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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Thursday, October 3, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10:10 P.M.   
On his impressions of the game and if the rustiness was to be expected…
Yeah I think so. That first half anyways, and maybe even a little more. We had some penalties we had to kill and certainly gave them some life and some momentum but I thought maybe the last five minutes of the second and the third period we were a little but more like the team that we want to be. So it was nice to see our team get better as the game went on. Those 5-on-3’s, I thought the guys did a great job killing them. Tuukka [Rask] made a couple of big saves when he had to. So those are really positive signs for our team and the fact that we were able to score a couple shorthanded goals as well. But again, it’s the first game, it’s the first game for a lot of those guys that were in the lineup tonight; real game I guess. Overall, happy with the win and we know we still have some work to do.

On if this was an especially aggressive game for Jordan Caron…
Well I’ve seen him play well. There’s been times where, spurts where he’s even produced a lot but I think right now he’s grasping the opportunity here and I thought he had a good game, that line was pretty good for us tonight. [Chris] Kelly, arguably our best player tonight. And Jordan [Caron] and [Reilly] Smith, they really worked hard in the forecheck and made things happen so they were a good line for us tonight. Jordan, I was extremely happy with his game.

On Jarome Iginla…
It was good. Again it was his first game so I thought he did a good job of doing what he wanted to do for our team. He had a good opportunity late in the third that he could have capitalized on in the slot. Had scoring chances, he was physical; finished his checks and he obviously fought so he did what he had to do. Again as I mentioned this morning, some of those guys are showing that they want to be here and they’re willing to do the things and if we give them time they’ll only get better.

On the importance of getting a win out of the gates after last year’s letdown…
We’re really not rattled about last year; we’ve really turned the page on that. So that’s not even an issue. I’m going to be honest with you, win or lose tonight it certainly wouldn’t have bothered us as far as, “Boys, we’re in trouble here.” I think our team is in a good place right now mentally and we’re ready for another big challenge this year. Whether we would have won last year or not, we would have had to turn the page this year and start all over again. So that’s what we’re doing, we’re starting from scratch and we have to earn a spot in the playoffs first before we can even talk about anything else and we’re willing to put the work towards that right now.

On the contract extension of Dennis Seidenberg…
Well again I think Peter [Chiarelli] is doing a great job of securing a lot of our core group and Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] has been a real solid player for us. He does all the things that a strong, hard-nosed defenseman has to do. He’s pretty durable and reliable so it’s nice to have those guys signed for longer terms and it just gives us some stability and I think if anything he certainly deserves it for what he’s done for us since he’s been here.

On Chris Kelly…
It’s been nice; I think he’s had a really good camp. It showed in camp, I think it showed, like I said, in the Finals last year he was a good player for us. Coming off that injury, I think he just really had a tough time finding his game and certainly wasn’t skating the way we knew he could. But he’s been really good since last year’s Finals and again at training camp and now tonight. So it’s good to see him play that well because it’s going to certainly help that third line be the kind of line we expect it to be. So it’s nice to see him be confident right now, and even the penalty shot, a great move from an experienced player.

On the importance of Milan Lucic’s go-ahead goal at 19:00 in the second period…
Well that extra goal is always nice. You build a lead and you try to extend it and that’s what he did. It was a great shot, used their defenseman as a screen.

On him and Patrice Bergeron getting loud applause and if he is now expecting a pay raise…
Just don’t fire me this year.

On the penalty kill and killing two 5-on-3’s…
That’s what I alluded to at the beginning when I said our penalty kill probably allowed us to win this game tonight. Because it’s an early 5 on 3 for almost two minutes and the guys did a great job. They’ve [the Lightning] got some, you look at the [Martin] St. Louis, and you look at the [Steven] Stamkos and [Ryan] Malone was a big body in front, [Victor] Hedman back there. They have some guys that can do some damage on the power play and our guys did a great job of being in the right position and not overreacting and taking, I guess the shots away from where they wanted them, and whenever they did, Tuukka [Rask] was up to the task and made the big saves.

On the experience of the penalty killers and how that factors into the success…
Yeah they are. We’ve got some new guys in there. I think Loui Eriksson is a guy that can kill, [Jarome] Iginla can kill, David [Krejci] was killing as well. I think if anything we have more penalty killers this year than we did last year. So if we run into injuries or a few of those guys in the box I’m not going to be short up front anyways.

On Bergeron and his durability…
Well that’s what I said to Peter tonight – Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] was Bergy. He didn’t look like he missed a beat. He was back at being his reliable self and hard-working and everything else. He’s one of those guys that, although he had a short summer, he put priorities in the right place. He got married; I think he skipped his honeymoon so he could heal. So he’s a pretty dedicated individual when it comes to taking care of himself and he did a great job of that and that allowed him to be ready for the start of the season.

On Dougie Hamilton and how he looked…
Yeah I thought Dougie [Hamilton] was good tonight, he was physical and like you said he moved the puck well and more assertive. And those guys, those young guys are really working hard more on the defensive zone. You look at the [Torey] Krugs and those guys, they move the puck well, they support the attack well, they shoot the puck well and they move it well. So the biggest thing is defending, especially in our own end. And that’s just about experience; it’s not about them not being good enough, it’s about getting some experience and us coaching them through that. So I saw the effort, I saw the focus on doing that tonight and I thought he had a good game.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On his thought about the opening game…
Yeah it’s nice to get the win that’s for sure. It was kind of, at times, rusty on both parts. Both teams were kind of looking for that fast paced rhythm and it’s not always as pretty but that’s sometimes the kind of approach. But I thought as the game went on we were skating and moving the puck better. We did a really good job killing those two five on threes and towards the end we finally scored a goal so it was kind of a bonus. I think we could be, for sure, happy with the win but at the same time we need to be better against our next opponent.

On how nice it was to get a couple of short-handed goals…
Yeah, it’s nice when you can score on them but I think its better if you – especially against a team like that with so much firepower. So many different plays that you don’t want to obviously be down two men against them but we did and we found a way to cover, we worked really hard.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On news of the extension…
We won a hockey game, it’s not about me.  As you guys heard, I got extended for four years, which makes me really happy, and on top of that we won a game, which wasn’t really pretty, but at the end we won.

On wanting to stay with the Bruins making the negotiations easier…
I think so.  I think it’s a deal that works out for both sides, and like I said, I want to be here, they wanted me here, and both sides gave a little bit and I think at the end, it’s good.  I’m really happy to be here for another five years.

On if his first experience with unrestricted free agency affected this deal…
No, I’m in a little bit of a different situation now I think but this time I wouldn’t have, I hope, it wouldn’t have gone that long but who knows.  I’m at a stage where I’ve got to look at my family, I mean I’ve got kids in school now and you want to kind of plan and know what’s going on next year so that’s why I wanted to get it over with.

On if the assurance of not being traded factored in…
I guess; for the first two and a half years it’s a no-trade and then after it’s a partial.  I mean, if they want to trade me I don’t want to be here right? I think it’s good for both sides, and if you want to call it that, good play with the give and take. 

On if he needed a no-trade clause as part of the deal…
It’s nice for everybody to know a little bit, or at least have a little bit control of if they want to trade you where you want to go, or where you’re going to go.  It’s definitely nice to have, or have a little bit of a say if something like that happens. 

On how important staying in a winning situation is…
Very important.  I have a lot of fun playing here, and that’s important, and the coaches have trust in me and that’s the most important thing I think, but if I go somewhere else for a lot of money and then things don’t work out that way, I think to be honest, in the situation, it was the most important thing or the most important part.  We have a good team here and in the future I think we’re going to be good for a lot of years. 

On how much his career has changed since he’s come to Boston…
Everything took off here.  Like I said, everything started basically here, I finally found a spot where things worked out the way I’d always imagined.  So that’s fun, I’m very happy that it worked out. 

On what’s allowed that to happen…
It’s just coaches’ trust in you; that’s a big part of coaches having trust in you, it makes things a lot easier and you just have more faith in yourself and everything gets going from there.

On how much it meant to him to have the deal done before the season started…
I think both sides wanted to get it done before the season.  If you intend to play for a contract you have something on your mind, even if you think it doesn’t bother you, it’s still on your mind.  I’m very happy that it got done and now I can just focus on playing my game and perform on.

On Peter Chiarelli calling him a “warrior”…
I take a lot of responsibility in working hard every game and just doing my job – playing hard minutes, playing tough defensively, and just winning my one-on-one battles.  It’s nice to hear when somebody says something like that, and it’s fun.

On the general manager commenting on his work ethic and what he brings to the team on and off the ice…
Yeah for sure, it just shows that they have trust in me, and like I said, if somebody trusts in you, you want to be in that situation and just keep getting better and better and performing every year and that’s how I feel I’ve been playing and I still think I’ve got a lot so.
   
On the third period being the strongest of the three in tonight’s game…
The first period, the first two periods, we had a couple spots here and there where we played the way we wanted to but for the most part we were second in puck races and puck battles.  I feel like we started in the third period, we kind of turned it up, and played a little bit stronger defensively and also got going defensively.

On killing off the five-on-threes…
It was very big.  We watched video before, they have a few plays that they set up and we have a one-two-three, one-time possibilities.  You try to take down a right and it’s tough if you have such high-skilled guys on the ice, being able to shoot and score, so you’ve got to pick your poison and really we did a good job the four at the top and D’s on the bottom and taking those passing plays or options away. 

On if they were a little disorganized in the first period…
I think so, yeah.  I know we were ready and we wanted to come out hard and a little bit fast tonight but everything was a little bit slow, on the slow side, our transition game wasn’t up to speed.  But we know what we have to work on and I’m sure it’ll get better.


On how Tuukka Rask played tonight…
He [Tuukka Rask] made a lot of great saves.  A couple back door, I don’t want to say tap-ins but a great chance for them, and he moved very fast laterally and made that save, especially in the first period, he saved us from getting scored on, so he was really good, again.

On if getting the new contract takes some pressure off…
Yes and no.  You still want to play just as good and want to be just as valuable to the team, so it’s nice to have that for sure.  It’s also a big responsibility to perform and play the way I can. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JORDAN CARON
On how encouraged he is after tonight’s game…
Yeah I think obviously I wish we scored but we had a good game so we’ll take the positive out of it and keep going the same way.

On how he wanted the puck in hand tonight…
Yeah there’s games where the puck is going away from you and I thought tonight the puck kept coming back to us. We had some good chances and there’s games that you try the same plays but it doesn’t go your way. I think tonight the puck was bouncing on our side a little bit more.

On if he personally wanted to play with the puck…
Yeah, obviously. I always want to do the same thing but these are games that the puck is coming back to you all the time and you create those chances by being good on the forecheck and stuff like that and tonight was one of those games.

On if taking the puck to the net like his disallowed goal is a perfect play to him…
Exactly, that’s my type of game. They want me to take the puck to the net and I did the same thing in the first and couldn’t get a shot on net and I think the D blocked it. But I think that’s my game, bringing the puck to the net and I think that’s what I did tonight.

On the ruling on the ice for the disallowed goal…
They blew their whistle a little bit too quick. It’s a long season, I wish it was a good goal but what can I do now?

On his line being very noticeable and communicating…
Yeah I think we had a good game. Kells [Chris Kelly] was talking to us a lot and we had some good chances offensively. We could have scored a few goals but it didn’t go our way tonight, almost in the second. But we have to keep doing the little things and for myself I just need to not be scared to make mistakes offensively and good things are going to happen.

On if he was trying to put more physicality in his game…
It’s something I want to do, taking puck to the nets and being strong offensively on the walls. That’s something that’s part of my game and tonight was a good example of that.

On if he got an explanation from the ref about his disallowed goal…
No, I just heard him, we just talked about it after the second and I think it was just a quick whistle. But there’s nothing we can do now so obviously I wish it was a good goal and hopefully next game is going to be different.

On how he felt before he knew the goal was disallowed…
Yeah, I got pretty jacked up when I saw it go in but then I heard the whistle and saw the ref waving it off. So I was a bit disappointed but I have to turn the page and keep going.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On his penalty goal…
Yeah to be honest I thought he saw me and wasn’t going to drop it. When he did he kind of put his teammate in a tough spot. I was able to kind of jump on it.

On penalty shots…
I kind of had an idea what I was going to do before. I try that move in practice but Tuukka [Rask] doesn’t move so, it ends up just going into his pad so it’s kind of deflating but I was happy he bit. He’s a big guy and to kind of shoot high he takes away a lot of the upper net so I just try to freeze him.

On winning the home opener…
Yeah you have a few home games and you want to get on the right step and tonight was a big win for us and hopefully we can continue.

On being huge in fantasy hockey…
I’m huge in fantasy hockey. I don’t think many people pick me. [Laughs]

On the last time he had a penalty shot in a regular season game…
I don’t think ever. I don’t think so. I normally don’t get those calls. It was just a penalty.

On what it takes to keep a penalty dominant…
Your goaltender has to be the best penalty killer. I’ll say that again, and again. Tuukka [Rask] was outstanding when we needed him to and good sticks are important. Taking their time and space away I think we did a good job at preventing a lot of scene passes and getting them in position where we want them to be.

On offensive chances during the penalty kill…
Our first job is to kill the penalty but if those offensive chances do appear, I think you want to take them. I thought Torey [Krug] did a great job joining on that two on one—to make it a two on one to give Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] an opportunity to make that move or pass it over.

On the short season…
Yeah it’s really important. Last year was a good year, not a great year but that’s in the past I think we’re right back at square one, we have a new group here and I thought everyone fit in well and played well.

Training camp chemistry with Jordan Caron…
Yeah I thought Jordy [Jordan Caron] played really well, so did Reilly [Smith]. They made smart plays defesively and smart plays offensively. I thought they played extremely well. It was an easy game. If only I could get Reilly [Smith] to talk a little more then he’d be perfect. He’s very quiet, I asked him in the game on the bench in the third if he had said a word tonight. [Laughs]. He said, “Well there’s not much to say.”

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On his thoughts on the first game …
I think we have a lot to do to improve from our side, and play our style of hockey a full 60. But we played well for the first game out.

On playing better short-handed…
Yeah well, you always have to make an extra effort when you’re down two guys. And that’s something positive to see that our penalty kill was really good today, and the guys sacrifice out there. So that’s a good start for that.

On St. Louis saying no one really talks about how good the Bruins penalty kill is…
Yeah it’s pretty important. Especially when you go down two men like that, and you survive that twice in one game. That’s something we thrive on and we take a lot of pride in doing. And that’s been working well.

On playing with the lead…
I think our third period was our best period overall. Couple mistakes, but we didn’t give them much, and that’s something to build on. Definitely a little scrappy out there at times for us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On tonight’s win…
Definitely, you can see there’s a lot of areas in our game that need to improve, but overlooking the whole game I think we had a pretty good third period. We started playing the way that we wanted to play. As a line, we started to have more in-zone time. It seemed like things were starting to flow a little bit better and we were more in sync. I think we were definitely as a line, and I think as a team, off our rhythm. And they did a good job of keeping us off our rhythm, but Tuukka [Rask] kept us in there and we found a way to win.

On his goal tonight…
It’s good. I usually don’t score the first game of the season, but now two years in a row I get one, two of them in the first game of the year. It’s nice to start off like that, and like I said I think as a line there’s – we have to try to improve to get better.

On how his goal happened…
Krech [David Krejci] saw me and I kind of knew he was going to pass it to me there. Didn’t have to say much and I knew I didn’t have much time. I just tried to get a good hard shot as quick as possible.

On if he’s been taking more quick shots since last year…
Definitely. I mean, I think we’re you’re in a slump you start thinking too much and you start self guessing yourself and it was one of those things that will hopefully give you confidence right off the bat and you can build off of it.

On their lack of rhythm in the first game…
Well, I mean we still played seven exhibition games and I know most of us played at least four, some five. And you hope that that’s what you can create – that’s why the preseason is more important than it gets credit for. Just goes to show that tomorrow’s practice is an important one because we’ve got a really good team who embarrassed us in here the last time we played them [Detroit].

On Jarome Iginla making an impression and his fight tonight…
It’s kind of a, I guess a bit of a suicide pass on my part. I kind of apologized to him after that pass. But like I talk about, one of the things I always said that I kind of looked up to him to, is he’s willing to stick up for himself in the right situations and you saw it there.

On if this win was indicative of the Bruins veteran lineup…
I think so. Like you said, my goal and then the two – was it five-on-three? Tuukka [Rask] keeps us in there, the three penalty killers out there do a great job taking [Steven] Stamkos away. I don’t even know if they were even able to get it to him for the best one [timer] in the NHL. So, great job by the penalty killers and great job by Tuukka. They’re the biggest reason why we came out and won this game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On his fight during the game…
No it wasn’t planned. I wasn’t planning on getting run over either. You know it was a fiesty game, it was a good game. At times each team had some momentum and we found a way to get back and had a great third. Tuukk’s [Tuukka Rask] was awesome you know, and our PK being able to kill off two five on threes with the offense they have was a big part of that game.

On getting his first fight of the season over with…
It is always nice because between the seasons with the summer off it always feels a little bit rusty at the start. Just going off of emotion and nothing planned, getting run over is just part of it and it was a good atmosphere in here tonight but not planned.

On playing his first regular season game as a Bruin…
Yeah it did. It felt good to play here and at home, have the crowd be—you know be a Bruin. Guys play hard and some big block shots the guys running over to Thorty [Shawn Thornton], starting it off with a toke there. There were some hits so, there were a lot of different things in the game tonight but it felt good to be part of an intense season opener again and to get, to now get things started.

On not having as much flow in the beginning of the season…
For sure. I mean yes and then they’re probably things that they weren’t as sharp on and that we could be better at and weren’t as sharp at times and bouncing pucks but at different times and as players you get a little bit more settled and you’re not as excited as the first game, you tend to settle more of those things down and make more things happen. So it was, there’s still work to be done there’s no question and guys talk about it but we came out in the third period, back and forth tough game, had a great third period.

On playing a real game with Lucic…
I thought as the game went on him and Krech [David Kejci] it really started taking things over and I got chances every shift around the front of the net and yeah from the forecheck and you know trying to just keep learning and playing with him and trying to fit in but yeah you could see those—is a big goal at the end of the second by Looch [Milan Lucic] and nice play by Krech [David Krejci] but in the third I thought each line kept coming and we’re creating a lot more than we were earlier in the game, all of the lines.

On the energy in the building…
It’s cool because I’ve played—I haven’t played a ton of games here but over the years definitely got in here and it’s a tough building to play in and especially over the last five years or whatever it’s been even so it’s always a good crowd here. They’re into it, they’re yelling and it’s tough hockey in here so it’s nice to be on the other side and to feed off of that and just be in this dressing room and to feed off that too.

On the power kill guys…
Oh yeah that was one of the biggest stories of the game I think is, [Steven] Stamkos, [Martin] St. Louis you know it’s just those two and they have other weapons too but for two minutes straight on two five on threes. Guys showed a lot. They blocked shots, big Z’s [Zdeno Chara] long reach and then on one of them I think he was in the box there so they didn’t have him, so they didn’t have one of the top guys out there so, it’s definitely gutsy and it’s, you don’t want to give a team those chances and guys that was a big boost for us the first time and especially the second time being able to come out of that unscathed.

On lining up against the guy he fought after…
No. Nothing that’s shareable.

On his fighting again…
Just trying to play hard, trying to get in to it. It’s different, you go through preseason and you want to do things right but you are also learning and the intensity isn’t the same. From when the puck drops for the first game that actually matters everybody is a little more revved up and excited. That’s just a part of it and playing with the Bruins and stuff you do want to get in there on the forecheck and get hit and join in on that and put pressure on their D, so I was trying to do that early

On if he is expecting to fight more now that he is with the Bruins…
Maybe the physical side. You get on different teams over the years and even in Calgary even though it’s the flames you have different types of guys and a different team sometimes evolves or whatever. So here it’s pretty physical hockey, I’ve seen it on the other side. You want to pull your weight and contribute to that and as far as fights, do I expect to fight more? I don’t really ever plan that, I don’t have a number or a goal or what I'm trying to avoid. I'm just playing hard and try to compete in battle and it happens. So I’ve never looked at it like I’m trying to avoid them or get in to them.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HEAD COACH JON COOPER
On his reaction, specifically on the special teams…
We had a really good chance – maybe if [Tuukka] Rask makes a really good save on Teddy [Purcell] at the end of the period, you know maybe if that goes in that changes things. But I think not only on the power play but in some of the situations in the game, I think we were looking for the pretty goal. Even though we had north of 30 shots, we still got a little cute in some situations. But again, it’s early in the season and the PP [power play] can be fixed. It’s just too bad that ended up being the difference.

On giving up the short-handed goals…
Well again, you can go months without giving up two short-handed goals, and here we gave up two in a game. So that’s the frustrating part because that was the difference in the game. And ultimately you’ve got to win the special team war regardless if its on PP or penalty kill. And their penalty kill bested our PP tonight.

On the momentum shifts throughout the game…
I don’t know I thought, like I said, five-on-five you couldn’t sit here and say one team was better than the other. Both teams had their chances. I was really happy, I didn’t think we gave up too much. We had to press a little bit at the end and then things loosened up, but we were down two so we were taking a few more gambles than maybe we normally would. But I was really – aside from the power play – I was really happy with the way we played.

On whether Anders Lindback did what he could to keep them in the game…
He was fine. He made the saves he had to. The penalty shot was a great shot. Again you know, a tough rush on a power play. Ultimately in the end he gave us a chance to get points out of this game, but when you score one goal it’s tough.

On Sami Salo…
I think he’s going to be okay. I don’t really know.

On whether something happened to Salo today…
Honestly, I was just told before the game that he wouldn’t be able to play, and he’s been evaluated. But we were preparing just in case, and we had [Mark] Barberio dress for warm-ups. So we’ll evaluate tonight.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GOALTENDER ANDERS LINDBACK
On how tonight’s game felt…
I mean personally, I felt pretty good. Obviously, they scored on a breakaway and two rushes down low, and we didn’t get back. My feeling was good, but the outcome of the game was not what we wanted.

On Chris Kelly’s converted penalty shot…
I bit on it, I thought he was shooting at first, and then I kind of sold myself out when I tried to poke check him there. He made a good move, and that’s how it goes. But I thought overall we played a good game.

On if it’s tough to not get any points despite the team playing well…
Yeah, at the same time, we’ve got to take what’s positive out of it. I think we played a really good hockey game, and everyone battled hard. It’s tough to say, but I think we might deserve better, at least a point. We’ve just to, as I said, keep building on what’s good and take that with us to the next game, and learn from this.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GOALTENDER ANDERS LINDBACK
On how tonight’s game felt…
I mean personally, I felt pretty good. Obviously, they scored on a breakaway and two rushes down low, and we didn’t get back. My feeling was good, but the outcome of the game was not what we wanted.

On Chris Kelly’s converted penalty shot…
I bit on it, I thought he was shooting at first, and then I kind of sold myself out when I tried to poke check him there. He made a good move, and that’s how it goes. But I thought overall we played a good game.

On if it’s tough to not get any points despite the team playing well…
Yeah, at the same time, we’ve got to take what’s positive out of it. I think we played a really good hockey game, and everyone battled hard. It’s tough to say, but I think we might deserve better, at least a point. We’ve just to, as I said, keep building on what’s good and take that with us to the next game, and learn from this.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS
On tonight’s loss…
I thought we played a good game. Five-on-five, we were right there with them. I think our power play let us down tonight. Not in a million years, I thought, our power play would be the thing that would let us down tonight. Usually we’re pretty sharp on our PP, we just weren’t sharp [tonight]. They were taking away some of our go-tos, and we just were slow-reacting to adjusting, and that falls on us.  We’ll fix that.

On if anything was different in his first game as captain…
No, I don’t think so. I’m trying to play the game the way I usually play. I don’t think it was my best game. I’m just going to try to build off some of the good things, I guess.

On Tampa Bay’s younger players handling momentum swings well…
Yeah. I thought we battled. Like I said, I think our power play let us down tonight. That falls on some of our top guys’ shoulders. I wouldn’t think that would be the case, our PP would let us down, it just did. They’re a good PK team. They kill very well. We just got a little stubborn and impatient, and we needed a little bit more poise out there. You don’t get too many five-on-threes in the season, and you get two, two minutes, first game. It’s not that we weren’t prepared for it, it caught us off guard a bit. We’ll fix that.

On if facing Boston is a good test for a young team…
Yeah. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. We’re playing the Stanley Cup Final teams, Boston, and Chicago next game. It’s a pretty tough start for our team, but I feel like it’s the right way to start. You know where you stand. And I thought we showed to one-another tonight that we can play with those guys. Like I said, I wish our power play was better tonight, and we’ll fix that.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN MARK BARBERIO

On playing tonight…
It was unexpected. I wasn’t expecting to play but besides that hiccup, I thought I rebounded well. Just tried to keep things pretty simple to get the puck up to the forwards and unfortunately that’s a mistake. Mistakes are made so we can learn from them and move forward. That’s what I planned to do with that.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FORWARD STEVEN STAMKOS
On the shorthanded opportunities and scoring in tonight’s game…
Those five-on-threes were very frustrating…we worked so hard five-on-five and they got those two opportunities, and they end up scoring shorthanded and that was the game pretty much. That’s the frustrating part. The good part about that is that’s usually our strong point – the guys who are out there will find a way to ultimately get better out there and score. We don’t have any worries about that. If we do score, we would probably win the game but if not, we have to have this feeling and it sucks but then we move on.

On what he expected from the Bruins with new players in the lineup…
Well we know what to expect coming into this rink. It’s going to be a physical game, it’s going to be and intense game and it’s going to have a playoff atmosphere no matter what game of the year. And I thought we played well five-on-five, we were right with them. Usually that’s where they’re really good. They take it to teams even strength and that’s where we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to win. It was our two five-on-threes I think that cost us the game. And the guys who were out there take responsibility for that and we have to be better. But saying that, that’s usually one of our strong points, and we’re not going to be a well-oiled machine every night but for 95% we know we’re going to be. Unfortunately this was one of the nights where it didn’t go well and that probably cost us a win.

On the Tampa Bay Rays playing the Boston Red Sox tomorrow in the playoffs…
I think it’s pretty cool they [Tampa, Florida] have a couple, with the Bucs [Tampa Bay Buccaneers] and the Rays and obviously us – they have some pretty good sports franchises. The Rays have always been great to our organization. We’ve had the chance to meet some players there and get to know some of the guys. Obviously we’re cheering for them this week in Boston.

BOSTON BRUINS GENERAL MANAGER PETER CHIARELLI PRESS CONFERENCE DURING THE SECOND INTERMISSION OF BRUINS VS. TBL REGARDING SEIDENBERG’S CONTRACT EXTENSION

On the decision to resign Dennis Seidenberg to a four year extension…
Well I think he’s been one of our core guys since we got him. You hear me talk often about character guys; he’s definitely that, on and off the ice. He plays our style – heavy game, heavy game that we like. He’s been a warrior for us. There’s a lot of things that he has that are compatible with the way we want to play. Still, he’s 32, but we feel he’s in very good condition; keeps good care of himself and frankly he wanted to stay here so it was easier to get done for that reason.

On if the presence of the younger defenseman gave him any pause before resigning Seidenberg…
Not really. D [defensemen] like Dennis are hard to find. I think he’s been so good for us. The way he plays, it’s hard to find. We got D in the depth in the pipeline that have bits and pieces of their game that play like that, but not the whole package that Dennis has. So I really didn’t. I just felt he was in super condition. He’s, knock on wood, very rarely been injured. And he plays heavy, heavy minutes.

On how smooth the negotiation went…
Yeah they were fine. Like every negotiation there was some kind of give and take. I know Dennis had said something; that we hadn’t been talking. We had been talking for a little bit. But at the end of the day we wanted to keep him, Dennis wanted to stay here, and you’ve heard me say this before – he probably gave up some money. But the risk is that going in the free market he could get hurt or the market could go in a different direction or something like that. It was relatively smooth but there was still some give and take though.

On how he appreciates his postseason success…
I’ve really appreciated it. Dennis has been in the league a while. When we made that trade, or just a year before we made that trade, you heard me say around when we made that trade that his hockey sense was improving. And it’s only improved since he’s been with us also. He clears pucks on the wall, that’s hard, you have to be strong. And you saw him in that series against us and the whole playoff year that year and then with us. It’s like, he plays like a fullback with the skills to clear the puck too. He clears the lane and he’s a real strong player. It’s hard to find those guys, hard to find the guys with strength like that, that can clear pucks like that and can still make plays.

On if Seidenberg is a good presence and role model for the young defensemen…
He’s thick, but you’re right. He’s defensively responsible first and foremost so to lead by example in that way, yes. And then you know what he’s like; he’s a terrific guy and wants to help out. So yeah, there’s a lot of reasons why we resigned him and that was one of them.

On if it’s unusual to sign an older player to a long extension…
Not really. I mean you go back and survey a lot of the deals, no. It takes him until he’s 37 so it’s a good point. We, again, we feel the way he takes care of his body – he does play hard but the way he takes care of his body, he’s going to get bumps and bruises along the way but we felt to have him around for a long period of time, four years, was feasible.
On the importance to get the deal done before the season…
I think for both of us it was good to get it done before the season. Frankly if it went on a little longer I was fine with it but I understand a player wanting to get it done before the season.

On other transactions in the making…
Well that will stay with us, that’s private business. Obviously we’ve got impending free agents and stuff like that but that’s all I’ll say about that.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:25 A.M.   
On how he feels going into the opening game…
Excited as anybody else. I think the players are looking forward to it; we’ve had a long training camp. So, looking forward to getting it going here tonight with our fans behind us.

On if he gets nerves before the first game…
No.

On if David Krejci is playing…
Yeah, Krejci’s in.

On Söderberg and getting him back on the ice and the value of the extra forward…
Well that’s our goal. I think right now we’ve got all the players that we need for tonight. [David] Krejci’s in so we don’t need an extra player just to bring in to watch a game here. We feel that he’s getting close enough that right now there’s no need to bring anybody up. If need be, they’re usually close by.

On the significance of player turnover and what positives it brings to the team…
I guess it creates some energy to a certain point. You got some guys that have come in and are extremely happy to join our team. They feel the same way we do, that we’re a team that’s going to hopefully compete at the end when it’s all said and done and give ourselves an opportunity. So they’re excited to come in and it just adds some new life to our team. At the same time, to be able to do that you have to add some quality guys, which I think we’ve done. The [Jarome] Iginlas, the [Loui] Erikssons just to name a few. [Reilly] Smith who’s here and our young D’s that did such a good job for us last year in the playoffs when called upon. So I think there’s a lot of areas there that have changed but more than likely for the better.

On if the turnover changes the operations of the team or if it adapts to it…
I think it’s just a continuation. I think our management team does a pretty good job of identifying guys that can come in and help us play within our identity and that’s what they’ve done. So I don’t see a big change in our team as far as its identity, its philosophy or anything else.

On if he’s looking for more stability from the third and fourth lines…
I like stability but that doesn’t mean it’s not interchangeable; we’ll see how that goes. The line with [Carl] Soderberg, [Chris] Kelly, and Smith was really good for us the last two games they played together and we know how good [Gregory] Campbell’s line has been over the years. So if we could get some sort of stability there, and Jordan [Caron] stepping in when called upon, which is right now, and we’ll see. If not, then you do make changes. It’s a long year, 82 games, and it’s hard to keep everybody together for a whole year like that. You do move guys around eventually just to get a little bit more life into your team at times.

On Daniel Paille and his varying time on ice…
Well there are times he certainly deserves it, there’s other times where maybe he did deserve the minutes fourth line gets, like any player. Those are things that through the course of the season you have to gauge as a coach. But he’s a penalty killer for us, he’s a guy that you can move up, and eventually when you look at the ice time, we’re not a team that overloads our top lines with 20-plus minutes for the most part. And that way we just utilize our whole bench to our advantage, which we think has been helpful for us throughout the whole year and heading into the playoffs.

On if there will be more competition for playing time this year than in previous years…
I guess we’ll have to wait and see with that. I think the one thing we do know is that we’ve got some pretty good players that are in Providence right now that had such a good camp that they were strong candidates to be here. So regards to that I think we feel good about either calling guys up for reasons of good play or for injuries.

On how he will work with playing two of his three available young defensemen…
I’d probably be careful with that too. Because it’s not those three competing for two jobs. I think there’s other guys who have to make sure they play well also to stay in the lineup, and you’ll probably see that. Sense of entitlement I don’t want on our hockey club, and I’ve been extremely clear with that. So if there’s times where we got some veterans back there that aren’t playing to their abilities and it’s lasting a little longer than we like then it may be other people sitting out.

On if there’s a moment during the first game when he thinks he really has the team figured out…
I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’ve got. I think right now, “not nervous” is just about, my focus is on our team going out and playing its game tonight. I think it’s so important that we focus on us, on ourselves and how we’re going to perform versus worrying a lot about what the other team is going to bring to us. To me, I feel confident in the guys that we have, I’ve seen them enough in camp. Now it’s up to us to get off to a good start. We’ll see once the game starts, like I said, and if I need to make adjustments that’s when I’ll react.

On if there’s some anxiety or first night jitters amongst the players…
I sense more excitement than anything else. Overall we’re a veteran team, not too many rookies; even the young guys that we’re talking about played in the playoffs last year against New York so I don’t think this first game is going to make them any more nervous than when they had to play that playoff game. I feel that right now we’re excited about starting the season versus anything else. 

On Reilly Smith…
I’ve seen him [Reilly Smith] getting better and more comfortable. Even just watching him in practice, I see him making even more plays, he’s getting used to being here and getting more comfortable. I think there’s a lot of those things and building a little bit of chemistry there with his teammates. I think it’s going to be important that we don’t judge these guys too quickly – all of those guys coming in, teams play different ways and just use the example of on breakouts, a lot of teams will overload on breakouts, and that’s what they did in Dallas. We keep our wingers a little bit wider; when those things have been ingrained in you they don’t just disappear overnight. It’s just a matter of time, and giving them a chance to get more comfortable, and giving them reminders, and I think after a few weeks or a month you’ve got a better idea of what you’ve got as a player.

On choosing which defensemen will play tonight…
Well I say that often, it’s a lot of everything. It’s play, it’s what we feel we need, it’s a lot of things that come into play. We spend a lot of time discussing that with the coaches; we sit down, we talk about it, talk to Peter [Chiarelli] about it and make sure that we’re all seeing the same thing or we’re all basically, by the end of the discussion, we all agree on the decision but there’s a lot of things that come into play when it comes to that. And again, it’s an 82-game season so I don’t think there should be anybody discouraged at this point. What we should be encouraged on is that we have really seven defensemen that I feel extremely comfortable with.

On who’s going tonight…
[Bruins goaltender] Tuukka [Rask].

On Tim Thomas starting tonight in Dallas…
Yeah, let’s not forget what he’s brought to our team this year – this year, in the past year, sorry. He’s been a good soldier for us, he’s played well, and we can say what we want about all the other stuff that’s been written but he’s a good athlete and for him to come back after being off for a year at that age and to be able to perform the way I guess he has so far, pretty incredible for him. Happy for him. As a player, and everything else, I know he was a bit of a different person as far as his thoughts on that but it never affected me coaching him and not respecting the person. 

On if fighting will always be a part of hockey games…
It’s hard to say, I mean you don’t see brawls anymore. That’s something that’s disappeared from our game, that you used to see more often than you do now, and I think maybe with time the fighting will diminish but at the same time it’s hard just to cut the cord and say from one day to another there’s no more fighting. There’s two trains of thought here and part of it is being able to police yourselves because certain things that happen on the ice, and once the fighting is out and you can’t police yourself, then there could be some worse things happening than seeing two guys fight. I think it’s a matter of time; that time, to me, doesn’t seem like it’s close, but I’m one of those coaches who is willing to evolve with the game and when the decision-time comes and it’s either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ I’m sure I’ll be ready to give my opinion, but right now I just don’t see it happening right away. There’s an injury that happened in Montreal, and it raises the topic, again, of fighting, but there’s a lot more injuries that are more dangerous in our game that we have to address than focus, necessarily, just on that. That hybrid icing has been something that’s been looked at for the safety of the players. Again, I’m not sure that’s necessarily the right thing, and we’ll see with time. There was a time when icing was about a race for the puck, people thought it was dangerous, but both players weren’t able to hit each other, they had to race for and touch the puck first. Now, by the hash marks, a linesman has to say it’s icing or no icing, so if it’s no icing by the hash marks, that means the forward is ahead of the defenseman – you just gave the defenseman the green light to run this guy in the corner, so is that better?  We try and do everything we can for the safety of the game but there’s always some grey areas, and that’s why you have a lot of people discussing and trying to work with this game to try and make it better.
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