On AV and the Rangers, “Alain is a patient guy, he has been there and done that and is a smart coach and we went through some rough times at the start, we had a tough schedule, but we stayed the course and AV stayed the course with the players and game plan and it paid off. It took some time to get comfortable as a staff, it took some time for the players to get comfortable with a totally different coaching style but I thought one of his great strengths was his patience to go along with his teaching.
On Benoit Pouliot, “I have had the pleasure to work with Ben in Tampa and NY. He had a tough start to his season, like everyone, so when things don’t go so well you need to look around and try to get more out of each and every player and that is an example of a player who Alain was patient with and put him in a winning situation with Brassard and finally Zuccarello and they had a good working chemistry together. Benny goes to the net pretty hard, he works extremely hard. Ben, per minutes played, he was actually our second leading hit getter. He is a physical guy and gets in on the forecheck and his teammates will get pucks because he uses his stick to get pucks. He has pretty good speed, a wicked shot, and he is a good guy to be around.”
Lacroix was also on TSN 690 today:
- On how the Rangers prepared for the Habs”we talked about the strengths of the Habs at all positions and the Desharnais line gave us trouble and their fourth line gave us trouble with Weise and Prust. We really tried to put the emphasis on us in all rounds, not too much on the other team. Internally, we knew where the strengths were and tried to manage that as best we could.”
- Did Kreider slide into Price on purpose, “those were two excellent teams and not a lot separates teams in the East now and you look at how MTL played and how the Rangers played, it was exciting and unfortunate that Carey had to miss the series because of injury. You never want to see a player go down like that.”
- On going to MTL, “I thought it was the right fit. I sat with Marc and Mike and I see how they work together and they are a group and have been together and work tightly and that is what you need.”