Postgame notes (March 26) - LA Kings Insider

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).

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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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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.