On what he took from Game 5:
“Well, I think we can always do a better job of the breakouts. We’re breaking down their forecheck. They come with a very aggressive, hard, physical forecheck. For us, if we can get back and move pucks quickly and short little plays supporting one another, we get the puck going the other way. That’s where the strength of our team really starts to shine. I think everyone starts to attack the other way using our speed and our size and doing the same thing to the opposition. We need to continue to do a better job there, and also even just when they do get the puck in our zone to stop the offensive cycles on the side that they’re in or the corner that they’re in, to not allow the play to come behind the net and then go out either side, or to even switch sides. What that does is it makes all the coverage have to shift over too, and it’s more work for everyone, and when everyone’s moving over, usually that’s when seams open up and little spaces open up for the offensive plays, so those are big areas that we’ve been doing an OK job in, but I think we can do a better job.”

On playing for Darryl Sutter in Los Angeles, compared to Calgary:
“Well, that’s a little different situation because he was the general manager when he left in Calgary, and he’s the coach here…As a coach, he’s always had that ability to push players. He’s a demanding, challenging coach to play for, but for the most part you know exactly where you stand with him. he’s got a record of getting guys to overachieve. As a coach, that’s what you want.”

On whether playing for Sutter again is similar to “putting on an old pair of shoes”:
“It’s flip flops around here.”

On playing for Sutter again:
“He’s still demands the same thing. He’s still focusing on the same thing. His preparation is still the same, which is huge with Darryl. A lot of it is about preparation and getting ready to play properly and putting yourself in position to win – all those things are still the same.”

On the “rejuvenation” of joining Los Angeles after most of two seasons in Buffalo:
“Well, any time you switch teams, there’s just so many things going on. It’s really hard to explain it, because everything is new. From the new city and environment around the team, I didn’t know anyone really on the team, other than meeting Jarret Stoll at his golf tournament, and Matt Greene once there, too. I didn’t know anyone. So you’ve got new teammates, new equipment, new everything. I was going back to the Western Conference, which is quite different than the east. It’s kind of hard to explain, but there’s a lot going on. It’s kind of unsettling, but almost sometimes in a good way if you can manage all that. To come to a team like this, though, that has the opportunity that they do, I think that was probably the most exciting thing of all.”

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