Postgame notes (April 5)
Some notes from last night’s game…
– The Kings clinched a playoff spot, but their Pacific Division title hopes took a hit as they lost to the San Jose Sharks 6-5 in a shootout on Thursday night at Staples Center.
– San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored the only goal of the shootout, as all three Kings shooters were stopped.
– The Kings, with 94 points in 81 games, have clinched at least eighth place in the Western Conference. They can still win the division title and they will finish no lower than seventh place if they beat San Jose on Saturday.
– It was only the second time this season that the Kings allowed more than four goals in regulation. The Kings lost 8-2 at Detroit on Dec. 17. The Kings had been 8-0-0 when they scored more than four goals in regulation.
– The Kings outshot the Sharks 36-31, including 18-8 in the first period.
– The Kings went 4-for-7 on the power play and 3-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Kings had not scored four power-play goals in a game since Feb. 16, 2009, vs. Atlanta. It was the second time this season that the Kings allowed three power-play goals in a game. They allowed three in a 5-4 overtime loss to Phoenix on Feb. 21.
– The Kings finished the regular season with a 21-13-5 record at Staples Center. The Kings fell to 17-14-14 in one-goal games, 32-5-7 when scoring the first goal, 28-0-5 when leading after the second period and 6-9 in shootouts.
– Jonathan Quick allowed a season-high five goals, as he stopped 26 of 31 shots. Quick had allowed a total of only seven goals in four previous games against San Jose this season.
– Justin Williams had two power-play goals, to push his season totals to 21 goals and 57 points. Of Williams’ 21 goals, eight have come on the power play. It was Williams’ 15th multi-point game of the season and his third two-goal game of the season.
– Alec Martinez had a power-play goal and a power-play assist, to push his season totals to six goals and five assists. Of Martinez’s six goals, three have come on the power play. It was Martinez’s first multi-point game of the season.
– Dustin Brown had one goal and a power-play assist, to push his season totals to 22 goals and 32 assists. It was Brown’s 10th multi-point game of the season. Brown has three goals and four assists in his last five games.
– Jarret Stoll had a power-play goal, his sixth goal and 20th point of the season. It was Stoll’s first power-play goal of the season. Stoll’s previous goal had been scored on Jan. 9 vs. Washington.
– Anze Kopitar had three assists, including two on the power play, to push his team-high totals to 51 assists and 76 points. Kopitar has set a new career high for assists. He had 48 assists last season. It was Kopitar’s team-high 19th multi-point game of the season, and his team-high fourth three-point game of the season. Kopitar has recorded at least one point in five consecutive games, with a total of one goal and 10 assists. Kopitar has two goals and seven assists in five games against San Jose this season.
– Willie Mitchell had three assists, including two on the power play, to push his season totals to 18 assists and 23 points. Mitchell set a new career-high with three assists and tied his career high with three points. It was Mitchell’s third multi-point game of the season and his first three-point game of the season. Mitchell has one goal and four assists in his last five games. Mitchell has five assists in five games against San Jose this season.
– Dwight King had a power-play assist, his ninth assist and 14th point of the season. King has one goal and three assists in his last four games.
– Mike Richards had a power-play assist, his 26th assist and 43rd point of the season. Richards has one goal and three assists in his last four games. Richards has three goals and three assists in five games against San Jose this season.
– Justin Williams recorded a game-high five shots on goal. Matt Greene was credited with a game-high five hits and a game-high four blocked shots.
– Willie Mitchell led the Kings in ice time, at 28 minutes, 22 seconds, followed by Rob Scuderi, at 22:53. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards in ice time, at 22:09, followed by Dustin Brown, at 22:08.
– The Kings won 36 of 67 faceoffs (54 percent). Anze Kopitar won 14 of 26 draws (54 percent). Jarret Stoll won 14 of 20 draws (70 percent). Mike Richards won 2 of 10 draws (20 percent).