Final score: Leafs 4 – Rangers 3
Lance Galbraith – Two “goal scorers” goals have got to have some teams wondering why they didn’t take a chance on him in the draft.
Galbraith on what tonight’s performance means to his chances of sticking with the Leafs:
“Well I hope (that they noticed me), but one game doesn’t make a season. Hopefully if I impress tomorrow night something will work out.”
Galbraith on the all Ottawa 67’s line: “It’s a lot of fun. I’ve played with Delisle before and we’ve had a lot of success. Cereda is just phenomenal you just can’t say enough about him. You know if you’re open he’s going to get you the puck.”
Jonathon Zion – Add one puck, light fuse, stand back. That pretty well sums up the game Jonathon Zion had tonight. He was dangerous either skating with the disk or passing it up ice and really flew back on defense. Although he might be a year away, this could be the next Bryan Berard.
Zion on how he has developed his offensive game: “I’ve had some great coaches over the years. The last few years it’s been (67’s coach) Brian Kilrea. One of his main things is making sure we move the puck quickly. He just wants us to make the easy pass and sometimes the easy pass is the right play out there.”
Alexei Ponikorovsky – With the big Ukranian, it was the case of the immovable object (him) against pretty well all of the Rangers team. Time after time he refused to be separated from the puck and his wingspan made the opposition pack a lunch every time they started down the ice. He also did some heavy lifting on the penalty kill and was the lone forward the only time the Buds were two men short. Needless to say, he excelled at both.
Ponikorovsky on his stint on the penalty kill: “I like it that the coaches trust me to do this. If they asked me, I’d be happy to do this again.”
Others that impressed
Vaclav Zavoral – Brutally efficient in front of his own goal. Facewash is free.
Mirko Murovic – Came out hitting and really improved with the puck.
Luca Cereda – He is really started to hit a comfort zone with the North American game, lost his fear of contact and made several fine passes.
Brad Boyes – Looked very creative, made defenders backup. He was very good at getting into the Rangers’ passing lanes.