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Post-Game Notes: Kings 5, Blues 0

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

KINGS NOTES:
  • Anze Kopitar (1-1=2 tonight) now has points in all five games this season (4-5=9) – Four of those multi-point games
  • Justin Williams (2a tonight) also has points in all five games (2-5=7)
  • Simon Gagne (1-2=3 tonight) has points in four straight games (3-4=7)
  • Kopitar, Williams and Gagne have combined for to score nine of the Kings’ 14 goals this season (9-14=23)
  • Jonathan Quick picked up his 99th career win and 15th career shutout
  • Quick is now one shutout behind Jamie Storr for second overall in Kings history
  • Quick has stopped 119 of 124 shots in four games this season (3-0-1) =.960 save percentage
  • Quick is now 18-4-3 in his career in October
  • Kopitar has 70 points (26-44=70) in 64 career games in October
  • The Kings are 19-8-3 in October since 2009-10
  • Tonight was the first time the Kings have led after a period
  • The Kings have only trailed after a period once this season (after second period Oct. 8 vs. Buffalo)
  • Tonight was the 19th consecutive regular season sellout at STAPLES Center (dating back to last season).  This is the longest streak since a 23-game sellout streak (Dec. 11, 1993 to March 30, 1994)
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “Very good effort, very good outcome. We talked about this being our first game at home after a long road trip and the fact that St. Louis has given us a lot of trouble in the past couple years and certainly last year we weren’t able to win a game against them. Everybody had awareness to it and it was a solid team effort on all four lines, the defensemen, and Quick. I thought they really paid attention to detail. We did a great job moving the puck, getting it up, and getting it out of our end as quickly as possible to get some fore-check pressure.”
 
(Re on different players on the score sheet): “It’s good to spread the scoring around. It’s good to see some guys starting to score. There was a little bit better shot mentality on the game, although the number wasn’t that high at the end of the day for shots on goal, but we weren’t looking for other options. We were able to get pucks to the net, and to me that’s a real positive.”
 
(Re Voynov): “Voynov, for a kid who played his first game was pretty collected, pretty poised, and I thought he made some very good decisions with the puck. He’s got a little bit of stuff we’ve got to work with on the play without the puck, but with the puck he’s got a special gift.”
 
KINGS FORWARD SIMON GAGNE:
(Re game recap):  “It’s what we wanted.  The first game at home in front of your fans.  We want to show what type of team we are and it’s good to get the first win and get a lot of goals for the fans.  It’s always fun to go to a hockey game and see some goals.  Overall we did play a good game as a team.”
 
(Re team potential): “Yes, but at the same time it’s still early.  It’s only five games into the season.  We like what we see, but we still have a lot of work to get where we want.  It’s a tough league now to make the playoffs.  We all know that, especially in the West. Right now we like the way we play but at the same time we still have a place for improvement.  It’s a good start and we’ll take that, that’s for sure.”
 
(Re two goals, one assist): “It was fun.  It’s always fun when you’re able to chip in and score some goals.  I had a couple of chances to get the hat trick at the end.  I had two nice passes from my line mates, one by Willy [Justin Williams] and one by Kopi [Anze Kopitar]. I was not able to finish it but overall I was pretty happy with the first game at home.”
 
KINGS FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(Re team depth):  “We have depth.  We have to contribute, to play well, and if we use our depth we should win some games.  It should be a good season so hopefully we can keep the confidence going, the attitude is right, and keep pushing forward.”
 
(Re third line): “I’m just trying to play good on both sides of the puck, be good in my zone if we have to play down there, play hard and play physical.  On the other side of the puck, if I get a chance to put one in the net, just bear down and put one in.  I’m lucky enough tonight, Brownie [Dustin Brown] made a good pass once I was coming off the bench, and he can make those plays, so it was a great play by him and just a great team effort overall.”
 
ST. LOUIS HEAD COACH DAVIS PAYNE:
(Re game recap):  We just made some possession mistakes against  some real good offensives players and they made us pay for it.
 
(Re season): We’ll be good when we get home. We got to make sure we understand there is a margin of error we have to get closer to. There were some good things in tonight’s hockey game. There will be some good things Wednesday in practice and when we face Carolina. This team is not afraid to work and we have work to do.
 
(Re thoughts special teams when camp broke): You never anticipate that you’re going to have stretches that you’re going to have to deal with. We have to bear down and execute and get the job done on PK [Penalty Kill]. This is a little more than we anticipated at this point.

ST. LOUIS: FORWARD MATT D’AGOSTINI
(Re game recap): They came out harder than we did and we didn’t match their intensity early on. We fell behind and the boys still played hard but we just couldn’t get the bounces to get the momentum we needed.
 
(Re quality shots on Jonathan Quick): We played hard and we tried to generate as much as we could but we didn’t win battles down their end and didn’t play the type of close support game that we need to be successful.
 
(Re Barret Jackman’s shot at end of second period): Anyone of those bounces [Jonathan Quick] made a good save on. It could have changed the game early on but…We could have used one to get back in the game but it just wasn’t our night.

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Lindsay Adler, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Ryan Kantor

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:

Noon at Toyota Sports Center – team travels to Phoenix after practice

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