Stoll, King talk about their line, last night’s loss
Jarret Stoll, on Dustin Brown not receiving as much ice time as he is accustomed to:
He’ll be fine. [Reporter: Mentally or physically?] Both.
Stoll, on the loss to Toronto:
I thought we had some pretty good chances to score some goals. We just didn’t capitalize on it. We were sloppy. We were a little sloppy to start the game, a little bit throughout the game. We’ve got to clean it up. We know we have to clean it up. It’s just making sure we’re all doing it collectively and over the course of the game, not just in spurts here and there. Another game tomorrow night. That’s the best thing about this is you can go out and redeem yourself tomorrow night.
Stoll, on whether Darryl Sutter’s comment that his line was “tired” was a fair characterization:
I don’t know. You never want to use excuses, and we’re not, so it’s too bad that the streak had to come to an end. It would’ve eventually, but we know how we’ve got to play, and we’ve got to play better. If you’re tired or not, [and] every team goes through the tough schedule and travel, and we’re no different, so we’ve just got to be a little better.
Stoll, on whether he pays much attention to San Jose and Anaheim:
Yeah. Now, I think the last 15, 20 games – it’s fun. It’s exciting to see that all of a sudden San Jose has caught Anaheim. It’s interesting. It’s fun. It’s a fun time of year to watch games and to see how teams are doing, teams that are going downhill and teams that are going uphill. [Reporter: Are you guys going uphill? Downhill? Want to maintain the even keel course?] We’re going in the right direction. We know we’re going the right way. But we also know we can be better. At points in that winning streak, we weren’t, I don’t think, playing our best hockey. We were getting away with some things. We were getting lucky. We were getting some bounces and breaks. You need that, too – don’t get me wrong – but sometimes you don’t want to let things slip.
Stoll, on facing Anaheim with the Stadium Series week well behind them:
Yeah, now you’re just playing the game in our building, in their building. That game was a great experience. It was a great thing for the city of L.A. and Southern California, and It’s over with. It’s done with now. We worry about winning hockey games no matter where we’re playing, against whoever we’re playing.
Stoll, on avoiding aspects slipping into the team’s game:
You start to turn over the puck, you’re a little sloppy with the puck. Passing’s not quite as crisp and on the tape. Things like that that lead to chances against and lead to D-zone coverage. A lot of bad things can come from that. Those are some of the little things. You look at penalties, you look at penalty killing, a missed assignment here that never should happen and never does really happen, and they cost us. This time of the season, you’ve got to make sure that none of those things are happening.
Stoll, on looking to force turnovers in the neutral zone:
Well, yeah. No team wants to turn it over in the neutral zone. When we’re not sharp, we’re doing that more often. Everybody wants to come through the neutral zone with speed and with with the puck, and therefore we can get on the forecheck quicker and faster and play in their zone, which is the fun part.
Dwight King, on Sutter’s assertion that his line was “tired”:
I mean, I agree that we didn’t have our best game. I think in the third, late in the second, we had some shifts that were the way we were capable of playing all game, but we were a little slow on our reads, not quite strong on our pucks. When you play teams like that that are transition teams and off the rush teams, you’ve got to control the pace of play with the puck, and we didn’t do it till too late in the game.
King, on Dustin Brown’s reduced minutes:
Yeah, I know. Obviously as a player, you want to be out there as much as you can, and you want to be helping your team. I think right now he’s going to reflect, obviously with the rest today, and I’m sure he’ll come back rejuvenated.
King, on Anaheim’s recent change of fortune:
We’ve obviously been through ups and downs through these years, so it can change in any game. But they do have some very high offensive players, and obviously as a team, they have great numbers this year. So you’ve got to expect their best game, and I;m sure like everybody else they’re looking to get on the right side of things, and it’s going to be a pretty intense game, because obviously there’s the possibility of a playoff match-up, so everybody’s going to be going for the two points.
King, on whether he thinks about the possibility of the California playoff match-ups:
I think it’s between three teams. It’s pretty obvious, if you look at it that way. You want to outplay ‘em.
King, on last night’s loss:
Obviously when you’re winning, you try to stretch the process a little bit. That’s always a team that’s hungry to come in after a loss that’ll kind of humble you and bring you back to focus, and I think obviously we learned our lesson last night.