Kings lead, but lose to Stars – still ‘love each other’ though

The LA Kings spotted the Dallas Stars a two goal lead in the first period, trailed 3-2 after forty minutes, then managed to lose a 4-3 lead with less than six minutes in regulation. In the end, it was home ice loss via a shootout.

After the game, here’s what a few of the players had to say…

Captain Dustin Brown on the overall game – “We didn’t get off to a good start. Came back, found a way to get a point. We had an opportunity to get two. The shootout is what it is. Like I said, Our PK was great and they found a way to get a fluke one. It takes overtime and a shootout.”

Brown on the penalty calls – “Richie [Mike Richards] stepped up for Kopi and did his job. That rule [the penalty for visors] is right in the rule book. There’s no arguing on that one. There’s no arguing that or the instigator. I didn’t see it, but I’m assuming he went right after him and got the two for instigating and then the other one is automatic. We did a great job of killing it, and then it ended up in our own net. The PK was great tonight, and they ended up with a fluky goal.”

Brown on battling back from being down two goals – “We didn’t get off to a good start. We came back and found a way to get a point. We had an opportunity to get two. The shootout is what it is. Our PK was great, and they found a way to get a fluky one. That takes it to overtime and the shootout.”

Justin Williams on the overall game – “It’s obviously so tight and we’re extremely disappointed we gave up the point. I think we had a good enough first period to warrant the win, but we gave up a lead. Our power play got going a little bit. There were some positives out of it but in the end we gave a point to a divisional opponent we’re fighting with.”

Williams on the misconduct penalty assigned to Mike Richards – “We’re a very tight team. Everybody loves each other…Everybody is going to stick up for each other and that was really good on his part. It’s a shame we didn’t kill it off for him.”

Coach Darryl Sutter tried to downplay any injury to Anze Kopitar, saying he thinks he’ll be fine and he ‘just had a bloody nose.’  For more post-game quotes from Sutter, click the twitter link below.

We’ll have comments from Matt Greene up in the morning.

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