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Boston Bruins Quotes Today

A ton of quotes from the Boston Bruins today, including Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN:

On if they are done celebrating the Game 7 win…
Well I think one thing that we were done celebrating was the next day. That night was an opportunity for us to enjoy the moment and rightfully so but next day it was about getting our rest. And we started working on things yesterday and so it’s preparation here for the, for what we feel is obviously the biggest part of the season coming up. So it’s sunk in. I mean it sunk in that we’re there. It also sunk in that we’re not done. We realize that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, probably the hardest games to win as you know will be against a team that kind of dominated the league this year. And we know we’re capable of doing it. We certainly don’t feel like we’re a team that is not capable of winning games against this team and we’re going to have to go out there and prove it. And that’s the thing that we want to do, is prove that we’re as good a team as they are and that’s where the challenge lies.

On how big a factor Tim Thomas’s experience will be in the Stanley Cup Final…

Well I think it’s been good obviously for him, but for our whole team, what we had to go through these playoffs and the so-called ghosts that we had to overcome. And Montreal was one of them, Philly last year. Everybody talked about all the negative things that we went through in that past and we were able to stay focused and overcome that kind of stuff. So it’s helped us grow in regards to being prepared for the finals. That goes for Timmy [Tim Thomas] and that goes for most of the team. Right now we’re just focusing honestly on what’s ahead of us because we’re excited to be there.

On how well Dennis Seidenberg is playing with Zdeno Chara…
Well I mean we’ve been talking about them for a while now because they have been that good. And they’ve been a great shutdown pair, they’ve logged a lot of minutes, obviously capable of logging those kind of minutes. They’re both in great shape, they both have a lot of endurance, and obviously have been a key reason why we’ve had success. And I don’t expect that to change, but Seids [Dennis Seidenberg] is one of those guys that just never seems to get tired. We’re the ones having to pull him back because he constantly every day wants to work a little harder and harder. So we’re definitely pleased with those two and they’ve been big players for us in big games. And they stepped up at the right time, so hope that continues.

On how practice is perhaps different than it would be mid-season in terms of conditioning…
Well again I think one of the things was giving our guys some rest and that’s why yesterday not everybody went on the ice. Guys that have played a lot, they could benefit from two days of non-skating. The conditioning doesn’t go bad. Today we came back on the ice and then as a whole team and obviously it was a little warm out there today. So ice was probably not at its best and it was a tough grind to push through this practice today, which I think is not a bad thing because we might as well get used to it. That’s what the buildings are like on game nights. I thought we pushed ourselves through pretty good today and did a little bit of sprints at the end to make sure we raise the volume if you want, and tomorrow hopefully we’ll be really good and flying out there in Vancouver and getting ready for Wednesday.

On why Patrice Bergeron is so valuable…
Well I would tell you right now that if they don’t know much about [Patrice] Bergeron, they like [Ryan] Kesler that much, Bergeron to us is what Kesler is to them. He brings the same elements, he shows up, plays hard every game, he’s a great faceoff guy, power play, penalty kill, does it all for us. As you mentioned, for people that don’t see him that much, they just have to look at the player that they see maybe a little bit more and they’re going to understand what we have here in Bergeron.

On how he sticks to his guns when he is second-guessed…
Yeah I think it’s because they understand what we’re doing. Sometimes you get criticized because people don’t understand what you’re doing. Again you carry a label with you whether it’s deserved or not, it doesn’t really matter. The fact that people think you’re a real defensive coach, I think everybody wants their team to be good defensively. But when every year, this year we’re fifth, two years ago we’re second in goals for, certainly not all about defense. But we’re, I feel we’re a well-balance team. We talk about the right things in that dressing room. The guys are very big believers in what we’re trying to do, and if they weren’t, you would certainly see it in their game. So that’s what is important right now and when the guys in the dressing room believe in what we’re doing and they endorse it, it becomes important. And when they endorse it, you get some of the success we’ve been getting lately and the success we’ve been getting lately is making people happy. So at the end of the day, it’s all about winning, right? And if you’re winning, people are happy. So that’s what we’re trying to do here.

On the impact and wisdom of guys like Mark Recchi and Shawn Thornton who have won the Cup before…
Well I mean those guys are always valuable in the dressing room. They’ve been through it, they’ve seen what’s happened, they can tell player listen if you thought it was, there was a lot of pressure, there’s going to even more in the finals and the intensity just goes up another notch. So they’re just giving guys words of wisdom, and we also have a coach in Doug Jarvis who’s won as a player, who’s won as a coach, he’s also been a valuable influence on a lot of young players who have talked to him about that stuff. So it’s good to have those people around. They become really important elements of your team at this time of year and we’re happy to have them.

On if he has seen the Cup and if he has tried to avoid having his picture taken with it…
I have. I’ve seen it in the Hall of Fame in Toronto. I have stayed away from it. And all I said is the day that I even get a picture or touch it will be the day that I’ve earned it. And that’s been my philosophy throughout my career as a coach.
 
On what Mark Recchi has meant to the organization and how much it would mean to see him go out on top…
Well it would be nice for a couple of reasons. Obviously his commitment especially to our team since he’s been with us and the will to really go above and beyond his role as a player and really have taken some young players under his wing and has been bringing them home for meals, or whether he’s talked to them about certain situations and certain times of the year. And some young guys go through slumps, and as a coach you can talk to those guys and try and do the best you can, encourage them and help them correct what needs to be corrected. But when you got a guy like Mark Recchi in the dressing room that will go up to this player and put his arm around him and say listen I’ve been through this and so on and so forth, these are the things that are part of the game. And coaches are as good as the people that surround them, and a lot of time you think it’s just about assistant coaches or other people. It’s also about their players, and when their players get it, they can certainly be a big asset to us because we come in the dressing room, we give them the message that we need to give them, but it has to be reinforced by players. And Mark [Recchi] has always been the on who, one of many in that dressing room that’s done that. So he’s been a really valuable asset to our hockey club and he’ got a lot of things to back it up with.

On how much momentum they can take from their win in Vancouver in February…
Well I know we went in there and played a pretty solid game, but also we played a pretty solid game the last game we played here. So we can look at what we’ve done closer to the next game as very similar to what we did when we played Vancouver. And there weren’t many mistakes in that game either and we played our game, played tight checking and forecheck and were a physical team and really battled hard against those guys. And that’s what is going to have to happen, there is a lot of skill, there is a lot of speed. Their backend has a lot of versatility and they love to carry the puck up the ice a lot. So they are a pretty potent team and obviously they thrive on their power play. So we are going to have to be a physical team but we are also going to have to be a very disciplined team.

On having four players skate on the gold line in practice today…
Well I knew that question was going to come up and I even said it before practice. I said four golds, somebody is going to ask me about it. No, I think the one thing I tried to do was with, I’m going call them merlot because they want to be called merlot. They don’t get the same amount of ice time those others do. And with Thorty [Shawn Thornton] not having played, I think it was important for them to get a regular turn at practice. And those other guys play a lot. Whether it’s Mark [Recchi] who we like to give a rest to at times, or Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] who plays a lot, so kind of rotate through that. So I wouldn’t read more into it than it was. That’s the reason we did that.

On the people dressed in green who taunt players in the penalty box in Vancouver…
Well I think our guys sent an e-mail asking for the other one that was there to replace them. [Laughter] I think that’s what the guys wanted. So it will be interesting to see, yeah the one not dressed in green, not dressed at all for that matter. But no, I think those are things that, I think it’s great for hockey, personally. As long as they don’t go overboard and they are trying to be funny. As a player, if I was a player and I was in the penalty box and they were there, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It certainly wouldn’t take my focus off the game. And to me, as long as they don’t cross the line, I think it’s great. It’s entertainment and every rink has its identity, and for them right now, they seem to be retaining all the attention. So we’ll see who sits next to the penalty box when we get there. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD PATRICE BERGERON

On making the Stanley Cup Final…
Obviously very happy, very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team so far. And how far we’ve come. We came back and showed some character all playoffs but also all season. Obviously for me being it’s my eighth year in Boston and having a chance to share that with the city is something special for me. 

On the support for the team from the fans…
Yeah, for sure. You can feel, you can sense that the whole city is behind us and they’ve been like that all playoffs. It’s great. Obviously Boston is such a sports town and to bring back, I guess the hockey fans and us into it. Is something that I’m, very proud of.

On the Vancouver Canucks…
Well they are a great team, they have a lot of depth. They are good on all positions and it’s going to be a tough series and we are aware of that. Obviously we are going to have to take it a game at a time and we are going to have to concentrate on Wednesday right now.

On if he is excited to go back to Vancouver…
Yea, very excited. Obviously like you said, those memories are still engraved in my heart and I’ll never forget them. Winning the Gold medal in the Olympics on the Canadian soil is something special and having a chance to go back there is going to be fun.

On the feeling in the room…
Yeah, I think the feeling right now, we’re happy but we’re not satisfied with clinching, I guess winning the conference title. I think obviously we have some unfinished business and we want to finish it.


BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MARK RECCHI

On the keys to playing the Canucks…
Well we haven’t, obviously we only played them once this year so, we haven’t gone over really a lot of team stuff. But, I mean obviously they’re a President’s Trophy winner, they’re a great hockey team, deep and well coached, and we’ll look at things we have to do. I mean obviously, any key to your team’s success is how you play personally. I think we focus on what we do ourselves. Our coaching staff will give us obviously their tendencies, and their coaching staff will give them our tendencies. It’s who’s going to want it more and who’s going to play to their abilities the best and their game plan the best.

On how much past experience matters…
Well, you know what, it doesn’t. And at this point, it just, it really doesn’t matter. We’ve learned a lot through the course of the season with this group of guys. There’s been some guys that have been through a lot, same as Vancouver, they’ve got some guys that have been through a lot. Some hardships, some good things, and it’s just a matter of going out and playing and enjoying it. I mean, this is fun. It’s exciting times for everybody.

On trying to contain Daniel and Henrik Sedin…
You know what, like I said, we haven’t played against them. Like we played them once this year, and obviously I watch a lot of hockey, I’m a fan too, so obviously they’re very dynamic. They have little plays all over the place. Their whole line, they play very well. Everything’s short and quick, and they’re trying two-on-one all over the place, and they’re very smart, very intelligent hockey players. And they’ve done a heck of a job. They’ve continued to mature as players and see where they are now, MVPs, and how successful they’ve been.
 
On if how the Bruins played in Game 7 against Tampa Bay is a blueprint for the Finals…
Yeah, that’s the style we play, and that’s the type of game we need to play, and we control our forecheck, control the game with our forecheck and our tempo. Play on the edge, play physical, but at the same time be really good defensively, and through the neutral zone. A lot of that’s created by our good forecheck as well.

On probably not playing a game with no penalties in the Finals…
Well I mean, obviously it was a great, I think it was a great (officiated) game. I mean obviously we know there’s going to be penalties in the playoffs, but they’re going to be warranted, and you’ve just got to, you get a penalty and you kill it off, and get ready. If you get a power play, you’ve got to keep momentum. It’s going to be a great series. Two very similar teams.

On the Bruins’ special teams right now…
Well our penalty kill has been, for the most part, good all year. Our power play has been up and down, and obviously a lot more down lately. But there’s been signs of it coming out, so you know, no better time at the end, in the Stanley Cup Finals, and hopefully we can get it going and do some things and see where it goes. 

BOSTON BRUINS GOALIE TIM THOMAS

On his thoughts on the matchup of him and Roberto Luongo, as they are both Vezina Trophy Finalists…
Yeah well I mean, like you said it’s not, it’s Vancouver versus Boston, it’s not you know me versus [Roberto] Luongo. He’s a part of their team and I’m a part of my team and we both have an impact on how the game goes. But you know, I’m playing against you know Vancouver’s forwards and defenseman and he’s playing against Boston’s forwards and defenseman. And so, having said that you know I watched the last game he played there against San Jose and he looked, he looked real good, you know he looked like he was on his game. And you know since having seen that and I know I’m going to have to do a good job to you know, give our team a chance. 

On what it means to him to be in the Stanley Cup Final…
Well, it’s great and it’s where you’ve wanted to be. And you, well what I’ve worked for my whole life, you know to get to this point in the Stanley Cup. And so it, you know, it’s a big accomplishment. But you don’t dream of getting to the Stanley Cup Finals, you dream of winning the Stanley Cup. So there’s still more work to be done.

On why he has been so successful against Vancouver in his career…
It really has no relevance. It’s kind of like why did I have pretty good success against Ottawa. You know there’s probably one other team or something that I’ve, well Philadelphia in Philadelphia. You know there’s no rhyme or reason to it, it just happens to be the way it’s worked out. But there is no use dwelling on the success you’ve had before because this, what success you can have moving forward here over the next couple of games is what’s going to be important.

On if it gives him more confidence since he has been successful in the past…
Well, I guess. I just haven’t thought about it that much. It’s just you know, I mean I played against this team this year once, and so the other two times that I’ve played against Vancouver it’s not even worth really comparing because they were a different team and we were a different team. I know the one game that we did win, it wasn’t an easy game, and basically we had a one goal lead for, you know most of the time. I think we ended up, did get a two goal lead near the end. But, so it was a very tight game so you can take a little bit of confidence that you won that one game. But it only goes so far.

On what finer points he is focusing on in this series…
I’m not because if you start focusing on the finer points and by definition you’re thinking too much, you know. So the goal is you know, not to think too much and for the most part you have to think to play but you just want to keep it all focused on hockey, be in the moment. So you wont break it down into the finer individual points.

On how he describes his style…
Nothing, well I’m still holding to the fact that it’s more like a butterfly style than most people give it credit. But you know what look at Luongo’s style it’s not your common orthodox butterfly style either, especially you know, it looks like the ways he’s learned to move when he’s down on his legs is different this year than he been doing in the past.

On if he thinks his style of play keeps the opposition guessing…
No, I mean I’ve heard people say that. I’ve got myself guessing a lot of the time so [laughs].

On how he keeps himself physically fresh after eighteen playoff games…
Well you keep doing the same thing you’ve done all year, but you’ve just got to keep it going. And you know keep, you start training for this moment last summer. And you know, it’s a build up and then during the season you’ve just got to stick with your routine and never let, basically never let yourself fall behind. Because once you fall behind it’s too hard to catch up.


BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ZDENO CHARA

On not playing against Vancouver very often…
We don’t play really a lot against the other conference, usually one, max twice a year. But we know it’s going to be a challenge, we know it’s going to be a great series.

On what he has to do to keep Henrik and Daniel Sedin in check…
Well we know how great they can be and we just have to be aware of them and just try to take as much time and space away from them as possible.

On how Dennis Seidenberg has played in the postseason…
He’s been playing really solid hockey. He’s been elevating his game from regular season games and he really stepped it up. He’s playing all situations, just really solid.

On being paired with Dennis Seidenberg…
Yeah we both like to work extremely hard, be there for each other every game and every shift. We have accepted the challenge.

On the excitement of the finals being overwhelmed by the prospect of playing in the actual games…
I think you have to balance it. To be excited is one thing, then obviously being in control of your emotions is also another thing. I just think you have to find the right balance for being in the right spot.

On building up a dislike for the Vancouver Canucks…
It’s going to be a battle, we know what we are playing for. I think both teams want it really badly, like I said, it’s going to be a great series.

On what it will be like playing against Henrik and Daniel Sedin…
A challenge. They are great players. The whole team is playing really well so it’s going to be challenging. 

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN DENNIS SEIDENBERG

On playing in Vancouver…
Oh yeah definitely. I don’t think it gets any crazier than Montreal, that we had in the first series. So I’m sure everybody knows what to expect and is ready to handle it.

On what goes into shot blocking…
To be honest, you don’t really practice shot blocking, it’s just something that comes naturally I guess. If you want to block shots, you do it. There’s no secret to it. You get in the shooting lane and try to put one of the shin pads in there, or your pants, so it’s no secret. But it’s nothing special. Yeah that’s it.

On his confidence level right now…
I’m feeling good. Like you said, we’ve played good together the whole playoffs, and it’s been fun playing with Zee [Zdeno Chara]. But our job’s not done and we still have the last series ahead of us and I think we’re really eager to come out on top.

On if the teams the Bruins have faced already in the playoffs have prepared them for Daniel and Henrik Sedin…
I think we’re ready. As you said, in the first series it was [Tomas] Plekanec and [Michael] Cammalleri and [Brian] Gionta and those guys. Second it was Philly with one of the highest-scoring offenses during the regular season. And last series, we had [Steven] Stamkos, [Vincent] Lecavalier and [Martin] St. Louis. So I’m sure we’re well prepared for what’s going to come at us.

On if he looks forward to the challenge of playing Henrik and Daniel Sedin…
Yeah I love shutting down those guys. Trying to, at least. There’s nothing better than having a big challenge ahead of you.

On defending against Vancouver’s offense…
Well you want to try to not be over-aggressive, because once you do that, they spin off of you and that’s what they want to try to accomplish, be one guy and then two on the next. They’re really good at finding each other, as Rex [Mark Recchi] said, with the give-and-gos, and the blind pass behind the back. So that’s a real challenge for us, to be aggressive but not being stupid about it. So we have to be smart in our defensive play.

On what he was doing this time last year…
I was working out. I was getting ready for the next season already, and I think now, I had just started. It was probably my second or third week of working out again. So it was full summer mode.

On being forced to sit out last year’s playoffs with an injury…
Very annoying…Just to be able to play a part in these playoffs and being able to be on the ice, it’s just a real treat.

On if he appreciates this year’s playoff run more since he sat out last year…
Yes and no. I mean, last year, like I said, it was tough, and it was definitely gratifying I’m able to play this year, and being able to help.

On if preparing for a team they don’t face a lot is to do a crash course in their tendencies…
Yes and no. I mean we’re going to do some video obviously in the next couple days, and we all know what the Sedins [Daniel and Henrik Sedin] play like and how [Ryan] Kesler plays like. So it’s not much different than we’ve seen the last three series. So, it’s not going to be much different than what we faced before, but we have to be sharp and ready.

On if Vancouver’s speed and pace of play poses challenges for any team…
Yes and no. I mean I’m sure they’re not any faster than the team’s we faced before. It’s just a matter of us to keep going where we ended up, how we ended up playing last game, game seven, and just build on that. I mean, then we’re going to be on the right path.

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