Trevor Lewis, on his second period goal:
I knew there wasn’t much time left. I just tried to get it on and off obviously as quick as I could, and luckily there was still time on the clock.
Lewis, on relying on two early power play goals:
It’s huge. To get out to a 2-0 lead like that right away, it’s big. I think our penalty kill was a difference in the game, too. Special teams were good tonight.
Lewis, on whether the raised emotions early were in reaction to the Carolina game:
I mean, obviously Greener stepping up there right away, that was a big emotional boost for our whole team. Getting up early, we knew it was going to be a game we needed to be up for, so it was good to get off to a start like that.
Lewis, on where his raised scoring output comes from:
I don’t know. Junior days, maybe. Still got it a little bit, so hopefully I can keep it going.
Lewis, on winning the last home game before December 31:
It was big. I think we had lost two in a row there at home, so it was big to get one before we go on the road. Now we’ve just got to get ready for the road trip.
Lewis, on whether the team was talking on the bench prior to the major power play:
Yeah, definitely. I mean, a five-minute major, I think you can’t out of the box without a score, so it was a big start to get two off the bat like that.
Alec Martinez, on whether the performance was in response to the Carolina game:
Obviously we weren’t happy with our game against Carolina. We didn’t bring emotion, we didn’t have the energy, we were really flat, we didn’t play our game. Guys were upset, guys were pissed off. At the beginning of the game, whenever you get an opportunity like that to go on the power play for five minutes, you’ve got to take advantage of that. You come across that situation, a few years ago comes to mind, and you take advantage of that and that tires a lot out of the team’s players. Special teams, definitely when you’re PKing, it gets some of the guys who don’t PK, it’s hard for them to stay in the game, and then it tires out the guys that do PK. That’s why special teams are important. When you get an opportunity to have a five-minute power play like that, you’ve got to take advantage of it.
Martinez, on where he’d place his personal play over the first 27 games of the season:
I don’t know, I’m not really too concerned with that. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help the team win. I don’t really look at personal statistics. I mean, obviously you always want to be better as an athlete. It just comes naturally. You want to be better at it – I want to be a better hockey player. I know I have a ways to go, but it’s about the team.
Martinez, on whether he realized the clock began late to begin the second period:
No, I had no idea. I don’t stare at the clock that often.
Martinez, on the adjustments made between the second and third periods:
I think we kind of got away from our game a little bit. We were making too slow plays in the D-zone. I think we were maybe a little bit too predictable going back for pucks. Obviously they’re down 2-0, so they’re going to play a little bit more aggressive. They’re probably over there telling their D to step in on pucks trying to keep pucks alive in our zone, and throughout a 60-minute hockey game there are going to be momentum swings. There are going to be things like that, you’ve just got to do a good job of bending but not breaking. I thought we did an OK job with that. I think we could do better, and we got some big saves from Buds, too.