On getting the win:
Barkov is going to develop into a really good skill player in this league. Huberdeau, obviously, Calder Trophy last year, plus Versteeg and Fleischmann. They’ve got a lot of skill over there and you can’t take it lightly. Like I said, the credit isn’t necessarily me. It’s the guys playing in front. They blocked a lot of shots. We stayed out of the penalty box. You never want to take too much credit for anything because then you have to take credit for the bad ones too.
On success in Florida:
Some guys have good feelings about playing different spots, but again you can’t rely on that. You can’t go ‘I played really good here last year. I’ll just relax a little bit.’ You got to focus and prepare the same way no matter who you’re playing or where you are playing, no matter the situation. I am a stickler for focus on the process. I have been fortunate that it has worked out here in Florida. It sucks that I am in the West now and I am out here once a year.
On being called The Professor:
I went to a pretty decent school. I like to, in my spare time, stay sharp academically, I guess. I like to read interesting books and stuff like that. But I’ll take it as a compliment because it is better than the alternative.
On what he has been reading on the roadtrip:
I’ve been watching a lot of TED Talks recently, actualy. It’s nice. We’ve got WiFi on the airplane, so I’ve just been crushing those a little bit. [Reporter: You’re going to have to give a Ted Talk pretty soon.] We’ll see. If you can set that up, I’ll go and talk. I don’t know what I’d talk about. Might have to plagiarize someone’s speech. See if anyone notices.
On how this shutout compares to previous shutout in Florida:
Last year, I actually had back-to-back shutouts. It was my second shutout in a row, so that was obviously a god feeling. I had a good feeling going into the game. I was feeling comfortable. This one was obviously the first game of the year for me. I wanted to come in and play well and play solid and the guys played extremely well for me. I am very appreciative to the guys for the effort they put in and helping me out, out there.
On his early success after winning a roster spot:
I am just happy I can help the coaching staff look intelligent. All I can do is try and stop a puck and contribute positively to the team. That’s all I can control. I am really happy. I didn’t think that I couldn’t do it, but it’s obviously nice to come out and have some success early on and hopefully gain a little confidence within the coaching staff and within the guys on the team. Most importantly, we got a win here, and that was what I really wanted to come out of here with. All the other stuff is icing on the cake. We got two points as a team and that’s what we’re all happy about.