Murray postgame quotes

(Re game recap): “We wanted to get a good start, get two points against a good hockey club. It wasn’t pretty all of the time but the bottom lines is that we got two points against a really good team and after eight days off, that was a tough assignment tonight…The focal point of the game here tonight was a quick shot attitude the whole night. Anywhere in the offensive zone we wanted to get the puck there as quickly as possible, let’s not look for an extra play.”

(Re Calder, Stoll, Brown line): “They play well together; they play hard and score goals. They have some good chemistry right now and I can’t answer it any other way. It’s just something that’s come together that they are feeding of each other. We’ll leave it together for another game.”

(Re Quick’s Performance): “Quick saved our bacon a couple of times out there tonight, he played very well. He’s been that way through most every game that he’s played. We knew that we had to have good goaltending tonight. That eight-day break is nice to have, you get rested. But professional hockey players getting away for eight days from intense competition means your timing is off, that’s all there is to it and your goaltender has to save you. Quick came up with some big stops. There were a lot of blocked shots, our guys are really committed. And we needed that tonight.”

(Re Jack Johnson) “He’s added good stuff to the game. He’s a big guy, strong, quick on his feet, closes fast defensively. He’s only going to get better as we move forward. It’s great to have him back and he’s excited to be back. He’s got a lot of energy and lots of game in him for the last part of the year.”

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  • Eric K

    TM, leave it together for more than another game. the combo works, and whether Anthony likes it or not, Calder is quietly playing well for the Kings.

  • Marty

    SHAMWOW! Keep the lines the same for the Canadiens’ game.Roll the dice and lets see what we get.Keep shootin Tex!

  • Moondoggie

    Looks like we’ve got ourselves a 2nd line…..On to Canada!

    Go Kings!!!

  • BS!

    I posted this in the last topic, but it’s probably more appropriate here:

    Is it just me or does anybody else notice that Johnson has been way more physical in his few games this season than all of last. I swear he put at least 3 or 4 guys on their ass tonight.

  • Quisp

    BS! –

    I noticed the same. Not just more physical, but all around more. There is of course the handcuffed under Crawford theory; but I think it has more to do with being inspired by Doughty. He doesn’t want to be the guy who used to be thought of as the future go-to guy. Lucky for us, we have them both. They can push each other.

  • PRMan

    The great thing about the Calder-Stoll-Brown line is that we now have 2 lines that work really well:


    Calder’s been playing great on that line, as has Stoll.

    That leaves Kopitar and O’Sullivan to be teamed with Moller when he gets healthy.

    That team is awfully hard to stop from scoring.

  • Crash Davis

    Notice that the Kings point streak started when JJ came back with the Dallas Stars’ game. Coincidence? And JJ came back strong with all that time rehabbing.

    With the Stars game, and for the first time this season, the Kings could roll Doughty, JJ, Quincey, O’D, Greene + (fill in a D man here). Put a steady goalie behind them, and you have a chance to win. From that point on, you need GOALS. Last 3 games, that’s happened. Also, WINNING solves lots of problems.

    Lastly, when JJ came back the defense had been playing together for months w/o him. Once he returned, he made a difference (making it 5 solid defensemen instead of just 4). Pretty soon, he’s going to start hurting people on D like Brown does on O.

  • Ersberg

    I think the huge factor in the Kings’ recent winning formula is net traffic. If you watch the NHL on the fly highlights, you’ll see Brownie and Zus in front of the net on couple of the goals, and both of them pretty much got their mail there all night long.

    With the current Kings’ system, they must continue to screen the net to get W’s.