January 4 postgame quotes: Vancouver
Henrik Sedin, on the third period:
I don’t know. I don’t think we played too bad in the third. We had a good bounce in the first one and then in the second one they made a good play. I thought our second period was the one that killed us. Even though they didn’t score in that period, they totally took over the game. That’s what came back and hurt us in the third as well.
Sedin, on if he thought Jonathan Quick would be good in his first game back:
Well I think we always expect him to be this good. He’s played unbelievably for three or four years. You know coming up and facing him, he’s going to make some unbelievable saves. It seems like it’s tough to get more than two goals when you play against him and that’s why we need to play better defensively.
Ryan Kesler, on Jonathan Quick:
He played well. I thought we could’ve capitalized on a couple more chances that we had. But we have to tip our hat to him, he played well.
Roberto Luongo, on giving up leads to Los Angeles:
Obviously you don’t want to give up third period leads. It doesn’t matter who you play. It’s a long season. Obviously it would’ve been nice to win the game and go ahead of them. There’s still a lot of hockey left. But definitely, going into that third period we had the lead and weren’t able to finish it.
Luongo, on Dustin Brown’s goal:
Yeah, my foot got caught under me as he accidentally running me over. So luckily this time the pain went away. [Reporter: He knows what to do in those situations.] I don’t know. It was a tough call. Hockey’s a fast game. That’s what we want to do to the opposing goal too. Crash the net and create havoc. That’s what hockey is all about.
John Tortorella, on giving up the lead:
Our game changed in the second period. After our just abysmal power play, they gained some momentum off of that and we never regained any of type of puck possession or zone time. [Reporter: Can you explain why?] Beating us to pucks, winning battles. In our division we’re going to have to learn to battle harder and it starts with our forwards as far as the forecheck. Our D were under siege all night long. If we’re going to compete in our division in the second half of this year we need to be more consistent. I thought the first period – after they surged a little bit early- I thought we gathered ourselves and had some good forechecking and had some chances. After that power play it was an uphill battle and they just came at us.
Tortorella, on Roberto Luongo:
We don’t have a sniff of a chance if he doesn’t play the way he does. I shutter to think what the score would be. So let’s not kid ourselves, the game wasn’t as close as the score. We have a ton of work to do as far as the responsibilities we need to put on ourselves and how we’re going to play, especially in our division. I mean there’s no secret what we have to do.