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Post-Game Notes: Kings 4, Canucks 1

Sunday, 01.01.2012 / 1:39 PM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer

KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings are now 6-1-2 in their last nine games and 4-0-2 under Darryl Sutter
  • The Kings have points in a season-high seven straight games (5-0-2)
  • The Kings have won three straight at home
  • The Kings have now killed 26 straight penalties – club record is 46 in 2001-02
  • The Kings have killed 73 of their last 76 penalties (96.1 percent)
  • The Kings have allowed 41 goals in the last 19 games (2.16/game)
  • The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 22 of 39 games (15-3-4 in those games)
  • The Kings are now 10-0-0 when scoring three-plus goals in a game
  • The Kings are 13-5-1 when scoring a power-play goal in a game
  • The Kings are now 70-0-4 in their last 74 games when leading after two periods
  • Jonathan Quick has a 2.02 GAA and .933 save percentage in his last 15 games
  • Quick is 5-0-1 in his last six games with a 1.44 GAA and .951 save percentage
  • Justin Williams has seven points in the last eight games (2-5=7)
  • Andrei Loktionov had his second career-multi-point game tonight (first multi-assist game)
  • The Kings are now 6-8-3 all-time on New Years Eve (tonight was only the second home game on New Years Eve – both vs. VAN)
KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(Re game recap):  “We’ve been playing pretty good.  If you get a chance like the Chicago game or the Winnipeg game there are a lot of steps that we’ve tried to make and tonight there was contribution from different guys which was really good.”
 
(Re Kopitar): “He scored a big goal and that makes him feel good again.  He’s been struggling with scoring but he’s getting a lot of shots and that’s what we’ve been trying to re-enforce, keep shooting.  We had two or three of those plays.  Mike Richards had that same type of play.  I thought [Jarret] Stoll’s line had a lot of those opportunities, too, and the kid’s, [Andrei] Loktionov’s line. They’re all good.”
 
KINGS DEFENSEMEN MATT GREENE:
(Re game recap): “We’ve been having success on all four lines. That’s what we did. We got a big goal out of our third line tonight and that’s what it takes sometimes…They score and then we get one right away. That’s a confidence boost knowing that they’re not going to push us back and we’re going to keep going.”

(Re team confidence): “I think it’s still a work in progress but we’ve been having some success over the last little bit with Darryl [Sutter] coming in and this was a good game for us obviously but we’ve got to keep going. We can’t rest on this game.”
 
(Re changes under Sutter): “The mechanics? Not too much. I think it’s just kind of a different attitude right now. We kind of needed a little change and that’s what we got. He’s getting a lot of good play out of a lot of guys right now.”
 
(Re Kopitar): “Maybe you guys have been making a big deal out of it, but he’s been doing everything for us. He hasn’t been scoring but he still logs 27 minutes of ice. He plays well. He does everything. He’s on the ice in every situation. If you ask a guy in here if his play’s dipped at all I don’t think so. It’s just he’s not finding the back of the net and for him to do that, that’s great, but he’s been the best player throughout the whole year.”
 
KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re goal and game recap): “It was big. Always when you go through struggles like that it feels good when you get it off your back. Not better place and time to do it, I guess, than [against] Vancouver. It was a huge win for us and we need those two points and end this year on a good note...I thought overall tonight the second period was good for us and that’s what we have to build on and play like that.”
 
(Re beating Vancouver): “It says we have a lot of character. We can definitely do it. Now it’s just a matter of doing it night in and night out. That’s what Darryl [Sutter]’s pushing for us. We have to recognize it and build on this win and get going.”
 
VANCOUVER HEAD COACH ALAIN VIGNEAULT:
(Re game recap): “I think you have to give LA a lot of credit. Both teams had basically the same schedule here for the last little while, but they seemed to have more jump and more energy and obviously better execution than we had tonight. They deserved to win. We tried to make a push in the second [period]. We had that four-minute power play that could have been a turning point in the game and we didn’t generate much. After that, they pretty much made it 3-1 and it was real tough coming back.”
 
(Re LA coaching change): “Under Terry Murray there was hard-checking and they’ve got some Ds who can jump up on the attacks and Ds that can pinch. They pretty much played the same way tonight as all of our games against them. All of our games against LA have always been hard-fought. They are a very good hockey team. People had said prior to this season that they are one of the best teams in the NHL and they played real well tonight.”

VANCOUVER FORWARD HENRIK SEDIN:
(Re game recap): “We weren’t good enough. We got our chance on the power play but we weren’t sharp enough and didn’t create enough chances to score…They played well but still, I thought we had the chances to maybe get a few more shots to the net and we were passing up opportunities to shoot. That can’t happen against a team like this who doesn’t give up a whole lot of shots.”
 
(Re getting pushed around): “You know what, I’m pretty tired of that question. We won the President’s Trophy last year. We went to the 7th game of the Finals. We didn’t lose the final because we were pushed around; we lost because we couldn’t score. We are as tough as anyone else here. We are taking hits, we are giving out hits, and that’s the bottom line.”
 
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Lindsay Adler, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Ryan Kantor