Kings and Coyotes talk LA being shutout 3-0 in Phx

After the Coyotes shutout the Kings 3-0 in Phoenix on Tuesday night, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms – including quotes from Dustin Brown, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and both coaches…

Head Coach Dave Tippett

On his capitalizing on their advantages: “We played the right way that we had to tonight, we got a big advantage with the schedule with these guys playing three in four nights, and traveling last night, and having the big game on the weekend. We caught a team right at the right time. With that being said, I thought that we played the right kind of game to take advantage of it. We kept getting pucks deep; we fought some pucks kind of at the net. It was just a pretty solid game right throughout our lineup.”

On his team’s fourth line: “They gave us good energy. Biz (Phoenix Forward Paul Bissonnette) jumped in there. Their first shift of the game was really kind of what we were looking for. You’re going to need some energy to put them on their heels a little bit and that line jumped out and gave us that spark really early.”

On his team’s power play: “Our power play has been pretty good like that all year. The big thing tonight was, when a team is coming in tired in their situation, if you can get a lead it makes the game awful hard on them and we were fortunate, we got the early goal and then the power play goal to push it along, those were big parts of the game. The third goal we’ll take but you make the game hard on a team when they’re tired and they’re chasing a game.”

Goaltender Thomas Greiss

On the play of the team in front of him: “It was great, we played a really hot game.  They played it too, but I think we played really well defensively, put the shots away, and had a great PK (penalty kill), too.”

On the second period: “We just played a simple game, stuck to our strengths, got the puck out and the puck deep, forechecked, and got the goals we needed.”

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

On winning tonight’s contest: “I mean it was a huge game for us before we talked about this game.  I think we played great over 60 minutes today.”

On one of the best first periods played in a while: “We came out pretty hard, had good forecheck and we just took the puck deep and we played them hard.”

Head Coach Darryl Sutter:

On the team’s struggle to score: “We hit some posts tonight, enough to win last night.”

On Forward Jordan Nolan’s penalty in the first period: “I thought it was a bad call, we shouldn’t have gotten the extra penalty.”

On energy returning home: “Why would that make any difference? What are they, machines? I mean, why? We played two games in 36 hours, so why would they. I mean, why do you all of a sudden get energy because you’re at home?”

Forward Dustin Brown

On his team’s frustration level: “It’s kind of hard to tell, there’s a team-wide frustration and a personal frustration for some guys in here. I mean, I’m frustrated with the way I’m playing, that doesn’t just lend itself to getting goals and getting points but teamwide, we got a 1-0 win out in San Jose which is tough getting going.”

On the team’s fatigue level: “Everyone’s battling that though, that’s kind of the nature of the beast of the NHL schedule. I think the stretch going through just prior to San Jose we had really good scoring chances and just didn’t capitalize on them. I think tonight Phoenix did a really good job, I don’t know how many shots we had but I don’t know how many really good chances we actually had and that’s probably a bit of them playing really well and us not being hungry enough to get to the dirty areas.”

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  1. Off topic but can you do an article in prohorkin again? Update us on if he’s still killing it in the khl. You always have good reads in the prospects. Thanks mayor.