Here's a sampling of what the Leafs and Panthers had to say following Florida's 4-1 win in Toronto on Thursday.
We had a chance here tonight. I thought when it got to be 2-0, I thought they took the game over and ground us for a bit and then when we made it 2-1 I thought we got playing again. I thought we started alright but it wasn’t as good of a 60 as we had the other night or the last couple games, so we’ve got to be a little bit better. We’re skating better. We’re moving better. We’re playing as a team better. Playing a good team like that, you’ve got to just be more competitive than we were.
Connor Brown on his NHL debut
It was pretty awesome. The first period there was pretty surreal, playing in front of this crowd and this city. Obviously pretty disappointed they got a couple of fluke goals. I would have liked to have the game go the other way but it was all in all a memorable night.
It’s too bad. I thought we deserved better. We played a solid game against a really good team. Two unfortunate goals that we try to make a good play, stick on puck, and it ends up in the back of the net.
I think we can be happy with the way we competed, but like you said, two goals that were pretty lucky. I don’t think they would argue that but that’s just the way the game goes. They played well. They played with speed and they generated those chances but that’s just the way it goes. In the end, those two bounces are costly.
Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant
It was a pretty good game. It wasn’t a 4-1 game obviously. It was a 2-1 game. We got a couple empty netters. We found a way to win and Toronto played real hard tonight so it was a good hockey game.
Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo
We’ve got some big games ahead of us so we didn’t want to overlook this one and look ahead. They’re a tough team to play against. They’re quick, they’re hungry and they play well defensively, their systems. They made us earn it tonight.