Postgame notes (Feb. 23)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings ended their run of 10 consecutive road games with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at Honda Center.
– The Kings’ season-long run of road games ended with a 6-1-3 record, and with the Kings claiming 15 out of a possible 20 points. The Kings outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 21-18 in regulation and overtime in the 10 games. After the Kings’ last home game, they were in 11th place in the Western Conference. This morning, they are in sixth place.
– The Kings scored three goals even though they totaled a season-low 18 shots on goal. The previous low had been 19 shots on goal, in a 4-1 victory over Vancouver on Oct. 15.
– For the first time this season, the Kings did not have a power play. The Kings went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and are 19-for-19 on the penalty kill in their last seven games.
– The Kings improved to 16-14-3 on the road, 25-8-1 when scoring the first goal, 14-3-1 when leading after the first period and 15-8-4 in one-goal games. The Kings have a 28-6-1 record when they score at least three goals and a 26-6-2 record when they allow two or fewer goals.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 25 of 27 shots and improved his personal record to 8-1-1 in his last 10 starts. Quick allowed two or fewer goals in six of those 10 starts. Quick also had one assist, his second of the season.
– Willie Mitchell scored the game-winning goal in the third period, his second goal of the season and his 21st goal in 621 career NHL games. Mitchell’s career high for goals is four, set last season with the Vancouver Canucks. Mitchell had not recorded a point since Oct. 28, when he scored a shorthanded goal and also had an assist.
– Ryan Smyth had a first-period goal, his 20th goal of the season. Smyth, whose NHL debut came during the 1994-95 season, is now an 11-time 20-goal scorer in the NHL and is now tied for team lead in goals with Dustin Brown and Justin Williams.
– Anze Kopitar had a first-period goal. Kopitar now has two goals and four assists in his last six games.
– Justin Williams had two assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season. Williams has two goals and seven assists in his last eight games.
– Jack Johnson had one assist, his second assist in his last three games.
– Jarret Stoll had one assist, his first assist in his last 10 games.
– Trevor Lewis had one assist, his first point in his last 26 games.
– Justin Williams recorded a team-high four shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a team-high four hits. Jack Johnson was credited with a team-high two blocked shots.
– Willie Mitchell played a team-high 25 minutes, 8 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time at 20:17.
– The Kings won 21 of 39 faceoffs (54 percent). Jarret Stoll won 6 of 9 draws (67 percent).