Final words on Canucks-Bruins Game 2

? VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A couple more assorted postgame comments on the Canucks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Bruins in Game 2: Bruins coach Claude Julien, on whether third-period struggles have been their undoing: “It’s not what’s alarming right now, it’s what we need to do better. I don’t know if it’s them taking over in the third period. I think our team certainly has to be better with our puck management, our decision-making. We need to play a little bit more like we did in the second period. We’re capable of doing that. We got to go back home, regroup, and get back to work.”

Julien, on whether Chara struggled tonight (he finished the game minus-1): ” Well, I guess, all of a sudden you lose a game and now we’re going to start wondering about certain players? I think it’s really about our whole team. It’s not about Zdeno. Zdeno didn’t lose the game for us tonight. Our whole team did I don’t think we played very well, to what our standards are all about. I think the decision making, the puck management, it’s what’s costing us games. When you turn pucks over in the neutral zone, this is a team that thrives on it. We know that they thrive on it, yet we kept turning pucks over in the neutral zone. We have to be a little better in
those areas.”


Julien, why he moved Chara back to the point on the power play: “I think Zdeno has a lot of ice time. When you play a lot, certainly don’t want him in front
all the time. It’s a very taxing position to be in. We thought that [Milan] Lucic was bringing a pretty good physical presence tonight. He was capable of doing the job there for him. As I mentioned [at the morning skate], I said you’re going to see him there at times, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to see him there all the time. Lucic did a great job and got ourselves a goal out of it.”

Canucks center Manny Malhotra, on playing his first game since March 16 after suffering a serious eye injury and the rousing ovations he received throughout the game: “I was excited I was going to have the chance to play, but probably the most nervous I’ve been in my entire career. Coming to the rink, felt really normal, going through the same game-day routine. Again, the nerves kept getting to me. I was telling the
guys, right from warmup, it was kind of sensory overload, just the noise, the crowd into it, all the towels waving. It was the first time I’ve seen a home crowd that excited in playoffs. I guess I really didn’t settle down till after my first shift. It was obviously a great feeling, the ovation I got for my first shift.”


Canucks center Daniel Sedin, on why Vancouver was able to significantly outplay the Bruins in the third period for the second straight game, outshooting them 11-5 and scoring the tying goal: “I think we have four lines that go out there and play the same way. We get pucks deep. We forecheck really hard. It wears teams down. It’s been like this the whole season. It’s nothing new for us. I think when we’re at our best, we usually have a lot of success in the third period.”

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (28 saves), on his history playing in Boston: “Well, I played my first NHL game in Boston. First wins, first shutout against the Bruins. Yeah, pretty good history, I’d say.”

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