Kings and Sharks talk LA’s 1-0 win in San Jose

Following the Kings 1-0 in San Jose on Monday night, here’s what was being said in bother locker rooms…

Kings coach Darryl Sutter:

“We don’t score many goals, so you have to make big saves and you have to bare down on your opportunities at the end of the night. Our game doesn’t change.”

Matt Greene:

“It’s tough to play one-nothing [games] every night, but it’s going to come. We’re just happy to get two points.”

Anze Kopitar:

“It’s a tight game out there, but it seems like every year it has been like that. You know, with the All-Star break and the Olympic break, everyone is trying to get as many points as they can. Sometime you need a game against an opponent like San Jose or St. Louis, where there is a heavy game and an atmosphere.”

Jonathan Quick:

“You’re prepared to stop everything at every game, if you don’t think you’ll be able to stop every stop at every game, then you probably won’t last in this league very long. You try and cover as much net as you can and you get fortunate if it ends up in your glove.”

Sharks coach Todd McLellan on the overall game:

“We got the game we thought we’d get, from both teams really. It was a very tightly contested game, not a lot of chances at either end. They burried their one opportunity. We had a couple that we didn’t. That’s probably the end of the story.”

McLellan on goaltending:

“Alex was real good. Excellent experience for him to play against that team. To fight through their size and their strength around the net, their deflections, is very solid. We’re happy with it.”

McLellan on Bracken Kearns:

“I saw him in the slot with a puck on his tape. He actually made the right move, especially early in the game. With Quick you can’t let up. You got to almost have a little more poise, hold it a little bit longer and get the puck up and he didn’t quite do that. He created some opportunities for himself. I thought his linemates were good in finding him in the right spots. Tonight we needed an unsung hero when Pavelski, Marleau and Thornton didn’t get one, we needed somebody else to find one and it wasn’t there.”

Joe Thornton:

“Every game we seem to play against them it seem to be a one goal game. Offense is at a premium and so are shots. I think both teams played real well defensively and they got the break with one goal… [Alex Stalock] played super. He gives us a shot to win every night, tonight was no exception. The Kopitar goal was just a nifty move… Burnsy might mave hit somebody in front and the puck kind of squirted free.  He made a nifty move… All in all, it was just a good, competitive game by both teams.”

Alex Stalock:

“It was kind of a two on one and half, I guess, we had a guy coming back. He passed it across, we got a stick on it. Maybe it slowed it down and bought him a little time and he ended up beating me on a one on one play.”

Tommy Wingels:

“I think every time these two teams play, the scoring chances are limited You don’t see much a of a run and gun kind of game out of either team, especially when we play each other. That being said, I don’t know what changed differently in the third. I think maybe we got pucks to the net which created second and third opportunities. That’s how this game is played. It’s tough to get that first one but when you do, more chances come of it. We did a better job in the third, but ultimately no goals, so not good enough.”

Bracken Kearns:

“I got a nice play in the front and kind of fanned on the first attempt. I took it to my back hand. I think if I fan on that back hand, it goes in. It was one of those ones where I got it up but he made a heck of a save I thought. Maybe if I ‘m a little more patient there, I put it home. That hurt… that hurt a lot.”

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