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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
NOTES:

Alexander Frolov scored his team-leading ninth goal. He now has goals in four of the last five games….The Kings are still 7-4-2 in their last 12 games… The Kings have allowed 63 goals through 23 games this year. They allowed 74 goals through 23 games last year…Dustin Brown had a game-high eight hits. He now has 85 hits this season…Through 23 games last year the Kings were 9-13-1… The Kings are now 3-1-0 against the Eastern Conference this season (12-8-3 since 2006-07).

QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: game recap): “To go into the third period up 1-0 and end up down two men so quickly, it was unfortunate. The game was going pretty well. Both teams worked hard, battled hard, some great opportunities at both ends. I think both goaltenders were tremendous tonight. It’s unfortunate that it ends the way it did on a 5-on-3. We had our opportunity later and we weren’t able to get much generated to get an opportunity to tie the game up.”

(Re: special teams) “Going back into the second period we had a 4-on-3 and your power play can win you a game and your penalty killing will loose you a game. We had an opportunity in the second to build on the 1-0 lead but they were good on their penalty kill. Their goaltender was very good in that situation.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JASON LABARBERA:

(Re: game recap) “We played well, we just didn’t do enough. We found a way to lose tonight instead of finding a way to win.”

(Re: game recap) “It’s tough when you take two penalties right away. We talked about that right before we went out there; try to keep your sticks on you because we were the ones who got two calls there at the end of the second. Unfortunately it went against us and they scored two goals.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN MATT GREENE:

(Re: Penalties) “I think that’s one of the things we’ve got to do; you can’t be giving up a five-on-three in the third period. But at the same time, it’s hockey. We’ve got to come out and get a kill.”

(Re: game recap) “I think for the majority of the season our third period has been our best period and tonight that just wasn’t the case with those two early goals. But I think we bounced back and toward the end we had a lot of great shifts and lots of sustained pressure and the goalie came up with a lot of saves. We definitely started playing with that desperation towards the end there.”

MAPLE LEAFS HEAD COACH RON WILSON:

(Re: game recap): “The early part of the game was a matter of us going post to post and finding our legs. The Kings were all over, but once we settled down we got back into our ‘throw the puck back into the net’ kind of a game and obviously we got some huge saves and with goaltending like that you have a very good chance of winning”.

MAPLE LEAFS DEFENSEMAN JEFF FINGER:
(Re: game recap): “Vesa [Toskala] kept us in there and I think you give him a lot of credit there for the whole game. He gave us some time to get our legs back and he kind of answered in the second and third”.

(Re: breakaway opportunity):
“Way too much time for a guy like me. Little bit too much thinking, but I think I had him but the puck rolled off there. It’s always nice though to get any easy goal like that at the end though”.
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