On special teams play:
There’s no question that it’s been hurting us as far as scoring goals. I think we were 1-for-30. Getting the guys back, getting P.J. back helped as far as getting us more of a threat. You have to have good specialty teams. I thought we were outstanding on the penalty kill [5-for-6] and decent on the power play [2-for-7].
On Stockton coming back:
In the middle of the second period … every team wants to win, every team’s got a lot of will and they’re trying hard. There’s going to be times when the other team pushes back, and how we handle that as a team has to be better than we did today. We’re going to watch that little five-minute segment when they pushed back and got that goal. We got away from our game. the key thing is to simplify at that moment and not allow big plays to happen.
On Colten Teubert’s 1st-period hip check on Robby Bina:
Colten, that’s what he does. He’s got to be a big physical guy, take the body when he can, and be a great defender. That’s what he takes pride in. I thought he played very well tonight, and he was a force on the back end for us. Him and Chad (Starling) both shut down their number one line tonight [Mike Lalonde, Ryan Huddy, James Bates]. (Cory) Urquhart came alive and hurt us, but we were able to keep Huddy off the scoresheet for the most part.
Every game you’re going to readjust, guaranteed. For us and for them. You always keep your core the same, your values the same, but you’re going to make tactical changes game to game.
I think that hurts them initially, because they’re disappointed. (Andrew Perugini) has been their guy the last little run here. That’s been their number one. It doesn’t mean that the other guy is not a good goalie, it just means that when that happens your team takes a shot to their confidence. We were fortunate that we snuck one by him [on Atherton’s goal] that he’d like to have back. So it’s a situation where their team probably settled a little back, and they competed even harder to protect him, to give him a chance to get his feet under him. You never like to see guys injured, but it’s part of the game.
On Stockton regaining momentum:
They did a good job generating shots and getting pucks to the net. That gave us a little bit of a step back, because their team pushed hard through that power play to get that energy. It kind of took the early energy away from us. Fortunately Jeff (Zatkoff) was really good through that sequence, and our kill was able to hold the fort, and let our team recover.
He was able to control his rebounds for the most part, and hold them to the outside. It’s his job to stop the puck.