Adrian Kempe scored his first and second goal of the playoffs, including the overtime winner in Edmonton on Tuesday. The goals marked the first postseason goals of Kempe’s career. It also marked his first career playoff multi-point game.
Before speaking with the media, he was met by Drew Doughty in the hallway, with the latter visibly fired up by the win.
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Here’s a recap of what Kempe said:
On his goal and the start to the overtime period
Great start by Phil’s line and the D that were out there. Kept it in their zone for a minute. Forwards on our side changed and made great time. They (Oilers) didn’t get the puck all the way back down. We got it back into their zone and caught them on their heels when they were tired.
On whether he felt the momentum rollover after the Danault line
I think going back to the third period, we were up 4-2, they (Oilers) had some momentum going into overtime. We were talking about it in the locker room that whatever happened happened already and reset our mindset here and go out and win a game. They (Danault’s line) came out right away and set the tone, and we caught them when they were tired and finished it off.
On the opportunity to clinch the series on home ice
Still a lot to play for. Obviously, we’re very excited about where we’re at right now. It was a great road win for us. Our confidence is good right now. We gotta reset our mindset tomorrow. Enjoy tonight, and play as good as we did tonight at home on Thursday.
On the difference in the way that the Kings approached the last two games
Sticking to our game. I feel like, in the second and third game, we fell into their trap game, their rush game, and that’s not the way we have talked about how we want to play. They’re a really good team in transition and stuff like that. It’s just not the way that we want to play, and I felt like going back to this game and the game before, we took it back to playing our game. Still physical, but being solid in the D zone and slowly outwork them.
On the Kings overcoming adversity in the third period to win on the road
I think we’ve shown that we have a great identity on the team. It doesn’t matter if we’re down three goals or up and teams come back on us, we always have that mindset that we gotta reset. Whatever happened in the past, you can’t do anything about it now. You just gotta reset, and I think that was huge. Good talk going into overtime tonight and reflected on the game as well.
On what the Kings need to do to clinch the series on Thursday
We can enjoy this tonight, but tomorrow we gotta reset, look at the game, look at what we can do better. I think there’s still some areas I think we can improve. But other than that, 5-on-5, we gotta stick with our game plan for 60 minutes. If we do that and don’t fall into the trap game of playing north-south all the time, I think we have a good chance.
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