Here are some of the postgame quotes after Saturday’s 4-1 win by the Devils over the Flyers:
What was the best thing about tonight’s win?
“I think how we started the game, we took advantage of some penalties they took and got two goals on the power play early on. We really dictated the game. I thought we played a fast game, high-tempo; we didn’t have any offisides, not many icings and there was a lot of momentum to the game. Everybody who touched the ice was on a lot, all four lines participated in the game. It’s one of the good wins we’ve had this year.”
A milestone for Elias, you’ve seen a lot of Patrik; what is it that makes him tick?
“Well he’s a good player, skilled. It’s all about skill with him, his work habits is coming now. The injuries are kind of getting away from him, I think it’s tough to play through so many injuries he’s had the last few years. But he’s a skill player, he’s a big-time player for us for through the years and hopefully it continues.”
You made a lot of big-time saves tonight, how about your game?
“I felt good, I was right on it. It was a slow start, I didn’t get many shots in the first period; but I got real busy in the second there. I made the saves I needed to make, and the plays I needed to make; the pokecheck I made on Carter doesn’t count as a save, but it made a difference and kept the game at 3-1. We were able to score another one after.”
How surprised are you where the team is?
“Well you know what, you could be a little bit surprised but I think when you go through the games that we’ve been playing, I think it’s just normal. Guys are doing well and paying attention to details, feeling good about themselves; and we’re well-coached. I think when we slack in certain areas it’s pinpointed to us all the time and guys want to learn; and want to be as good as we can.”
You saw a lot of Jeff Carter shorthanded tonight; talk a little about that…
“He’s a skill player, he’s a big dude — he can skate and has a big shot. I was ready for him, especially in the first period; he came in and let it go — blocker save the second time. I respect him so much, that’s probably why I went really far on him and I was able to keep my ground and pokecheck him when he ran out of room there. He’s a player, even (Mike) Richards too, they’re dangerous even when they’re killing penalties.”
What did you like about the game tonight?
“The game was good, the first period was very nice; it was good to be up 3-0. We tried to play the second period like it was 0-0; we just go, go, go.”
You had a nice assist on the third goal where you muscled (Arron) Asham off the puck along the boards, can you talk about it?
“Yeah, I wait (to score my own); I’m happy for Patrik. I wait, wait, wait; maybe next game I’ll get a goal. With my line-partners Brian (Rolston) and Patrik, they tell me relax Zharky, it’s no problem; it’s only your first year in NHL.”
You had some words there with Chris Pronger in the third…
Were you wishing each other a Merry Christmas?
“Yeah, something like that.”
How much did the early goal help the team tonight?
“It was good for us to get that early lead, it’s always better to play with the lead. We were pretty solid in all areas tonight.”
How close do you think Patrik is to being 100%?
“I think he’s been 100% for a while now; he’s been playing well for us. I think he’s healthy and fine.”
You scored two goals, were you thinking about getting a third?
“I just tried to play a strong game after that, and then you never know. It’s like when you start the game, you’re not thinking about that.”
Talk about the first goal, where you went through almost every Flyer on the ice…
“Well I came with good speed on the PP; they kind of backed up pretty far. I thought I saw some space and tried to get through there; I made a try and it worked out.”
Is it nice to beat these guys after two losses to them earlier in the season?
“Absolutely, they’re in our division so I think we play them six times. So you have to beat them and I think we really showed that we wanted it more tonight.”
Does 300 goals mean a lot to you?
“Yeah, it’s a nice little mark, a nice achievement. To do it all with one organization, it’s even more special.”
Are you disappointed it didn’t happen when Marty got his 104th shutout?
“Somebody said that to me actually at home, asking if I was waiting for Marty to get that shutout and share another night with him.”
Can you talk about the play that Zharkov made on your first goal?
“It was just a great play by Zharky there — not to give up on that one. He’s playing great, he’s playing really good hockey, he’s battling; and that was exactly a perfect example. He never gives up on a play, wins the battle and just keeps his head up all the time, sees the guys open. It was a nice little pass there and a quick shot (by me).”
You had a couple of chances in the third period where you could’ve shot and passed (instead), why?
“I don’t know maybe once or twice there I tried to pass back to Rollie at the end, and he tried to look for me again. It’s all right, if it (a hat trick) happens, it happens, but you don’t want to force that.”
Was there a key to the win?
“I think we were ready for the game, our first period was probably the best, by far; I mean puck control, power play, everything worked good, we were skating well. Overall, every player played well.”
How much better is Bergfors than his first month?
“I would say the last month he’s been, you know, about the same — playing well; I’m just hoping to even get more so he can go on with the top players and play as well as the top players. But it might take a little more time, he’s got the tools to do it, he’s got the talent, he’s good with the puck.”
Milestone goal for Elias, what makes him tick?
“I think he started the game pretty much the same way and now as soon as he got the goal you could see he was more excited and he was going harder; and he got another one. It could be a good sign for us, because we need him.”
Was it important to bounce back tonight after last night’s loss?
“Yeah, I knew the players would play hard, as good as they can play. But I was still afraid of the game, because I have a lot of respect for the Flyers.”
How disappointed do you get when Marty gives up a goal that maybe he should have had?
“Well when you’re leading by a few, it’s not that bad. It’s when the game is tied and then your goaltender gives a bad goal, then you say ‘we don’t need this.’”
Is there somebody we should be talking about tonight besides the goal scorers?
“He was good. He was skating well; he played against Richards, which he’s not an easy player to play against. He played the power play, and did well there. He got no points or goals, but it’s just what he’s doing — very solid in our end. He played well tonight.”
Your team is 7-0 in the second game of back-to-backs, any explanation for that?
“I didn’t know that. But you know what maybe it’s the days off that we give in between and on the second game we’re better than the first. I would have to look how many times we gave them a day off before that first game. And then you get to the second game, you always play better. We played good last night, but we played better tonight. We were better with the puck.”
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