Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Vigneault Proud of Pyatt's Courage
Pyatt played a strong game in his first playoff game of the year. The reunited 3rd line of Bernier, Wellwood and Pyatt had some great shifts in the offensive zone. He played 12:38 in the game, had 4 shots on net and played like he hadn't missed a game.
During his postgame press conference, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault's eyes began to swell as he spoke of Pyatt and his courageous performance.
"It was a very emotional moment for us as a group," he said. "I don't think anybody in that room can imagine or put into words what Taylor had to go through and for him to come out and leave his family out east and join his extended family here out west to be a part of our group and be a part of this, meant a lot to all the players, coaches and management.
"And I thought he played a really good game for someone who was out for quite some time (since April 3) and I'm really proud of that young man. It's a great thing he did."
"We just let this unfold and allow him to be with his teammates," Vigneault said. "We asked him if that's what he wanted to do and he wanted to do that. He didn't want to be by himself and I didn't even ask him if he was ready to play. He was on a line that he practiced with (on Monday). He knew Pavol wasn't going to play and I just put him in and we were just going for it."