Kings after deadline: Notes and quotes from the Kings' 4-3 victory over Nashville
“The effort was really good. You are playing a game last night in San Jose, a hard game, and you’ve got a team that’s sitting here fresh watching the game on television and I thought we came out and played a real good first period. I liked the energy, I liked the compete, the tempo and the attitude that we started the game with, and it had a little ebb and flow, I thought, but at the end of the day the compete was very good.”
On Simon Gagne and Mike Richards, who each scored a goal: “If you want to put them on a scale of 1 through 5, I’d give them a 4. They’ve made an adjustment in their life to come to the West Coast and be an L.A. King. That always takes time to get settled with family and kids, and you’ve got other things going on in your life. They are real pros in that they come to the rink every day and they are in their own little sanctuary and come and be good teammates and learning to be members of the team and the style, the culture that we are putting together here. So, that part there gets a 5 in my opinion and their play is a 4. They put points up on the board and they’ve been great pros to help us keep moving through it.”
On the extent of Scott Parse's lower-body injury, which the winger suffered in the first period: "A little more than day-to-day.”
Jarrett Stoll's two assists gave him 300 career points....The last time the Kings scored more than two goals was Oct. 27 at Dallas (their last win before Tuesday)....The Kings have won five of the last six meetings with Nashville.
The announced attendance Tuesday at Staples Center was 17,963, ending a 23-game regular-season sellout streak for the Kings (Jan. 15– Nov. 5). The last 23-game sellout streak was Dec. 11, 1993 to March 30, 1994. NHL teams announce tickets distributed, not tickets sold or people in the arena.
The Kings are scheduled to practice at noon Wednesday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Kings left wing Ethan Moreau, right, tries to get past Nashville left wing Colin Wilson during the second period of the Kings' 4-3 victory Tuesday. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press