“I thought Hank, especially in the first period, made some really key saves. We got into trading chances with them a little bit. I thought we played better as we went on. But we can’t trade chances. We’ve got to continue to work at playing the proper defense. I thought we lost our high guy a bit at times.
“I don’t want to (complain). We won a big game. That’s a hard game to play. That team is just feeling good about itself, there’s really not a lot of pressure on them, and they’ve been playing really well. We found a way to win. I still think we have to clean up some of our defense and play it more consistently.”
On McCabe’s play on Martin before the first Gaborik goal being a game-changer:
“Yeah, Caber made some good plays tonight, offensively and defensively. And that’s the way the game was. You wouldn’t think in a 6-3 game … but there were some changes of flow, and they were pretty dangerous. And that’s where I thought Hank made key saves at key times to keep us with a lead, and we found a way.”
On the power play (which was 3 for 5):
“I don’t know. I think for the last little while it’s been OK. You guys are the ones always ripping it apart when we don’t score. … I think it’s come along. I think we’ve got people making big plays. Zucc makes some really good plays on the power play. I thought Caber really stood out tonight, obviously a big goal, made some really good passes. Vinny Prospal makes plays that not too many of our guys can make. I’m not saying it’s dynamite and we have it all solved, but it’s scored some goals for us along the way, and guys have just made plays.
“We had the puck more. I think that’s another key point.”
“I’m not disappointed. I don’t want you to take it that way. I don’t want us to trade chances. I want us to be stiffer defensively, and at times during the game, we were. But then we’ve gotten into a flow of trading chances with them,and I don’t think we can play that way. We wantto express ourselves offensively, but we have to play defense first.”
On being upset with Avery taking the last penalty in the third:
“Yeah, that’s my business.”
On Gaborik using his legs:
“I hope he gains some confidence. He made a couple of good plays defensively. God knows he had some chances even prior to scoring the first goal. I thought he had a couple others before that. But he stuck with it and he has the Islanders’ number, that’s for sure. I just hope he gains confidence and realizes, that’s the biggest point we want Gabby to understand, that’s moving his legs makes him an effective player. He’s hard to check. That’s what we hope he understands, and tonight will help him.”
More on McCabe:
“I like the way he’s handled himself because he’s in a different role. And it’s hard sometimes because of the role he’s been put in. But he’s been with the team. That’s a key, for a veteran guy who’s played the amount of years he’s played, and wanting to play more, he’s just been with the team. I think that’s important when a new guys comes in, and the time of year that we’re at, that’s a big plus for us.”