Predators postgame quotes

COACH BARRY TROTZ
(on the game…)
“It was (one of the better wins) in a sense where we had lots of chances early in the game and didn’t capitalize on that. I thought Jonathan Quick was, obviously, maybe a little rusty. He’s had a lot of great things happen to him in the last couple days so he’s probably been on an emotional roller coaster, and he was just having trouble hanging onto the puck a little bit. We had some pucks behind us and we couldn’t finish off and they score. And then they get the goal there and, from our standpoint, that can be real deflating, but I love the way we responded in terms of, within a shift or two, we got that goal back and got it to even terms. Obviously on the winning goal I thought it was a real heads-up play by Danny Hamhuis at the point. He could have got it and threw it at the net. He had some poise, took a step, changed the angle, allowed for a low-coverage breakdown with Hornqvist and Hornqvist does some really good things down at the blue paint.”

PATRIC HORNQVIST
(on his game-winning goal…)
“It was a big goal. We had the puck deep, got the cycle going, and Hamhuis made a great play to me from the net and I got it around the goal and it was nice to see it went in. Everybody in this locker room worked really hard and it was a nice game and two points is the biggest thing.”

PEKKA RINNE
(on the Smyth/Williams interference call…)
“I didn’t see too much of what really happened. I just kind of tried to reach the puck, read the play, and find the puck, but I don’t know… Something hit me and it was probably both players. Those are probably tough for referees to call, but it’s good for us.”

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