Game 2: Sabres 4, Kings 2 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Here’s how today’s game went, with the Kings losing 4-2 to Buffalo.

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In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Miller.
Sabres 4, Kings 1: The Sabres regained their three-goal lead with a power-play goal 3:58 into the first period. Bernier made a stop but the puck stayed in the crease area, where Drew Stafford knocked it in. Gerbe and Derek Roy got assists.
Sabres 4, Kings 2: The Kings scored their second goal with 4:14 remaining, as Kopitar scored his third goal in two games. Justin Williams made a brilliant diagonal pass to Kopitar, who took the puck in the slot, went from forehand to backhand and beat Miller to make it a 4-2 game. Simon Gagne also got an assist.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Miller.
Sabres 1, Kings 0: The Sabres broke the scoreless tie 2:40 into the second period. Jason Pominville, behind the net, centered the puck to Luke Adam, who turned and fired from the inside of the left circle. Bernier got a piece of the puck with his pads, but it got through and over the line. Thomas Vanek also got an assist.
Sabres 2, Kings 0: Adam scored his second goal, 2:20 after his first, as the Sabres took a two-goal lead. The Kings won a defensive-zone faceoff, but Jack Johnson lost the puck behind the net after a Buffalo forecheck. After a scramble in front of the Kings’ net, Adam skated in and shot the loose puck into the net, exactly five minutes into the second period. Vanek got an assist on the play.
Sabres 3, Kings 0: Buffalo continued its big period as Paul Gaustad scored to give the Sabres a 3-0 lead with 6:41 remaining. Nathan Gerbe had trouble controlling a rolling puck near the right boards, then blindly flipped it toward the net. Gaustad, unmarked about six feet from the net, tipped the puck and the deflection beat Bernier.
Sabres 3, Kings 1: The Kings got on the scoreboard with 39 seconds remaining in the second period, with a power-play goal. Johnson took the puck down low, then fed it to Anze Kopitar in the high slot. Kopitar’s one-timer beat Miller to cut Buffalo’s lead to 3-1. Drew Doughty also got an assist.
End of period: Shots were 13-10 in favor of the Sabres in the period. The Kings went 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Sabres’ Ryan Miller.
End of period: Shots were 12-9 in favor of the Kings, but the speed, aggressive Sabres carried the play for much of the period. The Kings went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and will be on the power play for the first 1:07 of the second period. The German crowd is even more pro-Sabres than the Swedish crowd was pro-Rangers last night. The Sabres have two German players and a couple more from nearby countries.

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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.