Post-Game Notes: Kings 1, Coyotes 0

Friday, 01.06.2012 / 1:26 AM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Post-Game Notes: Kings 1, Coyotes 0

KINGS NOTES:
  • Drew Doughty netted his 10th career game-winning goal and second career overtime goal
  • Doughty is now tied with Lubomir Visnovsky for third all-time in franchise history in game-winning goals by a defenseman
  • Jonathan Quick earned his league-leading sixth shutout – tying a career high (he had six shutouts last season as well)
  • It was Quick’s 20th career shutout and third vs. Phoenix
  • Quick is 6-0-2 in his last eight games with a 1.20 GAA and .956 save percentage
  • The Kings are now 6-0-1 in their last seven games vs. Phoenix (since Jan. 22, 2011)
  • The Kings have earned points in 10 of their last 11 games (7-1-3) and are 5-0-3 under Darryl Sutter
  • The Kings extended their season-long point streak to nine games (6-0-3) – club record is 11 games (done twice)
  • The Kings are 4-0-1 in their last five home games
  • The Kings are 9-3-3 vs. Pacific Division teams this season
  • Teams combined for only four penalty minutes (two on each side) – That’s a season low for Kings and for Kings + opponent
  • The Kings have now killed 28 straight penalties – club record is 46 – and 75 of their last 78
  • The Kings have allowed three goals in the last five games
  • The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 24 of 41 games this season (16-3-5 in those games)
  • Through 41 games last year the Kings also had 47 points (23-17-1)

KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(Re goal):  “One inch goal.  It’s good.  In 30 years he’ll [Drew Doughty] say he went in and deked him out, and went under him.  We made some great plays in the third period.  Brownie [Dustin Brown] made two great plays from both wings; one where he cut in and one where he made the play over to [Anze] Kopitar.  Those are prime chances and thankfully we were rewarded.”
 
(Re stats): “The real math is that tonight was game 41 and that means halfway.  You can sort of see what the numbers would be to be a playoff team based on if that holds true.  Whoever is in eighth tonight, whatever that is and what the next number is going to be, so it has to be your goal.  That’s how close it is and it’ll be like that at the end.  That’s how close it is.  Three or four wins and three or four points.”
 
KINGS DEFENSEMAN DREW DOUGHTY:
(Re long time without scoring): “I don’t know, I guess it is a little surprising. Most of all, for me, it’s just frustrating. I know that they come in bunches and now that I got this one and finally got the monkey off my back I think a lot more will come in these next few games.”
 
(Re game-winning goal): “It was huge. Obviously, I haven’t been scoring a lot this year and I finally contributed on the score sheet with a goal for the team and most importantly get the win. I was real happy. Greener changed for me there; I just wanted to get into the play. I saw that we had control of the puck so I raced up to the blue line. Me and Stolly [Jarret Stoll] made eye contact and made a nice pass. Then I just tried to drive the net and sometimes you just have to score those dirty goals like that.”
 
KINGS GOALIE JONATHAN QUICK:
(Re Doughty’s lack of scoring before tonight): “To be honest, I didn’t even realize that he has gone some time without scoring. As a D man, you aren’t going to score too many goals. The top defensemen aren’t scoring too many goals. He has been great in the D zone; that is all I am worried about as far as the goaltending perspective goes. The goals will come; he is talented enough. That is nothing that we are worried about at all.”
 
(Re importance of win tonight): “I think they [Phoenix] were three points behind us coming into tonight. Obviously it is a huge division rival. This marks maybe the halfway point of the year too, so we wanted to finish that strong and get two points.”
 
(Re big saves): “That’s great in all. We got two points tonight, it’s huge and that is what we are really looking at. It doesn’t matter how we do it, as long as we are getting two points and we continue to climb the standings. That’s what we are trying to do here.”

PHOENIX HEAD COACH DAVE TIPPETT:
(Re Kings’ OT goal): “It should be no goal. It’s not a matter of fact that the puck went in the net. The puck did go in the net, but it should be goalie interference. If they don’t give the goal to Johnson then it’’s goalie interference. If he comes in and puts his leg in front of Mike Smith’s leg so (Smith) can’t make a stop that is goalie interference. It’s as simple as that. It’s a poor call. It’s a blown call that should be no goal.”
 
(Re game recap): “We had lots of guys compete awfully hard. We knew that’s the kind of game we have to play. It’s an intense game. We have got to do a lot of little things right. With our lineup the way it is right now we have to have everybody compete as hard as they can and we got to find ways to win. I think we got a bad break.”
 
(Re Smith’s play): “Excellent. That’s what we need. We need our goaltender to be a very good player for us every night. He played a heck of a game.”

PHOENIX FORWARD SHANE DOAN:
(Re game recap): “Obviously we need to create some more opportunities and find some ways to get some in. (Smith) played unbelievable for us and we just got to find ways to score.”
 
(Re Kings’ OT goal): “The refs who made the calls was more watching the net come up off the moorings and not paying attention to what’s in the crease. Honestly with the way their guy drives to the crease and stops Smitty (Mike Smith) from going across the net, that’s a no-brainer, you assume, but apparently there’s more concern with watching the net than watching our goalie.”

KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:

11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Spencer Votipka, Jennifer Nechiporenko and Lindsay Adler