Andrew Brunette on Juuse Saros: Kid's got the will to perform

“He’s a battler,” -Andrew Brunette had nothing but praise for Saros

by Sead Dedovic
Andrew Brunette on Juuse Saros: Kid's got the will to perform
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Nashville Predators won vs. Buffalo Sabers 2:1. Juuse Saros was the hero of the team with his 34 saves. Nashville coach Andrew Brunette had nothing but praise for Saros. Fighting for his team in such a way is certainly what every coach wants to see.

“He’s a battler,” -Andrew Brunette said, as quoted by! “He’s a [competitor] and he competes on everything -- every practice, every shot. And I thought he was really, really sharp tonight.

Right from the get-go you could tell he was dialed in. He’s the ultimate team player and he’s the type of kid, he’s going to will himself to play like he did tonight and for the team, too”. Filip Forsberg scored one goal.

Forsberg is happy with the way his team defended. However, he believes they should have scored more goals, given the number of chances. They will certainly work on that in the next period. “I thought we came out ready to play,” Forsberg said. “Obviously they get that goal and turn the momentum maybe a little bit but I thought we defended well, Juuse played great in between the pipes.

We obviously should have produced a couple more goals, I think, especially in the first and the second where we had a ton of chances. Their goalie played great, gotta give him credit. But overall pretty good game”.

Dylan Cozens' reaction

Buffalo center Dylan Cozens is not happy with the way his team is entering games.

They seem to realize they must give their best only at certain moments in the match, rather than maintaining it from start to finish. Cozens expects everyone to be equally motivated. If you don't give your all during the entire match, it's hard to expect good results.

“I feel like right now it’s like it’s two different teams out there,” -Dylan Cozens said. “We play a completely different way when we’re down and that’s how we need to play right off the bat.

We need to play like we’re desperate right off the bat before we get down two goals because it’s tough to come back from that. We’ve been doing that a lot lately, getting down early. We just need to have better starts”.