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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CALGARY FLAMES
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:10 P.M.
On how Zdeno Chara helps on the power play…
Well I think you saw tonight – you said he was huge man – but he’s also got a huge reach. He finds those pucks. But he’s also been pretty good at reading off the guys who have the puck and sometimes it’s not about being a screen, sometimes it’s about being an outlet. So he’s reading off guys pretty well. So it’s been an adjustment for him going from the back end to the front end but he seems to be getting more and more comfortable.

On Craig Cunningham’s NHL debut…
First game, first game jitters and I think you could see it in that first shift but he settled down and gave us what we wanted from him; a real good effort.

On Gregory Campbell and Ryan Spooner’s lines having better second periods…
Yeah you’re right and I think for us to win hockey games we’re going to need that. You can’t always just rely on the so-called ‘big names.’ If you’re called up and you think you belong here then show it. It’s one of those kind of things that players have to do. They get sent down if they feel they didn’t get a good enough chance or didn’t get a good enough look or didn’t play enough games; they get called up, this is your chance so take advantage of it. I think that’s what those guys have to do and that’s what I think you saw in the second period; a little bit more involvement. But I think it went with the game too. The first period was kind of a very average period to say the least and it kind of picked up a little bit in the second. I thought we were much better in the second period and I thought we played a solid game. It’s not easy coming back from these long road trips and first game back but we played a fairly sound game.

On playing well despite the injuries…
Well again I think it goes back to what I was saying earlier about our young guys having to step in and kind of do their fair share of the work and I said it before, from Providence to here it’s not a big, big difference in the team play. So guys that are coming up to play for us don’t have to change much in their game; they just have to bring their A-game to our team and obviously probably feel comfortable because nothing from there has changed once they get here.

On Tuukka Rask getting another shutout and his value as a goaltender…
Good. I mean he’s had a few bad games like every other goaltender but he bounces back and he’s been solid for us all year long and he’s having another great year. So I can’t say enough of how well he’s played and how good he’s been through the whole thing from the time he was watching Tim [Thomas] play and being a good backup if we can put it that way and play it well and when he got his chance he was ready for it.

On an update on Matt Fraser…
There’s no update on [Matt] Fraser. Was there supposed to be an update? He was a scratch.

On if players will play through bad injuries and hurt themselves for the good of the team…
No I think it’s important that they don’t and there’s injuries you can play hurt through; guys do that already. But any injuries that they’re a serious injury, whether it’s, like I said, concussion things we sent [Daniel] Paille back and there was no questions asked. There was a chance we would have played shorthanded that day if [Nick] Johnson would have had some weather issues with the plane and all that stuff. But this is serious stuff and if you’re capable of playing through some of the pain – and we know Iggy [Jarome Iginla] is playing with that finger injury – but I don’t think it’s a risk. It’s just being able to play through it. So we’ve managed that pretty good and I think right now that’s where our team is. There’s nobody playing out there taking a big risk.

On Brad Marchand’s penalty and if he needs to be more careful…
I look at that hit and it’s a two-minute penalty. And I don’t think he was going in there looking to injure the guy. He was going to hit and the guy turned and how he got him deserved a two-minute penalty but that’s as much as it is. I don’t want us to start thinking that everything Brad [Marchand] does is bad. It’s a two minute like a lot of other two minutes. Not any worse than all the high sticks our guys took to the face tonight. So he took the two minutes, went to the box and served it.

On if Chara’s role as a Captain expands in times like this where the roster is changing often…
Not really. That’s the beauty of it, it’s a compliment because our team hasn’t changed. You go in that dressing room, it’s still the same just a few new faces but our demeanor, I guess our approach, nothing has changed. And I think if you’ve watched us play lately, I don’t think we’ve changed out game. I haven’t told our guys we have to play better defensively – we have to really do that because we’re lacking some experience – all we do is go out there and play our game the way we feel we can play no matter who’s in our lineup.

On if the flu is still affecting the team…
It’s hard to tell. We’ve had a day there where nothing’s happened but I can tell you it looks like it’s over and then tomorrow we might have two, three guys having it. When it’s in the dressing room it’s hard to get rid of. So I don’t have that answer. Coach, not doctor.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if this game was a bounce back from Vancouver…
Yeah, for myself.  Just tried not to get pulled twice in a row I guess.  It was a pretty good effort for the most.  Especially the second period, they had nothing, despite that, they only had a couple chances, and we kept it tight.

On if the first period was a little shakey…
We didn’t manage the puck as well as we wanted.  We had some turnovers and didn’t get the pucks in.  It didn’t end up costing us but they had some chances out of those.  We cleaned that up in the second, and then got us the lead and never looked back.

On his glove save about two minutes in…
It bounced out of dasher I guess and everybody kind of lost it for a second and then all of a sudden I was at the back door.

On if that save was particularly hard because you’re not in the flow yet…
I think it’s harder every time; it’s kind of a broken play.  You’re kind of just throwing yourself in there and hoping it hits you, and that one ended up hitting me.

On if he is fully over the flu.
Yeah I feel good, it was only thirty hours or so, not bad.

On if this game was a good effort…
For sure.  It wasn’t pretty all the time, it was kind of just pucks bouncing all over the place but we got the goals and power plays, stepped up, and Zee [Zdeno Chara] got those goals we needed and killed a couple of penalties too there.  It wasn’t pretty but it was a good effort from everybody and we need that.

On Zdeno Chara becoming a key player on the power play…
It’s good; put him in front of that net, just throw pucks in there, he’s got a long stick so he’s going to get those goals.  But today, first one, nice one-time, and the second one, picked it up and put it in.  It’s not easy as it looks.

On what makes Zdeno Chara in front of the net threatening to a goalie…
Usually you can see the shot somehow but then, he’s so tall and his stick is so long that he can bounce on the rebounds easily and that makes it tough for a goalie.  Most of the time you see the shot coming and you just try to make yourself big, but then when he bounces on that rebound there’s no chance you’re going to be able to catch it.

On if he’s glad that Zdeno Chara isn’t shooting on his net…
I’m more worried about his one-timer than him being a penalty but we’ll get a taste of it in practice. 

I don’t know, you still want to feel good out there and give your team a chance to win.  That’s the only thing I’m looking for when I go out there, I don’t look at those facts or keep it going more than just feeling good and giving our team a chance to win.  And it feels good to get a win like this; we’re not knowingly scoring a lot of goals and I know I’ve got to keep the goals low off D if we want to have a chance to win.

On a solid 60-minute game today…
It was.  The second period, they probably had three or four shots, we never really gave them anything.  The other team just kind of gets their chances obviously but it’s just a matter of how they get them – do you make mistakes or are they just making good plays?  Today I thought we played a pretty solid sixty minute game.

On how he approaches each game…
I think you’ve just got to start out saving that first shot of the game and then getting yourself in it and that’s about it.  I don’t really have a style I just try to stay focused the whole sixty minutes and be aware when the pucks are coming to the net.

On if there was consideration given to the fact that this was the first home game after a long away trip…
Yeah, we were aware of that.  It’s just one of those things, no matter how much you talk about it, it just seems always to feel difficult, and today, a couple first shifts that we had pretty good, pucks in deep, but then they kind of took over and had some chances but then we regrouped in the second and really never looked back after that.  It’s always kind of, you know, you don’t have your legs and you’re kind of sluggish, but today I thought we battled through it pretty well and it paid off.

On if team identity has changed with multiple players sidelined in recent games…
I don’t think that has changed, I think that’s the one thing we have to keep in mind, that we are what we are and we can’t change that.  Still the team we are but then again you have pretty much two new lines out there, and guys, and we need them to step up.  They haven’t been here a long time but they just have to come in and do the job and be good players for us because we can’t rely on our top two lines to carry us through this stretch, we need the rest to step up.

On what defense did right tonight…
I don’t think we blocked an unusual amount of shots today but they had some chances to shoot off the wing and they did and they tried to make saucier passes to the guy driving the net and stuff like that.  I think just an overall good effort from the D and then them not taking normal they could. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the power play goals tonight…
Zee [Zdeno Chara] got a great one timer; that’s tough on a goalie there – you don’t know if it’s coming high, low, five-hole and as hard as he shoots it, it finds a hole. I thought Krech [David Krejci] had a nice fake slapper over to him, to set him up right in his wheelhouse. The second one I thought we moved it around well as a PP, we all got a lot of different shots. Zee was right in front there and it went off his skate, he had nice hands to take it off his skate and backhand it in. I thought as a PP we were able to move it around, get some good looks and we’ve been moving it, trying to get more shots and create more off of it. Fortunately tonight it worked out well.

On his assist on the second power play goal…
No, the second one I was shooting it when he stopped it and put it in. That was a shot. The one I put about a foot and a half in the air was a pass before, it wasn’t close to landing. That one I was just trying to get it on net and put it in the area. As big and as strong as he is and his hands – we really want to try to get as many as we can around the net with him screening and his, like I say, his presence in the front and Looch [Milan Lucic] and I are trying to crash it. So, we’ve all been trying to get some more shots and plays in the front of the net.

On adjusting in the first game back after a long road trip…
It definitely can, and we were aware of that. For whatever reason, you wonder why that is, but it is and I thought in the first period – it wasn’t a great first period, it was pretty average as far as legs and energy. But our second we came in and Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] played great and it gave us, at that point going into the second being 0-0 having that chance to get going and from the second [period] on we played a lot better.

On the status of his injured finger…
Yeah, I wear a splint. It really doesn’t hurt that much as long as I don’t bend it. So it just keeps me from bending it and it’s not that big of a deal. It felt pretty good tonight, so definitely felt better than I thought it would feel on Saturday for sure.

On Zdeno Chara’s role on the power play unit…
Nobody shoots it harder than him and, so if we can get him shots. But at the same time, in front of the net, nobody’s stronger than him so he’s a hard guy to push out of there. His reach is great so he’s a big presence in front of the net and good hands for ones that come around, as you saw tonight and we’ve seen during the year, him pull them out of little areas and put nice goals in and be hard around the crease. But also what sometimes doesn’t get recognized is the forecheck – we put him in and he’s big. As a D going back there they have to contend with him and then big Looch coming back. So we tend to win a lot of dump-ins and battles because of those guys’ size and their strength. So we’re lucky to have him on the PP for sure.

On Chara’s presence in front of the net…
Well, it’s no secret we want to get shots and pucks around the net because he creates havoc in front of the net, there’s no question about that. So we’ve been working at that and it’s been coming and it’s been nice to get some bounces and some breaks, too. Tonight fortunately we got a few power play goals.

On Calgary’s losing record when playing in Boston…
No, I wasn’t aware of that at all. I guess thinking back to the last time Calgary was here, I was on their team but I remember it was a very tough game. We got blown out back then, but I don’t remember the one before that. But yeah, I couldn’t tell you. I know that we always, in Boston, you want it to be a tough place to play and it is a tough place to play – it has been for years. Guys are working to try to continue that tradition.

On how captain Zdeno Chara has kept the team motivated despite the injuries and sickness…
I think it’s not even just this stretch, I think he’s such a consistent competitor. Every game he’s on. It definitely is contagious and we all see it and all want to follow him. He’s focused every game. Every game, every shift he’s ready and ready to go and plays as hard as he can. That’s something that we all, like I said, try to follow. I think the young guys who have come have played well and played with a lot of energy and created chances and played very responsibly in their zone. They’ve had chances and gotten some goals. So different guys, especially on D, our D have had to play a lot more than they had at different times and they’re doing great. So I think it says a lot for the depth and it can be a good thing for us, being able to deal with this and play well.

On if they felt consistent and in control of tonight’s game…
I thought after the first period, Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] did play great all game, but I thought in the first period he gave us a chance to come out of a period that we weren’t quite as good in and be 0-0. Then I thought we got going and I thought we could have had more goals. I thought the chances that we had, especially in the second, we could have had more than a one goal lead or whatever it was. So, it felt like a pretty consistent game and it felt good because sometimes these are, for whatever reason, hard games to play coming off a trip. So, it was a good win.

On the versatility of their power play unit…
That’s something that we work at, is trying to make sure that, with us trying to make sure we’re moving and being a little bit unpredictable and be able to play out of different positions. We’re working at it, we don’t think we’re there. But it feels like it is starting to come and we’ve gotten some good shots and some good looks. We’re trying to get those consistently but it’s something that we want to be able to play from different positions and move and feel comfortable in. You have that structure in place but at the same time use some of the hockey sense and skills and get used to each other. Its been coming, it’s been feeling good and we want to continue it.

On the emotion of playing his former team…
Tonight was just a business game, it wasn’t – you always want to be, on your old team, I imagine anybody who played on an old team would say that. Last game was definitely more unique and special. This one was, like I said, more business-like. We need to get back to winning and we just wanted to win the game. So it didn’t feel odd out there, it didn’t feel, playing against old teammates it didn’t feel as different. It felt more normal.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if they’re still getting over the defeat in Vancouver …
Well we put that behind us and we are focusing on the coming up games before Christmas. We had a strong performance in every game before we had that little break so we were able to get a good win tonight.

On his role in the power play…
I’m just trying to work hard and be there for loose pucks and create traffic and finding some openings. So really the main thing is to just work extremely hard.

On the first period being choppy…
I don’t know if it was choppy. I think both teams were kind of feeling each other and nobody wanted to kind of open up and make some mistakes. So it was more careful than choppy, I guess.

On if he was hoping for a hat trick at the end of the game…
Actually that was a play for David [Krejci] and it didn’t work but we tried. But that wasn’t my intention. Before we threw the time out Coach [Julien] decided to use the play off the backboard and that’s what we aimed for.

On if he was hurt before his second goal…
Yeah, I blocked Iggy’s [Jarome Iginla] shot right before which is too bad because that one was going in. But sometimes that happens when you're going for an end even though I got hit. But it’s nothing that is not done, I guess, on a regular basis.

On if he got the stick right in his eye…
Yeah, yeah it was right in my eye. So it kind of stung me there for a little bit.

On how he has adjusted to his power play role…
We’re just trying to work on it in practice, to read off each other. Wherever the puck is, you just need to fill the spots and positions and that doesn’t always necessarily mean that I have to be in front. We can rotate; the other game in Calagary David [Krejci] was in front, was able to tip the puck and score. Iggy [Jarome Iginla], or whoever is in that closest position, is going to need to fill that spot so we are now able to read off of each other much better than we were early on. That’s a much easier play than always running back to our spots and always maybe being out of position.

On how having that rotating movement is new to the team…
Yeah it all comes with practice. We have to keep practicing the power play and keep working hard. I'm always saying it’s nice to have a man advantage but if you don’t outwork those four guys it’s not going to happen for you. So we always have to go back to the basics: work hard, retrieve the pucks, get positioning and take whatever is there for you.

On holding Calgary to 21 shots…
Yeah we didn’t try to give them much. I was saying, especially the first period was such a careful game by both teams that I don’t think either of the teams wanted to make mistakes and open up the game. But we tried, obviously, to play really tight defensively in our structure. For the most part I think we did a pretty good job.

On if it took him a while to get used to the role he is playing on the power play…
I’ve been in that position before but I’ve kind of had to get used to it a little bit. I’ve been saying, it’s not a secret. You just have to work hard and be willing to be in that area.

On if he did that for a time in Ottawa…
Yes.

On if him and Chris Kelly saw each other well tonight…
Most of the times, yes we’re kind of close to each other on the power play and we just try to let each other know what is going on. The main thing is being able to talk and let each other know what is going on. If he’s got time or he has to hurry, whatever the case may be. But it’s a pleasure and honor to play with a player like that.

On the identity of the team to overcome so many changes…
It was a big road trip for us. We faced a lot of diversity with different things but I’ve been saying that it doesn’t matter who is in the lineup, you have to respect the system and play to our full potential and most of the trip we did. It’s not always easy to be missing guys but it’s part of the game. It’s injuries and what they do. You have to have enough depth to fill those spots and guys have to take advantage and do whatever they can to earn that spot or help the team and contribute in any way.

On if he address the team in situations like this…
Yes, I did but it’s just one of those things that at the same time you don’t want to be putting too much pressure on the team when there is already enough with whatever we are facing. But at times, yes. It’s my job to go by what I feel is right and I have to obviously take that charge.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CRAIG CUNNINGHAM
On playing with the Bruins…
It was nice to get the first one out of the way. I was a little nervous my first shift. The pace is a little quicker than in the American League but after my first shift I thought I settled in.

On Providence using the same formations and plays as the Bruins…
Yeah I think it’s the easiest transition that—between here and there the system’s the exact same. The coaching staff down there really prides themselves in the same system up top and it makes it a lot easier.

On how long it took to get settled in…
Probably about my second shift, maybe second, third shift. Kind of settled down, got the puck, had a couple of shifts in the offensive zone and that helps build confidence.

On being in the Bruins locker room…
It’s unbelievable. I said earlier today, I’ve been watching [Jarome] Iginla play since I was ten years old. He’s been a guy that I’ve always really looked up to and it’s been great being in the room with all these guys. Everyone makes you feel welcome and it’s a real family here.

On contributing to the game…
Yeah I think so. I think there’s a lot of guys getting opportunities right now and they don’t come around everyday and you don’t want to look back on your opportunity and think why—I didn’t do enough, I didn’t do enough, so all those guys that are here right now are everyday just living day to day and hopefully playing well enough to stay up.

On generating momentum in his line…
I think so, I think our job is to keep it simple. If you can play in the offensive zone, get pucks deep and get some hits on their D [defense], I feel like we’ve done our job.

On what it’s like to be in Providence watching the Bruins take a lot of hits recently…
Don’t be playing bad down there, that’s for sure because you never know when the opportunity is going to present itself. It’s a long season and different injuries happen at different times and different guys get opportunities at different times. It’s a long year but you want to make sure you’re your best every night and you never know when they’re there watching or where there’s going to be an opportunity up top.

On advice that other Providence Bruins who were recalled gave him…
Just don’t be nervous. They said you’re here for a reason and just go out and play your game, it’s just another game, it happens. I had a tough time believing it was just another game but they were great. It’s nice to have those guys up here and we’re all in the hotel together and it gives you someone to hang out with.

CALGARY FLAMES HEAD COACH BOB HARTLEY
On the strong start and weak finish to the game…
Well once they scored their first goal like it seems for a reason that I can’t explain we lost our legs.  We knew that it would be a grinding game, it would be tight checking, like we wouldn’t get a ton of chances, but I felt that first period we skated real well.  That power play goal kind of set us back and it seems that after this we couldn’t get going.  In the third we had a couple of flashes, but not enough to get back in the game.

On the development of their power play…
Well like first we didn’t win too many faceoffs so obviously when you don’t win faceoffs on the power play it complicates your time in the zone and you’re subtracting 15, 20 seconds right away.  They’re a good pressure team, they’re a big defensive team, and they didn’t give us much room so like we didn’t get that many pucks, not as much as we would of like to, to the net.

On their first time being shut out this season…
We had a few good chances, we just didn’t generate like they shot us down like I felt that you take their two power play goals – we didn’t give them that much at five-on-five also.  It was five on five I thought that they might have like an edge on us, but not that they dominated us like on the power play obviously they were better than us and I think that makes a difference in a game.

On Lance Bouma’s penalties…
Lance works so hard and he’s such a great young man to work with that we all felt bad.  The guys on the bench and during his second high sticking penalty like they were saying, “come on kill it for Boums.” He’s a great guy, a great team guy.  No one does it on purpose like that’s something that he’ll have to learn, but it’s going to come with time and it’s going to come with experience.

On the what to take away from the game…
Yeah like we compete in every game.  That’s one thing that – the effort, like the work ethic is there. We’re blocking shots, we’re doing lots of good things and tonight we couldn’t score so you can’t score, you can’t win.

CALGARY FLAMES DEFENSEMAN MARK GIORDANO
On the penalty kill suffering a setback tonight…
Yeah, I thought we weren’t very good. Well, I didn’t think we were bad. I thought the first one was our mistake. We couldn’t get the puck out, seemed like it stayed in the zone for a while. The second one I didn’t think was much more than a lucky bounce right on the guy’s stick in front of the net. But we have to do a better job. Obviously they won the special teams battle, that was the difference.

On not converting on their good chances…
We had our chances, for sure. We had a couple two-on-ones in the first. I didn’t think we played a great second, but we definitely had our chances. Their goalie played a good game. He made some big saves.

On Brad Marchand’s hit on Sean Monahan…
I didn’t even see it, to be honest. I was facing the other way on the play, and I just looked back and I saw the penalty, and I saw Glenny [Curtis Glencross] go in to respond, so that was nice to see.

On if newer goalies have to adjust to players like Zdeno Chara…
Yeah, I mean it was a one-time chance, and on the power play you have to give up something. I think the problem was we sort of were tired, and we had a few chances and didn’t get it out, and they made us pay.

On what happened in the second period after a good first…
We had a good first, and much like last game, I thought we didn’t come out with the same; you’re on the road, you have to expect a pushback, and they did that. They had one, but we did a good job in handling it until we gave them one on the power play, and unfortunately another one in the third. Other than that, we had some chances to be right in that one and it was a two-nothing game. Not much more to say.

On Zdeno Chara’s second goal…
He’s one of the best players in the league. He wins the Norris [Trophy] a lot for a reason, and I thought you want to play him in his own zone, but he’s so good in all zones. I think offensively he’s a threat, because he’s a big shot and he can play in front. You saw with that last goal, I was right there, but it’s tough to get inside on him once he gets that puck, and he just sort of pushes it into the empty net. I didn’t think we had a terrible game, I thought our special teams let us down tonight.

CALGARY FLAMES GOALTENDER RETO BERRA
On how he felt the team played from his point of view…
We played pretty good, especially in the first period. We had our chances and everything. Their goalie played really good. Yeah, it’s tough. I think they scored both goals on the power play and so we have to find a way to score some goals.

On whether he had a view of the Bruins’ shots during the power play…
On the first one I saw the shot, but it was like a long pass so a lot of movement for me and I was not hundred percent set, I think for the shot, so Chara has a pretty hard shot so I was a little bit too late. Yeah and the second one was like just kind of outside I think with Iggy [Jarome Iginla] tried to one time me then it was like a lucky bounce right on the stick from of Chara in front of the net and I tried to like jump over and was like a little bit too late again.

On what the spirit was like in the locker room and what did Coach Bob Hartley tell the players after the game…
He’s going to talk tomorrow about the game, not right after the game. Yeah I think we fight, we try, we do everything and I mean there’s no other way than just keep going like that and the luck will come on our side back for sure.

CALGARY FLAMES FORWARD SEAN MONAHAN
On letting up two power play goals…
We’re trying to play hard and you’ve got to be aware of that kind of stuff. It happened and we were on the power play and just didn’t capitalize.

On the feeling on the bench after the Bruins’ second goal…
I think after a play like that obviously you want to bounce back and fight back for your teammates. I think that’s what we tried to do; just unfortunately we couldn’t find the back of the net.

On not having a lot of shots on goal…
I really don’t know. I think we need to shoot pucks more. I think maybe we were trying to get a little too fancy and we’ve just got to keep it simple.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 P.M.
On injury updates on Daniel Paille…
No. Same thing with [Loui] Eriksson, I didn’t see him – I guess he showed up this morning so that’s maybe the first sign of being able to come to the rink but that’s the first time he did that this morning. So nothing more on those guys.

On if other injured players have been around the team such as Chris Kelly or Dougie Hamilton…
Yeah they’re around. They’re doing what they have to do whether it’s upper body workouts for a guy like Chris [Kelly] and same thing – I think Dougie [Hamilton]’s been doing a lot of work out there in the gym with Whitey [John Whitesides] and making sure that they’re keeping themselves in shape so that when they’re ready to come back it will be easier. But they’re around.

On his thoughts on Shawn Thornton appealing his suspension…
Yeah I think that’s his prerogative, I think he’s entitled to it so I think it’s up to him. I think a lot of people seem to feel it’s a little long and so does he, so we’re going to be – he’s a teammate of ours and we’re going to support him.

On if he feels it was too long of a suspension…
I have no comments on that stuff. I don’t want to comment on that, it’s too – as coaches our words get taken out of context a lot of times so silence is golden in that case.

On how long it has taken to have trust in Reilly Smith…
Well it hasn’t taken long for me actually because right from the get go I said that, I said he does the little things that you look for often in veteran players and he was doing it right from the start of training camp. So that’s the reason I guess he moved up so quick is that he earned our trust nice and early and continues to give us that trust by the way he’s playing and the decisions he makes on the ice. Whenever he makes a mistake, he comes to the bench and you don’t even have to tell him; he’s upset and he knows where the mistake was. So some people have real good hockey sense and good awareness and certainly he does.

On Iginla playing tonight after his finger injury…
Yeah, exactly. I think yesterday was about making sure that everything was okay and he saw our doctor in the afternoon and it was just a matter of giving him that extra day. From what I’m told he looked good this morning so hopefully he does well tonight.

On what Matt Fraser brings to the ice…
Well he’s stepped in there and he’s done a pretty good job. It’s not easy for guys to come in the first time. Not only that but he’s playing with a teammate that’s in Providence as well so it’s not like there’s a ton of experience on that line; [Carl] Söderberg is basically in his first year here. So they’re a young line and basically what I’ve liked about him is that they haven’t been a liability. That whole line hasn’t and he’s part of that group and he’s a guy that has produced a fair amount in the AHL and we’d like to see him be able to do that here too.

On Ryan Spooner getting an extended chance and what he’s liked about him…
I think it’s still early. You give the guy a chance to get his feet wet a little bit more I guess and he’s got that opportunity and I think it’s hard for guys to play two, three games and get themselves going here. I’ll give him a chance to really put himself to the test here and maybe, I guess critique his play when it’s warranted.

On not being able to withhold Iginla’s injury and if it changes his game…
I don’t know. We know what it is and the thing is, again, it’s not that we want to hide things, I think it’s we want to protect players. There’s a difference there between a guy who’s going to come back and has a certain injury that could get reinjured easily if players know what to target so you do that a little bit. But there’s injuries – it’s not a secret that we’ve got a broken leg on [Chris] Kelly or broken foot and those are things that are obvious; concussions are concussions. So those are what they are, and his finger is an injured finger. But I think our trainers do a good job of putting some good protection there and if guys want to cheap-shot him there, there’s nothing we can do about it but we’ve got some players that will certainly back him if that happens.
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