Q.   Coach,  just a quick practice question.  Stalberg healthy again.

Is that the physical element of the game?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  We'll see.  I know he practiced today.  There's a

likelihood or probability it could happen.  They played well together, that

line, all year long.

      It could happen.

 

      Q.   Joel,  to practice, Patrick and Jonathan separated for starters.

Are  you  trying  to establish matchups taking into consideration the Chara

factor?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:   It  could be.  It's balance and something we'll

look at.  Sometimes that can evolve over the course of a series.

      But it might be one of the reasons.

 

      Q.   Coach, size up the series and this matchup.  What scares you the

most about the Boston Bruins?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:   They're  playing  well.   They're on a big roll

right  now.   They’ve got a lot of options.  They check well, patient team,

positionally  strong  in  all  zones.   They have guys that can make plays.

They have some big point shooters as well.

      We  want  to  make  sure  that we play our game to our strengths, but

recognize we’ve got to be at our best in the series.

 

      Q.   Stan,  you've  been  a big Corey (Crawford) supporter all along.

Does this validate your trust in him?

      STAN  BOWMAN:   Corey  has been fantastic all season long.  We talked

about  it starting the year.  A lot of people had questions on Corey.  He's

really been progressing every year.

      He's a guy we've had in our organization since we drafted him.  We've

taken  our time allowing him to improve year after year.  He's finally made

it to the NHL, established himself as the No. 1 goaltender.

      It's  a process for goalies, I think.  We've always had confidence in

his ability.  I think it's just nice to see now him getting the recognition

that  he  deserves.   The consistent play that we've had game in, game out,

it's been that way from the beginning of the year.

      We  know we're going to get a great performance from him every night.

When  your  goaltender  plays well, like he has, then it allows you to just

play your game and not have to worry about goaltending.

 

      Q.  Joel, can you talk about the difference in the room downstairs as

opposed to 2010, skill-wise, maturity-wise?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:   Certainly  the core group has matured to a nice

level  over  the  last four years.  I think their experience is going to be

beneficial  for the guys who haven't been there.  We've got some young guys

this year who made a big impact on our team, have grown throughout the year

and in the playoffs as well.

      It's nice having those guys to lean on at this time.

      I  thought as a team we've got a lot more enthusiasm in our game over

the  last  couple  series.  We've progressed.  We're much improved from the

start  of  the  playoffs to this point today.  I know we've had some pretty

amazing  stretches  over  the course of the season.  We like the room right

now.

      Everybody  is excited about the challenge, the opportunity.  You look

back  to  the group in 2010, I think comparable in a lot of areas about the

enthusiasm  we had at this stage of the game.  Maybe the makeup is a little

bit  different  to  the team, but certainly the objective, the demographics

are comparable.

      We had a young team, we still feel we have a young team today.

 

      Q.   Stan,  go  back about a year ago at this time.  How close, if at

all,  were  you  to  making some big changes?  What stopped you if you were

considering it?

      STAN  BOWMAN:  I think the one thing you hear a lot from the teams at

this  time  of  year  is  how  there's such a fine line between winning and

losing.   I know we heard that the other night when we beat Los Angeles.  A

lot of their players commented it's hard to win in this league.

      We  did  a lot of good things the last couple seasons.  When it comes

right down to it, sometimes it's just a moment in time that changes things.

      You  have  to  have confidence that you're close to having success in

the  playoffs.  I think we knew we had a very good team.  We didn't need to

make sweeping changes.  You make incremental improvements in certain areas.

      I  think  there's  something to be said for consistency.  We've had a

lot  of  these  guys  together  for a long time.  Certainly Joel has done a

great  job.   He  understands  how  to  coach the team.  There are a lot of

little  nuances  that the media doesn't see or the fans may not pick up on.

But  having  that  consistency,  you  have  to  have some new pieces to the

puzzle,  as  well,  which  I think we have some new wrinkles.  Some players

expand their roles, they show growth internally in their games.

      When  you add it all up, that's why we felt confident coming into the

year  that we had the group that could have success.  We started off strong

and we've been able to maintain that throughout the year.

 

      Q.  Coach, it's been so long since you played the Bruins, almost over

two years.  Obviously unusual.  Does that make it more difficult?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:  Well, I think probably a lot of unpredictability

in everybody's mind how it's going to play itself out.

      With  video,  watching  hockey, scouts, the people you talk to in the

game,  I  think  you  got  a pretty fair assessment of how they're going to

play.  I don't think we complicate our team game as well.

      It's  a  pretty  straightforward  game.   We  have  to  play  to  our

strengths, the realization of what they're capable of.

      I  think it's going to be a great matchup.  They're playing extremely

well.   We're  excited  to  be  a part of it.  That unpredictability in the

first  period  maybe will sort itself out right off the bat, then we'll get

more  familiar right after that.  We have a lot of respect for what they're

capable of doing.

 

      Q.   Stan,  about keeping the team close to the top.  Three years ago

we  were  here.   You had to make significant changes because of the salary

cap.   Is  there a new normal now to maintaining a team near the top from a

management perspective?

      STAN BOWMAN:  Well, obviously that's our goal.  I think everyone that

has  success wants to sustain that over a period of time.  It's a challenge

to  do it.  Obviously there are a lot of factors that come into play in the

salary cap world.

      I think it can be done, clearly.  You have to have some continuity to

your  team.   The teams referenced have some changes, but they've had a lot

of consistency.  That's something we're striving for here.

      Obviously  there are some changes from year to year.  We want to keep

these  guys  together  as much as we can and to keep developing as a group.

Our  coaches  have  a  done a fantastic job on top of that of enhancing the

players we have, finding ways to make them better.

      I certainly hope it's a trend that we continue.  We want to remain at

this  level.   I  think  the  fans  in  Chicago have come to love the team.

They're supporting us like never before.  We want to keep that going.

 

      Q.    Coach,  you  talked  yesterday  about  Tuukka.   What  kind  of

challenges does he present to the team as compared to Howard and Quick?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:   He's  a  big  goalie.  Maybe more patient. He's

quick, big.  He never gives up.  He's a battler.

      Something  we talked about going into last year, we want to make sure

it's tough on him to find pucks.  If he sees it, we're going to have a hard

time.  Let's make sure we're willing to get to the net.

 

      Q.   With  Bryan Bickell, did you see this type of potential?  Has he

boosted his stock with what he's done in the post-season?

      STAN BOWMAN:  Bicks is a guy we know really well.  We drafted him and

developed him over time.  We've worked together to get him to this point.

      I've  had  a lot of talks with Bryan over the years going back to his

days  in Norfolk when he first turned pro.  He was in and out of the lineup

a  lot,  trying  to  understand how to become a consistent player.  Then he

played a lot in Rockford.

      He's been with us for a long time, worked his way here.  I think in a

lot  of  ways  it's  nice  to  see  him  finally kind of put all the pieces

together.

      We've  known  he's had the capability for a long time.  Proud of him.

Proud of the way he's played.  He brings a nice element to our team.  We're

excited  for that.  He's sort of coming into his own.  He's been a big part

of  the  success  we  have  had this year, and we're looking for that going

forward, as well.

 

      Q.   Joel,  I  was  struck by the odd coincidence that you and Claude

Julien  were  back-to-back  captains  of the Windsor Spitfires.  Is it more

than coincidence that you were Spitfire captains?

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  That's a long time ago (laughter).

      I know I was fortunate to play at home.  The first year the Spitfires

had  a franchise there, it was the first year.  Got to play in my hometown.

I  was  there  for  the  three years, as a captain two of the years.  First

year, we took our lumps being an expansion team, then the next couple years

we were pretty good.

      I got a chance to play with some guys, have some great memories, good

friendships  from  those days as well.  But I can't remember too much about

the Spitfire days.

      Other  than that, it was great playing at home.  It was a nice to see

the  franchise  do  so  well recently here.  But I got a lot of respect for

Claude,  the  job  he's  done, not just as a hockey player, but as a coach.

Got to commend him on his whole career.

      We  got the similar route starting in Windsor, which is a great place

to be.

 

      Q.   Stan,  in  2010  after you took the job, you didn't have to do a

whole  lot  with  the  roster,  ended  up  winning the Cup.  Now you had to

dramatically  alter  the  roster.  How much more satisfying is that knowing

you played such a major role in reshaping this roster?

      STAN  BOWMAN:  I get that question a lot.  I try to point out that it

really is sort of a team effort.  It's not just one man.  It wasn't one man

back then.  It's not one man now.

      I  think I look at some of the success we've had personnel-wise.  You

have  to  look  at  our  amateur  scouting staff, they've done a great job.

We've  had a couple young players, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad.  They've come

in  at  a young age, made a big contribution. Nick Leddy -- part of our pro

group, scouting group, in that trade.  It's a team effort.

      Once  we get the players, we turn them over to the coaches, they have

to  find  a  way  to  utilize them, make them better players.  They've done

that.

      It's  certainly  not  one person that got us to this point.  It's not

going to be one person that continues it on.  It's a team effort.  For that

reason,  it's  rewarding  to see that the whole organization contributed to

the success that we've had here.

 

      Q.   Joel, can you talk about the challenges your team will be facing

going up against their defensemen.

      COACH QUENNEVILLE:  Obviously Chara stands out as far as his presence

on  the  ice defending against no matter what line, he's a pretty efficient

guy.  I think that's going to be a challenge in itself.

      I  think  their  group  basically recovered health-wise over the last

round  or  two.   They're  back  to  where  they've been all year.  They're

mobile.   They have some big point shooters.  I want to make sure we manage

that in our own end.

      Something  we talk about going into every round, we want to make them

play  defense  as  best  we can, spending time in their end and getting the

puck behind them is going to be the challenge.

 

      Q.   Patrick  Sharp, he's a guy from the outside seems to be a bit in

the  shadow  of  Toews,  Kane  and  Hossa.  What else does he have to do to

elevate his reputation here?

      COACH  QUENNEVILLE:   Sharpie  has  had  a  good  playoff.  He's been

productive  in  the  first  couple  rounds.   He  led  us  in  all  aspects

offensively.   I  think  he  has  some strong games both sides of the puck.

That line always gets a lot of responsibility.  That's what we look for.

      I  think  that  consistency  of  his  game  is  something  we  try to

reinforce.   Something  he looks to bring as well.  Big stage here, we look

forward to it.