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Post-Game Notes: Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0

Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 7:26 PM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Post-Game Notes: Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0

KINGS NOTES:
  • The Kings have points in 10 of their last 12 games (7-2-3)
  • The Kings are 5-1-3 under Darryl Sutter
  • The Kings season-long point streak was snapped at nine games (6-0-3)
  • The Kings have now killed 34 straight penalties – club record is 46 in 2001-02
  • The Kings have killed 81 of their last 84 penalties (96.4 percent)
  • The Kings have allowed 43 goals in the last 22 games (1.95 per game)
  • The Kings have allowed four goals in the last six games (0.67 per game)
  • The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 25 of 42 games (16-4-5 in those games)
  • Jonathan Quick is 6-1-3 in his last nine games with a 1.18 GAA and .955 save percentage
  • Dustin Brown now has 77 hits in the last 14 games (5.5 per game)
KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(Re power play): “They just got to keep banging away. It isn’t about being fancy. Just keep trying to score goals. I think we could still do better with shots from the point, especially (Jack) Johnson. Or (Anze) Kopitar can curl and shoot more.”
 
(Re goaltending): “He didn’t have much work tonight. Sometimes that’s your hardest night. They probably had five or six chances. The one they did score on, they didn’t have a chance on. The key is continue that and get some goals out of the big boys.”
 
(Re Coloumbus’ defense): “I think we played in their zone pretty much the whole third period. They played well the other night in San Jose too.”
 
KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re power plays): “We have to find a way to score goals. That has kind of been the problem for us all year. The answer wouldn’t be talking about it; we have to figure out a way to get a goal. You can look at that last power play—we had a four-minute power play to start the period and other opportunities. Our PK has been doing a good job and our 5-on-5. If we score a goal in the power play, it’s a different game.”
 
(Re new strategies for the PP): “We are working on it but it doesn’t really make a difference. We have to find ways to score goals. He [Sanford] made some pretty good saves on the power play, but bottom line is you just have to find a way to score goals on power plays.”
 
KINGS FORWARD ANZE KOPITAR:
(Re Darryl Sutter): “At some point he is not going to be all positive, as we all know. It is what it is. He’s definitely come in and made us better players and a better team. Now we have to respond and start putting some wins together again.”
 
(Re Jonathan Quick): “We don’t talk about him enough. He has given us chances every single game and that’s all you could ask for from your goaltender. At home, if he gives up one we should be able to win the game and obviously score more than one goal, especially at home. It shouldn’t be a problem, but it is a problem right now so we have to fix it.”
 
COLUMBUS HEAD COACH SCOTT ARNIEL:
(Re game recap): “I think certainly Curtis [Sanford] was certainly the big story there. He played outstanding, made the big saves. But I have got to give a lot of credit to our team. We blocked a lot of shots. Penalty kill did an outstanding job. They [the Kings] did get shots but we really took away any of the backdoor, tap-in type of things. If there were rebounds we cleared them out of there.  Our shot blocking [today] was one of the best I’ve seen it this year.
 
(Re 3rd Period penalty kill): “It was such a big lift after the kill. It really gave us a boost…The guys were really doing a great job pushing each other after that kill…You could tell guys were really getting into the game.

COLUMBUS FORWARD RJ UMBERGER:
(Re game recap): “It was great [today] to get that close win. The penalty kill stepped up in the third and it’s nice to come on the other end of one of these close games.
 
(Re penalties): “It was a little sloppy. I don’t know if it had something to do with the 1 o’clock start. Both teams were in the box quite a lot. Our special teams did a good job today and the penalty kill has been working hard lately and we finally had a game where we won one for our team.”
 
(Re road trip): “Keep working here. Keep trying to build something. We have a chance on this road trip to come away with a winning record still so we want go into Anaheim, a team that’s been struggling too, and we have a chance to catch them in the standings so let’s do that.
 
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Jennifer Nechiporenko, Spencer Votipka and Ryan Kantor