December 31 postgame quotes: Jake Muzzin

On the game:
It was a good, solid game. Getting the first goal is huge. It does a lot for us and first periods are important, especially on the end of a long road trip. Pretty solid throughout, our PK was big, especially late in the game, made some big saves. Solid round, solid game, solid road trip.

On what stood out about their play over the road trip:
I liked our work. Guys are getting in on the forecheck, holding onto pucks, back-checking hard through the middle. It’s showing, it’s proving that the goals and our skills will come after the work is there. It’s pretty clear right now that when that is in place we’re going to win games.

On what stood out about the team’s defensive play on the road trip:
It’s more than just the D and Quickie. There’s the forwards involved, as well. Our centers are so good offensively and defensively, especially in our zone. Being quick with the puck and getting it out of our zone and just limiting time in our own zone and playing more time in their zone. There is obviously stuff we can improve on and get better at. But for the most part, we’re doing a pretty clean job at it. [Reporter: Milan Lucic is a pretty good goalie himself, huh?] Yeah, that was a pretty good save. Lucky, but his stick was there so he made the save.

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