Kings and Coyotes locker room quotes after 4-3 Phoenix win

After the Coyotes scored a late goal to beat the Kings 4-3 in Los Angeles on Monday night, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms – including quotes from Jonathan Quick, Alec Martinez, Shane Doan and both coaches…

Jonathan Quick on Phoenix being desperate:

“I thought they were desperate the whole game there, like the way they are in the playoffs. That’s the time of year I guess everyone is playing desperate.”

Quick on if the Kings played desperate enough?:

“No, I thought we played well enough. I don’t think I played well enough. You give up four goals you are going to lose games. I got to be better.

Quick on the turning point in the game:

“Four goals against, there is no turning point, no one turning point. Four goals against. Majority of them I thought I should have had. I got to be better for the team. “

Alec Martinez on the break down for the Kings:

“I think it comes down to having to play a full 60 minutes. We didn’t do that. We had a few breakdowns defensively. We can’t have that, especially in the third period against a hockey club like that. This is a battle here in the West to make the playoffs. Everyone’s jockeying for a spot, so we got to sharpen up.”

Martinez on his seven points in the last eight games:

“Well I think it might just be a benefactor of other guys making good plays. I’ve just been trying to get a lot of shots off, and fortunately they have been going in. Obviously, would much rather gotten the win tonight.”

Darryl Sutter on the Kings’ lack of desperation:

“I think we could have been a little bit more desperate on the two goals they scored in terms of making plays in our own zone. That is back to back games where we have made basic checking mistakes in our own zone.”

Sutter on the playoff race:

“Trying to make the playoffs, I’m not a philosopher, we are trying to make the playoffs and so are they. We need some more out of our top guys and it will filter through your lineup.”

Sutter on goaltending:

“Quite honest the score should have been quite higher both ways, if you look at mistakes that were made and the big saves the goalies had to make.”

Phoenix coach Dave Tippett on the overall game:

“When you need things done to win a game, guys like [Antoine] Vermette, [Lauri] Korpikoski, and [Zbynek] Michalek are the people to get it done for you. [Mike] Smith was a really strong player for us tonight. It’s a good thing he showed up to play, he had one heck of a game.”

Tippett on the third period:

“We just got back to playing how we were in the first period and other than that early power play they got up where they generated some chances and I thought we played very well. The third period went our way, pucks went deep and we had people going to the net hard. Some people competed very hard for us and we were able to pull out a win.”

Tippett on the Jeff Halpern goal:

“We have the headset on the bench so we got a call from our video guy saying the puck was in so we were just hoping for the right call.”

Phoenix goalie Mike Smith on the first five minutes of the game:

“Once you get into the game I think the adrenaline kind of takes over. I lacked a little bit of energy tonight. But there is no time for feeling down and being sick right now. It was good to get back in there.”

Phoenix captain Shane Doan on the Coyotes’ win:

“It’s huge. I know how good they are here. They have such a great blue line, and so many good forwards. So it was big for us to find two points in regulation.”

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