Waking up with the Kings: March 8 - LA Kings Insider

-The Kings’ 60 minute efforts hadn’t been a consistent part of the tail end of their home winning streak, and that finally caught up with them against a new-look Dallas team that won the special teams battle, won the goaltending battle, stifled L.A.’s momentum after Jeff Carter’s go-ahead goal (and Doughty’s hipcheck of Alex Goligoski), and received better performances by its top players. This should be read as “The Stars did the right things to win a divisional road game.”

-A goalless Drew Doughty walked the goal line like a tightrope, put the puck on a string and had his high-chance wraparound denied by Kari Lehtonen, yet Carter flung the puck from the half boards off Jordie Benn’s skate and into the back of the net for his 12th goal in 12 games. They’re not all going to be works of art when that type of scoring pace is maintained. Dustin Penner – the game’s third star – continues to deserve recognition for his strong possession play and ability to open up space in the offensive zone for Carter and Mike Richards.

-How about Slava Voynov’s slick stickhandling move to change directions away from trouble behind his own net before quickly finding his top speed and leading a rush in the other direction? Yeah, you know the play I’m talking about.

-On Dallas: Cody Eakin’s game-tying goal set the wheels of momentum rolling for the team’s surge in the third. Carter’s goal was a reflection of the team’s acceptable five-on-five play to that point and appeared to set up the team’s poise heading into the final 20 minutes, where they had outscored their opponents 18-2 since February 15. Instead, Goligoski advanced the puck from behind his own net without being impeded and found Eakin on the left wing. Eakin used his right skate to kick the puck in front of him into an area where he’d be able to handle it, but the touch wasn’t perfect. The puck bounced towards Alec Martinez, whose swipe at it deflected it into a dangerous area in the high slot, directly into Eakin’s path. The puck was rolling end-over-end, making Eakin’s precise backhand past Jonathan Quick’s glove hand all the more impressive. The Stars are a faster and more skilled team than a season ago, and Jamie Benn is one of the more exciting young players that the casual east coast fan might not be particularly aware of. Hooray for realignment and every team visiting every National Hockey League building so fans of Eastern Conference teams can take in what Pacific Division fans have learned over the course of the last several years: Jamie Benn is phenomenally talented.

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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.