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April 5, 2011 6:15 pm

Looking for a spark through change

As noted earlier, the Kings made a right-wing swap in practice today, with Dustin Brown joining Ryan Smyth and Jarret Stoll, and Oscar Moller joining Dustin Penner and Michal Handzus. The Kings also shifted a couple defensemen during last night’s game, as they switched to pairings of Jack Johnson with Alec Martinez and Matt Greene with Willie Mitchell (along with Drew Doughty and Rob Scuderi). Then, of course, they even made a change in goal, as Jonathan Bernier came on almost midway through the second period. Doing that type of tinkering late in the season probably isn’t ideal for a coach but, then again, there’s nothing ideal about losing a game 6-1. Here’s what Murray said about his changes…

MURRAY: “You’re trying to look for a real quick fix there sometimes, when you’re making a line change, a D-pair change, change the goalie. You’re looking for something that’s going to get everybody organized, to start playing the right way. A lot of times it works. It just wasn’t there last night. When you play good teams like San Jose, you’ve got to be emotionally engaged in the game. I thought we were kind of feeling our way around at times last night, and you’re going to pay a price.”

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