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Post-Game Notes: Devils 3, Kings 0

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

(Re game recap):  “Tonight is about turnovers.  All three goals that New Jersey scored ended up being plays that we had possession of the puck and we just don’t execute and then they come right back at us and they’re scoring.  The bottom line again is that your best players on New Jersey – take a look at the scoresheet -- they’re the guys that determine the outcome of the game. We need to do better.  Our best players need to be better players in order to win games in this league.  We’re just not on top of them.”
(Re Bernier): “Bernier was fine.  Bernier I thought made some big stops. We gave up some quality chances in the first period.  He played well.  This was not about the goaltending.  This is all about managing the puck and turnovers and giveaways that ended up being very easy goals against.”
(Re game recap): “Next thing we knew, it was two-nothing, three-nothing. In this league, it’s pretty hard when you don’t score that first goal or come back, especially against that type of team.”
(Re on Murray putting him in net): “When I saw Quick with three shutouts, I really thought he was going to change his mind, but he didn’t so I have to thank him. He was confident about putting me back in the net tonight.”

(Re first goal):  “I thought I did a pretty good job of controlling my rebound, unfortunately it’s going to happen. With Anze, the rebound hit his chest and I lost it, I didn’t know where it was. I kind of tried to put my glove on it and my shoulder went in.”
(Re game recap): “82 games in the season is a long season, we’re not going to be on top of our game. I think what we need to avoid is a night like tonight where we aren’t really playing at our optimal level. We have to have our compete there and tonight it wasn’t there the whole game.”
(Re upcoming road games): “it’s big. We go on the road and after the three games we are home for a while. Since this team ended up making the playoffs, we’ve been a pretty successful road team. We have a good mentality so we need to go out and get back on track, especially after this loss at home.”
(Re game recap): “I thought they were good. I thought Zach [Parise] looked very good there in the middle for his first game [at center] since college. I thought he did a great job. He had good speed that created a lot of chances and it gave us some good momentum… I think that’s our best 60 minute effort so far, top to bottom, it’s a very good LA team. We came in here and I thought right from the drop of the pick competed for 60 minutes…I thought our goaltender was great when he needed to be…We wanted to bear down today and play a good game and we did that.”
(Re goals): “We just kept chipping away. I thought we deserved one in the first the way we played. We didn’t get one. We stuck with it and finally got rewarded. We’re going to have to do that all season. Stick with the program and keep plugging away and wait for chances.”

(Re game recap):  “We created pretty good opportunities in the first two [periods]; In the second we just capitalized on those. It was nice.”
(Re Dainius Zubrus on the line):” I thought he was tremendous on the fore-check. He pretty much went after most of pucks, most of the chips, most of the dump ins. He created space for us and was so strong that he always got the puck and we created chances out of it. And he got rewarded with a couple goals.”
(Re previous games): “We were worrying about ourselves. We played the last couple of games well at times but not well throughout the 60 minutes… I thought we could still be able a little better in the third period.”
(Re game recap): “We believe [the Kings] are one of the better teams and have a lot of skill plays and good players on their team. First game of the road trip and to win the way we did it’s a good confidence boost and we’ve got to keep building.”
(Re Johan Hedberg): “Our second game of the season he stepped in and played really well. Even the last couple games that we lost, it wasn’t our best efforts, but he was our best player. So he’s been really good for us. With [Martin Brodeur] down a little bit…it helps a lot and keeps the confidence in us.”
  • Dainius Zubrus’ first goal 13:12 into the second period broke the Kings’ scoreless streak at 221:22 (dating back to the third period Oct. 15 at PHI)
  • The Kings have been involved in shutouts four straight games (the last time that happened was 2000-01 (Feb. 16, 2001 4-0 at MIN; Feb. 18, 2001 0-3 at CHI; Feb. 20, 2011 0-5 at EDM; Feb. 22, 2001 2-0 at CGY)
  • The last time the Kings were shut out was March 17, 2011 (0-4 vs. STL)
  • The Kings have killed 11 straight penalties (dating back to Oct. 18 vs. STL)
  • The Kings 5-2-1 (11 pts) record is tied for the fifth-best eight-game start in club history (most points after eight games is 13: 6-1-1 in 1990-91 and 1980-81)
  • Tonight was 21st straight regular season sellout at STAPLES Center, dating back to last season
11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center – team travels to Dallas after practice
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Lindsay Adler, Ryan Kantor and Jennifer Nechiporenko

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