Postgame notes (Feb. 24) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings played their first home game in nearly a month and beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night at Staples Center.

— The Kings have allowed a total of 33 games in their last 18 games — an average of 1.83 goals per game allowed — and have allowed two or fewer goals in 13 of those 18 games.

— The Kings finished the season series against Minnesota with a 2-0-2 record.

— Anze Kopitar scored a third-period, empty-net, shorthanded goal, the Kings’ third shorthanded goal of the season. Brad Richardson had one on Oct. 23 at Colorado and Willie Mitchell had one on Oct. 28 at Dallas. It also marked the third time this season that the Kings scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game.

— The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. They had been 1-for-15 on the power play in their previous seven games and 19-for-19 on the penalty kill in their previous seven games.

— The Kings outshot the Wild 30-27, including 13-6 in the first period. The Kings have allowed 27 or fewer shots on goal in four of their last five games.

— The Kings improved to 18-9-1 at home, 26-8-1 when scoring the first goal and 15-3-1 when leading after the first period. The Kings are 29-6-1 when they score at least three goals and 27-6-2 when they allow two or fewer goals.

— Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 of 27 shots for the win, coming off his 25-save “shutout loss” against Minnesota on Feb. 1, when he and the Kings were beat 1-0 in a shootout. Bernier has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts and had a .939 save percentage in those six games.

— Wayne Simmonds had two goals for his second career two-goal game. The first came on Oct. 21 at Phoenix. Simmonds broke a 16-game streak without a goal and recorded his fifth multi-point game of the season.

— Drew Doughty scored the game-winning goal in the third period. It was Doughty’s third game-winning goal, of the nine goals he has scored this season, and Doughty now has five goals in his last 10 games.

— Anze Kopitar had one goal and one assist, as he scored his seventh career shorthanded goal. The Kings have a 14-3-0 record this season when Kopitar scores a goal. It was the 15th multi-point game of the season for Kopitar.

— Dustin Brown had two assists, for this 14th multi-point game of the season and his fifth multi-assist game of the season.

— Ryan Smyth had one assist, his 399th assist in 1,048 NHL games.

— Jack Johnson had one assist, on the power play. Of Johnson’s 35 assists, 23 have come on the power play. Johnson leads the Kings in power-play assists and power-play points, with 26.

— Marco Sturm had one assist, for his ninth point in 16 games with the Kings.

— Michal Handzus had one assist, his third assist in his last seven games.

— Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty each recorded a team-high five shots on goal. Brown and Matt Greene were each credited with a team-high six hits and Jack Johnson was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty played a game-high 25 minutes, 55 seconds. Anze Kopitar led all forwards in ice time at 20:36.

— The Kings won 33 of 57 faceoffs (58 percent). Michal Handzus won 12 of 16 draws (75 percent).

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Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
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Handedness: Left


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