Williams and Regehr talk Kings’ 3-0 win over Wild

Quotes from the Kings’ locker room following their 3-0 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild…

Robyn Regehr on impressions of his first game as a member of the Kings: “It was really nice to get that win. The Western Conference standings are continuing to be tight. They’ve been this way all season long. So, you know, the more games that we can win right now, the less we have to worry down the road towards the end of the season.”

– Regehr on settling in with a new team and when the nerves went away: “Probably the first time I got hit pretty good. It’s always nice to get into a game by giving a good hit or receiving a big hit.  After that, you just get into it. There’s a little bit of nervous energy. It’s been a very busy last couple days, lots of stuff going on with getting to know new teammates and all that other kind of stuff. So, it was nice to just go out and play. I thought the guys played really hard. We had a great start, jumped on them early. After that it was kind of back and forth a little bit, but we were able to live off the great start.”

– Regehr on if he had to brush up on the standings coming from the Eastern Conference: “Yeah, it took a little bit of homework to do that. There’s been lots going on. Had a long session with John Stevens, the defensive coach, talking about everything that we’re trying to do here. There’s a lot that’s different. Also talking about the penalty kill, and making sure that I was up to speed on knowing what to do. So, that was a lot.  But, it was nice to go out there and try to execute some of that.  You don’t have to think about, you can just go out and play and do it.”

– Regehr on if he’s been paired with a player comparable to Drew Doughty: “I had a chance to play a little bit at the World Cup in 2004 with Scott Niedermayer, who was one heck of a player. And I see some of the same characteristics in Drew as in Scott.  They can move themselves and the puck so well coming up the ice, really control the plays.  And I think he can do that. It’s just a matter for him of continuing to do that and building on his confidence and his game. I think he has that ability.”

– Regehr on if he thinks he can play 20-plus minutes a night: “I’ll do whatever they want me to do, but it’s going to take a little bit of work here to get up to speed. If that’s what they ask of me, then it’s up to me to be ready for that and prepared for that. I’m not sure what’s gonna happen. I think tonight they just wanted to see how the game was gonna go, and how players were playing with one another. And they might continue to do that. So, we’re not sure how that’s going to move forward down the road.”

– Regehr on his reaction to his new teammates scoring on their first two shots: “I was really happy. Really happy.”

Justin Williams (with goals in five straight games) on if this is his best stretch as a King: “I don’t know if that’s fair to say. I’ve scored a few goals in a row here, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to playing good hockey.  Sometimes you can not play well, end up with a couple of goals and sometimes it’s the exact opposite. But, I’m feeling better and I’m feeling a bit more confident that pucks are going to continue to go in.”

– Williams on his line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown: “Kopitar had a semi-breakaway and Brown had a lot of shots and myself, I know I’ve had a lot of shots this year and I just feel if I kept putting them to the net, good things would happen. I’ve gotten some lucky ones throughout this little stretch here and I’ve gotten some good ones.”

– Williams on if he was sending a message to Jeff Carter that he isn’t the only King who can score: “We all know who the goal leader is, but he got another one tonight. We’re gonna need that from our right wingers…To continue that.”

– Williams on if the Kings owed Minnesota: “Yeah, we owed them. Absolutely. We had a 3-1 lead in their building, let them come back. We had them on a back-to-back then also, and we had them on a back-to-back tonight. We didn’t let them back in this game. Mostly from Bernier’s play, and we were able to get one.”

– Williams on playing with Regehr: “Well, I’m familiar playing against him, and I didn’t really care for him. He’s exactly what we thought he was. He’s a hard-nosed defenseman. He’s hard to play against, and he’s not going to give an inch to anyone on the opposite team, and that’s what we need.”

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