Here is some of the postgame quotes after Friday’s 2–1 Devils win vs. the Islanders:
Thoughts on the game…
“Pretty good, the power play clicked again. We had more chances, and early in the game too. Our start was not the greatest again, but other than that I thought we played pretty well.”
Two wins in a row at home after a 1-4 start, what’s different?
“It was in our heads more than anything else; I think its more how we played at home. People keep asking the same question (about the record at home), but we just have to play better. The last two games I thought we did. On the road, I don’t want to say we play simple but, we don’t do too many fancy things and everybody’s going. I think we did the same thing the last couple of games – where everybody’s involved and everybody’s moving. With a lot of guys out, it’s not easy, especially on the blue line; but the guys are moving well and making good plays.”
With the injuries and coach’s decision to jumble the line combinations so often, is it easier or harder to adjust to new linemates constantly?
“Honestly, I don’t think I have to change my game that much. We have some young faces here too so, for myself, I have to stay back (defensively) at times, but other than that not really. You play with good players and try to create (offense) but you have to be smart at all times as well. Its 15 games in and I think Jacques is doing a great job keeping everybody in the game and keeping the lines moving and keeping guys involved. Especially now the way the schedule is, we have a lot of three games in four nights; hopefully we keep winning.”
How do you stay unbeaten on the road tomorrow in Ottawa?
“The same thing (we’ve been doing). We won here now we have to go on the road, and have a better start. But nothing changes; we just want to play the same way. Guys are missing, but other guys are stepping up getting more minutes, but they’re playing well. Obviously on the road we don’t have to change much.”
How did you feel out there tonight?
“Not too bad. It was an up-and-down game for me, physically. I felt all the things that I expected for my first game in five months.”
Any chance you play tomorrow night?
“We’ll make the decision tomorrow morning.”
Do you think the team feels they can rely on you now that you have two starts and only allowed two goals?
“I hope so, that’s what I’m trying to do. I’ve said all along that whenever I get a chance to play, I want to make sure that I play well. I want the guys to feel confident with whoever is in net. But a big part of that is the guys played real well in front of me in both games and made my job a lot easier.”
Are you surprised the Islanders didn’t try to distract you more, with talk or whatever?
“I don’t think they’re that type of guys. Like I said, I heard my name here and there, but nothing mean. I don’t think they’re that type of team (that would trash talk to me).”
Does it feel good to beat you’re former team?
“Yeah, obviously it adds a little something. Obviously I want to win against whoever I play, but to beat your former team, it makes it a little special.”
What did you see, or not see, during the scramble around you at the end of the game?
“I had no idea the puck was behind me like that on the goal line; I thought I still had it against the post. I had no idea how close it came (to going in), I saw it on the replay afterwards (on the jumbotron). Good play by our D there (to sweep the puck away), I don’t know who it was, but it was a good play.”
Yann Danis tonight…
“He’s steady. If you look at him, it’s easy to believe in him. He’s always well positioned, there’s a lot of pucks that hit him; that’s why it’s easy to believe in him.”
Nice to see Cory Murphy come through with a goal…
“Yeah, that was nice. He didn’t play a lot in the first (period), but after that we used him a little more and it was nice – that shot on the power play.”
You’ve won two straight at home and three of the last four, are the home woes over?
“Hopefully; we got two at home, but I’d still like to see more goals here – that’s what I’m looking for now. We don’t give a lot, which is good, now we have to get some more goals. I’d love to get four goals, get a game that’s not a one-goal game.”
Why’d you change the lines again after the first period?
“Nothing was going. Nothing was going well.”
Was it nice to see Brian Rolston score again?
“Yeah, Rollie played well; he was probably our best forward. He played really well tonight – not only his goal but he won battles and he won a lot of pucks; he made some plays. He played against the top line on the other side. He was good.”
Close game, but you came up short…
“Yeah, special teams, we won four in a row and we were kicking it in gear – in all aspects of the game; the last couple of losses, specialty teams could have sure made a difference for us. The power plays, we had a 5-on-3 early, we had three or four (in the game) and we didn’t bury our chances. It’s a tough building to play in, a good team, when they have the lead they clamp down. But it was a good game, we had good opportunities, ultimately we fell short and we’re disappointed.”
Your former teammate played pretty good tonight…
“He did. Yann’s a good guy. I’m sure he was pumped – anytime you play your old team; we knew we were going to get a strong game from him. We had to get some pucks in the net and he answered the bell.”
He mentioned hearing his name on the ice tonight, your response?
“I just said ‘hey’ to him in warm-ups…he was staring at us and I asked him if he was trying to intimidate us. Yann’s a good kid and when the game starts you bear down and you try to win the game.”
Talk about your goal…
“(Sean) Bergenheim and (Jon) Sim got the loose puck off the wall and I was open in front. Bergenheim’s pass went through the legs of the d-man, and then I think my shot went through Danis’ arm.”
You missed some time at the start of the season, how do you feel?
“Good, the last five or six games have been good. I can’t complain.”
Your thoughts on Yann Danis’ game tonight?
“He played great. I think he saw the puck most of the time though; we didn’t get in there and create much traffic in front of him. He was solid.”
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