QUICK QUOTES: Kings and Rangers talk LA OT win in Game 1

Quick quotes after the Kings defeated the Rangers in overtime of Game 1…

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK:

(Good Game): “It is what you expect I suppose. We make one more play than them at the end of the day and that’s what it comes down to. We are fortunate to get out of there with the win. You start all over and it’s a zero zero hockey game.”

(What did it look like from your perspective with Justin going in and scoring): “Turnover, tips the puck in a high slot there, and he just caught it and let it go. He put it in a tough spot, so it was a great shot.”

(How tough was it for you after that second goal to mentally bounce back): “Not tough at all. You get bounces that go your way, you get bounces that don’t go your way, that’s part of the game.”

KINGS FORWARD KYLE CLIFFORD:

(Momentum of your goal): “We had a couple good shifts before that, so I thought we were just building off that. Like I said, go to the net and good things happen.”

(Reflective of what your playoffs have been like): “Yeah, definitely have lost some hair over it. We just want to come out with a better start, and we didn’t like the start we had. We had a good response to it.”

(What was it like in here after the first): “Just positive. We have a lot of leaders on this team, and we just rally around them.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN WILLIE MITCHELL:

(Is there just no end to this team’s resilience): “We kind of got an ugly with one. Quickie was outstanding to let us find a little bit of legs. We still didn’t have great legs out there. I think maybe the trainers put gumboots in our stalls instead of skates today. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason behind it. We just battled. Like I said, we relied on our goaltender way too much. We need to get better in that.”

(Becoming a habit to fall behind and then winning): “There is no doubt that we believe that any hockey game is within reach for us. Like I said, it goes deeper than this year. It goes back to 2012 when we made a run and overcame a lot of odds to get into the playoffs. When you have success and win, you have a belief that anything is possible with this group.”

(Do you have to call Justin Williams Mr. Game 1 now): “I would like to call him Mr. 1, 2, 3, 4. It takes four wins, so if he can do that three more times that would be real nice.”

RANGERS GOALTENDER HENRIK LUNDQVIST:

(Re game recap): “It’s a fast game and it happens. It’s disappointing when you lose, especially when you’re that close. We had a really strong start to the game and then I think they started their push late in the first. Obviously in the third they had a lot of the puck but I felt like we kept them to the outside for the most part. It was a pretty fun game to play with a lot of action on both ends. It could’ve gone either way here. Unfortunately they got the first one here.”

RANGERS FORWARD MARTIN ST. LOUIS:

(Re game recap): “That’s a good hockey team on the other side. They’re going to force you to make mistakes; that’s hockey. There are two teams that are going for the same thing. We’ll correct the mistakes and get right back at it.”

RANGERS FORWARD BRAD RICHARDS:

(Re game recap): “Right now it’s just disappointment. It’s still fresh but it’s anyone’s game in overtime. We’ll forget tonight, think about what we did right and wrong and we’ll work on those in the next game. We turned pucks over, didn’t play north/south and gave them momentum. It just took a while to get our feet back underneath us. That’s a lesson that we’ve really got to stay disciplined with.”

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