Monday Practice Comments from Jarret Stoll 5/13/13

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Following the Kings’ one-hour practice earlier today, here’s what center Jarret Stoll had to share…

On the San Jose Sharks:

“Two teams that don’t like each other, and have a good rivalry within our division here.  Yeah, it’s going to be fun.  They’re always fun games against San Jose.  We know that.  We’ve seen it.  This is my fifth year here, and it’s a great rivalry.  So I don’t expect a let up at all from Round 1 to Round 2.  In the speed and physical play, and the intensity of the game.”

On if he was surprised at the Ducks lack of intensity last night:

“It’s tough sometimes.  You know, you got a team like Detroit coming in.  They’re and experienced group, and maybe there’s some nerves there.  I don’t know.  Game 7 at home you expect to win.  You know, the odds, the chances; you should have come out on the better end of that one.  I don’t know.  I’m not in their dressing room, and I’m not on their team. ”

On if the Ducks loss was a reminder to maintain intensity:

“You can’t (lose it).  Teams are too good.  I don’t care if you have home ice or not, and that’s something that we better learn pretty quick.  You know, you got home ice, but we better take advantage of it.  And come out and do the right things in Game 1.  Try to win Game 1.  If you don’t, you’re home ice is going to be gone real quick.  So we gotta realize.  I’ve never ever had home ice in my career as a player.  So it’s different.  You gotta take advantage of it if you’ve got it.”

On if he takes anything from the regular season matchups with San Jose:

“We had a couple good games in their building.  They had a very good record at home this year.  I think we were up two-nothing at one point in their building, and we ended up losing in a shootout I believe, the one game.  Let that one slip away.  I think that’s a good reminder that this time of year too.  You can’t let up for a period.  You know, we learned a good lesson three years ago against San Jose in the playoffs at home.  We all know what happened there.  So it’s one of those things where you just gotta play the game.  Keep playing, keep pushing, keep going, and hopefully at the end of that game; you are where you want to be.”

On if San Jose’s identity has changed:

“Maybe.  Their penalty-kill is a lot better, I know that.  Even from last year to this year, their penalty-kill is way better.  Maybe they’re buying in a little bit more.  I see they’re blocking a lot of shots.  They’re paying the price that way.  You know, that’s what you gotta do.  That’s why they’re still playing.  That’s why most teams are still playing.”

On how difficult it is to get ready for another series after being off for a week like San Jose:

“It’s exciting.  You want to keep playing.  It’s a new season.  It’s a whole new challenge.  New team, new line-ups on the board again.  That’s what we all love to do.  We love to battle.  You love to win.  That’s what this is all about.  Everyone wants to keep playing this time of year.  The weather’s nice, it’s good.  You feel great going to the rink.  Everyone’s in a good mood.  You just lay it all out there.  It’s a new series.  It just shows how tight it is, how good everybody is.  You gotta get up for every game.  You can’t not be ready, because obviously you’re going to lose the game if you’re not ready to go.  We’ve all seen it.”

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