Grabner spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):
On his first goal…"Well, I think Shattenkirk's a great passer out there so I knew he was going to try and get the puck to me or at least in front of the net. He was looking up all the way up the ice trying to find me so I just tried to get open for him and he made a great play."
On his thought process when it comes to empty net goals…"Well, first of all, I try to kill off a little bit of time but when I get the chance, especially if it's a one goal game, I try to go and get that goal. It's a big relief I think when you go up two goals. It's always nerve-wracking when you're out there and there's one bad bounce like we saw least year in the playoffs. A lot of times, it can cost you a game or teams coming back. I'm just trying to, not cheat but when I get the chance, turn a goal and try to beat some guys."
On Carolina's goal defining the outcome of tonight's game…"I think it was just a fluke goal. They shot and then it just went in one minute into the game. I think it didn't really throw us off too much. We had a lot of game left obviously to play. Just trying to go back out there and focus on our game and work back for him."