Here’s what San Jose forward Logan Couture said after the Sharks eliminated the Kings with a 6-3 victory in the decisive Game 5 of their first-round series Friday at Staples Center: “I wonder if they got us right where they want us right now.”
Here’s what Ducks general manager Bob Murray said of the team’s early-season struggles and avoiding the temptation to fire Bruce Boudreau as coach back in October or November: “I came close to doing lots of things. Sometimes the right thing to do is very little and that’s what was done.”
Here’s some of what Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked Tuesday about the availability of injured right wing Marian Gaborik for the Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday: “Unavailable.”
When a reporter wondered if that meant unavailable for just Game 1 or the whole series or what, Sutter said, “I’m not God. I’m not a doctor.”
Sutter went on to say, “You’re not getting any information from us. Basically, what happens with the media, and I put up with it all season, but I’m not doing it in playoffs. I have no desire to give you any information on the stitches anybody got or what’s wrong with them or ‘how long he’s going to be’ or his wife’s in labor.
“You’re not getting any of that from me. …”
Wait, who’s wife is in labor?
Here’s some of what Kings center Anze Kopitar said after they squandered a three-goal lead in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets and now must hope the Washington Capitals defeat the Ducks in order to clinch the Pacific Division title:
“We had the start we wanted and for whatever reason we stopped playing. Obviously, we made a bunch of turnovers that resulted in their goals. The start was good, but the second and third periods were not very good. The frustrating part was we didn’t get the job done tonight.”
Here’s some of what Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said after a 2-1 overtime loss Tuesday to the Winnipeg Jets at the Honda Center: “I’ve said in the past when you play well and you lose, you can live with that. I thought we played pretty well overall tonight. We have to get better, but we competed pretty hard tonight.”
Here’s what Ducks center Nate Thompson said Friday after he scored for the second time in as many games after going 42 games without one and his line was perhaps the team’s best and most consistent during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks “I thought we were pretty good. It’s always good to be rewarded with a goal, but it doesn’t matter because it’s still a loss in the column.”
Here’s what Kings left wing Milan Lucic said of his spinning assist on Jeff Carter’s second goal in the second period Thursday: “Great play by (defenseman Brayden McNabb to pass the puck ahead). I kind of had the back-checker on me. Once he had his stick on me, I knew I couldn’t get a shot, so I kind of did a little spin-a-rama move and it ended up working out. Sometimes you’ve got to be lucky to be good. Just glad it worked out because, you know, when it doesn’t work out, you look foolish. It’s great when it works out.”
Here’s what Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg said after scoring two goals in an 8-3 victory Wednesday over the Calgary Flames, which moved the Ducks past the idle Kings and into first place in the Pacific Division: “It’s always good. With the start we had (1-7-2 in October), no one expected us to be where we’re at right now. We’ve been doing some good things lately. We’ve been playing good hockey. There’s a big benefit to being first.”
Here’s what Kings coach Darryl Sutter said about center Vincent Lecavalier, who has eight goals and 15 points in 35 games since he was acquired Jan. 6 from the Philadelphia Flyers: “Two months ago, three months ago, they said he was done. They just didn’t finish the sentence. He’s done well.”
Lecavalier had one point, an assist, in seven games with Philadelphia.
Here’s what Darryl Sutter said after the Kings clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory Saturday over the Boston Bruins: “To do it with several games left in the season, there are not many teams that do that, so I am thankful for that.”