–Craig Anderson talked about the win last night
We’ll enjoy this on the plane ride home, but when the sun comes up (Sunday) we know it’s all business again. It’s a great a feeling. You play 82 games during the regular season to get this opportunity. We limited our turnovers. We bought into blocking shots, keep shots to the outside and taking sticks away. We did the little things that you don’t usually notice, but can make a big impact.
–Mark Stone talked about his first NHL game:
Game 5 of a Stanley Cup playoff series tied 2-2 – if you told me I was going to be playing in that game six months ago, I would have called you crazy. So it’s a very exciting time for myself, and there’s a great group of guys in here that helped me along the whole way. It was unbelievable, the difference in speed and strength. The players in the NHL compared to the players in junior hockey is something you have to get used to. But I’ve just got to stick with what got me here, and try to contribute in any way. Every game I’m just looking to get better.
-I thought the Chris Neil hit on Brian Boyle was clean, so I didn’t mention it in my game report. As expected no discipline is forthcoming and I think John Tortorella made a fuss about it simply to deflect criticism off his team.
-Here’s my profile of Sens prospect Matt Puempel.
-As Pierre LeBrun points out, the Raffi Torres 25-game suspension was a good one, but it’s definitely not a sign of increasing levels of punishment, rather an indication that players notorious for predatory hits will get the hammer when the opportunity presents itself.
-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence):
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 6-7-8-15 (1st) (Plymouth lost 4-3 to Kitchener)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 14-6-7-13 (2nd) (67′s are down 1-0 to Niagara)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 12-2-8-10 (3rd) (Chicoutimi is down 0-1 to Saint John)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 13-4-3-7 (9th) (Rimouski is up 2-0 on Halifax)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 12-3-3-6 (6th) (Spokane lost 4-3 to Tri-City)
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 8-2-4-6 (t-2nd) (Brandon lost 4-0 to Edmonton)
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 17-13-7-20 (1st) (Brynas won the championship)
This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens