“We gave up some goals but we never were feeling out of it. Those wins are pretty awesome. Even though it’s preseason, you come back and you have different guys helping, that’s great. Bigger picture, team-wise, that’s usually the first thing, and that’s a huge thing to build on.”
On a PK defensive-zone faceoff, for which Tortorella sent him over the boards:
“Yeah. I won one finally. … He said go out there and win the draw. You want to do what the coach tells you to do. You stick around longer. … But that’s something I have to do. I’ve got to be counted on to do that. That’s my role and I’m glad tonight it went better in the dot.”
“How about my linemates? That was great. We’re all on the same page. That’s a lot of fun. We’re banging out there, we’re bringing the noise. That’s great. It’s a lot of fun to play with those two guys.”
“I’m halfway to last season’s point totals. Unfortunately they reset in about a week. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
“I’m happy with what I’ve done. I’ve put m best foot forward and whatever happens happens. At the end of the day I can look at myself and say, ‘Hey, you know what? I gave it everything I had.’ And we’ll see from there.”
Did a lot of PK at Wisconsin.
“Actually took me until about halfway through my freshman year before I started, but after that I pretty much played PK both years.
“My freshman year, actually, I scored three short-handed goals, and I actually scored two on the same power play. Then my last year I had maybe one or two.”
“If I get the puck, I’m gonna take off, if I’ve got space. Obviously, if there’s a play that needs to be made, if you need to ice it, then that’s what I’ll do. But if there’s some ice for me, I’m definitely going to try to make a play.”
On his smile after the goal, and it being a big deal (the guy hasn’t scored in 222 regular-season games, since his rookie year):
“It is definitely, with the whole new situation and getting everything figured out, getting that little hump out of the way is definitely a good thing.”
“I was a bit worried there when (Prust) tried throwing it between his legs, back-hand, but it worked out.”
On being around the net:
“That’s the name of the game, isn’t it?”
“To get in on the forecheck and crash and bang and then score goal like that, I think any player would take goals like that any day.”
“Like the coach said, I wouldn’t have been able to get through at the weight I was at, and with the weight I lost … there’s still some work to do, but it’s better.
On the reaction:
“It was a good boo.”
When he took the minor after Winchester elbowed him, Boogaard said, “I thought it was someone else, but that’s alright.”
(I meant to ask him what the odds would have been that he’d have a goal before he had a fight in the preseason. Darn it.)