Bernier and Leafs talk win over Coyotes

Following the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…

Dave Tippett on his team’s execution tonight:

“It’s some turnovers, some mistakes and just failure to execute and capitalize on chances. On the other side we turned over some pucks that they capitalized on, and on our side we turned over some pucks on them too, but we just had a hard time capitalizing tonight.”

Tippett on his team’s play after they got their first goal:

“We seemed like that in the third period. Once we did get going, every time we got some momentum we took a penalty. There is little things that come back to haunt us off and on all year, and those continue to be areas of concern and areas we have to improve in.”

Tippett on his team’s play early on:

“I thought we had chances early in the game, I think we had five or six good chances we didn’t capitalize on, but we still turned over some pucks… It’s going to be a tight game when you give the opposition those opportunities on turnovers and sloppy play and they capitalized and you’re going to be chasing the game, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Shane Doan on tonight’s game:

“We had opportunities to score and we didn’t. (Toronto Goaltender Jonathan) Bernier played well for them and we had opportunities that we didn’t bury, that’s the difference in the game.”

Doan on having to kill penalties in the third period:

“…That never helps, and you put yourself in a position where you’re chasing the game, you get some tough calls that puts you behind the eight ball and that makes it even tougher.”

Antoine Vermette on tonight’s game:

“It’s disappointing, we said out there we had a lot of great scoring chances, he (Bernier) played a good net for them in front of the net.”

Vermette on getting scoring chances tonight:

“Well, it’s something we addressed; it could be frustrating, obviously, when you don’t get the result that you want. It’s one thing we mentioned, we thought in the second (period) there we pushed our game pretty good, we were consistent and we’ve been talking from the beginning of the season about doing the right thing for a long period of time and we thought by doing that we’re going to eventually get one bounce in and hopefully we can come back and win.”

Randy Carlyle on tonight’s game:

“We’re playing better but I think we can all agree, we’re making individual mistakes like turnovers with the puck that shouldn’t be made in those areas and that’s showing a little bit of pressure and a little bit of what I’d say lackadaisical between the ears on our part. We’re not bearing down hard enough. We’ve got to learn how to manage the clock, too, in the game, end of the period, start of the period, putting pucks in, doing all of those things…”

Carlyle on getting offensive production from the defense:

“You have to find various ways to get offense and we think our blue line can provide that. We’ve got two young kids out there that are offensive minded and offensive skilled and we feel like they can continue to make a compliment…”

Carlyle on using the momentum from the last few games to get a win tonight:

“…I think tonight we did a lot of good things early in the hockey game and then we reverted back to some of the old habits that we displayed. Tonight we found a way to get a big power play goal which kind of gave us a little more of a cushion. But then we gave up a shorthanded one, that kind of kicks you in the stomach with what’s going on, but again we played well enough for 60 minutes and we had goaltending and our special teams gave us a chance to get two points and points are valuable no matter where they are and when you go out on the road and get a big win to start your road trip hopefully that’s a sign of positive things for us.”

Jake Gardiner on the team effort:

“I think a big thing about that is just the starts we’ve been having. They haven’t been great and in these last couple games, I don’t know what it is, if we’ve been preparing differently or what it is, but we seem to be scoring first and most teams that do that have success and that’s what we’re doing and obviously it’s been working out.”

Gardiner on his team’s power play tonight:

“That was huge. Our forwards were really moving and drew a big penalty for us and then our power play was good, solid, moved the puck well and got pucks to the net.”

Jonathan Bernier on his team’s keys to winning:

“I think our compete is way higher and especially the last two games our starts have been great and we all know in this league, if you have the lead it’s much easier.”

Bernier on his play tonight:

“I was seeing the puck pretty good, but I think the guys blocked the shots that I couldn’t see and that’s big. We had a great stick and we scored some big goals at the right time.”

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