June 4 postgame quotes: Rob Scuderi - LA Kings Insider

On the Game 3 win:
“I’d certainly say it was our strongest 60 of the series so far. I don’t think that would surprise anybody. It wasgood that we were able to cut the series in half, and now we’re trying to even it.”

On the team not sitting back and playing in a defensive shell in the third period:
“We don’t want to sit back. Everyone can fall into the trap once you have a lead, especially in the third period, of sitting back. With the players that they have, it’s not going to be a winning strategy. I think we were able to play in their zone – at least it was a 50/50 draw, maybe. I don’t have the exact statistics, but at least we were able to play some time in their end and not overwork our team defense just playing in our end.”

On how big of a “factor” home ice has been:
“I think it’s a huge factor. We’re comfortable here. We play well here. It’d be nice if we could find a way to take that with us on the road. But like I said, we’re just focused on tonight. I’m glad it was a win, and we’ve got to get another one on Thursday.

On how “quick” Quick was in the win:
“He was very quick.”

On Justin Williams’ performance:
“We needed this game. We needed this game bad. I think everyone knows the percentages of trying to win a series once your down 3-0. We needed this one. He comes to play at the big-time games.”

On Slava Voynov’s stick-breaking goal serving as a break for the team:
“Yeah. It happens some times. I think if you work hard enough, it’s amazing how much good luck you might get. I thought we worked hard that shift. We had a couple of chances, a couple good looks, and then we end up getting a broken stick goal of all the shots we took. But sometimes it happens.”

On what the team has done well to limit Patrick Kane’s productivity:
“I think just playing him tight. With any great player – it’s a cliché – but you’re trying to take away time and space. If you can get on him tight and not allow him to get into the open ice where he’s dangerous, then at least you give yourself a good chance of trying to limit the way he plays in the game.”

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