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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (FEB. 14)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings (24-22-8, 56 points) get a valuable point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers in the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Los Angeles entered the game three points behind Edmonton for 10th place in the Western Conference, just four points out of a playoff spot. Dustin Brown's tip-in with just 26 seconds left, allowed the Kings to steal a point, as they remain just four points behind eighth-place Vancouver (26-21-8, 60 pts.). Edmonton, however, jumps from 10th to seventh in the wacky Western Conference at 28-23-4, 60 points.



SHOOT-OUT
Patrick O'Sullivan and Alexander Frolov failed to convert on their attempts, while Sam Gagner and Robert Nilsson converted to give the Oilers the win. The two goals were the first two shootout goal that Jonathan Quick has allowed in his career, Entering the game 2-0 on the shootout, having stopped 5-of-5. Frolov now is 1-for-5 on the shootout this season, after entering the season, 7-of-14 for his career. O'Sullivan leads the team with three goals on seven attempts. Overall, the Kings have converted on 7-of-26 and stopped 11-of-23 in posting a 3-6 mark on the shootout...STATS.

THIS AND THAT

Former Kings Charlie Huddy and Kelly Buchberger are members of the Oilers coaching staff. Huddy played in 226 games with the Kings from 1991-95, scoring 11-58=69 and adding another 2-5=7 in 29 playoff games while Buchberger was a member of the Kings from 1999-2002, scoring 14-22=36 in 169 games. Los Angeles went to the playoffs all three seasons Buchberger was with the organization, adding 1-0=1 in 19 playoff games...Former King Lubomir Visnovsky did not play today after having season-ending shoulder surgery on Feb. 10. Visnovsky was injured on Feb. 3 in a 3-1 loss to Chicago. Visnovsky tallied 8-23=31 in 50 games in his first season in Edmonton...Denis Gauthier returned to the lineup after serving a five-game suspension, prompting rookie Davis Drewiske to the sideline as a healthy scratch. Joining him were John Zeiler and Oscar Moller, who returned to skate in 9:09 in the Kings 2-0 loss vs. Calgary on Thursday, his first game since Dec. 17 vs. the New York Rangers...The Oilers scored on their first shot of the game and scored twice on their first three shot attempts...The Kings cut the deficit to 2-1 with a 5-on-3 goal in the second period by rookie defenseman Drew Doughty, the Kings are now 7-for-20 with the two-man advantage. It was Doughty's first goal since Nov. 20 vs. Washington. Doughty is second in the NHL amongst rookie defenseman in points (4-12=16) trailing Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski, who has tallied 6-14=20 in 44 games played....The Kings have now out-shot their opponents 116-66 in the last three games....The Kings have now scored with the goalie pulled two times this season (the other was Jan. 17 at Dallas)...Dustin Brown has 14 points (7-7=14) in the last 11 games...Brown had a career-high 12 hits in the game as the Kings out-hit the Oilers 41-33...The Kings are now 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

KINGS 'LOVE SICK' ON VALENTINE'S DAY
The Kings have posted a 4-11-6 mark all-time on Valentine's Day, first playing on Feb. 14, 1968 and not earning their first win on Feb. 14 until 1979 - the Kings' eighth game on Valentine's Day - a 3-2 win over Detroit. The Kings last played on Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, 2001, a 4-2 loss at Dallas and lost won on Saint Valentine's Day on Feb. 14, 2000, a 4-3 OT win over Calgary.

WHERE'S THE LOVE?
The two teams combined for 36 penalty minutes in the first period with six roughing penalties and four fighting majors...Sam Gagner and Jack Johnson dropped the gloves at 15:08 and heavyweights Raitis Ivanans and Sach Stortini fought at 16:20. The fisticuffs would continue throughout the game, with Ethan Moreau and Mat Greene dropping the gloves at 13:22 of the third period after a hard hit on Kings captain Dustin Brown. The two teams each finished with 12 penalties for 33 minutes. The combined 66 penalty minutes between both teams tied a season high (also had 66 PIM Oct. 24 at St. Louis)

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “It was a hard game.  We wanted to come out better then what we did in the first period.  I didn’t feel that we were skating and it’s a playoff atmosphere with that kind of importance and we did not respond as we needed to.  The second and third periods were terrific.  It was hard work and it was a hard game down low, it was very emotional.”

(Re getting a point): “I just wish because of the importance and the preparation that we had for this three-game homestand, and the fact that we had a great road trip and bringing that momentum back, we needed to have a better start..  That was important to come out with energy, with our skating ability and doing the right things like we did in the second and the third.  In my mind I’d like to think the results would have been different.”   

KINGS GOALIE JONATHAN QUICK:
(Re game recap):  Game was there at the end and it would’ve been great to get both points.  But we’re fortunate we ended up with at least one point after that first period. 

(Re: on the crowd): It was a great crowd and great to play in front of them.  They got into it at the end and its fun to play in front of a crowd like that.

KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re game recap):  It’s good to get one point and it would be a little better to get two.  The first period wasn’t the scenario we’re trying to put on the table but it sometimes happens.  They were jumping on loose pucks but in the second period we dominated and we had 20 more shots than them.  It seems that we’re generating a lot of chances but we are not getting any lucky breaks.  I’m sure if we’re creating those breaks are going to come too.  Everyone is giving 100 percent and it shows it.  It’s a critical time for us and I don’t think that anyone is taking it easy or anything.

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN
(Re emotion of game):  I think its’ just the nature of the playoff chase.   We’re fighting for a spot and they were going after some of our players and we went after some their players and that’s just the nature of the way the playoff chase is going to be.  Especially when they’re a couple of points ahead of us and these are games that are going to be emotional games. 

(Re playoff atmosphere):  Obviously I’ve never been in one at this level but it had that type of feeling.  It was very physical and very emotional.   If we can come out better in the first we might win that game in regulation. 

EDMONTON HEAD COACH CRAIG MACTAVISH: 
(Re game recap): “It was a very competitive game and indicative of where everybody is in the standings and how important these games are.  Two teams that desperately wanted to win and the players played hard and it was a heck of a hockey game.”

EDMONTON DEFENSEMAN LADISLAV SMID:
(Re: game recap): “I think it was a really good effort by us.  The Kings have been playing pretty good lately and it’s a huge win for us on the road.”

 (Re: game recap) “I think our power play played pretty good.  We are missing Visnovsky and Grebeshkov, but I think they looked pretty good today and they scored a big goal for us and we are pretty happy.”

(Re: game recap) “We had a pretty good first period and then they outplayed us in the second, and the third period it was pretty much a battle.  They got the late power play and they scored.”

EDMONTON FORWARD SAM GAGNER:
(Re: shootout) “I just tried to get him moving again.  I did that move in preseason and I haven’t used it yet so I just faked the shot and tried to get it up and it worked out.”

(Re: game recap) “They are a good team and have been playing really well lately so we just wanted to battle it out right to the end.  It’s a tough one at the end but we were able to get it into a shootout.”

HOCKEYWOOD
Spotted in the Ritz-Carlton Ice Box today was Tristan Wilds, who currently stars in the television series, 90210. He has also appeared on the Wire and The Secret Life of Bees. Check out all of the stars that have appeared at Kings games.

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