April 17 postgame quotes: Vegas - LA Kings Insider

Gerard Gallant, on the series:
It’s been incredible. Obviously playing four games, and they’re all one-goal games. 1-0, 1-0, 2-1 in double overtime, and then 3-2. It’s two good teams and I guess, basically, we got a little bit more puck luck than they did. Both goaltenders were excellent, it was a great series, but like I said, we got a little more puck luck and we cashed in at the right times.

Erik Haula, on sweeping the series:
…Just looking at the series as a whole, we were composed, we played excellent hockey as a team and that’s what we are and that’s what it’s going to take for us to succeed. You know, it’s funny, it’s been different guys scoring goals at big times and this group is a fun, fun group. We’re excited for the next one.

Haula, on what the reaction was in the locker room after the game:
There was a couple high fives, but honestly, we’re a hungry group and we want to win. And like I said, it’s nice to get some rest now and recover and get ready for whoever we face next.

Haula, on Fleury’s outstanding performance:
Yes, yes he is. He’s one of the best and you know those two particular saves he made, and they were their two best goal-scorers right there in the slot, point blank. And those are differences in the game. He’s our backbone and we’re so happy to have him.

Haula, on whether he was shocked to sweep the Kings:
Eh, that’s a tough question. I guess, you know, they’re a great team. Coming in we have a lot of respect for them. They have great players. They’re tough to play against. Obviously you don’t ever go into the series ever expecting to win a series 4-0. I’ve never been a part of it on either side, but like I said, I have a lot of respect for their hockey club and for their players, the way they play.

Haula, on whether he’s pleased with his team’s defense:
Yeah, like I said, we stayed composed. We played our game. We skated well, defended well, and then we’ve got Fleury back there as our lead guy and that’s been the recipe for this series.

David Perron, on the confidence of the team right now:
Yeah, it’s fun. It’s a good feeling.

Perron, on how important it was to end the first period in a tie:
It was huge. Obviously, you never know if they start getting momentum more and more, scoring goals. And then, say they win the game, I think it’s going to be a tough one for us going back to Vegas and knowing that they’re going to come and that they have experience in those types of situations. We needed to close them out as soon as we could.

Perron, on what was said during the first intermission:
We knew what to expect and they really gave it to us badly and they played a great first period, as good as they could play. And we didn’t crack as far as the score, but we were really close and I mean, we had a better second period. That was way better.

Perron, on how he felt going through the handshake line:
I didn’t really feel that too often in my career and it’s a great feeling. Mostly with these guys, personally for me, they’re one of the teams in the league I have the most respect for and it’s a great feeling to finally beat Drew and Jonathan and Anze and those guys.

Brayden McNabb, on his goal:
I was able to get ahead of the forwards. You know, I’m not a big time guy who jumps in the play, but if there’s an opportunity I’ll take it. There was some space, you know, I think Smitty who passed it to me, I don’t even know honestly, but yeah he made a great play and I was able to just get it on net.

McNabb, on whether he caught Quick by surprise when he scored:
Yeah, I think it was just a late three-on-two. I think Marchie made a great play to Smitty and then Smitty kind of froze them all and was able slide it over to me and I was able to slide it in. So you know, I give all the credit to them. I just had to put it in the empty net.

McNabb, on how it felt to score the only goal of the game:
Yeah it felt pretty good. It’s an exciting time of year and it’s playoffs and it’s fun. [Reporter: Anything extra because it’s them?] Yeah, it felt good for sure. Definitely nice to beat your old team.

Marc-Andre Fleury, on how it feels to get the win:
I don’t know. It’s going to feel good for a few days. It’s nice. I think we might get a couple days off because of such a long layoff and it’ll be good. Just relax and rest and once we find out who we play we’ll get back to practice and we’ll bring back the energy and tempo.

Fleury, on how he feels after playing four games in seven days:
Feeling good. I guess you always feel better when you win I think. It was good though. It wasn’t too bad. We’ve done this, I feel like, for a month and a half before playoffs, played every other night. So it gets you ready for this.

Fleury, on his save on Brown in the final minutes:
Yeah I just tried to come all at him and just got a little piece at the top of the glove. So it was close. Good enough.

Fleury, on sweeping the series:
I don’t know. I think it’s just another win, another series. Doesn’t matter if we sweep
‘em or if we beat them in seven. It’s just nice to win the series and it’s good for obviosuy everybody’s confidence and you know, it was a close series. There weren’t many goals scored on both sides and big thank you for my D and for when they helped me out out there.

Fleury, whether he’s used to hearing that no one has done this before:
I don’t know, I’ve heard it a few times over the season, you know, but like I said, we’re not shooting for new records, right? We’re just always trying to focus on the next game and winning that one and that’s it.

Fleury, on how far he thinks Vegas can go:

One game at a time. You don’t want to be too high, you don’t want to be too low, then things start going a little sour and just get ready for the next one.

Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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