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Post-Game Notes: Avalanche 3, Kings 1

Sunday, 01.22.2012 / 2:31 AM / Press Releases
By Jeremy Zager  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Post-Game Notes: Avalanche 3, Kings 1
KINGS NOTES:
  • Justin Williams extended his point streak to seven games (3-6=9)
  • Anze Kopitar has eight points in the last seven games (4-4=8)
  • Dustin Brown has six points in the last seven games (3-3=6)
  • The Kings have still earned points in 15 of their last 17 games (9-2-6) – 24 of 34 possible points (.706 points percentage)
  • The Kings have still earned points in six of their last seven games (3-1-3) – nine of a possible 14 points (.643 points percentage)
  • Tonight was only the 19th time in 49 games the Kings have allowed more than two goals
  • Through 49 games last season the Kings has 53 points (26-22-1)
KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:
(Re game recap):  “I thought we had one really good line tonight.  I thought Kopi [Anze Kopitar] was really good and Brownie [Dustin Brown] and Willy [Justin Williams].  After that we had some guys really struggle.”
 
(Re letting the game slip away): “It’s 2-1 with three or four minutes left and I don’t think it’s slipping away. It wasn’t so much that point but I thought the first period they physically kicked our ass.”
 
(Re getting guys going): “This was just a one shot at it, right?  We’ve been playing really hard.  Other then the Edmonton game I thought we could have played better and I thought the first period tonight, we weren’t good enough.  Quite honestly I thought that the [Jay] McClement line dominated in the first period tonight which means their bigger guys physically got us.”
 
KINGS FORWARD DUSTIN BROWN:
(Re game recap): “It’s hard to get shots when you don’t have everyone playing the right way. It’s going to take 20 guys; tonight I don’t think we had 20. It’s hard to say [how many guys were playing the right way] right after a game. I’m sure it will be clear on video, but we need more. Tonight we had some good lines, but you need four lines if you want to win games in this league, bottom line.”
 
(Re cycle shifts): “Last game I scored a game in the cycle and tonight Kopi scored a goal. Just commenting on my line, I thought we had a lot of good cycle shifts and some good opportunities throwing the puck in their zone. We got one goal; we could have had a couple more. If you look at our good games over the year, our third and fourth lines are having cycle shifts for an extended period of time and, like I said, it’s hard to comment on whole game.”
 
KINGS FORWARD JUSTIN WILLIAMS:

(Re lack of commitment): “When you play a team like Colorado, they’re a run n’ gun team and if you don’t have everyone working together and wanting the puck and supporting the puck then you’re just going to be in your end all night. I think we were in our end a lot. We made our defensemen go back for the puck way too often tonight. By the time the third period and late second period broke, they’re tired and they’re getting hit. Unfortunately, they wore us down tonight in our own arena which is ultimately very upsetting.”
 
(Re not enough offense): “After the game I said, “Quick, hang on buddy. We’re going to get this.” I know he’s frustrated, obviously, with the late penalties and he’s frustrated that we’re not scoring goals and supporting him. I’m sure he’ll never say that, but we have to do that for him as well—play good defense. We need to get going and that obviously includes our line as well. If there is only one line going that night then they have to score two, they have to score three and we certainly had our chances to do that.”
 
COLORADO HEAD COACH JOE SACCO:
(Re game recap): “I thought we played well tonight. I thought we had a really good first two periods and I like the tempo in our game. I thought our guys competed real hard tonight. We got down a goal and stuck with it and we were able to respond right away there right after they scored. It was nice to see a guy like Cody (McLeod) get rewarded for a lot of hard work that he does. It was a nice play by Elliot on the goal, a nice outlet pass to him. It really was a good effort from all of our guys tonight and that’s a tough team to play against, to come in here and grab a couple points. We’re very pleased.”
 
(Re Giguere’s play): “He was solid tonight. He gave us a chance to win and that’s all we ask of him. Goaltending is important for every team. This league, you look around, you need saves at critical times and at big moments and I thought their first power play he made a big save right away to start the game. He made a couple other great saves but again, I go back to our overall team game tonight. We had some passion tonight and we had some desperation. That’s how you have to play at this time of the year if you really want to be a playoff team. It’s a tight conference, it’s a tough conference, and we’re just trying to get points.”

COLORADO GOALTENDER JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE:
(Re game recap): “It’s a big win for us. Any road win, we’ll take at this point. We’re trying to approach every game as a playoff game right now. We’re trying to catch those guys and I thought we had a terrific game. I was happy that we were playing well. I thought we had a jump. They scored the first goal but we came back right away and that’s part of the job. You have to be ready for any kind of situation and you have to find a way to stay focused. Those guys (in front of me) are playing well, so I got to try to help them out.”
 
(Re Mueller’s return to the lineup): “We’re happy for him. He’s been through a tough battle and none of us can even imagine what it’s like and he’s having fun right now, which I don’t think he’s had fun for the last two years. It’s nice to see that.”
 
(Re success against Kings): “it’s a fun building to come into. There’s always a lot of atmosphere. Obviously they have a good team so you need to be prepared and ready to go. It’s always fun to play against them. Always a lot of action and they’re a skilled team. It’s one of those games where you want to get up and play.”
 
COLORADO FORWARD PETER MUELLER:
(Re recent goals): “It doesn’t matter about the goals. I’m just happy to be back, first and foremost. Playing a tough team, especially LA, at home, it’s a tough challenge. It fell apart a little bit in the third, but that just shows the character of the guys. They bailed me out on that penalty and Giggy (Giguere) stood on his head in the third.”
 
(Re tip-in goal): “Just trying to get the big body in front and cause some havoc. Fortunately I got a little tip on it and it went in.”
 
KINGS PRACTICE SCHEDULE TOMORROW:
11 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center
 
Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Jennifer Nechiporenko, Lindsay Adler and Spencer Votipka