March 25 postgame quotes: Carter, Quick, Brodzinski - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Carter, on not being able to capitalize on scoring chances:
I mean, we definitely had our chances. He played a good game. The Rangers, they’ve always played a tight kind of checking game. They block a lot of shots and sacrifice the body, and we had our chances and we didn’t score, and that’s been the problem for us all year long. When you don’t score, you don’t win too many games. No matter how good your goalie is – he kept us in the game, we didn’t get him any help.

Carter, on why scoring has been a challenge for so much of the season:
If we knew, we probably wouldn’t be in this situation. I don’t know. I can’t tell you, but it needs to change.

Carter, on whether the focus is to just keep “pushing”:
You’ve got to win every game. I mean, we’re not out. We’re still alive. You go into it one game at a time and we’ve got to run the table.

Jonathan Quick, on lots of ground needing to be made up over the final eight games:
I mean, focus on the next game. Try to win the next game. Go from there. That’s it. It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, that’s your mindset, so that’s what we’ll do.

Jonny Brodzinski, on the experience of making his NHL debut:
It only happens once, so I kind of took everything in. I wish we would’ve gotten the win. If we score on that breakaway I had, I think it’s a totally different game. I wish we would’ve gotten the win.

Brodzinski, on his breakaway:
We knew their D were going down pretty hard, so just chip by ‘em. Dowder chipped it to the middle. I had a breakaway. It just kind of rolled up on me. I couldn’t get it to settle down, so I just decided to take a shot. It ended up just laying there. I tipped it back to Andy, he got a shot, too, and he almost got another rebound, so it could’ve gone in a few times.

Brodzinski, on any performance issues, or whether the Kings were beaten by a hot goalie:
I mean, he played well. But I think we’ve just got to get more bodies to the net. I think we had a few shots from the point that he saw all the way. We’ll take this one and get after it the next game.

Brodzinski, on whether he was nervous or excited heading into the game:
A little bit of all of the above. The jitters kind of got out after the first couple shifts, and then it was just another game. But definitely an experience, for sure. [Reporter: Did you catch yourself looking around at all, maybe in the warm-ups?] Yeah, a little bit in warm-up, but it’s just another game. This is my job now, so I went out to work.

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Born: September 13, 1996
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Handedness: Left


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


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