Postgame notes (March 8) - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from last night’s game…

— The Kings had their three-game winning streak ended, as they lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena.

— The Kings remain in ninth place in the Western Conference, one point behind eighth-place San Jose (which has played one fewer game) and two points behind seventh-place Phoenix (which has played one additional game), and tied with 10th-place Colorado (which has played two additional games).

— The Kings finished the season series against Columbus with a 2-2-0 record. The Blue Jackets outscored the Kings by a combined margin of 7-6.

— The Kings now have a 15-9-5 record against teams currently in the top eight in the Western Conference, and a 9-9-3 record against non-playoff Western Conference teams.

— The Kings have been held under two goals in 27 of their 67 games this season, and have a 3-17-7 record in those games.

— The Blue Jackets outshot the Kings 36-30, including 15-12 in the first period.

— The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. The Kings have not allowed a power-play goal in seven games and have killed 23 consecutive penalties.

— The Kings fell to 14-11-8 on the road, 7-20-6 when allowing the first goal, 2-11-4 when trailing after the first period and 1-21-3 when trailing after the second period.

— The Kings’ only goal was a first-period shorthanded goal by Anze Kopitar. It was the Kings’ sixth shorthanded goal of the season, and Kopitar’s first.

— Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 of 36 shots, which marked Bernier’s season-high in saves and shots faced. Bernier had allowed two or fewer goals in each of his previous seven starts.

— Anze Kopitar scored the Kings’ goal, to push his team-high totals to 20 goals and 57 points. Kopitar has recorded at least one point in five consecutive games (three goals, three assists).

— Dustin Brown had an assist, his 22nd assist and 41st point of the season. Brown has recorded at least one point in six consecutive games (five goals, five assists), and has 12 points in his last eight games (six goals, six assists).

— Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams each recorded a game-high five shots on goal. Dustin Brown was credited with a game-high 10 hits. Dustin Penner and Rob Scuderi each were credited with a team-high three blocked shots.

— Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time, at 25 minutes, 46 seconds, followed by Dustin Brown and Slava Voynov, each at 20:56.

— The Kings won 33 of 56 faceoffs (59 percent). Anze Kopitar won 12 of 19 draws (63 percent). Mike Richards won 11 of 16 draws (69 percent). Jarret Stoll won 6 of 15 draws (40 percent).

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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.