January 11 postgame quotes: Kempe and Campbell - LA Kings Insider

Adrian Kempe, on how Texas was able to be so effective:
I don’t think we had a really good start. I think they came out with more speed than we did and I don’t know, they’re a really fast team so … we came out and let them steal a lot and put pucks to the net. I think the start wasn’t that good from us. We got a goal and we still had a lead after the first. I think the second wasn’t that good either. We didn’t have really a lot of shots today so I think we just got to go back to the game we played before the outdoor game and that’s the game that made us successful, too. Overall, sixty minutes, I didn’t think that was our best game this season.

Kempe, on his four goals in the last seven games and why he’s finding success:
Well, I try to get in front of the net more. And just shoot pucks more. I think I have a really good shot. I haven’t used it too much this season before but I try to improve it and try to work on it every day. I think it starts in practice and you’ve got to be good at practice. I know I’ve been good the last couple weeks on it so then maybe get a couple goals and I got a couple so far but it wasn’t enough tonight, so make sure to get one next game too. [Reporter: Is that position on the power play something Stothers allows you to practice, where you scored from tonight?] Well, I’m usually there on the half wall on the power play. We work on it sometimes and we work one-timers from that position too. I got a couple chances tonight and I think we should bury more than one but it was good enough in the first period.

Jack Campbell, on how he felt about his game overall:
I felt good in there. I felt sharp and Dusty and I were really working on some details this week and I thought what we worked on I did really well tonight. Not happy with the loss and there’s a couple things I need to work on tomorrow. It would have helped eliminate one or two of those goals. I know I have the ability to make those saves and we win the game one-nothing.

Campbell, on what makes Texas so effective besides its speed:
I thought they played a really strong game. They were really solid defensively tonight and their strong suit’s offensive hockey. They were moving the puck down low really well behind the net and it made it really tough. They were using low to high with their defensemen really well, getting shots through, getting traffic to the net, digging at the net. They made it pretty tough tonight and hat’s off to them how they played but I know we can get two points tonight.

Campbell, on whether a goalie prepares differently to face a high-scoring team:
Honestly, as a team we have a great, strong, team defense so we don’t really have to change. That’s the nice thing about who we play. I think with a team like this you’re more aware of getting pucks in deep and not turning the puck over because they’re coming at you so fast. You can prepare for that mentally just from those types of things, breaking out clean so you don’t have the puck in your zone the whole night. But I thought for the most part we played a pretty clean game. It wasn’t our best, that’s for sure. It’s disappointing not getting two points but we’ll be back at it in a couple days and we’ll be ready to play.

Campbell, on losing two games in a row and how to get back on track during this busy stretch:
Well, that’s the nice part about playing so much hockey coming up here is, can’t dwell on it. I already know what I need to work on tomorrow. I’m gonna do that and then we blink our eyes and we’re playing San Jose. It’s kind of a blessing with the games coming up but with that being said we’ve got to make sure we’re ready because every game’s important. We want to stay in first place and keep building.

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Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
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Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
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Handedness: Left


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