Last night, Michael Del Zotto played 11:39—his lowest amount of time on the ice in the playoffs. This was his lowest amount of the season and lowest since February 20th, 2010.
This season, Del Zotto averaged nearly 22:30 and, in the playoffs, he’s averaging nearly 22 minutes.
Del Zotto has two goals and eight assists in the playoffs.
Last night, Don Cherry broke the news on Coach’s Corner Del Zotto’s grandmother had passed away over the weekend, “Mike Del Zotto’s grandma, they are from Stouffville, she never missed a game, she was his biggest fan and supporter, she was there all the time and she was watching the game on Saturday and unfortunately she passed away.”
Ron MacLean added Del Zotto credits a lot of how he played this season to the inspiration he got from spending time with his grandma last summer as he recovered from his finger and hernia surgeries.
Grandma found a book I wrote when I was 9 years old. Priceless! http://yfrog.com/kffwibuj
— Michael Del Zotto (@MichaelDelZotto) June 28, 2011
Following the game, John Tortorella said on MSG about Del Zotto, “It was a struggle for him. He hasn’t had many games like that this year. And we figure‑‑ I have an extra D dressed. We figured we’d take a little pressure off him, let him‑‑ just let him watch it, and Michael has gone through a great process. He’s a big part of our club. He’ll bounce back. “
Dave Maloney thought the coaching staff made the right decision to give Del Zotto some time to watch, “Kudos to the coaching staff. Ultimately, he has to make the right play on the ice. I think they did a nice job backing him off and then getting him back on at the end of the game. They need Michael Del Zotto to be more alert with the puck. “