Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Nick Bonino On tonight’s game You want to put teams behind you. Our division has five teams in the top-nine in the West. It’s a tough division to get out of. It’s a fun division to play in because of that. But games like these, tight games, we need to close out if we have a lead in the third, or if we have chances to win in a shootout. Jonas Hiller On Dwight King’s shootout goal It’s tough to lose that way. I don’t know if he missed a shot a little bit, but it kind of caught me right between the pad and my glove. It’s a tough one. Bruce Boudreau On the play of Hiller He was tremendous. He was the reason we got a point tonight. When you have the opportunity on your stick whether you deserve to win the game or not, you’ve got to put it away. That killer instinct has been eluding us for a little bit now. We’ve got to find it somewhere.
Dwight King On his shootout goal Basically, a lot of guys shot glove, some guys hit iron. My look when I was going down was to try to surprise him with a quick shot. On picking up shootout win It was great. Obviously these guys are close to home and there’s a little bit of a rivalry there so it’s nice to come away with two points.
Martin Jones On the shootout "I’ve been in that situation before. Obviously the shooters are a little bit of a higher level, but I just wanted to stick with what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been working on…and I was able to make a couple of saves there." On playing his 1st NHL game "It was a great experience and something I've dreamt about for a long time. It was everything it was cracked up to be." On win in his NHL debut "It was awesome. The first 25 minutes or so of the game I barely had any shots, so they [defense] did a great job. Then in overtime, killing penalties and blocking shots, they did a great job." When did you find out you were playing against Anaheim? Last night after the game (against St. Louis. I was probably more nervous last night than today. Once you start to go through your routine, everything is pretty much the same.
Sutter On his decision to start Martin Jones.. "Why Not. On the struggling powerplay..... "It was awesome tonight. It gave us momentum. We just didn't score." On the 51 shots on goal.... "Ultimately it didn't matter because the game went to a shootout."
Monday, December 2, 2013
ST. LOUIS HEAD COACH KEN HITCHCOCK: (Prevent this from becoming a trend): “Well I think the trend is we had slow starts. Both games outplayed significantly in the first period, out competed, not ready for the tempo. So that is our responsibilities as players and coaches, we have to get ready for the tempo of the game. I thought, again, that we revved it up half way through the hockey game. We can’t play like that. The scores is 3-0, I don’t think you can judge the game by its 3-0 score, who knows how much they let their foot off the accelerator. To me, it’s ready at the start, ready to compete at the start, ready to fight for space. They took it to us.” (Seemed out of sync ): “Yeah they force you. They’re a physical, hard checking team. We’ve got to have a better reaction than we did. We got to regroup when we get home, and get ready to go again.” BLUES FORWARD DAVID BACKES: (Re getting down early): “We showed character in the third by pushing back a little bit but at some point we need to learn our lesson that if you give good teams leads it’s a heck of an uphill climb to try and get back in the game and try to get a lead again.” (Re tough road trip): “I think it’s a mindset in general, whether you’re at home or on the road, we have to bring our best game and lets build that lead like we have done in a few instances and see if the other team can climb out of a hole rather than the opposite happening like we have done in the past few games.” BLUES DEFENSEMAN KEVIN SHATTENKIRK: (Re getting back in the game): “We really have to look in the mirror and teams go up 3-0 or 4-0 on us and it’s easy for them to kind of take a step back and we’re a good enough team that we can get back in games but when you play two teams like this they wake up eventually and it’s too hard to get back in the swing of things.”
KINGS GOALTENDER BEN SCRIVENS: (Re game recap): “I think we tried to approach it with a bit more focus. Just attention to detail. We know they’ve got an extremely potent power play. I think they’re second in the league in offensive production and they don’t give much up either. So we knew we had our work cut out for us. It was just a matter of focusing on what we had to do and executing our game plan.” (Re preparing for ANA tomorrow) ‘We’ve got to get home, fuel up, eat right and get a good night sleep. Same mental process and everything that we did today. We’ll try and replicate that tomorrow. That’s the challenge of playing in this league. You’re going to have back to backs against tough teams so that’s a good challenge and measuring stick for us.” KINGS DEFENSEMAN JAKE MUZZIN: (Re defending home ice): “Home ice is important. We’ve got to create a better identity for ourselves at home, play a little stronger, win more games at home and make it a tough building for teams to come in and play. Tonight was a good test for us and we answered.” (Rivalry with ANA) “I mean they’re a rival but personally I don’t look at it as a rivalry. We want to win every game and play hard every game. We’ve got to continue winning games to stay in the playoff hunt and get home ice advantage. Tomorrow is a big test.”
KINGS 52 hits vs St. Louis is an NHL League high this season Kings have won 9 straight vs STL at home (4 Regular season and 5 Playoffs) The Kings are now 8-1-4 in the last 13 games (.769 points pct) · The Kings have out-scored their opponents 30-18 during that span. · The Kings have allowed two goals or less in 13 straight games – club record · The Kings have now killed 11 straight penalties (since Nov. 27), 37 of the last 39 (since Nov. 14) and 44 of the last 47 (since Nov. 7) · The Kings haven’t allowed a first period goal in the last seven home games · Mike Richards had two assists tonight. The Kings are now 52-11-12 all-time when he records a point (regular season) · Tyler Toffoli had his second career two-goal game (other was Nov. 9 vs. Vancouver) · Toffoli leads the club with four game-winning goals (he has six goals on the season) · The Kings 17-7-4 record (38 points) after 28 games is the fourth best record in club history (most points after 28 games is 41 in 1980-81: 20-7-1) · The Kings are now 15-3-0 vs. St. Louis since Oct. 18, 2011 (includes playoffs)