May 24 postgame quotes: Tanner Pearson - LA Kings Insider

On rebounding from allowing a shorthanded goal:
Yeah, they got that one on the PK, and then the other one, obviously we knew we had to bounce back. I think it was two-one after the first. We knew the job we had to get done, and we did a good job of it.

On whether he has accepted “That 70’s Line”:
I think it’s just pretty much the crowd. Yeah, we’re in the 70’s, but I mean we’re just trying to play hockey and not worry about the numbers on our back.

On Jeff Carter:
Jeff’s been there before at our age. He came into the league probably younger than we were. So he knows what to do, and he’s helping us out when he can.

On what spurred the immediate turnaround early in the second period:
I think those couple of quick goals that Carts and Toff scored kind of got the momentum back in our favor and enter the third period with the lead. I think that’s one of the things we wanted to do, is have a lead going towards the end of the game. Dewey got a big one, and it was the game-winner.

On what Jeff Carter means as a mentor:
A lot. Like I said before, he was younger when he came into the league. He’s been there, so he’s just kind of helping us out when he can. We’re talking a lot on certain plays we need to probably improve on, and right now things are working out for our line.

On what was discussed during the first intermission:
I think that’s one of the things we want to do is get pucks to the net. I think it’s never a bad play putting a puck on net because it can create anything. Tonight we did a good job of that.

On the two-one series lead:
I think in the last two series we’ve kind of dug ourselves into a bit of a hole, and I think this series, we don’t want to do that at all. We want to keep the games going and the wins coming.

On previous perceptions that Tyler Toffoli wasn’t a good skater:
I mean, on his goal he looked pretty quick, didn’t he? Yeah, I think his skating’s very underrated. I’ve always said that, playing against him in juniors, and he showed it tonight.

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#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


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#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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