April 12 postgame quotes: Anze Kopitar - LA Kings Insider

On the intensity of the game:
I think the last couple of games, our intensity was there. Our effort was there. That was obviously our preparation for the playoffs. I think tonight’s building was pretty loud too, which was really nice to see and we’re going to need that going forward now. But now we get a couple days off and try to recharge and get ready for whenever we’re going to start.

On taking four penalties after going two games without taking a single penalty:
The penalties we usually took were most likely stick penalties and that usually comes from maybe not moving our feet and being a little tired on the ice. We just have to make sure that doesn’t happen.

On his game-tying goal in the third period:
I got the puck on the point and I saw there was a little room to the middle, so I skated there and I think one of their guys tried to poke check me. I figured a way to get around him and I just fired it on net and it went in.

On what is needed to get a win in San Jose:
Just a team game, we’ve done it before and we’re going to have to do it again. We know what it takes and we have to get ready for it. They play with a lot of energy. Obviously it’s going to be loud and it’s going to be intense, but it’s the fun time of the year and we’re going to be ready for it.

On where the team’s game is heading into the playoffs:
I think the last couple of games, they’ve been pretty good for us. Obviously we can be a little better in the special teams, but I think we like where we are. We have a couple days here. We’re going to sharpen up even more and be ready to go.

On his chemistry with Marian Gaborik:
I think we’re moving the puck well. I think we have a lot of offensive zone time. Therefore, I think we’re generating some offense and creating chances. That’s what you want. You want to be in their zone. I think if we’re going to play the majority of the time in the San Jose zone in the first round, I definitely like our chances.

On there being a different mood in the dressing room when the playoffs start:
I don’t think it’s any different. I think obviously the intensity ramps up. It’s the best time of the year right now. It starts right now. The regular season is always a grind. It’s 82 games and now it’s going to be more of a sprint. Obviously, everybody is very excited to be in this position right now and I can’t wait to start.

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