Postgame notes (Dec. 30)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings were on the wrong end of a back-to-back sweep, as they fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 7-4 on Thursday night at Staples Center, one night after a loss at Phoenix.
– The Kings allowed a season-worst seven goals. They had allowed six goals three times this season, most recently the previous night at Phoenix. The Kings have not allowed eight goals in a game since an 8-6 loss to Boston on Oct. 12, 2007.
– In the Phoenix and Philadelphia games, the Kings allowed a combined total of 13 goals. The last time the Kings allowed 13 goals in two games was Jan. 5 and 8, 2008, against Calgary (a 6-4 loss) and Nashville (a 7-0 loss). The last time the Kings allowed more than 14 goals in two games was Jan. 14 and 17, 2006, against Buffalo (a 10-1 loss) and Tampa Bay (a 4-1 loss).
– Before the losses to Phoenix and Philadelphia, the Kings had allowed a total of three goals in their previous two games, including two shutouts.
– Jonathan Bernier was pulled in the second period after allowing six goals on 22 shots. The night before, Bernier came on in relief in the second period after Phoenix scored six goals on 24 shots against Jonathan Quick. Against the Flyers, Bernier stopped 16 of 22 shots. He had stopped 60 of 62 shots, combined, in his previous three appearances. Quick stopped 5 of 6 shots against the Flyers.
– The Kings went 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. It was the fifth time this season, in 37 games, that the Kings scored two power-play goals. It was the sixth time this season that the Kings allowed two power-play goals. They also allowed Phoenix to score twice on the power play Wednesday. Entering the game, the Flyers had not scored two power-play goals in a game since Nov. 13, a span of 20 games.
– The Kings fell to 13-3-1 at home, 17-4-0 when scoring the first goal and 1-7-1 when trailing after the second period.
– The Kings started the season with a 6-2-0 record against Eastern Conference teams, but are now 1-3-0 in their last four games against East teams.
– The Kings outshot the Flyers 36-28, matching the second-highest shot total of the season.
– Ryan Smyth had two goals, including a power-play goal. Smyth now has three goals in his last two games and seven goals in his last 11 games. Five of those seven goals have come on the power play.
– Jack Johnson had a power-play goal. Johnson now has a six-game point streak (two goals, five assists) and three of his four goals this season have come on the power play.
– Justin Williams had one goal, and now has four goals in his last six games.
– Drew Doughty had two assists, including one on the power play. Doughty now has one goal and 12 assists in his last 10 games, including four multi-point games. Five of those 12 assists have come on the power play.
– Jarret Stoll had two assists, including one on the power play, to break a four-game streak without a point.
– Anze Kopitar had one assist. In 14 games in December, Kopitar totaled seven goals and 13 assists.
– Rob Scuderi had one assist. Scuderi now has nine assists in 37 games this season. He had 11 assists in 73 games last season, and his career high for assists is 15, with Pittsburgh in 2008-09.
– Jarret Stoll was credited with a game-high six shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with seven hits and Drew Doughty was credited with three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 28 minutes, 29 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time at 23:34.
– The Kings won 37 of 68 faceoffs (54 percent). Anze Kopitar won 14 of 23 draws (61 percent).