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News, Notes and Quotes - Game 3

Friday, 05.09.2014 / 10:43 AM / Los Angeles Kings | News
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News, Notes and Quotes - Game 3
A look at Game 3, which took place at STAPLES Center on Thursday night

KINGS HEAD COACH DARRYL SUTTER:

(Re home ice not coming into play): “It is not that it does not come into play, tonight was a pretty well-played game. We could have won tonight, we could have won last game.”

(Re team play): “I thought we played really well, I’m sure they are going to say that too. The difference in the game was a turnover when it was 1-1, and you have a penalty kill.”

(Re Selanne goal): “It was a turnover with about seven seconds left in a power play, so it is not a penalty kill, you just have to make a better play.”

KINGS FORWARD JEFF CARTER:

(Re game recap): “We made some turnovers that cost us. We were pretty sloppy in the neutral zone and turned pucks over and getting rushes the other way, that’s something we didn’t do the first two games, so we have to clean that up. We have to be hard on pucks, make strong plays and get pucks deep.”

“It’s not what we wanted to do, we want to go out and play with the lead every time we go out there. We gave up a power-play goal to start, which seemed like it was a pretty good play by them. They were passing it around pretty good, but the last two goals, they were turn overs that ended up in our net, we have to clean that up.”

KINGS FORWARD MIKE RICHARDS:

(Re game recap):” The Ducks played harder than us tonight, they executed better. They were a desperate team and they showed up. We know what it’s like to be in that position, and if the other team is more desperate than we are, they are probably going to have more success.”

“It’s difficult to battle from behind, they got the early power-play goal and it seemed like we were trying to play catch up. We probably didn’t execute on many of our passes especially in the second period there, and give them credit they played good defensively and kept us to the outside and we didn’t get too many quality chances.”

“It wasn’t our best effort, or our best performance anyway, we were loose on some of our passes and just weren’t moving the puck crisp enough and they capitalized on the two power play goals I think, and a little bit of a breakdown in third. It’s 1-1 game, we have to learn from it and get better and match their desperation next game.

ANAHEIM HEAD COACH BRUCE BOUDREAU:

(Re game recap): “The adversity is that we’re playing a team that every game is like this. It’s no surprise to me now that we’ve played them nine times this year and every game has been the same way, so I just expect them all to be like that. I thought we played better in Anaheim and I’m sure they had more scoring chances tonight than they did in Anaheim.”

(Re injuries): “As far as injuries, both guys are day to day. It’s a lower body injury and I don’t want to talk about that anymore.”

(Re home ice advantage): “So far that hasn’t meant anything, I hope it continues for at least one more game. I can’t explain it. They’re two good teams and if you look at their road records during the course of the season, it didn’t really matter. When they play good, they play good. It’s just two good road teams, that’s the best explanation.”

(Re Frederik Andersen): “He was playing well and he’s a guy that you can tell if he’s playing well early, the glove hand seems a lot sharper and he’s a lot more concerned and he’s good with it. So I thought he played good.”

ANAHEIM FORWARD COREY PERRY:

(Re team poise): “It’s about our gap on their forwards and limiting our turnovers. We’re a tough team to play against. When that puck gets over the blue line we’re going in, banging bodies and taking the puck to the net. A lot of guys played in different roles. If we can continue to do that we’re going to be successful. It’s just a matter of taking it game by game right now.”

ANAHEIM FORWARD RYAN GETZLAF:

(Re strategy tonight): “Our game is about moving the puck up quick and getting it in their zone. I thought our guys did a great job at that and forcing their defensemen to go back every time.”

(Re Quick): “He’s a great goaltender. He comes out and challenges a lot so sometimes we can use that and sometimes we can’t. He keeps them in every hockey game and they have a lot of faith in him.”

(Re strategy heading into Game 4): “We just enjoy this one tonight and then get ready tomorrow and restart again. It’s a matter of recovering and being ready to go with that same effort.”

ANAHEIM GOALTENDER JONAS HILLER:

(Re playing): “It can’t get much worse than sitting on the bench for 50 minutes and then suddenly being put in there in a 2-1 game. You have to focus and just stop pucks. I was happy it worked out and we were able to get the win.”

KINGS NOTES:

Anze Kopitar now has points in all 10 playoff games (4-11=15)

• The last King to have points in 10 straight playoff games (in one year) was Wayne Gretzky (franchise record 12-game streak in 1993: 9-16=25)

Marian Gaborik now has 10 points in the last eight games (6-4=10)

Jeff Carter has points in seven of 10 playoff games (3-5=8)

Tanner Pearson has five points in the last six games (1-4=5)

• Four Kings had at least five hits tonight (Clifford: 5, Lewis: 5, Brown: 7, Stoll 5)

Alec Martinez had five blocked shots tonight

• The Kings have out-scored their opponents 26-11 during the last seven games (6-1 in that span)

• The Kings are 8-for-28 on the power play the last eight games (28.6 percent)