Here are some of the postgame quotes after Monday’s 3-2 win by the Devils over the Thrashers:
Is it a weight off your shoulders (that you scored a goal tonight)?
“Yeah, it definitely feels good. It feels good that something finally went in, it’s definitely a good feeling.”
The goal that they gave credit to Colin White, did you touch it at all on the way in?
“I don’t know; we’ll have to watch it on video I guess.”
Can you talk about the first goal?
“It was a good play by Bergy to keep the puck in the zone there. He found me going in front of the net and I got a couple of whacks at it.”
Were you just waiting for David Clarkson to come back into the lineup to score a goal?
“(Smiling) Yeah that was the secret, that’s what I was waiting for.”
Were you surprised to see Niclas Bergfors get up from that hit before his assist?
“Yeah, you have to give him a lot of credit for making that play; I saw the video and he got hit pretty hard, but he got back up and made a good play. He was talking about it afterwards (on the bench) and he was a little shaken up after the hit.”
The lines were jumbled up after Andrew Peters was tossed in the opening two minutes; did that have any affect tonight?
“I guess we’re kind of used to it by now. I warmed up with Travis (Zajac) and Jamie (Langenbrunner) and then I started (the game) with Dean (McAmmond) and Patty, and then I didn’t see them the rest of the night, so (laughs). You have to make adjustments to how they’re playing and then when Petey got thrown out of the game, we had to mix and match all night.”
They’ve played you tough in three games this season…
“It’s just one shot that makes a difference; they have two good goalies over there that will make key saves at the right time. When they play us, I’ve seen some of the games they’ve played and it gets pretty wild sometimes, but today they looked pretty sound defensively. Their defenseman were carrying the puck and they made good plays; I thought we just stayed the course all game long.”
What happened to (Bryce) Salvador?
“I don’t know. I didn’t see, sorry I cant help you guys.”
What did you see on that first goal?
“Kovalchuk? It was a bomb. I went across and tried to get as big as I could because I know he was there; (the pass) got tipped and it threw me off a bit. My angle, because I knew exactly where he was, but when it got tipped he changed so I was a little too close to my post and he just hit it as hard as he could in the top of the net.”
The second goal went off of one of your players?
“Yeah it went off of both sticks (in the lane) and it kind of caught me a bit – the way it came up. It kind of handcuffed me (between my glove and my side), it threw me off a bit.”
How did you like the overall performance of the team coming off of a loss?
“A different opponent, playing at home; not as chaotic a day; I think we did what Jacques wanted us to do against that team. It was nice to see Clarkie back out there, getting into a fight, getting himself going. This is the way we have to bounce back after a bad game, with a win.”
After giving up four goals Saturday, how did you feel out there?
“Yeah I felt pretty good; I felt really good in Washington, it’s just that their firepower kind of overwhelmed us. I haven’t played really well against these guys this year in two games — one I got pulled, one I lost — so I just wanted to make sure I was good tonight.”
Is it important for the team to get Zach out of his drought?
“Its good for him, he didn’t have any pressure from anybody because he was giving his best effort every night; it was just a matter of time (before he scored). I told him you only got halfway to what I had — a few years back, 18 games or something, so we kidded about that. He’s so good around the net, he gets himself opportunities, its going to go for him, sooner than later.”
Thoughts on the win…what worked and why?
“I think it was a hard fought game, both teams played hard. There was a lot of hitting and not a lot of room to play. This is a team, the way they play with their wingers is tight; they play man-on-man. To get away from this you have to skate, you have to beat people. Otherwise there is always somebody on you if you are not skating.”
Parise came through…
“It’s been a couple of practices now that I feel he has been skating better; maybe his mind is more clear. To me, the biggest difference, Travis played really well, he helped him. On the second goal, Patrik made a great pass to him. Zach, he is always skating, but when he is open and waiting for the puck, somebody has to give it to him — tonight he had people give it to him.”
Was Clarkson too reckless?
“Well I think its only being a part of games and knowing your position in the defensive zone, knowing what to do. I don’t know if you saw the replay (of the first goal), he was wondering where he should go at that time before the goal. He was in front of the net, he didn’t know if he was going to stay down low or go back to his position. When you don’t play for a while, this is what’s going to happen to you. Besides that I thought he was skating fine and on the PP he was good, he missed one chance.”
What can you tell us about Salvador?
“Sal, nothing. He left the game and we won’t know more until later.”
How worried were you when Ilya Kovalchuk had the puck late in the game?
“When he shoots, everybody worries.”
Are you upset with Andrew Peters?
“I don’t want to think about this; I have other stuff on my mind.”
Did his loss screw up your game plan, as far as how you wanted to roll your lines?
“Well we end up playing three lines there in the third period, for sure. I don’t know how it would have turned out had he stayed in the game, but anyway, it’s done.”
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