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Post-Game Notes: Ducks vs. Kings

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

  • The Kings are expected to have their playoff schedule sometime after 7 p.m. tomorrow
  • The Kings will either finish as the 7th or 8th seed (pending Chicago-Detroit game tomorrow)
  • If the Kings are the 7th seed they will play San Jose
  • If the Kings are the 8th seed they will play Vancouver
  • The Kings registered a season high 44 shots tonight (19 shots in the second period: season high for one period)
  • The Kings averaged 18,083 this season – highest average attendance in club history
  • The 35 sellouts this season (STAPLES Center record) is the most since 1991-92 (40)
  • The Kings have sold out 18 straight home games (Jan. 15 to present) – longest sellout streak since a 23-game streak in 1993-94
  • The Kings tied a club record with 46 wins this season (also 46 wins in 1990-91 and 2005-06)
  • The Kings’ 25 home wins was one shy of the club record (26 in 1990-91 and 2005-06)
  • The Kings ended the season going 22-8-5 in their final 35 games (Jan. 22 to April 9)
  • Jack Johnson recorded his 100th career point tonight
(Re game recap): “The opportunity was there early in the game, we had a couple of power plays, we had some pretty good momentum there. We’re not scoring on the power play, but at least some things are starting to go on the offensive zone, and we take a too many men on the ice—that was a tough one. Kills the momentum I thought, now they end up with a 5-on-3 coming out of that.  It’s a tough situation to start off at home.  That was just a disappointing part of it at the start.”

“Territorially in the second period we put up 20 shots, we had a great opportunity there to build off that momentum and I thought we followed through in the third period.  It was good.  Right now we have to find a way to put the puck in the net.  When you have that many opportunities and you’re not scoring you start gripping the stick a little too hard.”

“It’s absolutely incredible what’s going on here in the last couple weeks of the season.  That’s what’s so exciting about it, it’s great to play in these games, it’s great to be a part of these games, it’s a lot of fun, its great for the fans to be able to come and watch the competition because it’s as good as its going to get…It’s unfortunate that we didn’t control our own destiny by winning the last couple of games here, but you now have to move on and get ready for the playoffs.”

(Re game recap):  “We had a chance to finish fourth and now we’re seventh or eighth.  But at the end of the day we’re in the playoffs.  It’s a new season, everyone can hit the reset button and get ready to go because now all the 82 games are irrelevant.”

(Re playing top teams in first round): “Vancouver and San Jose are the top teams.  Vancouver’s been the top team all year.  It definitely makes it more difficult.  It’s the NHL playoffs and I don’t think there is any easy series for anybody.  Chicago is seventh or eighth I believe, too, so if you look at it from that standpoint, the one and two teams are probably not too happy, at least out west.  There is no easy series so we put ourselves in this position now and we have to go from there.”

(Re LA fans): “They’ve been amazing all year.  We set a record for home sellouts at least in STAPLES Center.  That’s a credit to them.  They’ve always supported us the good and the bad.  We’ve had some bad games at home this year.  Tonight was awesome, it was loud out there and I think they understood the magnitude of the game.  Obviously it wasn’t the outcome we wanted.  But again, we’re back in the playoffs and the playoff atmosphere last year here was unbelievable.  The best we’ve ever played in front of them.”

(Re game recap): “We found a way to get ourselves into a good position from thinking about where we were a couple months ago. You’ve got to credit our players; they’re the ones who put it out on the line night in and night out. It’s about a team that’s trying to work its way through all the hurdles that it’s been presented and now we have an opportunity to play at home.”

“I don’t think anyone picked us to have home ice advantage at any point but it’s funny how things fall into your lap when you win your fair share of games. Its back to our players, they’ve worked extremely hard and stayed committed and they’ve earned this.”

(Re game recap): “They really brought it tonight. It wasn’t that the initial shot was dangerous but they had lots of traffic. They’re always in front of the net and make it difficult to see. You’ve just got to try to look around them and make a good black and hope it hits you.”

“You always want to go into the playoffs on a little bit of a roll and we’ve managed to put together a few wins against good teams. Were starting to build our confidence and feel better about ourselves and hopefully that carries through and we can establish some good habits and get ready for the playoffs.”

(Re Honda Center Crowd): “They’ve been behind us all year. They’re great fans and they always have been. They’re going to be jacked up for the playoffs.”

(Re Hart Trophy): “I’m still not thinking about it. It’s just a few days off and then a new season begins. I’m more focused on playing hockey and playing in the playoffs. That’s where my head is right now but when the playoffs are all said and done, We’ll see what happens.”

No scheduled practice, Next practices 10 a.m. Monday and Tuesday at Toyota Sports Center

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Whitney Klein, Lindsay Adler and Katie Sutherland
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