VANCOUVER --Anze Kopitar was the hero in Game 2 for the Los Angeles Kings, coming up with the overtime goal and an assist in a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night to even their best-of-seven opening-round series at 1-1.
The Kings were down 2-0 after the first period, but stormed back on the strength of two power-play goals, including Kopitar's winner.
The 22-year-old from Slovenia had this to say to the media after the game:
Q: How does it feel to be the guy who scored the winner?
Kopitar: It feels great. Especially just to get the win, it feels great. I thought we showed a lot of character. They came out strong and scored the first two goals, but we didn't let down. I felt from the last part of the first period, we played really good.
Q: Did you see how it went in?
Kopitar: I saw it on the replay. The first shot I took, one-timer, Kesler blocked it. I was just trying to get it on net the second time and it actually went off his knob.
Q: Four power-play goals in this series. How important has it been for you?
Kopitar: It's been really important for us. We were right on top of it, we were moving the puck good all night and it paid off.
Q: What does this comeback say about this team?
Kopitar: It shows a lot of character. It's not the start we wanted, but we knew we did it a couple times in the regular season, we came back. It's not like that was new to us. But obviously you don't want to start the game like that. To get the win, it feels great. It shows the character of this team and it shows we're never going to quit.
Q: Were you surprised to get the too many men on the ice call that set up the game-winner?
Kopitar: Surprised? I don't know. I mean, I was standing on the bench and I saw they had a couple too many on the ice. I don't know if that's the call you make on the ice, but we certainly don't care right now. We capitalized on it and split the series.
Q: What does it mean to get a split to start the series?
Kopitar: It's great. Obviously you want to get every win possible, but to get a split, especially in this building, it's a pretty loud building, it's a tough place to play. Going back to L.A. with a split, that's huge for us.