Some notes from yesterday’s game…
– The Kings closed in on a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center.
– The Kings’ “magic number” for making the playoffs is now two. The Kings will make the playoffs if they win at least one of their final four games, or if Dallas loses at least one of its final five games or if the Stars have at least two overtime/shootout losses among their last five games.
– With 45 wins this season, the Kings are one short of tying the franchise single-season record. The 1990-91 and 2009-10 teams both won 46 regular-season games.
– The Kings finished the season series against Dallas with a 4-1-1 record. The Kings have not lost a season series against the Stars since 2006-07.
– The Kings outshot the Stars 32-25, including 10-5 in the second period.
– There were zero power plays in the game (the Kings’ Brad Richardson and Dallas’ Mike Ribeiro drew matching roughing penalties late in the second period). According to the Kings, not since March 31, 1984, had the Kings not allowed a power play in a game.
– The Kings improved to 35-11-2 when scoring first.
– Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 25 shots in goal for the win. In four games against Dallas this season, Quick had a 4-0 record and allowed a total of six goals.
– Matt Greene had the game-winning goal in the third period, his second goal of the season and his seventh career goal in 375 games. Greene has never scored more than two goals in any of his five previous NHL seasons.
– Wayne Simmonds had one goal and one assist, for his sixth multi-point game of the season.
– Dustin Brown had an empty-net goal, for his team-high 28th goal of the season. Brown has five goals in his last five games.
– Willie Mitchell had one assist, his fifth of the season. Mitchell has two goals and one assist in his last five games.
– Jarret Stoll had one assist, for his 41st point of the season.
– Trevor Lewis had one assist. Lewis has one goal and four assists in his last four games.
– Kyle Clifford had one assist. Clifford has one goal and one assist in his last two games.
– Dustin Brown recorded a game-high seven shots on goal. Wayne Simmonds was credited with a team-high six hits and Drew Doughty was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a team-high 24 minutes, 26 seconds. Dustin Brown led all Kings forwards in ice time at 20:36.
– The Kings won 33 of 55 faceoffs (60 percent). Jarret Stoll won 11 of 15 draws (73 percent).