October 17 postgame quotes: Willie Mitchell - LA Kings Insider

On the late penalty kill:
I’m glad we did a good job there, because I made a mistake on the first one there for Quickie. It would’ve been nice to get that one back. We played a pretty solid game. Start-to-finish it was probably one of our better games of the road trip, we felt as a team. I owe Greener and Stolly [some] thanks on that one too, because it’s nice to claw back and give something back when you felt that you gave them one. It’s two points any way you look at it, so I’m pretty happy.

On his role in Nashville’s goal:
To be honest with you, I made a bad read before that. A guy kind of snuck by me. I looked over the wrong shoulder, and he snuck by the other side and got a shot on Quickie, and then the puck was in front of the net and I kind of had my back to the play, and I was trying to push it back to him, but he kind of made such a big push that he was kind of sprawled out, so what I should have done was just pop it into the corner. You really can’t see anything when you’re like that. I wish I had that one back. Like I said, the guys battled hard, found a way to make a big kill at the end, and Kopi is pretty darned good in the shootouts as you guys know, so it was nice to finish the trip on a great note.

On the 3-1 road trip, and where the team improved:
Like I said, I thought we played a fairly tight hockey game out there. It’s not easy place to play in here. I think they’ve got young D, but it’s a good D. You’ve got Weber back there. You’ve got one of the best goalies in the league. Down the middle I think they’re a very strong team. They’re really strong in center ice. Four solid lines. I just thought we competed. We knew it was going to be low-scoring because you’ve got a great goalie. We can always improve and score some more goals. We haven’t really scored a ton of even strength goals yet this year, and that’s stuff we’re trying to work on and get more shots to the net, take it to the net harder, and we’ll continue to do that.

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Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Left


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