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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (APRIL 11)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

NOTES:


The Kings finished with 79 points this season, eight more than last season and 11 more than 2006-07...Anze Kopitar finished as leading scorer for second straight season (27-39=66)...Alexander Frolov led the team with 32 goals...Wayne Simmonds (1-1=2 today) finished with five points in the final four games (3-2=5)...Davis Drewiske (2a today) had his first career multi-point game.  He had three assists in the last three games (first three points of his NHL career)...Michal Handzus finished with 42 points this season (18-24=42).  He had 21 points (7-14=21) all of last season...John Zeiler had his first point since Nov. 10, 2007 vs. Dallas (50 games)...Five Kings played in all 82 games (Matt Greene, Sean O’Donnell, Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus and Wayne Simmonds).

QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “It’s hard to believe the season is over, it seems like just yesterday we were starting.  We started with San Jose the first two games of the year and this game was meaningful to them.  They had motivation to come out and play a good game.  They’re looking to get home-ice-advantage throughout the playoffs, so for us to come out and win the game it’s a good feeling.”

(Re the play of Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty throughout the season): “This was the kind of year (Doughty) needed to have and he just needs to follow it up.  Everyone knows the sophomore year can be a little bit harder.  This off-season for him will be huge.  Doughty is an impact player for our hockey club and he’s going to be an impact player in this league.  Quick has played tremendous for us.  I didn’t know him very well coming out of training camp but with Quick coming up from the minors, he has been huge, he’s been large, and every game he has given us the opportunity to win a game “

KINGS DEFENSEMAN MATT GREENE:
(Re game recap): “If you’re not going to make the playoffs, you want to go out with a win.  You try to end the season on a positive note as much as you can.  I think we did that tonight.  We went out and got a big win and played well tonight.  I think that’s a good sign playing [the sharks] when they needed the points too. “

(Re: next year) “We just need to play consistently.  I think that was our biggest fault this year was that we would do things one game and get away from it the next.  We just do things that prompt success and then the next time it wouldn’t be there, so I think we just need that consistency and that comes with age and experience.  That’s what a summer will bring.  I also think there will be some additions and we will have to see where the team is going in camp.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): “Trying to look at the bright side, I think we made strides in the right direction.  Again, it comes back to the fact that we’re trying to build from the inside-out, instead of from the outside-in.”

(Re: team future) “If you look at our lineup the last 15 or 20 games, one thing that stands out personnel-wise is the left wing.  I’m playing left wing and I’m a natural right wing.  We had Handzus playing left wing for a few games when he’s a natural center.  We either need to find a replacement within the system or find someone that can adjust to playing on the left. I think a big part of this team success is going to be on the shoulders of the players next year.”

SAN JOSE HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN:
(Re: game recap): “The winning part hasn’t been there and we didn’t play well the other night against Phoenix.  We had a lot more positives today even though we didn’t win.  We made some mistakes today and that’s going to happen.  But we have to wipe the slate clean and look ahead at what’s coming up.  Whether we’re going out on a winning streak or losing streak it doesn’t matter now, it matters what we do from this point on. “

(Re: playoff game plan):  “We have a way of playing the game and we’re sticking with that.  It’s been that way since training camp and it works.  We’re not going to change our game plan very much.”

(Re: playoff travel): “Travel takes its toll on teams in the playoffs.  But we can’t sit here and pick and choose who we play in the playoffs.  We can’t worry about what the start times are or where we’ll be playing.  We’ll play them when they tell us we play them, where we play them and on what day.” 

SAN JOSE DEFENSEMAN DAN BOYLE:
(Re: game recap): “It’s certainly not the way you want to finish your season with two losses.  Both games I think there have been some good things and we’ll try and focus on that and without a doubt there has been a lot of mistakes and turnovers and key defensive mistakes.  Our power play did the job today, but our five-on-five for the second half has been the key issue.  Hopefully we get a rebirth of energy of sorts and get our legs going again for playoffs and get excited again.  I thought the effort was there in the second half of the game and especially in the third period, but at the end of the day you have to finish it off and we have to continue to work.”

(Re: Advice to players during playoffs): “More than anything I think it’s what I do on the ice.  It’s showing some poise and not panicking out there.  If other guys can see that some of us are calm out there then it calms everyone down and that’s what is a big factor in the playoffs.  You can’t press the panic button because you’re going to be in certain situations where everything is so magnified that it is going to be that much tougher.” 

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