October 14 postgame notes - LA Kings Insider

-With the win, Los Angeles improved to 48-57-20 all-time against Buffalo, a record that includes a home mark of 29-24-9. The Kings are 12-2-1 in their last 15 home games against the Sabres. With the exception of the 2011 NHL Premiere played in Berlin, home teams have won the last 14 games in the series, dating back to a 5-1 Sabres win at Staples Center on October 23, 2003 (L.A. was the designated home team at the NHL Premiere in 2011).

-Saturday’s game ended a stretch of four consecutive 2-0 Los Angeles wins at Staples Center over Buffalo. Zemgus Girgensons’ goal 15:45 into the game ended the Sabres’ 279:38 scoreless streak in the head-to-head match-up.

-With the win, the Kings improved to 2-0-0 against the Eastern Conference, 1-0-0 against the Atlantic Division, 2-0 in two-goal games, 1-0-1 when their opponent scores first, 1-0-1 when trailing after the first period, 1-0-0 when tied after two periods and 2-0-1 when outshooting their opponent.

-Los Angeles has opened the season 3-0-1, marking the first time since 1995-96 and the sixth time overall that the Kings have registered points in each of their first four games. It also marks the second highest point total through four games in team history (1988-89l 4-0-0, 8 points).

-With a 3-for-3 performance, the Kings scored three power play goals in a game for the first time since March 23, 2017. It is the first time since March 9, 2017 the Kings have scored at least three power play goals and gone 100% on the power play.

-Dustin Brown (1-0=1) extended his goal-streak to three games (4-2=6). It marks his first goal-streak of at least three games since March 14-17, 2016. With a power play goal, he moved within one goal of Charlie Simmer (79 PPG) for sixth place on Los Angeles’ all-time list. With 20:46 TOI, he has logged at least 20 minutes in two of his four games.

-By assisting on Drew Doughty’s goal, Alec Martinez registered his 100th career NHL assist.

-By assisting on Drew Doughty’s goal, Anze Kopitar recorded a point for the third consecutive game (3-3=6).

-By assisting on Tyler Toffoli’s goal, Oscar Fantenberg recorded his first NHL point.

-Derek Forbort appeared in his 100th career NHL game.

-Drew Doughty appeared in his 250th consecutive game. The club record is 330 consecutive games, set by Anze Kopitar from March 21, 2007 to March 26, 2011.

-The Kings attempted 61 shots (30 on goal, 15 blocked, 16 missed). The Sabres attempted 48 shots (25 on goal, 12 blocked, 11 missed). Dustin Brown, Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Ryan O’Reilly tied with a game-high four shots on goal.

-Los Angeles won 24-of-55 faceoffs (44%). Adrian Kempe won 0-of-3, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-18, Andy Andreoff won 0-of-1, Jonny Brodzinski won 0-of-1, Nick Shore won 4-of-8, Trevor Lewis won 0-of-1, Nic Dowd won 3-of-6, Tanner Pearson won 1-of-2 and Jeff Carter won 7-of-15.

The Kings are scheduled to hold an optional 10:30 a.m. morning skate at Toyota Sports Center on Sunday, October 15.

-Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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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.