Quick's answers were to the point and spoken quietly. Everything about his demeanor screamed focus.
Los Angeles leads the series, three games to one, following a 3-1 loss at home to the Devils on Wednesday that forced the series back to New Jersey. Game 5 is on Saturday night.
Even though the Kings are 2-0 in Game 5s in these playoffs, ending series both times, and a perfect 10-0 on the road, Quick took the tact of viewing the slate as clean.
"It's 0-0," he said. "It doesn't matter if you're coming off a win or coming off a loss. Obviously, it's disappointing anytime you lose, no matter what the situation is. As of today it's 0-0. You're trying to win Game 1."
Oddly - or not so much - the Devils are taking a similar approach, and their reasoning is quite simple. As it was on Wednesday, New Jersey's season is on the line. If the Devils don't win Saturday, they are finished. When every game means the difference between staying alive or going home, there is no point in looking past the task at hand.
The Kings don't want to let the Devils hang around and gain momentum and belief that they can erase a once 0-3 deficit and win the Stanley Cup for a fourth time. Each game that Los Angeles fails to capture the Stanley Cup makes its chances more tenuous, too.
Los Angeles took 3-0 leads in every series before the Finals, eliminating Vancouver and Phoenix in five games to bookend a sweep of St. Louis in the second round. The Kings are 15-3 in the playoffs, with each loss coming at home in Game 4. The previous two defeats were followed by a series clincher in Game 5 away from home.
"Sure there is momentum, but I think we've done a good job of handling it, taking crowds out of games, and really playing steady road games," forward Justin Williams said.