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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY AT 10:15 PM
On whether the Bruins got off to a better start tonight than in their last several games…
A little bit, yeah, but I still thought like defensively, we got to tighten up some more. And you know, I felt the second period wasn’t a very good period for us. We kind of gave them an opportunity to get some momentum back even though we scored the only goal. They were probably the better team that second period. So we came out a little bit better in the third, and you know, overall, it’s a good game, but you know, where we want to be and the type of team we want to be also is, we gotta be a little bit better defensively. Too many — too many good scoring opportunities and too many defensive breakdowns. 

On catching up with Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference standings…
Well you know, it’s not that — it’s not a priority, but it’s still a matter of us winning our games, and you know, we’d love to be able to pass them, but, you know, that can’t be a priority. The priority, for me, is our game and how we play because the rest will take care of itself. And you know, that’s the main concern right now, is us finding our game, and if we can play well and win our games, hopefully it will be good enough to at least catch up, if not surpass them.

On whether the Bruins’ recent lack of penalties is a concern…
Yeah, it’s been tough. I think, you know, to be honest with you, I thought in New York, it certainly wasn’t that lopsided, and… but we know. We’ve talked about that a million times. We seem to really struggle to get power plays, and you know, when you look at the game and you look at different situations, you feel like you should’ve had a few power plays here and there, but you know, you got to live with it and again, tonight we got our first power play there since, since the Washington game, and we just gotta kind of stay focused and let the referees take care of it. But you know, I don’t think it’s easy to always blame the team, say it’s our fault we’re not getting any power plays. But our guys are getting chances and working hard and going to the net, and we had a lot of loose pucks around the net, too, and it’s up to the referees if they feel it’s deserving of a penalty to call it.

On the performance of forward David Krejci…
Well I mean, he did [shoot enough] tonight. You know, but Dave [David Krejci] has always been a pass-first kind of guy, but he’s got a good shot. I think his, I think his approach this year has been a little bit more about shooting, and you know, even being on the point on the power play, I’ve seen him, you know, where times he would never shoot but this year he’s taking the shots when that shooting lane is there. So, you know, it’s probably more confidence in his shot, and he does have a good shot and it’s nice to see him use it.

On whether the players are feeling anxious with the trade deadline approaching…
Well, no matter what it is, we’ve got less than 24 hours here, so that’ll be over by, by tomorrow. So there’s no doubt tomorrow’s practice, probably some players on edge like every year, but like I said this morning, every team goes through that. That’s part of the game, it’s part of being a professional, and you just got to live through it, and hopefully by tomorrow, our guys are still here, and maybe we get a little help on top.



On the play of forward Jordan Caron…
I thought he played well. I thought he played hard. He — obviously Iggy’s [Jarome Iginla’s] goal is a result of his hard work and shot at the net and bringing the puck up the ice. You know, he was very physical and he grinded, he skated well. So for a guy who hadn’t played in a long time, I thought he was really good for us tonight. I really liked his game.

On Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas becoming a goalie tandem…
We’ll see if that’s still the case tomorrow. Maybe I can comment on it tomorrow after the deadline. Fair enough? I know it’s a lot of tire pumping. That’s all. [Laughter]

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On coming out strong in the first period...
We had a good first period; they got some momentum going there in the second. But, Johnny [Chad Johnson] played great in net and they hit some posts, we hit some posts too, but they had some good chances. They’re a quick team and they pushed back, as you would think. But overall I thought we played a pretty solid game and it’s a good win.

On if the team is gaining back the rhythm they had before the Olympic break...
I think in our first few games we’re working on getting that sharpness and the intensity up. I think against the Rangers it was a lot better. We’re still working on tightening it up a little bit but I think it’s coming. We had it going pretty good before the break in that stretch and we want to get it back as quick as we can and it feels like it’s coming.

On if he noticed that David Krejci had some rust after the Olympic break...
No, I didn’t feel that. Not playing with him. He’s been very good for us all year – he’s a fun guy to be a winger for. But he sure had it going tonight. His shot there, quick snappers, a few that just – I thought as a whole it was a team thing. We just weren’t quite as sharp coming right after but our last two games now are building in the right direction.

On ranking just behind Pittsburgh in the conference rankings...
Yeah, it’s fun. It’s nice to be battling for the top of the conference and there’s lots of hockey left to play. But it’s something that we want to keep getting better as a team, but there is that, we are aware that we’re close to Pittsburgh and we’d like to pass them.

On joining the team last year after the deadline...
Coming in as a very tight group, I guess winning is a part of that, but there’s a lot of good guys in here. Everybody’s a good teammate and stuff so it was great for us new guys coming in to kind of feel part of it. I’m thrilled to be here and it’s fun. It’s fun to be battling at the top of the conference. A lot of years, and for a lot of teams, you’re battling every game just to be in a playoff spot. So, it’s a different approach when you’re near the top and you want to stay sharp and get better. It’s just a little bit different focus and a little bit different style of pressure. So it’s been fun.

On his experience with last year’s trade deadline...
Like I said, it’s definitely a lot less stressful and a lot less pressure. I do know what guys are going through at the deadline now. I hadn’t really been through it before. It’s unnerving and it usually, it’s something I guess to go through once and so you appreciate the quieter deadlines and also what other guys go through and how it is a tough situation - the move and all that the guys go through. It’s a good learning experience and guys coming in and trying to understand more of what’s going on at the deadline, because it’s fun to watch trades on TV and you see all this and stuff, but those are guys moving, and new teammates and families – so it’s a little bit different than all the fun of it. Not complaining, it’s just more, understanding all that goes into it as opposed to all the fun. It definitely was a different perspective.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER CHAD JOHNSON
Yeah, yeah and teams bring their best against us and that’s something, when I signed here, I was excited about because I knew every game that I played was going to be a tough challenge. Teams were going to come in here and be excited to play us and it’s just fun to be a part of.

On if it was good to see the defense locked down in this game…
Yeah, definitely. I think it’s just guys getting back in to it and we’re kind of getting that cohesiveness again and that chemistry that maybe we lost a little bit over the break. The first two games, and even maybe last game was a little rough for us defensively, a few mistakes here and there, you know just not being sharp. Tonight we did a good job and we just sort of stayed within our systems and just played well defensively.

On seeing the defense accustoming being reassuring to a goalie…
Yeah, that’s the thing. Buffalo, I think it’s just Buffalo. I don’t know what that game, what happens there. I guess in the years past it’s been the same thing, it’s just weird games. And it’s just nice to get the win, everyone is sort of building off of last game and now this game too. Hopefully we can get on the right track and progress like as a team.

On if he was happy to see David Krejci get a hat trick…
Yeah, definitely, he was awesome tonight and all over the ice and just so calm with the puck. He’s such an elite player, it’s fun to be on this side of it and not on the other side.

On having a lot of offensive chances tonight…
Yeah, definitely. He [Tim Thomas] made some big saves, Tim Thomas, you know making the desperation saves, making the big saves. One of my first games as a rookie was against the Bruins here was against him preseason. He battles on every shot and there’s a reason why he is who he is.

On if pucks rung off the post stay in his head…
Not really, I try and think of it positive and think that I was in good position and they were forced to make a good shot. It’s tough, you know, a guy comes down and he is at the hash marks taking a slapper, you just try and be bigger, react as much as possible. Yeah, I definitely got lucky on probably three or four occasions. I don’t know, maybe I was in good position; I was forcing them to make a shot. Yeah I got lucky on a few of them but it’s nice to hear the post there every now and then and not hear them celebrate. So it’s good.

On how he likes where the game has gotten to since after the break…
It’s good, I think we’re gelling more, we’re kind of getting that chemistry back and we’re sticking to our game plan a lot more consistently throughout the game. You're going to see better results because of that. Yeah, it’s nice just to get everyone back on the same page and see that and get good results.

On being one point behind Pittsburgh…
Yeah, at one point they were really far ahead of us. We wanted to play our game and just get as many wins as we can against whoever it was. I think just the last couple days we realized how close were and how good of an opportunity we had with games coming up and being so close to maybe pulling within the lead or tied with them. Yeah, it’s another goal and another sort of motivational thing we can use to get ourselves going down the stretch.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On usually giving up empty netters to teammates but scoring one tonight…
Not really. I didn’t think I had another option and I also knew I had two goals already, so why not go for it, right?

On the team playing better defensively…
First period, I thought it was a really good period by our team. Second, we kind of got away from our game, but got a lead 3-0 in the third period. I thought we played okay with the lead, but there’s still some areas in our game we have to improve. We know we’re going to be playing against better teams, so we have to work on some defensive stuff and get ready before the playoffs arrive.

On the trade deadline coming up tomorrow…
There’s been lots of rumors, so we’ll see what happens. One more day, but you can’t really control anything. Just go to bed, wakeup tomorrow, and kind of got to wait and see what happens.

On Boston “sneaking up” on Pittsburgh for the first seed in the Eastern Conference…
I don’t think quietly. That’s been our goal, to try to catch up to Pittsburgh. At one point they had a pretty good lead on us, but we’re one point behind right now and there’s 20 games left. That’s pretty good time. We’re going to try to do everything we can to get as many wins as we can. Obviously, it would be nice to get a first play and who knows what happens. In the playoffs, if you can get home ice advantage then that always helps.

On his line’s production since the break…
Like I said, I still feel there’s some stuff we have to improve, especially on our defensive side. But on the other hand, the puck has been going in the net for us the last few games. We got to keep that going, but at the same just go out there and take care of our own end first and go from there.

On scoring first tonight for the first time since the Olympic break…
We knew we didn’t score the first goal [in any game] after the break, so we tried to get that. That’s what happened. I think we’re a pretty good team when we play with the lead. It was nice to get the first one. I don’t think we played 60 minutes of Bruins hockey, but just take positive things from this game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On playing his first game since January 27 and shaking off rust…
A little bit but I was trying to keep my shifts pretty short. I think Carl [Soderberg] and Kells [Chris Kelly] played pretty well, so it was easier for me to get my legs going and we had a lot of good chances. I think we did a good job offensively.

On the trade deadline coming up tomorrow…
Of course a little bit nervous, but that’s out of my control so I’ll try to get some sleep tonight and we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow.

On if it’s easier to join linemates that already have chemistry…
Yeah, I think so. I think just getting more ice time; I think it makes it easier on you. The rust goes away a little bit quicker. I think it makes it easier. Getting a lot of offensive faceoffs and stuff like that makes it easier to come back.

On wanting to stay with the Bruins…
Yeah, of course. I’ve been here for four years now. I know everyone and we have a great bunch of guys, so it will be interesting what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s completely out of my control so I’m going to try not to think about it too much tonight and wait until 3:30 [p.m. tomorrow].

On holding his breath every time his phone rings…
Yeah, I’ll try to keep it on silent just in case.

On if he thinks he was being showcased for a trade tonight…
No, I don’t think so. I think Loui [Eriksson] had a little incident there, so he couldn’t go tonight. I don’t think that was the reason why. I think it’s maybe the other way around. They didn’t want me to get hurt, I guess [laughs].

On staying focused on the ice with the trade deadline looming…
Yeah, I think it’s a little bit harder. You try not to think about it, but obviously it’s your career and it would be a big change. Of course I was trying not to think about it, but it’s pretty much impossible. I was just trying to take it shift by shift. Go all out every shift and the rest is out of my control, so we’ll see.

On setting up Jarome Iginla’s goal tonight…
Yeah, I’ve been working on my shot a lot the last few months there. Trying to shoot the puck more every time I get a chance. [Jarome Iginla] did a good job of getting wide there and got a good rebound and put it in.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On setting up David Krejci for a hat trick...
Well yeah, you know, we obviously recognized the situation and he had two at the time with an empty net. We were just able to turn the puck over high up there and I looked for him and he was open and was able to hit the empty net there from the neutral zone.

On ranking just behind Pittsburgh in the conference ranking...
It’s funny, I didn’t even realize that, but I guess we had a strong finish before the Olympic break, gaining some ground on them. I think just being able to focus on our game and doing what we need to do to be successful and get some wins and get some points has gotten us closer to them. Obviously they’re still a great team and they’re still first in the conference. So, a lot of games left, 21 for us, [and] 21 for them after tonight. We’ve just got to keep winning games and taking care of business and wherever we fall in the standings we fall.

On the upcoming playoff push and trade deadline...
It’s the best time of year. It’s obviously, as a team, it’s where we want to be – in a playoff position – with this number of games left. Moving forward towards the end of the year you want to make sure you’re playing the right way so you build some momentum before you head into the playoffs because in the playoffs, that’s when you want to be playing your best hockey. Everyone needs to do their part and as of right now I think we still have some work to do defensively since the break. It seems like we haven’t been as sharp in our own zone and we’re giving up way too many chances. But in saying that, I think there’s definitely a lot to look forward to. Like you said, as a player, those are one of those things you can’t control [trades made at the deadline]. You talked about the management part, as a player you try not to worry about that at all and just let the, have confidence in the management that they’ll make the right decisions for the team.

On his reaction to Roberto Luongo being traded to Florida...
It was pretty funny. I’m sure they’ll have a lot of fun together to end off the year. They talked about trading Luongo in Vancouver for a long time now and the deal is finally done. I think its just funny that he ends up being teammates with Tim Thomas – two guys that obviously battled in the 2011 Cup Final. So, we’ll see how they pair up together and how they finish off.

On if he thinks Luongo and Thomas will get along as teammates...
Yeah, definitely. That’s why I laughed at it. Like you said, I think they both have a good sense of humor and that’s why they’ll – you can definitely see them getting along. I think for both guys, they’re both professionals and adults and they’ll keep that whatever happened in the Finals in the past. So, we’ll see both of them on Sunday night.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH PETER HORACHEK
On today’s trade news [regarding Roberto Luongo]…
Well, I heard it this morning I guess, too when it first happened. He’s a world-class goalie, Team Canada. I mean, I think it can only be conceived as being a very positive thing.

On players being distracted with trade talk…
I think that’s a natural reaction a little bit, there’s a lot of people thinking, “What’s going on? Tomorrow at three o’clock, what’s happening there? Am I next? What’s going on? I don’t know,” but those are excuses. And I don’t think that as professionals, I guess, you can’t let that go in. It’s a business, you’ve got to understand that sometimes you’re going to be traded, and sometimes you’re not, and you can only do what you have to do. You still have to go out and play. They may be in a different situation because they’re at the top of the heap, and they’re probably not feeling maybe threatened, but they play hard and play well, and that’s the benchmark. That’s the team you have to gauge yourself by. When you compete against that team on a night-to-night basis, then that’s when you’re competing for playoff spots.

On if they can continue trailing 2-0 every game…
No. And we did all that ourselves. Defensively, we weren’t very good. And there were a number of people that didn’t compete. If you have that, you don’t have consistency of your whole group, then you’re going to run into problems. Whether they make excuses for whatever reason, I don’t buy that stuff.

On if he’s been noticing the new acquisition Brandon Pirri…
Not much. No, it’s a new team; maybe he’s trying to feel his way around. But there’s a lot more energy that is needed to play, and I didn’t think that there was enough from all the lines. There were certainly certain guys out there that showed that they wanted to contribute and wanted to be part of the solution, and Barchy’s [Krys Barch] out there battling with two tough guys, and he’s trying to do his part. There’s other guys that competed and tried as hard as they can, but there were so many breakdowns that were eye opening. You can’t compete for the playoffs that way. So hopefully guys can just understand that they have to do their part. Everyone has to be on the same page, or if we continue to push that we’re going to continue to move in that direction, and that’s not going to be good enough to make excuses.

FLORIDA PANTHERS HEAD COACH PETER HORACHEK
On today’s trade news [regarding Roberto Luongo]…
Well, I heard it this morning I guess, too when it first happened. He’s a world-class goalie, Team Canada. I mean, I think it can only be conceived as being a very positive thing.

On players being distracted with trade talk…
I think that’s a natural reaction a little bit, there’s a lot of people thinking, “What’s going on? Tomorrow at three o’clock, what’s happening there? Am I next? What’s going on? I don’t know,” but those are excuses. And I don’t think that as professionals, I guess, you can’t let that go in. It’s a business, you’ve got to understand that sometimes you’re going to be traded, and sometimes you’re not, and you can only do what you have to do. You still have to go out and play. They may be in a different situation because they’re at the top of the heap, and they’re probably not feeling maybe threatened, but they play hard and play well, and that’s the benchmark. That’s the team you have to gauge yourself by. When you compete against that team on a night-to-night basis, then that’s when you’re competing for playoff spots.

On if they can continue trailing 2-0 every game…
No. And we did all that ourselves. Defensively, we weren’t very good. And there were a number of people that didn’t compete. If you have that, you don’t have consistency of your whole group, then you’re going to run into problems. Whether they make excuses for whatever reason, I don’t buy that stuff.

On if he’s been noticing the new acquisition Brandon Pirri…
Not much. No, it’s a new team; maybe he’s trying to feel his way around. But there’s a lot more energy that is needed to play, and I didn’t think that there was enough from all the lines. There were certainly certain guys out there that showed that they wanted to contribute and wanted to be part of the solution, and Barchy’s [Krys Barch] out there battling with two tough guys, and he’s trying to do his part. There’s other guys that competed and tried as hard as they can, but there were so many breakdowns that were eye opening. You can’t compete for the playoffs that way. So hopefully guys can just understand that they have to do their part. Everyone has to be on the same page, or if we continue to push that we’re going to continue to move in that direction, and that’s not going to be good enough to make excuses.

FLORIDA PANTHERS GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS
On what he first thought when he heard Roberto Luongo was traded to the Panthers…
I can’t remember what I first thought. I found out on the way to the arena. I was surprised obviously at first, just like probably a lot of people were caught off guard and didn’t see that one coming. But then I had to get ready to play the game, against obviously a difficult team.

On his relationship with Luongo…
Well obviously it’s different. Now that we’ve played them a few more times, it’s a little bit less different. I’m sure that will probably be the case moving forward. Sorry, that’s a tough one to answer.

On if he can co-exist with Luongo…
Yeah, of course. He’s a good goalie, and from everything I’ve heard about him, he’s got good character. I don’t know what their plans are. I don’t really know anything at this point, so I can’t say too much.

On Panthers GM Dale Tallon saying that he wants to keep Thomas and Luongo…
Oh really? Okay.

On if he wants to remain with the Panthers…
Yeah, but now I’ve got to see the situation and see what they’re thinking. I’d like to check in with Dale [Tallon] before I really comment on anything.

On if he would be open to being traded to a contender…
That’s something that hadn’t really been discussed up to this point, so again, that’s another one that needs discussion before any comment.

On if he has spoken much to Luongo since the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals…
No, he was at the [2011] awards, but that was the only time. I did have one good line that probably someone else has thought up, but it looked like Dale [Tallon] went kicking some tires and found one that needed to be pumped [laughs].

On Luongo tweeting that he and Thomas would ‘rip it up’ the rest of the year…
It’ll be interesting. I don’t know how things are going to work out, but assuming I’m staying in Florida and everything like that, it’ll be interesting, and I’m looking forward to it. Should be fun.

On if he thinks Luongo’s sense of humor might reduce awkwardness between the two…
I don’t think it’ll be anything. I wasn’t an enemy with him even then. I was so focused on doing my job, and that’s the way I was looking at it. We’re both pros. We’ve both been in the league a long time. I have a few more years on him, but we both have a lot of experience to bring to the team.

On if he thought the Panthers were distracted tonight…
No, I don’t think that was the case. I didn’t detect that.

On how well the Bruins are playing right now…
Well they’re playing real well. They’re solid. They make you turn over the puck, they don’t turn the puck over very often. They have composure with the puck. You guys see the Bruins all the time, they’re a very well-trained team.

On if Tuukka Rask said anything about the trade to him during pregame warm-ups…
No, you know what, I don’t believe he mentioned it. Just said, ‘Hi, how’s it going, what did you do over your break.’ That kind of stuff. He might not have known, I don’t know.

FLORIDA PANTHERS DEFENSEMAN ED JOVANOVSKI
On Panthers’ Dale Tallon sending a message to the team…
I guess so.

On today’s trades for the Florida Panthers…
It’s always tough to see guys depart, but I think when you have such a disappointing season I think changes are always on the horizon. The chips started falling here today. It’s tough to see a couple good guys go.

On tonight’s game…
Yeah, it’s something that we definitely talked about. I think that we might be thinking about it so much that it’s kind of hindering us a little bit. I think that the message here going forward I think is just worry about competing and go out there and have fun.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:30 AM
On where Loui Eriksson was for pregame skate…
Loui [Eriksson] was in the back room. He’s got a minor issue that we’ll keep him out tonight, but he’ll be back Thursday.

On clarity on Adam McQuaid…
No, no. Probably by the end of the week, I guess, we’ll get more clarity on that.

On involved he is in any potential trade discussions…
I mean, I’m not in the room spending time talking about it but I’ve had discussions with Peter [Chiarelli]. We’ve discussed the possibilities and everything else. They’re certainly keeping me up to date and he certainly wants my opinion on that but more importantly I have get be focused on getting our team ready to play and that kind of stuff. So, not deeply but involved enough that I know the scenarios that are going on and everything else.

On what he has seen in Loui Eriksson’s game over the last month…
Well probably everything we expected from him. And unfortunately he wasn’t able to show it at the beginning of the year because of the concussions and all that stuff but he is starting to showcase the type of player that we knew we were getting. He’s making some smart plays, just have to look at that short handed goal of Soupy’s [Gregory Campbell]. You know, he’s patient enough, he made a great pass. He’s been a great penalty killer for us and watching in Sweden he was also a great power play player for them, he played on their first power play. He’s just starting to come around right now and everything about his game is there and probably more than anything else, his hockey sense, vision, it’s pretty impressive.

On if it is easier to keep the guys calm during trade deadline time because of being in first place…
I think so. I said that the other day, they’ve been through it every year so far and when you look at what happened for the most part, we’re always tried to add to our team depth and we haven’t really subtracted a lot. So I think the players understand that and for now, for those that don’t, they’re going to have to learn that it’s part of the game and I don’t think it should affect our game more than it should affect any other players on any other team. It’s that time of year for everybody so you have to act like professionals, you have to go out there and do your job and hopefully by three o’clock on Wednesday you're still sitting in the dressing room you want to be sitting in.

On what he has seen from Matt Bartkowski since Seidenberg got injured…
I think he’s been good, just got to look at the last game. He’s logging some pretty big minutes now and he continues to get better. I like his poise with the puck, he’s been carrying a lot of pucks out of our own end which has facilitated our breakouts. You know, he’s defending better all the time, he’s getting that confidence as far as being able to battle I the corner and that’s just the young player getting more ice and more experience and feeling more comfortable with the whole situation. But I’m not disappointed at all with the way our young Ds [defensemen] have handled it. Right now we’re in the situation I think that we’ve lost maybe three games in the last 14 or 15, so we’re in pretty good shape with the young Ds that we have.

On how valuable it is to have Matt Bartkowski who can play big playoff minutes…
Well it’s valuable. And I said that the other day, when you sit here today you understand how important it was for those guys to play in that series in New York. They handled the pressure, they handled the playoff pressure that comes with it very well. I thought they did a great job, they were poised. Torey [Krug] played a big role in that series, scoring some big goals and Bart [Matt Bartkowski] did the same thing. We had some young Ds that really excelled in that series and today you feel more comfortable going in to the playoffs with those guys because they’ve been through it.

On what he expects from Jordan Caron tonight…
I’m not going to focus totally on Jordan because he is coming in after being out for a while. But he’s worked hard, his speed to practices and everything else is the same as everybody else. He’s going to go out there, he’s going to compete hard, and he’s just going to do what he does normally and that’s just be strong against the walls, be dependable and go out there and play that kind of game. So to me, my focus isn’t more on Jordan [Caron] than it is the rest of the team. He’s coming in and I don’t think we’re expecting him to be a savior but just to be a good player for us would be a bonus.

On having a 13th forward that you know won’t make mistakes when he comes in…
I think there’s a lot to be said about that. He’s a very reliable player as I mentioned, he’s probably going to have to end up killing penalties for us tonight. That is a 13th forward maybe coming in and being put in that role, you don’t see that too often. And he’s going to play with [Carl] Soderberg and [Chris] Kelly and he’s going to hopefully try and keep that line going in the right direction. But they also play against top lines so he’s a reliable player as well. We feel confident with him in our defensive zone so there’s a lot to be sad about a player like that because there are not a ton of them there that you can rely as much on as you can with Jordan.

On what challenges Florida not being a playoff team holds for the Bruins…
Well, I don’t think they should be taken lightly because they have a new coach and they have been playing much better as of late. They won their last game against the Islanders, they were in a really good game against Washington. It’s one of those teams that comes and competes hard every night and we have to take that seriously, we have an opportunity here with a little bit of luck to pull within one point from the top of the conference depending on what Pittsburgh does tonight. There are a lot of reasons for us to win these games. But these are games you have to win and these are games that if you don’t take them seriously and you’re not ready, you get surprised and you get disappointed.

On what Loui Eriksson’s issue is…
It’s an issue. It’s an issue. That’s my choice of words there. I know it bothers you but that’s my choice of words. He’ll be back Thursday.

On what he has seen from the fourth line in the past two games…
Obviously they have been much better. Because, number one, I think their line at one point was doing a lot of duplication. You know, the forecheck – they’d end up with two guys as the first forechecker and they were a little bit all over the place and they didn’t get the results they wanted and then spent a lot more time in our D zone than they should. They got themselves back in sync, Gregory [Campbell] has kind of turned the page there and it’s important for him to have a good finish. So it was important to start from scratch and that line sort of looked at some video and talked about how they needed to play and the last two games they have been a really good line for us. They’ve scored goals not by fluke but more by the way they’ve worked together and how hard they’ve worked and how hard they’ve been working at putting pucks at the net also.

On if the fourth line continues to play this way, could they play more minutes…
It is. You look at our top line last game played maybe 16 minutes, 15, 16 minutes. Although players like to have lots of ice time, players also understand that with 17 games in 31 days these things here will work to your advantage down the road if we continue to do that. Big minutes will come when they’re needed but when they’re not it’s important to have your guys going and spreading those minutes around.
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