On the confidence in tight late-game situations:
What we need to do is create an identity again on ice. You need to do it every year, and whether it’s a tie game going into the third, you’re down a goal, you need to feel like you’re going to win. Tonight I felt in this dressing room at the end of the second period that we were confident that we were going to win.
On what the team did well in the third period:
I think the things we were doing in the first two periods finally paid off. Driving the net, shooting the puck, creating chances, and we were able to get a nice goal by Dewey creeping in, and then some nice insurance by Cliffy.
On his own performance:
It’s funny, when you get one early, things seem to slow a little bit down for you, and you start making a few more plays. Of course I certainly wanted to get that third one. I wanted to see the ice littered with hats. I’ve only had one. But the most important thing is we won, and we won on home ice.
On whether he thinks about the hat trick during the game:
Naah, I mean, sure – you know your next one’s going to be your third. But you don’t change the way you play. Guys might try to find you a little bit more, but the most important thing is winning, obviously.
On whether he liked his first or second goal more:
My first one, I didn’t even hit it with my stiuck, so I think the second one was a little nicer.
On whether Drew Doughty was yelling for the pass when he scored:
I think sometimes when the defenseman is sliding down backdoor, you don’t usually want to give away where you are. So Drew didn’t do much yelling. He just crept down and found a hole and was able sneak a big one in for us.
On how this team has gotten by without any goals by a center:
Our strongest part of the team is down the middle. They do so many other things other than score, and they’ve certainly had a lot of chances. Their wingers are scoring some goals. I’m certainly not worried about our centermen. I don’t think anyone should be.