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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (Oct. 21)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES:

Both Oscar Moller and Drew Doughty scored their first NHL goal tonight (both playing in their fifth NHL game)...Moller also earned an assist for his first career multi-point game (1-1=2)...Doughty played a season-high 25:07...The Kings killed all four penalties tonight and are now a perfect 23-for-23 in penalty killing on the season. The only other teams that haven’t allowed a power-play goal are Buffalo and Minnesota (idle tonight)...Michal Handzus now has four points in the last three games (2-2=4). He leads the team with five points overall (2-3=5)...Kyle Quincey played a game-high 25:47...The Kings out-hit Colorado 28-19...The Kings will hold their annual Bud Light Golf Tournament tomorrow (Tuesday) at Pacific Palms Conference Resort. For more information log onto www.LAKings.com.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: perfect on the penalty kill)
“Penalty killing is certainly a new system. There’s a new philosophy and I think that we put a lot of attention on the penalty kill. We knew last year was an off year and to have success in this game you have to have pretty good special teams going.”

(Re: Team youth)

“Youth has nothing to do with it. We made some mistakes in the second period. We had some problems managing the puck again and the experience of their team took advantage of it. You have that lapse of about 12 minutes in the second where it ends up costing you the game.”

KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: game recap):
“We were really happy about our third period effort. We competed and that’s something we can build on. We work really hard as a team and if we just eliminate those couple mistakes we’re going to be good. We’re going in the right direction and that third period was pretty good, I thought.”

(Re: penalty killing)
“I think maybe that is starting to be something that everyone is talking about and it’s definitely improved from last year. Our mentality is that we’re going to try to outwork the five guys they put out there against us and if we continue to do that we’re going to have success.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:

(Re: game recap)
“We want to make them make turnovers and just get it in deep and get the fore check going. That’s our one thing, we’re a skating team and we want to get in on their defense and put a lot of pressure on them so they make turnovers in the offensive zone and then create from that.”

(Re: first NHL goal)
“It was awesome. It was so good to finally get that goal. It just gave me that boost of confidence. After I got that goal I was more in the play and rushing the puck a little more and so it was really good, but obviously would’ve been a lot better to win the game.”

AVALANCHE HEAD COACH TONY GRANATO:
(Re: game recap):
“They played really, really hard. Sometimes you don’t play as well as you want to and sometimes you find ways to win. Tonight was one of those games we were able to win where we probably didn’t play as well as we wanted.”

AVALANCHE FORWARD RYAN SMYTH:

(Re: Smyth’s linemates):
“It’s obviously a privilege playing with these guys. These guys just have the ability to create and what can I say… it just makes my job a lot easier when they all play well together.”

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