Postgame quotes (Nov. 9)

Here are some quotes from tonight’s game, as provided by the Blackhawks. A recap of the game, with stats and video, can be found here.

Terry Murray:
“Special teams can win or lose you a game. Tonight the Blackhawks’ power play won it and our penalty killers lost it. We had our chances in the first period, but both goaltenders played well. Certainly, on Madden’s goal, Quick would like to have that one back. You have to give credit to the ‘Hawks; they have a good team and it’s hard to play on the road when you’re behind.”

Jonathan Quick:
“Chicago is a playoff team and that’s the level we want to get to. They created a lot of traffic on their two power-play goals, which got them going in the third period. Brouwer made a nice play and then Toews did as well. We just have to be better killing penalties.”

Dustin Brown:
“It was an even game. We had some good chances, but you have to give Chicago credit. They made the difference with their special teams.”

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville:
On the power play goals:
“We scored early on both of them and we liked the movement. Getting pucks at the net, we got some retrievals, which led to the goals. But, you know, you have stretches where it’s not as effective as you like and there’s times where it looks like its trending and coming along. Last game we scored and lost momentum on one but we stuck with it and hopefully we can get some production out of it consistently because it really helps our offense.”

On having Toews and Eager back:
“I thought (Toews) played very well and (Eager) coming off of injuries. We got a lot of energy off both of them. Johnny had the puck a lot, played a lot of quality minutes. I thought that line with (Sharp) and (Byfuglien) was very effective. They got the power play going as well.”

On Troy Brouwer:
“Nice game. Got some responsibility playing matchups, some on the power play. I thought production wise he was good but I thought he was forceful with his size and his quickness. All the way around we’ll take that game-in and game-out.”

On the Kings:
“They’re a good team. A top team in the conference and you can see why. I thought we played a very good game tonight, across the board. We checked well and the lines were contributing and there weren’t any power plays until the third period so it was a pretty tight game and it was good to get those power-play goals.”

Blackhawks Troy Brouwer:
On his power-play goal:
“We’ve been taking time before and after practice trying to work on getting in front, getting our tips down. Me and (Sharp) talked about that play where he’s going to shoot wide and I’m going to try and get a stick on it and so it ended up working tonight.”

On the team’s growing confidence on the power play:
“Confidence is everything in hockey and in sports, for that matter. Now that we’ve got our power play going a little bit and were winning battles, that’s the main thing. On Toews’ goal we won a battle in the corner and he was able to walk out with it. That’s the main focus on our power play right now.”

On having Toews and Eager back from injuries:
“It’s a huge boost. You know what you’re going to get out of (Jonathan) Toews every night and same with (Ben) Eager. They both play a good, hard, physical game and Toews brings a lot of skill and leadership to the games. Whenever you can get your captain back and a player like Ben (Eager), it’s a huge boost for the team.”

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