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NOTES FROM THE PRESS BOX

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings have earned points in five of their last six games (3-1-2).
  • Matt Greene scored for the first time since Dec. 14, 2006 (123 games).
  • Teddy Purcell (1-1=2 tonight) scored his second career NHL goal.
  • Patrick O’Sullivan now has a five-game assist streak (6a). His longest assist steak is seven games (March 11 to March 23, 2007)
  • The Kings are 10-6-4 in their last 20 games.
  • The Kings are 4-0-3 in their last seven one-goal decisions.
KINGS QUOTES

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:

(Re: game recap):
We’re a little disappointed to lose the two-goal lead. The play that ties the game up is just an unfortunate bad bounce. The puck was bouncing four or five times to the blue line and you know you want to knock it down and it just jumps over the stick and they score on the play to tie it up. That was bad break. We wanted two points. We felt we played pretty good against them. We know they have a few injuries in that lineup and they’re not as healthy as they should be as the season moves forward. It was a good opportunity for us.

(Re: on playing San Jose):
We played the premier team in the league right now and played pretty well against them. We had opportunities, we had the lead, we had power play opportunities we wish we would have generated a little more on it. I think it’s a good learning situation anytime you can play against the premier teams in the league like this.

(Re: on Ersberg):
Ersberg pulled his groin on that play. I didn’t see the play happening and didn’t see the replay. We’ll get him to the doctor and see what’s going on.

KINGS FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: game recap):
“They’re a good team, obviously. Just look at their record, it’s pretty impressive. We showed that we are capable of playing with them throughout the entire 60 minutes. It’s going to give us some confidence and we thought we probably could have won the game, maybe should have won the game.”

(Re: game recap)
“It shows we can play with the top team in the league and we had a lot of chances and we out-shot them. It was a good game.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JASON LABARBERA:
(Re: game recap):
“For sure we could have won. We had our chances. They’re the best team in the league right now for a reason and they found a way to win the game. That’s what makes the teams that are at the top of the league great is they find ways to win.”

SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN:
(Re: game recap):
“The Kings were prepared to play. They started better than we did. I thought our team was aware of it, but we found a way to get back to it. It’s a good thing to win a game anytime, it doesn’t matter whether you dominate or whether you hang on. We have a lot of confidence right now. We’ve experienced two-nothing deficits in the past we have been able to come back. On the bench I don’t think we were playing the way we felt we could, but we were confident enough that we could play better.”

(Re: Playing Brian Boucher):
“It was time. He deserves an opportunity to be part of the team and he did a very good job tonight.”

SHARKS GOALTENDER BRIAN BOUCHER:
(Re: game recap):
“The Kings really took it to us in the first period. But we hung in there and we got a goal on the power play, chipped away, tied it up and it took more than 65 minutes to win tonight. We had a break with their starting goalie getting hurt, but I thought LaBarbera played pretty well for him coming in. Maybe that took some wind out the King’s sails, but we were able to hang out and get a win which was good.”

SHARKS FORWARD RYANE CLOWE:
(Re: Kings Performance):
“They were playing real well coming into the game, we like to think that we have a good set. A lot of teams probably want to beat us. They play hard, they aren’t giving up a lot of shots for a reason and are playing a good game in their own end. It was a good division game.”

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR TOMORROW:
11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Cory Popovich, Jason Barquero and Grace Coryell
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