Alain Vigneault met with the media in Montreal early on Friday and said (NYR):
- How do you manage playing extra time, "you just continue to play. Overtime is a great part about this game, anybody, on any given night can be the one who makes a difference. This is what is fun about this game. We went out in OT and battled real hard and just went out and played and we were able to get the bounce and the winner."
- On Pavel Buchnevich, "that was part of the equation, they at some points during the season and early on played well together. Good skill set, real good communication between the three. For those of you who remember, Chris is one of the guys who can speak a little Russian on our team so he helped Pavel early on when Pavel was struggling with his English. Now he is just fake struggling with his English so that he doesn't have to talk to the media (smile). Just one of those things where we put them together and thought that in the second half of the game they really got better."
- On having Grabner on the fourth line, "for us, we have always really tried to stay away from identifying 1-2-3-4 because I'm not sure we have a 1-2-3-4, we have balance, in our forward trios that we put together and that balance permits us to roll the lines pretty quickly and not be overly concerned with the matchup that we have in front of us in terms of forward and just go out and play. Putting Pavel in the last couple of games has permitted us to continue, I think, to be physical but also have a little bit more skill on the ice and it's worked out for us so far."
- On what Grabner brings to that line, "there is a speed element and compete element, you have speed but also Jesper and Oscar who compete hard for loose pucks. It makes for a good mix and yesterday, for the most part, I was capable of keeping my lines together and any time you can keep some continuity you are probably better off and that doesn't happen all the time."
- On the reffing, "in this game, you learn that you just gotta play. Hand pass, goal, go out and play, too many men on the ice, goal, just go out and play. Just keep playing and that is what we are telling our guys, skate, pass, shoot and go out and play, that is what we are trying to do."
- On the PP, "there aren't a lot of PPs at this point, we are all getting a couple, it's definitely an area where we are spending a lot of time. As coaches we don't have a lot of time to practice it but we are trying to pick up on some cues and areas we might be able to jump on. I'm telling myself and our group that we are due and hopefully tomorrow will be the time."