Post-Game 7: Jonathan Quick on the Kings eliminating the Sharks

Comments from Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after LA defeated San Jose 2-1 and eliminated them in Game 7…

On the overall game:

“Obviously it’s a high pressure situation here at the end. I think both teams came out in the first period and played a little apprehensive. Nobody wanted to make the first mistake. The second period opened up a little more. At the end of the day you’re just happy you’re moving on. It’s a great team we’re able to get four wins against. You know, relax, enjoy the day off tomorrow. Watch tomorrow night’s game and see who we’re going to play.”

On the key to winning tonight:

“Instead of losing 2-1, we won 2-1. You guys laugh but that’s really what it comes down to. Every game’s been that close, so, usually you get the first goal and now the other team starts pressing a little bit, and we we’re able to get a second one and now they’re playing catch-up a little bit. So I think getting that first goal was huge. They obviously got one in the third to make it tight again but we were able to close out.”

On if he can do no wrong at this point:

“I wouldn’t say that. I wouldn’t say that. We’re playing great in our own end as a team. I’m being able to seal a lot of pucks, and when I can control them it kinda really cuts down on their quality of opportunity. We didn’t get too much time on the PK but the time we did, we did a great job. You know, that’s a great team, we are fortunate to get four wins against them.”

On what playing in a Game 7 does for the team going forward:

“You know, you just move on. Whether you win it in four, you win it in seven, it’s all the same. You get to play, you get to play with your team, you get the opportunity to continue going for that ultimate prize there. Can’t get ahead of yourself, obviously. Just kind of focus on Game 1 and trying to figure out who we have to play against.”

On what he said to TJ Galiardi during the handshake:

“I just said great series. He competed hard, as did the rest of the team. He played a great series, he works hard, he’s a guy that kind of gets in there, a lot of energy there for Burnsie (Brent Burns) and Thornton (Joe Thornton). So he did a great job on that.”

On his save on Joe Pavelski:

“I didn’t control the rebound as well as I’d like to and it ended up on his stick. You know, at that point you’re kinda in desperation mode and just trying to get that coverage. The team put a little pressure on him and fortunate enough, I was able to get a glove on it.”

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