Postgame quotes/notes: April 19
Colorado LW Gabriel Landeskog
On The Penalty Kills: “There were a couple of big kills in the first period and that really got us going. Varly (Colorado G Semyon Varlamov) got some huge stops and even when they got the first one, I think we bounced back. Nate (Colorado C Nathan MacKinnon) had a nice individual effort there and we just bounced back out after that and we weren’t going to give them anything.”
On The His Line Tonight: “I mean, at times it certainly clicks and there are other games and times that we are going to struggle and that is why I think our team has been doing such a good job of everybody contributing and everybody really working hard. Whether you score or not, you can still create momentum down in their zone and making sure we’re not on our end. I think it gives us some good things and gives us an opportunity to do things that we’ve got to do. My line certainly made some nice plays tonight.”
Colorado C Nathan MacKinnon
On The Series: “Yeah, it’s been a lot of fun. You know for us, I think it’s obviously going to be a tough one against Minnesota Monday night. We want to have a hold on the series, but today was a well-rounded win. I thought Varly stood on his head, especially in the third period. Our D made some good plays in transitional hockey. I think, you know, it was a pretty emotional game just like Game One obviously. It was nice that we were up by two goals up until the third period. So, they were resilient and came back. I give them a lot of credit for sure.”
On His Goal: “I wanted to kind of shake to the middle and I kind of jumped to the outside. I didn’t know I’d have that much room. Obviously, I’m pretty fortunate that he bit on it I guess and I just fired it at the net and it went in.”
HEAD COACH PATRICK ROY
On The Play Of The Top Line Tonight: “That line was on fire tonight, they played really well. Landy (Colorado LW Gabriel Landeskog), Pauly (Colorado C Paul Stastny) and Nate (Colorado C Nathan MacKinnon) —they had an outstanding game. They were moving the puck really well, they were skating well—was it the third or the second goal when Pauly went from behind to put it to Landy, that was wow. That was a super play. I have to say one thing here, all of our guys played really well. I thought that was a really good team win. They got some momentum from their power play; I thought they moved the puck really well on that first power play. They were fast on moving the puck, and then Varly (Colorado G Semyon Varlamov) made some great saves—I think they had seven shots only on that first power play, and that certainly gave them some momentum. Then they scored on that nice play when Coyle (Minnesota C Charlie Coyle) drove the net, and that was a great play by him. It was big for us to come back quickly, and then tie the game again and I think that goal gave us some momentum and that is what you want.”
On Moving MacKinnon Back To RW: “They have been playing really well, pretty much from the moment that Alex (Colorado RW Alex Tanguay) was hurt Nate clicked really well with Paulie and Landy. We wanted to try that first game with Nate in the middle with Ryan (Colorado C Ryan O’Reilly) and P.A. (Colorado RW P.A. Parenteau) and then we went back to this. I mean, we don’t know, we just have to go with feelings and see how it goes.”
On What Semyon Varlamov Did To Play Better Tonight Than In Game One: “I didn’t make too much of the first game. In my opinion, like I said before, he played well enough to win. The goalie doesn’t always need to be perfect, he needs to find a way to win and tonight he was rock solid. He made some key saves at the right time, and that’s the type of performance that I wasn’t expecting, but I thought he was going to offer. I have so much confidence in him. He has been our best player all year, and tonight was just a solid game from him.”
On What He Said To Regroup The Players After Minnesota’s Second Goal: “In the past, when calls like this happen we seem to lose our focus. I just wanted to make sure we maintained our focus. They (Minnesota) called a timeout, but I was going to call a timeout anyway. You just want to regroup the players and say, ‘Hey guys, lets stay focused. Lets not lose our focus.’ Adversity happens in the playoffs, we saw it in St. Louis against Chicago. We saw it tonight, Jay (Sharrers) is a very good linesman—one of the best in the league, and those things happen.”
Minnesota D Marco Scandella
On How They Are Going To Contain The Avs’ Top Line Next Game: “I mean, we are going to have to be harder on them and be a little more physical on them, take away time and space and you know, we didn’t do as great a job as we wanted to tonight. I feel like they are getting a lot of speed in the neutral zone and we got to find a way to slow it down.”
On How They Will Prepare For Game Three: “We are going to have home ice now. We have great fans in Minnesota and we’re going to need them to cheer us on and you know what, they won their home games and we got to go home and we got to win.”
Minnesota G Darcy Kuemper
On If He Expected To Play After The Avs’ Third Goal: “I wasn’t too sure. You know, I wouldn’t say that any of those goals were Bryz’s (Minnesota G Ilya Bryzgalov) fault at all. I wouldn’t say that he played poorly. I think coach was just trying to switch things up but you know, we’re down 3-1 and to see if I was ready I think. But you know what, like I said, I was ready to go before the game if they needed me and I felt pretty good in there.”
On The Matchup With The Avs: “Both games we have been right there with them. You know, it’s playoff hockey, it’s going to be tight. We lost two in their building and we just have to stay positive and keep playing the same way because we are right there with them and just take advantage of the home games coming up here.”WILD HEAD COACH MIKE YEO
On Slowing Down The Avalanche: “Well, that’s the story of the game, for sure. Part of it is getting home, making things a little bit more uncomfortable for them. Part of it is being at home and getting the jumps we’ll be looking to get, and part of it is, we can still be better. I think that, you know, again, we’ve been able to shut down really good players all year long. For me, I think you see, we’re backing up a little bit too much as far as I’m concerned right now. We’re allowing them to build speed, so we’ve got to do a better job.”
On Areas To Improve: “That’s on us as coaches, it is being better in our system, tighter in our system, being a little more in their face. When they touch the puck they should have somebody. I mean, we’re giving time and space whereas, we want to make sure that we are taking it away. Part of it is also angles, I thought we got caught flat-footed, and that’s usually something we do a better job of.”
On Making In-Game Changes: “I wanted to change the momentum there, and that was arguably one of the best starts that we’ve had this year. We came out, we were all over them. Obviously, grabbing the lead was big. We kind of made, it wasn’t a huge mistake, but there was a bit of a mistake and obviously, that’s a team that can capitalize on that. Then I thought, after they scored their first goal, that certainly gave them momentum and I thought that we got on our heels a little bit from that time, so it was just a matter of trying to switch some things around there.”
On Defenseman Jared Spurgeon: “To me, that’s playoffs. I’m not going to sit here and dissect him too much, because this is a guy that’s bounced back continually. So if he wasn’t at his best tonight, I’m confident that he will be next game. That’s the kind of character he is, that’s the kind of player he is. So it’s not a matter of one guy. We put our defensemen in some tough positions because of the way that we played in front of them at certain times of the game. It’s about our team.”
» Nathan MacKinnon recorded four points tonight (1g/3a) after tallying three points (0g/3a) in Game 1 on Thursday…He is the fourth player in NHL history to record three or more points in each of his first two career postseason games.
CONSECUTIVE THREE-POINT GAMES TO BEGIN POSTSEASON CAREER
2 MacKinnon, Nathan - Colorado 2013-14
2 Smith, Bobby - Dallas 1979-80
2 Cleghorn, Odie - Montreal 1918-19
2 Lalonde, Newsy - Montreal 1917-18
» MacKinnon’s seven points ties the NHL record for most points in the first two playoff games of an NHL career: Odie Cleghorn in 1918-19 and Barry Pederson with Boston in 1981-82.
» MacKinnon is the second-youngest player to record four points in a playoff game at 18 years, 230 days…Pierre Turgeon was 18 years, 226 days when he had four points on April 10, 1988 vs. Boston…Nathan is the third 18-year old in NHL history to record a four-point game in the postseason (Turgeon twice in 1988 and Trevor Linden in 1989).
» Paul Stastny recorded a career playoff-high four points (1g/3a) tonight after picking up three points (2g/1a) in Game 1 on Thursday…Stastny is the first Avalanche player to record consecutive three-point games in the postseason since Theo Fleury from May 1-3, 1999…Fleury had three points in both Game 5 and Game 6 to close out the 1999 Conference Quarterfinal against San Jose.
» MacKinnon and Stastny are the first Avalanche teammates to ever have four points in the same playoff game.
» Gabriel Landeskog recorded his first career playoff multi-goal game…At 21 years, 147 days, he is the youngest Avalanche player to score two goals in a postseason game…Alex Tanguay was 21 years, 200 days when he scored twice in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final
» The Avs have opened a 2-0 series lead for the 13th time since moving to Denver…Colorado is 12-0 in its previous such series.
» Colorado has now won five consecutive playoff games against the Wild dating back to 2008.