They protect the lead so well and they've been doing that for years. We just got off to a slow start out of the gate. If we had started the first period like we'd played in the third, we'd have been much better off.
You can see he's starting to get it. We've been bringing him along slowly here. He is very strong in the puck area. He's surprised a lot of people how strong he is on his skates.
One thing about our organization is we're finding out our depth is a little bit better than we thought it was. They've responded pretty well for being thrown into some tough times.
If we could have won probably another 10 games, we would have been right in the mix. With our ownership the way it's gone, we had to cut back and that's also affected the organization.
I don't think you have to go spend, spend, although there's free agents there. I think it's just getting the right parts that help your organization.
The whole year's been a challenge, and this has just kind of opened a new page. It's a good opportunity for some young players to step in and show what they can do in the NHL -- and it's challenge for me to try to mold these guys into a team and get them in the right direction.
He will have the opportunity to get good ice time. His role might be more than with some other teams. And put in that situation, I think he'll play well. I expect a real good year number-wise.
He looked really fresh out there the way he was skating. I think he's glad to be back here and get into a normal routine.
He gives is a chance to win every night. He made some great saves on their 5-on-3 (during the final minute of the second period and first minute of the third.
They're on a mission to get into the playoffs and they came out hard at us. They knew we played last night and they played a real speed game on us.
And he's never really hit his stride yet. (Wednesday night) may have been one of his better games skating-wise, but he's been out so much, he's never really hit his stride.
It just seems like second nature. That's what we're supposed to do is go to overtime.
There's no ideal timing for any of this, it's tough on game day. It was a little quiet in the room this morning.
This morning, it was a pretty somber room.
It was nice for the players to see that this morning. They're real pros, those guys. Both of them are class acts.
You can't do anything ... you argue. It was very obvious that he did it. I don't know how you can have two referees miss it ... I don't understand it.
Of course you're going to miss him on the ice. He was playing some of his best hockey of the year.
We couldn't give (Downey) the ice time that he thought he needed, so we had to make a move and take a look at some of these young players because we've got to make decisions on them coming up.
I don't want to make any excuses, but I want to back up the guys a little bit because it's been a tough January so far. We just finished seven (games) in 12 (days) and five in eight nights. That's a lot of hockey and it looked like it caught up to us.
I think fatigue set in. You understand it when you're an athlete. Everything starts to shut down. You make poor decisions with the puck. We made plays out there that we haven't made in a long time. A lot of that is through fatigue.
I thought he looked a little bit uncomfortable. When the third goal went in, we had to make a change.
We're looking to take a look at some of our younger players in Peoria to give them an opportunity. We couldn't give him the ice time he thought he needed. We had to make a move and we have to look at some of these young players because we've got decisions on them coming up.
You look at those players maybe being in your lineup. But that's the way it is. There's going to be a lot of parity in the league, and it's going to make it very competitive.
He's been struggling and the team is starting to play better. It's just a matter that we thought it was time to make a change and see if that helps out, and have Patty step away just a little bit so he can work on his game and get back to where he was when he was at Ottawa.
I thought (Sanford) looked a little uncomfortable in the net. We had to make a change.