January 25 postgame quotes: Brown, Frattin
Dustin Brown, on any distractions:
I don’t think we were distracted by any of the environment or the atmosphere here. Again, the first period, we just needed to speed our game up, be quick with the puck, moving the puck, moving up the ice. They jumped out to a two-nothing lead early. It’s one of those things where we have to battle from behind, and it’s not an easy thing to do, especially against the best team in the league.
Brown, on how long it took to feel comfortable:
I would say a shift or two into the game. It’s about playing the game. The first shift, you’ve kind of got jitters, and after that you kind of settle in.
Brown, on whether the team is unlucky:
Good teams make their own luck. We’re a capable group in here. It’s just a matter of finding ways.
Brown, on the crowd:
It’s one of those things – I think regardless of the score, the crowd was into it early and often, and continued to be a part of the atmosphere throughout the game.
Matt Frattin, on the experience:
It was definitely a good experience. The ice held up great…it definitely held up throughout the game. IT was tough not to get the two points in the long run, but it was a good experience. [Reporter: Was it a different energy not having the fans right up against the glass?] Yeah, it’s totally different. You don’t have the guys pounding on the glass or whatnot, but it was still loud out there, and it was getting loud for both teams.,
Frattin, on the biggest challenge that led to the team’s inability to finish:
Just putting the puck past Hiller. He’s a good goalie, and we were putting lots of stuff at him, and he made a lot of good saves. That’s something as a group we’ve got to keep working on, getting pucks there, [our] cycling game, and getting to the net, and hopefully they start going in for us.
Frattin, on going on the road to face San Jose and Phoenix:
It’s something we’ve got to forget about this game and just get back to practice tomorrow, and then we’ve got another tough two teams in San Jose and Phoenix, and we’ll start it off with San Jose.
Frattin, on whether the scoring drought is caused by bad luck or something fundamental:
I’ve just got to put the puck in the net, I don’t know. That’s something we’ve got to do. We’re all professionals, and everybody scored goals in all their way up to make this team, and that’s something we’ve got to start doing to win games.
Frattin, on the loss:
I thought we were the better team throughout the game. They got two quick ones in the first. I think we outshot them 20-5 or something. That’s something we’ve got to do to keep the momentum. We’ve got to keep the puck in the net. Hopefully that starts going in for us.
Frattin, on what could pull the team out of its funk:
Just keep throwing pucks to the net, getting bodies there and fighting for position, and try to get sticks free. That’s something we work on in practice. We do it in games. There were a couple chances that he made unbelievable saves. He’s a good goalie. He’s one of the elite. Credit to him. He stood on his head.