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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Monday, September 23, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 10:30 PM   
On the new helmet rule and his thoughts…
Well I told the referee we should have had a two-minute power play on that because, well, [Aaron] Volpatti took his off but then he took [Kevan] Miller’s off so we shouldn’t have had a penalty right? You just laughed at me. I was actually making fun a little bit of what just happened. Yeah, guys are trying to be creative, obviously it’s a tough rule I guess you have to abide by it, but players are always looking to get around those kind of things. Obviously, it doesn’t look like it’s overly popular right now but they’ll have to get used to it. I think, again, when you talk about what the league’s trying to do, it’s trying to make this game safer. You’ve seen guys and I think you’ve seen some in preseason that have fallen and knocked their heads on the ice and it turns into concussions and they split their heads open and that can be dangerous. So again, it’s the league taking precautions to try and make the game safer and eventually the guys will get used to it.

On Zdeno Chara playing in front of the net on the power play…
He was good. I think when you looked at the goalie on that first goal, he tipped it in. And he was in front with a lot of chaos going on and a lot of loose pucks so he creates some havoc in front of there. Probably on a normal night we probably would have had more success but their goaltender played extremely well tonight, we had a hard time getting pucks past him. But I think he did a good job and as I mentioned you’re going to see him at the point at times and on that 5 on 3 you saw what his shot can do as well from back there. So we continue to look at that, and we may start with that and may switch during the season; 82 games is a long year guys so nothing is carved in stone.

On if he dislikes seeing Milan Lucic fighting an intense fight during the preseason…
Hockey’s hockey. And you can’t – it’s unfortunate, I know you don’t necessarily like seeing that, but guys are used to playing the game a certain way and preseason is about fine tuning yourself and it was what it was. And I’ll tell you what, that guy had a steel jaw because he wasn’t going down and Looch [Milan Lucic] kept throwing some pretty good punches. It was a fight for men, and people who enjoy that kind of hockey certainly got their money’s worth just on that one alone.

On Nick Johnson stepping up and fighting a bigger guy to stick up for Adam McQuaid…
Just another guy trying to show he’s a good teammate and he’s going to stick up for his team and he just went in there without hesitation so kudos to him for doing that. It’s not how many you win it’s how many you show up for. So we give him credit for that.

On Nick Johnson and where he stands for making one of the roster spots…
He’s in the mix. That much I can tell you; he’s in the mix. There’s quite a few guys in the mix. That’s some of the stuff I alluded to this morning and the other day by saying we’re going to have some tough decisions to make at the end. And there’s no doubt those decisions will be made as a group; upper management, coaches involved, because everybody’s going to have an opinion and going to have to weigh pros and cons and everything else that goes with it.

On Jordan Caron and if he’s seen enough to know what kind of player he is…
Not really, I think we’re watching Jordan as well. I think you’ve seen him on the power play in front of the net certain games; he’s killed it a little bit for us. We need to see his improvement as well. We have to be able to assess him properly and give him the proper chance but there’s no doubt he’s been with us for more years than some of those other guys so you have an idea of what you’ve got but you still have to give him that opportunity and give him that chance to earn himself a spot. So he’s in the mix as well as you know. Again, I think by next week he’ll be one of the guys that we’re going to be talking about whether he stays or goes.

On Ryan Spooner and if he’s shown he belongs in the NHL…
I mean he’s played well. You’ve seen his games, he is feeling more comfortable and you’re seeing him create some more stuff but there’s also other areas, like all the other players, we have to assess him for more than just his speed and creativity. Our team is based on being able to play a two-way game and you have to be that kind of a player and even our good players, our top skill players, play a good two-way game. And championship teams have to have players like that and you just have to look around at teams that have won; not too many teams have those guys that just bring the one dimension to the game because eventually it catches up to you.

On if he’s seen improvements in those areas in Spooner…
Absolutely. Been a little bit more involved like I said this morning in those areas about fore-checking and getting into those battles along the walls a little bit better. And that’s the area that he has to improve on. But again, training camp is one thing; we also have to make decisions based on consistency. Whether a player can keep that consistency and we’ve seen in the past where we’ve kept guys at the start of the season and as the season went on they weren’t able to keep up the pace so we make decisions based on their performance. So right now he certainly is a guy that is playing at the level of almost everybody else. So again those are things that we’ll have to weigh when the time comes.

On Chara playing in the power plays and his role in that…
I talked about that, Zee’s [Zdeno Chara] not just in front to screen, Zee’s in there for more than that. He’s also a guy that is very good, believe it or not, people don’t see him as a quick skater but he’s got the long reach in retrieving those loose pucks; he’s very good at it as well. And you saw him behind the net or anything around, with that long reach he can either poke it back to the half walls or he can get it himself. I think there’s a lot more qualities in Zdeno in front than people think. And I know people see the size of him for a screen but he does more things than that to be valuable in front.

On if Tuukaa Rask will get another game since he didn’t see many shots…
Yeah that was pre-planned anyway, there’s no doubt, I’m not going to hide that fact that he’s going to play the last game. We have a week before the season starts after that game so it’s important for him to play that game in Saskatoon.


On if he wants a game where Chris Kelly plays wing so Söderberg or Spooner can play center…
We’ve seen [Chris] Kelly, he’s played wing for quite a while in Ottawa. So it’s something that we may entertain, Matt, whether it happens or not. We’ve talked about that, Carl [Söderberg] at center and Kells [Chris Kelly] on the wing. Right now I think Kells on face-offs is definitely a better face-off man than Carl is and that’s because of his experience. I think down in our own end right now you’re relying more on a guy like Kelly than Carl but that doesn’t mean that you don’t make that switch. And like I said there’s going to be some injuries this year or he’s going to have to play those positions as well.

On the positives of the Reilly Smith, Chris Kelly, Carl Söderberg line…
Yeah I liked that line. They created some stuff again. So yeah absolutely I think you’re seeing we’re giving [Reilly] Smith the look on that line. When we started we wanted to have a real good look at him and see how he would fit there. And obviously those other guys will be battling to see if they can entertain that position as well. Whether it’s 13th forward or whether it’s for call up reasons I’ve got two games here to play with those situations here.

On when the next round of cuts will be announced…
Tonight you should get more. So I’ll let the announcements be made and I can comment on those after they’re out.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NICK JOHNSON
On his fight own fight as well as Adam McQuaid’s fight…
[Adam] McQuaid just hit him pretty good and the other guy didn’t like it, and it just kind of worked out with McQuaid trying to fight him.  When McQuaid was on the ground I didn’t like that so I just – just doing what you do right?  You protect Quaider [Adam McQuaid] when he’s on the ground, and I didn’t get the best hold on the guy, he was a little bigger than me but I’ve fought guys before so it was alright, he didn’t really get me too bad so it was good. 

On if he feels he’s making a good argument for himself to make the team…
Yeah, I mean, sure.  You go out there, play, have fun, try to get involved with the team, get to know the guys.  And tonight, got some bounces, got some chances; I’d love to get one, I’d love to get a line on the board.  I thought we were buzzing and doing good things.  It’s exciting, it’s a lot at stake I guess, and everyone’s just working hard.  It’s just a fun process, you can’t think about it too much, you just go play right?  So it’s coming along.

On coming in and playing with the Boston Bruins…
It’s a little different than teams past maybe, that I’ve been on.  They’ve played together for years right?  They’ve won the Stanley Cup a couple years ago, they’re always at the top level, so they’ve got a close group but they’re also funny guys, good guys, and it’s been good, everyone’s been welcoming, and it was a little intimidating at first but it’s been good, it’s been fun, so, it’s good.

On coming to the end of preseason, and the roster being finalized…
You naturally want to think about it, but you can’t.  You get a day off tomorrow, you’re going to enjoy that, and think about tonight’s game, think about what could have been made different, things I did well, things I could have maybe done differently.  Every day you’ve got to hard, every day could be your last so that’s the way it is and if you can, embrace that for the season. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On his fight against Joel Rechlicz tonight…
I was hoping he was going to go down, but [he’s a] big tough kid. I guess, great fight I’m sure you guys enjoyed it. It’s always nice to get into one, just because it’s been the offseason and not getting into a fight and then having one like that – there’s probably no better way to get back into it. So, that’s pretty much it.

On Rechlicz’s style of play…
Yeah, it’s just a guy, like you said, doing anything he can to get himself noticed and that’s his game. He brings that physical intimidation type of style, sticking up for his teammates with – we didn’t cross lines to get jumped but at the end of the day, like you said, guys at this point are trying to do whatever they can to make the team and that’s pretty much it.

On the pros and cons of fighting during the preseason…
Like you said, obviously there’s a lot of cons to fighting in the preseason. You don’t want to break a hand or get a concussion or anything like that from fighting in the preseason. The pros are you’re showing that no matter what the situation is and no matter what the game is, you’re going to stick up for yourself and your teammates, [no matter] what the situation is. And that’s what basically was there – I didn’t really have a choice, so like I said, it was just good to get into one. It was a long one; I had to catch my breath after that one.

On the new rules regarding helmets…
I don’t know, I know with the mandatory visors and not being able to take off your helmet, you’re going to see a lot more guys punching a lot more helmets and maybe guys breaking their hands a lot more just from hitting a helmet. So it’s one of those rules that the NHL felt like they needed to make; regardless of what I think of it we still have to live with it.

On the power play formation…
Well obviously it’s been pretty good for us in the preseason, the power play, I think we just need to stay sharp and keep working on it in practice. I think the best thing is our puck movement is a lot better, I think there’s confidence in making those good passes and guys are shooting the puck when they have the opportunity as well.

On the chemistry with his linemates Krejci and Iginla…
It’s pretty good. I think today, it probably wasn’t there in the first period but it got better as the game went along and we’ve been together now for two weeks and there’s still a little bit of time. The process has gone pretty well and just like what I said about the power play, we’ve just got to keep working at making that chemistry better. We’re all guys that are competitive guys and are more than willing to work at it and that’s what it’s going to take for it to be a good, effective line.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if he felt like he got enough work…
Well, that’s why you practice too right? Every game is different, as always. Sometimes you don’t get any shots and today was probably one of the worst-case scenarios for a goalie who likes shots. But it was still a game and you got to learn how to live that that situation.

On the D not giving up any shots…
I thought we did a great job pushing them outside and not giving them that space but then again they could have taken some shots but they looked at that extra play and a couple times it worked. But I thought we blocked a lot of shots today and we probably kept the outside and gave them nothing so that’s a good sign.

On if he would like to play another preseason game…
Yeah, yeah, I’ll get a game. We’ll see how we move forward but I wouldn’t mind it, obviously. I like to play and it doesn’t matter if I get one or not, it’s still – it’s going to be a new season and a little different kind of pace out there once the regular season starts so it would be good to see more action though.

On if he feels like he’s ready for the season to begin…
Yeah, yeah, I feel good out there. I don’t feel like I have to do a lot of extra stuff. But it’s just being sharp and getting some practice in and maybe one good game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if he likes it playing up front on the power play…
We are just getting used to it. It’s not always working the way we want but that’s the way it is sometimes. We aren’t always getting the perfect looks but at times we have to keep it simpler and always work hard. It doesn’t matter who we have over there, we just have to keep out working those four guys.

On the power play goal he scored…
That’s a great example of sometimes keeping those things simple and then just a good give and go and a shot at the net. Working in front trying to take the goalies eyes away and he played extremely well tonight, I’m just glad that it worked.

On if he likes being in front of the net on the power play…
No matter where it is I like to compete in those areas. However the coaching staff decides to use me, I’m fine with that. Right now we are trying different looks on the power play and one of them is me being in front. On the five-on-three I was back at the point.

On what he thinks about Johnson sticking up for McQuaid…
Outstanding job by him, a lot of character, that’s exactly what the identity of this team is. His approach and his reaction to protect his teammate was outstanding, good for us and great for him.

BOSTON BRUINS FOREWARD RYAN SPOONER
On how tonight’s game went…
I thought I was moving well for me the first two periods. Third period was a little bit slower but for me it’s a learning process right now, you’ve just got to try to stay focused the whole game.

On whether he’d be happy to be a backup forward on the Bruins…
I mean it doesn’t matter to me. Obviously I’d love to be a part of the team, just around the team, just kind of learning.

On his speed…
The puck just wasn’t really following me as much. I was trying to make some plays around there and the puck was going the other way. That happens sometimes. When I’m skating that’s when I kind of do best so I’m just trying to do that.

On his position that he plays…
It’s pretty much been center. I played against some--played two games on the wing there. Played a couple games last year on the wing. Played junior hockey, played wing my first year there, kind of sporadically here and there. I mean, I find it’s a lot easier to play wing but there’s not as much skating and stuff like that. Definitely will take some time for me to adjust but I’ll do what they want me to do and I’ll do whatever they ask.

On his speed and skill and problems battling for the puck…
Yeah, my first three years I found it hard to win some puck battles and I think that’s something I’ve improved on so I think for me it’s more of a mental thing. Just be engaged and kind of focusing on it. I just want the puck on my stick and so it’s tough to chase it around and stuff. I’ve just got to focus on being on the puck.

On his confidence after kind words from Coach Julien…
Yeah I mean obviously any kind words is good for the confidence and it’s good that he’s taken notice, the things I’ve improved on. I worked out in the summertime to make sure that I was prepared for this thing and just being strong, practicing a couple of times a week. Just to see that my hard work paid off is good.

On whether or not he has done all that he could during camp…
Yes and no. I mean there’s always things I wish I could do more of. Had a couple of chances to score on but things like that will come for me. As long as I get the chances I know that’s what really matters.

On possibly going back to Providence…
Yeah obviously I’ll be a little bit disappointed but I know that I have a great team here and players and I’ll do as best as I can and for me if that means going back to play I’m going to work really hard there, just listen to what they say on their feedback and that’s all I can do. Just try to stay positive.

On the frustration of maybe not making the team…
Yeah, I mean I’m still only 21 right now so at the end of the day if I get sent back it’s not the end of the world it’s just something that I got to just try to be positive about it.

On his style of play…
Yeah I mean I play my best hockey I can skate with the puck and shoot around the backcheck too. Sometimes it’s harder to get going and get speed on the ice but any chance I get to go with speed it makes them back-off a little bit. A lot of D men like to hold up at the blue line, so I think if I loose some speed I can chip it by them and be the first one on the puck – or even mostly D-men will just back off, let you take the blue line so that’s kind of what I try to do.

On how he feels about his line mates…
Last year I played down. When I played down I had a lot of different line mates or I could play with Warso [David Warsofsky], I played with [Chris] Borque, I played with [Jamie] Tardiff, I played with Flo [Justin Florek], bunch of different guys down there so—at the end of the day hockey is hockey. So got to go out there and know what you’re doing so does everyone else and that’s why they’re at this level, they’re really smart. I don’t really mind who I play with. I just kind of go out there and just try to focus on trying to do the best I can.

On how he feels about it getting close to decision making time…
Yeah, I mean, I’m not going to really try to focus on it. I think if I focus on it I’d be a little bit nervous. I’m trying to just take it day by day. Tomorrow we have a day off so I’m just trying to get some rest and kind of go from there.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS HEAD COACH ADAM OATES
On whether Connor Carrick is getting more comfortable…
Well I think anytime you score you obviously feel better. You know, first time in Boston at the Garden he scores a goal. But he actually I thought played a very good hockey game.

On how happy he is to see Carrick continue to progress…
He’s impressed us throughout the summer, and done a good job, and played good tonight. Every game is not always going to be that good for him, but it’s a great sign.

On seeing Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer together for the first time…
Not bad. I thought at times they made good plays, at times they looked a little rusty – you know, conditioning, etcetera. But all in all, not bad.

On whether that’s just a matter of them playing together more…
Yeah, I didn’t evaluate them tonight. That’s not fair.

On playing a pretty “green” defensive lineup…
Very tough situation. You’re throwing them in the lion’s den. It’s a tough building. Obviously the shots dictated that. It can be overwhelming. And you know what, it’s a very good hockey team over there – they have been for years, they’re one of the best, and they show why every night. They’re relentless, they’re big, they’re strong. And the guys did a pretty good job doing their best to handle it.

On Braden Holtby facing a lot of shots as a result…
I thought Holts [Braden Holtby] played great. He was a little unlucky on the winner, but he played a great game.

On whether he planned to give him a game where he would face so many shots…
Not planning to get that many shots, but he was planning on playing the whole game – his first one. He played very solid, and a good hockey game.

On seeing some new faces on the power play…
Our PP – you know we’ve got a lot of guys that we can put there. Tonight was a good example of when the top dogs aren’t there but we put the other guys there and they should be able to fill the role, because it should run itself. And we got a goal – it was a good goal. And we had a couple other looks. But for the first time, not bad.

On his thoughts on the helmet rule with fighting…
I like the rule. I think a guy is crazy to take his helmet off. But that’s the whole shield thing. They want an even playing field. And guys don’t’ want to punch a shield, which I understand that as well. But to take your helmet off – first of all, you can get hit in the head hard, and you can fall wrong. It can be pretty dangerous.

On whether Aaron Volpatti and  Kevan Miller got extra penalties for trying to knock each other’s helmets off…
They got the penalties for taking their own off. And I haven’t seen the replay on it, so I’m not quite sure how it went down. But that was the call.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS DEFENSEMAN PATRICK WEY
On playing at the TD Garden in an NHL uniform…
It’s pretty cool. It’s definitely good to come back, I really enjoy this city. Obviously it sucked losing, but it’s pretty cool to be out here playing against the Bruins and wearing a Capitals uniform.

On if he has a favorite memory at the TD Garden from when he played at Boston College…
It’s tough to say. It would have to be the Hockey East Championship we won in overtime, that was pretty special, and then the four Beanpots we had were special, too. It’s tough to pick one, they were all pretty awesome.

On his adjustment from college hockey to professional hockey…
I’m coming along. I still have some things to work out, for sure. The coaches have been great working with me and helping me develop. I feel like it’s a process, and I’m on my way there.

On if he got to see any of his BC teammates while in Boston…
No, we just got in on the plane before the game. I’ve talked to a few of them over texts and stuff, but didn’t get to see them.

On if he likes BC’s chances this year…
I always like BC’s chances. I can’t root against them. We’ll see.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI
On how he felt in his first game in a Capitals sweater…
Felt great. I like the three stars on the jersey [laughs]. I feel bad that we lost the game, but every period I felt better and better.

On if he’s happy with the outcome since Boston played more NHLers than Washington tonight…
The guys who played today, as players, are just a little bit young. So for them it’s a great experience to play against good players on Boston.

On how comfortable he felt with linemates Troy Brouwer and Brooks Laich…
Felt great. As far as the first game, we need a little more chemistry and to play together in more games, but still pretty good.

On how he felt in his first game with Brouwer and Laich…
Great. I know we can play better if we’re going to play together a lot. It’s just all about time.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS GOALTENDER BRADEN HOLTBY
On what he hopes to accomplish during the preseason…
Just getting back into form. Pregame preparation is the big thing, trying to get your mind back into the state it needs to be. Obviously worked on a few things over the summer, [that] you want to try out in games and see how it works. But now that we’re past the halfway mark I think this is when we start amping it up and playing more like were going to in the regular season.

On the hostility shown during preseason games…
I think it’s just guys making a point to make an impression. It’s good to see, in a way, that the guys we have in this locker room and are trying to fight for spots really want to play for this team. Obviously in a regular season game we probably wouldn’t want to take that many penalties for that reason, but in the preseason guys are trying to make us realize who they are, and it’s good to see we have some new guys who want to make this team.

On their less experienced lineup in tonight’s game…
It’s good those young guys get to play some big minutes in an exhibition game, which is good for them. I thought we battled hard, stayed in it. I thought we did as good a job as we could. They obviously outnumbered us in experience, but especially on our back end we did a very good job of competing and handling the pressure.

On facing a lot of shots in tonight’s full 60 minute appearance…
Yeah, it’s much better. I kind of felt bad for Tuukka [Rask] down there actually, he was kind of getting a little bored down there at times. So it’s good in preseason we want to get action, we want to get back into it and unfortunately we lost but we can take a lot of good things out of this.

On playing a full game tonight…
It’s much easier to get really into it. It’s a little harder to prepare when you know you’re only going to play a period and a half. It feels more like a regular season game, you prepare for it like you would during the regular season a lot easier.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS FORWARD BROOKS LAICH
On the performance of his line…
None of us are really that satisfied yet, there’s obviously some work to be done. For the first game I think we made some improvements and learned a little bit about each other. It’s a step in the right direction we’ll just keep going in practice and more exhibition games.

On what he learned about his line…
Grabber [Mikhail Grabovski] really likes to dish the puck wide. Off face-offs I learned what he wants me to do, and in the defensive zone, he’s [Mikhail Grabovski] a guy that likes to get the puck and skate it out of the corner, he’s got that ability, rather than making a pass instantly to a winger. He likes to get his feet going so for myself I have to reroute a little bit and instead of slashing across the ice all the time, reroute and come back to my side. So little intricacies like that, going to pick up on some more as we go.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:30 AM
On observations of the Carl Söderberg, Chris Kelly, Reilly Smith line…
A little bit of everything. I think Carl [Söderberg] being able to adjust from center to the wing, and Kells [Chris Kelly] is skating much better and [Reilly] Smith is a guy that’s got some grit we have to have a good look at, and he’s played most of the season last year in Dallas so we’re just trying to assess what that could look like. So I didn’t mind, obviously that line they scored that goal five on five and Carl scored the power play goal. So that line did its job and I thought at both ends of the ice they were good.

On if the performance means that Söderberg will be moved permanently to the wing position…
We’ll see, I think we’re trying him there for that reason but at the same time you may see him again in these next two games after tonight going back to center. You have to find out not only whether he can play the wing but also how you feel about him when he’s in the middle if there’s some injuries and you have to move guys around this is the time to work or find out about these things.

On the improvements of Kevan Miller…
I think his whole game. He’s strong, he’s solid. He’s a tough to play against individual. Keeps the play simple. You’ve heard me use that terminology, more of a [Adam] McQuaid type of defenseman; stay-at-home. Not to say he doesn’t support the play or pinch but he’s better known for his shut-down qualities than his offensive qualities. He’s a big strong guy and those big strong defensemen are not easy to find.

On the difficulties handling guys fighting for spots, and specifically Ryan Spooner…
I think Spoons [Ryan Spooner] sees what’s in front of him but what Spoon has to do is control what he can control and that’s his game. You’ve seen teams make room for players when they feel it’s deemed and that they can. So he has to do the best he can here and impress us to a point where he makes us make a tough decision. Right now that’s what he’s doing and he has to keep doing that.

On being able to see the young players in game action for evaluation…
Well that’s just it. I said it the other day, I’m not worried about our record in preseason I’m worried about the evaluation part. And that’s why you have to see some of those guys that are fighting for jobs and that are trying to make an impression and you give them the opportunity. We’ve got some guys that we know are here, and you just want to fine-tune those guys and that’s what we’re doing with a lot of our stable veterans. Right now it’s about having a closer look at these guys and in order to do that you have to give them their chance and they need to play those games in order for us to get a good read on them and for them being able to say they got an opportunity.

On his thoughts on hybrid icing after seeing it game action…
The players are the ones who are going to vote on it. I’m 100% with the safety of the game, and I know that’s why they put that there. I guess right now I’m just not convinced when you compare other injuries throughout the whole season and what’s going on that the icing is one of the biggest culprits of injuries. Yeah you see maybe once or something that the guy happens to slip or something, loses an edge and crashes into the boards. But it’s a questionable thing, and to me I’ll live with either or. It’s not the end of the world; it’s the players at the end of the day that are going to have to abide by it and that’s why they get a vote on it once they’ve experienced it a little bit.

On if it has worked thus far…
Yeah it hasn’t necessarily been an issue but I know in talking to linesmen that are doing that job that sometimes it’s tough. Especially when teams have figured out that if you rim the puck around the boards, I mentioned, you have the guy coming in fore-checking and you have the other defenseman going in sideways, and in a fraction of a second they have to decide who is the closest to the puck. And that’s putting a lot of pressure on them and it could be late in a game where it makes a difference. So that’s a lot of pressure on the linesmen. So again, my opinion doesn’t really count when you think about it because the players are the ones that are going to vote on it but I’m still of the thinking that the other way, I didn’t see enough injuries or something to, and somebody’s going to pull out “well look at this injury here,” and yeah, it’s a game that has injuries. But I haven’t seen that as a major issue compared to other issues in our game that we want to probably work on in order to minimize the injuries.

On the importance of the bounce-back win in Detroit on Sunday…
I think that’s normal. When you get beat 8-2 the one thing you don’t want is to go out there and have the same kind of result. And our guys, again, we didn’t base our lineup based on the outcome, we still did the same thing we’ve done all the time but I think our guys responded well. There was a lot of things that happened in the game here that I found, like we just weren’t sharp in our decision making, whether it was back pressure whether we had three guys on one guy the one time in our zone on the entry which left some guys open. Wasn’t typical of our game, so a lot of mistakes were made. And because of that a guy like Malcolm Subban suffered the consequences, and he’s a young goaltender that you don’t like seeing that happen to him because he doesn’t deserve it and we should have been better in front of him. But at the same time he’s going to utilize that as a positive and it’s going to make him a stronger individual, mentally stronger. He’s going to bounce back. For us it made no difference because we know what we’ve got; we got a great goaltender. So that’s the issue that happened here last time but to be able to go back there, shut them out, and play a real strong game, I know [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg weren’t in the lineup but they still had some decent players in there and we responded well.

On the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres brawl and team toughness in the preseason…
I saw the highlights. I don’t put much stock into that. This is something that happened between those two teams. I worry about our team; we do what we have to do when the time comes so when you’ve got the number of players you have here, you have enough on your plate that you don’t have to worry so much about what’s going on out there. But it didn’t look good when you look at the highlights; certainly creates a rivalry though if there wasn’t enough of one already.

On the new rule about not taking helmets off during fights…
They know the rule. I’ve given them the low-down, we’ve showed them and talked to them about what the rule is all about so they know. Like everybody else says, it’s there and it’s like the sweater rule and I think Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] said it best. That’s what they want, that’s what they want; we just abide by it. There’s not much more to say about those things because as far as I know I don’t think there’s any votes coming on that versus the hybrid icing.
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