Game 43: Kings 5, Capitals 2 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Random trivia of the day: this is officially game 615 of the NHL schedule, the midway point. All the action will be on Fox Sports West and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s Bernier against Michal Neuvirth, who replaces Vokoun.
Kings 5, Capitals 1: The Kings reached the five-goal mark for the fifth time this season with a power-play goal with 8:56 remaining in the period. Drew Doughty shot from the top of the left circle and Neuvirth made the stop but couldn’t cover the puck. Justin Williams, parked to the left of the net, jammed the rebound into the net. Jack Johnson also got an assist.
Kings 5, Capitals 2: The Capitals made it a three-goal game with 6:18 remaining. Marcus Johansson got his second goal of the game, as he alertly picked up, and shot, a re-direction of a point shot by Roman Hamrlik. Alexander Semin also got an assist.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Capitals 35-22 in the game.

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Vokoun.
Kings 3, Capitals 1: The Kings reached the three-goal mark for the 11th time in 42 games this season. Kyle Clifford picked up the puck and sped to the other end, on what turned into a 3-on-1 break. Clifford pulled up in the Washington zone, then hit the trailer, Jack Johnson, who fired a wrist shot past Vokoun 3:01 into the period. Trent Hunter also got an assist.
Kings 4, Capitals 1: The Kings reached the four-goal mark for the eighth time this season, as Jarret Stoll scored with 3:33 remaining in the period. Mike Richards forced the puck away from John Carlson deep in the Washington zone, and then Dustin Penner took the puck to the net. Vokoun made the stop, but the puck stayed in the crease as Stoll skated in and knocked it into the net.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Capitals 14-8 in the period. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 1:16 of the third period.

In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Bernier against the Capitals’ Tomas Vokoun.
Capitals 1, Kings 0: The Capitals took the lead just 1:34 into the game, on a counter-attack and on their first shot on goal. Marcus Johansson took a pass from Mike Knuble and entered the Kings’ zone with speed. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi went down to block the possibility cross-ice pass, but Johansson still beat Bernier, short-side, with a medium-range wrist shot.
Kings 1, Capitals 1: Kyle Clifford’s goal tied the game with 8:19 remaining in the first period. Trent Hunter turned and fired a shot from the top of the left circle. Vokoun made the save, but left a juicy rebound. Clifford beat Alex Ovechkin to the puck and rifled a backhand shot past Vokoun from close range. Willie Mitchell also got an assist.
Kings 2, Capitals 1: The Kings took the lead with 34 seconds remaining in the period. Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown forced the puck away from a Capital near the front of the Washington net, then Brown turned and fired from close range. Kopitar deflected the shot past Vokoun.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Capitals 13-7, went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play. Dustin Brown didn’t score on a breakaway chance with just under four minutes remaining.

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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.