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Running quotes from Bruins vs. Senators on 12/27

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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES
BOSTON BRUINS VS. OTTAWA SENATORS
Friday, December 27, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:00 P.M.
On the first period turning into the performance they had in the second two periods…
Yeah we got better and I thought the first maybe three, four shifts in that first we were okay and then we had a couple of bad shifts and they just kind of took it over; momentum shifted their way for the rest of the period. But we came back in the second obviously a little bit more determined and better prepared mentally I guess and I thought from there on we played a real good game.

On Iginla’s presence on the power play…
Well Iggy [Jarome Iginla] and I think there’s a lot of other people. There’s a lot of people that are new on the power play this year from the [Carl] Söderbergs and [Reilly] Smith and so on and so forth and different positions. But he has that element that he’s got a good one-timer if you give it to him. Again, I thought he was getting chances earlier on, he was just a little snake-bit and now they’re going in for him just like we knew it would.

On if Reilly Smith plays with an extra edge since he wasn’t expected to perform as well as he has…
No not at all. I think if anything, this guy has been a good player from day one. I don’t think that he was ever looked upon as just a throw-in because if you look back at his college years he was a pretty good player. So he’s just come in here and he’s been given an opportunity to play on a regular basis I guess in the NHL and he’s just starting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. He’s a young player – I think he’s 22-years-old – so it’s just a matter of him being that good and making things happen. I don’t think it’s a fluke. I’ve liked his game from the first day he stepped into camp. I liked his, like I said, his hockey sense, his decision making in tough areas and everything else and his skill level. So to me it’s not a surprise after I saw him but definitely I don’t know that during the summer when the trade was done that we’d expect him to be where he is right now. So those are bonuses for teams after they make those kind of deals.

On if the chemistry Smith is developing with Brad Marchand will help Marchand…
Yeah but I think Brad [Marchand] has played better himself too. There’s no doubt that’s helped but you see Brad skating a lot better than he did earlier on when he was struggling and taking pucks to the net and he seems to be playing with a little bit more of an edge; more speed and everything else. So he’s kind of found his way out of his little funk and just seems to be finding his game right now. But it doesn’t hurt to play with a guy like Smitty [Reilly Smith] and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron].

On how important it is to start a long stretch of games on a good note like with this win…
Same way it was to finish on the right foot – which we did in Nashville – and now with these back-to-back games against Ottawa, a team that’s really battling to get themselves into a playoff spot. We knew it was going to be a tough night and if we didn’t perform well tonight it could have been an even longer night tomorrow. So at least we’re going in there with some confidence – and hopefully not overconfident – but confidence that if we play our game we’re capable of winning.

On if Dennis Seidenberg will make the trip to Ottawa…
No he’s not going to make the trip. He’s being evaluated right now and so I know one thing; I was told he’s not coming on the trip with us.

On if the injury Seidenberg sustained was a lower body injury…
Yep.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On scoring…
Yeah no it feels good. It’s been getting better. Yeah it felt, playing with Krejc [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] right from day one I was getting some pretty good luck and some good chances and sometimes they just weren’t going. Fortunately, I had some good some chances, it was nice to see it go in. Even for all of us I think they’re starting to go in. Some of the opportunities that we’re getting we’re getting a decent amount of shots and chances. For a while there even as a group we probably thought we could have scored more, more could have went in. So it’s nice lately that a few more are going in for the whole group.

On adjusting to the Bruins…
I don’t think there’s any excuses. I think the guys have been great since day one. I’ve been very fortunate to play right from training camp with Krejc [David Krejci] and Looch [Milan Lucic] so we’ve been able to work on the chemistry and try to get better as a line. I think that helps the continuity, being able to day in and day out battle through. We’ve had some good stretches and even some tough stretches Claude [Julien] has kept us together and we’ve been able to work through some things. I think Krejc [David Krejci] is absolutely fine and Looch [Milan Lucic] is doing great all year. It’s been fun to play with them. You go into games you expect to work hard as a group, we’re going to get chances and you know you want to see them go in but it always feels good to see them go in. Sometimes you can’t answer why they do and sometimes you can’t answer why they don’t.

On the second period getting better than the first…
Yeah the first was a little sluggish for us. We knew that they would be hungry and coming off a real strong win right before Christmas. We knew that they’d be ready. Tuuks [Tuukka Rask] was able to keep us in again and as the second went on we got better and better and in the third being able to get that early goal—was Krejc [David Krejci] being able to score that one was a big momentum shift and from there I thought as a team the third was a real good period for us.

On seeing Reilly Smith leading the team in goals…
Yeah, no, he’s been absolutely—he’s been on fire but he’s also played well all year. It’s—he can pass a puck. He has obviously nice hands around the net, he’s been PP on our power play. He’s helped that out a lot, so in all different areas, not just the goals that he’s scoring lately he’s been really good for us all year and it is nice as a young guy to see him come in and have that confidence and a big part of the offense and the team all the way around. On D we have guys who are playing and stepping up and it’s nice to see the young forwards really rolling but like I said, it’s just not these last weeks or two weeks or whatever, he’s been going really good all year.

On upcoming games…
Yeah we don’t really look at the big picture and there’s not a lot to talk about the big picture. But it’s important after going into Christmas you want to go in on a good note, coming out you want to get feeing good about yourselves. Now we have the back to back, we’re just looking at these two as a kind of series and you can get some momentum off of that and keep going with it so, one thing since I’ve been here—it’s been maybe a week at a time—that’s as far as we kind of look ahead at the upcoming week and the focus of the game but no bigger picture, but it’s going to go fast, we know that. The Olympic break will be here before we know it. Then it will be after so we’ll try winning and keep going.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On the Bruins power play…
It’s good to see the puck go in the net again. But I felt like our power play wasn’t as good as the last few games so we’ve definitely got to look at a video and be better tomorrow.

On power plays this game compared to the last few games…
We were having some trouble to get in the zone and calm the play down a little bit. So we have to look at a video. Like I said, sit down, look what’s out there for us and, like I said, be better tomorrow.

On having two effective power play units…
Yeah, that’s why the power play’s good. Because you need to have both units play well. And one game our unit’s playing well, putting puck in the net and other games, the other unit. So we’ve found some consistency in our power play but we’ve got to keep it going.

On Jarome Iginla in the power play…
He definitely did help us a lot. They have to respect their shot like you said, but also we have Torey [Krug] on the back and he’s got a great shot as well, so they’ve got to respect that, and then Zee [Zdeno Chara] in front of the net. So you can say that they have to respect basically every single player out there, and if they do it somebody’s going to open up and it’s just up to us to take advantage of it.

On having a great power play compared to the last few years…
It feels good. The first time when I came in the league we were top five the first couple of years with Savvy [Marc Savard], so the last couple of years it kind of went downhill. But we’ve got some new faces in our lineup and it’s clicking so hopefully we can keep it up.

On their third period effort…
Yeah, we knew that it’s not only last period left to play; we knew it’s going to be four more periods. So we went to set the tone and get an early goal, that’s what we did and we kind of took over the game from there. But we knew we have to play until the last second because tomorrow’s another day and a new game. So we’ve got three more periods in front of us and hopefully we can get the job done.

On the power play being the difference between close games and wins like today…
I felt like today until the point we scored the first goal I felt like it was kind of a grind for us. We didn’t have much going offensively, but that’s what good hockey teams do. They take advantage of the opportunity and we make them pay for it. And once we scored the first goal I felt like we found our legs and took control of the game from there.

On Jarome Iginla…
I hope so. He’s finding those little spots in the slot where he can get open and find the loose pucks, so he’s been pretty good at it the last few games and also his stick is pretty hot right now, so just keep it up.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD REILLY SMITH
On Tuukka Rask keeping the Bruins in the game for the first period…
It wasn’t a great first period for us.  They shot a lot of pucks on net but any time they triple your shots the first period, it’s not good.  I think we did a great job bouncing back though; Tuukka [Rask] he’s going to stand on his head for us and the thing is, sometimes we expect that too much, but he did a great job tonight and he kept us in it the first period no doubt.  I just think our team did a good job bouncing back in the second and third and we were able to create a lot more scoring chances and kind of turn the game around. 

On not having the first period they wanted…
We expected a better start because Ottawa is a team that they’re desperate for a playoff spot right now and they’re going to come out strong every night.  We didn’t really have a great first period even though that’s what we wanted to do; second period, I think, just as a team, we were able to change that mindset after the first intermission.

On the points his line has been producing…
That was definitely the case tonight where we were getting tons of chances in the first and mainly in the second and nothing was really going in.  You’ve got to stay positive and if it’s not going in it’s just a matter of time.  We were creating great scoring chances, Marsh [Brad Marchand] and Berg [Patrice Bergeron] did a great job creating two-on-ones and odd man rushes.  Sooner or later it went in and it kind of came in a bunch. 

On if he looks to feed Brad Marchand the puck a little more when he’s been producing so well lately…
Yeah but at the same time he creates so many opportunities and scoring chances by himself.  When you get him the puck he does something pretty special with it; it was a matter of time, especially for him, if he’s not scoring it’s going to come in the next game or two.

On if he felt like he had something to prove with the Dallas trade…
Absolutely, I think every hockey player has that type of mindset.  My first thing coming to this team was just to make the team.  Everything is going pretty well right now; the thing is not to be happy with where you are, just to keep on pushing, and if you’re on a hot streak, it can turn cold really quick so just keep a positive attitude and the same outlook going into each day. 

On if he anticipated being the lead goal-scorer on a team with such high-scoring players…
No, absolutely not.  Such great hockey players but when you get the opportunity to play with guys like [Patrice] Bergeron and Marsh [Brad Marchand] they make you a better player.

On why the power play is clicking lately…
I think the big factor is that we have both units going right now, and that puts the other teams on their heels just because they can’t really just focus on a couple plays; if we have units going and both units are scoring then their team can’t really hone in on a couple certain plays.  Getting a little bit lucky right now with some of the plays, and some of the passes that are going through, but that’s good, it’s going to happen.  Like I said before, you get hot and you get cold, and you’ve just got to try and ride the wave when you can.

On Brad Marchand feeding the puck to him at the post…
Yeah, he’s a great player and he’s pretty good at that play where he sails the goalie and the defenseman and wings it back, kind of the short side of the d-man.  I was just hoping that if he was going to shoot or if he was going to pass it, the puck was just going to lay loose on me on the backhand side. 

On his second goal…
The puck was kind of just rolling.  Somehow it jumped over Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron’s] stick and I saw it there, just tried to get as much as I could on it.  Lucky enough I think it hit off one of their sticks and it went over their goalie’s shoulders.  You take them when you can.

On a stronger second period…
Yeah it was pretty much the same message we had before the game, was to come out with a good start.  We didn’t have that good start that we wanted to in the first period.  Ottawa is a good team, they’re also a desperate team right now looking for a playoff spot.  The second period I think we came out better; we had talked about in the first intermission being able to turn it around, get pucks deep, and just stick to our game instead of trying to force too many passes in the middle and I think we did a good job in executing it. 

On the power play having improved…
It hasn’t been too much different, I think just the plays that we have been working on have been working, and that’s not always going to happen.  Another thing is the fact that we’ve been able to get both of our units going and playing pretty well and executing when we get out there.  It’s pretty remarkable how our power play has been in the last four or five games, but it can turn cold at any time, you’ve just got to keep on focusing on it and when we’re in practice, make sure you’re bearing down and making sure you’re playing like it’s a game. 

On how important it is to win these games with the Olympic stretch coming up…
It’s huge because in March there’s so many games in such a short period of time so you don’t know how that’s going to go especially with fatigue and guys coming back from the Olympics.  To get points before that break is going to be huge because that’s going to carry you through to the playoffs.

On seeing Brad Marchand score after he had so many chances throughout the game…
It was good.  If he gets two or three two-one-ones or breakaways he’s going to at least score one.  It was a great move and a little bit of a weight lifted off his shoulders I think. 

On what the Bruins will try to take away from tonight and carry into tomorrow night’s game against the Senators…
You try to take as much as you can; they’re going to be a different team tomorrow night, I don’t think it’s going to have this type of outcome, but we’re happy to get the win tonight and just focus that we got two points out of four and now we just have two more to get the job done.

On the puck bouncing a lot tonight…
Some nights it is, some nights it isn’t.  There’s not too many excuses since I don’t think anyone has been using the Garden in the last couple of days so you can’t really blame it on the Celtics or anything, but I don’t know, maybe they didn’t freeze the pucks enough tonight, I don’t know.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On Reilly Smith stepping up…
Yeah definitely. He’s a very talented player and you see that in a lot of the plays that he makes. You know he’s not a huge guy but he goes into the dirty areas, he gets in on the forecheck, and gets in front of the net and it’s paying off for him right now.

On whether his game has turned a corner and he’s able to produce more…
Yeah I definitely feel better, and I knew it was going to come it’s just a matter of time. But one game doesn’t make a season so I’ve got to keep going and keep building on it.

On keep up the consistency…
Like I said, you can only keep building on it and try to get better every night. So hopefully I can continue to do that and pull my weight.

On whether he felt like he was due when he scored…
Yeah definitely, I mean I got my head up there on the breakaway and figured this had to be it. You know it’s only every five chances you get a goal. So it was nice to get that one at the end.

On the difference between the first and second periods…
They were winning a lot of battles in the first period, and I don’t think we were playing gritty enough. In the second and third we were getting to pucks first and winning battles on the boards, and it changed the game.

On whether he is regaining confidence…
Yeah I definitely feel a lot better, and it feels like plays that I see I can make. It just seemed like they weren’t happening early in the year, but I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and Smitty [Reilly Smith] there too. So hopefully we can keep going.

On what has helped him get out of the funk…
It could be a lot of things. We did all of that – we talked to coach a lot, and worked on things after practice and watched video. But sometimes it just happens. Those bounces start to go your way, and it’s nice when they do and when they don’t you’ve just got to keep pushing through it.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On Jarome Iginla…
It’s great to see obviously when he gets hot, he gets hot. He’s scored 540 goals and it’s not by accident. You can see he’s starting to feel more comfortable this last month and it’s good to see him get rewarded.

On the change in the first and second period…
Well I think our determination. We were making soft plays and weren’t hard on the puck in the first period and we talked about that, correcting that and we seemed to find our feet and get our feet moving and start making plays in the O zone and taking the puck to the net and we were able to get rewarded for it.

On how important Tuukka Rask was in the first period…
Yeah easily could have been down a couple goals in the first period. That’s why I think he has been the best player so far this year, is he makes big saves like that at key moments and he gives us a chance to win and we talked about stepping up for him in the second and third and it was good that we were able to do that.

On Brad Marchand’s goal…
Yeah it was great. I talked about Iggy [Jarome Iginla] starting to get rewarded and feeling more confident and it seems like Marchy’s [Brad Marchand’s] game is coming back like that as well. It’s easy to get frustrated and hard on yourself when those don’t go in for you but you see the confident move that he made on that breakaway. He made sure he wasn’t going to miss that one.

On the shutout like this…
You look at the last two games, we’re able to get eleven goals in the last two games and we’re starting to I guess you can say, bare down on our chances where maybe we were letting teams kind of hang around in the past and like you said, coming down to one goal and sometimes having to win in overtime and stuff like that. Obviously those games you’ve got to learn how to win as well and those are the games that you’ve got to be an elite team. But also it’s nice to have this game where everyone—where you can keep the flow of the bench going and everyone can stay into it and stay involved and that’s only one game of this home and home and we know that they’re going to come out like they did in the first next game.

On a shot opening up options for the rest of the team…
His shot is something that you have to respect and for us it gives us that extra option and that extra look and it’s for argument, it’s been a big part of our success. Obviously, Z’s [Zdeno Chara’s] done a really good job in front picking up lose pucks. He’s got six power play goals and he’s getting rewarded for being in front of the net as well so it’s great that we have that option with Iggy [Jarome Iginla] and we can continue to have production on the power play.


On Torey Krug and Jarome Iginla…
It seems like you said with [Torey] Krug and Iggy [Jarome Iginla] and even Krejc [David Krejci] we’re all—it seems like that hesitation to shoot isn’t there. I think there’s a lot more confidence in our puck movement and also getting quality shots and getting pucks through and not getting them blocked and also pouncing on second and third opportunities. That’s what’s given us success and like I said, you just—you can’t get comfortable with it, you have to stay on top of it to make sure that it remains at a high level.

On the Bruins having no weakness now that the power play is improved…
There’s always weaknesses right [laughs]. There’s always ways you can break a team down but it’s great to see that we have improved in that area because it has gotten a lot of criticism in the last three years so it’s like I said, it’s nice that it’s given us a lift in a big goal here other than sucking the momentum out and having to go in the zone, get a dump delay all the way back. It’s kind of tiring going back and forth all power play as well [laughs].

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the victory and getting closer to 30 wins…
It’s obviously good. I didn’t even know that, so I mean you always want to win more games than lose, obviously. You look at the way that you’re playing and try to keep that consistency, so it’s a challenge for the next half of the season coming up.

On how he’s feeling after playing so many games…
Good. You know there was that one stretch I played a lot and obviously get fatigued and tired, but then the past few weeks I think I’ve had enough rest and Chad’s been able to come in and do a good job too. So I’ve felt good so far.

On coming out flat in the first period…
Yeah they pretty much had all of their best chances in that first period. We had five, so that will tell us a lot about that period I think. We weren’t skating, we weren’t hitting, we weren’t as sharp with our passes as we were in the last two periods. And we talked about it after the first and fixed it, and were pretty dominant after that.

On whether they were rusty from the layoff…
Probably. Yeah I mean that’s what it looked like. You take three days off and you probably go for a walk or something like that – you don’t skate or play hockey. So I think there’s a little bit of that. But I’m just happy that we fixed it, and we realized that it wasn’t going to be good enough in the future and we fixed it.

On whether that’s something he considered coming into this game…
Yeah I think you just have to make sure that you’re not rusty, because if you’re rusty then your team is screwed. So it takes a lot of energy mentally to stay sharp, but today I succeeded.

On the team scoring a lot lately, and producing in the third period…
Yeah I mean the third hasn’t always been our strong part, and lately it’s become that – you know we really put teams away, and that’s something you have to do. At times it drains you when the games are always 1-0 or 2-1 and you have to really be sharp up there. So it’s good to get a little cushion there once in a while. Obviously it’s not going to happen every time, but I’m just happy that the past couple of games it did.

On Reilly Smith stepping up…
It’s great. He’s really taken that opportunity that he was given, and he’s on a streak right now. So when you’re hot you’re hot. Just keep shooting.

On whether any saves in the first period stood out to him…
I don’t know, it’s the first period it’s tough to say. I can’t really remember. There were a couple of scrambles and stuff and rebounds, but nothing crazy.

On the first shot of the game…
Yeah the first shot of the game – probably that. Sometimes it happens so quickly it just hits you. You kind of throw yourself out there.

On whether he’s surprised by the success of the team’s power play…
Well I mean I think we have good guys out there and they have good chemistry, and they’re practicing a lot too and they know their place and where everybody’s supposed to be. In the past it has been almost like we’re taking it for granted and going through the motions, but now we’re really trying to execute the plays and bear down in those opportunities. So I think that’s all that it is, and I’m not really that surprised that we’re good because I’ve seen them in practice.

OTTAWA SENATORS HEAD COACH PAUL MACLEAN
On thoughts about the game…
They got five and we got none tonight. I thought the first period we played one of our best periods of the season. I thought we dictated what was going on, we played with pace and speed. We came out in the second period and got a lesson in what it takes to be an elite team in the National Hockey League and they come out and put their foot on the gas and they never let up until the game was over. We rapidly declined back to turning over pucks and feeding their momentum, taking penalties that ended up in our net just because we can't get on and off the ice and we turned over pucks.

On what was most disappointing about the loss…
Well we’ve gone through this more than one time so this is what we are. So I’m not sure that we should be – for me the first period was a continuation of the way that we played against Pittsburgh, which was a good sign and we were in a good spot. Then the second period, if you want to be an elite team you have to be able to execute under the gun and you have to execute in the second period to get on and off the ice at the right time and not milk your shifts and we didn’t do that. They did and we didn’t and that ends up being the difference in the game. They stuck to what they do for the whole game and they did it harder than we did and they obviously did it longer than we did and we didn’t have any response.

On if he feels like the team quit…
Well I'm not sure if we quit, they kept coming after us. They made it hard for us, made it difficult for us and the goaltender was left out there a little bit but I thought we had some guys who still tried.

On the teams response in the game tomorrow…
The best part of the whole night is the fact that we get to play the same team again tomorrow and you have a chance to respond. You have to come in and show that tonight’s not the way it is, that we’re a much better team and a much different team than the one that finished the game tonight.

On if he still believes they are a better team than what was shown tonight…
Well I still believe we have a very good team. We have a very good collection of players but our team play isn’t at the level where we do it consistently at a high level shift after shift after period after period after game after game and in this league if you don’t do that you're not going to have success. And you can't start the game expecting to have success unless you're know you're going to do that.

On if the “script” is getting a little tiresome for him…
Well, yes and no. This is part of coaching in the National Hockey League: find a way to find solutions to fix things. This is what makes it hard but at the same time, which makes it such a great league. You could be really close then really far away and that’s the league and that’s where we still are. And for us, we have to get on the plane tonight and get our work done and find solutions to what happens and the players have to do the same thing.


OTTAWA SENATORS FORWARD JASON SPEZZA
On if this is what he expected from Boston but not his own team…
We had a good first 20 minutes but got nothing out of it.  Then we don’t play well at all, we left Robin out to dry there for the last 40 minutes, disappointing effort.

On if there was a sense of frustration after the first period…
We felt we did a lot of good things but then we don’t capitalize and then we lose our game and let them take over.  Once they get a couple, we just make errors that make it tough for Robin to make those saves.  We kind of hang him out to dry, it’s a tough thing to do because we are making plays and giving them chances out of nothing.

On if this kind of play is getting a little tired for the team …
Yeah definitely.  One-step forward, one step back all year.  We have to start playing better hockey or else they aren’t going to let us play like this much longer.

On if this is an easy game to learn from knowing they are going back at it tomorrow…
Yeah they will do the same thing to us tomorrow if we play the same way, so we better bring a better effort.  They are an elite team.

On what has to be done differently tomorrow…
I think in the first period we didn’t give them anything and they had to earn their chances.  The last two periods we gave them all their chances.  I think we got too passive in the second two periods and also just making mistakes that give them chances and that’s been the calling card of our team all year, we don’t do it long enough I don’t think.

On if he feels bad for Robin [Lehner]…
Yeah of course, the guy played unbelievable.  When it’s 1-0, he makes a save to keep us in the game and you can tell he was feeling good tonight and we give those guys open nets, nobody is stopping those.


OTTAWA SENATORS DEFENSEMAN ERIK KARLSSON
On today’s game play being what they expected from the Boston Bruins, but not from their own team…
Yeah, they’re a good team and we started pretty well. We kept pace, and then all of a sudden we just quit and all of a sudden we don’t play ice hockey anymore.

On his use of the word “quit”….
I think we tried and we wanted to play well but we just can’t for some reason, for 60 minutes. It’s the small things. It’s not anything major, it’s just that extra bump, that extra stride, or that extra pass, and we can’t string it together for a long period of time. And then it’s going to be in the back of our net, and once you’re down a couple of goals it’s tough to start doing those small things again.

On being able to gauge team frustration at the 40 game mark...
A little bit, but at the same time I think we’re still in the mix, and we’re still in the race for a playoff spot. We should be able to figure this one out, and I don’t want to see that day come when we’re done.

On if the team should be “figured it out” by now….
Probably. Probably should have figured it out 39 games ago, but obviously we haven’t. We can’t look back we’ve just got to look forward, and we play tomorrow again. Hopefully we can play better and get two points.

On what needs to be done differently next game…
We’ve got to score a goal to start with, but as I’ve said it’s so many minor things that it’s tough to pinpoint exactly what it is, but we all saw that we can play well and we all know that sometimes we don’t’ play well.

OTTAWA SENATORS GOALTENDER ROBIN LEHNER
On if the Bruins won because they wanted it more…
No. We had one good period. We were really bad. End of story.

On if there is any other way to explain the loss…
No. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say. Twenty good minutes and forty bad ones.

On recovering from this loss and playing the Bruins at home tomorrow…
Yeah, we’ve got to play better tomorrow, and try to forget it. Right now it hurts, but that’s the way of the game. It’s not acceptable.

On getting tired of the same story this season…
Yeah. I don’t want to let in five goals, and you know what, I felt pretty good for a while, and I don’t know what happened. We just stopped playing.

On the Senators’ second period struggles…
They didn’t capitalize early in the second period today, they just outplayed us badly in the second period. And then it opened up in the third.

On why the Senators played well against Pittsburgh on Monday but not tonight…
I don’t know. We played simple, simple hockey against Pittsburgh the whole game. We played simple hockey the first twenty minutes today, and then we didn’t, and we’re back on the same story that we’ve had all year. I don’t know. Teams are picking us apart when we don’t play simple, and when we’re not working hard and we’re not playing hard. We’re awfully easy to play against when we don’t work and we don’t play simple.

On if the Senators’ work ethic dropped dramatically…
I don’t know, how’d it look?

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:30 A.M.
On why Niklas Svedberg was recalled from Providence…
Because we’re going to have a look at him in the next little while here. Not tonight but maybe tomorrow or the game after. I think he’s earned that. We told him that after having such a good camp that we’d bring him up at some point and give him some games so that’s what we’re doing right now.

On what Svedberg and the Bruins can get out of this recall…
It’s experience. He’s played a preseason game and I thought he played really well. He’s coming off, I think a shutout last night as well so he’s earned his opportunity and like I said, we told him we’d give him that. So it gives us an idea of where he is in development and at the same time he’s certainly earned that opportunity by his play.

On if he’ll get into a game…
Yeah we don’t bring guys up just to practice. If we bring them up it’s to hopefully give them a game so that’s what I was saying earlier; we’ll play him at some point.

On his assessment of the team up to the Christmas break…
We’ve been good. Again, ‘happy’ is a word, ‘satisfied’ is another. So we’re certainly not satisfied with our play yet. We still feel there’s always untapped potential that’s still out there and we just have to keep working on getting that. But when you’re sitting in first in your division it’s not a bad place to be in at Christmas so we certainly can’t stand here saying we’re disappointed. It’s been a challenge at times but a challenge that we’ve overcome and done a pretty good job of staying at the top of the standings for the most part.

On if Daniel Paille is playing tonight…
Yeah.

On Loui Eriksson…
Same as usual. He’s coming in and feeling better every day. So just going through the protocol of giving him that opportunity and going step by step here. It’s not going to be a quick turnaround like it was last time obviously. But we’re hoping for some good things here in the upcoming weeks.

On if he’s done any exertion work…
I don’t know yet guys. He’s in and I know he’s in the trainers’ room but I don’t know exactly where he is now. They don’t tell me until he’s basically close to being part of my group.

On Dougie Hamilton’s progression…
Good, he skated again before our practice and I think we expect him to start skating with the team hopefully next week.


On how Ryan Spooner has been for the team…
He’s been getting better. He’s played fairly well in the last few games and he’s a guy who has some skill, has some speed; we’ve always talked about that. But he’s gaining more experience and more confidence at this level. I’ve liked his game the last couple of games he’s played. He seems more like himself and less nervous.

On if it’s good to see him get points…
Yeah but we don’t bring players up and tell them, ‘Listen, you need to get some points here if you want to stay.’ We let them get their feet wet and let them feel their way through and the one thing they don’t want to do when they first get here – they don’t want to be on the ice and make the mistake that’s going to cost you a goal. So even though you tell them to go out there and play their game, they’re very weary of the responsibilities. So you kind of let them get their feet wet a little bit and eventually they get comfortable and then you start seeing their true colors. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that and it shows that they’re responsible in a way and then eventually like I said, you see them find their way through and then start capitalizing like he did in the last game.

On how Svedberg has progressed and how he’s had some ‘bumps’ in his play…
Yeah I’ve heard the same thing because I’ve only seen him play that one game. He’s had some bumps along the way but he’s been a pretty good goaltender. Last year he was really good, had a great camp, and goaltenders have bumps along the way; it’s a normal thing. Just like any player – I don’t think there’s too many players that go through their whole season without running into some of those little bumps along the way. So he’s been good, like I said, he got a shutout again last night. So his play has been good in the last few weeks so it’s probably a good time to bring him up and give him a shot.

On if he feels that he needs to talk to Chad Johnson about this call-up…
No, no no. Again, it’s the same thing as I said earlier. A guy earned an opportunity here to get some games and we told him he would and we’re keeping our promise because he’s deserving of it. But at the same time, Chad [Johnson] understands; he saw what kind of a camp this guy had. At the same time, hockey’s hockey and that’s the way it is. Everybody battles for their jobs, everybody battles to keep them and it’s just another healthy competition if you want to put it that way. He’s been told he was coming up and we’re going to have a look at him and he understands it.

On who the backup goalie is tonight…
Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg].

On if the Christmas break came at a good time to rest the team…
Yeah I think our schedule the last month and a half has been every second day almost playing games. It seems more like what we go through in the month of March. But obviously with the Olympics and everything else it’s expected that the schedule is going to be like that for most of the year. So that break, that three day break I think was a welcome break for every team in the league. When you see teams get that kind of time off, you normally see better hockey afterwards. So it’s going to be better for the fans, it’s going to be better for the players, health-wise, injury-wise, and I think performance-wise as well.

On if he felt good about David Warsofsky’s game while he was with the team…
Yeah I thought he played well and I thought he was a good player. So like anything else, you come up here and you see some good things and then you still see some things that they want to work on, they see the things that they need to work on. So they go back down there with a better understanding of where their game is and where it needs to be to play at this level on a consistent basis.

On Milan Lucic’s play this year…
Yeah Milan [Lucic]’s had a good year so far. He really came out strong again this year. He kind of started off the season like he finished last year. Of course, probably his point production has tailed off a little bit in this last month but what I like about Looch [Milan Lucic] is he’s still skating, he’s still competing and that’s the thing that we want from him. Again, like I said earlier about players – it’s hard to maintain that high level of performance with the statistics to follow throughout the whole year but what you look for is consistency and he’s been a pretty consistent player for us.

#12/27/13#
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