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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (NOV. 1)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings lost their fourth straight game, 3-2 to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night at STAPLES Center.


KINGS NOTES:
Oscar Moller had his first career multi-goal game. He’s now tied with Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll for the team lead with four goals...Moller, Kyle Quincey and Frolov combined for both Kings goals...The Kings have allowed 31 goals through the first 10 games. Last season they allowed 36 goals through the first 10 games...Dustin Brown had a game-high eight hits tonight. He leads the team with 42 overall. (check out www.lakings.com/kaboom for Brown’s hit tracker and partnership with KaBOOM!...Frolov now has 18 points (4-14=18) in 19 career games against Calgary...Matt Moulson celebrated his 25th birthday today...Dennis Gauthier played in his 499th career NHL game tonight and is slated to play in No. 500 on Tuesday, vs. Anaheim...The Kings dressed seven defensemen tonight with forwards Brad Richardson, Kyle Calder and Derek Armstrong as healthy scratches and D Tom Preissing re-enetering the lineup after being a scratch for the previous four games...Peter Harrold skated as a forward with Raitis Ivanans and Brian Boyle on the Kings fourth line, but also saw action as a defenseman on the Kings power play....Former King Michael Cammalleri earned an assist on the Flames’ second goal, in his first game in Los Angeles since being dealt by the Kings to Calgary at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft...The four PIM assigned to Patrick O’Sullivan was his first penalty minutes of the season. The only player (non-goaltender) on the Kings roster yet to be assessed a penalty is Brian Boyle...Moller’s first goal snapped a 92:28 shutout streak...Kings are 0-3-0 vs. the Northwest Division are 0-5-1 when scoring three goals or less and 3-1-0 when scoring more than three...Kings are 1-5-0 when out-shooting their opponent, and 2-1-1 when being out-shot...It was the Kings 40th home loss vs. Calgary, 49-40-9 entering tonight. (All-Time Series).

MONARCHS AND REIGN BOTH LOSE
Jonathan Quick (1-4-0) took his fourth loss of the season with 30 saves in a 4-1 loss...more

Reign goaltender Jeff Zatkoff stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss, including 22 of 23 in the first period, the most shots in one period he has yet faced.

QUOTES
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: game recap)
“Well that was a good hockey game tonight. We played very well. We played as good as we have played this year with competitive play, coming up with pucks. We’re starting to figure out and understand the importance of that kind of an effort.”

(Re: Oscar Moller’s performance)
“He had a great effort tonight. He was very involved in the game in the real hotspots of the ice that he has no real hesitancy to go into and played a great game.”

(Re: Boyle back in the lineup)
“He was pretty good. He played in kind of a fourth line situation and he’s not up against the top guys but he took advantage if his minutes. Overall he was good.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re: game recap)
“I think we played a pretty good game tonight. You got one funny goal for them, one power-play goal and then we miss one check and it’s three goals on less than 20 shots. LaBarbera played pretty good at the same time so it’s one of those games I felt like we should have won.”

(Re: ending the losing streak)
“It’s just taking the positives from this game. We have that effort and if we put that effort forth in most games we’re going to end up on the top of those games.”

KINGS CENTER OSCAR MOLLER:
(Re: game recap)
“I think there is a lot of skill on this team and a lot of talent and we just got to make sure we all push ourselves to the next level. We’ve got to play like this every night and come out with this mindset.”

(Re: Moller staying with the Kings)
“It’s a little bit of a relief, but I can’t get too confident or too comfortable here. I can’t slack off or anything. I got to make sure that I stick around here all year and play on the second line here.”

FLAMES HEAD COACH MIKE KEENAN:
(Re: game recap):
“Kiprusoff was exceptional tonight. The Kings probably got half of their changes on the power play and we couldn’t get a handle on the faceoffs. The other thing, whether it was inadvertent or not, is that we didn’t clear the puck five or six times when we had the puck on our stick. So that gave them double the opportunity to have chances to score. But we cashed in on our power-play goal when we needed one and took the lead. At the same it wasn’t our best performance, but we came back with a timely goal at the end to win it.”

(Re: Next game against Anaheim):
“They’ll be rested and ready for us tomorrow. They dug themselves out of a setback as well to begin the season as we did, so both teams had to work really hard early in the season to get on track. It should be competitive as a result of us now going into it with a win tonight and them recognizing it as we moved ahead of them in the standings.

FLAMES LEFTWING ERIC NYSTROM:
(Re: His line):
“We are a pretty simple line, we just get it in, we get the fore-check going, and we cycle well”

(Re: Kiprusoff’s performance):
“He played a great game. He’s one of the best goalies in the league and he’s going to be there to back us up when things aren’t going that well. He made some huge saves and it made a big difference in why we won tonight.”

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