December 17 postgame quotes: Anze Kopitar
On Martin Jones’ three shutouts:
Yeah, I think he’s done pretty well. I knew he was a good goalie. I didn’t know he could step in like this and pretty much – no disrespect for Quickie – but take over for him. That’s what we’re used to seeing from Quickie…and now Jonesy coming in. Scrivvy too. They’ve both been playing phenomenal for us since Johnny went down. That’s all we can ask for.
On Jones’ “coolness” under the circumstances in which he joined the team:
Their confidence is where it should be. It’s pretty high. I think we’re playing pretty solid hockey in front of ‘em. They’re there for the saves, and a few of the big saves during the night. Again, that’s all you can ask for.
On what the team did well in the third period to limit Edmonton’s chances:
Well, obviously you’re trying to keep everything to the outside and not really let anything happen through the middle of the ice, because they’ve got obviously lots of firepower, lots of skill that can hurt you in a hurry. We held it to the outside, and at the same time we wanted to attack as much as we could, and be disciplined and play in their zone. I thought we did a fairly good job of that.
On whether the team defends differently against a skilled, fast team like Edmonton:
No, we’re trying to play our game. Especially on home ice we feel our strength is playing our game, playing a fast, puck possession game, and at the same time being as physical as we can. It doesn’t matter [which]…team comes in, we’re trying to do that.
On whether there were challenges presented by the first home game after a road trip:
We didn’t necessarily have the energy level where we might have it some other nights. But at the end of the day wegot the two points. We battled it out, every single one of us, and that’s what counts.