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Post-Game Notes: Kings vs. Flames

Thursday, 12.9.2010 / 11:01 PM PT / Press Releases
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Post-Game Notes: Kings vs. Flames
  • The Kings have now won three straight
  • Anze Kopitar has the game-winning goal in three straight games
  • Kyle Clifford scored his first NHL goal tonight (he is one of 20 teenagers to ever play for the Kings)
  • The Kings had 32 shots tonight (last time they had 30-plus shots in a game was Nov. 22 at Ottawa, seven games ago)
  • The Kings allowed their first power-play goal at home (now 45-of-46 on the PK at STAPLES Center)
  • The Kings are now 11-2-0 at home (best home start in club history is 12-1-0 by 1992-93 club)
  • The Kings 16 wins in their first 26 games is tied four the fourth best in club history (most wins after 26 games is 19 by 1980-81 club)
  • The Kings are now 8-2-0 in one-goal games, 12-2-0 when scoring first and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods
  • Jonathan Quick is now 14-5-0, tied for the third best in club history after 19 decisions (Daniel Berthiaume was also 14-5-0 in 1990-91); best 19-game start by a Kings goalie is 15-4-0 by Mario Lessard in 1980-81
  • Through 26 games last season the Kings were 14-10-2 = 30 points
  • (Re game recap): “They’re always a tough team to play against.  They come to the game, they’re ready to compete, play hard.  They’ve got some big guys, and they’ve got some real top guys in the league.”
  • (Re Clifford Goal): “Whenever you’re playing against Calgary, against top goaltenders like Kiprusoff, you have to get to the net, you have to get to the blue paint and good things will happen if you get pucks there.  That’s exactly what the scenario was in that play…you’re throwing pucks to the net with angles, you’re hoping something good is going to happen and it did: Cliffy [Kyle Clifford] is now the proud owner of his first puck and his first goal in the National Hockey League.”
  • (Re Ponikarovsky): “I liked Poni tonight, he’s been out 12 or 13 games. He’s been doing a lot of hard work in the skating club.  His conditioning is outstanding but timing is always a concern, and he came back out in the line-up tonight against their top line, played against Iginla most every shift, and I thought he did an outstanding job.”
  • (Re power play goal): “I thought there was a lot of good things happening.  The possession, the offensive zone plays, just moving and getting shooting opportunities. We had some great shots; they did a wonderful job on blocking shots, they stepped in front of I’ll bet 14 or 15 pucks going to the net here tonight.  The power play was pretty good and I was happy to see the result.”
  • (Re recent history versus Calgary): “Terry (Coach Terry Murray) was talking about it after in here and he said that it was probably the most consistent 60 minutes versus these guys since he has been here and it’s pretty close since I have been here too, which is two years longer.  For whatever reason they were just tough to play against, but tonight I thought we gave a great effort for 60 minutes and we got the job done.”
  • (Re defense): “It is just one of those things when we get going it is hard to play against us because we are a pretty good cycling team.  When we keep the puck in the offensive zone for quite a bit, we obviously keep them away from their offense and we kept pressing on their D all the time so they can get tired.”
  • (Re winning three in a row): “We still are not happy about all of those losses but we are past that and now that we are on a roll, we just want to continue this.  We have a big game Saturday and then we go right into Detroit on Monday, both of those games are conference games and must wins.”
  • (Re Clifford’s goal): “It was great.  Cliffy (Clifford) is a good teammate, a good guy around the locker room, he is real quiet and it was nice to see him really pumped up there.  That is something that he will remember for the rest of his career.”
  • (Re game recap):   “I wasn’t happy with the way we played.  I thought as the period went on, the first period, we’d find our way, we got a little bit of a man in there and then it went away on us and they (Kings) came at us hard in the second period.  We didn’t have any push back at all in the second period.  We had urgency in our game the last seven minutes of the game after we were down a couple.”
  • (Re Miikka Kiprusoff):  “Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) played very well.  He absolutely kept it close for us to give ourselves a chance.  Again it was disappointing to see us play that way here tonight for the portion of the game.”
  • (Re game recap):   “Tonight I don’t have a lot of answers.  It’s been a hard last month.  We’ve been trying to get back to 500, one game win, the next game not.  It’s not like we don’t show up for the second, we just have to find a way to win that second game in a row.  It’s been a hard month, the last four weeks, but at the same time the way the Western Conference is this year, is you’re still not out of it.  We still have to stay with it and believe that we’re going to string a couple together because we’ve been 500 for the last 10, 11, or 12 games.  It’s not good enough to climb back but it’s these second games that unfortunately slip away from us”
  • (Re Miikka Kiprusoff):  “They out played us especially in the first couple of periods, they were quicker and beat us to more pucks.  Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) was outstanding and gave us a chance only being down one going into the third period.  On the road that’s not that bad of a spot.  It shows that he’s a tough goalie in the league, he’s been like that for us all year, never gives up on any plays and is always very confident in there.”
  • (Re game recap):  “It’s frustrating, obviously we want to string together, we want to turn this thing around and we can’t get over that hump right now.  A break like that might help but at the end of the day we have to play better for the full 60 minutes.  That second period wasn’t very pretty on our end but Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff) kept us in it, gave us a chance at the end but we have to do better for a complete hockey game.”

Change in Kings December schedule – practice tomorrow is now slated for 11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center.  (Dec. 31 practice will also now be 11 a.m.) – both were originally 11:30 a.m.

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Lindsay Adler, Katie Sutherland and Andrew Mealiff