Interview transcripts from the NHL/ASAP Sports:
COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Vigneault.
Q. Just curious, your reaction to the suspension that John Moore was
given yesterday by the league.
COACH VIGNEAULT: Doesn’t matter. So I don’t have any reaction.
Q. Talk about Diaz, how he fits in there with Klein?
COACH VIGNEAULT: We have Diaz or Falk that are available to us
tonight. Diaz has played a little bit of left side. When he has, he has
been good. So we’ll make that decision come tonight.
Q. What are you expecting from the crowd tonight? One of the
biggest hockey games in 20 years at MSG.
COACH VIGNEAULT: You pretty much said it.
Should be exciting for everyone, fans, players, coaches, everybody.
It’s going to be a great game. Two teams that are competing real hard,
battling for every inch on the ice. It should be a lot of fun.
Q. Just knowing the way that Henrik bounced back in that Philly
series after being pulled in Game 6, what are you expecting from him
COACH VIGNEAULT: I expect him to play like he always does. I mean,
he’s a great goaltender. He strives when the pressure is on. He knows
that tonight’s a big game.
I heard Benoit Allaire say when we walked in â€˜tonightâ€™s a big gameâ€™.
I think he picked up on that and we’ll be fine (laughter).
Q. Can you talk specifically what you like about Diaz, what he
brings to you?
COACH VIGNEAULT: He’s a good defenseman in the sense that he’s not
overly physical, but he’s got good instincts, he moves the puck well, he
can help us on the power play.
He’s going to be all right. I mean, every time we’ve used him this
year, he’s been good for us.
Q. Klein seems to be up in the play a little bit more lately. Has
that been a point of emphasis or is he just going with the flow?
COACH VIGNEAULT: Sometimes in a game, players—the situation
dictates that you either defend or you can attack a little bit more.
In Kleiner’s case, there’s been some opportunities for him to jump up
on the attack. Our D’s have the green light.
Q. Do you use that five-minute stretch in the second period in Game
5, especially where Nash was pressing the issue, as an example of how your
team needs to play?
COACH VIGNEAULT: We’ve moved on past Game 5. We’re focused on
tonight. We know how we need to play. We’ve gone through it with our
Our players know the type of execution that they need on the ice.
They’re going to go out tonight and put it on.
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Therrien.
Q. Is there any regret about having Dale come back given that the
symptoms, obviously, came on after the game?
COACH THERRIEN: You’re presuming itâ€™s a head injury.
Q. Am I not correct?
COACH THERRIEN: You’re not correct.
Q. Is Emelin available tonight?
COACH THERRIEN: Game time decision.
Q. The crowd is going to be excited, wanting to jump on you early.
How important is it for you to keep the crowd at bay the first 10 minutes?
COACH THERRIEN: Both teams want to set the tone for tonight’s game.
But, yes, in the first 10 minutes, it’s always crucial. But I’m
going to tell you something, the entire 60 minutes is going to be really
Q. I know you touched on it briefly, but can you explain the
difference and what happened between the third period for Dale, when he was
let back in the game, now not being able to play tonight?
COACH THERRIEN: Well, after the hit he went to meet the doctors, saw
the doctors. He was feeling fine about finishing the game.
For us, what is really important is player safety. This is important
for us. It’s been like that all season long. It’s not going to change.
For a player not able to play the next game, this is something that
we could see on a regular basis. You can see Stepan finished a game with a
broken jaw, get an operation the next day, miss Game 4, and came back after
So those are the things that you see at this time of the year.
But right now he’s got a body injury. He won’t be able to play
Q. Prust’s return is timely. What do you expect from him?
COACH THERRIEN: He’s going to be hungry to play. He’s going to go
hard. He’s excited about playing tonight.
We’re glad he’s back in our lineup.
Q. Can you share what the criteria a player has to meet to get back
out on the ice? As much as it’s commendable to say he felt fine, wanted to
play, any hockey player is going to want to get back out there.
COACH THERRIEN: Those are the things that I don’t know. As a coach,
I never get a concussion.
But one thing I trust, we trust our medical staff. We trust our
doctor. So when they’re saying that he’s good to go, he’s good to go.
But right now he’s having a body injury.
Q. How does your lineup change when you take Weise out and put Prust
in? What does that do to the look of your team?
COACH THERRIEN: You’ll see tonight.
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