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December 5, 2013 4:40 pm

December 5 practice quotes: Anze Kopitar

On taking a hit from Dustin Penner:
It didn’t feel great, so I owe him one.

On the year Penner is having playing with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf:
He looks good on the ice and obviously he’s having a really good year so something must be working for him down there.

On where Penner hit him:
I’m pretty sure it was his hairy back that got me. No, it was his back. I don’t think it was his elbow, because I was hunched over a little anyway and him being pretty tall. Maybe on the follow through it looked like it was an elbow, but I don’t think it was.

On the offensive zone play against Anaheim:
I mean that’s our game. We pride ourselves in having the puck in the offensive zone and making plays and being strong on the puck. I think if we do that we’re a very effective team.

On playing 3-on-3 in overtime:
Well it’s a lot of room, first of all, so you want to use it as much as you can. Other than that, it’s normal. You pretty much go man on man and try to see if there is a break, a quick 2-on-1. Usually when you get a 2-on-1 you want to make sure you score because if you don’t then the rebound pops back, it’s usually a 2-on-1 coming back. It’s fun to be in that situation.

On Martin Jones’ performance:
It was okay. [laughter] It was a tough building to go in, with their home record and the way they’ve been playing. It’s nice. He stood his ground. I thought he looked really calm back there and his calmness spread throughout the bench. We were playing comfortable in front of him and obviously tried to help him out as much as you can. And then once the shootout came around, I don’t think there is a whole lot of stuff to say. There was probably couple of Hall of Famers going on and it just seems like it didn’t faze him. He was obviously perfect in the shootout and it was great to see.

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