February 3 postgame quotes: Kuemper, Kempe

Darcy Kuemper, on what he saw from the players in front of him:
Tonight was pretty easy – early on, they were letting me really see it, allowing me to really track the first couple shots, and that just continued all night. I just for the most part sat back and enjoyed watching them and how well we played tonight. Just a dominant team effort, and a lot of guys were rewarded.

Kuemper, on how additional starts have helped his game:
I guess you’re keeping a little more of a rhythm, a little more relaxed at the start of games. Just trying to stay ready the best I can and I appreciate being given the opportunity to get out there a little bit more often.

Kuemper, on the adjustments in his game that Bill Ranford has been impressed with:
At the start of the year, we changed a lot of my post work and behind the net. A lot of technical things that are probably pretty boring, but just how I play in different situations. They’ve allowed me to just go out there and play a comfortable game. He’s been a huge help all year for me.

Kuemper, on the way the team has bounced back after difficult games:
When things kind of go south for us like the last game … guys are eager to get back out there and right the ship. We look at the mistakes and what was causing problems, and everyone’s buying in to change those, and I think that’s why we’ve had such good bounce-back games lately. Now our challenge is just to not have those swings in between.

Adrian Kempe, on bouncing back from recent lopsided losses with strong performances:
I think we had to bounce back since the last game, we really went back and looked at ourselves and thinking of what we could do better, and I think we proved that tonight. I think we played a solid 60 minutes, and that’s something we’ve been looking for the last couple of weeks here. We got 60 minutes today, so that was something to build on.

Kempe, on what went into the team’s forechecking and pressure:
We looked back at our game in Dallas, and I think we had a really good game – we forechecked there as well. I guess Nashville, we really didn’t do the same things that we did in Dallas. I think everybody was willing to pay the proice to win a game today, and I think we did a good job on the forecheck. We created a lot of chances from there. I think that’s the game we want to play – we want to play physical and fast, and we did that.

Kempe, on whether he’s satisfied with reaching 15 goals on the season:
You always want to get more. I think I’ve created some chances the last couple of games. It felt great to score again today, but as long as you create chances, it’s just a matter of time before you score. I felt great today, so hopefully we keep scoring.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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