Jeff Zatkoff postgame quotes.

On first two periods:
I though we did a go
od job defensively the first two periods. They had probably 20 (actually 19) shots, but I don’t think any of them were too difficult. I thought they made a stronger push in the third. Give ‘em credit, they played well. We don’t want to lose, they don’t want to lose. They battled back and made a game out of it.

On playing with a lead:
Ask any goalie, it settles you down and makes it easier to play with a lead, protecting something, than it is from behind. It’s a little relief for you.

On stepping up in Game 6:
It’s an elimination game, it brings out the best in people. I didn’t want my season to be over with, and I don’t think any of the guys in the locker room wanted it to be over. A big part of it was the way you saw our team played. We did really good the first two periods. We stuck together even though they got those goals in the third period, we stuck together and we regrouped. We shut em down those last four minutes and came out with the win. At this point of the year, it doesn’t matter if you win 5-0 or 4-3. Both the same.

On playing back-to-back games at this point in the season:
I should be fine. If you look at the way the series is set up, we play Friday, Saturday, then we had Sunday and Monday off, played again Wednesday. There’s been a ton of time to rest. We played four in fives throughout the season, so in a back to back I should be fine.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.