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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. BUFFALO SABRES
Saturday, December 21, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:20 P.M.
On how much it helps the team for the top six guys to perform so well…
Well it’s pretty important but, again, I didn’t mind [Ryan] Spooner’s line there; they had some great scoring opportunities, some great offensive zone time and I thought they played a pretty good game actually. And the other line did their job as well. So I don’t think it was necessarily those two bottom lines not doing their job, I thought they did their job. Our other lines capitalized obviously. It’s important for those guys to step up in the absence of some of the veterans.

On his reaction to Patrice Bergeron fighting…
Well he has to stand up for himself. I couldn’t believe they didn’t call the cross check and the punch to the head. I don’t know, it’s one of those nights where I really was disappointed in a lot of the calls. And I know they got a bad one at the end there maybe on [Steve] Ott, but when I look back at it, it was a tough night. Those five-on-threes, obviously the four minutes is there but the cross check that they gave Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is like – these are not really good calls in my mind. It did put us in a tough situation tonight and we had to battle through that and we did; we killed those five-on-threes and thankfully we were able to capitalize on some goals after that.

On if the play in corner in the third where Zdeno Chara was taken down was a slew foot…
I don’t know. I didn’t really have a real good look at that but I was frustrated to be honest with you with some of the calls. You have a young referee in there tonight and he wants to obviously make the calls that he thinks need to be made but there’s a lot of them that put us in some tough spots there. So it’s one of those games where sometimes you have to beat more than the other team.

On what he looks for in David Warsofsky…
Just to play his game. He’s no different than anybody else that’s come here. We don’t ask that those guys come in here and be saviors, we don’t ask them to come here and change their game, we just ask them to come back here and play the same way they played over there. He’s a good puck mover, he can carry the puck well and that’s what he’s done so far. So I’m happy with his game so far.

On if he noticed an increase in quality of play from Warsofsky between this game and his first…
Well sure. A little bit more confidence right? When you’re playing in your second game, you’re feeling a little bit better about it and more confident and he was obviously a little nervous probably in the first part of last game but then once he got comfortable he started playing better I thought, and then he carried that into tonight’s game.

On putting Warsofsky and Spooner on the power play…
Well it’s because we’re confident in those guys. Right now, when you’re missing some of those power play guys – [Loui] Eriksson’s one of those good players that can play that position well and half-wall and with Spooner being a left-hand shot, same thing, he’s very good on the half wall. To us it was a logic decision to make. And then [David] Warsofsky has played the power play in Providence and I think he’s done a good job; when I saw him play I thought he handled the power play extremely well so we thought we’d give him an opportunity here too.


On how confident the Bruins look on home ice…
Well I guess as you win more games, the more confidence you get. We talked about making sure this year that our building wouldn’t be an easy building to come in here and take away two points. So our guys have done a real good job of creating that situation. So right now it’s a matter of trying to create a little bit more of that on the road and we’re working on that.

On Reilly Smith stepping up his game even more on the second line…
Well he’s a good player and I think this is the first time he’s really had a good shot at playing at this level and making sure he has the opportunity to play in the areas that we think he can excel and he’s done a great job. He’s a crafty player, he’s a smart player, he makes a lot of good plays and very reliable. So I like his game and I’ve liked it since the beginning of the year.

On killing a five-on-three and using an extra defenseman up top…
Well yeah I think we got to a point there when you [Chris] Kelly is injured, [Daniel] Paille – another penalty killer – is injured, then you got just [Gregory] Campbell and [Patrice] Bergeron to bob so you’re getting a little bit thin here. So we ended up – Dave [David Warsofsky] is a pretty smart player also so we put him up front – and then we had Spoons [Ryan Spooner] ready for that but also Spoons and Kruger [Torey Krug], two guys that are smart and quick, up top is what we look for in that penalty kill with those two guys in the penalty box and they did a good job. It was just – you kind of ad-lib every once in a while and be creative and that’s what we tried to do.

On coaching that kind of scenario…
Yeah you have to be ready for those kind of things and I don’t think we were necessarily ready to be killing a five-on-three with two of our top centermen that kill those five-on-threes in the penalty box but then you have to react quick and make that choice. Spooner was really good on draws tonight so we put him on the face-off to kill that five-on-three, and same thing with the defensemen. You have to be a little creative sometimes and, like I said, you have to be on your toes and go with what your gut feeling is telling you at that time and what you know about those players.

On young players being confident and playing well versus not wanting to make a big mistake…
Well that takes time. I think you can tell them all you want to go out there and play your game, be relaxed. Sometimes they’ll go out there like [Torey] Krug did last year in the playoffs and just go out there and play his game. Some others, you can tell them all you want but they don’t want to be out there being the guy that makes that big mistake that costs a goal. So they are a little nervous at first, but with time – and I think that’s what you’re seeing from Spoons – he’s getting to be more relaxed and I guess comfortable and more confident and that’s starting to show in his game. But I thought he played a real solid game for us tonight. He’s a good skater and we need that speed in our lineup and he’s giving us that right now.

On if the game changes if Tuukka Rask doesn’t make the two big saves off a turnover…
Yeah, sure. There’s always areas that can turn a game around and maybe it’s a different game too if we don’t have to kill that many penalties; maybe we’re not even talking about that. So there’s a lot of things that you can and can’t control in a game, but you go about your business. And the thing I liked was we came out in the third with a 2-1 lead and we wanted to extend it to at least 3-1 and we did that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On playing in the five-on-three situation…
It’s just easy hockey, you understand how five-on-three’s work and you can play any position. So it wasn’t – it was something I wasn’t not prepared for. I was ready for it when I got called on.

On if he was surprised to get called to play in the five-on-three situation…
I didn’t think about it until he tapped me and said ‘hey you know what you’re doing at the top of the five-on-three?’ and I didn’t have much time to think about it. I said yeah. Taking a one-timer away, it was a simple job at the time because they had two one-timers at the top and you just take that away.

On if they gained momentum after killing the penalties…
It was big. It was important for us, we’ve been five-on-three a couple games in a row now. For us, just battle through it and we have great penalty killers but Tuukka [Rask] was our best penalty killer tonight.

On building momentum at home…
It’s important. Early on in the season we were flirting with 500 in our home building and we sat down as a group and talked about how we’ve got to make this a harder place to play for a visiting team. For us, we’re just kind of taking it one game at a time and we’ve been rolling now and we’re going to keep it going.

On playing with Zdeno Chara…
It’s an easy game with him. He communicates with the best of them – he’s always talking when you have the puck, when you don’t have the puck, when you’re defending. Every situation he’s in your ear and it’s nice to have that.

On playing against other teams’ top lines…
Well as a competitive player I think everyone wants to play against the top guys in the league. Anytime you’re in a match up with Zee [Zdeno Chara] that’s probably the challenge you’re going to be put out against. It’s been a lot of fun and when you’re with him every job seems a little bit easier.

On Dave Warsofsky’s play tonight…
Yeah, he’s been great. I think he’s brought to the table everything that’s expected of him. He’s a great player when he’s skating nobody can touch him, he flies like no one else. So, you see his lateral mobility on the offensive blue line, a couple times he walks all the way across. It’s impressive. What he did for us the last couple games stepping in has been great and we’re glad to have him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On the difference between this game and Thursday night against Buffalo…
I think last game our forecheck wasn’t great. We weren’t really turning too many pucks over. We saw a lot of scoring chances but if you don’t put them in the back of the net then it doesn’t matter. I think that was one of the biggest focuses tonight was bearing down on your chances and I think we did a good job doing it.

On his play with Carl Soderberg on the power play…
He’s got eyes on the back of his head so he sees everything. But it seems to work in games pretty well. Doesn’t work in practice, maybe because people are used to it, but if he gets that pass through I pretty much have an open net. So, he’s done a great job so far of getting the puck through and it’s just my job to find the back of the net.

On finding his role within the team…
It’s going great. Just trying to keep the ball rolling. As soon as you take your foot off the pedal your whole game goes in a negative direction. So, just focusing on my overall game because defensive [play] is probably the biggest factor for our team.

On Patrice Bergeron’s fight tonight…
He’s a big character guy. He’ll step in when you need him to. You obviously don’t want to see him doing that because he’s a valuable player and you’d rather him be on the ice than in the penalty box. I didn’t really see how that all started, but he’s a character guy and when you need a jump he’s willing to do anything.

On his play and confidence throughout the season…
Confidence is probably the biggest thing. As soon as you join a new team, and just my second year in the NHL, you’re not always 100 percent sure with the plays you’re making on the puck, you try to rush things a little bit too much. But it seems like now I’m getting the chance to settle the puck down, take time and find open space, and I think that’s probably the biggest thing that’s changed in my game this year.

On whether he’s surprised himself this season…
Yeah I set high goals for myself coming into this team and this organization. It seems like I’ve kind of surpassed some of them. The biggest thing is just to keep your foot on the pedal and make sure you’re not getting too comfortable because that’s when your game starts to slow and when it slumps down like that it takes a toll on your confidence and play making so the biggest thing is just daily approach, get better everyday.

On learning the game from watching hockey greats…
You learn from the greats and you try to pick up tid bits from how they played and how they lived their lives. That’s something that’s a focal point in the hockey world, is to get better everyday and have that approach and have that mindset going into every new day.

On getting open…
I think so I think that was one of the things that helped me in college for success and probably last year in the AHL but Carl [Soderberg] does a great job finding open space especially on the power play to drag people there and then draw the puck out. He’s the one making all the work and it’s him and [Ryan] Spooner on the half wall so, I just try to find the back door, find an open end and they keep on giving it to me so it works out well.

On the power play with David Warsofsky and Ryan Spooner…
Yeah they’re both really talented players. If you give them the opportunity they’ll show you so. I wasn’t too nervous at all giving the puck and moving it around because I know they’re better than most at being able to find open seams.

On owing Carl Soderberg a few goals…
Yeah I definitely owe him more than a handful but we’ll see the puck doesn’t come over to my side too much unless I have an open net, so [laughs].

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On his fight…
Yeah I mean it’s just I guess one of those things that it was in the heat of the moment. And we were kind both going at each other – cross-checking each other – and we just decided to I guess you know obviously drop the gloves.

On whether Tyler Myers gave him a chance to back out…
Yeah well I mean we were both kind of talking at one another. And he asked me if I wanted to do it and I was fine with it, and I kind of asked him also. So I guess we did.

On what made him mad…
Just his last crosscheck he got me in the face so it obviously got me fired up. But it’s part of the game, and we were both battling to get to the front – well, I was trying to get to the front and he was trying to obviously keep me away from his goalie. And he’s a pretty tall guy so he got me in the face. But it’s part of the game also.

On whether he had any hesitations given his history with concussions…
Well I mean obviously you don’t think about that when you’re on the ice and you’re fired up when you’re not happy with what just happened. I kind of realized pretty quickly that he’s pretty tall, you know it was tough he had a pretty good reach. But I mean you don’t think about it.

On whether the stick between the legs or the hit to the head set him off…
No really that last shot that I got in the face there. So I guess that was the last straw that really got me going and got me fired up and I’d had enough.

On the team’s penalty kill with him and Gregory Campbell in the box…
It was a big job by all the guys that went out there and killed the penalty for us. We’re missing a couple of guys that do kill penalties, and me and Soupy [Gregory Campbell] go out for both penalties as well, so we were getting pretty thin with [penalty] killers. But like I said before the game, we’re a team that everybody can do the job when they step on the ice. We have a system that we believe in, and they did a great job. 

On whether he was happy with the way they put it away at the end…
Yeah we were talking about getting that third goal, and it was important to get it and obviously get the momentum to go on our side. You know we had some good chances, good looks, and getting that third goal gave us a lot of confidence and momentum like I said.

On how he has been spending more time in the penalty box lately…
I mean the other penalties before were more like part of the play – a couple that my stick got caught in people’s skates. But it’s part of the game also, you know you’ve got to play and try to avoid them but when it does happen there’s not much you can do.

On Reilly Smith moving up to his line and keeping up his scoring…
He’s been taking strides forward all year, and he’s been improving and getting more confidence as the year goes on. He’s been great for us from the beginning, and he impressed me since day one of camp. I thought he had some great skills and great speed and great instincts on the ice as well. And he uses that to his advantage every time he steps on the ice. And we’re happy to have him.

On whether the top six feels any more responsibility to score with as many injuries in the bottom six…
Yeah I think it’s something important to do. But I think we’re the type of team that needs everyone to step in and do the job. It’s something we’ve talked about every time we have guys go down. We need to all do the job, and I think we’ve been doing that since then and we obviously have to keep that going.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On the first power play that him and David Warsofsky were on…
Yeah I pretty much stood in the exact same spot and just made a couple passes.  It was a good play, I mean we practiced it a couple days ago and it worked so it was good.

On if the familiarity is there between him and David Warsofsky comes from Providence…
Yeah actually me and Warsofsky haven’t played on the power play once.  He played with [Alexander] Khokhlachev and [Jared] Knight, I played with [Carter] Camper and [Joe] Morrow, but both of our power plays are pretty much the same so both of us know what the other is doing.

On the challenge of getting the defensive zone face-off on the penalty kill…
Yeah, I just went out there and tried to tell myself that I was definitely going to win this.  I just tried to be a little harder on my stick, he’s a pretty strong guy and I ended up getting a little bit lucky I guess and I won that.

On if he would have made the same plays he did tonight in his first game up here…
Probably not, no.  I remember I made a play in the first where there was a guy coming at me and I kind of took it on my backhand and put it under his stick, skated up and I think it was Soderberg that got a pretty good chance out of it. I remember in Calgary I had a couple chances to kind of do the same and I just kind of flipped it out of the zone so, I guess I’m just getting a little more comfortable.

On if getting comfortable is a thing every player needs to do at the NHL level…
Yeah I think that’s one thing that you kind of have to mentally block out.  Obviously, going into a game, you don’t want to be the guy that turns over the puck and they go down and they score but at the same time if you’re an offensive player you need to take some chances here and there and I think the coaching staff knows that sometimes it’s not going to work.  I think the most important thing is that if you’re at the blue line and you don’t actually have a play they just want you to get the puck deep.  I had a couple plays tonight where I had a 1 on 1 and a defenseman down in front and I tried to I guess just pull it back under and if it gets turned over it’s kind of down low and it’s not a big deal.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On Patrice Bergeron dropping the gloves…
Not the first time.  He doesn’t live off of that, but he’s got that ability and when the time’s right he does it.  Today was one of those games that somebody got on his nerve and he decided to drop. 

On how Patrice Bergeron seems willing to do anything for the team…
Yeah he’s one of those guys, you know, tough Irishman.

On if he felt the pressure in the opening minutes of the game following Thursday’s game against Buffalo…
Yeah, for sure.  I think for the most part in the third we did that to ourselves with those turnovers and stuff but they definitely played pretty good.  They don’t seem like a last place team at all; they created a lot of chances and it could have been a different game if they scored in that first five minutes but we kept it out in our nets and then capitalized.

On if it affects his game to have someone else in goal in the first of back-to-back matchups like this…
It doesn’t really matter; I don’t take notes or anything, every game is different so it doesn’t matter to me.

On if the five on three and the double minor where Torey Krug was at the top of the triangle happened by chance…
Yeah I saw it creating too; we had three D’s out there and I don’t know if they wanted it or no but it paid off, worked out well.  I don’t know, got to ask the coach. 

On what he saw after the turnover where the Sabres got two good chances…
It was totally unnecessary turnovers I thought, and then they got a couple of chances and kind of took the momentum off the bat; we couldn’t really get it going until that goal.  That’s something we have to clear going ahead because third period should be our best period and today it definitely wasn’t.

On how he tried to handle Matt Ellis’ backhander on the first shot…
I just tried to square up.  I saw he was on his backhand and then he shot it blocker side; I couldn’t really clear that rebound because I had to move side to side and then another guy chumped in the puck and had another chance, and then luckily we cleared after that.

On if he was threatened by the long three on five…
No, not at all.  I think they had one shot and they tried to shoot it for our tip but didn’t really get a piece of that.  Other than that I think we took their passing lanes away pretty much and then we killed a couple of pucks and then they couldn’t break out the way they wanted to and get it set up.  I thought, as usual, our five-on-three penalty kill was exceptional today.

On who was in the box at the time of the penalty kill…
Couple of the top fours; not tough to see that happen, so maybe that’s why Torey got out there.

On if he considered the two saves early in the third to be the most important…
Yeah, it’s a one goal game so you try to keep it that way.  We gave them some turnovers and they had some good chances because of that and then couldn’t score so I guess you could say it was a momentum changer. 

On if it’s important to establish a good record at home…
Every season we start talking about it – how to create that atmosphere and get the fans in it and be a tough team to play against at home because you’re always disappointed when you lose the home games.  This season we’ve been able to win a lot of games at home and it’s huge going forward. 

On the first two-man penalty kill…
It was huge, but I don’t think we really took that and ran with it after that; usually you kill a penalty like that, it’s like ‘alright, now we’re going’ and you score a couple of goals.  It didn’t quite happen that much, but it was good to see; having a couple key penalty killers in the box and guys stepping up, it’s five-on-three so you always expect the worst and today we did a great job.

On Patrice Bergeron dropping the gloves with Tyler Ennis who’s a “big kid”…
Yeah he is.  Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is a tough guy too.  He doesn’t do that too often but when he does he’s really angry.  I don’t know what happened – maybe it was a high stick or he said something to him but he’s a feisty guy when it comes to that.

On if he’s been happy with his level of play this season…
Yeah, not off the roof or anything, but pretty standard.

On other goalies in the league having a hard time staying in a groove…
It takes a lot of focus and a lot of energy to do that, and you obviously can’t do it by yourself either, you need your team to help you out too.  I don’t think as a team we’ve played consistently great all the time but we haven’t been bad so that helps a goalie a lot.  You might have a game or two – you have to be really on top of your game, but then after that it’s okay that you’re playing at your level; you don’t have to win those games by yourself, and us, as goalies here, we’ve had that luxury this year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DAVID WARSOFSKY
On his first game at the Garden since preseason…
It was good. I think that was the first game in a Bruins jersey I’ve played here, besides preseason and all that stuff so it was exciting. It was fun.

On if it took him a while to adjust to playing at the Garden again…
Not really, I don’t think it was too bad. I’ve always been coming to the games, I kind of know what the crowd is like but it was a little different being on the ice. It was fun ; I enjoyed it.

On if his family came to tonight’s game…
Just the usual – my brothers and my parents and my girlfriend. So, just kind of, got to keep it simple nowadays with everyone that wants to come. So, kind of toned it down a little bit.

On stepping into his role on the power play…
I did, I think I’ve obviously been playing on the power play down in Providence and that’s kind of the role I want to come into. So, I felt comfortable out there and Spooner [Ryan Spooner] and Sodes [Carl Soderberg] made a nice play to Smitty [Reilly Smith] and he buried it so it was good to get a goal.

On tonight’s power play formation…
I think we’ve obviously been practicing that and when I get to the middle it kind of drags that guy over a bit it gives Spoons [Ryan Spooner] a little bit more time to make a play. Obviously he’s the guy on the ice you want to have the puck, he’s a playmaker. So, it worked out that time.

On Ryan Spooner’s play…
I mean, in Providence he’s like that every night. But obviously he wants to come up here and be a little bit more responsible and play in every situation. Tonight he was really flying out there, especially on the penalty kill and power play and five-on-five. I think when he has that confidence and he’s moving his feet that’s when he’s at his best.

On having played one game on the road before making his debut in Boston…
Yeah, I think I didn’t have as many nerves tonight. I mean I only had one game under my belt but obviously that first game is important and I felt a lot better tonight than I did the other night.

On the key to feeling comfortable in the lineup…
I think just playing my game. Obviously I can’t try and do too much and keep it simple, but when the opportunity is there to make a play you’ve got to make it.

On the advice he got after getting called up…
Just keep it simple. I think when you try to make fancy plays you get yourself into trouble and at this level when you do make a bad play it’s going to end up in the back of your net. So, keep it simple, take my first option and just move my feet as much as I can.

On if he has a similar style of play to Torey Krug…
Obviously when we’re watching the games, no matter who it is, whether it’s Torey or another guy on another team you kind of resemble yourself after another player. So I’m always looking at guys like Torey and Tobias Enstrom [Winnipeg]. Smaller D-men who are puck moving defensemen and you learn from them and take what you can from their game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On Thursday’s effort coming into tonight…
I think it was good but not good enough. You need effort and you also have to capitalize on your scoring chances so we didn’t have the complete game but I felt like we had okay game. In this league okay isn’t good enough.

On the lift the team got from the five on three kill…
It was big. It was a long five-on-three for them but we killed that and from there I felt like we took over the game and kind of controlled the game from there.

On the first line’s chances….
Yeah I felt like we could’ve got a couple more but we’ll take the two points as a team and try to take the positive stuff from this game and carry it to the next one.

On being a leader and watching the team shuffle positions…
Even though you have some injuries you still got to focus on your game, prepare on your own game. Obviously in certain situations you’ll need to step up and the team needs you but other than that you’ve got to go in the game and just try to play your game.

On penalty killing since Chris Kelly has been out…
I like it. It kind of gets me in the game a little more. We have meetings with Claude [Julien] once in a while, before and after season and we talk about it. I tell him I like to play more penalty kill and he wants me to play a little bit more. I’m glad that everytime he puts me out there I get the job done.

On the three on five penalty kill…
Yeah I felt like they didn’t really have much for as long as they had the five on three even in the third period the four on three they didn’t get much so good job by those penalty kills who were out there but also the coaching staff before the game, they give us a game plan and we have to respect that and just do what they tell us to do.

On the chemistry with Jarome Iginla…
I feel like we’re getting there now. Slow start but I feel like even though that we don’t get many goals we still create some chances. We’re finding each other in good areas so, so far so good. Obviously we like to put a puck in their zone more often but it’s been okay so.

On how long it takes to become a line…
It’s funny. It’s sometimes you’ve got a line and it clicks right away but I feel like the right way is to start okay and keep building the chemistry and I think that’s what wev’e been doing. We started okay and we’ve been playing better and better every game. Like I said, we’ve been finding each other in great scoring areas.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the third period…
Yeah definitely. Bit of a slow start. Not the start that we kind of wanted even though we got that first goal and obviously it can be a little deflating when you let in a goal late in the period like we did in the first, but it was good. For our line, we talk about being better heading into the second period and being able to get a goal in our first shift in the second period was—it lifted our game. Unlike last game we were able to get that insurance marker in the third so, good way to get that home win, last home game before Christmas, and we’ve been a pretty good team at home this year so, like you said, it was good the way we played that third period.

On making the TD Garden a place opponents don’t want to face the Bruins in…
Yeah definitely. That’s what you try to do every year. You want to make your building a tough one to play in and the crowd’s been great. They’ve helped out a lot so far throughout the year and on the other hand I think we’re 9-7 on the road, so if we can clean that part up and get points on the road, we can move ahead in the standings but definitely want to do whatever we can in our power to make this a tough place to play.

On the lift from the first two-man penalty kill…
Yeah it was huge. Especially with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Soup [Gregory Campbell] in the penalty box. Those are the two guys that are usually killing that five on three and seeing other guys come in and step up and kill that off was huge and brought that momentum back on our side and kind of lifted us to victory after that.

On Patrice Bergeron’s fight…
Yeah it’s obviously—he plays hard. It’s the nature of the game. Sometimes it’s going to happen and it was good to see him get in there and have a spirited bout. It’s never easy no matter—when the guy’s almost got you by half a foot.

BUFFALO SABRES HEAD COACH TED NOLAN
On the team not playing as well as they have been…
It’s tough to win in this league if you only have one line going and a couple of other guys and a goaltender. Especially with us, we need a little bit more. But tonight it just wasn’t there.

On what was missing…
You know I just think we made some really bad decisions at some wrong times. I thought we started off okay for a road game – we kept it pretty quiet. But then we took a bad penalty, and again it cost us. We had guys rushing up on the flight trying to make it a four on four, but just bad decisions all around.

On the call on Steve Ott and losing the five on three opportunity…
Like I said, what can you do? The refs aren’t going to change their mind. But when things are going the way they have been you’re going to get those types of calls. That wasn’t one of the better ones I saw.

On not generating many scoring chances on the other five on three opportunity…
Yeah I mean like I said, it just wasn’t there. We had a couple of five on threes, four on threes, you know a couple of chances. But we just didn’t put any kind of energy to get anything going.

On Linus Omark’s first game…
He has to be better. You take the penalty and those types of things. But we’ll give him a checkmark for just getting in last night.

On Alexander Sulzer…
He should be okay, just a little thing.

On Kevin Porter…
Porter is a little bit more serious. We’ll get a doctor’s report on that, but it didn’t look good.

On whether Porter will miss some time…
Yeah he’ll miss some time.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS
On the last two games against Bruins…
Both games were pretty physical, definitely home energy helps. As I said, I think we had yesterday, easy day and today pretty much the opposite. We just – not good enough to come out with energy that we came out.

On the Sabres’ goal…
I think that we have to get more of the dirty goals. I think we had plenty of chances especially when today – we all had just very down on our chances.

On the Sabres’ momentum…
Yeah you know definitely, five on three is where you think you are going to execute especially when you pretty much have a full two minutes. But I think that we recovered pretty good after then and then we got another five on three. It should had been another penalty for them. We got kind of screwed over, but people make mistakes.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD DREW STAFFORD
On the physical game tonight…
Yup, we were expecting that. We always expect that kind of game from them. I think we were able to keep up in one way and unfortunately we just weren’t able to take advantage of the special teams battle. We lost that, and unfortunately they also scored a couple even strength goals as well.  It was just tough.  That’s one of the top teams over there and we definitely expected them to come out and respond, you can blame all you want on the ice, but they were skating on the same ice and there’s no excuse really besides the fact that we just didn’t get it done.

On special teams …
Yeah, absolutely. It’s unfortunate, if you want to pin point one thing that we missed out on tonight that’s the special teams battle, but bottom line is that’s something that we know we can practice now come whenever we regroup and it’s back to the drawing board again.  We expected them to respond compared to last game so unfortunately the better team won tonight.

On Buffalo still having a lot of scoring chances despite coming up short…
Yeah he is you got to give him a lot of credit he made some great saves and their penalty killers, they got some great penalty killers on that team.  I think they won the faceoff battle tonight as well.  It makes a huge difference when you’re chasing the puck all night to a team like that; it’s some of the best centermen.  It’s tough when you’re on the losing side of things on the dot. Especially in special teams, you want to start with a win on the power plays and it seems like we were chasing the puck a lot, but like I said unfortunately we just didn’t bury our chances on the PP and that’s something that we need to work on.

On splitting home and home wins with Boston…
Yeah, absolutely.  As good as it feels finally to get some wins you know we can’t get too high.  Our expectations, we have to stay grounded, we have to keep getting better gradually.  We can’t expect a turn around and all of a sudden be in a playoff race the next game just because we win one game.  We can’t get too high, we can’t get too low also tonight with a game like this.  It’s just back to the drawing board again and we’ll regroup and get ready for Monday.

BUFFALO SABRES GOALTENDER JHONAS ENROTH
On the team only scoring one goal for him…
No especially not in Boston against Rask but I know the guys tried really hard and I thought we played pretty well and created some real good chances but it wasn’t enough.

On the Bruins first goal on the power play from a cross-ice pass…
No, I guess not.  I’ve seen that play before and I stayed with my guy pretty much and he passed it back door.  It was a pretty good play and a pretty good pass.

On the Bruins killing of the long 5 on 3 power play and changing momentum…
Yeah you’re right.  I can’t really say anything against that, we didn’t really create a lot of chances on that power play except on a broken play and then down to Ville [Leino].  You’re right we didn’t create a lot of chances on that five against three.

On him having to make a lot of saves through screens…
Yeah they have a lot of big bodies in front, they have [Milan] Lucic and [Jarome] Iginla, big guys and I think their defense are pretty skilled with their shots so I had to fight a lot to see the puck tonight.  A couple of times it hit me, unfortunately that one time on Lucic it snuck by me.

BUFFALO SABRES FORWARD STEVE OTT
On the penalty called against him on the 5 on 3 power play…
Well it’s unfortunate.  Well I think he’ll obviously watch his clips and see what happened in the play, it’s a fast game out there.  Obviously the object is not to take a penalty on a five on three by any means, that would have been a five on two basically with Chara without a stick and chances are you’re going to score in this league with a five on two and make it 3-2 game and be right in it actually with a few minutes to go. Obviously that didn’t happen, calls happen, breaks happen and we didn’t get the break, still no excuse.  I don’t think we were totally good tonight, I thought they played pretty solid.

On if the ref said anything to him after the call…
He obviously thought that I slashed him, that’s what his call was, he stuck with it. They’re human just like us.  We make mistakes, they make mistakes nightly as well and that’s part of the game, it’s just a very unfortunate circumstance when you could probably be in and have a pretty good scoring chance with a five on two basically like I said with Chara without a stick.

On what parts of the game he didn’t think were very good…
I didn’t think we did a good job of getting pucks behind them and then creating a fore check.  It was pretty mucky out there you know, a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone, not a straight north game rather some turnovers East and West.  We were getting hemmed in a little bit but I thought they were pretty solid as well.  I liked our third period, we came back strong I thought, like I said this is a different team, even tonight, it’s nice to see that we are even in these games.

On the battle with Chara in front of the net…
He’s a big strong player, it’s fun to go up against probably the strongest player in the league and battle with him like that.  I think we had three pretty strong good ones and you hope to maybe draw a penalty or a call but I think respectfully, so we were battling and they let us battle it out.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 5:50 P.M.
On what he’s looking for from the Bruins after Thursday’s loss…
Well you’re going to hear it’s a bounce-back kind of thing. It’s a game we thought we should have won. I thought we had enough scoring chances and played well enough but unfortunately we didn’t capitalize on the scoring chances that we had. So we have to get a little bit better around their goaltender and make sure that we make it a little bit tougher for him. There’s a little bit more I think that we can still give despite that we played fairly well. But again it’s about not being satisfied and trying to make yourself better.

On if Adam McQuaid is playing tonight…
He’s not tonight. So he skated this morning again and he’s feeling much better so again I would say day-to-day. Possibility maybe in Nashville just before the Christmas holiday; so he’s that close right now.

On Dougie Hamilton…
He started skating for the first time this morning. So it was his first time on the ice, so again, we’ll see how he progresses and you can only go by that status.

On if Daniel Paille has skated…
Yeah he did. Same thing with him. He’s skating, he’s coming along. He should be skating with our team tomorrow.

On getting recovery updates rather than bad news…
Yeah it’s always good to get some better news I guess but we still have a lot of guys that have some time before they can get back. Again, giving some guys an opportunity here to come and show that they can play in this league. Like I said at the beginning, they have to keep pushing themselves and giving us what they can.

On defensive pairings and if he’s happy with how they’re playing together…
Yeah, right now we’re stuck with one right D and the rest are all lefties so there’s some mix and matches going around and you’ll probably see that again tonight. It’s just that we’re working with what we’ve got and making the best of it as far as guys being able to play on their off sides.

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