Playoff Postgame Notes & Quotes: April 26, 2014
Quotes from coach Patrick Roy and Avalanche players after game 5 against the Wild
• The Avs have taken a 3-2 series lead, with Game 6 taking place on Monday night in Minnesota (7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. CT)…The home team has won every game in this series.
• Nathan MacKinnon tallied his first playoff overtime goal…At 18 years, 237 days, MacKinnon is the second-youngest player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score an overtime goal…Don Gallinger was 17 years, 339 days when he scored an OT winner for Boston on March 21, 1943 against Montreal.
• MacKinnon now has a league-leading 10 points (2g/8a) in five games this postseason…All 10 of his points have come in three home games.
• Zach Parise has a point in all five games of this series…He is the only player to notch a goal or assist in every game of this series.
Colorado RW PA Parenteau
On His Goal: “I felt like I had a few chances today. I felt like I was a little bit over the net all game and finally got one in, it was a big one. Trailing 3-2 like that, we were a little deflated. It was a huge goal for our team.”
On Taking The Game Into Overtime: “We have to have our game up even when Landy (Colorado LW Gabriel Landeskog) took that tough call, that penalty. You know, we talked about it on the bench and we were like, ‘we are going to stay with it and we are going to get a scoring chance here’. So, that’s what happened. I think we’ve been playing like that all year. That’s a sign of a good team. That’s a huge win at home here going into Game 6. So, we’ll take it and we’ll go from there.”
Colorado C Nathan MacKinnon
On The Crowd And Being Home Contributing To More Shots: “It’s a bit of both for sure. The fans are huge for us. We owe them a lot of credit. For us, I thought we played a better game. They didn’t change anything, but we definitely came out harder. We created more speed there in the neutral zone. We definitely managed things there more tonight.”
On Keeping Lines The Same: “Yeah, I think it’s important to be patient. With Pauly (Colorado C Paul Stastny) and Landy, we all bring different elements to the line. So many good players on this team. Hopefully we can get Dutchy (Colorado C Matt Duchene) back soon and create more depth at the center position.”
On His Goal: “Yeah, you know I was kind of screaming for the puck from Landy. He obviously made a good heads-up play to me. Pauly looked great on the forecheck. I kind of just fired it to the net and I don’t know if it tipped off one of their defenders or not, but I’m definitely very fortunate for the win.”
Minnesota D Ryan Suter
On Losing Tonight: “It’s too bad. I mean, we played hard, we came out in the third and played the way we wanted to. They missed a call and we pay for it. I mean, no excuses, we have to play better in the overtime. We got to get more pressure on them, get pucks at their net. They came hard but yeah, they definitely got away with a missed call to tie the game.”
On Needing To Win At Pepsi Center: “You know, we have to go home and take care of business there and then come in here and win a game. That’s all there is to it.”
On The Avs’ Third Goal: “Yeah it was [offsides]. It was, so nothing we can do about it now.”
Minnesota C Mikko Koivu
On The Avs’ Winning Goal: “Well, it’s one play, one game. Obviously [we were] trying to protect the net and we just couldn’t do it. It’s as simple as that and we got to move on and regroup and get ready for Game 6.”
On If There Was Offsides On The Tying Goal: “No, I didn’t know that, first time [hearing that]. Obviously, it was right on the play so I really didn’t see it, hopefully not.”
AVALANCHE HEAD COACH PATRICK ROY
On If It Is Hard To Believe That Nathan MacKinnon Is Only 18 Years Old: “I don’t think we need to check, we knew when we drafted him what kind of player we were drafting, and he had a solid game again tonight. Their line moved the puck well, and that was a big goal for us, big goal. The save of the night was by (Colorado D Nick) Holden—he made a really good save on that (Minnesota LW Matt Moulson’s shot in overtime) before we got the puck back and went on the other end.”
On The Whirlwind Of Emotions After Scoring Another Late Goal To Force Overtime And Winning It In OT: “It was hard to remain calm after the call. But, I looked at the clock and thought we’d have two minutes and 30 some seconds and we had to kill that one—that was a huge kill. Penalty killing was, without a doubt, outstanding for us tonight. Guys sacrificed their body, blocked shots—I was very happy with them. They gave us a chance to win this game.”
On If Tonight Reminded Him Of Game 1 In The Series: “No, I liked our game—I thought we played a good game. We made a few adjustments and I thought our guys reacted well to them. I thought we were sharp early on getting the puck out of our zone. I thought offensively we had a few good chances. Our power play moved the puck well as well, we finally had some chances—I think we’re going in the right direction. I thought it was very positive.”
On If The Avalanche Can Carry The Momentum From Tonight Into Game 6: “We had two looks in games over there. We know what’s going to happen over there, we just have to play like we did tonight. If we play that way, I really believe that it’s going to be a good game. I can say one thing, our fans had a heck of a show tonight, and hopefully they’re going to give another one over there as well. It’s a team that is playing very well, but I was extremely happy to see how resilient we were again tonight—down a goal, we never panicked, we stayed calm, waited for our opportunity and it happened.”
WILD HEAD COACH MIKE YEO
On The Game-Tying Goal In The Third Period: “It’s funny that you’d ask me about that right away. It is what it is, but to sit here and dwell on it, I don’t think is going to do us any good. Obviously frustrating, obviously disappointing, but bottom-line is, it’s not going to do us any good.”
On Playing Well At Pepsi Center Despite The Outcome: “Yeah, well that should be a positive I guess that, we’ll have to look at that. We know what’s ahead of us here, we knew coming in that we’re playing a team that won the division, the team that’s an extremely skilled group. Never once did we think things were going to be easy, and so obviously, the task at hand now is pretty simple. We play the same way that we did at home.”
On Lopsided Calls In The Second Period: “Yeah, I mean, I would say that we’re due for, I’ll say, I don’t want to say luck, but we’re due for some stuff here to go our way a little bit. But, you know, I’m not going to sit here and dwell on what happened in the game, what could have been. For me, this is playoff hockey. You know, you get highs and you get lows, and it’s how you deal with it. Listen, we’ve got an opportunity to go home in front of our crowd and win a hockey game to push to a Game 7. For a lot of the guys that we have in our room, we have a lot of guys who have never played in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and there aren’t many things that are better, so that’s our goal.”
On Home Ice Making A Difference In This Series: “I mean, did it seem to in the third period? I mean, I would say that we were off our game for parts of the first two periods, but I thought that for the most part, obviously, if things happen a little differently in the last minute and a half, then we’re not saying that. So, there’s no question that there’s probably more momentum swings, but for the most part I think that we’ve played two out of three pretty darn good games in here. So that’s got to be our goal, that’s what we’re looking at and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for a good test for Game 6 and it should be exciting.”