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Phaneuf on Reimer, the win over Dallas and more

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs


Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf spoke to the media following practice on Tuesday. Here's what he had to say...

How important was that win for the group heading into tomorrow's game?

There's no doubt it feels really good to get a win and get a good feeling back going out to practice instead of -- not that we were down or there was a negative atmosphere but losing is no fun. I think you could feel the atmosphere is different today, it's one win, we understand that, but we feel good about it and we'll take that energy. We had a good, short practice today and we'll get back to work tomorrow. We've got a busy schedule this week, there's a lot of hockey to be played so I think you could see we had a short practice, we worked on some things we wanted to work on and now we focus on tomorrow.

On the blueline generating offensive opportunities with point shots:

That's been the name of the game for a long time. For me as a defenceman, I've been taught that when the forward works hard to get the puck up to you, it's your job to get the puck to the net so either it goes in through a screen or it hits something or there's a second opportunity. That's our job. When we get the puck up top we want to get it back to the net as fast as we can, our forwards work hard to get us the puck up there so we've got to get them the puck down there for rebound chances.

How important is it to have a performance from a goaltender like last night?

He was the difference in the game, there's no question he deserves all the credit. He was square on everything, he made some big saves that were momentum saves for our team. He kept us in the game whether we were down shorthanded or -- we gave up some quality chances but he was there and those are big momentum shifts in a game. He deserves the credit, I thought he was really good and good for him.

On Reimer's record with 40 shots against or more:

That's the one thing for us, I feel we gave up too many chances and we relied on Reims a little bit too much. But, he put in a great effort for us and won us that hockey game. We've got to cut down the work load a bit, any time you give up over 40 shots you've got to cut that down. We want to keep that under 30 shots for sure, that's something we talk about and want to concentrate on but Reims was huge again for us last night.

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