Postgame notes (Dec. 10)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– Once again, a lack of scoring cost the Kings in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at Staples Center.
– The Kings have scored two or fewer goals in eight consecutive games. They rank last in the NHL in goals per game (2.21) and last in the league in total 5-on-5 goals (38). The Kings have an 8-0-0 record when they score three or more goals, compared to a 5-12-4 record when they score two or fewer goals.
– The Kings fell to 7-8-1 at Staples Center, 3-10-1 when allowing the first goal, 2-6-1 when trailing after the first period and 0-11-1 when trailing after the second period.
– The Kings were outshot 28-27, including 12-9 in the third period.
– The Kings went 3-for-3 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill, and scored their fourth shorthanded goal of the season. Over the last eight games, the Kings are 2-for-23 on the power play and 32-for-34 on the penalty kill. The seven power plays matched a season-high for a Kings opponent this season.
– Jonathan Bernier stopped 26 of 28 shots but fell to 2-4-0 this season. Bernier has allowed two or fewer goals in three of his six starts this season, but the Kings have scored a total of 11 goals in the six games started by Bernier.
– Brad Richardson scored the Kings’ goal, a second-period shorthanded goal, for his first goal and second point of the season. It was the sixth shorthanded goal of Richardson’s career, in 336 games, and Saturday’s game was Richardson’s 200th with the Kings.
– Anze Kopitar had one assist. Kopitar leads the Kings in assists (18) and points (28) and has three assists in his last four games.
– Simon Gagne, Jack Johnson and Brad Richardson each recorded a team-high four shots on goal. Jarret Stoll was credited with a game-high five hits. Johnson and Anze Kopitar each were credited with a team-high three blocked shots.
– Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 25 minutes, 27 seconds, followed by Anze Kopitar, at 23:05.
– The Kings won 31 of 59 faceoffs (53 percent). Jarret Stoll won 15 of 21 draws (71 percent). Anze Kopitar won 4 of 18 draws (22 percent). Andrei Loktionov won 9 of 13 draws (69 percent).