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Post-Game Notes: Kings 5, Wild 2

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

(Re 1,000th game milestone): “It doesn’t really feel any different, anything special. It’s a game that was very important for us to win. I really liked the focus coming into the game tonight. The players came out right away with the kind of intensity and attitude of moving their feet, getting pucks going north, and recovering pucks. That was a huge first goal that Fraser scored on a nice play by Moreau from behind the net. That’s what I like about the milestone: the fact that the team played well and won the game.”
(Re chance to coach Kings): “You are forever grateful to people who give you another chance. It’s great to be here and I love the environment and the attitude of what the players are showing. They’re a young group that working hard for each other, wants to win for each other. We’re moving in the right direction. We’re a good hockey club and this can be a good club for a lot of years because of the youth.”
(Re game recap): “The last four periods is a tell tale sign of how we need to play with the puck. The defense moved the puck a little quicker getting it up the ice. “
(Re power-play goal): “That was probably the turning point in the game, really. We had a five-minute opportunity to really put the nail in the coffin and [Justin] Williams made a good play from low and we found a goal to go up 2-0 and we went from there.”
(Re Terry Murray):” It’s probably harder as a coach to get to 1,000 games than it is a player… It’s a big milestone for him…Putting all that stuff aside, we just needed two points…His coaching style suits us very well. He’s not a screamer; he’s not a yeller. When he first got here we didn’t have much of a system, especially in our D[efensive] zone. We went to one of the best defensive teams over the last three years. It’s a lot about the system he brought in and really hammered home with us, and guys buying in too.”
(Re game recap): “Right from the drop of the puck we weren’t ready to play. You always get what you deserve, or at least way more than often you get what you deserve. We got what we deserved tonight.”
(Re last few games): “As far as I’m concerned we played three bad games in a row. I don’t want to say I don’t know, because I know. We think we’re there; we’re not even close. We think that we are good enough because we’ve won five games in a row that we’re there but we’re not even close. We said this when we were winning games; we aren’t there. Along the way we forgot what we had to put in to win hockey games.”

(Re game recap): “A lot of things went wrong. It’s too early to analyze it. I guess a lot of things went wrong so it’s not only the D zone. Obviously we are not spending time on the O zone.”
(Re disappointing loss); “Not even close [to the most disappointing loss of my career]. I’ve been playing hockey for twenty years so I’ve had worse games than that, and bigger ones too.”
  • Terry Murray coached in his 1,000th game tonight (494-377-129 all-time record…three wins behind Glen Sather for 17th all-time in NHL history
  • Twelve different players recorded points tonight for the Kings
  • The Kings scored four times in the second period (last time they scored four in a period was Dec. 27, 2010 in 4-0 win at San Jose)
  • The Kings are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games vs. MIN at STAPLES Center
  • The Kings have now scored a power-play goal in 11 of 17 games this season
  • The Kings are now 63-0-3 in their last 66 games when leading after two periods
  • Anze Kopitar has seven points in his last five games (2-5=7)
  • Justin Williams has six assists/points in his last five games (0-6=6)
  • Colin Fraser scored his first goal as a King tonight and had six hits (second game)
  • Every Kings skater recorded at least one shot on goal tonight
No schedule practice – Tip-A-King at Sony Pictures Studios
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Ryan Kantor, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Spencer Votipka

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