Derek Stepan spoke after the game tonight about a call he made to former teammate Marty St. Louis about the scoring drought he was going through and ended tonight. (NYR)
Stepan said (NYR):
- "A lot of times you are the toughest on yourself. I tried to lean on as many people as I could, coaching staff, I even got to the point where I called Marty St. Louis and reached out to those guys and talked with them and tried to keep my mind in the right place. I am glad it went in."
- What did Marty tell you, "When Marty first came to NY it took him 15 games and he said that it felt like a year. It's a lot of talking about the process. When Marty was here we talked a lot of hockey, hockey nerds so-to-say, talking plays and we played together the full time he was here and it was good to lean on him and he gave me some good advice. He is a guy I will continue to lean on, he has a lot of experience and he can relate to me pretty strongly."
- When did you call him, "it was actually before we left for Florida, so three games, two in Florida, one in Carolina and this one, so 4 games ago."
- On that conversation, "he knew the purpose of the call. He watches us, he is in Connecticut, he knew what was going on. He let me air it out, get what you need to get out and he said what he thought and some things that could help me."
- On how he felt on the play when he scored, "it almost got to the point where I was numb to the fact that this was it. I was getting so many chances the last two games, and it just felt like, I knew the goalie was in a tough position and I just had to hit the net. I toed it but it works."