HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On tonight’s game:
Obviously, we lost two battles there right at the start of the game and they scored two goals right away. I thought we really got our game going, I thought we were playing good, but, I mean, we were in the box it was five, I think. If you count the one in overtime that’s six times. The penalties are hooking and slashing… Let me look right here – slashing, tripping, hooking, tripping, tripping.
On if he got an explanation on the penalty shot:
I didn’t, it was hooking. He had his stick on the guy. So, if you put your stick on a guy’s hands, you go to the box. So, when you go to the box that many times – if you remember the previous game, we went to a box too many times. The game before we went to the box too many times. So, after a while it’s nobody else. Own it, you can get on with it.
On the penalties the team has taken:
Well, just put your stick on people — put stick on puck, not stick not on hands. And let’s have a quick look: tripping, tripping, interference, again slashing. And that’s two games ago. Holding, tripping, hooking.
On Muzzin saying the team needs to improve its defensive play:
I agree with the him. The issues for us: shift length – discipline and shift length – and, then, sort it out defensively. You know, we do lots of good things. The ability to maintain it and do it for 60 hasn’t been something that we’ve done, game-in and game-out, and that’s what good teams do. You’ve got to mature and grow up as a group for that to happen. You just have to. The level of focus that you bring to your job each day, no matter what job you do, has to be at a high.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (34 SAVES)
On the decision to award the penalty shot:
I thought he said it was hooking. I just want to see because [Marner] was close to the puck there, I felt like I had covered it, but I think it was the hook.
On Columbus getting out to a 2-0 lead early:
Yeah, I mean, they had a good forecheck on their PK and obviously capitalized there and got one off the skate, an unfortunate bounce. I thought we were able to keep at it and come back and tie things up. I think we had good parts of the game, but sometimes it’s tough to dig yourself out of a hole like that.
MITCH MARNER (1 ASSIST)
On the play that resulted in a Columbus penalty shot:
It’s unfortunate. We got sticks in their feet, their hands and they called it. You want to have those ones back but stuff happens.
On Columbus getting a lead early:
Yeah, I mean, a slow start again, tough turnovers. They made it count. So, just got to make sure that we forget this one, put it behind us and get ready for Boston.
On if they should have played more conservatively in the offensive zone in overtime:
No, I thought, you know, I was playing high and then I felt like at the end of the shift, probably should have changed. I had a second to do it. Probably should have got off but stayed out there, saw the puck go the other way, tried to get back. Stuff happens.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On the overtime sequence that resulted in a penalty shot for Columbus:
We had a couple good looks there at the end and then I didn’t have a great eye on what happened at our end.
On going down 0-2 early in the first period:
It was a couple mental mistakes, one on the power play and then that’s my fault there on that second one. I should have had my guy, can’t let him get to the net like that. I thought we battled back, obviously tied the game up there in the first period with two big goals, got the lead there and then, obviously, they forced overtime. We’ve got to find a way to get those extra points.
On the play of Frederik Andersen:
Obviously, that breakaway at the end there was a big save. He made a number of really good saves for us to keep us ahead, keep us tied. I thought in the third they kind of came at us and had momentum there for a bit. I thought he did a really good job of keeping us in it.
JAKE MUZZIN (2 ASSISTS)
On the overtime penalty shot call:
I don’t know exactly what the ruling is but I felt we maybe should have gone on a penalty kill, I don’t know about the penalty shot, but that’s what happened and they capitalized. We had some chances before that and in overtime it’s going to be exciting both ways. We shouldn’t have let it get to that point but we took a point so we’ll take it and move on here.
On if the team made it hard on Andersen:
You come out with a slow start like that and give them two – you know [Andersen] has been a rock for us all year. We’d like to come out with a better start but we battled back and took the lead and we let up again. We’ve got to find a way to come out and put together a full 60 of hard work and playing the right way. We do it in spurts but we need to do it a consistent effort through the full 60 minutes.