Stevens postgame quotes (Dec. 13)

John Stevens’ postgame thoughts…

(on the game…)
STEVENS: “I think we saw a lot of things. I thought the guys tried really hard tonight. I thought they did a lot of good things in the offensive zone, and I thought they expended a lot of energy trying to win a hockey game, considering the emotions that they’ve gone through with Terry being let go, a man they respect enormously. I really thought they acted like professionals tonight and really tried to focus on the hockey game and winning the hockey game.’’

(on the Bruins’ chances…)
STEVENS: “I know we’re trying to score, but we don’t want to get away from the fundamentals and the foundation that has been set through Terry’s tenure here. That has really been the key to the success here, is limiting opportunities. I thought we gave them a few too many opportunities, just off our own turnovers. They’re so good at checking in the neutral zone and they come back at you. They’re a really good transition team, so I think we need to keep that kind of an effort going forward in the offensive zone and just be more determined. We’ve talked about this for a while, but we had some really good opportunities that need to end up in the net that didn’t.’’

(on the Kings’ start to the game, with the early penalty…)
STEVENS: “I think it forces you to expend a lot of energy, which is not good. Now you’re fighting an uphill battle and you’re trying to play catch-up. That’s never good, especially against a team as good, defensively, as Boston is. You have key guys killing penalties and using up a lot of valuable energy that you want to try to have at the other end. So that’s never a situation you want to be in. I thought we got through it pretty good, and that’s where I thought Quicker really helped us out, when we had the penalty early. You want to get flow on your bench, and you have guys end up sitting there too long and other guys playing too much. Three penalties in the first period, like that, is not a good thing.’’

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