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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (OCT. 14)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings defeated the Ducks, 6-3 for the team's first win of the 2008-09 campaign and first win for Head Coach Terry Murray with Los Angeles.


A NIGHT OF FIRSTS IN LOS ANGELES
Wayne Simmonds scored his first NHL goal tonight. Last season the Kings had six players score their first NHL goal. Jarret Stoll scored his first goal as a member of the Kings while the Kings earned their first win of the season. It was also the first win for Murray as head coach. Oscar Moller earned his first career NHL point with an assist. Eleven players recorded their first points of the season while five players recorded their first goal of the season. It was the first win of the year for Jason LaBarbera.

RANDOM NOTES

Three Kings had multi-point games tonight: Tom Preissing (1-1=2), Jarret Stoll (1-1=2), and Anze Kopitar (0-2=2)...The Kings are 14-for-14 on the penalty kill in the first three games...Jason LaBarbera has stopped 79 of 86 shots in his first three games (.919 save percentage)...Preissing is now only two assists away from 100 in his NHL career....Kopitar now has 17 points (5-12=17) in 15 career games against Anaheim (most vs. any opponent)...Kings defenseman Jack Johnson had successful shoulder surgery this afternoon to repair his torn labrum...The Kings scored six goals today, they entered the game having scored just one in the first two games.

KABOOM! GOES THE DYNAMITE
The hit of the night, undoubtedly, was Dustin Brown on Samuel Pahlsson, ironically, in front of the State Farm Insurance logo on the boards in the second period. The Ducks’ Scott Neidermayer and Francois Beauchemin came to the center’s aid drawing roughing penalties. The Kings did not, however convert on the 5-on-3 power play.

But get used to Brown laying down the highlight reel hits. Last season he led the NHL with 311 hits last season and in 2006-07, he led the Kings and finished second in the NHL with 258 hits (he had 139 more hits than the next closest King)

This season, Brown has partnered with KaBOOM! and will be donating $50 for each of his hits over the season to the non-profit organization that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

OREL HERSHISER IN THE HOUSE

With the Dodgers – Phillies National League Championship series on a day off today, former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser was in attendance and interviewed by Kings Vision's and FS West's Heidi Androl during a break in the action.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“I think what turned the game around for us was being able to respond with our goal. Right after they scored their second goal about 30 seconds later coming down [Wayne] Simmonds gets his first goal in the NHL. That was huge.”

(Re: team’s offensive production)
“It’s nice to see us score some goals. That’s where confidence comes from and that’s where you can build a team a lot faster, when you have that kind of result.”

KINGS FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(Re: two-man advantage goal):
“That [power play goal] was important. We moved it around well, we were finding guys but we just weren’t putting it away—but we got some good confidence from getting that goal.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re: ice conditions):
“There’s a great opportunity to jump, and the puck bounces and we know that so it is definitely to our advantage for our power plays.”

(Re: power plays):
“Obviously there were a few turning points, those five-on-threes really helped, even that first one definitely got them rattled from that point on, but we just stuck to our game plan and our power play came through.”

DUCKS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE:
(Re: game recap)
“I don’t think that we’re working anywhere near hard enough to accomplish some of the things we’ve set out to do and we’re straight-legged in a lot of situations. We’re swinging away and we’re not getting involved on the work ethic side of the game. They’re not working in the tough areas to get enough done.”

“I think other teams have amped it up and we haven’t. Exhibition series is one thing and regular season is another and that’s one thing that we’ve got to take responsibility for our actions and our inability to match other teams’ work ethic is what’s costing us.”

DUCKS DEFENSEMAN SCOTT NIEDERMAYER:
(Re: game recap)
“We know we’re not playing well. We know the mistakes we’re making and we know we can’t do that so that’s the bottom line. We just have to be ready to commit to our game plan and basically outwork the other team; right now we’re not doing that.”

DUCKS GOALIE JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE:
(Re: game recap)
“It’s a game of penalty kill and power plays, so you can’t win by being in the box. And I’m guilty of it tonight. I took a bad one and it kind of got their game going.”

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