Kings after deadline: What they said and lots of numbers
Some quotes and notes from the Kings' 3-1 victory over Dallas on Thursday at Staples Center, provided as always by the efficient Jeremy Zager and his energetic staff:
Kings Coach Terry Murray:
About the game: "It was intense. [The] second and third period got revved up pretty good. Early part of the year it is, it was an intense battle. You got two division teams, and that always adds a little bit to it."
"When you're going to compete, you're going to battle. You're going to make hits and get hit, and I thought we played pretty hard. They're a tough team and that kind of stuff isn't going to go away."
About the disallowed goal in the second period: "I had no problem that the goal was disallowed. You just got to regroup and go out and play."
Kings defenseman Matt Greene:
About the game: "These are big points, and it's going to keep going that way. We are playing a lot of teams that are really battling for points, especially in the division here. ... I think it's going to be rough all year when you’re in meaningful games and teams are here to play, and that's fine. We play good when it's a physical game. We have some big bodies in this game. and that's what makes it fun; if you're giving hits and taking hits, it gets you in the game right away and makes it interesting right away."
Kings captain Dustin Brown:
On the game: "It's intense out there, a divisional game, 1-1; the second half of that game was pretty physical. ... There's tight games, and everyone is fighting for points. It's early in the season, but there’s a big cluster there, a bunch of teams trying to get points. These points are just as valuable as the points at the end of the year."
About the Kings' standing in the NHL: "No team is coming in here not expecting to have a hard game. They're coming in here with their best because they know we've been good, especially in the standings. We're not going to catch anyone by surprise this year."
Dallas Coach Marc Crawford:
On the game: "Well, it's an emotional game, and your players have to play with edge and usually they [the referees] let them play. We got on the wrong side of a couple of calls tonight, and that's going to happen. Hopefully sometime down the line it evens out."
On his team's scoring opportunities in the third period: "I thought we did a lot of pretty good things to generate; we had a couple of chances. We had that great chance by Loui [Eriksson], and he missed it. Usually that's money in the bank with the puck on his stick in that situation, but he put it over the net and we didn't get it done."
Dallas forward Adam Burish:
On the physical play: "These are two good teams. I mean it was a fun hockey game to play in. This game will make us better down the road, I'm confident of that. It almost had a playoff kind of feel to it, just the excitement in the building, and the energy. You put two good teams in a 1-1 battle ... you're going to get a little nasty. You're going to get a little edgy in games."
Dallas forward Brad Richards:
On his team's low-scoring efforts in the last two games: "Well these guys [the Kings] play it that way. It's going to be tight. You have to be patient. The power play is going to have to get some chances, which we didn't until the end. It didn't do the job for us to get some momentum. [They have a] good goaltender. You have to work for what you get. Special teams in the end, they scored the second goal on the power play and ended up winning it. So we knew it was going to be a tight game. We're not expecting to come in here and score five goals. If we did, it would be great, but we got to start winning some 2-1 games."
-- The 22 points after 14 games is tied for the club record (1974-75 club was 9-1-4=22 points).
-- The Kings are 7-0-0 at home, tying a club record for longest home winning streak to start a season (with the 1975-76 and 1980-81 clubs). The longest overall home winning streak in club history is 12 (Oct. 10 to Dec. 5, 1992).
-- The Kings have won five straight games overall and seven of their last eight.
-- The Kings and Stars combined for 91 penalty minutes Thursday night (L.A.: 42, Dallas: 49).
-- The Kings have killed 17 straight penalties, dating back to Oct. 28 at Dallas.
-- The Kings are the only NHL team not to have allowed a power-play goal at home.
-- The Kings have outscored their opponents in the third period this season, 16-8.
-- Quick (9-1-0) has stopped 270 of 286 shots in his 10 games (.944 save percentage). Quick has tied Robb Stauber for the most wins after 10 decisions (Stauber was 9-0-1 in 1992-93).
-- Justin Williams earned his third game-winning goal of the season. He extended his point streak to eight games (5-5=10). His career-high point streak is nine games (Nov. 15 – Dec. 2, 2005).
-- Anze Kopitar, with two assists Thursday, has 13 points in the last 13 games (4-9=13).
-- Jack Johnson (1-1=2 Thursday) has 10 points in the last eight games (1-9=10).
-- Murray earned his 451st career regular season win, tied with Brian Sutter for 19th all-time. He's 92-67-20 in 178 games with the Kings. The fastest Kings coach to reach 100 wins is Tom Webster (211 games).
-- The Kings will practice at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
-- Helene Elliott