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Kings Locker Room: Kopitar & Durzi on a Disappointing Point & McLellan on Losing a Lead

Hear from Sean Durzi, Anze Kopitar and Todd McLellan postgame.



The Los Angeles Kings have developed a bad habit recently, blowing leads.

They did it twice against the New Jersey Devils Thursday en route to a 4-3 overtime loss. 

A point in New Jersey is good in isolation, but how they got the point is disappointing. 

Hear from Sean Durzi, Anze Kopitar and Todd McLellan postgame.

Kopitar on whether coming away from the game with one point was disappointing:

I mean it's a good point, but at the same time it's disappointing. Having the lead very late in the game and then giving it up. Obviously, we'll take the point, but we can't be happy with just the one point.

On similarities between Thursday's game and other game's where they've blown a lead:

I thought for the most part we did an okay job. It's just a six-on-five. Desperation on their part, they made a good play so it is what it is.

On if the game had a playoff feel:

Yeah, I mean it's tight. And its going to be tight from here on out. Everyone is desperate for points and we should be no different, so it will be tight games, one-goal games for the most part. So, you've got to figure out how to win these games.

Durzi on whether coming away from the game with one point was disappointing:

 I think it's disappointing, we could have won that game. We should have won that game. I think the belief in here is strong, I think every night we think we can win so it's disappointing.

On what he saw on his goal:

World-class passer. Good win, Kevin won a battle. Saw their two guys puck-watching, Kopi made a good pass and I put it in.

On what the focus is going into the back-to-back tomorrow:

I mean, we've got to win. That's the focus right now, everybody's got to be desperate for points. Regroup, rest up and right back at it. So, it's a good opportunity. 

McLellan on whether he is happy with the point or disappointed:

We'll take the one we got. Not a lot of teams come into this building or play that team that come away with points. On the other side of it, it's disappointing that we couldn't get the last 30 seconds done. But, you have to give them some credit too, they broke us down and made a nice play to the net. Again, I thought a pretty good effort from our group. Maybe not enough players tonight to roll four lines. Our fourth line got beat up a little bit and that was a little disappointing. But, for the most part, not a bad night. Unfortunately, one out of the two.

On whether this game felt like recent games where they've blown a lead:

Not at all, I thought this was a completely different effort and attentiveness than it was against Arizona the other night, so not even close.

On why he liked Kevin Fiala on the second line:

Well, it's one thing we haven't tried all year is Kevin (Fiala) with Phil (Danault) and Arvy (Viktor Arvidsson). I thought they were tremendous tonight, I really thought they had the puck a lot. I thought they made skilled plays, didn't hurt us at all defensively, they looked like they've played together before and yet they haven't

On an update for Trevor Moore:

Just day-to-day.

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