Post-Game 1: Comments from Anze Kopitar on Kings 2-0 win

Anze Kopitar had nearly 23 minutes of ice time in Tuesday night’s opening game between the Kings and Sharks. He also won nine of 22 faceoffs taken (41%) and contributed two of the team’s 39 hits. Following LA’s 2-0 win, here’s what he had to share…

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:

“Well I don’t know if he helps my game a whole lot.  He’s been very sharp lately, so hopefully he can continue playing like that for us.”

On what made the penalty-killing successful:

“I think just staying fairly aggressive and not give them too much time.  When you give those guys too much time, they can definitely pick you apart.  So you want to be aggressive, and be on top of them as much as you can.”

On if anything kicked in for the Kings after the Sharks strong play in the first five minutes:

“Nothing really, no.  It’s the way it goes sometimes.  They were obviously excited to play.  Since they haven’t played in 10 days or something, but I felt like we weathered the storm pretty good an got our game going.”

On if the Kings were in rhythm after not being off for that long:

“I mean we had a couple of days of, so we didn’t have too much time.  I thought we got our game going just like you said, after that five minute mark.  The first commercial break we got back into the rhythm and executing our system.”

On how good it was to have home-ice:

“It felt weird to be honest with you.  But it is what it is.  You know, this time of the year it’s nice to have home-ice, and it’s nice to stay home an extra day, but we realize we’re going to have to do it on the road at some point too.  It’s just a matter of going out and performing, and playing our game.”

On the lift from Slava Voynov’s goal late in the firs periodt:

“It’s always nice to get by the first period with a one-goal lead.  It was a great play by Mike and a really nice shot by Slava.  So it definitely gave us a lift.  We were building on that momentum going into the second.”

On there being more room on the ice compared to the St. Louis series:

“Yeah, I don’t think there was as much hitting.”

RELATED CONTENT:  Comments from Sharks’ locker room following 2-0 loss to LA in Game 1

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

Recent Articles

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings – Honorable Mentions

Surprise!
Your patience is about to be rewarded.
After sitting on pins and needles, waiting to get an update on the LA Kings top prospects, we’re back. Fear not, oh loyal readers; we haven’t let you down in the past and our staff is not about to start now. That’s right, it’s finally time for our […]

Recap: Reign – and RAIN – vs Condors in AHL Outdoor Classic

It was an eventful weekend in Bakersfield. What began with an almnni game featuring more than a dozen Kings and Oilers Smythe Division stars, coached by Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille, ended with a rain-filled AHL Outdoor Classic. Local fans went home happy, though, as the Condors came back late in regulation to tie things […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on What’s Wrong With Kopitar

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon on the Power Play. Some of the topics discussed during the spot included: Anze Kopitar’s offensive woes, Darryl Sutter’s line combinations, potential roster changes, Tyler Toffoli’s injury, the AHL game between the […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] RELATED CONTENT:   Kopitar comments after Game 1 vs Sharks […]