Postgame notes/video (Dec. 9)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings won their third consecutive game by beating Calgary 2-1 on Thursday night at Staples Center.
– Under coach Terry Murray, the Kings had been 1-8 against Calgary and had totaled only 12 goals in those nine games.
– Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning goal, his third consecutive game-winning goal, and also has four goals in his last five games and five goals in his last seven games.
– Kyle Clifford scored his first NHL goal, in the first period of his 22nd NHL game.
– The Kings went 1-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings had been the NHL’s only team not to allow a power-play goal at home this season. They had been 45-for-45 until Olli Jokinen’s third-period goal.
– The Kings are 11-2-0 at home this season, the best 13-game home start since the 1992-93 team started 12-1-0 at home.
– The Kings are now 8-2-0 in one-goal games, 12-2-0 when scoring first, 6-1-0 when leading after the first period and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods.
– The Kings outshot the Flames 32-27. In the teams’ previous meeting this season, on Oct. 10 in Calgary, the Flames outshot the Kings 32-22.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 26 of 27 shots. Quick has allowed two or fewer goals in five consecutive starts.
– Wayne Simmonds assisted on Kyle Clifford’s goal, breaking a seven-game scoreless streak for Simmonds.
– Dustin Brown assisted on Anze Kopitar’s goal and has an assist in three consecutive games.
– Jack Johnson also assisted on Anze Kopitar’s goal, and Johnson is now tied for the team lead with 15 assists.
– Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Ryan Smyth each had four shots on goal. Brown was credited with a team-high six hits while Alec Martinez and Smyth were each credited with two blocked shots.
– The Kings won 32 of 56 faceoffs (57 percent).
– Jack Johnson led the Kings in ice time at 24:15. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards at 22:45.
Also, here’s the latest Kings postgame video, with a different look…