Postgame notes (Dec. 18)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings beat Nashville 6-1 on Saturday night, as they scored three goals within the game’s first 10 minutes.
– The Kings tied their season highs for goals scored and margin of victory. They also had six goals this season in a 6-4 victory at Colorado on Oct. 23, and they had a five-goal margin of victory on Monday at Detroit.
– The Kings have now totaled 15 goals in their last three games (they won two of them). Before that, the Kings had totaled 14 goals in their previous eight games.
– Seven Kings players had two-point games (Ryan Smyth, Drew Doughty, Oscar Moller, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jarret Stoll). Ten of the Kings’ 12 forwards had at least one point, as only Anze Kopitar and Kyle Clifford were kept off the score sheet.
– The Kings outshot the Predators 34-30, including 14-6 in the second period. The Kings reached the 30-shot plateau for just the second time in their last 10 games.
– The Kings went 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Sine falling to 27th in the NHL in power-play efficiency, the Kings are 4-for-11 on the power play in their last three games.
– Jonathan Bernier made 29 saves in the win. Bernier earned his first win since a Nov. 6 game against the Predators and was playing in his first game since a Nov. 24 loss to Montreal. In three career games against Nashville, Bernier is 3-0-0 with one shutout and has allowed only two goals in nine periods.
– The Kings improved to 7-9-0 on the road, 14-3-0 when scoring the first goal, 8-1-0 when leading after the first period and 10-0-0 when leading after the second period.
– Ryan Smyth had two goals, including one power-play goal, and now has 11 goals in 30 games. Smyth has four goals in his last four games, including three power-play goals. Smyth has scored three of the Kings’ last five power-play goals.
– Drew Doughty had one goal — his second of the season — and one assist. Doughty scored his first goal since Nov. 13, a span of 15 games, and now has one goal and five assists in his last three games.
– Alexei Ponikarovsky had one goal and one assist. Moved down to the fourth line before the game, Ponikarovsky scored his first goal since Oct. 28 — in between, he missed 12 games with a broken finger — and now has one goal and two assists in his last three games.
– Trevor Lewis scored his first goal of the season and had one assist. The only other game this season in which Lewis recorded a point was Nov. 20 at Boston. That was also a two-point night for Lewis (with two assists).
– Justin Williams had one goal. Williams now has two goals and four assists in his last seven games.
– Oscar Moller had two assists for his first multi-point game of the season.
– Jarret Stoll had two assists, including one on the power play. Stoll had gone 12 consecutive games without an assist, and also broke a 15-game stretch in which he did not record a power-play point.
– Dustin Brown had two assists, including one on the power play. Brown has two goals and nine assists in his last seven games and has recorded a power-play assist in five consecutive games.
– Kevin Westgarth had one assist for his second point of the season.
– Wayne Simmonds had one assist. Simmonds has two goals and two assists in his last five games.
– Michal Handzus had one assist. Handzus has recorded points in back-to-back games after going nine consecutive games without a point.
– Drew Doughty, Justin Williams, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Ryan Smyth were each credited with four shots on goal. Jack Johnson, Kyle Clifford and Michal Handzus were each credited with three hits. Wayne Simmonds and Alec Martinez were each credited with two shots on goal.
– Drew Doughty played a team-high 23 minutes, 16 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time at 20:13.
– The Kings won 29 of 52 faceoffs (56 percent). Jarret Stoll won 15 of 20 draws (75 percent) and Michal Handzus won 8 of 12 draws (67 percent).
– The Kings now have an 18-11-1 record. Their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, have a nearly identical record of 19-11-1-1.