Here are some of the postgame quotes after Friday’s 3-2 Devils win over the Lightning:
You had your first career point – an assist on the second goal – talk about the play…
“There were two guys behind the net, I wasn’t sure if he was going to pass. He missed the puck and tried to pass it again, and I got my stick on it; Bergy made a nice shot.”
It was nice to get an easy point like that right?
“Yeah, I like to get points. It was a very hard game, after we lost last game. It was good for our team, for me.”
A couple of times you collided with Tampa’s Victor Hedman, he’s a pretty big guy right?
“Yeah, he’s a big guy; the NHL is filled with big guys. It’s no problem for me, I can play against them big or small – it doesn’t matter, this is the NHL, you know.”
Was it a slow start tonight?
“A little slow, I thought the game was slow; they weren’t faster than us. It was just that we wanted to make sure we started well; I thought we played well, but we didn’t create much, for whatever reason. They didn’t give us a lot of room out there, so it was kind of a chess match.”
Talk about Matthew Corrente stepping up with two fights tonight…
“It’s nice; I don’t know much about that part of his game because I don’t see him play in the minors when he was there, but he’s been holding his own really well here. I think he’s done that, especially against the guys he’s fighting, he’s in a pretty good weight class there. It’s definitely nice when the young guys show that they belong as far as the physical aspect of the NHL game is.”
Did you see Steve Downie set up there on the tying goal?
“No. I was looking at (Ryan) Malone going across and I just saw (Steven) Stamkos wide open, so I got in position as fast as I could; he’s a shooter not a passer, you know? He kind of fooled me there too, like everybody. I can’t worry about a guy back over there (behind me). He had a prime shot there, it was a good play.”
The first goal did it go between the post and your leg pad?
“My skate, yeah I think it went off of my skate and just trickled in a couple of inches.”
You’ve seen some good defenseman come through here, how impressed with Andy Greene are you?
“Well, it’s definitely nice for him to get the opportunity to get the type of ice-time he’s getting. He’s been working really hard throughout the last few years, he’s been in-and-out of the lineup and been questioned a lot. So definitely, for us players, you feel for guys like that do everything and are a good teammate. For him to get this opportunity and do so well, it couldn’t happen to a better guy.”
Frustrating the way you lost tonight?
“Oh yeah, big time. We came back strong to tie it, with three minutes left. But we have to play a full 60 minutes. We had them beat at home (too) when they scored with one second left when they tied the game, in our home opener. We have to play the full 60 minutes.”
They’ve beaten your team ten straight times, it has to be frustrating in that regard?
“Yeah, very frustrating, absolutely; I know we play them once more this year, so we’ll try to get that game.”
It looked like you had momentum after you tied the game, were you shocked at the outcome?
“Not really, we made a nice goal there and we didn’t play the puck the way we were supposed to after that. They made a good goal on the tip-in there at the end.”
Did you get a piece of the winning goal with your stick?
“That’s what they’re telling me, I’m not a 100% certain so, I’m sure they’ll look at it again.”
After two slow starts in a row, are you satisfied with the way the team started tonight?
“We were still a little bit flat. Both teams, for whatever reason, there was a lot of neutral zone play, and we didn’t have a whole lot of shots in the opening period. We need to get a little bit stronger starts, but we’re battling. It wasn’t a perfect game, but we were able to get the two points.”
A lot of fights tonight, what do you think when you see the kids like Corrente and Mark Fraser dropping the gloves out there?
“It’s great to see; both of those guys got some nastiness in their game. Matt’s shown a few times he’s not afraid to do that and it’s great to see. He’s playing like he wants to be here, he’s playing to do whatever he can to be here; it’s great to see.”
Was Greene your best player tonight?
“Yes he was – no doubt. Why? All the good passes, all the retrieves that he made, the nice pass to his partner, skating with the puck away from people, holding onto the puck and making the right pass, hitting the right guy in the neutral zone.”
He played over 30 minutes, did you know that?
How’d he become so good?
“I don’t know, he’s got confidence, he’s playing with a lot of confidence. He’s on top of his game — he started a little slow, he had good moments and then all of a sudden he started to be our top defenseman.”
Rob Niedermayer won the face-off that led to the first goal how was his game?
“I liked what he did, I thought on the fourth line he did a great job, at times I used that line a little more frequently because they started to forecheck hard and they were going even better than (Dean) McAmmond’s line. So I played them a little more.”
Did they get sloppy with three penalties in the third or did your team draw them?
“Oh, I think we drew at least one that I was sure of, but the other ones, I didn’t see.”
What do you do with Jay Pandolfo coming back?
“I put him on the wing (smiles). And take another guy out.”
Who goes bye-bye?
“We’ll see. I have to see all the brains that work with me.”
Zharkov is a very excited kid; does he play with that excitement?
“Yeah I like what he does, he’s really strong and a good skater; good with the puck. He’ll be a player; he’ll be a player, in a matter of time.”
Is Colin White okay?
“We’ll see tomorrow.”
Did you see the play that he got hurt on?
How about Brian Rolston, tying the game with your first goal?
“Rollie, well that’s Rollie. He’s got a good shot; he gets the puck at the right time. He just stepped into it; I’ve seen him score quite a few goals that way.”
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