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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES

Columbus’ goal 18:36 into the second period broke the Kings’ consecutive scoreless streak against the Blue Jackets at 186:39 (dating back to last season)... Jonathan Quick was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week (ending Dec. 28). He posted a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 GAA, .958 save percentage and two shutouts in three games. Quick is the first Kings award-winner since Anze Kopitar was named No. 3 Star of the Week Dec. 9, 2007... Quick has stopped 134 of 143 shots in six appearances this season (.937 save percentage)...The Kings have allowed 101 goals through 37 games this season. Through 37 games last season they allowed 125...The Kings finished the 2008 calendar year 33-35-11.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: game recap):
“The effort was pretty good. You always want it to be better when you lose the game, but you have a tight checking game, you have two teams that are battling for position and are very close to each other, in a conference situation, and a big majority of the game is 0-0. You have a lot of good checking going on, a lot of blocking of shots, both goaltenders played well and made big stops, and both teams had good scoring chances that they are not able to finish.”

(Re: Jonathan Quick’s play):
“He’s giving us a chance to win the game every game that he’s played and that’s all you can ask from any goaltender. We have to score some goals for him, he’s played with a lot of energy and a lot of composure and he’s giving us a good look and it’s nice to see that we have good young guys like this in the organization.”

KINGS: FORWARD PATRICK O’SULLIVAN:
(Re: game recap):
“I don’t think we played hard enough and consistently across the game. We’ve been so close in some of these last couple of games. We really have to start to approach things like its make or break. You can go one direction or another this time of year. I guess the good news is that we’re going to try to take advantage of the next couple practices and try to improve there.”

(Re: winless in last two home games):
“Its something that can’t happen, every team that makes the playoffs has a good home record and its got to be a lot harder for teams to come in here and play against us. I just think we have to come in with a different mindset and carry that out through the whole game.”

KINGS: DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:
(Re: game recap):
“It’s a pretty disappointing loss, we didn’t play very solid defensively and Quick was very solid tonight and there was one lucky bounce in that power-play goal. We didn’t come out strong defensively, but we have these next four days off and some time to think about it and come out with more of a playoff attitude and win a bunch of games.”

BLUE JACKETS HEAD COACH KEN HITCHCOCK:

(Re: Steve Mason):
"Steve Mason was good, but our group has been playing well. Our seven defensemen plus Mason, we're trying to make ourselves a very hard group to play back there. Mason's size has a big factor too because they are able to keep shots to the outside and they are confident that he can stop them, and we're pretty competitive inside the dots."

(Re: game recap):
"It was like a playoff game. It was really physical and a lot of big hits. Both teams realized that after the first period that one or two mistakes was going to be the difference here.”

(Re: Power-play goal):
"We changed up some things and we've changed our attitude. Our power play has been effective. This is two games in a row that we are getting big goals on a power play. Our special teams are starting to win the game. We've been more deliberate in our reads, and we've won more faceoffs. Our goaltending hasn't hurt either."

BLUE JACKETS GOALTENDER STEVE MASON:
(Re: game recap):
"We had a really good game against Philadelphia and we had a lot of confidence. We've had opportunities in the previous two games against the Kings and we didn't capitalize on it, but our goals counted tonight and the team did the rest of the job for me."

(Re: tonight's win):
"This win was huge, especially with the remainder of the season and how many games are left. Every game is going to big. We're on the road for a while now and starting off on the right foot is definitely good."
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