Recap: Ulf Samuelsson’s Pre-Game Comments

Ulf SamuelssonOn MSG, Ulf Samuelsson spoke with John Giannone:

  •  On last nigh and Alain Vigneault telling them not to be afraid, “I think sometimes it works to a teams favor if you have a new coaching staff and they haven’t gone through the hard times that the team has gone through there.”
  • On last night, “for me, I thought it was a real exciting game. 1-0 games can be real sleepers but I felt that both goalies played tremendously well and it was a great hockey game.”
  • On the team play last night, “the commitment to working 200 ft was one of our keys and our forwards were helping the D and it was a team effort.”
  • On Justin Falk: I think he provided some stability and played hard and was a hard player to play against. I think he was pretty good with the puck as well considering he has been out for a while.”
  • On the Kings, “The Kings are a great team and we will need another really good effort. They are a big team and good down low in their cycles and we need to use our speed.”

Prior to the game, Associate coach Scott Arniel met with the media in place of Alain Vigneault:

Arniel, via Pat Leonard, Andrew Gross and Steve Zipay, said:

  • the team has not given up on Michael Del Zotto
  • Rick Nash may skate tomorrow, while the team has an off-day, and if he says that he is ready for Tuesday it will be good for the team.
  • Falk stays in the lineup because of his size and physical play against a big Kings team
  • The lines staying together has helped them build chemistry but that Rick Nash will force some of that to change when he comes back.