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Running quotes from Bruins vs. Ducks on 10/31

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS
Thursday, October 31, 2013
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:20 P.M.
On if the Bruins feel fortunate to get two points out of this game…
I don’t know if I’m going to say ‘fortunate.’ I think we worked hard and when you look at how we were in the second period, we had a lot of offensive zone time in there; I thought we had some chances. I thought again, that goal in the last 20 seconds of the second would have probably broken a lot of teams’ backs; didn’t break ours. We came back out in the third and fought. I’d rather give my team credit for this one than say we’re fortunate. I’m not going to stand here and say we’re playing great hockey because, as I mentioned before, it’s a game of momentum and right now the momentum is not quite where we’d like it to be. We played a tough game yesterday in Pittsburgh and I think it took its toll on us a little bit. And for us to come out here and play a gritty game and then battle right to the end to win this one against a team that was fresh and waiting for us here, if anything I’d say it was a real gutsy effort on our part.

On Söderberg battling through a mistake and scoring…
Yeah, exactly. That’s what you want to see. And everyone knows he made a mistake by throwing it in the middle, but he goes back and ties the game up so it kind of wipes the slate pretty clean in my mind and you go from there.  So, again, we had to battle right until the end and we missed some pretty good chances too and like I said, when the momentum isn’t going your way and the confidence may not be at 100%, those are the kind of wins sometimes you need to get your team going in the right direction again; because it feels pretty good at the end of the night that you come out with a win although it wasn’t necessarily pretty, but gutsy.

On if he liked the line with Ryan Spooner…
It gave us a little bit more. I mean it scored a goal and I’m not sure that Kels [Chris Kelly] is as best utilized on the wing as he is at center but the one thing I thought is Spoons [Ryan Spooner] did give us some speed on that line and created some of that stuff and for the first time together, I think they were okay.

On David Krejci and his success…
Well we need that; we need our players to play well. Our leaders have to be our leaders and I think David [Krejci], again, that was a great play on his part to make that pass to Zdeno [Chara] on that tying goal but same thing with [Torey] Krug. Every once and a while he’ll make mistakes but when he makes plays like he did to keep that puck in and help us tie the game, those are the kind of things that you like to see. There’s always a – you can get guys that are great defensively who won’t give you much offensively – at the end of the night you don’t really win hockey games like that. When you’re trying to create something offensively, there’s always a bit of a risk and this young guy made a good decision there at the end. So same thing – a great pass to David and David had enough poise to make that play to Zdeno and I thought that was a big goal for us obviously.



On if putting Spooner in the shootout was because he excels offensively…
I think so. I think he’s been a real good player; even in preseason when we had shootouts we’ve used him. I’ve seen him now for a few years in Providence; he’s pretty good. And he actually, to me, had the five-hole, and the goaltender made a pretty good save so as much as it looked like it was an easy save I think he had the right place to put the puck it just didn’t go through.

On the power play giving the Bruins the offense needed to win games…
Yeah even when we haven’t scored, I think our power play has been pretty good at spending time in the offensive zone and controlling plays and creating some chances anyways. As you can see, we’re not a team that’s necessarily blessed with a ton of natural scorers; we’re a team that does it by committee. So right now we’re scoring some goals and tonight was a timely goal for us so I’m not disappointed in the power play at all. I think it’s progressed as we’ve moved forward here and you still have a Loui Eriksson that’s not in our lineup that’s a pretty good power play guy too. So you get some guys in there and at the right places, I think we’ll have two of them that should give us some pretty good looks throughout the course of the season.

On Johnny Boychuk...
He got hurt when he crashed into the boards and I think everybody saw that. So right now he wasn’t able to come back and from what my trainers have told me, we’ll know more tomorrow morning. You can’t assess these injuries as far as it’s a one week thing, it’s just a one day, he’ll be better, he’ll be okay tomorrow. They always have to let those things settle down a little bit before we get more. So if we do, we’ll give you more news on that tomorrow.

On playing with five defensemen…
Well it’s gutsy; any time you play two and two. Like I said, I don’t know how many people realize how tough that game was in Pittsburgh yesterday. You’re playing a team that had revenge on their mind and it wasn’t an easy game. You come back and you play a team that’s fresh and then you’re cut down to five D’s because you don’t have a choice; it was hard. And that’s why, I have to be realistic here and – although we all look for perfection from the outside – you also have to be realistic and I think our defensemen did a great job of battling through and some of those guys are basically first year players, when you look at Krug and even Dougie Hamilton; not a ton of experience. So we had to gut it out and we did.

On this performance still not being a good enough 60 minute effort…
Yeah but you know, the other thing is I think the expectations are high for our hockey club. So when we don’t come out well, we’re going to get criticized and all that stuff. And I’m saying it’s not justified; we need to come out better. But I think at the same time, we’re really hard on ourselves to start with. Obviously from the outside, the expectations are high so I’m just looking at the whole scenario of we come back from a back-to-back game. I thought from maybe the midway point of the first period, we seemed to get our legs going again. And I don’t think we were a bad team in the second. And I don’t think we were a bad team in the third. So I’m going to be careful here on how much I want to criticize our hockey club because at the end of the day, like I said, give them credit for how they gutted it out.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On the win tonight…
I think for sure it was one of our hardest wins we got this season. It was a back-to-back game, late night arrival last night, that’s not an excuse but I think we all felt that especially in the first half of the game. I think after the first thirty we started putting pucks in the right places where we could retrieve them and put some more pressure on them. We won some battles and we had some good scoring opportunities. It’s just too bad they had that goal at the end of the second, that kind of put us back again going to the third. But the power play came big and we scored and we got an extra point in the shootout, which is great. The games don’t all end in pretty ways but we’ll take it.

On the urgency of the power play at the end of the third…
Yeah, at that time that’s probably the last opportunity, man advantage opportunity that you're going to get so you have to give all you have. We made a really simple play, just won the face off, shot on net, deflection and David [Krejci] made a really nice play to me back door and just put it in the open net.

On if he was expecting the pass from Krejci…
I was ready for both, I kind of put my stick on the ice and either way I was hoping the puck would end up somewhere around my stick or somewhere in that area. And David [Krejci] again made such a great play and he’s such a patient player with the puck and it was a great play by him.

On if he has heard about the seven game suspension for John Scott…
I leave my decision. That’s the first I’ve heard about it.

On having so many tough starts and why they can overcoming it with pushes in the third…
I don’t know, it’s something that we definitely have to improve, our starts. And it seems like maybe when we get behind then we start feeling the urgency to start playing with more energy and more pressure. But we just have to have better starts. We can't be waiting the whole time to fall behind and then chasing those goals. That’s and area we have to improve for sure.

On if it feels better on the power play this year even though the numbers don’t show it…
I just feel that we are doing a better job retrieving pucks and winning battles and having traffic in front. We had so many chances in those first 10-11 games that it’s not exactly the reflection of the standing of the ranking of our power play but we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and eventually they will come more often.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On getting the puck to the net in the last few minutes…
Well there was a loose puck up top and Looch [Milan Lucic] was in the battle and I saw they had a third guy coming in to the battle and I kind of retreated. I saw that he slid and lucky enough, I was able to keep the puck in and I knew they had three guys up high and Zee [Zdeno Chara] was down low. Any time Zee is down there it’s a good chance for our team. So I just threw it at the net, it didn’t have to be hard. He got a good tip on it and Krech [David Krejci] made a great play to get it over to him.

On not playing their best but getting the two points anyway…
Good teams find a way to get wins and it’s important for us. We didn’t have the greatest game but at the end of the day we have two points and we get to move on from here.

On the Red Sox win last night…
It was awesome. It’s too bad – a little selfish of me – I wish we could have gotten to enjoy it but we were on the road there. But it’s great, it’s great for the city, great group of guys that shows the way a team comes together and the right players and the right situations and you have a championship. So it’s great.

On focusing on a full 60 minute effort…
I think so. We’re not going to accomplish everything at once; it’s a process. We go game by game and what you’re trying to do is just put a complete 60-minute effort together, 20 minutes at a time. You’re able to go from one period to the next and that’s what we’re trying to do. It wasn’t pretty tonight but we got the job done.

On the team tending to start slow and finishing big in games…
Well I think we have a lot of competitive guys and when you’re down that desperation level kicks in – we’ve got to do a better job of starting games out. One thing I notice and take away from this team is when we’re making teams react to us we’re better, not reacting to the other team. I saw they did a great job in the first period of dumping in pucks and we had to react to that. So, we’ve got to get better starts but it’s nice to have that confidence when you’re down a goal, because there are going to be games where you have to bring that late.

On the mental battle of gaining momentum…
I think so. You have goals when you come into a game and our goal was to come out and get a good start and get the fans behind us and chip pucks in deep and let our forecheck do the work and get back to the basics of our team. Unfortunately we didn’t get the start that we wanted but it was nice to rebound the way that we did. Tuukka [Rask] once again gave us a chance to win a game – and that’s all we ask from him. It wasn’t pretty but we got it done.

On the special teams play in the last few games…
It’s nice. You’re trying to build confidence and you want to get your special teams on a roll. For us, penalty kill is something that this team has been built on for many years and we’re trying to get on a roll one penalty kill at a team. All the sudden we’re clicking, we’re moving and we have that confidence. Same thing goes with the power play, we’re trying to build that up and make it a key part of our team to win special teams. One special teams chance at a time and we’re just trying to get a roll going.

On if it was taxing for the defensemen to play their second back-to-back series in two weeks…
I thought we handled it well. I mean, for some guys, I think most guys, the more you play the better you are. Guys responded well, Dougie [Hamilton] played huge minutes for us. Zee [Zdeno Chara] obviously, being who he is, was awesome for us once again. Seids [Dennis Seidenberg], Quaider [Adam McQuaid], all stepped up. So sometimes the more you get on the ice, the better you are. I think our D responded with that.

On what he takes away from a game like this…
We look at it – it wasn’t a complete 60-minute effort but we realize that if we are down a goal, we have the confidence to put certain guys out on the ice and we have the confidence to make a comeback. So that’s nice for us. At the same time, we learn that we didn’t make it easy for ourselves. We have to come out with a better start and that’s something that we take away as a winning team. You learn to come back like that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On the 60 minute effort and slow start…
Yeah I don’t know, obviously they got off to a quick one goal lead and they were ready to play. They’re a good first period team. We knew that coming in and they showed it.

On the response back in the second and third period…
I think that’s what we needed. It wasn’t our best first period but the games are sixty minutes for a reason. I thought we got better and better as the game went on.

On Spooner joining his line..
Yeah I think he got more and more comfortable and you know I’ve said this playing with all new guys, communication is huge and just talking makes things easier and I thought he played well in all three zones.

On using Spooner in hybrid icing…
Yeah I thought, I think it happened a couple of times. I think that’s one of his assests is his speed and how well he skates and I thought he did a good job getting to those icings and it’s tough with that new hybrid icing for linesmans to waive them off but clearly he was ahead of guys and he did a good job.

On communicating about regrouping after the first goal on ice…
Yeah I thought it was a tough way to start the game and you want to bounce back and not dwell on it because the game is a long game but I thought we did a good job bouncing back. Obviously Carl [Soderberg] scoring his first goal, that was great.

On seeing Carl Soderberg score and his confidence…
Yeah it’s funny what a goal can do to your confidence and the morale and how you’re feeling. You could see just sitting beside him on the bench it looked like the weight was lifted off of his shoulders. I know he’s been forcing and pushing hard. Sometimes they come easier than others but I thought he did a great job defensively a few shifts before that saving a goal and then got rewarded.

On playing the off wing in faceoffs…
Yeah but part of it I just—you do what you need to do and you do it to the best of your ability. There were a few faceoffs I would have liked to have had back but I don’t mind playing any position. I played all three positions in my career and I think it takes a little bit of adjustment. Sometimes you have to remember that you’re playing the wing and there was a few shifts I was playing wing and a few shifts I was playing center so you just need to stay focused throughout the game.

On the one touch to Carl Soderberg…
Yeah I thought Spoons [Ryan Spooner] did a great job being low, getting that puck and moving it quick and touching at Carl [Soderberg] and using his speed to breakaway from that defender.

On playing wing being the biggest adjustment or not…
I think when the D are pinching down on you when you’re a center you don’t have that. You just have to realize that most times they’re coming and you got to be strong on the boards and win those board battles and I think communication from the centerman is big. I thought [Ryan] Spooner did a good job talking to me and just little things like that.

On playing with a young guy…
Yeah obviously it’s exciting for young guys. They’re full of energy and makes you young—I’m still young [laughs] but I thought he played well not only I think, he’s known as an offensive guy and I think he played well in all three zones and managed the puck well.

On John Scott’s suspension…
I’m never going to comment on what’s fair, what’s not. I think the league does a good job of assessing penalties for certain hits. Our main concern is getting Loui [Eriksson] back and making sure he’s healthy and back playing.

On the Ducks being a solid defensive team..
Yeah they work hard. They’re missing a lot of key players and they have some young guys that have gotten an opportunity that all work hard and play as five men units and take your time and space away. They really group extremely well.

On his involvement in Movember…
Movember, yeah I started a bit early [laughs]. It’s obviously a great cause and I think there’s more guys this year than there’s been in the past doing it. Anyway we can help and do our part we’re more than willing.

On the Red Sox World Series trophy being on the ice…
I noticed it right away. Yeah it’s awesome. I guess it’s here. I wouldn’t mind getting a picture with it but unfortunately we missed that game last night but I remember us winning and us getting a chance to go in their locker room and celebrate with us. They were great about it so that’s fantastic for them to win.

On the crowd in Boston…
Yeah it’s a sports city clearly and the crowd here is always awesome. Halloween night a lot of people might decide to take their kids trick or treating but not in Boston, they’re here.

On being in the Sox locker room after the Bruins Stanley Cup win in 2011…
No, when we won back in ’11 when we went to Fenway we got to throw out the opening pitch and go in their locker room which was pretty special.

On the Sox being welcome in the Bruins’ locker room…
I would love for them to come into our locker room but you’ve got to ask Claude [Julien]. I’m just an alternate captain.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if they feel like they stole this win after a slow start…
No, I don’t think so.  I think we played a decent game after all.  First period we didn’t get too many shots, but they didn’t either.  Got that goal, first shot, so it kind of takes the life out of you a little bit but we bounced back.  Second, played better, got the goal.  Then it’s kind of deflating when they score in the last minute but we just wanted to bounce back in the third and tie the game and win we did. 

On if the turnover goals were frustrating…
Yeah, let in the first goal or first shot in the game and it could go either way after that for a goalie so you’re just trying to focus on the next one and keep it tight, and both goals were turnovers or whatever and bang-bang plays and puck in the net so that’s how it is right now for us, we can’t really afford too many mistakes because we’re not scoring that many goals, but today it didn’t end up costing us, it was good.

On if, this season, those mistakes are happening in Rask’s end more often than not. 
I think so, and maybe not more often, but when they happen they seem to find the back of our net, and that’s something when you go through stretches when you’re not playing at your best hockey those things happen but you just have to battle through and try to score some goals. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On if anything has been more challenging in the NHL than he has expected…
No, it’s pretty much what I expected.

On if he was starting feel any pressure at all…
You always feel pressure on this level. You have to play good and a lot of players want your spot. So it’s always hard pressure on us. We didn’t play good but we still won. We had a little better game against New Jersey but lost and last game was just bad, but a little better today and we got a win.

On if he was surprised to get a breakaway…
Yeah, maybe but the D are maybe not the best skaters. [Ryan] Spooner chipped it out and Kels [Chris Kelly] and I tried to skate faster than the D and we had a break away and yeah, that happens.

On how he felt about getting the shootout attempt…
Yeah but it wasn’t the best shoot out. It’s always fun to get those.

On what he calls his goal celebration…
Maybe relief.

On what his first NHL goal means to him…
It means a lot to me. I’ve been playing in Europe for ten years at the highest level there but it’s still not the NHL. I came here at 28 years old so I wanted to see if I could play in the NHL. I’m pretty glad I scored.

ANAHEIM DUCKS HEAD COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU
On whether they can take any positives away from the loss…
You never feel – I mean, you look around the room and nobody feels good about it. But I think they did some good things out there. I thought Hilly [Jonas Hiller] played great, and [Devante] Smith-Pelly did pretty good. When we didn’t put them away in the first period, I thought we were going to be in for a tough game.

On the timing of Patrick Maroon’s penalty…
I mean, that’s three games in a row that we’ve taken a penalty in the last two minutes of the game … It was an unfortunate mistake that we made on the faceoff. It seems like when we make a mistake penalty killing it’s in. When we don’t, we have great chances on the power play, and if we don’t score it gets frustrating. All of those things compounded.

On whether he was happy with how they played their system…
Listen, they didn’t have a shot on goal in the first period until the 18-minute mark. I thought we did the support, the system, the way we wanted to play against these guys. I thought the guys were really involved with what we’ve talked about right before the game, and they did a really good job against it. But if you don’t score, eventually a really good team is going to come up and bite you and that’s what happened.

On whether they used this as a measuring stick type of game…
We talked about that at the beginning of the game – about how the game was going to be a measuring stick, and it was more about how it was going to be a real test to play a real good team and see how we came out. I think we hung in there, I think before the overtime they had 19 shots. So I don’t know if Claude [Julien] thinks they played good or if they played bad. But we still held them to a few scoring opportunities, and both goals they got were just mistakes by us.

On the vibe in the locker room…
Well the guys are disappointed. They want to win every game. That’s why the record is what it is right now, and they’re not going to be happy with a shootout loss. We wanted that extra point so I would expect nobody to be happy.

ANAHEIM DUCKS DEFENSEMAN BRYAN ALLEN
On whether losses are particularly hard to swallow when you’ve played a tough game…
Definitely, I think it’s a good learning game for a lot of people, too. We have a lot of guys out and a lot of young guys playing against a team that’s pretty recent off a Stanley Cup win. They played last night, they battled hard to stay in the game and found a way to win and it’s something I think a lot of us can learn from. Doing simple things and playing the right way and I think we just got to learn from it.

On whether he thought this was a measuring stick type game…
Yeah, I think the league is so good now every game is against a good opponent. Obviously like I said they won recently and they’re still playing well and they’re a really good team, but I think we can’t take anyone lightly.

On whether they’ve played many games better game system wise than tonight…
Yes and no. I still think that there’s a lot of improvement. I think that when we play our game we can be really good, but I think that the biggest thing that hurts us is the turnovers. If we can cut those down and make simpler plays at the right times it’ll be key for us.

On how high the team’s compete level was tonight…
Obviously we know how the Boston Bruins play. They’re a physical team, they’re a big team and I think that they’ve learned how a tough game is played.

ANAHEIM DUCKS FORWARD COREY PERRY
On what to take away from this game, considering how good the team is perennially…
I thought we played a pretty solid game, but bounces and whatever, they get a couple of goals and tie it up, but I thought overall for us to play the way we did, we outshot them and we held them to limited scoring chances which is why we kept them to only two goals.

On whether this loss falls into the category of a good loss…
I think so, I mean you can’t get too high and you can’t get too low. You get your one point and it’s unfortunate we didn’t get the second one, but you take this and you build off of it. I think we did a lot of good things, and we just could tighten up in a couple of areas.

On trying to avoid shootouts …
It’s one-on-one with the goalie, and he had our number tonight especially the way I flubbed my shot and he took away what I wanted to do and he beat me and sometimes that’s going to happen.

On the conditions of the ice overall…
Bouncy. The puck was bouncing all over the place, it was a little soft and whatever, the concert, whatever and the warm weather, but you’re going to get that kind of conditions especially later in the year when the weather starts turning nice.

ANAHEIM DUCKS GOALTENDER JONAS HILLER
On if tonight’s loss was tough after playing an overall strong game…
Yeah, I think so. At the end, it’s the sign of a good team not being – being unhappy if you lost. So yeah, I don’t think too many guys were happy. I thought we played, we started really good in the game and then I guess in the third we were, in my opinion, standing back too much. We kind of gave them a little too much momentum so it’s, yeah, we almost made it through but we can’t end every game on a PK like we did the last two games, same thing. Sometimes it’s going to cost you. But it definitely hurts, sure we won a point but we would have rather gotten two.

On ending the game on a shootout…
Well it’s part of the game I guess. Even there, I guess, Getzy [Ryan Getzlaf] hits the cross bar and out - he hits the cross bar and that was the difference I guess.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 P.M.
On John Scott being suspended and his thoughts on it…
No thoughts because, believe it or not, you’re the one announcing it to me. I didn’t really pay attention to that; I knew he had a hearing today and you let the league take care of things. So that’s the decision that was made and we’ll live with it.

On if Spooner was brought up to play…
No, I just wanted him to have popcorn and hotdogs up in the stands. That’s why we brought him up.

On who he will replace…
We’ll see after warm-up.

On how Spooner will be utilized…
We’ll decide where we put him, probably final decision after warm-up. We’ve got different scenarios for him right now and we’re still kind of weighing where we think he can be good. But more than anything else I think he’ll be more comfortable at center. I don’t know if we’re ready to put him there yet. He may have to play the wing; we’ll see.

On Spooner adding an element of speed to the Bruins’ game…
Yeah and I think that’s one of the reasons – you guys asked about calling him up – that’s one of the reasons we called him up. I think we need a little bit more speed right now and we need a little bit more offense in our game and sometimes a new face in the lineup can certainly help bring that. He had a good camp; he showed his speed, he showed his ability to be creative offensively and so maybe that’s kind of a boost we need right now.

On what he’s seen from Carl Soderberg thus far…
I think everything that a guy goes through when he comes back from being off for a while – he came off, had a couple of good games and he might have struggled a little bit lately; not as effective. But that’ll come back. We like to think he can be as good and as productive as he was in training camp. So he has to work his way into finding that groove again.

On not having an extra forward and if that has an effect…
It doesn’t matter to me whether that’s their thought or not. I think right now what matters to me is that we find solutions to fix what we think needs a little bit of fixing to make us better. Like I said, that’s why we brought Ryan [Spooner] up; to give us a little bit more speed and so on and so forth. So that’s the important thing – to fix it – versus to continue to find out why those things are happening. We need a little bit more offense right now and there’s some guys that can definitely give us a little bit more that are fighting it right now. So you bring a guy that can hopefully give it to you immediately and he’s been good in Providence since the start of the season.

On if he’s reached out to the Red Sox or John Farrell…
I’ve reached out to him several times during the playoffs so hopefully I’ll talk to him either tonight or tomorrow.

On his thoughts on Anaheim…
They’re a team that’s from the other conference. At the end of the day – we were just talking about that – you still have to win your games. Whether they’re in your conference, out of your conference, it’s about points in the standings. So they’re a team that’s off obviously to a good start; they’re 10-3. I know they’ve got some injuries but they’re still a gritty team. If you don’t respect their offense, they can burn you. Again, the same reason I’ve given you guys a million times before, when we worry about our game and we play our game, we’re the team that other teams kind of look for. And right now we have to create that again because I don’t think we’ve been as good in the last two games as we can be. So we have to find that game of ours again and if we can find it tonight I think we’ve got a good chance of winning this hockey game.

On the goalie choice…
Warm up.

On if the Spooner call-up had anything to do with injuries…
No.
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