While they played much better than the past few games, the LA Kings dropped another game to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday. Following the 4-3 defeat, rookie Jaret Anderson-Dolan shared the following thoughts:
On scoring his first NHL goal today
It’s a great feeling. It’s good to get that first one out of the way, now I can just kind of play my game and off to worry about that. We’re trying to win hockey games here, and didn’t get that done tonight, so that’s a little bit disappointing.
— Eric (@Kingsgifs) February 7, 2021
On the response from Friday night’s game
We had a lot of adjustments we had to make, shutting down their speed, they’re an offensive team. One thing, we never lacked character, and the other night we were sticking in there and fighting even when we were down by a few and it showed tonight, being able to bounce back from that and make those adjustments. Much closer game, a little couple mistakes here and there and that’s a difference in in the game.
On if being on the taxi squad helped him be more prepared to jump into an NHL game
Yeah, I think so. I think just being around the guys and practicing with them every day and getting that comfort level on the ice and taking reps with them so that when you come in it’s a little bit different than last year. Coming up from the AHL and you come up to the NHL, you’re not used to taking reps and it’s a little bit different but being here the whole time and taking practices with the guys and being used to that speed and just being familiar with the guys and all even just taking reps, stuff you don’t really think of, but when you get in the game that little the chemistry you build in practice shows on the ice when it matters. Definitely a lot easier transition when you’re on the ice the guys every day and then come into the lineup, it makes it a lot easier.
On the feedback the coaching staff gave him after Friday’s game
Nothing really, it was all about the team and adjustments we had to make. Nothing really about me, but I thought we did a good job on the adjustments tonight that needed to be made.
On in-game communication that he gets from veteran players, like Kopitar and Carter
Just little tips here and there, just telling me to keep going and make a difference every shift. That’s kind of the main message from those guys. Those are obviously two guys that have had a lot of success and both are centermen. We’re just talking about face-offs and supporting the puck, little things like that.
More postgame comments linked below.
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