A compressed NHL schedule, with so much on the line, and so much at stake, was supposed to curtail those often monotonous early-season contests.
Drama between the Kings and Nashville was largely confined to overtime and an eight-round shootout on Thursday night, two rounds shy of a Kings franchise record. The Kings emerged with a point after the defensive standoff in regulation, losing, 2-1, at Staples Center.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter addressed the issues that were a problem before the shootout.
“We’re still not getting that goal out of players we need to score,” he said. “It comes down to details.”
Long before the game turned into an abyss of scoring chances, there were moments of inspiration in the opening period. Nashville struck in the first minute, a wrist shot from forward Brandon Yip, who scored 58 seconds into the game with a quick-strike play following the draw in the right circle.
The Kings equalized on the power play — a four-on-three advantage — at 13:08, which was notable for several reasons. It was a power-play goal and was Brown’s first of the season.
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“They’re strong up the middle, they’ve got the veterans on the back end, they’ve got a good goalie. They don’t give much, and you have to try and counter that. And you have to bear down on your opportunities. The ones you get, you don’t get too many of against them.”
“It just comes down to details, right? You know what, they scored a faceoff goal. Other than that, they probably only had three or four opportunities to score. We probably had 10. It just comes down to we’re still not getting that goal…that we need to count on to score that goal.”
“That’s sometimes how it goes. I thought, like I said, we played a pretty good D-game. We had some good offensive chances. Probably not enough. But you get to a shootout, and it’s just that.”
“I mean, every point’s important. You can look at it two ways. We got one point, and obviously you want to get that second one in a shootout, but I think if we limit our chances against, like we did tonight, it’s a good thing for us. We’ve just got to build on that and, again, find the dirty areas on the offensive side of the game.”
“It’s a game we start preparing for tomorrow morning, and we haven’t played the Ducks. They got off to a pretty good start. We’ve got to be aware of their top couple of lines. Even their third line, I think, is playing really well for them right now. It’s no different for the team in here. It’s always taken us 20 guys to have a good game, and it’s going to be the same in Anaheim.”
“Again, it’s whichever way you look at it. We get a lot of our road games out of the way. I think it’s more important for us as players, individually and as a group, to recognize the schedule and more importantly just take care of yourself off the ice, because with the travel and the schedule, that’s probably the most important thing – keeping up on your off-ice.”
“Like I said, I’d take that game most nights. I mean, we limited them to less than 15 shots, I think. Not many grade-A scoring chances. We’re going to have to find a way to score goals right now. We played the first two periods entirely in their zone. Most of the time you’re going to take that. Obviously it’s a different outcome than you want.”
“I don’t know if you can get much better than that. Like I said, I thought we played a lot of time in their zone, and that wore on them. Sometimes that’s how the game goes. You get to a shootout, and it’s a shootout.”
“Well, we’ve got to come to practice tomorrow and get on the ice and work on things that we weren’t good at here tonight and look at some video at what we weren’t good at here tonight and improve on it. That’s all you can do. You’ve got to put these behind you. You can’t dwell on them. Like you said, we play every second day and every third day, so you’ve got to make sure you don’t let games slip.”
“Just finishing, maybe getting into the scoring areas more. I think there was a lot of shots blocked. I think there was a lot of shots from the outside. We were OK at spurts, but we just didn’t generate enough and get into those hard areas and get enough traffic in front of Pekka over there. That’s why it was a 1-1 game for the longest time. But we’ve got to push through. These are games we need, especially at home, especially considering our schedule coming up.”
Quotes courtesy of LAKingsInsider.com
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