from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On whether Game 1 was a “vulnerable game”:
Yep. Obviously with the turnaround, guys are not machines. It was an emotional series against Chicago, and Game 7. You know, you play seven games, you’re actually playing three overtime periods in there, so when you add that in there, you’re close to eight games when it’s all said and done. It was tough, and then we got home in the middle of the night and had the whole media day and had to practice in the afternoon, which is not their normal schedule. Hopefully this’ll recharge us a little bit.
On references by the players that Los Angeles was surprised by New York’s speed:
We’ve talked lots about it, but you still have to engage in it. It’s interesting – the two teams, when you do it, we played each other early in the year and then, I believe, the middle of November, how many changes there have been. So that is an adjustment, too. There was quite a few different players in both lineups last night, and then you go to the next step, and you go to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and I know with our team, everybody talks because we won the Cup in ’12, but there were a lot of guys playing in their first Stanley Cup Final last night, first game on our team. I believe there was five or six, and that’s a lot. I think that could’ve been an issue early, too.