Simon Gagne on LA’s loss to Montreal – ‘We kind of shut down’

With the injury to Mike Richards, Kings coach Terry Murray was forced to mix up his lines. Simon Gagne found himself on the top line, reunited with Anze Kopitar.

On Saturday afternoon, Gagne had four shots on goal in over 21 minutes of total ice time.

After LA lost 2-1 to the Habs, here’s what he had to say…

On the overall game – “Today was a tight game and you are hoping that you find a way to score and you just shoot the puck at the net. I thought we had a good first 20 minutes. We had a lot of pucks on net, a lot of shots. After that, the second period I thought was not very good from our side; we took a lot of penalties and gave them a chance to go on the power play. From that point on we found ourselves down 2-0. We got a goal late in the second and after that, in the third, we kind of shut down. They played really well defensively and for us we were okay the last 20 [minutes] but it was not enough to win or tie the game.”

On playing with Kopitar and Dustin Brown – “It was our first time together–me, Kopi [Anze Kopitar], and Brownie [Dustin Brown]. I know Brownie likes to go to the net so you try to create some chances and you try to go out there and get some pucks at the net and make some plays. I thought we had a couple good looks but you have to do it for 60 minutes.”

Coach Terry Murray agreed with part of Gagne’s assessment, adding this during his post game presser – “I thought we backed off in the second period. I didn’t think the intensity was quite the same as what it was in the first period. Then you get into the third [period] and it’s a 2-1 game. You’re trying to get things turned around but end up with six or seven shots in the period only. We left it too late and on top of that you take a bad penalty. When you’re on a power play in the third it’s a formula for losing games.”

More post game quotes: comments from coach Murray on Dustin Penner are up now (link)…and Jarret Stoll talks about the missed penalty late in the third period here.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

Berube Kings mask 2013

Details on new contract for Kings goaltender JF Berube

Fresh on the heels of new contracts for a pair of key prospects yesterday, defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Andy Andreoff (full details here), the Kings have now inked goaltender J.F. Berube to a two-year deal. It’s a nice birthday present for the native of Repentigny, Quebec, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday a few [...]

Andreoff Kings Top Prospects 2013 MayorsManor

Details on new contracts for Andreoff and McNabb

Two names that most Kings fans probably aren’t that familiar with yet – but will be shortly – inked new deals with the club today. If you’ve been following along closely over the last six months, you’ll easily recall that MayorsManor has reported on numerous occasions that one of GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities in [...]

Doughty Drew Kings

Adding Weight to the Doughty vs. Stamkos Debate

How to properly select players at the NHL Draft can easily become an endless debate. Should a team draft by position? Draft the best available player? Is size important? Dozens of other questions can enter the discussion, many without clear answers. At least one thing is clear though, evaluating a team’s success or failure at [...]

Recent Videos

Slash

VIDEO: Slash performs National Anthem for Game 3

No Pia Toscano? No problem. Legendary guitarist Slash - of Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Slash's Snakepit - performed the National Anthem at Staples Center prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final between … [Read More...]

Watch Other Recent Videos