•Paul Stastny had a career playoff-high three points (2g/1a), including the tying goal with 13.4 seconds left in regulation and the overtime winner…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player in Stanley Cup Playoff history to score the game-tying goal in the last 15 seconds of regulation, then score the winning goal in OT.
•Nathan MacKinnon tallied three assists in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, becoming the first rookie to ever record three assists in his playoff debut.
•Prior to tonight, the last Avalanche player to have three points in a postseason game was Alex Tanguay on April 26, 2006 vs. Dallas and the last to have three assists was Marek Svatos on April 17, 2004 vs. Dallas.
•The Avs have now won their last four playoff games against the Wild dating back to Game 4 of the 2008 Conference Quarterfinal.
•Eleven (11) Avalanche players made their Stanley Cup Playoff debut tonight.
•Tyson Barrie had two assists and was +3 in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut tonight.
•Gabriel Landeskog scored his first career playoff goal in his first postseason game.
•Erik Haula scored in his playoff debut as well.
•Charlie Coyle and Kyle Brodziak tallied their first career playoff goals.
Colorado C Paul Stastny
On Earning The Hard Hat Tonight (Team’s Player of the Game): “Yeah, I mean it was a good team effort. I think just how we battled back. We were down two goals in the third. You know, (Colorado LW Jamie) McGinn makes a big play, then scored and honestly Patty’s (Colorado Head Coach Patrick Roy) got nothing but to pull the goalie and we had three and a half minutes left. We just kept pressing and pressing and eventually we tied it up to give ourselves a chance.”
On What Patrick Said Before The Third Period: “Just win the period. He said it doesn’t matter that we’re down two, just win the period and see what happens. He goes, ‘maybe we will win outright, or maybe we will lose. It doesn’t matter, just focus on winning the period’ and we did. Once we got the goal from McGinn, we just kept coming at them and eventually we ended up tying it.”
Colorado LW Gabriel Landeskog
On Paul Stastny’s Performance: “He played well and I think he’s got high expectations of himself and he puts a lot of pressure on himself and certainly he wants to be that guy. Tonight he was and I think he’s been one of our best players all season and he’s been very consistent all year long. Great to see him put two in tonight.”
On The Game: “It was unbelievable. What a game and that atmosphere was unbelievable. Avs fans keep it up. We certainly will.”
On What Was Said Going Into The Third Period: “I mean nothing special really. We’ve done this before, so I mean, it wasn’t the first time, but at the same time we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. In the second, we kind of got away from our game a little bit and I certainly think in the third we used our speed again and started throwing pucks at the net and started puck battles. That was key tonight.”
Minnesota LW Erik Haula
On Leading After Two Periods: “I think we had momentum obviously, 4-2 lead, I don’t know how much time was left in the second period but you know, going into the third, I felt like we had momentum and I thought we played well the first 10 minutes and just 60-minute game and, you know, that’s just, I guess what happens in playoffs sometimes and now we just have to forget about it and bounce back Saturday.”
On The Team’s Performance Tonight: “I thought we played a good game for the most part as a group. Our specialties (special teams) did a great job and so we just got to build from that and keep getting better as the series goes on.”
Minnesota LW Zach Parise
On Losing The Game: “It’s really disappointing. We were in the driver’s seat, we were in a really good position going into the third and even, you know, throughout the third we were in a good position. We made some mistakes and it was in our net and that was the game. I mean, our mistakes unfortunately cost us and got them back into the game.”
On The Team’s Performance Tonight: “I think for the most part we liked how we played. Our PK was good, our power play got one. That’s a very good team and I think it’s going to be a lot of those games. Even throughout the regular season they were down to the end, overtime, shootout, so I think we’re all anticipating the same thing in the series.”
On How Big Erik Johnson’s Saving Of The Puck On The Empty Net:
“That was certainly a key moment—there are a lot of key moments in the game. This one was probably one. The tip by Ryan O’Reilly made just before the puck came out and then made a super play brought the puck to the net and a great job by Jamie (McGinn) to pick up the rebound. Our line with (Marc-Andre) Cliche at that point when we put them against (Mikko) Koivu’s line and I thought these guys did a really good job. Playing in the third Varly (Semyon Varlamov) made a couple big saves and the penalty kill—that was a big kill for us. We needed two goals, and like I said, we believe in ourselves and sometimes you’re not playing your best game, but the quality of our team is we found a way to win and that’s what you want in the playoffs. It was the first playoff game for a few of our guys and I thought we did a good job.”
On How Minnesota Played Tonight:
“They did what I thought they would, and I thought we—I liked how resilient we were. You can have all kinds of plans that you want, but when your team is resilient and they were in the third period—that was the key. There were a few moments where we could have taken advantage of it and stick with it and we scored a big goal. I just mentioned, Jamie’s was a big goal for us, and then we pulled the goalie with three minutes left in the game; we had a few good chances before and it was a big goal. A great play by our guys. I thought our guys had fought really well and it was fortunate for us that we scored on it.”
On When He Knew To Pull The Goalie For The Extra Attacker:
“We almost did it at four minutes. That went through our minds. At one point they had their third pairing on the ice, and it was ‘should we take a shot at it', but I thought it was really pushing it, but at the same time you have to go with your gut feeling. This is what the playoffs are—sometimes you have to see things, and I thought that’s what we did as a team.”
On If The Team Had Confidence In Scoring After Pulling The Goalie So Early:
“Every morning skate for the past month we have practiced our six-on-five. You always hope that eventually it pays off. You don’t know when, but when it happens you’re pretty happy. Tonight could be a key part in our playoff run, it is always important to try and score in those situations. If you do, it certainly gives some momentum. You’re talking in the playoffs to get some momentum, and I think this win for us should bring a lot of momentum to our team.”
WILD HEAD COACH MIKE YEO
On Bouncing Back:
“Well that’s the challenge. That’s playoff hockey. You know, there are disappointments, clearly that was one tonight. I don’t think we responded as well as we have in the past. You know, we gave up the third goal that I thought kind of put us on our heels. Clearly they’re going to have some momentum at that time. You know, we have to be able to re-establish it and get back to our game and I don’t think that we did a particularly great job of that. Normally we’re a team that plays with a little bit more confidence in those situations. Not that we’re not confident, but we weren’t aggressive as far as how we were executing from there on.”
On Managing The Puck:
“That for me has got to be the focus here. No. 1, I like the way that we responded when we were down early. No. 2, I felt when we were playing our game, I don’t feel that we ever had a time this game where I thought we were completely on top of our game, but when we were close to it we were very effective. The third part for me is that I know we can be a lot better.”
On Colorado Head Coach Patrick Roy Pulling The Goalie With Three Minutes Left:
“They were pressing and I thought that for the most part we were defending well, so I think they recognized that they were going to have to push, and they did. So clearly it was a good move.”
On The Mentality After Colorado Scored The Late Goal:
“Not bad, but only not bad. I would say we hit a pipe early and there were a few shifts where we started to get our goal on, but again, I just know that there’s another level to (reach). I thought that we were on our heels, in particular in our D-zone. I know that we can be much more aggressive in how we take away time and space, but that’s the challenge. Like I said, that’s the challenge, how do you respond when something like this happens and be ready to bounce back.”