November 22 postgame quotes: Kopitar, Toffoli - LA Kings Insider

Anze Kopitar, on playing a full 60 minutes:
I thought our third period was good. We had lots of chances. There was a couple of times when we got close, but you know that’s what happens when you don’t play a full game. It’s usually good enough to lose by one and tonight was no different.

Kopitar, on falling out of first place in the standings:

Well it’s very early to check out standings like that. We certainly knew that having the start that we had, we were up there. And I don’t know exactly where we are right now in terms of standings right now, but it doesn’t matter about standings. We obviously have to stop the bleeding and turn the ship around and get it going again.

Kopitar, on how to “stop the bleeding”:

Well right now it looks like we’re going to have to win a 2-1 game and really get our checking game in order and obviously I think our offense tonight didn’t score as many goals but we were creating a lot. Again, it’s just we can’t give up goals like we did tonight.

Tyler Toffoli, on the loss:
We’ve just got to keep working as a group. No let down, no getting down on ourselves if we make tough plays or we don’t make the plays that we want. We’ve got to find it within and nobody’s going to help us, we’ve got to do it ourselves.

Toffoli, on playing a full 60 minutes:
I think we just didn’t get the start that we wanted having to come back from being down two goals again. We have to be better at the start of the games and play full minutes in the game, and no let downs.

Toffoli, on what he saw as the breakdown on both of Winnipeg’s goals:
Well the first one, our guys, our line, has to do a better job of shutting down the forecheck and not letting him in down the middle of the ice. And just get the puck out when there’s that much time left.

Toffoli, on the team’s identity:
We’ve got to find it. We have glimpses of being really good and then other times when we’re not being very good. We’ve got to do it within our group here and talk about it and just execute.

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