Talking about his first career NHL goal…
“Elias found Kovy, fortunately it kind of went through his skates and he found me. We tell each other to shoot it on net and I did that; it’s nice to finally get one, especially on the power play. We played a good game, we have some things that we have to fix but we’ll come ready tomorrow.”
When you look back on this game, do you look at the five-minute power play and say ‘maybe if we could have got one there’?
“We all had our opportunities on that power play, their goalie played well. That happens, we all had our chances; when you look back on it you say yeah we had our chances, but we also had a lot of other chances too throughout the game.”
How frustrating is this?
“It’s a little tough when we’ve been starting games the way we have, especially the last two games — out-shooting our opponents 10-0 or 15-3 — and we don’t get anything, it’s hard to get momentum; the frustration builds up as the game goes on if you don’t put the puck in the net early. It’s definitely a little tough for the guys, but I think we worked through it and got a lot of chances. Not everybody is going to play like Jacques Plante against us every night (laughs).”
What do you think of Taormina?
“He’s playing well; he’s definitely getting the chance to do it. The coaching staff seems to have a lot of confidence in him, putting him in great situations and he’s responding well. He’s a good skater and a good passer.”
Anything that you think should be changed?
“No I think we’re playing well. It’s just a matter of getting breaks offensively on our side. I think these breaks, eventually we’re going to get, and we’ll solve some of the flaws that we have in our zone.”
How frustrating is it when you have great opportunities like Ilya and Zubie did and you come away with nothing?
“It’s going to happen, we just have to stay with it. We had our chances until the end, obviously we missed it at the end, but that’s all we can do is keep pushing and keep shooting.”
One thing I noticed in the third period when the lines were all switched up, every line was a good line…
“If we don’t have the momentum or have a pace going then we have to change something up obviously. We’re kind of used to it; it’s always nice to have the same guys together, but we have to change it up and give them different looks.”
You don’t seem that upset or worried after tonight’s loss…
“What good does that do you? We have to keep working, keep working hard; we had good chances in the game and one of these games we’re going to get three or four goals in the first period. We just have to stay positive and I think that we had maybe ten minutes in the second and the first ten minutes in the third we were kind of flat. Not every game is going to go perfect, but we have to push each other — one line has to get good chances and we have to follow that up; I think we can push each other a little more.”
Was not scoring during the five-minute power play a big point in the game?
“I don’t think so, they had a four-minute PP and they scored in the last seconds; I think both teams’ penalty killers did a pretty good job. We should have settled it down a little bit more and a little better support. We have to learn how to relax a little bit with that power play; I thought in the second period when we scored on the PP, we kind of settled down, made some real good passes and had them running around.”
How frustrated are you?
“It’s frustrating yeah, because we had some great looks. I thought the five-minute power play, all the power plays we had some good looks; we just missed on a couple of one-timers.”
You led 43-22 in shots, does that indicate that you were the better team?
“It doesn’t really matter what it indicates, they won the game. They kept playing, they’re a young team, fast, they work hard the whole game so we battled and it just didn’t go the way we wanted it to go.”
Will you go with (Johan) Hedberg tomorrow?
“I’ll decide that tomorrow.”
Taormina led your team in ice-time tonight; does that talk about how confident you are in his abilities?
“He played well, I’m confident in his abilities. He’s a young guy but he’s growing with confidence and he’s getting a good opportunity.”
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