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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (OCT. 27)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

The Kings lost their first shootout, 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The SOL dropped the Kings season record to 3-4-1.



NOTES

Eddie Cahill, who played Jim Craig in the movie Miracle and currently stars in CSI:NY was in attendance at the game tonight...Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford did much of the on-ice acting in the movie Miracle, playing as Cahill’s body double on the ice…speaking of goaltenders, Kings prospect Jeff Zatkoff was in the press box observing the Kings. Zatkoff is 3-0-0 with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL, third in the league with a 1.33 GAA and a 0.958 SV%...The Wings scored the game's first goal. Los Angeles has given up the first goal in four games, and are 1-2-1. The Kings defeated the Ducks, 6-3 on Oct. 14, after trailing 2-0…Kyle Calder has scored 1-1=2 with a +2 rating since joining the Kings No. 1 line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown for the last three games…An octopus was thrown on the ice during the third period, resulting in a stoppage in play…Kopitar has four assists in the last three games. He’s now eight away from 100 as a King and in the NHL…Brown had a game-high six hits, upping his team-leading total to 30….Drew Doughty played a team-high 25:01 and was a plus-1. He entered the day leading all rookie defensemen in average time-on-ice and plus-minus (now a plus-7)… The Kings have out-scored their opponents 10-5 in the third period this season….The Kings are now 15-11 all-time in shootouts….Terry Murray is five games away from 750 coached in the NHL.

QUOTES
HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: turnover that caused tying goal):
“It’s a play that you would like to have back and do over again. It was just one of those things that happened in the game. You’re trying to do the right thing on the breakout and find the center ice man, but there was a mistake unfortunately and it ended up being a goal that gives them all kinds of life and they got back into it.”

(Re: game recap)
“We did some good things. Some of the things that ended up in their favor was because of puck management. Just on our breakout we get a little to high, we get a little to quick with our players away from the puck but in general we played well. We showed a lot of competitiveness and we worked really hard.”

KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: game recap)
“We’ve got a young team and playing the defending champs, you’ve got a lot of all-stars over there and I think after the first five or ten minutes we settled into our game and we saw that we were going to be able to compete with them and, like I said, we gave them a pretty good run.”

(Re: game recap)
“Obviously we were real close to getting the two [points] and it’s disappointing, but at the same time, that’s a really good team and we’re happy with that one point. They’ve got some pretty good players they can put out there for the shootout. Shootouts are fun when you win and when you lose it kind of stings a little bit, but we’re going to be on our fair-share of the win side this year. Overall, we have to be happy with the game and we can build on it.”

KINGS GOALIE JASON LABARBERA:
(Re: game recap)
“They were pressing, obviously, in the third and I thought we were doing a pretty good job holding the fort down; just one bad break and they capitalized on it. A point is nice, but obviously we would have liked to have two.”

(Re: the Red Wings)
“They are the Stanley Cup champs, and then they added Marian Hossa which makes them that much better. They are obviously one of, if not the best team in the league, I thought we kept up with them well and we definitely can skate with them and as long we stick to our systems; I think sometimes we get away from that and it gets us in trouble some times and when we start getting pressure on us like that we just need to stick to our systems and keep it simple.”

RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK:
(Re: game recap):
“Going into the third period, we had a tough early goal that got in, but you just got to stay determined and we were able to post a turnover and bury the Kings.”

(Re: Kings):
“The staff does a good job here in Los Angeles, you have six forwards that any team would love to have. They have a lot of the pieces here and are going in the right direction.”

(Re: Playing after winning the Stanley Cup):
“I’m not sure that we have avoided a slump, I don’t know if there’s anything to what people say after you win. We had the same summer that we had last year, and it’s really a matter of getting your game together and seeing what happens. Hopefully we can stay healthy. We have the leadership, skill level and we play hard.”

RED WINGS CENTER HENRIK ZETTERBERG:
(Re: game recap)
“It was a tight game and they had a solid defense. They took advantage of our mistakes, but we played better defense today and didn’t let them shoot as much. But, the teams have been able to shoot a little too much on our goal and today there was not much progress with that. So, hopefully we can stick with it and improve our defense and decrease the shots on goal. Even though we haven’t played our best, we are just getting our wings and we can improve.”

RED WINGS GOALIE CHRIS OSGOOD:
(Re: game recap)
“We were confident, and we stay the course no matter what the score is or how we are penalty-wise. We just kill the penalties that we have and continue to play. We’ve been successful most of the time. We been a little lucky lately, and we haven’t been as good as we wanted to be.”

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

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