Alec Martinez on Kopitar’s face, Toffoli’s nickname and LA’s culture

On how it feels to be back playing again:

“Obviously everyone wants to play and I got that opportunity last series and I just got to keep it going.”

On what happens on time away from playing:

“Yeah, I guess you pick up on little things, just when you take a step back and look at the team, I guess you learn a little bit. It does kind of look easy fro the press box. Definitely not as easy as it looks. I work hard and stay ready for when my name is called and that’s about it.”

On seeing Anze Kopitar go down injured:

“It’s really tough to see anyone really go down like that, obviously one of your top players and a guy on your team. I definitely know how that feels and I was just thinking, I was just hoping that nothing was broken or anything like that, didn’t lose any teeth. And fortunately he didn’t.”

On if Kopitar’s hit brought him back to when he was hit in the face overseas

“Yeah, I know how it feels to be down there, laying down. its tough it takes a second to  kind of figure out what exactly is going on. you’re some what in shock, i’d say, but fortunately he’s fine.”

On San Jose’s ‘identity change’:

“Yeah, they’re a really good hockey club. They’ve always been ever since I’ve been here. They got a few different looks especially up front. Burns (Brent Burns) comes to mind and moving him up there and they added some pieces on the back-end with Stuart (Brad Stuart) and some of those younger guys. They’re a really good team, they play hard, and they are competitive and they are obviously victorious. They always have been on the power play and that’s something we take a focus on. They’re a good team.”

On his play last night: 

“I could be better, obviously, than I was last night. Today’s a new day, I’ll refocus and hopefully get back after it tomorrow.”

On his feelings seeing younger guys coming up to play:

“It’s good to have the young guys around. I think that they have done a good job of creating a culture, not only here but in Manch and throughout the organization. When young guys come up here they kind of know what to expect in terms of how hard we work and how we do things. I think it’s a testament to management and coaches to keep a continuity throughout the entire organization.”

On Tyler Toffoli’s NSFW nickname

“It might not be the best nickname, but it’s the best nickname that I can actually say out loud.’

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