Waking up with the Kings: March 17 - LA Kings Insider

-Kyle Clifford made an impact in all zones of the ice, Tyler Toffoli drew notice in his first NHL game and 12 different Kings recorded points, but don’t overlook the major impact by Jonathan Bernier, who made key saves during the game’s most critical moments. San Jose came out with a purpose to begin the second period and scored 35 seconds in when Patrick Marleau snapped a flubbed Joe Thornton pass into an open net. While the graphics from that goal were still being displayed on the telecast, Joe Pavelski offered Logan Couture a deft backhanded feed that found the San Jose sniper alone in the slot in practically point-blank range in front of Bernier. Couture got just about all he wanted on that shot, but Bernier was in perfect position to receive it on the left side of his chest without any rebound. The whistle blew, and Couture gave off some body language that indicated he knew what type of a scoring opportunity he had in that moment. Six and a half minutes later, Bernier gloved Tommy Wingels’ penalty shot attempt with Los Angeles still leading by one. That opened the door for Jarret Stoll to backhand a Trevor Lewis rebound past Niemi to open the scoring in the second half of the period, which the Kings won running away in building up a 5-1 lead. Momentum was on San Jose’s side on Thursday, but by virtue of Bernier’s saves – and Kyle Clifford’s bout with Doug Murray – it was firmly planted on the Kings side of the ice Saturday night.

-On the other end of the ice, Antti Niemi – who has valiantly kept a low-scoring Sharks team afloat in the standings – allowed Kyle Clifford to score from the perimeter on the game’s first shot. When a team that ranks 29th in the league in scoring is forced to play catch-up hockey 2:27 into the game, in can have a taxing effect. Said San Jose coach Todd McLellan, “They scored on the first shot. When you need a save early in the game, they scored on the first shot. They got the momentum rolling from there. But there was a lot of other people involved in all 60 minutes, not just Nemo.” Reading his post-game comments, it’s clear McLellan wasn’t exactly happy with his team’s all-around performance.

-There were plenty of positive reviews to go around in Tyler Toffoli’s NHL debut as the 20-year-old rookie consistently put himself in areas on the ice where goals are scored and showed an aptitude of driving towards the net to create chances. It likely settled him down by having a strong first shift of the game as he generated several looks from both close range and from above the circles. He missed the net on a couple of high-quality opportunities, but considering Mike Richards and Jeff Carter continued to get him the puck in high-percentage areas, fans shouldn’t have to wait long for that first goal as long as that line remains intact. And how about this confidence: “I should have had two or three goals there,” Toffoli said after the game. His final stat line: 13:20 of total ice time, 44 seconds of power play time, one shot on goal, two attempts blocked, four missed shots, two hits and one blocked shot.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.