-The Los Angeles Kings engineered an entirely solid road effort in defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout as a pair of former Conn Smythe Trophy winners combined to stop 63-of-65 shots through 65 minutes in a crisp, entertaining early season battle. Los Angeles etched out its finest performance through five games, while Carolina deserves credit for putting together a patient, defensive effort on the second night of a back-to-back. Prior to the game, Kirk Muller described how he would like to see a “mature” performance against the Kings, and the Hurricanes engineered exactly that.

-Los Angeles acquitted itself well statistically. Apart from the shots on goal differential – L.A. outshot Carolina 37-28, though the scoring chance discrepancy appeared to be slightly narrower – the Kings’ well-established possession game was well put to use, and through a steady forecheck that peaked when the Canes had trouble advancing the puck past center ice early in the second period, they were able to significantly win the territorial battle and operate in the attacking zone through heavy stretches of the game. Considering the puck was in the possession of the Kings much more than it was in the possession of the Canes, that L.A. out-hit Carolina 36-to-18 is another indication that the Kings were operating within their systems well. The Kings also blocked 23 shots to Carolina’s 12, and won 48-of-70 faceoffs. If we’re going “on paper,” the Kings could have built up a one or two-goal lead through two periods had an extra bounce or two gone their way. Cam Ward had a fine performance.

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-Dwight King was very good in many areas of the ice, and his shorthanded goal was the well-earned result of smart pressure as he jumped on a pair of Carolina miscues. After receiving a feed from Cam Ward, Eric Staal sent a pass across his own blue line that wasn’t quite in the reach of emerging young defenseman Justin Faulk. Faulk mishandled the carom off the side boards, at which point King took advantage by scooping up the loose puck and creating a partial shorthanded breakaway before slipping the puck between Ward’s legs. King put together a very good training camp and preseason for the Kings, and has been rewarded with some time alongside Kopitar and Williams as well as an increased penalty killing role. When operating at his best, his assets aren’t always sharply recognizable upon a casual glance; as a strong possession forward with size, he fits within the Kings systems very well and is at his best when winning battles in the corners and maintaining possession along the boards in the offensive zone, which he did very well on Friday. The King-Stoll-Nolan line was also effective at even strength Friday night.

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-Jeff Carter skating at a high speed on a breakaway, and using his extended reach to go forehand-backhand – that’s an awfully difficult shot to stop in a shootout. Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick has stopped all five shootout attempts he has faced this season. Through five games, the Kings have as many shootout wins as they had in 2012-13.

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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

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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

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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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