More ECF interview transcripts: Therrien, Eller, Desharnais, Gorges


Interview transcripts from NHL/ASAP Sports:


Q. I wonder if you might be able to talk a little bit about Alex Galchenyuk, and what he’s brought and what you think of his progression for a guy who was out for almost two months and stepped into the playoffs here in the last four games?
COACH THERRIEN: Yeah, he was out for six weeks, and every game he’s getting better. Definitely last night was his best game. He was involved. He was making plays in tight. He’s got good skill and was competing, and every game he’s getting better. So that’s a great sign. So after missing six weeks you can’t expect a player the first game he’s going to come back to be on top of his game.
But the thing I was saying with Galchenyuk is every game — he’s played four games right now — every game he got better, and that’s a great sign.

Q. How is Dale Weise today? And Alain was saying he thought he was admiring his pass, and the penalty was good enough and there wouldn’t be more?
COACH THERRIEN: What Alain is saying it’s normal. He’s there to protect his players with his comments, and any coach is going to say those types of things. But we all saw the hit. It’s in the league’s hands and I’m sure they’re going to take the good decision, so that’s the way we see it.

Q. How is Weise?
COACH THERRIEN: I didn’t see him this morning.

Q. A question about Rene Bourque; in the regular season only nine goals and now eight in the playoffs. What explains from a coaching side of things his turnaround?
COACH THERRIEN: You know what? In the end of the regular season, we saw Rene engaged in the game a lot more, moving his feet, being physical, going hard to the net. He’s doing a lot of good things. You can’t expect a player to score three goals every night or even score every game. But even when he doesn’t score, he’s playing solid hockey. He’s getting involved physically. And last night, for me, it was leadership. It was a huge game for us. He came up big, and that’s good not only for him, but for us. I really appreciate his effort last night.

Q. Just about Alexei Emelin, will he travel to New York?

Q. For a game with so many goals last night, what do you expect from the next game, more of the same or are we going to go back to the formula we’ve seen throughout the playoffs during this series?
LARS ELLER: I’d expect to — we’ve seen a lot of different hockey, lot of different kind of games throughout this series, so you have to expect everything and be ready for anything. Nothing should catch you by surprise by now.
But for us, we want to see a lot of the same things that we did yesterday going into the next game. Last night was probably the best game we’ve played in this series, so if we keep doing a lot of those things, I think the end result will be good.

Q. Do you believe the Canadiens have gotten under the Rangers’ skin and caused them to lose their composure based on the flow of last night’s game and the result?
LARS ELLER: I don’t know. It’s too early to tell. We’ll see when the series is done which team gets to keep their composure and keep their emotions intact the best. But I like what we’ve been doing so far.

Q. Are you expecting a more physical, more intense type of game, given this one you had the lead early and they came back?
LARS ELLER: Do I expect a more physical game? Not necessarily. I don’t think these two teams strongest assets aren’t the physical play. It’s speed and skill. But that being said, it’s the playoffs. The longer this series goes, the more physical it’s been, so it’s going to play in too, but I think both teams know that’s not the way you’re going to win this series.
But at the same time, sometimes it’s emotions out there. Things happen quickly. That’s what the players are all about, so there is going to be physicality, too, but I don’t think it’s going to be — that’s what it’s going to be all about.

Q. You played quite a bit with Alex Galchenyuk this year. Can you describe your impressions on the way he’s come back in the series and especially played last night?
LARS ELLER: He’s come back strong. I think better than anybody expected him to because he was out for quite a time. He’s done everything we could ask from him. He’s playing well. He’s filling out his role being an important player for us. So we hopefully will see the same from him going forward.

Q. Do you see something blossoming from his play that was here now that might not have been there in his first few games?
LARS ELLER: No, I’ve seen him play at this level before. I’m not surprised about that. He’s only played three games in this series, so I’m sure he’s got a lot of adrenaline going, coming back in, and now he’s riding off that wave. He’s just going to keep doing that. But I’m not seeing anything from him I haven’t seen before, which is not a bad thing. I know how good he is. Everybody knows.

Q. What are the skills or complexities that are part of Alex’s skills even though he’s off for a stretch?
LARS ELLER: Yeah, he doesn’t look rusty at all. He’s going into traffic. He’s making plays in tight. He’s making good decisions all around.

Q. In terms of improvement, is it defensively?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: Yeah, of course, but they did at the same time. Yeah, we need to be better defensively, but I like our compete level, and that’s what’s important.

Q. Is there anything you can predict in this series? You’ve had two 7-goal games, one each way, and two overtime games where you guys dominated. Is there anything you can point to and say that’s probably going to happen in Game 6?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: One team’s going to win.

Q. That’s it?

Q. Has it been a strange series that way with the games being up-and-down?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: It’s the playoffs. You cannot know what’s going to happen. If you watch the other series it’s the same thing. L.A. scored a lot of goals on Chicago. That is something we don’t expect. That is part of the playoffs.

Q. What do you think of Dustin Tokarski’s composure being thrust into such a high-pressure situation?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: Yeah, he’s impressive. He’s great. Gives us a chance to win every night, and that’s what we’re asking for.

Q. Getting Brandon Prust back in the lineup for Game 6, what’s that do for this team?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: Well, you know, we have a lot of depth. It’s great to have him back. Everybody has stepped up when somebody was injured or something like that. But Prust gives us a lot of energy and there for the brawl and all that kind of stuff. He knows New York well. He’s played there, so it’s great to have him back.

Q. You had the two days off early in the series. Is it a bit of an advantage being out?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: No, there is no momentum in the playoffs. You go out there. We play New York now in New York, so they’re going to come out hard. We want to win that game to win the series, so we’ve just got to be ready.

Q. Happy to get back at it tomorrow night?
DAVID DESHARNAIS: Yeah, whatever the schedule is, I guess we need to be ready. If it’s two days in between, we take that break, but we go right back at it tomorrow. So we need to be ready.

Q. Is there anything you want to change going into Game 5?
JOSH GORGES: I don’t think we want to change too much, just be a little sharper.

Q. Does it help as a group that you’ve maybe forced the Rangers to lose their composure a bit? Do you think you’re getting under their skin as a group?
JOSH GORGES: I don’t know about that. I think that’s what happens in games when you get late in the game and there is a couple goal difference. We don’t expect that same thing tomorrow night in Game 6.
So we’ll be ready for one of those tight checking games, which I’m sure it will be again one of those hard-fought games that we’ll have to make sure that we’re even better than we were last game.

Q. Have you had a chance to review the Moore hit on Weise, but what is your thought on that?
JOSH GORGES: He caught him in the head. It’s pretty clear when his helmet pops off like that. I think the refs got the call right, and now we’ll wait to see what the league decides to do.

Q. A.V. was saying he was still admiring his pass. The way he described it, he did not acknowledge the hit was point of contact. Is that the coach protecting his player?
JOSH GORGES: Probably. Like I said, these decisions are out of our hands. It goes through the league, they do their job, review it, and they’ll make a judgment call. Usually when the helmet pops off like that, it’s usually because of a contact to the head, but, again, that’s not for me. That’s not for anyone in our room or their room to decide. That’s up to the league, and they’ll do their job.

Q. Considering how long Alex was out, how impressed are you by the way he’s managed to ramp his game up so quickly in the four games that he’s played?
JOSH GORGES: He’s done a great job for us, missing a significant amount of time, and coming back is never easy. But I thought he’s come back with a lot of energy, played some really good hockey for us. He’s going to the dirty areas, and that’s where you need to go if you want to score. 90% of the goals are scored right in front of the net, in the crease. They’re not going to be cheap goals, but he’s had some success because he’s been able to go there.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    I blame Manny for the server being slow, for people thinking Carp didn’t know about it, or that he didn’t spend a good portion of his work night screaming and hollering, or that his tech people weren’t frantically trying to fix it.

  2. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I put this on Twitter but….

    Is MSG really the “world’s most famous arena?” Wouldn’t the Coliseum in Rome hold that title?

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    It couldn’t have been the increase in traffic. The Yankees Blog wouldn’t be able to function if last night’s volume of traffic caused crashes.

  4. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I can’t even read Therrien quotes without hearing his dopey voice in my head.

  5. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    The Yankees blog functions? The one time I looked at it there were just a lot of people arguing.

  6. _It couldn’t have been the increase in traffic. The Yankees Blog wouldn’t be able to function if last night’s volume of traffic caused crashes._

    I know nothing about this sort of thing, so this might be a super dumb question, but couldn’t the Yankees site be routed to a different (larger) server? Or would the entire “” all route to the same one(s)?

  7. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I blame the Canadiens. They clearly infiltrated the server and slowed down our blog on purpose to distract us.


  8. Doodie Machetto on

    That’s a stadium, not an arena. Ditto for Yankees Stadium, Old Trafford, Wembley Stadium, Roland Garros, the Bernabeau, Stadio Azteca, etc.

  9. Doodie Machetto on

    “The Yankees blog functions? The one time I looked at it there were just a lot of people arguing.”

    Sounds like it’s connected to the internet.

  10. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    “Stadium” and “Arena” are used pretty interchangeable.

  11. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Actually the one time I was looking at the Yankees blog I think Tiki was arguing with a lot of people. No joke.

  12. since when is a stadium not an arena?

    ps, Rangers have not won any of their last five series in less than seven games.

  13. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    How come Yankees blog has user accounts with passwords but Rangers blog doesn’t?

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events.

    A modern stadium (plural stadiums/stadia) is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

    Although, interestingly enough, the word “arena” traces it’s roots back to “harena,” a Latin word for a particularly fine/smooth sand used to absorb blood in ancient arenas like the Colosseum in Rome.

    Thanks, wikipedia!

  15. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    Rangers blog has avatars and avatar royalty though. I wonder if there is a blog out there that has the *best of both worlds* with logins *and* avatars.

  16. LARS ELLER: “I like what we’ve been doing so far.”

    Being down 3-2 in the series? Cool story. bro.

  17. ThisYearsModel on

    With all the diving in this series, I did not expect the BLOG to dive like it did last night.

  18. not to get all pissy, but first of all, was there never an arena until the NHL and NBA were originatd?

    Merriam Webster:

    noun \?-?r?-n?\

    : a building for sports and other forms of entertainment that has a large central area surrounded by seats

    : an area of activity, interest, or competition
    Full Definition of ARENA
    : an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats
    a : an enclosed area used for public entertainment
    b : a building containing an arena
    a : a sphere of interest, activity, or competition b : a place or situation for controversy

  19. and a like button! I wanna like things all over the place when one of you boneheads say something i ahem, like.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, it sounds like you’re getting all pissy, despite your best efforts not to.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Depending on who you talk to, that might be a really strong argument in favor of getting them.

  22. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Oh. I know why, Carp. You just found out you have to attend Game 7 and all the SCF games?

  23. Not to put Carp over the edge, because his techies are to blame, not him


    I’m going to start posting my Rangers comments onto the Yankees blog, where I know they’ll get through. Then I’ll just rely on Manny to report them here

  24. Madison Square Garden is as famous as Yankee Stadium in my opinion. You know what they say about opinions.

  25. Guys, stop giving clicks to the Yankees blog. Carp’s presentation graphs are going to trend downwards.

  26. So one of my cousins is a security guy at the bell centre and works right down by the glass, during stoppages he can hear the chirping between the benches so last night he recorded some of it with his iPhone…

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Matt, you forgot to turn on playoff mode:

    “After careful consideration, John Moore has been suspended for 1 game for his actions on Dale Weise. In reviewing this play, we also took into consideration that it’s the playoffs and this should be enough.”

  28. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    *Hockey Play*
    After a thorough review we can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This was a hockey play. In reviewing this play, we also took into consideration that it’s the playoffs. We did think about it though. We were very close. Like really close.

  29. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Remember when the site updated the templates and we got the Rangers Pajama background?

  30. Lloyd Braun on


  31. Doodie Machetto on

    haha, yeah. that was pretty adysmal.

    Seriously though, where can one find the Yankees blog?

  32. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    You guys must be making things up because my NHL wheel of justice doesn’t have John Moore.

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    I liked when Edzo called out Pee Air’s fellating of Tokarski and his “battling.” Edzo said something like “show me the goaltender at the NHL level that doesn’t battle.” It really ruffled Pee Air’s Penguin feathers.

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks, Manny.

    Carp, we are kinda kicking the crap out of them in the number of comments department. That’s a lot of refreshing.

  35. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I wonder if they have more random commentors and we have fewer but more dedicated people.

  36. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m sure they kill us in the number of unique visitors, especially those who do not comment.

  37. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    I was just kidding about logins. Logins would probably be good for a lot of reasons, but I bet it would be bad for the number of comments. I like that anybody can post a comment without being a member.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    That stupid log in requirement is keeping me from going into their comment section, declaring baseball to be stupid, and war against their stupid blog.

  39. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    I would/will totally join you, Doodie. And I like baseball. But it seems fun.

    What do you guys hate more: Habs, Baseball or the NBA?

  40. Lloyd Braun on


    Yeah that was funny and Mr. Potato Head was pretty obviously annoyed “Edzo” took him to task. That being said, I’m not really sure why Olcyzk did since he spent every other moment of the game providing oral treats to Dustin Tokarski.


    Game Date
    Game 1 Wednesday, June 4
    Game 2 Saturday, June 7
    Game 3 Monday, June 9
    Game 4 Wednesday, June 11
    Game 5* Friday, June 13
    Game 6* Monday, June 16
    Game 7* Wednesday, June 18

  42. Saw/heard it too, Doodie. Pierre didn’t know how to respond. Like someone stole his puppy.

  43. But Carp – that’s like being jealous of your neighbor just because he retired at 32 as a Google millionaire, with a USC cheerleader wife with big cans, hung like Godzilla, matching convertible Sting Rays and nightly DJed parties. I mean, so what? The Yankees blog might take away our pride, but they’ll never take our freedom!

  44. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    That’s a perfect SCF schedule for my class schedule this summer. Now we *have* to win. I have Tuesday/Thursday night classes right now which is the worst.

  45. By the way I nailed finals schedule yesterday except game 5 I had on 14th Saturday not 13th. All others I was correct.

  46. At least we KILL in something.

    Carp when in a pissy mood it always helps to squeeze the guts in a fresh kill :)

  47. I predict tomorrow will be Thursday
    Wait, what? There’s no prize? No more inside information for youse guys and broads

  48. I’m not jealous at all. Chad travels full time with the Yankees, gets about six days off all year, and Lohud spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep that thing going.

    I don’t have to travel, Lohud spends about $50 a home game on my expenses, and I think we do rather well all things considered.

  49. _What do you guys hate more: Habs, Baseball or the NBA?_

    NBA hands down, not even close.

    Baseball has it’s season.

    Habs last, who new an original 6 team was full of embellishers? Sad on so many levels.

  50. Rob in Beantown, 100-Watt Warlock on

    _Lohud spends about $50 a home game on my expenses_

    A roast beef sandwich and a bottle of Evian?

  51. Of course, Carp, I was just kidding. The only good things about that other blog that shall go nameless are Chad and their tech. The infinite circles their are mind numbing

  52. *Carp* _ I think we do rather well all things considered._

    The bar is so high Carp you can’t even see it from the ground.

    Anyone, anywhere, please share with me one that is even close to this good.

  53. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP—LoHud spends only $50? You don’t get to expense meals? That barely gets you into and out of the city.

  54. ThisYearsModel on

    We clearly need to undertake a COMMENT INCREASE PROJECT. I nominate Manny to lkead the effort to increase the number of comments by 25%.

  55. iManny-O-War on

    Speaking of, we should try and cut down on the number of girls that post here. It’s out of control.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    These Montreal fans are pretty infuriating. I had no idea.

    But overall, I’d say Baseball 1, Basketball 2, Habs fans 3. In less than a week, I won’t have to deal with #3.

  57. WhoNeedsLohan on

    Hey all, been lurking for years, used to post all the time, but still read the blog all the time. Saw the convo about a lack of bloggers so I figured Id throw my hat back in the ring or arena or stadium….

  58. Norm Merton on

    When I get pissy it’s because my prostate is flaring up like a tiki torch.

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    Good thing Rangers are solcing my game 3 and 4 of SCF dilemma for me by crashing and burning and choking the series away.

    This will be a tremendous black eye on Lundqvist’s legacy.

  60. Here is my completely unbiased list of the 15 greatest players in major league history …

    1. Darin Erstad
    2. Travis Hafner
    3. Tim Johnson
    4. Ken Hunt
    5. Rick Helling
    6. Chris Coste
    7. Lynn Nelson
    8. Truck Hannah
    9. Mark Lee
    10. Gary Serum
    11. Tim Olson
    12. Floyd Stromme
    13. Frank Brosseau
    14. Sid Peterson
    15. Red Hardy

  61. Carp should go onto Shark Tank to get Mark Cuban to invest in this blog. First we get the money, then we get the power, then we get the women

  62. iManny-O-War on

    LMGO, Fat Guy. That’s why you’re my Pick for funniest bonehead. Tied with Coos of course

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, it’s ok to look at the schedule. Nothing about looking at it suggests the Rangers will be involved.

  64. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp, I have a serious question that perhaps you can relay on to your tech guys for me. Recently, within the last several weeks, (at least since the start of the second round of playoff games) I can no longer post to the blog from my iPad. I use the iPad to post (attempt) during games. I do not have a problem if I use my PC. Any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated. Because I know you are paid by the post, $.40 US, my not being able to post gibberish during games is hurting the bottom line at the Carp household.

  65. I know this might sound barbaric, but if Moore will get suspended for the rest of the season anyway, I wish he would have blasted Weise into the next Province. And Lou Cheech should offer to pay half the fine or forfeited salary…or else it’s the last time we offer to do the dirty work for anyone from Boston. How did we get so lucky to play three consecutive scummy teams? Is it that we are too tame and professional? Are we like that nice dog who is so nice that all the other junkyard animals try to push her around? Can you imagine how much Pierre would ignore us if we didn’t have some French Canadians in high profile spots?

  66. Do you think AV considers the NYR team great? I know this season he thought we were good, wonder how is view of the team has changed.

  67. That’s the first I’ve heard about that, Jeff … I will relay that to tech.

    what happens when you try to post?

  68. For what it’s worth, I haven’t had any problems on the iPhone. Except last night. I wish *someone* would look into that.

  69. This is a team loaded with second and third and fourth-liners, with a well-above average defense and an all-world goalie who has been inconsistent.

  70. I can’t speak for Jeff, but when I try to post, my keyboard starts smoking and I get directed to the Yankees blog

  71. Jeff in South Dakota on

    The page reloads back at the top of the page write-up like I never added a comment. I scroll down to the “leave a comment” section and my name and email address is missing – like I never entered them earlier. Weird.

  72. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Too much porn???? I know, there is no such thing as too much porn…

  73. I have no problems posting while I’m standing, only when I’m sitting on my I-ash

  74. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan THE nash!!!"...says Greg L. on

    yeah , one day at a time . SCF schedule is the last thing I wanna see right now . Wonder ever happened to snider ?

  75. WhoNeedsLohan on

    Carp, there have been plenty of overachieving teams over the years that were probably not great or even close to great that have won the whole thing. Happens in 3 of the 4 sports (NBA the best team usually wins)…

  76. The guy in the next stall is watching his kids Bday party video with the voice on
    That takes guts

  77. Lloyd Braun on

    was using an iPad to post here for pretty much the whole game and was waiting a few minutes for comments to come through


  78. Stranger Nation on

    iPad is very slow – blame Lohud image loads on my slow as molasses Cablevision Optimum – Dolan screwing my again!

  79. Who was that transvestite truck driver that sang the Canadian anthem last night? Therrien’s mom?

  80. iManny-O-War on

    LMFGO, Fat Guy!

    Just be careful to not say anything negative about Sarah Diamond.

  81. Jeff in South Dakota on

    I should also note that Apple products and I have a hate-hate relationship going as I do resemble the “I’m a PC” guy in those Apple commercials a while back.

  82. I can’t wait to start caravanning with the Rangers around the Upper East Side with the Cup

    What do you think Duguay will do with it on his day? Forget it, I do t want to know

  83. Manny
    I hate baseball and basketball equally…they both suck

    I hate the Habs right now, but normally do not

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