Game 4 postgame quotes: Amadio, Kempe

Mike Amadio, on his overtime winner:
It was a lucky bounce off the boards there, nice play and I was just coming off the bench and fortunately for me it was in the back of the net. [Reporter: Did you see it go in?] Yeah, that’s when I knew it was in. I saw it hit the back of the net and bounce up a little bit and that’s when I knew it was in.

Amadio, on feeling comfortable at the AHL level:
I think so. After the first couple games I’m kind of accustomed to it now and I know what it takes and what the speed is like. I feel a little bit more comfortable and confident out there making plays.

Amadio, on where this birthday ranks for him:
Probably the best one so far, obviously.

Amadio, on the last time he scored on his birthday:
I don’t think ever. This is the first time.

Amadio, on what struck him about the AHL versus the OHL:
Probably just the speed and everything that comes with it. Guys are always on you and you have to know what you’re doing with the puck as soon as you get it. In junior when you get the puck you have a little bit of time to make a play but here you have to know what to do with the puck before you get it.

Amadio, on if he has a preference of playing wing versus center:
No, whatever he needs me I’ll play. [Reporter: What do you see differently from each position?] I feel a little more comfortable and more freedom [at] center obviously being able to skate wherever on the ice. Wing is more of up and down but it doesn’t matter, you’ve got to be able to play any position all over the ice and you’ve got to be ready to fill lanes.

Amadio, on how he doesn’t get flustered:
I try not to get too down on myself when I don’t make a good play. I obviously try to stay positive and go out the next shift and do the best I can. [Reporter: But isn’t that difficult as a young player at this level with the excitement you must have?] I’m not really sure what it is but when you do that that’s when you start not playing your game and making more mistakes. I just try to keep calm, keep positive and play my game. [Reporter: Is that something you’ve always had or something you’ve learned?] I think I’ve learned in recent years. Maybe when I was younger I’d show a little more emotion getting back to the bench but I’ve tried to calm myself down and moving forward here.

Amadio, on forcing overtime:
They’re a good team over there and we obviously know that and we know that they’re going to come out hard each game so we’ve just got to be prepared and I think we did a good job when we were down 1-0 we knew that we couldn’t give up and I think our guys did a good job coming out there in the third to battle back.

Adrian Kempe, on the wild third period:
It was a really tough game the whole game. Both teams had really good chances the whole game. There were a couple chances there in the third that we scored two and they had one too. It was a really tough game, a fun game to play, too.

Kempe, on Amadio:
He’s a great player. He had a really good year in the OHL, had a lot of goals. … I haven’t played with him before but he’s been doing great work for us in the middle. It’s hard to play center. He just came from the junior league right into the professional league. It’s hard right away but he’s done a great job for us and I’m really impressed so far. [Reporter: What impresses you?] Looks like he’s been playing with us the whole season. He’s doing a great job defensively, we know he’s good offensively. He’s big, strong, can take draws. He’s a really good player at everything.

Kempe, on his goals:
I just tried to chip it by the D on the first goal and I had a 2-on-1 and I wanted to pass first but then I saw the opening on the far side there so I just tried to get it over there. Not the hardest shot but it was good position for me. The second goal I gave Dowder the puck in the corner, he took it to the net, I just followed up behind him and I got a rebound, just tapped it in with a backhand. Two good shifts and we had a really good game.

Kempe, on the win:
It was a really important game, 2-2 or 3-1 is a huge difference between teams. It was a really important game for us to get up 3-1 here. You’ve just got to go back, reload now for tomorrow and play the same way as we did today.

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