Anze Kopitar’s postgame thoughts…
(on struggling offensively against Vancouver this season…)
KOPTIAR: “They’re definitely a good team, but those are the challenges that we have to face. We’re first in the West, and they made the playoffs last year, so we’ve got to beat this team in order to get there and get that push for that playoff run. To make it there, that’s a team we have to beat to go a long way.
“It seems like we’re getting some quality shots, and a couple chances, but I think Luongo helps them a lot. He’s one of the best, if not the best in the league, but that can’t be an excuse. We’ve got to get more traffic in front of him. We’ve got to get more shots, more bad-angle shots, or just something to get us going. We certainly didn’t do that today.”
(on Terry Murray’s early timeout…)
KOPITAR: “I think it was obvious from up top, too. We came out flat. We didn’t do anything and we got scored on on the first shift. Terry just called a timeout and let everybody know that we’re not here just to watch. We’ve got a game to play. That was the message.”
(on the game…)
KOPITAR: “Special teams were the difference. It was a one-goal game, and we had the 5-on-3 and we didn’t generate anything on that. Then they draw a penalty and they scored five seconds into their power play. That made it a two-goal game. Yeah, we came back, and I thought we had a pretty good second period. It’s hard when you chase, especially a team like this with a strong goalie and strong defensive play, it’s hard to chase the whole game.”