Here are some of the postgame quotes after Tuesday’s 4-0 win by the Devils over the Stars:
Talking about the game…
“It was a pretty good game by us; I think we moved the puck well, got in on the forecheck, made some plays and capitalized on our opportunities.”
After the Pittsburgh game last week, everyone said it was one of the most complete games of the season, is this one right up there with that?
“Yeah, I think so. Everyone played well tonight, everyone was skating and made smart plays.”
It’s been a while since you scored, talk about your goal…
“It was on the power play, it was a shot I took; I haven’t been shooting from there, today I took one and it goes in. When you shoot the puck, good things happen.”
When you go through a drought like you did, is it any easier when the team is successful?
“Yeah it definitely helps that we are still winning games, everyone is contributing. But you want to be a part of that and it’s tough, you just have to keep working and try to get you chances every game.”
You’re off to the best start in franchise history is that hard to believe?
“Yeah it is because we’ve had some great teams, some teams that dominated and stuff; so to see this team being at the top of the conference as far as points is a little surprising.”
What do you want to see in the second half?
“Well, more of the same. I think consistency is where everybody is looking for their game; I think that’s a hard thing to do. Especially when you move into the second half of the season, it’s going to get really hard — points are tougher to get and you have to work harder and teams are starting to be desperate eventually. Definitely building a cushion helps us out, but we can’t let our guard down; we have to put our head down and go and play well and be consistent.”
You had to swap out masks during the game, is that a first for you?
“I’m sure I’ve done that before. It’s my old mask too, so it was a little crusty in there (laughs).”
What happened on that shot?
“The shot, it shattered my throat protector, right in the middle; so it was kind of flopping on the sides, so I had to change it.”
After the Pittsburgh game last week, everyone said it was one of the most complete games of the season, is that a fair statement?
“I think so, we played a solid game. Two different teams that we beat for sure, but this was a team that played us really good in Dallas; so we have a lot of respect (coming in) for them for the way they played us. So we went out and played a really solid game.”
Can you talk about your goal tonight?
“I think it was a really well executed 3-on-2; we had a guy, Travis, going right through the middle, Jamie (Langenbrunner) pulled up and both of their D went with Travis. Jamie found me on the far side wide open.”
Is this one of the team’s more complete games?
“I think so, I think you saw all four lines playing well and getting scoring chances. We played well in our own zone too, and for a few games we kind of got away from that. But it was nice to be able to get a win tonight.”
Did it factor in at all that this was a team that beat you earlier in the season?
“I don’t think we think about that too much, that didn’t really cross our minds — revenge or payback or anything like that.”
How does this compare with some of the top wins this season?
“I think you have to put this one with some of the best that we’ve played, if not the best. You look at the speed we had, puck control, plays, we didn’t last a long time in our end so that we got the puck and went to the other zone. I think the guys were skating really well.”
Who would be your three stars tonight?
“Ooh, three stars; tonight I liked all of them. So they all get a star.”
You said the last two games were two of the worst and then this, where did this come from?
“I don’t know. It’s strange because I didn’t like the last two practices, I felt the guys were a little tired and they came out tonight and played like they did; I was surprised, very surprised.”
Zajac finally shooting…
“Yeah, he played well, I don’t know if you guys saw what he did, he was strong on the puck; he won a lot of battles, 1-on-2, 1-on-1, made some great plays and scored a goal.”
You put Pierre-Luc Leblond in, and he seemed to be a factor, what about his game?
“He played well; at first I didn’t know if I was going to put him in or Andrew (Peters) in. He hasn’t been playing for a long time and he’s been practicing hard, doing his job, trying to stay positive. I felt it would be a good time to give him a chance and his performance was good. I think he banged a few guys, with the puck he did well — he did better than in practice with the puck. He looked good.”
What did you think of Elias’ penalty?
“The first one? You probably saw me on TV; it tells what I thought of it. The thing is you do have to be careful when the game is 1-0, when the game is close. You have to be careful, because it could turn around, go the other way. So it’s not only this penalty, it’s every time it happens; you have to be in good control, you have to know the game, you have to know the score when you want to do any type of shots to the opponent.”
When he scored after coming out of the box, did he make up for it?
“I don’t know he got another penalty after. The point is he still did it, that’s the thing. We want him on the ice, we don’t want him in the penalty box; I think he’s more effective on the ice.”
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