Brandon Dubinsky on the loss...
"We just didn't ... we had a good start but after the first 10 minutes or so we just got on our heels a little bit. They scored a couple of quick ones and we couldn't get it back. We've got to learn from it and make sure we're not only ready to start the game but ready to play the full 60 (Saturday). It's not in our control but we can control how we approach tomorrow's practice and how we approach the next game. We've got to do it like pros and we've got to be ready to go and I'll say it again, I've said it before—we have to have a short memory."
Marc Staal on what went wrong...
"We were just, we couldn't make plays. It just seemed we couldn't put a couple of passes together to give us a good opportunity to score. We had some opportunities to score, but for the most part we were just a little disconnected with the way we were coming up the ice and we couldn't manufacture anything."
Vinny Prospal on the lack of effort...
"It's easy to talk after a big win. It's really hard to find any words, hard to describe it right now, why we didn't have the effort we needed to win this hockey game."
Brian Boyle on the loss...
"It's reality. It's where we're at. We played pretty well in the last little while here, but tonight we had an opportunity and we kind of blew it. It's not really disbelief. It's disappointment. Hopefully it's going to be turned into motivation for tomorrow and for Saturday."
Henrik Lundqvist on the Devils:
"They're not in. They are going to do everything they can to spoil. They'll do everything they can to not see us in the playoffs. And also they want to end the season on a good note. And they've been playing pretty well also. So it's going to be an exciting game, a big game again, like last year. Obviously you want to be in a better position going into Game 82, but we have no choice."
Here's Torts post game presser...
If you can stand them here are the lowlights...
For the past 2 seasons in many instances we have not been able to put away teams that are below us in the standings. Looking at this year, I honestly do not fear anyone ahead of us in the standings, but those behind us are another story. I am sure there are teams who have already clinched in the East who are breathing a sigh of relief right now and hoping that we lose tomorrow. Whatever it is about this team, they do not have that fire in the belly to smell blood in the water like a shark and get the 2 points they should easily have.
Moving into next year (even if we do pull this off) here are my thoughts:
(a) EC and Wolski....these guys are twins in terms of effort and consistency. For me they are poster boys for what is wrong with this team and need to be moved or sent down. Whenever I hear the word "enigma" attached to a player (such as it was with these 2) I groan and wonder why do we always seek out these type of individuals. We already lived through 2 Kovalev careers and we need to put a stop to it. Enough with the resurrection projects!
(b) Avery. I have defended and defended Sean for the last number of years and really when you see his record for this year (despite low playing minutes) he is a choir boy in comparison to the Cookes, Slubbans, etc....of the world. That being said, his stock has fallen. Quite easy to say 'trade him' but I doubt you are going to get a taker. If the same effort is seen in camp then he can join Redden in Connecticut to ride out his last year.
(c) Anisimov. Keep developing this guy because he is going be a key, but in the offseason give him a strenghtening coach.
(d) Gaborik. If we can hook RIchards, we package Gabby to some other team out west.
(e) Gilroy. I really like Gilly but simply cannot see how he is going to crack the 6 D right now and with guys like MDZ and Valentenko nipping at his heels.
(f) Drury. Buy him out of his last year. His injuries are absolutely not his fault but at the same time his absence symbolically has shown that we have turned a page on his tenure. I am one of those who would love for him to be back in the line up for tomorrow to take Cally's spot but still think that we need to move on. It is no longer his team and there are not too many times anyone said this year, "Gosh wish we had Dru back."
As for tomorrow......I really think that we will see a better effort and a part of me (mixed with hope) thinks that Carolina is going to drop one of there games. If Atlanta takes the same attitude tonight as they did at MSG it could be tight. Tampa Bay does not want to head into the playoffs on a sour note and need a big win to get out of their recent funk. Fingers crossed.....
"We've got to learn from it and make sure we're not only ready to start the game but ready to play the full 60" Oh really Dubi? After 315 games in the NHL you figure out that a hockey game consist of 60 minutes? What. A. Joke.
@CraiginCanada What you just said.
@maxie Thought the same thing Maxie. Gees, it's game 81 and we have not figured that out yet?