March 1 postgame quotes: Alec Martinez
On the four-game win streak:
I think we had some things to correct going into the break and we – other than the guys at the Olympics – we had a good four or five days of practice to help correct those things. We wanted to come out and have a good start and it’s playoff hockey here this last 23 games we have before the end of the year. I think we’re doing a lot of the little things well and that’s paying dividends for us.
On what the team is doing to get wins:
I think it starts with the D-men making quick decisions down low, getting it in the forwards hands. The forwards have done a real good job of getting in on the forecheck and stopping up plays in the neutral zone. That’s kind of our bread and butter. So we’ve been playing good team games. Just have to keep it going.
On his power play goal:
I saw Brownie turn and I knew he was going to throw it at the net and I thought maybe a rebound would creep out. So I just kind of started creeping down. I saw – I think there were two guys in front of me – so I knew that I had to go short side and fortunately it went in.
On facing the Montreal Canadiens on Monday:
Montreal is a really good hockey club and they’re not going to forget about that game. So they’re going to come out hard and we just have to match it and play our game and get two wins here at home.
On the winning streak:
It feels good. We wanted to have a good start coming out of the break here. It’s no secret that we weren’t happy with our game before the break started. So the guys – we had a good couple of there and aside from the Olympic guys coming back. But we worked on a lot of things and this is crunch time here. It’s playoff hockey from here on out. We knew that we were going to have to have a good 23 games and then hopefully roll it into the playoffs.
On playing like a playoff team:
I think that we’re scoring goals and we’re playing our game these past three games. That’s certainly a good sign, but we have 20 more to go and we have to keep it going.