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Kings Exorcise Devils, Kovi in 3-1 Victory

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After a grueling five-game road trip played in seven days, the Kings hosted the NHL version of LeBron James, Ilya Kovalchuk, beating him down and the New Jersey Devils 3-1.

“I’m very pleased by the fact that we came back [from the road trip] and got two points,” Kings’ Head Coach Terry Murray said. “It was a very hard game for us. Coming back after a long road trip it’s hard emotionally and mentally to get yourself getting. And physically you’re tired to begin with. I liked the way we dug in.”

The formula for the Kings’ success was in full action during the game. The Kings made the most of their opportunities in the first two periods while goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped nearly everything that came his way.

“It was a weird game,” forward Jarret Stoll said. “It wasn’t too much of a flow game - it was a lot of neutral zone stuff. We were okay.”

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Easy for Stoll to say since he had his hand in all three Kings’ goals.