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).