Postgame notes (April 21)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings were pushed to the brink of elimination after their 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of their first-round series on Thursday night at Staples Center.
– The Kings now trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 to be played Saturday night in San Jose.
– All-time, the Sharks are 7-0 in series in which they hold a 3-1 lead, while the Kings are 1-9 in series in which they face a 3-1 deficit.
– The Kings have lost four consecutive playoff home games, dating to last season.
– The Kings outshot the Sharks 38-27, including 12-4 in the third period. It was the first time in this series that the Kings have outshot the Sharks.
– The Kings went 0-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill. In the two games in San Jose, the Kings scored three power-play goals and allowed zero power-play goals. In the two games in Los Angeles, the Kings scored zero power-play goals and allowed two power-play goals.
– Jonathan Quick allowed six goals on 27 shots, the second consecutive game in which he has allowed six goals. Quick has allowed five or more goals in four of his 10 career playoff games.
– Brad Richardson scored one goal, his second of the series. Richardson is now tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with four points (two goals, two assists). In 19 career playoff games, Richardson has four goals and three assists.
– Justin Williams scored one goal, his second of the series. In 49 career playoff games, Williams has 10 goals and 18 assists.
– Alexei Ponikarovsky scored one goal, his first of the series. In 38 career playoff games, Ponikarovsky has three goals and seven assists.
– Ryan Smyth had one assist, his third of the series. Smyth is now tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with four points (one goal, three assists). In 91 career playoff games, Smyth has 27 goals and 31 assists.
– Willie Mitchell had one assist. In 49 career playoff games, Mitchell has two goals and seven assists.
– Jack Johnson had one assist, his third of the series. In 10 career playoff games, Johnson has one goal and 10 assists.
– Trevor Lewis had one assist, his second of the series.
– Brad Richardson recorded a team-high five shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high six hits and Jack Johnson was credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty played a game-high 26 minutes, 27 seconds. Michal Handzus led all Kings forwards in ice time at 19:52.
– The Kings won 26 of 64 faceoffs (41 percent). Michal Handzus won 11 of 25 draws (44 percent) and Jarret Stoll won 6 of 19 draws (32 percent).