Postgame Quotes: Dec. 29 at SJ
On the turning point of the game
I think in the first period, the first five minutes. They came out flying, and we knew they were going to do that. They took it right out of us. They came out hitting and we were flat-footed.
On creating opportunities from the second period on
I don’t think we were getting the bounces tonight. But, that happens when you’re on a winning streak like that. We have Tuesday to bounce back against them. That’s the jury of the game. I thought we finished strong.
On if fatigue came into play
Maybe we did, but that’s no excuse these days. I don’t think we need excuses for that. I think we just keep going. We got our legs under us last game. We should’ve bounced back, but we didn’t. But, we have another game against them on Tuesday. We just need to give it to them the way we finished this game.
On beating goaltender Antti Niemi
He gave out rebounds everywhere tonight. We just need to pick up the pucks, crash the net more, and use our size. Once we started hitting their defense, pucks were getting loose and hitting their sticks. I thought we did a good job of that, but it was a little too late for us.