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Post-Game Notes: Oilers 3, Kings 0

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

(Re shots on net):  “They blocked a lot of shots out there tonight.  I thought we in the early going, especially in the first period, had a lot of opportunities to get pucks to the net.  We used our defensemen very well, low to high, and a lot of pucks were directed to the net, but they did block a lot.  There was no problem in the attitude.  The second period is the period that obviously was a problem for us.”
(Re game): “Just a couple of bad bounces out there. The game in Colorado we had some bad luck and some bad bounces.  I look at the first goal here tonight and it was off of [Jonathan] Quick’s head.  The third goal is a pass that comes from our D and hits [Anze] Kopitar in the back of the foot and they go ahead and score on it.  I look at that as bad bounces that happen over the course of the year and that’s what I chalk it up to right now.”
(Re game recap): “They are pretty good at blocking shots. Regardless, we should have had a lot more. They played a good defensive game but there are two sides to that--we have to play a lot better offensively.”
(Re team’s effort): “I don’t know if we had any really, especially in the second period. They dominated pretty much every aspect of the game, which is not good enough. It’s something we need to correct pretty quickly. The first thing we have to do is work. It doesn’t matter what type of team you have, if you don’t have hard work you’re not going to do anything.”
(Re game recap): “Everyone here wants to do well. I can’t say that anyone is not inspired. This is what we do for a living. We want to play hockey and we want to do well, but like I said: if we don’t score we aren’t going to win.”
(Re offensive struggles): “If we had the answers, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Why? I really wish I had a good answer for you, but I really don’t. We’ve got a lot of great offensive players here, a lot of talent, but for some reason we are an offensively challenged team. One goal in three [home] games makes it pretty tough to win hockey games. We need to try and find a way to be a little more creative. We need to do something to try and create some offense and score some goals and give Quicker some help back there.”
(Re game recap): “We managed the puck better as the game went on. We stuck to our game plan and didn’t deviate outside of that. When everybody is on the same page and going hard in the same direction, making little sacrifices to win a hockey game, you get those results.
(Re goaltending and shots): “The shot clock is always good when it’s in your favor, but Habby (Khabibulin) still had to make some big saves so we’re not kidding ourselves there. We kept shots outside and he had good body position so he didn’t have to make the second and third saves, which is always big. Goaltending is huge: your teams wins or loses starting right there.”

(Re game recap): “Obviously it’s nice to get the win, that’s first and foremost. We played a great game. Habby (Khabibulin) obviously played great. We did the little things right that make the difference.”
(Re game): “I had a short time here and it was alright. I just felt it was best for my family to move on and it’s always nice to win. After the first two games when we lost after having the lead, we regrouped and have played well. It built some character and we’re playing for each other as a team now.”
(Re having expectations of team): “I think we definitely did. Coming into the season the team really wanted to make some strides. It feels good right now. We have some confidence after a few big games on this road trip.”
(Re playing with Ryan Smyth): “It’s been great. Right when I came here he talked to me a lot, really made me feel comfortable with the team.”
  • Jonathan Quick’s home shutout streak was snapped at 151:26 when Ryan Smyth scored at 11:26 of the second period (streak dates back to Oct. 18 vs. STL)
  • The Kings have killed 24 of 26 penalties dating back to Oct. 18 vs. STL
  • Brad Richardson and Dustin Brown each had five hits tonight
  • Tonight was the 22nd straight home sellout in the regular season.  The last time the Kings sold out 23 straight regular season games was Dec. 11, 1993 to March 30, 1994)
11:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Spencer Votipka, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Lindsay Adler

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