May 20, 2012 3:24 pm

Williams postgame quotes (May 20)

Justin Williams’ postgame thoughts…

(on whether the game was about Phoenix’s strengths or the Kings’ shortcomings…)
WILLIAMS: “It’s probably obviously two-fold. They executed their game plan and stuck to it the whole game. We had almost 40 shots, but not as good of quality as we wanted, and usually that’s the story when the other team beats you.’’

(on the game…)
WILLIAMS: “At this level, we’re all professionals, and we get to this point for a reason. When your back is against the wall, that’s when it comes out, the character. They certainly had that tonight. They played well. They fought hard. Smith played well. Certainly, on the other hand, we certainly need to be better.’’

(on not being able to close out the series…)
WILLIAMS: “As much as it would be nice to go 16-1, it’s pretty darn hard. We weren’t expecting to do that. This is a really, really good team we’re playing against. They played really, really well tonight. This is a series, and we need to come out in Game 5 with the initiative and push back.’’

(on what changes he saw from the Coyotes…)
WILLIAMS: “There was certainly a lot less time that we had with the puck tonight. That was certainly because they took a lot of our time away. As I said, it’s usually a game of will. They had the better of the play tonight.’’

(on his goalie-interference penalty…)
WILLIAMS: “They just told me to stay away from the goalie. It’s certainly a tough call. I didn’t like it, but at the same time, that could have been forgotten if we had scored a power-play goal. … I was obviously not trying to interfere with him, but that wasn’t the difference in the game.’’

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