The Kings’ victory over Edmonton was one of those head-scratching games that can’t be explained by stats or logic. The Kings, decimated by injuries, came into Rexall Place less than 24 hours after a pretty bad loss to Vancouver and gritted out two points. Over the past month they’ve won tight games, got big goals from unlikely sources (Brad Richardson, Matt Greene and Sean O’Donnell) and done just enough to win.
Today, Terry Murray and Richardson talked about how the Kings have been able to keep getting points under some difficult circumstances…
MURRAY: “I think we’ve got some unique young guys in there. We’ve got a guy like Drew Doughty, who is a real anchor for us on the blue line. He’s been through international competitions many times, as a junior, on the world stage. He is just able to handle that pressure and, in fact, thrives on the responsibilities of being one of the guys that you go to on a consistent basis. That’s a very contagious attitude to have in your dressing room. The other young guys, who maybe have not been exposed to that, feel comfortable in stepping up and taking more responsibility.”
RICHARDSON: “I guess that’s what’s going to happen when you’re a good team. That’s what happens. Guys need to step up for you to continue getting points. Obviously a lot of our top guys are out right now, and someone has to step up. You want it to be you, but that’s what happens when you’re a good team. You need guys to step up into their spots.”