December 10 postgame quotes: Justin Williams
On whether the team “proved a point” in the win:
The thing is, you’ve got to prove a point for 82 games, and that’s what we’re trying to do. If you ask anyone in their dressing room, I would say they probably played one of their worst games in the year, and we, on the contrary, played a much better game. We try to make statements as best we can and play the best every game we play. I like being on the road where we play back-to-backs. It makes it quick, and we’ve got another one tomorrow to try and make another statement.
On whether Los Angeles was looking to gauge itself with this game, as Montreal was:
I’m always excited to come back and play here. We don’t come back to Eastern Canada – we haven’t been been here for a while. To see these teams and see what the east is all about, see every team in the league, it’ll get you a little familiar with everybody, We certainly know they’re a better team than what they showed tonight. We play ‘em one more time this year, and we’ll expect their best.
On whether this was a good way to start the road trip:
Absolutely. Play good, win, smile. It’s a good way to start.
On the team sustaining the same effort for 60 minutes:
That’s why we’re professionals. Even though the game was six-nothing and out of reach, we still had something to play for. We had a zero to play for, and we had a goaltender to play for. That was certainly motivation enough to finish it off, and finish it off right.
On whether he thinks about the team’s potential after a 6-0 road win:
I don’t know. There are peaks and valleys in a season. I’ve been through it enough that I’ve been on the other end of what Montreal is feeling tonight. I said that between the second [and third] period. I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. You’ve got to enjoy the times when it’s going good, but you’ve got to realize why it’s going good.