”We fought back a couple of times. I thought we did a lot of good things underneath the hashmark offensively. We just couldn’t get the lead. And it’s frustrating.”
On the PK and d-zone coverage:
“You look at the goal in the second period where they go up 2-0. We’re really good, where our defense is not allowing plays to come between the defenseman and the post out in the slot area. (Rozsival) is there, but he isn’t, and it doesn’t get done. We made some mistakes defensively. But some of it, it’s one of those games that ends up being wide open. Both teams were wide open.
“But we have to continue to work in our end zone on some of the things. I’m really happy about a lot of things with our team, but there are some things that we still have to work on to be a better club.”
On the penalties:
“The one that frustrated me, and we get scored on again, it’s the same play Michael Del Zotto did the prior game. You can’t do it. You can’t. No matter if you agree with it or not, that’s what they’re calling. You can’t do it. It’s a penalty.”
“Now at the end of the game, on the goal, Dubi gets blatantly interfered with penalty killing, and prior to that, the penalty called (on Brian Boyle), I don’t get it. And I’m not going to whine. I don’t want to whine about it. But it just frustrates the hell out of me when two teams fight so hard and you end up, it’s really a non-call there. And that’s frustrating. I guess I am whining a little bit, but it just pisses me off. It does because I think the teams need to decide it.
“And then after that, Dubi’s is a blatant interference on the faceoff he loses before the power play goal is scored. Blatant interference.”
On the work ethic:
“Yeah, we did a lot of good things. I still think we have to close up our neutral zone at times. I still think our gaps need to be better. Defensively we still have to work on things. But I’m not unhappy with the work habit of the hockey club tonight. We did a lot of good things that way.”
On Chistensen and Frolov, whom he had kind of called out before the game:
“Played much better. They did. Erik on the power play, on that one power play he was dominant, and he made other good plays. And Frolov also. So hopefully we can continue.
“You can’t get down. You don’t get rewarded but we still have to continue to work at how we’re going to play. I thought it was more consistent tonight. Although we made some mistakes, I thought it was more consistent on how we want to play.”
On home vs. road records:
“Last year you could crawl all over us about our (home) starts. Our starts have been good. I thought we played a harder game, more consistently, tonight than the other night. Again, tonight we still made some mistakes, but we were much harder.
“I don’t even want to talk about it because I think we talk ourselves into it. We’ve got to keep on fighting here. You can’t break apart. It’s still early, but we have to keep on trying to recreate ourselves as far as how we’re going to play. We need to stay consistent with that and I think things will bounce our way, home or away.”
On whether Stepan did more of what he wants to see.
“At times. He was better, he was better. There’s still a lot of work there, and there’s going to be for quite a while.”