BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Q. How many times has Patrice used two other players by your coaching staff as a how to, an example of 'This is the way we need to do it'?
COACH JULIEN: Well, there's no doubt he's a great example. As I said, for a coach, you know exactly what you're going to get from him every game. His work ethic, everything that comes with it is second to none.
He's often used as a good example because he deserves it.
Q. If you could remember back to 2011, can you compare what you guys have done against Chicago in this series to stifle them offensively versus what you did against the Canucks?
COACH JULIEN: I think every year you have to look at it differently. I think we've had the challenge of playing teams like Vancouver, Pittsburgh this year, Chicago now, that I just say we have a tremendous amount of respect for their offense.
All it is, is awareness, knowing if you're going to give yourself a chance to win, you've got to try to slow down that offense. Our guys have committed to that. That doesn't mean we haven't provided any offense because the scoring chances are there, but there's a great commitment to that right now.
That's what we've did two years ago, that's what we've done so far, and that's what we've got to continue to do if we expect to continue to win.
Q. Are you a believer in symbolism? If so, how much of a symbol is Gregory Campbell to the 2013 Bruins in the playoffs?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I think he exemplifies a lot of what we're all about. I've said it before. We take pride in being a blue‑collar team. We don't care about calling certain guys superstars on our team. We all want to be on the same level.
There's no doubt there's great players on our hockey club. We make sure that the role players are just as important as the guys that are more visible to the media and to our fans as far as being the limelight of our hockey club.
But having said that, that's how we've always been. You've seen it in the times where guys a few years ago had that jacket, now a different one this year. It's moved around our team for different reasons. It just goes to show how we appreciate everything.
I guess that would be more of our symbol versus just a one guy. But there's no doubt, we're happy to see him. He came in yesterday for the first time since we came back. Not only were the guys happy to see him, but they made him feel very welcome by getting on him shortly after he made his presence in the dressing room.
Q. How did they get on him?
COACH JULIEN: They just jab him. I think he came in wearing shorts yesterday. He was well‑dressed, but looked like a guy on vacation, according to the guys. They just gave him a jab.
But he's a guy we dearly miss. We've seen him do so many good things for our hockey club. It was a big loss when he got injured.
But we're kind of fortunate. We talk about depth. Some guys have stepped in and done a good job. Like anything else, you don't replace the individual; you try and work around it.
Q. Speaking of the jacket, we see Dennis Seidenberg wearing it last night. Clearly the last three years we've seen how good he's been. Before he got here, he was on four different teams in five seasons. What allowed him to fit in so well here?
COACH JULIEN: I think our guys that scouted him, that's upper management, had noticed one thing: that he always played well in big games, had the great stats. I don't talk about offensive stats, but stats as far as being dependable, being at his best. The bigger the games were, the better he became. So they recognized that.
Coming in here I think he became a good fit with our hockey club. Every year in the playoffs, he becomes a horse, as well. You can't tire him out. He wears guys down. He's strong physically. You can give him as much ice time as you do to Zdeno. He's capable of handling that.
He's been a good addition to our hockey club. The credit, as far as I'm concerned, goes to our pro scouts.
Q. Based on what you've seen, the style of play, the system, do you sense that Chicago is getting a little bit frustrated as evidenced by taking bad penalties?
COACH JULIEN: I don't know. I think emotions are part of the Stanley Cup Final. I think when you're at this stage, there's a lot of emotions. I think, if anything, the emotions have been checked pretty good so far in this series.
We took a penalty, first penalty of the game, Daugavins, an elbowing penalty. When you look at those things, you got to be disciplined, you got to be careful that you don't let the emotions get the better of you.
There's times in the game when those kind of things happen. You saw it in the scrum. You saw it at different times. You have to try to keep your team in check as best you can. As far as I'm concerned, that's what I'm trying to do with my team.
Maybe you get a better look at their bench, what's happening there, but I don't.
Q. How much of the chess match directly revolves around Chara? Does it have a ripple effect even when he's not on the ice?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I just think that's part of hockey. I mean, you have matchups, sometimes teams will match their forward lines against other forward lines. I know back not that many years ago, every team had to build a third line, more of a defensive, shut‑down lines, that would play top lines. That's kind of gone away.
I guess in this new NHL, scoring is something that we're trying to create. Now you're trying to get more than two lines that can score, you're trying to get a third line. We built our team with that energy line as our fourth line, a line that can still score.
Nonetheless, that's changed a little bit. It depends.
In our case, I put a lot of faith and confidence in our players up front. You'll see most of our matchups from the back end versus the front end.
Q. You had an impressive outing from your reshaped third line last night. After watching that trio, what do you think makes them so successful?
COACH JULIEN: I just think the way they work together. You know, you look at the goal yesterday, great forechecking job forces a turnover. A guy in the open. Once the turnover is there, pass to the slot, good shot. But also staying on top of the puck, we won two battles right after that shot in order to score that goal.
They just seem to be working well together. A lot of credit goes to them. I'm just a little ticked off that I didn't put them together sooner.
Q. Claude, Chris Kelly was saying after the game yesterday part of what makes their line successful is Tyler's maturation into a complete player. Where is Tyler in that process of being a two‑way player?
COACH JULIEN: I kind of answered that question yesterday as far as saying that he's a player that hasn't scored much in these playoffs. What he's realized is that just because you don't score doesn't mean you can't be a good player. He's been a good player because he's competed hard in all areas of the ice.
Everybody is talking about how he's evolved defensively, and he has, but it hasn't taken away from his offense even if he's not scoring. He's got chances. When you look at the number of shots he's had, he's got 'em. But he's making plays, the winning goal for Paille in Game 2. Those are all things that he's bringing to the table.
At the same time I'm seeing a player's demeanor change as well as far as his preparation, understanding more. That's a normal thing that you see with all young players coming into the league. It takes time.
He's been fortunate enough in his first year to be around the guys winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. He's had a bit of an edge maybe that way of going far through the last few years.
I see a change in him, no doubt, more in his demeanor. As I said the other day, he asked me that question, What can I do to help our team here? I know I'm not scoring. Basically just told him to keep working and keep making things happen. That's what he's done.
Sometimes stats can say certain things, but it doesn't say everything. Right now I'm pleased with his outings lately.
Q. When you talk about slowing down the Blackhawks’ attack, when you were game planning, was there something you wanted to do with Patrick Kane? Was there something specific you wanted to do to neutralize that?
COACH JULIEN: I don't think we've targeted anybody that way. What we do as a team is we target the other team. What I mean by that is, we have to close the gaps quickly.
Anytime a team has a transition game like the Chicago Blackhawks have, great skaters, speed, skill, it's important we close quickly.
If you just focus on one guy, you're forgetting somebody else. That's the approach we've taken. That's the approach that works best for our hockey club.
Q. You've had a couple of situations against the Blackhawks and the Penguins where the goalie was pulled, you were trying to protect the lead. Jagr was part of your group.
COACH JULIEN: First of all, we had a tired bench. We got scrambling near the end. As far as I'm concerned Jagr has a good stick. He doesn't panic under pressure. I thought it was a good time for him.
Obviously we went through three rotations when they had their goaltender pulled. I needed almost everybody out there. He's got experience, is a reliable guy, knows what he needs to do. Maybe in hindsight it would have been nice for him to get a goal, too.
Is that what you were hoping (smiling)? Okay, I said it.
Q. Could you talk a little bit about coming back on home ice and just the feel of that, what it does for the team, your home fans.
COACH JULIEN: Well, you're always more comfortable at home. There's no doubt about that. We got to be careful how we use the word 'comfortable' because you don't want to get too comfortable.
Having your fans behind you is always key. I think they always talk about that seventh player award. Your fans are often the people that you, I guess, appreciate for being that.
This is a building here that we deem as our home, a home that we don't want any other team to be comfortable in. It's important for us to continue to play the way we did last night.
We played a pretty solid game. No matter how you look at it, when you're playing a team like the Blackhawks, they're going to get their chances. Just have to minimize those things.
Q. Obviously there's nothing anybody can do to reverse the events of a couple of months ago. With the run you're on, with what you're doing, is it possible for a team to, in some small way, help a city heal from something like that?
COACH JULIEN: I think we can help in probably a large way. Everybody is looking right now for something to cheer about, smile about. I guess it doesn't fix the things or the people that have been lost. That will never be fixed. At the same time you have to try to heal.
As much as the city itself has been touched by that, so have we as a team. I've known for a long time, that's all we talked about in the dressing room. It really hit us hard. Right now we got to focus on doing our job and trying to stay focused on that so that in the end you hope that you can make that happen.
But right now it's got to be about us before we can even think about that. If we think about ourselves, the job we need to do, hopefully the rest takes care of itself.
Q. Just the complexities you face as a coach when you're trying to manage the team behind the bench, line changes in particular we've seen too many men on the ice. Can you speak to how it becomes even more difficult in the playoffs with injuries and whatnot that kind of crop up, force you to switch on the fly?
COACH JULIEN: Well, I don't think you want to blame too many men on the ice because of that, because players play in different positions.
When you look at the too many men on the ice, it's either a guy coming to the bench, halfway through he waves that he's coming off, he turns around. That's not something you want to accept.
There's times, too, where the puck is coming towards your bench when we're changing. You saw that in the first game in Chicago. Those are things that happen.
There's a lot of intensity. Nobody wants to be caught shorthanded out there. There's a lot of noise in the building, too. Coaches are calling lines, they're calling something. It's the guys at the other end of the bench, he didn't quite hear you. Those things happen.
You have to try to minimize those things. It's getting harder than it used to be, there's no doubt there.
Q. (No microphone.)
COACH JULIEN: Yeah, no, I call out the line changes. The responsibility is mine. I don't think we've ever been caught with too many men on the ice because I've called four guys up front instead of three, okay, because I know how to count (laughter).
But it has happened when somebody's daydreaming at the other end of the bench, and my arm is not long enough to pull him back in.
Q. It seems in this series you have a couple of big power play goals so far. It almost seems like the guys that are out there are determined to make something happen, to take advantage of the chances. Has there been maybe a slightly more aggressive approach to it in this series so far?
COACH JULIEN: No, I don't think so. I think when you look at some of the other power plays, there were some that we didn't get much on 'em in other series, or even in this series here.
For the most part I think what you've seen is when you add a guy like Jagr, when you put a guy like Krug, who is extremely good on the power play, you've plugged in some certain holes or added to that depth. Now you have a second power play that can do the same kind of thing.
There's a lot of things that have happened, like at the trade deadline, guys called up, that's really kind of stabilized, helped us on the power play.
Even yesterday, we get that one goal, but we had a couple other chances, had to create shots on net, pucks around the net. We had our opportunities.
Our power play right now is maybe not perfect, but it's a lot better. At this stage of the season, where we've seen power plays really struggle, not just this year, but in the past years. I'm pretty happy with it.
Q. Teams are always reluctant to give out too much injury information, usually upper or lower body. Was it like that when you first started coaching and why is it like that now, not giving the other team too much information?
COACH JULIEN: I think so. It's normal. Everybody is suspecting now about Hossa, everybody suspected about Horton. I think if it's something that doesn't put your player in danger, I don't see why you shouldn't talk about it.
There's times where you have to protect your players, and I understand it. I know it's frustrating for you guys as media. You're trying to share that information. The most important thing for us, we can take the heat for that, is protecting your players.
I respect that from other teams. When you're playing against each other, stuff like that, you know exactly where everybody is coming from. That's basically what it is.
I'll share one with you. Yesterday in a warmup. Zdeno Chara fell down, got a cut over the eye. I'll let you know about that. That's not a hidden injury.
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BOSTON BRUINS FORWARDGREGORY CAMPBELL
Q. Gregory, how are you? Take us through what happened. What have your emotions been like over this ride here?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I feel good. I mean, it's been eight or nine days. I had the surgery a week ago Monday. Obviously naturally you have that progression where there's a little bit of pain coming out of surgery.
But everybody did a great job, treated me extremely well. The pain subsided very quickly. There's not much I can do at this point. Just kind of let it heal.
The emotional part of it, I mean, we're in the Stanley Cup Final now. I've been a fan of the game for as long as I can remember and I've watched probably every Stanley Cup Final there is. It's obviously tough not to play.
But having said that, I'm extremely proud of my teammates and fortunate to be here, fortunate to have been part of the run that I was on.
Now I'm cheering them on pretty loudly.
Q. Not to bring up bad memories or anything, but just could you even begin to describe the pain you were in from the moment it hit you? Did you know it was broken? How long did the 47 seconds you were on the ice for after, or whatever it was, feel?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I've got asked that a few times: Did you know it was broken? You know, I can't say with 100% certainty that I knew it was broken, but I felt like it was a different feeling. I blocked a few shots before. This just seemed different.
Then once I was able to get back to my feet, I was not positive, but fairly sure that there was something wrong. I don't have x‑ray vision, so I didn't know at the time that it was broken for sure. Like I said, it was a different feeling.
The pain aspect, yeah, I mean, it hurt a little bit. It was sore. But your adrenaline's going pretty good at that point. You're stuck on the ice with a couple of the best players in the world. You really don't have much time to think about anything else but trying to help out and kill a penalty.
Q. Did you see that video clip of you out there, have you gone back and watched it? Are you sort of proud of what you did, in a sense?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I've seen it a few times, just watching the games. Naturally I watched the replay. There's been an overwhelming amount of support for me. It's humbling, to be honest with you.
The way I look at it, it might sound naïve of me, but I was just trying to do whatever I could to kill the penalty, help out. At that point I really wasn't thinking much.
There are a lot of players right now that are playing not 100%, and there's a lot of guys that play through pain. I don't see myself any different than anybody else in this league. There's a lot of tough guys in this league. A lot of players are willing to do whatever they can to win. At this point you see that more often, guys doing whatever they can to win.
I'm no different than anyone else on these two teams in the playoffs. I was just trying to finish the play and do my job.
Q. Greg, along those lines, you have become the symbol of this team. You are the most talked about player when people talk about the Bruins, blue‑collar work ethic, so forth. How do you feel about that role? Have you been exposed to it, either getting phone calls, watching TV? How do you feel about all that?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: Again, I'm not going to put myself in front of anybody else and say I'm the picture of the Bruins. This original six organization, goes back a long way. It kind of represents the city, a blue‑collar, hard‑working city with honest people.
When I got traded to Boston, I thought it was tailor‑made to my game the way this team exemplifies the heart and soul of what a hockey player should be made of. I was proud to come to this team and play hard for this team every night.
There's 18 other guys in that room that would do the same thing, and that's what makes us successful, and makes us a hard team to play against.
I'd rather be known for my play other than getting hurt. But, like I said, I just want to play hard for the team and for the players in that room.
Q. Greg, could you talk about Daniel Paille and what he's done since you've been out.
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I mean, I guess we found out the problem, me and Thorty (Thornton) have been holding him back the last two years (smiling).
He's been big for our team. I've gotten the opportunity to watch him now that I'm not playing with him. He does a lot of things that really help out a team in the playoffs.
Playoff hockey is really where he shines. I can relate to that. It's the simple things that might not draw a lot of attention during the regular season, but when it really matters in the playoffs, he's been there for us.
As you've seen throughout the playoffs, it's been repetitively the same guys scoring night in and night out. That's extremely hard as you move on and face better teams, better defensemen. For the top two lines to keep scoring on that pace is extremely hard.
My point is that it takes four lines. You see their third line contributing in Game 1, how important that was for them.
For Danny to really step up and really be a leader in that sense, I'm extremely happy for him because he's one of the better guys I've played with, nicer people. But he works hard and he deserves to do well. I'm glad that he's helping the team.
Q. What kind of talks have you had with Nathan Horton, if any, about what he went through a couple years ago? Are you bringing a water bottle to Chicago this weekend?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I don't think I will. If I don't have the same success as Nathan, it won't look very good on me.
But I've spoken to him a little bit. Now I can definitely relate to how hard it was for him, when I say not to be a part of it physically, because he was one of the main reasons we got to where we were in 2011, but for any athlete that's not playing, for whatever reason, I would say it's probably the hardest thing.
It's a huge test of your character to have to sit on the sidelines. It's actually probably harder to watch than it is to play just because you have no control over anything.
There's a lot of work that goes into getting to this point from everybody. It takes really everybody to get to the Stanley Cup Final.
Along the way you're needed at some point. I tried to do the best I could when I had the opportunity. Now I'll try to kind of replicate what Nathan did, support the team, be there, act like I'm still playing even though I'm not, just try to support them however I can.
Q. Gregory, men sometimes express their affection or admiration for each other in kind of goofy ways. Can you describe what it was like when you walked into the dressing room in shorts, however you were dressed, what was said, how good that made you feel, and who had the best line.
GREGORY CAMPBELL: They always give me jabs about the way I'm dressed. Doesn't matter if I'm playing or not.
It was a tough week, not because of surgery, but just because I didn't feel a part of the team. That's not because anybody, you know, left me out. I was included a lot. I got text messages every day from all the guys, even from staff and whatnot.
It's just not being there, you know, you naturally feel a little bit excluded and helpless, I guess.
So to walk in yesterday and see the guys, that was a great relief for me to know that they do still recognize me and I am still a part of the team. Being around the dressing room is just kind of second nature to me. I love being around the room. Having that taken away from you really makes you realize how fortunate I am to be a part of this team, a part of this group.
Everybody's extremely close in there. It was like being separated from your family for a few days, then kind of rejoining them. That's kind of the feeling that I had.
Q. Can you give an example of a one‑liner?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I mean, I guess it wasn't yesterday, but today I was wearing white jeans. Thorty said the last time he saw a pair of white jeans was when he got in a bar fight (laughter).
Q. You've known Nathan longer than any of us. He's a guy really throughout his career, his desire and will has been questioned at various points. When you see what he's playing through right now, the fact he went through something similar before he got the concussion a couple years ago, can you speak to what a gamer he is, how maybe that might not get noticed.
GREGORY CAMPBELL: Well, I mean, yeah, I've played with Nathan now for 10, 11 years almost. I know him pretty well. I have a lot of respect for Nathan as a hockey player, as a person.
I think he's exemplified his strengths the majority of his career. But I think now that we actually have a chance to be in the playoffs, have a chance to help a team win, I think that takes you to the next level as a player.
You learn how to win. You get to be a part of something that not a lot of guys get to be a part of. Case in point was with him and I, me not being in the playoffs five years in a row, him even longer, because he was there before me.
I don't think it was anything that he was ever lacking. I think it was the opportunity that he was given here. Again, to go back to what I said of me fitting into this team, I say the same thing for Nathan. He's been a great fit for this organization and this city, and he's a lot more talented than me. It's even a better mix.
You know, he's a very positive person, so he's had some setbacks in his career, but he's always handled them with class. He's always been a driven individual.
He's a calm person in a sense that nothing really bothers him, so he might come off sometimes that his heart's not in it, but that couldn't be further from the truth. He's a heart‑and‑soul guy. He carries himself with so much poise, sometimes it's misconstrued as he doesn't care, but that's not Nathan at all.
Q. In terms of your recovery, expectations. Is your plan to be back for the start of next season?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I've been told six to eight weeks as a soft timeline. It guess it really depends on the individual, how fast you heal, whatever the healing process presents.
I'm fully expecting to be 100% at camp. Maybe I won't be participating fully in camp. I can't say that right now. But if you look at six to eight weeks, it puts me in mid July to late July, early August. I'll be back on my feet.
Obviously my training program is going to change a little bit. That's a big part of my game. But that's just something that I have to deal with and I'll have to work around.
Q. Shawn Thornton, the night you broke your leg, was with you, walked you out. He's been like a puppy dog without you around the locker room. What have your teammates been like? What does that mean to you?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: They've all been very, very supportive, made me feel a part of the team whether I'm there or not, like I said, with the text messages and whatnot.
After surgery I got a text message from every guy on the team. That makes you feel good as a player, just to know that I am missed, I guess, in a sense.
I don't think Thorty is lost without me. He's been playing well. Definitely him and I have bonded I guess over the last few years and played a lot of hockey together.
You know, it's difficult. We've had the luxury of being together for a long time, and that's pretty rare in hockey, to play with the same player or same players as we have been able to, with him and Danny.
So, you know, there's a little bit of I guess probably an adjustment phase there. Not because they're missing me, but because they're playing with new players.
But going back to the second part of your question. It's been very overwhelming the amount of support and care the whole team has shown me. I'm very grateful for that.
Q. Gregory, I'm assuming you know now who Bobby Baun was. I'm wondering if before this happened had you ever heard of him and can you appreciate what he did?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: I did hear of him before. I've heard comparisons, but I don't think there's any comparison. I mean, he came back and scored an OT winner.
I know people probably joke around about that, I don't put myself in that category, but that's impressive to do that.
Like I said earlier, that's kind of the nature of hockey players. It's not me specifically. It's everybody in this league, the will to want to succeed and play for your teammates and have pride in yourself.
I respect that feat of his, and mine was nowhere near that. But it just goes to show you how tough you have to be to play in this league. There's 700, 800 other players that are tough like that and play through things every day.
Q. I guess everybody in hockey understands why you did what you did, staying on after injuring yourself. No doubt your family did, too, given the bloodlines. Has anybody said to you, What on earth were you thinking?
GREGORY CAMPBELL: Not really. I mean, nobody's actually said that to me. I guess maybe it would have been a different story if the play was in the other end and I was closer to the bench.
I guess my thought process was that it would have taken me probably a while to get back there to the bench. I thought if I could get up, and I've always felt like if you could get up, you should get up. I tried, I got up. I tried to get in the lane and prevent passes.
Obviously I wasn't very effective at that, but at least I tried to not be a liability as best I could. So I think it was more beneficial that I stayed out there than if I just kind of headed for the bench. It would have taken me a while to get there. Who knows what would have happened.
I made the decision at the time and I felt that was the correct one. But, no, nobody said that to me yet.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.
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BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On if Gregory Campbell’s injury is similar to Nathan Horton’s in the Final two years ago, in the sense that the team can rally around him...
Yeah, I think in that situation you want to reward the guy for his effort, not that we need added motivation at this point. But it’s another reason to want to go out and win.
On the state of the series right now and where he feels the team is...
Well, it’s better being up 2-1 than being down 2-1. I think at this point now we’re moving on and getting ready for Game Four. It’s taken a lot of effort every game to put ourselves in position to win. It’s going to be the same next game.
On if he allows himself to think about how the team is halfway there...
Yes and no. I think you realize the situation, but at the same time, you just get focused for the next game.
On how the team has been able to commit to defense against such an offensive team...
It takes everybody. It’s not only the defensemen, the forwards come back, work hard to get back and pick up guys and make strong plays. Tuukka’s [Rask] been playing extremely well for us as well when we’ve had our breakdowns.
On if he gets the sense that the Blackhawks top guys are getting frustrated...
I don’t know. You’d have to ask them that, I guess.
On how he would compare the challenge of playing Chicago to the challenge of playing Pittsburgh...
It’s similar. It’s a deep team that can come at you and guy that are capable of making plays. They don’t need, necessarily, much of an opportunity, that can make things happen. You’re aware of who’s out there and who you’re playing against. Trying to limit time and space.
On what it was like to have Gregory Campbell back around the team...
It’s obviously great to see him. I think it’s been well-documented what he went through. He’s a big part of our team; a guys that’s a close teammate of all of ours, a close friend. It’s good to see him back up and around.
On Claude Julien saying that the players welcomed back Campbell with open arms, but jabbed him a bit...
Yeah, nothing changes too much that way. You want to keep in good spirits and not change too much in that respect.
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the mindset heading into Game Four...
We’re happy we’re up, 2-1, but we’re focused on this next game, it’s going to be a huge game. We know they’re going to come out extremely hard and we have to be ready.
On if the challenges of facing Chicago are the same as the challenges when facing Pittsburgh, and if playing the Penguins got the Bruins better prepared for this series...
I think so. They’re very similar with their talent, they both have a lot of guys who can score goals, and they’re very hard to play against. They both come with a lot of speed. Chicago, they have four lines that can do some damage. All their D are good at moving the puck. It’s very tough out there against them.
On how they have been able to stymie the Blackhawks’ power play...
It’s tough. Like I said, they have a ton of skill and talent. They make a lot of really good plays. They had some really good looks last game and Tuukka [Rask] was able to stand tall. It’s tough to shut guys like that down, they’re really good. We’re just trying to work hard and limit their opportunities.
On if the altercations at the end of last game are just things that happen when you play a team three straight times...
Yeah, it does. That’s hockey. It happens in every game and it’s just kind of indicative of how this series is going to go from here on out.
On what it’s like to play with Patrice Bergeron...
It’s great. He’s a great player all around and he’s so dangerous because he does everything right. He’s always there to support you, he’s always coming back hard. He frustrating to play against for opponents because he’s always taking away the passing lane and in your face. He’s playing great, he’s creating opportunities every game, he’s got a couple goals. We’re very lucky to have him.
On Bergeron coming back after injuries...
Yeah, it easily could’ve been, but it shows his character to come back and be even better. He’s worked extremely hard to come back and be the player he is today. You can see in the room, on the ice, he always wants to be better, he always want to improve.
On Bergeron being the perfect human being...
He is. He’s the nicest guy in the world. He always wants to help you out. He’s not wrong, he’s the perfect guy.
On if he has ever seen Bergeron take a penny and not given it back...
No. If you have a daughter, he’s the type of guy you want dating your daughter.
On if he feels they have frustrated the Blackhawks, and if so, if they have been able to feed off of that...
I mean, not really. They seem pretty calm all game. I think at the end of the game, when you’re down by a couple goals with a few seconds left, things get a little heated and that’s all that happened.
On the success of the centermen in the faceoffs in Game Three...
It’s big. When we’re winning draws the way we are right now, it’s really, it’s big for a team. You’re with the puck a lot more. It’s always nice to start with it, than chasing it. We create a lot of opportunities from that. We really have to give our centermen a lot of credit, they’re doing a great job.
On if the consistency of the team is where it needs to be...
I think there’s still areas where we can improve, but for the most part we played a pretty good game. We’re doing some things right, there’s still lapses in our game where we need to get a little bit better. Hopefully we can clean that up going down the stretch.
On the difference of the consistency level of the team now compared to the beginning of the playoffs...
Yeah, especially against Toronto. Guys are way more focused and determined to do the little things right. I think after going through what we went through against Toronto, it kind of opened guys eyes to realize we need to all bear down and be better if we’re going to have shot at winning. I think after that series we all bared down and we’re doing a lot more things right.
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On whether the game coming is the first pivotal game…
I think so. I think, as every series goes along, every game gets bigger and bigger and we know what this game means for them and we know what this game means for us. Lots to look forward to they are going to bring their best and we need to bring ours.
On how he will treat Game 4 with a 2-to-1 lead…
We’ve been in this position before this year in the playoffs and you got to go out there and play on your toes and play to win. You got to approach it the same way the Hawks are going to approach it and that’s, like I said, play to win and it’s the Stanley Cup Final. There’s no gimmes and there’s, I know we are up 2 to 1, but there’s no reason to be over confident about anything right now because, as the series goes on, it gets tougher and tougher. The series is long from over.
On how the team has been able to stop their power play…
Well, our penalty kill’s done a great job. Our penalty kill’s done a great job for the whole playoffs and all year. I don’t penalty kill so it’s nice to see them doing a great job out there. I know we put a lot of time and effort into our penalty kill and it’s good to see the guys going out there and getting the job done on it.
On if he expects a bigger push back from the Blackhawks tomorrow…
Definitely. Like I said, we expect their best and we expect them to have their biggest push of the series and we need to have that same approach.
On how good Patrice Bergeron’s been on faceoffs…
Yeah, he’s been real good. Obviously, scoring that big goal to make it two to zero yesterday and, like you said, I think what was he 22 and four? 24 and four on the faceoffs yesterday, which is an incredible stat. That’s a part of the game that he takes a lot of pride in and that we take a lot of pride in as a team. Every pregame skate, I know the guys are working on faceoffs and it’s a lot easier starting with the puck than it is chasing it. I’m sure they talked about it and we need to stay sharp on our faceoffs.
On if Patrice Bergeron is an under-the- radar or an unsung hero…
He won the Selke last year for a reason. He’s a real special player and we are definitely lucky to have him, but he’s the type of a guy that goes out there and tries to play his type of game and tries to play big every game he has the opportunity to play. I’m sure it doesn’t matter what everyone else says. We all know what he’s like in this dressing room and we appreciate what he does for the team.
On the importance of making sure Gregory Campbell is still a part of the team…
100%. It puts a smile on all of our faces when we see him around the dressing room and stuff like that. It’s obviously unfortunate and it’s tough to see a guy like him not being able to play in the Stanley Cup Final because he is such a big part of the team and he’s played so well this year and in the playoffs. We do our best to try to keep him involved and try to keep him a part of it. He’s, as tough as it is to watch if you ask him, I know he’s having a lot of fun watching the last couple games.
On if players are jealous of his tan…
He always keeps himself well groomed so yes. [Laughter] He’s got a good one going on right now. [Laughter]
On players taking shots at his white pants…
Like I said, he keeps himself well groomed. He’s not afraid to step outside the box when it comes to his style as well. You know it’s pretty funny, ever since he’s come here, the style on the team has gotten a lot better as well. [Laughter]
On how the team still welcomes Campbell even though he has a broken leg…
He’s a great team guy. He likes that camaraderie that comes in the dressing room. He’s usually chirping at someone about something. It’s give and take. It keeps us close as a team and that’s something that’s a lot of fun as well and we appreciate having him on the team. Even when he’s injured, he’s in here with a smile on his face and lighting up the room.
On if he can sense frustration on the part of the Blachawks…
I mean, at the end of the day, we are just worried about our game. We are worried about playing the way we have to play and playing in our system and we want to go out there and try to do whatever we can to have success. We are not too focused on how they’re feeling and all that type of stuff. We are just focused on what we need to do in order to win the hockey game.
BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSMAN TOREY KRUG
On Blackhawks’ frustration…
I’m not sure. That's for them to say. I think we’re just focused on ourselves, obviously. If we do what we do well, they’re probably going to get a little bit frustrated. But I’m not sure of the frustration level.
On shutting down top players…
Well, just the commitment to defense. Obviously, Tuukka’s [Rask] doing his job and our big guys like Zee [Zdeno Chara], Seids [Dennis Seidenberg, Fer [Andrew Ference], Johnny [Boychuck] are going a great job, as well. So I think its just the commitment level we have and the preparation we put into it.
On what guys like Chara and Seidenberg do…
Yeah, it’s crazy. I used to play those minutes in lower levels growing up. It was tough then, so for them to do it at this level, against the top players on the other team is definitely something special.
On how they look at there position in the series…
Yeah, this is a huge game. There’s a big difference between 3-1 or 2-2 so this is probably a pivotal game for the series. We have to go into it with the right mindset, ready to go.
On what Chara can do at his size…
I think it’s amazing, He’s such a big guy, but so mobile for his size. If you look at a lot of other guys from around the league, they might not be able to move, but Zee [Zdeno Chara] doesn't really get beat wide or anything like that. And it’s not just because of his size, but its also because of his feet. He’s always working on that, and he takes a lot of pride in that.
On what he learned from Chara’s game…
I think something I can apply from his game to mine is just how simple he plays, with the puck and away from the puck, as well. He’s always in the right position, and regardless of our size we have to be in the right spot on the ice. And he’s always in the right spot.
On a changed strategy for power play…
Go at it with a little bit more determination, I think. At this point in the season you have to be pretty desperate, and it’s hard to score goals. Especially special teams, guys are blocking shots, doing whatever they can to keep the puck out of the net. So its difficult, but at the same you have to raise your desperation level and that's what were trying to do.
On going quick…
Yeah I think we’re simplifying things and we’re not thinking too much. You see guys taking a few more shots. Normally we might be making more passes, so it’s important for any power play.
On making the safe play…
Its something you notice. It's a defense first mentality. That goes a long way, I think it shows the way that we play, and we’re not making too risky plays. And guys are always conscious of defense, so I think its important for our success.
BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER ANTON KHUDOBIN
On what makes Tuukka Rask so good…
He’s got talent and he’s a good goalie. So that’s what makes him a good goalie. [Laughter]
On if there’s something to Rask’s game because he is so quiet in his emotions…
I think that’s part of his talent. He knows the game pretty well and he moves pretty good. He feels the game right now. He’s played a lot of games in a row and especially at this time of the year in the playoffs. His jump right now is just routine.
On if being calm in the net allows you to make the big saves…
I think sometimes he makes, in your eyes, just regular saves. It’s a big save because he is in position. That’s why maybe sometimes when you look up human he makes some saves whether it’s somewhere maybe in pads or wherever. It feels like just a regular save, but he’s just in position. That’s why it looks so easy, but actually it’s a big save.
On Tuukka Rask’s glove…
His glove is pretty good. His blocker is pretty good. His pads is pretty good. Everything’s pretty good, pretty much. That’s why, if you look at the stats, the stats are amazing. It’s just, like I said earlier, he’s just a good goalie.
On if he thinks he could be a starting goalie in a couple years following Tuukka’s path from sitting on the bench in 2011 to a starter in 2013…
I always keep looking forward. He was waiting for this moment, same as me. I’m waiting for this moment. Two years ago he was in my shoes pretty much and he was waiting for this opportunity and he worked hard and he deserved it. He shows right now that he can so why I can’t do it.
On if Tuukka is a serious guy or if he jokes around…
It’s a mix of everything. He can joke. When we need to joke, we joke and, when he needs to be serious, he’s serious. He’s not just walking around and joking about something.
BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On having a guy with as much experience as Jagr…
We have a lot of guys here with a lot of playoff game, so yeah as a group it definitely helps experience-wise all the way through. So not just him, but the core group we’ve had for the past six years. The majority of us are up over 60-70 playoffs, which helps.
On lifting spirits after the marathon bombings…
Yes, but its tough to talk about that, trying to relate that to a sport. Obviously, a lot of us are engrained in this town, and if this takes the minds off, people – but it’s tough to talk about. Just to put that into the same perspective as a hockey game, I think isn’t right either. So it's a tough question to answer. I’m not going to lie.
On helping with the city’s healing process …
It’s tough to speak for that, but I’m hoping, yeah. We come to the rink everyday, and we love this city. If it helps, then amazing. We’re a pretty tight, good group of guys. If that's helping, we’re extremely happy that it’s given a little bit.
On what about the city ahs the guys engrained…
I think it’s part of the makeup of our room to begin with. The city it's a small, big city. You get to know a lot of people around here when you stick around. There’s a few of us that live here year round now. There are good people here. Once you get to know people, they'll do anything for you. So that helps. Sam Adams too, Harpoon. Good beers.
On what its like to be around Gregory Campbell again…
It’s good to see him. Glad he’s been working on his tan while we were in Chicago. He’s smiling. I’m glad that he’s, for what happened, how well he’s doing. He seems to be moving around. It’s good to see him up and about.
On making fun of Campbell’s white pants…
I don't want to talk about those. There might have been a comment or two though. It’s endearing. You can’t give him a break just because he’s on crutches. We’re still boys here. You don't get a free pass.
On seeing Paille get some of the spotlight…
He’s been great for us all year, probably one of the more consistent guys. I can’t remember exactly how many goals he had, but he played a big role this year and all through playoffs he’s been very consistent. So for him to start getting some recognition because he’s gotten a couple goals is great. I think he probably could’ve deserved it before he was scoring goals. He plays big minutes on the penalty kill. He lays bodies. He does a lot of things right out there, so I’m happy for him.