February 6, 2000
Q. A quick impression of the game from each guy and kind of what it meant to each of
you to be here. Pat, I know last night that when they took the picture you were carrying a
youngster on your shoulders. I am wondering if that was maybe one of your grandchildren
who you shared that moment with.
PAT QUINN: Yes, that was my grandson. Actually the game -- at least the shoot out, a
lot of the players had some of their kids there. I thought I will just bring them down.
When they took that group picture, they had Gordie standing here and Bobby Orr standing
here I thought maybe some day this might mean something to him, I don't know. As far as
the game is concerned, what can I say? I hated the result. Lots of action. We missed some
breakaway opportunities in the second and I think -- just blame the forwards. (LAUGHTER)
PAT QUINN: I was not allowed to speak to the officials in the language which I am
Q. Your reactions?
CURTIS JOSEPH: Yeah, he was off sides. I was right on the blue line.
Q. I wanted to get each of you -- not Pat now, but just quick sort of impression of
what the game meant to you and how you felt about the whole sort of experience?
CURTIS JOSEPH: Well, it was exciting that it was here in Toronto where we all play.
That added a little bit of pressure, I think, but it is a fun weekend. There is a lot
going on and it is kind of a toast to the city that all the events that did go on were
sold out and you couldn't get tickets. I think they were even scalping tickets to the
practice the other morning. Just a great, great event and a great well-organized and great
weekend for Toronto.
MATS SUNDIN: I agree with Curtis. I think first of all it is a huge honor to represent
the Leafs in an All-Star Game and then on home ice in front of our home fans it is
something very special, something that I will cherish the rest of my life. Toronto, in my
opinion, is the hockey capital of the world, so there couldn't be a more suitable city to
have an All-Star Game in. So this a great moment and something I will take with me for the
rest of my career and life.
DMITRY YUSHKEVICH: I agree with Mats. (LAUGHTER) For me, it was a great opportunity to
play with and against the best players in the world. And in last couple of days so many
things happen and I got so many emotions in my head so I need some time to put everything
MATS SUNDIN: Scoring on the best goalie in the world too.
DMITRY YUSHKEVICH: I couldn't score in the practice on him, so I should have done
something all right.
CURTIS JOSEPH: He has been setting me up all year. He hasn't shot a goal all year.
Q. How about the save on Kozlov there, Cujo, could have been a lot worse early on?
Don't tell me you don't remember that one.
CURTIS JOSEPH: That was a desperation move. You don't see that often, but fortunately
went right in my glove.
Q. Did you have any chance to talk a bit with Roger even before, during the game and
did you guys sort of share anything in light of what he is going through?
PAT QUINN: Yeah, I know this is obviously high profile situation for Roger, but yes, we
talked about it, but that is not something that I should be speaking about probably. He
was enjoying the day and he messed up the defense changes a couple of times, but...
Q. Pat are you going to let Dmitry go into the play as much as he did tonight and
Dmitry, was that a little bit more fun for you to be involved in the play like that?
DMITRY YUSHKEVICH: If you remember I got a couple of scoring chances, first couple of
shifts, but I don't get used to it. Puck too close to the net. So well, the way I am
playing for Maple Leafs it is more important than what I play tonight. Tonight was fun, I
play with great players. It is always fun and especially when you are playing even score a
PAT QUINN: I have spent two years almost trying to get him to play his position now he
gets a goal up there. I don't know what the heck is going to happen.
Q. Did your plan to overwork the Philadelphia forwards come to fruition today?
PAT QUINN: Well, the guys were having fun. When the game was close, you know, they were
-- they were pretty competitive. They all wanted to get out there. They all wanted a
chance to show their best and suddenly after that off-side goal, we were so down -
(LAUGHTER) - so I didn't get a chance to wear them out as much as I would like to have.
Q. Dmitry, I wonder if you can comment about Pavel Bure, it is only an All-Star Game,
but still he is having such a great year and he kind of capped it off with this game
DMITRY YUSHKEVICH: Yesterday somebody from the media asked me who I think would be MVP
for tonight game. I think for a while I said it would be Pavel. I was right. Well, he was
in great shape. I have seen him in August, I practiced with him in August. He was in great
shape. Well, he is a great, great forward, the Russian forwards who can put the put the
puck in the net.
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