Postgame notes (March 26)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings suffered a big loss but won on the ice, as they beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.
– The Kings completed a four-game season sweep of Colorado and outscored the Avalanche by a combined margin of 19-8. It was the Kings’ first-ever season sweep of the Avalanche. The Kings have defeated Colorado in five consecutive games and are 8-0-1 in their last nine meetings with the Avalanche.
– The Kings outshot the Avalanche 25-21, including 11-5 in the first period.
– The Kings went 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The Kings are 4-for-11 on the power play in their last three games, after an 0-for-12 stretch. The Kings have killed 39 of their last 40 penalties.
– The Kings improved to 23-12-3 at home, 33-10-2 when scoring the first goal, 19-3-2 when leading after the first period and 25-0-1 when leading after the second period.
– Anze Kopitar had a first-period assist, but then suffered a broken right ankle with less than five minutes remaining in the second period. Kopitar is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks. Kopitar leads the Kings with 48 assists and 73 points and is tied for the team high with 25 goals in 75 games.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 20 of 21 shots and has a 3-0-1 record in last four games.
– Ryan Smyth had one goal and one assist. Smyth, who had gone 14 consecutive games without a goal, recorded his eighth multi-point game of the season.
– Trevor Lewis had one goal and one assist. Lewis scored his third goal of the season, and his first since Dec. 27, and recorded his third multi-point game of the season.
– Michal Handzus scored a power-play goal, and has one goal and two assists in his last four games.
– Willie Mitchell scored a goal, his career-best fifth goal of the season. Mitchell has goals in his last two games.
– Dustin Brown had two assists, including one on the power play, for his second consecutive multi-point game, his 17th multi-point game of the season and his sixth multi-assist game of the season. Brown has three goals and two assists in his last four games.
– Drew Doughty had a power-play assist, for his 38th point of the season.
– Oscar Moller recorded a team-high five shots on goal. Kyle Clifford was credited with a team-high five hits and Rob Scuderi was credited with a team-high two blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 24 minutes, 15 seconds. Michal Handzus led all Kings forwards in ice time at 18:06.
– The Kings won 20 of 53 faceoffs (38 percent). Michal Handzus won 9 of 17 draws (53 percent) and Jarret Stoll won 1 of 10 draws (10 percent).