Kings vs Canadiens: Postgame Quotes
Martin Jones -
On the win:
I thought we did a really good job tonight. They got some chances on the power play, but you need saves out of your goaltender on the penalty kill. You just have to get those. Five-on-five, we did a really good job all night. In the second period we didn’t take any penalties, and I think they only had two or three shots. I thought we did a great job tonight.
On facing 17 shots in the first period:
Like I said, they’re a good team, a really skilled team, and they’re going to get chances on the power play. I just wanted to try and give these guys a chance, and after that we played really, really well.
On whether two shutouts in three games surpass his expectations:
Maybe I didn’t expect to get that kind of start, but I don’t want to stop here. I want to make sure I keep working. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. We’re playing some good teams, so I ‘ve just got to continue to work here.
On winning a nine round shootout, posting a 16-save shutout, and facing a bevy of early shots Tuesday, and whether it represents a variety of situations:
I think so. It’s been nice to get wins in different ways, for sure. That’s the sign of a good team, is we’ve found ways to win in different situations. So it’s been a good start so far.
On whether he felt the team was looking to protect the shutout in the third period:
Like I said before, we did a great job five-on-five all night. The guys didn’t stop playing even though we had that six-goal lead. Guys continued to block shots and get in lanes, and take away sticks in front of the net, so they a great job all night.
Justin Williams -
On whether the team “proved a point” in the win:
The thing is, you’ve got to prove a point for 82 games, and that’s what we’re trying to do. If you ask anyone in their dressing room, I would say they probably played one of their worst games in the year, and we, on the contrary, played a much better game. We try to make statements as best we can and play the best every game we play. I like being on the road where we play back-to-backs. It makes it quick, and we’ve got another one tomorrow to try and make another statement.
On whether Los Angeles was looking to gauge itself with this game, as Montreal was:
I’m always excited to come back and play here. We don’t come back to Eastern Canada – we haven’t been been here for a while. To see these teams and see what the east is all about, see every team in the league, it’ll get you a little familiar with everybody, We certainly know they’re a better team than what they showed tonight. We play ‘em one more time this year, and we’ll expect their best.
On whether this was a good way to start the road trip:
Absolutely. Play good, win, smile. It’s a good way to start.
On the team sustaining the same effort for 60 minutes:
That’s why we’re professionals. Even though the game was six-nothing and out of reach, we still had something to play for. We had a zero to play for, and we had a goaltender to play for. That was certainly motivation enough to finish it off, and finish it off right.
Darryl Sutter -
On how Tuesday’s game compares to over road performances:
Two points. Leave town.
On what worked well in the win:
Killed a couple penalties in the first period – three, actually. Two after the 10-minute mark, which was probably the difference in the game.
On why Los Angeles has been one of the top teams in the Western Conference:
Got to play 82 games. 41 in your house, 41 in everybody else’s house. You’re trying to play the same way all the time.
On a heavy amount of shots allowed early in the game:
I think they had 11 or 12 on the power play. They score one there, it could have been a little difference, right?
On why this was a rout when the team often plays well and wins lower scoring games:
Our defensemen scored two goals [and] we scored two on faceoffs.
On the team’s first power play goal since November 19:
It would’ve been better if it was a big one.
On the decision to start Martin Jones:
Basically, we were going to rotate ‘em the last few games, but Ben wasn’t ready to play in the start he was supposed to have.
On the team persevering after being heavily outshot early:
Once in a while you get outshot. When you take three penalties on home ice in one period, you’ll get outshot. It’s a good power play. Montreal’s a good hockey club if you look at it. They’re in the top five or six in all the major categories. I don’t think it’s that big a deal. You’re going to lose, and you’re going to win.