On Thursday night the Kings lost to the visiting Dallas Stars by a final score of 5-2. It was also the first regulation loss for the Kings at home since Opening Day January 19 vs. Chicago, leaving their home record at 7-2-1 now at Staples Center.
Here are various comments from the Kings locker room following the game…
– Colin Fraser on the overall game: “It was kind of one of those weird ones. You know, you let them hang around. We played okay, but kind of up and down. We had spurts of good and spurts of bad. You let a team like that hang around, and then they kind of took over in the third.”
– Fraser on if the Stars surprised them given all their new faces: “Yeah, they have a lot of new faces. They play hard. Obviously I think they’ve had that identity, but they’ve got a lot of skill guys too. You know, you’ve got guys like Jagr, and Benn, and Eriksson. You give them too much time…Not only on the power play, but 5-on-5 they seemed to have the puck a lot. And they took it to us a little too much I guess.”
– Fraser on the defensive breakdowns: “I don’t know. You’ve got to watch the video I guess to nit-pick, and get exactly what was going on. But we give up two PP goals to keep them in the game. And then come out a little flat in the third. And then…I mean with the Jagr goal they got a pretty friendly bounce. But with that being said, we gotta be better. Bottom line.”
Jonathan Quick on the overall game: “It’s just another game. It’s no different whether you’re on the road or at home. Same thing. Gotta win a hockey game, we didn’t do it today.”
Quick on breakdowns in the third: “They scored more than us. We were able to score man the other team last game in the third period. And they were able to do it tonight. So that’s why they won.”
Quick on the reason Dallas scored more: “I didn’t stop them. And usually when you don’t stop the pucks, they go in the net.”
Dustin Brown on where the breakdowns in the third period occurred: “I know the fourth one was a faceoff goal, so I’m not really sure what happened there. It’s probably the one time in the hockey game where you have a set play. We must have lost coverage. I’m not sure. I haven’t seen [the replay]. Both goals were just kind of a guy gets in behind our coverage. It’s a five man, six-man awareness to where everyone is. We made some errors and they capitalized.”
– Brown on whether this was a faster Dallas Stars team than in previous years: “They definitely had a different look to them. [They had] a lot of new guys in their lineup with a lot of energy. It was a divisional game and they found a way to win.”
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Jason Kahn says
Ellerby got beat clean on one of the goals I cant remember which, the 3rd or 4th. He was out of position and got beat clean to the net. I would have Drewiske in there ahead of him.