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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, October 5, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE  AT 9:55 P.M.   
On Jordan Caron and his success…
Yeah, he played well tonight. Again, that’s two games in a row where he’s played well and with a little bit of a break he’d be leading us with a couple of goals by now.

On the success of the power play…
Yeah, again, the other night we just couldn’t get in, we talked about that. But tonight we seemed a little bit better, a little sharper and the shots were getting through. Zdeno [Chara] did a great job on that first one; great screen and obviously a great play on that second goal as well – second power play goal. So our power play was good and we’ve added some bodies that seem to fit in well now in regards to that part of our game.

On the importance of Torey Krug to the power play…
It’s a big part of it. You heard me mention before, Zdeno was on the point because we felt we didn’t have a ton of other options, but now we do. And you’ve added a [Dougie] Hamilton to your group, you’ve added a [Torey] Krug and the mobility has increased back there. So that allows us to move him into a position that we thought he’d be better suited for us.

On the positive performance of the third line…
Yeah they do have a pretty good third line when you look at the experience of [Todd] Bertuzzi, [Daniel] Cleary; those are guys that you don’t see too often on bottom third and fourth line, so those guys did great. Two young guys in [Reilly] Smith and [Jordan] Caron played hard and played well and managed to score a goal as well. So that’s what I told our guys after the game; I thought every line played well, had their scoring chances. I thought the D did a really good job tonight at boxing out and also moving the puck under pressure and certainly through the neutral zone – when they had the ice they carried it well so I thought our D as a group played a really big role in this win tonight.

On what has enabled the third line to generate chemistry and click so quickly…
Just their work ethic. I think Jordan didn’t but Jordan’s been with us for long enough that he knows how we play, he knows how he’s expected to play, and I think he’s just gone out there and played his game. And what I’ve liked about Jordan is, when I talked to him before we started the regular season, it was about what more can you bring besides being reliable? You have to start taking pucks to the net and you have to try and create some stuff down low and he has and he’s responded well. So, so far he’s been rewarded with some goals and with certainly some good play.

On the hit on Brad Marchand that temporarily took him out of the game…
No I didn’t, I actually really didn’t. I didn’t really see it. I just saw him down and wasn’t quite sure what that was about.

On what he’s liked about Caron besides the scoring chances…
Well that’s what I like about him. We used to like his game; he was strong along the walls and he was very reliable at getting pucks out and being in good position but what we wanted him to do is what I talked about earlier. He does take pucks to the net now and he scores some goals because of that and I think that’s the biggest thing that we wanted him to do to bring a little bit more to the table. At the end of the night, as a player you have to tell yourself, “What am I bringing to the team?” If it’s just, “Oh I’m reliable but that’s about it,” that’s not good enough for us.

On the importance of setting the tempo against Detroit…
Well I think it was important for them to get off to a good start. It was their third game in four nights so for teams like that, it’s important to get off to a good start and try to establish a lead. Because if the other team does, then you’re having to push the pace and it’s a little bit tougher for those kind of guys. But we were fortunate enough to open up the game with the first goal, and they tied it up but we just came back and kept plugging away here. Even in the third period where we knew they’d probably try and stretch things out a little bit and get their D’s activated a little bit more, I thought our guys did a good job through the neutral zone and then we pushed the puck the other way.

On Brad Marchand and if he’s been improving…
Yeah I think he was much better tonight. I just grabbed him before the game, and we know what he can do and I think the biggest thing for him was to try and play more of a north-south type of game, and he responded extremely well. I saw that a little bit more in him tonight; just kind of stabilized his game a lot more. Before, he seemed to be on the left sideline one minute and the right side the next; he was a little bit all over, and sometimes when you try too hard it just makes it worse and simple sometimes is better. So I thought he did that tonight and it was nice to see him get a goal because of that.

On challenges of Chara playing the forward position on the power play…
Not too many challenges when you look at what he’s doing right? If anything it’s been pretty good. We talked about that when we first put him there; he’s not just a guy that screens the goaltender. That’s one of his assets but I talked about how good he was at retrieving pucks. I think you saw that tonight. Not only that – he retrieves them and he puts them in areas where we get control of the puck again. So he’s a smart player up front there. So he brings a lot more than just a screen. The ability that he had to score that goal, he hit the post before, then a nice move again for a goal. He brings a lot more than what people see when they look at a 6’9” player – “Well they’re just going to put him in front, he’s just going to stand there.” Well he does a lot more than that.

On if Chara enjoys playing the forward position on the power play…
Yeah, I think at first when I introduced it to him, he was okay with it. But I think there was some thinking going on in there and saying, “Well I’m not quite sure how I’m going to do there,” but he was certainly willing to try it. I think after what he’s seen in the preseason and now in some of these games I think he’s starting to enjoy it. And when we have to break out, all he does is he works his way back to the offensive blue line and like we said before – lot less skating for him. Probably, it’ll manage his ice or as far as his efforts are concerned, he can maybe save a little bit of effort from going and getting the puck back all the time.

On what Caron and Smith might have to do to secure their positions when Carl Söderberg returns…
I think it’s premature to talk about those things. When the time comes, I’ll deal with Carl being back in. They play well, he may come in for them. And it’s a long year. I can give you all the clichés that you want but I think at the end of the day all you want is to see what kind of decision I’ll make and I’m certainly not about to make that decision now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On his goal…
Yeah, it was a lot of emotion. Obviously I was thinking a little bit about the last one last game, I think it was a tough call. But today counted so everything is good.

On the play Reilly Smith made…
It was a great pass. He really took his time in there and he could have shot it himself and he made a really smart play just to slide it back door. It was great pass.

On the chemistry of his line…
Yeah, I think at that point we have so many good players you get used to playing with everybody. It doesn’t matter with who you play, you get used to it pretty quick. And they are two really smart players and right now I think our biggest thing is we’re really good on forechecks and second pucks so we just have to keep doing this.

On the challenges of his line…
Yeah like you said, they have a really good third line, a lot of experience there but I think we did a really good job at skating and getting the puck deep. Especially early on and it paid off.

On how important it was for him to build off his performance last game…
I was just trying to focus on the right things and make sure I create stuff offensively. And being loose out there, especially when I have the puck in the O [offensive] zone, I want to make some stuff offensively and just relax when I have the puck and I was trying to focus on those kinds of things.

On how important it is for him to take control of this opportunity…
That’s huge I think, especially early on in the season like this. It’s going to be a long season but you have to make sure you focus every game and you take the positive of every game you play. Even when it’s not going the way you want to, you just have to look forward and that’s what I'm trying to do right now.

On what changes now that he’s at this level…
Hopefully its going to be – I want to keep that spot and like you said just keep playing and get the ice time that goes with it. Hopefully it’s going to keep going that same way.

On his focus and mentality for the little things of his game…
It’s good, I think, like I said, you try to take the positive out of every game and know those kind of little things are really big for our team even though, like you said, drawing the penalty and stuff like that I think our line did a really good job on the forecheck, I stayed out a lot but I think that’s really big, it’s got to be a part of our game and that’s what we’ve been doing the last couple games.

On if there was a point last season where he felt he was on the right track…
Last year? Yeah I think I had some playoff action in the NHL. I hate talking about last year, I think that was a tough season for me. But this summer I really wanted to turn the page and just work hard and forget about the injuries and everything that happened last year. I was just looking forward to a good season.


On how he got on the right side of it before coming back…
Yeah, that’s true. I think it wasn’t all negative last year, I had a tough start but like you said in the playoffs in the AHL I think I turned the corner pretty good. I talked to Don Sweeny at the end of last year and he told me to take the positive out of it even though it was a tough season. I went in to the summer with positive thinking and just worked on little things. Made sure I got in to camp in good shape and right now I think my skating is really good. I feel pretty good out there and that’s a good thing.

On if he is quicker…
I think so. I think my cardio has been really good. I really worked on that a lot this summer and I think that’s been enough right now.

On if he is lighter…
No, I’ve been the same weight since I was probably 15 so maybe a little bit more muscle, less fat. But I think I’ve been the same weight.

On if it’s about staying consistent…
Yeah, I think I know that I can be like that every game. It’s just a matter of having the confidence to do it and just going out there and playing. I think I’ve proved a couple years ago that I could play big minutes and being good offensively but I think a big part of it is being confident and not being scared to make mistakes offensively and just being loose with the puck in the “O” zone and stuff like that. I think good things are happening when you play with your mind free, I don’t know if you can say that, but just being loose out there and I think it’s really helping me right now.

On if his line is feeding off each other…
Yeah, I think that’s big. Reilly [Smith] and I and Kells [Chris Kelly] are really doing a good job in the forecheck right now. We’re fast on the ice and make sure put a lot of pressure on their Ds and I think that’s been enough right now.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMEN TOREY KRUG
On the zone entry during the power play…
Yeah it’s something we talked about.  There’s a few different ways of how to break into the zone, find out which four-chap you’re facing, and the coaching staff did a good job making sure we were prepared for what they were bringing and the guys executed and it seemed a lot better tonight.

On going against Detroit…
It’s nice, I mean obviously it’s my home team, but when you’re out there it’s a team and you’ve got to look forward. I don’t really know how to answer that question, it does feel nice to be done and go against them.

On scoring his first goal…
I didn’t even think about it until Looch [Milan Lucic] looked at me and goes ‘is that your first one?’ And I was like ‘yeah, I guess.’

On taking the preason power play success and carrying it over to now…
It was good. It’s important for us, especially playing a team like Detroit, it’s going to be a special team’s battle and we know all the weapons that they have. Our penalty kill did a great job. Tuukka [Rask], he was unbelivable tonight and it was nice that we were able to get a couple.

On practicing power plays…
It’s something we talk about. I don’t think we practice it too much. In the second period, Dougie [Hamilton] tried to stretch for a breakaway pass and Z [Zdeno Chara] kind of made a comment—‘Oh I like that I like that, he’s backing him up’ because even if he misses that pass they’re going to be thinking about it. I guess they weren’t thinking about it because I hit Z [Zdeno Chara] he was by himself so it’s good to try things like that and it definitely keeps the penalty kill on your heels.

On assuming that Zdeno Chara will win every battle in the power play…
Yeah I think I talked to Krech [David Krejci] about it. He was like, ‘What should I do with the puck?’ and I was like ‘I don’t know just give it to Zee [Zdeno Chara] and throw it in the corner for him.’ He’s going to win the battle nine out of ten times so it’s nice having him on our side.

On being in the right area at the right time…
Yeah it’s about being in the right area. Obviously on power play you’ve got one more person than they do so somebody is going to be open and it was important that Looch [Milan Lucic] drew so much attention and he made an unbelievable play. He just has that sense where he knew I was open and threw it there and it was right on my tape so that was a good play by him.


On being wide open…
Yeah it’s nice I guess playing a team like that, they’re smart, they have a lot of good hockey players and sometimes you catch them off guard and if they’re not paying attention—so I jumped in the slot a few times. It was nice that my teammates followed me, just get good opportunities.

On scoring a goal…
Yeah it’s pretty cool. Watching them have all of this success that they have growing up and it’s just pretty cool watching them and I watch all of these guys that are still on the team watching them and Jimmy Howard and all these guys so it’s pretty cool scoring a goal against him.

On getting the puck through on the power play…
That’s what we talked about. You don’t have a play, throw it down in front and Z [Zdeno Chara] is going to battle it. Having Z [Zdeno Chara] and Looch [Milan Lucic] down there if we miss the net or if we just throw it down there, there’s a good chance we’re getting the puck back. We have a good setup. We’re excited about what we can do this year and we have to continue working on it. It’s not just going to continue. To have success like that we have to continue to work on it  and keep doing those little things.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the game overall…
It was a good game overall by everyone, and we did a good job of playing our game, and solid defense that turned to a good offense.

On the power play…
Yeah, there were some smart plays from the guys to get the puck in, and once we did I thought we moved it well. Also, we retrieved the puck well and we got a few loose pucks and great screen by Zee [Zdeno Chara] on that first goal and the second was just a great effort to stay on the puck.

Quick start…
We were aware of that but we know they’re a great team no matter what, so we needed to bring our best and I thought we did that overall for the whole game, and we found a way. They’re a great team, but still we played well. Solid defense, and that translated into some scoring chances for us.

On playing two games in three nights…
I think it’s good. I mean, I think we’ve improved from the first game tonight and that’s what you want to see. I thought that was, like a said, a good effort from everyone and we’ve just got to keep moving forward.

On a strong start to the season…
I think it’s nice to feel good right away and to have some confidence and try to keep building that, so the first two games were good and on their PK but also I thought their power play was very good tonight.

On Torey Krug….
It’s great, I think he’s creating a lot just by his size and they way that he retrieves the puck even finding that lose puck that’s what keeps the play going. And that first goal, obviously he couldn’t see anything with Zee [Zdeno Chara] in front there, and I think they’re doing a good job of just moving it and jumping on loose pucks.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On what he likes seeing out of Jordan Caron’s game…
I think he’s [Jordan Caron] moving his feet extremely well and playing hard in all three zones; he’s been in the right place, in the D-zone and in the offensive zone, and those goals are a perfect example of that, I think he was on the forecheck, and made that turnover and Reilly [Smith] made a great play too. 

On if he’s surprised that Jordan Caron has been able to click with the line so quickly…
You always hope things click quickly but I’ve played with Jordy [Jordan Caron] before so I know what Jordy’s all about.  He works hard, he plays the game north-south and you try to help guys to their assets and I think all three of us are working well together.

On forming chemistry with the line…
It is early, and you’re still trying to form chemistry, but you try to take it one game at a time you know?  That’s a terrible cliché but it’s true at this point.  Last year we were trying to find chemistry and trying to find results a lot of the time and for whatever reason they didn’t always happen, but for the first two games I think we’ve all been working together and helping one another in all three zones. 

On if Jordan Caron’s game has changed from past seasons…
I think he’s a little more confident which is great to see.  I think last game, I thought it was a goal, but, you know, those things happen, but just the fact that he took the puck to the net and drove hard to the net and hit a couple chances tonight; it was good to see him score. 

On if he thinks Jordan Caron knows he has to take advantage of this opportunity…
I’m sure that’s a question you’ve got to ask him [Jordan Caron] but I’ll try to answer for him.  I think when there’s opportunities to be had you want to capitalize on them, and Jordy’s [Jordan Caron] doing a great job of that, he’s playing really well.  I think you want to make management/coaches have to make tough decisions; as a player I know I always like to make them make tough decisions and I think that’s what makes a good hockey team. 

On how important “the little things” are for a guy trying to earn a spot…
The goals are a bonus; everyone sees the goals and the assists and, well I look at that too when I’m looking at the stats of other teams but I think as a line you want to go and do the little things each and every shift – you want to make the right plays, you want to make the simple, easy plays, and Jordy’s [Jordan Caron] doing that, so is Reilly [Smith.]  They’re chipping pucks in, chipping pucks out when they need to and then when the plays are there, they’re making the plays, and it’s good to see young guys have that confidence. 

On if the third line has something to prove this year…
You guys had every right last year to question that line, and coming into camp as well.  I know it’s only two games, and you guys are still going to – that’s your job to question it, but I think the first two games we’ve gone out there and played well and proved that we can play and contribute offensively and defensively and play against other teams’ top two lines or bottom two lines, whoever it may be.

On watching the power-play…
I love watching the power plays, especially when they’re clicking.  That was two huge goals for us tonight, and it ended up being the difference.  They’re moving the puck around well and they’re all working the penalty kill and that’s a major thing when you’ve got a power play that goes out there, and it’s your best players on the power play, and when they go out there and out-work the other team’s penalty kill good things are going to happen

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On how the team played…
I thought we played a great game right from the start. We realized the fact that that was their third game in four nights and we wanted to put the pressure on their D and keep the puck in their end and I think we managed to do that the full 60 minutes.

On how he did with his part…
Yeah, we played such a good game as a team that I didn’t have to do a lot of back door plays or anything like that, no odd man rushing or anything, just one shot and trying to take care of that rebound, our end guys took care of it. So that’s why it was a really, really good game for the second game of the season.

On the penalty kill…
Well, I don’t know. We have a structure, we try to keep the shot on the outside and try to limit those across ice passes and then just battle. A couple days ago we had a couple five-on-threes to kill, we did a great job with that. And today it was a little bit easier but they had a couple shot, that’s about it. So I think it’s just getting a good four man or five man effort out there when it’s a PK [penalty kill].

On if it is easier that there are a veteran penalty killers…
Yeah, well, when you get new players in, I'm sure you know they're going to be penalty killers or they're going to be power play guys so it’s not going to be a shock for them to kill penalties. But a lot of credit goes to the coaches you know, who puts the structure together and who’ve just done a great job with that, with Jarvy [Coach Jarvis] over the years, and it’s paid off for us.

On having sustained power play success and not having to work so hard to score goals…
Well if you score four goals a game that would be awesome, I’d like that. But our power play looked really good today, guys are moving the puck and creating shots and when they have those opportunities they are taking the shots, which has not always been the case. So it’s really good to see getting goals out of that too and hopefully we can keep that going.

On how it is to have Zdeno Chara in front of him on the penalty kill…
Well I’m used to it, it doesn’t matter. It’s a different scenario in practice too but if there is only one guy it is pretty tough to take your vision away. But he’s a big body and he’s got a long stick so I think for a goalie it’s tougher to keep that stick out of play than his body.

On how the team set the tone in the first period…
Yeah, yeah, that’s a different period then we had last game against Tampa. We had pretty much the same amount of shots so we focused on our start today and we wanted to get the first goal to get the lead because we knew it was their third game in two nights. And I just knew that and we managed to keep the pressure on them the full 60.

On what challenges Detroit poses to a goaltender…
Well they have a lot of skill. Not so much [Alexander] Ovechkin’s or any heavy shooters but they have good skill and good releases. They like to look down, take that extra second to make that extra play so you just have to be on your toes all the time.

On his assessment of the Bruins so far…
If you look today, I feel we’re headed in the right direction. I think today was a really, really good game. We didn’t give them much, we killed the penalties we had to, we scored a goal on a penalty, I think everything was working today. And that’s tough to say, during the season you have so many ups and downs that things may change. But the guys looked good today.

On the Red Wings being such a competitive team brought out the best out of Bruins…
Yeah,, absolutely. You can’t give them space in the neutral zone and they like to make those drop passes and across ice passes and get a lot of room and speed entering the zone, you're going to be screwed. So we took that away from them today pretty well and I think it was of the biggest keys tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMEN ZDENO CHARA
On winning tonight’s game…
Detroit is one of the best teams in the league and I knew it would be a challenge, they always give you a challenge, they’ve always had a good team, good system and they’re very dangerous guys. So, yeah we wanted to have a strong game and for the most part I thought we did.

On being down low in the power play…
I’m just trying to work hard and getting to those battles and trying to win them, basically just work hard.

On having fun during the game…
I think that it’s always been the basic of my game. Just work hard and while you’re doing that you mind as well enjoy that. It’s not always easy but that’s just hard work. You have to do whatever you can to help the power play succeed.

On the tuck during the power play…
Well it doesn’t matter which way it goes out there first or there’s always the other unit finishing the power play but you have to hard work those four guys, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean that you a man advantage, everything is just going to happen for you. You just have to work really hard and like I said, you have to try to win those battles and races for the pucks and do your best to always score a goal and create something, some scoring chances or shots and that or whatever it takes.

On the power play results from preseason to now…
Yeah, we want to continue to get better and that doesn’t mean that—we had a pretty successful preseason and that’s not just going to happen during the regular season, we’ve got to continue to work hard and keep working at it and it’s always tough to score those goals but if you keep working hard and practicing where you’re supposed to be, positioning, then it gets a little bit easier.

On the breakout part of the power play…
I’ve just been saying, whatever I—I’m designated to be and just trying to do my job. Doesn’t matter what position, like I said if it’s upfront in the blue line or whatever it may be.

DETRIOT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On what stood out tonight…
Well, I just thought that they had way more energy than we did. We didn’t execute good enough when you go through their goals. I am not trying to take away anything from their effort in the way they played but their first power play goal, I don’t know what we were doing we were just chasing and weren’t even in the right spots. We had a face off play we won back in our own zone, we had a turn over there. The last power play goal we were coming out of our zone with 18 seconds left and tried to make a pass and – those are three gifts any way you look at it. I am not trying to take away from their effort in the way they played. I thought that they were better than us from the start until the end. So, go home and get recharged and get back at it.

On the player’s effort tonight…
I don’t think we were very good, so was it because we didn’t have enough energy or what but we need to play hard enough and trust each other enough and do what we are supposed to do. Bottom line is they were better than us, and that’s why you play these games. It’s a competition each and every night and we were not good enough.

On the offense in tonight’s game…
I thought tonight we didn’t get any inside kind of what we talked about going in. I thought we were on the outside too much. I didn’t think we were good tonight, so making an assessment after a game you didn’t play very well in the overall [performance] probably not a healthy thing to do. But would be happy to talk to you about that on Monday.

On getting in the inside play…
You are trying to that for sure. They knew going in what we had to do, yet in the end we were unable to do it. I give them credit for the way they played and how hard they played as well. I mean they were sitting here waiting for us and hungry to have a go at us. Just like we wanted to play them as well. It is exciting for us.

On playing Thomas Tatar today…
Normally I don’t change the winter lineup. I was just looking for more and I didn’t get it. Any way you look at it –I don’t know if that had anything to do with the outcome in tonight’s game.

On the team’s power play efforts tonight…
It wasn’t good tonight. They were better on the penalty kill and the power play than us. They were harder on it. They were more efficient. They won way more battles than we did. That’s what I said to you, it looked like their energy level was high. It looked like ours wasn’t. They were better.

On the first impressions of Daniel Alfredsson…
He is a good player. He is a smart veteran player. He has been in the league a long time. I think there is much news to talk about.

On what is expected out of Daniel Alfredsson…
Just to do what he has been doing, be a real good player and a leader for us. Be effective for us on the power play. I think he is a good player for us.

DETROIT RED WINGS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS KRONWALL
On what stood out to him tonight…
Oh, we didn’t play at all. They did a good job and we didn’t. We weren’t even there. It felt like we were a step behind all game.

On whether the result was surprising or if the Bruins took it to them from the start…
Give them credit, they’re a good team and they played well tonight, but we didn’t give ourselves a chance here. Sure we were I think it was 1-1 there after the first, but we just didn’t seem to find a way to get back into it.

On the Bruins being a tough team to play against and imposing their will against them…
They did a good job, and then saying that we didn’t do a very good job at all getting through the neutral zone, way too many turnovers, but I think that the biggest reason why we lost tonight was that our brain was that wasn’t really working. That way we got to be a step behind the whole time and just didn’t find a way tonight.

On the play of Jimmy Howard.
[Jimmy] Howard played great, Howard played great. He did everything he could, he gave us a chance. Unfortunately we didn’t do a very good job, we didn’t do ourselves justice tonight.

On a quick review after the team’s first three games…
Obviously first two games we’re still looking to play that sixty-minute game, there’s still a lot to work on. Obviously power play needs to be a lot better. The whole game in general tonight was not very good. The way we came back, obviously, last night was good for us, showed that we can do it. It’s just about sticking with the game plan for sixty minutes and tonight we didn’t do that and that’s why we lost.

On whether offense has been a focus for the team…
I think we’ve had a lot of chances. We played two really good goaltenders the first two games with [Ryan] Miller and Cam Ward and I think if we just stick with it, stick to the game plan we’re going to score goals there’s no doubt about that, but our effort in general has to be a lot better than tonight because tonight we didn’t give ourselves a chance here.

On how it feels to have Daniel Alfredsson on the team…
It’s been great ever since he came here. A lot of skill, determination, a lot of leadership as well.

On whether it feels good to have another Swede on the team…
I mean obviously with him being a Swede it might be a little bit special, but at the same time he’s an outstanding player whether he’s a Swede or not so we’re just happy to have him.

On his hunger to play despite his age, at his age…
Absolutely you can see he still got that step and he still wants to win. You can see that in just the way he leads out there, how he is as a person that’s all about winning that way he fits in.

On whether there’s something the defensemen can do to make sure Zdeno Chara doesn’t get his net front position…
Well we have to do a better job at not getting the puck, not letting them take the shot so easy. That first goal he was able to step in, Chara in front of the net. Really good shot no doubt, but we have to do a better job of being in the lane and preventing that from happening.

On being 0-5 on the power play so far this season…
Obviously not great, but we just got to stick with it. Keep working on it, keep working in practice. If we stick with, things are going to start happening.

On early impressions of the Eastern Conference…
It’s too soon to tell, really.

On playing Boston being a true test in the conference…
Well Boston is maybe one of the most structured teams in the East I’m sure, and they played really solid tonight all over the ice and we didn’t play very good at all. We didn’t give ourselves a chance and it’d be a true test if we really showed something out there tonight, but we didn’t and that’s why we lost.

DETROIT RED WINGS FORWARD HENRIK ZETTERBERG
On his first-period goal…
It was kind of a broken play. The puck just bounced up and I shot it and it went in.

On Boston controlling the pace from the start…
I think we started good. We did a lot of good things from the beginning. We knew it was going to be tough for us to find our legs from the beginning, but we kept it simple. Then, they got the first goal there. Obviously, their special teams was a lot better than our special teams today. If you’re going to win against a team like Boston you got to have good special teams.

On Boston preventing them from getting in front of the net…
Yeah, they kept us outside. We couldn’t find a way to get in for rebounds and second chances.

On the power play becoming a concern…
I think tonight it was. It didn’t have much today. I think in the other two games we at least created a lot of chances, but the puck hasn’t gone in. Today wasn’t good.

On trying to generate more offense…
Well, obviously they wouldn’t score enough. Before that we won two games. Power play, if we get some goals there, it’ll help. Five-on-five will be tight. We know that. It’s not the first time it’s like that in this league. You got to have good special teams if you want to score goals.

On his first impressions of Daniel Alfredsson…
He looks good. He’s playing a lot of minutes. He sees the ice very well and he fits in good with the team.

On how Boston makes things difficult for opponents…
I think they play a good structure. We had a lot of turnovers and giveaways today. They’re fast in their transition. When you play a good team like this you got have good structure yourself, and we didn’t have that today. I think when you play back-to-back that’s the most important. Just keep it simple and stick to your game plan, but we didn’t do that today.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On tonight’s game…
They won in every statistic tonight, every battle. I’m not going to make that excuse that we’re tired or anything like that, because I kind of think it’s pathetic. But we need a better effort out of all of us.

On what was said during the second intermission…
Just trying to get one. You never know what can happen. We were down two the other night to Carolina, and we found a way. But from the drop of the puck tonight, they were one step faster than us all night.

On the Bruins putting Zdeno Chara in front of the net on the power play…
It’s not easy when there’s someone that’s six-foot-nine standing in front of you. It’s something that you’ve got to figure out, and find a way to try and find the puck. But it’s extremely difficult with him in front.

On if early back-to-back games help with the team’s mental toughness…
We know what it’s going to take. This isn’t the first time we’ve ever had to deal with a back-to-back. We’ve been doing this for years. It’s early in the season. There’s no reason to get down about it and beat yourself up, just put it behind you and get ready for Phoenix on Wednesday.

On what the Bruins were able to do tonight…
What didn’t they do? They controlled the whole game tonight pretty much.

On if it was Boston’s skating or energy that made the difference…
They controlled the whole game, from the drop of the puck to the end of the game. They pretty much dominated in every aspect.

On if Detroit’s six goals in three games is something to work on…
Not really putting any thought into that right now. It’s only three games.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE  AT 11:30 AM   
On if power play units take a little more time to get up to speed than the penalty kill units…
Yeah I think for us, the biggest thing for our power play last game is that we didn’t get some good entries, which is normally something that we do very well. It’s been more of the end zone that we’ve struggled with at times. So it’s hard for me to answer that question. All I can tell you is our penalty kill was really, really good last game; sharp and on top of it, of what they had to do. Especially on those five-on-three’s I thought those were the keys to the game. As far as power play, hopefully we’ll see a better one tonight and get a better sample of it.

On Detroit’s possession-oriented playing style and what we might see from them…
Well again, they are a team that likes to hang onto the puck maybe a little bit more than others. But they still, their forecheck is the same, the neutral zone, the regroups. It’s not so much that they have a different style except for different areas. They do a really good job of defending where I think sometimes we don’t give that team enough credit. The reason they have the puck a lot is because they defend well. You’ll watch tonight – they always have their players above ours. And very seldom do you get outnumbered situations and you have to be willing to fight for those pucks and you have to be willing to get it by them and go after it again. You’re not going to get a run-and-gun type game against that team because they defend so well. And that’s, again, where I think they don’t get enough credit for. And that’s why they have the puck so much, because they turn it over quickly. Maybe they’re a little bit, where people talk about the left wing law out there, like a one-three-one team but their guys are always in a good position which is what makes it really tough for other teams. We’re going to have to have really good puck movement; do it quickly so that we don’t give them a chance to get into those good situations and at the same time we’re going to have to be winning the chip pucks and chase it and get into some battles here.

On Loui Eriksson and if he needs a change of mindset to play the Bruins system…
It’s the same adjustment as it was for Jags [Jaromir Jagr] and those guys. There’s a lot of teams that continue to overload and yet our breakouts have been good in the past years because of the reason we don’t overload necessarily and that’s our belief. So it’s a bit of a change there for those kind of players and it takes a little bit of time just like anything else. If you’re a bad driver, it’s going to take a while before we get you back on track – and I’m just going by what I’ve heard. So it’s like anything else; you just don’t become a good driver overnight, it takes practice it takes time. I think the same thing for those guys that are doing that stuff.

On the reliability of third line and what he’s seen from them…
Well I think it’s been pretty good. Reilly’s [Smith] still a young player and so is Jordan [Caron]. We’re forgetting that those guys are 23-years old. To have a guy in the middle that’s got some experience and to be able, when I say reliable it’s not just defensively, I need to rely on them offensively as well. They have to be able to create some stuff, some scoring opportunities; which is what we talked about last year about trying to find with our third line. So right now they’ve given us that, I thought last game they spent some time in the offensive zone. I thought they did a great job forechecking and creating some things. Jordan’s goal in my mind was a good goal – I think it was a quick whistle. So there’s a second goal for that line besides Kells [Chris Kelly] scoring on the penalty shot. So they’ve given us what we want. And I think for Reilly, he’s a young player, last year he played a lot in Dallas but hadn’t played much before that. So it’s an opportunity for him to probably get a jump at it a little quicker than Loui [Eriksson] who’s been doing the same ting there for so many years. So I’ve liked Reilly’s game, I think again, he and those other new guys are just going to get better with our team as they get more comfortable and used to it. Sometimes when it’s new, you have to think about it a lot. And what I try and create with our guys is a situation where it becomes second nature. So less thinking, more action, and that takes time.

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