All it took for Alexander Frolov
to find his way back into the Los Angeles Kings
lineup was a conversation with coach Terry Murray
On Monday Frolov was a healthy scratch for the Kings game against the Dallas Stars
. Two days earlier in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets
, Frolov made a costly turnover which led to a Blue Jacket goal that tied the game late in the first period. Following the game, Murray spoke with LAKings.coms Rich Hammond about how he had been unhappy with Frolov's recent play, and that Saturday's turnover in Columbus only heightened his feelings.
"The game the other night is the straw that broke the camel's back, in my opinion," Murray told Hammond. "The turnovers, the careless play...It has to be better, and you have to come out with that high level of intensity, with smart work, hard work, and you've got to love the game."
Frolov was back on the ice at practice on Wednesday, and with new linemates. Frolov practiced on the Kings second line with center Michal Handzus and right winger Dustin Brown.
Following practice Murray said that Frolov was back in the lineup, and that when the decision was made to scratch Frolov from the game in Dallas, Murray made sure to leave the door open for Frolov to earn his way back into the lineup.
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