May 30 postgame quotes: Chicago - LA Kings Insider

Joel Quenneville, on whether he said anything on the bench when L.A. took the lead:
Well, the message was let’s keep playing the right way and the same way. We didn’t want to change much. They got a power play. Obviously the building was loud. We didn’t want to change. We didn’t want to go into an aggressive mode offensively where we get picked apart like a couple of games earlier. Obviously Duncan made a great move, Kaner had great play recognition. Same thing on the next goal. These last two games, you can watch some hockey games, these are right up there.

Quenneville, on Patrick Kane’s patience:
It wasn’t like the first time we’ve seen it with him. I don’t think there’s a player in the league that has a puck on his stick, time and possession in the course of a game, and he sees plays, makes plays. The bigger the stage, too, he likes that challenge.

Quenneville, on Patrick Kane’s demeanor:
Yeah, that’s a compliment to the quality of player that he is. He’s a special player. Like, we talk about our team, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the situation. We don’t change, we welcome the challenge. He can get it done as good as anybody in the game.

Quenneville, on Corey Crawford appearing frustrated by Los Angeles’ third goal:
I didn’t look at it after the game yet. You know, guy is coming down the gut, we’ve seen a couple like that go in. I still think our team didn’t change one iota or composure or thought process and approach. I thought he battled back hard again, just like the last two games.

Quenneville, on how this series compares to others he’s coached:
This is the ‘wow’ factor in this series, especially the last two games. We got two competitive teams that have experience, have experienced players, experience in the situation. You know, it’s been amazing. I mean, as good as it gets.

Quenneville, on Corey Crawford’s play:
I thought tonight he was fine. Stretch in the second period, that one shift, dangerous, battling. They’re hard at the net. They make the goalies work. They make him work hard. You got to fight through a lot of traffic, loose pucks, get to the next save.

Quenneville, on shutting down Marian Gaborik:
It’s an ongoing challenge. A test every shift, every game. We talk about the meaning and value of every shift being important. Against a team like that, there’s no easy games or easy shifts. That four-line rotation is deep. Gaborik, Carter line has been special this series. That’s the focus.

Patrick Kane, on what was said when Los Angeles took the lead in the third:
Yeah, you know, nothing was really said. I think it was pretty much just keep playing the same way and play the way we know how to play. Ended up working out.

Kane, on how much fun he is having in the series:
Yeah, the last two games have been pretty wild to say the least. I’m sure it’s fun for the fans to watch. But we know they’re a resilient group. They’ve won two Game 7s on the road in their first two series. It’s going to be a tough one. Right now we’re happy we got the win, but it doesn’t mean anything because we haven’t won anything yet. We’ll get ready for the next one and we know they’ll bring the best for Game 7.

Kane, on the game-winning goal:
I think Hjalmarsson made a great play at the redline to have a good stick. He tipped it up to Saader. Saader drove the zone with speed and dropped it to me. I didn’t see anything off the rush. I took it up the line and tried to get a shot through. I think Shawsy was in front getting a great screen. Luckily it went in.

Kane, on whether he’s found more room on the ice later in the series:
There’s still not much room out there in this series. Right now you have to take advantage of your opportunities when you do get space. Playing with two hard workers that work really hard to get the puck back, have made my life a lot better as far as getting the puck in good areas where I can make plays. I give the credit to Saader and Shawsy.

Kane, on whether he said anything to his teammates when they trailed:
No, there really wasn’t much talk, to be honest with you.

Kane, on whether Chicago expected to win when trailing 3-2, and whether he expected to be the player to lead the team to victory:
I think, you know, we were upset with giving up that third goal. We were on the ice for that one. It was kind of a breakdown defensively. I’m sorry, the second goal, Doughty’s goal. Then, you know, we got ourselves down 3-2. We’ve been in that position before where we’ve been down, tied it up, ended up winning. Not much was said, to be honest with you. We have different guys stepping up every night. A huge goal by Duncan. To get that fourth one was huge, too.

Kane, on the game-tying goal:
I think Saader put it down to Shawsy. I was open for a little bit. They converged on me and I just brought it up the wall. Dunks did a great job of splitting through the zone there, beat the guy and made a great shot.

Kane, on pressure:
There’s pressure on both teams. Obviously we have some momentum so we want to keep it. Going into a Game 7 when there’s been momentum each way in the series, the series is tied 3-3, there’s pressure on both teams. Once again, they were up 3-1 in the series, so we’ll put all the pressure on them.

Kane, on why he tends to step up in big games:
I don’t know, you try to take it upon yourself to try and step up in big situations. But we have a lot of guys that do that. I think with our team and the amount of great players that are on it, it seems like everyone has their time to step up and have the spotlight and be in that moment. There’s been numerous guys that have done it. When it’s your turn, it’s always fun to contribute.

Kane, on being on the cusp of being, or not being part of a “dynasty”:
I don’t think anyone thinks about that. This year is a new challenge for us. A totally new year. I think it’s exciting to be in the playoffs and competing for a chance to go to the Stanley Cup again. I don’t think anyone’s thinking about the word ‘dynasty’ or anything like that. It’s a totally new year for us.

Brandon Saad, on what was said when Los Angeles took the lead in the third:
Not too much. There’s plenty of time left, so don’t put your head down. It’s do or die here.

Saad, on why his line has found chemistry:
Me and Shawsy try to do a lot of hard work. He’s a world-class player with world-class skills. We try to get him the puck, get to the net. He makes things happen. It’s been fun playing the last couple games. Hopefully we continue to have success.

Saad, on being on the cusp of being, or not being part of a “dynasty”:
He’s been here a lot longer than I have. I know these past couple years we’ve got some young guys coming in. Obviously with the core here, they’ve got a lot of skill. Guys that are going to be around a long time. It’s been fun the last couple years. They’ve had success even before I was there. It’s been a fun run.

Saad, on what impresses him about Jonathan Quick:
Well, he’s been through it all, winning a Stanley Cup, playing in the Olympics. He’s a big kid. He’s athletic. He never quits on the play. We just try to get guys to the net, get second-effort goals because he’s tough to beat on the first shot.

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