Postgame quotes: Williams, Greene, Kopitar
Justin Williams, on the 2-1 win over Anaheim:
I think the game progressively got better. Again, things we’re tryoing to iron out in preseason,preseason games, is cutting down our penalties. Obviously we didn’t do that in the first period and got behind that way. But we responded well with a great second period and Kopi got a big goal for the third and we were able to hang on
Williams, on whether the team is where it wants to be with two preseason games remaining:
Always trying to improve. Always trying to tinker. I felt we played a pretty good game, possession-wise. I thought we had the puck a lot more than we didn’t, and that’s when we’re dangerous, when we have it. We broke the puck out well and Kinger played another great game for us.
Williams, on whether it was a “chippy” game:
Not compared to a lot to a lot of the other games I’ve been seeing. Any time with Anaheim, its seems like it’s just another level out there. I know they didn’t have a full lineup, but they had close. We did what we wanted to do – protect our home ice. I don’t care if it’s preseason or not.
Matt Greene, on if he’s pleased with where the team is at:
No, we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to come out. We’ve got to come out and start the game on time.
Greene, on whether it’s as simple as having a better start:
Yeah, just sloppy play in the first there. Weve got to get rid of that.
Greene, on the satisfaction of seeing Dwight King contribute from the left side:
Yeah, Kinger played great. Great fight for us, too. Nice hit. Physical play. He’s awesome when he’s doing that. That was good to see him play like that tonight. [Reporter: Did that hit bring the bench up at all?] Oh yeah. A hit and a fight, it was awesome. It was awesome.
Anze Kopitar, on Dwight King’s assist:
It was nice. We had a couple of quick plays there. I actually lost the draw, which was not the best thing. But I guess it turned out pretty good. Justin came over to the boards, stole the puck, and it was like a quick give-and-go. It ended up being the game-winner.
Kopitar, on whether it was a “chippy” game:
I don’t think it’s anything different than any other game. You want to go out there, you want to get ready for the regular season as much as you can, and that’s part of it. You’ve got to be intense to win preseason games, and I think tonight after the 10-minute mark in the first period I thought we played a pretty solid game.
Kopitar, on whether he’ll “look more” for his shot this year:
I’m not going to force it. But, yeah, if the shot’s there, I’ll try to think shot first than try and set up, yeah. [Reporter: You thought about that over the summer?] Yeah, I mean, I’ve talked to enough people. They told me to shoot a little more, yeah. [Reporter: One of them named Darryl Sutter, maybe?] Darryl Sutter, Luc. You can never go wrong with that guy. It’s nice when you can talk to people like that. They just tell you really your perspective. Again, when I’m out on the ice, I’m not thinking shoot. I’m making the play that I think is the best at that particular moment. If that’s a shot, it’s a shot.
Kopitar, on where the team is at:
We’re two-and-two in the preseason. [Reporter: But what do you see on the ice?] I think everybody’s going to be ready to go, for sure. I mean, minus Brownie, everybody’s has been fairly healthy. Some bumps and bruises, some sore groins, whatever. But that’s what training camp is. You come here and you get going. The hip flexors and groins tighten up a little bit, but you have to take care of yourself and get ready.
Kopitar, on his excitement of playing in Las Vegas later this week:
I mean, it’s going to be my seventh time now in Vegas. It’s always fun. It’s probably the closest atmosphere you can get compared to the regular season. Everybody’s there having a good time, having a few beverages.
Kopitar, on playing the Rangers at Frozen Fury:
Yeah, a team that you don’t really see a lot. [Reporter: And you’ll see them early in the season.] Yeah, so that’s maybe good. I mean, it’s going to help them, too. I‘m pretty sure they have video just like we do, too.