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BRUINS QUOTE SHEET 1/15/11 VS PENGUINS

BRUINS QUOTE SHEET 1/15/11 VS PENGUINS

KEVIN HARRIMAN

Running Quote Sheet vs. Penguins

Saturday, 01.15.2011 
Boston Bruins
Saturday, January 15

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On what happened during the play when Steve Kampfer took a high stick from Pascal Dupuis…
I think it might have been my stick that got him, I’m not 100% sure but obviously it was a battle and then my stick got high and hit Stevey. It was just an unfortunate play.

On the impact Kampfer has had on the team…
He’s been playing really well. He’s been really solid for us. Obviously for the young guys playing, the game, the way he’s playing, it’s a big impact. Hopefully he’ll be ok.

On how tough it is to come back from a deficit each game…
Yeah, it is tough. I thought we had really good chances though. A few times we got the puck through to Fleury and it was so close that we just needed that little bounce but it’s tough. If you’re in that position that you always have to come chasing and trying to get that even goal or winning goal, it’s tough to do it every night. But I thought we were in good position still to tie the game.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD NATHAN HORTON
On the team’s performance …
I feel like we’re playing better and obviously getting more chances. It’d be nice to see more go in but we’re trying and I think it’s getting better.

On Michael Ryder
He has such a good shot. Playing with [Marc] Savard, too, you get the puck. He’s made some great plays, Savvy has, and with Ryder having such a pretty shot. It was nice for him to get one.  

On if he felt the team could have scored a few goals in the third period…
We’ve had a fair amount of chances lately. We just have to keep trying and keep plugging away. Eventually they’re going to go in. It’s obviously frustrating but we have to keep up our confidence and keep working hard, and eventually something good will happen.

On if this loss doesn’t hurt as bad because they played well…
Obviously we want to win the game and it’s tough to lose like that, but when you play a strong game you feel good and hopefully next time we get the bounces.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On if he has an update on Steven Kampfer’s injury…
Yeah, we just found out. He went to the hospital and he’s got a broken nose, so they were just making sure they were checking up on everything and right now that’s what we’ve found out from them checking him out. He’s got the broken nose.

On how the other defensemen stepped up after losing Steven Kampfer and already being without some of the older players…
Yeah. We got down to five and obviously, like you say, we’re getting a little young back there, but I thought the guys handled it well. Again, we were in the game right until the end and those guys did a good job of holding the fort and so I don’t think we have any reason to be disappointed in our backend the way they handled that situation.

On if he does anything differently to compensate for losing a player in the middle of the game, like keeping shifts short…
Well, you’re trying to keep obviously your match-ups as much as you can against some of the top players. But then you got to put your faith in your players to do the job whenever that happens as well. It’s like, you’ve got what you’ve got and you put faith in them and sometimes that’s a good thing because the players, that’s what they want to feel. They want to feel you’ve got confidence in them to put them in certain situations that they haven’t always been in and I think, like I said, I thought our guys, our young guys, responded well to that.

On if at the end of the game where the Bruins were putting on pressure in a 6-on5 the call was offsides or a hand pass…
I think they called it a hand pass.

On if he got a look at Chris Kunitz’s goal that was reviewed, and if he felt that it was in fact kicked in…
Well yeah, he just turned his foot. I guess the kicking motion for them, the foot has to kind of leave the ice and it’s got to be a kicking motion. I mean, they reviewed it and you have to respect that. There’s going to be no argument from our side of it. If they review it and they feel it’s a goal, it’s a goal.

On if he was nervous seeing Marc Savard down on the ice, given his injury history…
Well I didn’t see until he was down and he stayed down, because I looked at the pass. He made a pass and it turned into, it looked like a scoring chance and then the first thing you know he was down. I didn’t really see the hit, and I haven’t had a chance to review it either, but from what I’m told, there was nothing wrong, it was just a clean hit and he was off-balance. He got his bell rung a little bit but he seems to be fine.

On if it would be fair to say that if all four lines had the kind of push that Michael Ryder’s line showed, then the results of the game would be different…
Yeah, I mean, when you lose a game, you’re going to look for reasons. And you’re right, I thought Savvy’s [Marc Savard] line again tonight, I think they had about 17 shots and they created a lot of chances. Bergy’s [Patrice Bergeron] line has been a good line for us and tonight I don’t think they hurt us, but they didn’t get much offensively done. At the same time, [Gregory] Campbell’s line was very good. I thought the line that struggled a lot was [David] Krejci’s line. They really had a tough time tonight and those guys that are on that line, are guys that can produce for us. That’s one of those nights where we could have used them and they certainly have seen better nights from those guys.

On David Krejci’s recent performance…
Well I think that’s the biggest thing we’ve talked to David about is if he can get his feet moving the rest of his game is going to certainly follow. And he’s shown some of those spurts at times and he seems to be inconsistent I guess right now. And it’s not from lack of trying, I think in his mind he really wants to do well and sometimes players have to grind it out and find ways to get their game again. And I think that’s what David needs to do and I think that’s what he’s trying to do right now and we haven’t seen him at his best, because when he is, he’s one of our better players.

On if he likes what he’s seeing from Michael Ryder on the left wing…
I don’t mind and that’s something that we’ve talked about before and we’ve used him there a few times because he seems to shoot the puck well from his off wing.  And I guess right now with those two guys for me I‘ve seen a pretty good line and he seems to have adapted well. And the biggest struggle is obviously against the boards and there’s times in our own end against the boards he fights it a little bit but the rest of it seems to be pretty good. He seems to be comfortable there and I think he’s played well on that left side.

On if he’s satisfied with the effort…
Yeah, you know guys there’s times where it’s unfortunate you lose a game. I think the biggest thing for me is the fact that first half of the game we didn’t manage the puck well, we didn’t make good puck decisions in that first half and I really didn’t think we had our game going.  Then all of a sudden in the second half we started picking it up again. I’m convinced that had we played I guess 60 minutes like the last 30 we wouldn’t be sitting here looking at a loss. But you know it’s just because we weren’t managing the puck well, didn’t mean the effort wasn’t there. And I thought the effort was there and I thought the focus was there to win the hockey game tonight. And I mean unfortunately we had a lot of chances where pucks went through Fleury [Marc-Andre Fleury] and instead of ending up in the net they either hit the post or the side of the net or trickled wide. But you know maybe a little snake bitten in that area tonight as far as getting that goal that we wanted but I think the effort was there. And I think the guys really gave it a good shot there, especially in the third period.

On when he’ll know if Steven Kampfer will miss time…
Yeah I mean we just got that, I’m giving you guys the report that we just got. He’s not back yet and we were told he had a broken nose, so we’re going to find out more of the severity of it and what it’s going to consist of and so on and so forth.  And probably be able to give you guys as much as we can tomorrow.

On the chemistry of the Gregory Campbell line with Daniel Paille on it…
Well I think the big thing is that when Dan [Paille] had first come back he hadn’t played in a long time. And I think when Dan really found his groove again, and Dan’s game is really about skating and you know really getting his feet moving. And when he does that he creates chances for himself, he creates turnovers and I think that’s slowly coming around. I’ve seen Dan play a lot better so you know that line as you know I thought it was a decent line tonight because I would have put it definitely in the top three and they had some chances, they scored that goal. And they scored that goal, [Dennis] Seidenberg, because Paille was in front of the net, right where he should have been right in front of the crease. And so I think that line is certainly making some progress and giving us a little bit of what you saw there before with [Brad] Marchand.

BOSTON BRUINS CENTER MARC SAVARD
On Ryder’s goal…
Yeah, I thought, it’s probably our fourth game together as a line. I think that, not just tonight, we’ve had good games. It’s just, you know, only getting one out of every… last couple games it’s just coming. I mean, it’s tough tonight because we felt we put in a good effort, but just didn’t get the rewards again.

On how he felt after a hard hit he took in the third period…
A little woozy, to be honest with you. But we’ll see how I feel the rest of the day here tonight and stuff, because… I don’t know I haven’t seen the replay, it felt like he just got my head, so I don’t know. But a little woozy.

On how he was hit on that play…
Yeah, I think I was looking kind of behind me for a pass to make, and I think he closed me off.

On if he considered coming out of the game after that hit…
Well, no, because I felt okay, I felt a little bit… a little winded king of thing. Nothing bad right now.

On if he just needed to rest a second and take a deep breath after the hit…
Yeah, that’s all I want to do, is make sure I gather my thoughts, you know,    and everything came back together … fine so, I’ll monitor it and watch the rest of the day here, see how I feel a little bit … I was a little bit shaken up.

On his pass right before the hit…
Well, I came off the bench and went all the way behind the net, so I was able to get all the speed I can get. I had seen two guys in the slot, so I just turned to make a play and he closed me off.

On if his head hurt after the hit…
Well, just a little dazed. I haven’t gotten a headache yet or anything like that. Just a little dazed and just getting your bell rung a bit. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about right now.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MICHAEL RYDER
On playing in an unnatural left wing position…
I’m getting more and more [comfortable]. But I still have a tendency to go to the right side but I just remind myself. You fill in for everybody and I’m getting more and more comfortable with it.  

On the injury to Marc Savard
Well, I don’t even know what happened. He passed the puck to me in the middle and next thing you know they blew the whistle. Just a good hit. He came back and he was fine. He gave us a little more as we were trying to get another goal. We were getting chances. Savvy is a tough guy and he came right back.

On never having the lead in the game…
I think that we generated a lot tonight. We found the net and we were trying to get those rebounds. They did a good job clearing those pucks. They’re a good team on the other side and we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. We battled right to the end and there were a lot of good things that we did. 

On if he was trying to go through Zbynek Michalek’s legs on his goal …
Ah, yup. I was coming in down the wing and was trying to use him as a screen. [Marc-Andre] Fleury sees the puck most of the time and makes that save so I was just trying to use the defenseman as a screen.

On how he’s feeling at this point in the season…
I feel good. Ever since the first practice of the season I wanted to get off to a good start. Sometimes I have a tendency to start off slow but this year I came in amped and wanted to do that. I just have to stay consistent for the whole season now.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS DEFENSEMAN KRIS LETANG
On playing with Brooks Orpik…
I think he has been playing his best right now.  He is more confident with the puck in the offensive zone.  When he plays simple he has a lot of confidence in his game.  He talks a lot on the ice.  For me it is so much easier for me to play.  He hits guys in the defensive zones.  It allows me more time with the puck.  We are more effective.

On Orpik’s leadership…
I think his play is unbelievable.  He is tough to play against.  He hits really hard he is a good skater.  He can skate with the puck.  His transition with the puck is great.  I don’t think there is any aspect of the game that is weak.

On Orpik having his back on the ice…
He has my back every time.  He talks a lot too.  It is easy for me to get a read on the ice when he knows where to go.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HEAD COACH DAN BYLSMA
On if the game was a good win given the fact that they blew a 2-0 lead…
Well I definitely like the fact that we refocused. You know, there was 15 or 20 seconds of hockey that got them back into the game. They’ve come back against us before so to refocus and get back and come out and get the lead in the third, there was some scrambles at times but we held the fort and get the win so two big points for us.

On if he would have called the timeout in the second period if he were playing against any team other than the Bruins given their history of comebacks against the Penguins…
It was part of the consideration. It was part of the consideration given the history and, you know, I also don’t like having a timeout in my hand at the end of the game and I just felt like we needed to look up at the clock and it’s 2-2 and we had played a lot of good hockey in that second period at our pace and we gave up the two goals and we still had time to get our heads straight and guys did that for sure.

On what the team was able to gain through the refocusing during the timeout…
They’re [the Bruins are] allowed to score goals too and they’re allowed to do things and we had played some good hockey. We made a couple mistakes that led to their first goal and in it’s transition we don’t have a great gap and they score the second one and at that point, now they’ve totally erased the first 30 minutes of the game. So we just wanted to get back focused on playing the way we want to play and get to the offensive zone and try to wear them down with some good offensive zone shifts and that was really the focus.

On if he was surprised at the four-minute double-minor penalty on Pascal Dupuis…
Was I surprised by it? You know what, I’m not surprised by it. I just saw a guy bleeding in the corner. I didn’t see what happened.

On if he was confused when the referee didn’t blow the whistle right away on the Dupuis penalty…
I was confident that he (the referee) had called the minor on us and he was making a mistake by not blowing the whistle, which is what did happen.

On the play of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury over the last month…
You know, this may be the best stretch (Fleury has had since Bylsma has been the head coach). He’s done some great things and he’s had stretches, you know, in the ‘07-‘08 season. In the second half of the season he had a great stretch as well, and right now he’s coming back with stronger games. After strong games he comes back with another one tonight. Making big saves but also hanging tough when traffic is there and some pucks in the crease at the end of the game he was real strong on and real tough on. And, you know, sometimes your goaltender has to make those kinds of saves to get you a win and he certainly was that tonight. I would say this is some of the best hockey I’ve seen him play for a long stretch.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD MATT COOKE
On his role as an antagonist…
I accept that role and that position and it is what it is.  Like I said, I’m good with that and I have to play a certain way to be effective in this league.

On if bad blood exists between him and Bruins forward Marc Savard 
We played a little bit tonight, but we’re never really in the same area.  Nothing’s been said.  There becomes a point when things in the past are just that.  I know it’s something for people to talk about and something people keep bringing up.  Ultimately you can’t live in the past and you have to look forward.    

On the fast tempo of today’s game…
I don’t think we paid the bills today, we skipped a few TV timeouts.  It makes it tough.  It tests your conditioning, it tests your mental toughness.  And it tests your concentration level when you’re going that long without the stoppages in play.   

On if he likes matching up against the Bruins…
Both have been pretty high flying and fast paced.  Very intense games.  All three have been like that.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FORWARD JORDAN STAAL
On how he felt during today game…
I think my game is relying on being in the right position and not doing anything too crazy.  I feel fresh right now.  I feel up for it.  I am not in the best shape I have ever been in but I am feeling pretty good.

On his goal…
It wasn’t pretty, just getting to the net. I think we needed one like that.  We did a decent job of getting in front of the net.  We need to do that a little more.  It wasn’t going to be pretty

On the Bruins scoring two goals to tie the game…
It was better than in the third period.  It was two quick goals and they do a pretty good job of jumping on momentum.  I felt like we settled down in between periods and got back to our game plan.  Again it was better then than with five minutes left in the third.

On today’s match up…
It was a tough battle.  They are a good team.  They played a pretty solid game.  I thought that Flower [Marc-Andre Fleury] stood on his head for us in the third.

On the double minor…
We knew it was a tough call.  The ref came back and admitted he made a mistake.  Our team did a good job of digging in and killing off what we had there.  We didn’t complain we just went out and looked hard. 

On playing an up and down game…
We like an up and down game.  We are a north to south team and like to move it quick.  We don’t want to give their team too many chances..  We like to play a tight game as well.  I thought we played a solid effort in the third.  Obviously we didn’t get that many opportunities ourselves but we did a good job holding them back from getting a goal.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD GREGORY CAMPBELL
On how the team played…
We had plenty of chances. I thought we probably could have had a better start, nevertheless we battled back and we played pretty well. I mean they were battling and playing pretty hard too so sometimes it goes like that.

On his fight with Adams providing a spark for the team…
A little bit. He had a run in with Nathan [Horton] and Nathan doesn’t need to be doing that all the time so yeah. At a time like that when we’re down one it never hurts to provide a little energy.

One the work that led up to Seidenberg’s goal…
Well we just, we wanted to play with energy, you know our line is good at that. Getting it deep, creating good cycle, protecting the puck and creating chances just with hard work and Paillsey [Daniel Paille] made a good screen there and you can credit the goal largely, a lot to him. It was a great shot but Fleury didn’t see it.

On his chemistry with Paille…
Yeah, you know Paillsey’s [Daniel Paille] an extremely good player as well and he’s been working hard to get back. It’s tough when you’re kind of in and out and don’t have that consistency so we just try to keep our game simple. And a game like this you need momentum from a line like ours so Paillsey did a great job of protecting the puck and being strong on it and really being hard in front of the net.

On if Adams almost caught him in the hand with his skate at the end of the fight…
I didn’t see that. Maybe, yeah I don’t know. Possibly, I didn’t see it.

On if this was a good game they lost to a good team…
Well I mean unfortunately you’re not going to win every game in this league and I think there’s a lot of things, a lot of positive things we can take from that game. We had an awful lot of chances and we played hard for the majority of the game so you know sometimes breaks are going to go here and there for the other team. And they played well so we just have to hold our heads high and take the positives and go back to work.  We have two big games coming up back to back here.

On playing back to back games against Carolina…
Yeah, they’re at our heels right now and they’re playing really well. I’ve been watching their games a little bit and they’re playing really well so it’s not going to be easy back to back. We’ve played a lot of games you know we’re just gonna have to regroup here and not hang our heads, just continue.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS GOALIE MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
On having to face 46 shots today…
Yeah, especially in the third there were a lot of guys coming to the net and trying to find a pocket when they were there.  It was fun, though.

On whether a timeout after allowing a goal helps… 
I don’t know really.  I kind of want the next shot to make a save and get going again.  It’s not bad though.  Can rest and take a sip of water and relax.  

On if today’s win feels good after losing to the Bruins the last time…
Yeah, they got some points from us the last time we played them.  It’s good to get those points tonight.   

On if he thought about the last game against the Bruins when the game was tied…
Not really.  It’s always a different game and always a different night.  Nobody panicked and we stayed calm.  Just kept playing hard until the end of the game.

On what the Penguins did differently to win this game…
We stuck to our system for sixty minutes.  We were more patient in the third.  Guys did a great job in our zone defensively and got the puck out.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER TUUKKA RASK
On if this loss was easy to swallow …
No, not for me. No, these are the games that you want to step up and win the game for your team because they played so well. And then today, you know, we lost. It sucks.

On if the Penguins applied a lot of pressure…
They did. Well, not in the first 15 minutes [of the game]. After that, I mean I think they had 3 shots after 15 minutes, and then all of a sudden they had 12. So they got the momentum there in the end of the first and came really hard, and then the second period was kind of going back and forth I thought.

On his save on Evgeni Malkin…
The breakaway? Yeah, he shot five-hole, got the rebound and then I just got my legs straight for the rebound there, and made a save.

On if the game today was entertaining…
Oh yeah, for sure, good crowd. It just… sucks because we lost. And it’s one of those games you kind of want to step up and win for your team because they’re all over the place and they’re in there. But it’s a tough loss to swallow, at least for me. I think nobody’s happy here right now.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG
On their offensive pressure in the third period…
Yeah I mean we kept going, we had good pressure on the net, got the puck to the net, got the rebounds but just couldn’t get it in.

On if Pittsburgh played differently than the last game…
It seemed like they came a little harder in the beginning. I don’t know if they caught us off guard but we just weren’t sharp enough in the first period moving the puck out of our own zone. And they just created turnovers and scored a couple goals, took advantage.

On his goal…
Well it was good pressure by the fourth line, I mean they were grinding it out. And puck jumped out, I just [shot] and Paillsey [Daniell Paille] had a great screen in front of the net so it went in.

On if he saw the play on his goal developing…
Well if you stand at the blue line you just see those guys working hard and just backing each other up. If one guys gets beat he pulls back and the other guys goes in and it just created a lot of turnovers and just a lot of pressure and try to get pucks to the net and eventually it worked out. Again I just brought it on net and Paille had a great screen and it just worked out.

On Marc-Andre Fleury’s third period performance…
Yeah I mean, he played great tonight. But we got the pucks to the net like you said, we did almost everything we could to try and score but it wasn’t enough.

On the ups and downs of the game…
We just stuck with our game plan, they were just holding on when we scored those two goals.

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