Justin Williams, on the loss:
Lousy, dispirited, soft game by us, which is ugly and unacceptable, especially at home.
Williams, on whether the uneven play is a byproduct of early season hockey:
There’s no excuses. You can search for them all you want. There’s no excuses. Ourselves as a line, we have to produce. We haven’t done so, and we got outplayed, and we have to take that accountability ourselves. Myself – I need to be better. I’m counted on to score goals, and we haven’t scored near as many, nor produced as many, quality scoring chances as we should five-on-five.
Williams, on strong possession early prior to the first New York goal:
The thing is you can’t go in spurts. You need to sustain your game through the whole game. We had far too many ups and downs, far too many odd-man rushes, far too many turnovers. That’s certainly not our M.O. That’s not what we we’ve worked the last few years to be reputed by. We need to get back to it.
Williams, on the top line’s lack of production despite having played extensively together:
It’s nothing. You can search for any excuses you want. But our five-on-five scoring needs to improve. You can’t just rely on a power play. You need to get dirty, and we have not done that yet to a man, and it certainly starts at the top.
Dustin Brown, on ways to minimize turnovers:
You’ve got to just make the right play. When it comes to turnovers and that sort of thing, or on the blues, it’s about making the right play every time, and we had too many turnovers. When we got the puck deep, there were a few times when we got it deep, and we had good forechecks, and it just wasn’t consistent enough.
Brown, on the evolution of the game following strong possession early:
I thought our first was good. It was just the energy in the second dipped. For us to be successful, we have to have a high energy. From top to bottom, we didn’t have it.
Brown, on whether he was bothered by the fans’ “razz cheer” of Jonathan Quick:
I mean, fans can cheer however they want. I think the most important thing is Quickie knows we have his back in here. For every one of those goals in, he stops about 75 that he shouldn’t. I’ve always said it’s about the guys in this room picking each other up. For how many times he picked us up, it’s unfortunate we couldn’t do that for him tonight.