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Post-Game Notes: Blackhawks vs. Kings

Tuesday, 01.04.2011 / 12:25 AM / Press Releases
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Post-Game Notes: Blackhawks vs. Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • Ryan Smyth (2g tonight) has five goals in the last four games
  • Jack Johnson (2a tonight) has nine points in his last eight games (2-7=9) and 13 points in the last 14 games (3-10=13)
  • Johnson earned his 16th power-play assist…He entered the day second among defensemen in that category
  • Anze Kopitar has eight points in his last six games (1-7=8) and 21 points in the last 16 games (7-14=21)
  • The Kings have scored 42 goals in the last 12 games 3.5 per game
  • The Kings have a power-play goal in 11 of the last 14 games (11-for-41 in the last 12 games = 26.8 percent)
  • Kopitar now has 199 career NHL assists
  • Justin Williams played in his 100th game as a King tonight
  • Team Canada advanced to the World Junior Championships gold medal game, beating Team USA 4-1 in today’s semifinal game.  Kings prospect Brayden Schenn (Canada) didn’t record a point.  Kings prospect Derek Forbort (USA) didn’t record a point.  Canada will play Russia in the gold medal game Wednesday.  Kings prospect Maxim Kitsyn had an assist in Russia’s 4-3 win over Sweden in the other semifinal matchup.  Team USA will play Sweden for the bronze medal on Wednesday
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “I felt the start of the game was excellent.  Everything we wanted to do with the intensity, knowing they were a team that played yesterday and had a lot of offensive zone time.” 

“Second period we were fine for the first four or five minutes and then the intensity changed, the tempo changed and we got ourselves in trouble.  We stopped managing the puck the right way.  We forgot about the details of the game.  We were not bumping people away.  We were in the first period and they got their legs.  They started to skate and came at us.”

 (Re fourth goal):  “That’s bad luck. That comes off the boards or off the glass, almost went of Quick’s (Jonathan Quick) head I think when it came over the top of the crossbar.  That’s bad luck but I guess when you’re the Stanley Cup Champion you probably get breaks, you probably get lucky bounces like that.  I really felt that we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that situation.”

KINGS FORWARD JARRET STOLL:
(Re game recap): “I think we started off alright.  Through the first period we were pretty solid in our game plan, getting pucks deep, getting on our D, getting chances and scoring opportunities…In the second they got their legs and started playing their game a little bit.  Just a lucky bounce for the winning goal but we have to play a lot better down the stretch.”

“We played them well.  The two games in their building we played very well, and lost.  0- 4 against them is not a stat we’re proud of, but we have to work on our game and get it to where it needs to be for the final half of the season to get into the playoffs and go deep.  We have to figure that out.”

KINGS FORWARD BRAD RICHARDSON:
(Re game recap): “That’s been our problem the last four games.  We play one or two periods very well, and we play one period not so great, and that’s where we lose the game.”

(Re change to the first line): “It was just for the third but it didn’t work so great obviously since we didn’t win.  Once in a while I get moved around and I try to get the most of it, but it just didn’t work out tonight.”

(Re schedule): “Everyone has back-to-back games, every one has a tough schedule.  That’s the NHL, that’s what you have to deal with, but we’re not using that as an excuse at all.”

(Re record against Chicago): “They’re a good team, but we think in a couple of the other games we out-played them, but they won.  Tonight we liked one and a half periods, we played pretty well but that’s not going to cut it.” 

CHICAGO HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE:
(Re game recap): “Toews had a gigantic effort tonight. Sharp had some huge goals for us. Crawford made a huge save early in the game and at the end. He was crucial in us coming up with two points.”

“Necessary win , huge win for us. Now it’s forward onto the next half of the season. “

“It was a little chaotic during the third. We’ve got to have more composure, that’s one thing we need to take from this game.”

“The importance of today’s game for us was huge. Our concern wasn’t the past few games. We did some good things. Out power play is what got us into the game tonight and was a large part of it as well.”

CHICAGO FORWARD JONATHAN TOEWS:
(Re game recap): “We’ll take a win anyway we can. We did some good things. Another slow start, we came out in a pretty good spot in the first period. Power play kept us in the game and Crawford was good.”

“We’ll take two points where we can. I think its games like this where you come out on top, you still got to look at the mistakes you made and try to get better at those things.”

“Tonight was a good game to get out of our three-game rut. We got a busy week at home and hopefully we can take advantage of it.”

“Kings are a talented team and they’re a smart, well coached team too. I think we played smart for the most part but there were some mistakes and give-aways where we gave them some unearned scoring chances. We’ve got to be smarter and I think we’ll be more comfortable going into third periods.”

CHICAGO FORWARD PATRICK SHARP:
(Re game recap): “Jonathan [Toews] is our captain, he’s our leader out there. He does a lot of things that aren’t noticed on the score sheet. It’s nice to have him back in the line-up and it’s nice to be healthy as a unit.”

“I’m happier that we broke this losing streak, we won a game, and we’re healthy in here and ready to start over again.”

“We’re finding ways to play the game. It was a pretty ugly 40 minutes and our power play kept us in it. We got better down the stretch. There were a lot of individual battles. Our competition level felt higher tonight. A win is a win and we’ll take it.”

“We got a good unit, pucks are going in. Who knows what’s going to happen in the next 41 but so far, so good.”

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:
Day off (next practice is Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center)

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Lindsay Adler, Whitney Klein and Katie Sutherland