Derek Armstrong scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to give the Kings a victory. The Kings scored three in the third period. Notes and quotes follow:
KINGS HEAD COACH TERRY MURRAY:
(Re: back-to-back wins) “We gave some guys an opportunity like putting (Derek) Armstrong back in and (Brad) Richardson and they brought us some good stuff in these two games. When you loose like we did in Calgary, we’ve got some good character in our locker room, the players knew that there had to be a bigger effort, a better effort, and they put a lot of pressure on themselves to come back and play well.”
(Re: Michal Handzus) “The way he’s playing right now is the way he played for us in Philadelphia. He had some back luck in Chicago, eight games in he blows his knee out. Last year he had some issues, but this is the player that you want to get when you sign him. He’s a character player, he has great experience, very responsible, and on the other side of it he can make plays and get things done in the offensive side of the game.”
KINGS FORWARD ALEXANDER FROLOV:
(Re: game recap): “We knew what we had to do. We had to play smart and work hard as a group and I think we did that today. ”
(Re: Playing with Handzus): “He’s a good player, experienced and has been important to this team. He’s moving quicker, he’s ready to go.”
KINGS FORWARD DEREK ARMSTRONG:
(Re: game recap): “When you see your teammates smile when you win a game, that’s the most important thing. We showed maturity today. There were a couple lapses through the game, but we found a way to win and it was a good team effort.”
(Re: O’Sullivan/Moller): “O’Sullivan has been really good, he’s settled me down and helped me make some plays. For a young guy he shows a lot of maturity. With Moller, an 18 year-old, same thing with maturity.”
(Re: Playing with a young team): “We have a great team here. It doesn’t matter what you do, as you get older, it’s all about winning games. As you get older you appreciate winning games. I can help chip in goals during the game and play as well as I can, I’ll do everything to help us win.”
BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE:
(Re: game recap): “I think we lost the puck a couple of times and we started taking guys on one-on-one and they got the momentum back. We had perfect control of that game in the second period and we gave it to them when we didn’t advance it”.
(Re: end of road trip): “Not happy with this ending. So disappointing the way we started it and concluded in a tough fashion so we can’t be happy and we have to do better than that”.
BLACKHAWKS FORWARD: PATRICK SHARP:
(Re: game recap): “We had a good opportunity to make it a good road trip and it turned out to be a tough way to finish. We’re not starting the game the way we need to, give us a chance to win and we have to have a better effort as a team and it was a disappointing way to end”.
BLACKHAWKS FORWARD: JONATHAN TOEWS:
(Re: on the Kings play): “I underestimated that team today and we had them right where we wanted them and halfway through the game we let it slip away. We thought it was going to be an easy game and it definitely wasn’t. We’ve always had a lot of good games against them. They were strong defensively and they’re a different team than what we ran into last year. They were tougher defensively and we didn’t work hard enough to get them”.
Five Kings finished with multi-point games: Jarret Stoll (1-1=2), Alexander Frolov (1-1=2), Patrick O’Sullivan (1-1=2), Michal Handzus (0-2=2), Kyle Quincey (0-2=2).
Quincey has assists in four of the last five games (5a)
Derek Armstrong scored his first goal in 30 games.
Handzus has 12 points in 22 games this season. It took him 45 games to get 12 points last season.
Tom Preissing earned his 100th NHL assist today.
O’Sullivan has six points in the last five games (4-2=6) and is a plus-6 during that span.
Frolov, who played in his 400th game as a King/in the NHL today, has goals in three of his last four games.
Today was the Kings’ 3,200th regular season game in franchise history