March 13 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Doughty - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on how hard the loss is to accept and move past:
It definitely stings, but at the same time we have another one tomorrow, which is obviously a big one, and we’ve got to get the two points tomorrow.

Kopitar, on the challenges in beating Jake Allen despite high shot volume and momentum at times:
Every time we play those guys, it seems like it’s a defensive battle, and tonight was no different. I don’t think our power play was at a level that it needed to be, and obviously they got one on the power play, so that was the difference.

Kopitar, on playing again tomorrow, and whether it’s difficult or good to play again so quickly:
Obviously you want to correct your mistake of not getting two points tonight. I don’t think it’s all that bad going right back at it tomorrow, and obviously we’ve got to make sure that we score a few more goals and get the two points.

On whether the team will pay attention to the standings or “just go out and play”:
First of all, we’ve got to go out and take care of our business, which is getting the two points. We feel like if we do that and do our job, the dominoes are going to fall the way they will. But we’ve got to go out obviously and take care of our own business.

Drew Doughty, on the challenges in the team’s current spot in the standings:
Just not pay attention to the standings, not pay attention to what the other teams did and just worry about us and win every single game for the rest of the season.

Doughty on how much this game stung, given the implications:
Yeah, that one stung. We were pretty excited for the game, obviously before, knowing what was at stake, and before the game [we felt good] getting the two points. We had some chances, and I think if we capitalized on a few of those chances the game’s a lot different. But it’s a frustrating loss and we’ve got to get over it real quick, because we play tomorrow and we’ve got to win that game. [Reporter: Is that almost a good thing to get right back on it?] Yeah, I guess so. We’re a team that’s pretty good at putting things behind us and moving onto the next game and learning from the mistakes we made, but we kind of just get right back at it against an Arizona team. It’ll be good for us to get some confidence going, hopefully, and play our real L.A. Kings style of hockey game and get a big win.

Doughty, on not being able to capitalize on chances:
I think that was the main reason, because when you’re not capitalizing on chances and the other team’s goalie is making big saves – obviously Quickie does that for us all the time, too – but when you don’t capitalize, that gives the other team momentum. They feel like nothing’s going to get by their goalie and they’re playing well defensively, so if you get one or two by ‘em, then all of a sudden they’re on their heels and then you get three, four by ‘em. Yeah, we need to capitalize on chances, and at the same time we’re still giving up too many odd-man rushes and stuff like that that we need to stop allowing.

Doughty, on heavy second period pressure on Jake Allen:
Yeah, I don’t know what to tell you. We should’ve scored some goals, and I think we all know that in here. It’s not just about bearing down on those chances, it’s about creating more chances, giving them less chances, and that’s how we’ll eventually score goals. You’re not going to score on every shot you take and any chance you have, but the more chances you create, the more opportunity you have to score.

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