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Post-Game Notes: Sharks vs. Kings

Tuesday, 04.26.2011 / 2:15 AM / Press Releases
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Post-Game Notes: Sharks vs. Kings
KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings lost three games in overtime in the series.  The last time the Kings lost three overtime games in a playoff series was the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Montreal (Games 2, 3 and 4)
  • Kyle Clifford (3-2=5), Brad Richardson (2-3=5), Jack Johnson  (1-4=5) and Ryan Smyth (2-3=5) all tied for the club lead with five points in the series
  • The Kings were 5-for-24 on the power play in the series (20.8 percent)
  • The Kings were 21-for-23 on the penalty kill in the series (91.3 percent)
  • Rob Scuderi had six blocked shots tonight (18 in the series)
  • Kyle Clifford had seven hits tonight
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap):  “The difference was our own play with managing the puck. That was again here tonight, it goes back to the losses that we had in the series. Three overtime losses, three games at home that are losses. That’s why I called a time out. I called a time out mid-way through the first period because we probably had 15 turnovers to that point.”

(Re second period of the Game 3 affecting them): “That loss, that second period where they scored five goals really had no affect on us emotionally or mentally. We went up back up there and played a really hard game and came away with a win. No, that’s not related.”

(Re five-minute power-play at end of third): “That’s a critical moment in the game right there; we had a chance to put it away. I thought we did with about 17 seconds left in the game, there was celebration going on, people were throwing their arms in the air. I thought it was over. But again, that’s a missed opportunity.”

(Re season recap): “Talking about a critical time, post All-Star game you really get the job done. The guys dug in, the leadership, the players, every player played outstanding, we got ourselves into the playoffs. In fact, we could have finished up as far as… we were talking about winning our division at one time near the end of the year. I look at it as a very good year, a very successful year. We’ve grown a lot, we’ve matured, the culture is really pushing along the right way. Losing in six games to me is disappointing for sure, you’d like to go further, but I think if we’d just managed the puck a little bit better – and that probably comes along again with experience that’s lacking at critical times – we could have pushed that team further. So I’m very pleased with the growth of the individuals and the growth of the team.”

(Re San Jose play): “They had a good first game, they played good there right at the start, but this game overall for me for San Jose was their best game. Their first period was as good as I’d ever seen them play and I bet if they were candid they would say that is the best that [they’re] played all year long.“

KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re what could have been done differently): “I don’t know, it’s hard to really pinpoint something this soon after a season.  It takes time to reflect.  This is not how we wanted it to end obviously.  We’re not in here celebrating at the end of the year, it’s a disappointment I think for everyone in here.  Again, it’s too quickly.”

(Re the OT losses): “We had opportunities in this series.  We had a 4-0 lead at home in Game 3 and two other OT games and were right there.  Like I said, the difference between winning and losing is that small.  They found ways to get goals in OT and we didn’t.  Right now that’s the difference.”

KINGS GOALIE JONATHAN QUICK:
(Re game recap): “It’s disappointing.  At the end of the day you feel like you beat yourself a little bit there I think as a team.  There were a few games in there in the series where I think we could have played better.  I know everyone in the locker room thinks we could have played better.  You dig yourself a little bit of a hole against a team as good as San Jose and its tough to climb out of that.  No matter how hard we fought, Game 5 and tonight, it wasn’t enough at the end.”

KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:
(Re game recap): “I really thought we could win the series, I know all of us in here did.  We’re disappointed we lost but overall this season went alright.  We had our ups and downs and we got to look forward to next year.”

(Re character): “We all want a win here, there’s no doubt.  I don’t think in anyone’s minds that we love playing here, we love playing for the Kings, we love playing hockey and playoff hockey is so much fun.  No one in here wanted to lose today obviously, and we fully believe we could have won it that’s why we’re so disappointed.”

SAN JOSE HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN:
(Re game recap): “We weren’t pleased with the result in Game 5, we weren’t happy with the start in Game 5, but once we made the change and got going, we liked a lot of the things we did. I thought our start tonight was exactly what we needed. We needed that for the goaltender so that he could feel comfortable. We needed that for the back end so they felt comfortable breaking out pucks.”

“LA played extremely hard, they were very well prepared, and their staff did a very good job of preparing their team to play against us. We don’t do anything easy. There is some resiliency in the locker room; the leadership showed through when it had to, the belief in the goaltenders we had was very important. We learned a lot about each other and this is just a small part of what we hope is a long journey.”

SAN JOSE FORWARD JOE THORNTON:
(Re game recap): “The puck kind of popped out and I was just in front of the net and grabbed it and put it in the open net. It was a pretty good play whoever shot the puck. I was just in the right place at the right time.”

“We said just get in front of the net and good things will happen. You’ve seen it the whole series, weird things happen in front of the net. The puck just spit out nice and I just gobbled it up.”

“It’s a good feeling to win. It’s nice that we don’t have to play Wednesday and we can rest and hopefully have a day off. We still have a lot to do and it was a tough series for us.”

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Sophie Pustil, Whitney Klein and Lindsay Adler