June 6, 2013

 

An interview with:          

COACH DARRYL SUTTER

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

            Q.  The other day you ruled out Richards fairly early in the day.  Can you give any kind of update?

            COACH SUTTER:  He didn't skate today, so he won't play tonight.

            Q.  How was he after skating yesterday?  Can you give us an update on how he was feeling after the ice yesterday?

            COACH SUTTER:  Protocol is very clear.  You guys have covered enough concussions surely that you know the protocol, so...

            Q.  Luc Robitaille, Wayne Gretzky, Slava Voynov, most playoff game‑winning goals.  Is this some strange phenomenal we're seeing here?

            COACH SUTTER:  I wish there were some other guys on our team that had more game‑winning goals.  I wouldn't say it's goofy, but we put him in position to succeed a lot.

            Quite honestly, he's had more opportunities to shoot the puck than most guys on the team the way it's set up for him.  We expect him to take full advantage of it.

            Q.  Do you see any parallels in the way you have had success the last two years, the way the Bruins have had success in terms of a physical, responsible game?

            COACH SUTTER:  I think the last two teams that won the Stanley Cups play great team games.  They get a contribution from everybody in the lineup.  It's not about one player.

            You have to be able to play a 200‑foot game.  You have to be disciplined in all three zones.  Stay out of the penalty box.  You can play a physical game without taking penalties.

            In fact, I haven’t looked the last few days, but I know we're one of the lowest penalized teams in the league.  It has a big impact on other teams' top players, your ability to defend.

            Q.  Would you give us your thoughts on your power play so far against the Blackhawks.

            COACH SUTTER:  Lots of opportunities, and not finishing.

            Q.  With Duncan Keith out of the lineup for them, how can you now take advantage of that?

            COACH SUTTER:  Chicago's the best team in the league this year, not based on one player.  In fact, Duncan Keith's minutes were cut back substantially this year to allow them to be a fresh team every night.

            Probably one of the reasons they were the best team in the league by a longshot was the fact that their defense was healthy.  I think if you look at it, Duncan and Seabrook and Hjalmarsson and Oduya either played 46, 47, 48 games, and probably one of those was resting for the playoffs.

            Don't put a whole lot of stock in that.  We've done that already, nobody's talked about it.  When you do the minute comparables in terms of guys that are valuable to our team, we played a whole year without a third of our defense and won the Stanley Cup last year, the whole year.

            I don't think we're too concerned with one player for them.  We're more concerned about our own players, if they're healthy.

            Q.  What was it that Jarret Stoll did that you kept them going together?

            COACH SUTTER:  I think the centermen knew the day before.  It's not that big a deal.  Quite honestly, we played our same lines every shift, every game last year in the playoffs, just about all year this year, other than left wingers.

            We just moved Kopy (Kopitar) more into a quieter role, that's all.  Wasn't really Jarret.

            Q.  A quieter role meaning going up not the top six, the lower six?

            COACH SUTTER:  Yeah.  And, quite honestly, you're playing so many games in a short period of time, if you break the minutes down again, Kopy still played 20 minutes the other night.  Everybody's top players still play.

            When it's all said and done, unless somebody has a two or more goal lead, the reason that everybody is still playing, or the teams that are still playing, is because their top players play a lot.

            You basically win or lose with those guys.  So it's not like we're not going to play this guy.  I mean, top players are the reason the top teams are still playing.

            Q.  The other day you said in a perfect world you wouldn't have preferred to put Toffoli in this situation here.  Can you elaborate on that a little bit?

            COACH SUTTER:  He's 20 years old.  That's a lot of pressure.

            Q.  How has he handled it?

            COACH SUTTER:  He was good last game.  He was good the game before that.  Struggled in the San Jose series.  We'll see how he does tonight.

            I don't put any pressure on the player, that player.  I just want him to be good shift to shift.  If he doesn't, I'm not going to say, You're a bad boy.  I'm just not going to play him.

            He's 20 years old.  Maybe he's 21 now.  Not sure.

                  

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An interview with:

           

JARRET STOLL

 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

            Q.  Are you comfortable up on the top line?

            JARRET STOLL:  I don't know what you consider top lines or what.  Whoever you're playing with, try to be good, create chances, try to be a plus player, just keep it simple.  Play your game.

            They're both guys that like to get on the forecheck, cause havoc.  Both guys that work hard and smart.  Big‑game players, too.  Just do a job in the defensive zone, get them the puck wide, spend some time in the offensive zone.

 

            Q.  Your reaction to the suspension?

            JARRET STOLL:  Whatever.  He's a big piece of their team.  We got to take advantage of that and play the right way.

            They're going to have somebody step in, you know, do the job for them.  That's what depth is all about.  That's what playoffs are all about.  We can't worry about that.  We have to worry about our own game.

            That's the way it is.  Shanahan and the NHL, that's their call.  So be it.  We'll live with it, they'll live with it, we'll play the game.

 

            Q.  How do you take advantage of that?

            JARRET STOLL:  Well, there's 28, 30 minutes there that got to go somewhere else, spread out throughout their six guys.  Maybe Seabrook will take some more minutes.  I'm sure that Leddy will play some more minutes.

            Got to have the same mindset to get on these guys, be hard on them, physical on them, make it a tough game for them, every situation on the ice.

            Might not go our way in the first period or second period, but if we keep with it, by the third period, if the game goes to overtime, whatever the case may be, they'll be feeling it.

 

            Q.  Did you see the Campbell play last night?

            JARRET STOLL:  Yes.

 

            Q.  When you see a play like that...

            JARRET STOLL:  He's a great penalty killer.  He's a great team guy.  You don't see a lot of guys block shots laying down anymore.  Usually guys are in the lane.

            Unfortunate he broke his leg.  That's what it's all about.  They're going to have to have another guy step in and do the job for them, too.  It's no different on any team.

                       

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An interview with:

           

COLIN FRASER

 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

            Q.  Now that the suspension has been handed down, your thoughts?

            COLIN FRASER:  I mean, I don't know.  I think you can't hit guys in the face with a stick at the end of the day.  If he does it on purpose, definitely tries to hit him, I don't think he tried to hit him in the face, at the end of the day he does hit him in the face, you have to be responsible for your actions.

 

            Q.  How do you take advantage of his absence in the lineup?

            COLIN FRASER:  He's a good player.  He's a Conn Smythe winner ‑‑ Norris winner.  He's a fast guy, plays a lot of minutes.

            It doesn't change our game plan, though.  Whether he's in or out, our game plan stays the same.  We have to execute it and do it as well, if not better, than we did Game 3.

 

            Q.  The Campbell play last night, did you see it?

            COLIN FRASER:  The blocked shot?  Yeah, yeah, God, it's crazy.  You hear about that, a broken leg after, he finishes the shift.

            I haven't played against him much, but he's a tough player.  We don't play against each other very much, him being in the east.

            It's unfortunate to have an injury like that.  It was crazy.

                       

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An interview with:

           

MATT GREENE

 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions, please.

 

            Q.  (No microphone.)

            MATT GREENE:  He's found a way.  You got to find a way to stick around, stay in the lineup.  He did that with his offense early on.  He scored some huge goals for us, did a great job on the power play.  He still has.  He still is doing a great job of moving pucks, being a real confident player playing with the puck.

            That's what set him apart this year and got him a spot in the lineup.  He's been doing a great job.  Continue doing it.

 

            Q.  How much does confidence play, especially for a young player?

            MATT GREENE:  It's huge.  You want to get on a roll.  When things are going great, you want to maintain that.  He's been doing that all year.

 

            Q.  Jake said he was growing out the beard to get that mean streak.  He's complimented your game.  Have you helped him develop that mean streak?

            MATT GREENE:  He's got it.  It's a different league.  You have to pick and choose your spots a little bit more.  The guys up here are a little bit better, a little bit more skilled.  They can make you pay for it.

            He's done a great job in developing the physical side of his game, too.  The offense came first.  He's a big guy, big body.  I think he's going to grow into that, as well.

 

            Q.  It was tough for us, but how about for you, watching Jeff talk yesterday?

            MATT GREENE:  You never want to see someone take that much abuse.  He can mumble his way through anything.

 

            Q.  Did you have a chance to see the Campbell play last night?

            MATT GREENE:  Yeah.  I saw a highlight of it.  Pretty cool.  Pretty special.  It's a lot of heart out of him.

 

            Q.  Ever been anywhere near anything like that for yourself?

            MATT GREENE:  No.  I try to stay away from those situations at all costs.

                       

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