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Post-game quotes

Posted By Carp On January 25, 2011 @ 10:28 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 11 Comments

First the news:

Del Zotto, Grachev, Newbury, Dupont and Kolarik are all going to Connecticut to play two AHL games this weekend. Most of them will be back for the first game after the break, as only Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi are expected to return from injuries.

Back with quotes shortly.
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Artem Anisimov:

“Yeah, it’s a tough night. But that happens, you know. Sometimes this game, unlucky. Today, me.”

Marc Staal:

On getting enough rest, even with the all-star game:

“We’ve got five or six days here. The allpstar game isn’t exactly a grinding game. It’ll be good to just get a little sweat in, I guess. But it’s a good time for our team to kind of get away and rest up and heal as much as we can.”

On what he’s looking forward to the most in Raleigh:

“My parents will be down there, Jordan will be down there and I haven’t seen my family together since the summer, so it will be nice just to have a good weekend with them. Obviously, in a great game like that, it’s just that much more exciting.”

On the five games/seven nights:

“Obviously, the last few games we found a way to win and get two points, and the last couple weeks we talked about just getting as many points as we can out of this couple of weeks and getting to that break and being in a good position for the end of the season. I thought the guys that came in have filled in and played great for us and came right into the team concept, and that’s what you have to do to win. We found a way to win. Obviously, not tonight. I wish it would have ended a little differently. But, it’s not too bad going into the break.”

On the bad luck in the game:

“Obviously you don’t want to be down 3-1. We were a little lethargic in the second where they scored two quick ones on us. They get one shot on goal (in the third) that goes off, I don’t even know what. That’s just kind of the way this game works sometimes.”

“We’re disappointed about tonight. We never talked about injuries or anything like that. But for the guys that came in here contributed and did a great job. We’re looking forward to the rest, to heal up and get ready for the rest of the season.”

Brian Boyle:

“Things like that (deflection goals) happen. We held them, that was their only shot (in the third). It’s tough. We’ve got to sit and think about it for six days. It stinks.”

On the five in seven:

“We try and win … you want to win every game. … It doesn’t matter who’s in. We took those road wins and that was huge and we came back here and we really wanted to win it tonight. So right now, it’s kind of a bad taste in our mouths, but considering everybody kind of gave everything they could … The mental mistakes, things like that that you don’t want to have to deal with and sometimes that happens, but physically everybody gave and the break’s coming at a great time for us.”

On leading the team in goals at the all-star break:

“Well, that’s kind of the way I wanted my career to go. I wanted to be a leader. I wanted to be a big contributer. And the roles change throughout the year. We’ve got guys coming back. But right now, I want to create offense every night, I want to score every night. It’s been enough games now, and that’s what I expect from myself. And I’m getting the opportunities to do it, so it’s a responsibilty of mine. It’s a good feeling, though. Certainly better than last year.”

“This is the kind of team you want to be a part of. It’s a team people are excited about, people are taking notice. That’s a team you want to be part of. That’s not easy to do, and it’s something special.”

On the third Florida goal, after which he was clearly unhappy:

“I kind of just swung around the front of the net and the guy shot it. I tried to catch it and go and just missed it. Then I took a second to react and the guy in front—they had two guys in front to our one D and I wasn’t there. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t get the puck, I didn’t get anybody’s body. It was a mental mistake and I’m pretty frustrated about it.”

Henrik Lundqvist:

“They just had all the luck they could have, if you look at their goals, the deflections they had. It just felt like we worked ourselves back into the game and had a really good feeling, but it wasn’t enough. Overall the last few games, if you look at what happened to the team, we’ve done a pretty good job.

“It’s going to be a good feeling to see a lot of the guys back when we start again. There are some key guys out. It’s always a different feeling when ¬†you’re missing that many guys. But at the same time, we have dome guys coming up who have been doing a great job for us. I think we’ve done a pretty good job. We’ve been fighting a lot and trying to get points every night.”

On the second goal:

“It was going toward (his blocker) and then it hit one of their guys’ gloves, I think, and went to the right. So, you know, it’s just one of those nights where it just bounced their way, I guess.”

On Brian Boyle:

“He took his game to another level this year He’s strong on the puck and everything about his game he has improved and he;s been good for us. Prust improved a lot from last year. Their line has been the best surprise so far this year.”


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