Waking up with the Kings: May 19 - LA Kings Insider

Several abbreviated thoughts on the San Jose Sharks’ 2-1 overtime win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinal series:

-There were two late penalty calls that went against the Kings. You are aware of these calls. The first call, a hooking minor assessed on Robyn Regehr, occurred when the veteran defenseman’s stick got caught in the midsection of the San Jose forward as he attempted to disrupt a pass towards the front of the net with roughly 44 seconds remaining in the third period. If a player puts a stick in that area as an attempt to fend off a scoring opportunity, it will be called 44 seconds into the first period and very likely with 44 seconds remaining in the third. No real controversy here.

The goaltender interference penalty on Trevor Lewis with three seconds remaining is obviously a much tougher call. Though Lewis made heavy contact in going full bore into Antti Niemi, I’m also watching the replay and questioning whether Patrick Marleau could be whistled for a hooking penalty. At first, Marleau defended the 2-on-1 as a backchecker as best as he could; his stick was at Lewis’ feet as he harassed the Kings’ forward from the entrance of the San Jose zone into the slot. By the time Lewis had left the puck for Mike Richards, Marleau’s stick was up in Lewis’ midsection. I don’t know if it distracted Lewis or delayed his ability to stop, and upon watching the replays, I couldn’t tell if there was a concentrated push by Marleau of Lewis into Niemi. It’s a somewhat nebulous situation, and I can’t fault the referee for calling goaltender interference.

-Rob Scuderi had the type of game that makes it easy to see why he has been a key defensive figure on two successful Stanley Cup runs. He tied sticks up as well as any Kings defenseman, he laid out to get in the way of passes while on the penalty kill, and he finished with a game-high six blocked shots.

-Injuries have reduced Darryl Sutter’s forward options and necessitated the NHL debut of a 20-year-old in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tanner Pearson was fine in his first NHL game, though he only saw the ice once in the third period as the bench was shortened in a tight game. Pearson logged a total of 5:44, blocking one shot. What other options would you prefer? The Kings could receive an enormous boost should Kyle Clifford be given a clean bill of health, though with the lack of injury information released in the playoffs, it’s nearly impossible to gauge his progress and when that might occur.

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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.