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Transcript from Boston Bruins Media Availability on 6/16

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS MEDIA AVAILABILITY QUOTES

Sunday, June 16, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TUUKKA RASK
On if he is tired after another long game...
Not overly tired. I don’t think we feel as fresh as a Tuesday in October, but considering the circumstances I think everyone is feeling pretty good.

On if he expects the series to be as tight all the way through...
Yeah, exactly. Both teams have the same kind of assets. I think it’s pretty much what everybody expected. I mean, I don’t know if anybody expected to go to triple overtime the first game, but still it’s been tight, one-goal games. That’s usually how the playoffs go.

On if he feels he has shown something this spring, if he has proven something to people...
I mean, I think I’ve answered the question a hundred times already. It’s always good to play in the playoffs. I don’t try to prove anything to anybody else but myself and my teammates. This spring has definitely been successful so far for our team. We’ll just try to keep that going.

On how crazy he expects things to be at the Garden tomorrow night...
I think it’s going to be as crazy as always. We feel like we’ve got the best fans in the league. They’ve always shown us great support. I don’t think it’s going to be any different tomorrow.

On how the accelerated season has helped him bounce back from the overtime games...
Yeah, I’m sure you get used to it. It’s not going to get any easier the longer you go. But we’re definitely used to playing every other night. It’s something you learn to control the fatigue factor and save your energy a bit. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue.

On if there is anything he is doing differently now compared to the regular season...
No. I think the only difference is to limit our practice time, we’re playing a lot, so we try to get our rest.

On what he was thinking last night during the first period which was lopsided in Chicago’s favor...
Well, there’s really no time to think, there’s too many shots. I just wanted to keep the game tight, give us a chance to survive that first period and regroup.

On how he prepares going into a game and if he visualizes himself succeeding before he steps on the ice...
A little bit, I guess. You try to see things in your head, what might develop in the game and just prepare yourself like any other game, not over-think those situations.

On how he slept last night...
I think I got like five, six hours. Could have been worse.

On if he thinks Coach Claude Julien gets enough credit outside the locker room...
He should. I don’t follow media that much, so I don’t know what’s been talked about him. But he definitely should.

On Julien being low key in public...
You know, I think it goes, it shows how our team is. We don’t like to talk about ourselves too much on a high note, not try to push ourselves to the front page. He’s definitely done a tremendous job here. He deserves a lot of credit for that.

On if he hears a lot from back home in Finland about the run he and the team are on...
No, not really. It’s exciting times for everybody, for sure. But you still have to go game by game and not get carried away by any wins or losses. It’s going to be another game tomorrow. Both teams are going to win it. That’s about it.

On what the strain of overtime is like for a goaltender, compared to the skaters...
It’s definitely different, but you’re standing there, you’re standing for five hours. You’re obviously not making saves all the time, but you’re still standing and being focused. It’s a lot of mental stress and your legs get tired at some point too when you’re standing up for hours.

On what he does to break down a period or a game...
Just try to stop every puck.

On if he breaks down the period by the clock...
No, not really. I try to keep my eyes out of the clock. Sometimes it seems to go a lot slower than the other nights.

On how his preparation is different this year playing every game, than it was in 2011 when he was behind Tim Thomas...
It’s not really different. I think you try to prepare for every game as you do no matter what. You play every other night, so you’re kind of just trying to take your breaks, get your days off and try to keep your mind off of hockey. Just go out there like you always do, practicing hard and playing hard. That’s the only thing I’ve done.

On what he does to take his mind off of hockey...
Just watch TV shows and movies and stuff like that.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD DANIEL PAILLE
On scoring the game-winning goal…
Personally, it feels great to score the overtime goal. I think we’re a bit relieved now that after that slow start we were able to accomplish a split, and we’re coming back here for a good series.

On his comfort level coming back to Boston…
I don’t think we should be too comfortable, but we should be confident with our game right now. We know we got a good goaltender helping us out there, and I think we all have faith and trust in our game.

On the plane ride home this morning…
Anytime it gets into overtime, it gets kind of nerve wrecking and you don’t really sleep as much as you’d like to. But, eventually you do end up falling asleep and have to wake up early to get back home.

On Claude Julien putting Tyler Seguin on his line…
I know the bottom six haven’t been there for that much for the playoffs in scoring, but we’re trying to do our best. We were able to come up big, and for Claude [Julien] to kind of put a guy and have him stick in there, it definitely makes us feel comfortable and confident and good about our game. We were just happy to make him look good.

On the deke he made before assisting Chris Kelly’s goal…
At that point, it was just trying to get it to the net. My natural instinct was just to put it on. I was happy to see someone got to the net and get the rebound and finish it.

On if he’ll skate with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin again in Game 3…
We’ll know tomorrow, but I think Claude [Julien] was happy with our game and hopefully we’ll get to stay that way.

On Tuukka Rask’s performance…
I can’t say anything more about Tuukka [Rask]. He’s been there all playoffs and that’s a big reason why we’re to the point we’re at right now. We want that to continue.

On trying to sleep after scoring the game-winner last night…
After a win I’m always excited, so it was just a bonus that I happened to score. Of course, I was just trying to replay it over and over and watch it a little bit, and I just got excited. Now, I got to reflect on it and now I’m ready to move on and play a better game for the next game.

On how crazy he expects Game 3 to be…
I’m looking forward to seeing the excitement in this building. I remember two years ago how loud it was. I can’t wait to hear it again.

On what he took away from Game 3 after Chicago dominated the first period…
A big part of that was Tuukka [Rask]. He kept us in the game. We had to kind of regroup in the first intermission and we were able to kind of slow the game down a little bit, where we were able to control for most of it. We found our game in overtime again there and it was good to have everyone kind of clicking at once.

On what was said in the room during the first intermission…
Claude came in a little bit later, but I think we were all equally upset about that first period. Definitely, Claude [Julien] let us know and it was a way for us to wake up. And, also, players were keeping each other accountable, too, so it was good.

On adjusting to new linemates…
It’s definitely something where, when you’ve played with somebody for so many years, you have to kind of adjust. Having Soupie [Gregory Campbell] out, it has been kind of different, but hopefully we can try to find our game now—and the other line as well—so that we can just focus on that and not play too tense.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD TYLER SEGUIN
On what he thinks the key was to getting his line going...
I think right when us three [Seguin, Chris Kelly, and Daniel Paille] got together, especially after the first period when we didn’t play well, we started competing a lot harder, started moving our feet a lot more. Obviously Kells [Chris Kelly] scored a big goal and kind of just went from there.

On if he expects this whole series to be this tight...
I would be surprised if it wasn’t. Obviously we’ve two playoff MVP goalies, two Selke winners, two great teams with not too may holes. So I think every chance is an inch that you’re going to have to earn.

On how he felt about his own game last night...
Yeah, I mean, it seemed like night after night it’s kind of the same guy stepping up, and you just want to contribute as much as you can. In the end, it would be nice to be getting some results. Last night it was great to see that and see us contribute.

On what Daniel Paille brought to his line...
I think he’s stepped up many times, especially with big goals. I think he’s got tremendous speed and probably one of the fastest players in the league. I think when he’s using that and getting first on the forecheck he’s going to make good things happen.

On there being quick chemistry between himself and Paille...
Yeah, very easy to play with. I think we’ve both got some good speed and we use each other. Obviously, I think Kells [Chris Kelly] is a very responsible centerman; definitely does the extra work. I think us three as a line worked out well.

On taking off the microphone he had on and what was said in between the first and second periods and who said what...
It was really a mix of everybody saying something. Obviously I think Kells [Chris Kelly] was one of the most vocal guys at the time. But in the end, I think it was a mix of everyone. I definitely knew it was coming, so I definitely threw my shoulder pads in the training room and put a towel over it so no one could hear what we were saying. I think we needed that team wake-up call.

On contrasting how confident the team feels moving forward with how bad they felt after the first the period...
Well, I think our confidence – we’re very confident with each other. We play for one another and trust each other, that’s why we can come back from terrible period like we did. Obviously we want to do it for Tuukks [Tuukka Rask] especially, he kept us in the game the whole time. I think it’s definitely extra confidence moving forward.

On Coach Claude Julien being able to adjust to certain situations...
Yeah, I think he makes great adjustments. You’ve got to give him credit, he’s a great coach. He’s definitely got a lot of experience at this level and in these situations. It’s the players, but it’s also the coaches that make the decisions.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On it being fitting the series is tied 1-1…
Yeah, I think maybe with not counting the first period of the last game it’s been a pretty close series. I think that’s what you expect this time of year. You expect hard-fought, close games, and that’s what you’ve seen.

On feeling fortunate to win Game 2 after the first period…
The first period they were all over us. Tuukka [Rask] stood his ground there for us and played extremely well and gave us a chance. We were able to slowly turn the game around and start playing better, but no question the first period they really brought it to us.

On sensing fatigue from the Blackhawks in overtime…
We’re worried about ourselves at that point. Just trying to stay focused—keep pushing, keep working. Everyone says anything can happen in overtime, so we were just looking for that next shot.

On what was said in the room after the first period…
It was different guys saying different things. We all knew that we weren’t happy with the way things were going and things needed to change. It wasn’t just one voice, but there was a few guys that were maybe a little more vocal than others.

On what he remembers on Games 3 & 4 of the 2011 Cup Finals…
I think the excitement in the rink. It’s been a long time since that same finals. Everyone was excited, and I know we were excited to be back home. It was a tough situation being down two games. We knew the importance of coming back strong at home. We’re looking forward to that experience again, of playing at home.

On Tuukka Rask’s performance…
There’s no question that he’s been really good for us. You need that to have success in the playoffs. We didn’t make life too easy on him, especially in the first period last game. He gave us a chance to win and that’s what you need from a goaltender.

On recognizing they didn’t support Rask in the first period…
There’s no question that we didn’t feel too good about our first period. When that’s the case, you’re relying on your goaltender. Again, like I said, he kept us in it and gave us a chance.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN TOREY KRUG
On the struggles of the first period…
You know it kind of seemed like it was. They played a good period. We played a poor period. When we got in the room, we were lucky enough to be down just by one goal. We were able to regroup.

On whether he feels like Tuukka Rask is a normal goaltender…
Yeah, in the short amount of time, I’ve noticed that he is definitely one of the more normal guys or goalies that I’ve ever played with. I’m sure he’s got some weird tendencies that I just have not seen yet, but being a goalie I’m sure that’s only natural.

On whether he felt other guys he has played with in his career were strange…
No. Nothing too crazy.

On whether Rask said anything after the 1st period…
He just went about his own business. I’m sure he was pretty tired. He faced a lot of shots. He just kept to himself and the locker room was trying to regroup and gather ourselves.

On what a young player can learn from Patrice Bergeron…
I think watching Patrice [Patrice Bergeron] what’s amazing is that he brings the same level of competition and preparation every game and every skate. It’s amazing watching him prepare. I said it about him and Chara [Zdeno Chara] as well but those are two guys that you look up to. It’s amazing the preparation and work ethic that they put into this.

On what he notices Bergeron does to prepare…
He’s got the same routine every game. I have never seen him play a bad game, but if he is having a bad game, I don’t think he changes anything up so that’s important in being a professional. He always goes about his business. He is an unbelievable leader and he does the little things that’s what’s amazing about him.

On what the team needed to do to change the momentum around…
Yeah, definitely. I think what we had to do to change things up was get pucks in deep and get our forecheck moving. When you have a guy like Lucic [Milan Lucic] that forechecks the way he does, he can change the game and the momentum for you so it was important for us to get the puck in deep and let him and the other guys go do their work.

On what the Blackhawks do well either their speed or physicality…
I think it’s a combination of everything. They’re very fast team. They have a couple lines that can check as well and their defense they are always up in the play and ready to bounce on pucks. They have a good forecheck and they definitely use their speed to their advantage.

On whether he felt the forecheck started to wear the Blackhawks down…
Yeah, you felt that a little bit. I think it’s fair to say they were feeling pretty good about themselves after the first period and we were a little upset with how we played.  Just getting a couple of those body checks early in the period. You saw Johnny Boychuk he had a few big hits and that was really important for us, especially the way they had us clamped down in our own zone. You see a guy with a big hit and, all of a sudden, things change a little bit so we started taking care of the puck and getting our forecheck going and everything turned from there.

On what players spoke after the first period and what they said…
We have a collective group of guys. The leadership’s amazing in the room. It is never quiet in there. There is always someone talking and letting you know what’s going on. The overall message was that we got to come out better prepared for the next period and ready to go.

On whether Chris Kelly led what was said after the first period in the locker room…
There were a lot of guys that spoke. He was probably one of them. Like I said, there are so many guys in that room that talk. It’s an unbelievable leadership group. There’s a lot of guys that you lean on and look up to. Everyone was getting ready to get back out there.

On Andrew Ference’s impact in his return…
He’s a guy that brings the same thing to the table every single night. He’s also a guy that likes to communicate and that’s important for a team and for young guys as well. The communication is very key. He’s a guy that talks and talks. Like I said, he brings the same thing to the table every single night. He’s taking care of the puck and he’s a warrior as well.  It’s fun to see a fellow smaller guy go into the corner and bust those big guys up.

On his big hit in the neutral zone in the second period…
I think that’s just our game. It’s not like we go out of our way to try and do things like that. That’s just something that we have to focus on and that we do and we have to do that to be successful overall. For us, it’s important to take away their time and space. Obviously, they are a very skilled team, a very fast team and when we take away their time and space, obviously they are less effective.

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