Boston Bruins: Player and Coach Post Game Comments
Coach Claude Julien said Chara was sweating and dizzy after the pregame skate.
“He deserves so much credit for what he did tonight, coming to the rink and going out there for a warmup,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “He came off the ice and he was sweaty, he was dizzy, and there was no way in the world that we could have used him tonight — absolutely no way.
“The doctors told us the same thing. I spoke to him and even attempting to come was courageous on his part; but there was absolutely no way that he could have played tonight. It’s unfortunate, we missed him. Certainly he did the best he could to even try. To be honest with you, it wasn’t even close.”
“We’ve got to see what’s going to happen here in the next couple of days,” Julien said. “We’re feeling confident that he will be, but, if I’m gauging by today, I can’t make that assessment because we’ll see how these next two days go.”
“I think we’ll get him back Monday and they’ll pump him full of fluids and get rid of the little bug he had and get it out of his system and get him ready for Monday,” Recchi said. “Obviously, that is very important for us.”(NHL.com)
Julien hinted that dehydration isn’t Chara’s only problem.
“That’s one of the situations and we’re not going to comment any further on that,” he said. “I know that he’s been beat up a little bit with some of you media that think you know better than anybody else, but there was no way that he could play. It’s disappointing to see people making comments…he tried his best and couldn’t play. So, (it’s) disappointing that people would even question this guy for what he is and what he’s done.”
Julien wasn’t sure about Chara’s availability for Game 3 Monday.
“We’re feeling confident that he will be, but, if I’m gauging by today, I can’t make that assessment…we’ll see how these next two days go.”
“I think at this stage in the season, players are definitely going to play through anything,” said Julien. “During the regular season, they’ll always take the cautious route, but in the playoffs, you do what you have to do.
“I think if it’s up to him, he’ll definitely play,” Julien said in the morning. “The only people that’ll hold him back are our doctors. That’s the type of players you want on your team and he’s got that attitude.”
Some of Chara’s teammates were not aware that the defenseman was hospitalized.
“I didn’t know until last night,” said forward Milan Lucic. “He’s a battler. And I’m sure he’ll do whatever he can to be able to get himself ready to play tonight.”
Mark Recchi: “We’ve made it hard on ourselves but we’ll give Montreal some credit and go in their building and try to do what they did to us.”
“Obviously he’s our best defenseman and he’s our leader and he’s a leader in the dressing room and a leader on the ice,” forward Mark Recchi said. “But at the same time, there is no excuse for it. We’re all pros here and we have great defensemen and we didn’t get the job done tonight. And that’s the bottom line. And I believe we will Monday and we’ll regroup and we’ll get on the road and see what we can do. If you don’t believe in each other we wouldn’t have done what we did all year. We’re going to stick together and we’re going to get ready.”
Recchi on the loss (NESN):
“We have to regroup here and we will,” veteran forward Mark Recchi said. “We’re not going to quit as a team here. We believe in each other and I think the coaching staff will make some adjustments. And we have to go on the road and do the same thing they did to us. We’re going to be there and we’re not going to quit and we’re going to be ready to play Monday.”
Dennis Seidenberg: “We all know what’s on the line and what happened last year. It is in the back of our mind.”
“Let’s be honest: Our team has not played at all close to the way we can,” Julien said. “If they’re going to score some goals, they’re going to need to earn them more than they have. We had to work pretty hard to get that one goal. I don’t think they had to work as hard to get theirs.”
“There’s a lot of veterans in here and we all know what’s on the line,” defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. “We all know what happened last year and we’re just going to work hard the next two games and hopefully get a better outcome.
“It’s in the back of our mind, obviously,” Seidenberg added of that Flyers’ series. “That’s our only chance to think that way right now. We just have to improve our game and we will be fine.”