Postgame notes (Jan. 3)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings suffered their fourth consecutive loss when they fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Monday night.
– This is the second time this season that the Kings have lost four consecutive games in regulation. It happened only once last season.
– The Kings outshot the Blackhawks 29-28, including 9-0 in the game’s first eight-plus minutes. Chicago outshot the Kings 12-5 in the second period.
– The Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill. In their past 10 games, the Kings have risen, in power-play efficiency, from 23rd in the league to 13th, but in penalty-kill efficiency they have fallen from fifth to 10th. The Kings have allowed two power-play goals in three of their last four games. They allowed multiple power-play goals only four times in their first 35 games.
– The Kings are now 13-5-1 at home, with three consecutive home losses. The Kings are 17-5-0 when scoring the first goal and 9-5-1 in one goal games. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10 one-goal games.
– During their four-game losing streak, the Kings have been outscored 7-6 in the first periods and 8-3 in the second periods, and have outscored their opponents 4-3 in the third periods.
– In the third period, Terry Murray swapped left wingers. Brad Richardson moved up from the fourth line and Marco Sturm moved down from the first line. Sturm had only four shifts in the third period.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 28 shots. Quick had allowed two or fewer goals in five of his six previous starts.
– Ryan Smyth had two goals, including one power-play goal, and is now tied for the team high with 16 goals (with Dustin Brown). Smyth has four goals in his last four games, and two of his last four goals have come on the power play.
– Michal Handzus had one goal. Handzus had gone 19 consecutive games without a goal.
– Jack Johnson had two assists, including one power-play assist. Johnson has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 16 of his 24 assists this season have come on the power play.
– Anze Kopitar had one assist, on the power play. Kopitar has seven assists in his last five games. Kopitar had gone nine consecutive games without a power-play point.
– Justin Williams had one assist. Williams also took two minor penalties, and has been called for five minor penalties in his last five games.
– Alec Martinez had one assist. Martinez had gone 13 consecutive games without a point.
– Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar each had a team-high four shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a team-high five hits. Six Kings had one blocked shot each.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 28 minutes, 12 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time at 22:32.
– The Kings won 29 of 58 faceoffs (50 percent). Michal Handzus won 10 of 14 draws (71 percent) while Anze Kopitar won 7 of 19 draws (37 percent).