Game 55: Post-Game Quotes

I’m going to keep this quick, so here are some selected quotes from head coach Kevin Dean from after tonight’s game…

Gwinnett scoring on their first two shots after a string start…

“It was pretty deflating, but we battled back, you know.  Again, it’s kind of the same…we didn’t execute on our scoring chances, and a couple goals found their way in for them.  We had an ill-advised penalty at the end of the first, you lose hockey games that way when you don’t execute.  I thought we played OK, we didn’t give up many chances.  We played in their end, I’d say 80 percent of the night, seemed to be anyways.  But we couldn’t execute.”

Gwinnett’s aggressive PK…

“You move the puck before you have to, and you keep it off the yellow, off the boards.  But everyone wanted to get it and hold it, and then you’ve got to win your battles, which we didn’t do.  They outmuscled us and won the battles on the PP, and that probably was the difference in the game.”

On the role goaltending played tonight…

“Some.  Lergie didn’t have a great game, but he made some good stops, too.  I didn’t think that their goalie made a ton of great stops, either.  Our chances were kind of secondary in my mind.”

On hammering home the importance of playing teams directly ahead of you in the standings…

“They can figure it out.  We talk about it, but if they can’t figure it out, I think you’re in the wrong business.”

On if this current group of players can be a playoff team…

“I think we have a playoff team, but we’re not playing anywhere near how we’d have to play to make the playoffs.  Not even close.  Not even close.”

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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12 Responses to “Game 55: Post-Game Quotes”

  1. Titans04 Says:

    Regarding the playoffs a more likely scenario is Angelina Jolie and Brooklyn Decker calling me begging for a threesome……. it could happen.

  2. Section 106, Row F Says:

    OUCH! I hope someone in the locker room reads this…
    Let’s take a look at how we can improve on the results from last night:

    Players – It’s time to play TEAM HOCKEY. There are a number of you that show a lot of talent and even some emotion in your playing abilities. It’s great to exploit that talent, but you have to do it TOGETHER. Disconnect from everything that isn’t on the ice – leave that in the locker room, and play for the love of the game. Put the FUN back in FUNdamental Hockey.

    Tying up T-Devils behind the net on OUR Power Play only leaves opportunity for your opponent. It happened enough last night that you should all learn something. Cycle – move – confuse the goalie and defense. Don’t become a statue in the lane.

    Trevor,Tony and Justin – You’re all seasoned players and this is where you can step to lead the team. A little guidance, some supportive line changes and a few good runs at the net will show everyone (even us fans) how teamwork builds confidence.

    Coaches – Yes, there were bad calls and there always will be – remember, these are minor league refs. But don’t make excuses and let that become a crutch. SAY SOMETHING. Be inventive with plays and lines. Be passionate about what you’re doing and show the players that you’re a part of the game – THEIR GAME. Defend your players on bad calls and give the ref hell. Have you seen what that more “involved change” on the bench achieved in Newark? Look at where they are NOW. Where would you rather be?

    You want to see the post season? You want to fill seats? You want a fan base? Start working together to reach those goals.

    I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the ties and pressed suits are cutting off circulation to your brains.

  3. titans04 Says:

    No worries on the blueline I’m sure Jay Bletzer or better yet Sean Erickson are only a phone call away.

  4. chiarams Says:

    Maybe Mike Acosta has finally gotten his license back…

  5. Devil Dawg Says:

    Section 106, if the coaching job becomes available maybe you can apply? You hit the nail on the head completely!!! 🙂
    As for last night, it was a weird atmosphere. Hopefully tonight will be a good one, plus with scout night there’s meant to be a good crowd.

  6. Section 106, Row F Says:

    Maybe Albany should send Prough back to Trenton and give him the C
    Can Williams and bring in Bertoli as Assistant Coach
    Get a third suit on the bench to teach Defense how to..well, you know….DEFEND

    …or maybe the Devils organization has a bigger plan….lose it all, get a first round draft pick for a goalie and send the AHL to Trenton and ECHL to Atlantic City?
    Nah, too good to be true….

  7. chiarams Says:

    You say that as if having the AHL Devils in Trenton would make things any better.

  8. Section 106, Row F Says:

    Better? No….jusr different. Albany Devs draw about the same audience as the T-Devs.

    It would just bring a well needed change to what has become stale- nothing more – nothing less.

  9. titans04 Says:

    It’d be the same lame sh*t, their AHL affiliate made the playoffs once in the last 11-12 years and haven’t won a single playoff series in that span.

  10. Langhorne Devil Says:

    the benefit would be we would see some different teams, instead of Elmira, Reading and Wheeling.

  11. Lousballsack Says:

    Any truth to the rumor that the STH gift this year is a noose?

  12. chiarams Says:

    All the AHL Devils would bring to Trenton is the same tradition of minor league mediocrity at a higher price.

    I’m not sure losing to Hershey/WBS/Binghamton would be any more fun than losing to Reading/Wheeling/Elmira.

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