October 30 postgame quotes: Muzzin, Pearson - LA Kings Insider

Jake Muzzin, on the team’s scoring struggles during the two-game road trip:
Well we got to look at some stuff, obviously, and try to create more offensively. I thought in St. Louis the other night we played solid but we couldn’t find the net. We had some chances and we got to bare down on some of our opportunities. Got behind the 8-ball in the first tonight with [Chicago] getting a power play goal early and we couldn’t really recover. We got to obviously find ways to get more scoring chances off the rush, off the cycle game and get our D activated a little bit more as well.

Muzzin, on whether or not he noticed LA’s defensive play improve as the game went on:
They’re a good team. They’re going to create plays and we got to answer, and we didn’t. Checking, scoring… we got to answer the bell, and we didn’t, so we lost.

Muzzin, on Matt Greene stepping in for the injured Brayden McNabb:
I thought [Matt Greene] was awesome. Physical presence out there, made good plays with the puck, heavy on guys. He’s a big leader in the room and he did a great job tonight.

Tanner Pearson, on the team’s scoring struggles during the two-game road trip:
I think [against St. Louis] we created chances but I don’t think we created too much today. Even if it was one-shot-and-done type of thing, we need to be the type of team where it’s one shot and two guys are filtering to the net and creating chances off of that so it was one of those games and we got to bring back Tuesday.

Pearson, on LA’s forecheck against Chicago:
I think, you know, a little bit of both – not hitting the net. I missed a couple of key chances when on a 3-on-2, guys going to the net and I miss the net and it goes out the other side so it’s that kind of thing. That’s how the game went.

Pearson, on the effect injuries can have on the team’s morale:
I don’t think you can let it bother you too much during the game. Obviously it sucks when it happens and then kind of puts things in a kind of scramble, playing with different guys every shift. But I think it’s one thing we’ve been used to so we can’t really say that’s why we lost, which, it wasn’t. It’s unfortunate that guys are going down and we have to battle for them.

Pearson, on if the penalty-heavy start was too much to recover from:
Yes and no. That first powerplay went in, or second, whatever one that was, and then the four minute we killed so we know that can be a big momentum swing for us. It’s kind of a morale thing and that was good for us, we just couldn’t get it going.

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