December 14 postgame quotes: Mersch and Amadio - LA Kings Insider

Michael Mersch, on what was said between the second and third periods:
Just to stick with it, stick with our good habits. We’ve talked about details stuff earlier in the year so even when things aren’t going well just stick to the fundamentals.

Mersch, on the slow start:
They’re a good team. I think they started really well. They’re a good team.

Mersch, on what they can take away from the loss:
We were able to come back even though we didn’t have a good start. We’re going to see them a few more times this year so just to kind of give them a push and let them know it won’t be easy.

Mersch, on the second period push negated by quick Stockton goals:
It was weird. Kind of crazy the way it happened. We’d be in their zone the entire time and they’d go down and get a goal off a 2-on-1 somehow, or something like that. Yeah, it was kind of crazy but then we stuck with it and made it a one-goal game.

Mersch, on the vibe on the bench in the third:
Just keep pushing because … with the possession we probably had some pretty good numbers there. Just keep pushing, try to get a couple goals and you never know.

Mike Amadio, on what was said between the second and third periods:
I don’t know what it was specifically, but I think the guys just came together. We knew we had to come back and not give up and we knew we had character in the room and I think it showed there in the third.

Amadio, of whether losses like this are tougher to swallow:
In a sense, yeah. I think we were almost close to tying it at the end there. But you never want to lose obviously so every loss is tough.

Amadio, on what went wrong in the first period:
Just the details to our game. I think we could have been a little cleaner, making plays and getting down in their end and on their D and getting more pucks on net.

Amadio, on whether fatigue played a factor from playing last night to get legs going:
Maybe, yeah. That was a late bus ride for us last night but we came to the rink this morning, had a good skate, got warmed up, so I think we knew we had to be ready for tonight.

Amadio, on his goal:
I was going to pass to Brodz back door but I saw the D-man put a stick in the lane so I just put it on net and fortunately it went in. [Reporter: It seemed to energize you guys a little bit] Yeah, I think it was a spark for us, got us rolling a bit. We had a few more shifts in the offensive zone to finish out the second.

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Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
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Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
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Handedness: Left


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