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ROYAL ROAD REPORT: BROWN WINS IT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Boston, MA- The Kings road trip avoided a pot hole in Boston as Los Angeles erased a two-goal deficit mid way thru the third period to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins, 3-2.


Los Angeles won it on an OT goal by Dustin Brown who drove to the net and knocked in a rebound off a shot by Sean O'Donnell to score his 24th on the season and send the sold-out TD Banknorth Garden crowd home in stunned silence with 35 seconds remaining in overtime.

"It's a huge win for this team," said the Kings captain. "I think we played pretty desperate there in the third period and that was the difference...To do it after a huge loss to Nashville and beat a really good team on the road is a huge lift for us."

Journey's "Don't Stop Believing' blared from the dressing room and that's exactly the philosophy this young team followed to the win.

"When you're down 2-0, you really have to push hard with everybody, be aggressive and put pucks to the net," said Kings head coach Terry Murray.

Los Angeles cut a 2-0 lead in half at the 9:50 mark of the final period on a Michal Handzus power-play goal after being out of sync all night and struggling to sustain possession in the offensive zone while also getting pinned in their own end by a strong Bruins forecheck. Handzus scored the Kings? first goal tonight, extending his point streak to three games with 2-2=4 totals in that span. Wayne Simmonds had two assists tonight, extending his point streak to three games with 1-3=4 totals inthat stretch.

"That (goal) was the turning point," said Brown. "To get that first one past (Bruins goalie Tim) Thomas was huge and we peppered him with shots after that."

LA would then kill off two penalties in eight minutes and tie the game on a scramble in front as first-year winger Wayne Simmonds struck the iron, then defenseman Drew Doughty struck gold; pouncing on the rebound to tie it with 1:36 remaining.

"We've got to win pretty much every game at this point if we want to make the playoffs," said Doughty. "To get the tying goal in the dying minutes, was great to help out the team."

Defenseman Denis Gauthier left the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury and didn't return.

QUICK KEEPS KINGS IN IT
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick showed no signs of rust keeping LA in the game throughout the contest while the offense struggled to score, but was at his sharpest in the third period making only seven of his 24 saves in the final session, but most were in dramatic fashion.

His best work was on the late power plays where Quick stoned Chuck Kobasew on a break-away, nabbed a Milan Lucic one-timer with the glove and also made a nice wrap-around stop.

"On their power play they had a few chances," said Quick. "The toughest was the (Lucic shot), he had the top corner labeled pretty well."

Erik Ersberg had started the previous two games.

KINGS IMPRESS BRUINS
The Kings left the Boston fans stunned and the Bruins players impressed by their third-period comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

"They have a bunch of players over there that play hard and play well," said 20-year veteran Mark Recchi who scored the second Boston goal, his 17th on the season and 539th of his career.

"I know (Terry Murray) very well. They're going to be a very well coached team. They competed and did a good job. That's a team that's fighting. They're not quitting over there and they showed it in the third period."

The Bruins still lead the Eastern Conference by four points over New Jersey, but have lost 13 of 19.

KINGS NOTES
Tonight's win began a six-game road trip for Los Angeles...Quick got his first start in the last three games and has now started 21 of the last 26 games in net for LA...The Kings out-shot Boston, 22-18 thru two periods of play although the Bruins led 2-0 and carried the play...LA has allowed just two power-play goals in their last seven games, killing off 29 of their last 31 short-handed situations...The Kings have now scored at least one power-play goal in eight of their last 11 games after Handzus tallied at the 9:50 mark of the third period...Teddy Purcell now has eight points in his last nine games (3-5=8) after assisting on the Handzus goal...Los Angeles' Derek Armstrong assisted on the Kings' second goal tonight, which was his 200th point as a King...It was the Kings first win in Boston since Jan. 12, 2006 (6-0 W) and their first OT game vs. the Bruins since March 22, 2003 (3-4 OT)...The Kings played their 17th overtime game of the season tonight and they are now 7-10 overall in overtime games?They are 3-2 in games that end in the five-minute extra session and are 4-8 in games that are decided by shootout...It was the first overtime win by Los Angeles in Boston since Olli Jokinen scored for a 2-1 Kings victory on Mar. 30,1999...The Kings have now won two straight games in Boston, tying their longest win streak on the road vs. the Bruins, which has been accomplished two times previously...It was the 12th win in 62 games played by the Kings in Boston (12-44-6)...Series History. The Kings outshot the Bruins tonight by a 38-26 margin... It was the 35th time in 70 games that the Kings have tallied 30-or-more shots in a game ? It was the 46th time in 72games that the Bruins have allowed 30-or-more shots in a game.

ON THE BRUINS
Goaltender Tim Thomas made his fifth straight start in net for the B's. He entered the game with a 30-11-6 record, a 2.12 GAA and a .930 SV%, which leads all NHL goalies...The Bruins have the league's best power play at home with 38 goals on 135 attempts (28.2%)...Bruins forward Phil Kessel has a three-game goal/point streak, scoring 4-1=5 during that span...Matt Hunwick's goal in the first period gave him 3-2=5 in the last five games played.

QUOTES
KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN

On the game winner?
It was a deep regroup in our own zone. I got a pass with some speed on it. I just went up the wall and once I got across the blue line I just cut. It was kind of a tough play to shoot, so I just dished it wide and went to the net. There was just a rebound waiting for me.

On coming back against the Bruins?
Obviously it is a huge win for us we are battling for a playoff spot. These road games are huge. Showing that we can come back like, we have done it many times this season this is just another example. It just happened to be against one of the better teams in the league. I think we played pretty desperate in the third. That was the difference.

On the importance of tonight?s win?
It was huge. Especially considering we had that game where we lost against Nashville where we lost in the last minute. They are ahead of us in the standings so that was a big blow. We wanted to get these two points after a big loss, certainly to do it against one of the best teams on the road was a big lift for this team.

On where things turned around for the Kings?
I would say it was the power play goal. I think it was with 10 seconds left and it was just a scramble. We got that first one by Thomas and we peppered them from there after. Maybe it was just that first goal was all we needed.

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK
On the importance of tonight?s win?
We are a few points back in the playoff race and those were a big two points we stole at the end of that game there.

On the key to tonight?s game?
The team played great in front of me all game long. A lot of my play is due to the way the team played in front of me. They get all the credit. They battled all game long and they got a lot of pucks at Thomas. He was great through the whole game and we were able to squeak a few pucks in there at the end and push them to overtime. Brownie got a big goal.

On what led to the teams turnaround in tonight?s game?
We just had to keep doing what we were doing. We were playing well all game and we finally got some bounces going our way.

On what he felt his biggest save of the night was?
On their power play they had a lot of chances, but I forget who shot it, but he had the top corner labeled pretty well [Ryder]. It was big for me to make that save for the team to keep us in there. They responded well and they battled hard. The PK closed it out in front of me. It was a great game.

KINGS DEFENSEMEN DREW DOUGHTY

On coming back in tonight?s game?
We came in after the second period and we knew it was do or die. We had to get those goals and we had to win the game. We want to make the playoffs. That?s the whole thing with the LA Kings this year; we will do anything it takes.

On gaining confidence from tonight?s win?
It was definitely special. They are the best team in the Eastern Conference and to play them like that and out shoot them and winning the game gives us confidence. We have a couple games left on the road trip and I think due to winning this game we are going to have confidence going down the stretch.

KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY
On the performance of the Kings tonight?
We need to play our games with desperation. It needs to be with structure and system, but it needs to be with desperation. When you are down two to nothing you have to push up hard with everybody. You need to be aggressive and get pucks to the net. I think what we saw with the end result with this hockey club, and the young guys that were making it happen for us, is a great learning situation for them. It was a special kind of the situation with the Boston Bruins being a premiere team in the league, to come back, and seeing the young guys contribute they way they did it was really good. But then on the other side you saw one of our veteran guys, O?Donnell getting the puck to the net and Brown driving for the rebound.

On what his team did right in tonight?s game?
There are certain things that you always look at when you are analyzing what you can do better. Over all we came to play. We weren?t in awe of the Boston Bruins. We know they are a great team but we know we have to go out and play the game. Playing with composure and playing the right way was what was talked about in the start and I thought they did a great job.

On importance of tonight?s win?
We know that we don?t have too many more losses in front of us where we are going to be really in trouble as far as climbing that mountain in front of us. So today was a big win for us. To start out a long road trip, we have two weeks and six road games ahead of us. To start of with a win in Boston it is important to have that feeling as we start the rest of the trip.

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN, PREGAME PRESS BRIEFING 11:10 A.M.
On the Los Angeles Kings...
We don?t see them often obviously, but they?re a young hard-working team. They?re an upcoming team as well. They have a lot of skill, a lot of talent and I think they?re in the process of going in the right direction and they?ve already improved quite a bit I think this year.

On the LA Kings success in the faceoff circle...
I?ve always said, when it comes time to faceoff there?s a lot of emphasis put on the centerman, but everybody around has to be a little better and we got to be jumping on those loose pucks. Sometimes your centerman doesn?t win it cleanly, but if you pounce on the puck it should be technically a win for your team so that?s the one thing we have to look at. Our team has been getting better on faceoffs. We had a couple games last week where it was really poor, but Bergy?s [Patrice Bergeron] been good and Savvy [Marc Savard] was good last game so we just got to make sure we got our centermans. Now we?ve got Yelle back in the lineup so hopefully that will give us some depth there too.

Compiled by Chris Ryan | Special to LAKings.com
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