Coach Craig Berube
Q. Craig, were you surprised at all that Vince Dunn was able to go last night? Is that something you leave up to the players and the doctors?
CRAIG BERUBE: No, I’m not surprised. He’s been out a while. He felt good. He felt ready to go.
We worked him pretty good in practice last few days. More battle drills and things like that. He felt ready.
Q. It seems like the series has been defined by adjustments from game to game. How do you go about getting an upper hand?
CRAIG BERUBE: I’m not sure you get an upper hand. Going into the next game, first of all, great win we had, but we just got to get past it, move on. We have to know that we have to come into Game 5 with a desperation and the attitude we need. That’s the biggest thing.
We’re going to get Boston’s best effort. We got to match it, for sure. But the desperation effort, compete, it’s going to be a tough game. I think going into Game 5, just got to get your mind right, get it in the right spot, know how hard the game is going to be.
There’s always little things, tactics here and there. Really the game boils down to one-on-one battles, desperation plays, how hard you’re competing, things like that.
Q. During your playing days, did you ever have to deal with a broken jaw?
CRAIG BERUBE: I did.
Q. What was that like for you?
CRAIG BERUBE: Well, it’s not fun when your jaw’s wired shut for six weeks. I mean, that was my situation. They’re all different.
It’s not a fun thing. I mean, it’s a tough, tough go.
Q. Did you have to miss a long period of time?
CRAIG BERUBE: I was out. I didn’t play with my jaw wired shut like that. I didn’t play. I don’t know. Everybody’s different. Things are different now, too. That was a long time ago.
Q. As we get closer to the end, the last series of the season, does your thought process as far as player deployment change? With only three games left, are you more: I’m going to let the guys I need run?
CRAIG BERUBE: It’s game to game for me. We really try to use everybody. I think that’s how we’re built. That’s how we’ve had the most success, is by using everybody, getting everybody involved.
I always talk about our best attribute is our team, our team play. By that we use everybody. I don’t see any difference going forward here. We need everybody’s best game.
Q. What you talked about before, your team, the effort, was there a moment during these Playoffs or late in the regular season that you sensed there was a resiliency that was really building in this group, you could put whatever happened right behind you?
CRAIG BERUBE: Well, I think what they had to go through to get into the Playoffs really showed that for me. But I know it was a little bit different, I guess, when you get into Playoffs.
I thought Game 5 in Winnipeg showed that. That was something that showed me we were here to stay for a little bit. Obviously each series is different. I thought that game showed a lot of that.
Q. How much does going deep in the series play to your strengths? How have you coached with that in mind, wearing teams down?
CRAIG BERUBE: I think all the series we played have been like that, to be honest with you. That’s kind of, again, how we’re built. We try to play a physical game night in, night out, a forecheck game. We force teams to play 200 feet as much as we can.
Q. What changes now that Chara isn’t playing?
CRAIG BERUBE: What changes if Chara is not playing?
CRAIG BERUBE: I mean, we’re going to approach the game the same way, so nothing from our standpoint.
Q. You’re in a phase now in this series where you have two days between games. Does that change your approach at all? Do you give more minutes to some players because they have an extra day to recover?
CRAIG BERUBE: Well, last night I thought the minutes were all good when I looked at it. Two defensemen played more minutes than a little bit normal on our team.
So like I said, I go game to game, see who’s going. Maybe there’s somebody that’s not going, I won’t use them as much.
I used the Sundqvist line an awful lot last night in the game. They did a great job against Bergeron’s line. They probably played a few more minutes than normal.
Q. Not a lot of minutes for Edmundson. Anything health-wise or just the way the game went?
CRAIG BERUBE: Just the way the game went. We used Parayko and Pietrangelo quite a bit. Dunn looked really good. We got him more minutes, too. Thought Dunn had a good game.
Q. How would you rate how your forecheck has done, especially wearing down Boston’s defensemen?
CRAIG BERUBE: It’s been good. Game 1 and Game 3 probably not as good. Game 2 and Game 4 really good. That’s where I rank it right now.
Q. Before the last game, did you tell Sundqvist (indiscernible) Bergeron matchup? Or is that something that just goes on?
CRAIG BERUBE: That just goes on. I didn’t tell them. I started them in the game. I go with it. They know. Once a game gets going, I don’t really have to tell them. They know. They’re pretty good at knowing what’s going on. They’re smart guys.
Q. With the team doing a better job last night of staying out of the box, how important will it be to continue that?
CRAIG BERUBE: Really important. Discipline is huge. I thought the game was ref’d really well. I thought we were disciplined. We did a good job of playing between the whistles, checking properly, not taking the hooking, interference penalties, tripping, things like that.
Our forwards did a real good job of reloading. Our F three was in really good all night. We were in good spots, which limit penalties, too.
Q. Alex, Oskar coming back, what does he bring for you in the last three games?
ALEXANDER STEEN: Yeah, big boost. Oskar, like I’ve said many times before, I think him and Barbie are underrated as far as smartness or intelligence, goals on the ice. He’s got such good timing. He works extremely hard.
It was nice for our line to get back together. I think we have good chemistry, do a good job of communicating. Yeah, that’s it.
Q. David, four games into the series, there’s a lot of battling going on. Is this becoming a rivalry, in your opinion?
DAVID PERRON: I mean, it’s a rivalry, for sure. I think we did a good job last game to stay out of that stuff. I think going forward, we’ll look to do more of that.
We saw each team after a loss was able to turn the page and have a good performance. Now it’s up to us to find a way to carry the momentum into the next game and play a very similar way.
Q. The longer that the series goes, is it more to your style, your advantage, wearing teams down? Do you feel confident in that, the longer the series goes, the more it plays to your strengths?
DAVID PERRON: I think so far, each and every series, we’ve gotten better as the series was going on. We’re certainly looking to do the same thing. We have to have our foot on the gas from now on, like Bozie said. It’s a best-of-three. Again, I think in two days it’s another opportunity to be doing that. We’re going to be looking to be the team that gets the next win.
Q. Tyler and David, with the improvements you made on the discipline front, do you feel you’ve turned the page as a team?
TYLER BOZAK: I think we have to continue to manage. Obviously emotions run high in games especially right now. Obviously, that’s something we have to work on, get better at, keep improving on.
We feel our biggest strength is playing five-on-five. That’s where we want to play the game as much as we can. Obviously we got to stay out of the stuff after whistles. Got to play between the whistles, be really disciplined.
Obviously there’s going to be penalties throughout a game, it’s inevitable. The ones we take have to be worthwhile and situations where it’s not too bad to take one.
DAVID PERRON: I think when it’s five-on-five, it helps everyone, helps keep guys in the game, really guys that need their five-on-five to get the game going. We got to stay out of the stuff, for sure.
Q. It’s over a hundred games into the season now. Probably everybody has something physically wrong with them. Is it tougher to stay out of the lineup when you’re banged up? Is the threshold higher because it’s the Stanley Cup Final?
DAVID PERRON: Foot on the gas, empty the tank, see where it goes. There’s three games left max to our season, nine days. I don’t think there’s many guys that want to be out of the lineup right now.
ALEXANDER STEEN: Same answer. I think there is. I think the opportunity that’s ahead of us, the enjoyment, the excitement of playing in these games, I think it definitely takes a lot to miss them.
TYLER BOZAK: They covered it.
Q. Alex, the PK, much improved last night. Any keys to that? Was it just kind of doing what you guys maybe do best?
ALEXANDER STEEN: Yeah, I think we didn’t play it exactly as we wanted to in the prior game. I thought we got back to our structure a little bit more. I thought we were more composed as far as when to be aggressive and when not to be.
Obviously Binner made some big stops for us. That was huge.
Q. You talk about getting better as the series has gone on. With the forecheck, it’s so effective, is there still room for improvement? Can you get better at that?
ALEXANDER STEEN: I think you can improve at everything. You’re never going to be perfect. There’s always going to be room for improvement in every facet of the game.
Obviously after last game, we’re happy with the way it went, but there’s still stuff we need to improve on. We’ll look at video on that, discuss that, just keep trying to get better every day.
Obviously it’s a great opportunity we have right now. We’re excited for it, but we got to keep improving, keep getting better.
Q. David, you had Sanford back with you, O’Reilly last night. He had success with you guys before. Was there instant chemistry last night? Since he hadn’t played in a while, did you have to help him along?
DAVID PERRON: Not a lot. Like last night, he got an assist off a tip, created a lot of chances like that. He’s a big body that really gets on the forecheck.
I think he allows myself and Ryan to play our game a little bit more down low, really puts the onus on us to hang onto the puck, be strong with it.
I thought he was extremely good last night. Same with Ryan, obviously.