Postgame quotes: Shore, King, Mitchell, Sutter
Nick Shore, on playing in front of family and friends:
Well, it’s obviously a good experience any time you get to do that. Unfortunately it didn’t end the way that we wanted it to.
Shore, on being heavily involved with a goal and an assist and special teams time:
I think any time that you can make an impact on the game, that’s always good. I thought Williams and King made it a lot easier for me coming out of the zone and heading into the zone, so that was good.
Shore, on his goal:
Kinger just made a great play keeping the puck in the zone, and Williams and I had a two-on-one. He was able to get the goalie to bite a little bit and just gave it to me back door.
Dwight King, on whether the end result was important in a 4-3 overtime preseason loss:
Obviously the end result does matter. You want to build a winning reputation. But definitely when you’re playing with new linemates for the first time, for a lot of guys it’s about maybe getting chemistry and just learning the system that we play here in L.A. We played a pretty solid 40 minutes. A couple too many penalties, but we got better.
King, on his goal:
It was a great pass. Obviously they want speed, and they want speed to the net on our power play break-in, and Shorey found a lane on the outside around a couple guys, and I just go to the net, and he found me right on the stick, so it was easy.
King, on the team’s net-crashing:
Yeah, we had some success around the net. Obviously when you shoot the puck when you’re around the net, there’s going to be rebounds, maybe second opportunities, and it worked out early for us. We kind of got away from it, but it’s something we’ve got to work on.
King, on what the team will work on in advance of Tuesday’s game against Anaheim:
Just continue to learn. Obviously depending on who you play with, you build chemistry through the week leading up through the game, and just continue making strong plays and play to your personality as a player.
Willie Mitchell, on his 23-plus minutes of ice time:
It’s a tough one. I mean, it’s kind of good that way, I think sometimes. No time to think, and just time to get your wind and get back out there. I think a couple D had a few bumps and bruises tonight, so it made for a little bit more ice time, and a lot of penalty kills on the second half of the game. We spent of time in our D-zone, so it was good. The only way you’re going to know is getting in those situations and playing those many minutes and starting to find your legs. I felt fine out there. I didn’t do anything great. I didn’t do anything terrible. It was just probably status quo for most guys’ first game. There’s a couple of reads I want to improve on, just like everyone else. I look forward to getting back in and keep improving.
Mitchell, on how he gauged his defensive reads as the game progressed:
To be honest with you, I thought I was probably better with my reads early on. I think part of that is when you get fatigued, you’re not quite as quick out there. We spent a lot of time in our D-zone. Like I said, a lot of penalty killing. I’ve been around, so I play smarter. You’re much more cautious about your position and taking chances and stuff like that, and that’s what I just tried to do tonight, is just not do anything great, so to speak, but not do anything bad, and just kind of get a feel for the game, and the next one get it even better. You talk to the guys who played in their first one, they kind of feel out of sorts a bit. In their second one, they usually feel a lot better. So I’m looking to do that.
Mitchell, on the emotions of returning to game action after 15 months away:
Pretty cool, pretty cool. To be honest, I took a couple spills out there tonight. I think everyone who was on the same page knows that I had a bit of a journey, so they’d come over, and ‘How’s the knee? How’s the knee? How’s the knee?’ I’m like, ‘It’s fine. It’s fine, you guys. It’s OK. So that being said, it’s good to go through those things and go through those hurdles cause it’s just kind of allows you to play with a little bit more confidence and not worry about things.
Darryl Sutter, on Willie Mitchell:
I thought he played really well…for a guy that hasn’t played for a while. He was fine. He’s probably going to say he ran out of gas a little bit. It looked like there were times where he did. It’s a totally different situation when you start playing games.
Sutter, on the 4-3 overtime loss:
I don’t think we had much offense in our game with the way the lines were. I think our power play gave us an opportunity to hold in there, and we didn’t get any saves in the third.
On the way the Pearson-Vey-Toffoli line facing more experienced competition:
Well, they were scored against the first shift and came back. I thought Tanner had a strong game again, and we’ll just keep working at it.
On what he has liked about Tanner Pearson’s game:
“I think he’s going up and down. We’re trying to figure out this left side.