Additional quotes from Stoll, Kopitar
The Kings are scheduled to take the ice in just under an hour, and after their skate they’ll speak with the media and share more updated thoughts on the morning of the series’ shift back to Los Angeles. But there are a handful of quotes that weren’t included in my LAKings.com feature, and before we chat with the players in advance of Game 3, here are a handful of quotes that didn’t make their way into any stories that have already been published.
Jarret Stoll, on whether the team is frustrated:
If you’re a good team and you’ve got good players and players that have been around a while, you put it behind you right away. We parked it on the flight back. Music is going. Guys are playing soccer. Guys are working out. Some guys went on the ice. Our mood is fine. We just have to realize what happened in San Jose and not let it happen again.
Stoll, on bouncing back from the losses:
You get over them. Your experience helps. We’ve all had tough losses in the playoffs before. Sometimes you lose in double overtime, triple overtime. Sometimes you lose, like last year, in the last minute of the game. Sometimes you have a tough loss like last night and you have to park it. You have to move on. The regular season is a long year you move on from tough losses, playoffs, no different. Playoffs, there is more at stake obviously. You have to find a way to regroup. That’s our mindset right now. We’re regrouping today. We’re looking at video. We’re in a good mood, good spirits. We just want to come out and play well in front of our fans, play well for ourselves, play well to get ourselves back in the series.
Stoll, on the home team having success in the series with San Jose:
That’s the way it’s been lately. We hope that continues. We have to make that continue. Again, to stay alive in the series we have to make that continue. We have to take advantage of our home ice. They did their job on home ice, now we have to do ours.
Stoll, on San Jose forcing them to make mistakes:
They’re a good team. They’ve proved it all year. They’ve been proving it during the regular season for the last numerous seasons. We realize that. We just need to be better.
Stoll, on whether he’s surprised by being down 2-0:
Disappointed that we played the way we played to this point, for sure. Surprised, I don’t know if that’s the word. We’re just disappointed in ourselves right now. The best part about it is we’re definitely not done yet. We’ve got a lot of hockey to play and we all know we can be better, like I said.
Stoll, on drawing off of last years’ experience against St. Louis:
You prepare for the game like it’s any other, but at the same time you can look back and realize situations you were in. You lean in guys. You know what guys are going to bring. We all know we’re going to bring our A-game tomorrow. If I look at the guy besides me and he looks at the guy besides him, we know what to expect from guys. We just haven’t brought it to this point. We’re a very, very close group in there and we’ve been through a lot together. A couple tough losses for sure, but got to move on, got to move past them. It takes four, it doesn’t take two.
Stoll, on how Jonathan Quick is holding up:
He’s fine. I think you guys all know him, most of you do, he’s fine. Like we all did, he got over it pretty quick. He’s going to move on. He’s going to be a great goaltender tomorrow night.
Anze Kopitar, on whether the team is in “a state of shock”:
No, I don’t think we’re in a state of shock. We certainly didn’t expect to lose both games. Obviously we went up there to try and win a game. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what the score is but we’re down 2-0 right now. We’ve got to put it behind us and get focused for tomorrow.
Kopitar, on allowing the most goals of any team in the playoffs through two games:
I don’t know, but we certainly have to get back to playing our style of game. Even though we were up 2-0 after the first period last night, we gave up quite a bit of chances. Especially chances on the rush, where usually we’re pretty solid with that. Again, we have to clean it up and get ready for tomorrow.
Kopitar, on the Game 2 loss:
It’s not great, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if it’s 7-2 or you lose 3-2 in triple overtime. It’s still a loss. Yes it stings, but we have to come out strong tomorrow and get back at it.
Kopitar, on whether their mistakes are forced or unforced:
I think it’s a combination of both. I think they played pretty solid up there and we didn’t manage the puck good enough. They obviously capitalized on a lot of the chances and we have to address that. Manage the puck better and create more chances ourselves.
Kopitar, on whether he’s taking more hits than usual:
No, I mean maybe a couple bumps here and there extra, but nothing crazy.
Kopitar, on whether the Kings have been challenged by San Jose’s speed:
I mean we knew about their speed and their top players. We play them enough times during the regular season, so we see them enough. I think it’s a little bit more concerning what we’re giving up off our mistakes and we have to eliminate those.
Kopitar, on the mood of the team:
We were sitting in the same position last year and it turned out to be good for us. Certainly, it’s not going to be easy. They’re trying to come down here and win a game just like going up there and we’ve got to make sure we come out strong tomorrow and pick up our pace and get the win.
Kopitar, on what contributed to winning the series against St. Louis when down 2-0 in the series:
Just playing our style of hockey, grind it out and not give up a lot. That’s important, especially on home ice.
Kopitar, on having the advantage of last change for Game 3:
I don’t think I’m the right guy to talk about that. We’ll see what Darryl is going to do tomorrow, but I think it’s going to be a little bit different than it was up there. We’ll see what happens.