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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (NOV. 11)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings defeated the Stars, 3-2 in the shootout on Tuesday night.

NOTES
Oscar Moller sidelined with Flu-Like symptoms, missed the game with Derek Armstrong will playing in his place: Kings juggled linesJarret Stoll scored the Kings first goal of the game with a two-man advantage...It was the Kings third 5-on-3 power play of the season… Dallas had killed three of four 5-on-3s this season…Stoll is tied with Moller for the team lead with three power play goals. Kopitar leads the team with seven power play points, 1-6=7…The Kings have 23 total man games lost, Jack Johnson (12, Shoulder), John Zeiler (10, groin) and Moller (1, flu)…Stars are 10-5-5 in California over the past two seasons…Jere Lehtinen tallied his first goal in his first game as the Kings lead, 2-1...Lehtinen missed the first 14 games of the season with a groin injury…Dustin Brown unloaded on Stephane Robidas at 11:59 of the second period putting Robidas into the Kings bench. www.lakings.com/kaboom...The Kings have won three straight and are 3-0-1 in their last four games. They finished their season-long seven-game homestand 3-2-2….The last time the Kings won three straight was Jan. 10 – Jan. 15 last season…Kopitar now has six points in the last three games (1-5=6)…Drew Doughty, who played 25:41 tonight, now has five points in the last three games (1-4=5)….Brown has four points in the last three games (3-1=4)…The Kings are now 16-11 all-time in shootouts (1-1 this season)…Alexander Frolov is now 8-for-16 in shootouts…Erik Ersberg is 9-5-3 in 17 career starts (3-0-1 this season)…Stoll played in his 300th game in the NHL tonight…Yesterday (Nov. 10) was the one-year anniversary of the “Royal Rebound” in which the Kings overcame a four-goal third period deficit to beat the Stars 6-5 in overtime.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: Ersberg’s performance)
“He played well obviously, but to do what he did in the shootout is good stuff. You have to get some stops in those situations against top scorers in the game and he came up pretty large for us.”

(Re: not allowing many shots on goal)
“That was what we want to hang our hat on. We want to have a real good attitude toward defensive play without the puck, cutting down on shots against and those grade ‘A’ scoring chances against. We felt that was our rallying call.”

(Re: the shootout win)

“You know you played hard throughout the game and the 60 minutes, 65 minutes with the overtime, and you’re able to come away with two points against a division team. It was a very important game for us and when you can come away at the end of the night with a shootout win like that, there’s no question that there’s a lot of confidence there.”

KINGS GOALTENDER ERIK ERSBERG:
(Re: game recap)
“We have some of the better shooters in the league on our team, so I don’t think we should be afraid of any goalie in a shootout.”

(Re: shootout win)
“It feels good. Obviously you always want to win games so it’s just a good feeling to get the win today. It was tight there in the end but we managed to pull it off with two great goals there in the shootout from Simmonds and Frolov.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN TOM PREISSING:
(Re: Previous losses)
“I think we were doing a lot of things right, even when we weren’t clicking, but we just weren’t necessarily scoring goals. You can do things great for three or four games and not have a goal and then you’re just doing things ok and you start scoring goals. I think in general we just have to stick to shooting pucks at the net.”

(Re: now vs. last year)
“I think the youthfulness of this team makes us have a little bit more of a workman’s type attitude. It starts in the offensive zone, putting a lot of pressure on the defense and making it hard for the other team to get out of the zone, which we have been doing a great job as of late and everything trickles down from there.”

STARS HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT:
(Re: Lehtinen’s first game back):
“I thought he looked good. He’s an honest player and he did a lot of little things right.”

STARS GOALIE MARTY TURCO:
(Re: hit on Ribeiro):
“It’s hard in that situation, when you see a guy off balance like that. It wasn’t necessarily a dirty hit, and Ribeiro is a strong player.”

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Cory Popovich, Grace Coryell and Courtney Ports
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