Tortorella and the Sedins talk Canucks 5-1 loss to Kings

Following the Canucks 5-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday night, here’s what was being said back in the Vancouver locker room…

– Coach John Tortorella on the start of game: “I thought in the first two periods we had surges early, but couldn’t score. It’s a 5-1 game and you think you got spanked, but I thought Quick made some really important saves at key times. We had some breakdowns, and it’s in the back of our net.”

– Tortorella on the turning point, their third goal: “It’s a big one. When you score your goal and really we should be out of our own zone. I just think that we reversed the puck when we shouldn’t reverse the puck, and we don’t get our stick on the puck before it gets out front, it’s in the back of our net.”

– Tortorella on goaltender Roberto Luongo being pulled: “Little bit of both. I don’t think he was sharp, but he has played very well for us. More in my mind, when the fourth one goes in, Eddie hasn’t played and he is going to play tomorrow, it gave him some time. I thought he played really well.”

– Henrik Sedin on physical battles: “Yeah those are battles you have to win. I didn’t think we were as strong in our defensive zone as we were in San Jose. We were way too much on the outside, we gave them too much room in front of our net.”

– Daniel Sedin on the Canucks poor start: “We had a few chances in the first period, but he played good (Quick). We didn’t play terrible the first two periods, but we have to be better. We made a few mistakes and I’m certain it cost us.”

– D. Sedin on coach Tortorella: “Yeah it’s been good. He’s straightforward and going to be honest with you and that’s what you want as a player. He’ll give you credit when you play well and he’s going to tell you when you play not so good.”

– D. Sedin on the LA Kings improvement: “I don’t know. We’ve only played them once. It’s a good team for sure. They’re well coached and they’ve got a pretty deep team. But like I said, I don’t think we played our best tonight.”

– D. Sedin on previous battles with the Kings: “It’s a new season. It’s the first time we played them and they’re a great home team. I thought we played pretty good. It’s after two periods we were down 5-1. We made a few mistakes that cost us. I’m giving them credit. It’s a good team.”

On if the reduced minutes he and his brother played in the third period was to rest for Sunday’s game vs. the Ducks: “Yes. I don’t know. We didn’t play our best game either. So it’s understandable, plus we have a game tomorrow. That was probably part of it. That’s the way it goes.”

On if playing the California teams — San Jose, Anaheim and LA – has become the toughest road trip in the league:

“It’s a tough road trip, three good teams, Phoenix, too. All great teams right now. I thought we played a really good game against San Jose and Phoenix, too. Today was not our best, but that’s the way it is.”

Post-game quotes from the Kings locker room can be found here.

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