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Running Quotes from Bruins vs. Red Wings on 9/19

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. DETROIT RED WINGS
Thursday, September 19, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On the 8-2 loss and things to take from it…
Well there’s a couple of things. I think you got a pretty good idea of who can play against teams like that and guys that aren’t quite ready yet. At the same time I didn’t think we played extremely well tonight. We were far from that. Our execution certainly wasn’t the way it has been the first two games. So it was a rough night for us tonight and goals kept mounting up and eventually you kind of get pushed out of the game.

On if the bad night will affect Malcolm Subban’s confidence moving forward…
No. We’ve talked to him already. I think it was a decision that was made after the second period; he had only given up one bad goal at that point. I thought the fourth goal was one that he could have had. And after that the fifth and probably the seventh one are three of the goals, the seventh one he gave up with about six minutes left. So although he had given up a bad goal in the second we wanted him to fight through it. This is a good learning thing for a goaltender to see this is what he’s going to be facing, he has to fight through those situations but at the same time, by the time I would have pulled him out with six minutes left I didn’t think it was necessarily the right time to put a real cold goaltender in that’s due to play the next game and get him injured. So it was one of those nights that unfortunately I think our guys in front of him certainly left him out to dry a little bit. I thought we made some real bad mistakes. Even some of those goals in screens and tip-ins and loose pucks around the net, and a breakaway on that last goal. So it’s easy to point the finger at him but if anything I think we all have to take the blame for that and that’s for leaving him out to dry.

On having Chara in front on the power play and the issues with that…
Well no matter who’s in front the puck has to get there. And we had some decent shots, there was a lot of loose pucks around, we had some good scoring chances and we didn’t bury them tonight. So again this is preseason and with all those things we saw tonight we chose to put that lineup together and obviously the lineups, and even talking to Mike Babcock there after the game, it wasn’t that great for him either because the lineups weren’t the same. You look at the experienced players versus the experienced players. But he has to do what he has to do and we have to do what we have to do. We have to see some players, we have to be able to evaluate, make some decisions. So it’s okay, these games don’t count. When the season starts, that’s when you start worrying about these kind of games. But right now we have to see players and we’re going to continue to do that and that’s the way we evaluate around here.

On Gregory Campbell’s return…
He’s fine. I think he skated well tonight. It’s his first game back and obviously get the cob webs out of the way and unfortunately it wasn’t the best outing for our team to come back but he was fine, he felt good, and I thought he skated well.

On Nick Johnson’s performance…
They signed him. I didn’t know much about him before camp. He’s got I think close to 100 games in the NHL. So he’s got some experience and it shows. It shows that he has some experience in these types of games. We’re always looking for depth players, again there’s some spots open and right now he’s created a good battle for some of those open spots right now. He’s scored a couple of goals; I think in Montreal, he’s got another one tonight, two goals in three games. Not bad for a guy that came in that not too many people knew about.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
Well, you like to be on the winning side of things, of course. But you know, as far as my body goes I felt pretty good. I was far from perfect but I think there's a foundation there to build on and I didn't necessarily feel out of place. So, you know, it's been a long couple of months so just very grateful to be back out on the ice.

On the reaction from the fans…
Of course. I'm extremely appreciative of the support from the fans. I want to play hard for them and for the city and the organization and their a passionate group, they know their hockey, so it was very nice to hear that. 

On moving forward from this game...
Yeah, for sure. We made some mistakes out there and you have to expect that, but as far as the coaching staff, the demands that they have on us as players are pretty simple and they want us to compete. Despite the score and Malcolm, he made some good saves tonight. He's a young kid and that's a really good team over there with some young players and I think the onus is on us to help him out a little bit more, and as a veteran player, no matter if it's a preseason game or a regular season game, I think that standard has to be a bit higher. Having said that, it was the third game as a team and there's plenty to build on.

On how tough it would be mentally for Malcolm, staying in the game, and what it says about him that he was able to push through it…
It's a tough atmosphere. They had a pretty good lineup dressed and a lot of power plays, and he made some good saves, you can't expect to - he made a lot of good first saves and he compete 'til the end. I know that I'm sure he's disappointed but us players have to do a lot better job in front of him and support him, he's a young kid, a competitive kid, and extremely talented so it's by no means - I like at ourselves and what we could have done better to help him out.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how the Bruins play was lacking…
Yeah, like I said, most of the night they were first to the puck, winning battles. They were skating well and passing the puck well and we were just too passive and too hesitant a lot of times. So for sure we need to correct that and be better next game.

On if he feels for Malcolm and his first NHL start…
Of course, of course. We didn’t help him out, that’s for sure and you can’t blame him for tonight’s loss.

On if some guys were trying too hard…
I think it was more, I don’t know if the guys were nervous or – there was just too much hesitation in our game and not enough excitement and the competing level was not there. It was just – then we tried to obviously try a little harder but that’s what was happening. The harder we tried, we were really too much and we ended up being out of position and just forcing plays.

On what he has thought of Malcolm other than this game…
You know, he competes. He works hard at practice and he’s got a lot of quickness in obviously his arms and legs. So a lot of good things.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER MALCOLM SUBBAN
On how Malcolm Subban played tonight…
No matter what I did the pucks just found it’s way in, a couple bad bounces but. I didn’t do my part tonight.

On Malcolm Subban’s confidence…
They’re a good team and it can only get better from here. I’m not looking at it that way, I’m looking at it in a positive way. It’s probably a good thing now I can be more focused, obviously and start the game better. Going down two nothing doesn’t help.

On Malcom Subban’s focus…
No, I guess I wouldn’t have let in any goals. Focus probably isn’t there all the way so I guess I thought I was focused but obviously not. I got to be better the next opportunity I get.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MATT BARTKOWSKI
On the end game score…
Well I mean eight to two is never good, so yeah, it probably was as bad.  I think it was just a few key things.  We were just a little hesitant reacting to what they were doing, passing, or tight gaps or anything like that and they’re pretty good with the puck so they move it quickly, so if we’re hesitant getting to our spots they capitalize on it.

On how this game impacts future play against Detroit Red Wings…
Well just adjust, but like I said, we can’t hesitate against that team.  With the skill they have, just the passes they have, everything, you just can’t give them the extra half second or so because they’re going to capitalize, I mean they showed that tonight.

On facing the Detroit Red Wings again back-to-back…
Yeah I don’t know what group we’ll have in or anything like that but being able to play this game, and ever since I’ve been here I don’t know if we’ve played Detroit [Red Wings], so being able to get that one, I guess, out of the way and knowing what they bring will definitely help going forward. 

On Malcolm Subban’s first time in the goal for a full game…
It was really difficult, and then we hung him out to dry on countless occasions; two on ones, odd man rushes, and then they got shots we didn’t pick up anybody in front, and that’s another thing we’ve just got to bare down and work on, and that’s not really even a system thing or anything, just identifying your guy and then picking him up and playing him hard.  We’ve just got to bare down on those guys.  You can’t fault him for anything tonight, if it was his first game or his fiftieth, it really doesn’t matter, we left him out to dry. 

DETROIT RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On picking up a win tonight…
They got a young kid in net. It didn’t go the way he wanted. And the other thing is, Claude [Julien] chose the lineup tonight. I brought more than he had in the lineup. He had no [Patrice] Bergeron’s line. He had no [Chris] Kelly’s line. To be honest with you, I’d rather the score be 4-2 and it was a regular game, right? Things got away on the young guy. One of the things as a young player in this league, you get lessons. And that was a lesson night tonight.

On if he can still take anything away from the win…
No, we’re just worried about our structure and getting better and getting our guys skating. We did some good things, but let’s be honest—the puck went in. I don’t know what to say about that.

On what he liked from his team tonight…
I thought our backend moved the puck well, and I thought our backend moved the puck up. I thought we scored some nice power play goals. We had good line changes. Got caught a couple of times on line changes in the second period, but, you know, we had more players dressed than they did tonight. It’s almost like you should phone the coach in advance and you should decide who’s playing. No, really, because you want it to be a good level. That’s what you want from both teams.

DETROIT RED WINGS GOALTENDER JIMMY HOWARD
On what tonight’s win does for Detroit’s confidence…
It’s preseason. I think we’re all individually working on our games, getting the systems fresh back into our memory. Tonight just happened to go really well for us. We know in the regular season, that’s going to be a totally different team over there.

On what he thought of the team’s overall performance…
Really good. I thought from the drop of the puck tonight, we were really good. There were a couple times in the second and third, I think we got a little lackadaisical. But for the most part, we played a real solid game.

On what he’s looking for in his own play during the preseason…
For me, it’s all about movement and finding the puck in traffic. You spend all summer training, skating, and you don’t really get that movement, guys flowing in and out in front of you. It’s easy to get distracted out there and lose sight of the puck. One of my two biggest things is moving to get into place and to keep my eye on the puck at all times.

On if tonight’s game was a chance to scout the Bruins before the season…
You try to pick up a little bit on the systems, but each night that you play, you see a different lineup. So you’re going to see different guys, and I’m sure Saturday night [Patrice] Bergeron and a bunch of the boys will be out there. It’s just trying to pick up on certain guys’ tendencies.

On playing a new divisional opponent in the preseason…
It’s an Original Six matchup, so it takes no effort to get up for it, that’s for sure.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 1:00 PM
On if Gregory Campbell will play tonight…
Yeah, he’s a go. Feels good, feels ready. Our trainers told me yesterday; just before I left they came in and said “listen if you want to use him tomorrow he’s a go.” So that’s what we’re going to do; give him a chance to play.

On Zdeno Chara playing in front on the power play…
Experiment is probably not a bad word. This morning watching him, he is good at retrieving pucks. Anything that’s close to the net and around the net he gets them. I know maybe the first reaction is “is he going to get hurt?” but I don’t think he stands in front with shots from the point, but from the side it’s more about turning and getting that rebound, we got some good shooters from the outside so you want to let them give them as much room to shoot as you can. So it’s something that he’s done before. We’ve seen him there many times on the six on five in the past and he’s done a good job so we’ll see how that goes. Those five guys can be interchangeable too on that power play so we can move that around as well if we see that certain things are taken away from us in the game and we need his shot from the back end.

On if Zdeno Chara has a hard time maneuvering or retrieving pucks from down low…
No, I think they’re wrong. If anything I find him retrieving pucks really well; long sticks and everything else, good screen. I think there’s a lot more positives than there are negatives in that situation. The biggest negative for me is you never want to see a guy get hurt. But it doesn’t matter, we’ve had [Patrice] Bergeron in front there and there’s a risk to play this game and if you’re going to tip-toe around it, a lot of times you’re not going to be doing the right thing.

On Brad Marchand and his behavioral development…
I think he’s got a decent grasp on it. I think whenever it’s kind of gotten a little bit out of control is when he gets real frustrated. If he gets frustrated with himself, whether it’s the referees being on him early and you just have to learn that that’s going to happen because of the way he plays. But he’s been pretty good overall. I think the experience of the amount of years he’s been in the league certainly helps and you learn to adjust to that and you just get better year after year but he’s kind of figured it out. I know when he gets frustrated it takes away from his game so if he’s going to let referees or others get in his kitchen it’s only going to hurt him so he’s kind of realizing that and he’s trying to stay focused on what he needs to do. So it’s important for him not to cross the line. He’s an agitator, always will be, and we want him to be that. But there’s a time where you have to pull out and not push your luck and all the sudden have a referee looking for you just to do something wrong so they can call you and give you a penalty, and that’s a natural instinct of a referee when you’re pushing that fine line.

On Brad Marchand’s progression from establishing himself as a rookie in the league to now…
Well, it depends what ‘has to do as much’ means.  Coming from you, I don’t know what that means exactly.

On Brad Marchand and agitating…
It’s picking his spots I guess, he was definitely trying to make a name for himself, but at the same time we evaluated him a lot on what he brought to the hockey club besides his stuff that he did after whistles or during scrums.  It was more about his first year, he said he’d score X amount of goals and he did that.  He wanted to show that not only was he an agitator but also a good hockey player, so, to me his reputation, his identity has been forged, I think right now it’s about how he controls it and he’s got to continue producing and he’s got to continue trying to get guys off their game when it’s deemed right.

On tonight’s goaltending plan…
Sure, I’d be more than glad to spoil you in the preseason.  And I did say preseason because it’s not going to happen during the year.  We’re going to have [Malcolm] Subban play the whole game tonight. 

On Marchand picking the right spot to energize the team at differtent times like Thornton…
At times, sometimes he doesn’t pick the right spot, I’m the one who has to kind of have a chat with him, but there’s times, there’s no doubt, he’s livened up our hockey club and like you said Shawn [Thornton] has done that at times where we’ve been a little sleepy, and other guys have too, but Brad is certainly capable of putting some life into our team and into the crowd whether it’s home or on the road. 

On Malcolm Subban…
He’s been good.  I gauge more about the results of the game, and again I’m repeating myself, I thought he made some real sound saves in that Montreal game where he had all the reasons in the world to be extremely nervous – playing in Montreal, in that building, against his brother, and yet he seemed poised and calm and in control so, again, he’s earned the right to play a whole game so we’re going to give him that.  And that was our biggest, I guess our biggest question mark beginning of camp is how much to give certain goaltenders, we’ve got some goaltenders that are obviously be battling for that backup job, and at the same time you want to get your number one goaltender ready to play so we’ve just been kind of moving those parts around a little bit and right now we feel that he’s certainly deserving of a game – a full game.

On Bobby Robins getting injured…
He got injured the other night; a knee injury.  Right now, from what I know, is we’re probably looking at, at least two weeks.  It was during the game, I think he took a hit or something and he came off, but he finished, it was right near the end of the game, he came off and I think he played another shift afterwards, he was still warmed up and he was able to play that shift that was at - just stiffened up.  So at least, right now, from what I’m told, is at least two weeks.
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