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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Monday, June 17, 2013

COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
    Q.  The special teams seemed to be a big game changer, they have been all series.  Could you talk about how important they've been.
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, they are.  We know they've got some great players on that other team.  Our penalty kill has to be at its best.
    It really got better as the playoffs went on.  But we really picked it up against Pittsburgh for the same reasons, same kind of a dangerous power play.  Again, it just continues to give us some help in these games.
    Obviously we don't want that to be a momentum changer against us.  I think killing those has really given our bench a boost.
    Power play, we had some chances.  We scored that one goal, which obviously with a huge one.
    We just keep plugging away with those special teams, but at the same time, I'm not going to change my attitude as far as saying that five‑on‑five right now is just as important.  So we got to continue to play well five‑on‑five.

    Q.  The piggyback on the power play goal by Bergeron, there was once a time you couldn't score in the power play, just that brand of hockey, is that the way you envision the game being played?
    COACH JULIEN:  We're in the playoffs here.  As I said, a little while back, we're playing the best hockey of the season right now.  That's what you've got to do to give yourself a chance to win a Stanley Cup.
    We've got to continue playing our best hockey and at the same time we've got to continue to try to fix the little things that we feel can be better in our game.
    We're not a satisfied group.  Whether it's through wins or through games, we try and I guess better ourselves in certain areas.  That's what we got to continue to do.
    Again, I can't say enough about that team we're playing.  They've got great speed, great skill.  Our goaltender continues to be good for us.  Our guys continue to do a good job back‑checking and we're finding ways to score goals.

    Q.  With the star power that they have in their top six, did you envision this being a series in which the bottom six battle would be as important as it's been?
    COACH JULIEN:  When you look at I guess the matchups, it just kind of seems to even itself out.  Their top lines, our top lines.  Our top lines haven't scored that much five‑on‑five either.  It's the Kelly line that gives us that goal five‑on‑five.  Right now it just seems that both teams are very aware of the other team's top players.  Playing a chess match right now.

    Q.  You said this is the best the team is playing right now.  Can you go over the three elements that really stick out for you as the coach?
    COACH JULIEN:  I think it's the energy in the game, the effort.  You see our guys, like I said, they're back‑checking, having layers, so when somebody makes a mistake, you have somebody covering up.  We're blocking a lot of shots.  The commitment is totally there.
    Throughout a whole season, it's not easy to have that full commitment.  But I think when you get to this stage, players start feeling it.  They go above and beyond.  That's what you're seeing from our team right now.

    Q.  When did you find out that Hossa wasn't going to play?  How did that change your game plan at all?
    COACH JULIEN:  Just found out when I received the game sheet.  I was surprised as anybody else.  But to be honest with you, there wasn't any changes in our game.  As I mentioned the other day when I was asked about another player, we don't make our game plan based on an individual.
    I can definitely tell you they lost a pretty important player on their roster, but that doesn't mean we change our game.  I think it's important we stick with what we believe in.

    Q.  The penalty kill has had amazing success.  Even strength, you seem to have the penalty kill mentality out there, if you know what I mean.
    COACH JULIEN:  Yeah.  I was just saying, it's our back check.  Our guys are understanding one thing:  this is a team, when it attacks, it attacks with four, never three.  They've got such great skaters back there on the fence that if we don't do what we're doing right now, we don't stand a chance.
    Our guys, like I've said, they've committed to that.  They realize how important it is to come back.  We're trying to support each other that way and trying to keep it as tight as possible.

    Q.  If you went through the four series, Toronto, the Rangers, Pittsburgh, here, would you say the game planning has been essentially the same?
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, you know, I think these last two teams ‑ Chicago and Pittsburgh ‑ are very alike as far as respecting the offense.  They've got a lot of depth.  They've got a lot of guys that can score from the first line to the fourth line.
    I thought we had that same approach against Pittsburgh.  So the only thing was, we didn't know them as well 'cause we hadn't played them.  But, you know, I don't think there's a big, big change in our game plan except, like I said, they've got a lot of Ds on the back end that carry the puck and make it a four‑man attack all the time.

    Q.  Talk about Tuukka's ability to maintain his strength, focus, even when he's not getting the action?
    COACH JULIEN:  He's been focused since day one of the playoffs.  You watch him on off days, you watch him, he's quiet, focused, calm.  Right now all his energy is put towards his game, how he needs to get his rest, relax.  When the game starts, he's a focused individual.
    Like I said, I've never seen a guy so calm, obviously confident with the way he's played.  Probably quietest I've seen him so far, but in a good way.

    Q.  After Game 1, Joel said in Chicago how important momentum was, particularly in the Stanley Cup Finals.  Obviously you took it away in Game 2.  Do you feel you have momentum on your side at this stage?
    COACH JULIEN:  The biggest thing is every coach thinks differently.  I'm not one to say momentum.  This game is over.  I think next game is just as important.  We have to go into the next game the same way we did tonight.  If you don't win that game, does that mean the momentum goes the other way?
    I know it gives them home‑ice advantage again.
    I think it's more about refocusing on the next one, knowing that the team you played against is going to be looking at what they can do better.  They're going to make adjustments.  We have to do the same from our end.

    Q.  There was a report that your captain was hurt during the warmup.  Was that true?
    COACH JULIEN:  I found out just before.  All he did is he slipped, had a little gash over his eye.  I haven't even seen it.  Just by slipping, he got hit just above the eye.  Nothing serious.
     
   
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TUUKKA RASK AND DENNIS SEIDENBERG POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

    Q.  Talk about what's been working so well on the penalty kill for you guys.
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  Well, I think we try to stay compact in our zone.  Once the puck is bobbled, if you see a chance to pressure them, we do that.
    For the most part we've been doing a good job keeping them to the outside.
    Then there's Tuukka.  He always seems to make that save.  We try to clean up for him to get the rebound or for us to clean it up.

    Q.  Tuukka, there's frustration mounting on the other side.  Quenneville was saying how few opportunities they're getting.  Talk about the defensive help that you got in front tonight.
    TUUKKA RASK:  Tonight was great.  If you take the first period out of the last game, I thought the last two periods in that game was really good.  Today we continued to do that.
    I mean, they had shots, but most of them came from the outside.  We eliminated a lot of those rebound opportunities.  I think that's something what every team likes to do, and we succeeded today.

    Q.  Dennis, before the game this morning you talked about how the team needed a better start.  How did you like the start that the team got off to?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  It was decent.  I mean, it was not the best, but I think we came out pretty solid.  We tried to get pucks deep, tried to forecheck them, tried to force turnovers.
    It was, I think from both teams, a pretty slow start, a little tentative maybe.  But we slowly got it going and started skating better once the game started, found our game eventually.

    Q.  Puck management, puck possession in general, how big of a role did that play?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  Pretty good.  I think, like I said, in the first period maybe a couple times we tried to make too many plays on the blueline instead of getting it deep.
    But the second and third period, I think we did a decent job getting it deep, getting it behind their Ds, and forechecked from there on.
    That's when we can put pressure on them and try to get to our game.

    Q.  Tuukka, you mentioned the rebound control.  Tonight it seemed that was one of the better games you played in terms of that.  How did you feel in that regard?
    TUUKKA RASK:  Yeah, I thought today was pretty good.  I mean, they shot high shots from off the wing, and I was able to just catch a lot of them with my glove.  Then a few loose pucks were laying around there.  Our D or forwards took care of that.
    It helps when we get the puck quick, then just move it forward.  It helps our breakouts a lot.

    Q.  The two new lines, third and fourth lines, they seemed to be gelling very quickly.  How do you feel about that?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  Like you said, they played a strong game.  They skated hard, kept the game simple.  That's what you want from guys that haven't played with each other.
    It's about playing basic hockey, getting pucks deep, forechecking, getting pucks to the net.  They've done a good job working as a unit and communicating out there.

    Q.  Tuukka, from your vantage point, what seemed to spark the scrap in the final minute there?
    TUUKKA RASK:  I have no idea.  Well, I think Z was battling in front with somebody there.  I was just focused on the puck.  I had a tough time trying to find it.  I didn't really see what was going on.

    Q.  Dennis, in general, in the warmups, Zdeno goes down in a collision.  Were you concerned for his health?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  Well, at first you always are concerned that he's okay.  But once I got to the locker room, he was fine.  He just lost an edge.  The ice was not the best tonight.  A few guys had to get their skates sharpened, or the sharpness adjusted.
    Again, we knew he was okay once we got into the locker room.

    Q.  Tuukka, they were saying they didn't get a lot of scoring chances.  All of a sudden at the end of the game a barrage of chances.  What is it like for you when there's some time between all those chances and all of a sudden you have that pressure?
    TUUKKA RASK:  Well, I think I've gotten used to that already during these playoffs.  There's been a lot of games like this that you don't get quality opportunities, then all of a sudden, there's four or five of them.
    But, I mean, you're playing the last five minutes of the game, you know they're going to throw everything at you, what they possibly can.  That's the case.
    Got the penalty there.  Got a little lucky there, one save off my blade and the post.
    For the most part I think we kept them outside, as Dennis said, blocked a lot of shots, took care of the rebounds.  That's always a positive sign in my mind.

    Q.  Tuukka, you talked about blocking shots there.  You talk a lot about the layers in front of you.  As a goalie, what does it do for you and how much do you appreciate when you see Dennis blocking a lot of the shots?
    TUUKKA RASK:  It's a huge help, obviously.  We've gotten better, a lot better, as the season has gone on.  They're not trying to play goalie, they're just trying to be in the lane.
    All the other guys are taking care of their ice, keeping their head up, looking to guys behind them or in front of them.
    Dennis, for example, today, he blocked shot.  Our D did a tremendous job during the playoffs doing that.  I like that, as long as they block it and not let it go through, we'll be all set.

    Q.  It's June 17th.  It was a humid day today.  I suppose we should expect the ice to not be great.  Just how bad was it out there?  Looks like the ice conditions are pretty crappy.
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  It is pretty bad.  When you try to shoot, try to swing your blade on the ice, it feels like it's sandpaper.  It's really rough.  When you try to pass, the puck bounces.
    That's why you have to keep the game simple, like I said.  If there's a play to be made, you have to make sure it's an easy one.  If not, you rather choose to go over the wall and out.
    Again, there was breakdowns today, but we seemed to cover them up a little bit better than the other side today.

    Q.  Does that create any challenges for you, as well?
    TUUKKA RASK:  Yeah.  I mean, you know, the ice was pretty good in the start of the periods.  Then pretty quickly it got really chippy.  It's tough to get the read off of shots when it's really a mess out there with the ice.
    You just got to be extra careful with the crazy bounces and stuff.  You don't want to make any stupid mistakes playing the puck either.  You just got to be extra careful.

    Q.  Dennis, a lot of talk in the room about you and Patrice doing a lot of the things that don't show up in the stat sheet.  What does it mean to you when people say you're one of the unheralded heroes of this team?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  It's something nice when you hear something like that about you.  I mean, yeah, that's my job.  I haven't really been scoring, doing anything offensively.  I better do that stuff (smiling).
    It's fun.  I enjoy playing tough minutes and doing the little things, just like everybody else in this room.  We all thrive in tough games.

    Q.  How much of a relief is it to win a game in regulation after three overtimes?
    TUUKKA RASK:  I mean, it's better, I guess.  A win is a win.  We'll take a win any day.  It gives you a little extra time to recover.  Obviously, you go triple overtime, overtime the next game, it takes a lot of energy out of you.
    But we'll take a regulation win, sure.
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  Same thing (smiling).

    Q.  Dennis, you got up 2‑0 and kept attacking, almost made it 3‑0.  How much of that were lessons learned from what happened in Game 1 when you had two‑goal leads twice and gave them back?
    DENNIS SEIDENBERG:  We told ourselves when we came into the locker room, we said, we've been in this position and we gave up the two‑goal lead, so let's do it better today, keep attacking.
    If you attack, it's tough for them to score in our end.
    We did a good job, kept playing our style, kept putting pucks deep, except the last couple of minutes actually.  They threw everything at us, like Tuukka said earlier.  They got quite a few chances.  For the most part we did a decent job.

    Q.  Tuukka, the defensive play of Patrice, you've been playing behind it for a while now.  What are your thoughts about the way he defends?
    TUUKKA RASK:  He's really patient and he's really good at reading the play.  He always knows where everybody is.  He knows when the guys are behind him and when they're in front of him.
    You know, he just makes the right reads all the time.  Then when there's time to lay down or block a shot, he does that.  He does a great job standing on his feet, too, and taking care of those passing lanes.
    He's got to be one of the best in the league for doing that.  I like playing behind him.  It's awesome.
    THE MODERATOR:  Thank you.
   
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BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On his thoughts about getting a second game winning goal…
I think I’m just happy that we got the win. Fortunately, it was the game winner and I’ll be excited about it.  More excited that we won.

On whether he thinks there is something special about his new line…
I think we are just moving well and, for the most part, we are holding onto the puck. I think puck possession has been key for us especially. You really see Seggy [Tyler Seguin] moving his legs. That helps a lot.

On how he explains the success of the penalty kill…
You know the penalty killing I think we just went back to our game and they have a lot of talent up there forwards. We know that and I think that’s why we want to try harder. I think we’ve been able to frustrate them right now, but I remember when we were playing against Toronto the bounces were going in their way and right now we are playing well but we have some good bounces as well so it helps in the game.

On what his line has done to generate the scoring opportunities in Game 2 and 3…
I think we are just putting pucks on net and reading plays. Of course, like I said before, I think we are managing the puck a little bit better. Just on my goal, you saw Kells [Chris Kelly] go in and myself I went in and then I shot. I think we are just not giving them enough time to think with the puck and we are able to get it.

On if he thinks the calmness of the team and the consistent lines personifies Claude Julien’s personality in a way…
He, especially over the last year, he’s been putting a lot of confidence in myself and a couple other guys. I think with us it helps in our game and realize that we know we can make plays.  With the coach that has the confidence in you, you feel like you want to do something for it. You want to deserve it. We know we’ve been able to do that these last couple of games and we need to continue that.

On what Claude Julien said after the first period of Game 2…
I mean there wasn’t too much to say. It was pretty short. Just realize that we were pretty terrible and that we needed to pick it up. I mean it was pretty much to the extent. I mean there’s a couple more but it definitely woke us up and, obviously, us as players we told each other to wake up as well and it was good to see a positive response.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAROMIR JAGR
On his assist to the goal and nice pass…
Well we had like 12 seconds 5-on-3 I think and we wanted to shoot right away, but just didn’t happen. Marchy [Brad Marchand] was open across the ice so I tried to pass in and it happened.

On Bergeron’s game…
Everybody knows how good he is . I’ve never really seen anybody be that not hungry in the defensive zone, and I see a lot of guys hungry in offensive zone. I think he even like it more than in offensive zone, and he wants to win every battle on the boards and he’s so responsible back there. So, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] makes it easy for me and Marchy [Brad Marchand].

On what he saw on the pass…
I see Bergy [Patrice Bergeron].

On how he controls himself from getting too emotional and keeping calm…
How old are you? How old? See, when you hit 30 then 40 you got to be cooled down at some point. That’s the age. No high no lows. I learned that’s the best way to do it, emotion always – if you’re too high or too low, it’s kind of stopping you anyways. So, you have to be same all the time, no matter what happen.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On whether he feels they played a complete game…
Obviously there’s aspects of the game that you’d love to be a little bit better at, but on a whole I thought we played well. We moved our feet a little bit better than we did last game, which opened up a little more for us.

On neutralizing the Blackhawks’ speed…
I don’t know about neutralizing their speed. They skate extremely well. As a line we skate well too. I like to think that more focus is put on us than us having to put on them. We try to worry about ourselves and make sure our legs are going as opposed to worrying about how they’re going to play.

On whether they allow themselves to think that they’re just two games away from a Stanley Cup…
Absolutely not. They’re three games away from winning the Cup, so all we’ve done is put ourselves in a better situation than we were in the previous game. They’re a great hockey team. They played well tonight.

On how big it is to get the penalty kills and the crowd getting loud after they kill off the penalty…
It’s always great when the crowd acknowledges things like that, and I thought everyone did a great job killing penalties, and your best penalty killer needs to be your goaltender and [Tuukka Rask] was again tonight.

On how much it changes the dynamic when Marian Hossa is not on the ice…
He’s an excellent hockey player and he’s a big part of their hockey team, and I don’t think it’s one guy that fills that role. I think it’s a team collectively and I think a lot of guys stepped up and played well in his absence.

On Daniel Paille’s shot…
It was a great shot. … It was just him reading the play and coming around and letting it go quick.

On whether Daniel Paille is more skilled than your typical fourth line player…
Absolutely. Danny [Paille] has scored 20 goals… That’s not an easy feat to do, especially the way he plays. He plays an honest hockey game. I don’t think he gets any power play chances so for him to score 20 goals. They’re hard working goals, and he’s got great instincts. He shoots the puck well and skates terrific.

On the chemistry of his line…
Maybe those two are special. I’m definitely not. They skate extremely well, create a lot of chances. They both shoot the puck well. They play all three zones. It makes my job as a centerman, especially in the D-zone that much easier when you have two responsible wingers. I think the goal tonight when Piesy [Daniel Paille] scored was created by three guys going out there and working.

On whether he can feel that it is a different group…
We’re having fun. The three of us are working hard and having fun which is nice. Some days it’s not always fun. It’s always fun, but some days are more fun than others.

On how they make it so ‘fun’…
Piesy’s quite the character. Always twitching, always fixing something on the bench. It puts a smile on my face. It doesn’t matter if there’s a minute left in the game. He’s still fixing his gear at some point or at the start of the period. Segs [Tyler Seguin] has really matured in the three years that I’ve played with him, and he’s turned into quite a responsible two-way player, which is awesome to see.

On whether he thought going into the series that the game would be so tight with the top two lines and the bottom six for both teams making the difference…
A lot of times both sides have a real top six forwards, and they play hard getting on one another. They log a lot of minutes those top six forwards, and a lot of times it’s the bottom six that try to create energy, that try to make plays and sometimes those bounces go that way for those guys.

On Paille’s goal…
You’re forechecking. Their D skate well so you try to get on them and Piesy [Daniel Paille] just made a great read and picked up the puck and came around.

On staying on Jonathan Toews…
You need to know when he’s on the ice. He’s a great hockey player. He creates a lot on his own. I think Hossa’s another terrific player, but I don’t think we tried to key on him any more so than any previous teams.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the team’s effort tonight...
I think it was a good effort. Obviously they’re a great team, they’re relentless. They’re first on pucks, so we need to make sure we’re really hard and finding ways to get it. I thought it was a solid effort.

On winning faceoffs...
Definitely something that we take a lot of pride in and we talk about a lot. We have some really good centermens, so it’s not just about the four centers, it’s about everyone on the ice chipping in and helping to get those battles.

On the pass from Jaromir Jagr on his goal...
It was a great pass. I was expecting the puck to come. It was a perfect play. I had to kind of settle it down a bit because it was a hard pass, it was a great pass. I just had to put it in. Thankfully, I did that.

On Zdeno Chara getting nicked up in warmups and still playing well...
Yeah, it tells a lot about him. It just shows the type of person he is, the type of leader he is, the character that he has. Obviously we’re happy to have him and just feed off of his intensity and his will.

On team’s start...
Yeah, especially against a team like Chicago, obviously you’ve got to go hard every shift, you can’t take a shift off. Our start was something that we talked about and carried that on into the second and third period, as well. I thought we did a decent job. Obviously it wasn’t perfect by any means, but at this point of the year you’ve got to take the wins and move on and focus in on Game Four, the next game.

On the power play goal being a spark...
Well, we had 11 seconds on the five-on-three, so we had to make something happen quick and we talked about the play and it worked.

On the team’s confidence, especially in the defensive system...
We’ve said it a lot, it’s about, I guess, trusting the system and making sure we have layers and we communicate on the ice. I think we definitely got to do that even more against them. They have so much talent and great transition. There’s some room to get better, but obviously we’ve got to feed off that system and do it to the ‘tee’.

On when he knew Marian Hossa was not playing...
Just before going on for the first period.

On the difference of playing at home...
It’s definitely great, you feed off the fans. Can’t try to do too much out there, you’ve got to keep playing the same way, keep on the system. They were great again tonight. Game Four we’re expecting the same thing, keep feeding off the crowd.

On a lot of teams taking Dennis Seidenberg as their number one D-man...
For sure. You don’t hear about him that much, but all the little things he does out there goes a long way, especially at this time of the year. We recognize it in this room and I’m sure that’s all that matters to him.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On generating scoring chances and biting his stick…
Yeah, I don’t know what I was doing there. Yeah, you know, a few chances. On that one play, Looch [Milan Lucic] made a great pass, I just couldn’t see it through the guy’s legs and then [Brent] Seabrook came down on the cross. That’s playoff hockey. Maybe in the regular season there’s not a D-man blocking that.

On getting a power play goal…
I thought our special teams was huge tonight. I think they have a lot of firepower up front especially, and our PK did a tremendous job tonight. Obviously, it was nice to get a power play goal with a great pass by Jags [Jaromir Jagr].

On whether he thinks about being two wins away from winning the Cup…
I think yes and no. I think it’s going to give you even more motivation knowing you’re only two games away, but that being said, you want to stay calm and confident. Stay focused. I think we’re going to enjoy this one tonight and tomorrow is a new day.

On Daniel Paille’s offensive abilities…
His goal tonight, I was trying to pass it to him. I just saw the goalie’s glove and I hit it to go to Piesy [Daniel Paille] and obviously he did his thing.

On Patrice Bergeron…
Nothing surprises me with him. Obviously, he’s one of our biggest leaders. Sometimes it’s not so much words with him, but his actions. You can definitely follow behind him.

On playing like they did against Pittsburgh tonight…
I think you’re right. I think we’ve shown flashes of it in the first two games, but I think it started from the drop of the puck tonight. And that’s why we were successful, was because we came out with our game plan right from the get-go and used our crowd to our advantage as well.

On what Claude Julien said to the team during the first intermission of Game 2…
I think, yeah, he said a few things we’re not going to talk about. I think the general words across the whole room—not only from Claude—were we needed to wake up. We weren’t playing our system. I don’t know if we were ready to play on our toes. We just seemed to be on our heels all first period there. Since then we’ve been very consistent. We still got a few games to go.

On the team reflecting Claude Julien’s modesty…
We’re successful when we’re playing as a team. There’s not one singled-out guy. Obviously, I think we have some great players that can be thrown on the superstar column, but even they’re buying into the whole team system and that’s why we’re here.

On Patrice Bergeron bringing competitive nature and intensity…
I think he played huge for us tonight. Obviously, as the series goes on he steps up more and more. I’m left out of words for Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. He definitely shows it with his actions every night.

On playing a full, complete 60 minutes…
I thought we played well. There was obviously a few mistakes that we’re going to correct. This is also the Stanley Cup Finals and Chicago is here for a reason, so we got to be expecting a much better game from them next game. We’re going to enjoy this right now and move on tomorrow.

On home ice advantage at TD Garden…
Of course you’re going to use your home advantage. I think you really use it even more when you have a good start as a team. As long as the crowd is staying in it and you’re not letting them get momentum, it’s definitely huge in the playoffs.

On keeping emotions in check when you’re two wins away from a championship…
You definitely get that extra tingle knowing you’re two games away, but you got to stay calm. Again, like I’ve been saying, we’re going to enjoy this for the night. We know where we stand, but we know Chicago is going to come out much better next game.

On the Paille-Kelly-Seguin line neutralizing Chicago’s speed…
I think they’re a great team. They’re a very fast team. As far as the line, Piesy [Daniel Paille] has been moving his feet. Right now, he’s got a hot stick. I’m trying to do the same, and Kells [Chris Kelly] is playing very responsible. I think we’re just buying the system.

On Patrice Bergeron’s performance tonight…
There’s only so much you can say about him. The same thing with Tuukka [Rask] questions. I think he’s definitely one of the most consistent players I’ve ever seen or played with. He’s definitely my Selke [Trophy] vote, and I thought that was again he stepped his game up a whole level. Obviously getting that huge goal, but all the things away from that you know he’s competing. His draws tonight, it’s huge for us.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On being up 2-1 in the series…
Yeah, I mean it’s 2-1, and we’ve just got to get ready for the next game.

On what he thinks they did well tonight…
We were playing with a lot of energy and I thought we were managing the puck better.

On what happened in warmups…
Just lost an edge.

On Daniel Paille’s play…
He made a nice shot. It was a quick release. It was a good shot by him.

On not enjoying this win for too long before they begin thinking about Game 4…
Well you’ve got to get ready for the next one. Like I said, it’s 2-1.

On how important puck possession was…
It was important for us to manage the puck better. I thought we did. We’ve just got to continue to do that.

On whether they had the start they wanted…
Yeah, I mean we played in front of the home crowd, so for sure we want to play with a lot of energy.

On whether he can hear the crowd…
I think we can hear it, but obviously our focus is on what’s going on, on the ice.

On Tuukka Rask’s performance…
Very strong. He made some big saves especially when we needed it, so for sure a big performance by him.

On Dennis Seidenberg receiving the Ranger jacket…
He very much deserves the credit. He logs a lot of minutes. He plays a physical game. He’s willing to play whatever role we ask him to do, and for sure he’s a warrior.

On how much they relied on shutting down the Blackhawks’ power play to be successful…
We just tried to work very hard. We take a lot of pride in that so we’ve just got to continue to do that.

On what happened with himself and Brian Bickell at the end of the game…
Just a battle in front of the net. [It’s] part of the game.

On the team’s defense…
Yeah we work really hard defensively. We want to play a tight game and just work really hard.

On whether he felt like they were able to get the matchups they wanted…
It’s a little bit easier when there is a whistle to get maybe certain people against different people, but sometimes it’s not always a perfect scenario so we need to play.

On the challenge of shutting down Toews…
It’s a challenge. They are good players.
   
HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

    Q.  As far as Marian Hossa, when did you know it was possible he was in and out?  What is his status?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We'll say day‑to‑day.  We're hopeful he'll be ready for the next game.
    It was a game‑time decision after the warm-up there.  That's when we made the call, after warm-up.

    Q.  Upper, lower?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Upper.

    Q.  You had to insert Ben Smith.  Does that help at all that you had a player coming in who played here in college, is a little familiar?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Benny gives us energy.  He's one of those players that offensively, defensively, he's responsible.  He's been practicing hard.
    You lose a guy like Hoss, he'll fill a little bit of skill for us, as well.

    Q.  In terms of just the lack of offense that the team has had lately, how much do you chalk that up to things they may be doing to shut the offense down, as opposed to playoff hockey?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  It's a low‑chance game.  It's a low‑chance series.  Scoring first is important, even though the winners of the last couple games prior to that didn't score first.
    It's hard to get A‑plus chances.  You have to manufacture the second, kind of ugly goals, tip screens, deflections.
    If they give up the rush, they're not going to give up much, even though we had a couple looks in the third.  The frequency of having high‑quality chances in this series at both ends has not been there.

    Q.  If you can't get specific, can you clarify reports about Hossa being hit by a puck?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Nothing happened during warm-up.

    Q.  Dave Bolland had a tough night.  What did you see out there?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Haven't talked to him yet.  We'll reassess and reevaluate the game.
    Certainly I liked our first.  Didn't mind our third.  Lost a lot of momentum on their first goal.  Five‑on‑three situation was something, that was the game.  We got to make sure that every play is critical, every shift is important, value being out there and doing the right thing.  Managing the puck is kind of what we're talking about on those situations.

    Q.  What in particular has Boston done to frustrate your power play?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Our power play coming out of the last round, you know, I thought tonight we had a real good look early, maybe another good look there.  Our power play tonight was definitely not good.

    Q.  Did you get much consideration to putting Toews and Kane back together five‑on‑five?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  They had a couple looks together.  It's something that is available.  But, you know, that's on a need basis.  That's something you can always go to.

    Q.  The faceoffs were pretty lopsided tonight.  Do you know why?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  You can talk about that and our power play.  Those were basically the differentials in the game.

    Q.  Can you pinpoint what exactly was going wrong on the power play?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  They box you out.  They got big bodies.  They blocked shots.  I think we had some chances to get some pucks through the net, we didn't.  Our entries weren't great.  That's something you want to look at.

    Q.  You had a tough grind in the last series.  Are you finding this is even a heavier game they're playing?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Well, you're not going to get a ton.  I think as we progress, you look at Detroit, L.A. and here, scoring opportunities every day.  It's tough to get to double‑digits.  It's a tight game and scoring is going to be challenging.
    But we got to be ready to play that kind of game.  Let's look to get that first goal and try to sustain it.  It's not like that we want to go out‑race them, and exchange high scoring chances off the rush.  That's what they want to do.  We have to be ready.  We play a patient came, capitalize, get opportunities, and hopefully we get the power play rolling.

    Q.  Hossa's absence seemed to jumble the lines from top to bottom.  How much did so many changes affect the rhythm or your offense?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  I didn't mind the first period.  I thought we had a first period coming in here in this building, did what we wanted to do.  They got momentum off scoring first.
    The second period slowed us down.  Obviously getting their second goal.  But third period, we were pressing, we were coming ‑‑ it's tough D.  They're a good D already, it's tough to generate a lot.
    I didn't mind the lines.  I didn't mind our start.  I thought we had balance.  That was the reason.

    Q.  You're always going to face a hot goalie in the playoffs.  What is Rask presenting to you that maybe you haven't seen thus far?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We ran up against some of the best goalies in the League here.  Tonight I thought we made it rather easy on him as far as traffic and finding and seeing pucks.  I think we got to be better at going to the net in non‑puck areas.

    Q.  Coming back to Ben Smith, late addition to the lineup, was there any message to him about what he were looking for from him?
    COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Yeah, Benny, he can play both sides of the puck, brings a responsible game.  That's what we're looking for.
     
   
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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS HJALMARSSON
On being 0-10 during the series on the power play…
Personally, I’m not on the power play, but yeah obviously we’ve have to do a better job. It could’ve been the difference last game if we score on the power play. Obviously this one it would have been nice to get a couple of goals on the PP, but they do a good job, too. You play against a really good penalty killing too, so it’s not that easy, but we have to create more chances.

On whether he had the energy tonight…
Yeah, I think so. I think we played pretty solid road game, it’s just we didn’t score any goals. I think we a lot of energy and we had some pressure at times and I think we can go out here with our heads high, but next game is going to be huge. You know how it is to play here now and obviously we need to score some goals to win the games.

On whether it seemed like the Bruins had the faster skates…
I don’t know, not personally I think we felt pretty good out there, too. We knew they were going to come out a little faster in the start, but I think we weathered the storm there and I think we played a pretty solid game we just need to score some goals.

On what impact losing Marian Hossa at the beginning of the game had…
Not much really, you just have to try to focus on you’re own and I think Smithy did a great job. You got to think I don’t know when he played a game last so he’s just been practicing and I think he did a tremendous job and he created chances, too. He could’ve had a goal or two so I think he did a tremendous job coming in and filling the void there.

On whether it’s time to worry being down 2-1…
Not at all. If we win next game we’re back in it and we still have home advantage so you don’t know the importance of next game.

On what they have to do game four…
Score goals. Get in front of the net, shoot more pucks. We’re making it a little too easy for Tuukka [Rask] right now and we got to hit the next. We had a couple of good chances too we could’ve buried, but we missed the net so just more pucks and more people in front of the net.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD BEN SMITH
On when he found out he was playing tonight…
Well, Black Aces are always around here. And I was just told that I had to warm up; that I was in. So I just kind of scrambled to get ready and get warm. That’s kind of been the whole thing this seven, eight weeks with the Black Aces. They tell us to stay ready. You never know when your opportunity is going to come, and it just happened tonight.

On Marian Hossa’s last minute scratch from the game…
It’s not typical for the team not to have him in the lineup. But at the same time the guys [are] still a full team and it was unfortunate not to get the win tonight.

On how long it took him to get into the game…
Probably a shift or two. But the coaches have been doing a really good job of keeping us in shape, you know, doing some one-on-one battles, trying to make some situations. So, after a couple shifts I settled in.

On the difference in the Bruins’ game tonight…
They were skating. They made some great plays. Those two goals were obviously nice plays, solid defensively also. We didn’t get a lot of shots on net; they blocked a lot of shots.

On keeping himself in the game mentally…
Well drawing from experience helps. I’ve played in the playoffs before, obviously not in the Finals but playing in the playoffs, drawing from that experience helped. You know, just keep having the confidence in what I can bring and hoping that I could help the team.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS GOALTENDER COREY CRAWFORD
On how this compares to being behind in the Detroit Red Wings series…
I think they’re a little bit different team than Detroit was. They’re able to sit back and wait for us to collapse defensively. You can’t block everything. But, we made some plays we had some good shots, and had a couple of the chances went just wide. We’ve got to keep playing hard.

On the idea that if they overcame the Detroit deficit they can come back in this series…
What we’re thinking about right now is to get some rest, and just prepare for next game. It’s always one game at a time. It’s been like that, I don’t know how many times I’ve said that to you guys this year, and it hasn’t changed. It’s the same way it’s going to be.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN DUNCAN KEITH
On how this compares to being behind in the Detroit Red Wings series…
Yeah I think it’s a different team, a different series. I thought we did a lot of things good tonight. On the power play we had a lot of the play and pushed the pace. But it just seemed that, you know for whatever reason we can’t capitalize on the chance. But I don’t know, there’s time running out. We’ve got to get a goal. I think we just have to come out with a big game next game and find a way to get a win.

On losing Marian Hossa just before puck drop…
Yeah I mean, he’s a big part of the team so it’s a big loss when he’s not in the lineup. But I thought Ben [Smith] came in and came out playing all playoffs, and played a good game and blocked some shots.

On whether it’s mentally tough to lose Hossa…
No, we’re not going to worry about that. If he can’t go, he can’t go.

On what the Bruins are doing to disrupt their puck possession…
Well I think we have the puck, but for whatever reason we’ve got to get it inside, and figure out a way to get some different chances in the offensive zone.

On what the Tuukka Rask is doing to make it tough to score…
You know, it’s such a close game at 2-0. We had chances and it just comes down to a couple of plays – whether it’s a one-on-one and you get beat. It’s just a fine line.

On how battling back against Detroit helped prepare them…
Yeah we’ve been through some tough situations, but we know that we’ve got to have our best game of the year next game.

On where their “speed game” has gone…
I thought we pushed the pace for a lot of it, and they would just come down with some speed and all of a sudden get a scoring chance. We have to defend the rush better. It’s just the small little things. I thought we were pushing the pace, and we had them hanging in their zone a lot in the first period. We have to have good back-pressure, and we have to do a better job defending the rush.

On whether they will feel better to get a win on the road before returning to Chicago…
Yeah I mean, obviously we’re not happy right now. But we’ve just got to find a way to get a win in the next game. It’s just one game and we’ve got to get the momentum.

On whether he’s worried about being down 2-1…
We have to play with that desperation, and just hold nothing back, and figure out a way to get it done.

On whether they need to treat next game like an elimination game…
Well yeah, I mean we don’t want to go down 3-1. So we want to do everything we can to get a win. But I thought we played hard tonight, and it just seemed like it was a fine line. You know we had some chances; pucks hit the post there late. I think on the power play we beat it to death, but we have to get a goal.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD JONATHAN TOEWS
On how frustrating tonight’s game was…
Well, you’re never going to be happy when you create some good chances, and the bounces don’t go your way. I mean I don’t know, I think we maybe took a few too many penalties, and again, we didn’t create on our power play. As soon as we get one, that confidence is going to come and we can just make plays. We can let things flow a little bit more out there, and I think they were just keen on us bobbling pucks here and there, and not making crisp passes. They were coming at us and we didn’t have full possession. That was the frustrating part, but for the most part, I think we stuck with it a little bit more for sixty minutes, and we just didn’t score enough goals to win. We didn’t score a goal. So that’s the frustrating part, but beyond that, we expected it to be a tough atmosphere. We expected Boston to be flying out there, and they were. Considering that, I think we did a lot of good things. Again, we’ve got a day to think about it and regroup. We know we’ve got to be better in the next one, and find ways to score, get that confidence in our game back. And I don’t think we’re discouraged or frustrated at all. Haven’t said that.

On playing without Marian Hossa…
It’s something that we were prepared for all day, that he might not play, so it happens. Sometimes you’re missing one of your best players, and you’ve got to find a way to play without him. We always say, it’s an opportunity for other guys to step up, and the guys that got more ice time tonight played well. We’ve just got to find a way to win.

On if he was surprised by his line combinations in tonight’s game…
No. I mean, it’s always good to shake things up a little bit, you might get a little chemistry. For myself, playing against [David] Krejci’s line, for the most part, with [Marcus] Kruger and [Michael] Frolik to start the game. I thought we did a good job and kept them in their end for the most part, we’ve just got to find a way to score.

On the Blackhawks not having scored in over 120 minutes and if Tuukka Rask is in their heads…
No, I don’t think so. Look to the series we had against Detroit. We had a little time where we had trouble scoring goals, and sometimes it happens. [That] Goaltender’s got a lot of confidence, they’re playing well around him, and we’ve just got to be better and work harder for those loose pucks. We’ve done it before, and we’ll find a way to do it now.

On when he found out that Marian Hossa would not be playing…
I believe it was just before the game.

On the Bruins getting physical with him…
Of course. You expect that. Part of your job is to keep them off the scoresheet, and the other half of your job is to find ways to score big goals for your team. Did one thing, got to do the other.


CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD VIKTOR STALBERG
On whether he felt like the Bruins were skating faster tonight…
No, no I don’t think so. I think there’s a pretty even game all round. I think there were chances both ways and they took it to us at times and we took it to them at times. So pretty even game and in the end no matter or in the outcome it’s just a matter of scoring those goals when you get opportunities.

On whether they draw on the comeback in the series against the Detroit Red Wings where they came back to win three games after being shut out…
Oh we we’re down 2-1. We were coming here to Boston hoping to take one game at least to bring it back to tie it so we’ve got to win next game.

On what he thought he brought out there tonight…
I thought I had pretty good legs out there. I feel like I was skating, creating some chances and I felt like I was trying to do everything I could out there, but you got to find a way to score and get those chances, too.

On how much of a loss Marian Hossa was today…
You guys know he’s one of the best players in the league so certainly you’re going to miss him. That’s no excuse though, we got to be able to play without him. That’s part of the game sometimes. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but hopefully he’ll be ready to go with us next game.

On whether the juggling of line combinations caused a lack of rhythm…
That’s going to happen when you lose a guy close to the game time, there’s going to be changes, but I thought that guys were staying with it pretty well. Like I said it was an even game out there. I thought we played the right way that we got to have to play to beat these guys on the road I think it’s going to be those tight games, but we just got to find a way to score.

On the urgency level of things right now in terms of what needs to be done here on out…
Oh we got to go win next game. We take it game by game here. Like I said we were hoping to take one here tonight, but we didn’t so it’s just focus on getting the next one here. I think we felt pretty good about how we were playing tonight though so we’re going to take some time there to look what happened and hopefully we figure out a way to get some better chances on the next game.

On what the Bruins did to win the game tonight…
Their first goal I think Cro [Corey Crawford] makes a great save on [Tyler] Seguin on the first chance and then we just kind of spinned around and tossed and it bounces in and it’s one of those things that it happens and some maybe an unfortunate bounce for us, but other than that I don’t think we gave them too many great chances. You know it’s a five-on-three, they score the second one, our guy is coming out of the box so that’s going to happen as well. So we got to be a little bit better on our power play and try to generate some more there, but overall I think we are playing a pretty good road game and I think we try to keep that same pace and keep playing the same way and hopefully we’ll get more traffic towards [Tuukka] Rask during the next game.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD PATRICK SHARP 
On not being able to generate offense…
We knew it was going to be tough playing in this building. It was going to be loud. It was going to be physical. I think we started skating better in the third period, played with a little more desperation. I feel like we can do that from the first shift of the game. Every shift is important. We’ve got to take a look at what happened today, and be ready to go for Game 4.

On staying confident in the team’s offense…
I’m confident with the players we have on this team. We’ve had no problem scoring goals, ever really, since I’ve been here. We’re in the Stanley Cup Final against a team that deserves to be here, is here because of the way they’ve played defensively and check away from the puck. So, it’s tough to score out there, but we’ve got to find a way. We know what’s on the line.

On comparing this series to Chicago’s series against Detroit…
Sure, it’s something we’ll draw upon over the next few days. We’ll think about the situation we’re in, how we can be better, how we can get out of it. We’re a confident team. We believe in each other. There’s a lot of heart in here. It’s two-one Boston, and a long way to go.

On what happened with Marian Hossa in warm-ups…
Yeah that’s something that I’m sure we’re not suppose to talk about injuries, but we know what happened and hopefully he can be ready to go next game.

On seeing one of their top players go out as a last minute scratch…
We were prepared. We have a good, deep team in there so it’s tough when you lose a top guy like that, but we got plenty of guys to fill in.

On Chicago’s play tonight…
I thought our third period was pretty strong. We started getting back to our speed, and attack game – plenty of chances, we protected the net well.  They scored a power play goal, we didn’t so we will look at the game but it doesn’t matter it’s over they won – the series isn’t over and we got to be better for game four.

On why Chicago’s power play was lacking…
I could, it’d probably be from scoring. We didn’t score, we had a few chances, but we are in the Stanley Cup final and, like I said, we aren’t going to hang our heads about it.  We are going to continue to work and to find a way to make it productive.

On overcoming adversity in the playoffs…
Yeah it’s a tough series. Two teams who want the Cup. It’s been a close series all along. I anticipate it’s going to be close going forward. I don’t doubt the character or the heart of our team and we’ll bounce back and be better.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD VIKTOR STALBERG
On whether he felt like the Bruins were skating faster tonight…
No, no I don’t think so. I think there’s a pretty even game all round. I think there were chances both ways and they took it to us at times and we took it to them at times. So pretty even game and in the end no matter or in the outcome it’s just a matter of scoring those goals when you get opportunities.

On whether they draw on the comeback in the series against the Detroit Red Wings where they came back to win three games after being shut out…
Oh we we’re down 2-1. We were coming here to Boston hoping to take one game at least to bring it back to tie it so we’ve got to win next game.

On what he thought he brought out there tonight…
I thought I had pretty good legs out there. I feel like I was skating, creating some chances and I felt like I was trying to do everything I could out there, but you got to find a way to score and get those chances, too.

On how much of a loss Marian Hossa was today…
You guys know he’s one of the best players in the league so certainly you’re going to miss him. That’s no excuse though, we got to be able to play without him. That’s part of the game sometimes. It’s unfortunate that it happened, but hopefully he’ll be ready to go with us next game.

On whether the juggling of line combinations caused a lack of rhythm…
That’s going to happen when you lose a guy close to the game time, there’s going to be changes, but I thought that guys were staying with it pretty well. Like I said it was an even game out there. I thought we played the right way that we got to have to play to beat these guys on the road I think it’s going to be those tight games, but we just got to find a way to score.

On the urgency level of things right now in terms of what needs to be done here on out…
Oh we got to go win next game. We take it game by game here. Like I said we were hoping to take one here tonight, but we didn’t so it’s just focus on getting the next one here. I think we felt pretty good about how we were playing tonight though so we’re going to take some time there to look what happened and hopefully we figure out a way to get some better chances on the next game.

On what the Bruins did to win the game tonight…
Their first goal I think Cro [Corey Crawford] makes a great save on [Tyler] Seguin on the first chance and then we just kind of spinned around and tossed and it bounces in and it’s one of those things that it happens and some maybe an unfortunate bounce for us, but other than that I don’t think we gave them too many great chances. You know it’s a five-on-three, they score the second one, our guy is coming out of the box so that’s going to happen as well. So we got to be a little bit better on our power play and try to generate some more there, but overall I think we are playing a pretty good road game and I think we try to keep that same pace and keep playing the same way and hopefully we’ll get more traffic towards [Tuukka] Rask during the next game.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD PATRICK SHARP 
On not being able to generate offense…
We knew it was going to be tough playing in this building. It was going to be loud. It was going to be physical. I think we started skating better in the third period, played with a little more desperation. I feel like we can do that from the first shift of the game. Every shift is important. We’ve got to take a look at what happened today, and be ready to go for Game 4.

On staying confident in the team’s offense…
I’m confident with the players we have on this team. We’ve had no problem scoring goals, ever really, since I’ve been here. We’re in the Stanley Cup Final against a team that deserves to be here, is here because of the way they’ve played defensively and check away from the puck. So, it’s tough to score out there, but we’ve got to find a way. We know what’s on the line.

On comparing this series to Chicago’s series against Detroit…
Sure, it’s something we’ll draw upon over the next few days. We’ll think about the situation we’re in, how we can be better, how we can get out of it. We’re a confident team. We believe in each other. There’s a lot of heart in here. It’s two-one Boston, and a long way to go.

On what happened with Marian Hossa in warm-ups…
Yeah that’s something that I’m sure we’re not suppose to talk about injuries, but we know what happened and hopefully he can be ready to go next game.

On seeing one of their top players go out as a last minute scratch…
We were prepared. We have a good, deep team in there so it’s tough when you lose a top guy like that, but we got plenty of guys to fill in.

On Chicago’s play tonight…
I thought our third period was pretty strong. We started getting back to our speed, and attack game – plenty of chances, we protected the net well.  They scored a power play goal, we didn’t so we will look at the game but it doesn’t matter it’s over they won – the series isn’t over and we got to be better for game four.

On why Chicago’s power play was lacking…
I could, it’d probably be from scoring. We didn’t score, we had a few chances, but we are in the Stanley Cup final and, like I said, we aren’t going to hang our heads about it.  We are going to continue to work and to find a way to make it productive.

On overcoming adversity in the playoffs…
Yeah it’s a tough series. Two teams who want the Cup. It’s been a close series all along. I anticipate it’s going to be close going forward. I don’t doubt the character or the heart of our team and we’ll bounce back and be better.


BRUINS PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY:

BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME MEDIA AVAILABILITY
    Q.  Claude, Dougie Hamilton, do you remember talking to him?  What is he learning from this process now?
    COACH JULIEN:  He's learning a lot.  When you're put up to this, you have an opportunity to play some games, still have that opportunity.  But it's been a good year for him.  He probably had more opportunities and ice time than a 19‑year‑old could ever imagine when he came to us.  He's played power plays, he's done a lot of things.
    He's a young player that I see a lot of good things down the road for him.  So this is a great experience for him.
    I remember seeing those guys, like you said, probably more of a blur because your head is into the Final.  Nice to see those guys come and experience this, especially this time of year.  Best time of year to be around.  It's an opportunity for those guys to watch some of those games and experience what it is to be around new people, as well.

    Q.  Claude, as a result of line shuffling, Campbell's injury, Thornton's minutes have gone down.  Give us an example of things that he brings to the dressing room.
    COACH JULIEN:  Let's not confuse something here.  He's not in the lineup because of what he brings in the dressing room.  We got a lot of guys that do that.
    He's in our lineup even though his minutes go down because he deserves to be there.  He's great on the forecheck.  He's actually a lot smarter of a player than a lot of people give him credit for.  He reads plays well, doesn't get himself in trouble much, gets the puck out of our end.
    Certainly his presence makes our team better.  We've seen that at times when we've had to pull him out.  There's no doubt our team is more comfortable with him in our lineup for all the right reasons.

    Q.  Game 3s, you are 3‑0 this year, Chicago 0‑3.  Why so good?
    COACH JULIEN:  I'm going to tell you the same thing that I told everybody when we asked those questions about not being able to close, this and that.  Stats at this time of year don't mean a thing.
    No matter what we are, what they are, it's about winning this game tonight.  I don't pay much attention to stats when it comes to that stuff.  We've seen those things change.  It just takes one game to change the stat.  So I'm going to focus on what we need to do tonight.

    Q.  Coach, having Gregory's presence here back with the team, what is that dynamic like?
    COACH JULIEN:  It's nice to see him.  There's no doubt.  Obviously he can't play.  We miss him.  He's a good player for us.
    But just to be around our team, it's nice to have him back.  Like I said yesterday, he's part of our family.  That's how we look at things in that dressing room.  If he could have, he would have been in Chicago.  It was too early after surgery.  From here on in, he's good to go, going to be with us the whole way.

    Q.  Physicality is such a big part of your game.  Is it more difficult to employ against a team that's as mobile as Chicago is?  How are you able to use it to your advantage in the last game?
    COACH JULIEN:  I don't know if it's what you use to your advantage.  They've got good mobility.  There's no doubt there.  From their back end all the way to the front, they're a speed team.  The transition is great.  They have obviously a lot of good things on that team.  That's why they won the Presidents' Trophy.  That's why they're in the Stanley Cup Final.
    It's being able to know that.  Without us changing our game, trying to be better at it.
    Physicality is one thing.  But when we finish our checks, when we have to finish our checks, I haven't seen our team run out of position just to throw the big check.  It's more about if you're there, you finish your check, but we still have to play our game.

    Q.  The guys talked about the excitement of the crowd.  For you, what will it be like to experience this here at home again?
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, there's no doubt you're a lot happier at home than you are on the road, right?  But we've got a great crowd here.  Our fans have been great.  What can you say about the Chicago fans for them?  Let's give credit where credit is due.  It's pretty awesome when you go into that building and listen to them.
    Our fans are very capable of doing the same thing.  We may not hold as much in our building, but the decibels will be just as good as it was at the United Center.

    Q.  Claude, when we talked to Chris Kelly, he always seems subdued and quiet.  According to the guys, that's not always the case.  How valuable do you see his vocal leadership in reinforcing your message?
    COACH JULIEN:  Like you said, he's subdued when he talks to you guys.  There's no doubt in the dressing room, even on the ice, even practices, he does have a temper, a good temper.  He's demanding, not just of himself, but everybody else around.
    When we're not having a good practice, there's a lot of times you'll hear him chirp before you'll hear me.  That's the kind of leadership he brings.
    Although he feels it's been a little bit tougher for him this year because he hasn't had the kind of year he would like, I still think, and I told him it was important that he continues to be a leader.
    I think everybody respects him that way.  He's got to bring that to us everywhere, dressing room, on the ice, practice.  That's just his personality.  He's a very intense individual, very demanding.  That's why he's a good player for us.

    Q.  Your goalie has been special for some time now.  Was there an incident early on with Tuukka that you saw the kind of player he could become?
    COACH JULIEN:  I think we've seen that for quite a few years.  When you look at his progression throughout the years, as I mentioned before, we had such a good goaltender in Tim Thomas, it might have maybe delayed the view that people would have of him, but it didn't change our view of him.
    We knew he was going to be a good goaltender.  In hindsight, when you look back, it might have been the best thing for him.  It allowed him to mature at a reasonable rate instead of being thrown to the wolves.
    He's matured a lot.  I'm not talking about personality, but mentally, the mental toughness, then being able to be ready game in, game out.
    This was his first year as the number one that he played consecutive games.  I think he handled it well.  Although it's a 48‑game schedule, condensed schedule, he had to be mentally tough to be able to get through that, to be able to get where he is right now speaks volumes about how ready he is to be that goaltender that can be just as good as Tim was for us.

    Q.  Claude, can you talk about the last line change here, being able to integrate your fourth line a bit more by controlling some of the matchups.
    COACH JULIEN:  There's no doubt it makes it a little bit easier.  Doesn't mean it's going to happen all the time, but it certainly is a lot easier.  Joel's a pretty good coach, smart coach.  When he senses something, he'll take advantage of it.
    I had to be extra careful in Chicago with that.  But, again, tonight hopefully it's a little easier.  Nonetheless, we're in the Final here, you got to do what you got to do.  Sometimes you may play guys a little bit more, but they're capable of handling the ice time.
    You're right, that last change will hopefully give me a little bit of an easier change.

    Q.  With little or no space on the ice in this series, can you disclose what your team can do to generate that valuable space and generate more scoring opportunities?
    COACH JULIEN:  Again, looking for strategies here.  But we're a team that we'll always play the same way.  We're a straightforward team.  We have to move puck forwards, put them in deep, battle along the boards, make things happen.
    We're a team that grinds it out.  We use our speed by pushing pucks forward.  That's what we've got to keep doing.

    Q.  Claude, with Gregory out, you've added Krejci into the penalty kill mix at times.  He hasn't been in there for a couple years really consistently.  How quickly has he been able to jump into it with your system?
    COACH JULIEN:  Yeah, but at the same time we haven't changed a ton, just a little bit more aggressive in areas.
    He's always been in all the meetings, even this year, 'cause if one of our penalty killers was in the box, he would kill some penalties.
    He's very comfortable with it.  I think he's done a great job.  David is a smart player.  He can read off a lot of people, is able to read the plays.  To me, it was not a big issue to put him in there because he's very capable of handling more ice time.  As I said before, the reason was I really enjoyed coming back with that line after a penalty kill.

    Q.  Ference and Boychuk are similar to Chara and Seidenberg in that they don't always play during the regular season.  How do they click come playoff time?
    COACH JULIEN:  It's more we put them together.  At the same time, they've played together before.  They know each other well.  This year we moved guys around a lot during our regular season.  Guys got used to playing with each other.  That was done purposely.  We knew at one point everybody would have to play with everybody.
    You even see those kind of changes being made in the middle of a game.  McQuaid for a while was with Ference, Boychuk was with Krug.  You make the changes you feel you need to make.  Our guys have certainly gotten used to playing with each other.

    Q.  Krejci, sometimes guys with that type of offensive skill, it takes them a while to accept they have to play the defensive end.  Can you remember what it was like to get him to accept that?
    COACH JULIEN:  I don't think it was that tough, to be honest with you.  If anything, it was always pushing him to continue to be good offensively.  He's very conscientious of his defensive play and also making sure he's in the right position.  At times I thought it took away from the offensive part of his game.
    So if there's anything, I think it was more the adjustment of him being able to play well defensively, but being able to transfer that to good offense.  I think that's where he's excelled a lot.
    He's a proud competitor.  He doesn't like to be scored on.  There were times where probably there was maybe a little too much attention to that, not enough at the end other end.
   
*Claude Julien pregame transcript courtesy of FastScripts by ASAP Sports*

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if home ice is important to the Bruins...
Of course. You’d rather play at home. Of course it’s going to be important for us to come out and win this first game. That’s ultimately the goal to win both games. If you want to come out with a split at home, you’re crazy. We’re going to need to be at our best because we know they’re going to be coming out hard. They’re a phenomenal team.

On how valuable Zdeno Chara is...
He’s obviously valuable. He’s our top defenseman and he’s playing top minutes and shutting down other lines and doing well when he gets a chance offensively. He’s our captain, he’s our team leader and he’s been doing a great job throughout the whole year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On what he expects in tonight’s game...
Who knows? Who knows what’s going to happen tonight? We need to focus on our game. We have to come out a little better than we did last game. Then we’ll see what happens.

On if everyone feels more worn down after the first two games, than they would at other times...
I mean, we’re both in the same boat, both teams. At the end, whoever wants it more is going to win. In here everyone seems to feel good and ready to play in front of our fans.

On if he feels that he is getting as good, if not better, goaltending this year compared to 2011...
Tuukka’s [Rask] been great. He’s been saving us, especially last game in the first period, he saved us I don’t know how many times. You can’t ask for more. He’s been tremendous for us, he’s been our backbone this whole postseason, and regular season. We’re glad to have him.

On if they still look at saves Tuukka Rask makes and say ‘wow’ like they did when Tim Thomas was in net....
For sure. Timmy [Thomas] was really spectacular. He jumped around from one corner to the other. But Tuukka [Rask] is technically very sound, very square to the puck, so it doesn’t look as crazy as it would have playing with Timmy. But we know how good he is and how much he’s helping us out.

On how much the presence and leadership of Chris Kelly helps the team...
Kells [Chris Kelly] is not quiet at all. He’s got a big mouth and talks a lot. He’s very vocal in the locker room. He’s a very big part of our team. For him to score and set the other one up, it’s big for him. Hopefully he gets going.

On if Chris Kelly is ‘grumpy’....
He’s loud in a grumpy way [laughs]. It’s fun, everyone know how to handle him. Maybe he plays it up a little bit, but it’s all good.

On if the Tuukka Rask talks a lot on the ice...
Yeah, he does. He lets us know when there’s guys at the back door, especially when the pucks at the point. He lets us know when there’s guys open and when we lost him. He’s very talkative, he helps us out a lot and it goes a long way if the goalie talks to you.

On if Tim Thomas talked a lot...
Oh yeah, they’re both very good at talking and letting us know what’s happening. It’s great.

On how much Tuukka Rask being a technically sound goalie helps out the defense...
At the end of the day, it’s about stopping the puck. So we don’t really care how it’s being done. It’s important that the puck stays out of the back of the net. It doesn’t matter really what kind of goalie.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On based on his experience what it is going to be like playing at the Garden…
This time of season I think it is going to be a good atmosphere, for the fanwise, but for us I think we should be all the more reason to be pumped up and really play like we did.

On what it will be like to have Gregory Campbell back around the team…
Yeah, with him not being able to be around us on the road, we definitely are going to enjoy his presence and just his comments on certain parts of the game and I think we’re all happy to see him again.

On killing penalties with David Krejci and what that is like and him not doing it in a while…
Yeah, but that might be so, but David [Krejci] has been solid on the PK [penalty kill] too and when he plays he steps up. He’s obviously a slightly different type of style then Soup [Gregory Campbell] on the penalty kill, but he’s still effective and it’s pretty easy to read off of David [Krejci]. He’s a smart player, and knows when to be aggressive and when I’m sitting back. So, it’s easy to fall into playing with him.

On Chris Kelly seeming subdued and quiet…
I mean, Kells [Chris Kelly] is more of an in room type of guy and we get to see personality he is and he’s been bringing a lot of leadership up the ice for us and I think we’re happy to have a guy like that in the room. I think he’s one of our most vocal leaders on the team, and I think that’s amazing to have and guys respond to it.

On getting a lift from having Campbell around…
I think same thing, a couple of years ago happened to Horty [Nathan Horton] and every time that someone goes down you always want to play for that player and right now Soupy [Gregory Campbell] we know he’s done everything he did to help us get to where we’re at and we always want to make sure that it wasn’t for nothing. So, you want to leave it out there and make sure you give it everything.

On feeling bad for Campbell…
I think it’s something that no player wants to be a part of when you’re so close and you get injured but we all understand that there’s a territory that comes with it sometimes and he knows if he could skate he would be there and if there was that possibility, I’m sure we would all love to have him back in that dressing room, but for now we have to play and adjust without him right now.

On what changes tonight now that the games are being played in Boston…
I don’t think you’ll see too much of a change. That’s just the certain styles that both of us play, and I think both teams are still adjusting to it but shouldn’t be that much of a change. It’s the finals so there shouldn’t be too many crazy leads like normally, but I think it’s when you have an offensive fire power like them and then our kind of style like us, we try to play to a close game.

On trying to be low key to people after his game winner…
I didn’t really go too much but lots of people were watching and really enjoying the atmosphere right now in Boston. So, a couple of times we had some people say hi and congratulations and it’s definitely exciting, especially in the neighborhood.

On anybody saying Yippee Paille…
Not yet, but I’ve heard a lot about it. So, that’s kind of neat.

On how important accountability is to each of them as individuals and as a team after the first period of last game…
Well for us we don’t want to put ourselves in that type of situation again where we need to do that. I think we would’ve learned our lesson and really focus on having that start.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On playing in front of the home town fans tonight…
It’s always a lot of fun to be in your hometown and play in front of your crowd, especially the Finals where everything is so crazy. You saw how Chicago was. It was still fun to be in an atmosphere like that but we are very happy to be home.

On the Chicago Blackhawks’ powerplay…
Not really. They play with a lot of confidence and, even though they haven’t scored on the powerplay, they are getting a lot of opportunities and that’s what you need out of your powerplay. We still have to be a little bit better. We are giving them a few too many opportunities, but hopefully we can build on that tonight.

On not getting caught up in the crazy atmosphere…
I mean it’s tough. With everything that’s going on, it’s tough not to get caught up. You just try to use it to your advantage. It is a tool, it is a weapon that you can use when you are at home and try to feed off of the momentum of the crowd. Hopefully we can do that.

On whether being at home makes it easier routine-wise…
Yeah, for sure. We have played on the road as much as we have at home so it’s not that much different. Again, it is just nice to be in front of your crowd and a little more exciting going home in your own rink. That’s the biggest difference.

On the fine line between playing hard and playing dirty…
I mean when you are getting suspensions and stuff like that. That’s dirty. You can play hard a lot of things happen during the game. I don’t think anyone’s out there to try and injure guys.

On if Chicago has surprised them with things they do or guys they put on the ice…
Well, they are a great team. They come with a ton of speed, which is always tough to play against. They don’t just throw pucks away.  Every time they have the puck they make a play, which makes it tough out there. I think that’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed. They don’t ever seem to throw pucks away. Everything is right on the tape and, if they don’t have anything, they just swing back. They’re a great team. There’s no doubt about that.

On if it is really as simple as playing your game to be successful…
I think we both want to play our own game and try not to focus too much on copying the other team. That’s what we’ve both had success with all year and that’s just what we want to stick to.

On if he expects a one goal game every game with how evenly matched the teams are…
Yeah, you kind of have to. You see both the games, both overtime games. It just seems like it is going to go that way, but every game’s different and a lot of it goes with bounces and everything like that. I guess that’s what we have to prepare for.

On if he had a chance to catch his breath yesterday…
A little bit, yeah. It was nice to get back and just kind of recuperate. Two long games, very difficult to be in and they definitely take a lot of energy out of you.

On if he feels a sort of comfort level playing at home…
Yeah, it is always nice to be home. Being in front of your fans, in the Cup Finals, there is nothing better than that. Everyone’s so excited and we are definitely looking forward to the game tonight.

On if he knows Chicago better having played them in two games rather than watching them on tape…
It is definitely nice to have a couple games. You can watch all the video you want but, until you are actually on the ice and see how they play, they’re difficult. It is definitely nice to see the guys and see how they react in different situations. It is definitely beneficial to play a few games against them.

On if he thinks Chicago dislikes him…
I have no idea. That’s them.

On if he feels he is getting to Chicago…
I haven’t really tried to do a whole lot. I’m just trying to play the game. Everyone’s so caught up in trying to antagonize guys and stuff like that.  It doesn’t just happen like that. It just comes with the game and you got to react to different situations.

On if there is any explanation why the Blackhawks are 0-3 and the Bruins are 3-0 in Game 3…
No. That means nothing right now. It’s a completely different series, completely different time. That has no bearing on tonight’s game.

On the importance of getting off to a good start especially what happened last game…
Hope so. We don’t ever want to come out with a start like that but, again, we can’t predict the future and we will see how tonight goes.

On if anything changes with the benefit of last change…
No nothing changes. We still want to play the same way and just try to use our crowd to our advantage.

On if he thinks they will see the same players that played in Chicago…
I have no idea. It depends who their coach wants to throw out there. You have to talk to Claude [Claude Julien] about that. I don’t know.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On preparation and getting into a routine…
No it shouldn’t matter, there’s no distractions on the road either really. It’s just hotel, eat, sleep, play hockey. So, when you’re home obviously you get to spend some time with family and that’s great, and you can get into a routine that you’re used to all year but it shouldn’t matter either way. I think road or home, you should be able to prepare.

On his potential line tonight…
Well, I’m not sure what’s happening tonight, but I’m assuming I’m with two new guys again. I think I’m with Daugs [Kaspars Daugavins] and Pevs [Rich Peverley]. So, I just season people. I’m just a seasoner. Slump buster they call me. Come up play with me then move up to a better line and then go score.

On if he is cool with that…
Yeah, I don’t care. We’re winning games that’s all that matters. I think that whoever we play with and however many minutes we play, you and try and contribute while you’re out there and that’s stuff’s kind of out of our control other than the effort we put in. If you put enough effort in and you have success then you’ll get out there a few more times, but Segs [Tyler Seguin], Kells [Chris Kelly] and Piesy [Daniel Paille] were pretty good last game, obviously and if they stay together tonight I hope they’re great again tonight.

On there being a lull because when the team is home Claude Julien has more control over when he puts you in…
You’re going to have to ask him that question. I don’t know. When he gives me the tap and tells me to go, I go and work as hard as I can and then, come off and let the next guy go. So, I’m not sure what matchups he wants or what the lineups going to be on their side so it’s kind of tough to answer that. Hopefully afterwards it’s a big yes.

On being 3-0 in Game 3’s and Chicago being 0-3…
I did not know that. I haven’t watched any of their Game 3’s so I can’t give you an answer, except that it’s not unfortunate that we’ve been pretty good in Game 3’s, hopefully that continues tonight but just because that’s the record that doesn’t mean that’s what is going to happen and it’s going to be a really, really tough game, just coming back home. Being here doesn’t mean anything so, we’re going to have to bring everything right off the hop.

On getting a boost out of the home crowd…
Obviously, I think ever since I’ve been here the crowds been unbelievable and we’ve had the same core group of guys around for the last six years. So, I think that we appreciate this building and we like playing in here.

On what stands out from that first game playing here in 2011…
Two years ago? I was getting back in the lineup then. I think that would probably be the biggest thing for me on a personal level after watching the first two. So, I was pretty jacked up, but obviously our crowd was into it, we had a pretty good start and they fed off of that and we kind of went from there.

On him coming out on that first shift, flying and if he remembers it…
I like to think I’m always flying, personally. Yes, I remember it. I remember I think Rex [Mark Recchi] made a good dump, and I was able to get a hit and kind of able to get my legs underneath me from there. I don’t think I made it through the whole game though if I remember correctly. I think I got booted a little early for not too much I don’t think. I don’t remember correctly, but it was a very emotional affair, it was fun to be in.

On being on the bench every game and contributing unlike two years ago…
Yeah, two years ago I had to watch the Tampa Bay series for the most part and the first two games of the finals, it sucks. I’m happier to be where I am now, but whatever it is and I’m sure the extra guys here will tell you this year too, you try and stay ready whether you’re in or you’re not and you try and contribute in other ways if you’re not playing a lot of minutes or not in the lineup. Kind of what I did two years ago, and kind of the same thing this year, playing a bit of a limited role in the Finals and perfectly fine with that. Happy with it as long as we’re getting the results and I can help out on the bench or in the room or wherever when I’m on the ice.

On if it was important for him after that Stanley Cup run the last time to say next time I’ll be there all the time…
Well, it’s not like two years ago I was like ah screw it, I don’t need to play. I’m good. I worked my [butt] off all the time to try and stay in the lineup, but depending on who we’re playing and what matchups are and I’m very aware of the type of player I am. Sometimes, maybe not always the best option, but yes I guess it feels you a little bit when you’re scratched, if you’re a proud person you don’t want to sit out. So, I’m happy to be here so far.

On the team the first two games of this series…
When we’re going we’re a good team, when we’re sitting back a little bit too they can definitely take advantage of us. So, we have to be on our toes all the time. They’re a very good team over and really good at moving the puck, really good transition and they’re dangerous, but we’ve got to make sure that we’re on top of as much as possible.

On anything being different being on home ice…
Well, you answered your own question. We’re on home ice that is different.

On anything being different about his game and the team’s game.…
No. The team game? I mean we’ll be able to feed off of our crowd a little bit more. I think we’ve had the same core group of guys here for the last six years and we enjoy playing in this building so I think that helps. Just because we’re home doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. It’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to have to bring everything we have.

On if there is a fine line of winning and losing in these games…
Definitely. Both have been extremely close. They don’t get much closer. So, it’s the little things. The little details that you have to pay attention to because we’re both pretty good teams. I think whoever’s treating those little things of more importance might get the win.

On if they feel that they have to hit in order to be a good team…
I think this time of year everyone has to hit to be a good team. It doesn’t matter who you are. I feel like we talk about physicality all throughout the playoffs, and everyone should be finishing their checks this time of year. It doesn’t matter who you are. That being said, it’s easier said than done against these guys because you put pucks into areas where maybe with another D-core view, you’ll be able to get your check, you’ll be able to finish on. Their very mobile, very smart, they get rid of it to the right guys at the right time. So, it’s not as easy, but if we can establish that forecheck then we’re usually more successful than not.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On Jaromir Jagr being one of his childhood heroes growing up…
I’m going to say the same thing I did a 100 times before. When I was a kid, he was my idol. That’s for sure. It’s just good to play with him.

On the importance of playing physical to free up space and get their line going…
Just like I was talking about Jags [Jaromir Jagr], Looch [Milan Lucic] he needs to get involved in the physical and be a factor and I think he was in Game 2. He knows that he’s got to play the same way. That’s his type of hockey game. He needs to hit. He needs to keep his feet moving and, if he does that, he is going to be creating some chances for us when we are near the boards. He did that in Game 2. We need him to play like that and I’m pretty sure he will play.

On if he thinks Nathan Horton was himself in Game 2…
Yeah, I think he played well. It was a tough game. I don’t think there was one guy who stood out in every shift.  I think we played better as the game went along and we got a big win out of it. I think to me personally Horty [Nathan Horton] had a good game. We all had a tough start that first period. I think we bounced back as a team and got a win.

On how he has felt handling penalty killing duties…
I kind of like it. It’s a large responsibility and our kill has been doing a pretty good job all season long and in the playoffs so I’m just trying to help out as much as I can. …

On how much pride he takes in his defensive game…
I’m just trying to take care of my own end and go from there. If I do that, scoring chances are going to happen. I’m going into every game with the mindset to play good defensively.

On if the team kills penalties more aggressively than in the past…
I think our coaching staff has done a good job at scouting the other team. They always give us a game plan and that’s what we do. We just go out there and do what we are told.  As I said before, I haven’t been killing much lately but, in these playoffs, when someone goes down we got to step up. I’m up for it and I’m just trying to do what I can.

On how the discussion during the 1st intermission helped the team turn things around…
Well, we knew we played poorly in the first period. Our decisions and we didn’t have legs. It was just bad and a tough first period, but hopefully we learn from that and show up for the game.

On how the physicality helped the team improve…
You know that’s our game. We play physically. We play tough. That’s the way we are built and that’s the way how we’ve been playing the whole season and all playoffs so far. We got away from that in the first period in Game 2, but we came back. Looch [Milan Lucic] took charge of that and really led the way and it seems like the ball keeps rolling.

On how he feels about two straight overtime games…
I would say it’s exciting as well. It’s not easy. The first overtime first game was kind of fun, but it takes a certain edge from us. It is what it is. It’s the same thing for both sides. We just got to move on the next day and get ready for the next game.

On what he expects from the team tonight…
All we are focusing on now is to have a good start. The first period’s going to be really big. We are playing at home in front of our fans. I’m pretty sure they are going to be great again so we just have to get out and start.

On if he is excited to hear the Garden crowd…
Yeah it’s going to be pretty cool. It’s been awhile in the playoffs so I’m really looking forward to it.

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