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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES


BOSTON BRUINS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Thursday, November 14, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On the goal he scored…
Kruger [Torey Krug] did a good job having a good gap north. Soupy [Gregory Campbell] got the line, told him I was right behind him as we were crossing he gave it to me. I just burried my head in a shot and definitely got tipped, I got lucky and it went barring in. A little bit of luck there but I’ll take it.

On the merlot line having a good night…
Yeah I think, I think we talked about it going in. We felt pretty good. I think legs felt as good as they felt all year and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] looked pretty good tonight too. I think unfortunately we couldn’t burry a little bit more. We had some chances maybe we should have gotten a couple but we’ll take the win. That’s the most important thing.

On nine out of ten points on the homestand…
Very, very. We found our way again tonight. It was a pretty hard fought game both ways. I think Looch [Milan Lucic] did a great job for us at the end and got us the W, I think that’s obviously the most important thing. So, hopefully we continue that momentum into tomorrow.

On the merlot line…
A little bit. I think little bit, the momentum comes when we get out there. I think a couple games for whatever reason with power plays and penalty kills we don’t get out there as much. I think the game before last we were up four or five times and the penalty was called on either side so it kind of takes away from you. Your legs aren’t as great but I think the efforts always there and sometimes it goes in for us, sometimes it doesn’t. But, I think we’ve been trying to bring that momentum every game anyways.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
On how he felt tonight…
I felt okay. I can’t say I felt great, I think it took me a little bit to kind of really mentally get in it. Sometimes, you’ve kind of got to fake it every now and then, you know, kind of show that you’re feeling great, but I kind of just battled and got more comfortable. In the third period, I felt great. The guys did a good job killing penalties and really forcing them to shoot pucks from some tough areas. It was just good to get the two points.

On Columbus getting a lot of chances in the third period…
Yeah, they came pretty hard in the third period, and that’s kind of how it is, two-two, tied up in the third period. I think teams are always going to try and shoot for the goal there and take chances, and they did that, and I just tried to battle, make the saves when I could, and give the team a chance to win.

On making big saves late in tie games and hoping your team can get a goal…
When I saw him [Milan Lucic] go on a breakaway, I put my head down and I was like ‘Oh, please score,” because these are points we need. There’s always teams you think you should get points off of, and we really wanted to get the two points tonight. Overtime is just kind of back-and-forth, you never know what’s going to happen. So when he had the breakaway there, it was pretty exciting, and for him to score, I was real excited.

On how confident he would have felt in a shootout…
Pretty confident. I don’t know, I’m pretty good at shootouts, but I’d like to think I’m pretty confident. Thankfully it didn’t go to a shootout, so it’s always nice to win in overtime.

On the save he made on a backhanded shot late in the game…
It was just kind of a spin-o-rama. Sometimes those are tough, because he has his head down and he’s not the most accurate on the backhand, for any guy. So I just tried to read his stick and then I just kind of put my glove there, and it hit my glove. It was nice.

On celebrating with his teammates after the win…
Yeah, it’s just nice to get two points. I get in once every two weeks, and I try and work as hard as I can in practice to make myself ready for these situations. The guys I think know that there might be a little bit of rust every now and then, and they battled really hard for me. It was a big two points for us and we were all excited to get the two points.

On the rebound he gave up that led to the second Blue Jackets goal…
It was a tough one. It’s kind of one of those plays where the guy was driving the net too, and you try and block it. You’ve got to respect the guy driving in case he tips that, so for myself I just came and tried to be in position. It hit my toe, about two inches above my stick, and it’s hard to really control those. I tried to get back to the middle and he kind of made a little backhand there. Again, you want to control those, it just sometimes doesn’t happen.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 9:55 P.M.
On how the team is feeling going 4-0-1 on the homestand…
Yeah I think when you look at the record it’s what you wanted; to have a good homestand, and we did. Nine out of 10 points is something certainly to be happy with. And now we have to bring our game on the road and we have three tough road games coming up. So hopefully tomorrow’s a good start to it.

On how he felt Chad Johnson played…
I thought he was good. When you look in the third period, they had a couple of good chances especially on the power play; point blank shots and he made some good saves. Little breakdowns where he had to face guys one-on-one and I thought he played really well. So, really pleased for him and I’m sure the players are happy for him as well.

On if the game was a confidence booster for Johnson…
Yeah and he wasn’t bad last time out, we didn’t play well in front of him. I think he deserved better and he got better tonight. We weren’t a bad team tonight, there were some breakdowns but it was tough for us. We were trying to build some momentum there and obviously for them, getting those power plays gave them that momentum they needed, and we couldn’t somehow get a power play tonight that would have helped us that way. So it was a bit of a challenge but we persevered and a big goal there in overtime there by Looch [Milan Lucic] and you leave here with a big two points.

On if Lucic will ask to be put on the shootout squad after his OT winner…
No he’s still 0-1 on shootouts so he’s still on the bottom of the list.

On the OT winning play…
Yeah a great job of blocking the shot and he got on his horse and took off. Again, he can shoot the puck. He got him in the five-hole and it was a great decision on his part.

On if Lucic’s size and speed intimidates goaltenders and was a factor in his winning goal…
You’re a fisherman tonight aren’t you? Fishing a little bit there. I don’t know. You might want to ask their goalie because I just think that no matter what he was going to get the breakaway so the goaltender had to face a shot coming and to me it was as simple as that.

On the penalty kill getting 26 in a row…
Yeah like I said before, we were really disappointed in that game against New Jersey and finding a way to bounce back and being real solid since then was a goal of ours. Every game is a new challenge and guys are looking forward to it and they want to prolong it as long as they can. So tonight we needed our goaltender as well to make the big saves at the right time and keep that streak going; and we did.

On the merlot line helping offensively and if that is a benefit…
Well it is. Thorny [Shawn Thornton] scored that second goal which was a big goal for us; it gave us the lead. Even though Looch didn’t want to give him credit for it because it hit the D’s stick and he made sure to tell him on the bench, so there’s a lot of support as you can see on that bench for guys that score goals. But it was a big goal and that line continues to give us that on regular nights and, if not that, it’s the momentum it’s the energy that they give us. It’s coming around. I thought that line probably started off slow this year but we’re starting to see the line that we’re used to seeing.

On what happened to David Krejci when he left the ice after a hit during the first period…
It’s the mandatory stuff. You have to do those things. When you get hit that way, you have to take him to the quiet room and he was good. So that’s why he came back.

On if the hit on Krejci was a bad hit…
Well I mean it’s a little bit of everything. I just – when I looked at it – David [Krejci] was falling. I don’t know if he could have let up a little bit; it looked like he turned his hip and that his hip kind of hit him in the head there as he was falling. You have to be careful, because if you start looking at every hit and then you’re looking to punish every hit, we’re going to hurt our game more than we’re going to help it. So again, those things I’d rather let the people in charge look at it and dissect it and I’m certainly not going to stand in front of the computer and dissect it because he’s back and he’s with us and I need to think about preparing our team for tomorrow.

On if the breakdowns in the third was the result of trying too hard to get a lead…
Again guys, we can stand here every night after every game and nitpick at our team. At the end of the night, we won a game. We had more scoring chances than them. We weren’t perfect, we aren’t a perfect team; but we are a good team. It’s one of those things; there’s breakdowns. I’m not standing here saying I’m happy but the guys worked hard. And we need to be sharper mentally and make some better decisions, but you have to give the other team credit, they came in here and I said that this morning – they’re a team that forechecks hard, they play a heavy game, they battle hard; they did that to us in Columbus and that’s what they did to us again tonight. So we got through it and won the game and now we’re going to Ottawa hoping to win another one.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COACH TODD RICHARDS

On his team playing well in the third period…
We played very good in the third. You know, we had about 10-15 minutes from five minutes to the end of the first to about the first ten minutes of the second where we were not very good though. But that’s the way that we play. What we have to find in our game is that 60 minute game, or 58 or 55 minutes. You know, we had a lull where it seemed like it got chaotic, and systematically we weren’t executing. But we come out in the third and we execute really well. And we didn’t get obviously the end result, but I think based on how the third period was going we were carrying the play.

On what changed in the third, whether it was simply effort…
No, I don’t think it’s effort. I think we compete and we try. I think sometimes we get sidetracked – I think within our systems we need to play. At times we get two guys running when there shouldn’t be two guys. Or they had a breakaway in the second period – It was an offensive zone faceoff for us and a defensive zone faceoff for them, and they end up with the breakaway because we have guys that aren’t doing their jobs. It’s trying to build that trust with each other out on the ice knowing that if I, again, execute and do my job my teammate is going to do his job.

On whether his “heart skipped a beat” when he saw Milan Lucic get the breakaway in overtime…
I don’t think my heart sank, because to me we have one of the best goalies. The way that it was going – I also look at our team as I think we have some good shootout guys. Even though you want to try to win it in overtime, the other thing is you give yourself a pretty good chance because of your goaltender plus the guys we have in our shootout. That’s just managing. The one thing you can’t do when you’re the last man in the zone is your shot can’t get blocked, it can’t get blocked.

On whether it feels any better or worse losing in overtime and at least getting a point…
It feels the same. It’s still an empty feeling. You know, there were a lot of good things in the third period, but it’s still the result. You know, we need to win games and we needed two points here not just one.

On whether they handle blocking shots any differently in overtime (with the ice being more spread out)…
It can [deflect in different directions]. But what you need to realize is that when you’re the last guy your shot can’t get blocked. You know, as a former defenseman and what we tell our defensemen is when you’re in that spot that just can’t happen. Because that’s the result, that’s what happens. It goes out in the neutral zone and a guy ends up with a breakaway.

On David Savard and Ryan Murray stepping up on defense…
You know David [Savard] wasn’t supposed to play, and because of Dalton [Prout] going down he was kind of thrust into the lineup. And I was impressed with his game. Boston is a big team they have a big group of forwards, and it seemed to me that whenever David was going into the corner or a battle situation the play was over with. It’s not going to happen every time, but he played heavy tonight he played big, and was able to stop a lot of those plays in the offensive zone. So I thought David played a good game tonight.

On Ryan Murray saving pucks along the goal line…
That obviously was a big play for us. But again, sometimes when we get away from our game we end up trying to do too much. And there were a couple times that I think he was trying to do too much, and you end up going back into your own zone. So that’s the area of our game that we have to clean up. Again, trust in what we’re doing, trust in our systems and how was play, and whatever situation you’re in you just have to execute your job.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD MARK LETESTU
On tonight’s game…
Yeah I mean you’d love to come out with two points.  You know this is a tough building coming into play, they’re Eastern champs for a reason.  We battled them hard, you know for it just to be 65 minutes, sometimes it goes that way.  But when you play good teams like this – you know definitely the effort was positive. We played good enough to win they just got one more bounce than us.

On if it was a part of their game plan to get under Boston’s skin tonight…
No it really wasn’t part of the game plan.  I think the way we play can be frustrating for other teams.  I think we check tightly, stay pretty discipline, and try to attack them with speed and that can be frustrating for teams and maybe they took some penalties tonight.  It’s not necessarily a focus for ours, but we know when we are playing at our best teams are going to be frustrated with us.

On his assist to Blake Comeau’s goal…
Yeah I mean that’s something we are working on is going through the neutral zone with speed and getting on the chipped pucks and I knew two guys were coming to play me so there was going to be a pocket in front of the net. Blake [Comeau] was calling for it and got it and put it away.

On looking forward for their next game against Montreal…
Absolutely that’s being a professional. We kind of enjoy or be done with this one right now, but wake up tomorrow – we got another job to do and another big team in the East to play.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On Bobrovsky staying in the net…
Well I was hoping he was going to stay in the net then I would have to make a decision but fortunately for us he didn’t, fortunately for myself he didn’t and had a chance there and tried to burry it and fortunately enough I did.

On the irony of settling the game in overtime after all of the overtime talk…
Yeah I was able to block a shot, lucky bounce, was able to go out on a breakaway and it’s my first overtime goal that I ever scored and it ends up being a big one with the last game on this homestand which ended up being a successful one.

On Columbus playing physical…
Yeah they’re, I think they play real heavy type of game. They play hard and that’s what gives them, their team a good chance to win night in night out and they’ve gotten better since last year almost making the playoffs and I think they’re improving this year and obviously when they get our buddy Horty [Nathan Horton] in the lineup I think it gives them an even better look. Again, we were able to get a win against a team that came in here looking for a win and we were able to respond and that’s good for us.

On the satisfaction of scoring the game winner at the end of the home streak…
Yeah that’s what we talked about, an adjustment before we headed out there was ending this homestand on the right note and ending it with a big two points. We set ourselves up before we head on the road here.

On a lot clicking during the last five games…
I think we just got back to supporting one another and moving the puck better and our transition game has been better and we’re coming up the ice again as a five man unit and I think when we got into that skid and that funk that was the main thing that got away from us is that we were trying to play too much as individuals instead of a team game and we’re getting back to that and I think there’s still room for improvement to where we want to be and we have to stay on ourselves and stay on each other to keep getting better.

On seeing Chad Johnson in the net…
Yeah he, he’s probably had the toughest job on our team so far obviously with Tuukka [Rask] playing the way that he had and becoming a league goaltender. He’s getting almost all the starts and having to come in like that and play big for us is huge especially here tonight so. You need games like that out of your goaltenders and it was great to see him get rewarded here with the big win.

On the hit on David Krejci…
I mean, from what I saw on the ice even if he did slip, I know he did maybe catch an edge when he, just before he got hit but, I saw numbers just before he went in there to make the hit again. I don’t know you have to look at the replay but obviously you try to respond from it, we got a big penalty kill out of it and it was good to see Krech [David Krejci] not be—not end up too hurt where he wasn’t able to come back.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On ending the homestand on a high note…
We’re very happy about this.  We really kind of turned a corner and we’re playing a lot better.  We didn’t have our best game, but we got the win, and that’s what matters.

On what seemed to click for the team during this homestand…
I think we kind of bared down after that last loss and I think we had a few tough practices, and I think we all really just got back to working hard and keeping it a little more simple.  We know we have to be better, we have a really good team here, we want to live up to our expectations.  I think we’re coming around. 

On how important it is for Chad Johnson, getting the win tonight…
Huge.  He’s worked so hard for us all year long and we really wanted to have a good game for him tonight, and he played great.  He made some huge saves in the third and kept us in it; he did a great job today.

On if they got a very physical battle from the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight…
Yeah, I think so.  They play very physical, they battle hard, and they’ve got a lot of big guys.  It’s always a tough game against them, and they played well tonight.

On Milan Lucic’s drive to the net and avoiding a collision…
I wouldn’t be going head on with Looch (Milan Lucic) that’s for sure.  Looch [Milan Lucic] did a great job burying that.

On missing some chances earlier in the game…
It’s just how the game goes.  I mean, you’re not going to play a perfect game; we had some good opportunities, they had some good opportunities; I think we got a little bit sloppy there for a bit, but Johnny [Chad Johnson] did a great job at keeping us in it.

On being frustrated with a bad stick during the game…
Bad stick, I whiffed on a couple of pucks there, and the stick had to go, so, just trying to switch it up.

On wanting to get a better effort in front of Chad Johnson in goal tonight…
He played great.  He works so hard all year and we really wanted to have a great game for him.  You know, you want to go to bat for your guys, and for your teammates, and with how hard he’s worked for us this year we wanted to return the favor, and we’re very happy with the win tonight. 

On how much pride the Bruins take on the penalty kill…
A lot.  It’s a huge asset of ours; we’ve always been very proud to be on the PK, and when something gets through we’ve got a great goalie back there to stop it, so it’s just something we take a lot of pride in and we want to keep building on that.

On going into Ottawa tomorrow night with getting nine of ten points here total…
That’s what you want to be able to do.  You want to take it game by game and try to get as many points as you can; we have to keep building, and keep working on our game.

On what they can take out of having used this homestand to get back on their game…
One thing is that our game is – we play best when we play down low in their end and we’re not trying to play around at the blue line.  That’s the only time we really get in trouble, is when we turn pucks over at the blue lines and I think once we realized that and we buy into that, we play a lot better. 

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS FORWARD RYAN JOHANSEN

On if this feels better than the point they got the other night…
Well I thought we played better.  Right after the game though it’s still frustrating that we lost because we were that close to two points.  We did some great things in this game that we can build off. They are a great team over there and they played us hard and we played them hard, we just came short with a point.

On what the difference was between the second and third period regarding play…
Well they are a great team and they are going to push back.  At one point they did that and we knew that we had to ramp it up another level.  I thought our guys did a good job of doing that and finding ways to get more pucks to the net and finding ways to create more opportunities.  It’s just frustrating that we didn’t come out with that extra point tonight.

On this game being something to build on for tomorrow…
We’ve got to be ready for tomorrow.  It’s over and it’s done with, we’ll look at some video in the morning of things that we can do better at and fix and then we have to be ready for a big start against Montreal.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:25 A.M.
On using Torey Krug on the right side with Adam McQuaid injured…
Yeah it did. We had to find somebody to play the right side so both he and Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] can play the right side and we chose to put him there for now. That could change; we could alternate, but both of those guys can play the right side

On his impressions of Krug at that spot…
He was good. I thought, again, there’s certain things that when you play your off-wing or your off-side, it becomes a little bit more difficult to move the puck. So I think he did a pretty good job of finding the right passing lanes and everything else so I thought he did well.

On what he looks for in a backup goalie who knows he won’t be playing often…
Just that he stays on top of his game; he does extra. You see him every day, he comes out and is going to stay out there after practice and take some extra shots and try and stay sharp and that’s what Chad [Johnson] has done for us. I think if anything he’s had a great attitude. Hasn’t had the chance to play much yet nothing’s diminished from his work ethic, from his attitude, from his demeanor. He still comes in and is a real good team player every day. So that’s what you want to see from guys like that. You always hope that when they do get their chance, they make the best of it and get what they deserve; and guys like that deserve success.

On Johnson’s last game being the worst game for the Bruins of the season…
Well I think every game becomes a new challenge right? I liked the way we played the last few games; Toronto and obviously Tampa and seeing them turning the corner but that has to continue tonight. I think that’s the challenge that teams have all the time, is not to rely on the fact that you’re playing better lately but fight and keep it going. So I think that’s what everybody’s hoping to be able to do tonight is to keep our team going in the right direction.

On the challenge for goalies who play a lot in the AHL and then not much in the NHL…
Well you could probably ask Tuukka [Rask] that same question because he came from Providence doing the same thing and having to back up and that’s where I think goaltenders grow a lot from that. They become tougher mentally, they become tougher physically because they’re taking extra workouts every day, extra shots, and mentally they try and stay sharp. So it’s not a bad thing, although it seems like it’s a challenge; which it is. I think if anything, at the end of the day or the end of the year, it’s made you a better goaltender.

On the challenges against Columbus…
Well I watched them play their last game against Washington and obviously I go back to the game that we played against them. This is a team that I don’t want to spend too much time looking at their record more than I want to spend looking at their game; and they compete hard. They compete really hard and I thought last game they had as good a chance to win as anybody and unfortunately Washington tied it there with a few minutes left. But they played well; they’re physical, they’re aggressive, they don’t make it easy. It was the same thing in Columbus; they were hard on us and we had to really work to score goals. So I don’t anticipate anything different tonight. I think they still believe in what they’re doing and right now I think this is a team that is just looking for a few breaks here and there to turn the corner and we have to be careful that we’re not the team necessarily that gives that to them.

On Adam McQuaid’s progression…
Still the same. Every day they keep asking me the same questions. I know he was in the gym this morning working out. So he’s progressing, it’s just day-to-day and I don’t even know whether we’re going to take him on the trip before somebody asks me that today as well. So I don’t know what the situation is; probably know better either this afternoon or tonight – they might tell us he’s coming with us. I think a lot of it is dependent on how he was doing this morning.

On if his workout consisted of using the bike…
Yeah, riding the bike. I didn’t see his whole workout, I just walked in the room after morning skate and he was on the bike so that was a good sign for me.

On how Matt Bartkowski played last game…
It was good. Again, I was taking consideration – and I’m not saying that in a way that I gave him a pass – but I thought he was good. He hadn’t played in a long time and so he’s got an opportunity here to maybe get on a bit of a roll and hopefully tonight continues to be a good night and he keeps getting better and more confident.

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