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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS NEW YORK RANGERS
Saturday, May 25, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:25 P.M.
On how nice it was to see Torey Krug contribute the way he did...
You always hope that guys can come in and help your team out. There’s no doubt he was magic for us in this series. To score that many goals and show the confidence that he showed playing in this series is pretty outstanding. He’s a player that we’ve always felt good about in our organization. As I said, he’s shown what he’s all about. We said ice in his veins and that’s what he’s got.

On if there is any lingering bad blood between the Bruins and Penguins...
I’m not going to talk about the Penguins tonight, we just finished against the Rangers. I’ll stick to that, if you don’t mind.

On what the key was to surges of momentum the team had throughout the series...
I think our guys were very focused in this series, they knew what it was all about. I’d have to say that we probably played with fire in the first round and almost got burnt. I think, having said that, we know that the first round – we talk about it – is always one of the toughest to get through. But we built some momentum from that last game and we knew that we had to be better against he Rangers. We were fortunate to have everybody going. We talk about those four lines – you saw it again tonight – but also the young guys that came in, that stepped in there and didn’t miss a beat. They did a great job. The only way we could beat this Rangers team was to have everybody going. Torts [Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella] said it a couple times, there’s no quit in his team; and there was no quit in his team. They made it hard for us; all the games were close. Their goaltender was outstanding, we knew we had to be a lot better to get some goals against Henrik [Lundqvist] because what he can see, he can stop. I think we bought into the concept of really throwing pucks at the net and making sure that we had some traffic there. We knew we couldn’t let our guard down because they were a team that had no quit in them; if we let our guard down, they were going to come right back at us.

On what it meant to get Dennis Seidenberg back tonight...
We made sure that when he came back he was ready to come back. It was a close call, to be honest with you, in Game Four; it really was a close call. We almost had him back and we chose to wait one more game. But he was ready to go. What he does is he just adds some stability to our back line. Every year in the playoffs he’s been one of our best defensemen; he really rises to those occasions. We were happy to have him in this game tonight because we knew how tough it was going to be.

On what he thought of the David Krejci line tonight, especially after they were hard on themselves after the last game...
I mean, that’s just guys being critical about their games. When I said we were just okay, we were just okay. I’ve said it many times: you’ve got to be good to win hockey games in the playoffs. At the same time, you look at that line and what they’ve brought to us throughout the playoffs. It’s just a matter of, so you had an okay game, let’s bounce back and have a better game. That’s what they did tonight.

On the criticism he receives at times in Boston...
I think when it comes to that stuff, I know what Boston is all about. They like their championship teams, they want to win every year; it’s a very demanding place. But at the same time, it’s a place where you want to be. I enjoy it here. If it means taking some criticism, there’s no problem there, because that comes with the territory. As a coach, you do what you have to do and you take the criticism that comes with it. The one thing you don’t do is dwell on that stuff because you try and avoid it. I know it’s out there, but the biggest thing I do is I kind of stay away from all that stuff and really focus on my job. But I know for a fact that when you win around here you can’t ask for a better place. I’d rather be in a city that’s demanding and loves their team and their sports, than being somewhere where nobody cares. I’m willing to live with that.

On the way the team responded after Game Four...
Well, they responded well, obviously. We wanted to make sure we ended this series for all the right reasons. Some of it is you don’t want that to linger on and say, ‘Because of that goal, that’s why New York’s back in the series. Now it’s 3-2.’ I think it was important for us, for all the right reasons, to end it. We wanted to move on to the next series, we’re looking to get a little bit of rest. To win this game tonight was important for all the right reasons. But also, it gives Tuukka Rask] the opportunity now to laugh about that goal instead of crying, right? I think that was pretty important, too. So that’s what I told Tuukka [Rask] at the end of the game, ‘You can start laughing now.’

On the way Daniel Paille bounced back after the tough penalty kill and the play of the fourth line as a whole...
A couple of things: There’s no doubt the last couple of games they were trying to intimidate him. That tells you what they think about him, and they were trying to go after him and see if they couldn’t slow him down. I liked the way he reacted on that shift on that winning goal; it didn’t matter how much they went after him, he just played hard and he made things happen. And we ended up with a goal. Obviously, it makes a coach look good, there’s no doubt about that, because they reward us with the kind of play they did tonight, with goals. We’re known as a team that rolls four lines. I’m not a coach that rolls four lines because I want to roll four lines, I roll four lines because I know I’ve got the depth to roll four lines. If I was coaching a team that didn’t have four lines, than I would no doubt shorten my bench. Peter [Chiarelli] and our organization has allowed us to have the players that gives us the opportunity to go with four lines. They were rewarding us with big goals. There’s no doubt, that line played a big role in this series. We’re moving on and they certainly deserve a lot of credit for that.

On Milan Lucic’s game tonight…
When he picks up speed he is hard to stop. I though that Milan’s physical play and also as you saw a few times in the third period, he just carried that puck and when he does picks up speed he is like a train. He is hard to stop and he is heavy. He leans in and creates some good stuff.  I have liked his game since the playoffs have started and even near the end of the year, you could see him turning the corner.  It has been a tough regular season for him, but what you look at is how you finish and not how you started. He as given us the opportunity to look at him as a good player right now because he is finishing the season really strong.

On the Bruin’s gaining confidence throughout the playoffs…
Well, it’s like what I said earlier. I have always said that the first round is the toughest.  Both teams that are going to play against each other and all of the teams that are in the playoffs are excited to be there. Probably a little bit more fresh than obviously the second, third and fourth round.  So, it ends up being some good hockey and some long rounds as far as three; they went into seven games series. You start seeing the injuries start creeping in, fatigue start creeping in. You have seen two series now end in five. Whatever happens tonight could be another one of those. You build momentum but also with a little bit of luck your team is fresh. You have momentum and some other teams move into the next round and then they are banged up more than they were the round before. There are a lot of things that happen the further you go into the playoffs.  Right now we have been fortunate enough with the injuries that we have had players come in and do a real good job where nothing has changed from our team and hopefully that continues.

On key to beating a team that has similar depth to the Bruin’s fourth line…
Who are you talking about? In a couple of days I’ll be more than happy to answer all of these questions. I am going to focus on what happened tonight.

On the depth of the Bruin’s fourth line during the playoffs…
I think what that does and you saw that tonight, They are down by a goal. They have to cut down to three lines, which is the right thing to do obviously. But with us having four lines it’s important. As long as you have the trust and you know those lines can do the job. It’s about being a little bit more fresh and you hope that you win the race as you win the battle because you are a little bit more fresh. So, when we can do that, that’s great. I think it played a big role in this series. That’s why I think that, Torts [Tortorella] or whatever you want to call him, put in a new fourth line because he wanted to be able to match that. You know what they did the job that they had to do, but our fourth line scored and that was the difference, I guess.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On how big Krug’s goal was…
Any goal is huge, but that goal especially because, like I said, we were kind of in a lull in a little bit at one point during the game, and then we get that big goal to boost us up, and we go from there.

On seeing Ryan Callahan going in for a breakaway, and how that felt…
The first thing, me and Johnny [Boychuk]—I probably should have backed off the line there, and gone to the middle. And then I was like, ‘oh crap, come on, this isn’t actually going to happen.’ Then Tuukka [Rask], like he always does, comes up huge for us. That was big.

On if he owes Tuukka a steak dinner…
I owe him probably more than that; probably a week’s worth. That would have been a back-breaker if that went in.

On if it’s good to close it out and get a little bit of rest…
Yeah, it’s real big. Instead of having to prepare for Game Six in New York we can take a day off, rest, and prepare for Pittsburgh. It was huge to get this win.

On what it’s going to be like playing from Pittsburgh being from there…
It’s going to be awesome; it’s going to be a blast. Growing up there watching them, it was a lot of fun watching them. Now being able to play against them will probably be even more fun. So I’m pretty excited.

On what the ticket requests will be like…
I should just talk with Jack about that actually. I don’t know; family, and a couple of really close friends will maybe get some tickets. I don’t know, I’m sure I’ll be getting a lot of calls and texts and stuff, so we’ll see.

On if he was a Penguins fan growing up…
Oh yeah, huge. I was part of the Lemieux era.

On if he was a fan when Jagr was on the team…
Yeah [Jaromir] Jagr, when [Mario] Lemieux was done, it was all Jagr. So Lemieux, Jagr.

On if he had his poster in his room…
Yeah. I asked my mom actually to see if she could find it and she couldn’t. I had a Lemieux and a Jagr poster.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the fourth lines contribution…
Yeah, they definitely stepped up with some huge goals in this series and two-game winners. Like we talk about all the time, we’re a team that counts on everybody and just because they’re our fourth line doesn’t mean that they can’t produce and they’ve shown that they’re an important part of this hockey club. I think they definitely stepped the most in this series so they deserve a lot of credit.

On winning the series and moving on to the next round…
Well, it’s huge. It’s huge. It’s obviously something we’ve been working towards since the start of the season. After going through a really hard, emotional seven game series it was nice to close it out here tonight and get some rest and kind of enjoy what we’ve done so far and we have a lot to look forward to heading into the next series.

On being surprised at the way Tuukka Rask bounced back like he did today…
Yeah, not at all. Those things happen, right? Happens to everyone. I’m sure it was on the Top 10 Not Plays of the Day so, I definitely think we can laugh about it a lot more now that the series is over and like I said, since the second period on I think you could see the determination in our club to end the series here tonight and we definitely did that.

On expectations he has of Pittsburgh…
Well, no doubt they’re a great hockey club. In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power they got. Probably the two best players in the world and a 40-goal scorer and the former 50-goal scorer, a future hall of famer and a Norris Trophy candidate on their team. So, they definitely have a lot of weapons and in saying all that, I think what makes them successful is they play real well as a team and I think that’s what you’re going to probably see going into this next series, is two well-rounded teams going at it and for us we’ve got to be ready and excited for the challenge.

On how satisfying it was to beat Lundqvist when he was playing at the top of his game…
It was big for us. I think the mindset in this room was that we didn’t want to be denied and we knew that he was going to be the best player on their team, and he was in this series for them and he kept a couple of games closer. He stopped me four good times here tonight, but he’s a great goaltender for a reason and he played well and like I said we did whatever we could to try to get to him and we were able to do that.

On the defenseman continue to finish night in and night out…
Yeah, I think that’s probably the biggest storyline of the series is how they were able to step up and you see Kruger [Torey Krug] stepping up with four goals in a series, that’s huge and having to play against two huge guys like [Brian] Boyle and Paille and being able to shut them down and also [Matt] Bartkowski stepping up with Johnny [Boychuk] playing against that [Ryan] Callahan line, that’s been successful all year. It’s great to see so, it’s great to see them playing with a lot of confidence and they’re going to need to keep bringing it in order for us to be successful.

On the reaction to Krug’s goal on the bench…
Well, at first it’s like another one for Kruger [Torey Krug], but I think that’s when kind of everything got started for us and when you see a guy like him whose able to step in and play the way that he did in the series, I think it definitely lifts you up and makes you play harder because you see how hard he played and you try to thrive off that and you remember the feeling when you were that young and playing as a rookie in the playoffs.

On how much the team will draw off the Cup win when taking on Pittsbrugh…
We just got to play a strong team game and play to our strengths. We’re a team that plays in your face type of hockey and I think what worked for us this series was we were able to establish our forecheck and we got to keep doing that and they’re a team that you don’t want to turn the puck over against because they have more than enough weapons to make you pay for it. So, puck management is going to be huge for us, and in saying all that, I think tonight and tomorrow we need to enjoy what we accomplished so far in the playoffs.

On feeling like the team had an extra jump tonight despite himself…
Yeah, I wasn’t too happy with how I played in that Game 4. It just felt like after the game, had a lot more to give and I didn’t want to make the same mistake here tonight. So, I think as a line we were a lot better and for me I was able to get my feet going more.

On what the fourth line does for the team when they are rolling…
It’s great. They’re a huge part of this hockey club. They’re able to step up and produce the way that they did in the series has been huge and we have a lot of trust in what they bring to this hockey club. So, they played great, and we’re going to need them to continue playing great.

On there being bad blood between the Penguins and Bruins…
Well, I mean you said it right there, there’s obviously a lot of things that you can point towards that can cause a lot of bad blood between the two teams and I’m sure it’s going to be hard fought, emotional series and like I said, there’s a lot to look forward to.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On his fall…
It’s a play that I do time and time again and most of the time I stand up, but unfortunately I just fell, and it gave them an opportunity with a wide open shot… so I felt responsible for them so I somehow wanted to make it up and continue to play my game and not try to show any frustration with it.

On the critical shifts his line has received compared to other fourth lines in the league…
Well I think if you’ve seen the last couple of series we’ve played a little bit more than other fourth lines, so I think it’s been fortunate that we’ve been able to contribute the way we can and are able to help the team when some guys couldn’t find the net this series.

On whether it is easier to stay confident when they know they are going to get a lot of shifts…
It helps knowing that [Claude Julien] puts that trust in us. Thorty [Shawn Thornton], Soup [Gregory Campbell] and myself, we tend not to try to think at all and just play our game and I think that benefits us a lot as we move forward.

On himself and Derek Dorsett’s exchange of words…
I won’t comment too much on what he was talking about, but I mean it’s just part of the action that kind of got me fired up, and I was just excited to do something right after and have Soupy [Gregory Campbell] make a good play to get the rebound.

On whether it felt good when he saw the puck go in the net…
I was excited. The emotions were carrying through and I was able to carry the puck as far as I can to the net until I saw Thorty [Shawn Thornton] and my feelings were definitely full of excitement at that moment and I think I expressed my feelings at that time.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the thoughts going through his mind on Ryan Callahan’s breakaway…
Well our goalie coach told me after, I think it was Game 1 when he scored on that breakaway that he never goes backhand. So I was banking on him shooting and keeping it on the forehand. But he went backhand, and I just extended my leg and blocker there and made the save.

On finishing in five games and being able to rest before the next series…
I think it’s huge. We definitely didn’t want to go back to New York. We felt like we should have finished the series off last game, but we didn’t play good enough. And then coming home for Game 5 we just wanted to play a real solid game and finish things off. And it’s big to get a couple of days off and get some rest for the guys.

On whether it was hard to be prepared for the Callahan breakaway since he hadn’t faced many shots prior to that…
Yeah I guess a little bit, that’s just staying mentally sharp. But you have to know something is going to happen, and they’re going to throw everything they could at you and going to try to get that change to tie the game. You know, today it happened to be a breakaway and I just wanted to make one or two big saves in the third and hopefully keep that lead. And today we succeeded.

On how good he feels to rebound after Game 4…
Yeah I mean you know, you go into the third period with a 2-1 lead. And as I said, as a goalie you expect to make one or two big saves, and today it happened. I didn’t feel bad about myself after Game 4, obviously there was a little screw up there with that goal. But I didn’t let that bother me, and I felt like I played a decent game after that. Coming in today I just wanted to big rock solid back there, and give our team a chance to win the game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On Torey Krug…
It’s unbelievable, the poise he has with the puck. He’s got great skating legs and he jumps into the open areas. And you saw those one-timers he had the last couple of games. They’re very nice shots. They’re perfect shots. It’s nice to see a guy like Torey to play so well.

On his goal…
I don’t know if it’s out of nowhere. There’s got to be a reason they wanted him so badly. I think they knew what they had, him playing down there. That’s why they called him up and that’s why they played him, because they knew he was something special and he has shown it every game so far.

On how he felt in his first game back…
I felt good. It was nice to be playing again and trying to help the team. It was a good feeling.

On taking hits from Chris Kreider…
They were hard hits. I’m fine. He’s a thick kid, and usually that doesn’t happen, but I just lost balance. It was a good hit.

On collecting himself after getting hit…
I did, but I lost a little bit of my breath. That came back a little bit later, but for the most part, again, it was a good hit. You just have to shake it off and keep going.

On when he knew he would be playing tonight…
Yesterday. We kind of made the decision for me to play again. I’m happy to be back.

On playing with Torey Krug in the past…
Not much. He played here last year a little bit. We knew he was a good skater, he was good with the puck, he’s got good skills on the power play, but that’s about it. He has never really played in a playoff game, so we didn’t really know what to expect.

On how many shifts it took him to feel comfortable…
Not many at all. I felt pretty good. I felt comfortable moving the puck. My gaps, my timing was fine, I think. I just can only get better now.

On his concerns coming into tonight’s game…
Well, not playing for four games, for two weeks-plus. It’s not always easy to come back, especially in the playoffs. To match the intensity and fit right in, especially when the team has played so well. For the most part, I think it was okay.

On the importance of playing a game before the next round…
Yeah, for sure. I would’ve liked to play last game, but we had to be smart about what happened. I think coming back today was the right decision.

On looking ahead to Pittsburgh…
We haven’t really done that. Right now, we just enjoy this win for the night, and then I think the next couple of days we’ll start thinking of Pittsburgh—see how they play, what they play like. We know their skill, but we’ll see.

On what he thought when Ryan Callahan had his breakaway in the third period…
My heart stopped for a second, but, no, we have Tuukka back there and he loves to play in pressure situations. He made a great save. Again, it’s great to have him back there. He just spreads a certain amount of calmness back there, or confidence. It just helps everybody on the ice.

On depth helping them win this series…
In every series, there’s got to be a line or a forward or a D [defenseman] that’s got to step up. This series, the fourth line has done an incredible job of providing offense and playing physical just as much as the young D coming up and performing the way they have. It’s good and it’s nice to have that depth.

On Milan Lucic’s play tonight…
I mean, the whole playoffs he’s been playing with a lot of jump. He’s skating hard, hitting guys, and guys have a lot of respect for him. Sometimes they want to get rid of the puck earlier than they want to when they see him coming, and that’s just what Looch [Milan Lucic] provides when he’s on the ice—the respect level. It’s big for us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On Daniel Paille’s move to get him his goal…
The play started with Piesy having the poise to make a good play in the neutral zone and hold onto that puck, and he really used his speed and his strength to carry it in, not just chip it in, but to carry it in and realize that Thorty [Shawn Thornton] was driving and trying to make a play, and I just caught the garbage there.

On his line’s performance this series…
Well we try hard, and [Henrik Lundqvist] is an exceptional goalie. It’s not easy to score on him, so our game is straight forward, not pretty, but that’s sometimes how you have to score on guys like that that are really, it’s tough to find him out of position, so you’ve got to get lots of pucks at him. You’ve got to create traffic and make it difficult on him.

On putting Game 4 behind them…
Well that’s what you have to do in the playoffs. You have to really be present. There’s going to be lots of ups and downs, as we realized and learned in round one, and the teams that are able to move on are the teams that are able to put things behind us, whether it’s a great game or a poor game, and that’s really where we’re at right now is just trying to stay even, stay focused and really turn the page on the last game and move forward.

On what the thought of the first period and what they did to ‘turn it on’ in the second…
We had a couple of good shifts there to start the game, Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron’s] line, and we had some chances. When they scored on us it kind of put us back on our heels, and they were really playing a desperate game and came to play so we just refocused and realized that we’ve been in those positions before, down a goal, and knew that we had to play better.

On being on the ice with Nathan Horton during an empty net situation…
To have the opportunity to be out there in those situations is nice, but he’s a good player. He makes really good plays, and I think the thing that’s really overlooked with Nathan [Horton] is that he does make those little good plays and he obviously is forward talent and can score goals, but it’s the plays like he made on that goal there where he gets the puck out and he’s traveling the puck and little plays that often lead to bigger plays.

On Tuukka Rask…
He’s a guy that time and time again shows up to big games and we really rely on him, and again tonight he was really good.

On his line’s role…
We just try our best and try to do the things that we can and try to be responsible, bring energy and really work together and try to make a difference every game. Some games the way we contribute is different than the way we contributed tonight. Not every game we’re going to put the puck in the net, but it has to be in some fashion, we have to contribute as a line, so against a team like the Rangers who are pretty solid we really had to rely on our depth and we knew that we had to play a role.

On whether their depth will be important in the next round…
Of course. We’ve all watched Pittsburgh play. We’ve played against them enough and we have a lot of respect for that team, the way they’re coached, and they have four really good lines and guys that contribute and they got scoring from every line and they’re not too far removed from winning the Stanley Cup and they know how to win, so I think it will be a great matchup. We’re excited about it, and we’re going to have to be good.

On how proud he is of his team…
I’m proud of everybody. Looking back to Game 7 against the Leafs with eight minutes to go, it’s really hard to predict we’d be in this position now, but with the character we have on this team and the experience and the leadership, I think we’re very deserving of being here. We’ve had some ups and downs throughout the year, and we’ve handled it well and really worked hard to get to this position.

On the Rangers’ refiguring of their fourth line…
I don’t know. We didn’t really put too much thought into that. Teams make decisions based on what they think is good for their team, and maybe they wanted some more energy. They’re a good team. Most of the games could have gone either way, and they have some really good players on their team, and some guys that really compete, so it wasn’t an easy series.

On the key to his line’s production…
I can’t really put my finger on one thing. I thought we’ve played pretty well throughout the entire year. We’re fortunate enough to have played together for the last two and a half, three years right now, and that’s a very rare thing in hockey to have the opportunity to play with the same two guys. I though we had a pretty good year. We created some chances throughout the year, and really kind of set the stage for the playoffs and knew that we were going to be relied upon at some point or other, and in the first round we played pretty hard and had some chances too and fortunately for us in this round they went in.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On the way the team responded tonight…
The guys did a good job. Everyone was going. It was a hard fought game though, give them credit, they played really hard too. I think the guys did a lot of little things properly, get pucks in, get pucks deep. We had a lot of zone time, that was key to a little bit of our success.

On if it is nice to close out a series and not here about not being able to close out a series…
No offense, Bud, but I don’t listen to you guys. So, I didn’t hear it. I try not to pay attention.

On what ticked him off before the fight…
Chalk it up to many coffees, I guess. It’s over now. The series is over. I’m not going to be that guys afterwards to talk about it. So, I thought he was trying to take liberties on my linemate. I wasn’t okay with that, and that’s the end of it. We were both upset at the end so, you’re right doesn’t happen too often, but a little wound up tonight, I guess.

On his line playing such a huge role again…
Yeah, those guys are unbelievable again tonight. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] with two goals. Piesy [Daniel Paille] did all that work in the neutral zone on the first one, held on to it, strong on it and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] did a great job finding that puck in traffic and putting it home. It’s a gritty goal. It’s going into a tough area, so huge credit to him and even on the empty netter for him, it’s not an easy play. There’s a lot of second effort diving to get his stick on that to put it in. So, great job by those two again.

On the guys really storming the net on Campbell’s first goal…
Yeah, Piesy [Daniel Paille] drove. I was trying to get to the net, he tried to throw it to me, it went off my pants and luckily landed where Soup [Gregory Campbell] was going.

On how much depth in general provided to be a difference maker in the series and the rookie defenseman being the big storylines…
Yeah, I mean you tell me about the storylines, Joe, you write them. Those kids have stepped in, especially Freddy [Torey Krug], he played unbelievable, not even just the points. I’ve said it before, all the little plays he made, carrying the puck, having poise, having patience with it, making the smart plays, holding the blueline in the offensive zone and he played hard too. He’s not that big of a defensemen, but he plays a lot bigger than he is.

On why when the team got momentum it was so hard for the Rangers to get it back…
There were some lines with some big forwards that can be, when we’re playing properly, can be heavy on pucks and can hang onto pucks in the offensive zone and when everyone’s going and we’re doing that we can create some momentum. When we get into trouble, is when we turn pucks over and tonight I thought we did a pretty good job of keeping pucks in.

On how nice it was to see Tuukka Rask make clutch saves in the third and redeem himself…
Nobody’s ever questioned him in here. He’s been unbelievable for us, even through this series and I’m sure you’ll see him with the jacket on in a little bit. He deserved it.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On becoming a major contributor so quickly…
Yeah, it’s a great feeling. I’m glad we closed it out tonight in front of a great crowd. It was so loud in there I could barely hear myself think sometimes. It was a great experience.

On his goal…
I saw Segs [Tyler Seguin] had the puck up top. I just tried to get out there. I just hopped onto the ice from the bench and just tried to get open in position to get my shot through. When I take one-timers, I just try to make the goalie make a save with his hands, and fortunately it went in.

On where he would describe his confidence level…
It’s pretty high. It’s a good feeling out there, and the more the coaching staff puts me out on the ice, the better I feel. It’s a great feeling when your teammates are coming up to you, patting you on the back, and all the credit in the world to everyone.

On if he’s doing anything differently in the NHL…
I don’t think there’s anything that I’ve changed in my game. You talk to my college coach, you talk to Bruce Cassidy down in Providence, I think they’re all going to say that’s the type of stuff I do at every level.

On turning the momentum in their favor after scoring the power play goal…
Yeah, I think obviously that was the turning point for us. Getting the shots through, trying to cause havoc in the crease, I think that was a point of emphasis coach made between the first and second [periods]. I think that power play was the turning point for the game.

On focusing on playing his game instead of focusing on everything else…
Yeah, you definitely have to balance that. Every game I’ve been able to take a step back before the National Anthem, look around, close my eyes, think about everything for a second, understand how special this is. With that, I just go out there and play my game and just try to contribute to the team in any way possible. Every game I seem to find a way to.

On if the game is slowing down for him…
No, I don’t think so. I feel the same as I did in Game 1. It’s great because the communication up here is a lot different than it is down in the AHL. My teammates make my job easy, and I try to make their job easy as well. I don’t think it’s any slower.

On if he can become a dependable goal-scorer for the rest of the playoffs…
I have to do things like that if I want to stick around in this league. If I’m not going to be scoring or making an impact in the offensive zone, I’m not going to stick around. They’re just going to find a bigger guy who can do those things. Hopefully, I can continue. And like I said, I’m just trying to contribute every chance I get.

On if he ever imagined he’d be here now when he signed with the Bruins last year…
It’s been a crazy year. When I signed, I chose Boston for this reason. I wanted to win a Stanley Cup. I knew that they expected to win the Stanley Cup year after year, and I knew that we were going to be in contention every year. I’m glad that I just got the opportunity to come in, step in and contribute and try to help the team win. It’s been an unbelievable year, for sure.

On the importance of playing playoff hockey in Providence…
That was extremely important. I don’t think I’d be having the success that I am right now unless I played in those series. We played Hershey in the first round, and they were a big, strong team with a lot of older guys. It’s definitely relatable to up here. That league is definitely what it is used for—development. I’m very lucky that I got to play in that.

On how he gets shots on net…
I think it’s a combination of everything you just said [quick delivery, seeing the seam]. First thing, you want to get your feet moving and try to change the lane of the shot. Secondly, I think you can also catch them off guard with that quick shot. So, I think it’s a combination of everything. I’m just trying to get that puck to the net.

On if he has a special drill that helps him get shots on net…
Nothing like that. To be honest, I sit and take a lot of one-timers. My uncle owns a stick handling skills hockey company, and I used to spend my summers working with him. A lot of it, we concentrate on the small areas and getting your shots off quick. And then also down in Providence all year, I was working with the coaching staff, and they would just feed my one-timer after one-timer until I was tired.

On the transition to the NHL…
It’s tough, but I’ve said it before—you’re getting called up, you’re getting sent down. You come up here and you feel like part of the team, but you want to contribute. And when you do contribute, you feel like an even bigger part of the team. It’s nice having the guys come in here patting you on the back. It’s a great experience.

On signing with the Bruins over a lesser talented team and playing a bigger role…
I decided to come here because I wanted to win. They expect to win the Stanley Cup every year, and that’s my mentality. I just want to win. Also, I knew I was going to make it to the NHL. There wasn’t going to be anyone that’s going to get in my way. It was just my mentality, so I’m glad I was able to come to an organization that has the winning ways that we do.

On closing out the series for Tuukka Rask…
What happened last game, it’s in the past. It’s kind of funny. He’s got a sense of humor about it. We understand we expect Tuukka [Rask] to make those saves. That save in the third period on the breakaway was, that was also a game-changer for us. I think we spent the next two, three minutes down in their end with Lucic’s line. He’s a game-changer. He’s an unbelievable goalie, and we have so much confidence in him. We’re excited.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On tonight’s game…
Well the beginning didn’t go very good for us. They come out hard and they put a lot of pressure on us. We made some mistakes and obviously they got rewarded by a power play goal, but then we had to probably calm things down after the first, and just start focusing on our game and what we want to do on the ice, and I think it was a really even game. They played a very good game and it was a big challenge the whole game, and it was a one-goal game until we scored again tonight.

On the fourth line battling hard…
The fourth line did a great job again tonight, playing physical and brought us a lot of energy and scored a big goal for us, so they’ve been really a difference-maker, I think, in this series.

On his reaction when he saw Tuukka Rask’s save on Ryan Callahan’s breakaway…
Tuukka [Rask] made a big save at the right time, and that’s what you want to have from a goaltender. So there was a little breakdown, defensive breakdown, but Tuukka came up big for us.

On his thoughts about moving onto the third round…
It’s exciting and it’s obviously a long ways to go, but like I said, it’s exciting to be in the position where we are.

On whether it is nice to close the series early to get rest…
It’s nice to win the series.

NEW YORK RANGERS HEAD COACH JOHN TORTORELLA
On if depth played a role in this series…
Yeah, that’s part of it. They’ve got a deep team, and that is part of it. It can’t be an excuse.

On other factors that played a role…
I’m not going to go into the other parts.

On if the series would have been different if the Rangers had given more effort earlier…
Yeah, I thought we were slow in the series, as far as this is a total different team than Washington. I don’t think we got to the level we needed to. No, I do. I think they’re a deeper team than we are, so we needed to play at a different level. We needed to get a number of different things from different players more consistently. But again, I watched our team fight tonight, to try to extend this series. We get it on a big guy’s stick, [Ryan] Callahan, in the third period, with an opportunity to tie it. That’s the way it goes. They deserved to win. They were the better team, they deserved to win.

On having more player movement through trades and injuries than last year…
We were fortunate, where we didn’t have the injuries. And again, I’m not going to use it as an excuse, but we don’t have, say, our [Milan] Lucic, in [Ryane] Clowe. We don’t have our [Zdeno] Chara, in [Marc] Staal. And those are two pretty big players for us. You need to try to find a way. All teams go through it, so please, I’m not using that as an excuse, but it hurts. It hurt our depth. It put people in situations that, right now, I don’t think they’re ready to handle those types of minutes that there is with those players.

On Boston’s rookie defensemen…
Yeah, they played real well. It’s funny how it works, huh? You get worried about this, that, and the other thing, and especially the kid there, [Torey] Krug, they got a lot of offense from their back end. That was another difference in our series, getting offense from the back end, and he led the way. It’s funny how it works, as guys come into lineups.

On the ways that this season was more challenging than last season…
I think this season, we struggled to really get our personality, just to get our identity. I think it helped when we made those deals at the deadline. I watched [Derick] Brassard, their last game, try to take over a game, which is really encouraging. I thought that deal helped us, but I just don’t think we’re stiff enough. I just don’t think we are. When you get into a second round, I think that showed a little bit. We tried. There was never a lack of effort with the club. At the beginning of the series, I just thought there was a lack of awareness, how high you have to be as you go into the second round with your level of play. And as we went on, I thought we got better. I thought we got better the last two games. But I still think, you know, we’re out. They’re in.

On playing Derek Dorsett despite the penalties he took…
Well I didn’t play him a whole heck of a lot. I still tried to use my bench as best as I could. I wanted to try to sustain a forecheck. I thought they were very effective early on. The undisciplined penalties hurt us a bit, and then the third period, I was going three lines to try to tie that game. I think he’s going to be a really good played for us. I’d rather have him, at that level of not being able to control himself, than a couple other players on our team that I can’t get them to get to a level.  So it’s much easier to have a player that way and try to tame him, than to try to build a player up. I think he’s going to be an effective player for us as we move forward.

On if the shortened season limited the Rangers’ ability to develop an identity…
I think all teams missed their training camp. I’ll speak on our training camp, I think it’s a rigorous training camp, and I think we spend a lot of time building a mindset within it. We didn’t have that, but no other team had it either. Other teams have thoughts on how they run their camp too, and they didn’t have it. It’s not an excuse, I just think we need to build in, in some spots, and I think we’ll be able to get to the identity we want to get to.

On Boston’s chances against Pittsburgh…
I think Boston has a really good chance. I think Claude [Julien] and that staff has done a heck of a job with their club. I can’t believe some of the people, how they second-guess him, just being in the city for a few days, and the type of job he’s done here. That’s a good team. They’re very well-coached, and they’re seasoned. They’ve been through it before, and I give them a lot of credit, as far as what they’ve done with their club. They’re a good hockey team.

On if losing this series is disappointing after making the conference finals last year…
I don’t compare to last year. I think everybody tries to, with the expectations, because you go to the conference finals, and then everybody thinks your next step is the Stanley Cup Finals. We’re a different team. You may not like it, you may think it’s an excuse, but we’re a different team. But we still are one of the top eight teams playing at this time. We’ve gotten to play thirty playoff games in the past two years. Some teams would lick their chops to do that. So I know, you’re always looking for the end goal, and getting to the finals, you get an opportunity. We didn’t. Some of the responsibility falls on me. I think one of the big things in this series is I could not, and it does, it falls on me, it’s a big part of my job to get your top players to play consistently and I couldn’t do that. We tried, and so I need to take some responsibility and try to get them in those spots to help us here. I thought that hurt us a little bit.

NEW YORK RANGERS DEFENSMAN RYAN MCDONAGH
On whether he is satisfied with the effort they left out on the ice…
No, I don’t think you can say that. Obviously, losing a series you always think you could play better. I think we didn’t really find our game consistently until Game 3 or 4 there, and you can’t afford to do that in any kind of playoff series. That’s really the main thing I’m learning here from this series.

On whether that was because of something the Bruins did or something the Rangers didn’t do…
I mean a combination. They’re a good team and play their structure pretty well. You look back and there were some defensive breakdowns we usually don’t give up, some goals, a couple overtime goals. Close games all the way through besides the second one there. Losing the lead at home in game three. Those are things that if you want to clinch a series you have to bear down in those situations.

On the Bruins depth…
Yeah, you see that they have a lot of guys contribute throughout the series. Obviously, tonight the fourth line gets a goal, and they were pretty dangerous the whole series. I think when we were playing our game we were showing that we had depth too, and different guys contributing all the way through. And we made some adjustments – our fourth line was energetic, gave us life, got a fight going there Dorc [Derek Dorsett]. You know, that’s all you can ask for.

On whether he expected more out of this season…
I think so, I think everybody expected big things. You know, it’s tough to play from behind in a lot of series. We were able to show character and win in the first one – not that we didn’t show it in this one. It just builds on you, it adds on you, and the odds are against you. But I think we were trying to compete.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD CARL HAGELIN
On his team’s performance…
This was definitely our best game. It was just tough that the push came too late. We should have been playing like this our first couple of games, which we didn’t. It’s tough to get out of a hole when you’re down 3-0, even though we showed a lot of character. It’s a great group of guys in here, and we almost came back. Again, I think we’re all disappointed we didn’t play this way to start out the series.

On why the team played better later in the series and not the start…
That’s a good question. I don’t think we were tired from the first series. I mean they played seven; we played seven. I think it’s just a matter of maybe we just didn’t have the aggressiveness we needed to play in their zone. Maybe we gave them a little too much respect. It hurt us.

On what problems the Bruins caused for them…
They did a good job of breaking out of their own end. I think that was key for them so their D [defense] could join, because we did not sustain enough pressure. We didn’t make their D [defense] work, and that’s why it was easy for them to join the rush.

On his team turning over the puck a lot…
Yeah. Maybe, maybe not. I don’t think that was our biggest issue. I think it was more our dumps, and we made it easy for them to break it out.

On what the feeling is like when you work so hard and it comes to an end…
It’s just disappointment and emptiness. You want to keep playing, there’s no doubt about it. But the push came too late.

On the biggest difference in this series…
Just the way we didn’t’ create enough offense. We got a lot of good scoring chances, just more the fact that we didn’t sustain.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD RICK NASH
On his feelings after the series…
It’s heartbreaking. We have a good team, good season, and we just couldn’t get the job done.

On if he was dealing with an injury during the series…
No.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD DERICK BRASSARD
On the momentum of the game…
Well, I think when they scored their second goal they got a lot of momentum, I think they really pushed hard after that. I think the more the game goes the level of energy is going to go a bit down because you always try to push and try to get a forecheck. I think after the second goal, you know, they play really tight and they make a big push and we couldn’t find a way.

On whether it was more what the Bruins did or what the Rangers didn’t do…
Yeah I think they have some good structure, and they have good defensemen. And what I noticed was that every time we tried to get a battle in front of their net, they’re pretty big and they compete hard. I think the Game 1 and Game 2 – we didn’t give those games to those guys, I think they did play well and play a little bit better. I think that’s where the series got going. But all credit to them. You know they found a way. The last playoff series that they played against Toronto they came back to go into the seventh game, and tonight they found a way to close the deal.

On what he learned from this playoff experience…
Yeah well you know, it was my first playoff experience. And we found a way to win the first playoff matches, and I think just learning how hard it is and all the little details. I’m just looking forward to this summer to work hard, and now I know what to expect. And going into next season I think I am confident I want to be part of this team, and I think we have a good group here and we can do something special. It’s been a lot of fun.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD RYAN CALLAHAN
On New York’s play in the series…
You know I don’t think we played well enough throughout that whole series. Especially those first couple games there. I knew their team was going to respond tonight and then play the way they did.  We had some chances to tie it there. You know when you get in a hole like that you give yourself no room for air.

On if it was more about what Boston was doing or what New York wasn’t able to do…
I thought tonight we played pretty well. We got our power play goal there, we got some chances, but in the series I don’t think we did enough especially, like I said, those first couple games. We get ourselves in a hole and it hurts us, against a good team like that you can’t do it and it hurt us.

On whether it’s too soon to evaluate the season…
Yeah I mean I’m not going to evaluate it right now. It’s too fresh. Obviously we are frustrated with how it ended, but I think you always are when you don’t win.

On the inconsistency of New York’s play tonight and during the regular season…
Speaking of tonight, it was a back and forth game and that’s how games are especially on the road. I thought we played well tonight. They ended up getting the one ahead in the third period, we’re all over them and we’re getting chances. I have two good looks and I don’t put it in.  But like I said, you get yourself in a hole like that you don’t give yourself room for any air.

On the season being over…
It sucks. There’s no worst feeling than this. We had a good team this year. It’s frustrating.

On his thoughts during his breakaway…
I’m thinking, I feel the defenseman kind of on my right side so I try to go on my backhand and he makes a good save.

On what the difference was in this series…
Well there are a lot of things. Our power play early on I think hurt us, not capitalizing opportunities there. I don’t think we played our best hockey early on in the series. They’re an experienced team too you have to give them credit they played well. They’re physical, they come at you hard, Tuukka [Rask] played well, but overall it’s not good enough from us.

On how good the Bruins are…
They’re a good team.

NEW YORK RANGERS FORWARD BRIAN BOYLE 
On wondering how things could have played out if the effort was there earlier in the series…
You wonder a lot of things, you review the whole year. You wonder how many more you got left you know. It’s a really difficult feeling. You wonder, you question yourself – it’s difficult, especially the next couple weeks. The group in here, we came together pretty good and we believed in one another that we got to turn this into a series.  It didn’t happen for us, but there’s a group in here that’s a privilege to be a part of.  We didn’t quit and I’m lucky to be a part of that.

On if this is the best series Boston has played since the Cup…
Yeah I don’t know.  I mean they played really well, but I mean I don’t pay that much attention to that team.  They played really well and they deserved to win obviously. They’re a really good team. You can make that argument I don’t really have – we just worry about us in here – difficult thing to swallow.

On if there was a specific point where it went wrong for New York…
A series is a lot of ups and down and mistakes and we make plays and make mistakes. There’s not really one place it’s a series.

NEW YORK RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST
On how confident he was when the team was up 1-0…
The first period was great, and then we kind of lost ourselves a little bit. After their power play goal, they just took over the game. It just felt like in this series—I just want to start by saying congratulations to Boston, I think they played a great series, and they deserved it. They did so many things really well. Forecheck, power play, PK [penalty kill]— they were a great team. We lost ourselves a little bit after their goal—the first goal. When they got going every game, we had a tough time to match it. The last couple of games we played a game that we gave ourselves a chance, but it took us a few games to get there. That’s something we have to learn from.

On if it was more Boston preventing them from what they needed to do, or them not doing it…
A combination. They’re a great team, and the style they play, they make it really tough for D [defense]. They play physical and the only game they gave us something was the last game, a couple of goals there. They played a really solid game, and like I said, we stepped our game here the last couple of games, but I still think we had another level the first couple of games, and when you play a good team like Boston, you cannot do that.

On how close his team was last year, and with the offseason additions if he thought his team would be further along than this…
I expected more from us, and I hoped for more. But the way the season went, I talked about it earlier: last year a lot of things went our way, and we had a lot of confidence. This year, we had to work through a lot of things to get going, and it came down to the last few games. It was a different season, a different approach. It was just a different feeling the way that this season went. This year, like I said, we had to work a little harder to get the results. Again, I think it’s really important that we have a pretty young team, and that we learn from this. Boston came out flying the first few games, and it was a combination of them playing really well, and us not reaching our top level that you need to beat them.

On if they had started the series like they ended it, and where they might be right now…
That’s pretty much what I’m trying to say. We had great energy here the last couple of games, or half of the last game actually. It turned for us with that goal, and it almost felt like we were waiting for something good to happen. It just took too long for something good to happen. We got going, and I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but again, they played a great series. Every game, they made it really tough for us. Normally when we play Boston, I face around 13, 14, maybe 15 scoring chances and 30 shots. Every game here was over 20 scoring chances, so it was a test every game to try and keep it close. It was definitely a tough game to play. It was fun to be out there; I enjoyed it. It was intense, and it really tested us, it tested me. I’m really disappointed right now. It’s an empty feeling.

On him talking about the clock ticking and time going by in the past, and if that’s the hardest feeling…
The hardest feeling is just realizing it’s over. The next couple of days you’re going to analyze things, and try to figure out what went wrong, and what you can do better, and try to learn from it. But right now, it’s just an empty feeling, and disappointment. Some years you don’t really have a chance to go that far in the playoffs, you just battle hard. I think this year, we had a pretty good team, but there were a few games when we didn’t reach our top level. When you play a team like Boston, it’s going to be tough to beat them.

On if he got a sense on the second goal it was coming after a couple of misplays in front of him…
That’s what they did so well: the plays around their net and our net the entire series. They come hard, they bring in a lot of guys, and they just go for rebounds, and a lot of goals they score are shots with screens and disguise in front. They’re doing that part of the game really well. That’s why you just have to give them some credit too. We battle hard and we’re really proud of the way we responded the last couple of games here, and stepped it up. But I think looking at all the games here, they deserved to win, no question.

On the standard they set last season, and if this team had the same identity and high expectations…
I don’t know. It’s too early, I think in a couple days you might think about the entire season, and my play, and what I can do better, and try to learn moving forward. As a team, it’s too early. All I can say is it was a different feeling. Last year, we had not everything going our way, but a lot of things were going our way. It was just a different approach to a lot of games, especially going down the stretch. I still feel like in key moments throughout the year we stepped up as a team, and that shows a lot of character, and got us into the playoffs. But it wasn’t enough, and that was disappointing. But I keep coming back to just giving Boston a lot of credit because they played so well.

On if it didn’t feel like last year, if the feeling can change, or does it snowball…
Halfway through the season we were in a totally different position compared to last year; that’s why it’s a different feeling. This game is about winning. When you’re winning you have one feeling; when you’re losing you have another feeling—I hope. You feel more desperation and urgency when we’re losing. That’s key in hockey, to have the urgency and desperation. Obviously there were more games this year when we were in a tough spot, and we had to win going down the stretch. That’s why it was a different atmosphere around the team. But also, it was great to see the new guys come in to, the way they helped us down the stretch. That was a key moment for us to change the dynamic a little bit and get ourselves into the playoffs.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 4:20 P.M.
On if there will be any lineup changes today...
Probably see after warmup. [Dennis] Seidenberg is going to dress for warmup and we’ll make that decision after that.

On the recall of Niklas Svedberg...
I think it’s pretty obvious, in the playoffs if you want to give your starting goaltender a bit of a break along the way, whether it’s morning skates or optionals, at least it gives you a couple goaltenders to work with in practice. He’s always here in case anything would ever happen, as well. He’s here, he’s had a great year, and he deserves to be here with us. Certainly he’s going to help us along the way here give Tuukka [Rask] some rest when needed.
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