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Kings’ Williams: “I’m pissed off — a lot of guys in that room are pissed off”

Jun 10, 2012, 12:18 AM EDT

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Has adversity crept into the Los Angeles dressing room?

Shortly after the Kings failed to close out New Jersey for the second straight game — suffering their first playoff losing streak in the process — forward Justin Williams displayed a level of frustration rarely seen from L.A. this postseason.

“I’m pissed off,” Williams said. “A lot of guys in that room are pissed off.”

Williams was one of the strongest Kings on the night, scoring their lone goal and stuffing the stat sheet in nearly 20 minute of ice time. But his words spoke louder than his play, especially on a night when several Kings said nothing with theirs.

Anze Kopitar had no shots on goal in over 22 minutes. Dustin Penner had as many penalties (one) as he did hits. Dustin Brown was held pointless for the fourth time in five games this series and didn’t play in the final four minutes of regulation.

The most telling quote about the Kings, though, might’ve come from a Devil.

“I think they’re so close to winning the Stanley Cup,” Martin Brodeur said. “I’m sure it’s getting to them a little bit, to be able to have all these chances and not capitalize on them.

“It’s a matter of us now going into a tough environment in L.A., to try to ruin the party again.”

  1. mrkookin - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    kings get no respect

    • nydaniel - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

      Oh puhleeze.

      Whining, really??

  2. jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    I think the Devils respect the Kings, but have a tradition of winning and are not going to let the Kings win the Cup without a fight! Heck, at least this Los Angeles team is in a final! The series has taken a competitive turn, and true fans of the game are loving it. Kings still have the advantage, but if they lose the next game, they are in BIG TROUBLE.

  3. guypatsfan - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    All the great teams of the past knew that when you had a team down 3-0 for the championship you dropped the hammer and ended it in Game 4, otherwise, the other team would gain momentum and be that much tougher to beat, if not almost impossible. The Kings are learning that lesson now. They had a chance to win the Cup in Game 4, and they blew it. Now the Cup is practically up for grabs.

  4. martysbetter - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    :)

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