From the post-game … By the way, I think Brian Boyle just hit a three-run homer for the Yankees in the eighth.
“We’re trying to be aggressive and be smart about it. We have a job to get back, and the first guy attacks and if it switches there we have to make sure that guy focuses and gets back to give the D a little support. I think right now we’re hesitant a little hit coming back and I think that’s what’s creating some odd-man rushes for the opposing team.
“But as far as tonight’s game goes, I think we spent the majority of the first two periods not being physical and kind of watching them and letting them play a little bit. We found a way to regroup in the third and showed some resiliency and came back and got a point. And penalties … we’ve got to focus and stay out of the box. That’s two games in a row it’s hurt us, obviously not just Staalsie there at the end, but we had to kill a lot of penalties tonight. To be successful you can’t be killing, I don’t even know what the number was, 8-9 times short-handed including the extended 5-on-3 and two 4-on-3s. Players on opposing teams are too good in this league, so we’ve got to make sure we focus on that.
“But we found a way to come back from two goals and create something positive. But here at home, we’ve got to play full 60-minute games and we sure didn’t do that tonight.”
On losing Gaborik and Drury:
“It’s obviously tough when you lose your best player. I’m not sure what the prognosis is on him. I haven’t heard. But without him, that just means the other guys are going to have to step up and try to pick up some slack and stay together. We’ve got a good group in here and a strong team and we’ll find a way to get through it.”
“We definitely had to bounce back from the second period there. That wasn’t us. We played good in the first two games, played hard, and just were really flat in the second there. We found out we lost Marian and Dru and we had to rally around that. Boyler had a great effort to get us back in the game and it’s great to see guys step up like that for us.”
“We kind of dug ourselves a hole there in the second period, so to battle back and get a point is actually a plus, but another penalty hurt us. My penalty could have hurt us—I got lucky there that they didn’t score. It’s just tough for us to lose like that.”
On the interference-penalty calls this season:
“I think the referees are trying to find a new level. It’s very tough for the players. Some calls you understand, some you definitely don’t understand. Same for us. We’re trying to find a level where we feel comfortable out there, and I think the referees are doing the same thing. I think it’s tough for guys to know how to play and on what levels. Hopefully things settle down and guys know how to play without getting penalties.”
On the Armstrong hit that injured Gaborik firing them up:
“Yeah, we talked about that going into the third. First of all we needed to start playing physical and we did and it took us back in the game. They won a lot of battles in the first two periods, especially in the second period. I think that was key for us to come back. We started to play physical and it helped us.”
Good night, boys and girls.