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Transcript from Boston Bruins Media Availability on 6/23

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES

Sunday, June 23, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On the importance of having experience and knowing what to expect…
I mean it’s a different team, different situation but we’ve been here before. I think we have a bit of confidence but, at the same time, they’re a very resilient team. They’ve played great so far. They played good last time they were in our building so we’ve got to make sure we realize that and we don’t take it for granted.

On how the team has never lost in the playoffs in fewer than 7 games under Coach Julien…
I just think we’ve got a group of guys who have a lot of character and we want to try to…we want to win the Cup and to do that you’ve got to push to the last second of the last game. We’ve learned that the hard way so we just want to try to use that tomorrow.

On if the increasing physicality is to his team’s advantage…
I mean I think with their speed and talent we’ve got to try and find a way to slow them down. To do that, we’ve got to play physical and definitely be gritty.

On if he has talked to Patrice Bergeron and how he is doing…
Yeah, he’s good. He came back with us and everything so hopefully he can play tomorrow.

On if he said anything to Bergeron to ask how he is doing…
Yeah, I said he looked really good today. He had a nice suit on, very dashing. [Laughter] Obviously, he’s a big part of the team and hopefully he can play tomorrow.

On how he can draw on the success of Games 6 and 7 two years ago…
Yeah, I mean we could all take some experience from that and realize that, to win this game, we’ve got to make sure we leave everything on the ice. We play our best and that’s what we did last time so hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.

On how hard it is to find space to score at this time in the playoffs…
Yeah, I mean it’s tough. They are very good defensively. They’ve got a lot of speed and they come back very hard. They don’t give up many odd man rushes. Everything you get is kind of from down low so we’ve got to make sure we play that way. Play down low and try to get to the net.

On the challenge of playing down low if you are not a bigger guy…
Yeah, I mean when you are down low you just have to use your assets. A lot of guys like Looch [Milan Lucic] and Horty [Nathan Horton] they’re big and strong and try to hold guys off. Guys like me, we just try to use our speed and agility down there and try to create a little bit of room for yourself.

On if he is dodging freight trains…
Well, I mean they don’t have a ton of huge guys down there. They’ve got a lot of speed back there and quick guys so we kind of match up the same.

On how much fight the team has left in it…
I mean we are very desperate right now. We’ve got to make sure we realize what’s on the line. We don’t want to lose this opportunity. It could never come again so we are going to come out very hard tomorrow.

On the flight back home…
It was about a two hour flight. [Laughter] No lay over, straight in. We played some cards. We forgot about last night. We are just focused on playing hard tomorrow. Guys seemed like they were getting prepared and getting ready.

On if the Blackhawks speed is hard to adjust to…
Yeah, I mean they definitely have a lot of speed but their D [defensemen] are really good at moving the puck up and they are able to find that speed. That’s the biggest difference. Their D [defensemen] are very skilled and very good at making that first pass so they are able to hit their guys with speed and they are able to find that lane.

On if he is nervous about what’s ahead…
Yeah, I think anyone in this position is nervous. You don’t want to let this opportunity pass but that can be a good thing sometimes and bring the best out of you.

On what makes Chicago different from Pittsburgh…
They’re a different team. Different guys and a different series. Pittsburgh really doesn’t matter right now.

On how different Chicago is compared to the first three games of the series…
I mean they are not really that much different. They haven’t played that much differently. I think if a few bounces had gone the other way. We’ve gotten some good ones. They’ve gotten some good ones and they’ve had some good ones last game so just make sure we are prepared for tomorrow.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On the team’s mindset heading into Game 6…
Not give them too much but I think the big picture is just win two games. We concentrate on one at a time. Like everyone says, we are at home. It’s obviously a must-win and we all know that the fourth game is the hardest to get and we are going to make it as hard as we can. We are not done yet. Like I said, only two more games. We’ve got to win two games. That’s what we are looking at.

On how he assesses his own play…
I haven’t been as good offensively. I think…there’s not a lot of room out there and we either get pucks back to the point and you go to the net and that’s pretty much the room that we have out there. Obviously, it hasn’t been going my way but I’ve got two games to change that and that’s what I’m looking forward to do.

On if the series has taken a toll on the team physically…
Well, I think the whole playoffs there’s been a lot of guys playing with injuries. They’re a great team over there. I said since we started that it’s going to be hard and we know what to expect from them and it’s been a good series so far.

On if Chicago has made adjustments to slow his line down…
I don’t know. Like I said, there hasn’t been a lot of room out there. We’ve got to make our own room. We’ve got to play the way we want to play, play the way we can. We all know what to do and what we have to do the next two games.

On if there are good things to take away from his line stepping up in the third period…
Yeah, well we were on for all the goals. Obviously, you don’t want to be on for any goals. You want to be a plus player in the game and we weren’t. We know if we are going to have any chance to win we definitely have to be in the plus side.

On if he can explain how much he can do and how much he can’t playing through an injury…
Well, I think you’ve got to…you don’t want to hurt anyone. You don’t want to hurt your teammates. I think you have to be the judge yourself if you can help or you can’t help. I think that’s…you have to be true to yourself and do what you can.

On if he can say how limited he has been…
Well, like I said, I’m fine. I just haven’t had the opportunities. There’s not a lot of room like I said but we’ve got to make our own room and that’s how it’s got to be I guess.

On how much two years ago factors into this game even though he wasn’t on the ice…
You guys tell me all the time that I wasn’t. [Laughter] There’s been lots of guys that have been through it. In the end, that doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter about experience. It matters…you come to play and you take one game at a time, one period and that’s all that matters.

On how Claude Julien has never lost a series in fewer than 7 games and what it says about him…
I’m not even sure it is his style. You play for the guy next to you in your room. You don’t want to let them down and, when your backs are against the wall, that’s the time to step it up and everybody knows that our backs are against the wall in the room and that’s what we do for each other.  We compete and we want to play and we want to win for each other.

On how the team plays its best hockey when it’s desperate hockey…
It just kind of happens that way. Obviously, we would have wanted to win last night. That’s the kind of character we have in our room. When our backs are against the wall, we show up. Like I said, we play for the guy next to you and we all know what we have to do now. We can’t lose and we’ve got to come to play.

On looking at film and how the guys play and produce…
That’s pretty much the whole off day. It’s film and video and going through. I think we are five, six games in now, five games. We all know what to expect. We all know what to do. It’s just a matter of just doing it and taking the puck to the net when you can and getting as many shots on the net as you can because there’s not a lot of room, like I said. You just want to get to the net and get the rebounds and fight for the puck. I think we will win battles. That’s the most important thing.

On if fans have any idea how beat up players are this time of year…
I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone has any idea. I’m not sure, but I don’t think it really matters at this point. I think everyone has some kind of bruise or anything and, at this point, it doesn’t really matter. It’s not what anyone is thinking about right now. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK 
On if Game 5 was different from his viewpoint…
A little bit, yeah. I thought right off the bat we looked a little nervous. We didn’t make plays. We didn’t make passes. It didn’t cost us right away but after the first minute or two we kind of settled in. Both teams had chances. It wasn’t as bad as it has been in previous games.

On how much confidence he can take from 2011 and how the team always has life…
Well, you always have life until it’s over. This is a new season. Obviously, we know what we did in the past but it’s not going to help us tomorrow on the ice. We still have to go out there and make it happen.

On if it can be done…
It can be. Yeah, I mean it’s not lost on anybody.

On if they win and get to celebrate on their ice…
I don’t think anybody wants that to happen. We are definitely going to do everything we can, not to have that happen.

On if he feels like this team has a lot more in the tank…
Yeah, I mean we’ve played some good hockey at times. We haven’t really played 60 minutes of great hockey. Tomorrow has to be the day.

On if Jonathan Toews not playing has any impact from his viewpoint…
Nothing.

On the combination of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane…
Well, they changed their lines, right? I don’t know they are both such good players that no matter who they play with they are going to make plays. Now that they are playing together, they are finding each other and making those plays so we have to be careful with them.

On Zdeno Chara struggling to contain Toews and Kane or if it is something more…
No I wouldn’t do that…He plays a lot, obviously. So you can’t get those minuses too. He’s playing against the best players. It’s not so easy to shut them down all the time. He usually does a great job with that and I have no doubts in him.

On the impact of Patrice Bergeron and whether it is a huge blow if he doesn’t play…
It is. He plays in every situation. He plays faceoffs, power play, penalty kill. It would be a huge loss for us but, then again, we can’t be feeling sorry for ourselves. We just have to play with the guys we have.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CARL SODERBERG
On having to step up if Bergeron is out for Game 6…
Usually in Sweden I play a lot so I’ve done it before, but for the team it’s best Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] comes back tomorrow. So that's what we hope for. We don't know what it is, but hopefully he’s back, and then I can play wing or try again.

On playing in the playoffs…
I love it.

On the pressure facing a must-win situation…
Yeah, but we’re just focusing on the game tomorrow. We want to give everything we’ve got tomorrow, so we can bring the series back to Chicago and get a seven game there.

On the fight the team has…
Yeah, of course. We are really strong at home too. So we go for a win tomorrow, and then Game 7 anything can happen.

On their chances…
Yeah, I like our chances. They’re not bad.

On playing with Marchand and Jagr…
They are amazing players, so of course I like it. But like I said, we want Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] back tomorrow, so then I go back to the other line.

On developing chemistry with them…
No, I don't think so. Every hockey player on this team is really great, so we can play together.

On playing with Peverley and Thornton…
Exactly. I think we did well in the first period, then we didn’t get many shifts together again in the second, but we are ready tomorrow.

On how tough it was to lose Bergeron…
Of course its tough to lose him. He’s our best player, so it’s tough for every team. They lost their best player too, so it was almost a tie there. But Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] really important to us, so we need him tomorrow.

On Bergeron’s mood…
You’re just focusing on your own game. We saw he was injured, but we don't know what happened to him and you focus on your own game so that's what you do.

On how he’s doing…
No, I have no idea.

On what he thought of the Blackhawks when watching them…
They play good, but we can’t worry about what they do. We have to worry about our own game, so if we play our own game well tomorrow and play strong here, I think we’ll win.




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