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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES


Jason LaBarbera recorded his fourth career shutout (second of the season). His two shutouts are the most he’s had in one season....Anze Kopitar earned his 100th assist in his Kings/NHL career...Kyle Quincey has eight assists in the last nine games. He’s in the midst of his second three-game assist streak of the season (and career)... Patrick O’Sullivan failed on a penalty shot in the second period. The Kings are now 12-for-39 all-time on penalty shots. For a list of all-time Kings penalty shots click here...The Kings have allowed 72 goals through 26 games this year. They allowed 85 goals through 26 games last year...The Kings were 10-14-2 through 26 games last year...Alexander Frolov’s career-high four-game goal streak was snapped...Kopitar leads the Kings with six multi-point games the season. The Kings are 5-1-0 in those games.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: moving on from last night’s game):
“We had quite a review of last night’s game this morning in team meetings. We talked about a lot of stuff. I want them to remember it’s very important to have a real long memory if you want to improve and mature and understand how important the little things are at critical times, and we did it tonight. We kept making plays, kept passing the puck, we were moving our feet right through to the end and that’s the way you have to approach it, it was a good finish.”

(Re: playing a strong even-strength team):
“You have to go out and play. We know that Columbus has one of the one top scorers in the game in (Rick) Nash. They’re a big team, they come at you with a lot of speed, and their defense is very active. It was important for us to come back and match their intensity and know that we had to play them every shift.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JASON LABARBERA:
(Re: first period):
“That might have been one of the most boring NHL periods I have ever seen. There was nothing going on. Both teams were maybe feeling each other out.”

(Re: game recap)
“The first period was pretty dull, but we picked it up in the second and as long as we stick to our game plan we are a good hockey team. Any time we get away from that we get ourselves in trouble. We did a really good job, especially in the third period. We didn’t give up much in the third and the guys did a great job of cycling down low and being strong on their sticks. That’s the difference.”

KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: game recap):
“The more times we play games and go through different situations it’s going to make our team better. The quicker we are able to figure that out, the quicker we are going to become better. It’s going through that stuff in the game that you learn from.”

“If everything continues to progress like it is, I think we are going to be a top team. It’s hard to say but I think we’ve got a good coach and the ownership and management have a plan for what they want to do and I think there has already been a drastic improvement in the game so far this year as compared to last year.”

(Re: penalty shot)
“He’s a left-handed goalie, most of the guys in the league catch with the other hand so I was thinking I was going to go high glove the whole time and I pretty much did what I wanted, I just shot it over the net.”

COLUMBUS HEAD COACH KEN HITCHCOCK:
(Re: game recap):
“The Kings bogged us down pretty good. I don’t think we created a lot of scoring chances. To me we were a step slow all night, a step slow everywhere. A step slow on the fore-check, step slow on thinking. We just have to get up tomorrow and play, I’ll speak to the team on the bus and there will be a couple of changes to the lineup tomorrow.”

COLUMBUS DEFENSEMAN MIKE COMMODORE:
(Re: game recap):
“We turned up the heat a little bit at the end but it was too late. We played very well against the supposed upper echelon teams, and nothing against Los Angeles, but they’re not San Jose, and we come in here and we don’t play like we did in San Jose and we lose. I don’t know why that is but we have to figure it out. Los Angeles was at home, but they played last night and we didn’t. These are the points we have to have and there’s no excuse. It doesn’t get easier tomorrow and Anaheim is sitting home waiting for us and we have to play them at 5 p.m.”

(Re: The season so far):
“It’s been such a rollercoaster. We play a couple of games where we lose like this and then we win a couple, it’s pretty taxing. But it’s part of growing as a team, hopefully we can put a streak together soon and gain some confidence, scoring on the power play a little bit would be nice. Out of the three games on this road trip this was the game that we really had to win, because like I said it doesn’t get easier tomorrow with Anaheim.”

COLUMBUS GOALTENDER STEVE MASON:

(Re: game recap):
“This was a tough game, going up against San Jose we put in a great effort. Tonight obviously everyone would have liked to have that effort from everyone and we didn’t get it.”
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