The view from Phoenix - LA Kings Insider

There were no Phoenix-based reporters in attendance at last night’s game, so there isn’t really a view from Phoenix, but here are some additional postgame quotes from the Coyotes’ locker room last night…

(on the game…) “When you can come in and steal one like that, that’s a good two points for us. Bryzgalov was obviously very good. We got ourselves into some penalty trouble. … They put a lot of pressure on us through our penalties but we managed to weather the storm and find a way to win.”

(on the tight Western Conference…) “It’s a dog fight every day. It feels like an 82-game playoff schedule. Every game you go in, it’s almost like (it) is a must-win. That’s the way you treat it. … You try to give your players enough rest, you try to make sure we’re prepared but every game is very valuable points.”

(on Ilya Bryzgalov…) “He was very strong. We kept a lot of pucks to the outside but he was very strong. Not a lot of rebounds, and I thought we did a pretty good job around the net, and then he made the stops he had to make.”

(on the game…) “We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we recognized how good those guys are and we gave them way too many power plays. If we give them that many they’re going to capitalize, and we can’t afford to do that in the next game.”

(on Ilya Bryzgalov’s performance…) “We said when everyone is good, Bryzie has to be great, and he was great tonight. We weren’t bad but we weren’t near as good as we need to be, and Bryzie was really good.”

(on the penalty-kill unit…) “I think the faceoffs were very huge, and just blocking shots, and I think Bryzie was outstanding today. The goalie is a big part of the team.”

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