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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (DEC. 17)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings lost in overtime, falling to the NY Rangers, 3-2. The Kings will embark on a three-game, six-day road trip - the Kings longest of the year so far - starting on Friday at Buffalo.


KINGS NOTES:
  • Patrick O’Sullivan extended his point streak to six games. His longest career point streak is seven (March 11 to March 23, 2007).
  • Dustin Brown (1-1=2) had his eighth multi-point game of the season. The Kings are 7-0-1 in those games. Tonight was also Brown’s 300th game as a King/in NHL.
  • The Kings last played consecutive overtime games Nov. 10 and Nov. 13, 2007
  • The Kings finished their four-game homestand 2-0-2.
  • The Kings have earned points in six of their last seven games (3-1-3).
  • Jason LaBarbera allowed his first penalty shot (he’s now 3-of-4 in his career)
  • The last penalty shot allowed was March 18, 2007 vs. Anaheim (Mathieu Garon stopped Teemu Selanne).
  • Tonight was the Rangers sixth all-time visit to STAPLES Center (first since Oct. 30, 2006).
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“We played so well. I don’t think we’re capable of playing any better as a team right now. We come out and we do everything the right way at the start of the game. The shots were 13-to-3 at the end of the first period, we got the first goal of the game and we just continued to build on it. I thought the team effort was just tremendous.”

(Re: game recap)
“We did a great job. I’m really happy with how everybody responded to the challenge of playing one of the top teams on the other side.”

(Re: game recap)
“[It was] great to see the effort in the third period to come back and tie the game. That’s digging in. That’s a young team doing things the right way.”

(Re: play against top teams)
“A lot of good team building happens whenever you’re playing against top teams and especially when you’re going to go on the road now for three games before the holidays. We can look at these games and say we just need to continue to play the right way, do the good stuff with puck movement and puck support, lots of communication and it’ll fall into place. We’re getting too many good scoring chances not to have some of those go in the net.”

KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re: Game recap):
"I think the effort was there. We had a lot of shots, and we had some good chances to put the game away but they managed to come out on top. Like I said, I think the effort was there and we can be satisfied with our playing but it's frustrating to not win."

(Re: Upcoming road trip):
"There are three good teams that we're going to play against. With Buffalo, we haven't seen them yet this year. It's always hard to play in Detroit and Columbus has been playing very well at home. It's going to be a tough one and a great challenge for our team."

RANGERS HEAD COACH TOM RENNEY:
(Re: game recap )
“We weren’t very good in the first period, and for a good portion of the second, but it was a big goal, Rozsival’s goal on the penalty shot obviously, and we kind of stuck with it. (Los Angeles) is a good hockey team. They played well and we got everything we expected from them quite honestly. We just kept finding a way and kept our resolve, one of the things we did have was that, which gave us a chance to win it.”

RANGERS DEFENSEMAN MICHAL ROZSIVAL:
(Re: game recap )
“We played hard, but they really played much better in the first period. Steve Valiquette played unbelievable today, he’s the reason we had any chance to win this game. We are very happy about the win tonight and these were a huge two points tonight.”

(Re: penalty shot)

“I knew there was a penalty going to be called, but I thought we were just going to be on the power play 5-on-3. It happened so quick, and I’m not used to doing this, I just wanted to go backhand, I made up my mind at the red line, just happy I was able to score.”
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