Post-Game Notes: Kings 4, Coyotes 3

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 12:48 PM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer

KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings are 2-0-1 under Darryl Sutter and 4-1-1 in their last six games
  • The Kings have killed 63 of their last 66 penalties (dating back to Nov. 19 vs. Detroit)
  • The Kings have killed 16 straight penalties (dating back to Dec. 17 at Detroit)
  • The Kings are now 9-0-0 when scoring three-plus goals in a game
  • The Kings are 12-2-3 when scoring first
  • The Kings are 8-3-3 vs. Pacific Division teams this season
  • Dustin Brown recorded his fifth game-winning goal this season (He has nine goals total this season)
  • Brown has five points in the last six games (4-1=5)
  • Drew Doughty extended his assist streak to four games, which ties a career high.  Doughty’s career high point streak is five games
  • Anze Kopitar also has assists in four straight games and has nine assists in the last 10 games
  • Rob Scuderi scored his first goal since Feb, 5, 2011 at Calgary (65 games)
  • The Kings are now 16-9-5 with Willie Mitchell in the lineup and 15-8-5 with Mike Richards in the lineup.
  • The Kings are averaging 36.1 shots in their last 10 games
KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(Re game recap):  “It’s nice to see a ‘W’ up there…I want to over-emphasize the importance of producing more offense to win hockey games…We had a good first period. We’ve been trying to talk about that, good first periods. Then I think they [Phoenix] made the push in the second, and we didn’t match it, and then we got it back in the third.”
 
(Re goals by defensemen): “[They were] holding their line. [They had] patience at the blue line instead of being over aggressive and forcing offense. Good play down low. I thought the first period we did a really good job of that down low and going low to high.”
 
KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): “For our team to be successful it’s about work. We didn’t have our best second [period]. We came out and rebounded with a really good third [period], the work ethic was there and we found the back of the net twice. At the end of the day, that team was two points ahead of us and it was a huge two points for us to get at home.”
 
(Re more goals this game): “That’s what it’s going to take. We are going to have to have scoring from the back end. Tonight we had a lot of shots. We had some grade-A scoring chances that didn’t go in the net. I know we probably hit three or four posts. We’ve been getting more shots on goal and keep saying “keep shooting the puck, it will eventually go in” and tonight they started going in. I think if we can continue that mentality, you are going to see us score more goals. Last week we had three 40 shot games and two goals—I don’t think that is going to happen if we can consistently put up 30-35 shots.”
 
KINGS DEFENSEMAN ROB SCUDERI:
(Re game recap): “You always want to come out and play your best hockey in the first [period], by the time that you get to that first TV timeout and really just establish an attitude and a tone to the game. I thought we had a very good first period. Second period wasn’t very good—we picked up towards the end, but at that point we gave a lot of momentum back to Phoenix. But, we finished up well.”
 
PHOENIX HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT:
(Re game recap): “I thought we hung in there. We wanted to make sure we competed hard and give ourselves the best chance of winning. We were hanging around the whole game right to the end. There were a couple of goals that LaBarbera would like to have back, but those are tough to overcome.”
 
(Re McElhinney’s relief effort): “I thought he played very well. He made a couple good saves and then he got lucky on a couple posts so we just took a chance to see if we could change the momentum there. We competed hard tonight and you always want results without a doubt. They had some guys really play well tonight. We have to keep that attitude and try to win a big game at home.”
 
(Re Raffi Torres’ goals): “He made a couple good plays on breakaways to score. With our lineup the way it is we need people to contribute throughout and he gave us a couple good goals tonight.”

PHOENIX FORWARD SHANE DOAN:
(Re game recap): “Everyone has injuries, everyone has people that they are missing. You have to find ways to battle through it and make sure that other guys step up. I thought Raffi Torres was great and O’Sullivan. That line was really good for us. We had guys step up, we just got to find ways to score on the power play. Special teams this year are huge for us and we got to be better at it.”
 
(Re Kings D-men scoring goals): “Their blue line is huge for them. They were getting a lot of shots through to the net and they were shooting a lot of pucks through. Their guys were going to the net hard.”
 
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Jennifer Nechiporenko, Ryan Kantor and Spencer Votipka