December 7, 2011 5:45 pm

Kopitar talks about frustration level

In the earlier post, Dean Lombardi talked about expecting to score, essentially about expecting good things to happen on the ice. Is that where the Kings are, mentally, right now? It would be tough to make that argument, after a six-game stretch in which they have scored two or fewer goals. That led to a question, put to Anze Kopitar today, about the team’s attitude. Given the lack of scoring, is there frustration?

KOPITAR: “I’d be lying if I said there was no frustration in the room. Everybody would like to score more goals. Frustrated with where we are right now, I don’t think that’s the case if you look at the standings. I don’t even know where we are, eighth I think, so we’re still in playoff position. I don’t think we have even come close to playing our best hockey, so we’re still in good shape but we’ve got to turn it around. But it can get frustrating. Sometimes, for the guys, it’s almost better if you lose 5-4 than 2-1 or 1-0, because you have the sense that you did something out on the ice, that you did score a goal. But if we score four goals or five goals, I think we will be in pretty good shape, especially because we don’t give up a whole lot of goals. You’ve got a guy named Jon Quick who is pretty solid back there. So if we do get our offense going, I definitely like our chances.’’

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