Game 61: Avalanche 4, Kings 1 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Tonight’s senior referee, Dennis LaRue, is the same as last night in Phoenix. Chances are, he won’t get a hug from Darryl Sutter after last night’s call on Kyle Clifford. Can the Kings bounce back? All the action is on NBC Sports Network and on 1150-AM and affiliates, with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Bernier vs. Varlamov.
Avalanche 4, Kings 1: The Kings got on the scoreboard at the 4:35 mark of the third period. Mike Richards won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Drew Doughty, who steadied the puck and drifted toward the middle of the blue line. Doughty then fired a shot through traffic that beat Varlamov. Doughty initially got credit for the goal. During the third period, it was changed to Brown, but after the game it was changed back to Doughty.

In goal: Jonathan Bernier has replaced Jonathan Quick for the Kings, against Semyon Varlamov.
Avalanche 4, Kings 0: Bernier fared well at the start of the period, but it didn’t spark the Kings much, as the Avalanche took a four-goal lead with 7:15 remaining in the period. The Avalanche crashed the net, and Paul Stastny scored on a rebound with assists to Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Avalanche 14-11 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. Early in the period, Varlamov made an excellent glove save on Dwight King. Later, Varlamov stopped Anze Kopitar’s shorthanded chance. Otherwise, the Kings offered little.

Officials: Dennis LaRue, Brian Pochmara (referees); Don Henderson, Mark Wheler (linesmen).
Lineup: Davis Drewiske, Dustin Penner and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ healthy scratches. The Kings are using lines of Richards-Kopitar-Williams, King-Stoll-Brown, Richardson-Loktionov-Lewis, Clifford-Fraser-Nolan.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Avalanche’s Semyon Varlamov.
Avalanche 1, Kings 0: Colorado took the lead 7:04 into the game. The Avalanche controlled the puck in the corner before Mark Olver found a bit of open space in the left circle. Olver took a short pass from David Jones and ripped a shot that beat Quick short-side, over the shoulder. Daniel Winnik also got an assist.
Avalanche 2, Kings 0: Paul Stastny gave the Avalanche a two-goal lead with 6:54 remaining in the period, after a bad turnover. Kyle Clifford held the puck deep in the Kings’ zone and tried to push it behind the net, but put it directly onto the stick of Stastny, who cut to the front of the net and scored on a wraparound for an unassisted goal.
Avalanche 3, Kings 0: Colorado took a three-goal lead with 2:38 remaining in the period. Off a defensive-zone faceoff win, the Avalanche started a 3-on-2 break. Ryan O’Reilly took the puck wide left and shot, and Jay McClement got a deflection as the puck glided past Quick. Chuck Kobasew also got an assist.
End of period: The Avalanche outshot the Kings 11-10 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and did not face a penalty kill. The Kings have now been outscored 7-1 in the last three periods (not including last night’s shootout).

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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.