Game 78: Kings 4, Oilers 1 (FINAL) - LA Kings Insider

Will the new-look first and second lines come through, in the absence of Jeff Carter? The Kings take on the Edmonton Oilers, with all the action on Fox Sports West, on 1150-AM and affiliates and with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Khabibulin.
Kings 4, Oilers 1: The Kings took a three-goal lead at the 7:45 mark of the period. Matt Greene took a slap shot from the right point and Khabibulin made the save, but he kicked the rebound right. Alec Martinez beat Andy Sutton to the front of the net and knocked the puck over the line. Dwight King also picked up an assist.

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Khabibulin.
Kings 3, Oilers 1: After two poor power plays, the Kings took a two-goal lead on the man advantage at the 6:44 mark of the period. Drew Doughty took a shot from the middle of the blue line, through traffic, that beat Khabibulin. Dustin Brown initially got credit for the goal, on a deflection, but it was changed to Doughty’s goal, with assists to Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar.
End of period: Shots were 8-8 in the period. The Kings went 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. Jonathan Quick made two outstanding glove saves in the final minute.

Officials: Brian Pochmara, Steve Kozari (referees); Pierre Champoux, Thor Nelson (linesmen).
Lineups: Jeff Carter, Davis Drewiske and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Oilers’ Nikolai Khabibulin.
Kings 1, Oilers 0: The Kings took the lead 52 seconds into the game. Dwight King had the puck in the corner of the Oilers’ zone, walked it out to the middle of the right circle and shot through traffic. King initially got credit for the goal, but it was later changed. Anze Kopitar got credit for the goal on a deflection, with assists to King and Dustin Brown.
Kings 1, Oilers 1: Just 17 seconds after the Kings took the lead, Matt Greene took a hooking penalty. The Oilers scored 25 seconds into the ensuing power play, as Jeff Petry passed from the blue line to the middle of the circle. Jordan Eberle took the pass and whipped a shot past Quick. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also picked up an assist.
Kings 2, Oilers 1: The Kings got the lead back with a shorthanded goal with 9:12 remaining in the period. After the Oilers bobbled the puck at the Kings’ blue line, Mike Richards picked it up and started a breakaway. Richards beat Khabibulin with a backhand shot from close range. Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene picked up assists.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Oilers 9-2 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill, and scored a shorthanded goal. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 24 seconds of the second period.

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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.