|Dylan Larkin and Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz battle for the puck during the first period of Wednesday's game at Rexall Place. (Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings) |
What did you think of the team’s start?
“We took a couple penalties. I didn’t think our start was that bad. I looked at the game. We weren’t great in the first but you’re on the road,, you’re in another team’s building, they’re going to have something to say about it. In the end we took a couple penalties. That kind of hurts your momentum, hurts your flow but overall I thought there were lots of positives.”
Did you get some early momentum off the power plays?
“They were the type of power play where you do gain momentum because of the fact we were able to keep it in the zone for a period of time. I thought we did lots of positive things that way, (but) we didn’t score. It’s unfortunate but if our process stays the same, the results will follow. You just got to make sure you focus on the process. It’s easy to get frustrated in results, whether it’s a power play or the game, but we can’t let frustration cloud our mind. We got to make sure we look at what do we got to get better at, what did we improve at. I thought we improved at lots of things but there’s things we got to get better at for sure.”
What about the two goals allowed in second period?
“I thought we did a lot of really good stuff in the second. We had two huge blow ups and you can’t win with big blow ups. I didn’t think they were necessarily systemic errors. They were just a couple errors on our end individually but you can’t give up breakaways, two-on-ones, three-on-twos like that but I did not think it was a systemic thing where it was time after time, it was just two kind of individual situations where we gave up quick goals.”
Did you have too many shots blocked and missed?
“I think you’re going to have some blocks. That’s the league. I think everybody plays tight defensively. They’re extremely well coached so they’re going to have something to say about it. But the missed the net ones are the ones you – I was a goalie – you want to make goalies make saves. Too many times tonight we missed the net on some prime opportunities. That’s something we can talk about but the focus is we got those opportunities and let’s continue to get those opportunities.”
Of the three straight losses, this is the one you think your team played the best in?
“I look at process a ton. Certainly the Carolina one (loss) was our worst. We went on the road and in parts in Montreal played good. I thought in large parts tonight we played good. We went into the game with a real focus of spending less time in our end and more time in their end and we did that. Do we need to continue to get better? Absolutely. Are the results good enough? No. But again, I thought there were a lot of areas where we took in the right direction and now we got to get better on Friday.”
What did you think of the Sheahan line tonight?
“I thought they were great. I started them for a reason. I wanted them to know that they were going to be a big difference in the game and I thought they were. I thought they had a real positive impact in the game. They spent tons of time in the offensive zone. Obviously, scored the one goal. But I thought they had a really, really good night.”
Your thoughts on tonight’s game?
Left Wing - DET
Goals: 2 | Assists: 7 | Pts: 9
Shots: 8 | +/-: 3
“I think we battled harder than the last game. I think we won some more battles, we created a little more offense. Obviously those two quick goals for them hurt us. A turnover and they’re pretty deadly when they get the chances.”
You had shots but many blocked or missed?
“I think in the first we had five shots but it felt like we had a lot more. We felt pretty good after the first period. It was a pretty tight game the whole way. They’re playing with better structure and when they get the odd man rushes, you can’t really give them that.”
What did you think of the different looking Oilers?
“I think they’ve always been skilled, they’ve always been fast. Now they believe in the system and they’re doing more things right.”
What did you think of the job that Connor McDavid did?
“He’s fast. He’s a great player. He’s going to be good in this league for many years.”
The Red Wings’ power play has been quiet, does that cause concern?
“The same thing. I think we changed it up a little today, tried to play a little different. We’ve got to get more shots. The power play has to be better especially on the road. When we get power-play opportunities there we have to take advantage of it and we haven’t done that. We know what has to be done, what has to be better. We’ve got to keep going at it.”
The two odd-man rushes you talked about in a span of 30 seconds was it a case of getting a little impatient and trying to force something?
“Maybe not on those plays. I think the first one just bounced over a stick and in a second, they’re on the right side, we’re on the wrong side and it’s a two on one. The other one is a little bit of us trying a little bit too hard and it doesn’t go your way. That doesn’t happen all the time. Well that happens all the time in games but it was just that they capitalized on it.”
Feel good to score your first of the season?
Left Wing - DET
Goals: 1 | Assists: 2 | Pts: 3
Shots: 6 | +/-: E
"Well, for sure. Gus (Nyquist) made a nice play. He shot it, then I drove to the net and I got a bounce. Like I said, I wasn't really worried about it. We are trying to focus about the right stuff to do on the ice so we can win a game. We didn't catch the start, kind of make it hard on ourselves. We have to execute better. Like I talked before, we have to shoot a little more. I think in the third period we did a really great job but it was too late."
Was your goal reason to exhale a bit?
"It always is. I'm not going to lie, I was excited to see the puck in the net. It's always a relief to get the monkey off your back but I'd rather not score and we win a game."
How difficult have the last three games been?
"We just have to figure it out, it's in the locker room, we know we can play good hockey. We just have to put it behind and play a little better. We will talk about it for sure, we will see the video, what we did wrong, refocus and we have the next game against Calgary."
The outcome could have been uglier, if not for the job that Mrazek did, right?
"I think both goalies did so far a really good job for us, they're giving us a chance to be in the game for a long time. We have to help them, too. Every game you feel a little better when you lead the game than when you're catching (up), so we have to work on it, we have to play better, for sure."
Your thoughts on the power play’s slow start?
"Our power play didn't work really well, we have to work on that. We might change some things. Like I said, we have to shoot way more. It's hard for our goalie to win the game when the game is starting and they have 10 shots and we have two. We have to work on that, like I said. We will watch the video, what we did wrong, and we will be better next game."
Overall did the team did shoot the puck more, but missed net or had chances blocked?
"I think it's just our fault, we have to make sure the shots will go on the net, we have to create some rebounds and score those ugly goals. We'll work on that and we have to focus on next game."
You kept your team in it, is that satisfaction from a goalie’s perspective?
Goalie - DET
GAA: 3.07 | Sv%: .922
“That the goalie’s job, to try and keep the team in it all the time. I should have the second goal I think. I should be more patient than that and the game would be maybe different. The third goal went right in after, but that was a bad bounce. If the second one doesn’t go in it might be a different game.”
How much do you look at tape and try not to beat yourself up on a stop you feel you should have made?
“It’s over, the play. Nothing I can do about it. Tomorrow is a new day and the goal that went in, I don’t even remember.”