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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (NOV. 6)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings snapped a five-game winless stretch (0-3-2) with a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.

KINGS NOTES
Drew Doughty picked up his first two NHL assists tonight. It was also his first career multi-point game...Dustin Brown is now tied with Oscar Moller, Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll for the team lead with four goals...The Kings have now beaten the Panthers four straight times, dating back to 2003-04. Los Angeles has out-scored Florida 16-5 during that span...The Kings have allowed 15 shots on goal in their last two wins (tonight and Oct. 24 at St. Louis). They entered the night having allowed the second fewest shots in the NHL...Tom Preissing’s goal was the fourth by a Kings defenseman this season (Preissing has two, Doughty has one and Kyle Quincey has one).

HOCKEYWOOD
Los Angeles is known for its stars and STAPLES Center is no stranger to a celebrity sighting or two...tonight, Dustin Mulligan and Ryan Eggold, stars of "90210," were in attendance in the Ritz-Carlton Ice Box...take a look at the photo gallery of the stars in the Ritz-Carlton Ice Box.

QUOTES
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“I like the defensive work, but that was a result of what the forwards were doing. A lot of good things in the offensive zone. We played smart and got the puck in. We were aggressive with our speed and the puck. That’s part of playing good defense; it was a tremendous part on our offensive end”.

(Re: Tom Preissing)
“There was more purpose to his game. He knows that there is accountability. He’s playing harder. He’s always been a smart player. He does a lot of things with the puck, he’s strong with his one-on-one and he had some pretty big hits tonight and he was able to score a goal. When he plays that aggressively he can help any team”.

(Re: confidence of young team)
“It’s very important. For them to believe real strong on what it is we’re doing is great. The only way they can evaluate their performance because of their youth is by their own points and statistics. If you come away with nothing and a loss you start to get afraid for the young guys. You start to get afraid that they might lose their confidence and then you’re going to have to take some drastic measures and maybe taking them out of the lineup and it’s the last thing you want to do with young players.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re: game recap)
“I think we have been playing pretty good hockey and obviously not getting the results that we wanted in a couple of these games at home. Tonight we put forth a good effort and got the result that we wanted.”

(Re: game recap)
“From top to bottom we had a good game tonight and I think we really supported each other in our defensive zone which made it easy. And then offensively, we kept the puck in their zone. I think our offensive zone play was really good tonight and ate up a lot of the clock.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:
(Re: game recap)
“We had a great game today. We needed that. We were a little frustrated losing those other games and losing them by one goal. We were right there to win them, but tonight we came out hard and took every opportunity. Our main focus was shots on net and we did that.”

(Re: snapping the losing streak)
“As I said, some of those losses were heartbreaking. We lost them in the last minute, so it’s definitely great to get this first win and that said hopefully we can keep rolling and get some more.”

PANTHERS HEAD COACH PETER DEBOER:
(Re: game recap)
“We didn’t have a good first period. It’s inexcusable and you’ll have to ask the leadership group in the room and we’re just not good enough bottom line.”

(Re: lacking player productivity)
“It’s our job to make them do it and we’re at the point in the season now where you have to earn your ice time or you’re not going to play. Unfortunately there were too many guys to sit tonight to use benching as a motivation to them.”

PANTHERS FORWARD STEPHEN WEISS:
(Re: player’s motivation)
“It was not a very good game and we just didn’t have any legs or anything really. It’s not the coaching staff’s job to motivate players and it’s our job to make sure we are ready to play.”

(Re: game recap)
“To come out flat like that is not acceptable and we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out why that was.”

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

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