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Post-Game Notes: Sharks vs. Kings

Friday, 03.25.2011 / 1:07 PM / Press Releases
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Post-Game Notes: Sharks vs. Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • The 42 wins after 74 games ties a club record (also had 42 wins after 74 games in 1990-91 and 2009-10)
  • 90 points after 74 games is tied for third most in club history (with 2009-10 and 1980-81 clubs)
  • The Kings had an identical record after 74 games last season (42-26-6 = 90 points)
  • Jonathan Quick is now 9-0 in shootouts this season (stopping 34 of 41 shots = .829 spct)
  • Quick is now 21-7 all-time in shootouts (stopping 78 of 106 shots = .736 spct)
  • Jarret Stoll is 8-for-9 in shootouts this season (12-for-22 in his career)
  • The Kings are now 18-4-5 in their last 27 games
  • The last time the Kings beat the Sharks twice in a season at home was 2002-03
  • The Kings are 3-2-0 (six points) vs. San Jose this season.  The Sharks are 2-1-2 (six points) vs. LA this season
  • The Kings consecutive penalty kill streak ended at 35 tonight
  • They have still killed 37 of their last 38 penalties
  • Tonight was the 31st sellout of the season, breaking a STAPLES Center record: previous was 30 sellouts in 2003-04
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap and Sharks goal):  “I’m not disappointed and I’m not surprised that stuff like that happens.  I’m watching games in this league right now and it is incredible what has happening late in games, overtimes, shootouts.  We would love to have it shut down when you have a faceoff at the offensive blue line offside dot with 11 seconds left.  You would like to feel that you could do that every time but things do happen.  They’ve got some very good players and they came, they just rushed us with five, six guys and got the bounce that they needed.”

(Re Dustin Brown): “He played good.  He played very hard, very intense and that’s a big part of a captain’s responsibility is to not only be a good player but to lead the way with intensity and compete and put the extra effort in to help a team get the job done.  It was a solid game by Dustin Brown here tonight.”

(Re Alec Martinez): “He’s one of the guys that has no hesitation to shoot the puck.  He’s got a great attitude about loading it up right away.  He doesn’t have a long take-away, it’s real short and compact, and he gets it through and looking for good things to happen.  He had a big game.  He broke up an incredible play there on a two-on-one against [Joe] Thornton.   He keeps getting better every game.”

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): “It’s nice to score some goals for this team. Power play – both my goals were power play, one was ugly but that’s the spark we needed on the power play. We need to tighten up. There’s no way we can give up that goal with 14 seconds left. Those are the type of plays that’ll come back to haunt you.”

(Re Alec Martinez): “He’s been a really good defenseman for us, contributing offensively, defensively he’s pretty solid, doesn’t make too many mistakes. Tonight I thought he was really good, making good plays on the power play.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JONATHAN QUICK:
(Re Boyle’s shootout goal): “It’s something different, yeah that’s for sure. It could have been a good goal, I don’t really know… it’s a different approach to the whole shootout and I think that’s what the league wants; they want guys thinking outside the box a little bit… it’s a good move and he made a good shot.”

(Re chasing San Jose in the standings): “That’s the one disappointing thing about this game, we had a lead with 11 seconds left and they got a point out of it. That’s something we want to do, we want to win this division. We know we’re capable of doing it and it’s unfortunate that they got a point out of it but the good thing is we got two out of it.”

SAN JOSE HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN:
(Re last goal): “You never expect something like that to happen. I’m glad that our guys were persistent on the puck; it was bouncing around like crazy.  We talked about throwing pucks to the net and good things would happen, we didn’t do it for the first two periods, it took us 40 minutes to figure out that that’s what we needed to do.  We were fortunate with three seconds left to get it.”

(Re Marleau): “Patty [Patrick Marleau] scored a real good one late in the third.  He’s really played well lately, he’s scored big goals for our team.  I thought that even from the beginning of the game I thought he showed up to play, I thought we were missing some players early.  You can’t win at this time of the year with only 12 or 13, the rest only watching or gliding along.”

(Re Kings): “Against a team like that that’s not a bad record.  They’re a very good team, they play a strong game along the boards, they protect the puck well, they’re very good defensively, their goaltending is outstanding, their penalty kill is good.  Sounds like a very challenging team for anyone to play against, not only now but in the playoffs.”

SAN JOSE FORWARD DANY HEATLEY:
(Re game recap): “Certainly when its 3 -2 that’s a great way to get that point.  Throughout the game I thought there were good moments and bad moments, I thought we took probably too many penalties, but we showed a lot of resiliency, not only coming back from the 3-2 but the 2-1 and entering that point; and then the shootout anything can happen. “

(Re Couture): “He’s found a way to score goals and make plays and get things done out there.  He’s scored a lot of big goals and been in on a lot of big plays for us.”

(Re Playoff seeding): “I think an “easy” first round is not going to happen.  We have to face a good quality team.  I think it’s been a fight all year, not only in our division, but throughout the conference.  Whoever you get in the first round is going to be a tough one.”

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:
11:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center

Post Game Quotes Compiled By:  Sophie Pustil, Lindsay Adler and Katie Sutherland