Playoff wins still sweet for Quinlan

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

CALGARY – Playoff wins are still as sweet as he remembers them.

Edmonton Rush assistant captain Jimmy Quilan has had four years since playoff appearances, dating back to his rookie season with the Toronto Rock.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been there,” said Quinlan, who won the Champion’s Cup that year. “The similarities between the 2005 team that I played on with Toronto and this team are very much the same in the sense that we’ve got a group of guys who just want to win.

“At the end of the day, who cares who’s on the scoreboard?”

Quinlan had a goal in the second quarter that interrupted a Calgary Roughneck’s comeback to take a 4-2 lead on Edmonton’s first 10 shots of the game, making good on a long feed from Ryan Ward.

It was a shining moment in a game he’s been preparing for ever since joining the Rush.

“I’ve been here since Day 1 and the only game we won here that year was in this arena,” Quinlan said. “So coming here (Saturday), the biggest game we’ve won as a franchise was probably that one, and now we get another one.

“They’ve got a great team, hats off to them. They played hard. Maybe another day it goes their way but we’re looking forward to next weekend.”

Knocking off their bitter rivals — not to mention the defending champions — in their home arena is a pretty decent way to start the Rush’s inaugural playoff run.

“Going in at the start of the season, we wanted to make the playoffs, that was our first goal,” Quinlan said. “Once we got there, we wanted to win three games. We accomplished our first goal of getting here and we’re one step closer to where we want to be at the end of the season.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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