October 24 postgame quotes: Dwight King - LA Kings Insider

On Anze Kopitar scoring a goal:
Everybody wants to be able to contribute and score. He’s an elite player. He’s hit a lot of posts so far this year. It’s been surprising. But for him to get one, it’s nice to see. [Reporter: You think the appearance on Ellen helped him?] Yeah, I heard. I heard he was hitting plates left and right. So, he’s got some practice in him.

On the 7-4 win not being a typical Los Angeles-Phoenix game:
No, not at all. I haven’t seen this franchise score seven goals since I’ve been a part of it, I don’t think. It’s obviously a little bit different. The emotions are a little bit up and down, and you have to adjust on the way. Luckily, we focused hard a little bit into the third and got what we needed out of the game.

On the feeling and looks he gets from playing with Kopitar:
It was good. Obviously when he starts off, he scores his first shift, because of the power play, and they get back out there and get another break like that, it makes the night a little easier. Everything kind of falls into place, it feels like.

On whether Monday’s game served as motivation:
Absolutely. When you’re playing hockey, winning is the funnest part of the game. Everybody kind of feeds off that. The attitude in the room changes. Everybody’s enjoying themselves out there. That’s what everybody strives for around here.

On whether anything was said on the bench during the timeout:
I mean, the coach obviously said get back to playing hockey, basically. Other than that, everybody knew. It’s not a big secret when a team comes back like that that you have to pick up your game.

On whether he was “looking” for the hat trick:
I actually thought I was going to get it on the tip, but I got it a little wide. I kind of got stuck, actually. It was a little bit of a long shift, and I was fortunate enough that he gave me a good enough pass where I had enough time to get there and have a crack at. [Reporter: How about that pass? That looked like a 75-foot saucer pass.] It’s nice when everything works out like that.

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


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Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
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Handedness: Left


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Handedness: Right


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