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Running quotes from Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Bruins vs. Blackhawks on 6/24

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Monday, June 24, 2013
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On what he can say…
There’s not many words that can be said right now. It’s definitely tough to lose, especially at this time, after everything we’ve been through.  There’s not many words that can be said right now. It’s tough.

On what he was going through…
I don’t like to do that tonight, but I know there’s some media that might not be there on Wednesday. So I had a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscles, and I had a separated shoulder.

On how he managed to play through the injuries…
Well the shoulder was tonight so, yeah. I guess a lot of help from the medical staff.

On the reaction on the bench after Chicago scored their first goal…
Yeah, it’s definitely a good feeling after Looch’s [Milan Lucic] goal, that tying goal. We’re still in the game obviously. We can go in to overtime, but definitely a tough goal late in the game like that. You don't want that to happen, especially with a minute left and time to, I guess, regroup and go back in to overtime and get it. But that second goal definitely hurt us a bit and maybe took away our focus at the wrong time. But right now there’s not really many excuses to use.

On wanting to play in Game 5…
It’s Stanley Cup Final, everyone’s banged up, everyone wants to help the team and obviously I couldn't do that in Game 5. It was mostly because they were worried about my spleen being hurt, so that's why we had to go to the hospital. But everything was fine so it was just the ribs, and the muscles, and the soft tissue. So obviously I would’ve liked to stay in it but I was going through a lot of pain.

On how upsetting this is…
It’s tough to, like I said, put words to describe how we’re feeling right now. You work so hard just to get to this point and give yourself a chance to get the Cup. And you feel like you’re right there, and you have a chance to force Game 7, and definitely it hurts. It doesn't work your way. Have to give credit to Chicago. They played a great series. But at the same time, it's the last thing you want to say. It hurts to see them hoisting the cup.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On how stunning this one was…
It’s a tough way to lose, tough way to lose a game, tough way to lose a series.

On what happened on those two quick goals…
On the tying goal it was a quick play, I think out of the corner that there was a guy coming to the net, guy in front and guy on the side. So, they made a quick play. The third goal there was a shot from the point, and a deflection I believe.

On how proud of the team he was to have gotten this far…
I thought that we came out the way we wanted to come out. We played aggressive and with a lot of energy and putting a lot of pressure. I thought we did a good job, especially in that first 20. I think second 20 we were kind of making some turnovers and obviously was an even game. But in the third again, we came out strong and played more like we did in the first. We got the lead and we probably could have scored more goals in the first and the third, but we didn’t.

On how much credit he gives Chicago…
Yeah, I thought it was pretty even. It was two teams playing a little bit different styles, but both are pretty effective and it was very close. I think that all six games, end up deciding with one goal and I think obviously one was them was the empty net goal that made it two goal difference, but all the other ones were one goal games. So, it was pretty close.

On when Kane and Toews were reunited in Game 4 and them reaching another level at that point…
No, they just used different lines, different combinations but I think with maybe some injuries they had and maybe some plays they were not so sure they would use. They obviously mixed lines.

On if they made a conscience effort to get physical and if that took a toll on him…
I think that it was the case for every team. I think it wasn’t just Chicago. I think that throughout the whole playoffs, no matter who you play it’s going to be physical, it’s going to be grinding and it’s not just, obviously Chicago. It was just the playoffs, I think that that’s the way it is. It’s physical and you have to expect that.

On if it wore him down…
I think it was just like any other series. It was just like I said, it was physical.

On what happened on the tying goal…
Did you watch the game? Okay, so it was a quick play out of the corner and there was a guy coming to the net, a guy in front and one guy behind. So, they made a quick play.

On how proud the team was to represent Boston after the bombings…
Well, we really felt that we wanted to play as hard as we could obviously for a number of reasons and playing for the city was one of them. Obviously we tried to have a better result, it didn’t happen. But I think that we are very proud of the fans, the way they stood behind us and cheered us on.

On if Chicago had parts of their game that were extremely difficult or if it felt like that if you played this team every game of the season the games would be this close at the end…
Well, I think that since the first game we played them, we knew it would be a close series. You just have that feeling that it went all the way to triple overtime, it was very physical, it was close, it was at times a very fast game, it was just very, very even. So, we knew it would be very close.

On the neutral zone faceoff…
Well it was kind of a 50/50 puck so you know, we played aggressive so I went for the puck and it made it by and I think it was 2 on 1 so he made a shot and it hit the five hole.

On being injured…
I’m not talking about my physical status, sorry.

On his feelings of being up so late in the game and losing the lead…
Yeah, obviously you try to win a game. Obviously, yeah. We all felt like we had to play to win and you know, I wouldn’t know that two quick ones would make a difference.

On what it meant for Patrice Bergeron to play…
It was very encouraging and he’s a warrior and battled through a lot. So it was great to see him out there.

On the defense tightening up…
I think you if I had to really talk about defense, I thought throughout the whole playoffs we did a really good job. You know, they did find some holes and at times, I have to be honest, it’s not just a matter of being in the right position or covering guys. Some bounces, you need to have go your way. If it gets deflected and goes off skates and this and that, obviously that’s not an excuse but you need to have some bounces. It seemed like we didn’t get those like we did before. But you know, they did a great job going to the net and creating a lot of traffic in front.

On describing his emotions in the last minute and a half…
At that point we were trying to make plays and get inside the zone. We tried to obviously score a goal, that’s all that went through my head.

On when they tied it and then got the game winner…
You know, it wasn’t like it was over. We were still in the game. We still had some times left and obviously you’re asking me where was my thinking and where were my emotions? Yeah, I mean, till that buzzer I am going to try to win a hockey game. At that point, we were trying to obviously get inside their zone and make a play to try and even the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On if the Bruins gave the game away…
Yeah I guess so. It felt like we had it, you know? It feels like we lost it. We had a Game 7 in front of us. It was right there. I felt we played a pretty good game, and we lost it. We just gave it to them, basically.

On if the Blackhawks appeared to hit a higher gear…
No, it was just one thing right after another. Before you knew it, it was in the net. And right after, same thing. The second goal hurt so bad, and we just couldn’t recover. Then the third one happened. It all of a sudden felt like you had so much weight on your back. You couldn’t move, couldn’t think, and just couldn’t get it done.

On having Patrice Bergeron on the ice tonight…
Yeah, it was good. Obviously, we’re a close team here, and we knew he was going to play. No matter if he plays five or twenty minutes, just to have him on the bench, it gave us a lot of energy. We love each other here. We want to play for each other, and to have him on the ice and on the bench was great. I was really happy that he was able to play. It wasn’t easy. He’s a warrior, and he loves the team.

On what happened in the final two minutes of the game…
I don’t know what happened. It just did, you know? But it is what it is. You never want to lose a game like this. You never want to lose a season like this. But we did. It’s not even a point to say that it’s going to make us stronger in the future. It sucks that we lost. It’s going to hurt for a while. That’s about it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On seeing Bergeron play through all his injuries…
I think even when he was getting dressed in the locker room before the game, you could feel the boy’s sprits lifted. The year we won he was doing the same thing; fighting through everything. Obviously guys have bumps and bruises, but he’s a guy that you obviously say is the heart and soul of our team. He wears that ‘B’ with a lot of pride.

On the emotions after having the lead with 1:19 left and now being out…
You’re just trying to stay focused, and you’re up, and then you’re kind of in shock. I felt the feeling when Washington scored the overtime goal in our building, but you just don’t see that stuff coming. I don’t know what to say about it.

On if the mood on the bench after the game-tying goal was still composed…
Yeah, our leaders step up every time to make sure everyone is yelling. We’ve seen goals go in; we usually come back pretty strong right after that. But what can you do? They won the game, they had an incredible year, they won everything, and you have to have a good short off-season here and get ready for next year.

On how good Rask was in the playoffs…
I’ve said it all along; words can’t describe how he played. He stepped into the spotlight, and he dominated it, and he earned it for a long time to come here in Boston.

On if the play shouldn’t have been ruled dead for a hand pass right before their goal…
I don’t know the exact ruling. I used my hand, but I thought I hit it with my stick or it went off of me somehow. Rules are rules. I think winning tonight’s game came down to leaving everything you had out there, and hoping for the best.

On having a lot of pride for what the team did accomplish this year…
I’d say 90 percent of us were banged up with something. I’m sure you guys will hear more-and-more as time goes on after these few days. We wear so much pride on our jersey, and we fight for each other. This city deserved for us to do that, and for us to give it our all. No regrets; it’s been a very long, short year I guess you could say. We need to take this rest, and obviously get our conditioning back up and get ready for training camp.

On if he was hurt…
I’ve got to see the docs tomorrow and see what they say.

On if there was something bothering him physically…
I played I don’t know many games — even though I don’t regret going to Europe, I definitely felt zeros pouring on in the end in the playoffs. I gave it everything I had in the tank tonight. I have no regrets looking back. Obviously I would have liked to pop a few goals for my teammates, but I’ve just got to move on and learn from it, and realize I’m still young, and have a great offseason to get ready for next year.

On the reason he’s seeing the doctor…
I don’t know. I don’t want to say. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. I’ve had the same problems my whole life. 

On going through adversity and learning from this…
You learn from it, and you use it for motivation. I’ve never felt so motivated in my life that I could come into tonight’s game. When you look around the room whether it’s a guy like [Bergeron] fighting through everything, or just guys stepping up, [David] Krejci, the way he played in these playoffs, and how big of a performer he was, and that whole line, and [Rask.]

On it being hard to fathom what he’s been through considering it’s only his third season…
I’ve never felt anything like this. I’ve never cried for as long as I’ve known until tonight. It sucks, but I love the guys in this locker room, and I’m going to miss them this offseason, but I’m going to make sure I’m working even harder for next year.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On the Blackhawks tying up the game …
I thought it was fine. I mean if they tie it up you are a little bit disappointed but we still had the rest of the game to play. We thought that we could still score but that wasn’t the case.

On Chicago taking advantage of the bounces at the end…
They played good. I only got a couple good bounces at the end. The season is done.

On tonight’s game…
We played a really good game the first period. We could be up 3-0 but we were only up one. They tied it up and Looch [Lucic] scores that big goal. They pulled their goalie and tie it up and we lose.

On the feeling of dominating at the first period…
It’s a bad feeling. Bad, like an awful feeling. You can’t really describe it. As a player it’s probably one of the worst feelings you can get when you are up by one goal with a minute and twenty left and somehow you lose the game. It’s just like a total shock.

On how long this game will stay with the club…
Forever. I mean you are going to remember forever. You remember winning it but I think you remember losing it a little bit more, now that we have had that happen.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On what he’s feeling…
Nothing. Just a tough way to finish the season.

On what he saw on Chicago’s last two goals…
I think it was [Jonathan] Toews. He had the puck. I had to respect him. I thought there was another guy kind of in the middle. Zee [Zdeno Chara] was there and then they had another guy in the backdoor and he made a good play. Then, the guy just shot against the grain five-hole. I stretched my leg, couldn’t cover the five-hole. And then, the last one was just a deflection, post, and I got my stick there but not strong enough.

On disbelief…
Yeah, well, we’ve done it to somebody else, so we got to feel how it feels being on the other side. This season we were known to lose a couple of leads, even in the regular season we were up by goals and we lost the games. I guess that sums it up pretty good.

On his pride in getting this far…
It was a battle. Everybody left it all out there. We had some guys playing through injuries, lost Soupie [Gregory Campbell] there, but that’s how playoff goes. You have to battle through those. This year, we weren’t fortunate enough to stay healthy and have a full squad. But still, it’s no excuse. You just have to battle through it.

On experiencing something like this in his hockey career…
No, that was my first Stanley Cup Finals playing.

On a lack of organization on Chicago’s third goal…
Yeah, for sure, it’s shocking. You think you have things under control. We killed a big penalty there. We were thinking ‘oh, we’re just going to keep it tight and score maybe an empty-netter.’ And then, all of the sudden, they score a goal. You have to go out there again and keep playing. Many times it goes like that before a goal, lose the momentum, and that’s what happened. They got another shot, a deflection, a rebound, and a goal.

On what he was thinking about after Milan Lucic scored…
Not really thinking of Game 7, just thinking that we have a chance to win the game. I think both teams had chances in the third period and with seven minutes left or whatever we were able to score a goal. We’re usually pretty good with that, but give credit to Chicago. They came back in Game 1. They were down 3-1, and now they came back again, so it’s well deserved for them.

On what the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been like for him…
It was fun. It was a great run. I had a lot of fun. It’s great to play with guys like this. We tried to have a lot of fun out there and play hard every night. We made it a great run. Too bad we just couldn’t finish it off.

On if the loss has sunk in yet…
I just said to somebody that we did it to Toronto, so I guess we get a taste of our own medicine here. It sucks.

On how proud he is of the team…
Really proud. I don’t think a lot of people expected us to go this far. We shocked the hockey world beating Pittsburgh and going to the Finals. I don’t know if we were a little shocked or not, but I’m definitely really proud of the guys and the effort they gave.

On representing the city of Boston…
We know people watch us, people like us, people cheer for us, so we want to be worth it. We made it a good run, but it’s just disappointing because we couldn’t get the Cup home and show it to the fans. We definitely left it all out there.

On summing up the season as a whole…
It was kind of a rollercoaster a bit. It was a difficult season even to start with because you know you’re going to have a real tight schedule, play almost every other night. We played some good hockey and some not-so-good hockey. Then, you know, going to the playoffs we made a miracle in the first round going through Toronto after that deficit. We made a good run. Really satisfied at our effort at the end, but it still sucks to lose like this.

On there being more calls than usual…
Not for me. I always try to focus on the next shot. It’s obviously shocking to get scored on like that when you think everything is under control. It’s just a tough play. They shot the puck from the point—deflection, post, rebound, goal. A lot of times it happens like that where a team scores a goal, they get energy from it, and the other team is standing still. That’s what happened to us.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On the start of the game…
Well we did have a great start. We stopped playing that way we did at first, we started to turn pucks over on the blue line and that’s when they started playing and got their speed again. We kind of picked it up again in the third, and we scored, but the rest—you saw what happened.

On turnovers…
I mean it’s all play and its aggressiveness. They love to hold the blue line and pinch the outside. They have a great defense and a few of the times we were successful, but a few of the times we weren’t.

On if this was the worst disappointment he’s experienced in sports…
I would say so. We were up by a goal, on to a Game Seven, and to give it away that quickly was pretty disappointing.

On his team…..
This is the tightest team I’ve been on. We love to play for each other, and we are very tight in this room. There’s no excuses, we could have won this game. We’ve overcome a lot throughout this year  this year and in these playoffs, and at the end I think we can be proud.

BOSTON BRUINS PREGAME QUOTES:

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On the team’s mindset entering the game…
Well, I think we just got to play our best. I mean, obviously, there’s nothing to say before. You got to come out with your best game at moments like this. We’ve been through it before and we know what we have to do in order to be successful. Like I said, it’s going to take our best with this team.

On the importance of guys stepping up…
Yeah, for sure. Like I said, everyone has to, like you said, pull their weight and play at their best. These are the games that you want to be a part of and be a big part of. You got to look forward to the challenge, embrace it, and have a lot of fun with it.

On if the Blackhawks have answered the physical challenge better than he thought they would…
They are playing well. We knew they were going to answer the bell no matter what we threw at them. It’s not like they hadn’t played a physical series before this one. They are playing well. They are feeling pretty confident right now.  We know that they are going to come out and do everything they can to win this game today.

On his confidence that the team can come back in a moment like this…
You have to. When you are in a moment like this, it’s definitely nothing to say before. You don’t come this far to lose, right? I mean it would have been easy to quit two months ago in that game seven against Toronto when we dug deep to get ourselves through that game. There’s no reason why we can’t dig deep and find a little bit extra to get ourselves through this one.

On if he is surprised that players like Horton, Marchand, and Seguin haven’t scored in the series…
Right now, I don’t think it matters. I think it’s what they are going to bring tonight. We know what they are capable of. They are capable of scoring big goals at any time and that’s all that matters right now.

On the team’s mindset if Patrice Bergeron cannot play…
Obviously, you’d like to have him in. At the end of the day, you are stuck with the hand that’s dealt to you. He’s an important part of this team. He’s been probably our best player in this series so he’s going to do whatever it takes from him to be in the lineup and I’m sure he’s going to bring his best if he is.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DAVID KREJCI
On how much the team draws off of previous experiences tonight…
We’ve been there before. It doesn’t mean, that we’ve been there before, that it’s going to be easy. It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to try to do everything we can to get a win and force Game Seven.

On if he is expecting Patrice Bergeron to play tonight...
I’m not going to comment on that.

On what kind of an impact it will have if Bergeron does not play...
We’re definitely going to miss him. But I, personally, didn’t talk to him if he’s going to play our not. I don’t know.

On if his line is thinking of their lack of production of late...
I think we had a great third period, maybe the best in the whole final. We’re going to try to build on that and bring it to tonight’s game, from the first few minutes until the end.

On if there will be more pressure on him if Bergeron does not play...
I don’t think so. It doesn’t matter if Bergy’s in or not. It’s not going to change my game. I’m just going to play the same way as I’m always trying to play.

On what he expects the ice to be like, with the hot temperatures outside...
It was kind of bumpy this morning. Obviously it’s hot outside. It’s going to be the same thing for both sides, so it doesn’t really matter.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY
On having Bergeron out in the elimination game…
Yeah, I don’t know what Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] status is. He’s been the glue for this hockey team for a lot of years. Like you said, he’s one of our best players. So, we’ll see what happens and if he doesn’t play then, it’s going to be a full team effort to fill his skates.

On the balance between worrying if a guy like Bergeron is going to be in or out …
I think you worry about things you can control. That’s not just in hockey, that’s in life. You worry about things that like I said you can control. You can’t control Bergy [Patrice Bergeron]. You can’t control other things, just out of your control. Each guy goes out here and works hard and plays their best.

On if he will be using the experiences he has had with resiliency tonight…
You draw on it. Like I said, it’s every situations new and this is a new situation. We know what we need to do. We need to play our best game tonight. In order to give ourselves a chance.

On the toll this series has taken on both teams…
It’s the Stanley Cup Finals. I think everyone feels good. It’s the best time of the year to play and everyone knows what’s at stake and everyone wants to play.

On being on both sides of an elimination game in the Finals and how much it motivates him to know what both sides feel like…
It’s the best. It’s the worst. Anyone that’s experienced both sides will tell you that and that’s such a far way away. We just want to play well tonight in order to give ourselves a chance.

On if there is any extra motivation to not lose at home or does it not matter because you just don’t want to lose…
It doesn’t matter where you play, you never want to lose regardless of what’s at stake and tonight’s a huge game for us.

On if he expects it to be rocking in here…
Yeah, of course. It’s always rocking in here, which is great.

On Claude sensing that some of the guys had a bit of nerves at the beginning of last game and if he sensed that at all…
I don’t know. Claude has a good feeling on our group and it wasn’t our best start and they played well. Give them credit, they came out hard and got up by two goals.

On Claude saying that he is skating the best he has skated since his leg injury and how he was skating with a lot of confidence…
I feel like, I am skating better. I feel my legs are moving a little bit better than maybe they were, but my linemates have been playing well and I think we’ve had a good thing going so far.

On if it is about trying to keep the game simple…
Yeah, I think so. So, I think the pretty plays may not always be there tonight because of the ice conditions.

On what will help the Bruins generate zone time tonight…
I think managing the puck. I think we’re putting it in better situations so we can get it, just making better plays. I think puck management still could be a bit better.

On if he will be vocal here tonight…
I don’t know. If something needs to be said, I’m sure someone will step up and say it. We’ve got a pretty vocal group in here and a group that has had a lot of experience. So, we’ll be just fine.

On tonight’s lineup…
I can’t answer for Claude [Julien], but I’m sure Claude will do whatever he need to do to give us the best chance of winning. He does that every game, and that’s his judgment call and let’s just hope everyone’s going.

On not being able to stick with things that much longer…
Well, yeah, I think you’re doing whatever needs to be done because of the circumstances.

On his mindset going into tonight…
Excited. We’ve got a great opportunity here and it’s the end of June and we’re still playing hockey. So, it’s a great day.

On if his personal experiences help him with this…
I think you can draw from past experiences, but every situation is different and we look forward to a new challenge, stepping up for tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On having ‘nothing to lose’…
That’s a weird phrase, ‘Nothing to lose.’ We have everything to lose… You go down swinging. You throw everything on the table. You do whatever it takes to get the job done, and that’s the mentality we have.

On not everything going their way…
That’s important because not everything is going to go your way throughout the course of many games. Something is going to go wrong and you have to be able to come back and bounce back from that and things like that are going to happen, so especially for us facing elimination you’ve got to know what something’s going to go wrong. Somebody’s going to fall down. They’re going to get a good scoring chance. Let’s face it. They’re going to play in our zone at some point during the game so not everything is going to go perfectly and it’s just how you bounce back from that.

On the more desperate team winning…
That’s the mentality going in is definitely being the more desperate team. I think throughout this series I think it’s been indicative that the more desperate team has won each game and the team that’s came to fight every night and that have won more battles and more races for pucks has won each game, and that definitely holds true.

On whether he is excited for tonight’s game…
I think so. Backs against the wall. Do or die. I think it’s something [you] definitely can be nervous if you’re not ready for it but I think we have a team full of experienced guys and guys that are ready to go and we’re excited for the challenge. We know what we’re going to get out of Chicago and now it’s just about taking care of our business and coming out doing the right thing.

On seeming un-phased by the pressure…
I’d say so. We have so many guys in this locker room that have been here before and in this situation, and for us it’s just all about mentality and making sure that we’re ready to go. I think we got the kinks out of our game this morning. We’ve watched video. We understand what we’re going to get out of Chicago, and now it’s just about taking care of ourselves.

On Tuukka Rask becoming a leader and his relationship with the defense…
It’s not like Tuukka’s [Rask] the loudest guy in the world, so when he speaks up we have the utmost respect for him. We know that what he’s talking about is going to be important for our success. Especially when we’re on the ice whether it’s a dumped puck and I’m going back to retrieve it, try and break it out, I know he’s yelling, and if there’s a mistake he’s going to come up to me afterwards and he’s going to be like, ‘Hey, what did you see there,’ and this is what I thought, and he’s very good at communicating and it’s good for us.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD JAY PANDOLFO
On knowing what to expect in the game…
When you’re not playing you’re watching the game and kind of seeing what’s going on, and it’s been an intense series, but you know what to expect if you get in there, and going through situations like this before is only going to help.

On Carl Soderberg’s performance in Game 5…
I thought he played really well. He skated well. He was put into a situation where he probably didn’t really think was going to happen. He ends up center on the second line, and I thought he did a really good job for not playing in a while.

On whether he has been able to offer advice from his own experiences…
I just told the guys that aren’t playing just always making sure, tell the guys to stay ready. They don’t know what’s going to happen. In my experiences you mostly use whatever roster you have if you go all the way to the Finals. You need pretty much everyone … if something happens. For a while you might not think you’re going to get in there and then it can change in a second, so you’ve just got to always stay ready and stay into it.

On his experience with elimination games, especially in the Finals…
You try not to think too far ahead. You just think about getting the next one. That’s the biggest thing. The only thing you want to think about is trying to win the next game, and that’s all you can do when you’re down in a series, and the guys in here have been through it before. That helps. When your back is against the wall that’s sometimes when you play your best hockey, so this is going to be a big game.

On whether he is ready if needed…
Yeah, I’m ready. I think we’re hopeful that Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] is going to be able to play. I’m sure it’s going to come to a game-time decision, but you’re always ready.

On how he has kept himself going after not playing for a while…
You never know what’s going to happen. You just work hard every day. You have a good attitude. You make sure you do the best you can to stay game ready. I don’t know if there’s one real recipe for it. You’ve just got to make sure you’re always prepared and you take care of yourself, and as you can see Carl [Soderberg] stepped in last game not playing for a while and played pretty well, so you’ve just got to always stay ready. You never know when you’re going to get called.

On whether he has been in a situation where he has not played in two months and been put back in the lineup…
I’ve had it in regular season where you have injuries and you don’t play for two or three months and stuff like that. I haven’t had that situation in the Stanley Cup Finals, but it’s the same thing. You’ve just got to go out there if you do get a chance and keep it simple, play hard and hope for the best.

On his takeaways from the series thus far…
You knew it was going to be a great series. Two great teams, two teams that both can score and are both pretty good defensively as you’ve seen in this series. You had the one game with a lot of goals but all the other games have been tight, checking, close games and it just seems like whoever gets the break on that night has kind of had the edge so I think tonight we’re just looking to make our own breaks and try to get the win.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On adjusting if Patrice Bergeron doesn’t play …
If he’s not playing tonight, then we need to try to fill his shoes, or other guys have to step up in different areas. If he is playing tonight, I also wouldn’t be surprised.

On assessing his own performance…
I think I’ve been trying to shoot a bit smarter as of late. Not too many pointless shots. Tonight, I’m going to go out there and just try a little different tape job and go back to some junior roots and see if we can spark something there. But again, I just want to keep shooting, keep creating opportunities, and I think our lines has still done a decent job.

On finding the right spot on the ice…
Yeah, you got to find the spots and eventually you’re going to get one nice, little break. Whether it’s a puck popping right to you in the slot or going backdoor and just being in the right spot. I think for me, when it’s coming out of the corners, I have to make sure I’m getting to the net and making sure I have my stick down and try to bump one of those in.

On playing without nerves…
I think a night like tonight, you just really want to be focusing on playing on your toes and not sitting back. Any nerves, you’re using that as energy. We’re in our own barn here and playing for a lot more than ourselves and our teammates, so we definitely want to come out strong.

On Game 6 as a test of character…
Every game has been close. I think we said from the beginning of the series that it was going to be a long one. Here we are in Game 6 and we’re on the end of the stick that we didn’t want to be on. Hopefully, we’ll climb our way out of here and get a win tonight.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE
On drawing on the resilience the team showed in the 2011 SCF …
A bit, I guess. I think there’s no secret what it takes. Everybody knows that. You can draw on it all you want and you can reminisce about it all you want, but you got to do it. It’s easy to call yourself resilient, but you got to do it and that’s not just once. You have to do it when it counts, and obviously that’s tonight.

On what needs to be improved upon from Game 5…
I think whenever we win we always talk about little details that set teams apart. With the way that this series and all the playoffs are, and how close the games are, how close the teams are, sometimes it’s almost impossible to see the differences that set teams apart. It is small details in every individual’s game and paying attention to them and just being accountable for doing your job. As long as collectively everybody does that, you give yourself a chance. The wins are earned here and that’s something, like you said, the difference between winning and losing is extremely small. Right now, they’ve earned their wins and I think we’ve earned ours.

On feeling more jitters in an elimination game…
I don’t know. I guess every individual has a different feeling about it. I think, for me, playoff games are playoff games. I think they all hold the same intensity—Game 1 right through the end. Every win is as important as the next. Obviously, everybody knows it’s elimination, but I don’t think the preparation changes or anything like that.

On Patrice Bergeron’s status…
I have no idea. We’re in the dark as much as you are, so it’s probably easier that way.

On how different the lineup will look without Bergeron…
It changes for sure. It’s the same as anybody. But like I said, honestly, we’re in the dark as well as far as player availability. There’s no sense in really speculating for us.

On Game 6 as a test of character…
It’s a challenge. It doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup. Playing against a good team in the Finals, it’s a challenge no matter what the situations are, whether you’re up or down. You treat it the same way, you prepare for it the same way, and I think what it takes to win doesn’t change from Game 1 to Game 6. It still takes the same commitment and the same effort and all that. Obviously, we have to win tonight to keep our chances alive, but the game remains the same. What it takes of everybody to get a win at this point in the season remains the same as well.

On what it will take to win tonight…
It’s a tough one for sure. Like you said, I’ve been on both sides where I’ve had a chance to win in Game 6 and didn’t and ended up losing, and then vice versa. It’s a difficult game to win. Obviously, at this point in the series there’s no secrets between each other. Everybody knows the stakes and what you’re going to get out of each other. It’s just a matter of, like I said, that razor-thin line of success or defeat. It just depends on individual performances and small, little details that if you’re showing up for your first hockey game tonight you wouldn’t be able to see. Everybody in the room knows what they have to do, and you hope that’s enough to put you over the edge.

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