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Post-Game Notes: Sharks vs. Kings

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
  • The Kings are now 18-21 all-time in playoff overtime games (11-9 at home)
  • The Kings are now 10-23 all-time in Game Threes
  • When down 1-2 in a playoff series the Kings have won the series five-of-15 times
  • The Kings scored goals 13 seconds apart in the first period.  The club playoff record is 11 seconds (April 22, 1990 vs. Edmonton: Larry Robinson and Todd Elik)
  • Teams combined for seven goals in the second period.  The club and NHL playoff record is nine (April 10, 1990 vs. Calgary)
  • The Kings had five different goal scorers tonight (Brad Richardson had two points: 1-1=2)
  • Dustin Brown had nine more hits tonight (23 in the series)
  • The last time the Kings had a playoff overtime game at home was May 6, 2001 vs. Colorado (Glenn Murray scored GWG in double OT)

(Re game recap):   “That’s as bad as it gets in the second period for sure.  They scored a power-play goal. They are a very good team on the power play.   They have been all year long and I know they’ve been spending time on their couple of days off here working on it and they executed it and got a power-play goal there in the second period.  But outside of that we did this to ourselves with our puck management and whatever you want to call it.  Turnovers, not getting it in when you’re supposed to get it in deep, and trying to do way too much we get caught out for extended shifts.  There are guys out there in the second period for two and a half minutes where we couldn’t get a line change especially with our defensemen.  So you’re exhausted, you’re getting rattled, you start doing things that are very odd characteristic obviously and now they’re playing the game they want.”

(Re aggressiveness after 4-0): “They scored in the early part of the second period and probably three minutes later they score again.  Now it’s a power play after that with seven minutes later.  That’s fine, but the little things are starting to show and they identified it and they countered on us, they played extended shifts in our end, and they kicked the door wide open.”

(Re changing goalies): “No, I wasn’t thinking about changing goalies.  The goals are far apart.  The two at the end of the period are the only ones that are close.  They scored on a power play in there, we come right back, and then they get a 5-3 game.  We have plenty of TV time to talk about the stuff I just talked about with you right now and which we were doing.  The attention was there but we for some reason refused to do what we were supposed to do.”

(Re game recap): “We had a good first but it’s the playoffs and we didn’t do the things that made us successful in the first two games and the first period, we needed to get the puck deep and just move the puck and we made some good plays but a lot of that was the result of not getting the puck deep. So we only have ourselves to blame.”

(Re defensive breakdowns): “[It was] puck management…we needed to get the puck deep on them. They’re a fast offensive team and we gave them chances and plays, they could find lanes and open areas to get some goals, and that’s kind of what happened with the overtime goal. They transitioned it from their end, and it was pretty quick. Like I said, they have good forwards.”

(Re what went wrong with defense in second period): “Just had some breakdowns. Took our foot off the gas pedal there. They made us pay, and that’s it.”

(Re getting past the loss): “It stings right now. We got to let it go though right away. You give yourself tonight, you feel bad about it, but tomorrow’s a new day. And it would have been the same way if we’d won 4-0 still; you would have given yourself tonight to feel good about it but then tomorrow’s a new day. We’ve got another game on Thursday and we have to try to get back and this series tied up.”

(Re game recap): “This is a game that you don’t expect to happen.  I don’t think it’ll repeat itself.  It’s something we have to understand that we were very fortunate to have come back from that deficit. We’re excited about it, but we also know the mulligan that we used tonight won’t be available to us again.”

“We had nothing to lose.  We could have left here at seven to nothing and we still lost the game and we’d be down one.  So we started to play loose, we started to roll lines a little bit more, we were better on our line changes, we got pucks in behind them.  It started to go in our favor.  You could feel it a little bit on the bench.  The more we did it, the more we believed it could happen.”

 (Re game recap): “It was one of those nights where you had to keep it simple.  Some of these guys stepped up, played great.  We have to give Nitty [Niittymaki] credit, he came in, relieved us, made some big saves.  He deserves some credit too.”

(Re what McLellan said after the first period): “He didn’t say anything, he left it up tot he players.  We just talked about not giving up, not quitting, just getting the first goal.  We got the first goal, got us a second one, and so on. I’m really proud of after the fifth goal.  We come back, score three and then they score a big fifth goal, and we come back with two huge ones before the end of the period.”

(Re game recap): “You have think positive, the second you hang your head and feel sorry for yourself then it turns into six, seven, eight to nothing.  We came in here, we got that goal in the second period and all of a sudden the light turned on that we can do it, we can get pucks past this guy.  We got it deep, worked hard, we beat guys off the wall...we got the second and third opportunities that led to the goals.”

(Re win): “It’s definitely a little bit of a confidence booster for us...we can enjoy the win tonight, come to the rink ready to work tomorrow—we need to have better starts obviously...They’re going to be hungry and they’re going to be ready to avenge this game in game four.”

(Re Kings): “They’re a hard working team.  We know that.  They just work. Expect them to be ready to go, ready to work.  We have to be ready to work as well and come and match that work ethic.”

Noon at Toyota Sports Center

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Sophie Pustil, Katie Sutherland and Lindsay Adler
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