Postgame notes (Nov. 22)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings held the lead late in the second period, but lost to the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, for their fourth loss in their last five games.
– The Kings are still in second place in the Western Conference, but they are only three points ahead of eighth-place Vancouver and one point ahead of sixth-place Phoenix, which is now second in the Pacific Division.
– In the five games from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13, the Kings went 5-0 and allowed a total of four goals. In the next five games, from Nov. 15 to Nov. 22, the Kings went 1-4 and allowed 21 goals.
– The Kings outshot the Senators 30-19, the second time this season they have allowed fewer than 20 shots on goal in a game.
– The Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. Their power-play percentage exactly increased, from 14.5 to 14.8, but they’re still ranked 24th in the league. Ryan Smyth’s second-period goal snapped an 0-for-13 power-play skid.
– Looking at the records, the Kings are now 5-6-0 on the road and 3-5-0 when allowing the first goal of a game. They had been 6-1-0 against Eastern Conference teams.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 16 of 19 shots. He is 1-2-0 in his last three games after a 10-1-0 start to the season.
– Anze Kopitar scored a first-period goal. Kopitar has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight games (four goals, seven assists).
– Ryan Smyth scored a second-period goal, his first power-play goal of the season. Smyth has three goals in his last five games.
– Justin Williams assisted on Smyth’s goal. Williams has recorded at least one point in 13 of his last 14 games (seven goals, nine assists).
– Brad Richardson had a team-high four shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a team-high four hits and Drew Doughty was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 28 minutes, 37 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards at 22:49.
– The Kings won 25 of 54 faceoffs (46 percent).