A couple notes from last night’s game, followed by quotes from Brad Stuart and Jimmy Howard…
— The Kings totaled 52 shots on Thursday. The last time they had reached 50 shots was on Feb. 13, 1997, in a 4-4 tie against Toronto. The Kings’ record for most shots in a game is 59 (Dec. 26, 1992 vs. San Jose).
— The Kings’ top line combined for 23 shots (Ryan Smyth with nine, Anze Kopitar with eight and Dustin Brown with six).
— Ryan Smyth has now scored a goal in four consecutive games, and they have all been power-play goals. Nine of Smyth’s 13 goals this season have been on the power play, and 139 of his 313 career goals have been power-play goals.
(on the game…)
“(Howard) was huge. He might have stolen a couple points for us. He played well and we sat back a little bit too much especially in the third period, but the bottom line is we won the game so we’ve got to try and build off of that.”
(on the Kings’ shot total…)
“I was kind of surprised when we came out in the third period and it said 38 or 37 shots. I don’t know how many they managed to get in the last minute there, but we don’t worry about that.”
(on his game…)
“Stay the course. Just stay back there and keep battling and keep giving your team chances to win. And that’s basically all I tried to do tonight.”
(on his reaction to the winning goal…)
“Relief. Relief more than anything because I don’t know if I could have lasted another five minutes. (Helm) made a great play. He got the puck in the corner and took it to the net hard and he was able to slide it five-hole. Good thing to see from a guy who works really hard.”