MARK GIORDANO ON STAYING FOCUSED, NOT LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT BATTLE OF ALBERTA
"We're in Toronto. We're playing Toronto tomorrow and we're getting ready for that. Obviously Chucky is one of our top players. We have his back. He's our teammate. Whatever presents itself, presents itself. But that's a long way ... we need a win tomorrow against a tough opponent who can score goals and put up some offence."
GIORDANO ON THE LEAFS
"They can score. It seems like every night, every other night, you see them put up big numbers so you've got to be aware, obviously. They have a lot of firepower up front so we've got to try to take away time and space and play in their zone as much as we can."
Video: "Our division is so close, we need these points"
GIORDANO ON THE GAME IN MONTREAL
"I thought Montreal ... they worked extremely hard and they were really good with their little details the other night. They were better than us. We weren't happy with the way ... it felt like we got outworked there for a little bit so we don't want to let that happen and we want to bring that desperation (tomorrow). Every point is critical right now. Our division is so close that we need these two points tomorrow."
JOHNNY GAUDREAU ON BOUNCING BACK IN TORONTO
"I think we've got to put (Monday's game) behind us. It wasn't our best effort. We're pushing to be at the top of our division right now. This is a big game for us. We had a good practice today and we'll come prepared tomorrow."
Video: Johnny Gaudreau on facing the Leafs Thursday
ZAC RINALDO ON THE TEAM'S MENTALITY THIS WEEK
"To be dead honest with you, I don't pay any attention to media, no interviews, I don't read anybody's comments, I stay out of that. All I know is that we're focusing on tomorrow night's game, Toronto. We didn't like the way we came out last game in Montreal. I think we were dwelling in the past a little too much. Our main focus - our only focus - right now is the task at hand: tomorrow night against the Leafs. With regards to stuff that happened a couple of days ago, we've got Chucky's back. We're a team. We're a family. I think that's the main thing: we've got each other's back. We love each other in here. I think that's all that really needs to be said about the whole situation."
Video: "We've got Chucky's back. ... We're a family"
RINALDO ON PLAYING IN TORONTO
"When we got to Toronto (on Monday night) from Montreal, I went home and saw my grandparents. I spent the night there, hung out there, kind of ground myself going home to Hamilton. My roots are there, my family is there, my friends are there so I go back there religiously every off-season and kind of get grounded, keep my humble. It's always special playing here. The tickets are too expensive for everyone I would love to come and watch me play but for the few that are lucky enough to come, I appreciate them going out of their pockets and paying for tickets."
LUCIC ON THE ATMOSPHERE AROUND THE TEAM THIS WEEK
"I think our main focus and energy needs to be on the Maple Leafs and what we need to do to win a hockey game. We have two games left here before the break starts. That's the main thing. Talk is just talk."
Video: Milan Lucic on Battle of Alberta spillover