Johnson postgame quotes

Here is the transcript of Jack Johnson’s postgame interview on FSN…

(on his shootout goal…)
JOHNSON: “I have a couple moves that I kind of keep in the back of my head. Fortunately by shooting third, I got to scout the goalie a little bit. I figured that it didn’t work the first time, so I was hoping it wouldn’t fail the second time. … I had somewhat of an idea of what I wanted to do, but shooting third, you have time to scout the goaltender a little bit, based on what he did against the first two shooters. I see how far out he was on me, as I was coming in, and how quickly he was backing up, but I kind of had an idea, shooting third. … I just noticed that the first two guys who shot didn’t have success, so I kind of had an idea that I wanted to deke him. I came in with a lot of speed. That’s pretty much what I was thinking.”

(on playing with Drew Doughty, for the first time, in overtime…)
JOHNSON: “It was great. I think he and I play really well together and I enjoy playing with him. I think there’s a lot of chemistry to be there in the future. Right now, we’re both really happy with our partners, but we’re thinking that sometime down the line, we’d definitely love to play with each other.”

(on this being a successful road trip…)
JOHNSON: “Absolutely. This is what we needed and this is what we’re starting to expect, coming into games. We’ve got great goaltending. We’ve got pretty balanced scoring coming up, and the Kings come into games now expecting to win.”

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  • KingzzFan

    Damn, I only caught 3:50 into OT and the shoot out. Great road trip 4-1. should be 5-0 but I wont beat a dead bush. Great job boys let’s keep this momentum and into playoffs.

    Go Kings Go

  • neil

    Rich could you please clarify Ensbergs contract…Many write that he is a unrestricted free agent…Is he???(at the end of the year)

  • andrew

    damn, i raced home to see if i could catch the end of the game but i think it ended as i left. how did the guys play? i see 2 goals were allowed on 7 shots in the second. quicks fault or something else? either way 2 big points and im excited going into every game now.

  • Rich Hammond

    Yes,

  • Eric K

    it was cool to see how happy JJ was after the shootout.

    great teams win when they’re not at their best; hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.

  • Deano Lombardo

    Great to get a win even though the Kings didnt play their best game. Doughty was a bit off tonight, and Quick keeps getting beat over his left shoulder. I hope they can ride this momentum into the Stapler and take advantage of Calgary playing the night before at the Quack.

  • Anonymous

    Funny that the toughest game of the road trip is against the worst team in the league.

    Very good win, coming from behind twice.

    I have to imagine Doughty still isn’t feeling too hot, I thought he played a very poor game for his standard. Then again, it seemed that the entire Islanders team was faster than the Kings.

    I think there is no question that Kopitar has finally had the screws in his neck fixed and is riding the lightning. Making plays every shift, but he is still incredible responsible.

    And can everyone please give a round of applause to the Rat Boy King? Not a single penalty taken, a nice wrap around chance, several crushing hits, all clean, several good forechecks. No lame fights, but this game didn’t call for one so there wasn’t some lame stand off. Ivanans played as good a game as he can.

    Another guy I’m constantly more impressed with is Richardson. He was such a question mark, but now we are seeing why DL felt he was worth a second rounder. He adds a great offensive boost to the Shutdown line. He is always trying to make plays to the net. His speed on the forecheck just makes that line unstoppable.

    Frolov is also becoming a different player and I hope and pray he can keep this up. He is finally making the desparation plays, the extra little juice that is the mark of a driven athlete.

    Ultimately though, Quick is obviously our savior, atleast for now. Not only does he have swagger and athleticism, but he’s such a fierce competitor. He was PISSED after those first and third goals. The second one he was smart enough to shrug off as a fluke. I really think he is not just subliminaly, but actively driving the team to be better. Whereas JLB liked to point fingers when the defense broke down, Quick seems to get angry at the whole team, but not in a “you screwed me over way”, but a “I hate losing and so should you, COME ON and get your sh** together” kind of way. Did anyone else pick up on this? To me his body language after those goals was the story of the game.

    Also, it seems so, but I hope Stoll’s hand/wrist is ok. A hand injury for him would be the worst kind of injury.

    Finally, as much as they suck, I have to give props to the Isles for an extremely strongly played game. They were fearsome on the puck the majority of the game, though I the Kings were able to maintain overall control and tempo.

    Oh man, I’m busting, these last two weeks have been magical.

  • JDM

    ah, I JDM’ed myself! That long-un above is from me.

  • anonimis

    Spoken like a true leader! He’s one the biggest reasons why we’re successful lately. Great job boys!

  • Quisp

    Okay, that was game 52, also known as the end of the fourth batch of 13 games. If you’ll recall, back in early November, after game 13, we had a little playoff discussion, which was basically about how the playoffs weren’t going to happen this year. And I said this:

    [cut and paste from November archives:]

    “Here’s how the Kings make the playoffs this year. Let’s take the season in 13 game chunks, since we’ve already played 13 games. In order to make the playoffs, what the Kings need to do is: improve by one point in each 13 game chunk. They’ve earned 12 points so far this year, just slightly under .500. In the next 13, they need to earn 13 points, then 14, then 15, then 16, and finally 17. At which point there will be four games left in the season, and they will be six points from the playoff threshold. Doable? Obviously.

    first 13 games: 12 pts, .461 (12 pts, .461 total)
    second 13: 13 pts, .500 (25 pts, .480)
    third 13: 14 pts, .538 (39 pts, .500)
    fourth 13: 15 pts, .576 (54 pts, .519)
    fifth 13: 16 pts, .615 (70 pts, .538)
    sixth 13: 17 pts, .653 (87 pts, .557)
    last four games: 6 pts, .750 (93 pts, .567)

    I would be willing to bet the Kings will improve as the season goes on. I’m equally sure they will not improve in the precisely linear fashion described above. There will be winning streaks and losing streaks. The point is, it doesn’t take that much average improvement to get them into the promised land.”

    [end cut and paste]

    The Kings now have 55 points after 52 games. That’s a point ahead of the “pace” outlined above. I still believe that the Kings need to shoot for 93 points in order to be assured of a spot. Anything lower than that, there are no guarantees.

    As of right now, by points, the Kings are two points out. But there’s a nice little site that takes games in hand into account by simply taking the number of points a team has and projecting it to 82 games. (link: http://zorak.best.vwh.net/nhl/#projected) He then sorts the standings by points per game (that is, the number of points in the standings a team gets on average every game; e.g. 2.00 would be undefeated, 1.00 would be a team at .500).

    In his standings, as you can see if you follow the link, the Kings are in the 8th spot, projecting to 87 points (1.058 points/game). EDM, CBJ and ANA, all of whom have more points than the Kings in the current standings, but who have played more games, drop to 9th, 10th and 11th.

    I still think it is statistically just about impossible that 87 points will be enough, but it may be a little lower than 93 this year. 92, 91, maybe. But I wouldn’t count on it.

    The Kings need 38 points out of their remaining 30 games. That’s a win % of .634. If that seems like a lot, consider that mighty Anaheim, in order to get there, needs a win % of .654.

    I also enjoyed, in digging up the old comment, revisiting the “Moller, Hickey and Bernier for Tomas Vokoun” trade proposal.

  • Cry baby

    Did anyone hear Jim Fox before the game? He said something to the effect of the guys are playing well now that they have confidence in their goalie. It is so true. It is so nice to watch a game knowing that Quick makes routine saves in the majority of the cases. You do notice the fact that the Kings are a new team post Babs.

  • GoKings09

    Quisp,

    I enjoy looking over your stats and thank you for the time you put in to figure everything out. Only mention i wanted to make is that normally I would agree with you that the 93 points is what it takes to get into the playoffs, but this year it may take less than that simply because of the parity in the west. In seasons past there would be a couple of teams way at the bottom that would get beat all the time and those points would go to some of the other teams in the 6,7,8,9 spots. This year all the teams are beating up on each other and I wouldn’t be surprised if they point totals are a bit down. Possibly not but just my 2 cents.

    -GoKings09

  • Anonymous

    That’s an interesting stat sheet. I have to admit, though, it’s tough to see how the Jackets will miss out with how they’ve been playing, especially in goal. They had another shutout tonight.

    Someone posted an article on this site the other day about the Kings’ needs for the future. One of the key factors in the article was the Kings getting early playoff experience, and that’s exactly what these guys need early on. This club with an early playoff berth, could really take this team over the top in years to come.

    As far as the game tonight, only 2 things stood out to me. One, the goal Kopi had with Sully assisting, and those awesome shootout moves from JOMFGJ.

    Good job, Kings, way to go on that road trip.

  • Anonymous

    That’s an interesting stat sheet. I have to admit, though, it’s tough to see how the Jackets will miss out with how they’ve been playing, especially in goal. They had another shutout tonight.

    Someone posted an article on this site the other day about the Kings’ needs for the future. One of the key factors in the article was the Kings getting early playoff experience, and that’s exactly what these guys need early on. This club with an early playoff berth, could really take this team over the top in years to come.

    As far as the game tonight, only 2 things stood out to me. One, the goal Kopi had with Sully assisting, and those awesome shootout moves from JOMFGJ.

    Good job, Kings, way to go on that road trip.

  • Ersberg

    Anon post incoming..

  • Ersberg

    Side note..

    I have to admit I was a doubter of JMFJ. Since his return, he’s already proven me wrong. It didn’t take years for this guy to show his value as a player. This guy is an animal.

    If Dean trades him, he may as well follow him out the door.

  • Quisp

    GoKings09 –

    Yes, I agree. I think it’s possible the 8th seed may have a point total lower than 93. The longer everyone still has a shot, the more every game becomes a playoff-type game for all those teams. That’s why I pointed out the site that projects the Kings to 8th place with 87 points. However:

    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Western/Pacific/Kings.html

    The guy at the above link runs some interesting numbers. What he does is, he plays out the season for all 30 teams from today forward, using a (computer-simulated) coin-toss to determine the outcome of each game. Then he looks at the standings. You have to kind of forget the fact that every team has a 50/50 chance of winning every game (he runs the numbers elsewhere weighting each game by the team’s record). The point is — and this is what’s interesting — he ends up with a quantified likelihood that point total x will result in final standings position y.

    For example:

    In only 1% of virtual seasons did a point total of 94 result in the Kings finishing out of the playoffs. 99% of the time, 94 was good enough.

    92 points was good enough 87.5% of the time.
    90 points, 51.7% of the time.
    88 points, 14%.
    86 points, 1%
    84 points, 0%

    He runs these numbers anew every day, reflecting the current standings. I’m ignoring how he arrives at the wins and losses (since it’s random) and looking only at the standing outcomes.

    So, per your intuition, in 50% of his model seasons, 90 points is enough this year. This will change, of course, as whatever happens happens. The longer it stays close for everyone, the lower the threshold will be (I think). On the other hand, if a few teams break away from the pack, the threshold will creep higher.

  • Roger

    For the first time in a long time. The Kings played a so-so game and wound up winning it. This shows maturity and confidence in their game. In the third period they played as if there is no way we are going to lose the the Islanders, and some how wound up tying the game and winning it in a shoot out. For this, I have to give most of the credit to TM. He has come in and transformed this hockey club. They are a more confident bunch, and are not phased at all playing on the road. I believe the remaining games are going to be exciting to watch. And perhaps maybe this team can be lucky enough to make the playoffs.

    Roger

  • Anonymous

    “JOHNSON: “It was great. I think he and I play really well together and I enjoy playing with him. I think there’s a lot of chemistry to be there in the future.”

    This is such an awesome quote. These 2 guys will be absolutely feared when paired together. Seeing them during the 4 on 4 ot was just so damn cool.

  • OCKINGFAN

    It looks like the whole team is building their chemistry. Did you see how stoked everybody looked after JJ scored that SO goal. My girlfriend pointed it out while we were watching NHL on the fly. She noticed how happy they look as a team, and how they play way better when they are happy. anyways i still hate the ducks, and this is the happiest ive been with LA in a long time. GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!

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