| ||Brian Leetch |
(Re-playing the last winning goal) I would've liked to stay near the red line, and keep an eye closer for a two-line pass, but I cheated up a bit towards that blue line, and the puck went in one of those areas I couldn't get to it. (Transition to the locker room easy?) Like I've said, pretty quickly I felt pretty comfortable, the players made me feel like a big part of the team right away, and that made the transition a lot easier in the locker room, and so many people went out of their way to make the transition smoother and easy as it could be, and they showed me a lot of respect, and a lot of help in making this transition. (What's it like to be back in the post-season after missing them in New York?) It's a long regular season, and the idea is to put your team in that spot, to compete for that cup, and I was excited coming to a strong team, and I knew we'd be in the playoffs, and I felt like most of the guys here that we had a chance at it, and that's what hurts, but obviously that chance to go for the cup was great (Pat Quinn comments?) Pat has been really good as a coach, he's the type of coach that I like, he's aggressive behind the bench, style of play, puck movement, trying to outnumber the other team aggressively, and then making guys accountable in the locker room, and I really enjoyed it. (World Cup?) It's never something that you can guarantee that you'll be on, but certainly I'm looking forward for that chance to play and playing where the travel's not a big deal and the play is that great of a compeition. (Playing against teammates in the World Cup?) It always makes it a little strange, especially with the season starting up maybe a few days later, could be playing your teammates, it was the same in 96, remember (former Rangers teammates) (Mark) Messier, (Adam) Graves, it actually made it a lot more difficult for them, with their game was finishing checks, and they knew they'd be playing with me a few days later. (Hopes that there's no lockout?) I look at the World Cup as an important time, focus will be back on hockey, a lot of games will be at primetime, areas that will bring the focus back and put pressure on both sides, if nothing comes out of that short amount of time, we start to miss training cup, and get towards October, my optimisim will start to fade. (Leafs in Toronto, like Yankees in New York?) Being a Yankee in New York is a special thing, but it's hard to comment on it until you're at that point, but that's one of the biggest things I learned coming here, Leafs Nation, support of the fans that they give this organization, not just in Toronto, it's in every city, that's something that tradition and other sports things bring in, when you compare with the Yankees... I think it's the respect that they have for the Maple Leaf and being a part of this organization, and you know that parents have passed on their love of the Leafs down to their kids, that has continued right along, and I think that's one of the benefits coming to a city that has the traditions and longevity of an organization. New York's a big city, and hockey's a small part of what goes on in that city, and I think that the Yankees and baseball can bring a lot of people that aren't interested in sports out, and I think that's the same way in Toronto with hockey.