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Boudreau Quotes: November 21

Thursday, 11.21.2013 / 12:42 PM PT / News
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Boudreau Quotes: November 21
Head coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the media on Thursday, November 21.

On the status of Francois Beauchemin
It’s still day-to-day as far as we know. Today is an optional, so nobody went on. Just had some treatments for some guys and that was it.

On the positives from last night
I guess we got a point. It certainly feels like a complete loss because of the way it was lost, but at the same time, we got a point. For being in the position that we were in, I thought we battled and, for the most part, played a good game. Even though they had a lot of possession time in the third period, they didn’t have any great chances until the end, and it went in.

[If we win] tomorrow, I’ll be sitting here telling you guys we’ve only lost one out of the last four. It’s what I call the difference between a rut and a groove. Right now, it’s all classified as a rut, but if I’m not mistaken, San Jose just went through one where they lost five in a row, Detroit’s in the midst of seven [losses] in a row. Good teams still lose. Pittsburgh just lost four in a row. It happens. L.A. just did the same thing and we’re going through it. The league is too good to sit there and say ‘You’re going to be the 1979 Montreal Canadiens, where you’re going to have nine losses in 80 games.’

On third period struggles
The trend in the third period is quite simple to decipher by me. Once it happened in Florida, and then it happened in Pittsburgh. And last night, we’re playing not to lose. It’s like the old football analogy, we’re doing the prevent defense. Every time you lose a game, it gets bigger, because now you’re sitting there going ‘I certainly don’t want to be the one that makes the mistake to lose.’ One coach, I think it was John Tortorella, said ‘Safe is death.’ I agree one-hundred percent. You’ve got to keep going after them. It’s going to happen again, once we win that next game. It’s just the way it is. Nobody wants to be the guy that makes the mistake in the third period. So, we’re playing too cautiously.

I’m trying to hammer it home. I don’t know how thick it is. Eventually, it’ll get through.

On tomorrow night’s game against Tampa Bay
Their record is what it is because they are a good team. They’re well-coached, they’ve got a good nucleus, they still can throw out five guys on that power play without Stamkos and they’re pretty damn good.

On the fashion in which last night’s game ended
I haven’t lost one in a while in that manner. That’s probably why there was so much lack of sleep last night. With two minutes to go and the way we were hemming them in, with total control in my mind, I had the lines organized where I wanted it changed. But then we didn’t get the puck out when we had an easy clear at the blue line. As soon as Mathieu [Perreault] didn’t score, I wasn’t very confident. But I thought the crowd was jumping up because I thought Ben [Lovejoy] shot the puck out of play. I didn’t realize he hit Corey [Perry]. I was in shock it was in the net. Those things happen. Ben did exactly what he’s supposed to do. Any loose puck you clear to the corner and work your way out of it. That’s what you’re supposed to do.

This year more than ever that I’ve seen, there’s been more in-offs off defensemen blocking shots, off people hitting skates, and it’s going to happen more because more people are blocking shots, but if you don’t get all of it and it changes direction, it’s hard for the goalie to get it.

On the high-sticking penalty on Selanne
Perreault lifted the defenseman’s stick, and their defenseman’s stick hit their own player in the mouth. That’s what happened, and they score twice and take all the momentum away. I didn’t even think they were involved in the game too much at that point. They were playing New Jersey hockey.

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