Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings beat Vancouver 4-1 and improved to 2-0 against the Canucks this season. Last season, the Kings earned only three regular-season points against the Canucks in four meetings. In 2008-09, they went 1-3 against the Canucks.
– The Kings continue to have mixed success on special teams. They went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and are 18-for-20 this season — with one of those going into an empty net — but the Kings also went 0-for-5 on the power play and recorded only one shot on goal. They are 1-for-16 on the power play this season.
– The Kings were outshot 26-19.
– The Kings scored one goal in the first period and one in the second period. Before Friday’s game, all five of their goals this season had been scored in the third period.
– Jonathan Quick made 25 saves and has stopped 79 of 82 shots in three games (.963 save percentage).
– Ryan Smyth had two assists, and has two goals and three assists in his last two games.
– Jake Muzzin recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Justin Williams’ second-period goal. Muzzin also played a season-high 15:21.
– Alexei Ponikarovsky recorded his first point as a King with an assist on Dustin Brown’s second goal in the third period.
– Jack Johnson played a team-high 24 minutes, 18 seconds, and had one assist and a plus-3 rating. Ryan Smyth led Kings forwards in ice time at 23:26.
– Ryan Smyth and Anze Kopitar each had a team-high three shots on goal. Drew Doughty was credited with a team-high six hits while Davis Drewiske had a team-high four blocked shots.
– The Kings won 25 of 62 faceoffs (40 percent). No Kings player won more draws than he lost.
– A congratulations to Kings public-address announcer David Courtney, who missed Friday’s game to prepare for his wedding today…