Instant Quotes: Kings and Oilers talk LA’s 2-1 shootout win

From both sides of the aisle, locker room quotes following the Kings 2-1 shootout win over the Oilers…

Kings coach Darryl Sutter on the overall game: “Their goalie had a hell of a game, with almost 50 shots for them, 50 is a lot of shots. I think we had a lot of traffic.”

Sutter on overtime: “The skill level of our group, the guys that we’re using, pretty much Kopitar, Brown, Mike, or Jeff, I think they match up with the other team’s top end guys pretty good.”

Sutter on playing with Jay Wells (who was honored before the game): “He put some knots in my head, we played a few times.”

Anze Kopitar on scoring chances: “Our line had three or four really good tips right in front and I was whacking away late in the game. If you have 50 shots I’m sure there is people around the net. We had a couple chances on the power play and we couldn’t cash in, but the bottom line is we got the two points. That’s what is driving us ahead.”

Kopitar on overtime strategy: “There’s a lot of room out there. Five-on-five you usually dump the puck in but here you can almost turn back and re-create the regroup. And if you can do that eventually you get a good entry in there. You don’t just throw the puck away for no reason.”

Jeff Carter on offensive strategy: “We tried to make it as tough as possible on him (Bachman), getting bodies in front of him and crashing the net. We threw 48 shots at him. We had a couple good shots there (overtime) and I think we need to get a little more movement maybe. We got some good looks in.”

Carter on Richard Bachman’s performance in goal for Edmonton: “Not frustrating at all. When a guy (Bachman) gets the call up and he gets the chance to play we expect his effort. I thought he played a heck of game. We were able to get the two points.”

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on his team’s performance, specifically Bachman: “I liked the way we stayed in the fight. We were under siege, especially in the third. I don’t think the guys had a lot left in the tank, but Bachman was excellent. I thought he made a couple of big saves, but for the most part he was just square to the puck and the puck was sticking to him. It would just hit him and fall into him. He really settled our bench down, and our team down with his play.”

Eakins on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: “Well anytime you get a guy that sticks out his knee and knees a guy we all hold our breath. Nuge was able to return, and then we will have to reassess him. Sometimes these things get worse overnight. Right now we are hopeful that he dodged a bullet on a bad hit.”

Eakins on the Oilers past two games: “I would have liked both points in Phoenix. I thought we had a real solid game there. Today coming in and playing a team that hasn’t played in a number of days, I thought we battled hard. The game that the Los Angeles Kings play, that is a game that we aspire to play. That’s a big, heavy, fast game. They are well organized, and they mean business every shift. I was happy with our compete level. I thought we hung in there and really supported each other.”

Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference: on Bachman’s effort: “It was a fantastic job by him. It’s a very tough team to play against for a goalie they stuff a lot of pucks around the net. It was a great performance by him.“

Recent Articles

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on LA Kings Trade Rumors, Next Coach, and Gabe Vilardi

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined host Jonathan Davis to discuss several key topics surrounding the LA Kings, including – the latest trade rumors, who is likely to get moved first, the status of coach Willie Desjardins, who will be behind the bench next season, GM […]

MayorsManor Live: DB and The Mayor, Xmas Gifts for LA Kings

Follow @mayorNHL
In the spirit of the season, Dennis Bernstein and John Hoven return with 30-plus minutes of their omnipresent banter. This time around, they’re handing out Christmas gifts to every player on the LA Kings roster. The show really doesn’t need much more of an introduction. Everybody gets a gift – from Kopitar to Scherbak, […]

TSN RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Quick, Carter, Kings Trade Rumors

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to look at several trade rumors surrounding the LA Kings — including what the future could hold for Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Ilya Kovalchuk, Tyler Toffoli, and Jake Muzzin — as well as what GM Rob Blake has […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News