First, you’ve heard the news already, probably:
Ruslan Fedotenko’s out 2-4 weeks with a second-degree sprain of the a.c. joint in his left shoulder. So not only is Chad Kolarik coming up from Connecticut (AHL), but so is Brodie Dupont.
Quotes to follow shortly.
Henrik Lundqvist said he was rooting for Marian Gaborik to score six goals so it would knock from the record book the five he scored in a game against Lundqvist.
“It was good to get that first one. A big relief to get the monkey off my back. And then we just kept rolling. We didn’t give them much the first period. It’s always, we talk about we have to have a good start, and we did. We have to give a lot of credit to the guys, Aves and Artie there. They’ve been great, and Hank obviously was unbelievable, so it was a huge win for us.”
“It’s been kind of a battle lately in terms of getting goals and I just need to get going, get skating, and forecheck and just get my legs going. It felt good, and it’s always a big relief when you get the first one. We just took off from there.”
“It’s nice. Definitely a good feeling. I need to build on this and be more consistent and hopefully it’s going to go for us.”
On the first goal:
“Aves made a good pass there. It kind of bounced over my stick there, so I couldn’t shoot a one-timer. So I knew that Gustavsson didn’t have a stick, so I just tried to go around him and make a move on him.”
On Avery as a linemate:
“We’ve had a good chemistry in the past. Now we need to see more consistency and you can see what he brings. He’s got speed, he can forecheck, and he can make plays. You could see that. Artie made nice plays there. So we need to keep it up now. With Dubi out, everybody needs to step up, step their game up. It’s a very tough stretch before the break here, so we need to be strong.”
When players like Dubinsky and Fedotenko go out:
“It takes responsibility. It’s a big challenge for myself and I think for everybody here. A lot of guys get more minutes here and a lot of guys need to step up, including myself. It happened tonight, so we need to keep going. We’ve had a lot of injuries this year, so we can’t make excuses. Just keep it up and play with whoever we have in the lineup.”
“There’s always pressure. You put pressure on yourself, as well. It’s been throughout my whole carer, this is how it is, so I need to live up to that.”
On whether he though he was close to breaking out:
“You have chances, you’re hitting posts and stuff. So when I get my legs going and skate, I’ve just got to keep working hard and things happen.”
“No matter what anybody seems to think or whatever, the guy puts a lot of pressure on himself and he works extremely hard and he’s really unselfish in that manner. We were just really happy for him. He broke out in a big way tonight and that was a lift for the rest of us.”
On his reaction to losing Dubinsky:
“It was just kind of like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It was a big surprise, but the way we heard about it, was just when we walked into the rink today—I was here at 4:15—and it was ‘Did you hear about Dubi?’ ‘No, what happened?’ ‘He’s out’ for however long. I think it was kid of good that we didn’t have a lot of time to dwell on it.
“But he’s obviously a big loss. That said, it’s just been kind of the same-old for us. It’s the next night, whoever else is going to play, when your number’s called, go out there. I think we did a pretty good job of that tonight.”
On his career-high 16 goals:
“I think I had the most I’ve scored in my career in October. It wasn’t very hard to eclipse that. Jeez. No, it’s been good. Obviously you want to come into the league and make a contribution right away, but I’m thankful they were patient with me and they gave me a chance and it’s been a good year so far. Obviously, your mindset changes a bit and I want to score every night now. That’s a good thing. That’s what you want. It’s competitive. So far things have been going pretty good, and I’m blessed and I’m fortunate.”