The Kings lost to the New Jersey Devils by a 5-1 score on Saturday night.
Derek Armstrong scored for the first time since Nov. 29, which was the game-winner vs. the Blackhawks. It was his first game since Dec. 9 at Colorado, as the veteran forward missed 13 games, seven due to concussion symptoms stemming from a hit in that Colorado on Dec. 9...Brian Boyle earned his first assist of the season and has three points in two career games vs. New Jersey (1-2=3), including his first NHL goal...The Kings out-hit the Devils 36-19, Dustin Brown had seven hits tonight...The Kings were 15-24-2 (32 points) through 41 games last season, this year they are 17-18-6 for 40 pts...the Kings are now 4-14-5 when the oposing team scores three plus goals and winless when the opposing team scores four, 0-9-3.
Though Kings fans had few things to cheer about on Saturday night, they got their money's worth during the Kings KROQ Tailgate party, prior to the opening Faceoff. The Briggs, a local punk band and singer of the Kings "theme song" This is LA, performed and appearances were made by Luc Robitaille, Marty McSorley, October 2008 Playboy Playmate Kelly Carrington and KROQ's newly crowned Miss Double D-cember! Check out photos from the event.
MONARCHS, REIGN FALL TOO
Andrew Campbell and Justin Azevedo scored for the Monarchs while Jonathan Bernier (10-11-3) took his 11th loss of the season stopping 28-of-31 shots as the Kings lost to Norfolk, 4-2...more, meanwhile, the Reign fell at Victoria, 5-2. ...more.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: the biggest issue tonight):
“Too many penalties, taking too many undisciplined penalties, the hooking and the holding. t was same as last game vs. Anaheim and it came back to be the same thing tonight.”
(Re: game recap):
“I thought that we pulled ourselves out of a little bit of a rut that we fell into, with the two goals [against], but we came back came back and played pretty well. We got 16 shots on net in the second period. It was a pretty good second period and we had some opportunities, maybe not great scoring chances, but we tried to bounce back.”
KINGS CENTER BRIAN BOYLE:
(Re game recap):
“The penalties are an issue. I gave up those power plays and we took way too many penalties. They are the kind of penalties you don’t want to take. We just have to be more disciplined. You want to kill those penalties and get things going again, but today they took advantage of our penalties.”
(Re: coach Murray’s timeout):
“He just wanted us to have a bit more composure and talked about starting to play the right way and help each other out, especially on the back end. He told us to be more supportive, especially our forwards and he told us to basically take a deep breath and start playing with a little bit more patience.”
(Re: against New Jersey):
“They are a tough team to beat. They’ve done it for a number of years now where they just wait for you to make a mistake and they’re very defensive minded, but then again you look at their forwards and they play hard. So once you make a mistake they have some weapons to put it in the back of the net.”
DEVILS HEAD COACH BRENT SUTTER:
(Re game recap):
"We moved the puck well, and we had guys around the net and went to the net. That was the difference. The last two games we've gotten away from that but we were assertive tonight. And our power plays got some key goals for us. Our focus was good tonight, and we were prepared to play tonight. We came here with the mindset that we have to start this trip right and we took a step forward, but we still have a ways to go. Weekes played very well for us and stepped up to the plate. I was very proud of him and he made some big saves, which gave us a chance to win."
(Re: Brian Rolston's 1000th game):
"He's an experienced guy and he started his career in New Jersey. He's played in a couple of places since then, but he's an intelligent player. Along the way he has been able to adjust to different roles that he's had to fill and when you do those kinds of things there is longevity in your career."
DEVILS GOALTENDER KEVIN WEEKES:
(LAKings.com caught up with Kevin Weekes on the set of Everybody Hates Chris
(Re game recap):
"I always say the wins are more important than the shutouts themselves. Tonight our guys did a lot of good things, not only that we scored five goals, but our last goal Zach Parise got hit really hard in our zone, sacrificed himself and then we went down to score the goal on a two-on-one, so that's indicative of how well we played and how everyone else contributed in front of me and how much a difference that makes."
(Re: not getting the shutout):
"They’re always nice to get, and I have to find out what that Steve Mason is eating in Columbus, but nonetheless we got a victory tonight and it was a hard fought victory. We know Los Angeles is a good up-and-coming team, a lot of young talent and some good veterans. But look at Mike Rupp at the end of the game answering the challenge with Matt Greene. It would have been easy for him to say no, but he did a great job putting his body on the line and going in on the fight there. That goes to show that type of team that we have and the character that we have."