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Post-Game Notes: Canadiens 2, Kings 1

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

  • Dustin Penner scored his first goal of the season (first since March 13, 2011 at Dallas)
  • The Kings have now killed 28 of their last 29 penalties, dating back to Nov. 19 vs. Detroit
  • The Kings have allowed 10 goals in their last six games (1.67/game)
  • The Kings are now 10-2-1 when allowing two-or-fewer goals in a game
  • Through 26 games last season the Kings had 32 points (16-10-0)
  • Dustin Brown played in his 539th game with the Kings today, now tied with Bob Berry and Wayne Gretzky for 14th all-time in club history
  • Brown also played in his 212th straight game, dating back to Feb. 27, 2009
  • Jarret Stoll was 17-for-22 in faceoffs today
  • Drew Doughty is now one assist away from 100 his career
(Re missed call in third period): “That was not the game.  There were a lot of opportunities in the first period with the power play that we had, the 5-on-3.  Those are missed opportunities.  It’s unfortunate that we didn’t score on it.  We just didn’t get enough traffic at the net.  [Carey] Price saw a lot of those pucks.  We need to be more diligent in front of the net to get screens on the goalie.”
“I thought we backed off in the second period.  I didn’t think the intensity was quite the same as what it was in the first period.  Then you get into the third [period] and it’s a 2-1 game.  You’re trying to get things turned around but end up with six or seven shots in the period only.  We left it too late and on top of that you take a bad penalty. When you’re on a power play in the third it’s a formula for losing games.”
(Re timeout): “I thought our intensity with the puck and on the puck was not good enough.  Some of the pucks we were putting into the offensive zone on that power play they were recovering, the goalie was getting the puck.  He [Carey Price] cleared one himself and I think that pucks that were along the boards, we were leaving the player by himself.  You need two-three on the puck to recover and then you go to positions.  We were backed off on that kind of intensity and that was the reason for the timeout.”
(Re game recap): “Today was a tight game and you are hoping that you find a way to score and you just shoot the puck at the net. I thought we had a good first 20 minutes. We had a lot of pucks on net, a lot of shots. After that, the second period I thought was not very good from our side; we took a lot of penalties and gave them a chance to go on the power play. From that point on we found ourselves down 2-0. We got a goal late in the second and after that, in the third, we kind of shut down. They played really well defensively and for us we were okay the last 20 [minutes] but it was not enough to win or tie the game.”
(Re playing with Kopitar) and Brown: “It was our first time together--me, Kopi [Anze Kopitar], and Brownie [Dustin Brown]. I know Brownie likes to go to the net so you try to create some chances and you try to go out there and get some pucks at the net and make some plays. I thought we had a couple good looks but you have to do it for 60 minutes.”
(Re game recap): “It’s a disappointing loss. We feel we had a better game to put out there today than what we had and what we brought. It just wasn’t enough; we have to give more, and push more, and be a lot harder. Our scoring chances are few and far between so when you get them you have to get it to the back of the net and we just didn’t do that.”
(Re winning draws): “I like taking a lot. I would take them all if I could, it’s just the way I am. Sometimes it’s a struggle when you take five or seven draws a game, I’m usually used to more than that. Some of those games you feel it and you’re snapping them back, and there are some games were you don’t get those bounces and those breaks and it goes the other way.”
(Re uncalled penalty): “It’s tough to not have that called. Those are definitely penalties in the game today and the way they were calling it, those guys are both good refs and good guys but they missed that one. It’ just those blatant calls like that that you expect to be called and they aren’t; I don’t care what the score of the game is, I don’t care if it’s first period, third period, or if it’s 10-0. Those are penalties and its disappointed they missed it.”
(Re game recap): “I thought we had a good effort. I thought the last two games we’ve played extremely well. In San Jose we only came out with just one point, but I felt we could have had a better fate. It wasn’t a lack of work. It thought that we executed pretty good today against another top team; a big team that’s physical. I thought we used our speed and quickness to our advantage…I think the last two games I liked our third periods… I thought our power play was good. We scored one goal but we also created some good scoring chances.”

(Re game recap):  “They [the Kings] had a lot of shots on the power play in the first period. So it’s [shots on goal in first period] was a little deceiving, but for sure we got better as the game went on, and in the second and third I thought we overtook the play… It’s [the win] big. Obviously the last six games or so we’ve been struggling a bit so today here was a pretty good effort for us.”
(Re getting three points on the road trip): “It’s certainly better than one point. At the end of the trip we got much better. It was a big trip for us that could turn things around and hopefully we start doing that.”
(Re game recap): “It’s huge. Obviously we weren’t having the best road trip. We needed to get that win and we needed the points right now. We need a lot right now. We just need to keep plugging away.”
(Re the Kings): “They’re a team that goes to the net pretty hard. That’s what you have got to do to score goals in this league. You got to get guys going to the net…I thought our guys did a really good job of playing defense today.”
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Jennifer Nechiporenko, Lindsay Adler and Ryan Kantor

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