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Post-Game Notes: Canucks 3, Kings 2

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

(Re game recap): “It’s very hard to dig out of a hole like that against that kind of a team. They were just too deep, too good. They were President’s Cup Trophy winners for a reason. We tried, we worked. I liked everything we were trying to do. On the penalty kill we did a real good job on intensity and compete. I thought we were trying hard in the third period to get back in it. It’s too hard to turn the tables sometimes.”
(Re finding right lines): “I’m using my top guys and that’s hard work. When you get caught out there, especially the way (Vancouver) passes the puck, you just can’t make a change. The goalie can’t stop it and there’s a lot of anaerobic work and that is fatigue. When they do come back to the bench I have to give them some extra time to recover and that does throw a little wrench into everything, but that’s hockey. It takes a little while to get it sorted out so they can get back to normal play again.”
(Re fourth line): “I liked our fourth line here tonight with Fraser (forward Colin Fraser). That was his first game with the LA Kings and not only did he play a pretty determined game, he made a couple plays there in the third period that gave us a look at least.”
(Re game recap): “You don’t want to get down one goal, two goals, it doesn’t matter.  You always want to score the first goal and we were unable to do that tonight.  The next 50 minutes we were trying to get out of the hole we dug ourselves in but came up a little short there.  I thought we fought hard to get back into the game and we did, we made it a game.  We had a couple chances at the end to tie it up.  We just have to keep battling the way we did there in those last two periods and things will turn around.”
(Re penalties): “A couple of those calls a few of us wouldn’t agree with but at the end of the day you always have to be disciplined no matter what.  Even if you get a call you don’t think you deserved, it is what it is and you have to fight it off and you have to kill it off.”
(Re physical game): “It happens.  It’s part of the game.  It’s a physical game.  Guys are trying to get to the net and create stuff in front of the net.  It’s going to happen.  You just deal with it, that’s it.  It’s part of the game and you expect it to happen from time to time and it does.”
(Re Vancouver defense in third period):  “They trapped a little bit but that’s every team in the league now.  You’re up by two in the third and you’re going to cut down on the risks you’re willing to take offensively and play a smarter game.  I think that’s every team in the league.” 
(Re physical game): “We want to play an up-tempo, physical game.  I think [Vancouver] wants to play the same way.  There’s a lot of speed with those guys and a lot of skill out there, too.  Obviously we want to be physical and use the body.  That’s something we’ve got to be more consistent on all year.  You can never be too physical and you can never be too heavy of the body.”
(Re game recap): “Tonight, the way the game unfolded with us getting an early five-minute power play and then following it up with an undisciplined penalty on Ryan Kesler we were able to make them pay. Getting off to a real good start, we had some real good chances and had some real solid chances in the second. Their goalie made some saves and made for an interesting last minute.”
(Re PP): “For us, our Ds have always been a big part of our attack whether it be 5-on-5 or 5-on-4. The importance of them jumping up in the play and they have an opportunity to get their shot through that’s very important. Tonight our guys played a solid game against a very good hockey team.”

(Re goals in back-to-back games): “It was nice. It was early in the game so we didn’t really expect that. It is just nice to get a win. We played well in the first period. We capitalized on the chances we had and it’s good to get a win.”
(Re PP): “It’s been good. It’s been clicking and we’ve talked about making the other team pay when they take penalties so it has been huge for us.”
(Re first goal as a Canuck): “Yeah, I’ll definitely take it. It’s a chance to get an opportunity on the PP and I got a lucky bounce. I was looking for [David] Booth in the crease and got it off their guy’s skate. I’ll take it.”
(Re being on the PP): “It’s nice when you can get that chance to go out there. I wasn’t really expecting it and when you go out there and you take advantage of your opportunities when you get them.”
  • Anze Kopitar has six points in the last four games (2-4=6)
  • Kopitar has eight multi-point games this season
  • Drew Doughty has five points in the last three games (2-3=5)
  • Five of Doughty’s seven points this season have come on the power play
  • Six of Jack Johnson’s seven points this season have come on the power play
  • Mike Richards has 10 points in the last 13 games (3-7=10)
  • 27 of the Kings 30 shots tonight came after the first period
  • The Kings are 176 for 299 on faceoffs the last five games (58.9 percent)
  • The Kings have now scored a power-play goal in 10 of 16 games this season
  • Doughty is now tied with Jaroslav Modry for 10th all-time among Kings defensemen in goals (35)
  • Doughty is now two assists away from 100 in his career
11:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Lindsay Adler, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Spencer Votipka

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