Postgame notes (April 4) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot as they lost to the San Jose Sharks 6-1 on Monday night at HP Pavilion.

— The Kings’ magic number remains 2, for securing at least eighth place in the Western Conference, meaning that the Kings must earn at least two points in their last three games or have Dallas lose at least once in regulation or at least twice in overtime or a shootout. Dallas hosts Columbus today.

— The Kings suffered their widest losing margin of the season. Their previous worst had come in a 4-0 loss to St. Louis on March 17.

— The Kings finished with a 3-3 record in the season series against San Jose, with two of the wins coming in shootouts. The Kings have allowed six or more goals six times this season, and two of those games have been against San Jose. The Kings lost to the Sharks 6-3 on Nov. 15 in San Jose.

— The Kings went 0-for-3 on the power play and, for a second consecutive game, did not face a penalty kill. The Kings are 0-for-10 on the power play in their last four games.

— The Sharks outshot the Kings 35-32. The Kings have allowed 35 or more shots on goal 10 times in 79 games this season, and twice in the last three games.

— The Kings have scored a total of seven goals in their last four games.

— The Kings fell to 21-16-3 on the road, 10-17-4 when allowing the first goal, 4-11-2 when trailing after the first period and 4-20-2 when trailing after the second period.

— Jonathan Quick allowed four goals on 16 goals and was pulled from the game, 5:33 into the second period. Quick was pulled from a game for the third time this season.

— Jonathan Bernier relieved Quick and stopped 17 of 19 shots.

— Michal Handzus scored the Kings’ goal, his 12th goal of the season. Handzus has two goals in his last five games.

— Matt Greene had an assist, his ninth assist of the season. Greene has one goal and one assist in his last two games.

— Alec Martinez had an assist, his 11th assist of the season. Martinez has two goals and two assists in his last six games.

— Dustin Brown recorded a team-high five shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a game-high six hits. Alec Martinez was credited with a team-high two blocked shots.

— Dustin Brown played a game-high 22 minutes, 24 seconds. Jack Johnson led all defensemen in ice time at 21:35.

— The Kings won 25 of 47 faceoffs (53 percent). Jarret Stoll won 7 of 10 draws (70 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.