Todd McLellan, on whether he liked the LA Kings’ “control” of the game despite Vegas’ shot surplus:
Yeah, I don’t know if I agree with you when it comes to control. I thought they controlled the second and third periods. This is pretty reminiscent to the game we played earlier in the year here when we got off to a lead and they poured it on and we had trouble keeping up with them. We scratch, we clawed, we got tremendous goaltending, outstanding goaltending. Some really good nights from some key people, players you think you’d get good nights from – I’m thinking Kopi and his line. And then there are some other players in our group that are getting exposed a little bit – which is fine. We’re finding out about them, but they’ve got to pick it up a little bit. Can’t rely on one or two lines, so mixed emotions. Really happy about the win, the streak, to win in this building. Happy for the goaltender. Disappointed in some individuals, though.
McLellan, on any reasons behind LA’s success at T-Mobile Arena and on back-to-backs:
No. I’m not even aware of the past, the back-to-back things that happen for every team in the league. I can’t explain why. We found tonight and certainly early in the year, we had some opportunistic goal scorers, guys that took advantage of situations where they got to put the pucks in the net. Scoring first’s in this building’s huge. We did that in both games. But going back, six games in back-to-backs, I have no idea about any of that.
McLellan, on the defense and goaltending success:
Well, we’ve played a pretty good team game. We’ve got outstanding goaltending, penalty killing’s been really good, so that’s allowed us to prevent goals. We’ve been in our end a little bit, but that’s going to happen to our team. I thought we checked better against Jersey and teams we played prior tonight. But again, this is a pretty damn good team here in Vegas, and they do that to a lot of elite teams and we weathered the storm, we’re going to leave with a win, we’ll relish it and we’ll get back to work and try to improve for the Leafs later on in the week.
Anze Kopitar, on facing Alec Martinez:
I mean, yeah, it’s a little weird to see him in warm-ups, but once the puck drops, you just get going and you just play the game.
Drew Doughty, on whether it was strange facing Alec Martinez:
No, honestly, I didn’t even say a word to him today. I don’t know – I might go see him after this if he’s around. It’s whatever, we’re used to it, it’s hockey. I’ve played against some of my best friends before. Obviously I’ve played with Marty for along time, so I’m used to this stuff.
Peter DeBoer, on the shot attempt differential:
It’s frustrating when you lose. I think we’ve been on a good run here. I think the story of the game was that we got behind and we were chasing it all night. You fall in to a 2-0 hole against anybody in this league and it has a potential to be a long night, especially when the other team’s goalie is dialed in. There could’ve been things we could have done to help ourselves and make it a little tougher on them, find a way. But again, it was a pretty good run, it’s usually how these type of games end. On a game where I didn’t even think there were bad goals on Marc-Andre Fleury, I just think the pucks ended up landing in places where their guys were standing to bang them in on their opportunities. Those things are going to happen over a full season.
DeBoer, on the Golden Knights’ loss:
I think that they got a couple of looks and the puck ended up on their stick in the right place early. I think that we were ready to play today, but then we’re in a 2-0 hole. In this league it’s hard to come back from that. We’ve been there before through this streak and we found a way to come back, but tonight we didn’t. Their goalie deserves some credit too. They battled hard and they were a desperate team. I think they blocked 24 or 25 shots, so you have to give them some credit.