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PANTHERS PLAYOFF EXTRA, GAME 5 POSTGAME

Late quotes following Florida's 2-1 double-overtime loss to the Islanders on Saturday morning in Sunrise:

 

Florida coach Gerard Gallant

 

--Do you need to do anything different Sunday to get some goals?

“That’s exactly what it is. I mean I think we’re playing great hockey, I think we’ve worked hard, competed hard, great scoring chances. Just, the kid [Thomas Greiss] in there is playing real well.”

 

--On Nick Bjugstad

“He got some stitches in his head there, I know that. But besides that I don’t know anything more. All I know is he got stitches in his head and he didn’t come back. I don’t think it’s that serious but we’ll see tomorrow.”

 

--On Vincent Trocheck

“I thought he was great. First game back in roughly a month and I thought he competed hard, battled hard, and played a real good, solid hockey game. So it was great to have him back in our lineup.”

 

--What was going through your head when they called the penalty shot?

“Score a goal. No I mean, like I said I guess the guy gloved the puck in the goal crease and they had to call a penalty shot. Like I said, I didn’t see it I couldn’t tell but they called the penalty shot. Barky was the guy, he was on the ice, it was a good opportunity, it didn’t work out.”

 

Sasha Barkov

--How difficult is it to play 100 minutes and come up short?

“It’s very tough, but we have a very good chance just have to win two more games and that’s it but right now we don’t feel good but I think it is going to be a good thing and we will be ready for the next game.”

--Does winning game 4 in Brooklyn give you any confidence going in there for game 6?

“I think we have been playing great this series and have had a lot of chances. We have been playing good defensive game and offensive game so we have a pretty good chance to win.”

 

Brian Campbell

--How difficult is it to play 100 minutes and come up short?

“Yeah, it’s a good battle, it’s obviously frustrating how it ends . We had our chances and are going to continue to have chances, so it’s just a tough break trying to kill off a couple of penalties in overtime there, it’s not fun.

--On Nick Bjugstad

“I haven’t seen him yet so obviously for the people that know Nick around here he is a great kid and everybody loves him so hopefully everything is alright and hopefully I can get a word on him and see how he is doing, but it is definitely a little scary seeing that for the second time.”

--How good is Thomas Greiss and how has he affected the series?

“Yeah you know she has mostly been a backup in his career and he is getting a shot now and he’s playing great hockey, you know we got to find a way of not hitting him as much and [getting] rebounds. We are doing a lot of good things right so we have to keep at it.”

 

Islanders' coach Jack Capuano

--On Thomas Greiss

“He made some big saves. We had a couple breakdowns there and then the penalty shot obviously…It was an exciting hockey game. It was going to come down right til the end, fortunately we got the bounce on the power play by a guy, who a month ago was in the American Hockey League.”

 

--On taking the lead in the series

“Well I just think it just builds a little bit of confidence. We didn’t have too much success against them in the three games that we played this year. [We] probably should have lost the last one at home, we scored three consecutive goals and had 17 shots in the third period, but they’re a good team. They had some chances, this game could’ve gone either way, but I thought Thomas Greiss really stood tall for us tonight.”

 

--On Alan Quine

“Well for me, when you watch a player and you watch the video you see habits. You see the speed and the tenacity that he brings. Fighting for loose pucks and winning his battles. I think that anyone who plays with 91 [John Tavares] and 21 [Kyle Okposo] has got to be able to hunt people down and hunt pucks down for them…I like the fact that he’s a reserve guy, he’s a confident guy, he’s not nervous at all and he’s playing like he should be here, he’s not playing safe and that’s big for me. I just like his speed and deception, he can create a lot there.”

 

 

Alan Quine

--On atmosphere in the locker room between overtimes

“The guys were positive, they were rallying around each other and we knew that however long it was going to take we were going to make sure we didn’t let up. It was a total team effort and Greisser (Thomas Greiss) was unbelievable for us today.”

 

--On Thomas Greiss

“He’s been great all series and he showed it again tonight. He’s given us every chance to win.”

 

--On energy level at the end of the game

“It was low and then it was high…we wanted to definitely score before the end of the second overtime but we weren’t worried. If we had to go longer we were okay, but when it went in I had an extra little jolt of energy.”

 

--On the goal

“It was opening up for a one-timer, and Hicks (Thomas Hickey) made a good play to (Marek) Zidlicky and Zidlicky put a nice fake on it and put it right in my wheelhouse and I just kind of ripped it.”

 

 

 

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