Neal Pionk scored his first career NHL goal in tonight's win over Buffalo.
Pionk spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):
- On his goal tonight…"It started with a great play all around by the forwards. I think Zucc entered the zone, kicked it out to Hayesy. Haysey dropped it to Ves and Ves made one heck of a play. All I had to do was tap it in."
- On realizing he scored his first NHL goal…"It's hard to believe it at first. It's just such a great feeling when those guys come get you and they all give you a huge hug. Something I will never forget."
- On Lindy Ruff's assessment that the more responsibility he gets, the more comfortable he seems…"I've handled that before in past seasons with previous teams. So when I get more responsibility it's about easing into it, not trying to be too complicated, and taking it game-by-game."