-The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 1-0 in a game that featured a raised pace and breathtaking goaltending at opposite ends of the ice. Ben Scrivens was recognized for his second consecutive shutout, though Henrik Lundqvist, the game’s second star, is also well deserving of praise by virtue of his 29-save performance, one that included stops on Jarret Stoll while sprawled in the second period, and a glove save on Alec Martinez and sequences involving Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar in front of the New York net in the third. A heavily influential part of this game occurred when the Kings were whistled for three penalties over a three minute and 10 second stretch of play in the second period, necessitating five minutes and 10 seconds of consecutive shorthanded time that included two separate five-on-threes. Scrivens stopped all 11 power play shots he faced and also benefited from strong stick work and defensive positioning to disrupt several quality chances and odd-man rushes in a game that was perhaps a touch too wide open for the team’s taste. Robyn Regehr had a timely 5-on-3 block on a Brad Richards shot, Slava Voynov broke up a Carl Hagelin-Derek Dorsett two-on-one, and many particulars of the team’s defensive attributes were noticeable in a game that featured a brisk pace and 67 shots.

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-At even strength the Kings were the better team. Having generated their best pressure of the trip early in the second period, they solved Lundqvist on a fluky deflection off Anton Stralman’s skate from a Tyler Toffoli shot 1:23 into the middle session before heavily applying pressure prior to finding themselves in penalty trouble. The Dustin Brown-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams line is good by default, which doesn’t always merit a mention in Waking up with the Kings. On Sunday night they were excellent, and their play at even strength probably represented the best play by any line on any team during the four-game trip.

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-Darryl Sutter has often referenced the team’s even keel approach, and that even during bouts of adversity the leadership core is able to keep the mood in the room level. So in the past three weeks, as goaltender Jonathan Quick succumbed to an injury to go along with the injuries suffered by Kyle Clifford, alternate captain Matt Greene and defending Western Conference leading goal scorer Jeff Carter, the team has been able to shrug off the lineup adjustments during this shift towards the youngest group of players forming the team’s roster since they won the Stanley Cup. Though the quality of the opposition they faced on the trip isn’t on the same level of what will be seen on the upcoming Vancouver-San Jose road set, there was no drop-off in their adherence to the tried and true, patient systems play. It speaks to the continued evolution and establishment of the team’s culture and the players’ willingness to “buy in” under Sutter.

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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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