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Washington (3) vs. Boston (4) Shootout 

Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

  April 11, 2010



Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

 

On the regular season being over …

“Well, we’re really glad it is over. We’ve known for a long time that we were going to be in the playoffs. As much as you want to push them, they are looking forward to a different kind of challenge. For that I am happy that the regular season is over.”

On the feeling of going to the playoffs this year compared to the past seasons …

“I think there is a bigger target, but at the same time we are just anxious to get going. We know we are going to play a good team. Once you have clinched stuff in the regular season, this is your next goal – this is the carrot, the thing that is going to drive you. Starting next week we are looking forward to the next challenge.”

On when the coaching staff will start preparing for the playoffs …

“We will meet tomorrow … I think the coaches need a break too. They do a lot. We’ll start fresh tomorrow – there’s no practice tomorrow. Then on Tuesday when the players come, we will have all our ducks in a row.”



Capitals Winger Alex Ovechkin

On the relief of finishing the regular season and facing playoffs…

“It’s always nice to finish the season in first place. I think we’ll make a bigger stake. Right now, it’s most important thing is what is coming and everybody healthy, everybody feel good.”

On the run up to the playoffs…

“The last couple of games we didn’t play our game, we didn’t finish our checks because we want to save ourselves I think. I think, I hope, we’re going to play our way in the playoffs.”

On who he would like to play in the first round…

“It doesn’t matter. All teams in playoffs have same chances.”

Capitals Winger Jason Chimera

On playing his 500th game in the NHL…

“Spent a lot of time in the penalty box, that’s for sure. Wasn’t what I wanted to do. It’s a great milestone. You play a long time in this game, you’ll get to 500, it’s a special day.”

On getting called for so many penalties…

“That’s the game. Sometimes you don’t get calls, the reactionary calls, instead of the ones they should call. But that’s the game. I shouldn’t have cross checked the guy either. It’s a penalty.”

On the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs…

“Anytime you get into the playoffs, it’s going to be a fun time. It’s a great time of year. You just look forward to what is going on. It will be neat to see what happens this afternoon with the other game going on and see who we play.”

 

Capitals Defenseman Mike Green

On facing high expectations for this team…

“I think there’s been expectations all season. We’ve done a fairly good job of trying to achieve them. The bar’s set so high for us now that we have to make sure that we stay intact and reach our goals. Since training camp, our goal has been a Stanley Cup. The real season starts now.”

On how much attention the team will be paying to the Philadelphia-New York game this afternoon…

“We’re going to go and have a dinner together as a team and I’m sure we’ll be keeping our eyes open on what’s going on.”

On whether it is a disappointment not to get the 20th goal of the season…

“Yeah, it was. Obviously I wanted to get there, but I’ve been happy with things. It’s more about playing strong going here in the playoffs. It would have been nice to get that, to achieve that, but it is what it is.”

On the mood of the team this year versus the past two going into the playoffs…

“I think we’re more hungry, we’re more focused. And you can really sense that around the dressing room. Guys really want this. It’s obviously a different game in the playoffs and we have to adjust.”


Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas

 

On how he thought he performed today…

“Considering that I haven’t got a lot of playing time, I felt like I played well. I’m real proud of the young guys that they had in the lineup tonight, they gave great effort. The veterans that were in the lineup too, they made my job a lot easier. I was very happy with the effort.  It didn’t have to be there in the last game of the year that doesn’t really mean anything but it meant something to me.”

 

On whether it was a big adjustment to his routine after not playing very much lately…

“Especially against the Capitals, you knew it would be a tough adjustment.  You don’t know what you’re going to get out of them either.  [The Capitals] had pretty much their full playoff lineup in.  Some of them are going for points because they’re in the points races, some of them are close to 30 goals so they were trying but as a lot of teams are, they’re also kind of playing not to get hurt.  I didn’t know what the flow was going to be like.  Fortunately, I just got such a good effort from the guys that allowed me to be here talking to you guys without being mad.”

 

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton

 

On how the team responded missing some key guys…

“Yeah, obviously we had some key guys out but I think everyone that was in had something to prove and tried to make the most of the opportunity given to them.”

 

On whether or not this win helps morale going into the playoffs…

“Yeah, it feels good going in.  I don’t know when we’re starting but we’ll enjoy this until Monday then we’ll get back to work.  It’s nice getting a little momentum going into the playoffs.  It was good to see everyone come to work when we had some of our best players out.”

 

Bruins head coach Claude Julien

 

On today’s game and how the young guys responded…

“I thought it was a good effort tonight.  I thought our team despite [missing] some key players competed hard from start to finish and obviously that gave us a chance.  I thought our guys responded well.  Some of our young players really came out and played without the pressure of the do-or-die [playoff mentality] and they were able to showcase their talent much better.”

 

On the play of goalie Tim Thomas…

“I think he was great, we had a good chat before the game.  Our players in front of him were going to play hard and support him.  We weren’t coming here just to put in our time.  I think we needed him to have the same attitude and he did.  He competed hard and for a guy who hadn’t played in a long time what I saw was a guy getting better and better as the game went on.”