March 9 postgame quotes: Willie Mitchell
On Alec Martinez’s recent offensive production:
He’s just shooting the puck. You shoot the puck on net, good things happen. He’s got a good little wrist shot where can kind of shoot off his back foot and kind of saw that with his one tonight. The other one (against Winnipeg), he made a beautiful move, obviously, on the power play where he kind of rolled off a guy. He’s just hot, feeling it. I think with him, when he’s feeling this confidence, he’s a really good player for us. Hopefully he can continue with that.
On being paired with Alec Martinez:
We feel good together. We had a really good stretch earlier in the year when we kind of played together just prior to Christmas. We were kind of happy with how we played with each other, so I think we kind of picked up where we left off and hopefully continue.
On the win streak:
I always say that since I’ve been here, it’s always like games 40 to 60 for some reason the Kings kind of slip. It’s been that way and then 60 to 80 we kind of turn it on and find ways to win and carry that into the postseason. It’s nice. It’s really nice that you have a group and that ability to do that, but it’d be a little bit more nice if we played better 40 through 60 and set ourselves up for a better position come playoffs.
On whether he feels better after the Olympic break:
I don’t know. I just, like I said, winning is contagious and when you’re feeling good and you’re getting wins – you play with a little bit more confidence. I think you’re seeing that from our team right now.
On where this win streak ranks in his career:
To be honest with you, I don’t even know how many we’ve won. [Reporter: Seven] Seven, that’s probably as you guys know, that’s because of Darryl. He never lets us breathe for a second. So I didn’t even know that. I’ve said that all along since he’s come in here – his focus has been on game day and game day and that’s it and you’re opponent. When you’re kind of in that kind of atmosphere you really don’t know unless you guys are asking the questions. Right now, I really don’t know about it.