January 9 postgame quotes: Boston - LA Kings Insider

Claude Julien, on trying to come back from a 3-0 deficit:
I mean we had a good first period last game and tonight was a different type of game, because it took us almost a period and a half to get going here. And we gave them – spot them – a 3-0 lead, which is identical to the other game but certainly not the same scenario from start to finish. Again, puck management, missed assignments, those kinds of things, they’re going to end up costing you and we’re getting exposed in those areas where we need to get better.

Julien, on getting his team motivated:
Oh, we definitely could use more from our team – I think – from goaltender on out. We need big saves. We need our guys to manage the puck better. And I like I said, those kinds of mistakes we’re making are very costly. So everybody has to be a little bit better here. Tonight we didn’t get much from our top two lines and you need that if you’re going to win some hockey games, so they were pretty quiet. It was one of those situations where you had to battle back from 3-0 against a team that’s pretty stingy to start with.

Tuukka Rask, on being pulled:
We have to do something to shake things up and I think it worked again. It’s just a sad thing that we had to give up three goals before we start playing. It sucks for me, but it’s a team game and you have to do whatever it takes to get your team back in it.

Rask, on if the team needs to play with more passion:
The emotion is there I think, but it’s just the mental mistakes that are costing us. I think we just have to be smarter and maybe – as I said – push the puck and forecheck harder and maybe that’s an emotional thing for us too.

Chad Johnson, on the team needing to play with passion:
I think when we’re playing our best, it’s when guys have that intensity and we’re the ones making plays and jumping on the other team. So when we’re sitting back we’re not a good team and I think we want to take that mindset and have that intensity and try to improve. That’s all we can do.

Zdeno Chara, on Los Angeles’ defense:
They had pretty easy breakouts and obviously we could be a lot better on our forecheck. We didn’t play our game right from the start of the game. We were obviously bad in the second, but again we made some mistakes that cost us some big goals.

Chara, on being frustrated:
Well I think that we know we can be better. That’s maybe one of those things that it’s a bit frustrating that we know we can play much better than we are right now. We need to get that game back and it’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to happen trying to make some high risk plays or taking risks. We just have to stay patient and slowly gain our game back.

Chara, on if he takes it personally when the team changes goaltenders:
I think that that’s one of those things that Coach was probably looking for some spark and for sure. We know Tuukka is a great goalie and so is Chad, we are just looking for some spark maybe.

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