What was the wave of momentum like in that third period as you mounted a comeback?
Left Wing - DET
Goals: 10 | Assists: 11 | Pts: 21
Shots: 63 | +/-: 1
“That goal on the power play was obviously huge for us. We started to believe that we could come back. Obviously it’s a lot of character in this room and we proved it again. Right now we’re playing for each other, you know, and we’re having fun out there.”
Does it feel like this team is starting to come together cohesively?
“I feel like everything is working out right now. We’re all doing the good habits. We battle for each other and look like a really good team right now out there.”
What was your vantage point on Nyquist’s game-winning goal?
“I was just jumping on the ice and I was hoping Gus will score. I trust him. He’s a really good goal scorer and he’s able to score in moments like this. So I just jumped when I saw him move in.”
Exciting to see Richards score his first as a Red Wing?
“Just went down on the board and I saw Richie got open and he’s got a pretty good shot, I mean, he needs a goal like this to get him going because he’s had opportunities. Just had a little trouble finding the back of the net, but he’s great for us, lots of experience. He’s a good guy to have in the locker room, and I feel like right now he’s gonna be on a roll.”
How important was it to get 10 out of a possible 12 points on this homestand?
“We knew we had to take those points home. Obviously it’s a little advantage to play home games, but you are going day by day. It happens that all of these games were home, so obviously you want to pick up as many points as you can. We want to continue on the road too. It’s going to be a little different after a while to go play somewhere else than The Joe. But we just have to focus on the next day. We’ll watch video again and get ready and we’re excited for the next game.”
Can you take us through that third period?
Center - DET
Goals: 11 | Assists: 10 | Pts: 21
Shots: 75 | +/-: 19
“I think that was a great third period for us. It had a little bit of everything – special teams, and some good five-on-five play. It started in the second and we kind of took over that game. That’s a huge team win. Everyone is fired up. What a feeling it is in the locker room.”
Did you feel like you were getting quality chances on the PP?
“I think we had tons of chances. We had two power-play goals, maybe three if you want to look at that one with Richards first. We had the puck a lot and kind of figured out their penalty kill as the game went on and took advantage of it.”
The Predators’ fourth goal could have been deflating. How important was it to respond so quickly?
“I actually don’t think there was much feel of that. I don’t know if we came out the next shift if it was within two shifts that we scored but we just kept going. We didn’t get rattled, just kept playing and it was good to come back and win that.”
Are you starting to feel comfortable in overtime?
“I think we kind of figured out the strategy and we have a pretty good record when it comes to overtime. I think that just speaks to our depth and our offensive abilities and great goaltending. The three on three’s a lot of fun. You don’t want to see games go there every time but we feel pretty confident with those.”
Was this game the loudest you’ve heard fans at Joe Louis Arena?
“Probably one of the best. I think opening night was special and then I think if not right there is right behind it. What an environment that was.”
You had time to look at your chances, what did you see from Rinne on your game winner?
Right Wing - DET
Goals: 10 | Assists: 9 | Pts: 19
Shots: 65 | +/-: 1
“I just kind of take a quick look see to see where he was in the net. Just a great pass by Kronner. That thing landed right on my stick flat. Big, big save and good play to 3-on-1. I think Pavel was going back there before us. Great job by them and it’s nice to see win in overtime.”
What are your thoughts on OT?
“We’ve been playing were here lately and well at home. I think we’ve been up in most games but the other team has managed to come back and we’ve had a lot of overtime games lately so it’s nice to be on the opposite side today and come back and win so that shows a lot of character and it’s a great win.”
Five goals in three straight games now, do you feel that the offense is starting to come around?
“It’s starting to get good but that means we’re letting gup too many goals to. We’re letting up too many chances but obviously we’re happy that we’re scoring goals. We’ve struggled with that and it’s nice to get a couple power-play goals as well. That’s been struggling a little bit. So we’re going in the right direction.”
Was it nice to see Richards score his first with the Red Wings?
“That was real nice. He’s earned that for sure. He’s hit a lot of crossbars and posts. He’s created a lot of chances so you know sooner or later it’s has to go in when you create those amounts of chances. He got a good bounce today and hopefully he’ll get some more bounces.”
Is overtime fun or tense for you?
“Personally I like it. I think it’s fun. There’s a lot of space, a lot of chances back and forth. Can’t get stuck out there for too long. I thought we did a good job of changing guys today. But personally I like it.”
|Brad Richards, who signed a one-year contract last July, scored his first goal as a member of the Red Wings in the first period of Saturday's game against Nashville. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
What did you think that that win?
“I thought it was great character by our guys. I thought we did a good job of staying patient and just staying with it. I thought we just kept coming and coming and coming really the second half of the game. Obviously some penalty kill goals against that get you on your heels a little bit but I thought the guys did a good job of staying patient, sticking with it and continuing to generate chances.”
How important was it to cut the deficit quickly on Larkin’s third-period goal?
“Yeah, you certainly don’t want to leave it too long and the longer it is with a one-goal game there’s a psychological factor to it as well. You’re within one, you certainly feel like you can tie it up at any point. So it was good to get that third one to make it 4-3.”
Do you sense confident building with this team?
“Yes. Winning breeds confidence and losing does the opposite. I think we got a good leadership group that makes sure we stay level-headed and continue to try to get better but winning certainly breeds confidence.”
Glad to see the power play get going tonight?
“We had lots of chances and obviously our power play struggled for a little bit. Had the goal early in the game and that was actually the other unit and then this unit goes out and scores, so that was great. It helps to get an opportunity like that on the power play and I think our power play has done a better job the last couple of games and it paid off tonight.”
How satisfying is it that you continue getting more shots and making it harder on the goalie a key?
“I think some of that is we’re just a better team than we were earlier in the year. I think we’ve grown lots of a hockey team, some of that is health, some of that is improvement. I just think we’re a better team and as a result we’re staying in the zone longer. Now when we’re staying in the zone longer we’re creating chances. When we first started creating zone time we weren’t necessarily creating, now we’re creating lots of chances. Our guys are doing a good job of getting pucks to the net. I thought earlier in the game we didn’t get enough pucks to the net but as it went along we did. I think the biggest thing is we’re generating real chances.”
Where is your comfort level with the Nyquist-Sheahan-Tatar line right now?
“They’ve been really good.. I’m real happy for them. I challenged them to take it upon themselves to be a top-tier line in the league and they’re becoming that. They’ve done a really good job. I don’t have to match lines too hard because they can play against anybody. Pav can play against anybody, Z can play against anybody, so it makes us a real dangerous team. They’ve done a good job with it, they need to continue to grow, though.”
Was there a breakdown in the PK, or do you tip your cap to Weber and the Predators’ power play?
“First of all, Shea Weber is a special player in the league, there’s no question. When he gets chances to shoot … actually, Josi made a big-time play on the pass over on the first goal. We had real good pressure on him, he made a good play. The one off the stanchion is a tough goal. But he’s got an absolute weapon, that’s what he does, he’s done it for a lot of years. He’s a special player in the league.”
Can a veteran like Richards still gain confidence with his first goal this late into the season?
“Hundred percent. I don’t care how long you’ve been around, it feels good to score, it feels good to point, it makes you feel good about yourself and gives you more confidence. I think Richards has been an incredible pro, I think he’s done a great job adding to our culture here. I thought he’s played two real good games in a row.”