Alec Martinez postgame quotes, video - LA Kings Insider

On the Stanley Cup winning goal:
It was just a loose puck in our own end. I just wanted to get it up in the forwards hands, let them do their thing. I’m not sure who was the net drive, but Toffoli had a great shot far pad. I was just fortunate for it to come on my stick and able to put it in. But it was a great play by them. [Reporter: Why were you up in the rush?] Our coaching staff they always encourage the D to join the rush and join in on the offense. That’s what I tried to do.

On his reaction to scoring the goal:
After it went in, I think I blacked out. I think I tossed my gear. Like I said, I’m just so happy for these guys.

On Justin Williams winning the Conn Smythe:
Justin Williams is an unbelievable hockey player. He’s been around for so long. He’s such a great leader in the room. He can do a lot of special things with the puck. He seems like he’s always got the puck on a string. And obviously you guys have quoted him Mr. Game 7. I think I’ve called him that a couple times too, but I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s a clutch player. He’s a big time player. He makes big plays in big games.

On being the player who scored the Stanley Cup winning goal:
It’s not about not about me or my goal. It’s about the team win.

On this Stanley Cup being special after three seven-game series in the playoffs:
I mean I guess you could say that. I guess it’s more of a story line. But regardless of how you do it, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I’m just so happy that we’ve been able to do it.

On how winning the Stanley Cup this year compares to 2012:
I guess in the fashion that we did it, the first time certainly wasn’t easy. To do it the way we did, it makes it special. It’s probably a little bit more of a story line for you guys, but at the end of the day we were able to get it done. I feel like a broken record, but I’m so happy for some of the veteran guys that are here like Robyn Regehr and Marian Gaborik. We picked up those guys and I don’t know how many Gaabby has, it’s a lot of games, but obviously Reg has over 1,000 for him to get his Stanley Cup. I’m just so happy for those guys.

On the team’s resiliency:
Character and leadership in the locker room. We’ve got an unbelievable group in the room. Dean has always said that it’s important we have to play hockey well together, but we also have to like each other. All the guys in that locker room, we love each other. It’s an unbelievable group.

On Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers:
He’s one of the best goalies in the world. He’s a heck of a goaltender. Their hockey club is a heck of a team. Hats off to them, they had an unbelievable series. Obviously three OT games, those can go either way. They’re a heck of a hockey club. I couldn’t be happier for our own guys though.

On whether this team can be a ‘dynasty’:
I don’t know. That’s more of a story for the media. That’s a term you guys can use. We just want to be a good hockey club consistently and I’m not going to think about that. I’m just going to enjoy the moment right now.

On the importance of the team living close to each other:
We all live within a two-minute drive of each other. You don’t even have to drive, you can walk or ride your bike. It’s just a testament to the character and quality of human beings that we have in our room. It’s unbelievable.

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Handedness: Left


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