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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (DEC. 13)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings are 9-for-22 on the power play in the last six games (40.9%).
  • Anze Kopitar has seven points in the last five games (5-2=7)
  • Patrick O’Sullivan has 11 points in the last 13 games (4-7=10).
  • Dustin Brown has seven points in the last five games (3-4=7)
  • Erik Ersberg has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 10 of his 15 starts. He’s allowed more than three goals only once this season.
  • The Kings 43 shots today was a season high (previous high was 36, twice).
  • The Kings had 17 shots in the second period, the most in any period this season.
  • Through 29 games last year the Kings were 11-16-2
  • Through 29 games this year the Kings have allowed 81 goals. Through 29 games last year they allowed 95 goals.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: game recap):
“I don’t think we expected to come out against this team and get 40 shots. They’re a team that’s given up the fewest goals in the NHL, but it was important to come out and play our game. Coming off the St. Louis game we had a little momentum and we wanted to build on it.”

(Re: Ersberg’s play)
“Both goalies played tremendous here today. The plays they had at the net were quick plays, hard plays, stuff coming from around the back of the net. Then they end up the one with the player driving to the net looking for a re-direct and it goes in. (Erik) Ersberg was great, he was focused and he killed a lot of plays.”

KINGS GOALTENDER ERIK ERSBERG:
(Re: game recap):
“It was a good game, I think. Both teams played well and we managed to come out on top. It was a big win for us.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN MATT GREENE:
(Re: game recap):

“I think we’ve really got a shot attitude. You see Kyle Quincey, every time he gets it he’s just putting shots on net that are creating rebounds or getting tipped. If we’ve got a really good shot coming from the point like we do with Quincey and Harrold then it’s going to spread things out and make the penalty killers respect the down-low play a little bit less and that’s how they can really open it up with guys like Kopitar and Brown. “

(Re: bouncing back from the Colorado loss)
“You’ve got to respond after a game like that when you really get it handed to you. It was good to see us do that against St. Louis two nights ago, but then to carry it over was just something we haven’t been able to do a lot this year. It was good to see guys come out tonight prepared and ready to play a tough game.”

WILD HEAD COACH JACQUES LEMAIRE:
(Re: game recap):
“I think really we only had a couple of chances to score. That’s not enough, that’s not a good effort. The guys practiced well and they had good energy and then the game comes the next day and there’s nothing. Even their mind is not sharp. It wasn’t a good game. We didn’t play good enough against a team who really worked hard today. They moved the puck well and they were strong with the puck, they made great plays, you just have to play better than this”.

(Re: team getting frustrated):
“Sometimes, I like when they get frustrated and they get upset, they kick the door and they break their sticks – it’s a good sign sometimes. They’re starting to do it”.

WILD FORWARD STEPHANE VEILLEUX:
(Re: game recap):
“We need to find a way to start the games on the right foot. We can’t play desperate hockey in this league.

(Re: not being ready):
“I wouldn’t say we weren’t ready, but we definitely need to be better to start the game. We’ve been down two goals the last couple of games and we feel under pressure and we play desperate hockey when we shouldn’t.

(Re: being mentally ready):
“We definitely need to be ready at the start, especially on the road. Teams already know we have a good system and we come hard, but last couple of road games teams have come more prepared than us. Every individual has to give a little more and that’s how we’re going to get out of that slump as a team”.
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