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Some pregame notes

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  April 14, 2012 03:10 PM

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Bruins coach Claude Julien and forward Rich Peverley spoke to reporters before today's game. Here are their quotes:

Claude Julien

On if David Krejci will play today...
You’ll see him on the ice in the warmup.

On the organization’s level-headed reaction to the playoff series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010, in which the team blew a 3-0 series lead...
Well, I think there was a lot of reasons for that. For our organization to go backwards would have been a big mistake because, you know, as we mentioned numerous times about this whole situation a few years ago, you know, you’re up 3-0 [in the series], but you lose [David] Krejci, who was probably the best player at the time, we had no [Dennis] Seidenberg, we had no [Andrew] Ference, we had a lot of injuries, and we weren’t the same team, so it was a matter of having cool heads prevail, and that’s what we did. Upper management took a look at it, we had some discussions, and we still had confidence in our team, and we just moved forward from there.

On if backup goalie Tuukka Rask is close to returning ...
Yeah, Tuukka’s come along real well. Right now, he’s at the point where it’s more about strength and conditioning than his injury. He feels good and everything else, but having been out for a while, as a goaltender, you’ve got to do some conditioning and some strengthening. And he’s been going hard not for the last little while, and today was actually his day off to recover and rest, and then he’s going to go hard at it again. I can’t tell you exactly when he’s going to be in, but everything’s going in the right direction, and right now, it’s those two elements that I just talked about that’s stopping him from getting back in our lineup.

On defenseman Adam McQuaid’s recovery...
Yeah, he said he’s starting to get better, and things are looking better for him, and so basically, we’re going to hope that that continues, but that’s basically all there is right now. There’s nothing negative about his situation, and we’re hoping that he continues to be day-to-day, and that if all of a sudden he feels extremely well and he can see well and everything else, then he can get it going.

On Dennis Seidenberg’s place in the Bruins' lineup…
Well, you know, when he played for other teams, I remember watching him, and I know a lot of our guys, Peter [Chiarelli] also liked him a lot, and he did great things. He was a guy that always seemed to perform well in big games, and we know he played for Carolina when we lost out to them [in 2009] as well, and he was a solid player. We know he moved around a little bit earlier in his career, but we felt he was a real good fit for us, and he has been. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a question of two years ago or three years ago, when he was out of the playoffs, we really missed a guy like him, and you know, he’s only grown more and more confidence-wise. As I often mention, certain players are fit to play certain ways, and, you know, we also look at that when we pick up a player, whether he can fit well into what we’re trying to accomplish here as an organization, and he’s been one of those, and we talked about [Greg] Zanon being one of those guys that’s come in here and done well. He’s been a good fit for the way we try and play, so I think that’s where Dennis is. And Dennis, as I said, was probably a big-time unsung hero last year in the playoffs when Zdeno [Chara] got a lot of credit, which he deserved, but I don’t think Dennis got enough from his end of the deal [and] what he accomplished.

On the team’s strategy for dealing with Washington’s ability to block a lot of shots…
Well, we’re certainly trying to get more shots to the net, if that’s what you’re saying, and that’s something we respect in teams. A lot of teams block shots, and the bottom line is, we’ve got to get some shots through.

On improving the power play…
Yeah. I think I talked about that yesterday. You know, I thought we did a lot of puck dusting and sending it to the middle quicker, and if we don’t dust the puck as much, if there’s an opportunity, we’ll be able to get our shots through instead of giving them a chance at getting to that shooting lane, and so we work on our puck movement and what we need to do, just like they worked on theirs, and I don’t think that either team was extremely pleased with their power play last game ... so we work on those elements that you think will make a difference in the game.

On if he’s watching the other playoff series and what he thinks…
Uh, I do, number one. You always do in the playoffs, keep track of everything, and you want to stay on top of all situations, so I mean, either we’re playing, or we’re sitting in front of the television watching others play, and that’s how playoffs are. My thoughts are exactly what I figured would happen: There’s always surprises, there’s always things that happen in playoffs that people don’t expect, and that’s the beauty of the playoffs. The one thing we all know is that you never take anything for granted. You know, you just have to use us as an example: We were down, 2-0, last year in the playoffs, losing our first two games to Montreal, and it was a real tough uphill climb we had to overcome, and we were fortunate that we did that that. So I think there are other teams that will certainly use that example, that lost their first couple games, but, you know, anything happens in the playoffs, so I’m not surprised, but certainly intrigued at what’s going on.

On Tyler Seguin improving his defensive play…
First thing, I don’t think we had questions about his defensive play more than we really felt that he needed grow in that area because the NHL is a lot different than playing in junior hockey, and we all know that one mistake can cost you a game. And he understood that quickly. I thought he did a great job last year of improving and making his game better so that he became a better two-way player this year. Again, he’s gotten better in that area. I still remember last game, him backchecking hard, and Ovi [Alexander Ovechkin] was actually on the rush, and he was able to take the puck away from him. It’s a sign of maturity, and at the same time, as a group of coaches, you have to have trust in your players, and when you have that, it allows a player to probably mature and grow quicker than if he feels the coach has doubts in him. From our end of it, we feel that Patrice Bergeron is probably the best two-way centerman in the league, and so we’re capable of relying on him as well to do a job, but those two guys have always talked about making sure they don’t put all the pressure on Patrice, and they want to do their share of work as well. So it’s great to see a young player think that way and act that way.


Forward Rich Peverley

On if this game will be as physical and intense as the last one…
I think the game was pretty physical. I think it’s going to be consistent, probably for a lot of these games; I don’t see a reason why it would drop – it could intense a little bit but I thought it was a pretty physical game and it will continue to be.

On his thoughts on the team’s power play last game…
Well, we definitely had chances but I think quality chances, grade A chances, we can definitely try to improve on. We’ve still got to always have a net presence and if [Holtby is] coming out and challenging we’ve got to have a guy out in front of his face.

On if he had considered playing center if David Krejci was unavailable…
No, not really. If it did happen I guess I have no problem playing center. Krech [Krejci] should be fine, I talked to him this morning – he looks good. So, I haven’t really thought about it since.

On what adjustments they will make after last game…
Well they had a couple chances in overtime and Timmy [Tim Thomas] played unbelievable, especially in overtime. Chris Kelly coming down and scoring that goal – that’s a big goal. I don’t think we played our best but we definitely have a lot of room for improvement. But at the end of the day we got the win and we want to improve on that game so we can have a game today that we’re well prepared for and well prepared for.

On what adjustments the team will make to prevent breakdowns in the neutral zone…
They do a good job in the neutral zone but we’ve got speed and we’ve got some big bodies. I think we’ve just got to continue to play a simple game and get in on the forecheck. We’re usually best when we play simple so if we can get the puck in, keep it away from the goalie – [Braden Holtby] seems to play it pretty well – so keep it away from him and hold on to it down low.

On how the team will create more shooting lanes…
We know they’ve got guys on the back end, even up front, that block a lot of shots. It’s just being conscious of it, knowing who’s on the ice and you know that [Karl] Alzner blocks a lot of shots and there’s other guys that block a lot of shots. You’ve just got to be able to move around them and even just put them on net and try to create a rebound if you can’t get a clear shot for a goal.

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