December 2009 - Page 2 of 32 - LA Kings Insider
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December's leading scorer

Who is the Kings' leading scorer in December? That would be Brad Richardson, with 10 points. What would the odds on that have been at the start of the month? Pretty high, considering Richardson didn't have a point this season before Dec. 1. Richardson is now on, arguably, the Kings' best line at the... Read More
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Phaneuf/Kopitar aftermath

It would appear, since it's already 5 p.m. in the East, that no suspensions/fines are coming down to Dion Phaneuf, for his hit on Anze Kopitar, or to Raitis Ivanans, for his elbow/misconduct. Here's what Terry Murray said today, first about Phaneuf's hit and then about Ivanans... (on the Phaneuf h... Read More
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Showing more fight?

Given the one fight, two misconduct penalties and the four roughing penalties, it certainly looked, on the stat sheet, as though the Kings responded to Dion Phaneuf's early hit on Anze Kopitar. But did coach Terry Murray see the type of reaction he wanted from his team, not just in terms of aggressi... Read More
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Line changes?

After the team meeting today, Terry Murray said he hadn't yet decided whether he would make any line changes tonight, but indicated that he was considering it. Murray said Anze Kopitar was OK, and Murray again maintained that Phaneuf's hit was reckless. Other than that, not a lot of news this af... Read More
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Sutter's side of the story

Here's what Calgary coach Brent Sutter said about Dion Phaneuf's hit on Anze Kopitar -- or, as they're calling it in parts of the Canadian media, the point at which Phaneuf ``made contact'' with Kopitar (tapped him on the shoulder, perhaps?) SUTTER: ``It's a non-call. The icing was waved off, it's... Read More
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Ersberg postgame quotes

Erik Ersberg's postgame thoughts... (on the Flames' second goal...) ERSBERG: ``I tried to box the first guy out. Apparently, they had a second guy coming, which I didn't really see before. It's unfortunate. Other than that, I thought I played a decent game.'' (on not getting much offensive supp... Read More
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Murray postgame quotes

Terry Murray's non-Phaneuf-related postgame thoughts... (on how to get the first line going again...) MURRAY: ``Just keep playing them. We're talking, we're reviewing, we're practicing, we're giving them the opportunity. Five on five, power play, 4 on 4, penalty killing. It does go to the hands o... Read More
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Kopitar postgame quotes

Anze Kopitar's postgame thoughts... (on if he was shaken up by the Phaneuf hit...) KOPITAR: ``A little bit. It was more of a wind-knocker. Other than that, I felt OK. I have no problems.'' (on whether it was a dirty hit...) KOPITAR: ``We're going down for the puck. I'm reaching around, trying ... Read More
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Murray's reaction to hit

After the game, Terry Murray had a testy exchange with a Calgary television broadcaster about Dion Phaneuf's hit on Anze Kopitar... Question: What was your concern in the first period, in terms of the hit on Anze? What was your concern about that hit? MURRAY: ``Are you serious? What is my concer... Read More