Dwight King talks hat trick and Kings 7-4 win over Coyotes


Left wing Dwight King shared the following after the Kings 7-4 win over the visiting Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night…

On the overall game:

“Our team put up seven goals, that’s the first time since I’ve been here that we put up that big of a number. It went up and down tonight obviously, with the big lead, giving it up. I think from 15 minutes left in the third, we got back to how we play. With the timeout, you kind of refocus, go back to the basics, calm yourself down a bit and get back to playing the game.”

On if he is thinking about getting a hat trick or about the red line when he is coming down center ice:

“Over the red line first, obviously. You have to make the play that’s in front of you first, and once I got there – I’m actually probably not very good at my percentages at empty nets.  But I got this one.”

On Darryl Sutter saying he was the best left wing they had during training camp:

“It’s just pretty much words. You kind of have to build on that, how I see it, it’s nice to come into camp and get a little bit of confidence back. But in camp, nothing really matters there. You go there to get prepared for the season but once the season starts, you have to continue to play that way.”

On adjusting his game to play with Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams:

“They all play a little bit of a different style. I see Kopi and Justin like to hang onto the puck more and make a lot more short plays out there, so you have to be a little more patient and keep your feet moving because you know they’re always looking to make passes and plays.”

On not being named ‘first star’ of the game:

“I won’t complain. Obviously it’s a team sport and [Kopitar] is my line mate, so we will take it together.”

On the last time he scored a hat trick:

“The AHL. I had one in the AHL my second year, and in juniors I actually only got one. One in juniors, one in the AHL and one here now.”

On which AHL team he had his hat trick against:

“Norfolk. I don’t remember the date but it was in Norfolk.”

On other chances to get goals:

“I had a couple of good sticks on some plain shots for tips, they just both went wide.”

On what Sutter said when he called the time out:

“Pretty much just get back to playing hockey in the simplest terms. Moving your feet, making hard plays, getting pucks into the defensive zone. Less D-zone time is better.”

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