How important was it to score at that point in the game with an early lead that was erased?
Yeah, you know, I mean it was obviously really real so there’s a lot of hockey left for them to tie it up. It was good, at that time I think at any time it’s great to break the tie and then Mersch made it 3-1, so it’s obviously good to get as many goals as you can, because like you saw a good team can find a way to come back.
What are your thoughts on Mersch and what he brought today?
That’s definitely his game and he’s really good at it, you know he’s been doing it all year; realistically I wasn’t too surprised that he was able to do something like that, yeah when he shot from his knees, which was a great play, but I think the complement in itself is that it didn’t surprise me too much. I know he’s capable of making those great plays, and he plays with two great linemates. He’s a guy who… and creates space for the other two and they make plays and makes his own rebounds.
What are your takeaways from Hartford after seeing them for the first time in a while?
They’re definitely one of the better teams we faced on turnovers and creating offense off of turnovers; they’re good in the neutral zone. I say they match us pretty well with those line rushes: 3-on-2 and 2-on-1s and creating offense. They have a lot of high end talent that can make plays down low, which we saw it tonight. They played great, made a lot of great saves, otherwise the game could have maybe taken another turn at the point. Their power play is great. Special teams is gonna be a big impact in this series.
How big was it to keep Hartford’s power play scoreless?
It was great. Jean played awesome; obviously your goalie is your best penalty killer, and made a lot of great saves. You know we’re just there to try and keep off as many pucks as possible. I thought our centers did pretty well on draws, I think we can do better, and our d-men have been a strong force all playoffs.
Any other thoughts going into Game 2?
No, just gonna get some rest tomorrow and regroup, and I think we’ll come out with spirited on Saturday Night.
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