Here's a sampling of what the Maple Leafs and Predators had to say following a 3-2 Toronto loss on Tuesday night.
I like the way we started to be honest with you. I thought we had everything going perfect, not much was going on. They went to dump it in on the power play and fanned on it and then the next thing you know their guy is in home free on a breakaway. Obviously we had a miscue on the second one which is disappointing, then I thought they took over the game for a bit until we got ourselves kind of organized and back at it. It would have been nice, Winnik had the wide open net there, it would have been nice to see him bury one. You want your guys to play hard, you want them to be organized. We understand what we’ve done to our team. In saying that, I thought Leiper (Leipsic) was really good tonight. I thought Percy was good. So you get opportunities and we’re looking for players and some guys separate themselves from others and you go from there.
As a team I thought we battled hard. I don’t think we created a whole lot early on but I think that we got our legs going. They got that one power play goal, I’m not sure whether it was a fluke or not, and then they get a rebound goal, that kind of stuff. We took our time to get going and to start creating chances but I think once we did they started coming in bunches.
I thought we played a pretty strong game. They got goals in back-to-back shifts almost, which was kind of a momentum killer there for us. We didn’t play a bad game at all. I thought we showed some resiliency and played okay.
I thought we did a really good job for the most part. I thought they capitalized on the mistakes that we made, and we gave them those opportunities, which obviously we can do a better job of limiting those but I thought our third period was very strong and we showed a great push.
Predators head coach Peter Laviolette
We’re doing a lot of good things right now. It’s never easy, a back-to-back situation where he other team is waiting for you. I thought our guys competed hard and played smart and did some good things. We continued to collect points here, we need to. Three of the top teams in the league are in our division. Minnesota seems to be coming on right now so we need to get winning.
Predators forward Filip Forsberg
It was great. Obviously, it put our team in a good spot with 3-0. It was all that we needed for tonight.