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Running Quotes from Bruins vs. Predators on 1\/2
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BOSTON BRUINS POSTGAME QUOTES
BOSTON BRUINS VS. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Thursday, January 2, 2014

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
On coming out with intensity in the third period…
Good you know, obviously it was a good period for us. We made some adjustments there as far as our approach to the game. In the second period we didn’t get dominated, but we weren’t getting any offense – you know we had some zone time, but everything was on the outside, we weren’t taking pucks to the net, the shots from the point weren’t hitting the next either. And you know you come out of that period with three or four shots, and that’s not good enough to win hockey games. And it just took one mistake and they had the lead. So in the third period we came out with a better purpose, you know of taking pucks to the net and going there, and then attacking. So that made a big difference in our game.

On whether the win helps erase some of the “bad memories” from the past two losses…
I don’t think we dwelled on it too much. It’s a two-game losing streak, but we were more focused on winning this one. And whether you win it in regulation or overtime, I think it’s the win itself that matters. You know it’s nice to get back into the winning column, and it’s no doubt when you win you feel a lot better as a team. And I think if we were going into practice tomorrow knowing that we had lost three in a row it’s no doubt it would have been a different atmosphere around our dressing room. But practicing tomorrow will be a lot better.

On Johnny Boychuk having some extra jump tonight…
Well you know, I thought he played a good game. Our right side I thought was pretty good on defense tonight, and he was good jumping in that play. And then I really liked Dougie Hamilton’s game – for a guy who has been out for a while I thought he played extremely well, so that was nice to see. But Johnny [Boychuk] played a good game tonight, and that’s coming off probably a tough effort the other night from our Ds [defensemen]. I thought they were much better tonight.

On Niklas Svedberg’s first game…
Yeah I mean, we’re comfortable. I didn’t see him being much different from the first until the third, but I thought in the second when they did throw a lot of pucks at him he stood tall and made some good saves. I liked his game tonight, he was good and he just showed us that he’s a guy we need to look at and keep an eye on. He’s going to head back to Providence tomorrow, but there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.

On assessing the team mid-way through the season…
You guys take turns asking me the same questions, eh? Who was the last one to ask me that question, maybe I’ll give the same answer? (laughs)… You go through the half point and you look at yourself in the standings and you’re in decent positions – but you know again, when I say we can get better, we know we can get better. I think the more the games are going to have some importance I think you’re going to see the guys buckle down even more, and that’s just a natural trend. And right now I think we’re playing well enough that we’re at the top of the league with a lot of other teams, and we’ve just got to stay there because even that’s a task to stay at the top. And I think we’ve got a challenge just in regards to that.

On Milan Lucic’s effort tonight…
Well I think you’ve got to look at your team first, and I think there’s no doubt when he’s skating he’s a much different player. And we’ve seen the difference between that Milan [Lucic] skating and Milan not skating, and when he skates whether it’s back-check whether it’s forecheck and you see guys looking over their shoulders, and he’s turned a lot of pucks over just by skating and his presence in coming. I think that makes him such a good player, and you’ve got to give him credit like that go-ahead goal that [Jarome] Iginla scored is the kind of goal I like seeing – he’s using his outside speed, and it’s a great pass, but what he did just to battle to get in good position to tip that puck in is I think a great example of what our team is all about.

On Ryan Spooner using his speed to create some offense…
Yeah I mean, that’s what he’s known for. We analyze the game a little bit more than that – when you look at that first goal and that’s where you have to understand that he still has a lot to learn. And we’re not going to crucify him for doing something like that, but the thing is he’s got to keep working on his game because at this level every goal means a lot. But his speed, and his skill level, and we’ve got him on the power play. You know, he’s a good playmaker, and that’s why he’s still here and why we like him.

On the different options they have on defense now that Dougie Hamilton is back…
There’s no doubt you do feel the loss of [Dennis] Seidenberg, because anytime [Zdeno Chara] Z was out there tired and he had to come to the bench you could really rely heavily on him. Now we’ve got to rely on others, and that’s where some of those guys – [Dougie] Hamilton coming back, you’ve got [Johnny] Boychuk, you’ve got [Adam] McQuaid – guys with some experience here that can step in and do that job. But you know, bringing Hamilton back in and having that solid right side right now and Z on the left with some good puck and skating defensemen – and [Matt] Bartkowski and [Torey] Krug – I guess balances out our D [defense] a little bit better.

On Marchand saying he was surprised to look down and see the puck on his stick for the overtime goal…
That’s because most of the time he’s lost those pucks (laughs)… And it worked, so I give him credit for that, and he was smart enough just to throw it at the net, and [Patrice Bergeron] Bergy’s there. Again, when he’s skating he makes things happen, and I thought he skated well tonight. When he uses that outside speed he makes things happen a lot more, and as you can see in a lot of games he has that ability to cut from the outside to the inside pretty good. And that was one of his patented moves here tonight. But you know it was one of those things that if it hits [Mike] Fisher’s skates it’s a different ballgame and he had to be ready to back-check, but maybe I was surprised a little bit too that he still had the puck.

On Carl Soderberg’s game tonight…
Good you know, I think his size and his desire to go into those dirty areas and just plow through makes a big difference for that line. You know those two young kids that are on his line right now have a little bit more confidence and makes it even braver. So that really helps a lot. It kind of gave that line, again, that dimension we had when Carl [Soderberg] was there before he missed those games. But it made a big difference, and like I said to me he’s an experienced guy that’s played at a high-level for a long time so I don’t consider him a rookie or a young player.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD RYAN SPOONER
On how much of a difference it made having Carl Soderberg back on their line…
He’s a good player.  He’s big, he’s good in the corners, he gets to the net, so it was great.

On Carl Soderberg getting up to the net on that goal…
I think it started in our own end, he won a puck battle on the wall, gave it back to Bart, Bart gave it to me, and he skated all the way up and got in front which was great.

On Niklas Svedberg’s game tonight…
He played great.  I was really happy for him, his first game, I thought he played really well.

On the play where their line scored, why it seemed that both teams were having trouble getting a rush in the first two periods…
I think on that one their third guy just kind of got caught in the middle and he was along the wall that was coming down on me.  I think the first two periods they were doing a good job at getting over top of us, but I think in the third period a couple times their third guy was kind of lost in the middle and we seemed to take advantage of it.

On when you see a player in the wrong position and you want to push it right away…
I think for any player, when you can take advantage of that, like you kind of see it – it doesn’t happen too many times in a game, so when it does you’ve got to kind of bear down and at least get a chance out of it.

On Niklas Svedberg being calm out there tonight…
That’s his game.  He always plays well, he’s calm in the net; I thought he played great.

On Carl Soderberg’s return to their line…
He started off winning a puck battle in our own end, and for him to be down in the corner and then make it all the way to the front of the net – I don’t even know how he got there, he was definitely skating really fast, but if he doesn’t do that then that lane doesn’t open up so it was really good to have him. 

On if not wanting to lose three in a row motivated the team…
We didn’t really talk about losing three in a row, it was more so just expecting more out of our play and I think in the third period we just pushed the pace a little bit more.  We just got pucks in the net and it seemed to work for us.

On if his confidence is growing…
Yeah; first couple of games I was here I was kind of just not really making anything happen, but I feel like I’ve kind of went like this a little bit, kind of up and down, and I think if I can maintain creating chances and using my speed I think I’ll be fine. 

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD MILAN LUCIC
On what the difference was in the third period compared to the other two…
I think we started hitting the net and we started making better plays and getting to the net and spending time in the offensive zone.  Especially in the second period it was one and done, where we got in the zone and maybe made one play and boom it was going out the other way.  Being able to sustain some pressure on them obviously got us those two goals and ended up getting a big win in overtime.

On what he thought of [Niklas]Svedberg’s play…
Yeah he played great, real good.  Obviously it’s a little nerves playing your first NHL game but you can see that he made some big saves for us and he was pretty confident in net there.  We talked about it, we wanted to play hard for him and try to get him a big win in his first NHL game. 

On how he would assess the team at the mid-way point…
Pretty good, first in the Atlantic Division and I think there’s obviously areas that we can still improve on to get our game, I wouldn’t say we are peaking as of this point but obviously we are in a good position as far as the standings go.  I think we have to look forward to the second half here and kind of like I said keep building and building in these last 41 games and peak at the right time and get our game where we want it to be.

On the goal his line scored…
It all starts with Krejc [David Krejci] turning the puck over there and I just saw a 2 on 2 happen and Iggy [Jarome Iginla] does a great job of getting position around the defenseman there and was able to present his stick and I just tried to put it on there and it ended up working and it ended up being a big goal. 

On if avoiding a third loss in a row was on their mind tonight …
We talked about it.  We take pride in saying that good teams don’t lose two in a row. It’s only the second time this year where we had lost two in a row and we talked about turning it around and having an opportunity to do it here with the first game of 2014 and we can start the year off right, it was good to get that win and kind of build some momentum into Saturday, our last game before we head out west again so we wanted to build towards that.

On if it’s fun to watch a guy like Spooner create plays…
He’s gotten better like you said I think his confidence has gotten better, making plays and obviously great play there on Johnny’s [Boychuk] goal, he’s definitely stepped up at times to get us some big goals.

On if getting that goal felt good after battling with Shea Weber all night…
Yeah, and we felt like we created some chances that unfortunately before that we didn’t capitalize on so it felt obviously good to get that one and like I said it ends up being a big goal to get a lead there, we put a lot of I guess you could say pressure on ourselves to try and produce and help contribute to this team every night.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS FORWARD MATT HENDRICKS
On tonight’s game…
A little bit in the third there we got away. We made a few mistakes, and they’re a good team too they made some great plays out there. That [Jarome] Iginla goal was a great play. [Johnny] Boychuk’s goal was just he got an odd man rush and he bared their chances. I think to be able to get a point here and feel good about ourselves, I don’t think we’re going to feel great but we’re going to like we came in and played a good hockey team today.

On the mood in the Predators’ locker room after the game…
We wanted two points, but it didn’t work that way. That was our goal, but the mood is good. We’re not negative, we’re not down on ourselves for only getting one. We thought we had the chance, we know we had the chance to get two but it didn’t happen. We’ve got to think about it a bit and move on to Florida.

On the Bruins…
It’s a very good team. They had a young kid [Niklas Svedberg] come in and play net for them tonight that hadn’t played a game, and he played…made some big saves for them. In my opinion kept them in the game there early, at least for three quarters of the second, he really kept them in. That’s part of hockey.

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD BRAD MARCHAND
On if he realized he had the goal…
I wasn’t sure; I was kind of getting ready to backcheck because you never know with that move.  Luckily it went in, and I saw the guy coming, so I just wanted to get it off.  I think a lot of traffic in front – he didn’t really see it. 

On how the goal played out…
I was just trying to get it on net; I saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] going in and Smitty [Reilly Smith] was going to the far side and I just wanted to get it on net and luckily it went in. 

On the shift before Johnny Boychuk scored creating a motivational spark…
Any time a shift can, or I can, build a little momentum and build off – that’s what happened.  We had a few pretty good chances and then the guys kept going and followed up.  Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and I made a great play there and it was a huge goal for us.

If it was tough to come back from the hit from Shea Weber…
I was a little shaken up; I just got a stick in the mouth which was the biggest thing, and hurt my back a bit.  He’s a big boy and you’re bound to get hit every now and again, but that was alright. 

On the move that Ryan Spooner made in their zone before Johnny Boychuk’s goal…
He’s a phenomenal skater and he’s really shifty, very tough to hit, and he makes a lot of things happen because of that.  He’s got very good vision on the rush and Johnny [Boychuk] did a great job to finish it off; I think the goalie thought it was going right in the chest so – threw him off a bit there.

On driving to the net more…
They do a pretty good job at blocking shots and getting in front of the lanes, and a lot of times you’ve got to shoot wide.  But I think once we started driving the net a little more, and you saw Krejc [David Krejci] do it a couple of times, on Iggy’s goal.  That’s more of our team and we’ve got to get back to doing that a little bit more; it’ll give us a few more opportunities.

On Carl Soderberg driving to the net on Jarome Iginla’s goal…
Carl [Soderberg] did it too on Johnny’s [Boychuk’s] goal, and Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] did it on my goal, and all of that opens up more room for other guys so we’ve got to keep doing that.

On what he thought of Niklas Svedberg in goal tonight…
He did a great job.  He really stepped up; he just seemed so calm out there and very poised.  It’s pretty rare to see that out of a young guy coming up for his first game but very impressive.

On what a moment like this can do for his game going forward…
I think I’ve just got to keep going.  Every game you want to try to build a little more confidence and try to keep improving, and that’s all I do.

On if he’s starting to feel back to where he wants to be…
A little bit, but I think at the same time it’s a little bit of the bounces too; earlier in the year that probably would have been a turnover and a goal the other way so a little bit of luck there, getting that through, and that’s just how it goes sometimes.

On having consistency with their line…
It’s nice having a group where we’re comfortable with each other, and we get to know each other a little bit.  We’re making plays and scoring a few goals so it’s nice.

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN JOHNNY BOYCHUK
On if there was something said into coming out as a different team in the third period…
Not really we knew that we could play better.  We only had I think three shots in the second period.  I mean that’s not characteristic of our team, but we wanted to get more pucks to the net, try to join the rush when there’s an opportunity to, and try to get more pucks and bodies towards the net, because you know getting three shots in the second period isn’t going to cut it and we knew that and we wanted to play our kind of game in the third period and we did.  It went into overtime obviously and Marchy [Brad Marchand] had a nice goal.

On the reason behind the team’s overall struggle in the second period this season…
I wish I could tell you.  I don’t know.

On Ryan Spooner’s assist to his goal…
He’s been playing really well.  I mean he’s seen me coming down so I mean it was a good play obviously, because we scored a goal, but he’s been using his speed and skill effectively up here and he’s been playing well and it was a nice play.

On Niklas Svedberg’s game tonight…
Oh he played really well.  He gave us a chance to win.  I mean for his first game he looked pretty comfortable and he played extremely well and I’m just happy to see him get that first win under his belt.

On what changed for the team in the third period…
We just started to play our game – tried not to be too fancy and just get pucks and bodies to the net.  I mean the second period wasn’t our best, you only have three shots and you can’t really win when you only have three shots obviously.  We just tried to get on the rush when you can and try and get more pucks and bodies to the net and limit the turnovers.

On whether or not Svedberg was comfortable enough to direct traffic to his teammates…
Oh, absolutely. He did a good job talking and we had to talk to him to play the puck and let him know where we were and he just did a good job by moving it.

On his goal tonight…
It was a good play by Spoons [Ryan Spooner] and you know he used his speed wide and there was a couple guys driving the net, which opened the lane up to pass it back to me and I had the whole lane towards the net and just beat the goalie.

On Spooner’s speed and puck handling…
Well he’s been playing like that since he’s gotten here.  He’s a very fast and skilled player and he sees the ice well and in the third period we had to make sure to jump up in the rush when we had the chance and we did that and it created a couple scoring chances for us and it helped out with our game.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS FORWARD MIKE FISHER
On starting the new year right by getting a point against a really good team…
Yeah they’re one of the best in the East and I thought we played solid road game and did some real good things. You want the two always, but we build on it.

On being beat on the Brad Marchand game winning goal…
Oh it was just a bad play by me, but you know I don’t think Maz (Marek Mazanec) saw it in the screen and no one else plays it. I’d like that back, but what do you do.

On what he was trying to do on the play…
I don’t know. It’s just whatever, it’s over I’m not worried about it.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS FORWARD VIKTOR STALBERG
On playing like it was a big game…
Yeah, we played a good hockey game, a real good road game for us. It feels like we’re really playing well for fifty minutes in the zone then we make a couple of mistakes then it comes back and really hurts us, but at the end of the night we find a way to get back in it and take a point here in Boston, which is a big point for us.

On using this game as a launching point for the team..,
We’ve been playing really good hockey lately so I think we stick to our structure, I think anytime you can keep Boston to two goals in regulation and get some chances like we did tonight I think we’re a good team. It says a lot to sticking to our program and staying the full course. We’ve been sitting back a little bit when we get the lead and going into the third, but that’s something we’ve got to get changed a little bit.

On what he saw on his goal…
I had a good feeling. When Fish [Mike Fisher] was carrying it I saw that he wouldn’t really be able to take it to the net so I knew he was going to shoot it and I just tried to beat my man going to the far side and sure enough it kind of just came straight out to my tape there. Tried to put it on net and he made a pretty good sprawl to get back in net and almost caught it, but it was nice to see it go in.

On contributing to the offensive output after expressing interest making an impact…
Yeah it’s always nice to score, gets a little confidence and I thought our line played pretty well tonight especially in the first two periods. We had their puck in their end for the most time and created some really good chances. Probably should’ve scored a few more, but that’s how the puck seems to be bouncing for us right now so we just got to be a little better in the third. We were on the ice for both goals against us, not really what we want to do, but I think we played great and make two mistakes and it ends up in our net so that’s tough, but that’s how it goes sometimes

BOSTON BRUINS GOALTENDER NIKLAS SVEDBERG
On his first game in the NHL…
Every since I started playing this is where I wanted to be so I’m real happy with this win.  It’s just one game but it’s real fun to get the win in my first game.

On what his first experience was like…
It was alright, it was pretty calm.  There were some rebounds in the first period and stuff like that but I got going pretty good with some shots from the outside early on so it was good.  I felt pretty comfortable.

On what this was like compared to the preseason game…
It’s always different from preseason to regular season but at the same time you still want to play the same game.  I felt good, I tried to play my angles and stay calm so it was good.

On how it compares to the AHL…
It’s the NHL so it’s a little bit faster with better shooters.  It’s only one game so it’s tough for me to compare a lot but obviously it’s a step up.

On what he saw on the Matt Hendricks scoring opportunity early in the game …
It was kind of a tough bounce for us off of a guys skate I think and it was an open netter but Bart [Matt Bartkowski] saved me there, I’ll have to give him something for that.  I’d love to say that I got it but it was all Bart [Matt Bartkowski].

On coming to the United States with the plan of playing in the NHL…
Yeah of course, that’s why I came over to play in this league.  As I said it’s been a dream and a goal all my life, but at the same time it’s only one game so I have to keep working hard to get more games.  It’s obviously nice to get the first game.

On the Shea Weber goal…
I think I should have squeezed that puck.  I got stuck a little bit with my stick on the guy in front of me, I think [Patric] Hornqvist had the first opportunity.  I got stuck a little bit and when I pushed over I kind of twisted a little bit and got off angle but normally that’s a puck I want to have.

On if he thinks about the immediate future and when he might play again…
I haven’t even thought about it, all of my focus was on the game right now.  Obviously I want to play more here but we’ll see what happens, just have to keep working.

On if he does any homework on the opposing team coming into a game…
Not a lot.  We have our meetings here and stuff like that. I keep repeating myself but you just want to put all of your focus on playing your game that brought you here, I think that’s the best way to do it.  It’s worked before, you never know coming to a new level but I felt good today.

On if the Bruins told him that he would definitely play games at the NHL level…
No I mean obviously they want every player to come up here and they said it would happen in camp but in this business nothing is for sure.  You can’t go on thinking about that.  Last weekend was more tough luck for everyone.  You can never do that in hockey, they want me to play, they saw me and I kept going and stuck with it and they saw me playing but with that side as I said nothing is for sure, you can’t just promise things.

On if he had any family here tonight…
No it was a little bit too short of a timeline.  My Dad tried to get a plane but he could only get a plane to Iceland, it was full to get to Boston.  So they were all watching TV back in Sweden, I think it’s about 4 AM right now.

On if getting the win in overtime makes it sweeter…
I mean a win is a win, it doesn’t really matter how it is.  Of course a tight game, it’s a little bit more nerve racking all the way to the end.  It’s a great feeling but at the end of the day it’s just a win.  Or not just a win, it’s a win and it’s important.

On if he changes his approach going into overtime…
No, there is no reason to change your game just because it’s overtime.  It’s the same game, I just tried to do the same thing.


NASHVILLE PREDATORS COACH BARRY TROTZ
On tonight’s game…
I thought that we had really good structure and we played Boston pretty well. They’re going to get some chances and we were able to manage it. We didn’t give them a lot of shots. I think they only had like 14 shots after two periods. I thought we did a really good job of just keeping structure, keeping people in front of us, and then we get through that penalty kill and we start going forward a bit and a couple of our, I’ll say our more skilled guys didn’t get pucks to the next level. They turn over and then those turnovers turn into potential chances, got the crowd into it, then did what I thought was a really bad job. On our first goal, I thought our F3 in the zone was…gave himself up totally, and to me the whole flow of the game turned over. We got away from our structure and some of our more skilled guys were cheating and it cost us two goals. But we showed a lot of character coming back, and you look at all three of their goals were wrong side of the puck, fly-bys. And we showed a lot of character getting the point back because the crowd was into and we showed a lot of resiliency. So it’s a big point but I’m really disappointed that we didn’t get the two, because really our forwards did a poor job in the third period for about a seven-minute span where they got away from the structure.

On being the aggressor for a while but being unable to come away with the win…
Yeah, but they’re a good hockey team. They’re no slouch. And they were playing desperate too. They’ve lost a couple of games in a row. One of the things I thought is they put their young goaltender [Niklas Svedberg] in there today. One of the things is it puts all the onus on the team to play defensively, and I thought the team played strong defensively. Didn’t give us a whole lot and we had to manufacture and work for our chances, but we showed character getting that point back. I just didn’t like - there was about a seven minute span there where our forwards did a real poor job in terms of our structure and sort of our recognition on situations. That, to me, we gave them opportunity to go ahead of us, and we showed great character coming back.

On Jarome Iginla scoring against Nashville…
He always seems to score against us, yes. Even when he was in Calgary, he always seems to score against us… a lot of Jarome stuff is always just like he did - head hard to the net and a lot of stuff right near the blue bank.

On a tough play between Mike Fisher and Brad Marchand after Fisher’s strong game…
Fish [Mike Fisher] knows better than that. He can’t play as light on guys one on one as that, but on all the goals our forwards were light on people tonight. The people who put us back in the game were Fisher, and our leadership, [Shea] Weber scoring a big goal, it was our veteran leadership group that got us back in there.


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN PREGAME PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11:50 AM
On if Carl Soderberg and Dougie Hamilton will play tonight…
They’re good; they’re good to go.

On sending Niklas Svedberg back down to Providence on Saturday…
Well not just him, for all the goaltenders involved – Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] was supposed to play and Tuukka [Rask] was supposed to back him up and then Johnny [Chad Johnson] was supposed to do some extra and not dress and then all of a sudden as we went along, here we had no roster spots for Zdeno [Chara] – after he skated, found out that he couldn’t go so we had to take Sveddy [Niklas Svedberg] off and tell Tuukka [Rask] ‘you’re in’ and tell Johnny [Chad Johnson] he’s backing up.  It was one of those days where things like that happen and everybody has to adjust, but not an excuse for a loss.  Certainly one of those busy days where as a coach you’re scrambling trying to keep everybody informed and then trying to get everybody ready for that game that night. 

On having more right shot defensemen than left shot defensemen…
Well some of the guys have played a little bit, but that’s the one thing not that we’re going to do here is we’re going to make sure that in practice my right D’s are playing on the left side and then get used to that.  More and more strength from the left being able to play right and the right being able to play left but those are things – think we’ve got some players that have the ability to adjust to that and we’re going to work on that here in the next weeks.

On if the decision has been made as to who will play tonight…
No, not really.  Millsy [Kevan Miller] should be the extra guy right now, but I’m telling you that and if something changes tonight don’t hold it against me.

On how the young guys on the team have performed so far in continuing to play their game…
I think they’ve done it well.  Like anybody else, it’s a learning process and even if you get excited about things like what Torey’s [Krug’s] done, and as you can see, still has a lot to learn and still has to improve, and same thing with Bart [Matt Bartkowski].  Those are young defensemen that are good enough to play here, but just because you’re good enough to play here doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement.  We’re happy with their play, but certainly we’re going to stay on them to continue to improve them just like every other player on this team.

On what he’s looking for from Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner for them to see more ice time…
Just more of what they should be bringing.  Spoons [Ryan Spooner] is a good skater that brings good offense and [Matt] Fraser is supposed to be one of those guys as well, and there’s some nights where it’s not there as much as others.  It’s like anything else, sometimes it’s based on their performance and if I see them going well, they get more ice time.  I’m not standing here saying I’m disappointed in them, I’m just managing ice time here based on what players bring and those are young players that sometimes, again, will go through some – those types of games, and some games you see them going really well, well you’ve got to take advantage of it, when not, then you give them the appropriate ice time; just as simple as that.  Again, just making sure that it’s not written as a disappointment because it’s not.

On Carl Soderberg’s return to his line…
There’s a guy there who’s maybe, I don’t know how to qualify him, he’s not a rookie, he’s not a young player, to me he’s a veteran – he’s played in the Elite league [Swedish Elite League] for a long time.  When he’s on that line there’s a presence there; there’s size, there’s speed, and he’s not afraid to go in those dirty areas.  It makes a difference for that line so hopefully that happens again tonight.

On what made the Bruins successful in their last matchup against the Nashville Predators…
I think we capitalized on our chances, but we have to be careful here.  When you look at the scoring chances there wasn’t that big of a difference; they played well, they had some chances, I thought Tuukka [Rask] played extremely well, but we made some real good plays there.  What I liked about our team in that game was how well we managed the puck in all the areas.  You looked on their forecheck – they’re very aggressive, their D’s [defensemen] will pinch, we didn’t panic, we made good plays, so we came out neutral zone.  We used our speed, we moved the puck, instead of turning pucks over we chipped them and we were on top of those things.  I thought it was one of those games where we really managed the puck well and it made a big difference in our game.

On describing Niklas Svedberg as a goalie…
Good, I think he’s a good competitor, I think he’s improved over the course of the year with his experience. Earlier on, when I first saw him, when he first came, he had to make some adjustments to his game because of how they played in Europe versus here and the adjustment was like, in Europe, they really make those plays down low, they like to make passes; here, guys will shoot a lot off the wings and then they’ll go for rebounds, so I think that adjustment – he used to play a little deeper in his net, and now he plays out a little bit more, so he’s made that adjustment.  From there on in, I think he just kept getting better and better, you could see his skill level was pretty good.  He’s had some bumps along the way here this year but as of late, what I’ve been told is he’s been playing pretty well. 

On what he expects to see from Niklas Svedberg tonight…
He’s going to be fine.  You saw in the preseason games, I know preseason may not be exactly like a regular season game, but he seemed calm.  His demeanor is very calm.  He’s got to go out there and just play his game; I don’t think he’s going to be an overly excited goaltender that’s going to be thrown off his game, I think he’s going to go in there and play with confidence, and if anything he’s going to want to prove himself.  I’m looking forward to seeing him in net tonight. 
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