“We played the ideal game. Obviously we had a couple of breakdowns that ended up in the back of our net. Those are tough. I think we’ve still got to generate some more. I think we’re cycling, but we’re just not getting enough off those cycles. We’re cycling ourselves into the corner a little bit. I think, it’s obviously good to have the puck control. We’ve got to find a way to turn some of those into offensive plays.
“Maybe that’s something we can work on in practice and talk about amonst our linemates to have some guys pop out in offensive positions and stuff like that. It was tough because we needed that key goal and we couldn’t find a way to come up with it.”
“We’re 3-3 in the third and we got kind of a blown coverage in our zone and we just kind of leave the middle of the ice open there. We can’t do that, especially in the third period. We’ve got to be a lot sharper in our own zone.”
“It’s never easy to swallow losing at home. If we knew what it was that’s not clicking right now, obviously we’d change it and be winning. We just have to keep on trying to keep it close like that. It’s 3-3 in the third period, we give ourselves a chance to win the game, and we just couldn’t close it out.”
“You want to win. Obviously we did a lot of good things, but it comes down to winning. It’s hard to be satisfied even though we did a lot of good things and we managed to keep their top players away from their big chances. But they’re good. They don’t need much. They play pretty solid and waited for their chances in the second and third. I think in the first they were pretty strong, but after that I think we took over.
“We come up short again at home and it’s never fun. We definitely want to start winning here and feel good. Even though we played pretty well, you still want to win. That’s what it comes down to.”
On there being no common thread at home, for example, not just slow starts as last year.
“No. We’re right in it. We’re right there and we do a lot of good things. You just need to find a way to win. You know, sometimes on the road we don’t play as well but we still find a way to win. That’s what we have to do at home. It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. But we definitely need to find ways to get that go-ahead goal and win it.
“It’s important moving forward that we start winning at home, absolutely.”
On the disallowed goal.
“The referee said I just make a collision with the goalie. You know what? It happened so fast. I didn’t think I really bumped him. I didn’t see a replay. They make it no goal so it’s no goal.
“I was trying to cut in front of him but the D was there and that’s kind of my rebuttal to the referee, but he’s making the call. He said ‘fight for the ice, but don’t collide with the goalie.’ I don’t know. I thought that should be a goal.
“He said because I collided with the goalie it was no goal.”
On his goal:
“Sloan just missed it. Then Boyler was screaming at me from the bench to shoot. … it worked out good.”
On the streak being frustrating:
“Not really. I don’t think about it. Hopefully I don’t get on another streak like that.”
On the delayed smile after the goal.
“It’s just one of those things that you’ve got to get used to, I guess.”
On his last slap-shot goal.
“In the East Coast League when I was 20.”