Sunday, October 11, 2009

Post Ducks Win Quotes

Rick Carpiniello at the Rangers Report has these post game quotes after the Rangers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-0...

John Tortorella on Steve Valiquette… “Valley (Valiquette) made some big saves at some key times. He played very well. I am happy for him. He goes about his business. He is kind of a forgotten man. If we want to get where we want to be, he is going to have to play well for us and he certainly played well for us tonight.”

Tortorella on the defense… “I think the strongest point of our defense is how they get up in the neutral zone. There wasn’t much zone time in our end zone. That is due to them getting up the ice. I thought all of the defense, including the forwards fore-checking was important to us. We made some good defensive plays.”

Steve Valiquette on having a shutout at home… “It feels good. It is such a team effort, so much goes into it. It is not a goaltending record, it is a team effort.”

Ales Kotalik on tonight’s game… “We played a solid game right from the start. We knew they had a game yesterday, so we were pressing. Some chances hit cross bars. We had been saying to just stay with it (and) be patient, and things are going to happen for us. They did (tonight). We made a difference in the power plays. That is why we are up there (in the standings).”

While, Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants reports that Sean Avery’s return through the lineup into a little bit of flux as Tortorella admitted after the game he’s struggling to find ways to get Ales Kotalik ice time. know your team is going well when the coach can't find ice time for a player who has three goals in the first five games.

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