He was a little on and off in the backup role. But now that (Montoya) went down, he has really stepped up his game.
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Wow, what a start. We sort of knew what we were getting, but we didn't know we were getting this much so soon. But every time we've played him, he has looked extremely hungry around the net, and he was very focused tonight.
We looked a little rusty [after four days off], but obviously we woke up and showed much better effort. Sometimes you look for things to inspire the team, and Shooter's goal did it. ... When Dale scored and Dewey got the hat trick, you could really feel the chemistry. They're a tight-knit group right now.
Disappointing. It's not easy to turn it off and on in this sport. So we want to play as well as we can down the stretch. At the same time, we want to make sure we're working on the things we need to work on and we're conditioned right to hit the playoffs as hard as we can. When the playoffs start, you've got to throw another gear in.
We had some gutsy performances from our penalty killers, and usually when you kill, the goalie is your best killer. He was certainly outstanding, first to get us a point and then to get us the extra one.
He has been feeling better and really dedicated himself to work hard since he got back [last week]. It'll be good for him to get some games. It might take him awhile, but hopefully he can get going quickly.
They had a lot of good plays, first and second efforts and puck control. They did a lot of good things you expect from a top checking line.
It was a tough night for Al, but it's hard for a goalie if he makes a mistake, compared to a defenseman or forward. His play hasn't been up to the level before his injuries [in a 5-4 loss to Portland Jan. 14], but he has strong character, so he'll shake it off.
Sometimes, you can work so hard and not get a point out of it, but things are going our way right now. We had a few games we put 50 shots up, and we didn't get one point.