Adrian Kempe, on what he liked about the win:
I think we came out right away and we played really hard and played fast and played our game. We got a couple goals there in the beginning, so I thought that was huge for our team, and then I think we could’ve played better overall tonight, but it was a great effort by everybody, and Quickie was great in the back, so it was good for us.
Kempe, on what could be improved:
We know they’re a really skilled team and they’re a great offense. I think we gave up a little too many chances and a little too many rushes for them. We’ve got to be on our toes there and know they’re going to come out hard, too. I think that was one thing we’ve got to do better.
Kempe, on working the puck to Tyler Toffoli on his assist:
Well, I saw Pears had the puck in the wall, so I just tried to carry speed through the middle and call for it, and then I just tried to protect the puck, and I got close to the net and had two options, and I passed it off and they scored. That’s good.
Kempe, on depth forwards contributing:
I think it was great that everybody can produce. I thought all four lines were great and all the D as well. It was good – every line got a goal, and I think that’s very important for our team. [Reporter: Nice pass by Shore there on the Lewis goal.] Yeah, he’s a great playmaker. I played with him back in Manch. He gave me a couple of those as well, so it was great.
Kempe, on any surprise that several recent goaltender interference reviews have gone against the Kings:
It’s hard to say. There was a lot of scrums there at the end, and those penalty shots that they got, I don’t know what they called, really, but it’s hard to see from the bench.
Kempe, on players contributing in Jeff Carter’s absence:
Well, someone else has got to step up for him. I mean, he’s a very important player for the team, and we’ve got to have other guys step up when he’s out, and I think everybody’s done a great job so far.
Mike Amadio, on scoring his first career goal:
It was a pretty indescribable feeling. There was a lot of emotion running through my body. Great pass by Pears to make that and turn the puck over there, and fortunately for me, it was in the back of the net.
Amadio, on getting off to a good start after the road trip:
Yeah, we knew we had to be good coming off the road trip. We knew that they were a good offensive team, and we knew that we had to get pucks behind their D and grind them down low. I thought we did a good job of that, but we can get better going forward here.
Amadio, on keys to holding on to the lead in the final five minutes:
Just staying calm and not getting too far back on our heels. I think we did a good job there and we were making plays and we stayed calm defensively.
Amadio, on whether it was special to score his first goal against the Maple Leafs:
A little. Growing up watching them, being from Canada. It’s a nice feeling, getting that one out of the way.
Amadio, on what he saw from all four lines tonight:
I thought we were good on the forecheck. I thought we could’ve been a little bit better managing pucks, but I thought we played a good game coming off the long road trip, so that was a good win for us.
Amadio, on where he’ll keep his first career goal puck:
Probably in my room somewhere.
-Lead photo via Aaron Poole/NHLI