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June 7, 2014 3:00 pm

Game 2 pre-game quotes: Alain Vigneault

On whether Cam Talbot is available to backup Henrik Lundqvist:

On having his team stay in Los Angeles tonight and fly out tomorrow:
Well, it’s just common sense. I mean, if we were to fly home after the game, we’d be leaving here, let’s say, 9:00 western time, which is 12:00 our time, we’d be getting home at 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning. You lose a full night’s sleep. Obviously you don’t sleep the same way on a plane than you do in your own bed, so we’re going to stay over and fly tomorrow. [Reporter: Is that something you had to learn or you knew that from the get-go when you got to Vancouver?] I would just say it’s common sense. I think anybody knows it. When we were in Vancouver, we had a company that worked with us. Mike Gillis was always trying to be proactive in different areas. That was one of the different areas he was proactive. He found some research, found a company, helped us with our schedule and our travel.

On whether there is an indication that his team will have their ‘A’ game for Game 2:
You know, we’ve talked about it with our group. Our group knows the importance of today’s game. They’re going to try and put their best game on the ice. They’ve been very professional in how they prepare. We got through the first game jitters. Obviously we don’t have the experience that L.A. does. We got them through that first game, took them to overtime, and I think we’ll be better tonight.

On whether he views Game 2 as a must-win for his team:
I mean, obviously it’s a real important game. Each game is important. Today, this is the second game of the series. I think we can play better, and that’s what we’re going to try and do.

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