-Jonathan Bernier was the Los Angeles Kings’ best player on the ice in a narrow 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes that stretched the team’s home record to 12-2-1. His ability to keep a goal-starved opponent off the scoreboard during a first period in which he faced 15 shots amidst an inevitable early-game Coyotes push served as the backbone of the win. The Kings have scored the game’s first goal in five consecutive home games and haven’t trailed at home since the loss to Dallas on March 7. Overall, they’re outscoring their opponents 9-2 at home in the first period since the Dallas loss. Forcing an opponent to fight from behind on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champion will result in the continuation of their pristine home record. Bernier was exceptionally keen in keeping deflections and redirections out of the net early in what evolved into one of his finest performances in a Los Angeles jersey, and the nine saves he made in the first eight and a half minutes of the game allowed him to weather another late Phoenix push and improve his overall record to 7-2-0 on the season.

-Kings-Coyotes games provide excellent theatre – something I did not expect to write a year ago at this time – and it wasn’t entirely out of the blue to see Shane Doan at the center of some second period controversy. The Coyotes captain led the game with 11 shots and 13 hits and with his team trailing by two goals during a scoreless streak that would eventually extend to 245:33, he came flying off the bench for a pair of late-period shifts in which he hammered several Kings with one or two hits that may have leaned towards the “borderline” category. Doan came up seeing red when he became entangled with Jake Muzzin during a play that he felt was an intentional knee-on-knee hit by the Kings rookie, though I didn’t see it as such, nor did Dave Tippett. Really, what did you expect to develop at that juncture of the game? The Coyotes weren’t going to simply turn the other cheek during an extended scoring drought while trailing by two to the team that they had lost to 24 hours prior and knocked them out of the playoffs last May. I didn’t interpret Doan’s actions as “being frustrated”. Doan is a fiery captain who was upset by the team’s recent lack of results who was taking it upon himself to will his team closer to victory, and it worked – he scored twice in the third period, and the Coyotes had chances late in the game to earn at least a point.

-“Finally the gorilla has left the building” was Bob Miller’s immediate response to Drew Doughty’s first goal of the season, and I may or may not have listened to that goal call one or two extra times with a smile on my face while letting the depiction sink in. As long as Doughty continues the upward trajectory of his defensive zone play, the Kings will be in the good hands of the multifaceted 23-year old blueline stud. So Doughty now has a “one” in the goal column. Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. Let’s move on.

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

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.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

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.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS