Some quotes from the game.
On the timeout:
“Yeah, certainly. We didn’t come out ready, and it was pretty obvious at he start of the game, and he let us know. From that point on I thought we responded very well. You’re not always going to get away with bad starts like that, and hopefully that was one and that’s it.”
“(It was) more emotional (than tactical). It was more, ‘Hey, wake up.’ Kind of exactly what we needed to hear.”
“I thought we got stronger, especially on the wall as it went on. In tight games like that’s a lot of the space you have to win battles in. It’s definitely something we continue to work on, and will continue to work on.”
“(Tortorella’s message was) very obvious. Anything you can think of, he probably said it. We kind of responded from that and he kind of reiterated (between periods) but we moved on from that. We just came out flat and he knew it. The timeout helped us.”
“I just saw us watching people play. Off a rush we watched them go to the net. We watched them rotate out of the corner. We watched people go to the net again. We absolutely get beat out of the corner without any effort at all.
“We had a pretty good first shift, but I was just shocked as far as how we were playing in our own end zone, watching people play.”
“I think you have to give them credit for finding themselves and grinding one out. Our power play scored a couple of goals, I don’t think we gave up much. I think we gave up 10 scoring chances throughout the game, which is something we’re looking for because we were giving up in the teens the first two games. And in the third period they grinded it out.”
Tortorella said he used two forwards to kill the 5-on-3 because of the inexperience on the defense corps, “we felt more comfortable with the forwards.” … Gilroy said he actually saw Martin Brodeur’s knee turn a little awkwardly as he slid across the crease while Gilroy held the puck above the right circle. So he deliberately hit the 5-hole for his first NHL goal, the game-winner, against a Hall of Famer. Not bad.
Tortorella was happy to see the Kotalik goal. “Kotalik hit the net,” he said. “The first two games he’s had opportunities but he’s missed the net. We’re going to have to ask for more, and he will give us more. I think he’s going to be a very big part of this hockey club.” … The coach also noted that Michael Del Zotto made a pretty good play, a quick move of his hands, to freeze one of the Devils and give Kotalik the opening and opportunity to get his shot through … Gilroy thought that Marian Gaborik tipped Vinny Prospal’s pass, intentionally, to Gilroy on the goal.