Here are some of the postgame quotes following the Devils 3-2 loss to the Kings on Sunday night:
Did you feel tired at all, with all of the games that you have played so far?
“Ask my trainer, he’ll tell you; that’s a stupid question you just asked me there. I play the game, as hard as I can all the time. Getting twenty shots a game; I don’t think you get tired from that, that’s for sure.”
Did you see the tying goal?
“I saw him shoot it, but when it came close to me I was expecting it to hit (Ryan) Smyth in front of me and it just kind of hit the side of my leg and snuck in.”
On the winning goal there was a crowd of players in front of you…
“I saw him (Drew Doughty) shoot and I just went down; Smyth did a great job screening me there.”
Talk about your goal that opened the scoring tonight…
“I got a pass from Zach (Parise) there across (the ice) and I just tried to shoot it on the far side there, I saw some guys going to the net and it went in off of a skate.”
Obviously a disappointing end to the game, can you put a finger on any one thing that went wrong?
“No I think it’s just a general feel at this time, obviously for the second game (in a row) it’s not something we usually do; we have a lead, usually we feel pretty good and play confident — somehow that slipped out. It’s something we have to talk about and not worry about too much, but keep playing in games and not sit back.”
Were you shooting to score there?
“Oh no, definitely not, I was just shooting for a rebound or for Smyth to tip it; I got lucky and it went in.”
Did you see that Smyth was there in front when you shot it?
“Definitely, that’s the first thing I looked for. I looked to see if someone was in front of the net and I just fired it at the net.”
You guys are on a nice winning streak, now that you get to bring home and play in front of your fans…
“I think it’s great, we were in a little slump at home before we left for the road — I think we won five straight on the road trip and now we just have to build that up and carry it over. Our fans deserve better than out last home stand, that’s for sure.”
What has been the secret to success for you guys on the road, now that you’ve won six in a row away from LA?
“I think it’s just resiliency, like tonight we were down and we never gave up. That’s pretty much the way we’ve play all year — we get down a goal or two and we just never say die; it’s worked out really well for us.”
Talking about the successful road trip…
“If somebody would say (before the road trip) that we were going to be 4-1, I think everybody would pretty much take that; being 5-0 it’s obviously great. I think now it’s time to bring that attitude and that energy at home because we have to start winning some home games too.”
How big was the goal scored late in the second period, instead of being down two goals, it’s only one?
“It was huge. It’s something that, always when you get a goal in the last minute of a period it’s great; they have something to think about in the locker room during intermission and that gave us a little boost. I thought we came out a little stronger in the third period and we definitely shot the puck a little more; and it paid off for us.”
Did you know that this is the first time the Kings have gone 5-0 on a road trip in history?
“That was the first time? That’s great then (smiles), we’re making history. We’ve been playing some decent hockey, right from the first game of this road trip I thought we were playing good hockey and now it’s paying off for us. Maybe we weren’t the better team out there tonight, but we’ll take it every time; two points is two points.”
When you’re winning, this is the kind of stuff that happens right?
“Exactly; and with the opposite, when you’re struggling you can shoot 50 shots and still lose the game — its funny how the game goes. But like I said we’ll definitely take these two points and go home.”
Can you talk about the winning power play goal?
“We were moving the puck around and just trying to get shots. They play a pretty tight box and obviously with Marty in the net they have a world-class goaltender. There’s not a whole lot you can do but shoot the puck, so Drew found a lane there, ripped it and luckily for us it went in.”
Was it a point of emphasis to get bodies in front of Brodeur tonight?
“Yeah, absolutely; we have one of the best in the league I think with Ryan Smyth — he’s really stingy around the net. (Dustin) Brown is in there too, he’s a decent screener too. At that point, especially at that time of the game, you just want to get bodies in front and shots at the net.”
Two key things that went wrong tonight?
“The last two goals, the penalty. Not just to let Doughty shoot on the PK and the penalty.”
You had two PP’s when you were still leading by one, did you think the guys worked it with enough intensity?
“We still had good chances; we had good chances to put the game away, but the goalie was good and made some good saves. We could’ve been a little better on certain plays there, but as I said we had our chances.”
You had a 2-0 lead late in the second period, was it a bad play by (Mike) Mottau that led to their first goal?
“Yeah, that will happen though. You can recover and we did; things like that will happen, this doesn’t bother me at all.”
Do you think Marty could have stopped the tying goal?
“He could have stopped that, definitely; a shot from the side that I know there’s a guy in front of him — but I always say when you’re due to lose, there’s something like that that will get in the net, some shots like that. When everyone is confident, those goals just don’t happen.”
What do you tell the guys to get them to recover (from this)?
“Well I have to talk to myself first; that’s a loss that I still didn’t digest so we’ll see tomorrow.”
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