Game 4 vs. San Diego postgame quotes: Mike Stothers

On breaking through to score three goals against Enroth:
Well, I mean, it was obviously needed. We needed it to prolong the series. He’s played well. Both goalies have played well. It’s been a good series, so here we go. We get ready for Game 5 tomorrow night.

On moving Justin Auger up to the first line and his performance:
You tell me what are the numbers of the lines. [Reporter: Well – ] No, no. You said the first line so what constitutes the first line. [Reporter: Just watching rushes.] So if they start in warm-up and they go first does that mean they’re the first line? [Reporter: Hensick’s been your first line center pretty much all year.] I don’t know, if I was Kempe I’d be pretty pissed off at that statement. If I was Amadio I’d be really pissed off at that statement, so I ain’t biting on that one. So do we want to rephrase that one, Lindsay? [Reporter: What’d you think of Auger’s performance?] I thought he was great. He was terrific, as was everybody. [Reporter: So is it 1A, 1B, 1C or 1D?] We just have 12 forwards, and they all played extremely well tonight. So very proud of the group. That was a very determined effort from everybody, so it was good. And you know what, I mean that’s more indicative of the way we play. We came into it saying I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey yet, so in order to beat a good team like San Diego you’ve got to play your best and your good players have to be good. Auger was real good.

On whether it’s advantageous to play Game 5 the night after the win:
I think so. This five games have been stretched out long enough so you know what, we’ve got to get at it and Stockton and San Jose are playing tomorrow. I don’t know if there’s any advantage to the back-to-back or the layoff. If they’ve got some inured guys, we’ve got some injured guys, maybe a couple of days helps but you know what, I’m kind of anxious now to – let’s get going.

On whether anything was said between the second and third periods:
Nope. What do you want? You already tried me with the motivation and then the Knute Rockne and the Lou Holtz and everything, Tony Robbins… Sometimes you say things, sometimes they listen. Sometimes they say things, sometimes they don’t listen. That’s the beauty of the game.

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