What did you think about scoring your first game-winning goal?
Center - DET
Goals: 3 | Assists: 5 | Pts: 8
Shots: 30 | +/-: 9
“I think I didn’t even know but it feels good just to hear the word win. It feels pretty good to contribute.”
Your thoughts on going through a tough stretch?
“You don’t really realize it with it being your first year but you could feel the pressure. The guys were really dialed in. Just a huge win for us.”
Can you describe your goal?
“I just saw the goalie come out. He’s pretty aggressive. I used to do it all the time in the levels before, but I didn’t think it was going to work, but it was good to see the open net there.”
Was there a different buzz in the dressing room before game tonight?
“I think there was a calm confidence that we had. We weren’t putting that much pressure, but you could feel it in there. We came out and I thought we had a pretty good first and then we played a good 60 minutes – well I guess other than the end there.”
What have you learned from Zetterberg?
“It’s incredible just to sit next to him in the locker room and see how he works and then just to play with him he’s probably the best player I’ve ever played with. Just how poised he is and calm with the puck and he’s an even better guy. a great leader, I couldn’t be happier for him.”
What did you think of the way Mrazek set the tone in first period?
“He’s seemed to do that a bunch this year. He has that swagger about him where even if they get one he’s going to bounce back. I think that’s huge for a goalie.”
Did tonight remind you of your junior time in Ottawa?
Goalie - DET
GAA: 2.67 | Sv%: .921
“I have good memories of Ottawa. I spent three great years here.”
How determined were you coming into this one?
“I felt great. I am trying to do the things right every day, every game.”
What did you think of Zetterberg’s milestone?
“It’s huge. He’s a great player. It’s an honor to play with a guy like that.”
What did you think of the job the defense did tonight?
“I think we did a really good job of helping the forwards and Ericsson and DK scored a couple of nice goals.”
What were your thoughts on the Red Wings’ penalty killers?
“The guys blocked lots of shots in front of me and I could see the rest of the pucks.”
What did you think of tonight’s win?
Left Wing - DET
Goals: 3 | Assists: 11 | Pts: 14
Shots: 23 | +/-: E
“It was nice to get a win. I think we played overall a good game. We spent some more time in their end, the power play got two, the PK was good. Overall, Petr was good in net, so it was a good night.”
What about getting your 500th career assist?
“Miller told me a few games ago that I was close. I’m happy I reached it. I played with a lot of great players. I got to thank them.
“I think we just built on what we’ve been doing the last two games for bits and pieces. Tonight we did it in longer spots in the game. If we do that we’re a better team.”
Was the zone time better tonight?
“Absolutely. As soon as we got in there and hung onto the puck we were creating chances. That’s what we have to do to win games.
“It was pretty much game over before they scored the third one. For us it was nice to get a win but now we got to do it again. We can’t just be one and done here. It’s back to work on Monday. Nice day off tomorrow and then back at it.”
Happy that the defense got involved in the offense tonight?
“It makes a big difference. We got away from that a little bit. We worked on that a lot in camp, to get the D involved. Some way along the line here we kind of forget to get them involved in games. We talked about it before our last game at home, we wanted to get the D more involved. I think that happened the last game and today it was better.”
Does it look like Tatar and Nyquist are getting going?
“We need them. They’re huge. Last two years they’ve been the goal scorers on our team. We need them going. They’ve been playing good, they’ve been creating chances but haven’t really gotten goals. It’s nice that they gone one each tonight.”
|Captain Henrik Zetterberg and goalie Petr Mrazek celebrate the Red Wings' 5-3 win at Ottawa on Saturday. (Photo by Getty Images) |
Can you sum up tonight’s win?
“I liked our game. I thought the second period was as good as we had done all season in terms of zone time, kind of grinding in their end, getting changes, getting newer guys out there and continuing to grind. That’s the way we want to play, that’s how we want to be as a hockey team, so I thought that was good.
What did you think of Zetterberg reaching his team milestones, 500 assists and 800 points?
“He would have had another one if that empty netter would have went in. Good for him. Johnny Ericsson said at the end of the game, its’ a pleasure to play with a guy like that. He’s got lots of career left in him but it’s a good milestone.
Are you happy that the defense finally contributed to the offense?
“I think the seed was kind of planted last night. I thought our D did a great job last night getting up in the play. We had lots of clips today of them joining the play, having four in the attack, that continued tonight. We were able to get results. We’re not always going to get results but I thought we did a good job in terms of them being active.”
What did you think of the night that Tatar and Nyquist each had?
“It’s very important to get those guys going. Offensive players’ confidence comes from scoring, they need to continue to do all the other little things right, but your confidence comes from scoring. I thought it was great they were able to get on the board.”
What did you think of the play of your special teams?
“Special teams are a huge thing. We probably lost some games because we lost special teams battle, especially on the road. Tonight we won a game because we won the special teams battle.”
What went into your decision to change the defense pairs?
“That’s hard to say, regardless of the line combinations or defense pairings we put out, guys have to play good. I thought the majority of our bench played well tonight.”
Glad to see Larkin’s goal?
“It was good. We talked to him about pulling up and hitting late attackers. It’s good that he’s not listening to us.”