Alain Vigneault met with the media on Wednesday prior to the team traveling to Montreal and said (NYR):
- "I thought we played a real solid first period and in my estimation it just carried over to the second. We were coming out of our end and getting through the neutral zone with better pace and control and it carried over to our offensive zone play."
- Does momentum go from game to game, "probably the team that wins says that they have momentum and the team that loses probably says that there isn't momentum. Isn't that the typical answer. I like the way we played yesterday, couple of areas today that we needed to work on, short but to the point practice. We are going to Montreal and we gave ourselves an opportunity. I like how we played in their building so far, felt like we played well in Game 1 and the first 2 periods of Game 2. We have an opportunity and will work real hard."
- On playing well on the road, "I've said this 150 times? There isn't a home way to play or road way to play, just one way to play and we go on the road and I guess we prepare and go out and play and that is what we will try and do tomorrow."
- Is this the best stretch for Hank this season, "he's had some other good stretches this year. Like a lot of goalies in the league, they all have moments at one point or another, I don't know if it's how the game is played now, he has played some real solid hockey for us this year and right now he is doing what you want a goalie to do and give your team a chance."
- On it being a best of 3 now, "no doubt that going into the series that Montreal were the high favorites, we gave ourselves a chance here. We needed that win, we came up with a pretty strong effort and game and we need to do the same thing tomorrow."
- On Brendan Smith, "he's playing well, playing with an edge out there, making some good outlet passes and at the end of the day he's gotta keep it simple and that is what he is doing."
- On Skjei and Smith, "Brady's skating ability permits them to not spend, hopefully a lot of time in our end and hopefully a lot of time in our end and the quicker we are out of there the better we are. You want to spend the least amount of time in your end and work your way to the other end and that is what Brady helps Smytty with."