Postgame notes (Dec. 30) - LA Kings Insider

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).

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.