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February 7, 2011 5:40 pm

Third-line center, temporary first-line winger

With the Kings nursing a one-goal lead in the third period Saturday at Calgary, Terry Murray went through a multitude of lines, largely because of his decision to keep rookie Andrei Loktionov on the bench. Perhaps the most notable move was one that the Kings have turned to in the recent past in tight games, moving Michal Handzus up to a first-line left-wing role. Not long ago, Handzus had been moved down to a fourth-line role, but his play seems to have picked up of late, and Murray had enough confidence in Handzus to elevate him to an important role. Calgary eventually tied the game, but it was on a power-play look when Handzus was not on the ice for the Kingsā€¦

MURRAY: “It’s more of a shutdown situation, whenever I go to that. Faceoffs in your D zone, the goalie is down at the other end, that’s the look that I go with. I’ve always liked Zeus to fit in on that left-wing side, with Kopi and Brownie, or Kopi and whoever is on that right side, in the last couple years. He’s such a responsible player, a big, strong guy on the boards who gets pucks out. He’s very responsible.”

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