Several abbreviated thoughts on the Kings’ 5-4 win at Chicago last night:

-It was fitting that Dustin Brown scored the Kings’ game-winner. Though the third and fourth lines deservedly received recognition, Brown finished tied with a game-high with five shots and led all skaters with six hits in addition to his goal and plus-two rating. He followed his shot well after his original attempt hit Johnny Oduya in the back, allowing him to score into a mostly open net for the team’s fifth goal.

-Neither team was particularly polished in its own zone last night, and neither goaltender was sharp. Though there have been rumors of the Kings adding a high-profile forward, the holes left by two stalwart defensive L.A. veterans were felt as Chicago’s forwards swarmed the low slot and the crease and generated a variety of quality scoring chances from in tight. Keaton Ellerby has shown improvement this month, Drew Doughty as a whole has trended sharply upwards in his own zone since the middle of last year, and Rob Scuderi produced a gritty defensive performance – especially on the penalty kill. Still, with Alec Martinez seeing only 9:31 of ice time and Jake Muzzin enduring some learning moments in his 22:32 on the ice, the balance of playing without Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell did seem a bit uneven.

-After the lines changed throughout the game, I’m interested to see the pairings at practice in St. Louis on Wednesday. Will Jeff Carter playing alongside Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar endure through Thursday’s game? It’s really difficult to call – though the team scored five times, the third and fourth lines did much of the heavy lifting and the only King to enjoy a multi-point night was Kopitar.

-Tyler Toffoli scored on his only shot and now has two goals on six shots over four National Hockey League games. He was on the bench for certain stretches and didn’t finish with any secondary statistics such as hits or blocks, but the natural goal scoring he’s able to provide can’t be overlooked.

-The Kings produced a signature penalty killing performance reminiscent of their shorthanded success from a year ago. Killing off the double-minor assessed to Mike Richards in the first period and keeping the game a one-goal affair was a critical element of the victory, and Jarret Stoll’s shorthanded short-side top-shelf wrister represented the type of opportunistic goal needed to defeat a team like Chicago in its own building.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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