Post-Game 2: Coach Q – ‘We played perfect for 38 minutes’

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Here’s what Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had to say following Game 2 on Wednesday night vs. the Kings…

Q. As far as this one, was there a time where you guys just kind of started hitting the brakes or was it something that L.A. was doing?

QUENNEVILLE: I really liked how we played for 38 minutes. We did everything we were looking to do. They got a little momentum at the end of the period scoring a big goal for them on an innocent play, gave them some life. Took a couple funny penalties, they were both in our net, that was it.

Q. Do you think maybe a key of not getting that third goal was significant?

QUENNEVILLE: Had a couple real nice looks there. Still 2-0. We’re still fine at 2-0. You know, we get in after two, you’re up 2-0, it’s a different game. The way it turned on a dime like that, I don’t know if we’ve seen a game like that all year where we’re doing everything all right and all of a sudden it was a disaster.

Q. Up 2-0, playing as well as you were for 38 minutes, any lapse in concentration?

QUENNEVILLE: I don’t know about that. They got excitement. One of those plays at the net goes in, you get energized off of that. We’ve seen this team in the playoffs, what they’ve been able to do when their backs are against the wall. We got to play right through periods, we got to play right through games. They’re relentless in a lot of ways. We got to make sure when we get a chance like tonight, we got to put ’em away.

Q. Did they deserve the credit or did you see the wheels coming off with your guys?

QUENNEVILLE: No. I thought we played perfect for 38 minutes. They get a break, it goes in. Two power play goals that were nothing plays for me, ends up both in our net. Now all of a sudden we got to press, open it up. Played into their hands.

Post-game comments from the LA Kings players and coach Darryl Sutter can be found here.

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  1. Kopitar got a clear secondary assist tonight yet wasn’t credited. Watch the replay on muzzins goal. What’s the deal with that??

  2. Thanks for publishing that. Next time I will spell my name right lol. Hopefully it’s not too late for the NHL to credit kopitar with the appetizer

    • John Hoven says:

      Tweeted an updated earlier today – the NHL has changed the assist. Kopitar has been given proper credit.

  3. Doughty99 says:

    LA scores six straight goals at the United Center in the Western Conference Finals…
    Gary Bettman wins sports executive of the year…
    Gaborik assists on that goal…

    Nothing makes sense anymore.

  4. ElLayKINGS says:

    Jesus I guess it’s not possible for anyone from the murder capital of the country to admit that they were beat by the better team tonight. Penguins-like arrogance is astounding