October 3 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Lewis
Anze Kopitar, on whether the Kings have “room for improvement”:
Yeah, for sure. I mean, there’s always room for improvement, and always areas to improve. I felt like it wasn’t the strongest game that we can play, but it is game one of the season, so there’s still going to be plenty of games left. Quick turnaround for tomorrow, going into a pretty tough building, and we’re going to have to be sharper.
Kopitar, on how important Quick was, “especially in the second period”:
He was huge. I mean, over the course of the last three, four years now we’ve gotten pretty familiar with his play, and he’s always been back there holding strong for us. Tonight was really no different. He held us in there, and we found a way to score a goal I guess getting close to the end of the game, and finished it off in a shootout.
Kopitar, on Trevor Lewis’ “goaltending”:
Yeah, that was huge. Just before that we had a pretty strong penalty kill, too, and that just carried over. Lewie was in the crease with no stick, and I don’t know if he two-pad stacked it, but he kept it out of the net, and that’s all that counts.
Trevor Lewis, on whether he’s now the team’s third string goalie:
I don’t think Quickie knew where the puck kind of was. I mean, I tried to make myself kind of big, and it hit me. [Reporter: Did it get you in the chest?] I think it was a pretty good butterfly there. [Reporter: The guys teasing you and thanking you at the same time?] Yeah. I mean, everyone kind of gave me a high five, but I was kind of saying I looked like a roller hockey goalie out there, so it was good.
Lewis, on whether blocking a shot in front of the net is one of the tougher plays in hockey:
I mean, I’m kind of used to it by now. I mean, it’s kind of instincts, almost. You’ve got a lot of adrenaline going, so if it hits you, it doesn’t hurt too bad right away.
Lewis, on the team’s late penalty kill:
It was better. I think we were a little more aggressive, and we weren’t letting them have so much time.