Guess what was back tonight? That’s right, Marc Crawford’s favorite catch phrase — stay the course!
“We had a number of opportunities and didn’t get the job done and, you’re right, it’s a familiar refrain,” Crawford said. “But, at this time of year, all we can do is continue to keep persevering and continue to try to stay the course. One solace in all this hopefully is that guys learn to hate losing. There’s some dejected people in our room right now. I don’t think anybody’s quitting. I think there’s a lot of effort. What can you ask for except better excecution, and we’re trying to work on that.”
But that wasn’t all. We have a double stay the course!
“I hope our guys continue to be really sour about losses,” Crawford said. “I hope the one thing we need most — which is a win — comes our way and, when it does, you have to think that sort of confidence will spur us on and make these one-goal losses turn into victories. We’re very close now. We’re doing more things right than we are wrong, and we have to stay the course.”
Maybe he means stay the course to the first pick?
Here’s what Kopitar had to say …
“Weve got to find a way to win hockey games because its definitely not fun coming to the locker room after the game. Its getting old, the losing. The guys are frustrated and miserable.
“Weve got to improve this. Theres 20 guys in here. If we can get one percent more out of each guy, thats 20 percent better.
Neither Crawford nor Nagy seemed to think futher disciplinary action was needed against Craig Rivet for putting his stick up against Nagy’s throat.
Here are Crawford’s thoughts on yanking LaBarbera: “I felt we needed a change right there. We have to get more saves than we’re getting right now. We’ve been out-goaltended in a lot of games here lately.”
The eight-game losing streak is the worst by the Kings since they lost 11 to end the 2003-04 season.