Q. Two quick ones with Brent Seabrook. How much has his game
elevated since the start of the Playoffs? And just hearing the banter
between him and Toews kind of lifting your captain up, does he have a
bigger leadership role than we see from our side?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I think Seabrook, since I've been here, he's one
of the guys that doesn't wear a letter but he's definitely a big part of
our leadership group. Even at a young age here, five years going back, he
was probably the one voice that you hear a lot in the locker room and
probably the most on the bench or around even practice or game time or
preparing between periods. I think he's the one guy that usually says --
you'll hear him the most. He always says the right things, and he's a
great teammate, a great competitor, and I think he got excited about
getting back playing with Duncan and getting more ice time, and I think his
game responded accordingly.
Q. Joel, how did you solve the face-off situation between Game 3 and
Game 4 where there was such a disparity in Game 3 and in Game 4 you
tightened it up?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Yeah, there were two things that we definitely
paid attention to was our face-off and our power play. We wanted to make
sure that we were more of a factor in those areas, and I thought one goes
hand-in-hand with the power play's effectiveness, and starting off with a
loss draw. But I thought we studied it, we looked it; the discrepancy was
just at a different number. We had never seen anything like that, so we
had to do something different.
I think all the centermen talked about it, looked at it, and any way
we could get a 50/50, have the wingers help out or tie them up or whatever
could play into our favor, but I thought the guys got a good start in the
game. I thought they got better as the game went on. But certainly I
thought the awareness and preparing for it was in the right place.
Q. Joel, I'll get this one out of the way early: You've got a
backup goalie who set a wins record, I believe, this year, he's played in
the Final, he's got a lot of experience. Given where the goals seemed to
be going in on Corey, do you even consider at this point making a change at
COACH QUENNEVILLE: No, not at all. No, we're very comfortable with
Corey. Corey has been rock solid all year for us, and when he's got the
ball, he's been outstanding, and he's the biggest reason why we're here
Q. Piggy-backing off the face-off question, when you go to address
that after that deficit, what kind of thinking goes into it? Is it
emphasis, more film, practice? How do you combat when the team does that?
And has the importance of face-offs kind of changed over the years given
the advent of more statistics involved in hockey than maybe decades ago?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think everybody places a different
emphasis on stats, and certain stats can be important when you look at the
importance of winning a key face-off or meaningful face-offs. Usually you
look at starting special teams with winning a draw.
But when you look at it almost down to the science of what they're
doing to beat us on certain face-offs, you're looking at your approach
going into it, and I think that's how you start off, and then anything you
can do differently to start off from a different point, that might be part
I just think you're starting to be a little bit more familiar with
that same face-off guy. There's things you can try to do differently, and
I think that repeatedly getting beat certainly gets your attention, and
you'll try to do different things, but that's going to be an ongoing
Q. That game was obviously a lot different than the other ones in
the series, but why? What were the biggest reasons? Why were you guys
able to find so much more open space?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I think there's been stretches in all the games
where it's probably been a little bit more free-flowing than others. I
think Game 1 had a lot of action; the start to Game 2 was going up and down
the ice; last night's game started off like it was kind of -- not a lot of
room, but I think once the puck started going in it seemed like it was
But I think in all four games, and basically from every minute of
every game, the pace has been high-end, and you've got to make sure you're
moving. They're quick. We want to make sure we use our quickness, as
Sometimes whether their odd man breaks or you're getting through the
middle of the ice cleanly, but sometimes you know if you're going to get
something at the other end you'd better cash in or you'd better take
advantage of the puck because you know it's going down the other end, so
you want to make sure you manage that better. I don't think you want to
just get out there and exchange high-quality chances because the team
that's a little more patient will probably have a little more success if
that's the case.
Q. Jonathan's role on this team is obviously well-defined, and part
of that role is to score goals. As a coach can you be satisfied with his
game when he's not scoring goals?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think he's one of those players who what
he brings to our team is what you look for in a leader, in a captain. He
brings all the ingredients of how you want your team to play, how hard you
want your team to play, plays it the right way. You know, he kills
penalties for us. Offensively I think he gives the opponent a lot to be
concerned with. He's going to play heavy minutes. He's going to play the
match-up minutes against their top D.
In all four series he's given the opponent a lot to be concerned
with. I know he hasn't scored a lot, but the guy he's playing out against
game in game out in these series, Johnny has been basically at least even
with him or ahead of the game.
We measure scoring chances at the end of the every game, and over the
course of the season, regular season, Playoffs Johnny always finds a way to
be on the right side of that.
Q. Was there something early in the game yesterday where you saw
that maybe Nick wasn't going to be as effective, and with a young guy do
you explain that to him, make sure he keeps his head up even if his minutes
COACH QUENNEVILLE: No. In the course of a game, I think every game
is different. We went into the game, I think we were waiting to see how
things played out. Certain match-ups you're looking for in the course of a
game. And we're on the road sometimes you can't get it, and sometimes the
score reflects it and sometimes you get deeper in the game and you're going
to wait and see, but I think that was probably the case last night with the
Later in the game we didn't go to him too much, but we'll definitely
visit with him as we go along here before the next game.
Q. You mentioned that end-to-end hockey, which seems to suit you
guys maybe better than the Bruins. As a coach do you want to see things
tighten up as the series goes on, or would you like to see that
back-and-forth game continuing?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: I think we'd like to get down the ice as quick as
possible. We don't want to let them go down as quick as they can go. I
think there's a lot of skill and speed on all their lines. There's a
give-and-take as far as the quality and quantity we give up. We always
measure how we play is what we give up, and they can generate stuff.
But I just don't think we want to just exchange scoring chances,
knowing that we're giving up odd man breaks. That's not part of our game
and it's not part of the way we want to play.
Q. The Johnny (Jonathan) Toews that we see is not a guy that gets
very high or low. He never looks like he lacks confidence, but Seabrook
has gone to him in the penalty box once to calm him down once in these
Playoffs, given him a little pep talk about goal scoring and getting in the
right frame of mind for that. Is Jonathan just like everybody else when he
goes through those up-and-down moods and his confidence levels?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, Johnny, you look back on his regular
season, he had quite a year this year. He got off to a really good start
and had a stretch of games where he was as good as a player as there's been
at any point over the course of the season.
And now we've gotten in the Playoffs, and now we see the focus is on
not scoring much, but I still think the other intangibles to his game bring
so much to our team.
Obviously you're a player and you're a scorer, you love to score and
you get excited when you score, but not scoring really as far as him
getting down and getting frustrated, you can look at that one period in
Detroit where he didn't get to the bench, but I still think his approach,
getting prepared for the game and preparing his team, or our team, for the
game, he hasn't changed his demeanor.
He knows how important, what winning is all about and that's his
focus and that's his motivation.
Q. It looked like your defense was a little bit more active in the
offensive zone. Is that specific instructions, especially coming off two
games where you only scored one goal? You're just trying to create more?
What do you tell them, to take a few more chances but not too many?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think you look at the way Boston plays,
and puck possession is important. If we can keep it as long as we can in
any zone, we'd like to do that. Managing the puck is something we
emphasize going into the game. Incorporating our D off the rush or in the
zone is something we've done all year, and if we can get that, that
alleviates a little bit more freedom with the puck, just give them more
options away from the puck is something you'll visit with.
But I thought we had a little more puck possession time, which is
easier said than done against that team, but something that will be ongoing
Q. Jonathan said earlier he actually thought the first couple games
you guys may have been giving Chara a little bit too much respect. Do you
agree with that, and was there a more concerted effort to go after him last
COACH QUENNEVILLE: You know, I think when you're playing against
that guy, he's out there for half the game, and I think that whether it's
staying away from him, going after him, playing through him, working his
side or the opposite side, it's something that with their team game, I
don't think you want to strategize too much, and where you travel around
the ice, I just don't think you want to get distracted just because he's
there. You don't want to go where you have to get to, to be successful,
and that means the front of the net.
I thought we did a much more effective job of getting to the net last
night. That's something that we have to do, and I think we should be more
prioritized with getting in front of the goalies than worrying about Chara.
Q. Have you noticed anything about Corey? I know you're so
confident, but have you noticed why he's having so much trouble with the
COACH QUENNEVILLE: You know, last night's game was one of those
games where pucks were going in. We'll visit with that, but all year long
Corey has just moved on and he just moves from save to save and it doesn't
faze him. I'm sure he'll be excited about getting back in there and get a
good practice under our belt in the morning skate, and he'll be back to
doing his thing.
Q. Not so much last night but a couple other games it looks like
he's kind of had his struggles. What do you want to see from him? Do you
need to see more from him?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, Nick has got some nice assets, and I think
quickness, getting up in the attack and turning pucks from defense to
offense right away is one of his strengths, and in the puck area make sure
we're killing plays and defending quickly in the puck area and eliminating
players with a puck possession game by them in their zone, is what we're
But at the same time, Nick gives us a nice presence on the back end,
gives us nice balance. We didn't play him a ton last night, obviously not
much, but we still think that we'll be home tomorrow, we look to get him
back going. I shouldn't say tomorrow, Saturday.
Q. Along those same lines, Nick Leddy was such a big part of the
effort this season, all regular season long. Is this part of maybe the
maturation process of a young defenseman still at this point?
COACH QUENNEVILLE: Well, we look at our defense, we've got a nice
defense for sure, and we've had some depth, and we didn't even have to
address one of the -- even Michal Rozsival -- half the games didn't play,
and in that rotation we know he was capable of absorbing way more
meaningful minutes than he was playing, let alone not even playing some
nights. So it was always a decision, but we felt our depth on the back
end, we've been much better than we've ever seen here.
Last night those five guys basically assumed those same kind of
minutes across the board and rotated those guys evenly. Basically the
first time we did that all year, and we'll see how that goes out.