Here are some of the postgame quotes after Wednesday’s 2-1 win by the Devils over the Canadiens:
Why is it that you and Brian (Rolston) are really clicking right now?
“It’s not just me and Brian; I think that Zharkov is doing a lot to make it fun, to make it successful as a line. We’re playing as a unit, all three guys; you saw that he (Zharkov) made another good play on that goal. He’s working hard and makes smart decisions, and with Brian, we’re just having fun, a lot of communication and just playing.”
Was this a patient game (tonight)?
“I don’t know, I don’t think that’s the way we want to play. Like I said, the power plays, we did a lot of good things in the first period because we drew four power plays in a row, and it didn’t work for us tonight. Not every night is going to be perfect, or its going to work; it kind of affected us, maybe a little bit, for the second period. I think both teams didn’t play as good as we can, but we’ll take the win.”
Can you talk about the play on the game-winning goal?
“I see one guy came to me and the second guy went to Rollie, then it was a 2-on-2. It was a beautiful, very nice; Rollie stopped, wait, wait, wait, he gave the puck to Elias; Elias finished nice goal.”
Are you having fun playing with those two guys, it seems like you have good chemistry?
“Maybe, because I love playing with those two guys; very good passers, you know, Rollie and Elias, but I am young. I played just nine games, you know — these guys help me all the time. We skate very hard every game, but I’ve only played nine games, I’m just a young boy.”
Talking about the play where he lost the puck and gave up shorthanded breakaway…
“We had a set play on that and it just bounced up on me; I went to pass it and the puck wasn’t there. It’s one of those things, unfortunately that one ended up in our net.”
What are you thinking when that happened?
“Oh spit (laughs). I tried to come back as hard as I can, I tried to force him and it was a good job by Andy (Greene) to force him to his backhand; it just snuck its way through.”
Would it have been worse for you mentally if you lost 1-0?
“Probably; the win kind of hides those kind of mistakes I guess.”|
Is that the way you envisioned your first goal happening?
“No, that was a lucky one, but I don’t care how they go in; I’m very happy.”
How does that first one feel, especially in a tight game?
“It feels good, we were struggling in the first period, but in second and third we did better.”
Did you think the shot was going in when you took it?
“No, (laughs) I was really happy it went in though. The goalie helped me a little bit there.”
How good does it feel that the team came out flat and still got the two points?
“Yeah, I’m happy that we got the two points.”
Scripting this I’d call it strange but true victories…
“Well definitely this one was kind of a weird one a bit, we didn’t play our best game. But we stuck with it and scored a big goal at the end; Patty again comes through for us.”
(Scott) Gomez almost got one (on you)…
“A couple of good shots, he kicked one in (on me). I thought we handled their offense pretty good, we had one breakdown — on one of our power plays — and they got a goal out of that. After that, a couple of screen shots, one hit me in the head in the second period there, but I thought defensively we did a great job against especially Gomer and (Mike) Cammalleri, who’s one of the hottest players.”
How surprised were you that the fans kept booing him?
“Well, it’s like anything, everybody’s demanding on being perfect every night and its all in their rights. We’re there trying our best and some nights it works and some nights it doesn’t and it’s just part of the game.”
No, I meant booing Gomez…
“Oh, I thought you meant our power play in the first period (laughs).”
They booed Gomez every time he was on the ice…
“They’ve got to get over it sometime (laughs), but I think he’s not playing for the Rangers anymore, so it’s not as bad. Even for us (players) I think the sentiment of him being somewhere else is a lot different, but fans are weird that way. I think they care about their team and when a guy goes out and does something like that — unless you’re like Bobby Holik and come back and play for us, they’ll start cheering him again.”
1,029 games — how many of them were like that one?
“Oh, I don’t know; that was kind of boring (out there). It’s a big win.”
Is it a gratifying win knowing that maybe the team wasn’t at its best tonight?
“I think we played a team that’s not doing really well right now, and you know that they’re going to try to keep it simple; they did, they didn’t really do much out there and they didn’t give us much opportunities either. They gave us a lot of power plays, but we didn’t do anything with them and we got a lucky goal on a shot over the net that (Carey) Price mishandled and after that we got kind of a cold shower on them — scoring that late goal, definitely nice.”
Another milestone (for you), what does this one mean?
“Well, durability as I’ve talked about for a few days. That’s what playing a lot of games is, it’s being durable, and it’s being successful; because if you’re not, the coach doesn’t put you in there. I’m definitely happy that it’s passed, we get to the next game and it’s over with and move on to just play hockey.”
Travis Moen’s shot went through your legs?
“I think so, he came in on his backhand and he waited (me) out. I was on my post and thought I had everything covered and he just snuck it right through my legs.”
How would you describe this game?
“Well, I have to say at the start we got the penalties (against them). I thought we were playing exactly the way we wanted to play. Then, power plays, as I mentioned to the guys in there, power plays are great when you can take advantage; it will destroy the whole team when you don’t score; especially when you go 5-on-3. Then guys make the wrong pass, take the wrong shot or they don’t score. They get frustrated and if they can’t get that off their mind, it’s tough to play hockey like that. I think the power play just turned things around.”
Yet somehow the team hung in, Montreal never got that second goal…
“I don’t think they were better than we were (laughs), we were not good but they weren’t (any) better. They probably had five chances the whole game and we had eight or nine with all the power plays, so you look at the game — only the third period I thought it was decent. The best part of it was the last three minutes.”
How do you describe the rookie’s goal?
“Oh Pikk, I guess he wanted to keep the puck deep and the goalie tried to catch it in his glove and it went in; it’s just a lucky goal. But you know what, that’s what we needed.”
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