Brown leads the way, and others follow - LA Kings Insider

The “three stars” of last night’s game were Dustin Brown, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Quick. No arguments there. Brown and Marleau both had two-goal games and Quick made a handful of very tough saves and once again came through in the shootout. Brown, as noted in last night’s game story, was sharp at both ends of the ice throughout the game, and Terry Murray had strong praise today for Brown’s effort. Murray was also asked, though, for a player he thought might have had a below-the-radar strong game, and Murray mentioned both Trevor Lewis and Oscar Moller. Moller’s play was covered earlier. Lewis had another strong game on the penalty kill — 2:41 of his 13:43 of ice time came in shorthanded situations — and also won 4 of 5 faceoffs. Here’s what Murray said about each player, starting with Brown…

MURRAY: “He was very focused. When you look at his intensity and his strength on the puck last night, it was second to none, as far as I was concerned. As a result of his focus on the game, he’s in the right place at the right time. There were a couple of big plays, obviously, on the goals that were timely. Ponikarovsky comes in on that shift, just as a big body coming at you. He got a stick on it, and just taps it over to Brownie, and then great hands to score on that one. Then the timely goal on the power play, just an excellent play on that one. So he uses his shot, his release, and he’s got an excellent release. At least you’re going to have to make the goaltender make a great save, and if it does hit his pads, then you’re jumping on the loose pucks and the rebounds.

“Trevor Lewis was really good. He had an A-plus game for me. His intensity on the puck, penalty killing especially, was as good as you could possibly want from him. That line, in general, was good, with Cliffy and Richie. They had a lot of speed and tenacity on the puck, and had some good things happening in the offensive zone. At the same time, they were very responsible. Oscar, I thought Oscar played well.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

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


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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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.