-The Kings have found ways to win on the road.

1) LAK 6, COL 4. Allowed three PPG, erased a two-goal deficit.*#
2) LAK 2, CGY 0. Out-shot, slightly out-possessed in even game. Quick shut the door.^
3) LAK 3, WPG 1. Trailed early in the second period, dominated otherwise.
4) LAK 4, EDM 2. Along w/ WPG game, most dominant performance of the stretch.
5) LAK 3, CGY 2. Out-shot. Held on for win after taking 3-0 lead.*^#
6) LAK 3, PHI 2. Scored GWG shortly after PHI tied game w/ two 3P goals.#
7) LAK 5, WAS 4 (SO). Erased two two-goal deficits, allowed late GTG, won in SO.^#
8) LAK 3, PIT 2. Out-shot. Surrendered two-goal lead, scored early 3P GWG. 7/7 PK.*#

*Martin Jones in net
^Second night of a back-to-back
#Game-winner scored in third period, overtime or a shootout

During the stretch, there have only really been two thoroughly dominant, wire-to-wire performances – the wins at Edmonton and Winnipeg. The outcomes of other games had been in flux, or Los Angeles goaltending earned the team a win in which the run of play was mostly even. The Kings trailed in the second period in three of the eight games – including games at Colorado and Washington in which they erased a two-goal second period deficit. It’s not particularly relevant to last night’s game or the above chart, but the Kings haven’t lost in Canada since Winnipeg’s home opener on October 4.

Los Angeles Kings v Pittsburgh Penguins

-The Kings didn’t necessarily check off all the boxes that make road wins easier to come by. They were undisciplined and were forced to magnificently kill seven penalties against a unit that entered the night leading the league in power play percentage. Martin Jones allowed a soft goal, and the Penguins erased a two-goal deficit in eight minutes and nine seconds in the second period. An enormous moment in the game, obviously, was Jones recovering from allowing Taylor Pyatt’s equalizer by denying Matt Niskanen’s Grade-A attempt with excellent lateral movement early on a Pittsburgh power play while the score was tied. Jonathan Quick has previously spoken about the need to “make the next save,” and Jones did exactly that with a save that rivaled his third period stop on Gabriel Landeskog from the Colorado game noted above. He saved all 11 power play shots that he faced.

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-Similar to the Washington game, the Kings took some time getting comfortable, though by the middle of the second period, Los Angeles had emerged as the superior team during five-on-five play. It’s also encouraging to see that once they reclaimed the lead on Doughty’s third period goal, they forechecked as well as they had forechecked at any point of the road trip. The Penguins certainly had chances down the stretch, though credit the Kings for erasing a large middle chunk of the third period by denying the home team any consistent quality zone exits and neutral zone advances. Los Angeles played very well with the lead in the third period.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 27:  Matt Niskanen #2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the loose puck against Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings on March 27, 2014 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via G

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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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