Frozen Royalty Audio And NHL Video: LA Kings Lock Up Playoff Spot With 3-2 Shootout Win Over Phoenix

LOS ANGELES — After a 3-2 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on April 6, the Los Angeles Kings could finally exhale, as the win earned them an invite to the post-season party, otherwise known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Jarret Stoll and Kyle Clifford scored in regulation time for the Kings. Stoll also scored the game-winner in the shootout.

The Kings finish the 2010-11 season with a home-and-home series with the Anaheim Ducks on April 8 at Anaheim, and on April 9 at Staples Center.

If the Kings win both games, they will lock up fourth place in the Western Conference and earn home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

  • The Kings are assured of finishing in the top eight in the Western Conference, but can still finish anywhere from fourth to eighth.
  • The Kings have tied the franchise single-season record with 46 wins. They set that mark in the 1990-91 season and tied it last season.
  • The Kings improved their shootout record this season to 10-2. Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped two of three attempts. Quick stopped 33 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime and improved to 10-0 in shootouts this season.
  • Stoll is 9/10 in shootouts this season. Stoll also became the sixth Kings player to reach the twenty-goal mark this season, following Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams. The last time the Kings had six twenty-goal scorers was in 1992-93, when it was done by Mike Donnelly, Tony Granato, Jari Kurri, Corey Millen, Luc Robitaille and Tomas Sandstrom.
  • The Coyotes outshot the Kings 35-33. The Kings have recorded at least 32 shots in three consecutive games and in four of their last five games. It was the third time in the Kings’ last four games that they have allowed 35 shots on goal.
  • The Kings went 0/3 on the power play, and 2/2 on the penalty-kill. The Kings are 0/12 on the power play in their last five games, and have allowed only one power-play goal in their last six games.
  • The Kings improved to 25-12-3 at home, 36-11-2 when scoring the first goal, 5-11-2 when trailing after the first period and 22-8-6 in one-goal games.
  • Clifford has two goals and one assist in his last four games.
  • Brown had one assist in the game, and has three goals and three assists in his last six games.
  • Wayne Simmonds had one assist, and has one goal and two assists in his last three games.

Raw audio interviews

(Edited to remove extraneous material and dead air)

Kyle Clifford (1:47)

Jarret Stoll (4:23)

Terry Murray (9:26)

Game Highlights From NHL Video On YouTube

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