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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX (Sept. 30)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The blueline got a boost prior to the game when Sean O’Donnell was re-acquired by the Kings to add a veteran presence on the Kings blueline.

He played in 381 career games with the Kings, totaling 71 points (12-59=71) and 799 penalty minutes, and his 381 games played rank 10th on the Kings’ all-time list among defensemen and his 799 penalty minutes rank fifth among defensemen. He also played in eight playoff games with the Kings and had two points (both goals).

O’Donnell spoke to the media at first intermission:
“It is kind of a unique situation. I like the Pacific Division, you know. I am going to stay here, it was a bit of a shock, I figured something had to happen. You hang up the cap, Anaheim’s got some good young defenseman coming in - something had to give. I was a bit surprised but I’ve been around long enough where nothing shocks me.”

“You really do kind of form a bond and a family, the three years that I was there it was pretty much the same team, Chris Pronger or Teemu, I had a lot of good friends on that team. Todd Marchant texted me and kind of caught me off guard. ‘It was great knowing you and I’ll never forget that I was the one that passed you the cup.’ Anaheim will always have a special place in my heart because they gave me something that as a young boy growing up in Canada I dreamed of…three years of unbelievable memories - I can’t say a bad thing about the organization.”

“I was supposed to go on and play tonight with Anaheim and I was told that I wasn’t playing. I had a weird feeling today. I told my fiancé today, I don’t know what it is but I have a weird feeling you know after the Schneider trade. I just had a weird feeling all day today.”

“I have been at this for a long time now and you do what you can control and show up and play as hard as you can, you be a good teammate, and be a good person and things will work out.”

LINE COMBOS

Line combinations had impressive rookie Oscar Moller playing with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.
Matt Moulson, Jarret Stoll, Wayne Simmonds
Kyle Calder, Brian Boyle, Kevin Westgarth
Teddy Purcell, Andrei Loktionov, David Meckler

The back line went:
Viatcheslav Voynov and Matt Green
Denis Gauthier and Drew Doughty
Davis Drewiske and Peter Harrold

THE FISTICUFFS CONTINUE
Kevin Westgarth, Wayne Simmonds (twice) and Matt Greene picked up fighting majors. The Kings have 149 penalty minutes this preseason. Simmonds leads the team with 40 PIM.

BASEBALL ON THE MIND

With the White Sox defeating the Twins in an exciting 1-0 victory in a one-game playoff to clinch the Central Division Crown and with the Angels and Dodgers both about to open a playoff series on Wednesday, baseball was certainly a topic in the press box on Tuesday night. LAKings.com takes a look back at your Kings brushes with baseball this past year as both Brown and Derek Armstrong tossed out the first pitch at Dodgers games this season.

Brown Photo Gallery | Armstrong Photo Gallery | Video

And of course, our answer to the Angels’ Rally Monkey.

IS THIS THE YEAR?
The NHL released some interesting videos yesterday, let's call it the Is this the year series for each team. Here are what they did for the Kings.
Brown
Kopitar
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RANDOM NOTES
Taylor Longbreak, who looks like she is probably around 11 years old, belted out a great National Anthem to get us going…Ten days until the Ice Girls debut as the Kings host the Sharks on Opening Night…The Kings will face the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow, at Phoenix on Oct. 4 and then play San Jose at Salt Lake City on Oct. 5 to close out the preseason slate. Kings will the open with a back to back vs. San Jose on Oct. 11 and 12...With the shoot out loss, the Kings clinch a .500 or better preseason. They are 3-0-2 with three games remaining…Los Angeles hasn’t had a losing preseason record since 1988…It’ll be the 19th straight year with a .500-or-better preseason record…Matt Moulson scored his team-leading third goal of the preseason. He’s tied with Anze Kopitar for the team lead with four preseason points (3-1=4).

LABARBERA NO. 1
As coach Terry Murray declared on Monday, Jason LaBarbera is his No. 1 goaltender. LaBarbera responded by playing the entire game stopping 30-of-31 and one of two in in the shootout loss. He has now turned aside 50 of 53 shots in the last two games (.943 SV%). Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg are expected to split time tomorrow at Anaheim. Both are in competition for the Kings back up goaltender spot.

QUOTES
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: game recap)
“We had better composure and better conviction to execute. We didn’t get the puck deep enough on a consistent basis. However, we were much better in the third period. We had a lot of opportunities. Both goalies were very good tonight.

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re: team being ready for the regular season)
“We’re getting there. Obviously we have about 10 days before we need to be completely ready. In about seven to 10 days we’ll have a better idea of where we’ll be at.”

(Re: different coaching style from last year)
“They’re very different coaching styles. I don’t know if you want to call it an adjustment, it’s a different feeling. Coach Murray is much more calm. That seems to trickle down to the players. It seems like we don’t panic as much. I think the defensive zone coverage we’re trying to change a bit is helping us."

DUCKS HEAD COACH RANDY CARLYLE:
(Re: game recap)
“O’Donnell was a partner of Chris Pronger. Sean played very well for our group. And these are things that happen in a salary cap world.”

(Re: who will play with Pronger)

“I think it’s a little too early to consider, but we have some things in our mind. Ken Klee is a possibility, or Niedermayer. We have a variety. We strive for interchangeable players.”

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