-Mired in a scoring slump, the Los Angeles Kings faced the NHL’s next best defensive club and put a “4” on the scoreboard without the aid of an empty-netter. In a game that saw both teams produce roughly the same amount of zone entries, the Kings generated a great deal of shots from their entries, partly due to an excessive amount of offensive zone time. Los Angeles’ chances were also of much higher quality than Boston’s, due partly to a transition game that allowed them to enter the zone with speed and space and score a pair of goals off rushes. It was a comprehensive win, one of the more impressive victories to date in 2013-14. The Kings won the special teams battle, the goaltending battle, the battle between the top players, the discipline battle, and had Boston’s organist been in attendance, Dieter Ruehle probably would have won that battle as well.

-Discipline and special teams. The Kings drew twice as many power plays as the Bruins by outworking the visitors and, as mentioned, possessing the puck by what appeared to be a two-to-one margin for much of the game. The final Boston power play with under five minutes to play, during which Los Angeles was leading 4-1, was kept mostly academic by virtue of Jonathan Quick’s sprawling-yet-contained glove save on Brad Marchand after the forward had slipped past the Kings’ defense to receive a pass as the Bruins looked to capitalize on a neutral zone turnover. Los Angeles generated a huge kill early in the third period and protected a two-goal lead when Slava Voynov was sent off for hooking; the Kings limited the Bruins to a pair of David Krejci perimeter wrist shots and drew an interference penalty on Carl Soderberg to complete the kill. Apart from those two shots – neither of which came from within 40 feet – the Bruins generated only one power play shot on goal.

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-It’s not necessarily semi-consistent secondary scoring yet, though it’s a step in the right direction. Alec Martinez’s second period goal was the first goal by an L.A. skater who wasn’t playing on the team’s top two lines since Tyler Toffoli scored in the second period of the Kings’ 4-1 win over the Sharks on December 19. Not coincidentally, that was also the last game in which Los Angeles scored four times.

-Even though the wins haven’t been as easy to come by over the last two weeks, Jeff Carter is operating at a level of play that was seen through much of the 2012-13 season and has strung together his best performances since returning from the foot injury that sidelined him for much of November. He has five multi-point efforts and 16 total points (9-7=16) in his last 14 games, and with 23 shots on goal over the last three games has been responsible for Los Angeles’ offensive rhythm, which has averaged 41.3 shots through the first three games of this homestand. He outshot the Bruins 6-5 in the first period last night and registered 10 total shots on goal, his highest tally in a Kings uniform.

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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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