Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/27/08 at 03:00 AM ET
Q. You had a conversation with Malkin about him being the leader in this game. How do you explain him having zero shots in this game?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: It’s really tough to generate offense against that team. They’re good on obstruction. It’s going to be tough to generate any type of offense, if the rules remain the same. So it’s the first time we’re facing a team that the obstruction is there, and we’re having a hard time skating to take away ice.
We took two penalties tonight on the goalie. We never take penalty to the goalie in the playoff. I’ll tell you something, I reviewed those plays. He’s a good actor. He goes to players, and he’s diving. Took away our power play. Got to get focused. I know our players are frustrated right now. It’s tough to play the game. But Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under Ribeiro.
Our team never go to goalie. We never did it. And we don’t target the goalie. But this is, want to talk about experience, he goes to players, and he knows what to do, I guess.
Q. Obviously you wanted to come out hard tonight, especially after losing Game 1. How frustrating were the first 12, 13 minutes of the game not getting shots on goal?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: It’s tough to generate any offense.
Q. So I understand, you’re concerned about the fact that refs aren’t calling it tight enough on the obstruction right now?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: They’re good at it. They’re pretty good at it. The first thing that I see that they’re really good at it on the obstruction.
Q. Franzen returns tonight. What was your game plan to kind of slow him down?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: No, we don’t have any game plan regarding one player. We have a game plan regarding a team. I thought tonight we played hard. We got some chances. They played well. They played well with the puck.
But it’s hard tonight. Their intensity level was a lot better than the first game. We’re going back home and a place that we were tough to play against. We’re going to try to keep skating, and hopefully with the work ethic by moving our feet. I’ve always been a true believer, when you’ve got speed, you can usually generate more scoring chances or you’re capable to generate penalties. And we don’t have the calls, and we’re having a hard time to generating scoring chances.
Q. You mentioned experience. Is that showing through in the first two games, experience versus youth?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: I thought tonight we played hard. I thought tonight we played hard.
Q. Does Kronwall leave his feet when he hits?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: Occasionally.
Q. Is there anything you can do to give Malkin more space out there?
COACH MICHEL THERRIEN: I thought his intention was there tonight. We’ve got to keep supporting him, and eventually, players like this, usually they find ways.
FRANK BROWN: Thank you, Coach.
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