Game 5: Gaborik, Kopitar, Sutter talk loss to Ducks

Sutter on Kings bench
Quotes from the Kings locker room following their 4-3 loss to the Ducks in Game 5…

Anze Kopitar on facing elimination:

“Now we have to go home and win a home game. That’s the bottom line. There is no secret to it. We want to come back here and give us a chance.”

Kopitar on giveaways:

“We didn’t manage the puck too well. They really put the pressure on us. We have to clean that up for Game 6.”

Marian Gaborik on what the Kings need to do to win:

“We just have to bear down, get the pucks in. Play in their end and get some forecheck and have some zone time. I obviously turned the puck over way too many times again. I think it was a stretchy second period. We cleaned it up in the third.”

Gaborik on the third period:

“We were talking about that we have to get to Gibson, and if we do, things are happening. If we get the shots through and try to go to the net, the rebounds are there, and we had some chances from there. So we’ll just have to keep doing that. We just have to clean a lot of stuff up. We’re coming home, and we’re confident we can win and come back here.”

Gaborik on talking about adjustments post-game vs. waiting until practice:

“We’re going to get back to work, clean some stuff up. We’ve been in this situation before, and we have a tight group that knows how to win. We’re confident we can come back here.”

Gaborik on whether John Gibson has given Anaheim added confidence:

“I’m not going to talk about their team. We have a lot of stuff to talk about our team, but we’ve got to do it within our room. We’re not going to go and get into what they’re doing. So we just have to… we did a better job to get to Gibson and get some chances, some goals from that. We just have to keep doing that and we just have to clean a lot of stuff up.”

Gaborik on if there is any explanation for the Kings postseason streaks:

“I don’t know. The teams are too good. You can see around the league that there isn’t one team that is really dominating. This is a tight series, and we expect it to be before the series started, and it still is. We’re coming back home and it’s a must win situation, and we’re going to do everything we can to come back here.”

Darryl Sutter on turnovers leading to goals:

“I think on the first (goal), it’s a bad corner. Muzzin falls in the Zamboni corner and that’s just bad luck, that goal. I think similar to last game probably, the second and third goal were close together. One was a power play goal, and then the turnover to Ryan Getzlaf. A player can’t make that play, that’s for sure.”

Sutter on injuries on the blueline:

“When you have injuries on the backend, you’re never able to support it as much as you want. And that’s the way it works with every team. I think what happens is that you play guys up in different situations. You have to accept that challenge and I’ve said that before. It’s part of the challenge when you have (injuries) on your backend.”

For more post-game comments from the Kings and Ducks see the links below.

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