Postgame notes (April 14) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings opened the playoffs with a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at HP Pavilion.

— The Kings have now lost six consecutive playoff openers, all on the road. They lost to St. Louis in 1998, to Detroit in 2000 and 2001, to Colorado in 2002 and to Vancouver in 2010. The Kings won one of those five series. Overall, the Kings’ franchise win-loss record is 9-16 in playoff openers.

— All-time, when losing the first game of a series, the Kings have gone on to win the series five out of 23 times.

— The Sharks outshot the Kings 45-35, including 14-3 in the first period. Overtime shots were 14-9 in favor of the Sharks.

— The Kings went 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty. In six regular-season games against San Jose, the Kings scored two power-play goals in 16 chances (both on March 24) and went 11-for-14 on the penalty kill.

— Jonathan Quick stopped 42 of 45 shots in goal. Quick has now played in seven NHL playoff games, and three of them have gone to overtime.

— Justin Williams had one goal and one assist, in his return after missing the final nine regular-season games with a dislocated shoulder. Williams now has nine goals and 18 assists in 46 career playoff games.

— Dustin Brown scored a goal, and now has two goals and four assists in seven career playoff games.

— Ryan Smyth had one assist, and now has 26 goals and 29 assists in 88 career playoff games.

— Justin Williams recorded a team-high six shots on goal. Every Kings skater recorded at least one shot on goal. Dustin Brown recorded a team-high seven hits and Matt Greene was credited with a team-high four blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty played a team-high 30 minutes, 28 seconds. Dustin Brown led all Kings forwards in ice time at 22:56.

— The Kings won 36 of 72 faceoffs (50 percent). Jarret Stoll won 13 of 20 draws (65 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.