Vey, Toffoli talk about line’s reunion, loss to Providence
Linden Vey, on not catching many breaks in the 3-2 loss:
Yeah, I think obviously it’s tough when you get a disallowed goal, especially how it ended up tying up the game. But I just think we didn’t have a good enough start. We got behind the eight ball a little bit at the start. They got an early power play goal, and like you said, we just didn’t get a whole lot of bounces tonight.
Vey, on whether he was pleased with the team’s overall performance:
Yeah, like I said, I thought we carried the play for the most part. I thought Weal’s line with O’Neill and Backman were really good tonight. I thought they sustained a lot of low play and got us a lot of momentum. But like you said, we didn’t get a whole lot of bounces, and that’s the way hockey goes sometimes. You don’t get ‘em.
Vey, on whether the chemistry of the Pearson-Vey-Toffoli line returned:
I thought it was good. Early on I think we thought it was going to come a little bit easy, and it took us a little bit to get in, and I thought we had a really good third period. We started working hard and creating a lot more opportunities.
Vey, on speaking with the referee after the net came off a mooring for a second time:
It just seemed like every time he was coming across, he was just knocking it off. To me, it looked like on the goal that maybe he pushed it off on purpose. But obviously the ref saw something else, and his call is what stands.
Vey, on whether the referees generally listen to players:
Yeah, I think for the most part he’s pretty good. He was a ref in the Western League, so I know him from way back. I think when you go up there and just be calm and not yell at scream – I don’t think the refs respond well when you’re getting in their face. I was just wondering what his thoughts were.
Tyler Toffoli, on his first game back after a long day of travel:
It took a while, I think, to get into it, get back and just kind of working back to getting my tempo up. I think in the third it got back to it and started creating a lot of chances. Obviously we scored the one, but couldn’t come all the way back.
Toffoli, on whether the chemistry returned instantly, or whether it took time:
Yeah, I think it’ll take a little time. I think we were all kind of trying a little too much at points. I think in the third we kind of simplified it a little bit and obviously scored the goal. We were getting a lot of opportunities.
Toffoli, on his performance:
I was a little tired to start, and like I said, it just took me a little while to get into it. Once the third started, I kind of got my legs back and it felt pretty good.
Toffoli, on whether he pays attention to Manchester while he’s in Los Angeles:
I try to. I mean, I’m friends with half the team, so I talk to them a little bit and they keep me updated with how they’re doing and all the little things.