Game 6: Quotes from Kings locker room – including Sutter and Kopitar

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Post-game quotes following the Kings 4-1 win in Game 6 vs. San Jose…

Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter on the game:

“I think the momentum started during the penalty kill in the second period. It was the strong part of the game…it was a big swing in the game.”

Sutter on the series:

“I think we were able to throw out Game One and Two, not that you wanted to, then you lose in overtime in Game Three, if you asked about the series swing if we lost tonight, I’d say we lost in Game Three, not in Game One and Two. It doesn’t make a difference. There’s really no difference if you’re down three or up three, still about closing it out. Somebody is going to win Game Seven, somebody is going to lose.”

Sutter on the game winning goal:

“The only thing I could see from the bench is the referee pointing and not blowing the whistle, that’s his call and the replay shows the puck’s loose, so that’s all I could see was the replay.”

Justin Williams on not going down without a fight:

“We have been through a lot together and we want to be a team that came back all the way and we want to be the team that says they forced a Game 7 and we were able to win it and gave ourselves a chance.”

Williams on Game 7:

“They are a proud team over there as well. They know they are up against a good team and we know we are up against a great team, so we are going to do what we can and see what happens.”

Anze Kopitar on his performance tonight:

“You try and go out there and perform the best you can right now. If that is winning a faceoff, if that is scoring a goal, blocking a shot, whatever the case may be. When the game is on the line, everybody in here is willing to do that and that is what gave us a chance to go back to San Jose.”

Kopitar on potentially becoming the fourth team to come back from a three-game deficit in a series:

“We’re thinking about that. We’re happy that we can go back there and play Game 7. That was our goal all along when we went down 0-3. Now we’re here and we need to play our best game of the series. I’m pretty sure they’re going to be fired up. Their building is going to be loud and we’re going to have to be ready for it.”

Kopitar on the Kings killing off a five-on-three power play for San Jose:

“It was quite a bit of time. I was checking, I guess, halfway through up on the scoreboard to how much time we had and it was quite a bit of time. At that point, you’re just trying to get into the shooting lanes and not give them the opportunity to pass it through our triangle. I thought Drew and, I think Mitchie was back there, did a great job of getting in front of shots and when they missed it Quickie was there. We were able to clear the puck and change and that was obviously pretty big momentum for us.”

Kopitar on all the fights near the end of the game:

“I think it’s just a little bit of frustration on their part. It’s nothing new. We’ve seen it before. We just have to make sure we stick together.”

Dustin Brown on the physicality of the game:

“I think that is just the nature of the beast when you have a seven-game series. Not that there was any lack of ill-will toward each other at the start, there was not but the longer you play, the nastier it gets. That is true of any series and playoffs.”

Brown on Thornton penalty:

“That stuff happens. That is what I think a lot of people watching the game think he is a dirty player, I made a move and he acted on it. That play happens all the time.”

Quotes from the Sharks locker room here.

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