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Practice Day: Tampa’s St. Louis, Brewer and Moore Answer Questions

Transcript from today’s Q&A between the media and Tampa’s Martin St. Louis, Eric Brewer and Dominic Moore.

Q.  I know from a goal production standpoint you guys weren’t satisfied with just getting one, but do you feel like you generated enough shots and chances?
MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  Definitely, definitely enough chances to get a better outcome.  But we just didn’t—the good thing, it’s the first to four games, not the first to three.  So we come back tomorrow and play a good game and give ourselves a chance for seven.

Q.  Coach thinks it will take more shots.  Even though you outshot them, he said it’s going to take more.
MARTIN ST. LOUIS:  You can always have more.  I still think that, you know, we can maybe throw more pucks on the net.  But did we have enough scoring chances yesterday to get a different outcome?  Absolutely.

But tomorrow we’re going to have the same mindset of getting pucks in the net, crashing the net, and making their goaltender, giving him a hard game to play.

Q.  Roli has got some pretty good history in the elimination games.  Does that add more confidence?

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Practice Day Q&A with Tampa Coach Boucher

Q.  Who is going to start in goal for you tomorrow night?

Q.  Can you give us your reasoning for that?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I mean, he was the guy that took us here, and that’s how I felt before last game; but like I said, I felt like it was time to give him a little breather.

And at the same time I felt that Smitty played really well.  So it’s a perfect situation to put Smitty in.  If something were to go wrong in the previous game, put a new goaltender in for a do-or-die, I don’t think it would have been a good moment for anybody.

So this is a perfect situation.  He’s going to be the only rested guy in the two teams.

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  Tags: dwayne+roloson, guy+boucher, sean+bergenheim

Why Smith Started

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And while it would be out of character for Boucher to publicly acknowledge any lack of confidence in any of his players, it was puzzling to hear him explain that Smith got the start in part because he likes to give everyone a chance.

“When people deserve things, whether they’re a fourth-line or a third-line or seventh or eighth D, when they deserve [it]—I’m one of those guys that I’ll give people a chance,” the coach said. “And I felt that Smitty had been terrific for us for a long, long time and he deserved to get a game.”

Fair enough. But this is not recess dodgeball where everyone gets a turn because, well, it’s dodgeball. This is the Stanley Cup playoffs with a Stanley Cup finals berth on the line. You start the players you think can get you to the finish line. This isn’t about being fair; it’s about trying to gain a competitive advantage.

Boucher, at least, did acknowledge the rest might be good for the 41-year-old Roloson.


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Lightning at Bruins—Video

Highlights of the game from the NHL:

Tim Thomas hadn’t really “stolen” a game in the Eastern Conference Finals before Monday night, but it is safe to say he has now.

Thomas made 33 saves, including maybe the stop of the season with his stick on Steve Downie in the third period, to help the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory in Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

Post-game interview transcripts here, here and here.



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Post Game 5 Transcript: Bruins Coach Claude Julien

Q.  The penalty kill was a huge impact on the game today.  But especially those two early in the second period.  How much momentum does that build for you to kill those two right away and maybe get your legs going a little bit in that stage of the game?

COACH JULIEN:  I think they kind of actually did the same thing in our favor that it did in their favor last game.

You know, we had those two early power plays in the second period, and we didn’t do much.  They built momentum off of that.  And I know that when Horts came out of that second one there, he scored a big goal for us and got us back in the game.

So it did build some momentum.  I think our penalty kill did a great job tonight for us, and you know, right now before the series started, the special teams were the big concern.  And right now I think in both areas we’re pretty even.

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Post Game 5 Transcript: Lightning’s Coach Guy Boucher

Q.  I just wondered if you could talk about your decision on the goaltending.  And he told us you didn’t tell him until about lunchtime, and he said maybe that was to kind of keep the pressure off.  If you could just talk about that decision?

COACH BOUCHER:  Yes, that’s exactly the reason why.  And we did that this year.  We had Desjardins come in who was coming from the American League, and he’s playing—we’re playing the Canadiens, and that’s the team he got traded from, his team of his youth.

And sometimes to avoid some pressure and making sure the guys sleep well at night, rather tell them after, at lunchtime.  And we did that.  And I think it paid off.  He played really well.

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Post-Game 5 Transcript: Bruins Tim Thomas & Brad Marchand

Q.  Did it matter to you guys whether it was Roloson or Smith?  Tampa Bay Lightning seemed to be very cagey about what their plans were.

BRAD MARCHAND:  Yeah.  They were playing a little bit of mind games there on who they were going to start, but we knew either way we had to get shots in front of their goalie.  He was seeing the puck pretty clearly.  We knew it didn’t matter who was going to be playing.  We had to focus on what we had to do to score and us getting bodies in front of the net and pucks in the net, and we did that pretty good tonight.

Q.  Brad, I don’t know if you had a look at the save that Thomas made on Downie.  Did you see it?  What did you think of that save?
BRAD MARCHAND:  Yeah, I saw it.  That was unbelievable.  I was sitting on the bench.  I thought it was for sure going to be a goal.  Those are always pretty easy tap-ins.  But Timmy came up with an unbelievable save there, and that was a turning point.

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Video- Tim Thomas Robs Steve Downie

Bruins up 2-1 midway through the 2nd period when Thomas comes up with the save of the night.

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East and West, Questions on Each Series

From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:

Q: Can the Bruins find a way to contain Simon Gagne? It’s not so much that Gagne is a force shift-to-shift. It’s just that he has a knack of knowing when to strike for maximum affect. Gagne scored the winner Saturday and in eight career playoff games against Boston he has six goals – three of which decided the game.

And now on to the Vancouver Canucks-San Jose Sharks series:

Q: What’s up with the Sharks’ power-play? After going an impressive 6-for-13 to open the Western Conference final, the Sharks couldn’t find the net with the man advantage in Game 4, despite being given the game’s first five power plays. Their passing wasn’t sharp and they really didn’t produce an overabundance of quality scoring chances. Obviously that needs to change if the Sharks are to remain alive in this year’s playoff scene. The good news for the Sharks is, even though they lost, the limited Vancouver to just 13 shots on goal.

Q: Where is Dany Heatley?

read on for more on each series

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Post-Game Transcript: Tampa’s Malone, Purcell, Coach Boucher

Q.  What happened really in that period?  You guys fell in that big hole.  There were some turnovers and stuff, talk about what happened there.
RYAN MALONE:  We gave them their opportunity there and they capitalized on it.  We all kind of talked about that.  Obviously eliminate their mistakes and stick with the plan.  And all year we’ve been pretty resilient and having kept up with some big goals, and the guys stayed even-keeled, which was very important.

Q.  Teddy, take us through your two goals.
TEDDY PURCELL:  I was coming off the change on the first one.  And Gags and Bugsy did a real good job causing pressure and taking them in.  And Gags made a real nice play out to me just kind of faked the shot and just put it on net.

And second one was the same shift.  We came down and were putting pressure on them.  And we had guys at the net and I don’t think Thomas saw it.  I put it on the net and luckily it went in.  So it was a good chip for me and it’s one I’ll always remember, that’s for sure.

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  Tags: guy+boucher, ryan+malone, teddy+purcell

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