Post-game comments from the Red Wings locker room following their 2-1 loss to the Kings on Wednesday night…
– Henrik Zetterberg on the overall game: “This was a tough one. We played really well in the first period. We had really good penalty killing in the second. And then the third was pretty even. Unfortunately they got two goals. It’s not often you win if you only score one goal. We had opportunities. The power play we did a lot of good things. The puck didn’t go in tonight. If we had one or two there it would have been a lot easier.”
– Jimmy Howard on the overall game: “We were playing a great road game there. We were just grinding it out and making smart plays. We did a great job in the second on the penalty kill. Doesn’t matter who you play, you can’t be giving up three 5-on-3’s. We shot ourselves in the foot. Next thing you know they got two goals.”
– Howard on Anze Kopiar’s goal: “He’s a great player; he’s one of the top skilled players in the NHL. He made a great play there. He had all the time in the world and he made us pay….He came from my blind side there. I don’t know exactly how he got so wide open. I went to yell for someone to pick him up and I realized there was no one around him. And then he made us pay.”
Coach Mike Babcock on the overall game: “I thought we did a lot of good things. We had momentum in the first period because of our power play. We played well; we were quicker than them. I thought they got momentum in the second period when they got the 5-on-3 and we did a good job killing it. In the third period we really carried the play early then they got the 5-on-3 again. What I don’t like about that third period for us is there should have been a penalty called on Dan Cleary [ed. note: see video of the play above] and Brendan Smith. I don’t mind the penalties we took, because we took them. But those can’t be missed either.”
If Babcock didn’t like the game, wonder what he thinks of Darryl Sutter saying he wanted to ‘kick his ass’?
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