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Running Transcript for Bruins vs. Canadiens on 3/24

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES

BOSTON BRUINS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS
Monday, March 24, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE
On whether this is the kind of game he expects from the Montreal Canadiens…
I don’t know if it’s — the Canadiens played their game. We were just a little bit off the mark there. Typical, I guess, start from a team that comes back from a road trip and plays its first game at home. Took us a while to get going. But you know, early penalties kind of just took the momentum away from us and gave them some momentum, but eventually we got ourselves back in the game and unfortunately got settled in a shootout.

On whether he would use the word “undisciplined” to describe his team’s performance tonight…
At times, absolutely. The [Brad] Marchand penalty was frustration because he got tripped on the faceoff before — it wasn’t called. Those are things that are gonna happen in a game and you can’t retaliate by taking a bad penalty. [Johnny] Boychuk’s penalty was a bad one, either, so you know, there’s discipline, but they didn’t score on those, so that’s not why we lost. But I think we have to be better disciplined against them.

On the way the Canadiens managed to draw so many penalties against the Bruins tonight…
Simple — you don’t let it happen. It happened a little bit tonight, but I can tell you, like I said before, we can sweep a team in the regular season and we’re gonna get to the playoffs and play them, and I’m not going to say it’s going to be easy — same thing. Just because they won tonight in a shootout doesn’t mean we’re going to go into the playoffs and have the same kind of situation here. If we happen to meet them in the playoffs, and that’s an if, then we’ll deal with it, but you can be sure that that’s not going to happen.

On the fact that the Bruins cut down on the defensive breakdowns during the win streak…
Sure, I think it’s — you know, last game, they scored one on us, and it was late in the third, I think, if I’m correct, and then they only scored one on us tonight. So two goals in the last two games against them. I think it goes to show you that defensively we’re doing a good job against them.

On the team’s play tonight compared with its play during the win streak…
I think it’s — again, I’m going to use the same term: It was the typical game that teams play when they come back off one of those road trips. Like I said, we played in three different time zones yesterday, it was an almost a five-hour flight back from Phoenix, and you know, it — I can’t explain it. Everybody goes through that. It’s just one of those things that becomes a challenge, I think. Again, we played hard. We kept with it, and we kept ourselves in the game, and again, managed to tie it. So you can’t win 12 in a row and lose one in a shootout and say, ‘I’m really disappointed in my team.’ I don’t think so. I think our team is okay, and we got another great challenge coming up for us, which is what we want, and that’s Chicago on Thursday.

On whether getting a point out of this game is any consolation…
Sure. We had to shoot a lot of pucks at them before we got them past [Peter] Budaj tonight. He was a real good goaltender, and so was ours. And that’s why it was a low-scoring game. But again, we managed to get that point, and I guess, you know, if we have a weakness, it’s pretty obvious — it’s in the shootout. We don’t do well. So I don’t care about that because that doesn’t happen in playoffs.

On the play of defenseman Kevan Miller tonight…
Well, he just plays well all around. He moves the puck well, he defends well, he’s strong, he’s winning his battles, he stands up for himself, and so not disappointed with him at all.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On if that style of game was a good tune up for the playoffs…
Yeah, I mean that’s something we were expecting tonight. Those are always huge games and tough games to play and fun to be part of also. But yeah, it was a little bit more of a playoff atmosphere tonight.

On if he expected the Canadiens trying to draw them in to penalties…
Yeah, it’s a team that has a lot of speed and they try to get under your skin and a couple times we kind of, we’ve done that, we kind of played into their hands a bit and we got too many of those penalties. But in the third we had a lot of changes to not only tie the game but also win the game and we should have done that.

On what he has thought of the teams fight in the third periods during the month of March…
Yeah, we’ve talked about it a few times during that road trip but also tonight. That we had to be resilient, that’s how you win hockey games and we’ve done that again tonight. Battling down by one but still having a lot of chances, staying with it, and finding a way to get that goal and unfortunately we couldn’t get that extra point. But with that being said, again, we showed a lot of character in the third.

On how the team feels about getting that point…
Yeah, it’s nice to get that point. We’re obviously a little disappointed, when you step in to a game you want to win and we’re disappointed we let that one slip by but happy that we came out with at least one.

On what he thinks of Kevan Miller…
Yeah, he’s been really impressive. Even in training camp I kind of noticed him a bit; how strong he was but also how committed he was to his defense and playing solid hockey. He has just been improving, he basically didn’t give many choices but to keep him. He didn’t leave any of the management a choice to go back down. So credit goes to him and he’s been great for us, really happy to have him.

On if there is something the team is doing better the second half of the season to match up against Montreal…
Yeah, I think we’re playing a little bit more to our system. I think earlier we were getting away from our game and that’s obviously something that they want. They want that speedy game and that game that we don’t take care of the pucks. They rely on turnovers and I thought we’ve done a better job with that.

On just putting this one behind them…
Of course, that’s been the mentality all year. Even during that streak, it’s been don’t get too high, don’t get too low, so it’s what it is right now. It’s about our next game.

On if he feels confident the team can handle trailing in the third period…
Yeah, it’s part of the last stretch of the year. It’s lots of traveling – we’ve been through that even last year – there’s also lots of games. That being said, we’re used to that, it feels a little more like a playoff schedule and that’s what you need down the stretch.

On what it will be like Thursday with that being the first time the Blackhawks are back…
It’s going to be, obviously, a tough game, a great matchup. I’m expecting, again, the same kind of atmosphere as tonight with the fans and everything and just looking forward to it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On whether the atmosphere was as close to a playoff game as it gets during the regular season…
Yeah for sure. It’s a one-goal game and it goes into overtime. Obviously you don’t want to lose the way that you do in shootouts, especially getting all the chances that we did during the third period, but with ten games left now you’ve got to expect every game to be like that. I mean look at our last stretch of eight games in thirteen days. We were able to get 15 out of 16 points, so pretty good. Unfortunately, the winning streak comes to an end tonight, but we’ve got to look forward to the next one.

On whether it gets easier to approach games against Montreal over time given the “antics” between the teams…
You have to have your emotions in check as much as you can and unfortunately there were times where we took some penalties, especially in the first two periods, but once we were able to kind of put that aside and focus on what we needed to do to get a win as you saw in the third period, we were able to create, get penalties and get power plays more than being in the penalty box. We probably could have got more out of the power play, but we still get one to tie the game, and hopefully next time when we have that many opportunities we get more than one.

On how he explains the lack of discipline…
It’s tough to say. I’ve been here for a long time and it’s almost been the same question for the last seven years, so I don’t have a real answer for you.

On whether he feels the check was a fair play…
Well I mean, whether it’s fair, legal or whatever you want to call it, I mean if he wasn’t scared he’d stand up and hit me and not go after my knees, so it just shows how big of a chicken he is that he needs to go down like that to take me down, so it shows what kind of player he is, and on my end you’ve got to keep your guard up at all times.

On whether he is satisfied with how the team is playing overall…
Like I said, we’re just capitalizing on some chances, and you’ve also got to give [Peter] Budaj some credit. He mad some big saves for them to keep them in the game and keep it 1-1, but more times than not when we’re in games like this and we’re pressing at the end, we usually come out on top, so we can’t lose that moving forward.

On how hard it is to not lose your composure…
You’ve got to try not to. Other than tonight most of the time against every other team we’re pretty good at keeping our composure and just focus on what we need to do to win, so down the stretch we can’t let things like that bother us. We just need to focus on our game and what we need to do to have success. We’re going to play that physical type of style and sometimes things are, you’re going to have reactions, emotional reactions going both ways, and you’ve got to expect it from here on in.

On what happened with Alexei Emelin…
Just skating by him and that’s all. People are trying to say I speared him. I did not spear him, so that’s it.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if he hates to see the game end in a shootout…
Yeah, definitely. I think we outplayed them tonight by far and it is definitely disappointing to see it end in a shootout like that and have our streak ended, I don’t think we deserved that outcome. But on the other side of it, we won some games we probably shouldn’t have and that’s hockey. So we got a point so we have to regroup and be ready for the next game.

On if the team’s legs were heavy…
No, not really.

On if he could sense early on that it would be a typical Bruins/Montreal type of game…
Yeah I think we were a little undisciplined the early half of the game and we took some penalties that we probably shouldn’t have and got a little emotional. But after we stayed out of the box I think we played much better hockey and we had a lot of opportunities, some really good ones that their goalie made good saves on. It’s an emotional game any time we play them. They know that and they poke at us a bit and try to get us to take penalties and push them back and it worked a little bit tonight. So we have to make sure that we have a little more discipline next time.

On how the team still falls for Montreal’s goading…
You know, they’re just one of those teams that you want to hit and after 100 years they’re good at it – a lot of practice. So we, like I said, we have to be more disciplined than that and be better next game.

On if he felt the physicality was going to catch up to them by the third period…
Yeah, definitely, especially after they lost a couple guys early on. They had three lines and we wanted to make sure that we kept going after them and if we did that then they get tired eventually. I think it worked, I think we played a lot better than they did for most of the game. A lot of their shots were early on or in the power play. So I think we did a good job with that.

On if it feels like a loss now that the winning streak is over…
I think it’s too bad it ended but that’s not really our goal – to go on a long streak like that. It’s to play our best hockey and play the way we need to every night. And I think it just shows that when we do that we’re going to give ourselves an opportunity to win every night and if we continue that we’re going to win a lot more games and that’s what we need going in to the playoffs.

On if this game wasn’t far off how they played in the previous 12 games…
No, definitely not. I think we played a really good game for the most part, besides the penalties. I think we played just the way we did the last 12 games. So it would have been nice to win but we still played a good game.

On if the team can build off trailing in a game and coming back…
Yeah, definitely. We want to build toward playoffs and playoff hockey. You have to be able to play through adversity, whether it’s travel or back-to-backs or long road trips, whatever it is. I think our team has done a good job just worrying about playing hockey and I’m not complaining about all the other stuff. All the other teams in the league are going through the same thing. As long as we’re prepared every night then we’re going to win some games.


On what a playoff matchup between Montreal would be like…
I think it would be a very physical series. We would try to play just like we played tonight and hit them every chance we get and they’re probably going to want to do the same thing they did tonight – poke at us and try to get us to take penalties.  So it would be a lot of fun to watch.

On if that series would be something to learn from…
Yeah, definitely and we knew that going in to the game, we knew that was going to happen and we knew they were going to do that. But they got the better of us tonight in that aspect of the game so we have to be better in that area.

On if he’ll ever get P.K. Subban to not get away with one…
I don’t know, it’s not up to me, it’s up to the refs. But I hope so.

On if there is more leeway knowing this is a regular season game and not a playoff game…
Yeah, I think that is the case every night but you still want to take everything you can out of each and every game, especially this close to the end of the year and going in to playoff time against a possible opponent. So we really wanted to have a good game tonight and besides the final score I think we had a pretty good game.

On when the team switches its focus to Thursday and the Blackhawks…
I think right away. I mean, we’re also going to get a little rest the next couple of days but every time we’re at the rink we’re also going to be preparing for them. They’re obviously a very good team and we want to have another really good game.

On the feud between him and P.K. Subban…
Yeah, he plays hard and I play hard and we just seem to match up against each other a lot. He’s on the right side and I’m going down his wing and his corner so we tend to bump heads every now and again and it’s better hockey.

On how hard it is to control his emotions…
I think it’s more, in a game like tonight, the emotions are high on every one. Especially, there was an early fight there right away with [Alexei] Emelin hitting Looch [Milan Lucic] and Zee [Zdeno Chara] going in, you could tell the emotions were going to be running a bit. It’s definitely tough to stay calm and composed in situations like that but you have to do it, it’s part of our job and it just makes for just a more fun game to play in.

On if the team was more contained would it have been a different result…
Yeah, I think, obviously the more you stay out of the box the better opportunity you're going to have. But we had just as many power plays as they did so it was even on that front. But obviously their power play goal was good for them, it put us on our heels. But obviously if we stayed out of the box they wouldn’t have had as many opportunities.

On if they are able to handle Montreal’s speed better now…
No, it’s just how games go sometimes. We still had the same team and we were still playing good hockey. It’s just sometimes you have a good game and sometimes you don’t. I think last time they were in here we didn’t play very well and I think the last couple times we have played a little better. So I think we’re just playing better hockey right now, everyone is more focused and doing the job.

On how important the streak was…
It was huge. We’re still on a point streak, we’re still on a 13 game point streak and I’m sure we want to try and continue that. So it’s not all bad tonight but it obviously big going on that streak this late in the year and we want to keep it going. We’re playing really good hockey right now and just because we lost a game in a shootout doesn’t change the fact that we played really well, really good hockey, and we want to keep that going.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On battling to get the third period goal...
I mean that’s what we were pretty much working for, that one goal. Finally we got it; we tied the game. So we just wanted to continue to put more pressure on them and try to always score the second one, which didn’t happen and then it went into overtime and obviously to the shootout. But it was a battle; it was a good physical game.

On the team’s emotions when playing Montreal...
I thought that as the game went on we were battling and focusing on just playing the game. We were emotionally and physically attached. It’s always, obviously, a big game, every time we play Montreal. But I thought that as the game went on we were obviously putting focus on playing the game instead of everything else. So, we did a pretty good job in the third and we got rewarded, finally, on the power play.

On if the game felt like it had playoff intensity...
It was pretty much the same, but every game kind of lately feels like playoffs. Everybody’s battling for a better position, or for getting into the playoffs – those are big games in the standings. So, yes.

On the team being able to battle despite a heavy travel schedule...
I mean, for sure we aren’t going to be making excuses about travel or a heavy schedule. It’s pretty much every team is going through it. Like I said, finally in the third we found a way to tie the game and we had some pretty good scoring chances, even in the second and they just didn’t go in. So we just stay with our game plan and, like I said earlier, we were spending more energy on playing hockey and focusing on scoring a goal than being more physical and emotional.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DOUGIE HAMILTON
On playing after an emotional and physical first period...
I thought we played pretty good. I think we had a lot of zone-time in their end and I thought we were working really hard and hitting and getting pucks in. That was kind of our game plan. So, just unfortunate with the result but I thought we did pretty good.

On ending the team’s winning streak with a shootout...
I don’t think anybody was really too worried about it. I think we said that all along. It’s just unfortunate that we lost and we’ll just have to get back to winning now.

On not being able to capitalize on shots...
I think there were just a lot of blocked shots. Their D-men were stepping out for everything. We had some chances and obviously their goalie was really good, too. So, it’s I guess, not normal for us to have that many power plays which was kind of weird. But I thought we did okay. I think we struggled a little bit to break the puck in at times, too.

On the team’s focus on discipline heading into the playoffs...
I think every game is rough with these guys. I don’t know how much, I guess, I would have changed from that game. The penalties we took, I don’t know. I thought we played hard and that’s what happens. But I think, like you said, maybe use it as a reminder and I don’t know what we would change.

On if the team’s play in the third period...
I think so. There wasn’t much time in our end in the third, I guess the whole game even, I think we had a lot of zon- time and [were] making good plays. [We] just couldn’t really connect and blocked shots. But I thought we carried the play, so I think that’s I guess a good thing to look at.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN KEVAN MILLER
On the loss…
It’s a little frustrating when we play a pretty solid game offensively and we just didn’t get to capitalize.

On getting baited into taking penalties by Montreal…
Yeah, I think so… It’s an emotional game, but I think sometimes we just need to let it play out. It’s frustrating.

On checking Dale Weise and then fighting Travis Moen…
Yeah, I hope he’s all right — both those guys. To be honest with you about the hit, I felt bad about it. I just kind of bumped into him. I think he was a little off balance. I stood there just trying to make sure he was okay for a second and Moen asked if I wanted to go. I just hope they’re both okay.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On the winning streak ending on a shootout…
Well, any game, to lose in a shootout sucks. Still got a point, though.

On if the team worked hard enough to win tonight…
Yeah, it’s really frustrating. The second period, we kind of dominated a little bit there. We just couldn’t get goals. [Peter] Budaj played good. Couldn’t get pucks past him. Battled for that one and then couldn’t close it.

On differences in the team’s play between the beginning of the season and now…
We’ve tightened up defensively, I think, as the season has gone on. Against them, a lot of times the emotions take over too much for us and we kind of slip from our game plan a little bit, but the past couple of games have been better and results have been better, too.

On getting too caught up in the emotions of the rivalry…
It’s an emotional game, and when stuff happens you have to react, and sometimes you overreact. I don’t think it was too bad today, but […]

On a playoff atmosphere in the Garden tonight…
It was. Tight game until the end and the crowd was in it, so it felt like a playoff game. Felt like everybody kind of tightened up a little bit after that tying goal.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On if there is extra satisfaction in ending the streak…
It’s not about ending the streak, what they accomplished I got a lot of respect for and honestly the way I see things, it’s more about getting those two points and trying to qualify for the playoffs.  We played for two points tonight and I believe our guys did a fantastic job killing penalties.  We gave them four power plays in the third period and only allowed six shots on net.  The guys on the penalty killing did a great job, especially after we lost two forwards early in the game.  We only had 10 forwards available in the game, against the hottest team in the league.

On the loss of [Travis] Moen & [Dale] Weise early in the game…
We lost a few guys killing penalties and guys like [Francis] Bournival who aren’t used to killing penalties but at times we put them out there this year and they did a good job.  What do I have to say about [Tomas] Plekanec & [Brian] Gionta, those guys were great.  Our defense was good, [Mike] Weaver and [Douglas] Murray, they were blocking shots, [Alexei] Emelin and [Andrei] Markov, all of those guys did a great job killing penalties.

On the play of Peter Budaj tonight…
He deserved the win tonight.  The way that he played, he battled hard.  The decision for us, you want to put an athlete in the position who will get a challenge and definitely tonight was a challenge for Peter [Budaj] and he responded the way that we expected.

On Galchenyuk being 0-6 in the shootout before tonight…
He was due [Laughs].

On the success of Budaj in this building…
It’s tough to say.  Some goalies feel comfortable to play in different buildings and obviously for us, Peter feels pretty comfortable about playing here.  He battled hard tonight and deserved to win.

MONTREAL CANADIENS HEAD COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
On if there is extra satisfaction in ending the streak…
It’s not about ending the streak, what they accomplished I got a lot of respect for and honestly the way I see things, it’s more about getting those two points and trying to qualify for the playoffs.  We played for two points tonight and I believe our guys did a fantastic job killing penalties.  We gave them four power plays in the third period and only allowed six shots on net.  The guys on the penalty killing did a great job, especially after we lost two forwards early in the game.  We only had 10 forwards available in the game, against the hottest team in the league.

On the loss of [Travis] Moen & [Dale] Weise early in the game…
We lost a few guys killing penalties and guys like [Francis] Bournival who aren’t used to killing penalties but at times we put them out there this year and they did a good job.  What do I have to say about [Tomas] Plekanec & [Brian] Gionta, those guys were great.  Our defense was good, [Mike] Weaver and [Douglas] Murray, they were blocking shots, [Alexei] Emelin and [Andrei] Markov, all of those guys did a great job killing penalties.

On the play of Peter Budaj tonight…
He deserved the win tonight.  The way that he played, he battled hard.  The decision for us, you want to put an athlete in the position who will get a challenge and definitely tonight was a challenge for Peter [Budaj] and he responded the way that we expected.

On Galchenyuk being 0-6 in the shootout before tonight…
He was due [Laughs].

On the success of Budaj in this building…
It’s tough to say.  Some goalies feel comfortable to play in different buildings and obviously for us, Peter feels pretty comfortable about playing here.  He battled hard tonight and deserved to win.

MONTREAL CANADIENS GOALTENDER PETER BUDAJ
On ending the Bruins win streak…
I wasn’t even thinking about it. We knew they are a hot team right now. They are the hottest team in the game right now. These games are always fun. We get ready for them and they get ready for them and I think it was a very entertaining game for both fans and for us.

On Budaj’s success in this building…
I don’t know. There’s nothing special that I am doing or the team is doing. Getting ready every time against tough opponents it doesn’t matter who you are playing in this league, everybody is tough. Especially with this big rivalry against us, and them, they always come out hard and it’s always fun to play. You know the bigger and more exciting games, it’s always fun to play.

On the second period…
Yeah, I think the second period they came out really hard but I think they adjusted the system a little bit. They did some changes and they caught us off guard for the first few minutes. Guys were blocking shots and I was able to make some saves and kind of kept the game one to nothing. Then you kind of swing the momentum, we got 5-on-3 going on but Tuukka made some good saves, too. And then third period, I think we got four penalties in the first 10 minutes so it’s tough against such a good power play to give them so many opportunities but we were able to kill all of them but one. It was a big tie.

On the concern on the health of Travis Moen and Dale Weise…
Obviously you don’t want to see anybody, doesn’t matter if it’s an opponent, especially your teammates you’re concerned. I know they are in good hands right now. They will do everything they can to help them. I am sure they are going to be fine. It just doesn’t matter, I know it’s part of the game. It just tough to see that, but I know it’s part of the game. If you ask any of those guys, that’s how you play hockey.

On Weaver, Plekanec, and Gionta’s minutes in the third period…
I mean it’s not just them, it was everybody but especially them because especially in the third period they had a lot of power play opportunities they came out hard. We were blocking shots and I don’t’ know how many blocked shots we had but it looked like we had a lot. Guys were sacrificing their bodies, doing the little things right. It’s just great to see that we are coming together coming down the stretch, we are going to need it hopefully the playoffs and everything else.  It’s very important, you cant’ just turn the switch on going into the playoffs. You have to start right now. You have to accumulate all of the energy so you are peaking in the playoffs. It’s good to see that all of the guys did what it takes and otherwise you know we played a really strong game but they are a strong team too. It was a very exciting game for everybody. It was a big win.

On Budaj’s strong performance tonight…
It was great. I felt really good. I got a good night’s sleep and a good meal. I felt really good. The team played strong. It’s always fun when Montreal fans travel, they the make the atmosphere great here. Boston fans too make the atmosphere great here. Sometimes you can’t even hear the whistle. It was a great atmosphere. You can ask anybody, everybody wants to play those types of games.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD TOMAS PLEKANEC
On when he saw Travis Moen go down it led to the team’s sense of urgency to get one for him…
Yeah, for sure. He just wants to stand up for his teammate, it’s a great job from him and hopefully he’ll be alright and be back in the lineup.

On whether he believes that’s why he’s able to come back and snap a 12-game win streak…
Yeah, I thought we showed a lot tonight and we killed a lot of penalties and for that effort tonight, especially from Buds [Peter Budaj], but from us tonight we come out with two points.

On Peter Budaj’s game tonight, despite some criticizing Coach Therrien’s decision…
Yeah he’s played really well here, seeing how hard he works at practice staying out for an extra half hour forty five minutes with the guys and it’s paid back for him and for our team.

On putting an end to the 12-game win streak and if that adds value to the two points earned here tonight…
Ah, every time we take two points out of this building it’s always nice and we didn’t really think about it that they were on a winning streak. We just wanted to take the two points and that’s what we did, we’re happy with that.

On what the Canadiens do to seemingly have the Bruins number at the Garden…
Ah, I don’t know we just try to play our game using our speed and you know when we’re doing that we’re not getting into the fights and to the scrums after whistles. It seems like we’re in better shape.

On whether he saw what Milan Lucic did to Alexei Emelin, and if so his thoughts…
No I haven’t seen it.

On if he was expecting that type of physical game against Boston…
Yeah, every time we play Boston you expect that kind of game. Like I said if we stay out of those things after the whistle we’re in good shape and we have a better chance to win.

On whether this is as close to a playoff atmosphere as you can get for a regular season game…
Yeah, that’s what we were talking about before the game. It’s going to be a playoff-type of game and that’s exactly what it was and we’re happy to come away with two points.

On the Bruins loving to hate PK Subban and Alexei Emelin had an impact on this game…
Yeah, I mean it’s always the same those games and like I said when we’re playing guy to guy we try to stay out of the box and try to stay out of the things between the whistles that we have a better chance to win and I thought Emelin made a nice hit and that was a good play from him.

On how playing here is always tough and emotional…
Yeah, it’s a divisional game rivalry and you want to win those games, and that’s what we did the last two games for us were really good and we’re happy to leave with the four points out of the last two.

On whether PK made a difference in the game….
You mean the penalty killing unity, right? Yeah, definitely I thought we took more penalties than we probably should’ve, but our penalty killing came out strong, put a great effort and especially being short by two guys that usually kill the penalties and do a great job for us it was especially great effort.

On how tough it is to see a leader like Travis Moen fall on the ice after a fight…
It’s always hard and he tried to do a great job for us, tried to stand up for his teammate and hopefully he’ll be back soon healthy in the lineup.

On whether it was fun to end the Bruins’ win streak…
We didn’t look at it that way, we just wanted to take the two points and win the game for us. They were on a winning or not it wasn’t a big thing for us.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD BRIAN GIONTA
On tonight’s win…
It’s a big win for us for sure.  By no means was it a perfect game, but it showed a lot of character sticking with it and battling through.  That first period we were just kind of hanging on, but we pushed back in the second, got in some penalty trouble in the third but showed a lot of character on that penalty kill.  Unfortunately they scored on one but I thought we did a good job with them.

On the effective bench management after losing two guys early on in the game…
We had guys playing lots of minutes, especially when we got into penalty trouble, guys are taxed even more.  I liked the way we responded and how we kind of gutted that one out.

On the success of Peter Budaj in the Garden…
He’s a great goalie.  We are very confident with him back there and it shows tonight.  That first period he made some huge saves and even in the second he made some big saves where they could have been back in the game real quick.  He won us that game for sure.

On how much Subban and Emelin’s play affected the flow of the game…
It was nice.  We got some power plays there and we were able to frustrate them towards the end of the second, they started to show some frustration and we knew we were doing some things right.

MONTREAL CANADIENS FORWARD ALEX GALCHENYUK
On what it feels like to break the Bruins streak…
I mean it feels great.  When you come in here, it’s going to be a really important game.  They were on a roll, they had won 12 in a row so we knew it was going to be a good game and we are all happy with the way we played.

On if there was a sense of urgency to get one for Moen & Weise after they left the game…
For sure, those guys get us going.  They are such team guys and it’s unfortunate to see them exit the game like that but we certainly won this game for them.

On if he was nervous going into his shootout attempt…
I mean I was excited and all the moves were playing in my head because I was 0-6 or something like that so you try and do something new and it didn’t work, you try and do something old and it didn’t work so you’re like “what the hell are you going to do now?”  Fortunately my move worked.

On if his shootout goal is a big confidence boost for him…
Yeah for sure, especially in a building like this, scoring a goal like that it’s huge.  It was an unbelievable win for us.  Budes [Peter Budaj] played unbelievable and the whole team sacrificed, it was special to be a part of this game.

On if there is value added that this win snapped the Bruins streak…
I mean I guess so.  Every time we play these guys it’s a great atmosphere and fans really get into it, they were on a roll and we are happy that we’re the team that ended that roll.

On if this game had a playoff feel to it…
Yeah for sure. We played a game with Toronto a couple days ago and that was playoff like.  Then playing here in Boston and it had the same kind of atmosphere.  To get the win, it’s huge for us, it’s good momentum for us, and we just have to keep going.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE 11:30 AM
On if he is paying much attention to the streak…
No, not really. Those are things that next year nobody will remember. We take care of other things than the streak. Right now it’s about our game, it’s about day to day so that’s not an issue.

On how little he knew about Chad Johnson and what he has seen from him…
Well to be honest with you, I didn’t know a lot. Basically from our people that scouted him and all that stuff, that’s how I got most of my information on Chad [Johnson]. I think when you look at the beginning of the year, his first two games were a little rocky but at the same time I didn’t think we had a great opportunity in those preseason games to give him a good chance to get a feel for our game. We had a lot of goaltenders who deserved to play those preseason games, two of them right now are in Providence. Tuukka [Rask], it was important for him to find his game. So again, it was a little tough for him but everybody sees what he’s done so far. Not only his wins and losses but his save percentage, his stats, I guess his save percentage per scoring chance which is what we keep internally – they’re really good.

On the fact that he has been able to establish Chad Johnson as guy that can be started often…
Well his play has allowed us to do that. In fact, I think he has played so well that it has given us the luxury of giving Tuukka [Rask] a lot more rest. It’s certainly given ourselves the chance to prepare properly here for the upcoming playoffs – we’ve clinched it now so I can say it. But it’s just one of those things where it’s great to have another goaltender that can give you the confidence that’s needed for the team that’s playing in front of him…

On if he noticed if teams are more coming out harder against the Bruins because of the win streak…
Well I think you see it at the start of games, teams come out there pretty hard and there are times where we have had to weather the storms, especially on the road. Right now you are battling with teams that are really desperate and they’re doing everything they can to get themselves in the playoffs or keep themselves in the playoff position. So I think that is something that we recognize but weathering the storm to me is just as important as winning a game sometimes. The pace of our game has been pretty good from start to finish and the third period stats indicate that. So for us we really have to focus on our team and what we need to do here to keep going in the right direction more than talking about a lot of the other teams. We know they are all going to be hard games so we really have to focus on how we need to be ready to continue to play well…

On how the Bruins have progressed against fast teams…
Well there’s a reason you guys seem to make this game bigger than the other one. It’s not against this team, I think we played some pretty good team there on the road. Phoenix is a pretty good team, Colorado is a pretty good team, so it is not about this team here that is going to give us an idea about how well or how poor we are, it’s more about us continuing to play our game. It’s a different sweater that’s up against us tonight and that is how it should be looked upon.

On how all four lines playing well can have an impact on the third period…
Well I think it’s helped us in many ways. It helps us in game per se situation. It’s also helped us get through this month, you can say what you want, if I don’t have four good lines, I can’t use four lines. So the reason I use four lines is because I feel we’ve got it and the proof is right there in the last game when [Shawn] Thornton scored that winning goal for us, I think five minutes left in the game, more or less. And they had some good chances throughout that third period so there is no reason for me to cut down my bench. Because we’ve been able to do that, we’ve had more energy throughout the games and from start to finish our pace has been better. That to me has been a big reason why we’re at where we are right now, is that there’s not too many guys in our line-up you're disappointed in at the end of the night, everybody’s been kind of holding their own and allowing us to utilize our whole bench. Like I said, in the month of March, I think it has been extremely important.

On the progression of the young defensemen and getting to the playoffs and not be worried about it…
Well to be honest with you, I don’t know that I’m worried about it now. I think that they have progressed really well and we talked about the other day about Kevan Miller coming in halfway through the season, he’s playing like he’s a vet right now. I don’t see him making too many mistakes and I don’t see him losing too many battles. But our young guys – [Matt] Bartkowski has been extremely good for us and [Torey] Krug, as you know watching him, he’s made our power play so much better this year. Our young guys have been really good and people may argue about the lack of experience but those guys proved last year that they could do the job when we played against the Rangers. So I’m feeling pretty confident right now with our group. I have no concerns and at the end of the day, you have what you have and you move forward with those guys. But they’ve allowed us to have confidence, by their play, in them. Even at this stage when there’s a lot at stake for a lot of teams that we’re playing against and they’re still pretty composed. So I like the direction of our Ds.

On how it has been as a coach dealing with a winning stretch…
Well I think I have to give them- the players- a lot of credit because I haven’t had to do much. They’ve kind of, I guess they’ve gotten used to it. They know how it works around here, they know what’s served us best in the past and we’re a team that goes game by game. I haven’t talked about it, they haven’t really talked about it, the streak is basically your guys’ job to talk about. But inside that dressing room, there hasn’t been much talk about that at all. We’re just enjoying ourselves right now, it’s fun the way we’re playing, it’s fun to get the results we’re getting and all we do is go out the next game and try and keep that tradition going. 
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