Recap: Alain Vigneault’s post game comments

Alain VigneaultOn MSG, Alain Vigneault met with the media:

  • “There were two important penalty killings and what we got there was our goalie was the better of the two goalies and we got some big blocked shots at the right time from our PK units and that is what you need to be successful. They came at us and had a good push but we were able to respond the right way.”

  • On scoring early, “We knew that this was going to be a tough environment and I think that our guys were well prepared for it and thrived on it, they wanted this opportunity to come in here and win a game and win tonight, our sole focus was on tonight and that is what we did.”
  • On Dan Carcillo, “I knew putting him in the lineup would bring energy and try and play the way that he can play. At one point he was a little animated when he got hit in the head and it wasn’t called. But, we got the fourth goal which gave us the three goal lead and we took it from there.”
  • What was the mood like with all that Carcillo did, “obviously…the fact that they didn’t call the hit, he was upset. The penalty, I thought it was a great defensive play, the refs didn’t see it that way so we had to go out and get the kill which we did and we had a 2 on 2 where he was able to put the puck in the net. It was a good moment for him and now we turn our attention to the next game.”
  • On Marty St. Louis, “that line tonight set the tone for us, they came out and were on the ice for our first two goals and made some good plays and in the playoffs you need your top players to play at a high level and tonight, Hank played at a high level and we found a way when they made mistakes to make them pay.”
  • On Benoit Pouliot, “he needs to reign in his emotions. Both of those were penalties and both of them were on the PP so he needs to do a better job in the next game.”
  • On the defensive effort and blocking shots, “a lot of times you have got to get in lanes and need to block shots, that is sometimes as important as scoring a goal and tonight we got some huge blocks at the right time and some key guys who made the right times….nothing else…thanks guys.”