January 7 postgame quotes: Jarret Stoll
On whether the Kings deserved a better fate:
Yeah, but you know, it’s a long season, and there’s some games that you win that you don’t deserve to win.
On whether the team let the Wild hang around:
You know, we’ve done that in parts of this season. Some teams have come in here and hung around, and we just can’t put them away.
On Darcy Kuemper’s performance:
Yeah, he played great. You’ve got to give him credit, for sure. He made some big saves, he hasn’t had a lot of experience in this league, but he’s a big guy who moves well, very athletic, worked hard to see some pucks. He played well, give him some credit, but the onus is on us again.
On whether the Olympic talks have been a distraction for the team:
No, I don’t think so. It happens, it’s out there, it’s on TV, we’re all watching it because we’re hockey fans. We’re wishing our teammates well, and we want as many of our guys as possible to be in the Olympics, it’s a great honor. But no, we’re a pretty focused group, our coaching staff does a pretty good job of making sure we’re on par with what we need to be thinking about and where to be mentally – we’re fine there
On whether he’s worried about Doughty going to Russia:
On where he was when Crosby scored the gold-medal game-winning goal in 2010:
Oh yeah, I remember exactly. I was at the North End Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. It was a great atmosphere. It was a packed bar, dead-silence, really, while watching the game. They were actually very, very good, letting us Canadians celebrate, hug, hoot and holler. They let us celebrate the victory, it was pretty cool.
On what Darryl Sutter was saying on the bench:
Find a way, find a way. Stick with our game, it has to be our game. We can’t be turning over pucks and having a back-and-forth type of game. That’s not our style, and obviously we’ve got to score goals, we’ve got to bear down, and that was the message – just needing to try and finish our opportunities, get to the net, make it harder on their goalie.