Jarret Stoll wants to clean things up

Avs at Kings - Feb 23, 2013With a 4-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon, the Kings have now won three games in a row for the first time this season. Overall, that’s five wins in their last six games as well – and perhaps even more impressive is the fact they only gave up a single goal in each of those victories.

After the game, Jarret Stoll talked about what this run has been doing for the team’s confidence…

– On the Detroit game being a turning point despite it being a loss: “Maybe. I don’t know. We knew we played a good game in Detroit. There were some breakdowns there, little detail things in our game where we’ve got to clean up. Even tonight there was some detail things that we gotta clean up. But we came out and had a good first period. I thought Kopi’s line was really good in the first. Even Carts and Rich and Lewy had a good period, so just staying with it. I think the confidence in the room has gotten a lot better amongst our team. Definitely a different feeling in here than the first eight or nine games.”

– On being surprised that a championship team would lack confidence: “It’s a funny thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of team you have, or whether you’ve won or lost. Sometimes you have an eight, nine game winning streak and you lose one and all of a sudden your confidence dips a lot. So it’s just one of those things. You’ve got to work hard to keep it. Once you have it, you’ve just got to roll with it and play well with it.”

– On getting another shot at Anaheim on Monday: “Yeah, for sure we lost two points against them. Same kind of thing with Colorado at the start of the year, we lost two points to them also. So it’s Anaheim, it’s a rivalry obviously, and it’s a home game too, we want to play well at home and get points here. We’ve got a lot of home games, everybody knows that. So we’ve got to continue to bank these points, and just keep pushing and pushing and get points.”

– On his crazy face first blocked shot: “They made some good passes, some good plays, and I just found myself…I had to get in the lane out of desperation, but maybe got a little lucky, but Lewy did a great job of getting down the ice and putting it away.”

– On where it hit him: “I don’t even know. Maybe the shin pads or thigh.”

– On the need for individual points to gain confidence: “It’s just that you have to play well on both sides of the puck. Make some good reads, some good decisions, good plays out of your zone. Good plays in their zone. If you’re getting some chances, getting some shots I think that adds to confidence…There’s certain guys on the team that maybe need points, or need goals or what not to get there confidence going, or to have confidence…Everyone has a role on the team. Me and Lewy have similar roles on the team, and we gotta clean up some PK work. Some PK detail, and try to chip in when we can offensively. But confidence is a funny thing. Like I said, it comes and goes, but when you have it you gotta try to keep it.”

– On the goaltending: “Our goaltending has been good. We’ve given up too many pretty good scoring chances, grade-A chances there. Quicky had to makes some big saves again today, but you need that. You need your goaltending. We just have to clean up some defensive zone stuff, but we’ve done a good job as a five man group all over the ice supporting our defensemen and defensemen making sure they’re supporting us.”

– On the third period of the Chicago game being a starting point for the team: “Before that probably. We played a very good game in St. Louis and in Detroit. I think those two games right there, those are tough buildings. That was a tough back-to-back, and I think we did a great job. We obviously lost a tough one in Detroit, but I think it just got our team a different kind of confidence that we didn’t have this year so far. Our goaltending has been great of late. So we just gotta continue to try and get points.”

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