April 14 postgame quotes: Zatkoff, Amadio - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Zatkoff, on whether he felt confident in his game after giving up the first two goals:
Yeah I felt fine. It was a hard game to play. I think as a goalie you want to feel the puck more so than that and obviously just an awful turnover on the third one and the guy’s got it back for me right away and then… I didn’t make a save in the shootout so you’re not going to win if that doesn’t happen. But, you know, first time we had those guys together and I thought as the game went on we started to play well and I think as a goalie, a game like that, you’re just trying to stay in it and make a save when you can.

Zatkoff, on whether that was the type of “defensive performance” he likes to see heading into the playoffs:
Yeah I thought we were solid all night. I think it depends on certain teams, too. Certain teams throw a lot of pucks from bad angles or a lot of shots and I thought they were more so trying to make plays and credit to our team, they took away a lot in the middle. We should’ve won the game in regulation if I don’t turn it over there but it is what it is and we came back, we got a point, and just getting ready for the playoffs.

Zatkoff, on whether the Reign have the confidence that they can come back from 2-0 deficits:
I think so. I think we’ve got enough firepower in there. It’s early enough, right? There’s nothing to really worry about so we got one right away I think and then we still have 30 minutes there to tie the game so I thought we played well.

Mike Amadio, on his 3-point night, and whether he felt good from the drop of the puck:
Yeah, I thought my legs were skating well in the first period there. I thought we did a good job getting pucks deep and getting behind their D and getting on the forecheck so I think when you’re doing that stuff it’s easy to get the legs going.

Amadio, on developing chemistry with Teddy Purcell:
We haven’t played much together but when we do I think we find each other when we’re on the ice so it’s nice playing with him. He sets up a lot of plays so really anybody I’m playing with is really good out there. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my linemates and teammates out there.

Amadio, on whether the Reign have the confidence that they can come back from 2-0 deficits:
Yeah, for sure. Obviously anytime you’re down and you come back it’s good. Good for the character group in there, not giving up and being able to battle back.

Amadio, on whether the physicality of the game was expected against San Diego:
I think so. I think we’ve always had that rivalry and we knew what they were going to come and do when they come into our rink so we’ve got to be ready when we go into their rink tomorrow night.

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#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D


Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.

Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left


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Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


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Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right


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Handedness: Left


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Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


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