On the Game 5 win:
“We were trying to have just a good start, good first shifts out of our players and try and match what they’ve been doing at the starts of games, and we were fortunate to do that.”

On the hitting in Game 5:
“I thought Greener did a good job early in the game for us, especially because of the way that they want to forecheck and they want to get on top of you, so I thought Greener was really effective in that early. I thought Rob Scuderi was really effective in that early. It’s not always about hitting. It’s about absorbing it and being able to make the play in pressure.”

On keeping the Kings “so calm, yet so furious”:
“They weren’t all calm, and they weren’t all furious.”

On Matt Greene’s catalyzing hits on TJ Galiardi and James Sheppard:
“And exactly, those are the ones that stick out in my mind. So that tells you the importance of it, and obviously we didn’t have that late, until, what did we have him? Two or three games, just a few minutes? Obviously his leadership’s important to us, and hopefully he can carry that on. It’s good for him to get a couple of days again. He hasn’t played much hockey.”

On Trevor Lewis winning a faceoff against Joe Thornton to set up Slava Voynov’s goal:
“Well, when Thornton wins faceoff, you look after the first period – I didn’t even know what it was – but every time he wins a faceoff, it’s like it gets extended time in your zone when he does….I think that everybody played against Thornton tonight, and he’s a handful. Everybody has to.”

On how tight the series has been:
“It depends who you’re talking to, but the teams are close enough that the scores so far have been 2-0, 4-3, 2-1, 2-1, 3-0, so I don’t think that there’s much of a gap in terms of the teams. I think there’s gaps from game to game in terms of individual performances.”

On whether there’s “something to be said” about home ice advantage in this series:
“Well, obviously up to this point there’s been home ice advantage.”

On whether there’s anything in particular that has led to home ice dominance in the playoffs:
“I don’t really think there is anything in particular. I think everybody’s going to look at it when it’s over and done and evaluate their whole year and look at schedule, look at all those things, and then they’re going to break [down] how they played at home, how they played away. I think that’s something that’s way down the road and it’s something that seems like a long time ago because everything’s just based on playoffs now. Home and road, if you look at it, not today but going into yesterday, what it was, it was like two-to-one, wins at home and wins on the road. It was basically a two-to-one ratio. It was like 40-to-20. That’s how it is.”

On forcing San Jose into multiple icing calls in the first period:
“That is one advantage of at home. You know what? We’ve seen that in San Jose, too. Both teams want to forecheck. It’s extended pressure, and the way you get it out when you’re tired is to shoot it down the ice, but the problem is you’ve got to come back out and faceoff again and then the other team gets fresh horses out and that happened in the first period tonight and it happened in both games in San Jose.”

On making the game tough for Antti Niemi:
“It’s tough to get shots through to him. I don’t know how tough we were on him, but it’s tough to get shots through. They’ve got four guys, four defensemen that block a lot of shots on the rush and in coverage, so you’ve got to sort of find that puck to the goalie, and that’s the composure that you have to have to do that.”

On a statistic that 79% of teams that win Game 5 win a playoff series:
“I’ve won some and I’ve lost some and I can’t tell you what the series ended up. I’ve been in lots of ‘em, so I couldn’t tell you the importance of it. [Reporter: Got to feel better though, right?] Yeah, it feels good.”

On Slava Voynov’s accurate shot and ability to get shots through:
“Actually, he missed the net tonight. He had three or four great ones before that, and he missed the net by that much, or he had it tipped. And they were opportunities for him that were presented to him where he slides in and we know that they’re there, especially Drew and Slava and Greener on that side. [Reporter: On his goal, he got it past Thornton.] From the bench, I thought it actually hit somebody, but Hexy said it didn’t.”

On killing three penalties:
“When you only have to kill three, then you have a better chance at success. Both teams do.”

On whether changes in the line pairings provided balance:
“You know what? It’s just I think it spreads the minutes out a little better, too. If you look at it after two, that’s probably spread out a little bit better in terms of not so much how many minutes your fourth line had, but how many even strength minutes that the way your top three lines were a little better.

On whether this was the team’s strongest 60-minute performance in the series:
“Yep.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS