GM1: Comments from Steen and the Blues after 2-1 OT win vs LA

Following the Blues 2-1 OT win over the visiting LA Kings, here’s what they were saying back in the St. Louis locker room…

Alex Steen on the play with Jonathan Quick that led to the game-winning goal: “I think I just got fortunate behind the net.  It hit my stick.”

Steen on if he read that play: “No, I just got on when the puck went down.  I had fresh legs.  I figured I’d try him, and like I said, I just got fortunate behind the net.  It hit my stick.”

Steen on it being a huge win: “It’s a big start.  I think we came out with a lot of jump.  We played a solid three periods.  Unfortunate goal sent it into overtime, and you know, I think we did a good job of regrouping in here.  Both teams kind of sat back a little bit in OT, but it’s a big win.  Regroup tomorrow and back at them in game two.”

Steen on if regrouping is the most important thing: “Absolutely.  We came in here, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy to beat these guys.  You know, I thought Quick played a good game for them.  I thought Ells was exceptional for us.  He made some big saves in OT to keep it alive.  You know there’s a lot of guys.  Osh does a good job of coming back, he’s been out a long time.  I thought he played a heckuva’ game.  Obviously Schwartzie and Backs.  Great game too.”

Brian Elliott on the overall game: “A little weird storyline, you know?  But like they say, anything can happen in the playoffs.  So it took 59 and a half minutes for them to score.  You know, off our D-man and in.  So anything can happen.  You gotta be ready for it.  And Steener took a four minute kill and turned it into a game-winning goal.  So that’s huge for us.”

Elliott on Justin Williams’ game-tying goal: “They were just throwing bodies at the net.  It went off our D-man’s stick and went in the top corner.  So like I said, anything can happen, and you gotta be prepared for that.  I think the guys just stayed positive and tried to stick to our game plan.  You know, they came at us in overtime, and I think we battled back.  Like I said, Steener putting it away for us was huge.”

Adam Cracknell on the overall game: “It was exciting.  Coming out to the fans, and just seeing the towels wave.  It was not hard to find energy tonight.  To get the win made this day a lot special.”

Cracknell on their line setting the tone: “Yeah, I think so.  We try to make good plays at the same time, but if we can bring a physical present and throw a big hit, and our team gets fired up.  That’s our job.  We watched LA last year throughout the season, and their fourth line does that too.  So we have to match that and bring more.  So we just try to take a page out of their book, and that’s what we do.”

Cracknell on Quick’s performance being better than their shooters: “Oh, definitely.  Quick’s that kind of goalie, and that’s a big reason they won last year.  But we just have to keep going.  We had a lot of good chances.  He made some big saves, but as long as we’re getting chances goals will come.”

Cracknell on if playing 60 minutes like tonight will help them advance: “I think so.  You know, we gotta limit our mistakes.  We gotta keep making their D turn around and pressuring them.  Make them make mistakes.  You know they’re a transition team that can score goals on the rush, and that’s what they did to tie it.  So I think there’s some learning from this first game, but lots of positives.”

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