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Post Game Notes: Blue Jackets vs. Kings

Sunday, 01.09.2011 / 1:50 AM / Press Releases
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Post Game Notes: Blue Jackets vs. Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • Jack Johnson tied a career high with three assists tonight (third time he’s had three assists in a game)
  • The Kings announced tonight that Johnson has been signed to a seven-year contract (tied with Anze Kopitar for the second-longest contract in Kings history.  Wayne Gretzky had an eight-year contract)
  • Johnson has 12 points in the last 10 games (2-10=12) and 16 points in the last 16 games (3-13=16)
  • Jarret Stoll had his ninth career two-goal game (he’s never had a hat trick)
  • Ryan Smyth has eight points in the last six games (6-2=8)
  • The Kings are now 12-4-0 with Willie Mitchell in the lineup and 17-5-1 with Alexei Ponikarovsky in the lineup
  • Drew Doughty has seven points in the last eight games (0-7=7) and 15 points in the last 14 games (1-14=15)
  • Justin Williams has seven points in the last 10 games (5-2=7)
  • Anze Kopitar now has 11 points in the last seven games (1-10=11)
  • The Kings have scored 50 goals in the last 14 games (3.57 per game)
  • The Kings have scored a power-play goal in 13 of the last 16 games (14-for-47 in the last 14 = 29.8 percent)
  • The Kings are now 20-6-0 when scoring three-or-more goals in a game
  • The Kings are 13-0-0 when leading after two periods
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “It was a great start to the game, first half of the game I thought was exactly what you wanted to have with the compete, with the intensity and doing the right thing, getting it in, scoring some goals.  Things started to change after we gave up that first goal, we got a little too casual again with puck management through the middle of the ice, gave them a lot of energy and gave them a lot of life the rest of the game I thought from that point.  Bottom line is we get that win, hopefully good things can start to happen here as we build off this.”

(Re Johnson seven-year deal): “That’s great for Jack. He’s a young guy that’s going to be a great player in this game for a long time, so it’s great to get him locked up.  Those young defensemen are very hard to find, the guys with skill and talent and ability like that.  I’m hoping that he and Drew Doughty can end up being the anchors of this blue line core for a long time.”

(Re Quick’s performance): “When you get a 4-0 lead like that, now you want to just play the right way, your goaltender has to stay real sharp do the right stuff, keep it simple, just stop the puck…I think when he’s on his game those are easy plays for him.”

KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re game recap and a healthy lineup):  “Greenie (Matt Greene) talked about it before the game, to take a look around the room.  As healthy as we’ve been all year, right from the get-go, and we added Sturmie [Marco Sturm] to the line-up, too.

Those are the guys and I’m pretty sure there’s not going to be any major changes.  We have to feel comfortable with everybody that is here and we have to trust that everybody is going to do their job.  It was definitely not the way we wanted to finish that game but two points is two points.”

(Re second half of the season): “This game was a good indicator of our half season so far but we all know that can’t happen again.  Hopefully the second half is going to be good.  We started off, I guess we finished the first half on a good note with two points, so now we want to keep it going and build off there.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN JACK JOHNSON:
(Re contract extension): “We started to meet periodically and it was actually kind of fun.  It wasn’t any kind of burden at all, go out and play hockey every night and try to play well and everything else will take care of itself.  We talked about numerous options and situations. 

I had no problem committing that long.  We were just trying to find something that was reasonable and fair for both sides and I think we’re both very happy about it.”

COLUMBUS HEAD COACH SCOTT ARNIEL:
(Re game recap): “Can’t get down to any team 4-0 but I liked the way we battled back. We made a game of it and it got close there at the end.”

“I’m frustrated. I was really hoping to see the guys get rewarded for how hard they came out at the end.”

“Calvert’s goal was a feel, good thing. Everyone was happy to see him get his first. I think when Nash got his everyone lit up and the momentum got rolling.”

COLUMBUS FORWARD RICK NASH:

(Re game recap): “We had a good third period but on the road we can’t get down like that.”

“We didn’t test Quick until after the first goal. It was a mistake on their part which gave us momentum and we used it.”

COLUMBUS FORWARD DERICK BRASSARD:
(Re game recap): “After our road trip we haven’t played our best hockey and tonight we showed some character.”

“Our line didn’t create much in the first and second but I think we did a good job in the third. The team counted on us for that, to come back into the game and score.”

COLUMBUS GOALTENDER MATHIEU GARON:
(Re game recap): “I felt great but it’s hard when you give up four goals in the first half of the game. We came back and worked really hard in the second half but we put ourselves in trouble early in the game and we didn’t come up with enough.”

“As a team you want to stop panicking and start playing better and stop the bleeding and I think we did a good job with it. We came back but at the end it wasn’t enough.”

“We want to build on the success off of the third period. We want to come back home and start winning hockey games.”

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:
11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center

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