Dustin Brown, on the Kings’ win:
I thought we played a solid game. It was just kind of one of those games where we weren’t getting enough traffic around the net until late and then once we did we found goals. It’s something we can learn from and given our situation we have to just put this one away and get on a plane and go again.
Brown, on how they were able to get more traffic in front of the Vegas net:
It’s two parts, just guys have to get to the net. That’s one part. Another part is the puck has to get there. Sometimes we have pucks going there with no one there. Other times we have guys there and the puck’s not getting there. I think when we have that mentality, it’s a little different because we have an extra guy on the ice but I don’t know, me and (Carter) might have had 35 shots each in the crease there.
Brown, on how hard it is to get sustained zone-time against Vegas:
If you make them, put it in behind their D, you have a chance. Those times when you try to make plays at the blue line, that’s when they can catch you and they catch you with three or four guys going the other way real quick and that’s why they’ve been successful. They’ve been doing that to teams all year. When you get the puck in deep and you take the wall away from them, you have a better chance.
Brown, on the game-winner:
Just in front of the net, (Toffoli) – I don’t know if he one-timed it or what but it was a heavy shot, kind of hit me in the pant, dropped down, I just got around it. Was able to lift it up over Fleury and didn’t hit his pad at all, so that was good.
Tyler Toffoli, on if the Kings brought their best game:
I think we did a really good job but honestly tomorrow matters even more now. Just have to start preparing and be ready to go tomorrow in a really tough one to play.
Toffoli, on if it was a playoff-like atmosphere:
Definitely, not only from the play on the ice but the crowd and the atmosphere was really into it. And you could almost feel that goal at the end to tie it coming with the pressure and everything. Like I said, it’s really nice to get that win but now we have to move onto tomorrow.
Toffoli, on if the goal in the last 10 seconds was ‘relief and redemption’ considering how the last game ended:
Definitely, but I think we definitely earned tonight. The other game, we kind of let things slip. We shouldn’t have needed to score two goals (with our net empty), but tonight was really nice and I was a huge two points for us.
Toffoli, on what it was like to win a game where it appeared they wouldn’t for most of it:
We thought we were going to win the whole time. There was no doubt about it in our dressing room.
Drew Doughty, on the comeback:
I guess that’s two in a row we should have came back and tied up and won in overtime, but they’re a good team. Hard to play against. That was a good atmosphere in there and now we have to go win tomorrow.
Doughty, on if the team played a full 60 minutes:
I don’t know, that’s hard to say. I don’t think we played a full 60 minutes, it’s kind of tough to play a full 60 minutes. But we had obviously times when (Quick) needed to come up with some big saves, so we need to stop allowing those to happen and just get better at exiting our zone and spending more time in their zone and I think we’ll have an even better effort tomorrow.
Doughty, on being able to get the first of this back-to-back, home-and-home series with Vegas:
It’s huge. We’re in a playoff race right now. We’re trying to get into the playoffs. We’re still a couple of points out and this team’s in first and I’m sure a lot of teams don’t expect us to win these two matches, so we got the first one out of the way and now we need to go win another one.
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