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POST GAME QUOTES (10/25)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles vs. Nashville


Barry Trotz

On his concerns of the game…
“You feel good about getting two points, and the bottom line is always if you win the game or not. Yes we won the game, but I had some concerns. You can’t allow momentum changes and allow teams to hang around when you get an early lead, especially when you come out fantastic like the last couple of games. We had had great jump, we scored goals, we did all the right things. The other teams were pretty good too. And to think that you can dominate a team like we did in the first period, that’s not going to happen in this league—with any team—for a full three periods. We knew that they were going to come out in the second and try to chip away at the lead. We took penalties and allowed them to get back in the game. The momentum changed. They had some good zone time and we were defending quite well but we were spending too much time in the defensive end. Just a routine breakout and an errant pass that they turned over into a goal. Those need to be eliminated; they were routine with no pressure. You don’t need to have a turnover and they come the other way. That concerned me because it changed the momentum of the game.”

On using his timeout early…
“That line got caught out there for a long shift. They were having some zone time and I was trying to not let them build momentum. When you have a lead you aren’t going to need your timeout and that point we were in good shape. I was looking at it as I didn’t want them to keep building momentum and I wanted to stall a bit. I looked down and saw that some of the guys on the ice were a bit tired. When you are in the lead you aren’t going to need your timeout at the end of the game.”

On the play of his team…
“I thought Hornqvist was one of our better players tonight, no doubt about it. Joel Ward again was really good for us. We had some players that were really good and we had some players that I was really disappointed in. It will happen every game. One of the things we’ve got to learn is that we blew a game last time against Calgary and we didn’t find a way to stop the tide—tonight we did. It was a little closer in the end than we wanted it to be but in the end we got a better result. We are making strides moving forward.”

Ryan Suter
On the win…
“We kind of got lucky. We turned the puck over and they came out and scored – that gave them the momentum. Luckily we came back and got two more goals and came out on top. We have to learn from that and it can’t happen.”

On learning from the other night…
“I’m sure that was fresh on everyone’s mind, it was on mine. We were definitely thinking about that and we might have tightened up a little too much. We just have to learn from it, we got two points out of it and that’s big for us. On to the next game.”

Jerrod Smithson
On his late goal…
“It’s always nice to contribute offensively. I don’t do it too often so it feels pretty good. It was a good win; we needed that win. We still have a lot of things to improve on. Our play in the second period was bad. We get up a couple in the third and we need to put the nail in the coffin. They bounced back and made it interesting at the end. We’ll take the two points, learn from it and move on.”

On not protecting a three-goal lead…
“I don’t know if we just take our foot off the gas or what it is. It’s something we have to change. With a lot of these teams and the firepower they have, if we don’t play a full 60 minutes we’re not going to win. I think we have to learn from this fast or we’re going to be in trouble.”

Dan Ellis
On the win…
It’s great to get a win – that’s the most important thing right now. It’s frustrating when we’re allowing teams to come back and that’s something I need to take more responsibility in shutting the door and not giving other teams life by being able to get one goal to come back then another quick goal. We have to stop the bleeding right away and that comes from big saves from the net out and that’s where I need to take a little more responsibility.”

On being interfered with on the fourth goal…
“There was no way I could get back. You can see it on the replay – there is absolutely no way I could get back into the net. To my understanding, that’s an interference call but I guess the ref said maybe our defensive man pushed him in and that negates the call. A goalie should be able to make a save and unfortunately I had no chance to get across- it’s clear as day on the replay.”

Dustin Brown (RW)
On second night of a back to back affected tonight’s play…
“I wish we did not come out how we did. It was not how we wanted to come out. I am not sure if it has anything to do with playing last night. We did not come prepared in the first period. They were all over us. We came in here relaxed and regrouped, and we dominated the second period.”

On adjustments made at first intermission…
“We regrouped at intermission and came out a lot better in the second period. We were able to dominate play out there. It flip-flopped in the second period and the third period was a real battle.”

On rallying back similar to how Calgary did on Thursday…
“We chipped it deep and grinded it deep on their defenseman. It does not matter who you are playing, it will pay dividends in the third period. They got two timely goals in the third that put it over the edge for us. I think we had two good periods, the second and third. However, we just did not have enough.”

Anze Kopitar ( C )
On fighting back in the second and third periods with desperation…
“I think it is more in our heads. When we really dig in and fight the battles, we can win the loose puck battles. That is what wins hockey games. Our power play was not that sharp. If we draw a line, we lost it in the first period. It is good to see the effort in the second and third periods.”

On the penalty kill struggles tonight when it has been so great all year so far…
“I do not know if anyone can have a 100% penalty kill all year. It was going to break sooner or later. It was not the time when we wanted it too though. That is the game, and it went the wrong way today. Hopefully it will be better next game.”

On playing harder in the second and third periods…
“We have to grind out and dig in a little more. We bought into the system by chipping pucks in. We got a lot more scoring chances that way scoring two more goals. That is how we want to play our game.”

Coach Terry Murray

On what transpired in the first period…
“We got ourselves in some penalty-kill problems and they ended up on the power play. They are able to move it around very well and score a couple goals. Suter shoots the puck from the blue line to get a big goal for them. They came out hard with a lot of speed and intensity. They know we played last night. Their game plan clearly was to test us in the first period. They showed a lot of speed.”

On switching goalies in the middle of the first period as well as calling time out…
“It was a little bit of calming things down. We were trying to get a better focus to our game. You can look at it different ways. I would like to have seen their third goal stopped. When you give up three goals in the first, it brings up a red flag.
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