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Williams rips Kings for ‘lousy, dispirited, soft’ loss to Rangers

Oct 8, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

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Justin Williams took his team to the woodshed following a 3-1 home loss to New York on Monday.

“Lousy, dispirited, soft game by us, which is ugly and unacceptable,” Williams told LA Kings Insider. “Especially at home.”

It was an odd night for the Kings all-around. Despite outshooting and outhitting the Rangers, L.A. was sloppy with the puck (17 giveaways to New York’s eight) and the top line of Williams, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar continued to struggle.

The trio has combined for just one goal and three points through the first three games — the Kings are 1-2-0 — and went scoreless against the Rangers.

Brown is still without a point after missing all of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

Williams said the unit needed to “get dirty” and play more consistently. When it came to the topic of the line’s lack of production, he was very blunt.

“There’s no excuses,” Williams explained. “You can search for them all you want. There’s no excuses. Ourselves as a line, we have to produce. We haven’t done so, and we got outplayed, and we have to take that accountability ourselves.

“Myself – I need to be better. I’m counted on to score goals, and we haven’t scored near as many, nor produced as many, quality scoring chances as we should five-on-five.”



  1. jaredo10 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I agree they did play sloppy, but you have to give credit to the rangers. Great Win

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Credit to the Rangers, great game by them. Maybe AV was the answer! As for Williams, worry about your own game, you were just as bad

    • skr213 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Perhaps you’d actually like to read the article before commenting. Williams said “I need to be better.”

  3. xdj511 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The Rangers used to outplay teams all the time and lose. Maybe karma is evening out for us. Maybe the AV era will usher in a new age of being outperformed and still winning.

    • barkar942 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Numerous games the Rangers would be the better team only to have pucks get by Hank off of his teammates- kind of like last night- one off Quick’s teammates stick, and the other a gaffe off of himself.
      I thought the Rangers looked 100 times more impressive last night than I ever thought they would play under AV.

      • yustasayin - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:29 AM

        Yes it is time to be concerned! The LA Glitter Boys are finally back to playing at their normal level. They had a good run for a couple of years because they got lucky and were playing way over their head. And besides, it has been just about 2 years for old Sutter system to sink in and take its toll. Too bad, but the old retreads eventually become ineffective.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    No time like the present …

    Even though it’s still early days, full marks to Williams for telling it like it is. We’re now three games in and we still haven’t won in regulation time ? … I’d say that’s ‘ugly and unacceptable’ too. Let’s get going you guys starting tomorrow night ! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • pxland - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      What? No “suspicious minds” video?

      • blomfeld - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:25 AM

        well then, if you insist …

  5. bauxjangles - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I like that Wlliams isn’t letting himself or any of the other players off the hook for last nights game. Haven’t seen a Kings game that bad in a while. There is getting outplayed and then there is just never really showing up, and I believe the Kings were the latter. Don’t know where their heads were but they weren’t in Staples Center,

  6. jkay1818 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    i could have sworn the rangers outshot the Kings. Whatever it is, williams is right, tons of turnovers by the NYR forecheck. Something they didnt do under tortorella. They used to sit back and wait to block shots.
    even if the shots were in favor of LA which i dont think it was, the quality of shots were a huge disparity. Quick did a great job not making it 5 or 6-1 or worse. He robbed nash at least four times, stopped pouliot on a few front door and breakaway chances and zuccarrello as well.
    It happens, they did look flat but it’s so early. They are a big team, theyll get their groove and if the NYR consistently forecheck like they have the first two games they will be much tougher than yrs past. It also helps AV won’t change the lines every other period like tortorella did.

  7. surfoside4life - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    fire sutter

    • pirovash88 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Most intelligent statement i’ve ever read on this site.

      • surfoside4life - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        I was being sarcastic. But in all seriousness I am incredibly pissed off about the way my Kings are playing. Pathetic is a perfect word to use to desribe them right now

  8. canadianguest - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Next game, Senators, on 3 days rest. Senators have been sloppy this year too. Spezza may not play, but either way, look for a run and gun game.

    Michalek, DaCosta, fast and fast
    MacArthur, Conacher, fast and fast
    Greening, Pageau, Condra, fast and fast and fast
    Kassian, Smith, Neil, um, did you see the first 3 lines?

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