Keaton Ellerby on his recent penalty streak

After the Kings 6-2 win over the visiting Calgary Flames, defenseman Keaton Ellerby shared the following thoughts…

– On the number of penalties he’s taken recently (three in two games): “Tonight it was just, we’re killing a penalty, I’m just trying to battle and kill a penalty off. I may have…I didn’t think it was worth a call, he went down pretty easy,. But, I just have to keep fighting through it, keep battling. Calls are going to be made, but I just have to stay positive and know that’s my game. I have to play hard, and I have to play physical. Even the coaching staff said, ‘Don’t change a thing.’ That’s just a hockey play. I’m trying to kill a penalty off and playing hard. It is a little frustrating, but I just have to keep going, stay positive.”

– On being concerned that he might have been a healthy scratch on Saturday: “No, I don’t think so. No, I talked to the coaching staff yesterday. Marty and I had a good meeting with them. Guys have, I don’t want to say off nights, but sometimes bounces don’t go your way. That’s what makes you a professional athlete I think – the ability to get over adversity and push through, and just come back and have a game like we had tonight. I just have to keep going, staying positive, keep working with the coaching staff, and just keep building my game.”

– On the chippy play at the end of Saturday’s game carrying over to Monday: “Oh, for sure. It’s like a playoff atmosphere series almost, a mini playoff series. So you know they’re going to come out with a lot of fire and revenge on their minds. They’re going to want two points on Monday, but we have to come out and work even harder. So we just have to get our rest tonight, tomorrow, and come out and have the same effort we did for the second and third period tonight.”

– On the communication with Martinez: “It’s good, he’s a solid player. You know what you’re going to get from him every night. He can chip in offensively. He’s a good solid D-zone guy. I think he’s a good all-around player, and I think we’ve been pretty good other than the other night was a little bit off. But I think we bounced back, and I think we enjoy playing with each other.”

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  1. “Went down pretty easy…”??? That was a needless cross check that Ellerby threw. What was he thinking? That play gets called every time…its automatic.

    Certainly Stoll got a bad call which lead to the 5-3 but the point is that is a direct result of the sequence which Ellerby set in motion. Its stunning. The 3rd time in two games, each costing a goal.

    Quick (and Bernier) is being victimized by Ellerby who set the Kings up for the loss to Dallas and almost did the same last night.