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Coach's quotes Feb. 18

Lemaire postgame comments from 1-0 win over Rangers

Friday, 02.18.2011 / 11:35 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Jacques Lemaire had a lot to like after Friday's 1-0 blanking of the Rangers. His team didn't gain ground in the playoff race because of Carolina's win over Philadelphia, but they stayed hot entering their third meeting in 12 days with the eighth-place Hurricanes.

Lemaire on the key to the victory:
"Well, I think we played really well defensively. We had our chances offensively. I am very pleased with our goaltending. I thought [Johan Hedberg] made good saves at the right moment. He helped keep the lead for us. I think the guys were very good with the puck. There's only a couple shifts here and there through the game where we didn't look organized, but overall we played a very, very solid game."

On the return of Anton Volchenkov from a three-game suspension:
"You look at all the plays he made in the defensive zone, just to bring the puck out, make the right play, be solid around the net, solid on the boards. He's cutting down the mistakes and that's why he's playing hard."

On whether this was the team's best defensive effort since he came back behind the bench:
"One of the best, definitely. I think it's the overall team that played well tonight, because [the Rangers] played well. I thought they played well. Maybe the lack of energy because [the Rangers played] last night, at different times. But they played well. They tried hard. As soon as we slowed down or didn't do what we were supposed to do, you could see they were coming."

On what has changed in Kovalchuk's game:
"Maybe it’s the confidence that he has, that guides him in a way that he works hard. He’s got the tools. So he works hard, he’s got the tools, what do you think the result is?"

On the team's confidence levels:
"The team has good confidence. You could see by plays were making. Guys, they don’t panic. Last year compared to this year, it’s pretty much the same group, but I know at certain times last year we panicked, and I don’t see this now. It’s the players that take charge, just the way they’re talking on the bench. I feel they know what to do."

On the key to keeping up pressure in the Rangers zone:
"I think it's skating. Skating and puck control. This is a great team [the Rangers] for turnovers. They've got four good lines that can make plays and score. You turn the puck over, you're in trouble. This is the one thing I ask, number one: I don't want turnovers. You have to manage to do whatever it takes with the puck, so you don't turn the puck over."

Too early to talk playoffs?
"Look at the standings."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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