In a game the Kings had to win, they scored first. However, three unanswered goals later and the Sharks were in complete control. In the end, LA fell 5-2 to their long-time division rival Wednesday night in San Jose.
After the game, Anze Kopitar shared the following thoughts:
On positives that the team can take from the game
Getting the first goal was a positive, then we hit the snooze button for a little bit. Next thing we know, we’re down 3-1. That’s certainly not the recipe for success.
On if the end of the first period was disappointing after the team’s strong start
Every time you get scored on three times, it’s not good. The second period was better. We had chances, we just didn’t score any goals. That’s obviously on us.
On the team’s struggles in game one of the two-game sets, and what they can do to combat them
We know now that every game is big. There’s certainly no need for any more motivation or more fire or anything. All the games are big, pretty much every game is a four-point game. We just haven’t managed to win them.
On the talk between the first and second period
The majority of the goals that we give up are off of our mistakes. Doing the stuff that is successful, but then correct the mistakes. We did a fairly good job in the second period, but that wasn’t enough.
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