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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-2 score on Monday night to crawl within three points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

KINGS NOTES
Teddy Purcell (two assists tonight) extended his point streak to a career-high five games (2-4=6)... Jarret Stoll (two goals tonight) had his seventh career two-goal game (no career hat tricks). He also won 14 of 20 faceoffs tonight. .. Anze Kopitar (one assist tonight) extended his point streak to five games (4-4=8). .. Kyle Quincey (one assist tonight) now has a career-high four-game assist and point streak (1-4=5). .. Alexander Frolov (one assist tonight) now has a four-game point streak (1-5=6). .. The Kings are 19-for-66 on the power play in their last 13 games (28.8 percent). They’ve scored a power-play goal in 19 of their last 22 games. .. The Kings earned their 67th point tonight (Last season they finished with 71 points. They finished with 68 points in 2006-07). .. It’s the fourth time this season the Kings have won three games in a row. .. It’s the 14th time in Kings history they’ve swept a three-game homestand (last was Jan. 30 to Feb. 7, 2003).

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: Game Recap): “It was a lot of digging in, a lot of battling in that last 10 minutes. It was a good win. There were a lot of big plays in the third period. We at times showed a little bit of a lack of composure with the puck and could have made plays and maybe we were feeling the stress of a 3-2 game, but every time they would get possession of the puck, there was a lot of digging in. At the end you have (Matt) Greene lying down to block a shot, then the rebound goes right back and hits him in the head, but he jumped right back up. The guy was a warrior tonight.”

(Re: Moller and Simmonds): “The line did a good job. Moller’s line was good again tonight. They matched up against (Kyle) Wellwood all night and right at the very end they got caught out there, because of the icing, but it was a good experience for two young players.”

KINGS FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(Re game recap): “We did a good job of checking and we were all over the puck. There weren’t too many odd-man rushes and we locked it down pretty good defensively. They had some good shifts in the third but Quick made some big saves and we had some timely power-play goals. Just a good battle from everybody. Especially at the end with Greene blocking that shot with his face. Stuff like that, there’s not stats for stuff like that, but it’s really important and it was tonight”.

(Re composure during the game): “Our composure was pretty good. When they got the second goal to get within one I don’t think we changed our game too much. We wanted to stay on the forecheck and go out for the puck and not let back too much. Sometimes you have a tendency to do that when you have a lead late in the third. Everyone dug in the third.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK:

(Re game recap): “Every guy put in a little something today. Greene took one off the face and still kept playing there. We kept playing and just kept doing what we were doing. The team especially responded well after that [Vancouver’ second] goal.”

(Re second Vancouver goal): “I’m not letting myself off the hook. I should’ve had it. It was just threw the legs and I never picked it up and it was one of those goals you have to forget about and keep playing.”

(Re playoff race): “Three points out, that’s a game and a half, 16 games to play and we have a lot of hockey to play. It’s not over yet and we’re going to continue to fight. We’re going to make this push here.”

VANCOUVER HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT:
(Re: game recap): “The specialty teams were a big difference in this game. We couldn’t generate much on our power play. They are a good team. They’ve got a lot of young talent. They play a strong defensive game and they don’t give you much. They block shots as good as anybody in the league and to expect to win against any team in this league you’ve got to be on top of your game and tonight the better team was LA.”

(Re: game recap) “We knew they were going to be a desperate team, they’re fighting for a playoff spot. You expect your leaders to make sure everyone’s ready right off the hop and tonight I thought the first three and a half minutes were pretty good and then Luongo gave up that bad goal. You’d think we would respond better, but obviously we didn’t respond real well.”

VANCOUVER GOALTENDER ROBERTO LUONGO:
(Re: game recap): “They’re desperate and we knew that coming in. After the big game on Saturday we got caught a little bit left-footed.”

VANCOUVER DEFENSEMAN MATTIAS OHLUND
:
(Re: game recap) “The first half of the game we didn’t play well. I don’t know why, but we didn’t. We didn’t play hard enough and we made some mistakes. Overall it was not a good enough game. The bottom line is that if you work hard and do the little things right you give yourself the chance to win. Coming out tonight we didn’t play very well or not hard enough.”

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