Craig Berube met
with the press before the Flyers' game Monday against the visiting
Tampa Bay Lightning.
Has the goalie situation been a burden
this year, with Steve Mason hurt again?
“Well, he's been pretty healthy. He
missed some time before Christmas with his back and stuff. And now
obviously he has this injury. It's part of hockey. You get injuries
and you have to deal with them and you have to find ways to win games
with certain guys or not. It doesn't really matter. You've still got
to find ways to win.
“We can't worry or feel sorry about
not having Mason. We have other goalies who are going to do the job.”
What do you like about Rob Zepp?
“I haven't seen him a whole lot.
(There was) training camp. And again, going back to camp, he was
always in position, and his quickness in net. He's a competitive guy.
I think (against) Winnipeg his competitiveness gave us an opportunity
to win the game. To be honest with you, he made a great save in the
second period. That's just sheer will on that play. He has god
structure and he moves well.”
You have shown patience with Scott
Laughton on the second line, where do you go from here?
“The other option is moving Brayden
Schenn back there, and Vinny. And Vinny's been pretty successful on
that line where he is at. I like him there. And Brayden is up there
on a line with Giroux and Voracek. So I think Laughton is still
skating well. He's doing some good things. I know the points and the
production are not there. But he is not hurting us. He's doing a lot
of good things out there and when you have a young guy like that,
it's hard to produce in this league. He's getting some opportunities
here and there, but he is doing a good job. He skates well and he is
being physical. He kills some penalties now and then.
“So there are not a lot of options, I
guess. I guess you could move Brayden Schenn back there but I hate
moving him around all the time.”
Do you expect more playmaking ability
out of him?
“Oh, definitely. He is a good player
and he has a lot of skill. Over time, that's going to come out.”
Guys saying they are playing better but
wins haven't been coming. What do you have to see?
“Well, I don't think we've scored
enough goals. I am talking about secondary scoring, timely scoring.
This last game, Boston, it was a tight-checking game, but we had some
power plays and we didn't create and momentum and didn't get anything
done until late in the third period. We ended up getting a goal,
“But our power play could have
been the difference in that game, early on in the game. Get a goal
here or there and it's a different game. Just more timely scoring, I
think. We have been playing pretty good defensive hockey. And we are
in all these games. I think we are competing hard, but we need more
Is it a scary thought to think where
you would be without two of the top five scorers in the league?
“Well, you could say that about a lot
of teams. But we need some more production and some more timely
scoring, for sure.”
Are you getting enough forechecking
pressure and creating enough turnovers?
“I think so. I think when we look at
the tapes and go over them after, and chances for and against, they
are right there. We are doing a lot of good things. But in the end,
it doesn't matter. It comes down to wins and losses.”
On Matt Read, who
has not been scoring …
tough. He’s obviously picked it up, though, his game. He’s more
competitive. I thought he had a real good game against Boston. He had
a couple of real good chances, a breakaway and a couple of other
opportunities. That’s the Read that I know, that we’ve had for
the last two years where he produced 24 goals or whatever it was
using his speed and being a competitive guy. He’s got good speed
and he has to bring that with his competitiveness.”
Is he hurt? And
didn't you say he was playing through a leg injury earlier?
“I would never
say what kind of injury a guy had first of all unless you already
knew, so it wasn’t me. He might have said something about a leg
His skating looks
“I don’t know
anything like that. I really don’t.”
His shots were
way down early in the season …
thought their line has shot the puck enough all year. I’ve been
harping on it to get more pucks to the net. That’s how you score
goals. You’ve got to shoot the puck and you’ve got to get some
penalty-killing play has been bad for Read, too. Is the scoring slump
“Yeah, I think
his whole game has been hurt this year with that. Looking at his
stats, that probably affects his penalty killing at times, too. But
lately Matt’s been a better player --- the player that we know.”
There was a
low number of shots on goal from the opposition last game. Can that
“I think you
can look quite a ways now where we’ve played real good
tight-checking hockey and did a good job defensively. But again,
we’re not producing enough offensively as a team. Now we need more
timing scoring. That’s the bottom line. We need more timely
Do you still
believe in the team, 11 points out of a playoff spot, second half of
the season, with the East better?
going to question our team. They’re working and they’re competing
and they’re good players. It’s a good team. We haven’t found
ways to win enough hockey games up to this point. That’s the bottom
line. Whether we need a save here or a goal here, it’s just a
played well and we don’t score enough goals for him. If we score
enough goals and they let a goal in that they shouldn’t have. It's
just different things that pop up. But the team? Of course I believe
in this team. It’s most of the same guys from last year, and I know
that they’re capable of doing that job and we've got to get on a
Did you talk to
Ray Emery about going with Zepp tonight? What about the perception?
deals with the goals one on one with them, so it was all taken care