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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS COLORADO AVALANCHE
Thursday, October 10, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:08 P.M.   
On if the Bruins’ performance was good enough to win on most nights...
Well probably. I think you run into a hot goaltender, you run into a team that’s been playing well – and they did. They’ve got good speed and we talked about that for the last couple of days. It’s one of those things where you really have to grind it out; some nights goals don’t come easy and what we had to do was get a little bit more traffic in front of a hot goaltender and take his eyes away. And we didn’t do a good enough job of that and then when we were in front, even looking from the bench, he could still see the puck. I don’t think we took his eyes away. So you have to give them credit for how well they played, yet I don’t think I’m really disappointed in the effort more than we have to find ways to win those games and we didn’t do it tonight.

On Milan Lucic’s 10-minute misconduct…
There was a couple of those tonight – [Loui] Eriksson diving – you’re not going to win that war anyways, whether you complain about it or not. The other guy’s still chirping him, he gives him a shot and the referees decide that he’s going to be taken to 10. So certainly not what you want as a coach; an important player like that you’d rather have him on the ice. I thought it was a bit soft to be honest with you.

On if he’ll try Matt Bartkowski out soon due to mistakes made by Dougie Hamilton…
So you’re asking me because he made a few missteps I should put the other guy in? I’m not sure what you’re asking there but it’s not about [Matt] Bartkowski and it’s not about [Dougie] Hamilton – it’s not between those two. It’s about our team playing better so to answer your question I’m going to tell you the same thing I told everybody else: they’re all going to see some action at some point and that will be my decision and when I see fit.

On if the Avalanche playing more games made a difference compared to the Bruins longer layoff…
Well there’s no doubt when you play you get on a roll; there’s no doubt about that. We’ve been off for five days and it showed in that first period – we were a little rusty. But those aren’t excuses, those are facts and you have to work on those things. You have to be ready. Like I said, we knew they were a fast team and they showed it again tonight. Yet, if we played our game, we get lots of chances, which we did from the second period on but we ran into a hot goaltender. There wasn’t much missing; take that empty net goal out, it’s a 1-0 game. All we needed was a goal to get ourselves going and burst that bubble but we couldn’t get it. So I don’t think you have to overreact after a game like this because again, as I said, I don’t think our guys gave a poor effort but we know we can be better.

On the power play…
I think it’s the same as what I just said; our power play was good again tonight. We had some shots and the goaltender made some saves and there was some loose pucks around the net. Our guys were over there but couldn’t jump on those and capitalize. So I’m certainly not disappointed in our power play tonight either; we had our chances, we had shots and we had scoring chances on that so it’s just a matter, again, of not being able to score.

On if the Bruins were fighting an uphill battle in the first period after the long break…
Yeah that’s what I just said earlier, I thought our first period showed that we hadn’t played in a while and it took us some time to get our game going. But from the second period on I thought we had spent more time in the offensive zone. I thought we took away a little bit of their speed through the neutral zone that they had in that first period. So the adjustments were good and our guys got better. Unfortunately they scored a nice power play goal in that first period and we couldn’t overcome that.

On always facing an opposing team’s best play due to their winning reputation…
Well you build that reputation I guess and you’re proud of it so you just have to face it every night. It just forces you to play your best every night and so far it’s just helped us become a better team at the end of the year when all the games are on the line. We’re used to playing against the best of every team, so in a way it serves us well. We’re not in this game to look for easy games; we expect a challenge every night and that’s what we’re going to get.

On Torey Krug and the confidence he has in him…
Well I think it’s pretty obvious; he’s a good power play guy, and when you get the man advantage he’s good. So you put him out there – he’s got a good shot, he finds those shooting lanes, he can move the puck well. So he’s there because he deserves to be there in our eyes.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if the slow start was caused by the four-day break…
I think they did exactly what we talked about doing before the game. They were moving their feet and they were first on the pucks in the first period and we were slow getting there. We gave them some life, I think and they played a good game from the get go but still we have to I guess be ready right from the start. Because after that I thought we had some good looks in the second and third.

On if their speed made the Bruins change their game…
No, I think we just had to match it right away and we didn’t do that.

On the Bruins being more physically engaged in the second period…
Yeah, and we talked about it after the first period. It doesn’t matter who you're playing against, you have to out battle them and out skate them as much as possible and it wasn’t the case in the first period and they got some good looks out of it.

On the Avalanche being a hot team right now…
Yeah, they're playing well right now. You can tell they have some confidence and they have some good speed. They got some bounces that went their way on a couple of occasions at the blue lines but we still have to do a better job. They're a good team, we knew that before the game and we have to adjust that.

On if the Bruins hurt themselves with penalties…
Yeah, that call is – I don’t think Loui [Eriksson] was really embellishing there but it happens fast. Looch [Milan Lucic] was trying to get the team going, I guess, and maybe it was one shot too many but still he’s trying to do his job and get the guys going and we have to do a good job on the PK [penalty kill]. But yeah, discipline is something we have talked about and we’ve preached on and we have to make sure we do that to have some good play – five-on-five.

On if the team feels different if one puck goes in in the third period…
Yeah, for sure. That’s what it is sometimes, it’s about one shot and one bounce and then you get some confidence and some life back. So we didn’t get that tonight. You heard us, we obviously have to do a better job offensively and in front of their goalie. Yes, he [Jean-Sebastien Giguere] played a good game but we still have to make it a little tougher on him.

On when the last time was he saw Giguere play so well…
I think he’s a great goalie. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him because he was out west. But I thought he was really good tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the Colorado Avalanche as a team…
They skate hard, they have some skill up front and especially in the first, we were really taking it from them and, got to give them credit – really good team.

On if the Colorado Avalanche had cleaner looks than the former two teams played…
Yeah, in the first period I thought so. We didn’t really play well in the first, and they came through the neutral zone really quick and got those chances.  I kind of like half breakaways and then some looks on the power play but after that I think we got better and we limited their chances after the first.

On if the Colorado Avalanche tried to tip shots higher up…
A couple times, that one time; well, the goal obviously, that was a high tip.  But after that they were looking for those back doors a lot even in tight, and I thought our D [defense] did a good job taking those sticks away and despite that one goal, we played pretty solid.

On if the Bruins had trouble with the Colorado Avalanche speed tonight…
I just think we weren’t skating.  They broke up fore-check, and then their wingers were coming a hundred miles an hour and our D was just standing there with nobody supporting them.  So it’s kind of tough for them to do anything to kind of stand out and cut the speed away when you get no back up, so I think we were just not skating fast enough in the first, but then re-adjusted after that and we limited their chances on rushes.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how well the Avalanche played…
Yeah they had a good first period. I think we started to play our game more after that first period but unfortunately we weren’t able to crash the net well enough and get on any loose pucks or beat [Jean-Sebastien] Giguere. So you got to give them credit to for playing the way that they have started the year and they come in here and get two points.

On if there was anything in particular that made him get worked up in the second period…
Just the grab from behind and the face, just an altercation. I mean, I bet you if I would have pushed [Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it, I don’t get ten minutes. So that’s what it is— it is what it is.

On the explanation of the penalty…
I don’t know, I didn’t hear one so I didn’t get one. And if someone pushed me like that at the end of an altercation I highly doubt they would have gotten ten minutes.

On it being disappointed being in the box with such a close game…
Yeah, you want to be a part of it, you want to do whatever you can to help your team win. I thought as a line we were starting to get things going and unfortunately it took me right out of the game. Again, we were still able to generate, I thought, more as a line and hopefully we can build off that.

On how the Bruins did offensively as far as generating chances…
I think we did a good job generating chances but I thought we did a poor job of getting to the net and picking up loose pucks or creating the screen. So it’s obviously something we have to get better at.

On what he thought of his teams reaction to his penalty…
Well we had a good first couple shift so we had some chances to score and unfortunately we didn’t.

On if he felt like the four-day break was shown in the first period…
I think so. You don’t want to use it as an excuse but when you're sitting around watching other teams play and you’ve only played two games in the first week, you kind of want to get things going. But It’s just one of those things where we have to be prepared no matter what the situation is because there’s all different types of situations that you run in to during the year.

On if the Avalanche were faster than he thought…
No, they were fast as we expected. I think you really saw it in the first period and they do a good job of supporting each other and creating speed in the neutral zone and it’s given them success.

On if there was any chance he was going to get Gabriel Landeskog to drop his gloves…
I don’t know, you're going to have to ask him that. I was fired up and unfortunately I got ten minutes for it.

On if he loses respect for a player like that…
I mean, if that’s the way you want to play, that’s your choice.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD LOUI ERIKSSON
On playing against Colorado…
Yeah they played good. They’re a fast team out there, gave the NHL their—got some of the three on twos in the first period. I thought they played better, especially in the first I think we played better in the stick game than 1-0.

On being engaged in the second period…
Yeah, no we definitely—wasn’t—I don’t think we played that good in the first so we need to go out there in the second play better and I thought we did that. Still it’s not enough. You want to be better and win the game.

On what his case was to the official after the embelishment…
Yeah I don’t know why they called me on that. He was holding me and I couldn’t do anything so I don’t know, it was kind of a stupid call by him.

On the embelishment call…
I don’t know I tried to go down and yeah that just happened.

On the way he played tonight…
Yeah, I guess I’m good especially in the third and in the second we got some good chances. Yeah we might need lucky bounces to get a goal in but we still continue to work. There are a lot of games to be played so we already play on Saturday in another game there so we have to work on that.

On what he’d like to see more of from his team…
No just maybe be a little bit stronger to get the puck maybe or a little bit too far from the shooter sometimes, some small details we need to fix like I said we need to get the puck to the net a little bit more and get more traffic that’s what we need to do.

On getting better later in the game…
No we’re trying to go at it right away from the start and sometimes—I  thought they played real well the first two and we weren’t really quick on our feet in the first but still we came right on it. We played well.

On the chemistry…
No it’s getting there. We get some good chances today and it’s just a matter of putting the puck in and score some goals. Like I said, we have so many games left to play so yeah we’re just going to continue to work on it and get better.

On the quick pace of the game after four days off…
I don’t think so. We’re of course—it’s nice to play more games than rest with four days but I thought we did—we had some good practices on those days so we were ready to go. It’s just Colorado played really good too. They are a strong team right now they played the conference, they won  four straight games now so they—we know they’re a good team so we were—we just need a couple goals to win against them.

On opportunities during the game…
Yeah I thought we maybe made it a little bit too easy for them too. We didn’t have that traffic infront. We need some more guys to go infront and screen him and he’s a good goalie so I think that’s what we need to do.

On getting shut out in the game and pressing for chemistry…
Yeah you always want to win the game and of course it’s tough every time we lose and of course  we need to score goals. It’s tough too but it’s still a lot of games and we still have two wins and one loss. We just have to continue going here we have a tough game on Saturday.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On Colorado’s speed in tonight’s game…
It was very good for them. They were able to chip pucks behind us and start skating and it really did a number for them. They were able to push the pace and they brought it to us a little bit. We’ve got to do a better job of responding to that. I thought we did a better job in the last couple periods, but they brought it to us in the first, for sure.

On if they feel their offense could have done more…
Of course we could have done more. The goalie stopped us, all our good chances. We’ve got to do a better job of taking away his eyes. That’s something we did very well against Detroit and it’s something that we’re going to have to do better moving forward.

On what they could improve on the power play…
Just grab the opportunity. We had pretty good puck movement. I think we’ve got to shoot a little bit more and when we have those open shots we can’t just waste them. I think they did a good job of blocking shots; their goalie obviously did a great job. But we’ve got to make sure we grab that opportunity, especially in key moments in the game like the four-on-three. So, shame on us for not scoring. We’ve got to step it up a little bit.

On their power play scoring opportunities…
Well I think, first and foremost, shoot. Especially with Zee [Zdeno Chara] in front of the net. So we’re looking to shoot every time and once we start shooting the passing lanes open up and that’s what we’re looking for. That’s the first thing that comes to mind.

On if being rusty after having a few days between games was a factor…
It shouldn’t. Maybe it did, I don’t know, if it did that’s a poor excuse. We had a lot of time off and we were skating every day. So if it did, shame on us.

On Milan Lucic’s emotion in his fight tonight…
It’s good. We seemed a little bit emotionless, obviously besides Thorty’s [Shawn Thornton] fight there. He did a great job of stepping in for us and you see Looch [Lucic] get fired up and you feed off that. It obviously gets the crowd going quite a bit and we start skating. I think we did a good job responding to that.

On his own play so far this season…
It’s been good. Obviously all you want to do is contribute to wins. So you’re doing whatever you can to just help the team and we didn’t win tonight, so it could be better.

On the Bruins having not faced Colorado in a few years….
We knew what they were going to do – they were going to come into our building and skate and that’s a huge asset for their team. Their penalty kill did a great job of blocking shots, so we knew what they were going to do coming in, blocking lots of shots, skating, and that’s something that they’re going to continue to do because they’re having success right now.

COLORADO HEAD COACH PATRICK ROY
On successfully breaking out on the power play…
That’s something we talked a lot about before the game. I mean, especially from faceoffs – how to reverse that puck. Our D [defense] did a super job. They put a lot of pressure on our D. Our D – I could tell after the second they were tired. In the second period it was a lot in our zone. I asked the forwards to do a little bit more in the third, and we put more pucks deep and more forecheck. And the [John] Mitchell line with [Patrick] Bordeleau and [Cody] McLeod spent about 35 or 45 seconds in their zone. That was good, that was a breather for our D. It means a lot. Again, it’s another solid team effort, and everybody was sharp. Jean [Sebastien Giguere] made some big saves. The first two kills we had in the first were also very important because if they score there it gives them some momentum.

On the 4 on 3 kill at the end of the game….
The guys sacrificed their bodies, and we blocked a lot of shots. Ryan [O’Reilly] and Paulie [Paul Stastny] did a super job on that moment.

On starting the season undefeated…
How many points we have right now you don’t chase them at the end, which is great. Honestly I mean, we don’t really have expectations we just want to surprise the world of hockey. And at the same time we’re humble, we take it one day at a time, and here we are 4-0 at the start of the year, which is unexpected from a lot people. But for us we just take it one day at a time, and hopefully we can win again in Washington Saturday.

On whether it’s nice to beat the Bruins…
It’s not like this. Honestly, it’s just nice to win a hockey game. That’s how I look at it. I have nothing against the Bruins. I mean, after a lot of years in Montreal it was a great rivalry, and everybody enjoyed those games, and it was easy to get into those games. But today we just want to get the respect back and play good hockey.

On whether beating a team like Boston that has been a contender the last few years is a step in that direction…
I think it is. I think it is. I mean, I’m sure a lot of people are surprised by our start. At the same time I mean, it’s good for our team. It’s good for our confidence. I’ve been asking the guys to work really hard, and I’ve been asking some details of the game that I think are important. When you’re able to win games it helps reinforce the message that you try to send your players. And then they realize it works, and then it’s so much easier to work in that situation.

On whether he though [Gabriel] Landeskog was smart not fighting with [Milan] Lucic…
Absolutely. First of all we don’t have anything to prove fighting with him. I don’t believe fighting is that important in our game. And at the same time I mean, there’s no need for Gabe [Gabriel Landeskog] to go into the box for 10 minutes or 15 minutes. We need him on the ice. He’s one of our best players, and I thought that was smart of him.

On whether he’s seeing more unsportsmanlike conduct penalties being called…
I don’t know if I’ve seen more. I’m not a good judge for that to be honest with you. But I think the referees have done a great job. I mean, you don’t like to have penalties at the beginning of the game, but if we have penalties then they have to make the calls. Twice I think they called diving, and I thought it was the right call.

On whether he felt some of the excitement from the Bruins – Canadiens rivalry when he came back to this building…
Always. I mean, it’s a great hockey town. The people here, they love their hockey and they’re right behind their Bruins. It’s a beautiful town and it’s fun to be here.

COLORADO AVALANCHE FORWARD RYAN O’REILLY
On if having Patrick Roy as coach is drawing more attention…
Yeah I think it’s definitely going to draw attention, but you know with Patrick [Roy] and stuff like that.  It’s not going to change the way we are, we’re approaching every game to learn and get better.  We are trying to make the playoffs and go as far as we can.  In every game we are just trying to grow and improve and right now we are having success doing it.

On Colorado having little trouble beating Boston tonight…
I think every game’s been a little different.  You know playing the Bruins – obviously a big strong team that plays hard.  It was kind of like a playoff game tonight, both goalies played great.  Our power play – good opportunity there that we took advantage of and our penalty kill is really great.  So obviously it was a great win for us, but it’s on to the next one now.

On where the puck deflected off of him for his goal…
It just got right under the bottom of my blade, which is nice and I just tried to get a stick on it and look, and made it.  

COLORADO AVALANCHE GOALTENDER JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE
On what was the toughest part about the game…
They are a big team and there was a lot of traffic in front.  There were a lot of point shots and for me that was a challenge trying to see the puck from the point and trying to make the first save. By being able to do that my defense did a great job taking the rebounds away.

On how much pride he takes in getting the shutout…
I think a shutout is a team thing.  We have to be proud of the way that we killed the penalty tonight.  It wasn’t pretty the whole game but getting two points in this building is a great sign for our team.  We found a way to win the last two games on the road and we have to be extremely happy with that.

On what coach Patrick Roy has bestowed upon the team…
The whole mentality is changing, our whole attitude.  We seem to believe in ourselves a little bit more.  It’s just a different voice and guys seem to be responding well to it right now.

On if he felt good tonight…
I felt good. It wasn’t perfect in any way, there are things that I would like to improve.  Overall coming in here, it’s a tough building, my first game of the season and I’m pretty happy with the result.

On controlling the rebounds tonight…
We knew that they would put the puck on the net with lots of traffic.  I was fighting to make that first save and there were a couple of rebounds that I would probably take back but overall the defense did a great job taking the rebounds away and we battled in front of our net and that’s what you have to do.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:20 A.M.  
On Carl Söderberg and his recent practicing...
Yeah I think it’s a start. He’s skated enough the last couple of days I guess, or since Monday I should say, he’s been skating on his own. It was good to see him out there and doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. So he’s progressing well but obviously not ready to play.

On if he’ll practice tomorrow with the team…
I would think so, yeah I think he’s going to start practicing with us now. Some guys, they can practice with you, how much contact they can take is another thing and our trainers will kind of give us a heads up on that tomorrow morning.

On the long wait for the game and practices during the lull…
Yeah our practices have been good. I think our guys have had a lot of jump and they’ve been sharp so it’s been a good week for us. Do you not watch practice?

On preferences of long breaks between games or having only a day or two in between games…
Yeah it’s good, I mean there’s some good points of both. We finished late last year, so having a slower start is not a bad thing but at the same time, when you do start getting into games you get into a bit of a roll, there’s no doubt players would rather play than practice and that’s a fact. But I think having these days to practice and kind of fine tune certain areas wasn’t a bad thing either. We just have to make sure we’re ready to go tonight – a team that skates extremely well and we have to have our legs going.

On how Gregory Campbell looks skating…
He’s been fine. He’s been fine, haven’t seen a difference in him as far as his game is concerned. He’s fully healed and whether he still feels something or not, he’s 100% ready to go.

On if the down time allowed him a chance to do work for the Olympics…
Yeah the Olympics and I spent the last couple of days solidifying the glass between the benches and it gave me lots of time to do a lot of different things. So that’s the good part about having a few days off.

On face-offs…
Well I think you’ve seen that already. There’s certainly some attention being paid to face-offs. I think some of our face-off guys are going to be getting better in the circle. When you look at some of the situations like last game with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] against [Pavel] Datsyuk, when you don’t know the other teams’ players as well, which we will with time, things will get better. But right now there’s no doubt, we think we can get better in face-off circles and continue to use that as one of our strengths.


On if he’s looking for another consistent and solid face-off oriented player…
Well there’s a couple of things, I think on David [Krejci]’s line, Looch [Milan Lucic] has been pretty good on the left side; he can handle that side well. And then Iggy [Jarome Iginla]’s been a guy that’s been taking a lot of face-offs in his career as well. So you’ve got some guys that are reliable there, so I don’t have to worry as much with that line. In Bergy situation at times, maybe, now that Tyler’s [Seguin] gone, who was a former centerman. And you look at the third line, I think Kells [Chris Kelly] has actually been really good on draws – there’s another situation there with the line the way it is now, there’s no doubt you want to kind of get a second guy out there at times. But Carl is a former centerman, and same thing with Soupy [Gregory Campbell]’s line. The offensive zone I don’t so much worry about it, it’s more in the defensive zone. I think Thorny’s [Shawn Thornton] done a decent job on the right side when Soupy’s been kicked out. So we have guys that can take face-offs, and when we do practice them, we don’t just practice our four centerman, we bring those guys that take face-offs as well in there and work with them as well.

On how the dynamic of the Avalanche team has changed since the Bruins last played them…
Well it’s hard to say how much the dynamic’s changed, as you said there’s a new coach. But what I see is there’s a lot of young players that are starting to come into their own, as far as experience is concerned. What I see from that team is tremendous speed up front; they will challenge you with their speed. And then with the experience and the skill level, they’re making plays. So that’s what I see, I see a team that’s matured with its young players, and when you struggle for the last little while, you’ve got a lot of good first round picks and guys that are going to become really elite players in this league and some that are already elite players in this league. So I think that’s the one area that I see this team where it’s gotten better along with the coaching change.

On Johnny Boychuk and if he’s happy to see what he’s become…
Yeah it has been a big change and sometimes it’s about being in the right spot at the right time. He really had a good year in Providence so there’s no doubt we were, at that time we were looking for a right shot and the guy that could be big, strong, and then could shoot the puck and he had that opportunity. Just talking to him the other day he even mentioned that at one point Colorado wanted to make him a forward. So that’s how far he’s come from being a solid defenseman with us to almost being pushed out of the league.

On if his early uncertain positioning hampered Boychuk’s development…
I don’t know if it’s hurt or helped or whatever. I think at the same time, he’s a young player and I think we’ve done that with different players sometimes you see a defenseman that’s a good skater and you think he could be a benefit up front. You’ve seen it with [Brent] Burns in San Jose and that happens sometimes. They must have seen something in him that maybe prompted them to look at that, but with us he’s been a good fit on defense. And going to Providence he was a defenseman there all year and led the league in scoring for a defenseman. Has a tremendous shot from back there, so we saw his usefulness better suited for the backend.

On if it’s difficult to prepare for teams that they haven’t played in a while…
Not really because nowadays with video and all that stuff and watching games they’re on TV. So we sit at home at night most of the time, coaches, and we’re going to watch a game and it’s not always just our division; last night there was a great game between Chicago and St. Louis. You want to kind of get a feel of that stuff. So we do have a good feeling of what they’re all about and watched them the other night against Toronto – Colorado. So same with them; maybe we’re not used to playing each other, but I think we have a pretty good idea of each other’s tendencies.

On if he ever gets the coaching staff together to watch other games together…
I see them enough during the day, I see them at night and they would probably tell you the same thing about me. We do on the road, we do on the road. As you know, when we go and have a bite to eat sometimes, we’ll watch games together.

On if Milan Lucic and David Krejci missing the morning skate was because it was optional…
It was an optional today. We practiced three days in a row now so for some guys, they don’t feel the need to go on. They’ve heard me say that often – those morning skates can be put aside for all I care. I think a lot of it is maybe overrated. And it’s hard to get that out of their heads, that they need to skate in the morning; for them they’ll tell you they feel better. So I think with time you’ll see less and less of that.
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