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Sharks Locker Room: Meier on Friendly Rivalry with Fiala, Reimer Talks Spence OT Save



LOS ANGELES — The San Jose Sharks got a point against the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 shootout loss, but once again, the Sharks, now 5-5-6 in one-goal games, are left thinking about what could’ve been.

Despite James Reimer’s 39 saves, they couldn’t get the much-needed two points against their division rivals despite a 4-on-3 power play in OT and a power play with five minutes left in regulation, both on penalties drawn by Timo Meier.

David Quinn, on getting a point:

I thought we were pretty inconsistent tonight with a lot of things we tried to do. We were a little fortunate to get out of it with a point tonight.

Quinn, on Reimer:

He was really good tonight. It’s good to see him being back to being the goalie that we know he’s capable of being, after being hurt.

Quinn, on Meier:

We all know he’s an elite player. We need him to not only create offense, but also be a three-zone player and he’s taken some big strides in that area.

Quinn, on San Jose Sharks’ blown OT power play:

We had the zone time, but I didn’t like our pace. I don’t think we had enough puck movement to get them moving. It was just one of those things where our pace wasn’t where we needed it to be.

Quinn, on being more aggressive than other coaches with his use of timeouts:

Listen, they’re there. I thought okay, we get an opportunity with 40 seconds to go to get our top unit out fresh at a pivotal point in the game. So call the timeout to give him a breather and hoping that they could have capitalized.

Timo Meier, on San Jose Sharks’ effort tonight:

I thought we played okay, but it wasn’t our best game. Obviously frustrating.

Meier, on getting energized by match-ups against his countryman Kevin Fiala:

It’s nice, especially playing against Kevin, we both went to school together and we both had the dream to play in the NHL. And now we’re playing here against each other. So I think that’s pretty cool. We’re both competitive, so when we’re out there, I think both of us want to be better than the other guy. It definitely gives me juice.

Meier, on his penchant for drawing penalties:

For me, if I’m moving my legs and that’s always a good sign when you can draw penalties because that means you’re moving.

James Reimer, on the shootout loss:

Yeah, it’s frustrating. A shootout is a shootout. There’s a reason why they don’t have shootout when the games are for real. It’s what it comes down to now and it’s too bad. It’s too bad when you lose them when the boys battled so hard. Unfortunately couldn’t come up with the two points.

Reimer, on not looking at the Sharks’ current record:

We’re not focusing on the past, we’re not focusing on the future, we’re staying right here. We’ve got three games left now. We picked up points in our last four. That’s what we got to keep doing.

Reimer, on his frustration after the goal given up to Danault:

I wasn’t really happy with the goal…but the true test is just staying in it and trust in your game. I felt I was able to do that and do my part.

Reimer, on the OT saves on Jordan Spence:

I don’t know what happened but something must have got criss-crossed and he was coming down the middle. I was able to see the shot the whole way. I just tried to stand my ground.

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