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Running quotes from Game 3: Bruins vs. Penguins 6/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME AT 12:50 A.M.
How is Gregory Campbell doing and what did you think of his effort to stay on the ice after blocking that shot?
Well, we'll probably know better tomorrow.  When I say know better, we'll be able to give you guys an update tomorrow on his situation.  For what he went through, he showed a lot of guts to stay out there and to still try and play.  Obviously it was a pretty serious injury, so that's just the kind of player he is, and it doesn't surprise me, it doesn't surprise his teammates, but certainly it shows the character of that player, and that's why we appreciate having him on our team.

Similar goal, the winner there, to some winners you've had before in this playoff with Bergeron and Marchand.  Talk about the chemistry they have.
Well, that's what happens when you've been together for three years, as a duo anyways, they've learned to play with each other extremely well, and as you probably know, obviously Jags made a big play in front of their bench to get the puck to them, but, it's about driving the net, and Bergy drove hard and had a guy on him and managed to get his stick in the right place and March made a great play.  He was extremely patient.  He could've got rid of that puck a little bit earlier, but he waited for Bergy to get in position before he slid over.

Touch on the lack of space for Sidney Crosby, how you were so effective through the first three games.
I don't know if it's just from us.  We've tried to play our game the best we can.  I thought we played extremely well obviously in the first two.  Tonight I thought in the first three periods we weren't as good as we could have been, and because of that you saw guys like Malkin excel and the Crosbys and the Neals, they got their chances tonight, and eventually a team like that is going to come out and give us that challenge.  But overall when we got into overtime I thought we kind of played a little bit better and started being more the team that we had to be. In Pittsburgh we had the puck a lot on our stick and that kind of took away the opportunities for those guys, but tonight they had a lot more.

Bergy was just saying everyone is buying in.  How much of that do you think is a continuation of what happened when they won the Cup by buying in?
It's a lot.  We've all been together for quite a while, and we know what's expected and we know what's worked for us, and right now we've got guys, like I said, I thought the first three periods they were getting the better of us, but still, we stuck to our guns, and in overtime we found a way to be a better team, and that was by managing the puck a little bit better and maybe minimizing the turnovers that made us have to come back all the time. So guys, we seemed to give guys some messages between periods, some advice, some of that stuff, and our guys just seemed to respond well.  They listened and they all went out there and did their job.

Obviously the Penguins coming into the series had a deadly power play and you've killed each of their power plays.  Just talk about what's been -- why it's been as successful and what areas you're impressed with the most on your penalty kills.

Well, I said that yesterday.  I said just a commitment and the respect that we have for their power play, and I think our guys have done a great job, but goaltending makes your power play extremely good, as well, and Tuukka has made some key plays on the power play and allowed our PK to continue to be good.

Pittsburgh seemed to, tonight more than ever, use picks, get in the way of your guys, interference plays.  That seemed to go away in the overtime.  I was wondering what you guys did that kind of opened up the ice or was it just fatigue setting in?

No, I think we just -- to me we battled a little bit better.  I thought our battle, as I mentioned earlier, just wasn't quite up to par tonight, and our -- the battle along the walls, the race to the pucks.  But our puck management, we played a good north-south type of game in the first two games, and tonight we were turning pucks over just outside our blue line or in the neutral zone.  When you have to stop and come back to your own end all the time, it takes away a lot of the energy and also the momentum from your team. I thought in overtime we started playing a little bit more where we come out of our own end and we played a little bit more in theirs and managed the puck there a little bit better, so I thought that was the big difference.

With Tuukka's mentality post game you wouldn't know whether you guys won or lost.  What do you think of the way he's continuing to play?
Well, what can you say?  He's, like I said -- if you keep talking about those first three periods they were probably the better team, there's no doubt we were still in it because of him.  He's extremely calm.  I think he used a lot of that energy this morning in practice so it calmed him down for tonight, which was probably a good thing.

I know you touched on it earlier, but talk about the buy-in that a 41-year-old superstar has to grind along the boards in double-overtime to produce the winning play.

Well, you know, I think with Jags right now he seems to be having a lot of fun with our group.  I think he's seen what is being accomplished from doing that.  Players want to be part of it, and although he's played a certain way his whole career, he's willing to do what it takes here, too, to help us be successful, and that's two games in a row now where I've seen him finish a good check, turn the puck over and result in a goal.  Certainly it doesn't go unnoticed, but when you're a 41-year-old that's never been known for your real physical play but more for the type of game that those Hall of Famers and superstar players play, and right now he's just doing whatever is asked of him, and that's a credit to Jags.

When you lost Gregory, it kind of took Thorty out of the rotation, too, so tonight was basically 10 forwards.  How difficult was it?
It was tough.  I mean, they shortened their bench, as well.  Obviously both teams wanted to win.  We would have probably shortened our bench eventually as the game went on, but unfortunately had to do that a little earlier than we wanted to.  You get to the point where a player has been sitting for a while, it's pretty tough to put him back in.  I've said that before.  He understands that.  He's been with us for long enough and understands his role in the game, and he's part of our game and was more than happy to see us win this game tonight. You know, it's just one of those things where it's tough for our players to have to play almost two full overtime periods with a short bench, but like I said, we found a way, and got to give the guys credit for that.

What do you think it says about your team to take pretty much the best of what Pittsburgh has given in the series so far and maybe not play your best game and still be able to come away with a big victory tonight?  What do you think about the mindset of this team?

Well, I think the character is always the word you want to use, a lot of character in that room.  But like I said, we didn't play a bad game, but we weren't at the top of our game, and Tuukka was good for us, but character is because you get into overtime, and all of a sudden you become a better team.  So the further the game went, the better we seemed to get, the more chances we seemed to get.  I thought in that first OT we spent a lot of time in the O-zone.  It says a lot about our team, because I know our guys right now are exhausted from playing with a short bench and playing almost five periods here.

Tuukka talked after the game about the physical and mental challenge, but for a coach, too, it's got to be a challenge for you on the bench.  Talk about your style in a game like tonight.
Well, you've got to stay sharp.  Like I said, with a shortened bench and trying to see what they're coming up with and making sure you've got the right guys out on the ice.  But five periods is mentally exhausting for us, obviously not so much physically but mentally at the end of the night.  As much as this was a great game, I'm looking forward to going to bed.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On a rough night in the face-off circle for you.  Was it difficult to envision a win the way the regulation time went?  
We found a way, I guess.  That's the only way you've got to look at it.  It wasn't necessarily our best effort in the first 60.  But I thought we re-grouped well in overtime and we had some really good chances in the first overtime, and we kept battling and we said that we have to find a way somehow, and we did in the second overtime.

Almost 32 minutes of ice time for you.  Are you tired?
Yeah, pretty tired, but it's rewarding when you get the result.  We have tomorrow to rest, and we've just got to think about Game 4 after that.  But we've got to rest tonight and tomorrow.  But I thought it was a big effort by both teams.  It was really a hard-fought game, and we found a way.

Just if you could take us through the overtime goal.  It seems almost natural Marchand to Bergeron?
Yeah, it was first of all a great play by Jags to take that puck on the wall there and just fighting and getting the loose puck to Marsh, and we do that chemistry where we know where we're going on the ice.  I knew he was going to try to find me there if I was driving the net, and I just went to the net and tried to have my stick on the ice, and he found me.

 Just to go back to the first part of that goal and like you were talking about with Jagr, how impressive is it to see a 41-year-old guy come up in a 95-minute game and make a play like that?  He seemed to have a lot of energy and playing his best in that second overtime.
Yeah, I think he's got that experience, I guess, to always be at the right place on the ice, and on that play it's just a perfect example that he's buying in and he wants to help in any way he can, and that play right there, we don't get a goal if he doesn't make that play.

Tuukka's performance?  He was fantastic in net.
Yeah, he was great.  Again, we should say he's been great all Playoffs, and he's really given us the saves that we need and the energy, the momentum that we need in order to do the job in front of him.  They had some really good looks that we should have done a better job defensively, and he bailed us out.

You've obviously played overtime times before.  Can you put into words how it feels physically at this point?  Is it the legs?  Is it the back?  Is it the dehydration?  Is it all of the above?  Can you put that into words for us?
 Yeah, I think it's a little bit of everything.  It's also mental.  You've got to stay sharp and find a way, but I think it's all in your head.  As long as you don't feel tired in your head, your legs are fine.  But you're right, your body is cramping up and you've just got to find a way, just keep battling, because I think everyone is in the same situation.  But obviously as it goes on, the more cramps you get, I guess.

Is this the most weathered your face has looked in a while?
Yeah, I guess, but it's all good.  We go in there, we're all buying in for a team, that's fine.

How big was the penalty kill tonight and you guys go 6 for 6 and you got a lot of momentum?
Yeah, it was huge.  We know the offense they have and the firepower and the plays they make, and you've really got to -- it's a five-man unit I should say with Tuukka in net on the ice, on the PK and we were really good to make sure we had our heads on a swivel and we were talking a lot, but definitely the penalty kill was huge tonight.

We've seen this team rally around guys that are injured.  Campbell tonight.  How did that play out?
Yeah, it was a huge play by him.  Again, we're talking about details, we're talking about little things that goes a long way, and that block was super.  That's the way he is.  He sacrifices the body always for the team, for the better of the team.  Obviously we tried to rally behind that and do it for him because he's a big part of our team on and off the ice.  It was great, but at the same time we -- it was a tough game, we've got to make sure we're ready for game 4.

Jaromir Jagr set up your goal with some good work among the boards.  He's been known forever as a skill guy.  Does that kind of illustrate what his time here has been like and what you guys have come to expect from him?
Yeah, I think it just explains that everyone is buying in, everyone is doing everything in order to get the success and to get the wins, and it doesn't matter what it is and who it is, and Jags is a perfect example.  He's pretty much a legend, he's a guy that's going to be in the Hall of Fame at some point, and he's doing the little thing right there just to fight for the puck, and you notice that as a teammate, and it goes a long way, as I said, and we all need to do that.

Do you have the impression at all that you took the Penguins' kind of best punch tonight and still came out on top?  To what extent do you think this can give you some kind of mental advantage going forward?
Well, I really believe that Pittsburgh has been through it before.  They have the experience, so we know it's not over.  We've really got to make sure we're even better in Game 4 and we know they will.  They're a great team, and we respect them, and we've just got to be in the moment.  We can't get over-excited both having three wins because you need four.

Sticking with the Penguins a little bit, it seems like in three games, guys like Crosby and Malkin would have something on the scoreboard and they haven't.  Does that surprise you that they haven't gotten on the board yet?
Well, I think they're amazing players but we're trying obviously not to just go one guy to defend these guys.  They're really good obviously.  We both have five guys on the ice.  We've got to obviously tie it up in our zone a little bit more, but Tuukka has made some huge saves, also, but it's about everyone buying in.  But like I said, it's three games.  There's a huge one.  It's all about Game 4 now.  That's the way we've approached it all Playoffs and now it's all about that next game.



BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the long night paying off in the end…
Yeah, it was definitely a grind. Both teams played pretty good. That second period was the worst one for us, but we battled and going into double overtime it’s anybody’s game.

On whether he’s wiped out…
Yeah, a little bit. I mean, it’s I don’t know 12:30 or something, five periods of hockey. Not the freshest feeling, but I think the win makes it a little easier.

On how he stays mentally sharp while he’s physically fatigued…
You know I don’t think you feel that physical fatigue-ness at that point. It’s just trying to keep your head, and not thinking that you’re tired. It’s just a nice little challenge – you know if you think you’re tired you’re tired, and if you don’t you don’t.

On whether he was fighting that at all…
Not too bad, not too bad. I mean, I was just enjoying watching our power play.

On how it feels to only allow two goals in three games…
I feel good. I mean, I don’t feel any better than I’ve felt throughout the playoffs. I think our team is helping me out a lot. Although obviously you let in two goals in three games you’re making some good saves too. But we’re blocking shots and taking care of those rebounds pretty well. So they’re helping my job a lot.

On whether there was any point he felt like, ‘That was a big save’…
I’m sure there’s a couple. It’s tough to say right now. But they had over 50 shots, so I’m sure there were a couple good chances.

On Jaromir Jagr winning battles along the boards…
Well he’s a pretty strong individual. You know, it probably looked like he was going to lose it for a second, but he never played it off and stayed strong, and won it and we scored. So it was a huge battle.

On Gregory Campbell blocking that shot…
I saw it, yeah. A guy had a lane and he sacrificed his body. It was a great thing, just bad thing he got hurt. He blocks a lot of shots, he took one for the team there, and we really wanted to win this for him.

On how tired he gets during a game like this…
Well I mean, it’s five periods. So I imagine everybody gets tired. It’s more of a mental challenge I think. I wasn’t cramping up today or anything. So that was positive.

On Pittsburgh playing better defensively tonight…
Yeah, yeah, they were. 100 percent. We didn’t get clear chances, that many as we got the past two games. They tied it up a lot and came at the offense pretty hard too, especially in that second period. And we took some penalties that got us going a little bit in the wrong direction. But Pittsburgh played a great game today.

On whether this was the best game of his career…
I don’t rank them. It’s playoffs – every game is important, every win is important. That was probably the longest one.

On whether he will remember this game for a long time…
Yeah for sure, I don’t think you get these double overtime games too many times in your career.

On whether he ever watched long games like this and wondered if he would play in one…
I don’t watch hockey that much.

On Claude Julien saying the puck looks big to Tuukka right now…
It’s the same size… I try to be patient, I try to wait for the shot and follow the pass. And sometimes when you do that it makes it look easier than it is.

On why he need to be patient…
Well I mean, I think every team plays a different style of hockey, and these guys like to look for those backdoor plays and that extra play all the time. So for a goalie it’s really important to stay patient. And some teams look to take shots through screens, and you have to be patient too not to go down to early. So I think patience is the biggest thing to be successful.

On being tired…
Tired but not awful. It’s past my bedtime. But I wasn’t cramping up today, which was good. And I’ll regroup tomorrow and get some rest.

On getting through the third period and into overtime…
Yeah you know, in that third period we talked about not playing in our heals. Because we’re up 2-0 and we didn’t want to sit back. But it definitely didn’t look like it – we were playing on our toes, and they kind of took it took us a little bit. But we survived and then afterwards we just wanted to go out there and get that opportunity to score.

On whether Pittsburgh looked more patient…
Yeah they tightened up their game.

On how he feels about being up 3-0 and having seen his best game of the series…
Not really, you know, you can’t fall into that trap when you’re up 3-0. As I said every game means more and more than the one before. So we just have to focus on what we have to do to win the hockey games and not look too far ahead in the future. We just have to play a solid game and see where that takes us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On Gregory Campbell remaining on the ice during the penalty kill…
The fact that he took that shot and he couldn’t even move and he was still trying to play and get in the lane. He did a great job and we really wanted to play for him, and it just shows his character. He’s always battling. He’s always doing whatever he has to do, and he’s been huge for us this playoffs so far.

On whether Gregory Campbell was in the locker room after the game…
Yeah, he was, and it was great to see him and he’s looking good.

On how it feels to be up 3-0 in the series…
We’re obviously about the situation we’re in, but by no means is the series over. We have a lot of work to do. They’re going to come out even better in the next game and we know that and we have to be prepared.

On Jaromir Jagr getting the puck back after he lost it…
We wanted to get back there after Jags [Jaromir Jagr] lost it, but the way he battled there and got it back. He’s so strong. You can never count him out, and he did a great job getting that puck up and making a good play.

On Jaromir Jagr’s performance tonight…
He played great tonight, and he has the last few games and he’s really stepping up and it’s the little things that you might not realize that he’s doing. On our fourth goal last game he made a great hit to get the puck to Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] and tonight he batted hard with two guys and won the puck battle and we scored because of it, so that’s what we need him to do and that’s why he’s such an incredible player.

On Tuukka Rask blocking more than 50 shots tonight…
Yeah, we’re very excited the way he’s playing. He’s done a great job and he definitely kept us in it. He won it tonight and we’re going to need him more.

On Jagr adjusting to the Bruins…
It’s a different system that he’s used to, but he’s adapting well and he’s playing great, and he creates a lot out there and he’s working hard and I think he could play another three years for sure.

On Bergeron’s goal…
Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], he does everything right, and it’s little things like that that make him such a great player. The way he drove to the net and [Brooks] Orpik, he’s a very big guy, very strong, and the way he battled him and put that puck in, it shows that he can do everything, and we’re very lucky to have him.

On whether he can ‘taste’ the Stanley Cup Finals…
We’re not even thinking about that right now. It’s one win but a very long ways away. We have to make sure that we do everything right to prepare for the next game and come out very hard because we know they’re going to.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On being up three games to none…
I think, the three games, we played well. We haven’t accomplished anything. We know that’s a great hockey team over there. All we can do is look to Game Four, and these three games are in the past.

On Tuukka Rask’s performance…
Tuukka’s [Rask] been our most consistent player all year long, and he just proved that again tonight, coming up with some big saves when we really needed them.

On the Bruins killing all six Pittsburgh power plays…
Well I think we’re doing a good job of taking their time and space away. Your best penalty killer needs to be your goalie, and Tuukka [Rask] has been. He’s been there when we’ve had some breakdowns, and been there to make the saves.

On how tired he is…
I feel pretty good. Yeah, it was a long game. I’m sure both sides are a little fatigued right now, but both sides battled hard right to the end.

On the Penguins playing a tougher game…
They played extremely well. Their feet were moving, they were skating well, and I thought they played well.

On the Bruins finding more energy in overtime…
I thought there were a few things that we needed to correct in order to give ourselves a better opportunity, and I thought we did that in overtime, especially the first overtime.

On what wins like this do for the team…
Obviously we feel pretty good right now. But like you said, that bounce could have gone either way tonight, and I was glad that it went our way.

On Gregory Campbell finishing his shift after getting injured…
That’s a thankless job right there. Soup [Gregory Campbell] does that. He’s been doing it his whole career, and I think the fact that he stayed up, finished his shift, and made it to the bench speaks volumes about how strong he is and willingness to battle.

On how much of a lift Campbell provided after that shift…
There’s a guy that’s willing to do whatever needs to be done to help the team. Like I said, we appreciate Soup [Gregory Campbell] and his willingness to do things like that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On going to two overtimes…
It was a long one. Sometimes you see the pace drop off a bit in overtime and maybe it got a little sloppier, but I don’t think the pace dropped off that much. It was a big effort.

On creating scoring chances in the first overtime…
The first OT was, I think, the best period of hockey for us. I don’t know if they’d agree for them. Both teams, I think, were going pretty good—creating and definitely going for the win. I don’t think anybody was playing on their heels.

On how he feels physically…
Happy. We won. It makes me feel really good. It’s amazing. You get some good endorphins when you see the puck go in and bounce for your team. It’s definitely a lot easier when you come out on the other side.

On feeling lingering effects from his injury…
No, I got a big break. I got to rest that whole second round.

On the game getting sloppy as it progressed…
There was parts of the game that maybe we were a little more sloppy, but I like I said, that overtime was really good—the first one. Very good hockey, great chances. I think each team hit the post maybe once or twice, and goalies came up big. Guys are still hitting and still making plays. Like I said, sometimes you see that quality drop off, but I think everybody was playing for the win.

On how they prepare now being up 3-0…
Same thing as last game. It’s the same kind of preparation. When you have a team that can just, like a switch they turn on some of their skill and some of their offensive play. You really can’t drop your guard. We’ll probably smile a bit tonight and then reset and then have the same kind of approach as the last couple of games. We’re playing against a team hat we have a lot of respect for and what they can do. So, I think we’re a bunch of guys that have learned our lesson the hard way and also the good way of coming back. I think it’s going to be the exact same preparation.

On Gregory Campbell playing after getting hit with a shot…
Obviously, you can’t go into too much detail about it, but it’s one of those ones that after the fact people are going to be pretty impressed with what he did. Obviously, you could see him block that shot and do everything he can to get in the way of the next passes and what not. I don’t know how to describe it. You saw the next couple of shifts after that for us. Guys really got lifted up. It’s amazing what guys can do in playoffs.

On Campbell’s shift tilting the momentum in the Bruins’ favor…
It definitely gives you a surge just like a good kill does, especially when you’re playing against a team that has such a great power play. You see the extra bit that it takes to try to stop it. That was an extra bit and more. Obviously, some guys get a lot of credit for the big goals and some of the fancy plays. I’m sure everybody in this locker room and I’m sure most people—guys like hockey players watching on TV—will see a play like that and know how much respect that garners from people.

On this being the most satisfying win of the series…
That’s a game that could go either way. It’s overtime. Double overtime. There’s posts, there’s big saves. That’s the type of game that you clash and you bang heads. Win or lose you come out and you say, ‘you know what, we gave it our hardest.’ So, like I said, we’re obviously happy to come out on the right side of it but I don’t think anybody is kidding themselves. You know that it can go either way in a game like that. Happy, for sure, but I think proud either side of the coin of what kind of game that was.

On Tuukka Rask…
Everybody shuts down well this time of year. I think that’s part of our game is having a really, really good goaltender and having guys that are very responsible.

On the crowd chanting Gregory Campbell’s name…
They know their hockey. Well, you don’t have to know hockey too well to see how gutsy that was, but I think this is obviously a city that appreciates that kind of effort. It’s not the first time they’ve seen effort from guys on that line and what they do and what they bring to this team. Like I said, appreciated by anybody that sees that.

On if Campbell was waiting for the team in the locker room after the win…
He was smiling, obviously. We had a little chat. You don’t want to see a guy hurt, anyway. That’s the game.

On Jaromir Jagr having fresh legs into double overtime…
Well, we haven’t been referencing [Jagr’s age]. I thought, I mean, I watched that whole Rangers series and it’s one thing when you’re playing, you don’t get to pay a whole lot of attention to what other guys are doing. You’re really concerned about your own game. But when you sit up in the stands, I can honestly say in that Rangers series he could’ve been our top scorer. He put himself in a lot of really good positions, created a lot of plays, and he gets snake bitten. I think that he’s been coming a long way. He’s changed his game a bit obviously not only as the years have gone on, but coming to our team. I think that guys have a lot of respect for obviously who he was in the past, and I think now seeing how hard he pushes himself to be better and how he’s not too good to develop into what we need him to be. Guys really respect that. A couple of huge plays that he made that are grinding it out on the wall, and that’s not going to make any of his highlight reels when he’s inducted into the Hall of Fame, but those are huge plays to win hockey games for us.

On the Bruins taking fewer penalties against the Canadiens tomorrow…
Like I said, even in the Rangers series they were not necessarily producing as much as they maybe deserve, but they were creating a lot of frustration for other teams and a lot of chances. I don’t think there’s too many D-men that play against them that think that they’ve given them too many easy games. I think they’ve done a good job.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how good it felt to see the puck go in the net to win the game…
It felt really good. Again, it was a strong play on the boards by Jaromir [Jagr]. He got the puck and then just a simple play to the net and Patrice [Bergeron] had, again, a great stick. He seemed to be the man to look for at times, so it was just again a simple play driving down to the net and then [Patrice] had a good strong stick on both locations on the red line and obviously on the drive to the net.

On how tough the battle was tonight…
It was a hard fought game. Not too much scoring, but obviously a lot of specialty teams. A lot of big saves by both goalies. It was physical. Just a very hard fought game.

On Tuukka Rask’s performance…
We gave up 50 plus shots. I don’t know how many of those came from power plays they had, but for sure he did an outstanding job.

On how he feels about being up 3-0 in the series…
We’ve got to enjoy it for a little bit tonight, but rest up tomorrow and get ready for the next one.

On Gregory Campbell’s effort during the penalty kill…
He’s a man that he does whatever the team needs, and he’s willing to sacrifice his body, and for sure it was an outstanding block by him and you saw that the rest of the time he spent on that kill he was willing to do whatever he could on that one leg, so this one is for sure for him.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEAD COACH DAN BYLSMA POSTGAME
On if they did anything differently tonight defensively...
It was I think the way our team played, competed and battled.  I thought we made a couple minor adjustments, but that was a hard-fought game.  It was hard-fought all over the ice, and we threw a lot at them.  We threw a lot at them in regulation, we threw 50-plus shots, and we played exactly how we wanted to play, just couldn't find the second goal.

On where they go from here, with the way they played tonight...
Do that right again.  We planned on winning Game 4, as well, and now we're going to regroup and get back and play just like that again and win one hockey game.

On Tomas Vokoun’s game...
I think unfortunately there the first shot was the play off the skate and the pass that went off the skate and got by him, and it's unfortunate because that looked like the only way he was going to let one in.  He played really, really well, really solid, and I think there were a number of four or five really good chances in particular there in the first overtime where he made some great saves, played really solid for us.  Again, we threw 50-plus shots, and unfortunately they get one off a skate bounce early on, and the last one in the game.

On if he is pleased in general with how they executed with a man advantage...
Yeah, you know, we had some opportunities both regulation-wise and in overtime, too, to score a power play goal.  We did a lot of good things.  We had some good looks.  We had the puck on the stick, people in spots we wanted to have and got great opportunities, and at the end of the day, a power play goal would have made the difference in the game.  You don't feel like you capitalized on those opportunities, especially in overtime; it would have sent us home winners.

On the response that he saw from his team tonight and what answers he got...
It was a hard-fought game on both sides.  It was a very good response from our team.  We did a lot of things to get opportunities to win the hockey game.  We have to bounce back from a goal very early on in the game, and I thought we did that very well and stuck with it, got the goal to tie the game and really was a hard-fought game all over the ice.  Again, we did everything but get the game-winning goal there.

On if there is anything he can say to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malking to get them going...
I don't give goal-scoring tips to too many guys, but again, that's the way we need to play.  That's the way we can play, and we pushed it and we pushed it hard, and we had opportunities.  Those guys had great opportunities, five on five, Evgeni had a mini breakaway there, we had good chances on the power play, they all had good looks and we just have to keep playing that way, and that's what we're going to do.  We know the situation being down 0-3 but we're going to come back for Game 5 and we're going to play exactly that same way and get a win in Game 4.

On if there is any extra pressure to come back and turn the series around given the situation that the team is in, having been the number one team in the East...
Not for the reasons you mentioned.  You know, we're competing in the Conference Final for a chance to win and go to the Stanley Cup, and that's where we're going to be.  We're down 3-0, we have lost the first three games, and we're going to battle and lay it out there, and we threw it at them tonight and didn't get the win, but we are going to -- it's a race to 4, and they're not there yet, and we're going to come back in here, regroup and go after Game 4.

On how much he felt a shift of momentum in the game after the Campbell blocked shot...
There was numerous times in the game I thought where there were momentum shifts.  We had a -- they had a couple shifts there.  At the end of the third period we broke a stick and played D-zone coverage without a stick and they had a three- or four- or five-minute stretch in that time, certainly after the kill with Campbell the next four or five minutes of the game was at a frantic pace going both ways.  I think both teams fought through that at different times. Yes, that did -- that kill and then the next five minutes was a momentum boost, but I think it went back and forth at different times in the game, and we certainly got it back later on in the game, later on in the contest.


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD JAROME IGINLA
On scoring chances in overtime play…
We had power plays but we were moving around. We had shots from good spots and good looks. On many other nights those go in and unfortunate they didn’t tonight but both PK’s [penalty kills] were great. They had their chances on the power plays earlier, too. The PK’s were very good tonight. They paid the price. I don’t know about theirs but we did a lot of things that we wanted to do that didn’t go in on our power play. It was a good tough game. We were on the wrong end of a good game. The goalies played great. The compete level was big.

On being down 3-0 in the series…
I mean we don’t look at the big picture now. It stinks tonight. We want to win those tough games and 2-1 is different obviously than 3-0. It’s going to be building in small steps and it’s the same focus you just put in one game.

On Penguins’ style of play tonight…
We played a good game. We had a lot of good looks. The level of the compete was right at the level it needed to be. Guys did a lot of good things. We had a lot of good looks. Both goalies played outstanding tonight.

On Vokoun’s game tonight…
He was awesome. Both goalies you have to tip your hat. He made huge saves on their power plays at different times, very timely ones. OT, I think he stopped the breakaway. We had great shots and great looks at Rask and he was finding them through some good screens. Goalies played great tonight. I mean we had some great looks.

On the morale of  the Penguins after tonight’s loss…
I don’t think it’s a matter of more out of us. Nobody is going to give up in here. It’s a bigger hole, it’s 2-1 instead of 3-0 is different but it’s not a matter of demoralized or anything like that. We are going to go and regroup. We are capable of some really good things. We played well tonight, not good enough. They played hard. We played hard.  It didn’t go our way. Nobody’s as far as morale and stuff will just focus on next game and start there. That’s what we have to do.

On the Bruin’s energy in overtime…
I thought that the first overtime was good. I thought that overtime was pretty solid for us. It went back-and-forth in overtime momentum and that is going to happen. It usually happens off your power plays. I thought it did tonight. You carry some of that. It was a good game. We just didn’t win. It does stink tonight and stuff, but we can only look forward to next game.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD CRAIG ADAMS
On tonight’s loss…
They played a good game tonight; so did we. And it came down to whatever it was, 50 odd shots on each side. But the problem with dropping the first two is now there’s no margin for error.

On if their 3-0 deficit is insurmountable…
I guess you could say it’s almost insurmountable, but almost being the key word. So obviously we’ve got to get some rest and regroup and win a game on Friday.

On if the way the game ended was discouraging…
No, it’s great. [laughs]

On what else they can do to get a win…
Yeah, it’s frustrating. But the thing is – it’s not like we played the game that we played tonight three times and didn’t win. We played an okay game in Game 1, we didn’t play a good game in Game 2 and that’s the type of game we’ve got to play – the one we played tonight. if we played that one seven times, you know, I like our chances. But that’s not the position we’re in.

On the positives of tonight’s game…
Well, we had almost 60 shots. I think we created some good chances, you know, the game had ebbs and flows. There’s times where we controlled the play, there’s time where they controlled the play. Like I said, we beat this team three times this year so we know we can beat them. And we need to beat them on Friday.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEFENSEMAN BROOKS ORPIK
On if it’s tough to be down 3-0 in the series…
It’s not ideal.

On what does he do at this point…
Compete the same way we did tonight.

On the goal where he didn’t seem to get inside position…
I did get inside position I just didn’t get his stick and he got a deflection on it. That was the difference.

On how the game, besides the last goal, was played the way the team wanted it…
Yeah, it was obviously a large improvement from the first two games. It’s just we’re here for results so there’s no real moral victories at this point in the season.

On the feeling he had when the puck was in the net…
I think everybody can realize how we felt, I felt. I mean you feel like you let 19 guys down and that’s not a good feeling.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD JAMES NEAL
On whether it’s surprising the power play unit hasn’t clicked since it was a strong point during the first two rounds…
Well I don’t think it’s not clicking, we definitely had good looks and we put a lot of pressure on them and made some great shots, had some good chances. Their goalie made some big saves and that’s going to happen, but I felt we stuck with it. Obviously it sucks that we didn’t score, but you try to take a positive from that.

On whether he thinks the team can win four games against the Bruins…
Yeah, of course we do. Like I said it’s going to have to start with one period, one game at a time. We got to the game we like tonight in the game we were having so we’ve got to continue to build on that even with the loss and we just got to regroup tomorrow and come into game four with a new attitude and you’ve got to try to win one.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD SIDNEY CROSBY
On where the team goes from here…
I think if we play the same way we’re going to get our chances. I thought we generated more scoring chances than them, and I thought we deserved better.

On if he thought they had them on the ropes in regulation…
I think the whole game we felt really comfortable with our play. I think we felt like it was just a matter of time before we were going to get it. Unfortunately they didn’t, and hung around, and got the one at the end.

On if the Bruins seemed to have a new energy and push in overtime…
I thought we had some real good chances in overtime.

On if it was frustrating to play their best game and still come away with a loss…
That’s the playoffs. That’s how it works sometimes. Unfortunately, tonight I thought we deserved better, but they found a way to get that big one in overtime. We did a lot of good things.

On the teams’ performance…
We did a lot of good things. Some big kills; our power play didn’t score but it did generate some good chances. We just weren’t able to get that second one, the one to win it.

On where the team goes from here…
We stick with it. We can’t get three wins with one game. We have to find a way to get back there and get back to that same level we had tonight, and hopefully capitalize on our chances. But I don’t think there’s too much we would change going into Game Four. If we can play the same game, and put those pucks in the net, then we can give ourselves a chance.

On doing everything they said they wanted to going into the game but not getting the result…
It is, but like I said, that’s the playoffs. Unfortunately, we’re kind of comparing Game Two, and we didn’t give ourselves a chance, so we can’t get that one back. We gave that one to them so-to-speak. We did a lot better job tonight, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. We do a lot of these same things, and I think we all trust and believe we can get this back to Pittsburgh.

On if he thought he scored on the backhand that hit the post…
I didn’t’ really know where the net was, but I heard it hit the post. Obviously it was kind of a scrambled play but it would have been nice for it to go in.

On if everything this team has been through plays into the team being down 3-0 in helping them…
You just have to trust your game and know that when you absolutely need it the most, everyone is going to show up and bring it, and kind of let everything happen. But I thought again tonight we did a lot of good things and probably deserved better.

On the team’s power play issues, and if it’s something they’re doing or something Boston is doing…
Goaltending really. I think we’re getting some good chances; we hit a couple of posts. I feel like if we go out there, and both team’s power plays probably slipped a little bit in overtime. Guys are more tired, penalty kill gets more aggressive, and the puck is bouncing more. Those are big ones you want to put in, but I think both power plays probably weren’t clicking on all cylinders there, but I think the goalie made some saves, and we generated some good chances.

On if the team found out what it’s made of…
I think we responded pretty well. Unfortunately that Game Two nobody really liked the way that turned out, and what happened there. I thought we responded well and did everything we could have besides get that last one.

On if he thought they got better with each period of regulation…
I thought we were pretty solid all the way through. It didn’t’ feel like at any point they really grabbed momentum. They had a couple of shifts, but other than that, I thought we played pretty comfortably when five-on-five. They had some chances, but nothing that we really gave them, which was good.

On the one thing tonight that gives them the most hope going into Game Four…
Just seeing the results from our game, I think you always believe in it, but it’s much nicer when you win and get rewarded for it. Beyond that, we saw the number of opportunities we created, and I believe we’ll get the guys to capitalize on those more often that not.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GOALTENDER TOMAS VOKOUN
On the game winning goal…
[Brad] Marchand, it was kind of a pass shot from the side and I really don’t know exactly but [Patrice] Bergeron got to the puck first and he put it in.

On the feeling after losing like that…
Its frustrating obviously when you lose in double overtime. It’s not a good feeling. It’s not a good feeling.

On where the team goes from here…
We go to Game four simply. It’s a tough loss but we are in that situation and now we have nothing to lose so we go to the next game.

On how much a game like this takes out of them…
I don’t know, we’ll see. Obviously it’s very disappointing you know, like everybody would be. It’s normal.

On the overtime winner…
Just kind of a shot pass from Marchand on the side and you know Bergeron got to the puck, quickly shot it and it went in the net.

On if this was the type of game he wanted to see…
Yeah, I think we played well, it was a hard fought game and obviously it’s tough to be on the losing end.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME AT 11:45 A.M.
On the theme of defense turning into offense leading to the team’s success...
It’s been good for us. I think, when you look at our team, it’s built that way. We take pride in that part of our game, and that part of our game’s also given us the opportunity to be better offensively; turn that puck over quick and then everybody comes back, then we go back up the ice as a unit. That’s been a big part of our game and when it’s good, it provides us with some good offense.

On the team’s experience helping them not get too high when being up 2-0 in a series...
No, it doesn’t matter what situation it is, I think our guys our mature enough to understand that whatever we went through, whatever the situation is right now, we have to be a good team in order to win at this stage of the season. We can’t afford to let our guard down, whether it’s the respect for a team you’re playing, and the ability of that team to take advantage of you if you’re not ready, or whether it’s just from within our group to want to be a good team every night. That’s what’s important right now, thats we stay focused on the present and don’t live in the past, don’t look in the future. I’ve said that before, we’ve been good when we’ve kept our eye on what’s going on right now. That’s what we’ve got to do.

On some players describing the team’s system as easy and others like Daniel Paille saying it’s complicated...
It’s not complicated, so I’m going to have to have a talk with Dan [Paille]. It really isn’t. What we try and do is eliminate the gray areas, make it black and white. It really is easy. He probably said complicated because he doesn’t want to tell you what it is. But it isn’t. This game shouldn’t be a complicated one. Guys have skills, you try to put some structure together, but the one thing you don’t take away is their ability to use their imagination and their skill and their hockey sense to make plays. Defensively, is where you’re extremely structured, and you want to make sure that you have layers and guys come back to where they should be positionally. When it comes to offense, a couple of rules, but the rest is about letting them do their job and letting them use their creativity.

On what having offensive-minded defensemen does to make puck possession easier...
To win a hockey game, you need everything. Puck management is one of those things, we talked about defense, we talked about scoring goals, we talked about being strong on the puck, everything else. Puck management, at one point, was part of our game that we were struggling with, a little bit with New York, gave us some issues. We knew it had to be better against Pittsburgh because if you didn’t have good puck management and if you don’t get continued good puck management, you’re going to run into trouble with that team.

On his defensemen being able to rush the puck...
They’re good, everybody. Andrew Ference came back in and you see him skating the puck up the ice as well. For the most part, our D’s [defensemen] have done a good job. Some guys are better at skating the puck up the ice than, maybe, others. But others are great passers, you see plays, they see the openings well in the neutral zone, make good passes, and they use their offense from the offensive blue line in. That’s a guy like Johnny Boychuk, his shot; Zdeno [Chara], those guys.

On if he expects a tighter game tonight...
Well, that’s what it’s been from the start for us. Every part of the ice is a battle. That’s how we’ve been able to come back 2-0. Like I said, we respect every part of our game to be good, because it needs to be. I keep saying it over and over: the team that we’re playing is a good team, has been a great team all year. I guess, right now, we’re up two nothing because we’ve taken that respect and brought it to our game and made sure that every inch of the ice is important. We’ve taken that approach.

On how much they have to anticipate adjustments from Pittsburgh...
I think we have to continue to play our game, but we should expect some changes here and there. If those things happen, I think we’ll be ready for it. I said that all along in the playoffs, we really have to focus, we want to focus on our game, because I think that’s where all the focus has to be. That’s where players’ focus needs to be. As far as coaches are concerned, we have to be ready for adjustments, and if there is some, we’ve got to be ready to tell our players.

On if there are things about Torey Krug’s skill that outweigh his size and how he knew that Krug was ready...
Well, I think it’s pretty obvious when you look at him this Pittsburgh series, the plays he makes. he’s got a good sense of the game, he sees the opening, he’s calm with the puck, doesn’t throw it away for nothing. Does he make mistakes? Just like everybody else every once in a while. As far as did we know what we we’re going to get, I think we had an idea. But until he shows it, you never know. That’s why we told him right off the bat to go out there and just play his game, not to play on his heels. We were going to correct whatever needed to be corrected. You have to have confidence in the guys you put in your lineup, and they need to feel that confidence. We were able to dot that and he was able to give us what we wanted.

On how Tuukka Rask is doing after he took a shot up high in morning skate...
He’s fine. Just didn’t want him falling in front of that door when he went out of his crease. I told him, ‘You’re making me look bad.’ I said, ‘I told everybody you were normal.’ But I said, ‘I did tell them you had a temper.’ So I said, ‘You’re OK.’ No issues.

On it being nice to have Adam McQuaid playing well...
He was a pretty important part of our team when we won a few years ago. Probably flew under the radar because of how well other players played. But when he stays away from injuries and he gets his momentum going, he’s a real reliable defensemen. You’ve seen him at times play against top lines, because he’s capable of doing that. Certainly, the position that he’s in right now, in that third period he gives us a pretty good player.

On a comparison of their different opponent’s speed so far in the playoffs...
Well, those are always hard to kind of analyze, because the first round is very different from the second. And I said that, the firs round to me has always been the toughest round to get out of. All the teams that make the playoffs are excited about it and it seems like it takes a little bit of time to build some momentum or it takes something to happen. We used our example in Game Seven of Toronto, we use Chicago for what they’ve done against Detroit, coming back from a three to one deficit. There’s certainly some things that give your team the ability to get better. I think our team’s just gotten better round after round. But our opponents have given us everything they have. For Toronto to bring us to seven; and New York, sure it was a five-game series, but I said it all along and I’ll say it again, there was no quite in that team. They might’ve run out of firepower, and as you can see, had some key guys that were not one hundred percent. But we’re playing a team right now that has all the firepower in the world and can turn this series around very quickly if we’re not careful. Different series have different approaches, as far as how you look at it as a team. Right now, without repeating myself too much, it really has been about how we’re going to play tonight, and after tonight will be the next game. I like the direction our team is heading into, but the challenges keep going in that direction.

On Pittsburgh’s speed...
I think when you look at the skill level that they have, the guys that can score goals. You look at, not necessarily the [Sidney] Crosbys and [Evgeni] Malkins, but the [Pascal] Dupuis and the [Chris] Kunitzs. Those kinds of guys, [Kris] Letang on the back end, [Paul] Martin can carry the puck well. There’s a lot of guys, I’m sure I’m forgetting some. But there’s a lot of firepower and a lot of layers in that department that we have.

On if he has any reaction to the competition committee’s recommendation to make visors mandatory next season and if there is a stigma around players that wear visors...
I’ll answer your second part real quick. There’s no stigma. I think I’m proud and have encouraged guys to wear visors. I’m one of those guys that when a young player comes up playing minor hockey with a visor and he’s used to it, why take it off? I know there’s been some accidents with a visor, but there’s been more incidents save by the visor than there’s been from the other side of it. Like a seatbelt in the car, how many lives does it save? Every once in a while, you’ll hear, ‘Well, he was caught in the car because of his seatbelt.’ To me, I think it’s a good thing that they’re encouraging that visor, and that it’s going to be grandfathered in. I believe in it. I’m on that side.
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