December 11 postgame quotes: Quick, Mersch

Jonathan Quick, on his save on David Perron in overtime:
It was a two-on-one. I knew Malkin is a left-shot and Perron is a right-shot. So I knew if he didn’t make the pass, I was going to have to get over in a hurry because he had the one-time option. I just tried to get over there and it caught my blocker.

Quick, on what allows the team to find different ways to win games:
I don’t know if there’s any one thing. It would [be] just keep working and good teams find ways to win. So we’re just trying to be a good team every night. We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a lot of things to work on and continue to get better at. So we’ll keep working at that.

Quick, on whether he notices the confidence of newer teammates increasing:
Yeah, that comes with experience and getting game time and getting out there and playing in different buildings, playing against different guys. You can that they’re getting a little more comfortable. So we want to see them continue to do that. The older guys that have been around for a little bit, continue to push ourselves and push them at the same time and keep working.

Quick, on his save on Nick Bonino in the shootout:
Same thing, he made a good move. A left-shot, so I knew he had the ability to get it up there so I was just trying to get as much coverage as possible. Luckily it hit me.

Quick, on whether not playing at Consol Energy Center for a long time affected his play:
No, they’ve got good lighting here, good ice. So it was, you know, it’s another rink.

Michael Mersch, on how he felt in his NHL debut:
I was able to pregame nap, which was nice and the first period was jitters a little bit. You kind of don’t want to make a mistake. But then, I felt like I started playing my game then. Come around the third… [Reporter: It was hockey?] Yeah, well it was special hockey game, but another one. We were able to play in their zone, a little more puck possession, got a few cycles going and I think that developed a little chemistry between us.

Mersch, on his thoughts prior to the game starting:
Systems play and everything, because between Ontario and here the systems are pretty similar, but there are a few details you have to go over. So just making sure I was sharp on all that stuff and just going through my regular pregame routine.

Mersch, on whether the overtime exposed him to the skill level of the NHL:
Yeah, for sure it was exciting to watch. There are a lot of great guys in this locker room. I was very excited that we got the win. A lot of guys played really well and the power play executed, so that was huge.

Mersch, on whether his NHL debut went as he thought it would:
Yeah, I think so. I hope it was for my family, and my friends too, who were in attendance. Yeah, it was everything and more. So it was a special moment.

Mersch, on how many family and friends attended the game:
I got like 16 passes for after the game.

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