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).

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

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