Goaltender Jonathan Quick has probably gotten used to questions about his surgically repaired back by now. But following today’s loss to the Blackhawks, questions were coming pretty fast and very furious. People were stunned to see him give up five goals in the game, more than he gave up in any single contest during the Kings march the post-season last year.
Here’s a sampling of what he had to say to the media gathered around his stall in the locker room…
– On the overall game: “You have to get used to getting knocked down and getting back up…Most of our guys just wanted to play hockey today…We had a chance at 96 points and now all we have a chance at is 94…As the ceremony was going on, most of our guys were thinking about the game, but obviously you’re going to take a moment and it’s a special moment for the team and fans, but everyone knew what we were here to do and try to win a hockey game and unfortunately we weren’t able to do that. So we’ve got to get back to work and move on to the next one.”
– How was the communication out there, with Willie Mitchell and Anze Kopitar out of the line-up: “We were missing two great players, especially in our own end. You know Mitch is one of the best in the league around the net and Kopi is obviously a top defensive forward – probably our top defensive forward. So with any season you’re going to experience injuries. You’ve got to be able to have the depth to be okay when guys go down. I don’t think that was an issue today. I don’t think it was because of that. We just didn’t execute the way we needed to. You know, I wasn’t able to make saves when I was supposed to. Couple bad breaks and the next thing you know you’re down a few and you’re chasing a really good team.”
Quick also went on to say his back felt fine and he wasn’t having any trouble tracking the puck throughout the game.
On the plus side, he only gave up five goals one time in a game last season. Maybe this will stand as they one time this season as well.
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