Game 1 vs. San Diego postgame quotes: Brodzinski, Kempe - LA Kings Insider

Jonny Brodzinski, on his game-winning goal set up by Kempe:
That’s all Kempe. Just found the spot in the slot. Great play by him, he kind of just flushed up the side. Little lackadaisical, he took advantage of it, hit him over and put it right between the D-man’s legs right on my tape in front and all’s I had to do was put it in. [Reporter: Were you aware of how much time was left?] Yeah, I looked up right away because I didn’t know what they were going to do. I heard five from our bench, I thought there was only five seconds left but I looked up there was 15. So, just trying to stay a little higher in the slot, just make sure they didn’t have any stretch plays or anything like that and he made the play so I just went hard to the net and got rewarded.

Brodzinski, on taking Game 1 in the best-of-5 and avoiding overtime:
That’s huge, especially going into tomorrow too. I think [we’ll] be a little more rested coming into tomorrow and I think home-ice advantage is pretty big too. We’re just looking to focus up tonight and come with a better performance tomorrow. I don’t think we had our best tonight.

Brodzinski, on the second period and the Gulls’ ability to get back into the game:
A couple bad turnovers I think is what led to their goals. The one by me on the power play, just kind of a soft play to the boards, they pick it off, go down for a breakaway. The other one too was just a soft play. I think if we clean up that, a little bit more sound defensively I think we’re going to come out with a bigger win.

Adrian Kempe, on his set-up to Brodzinski on the game-winner:
I actually didn’t know how many seconds were left but he was waiting behind the net and I had a chance to flush him out there and I got a stick on the puck and I won it and tried to just look up to see if I had anyone and Brodzy was all alone in front there. So I just tried to chuck it there and he got a good shot. It was really nice, really nice goal. [Reporter: Surprised to see that he was that wide open?] Yeah, I mean, I don’t think they expected that D-man to turn it over like that. I think right after I got it, I don’t know if Teddy was open too, I just tried to look up and he was all alone in front so that was good.

Kempe, on taking Game 1 after San Diego’s response in the second period:
Obviously it’s huge that we got Game 1 but it’s only the first game. We’ve got to win two more. I think we started off really good the first period and they came back in the second, played better than we did. But I think we came back strong in the third and we won the game so we deserved that too.

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