Post-game Quotes (via LA Kings PR)
Todd McLellan, on the win:
We’re obviously happy to do that and it was a necessity because we didn’t score until the shootout. It starts with really good goaltending. Quickie was exceptional again and then a group who tried to check, when we did make mistakes, the goalie was there. Pretty good penalty kills. A night where we played the type of game that we probably had to play to win, it wasn’t a wide-open freewheeling one. Although they did get some open chances, but I felt we had some of those as well. It’s nice to win and it’s nice to beat a real good team. Move on and keep moving the needle forward if we can.”
Jonathan Quick, on the team’s recent momentum swing:
I mean, we’re just kind of sticking with it. I think guys are playing a little bit more confident after getting two wins. It’s good to see the hard work we’re putting in get rewarded.
Sheldon Keefe, on the loss:
I thought it was a pretty even hockey game all the way through. I thought their team did a good job in the game, especially as we got through that first period, just with the way that they played, and clogged the neutral zone effectively well. As we felt our way through that, adjusted in the second and third, I thought we did a really good job as a team. It’s a game that really could have gone either way. We’re happy to get one point, we could have had two, of course there in overtime and shootout but it didn’t go our way in that sense. There’s not a lot to complain about for us in that game.
Kyle Clifford, on the loss:
Yeah I thought for the most part we controlled the game and played pretty well. We had a lot of scoring chances, I’m familiar with them, I know they’re a tight defensive team, but it would have been nice to come home with the win here.
Frederik Andersen, on shots against:
Yeah, definitely playing better, and the shots against number I don’t really care about, it’s useless to look at but I think the chances were giving up is less which is important so I think in that department we’re doing pretty good.
— The Kings won their fourth consecutive game, the longest winning streak of the season.
— The last Kings game decided 1-0 in a shootout was on Oct. 16, 2014 vs. St. Louis.
— Jonathan Quick stopped all 36 shots he faced (+3/4) to earn his first shutout of the season and 52nd career shutout. It was the first shutout by a Los Angeles goalie in 2019-20.
— Adrian Kempe scored the shootout deciding goal, the first of his career. He is now a career 4-11 (36.4%) in the shootout.
— Dustin Brown recorded a team-high five hits.
The Kings are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. Friday at Toyota Sports Performance Center in El Segundo.