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Running quotes from Stanley Cup Final Game 4: Bruins vs. Blackhawks on 6/19

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
   
COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
    Q.  Claude, you don't often get into games like that.  Did you ever feel like there was a point where you were in control playing the way you wanted?
    COACH JULIEN:  Not really.  Not really.  I mean, we tied it up.  I thought our guys battled hard enough to get us back in the game and create an overtime.
    I don't think we played our best game tonight.  A lot of different reasons.  I think our decision making wasn't very good at times.  Didn't think we were moving the puck as well as we had been in the past.
    It was certainly a tough outing for us tonight.  They came out hard, played extremely well.  Somehow, again, they had the better of us for the first half of the game until we got ourselves going here a little bit.
    Again, those are things that happen in the Final where you don't feel like you played well enough to win.  That's what happened tonight.

    Q.  Characterize the second period, how helter‑skelter it was?
    COACH JULIEN:  I just think we weren't very sharp in our decision making.  Where we talked about we have layers, our D’s were pinching, our forwards were not really covering up, weren't totally committed to that part of the game.  That's when you saw two‑on‑ones.  Sometimes caught a little bit low.  We were through the neutral zone, weren't very aggressive.
    There was a lot of our game tonight that was just average, and average isn't good enough at this stage of the season.

    Q.  How you didn't feel you were out of it, what is it about this team can still hang in it?
    COACH JULIEN:  It wasn't a Bruins’ type of game, but at the same time you have to get yourself back into it.  Our guys worked hard to score goals.  Probably got ourselves out of what our normal game plan is.  So we opened up and we scored goals, but we also gave them some goals, like the game‑winning goal.
    Too many times where they had an opportunity to tee it up.  We'd come back in our own end and make the big circle.  When you make the big circles, you open up the middle of the ice.  Just things that don't characterize our team.
    Like I said, it was an average game.  But give the guys credit.  We battled back and gave ourselves a chance to win, even though it wasn't our best game.  Sometimes you got to do that.  We tried to do that tonight.  But at the end, you know, it didn't happen.

    Q.  Claude, how would you evaluate Tuukka's play tonight?  Do you think the goals‑against were a product of what happened in front of him?
    COACH JULIEN:  I don't evaluate the players publicly here.  I look at our whole team and tell you our whole team was average tonight.  You can take what you want from that.
    I think we can be a lot better.  We have an opportunity to be better next game.  Hopefully, if anything, that makes us even hungrier for the next game.

    Q.  What do you personally feel was the difference in this game for your team?
    COACH JULIEN:  They were better than we were.

    Q.  In the second period after you went down two goals, you called a timeout.  Seemed like you were the only person talking.  What was your message?
    COACH JULIEN:  Just that we had to kind of get ourselves back into our game.  I thought we were frustrated.  Instead of focusing on what we had to do, we were complaining about calls, non‑calls.  We got ourselves away from our game.
    Just about refocusing our guys.  They're good about it.  All I talked about was, you know, there's half a game left, we have lots of time to get ourselves back into it.
    That's what we did.  We did get ourselves back into it.

    Q.  Can you talk about Patrice Bergeron's effort in the second and third period, and also Jagr, seemed hungry to get the team back into it.
    COACH JULIEN:  Patrice has been extremely good for us throughout these playoffs.  He's been good for us forever.  He's a guy that comes to play hard every time.  Nice to see him having some good success in the playoffs and being rewarded that way.
    Jag has always been a guy that can find players that are open.  The more they play together, the more chemistry they have.  So it should make them a better line.

    Q.  You mentioned the team battled back and stayed in the game.  Are those things that are positives that you can build off of?
    COACH JULIEN:  Too late in the season and too late in the playoffs to start criticizing your team.  You look at what you did well.  It's a 2‑2 series.  I think before it started everybody knew it was going to be a tight series.  I don't think anybody that is a fan of hockey is disappointed right now.  We as a hockey club went into Chicago and won Game 2 and had a chance to win Game 1.  We had to go in there and win Game 5.  We have the ability to do that.

    Q.  Claude, third period, Johnny Boychuk seemed to be throwing himself all over the ice.  How important was he in the team's effort to keep the game from getting away from you?
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, Johnny is a good player.  Not only was he doing what he could to prevent goals, but he did a great job at scoring that tying goal.  He's got a great shot.  Had a great playoffs.  I think he's up to six goals now.
    Good hockey player.  Like I said, he's done a great job in the American Hockey League of being one of best scoring defensemen before he came to us.  Now it's nice to see him utilize that shot and showcase his game knowing that he's become a pretty strong and reliable defenseman in this league.

    Q.  Is it going to be difficult to wipe away the negative of this and remind your team that you're going in with an even slate?
    COACH JULIEN:  Not really.  I think if you look at what happened the last game, it didn't stop them from bouncing back.
    At this stage of the year, you have to kind of push the games aside, win or lose, and you got to focus on the next one.
    We know we have to be better and we know we can be better.  It's just a matter of getting yourself ready for that game.
    Thank you.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports.
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On if it was discouraging to lose that way after coming back so many times…
I wouldn’t say discouraging. You find a way to tie the game. It was a lot of goals on both sides, which we haven’t seen yet in the series. Just a high scoring game.

On if he felt they had a greater net presence with screens in front…
Yeah, I thought they did a better job than we did.

On all of the Bruins goals scored on the glove side…
We just try to score goals wherever we find openings.

On how he feels about going back to Chicago tied at two…
We got two days to get ready for that game.

On what the Bruins could have done better tonight…
For sure, net front presence was something that I thought we could do better. We didn’t manage the puck as well as well as we could have.

On if he felt the Bruins got off to a slow start tonight…
I think, yeah, could be that also. We could improve that.  

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On the loss…
Yeah, it’s definitely not what we wanted. We didn’t get our best start and that hurt us a lot. We found a way to get back in the game, but it wasn’t enough because we had a poor start.

On how Chicago was able to beat Tuukka Rask…
They were doing a good job of getting some traffic, but also pouncing on the rebounds and on the loose pucks. We got to do a better job at boxing out, but also winning the one-on-one battles.

On the defensive breakdowns as isolated or over-arching issues…
I guess we didn’t communicate enough. We know they’re a good team. They have some good transition. We gave them time to, I guess, to get some speed and to attack on our defensemen with some good speed. We got to do a better job of that and look at videos and get back at it in Game 5.

On expecting this to a close series…
Yeah, we knew it was going to a tough series, an even series. That’s what we’re having. We never said it was going to be easy. They’re a great team out there and so are we, so we just go to go out there—like you said, it’s a best of three now—and regroup and get ready for Game 5.

On going down the tunnel in the first period…
It’s all good. I just lost my wind a bit.

On Jaromir Jagr’s assist on the game-tying goal…
Yeah, it was a good cycle and he did a good job keeping the puck alive and getting some movement. He made a great pass for me in the slot.

On trying to settle the game down and play their style…
Oh, I don’t know. I went low-glove and I don’t know if I did or not. You’d have to ask him. I was just trying to get it on net.

On appreciating the ebb and flow when you’re in the game…
It’s different. You’re in the game and you’re focused and thinking about the next shift, staying in the moment. Not really, to be honest with you. It’s about finding a way and tonight we didn’t. It’s about getting back at it on Game 5.

On managing the emotions of an up-and-down game…
Yeah, I mean, it’s one of those games that was very up-and-down. We had some breakdowns that we need to adjust, but we did some good things to come back in the game also. You got to look at both sides, but at the end of the day we didn’t get the result and we got to make sure we’re back at it on Saturday.

On why the Bickell-Toews-Kane line was successful tonight…
They have some great skills and they were moving well and moving the puck well. They got some bounces, some good goals. We got to do a better job of having layers and helping out each other.

On looking at this as a missed opportunity…
You can’t look at it that way because there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s about the next game.

On how this game became so high scoring…
We didn’t get the start we wanted and we put ourselves behind the eight-ball early. We had some breakdowns that shouldn’t have happened and found some ways to get back in the game, but it wasn’t enough. Some of the goals are breakdowns that can’t happen.

On Chicago’s line changes in overtime creating matchup problems…
I think at this point, at this stage, you can’t really think about that. It’s about finding ways to get ourselves going and get some legs. We had some chances early on.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RICH PEVERLEY
On this being mixed emotions for him…
Yeah, but ultimately we didn’t win. So, we had a chance. I think it was a pretty sloppy game back and forth, to have that many goals, I don’t think either team would be happy with that.

On is seeming like there was a different Chicago team out there tonight…
They were skating with speed. You can’t give their guys time and space because they make plays and we probably gave them a little bit too many turnovers and too much room.

On this game being tougher to lose than a 4-2 regulation game…
A loss is a loss at this time of year, and you just got to digest it here for the night and I’m sure we’ll talk about it and we just got to worry about Saturday now.

On it being surprising that 11 goals were scored and what does it say about what you guys need to do…
Well, we’ve got to cut down on mistakes, and I’m sure that the coaches will have a plan for us and hopefully like I said, tomorrow and Friday we’ll have a little bit of time to get rest and then I think the team should be pretty energetic come Saturday.

On if he felt a different surge in his game after he scored…
Yeah, I feel like last game was a good step in the right direction, and getting a goal tonight it was good, but it’s just frustrating you can’t get one when you want to win.

On if their net front presence and them crashing the net was much improved…
Yeah, it seemed they got a couple goals from the point. So, they obviously had a guy in front of Tuukka [Rask] there, and I think we can still do a better job of getting in front of his eyes.

On if this was about more defensive breakdowns on your part or them beginning to figure it out offensively…
You got to give them credit. They scored a lot of goals. They scored some big goals at key times, and I think we can be better, but you got to give them some credit.

On him filling in for Gregory on that line and how that is coming along…
Well, Gregory [Campbell] has played unbelievable all year. So, I’m not trying to play his role. I’m just trying to play my game, and hopefully I can bring something to the table and continue to contribute and just do what I do best.

On if he has been able to take pride on how dominant he has been on faceoffs for this series…
I’ve always tried to be good on faceoffs, and that’s just like I said I consider myself an offensive guy. So, not being able to score is frustrating, but play good defensively and create chances, create energy and be good on faceoffs. That’s important.

On if it got to the point with Rask where it was just assumed even subconsciously that he would only give up a goal or two…
Well, I don’t think we helped Tuukka [Rask] out tonight. Some breakdowns, but they made the plays and I think it’s not Tuukka’s fault.

On what someone would walk away thinking if they had never seen hockey before that game…
Well, it was exciting back and forth, but I think the typical hockey fan would probably say it was a little bit too wide open for a Stanley Cup Final game.

On if their new line combinations created any matchup problems and them overloading the one line…
Well, they’re all skilled lines. They’ve shown that all year, and in this playoffs. So, they’re going to mix and match their lines, and obviously it worked tonight for them.

On it taking them over half a first period to get going…
Yeah, it did. It seemed that way. They weren’t making simple plays. They were trying to make high risk plays, and they were coming with speed and it’s hard because they’re pretty skilled and you can’t be sitting back.

On if they still feel pretty good heading back to Chicago tied at two…
Now it’s best of three, and we got to win a game there and it’s like I said, best of three here. We got a couple days here in between to get some rest.

On if there is a way to talk about the emotion expended in game like that…
It felt like a rollercoaster that’s for sure. You score one, and I don’t know how many goals were scored repetitively, like one right after another within 30-seconds to a minute. So, like I said it’s a roller coaster so you’ve just got to see what killed.

On how he has felt personally and this series so far…
Yeah, I think I haven’t played well, creating chances since the Toronto series. So, I think it’s been better. Last game was good, and then tonight’s been better personally.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On tonight’s game…
It could have went either way. We were one shot away in overtime there, and obviously they buried theirs. We didn’t bury ours, so we’re kind of knowing we can be better. We have to go into their building and be better and come back here.

On whether the Blackhawks’ win has changed the series…
It’s a 0-0 series now. They have home ice advantage, so yeah it changes it, but it doesn’t change the fact that we just have to focus on the next game. Whether we won tonight or lost tonight we have to focus on the next game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On how the game felt…
It just felt like it was a run-and-gun kind of game. We had a good chance to win in overtime and it was just one shot.

On the defensive mistakes…
We have to clean up our own end and not make the turnovers and play our kind of game, and when we do that it usually comes out in a positive way.

On how much of the mistakes he felt were because of the Blackhawks’ speed and how much was self-inflicted…
I think it’s both. They do have a lot of speed and when we turn pucks over and give them that opportunity they take advantage of it.

On whether he sensed they were ‘bring it’ more tonight…
Well they had to. It’s the finals. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be here.

On whether he feels they can get some momentum out of how they played…
We did play well. We did battle back, and it was a two-goal deficit and we found a way to come back, but we probably shouldn’t have been in that situation anyways.

On whether he feels it is now best of three…
It’s best of three. You can’t worry about what happened tonight. It’s what happens in the future.

On whether he felt his goal would get the team ‘over the hump’…
I wanted it to be obviously and it gave a chance for us to win the game but things happen and [we] can’t worry about it now. We have to go into their building and get this next win.

On whether he picked the spot for his goal…
Yeah. I had a lot of time, so I had my head up, so I guess yes.

On how confident he is in the team to get it back…
Of course I’m confident in our group. We’re a good team. When we play our game good things happen and we should do that in Chicago.

On Tuukka Rask giving up six goals…
We could have helped him a little bit more, but you can’t be looking back at it right now. We’ll probably just go over video and see what we could have done, bring it into next game. We know that he’s going to be phenomenal. He always has been, and he will continue to be phenomenal, and he gives us a chance to win every night. I’m glad to have him back there.

On whether tonight’s game was surprising…
Yeah it hasn’t been like this in a while. It’s just we don’t really like that. It’s not our game, but we did have a good chance to win it and we showed what kind of character is in this dressing room to battle back form those deficits. Even when we battled by one and then they got that next one we didn’t quit and we’ll continue to do that.

On whether it felt like they were chasing the game…
They got the first one but we came back and got the second one. It didn’t feel like we were chasing it but when they’re up by two goals you have to find a way to get back and score those goals to bring it close and to win the game.

On whether it was tough to get physical because of their speed…
We get in deep and get physical on them but tonight we had some turnovers which is uncharacteristic but they did a good job by capitalizing on it and we have to continue to be physical on them and we know that they’re going to be coming out hard and we just have to come out harder.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the frustrating loss...
It’s not fun, but we battled back many times, didn’t make it easy on ourselves. At the end of the day, it’s a one-goal game. They get it. We just made it too tough on ourselves. Not our best night.

On how much of a departure it was from Game Three, with all of the chances Chicago had...
The got a lot of shots through and a lot of second opportunities. You know, you let six goals as a goalie, you can’t be satisfied, but as a team I thought it wasn’t our best defensive game.

On what he saw on the last goal...
I saw it at the last second. There was some traffic in front, just couldn’t make a stretch.

On if there was more traffic tonight than in the past three games...
No, you know what, not so much. They just got shots through. I wasn’t able to make saves or we weren’t able to block shots. They got those rebounds, that makes the difference.

On if he can put aside what happened in regulation once overtimes comes around...
No, not really. It’s a 10-goal game after three, so I think both teams were kind of not playing their best defensively. Just try to attack, attack and hope that the other team makes a mistake. Today, it was us.

On if the Blackhawks gave any different looks tonight...
Not really. I just thought they got a lot of second opportunities. That was the only difference.

On when he felt the game really started to open up...
Well, they got those two goal, they go up 3-1 and we have to start attacking and we get goals and they get a goal, we got a goal. It was kind of going back and forth like a practice. When they got those two goals to make it 3-1 that was it.

On if it is hard in a game like that to maintain control as a goalie...
It’s always hard. Every game is different. Sometimes you feel more comfortable than the other nights and today they had a lot of – we had a lot of breakdowns and they got two-on-ones, breakaway, stuff like that. It’s just a battle out there. Sometimes you just feel more comfortable than the others.

On if it was a surprising game, considering how the series had been low scoring...
Yeah, I don’t think anybody expected that before the game, but they’re a good offensive team when you give them goals and they get the lead. Then, obviously, you have to start opening up too and creating some offense. That’s what happened. I think if you take something positive out of this, you’ve got to look at the fact that we scored five goals.

On the series now being best two out of three...
It’s a tight series. Both teams got one on the road and we’ll go to Chicago and try to make it happen again.

On if the second opportunities were on him...
Well, it’s not on anybody, it’s things that happen. There’s rebounds and then the pucks bounce. Just tough breaks.

On what he feels the team could’ve done better tonight...
A lot of things, I guess. If you look at the goals, it was not our best defensive game. I think that’s something we’ve got to be better at.

On if there was any reason for those defensive breakdowns...
No, I don’t know. Probably just mental mistakes. Weren’t sharp enough mentally.

On the complexion of the series changing, but not shaking the team’s confidence...
No, obviously it stings right now, but we’ve got to be happy that we scored five goals and take that with us and be better defensively. Regroup tomorrow or whenever, and be better next game.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the frustration of losing after battling back so many times…
Yeah, it’s pretty frustrating, especially … it was pretty sloppy of a game all around. There were too many breakdowns on our side, but if there’s one positive we can take out of this game, it’s that we kept going and kept scoring. That was a good point.

On why the game got so sloppy…
Well, I guess both teams weren’t really sharp mentally. It always comes back to that. If you’re not positioned right all over the ice breakdowns happen, odd-man rushes happen, and then that’s what happens. At the end of the day there’s a lot of goals being scored.

On trying to stay focused in a crazy game…
It shouldn’t be tough in a game like that. It was a big game tonight, but again, the reason was for all those breakdowns is tough to say. At the end of the day we have to be sharper and just avoid those mistakes.

On Chicago getting traffic in front of Tuukka Rask…
They got guys in front of him and shots there. They picked up a couple of rebounds and put them in. They did a good job of being in front of Tuukka [Rask], and we didn’t do a good enough job of being in front of them and keeping them front getting in front of him. It wasn’t very well done by us.

On the emotions of playing in a back-and-forth game…
It’s a rollercoaster a little bit, I guess. You want to try to stay even-keel, but it’s tough when there’s so many ups and downs. We’re back, we’re trailing by two, we’re even, we tied it up, and then we gave one up again, so it’s a lot of mixed emotions. At the end of the day you have to try to stay calm and just focus on the uplift and go from there.

On the life Johnny Boychuk’s game-tying goal gave the team…
Huge. That was another rocket from Johnny [Boychuk]. It was a great shot. I don’t know if he was screened or not, but everybody was pumped after that and ready to go. We did get the momentum off of it, but we just couldn’t score.

On the difficult of defending the Bickell-Toews-Kane line…
They’re a good line. They’re very skilled, fast, so they’re tough to play against. They always have been. If you play the right way, we should be fine.

On trying to settle the game down and play their style…
I think we did towards the end. It was a little late, but I think we started to play a little better. It was still an up-and-down game, which, again, is not really our style, but that’s just the way it went. We tried to win it.

On Chicago’s net-front presence…
I don’t know. We have to do a better job keeping them to the outside. Somehow, they always got in behind us and got lost in behind us. They picked up a couple of rebounds. We just have to be better in that area.

On Boston’s mistakes…
Everything together—it was mental, it was positional. We always talk about layers, right? We just didn’t have those tonight. That’s why things like that happen.

On Brent Seabrook’s game-winning goal…
I don’t know. I was kind of left side and there was nobody in front of [Brent] Seabrook, so he just tried to stay on the short-side post and I don’t even know where it went. I didn’t see it, so I can’t really say what happened.

On Chicago’s dump into Boston’s end that started the play…
I tried to block it and it went through my legs somehow. Nothing happened after that. I could’ve maybe cleared it, then the goal wouldn’t have happened, but would’ve, could’ve should’ve.

On the discouragement of losing this game…
Yeah, it’s not fun. Everybody is disappointed here right now, but at the end of the day, if you look at a series, that’s supposed to happen. Being tied going back there, we did have a chance to go up 3-1, but it doesn’t matter what could’ve been. Now, we have to look forward and focus on the next game.

On Chicago’s line changes in overtime creating matchup problems…
No, I don’t think so. We’ve always hounded them pretty well. It was just a matter of us playing the right way. It really had nothing to do with what they did.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN DUNCAN KEITH
On Chicago’s offense breaking through…
Yeah, for sure. I think our team game was a lot better tonight. We had a lot of nice plays out there.

On Corey Crawford’s performance tonight…
I mean, they scored some nice goals there with guys wide open for one-timers. So it’s tough to make saves like that, but at the end of the day, we scored six, they scored five. We’re happy we’ve got the momentum going back to Chicago now.

On if the Blackhawks had better luck gaining the zone…
I don’t know if it was luck. But definitely, yeah, strategy was better, making plays and coming with more speed.

On if he’s ever seen Brent Seabrook on a run like this before…
Well it’s nice. It’s great, he scored some big overtime goals in the regular season over the years, and he’s got a great shot. I was so happy to see that one go in.

On how crucial tonight’s win was…
We talked about it before the game, at the end of the day you don’t want to say ‘must-win’ when you’re not facing elimination, but you don’t want to go down three-to-one. Now we feel excited about going back to Chicago tied up.

On if he would rather play a game like tonight’s or like the triple-overtime game…
It doesn’t matter as long as we can find a way to win, I think. Obviously we don’t want to give up five goals in a game and have to win, but I think we shored up a few things. We definitely did a lot more positives, there were a lot more positive things out there offensively.

On if takes a step back and thinks about how crazy a game like tonight’s was…
Yeah, I mean it’s exciting. You never really have time to catch your breath and think about what’s going on, but we definitely understand the situation that we’re in. Whether we’re out on the ice, in the moment, or in the dressing room, I think you have to be aware of what’s going on.

On if a frantic pace favors the Blackhawks…
Well we’ve had frantic paces and we’ve pushed the pace in other games, and we didn’t end up scoring goals. It was a really good first period with 19 shots in Game 2, and ended up the period not getting as many goals as we thought we would. I think we just want to stick with our program, and stick with what’s given us success all year long. I thought tonight we did a better job of that, for the most part. We don’t want to give up five goals though.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD MARIAN HOSSA
On how effective he felt he was after missing game three…
Well I would like to ask you guys that question. I don’t know how effective I was, I felt so-so, but the decision was for me to play and I’m glad I could help a little bit.

On what percentage he is health-wise…
I don’t like to speculate about it.

On whether he would play if it were a regular season game…
Tough to say, I don’t know.

On everyone from top lines on down contributing tonight…
It was a huge game from everybody. That’s how we are going to beat this team. I’m glad we scored some power play goal, even [Michael] Frolik got a big goal, so everybody contributed and it’s a huge win.

On whether he feels good about his status for the final three games…
Well we got now a couple of days off so it’s nice, but we have to be ready for next game.

On his take on Brent Seabrook’s goal tonight…
Well, I saw he hit the puck, he hit the hash marks and the blue line and I just saw him release the slapper and he usually he score that type of goal and overtime it seems like he find a way to always get a good shot and it was I think his biggest goal.

On whether he heard Tony Amonte’s comments about not playing in game three…
I don’t really care what Tony Amonte say.

On how hard it was to not play in game three…
Well look, if you cannot go, you cannot go. You almost feel useless there. Today was different decision, one extra day so I decided I can help a little bit and I’m glad we won.

On being tied two-two and re-gaining home ice advantage…
We wanted to come to Boston and win at least one game and we’re glad we got the second one. So series tied and it’s a good momentum for us and it’s going to be another battle at home, but we have to play a strong game like we did tonight.

On whether it was fun playing in a game like tonight’s …
Definitely. It is fun game there was fun for the fans, for everybody even for the players.

On whether playing an up tempo as opposed to a defensive standoff helped him today …
No, I don’t know I just tried to jump and find a way to help my team to play. I tried to contribute a little bit I could and I’m glad we won.

On whether having a couple of days off will help him personally…
We’ll see. I would like to know.

On when he knew he was going to play today…
It was I think right before the game.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN NIKLAS HJALMARSSON
On tonight’s game…
That was a rollercoaster up there, to be honest with you. That was one of the weirdest games I have played and it is in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s shouldn’t really be like that out there but to score 11 goals in one game. Looking back to the game that we have played so far it has not been very high scoring games. I am just glad that we won this game. I am just really happy that we got away here with a win.

On all of the goals scored on the Blackhawks’ defense…
No, I hate it. I was one the ice for three of them again. As long as we win, I’ll be minus three every single game. I don’t really care about that. It was a huge win for us today.

On the pace of the game tonight…
I think that we had a really good game tonight except for after we score big goals, we need to be better after that and give them back the momentum. Today when we scored, they scored pretty much the shift after or two shifts after and gave them back the momentum. That is something that we really have to be better on that going forward.

On going back to Chicago tied up in the series…
We put ourselves in a great spot. We went here thinking that we pretty much had to win one game. So, mission accomplished.  We have two days here to regroup and go back to Chicago and play in front of a big crowd back home, so hopefully we can feed off the energy in the United Center.

On the physicality of the team…
I didn’t really think about that actually. I didn’t think about that to be honest with you.

On tonight’s entertaining game…
I hope it was entertaining for you guys. Personally, I didn’t feel like that at all as a defenseman. Five goals against is too much. For me personally, I was on the ice for three of them. As long as we win I’ll be minus three every single game. I am just happy with the outcome of the game.

On Chicago’s style of hockey tonight…
I think that we played Chicago hockey today with good pace and puck control. I think that we had most of the game. We gave up some really bad timely goals after we scored. That is something that we have to be way better on going forward.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FORWARD PATRICK SHARP
On the back and forth play tonight…
What a game. What a series it’s shaping up to be. I think we knew at the start it was going to be close like that. We got tight checking games, and today it was a little bit more wide-open. It was really fun to be a part of. A lot of trash talking, a lot of bad blood, some big hits, and that’s some fun playoff hockey out there.

On if the last mistake costs a team in most games…
Both teams had chances to win that game. Both teams had chances to kind of protect leads, and sit on it, and get out of there alive. I don’t know, you have to watch that over again I guess and figure out what happened. It was just one of those games where there’s chances everywhere.

On going home tied 2-2 and it being a best of three series…
It feels good. It feels good to win in this building. Home ice is back on our side, but it doesn’t mean anything until we take care of business. It’s going to be a challenge playing these guys. Every game has been tough so far, whether it’s here in Boston or back in Chicago. It’s not going to be any different for Game 5.

On if he knew before the game that Kane and Toews would score, Hossa would have an assist, they’d score six goals on Rask but would need overtime…
What about me?

On having the lead for 55 seconds…
There were some big efforts by some key guys in the room. It doesn’t really matter—[Seabrook], Mr. Overtime, he’s done it all playoffs long, and even in the regular season he finds a way to get an assist or make something happen in overtime. We kind of had some open ice at the blueline. I think we all knew it was going to find its way in.

On being all over Boston in the first period, but knowing they would come back…
Yeah, they’re a resilient team, they find a way to stay in games and fight back. We expect to see more of that.

On if he wanted to fight tonight…
Did I want to fight? I want to win the Cup; that’s what we’re all playing for. Fights, goals, who cares? We’re just out there battling. Both sides are playing hard, are playing clean, and it’s a fun series to be a part of.

On if it was important to win the game their way at their pace…
Yeah, it feels good. They have the ability to put some pucks in the net too. I think whatever style of play it’s going to be out there, it’s going to be evenly matched. We talked about using our speed, attacking, trying to play on the inside and get to the net, and it resulted in a bunch of goals. We’ll see how things play out the rest of the way.

On if it was important to finally get to Rask…
Yeah, he’s been playing great, and he’s going to play great going forward. I don’t know if we really got to him. There were some rebound goals, deflection goals; it doesn’t really change our mindset on him. He’s going to be great going forward.

On if it reminded him of Game 1 of the 2010 final where the last shot was going to win against Philadelphia…
I remember that series. The first game was 6-5, the second game was 2-1, and there were probably three or for chances for each team. They got the ability to fill the net offensively, they got the ability to protect their net and play a tight a tight game, and I’d like to think that we can do the same thing. It just makes it that much more fun of a series.

On if this was a fun game to play in…
It’s a lot more fun that we came out with the win, but it was entertaining hockey, it was a lot of fun to be a part of. There was some talking going on between the two teams, there some scrums, big hits, a lot clean hockey, a lot of good playoff hockey. It’s easy to say that when we get the win, but it’s been a great series right from the start.

On getting good chances early and not scoring, and if he thought he wouldn’t get another chance after that…
It felt like I had some jump and was skating well. [Handzus] and [Hossa] and I had some quality chances; probably could have scored more than just the one. I felt that the puck was going to come to me in a good area, and [Seabrook] beat me to it.

On if there was a concerted effort on net presence …
It just goes in raising the compete level, the battle level. There was a lot of talk after Game 3 that we weren’t getting to the net, and playing from the outside, and we never really doubted the character and heart in our room. We feel like we can do that. We’ve done it against Detroit; we did it against LA. They’re a tough team to play against, a tough team to get on the inside, but we got a few tonight.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS GOALTENDER COREY CRAWFORD
On the game tonight…
It was a pretty crazy hockey game. Back and forth, but it was good of us to stick with it no matter how many times we lost the lead there we stayed positive, kept playing hard and it was a hell of a shot by Seabs [Brent Seabrook] there.

On if he was elated after the game-winning goal…
Yeah, that was obviously a huge goal, probably the biggest one of the series so far so that was a great feeling like you said at the end there.

On his play during this game…
It was a battle to say the least. Those games are going to happen once in awhile. Our guys battled hard in front of me and obviously we scored a ton of goals so it was just one of those games where you just kind of have to stick with it, brush it off and get ready for the next one.

On if the Bruins are targeting his glove side…
Well, 99% of the shots are going glove side, I don’t know what you would say. I can’t start thinking about that, that’s when you get in trouble when you start thinking everything is going to go glove. I’m just going to play the way I’ve been playing and stick with that.

On how he dissects the game tonight…
That was definitely an exciting game. We played our game to a T, we were moving the puck quick and making plays, everyone on the ice for us had speed and was skating hard so we had a lot of good things going for us.

On getting home-ice advantage back…
Yeah we are excited to go back to our building and play the next one.

On what his mentality is during a game like this…
Just stick with it, no matter what happens. There are going to be nights where it’s high scoring and we’ve had nights too where its low scoring. We all battle together and stuck with it. It’s still a close game no matter how many goals are going in our side or their side, you have to be able to pull through and get one.

On how elated he was when Seabrook scored…
Yeah I was pretty pumped, it was a bomb and he’s done that for us I don’t know how many times. That was a great shot by him.



BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES:


HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
    Q.  Claude, Tyler Seguin was talking about how it wasn't an easy thing for him to come to you and say, I'm not scoring goals, what can I do better?  Some of the guys think you're an approachable coach.  What is it like, your relationship with the players?  When a guy comes to you, is it easy to be open and honest?
    COACH JULIEN:  It is.  That's a relationship I think coaches always have to have with players, more today than ever.  There was a time back when I played that you didn't really ever bother the coach.  You either played or you didn't.  If you didn't, you found a way to get back in the lineup.
    Today it's a different concept, players want to know, they need guidance.  You give it to them.  They know that door has always been open for conversation.  Doesn't mean they will hear what they want to hear, but they'll hear the truth.
    Tyler wanted to know how he could help the team.

    Q.  It was said that in this playoffs, how hard it's been to carry momentum, but you've been able to put a couple of games together.  Just your take on that, why that may be.
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, because teams that we're playing against are pretty good.  We just have to look at the Pittsburgh series.  It was 4‑0.  As I said before, some games could have gone either way.  This is a 2‑1 series.  Game 1 could have gone either way, Game 2 could have gone either way.  Can say the same thing about Game 3.
    It's about making your breaks, taking advantage of them when you have them.  That's why we'll have some discussions on whether you can build momentum or not, whether coaches believe in it or not.
    As I said, you always have to focus on the game that you're going to play that night, which is tonight.  I'm not looking at, We've got momentum now, we won the last two.  I don't believe in that.  They understand how important this game is, and so do we.  It's going to be a battle out there today.

    Q.  Patrice probably sacrifices some of his offense in order to play at both ends of the ice.  How would you sum up what he means to this club?
    COACH JULIEN:  I'm not sure I'm going to agree he sacrifices some offense.  If he does, he'd probably be a minus player.  He recognizes that both sides of the game are important to him.  He knows how important it is to our team.  He takes pride in that.
    Could he have more points?  Yes.  He's also a guy on the ice for more goals‑against.  He's learned to balance that thing properly.
    In my eyes, when you look at the offensive numbers he puts up there for how well he plays defensively, I think it's tremendous.
    You look at his plus/minus every year, that's always something that dictates a lot about a player.  It doesn't mean it's his fault that he gets scored on.  When you're consistently a plus player, you play with different guys, he had Recchi, Jagr, Seguin, Marchand for a few years, but other years he had other players, too.  Still, that line becomes a really reliable line.
    A big part of it is because of Patrice Bergeron.  Not just reliable offensively, but reliable defensively as well.
    To me it's a mindset he has, something he takes pride in.  Because he's like that, more and more he's getting recognized for being an outstanding player in this league.

    Q.  After tonight's game you get a couple days before the next one.  Does that change much in how you plan this game tonight, how much you might use guys?
    COACH JULIEN:  Not really.  You don't get a second chance at trying to win the game you're playing that night.  You got to do whatever you have to do.  Even if we were playing every second night, if you need to shorten your bench, you do it.  If you need to play certain players, move them around, you do that.
    I don't think those two days are going to change anything in our philosophy of having to win tonight.  Our focus is going to be on what we need to do tonight, not what is going to happen in the next two days, resting them, playing them more because we got two days for them to rest.
    It's about winning and finding the right recipe.

    Q.  What has Jagr's presence off the ice meant to the team?
    COACH JULIEN:  You have to start reading some transcripts here.  I've answered that question about five times already.  I'll answer it again (laughter).
    Everybody in that dressing room knows what he's done in his career.  Everybody in that dressing room sees what he does now.  We talk about a guy that goes the extra mile to stay in great shape, conditioning.  When everybody else has gone home, he's still at the rink, doing extra, because he knows himself, he knows what he needs to do to keep up with the game.
    He's a great example for younger players to look at.  That's what he brings off of the ice.  You guys see what he brings on the ice.  He's done it everywhere he's gone.  We knew about that coming in.  Sometimes he does different things than anybody else, like going on the ice late at night on his own.
    You know what, he's earned that right.  Definitely if that's what makes him a good player in the next game, why not just let him do those kind of things?
    I think he knows himself well enough we can allow him to do those things.  I think the players respect that he does that.  And maybe a 20‑year‑old doesn't have to do that at this stage, but maybe when he gets a little older, he might take some of those things into consideration to know how hard he works after games.

    Q.  Tyler Seguin said the last few games are the best games since he started.  Do you feel the same way?
    COACH JULIEN:  Absolutely.  He's played well.  I said that the other day.  Maybe he hasn't got that goal or those goals, but he's got some assists, made some great plays on other ones that they haven't scored.
    He's forechecked, done well in the battles as far as trying to come up with the puck, all the things we ask him to do.  We're not expecting him to be a real physical player because we don't try to make a player what he's not.
    But it's about winning battles.  Battles means coming out with the puck.  Whichever way you have to do it, you go out and do it.  I think he's done a great job of getting in there and creating those situations to this is advantage.

    Q.  Zdeno's shot totals per game is down a little bit.  Is that just an indication of defense‑first kind of mentality?
    COACH JULIEN:  It's just making smart decisions.  Chicago is a team that does a great job of fronting.  We used to talk about New York.  Chicago does a great job, too.  They're in the shooting lanes.  Maybe when he gets the puck, they're in the shooting lanes.  He'll make a smarter decision with the puck than to get it blocked.  I don't see an issue there.
    At the end of the day, scoring chances are there.  It's tight on both sides.  But I think last game we had close to, in our counts, to 20 scoring chances.  So they're there.  I'm not going to put too much emphasis that his shot total is down.

    Q.  From a philosophy standpoint from you, are you tougher on a team as the games get bigger when they win or when they lose or is it no difference or is it a feel thing?
    COACH JULIEN:  It's a feel thing.  You can lose some games where you think your team played extremely well and you can win some games where you thought you were lucky and guys didn't perform well.  I look more at the situation.
    But we're in a stage right now where I think we just got to stay focused.  My job is to keep our team focused on the present, not the future.  That's the most dangerous thing right now, is to try to look ahead.  We have a job to do tonight ‑ not tomorrow, but tonight.  I think our guys have to be ready for that challenge that we're going to get tonight.

    Q.  We've talked about with Seguin and Kelly, they haven't been going offensively, they've been able to find the right mindset.  Recchi, a couple years ago when he retired, said Peverley would be a good option, he still seems to have the right mindset knowing he's contributing on the faceoff, PK, everything.  Speak to his character, how he's handled less glamorous situations this year.
    COACH JULIEN:  He's done well in that regard.  I've said it I think yesterday.  We're a team.  We take a lot of pride in whatever we have to do.  Sometimes you're given a role that is maybe not the role you've been used to, but you embrace it.
    Somebody has to take over for Gregory Campbell right now.  He's a great faceoff guy, a guy that can play with energy.  He can give us that.  He's a great penalty killer, as you mentioned.
    You take what they bring in a positive way and you try and insert him in those kind of situations.
    Those guys understand it.  Like I said, we spread everything around.  We got guys that kill penalties, guys on the power play.  The role players are extremely proud of their roles.  I think that's important for a hockey club to have success.
    A guy like him has a lot of versatility.  You can put him on the top line.  You've seen him on the wing on the top line.  He'll be able to help your hockey club.  I think that's an asset to any hockey club that has players like that.

    Q.  Jagr, with him on the power play, we see the pass that was made the other night.  You brought him to be the left shot on the right side.  What does that do for you, opening up space on the other side?
    COACH JULIEN:  Well, obviously he's been a player that's excelled in those areas throughout his career.  He's got good vision.  He can make those passes like you saw the other night.  At the same time I've seen where teams really try and jump him, try to get the puck out of his hands because they know how dangerous he can be.  When they do that, sometimes they'll pull a guy out of position which allows another guy to get a good scoring opportunity.
    He's brought that respect I guess to our power play as well.  Another dangerous player.  So it's opened up some other options.
    I think he's done a great job of that.
    Thank you.
   
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BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On what kind of adjustment it will be for them if Marian Hossa comes back…
We don’t really focus on that. We’re just focusing on ourselves, and if he’s in the lineup or not we’re not going to change anything.

On whether the third line’s performance speaks to what confidence can do for a hockey player…
Yeah, it’s kind of funny. You see that they get a goal and all of a sudden the next shift they’re all over those guys on the other side and the next game they’re making plays. They’re creating chances, so I believe they’ve got some good confidence going right now, and hopefully they can use it tonight again and help us out.

On how important puck possession is…
It’s really important in the faceoffs. If you start with the puck you get possession and you can make something happen, but if you lose the faceoff you have to chase. It takes lots of energy out of you and it’s not fun, so we just try to win every single faceoff we can, and start with the puck.

On Patrice Bergeron…
He’s been great. My whole career, I’ve been playing with him for a long time. He’s always been great and all of a sudden right now today I get asked five times [Laughing]. He’s been one of the best in the league for a long time, so it’s not surprising to me that he’s being so good in the circles right now.

On what has been the key for his line defensively…
We’re just trying to stick with the system, respect the game plan the coaches give us. We’re just trying to take care of our end first, and if we do that we know we’re going to get some chances and we’re good enough players to get some goals off of just a few chances, so [we] just try and play good defensively and try to take care of our own end first and go from there.

On whether moving the puck quickly has been the key to their power play…
I think we had some good looks. One or two goals I don’t remember right now in the series, but even if you don’t score we still get something going so it’s good to see that the power play is looking okay, but we know we could win more… so we’re going to try to do that tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On the routine of doing the same thing the same way…
Yeah, well because it works for your body.

On trading pointers with Zdeno Chara about riding bikes…
Not right now, no. He’s been riding more than me lately, but I think it’s pretty fun.

On riding being a chance for both of you to get away…
Well during the season it’s just because it’s nice to be outside in the city. During the offseason it definitely has helped us with our training and whatnot. Both him and I have liked to take it to an extreme as far as what kind of hills we’re climbing and whatnot. So, it definitely helps if you look at some of those extended shifts or penalty kills. The muscle burn on the ice is nothing compared to some of the climbs that we’ve done. It definitely helps in training.

On if he senses frustration on Chicago’s part, not having scored and recording 20 plus minutes…
Honestly, you spend so much time concentrating on yourself that, obviously you know how it feels when you’re not putting the puck in the net, but it’s not a whole lot of energy that goes into worrying too much about them. I think we’ve done a good job always of having a good line of respect for what our opponents can do to us, and what they’re capable of and I think you always, no matter what the history is you always expect them to be at their absolute best. So, it’s really not much of a concern of ours, of where that’s at because we know how quickly talented players can do damage on you if you let your guard down at all.

On if the Bruins are a frustrating team to play against…
I haven’t played against us in a long time. Honestly, like I said we do our job and worried about what we’re doing, but I don’t know if we’re capable of answering that as much as other teams that play against us.

On where the trap doors are for the team and what has to be done to make sure things don’t slip…
Well, it’s a team game, but it’s just a matter of individuals all preparing themselves properly and doing their part of the job of what makes a good team game. So, it’s as simple as that. Just a matter of that’s all a team is, is everybody individually preparing themselves as good as they can trying to get as close to the bar that they’ve set for themselves as they can. So, anytime you see a team out of sync, it’s not necessarily the whole team, it’s one part of the machine or two parts of the machine that can mess up the process. Everybody’s been good about being accountable and being responsible for themselves and that’s what makes those things easy to reverse as well.

On wrenches in the team and when teammates stop moving their feet…
It’s not a secret. It’s like I said, it’s just everybody’s got a job to do and it’s just a matter of doing it and when you have honesty about when guys have to be better and when you have no gray areas of what’s expected of you, then those things are easy to solve and to figure out.

On being surprised that Marian Hossa didn’t play last game and if him being out of the lineup made things easier…
You never know at this time of year with guys in and out of lineups as far as injuries, and I think everybody has a pretty good grasp on what it takes to make somebody sit out at this point and obviously guys get put in a situation where they’ve got to make the decisions with the doctors. So, you don’t really get too worked up about it because you know how it is. Like I said, it almost goes back to the first question of even if a guy is out for a game, you still expect him to come back and be 100% and be ultra dangerous against you. So, it’s not like you change your game plan against them or against the team because the guy that’s being inserted in the lineup can do just as much damage. You have to have a respect for everybody that’s on the ice, and for what their capable of because at this point teams are deep and players that get to this level are there for a reason. They can be dangerous no matter what line their on or how long they’ve been playing.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On still fine tuning his game...
It’s still my third year, so I have a lot to learn. Sometimes when things aren’t going your way you know you can get better in other areas. I think that’s been my mentality. I’m enjoying these playoffs, especially as of late. I’m just working on little things.

On having an assist in every game of the series and being consistent offensively...
Again, I think we’re playing well, we’re playing with confidence. We’re just working hard out there. We’re being rewarded, and obviously Piesy’s [Daniel Paille] got a pretty hot stick right now. I think we just want to stay consistent with all that.

On the opportunity to take a ‘stranglehold’ on the series with a win tonight...
I think tonight will probably be one of the toughest games of the series. Obviously Chicago’s here for a reason. We’re expecting nothing less than them coming out flying, so I think we need to be ready for that, especially in our own building.

On if he can tell if Chicago is frustrated offensively...
I’m not sure. I think sometimes when the goals aren’t going in, you do other things. I can speak for myself with that. I’m sure they’re going to be coming out tonight and be doing different things than their last game plan.

On how much confidence he has gained throughout the series....
Again, I think I’m just working ward. Every day you get more and more motivated because you’re getting closer and closer to reaching your goal as a team. I think I do have more confidence as this round has progressed. Again, I’m just trying to be better every day.

On when he realized he wanted to do other things on the ice besides score...
I think I’ve always wanted to do that, even though it’s been stressed even more by the goals that weren’t going in for me, the bounces weren’t going in. I think I saw that in a few games in the Toronto series, especially right off the bat. Again, I thought I had a very slow start to the playoffs, but I’ve been working hard as the days go on and I think I’ve been competing better, winning more battles. I want to stay consistent with that.

On if being more of a two-way player chances his game moving forward...
I think so. I think I’ve been working hard to progress my al-around complete type of game. Obviously nowhere near Bergy [Patrice Bergeron], but trying to go in his footsteps. I think I’ve just been focusing on the little things and definitely in my own end.

On the team’s success at the faceoff dot...
Our team takes a lot of pride in our faceoffs. Obviously I think Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] had an unbelievable game last game. I think it’s just about pride that makes us successful.

On if Chicago is still a dangerous team...
Absolutely. They’re here for a reason. We need to be expecting their best game tonight. We’re expecting nothing less than a bounce back game from them.

On offense coming from defense...
Yeah, you can see it. I think it really starts from good play in our own zone and getting the pucks out and then sticking with the game plan with the forecheck, we get more opportunities. Right now, we’re driving to the net hard, we’re making things difficult, so that’s why we’re doing well.

On what he can learn from Patrice Bergeron...
I think he takes the most pride in scoring goals, little details out of his own end, or faceoffs in all three zones. You can see all that and learn from that, learn from all the little things you do is what makes it pay off in the end.

On if there is off-ice work that has helped him work on the little things...
Lots of video, definitely lots of stuff with Jarvy [Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis] as well. Again, I’m still only a couple years in this league, I have a lot more to learn. It’s definitely been a learning curve.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On Patrice Bergeron…
He focuses on being an all-around player and being on the D-side of pucks a lot of times, preventing goals. You can put him out in any key situation and he’s going to succeed.

On replicating their Game 3 performance tonight…
You can always be a bit better. There’s certain aspects of the game where you look back and you want to be better at, but I think on the whole we’re playing pretty well. It only really matters what you bring to the next game. We don’t want to sit on what we’ve done in the past.

On the Blackhawks bringing a better game tonight…
Every game gets more and more important. That’s the case tonight. We know they’re going to play hard and come out well. We need to worry about ourselves. We can’t really focus on what they’re going to bring.

On Patrice Bergeron as the kind of guy you’d want to date your daughter…
I don’t want anyone to date my daughters. It doesn’t matter who they are. I don’t even know how to comment on that. Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is the same way on the ice as he is off the ice. Good, honest person.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle…
I thought we were better last game than the previous two games. They’re a good faceoff team. They’re actually a great faceoff team—a lot of guys that can take draws. We need to be at our best in order to start with the puck.

On limiting Chicago’s scoring chances…
I thought we managed the puck, for the most part, pretty well. It needs to continue. They have a lot of offensive threats over there. You let down for a second and they’re going to capitalize.

On playing so well at home in the playoffs…
Well, playing at home is a great thing. The fans are into the game, they’re loud, they bring energy. So far it’s been a great experience.

On the key to tonight’s Game 4…
I think we need to come out and play a consistent 60 starting with the first period and go from there.

On why Patrice Bergeron is so good in the faceoff circle…
He does everything. It’s not just one thing. A lot of guys, they have a go-to move kind of thing. You can read a tendency, but Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] switches it up. He’s very creative in the circle and finds ways to win draws. It’s not just one thing.

On the fights at the end of Game 3 as a sign Chicago is getting frustrated…
I don’t think so. I think it’s just part of hockey. Those things happen. It’s an intense game and that’s all that was. I don’t think there’s much to read into that.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On how important is for the team to come out with a win tonight…
Well, this is a real big game. It’s either going to be 3-1 or 2-2 so it’s a big change of events tonight and hopefully we are going to be ready for them and don’t take it lightly.

On if the defense can repeat the success from Games 2 and 3…
I’m going to try to. We looked at tape and – we are all perfectionists on the ice so we want to be better. We want to cut down on all the breakdowns we had. There’s always room for improvement. Tonight, we just have to be in our game again and hopefully shut them down again.

On what has made the penalty kill so effective the last couple series…
I think that we work as a unit of one. There’s four guys trying to stay compact and try to avoid them getting shooting opportunities and shooting lanes. Once again, it is just about us working hard to find those rebounds and clear the puck.

On his comfort level with Zdeno Chara…
I mean the communication’s big. You have to let each other know where we are. If one guy battles and has his back to the play, you have to let him know where his outs are, what he should do. Now, it is not always easy with the crowd being pretty loud, but you got to yell as loud as possible trying to get to him and letting him hear you.

On how much he enjoys the challenge of facing the other team’s top line…
It’s a lot of fun. We’ve been doing it now for a while and we seem to thrive in those situations and we enjoy it. We like to battle hard and it’s fun. 

On why Chara has not been shooting the puck as much…
Well, Chicago’s a fast team. They come at you pretty quick. They close the gap and it’s not always easy to find lanes. Once you shoot, they like to take off and go the other way. You have to think defense first in the playoffs. There’s games there’s more opportunities to shoot and some games you just can’t find lanes so you got to be smart about it.

On if he thought the team had one of their best games in Game 3 and if they would like to continue that in Game 4…
I don’t know. We played a decent game, but it’s tough to compare if it was our best or not. We played solid. We did have breakdowns so we want to try and clean them up like we always do. It is just a matter of us being mentally ready tonight.

On how excited he is to possibly go up 3 to 1 in the series tonight…
We are excited but we have to be cautious and ready. It’s either going to be 3-1 or 2-2 so it’s a big difference and we have to be ready for a big push in the first and just start from the beginning.

On what to expect from Chicago tonight…
Well, obviously, they are going to throw everything at us. They’re down 2 to 1. They want to score the first goal and we just have to make sure we keep it tied or score the first goal. Obviously, that’s going to be a big part.

On the reasons why Chicago has struggled generating offense off the rush whether it is by Tuukka Rask’s big saves or something the defense is doing…
I think it’s a combination of everything. It’s about the forwards pushing back hard taking time and space away from the attacking forwards and it’s us having good gap. We always say we play as a unit of one and, if we do a good job with that, it’s tough to break us down.

On what the Bruins need to do if Chicago controls the play in their end…
We have to hang onto it. We just have to keep going with the stick on the ice and going through their bodies. It’s pretty simple. The other thing is, the guys coming in late, the back checkers have to have their head on a swivel trying to pick them up so nothing changes for us. It’s about taking time and space away and we have to just keep doing what we’ve been doing so far.

On if Gregory Campbell’s injury makes him think differently about blocking shots…
No. I mean it’s bad luck. It hit him right over the skate in between the pads. Something like that could always happen. It doesn’t change anything how we play in here. It’s about blocking the shot and getting lucky once in a while.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On can the level of intensity actually increase tonight...
Yeah, I think so. I think it increases throughout the whole playoffs, every series, every game. Same thing this series, I think it’s going to increase and get even tougher. We’re expecting a really tough game tonight, a big game. We need to be ready for that.

On the desperation of both teams tonight...
It is. I think both teams are desperate. If you look at what’s at stake, obviously it’s huge. We know that every game is so important. That’s why we’ve got to increase our level every game.

On what the key is to winning the faceoffs that are most important...
I think it’s about bearing down every time you’re at the dot, but also talking to your wingers and your defensemen to win the battles for you also. It’s not just about the centermen, the five guys. They have some really good centermens over there. They do take a lot of pride in their draws as well. We’ll need to make sure we bear down.

On how may different faceoff techniques he has...
I think they’re great centermens, we know they’re going to try to bounce back and be really strong on draws today. It’s about finding ways and trying to know their tendencies and try to adjust to that and don’t just show them one look, but a couple different looks on the draws. Like I said, it’s about help from the wingers.

On if he thinks the Bruins are a frustrating team to play against...
I don’t know. Obviously we’ve got to stick to our system and that’s really what’s been giving us success. It’s about being first on pucks, but also sticking up to our system and making sure we play solid defense with the five guys and having layers and helping out each other. We’ve got to keep doing that.

On if they are better at cheating at faceoffs than other teams...
I’ve always said, and I think a lot of people have said that, if you don’t cheat you’re not trying to win them. I guess we all cheat, it’s not just about us, I think it’s throughout the league. You try to find ways to time it. I’m going to keep doing that if it works.

On how he judges his success...
I think I take a lot of pride in details and try to find ways to help my team any way I can. I think the defensive game is a big part of my game and I’ve got to find ways to play well in that aspect of the game and then carry that into offense. Obviously it’s about, every time I step on the ice, it’s about the team. I try to find a way to help them.

On if it effects him getting more attention…
That’s my game. It’s something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in is playing both ways, and I feel like the defensive part of it is a big part of it. It’s important, I’m doing whatever the team needs me to do, and what the coaches want me to do. So, I feel like the defensive part of it is something they want me to put a lot of emphasis on, and I’m trying to do that obviously to get some offense as well out of it.

On the opportunity the team has…
Yeah, we know it’s a huge game. We know they’re going to come out hard. They’re a great team. They have a lot of character, and so do we. I think at this stage it’s two great teams, and we know tonight’s game is going to be even tougher. So, we need to be ready for a big game.

On if his line and the Krejci line feel like they need to put the pedal to the metal here…
Yeah, I think it’s about everyone stepping up. It’s all the lines, it’s not just one and we know that they have a lot of depth as well on their side. So, it’s something that we’ve been thriving on, having a deep team and that we need to make sure all the lines are going.

On if Marchand saying if he had a daughter Bergeron would be the kind of guy he would want his daughter to date is the ultimate compliment…
I don’t know, exactly. Coming from Marchy [Brad Marchand] I guess I’ll take it as a compliment, yeah.

On not until they are 30 …
Yeah, I guess so. I guess it’s a compliment. I’ll take it as a compliment.

On how he looks at Tyler Seguin going to Claud Julien to ask for help since he hasn’t been scoring and what that says about Claud Juliene as a coach…
Yeah, he is. He’s a player’s coach, and he’s always there to help us and find a way to improve our game, I guess. I think it tells a lot right there, about the type of coach he is, the type of person he is
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