The Kings lost to the Detroit Red Wings by a 4-0 score on Monday night. It was an NHL-high seventh time the Kings were shutout.
Sean O’Donnell now has 840 penalty minutes as a King, fifth most among all-time Kings defensemen... Alexander Frolov is still one point shy of 300 as a King/in the NHL... Denis Gauthier had a season-high eight hits tonight... Matt Greene has 51 hits in the last 16 games... Patrick O’Sullivan had 7 of the Kings’ 23 shots...check out this awesome feature on the Kings radio play-by-play caller Nick Nickson.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): "Well when we have lost as many as we have it's hard to be happy. Losing is hard and we have to get ourselves out of this. Were bringing a lot of the problems on ourselves with puck management, were turning the pucks over, and not getting enough pucks to the net. We have got to be hungrier, much hungrier then what we are."
(Re lack of confidence):
"That's been pretty clear I think over the last several games here that were not handling the puck well, passing it with authority, carrying the puck to generate something off the rush, and were just refusing to put pucks to the net. That's a sign that were really gripping the stick too tight."
KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re game recap): “Obviously we’ve been struggling out there for two weeks or so. It’s very disappointing. The season can go one way or another right now and that’s what’s happened with this organization in the past. Right around this time everything falls apart. Games start to get away from you and then the season is over”.
(Re: going on the road):” Hopefully we can play better on the road. We’ve been home a lot this first half. We need to win these next three games is the bottom line. Otherwise we slip further and further away and it gets to the point that gets impossible to recover. I think it’s really important to win these three games and come back with some momentum”.
KINGS FORWARD KYLE CALDER:
(Re game recap): “This all comes from within and we have to find ways to piece it together. We need 20 guys pulling together. We have to find ways to be better as a team. We can’t get into a groove that we have players trying to do it themselves. We have to play as good group”.
KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re game recap): We’ve scored one goal in the last two games here and that just won’t cut it. We have to find a way to score and find a way to win. It’s that point in the season when you have to keep pushing for the playoffs or you fall back. The past three years we broke apart in this time of the season and were playing for nothing. This road trip coming up is huge for us and we have to find a way to win.
(Re team coming together): “We need to look at ourselves and figure it out and how we’re going to step up in the key moment. We’re going to need 20 guys to win games. Not just 15 guys or so, but 20. I think everybody has to bring something to the table. Whether you’re playing five minutes or 10. We have to find a way to win. This is a time when teams show what they’re made of. That’s going to be our ultimate test for us.”
RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK:
(Re game recap): "I was impressed with the team, they were professional. Tonight was important. I thought Draper did a good job on the penalty kill, I basically made him come off every time he won the draw just so he could win draws for us, and I thought he did a good job there. They got us going to get the puck down deep and they worked and they scored two goals going east-west behind the net. And they leave here tonight feeling good. I think it's so important that everyone on your team is confident in everyone's ability. If you're going to be successful you have to have everyone contributing and I thought tonight was great."
RED WINGS FORWARD KIRK MALTBY:
(Re game recap): "Any success we've ever had, you always need the third and fourth lines going, and I don't expect the fourth line, or any line really, to guarantee two points or two goals as a line but when we contribute it and help chip in offensively it makes it so much easier for everyone else. Conklin made some really big saves there in the first period. We had one bad line change, but he kept the lead for us and going into the second we took it from there."
KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Tomorrow: 10:45 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center. Flight to Dallas at 1 p.m.