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March 18, 2013 10:51 pm

March 18 postgame quotes: Tyler Toffoli

On how he scored his first career goal:
“It was just a shot from the point and hit their D-man, and then Carts made a good play. He put it between his legs, and it just came right to me and I just shot it.”

On the immediate feelings after scoring his first goal:
“I was happy, relieved. I…got the first one out of the way, so hopefully there’s more to come.”

On how his game changed after his goal:
“I definitely felt more relaxed and a lot more comfortable, I think, just from playing more. I just keep myself going, and it felt pretty good out there.”

On playing amidst the challenging schedule:
“I’ve just got to come back and do the same thing over again. Just keep it simple and play the same way.”

On the standing ovation he received after scoring his first goal:
“It was incredible. I didn’t expect that. I just had goosebumps, and it was a great feeling.”

On whether he knew what he wanted to do when he found himself with a scoring chance:
“I mean, the last game I had a couple good chances, so this one, I really wanted to put it in. I mean, I got a good bounce of their D-man and Carts made a nice play to me, and I just shot it.”

On where the game puck will go:
“Probably to my parents. I mean, my first American league goal went to them, and [first] OHL goal too. I think they’re definitely going to get it.”

On the feeling of scoring in the NHL:
“Any kid dreams to play in the NHL and to score, and to be playing with the linemates I’m playing with now, it’s an honor, and I just want to keep playing my game.”

On what allowed the team to have all the third period zone time after two close periods:
“We just kept putting pressure on their D-men, kept putting pucks deep and the game just kept going our way, and we kept getting bounces. We just kept putting a lot of pressure and kept scoring.”

On whether it feels like he’s “arrived”:
“You’ve just got to take it day by day and keep on playing the best you can. I’m just doing that right now, and I just want to stay in the lineup and keep playing well. “

On whether his celebration was his usual goal celebration:
“It just kind of comes out of whatever’s at the top of my head. I was pretty excited. I mean, I didn’t even know what I was doing when I was scored.”

On whether he’s superstitious:
“Not really. I don’t really have any superstitions before the game or anything. Just keep it simple, and I just kind of do the same things over.”

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