Blackhawks at Predators Post-Game Quotes
Coach Trent Yawney
"A win's a win. I really like the way the guys battled back, especially early in the game. There was no quit in them and they deserve a lot of credit."
"I thought we were a little tight to start the game and you could see it. When they got up, we slowly got back to basics and fought back. I saw a lot of things in the preseason that negated last year and I'm not dwelling on last year."
"I said a couple days ago, your best players have to be your best players. And our goaltender was very good. Martin Havlat was very good."
"[Khabibulin] gave us the saves when we need them at the end of the period; when it was 2-0 he made a big save. He was terrific tonight. Obviously we've got to shore up some things, but even though he gave us six he deserved to win with the number of saves he made."
"The fun part is that we can score eight goals. That's obviously something to be positive about. The ones we gave up, we probably could have done a lot better job defending. At the same time, we'll take the win and move forward. Like I said, a win is a win and especially in this league against a good team like that.
D Adrian Aucoin
"It wasn't a defenseman or goaltender's game. Actually, Khabby was our 1st star for tonight. He was our best penalty killer. It was pretty amazing the way he made some saves. I think that was probably one of the best power plays I've seen in years. They snapped it around and had good chances, but our forwards were huge tonight and came through."
"[Havlat] did everything we hoped he would. It's a tough pace to keep now, but I was really impressed with not only him but [Michal] Handzus. All of the new guys played great."
"Last year we didn't really have the firepower [to come back from an early deficit] and it seemed like we didn't have the mental toughness. If we got down, we stayed down. That was really just a product of the whole year though."