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October 15, 2013 8:00 pm

October 15 Postgame Quotes: Mike Richards

On the goal that was waved off:
In my opinion, I did not agree with it, but not much you can do about it after. I don’t know if it was the reason, but it is definitely a momentum swing in the hockey match. [Reporter: It looked like you were trying to avoid him, like step around him.] Well, I got Salo, I think it was Salo, hit me and then I was around the net and I think he even tried to push off me or push me away and I was just trying to avoid him. I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. Why it wasn’t a call. Like I said, a momentum swing in the hockey game. It’s 2-1 instead of a little later in that period three-nothing. So, it’s obviously a call but we have to react a little better to some adversity.

On trying to generate offense:
You have to earn your bounces. You have to earn your luck. It’s not a fluke when players get pucks bouncing to them and stuff. It’s being in the right position. It’s working to get there and we just have to do more of that and just work for your goals. It’s not easy to score goals. If it was, everyone would do it. So it’s just about getting back to shooting everything towards the net and not turning pucks over. When you’re in slumps you just have to work that much harder to try to get to the front of the net, out-battle that defenseman and find the puck in front.

On the speed of Tampa Bay:
Fist shift, it put us behind the eight-ball with them scoring. Then I thought we were actually getting better as the period went on. Our Power Play has got to score us a big goal just to get us back in that hockey game, but it didn’t happen. They were opportunistic with their chances and we gave them too many stressed attacks at our net.

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