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Post Game Notes: Wild vs. Kings

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
  • The Kings have earned points in four straight games (3-0-1)
  • The Kings’ 11-2-1 record after 14 games at home is tied for the second best in club history (1990-91 and 1975-76 clubs also 11-2-1)
  • The best 14-game home start in club history is 12-1-1 by the 1992-93 club.
  • Rob Scuderi played in his 400th NHL game and 100th as a King
  • Brad Richardson’s string of 100 straight games played was snapped tonight
  • The Kings had a season high nine power plays tonight
  • Anze Kopitar now has 18 points in the last 15 games (9-9=18)
  • The Kings are now 2-0-1 during their stretch where they play 12 straight games vs. Western Conference opponents
  • Jonathan Quick (14-5-1) has a winning percentage of .725.  The club single-season record is .731 by Gary Edwards in 1974-75
  • Justin Williams has 26 points this season (10-16=26).  He had 29 points (10-19=29) in 49 games last season

  • (Re game recap): “Some real strange plays and goals out there.  The power play opportunities were there though at the end of the day to win the game for us and the penalty killing was there to get us to overtime and neither one of them did the job for us.”
  • (Re offensive production):  “ Yes, sure I am (worried about the offense).  I have been talking about 5-on-5 play for about three years now on the goal scoring side of things.  We were 30th in the league two years ago, made a big jump last year, and we are kind of stuck spinning our wheels in the same place this year as last year.  You got to score, we have to find a way to win those games when you have that opportunity and it carries over to your power play.  There is a lot of confidence to know that you can execute the right way and get the result you need, whether its 5-on-5 or special teams.  It is a concern because when you take a look at our power play, it’s dropping percentage wise, and that has to be good when you want to be a good hockey club in this league.  We are going on the road now for five games to some real tough buildings and you are going to get your opportunities for it to be the difference in the game again and we have to find a way to get it done.”
  • (Re game recap):   “It’s extremely unfortunate.  We outplayed them for majority of that game.  You just got to be better, you can’t make those mistakes, those can’t happen.  Despite two goals it’s tough to get two points out of it.  We’ll just regroup and we’ll head to Detroit and we look forward to trying to get the two points there.”
  • (Re his turnover): “Everyone makes mistakes.  It happens, it’s part of the game.  It’s unfortunate that two of them, back-to-back periods.  One of them was on the power play and that takes a lot of momentum out of the power play.  I got to be better and I can’t make those mistakes and we’re looking forward to Detroit.”
  • (Re goal):  “Just getting in front of the net, the puck bounces out, if you want to score that’s where you have to go.”
  • (Re Kyle Clifford):  “He’s a young kid, maybe in age, but he’s a man.  From a physical standpoint he’s a big boy, he’s really strong.  His fights speak for themselves but he’s starting to get a little more confidence coming in, driving to the net, and making plays off the rush.”
  • (Re road trip to Detroit):  “They’re the top team in the league right now I think.  They’ve always been a top team since I’ve been here so we have to be ready to play, we can’t make any mistakes in their barn because they’re going to capitalize on it.” 
  • (Re game recap): “It was a gutsy performance by the guys. We took too many penalties, made it difficult on ourselves. And the penalties were the stick infractions, those are the ones that drive you crazy. Theo made some big saves at some very key times and obviously we benefitted from some obvious miscues from their goaltender.”
  • (Re game winner) “Our power play at the end makes a play. Bouchard who was setting guys up for one timers. First time I saw him there and I liked what I saw there and O’Sullivan made a great pass out. It was a big time performance from the guys.”
  • (Re Burns): “About a month ago Burns game was really good and it looked like it had dropped off a bit. It looks like he’s starting to get it back again. He has the tools. The big thing is when he’s moving his feet he’s a difficult player to play against. He skates so well once he gets his hands on you, you’re done. He was able to nullify a lot of plays just by using his stick and getting to the puck.”
  • (Re blocked shots) “As a coach, with the flow and emotion of the game being tied up, every time they take a shot you hold your breath for a second. And at the other end it’s the excitement and the disappointment when it gets blocked.”
  • “You never know when the most important play is going to be. It might be in the first or second or third. Obviously the deeper you get into the game the more importance there is on each play.”
  • (Re game recap): “It’s nice to get a power play goal against this team since they’ve only allowed one at home. So we knew it would be a tough job. We killed a lot of penalties. It was a gutsy effort by everybody, everyone blocking shots and that makes it more fun.”
  • (Re road games): “It wasn’t an easy game; it was tough with a lot of battles. When you play on the road you talk about those ugly wins and those make you feel a little better and I felt pretty good today.”
  • (Re back to backs): “Physically we’re in great shape. I think a lot of guys run out of gas during back to back games. For the most part there’s no thinking. You go from morning skate and you just play. I think guys are at their best when they’re a little bit more relaxed. You know you have a tough job and there’s no thinking, you just do it and we got to bring it for another tough game tomorrow.”

No practice: Team travels to Detroit

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Lindsay Adler, Andrew Mealiff and Whitney Klein
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