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BRUINS QUOTE SHEET 1/17/11

BRUINS QUOTE SHEET 1/17/11

BY KEVIN HARRIMAN

Boston Sports Desk Publisher

Postgame Quotes…
BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On Zdeno Chara’s performance today…
I thought he played well and not just because of the goals that he scored but also he made some good plays coming out of our own end and you know, in some pressure situations I thought he kept his game simple that way, but really looked good. He defended well. When you can shut down a guy like [Eric] Staal and his line, you’re doing a pretty good job. I thought overall he was a really solid player for us tonight.

On Mark Stuart’s first game back after his injury…
I thought it was good for his first game back. We talked about before the game that he had only had one real full practice with the team. When you’ve been out for five or six weeks and then you come back and play a pretty solid game like he did, you’ve got to be pleased. I thought it was nice to see him get that goal right off the get-go and the first chance he got at shooting the puck, he scored. The rest of it, he kept his game pretty simple and when he kept it simple he moved the puck well and I thought he was good.

On Adam McQuaid jumping in to fight Troy Bodie and stand up for Mark Stuart
Well, yeah, I think it’s pretty obvious a guy’s coming off a broken hand, I think anybody would have jumped in for him and that’s what Mac [McQuaid] did. He saw the situation and so he just went in and defended his teammate. I think if it was anybody in any situation like that, any teammate would do that kind of stuff. So maybe a little stiff on the aggressor, he just pushed him and the other guy dropped the gloves, but at that time in the game, I think referees want whole control of the game.

On if it was a change in mindset or strategy to get the defensemen more involved offensively…
No. This is what we’ve been preaching all year, we’ve just been getting better at it. That’s basically it. We’ve always encouraged our D’s to go up the ice. For one thing we’ve worked on is probably our neutral-zone regroups and attacking with some speed. So again, in doing that and in encouraging our D’s to move the puck whenever the ice is available, it’s kind of going hand-in-hand and giving us a better attack.

On Adam McQuaid’s recent performance and how that will affect lineup decisions when Andrew Ference returns…
Well, it’s not an easy decision, but it’s a good situation to be in. You’ve created some competition now and everybody wants to be in the lineup and the only guy that’s going to have tough decisions to make the way guys are playing right now is me.

On Tim Thomas’ performance…
Timmy’s good. I mean, he made the saves when he had to and he had some saves to make. I think our team played well in front of him and for the most part, I think we took care of most of the dangerous scoring chances and took those away as best we could. But you still got to be there and you still got to make those saves and it was good. That’s what we’ve seen from Timmy all year.

On how they prevented Carolina from crashing the net…
Well they didn’t do that, but I think for most of the night, you know, the team we played tonight is a really good team. They had an off night. So having an off night happens in this league. I’m saying that because they probably didn’t get an opportunity to control the puck as much as they normally would in a normal game. So when you take that away from them, it’s pretty hard to crash the net when the other team’s playing with the puck most of the night and that’s what happened tonight. We controlled the play most of the game and that prevented them, but if they start controlling the play and they start coming at us, which could happen tomorrow, they’re a team that drives the net hard and well, and they’re really good at jamming pucks in around the net. So this is where their strength is.

On what they must be wary of as they go into tomorrow night’s game in Carolina…
We got to be wary of them coming back really hard tomorrow. We got to be well prepared like we were tonight. You can’t ask for more. You have to ask your team to be as prepared as they were tonight. The one thing that’s going to happen is you’re going to have an opponent that’s more determined and a lot better than they were tonight. So instead of a 7-0 game, you’re going to have a much different game. If we’re not ready for that, then the same thing could happen to us.

CAROLINA HURRICANES HEAD COACH PAUL MAURICE
On when he knew his team was in trouble…
I thought midway through the second. Not so sure that at 3-0 they were the better team. Five-on-three goal hurts because we had played pretty well. I liked our chances better than theirs after the first but about midway we stopped doing the things we needed to do to be good and they got on a roll and felt good about themselves and away they went..

On if it is good that they play the Bruins again tomorrow night at Carolina…
It’s important for our team to answer back, show some character.

On what the Hurricanes weren’t doing…
Beating their goalie. Listen, we came in here the first time and we beat them 3-0. Cam Ward was the difference in the game. First 10 minutes, probably the first period, Tim Thomas was the difference in the game. It snowballs after that, we spend the rest of the time in the penalty box chasing our tails. That’s the game of hockey. That and Boston played very, very well.

On the first penalty taken by Carolina goaltender Justin Peters, a holding call, something goaltenders don’t usually do…
Oh, no, no, [New York Rangers goaltender Henrik] Lundqvist did it the other night. Yeah. I think [New York Rangers head coach] John Tortorella loved it. I could understand why. I thought that maybe he was upset watching [Blake Wheeler] walk around the two defensemen. He was trying to make our defense feel better.

On the decision to pull goaltender Cam Ward so early into the game…
Three goals in six shots.

On if Ward will be starting the game tomorrow night…
Oh, I would hope so.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ADAM MCQUAID
On sticking up for Mark Stuart
Well we all know Stuey [Mark Stuart]…it’s been a little that he’s been out. So in that situation you kind of have to jump in there for your teammate. We all know Stuey’s [Mark Stuart] not going to back down so it was just kind of something that you need to do. It kind of puts him in a tough spot, so I guess someone had to jump in there for him.

On the offense he has been able to generate lately…
Yeah, a few lucky bounces here and there. But just kinda trying to keep things, as always, kinda simple. But at the same time keep the puck in the hands of the right guys.

On his first multipoint game…
It felt pretty good. Obviously pretty happy with how the game went, but it’s a quick turnaround here. We have a game tomorrow, so I have to get ready right now for tomorrow.

On what it’s like to face the same team one day later…
Well I guess it’s kind of like the playoff type feeling, where you’re playing the same team back to back. Things can carry over from games, so obviously they’re not going to be happy with how things went. They’re going to come out hard tomorrow, so we got to make sure we come out with the same effort that we did tonight.

On Andrew Ference’s return…
Yeah, I mean like you said everyone is capable here. I’m not worrying about too much. When the time comes, we’ll see what happens. But it’s always kind of in my mindset; just when I get the opportunities I want to try and make the most of it, just try and make their decision as tough as possible.

On if it’s nice to see the defense scoring…
Yeah, it’s nice to…for Timmy to get the shutout tonight, and also for the guys to be able to chip in…you know in both ends it’s nice to be able to contribute to a win like this.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD SHAWN THORNTON
On beating teams that are behind them in the standings…
I don’t think it really matters who we’re playing, I think we’re more focused on this dressing room; we get things done in here. And nine times out of ten that translates into better results on the ice so I don’t know. Some guys look at the standings, I don’t all that much.  I just focus on playing each game I guess.  It sounds cliché, but it’s true, I really don’t look much at the schedule, just take it one game at a time.

On if the Bruins have a shot at winning the championship…
Well I’m not going to [expletive] answer that.  We have a good team, we’ll take this victory and enjoy it until midnight and focus on tomorrow’s game after that, and I’m not looking any farther than tomorrow.

On playing the same team again tomorrow…
I mean it’s a whole new, day. It’s the same team but it’s a whole new game. I’m sure they’ll be prepared back home in their building, and they’re tough to play against in that building.  Thank god it’s an afternoon game with this three-hour flight.  We can get in, get something to eat and get some rest so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal actually.

On the chemistry he’s developed with Blake Wheeler
You don’t have to tell Wheels [Blake Wheeler] too much, obviously he’s a good hockey player. I thought Paisey [Daniel Paille] played really really well last game so not taking anything away from him, but I had some chemistry with Wheels tonight and he was going, he was skating and making plays and it felt good.

On his assist on Gregory Campbell’s goal…
Hell of a finish. I saw him going to the net and I just tried to sauce it over there. I guess it was probably a little luck it landed flat for him to be able to put a stick on it.  But hell of a job going to the net and Wheels [Blake Wheeler] was right there to pushing him back a bit. I’ll take every one I can get.

On the pass he made on the assist…
You know I’m very unselfish. The linesman was surprised, I was like {expletive] you must not watch practice I guess, I do it all the time.

On what the linesman said…
He didn’t think I had it in the bag, he thought that club was left at the golf store. No but you know what it was a good game over all and those guys are great at the rate their going so.

On if he wanted Zdeno Chara to get the hat trick…
Yeah everyone talked about I, without talking about it too much I guess.  But anytime somebody’s got two you really want to see them succeed and get the third one. It’s a great feeling, it’s his first career one and he’s been in the league for fourteen years so. I’ve been playing hockey for thirty and I’ve never had one.

On it being rare for a defenseman to get a hat trick…
Yeah I guess when you can shoot it a hundred and nine miles per hour it probably helps your case a little better back there. If you’re like me teeing it up from the hash marks so he’s, he can shoot the puck and he had his head up and he had some eyes today and he did a hell of a job finishing.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA
On his first career hat trick…
Obviously it’s a very humble feeling and mostly a happy feeling. But you know, when I look at it, some of the greatest players, for example [Detroit Red Wings defenseman] Nicklas Lidstrom just got his [first career hat trick] after 1300-1400 games. So, it’s pretty special, but obviously a big thank you goes to the guys because they put me in good spots and positions that I could actually take shots and score, so obviously it’s a big game and a big thank you to them.

On what his teammates said to him after he scored his third goal…
Well after, nothing. It was pretty much was all done but I heard a few guys saying keep shooting, keep trying and you know, I wasn’t really thinking about scoring the third goal, I was just trying to make the right play and obviously if something else is open I’m going to pass the puck but in that situation, [the Carolina forward on my side of the ice] went down and David Krejci recognized it and gave me the puck right away and so I had time to really take the shot and it was nice to see that it went in.

On the recent offensive contributions by the Bruins defensemen…
Well we try to obviously be involved and help the offense, but you know, obviously our first priority is to play strong defensively and take care of our own zone, but if there’s a change and an opportunity to jump up and help create something offensively or put those shots through, we have to do that. It’s a big part of the game and everything is trying to do that so obviously the same for us.

On all of the Bruins playing solid and contributing on both sides of the puck…
Yeah, like I said, it’s a team game and everybody was really playing hard and we were really focusing on trying to keep the [scoreboard] clear for us and not allow any goals against and also playing for Timmy [Thomas]. He’s playing really well this season, so everybody is really sacrificing for each other and that’s a great sign.

On if the score of today’s game will effect the game played tomorrow night against the Hurricanes…
Yeah, I mean we know they’re going to be better. Obviously, it’s going to be tougher to play in their building and so we just have to be ready and really focus. It’s very interesting, you know, to play back-to-back games; it’s creating a little bit of a rivalry and that intensity is always picking up the second game, so for sure it’s going to be a different game.

On if he got to keep the game puck…
I didn’t get it, personally. Maybe someone else did, I don’t know.

On the celebration he did after scoring his third goal…
…[Someone else] did it and I remember that. I kind of remembered that if I ever get a hat trick, I’ll want to do the same so I thought it was pretty cool. It just came up, so I was just happy.

On where scoring a hat trick ranks among his career achievements…
Well, you know, a number of times you come close. You have two goals and you hit a post or you get some really good scoring chances, but you know, like I said, I wasn’t really thinking about scoring a hat trick I was trying to make the right play and, like I said, it just happened. The guy went down, David [Krejci] gave me the puck, I shot it. It really wasn’t that great of a shot, it just went through. It was hard enough to went through. Personally, I’m just happy obviously, we won the game. You know, you always kind of think about it would be nice to have that kind of a game in your career and to say you know, hey I’ve done it, I have a hat trick, but you know, for myself, you know, it took 14 or 15 years so I’m not expecting another one anytime soon.

On if we can expect to see him score another hat trick tomorrow night…
Well, obviously my priority, and it’s always been my priority to win the games. I mean, that’s playing good defensively and that’s my job; to shut down top lines. So, I take more pride in that than obviously thinking about hat tricks.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On how he is feeling…
I felt good.  I feel like my legs are going.  It was nice to be with Krej [David Krejci].  I felt like our line was able to get things going.  Unfortunately we were not able to get a goal as a line five on five.  There was a lot that we can build off of.

On Chara’s hatrick…
It was great.  It’s not too often that you see a defenseman getting a hatrick.  We all saw he was excited about it.  He has that great shot he was able to chip in this year with a bunch of goals.  He stepped up and played a great game today.  

On his goal being called back…
I have to build off of it.  It was a little disheartening it was a good quick shot for myself. I was thinking here we go lets get it going again.  Unfortunately it was called back.  It was good to see Zee [Zdeno Chara] come out of the box and get it back for a 2-0 lead.  

On his non-goal…
No they didn’t blow the whistle until after the goal.  They called it off.  It was funny the Ref that was down there in front of the two didn’t call the penalty but the Ref that was beside me decided to call it.  Like I said, it is disheartening because I haven’t scored in a while after being hot for the first 30 games but you have to build off of it.  It was a good stride and I have to get my game going from there. BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON
On Zdeno Chara’s performance…
Yeah he was unbelievable today and not just offensively but even defensively he was great. And you know that’s our leader, that’s our captain, that’s why he’s probably the best defenseman in the league.

On getting pushed by Justin Peters…
I was, I wasn’t expecting it obviously but I don’t know, I don’t think I did anything to get pushed, but that’s fine, that’s part of the game and he got a penalty for it.

On if tonight’s game makes tomorrows more interesting…
Well it’s either their team that gets emotional and competes and skates hard and then wants to win.  They were doing real well before tonight’s game so obviously they’re going to want to bounce back. And we know they’re pretty good in their building and they’re a team that never quits. You know we’ve seen it two years ago.

On Milan Lucic returning to the line-up…
Yeah for sure. I mean obviously even Stuey [Mark Stuart], seeing Stu back and Looch [Milan Lucic] it’s always nice to see. You know I thought it showed today you know with the depth that we have.

On the team playing more consistently…
Yeah I think that’s something that we’ve talked about for a long time this year and we’re starting to see it.  But obviously you want to stay consistent so you gotta keep going you can’t just stop here.  You gotta take it a game at a time.  It’s been good, our intensity, the way we played for 60 minutes and back to back games. And in the Pittsburgh game, even though we didn’t win, I thought we were in it the whole time.

CAROLINA HURRICANES GOALTENDER JUSTIN PETERS
On the performance of the Boston Bruins…
They obviously can put a lot of pucks in the net.  They got a few lucky bounces but they were the better team today.  No excuses.

On if he is glad the team plays Boston again tomorrow night…
Yes. You have to get right back on the horse tomorrow night.  Obviously it is a big game for us tomorrow to come back home and play in our barn.  We’ll leave this one here tonight and go back to Raleigh.

On if he felt helpless when the goals began to snowball…
I’m not quite sure what you are talking about.  No, personally I’m out there competing as hard as I can.  There is no quitting in myself.  I just to out there when I am called upon and keep trying to do my best.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN MARK STUART
On how it felt to return after missing 18 games…
It felt good. I mean … a little nervous beforehand because you don’t know what to expect. I think… fortunate enough to get that goal early and it kind of helped me relax.

On if he was trying to get a shot on net or a redirect on his goal…
Yeah… no, no I was just trying to get a shot off and get it on net.

On Chara’s hat trick…
Yeah, that was great. A defenseman, his first one, it’s pretty special. He’s pretty excited about it, as you can see.

On the Bruins being in control for most of the game…
Yeah, I think that definitely helped. I got a little bit more ice time because of the score and the third period we were rolling. We have a big game tomorrow night, back in their building. It’s gonna be a battle for sure. Just have to regroup and get ready for tomorrow, because it’s going to be a lot harder.

On if he wore a brace during today’s game…
Yeah, I did. I had a brace on under my glove, and some protection outside, too.

On if he had strength or mobility issues during the game…
No, not too bad. It’s pretty good. I’m used to it, too. I’ve been wearing it for a couple weeks now.

On if he had conditioning issues today…
I felt great, because I’ve been skating for five weeks. It’s not like one of those injuries where I couldn’t go on the ice and was trying to catch up, so, it is a little different in the game, game-pace, it’s definitely tough, but  yeah, all in all, good.

On how long he’ll be wearing a brace…
I’ll keep it on for a couple weeks.

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TIM THOMAS
On the perception that this was an easy shutout, despite the few shots that could have been game changers…

Yeah, there were a few shots, at the first one it was 0-0, that were…when [Eric] Staal kinda does his spin-a-rama shot, it’s tough cause you don’t know where it’s going, and there were a couple, but realistically we played real good. And it was one of my easier shutouts.

On Erik Cole not taking the puck all the way to the net…
Well the D didn’t let him, right? We played good D, and we never let him really get started for any long period of pressure, even on the power plays. We did a really good job of not giving him grade A scoring chances and getting it down the ice. So we didn’t spend like a minute and a half in our zone, which tires the guys out which leads to getting a goal against. So I mean I think we obviously know what those guys are capable of on the other team. We just did our jobs and did good and didn’t let them get it started. 

On if it’s good to see a Bruins goal after he makes a big-time save…
Well it feels great. A lot of times you don’t even notice it when it happens. You usually notice it if you happen to give up one the other way, if your team doesn’t score. It makes you feel bad cause you couldn’t hold up…pick them up. But those are momentum changers right there. Either momentum changers or help us to keep the momentum and not let them get the momentum. And I think that’s what happened tonight.

On Zdeno Chara’s hat trick…
It’s well deserved. Earlier this year he struggled scoring. And he’s getting it back. Those were three good goals. I’m liking where his shot’s at and the positions he’s getting himself in to take those shots the past few games, and it’s paying off. So I’m very happy for him. He got two early, and I was hoping he’d get that third. Of course nobody wanted to say anything. It’s kinda like shut out; you don’t say it, but I was very happy when he actually…he finished that hat trick off.

On what he saw out of Mark Stuart tonight…
He was very good, especially for being out for a while. He didn’t have the shakiness that sometimes can happen when you haven’t played in a while. He was very calm with the puck. He made good plays, and he was very strong. A lot of times when you come back from an injury too, it seems like you’re a step behind and he was definitely not that. He stepped right in and played with midseason form.
CAROLINA HURRICANES FORWARD ERIC STAAL
On tonight’s loss…
I thought our flow was pretty good.  We came to play.  I thought Thomas [Tim] made some pretty good saves early on and we gave up two.  From that point on we just got smoked.  We get another chance at it tomorrow and we are going to be ready.

On playing well in the first period…
We liked our start.  We liked the way our tempo was, our pace, and we were into the game.  Then things started to deteriorate for us.  From that point on we got buried pretty good.  We got embarrassed.  I’m glad we get a chance to redeem ourselves tomorrow night.
On playing the Bruins…

They are a team that plays their system well and waits for their opportunities.  They were able to cash in on their chances tonight.  We want to make sure we are sticking to our game plan and then go from there

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