Hitchcock on Blues now trailing Kings 3-2 in series

On how the game-winning goal developed on Wednesday:

“Well, we just…We got trying to score a goal…We got caught.  On the play on the wall and got beat up the ice.  The guy that scored the goal was below the goal line, and he won the race up the ice.”

On the Blues’ effort in Game 5:

“It was our best effort.  Collectively it was our best effort of the year.  We played a helluva’ hockey game.  If we play like that again, I like our chances.  All we gotta do is win a road game and come back here again.  I like our chances.  If that’s the effort, and that’s the all-in attitude we have; I like our chances.  We got a heckuva’ effort from everybody across the board.  You know, we had no passengers today.  We had an all-in mentality.  We, other than probably six minutes in the third period, we poured a lot of pucks at them.  Probably if you’re lamenting anything, we missed the net on some shots that gave them some exits that could’ve even kept them in the zone for a longer periods of time.  Once we really decided to dial it up, I was really impressed with the way we played.”

On the positives going into LA:

“There’s lots of positives.  Effort, discipline, structure, whatever you want.  There’s lots of positives.  I mean overtime’s a crap-shoot.  I mean we won a game in overtime, and I’m sure they’re thinking they’re going to win.  Overtime’s a crap-shoot.  I know to win the cup you gotta win most of your overtime games, but for me, the way we played, that’s something we gotta build on.  That’s what we have.  If that’s the type of effort, that’s all you can ask this time of year.  We need an all-in mentality, and we had that.  This felt very similar to Game 1, and we had an all-in mentality and dominated the game.  We need to come with the same for Game 6.  This is not over.  Somebody’s got to win another hockey game.  Like I said, if we can raise our spirits again, and go at it again; I like our chances.”

On what the Kings are doing that’s making it so hard to score:

“Battle harder.  They’re the defending Stanley Cup Champion team with the best goals-against average in the playoffs last year.  The best defense.  They compete.  They compete on every puck.  So you have a choice.  Either compete on every puck, or you get pushed out of the game.  Pretty simple.  They don’t give you any easy ice.  So you have to go out and earn it, and fight for your space.  And if you’re not willing to do it, like they did a lot, that’s why they swept so many team last year.  Over the course of 60 minutes they wear you down, because they’re willing to stay in that space, and fight for it.  If you’re not, you get pushed out.  What’s impressed me, we’re going in there, we’re fighting like crazy.  Very impressive.”

On what he said to the team going into overtime:

“Just keep playing.  I mean, the way we came on the last nine minutes or so in the third period, just keep playing the same way.  Which is exactly what we did.  I mean, we had it in the zone.  Made a mistake, gave up a little bit of an odd-man rush, but it’s not a big deal.  3-on-2’s aren’t a big deal.  But sure Els would like to have that one back, and that’s the way it goes in overtime.”

On the referees:

“I’m not going to comment on the refereeing.  Could’ve called 20 penalties tonight.  I’m sure we’re all happy that they didn’t.  It’s unfortunate that we had a great PK going, we got caught on a rush.  Goal scorer scored that goal.  Seen that before.  What are you going to do?”

Recent Articles

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 12 – with Gasper Kopitar

Your wait is over!
Kings of the Podcast, Episode 12 includes…
– Interview with Gasper Kopitar (talking ManchVegas, scouting, insight galore)
– Full story behind a recent chat with Chris Sutter
– Notes on plans for Nikolai Prokhorkin and Matt Luff
– Injury updates on Gabe Vilardi and Derek Forbort
– Ron Hextall’s role with The […]

Timeline: The Ilya Kovalchuk Situation on Tuesday

So, there you were, going about your day on Tuesday. Not much was happening in the SoCal hockey world, things were lining up for what should have been a sleepy, mid-week game between the Kings and visiting Minnesota Wild. Not so fast, though. Like tectonic plates shifting below the Los Angeles basin, a series of […]

TSN REPLAY: Hoven on Kings Trade Options, Oilers, and Ducks

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss several topics surrounding the Pacific Division, including: Tyler Toffoli, Jonathan Quick, options/timing of LA Kings trades, the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, and much more.
Also be sure to check out the latest Kings […]

Major News Items

Kopitar Out, Can Watch His Son Against Arizona

Per recent tradition, it will be the Kings and Coyotes in a pair of split-squad games to open up preseason on Tuesday night. LA captain Anze Kopitar will not suit up, but he will get a chance to watch his son … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. “I’m not going to comment on the refereeing.” *Proceeds to comment on the refereeing*

    • $ to donuts he was replying to an at least somewhat loaded question, meant to prod him into criticizing a certain call. I give him credit for not playing along.