When asked what changed in his game, Pouliot told John Giannone after the game against the Wild, "I just try to stop thinking too much. Just play the game I am supposed to play and go out there and play hockey. It's a matter of going consistently."
Alain Vigneault said before the Maple Leafs game that Pouliot took his being a healthy scratch and responded in a big way, "jumping at a second opportunity." He says that Pouliot is being more physical and finishing his checks.