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BOSTON BRUINS  POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. WINNIPEG JETS
Saturday, January 4, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the team’s forward line attack…
I think their second period’s been a challenge, there’s no doubt there, but it was a little bit better. That one shift that started with [David] Krejci’s line there where they got boggled in there for a while, that was around the six minute mark and those are the kind of things that we’ve got to try to get better at, but overall it was a better second period than we’ve seen lately.

On Justin Florek…
He played well. He’s a good skater, he’s got good size, and obviously on one of [Torey] Krug’s goals it was him doing a great job in front of goaltender there, and I thought he had a real good game for us, no doubt. But you also have to give credit to Dan Paille who I thought looked really good on the right side tonight, so that was a reason that line was doing [well], is that he was able to make that transition to the other side and I thought he had a great game too, so that created a decent line tonight.

On Daniel Paille being reenergized since coming back…
Yeah, but you know that’s what rest does to you. And unfortunately you can’t do that with every player, but whenever a player gets injured and gets some rest and comes back, it goes to show you how important that part of the game is, and unfortunately we don’t get that luxury. Some guys will obviously in February, but nonetheless it makes a guy come back more energized and obviously he’s been a good player for us since he’s come back.

On if Justin Florek will be heading back to Providence…
He’s scheduled to play tomorrow in Providence, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to bring him with us on the trip here. Those are things that we’re going to have to mull over in the next day.

On if there was much chance of Torey Krug missing today’s game…
Do you really think I’m going to answer that? [Laughs.] He was going to paly the whole time.

On how Tory Krug played today…
Terrible. Two goals, one assist. [Laughs] No, he played well. When he’s on top of his game offensively he makes things happen, but I even mentioned there, those two goals that he scored, great job by both [Justin] Florek and [Carl] Soderberg, a screen goaltender. And you’ve got to give credit to people who do a good job around him too. But he got the shots on net, it was good and again, just a few times it’s about him making safe plays at times, and that’s a part of his game that he’s working on right now, but I liked his game a lot tonight.

On improving certain areas of Krug’s defensive game…
I think it’s more about, we’ve seen times where he has forced passes and we have seen them picked off, there’s times where he just has to make the safe play and sometimes the defensive part of that is when he turns the puck over that’s when it ends up being a defensive liability but I think he feels he needs to make a play every time he has the puck but sometimes it’s about making the safe play.  It doesn’t always have to be the big play, that’s where he’s trying to improve his game.

On where his short memory ranks when it comes to shaking off a bad play …
We are nit picking here because if you ask me my opinion on the player himself, he’s had a great year, he’s been a player for us.  That’s been my opinion on the player but we are talking about different things that we want him improving and those are areas that he’s heard from us.  Where does he rank, he ranks pretty high for a guy that’s in his first year, he’s been put into those kind of situations and again our power play has been as good and he’s been good at it and he’s been a big part of that success.  A lot of good things moving the puck and carrying the puck up ice and he’s been a great asset to our hockey club and an asset that we have been looking for, for a long time.

On if he ever sees any self doubt with Krug…
No his confidence will never lack.  He’s very assured by what he can bring and when you talk to him about parts of his game that he has to improve he acknowledges it, but certainly doesn’t affect the rest of the team.

On having Chara in the penalty box for the first 7 minutes of the game…
I’d say we had a pretty good player in the penalty box for the first seven minutes.  The other guys had to step up and they did.

On if this game felt like old-time hockey with the physicality and fights…
It was from both sides.  There was some aggressive play around the net area and if Paille scores on that one, he tips it in and he doesn’t get that penalty right?  It was goaltender interference, when you don’t score and you run a goaltender over then it’s goaltender interference but there was a lot of that tonight, guys going to the net hard and that’s what we want, we want a good net drive and we are going to need a lot of that stuff going to California this week.

On what they expect going to California this week…
Well it’s going to be a challenge, I’ve said it all along, the players know about it.  We mine as well mention the fact that they have a combined 6 regulation losses between those three teams so it goes to show you how hard it is to go there and win some hockey games.  It’s a challenge that I and the rest of the team are really looking forward to because that’s the kind of challenge we need right now.

On winning 12 straight at home against Atlanta/Winnipeg…
I don’t need an explanation for that we just played a good game tonight.  I have a short memory as well so I don’t know how we won the other games.

On coaching his 500th game…
Well, I had a player give me the puck tonight, I said “What are you doing?”  He said, “That’s your puck” I said “What for?” he said, “it’s your 500th”. I didn’t know what he was talking about but I guess I just coached my 500th game here with the Bruins, which I found out after the game. But our guys here know better. I don’t really want to know those kind things because they’re not as important as the rest of the job I have to do. It’s always nice to be here for that long and like I always say, I hope I can be here for another 500.

On the Jets’ response to Zdeno Chara and Blake Wheeler…
I don’t know what you mean about the Jets responding, but it was a penalty. And so it was, and I think Blake had been to war and he his arms up high and that’s always just a penalty but we killed it and we went on from there.

How surprised about a guy like  Chris Thorburn jumping on a guy like Zdeno Chara..
I didn’t see how that happened, and that’s why I don’t know. I didn’t see how it happened. It’s certainly not the kind of trade-off that I like to see, but at the same time I’m going to support Zdeno [Chara] and say he’s going to stand up for himself and he’s going to stand up for his team. So as I mentioned earlier, we killed it off, we did a good job - no damage done.

On how nice it will be to have Shawn Thornton available for the San Jose game…

Gotta earn his spot.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On how you move forward after a tough few games…
It’s frustrating but it’s all about forgetting, and putting it in the past.  Forgetting about it and making plays to move forward, and that’s what we do.

On if he had felt pressure to score going into today’s game…
A little bit.  Any time you aren’t contributing the way maybe you were before you get frustrated.  All you can do is help the team win and when you’re not contributing it’s tough but it is a good feeling when you get the first one, actually I was hoping Flo [Justin Florek] got his – Justin Florek got his first NHL goal I was hoping he tipped it, but it was nice.

On if he knew that Brian Burke was watching the game from the press box…
No, I had no idea. 

On if he was trying to shoot on goal or to Soderberg’s stick on the second goal…
Trying to get it through, and get pucks to net.  As defenseman that’s one of your jobs back there – when you’re on the offensive blue line just get pucks to the net.  You saw Carl [Soderberg] was somewhat alone, I guess he wasn’t because their guy tipped it.  I was just shooting through stick and hoping something good was happening.

On his pass to Daniel Paille…
I was going to shoot it and at the last second I saw he popped back up and it was a nice look to the outlet.

On Dennis Seidenberg being out…
It’s a big hole to fill; such a great player.  He comes to battle every single night.  It’s not just going to be just going to be one person, it’s not just me, it’s not just Bart [Matt Bartkowski].  We don’t have to do anything crazy, just play simple hockey and do what we do best and just all of us are here for a reason.

On if it felt like old school Bruins hockey…
Yeah it definitely felt that way.  Last few years watching the Bruins play when you see games like that, to get the intensity up right from the get-go with two fight, and couple penalties – it was a lot of fun to play.

On the significance of this game before leaving for the road trip…
It was important.  There’s three teams, I think Claude [Julien] mentioned, they’ve lost collectively six games at home between the three teams, so for us we knew it’s going to be tough getting points in there and we wanted to finish our little homestand on a high note.


On how he felt he had been playing up to this point…
Not poorly, but not great obviously.  The main goal is just to help the team win hockey games, and any time you’re out for some goals consecutively in a row it’s a bad feeling, but we’re winning hockey games and that’s what’s important.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On a solid second period effort compared to recent games…
Yeah after the first period that’s probably the main thing we focused on coming back into the locker room.  It wasn’t a bad first period, but I think we gave them a little too many chances – second period we turned it around.  We talked about how we’re negative in the third period I think we’re minus one or two this year so that was one main focus we wanted to try turn around and change going into the second period after the intermission.

On whether or not he was surprised his power play “play” didn’t work…
Yeah I think Carl’s [Soderberg] going to be pretty upset that I didn’t just shoot it.  I don’t know I guess I felt I probably had a little too much time so I wanted to do something else, but probably just go back to, you know, taking a one timer because Carl won’t be too happy with me in the future if I keep doing that.

On if their play today was as close to a three period effort…
Yeah last few games I think we’ve at least fought for one of the periods so it was good to see it tonight.  Although you know Tuukka [Rask] kept us in for the majority of the game.  They had a lot of chances that we should probably limit them, but Tuukka – I guess we rely on him sometimes a little too much, but he did a great job tonight keeping us in it.

On the importance of getting a win here before going on the road…
Absolutely, those three California teams – it’s going to be a test playing there because they haven’t lost too many games at home this year.  So it was big getting those two wins before we headed out just because you never know what’s going to happen, but we got to come out with our best effort for every one of those games or it won’t be close.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On his fight against former teammate Mark Stuart…
I don’t think there’s anything to say. I mean I think everyone says when you go out there and play everyone is an opponent. I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays, he plays hard. He was a good teammate, and well liked here when he played here. But it just kind of came to that point in the situation.

On Torey Krug stepping up offensively…
It’s nice to see. I mean he’s been that guy for us for most of the year, and a guy that’s capable of doing that. He’s been for the most part pretty consistent for his first full year. It brings an element to our D [defensive] core that we need. So it was nice to him get rewarded tonight.

On whether this was how they wanted to go out before the road trip…
Well, we won. We were hoping to go out on a good note. I think there were a lot of positives to take from this game, and obviously some areas that we need to clean up as well. Tuukka [Rask] was relied on at times to make big saves as well. So I think any game you can take positives and negatives, so we’ll do that and get focused and get ready for a tough task out west.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JUSTIN FLOREK
On how he felt out there today…
I felt great, like I said I got the call this morning, [Assistant General Manager] Don Sweeney woke me up, so it was just the best way I could wake up and drive right up here and play the game.  It kind of made it easy for me not to think too much about it and just get out there and play my game.

On how the pace and physicality felt for him…
It felt good; you know Winnipeg seemed like a pretty physical team out there so that’s kind of my style of hockey so I felt pretty in place out there.

On his line being on the ice for a couple of goals…
Yeah it was awesome you know bringing the physical play down low and having it pay off in front of the net and everything is really nice.

On coming close to scoring today…
Yeah those are the things you know you got to bear down and put those in in the future, but right now just got to continue to do the right things out there and it led to a goal so that’s all I can do right now.

On how much of his success in Providence been due to screening a goalie…
That’s a huge part of my game; you know big body so getting in front is really important.  You don’t always get the glory, but you know a goal is a goal and helping out the team.  It’s awesome being out there and trying to contribute.

On whether or not he knows his status from here out…
No, I have no idea.

On how his nerves were before the start of the game…
It was pretty crazy, like I said I got the call this morning, Don Sweeney woke me up so – I was actually talking to Iggy [Jarome Iginla] before the game and he said that’s what happened to him.  You don’t have too much time to think about it so it was actually pretty nice just hopping in my car, drive up here and get ready to play in the game rather than think about it for a day so it was pretty good.

On the butterflies in his stomach during the National Anthem…
Oh they were huge.  You know you watch the games, Rene Rancourt and all that you know to actually be out there for it was really special.

On whether or not he was in the lineup last night for Providence…
Yup, played last night against Worcester at home.  The turnover was pretty short, but down there we are used to having a short turnover.  We usually play Sunday night on the road and then three o’clock at home so pretty much the same time frame there.

On not being able to bear down on his chances in front of the net…
Yeah those are ones you know, same in Providence, at first you kind of struggle to put those in the net and as of late I’ve kind of worked on being stronger on my stick and those have been going in the net for me.  I think just focusing in more and hopefully getting more chances to do it will help me start to put those in the net.

On if he feels he’s progressing from last year…
Yeah definitely, it’s definitely been a positive progression.  I think that’s part of the game I think you never really quit trying to progress and move onto the next level.  So you know I’ve been trying work my way up the line up from Providence and it’s brought me here to Boston so it’s a great feeling just to know that my hard work is starting to pay off.

On getting more of an opportunity in Providence with his teammates getting called up…
Yeah and it’s great.  You want to work so you’re always ready to take that next step so when a guy like [Matt] Fraser, you know a huge goal scorer, gets called up I try to take his place down there and started scoring goals and producing like he did so it kind of helped me move into that spot and kind of transformed my game all around and offensively.

On who he has been playing with most recently in Providence…
I’ve been playing with Carter Camper and Seth Griffith down there – great passers, they’re great to play with.  Carter has a little NHL experience so he knows what it’s like and they’re just two great guys to play with.

On if the players in Providence are taking notice of the call-ups to Boston…
There is, but at the same time you focus at the task at hand.  We’ve been getting pretty hot down there so we’re just focusing on that and trying to keep the wins going down there.  In the back of your mind it’s there a little bit you know you always want to get up to Boston, but at the same time we are focusing on winning down there.  Last year we had such a great season, you know first place finish, but it was pretty disappointing in the playoffs so I think that’s in the back of a lot of peoples minds down there as well that we want to make that push and continue to move up the standings and then have a good playoff run this year.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On his goal…
I was sitting back there and luckily it went to Kruger [Torey Krug] as he pinched, and he saw me the whole way and I could see him looking at me the whole entire way. So it was pretty much easy for me to try and get that in and it was nice.

On whether he’s feeling better after taking some time off…
I feel normal again, which is huge. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this way so I think – I’m still slightly sore, but I don’t sense any delay or anything like that. So it’s a good thing I guess. For me right now the main focus is to skate and compete like I have been. So I think coming back has been helpful.

On adding Justin Florek to his line…
He read the plays very well, even if he got himself a little bit out of position at times he knew exactly where to go and he acknowledged and he tried to correct it as soon as he did. But for his first game tonight I thought he did extremely well.

On whether he was relieved to get his goal after coming close earlier in the game…
Yeah you know I had the other one, and that was a great pass by Bart [Matt Bartkowski], and it just kind of rolled off me, and I thought I had it. But I had another chance to bury one back door and I mean I couldn’t miss it again – otherwise I would have been frustrated. So I think it was good, definitely positive to get one in.

On how he’s feeling since his return…
When I came back I started feeling normal again, and obviously when I was out after about a week I started feeling a lot better like myself again. But that became crucial during my rest – I tried to come back as quick as I could, but also as safe as I could too.

On taking more penalties than usual lately…
Last time we talked about that I had a fight, so I didn’t want those conversations. It’s a great award, it’s a good sportsmanship award and I try to play the game the right way. So there are times when I don’t get penalties just because I don’t try to play dirty. But I like to play physical when I see the opportunity. But you know the last couple of games the refs called it the other way. I tried to avoid the goalie as quick as I could, but I was kind of focused on the puck and by the time I looked I was into the goalie. And the last game it was a penalty – I tried to get to the puck and I got his feet instead.

On whether he tries to keep his penalty minutes low, but whether it is unusual to have zero…
No one really teases me about it, so that’s a good thing. But like I said, I don’t try to be an agitator or anything like that. My whole life growing up I just tried to play the right way, and I haven’t really gotten too many penalties my whole career.


On Justin Florek…
I thought for his first game he played extremely well, he adjusted to us very well. Especially for your first game you go out there not thinking too much you just kind of play it. It definitely makes it a lot easier that way. Even at times when at times he got himself out of position he read it, or like if I was on this side he went to the right side. So I thought it was a good combination.

On how difficult it is playing without Shawn Thornton…
Well you know we have a certain identity and we’ve played together for so long, and when one’s gone we try to find another identity. I think we were thinking too much and not moving or skating at all, but I think the last few games we were competing a lot better with the opportunities that we have.

On Torey Krug’s pass for his goal…
Yeah, I mean Torey [Krug], I saw him look at me the whole way, so if he didn’t pass it to me I would have been surprised he would have fooled me for sure. As soon as I got up he looked at me the entire way. That’s the type of player he is, he’s got that offensive ability and that offensive skill to even pass it through two or three guys. I thought that was a good, smart play by him.

On what having an offensive-defenseman adds to the team…
 t makes you aware that you might get that puck back sooner than you think. So it definitely changes our dynamic a little bit back on defense. But he does so many things well offensively. And he’s starting to contribute more defensively for us, which has been huge for our system.

On his thoughts heading into the west coast road trip…
I think this will definitely be our toughest challenge coming up playing those three western teams, I don’t think they have many losses at home. It’s definitely going to be a tough road trip, but I think we’re looking forward to that challenge with the best of that conference or that division, and being able to match up to their intensity and their physical play.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On coming back after a few days off…
I felt sharp out there; you always try to and feel sharp and today I did, so it was a good game for me too and off to the road we go.

On a very physical game today…
There was a lot of crashing the net, both sides, and we had it good in that penalty there  -- first period.  That’s hockey; it belongs to the game.  A couple of fights, some good hits, so it was a pretty good Saturday afternoon game. 

On their defensive play in today’s game…
Few blocks and few clears.  We take that for granted sometimes because we’re usually really good at it, but there’s been some games that we get scored on and then we’re kind of like ‘this never happens to us.’  It’s good to see that everybody is pulling the boat and clearing those pucks out too; it was a great effort.

On the second period play today…
We scored some goals; it was a pretty even period probably scoring chance wise.  We gave them some, and we just capitalized on ours, but at least there was emotion and there was that effort there.  We’re forechecking and skating hard for the most period; that hasn’t been there in the second period in the past few games so it’s good to see to get that back.

On the goal for this upcoming trip…
You try to win every game, right?  Obviously, but we can’t just go there and expect to win with an okay effort because they’re great teams and they’re home wreckers that are probably one of the best in the league so we have to be really tight defensively and be smart about it and make smart plays.  Game by game, but we’ll start on Tuesday I guess, try to get it off on a good note.

On maintaining consistency despite all of the recent transactions…
We’ve had the most call-ups ever, at least in my time.  [Justin] Florek comes in today, short-notice, and plays a good game for us.  It’s been a tough month or two with the injuries and suspensions but we haven’t put too much thought on that, we just try to play our game, and no matter what, who’s in the lineup, we just keep plugging away and it’s been resulting in a good amount of wins.

On Torey Krug’s performance today…
He’s a great skater, and he finds those lanes, and he can shoot the puck, but he also got a minus in that first goal so I’m sure he wanted to get that back and he got it back big time.

On Torey Krug’s performance this season…
I think he’s been pretty solid.  Obviously everybody goes through tough games and tough stretches and when, no matter, you’re trying to make the light bright – it just doesn’t happen and it ends up in the net.  It happens to everybody, but I think for the most part he’s been a great threat offensively, and defensively really good and improving all the time.

On in-game communication…
Not too much; I think they speak with Looch [Milan Lucic] more than me, but when we see something in a game we might exchange words with anybody about a play or something, but then after, I don’t go through video and see what’s going on up there, usually coaches, they do that; but not too much. 

On how important it was to get this win after a tough game against the New York Islanders…
It’s good; it’s good for our whole team – score some goals, and then get a nice cushion there with the four-one lead and keep it that way.  Hopefully it boosts us for a good start on the road.  It’s going to be a tough road trip and a really good challenge for us.

On why this will be a challenging road trip…
Well it’s that distance; you’re going to the West Coast, and time change, and you have to get used to a long flight and a lot of different things.  Tough home teams to play, but we don’t want to think about too much, if we just play our game I think no matter who we play we always have a chance to win so that’s what our main focus has to be – to play our game.

WINNIPEG JETS COACH CLAUDE NOEL
On if his team hit enough in today’s game…
I don’t know about the hit part of it, I don’t think we played hard enough against that team.  It’s a team that we knew was a heavy team and you can see why, you just watch them drive the net and go to the net.  There’s a real sense of urgency and purpose and I don’t think we did enough of that from our whole group.

On if the Bruins were more opportunistic …
Well I thought we had a fair amount of chances in the second period.  They had a couple of shots that went in through traffic but it’s getting people to the net in front of the goalie and I don’t think our guy had a chance on many or any of the goals really, He was able to see the shots.  I don’t know if it was opportunistic or just getting traffic to the net and that’s how you score goals in today’s game.

On what he thought of his power play…
I thought the power play was ok, I didn’t think it was anything great.  I think we certainly could have used one early in the third would have helped us out a little bit but I didn’t think it was great, but it hasn’t gone here for a couple of games so that’s going to be a concern here going forward.

On if the offense or defense is more of a concern after today…
You can’t give up four goals in this league and expect to win, you have to defend, and that’s the bottom line.  I don’t care who you play, you’re going to have to check better and prevent goals from going in, and play the low scoring game, that’s just the way it goes, especially after Christmas it gets really tight.  If you’re going to give up three or four goals you’re going to be chasing games and that’s what we have done the last couple of games.

On if his team got anything out of the two fights…
I thought they certainly happened and I thought we were good in the first.  We played hard and it was a 1-1 game and then we came out in the second and they got a couple of goals off of point shots that went in and kind of deflated us a little bit but I thought the first period we showed up and played, but it would have been nice to get the second goal rather than them.

On being 0-2 on the road trip going into tomorrow’s game in Pittsburgh…
Well we knew the trip was going to be a tough trip regardless of how you’re dealing with it and regardless of the games you’re playing in which order you look at them we knew they would be tough.  You’ve got two division leaders, you’ve got it in Boston and you see why they are and then you have it in Pittsburgh.  We’ll treat tomorrow just like we would any other game and get ourselves ready to play.  We know that they play with speed and we know that with Pittsburgh we are going to have to be ready to go and you’re going to have to play sixty minutes.  That’s a team that has some skating and high-powered players so we are going to have to be ready to go, regroup and away we go.

On who will play in goal tomorrow for them…
We’ll take a look at the tape and reassess it and make a decision some time today or tomorrow.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD EVANDER KANE
On the Bruins being a tough team to play against….
They’re obviously a tough team to play against, but when you give them too much respect and you don’t forecheck – what are you going to do, you’re not going to win the game. They do things really well. They know where they’re going to be. They’ve played together for a long time, and that’s the way hockey should be played in my opinion.

On fights with Chris Thorburn and James Wright helping the team….
I think it did. I think it should have probably done a little bit more when you’re going up and fighting the biggest guy in the league and doing pretty well, that says a lot about him. And Wrighter [James Wright] following that up real quick. That was good physical play, but in terms of body contact we didn’t have that much. So that’s another thing when you’re playing Boston is body contact.

On if he hopes to play with more body contact in their next game against Pittsburgh…
Well, it’s another team that if you respect them they’re going to embarrass you. So whether it’s [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin, whoever the hell they have on their team. If you give them too much respect, you’re going to get embarrassed.

On if the Jets gave Boston too much respect…
Absolutely, it was evident. They beat us 4-1, they scored four unanswered goals, we didn’t forecheck, we didn’t play them physical in terms of body contact, and we set back.

On if they stood up to the Bruins physically…
No we didn’t stand up to them very well physically. We fought them, and we did good jobs. Those guys who went out and fought did a great job, but in terms of body contact, getting on their D [defense], making it tough for their players—we didn’t do anything like that.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD BLAKE WHEELER
On his thoughts on making team USA…
It’s a huge honor no doubt about it.  It was a great day and I feel honored to be a part of the group.

On how he found out that he had made the team…
We were traveling from Winnipeg to Ottawa so I was on the team bus and my wife back in Winnipeg was kind of keeping me updated with what was going so that was cool.

On how close him and Bobby Ryan were when it came to making the team…
I knew I was right on the bubble either way.  I knew that it was going to come down to one of the final couple guys.  I think there were 9 or 10 returning forwards on the team so I was going to be one of the last few on or one of the last few off.  I guess that speaks to the strength of USA hockey now, they have a lot of really good players on the team and a lot of really good players that definitely could have been on the team and weren’t.  So I guess that just speaks to how good USA hockey has become.

On what he thinks put him over that bubble…
Probably my ability to skate.  The size and speed factor with the big ice, having that extra couple feet, that width, I don’t think you can ever discount having speed on that so I think that worked in my favor.  From there I guess I can’t really speculate to what other factors played into it, I think that definitely helped me.

On if the stakes have been raised due to the success of the team last Olympics…
I think it definitely raises the bar.  I think the standard has been set.  That team went in with high standards for itself but on the outside I don’t think a lot of people had as high of standards for that team so I think internally they went in with a lot of confidence and I think they are carrying a lot of confidence over from the success they had in Vancouver.

On if his ability to step up when injuries occur benefited him in the selection process…
Potentially.  I was just happy as all hell to make this team in Boston so I wasn’t really looking at the lineup to see where I was playing.  To relate that to the US team I think it’s the same thing, I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.  Wherever they put me in the lineup I’m going to be thrilled to do whatever I can to help this team win.  So I think the ability to move up and down the lineup probably helped influence my position with the team.

On if the Bruins were more opportunistic in today’s game…
Tuukka [Rask] was great, he made some great saves.  We had some chances that looked like goals that we didn’t capitalize on and they capitalized on their opportunities.  There wasn’t more to it than that, there might have been more to it than that but I think they play with a lot of speed especially on the rush.  They have guys flying to the net really hard so I think it puts a lot of pressure on us defensively, not only our defenseman but picking up guys coming back.  They had a couple of good chances of guys finding little holes and they were able to find sticks and create some good scoring chances.  So it would have been nice to pop a couple more in there when we had chances a little earlier in the game, it would have given us a better chance to win.

On how he thought they played physically…
What can you say?  Thorbs [Chris Thorburn] goes out there and fights probably the toughest guy in the league so that was awesome.  I think that set the tempo for our team.  I think we played pretty well for the most part and Wrighter [James Wright] did a great job too right after that. You got to tip your cap to those guys and too bad we couldn’t pull out a win and make those guys feel like their effort was rewarded.

WINNIPEG JETS FORWARD CHRIS THORBURN
On the Bruins being a hard team to play against….
Yeah, they are. They know how to win. They know how to do it in any kind of fashion, whether it’s skill or mucking it up, and we knew that coming in. So we just didn’t get to the front of the net. We didn’t disturb [Tuukka] Rask enough. We got pucks there, we just didn’t get bodies and I think it was the result of the outcome.

On his fight with Zdeno Chara in the first period relating to Blake Wheeler getting hit…
For me it did. It was an opportunity for me to do something during the game early on – so I was trying to get into it. But any time you can get [Zdeno] Chara off the ice too, a guy of his caliber, that’s also a plus. So there were a couple of reasons for it

On Zdeno Chara being a ‘tough customer’….
Yeah, I did better than my first one.

On his first fight with Zdeno Chara…
Yeah, well I didn’t fight him I showed up. But he’s a just a respectful guy and he’s a class act.

On planning to match the Bruins physically…
Yeah, they’re a big team. And so are we. We know how to play the right way, we just didn’t get to the areas that we needed to, to create chances, to get [Tuukka] Rask a little off his game. He’s a goalie. If he’s going to see it he’s going to stop it. Like I said, the shot total, the caliber, we got them there - we just didn’t get bodies there. That’s what I’m trying to get at.

On screen goals…
The first couple of the game, they were ugly goals. And we knew that was going to be the way to score them. We hit a post. We could have gone a different way but it just didn’t happen.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 A.M.
On Jordan Caron being out of the lineup today…
Jordan came in this morning today with a stiff back so he’s not going to play tonight – this afternoon.

On how Torey Krug is doing…
He’s doing okay; he’ll be out during warm-up.

On if Torey Krug will play in today’s game…
Probably.  I think he’s going to be fine to skate this morning too so we anticipate him doing fine.

On what his reports on Justin Florek have been…
You want reports? Do you follow them at all?  What’s your report on him?  He’s fine, he’s good; he’s been solid, he’s a good penalty killer, he’s deserving of being up here.

On the tone they want to set tonight before leaving for the road stretch…
Probably having a solid game; I think those two points are really important.  We’re going to California to play teams that have a combination of six regular losses between the three of them so it’s not an easy place to go and play.  We’ve got to make sure we fine tune our game here today and get the two points.

On Reilly Smith’s performance so far…
He’s a good player.  I don’t know how people saw him before or if there was any real solid scouting report on him, but he’s a real crafty player.  He’s got good hockey instincts, good hockey sense, makes great plays, great decisions, whether it’s just making a scoring play or a scoring chance but also defensively he’s not a guy who turns the puck over very often.  To me, he’s played like a veteran and I think the numbers show it and also the trust in how we use him shows that as well.

On if Loui Eriksson skated today…
He skates every day now, so yeah.  He’s still not cleared for full contact.

On if Loui Eriksson will be travelling to California…
I think he’s going to make that trip because he’s practicing with the team.  He’s way better to skate with us than he is to stay behind on his own at this stage but when he’s going to back we still don’t know.

On if Chris Kelly will be travelling to California…
No, he hasn’t even skated yet. 

On the top line’s performance this year…
To me, they’ve been a real good line for us; [Patrice] Bergeron’s line has been scoring as well and then so has [Ryan] Spooner – last game [Ryan] Spooner makes that play on [Johnny] Boychuk’s goal so we’re getting production from a lot of lines, but obviously that top line is on a streak right now and you hope that that keeps going on because we need that right now.  Our line’s have been pretty good and productive and that fourth line unfortunately has had different players on it almost every game; still continues to work hard and create some energy and even chances.  Last game they had some good scoring chances and the goal that was turned down because of the [Daniel] Paille penalty.  There’s no complaint on my part from our lines right now, I think they’re all doing their share.

On if he feels that Jordan Caron has done his job here…
Sure he has; again, he could have had a goal there last game and it was turned back and I think this guy here has been put on the right, he’s been put on the left, he’s been put in different situations and some of the other guys have been pretty stable in where they’ve been put – from [Matt] Fraser playing with [Ryan] Spooner all the time, and he switched it from right to left a little bit but not much, but Jordan [Caron] has gone from a third line to a fourth line, to left or right and all over the place.  You have to respect that and you have to understand that he has to adjust to different lines here all the time so he has done his job.

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