Chris Connolly and Kevin Shattenkirk Postgame Transcripts

By Jake Seiner/DFP Staff

Connolly on his tying goal:

“We had actually worked on a 6-on-3 earlier this week. It’s funny that we actually got it the first game we tried it. I think the first one had expired, not sure if we were still on the power play or not [Parker: ‘It was 6-on-4’]. We just tried to put bodies in front of the net when shots come. I think myself and the ref were the only ones who saw that the puck was free between the goalie’s legs, so he was in great position to see that. I was fortunate enough to just pull it out and touch it in.”

Connolly on whether Vinny Saponari knocked the puck loose before the goal:

“You know what I think had happened, Nick got the pass over from Colby on the side. He actually just threw kind of a saucer pass to the net just to cause some rebounds or something. I think Vinny tipped it, which threw Scrivens off a little bit. He thought he had it in his butterfly, and it just sat between his legs, and I was in a good position to see it.

Shattenkirk on whether the team is starting to find its identity:

“Definitely. You know, sometimes I think it’s better to win or tie games like we have in the past two games just because it shows our character and gives us confidence. Being down a goal with a minute left or being down two goals right off the bat, we’re starting to get past the giving-up stage, you know, when things weren’t going our way in the beginning of the season. I think now we’re just trying to work through it and work hard and obviously you get good results when you do it.”

Shattenkirk on the final five minutes of regulation:

“I think, with Gryba’s penalty, that’s obviously a little bit of a back-breaker, but we had killed their penalties –– killed off their power play –– pretty well for most of the game. We had a couple bad breaks on their goals. I think we knew we had to pressure them and not give them as much time as we were. Right after it was done, we went right back to work, which led to the two penalties that they took, and from there, well, the rest is history.”

Shattenkirk on playing at the Garden a second time:

“My freshman year, it was a little different. I was kind of a little shocked coming into it . . . I would skate around in warm ups and see someone I know up in the stands, and it’s just good to know I had a lot of people here supporting me and supporting the team.”

Connolly on the performance of the BU power play:

“We’ve been pretty good on it as of late, and we just wanted to stick to what we know best –– just moving the puck around quick. I think, at times, we got caught holding onto it, you know, not getting possession of it. It’s such a small rink, you know pucks are going to wrap around the boards, and so, first and foremost, we need to make sure we get possession of it so we can set it up. Once we got to do that, we started to move it around and get some good looks on it.”

Shattenkirk on Cornell’s breakaway goal:

“I think I had jumped on the rush pretty early to try to make it a 3-on-2, and for whatever reason, Colby just didn’t recognize that I was there and thought I was back and tried to force the pass, which he did, and he thought I was there to cover for him. So a little bit of a miscommunication there.”

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