April 15 postgame quotes: Vegas

Gerard Gallant, on tonight’s game:
L.A. came out and they played a great game tonight. The first period they took it to us physically, and we weathered the storm.Got behind 1-0, but I thought we kept coming back and kept playing better as the game went on, and in the third period we were fortunate to get that typing goal and that was a big goal for us.

Marc-Andre Fleury, on the team’s will to win:
It’s been great and it’s been fun to watch, you know? Tonight wasn’t easy. We had a lot of—they scored first and we had a lot of penalties tonight. We had a lot of guys battle hard until the end again, know that they were coming and the guys did a great job to keep the puck out.

Fleury, on the physicality of tonight’s game:
Yeah, it’s been big. You know, like I said, we got a few penalties tonight, but it’s good though. I thought everybody stuck with the game plan and stuck with it and we didn’t get into trouble in the third and played our game and it paid off.

Fleury, on whether the team will enjoy tonight’s win:

Yeah, sure. It’s a good feeling. Every time you can win in a playoff game, those games are always so hard to win and hard-fought. And we get just to relax tonight and enjoy it and tomorrow turn the page and get ready for game four.

David Perron, on what allowed Vegas to come back in the third period:
I mean again we’re down one-nothing and we’re trying to find that big play to get the team going. We found that big goal. I feel like it really pushed them back and got the emotion and I don’t know if they felt like we were just going to hang on and push it to overtime, but our guys have done a good job all year of keep pushing the pace and even getting that third goal which ended up being the difference and was huge for us.

Perron, on whether he ever thought they would have the chance to sweep the Kings:
Eh probably not, to be honest. But it’s a huge chance for us and at the end of the day it’s a seven game series for a reason and we’re not going to count them dead until it’s actually last buzzer of the fourth game that we win and I mean we’ll go from there. I mean they’re going to really give it their all and they’ve got a really good team over there and you see us 3-1 and we think we’re running away with the game and they score a goal and they make it a game again, so did a good job.

William Karlsson, on Fleury’s performance in the final minutes of the game:
Again, he was very good. He’s been very good the first two games too so he bails us out sometimes and it’s really good to see in a goalie.

Karlsson, on whether he knew the puck was coming before he scored:
Well when you play with Reilly Smith you kind of have to know that the puck might come there, so just have to be ready.

Karlsson, on whether he sensed the momentum shifting in the third period:
Yeah a little, I mean especially after the first goal. I think the momentum really swung away. After that we kind of felt that this was our game and I’m glad we got away with the lead there.

Karlsson, on the Kings having come back from a 3-0 deficit before:
We’re not happy until we’ve beat them a fourth time. Like you said, they have a history of coming back. They have great players and a leader of Anze Kopitar so it’s going to be tough. We’ve got to stay very focused.

Karlsson, on finding a way to win:

I don’t know if there’s a magic spell, but if you continue to keep grinding and trying and trying, it’s bound to go in. And, like I said earlier, when we got the first one I think the whole team felt that we were going to win this.

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