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Post-Game Notes: Red Wings 4, Kings 1

by Jeremy Zager / Los Angeles Kings

  • Mike Richards scored his second short-handed goal in as many games.  The last time a Kings player scored a SHG in two consecutive games was Ziggy Palffy (3-29-01 vs. CBJ and 3-31-01 vs. COL)
  • Richards now has 25 career short-handed goals, tied for 33rd all-time in NHL history
  • Of the Kings 24 shots, Kopitar has six of them
  • Kopitar failed on his first career penalty shot
  • The Kings are now 15-for-48 all-time on penalty shots
  • Richards has goals in five of the last six games (6g) and has 14 points in the last 17 games (7-7=14)
  • Today was the first time the Kings failed to record 30 shots in the last seven games
  • The Kings didn’t score a power-play goal for the first time in the last seven games
  • The Kings are now 8-2-2 when scoring first
  • The Kings are now 9-2-1 when Richards gets a point
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY: (Re penalty shot): “It was a critical time, but I would answer today that it was a small part of it—the missed opportunity there to score.”
(Re game recap): “Things turned after they made it 1-1. They scored right away on the power play after we got a short-handed goal that I thought was really going to be a huge momentum boost for us. I don’t know what happened on that. I haven’t watched the replay on it. I just remember Brownie [Dustin Brown] looked like he almost got tackled there as he was coming out to the point to the loose puck. But they score right away and started to feed off of some of the turnovers and some of the decisions that we made to get the puck back to them. By the end of the second period they had the game going the way they wanted and we ended up chasing it.”
(Re Richards’ shorthanded goal): “He is one of the better penalty killers in the game I think. He has always got that anticipation. He’s ready for those plays that he might be able to jump on to put some pressure on the other team. He did it again tonight. Again, that to me was a huge play. Against a team like Detroit, that should be a great opportunity for you to feed off of that kind of momentum.”
(Re game recap): “They capitalized on turnovers and we didn’t. When you play these guys there are shifts when you’re in your zone for a little while, but tonight it was way too much. We turned pucks over and played right into their game. They had a great game; a lot of their guys were playing really well. We played right into their system like that, so they’re going to have great success.”
(Re special teams): “They had a good power play and we could be better on penalty kills. We got to make plays out there.”
(Re Red Wings being too old): “They say that every year and nothing really changes. They have guys who play their system really well and as gifted as they are, they’re a really good defensive team. We turned the puck over in the neutral zone and we paid for our mistakes.”
(Re game recap): “I thought we played good. The story of our year is we’ve played a lot of good hockey and we found ways to make enough mistakes that we haven’t been able to win enough. You can’t continually get 38 shots a game and give up 22 or 24 and not win. Eventually it’s going to happen for you. It was great to see Pavel [Datsyuk] get a couple tonight. He’s a goal scorer, wants to score, wants to feel good about himself. I thought we had a great effort out of [Henrik] Zetterberg’s line…We had a huge save on the penalty shot that wasn’t even a penalty. The other play I thought was huge was when they scored short-handed and we responded on the same power player.”

(Re game recap): “We wanted to hang onto the puck, especially offensively in their zone. Try to grind their D[efense] and get some shots on their goalie with traffic. We had the PP going early on that really got us going…We stuck with our game plan for 60 minutes tonight. We played solid defensively, tried to clear the rebounds in front of the net for [Jimmy Howard]. On the offensive side we did a great job of really hanging onto the puck...They got that short-handed goal and we responded right away by scoring on the power play and getting ourselves right back into the game…Special teams was very important today.”
(Re game recap): “This is our best game we’ve played in a while. We did a good job tonight. We kept the third man high. Really didn’t give them much. “
(Re penalty shot with Kopitar): “I stayed patient with him. You know he’s a talented player. I figured he was going to make a move and I just went out, followed him back, stayed patient, and was able to make a glove save.”
Day off – next schedule practice Monday at 10 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center (team travels to St. Louis afterward)
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Spencer Votipka, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Ryan Kantor

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