Nothing lasts forever, including the Kings six game winning streak they had in hand when arriving in Minnesota. Friday night was a game dominated by the home team, resulting in a 3-1 Wild victory.
The Kings are now 2-2-2 vs. the Wild over six games played thus far this season – with a rematch scheduled for Saturday.
After the latest matchup in the series, Kings captain Anze Kopitar shared the following:
On what happened that allowed Minnesota’s spurt of three goals in the first period
A lot of stuff didn’t go the way we wanted to, and it’s all on us. We didn’t make any plays, our passing was not very good, and battles for the puck, they won them. They played in our zone the whole time and scored the goals.
On if playing this team again tomorrow night is a good opportunity to turn things around
The last two periods have been better, still not up to our standards. We stopped the bleeding a little bit. Tomorrow’s a new game, and we’re gonna have to be much better than we were tonight.
On what the team did in the second and third periods that was better than the first
Make better plays. Passing the puck on the tape, making sure we don’t lose coverage, and playing less in our zone and not giving up a goal. It’s gonna have to take a better effort and a better job on our part tomorrow night.
On if the team would like to see more second chance opportunities in the offensive zone tomorrow
From our zone on, we didn’t make enough plays to put ourselves in a position where we can sustain pressure in the offensive zone and get the second and third chances and spend more time there.
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