First, I saw Dylan McIlrath after the game. He was in town having his knee injury examined. He said it’s not serious, which is good news. The first-rounder was injured over the weekend in a junior game.
On the Recchi goal:
“It was just a terrible goal.
“I think the guys played really well. I don’t know what else we could do. I just have to stop the third one there and it’s a different game in the end. But we have to keep going. It’s a battle every night and if we can play like this we’re going to have a lot of good games and a lot of points as well.
“I just tried to squeeze my elbow, usually it stops here (at) my elbow and my pants, but somehow it just squeezed through. I was very surprised. It’s obviously a tough goal to give up early in the period, trailing by a goal. It’d definitely something I want to take back, but you can’t, so you accept it and move on.”
On the 5-on-3:
“They killed it pretty well. I had a chance there at the side of the net. Cally had a chance there in front of the net. We’ve got to find a way to convert that. It’s an important … the players that are out there are out there for a reason and it’s a huge part of the game. We’ve got to find a way to put one in the back of the net for the boys there. It sucks right now that we weren’t able to.
“I don’t know. Maybe we were looking for the perfect play. Maybe we’ve got to get a few more shots there and just try and bang a few in, and use the fact that we’re up two guys. We tried for a couple, too man, pretty plays there on it. That being said, we still had a couple of scoring chances on it. But like I said before, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you do out there, we’ve got to find a way to get it done. It’s a big, big play in the game, and we’ve got to find a way to score there.”
“I thought we played pretty good. I thought the guys worked hard. We played pretty good. We limited their scoring chances quite a bit. It sounds like a broken record, but a couple of turnovers was the difference tonight for us getting two points and not getting two points.”
“We knew it was going to be a tight game. We talked about how we have to be patient and just do the job. I think we played a good game. Too bad we did a couple of mistakes and they capitalized; they scored two goals. But I think we battled hard. We had way more chances than they did. We generated a lot, especially in their end I think we played a good game and created a lot of chances.
On Tim Thomas:
“He was good. We had a lot of chances. I think we had three or four 2-on-1s. We just have to bear down and try to get some goals. But I thought we played a good game.”
On the 5-on-3:
“We just have to generate more. We had a couple of chances. Cally had a great chance; Dubi … and then we just have to try to get pucks through and create more out there, shoot more and generate more chances.
“Special teams are huge. We have to work on the 5-on-3.”
John Tortorella quotes to follow.