On the team’s success against the Eastern Conference:
It correlates pretty well to the overall league [record]. I’m not sure what the league standings are, but I know early on it was very one-sided. Boston’s probably the one team in the east that seems like a west team to me. It’s much more physical, more grinding. A lot of the east teams, they’re just maybe faster skating skill teams with open ice. The west, all the teams are pretty much the same, except for maybe Chicago is the only one that plays like a different style. I don’t think there are many teams that play their style, period.
On Jeff Carter setting the tone in the first period:
He’s always one of those guys – that’s why he scores 30, 40 goals a year is because he shoots the puck. Not only does he shoot the puck a lot, but he’s got one of the best releases in the league. He’s able to get shots off very quickly and very hard, and that’s not an easy thing to do, especially when you don’t have a lot of time and space. He’s one of the best players I’ve played with when it comes to that type of shooting. And he’s a goal scorer, so that’s what we need from him.
On any surprise at Jonathan Quick’s level of play after returning from injury:
Being out for seven weeks doesn’t seem like he missed – even his first game back, it seemed like he didn’t even miss a game, so that’s…impressive, and it’s a credit to him doing the work that he needed to do to be ready. That’s why he’s the best goalie.