December 11 morning skate quotes: Muzzin, Toffoli
Jake Muzzin, on family coming to see him play:
Just some family, my parents and one of my sisters are coming in. [Reporter: Is it a special comeback, playing in your home province?] It’s nice for a bunch of buddies and family to come in and see, and watch you play on Eastern Time which is a little easier on everyone. I haven’t played in Toronto and I’m looking forward to tonight. First NHL game in Ontario.
Muzzin, on his power play goal in Montreal:
I just saw the guy fall and I went and I read that the weak side was open. Stolly made a great pass to me. The goalie was kind of stumbling over as well. Just got it through and it went in. We’ve been practicing the power play, obviously it hasn’t been as hot as we’d like it, but we’ve been practicing and to get one was nice.
Muzzin, on how comfortable he is:
I feel good in the way I’m playing right now. I think Dewey and I are doing some good things and there are some things we can improve on. I’m definitely not getting comfortable. I want to get better and improve every day with video and listening to coaches and other players as well, continue working hard and gaining more confidence.
Muzzin, on what he remembers of Drew Doughty from the OHL:
There was about maybe two, two and a half years. I was out my first couple years and then he was out of the league early. We only played him a couple times but you knew he was a good player, you heard about him. You watched World Juniors, you’d see him out there. He was dominant in World Juniors. He was an exciting player to watch in junior and he’s an exciting to watch in the NHL now.
Muzzin, on having seven shots on goal against Montreal:
Opportunities came and you wanted to take advantage. Trying to get shots through is huge for us. Guys are so good at blocking shots. Trying to get shots through and creating opportunities at the net is what Drew and I want to do and continue getting better at. Last night he had some opportunities to get pucks at the net.
Tyler Toffoli, on how many tickets he got for family and friends:
I just got seven tonight, my dad got his own tickets. He pulled a few strings and found a way.
Toffoli, on what it means to play in front of family and friends in his hometown::
I always used to joke with my dad that I’m going to play in the ACC one day. It’s definitely really exciting. It was cool to go out there for the morning skate. You just have to take it as another game and just forget about all of that. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing obviously and have some fun.
Toffoli, on what it was like to play in Montreal:
It was good. We were all excited and I think the excitement showed. We came out and took a couple penalties, but stuck with it. Joner played great. It was fun. At the end of the game you look around and realize that you’re in Montreal, playing in the NHL. It was really cool.
Toffoli, on what his line did against Montreal:
I think we were moving the puck well and Cliffy was going to the net. Obviously, he created both goals for us. It was good, we just have to continue doing that. We have to forget about last night and move on to tonight in Toronto.