HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the win starting with Campbell’s play in goal:
I would say in part. Soupy played a good game for us today. I thought our team played a good hockey game. You know, I thought we had a really good second period, they pull the goaltender, it changes momentum a little bit and I didn’t like how we responded for that final segment in the second period. But I liked a lot about our third period. Maybe three or four of our best chances of the game come in the third period there, we could have really blown the game open, but their goalie made a bunch of saves and let them hang around, so it made it interesting. Luckily, we got the bounce to go our way on the empty net, which I think we earned that bounce through our play with it.
On the opportunity to coach a game in Ottawa:
Well, it was special for me and nothing to do with the game or anything like that, but just a chance to see many of the people that were important in supporting me and my family through our time in Pembroke and the operation of the Lumber Kings. To have them in the building and have a chance to thank them each in person was important to me. Anytime when I think about the chance for me to coach in the NHL, right away I would think, ‘How can I thank those people?’ I can never say or do anything to really repay them for everything they sacrificed to give me a start and a foundation to be able to coach at that level. But having them in the building was special, and I was happy that it worked out.
On his evolution since taking over as head coach:
I think I’ve grown as I’ve learned about the League and the schedule and how quickly you have to reset for the next day and also how important framing each win or loss or adversity for the team because you have to manage the emotions because you don’t have time to let things fester. You’ve got to deal with things. So that would be the biggest thing and the biggest adjustment coming from the American League, just how quickly the games come at you and kind of relentless especially in this month.
JACK CAMPBELL (25 SAVES)
On if it matters whether the team is playing on the road and at home:
I don’t it does. I think the team plays great no matter what the situation is. Just happy to be here and glad the boys played so well and got two points.
On being 3-0-1 in goal since his arrival:
I would have loved to have kept that Scandella shot out in Montreal so we would have had six out of six, but I think the boys have played really well and we’ve gotten some big points. With Freddie coming back it just gives us a lot of momentum. We’ve got a pretty busy schedule here, so we’ve just got to hit the reset button tomorrow and be ready to go.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On Campbell’s play in net tonight:
Yeah, Soupy was great for us. He made some huge saves. I mean, you see him in there and he’s having so much fun. He just loves to compete and loves to battle for the guys, he came up with some big saves and obviously a big two points for us to pull out.
On his goal in the first period:
I just tried to wait him out and then saw a little bit of an opening and just tried to sneak it in there so that’s about it.
JAKE MUZZIN (1 GOAL)
On his goal in the second period:
I just saw traffic in front and just wristed one in there and it found its way through. It’s nice to get one once in a while.
On if there’s a secret to the team’s road success:
I don’t know, maybe that workman mentality coming in here, getting two points and getting out, that type of feel to the game and into our team. We did a lot of good things tonight and we’ll look to build on it and continue going forward.
On the importance of getting the first goal:
We always want to come out and have a good start, especially in away buildings and tonight we were able to get on the board and get going.