Monday night began well enough for the LA Kings when they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening minute of their game vs. the Golden Knights. Like any traveler in Vegas will tell you, though, the house usually wins. And it happened once again.
After the Kings fell 4-1, dropping their third straight game, team captain Anze Kopitar shared the following thoughts:
On what changed after the team’s great start
We had a good start. Then they started playing better and we didn’t quite match it. Our first period was good, even parts of the second were not terrible, not great but not terrible, which is not good enough. Giving up those late goals certainly didn’t help.
On if there is anything the team focuses on when they are struggling to score 5-on-5
All of the above. Try to get to pucks to the net, bodies to the net, don’t be too cute, all of the above, it’s just not happening right now.
On his leadership strategy when there is a lot of lineup movement
Nothing special, really. We all know that’s a part of it when you’re not finding the back of the net or losing games, line shuffles are gonna happen. Everybody’s been through it before, whichever on the level of hockey that they played in. It’s really nothing new, it’s just trying to find, as a team, we’re trying to find a spark to get us going and start winning games.
On what Vegas did well on the penalty kill tonight
We had some good looks especially in the first one in the first period, just nothing to show for it. We’ll take a look at it and make sure we get volume back into our power play to get as many pucks on net. That’s where we’re the most the most efficient, that’s where we score goals.
Coach Todd McLellan’s postgame quotes have been published here.
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