(Trying to push this through with the blog problems…going to lump the quotes together tonight, hoping we make it!)

RYAN SMYTH

(on the game…)
SMYTH: “We thought we got off to a good start in the first period, but the second periods, we’ve had some troubles, for whatever reason it is. We’ve just got to stick to our gameplan, get the puck in deep. Everybody has got to do the little things right, and it’s going to make a difference in the long run.”

(on the “real” Kings team, the one that started the season 12-3 or this one…)
SMYTH: “Obviously we’d like to say the 12-3, but it’s a matter of collectively finding it in this locker room. Everybody has got to look themselves in the mirror, and be prepared to come to play, bring their assets to the table for the hockey club and for the team. We’re not getting a full 60 from that part. We’ve got to find ways to keep the momentum, that we have usually gained from the first period, into the second. We seem to play a little desperate in the third, but if we can play desperate all the way through, we’re a tough team to beat.”

(on breaking out of this skid…)
SMYTH: “We’ll find a way through this together, but not one or two guys is going to do it. Yes, guys have got to step up and raise their level of play, for sure, but it’s going to be with everybody in this locker room. … Everybody wants to win. There’s a sense of urgency and a winning attitude, but it’s finding it and playing with confidence and building one period or one shift at a time to carry forth into the next and then into the game situations when you’re winning.”

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JARRET STOLL

(on the game…)
STOLL: “There’s a lot of positives from today’s game, but the big negative is that we lost. We were positive on the bench, we were positive in the room. We had a good, hard work game, I think, but we just never got rewarded. I don’t think they outplayed us. I just think they capitalized on more of their chances than we did. It’s not going to be easy to turn this ship around. We have to understand it’s going to take everybody. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort and concentration by 24, 25 guys in here. We just aren’t find that right now.”

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TERRY MURRAY

(on the game…)
MURRAY: “There were a couple of goals there that I just don’t like. It makes it very hard. We’re a team that’s trying to battle through to get something going, and we give up that first one on a wrist shot from the boards, from the outside of the dots. I know it went off a stick, but it goes short-side. I think that’s a play that we’ve either got to step in front of, as a D group, or we’ve got to get a stop on those. The other one was a puck laying around after a shot off the side boards, and we got beat to the net. That’s where you’ve got to get body position.”

(on whether the team got derailed by the Phoenix and Philadelphia losses…)
MURRAY: “Well, you can go two games back and we played Anaheim and San Jose and we played our best games of the year. We shut down San Jose down in San Jose, and then we played two nights later in Phoenix and lost the game. So you can pick your spots in the schedule, wherever you want, to start the negative side of things. Or you can go back to the positive and say, `How did that work?’ We just need to be better. I thought we played pretty good here tonight. We’re starting to get a little bit of confidence. We had some flow to our game. We had some skating going. After the first period, I thought we were picking it up on that side of it. We just had too many turnovers, coming through the neutral zone. They’re a team that, when they get a one-goal lead, two-goal lead, they’re going to shut it down. They’re going to have five guys above it, so you have to make sure the puck is in deep. I thought we made some good decisions, but the few bad decisions, they end up coming back at you and they have scoring chances off of them. So we just have to get on board with everybody doing the right thing for the 60 minutes. It looks like that’s the only way we’re going to break through on this thing right now. We’re making one mistake, and it ends up being the difference in the game.”

MURRAY: “I think it comes down to having confidence in all situations. We got the good start. I know we were down by one. You come back and tie it, and there were some real good shifts after that. The confidence is good, and then you end up giving up another goal. It’s hard on a team, when you’re a group of guys that’s in the state that we’re in. It’s very difficult to push through and come back with, `It’s OK, guys. Let’s just come back and keep going.’ You say it, but it’s hard. Then they capitalize on the next goal, and that really made it very, very difficult.”

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