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ROAD REPORT: KINGS HAND CAPS RARE 'L'

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Quick made 20 saves in the third period to save the Kings win.

Anze Kopitar recorded two goals and an assist and the Kings were able to stave off a late rally attempt to top the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals got off to a fast start behind Alexander Semin, who put a shot past Jonathan Quick just 15 seconds into the game. The Kings were able to settle down and take control of the period, however. With their defense disrupting the Capitals’ offense, the Kings offense converted a two-man advantage on a Kopitar goal. He was assisted by Stoll and Brown. The Kings outshot the Capitals, 12-9 and won 60 percent of faceoffs that period.

Kopitar was able to get the Kings off to an even faster start second period, scoring 13 seconds in with a fancy assist from Alexander Frolov. Michal Handzus added a shorthanded goal 49 seconds later, with the assist again coming from Frolov. The goal was Handzus’ second in as many games.

After Capitals defenseman Mike Green answered with a power play goal 39 seconds later, the scoring subsided for 3:43, when Patrick O’Sullivan netted his 12th goal of the season. He was assisted by Kopitar and Kyle Quincey.

The third period saw Kings stave off a frenzied comeback attempt by the Capitals. Washington outshot the Kings 22-5 in the period, finding the net twice on goals by Alexander Ovechkin and Brooks Laich. But Kyle Calder provided a late goal and Jonathan Quick made several impressive saves to preserve the victory.

The win improves the Kings’ road record to 9-8-1 and 22-21-7 overall. They are now 6-2-1 in their last nine road games and have outscored their opponents 30-21 in that span.

KINGS JOIN EXCLUSIVE CLUB
The Capitals who sport the second-best home record in the NHL behind the San Jose Sharks, lost for just the fifth time at home all season, the fourth time all year the Caps have not recorded a point in posting a 21-4-1 home mark. The Kings were able to do something just three other teams have done this year in beating the Capitals in regulation. It was the Capitals first home loss since Jan.13 against Edmonton.
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Oct. 18 New Jersey Devils 4-3 SO
Dec. 2 Florida Panthers 5-3 L
Jan. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 L
Jan. 13 Edmonton Oilers 5-2 L
Tonight Los Angeles Kings 5-4 L

CBS LINE KEEPS ROLLING
The CBS line scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal when all three linemates touched the puck. Kyle Calder scored his seventh goal of the season and was assisted by Dustin Brown (his 20th of the season, second of the night) and Jarret Stoll (his 17th of the season, second on the night). Brown and Stall also earned assists on a power play goal in the first period.

The line has now combined for 28 points (12-16=28) in the last seven games. In that time, Calder has eight points (3-5=8), Brown has 12 points (6-6=12) and Stoll has eight points (3-5=8).

KOPITAR STILL A CHARM
The Kings improved to 10-1-1 this season and 32-16-7 all-time in games where Kopitar scores a goal. Kopitar has points in five of his last seven games (3-5=8). This was Kopitar’s third three-point game this season and 11th multi-point game.

SPECIAL TEAMS A KEY
The Kings outscored the Capitals on special teams, 2-1. Michal Handzus’ shorthanded goal was the first of the season and 15th of his career. It was the fourth for the team this season. With Kopitar’s power play goal, the team has now scored a power play goal in five of their last six games. The team now has 41 power play goals this season.

O’SULLIVAN, OVECHKIN REACH MARKS

With his second period goal, Patrick O’Sullivan reached the 100 career point mark. All of them have come with the Kings.

Alexander Ovechkin’s third period goal was the 200th of his career, but only his first against the Kings.

BROWN AND BOUDREAU

Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau is no stranger to the Kings organization. He was coach in the minor league system for six years and coached current team captain Dustin Brown with Manchester (AHL). Brown had 74 points (29-45=74) playing under Boudreau for the Monarchs in the 2004-05 season.

"He was probably as good as you’re going to get," Boudreau said. "We loved him in Manchester and he’s turned out to be exactly what we thought he would be as a fabulous player and person."

Brown returns the good feelings.

"He’s a player’s coach and I think anyone who has played for him in the past has nothing but good things to say about him," Brown said. "And I’m the same."

NOTES

After two assists tonight, Dustin Brown needs just six more to reach 100 in his career… Matt Greene fought Capitals forward Matt Bradley in the second period…The game featured a Salute to the Military Night promotion. Both benches joined the Verizon Center crowd in applause for several military members shown on the jumbo screen throughout the game.

QUOTES
Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau
Pregame, on the Kings defense:
"They’re really structured. They don’t get pulled out of position much. They’re a defense-first team and gets a lot of work on transition. When you make mistakes and you get frustrated, they’re going to take advantage of it. And that’s what we don’t want… We’ve got to take what they give you, and if they don’t give you much, live to fight another day."

TERRY MURRAY
Post game
"We had some opportunities in the first two periods. I wish we would have scored on a couple of, not make it quite as exciting at the end as we did. But it was a good two points for us and very exciting at the end of the game."

On the Capitals

"They’ve got some great players; great exciting guys that can make something out of nothing."

On the special teams:

"Penalty killing was good. That was a big focus on the pregame meeting was their power play. They’ve got those special players back there and they’ve been pretty explosive in the last couple of games. So the penalty killers did a good job; real focused and got a shorthanded goal, which ended up being obviously a huge goal for us."

"You’re supposed to score a goal on 5-on-3. So we did and, again, it was a good win for us."

"You’re power play is important: it can win you a game. But on the other side of it, your penalty killing can lose you a game, and our penalty killing was very good tonight. They were the guys that deserve the pat on the back."

On Jonathan Quick’s performance:

"Quick was pretty good. He’s getting a lot of experience coming through all these new teams that he’s never faced before, all these new players. And you come into this building [against] a team that’s lost only three times this year… and he’s facing one of the best goal-scorers in the game. And I thought his composure, his control was good and he’s getting better every time he plays the game."

Jonathan Quick

On the importance of beating the Capitals in Washington:
"It’s a win. I don’t really rank them that much. It’s a win, that’s all that matters."

On withstanding the Capitals’ late push:
"You’re not thinking much, you’re just thinking ‘try to stop the puck.’ My D did a great job in font of me, forwards, too. The penalty kill was great all game and it was a team effort for that win."

On overcoming a quick goal allowed:
"You play so many games growing up. [When] you let up a goal you can’t get down on yourself, especially that early in the game. There’s a lot of hockey to play… You dust if off and you keep moving forward."

Anze Kopitar

On overcoming an early deficit:
"It was hard. But I think good teams respond to that, and I think we responded pretty good. We started to play our game, draw some penalties and we scored that 5-on-3 goal. So that was huge for us and after that we just kept on going."

On playing against the Capitals:
"Against these guys you want to come with a checking mind set because they have a lot of firepower. They have a couple of really good players and [to] shut them down first is the key. And when you play good defense the chances are going to come. So we were able to capitalize on a couple of those tonight."

On the importance of special teams:

"I think nowadays, in the new NHL, special teams are huge. If you get a good power play and penalty kill you’re more likely going to win the game."

Dustin Brown
On the significance of beating the Capitals at Verizon Center:
"It was a big challenge for us. But more importantly, it’s a huge two points for us."

On continuing to chase a playoff spot:

"We just have got to keep rolling and we’re right there on the verge or the bubble of the playoffs. So these road games are going to be big challenges but we need to follow up."

Compiled by reports from John Gregory and the staff of LAKings.com
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