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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (JAN. 3)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings defeated the Flyers on Saturday night with a 2-1 shootout win. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 of 32 shots to improve his record to 3-3-0 on the season. Since being recalled from Manchester on Dec. 16, Quick has stopped 165 of 175 in seven appearances this season for .943 save percentage.

“Quick has played very well in all the games he has played," head coach Terry Murray said. "He had a couple shutouts, a one-goal game against Columbus and then in the shootout tonight he’s facing some of the elite players in the game. He did a great job and it’s a confidence booster. I can’t speak for him but I can imagine that he is feeling pretty good about himself. He has to stay grounded because he has development ahead of him, but he has got to feel very good about the way he played tonight.”

In his last five starts Quick has allowed only four goals for 0.79 goals-against average.

“He’s been solid since he’s been called up and tonight was no different," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "He made some big saves in regulation. You look at the shootout and you’ve got the leading goal-scorer in the league and a pretty good shooter in Mike Richards, so he answered the bell for us and I think it was a combination of that and that we scored some goals on the other end of the ice which in past shootouts we haven’t been doing.”

KINGS OF THE SHOOTOUT
With the win, the Kings are now 2-4 in shootouts this season. Patrick O'Sullivan and Brown both scored on the shootout tonight, the Kings entered the evening having converted on 3-for-15 attempts this season. O'Sullivan leads the team with two shootout goals this season, while Alexander Frolov and Wayne Simmonds have also converted. Quick earned the win in his first shootout, stopping both attempts. The Kings netminders have now stopped 7-of-16 shootout attempts. Click here for a look at the Kings shootout history.

QUICK STOP TO A PENALTY SHOT
The Kings may not have gotten to a shootout had Quick not stopped Scott Hartnell's penalty shot in the first period. Hartnell was pulled down from behind by rookie Drew Doughty while on a breakaway and Quick denied Hartnell an opening on the net forcing Hartnell to shoot wide. It was the Kings second penalty shot that they have faced this year (Michal Rozsival goal vs. Jason LaBarbera, NY Rangers 12/17/08) and it was the first penalty shot deined by the Kings since March 18, 2007, when Mathieu Garon stopped Teemu Selanne.

The Kings have stopped 34-of-46 penalty shots all-time. For a list of all-time Kings penalty shots click here.

WHAT'S NEXT?
The Kings begin a home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday at the Honda Center. The Ducks will be without Corey Perry, who has been suspended for four games, without pay, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux during the third period of their game on Friday night. Perry has posted 10-24=34 in 39 games this season. For his career vs. Los Angeles, Perry has scored 9-6=15 with 29 PIMs in 23 games. He scored the game-winner in the Ducks 2-0 win over the Kings on Nov. 16 at Anaheim...more

NOTES

Tonight was the Kings fifth sellout of the season and third straight...The last time the Kings beat the Flyers was Oct. 21, 2003 at home (won 4-0)...Raitis Ivanans celebrated his 30th birthday...Simmonds tallied his third goal of the season, his first since Dec. 6 vs. Columbus, his first career game-winning goal...This time a year ago, Simmonds was preparing to face USA for the Gold Medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Simmonds and Canada beat USA, 4-1 on Jan. 4.

QUOTES
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap):
“It was a much needed two points for us. Going into the third period, talking with the team, there was a need to come out and play with a high level of passion. We had to go after it. We need to keep pace with our conference and get ourselves into a better position and the guys responded. We played a good team tonight, we know they are banged up but the bottom line is that you have to try and win and we found a way to get two points.”

(re: style of play):
“In the first two periods as far as our execution, our breakouts, our structure, sometimes even the passing and receiving of passes it wasn’t there. But Brown is an example of coming out and break from the very start. He started playing very hard and playing the way that you have to show. In games that you have to win there has got to be a leader and he set the tone with that physical play. Raitis jumped up their on a line with Handzus and I thought he did a terrific job. I think we really answered the bell there in the third period, especially with the importance of two points for us. We had 15 shots on net and limited their shots. It was a good win for us and bottom line is we got a couple points out of it.”

(re: emotion in the building):
“Lots of energy in the building, the fans were great. That’s about three games now that the building has been full of energy and I hope that the fans are starting to sense that a young team is really starting to show their stuff. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that the fans identify that and they are coming to cheer for this hockey club”

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK
(Re: game recap):
“We’ve got to just stay even-keel and take the momentum off of this win into Anaheim on Tuesday. The whole team worked hard and they deserve to win.”

(Re: saves):
“They had some good chances, but our defense played well in front of me and they let me see all of the shots and cleared out all of the rebounds so it made it a bit easier.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re: game recap):
“The main thing is the two points for us were huge. The race in the west is so tight that these are really playoff type games for us.”

FLYERS HEAD COACH JOHN STEVENS:
(Re: game recap):
It’s a huge point for us and we played back-to-back. We’re missing a lot of guys. We asked huge minutes of some of these guys and we did everything but win the hockey game in my opinion. We had plenty of chances. Jeff Carter had one of the most dominating performances I’ve seen all year even though he didn’t get the puck in the net. We’re really proud of the effort there and it turned out to be big point for us.”

(Re: last few games):
In the last three games it’s been pretty entertaining hockey games. I thought the pace was really high and the goaltending was strong. I think it’s great to see our hockey team come out and respond on the road after the way we started.”

FLYERS DEFENSEMAN BRAYDON COBURN:
(Re: game recap):
Tonight we had a lot of guys step up. Different guys in our lineup are stepping up and everyone’s playing a good team game. It makes it a lot easier when guys realize it’s an important time of year we’re right in the thick of things and we’re a good team. Everyone believes that in this dressing room and guys are stepping up on the right time here.

FLYERS DEFENSEMAN KIMMO TIMONEN:
(Re: game recap):
We were short-handed today and we’ve been losing guys left and right. That’s part of the game and we were talking about that before the game that we have to go out there and do our jobs no matter who’s in the lineup. I thought we played a pretty good game.

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