Q. Chris, [Penguins coach] Michel Therrien just now flat out accused you of diving on the play late in the game. Curious if you can talk about that and also the way you've gotten the Penguins pretty frustrated right now?
A lot of times this stuff happens after the whistle or between. It doesn't concern me. I've been called worse. I'm not really concerned about it right now. The minute the buzzer goes, it's out of my head. I don't think about the past. I just played between the whistles, that's all I do. I'm really - I'm more concerned about next game than about this game.
Q. Tomas, do you think your goal really took the wind out of their sails, it put you guys up 2-0 before they had their first shot on goal?
It was big for us to get the first goal and the second goal, reduce their breathing space for sure. And I think Pittsburgh played really good in the second. They had lots of chances, and they really pressed us down their own end. But shoot the third goal and more breathing space again, you know.
Q. Tomas, you're a big guy like [Red Wings forward Johan] Franzen. You saw him return today, play quite a bit of ice time, and take some shots to the head late in the game. What did you think of just the way he came back, knowing he's kind of had a rough go around?
It's great to see him out there. He's two weeks out and all the practices, I think he had a great game. Just strong, holding onto to the puck. He got a good, quick shot. He's a big part of the team, for sure.
Q. Your defensemen keep talking about how well your forwards are coming back and helping out. Can you address how well you're playing team defense right now? Have you guys been any better at any time this year?
All the centers just coming down deep and seems like they always find the open spot and they feed the guy in the middle, and we go up the ice. That's the way we've been playing the whole year and just keep going.
Q. Chris, was it difficult to go that long to start the game without seeing any pucks?
No. I say it doesn't matter to me. I play the game as it comes. We have a very good team. I love playing behind these guys. I just play the games. I don't need 40 shots to play the game or to feel good. I feel good regardless. I'm confident regardless. I play the game as it comes. Just win games. I'm not really into stats too much, just into winning.
Q. Then you're not going to like the next question, but have you - has it crossed your mind at all that you're putting yourself into a position to set some sort of record for the fewest goals against a goalie in the playoffs?
No, I had no idea, to be honest with you. I try not to think about that or other things. If I do happen to pass things, I usually don't know about it. I like it that way. I need to be told after. I like to keep my mind on the game and what I have to do during the game and not let my mind wander into things that really matter the most when I'm done playing.
Q. Tomas, can you talk about Chris' performance tonight and how he's played in these first two games?
He's been there the last two games. No question about it. He seems like he's been just so focused, getting rebounds, if they get rebounds we have the "D" there. And he's playing some really good hockey for us right now.
Q. Tomas, is your strategy against Sid's line to more or less take away his options?
Q. Sidney Crosby's line, to take away his options?
Yeah, his speed, that line, I worked my ass off right there (laughter) to try to keep up with [Penguins forward Marian] Hossa and Crosby for sure. But it's great to be in the right position. And so far, so good. And for sure they're going to show up at home.
Q. You mentioned you don't know any passing people, but when you've goat two shutouts going in a series like that, are you aware of that? Does that add to your juice a little bit?
Yeah, because you want to keep it going. But beyond that, that's it. Like I said, I'm more concerned with winning, whether it's 4-3, whatever, I don't care as long as we win the game. We're ahead by one. All it means to me is that I'm just confident, and I'm going to try to do it for as long as I can. And that's what I'm trying to do right now. It's as simple as it gets for me.
Q. They seem to think that as soon as they get home, things are going to get better. How tough is it going to be for you guys to keep your roll going?
They've played real well at home. But I think we had the second best road record in the League. We play a lot of tough buildings. We relish. We enjoy playing on the road and challenging ourselves to win hard, tough games. And our team is more built for those games now. We don't have to be flashy going into Pittsburgh. We're willing to grind it out and get pucks deep and mash it up in the corners and win a tight game. We love winning games like that now. We did a couple times against Dallas. We look forward to the challenge. They've been playing great at home. We play great on the road.
Q. If somebody would have told you going into the series you would have had back-to-back shutouts the first two games, would you have said they were nuts?
Yeah, I would have taken the wins. That was my focus, to win the two games at home. Not ever did I ever think about getting two shutouts in a row against that team. They've got great offensive players. They've had some great chances. Haven't seen the puck well, but I also got lucky a few times. I have to stay focused and prepare myself for the next game, try to keep it going.
Q. When was the last time you recall playing this well, feeling this good about your game?
Twice probably, when we won in '98, in the Dallas series in '98, and then the Finals against Washington. And probably when I was playing for the Islanders, a little bit in St. Louis. I don't know, I don't like bragging about myself very much. I played some good games in my career. But I feel pretty good about myself right now.
Q. Can you see the frustration on their faces in front of you when they're not getting shots, they're not getting opportunities and nothing is going in the net for them?
No, I don't focus on that. I focus on the puck. They're driving the net. [Penguins forward Ryan] Malone was in front of me quite a bit tonight. So was [Penguins forward Gary] Roberts. They had guys going to the net. They had some opportunities in the power play in the first. And in the second, I thought they played real well again.
We held them back. But we just got our backcheckers back and "D" getting pucks back quick. That's what our team is about. It's all team defense, and we play as a team. And that's why we win games, because we're a complete team.