Assorted quotes…

…from wire-service stories:

Crawford, on Bernier:
“I don’t think you could’ve expected a better game from a 19-year-old goaltender. There was a lot of pressure tonight, and he looked like a really solid, solid goaltender. Not very many pucks bounced off of him, and he made a couple of great saves.”

Bernier, on his game and the delay at the start:
“I wasn’t nervous. I just kept my focus. It was a long time I had to wait. … It’s always good to get the start of the season, especially at my age. I’m pretty happy with what I did tonight.”

Rob Blake, on Bernier:
“It’s pretty amazing. I think it’s a calming effect he has on all of us. The way he plays is very calm, he doesn’t really move too much. The puck just seems to hit him. And that carries over to all of us. If you watch his demeanor around the room, he’s a guy who’s ready to play in the NHL. He’s not a junior kid anymore. … He has been our best goalie, and he showed it tonight.”

Crawford, on tomorrow’s goalie choice:
“With the youth of our team, and the back-to-back settings, we’re going to want to make sure we keep as fresh a lineup as we possibly can and try to get everybody to contribute.”

Cammalleri, on the game:
“I love London. It was good to us tonight. … It felt like a North American hockey crowd. There wasn’t much difference — a couple of waves, like soccer, which was fun to watch”

Blake, on the uniqueness of playing in London:
“I don’t remember taking a boat up a river to get to the game very often. But that was our format tonight.”

Crawford, on the delayed start:
“I think we had a lot of time to look around right at the start when they were trying to get the lights back on. I tried to soak it all in, all the different jerseys in the crowd.”

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, unlike Tim Leiweke, not so happy about playing in London, it seems:
“We made a decision last November, December to participate in this. The players voted and the managers had their chance to say yea or nay and we’re living by that decision.”

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  • Evil, M.D.

    Regarding Blake’s comments on Bernier — Whoah.

    As a Kings fan I could not have hoped for more… Go KINGS!!!

  • paincorp

    ‘He has been our best goalie, and he showed it tonight.”

    This coming from your captain….is HUGE! I feel a bit bad for Barbs, but Bernie is it. He’s so calm in net, he actually makes ME feel comfortable, which hasn’t happened in over 10 years. ;-)

  • Danielle

    Sounds like some sour grapes from Carlyle.