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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (NOV. 15)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings season-high four-game win streak came to an end tonight with a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.


NOTES

Tonight was the first time in the last five games that the Kings have trailed…With the assist by Kyle Quincey, Quincey now has eight points (2-6=8), leading the Kings blueliners in points and assists, second in goals (Tom Preissing has three)…Michal Handzus tallied his fourth goal of the season, he scored seven all of last season, with his fourth goal of the year not coming until Dec. 12, 2007, the 31st game of the season last year… Handzus picked up his eighth point tonight. It took him 31 games to reach 8 points last season…Peter Harrold also assisted on the play, giving him assists in two straight games and three assists over the last five games…Jason Arnott, who scored the first goal of the game, has killed the Kings in his career, scoring 18-29=47 in 50 games against LA…Dan Ellis was fantastic for Nashville, stopping 33-of-34, and has been red hot of late, as he set the Predators record with 54 saves at San Jose on Tuesday…The Kings bussed to Anaheim tonight after the game and will not have a morning skate at the Honda Center in preparation for that night’s Kings-Ducks game. In years past, the Kings have had morning skate at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and then bussed to Anaheim on the day of the game when facing the Ducks…Affiliate update, both the Monarchs and the Reign lost tonight. The Monarchs, fell, 2-1 with Teddy Purcell scoring and Jonathan Quick taking the loss stopping 25-of-27…The Kings are still 4-1-1 in their last six games… Drew Doughty played more than 20 minutes for the 13th time this season. His ice time during the last four games: (21:23 tonight; 27:05 at Dallas Nov. 13; 25:41 vs. Dallas Nov. 11; 25:09 vs. St. Louis Nov. 8)…The Kings out-hit Nashville 30-22 tonight. They have been out-hit only four times this season…The Kings allowed 22 shots tonight. They entered the day leading the NHL in fewest shots allowed per game (24.1)

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“We had a lot of good looks in the game. Especially in the second period, we had 27 shots after two periods and probably had a dozen great scoring chances. We just couldn’t find the way to get the job done in the offensive part of it here tonight.”

(Re: Dan Ellis’ play)
“Their goaltender played great. Give Ellis a lot of credit, he was the difference in the game and he’s the reason why they won tonight.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:
(Re: game recap)
“We were the better team out there, without a doubt. I thought we played hard and we battled. We definitely deserved better. I think that was our game to win and they got that power-play goal at the end and they scored and that was our downfall.”

(Re: difference from last game)
“Overall I think that we did all the things we want to do right; we were getting pucks in deep, moving the puck early and getting shots on net. Usually we don’t get too many shots on net and I think that was one of the key things we didn’t have tonight and that’s why we weren’t getting scoring opportunities.”

KINGS GOALTENDER ERIK ERSBERG:
(Re: game recap)
“We just couldn’t get those loose pucks in front of the net. Especially in the second period we had a lot of pucks lying around, but there defense did a good job too.”

(Re: game recap)
“I think this was our game; we should have won it, but there’s not much we can do now.”

PREDATORS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ:
(Re game recap/road trip):
To be honest with you I think that’s the first time we won all three games in California, our overall record in these buildings isn’t very good and we found out a lot about ourselves. Tonight we got some good goaltending real early and we battled through it. They got a lot of structure and they don’t give you a lot and so we battled through that.

PREDATORS: JASON ARNOTT
(Re: game recap):
“It’s not the way we wanted to start it, but we talked about getting back to the basics and getting back to the way we play and that’s just work ethic, and we were chipping away and tonight we found a way to win and that’s’ what we got to do every single night we can and try to come away with points.

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Jason Barquero, Grace Coryell and Courtney Ports
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