Westgarth on Fight Rules, Clifford’s KO, Scrap with Cam

On Friday we heard from Kings coach Terry Murray regarding the multiple fights in Thursday’s night game versus the St. Louis Blues.

He said he thought Kevin Westgarth’s scrap with Cam Janssen was “absolutely what the team needed” and said Kyle Clifford‘s injury was one of the “consequences of playing that role.”

Which is something I wanted to get Westgarth’s perspective on…

MM: How tough was it to watch the Clifford fight (video here)? He hasn’t really been rocked at all this year.

KW: It’s going to happen. He just missed his grab there and was trying to, essentially, punch himself out of the miss. He just got tagged by one. It knocked him down. But, I think we saw right away he was back up. He would have gladly gotten back into it. He’s a young guy, just tough as nails. He scares a lot of the other guys (on other teams) and fights pretty wide open. That’s going to happen every once and a while. He’s got a lot to learn, as we all do. You have to adjust. I know this year my fighting style has kind of ebb and flowed with the guys I’ve fought. It’s going to happen. We’re glad he’s here though and we’re glad he’s all right.

MM: How about your fight with Janssen (video here)? Did things go as planned?

KW: It’s funny. I think he was ticked off the refs came in and broke it up. He always just waits guys out. I know that. I’m still a young buck, so I have to listen to these linesman when they tell me to do something. Cliffy was saying that he saw an article where Janssen had been quoted saying he had been studying up and knew I was a righty. So, I was like, eh – all right. I actually got to mix in a few lefts, which doesn’t happen too often. So, it was good. I’ve watched a number of his fights and he has a pretty standard MO, it’s just to hold on and let the guy punch himself out, then come on late. I know I had a lot left. I’ll take that one and I’m sure he’ll be back for more. I might give it to him again. He’s a great guy though. One of those respectable, respectful players.

[note: Special thanks to The Colonel for sharing a little MayorsManor info with Westgarth! Good to hear he’s been keeping up on his reading here.]

MM: Earlier in the season you guys played in Philadelphia and Jim Fox shared Jody Shelley’s ‘Five Rules for Fighting’ during the broadcast. Do you have any rules of the game?

KW: I think his first two pretty much describe every situation – respect and protect. Respect means so many things, like respect for your opponent, respect for the game, make sure they have respect for your teammates. In that same vein, you’re protecting your teammates and that’s your role – to make sure guys aren’t doing stupid things and guys (on the other team) aren’t going to take liberties with your guys. To me those are the two. Obviously, it branches it out from there. Respect and protect, those are the rules to live by.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

New Year’s Resolutions with Kevin Westgarth

Westgarth Values Life on The Road

Cam Janssen’s Five Minute Major Preview:  LA vs. StL

Shop for Los Angeles Kings Gear at Shop.NHLcom!Shop.NHL.com

Recent Articles

TSN RADIO: Hoven on Kings, Jets, Oilers, and Trade Deadline

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined hosts Rick Ralph and Andrew “Hustler” Paterson to chat about several topics, including: the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Tyler Toffoli, Nick Shore on waivers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jonathan Quick, Jack Campbell, prospect Cal Petersen, […]

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 14 – with Hammer from Violent Gentlemen

For Episode 14 we took the show deep behind the Orange Curtain for a live recording at the Honda Center. What did we cover? Here’s a brief look at some of the topics covered:
– First Kings-Ducks meeting of the season
– An interview with Mike Hammer, who explains the backstory on Violent Gentlemen
– […]

LA Kings Weekly Prospect Tracker, Plus Three Stars of November 2019

Another month has passed, and entering into December, we’d like to give a summary of November’s events before reviewing the overall numbers and the three stars:
• Lukáš Pařík returned from injury at the beginning of the month and didn’t look like he missed a beat. LA’s 2019 draft selection went 5-1-2, stopping 230/252 shots. The […]

Major News Items

Kopitar Out, Can Watch His Son Against Arizona

Per recent tradition, it will be the Kings and Coyotes in a pair of split-squad games to open up preseason on Tuesday night. LA captain Anze Kopitar will not suit up, but he will get a chance to watch his son … [Read More...]

More Prospect News