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Post-Game Notes: Wild 4, Kings 2

Friday, 12.09.2011 / 1:38 PM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Post-Game Notes: Wild 4, Kings 2

KINGS NOTES:
  • Dustin Penner has points in three straight (2-1=3)
  • Trent Hunter scored his first goal as a King (100th of his career)
  • The Kings had a season-high 44 shots tonight (18 coming in the third period)
  • The Kings have 83 shots in the last two games (41 of those coming in the third period)
  • The Kings allowed a season-high four goals (third time they’ve done that this season)
  • The Kings out-hit Minnesota 46-22
  • Dustin Brown had 12 hits tonight
  • The Kings have now killed 34 of their last 35 penalties, dating back to Nov. 19 vs. Detroit
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re game recap): “Those [early period goals] are killers. You have a team [Wild] that is a really good defensive team. They’re the number one team in the league. They get a lead, they’re going to protect it; they have in the last games that I’ve watched in Anaheim and San Jose, and it’s a killer. You can’t give up a goal in the first shift like we did, at the start of the period. You work hard, you try to climb out of the hole, you try and turn the tables in the third period with lots of things but sometimes it’s too late and it’s too late tonight.”
 
(Re Kings goals): “Those are the kinds of goals, as far as attitude with pucks to the net and looking for opportunities, but that has to start right away…It’s just an easy play, it’s just a simple D-to-D behind the net play and you’re out of your zone, there was really no pressure. We made the mistake. We put the puck in your teammate’s feet and it ended up going around the boards, they recovered it right back and now we’re scrambling. Those plays are the ones that our haunting us right now, our own mistakes.”
 
(Re post game speech): “It’s an attitude that pushes you up to the next level. Again I’ve said this to the players before. If you line up everybody on a goal line and you race everybody to the far goal line in this league, the difference is very, very little. There might not be a difference with some teams. Minnesota is the number one team in the league right now. They’re a good team with good balance. But they work hard, they’re intense, and their attitude is right. I like our team a lot. We’ve got good people, most every game we bring the right attitude with the right competitiveness but it has to be there for 60 minutes. That’s the start of the game, the start of the second period. That happens in Anaheim…those things are the difference today.”
 
(Re Kopitar hit): “I was worried about that one. That’s a very dangerous play…I’ve seen too many players blow their knees [on a play like that]... I was very concerned about that one…I watch games around the league and it’s a concern that it happens as often as it does. I don’t get it. I don’t get the attitude, the mentality of the players today. The lack of respect and the jeopardy they’re putting their fellow [players] in with that kind of an attitude. It makes no sense to me. That never happened before. In my generation that never happened.
 
KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re game recap): “We are going to have to score some goals, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter how, deflections or rebounds, we need to pick the corner.  Whatever it is, we are going to have to score more goals.”
 
(Re more hits tonight): “Maybe a little frustration but…you have to be a little more physical and try to make something happen.”
 
(Re power play): “It’s frustrating and we know we have to do better. I guess if you don’t shoot the puck you can’t score. We’ve had some good puck movement but none of that matters if we can’t score.”
 
KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): “They got a quick early goal and I turned the puck over on the second one. I just couldn’t make a strong play and then it was in our net and it was 2-0. It’s a tough team to play against when you are down 2-0. I don’t know exactly what happened on the first but I couldn’t make that play on the second. Look at our shot pool: in 40-whatever shots we got two goals. We have to find ways to score goals. I give Hackett credit, he made some pretty big saves.”
 
(Re improvements): “We have to get around the net more. I thought tonight was better than it has been in the past. We have to just get to the net and find ways to get pucks through. We have to be stronger in front of the net, we have a couple guys that are there consistently but we need more guys going. That’s going to help us score goals.
 
MINNESOTA HEAD COACH MIKE YEO:
(Re game recap): “It was nice to have a good start. It was nice not to have to sit here and talk about another attempt or a great job coming from behind and I thought we were sharp right from the get-go. We expected them to have a push. Certainly it was tough losing (Brodziak) tonight and I thought our guys really rose to the challenge.”
 
(Re losing Brodziak): “Obviously it increased a lot of ice time for (Koivu), (Cullen), and for the lines. We started to roll those lines real frequently but also with Cody Almond. I thought not only did he step into that situation and play key minutes for us, but that was a big goal he scored. They had some good momentum going at that time and you could tell that took a lot of life out of them.”

MINNESOTA GOALTENDER MATT HACKETT:
(Re first NHL start after scoreless relief last game): “I can’t even explain it. It’s been crazy. Best 72 hours of my life so far. Like I said, we got to keep it going and I’m just living the dream right now. Just got to jump in there and do the best you can. Today I had time to think about the game, usually I have a pre-game map, but I was so excited I didn’t really get to sleep. I was just focusing on what I was supposed to do and I felt like it went pretty well tonight.”
 

(Re communication during the day): “I turned my phone off. I don’t want to think about that stuff. I just want to play my game and I don’t want to focus on stuff that’s going on outside the rink.”
 
MINNESOTA DEFENSEMAN MARCO SCANDELLA:
(Re goal): “We got the puck, brought it up the ice quick, two guys were driving to the net, so I picked it up and (Heatley) gave me a great pass. Great play by (Heatley) and I tried to get a shot off quick.”
 
(Re instinct on goal): “I knew there was a delayed penalty so as soon as they touched the puck it would have been frozen so I went for it.”