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Post-Game Notes: Stars vs. Kings

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

  • The Kings magic number to clinch a playoff spot is at two (any combination of points earned by the Kings and points lost by Dallas)
  • The Kings (as of end of game) occupy the fourth seed in the Western Conference
  • The Kings 45 wins is one shy of the club record (won 46 games in 1990-91 and 2009-10)
  • The 24 home wins is two shy of the club record (won 26 home games in 1990-91)
  • The Kings are 9-2-2 in the last 13 games and 21-5-5 in the last 31 games
  • The Kings were 4-1-1 vs. Dallas this season (last losing record vs. Dallas was 2006-07)
  • Through 78 games last season the Kings were 44-27-7 = 95 points (that team finished 46-27-9 = 101 points)
  • The Kings have now allowed two-or-fewer goals in 23 of the last 35 games
  • There were no power plays for either team today (The last time the Kings had zero power plays was Feb. 23, 2011 at Anaheim…The last time the Kings allowed zero power plays was March 31, 1984 vs. Edmonton)
  • The four total minutes combined by both teams was a season low
  • The Kings and opponent have combined for zero penalty minutes once in club history (Feb. 19, 1977 vs. Boston)
  • Jonathan Quick is 4-1-1 in his last six games and 15-5-2 in his last 22 games
  • Dustin Brown has 10 points in his last nine games (7-3=10)
  • Trevor Lewis has five points in his last four games (1-4=5)
  • Wayne Simmonds had two points (1-1=2) and six hits today
  • Jarret Stoll won 11 of 15 faceoffs
  • Matt Greene had five hits (38 in last nine games)
(Re Matt Greene’s game-winning goal): “How about that? He gave us a couple last year, we got used to it and we want more… give him some time, he’ll get the puck to the net, he’s got a heavy shot. But a lot of work went into that, when you look at both the first and the second goals, a lot of good work by the forwards - recovering pucks, holding onto it, good composure, moving our feet just to create a passing lane and find the top. Then you get it to the net - good things happen.”

(Re importance of game): “This was a very, very big game for both of us. For Dallas, staying alive – they’re trying to stay alive, and you knew that they were going to give their very best and you could see the way they used their best players. A lot of minutes. Brought them out in different combinations, back with them every second shift. This was an important game and like the month of March, every game that we’ve be involved in it’s been a playoff-like attitude compete. It was a great win by the group of guys in that locker room today.”

(Re shutting down a one-goal lead in the third): “Well I think it’s very important. You’re trying to prepare for the playoffs and make sure you’re able to shut one-goal games down. I know there’ve been quite a few games this year where we score a goal and give up a goal a couple minutes later and it’s a very unsettling kind of a feeling to do what we’re doing here today against a team that’s pushing everything they’ve possibly got to get one back. It’s good.  It’s good confidence for the team that everybody did the right thing on the structure, we did good things on the faceoff, we all knew our assignments and were able to score the empty-net goal.”

(Re game recap): “It was a huge divisional game.  We have to fight and scratch for every point that we can get here. It’s important, every point here on out.”

(Re playing without Kopitar and Williams): “I think guys are going to step up as long as they are doing what they have to do. I think we’ve been seeing that guys are stepping up, and we’ve been playing well without them.  It’d be nice to have them back but we can’t do that now.”

(Re game recap): “Both goalies made the saves when they had to.  It was a tight checking game; it was a hard game to play.  We just found a way to do it again, we just found a way to get the points, and that’s all that matters.”

(Re keeping it simple): “[We’re doing] nothing fancy, just get the puck moving north, get in, get on the cycle, get on the fore-check, create some shots, and second chance opportunities…Our defensive game, our checking game is really good, really tight right now, and our goaltenders are making key saves when they have to.  We just have to keep going like that; it’s going to be a battle every game like this, we just have to be prepared for it and focused for it.”

(Re standings): “It doesn’t really matter who you’re playing it seems like the games mean the same…the focus is there for us, that hasn’t wavered at all, we’ve been battling; you look at our record for the past 25 games or so and it’s pretty good.  We just have to keep going and keep pushing."

(Re game recap): “We put both goals in our net today. The puck luck or whatever you want to call it just hasn’t been going our way. All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and do the right things hopefully that will change. We’re still alive and kicking and you just have to believe that your luck is going to change. It was a very even game and they caught the break and we didn’t, end of story.”

(Re game recap): “It’s a cliché but we need to work harder and the beaks will come. We felt pretty confident as the game went on. Going into the third we had a tie game, it was a game we could get, but we just didn’t have that extra step to get to the loose pucks.”

“It was old time hockey out there. I think we sensed that early in the game. They let a lot of things go on both sides; we got away with some stuff early too. I guess they were gearing up for playoffs, we didn’t get the memo, we’re seeing how the playoffs are going to be called like.”

(Re the second goal): “I didn’t really see the play happen. I was at the side of the net with a guy, I felt the puck hit my skate and it’s one of those where you hope it doesn’t go in.”

“We’ve got to win out to have a chance. We have five games and we need to take them one at a time. We haven’t been getting the bounces we’ve needed.”

11:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center; Team travels to San Jose after practice

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Katie Sutherland, Whitney Klein and Sophie Pustil
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