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October 26, 2011 9:00 am

The view from New Jersey; no Bieber fever

Looking for someone to blame for last night’s Kings loss? There’s always Justin Bieber (right). At least Bieber was wearing a Kings hat and several of the “Love for Lokomotiv’’ bracelets. As for the New Jersey Devils, the Kings are probably glad to be rid of them. The Kings scored one goal in 125 minutes against the Devils this season and were stymied by veteran journeyman goalie Johan Hedberg in five shutout periods. Here’s how the New Jersey Star-Ledger covered last night’s game, followed by some additional postgame quotes from the Devils’ locker room…

Devils get inspirational performances from Petr Sykora, Dainius Zubrus

Devils coach Pete DeBoer: That’s our best 60-minute effort so far


(on the game…) “I thought they were good. I thought Zach (Parise) looked very good there in the middle for his first game (at center) since college. I thought he did a great job. He had good speed that created a lot of chances and it gave us some good momentum. I think that’s our best 60-minute effort so far, top to bottom. It’s a very good L.A. team. We came in here and I thought, right from the drop of the puck, competed for 60 minutes. … I thought our goaltender was great when he needed to be. … We wanted to bear down today and play a good game and we did that.’’

(on the Devils’ goals…) “We just kept chipping away. I thought we deserved one in the first, the way we played. We didn’t get one. We stuck with it and finally got rewarded. We’re going to have to do that all season. Stick with the program and keep plugging away and wait for chances.’’


(on the game…) “We created pretty good opportunities in the first two (periods). In the second, we just capitalized on those. It was nice.’’

(on Dainius Zubrus’ play on the line…) “I thought he was tremendous on the forecheck. He pretty much went after most of pucks, most of the chips, most of the dump-ins. He created space for us and was so strong that he always got the puck and we created chances out of it. And he got rewarded with a couple goals.’’


(on the game…) “We believe (the Kings) are one of the better teams and have a lot of skill plays and good players on their team. First game of the road trip, and to win the way we did it’s a good confidence boost and we’ve got to keep building.’’

(on Johan Hedberg’s play…) “Our second game of the season, he stepped in and played really well. Even the last couple games that we lost, it wasn’t our best efforts, but he was our best player. So he’s been really good for us. With (Martin Brodeur) down a little bit…it helps a lot and keeps the confidence in us.’’

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