February 23 postgame quotes: Jonathan Quick - LA Kings Insider

On winning despite injuries to the defense:
“We’ve still got six guys out there. It’s not like we’re playing with four. We’re playing with six.”

On whether he has noticed increasing momentum:
“Yeah, obviously when you win games, the confidence goes up as a team. You start playing instead of over-thinking things, you’re just doing it more naturally. And I think guys have been doing that. It’s always good to get rewarded with a few wins when you’re doing it well.”

On the “critical” stretch of upcoming games on home ice:
“Any stretch is critical. Pick three games, three consecutive games anywhere in the schedule. They’re going to be important games. We’re just going one game at a time, and we’re focused on Monday night now. It’s all about recovering and getting ready for Monday night.”

On whether he’s shaken off “rust” from earlier in the season:
“I don’t know if I would say ‘rust’…You don’t make a couple saves that you think you should, and then you get a couple bad bounces, and the next thing you know, everyone thinks you’re playing terrible. The goalie coach and I have been doing a lot of work and just kind of sticking with it. We haven’t changed anything. We’re just doing the same thing. We’ve been playing great. I’ve been getting a lot of help. It’s definitely helped. It’s good to get rewarded with a couple wins.”

On whether he has noticed improvement since the first home game:
“Since then we’ve played some good hockey. We’ve had a game here and there where you’d like to [have] played a little bit better, but I think we’ve played good hockey since then. It’s not like it’s just this past week or two that we’ve been playing well. We’ve been playing good hockey.”

On playing with unmatched gear and not going with the vintage color scheme:
“With the lockout, you don’t have much time to break in your gear. I’d rather go with equipment that didn’t match the jerseys that I’m comfortable in than kind of rush myself into equipment that does match the jersey.”

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