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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (OCT. 12)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings fell to 0-2-0 on the season, falling 1-0 to San Jose on Sunday night at STAPLES Center.


LINE UP SHAKE UP

Michal Handzus, who looked strong in the Season Opener and tallied an assist on the Kings lone goal, was elevated to the second line where he centered for Alexander Frolov and Wayne Simmonds. Matt Moulson stayed on the Kings No. 1 line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown until about half way through the second period when he was replaced by Patrick O’Sullivan.

Sully started on the Kings’ third line with Jarret Stoll and Oscar Moller, with a fourth line of Raitis Ivanans, Brian Boyle and Derek Armstrong. The Kings scratches were Brad Richardson, Peter Harrold and Kyle Calder.

Take a look at the Kings lines here:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB
Bob Miller celebrated his 70th birthday today. After the loss, the Kings are now 9-6-4 all-time on Miller’s birthday. Miller was born on Oct. 12, 1938, he has been the Kings announcer since 1973.

RANDOM NOTES

The Kings Ice Crew made their debut and they were cheered just about every time they were on the ice…tonight was the 100th meeting between the Kings and Sharks, (Los Angeles is 43-46-11)…Kopitar was assessed a 10-minute misconduct after breaking the glass by the bench when he slammed his stick against it after a shift…Kopitar entered the game with just 46 PIMs in 155 games in his NHL career…Jack Johnson did not play in the third period after suffering an upper extremity injury. Coach Terry Murray said that he would be evaluated on Monday…the game was a sell out with 18,118 at STAPLES Center despite Game 3 of the NLCS going on simultaneously as the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.

MORE NOTES
The Kings are now 21-12-8 all-time in Home Openers…Tonight’s loss broke a five-game Home Opener winning streak and 13-game Home Opener Unbeaten Streak (9-1-4)...Tonight was the 100th all-time meeting between the Kings and Sharks...The Kings have killed off all 11 penalties in their first two games...Of the Kings’ next 16 games, 12 will be at STAPLES Center...Jason LaBarbera has stopped 56 of 60 shots in the first two games (.933 save percentage).

QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“I really liked the way we played, especially in the second half of the game. The third period was tremendous. We started to see something I hadn’t seen yet. It’s that starting to work hard for your teammates.”

KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: playing his first game)
“It felt like I hadn’t played a game in four or five months, but felt better as the game went on. I’m glad to get that first game out of the way and live past the fact that I missed training camp. There’s definitely some positives and I have a lot to improve upon, but it’s definitely something I can develop.”

SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN:
(Re: game recap)
“Sometimes you have to find different ways to win. By no means was it pretty, there were a lot of things we could have done much better, but the test for us tonight was the fatigue factor playing three and four early in the season. I’m not sure we passed with flying colors, but we found a way to win.”

“I’m really, really happy for Boucher. He probably didn’t have the preseason that he’d like, he’d probably admit that. Coming in behind Nabby, you never know when you’re going to get your starts. Bouche stepped up and he was probably our best player tonight and you need that when you’re playing ugly so we’re real proud of him.”

SHARKS FORWARD LUKAS KASPAR:

(Re: his goal)
“I just skated down and that’s what you work on during the whole training camp and I just wanted to put it on his far side and then it went post and in. I didn’t even see it to tell you the truth. I was looking around and I didn’t see the puck then I see the referees pointing at the net so I was happy.”

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

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