Justin Williams was in the Kings’ lineup Friday, for the first time since he broke his leg on Dec. 26. Williams played 12 minutes, 11 seconds and had one shot on goal. Not surprisingly, Williams didn’t look quite the same, in his first game back, as he did before the injury, but he didn’t look out of place either.
Here’s what Williams said about his first game back…
WILLIAMS: “I told Kopi a couple times, `Just give me the puck a little bit,’ so I could hang onto it and feel what it was like and wheel around with it. I tried to get into it right away, hold the puck and shoot as many pucks as I could at the net and really just get involved, get hit and make a hit. I was able to do that, and every period I felt more and more comfortable.”
Question: How was your stamina out there?
WILLIAMS: “Stamina-wise, I was playing 18-20 minutes before I left, so it obviously depends on how it’s going to go here and how I’m going to be used. I’ve got a little ways to go with that, but I’ve done the best I can to try to get myself in game shape. You can’t [replicate] that with how you play on the ice, with the stamina. Game by game, I’ll get more comfortable. I really had to control my breathing out there, because I was so excited to be out there. I didn’t want to expend too much energy getting excited.”