First the news, which I actually tweeted from Tortorella’s presser. Gosh, Tweeting is fun.
Gaborik is out 2-3 weeks with a separated shoulder.
Drury is out six weeks with a broken finger … the same finger, a different break.
Vinny Prospal will have surgery on his knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely.
Erik Christensen is expected to play Monday. Some callups will be needed. Or at least one forward.
“You take a point. Obviously we’re not happy about the first couple of periods. I don’t think we should be happy about the lack of discipline at certain times. You can only get away from killing penalties against a pretty good power-play unit. You crawl back into it … I guess I’m just a little frustrated with that last one, where we have a pretty good goalie in a shootout, and I’m just a little frustrated with the last penalty. But you take the point.”
On what is and isn’t interference.
“I don’t know.”
On the Staal penalty in OT.
“It’s a penalty. It’s a penalty.”
On Boyle seizing an opportunity.
“Yeah, he did. He brought a physical presence. Its’ something we’re asking him to do more consistently. He’s done it through camp. We’re always talking to him about how that’s how he’ll be an effective player. He was pretty effective in that third period, him and Pruster, Sean, they have us some life and we grabbed a point. But he’s had a good camp. He hasn’t had too many down times and he was pretty effective.”
On the play in the first and second periods.
“They were screaming through the neutral zone. We couldn’t catch them. We couldn’t catch them. I can’t believe they’re that quick. That’s what it looked like for a number of minutes there. But it starts in the offensive zone, in not creating a forecheck, and we couldn’t catch them. They did a lot of spinning off of us in the offensive zone against us, in our D-zone, where we just didn’t close out, and when we did try go really close out it’s like charging in, and they spun off. They made a number of plays spinning off. But it’s certainly something we need to improve on.
“We knew, they’re playing with confidence, they’re 3-0, they made some changes, Versteeg helps them, Kessel’s just a good player if you allow him to play. I think we allowed him to play. I think we need to be more physical against players like that. But we knew they were going to come, but we certainly didn’t match it. It was so one-sided in terms of quickness there for a number of minutes. That surprised me, because we’re not that slow of a hockey team. I thought we regained ourselves and we stepped it up in the physical department. It’s something we talked about between periods, trying to crawl back into the game. Because we didn’t think it was done. The bright side is we do get a point, but we’ve got some work to do as far as a number of different situations where we broke down tonight.”
On Avery’s second whack at Komisarek.
“I thought Sean gave us some effective minutes. But that there, that’s where we’re going to continue to work with him, and just not cross over there. He is a smart enough player to know he can do it another way, just so we could keep him on the iee, because he was a pretty effective player there.”
“To get a point out of that game after the second period (and injuries), I thought we handled ourselves pretty well.”
“So I’m happy about the resiliency as far as getting a point. But again, we’re striving to be a pressure hockey club and we didn’t provide that for most of the first half, and really the first two periods.”
On whether losing Drury will change how Stepan is used.
“Yeah, and I thought Step had some jitters tonight. He struggled a bit there. I think he’s going to be able to handle it. I don’t even know who we’re bringing up yet. I just don’t know how it’s all going to shake out as far as who we have here. But we have to be careful there with Step, as far as giving him too much or too little. We’ve got to figure that out.”
When a writer said, “I won’t ask you who replaced Gaborik,” Tortorella smiled and said, “Thank you.”