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NOTES FROM THE PRESSBOX (JAN. 29)

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
KINGS NOTES

The Kings have won three straight and have earned points in four straight (3-0-1). They have out-scored their opponent 16-9 during the win streak...Dustin Brown, the reigning NHL No. 1 Star of the Week, has a career-high four-game goal streak. He has eight points in that span (5-3=8)...Kyle Calder has a four-game point streak (2-3=5)...Anze Kopitar has a four-game point streak (1-4=5)...Jarret Stoll has a three-game point streak (2-2=4). He played in his 99th consecutive game tonight...Patrick O’Sullivan’s short-handed goal was the fourth of his career (third Kings short-handed goal this season)...Kyle Quincey has four assists in the last two games...Alexander Frolov has four points in the last two games (3-1=4)...Jonathan Quick earned his first career assist on O’Sullivan’s goal...The Kings have sold out seven of their last eight home games.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap):
“We wanted to get a good start, get two points against a good hockey club. It wasn’t pretty all of the time but the bottom lines is that we got two points against a really good team and after eight days off, that was a tough assignment tonight…The focal point of the game here tonight was a quick shot attitude the whole night. Anywhere in the offensive zone we wanted to get the puck there as quickly as possible, let’s not look for an extra play.”

(Re Calder, Stoll, Brown line):
“They play well together; they play hard and score goals. They have some good chemistry right now and I can’t answer it any other way. It’s just something that’s come together that they are feeding off each other. We’ll leave it together for another game.”

(Re Quick’s Performance):
“Quick saved our bacon a couple of times out there tonight, he played very well. He’s been that way through most every game that he’s played. We knew that we had to have good goaltending tonight. That eight-day break is nice to have, you get rested. But professional hockey players getting away for eight days from intense competition means your timing is off, that’s all there is to it and your goaltender has to save you. Quick came up with some big stops. There were a lot of blocked shots, our guys are really committed. And we needed that tonight.”

(Re Jack Johnson)
“He’s added good stuff to the game. He’s a big guy, strong, quick on his feet, closes fast defensively. He’s only going to get better as we move forward. It’s great to have him back and he’s excited to be back. He’s got a lot of energy and lots of game in him for the last part of the year.”

KINGS FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(Re game recap):
“We know we can beat good teams. We were on and off here tonight and not as consistent as we wanted to be and they were kind of all over us in the third but Quick held us in it and Frolov gave us a timely goal. We needed that one bad and then that empty netter. We got the two points which we wanted but we can do better. We know we have to be better on the road trip especially in Montreal for the start of it. We know we got away with one here but sometimes it’s on the other end of the stick and its nice when it goes your way.”

(Re coming off road trip):
“Getting five out of six points was huge and we have to play that kind of hockey. We have to be gritty and be a great checking team. And with this team here we know we can score goals when the time comes. That’s what we did on that road trip. We just have to play simple and smart road games and get some points out of it. It all comes from being smart and playing our system to a tee.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap):
“Our goal scorers are going to have score goals for us to win. I think the big picture here is that we got goal scoring from elsewhere and it’s going to be key at this juncture of the season. They’re going to be focusing on the key guys and that’s when you get a goal from a guy that doesn’t score a lot and that’s going to be the difference maker in a lot of these games to come. “

(Re key to the game):
“ I think our start to the game was pretty good. We got a power-play goal and an even strength goal and we’re up 2-0. I think playing with a lead really helped us tonight.”

(Re playing against Chicago):
“It’s always a challenge. They have a lot of young players on their team right now and their creating a lot of buzz and in a playoff spot which is where we need to be.”

BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE:
(Re game recap):
“Certainly, they are playing well. I give them credit. They are right there, right in the mix in the conference and they worked hard tonight. They got themselves back after the All-Star break and we made a couple mistakes there. I didn’t mind our start until they scored.”

(Re: Hawks struggle at STAPLES)
“We’ll have to remind ourselves of that next time. I liked the way we competed in the last part of the game, but certainly there was a pretty big hole.”

“I think we’ve got to have respect for everybody in this league. There are no easy games. You look at the conference, we’re going into six buildings, everybody needs the points. They’re playing well and they deserve a win”

BLACKHAWKS FORWARD CRAIG ADAMS:
(Re: game recap):
“We didn’t have a great first period and that ended up coming back to haunt us. The last 30 minutes of the game we played pretty hard and put some pressure on them. We were probably unlucky not to have more goals, but we didn’t put in the 60 minutes.”

(Re: Kings’ play)
“We give them credit, they worked hard. They played physical and took away time and space. They won the first period and that ended up being the difference.”

BLACKHAWKS DEFENSEMAN BRIAN CAMPBELL:
(Re: game recap)
“I think L.A. is a lot better than what people give them credit for. They’re knocking on the playoffs and too many teams underestimate them. I know Joel went over that with us today and said don’t take this team lightly. They are a good hockey team and obviously played us pretty well last time. We’ve got to find a way to be better."

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