The Kings dropped their third straight game, 4-0 to the Vancouve Canucks. It was the Kings second shutout of the year and second ever at home against Vancouver, and first since April 3, 1982, a 6-0 loss at the Forum.
Jason LaBarbera started his ninth straight game tonight. The last time a Kings goalie started the first nine games of a season was Felix Potvin in 2001-02...Alexander Frolov failed on a penalty shot in the first period. He’s now 1-for-2 in his career. The Kings are now 12-for-38 all-time on penalty shots (last goal came Jan. 12, 2006 by Frolov) and have missed four straight. For a list of all-time Kings penalty shots log onto www.lakings.com/penaltyshots...Tonight was the 209th all-time regular season game between the Kings and Canucks. Los Angeles has played Vancouver more than any other opponent...The Kings out-hit the Canucks 29-17 tonight. Los Angeles has only been out-hit twice so far this season...Denis Gauthier now needs two more games to reach 500 in his NHL career...Though the stat sheet said 0-for-6, the Kings were actually 0-for-7 on the power play...Marc Crawford, who now works with Hockey Night in Canada, was in the press box scouting the Vancouver Canucks and Kings. Crawford will work the Kings-Flames game on Saturday, he coached the Kings from 2006-08, posting a 59-84-21 mark in 164 games. (Kings All-Time Coaches)...The Kings Crew and METAL Ice Crew members were all dressed in costumes (Photo Gallery)...Dustin Brown’s double minor was the his first penalty minutes of the year. Patrick O’Sullivan and Brian Boyle are the only other position players yet too accumulate any PIM.
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap)
“It was a tough start. We got a double-minor in the first minute of play and then it ends up on a five-on-three, that’s a tough start. You’re just trying to get the game going and get everybody into the game with good flow and getting involved, but that does happen. We just about got killed it off and they end up poking in a loose puck and get the first goal.”
“It was a game of special teams tonight. They ended up with a couple power-play goals and we have about six or seven power plays and we don’t get the job done.”
KINGS FORWARD OSCAR MOLLER:
(Re: game recap)
“The energy wasn’t there tonight like it was against Detroit and we have to regroup and come out with a better attitude.”
(Re: possibly going back to juniors)
“I got my feet wet here and I obviously got good experience from this and I have to keep working for it and just stick around next year. I obviously want to stick around.”
KINGS DEFENSEMAN MATT GREENE:
“I think that is something we have got to work on. I think that’s what the good teams in this league do, they have consistency and that’s what we’ve got to work towards.”
CANUCKS HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT:
(Re: game recap):
“It was real fun to see the twins (Henirk and Daniel Sedin) get on the scoresheet. Their teammates are really happy for them. It was a great show, it was two points that we’ll take.
(Re: Game against Anaheim tomorrow):
“They’re playing extremely well after a slow start. They’re a great team and we’ll need to be at our best tomorrow.”
CANUCKS GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO:
(Re: game recap)
“Apart from the fact that we took a lot of penalties, we were pretty solid the rest of the game. I didn’t get much action in the first seven minutes because we had a lot of power plays, but afterward I was able to save a few shots and the guys were doing a good job of finding the rebounds.”
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Courtney Ports, Grace Coryell, Cory Popovich