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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES:

Anze Kopitar had three points tonight (1-2=3)...Four other Kings finished with a goal and an assist: Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Alexander Frolov and Tom Preissing...Doughty had his second straight multi-point game (1-3=4 in that span)...The Kings scored three power-play goals tonight, which tied a season high (also had three power-play goals Oct. 14 vs. Anaheim)...The Kings are 2-0-0 against St. Louis. The last time they beat the Blues more than once in a season was 2005-06 (4-0-0)...Erik Ersberg is now 8-5-3 in 16 career starts (2-0-1 this season)...Frolov now has 18 points (10-8=18) in 20 career games vs. St. Louis...Kopitar now has 17 points (3-14=17) in 10 career games vs. St. Louis...Jarret Stoll’s next game will be his 300th in the NHL.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
“We played pretty well. St. Louis played a good game too. They had a lot of traffic and a lot of pucks at our net and we had to do a good job on the defensive part of things. A lot of the game was in the trenches. There was a lot of battling along the boards and in front of the net and you really had to be ready”

(Re: Ersberg’s game tonight)

“Ersberg was good. He was very good in the second period and a couple of their power play opportunities he came up big for us and it’s nice to get a second win, we’ll keep building on it. I sure like what he’s done for us and he’s winning which is the most important thing for us right now. ”

KINGS CENTER ANZE KOPITAR:
"We were working hard. The previous games we were as well, it just didn’t go in. We had chances and tonight we really came through. I’m personally pretty happy and I’m sure the other guys are pretty happy so hopefully we can keep on going.”

(Re: multi-point game)

“I was waiting for that one [his goal]. The most important thing is that we won the game and we want to keep this streak going.”

KINGS GOALTENDER ERIK ERSBERG:
(Re: game recap)
“When we play like we say we are going to play I think we are a tough team to beat. When we play our system right and everybody is digging in and working hard it’s going to be tough to come and beat us here.”

(Re: defensive play)

“If we allow less shots that means we played good defense. Today they helped me out with a couple of rebounds. They cleared it in front of me so I have to thank the defense. They played a great game in front of me tonight.”

BLUES HEAD COACH ANDY MURRAY:
(Game recap and third period):
“I thought we had all kinds of chances to score on our power plays, but Ersberg played well. We were trying, we didn’t quit. We were battling until the end and I think we made them nervous. They made a good play and got that empty-net goal, but we didn’t fade away.

(Re: team schedule):
We’ve had too many days off. Our schedule has been kind of unique in that we haven’t played a lot of games. I prefer to play a lot of games. I wish we were playing tomorrow. This isn’t the NFL where you lose a game and you got to worry about it the next six days, this is hockey and you’ve got to play tomorrow.”

BLUES FORWARD LEE STEMPNIAK:
(Re: game recap):
“We came out of the gate slow and we gave them a three-goal lead and it’s tough to come from behind like that. The third period I really feel like we dictated the play, and we need to find a way to do that all three periods. If we play the way we played in the third all three periods we would have a really good chance of winning our games. We have to get back to basics, make sure were getting the puck in early, making a defensive turn and generating offense.”

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