Michael Del Zotto:
“With the way we’re working, you’ve got to think we’re going to get a bounce here or there, and it’s just unfortunate we didn’t get one today.”
On his retaliation penalty after Galiardi boarded Girardi:
“After you see Gabby go down last game from a hit from behind, (Girardi) being my D partner, he’s got to know I’m going to be there for him, and I know he’s going to be there for me. So it’s one of those heat-of-the-moment things. It’s something where you have to let the other team know you’re going to be there for each other.
“You don’t want …. like, it didn’t get taken care of last game with the Gabby thing. The opportunity was there and I felt it was just the right move to make.”
On the penalty kill:
“It’s just not getting the job done right now. I think we did a better job tonight not taking so many penalties, but when we did it was costing us. Obviously there’s some things we can iron out and we need to do that. You can’t win consistently if your special teams aren’t there. Tonight we didn’t do the job on the penalty kill or … the power play.”
On the quickness with which Colorado scored its first PPG.
“Obviously it’s frustrating. I thought that neither team was getting too much 5-on-5. We were both playing pretty well defensively. It kind of came down to special teams and they were better than us on special teams. That was the story.”
On the young core guys needing to step up because of the injuries:
“Well, you know, everyone has to. I think not only the guys that have been here a while but (also) the guys that are just coming in. We have a couple of big holes there at forward and everyone’s got to be better and hopefully within the next few days we get some guys comfortable playing with each other and we can find some rhythm in our lines and try ot bury some goals.”
On whether these 3-6 weeks are make-or-break:
“I wouldn’t say make-or-break. I’d say that definitely, it’s tough to get off to a tough start early on and have to battle your way back at the end of the year … but we can’t look at it like that. We’ve got to look at it going into the next game and being better and trying to win now. If you look too far down the road you start getting in trouble.”
I asked him about the alternate captaincy:
“It was great. Obviously, they look to me to bring some leadership and I can do that and help out in that way. I’m going to. It was pretty cool to take on that responsibility.”
He found out before the game when he looked at his sweater and it had the “A” sewn on.
On the struggle to score goals (again).
“It’s early. I don’t want to make a big deal out of it. We just have to find ways to win here. Personally, I have to try to play better and cut down a goal here or there. I feel better for each game, but it’s not enough. I have to try to improve. You know, they were good. Their power play was really good. They didn’t have that many chances, but they moved the puck really well.
“It’s tough. We came back there after a tough start. We really battled back and had a good game going. Then two quick ones in the third. We just have to keep working harder. That’s the only option right now.”
On the next few weeks without Gaborik and Drury:
“You know, whoever’s in … we can’t really focus on who’s out. We just have to do it together and what’s good about this team this year is we have four lines going. I don’t think it’s that much focus on the first line. … That’s what I see as a good thing.
“Obviously, it’s key players. But there’s nothing we can do right now other than just focus on the next game, the next practice, and get better.”
“I don’t know what else to say. We want to win at home, especially, so we have to try to think what we can do better, what I can do better, and come back on Thursday.”
On the difficulty of losing games late, on power plays.
“A loss is a loss. It doesn’t really matter how you lose. You’re not getting the points, so that’s always frustrating. We’re right there. It’s been close games in the last five to eight minutes and it’s gone the other way. So we have to stay positive that we’re close and with some luck we could have gotten a lot more points right now, but that’s not the case.”
“Good night, boys and girls.”