- Jeff Frazee will start Game 7 on Tuesday night. Was there any doubt? Seems there were a few rumors going around about Gerald Coleman’s status…he was in the building tonight and in the locker room after the game. Rick Kowalsky told reporters that Coleman had been banged up throughout the series, but not surprisingly did not discuss details of the injury or how it happened. Some people seem to be curious if it happened at all.
- Matt Cohen’s status for Game 7 is unknown. Kowalsky said he was day-to-day. If Cohen can’t go, Mike Wilson would be the first thought to be a replacement…but if he stayed home for Game 6, what’s the point in either having him or letting him come to Game 7? Might as well just dress 11 forwards and 5 D.
- Kowalsky described Eric Castonguay’s game-winning goal as him using his “signature move,” which is something I’ve written about all year long. He used to do it a lot more, but he loves to cut across the middle and fire that wrist shot.
“You guys have seen it, and we’ve seen it,” Kowalsky said. “He’s probably scored eight, nine goals like that. As soon as he cut to the middle, I knew he had some room. It was nice to see him put it home.”
Castonguay told us after the game that he noticed the defenseman was cheating a bit, so he cut to the middle and beat Michael Teslak, a Flyers prospect, for the game-winner.
“It’s not easy to beat Teslak in this series, but I was happy to score that goal,” Castonguay said.
Nathan Perkovich floated a soft pass over to Castonguay to set up the play. Had the pass been a little harder, Castonguay might have been able to skate in alone.
“It was perfect,” joked Castonguay about the pass.
“I wouldn’t change anything.”
- Kowalsky guessed he’d played in “three or four” Game seven’s, including winning the Ontario Hockey League championship in a seventh game back in juniors.
- Frazee said that knowing a lot of the guys in Trenton helped him make the adjustment in getting sent back down from Lowell after their season was over.
He also downplayed the difference in this team from when he first played on it in October to now…
“That was a long time ago, I don’t think you can really compare them,” Frazee said.
“There’s a lot of new faces and things have gone a lot better. They’ve won a lot of games.”
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com