didn’t get it in. Like they got enough chances to score, but they didn’t seem to get it.

On how disheartening it was to not only get outmatched, but outplayed…
Outplayed, I think especially special teams they owned the whole series and you know five on five we had games or parts of games that we played really well, but really didn’t stick with it a whole sixty minutes in the games. You know, like I said before they’ve done this for so many years now and they know how to win in the playoffs. But still, I’m proud of this team how we got into the playoffs and the way we played as well, but I think we’re going to learn a lot from this and only get better.

On whether the fight to get into the playoffs took a lot out of the tank for the team…
I don’t think so, once you’re in the playoffs you’re so excited about playing because it’s such a different game. So I don’t think so, but maybe this was the team that fitted us the least. Like if we played more open to that pace, a little more offense and stuff like that and we could’ve been more successful maybe, but they played really strong defensively, we didn’t really get much.

On the blame for not scoring being put on the goal scorers and if he feels he’s disappointed or feels he could’ve done something differently…
You not really going to a game going ‘I’ve got to score, I’ve got to score.’ You go out there and you try to do your job. Like I’m ten times more disappointed over that pass I made before their 3-1 goal than for not scoring. Like I always try to play defense first and make sure I don’t do any mistakes in my own end and I try to help out the D’s [defensemen]. So when the goals are coming, they’re coming like you get confidence and it’s easy to score, but you can only go out there and do your best and really try to battle as hard as you can. I think we battled, but I think we were maybe half a size too small for this team.

On if he noticed a difference between playing in the east as opposed to playing in the west…
I think Boston is the team that plays the most like a west team. They’re really structured down to details and it’s tough to get anything against them so if we would’ve played a different team like maybe, who else do we have in there, Philly, Pittsburgh, it could’ve been a different outcome maybe and it may have suited us better. But they’re really strong defensively like well,  what we used to play.

DETROIT RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS KRONWALL
On the difference between the two teams…
Well I think the biggest difference was they were able to stick to their game plan for sixty minutes every game better than we did.

On if the media underestimated Boston’s speed…
Yeah, we, and we did not play up to our level I thought for many stretches of the last four games. But the specialty teams of course are a factor too. Their specialty teams outplayed ours and that was a big key as well.

On how much the goal with 3 seconds left hurt the club emotionally…
Of course it’s a tough one at the time but at the same time it’s a one-goal game. It’s one shot. We felt that we were still with it, that we still had a chance. Now the third one of course, that was a tough one, but at the same time we just, we threw everything at them. We gave everything we had. We tip our hat to Boston. They were, in this series they were the better team. Best of luck, congrats.

On why they took a lot of penalties this series…
I think a few of the games, well especially game two I guess, we took way too many roughing calls. We got involved in scrums and things like that after the whistle for no need, for no reason whatsoever. Other than that, we have, of course it’s a lot easier when you have five guys out there. Most of the penalties are penalties you can’t say anything about that, you have to find a way to be better. And once the PK gets out, whether it’s PK or power play, we have to be able to take care of our chances and get the momentum going that way.

On what they take away from this year…
Oh it’s, right now it’s a little hard to think about because we just got kicked out. It’s tough going out this way just knowing that I think given what our year feels like, if we would have stick to our game plan, stuck to our game plan, every game we would have given ourselves a better chance. Season overall, it was good to see these young guys come up and make a statement, make a case for themselves. And it looks good going forward, but right now it’s a pretty empty feeling.

On what the team is lacking…
I mean right now we didn’t convert in our specialty teams, whether that’s PK or power  play, we have to have more edge. And I just, I thought the way we got into the playoffs was playing with great structure I thought in more of those games. And playing against a team like Boston we know that they just play the same way, whether it’s minute four of the game of minute fifty-five, they just keep playing the same way. A lot of times it felt like we put ourselves in trouble and we didn’t have that same structure that got us into the playoffs for whatever reason.

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On whether forward Daniel Paille will play…
I don’t know. I don’t think so. He skated this morning. If you get up early enough you’ll see him on the ice.

On defenseman Corey Potter…
No updates. Just he fell awkwardly and obviously hurt himself, so I haven’t really heard the final details from our guys yet. Concerned about our team that’s going to be playing today.

On whether the team has matured over the years…
I think that would only be a natural progress, right? Everything you go through over the course of the years, you hope will pay off down the road, so we’ve been through a lot of different scenarios — good bad and in between — and you’d like to think your team is mature enough to be able to handle those situations.

On defenseman Torey Krug’s development…
These answers are always the same for me. It’s just about experience. The more you play, the better you get. He’s gotten experience over the year and has gotten better in the areas he needed to get better at. He’s not a 6’3” defenseman, so he’s gotten better at how to figure out how to come out of the corner with the pucks. It doesn’t always have to be about strength. Sometimes, it’s got to be about smarts, and with the experience he’s gathered over the season, he’s gotten better at that.

On whether he expected Torey Krug to be this good, this early in his career…
Yeah, I think, again, he’s been good and yet I’m going to stand here and tell you there’s still a lot he can get better at, and he knows that. I think that’s the fun part of Torey [Krug], is that we feel there’s still more left in the tank there, as far as what he’s capable of doing to get better.
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