Sunday was a big win for the Los Angeles Kings. Not only was it important to pick up the two points, but mentally it was big for the Kings. They had lost three in a row and hadn't looked like themselves.
It wasn't a perfect performance against the Chicago Blackhawks, but it was a game that the Kings deserved to win.
Hear from Alex Turcotte, Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Pheonix Copley and Todd McLellan on the win.
Alex Turcotte on returning to the United Center as an NHL player:
It was obviously a dream come true. When they started singing the national anthem I remembered coming to the games as a kid, it's kind of what they're known for, and I kind of got goosebumps. I was just really excited, I have a lot of friends and family here. I had a lot of fun out there.
Turcotte on carrying what he's learned in the AHL into the NHL:
I think I felt really good, definitely more confident this time around compared to when I played my first game a little over a year ago. Just tried to be effective in the minutes I was given and help the team in any way I can. I just had a lot of fun out there it was great.
Turcotte on playing with Samuel Fagemo and Rasmus Kupari, who he played with in the AHL:
It's obviously pretty cool. We all came in around the same time I want them to do well and they want the same for me, so we can push each other and help each other each day. And help the team, which helps us even further. I feel pretty comfortable playing with them just because I know them so well off the ice, so it felt great with them.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan on what was clicking for him and his line:
I talked about it during the intermission, I think we were good defensively and had a lot of o(ffensive) zone time. And usually, you get some chances out of that when you're playing with good players and Kev(Kevin Fiala) is known for that, an All-Star, he makes some great plays so I just try to get open and it worked well.
Anderson-Dolan on being ready for everything playing with Fiala:
Absolutely, he looks like he's shooting and it's coming to you and vice-versa, looks like he's passing and he's shooting. Really skilled player and definitely have to be aware. But, at the same time, it's fun playing with guys like that. He makes great plays and, obviously, set me up twice.
Anderson-Dolan on the importance of seeing out the win after the third period in Nashville Saturday:
Very important, that was a tough one last night, but we try and just put that aside. It was a good challenge for us in the third for us, especially when they got that one to make it a one-goal game and I thought we responded well and got a good win.
Pheonix Copley on bouncing back after his last performance:
Yeah, I think it was big for everybody. It's been frustrating the last two games and I think everyone was frustrated and we played with a little more attitude and a little more urgency in our game. That's why we came away with two points.
Copley on his mentality after being pulled in his last start:
I wanted to get back at it, obviously, it's frustrating. I want to give the boys a chance to win every time I'm in there and felt like I didn't do that the last couple of games. I wanted to get back in and be able to be a part of the team, be a part of getting a win, and do my part. So yeah, it was great to get back in tonight.
Todd McLellan on the similarities to the Nashville game:
Yeah, I think tonight was an example where one game affects the other. And last night we had that lead and didn't manage it real well. Tonight we managed it better, but we took our foot off the gas. So, we're still trying to figure that out. We made much better decisions tonight in a lot of different areas that allowed us to come out with that win.
McLellan on Anderson-Dolan scoring twice:
For him in particular, for the group, they pull for this kid and they see him work, they see him do all the things he needs to do to be ready all the time. And to get the two goals, obviously, the coaching staff is happy for him, but the players are really happy for him. And he's become a big factor and has a big impact on our team.
McLellan on Copley's performance:
We believe in both our goaltenders right now. Sometimes the plan doesn't go as set out, we planned to play Pheonix in Nashville and Quickie here in Chicago, but it changed. Quickie got basically the whole game, Pheonix got his here, so happy for both of them.
McLellan on what he liked from the fourth line:
Minutes, trusting minutes. I thought they were really good, they played with energy, hounded pucks, created scoring chances, checked. Trusted them the whole night. Wasn't a shift we didn't feel good about them.
McLellan on Turcotte's growth:
He gave us the game we expected from him. He is, for lack of a better term, a puck-hound. He was on a lot of pucks, managed his game well, had a few real good scoring chances. I thought he was aggressive when he needed to be and smart when he needed to be. So, good signs.