Comments from LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in advance of the 2013 Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks…
Q. You haven’t really faced a team that has this kind of offensive power so far in the playoffs. What do the Hawks do that you haven’t dealt with so far in the post-season?
QUICK: “I mean, to give St. Louis and San Jose credit, I think both those teams have some guys that are really good offensively, can create stuff. You look at Joe Thornton, what he’s been able to do over his career. Guys like that, that we played against last series, they’re difficult to cover. With that said, obviously they’re a highly skilled team, they have guys that can play well in the offensive zone. I think the biggest way we’re going to kind of counter that is being quick in our end. When they do dump pucks in, getting pucks out of our end as quick as we can so we’re
spending more time in their zone. Obviously our penalty kill is going to have to come up and play big, especially on the road here. But, yeah, we still got some work to do today as far as video getting to know them a little bit better before tomorrow afternoon.”
Q. Jonathan, after you had that surgery last year, went through the lockout, how long did it take you to get to the point that you are now, and is this point, condition-wise, better than where you were last year because of the surgery you had or because of something you did differently?
QUICK: “Well, I would say going into the season in January, I felt healthy. I felt like I was in good shape. I had a couple months of working out and skating. So I wouldn’t say that I’m in any better shape now than I was in January. Obviously health-wise, I’m in a little better shape now than I was during last year’s playoff run, just because of the injury. But, I mean, I didn’t feel like going into this series I was kind of favoring anything, altering my game at all because of the surgery. I felt 100%. Fortunately, kind of came around and able to play how I was last year as opposed to how I was playing at the beginning of the year.”
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