Kopitar postgame quotes (Dec. 31) - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar’s postgame thoughts…

(on scoring his first goal in 18 games…)
KOPITAR: “It was big. Always, when you go through struggles like that, it always feels good when you get it off your back. No better place and time to do it, I guess, than against Vancouver too. So, it was a huge win for us, and we needed those two points to end this year on a good note.’’

(on his scoring play…)
KOPITAR: “It was a quick 3-on-2. Willy [Justin Williams] made a great play on the blue line. I was able to stay onside and I kind of made up my mind, before, that I was going to go to my backhand. Luckily I stretched it out pretty long and was able to put it in.’’

(on the momentum swing, from the penalty kill to his goal…)

KOPITAR: “We had a minute and 40 on the 4-on-3, or whatever it was, and then coming right back and scoring a goal, it’s huge. I thought, overall, the second period tonight was good for us. That’s what we have to build on, and play like that.’’

(on what is says, to beat Vancouver…)
KOPITAR: “It says we have a lot of character, and we can definitely do it. Now it’s just a matter of doing it night in and night out. That’s what Darryl is pushing for us, and we have to recognize it and build on this win and get going.’’