Anze Kopitar update from Friday’s Kings practice

Comments from Kings center Anze Kopitar…

On Dustin Brown hitting him with a puck:

“I guess the stick was not enough, so he had to shoot a puck in my face.”

On the severity of his injury:

“I’ve felt better before but with the situation, coming out with a couple stitches is not too bad.”

On his coming back into the game after injury: 

“I wanted to make sure that it was nothing serious and as soon as I found out, it was really a no-brainer to come back. I’m sure everybody else in this room would do the same.”

On if he noticed the crowds’ reaction to his return:

“I heard they got a little bit louder, yeah. It just shows how passionate they are and it’s nice to know that they’re always behind us.”

On Sutter joking that his modeling career is over due to his 20 lip stitches:

“I think that ship had sailed a long time ago.”

On when he got the stitches and if he lost any teeth:

“Right after it happened, in the locker room. I guess it was split up open pretty good. That’s why they needed to put them in right away. And no.”

On his feelings about the injury and his luck: 

“I did have my mouth guard in, so I’m sure that helped a little bit. And not quite sure but it might have hit the visor too a little bit, so I definitely took the best in the worst case.”

On his thoughts of finishing the game with two goals in less than 30 seconds:

“Yeah. It was one of those games where we weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be, but in the end we pulled it off. Sometimes that happens but we realize that we got to play better.”

On the Sharks’ desperation:

“Yeah, they’re going to be a desperate team there. They have a good record. Tough building to play into and we want to make sure we’re ready and we’re focused right off the get-go.”

 On what makes it so tough to play at HP Pavilion: 

“They always have a good start and the crowd gets into it pretty quick. We want to make sure we match their intensity and desperation and play with a lot of emotion.”

Comments from Jordan Nolan and Colin Fraser are up here and here.  We still have plenty more to come next hour.

RELATED CONTENT: Friday practice – Brad Richardson update

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Breaks Down NHL Playoffs and Kings Future Outlook

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined hosts Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph to discuss several LA Kings related topics – including prospects, NHL roster changes, and possible mini-camps coming up in the next few months. They also spoke about the NHL returning soon, including teams to watch […]

SPORTSNET REPLAY: Hoven talks NHL Return to Play and UFC 251 on Fight Island

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio, where he joined host Roger Lajoie in Toronto to talk a plethora of topics surrounding the NHL’s Return to Play plan, as well as this weekend’s UFC 251 card scheduled to take place on Fight Island.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the […]

Kings Of the Podcast: Ep. Q3 with Rob Blake, LA Kings GM

Los Angeles Kings General Manager — and Hockey Hall of Famer — Rob Blake stops by for the latest Kings of the Podcast episode.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this far reaching conversation and learn all sorts of things. We talked about his playing days, his inner circle, the next AGM in LA, the coaching search […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy. According to Tankathon, Los … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.

Comments

  1. Genghis John says:

    Mayor, is there any chance you can post the crowd cheering with Anze returned?