Waking up with the Kings: March 28 - LA Kings Insider

-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.


-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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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.