Good effort from second-line trio - LA Kings Insider

Game 2 was a good one for the Kings’ second line. Jeff Carter, after looking increasingly comfortable in recent games, scored his first goal of the playoffs. Mike Richards was all over the ice in the first period and got rewarded with a goal. Dustin Penner continued his resurgence with two assists. Today, Carter shared some thoughts about getting on the score sheet and about his two linemates…

(on scoring a goal…)
CARTER: “It was nice. It was obviously a bit of a relief. I’ve been gripping the stick a little tight. I’ve been getting my chances the last couple games, and been feeling better every game, so hopefully I can keep it going.’’

(on Richards’ play…)
CARTER: “He’s been playing great for us. Him, Brownie, Kopi, they’re the guys that lead this team, and they’ve been doing it all playoffs long. I think Mike, he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now. He’s playing in all situations, he’s playing hard, he’s getting in the dirty areas and he’s starting to get rewarded for it.’’

(on Penner’s play…)
CARTER: “It’s been good. He’s a big guy that, when he’s on his game, he’s moving and he’s getting in on the forecheck and getting pucks. I think he’s been real good for our line, the last two games here. Obviously we’ve scored some goals, but he’s been real strong defensively and down low, winning puck battles, so it’s been going well.’’