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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (MARCH 31)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The Dallas Stars entered the game with a seven-game losing streak overall, while the Kings entered the night having earned points in each meeting with Dallas this season, posting a 4-0-1 mark in the season series. Dallas scored first to take an early lead and Jack Johnson scored to tie the game, but two second-period goals opened up an insurmountable lead as the Stars prevailed, 3-2.

No. 3 GOES FOR SIX
Jack Johnson scored for the second straight game and has now scored 2-1=3 over the last five games and 6-4=10 on the season in 35 games. Johnson and Drew Doughty are tied for the club lead among defensemen with six goals apiece. Johnson is also a team-best 3-for-6 (.500) on the shootout with one game-deciding goal.

CALIFORNIA, KNOWS HOW TO HOCKEY
Dallas' Garrett Stafford, born in Los Angeles, played in just his fourth NHL game tonight and first against the Los Angeles Kings. Stafford made his debut with the Dallas Stars on Monday night earning two assists, the first two points of his NHL career. Stafford played in two games with the Red Wings in 2007-08. The defenseman is one of 22 players born in California to ever play in the NHL.

  Stafford Post Game Interview

Stafford signed with the Dallas Stars on July 3, 2008 and has been playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he is tied for sixth amongst AHL defenseman in points with 11-31=42 in 67 games. He was named to the 2002 Hockey East Second All-Star Team as a junior at New Hampshire, and to the league’s All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003. He also skated in the 2004 AHL All-Star Game.

Stafford was named one of the game's three stars.

OD HONORED
Prior to the game, Sean O'Donnell was honored in a pre-game ceremony for playing in his 1000th NHL game on March 14th. O'Donnell was credited with a third period assist on Anze Kopitar's goal, which brought the Kings within 3-2 with 1:31 remaining in the game. It was O'Donnell's first assist since March 19 at Boston, where he played from 2001-04. The assist was the 12th assist of the season for O'Donnell and 162nd of his career. OD has also potted 27 goals for 189 points in 1,008 games.

  OD Honored | Full Coverage

KINGS APRIL DOWNLOAD
The Kings April Wallpaper download is now available. D Matt Greene was selected for his play in March to be on the Kings April Wallpaper. Download it today.

KINGS NOTES

The Kings finished the season series 4-1-1 against Dallas...The Kings have only finished with a losing record against Dallas once since 2003-04 and twice since 2000-01...Davis Drewiske played a career-high 22:43 tonight...Drew Doughty played a game-high 26:28 tonight (he’s played 20-plus minutes in 71 of 75 games this season and 25-plus minutes 34 times)...Matt Greene and Dustin Brown each had six hits tonight....Brad Richardson, who had an assist tonight, was 7-for-8 in faceoffs...The Kings were without injured forward Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll and injured defenseman Kyle Quincey...The trio have combined for 23 of the Kings 66 power play goals (35%)...Los Angeles went 0-for-2 on the power play and are 0-for-14 on the power play in their last four games.

QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): "Well the start of the game tonight was probably as poor a start as we have had all year.  We don’t start to get into the game until five minutes into the third period.  We haven’t been home for 15 days and during this stretch these games are very important.  I have talked about that in the past, talked about it today, that you need to dig in and play the games the right way and come away and learn something from these games."

(Re the play of Justin Williams): "Well Justin is coming, but he’s gone through a couple of injuries that are going to take some time for his body to re-adjust again to play the game.  He’s missed a lot of time, you’ve seen improvements along the way, but I don’t know if we will see the real Justin Williams this year.  It might take a full off-season, getting ready to play again and coming back, and now hopefully at the beginning of training camp he’ll be hitting the ground running.  We know what he is, he’s a 30-goal scorer, and he knows how to get it done."

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): "If we maybe came better prepared we wouldn’t have had to play from behind or try and come back and that’s something that we have to learn."

(Re Stars' power play): "Modano made a pass, and it was a world class pass and a good finish at the back door. The other power play was a miss cue with our forwards.  We got two forwards caught on one side and the Stars were able to walk into one and that’s just a mental error on our part on the penalty kill."

KINGS FORWARD JUSTIN WILLIAMS:
(Re game recap): "The Stars had the upper hand in shots, they had the upper hand in speed, quickness.  They beat us to pucks. It was an unacceptable performance from us."

(Re Joining the Kings on the ice) "It’s a lot different coming in when you are a healthy player in the swing of things.  It’s been tougher to start for me. I haven’t shown what I’m capable of yet and I know that it’s going to take a little bit of time, but I'm working as hard as I can to make sure that that happens quicker rather than later. It’s tough to believe that when you come off a road trip the first game at home always seems to have a tough time getting into it.  But at this level of the game it is unacceptable for us to be, albeit, not quite in the playoffs, but knowing that we have to win out to even have a chance and our performance was ugly and it won’t happen again."

DALLAS HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT:
(Re: game recap): "A win is a win.  We did a lot of good things tonight.  We played well with the puck.  We still had a couple hiccups that need to get cleaned up and just some ‘winning areas’ of the game, but for the most part, I thought we did very well."

(Re: game recap) "We’ve had a lot of things go against us this year, so it’s good to see some things go our way.  Even though we gave up another bad goal at the end, we were able to get by it.  That’s a positive sign."

(Re: game recap) "Sometimes the best defending is playing with the puck and that was one of our better puck play games in awhile, hence we defended better."

DALLAS GOALTENDER MARTY TURCO:
(Re: game recap): "Some of it certainly was our play and some nights it’s just been tough luck and there have been things we could have done better, but when you’re in this situation that we’ve been in for a long time trying to make a push, it’s definitely taxing.  With all the depletions in our lineup – look at an effort like tonight and you’ve got to be proud of the guys.  They simply got the job done and deserved to win."

(Re: game recap): "The situation isn’t going to change.  It’s so important to finish the year strong and show our young guys to play with some pride and also the way we play, they could fit into next year."

HOCKEYWOOD
The Kings routinely host celebrities in the crowd at their hockey games. Check out who was 'scene' in the crowd at STAPLES Center on Tuesday by visiting our Hockeywood page here, tonight: Twilight's Nikki Reed, Heroes' Masi Oka and 2009 Men’s World Figure Skating Champion Evan Lysacek.

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