February 23 postgame quotes: Jarret Stoll - LA Kings Insider

On whether the Detroit game represented a turning point:
“Maybe. We knew we played a good game in Detroit. There were just some breakdowns there, little detailed things in our game [that] we had to clean up. Even tonight, there were some detail mistakes that we’ve got to clean up. But we came out and had a great first period. I thought Kopi’s line was really good in the first. Even Carts and Rick and Lewis had a great first period. Just building off that, just staying with it – I think the confidence in the room has gotten a lot better amongst our team. Definitely there’s a different feeling in here from the first eight or nine games.”

On whether he’s surprised that a championship team would deal with confidence issues:
“Confidence is a funny thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of team you have, whether you’ve won or lost. Sometimes you’ve got an eight or nine-game winning streak and you lose one, and all of a sudden your confidence dips pretty much a lot. It’s one of those things that’s funny. You’ve got to just work hard to keep it. Once you have it you’ve just got to roll with it and try to play well with it and get as many wins as you can.”

On whether he’s excited for another chance against Anaheim:
“Yeah, for sure. We lost two points against them. Same kind of thing against Colorado at the start of the year – we lost two against them, also. It’s Anaheim, also. It’s a rivalry, obviously, and we want to come out. It’s a home game, too, so we’ve got to keep playing well and keep trying to get points here at home. We’ve got a lot of home games. Everybody knows that. We’ve got to try and bank these points and continue to get points. Just keep pushing, keep pushing, keep trying to win games.”

On his block that led to Trevor Lewis’ shorthanded goal:
“They made some good passes, some good plays, and I…had to try and get to the lane somehow. Desperation – maybe got a little lucky – but Lewie did a great job of getting down the ice and putting it away.”

On where the puck hit him:
“I don’t even know. Shin pads or thigh. I don’t know.”

On whether he’s a player who needs to record points to maintain his confidence:
“Yeah, I’m kind of in the same boat. You’ve got to play well on both sides of the puck and make some good reads, make some good decisions, good plays out of your zone, good plays in their zone. If you’re getting some chances, getting some shots, I think that adds to your confidence. There are certainly guys on a team that maybe need points or need goals or whatnot to get their confidence going and to have confidence. Yeah, I would agree with that. It’s one of those things everybody has a role on the team. Me and Lewie have similar roles, I think, on the team. We’ve got to clean up some PK work, some PK detail and try to chip in when we can offensively. Confidence is a funny thing, like I said. It comes and goes. When you have it, you’ve got to try to keep it.”

On whether Dustin Penner is a player who needs points to maintain his confidence:
“I don’t know. You’ve got to ask him that. I don’t know. When he’s moving his feet and when he’s skating with the puck and holding guys off and using his big body to his advantage, I think that’s his game.”

On the trend of keeping the opponents’ scores low:
“Our goaltending has been good. We’ve given up maybe too many pretty good scoring chances, grade-A chances there. Quickie had to make some big saves again today. You need that. You need your goaltending. We’ve just got to clean up some defensive zone stuff. We’ve done a good job as five-man groups all over the ice, making sure we’re supporting our defensemen and defensemen making sure they’re supporting us.”

On whether the third period of the Chicago game was a turning point:
“Before that, probably. We played a very good game in St. Louis and in Detroit. I think those two games right there – those are tough buildings. Those are tough back-to-back, and we did a great job. We obviously lost a tough one in Detroit, but I think it just got our team a different kind of confidence that we didn’t have this year so far. Our goaltending’s been great of late, so we’ve just keep trying to get points.”

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