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Post-Game Notes: Ducks vs. Kings

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

  • Mike Richards now has goals in nine of his last 12 games (10-1=11)
  • The Kings are 14-8-4 with Richards in the lineup (12-2-2 when he records a point)
  • Dustin Brown netted the game-deciding shootout goal for the second straight game
  • Brown now has four points in the last four games (3-1=4)
  • Brown has 37 hits in the last seven games
  • Drew Doughty now has four assists in his last four games
  • Kings head coach Darryl Sutter is now 31-15-5 lifetime against Anaheim (31 wins tied for most vs. any club – also 31 vs. EDM)
  • The Kings have now killed 56 of their last 59 penalties (94.9 percent)
  • The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 18 of 34 games (13-3-2 in those games)
  • The Kings have 297 shots in their last eight games (37.1/game)
(Re game recap): “Hard fought game. I thought we had a good start, we did a lot of good things…I liked the way our forwards played, really good in all three zones. That’s what we’re trying to do…I think we moved the puck pretty good… [Willie] Mitchell, [Matt] Greene, [Jarret] Stoll, [Mike] Richards, [Anze] Kopitar did a really good job at killing penalties. I think our forwards were all really good; I don’t think it’s based on who scores the goals. You have got to work together. Brown’s goal was a great play by Kopitar.”
(Re first game back coaching): “I’ve been pretty focused all day, didn’t really think about it. I was thinking more about how you use your players...Nothing like game day. I‘ve always said that, even when I was sitting upstairs, game day’s was still the best.”
(Re game recap): “Right now it’s about getting points. That’s the most important. Secondly, we’re starting to push good games together…you look at the stats like O[ffense} zone time, you’re starting to see guys hold onto the puck more. That’s two fold. When you’re spending more time in their zone it wears them down a little over the course of the game.”
(Re Shootout): “I’ve been struggling the last year and a half on my shootouts so I’ve just been out a little more, simplifying my moves…I was going to go exactly where Stolly [Jarrett Stoll] went and I felt like he [Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller] was shading that side of the net so I just switched it up at the last second there.”
(Re game recap): “I thought for sure when we got that power play in the overtime that it was going to happen.  It didn’t. Then they got it and I thought ‘uh-oh, this is what usually happens’ and then when we killed that off I thought ‘I don’t care, we are going to win it in the shootout.’ I mean, the shootout is a crapshoot—anything can happen with it. Overall, I hate to keep saying it, but I thought we played pretty solid. The difference between winning and losing is sometimes just the attitude and believing that you are going to win or believing you are going to lose.”
(Re power play): “The play we drew it up there was the first one and it was a near miss. What I couldn’t understand is why they didn’t go back and try it again because they play was open and it was there and you have options off it but I’ll talk to the guys and we’ll see the day after Christmas.”

(Re game recap): “We are a little desperate at this point and we need to take a little bit away from tonight and the fact that we battled hard and played and did a lot of things and responded when we needed to and scored a big goal in the third period. Those are things we have to build on and think about over the break and get ready for a big push at the end of the second half [of the season].
(Re power play): “The chances were there but they didn’t connect. We have to do a little bit of a better job next time at throwing some pucks on net and getting them moving a little bit before we do things. We set up things and we execute them the way we want to, we just don’t put them in the net.”

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Ryan Kantor and Jennifer Nechiporenko

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