The NHL has provided the transcript of an interview conducted with the Coyotes players and management listed above. It is provided for your enjoyment thanks to Frank Rekas of the Fansided Network and The Rat Trick.An interview with:COACH DAVE TIPPETT
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Shane, just a quick question. There you are in the cafeteria
after 15 years, you’re in the finals, taking all this in. Your
SHANE DOAN: It’s been pretty cool. We’ve enjoyed the run. When it
hasn’t worked, you’ve been told that it can’t. It’s nice to be able to say
that it can.
We’re pretty excited as a group – very excited.
Q. Mike, I was looking your name up on Wikipedia.
MIKE SMITH: How many came up (laughter)?
Q. It said you’re the only goalie in history to get a shoutout, get
in a fight, and score a goal in the same game.
MIKE SMITH: No, false information. I scored. I got a shutout and a
win, but I never got in a fight. The Gordie Howe hat trick is out.
Q. East Coast?
MIKE SMITH: Yeah, first year as pro. I don’t like to fight
Q. Shane, the break between games. Do you want to ride the
coattails of momentum off the last series?
SHANE DOAN: I think a little bit. You’d like to. We definitely
enjoyed a little bit of a break. The last series started fairly quickly.
We went six games and I think we started three days later.
At the same time it’s nice having the break. It’s not like anyone’s
really complaining too much. They’re on as big a roll as anyone ever has
been on I think in the playoffs. It would be nice to be playing maybe
yesterday, but having till Sunday, it’s okay.
Q. Keith, could you talk about the goaltending matchup in this
series, two hottest goalies in the league. The fact that you have the
ability to get a few past Pekka Rinne, a pretty good goalie, in the last
KEITH YANDLE: Yeah, we faced two good goalies so far with Crawford
and Rinne. We’ve been able to solve them. We know Quick is a good goalie,
great goalie, playing well. We got more confidence in our net minder than
SHANE DOAN: And he’s friends with Quick.
Q. Shane, could you talk about the value of having another guy
that’s been around this league for a long time, Ray Whitney.
SHANE DOAN: He’s a lot older (laughter).
Q. Just the value of him, and also the value that he’s been through
SHANE DOAN: You know what, it’s funny. Everybody on our team for
the most part hadn’t been past the second round, I mean, other than Ray and
Raffi in the past, Vermette. Those guys are the only three that have been
It’s been nice to talk to him. At the same time we got a pretty good
veteran group of guys that are pretty comfortable. But Ray offensively has
been our best player probably throughout the whole year. He’s been
unbelievable in the playoffs, getting huge goals, just keeping it kind of
like a businesslike approach. We all make sure we follow along.
Q. Mike, you have yet to lose on the road. Coming in tomorrow, how
do you keep home ice as an advantage?
MIKE SMITH: Yeah, no, they’ve been an outstanding team on the road.
It’s obviously going to be huge for us to not think about that too much,
worry about what we have to do.
The first 5, 10 minutes is obviously going to be a huge part of
momentum swings in the series. When you start off on the right note with a
good first 10 minutes, good start, go from there.
Q. Everybody is saying how similar these two teams are. They appear
to be. When two teams are alike, what can make the difference in the
MIKE SMITH: They said that about us and Nashville, too. I think in
playoffs, every team is going to have some similarities. Everybody is
going to be working hard, blocking shots. Everybody has a good goaltender.
I think in that aspect, teams are similar. But we have our own
identity. We’re not trying to worry too much about them, just kind of play
Q. Mike, what has Barb said to you?
MIKE SMITH: Barbs (LaBarbera) is such an easy guy to get along with.
I think everybody knows he doesn’t say too many bad things about anyone.
It’s been a very easy transition coming here and working with a guy like
him. He works super hard in practice, very easy to get along with off the
Obviously that relationship is huge. I’ve been with guys that
haven’t had the same kind of relationship as I have with Barb, so it’s been
everything I can ask for.
Q. He came up with that handshake?
MIKE SMITH: He did. I can’t take credit for that.
Q. Along those lines, timeouts, seems like you’re talking to him.
MIKE SMITH: We’re talking about golfing (laughter).
No, like I said, he’s an easy guy to be around. He’s calming to be
around. When I get a chance to get a few words in with him, kind of calm
myself down by being able to talk to someone like that.
When you’re in the heat of the moment of the game, you’re nerves are
working against you. When you get a timeout to go to the bench, get to
chat with a guy like that, it’s a calming influence.
Q. (No microphone.)
MIKE SMITH: Probably not this long of one. I’ve played well in the
past, but never been able to find that consistency I have this year.
You know, goalies go in and out of hot streaks. Obviously you have
some games where you don’t play your best. But this year I found a way to
play well when I haven’t felt my best and tried to get out of slumps
quicker than I have in the past.
I think that’s been a big part of my success this season.
Q. Shane, coach joked after Game 2 of Nashville that he’s happy for
you to do your own thing in Phoenix, nobody has to notice. Can’t fly under
the radar anymore. What is it like to get more recognition now nationally?
SHANE DOAN: I’m pretty sure everyone is probably picking against us
anyways again. It’s where we want to stay, pretty low-key.
Here in the valley, it’s been great. We’ve enjoyed the way that it’s
kind of worked out for us the last couple years here. We’ve had success as
a team. It will be fun to experience.
Again, I think that’s where we’ll go back to a guy like Ray, guys
that have experienced it. Coming in here and talking to you guys, I
haven’t done that before, it’s kind of nice.
Q. Mike, your goal in the HCHL, the reason I would want you to go
back into your memory bank, to get your thoughts on it, because Jonathan
Quick, when he got his first win in the HCHL, he also scored a goal.
MIKE SMITH: Really? I didn’t know that.
Q. You both have that in common. Do you remember it?
MIKE SMITH: Oh, yeah. Tough to forget. The bad thing is, once you
score once, you want more, so…
That feeling of obviously scoring when you’re a goaltender is like
nothing else. But also can work against you, too. You’re only thinking
about it when their goalie’s out. The number one job is to keep the puck
out of my end. If it does go in the other end, that’s great, too.
Q. Mike, can you give us a sense of the way you are before games.
Are nerves something you need to battle? Are you pretty easygoing before
games? And, Shane, what is your sense of him?
MIKE SMITH: I want Shane to leave me alone anytime. He’s a pest
anytime I’m around him (laughter).
No, I’m pretty easygoing. I get nerves obviously this time of the
season. I think everyone gets nervous before games. I don’t think I show
it. I think I just try and do my thing and enjoy the moment, enjoy playing
this game that we all grew up playing and dreamt of being in the NHL
playoffs, just trying to take advantage of the situation.
It’s been fun so far.
SHANE DOAN: Yeah, he’s as competitive off the ice as he is on the
ice. We all play in a two-touch game that is pretty intense at times.
Usually we’re arguing with him whether or not he’s out or not.
MIKE SMITH: Because Shane is always right (laughter).
SHANE DOAN: It doesn’t matter, every game, doesn’t matter if he’s on
a roll, it’s the exact same thing. That’s one of the great things. It
doesn’t matter how everything is going, he’s going to make sure everybody
around him, it’s still the same. It’s nice when you have your starting
goalie to be like that. We enjoy it. We have fun with him.
KEITH YANDLE: Yeah, I agree. I think Smitty is a guy, he sees the
game well. He’s a goalie, but he sees the game well, as if he’s a
defenseman or a player back there.
You know, you can talk to him about hockey or anything before, during
or after the game. It’s fun to have a guy like him around.
Q. You guys are obviously keeping it lighthearted here. What role
does humor and being able to jab at each other relieve some of the
tenseness of the game coming up? Second part is, who provides the best
humor in the locker room?
SHANE DOAN: I’d say Jelly (Yandle) does. He’s usually got something
going on. When things are going on, he keeps it pretty lighthearted.
We got a great group of guys that really enjoy each other. No one is
afraid to give it to anybody. I think it makes it fun. We all enjoy it a
MIKE SMITH: Especially this time of season, it can get pretty
nerve-wracking. To have the group we have, to keep it light, especially
before big games. It takes a lot of energy out if you’re serious all the
It’s been a fun year. It’s been a very easy transition for me to
come into this group. Obviously we have great leadership. Everyone in the
locker room gets along. That’s a huge part of why we are where we are
Q. Divisional rival for the first time. The style of this series
going to be any different than Chicago or Nashville or closer to one or the
other in the way it’s played?
SHANE DOAN: I think we’re pretty familiar with each other. I mean,
we’ve had some pretty intense, physical games already. I’m assuming that
it’s just going to kind of go up even more than that. We’re pretty
comfortable playing each other. I don’t think there’s going to be too many
surprises. They got Carter late. That’s about the only thing that’s
changed since the last time we played them, three or four times when they
didn’t have him.
It will be a fun, intense playoff hockey. I think the third round,
as a fan, I think the intensity goes up so much after the second round,
because the second round, you’re happy to get into the second round, get
out of the first round. Sometimes there’s a little bit of a lull.
Third round, you recognize how close you are to achieving your goal.
From watching it way too many times, that intensity is fun to see and will
be fun to be part of.
Q. Keith, could you address, out of the All-Star break you went on a
great run, That kind of turned the whole season around for you. Can you
point to any particular reason why that time of the season was when
everything started to click and why?
KEITH YANDLE: I don’t know if there’s something you can really just
pinpoint. We came together. I remember having some meeting, Tip telling
us how much the next 15, 20 games mean to our team. It was a rush to get
into the playoffs. It was so tight in the west, we knew we had to play
well to get into the playoffs, get the highest seed we could get.
I think it was the coaching staff getting us together and pinpointing
that we really needed to step up our game. I thought we did a real good
job of doing that.
Q. The All-Star break preceded that. This is your longest break.
Is there something to be said to be able to use that time to rest? Can you
see any connection between what you were able to do, All-Star break, taking
that time, to now kind of refocusing again?
KEITH YANDLE: Leading up to the All-Star break, I think we had one
of the toughest schedules I know I’ve ever been a part of. That break came
at a perfect time in the season. This break can work to our advantage.
We also have to recognize that we’ve had time off. We have to come
the first 5 minutes, 10 minutes, like I said, and get onboard and get back
into the playoff adrenaline and energy out there, because both teams have
had big layoffs now. It’s probably going to be a little bit of feeling out
the first 5, 10 minutes. But after that, we’re going to have to really up
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.
Questions for Coach Tippett and Don Maloney.
Q. Coach, can you talk about the adjustments you make when you see a
guy like Daymond adjust to a fourth line? How do you tweak things into
what you’ve done so far in this post-season?
COACH TIPPETT: What we try to do is put positions where they can
help us win and they feel like they’re a part of what we’re doing here.
We rely on everybody to do their job. We talked a little bit about
this yesterday as a staff. We feel like this is as deep a team as we’ve
ever had. When you have a player of Langkow’s quality of stabilizing our
fourth line, we don’t call it a fourth line, we call it Langk’s line. He
gives us quality minutes, a role in the game, good penalty killer. That
line has chipped in some important goals for us.
What we try to do is make sure players know their responsibilities,
know what they have to do to help us win. It’s our job to put them in
those positions to let them be successful at it. We’ve had a lot of guys
that have kind of bought into that and it’s gone well.
Q. Don, might have been a few people that raised an eyebrow when you
gave three years to Ray Whitney given his age. What were your expectations
DON MALONEY: I wish it was three, because it was only two.
Unfortunately he’s up at the end of this year.
When we looked at Ray, we had two players at that period that we
thought could play in a top-six role. Ray was one of them. I think at the
time people were questioning whether one year, two years. Usually when you
get to 36, 37, 38, there’s a little hesitation on extending, just the way
the CBA is, beyond a year.
Just studying Ray, looking at his game, we watched a lot of video,
how he played, who he played with, the ability to protect pucks, make plays
at a competitive level, I didn’t see the risk. Even the level of contract,
it was something we felt we could swing. He’s been terrific year. He’s
had a terrific year. He’s invaluable from a skill base. Radim Vrbata and
certainly Marty Hanzal formed our top offensive line and we’re going to
need them to be good this series.
Q. To follow up on that. The value of a Ray Whitney right now as
you head into the third round. Not many guys on this team have been this
far. He’s the only guy that’s won a Cup. Touch on the value of what he is
now to this team other than what he can give you on the ice.
COACH TIPPETT: The one thing that Ray does for us is he’s obviously
one of our top players, top offensive players, and he takes that
responsibility very serious. The experiences he’s been through, you can
hear him every day. He’s relating something, whether it be to teammates,
whether just a situation that arises, down to little things like a break
between a round, how you deal with it.
His experience in those areas, his preparation, how he deals, he
prepares himself, rubs off on other people. But he’s also very open in
sharing his experiences to make sure everybody else can get through those.
His contribution goes farther – much farther – than on the ice.
DON MALONEY: We do have older players on this team, but not older
players that played into the semifinals. He relates well. He always has a
story. Very personable person.
Again, without having a lot of guys that have won a Cup, he’s very
important to us.
Q. After tomorrow night’s game, it will be unfamiliar territory with
neither team having fallen behind in a series. Are you interested to see
what the response will be from either side?
COACH TIPPETT: Well, I’m not going to worry about after Game 1 till
that one’s done and we’ll see how that one goes. Series, you have to make
adjustments, momentum-wise, tactical-wise, you kind of read and react to
If you looked at the last series, after Game 1, we won, but we
weren’t very happy. We went to Game 2 and knew we had to be better. So
every series is different, every game is different.
I think with both teams having a bit of a layoff here, both teams are
going to be anxious to get going. I think Game 1, there’s always a little
bit of a feeling-out process. I think everybody will be glad to get Game 1
going and get through it, then we’ll read and react from there.
Q. (No microphone.)
COACH TIPPETT: For me, it’s all about winning. I mean, every day I
go to the rink and I figure out how we’re going to win or talk about with
the staff, with the players, how we’re going to win.
Ultimately I have a saying all the time: Winning trumps everything.
Team and winning trumps everything. It can be top players, goaltenders,
winning trumps everything.
I’ve been fortunate a couple years in the minors, I had unbelievable
offensive teams that were the highest-scoring teams in the league. In
Dallas, I had a couple teams that were high-scoring. I believe you can’t
win unless you play a strong team defense.
I would be interested to see if anybody could name a team that won
the Stanley Cup that didn’t know how to defend. There’s some very good
offensive teams. You look at Vancouver, a very good offensive team. But
they’re also a very good defending team.
Detroit, when they won their Cups, everybody thinks that they’re a
puck possession, great offensive team, they’re one of the best defending
teams in the league.
You can’t win unless you know how to defend. That goes back for a
long time. You go back to my first years in the league with the Edmonton
Oilers, they didn’t start winning until they figured out how to win a 1-0
as well as an 8-7 game. The only way you’re going to have a chance to win
is defend well.
We look at our team, reality is, we’re not going to go out and
outscore people on a nightly basis. We have to work people out, defend
people. If we give easy goals away, we’re not going to have much chance to
Our players have recognized that. It comes down to how we’re going
to win. They recognize how we have to play. They have to do their part.
If we do it, we have a chance to win.
Q. Can you maybe speak to the goaltending matchup, in particular
with Quick, how much work you put into analyzing this guy.
COACH TIPPETT: We’re a team that we really rely on what we’re doing.
Believe me, we think we’ve got a great goaltender. We recognize they have
a great goaltender.
Some of the goaltending, they play a good defending game. They allow
their goaltender to have some success. We feel like we can do the same
We’re a lot more geared to what we do. Obviously there’s some things
from a goaltender’s perspective that we’ll run by our guys, areas that we
think might be vulnerable. That’s no different than any other team. The
two goalies in this series are going to be critiqued very hard because a
lot of it is they’ve played very well and they play a different kind of
We’ll talk about that. But other than that, we’ll let the games play
Q. When you came off the ice today, you were like, Okay, enough of
that. At what point this week did it go from this rest is going to help us
to, Okay, let’s play the game?
COACH TIPPETT: I think as you get closer, you get a little anxious.
We had a couple good days off. We had a hard practice day where you could
tell the guys after that were, Okay, let’s play now, enough of that hard
We try to wrap it up every day. Today we basically used it as almost
like a pregame skate. Tomorrow with a 5:00 game, we won’t skate in the
morning. We did our final preparations today. Let’s go home, get some
good rest, show up tomorrow and get ready for Game 1. Guys are anxious to
Q. Where do you see Aucoin at?
COACH TIPPETT: He won’t play tomorrow. He certainly won’t be a
player in Game 1. He skated a little bit today. I think we’ll monitor his
situation, but he won’t be a player in Game 1.
Q. You said both teams don’t change their style at home or on the
road. Why do you think that approach has been successful for both teams?
COACH TIPPETT: It’s who you are, your identity, how you play. It
goes back to how are you going to win. If you change how you play at home
or on the road, one of them is not going to work.
Both teams stay true to who they are and play the same whether
they’re home or away.
Q. (Question regarding the break.)
COACH TIPPETT: Our guys are pretty good. When we go into a break
like this, very similar to the All-Star break, coming out of it, we had a
plan in place at the start of the week. We went through the plan with the
players. They know exactly what to expect each day coming, how we expect
to wrap it up, the elements of this series that we think are important that
we have to make sure we put in place in practice, their preparation, their
workload versus rest, all those things.
What you try to do is create a week where every day they feel like
they’re trying to get better to accomplish and get themselves ready for the
start of the series.
Different than last season. When we had that last break, we were in
survival mode for about six weeks and then we just needed rest. This week
is a little more preparation and I think our guys are anxious to get ready
Q. This is kind of an unusual matchup. Two teams that have not had
a whole lot of playoff success. Obviously you’re wrapped up in winning and
what you have to do. Can you on a successful level appreciate the stories
and journeys that your team and the Kings had to go to get through this
DON MALONEY: You’re on a roll (laughter).
COACH TIPPETT: I appreciate both sides, because I’ve been in both
I think it’s great for the cities, the exposure, when you get to this
point in the playoffs. I know the exposure in the Phoenix area has been
very good for our organization, hopefully very good long-term.
You recognize the work that a lot of organizations put in behind the
scenes. Everybody’s working for the same goal. When you haven’t been
there before and you finally get to these levels, it’s very rewarding for
not just the city, but the people involved in the organizations.
I can say that speaking from both organizations because I know a lot
of the people well.
DON MALONEY: It’s an interesting time. You can feel it in our
marketplace anyway, beating Nashville, getting to this stage. Just the
city, the valley, the attention that we’re getting, the media, newspapers,
certainly radio and television, it’s second to none. It’s what we need to
survive here. We feel we’ve been in survival mode for three years, really
since Dave showed up.
This is great for us and our franchise. We’re certainly not
satisfied to just sit here today. We certainly expect to move further.
Same with L.A. We respect them. If you go back to the pre-season, you
look at the teams, a lot of people looking at the L.A. Kings say, that’s a
team that can come out of the west. We know they’re a formidable opponent,
even though some years they struggled like we did. Both teams, my belief,
Q. A question about how you put this team together. It’s and
under-the-radar group, without the star power of a lot of teams. You’ll go
into tomorrow’s game with at least twice as many first-round draft choices
as the Kings. Were you big on pedigree? Why have they been able to
succeed here, guys like Pyatt, Chipchura, Brule?
DON MALONEY: I think you hit the nail on the hit. Brule was a
top-five, top-six pick. At the time he was picked, he was expected to be a
30- to 40-goal scorer in the league. By the time he gets to us four, five,
six years later, he’s figured out that, you know what, I can be a good
player. But maybe it’s in a role, coming off the bench, riding some
Kyle Chipchura, a very good player for us, important player for us.
Brings a lot of energy to our game. I think it’s a little bit by necessity
here. We’ve had to really search for the right players that fit into our
Taylor Pyatt is a prime example. Taylor Pyatt, you know, for a
number of years in Vancouver was a very good player. Had some personal
tragedy in his life, was able to refind his game here. He’s an important
player, and will be in this series. A big, strong, power player for us.
It’s like anything, we have X-amount to work with. We do the best
with what the league has been able to provide us. Fortunately we’ve been
able to come up with some nice stories.
Q. Why have these guys been able to find roles here that they didn’t
COACH TIPPETT: I think once you get through that first or, in some
cases, second team, expectations in the player’s mind seem to go down.
They’re just looking for an opportunity to refind their game.
Talking to young Brule this morning after practice, he’s got a big
smile on his face. This is the most fun I’ve had in hockey in my whole
life. It’s probably the least role he’s played on a team, but he’s having
The expectations, some of those guys was certainly probably higher
than they were able to produce at the time. Once they get to us,
expectations have come down a little bit. We try to really create a team
atmosphere where everybody has to chip in. Sometimes players like that,
they feel like they had to do way more than everybody else. Here they just
have to do the same.
They get comfortable in a role. They’re able to succeed in that
role, whether it’s a little bigger or a little smaller role, they have some
success, they get confident and they can play.
Q. Don, could you bring us back to your initial conversation with
Dave when you were thinking of hiring him. Part of the sales pitch
probably wasn’t, We just declared bankruptcy.
DON MALONEY: It was interesting at the time. You really have to go
back. I had initial conversation with Wayne Gretzky late May. At that
point I felt I didn’t think he’d come back regardless as the coach. He
never said it. In our initial conversation, he asked me if I didn’t, do
you have a guy, because I’ve got a guy. We both had the same guy. He’s
sitting to my left. He had just been let go from Dallas.
The first time I called Dave, I met him out in Minnesota. Again, had
to be quite covert, quite frankly. The last thing you want me to do is
running around looking for coaches, have the world look at that. There was
one other coach I talked to.
For all those reasons, it’s well-published. He knew the division, he
knew the conference, he had great success in Dallas, he’s won everywhere.
Been a coach in the minor leagues, won in the minor leagues. It was a
Really, of all the years since the bankruptcy, the only little
push-back I had with the NHL at the time when I was signing him was a
little bit on the term of the contract. If you look back at the time, they
wanted a short-term deal. I said, A short-term deal isn’t going to work
here. It was just one short conversation.
I have to give him credit. Looking at our situation, I’m not sure I
would have come into this mess at the time. I think he looked at it and
saw that this is the chance to build something from the ground up.
Fortunately we’ve been relatively successful to date.
Q. Any Ranger blood left in you tonight?
DON MALONEY: I do. Obviously you have to be somewhat impartial. I
played with George McPhee. I hope the Rangers win tonight. I got a lot of
good friends. Glen Sather was very, very good to me. And not only Glen
Sather, but the whole organization was very, very good to me. I’ve got
nothing bad to say about them and I’d love to play them in the finals.
My brother Dave, he scares viewers away on occasion. A young Stan
Fischler there. I don’t really quite get that, but talk to him a little
bit after. There’s the family.
COACH TIPPETT: Thank you, guys.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you.
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Phoenix Coyotes Practice Quotes
May 12, 2012
Forward Radim Vrbata
On the time off he and his teammates have had this week: “It was nice to
close that series early and have a couple of days off, but on the other
hand it would be nice to be playing again. I think we had some rest, we had
some good practices and now we’re ready to go, we’re looking forward to
On the challenge of maintaining a good balance in practice: “You want to
keep it loose and you want to have fun, but on the other hand you want to
stay focus and do the drills right and prepare for what we start tomorrow.
So, I think there’s a good balance; there’s fun but there’s some
seriousness to it, too, I think.”
On the amount of fun he’s having: “It’s fun. When you realize there’s only
four teams left, it’s something. When you think about it in the bigger
picture, that’s an accomplishment. But as we said after that second round,
it’s not over yet. We want to win this round and then we want to win the
next. So, that’s what’s fun, because you’re getting closer and closer. At
the first part of the season there’s 30 teams that have a chance to win,
now there’s only four. So, the odds are getting better.”
Forward Ray Whitney
On whether he’s ready to start playing: “Yeah, it’s been a long time off. I
think both teams probably feel the same way; that it’s enough practicing,
it’s time to get out there. At this time off year you don’t like practicing
that much anyways; you’ve had enough of those throughout the season. So,
we’re excited to get back to playing and I’m sure they are as well.”
On the time off both teams have had: “We’ve both had plenty of time to
prepare and heal and I would assume everybody is healthy on both sides of
it. So, everybody is starting fresh, which should be no excuses in that
On LA: “They’re playing great right now… They haven’t been beaten on the
road, they’re playing really good hockey right now. So, I don’t think it
matters right now of what we think is going to happen, it’s going to be a
matter of competing to the level they’ve competed at in the first two
rounds. They’ve been very exciting to watch, they’ve been very impressive
to watch and we’re going to have our hands full.”
On the amount of shots Phoenix has given up in the playoffs: “There was
times in the Chicago series where it got out of hand, and the first game
against Nashville. Really, aside from that, the shots weren’t that bad.Actually, we were pretty good in the games 2, 3 and 4. Obviously, in Game 5
they put everything they had into it, they got a few shots, but no, I don’t
think we’re concerned with the amount of shots we give up or don’t give up.
I don’t think that has much of an affect at all.”
On the amount of time off he and his teammates have had this week: “It’s
actually been pretty calm in here for most of the time. We had a good, hard
practice the other day. It felt a little bit like training camp, the
practice that we had. The last couple of days have been shorter and a
little higher tempo. I think being at the rink and practicing keeps you
into it. We’re excited to get going, but I think the first two series
caused some injuries or some bruising and I think the guys have used that
time to relax and get healthy again.”