Postgame notes (Jan. 8)
Some notes from last night’s game…
— The Kings broke their season-long five-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night at Staples Center.
— The Kings have now completed 41 of their 82-game schedule, with a 23-17-1 record for 47 points. Last season, the Kings were 23-15-3 through 41 games, for 49 points. Over the second half of the season, they went 23-12-6 to finish with 101 points, good for sixth in the Western Conference.
— The Kings went 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. The Kings are now ranked 12th in the NHL in power-play efficiency (19.0 percent), their highest ranking of the season and up from 27th in the past four weeks. The Kings had allowed eight power-play goals in their last five games.
— The Kings outshot the Blue Jackets 36-34.
— The Kings are now 14-6-1 at home (they broke a four-game home losing streak), 18-6-0 when scoring the first goal, 10-1-0 when leading after the first period and 13-0-0 when leading after the second period.
— Jonathan Quick stopped 30 of 34 shots. Quick had lost three consecutive decisions, but he has now allowed four or more goals in three of his last four starts.
— Jarret Stoll had two goals for his first multi-goal game of the season and his fifth multi-point game of the season. Stoll had gone 15 consecutive games without a goal but now has three goals in his last two games.
— Ryan Smyth had one goal and one assist. Smyth has had multi-point games in three of his last five games. He also has six goals in his last six games and is tied, with Dustin Brown, for the team lead with 17 goals.
— Justin Williams had an empty-net, power-play goal and one assist. It was Williams’ sixth multi-point game of the season and his first since Dec. 4.
— Alec Martinez had a power-play goal. Two of Martinez’s three goals this season have come on the power play.
— Dustin Brown had one goal, and is tied with Ryan Smyth for the team high with 17 goals. Brown had gone five consecutive games without a point.
— Jack Johnson had three assists, including two on the power play. It was Johnson’s second three-point (and three-assist) game of the season, following his Oct. 28 game at Dallas. Johnson has two goals and 10 assists in his last 10 games. Of Johnson’s 27 assists this season, 18 have come on the power play. Johnson has eight multi-point games this season.
— Marco Sturm had two assists, including one on the power play. Sturm recorded his first power-play point in 10 games with the Kings.
— Drew Doughty had two assists. Doughty had gone three consecutive games without a point but now has seven multi-point games this season.
— Michal Handzus had two assists, one on the power play, for his first multi-point game of the season.
— Anze Kopitar had one assist and pushed his team-high totals to 45 points and 30 assists. Kopitar has 10 assists in his last seven games. He is now tied for eighth in the NHL in points and tied for fifth in the NHL in assists.
— Willie Mitchell and Alexei Ponikarovsky both returned from injuries. Mitchell played 21 minutes, 25 seconds, and recorded one shot on goal, one hit, two blocked shots and a minus-2 rating. Ponikarovsky played 13:54 and recorded two hits and a minus-1 rating.
— Jarret Stoll recorded nine shots on goal, tying the most by any Kings player in a game this season. (Anze Kopitar had nine shots on goal against Detroit on Dec. 4.) Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high six hits. Justin Williams and Willie Mitchell each had two blocked shots.
— Jack Johnson played a team-high 22 minutes, 52 seconds. Ryan Smyth led all Kings forwards in ice time at 21:17.
— The Kings won 31 of 64 faceoffs (48 percent). Jarret Stoll won 10 of 19 draws (53 percent).