April 13 postgame quotes: John Stevens

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:
He gave us a chance to win like he always does. That’s what Jonny is. He’s going to give you a chance to win every night, and he did that tonight. We leaned on him pretty heavily and give him a little more run support, give yourself a really good chance to wn a hockey game. That’s Jonny I’ve been here eight years, and that’s been Jonny. I think we’ve come to expect that from him.

On battling through difficult circumstances in the loss:
Well, we lost two games here. Vegas held their serve. I think we’ve got just a little more work to do, but we’re in a series now. We’re going home in front of our fans where we love to play. They held serve here. A lot of guys played hard tonight, and not just Jonny, we had some guys that played really hard and gave us a chance to win. So now we’ve got to go home and take care of business at home.

On whether he’s proud of his defense:
The defense? I’m proud of the team. Some guys came with some really good performances, and some guys we need to play better. I thought Fantenberg was outstanding tonight. Phaneuf, Marty, those guys, Foles, they had to give us a lot. Fants played a lot of minutes tonight, I thought he handled himself well. If somebody goes out, your team still has to carry on. The Los Angeles Kings are still playing tonight, and I thought that group on the back end played hard tonight.

On momentum:
It’s what it is, right, it’s a series. I said to you guys before, the momentum in a series, you lose 7-0 like Philly does the first night, you come back and win, it’s still one-one, right? They win their two games at home, a lot of people would say they’re supposed to win at home and they’re a really good team at home all year, so no we’re going home and getting to work.

On whether the loss was “devastating”:
It’s not devastating. We came in here to win a hockey game and we didn’t win it. Because of double overtime? [Reporter: Yeah.] You just expend a lot of energy. It doesn’t matter if you win in regulation or you win in quadruple overtime. It still counts as one. So, they won their two home games and we’ve got to go home and get to work here. Devastating? No. Guys spent a lot of energy tonight, just like they did, but you want to try and win a hockey game and try and take home ice away from them. Didn’t do that, and now we’ve got to go home and take care of business.

On whether the Kings kept Vegas’ chances to the outside:
They had some quality looks tonight. I thought that power play they had early on really gave them momentum. I thought they had a lot of zone time. We had a couple opportunities to clear the hockey puck and didn’t that came down to bite us. I thought guys di get back and pressure a lot of situations. They had some quality looks tonight, for sure, that we’d like to clean up and get a little more zone time. You don’t want to get outshot with that type of margin. It’s not going to be a remedy for success. It doesn’t matter who’s in net, Jonny’s going to give you a chance to win. But they definitely had some quality looks.

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