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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Monday, October 14, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:00 PM
On not finishing chances…
No. We’re really struggling with our finish lately. It looks like we’re feeling the pressure of scoring goals and they’re not coming easy. So it’s been like that. Even the game in Columbus, took us a while to get going there, obviously Colorado. So I think our goal scoring confidence is probably not where we’d like it to be right now but you have to work through those things.

On why it’s a struggle to finish goals…
We go through that it seems like every year at some point. You’re seeing guys either fanning or shooting over the net. There were some scrambles there today where everybody thought the puck was going in the net and whether the goalie stops it or pucks are bouncing it doesn’t matter; the confidence isn’t there right now. So wait on that when the confidence comes back; you’re going to see us score some goals because we feel we have some guys that can score goals on this team.

On the play of Detroit and how it differed from last game…
Well they scored three goals and all three of those goals were poor coverage on our part – it was of our own doing. We didn’t do the job that we should have done. Other than that, the quality scoring chances that they had tonight were very limited. At the other end we couldn’t buy a goal. So I don’t know if they were a much different team – obviously maybe a little better rested. But I thought the offensive zone time that we had tonight was still pretty good; we had some chances we spent a lot of time in there. But when you look at the final score, it doesn’t seem that way. You take those three goals away – which I thought were goals that we could have easily defended against – we were there but we didn’t react. That kind of tarnished the outcome of the game and at the same time, like the zone time as you said power play, we’re getting chances we’re not burying them. And at the end of the day if you want your power play to be successful you have to score goals. So being good and spending lots of time in the offensive zone getting chances is one thing, it’s a positive thing, but you still have to produce and right now we haven’t been producing either on that.

On if Jarome Iginla is pressing to get first goal…
I think he can shoot the puck a lot better than we’ve seen him because we know he’s a good shooter. So whether that’s pressing or whether that’s circumstances I don’t know. But he’s been around the league long enough, he’s going to find his way and he’s going to score some goals for us and he’s going to be the player that we thought he would be for our hockey club. So right now it just isn’t there and I see maybe a little hesitation in shooting where, when a player has confidence, their release is a little quicker too.

On the feeling after Milan Lucic scored a goal to make it 3-2 late in the third period…
Well there’s still 1:20 left. But those guys that are on the ice are tired and those other guys went out, did a good job. Had there been a whistle or a place where you could put those other guys on, they could have gone back on again. But we had chances again, at the end. We had a lot of time in the offensive zone and guys were shooting the puck just, again, couldn’t get that equalizer.

On if the overpassing issue is affecting the five-on-five game as well…
One of the major things that I see right now is that we’re not finishing. Again, if you look at the scoring chances, they’re there, and if you score we’re not even talking about what we think is overpassing. I think we’re spending a lot of time in the offensive zone and I think we’re moving the puck fairly well. It’s not perfect, but at the end of the day the main thing of a power play is that you have to score and we’re not doing that, so you can’t be happy with it.

On the group who played on the five-on-three…
It’s a five-on-three that we’ve practiced that’s worked well when we’ve put them together. And sometimes guys five-on-three, you have guys that work together and have different plays and again, there were some chances there, there were some shots but some of our guys that are good shooters probably aren’t shooting as well as we’d like them to be. So that kind of explains a little bit what I just said earlier – we’re not putting the puck in the net on our power play. It doesn’t matter who it is, you’ve seen other guys go on the power play and it seems to be a team thing right now and we’re fighting to score goals.

On missed coverage on the defense…
Well we were a little loose in our coverage today and it resulted in those three goals. Every game you look at things and you try and rectify those things with practice and bring it to the players’ attention and that’s what we have to do. Definitely I thought that we were a little loose defensively, especially on the back check; we need to come back a little harder and a little better and just because you’re a couple of feet away from that guy doesn’t mean you have him. So there wasn’t full commitment in that and when you play a team like Detroit, they don’t need that many chances; you just have to give them some and they’ll know what to do with those. And that’s what they’re known for and that’s what they showed today.

On what he means by a lack of confidence and adjustments to be made…
Well I don’t even know if lack of confidence is the right word. I should have put it this way: I think we’re pressing. That’s what we’re doing – we’re pressing right now. I don’t think our guys don’t feel they can score. I think we’re pressing right now and that’s probably what you’re seeing. Once we get some goals I think we’ll be pressing a little less. So I guess everything I said earlier about the lack of confidence is a lot of B.S. It’s probably more about the pressing than anything else. Our guys can score a goal, they’ve shown they can do it but we’re just pressing right now.

On going into another break between games…
It’s two days, it’s getting shorter than it has been so that’s good. As you know, we had a scheduled day off tomorrow for the guys. And as the league rules put it, there’s nothing we can do about that but we’ll practice well on Wednesday and be ready for Florida Thursday.

On the quality of the Bruins breakouts…
Every team makes adjustments and you just have to kind of adjust to that as well. Know that they’re taking that away and there’s other ways of coming out of our own end. Just at times, their forecheck was good which forced our Ds to probably rim it versus making those clean breakouts and that means that our wingers have to be there and they have to be strong along the walls knowing that their Ds are going to pinch. And there’s not much you can do about those kind of things, sometimes more than you have to win those battles.

On Matt Bartkowski and his play…
He was better today than he was the other day, so that’s what you want to see from a player. And he hadn’t played in a while and just because he missed three games, it’s more about the length of time that he missed more than anything else. So our games are getting a little closer now so hopefully the guys that come into the lineup won’t be as rusty.

On potentially facing Tim Thomas…
I don’t even know if he’s going to be well enough to play. So if he’s there, we’ll just have to face him, if he’s not, then I don’t think the game is much different. Again, I can’t say enough about what he’s done for us here and for our hockey club. It’s time to turn the page and we’ve got Tuukka Rask now that our players love and think that he’s doing a fantastic job here.

On Brad Marchand…
Yeah Brad [Marchand] competed harder tonight and seemed to be a little bit better for me anyways.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On losing tonight’s game…
We had a lot of really good opportunities but the goalie played very well and sometimes you run into a hot goalie but I think if we keep playing like that we’re going to win more games than we lose.

On the difference between being on Patrice Bergeron’s line and Chris Kelly’s line…
Yeah I think I was just pushing a little hard and maybe trying to do a little bit too much and with Kells [Chris Kelly] and Jordy [Jordan Caron] they’re both hard working guys and keep it pretty simple so it’s more just getting back to the basics and getting back to my roots.

On Loui Eriksson getting used to him and Patrice Bergeron…
Yeah for sure we—me and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] played with a different guy for two years now and Loui [Eriksson] is coming from a different system than ours and sometimes it does take a little longer to get used to a guy then others but I thought that Loui is fitting in very well right now, he’s playing very good. He’s got a couple of goals so we just have got to keep going.

On tonight’s game playing…
Yeah I think that’s what happens in hockey you’re not going to be perfect every night and every shift and mistakes happen and that’s just what happened out there tonight. I don’t think we expect to play a perfect game and like I said they’re just reallt good at capitalizing our opportunities.

On the time off this season…
I don’t think it really matters but it would just be nice to play a little more games earlier on and I don’t think we really need big breaks like that early in the season but I mean, that’s how the schedule is. We can’t worry about that.

On playing against the Detroit Red Wings again early on…
No not really, it doesn’t matter who you play and how quick. It’s just back to back or six months prior you just have to play the same way. Last game we played them they were off of a back to back. They had to fly in from Detroit and that was three or four games, those are tough games to play. Tonight they were fresh and they played a much better game.

On how tough the division is going to be with them in there…
Yeah, we know they're a great team and I don’t think after the first game against them we expected it to be like that all year long. We know they’re a great team and they have a really great system and that’s why they go deep in the playoffs every year. So I mean they showed that tonight.


On if he knows what to do when he gets moved around in the line up….
Yeah, I don’t’ think it matters who you play with on this team, we have a great team and everyone’s in the NHL for a reason. It’s just- I have to be better and I know that and it’s been a wake up call.

On a fine line between emotionally engaged and not getting suspended…
Yeah it is. I think it’s very easy to tell that after my suspension I’ve calmed down a lot in that area. It is tough, I don’t want to be sitting out 8-10 games if I do something wrong again. So you do have to juggle that but at the same time I have to do my job and just try to play physical when I can.

On trying to keep it simple…
Yeah I think so. I’m not blind, I know I don’t have the most skill in the League and I just have to have faith in myself and get back to the game. I mean, I'm successful I just get a little – you know you get in that summer hockey routine and I kind of dragged that in to the season a bit. So I have to get away from that and get back to playing good hockey.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Henrik Zetterberg’s goal…
We had the puck, it was kind of bouncing in the neutral zone, and they turned it over, bad bounce there and Datsyuk got the puck there and he made a cross pass through Johnny, hit it down and then [Henrik] Zetterberg got it there and I got the angle, I stretched out and then he took an extra second, and went kind of across the lane.  I mean a goal scored is a goal; it’s not one of those weak ones but it’s kind one of those you feel you’d like to have but it was just a duff bounce to begin with.

On today’s game loss…
We pretty much were just – we kind of just fell asleep for a second there and the guy had an extra second and all of the sudden the puck is in the net.  I’m not blaming myself really, but still, it’s a game let down when you don’t really get that many scoring chances and then once they get them you’d like to be there and stop the puck but they’re also a good team, they scored a lot of goals – tough loss. 

On correcting what went wrong today…
Just mental errors and it’s not good enough that you’re almost there, you’ve got to get there and have the gas.  It’s little mental mistakes, but today it was more costly than the other night.

On where the Bruins are at in their game at this point…
Not awful, not great, not bad.  I think every game there’s been some really good things and then some let downs today.  I thought today the first one wasn’t bad, but then the second one it was kind of flat, there was not too much emotion involved, and that’s not how we play, that’s not when we’re at our best.  In the third period we got some emotion, we got some power plays, we were really just shooting the puck and pushing them, and that’s our game and you know it almost paid off but not quite. 

On how long it usually takes to get going once the season starts…
Well you would like to be there right off the bat, there’s no excuses for us not to be on top of our game because everybody knows each other and we know our system; but then again it’s a long season and there’s going to be ups and downs but we’ve just got to stick with our game plan.  We’ve got to work harder in that bringing the effort and playing with emotion, that’s when we are our best. 

On the long layoffs this season…
It’s a little bit different.  Last week, it was a long week; even though we had only two games we practiced every day, and you still have to bring one hundred percent every day even though you’re not playing.  So it was a long week but it’s something you have to get used to and just be ready when the puck drops in a game time.

On Detroit Red Wings player Daniel Cleary’s goal…
No I didn’t see the guy, he kind of came from high up I think, nobody knew he was there, we missed him, and then he just leaned on it and I don’t even know where he went in, probably my glove side somewhere.  But when you don’t know he’s there it’s kind of tough to read that play, but sometimes it hits you, sometimes it doesn’t. 

On thinking about being a part of the Boston sports team success this weekend…
We would have liked to be that; definitely had an opportunity.  But I think we would have liked to get that goal earlier, and then we had a power play, got our five-on-three, and those are the situations you want to score, but then, you know, we got close but no.

On watching a five-on-three as a goalie…
You’re just hoping that your team gets a lot of shots, and maybe one squeezed through, we hammered the puck and just couldn’t get one behind. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On not getting more goals…
We were taking our shots, I think it was just an example of kind of how the whole game went today. We were creating chances, moving the puck but we were just—the finish wasn’t there so, obviously right now, I think if you look at the last three games, bearing down is probably the biggest thing when it comes to, when we get our opportunities and—but other than that I thought we played harder. We—I mean, I think if you look at the first two periods we only gave them three scoring chances and they scored that’s how good of a team they are so for us I think we did a lot of good things and we just made a few mental errors, obviously are fixable but I think the effort was there.

On the Detroit Red Wings being a tough team to play against…
Yeah, they’re well coached, they’ve been an elite team since 1995 so they’ve been up there and they have—they’re hard to play against on both sides of the puck and you saw that here today.

On his skate breaking…
[Adam McQuaid] Quaider tried to hit me off the side of the net which would have ended up being a good play but it hit the achilles protector and it blew it right off so the equipment trainer [Keith Robinson] Keeto rivveted it back on as quick as possible and it’s something—it’s the first for me that I’ve seen that it’s done, that it’s happened to me or I’ve seen happen.

On missing the game because of it…
I think two.

On whether the skate had to be taken off for repairs…
I had to take the skate off but like I said we had chances we had our looks I think we’ve just got to go back—we’ve had our struggles in the past and we’ve always been able to overcome it but it all comes down to like I said, bearing down.

On getting shots blocked…
Yeah they were blocking a lot of shots and I thought [Jonas] Gustavsson, he was square to a lot of shots, he was getting, he was doing real well getting side to side and doing post to post and that’s probably the best game I’ve seen him play. So, you have to give them credit for playing a full team game and blocking a lot of those shots and we had chances where it could have been those rebound scrambled pucks and they were able to block, they blocked a lot of them and I think that’s what kind of stopped us from making it three, two earlier.

On the Bruins sound defense game this year…
Yeah, you look at it, you make three mistakes and it’s in the back of your net and we’re talking about how—what kind of players they have and how good of a team they are and I mean, we thrive off team defense and that’s a big part of our success and good defense leads to a lot of offense for us. So, we have to continue harping on that, so it gets to where we want it to be.

On puck possession in his line…
Yeah it was good I thought it got much better in the third period in the Columbus game and it kind of carried over today where we were playing a lot more with the puck. We were able to generate speed and chances through the neutral zone and off the rush. So, we have got to keep working at it and like I said, once we start bearing down it’ll be right where we want it to be.

On Jarome Iginla needing to score a goal…
Yeah I mean I think if he gets one they’ll come in bunches so I think we know he’s a professional and he’s definitely a guy that’s not going to be frustrated and he’s going to work through it and we all believe in him and have his back.

On how the Bruins played…
Yeah, in the six on five after my goal was working well too. They were able to generate chances as well so once again they did a good job of blocking shots and kind of taking away those second and third opportunities, so again I thought we played hard, I thought we generated a lot but like I said it comes down to getting on those rebounds and second and third shots and hopefully we can get better at that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On him not getting a lot of shots on net…
Yeah, no I mean I had some great looks tonight, I’ve had great looks for a few games. And pretty much I’ve been getting more chances and you get to a five on three you get chances like that you want to score. I think I missed the net on a couple goals, I think it’s probably just being a little too anxious. Just lifting my head up and you want to get that goal for the team and just get one and get feeling it. At times you squeeze a little too hard, its all those clichés, sayings you hear, you try to swing a little too hard and lift my head a little bit. And just not in a grove there where you just want to kind of will it in the net as opposed to let it happen.

On what he does from here…
Yeah, no I mean unfortunately I’ve been here many times. It’s all part of the game and you just try to work hard and keep going and keep getting the chances and always keep saying that the next one is going to go in. So Krech [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] have been playing great and working hard and I’m trying to work hard with them and like I’ve said I’ve had really good chances for a number of games. Whenever you win you never feel as bad, you just shrug it off and say next time. But whenever you lose by a goal it always feels a lot worse when you know that one of those could have made a difference. But keep going and like I said I’ve been here before and you just keep working through it and stay positive and keep trying to get open and like I say, keep believing the next one goes in.

On if the five-on-three one timers were all clean…
I think I had a few of them but two were good ones, one I just missed probably by a couple inches the top right corner, one I missed by a mile and that was just trying to hard and too excited and just missed it. But I thought – when you're feeling it those go in and unfortunately they didn’t. It was an important time of the game, it could have been a big difference. And you get out there in those situations and you definitely want to help the team and feel responsibility, all of us out there. So when you don’t score when you have a two minute one it stings but at the same time I think the guys did a great job and just keep going almost to that last second and really we almost found a way to get it to over time there.

On if him not scoring has anything to do with him being on a new team…
I wish I could use that excuse but no. I’ve been here before and It’s something that’s pretty much a yearly thing. You go through it, you get chances and part of scoring goals is you want to get chances consistently and that’s what you really count on as far as the percentages and it goes in streaks and you want to make the good ones as long as you can and the bad ones as short as you can. But the biggest part of it is just trying to get those chances consistently and staying positive and keep shooting it. Because what happens is you stop shooting it and then you start thinking too much so I’ve been fortunate to play with Krech [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] and they're playing very well and I'm getting lots of great passes and great opportunities. There’s no excuses, I’ve been here many times before and I believe I’ll come out of it and it’s about opportunities and I'm getting tons of those and I'm just going to keep going. It’d be nice to contribute and get the first and get going.

On if he tips his hat to Detroit…
I mean you have to a little bit but I thought we had chances that can go and that we could, I know I could have put in. [Jonas] Gustavsson played very well for coming in last minute but I thought as a team we had a lot of good looks. And yes they found a way to block some, they mad some great saves, he made some great saves and also at the same time we just had chances we didn’t bury.

On if this is the toughest division in the League…
Oh, I’m not sure, I’m not sure. It’s early yet and every division likes to think they're pretty good so I’m not really that – it’s early.

On if that was the Wings team he’s used to seeing compared to on October 5th…
Yeah, I thought we played pretty well. They're a good solid team so I don’t think we weren’t allowed to play the way we wanted to play. I thought we did a lot of things we wanted to do except put it in and score.

On what he has done in the past to get out of the slump…
I think you just try to make sure you're working hard and skating and not think to much and just keep shooting, going to the net. It’s probably going to the net that’s the biggest thing and you just go to the net and swing and you just get one. It’s amazing how much better you feel and how much the puck feels better and it’s just the timing and not trying to be anxious and hope it goes in as opposed to just shooting and letting it go in. So yeah it’s part of it and I’m not discouraged by any means. Disappointed today and disappointed when you lose the close games but not discouraged.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On getting shots on the net…
Maybe we could shoot a little bit more but I thought the five-on-three had some good opportunities to score and some good chances; a lot of shots on the net, it just didn’t go in.

On Detroit Red Wings players Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg…
I think that when you look at it, those two guys, when they play together they create a lot of chances.  They like to play with each other and they know about each other pretty well when they’re on the ice and they’re highly skilled players.  Most of their offense is coming from those two lines I would say. 

On the pace of today’s game versus the October 5th game…
I thought it was pretty same as last time we played them.  It was a high speed game, it was physical, it was pretty intense, and again, it came down to just making little mistakes and when you give them little mistakes they usually score on them.

On if the Bruins played their best today…
I thought we played a pretty good game; obviously it wasn’t our best but I thought it was a pretty decent game.  I thought we created a lot of chances and we had good looks in the offensive zone, we controlled the puck well, but it seemed like every time we made a little mistake on coverage or any of those little things, the puck ended up going into the net. 

On the five-on-three…
We got a lot of shots from those passes and they were just hitting the goalie or kind of missing a little bit of the net, but we created some really good chances, it’s too bad we couldn’t score on them.

On the Detroit Red Wings blocking a lot of shots in front of the net…
I’m not exactly aware of how many shots they blocked but yeah, every team tries to do the same; we have guys who do that every game, and every team does it. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On Detroit’s style of play…
Yeah, they’re a disciplined team. Everyone in there knows their role. They do their job well and they don’t do anything crazy. Obviously, they’re full of a lot of creative players. They play the game well and they’re very well coached and very disciplined.

On the defense making uncharacteristic mistakes today…
Yeah, it is [uncharacteristic]. They made some good plays to score some pretty good goals. We played well defensively besides a couple of lapses. Against them, they don’t need many chances to score goals. They did a good job.

On the defense playing well set aside a few lapses…
It didn’t seem too bad. We did a decent job of taking away time and space, but they don’t need much space to do anything. We just got to be better.

On Detroit blocking shooting lanes…
Yeah, it is [frustrating]. They did a really good job both coming out taking away the shooting lanes. At the same time, we got to be better. Personally, I got to be better doing that. It’s part of my role. They did a good job of blocking shots and we got to do a better job of getting pucks to the net.

On how he feels about the team’s overall performance today…
There were some mistakes. They don’t need much space to make things happen, so for us, we got to tidy up. Just because you’re a stick-length away from a guy doesn’t mean you got him covered. Obviously, they’re going to be making good plays. They’re a very creative, very disciplined team. Credit to them—they made their chances count.

On why the power play struggled today…
We didn’t score goals. That’s what we’re judged on. They can say we had great puck movement, but that doesn’t matter because our job is to score goals and get momentum for our team. They did a good job of blocking shots. I had a few that were blocked myself, and I got to do a better job of getting pucks to the net. We got to score goals.

On passing too much on the power play…
It seems to be a tendency of whoever is out on the power play. We like to make the pretty play, and sometimes that’s not what it takes. It’s just something ugly, get it to the net, and let those guys go to work.

On skating more on the power play…
Yeah, I mean, the more you move, the more you open up passing lanes. The more you shoot the puck, the more passing lanes appear. We just got to do a better job of scoring goals. We had the chances. That’s it.

On not being on the ice for Boston’s five-on-three…
We go out there when we’re told to go out there. The coaching staff made that decision. We had a few good chances and unfortunately we just didn’t score.

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the all around performance from his team today…
Yeah I mean obviously good game for us, our first seven minutes we were light on the puck and not very good, and then I think we got through that we got playing real good. How many penalties did we have?  It’s not very often you play in a game where that happens, especially when the game is even, so it makes you wonder a little bit about that.  I thought our penalty kill was real good; we did a real good job on the five on three.  You have to give Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] a lot of credit; he didn’t know he was playing.  Howy’s [Jimmy Howard] hand couldn’t go so in the end it was a real good start for us and for Gus [Jonas Gustavsson] because he gets confidence and we need to get 20 games or 20 plus games out of him.  If he feels good about himself and the team feels good about him, he can play more and it keeps Howy [Jimmy Howard] fresher, so real positive for us.

On when he found out about Jimmy Howard….
After warm-up. He practiced the other day and he was alright but he got hit in the hand and he’s got some blood in the hand and they are trying to keep it down but maybe its swollen too much now. So I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, we’ll monitor the situation and then decided who goes tomorrow.

On how huge the five on three penalty kill was for his team…
Well very big obviously, our guys did a real good job in the lanes because they kept blowing it by and once we got a lot of clears, we still managed to take a lot of penalties today, I don’t really know but we don’t often think we are going to be more penalized than the Bruins but that’s the way it goes sometimes.

On getting goals from three different lines…
Well in particular obviously Pavsy’s [Pavel Datsyuk] play in particular that’s unbelievable.  When [Johan] Franzen spotted behind and then found [Stephen] Weiss out front, that was a big goal for Weiss, we think he can do that for us.  And then [Daniel] Alfredsson on that East West play behind the net and out to Clears [Daniel Cleary], that was a real good play for us. It was a teal good win for us, we came in here last time and left feeling like we didn’t do ourselves proud, didn’t play the way we would like to play, so now we got Columbus tomorrow, we got to get ready to go.
 
On if this was another step in the right direction today…
Yeah no question about it, we think we have a good team.  Their team at this time is probably more NHL ready for a long run just because they have been together longer.  They brought over [Loui] Eriksson and [Reilly] Smith, an experienced group.  We are a young group that has to continue to get better and better together and we will do that.  I like what happened for our team today, confidence wise.

On what has been the key to killing all the penalties…
Well you just have to be in the lanes, you have to win face-offs, you have to get 200 feet and do a good job.  We felt obviously that goaltending was important today, a big part of it.  I look at this right here [Stat Sheet] and it’s 5-0 in penalties, you could say 6-1 in penalties but it’s 5-0, I might have to frame that because no one will believe that it actually happened

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JONAS GUSTAVSSON
On how he felt getting the late call for the game…
Yeah I was excited you know the first game, real game, of the season and you know playing in Boston is always a great challenge so it was a lot of fun.

On Boston’s five-on-three power play opportunity…
Well I mean of course that’s a tough situation, but the guys battled real hard.  They made it easier for me, and without them they would have scored so they did a really good job.

On how he felt playing his first regular season game…
Well I mean I’ve been feeling pretty good in the practices so I felt pretty comfortable getting into this game. You know when you get a few shots on you, you feel like you get into the game and then you just go from there.

On whether or not he is starting in tomorrow’s game…
I have no idea.  We’ll see.

On the last couple minutes of the game…
Yeah I mean that’s the way it is in the NHL. When you have a one or two goal lead you know in the end you know the game is not over until it’s over.  So you get about all of the 60 minutes, and you know they scored one there, but once again I think the guys did a really good job.  You really feel a difference when you have skilled players like [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg and all the guys you know they are so calm with the puck even though it’s just a matter of seconds left. Instead   of just throwing it along the boards they keep their heads up and that way we can win the game.

On how well he saw the puck on the five-on-three kill…
Yeah pretty good. Obviously they are going to move the puck around. They have some good shooters there, but there’s usually not so much that you have to be afraid of a screen in a five on three it’s more like one timers that’s coming closer to you and you can’t play too far out and you can’t play too deep.  So that’s the tough part with the five on three compared to the five on four I think.  You know, just know where you are and don’t be too aggressive.  And once again there too, a couple guys had some huge blocks there so that helps a lot – that takes a lot of pressure from me.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD DANIEL CLEARY
On if he expects this to be the toughest division in the league this year…
Wow, I’ll let you guys make that decision, that’s a tough call.

On if he has noticed any differences so far being in the new division….
The travel is nice, that’s an early one.  It’s fun playing new teams.  We don’t play Boston a lot, hardly ever in the past and it’s nice playing against different players and in different buildings.  Talk to me at Christmas time, I’ll have a better assessment of where we are with that.

On what was different between the first game against Boston and this game…
Well they embarrassed us last time in here. We kind of came in making sure we were ready, obviously [Jimmy]Howard went out early, and I thought [Jonas] Gustavsson played real well for us.  The first period wasn’t really anything going on and then we had a good second.  They had a lot of good shifts and a lot of good chances to score and we were able to keep it out of the net and it was a big win for us, something to build off.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD STEPHEN WEISS
On the Red Wings performance…
We were able to get some forecheck pressure and hang onto some pucks down low, which we weren’t able to do last time. And even though we were up 3-1 we knew they were going to push hard. They were able to get one late on us, but Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] was huge in that for us. He made some really some big saves for us, and obviously our PK tonight was huge and it made a difference in the game.

On if he felt they performed well on the 5 on 3 penalty kill….
Absolutely. Any time you have a five-on-three you expect a score. And to have one for two minutes and then kill it off is one heck of a job by not only our killers, but Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] in the net.

On Red Sox highlights playing in the stadium…
I knew what the roar was for, but I didn’t want to look at that. But they’re a good hockey club. They’ve got a lot of pride over there and they’re not going to quit. So we knew that, and at the end of the day that’s two big points for us.

On if the Red Wings played well from the start of the game….
For the most part, yeah. To get a two point lead on that team is a tough thing to do. So we were doing some good things, our penalty kill was huge. Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] was big in that for us. But definitely we had more jump tonight in our legs and we were able to get some more zone time and create some more offensive chances, which we couldn’t do last time.

On the last 90 seconds of the game…
You hope to get a loose puck to clear it out, and we weren’t able to do it. They had us in there for a while, but we got some big block shots, Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] made some huge saves, and we were able to weather the storm, which was huge.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On his status for tomorrow’s game versus Columbus…
Doubtful. We’re really just going to have to wait and see. Hopefully, it’ll heal fast.

On if he suffered the injury during Saturday’s game…
Yeah, it happened in the second period. I tried to get through it, but it’s just not happening.

On planning to start today’s game…
Yeah, I wanted to play, but Monster [Jonas Gustavsson] did a great job coming in there. He played a great game for us, so he deserves all the credit today.

On if he is day-to-day…
Yeah, it’s just day-to-day. It’s nothing too serious, so that’s a good thing.

On testing the injury in warm-ups today…
Yeah, I took three shots in the area where I got injured and it was extremely painful, so I decided to try and rest it and get the swelling out of the area.

On how long he expects the injury to keep him out for…
It’s probably just day-to-day. Hopefully, the swelling gets out of the area fast and I can get back out there.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50
On what is was like to be at Fenway Park last night to witness the comeback…
It was pretty neat. What a day for Boston fans right? When you look at the Patriots game ending – which I heard on the radio on my way to the Sox game – and then to witness that comeback last night, it was pretty awesome. I like to think that maybe we started it against Toronto; I don’t want to feel left out.

On if that excitement rubs off on the Bruins players…
Yeah I think there’s no doubt it does. It was a pretty exciting day and it certainly makes athletes feel excited about wanting to kind of go out there and be those types of teams. But at the same time, we’re playing a Detroit team that I’m sure is still upset about the loss here – I know they weren’t happy about their game. So there’s no doubt we’re going to see a different Red Wings team here today.

On how players go about trying to defend Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk…
Well I think it’s more than the defensemen. You’ve heard me say that before – the five man unit – if you give them too much space they’re going to make plays. I don’t care how many defensemen you have or how good your Ds are, you just have to make sure you come back. And we talk about taking away time and space, well that can only happen with some other guys coming in to help. We have a tremendous amount of respect for those two players because they are two of the best in the league. When you play against them, you have to be at your best and you try and get the right guys out there to do the job against especially those two.

On what he’s seen from Reilly Smith getting more comfortable…
Same thing; he’s making good plays. Reilly [Smith]’s one of those players that doesn’t always jump out to you when you look at the overall game, but when you’re a coach and you’re looking at the little details, he does a lot of those things extremely well. Like getting pucks out in tough situations along the walls and making the right plays; getting pucks in deep versus turning them over, and in tight, under pressure I think he does a really good job. So to me, he’s a really smart player as well and he’s adapted pretty quickly to our hockey club and has done a good job with us so far.

On if he’s concerned about Brad Marchand’s slow start…
No not at all. I think that happens to every team, every player at some point. Not at all; we know what Brad [Marchand] is and Brad’s always produced well for us. Slow start, he may not be at his best but at the same time it doesn’t make him a bad player. But you have to allow him the opportunity to find his game and it’s not like he doesn’t care; sometimes it’s putting a lot of pressure on yourself. Sometimes you just have to go out there and play and not think as much and that’s what we’re encouraging him to do.

On how Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand are adapting to being on the same line…
Well I think Brad has to find his game first and foremost. He’s been a little bit all over the place at times and it’s not the way that Brad normally plays. For whatever reason he’s trying to find his game. I thought last game though he was better with the north-south type of game. But he still has to move his feet – he has to get his confidence back. And sometimes it’s a coach’s job to take away some of that pressure that a player puts on his shoulders by giving him a little less. When I put him with [Chris] Kelly, it’s a line that was a hard-working line and a line that keeps it simple. So you hope that that helped him find his game and we’ll see how that turned out.

On if Tuukka is playing…
Yeah.

On not skating since the game Saturday and the effects of that…
Listen I think sometimes those things can be overrated. I was saying that before the game – if we have a slow start, we’ll certainly have some people thinking it’s because of that. But we come back from a day off and that first day of practice our guys are just flying. So to me it’s just about taking that same approach; come in this afternoon and get your legs going and we’ll be fine. You didn’t lose your skill overnight and you didn’t lose your skating ability overnight either. It’s about coming in, you got a 15-minute warm up, that’s all you need to get yourself going.

On the projected lineup…
Well those will all be decided after that warm up. We’re obviously always tinkering with the back end and getting some players in. Right now it’s pretty simple. Everybody’s played well enough to be in our lineup. Whoever doesn’t play is certainly not indicative of their play, it’s more about making sure that we’re getting some bodies in and not letting them sit out too too long.

On the impact of Loui Eriksson…
I think he’s just a smart player. Reliable – that’s what every coach likes – a good reliable player. He scores big goals at the right time as you saw last game, the overtime goal in Winnipeg in preseason, in 2 on 1. He’s a good player. Skill, reliable, hockey sense is all there. So I think there’s no doubt we have a real good experienced player with us that’s playing on one of our top lines.

On the importance for Eriksson to get his first goal…
Yeah I think it’s like anything else; you like to get that monkey off your back and get that first goal out of the way and he did that. To me it’s just a matter of time before that line keeps getting better. I have a lot of confidence in him and his line mates that they’re going to be a good line for us.

On who will make up the second line today…
We’ll see. It could vary.

On how Carl Söderberg feels…
Better. Like I said we’re talking probably more days than weeks. So he’s certainly progressing well.

On Tuukka Rask…
Well that’s what we pay him the big bucks for right? He’s just doing what he’s supposed to do. But he has been solid, he’s been good since day one. Where, the first year, he took over the number one job you kind of ask yourself, is he going to be able to sustain the number one job as far as playing most games. I thought last year he did a great job of that right until the end and this year he hasn’t missed a beat again. So his maturity over the years and everything else that was allowed to happen happened in the right way. He has taken over and I think our team hasn’t missed a beat as far as our goaltending has been concerned over the last years even with Tim [Thomas] leaving, Tuukka’s taken over and our goaltending has been just as good if not better.

On the Red Sox…
Pretty excited. It was nice to see them come back yesterday and to be there and to witness it right in the middle of the crowd – my high fives were going just like everybody else otherwise I would have gotten beat up I guess. It was nice, it was a good win and what a day for the fans of Boston to see a comeback like that from the Patriots and shortly after you get the Red Sox doing the same thing. So I guess you’re proud to be a Bostonian today.
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