Kings 4, Bruins 2 – Locker room Quotes

Following the LA Kings’ 4-2 win over the visiting Boston Bruins on Thursday, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms…

Darryl Sutter on tonight’s game:

“Jeff [Carter] played well, and got us going with his goal and Marty played well. I mean we’ve played well the last nine games, but this one worked out for us.”

Sutter on the win:

“The league is based on the team that scores first, it’s tough to chase the teams that are too close.”

Sutter on playing the Eastern teams:

“We haven’t played all of them yet, we still have a few to go, but we’re doing fine.”

Sutter on boots given pre-game:

“I thought they were going to give me a tractor.”

Alec Martinez on the Kings’ biggest improvement:

“We thought that we played a pretty good game last game, but we had to tighten some things up. I think just defensively, as a d-core we wanted to make quicker decisions, and get the puck in the forwards hands a little bit quicker than we were. I think the core did a good job of getting in on the fore-check and things like that. I think we were just looking to get a little bit all around team game a little bit better.”

Martinez on his shot in the second period:

“That’s something that we work on a lot in practice. That was obviously a great win by Richards there, and then Regehr played it right into my wheelhouse. So we do that a lot. We work on d shooting everyday after practice, and fortunately it worked this time.”

Claude Julien on tonight’s game:

“Tonight was a different type of game because it took us almost a period and a half to get going here. Again, puck management is going to end up crossing you and we’re getting exposed in those areas right now so we have to get better.”

Julien on what the Bruins could do better:

“We definitely could use more from our team, from goaltender on out, we need big saves, we need our guys to manage the puck better. Like I said, those kinds of mistakes are very costly, so everybody has to be a little bit better. We didn’t get much from our top two lines, and you need that if you’re going to win some hockey games. They were pretty quiet tonight.”

Julien on the loss:

“It was one of those situations where you had to battle back from 3-0 from a good team. We have to make some corrections here; we have to be a better hockey club. It’s as simple as that, it has to start from inside the locker room and we have to be committed to winning the next game. We’re going to need a lot of everything, we need to be better prepared to play from start to finish.”

Chad Johnson on coming back from deficit:

“It’s a difficult situation, you don’t want to be down halfway through the game, especially against a team like this, it’s tough to battle back.”

Johnson on upcoming games:

“You want to use it as momentum, we’re just not getting it done right now. I think we just need to regroup and take positives as much as you can from these games and realize what we have to do and can do to have success and win games and I think it just comes down to intensity and that passion to want to win games and I think it’s consistently lacking right now.”

Zdeno Chara on issues of the game:

“We didn’t play our game right from the start of the game…we made some mistakes that cost us.”

Chara on the team’s frustration level:

“I think that we know we can be better, that is maybe one of those things that is a bit frustrating, that we know we can play much better than we are right now. We need to get that game back. It’s not going to happen overnight, we just have to stay patient.”

Tuuka Rask on if he was okay with being pulled:

“Yeah, I’m always okay with it. I couldn’t help the team enough and we also didn’t play our best, so it was a combination of two things. You have to do something to shake things up, and I think it worked, again. It’s just a sad thing that we have to give up three goals before we start playing. It sucks for me, but it’s a team game and you have to do whatever it takes to get your team ready.”

Rask on the team’s mistakes:

“It’s got to be mental. It’s just major, major mistakes that end up costing us. Sometimes they don’t, sometimes they do. The last few games they have and it’s cost us big time. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we just have to be more focused and clean that stuff up. The first period we we’re kind of on our heels there and the second, after letting those two goals, we pushed through them and got the puck in the offensive zone and some chances. That’s how we have to play, we have to keep pushing and forechecking hard.”

For Dustin Brown’s full post-game qyuote, please see the link below.

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