What David Quinn said after the win over Toronto

David Quinn met with the media on MSG following the win over Toronto and said:

  • On how they executed their plan, “it went okay. This is a very dangerous team and I thought that in the second period that Igor made some very big saves to keep it at 3-1. They got that one to make it 3-2 and we responded quickly to get a goal and make it 4-2. I really liked our third period, I thought we did a good job of not backing off and keeping things to the outside and we had that one shift with four icings and survived, which you gotta do sometimes against a team like that, I thought it was a really good win.”
  • On Kreider and his line, “I thought all three of those guys were really good tonight. Kreider, coming back from a scary incident and missing one game, give him a lot of credit for picking up where he left off. There was no rust or apprehension. He had a really good night. I thought Buchnevich was outstanding, he really bounced back from a tough night. Mika was really good.”
  • On Buchnevich, “it’s like going to an amusement park. Sometimes you get the high rides and having a hell of a time and then you are waiting in line and waiting to get on the ride and you are getting frustrated and aggravated. He’s a good player, a real good player and has had a good year for us. Sometimes guys just need a little jolt.”
  • On why he goes back to Buchnevich, “Because I think he’s a really good player. He knows that we believe in him. There are times when you are not going to play 82 great games and we’ve talked to him about the things he has to do when things aren’t going well. It’s part of the evolution of a young player. He’s still only 24-years old and I think, sometimes because we are so young, people lose sight of the fact that we have guys that are 23-24 that people treat like cagey veterans, he’s come a long way.”
  • On going back to Strome and Panarin, “I thought Strome was getting back to doing some of the things he needs to do. It was more, on top of putting Chytil there, it was more about telling Strome that things need to be better and they were better.”
  • On Igor Sheterkin and has the goaltending changed for Friday, (laugh) “too early to ask that question. That is a good question. This guy has been a very good goalie, a great goalie at every level. He’s not a 20-year old guy out of junior or college hockey. He’s proven to be a great pro in Russia, the AHL and for us so far. I’ve learned what I thought I knew before he got here and he’s confirmed it.”
  • On the 4-2 goal, “it’s a big deal, it doesn’t give them the chance to ride the momentum of tying it. We answered right away, we got a little sloppy in the second period. We got off to a slow start and then after they went up 1-0 we did the things we need to do against a team like that, to possess the puck and not give them time and space. There were ebbs and flows of that game where we were on top of them for a while, so I thought the last 11 minutes of the first period, not enough of the second period we were on top of them and I thought in the third period we played a smart period. It’s always good to get great goaltending and we got timely great goaltending, but it wasn’t a 47-save performance we have had in the past against them, their goalie had to make big saves too, we missed some chances. It was a great win for us.”