May 26 postgame quotes: Toffoli, Muzzin
Tyler Toffoli, on Game 4 win:
Obviously the score shows the first period we played really well, and the second period we kind of let it slide. We weren’t putting as much pressure as we wanted to [on them]. The third period we tightened up and pulled through.
Toffoli, on how long the Game 5 loss stuck with the Kings last year:
The whole summer. When you lose out, you want to win the Stanley Cup, and when you lose, it takes a while. We’ve got to go there and we’ve got to try and close them out.
Toffoli, on the opportunity to head to Chicago for revenge:
I don’t think we’re worried about what happened last year. It’s a new year, and we have a new team, and we’re excited. We’ve got to bring our energy. We’ve got to start the way we started tonight and have a good game.
Toffoli, on energy in close-out games compared to games in which they face elimination:
I think we’ve been in the same situation, so we know the feeling and the start and the pressure they’re going to have, and we’ve got to match it and we’ve got to be better.
Toffoli, on the first period “We want the Cup” chants:
We’re kind of focusing in and trying to win the Conference Final first. We’ll take it game-by-game and go from there.
Toffoli, on whether the team is getting stronger as the series progresses:
Yeah, we’re confident. We’re a confident group of guys, and we’re just taking it game by game and trying to win each game at a time.
Jake Muzzin, on trying to close out the series on the road:
We have a lot of experience and veteran guys in here. We’re regrouping in here and we’re going to play our best game in Chicago. I think we’re going to have to do that to get the win.
Muzzin, on the first period:
It was good Kings hockey. We gained some momentum off our penalty kill and kind of limited their chances and getting pucks in. Like I said, we capitalized on a couple power plays and that kind of set us up for the rest of the game. It was nice.
Muzzin, on his power play goal:
It was kind of a broken play. Toff made a little pass to Drew and Drew found me. I looked up and I saw just Carts and one of their guys in front of the net. So I walked in and saw a little bit of net there and found it.
Muzzin, on breaking up a stretch pass to Patrick Kane in the first period:
That guy is pretty dangerous when you give him space. You have to always have an eye on where he is and try to limit his chances and get the puck out of his hands.
Muzzin, on how the game changes with a 3-0 lead:
After the period we have to regroup and look at it as if it’s a 0-0 game. The lead is huge. We know we have the lead, but we can’t sit back and try to defend the lead. We have to continue playing and playing on our toes and making plays and not just sitting back. We regroup. We know what the score is, but we regroup as if it’s a 0-0 game and we’re playing to win the period.
Muzzin, on Dustin Brown’s power play goal:
Rick made a really nice pass to me and I kind of saw Stick, or Justin Williams, backdoor and I passed it to him and it went to Brownie and it was in the net. It was nice.
Muzzin, on killing penalties against Chicago:
It’s definitely an intense battle, but we’re confident in our rotation and what we’re trying to do and we’ve got one of the best goalie back there if something breaks down. He made a big save early. We gain a lot of momentum off our PK and we have to continue [to do that].