January 23 postgame quotes: Anaheim
Patrick Maroon, on what sparked Anaheim’s offense:
I think we knew what we did in the first period wasn’t good enough. After we got pucks deep in the second period, we were physical all over the ice. We worked their defense down low. We know they’ve played a lot of games these past few days, so we knew what we had to do.
Maroon, on his game-winning goal:
Tim Jackman forechecked really hard and I came in second. Then, Willie Mitchell turned it over, and Fisty threw it on net. My first instinct was to wrap the puck, and fortunately it went in.
Ben Lovejoy, on the team finding ways to win:
We can play any style. We can play with speed teams because we have that speed and skill. And we can match up with the big, physical teams like L.A. I don’t think we beat them at their own game. I think we imposed the kind of game we wanted in the second and third. We need to continue to do that if we want to beat the good teams like that.
Lovejoy, on the Kings:
One game in January doesn’t mean we’re a better team than them,. They played a great game tonight. We were one goal better than them, barely. We’re two very evenly matched teams, and we need to bring it on Saturday in order to be successful.
Bruce Boudreau, on tonight’s game:
I know every time we play this team, it’s a man’s game. You better be prepared to hit, and be hit, because they’re so good. Even if we got outplayed in the first period, we can come back. Once we got our legs underneath us, I thought we played pretty good the last two periods.
On the game’s physicality:
We had 48 hits tonight, which is a team record. You have to play that way against these guys. If we make the playoffs, that’s what we’re going to have to do. We’re going to have to grind it out.