Game 1: Gaborik, Quick, Sutter talk Kings OT win in Anaheim

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First batch of quotes from the Kings locker room after their come-from-behind win in Game 1 vs. the Anaheim Ducks…

Marian Gaborik on the overall game:

“It was great obviously, to come back and get this game. It was a hard game and we expect this series to be like that. We are up one and we just have to keep playing… We just have to regroup and get to Game 2. We’re not done.”

Gaborik on chemistry with Kopitar:

“I think whoever would have been there, in my spot, he would have gotten it, too. I think we did a good job on the forecheck, and in the corner.”

Gaborik on playing for the Kings:

“I’m glad to be part of it, obviously. I’ve mentioned it a few times.”

Gaborik on the tying goal:

“I think they rimmed it. I don’t know who stopped it on their blue line and Rick [Mike Richards] did a good job in the corner. He saw me in front, just threw it there, and it kind of trickled to me. It was one of those things, try to go to the net and see what happens.”

Gaborik on the difficulty of getting any time in front of the net:

“They have layers. They try to block people out and block a lot of shots. We were talking that we have to get the shots through and just get to their goalie. We did that at times, but we have to do that more.”

Gaborik on if he was surprised how open he was:

“I think Carts forchecked and I think they turned it over. Kopi got it in front in the high-slot. That’s just one of those things, I got open and Kopi saw me there. It was a great pass and I just tried to tip it when the goalie was backing in.”

Gabroik on the Kings fans chanting:

“It’s pretty close, so I guess we had a lot of fans there which is good. You can hear them, definitely.”

Gaborik on the overall atmosphere:

“It is just a different series. We see them a lot in the regular season and this is our first time playing against them in the playoffs. We expect a tight series and we have seen them enough so we know about that a little bit. We just have to come back to game two and just play a fair game. They have a lot of talented players up front so we just have to eliminate some odd man rushes and make sure we get the puck in and don’t turn it over in the neutral zone. This is a character win and we just have to keep going.”

Jonathan Quick on the overall game:

“To be quite honest I don’t think I played my best game. There was a lot of mistakes I made. Some cost us and some fortunately didn’t cost us. The team played great and it was fortunate to get the win. They are a great team that we are playing. It is a hard fought game and we have to get ready for another one. The next one is going to be tougher than this one.”

Quick on surprises:

“We see them a lot over the years so we know who we’re playing. Same for them, they know who they are playing. Not many surprises. They are a great team. We have a lot to prepare for. Like I said, next one is going to be tougher to get than this one.”

Coach Darryl Sutter on Carter with Kopitar and Gaborik:

“It is 2-1 and it’s a pretty good hockey game. 10 minutes left in the third period, they play together on the power play. They were trying to tie the game.”

Sutter on the second period lull:

“I don’t think there was a lull in the second period. I think they came at us. We were down on defense and they came at us pretty hard. I don’t think there was a lull, I think both teams are going to try and play full games which they both did.”

Sutter on Gaborik:

“He played really well in the first round too. Gaborik’s got three goals, they’re big goals. He had a lot of good opportunities in the first round and to be quite honest he was a big reason we won the first round.”

Post-game quotes from the Ducks locker room can be found here.

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