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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Monday, November 11, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 4:10 P.M.
On if he feels like the Bruins have been building positive momentum the past three games…
Yeah, they are. I think our team is playing better all the time, I thought we looked a little bit more like the team we want to be tonight. We played a pretty good team and I thought our guys handled themselves well.

On why the team is playing better…
I think it’s just – our team had been going through a bit of a slump here. We didn’t play with the energy also the cohesion that you need to play well. Through a schedule like ours in hockey with 82 games, you get those. We had been trying to fight our way out of it and I think right now we’re finding our game slowly but surely.

On if physicality is a factor in the good play…
Well it’s playing with emotion; engaged. Sometimes mentally you go through a phase where it’s a little tougher than other times and we’re one of those teams that had a short summer and maybe mentally we’re not always ready to start the best we can. But it does come back and we’ve been through it before and like I said, it’s just a thing that hockey teams go through. Different teams go through it at different times of the year and we’ve been going through it there the last little while. But the positive thing is I think we’re finding our game and we seem to be heading in the right direction.

On why they’ve had such success against Tampa Bay this season…
I think a lot of it may be circumstances. The first one was an opener here and I think everybody knows you’re going to be excited and ready to go in an opener. The other one was coming off a pretty – I guess you could call it a disappointing win in Florida where I really thought our team was really getting away from our game so we needed a bounce-back type of game, and we did that in Tampa. And tonight, it’s pretty obvious, they’re ahead of us in the standings, there’s a lot at play, and we wanted to pull closer up to them and we did that. We needed a good game out of our team and we wanted to continue to build on the way we played last game and get a little bit better. So I think circumstances is probably more than just the team we played against.

On if he sees good thing from David Krejci’s line…
I think they’ve been pretty consistent so far this year. I’ve got no issues with that line. Whether they score or they don’t score every game, I think every game they bring something; physicality, work ethic, or opportunities. That line was good. Other lines too – I thought [Patrice] Bergeron’s line was good. As I said before, I think Brad [Marchand] is really finding his game, helping that line become better as well and with time that line just keeps getting better. Merlot line scores a big goal for us tonight. So again that’s kind of the identity of our hockey team; you need a little bit from everybody on different nights and the [David] Krejci line, to me, has been as consistent as a coach would want it to be so far.

On the Krejci line playing longer shifts and if it’s difficult to manage their minutes…
Not really. I guess it’s making the changes at the right time. And they’re pretty good when you look at their minutes. Whenever it’s a little high, you have to look at the power plays, because when we have a lot of power plays, they’ll spend a minute or even almost a whole power play because they hem teams in their own end and it’s not as tiring as it is going back and forth. So sometimes that kind of creeps up their average time on the ice but overall they’ve been pretty good at keeping their shifts adequate and making good changes.

On if Dougie Hamilton is showing improvements defending top lines…
Yeah it’s just, again, it’s a guy growing into his job. He’s played so well for us, he’s very capable of doing that. And with Adam [McQuaid] out of our lineup, we have three young defensemen and we can – last year was half a year so we can basically say [Dougie] Hamilton, [Torey] Krug, and [Matt] Bartkowski are first year players. So you have to try and balance it out, put some veterans with those guys and balance your back end. We’re asking Dougie to play against top lines with Zdeno [Chara] and those kind of situations and I think he’s done a good job of handling it.

On how Matt Bartkowski played after coming back from a long lull…
Well it was his first game; I thought he played well tonight for his first game back in a long time. So I don’t know if it’s adjustment more than he’s practiced hard and he’s worked hard. And because of that he’s able to step into our lineup and play the way he did tonight.

On the focus on team defense and if he liked what he saw on that aspect…
Yeah it is and that’s what I think I liked about our team tonight. Our energy level was high, our alertness, our anticipation. You’re right, our back pressure was probably as good tonight as it’s been all year and we’ve talked about that for a while. But at the same time, we’ve got a lot of new faces in our lineup that when we looked at video, you could see the guys that have been around with our team for a while, it’s automatic. For those other guys, when you’ve played a different kind of system, the back pressure is different or sometimes just picking up a man is what other teams want. So they’re adjusting as well and I thought tonight was as good as I’ve seen it.

On if it was tough to see Steven Stamkos go down with an injury…
Yeah it is. I don’t care whether he’s on another team or not, a player like that is what people pay to come and watch. And when you see a player like that – and I don’t know how serious his injury is but it looked pretty serious to me – you don’t like seeing that even as an opposing coach. This game is built on guys like that that have tremendous skills, that are good leaders and everything else. It’s unfortunate that those kind of injuries happen to those players. You hope that his injury isn’t too serious and if anything he’s going to come back quick.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On a solid defensive and offensive game…
Yes, I thought we had a lot of drive, a lot of energy. We were skating well, moving the puck really well. We got into a little trouble in the second but for the most part I thought we had a really strong 60-minute game and it was even it was zero-zero after the first twenty we stood better than them eventually we got nice goals, kind of like that second effort goal by Patrice [Bergeron] and then great effort by Danny [Daniel Paille] to skate out D-men and to take the puck to the net so, really nice to see, scoring those goals and giving us some life and really continue to just play the same way. We never change really our game plan or the way we play. We played pretty much the same way the whole game.

On scoring two goals close together…
I think that it was just a really good mental focus and I think that everybody was really determined to get the job done and play the same way as far as system goes and making sure that he’s doing his job, nobody elses and a good thing happened. When you stick with it and play strong for the whole game like that usually you get rewarded and good things do happen.

On playing without Adam McQuaid..
Yeah again, it’s very unfortunate we lost a player. Adam [McQuaid] is going to be recovering from his injury but Matt [Bartkowski] really did a great job filling up the spot and using his parts of the game he’s really strong in which is really moving the puck and skating up to the play and making strong plays offensively. So, yeah I thought it was a really good strong game by him.

On playing two tough teams…
Well our primary focus is on obviously one game at a time. We never look at the—we have five home games that we have to get ten points. We want to make sure we take it game by game and no matter who we play we want to play strong and keep improving and I thought that last three games, if you count this game, you’re making some progress and we are building on stuff that we were kind of lacking or missing and now we hopefully we can keep going with that moving forward.

On the approach changing when Steven Stamkos had to leave the game…
Well I think that when you do miss a player like that I think it takes a lot from your offense so I’m sure they had to mix up the lines. They were already playing shorter by one forward so now they were missing two so, for sure they had to shorten the bench but for us, we played the same way and we tried to really play a strong game defensively because they’re such a dangerous team offensively that even though  it was a two nothing game, you get scored on it’s all of the sudden a one goal game and for sure they would get a lot of life and it would be a much closer game. We were defending and then obviously got the empty netter.

On the importance of the consistently successful penalty kill…
Yeah both power play and PK has to be strong and they play a big part in games and we try to get better again. We take it one kill at a time and yeah, it’s just one of those things that you really have to pay so much attention to little details before the games; what the teams like to do and what plays they like to run and be really aware of that. And having four guys on the same page and working together and that’s pretty much it.

On why they’ve had such success against the Lightning…
I don’t know how to answer that. I really don’t know, we try to win every game we play. It seems we played them three times, we were able to be successful against a team like that but I don’t really know what it is about it. We have success against them, we just try to really focus on every game and win every game that we play.

On if the team is finding a good rhythm…
We try to get better every game. We were talking about how we have to get better at certain areas and taking slow steps at a time and I thought that each of these last three games we’ve made some progress and we are getting better so we just have to continue to keep working on things and push forward.

On the injury to Stamkos…
Very unfortunate. Nobody likes to see a player be injured and carried off on a stretcher and we’re just hoping that he’s okay. I think that it goes for both teams and every hockey fan. When it comes down to seeing somebody laying on the ice and being hurt, I think everybody feels for it and so we just hope that he’s going to be okay because obviously he’s one of the best players in the league.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On Steven Stamkos’ injury…
It kind of scared me I think…you don’t really expect something like that to happen when you’re just driving the net, but obviously it was pretty unfortunate. I don’t know if he’s ok, or…I think it’s pretty bad, but just an unfortunate play.

On how the injury happened….
I was just trying to drive the net and he was too fast for me so he caught me and I guess we both just went to the net, and then I don’t know what happened. He fell and then hit the post pretty hard, so like I said, …it’s unfortunate and kind of sad to see that happen.

On getting refocused after witnessing a serious injury...
Yeah, it sticks in your head. I think obviously at any time in the game you can get hurt and you’ve got to be aware of that. And you feel bad for him too, so I think just try to, like you said, refocus and get back to playing.

On pushing back a little bit on Stamkos…
Yeah, like you said I think that’s what happened. I haven’t seen it but just trying to go to the net and like I said, he caught me and was in front of me, and next thing I knew he was falling into the post and I don’t really know other than that.

On imagining the situation in reverse…
I think just the speed he was going, he was back checking really hard and flying, beat me right to the net and again, I don’t know what happened but when you’re going that speed into anything, something’s bound to happen like that.

On maintaining balance…
It’s something that you learn, same as going back for icings and pucks like that, just to brace yourself and know that the guy’s going to be leaning on you or each other, so you’ve just got to try your best to balance.

On his balance being a strong technique… 
Yeah, I guess so. I think you can lose your balance so easily, your foot misses the ice or something and you’re down, so I was just trying to go to the net strong and hopefully get a rebound, and it was unfortunate.

On the Bruins effort…
Yeah, I thought we played well. I think, like you said, good chances offensively, and I think Tuukka [Rask] made a lot of good saves too, so I think it’s pretty easy to win games when he plays like that, and I think just trying to be solid all around. I thought we had a little bit of a lapse in the second period, but a good 60 minutes, which we needed.

On double goals showing team focus…
I think so, I think that’s just the energy of that fourth line – when we score and come out it’s their job to keep that energy and momentum, and that’s exactly what they did. So I guess a quick way to take over the game going up two goals that quickly kind of, I don’t know if you can win the game like that but it makes it a lot easier than being 0-0.

On being paired with Zdeno Chara and going against a tough line…
I think I learned in the Islanders game that you really have to be careful and there are plays where you want to jump up and be in the rush but those are guys that kind of like to stay behind you and wait for turnovers and go the other way, so just to focus on defense and focus on getting the puck out and not getting beat.

On consciously staying back during plays…
Yeah, I think that’s it. I think you know how dangerous they are and how much they want those plays, so you kind of have to hold yourself back a little bit and just really focus on defense, but I think I did well at that. I think it’s something where you want to come out of the game even or not being scored on, so I think, like I said, I learned in the Islanders games that those guys are, I guess, feasting on turnovers and mistakes and they want you to jump up in the play and stuff, so you really have to be careful and just kind of stay back and focus on that, and be strong on your net.

On if he sensed the other team attacking him…
If I was them, I probably would have attacked my side too, but I don’t know if I sensed that. No. I don’t know if there was any time that I could feel that, no.

On skating with Zdeno Chara…
If you’re a smart player you got to my side and not his. So I don’t know if it happened, but you try not to think about that stuff but just play and I thought I did well.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On if he was thinking about passing to Thornton…
I was thinking about it, and in the same sense, the guy kind of gave me a lot of room and I just felt like I had no other choice but to take it to the net.  Thorty [Shawn Thornton] did a great job at holding him off for me so I was able to get a good, decent backhand out of it too so it helped. 

On his line getting a point…
It’s always good to get on the board, especially in a low-scoring game like today.  Everyone knows we’re not going to capitalize every day but I think we feel pretty happy about the effort we had as a group and as a line.  I think it’s definitely a confidence booster for us moving forward. 

On Steven Stamkos’ injury…
I was actually in the dressing room at the time when it happened so I missed it but I was there when I heard the crowd go still and kind of, no one really saying much, and same with our bench.  Anytime someone goes down like that, whether it’s on our team or their team, everyone wants to see each other play and battle out so to see someone, especially at his skill level, go down like that on a, I believe it was a back check play from what I was told; he was going and doing the dirty work and it’s tough that he didn’t get rewarded with that and he came out with the injury. 

On gaining momentum with these last few wins…
As our line and our group, we definitely feel like our game is coming around.  I think that little stretch there, we had a little wake up call, and hopefully we don’t have too many of those in the year.  But we talked as a team and realized that we need to be better, especially defensively, and I felt that everyone, these past few games, have been really solid defensively and it showed against Toronto and against Tampa too.

On the two consecutive goals as an indicator of good focus…
You always have to be sharp after a goal so for us, to come back with another goal twenty seconds later we definitely showed that we were ready and he [Claude Julien] put us out there for that confidence and we were happy to help out that way.

On the importance/success of the penalty kill over the last few weeks…
I think we realized the little tendencies that we were doing wrong and we tried to correct that as much as possible; some of it is breaks too, and that helps, but I felt we were taking everything too lightly earlier, and now that we seem to be more better and mentally sharp, we really come out strong and we want to continue that with the future games. 

On if the New Jersey game was a wake up call for the penalty kill…
It definitely makes you question, on the penalty kill, when you see – when you let in four goals in one game.  For us, we definitely sat back and realized that we needed to better in order to succeed as a team and it seems like we’re coming around better now, and hopefully we can keep that up throughout the whole season. 

On appreciating the show of confidence with being the first shift after a goal…
Definitely, and that’s the type of role we accept as a line, and it’s a big bonus that a goal came right out of it.  For us, we’re going to do everything we can to score some goals and create that energy like we do every game. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if there’s a connection between his performances against Tampa Bay this season…
Yeah, I’ve had some good—I think both shutouts against them. I don’t know, I think we’ve played pretty good games against them though so I haven’t had to be like unbelievable out there and make back door saves all the time. So I think some of the best games we’ve played have been against them and that obviously helps the goalie.

On how the game changes when Steven Stamkos got injured…
He’s probably their best scorer obviously. It’s tough to see him go down like that, he seemed to be in a lot of pain and hopefully it’s nothing too, too serious. But it’s obviously the top scorer out of the game and as a goalie it kind of makes things a little easier out there.

On if he could tell immediately if something was wrong with Steven Stamkos…
Well yeah, I didn’t see him going down at first, I don’t know what happened there. But then I saw him getting up and going down in pain again and then obviously you realize it’s pretty serious. So hopefully he’s doing fine.

On his perspective of the rough start to the third period…
Yeah, they pushed hard. They're a good team, I think they're at the top of the standings and they never give up even though they lost a couple players. After two periods they kept pushing and creating chances so as a goalie you just try to maintain that lead and give your team a chance to score another goal and today we did that. We had a really good penalty kill and they had a lot of chances there but we did the job.

On if this could be the start of another run…
I hope so, yeah. I don’t think we are, still, playing unbelievable hockey for 60 minutes. There’s still stretches during the game where we kind of struggle and give the team chances there but we’re heading in the right direction. And if we keep playing like this we are for sure going to win more games and sometimes when we play good it kind of seems that we get comfortable and we get bored to play the way we play and then we start dangling out there and passing across and stuff and then it ends up costing us. So I hope we realize when we play like this we are going win more games than we lose and keep doing the things we’re doing.

On a common thread between beating Tampa three times…
No, well I just said that as a team we played pretty good games against them and it helps my job a lot. Obviously they get chances but it’s not like they get chances all the time so I think that some of the best games we played as a team have been against these guys.

On how playing a lot of games has helped him…
Well its fun. You try to have fun with it and you try to win a lot of games and just not over think out there. So it’s good for a goalie, every goalie wants to play right?

On if he feels like he is maintaining that rhythm easier now because he plays so much…
No, not really. I don’t know, I kind of felt the same throughout the year and I felt pretty good. But it’s good to play every other day.
On there not being many hiccups with the young guys paired in each line…
Yeah, it’s tough for you as a D when you're not playing that often and then you get thrown in there and people expect you to play really good. Today I thought Bart [Matt Bartkowski] played unbelievable and did things we want him to do. It’s good to see that.

On not being any problems with Dougie Hamilton…
No, no. He’s reading the play really well and positioning himself right and then he’s blocking shots, making plays. So he’s really grown into a good player for us.

On how he’s feeling with so many games played…
Not too bad. Obviously there comes stretches where you play every other day and you don’t seem to get those days off but that’s how the schedule is and you just try to get your rest whenever you can. And then whenever there is a day off you take that and rest up. So I’ve felt good so far.

On what’s going so well with the penalty kill…
You know, we’re just going one by one I think. We’re not over thinking, we’re having our meetings and know what we have to do and we’re doing things. And I think the biggest thing is we’re mentally focused out there. We’re reading the plays and jumping on those pucks, blocking shots so it’s been a really good tactic for us.

On thoughts of Steven Stamkos getting injured…
It’s never fun to watch a guy go down like that and stay down and be in obvious pain. So I just hope that he’s okay.

On the key to this team being team defense…
It is, yeah. It’s a funny thing, we play our best game when we do those things, as you just said. We do them and then we win and then we just feel like we don’t want to do them again and things start turning in the wrong direction and individuals start getting more pressure and more chirping from around the team and stuff. It’s never easy but I think we’ve played pretty good these last couple of games as a team and it’s going in the right direction. I just hope we don’t get bored doing those things.

On it not being about individuals with the Bruins team…
Yeah, you look at the roster we have, you look at the guys we have—we have really good players. But its not like anybody can play the game by himself and score goals or make points and stuff because it doesn’t work for us. And whenever we play as a team, those individuals rise up and we win games and that’s—I think that’s one of the toughest things for us to realize and keep in the back of our heads.

On tonight being an impressive defensive performance…
Yeah, absolutely. Bart [Matt Bartkowski] stepped out and did the job we asked him to do. And everybody else followed too and it’s good to see that depth in defense. We’ve been looking for playing a solid 60 minute game as a team and today was a pretty good example of that.

On the first line being a good match for Dougie Hamilton…
Yeah, he’s growing into a great player. He’s making right plays, blocking shots and being smart out there. He’s a big body, he’s a great skater, he can make it fast up ice. And it’s just the biggest thing to do that defensively too.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On the success against the Tampa Bay Lightning this year…
I think when you play a good team, you have to prepare well, and the coaching staff has done a good job at preparing us and what they’re tendencies are, and often when we play within the system and we work hard at it, we have success.  They’re an easy team to get up against, as are we, and we know that when we play other teams, and Tampa is a team that we’re chasing and becoming a rivalry for us a little bit, so we have to be on our toes and be prepared when we play them.

On Steven Stamkos’ injury…
I don’t like to see that to anybody.  I have a lot of respect for him, but whether it’s him or somebody else, injuries are tough, tough to come back from.  It’s definitely a long road and I wish him the best but it’s a part of the game that is not a positive thing, and especially with one of the key faces of the game and somebody that’s so respected, and such a good player, has a lot to offer to the league and to his team.  Like I said, I wish him the best.  He’s becoming the face of the game now; one of the key faces of the NHL, and you know, an Olympic year – a lot of things that are negative about it for his own personal game it’s unfortunate.  Injuries do happen, it’s something that you have to come to expect, unfortunately, but like I said, it’s the beginning of a long process when you get injured, and he’s an important player to his team and to the league, but he’s a strong guy, I know he works hard, and I’m sure he’ll be back stronger than ever. 

On his line getting a point in tonight’s game…
Yeah it’s nice to have a point but I think it’s important to play the right way, and to do what we do well, consistently, and points will come for our line.  It has  never been an easy thing but it’s been something that we’ve been rewarded with when we play well.  I just want to see us get back to playing hard, and playing together as a unit, and we’ll have success. 

On being the shift after a goal…
The responsibility lies in us when you go out there after a goal to follow up with a good shift and it doesn’t have to be necessarily a goal but it definitely has to be a momentum shift for our team and to continue that.  The goal was made by Danny [Daniel Paille], but the trust that Claude instills in us to go out there after a shift is big. 

On his own game play lately…
There’s always room for improvement but I’ve been working hard, I can say that, and working hard in areas that I think have been come back slower than I expected; it’ll come.  Claude and the coaching staff has shown me a lot of patience and I appreciate that, and my responsibility is to work hard at it every day and get back to the player I know I am and it’s coming.  It’s got to be small steps, and I have to be patient too, but I’m working hard at it.

On the penalty kill improvement…
Sometimes you can be doing all the right things and you get tough bonces and in a scenario like we had against New Jersey, I think, whether we deserved to have four goals scored on us or not, it happens.  The unfortunate thing about that is it takes a long time to climb back up the standings, and I know standings aren’t everything but it’s something that we take pride in, and we want to be a top penalty kill unit in the league, and we believe we are.  Sometimes those things are a wake up call and it’s not that we’re doing anything differently but, as I said, we take a lot of pride in the penalty kill and it’s a big part of our game, our team game, our speciality teams.  We’re taking it one penalty kill at a time though and chipping away. 

On the goals following the two injuries…
When you have a player on your team carried off on a stretcher sometimes it can take the life out of your team and sometimes you rally but I guess in a case like that he’s an extremely important player to their team and it’s not a good thing.  And even for us, nobody wants to see anybody get carried off on a stretcher and get injured but that’s a situation where we’ve got to stay focused, and we were focused.  I can’t really speak for them, but I know that you never want to see one of your own teammates get carried off.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On being part of a strong defensive effort…
Yeah, a lot of that has to do with Tuukka [Rask], but for the most part of the game we played pretty well. The only part where we got into trouble was when we starting turning over pucks.

On his first game back in a few days…
I felt fine. Just a little, I don’t know…nervous at times or getting back into the flow of it, but I felt fine.

On if he felt rusty…
Not really. I don’t know, maybe a little bit. It’s tough to describe. You just need to get into the flow a little bit more.

On an overall improved team effort…
The last few games, starting Florida the third period, we’ve been pushing the pace of the game, playing physical, and getting pucks deep more and more south like Coach talks about, so as long as we stick to that and take care of the puck we’re a pretty good team.

On Tuukka Rask…
It’s kind of becoming expected out of him, so it’s a regular thing. It’s important not to forget about what he does. In my mind he’s the best goalie in the league, and he shows that game in game out. It makes it easier to play, knowing that if you do make a mistake he’ll clean it up for you.

On the speed of this game and missing the fast-paced Toronto game…
It felt like a faster game than some of the others, and like you were saying, that Toronto game was physical fast and up down the ice and I like to play that way, so it was not tough to watch but it was tough not to be in there I guess, but today was sort of similar. Like I said, we only got into trouble when we started to turn over pucks.

On a rough game today…
There was quite a bit of hitting and a couple of guys, hopefully they’re alright, got injured but hopefully they’re alright. But it wasn’t overly physical I don’t think.

On defending against Tampa’s strong offense…
It really all had to do with us and how we managed the puck and our positioning defensively. They’re fast enough that if we get out of position they’re going to take advantage of it. And we saw that a few times throughout the game, but Tuukka cleaned it up. So we just really focused on playing well in position and managing the puck.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On the top lines’ performance tonight…
I thought all the lines – you could see Marchy [Brad Marchand] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] just – they’re starting to really, you can see they’re feeling it. And Lou [Loui Eriksson], they’re a top checking line and when you’re, it’s really hard to play when you’re trying to score against a checking line. But now they’re scoring on you and putting pressure on you and that’s what you can see. I thought it was all the way around a solid game for us.

On the long length of his shifts…
Well we’re not trying to stay out to long if it goes back, but once we get them hemmed in, when you’re on offense it’s kind of a saying – the defense, it’s always more tiring for them. So you just keep them pressured. You don’t want to change and let them off the hook. So I think sometimes in the last couple games and for a while we’ve had a chance to get them hemmed in and we feel like we’re close, close to getting a goal or drawing a power play. So some of those have been long and they’re not on purpose but once you feel like you’ve got it rolling and you’ve got them scrambling and, on one they broke a stick, you don’t feel tired in those situations. You always think the other guys are more tired trying to defend. So I think you just keep going until they get it out.

On what he looks for in a shift besides goal scoring…
It’s not always just about goals. You love to score as a line, we all love to score and that’s what you’re trying to do is outscore the other team, obviously. But it’s about zone time and a big part of the way we play as a team is to try to- it isn’t run and gun it’s territorial and make sure we’re spending that time down there and trying to frustrate the other team. Our D are really good at coming down the walls and trying to hem teams in. So, it’s about physical play, it’s about trying to get to the net. On other nights it’s about trying to draw power plays. But the biggest thing that we’re all trying to do is get that zone time. Just wear down and, it’s not the run and gun style. Tampa is a quick team and we play a lot of teams that like to play that way and we’re trying to make sure we’re doing what we want to do.

On gaining momentum with the last few wins…
I think each game over the last three has been a little bit better for us as a group. I think we kind of went into a wall there as a team and teams go through that during the course of a year and you want to make it as short as possible and get back to everyone feeling good about it and playing and finding that consistency. I think over the last three games we’ve been improving. We had a start against Florida and we played a couple of teams that were ahead of us in the standings that we’d want to catch. But we not only won those games, we found a way to win some close ones. Pretty tight checking, great goaltending, all the way around – Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], Marchy [Brad Marchand] flying – everybody’s really contributed in the last few games. We can all feel good about ourselves being part of the win and that’s what you want to do.

On his empty net goal tonight after an earlier one getting waved off…
Well, maybe kind of. It’s something – I really thought that would be, I didn’t even think anything of it on the rebound, just get my stick on there and going to the net and then trying to get out of there after and Krech [David Krejci] just put it in. I didn’t think it would be not a goal. So, refs saw it a different way. In the end it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it all worked out. It’s nice it wasn’t called off in a different situation, we’re up two so it’s not quite as serious I guess.

On if the feeling of the game changed when Steven Stamkos left the ice…
Well, I mean that is a big blow for them. Nobody wants to see that happen to anybody. He was obviously in a lot of pain and I didn’t hear for sure what happened to him but I imagine it’s got to be, for him not to get up, he’s a tough player and plays hard and stuff. So he must have been in some serious pain. From us. I thought we had a good game going before that so I guess you’d have to ask them. But I thought we were playing well and we were doing a lot of things that we wanted to do and we’re playing a good home game. So I wouldn’t say that it shifted at that point. But, nobody wants to see that for sure.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD COACH JON COOPER
On losing Steven Stamkos to an injury in the second period…
Again, I think probably the same thing everybody – I don’t know how many people are here tonight – but, it’s obviously tough to see him go down. Not only for our team, that’s like one of the best players in the world. People come to cheer on the Boston Bruins here, but they also come to see guys like Steven Stamkos play hockey. So it’s a loss for everybody. I don’t know fully what the extent is of his injury, but clearly he got hurt and clearly he won’t be in the lineup tomorrow.

On what he said to his players after losing Stamkos…
Well again, injuries happen. And he’s gone a long time in his career without being seriously hurt and guys do that. There’s no sugar coating it he’s a huge part of our team. You can make an argument here that if you were going to hand out the MVP of the week right now you’d be hard pressed not to give it to him. So in saying that, yes, is that a hole in our team? It is. But one thing I can say is Steve’s done an unreal job of building this organization from the bottom up. It’s not a coincidence our American League team has been to two Calder Cup finals and is sitting in first place right now. There’s hockey players down there, and now it’s that old cliché – somebody’s got to step up. And not only is somebody stepping up if this is a long-term prognosis or injury, but our players have to step up. And to be honest, we lost this game tonight by the score. But if I was going to watch those last two periods and say we were coming out on the short end of this, I would have honestly been a little disappointed. I thought even after the injury I thought we played well. We had an unlucky bounce that hopped over [Keith] Aulie’s stick and they got a 2-on-1, and a little battle in front of the net that’s a seeing-eye single that goes through the legs. I thought we didn’t give up much, I thought we pressured. We missed a bunch of nets or we missed the net a bunch of times. They blocked a bunch of shots. Pucks hopped over our stick. And that happens, that happens in hockey. So I really liked the way we responded, and now we’ve just got to pick ourselves up her and we’ll see what we’re made of. But like I said, it’s a tough one for the game because you want to see guys that have ‘it’ Steven Stamkos has ‘it.’ It’s tough to lose a guy like that, but we’ll see what we’re made of. You talk about a test, this is a test.

On whether he reviewed what happened…
I did I watched it after that second period. It’s a tough one, it’s an unfortunate play. Again it’s too bad, because the league has done a good job of making the nets breakaway nets instead of the old steel posts, and for whatever reason the net did not break away that time. That was too bad.

On whether he thought it was an unfortunate accident or whether there was any more to it…
I won’t comment on that.

On what it says about the team that they were able to push themselves…
To sit here and give the new Rocky speech and say everything is going to be okay – they’re pros. One guy doesn’t make a team – he really does help a team – but again, we’ve got [Martin] Marty St. Louis, we’ve got Valtteri Filppula, we’ve got Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, Ondrej Palat let me go down the line. These guys are good hockey players. And Steven Stamkos plays 20 minutes out of a 60 minute game. So 40 other minutes other guys play, and now somebody else is going to take his 20. And if there’s anything I’ve learned over the first 16-17 games about this team – we’ve got gamers. There’s a reason we’ve won 12 games this year – these guys have gamed it out. Steven has been a big part of that there’s no question. But to sit here and say we’re going to fold the tent because he may not be around for a while, I don’t think those guys have that in them in the locker room. And as I said, this hurts but we will move on. And again like I said, I’ll take my chances with that group.

On losing Sami Salo and Keith Aulie too…
[Joking] I’ll tell you, I’m blaming this one on Claude Julien actually. I read his quote and he said, ‘They’ve been injury free,’ and I don’t know why I thought about that – actually I’m obviously being facetious so don’t write that. He’s absolutely right. We went 16 games without anybody getting hurt, and the snowball went down the hill today. It was a little tiny guy and it ended up a mountain when it got to the bottom of the hill. Again, I don’t know the prognosis on all of these guys, but you lose nobody for 16 games and then you lose three guys in one. That’s tough. And it’s hockey. Everybody loses guys. I’ve been watching – just pick a team and everybody’s lost players. Ours just happened all at once. Can’t hang your head, you know it’s going to happen at some point. That’s why you’ve got depth in your organization, and we’ll see where we’re at.

On whether he’ll assume Stamkos, Salo and Aulie will be back in the lineup tomorrow…
[Joking] You mean the three guys that got hurt? Yeah that’s our starting line tomorrow – Stamer, Salo and Aulie. Again I don’t know, we’re just fresh off a loss. But we’ll figure this out, and we’re going to do what’s best for our team and see about beating the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow. This is another division game in a tough place to play, but the guys are looking forward to playing there. It’s an original six team, and I’ve thought we played well there in the past. And I’m looking forward to it, we just need guys to step up.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS
On Steven Stamkos’ injury…
We have no idea…we just know he’s getting x-rays. So obviously he’s a big part of our team, but we don’t know the severity of it so we’re going to wait and hear.

On a sense of shock with Stamkos’ injury…
For sure, obviously he’s a big part of our team. But I thought we battled. We just couldn’t get the puck in the net.

On how big the loss will be…
It’s a big loss, but you know, we’ve been winning games as a team and we’re going to have to find a way to continue doing that. We’re going to have to raise our game collectively. You don’t replace Stammer [Steven Stamkos], but the guys are going to have to step up.

On any other information with Stamkos’ Injury….
No. I don’t know. He’s getting x-rayed.

On today’s game as a whole…
We just couldn’t get the puck in the net. I thought we, I thought we played hard. Just, like I said, didn’t get the puck in the net.

On the team’s mindset when players are injured…
Yeah, we don’t have to think about it too much right now, we have a game tomorrow and we’ve got a big West Coast trip after that, so we’re going to be playing a lot of hockey and I don’t know how bad it is, so it’s tough to comment. We lost him tonight for a period and a half, he’s a big part of our team, but I thought we battled.

On a correlation between losing Lightning players and Bruins goals…
No, I don’t think so. We had chances too; we just didn’t put the puck in the net.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM

On Adam McQuaid’s status…
He’s not playing today.

On if he considers him day-to-day…
I don’t know. They haven’t told us whether it’s a day-to-day or if it’s a week or plus. I don’t have the answer for you there, that’s why all I can tell you is he’s not playing today.

On if the injury was definitely to the lower body…
I think everybody knows where he got hurt. I think he grabbed it quick enough that it was pretty obvious. Was that or test or something? Yeah, that’s where he grabbed.

On if this game presents the opportunity to get into a winning stride…
Well it’s another game like you said. I thought that game against Toronto was a big game in order for us to gain some points on teams ahead of us and you have the same situation here today. That’s one of the reasons, the homestand is another one. You have to take advantage of your home games when you can and we know we have to play a little bit better today than we did last game but, again, I think our trend right now is upwards and we just want to keep it going that way.

On if he pays attention to the standings and wild card spots despite the earliness of the season…
You do as much as you can as a coach. You look at it, but the main thing every year is you look at your team and how well you’re performing and the way you perform usually takes care of itself; so that’s where you kind of look at the situation. I watch games on TV like everybody else; that’s just to see how certain teams are playing and you get a better knowledge of them when you do play against them but that’s about it.

On if Chad Johnson will get a start in one of the upcoming games…
We’ll see. I’m not sure yet but we’ll see. That’s all I can say right now.
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