Kings come out firing on all cylinders and take it to the Avs 4-1 in an rare inspired afternoon game.
By Elliott Teaford • InsideTheKings •
The Kings scored first for the third consecutive game, extended their lead for a third contest in a row and played with a sense of purpose that eluded them during the opening games of their Stanley Cup championship defense.
Their victory over the Avalanche also was their fifth in six games, with their only loss a 3-2 decision to the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks last Sunday. They came out flat and trailed the Blackhawks by three goals early in the second period. The full recap here…
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“I think the competition between our goaltenders the last seven games has been significant to our team’s success. I think both guys are playing really well, and we want them both to play really well to give us a chance to be a playoff team.” More here…
“He’s (Lewis) been working real hard for us. Even when he wasn’t scoring, he was getting opportunities and creating chances. When you’re doing that, it’s just a matter of time before the puck’s going to go in the net.” More here…
“Yeah, obviously when you win games, the confidence goes up as a team. You start playing instead of over-thinking things, you’re just doing it more naturally. And I think guys have been doing that. It’s always good to get rewarded with a few wins when you’re doing it well.” More here…
“Confidence is a funny thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of team you have, whether you’ve won or lost. Sometimes you’ve got an eight or nine-game winning streak and you lose one, and all of a sudden your confidence dips pretty much a lot. It’s one of those things that’s funny. You’ve got to just work hard to keep it. Once you have it you’ve just got to roll with it and try to play well with it and get as many wins as you can.” More here…
The Denver Post
Pretty much whatever the Los Angeles Kings wanted to do Saturday, the Avalanche was a willing conduit. Want to stroll all the way behind the net and flip a backhand saucer pass to a player, as Dustin Penner did with Anze Kopitar in on a second-period goal? The Avs seemed to have no problem with that.
Associated Press via CBS
The Kings began a 16-game stretch in which they will play 13 times at home. They played eight of their previous nine on the road, going 5-4. “We’ve got a lot of home games coming up, so we’ve got to try and bank these points and win games,” Stoll said. “Everybody on the team has their roles, and there are certain guys on the team that need goals and points to get their confidence going.”
SUTTER WITH MEDIA
CARTER EVENTUAL GAME WINNER
PENNER CONNECTS WITH KOPITAR